Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Part-Time Princess (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Part-Time Princess (Ladies-in-Waiting #1)
Author:  
Pamela DuMond
Publisher:  Self-published
Published Date:  28th July 2014


Rating: 4.5 Stars

*Thank you to the author for the review copy*

Synopsis: Two Princes are in love with her. Too bad she’s an imposter…

Hold tight to your tiara, grab your scepter and be prepared for the New Adult hilarious, modern-day romantic-comedy ride of your life!

Rated PG-13 and mildly R for:
Romance.
Sexual innuendo.
Hot Guys who are Princes.
Flirting.
The occasional naughty word.
The occasional naughty royal fantasy.
The occasional naughty deed.
Castles.
Ladies-in-Waiting.
Parties!
Cocktails.
A puppy.
Gowns.
Intrigue.
A Killer.
Chocolate.
Champagne.
A Royal Wedding!
Comedy.
Sexiness.
And—a Happily-Ever-After Ending (Just not the way you expected it!)

Lucy Trabbicio’s a down-on-her-luck, young, American, former biker-bar cocktail waitress desperate to find a job. Lady Elizabeth Billingsley hires Lucy to travel to Fredonia, the tiny jewel of a country in the Alps, for ten days ‘tops’ to impersonate her.

In the mother of all makeovers, Elizabeth’s people teach Lucy how to dress, walk, talk, eat, be coiffed and even get naked like a European Lady.

The goal?

To keep Crown Prince Cristoph Timmel interested in Elizabeth until she finishes her unexpected, pressing personal business in the States.

But fate intervenes… Lucy meets and is wildly attracted to sexy, bad-boy Nick on the oh-so-long flights to Fredonia. Unfortunately for Lucy—Nick and Elizabeth have a hot sexual history, which Nick wants to immediately resume.

Prince Cristoph proposes marriage. What's an imposter girl to do? Elizabeth insists that she’ll make it back home in time for the wedding. Lucy accepts Cristoph’s proposal and is on the fast track to becoming a Princess but continues to fall for the wrong Prince of Fredonia—Nick. When another tiny glitch arises—someone’s trying to kill her.

The only folks helping Lucy are her wild, party hard, take-no-prisoners Ladies-in-Waiting.

When the real Lady Elizabeth decides she’s not marrying Cristoph and never returning to Fredonia, Lucy’s faced with an uncomfortable decision—continue her deception, marry the prince she’s not in love with and live a dream life albeit without Nick, her dream guy? Or tell the truth and return to poverty and oblivion?

A modern day, sexy tale with romance, twists and turns, LOL moments, a few tears and an empowering ending.

Review: If I had to compare this book to one other, it would definitely be the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot… but then again, I like this book more than those!

At first I found it hard to get into the style of writing. The book was written very much through the voice of the main character, called Lucy. And well, she seemed at first to have a childish way of thinking, but it was not so much childish as outgoing. She also had a right to be astounded by all the things happening to her because she was going to a new country and taking on a pretty difficult job if you ask me. Either way, within ten percent of the book I was used to the writing style and loving Lucy’s character, and that was basically the only thing I could find wrong with this book.

The characters were very well done. I loved Lucy who seemed like someone who was just trying to make everyone happy, and would do anything for her friends. She was pretending to be a princess in replacement of someone else, but she couldn’t help loving the life and the people she got to know through it. She cared for the people there, her family and friends back home, and still was someone who often saw the happy side to life. I really liked who she was. I also really liked the character Phillip, who was basically her support throughout the whole novel, along with her ladies-in-waiting.

The two love interests, Nick and Christoph, do make the novel include a love triangle. This love triangle didn’t bother me because it seemed like something that made sense. Lucy was supposed to be keeping the interest of one guy as her job qualifications demanded, but she can’t help but personally be attracted to someone else. It wasn’t so much a pitiful girl throwing herself between two men, but more so the choice of job over happiness. I liked that.

This was ultimately a fun book. It was a joy and a breeze to read – I managed it in one day alone because it had me smiling at parts and I fell in love with the characters. Even though it’s a nice, light read there was still a significant plot twist which always left me wondering what choices Lucy was going to make, and how it would affect what was happening around her. In my opinion this is something you should definitely read.

I can’t wait for the sequel, and I wonder what it will bring!
 

Author Bio: Pamela DuMond is the author who discovered Erin Brockovich's life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to 'Hollywood'. 

