It’s the summer of 1964 and the four summer interns are back in New York. Sherry, Donna, Allison and Pamela are reunited and things couldn’t be more d...moreIt’s the summer of 1964 and the four summer interns are back in New York. Sherry, Donna, Allison and Pamela are reunited and things couldn’t be more different for all of them. The four are all set with new challenges as they embark on new jobs and relationships.
Allison is learning that dating a teen heartthrob isn’t all its cracked up to be…and you’re never really dating just him, but everything that comes with being famous. Pamela is desperate to break into fame and will do anything to get it, no matter who she stomps on to do it. Donna is living her dream job and has to put up with a nightmare boss to do, and possibly ignore some of her morals along the way. And Sherry is trying to make a name for herself in the magazine, but someone is determined to ruin the magazine itself.
I absolutely adored this book. I have to admit I haven’t read the first in the series, but it didn’t ruin the second for me. The characters are introduced in a vivid way with just enough backstory to stop things from being confusing. The four girls could not be more different who, although they come together with this great bond, have four very different stories to tell.
There is a very serious heartbeat to this book. Set in the middle of the sixties, there are many class and race issues that are raised. Sherry befriends William, a black man who is a student at Columbia University. Sherry is a southern girl and back home things aren't quite as liberal and forward thinking as the people in New York. She is a sympathiser and quite simply just wants equality for everyone, regardless of their sex, skin colour or social standing. Sherry is met with quite a bit of distrust when she tries to join a few groups who want equality and it is at one of these meetings that she is introduced to William.
Donna mets Jack and there is instant attraction. It is later that she finds out his surname is Vanderwill and comes from one of the most wealthy families in the city. Neither of them care, but his mother isn’t pleased Donna doesn’t come from better stock.
Gloss: Summer Scandal is awash with interesting characters and I loved the gritty story lines. Despite these hard-hitting topics, it is, for the most part, a light-hearted read. Best read outside on the grass wearing large vintage sunglasses with the sunshine beating down on you and a frosted glass of lemonade.(less)
Timestorm picks up right as Vortex leaves off, with Jackson and his friends in the year 3200. It is there that Jackson learns the most about his genes...moreTimestorm picks up right as Vortex leaves off, with Jackson and his friends in the year 3200. It is there that Jackson learns the most about his genes and how if he time jumps again it will most likely kill him. He learns more about Eyewall and their cruel experiments and he knows he has to stop them, whatever the price may be. Jackson is surrounded by the people he loves. Including his one time love, Holly who turned Eyewall agent. Even his sister, who died many years previously is with him.
Timestorm, and the entire trilogy, is a masterpiece. It is easy to get lost in the science with books like this, but when the main character is constantly learning so is the reader. There are a few information dumps, but nothing too overwhelming.
There isn’t a single thing I didn't like about this series. The characters leapt off the page and were so well developed. The plot moved like a current, ebbing and flowing as it needed. This is the kind of series you curl up with one weekend and devour all three books.
Timestorm was a perfect conclusion to what is a fantastic series. It broke my heart and pieced me together again and I can’t to read it all over again. (less)
Four Seconds to Lose is the third instalment in the Ten Tiny Breaths series, and probably my favourite so far. We met Cain in the first book briefly,...moreFour Seconds to Lose is the third instalment in the Ten Tiny Breaths series, and probably my favourite so far. We met Cain in the first book briefly, and I have been intrigued by him since. Cain owns a strip club, though it is isn’t the seedy fantasy most people would think. He has his hands full with the dancers and their dramas, the police are always on his case and he works excruciatingly long hours.
Cain tries to make himself swear not to try and save any more people. It is an impossible task for any man and it is draining what is left of him. But then Charlie walks into his office. Blonde, young and so familiar to a girl he used to know. And Cain’s promises fly out the window.
Charlie needs a lot of money and fast. She needs to vanish before it’s too late for her. And while she hates the thought of taking her clothes off for men, her reality is far worse. Her new dancing colleagues are all too quick to spout off how they’ve had the boss, but Charlie has no interest in Cain. After all, Charlie doesn’t even really exist.
Four Seconds to Lose was a lot darker than the previous two novels, but I absolutely loved it. Cain and Charlie were both so complex and I loved reading from Cain’s perspective. It past by in a blur and I will definitely be re-reading this book. Probably a lot.
