Friday, February 28, 2014

January & February Wrap Up!

Hey all! I've finally found some time to catch up on blog things now that I have internet & set up for the uni year. The last week has been extremely busy for me spending the last two days before coming back to uni in Sydney because of the VA fan event held a Kino & the Sydney Premiere of Vampire Academy! I was very lucky to actually met Zoey & Lucy at the fan event & got a signed copy of VA! I have no idea what was going on that week because I won these things & surprising the hell out of me because I never win anything!

I loved the VA movie it had everything it had to have & left out things that weren't need in the movie. While it was rushed at times it was still a great movie adaptation and I cannot wait to see it again next week!

Signed VA copy, VA movie pass & Me and Sunny from A Sunny Spot on the Pink Carpet!
My best friend & I at the VA movie & Me with Zoey & Lucy at the VA fan event!

Now on to the crazy amount of books that I have bought/recieved/won! 

Review Books:

  • Tape by Steven Camden
  • Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  • Dead Silent by Sharon Jones
  • Secret by Brigid Kemmerer
Thanks to Bloomsbury, Harper Collins, Hachette & Allen & Unwin!

Physical bought books:
  • The Naturals by Jenn Lynn Barnes
  • My Life Next Door by Huntly Fitzpatrick
  • How My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jenn Doktorski
  • If I Lie by Corrine Jackson
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
  • My Sweetest Escape by Chelsea M. Cameron
Books I've won:
  • Take a Chance by Abbi Glines (Thanks Pavan for the competition!)
  • Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead (Thanks Penguin Teen Aus for the comp at the VA fan event!)
  • Love in Bloom #1-10 by Melissa Forster
  • The Trouble With Goodbye by Sarra Cannon
  • Sweet Rome by Tillie Cole
  • Colorado Mountain #1-6 by Kristen Ashley
  • The 'Burg #1-4 by Kristen Ashley 
  • Heaven and Hell by Kristen Ashley
  • Play It Safe by Kristen Ashley
  • Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley
  • Abandon by Cassia Leo
  • Fall by Rachel Van Dyken
  • More than Him by Jay McLean
  • Fair Catch by Cindy Anderson
  • Perfect Summer by Katie Graykowski
  • True Believers #1-3 by Erin McCarthy
  • Remembering Us by Stacey Lynn
  • Trouble by Samantha Towle
  • Pieces of Me by Erica Cope
  • Broken by Kelly Elliot
  • Cherished by Kelly Elliot
  • Believe by Kelly Elliot
  • One Night With Him by KS Smith
  • Sweet Serendipity by Jenna Pizzi
  • Second Chances #1-3 by LP Dover
  • Fixed #1-3 by Laurelin Paige
  • Wilder #1-3 by Jill Shalvis
  • Surrendering to Us by Chelsea M Cameron
  • Thoughtless by SC Stephens
  • In Too Deep #2-5 by Casey McMillin
  • Connections #1-2 by Kim Karr
  • Broken at Love by Lyla Payne
  • By Referral Only by Lyla Payne
  • Wicked Ink Chronicles #1-2 by Laura Wright
  • On Dublin St #1.5, 2.5, 3 by Samantha Young
  • In The Deep by Samantha Young
  • Sentinel by Jenn L Armentrout
  • Without #1-2 by CJ Azevedo
  • Unforgettable You #1, 1.5 by Beverly Kendall
  • Infinity #1-3 by Layne Harper
  • My Side by Tara Brown
  • The Single Lady Spy #1-2 by Tara Brown
And that is all the books that I've gotten over the last two months! Also currently read 91 out of 200 books on my Goodreads Challenge! (Yes, I am aware that I am crazy okay?)

Keely xx

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Review Time #54

Covert Interview by Missy Marciassa

After growing up feeling like the unwanted leftovers of her parents’ divorce, Elle Paquet is finally an independent adult when she graduates from college to become an Information Scientist (the 21st century term for Librarian). What’s her first “adult” decision? She nixes her ten-year plan of going to grad school and marrying her college sweetheart to go work for the CIA and see how things turn out with hot agent Preston Raddick.

While Elle’s formal education may be over, life lessons are only just beginning. Preston teaches her a tough lesson about what a fling is and what it isn’t. Meanwhile, the CIA wants to know if she’s merely interested or truly committed to the agency. And are her skills up for the job? When Elle is given an assignment that tests her loyalty to her family and endangers herself and her loved ones, she learns that affiliation with the CIA means excitement can turn to danger at the drop of a hat, just as love can turn to heartbreak. Life as an adult is far harder than Elle ever imagined as she wrestles with unforeseen complications and new opportunities.

Covert Interview is about the unpredictable turns life can take.

I loved Covet Assignment and reading Covert Interview was no different. What I loved about this book we got to see a stronger side to Elle who is no longer relying on others to keep her safe which is great. Preston shows Elle what a fling exactly is & takes off on an assignment to who-knows-where doing who-knows-what.

Elle is now a CIA analyst on a 90 day probation period and isn't working out at Langley. Instead her cover is that she works for the Library of Congress helping Univeristy Libraries in D.C, Norfolk and Charlotte. The great thing for Elle is that she is dong something she loves whilst still doing data analyst things for the CIA. In Norfolk she meets a JAG lawyer Lyle in speed dating (yea I know) and sparks up at relationship with him when she is in Norfolk because her fling with Preston is over (I am not happy about this). 

With only a few people knowing that she actually works for the CIA, she has to make sure that what she says stays hidden & safe. When a mission hits close to home for Elle she has to decided whether or not that this is the right job for her, making her second guess everything. 

The opening scene really sets the tone of the work with analyst Elle being targeted like she was a field operative she wants what is best for her & her safety. I loved seeing Elle grow as a character and trying new things (i.e. speed dating) it was also great to see how well she bounced back from heartbreaking decisions. The ending made me really excited for the next Covert book: Covert Cover Cracked!

Thanks Netgally & Missy Marciassa!

Rating: 4 to 5/5

Keely xx

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

It's a VA giveaway!

Hey everyone! Sorry about the MIA lately but it is that time of year to head back to uni, along with moving & having no internet but I am back (or will be more next week)! 

On Thursday the 20th of February the Australian VA movie premiere will be happening and I have been lucky enough to win a double pass + 2x copies of the VA movie soundtrack! I was so surprised to win this and I cannot wait for Thursday! Also somehow (no idea how this is all happening, the stars must be aligning because I win nothing all the time!) I have won a chance to meet Zoey Deutch & Lucy Fry at a Penguin Teen Aus event at Kino in Sydney on Wednesday! 

Yes so I was very lucky yesterday! But since I won two copies of the VA soundtrack and I only need one right? I'm hosting a giveaway! Now this giveaway is AUS ONLY because I am a poor broke uni student who cannot afford overseas postage, however INTL people look out for my 2nd blogoversy I might be possibly doing a giveaway that everyone can enter!

- Must be an Australian resident 
- Must be over 13 with Adult consent
- Must reply to the winner email in 48 Hours

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