Her romantic YA time travel novel, The Messenger (Mortal Beloved, Book 1), was recently optioned for film and TV.

She writes romantic comedic mysteries, YA, and New Adult romance including romantic comedy! (Comedy and Romance are kind of her thing...)

Her novel The Story of You and Me was a Quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award (ABNA) 2014 in Romance. Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys was a Quarterfinalist in ABNA 2013 in Mystery .

She's addicted to TV shows -- The Voice, Reign, and Outlander! The movies Love Actually and The Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon -- not that other actor guy,) make her cry ever time she watches them.

When she's not writing Pamela's also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves reading, the beach, working out, movies, TV, animals, her family and friends. She likes her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, her foods non-GMO and she lives for a good giggle. She lives in Venice, California with her fur-babies.

Sign up for Pam's newsletter for info on upcoming books and special events on her website at www.pameladumond.com.

Giveaway: Open internationally! Enter to win either a paperback copy of Part-Time Princess, one of two ebook copies, an ebook copy of The Story of You and Me (also by Pamela) or an ebook copy of The Messenger (also by Pamela!)



Olivia’s Question: If you were a princess, what would be the first thing you would do?
Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Christmas Haul!

Hi guys!

It is so good to be back and blogging. After taking a break from blogging (well, a forced one, I had very limited wifi) due to being in England for the holidays with family, I am back! I don't usually do hauls, but this Christmas I got some nice gifts and then we hit the boxing day sales, so I wanted to share! Hope this is interesting enough ^^

 
 
In the boxing day sales I cam across a Models Own booth! Being the nail polish crazy person I am, and seeing them for only three pounds each, I bought myself some. I love them, and three of the four are gel. A buffer was a freebie ^^
 
 
Got these lovely books! Anna and the French Kiss was a trilogy I have heard a lot of good things about and can't wait to start. I'd Say I Loved You but Then I Would Have to Kill You is a book a friend recommended to me, and looks pretty cool. There have been a lot of positive reviews buzzing around The Winner's Curse, especially as the latest book came out, so I am excited to try that! Cinder is the oldest book on my TBR, and I somehow already own Cress, so I got the first two! And Richelle Mead's book was only for a pound, and even though that book is in the middle of a series I decided to get it so I can buy the rest later. I have heard a lot of positive things about that author!
 
 
Finally moving on to Supernatural season 2. I don't know why it takes me so long to watch seasons. Oh, and Luther is amazing :D
 
 
I really would love to call myself a Marvel fan, but I just can't because I need to watch more of their movies! So here are the Captain America ones to get me started. And I was rewatching The Avengers yesterday... such a funny movie ^.^
 
 
I absolutely LOVE this movie, so the soundtrack... it just had to happen.
 
 
Cute earrings!
 


 
 
This lovely nails set came from a friend for Christmas. Between this and the Models Own, I will have some lovely nails!
 
 
Meh, clothes are boring to include, But this is just a vague idea of the clothes I got :P
 
 
And two books for review arrived while I was away! I think the cover of For a Fee of 2 Shillings is gorgeous, and the Beckoning of Gyanganj looks like it will be good book.
 
So now I am preparing things for the blog in January, dealing with the schoolwork that needs to be done and enjoying the rest of the holidays. Looking forward to getting back into those regular posts :)
 
Olivia's Question: How was your Christmas?
 
Olivia-Savannah x

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Creatures of the Night Tag!

Hey guys!

Today we have the Creatures of the Night Tag, where you list your favourite use of each type of character from a book and tag five more people! Thanks so much to My Addiction: Books of this tag! Let’s get started.

(When I was answering this I realised how few books I have read with some of these creatures in them. Ugh, I need to read more!)

Vampires

I have read an awful lot of vampire books, but my first vampire book will always be my favourite one, no matter how much hate it gets. That’s all for you, Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer! People always complain that it’s not what vampires are supposed to be like, but then again, aren’t we always looking for something original and different as well? Meyer manages to do it here!

Werewolves

Oh man, I have not read nearly enough werewolf books. Only two, Twilight and City of Bones. I will have to go with City of Bones here in fear of being repetitive because I really like how they were portrayed here. And of course, I loved the pack characters and their own story. Besides, I loved all the characters in that series.

