These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.
Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.
Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.
Monday, 25 September 2017
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Earlier this year I read Serenity Harbor, the sixth book in the Haven Point series. Instantly, I found myself madly in love with RaeAnne Thayne’s storytelling and I wanted more. I wanted to go back and read the prior Haven Point books, I wanted to read the next Haven Point book, and I wanted to dive into the other books the author has written. Fortunately, I didn’t have to wait long before I was able to dive into Sugar Pine Trail, the seventh book in the Haven Point series.
If the truth is to be known, I enjoyed Sugar Pine Trail even more than I enjoyed Serenity Harbor. I feared such would not be the case – I’m not the biggest fan of seasonal romance stories, plus Serenity Harbor had set the bar extremely high – and yet I was quickly shown a wonderful story through Sugar Pine Trail.
From the first page I was pulled into the story, into the lives of our characters. It starts on a high and the book only gets better. There are so many experiences throughout, so many emotions to work through, leaving you unable to put the book down for any extended period of time. I tried to blame my night of no sleep on my injured back, but that was just an excuse I used to spend the night reading Sugar Pine Trails. It was impossible to put down, and I’m positive my neighbours heard my sounds of distress when my Kindle ran out of batter at the sixty-eight percent mark.
Honestly, I was addicted.
It’s hard to pinpoint what part of the story I loved the most. One minute I will claim it was the emotion, the next I will claim it was the characters, and a few moments later I will change my mind to reference sweet scenes. It really is a combination of these things – and others – that make the book so good, one of those stories where the individual elements are great but the collective makes for an even stronger read.
As I’ve said, this book is deeply emotional. I was laughing out loud. I was on the edge of my seat with worry. I was crying ugly tears at the events. I felt everything. We really do go through such a wide range of emotions in this one, each emotion hitting you hard at the most perfect of moments. It was wonderful, making for a very real read.
A large part of why things felt so real, for why the story hits you so hard, is due to the characters. The cast is wonderful. I fell head over heels for our main characters, as they worked so well together. I also fell madly in love with our other characters. In Serenity Harbor I found RaeAnne Thayne writes a wonderful child character, and the same is true here. The realness of the children characters adds so much to the story, gripping you so deeply. Honestly, I loved this.
As for the events that played out – well, damn. There were so many wonderful scenes. I could list them out, but to do so would ruin the events. Just know you’ll be on a rollercoaster of events, and that you’ll love all that plays out. It really does pull you through so much.
Overall, this was a wonderful second RaeAnne Thayne read; a solid four-point-five star read that works perfectly fine as a standalone should anyone want to pick it up without first reading the prior books. I cannot wait to go and read even more of the author’s work, something I know will certainly be happening in the future. I’m a fan now, and I’ll be need another fix soon.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Earlier this year I was introduced to S.J. Pajonas through Crash Land on Kurai, the first book in the Hikoboshi series. Knowing it was a spinoff of the Nogiku series, I was somewhat tentative to dive into the story. I feared I would not understand the story without having first read the Nogiku series. This fear proved to be unfounded – Crash Land on Kurai was a wonderful read in and of itself – but I was still left wanting to read the Nogiku series. There were comments and references made that left me curious to see how the series played out – not to mention, the series sounded wonderful.
Thus, I was eager to give Removed a read. It sounded like a wonderful read and I couldn’t wait to get those answers I was hoping to receive before I continued through the Hikoboshi series. A dystopian society based around Japanese cultures – it goes without saying that I was interested in finding out more, and that I wanted to fill in those blanks.
If the truth is to be known, I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as I enjoyed Crash Land on Kurai. Both were brilliant books, but they had rather different tones. Having read Crash Land on Kurai, I was expecting something different from this one. It is not that this book is bad – so very far from it – I simply believe I would have appreciated it more had I not read Crash Land on Kurai first. For those who have read the Nogiku series, however, I would certainly suggest going on to read the Hikoboshi series – it is promising to be even more wonderful than what the Nogiku series is promising to be.
Nevertheless, as I said, this book was a great read. It took me a few chapters before I was really pulled into this story, but once the ball was rolling it was extremely difficult to put down. So much happened throughout this one, so many things were revealed. I could mention so many of the individual plot lines, but I would have no idea where to start – so much grabbed my attention, so much left me excited for more. There really are so many layers to this story, leaving you with very high expectations for the rest of the series. Do I believe the rest of the series will hold up? Hell yeah, I do. The way this one ends promises so many wonderful things, many new twists and turns. It’s not just the expectations from Crash Land on Kurai that have me saying this – Removed really does leave you with the belief this series is going places.
Without a doubt, I fell in love with the storyline and characters. Already, I’ve been telling other people to pick up the book, needing people to join me in my enjoyment. Without a doubt, I’m diving into book two. I need more of this world; I need to see how things play out.
After just two books, I’m positive S.J. Pajonas is going to be one of those authors whose books I make a crazy grab for whenever I can. Put simply – I’m hooked.
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Thursday, 21 September 2017
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Infinity is the final book in Anna Bloom’s Gravity series, and whilst it was an enjoyable read, it wasn’t my favourite in the series.
I became a fan of Anna Bloom earlier this year and have been working my way through her books. I really enjoyed her standalone novel The Game and her Truth About Love series. The Gravity series was on my to-read list as I was super interested in seeing how her young adult science fiction played out. The first book in the series was an enjoyable read but it wasn’t all I had hoped it would be. The second book in the series was a lot more enjoyable. This final book was enjoyable, but it wasn’t quite as wonderful as the second book.