I can't wait to see what this author writes next. (less)
Tim is typical laidback guy, breezing through life. He sleeps on his ex-girlfriends couch so when he sees the housing possibility of a lifetime he jum...moreTim is typical laidback guy, breezing through life. He sleeps on his ex-girlfriends couch so when he sees the housing possibility of a lifetime he jumps at it. Large house, close to work, lovely neighbourhood. The only condition is he would share it with Anna London, a peculiar young woman who suffers from agoraphobia.
At first things start off fine. Tim is enjoying the new house and while Anna is odd, he decides she has an awkward charm about her. But then strange things start happening. Writing on the wall. Spiders in his room. Everyone insists it is Anna at the cause of it all, but Tim isn’t so certain. There is a sinister feeling in the house, and it isn’t done yet.
I loved the slow-burning romance between Tim and Anna, and she became my favourite character. It was interesting to read about her condition and my heart just broke for her and everything she had gone through.
Sweet Damage was a creepy book, something akin to Hitchcock who was the master of thriller. It was a pleasure to read, which I did slowly. With the lights on. (less)
Nat first saw Charlie long before she ever saw him. He saw her on the worst day of their lives, when a London bombing put Nat’s brother in a coma, and...moreNat first saw Charlie long before she ever saw him. He saw her on the worst day of their lives, when a London bombing put Nat’s brother in a coma, and killed Charlie’s mum. When Charlie moves in with her uncle and attends the local private school, it is her turn to see Nat. She hits it off with his sister and as they get closer, Nat seems to get more standoffish. On the surface it seems as though Nat and Charlie would have a lot in common, but as Charlie’s curiosity gets the better of her she starts to realise that maybe Nat knows more about that day than he lets on.
What follows next neither of them could see coming. And maybe both of them are wrong about what really happened that day.
Split Second is action-packed and a taut YA thriller. I couldn’t put this book down and my mind raced to try and figure out what would happen next.
There isn’t a great deal I can say about this book and I feel it’s on of those you just have to take on faith. Anything said about this book could give too much away and all the little things revealed not mean as much.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I read it on the edge of my seat. (less)
It is Livie’s goal in life to be perfect. To follow the straight and narrow path, get prefect grades so she can go to Princeton and become a doctor. A...moreIt is Livie’s goal in life to be perfect. To follow the straight and narrow path, get prefect grades so she can go to Princeton and become a doctor. And make her father proud. Every decision she has ever made has been done with this in mind.
But when she makes it to Princeton, it doesn’t quite go as she planned. Instead of finding the nice, respectable guy she has dreamed of, she meets Ashton. A handsome rogue who loves nothing more than a good time, and recently, he’s found that good time in Livie’s mouth. And despite herself and knowing that his roommate Connor is absolutely the guy she should be with, she cannot stop thinking about Ashton and his tattoos.
Kacey, Livie’s sister, is hell bent on getting Livie to actually live her life instead of barrelling through it towards her goal. But to Livie, asking her to act irresponsible, or even just her age, is like asking her to stop breathing. Ahston makes her feel like everything is spiralling out of control, so why does she wish she could hold onto him and let just spiral?
It has been a long time since I have fallen so completely, and quickly, in love with a book like I did with this one. One Tiny Lie is one of those books you both want to gobble down whole all at once and yet read it sparingly so it can last forever. We first met Livie in Ten Tiny Breaths, when Kacey told her story. It was a pleasure to revisit these characters and see not only that Kacey is still doing well, but all the adoptive family are.
Livie’s story isn’t as visually destructive as what Kacey’s was, but at least Kacey took what she wanted when she wanted it. Livie denies herself the things she truly wants and the heartbreaking thing is she doesn’t even realise she’s doing it. And in feeling like a failure and wishing she could stay away from Ashton, she discovers more about herself than she ever thought possible.
On the surface this is a fun and flirty book with a hot romance, but scratch the surface and you have two people who are really hurting, and pretty broken, who has the power to heal the other.
I cannot say enough good things about this book. It really is tremendous and I whole heartedly recommend it. (less)
Drew Evans has it all. He’s handsome and arrogant and the kind of cocky that knows it. He makes multimillion dollar business deals, can seduce a woman...moreDrew Evans has it all. He’s handsome and arrogant and the kind of cocky that knows it. He makes multimillion dollar business deals, can seduce a woman with a smile and breezes through life with barely a care in the world.