Zombies

Again, I have only read one AH-MAZING zombie book, even though I have more on my TBR. Either way, I think Jessie from Dying for a Living, by Kory M Shrum was wonderful. She was an amazing character, who was strong and funny, and had a lot of important choices to make. Again, Kory used the idea of zombies in a really unique way. I think I have a thing for original ideas.

Ghosts

Ghosts? Um, I remember there being one in one of the books in the Evernight series by Claudia Gray, but I remember not liking it too much. I also recently finished Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton which ghosts… but I didn’t like that book much.

Oh! About five years ago I read the Mediator series by Meg Cabot, and even though I can’t remember what they are about, exactly, I know I loved them! There we go J

Witch/Warlocks/Spellcasters

Well, this is easy. Magnus from City of Bones series was one of my favourite characters in all of the books. I can’t wait to read the novellas about his life. So much love for him right now ^.^

Fairy/Fae

I have yet to read a book with Fairies or Fae. YET! I have intentions to, and even own this beautiful book called the Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset which seems like it is all about Fae. I believe there might’ve been some in Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, but I am not entirely sure because I read those books years ago.

Demons

The Guardian by Lydia Rodriguez-Clement had some interesting demons in there. The idea of fallen angels mingling with demons to become stronger was intriguing. It wasn’t a tip top favourite of mine, but I liked her take on them.

Angel

I honestly cannot think of a single Angel book >< I think there was some or maybe one in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare? I hope so xD



Alien

I absolutely loved the aliens created in The Host by Stephanie Meyer. Once again, she has a completely unique and interesting idea with an even more addictive plot. Aliens that go into your body and fill up your mind? Uh, yes please!

 
Super-powered Human

Now this was easy, especially as one of my favourite all-time series is Gone by Michael Grant with plenty of super powered teens in it. My favourite character with powers either has to be the sinister Penny and her use of illusions, or Dekka who can control gravity. Honestly, I recommend these books to everyone!

I tag:
Morrighan @ Elysian Fields
Benish @ Benish Khan

Olivia's Question: What is your favourite type of creature of the night?

Olivia-Savannah x

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Fat Girl (Blog Tour & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Fat Girl (#1 in the series)
Author:  Leigh Carron
Publisher:  Carron Publishing  

Published Date:  24th June
2014
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis: Years after fleeing small-town Springvale, Illinois, Deeana Chase has picked up the pieces of her shattered heart and built a new life for herself as a child advocacy lawyer. Her food addiction is quasi under control, her secrets are buried, and she has even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body. Until…

Micah Peters—the very sexy and now famous man she fled— walks through her office door and sends Dee reeling. His demand that she help a young boy caught in a custody battle will reunite her with the past she left behind. Torn between duty and self-preservation, Dee isn’t easy to convince.

But when obligation wins, the former lovers get more than they bargained for—a searing passion that burns hotter than ever and startling revelations about what really happened the fateful night she left.

Will the truth set Dee free to love again? Or will past hurts and lingering insecurities destine her to walk away from her heart again, this time for good?

FAT GIRL is the first book in this provocative two-part series about love and self-acceptance.

Interview: 

Where did you get the inspiration for this novel?

The inspiration for Fat Girl came from my own struggles with body image and knowing how many women struggle with the same. I could see her story unfolding inside my head. I could hear the inner voice that tells her she is not pretty enough, skinny enough, perfect enough.

Regardless of size, I thought Deeana Chase would be a woman most of us could relate to in some way. On the surface she’s a successful attorney who appears to have her life together. But it’s built on a shaky foundation of secrets and insecurities. A fact she quickly discovers when Micah Peters walks through her office door and cracks those carefully concealed fissures wide open.

Fat Girl is a sexy romance about the tumultuous and passionate relationship between former lovers, and the family ties that connect them. But it is also the story of a woman’s journey to find what we all want and need, unconditional love and self-acceptance.

What's your favourite thing about the cover?

I’m crazy about the cover. My favorite is the color contrast and the image of a broken heart on a plate, which is both simple and powerful. 

Who is your favourite character and why?

I love Micah…love the beauty he sees in Deeana, but my favorite character is my girl, Dee.  Her self-confidence and self-worth have been damaged by a number of factors in her life. She often appears to be mired in the past, in her battles with food and her body, but I see her as a fighter. Strong, smart, independent and perfectly imperfect. I enjoyed taking this journey of self-discovery with her.
What is one thing you learned about your writing as you wrote this?

