Saturday, 29 August 2015

Review ~ Anything but Broken (Hurricane Creek, #1) by Joelle Knox

Anything but Broken (Hurricane Creek, #1)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: August 25th 2015

Publisher: Self-published

Description:
After five years, tragedy brings Hannah Casey back to Hurricane Creek to bury what’s left of her family. She’s flunking out of college, haunted by scandal, and the only person who cares is Sean Whitlow, an irresistible bad boy with a soft spot for her. The problem? He’s her dead sister’s ex.

Sean doesn’t bleed red, he bleeds motor oil. During the week, he struggles to turn his auto repair shop into a profitable business. But when Saturday night rolls around, he’s the reigning stock-car king of the local race track. He doesn’t know how to lose–or how to walk away and leave Hannah alone with her grief.

Between her grades and her wealthy family’s dark secrets, Hannah’s barely holding her life together. And the last thing Sean needs is to get tangled up with another Casey girl. As the attraction between them spins out of control, they’ll either find a love with no limits–or go up in flames.

My Opinion

Overall this was a good read. It had everything I love in a romance, combined with racing. However, I feel like there was something missing.

Anything but Broken was an intriguing read. There was plenty going on to keep me interested and many story lines that took a while to unravel. Some were predictable, while others weren't, so it kept me turning the pages to find out what happened in the past.

As for the characters, I could relate to Hannah well. I sympathised with her for what she was going through and I understood her motives and reasons for the things she does. Her family sounded like a horrible bunch, but slowly Hannah becomes a part of a wider family as she's accepted into Sean's life. I enjoyed watching other characters slowly grow to help her and things with Gibb were a nice surprise.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same about Sean. I liked him and towards the end I sympathised with his situation as all of the reveals take place. However, his character wasn't defined enough for me. There was a clear sense of voice in his chapters during the the dual POV. He sounded too similar to Hannah.

This leads me on to my early comment of I felt something was missing. I just didn't feel a spark or any chemistry between the characters. There was one scene that was well done for passion, but I didn't feel it was carried throughout the entirety well. I can't place my finger on why, I just didn't feel it.

My only other problem was at times the writing wasn't all that clear. Things felt a little disjointed, especially Hannah's chapters.


Saying all of that though, I did enjoy Anything But Broken. It was a good read that did hold my interest. Although it wasn't a hot, passionate read, it was sweet so you might want to give it a go. I'll more than likely look out for Gibb's story.

3.5

Friday, 28 August 2015

ARC Review ~ Deal Breakers by Laura Lee

Deal BreakerseARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: September 1st 2015

Publisher: LAN Fiction LLC

Description:
How were they supposed to know that one night would change everything?

Devyn has life all mapped out. She just needs to accomplish one more thing before graduating college and becoming a full-fledged adult—lose her virginity. And who better to assist her than her best friend, Riley?

Riley is the self-proclaimed king of fling. His college years have been filled with meaningless hookups until the one night that ruined him for all other women. The one night he spends with his best friend, Devyn. Right before he screws it all up.

Balls to the wall, baby!

Now five years later, Riley is determined to atone for his mistakes and prove that he can be the man that Devyn deserves. Little does he know that Devyn’s been keeping a secret from him all these years. A big secret. Now he has to figure out how to win back the only girl he’s ever loved while navigating the pitfalls of her unexpected revelation.

Deal Breakers is filled with lots of laughs, a sexy romance, and an overflowing swear jar.

My Opinion

I haven't read anything by this author before. However, I decided to take a chance on it when I saw it up on NetGalley. It sounded like a sweet, summery read I wanted to jump into straight away, yet I've had to put off reading it until nearer the release date.

That basically sums the book up perfectly. It's a fast-paced, sweet read I couldn't help but get lost in. I kept telling myself one more chapter before work then ended up finishing the whole thing in one go. It is a short read, but I liked how the author have us hints into every year of college before diving into five years down the line.

I will admit at the start I wasn't sure about the constant time jumps. However, by the end I think it worked well. It meant when Riley and Devyn start interacting once more I did feel that old spark reigniting.

I was also surprised that this book did draw slight emotions from me. I felt bad for Jackson even if I rooted for Riley. Sure, their story is predictable and filled with quite a few tropes, but it's cute and I'm glad the author focused on positive attitudes. This books could have been very different had it focused on anger and guilt over the past and I'm glad it stayed away. It made this a light-hearted read that was enjoyable and kept a smile on my face.

Overall, a great read and I'll definitely be looking out for Brody's  and Drew's books. If you want a light-hearted read to chill out with during the end of summer, you may want to check this out.

4

Thursday, 27 August 2015

ARC Review ~ Demon Road (Demon Road, #1) by Derek Landy

Demon Road (Demon Road, #1)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: August 27th 2015

Publisher: Harper Collins

Description:
Full of Landy’s trademark wit, action and razor sharp dialogue, DEMON ROAD kicks off with a shocking opener and never lets up the pace in an epic road-trip across the supernatural landscape of America. Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers: they’re all here. And the demons? Well, that’s where Amber comes in...Sixteen years old, smart and spirited, she’s just a normal American teenager until the lies are torn away and the demons reveal themselves.

Forced to go on the run, she hurtles from one threat to another, revealing a tapestry of terror woven into the very fabric of her life. Her only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not at all what they appear to be…

My Opinion

I've been looking forward to this ever since I finished the final book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series. That series is one of my favourites and I was interested to see where Derek Landy took his writing next.