Then he met Kate Brooks. A new associate at Drew’s father’s firm, she is automatically out of bounds for him, but that doesn't stop himself from fantasising. Kate is amazing at her job, smart, funny and gorgeous. And attached. When they are put in competition with each other the gloves come off but pretty soon office politics become serious flirting and sexual tension.
Kate embodies everything that Drew never wanted. Why have one woman when you could have any number? But something about this woman makes Drew want to pursue until he has what he wants and never let go. But just as he is on the brink of getting what he wants his ego destroys any chance he has.
I’m in two minds about Tangled. On one hand, it was okay. It passed easily without much involvement and while it was a good read, I’ve had better. But on the other, something about this book made it brilliant. It is written from Drew’s POV and in a very unique way. The best way I could describe it would be like Leo in The Wolf of Wall Street, and I actually heard that voice as I was reading. It’s one of those shockingly honest views into the male psyche and though we should hate him, something about Drew is pretty damn loveable.
All in all, an easy but very enjoyable read. (less)
Zen and Sera have escaped from the scientists at Diotech who created Sera. They have travelled back in time to 1609 and, so long as they keep to thems...moreZen and Sera have escaped from the scientists at Diotech who created Sera. They have travelled back in time to 1609 and, so long as they keep to themselves and make sure nothing they do becomes part of public record, they can live out the remainder of their days in peace and safety but more importantly, together. Diotech can never find them.
But something is making Zen ill, and even before that life was a daily struggle. Every move Sera makes she has to be thoughtful and cautious. One wrong move could expose her as different…something you really don’t want in 1609. And when Zen’s life is threatened it isn’t even a choice - Sera acts to save him and is apprehended shortly after. She is accused of being a witch and put on trial, which means it will be public record.
Diotech has learned it’s mistakes and has created a weapon specially forged for Sera. They are equally matched and on paper, she cannot overcome him. But Zen will die if she doesn’t do something and so Sera must channel her human side and learn to get creative if either of them have a hope of seeing daylight as free people again.
I absolutely LOVE this series. Zen and Sera are very likeable characters, as are Kaelen and Cody. I could barely rip my eyes away from the pages and I raced through it as quickly as I could just to know what happened. It is fast paced and chock full of action and turmoil. Every emotion is channelled through this book and I think I felt every one.
Fans of this first book will not be left disappointed and I sincerely cannot wait for the next book. (less)
When Harlow’s father goes on tour with his rock band, he insists she goes to live with her half-sister, Nan, in Rosemary Beach. There’s just one probl...moreWhen Harlow’s father goes on tour with his rock band, he insists she goes to live with her half-sister, Nan, in Rosemary Beach. There’s just one problem. Nan hates her, and isn;t shy in letting Harlow know it. And after her first night in Rosemary, Harlow discovers the guy she gave her virginity to has spent the night with Nan.
Grant wishes he had never gotten involved with Nan. He had known she was poisonous, but underneath it all he truly thought he could be the one to redeem her. Unfortunately he was just the latest in a long line of men Nan uses to her own advantage. So when Grant met Harlow and saw what a woman really looks and acts like, he is desperate to rid himself of Nan and show Harlow he can be the kind of guy she can depend on.
Harlow wants nothing more than to believe in Grant. But after he disappeared after their night together, she has little reason to believe he’s changed. But Grant is determined, and Harlow is hopeful.
To be perfectly honest, I was a tiny bit apprehensive going into this book. I’ve been a huge Abbi Glines fan for ages, but after the two Perfection books, I was starting to lose faith in her. But hurray! Here we have a new series set in the sunny coastal town of Rosemary and two characters I don’t want to knock their heads together.
I’ve liked Grant since we first met him in Fallen Too Far, and that guy who filled up Blaire’s gas tank is still trying to be the good guy and fix anything broken. But unfortunately for Grant, he decided he could fix Nan when I doubt any such thing is possible. Grant sets himself up to be, to be honest, the guy we hate as a romantic lead. But redeem himself he does, and Harlow is a beautiful character to reach down and give him the hand up he needs.