It’s amazing to be able to pull something from my imagination and make it come to life. But it’s also a challenging task to translate an idea from my brain onto the computer screen. I tend to do better with minimum structure. When I try to plan out my story or my time, I find my creativity gets stifled and it limits the flow of my writing. That doesn’t mean I don’t set some guidelines to keep on track. I do. My muse and I just don’t adhere to a rigid schedule.

Do you have anything you want to say to your readers?

Yes. Thank you for the support and validation. Readers have been great at posting reviews and tweeting. It means a lot to me as an author to know my work is appreciated. The best thing though, is when women reach out and tell me that they related to Dee and found a little inspiration among the pages. I am truly humbled.

Review: Well, this was a book that really wasn’t what I was expecting, but I still managed to really enjoy. Leigh Carron did a wonderful job of making incredible characters that had a lot of depth to them.

I will give you a word of warning though – this is very much for mature readers of 18+. I knew this was a romance, but I didn’t know the sexual scenes were going to be so descriptive; otherwise I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. Erotica is not my genre and I avoid it at all costs >.> So be prepared for that. However, I still did like this story.

The beginning drew me in. We start with the scene where Mick walks into Dee’s office and asks for her to take a case. And even though we know nothing of what has happened between them yet, we can tell there is a lot of anger between them in the past, and tension upon them meeting again. But you can also tell there is a lot of chemistry there too, and it made for an interesting mix. This is a dual point of view, so we get to see things from both Mick’s and Dee’s viewpoints. Which is good, because these characters see the same happenings in different ways, and since emotions are so important in this novel it’s good to see both of theirs.

I loved the characters, and Dee was my favourite. Whenever she gets into a difficult patch she tends to either run away or throw up her defenses, which is only acceptable if you consider her past. She’s been through a tricky past after she lived in plenty of foster homes, saw her mother die and then found peace with her foster parents Mama and Papa T. But something happened one night that causes her to run away, and we never get to find out what this is until the end. When I did discover what it was my heart went out to her so much, it was unbelievable.

Seeing as Dee is overweight the themes of self-esteem, fame and appearance come into this, as well as accepting who you are. There is also family abuse as well as coping with death. The funny thing is I recently read Cinder & Ella which also deals with self-esteem and fame, and Only theGood Die Young which also ties in with court and law.

Dee is a lawyer, which means there is some mention of a court case. I wished that this was a more prominent thing in the book. Amongst the themes and the romance it kind of got shoved to the side and that was sad, because it was something I felt should have more importance.

The ending to the book was really sudden and abrupt! I thought it was the ending of a chapter so I turned for more… but it just wasn’t there D: At least there is a book two coming up, which I can’t wait to read J
 
Giveaway: A digital copy of Fat Girl will be awarded to a commenter at each stop, so leave a way for us to contact you! And enter the rafflecopter to win a Amazon/visa giftcard, an autographed signed copy of Fat Girl and a chance to discuss the book with the author on the phone!
 
 
Author Bio and Links:
 
 

About Me: An American living in Canada. Chocolate snob. Recovering yo-yo dieter. Devoted mom and wife, blessed with a brilliantly witty daughter and unintentionally humorous husband. My wacky family feed my creativity and fuel my passion. Most nights, you will find me either curled up with a great book or, more often, sitting at my computer, tapping out the countless visions in my head. 

To me, there is nothing better in a narrative than perfectly flawed but strong characters and intense romance that is sexy, deep, and sensual. Mm…I liken such stories to a box of Godiva. Decadent and delicious! You can’t stop at just one. In fact, I’m now hard at work on my next novel—A Naked Beauty, the conclusion to Fat Girl.


Olivia’s Question: Have you ever struggled with self-image?

Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Only the Good Die Young (Review)

Hi there!

Title: Only the Good Die Young
Author:  Douglas Trueman
Publisher:  Chaos Theory Press  

Published Date:  22nd July 2014

Rating: 2.5 Stars

*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for the review copy*

Synopsis: A sharp drama that never loses sight of the humor in life, Only the Good Die Young tells of a teenaged girl's first romance that goes horribly wrong. Set to the music and lyrics of rock and roll, the love triangle in this dark comedy has kept readers turning pages well past their bed time.

Rebecca Lockhart moved to Vancouver to start a new life. What she found felt more like the end.

