Sunday, 8 December 2013

Avoiding Temptation!!!

Title: Avoiding Tempation
Author: K.A. Linde
Series: # 3
Pages: ???
Genre: Romance
Release Date: December 10th 2013

Two years after walking out of Jack’s wedding, Lexi has finally put her past behind her. She has made up her mind about where her life is headed. This time, she is sticking to her guns, no matter what.

That is, until a phone call shatters the fragile grasp she has on her new life. Lexi is forced to question everything she thought she knew about what she wanted, and life-changing events push her to reevaluate the very plans she holds so dear. Nevertheless, Lexi has to choose her true path. That might just mean deciding, once and for all, that she doesn’t have to answer to anyone but herself.

In this highly anticipated final installment of the bestselling Avoiding series, follow Lexi as she juggles a new career, a new city, and the burgeoning affections of three very different men.

OMG!!! Who’s excited????
December 10th is only 2 days away
(well here in Australia we actually have to wait till the 11th with the time difference!)

Anyway we definitely are exciting!

If you haven’t yet read the Avoiding series by K.A. Linde I suggest you pop on over to amazon, buy the books and start reading them this very second.

You will be pulled into an amazing story. Linde has developed an intriguing way of telling a story jumping from the present to the past, leaving you on the edge of your seat after every chapter.

This week marks the release date of the final book in the instalment and hopefully the answer to everyone’s question… Jack or Ramsey.

While many books give you love triangles to keep you interest, Linde has given you Jack and Ramsey, and you just don’t know who Lexi will choose. The suspense has been killing us for over a year!!!

Friday, 3 May 2013

Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: #1
Pages: 327
Genre: Romance
Release Date: April 24th 2012

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself – and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Ok so I know that this book has been out for a year now, and while Rachel had already read it (and told me it ended with her wanting more), I was hesitate to start it. So as the release date for the second book drew nearer. I knew it was time to take it down from my Kindle bookcase, dust it off (hehe), and start reading it.

And from page 1 I was hooked!!!

I spent the rest of the night completely enwrapped in the story. It drew me into this completely different world, where you just have to keep reading to fully understand what is happening.

America Singer is a Five??? Don’t understand? Well let me try to explain it to you.

In the future after the Forth World War, the United States of America has fallen and a new country has risen to take its place. Ilea, is a young country which uses castes to divide their citizens. The highest caste (the Ones) consists of the Royal Family, while the lowest (the Eights) are the homeless, the dirt under your shoe. The castes were originally decided by how rich you (or your ancestors) were when Ilea rose. The Ones and Twos are given good educations leading them to good jobs and become respectable members of the community. As the castes decrease, so does everything else; their value of education, their jobs, their income. However, not all is lost. Young men who are drafted into the military become automatic Twos; they can end up fighting in the front lines at war or stationed as guards for the royal family. If you are chosen for the Selection (more on that in a minute), and are a lower caste you, and your family, are made a Three. Each caste has jobs which are specific to them, usually determined by their wealth.

Let me try to explain it a little better.

Ones – The Ones are made up of the Royal family and any other religious figure.
Twos – Twos are mostly famous people, movie stars, athletes, singers, models and military men
Threes – Threes are the brains, the teachers, inventors, authors, and any girl in the Selection who was from a lower caste
Fours – The Fours are made up of the shop keepers and farmers and also work in the factories.
Fives – If you are a Five you are an Artist. Whether it be a painter, singer, musician, sculptor etc.
Sixes – A Six is a domestic. They work as maids, servants, secretaries, cleaners, launders, pretty much anything involving housework.
Sevens – The sevens are the manual labourers. They are the builders, construction workers, truck drivers, garbage collectors, and maintenance workers.
Eights – and then there are the Eights. They are the nobodies. People who have fallen from grace, ex-convicts, orphans and people abandoned with no way to prove their caste.

And don’t think that those occupations are by choice either. If you are born into a caste you find a job in that caste, whether you are good at it or not. End of story! You would think that the story is set in the past instead of the future with some of the other aspects of daily life. Only women are able to marry above them into a higher caste, sex before marriage is a criminal offense and will land you in jail, and you are only able to have birth control if you can afford it.

