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Rogue Wave - Jennifer Donnelly
*Book Review* Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga #1) by Jennifer Donnelly
Reviewed By: Siobhán
Format:  Kindle Ebook
Pages:  373
Published: 1st May 2014
Publisher:  Hodder Children's Books
Source: Bought
Genre:  YA Fantasy, Mythology
Shelfability: Acquire
When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be about reuniting with handsome Prince Mahdi, her childhood crush. Instead she finds herself haunted by strange dreams foretelling the return of an ancient evil, and dealing with the deaths of her parents as assassins storm the betrothal ceremony, plunging the city into chaos.
Led only by her shadowy dreams and pursued by the invading army, Serafina and her best friend Neela embark on a quest to avenge her parents' death and prevent a war between the mer nations. In the process they discover a plot that threatens their - and our - world's very existence.
Deep Blue is the first book in a new Mermaid fantasy series for teens but it can appeal to adults aswell! I am not one to read mermaid books I think I have only even read one other series involving Mermaids, "Fins" by Tera Lynn Childs and those were really fun and light hearted reads. Deep Blue is completely different! It's more grown up and serious. With a fascinating plot that is completely mesmerising. However , at times the characters do come around a little bit childish.



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Reading progress update: I've read 53 out of 352 pages.
Hard Time - Cara McKenna

Really Struggling with this one!!

*Book Review* Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young
Reviewed By: Siobhán
Format: Arc Paperback
Pages:  336
Published: 15th Jan 2015*
Publisher: Piatkus
Source: Publisher for Review
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Shelfability: COVET
Buy: Amazon UK I Amazon US I Book Depository
*Ebook Out Now
"From the bestselling author of On Dublin Street, 'Scotland's EL James' (Sunday Post) comes a seductive story of forgiving the past and making up for lost time....

Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wake-up call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she's sworn off men - especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid - gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man - one who's determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude and win her heart.

As Shannon begins to open up, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when her past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them - and tear them apart for good . .
" - Goodreads

Oh Oh OH OH! Cole, Cole, Cole!! I have been looking forward to reading Cole's story for ages! We first meet him as a teenager in "Down London Road" He is Jo's wee brother and is so shy and adorable! You just want to hug him and tell him everything is going to be OK. And as the series progresses we see Cole growing up and now we get his story. And OMG! This is quite possibly my favourite book in the series.


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Reading progress update: I've read 0 out of 352 pages.
Hard Time - Cara McKenna

About to start this bad boy for review!!

*Book Review* The Jewel (The Lone City #1) Amy Ewing
Reviewed By: Siobhán 
Format: eArc
Pages: 368
Published: 2nd Sept 2014
Publisher:  Walker Books LTD
Source:  Edelweiss
Genre:  YA, Dystopia
Shelfability: Acquire
""Today is my last day as Violet Lasting. Tomorrow I become Lot 197."

The Jewel is a shocking and compelling new YA series from debut author, Amy Ewing.

Sold for six million diamantes, Violet is now Surrogate of the House of the Lake in the centre of the Lone City, the Jewel. Her sole purpose is to produce a healthy heir for the Duchess – a woman Violet fears and despises.

Violet is trapped in a living death, her name and body no longer her own. She fights to hold on to her own identity and sanity, uncertain of the fate of her friends, isolated and at the mercy of the Duchess.

The Handmaid's Tale meets The Other Boleyn Girl in a world where beauty and brutality collide.
- Goodreads

The Jewel has been waiting on my Kindle for quite a while to read. I don't know why. When I first seen it up for review I knew I wanted to read it and that I would enjoy it. However, I just didn't read it straight away. And I am kicking myself! The Jewel is a very interesting and fast paced read that had me hooked and left me begging for more.
Source: http://totally-bookalicious.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/book-review-jewel-lone-city-1-by-amy.html
Reading progress update: I've read 522 out of 522 pages.
Age of Iron - Angus Watson
Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 522 pages.
Age of Iron - Angus Watson
Reading progress update: I've read 13%.
Rush - Eve Silver
*Book Review* Soulless (Death Warden #1) by Amber Garr