Raised with Victorian values and classically trained as a pianist, seventeen-year-old Rebecca takes solace in the prose of Jane Austen and the music of Debussy. But when a virtuoso guitar player exposes her to the free spirit of rock and roll, Rebecca's outlook on the world begins to change. She dares to take risks her old self couldn't imagine.

Hallway rumors of her new behavior reach the high school office, and Rebecca comes face-to-face with the vice-principal - Catherine Lockhart, her mother. Desperate to remain in mom's good graces, she lies. Before she can blink, Rebecca is caught in a web of deceit that envelopes her entire life. If she reveals the truth, she and her mother will have to face an unspeakable secret from their past. If she doesn't, a fellow student could be sentenced to prison.

Only the Good Die Young is a coming-of-age story for the teenager in all of us, laced with the dry, deadpan humor of a shy girl struggling to find her way.
 


Review: Hm. This is another one of those books which are hard to review. It had its good moments and its bad ones as well, and reading this felt like a rollercoaster ride. I would love it, I would hate it, I would just think meh.

I didn’t read the synopsis until now, so reading it now makes me notice that there is a promise of a love triangle. Well, if you’re one of those people who try to avoid love triangles like the plague, then you can still read this book. I wouldn’t even consider there being much of a love triangle, but if there is one then the outlines of it are very faint. It was never the main focus and it’s not like the main character spends her time running between two guys. That doesn’t really happen at all.

The main character, Rebecca, was someone I would like and then hate. I would sympathise with her situation sometimes and understand why she acted the way she did. But then at times I thought she was being pretty cruel to people who cared about her, or made some pretty frustrating decisions that would only land her in trouble. And she didn’t realise what she was doing, even though she had her reasons. Sometimes I would love to be a best friend to her, and sometimes I wanted to knock some sense into her head.

That being said, her best friend, Kyle, was my favourite character in the novel. He was blunt at times, honest, and always concerned about Rebecca. He solely had her best interests at heart even though he didn’t look the part to lead onto a romantic interest, in Rebecca’s eyes. He’s also someone who knows his music, and we really get that impression as we read through the novel.

There is a lot of mention to music – which you probably gathered from the cover. I liked how that theme ran through it, and especially what the author writes about the difference between being able to play music and making music. It made me think about it, and I suppose there is a difference. At one point in the novel there is a mention to Christina Augelira’s song Oh, Mother. Being a fan of hers, I loved the mention and how well it tied into the novel.

That being said, there are a lot of serious themes in here. There is mention of rape, divorce and drinking. Because of this the book is for mature readers. And I think the topic of rape was the most focused on in the novel.

The plot twist was… predictable. Sadly, there is no other reason for it. The moment Rebecca met a certain character and around 30% I kind of predicted the whole novel. Which made reading it a bit more boring and that kind of fell flat for me :/ In fact, the beginning of this novel was good, the middle dragged, and then it ended on a nice note that I enjoyed reading.

To conclude it was a reasonable book. It was simply predictable and nothing new to me. Almost like a lesser version of the book What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell.

Olivia’s Question: What’s your favourite song?

Olivia-Savannah x

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Cinder & Ella (Review)

Hi there!

Title: Cinder & Ella
Author:  Kelly Oram
Publisher:  Bluefield  

Published Date:  15th August
2014
Rating: 5 Stars

*Thank you to ebooks4review for the review copy*

Synopsis: What would you do if your anonymous Internet best friend turned out to be Hollywood’s hottest celebrity?

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

With a heartwarming online celebrity romance reminiscent of Jennifer E. Smith’s This Is What Happy Looks Like, bestselling young adult author Kelly Oram has struck gold with her new adult contemporary retelling of the timeless classic Cinderella. 

Review: I had read a positive review for this somewhere, but it didn’t stress how amazing the book was. Because honestly, I loved every single second of it and I am definitely going to reread this again at some point. Oh, and I am crossing my fingers and hoping against hope that someone makes this into a movie because it is completely worth it!

This is a brilliant retelling of Cinderella. What makes it so perfect is the fact that it is close enough to Cinderella to be a retelling and for us to identify how it would relate to the fairytale, but then different enough as well so that I could never quite predict was going to happen next. In my opinion, that’s as good as a retelling can get.

The book also had a huge shock which seemed like a plot twist in itself. The first thing that happens is Ella is in a car crash that cripples her and also kills her mother. I read it within the first few pages and BAM. I was already sucked in.

