Saturday, November 30, 2013

November Wrap Up

Hey everyone I haven't been around blogging lately not because I haven't had time, I just haven't felt like blogging this month. But I have been reading, a lot and I have completed my Goodreads goal of 200 books for the year! Although I have read over 200 books, I don't include re-readings of books. I was also supposed to go a book buying ban this month after buying The Fiery Heart but I found a few too many good e-books for a $1.

Review Copies:
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • Empower by Jessica Shirvington (The Violet Eden Chapters #6)
Thanks Allen and Unwin and Hachette!

  • Love Match by Monica Seles (The Academy #2)
  • Keeping Her by Cora Carmack (Losing It #1.5)
  • Finding It by Cora Carmack (Losing It #3)
  • Red Hill by Jamie McGuire 
  • Losing It by Cora Carmack (Losing It #1)
  • Faking It by Cora Carmack (Losing It #2)
  • The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead (Bloodline #4)
Bought e-books:
  • My Favourite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron
  • Love Unexpected, Love Unmatched & Love Untouched by Anne Leigh
  • When You're Ready by J.L Berg
  • Forever by Rachel Van Dyken 
  • One by Mari Arden
  • Simple Perfection by Abbi Glines
  • Private Message by Danielle Torella
  • Come Away With Me, Fight With Me, Play With Me, Safe With Me and Rock With Me by Kristen Proby
  • Wrong Side Of Town by Kormal Kant
  • Hold Us Close by Caisey Quinn
  • Secrets of the Fall by Kailin Gow
  • Sometimes Never by Cheryl McIntryre
  • Jack Undone by Penelope Ward
  • A Beautiful Struggle by Lilliana Anderson
  • Something Great by M. Clarke
  • Finding You by S.K Hartly
  • Out of Line by Jen McLaughlin
  • Infatuated by Elle Jordan
  • Sudden Response by R.L Mathewson
  • Tall, Dark & Lonely by R.L Mathewson
  • Without Regret by R.L. Mathewson
  • Tall, Dark & Heartless by R.L Mathewson
  • The Cinderella Moment by Jennifer Kloester
As you can see by the amount of e-books, I gave up on my book buying ban...

Let me know in the comments what you got this week/month!

Keely xx

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #11

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows readers to showcase eagerly awaited upcoming releases. The week I have been waiting on Fallen Crest Public by Tijan!

Sam's first day at Fallen Crest Public doesn't go well. Some girls want to be her. Some girls want to destroy her. And some just don't like her. All in all, despite being protected by Mason and Logan, it's still only the strong survive. Sam will not only have to survive, she needs to learn how to conquer too, but there's another battle growing. Things are about to come to a disastrous end between the towns, Roussou and Fallen Crest. Sam's other main dilemma? Keeping Mason and Logan from getting arrested or hospitalized.

Cannot wait for this one to come out! After loving the first two books in the series of Fallen Crest High and Fallen Crest Family I am super excited to read this one!

So let me know below what you are waiting on this Wednesday!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Review Time #49

Empower by Jessica Shirvington

Now I was one lucky blogger who go to go to Sydney at Hachette HQ to meet Jessica & get a signed copy of Empower! Jessica is such a wonderful author and it was so lovely to meet her. I also got to catch up with Jaz from Fiction in Fiction who also was lucky enough to meet Jessica as well and Kim from two girls and novel who works at Hachette!

It has been two years since Violet Eden walked away from the city, her friends, her future and - most importantly - her soulmate, Lincoln. Part angel, part human, Violet is determined to stand by the promises she made to save the one she loves.

Living in the perpetual coldness of a broken soul she survives day to day as a Rogue Grigori in London.

But when an unexpected visitor shows up at her door, the news he bears about someone she swore to protect leaves Violet with no choice.

Even worse, she fears that this might all lead back to the night she tries hardest to forget. And what was taken without her permission.

Violet is going back to New York ... and she knows exactly who is going to be there.

With Phoenix in her dreams and Lincoln in her heart she knows it is only a matter of time before the final choice must be made.

Two years have passed since Violet left New York and left Lincoln after returning his soul to him. Living as a rouge Grigori an old enemy from when Lilith was destroyed has found Violet and he has a message for her. In her time with Gray, a rouge Grigori, from Greece helps Violet block out her emotions and keeps the coldness that she feels from having an almost completely shattered soul from when she returned from after Phoenix killed her. 

Determined never to go back to New York or where Lincoln is, changes when Onyx turns up with word that Spencer has been taken by the exile who took Violet's blood. On a mission to save her friend knows that things are going to change with Lincoln in charge of finding Spence.

We have watched Violet change and embrace her nature throughout the series none more so than in Empower. Violet is longer the confused and love stricken 17 year old we met in Embrace, (okay she is still in love) she has turned into a warrior, a weapon and a symbol. You can't help but feel for Violet and everything that she has been going through for the last two years. 

Lincoln doesn't know why Violet left him after she returned his soul to him and the anger that he has towards Violet is understandable. Lincoln has changed since Violet left him, becoming stronger and a better fighter pushing him up the academy's ranks. Phoenix, is well Phoenix and being an angel he tries to help Violet any way he can to save her. Gray, he is Violets rock when it comes to controlling her emotions and keeping it all lock away, we also learn about something funny that these two have done in London which is a great scene when they are in New York.

The challenges that they face in Empower makes what happened with Lilith child's play. Everything is on the line and only Violet has the final choice, after all she is the Keshet. 

I absolutely loved Empower, as soon as I was on the train back to Newcastle I was reading getting lost into this world wanting to know how it was going to end. I was slightly worried after reading Allegiant just as few days before but none the less it was an amazing end to this series. And so in the words of Onyx be 'Giddy with excitement... It's as if someone has rebooted your favourite movie just for you and you get to sit back and watch all over again.'

Rating: 5/5

P.S. I suggest having tissues and chocolate on standby!

Keely xx