However, and it pains me to say this, but I just didn't connect with this story. I really cannot place my finger on why as his usual humour, action, and easy-going writing shone through and translated across to this book well. It's strange because everything I loved was there, except I didn't engage with it. From around 57% I began skimming. If it was by any other author I'd have probably marked it as DNF. However, I wanted to give Landy a chance to win me back as I've loved his previous work. Sadly, I found myself skimming more.

This is going to sound odd, but I think it was too similar to Skulduggery. I know that sounds like it should be a good thing if I love that series, but I can't help but feel it's bad. Some of the characters felt too similar in their attitudes and I guess I was just after something different. They weren't the characters I loved, but they felt like they were trying to be.


Saying all of that, I don't think this is a bad book. I think this is a personal issue I had with the story and it may work for you. If you've loved Landy's other work I'd definitely recommend giving this a chance.


2.5

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Blog Tour ~ ARC Review ~ Capture by Rachel Van Dyken

CaptureeARC received via Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: August 20th 2015

Description:
Losing your ability to speak at the age of seventeen; it’s not normal or fair.
But trauma, has a way of throwing normality out the window.

Dani lives anything but a normal life.
Her sister is married to one of the biggest names in Hollywood.
Her best friends are rockstar duo AD2.
And she has more love around her than most people experience in a lifetime.
But that doesn't change the fact their parents are dead.
Or that it's her fault.

It seems her new normal is being a mute, living on the inside, unable to actually communicate on the outside.
That is until Hollywood’s newest heartthrob Lincoln Greene hires her as his assistant for the summer.
He's gorgeous, completely unavailable, and unobtainable.
But that doesn't stop her from wondering...if things were different...would he want her?
If she was whole, would he be the other half?

My Opinion

I just love this author. Seriously, I have yet to pick up a book by her that I haven't been totally enthralled by. I will admit her Eagle Elite series will always top my favourites of hers, but every other book is great, and Capture was no exception.

I didn't know there were previous books in the Seaside series when I signed up for this tour. However, while I thought that might be the case while reading it due to the secondary characters having found their matches. I was still able to understand and enjoy it to its full potential. From the start it had me hooked and I couldn't stop reading even when I should have been working.

Rachel Van Dyken just had a great style. I love how she merges serious issues in with her laid-back and humorous comments. Her characters are always well-rounded and put a smile on my face. I get their humour and I never want the books to end.

In Capture Linc was no exception. Gone are the Hollywood stereotypes in this book as he's a down-to-earth, loveable guy. He had a good head on his shoulders and he was sweet. I loved him.

Similarly, Dani was an interesting character. It was an unusual concept that she didn't speak because of trauma for the first section of the book, but The author still managed to convey her personality brilliantly. I liked it overall, it made things different and gave her a real hurdle to overcome. Moreover, the fact the her development was combined with a sweet, passion-filled romance didn't hurt. I thought there was a good amount of chemistry between the two.


Overall this was another great read by this author. I would say I'm sad to get to the end like normal, but this time I have a few previous books in the series to read!

5

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

ARC Review ~ Turn of the Moon (Royal Shifters, #1) by L.P. Dover

Turn of the Moon (Royal Shifters, #1)
eARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: August 25h 2015

Publisher: Self-published

Description:
One girl. Two wolves. Promised to one. Destined for the other. 

To escape the cruel, overbearing, Kade, the Yukon Pack alpha she’s been promised to, Bailey Whitehill flees her home in search of a new life, one of freedom where she can make her own choices. However, Kade will stop at nothing to make her his and begins the hunt. 

As Bailey starts her new life, everything she’s known to be true, is not. Time is of the essence and choices have to be made or consequences suffered. Not only does Bailey fear Kade, but another danger lurks deep in the recesses of the forest. Unbeknownst to her, that danger is what she’s been searching for all along. At the turn of the moon, her fate hangs in the balance . . . and it’s up to her to make the right choice.

My Opinion

As many of you who read my blog will know, I've been shying away from paranormal stories recently. They've slowly been losing my interest and for that reason I was hesitant to request an ARC of this book. However, over the last year LP has become one of my favourites and since she's promised sexy alpha males again in Turn of the Moon I couldn't resist. I had to at least give it a chance, and I'm glad I did.

Turn of the Moon drew me straight into the story. It was fast-paced right from the start and the characters were clearly defined. Kade is instantly the bad guy and one you hate, while Bailey's stubbornness and strong will comes across. She was a character I liked and sympathised with.

When Ryker came into the picture things became even more interesting. Like LP promised he was hot and had a commanding presence. However, it was also easy to feel the connection he had with Bailey. I thought the complimented each other well and they had me rooting for them.

As for the paranormal element, I thought it was well done. LP kept things simple and I think it was subtly done. It was a constant presence in the book, but never did it feel over the top or too far-fetched. The shifter aspect is probably one of the closer to human lifestyles and I think for that reason I enjoyed it more.

My only slightly complaint was it was too short. It did skip a lot of time periods regularly and there were a few scenes I would have like to read about. One of those is towards the end with Ryker and Kade. I understand why the author didn't include it initially, but I would have liked to experience Ryker's feelings in that final moment.


Overall though another great read by this author. I'm still not fully invested in other paranormal books, but I'll definitely be continuing this series.

4.5

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