It was also about a pretty relatable subject because I am an online social media butterfly, which means I do have online friends (I have to, I mean, blogging!) So I can really relate to the idea of having an online best friend, and it’s also a subject I know a lot of people tend to shy away from writing about. It was cool that Kelly Oram did.

I really loved the secondary characters in this novel because even though they weren’t the main characters, they were also so well developed and so realistic. Everyone had their own problems and issues they were trying to overcome as well. Naming some would be Scotty, Rob, Juliette and Vivan.

Ella – the main character went through a really tough time. As I mentioned, a lot happens to her at the beginning. And yes she cries sometimes, and yes she moans, but those times are few and far between. And the amount of times when she is strong definitely outweighs her weak times, and I would be able to understand when she does break down. In general she went through an awful lot and manages amazingly well.
 

Brian/Cinder – He always had Ella’s best interests at heart and was a great best friend. I already have a best friend like him online, but everyone deserves one as well :D

The writing style was amazing. Kelly’s writing made me laugh, made me feel like crying (okay, I cried. I don’t understand why I cry at the happy books and not at the sad ones. I’m weird like that) and made me smile in the middle of a room full of people. Reading books like this and You Had Me At Hello reminds me how important a great writing style can be in a novel.

This book touches on so many themes. I won’t go into too much detail because this review is already gushing amazing things about these books. But some of them are family/divorce, bullying, being different/disabled and dealing with death and depression.

It only took me two days to read. And when I should be doing a lot of studying for exams and schoolwork and tons of other stuff, two days is as good as one sitting.

There was a great ending as well. Please, go read this. I command you! :3

Olivia’s Question: Do you have friends online?

Olivia-Savannah x

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Walled (Blog Tour & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Walled (The Line #2)
Author:  Anne Tibbets
Publisher:  Carina Press  

Published Date:  1st December
2014
Rating: 5 Stars
 

*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for the review copy*

Find my review of Carrier, book one in the series here.

Synopsis: Freedom means making brutal choices.

Rebel lovers Naya and Ric have survived one year in hiding, raising Naya's twins from infants to toddlers in the shadow of the brutal Auberge dictatorship. They're alive, and they're together, but the city is crumbling around them and the haunting memory of Naya's dark days on The Line have never fully left them. Living in isolation won't be an option forever.

When a mysterious revolutionary seeks their help to infiltrate Auberge's electronic heart and shut it down, it's an opportunity—it's risky, yes, but if it works they'll get out of the city and taste freedom for the first time. Naya needs this. They need this.

Beyond the broken walls of Auberge, Naya and Ric find the paradise they've always longed for. But with anarchy reigning and Naya's children lost amidst the chaos, they'll need to forfeit their post-apocalyptic Eden…or commit an unspeakable act.

Review: When I read this I didn’t even know it was the last in this series. And if it was possible for Anne Tibbets to write a book that was better than the first one, then she did it. This book literally blew me away.

In this book we return to our favourite characters from the previous book: Naya and Ric. Shirel also makes a reappearance along with Sonya. In this book Sonya is determined not to let Auberge rebuild everything they set out and paid so much to destroy before. Naya is more hesitant this time seeing as her twins have been born and she has other people to fend for other than herself.

Me throughout the whole book.
In this sequel I felt like the romance was a bigger part of the story and we get to see more of the new adult in the dystopia. This isn’t suitable for young readers because the intimate scenes are pretty descriptive so that is something to bear in mind. But this is one of the themes I really liked reading about. Seeing as we learn about Naya’s situation with forced prostitution in the previous book it was interesting to see how she was overcoming or even not overcoming it. And it was also interesting to see how her love, Ric, was dealing with it as well. I think seeing things from his point of view and how he coped with it was even better.

The plot kept me captivated to the point as to where I wouldn’t stop reading until I reached the ending. I don’t want to give anything away for the first book as well, but this one was less about The Line but more so about Auberge as a whole and getting somewhere they couldn’t reach them. What drove Naya most of all was her children and the fact that she was doing it all for them.

The suspense was amazing, the setting was well done and I enjoyed every word of this novel. It was such a shame to see the series ending, and that only happens with the best of the best. I am looking forward to reading more books by Anne Tibbets, and I can say she now one of my favourite authors.
 
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Giveaway: US only!
 

 
 

Olivia’s Question: Who is someone you would do anything for?

Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Olivia's Catastrophe ~ Introverted

Hello!

