Hoax by C. L. Stone

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Hoax by C. L. Stone

Published: October 16th 2016 by Arcato Publishing

Someone tried to kill Kayli Winchester. That someone is going to pay.

After going overboard and nearly drowning, Kayli regroups and joins Axel, Corey, Brandon, Marc, and Raven back on board the Lucienda. This time, she’s brought reinforcements. Liam and Henry join the team in an all-out hunt for a killer. It can’t be too hard; there’s only so many places to hide on a cruise ship. But the number of suspects is climbing.

Tensions are high, and everyone is on alert, but along the way, there’s way too many distractions–very hot distractions. Kayli’s done hiding her feelings. She’s showing her hand, come what may. She’s never held back before she met this team–why start now?

But when one of their team members disappears, all clues point to mutiny. Is the team going to fracture because of her? Did someone throw her overboard because of jealousy?

Kayli refuses to believe it, but she’ll have to provide proof before the murderer finds out she’s still alive and comes back to complete the job.

C. L. Stone is easily one of my absolute favourite authors out there. I could easily jump into any one of her books and know that I am going to love it! It has been a while since I read the previous book in this series and I didn’t feel like I was missing any information or that I needed to go back and remind myself as to what happened.

This book starts exactly where the previous one left off. There is no time lapse in between the ending of the previous book and the start of this book, which I quite like because there was no explanation needed as to what had happened in between. I don’t want to go into too much because of spoilers, but it was easy to remember what had happened within the previous books.

I absolutely LOVE Kayli as a character. She completely slays everything she does, but at the same time she has her character flaws, which keeps her relatable to the readers. I enjoyed reading her interactions with all of the boys and the way in which the relationships grew and changed as the circumstances began to change – the relationship dynamic has become something completely different and I cannot wait to see how it continues to grow throughout the next book!

The plot of this book was fast paced and kept me on my toes throughout. There was always new information coming out and the twists and turns that revealed themselves throughout kept me hooked. This was a really quick read for me purely because I was loving every second of it – both plot wise and character wise.

Please excuse me whilst I go for a cold shower! The scenes between Kayli and the various boys (don’t judge it before you read it) was absolutely amazing and, as mentioned, I needed a cold shower! There was such a connection between her and each one of the boys and the dynamic between each of them helped keep each relationship fresh and interesting. I also liked the way that the author represented a gay couple – they were absolutely adorable and I cannot wait to see their relationship (finally) develop and grow, along with the relationship dynamic with Kayli.

All in all, I LOVED this book and this author is most definitely one of my favourites. I cannot even wait for the next book in this series and I am so looking forward to the way things play out – especially after the ending with Raven. I gave this book 5/5 stars.

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When I am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn

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When I am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn

Published: August 1st 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

“This isn’t meant to be a confession. Not in any spiritual sense of the word. Yes, I’m in jail at the moment. I imagine I’ll be here for a long time, considering. But I’m not writing this down for absolution and I’m not seeking forgiveness, not even from myself. Because I’m not sorry for what I did to Rose. I’m just not. Not for any of it.”

Ben Gibson is many things, but he’s not sorry and he’s not a liar. He will tell you exactly how what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains ended the way it did. About who lived and who died. About who killed and who had the best of intentions. And he’ll tell you about Rose. But he’s going to tell you in his own time. Because after what happened on that mountain, time is the one thing he has plenty of.

After reading the blurb, I absolutely knew that I had to read this book – it sounded like something thad I would fall in love with and I needed to know the mystery and what happened on that mountain. However, I have some really mixed feelings about this book and I am not entirely sure how to even review this – but I did enjoy it overall. I reckon I am going to review this in list form, because it’ll be easy to sort out my feelings!

Likes:

  • The psychological aspect of the book. Our MC has major issues after a childhood incident (I don’t want to give away spoilers), which leaves him with both physical and mental scars. Ben is an unreliable source of information and we are left questioning certain things throughout the book. As a reader, I was unsure as to whether I should really believe his version of events in the way that he tells it because of other things we learn about him throughout the book.
  • All of our characters are messed up in one way or another and this has a major impact on events throughout the book. We know as readers that the characters have underlying issues, but we don’t learn what they are until later in the book. Some of the characters had a huge impact on the direction that the book went because of the issues they had.
  • The relationship between Rose and Ben was also, from the very beginning, messed up. It made no sense and they both treated the other person horribly. For me, the entire relationship didn’t make much sense and it was made clearer as the book progressed why they were even together in the first place. Whilst I didn’t like Rose throughout the book, I understood her motives by the end.
  • I felt compelled to read on. I struggled throughout some of the book because of the narration style, but at the same time, I HAD to know what was going to happen to the characters and why.