Infinity is a much shorter read than the prior books in the series, allowing you to complete it in no time at all. It’s very much a book of providing answers, one of bringing everything together. There have been so many questions posed throughout the first two books, and this one works to give us all the answers whilst providing an entertaining read.
Whilst some of the answers were a bit on the predictable side, there were plenty of twists thrown in throughout the book to keep you guessing. These answers help the world to come into vivid colour, giving us small details that are wonderful to find out.
Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t completely happy with everything. I felt as though some of the choices made by the characters were a bit on the silly side, and they left me feeling as though it was just a way to play out certain scenes. I enjoyed watching all of these scenes unfold, but I did feel as though it took the attention away from the war that was supposed to be going on. Considering this book brought so much together, I would have liked for there to be more war scenes throughout the story.
Overall, this was a nice conclusion to the series. It wasn’t quite a four star rating – it was more of a three-point-five star rounded up – but I did enjoy watching how everything came together.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Since finding myself a fan of Anna Bloom’s work, the Gravity series has been a must read for me. I love Anna Bloom’s contemporary work – The Game being my favourite, The Truth About Love being my gateway drug, and her other work sitting on my Kindle begging to be read – yet I was intrigued by her young adult science fiction. It was something different and I was curious to see how it played out.
In all honesty, I did not enjoy Gravity as much as I had hoped. It was a decent enough read, but it failed to pack the same punch as my prior Anna Bloom reads. It was a three-point-five star rating, one I rounded down to three stars. Nevertheless, I was curious to see how things played out in the second book. It wasn’t simply the cliff-hanger of an ending – although that did play a big part – but the fact that I’d been pulled into the world.
Without a doubt, I enjoyed Velocity a lot more than I enjoyed Gravity. There was a lot more provided in Velocity, giving us a number of answers, whilst leaving us with enough questions to leave us curious as to how the final book plays out. In fact, Velocity took the things I enjoyed most about Gravity and made them stronger.
In Velocity, we dive deeper into the world of the stars. We get a better understanding of the powers they possess and the way in which the world works. There are still some contemporary aspects to deal with early in the book, but they quickly fade as the science fiction element takes over. Moreover, having read book one, I found it easier to accept the science fiction in this story. I still found myself ranting slightly when the science did not match up with real life, but reading book one allowed me to understand this one better.
In case you didn’t realise it by now, you need to read book one first. The two are very closely linked, and to understand Velocity you need to first read Gravity. This is not a series of standalone novels; this is a closely linked trilogy.
In addition to developing a better understanding of the science fiction elements, we also get a better understanding of the characters. New elements are thrown into this story, and although I felt as though some elements were a bit on the predictable side, I did enjoy the added depth in this story. I would have liked for the ending to play out a bit differently – I found myself rolling my eyes at the aforementioned predictability and how the ending felt a bit clichéd because of it – but I know it will play in strongly with the final book.
Overall, I’m super excited to pick up the final book in this addictive trilogy. Once again, I dived straight into the next book, desperate to see how everything plays out. Whilst the series may not have started out the way I had hoped, it’s certainly growing stronger as I work my way through the books.
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This year I’ve found myself becoming somewhat of an Anna Bloom fan. The Truth About Love series was wonderful, one I found myself devouring. The Game was even more amazing, providing an addictive read I needed to complete in a single sitting. Other Anna Bloom books are sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read, namely the Love and Loss books. One that always stood out to me, however, was the Gravity series.
Anna Bloom is best known for her contemporary romance, and I was intrigued to see how her foray into young adult science fiction played out. I find it can sometimes be a case of hit or miss when authors try something outside of their area of expertise, yet the notion of Gravity really grabbed me.
Although I did not enjoy Gravity to quite the same level as I enjoyed my other Anna Bloom reads, I did find it to be an enjoyable book. In all honesty, my rating is more of a three-point-five star rating than a three star rating. I spent a while debating whether I was to give it a three star rating or a four star rating, but in the end I opted to round down because I feel as though the potential for the next books will guarantee an easy four star rating.
Gravity grabbed me because of the premise of the story – the fact our characters are stars. Had I not walked down the psychology path, I’d like to believe my destiny would have been in the stars (in other words, astronomy is something I’m super interested in). I love a good science fiction read, but I cannot think of many books where our characters are stars. It grabbed me and I wanted to know more, curious as to how such a thing would play out.
Although there is a very clear science fiction element to this story, I feel as though a lot of the more contemporary issues were giving more attention than was necessary. We’re always dealing with the issues surrounding the science fiction elements of the story, but at the same time we’re dealing with the banalities of young adult life. We have so many scenes of school, and even though they’re mixed in with all the science fiction drama, I found myself wishing the school stuff would take a back seat.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the science fiction stuff. It was so interesting, and I’ve been left with so many questions. There were a few points where I had to silence the astronomer within – I had to remind myself that science fiction did not always match up with the facts – but for the most part I was really intrigued by what was going on. I simply wish we have delved deeper into the details, I wish we’d been given a bit more. It is wonderful to leave you interested in the series, but I favour having more solid information by the end of the first book in such a series.
Nevertheless, I did enjoy this one. It grabs the attention and leaves you intrigued as to what comes next – meaning it should be no surprise to find out I jumped straight into book two.
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