Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Review #27

Tall, Dark and Distant by Julie Fison

When Georgia meets Nik on her summer holiday, she’s sure he’s too good to be true. He’s gorgeous, with god-like abs and an adorable English accent. Then she discovers that he’s actually a member of an obscenely wealthy Russian family – and he wants to get to know her better.

Nik catapults Georgia into a world of private yachts, fast cars and expensive jewellery. Having a billionaire for a boyfriend certainly comes with benefits ... but it also comes with a price. How long will it take before life in the fast lane spins out of control? (from goodreads.com)

Georgia is on her family vacation with family friends to Noosa, just finished year 12, going to Kenya at the start of the new year at a hospital to help because she wants to become a doctor, this was all apart of the plan. However, Nik Morozov. Nik is wealthy, has many secrets, drives a Ferrari & Porsche and could more than likely have anyone, but he wants Georgia, the girl who missed schoolies because she got pneumonia and has never had a boyfriend before.

Nik takes Georgia on a whirlwind time, however his secrets destroy everything that he has tried to change, which could hurt Georgia. Georgia wants to understand, but Nik is an arrogant person who leaves when the times get rough. Being told from both Georgia & Nik's perspective who can understand what is going on in both there minds while they start to unravel the secrets from Nik's past, including who he really is.

Georgia is such an easy character to connect with, first love & trying to decided what is really the right thing to do. Nik however arrogant he is, there is a story to it. You can't always change a person, but Nik, well Georgia is a good influence on him. With a rather dangerous situation, Nik leaves Georgia thinking that it is the best thing for both of them, to keep her safe, because when your last name is Morozov someone always wants something from you. 

The ending is sweet and even through everything that happened between them, the bad guy can always change. This book is swoon-worthy because of Nik & sweet because of Georgia, a great summer read when in need of a short beachy read.

Rating: 4/5

Keely xx 

Top Ten Tuesday #4

Top Ten Tuesday is a week feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, book bloggers post a top ten list in response to predetermined prompt. To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or to see a list of future topics, head on  over to The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

1. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

2. Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

3. Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

4. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

5. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff 

6. Breath by Tim Winton

So for pretty much each of these books, I just haven't had time to read them. Stormdancer I started but started getting confused & was in middle of HSC time so I put it on the backburn and yet to pick it up again. Etiguetter & Espionage I have started but settling into uni I haven't picked it up again, but have read e-books... Perks of being a Wallflower is something I have to read soon. The others I borrowed and am yet to read.

Keely xx

Monday, March 18, 2013

Review #26

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it's that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting--or stealing--whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale's family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother's billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there's no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won't let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother's will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company's fortune. So instead of being the heir--this time, Hale might be the mark. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she's willing to save her boyfriend's company if it means losing the boy. (from goodreads.com) 

Kat and the gang are back! But this time it is more than just a lost master that has to be returned home, this time its personal. Hale's future and his family's future hang in the balance as Kat tries to figure out why would anyone want to change old Hazel Hale's will?

This book is more Kat being thrown into Hale's world not Hale falling for the girl who tried to his monet two years ago. Kat struggles with Hale's world and the responsibilities that he now faces with the outcome of Hazel's will. As Kat and the gang travel around the world visiting places that they have heisted at before doing again in the name of Hale.

Kat & Hale's relationship is put to the test when Kat doesn't want Hale knowing what she is doing. At moments I hated Hale because he didn't see that that Kat was trying to help in the only way she knows how: thieving. The emotional rollercoster that Carter takes you on in this story makes you want to scream, shout and swoon at Hale. Almost. All. The. Time.

The development of Kat & Hale's relationship is woven into the plot, with Kat trying to find the real will that could change Hale's life forever. With Hale's new responsibility he forgets that he has Kat to help him & to understand everything that is happening. The gang isn't used to division between Kat and Hale, they have to adjust to help with this heist (or really in this case planning & tricking), with help from the whole family this time, they try to pull off a con that could save Hale & his family business. 

It was good to see the whole family come together and pull the con, since in the other two the family is against what Kat and the gang are trying to do, this time it is to save the outsider who became one of them. Perfect Scoundrels is a great installment in the Heist Society series and would have to  be the next best after Heist Society (seriously I loved the first).

Rating: 4.5/5 (Hale made me take off 0.5 for his ignorance) 


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday- #3

Top Ten Tuesday is a week feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, book bloggers post a top ten list in response to predetermined prompt. To learn more about Top Ten Tuesday or to see a list of future topics, head on  over to The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books At The TOP Of My Spring 2013 TBR list! (or in my case Autumn)

1. Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting
I love the body finder series. I don't like creepy movies and that but I love creepy books, this being my favorite. I also just love Violet & Jay, really want to see how this one goes after the ending of the last echo!

2. Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Travis's view of Beautiful Disaster. Need I say more? I cannot wait to read this from Travis's view & get to understand him more & why he fights etc. 

3. If I Should Die by Amy Plum
I believe that this is the final book in this trilogy! I love Kate & Vincent, and really just love the series (hello Paris people!). I cannot wait to see how this one ends.

4. Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
After being recommended these books by some lovely people on twitter, I had try her books, now I'm hooked and cannot wait to read this one!