Dislikes:

  • I struggled to keep reading because I struggled to really be pulled into the style of narration. I liked the unreliability, but it felt very disjointed throughout the book.
  • I’m not entirely sure I understand the point of the book itself. I read other reviews to see if there was something I had missed or to see if I was just being a bit stupid, but I was relieved to find that I was not alone! So, whilst I enjoyed the book itself, I didn’t really understand… at all!
  • I would have liked to have seen more of Ben’s home life and the way in which his mother treats him, rather than just being told about it (the unreliability again). I would have also liked to have known a bit more about his past and what happened and why exactly.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book, although I didn’t completely understand what the point really was. I felt compelled to keep reading, and I loved the unreliability of the MC. I gave this book 4/5 stars.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. Mcmanus

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

I was extremely excited about reading this book, but at the same time, I was worried that it was going to be a carbon copy of other books within this genre. I decided to listen to the audiobook whilst doing other things and I absolutely loved it! I was completely sucked in from the very beginning and I just had to know what was going to happen next.

This book starts at the detention that sets the ball rolling. We are not given much background information on any of the characters, other than the basics, which I quite like because the information came along throughout the book the further you read. There was absolutely no info dumping and it just flowed naturally, with secrets coming to light regularly and when the time was right.

I was left guessing throughout this whole book as to who maybe did what and, when is was finally revealed, I hadn’t even guessed at the theory! The various secrets that came to light, with the regularity of something new being revealed, kept me guessing and on my toes right up until the end. I liked the fact that the ending was not rushed and the pacing was kept even and quick throughout the book.

All of the characters had their own voices that stood out. The book is told through various POV’s (our MC’s) and each stood out on their own merit with their own personalities. I liked the take of each characters’ perspective on the events and how it was affecting them and the way in which they came together and started to stick together more. It brought about an unlikely friendship between characters who would usually have absolutely nothing to do with each other. There was one character (Jake) who boiled my blood every single time his name was mentioned. He was a complete Jerk to Addy and I just wanted to smack him every time his name was mentioned! I don’t want to give too much away because spoilers… but he is a character that just needed a bitch slap!

All in all, I absolutely loved this book and it kept me on my toes from beginning to end! I loved each and every one of these characters and the perspectives that they had. I gave this book 5/5 stars

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

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Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Published: April 16th 2016 by Tor (English Translation)

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters your homes at will. She stands next to your bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting, but in so doing send the town spiraling into the dark, medieval practices of the past.

I saw this book on a list of Horror books to read during the month of October and the premise had me hooked instantly. I absolutely had to know what was going on with this town and why! However, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I was going to and I ended up DNFing it.

I’m not sure if it is due to the translation of the book or just the way in which it is written, but I often felt confused as to what was going on and from who’s perspective we were actually reading. The events themselves didn’t particularly flow very well and there was no real explanation happening as to why the Black Rock Witch haunted the town and the people. I felt pretty lost throughout most of what I read, which led to me putting the book down to do something else.

The book is told from various POV’s – ranging from people who live in the town to the people who are tasked with controlling the town and making sure that no one moves there (other than the people who already live there) and making sure that the witch remains a secret from the rest of the world. I didn’t feel like the various POV’s had their own voices, but rather blended together, which made it difficult to differentiate between the various characters. It was easy to forget who was who and where they belonged within the story.

I’m not sure if I just didn’t read far enough or whether it was just me, but the creep factor of this book was basically non existent (it may also have something to do with the fact that I had no idea what was going on). I went into this book expecting to be so scared that I didn’t want to go to sleep, but that just didn’t happen. Even the description of the witch didn’t really creep me out…

All in all, I was left feeling pretty confused throughout this book – whether because of the translation to english or the writing itself, I’m not sure. I wasn’t particularly creeped out, which is a shame because this book sounded so promising! I gave this book 1/5 stars.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

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There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Published: September 26th 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

I absolutely loved the Anna and the French Kiss series. So, when I heard that this author was going to be tackling a horror story, I was excited to see how it was going to pan out, but at the same time, I was worried about it not being very good because the author is an amazing romance writer. Whilst I enjoyed the concept and aspects of this book, I felt like there were certain things that let it down in a huge way.

The books starts off relatively creepy. The start of this book definitely had me hooked because it was the beginning of the slayings and it got right to the mystery of things. I loved the way the scene was set up with the egg timer and the way in which the character was thinking about it because it gave it that creepy factor that I think a book like this needs.

However, having said that, I feel like this book went off on a tangent after that first hooking chapter. To me, it felt extremely unrealistic because a classmate had just been brutally murdered and mutilated, but our MC was focusing on her love life. I feel like the romance aspect of this book played too much of a role and it took away from the murder mystery aspect of this book. It dragged in certain places and I feel like the MC should have been more concerned about what was going on in the bigger picture rather than focusing on her and what her relationship was with Ollie.