Welcome to that start of my discussion series, which I have adequately called Olivia’s Catastrophe because it will mainly be things I find are debatable topics or problems I have… etc
 
Today I will be discussing being introverted! Now, I know that many of the people on the blogger world are actually extroverts and won’t be able to relate as much, but I also know that a lot of them are introverts as well… just like me. If any of you are interested in the MBIT test, then you will know that I am an INFJ – one of the most introverted personalities you can get.

I first started seeing being introverted as a problem a while back. I never thought about it much, but at some point I simply stopped going to school parties, stopped going over to friends as much and missed out on a lot of social gatherings. It can make you feel left out the next day, and it can make you feel really guilty about it. Sometimes I even hate myself for not going because I feel like I should’ve been there. But should I really be forcing myself to go? It’s always the question.

In the summer I went to China by myself. Being only fifteen, it was a pretty big step for me. I just had to trust that God was with me. For a while I had been praying to be more extroverted – and little did I know that God had answered it by giving me a chance to be more confident in myself. I had to learn to ask strangers for help, make friends with people I didn’t know at all because I was alone on the program and I learned to be a lot more social. With the full time schedule I blended in with any extrovert.  When I came home I needed three days to myself holed up in my room, but it showed me that I can do it.

Some days I will prefer reading a book over going out with my friends (even though I love them all.) Some days I chill with friends and talk easily. Some days I just want to stay home and curl up in bed. I will always need my alone time. But now I realise it is okay to be introverted and it is part of who I am.
Double giveaway! Ongoing, and both international. Enter here and here!

Olivia’s Question: Are you an introvert or an extrovert? What is one thing that clearly defines you as one or the other?

Olivia-Savannah x

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Prophecy (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Prophecy (Calypso #1)
Author:  Julie Anne Lindsey
Publisher:  Lyrical Press 

Published Date:  6th October 2014
Rating: 3.5 Stars

*Thank you to the author for the review copy*

Synopsis: On the other side of death, is destiny.

Callie Ingram is spending her senior year focused on one thing: swimming. Her skill as a competitive swimmer is going to secure a scholarship and her future, or so she hopes. She has big plans, and Liam Hale, her gorgeous new neighbor, isn’t going to affect them. But when Callie sees Liam beheading someone, she learns his family has a secret that will change everything. The Hales are Vikings, demi-gods who’ve been charged by The Fates to find their new destined leader.

Callie’s caught in the middle of a budding Norse apocalypse, in love with Liam Hale and desperate to protect her best friend… who the Hales believe is marked for transformation. Putting the clues together as fast as she can, can discovers she has the power to rewrite destiny, for herself and all humankind.

Review: This was a pretty good read, and one that was hard to rate. It was pretty good, but it wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t horrible either. It was a quick read that I enjoyed, with an interesting plot and a romance story that kept me turning pages. This is a paranormal romance, and the paranormal aspect of things was done very well.

We have the main character Callie who I really liked. She was someone who didn’t want to stand idle while everything was going on around her. Even though she was out of her depth she wanted to help, and held strong for her friends and family. As well as that she was a swimmer, and I always like seeing women doing sports in novels for some reason. Maybe because it doesn’t happen too much. She develops a bit in this novel, from someone who is bullied at school and keeps their head down to someone more confident, fiery and willing to do what it takes.

Liam was a nice love interest, but I didn’t feel much for him as a character. In fact, I wasn’t too interested in the Hales. They were cool and all, but I much preferred Callie’s best friend, Justin. He was such a nice guy! Slow, patient and always looking out for his best mate. I wouldn’t have minded a friend like him ;)

As for the plot, there is a bit of Greek and Norse mythology in there. The Stians were a new type of villain for me. They were monsters who looked like people and claimed women, destroying them to harm their Guardians. They formed a sort of clan with which they hope to take over the world. It was up to the Hales and other Guardians (demigods) to stop that from happening. I feel like Julie explained the situation very well and gave us everything we’d need to know to understand, which was good.

To me the ending felt a little bit rushed, and I didn’t completely understand what went done at the final battle, but afterwards we get a kind of ‘debriefing’ of sorts and that was helpful. Overall a pretty good book, and I will hopefully be reading the next one in the series when it’s published.
 
Author Bio: Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world.
 
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Giveaway: Open internationally!
 
 
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Olivia’s Question: If you had to be the demigod child of one Greek god/goddess, which would it be?

Olivia-Savannah x