5. Requiem by Lauren Oliver
The final book in this series (I think) and it is out now but I haven't had to chance to buy it yet. Really want to how this finishes, because love really cannot be a disease, can it?

6. Never Too Far by Abbi Glines
Ok so it isn't a TBR but it is amazing! So the ending was a bit too sudden for me, however I still enjoyed reading about Blaire & Rush, and there struggle with their family etc.

7. The Elite by Kiera Cass
The second book in this series and I really want to know who America chooses to be honest after lovely The Selection, I'm looking forward to it.

8. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
The last book in The Infernal Devices trilogy, do I have to say anything else?

9. The Forever of Ella & Micha by Jessica Sorensen
I really enjoyed the first one and want to see what happens to this re-kindled relationship that they have going.

And that is it! I cannot think of any other book coming out in Autumn... maybe because half the books I've been reading have been recommend to me from Amazon on the kindle store...

Keely xx 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Review #25

Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt…with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy… (from goodreads)

Things I Can' t Forget is completely different to Catching Jordan & Stealing Parker, instead of sport being the main plot, this time it is religion. Yes the others did have some religion especially Stealing Parker but the sport plot was more the focus. 

Kate thinks she has done a bad thing, helping her friend get an abortion. In her mind she thinks that she has sinned.When Emily's parents find out what has happens she is kicked out of home, and no-one but Emily's parents & Kate know why. For Kate everything her eyes is all her fault for helping Emily & for keeping it a secret. Kate for the summer is a camp counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp where Emily was supposed to be with her but no isn't. 

Kate overcomes a lot of things during her time at camp, her parents, Matt, Parker & Will who help her through things that she doesn't even realise that she needs help with. Her re-kindling relationship with Matt helps her get through the things going on inside her head, when Matt doesn't even know that this is happening. There relationship is sweet, confusing & slightly crazy because Kate doesn't even know what is happening.

Kate's faith in God is questioned a lot in this novel, mainly being was God still listening to her? Now I live in a multi-cultural country and have seen many religions but I myself don't have a religion, what I saw in this book was that Kate didn't know about these other religions, she just knew Christianity.

Parker & Will are secondary characters in this book are there almost the whole way through with Kate & Parker becoming close friends. They help Kate through her relationship with Matt & dealing with everything that has been undone in Kate's life. Matt is sweet & cares about Kate, even if somethings he doesn't understand why she doesn't want to do something or why she has kept everything bottled in. He however has his own secret, something which Kate helped him through when she was 11 and he was 13, and she didn't even know it.

Things I Can't Forget was simply amazing, I loved having Will & Parker in this book frequently because it really helped with the religion part which Parker when through in the book before. Even with religion it was still such an enjoyable read as it allowed for readers to understand others views on religion

Rating: 5/5

Keely xx

Monday, March 4, 2013

IMM #8- January & February book hauls

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. I'm only going to do this when I get a chance, so at least once or twice a month.

Well the amount of books I've accumulated over the last two months is crazy! Since I've finally settled into Uni I'm able to start paying attention to the blog again.

- Hooked by Liz Fichera
- The Eternity Cure byJulie Kagawa
- Dare You To by Katie McGarry
- The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

Thanks to Net Galley, Penguin Teen Aus & Harlequin Teen Aus

What I Bought:
- The One for Me by Layla James
- First Love by Melissa Johns
- The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams
- Chasing Nikki by Lacey Weatherford
- Finding Chase by Lacey Weatherford
- Crush by Lacey Weatherford
- Play with Me by Piper Shelley
- Bound Together by Marie Coulson
- Last Christmas by Marie Coulson
- The Secret Life of Ella & Micha by Jessica Sorenson
- Vain by Fisher Amelie
- Bad Rep by A. Meredith Walters
- Hoax by Lila Felix
- The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorenson
- Up to Me by M. Leighton
- Down to you by M. Leighton
- Edge of Disaster by A.M. Hargrove
- Fallen Crest High by Tijan
- The Edge of Never by J.A. Rednerski
- Charade by Nyrae Dawn
- 10 Weeks by J. Watts & J. Perry
- The Perfect Game by J. Sterling
- Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
- Someone to Love by Addison Moore
- Devoured by Emily Snow
- From Ashes by Molly McAdams
- Avoiding Responsibility & Commitment by K.A. Linde
- Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mathewson
- Perfection by R.L. Mathewson
- Checkmate by R.L Mathewson
- Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally
- The Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Club by J.C. Isabella
- Chasing McCree by J.C. Isabella
- Tear by Rachel Van Dyken
- Putting Boys on the Ledge by Stephanie Rowe
- Impossible by Komal Lewis
- Pieces of Rhys by L.D. Davis
- The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
- Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter (OMG HALE!!!!)
- Just One Day by Gayle Forman
- Undeadly by Michele Vail
- Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky 
- Cracked up to be by Courtney Summers
- The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter
- Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Borrowed (all Nicholas Sparks books):
- The Last Song
- Dear John
- The Choice
- A Walk to Remember
- Nights in Rodanthe

Yes lots of ebooks! They are so cheap and I love my Kindle! So that would be all the books that I have bought/borrowed/received from my last IMM which was after Christmas until now. I have read pretty much every single one of these expect some of the Nicholas Sparks books... But now that I'm at uni book reading has been limited & textbook reading increased!

What have you got in your haul this month/week? Let me know!

Keely x