The murder aspect of this book was extremely interesting. I loved the way in which the scenes were written from the victims’ perspectives and we read exactly what happened to them. The author definitely didn’t hold back on the way in which the murders were carried out – to the point in which I sent a snippet of a murder through to my brother because it was pretty gruesome. I do feel like we needed more of the psychology behind the murderer’s actions and why he did the things he did before committing the murder.

I would have also liked to have known more about the murderer as a whole by the end of the book. I felt like his identity was lacking and the reasoning behind it was very well thought out or fleshed out as a whole. I was actually confused as to who the murderer was because we had read very little about him and he seemed like the unlikely choice. I felt like things with him were definitely rushed toward the end of the book and I also feel like certain things would not have happened because he would have gone down sooner considering the description we are given about his appearance.

I was also pretty disappointed about the big reveal of our MC’s past and just why she was sent to Osbourne to begin with – I don’t feel like it was particularly shocking enough and it was rather anti climatic after that way in which it is described as a secret that has to stay secret throughout the book.

Overall, whilst I enjoyed certain aspects of this book, there were others that I was relatively disappointed in. The ending was rushed and not fleshed out enough and I feel like our MC needed to sort her priorities out! I gave this a 3/5 stars.

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted here. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back here and feel free to add your link to the comments section.

Hey guys! I hope you are all well and that you all had a great weekend! I just realised that I never posted a GRM last week :-O So, I am so sorry for that. So, since we are nearing October and Halloween, I definitely want to step up my horror/murder mystery game (after I have finished TOD). With that in mind, this weeks GRM is:

Hex

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Published: April 26th 2016 by Tor

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters your homes at will. She stands next to your bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting, but in so doing send the town spiraling into the dark, medieval practices of the past.

Cover Reveal: Sinister Souls and Dead Things by Martina McAtee

Hey everyone! I have an amazing cover reveal for you today! This cover reveal is for the third book in the Dead Things series by Martina McAtee and it is absolutely gorgeous!

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Sinister Souls and Dead Things by Martina McAtee

Expected Publication: January 2018 by 7 Sisters Publishing

17-year-old Ember Lonergan has made her pack a promise: To go after their enemies before their enemies can come for them. It was a bold statement that she has no idea how to back up. She hasn’t mastered driving on the highway, much less how to take down a hostile system of government. What’s worse, half her pack is crazy, and the other half is broken…possible forever.

But none of that matters anymore. Ember isn’t just Ember anymore. Ember and her cousins are the prophesied Trinity, foretold to take down the druids and break the curse that’s plagued witches and reapers for centuries. The Oracle has been gathering their allies—laying the groundwork for their return—for decades, but all of that work is destroyed in an instant when Ember’s betrayed by somebody she thought she could trust.

Alliances are crumbling. Humans are missing. People are dying. The High Inquisitor has arrived. Witches have taken over the school, and they are instituting new policies every day.

Their new message is clear:

If you fight for the Trinity, you burn with the Trinity.

Isn’t it so pretty! I am absolutely loving this series so far and I cannot wait to see what this instalment has in store for us! For anyone who has read the books, #TeamSilas over here.

About the Author:

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Martina McAtee is a USA Today Bestselling author and the winner of the 2016 Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal for her first book, Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things. She lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughters, her best friend, two attack Chihuahuas, and two shady looking cats. By day she is a registered nurse, but by night she writes young adult books about reapers, zombies, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. She wrote her first story when she was five with an orange crayon on a legal pad she stole from her mom’s office. She’s been writing ever since.
Her influences include Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Joss Whedon, L.J. Smith, and even J.K. Rowling. Living in South Florida provides her with plenty of material for the weird worlds she writes about. When she isn’t working, teaching, or writing, she’s reading or watching shows involving reapers, zombies, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures.
Her novels, Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things and Dark Dreams and Dead Things are on sale now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books A Million. Her third book, Loving You with Teeth and Claws, a Dead Things Prequel, is due out in April, 2017. She is currently working on the fourth book in the ‘Dead Things’ series, Sinister Souls and Dead Things due to release in Summer of 2017.

I would also like to wish Martina a happy birthday!

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Published: March 4th 2014 by Bloomsbury Children’s

Contains all five novellas.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

Let’s be honest, if Maas hadn’t written and released Tower of Dawn, I would never have gotten around to reading these novellas. I read this purely because I needed to before reading Tower of Dawn and, whilst I enjoyed most of them, there are a couple of unpopular opinions heading your way. Also, I should mention that I actually ended up listening to the audiobook of this (shock horror) purely because every time sat down to read it, I was getting distracted by other things – plus it helped when I was ill and didn’t really want to read!