Reviewed By: Siobhán
Format:  eArc
Pages: 180
Published:  20th Aug 2014
Publisher: Hallowed Ink Press
Source: Netgalley
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Shelfability: Borrow
Buy: Amazon UK I Amazon US
When it comes to death and love…only one is guaranteed.
Four decades ago Nora died. A tragic event for someone so young; however, four decades ago Nora was also given a second chance to walk among the living.
A Death Warden with a mysterious past, her job is to escort the newly expired towards the light, battling with the Soul Hunters who want the freshly dead to help with their own evil purposes buried in the dark.
When Nora’s charges suddenly become targets, she realises that the hunters are after far more than just souls. A shift in power between good and evil threatens to change everything, risking the lives of the only family Nora has ever known.
Devastated and angry, she’s forced to face the man she once loved - a man who chose darkness over her - in order to find the answers she needs to stop the horror from escalating. Yet, while a lost relationship still haunts her broken heart, a new Warden with secrets of his own will enter the mix and quickly alter everything Nora believed to be true.
Death is unavoidable…but sometimes, so is love. - Goodreads
As soon as I seen this on Netgalley I knew I wanted to read it! The cover is what first attracted me because it's very eye catching and intriguing looking. After I read the blurb I was super excited. I thought it was going to be a very interesting and gripping read. Unfortunately for me, it wasn't.


Source: http://totally-bookalicious.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/book-review-soulless-death-warden-1-by.html
*Book Review* Rival (Fall Away #2) by Penelope Douglas
Reviewed By: Siobhán
Format: eGalley
Pages: 368
Published: 26th Aug 2014
Publisher:  Piatkus
Source: Publisher for Review
Genre:  New Adult
Shelfability: Covet
Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war . . .
She's back.
For the three years she's been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.
I was stupid then, but now I'm ready to beat her at her own game . . .
I'm back.
Three years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he's better than me.
But I won't be scared away. Or pushed down. I'll call his bluff and fight back. That's what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he'll never know how much he affects me .

Holy Hell on Fire!! Madoc, Fallon, Madoc, Fallon! Oh My Sweet Lord! To say I was excited for this book was an understatement! Even though I had only heard of these books when the publisher email me about Rival in July, I devoured Bully and Until You and was super excited for read Rival. And let me tell you it's addictive. And freaking steamy.

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Source: http://totally-bookalicious.blogspot.co.uk
Waiting On Wednesday
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted  by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
*Blog Tour* Mad About You by Sinead Moriarty + GIveaway!!!
Today is my stop in the Mad About You blog tour. Keep reading for an awesome guest post from the author and for a chance to win the book :)
People often ask where my ideas come from for my novels. To date, they have come from observing, reading, listening and from life in general. I have been writing for nine years and I’m always afraid that I’ll run out of ideas. Thankfully, life in all its forms still provides me with plenty of material. As the saying goes, ‘fact is stranger than fiction’ and I really believe this to be true.

The idea for Mad About You came to me when I called over to a friend’s house for coffee and her neighbour called in. She began to tell me the story of what had happened in her life when her husband had been stalked by a ‘stranger’. She said it had affected their marriage and as things got progressively worse and the stalking became more aggressive, that it affected her physically as well as emotionally. She ended up becoming completely paranoid and having panic attacks. They eventually found out who the stalker was. It turned out it was someone they knew but would never, in a million years, have suspected.

The couple in Mad About You, Emma and James, have been married for over ten years and have two children. In fact they are the characters from my first book The Baby Trail. I wrote about their struggle with infertility in that book. I’d had a lot of requests from readers to write about Emma and James again. Readers were wondering what had happened to them. 

So, I decided to sit down and see how Emma and James were getting on. It was interesting because in Mad About You, after years of marriage and children, things had become a bit stale between Emma and James. They take each other for granted and they’ve stopped making an effort with each other. Like so many marriages, when children come along, your relationship takes a backseat. 

So when James begins getting sex texts from an unknown number, the trust in their marriage is tested to the limit. The book explores trust in all it’s forms. Trust between a married couple, trust between a mother and a childminder and trust between friends. 

I had a lovely time revisiting Emma and James. It felt like I was going back to say hello to old friends. I realise that might sound a bit mad, but that is honestly what it felt like. I think I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Emma and James because The Baby Trail was my first book to get published after two failed attempts and tons of rejection letters! So I really feel that Emma and James are my lucky charm! - Sinead Moriarty
Source: http://totally-bookalicious.blogspot.co.uk

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