So with most of the country poor and with no birth control and no money the poor just keep multiplying. More children means more mouths to feed, but eventually more people to bring in money for the family. Hmmm…

So anyway the politics is quite complicated. Let’s get back to the actual story.

America Singer is a Five. She has been secretly in a relationship with a family friend’s son Aspen for two years. Why is it such a secret? Well Aspen is a Six. It’s a big No No. The paper work alone in marrying below your caste is enough to put anyone off, not to mention that as soon as she marries, America will be seen as a Six, demoted a caste and forced to live and work as a Six, a servant. But as love prevails America gives her heart to Aspen promising she will love him forever no matter what.

This is where the Selection comes into play. The Royal Family have two ways of marrying off their children. A girl is married to a male ally in order to strengthen bonds with other countries, while a boy is offered a selection of ‘true daughters of Ilea’. The Selection is a televised contest in which single girls aged between sixteen and twenty apply to be chosen. One girl from each of the 35 provinces is selected at random to compete for the heart of Prince Maxon. Think The Bachelor; they move to the palace, are given makeovers, taken on group and individual dates, then slowly are eliminated until all but one remain. The Prince’s ‘one true love’ and the future Queen of Ilea.

When America receives her letter she isn’t impressed. Happy with the life she has decide on, she ignores her mother’s wishes and refuses to apply. It’s Aspen, who is constantly questioning condemning America to life as a Six, who convinces her to apply. Stating that he simply couldn’t live with himself always wondering ‘what if?’. This, and a helpful bribe from her mother, and America reluctantly agrees, if only in the hopes that it will help her family.

Well surprise, surprise America is selected. We didn’t see that one coming. Well America didn’t, and suddenly Aspen is breakings her heart and she is on her way to the palace to compete for a guy she has never even met. Deciding in order to help her move on, space is exactly what she needs, and with her family (now Threes) being well compensated, America decides to fight to stay in the competition as long as she can to help provide for her family.

I really enjoyed reading the book through America’s eyes. She is a sweet and caring girl who is so confused about her feelings and has no one to talk to. She is just trying to do the right thing for her family and move on with her life. She is thrown into a situation she never even dreamed of, and has gone from a nothing to a royal over night. She is awkward and clumsy and doesn’t always say the right things, but she is humble and she has her heart in the right place. Although sometimes she can be so infuriating, I found myself yelling at her in my head. Can she seriously not see that way that Maxon looks at her?

Maxon is amazing. I completely fell in love with him. He is instantly drawn to America and her refreshing take on his world. Having never lived outside the palace walls, Maxon’s life has been very sheltered and privileged. He is interested in America’s views and keen to understand how the country, he will one day run, is perceived through the eyes of the lower castes. Their instant chemistry is electric, and America opens up about her life and her secrets. But with 34 other girls vying for Maxon’s attention, and America still trying to deal with a secret broken heart will they ever be on the same page?

This is one of those Team Aspen vs Team Maxon type of books. You are either rooting for Aspen or rooting for Maxon. While both have their good and their bad, the suspense keeps you turning page after page until the very early hours of the morning. But don’t expect to get your answer in this book. After all it is a trilogy and what would make us all keep reading?

I am a Team Maxon myself, while Aspen seems to be a very good guy, always thinking of his family, he had his chance with America and he didn’t take it. I’m not one for second chances when there is a first chance right in front of you.

Anyway an excellent books and well worth the puffy eyes I had the next day. The second in the series was equally as good, but that is another review for another day!!!


TV Adaptation

And for those of you don’t already know, the CW (the network that brought us Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Hart of Dixie and many more) have picked up the book and will turn it into a TV series.

Hmmm interesting…

While Aimee Teegarden was set to play American apparently that is not the case anymore, which is a little upsetting, I think she would have done it well. The lead will now go to Yael Grobglas.

Who? I hear you ask. I have absolutely no idea. I think that she is a newcomer, let’s just hope she will do the part justice.