The Assassin’s Blade contains all five prequel novellas, which started off with The Assassin and the Pirate Lord. The events of Skulls Bay set the rest of the events in the following novellas into motion which ultimately led to where Celaena (as she was known back then) to where she was at the beginning of Throne of Glass (trying to remain spoiler free, somewhat). I do feel like these prequel novellas could have really all been put into one prequel book, rather than five separate novellas. All the events from Skulls Bay leading up to the ultimate ending happened within months of each other and really followed as a consequence to the previous novella – so it would have made more sense to me to create one larger book, rather than 5 smaller ones.

What I really enjoyed about these books was the insight that it gave into Celaena’s character and who she really was and just how much she had grown from who she was then, to what she became in the Throne of Glass series. It was extremely easy to forget, most of the time, just how young Celaena was during these novellas – but then something would happen to show just how naive she was and her age was slap you in the face. Whilst she was mature in some areas (considering she’s Adarlan’s Assassin), she was naive in others (relationships with Sam and Arobynn) and it showed. Her naivety is really what got her where she landed because she put blind faith into someone she knew that she couldn’t trust…

I was most excited to be introduced to Sam. We heard a lot about him in the main series, but we can only meet him in the novellas. I was disappointed to find that I didn’t really like Sam and he’s much like a Tamlin, but not as extreme. If you have read the A Court of of Thorns and Roses series, you will know who Tamlin is – before you get your pitchforks out, let me explain. For me, the way I interpreted the book, Sam was very manipulative of Celaena – he often used her feelings for him against her (asking her questions like “Do you want to be with me?”) to get what he wanted. I understand that he was trying to keep her safe and trying to start a new life with her somewhere far away, but I think he went the wrong way about it. He refused to let her come along on a job (which is what she does because she was THE assassin of Adarlan) even though she wanted to – he wanted to keep her safe (understandable), but in the end, it should have really been her decision to make. He also knew that she didn’t want to leave the continent (although he may not have understood why) but he went and made arrangements without consulting her first to move away, and then expected her to accept it. He got angry when things didn’t go his way and he was constantly doing stuff that she didn’t like, and argued with her when she didn’t accept it. The difference between Tamlin and Sam was that Sam didn’t go to as extreme lengths as Tamlin did and Celaena, whilst naive, held her own against Sam. I think, if events had gone differently, the relationship would have turned sour, just like Tamlin and Feyre’s. For me, Sam’s sweet gestures (buying her sheet music) didn’t make up for the rest.

I think my least favourite novella was probably The Assassin and the Healer purely because it wasn’t as fleshed out as the others and it was a sort of middle point between what had happened with Arobynn in Rifthold and where Celaena was going for her punishment. It was still enjoyable, but if I had to pick my least favourite, it would be that one.

After seeing more of Arobynn and what he was like toward Celaena in these books, I would love to see a novellan from his perspective from this kind of time period, before Celaena went to the Salt Mines. I would be so interested to see what his thought processes were and what he was truly feeling at the end of The Assassin and the Empire, because he was such a twisted character – he definitely added another layer to the story!

All in all, I really enjoyed these novellas and the insight that they gave into Celaena’s character and the insights it gave into the characters that came back later on in the series. I am looking forward to seeing how some of these other characters play a role later on in the story! I gave this book 4/5 stars.

 

 

Goodreads Monday

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Hey guys! I hope you all had a great weekend! It has been raining most of the time and my husband has given me his cold! So please excuse any typos you might find!

The traitors kiss

The Traitor’S Kiss by Erin Beaty

Published May 9th 2017 by Imprint

An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

Cover Reveal: The Rebels of Gold by Elise Kova

Hey everyone! I hope you guys being affected by Hurricane Irma are staying safe! I have a cover reveal for you guys, today, and it is so pretty!! The Rebels of Gold is the third and final book in the Loom Saga by Elise Kova and is available for pre order. More on that down below…

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The Rebels of Gold by Elise Kova

Expected Publication: December 5th 2017 by Keymaster Press

A new rebellion rises from the still-smoldering remnants of the five guilds of Loom to stand against Dragon tyranny. Meanwhile, on Nova, those same Dragons fight amongst themselves, as age-old power struggles shift the political landscape in fateful and unexpected ways. Unlikely leaders vie for the opportunity to shape a new world order from the perfect clockwork designs of one temperamental engineer.

This is the final installment of USA Today bestselling author Elise Kova’s Loom Saga, THE REBELS OF GOLD will reveal the fate of Loom’s brilliantly contrasting world and its beloved inhabitants.

Isn’t the detail on the cover so beautiful? As mentioned above, this book is the third and final instalment in the Loom saga, and is now available for pre order:

Pre-order THE REBELS OF GOLD from:

| AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY |
| BOOKS A MILLION |

(more pre-order locations to come)

Pre order swag will also be available for those who submit their pre orders – Find out more here: http://elisekova.com/pre-order/

The first book in the Loom Saga (The Alchemists of Loom) is currently on sale! The eBook is currently $3.99 to celebrate the final instalment.

About the Author:

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Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media.