I’m honestly looking forward to Grant and Harlow’s next book. And whatever Abbi may come out with next.(less)
A Kiss in the Dark was raw and frank and I was gripped from the very beginning.
I have been staring at a blank page and blinking cursor for ages now, a...moreA Kiss in the Dark was raw and frank and I was gripped from the very beginning.
I have been staring at a blank page and blinking cursor for ages now, and still cannot think how on earth to write this review to both do the book justice and convey just how amazing it is.
Alex and Kate are two teens who meet and form an instant bond. Straight away they fall deeper into their feelings for each other and can barely stand to be apart. But one of them is keeping a secret and the other has no idea.
Told firstly from Alex’s POV and then Kate’s, we get an incredible insight into both of these characters. A secret, a lie and an impossible situation. Cat Clarke has an amazing talent of showing us gritty story lines in unflinching honesty and I admire her bravery and this book shines because of it. It was rich and vibrant with Edinburgh as the backdrop to the story and the characters simply leapt off the page is startling clarity and Technicolor.
Once I started this book I could barely put it down and the deeper into the story I got, the more it held me until the end. It is real and I can’t stop thinking about it.(less)
Unbreakable was fast-paced and action packed, emotional with a bitter sweet romance.
Kennedy’s whole world changes when her mother dies, apparently of...moreUnbreakable was fast-paced and action packed, emotional with a bitter sweet romance.
Kennedy’s whole world changes when her mother dies, apparently of natural causes. She has to leave her childhood home and start again, many miles away. But before she can, two teenage boys burst into her bedroom in the middle of the night and save her from a homicidal ghost.
Jared and Lukas Lockhart are used to the paranormal and things that go bump in the night. The belong to the Legion, a group of five individuals charged with the task of saving humanity from demonic attacks and prevented one specifically from causing more havoc than he already has. And Kennedy’s mother was part of the Legion and so her responsibility falls to her daughter.
Kennedy is thrown headfirst into a world of demons and poltergeists, trapped spirits and vengeful ones. As much as she would love to bury her head in the sand and pretend it has nothing to do with her, the other four Legion members need her and she can’t turn away from that.
Overwhelmed and emotionally exhausted, Kennedy feels as though she will never where she fits within the Legion. Each has a speciality but she has no idea what hers is. And then there is the twins, Jared and Lukas. Lukas is the one who sets her at ease, whose touch comforts her. Jared sets her body on edge and wakes her up so completely.
Unbreakable was a pretty good read. It has been heavily compared to Supernatural and Buffy and I did find it distracting while I was reading it as I noticed the similarities. I am a massive fan of both shows but felt maybe the book should have been more its own thing. I did like the characters, but found it was Priest, one of the younger members of the Legion who I was most fond of.
The story line itself was gripping and a great premise. Really, the only negative thing I could say was the romance let itself down a little. I love teen angst and ‘it can never work’ love stories as much as the next person, but there was too much back and forth in a very short space of time for it to be appealing.
All in all a welcome addition to the genre, and I will be looking out for the next in the series.(less)
Natalie and Brooke are best friends, and have been forever. As different as chalk and cheese but lifelong partners in crime. Though, normally it would...moreNatalie and Brooke are best friends, and have been forever. As different as chalk and cheese but lifelong partners in crime. Though, normally it would be Brooke doing the crime and Natalie cleaning the mess. Natalie is the quiet one, Brooke the party animal. But everything changes when Natalie finally caves and goes to a party with Brooke. Unfortunately, Natalie can't remember much the next morning but Brooke’s boyfriend, Aiden, never will.
The pair’s friendship is thrown out of sync as both girls struggle with the consequences and repercussions of the party.
Anything to Have You is told from both perspectives of Natalie and Brooke. It was well written and very enjoyable, but I wish Brooke’s character was just a little more developed. Her chapters were short and blunt and I couldn’t help but wish for a little more from her. I loved Natalie. I thoroughly enjoyed her journey throughout the book and sympathise with her over the decisions she has to make.
It is an impossible situation with very sensitive scenarios but I thought they were handled perfectly. I have great respect for authors brave enough to tell it like it is, and this is exactly what Paige Harbison has done. Anything to Have You was a raw and honest account of typical teenagers. A wonderful read that passed in a blur of frenzied reading to find out what happens next. (less)