So how will they be turning this book into an entire TV series? Well I’m interested to find out. Obviously we will get to see a little more from other characters in the story as the book is first person narration, there will have to be a little more drama in the completion (maybe America will have to leave her room and the company of her maids a little more), some of the other girls completing may be made into sub characters, we may see Maxon and what he does during the day or while he is on dates with the other girls, we might get to see a little more into the background of the country, not to mention they will properly focus a lot on the dresses, hair and make-up of becoming a princess.

Well I guess that we will have to wait and see.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

We're Still Here!!!

Hey there everyone

Have you been wondering where we have been?? Very sorry we sort of dropped off the radar there for a while as life does tend to get in the way a bit sometimes.

Anyway, we are back and ready to get posting our latest reviews. Welcome to all our new followers and anyone else who is just stopping by. We hope you can spare a couple of minutes to have a browse around to see what we are all about.

We have had a lot of great feedback about the blog so far, and we always enjoy reading what everyone thinks, so definitely don’t hesitate to leave a comment on any post, we read them all!!!

We have a few exciting things coming up in the next couple of months. Some book reviews by a few new authors on our radar, some reviews of our old favourites and of some of those sequels/prequels we have been waiting for, some author interviews and hopefully even a few giveaways!!! So don’t forget to follow so you can stay tuned.

Just a reminder if you are in fact an author looking for someone to review your new book just head on over to our ‘Contact Us’ tab and drop us an email.

Ok so let’s get back into it….

Friday, 8 February 2013

Significance Movie!!!

Ok so a follow up from my last post Leap Frog Follow Hop's question, I have just discovered that Significance will indeed be made into a film.

Indie production companies Panoramik Productions and Frame 7 have teamed up with author Shelly Crane to bring this amazing series to life. At the moment they are looking for donation from anyone, fans, authors, actors etc to help to fund the making of the first movie. Check out their Facebook page Significance The Movie

So spread the word and try to get as many people as you know interested and wanting to be apart of making this movie a reality, every dollar counts. J

Click Here to make a donation

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Leap Frog Follow Hop

The Paperbook Princess and Readers In Wonderland have teamed up to present you with the: Leap Frog Follow Hop!

Leap Frog Follow Hop
Click Here for more info

What is the number one book you wish could be turned into a movie?

Kerry’s Answer:

Well I’m currently obsessed with the Significance series and I would absolutely love to see that be turned into a movie. I think that Caleb and Maggie are my new favourite book couple. It would be so exciting to see who would play the different characters. I think that it would be the next Twilight!!!

Rachel's Answer:

Mine is already happening which I’m so excited for; Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I absolutely love it, if you couldn’t already tell by the review and imaginary cast!!!

Friday, 1 February 2013

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop hosted by Dani from Pen to Paper. Each week you post one book from your wish list that you really want to read.

Well better late than never…

This weeks Wishlist Wednesday book is …

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: #1
Pages: 327
Genre: Romance
Release Date: April 24th 2012

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

I know that I’m a little behind the eight ball when it comes to this book. I have actually been putting it off a little so that I won’t have to wait as long for the second book. But it is one of those books sitting on my Kindle just waiting to be read…

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Ok so I'm a little late on my Waiting on Wednesday this week but here it is anyway...

Title: Avoiding Intimacy
Author: K.A. Linde
Series: #2.5
Release Date: February 26th 2013

Be prepared to enter the world of Chyna Van der Wal...

That is literally all the information about the upcoming installment of the Avoiding series. I'm really excited to read about Chyna and hopefully grab a little more information about my favourite characters along the way...

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Safe Haven Movie Soundtrack

We Both Know - Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw

I am completely in love with this song from the Safe Haven soundtrack. It is absolutely perfect for the book. I’m so excited about the upcoming movie! I think that Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel are going to do an amazing job!

The soundtrack will be released on February 5th 2013

Here is the full track list

1. We Both Know – Colbie Caillat feat. Gavin DeGraw
2. Say Anything – Tristan Prettyman
3. Keep Your Head Up – Ben Howard
4. Summer Child – Dar Williams
5. Sleepy Little Town – The White Buffalo
6. Wrap Your Arms Around Me – Gareth Dunlop
7. Moonshine – Sara Haze
8. The Journey – FM Radio
9. Heart’s Content (Strings Mix) – Brandi Carlile
10. Violin – Amos Lee
11. My Baby’s Got to Pay the Rent – The Deep Dark Woods
12. Canoeing (Katie and Alex’s Theme) – Deborah Lurie

The movie will be released on February 14th 2013

One of my favourite Nicholas Sparks books! What do you think about the upcoming movie adaptation???

Book Review: Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Title: Wallbanger
Author: Alice Clayton
Series: NA
Pages: 314
Genre: Romance
Release Date: November 27th 2012

Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O.

Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each moan, spank, and–was that a meow?–punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O.

Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick…

In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.

Hmmmm, what to say about this book …

I just don’t know how I feel about it.

The reviews that I have read said how much everyone enjoyed it, and I guess I did too, but there seems to be something missing for me.

I really only continued reading it because I wanted to finish it, but I found the last part kind of boring. Sorry everyone who loves it!

I did laugh throughout the book, and I enjoyed reading about Caroline and Simon. For me when I’m reading though, I like there to be a sad point in the story, then a sudden explosion of happiness. I like the struggle before the happy ending and it just seemed like this story cruised along. I don’t mind a bit of predictability, and a happy ending, but I wanted more and this story wasn’t giving that to me.

I thought the book was good, and would recommend it to anyone who just likes to read though cruisey sort of books. No great struggle, no great conflict. You know who you are!!! You are the people giving this book outstanding reviews!!!

Not a bad book, but not a favourite either!

Book Review: Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts

Title: Captive in the Dark and Seduced in the Dark
Author: C.J. Roberts
Series: #1 - #2
Pages: 262 - 416
Genre: Adult Fiction/Erotica/Romance
Release Date: August 29th 2011 - August 30th 2012

Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.

Okay, first I’m going to warn everybody that this book is seriously not for the faint hearted! It is a very intense read and also very frightening. I’m going to review both the books at once as they need to go together!

Imagine one day you’re walking down the street and smile at an attractive stranger. Now as a person who smiles a lot I tend to do this without any intention behind it. So imagine what would happen when this stranger kidnaps you and leaves you in a sort of dungeon? Already terrifying enough right? Well wait until you find out the story behind it, it is even more devastating.

Olivia is a virgin who has never had any sort of intimate relationship with a man. She isn’t close with her mother, a woman who insists on calling her a whore on a daily bases, purely because of her own jealousy. However, Olivia doesn’t even dress nicely or wear makeup simply to please her and keep her happy.

Olivia is captured by Caleb, a man who tells her that she is to be sold into sex slavery. She suffers from a little bit of Stockholm syndrome, which helps you to understand the way she was feeling. Olivia is so helpless and has to rely on Caleb to basically survive, so she eventually starts to have some feelings for him. I have to say I was so glad there was a second book because this leaves you on such a cliff hanger. Putting aside the distressing situation I was so drawn to finish these books and find out Olivia’s fate.

The journey that Olivia and Caleb go through will not be for everyone. At times I was wondering why I was continuing to read it, but as I said I was completely drawn to finishing. It was very different from the average stories that I have read and I was really captivated by both the books.

When I think back to chapter one in the second book it makes my toes curl in disgust, but after finishing them both I understand that it just seems like it had to be there.

I loved the internal struggle that Caleb went through. Questioning all of his actions and the reasons behind them.

C.J. Roberts is an amazing, amazing writer. I could really picture myself in Olivia’s shoes, which literally had me feeling sick to my stomach at times. It holds some very adult content and is very descriptive about the sex slave industry.

These books are definitely not for an unforgiving person. Maybe it’s because I’m the type of person not to hold a grudge, but I really loved the story. There were many times I felt my stomach drop with that sinking feeling and ended up in tears just imagining all this happening to somebody.

If you are after a completely different story line than you’re used too, give this one a shot. I’ll just warn you again though, be ready to read about things that you couldn’t even possibly have imagined. It’s one of my favourites so if you think you can handle it, give it a go!