Readers: February 27th: Apologies for the scattered posting that's about to come during the next week or so. University has just started and I have a lot of work to do to get on top of things (and ahead!). Thanks for your patience, as always.

Publishers: I promise I'm not abandoning the lovely review copies you've sent!
I'm getting through them and the reviews will come eventually!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Goodbye, Blog!

Hi everyone… *peeks from behind pillow* Long time no see!

The title is pretty self-explanatory, huh? I apologise greatly for this LONG overdue post. I almost wasn’t going to write one since my readers have probably all drifted away in my absence but just in case someone’s still wondering…...

These past two or so years have been amazing. I’ve loved befriending you all, sharing (and growing) my love of books and having the opportunity to read so many great ones. I was introduced to a new world and I couldn’t thank Brodie enough for pushing me to start.

Unfortunately, I think this is the end of the road for me. Blame uni. I could just do the bare minimum or average and be just fine, but I’ve always valued my education and it’ll be my first priority until I graduate. So with the heavy studying, I can’t maintain this blog (or even really read) without going on a break every other week and jerking everyone around - readers and publishers alike. It’ll be the same deal for a few years so it just won’t work out.

However, I’m still going to loiter around. I’ll pop in to see what amazing books are out every once in a while, but my reading will be pretty non-existent for weeks at a time, which is devastating… I can’t wait to have the time to fall in love with books again and to continue/finish a ton of series! Thankfully, the semester has just ended and I’m free from exams now. *DINGDINGDINGHOLIDAYSFREETIME*

To anyone actually reading this, I’m really sorry that I’m leaving (again) and for good now. I’ll miss you a lot! Much love and I hope you guys can enjoy your reading/blogging for many more years to come.

xx Lisa

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Unravel Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia
Published: January 30th 2013
Source: Publisher for review

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance. She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch. Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

It's been two weeks since Adam and Juliette arrived at Omega Point. While Juliette is training her powers to be of greater use in the war against the Reestablishment, Adam is keeping secrets and undergoing mysterious tests with Castle. I never imagined that I'd be giving this novel anything less than 5 sparkling gold stars, but while there were many terrific things about Unravel Me, there were also a few very disappointing ones too.

My favourite thing about Shatter Me was the characters. Although vulnerable in some ways, they were strong and independent and always found a way to deal with whatever was thrown at them. At the beginning of this novel, Juliette is almost unbearable. People at Omega Point are terrified of her and she fails to make much progress with her training, so she throws herself a pity party because she feels useless! I was very sympathetic towards her situation at first but she took it a bit too far. Then when Adam begins pulling away for unknown reasons, she becomes even more upset and all she thinks about is Adam Adam Adam Adam Adam. We're at war, girl! WOMAN UP! Adam isn't too much better in the man department, avoiding her and trying to play hero like he knows best. Mafi does, of course, eventually turn things around. Juliette's growth as a character was phenomenal! I was in awe of the powers she discovered and her new-found mental strength. The characters go through quite a bit in this novel so by the end, they're all in the right frame of mind and ready for some badassery in book 3!

Adam and Juliette's relationship was always a high point for me too. In Shatter Me, it was flawless and all kinds of delicious! In this sequel, their love is really stretched to the limits as Adam discovers something shocking, hence the secretive tests. Unfortunately, both characters make some VERY questionable decisions in Unravel Me. This leads me to talk about the love triangle… We always knew that Warner would become a love interest and I actually didn't mind it in Shatter Me. Although he was a big villain, we could see that there was something there beneath that tough exterior, a good side, a good person who was just a product of his environment. I like him, really, but the sudden relationship that sprung up between him and Juliette…I wasn't the biggest fan of. I'm probably the only person who didn't fallen head over heels for him. I honestly thought I would before I began reading, but feeling sorry for him and finding out about his past isn't enough! I thought he was a great character who brought a lot of things to this novel, but my issues with Juliette's behaviour and decisions stopped me from just letting go and going into swoon mode.

I really enjoyed the direction the story took in terms of the fight against the Reestablishment. I would've liked to have learned more about Omega Point but perhaps that'll happen in the next book. While Unravel Me isn't as fast-paced as Shatter Me, it has some great twists which should lead to extremely interesting things in the future. Some twists present challenges or new opportunities and others simply make life more difficult. I can't wait to see how Mafi deals with these! I'm also hoping the secondary characters come into play just a bit more, seeing as they faded into the background a little in this book. Kenji was the exception. Front and centre, that adorable flirt never failed to make me smile!

Overall, Unravel Me was very enjoyable despite some moments where I felt like slapping some sense into certain characters. It wasn't the exciting, heart-pounding action story I was hoping for, based on the way the previous book ended, but I have high hopes that these characters will come out guns blazing in book three! Unfortunately it was a bit of a bridging book to me but I'm happy with the new developments and look forward to seeing them through to the end!

What did you think of this sequel? Impressed as you expected? Disappointed?

Find Tahereh on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her blog.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

All Hail The Mail! (14)

All Hail The Mail will be posted weekly to showcase the books I've received for review!

Shadow and Bone & Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Yes, this is one of those awesome two-books-in-one sort of things. I've been meaning to start this series for so long and I'm very excited that I finally have the chance! WITHOUT having to wait until June for the 2nd book! *squees* Lucky me. I think I'll start this after my current read!

Altered by Jennifer Rush
This is another book I've been dying to read. GIVE ME THOSE FOUR COOL GUYS. Beautiful Brodie sent me this for my birthday. I would totally show you the card too but I wouldn't want you all to die from cuteness overload.

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
PEERRRRFECTION. If there were any flaws, too bad, I didn't see them. Blinded by my love for Sydney and Adrian. *incoherent mumbling* THE ENDING!!

The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter
I've read a few mixed things about this but I'm hoping it follows the trend and is my favourite of the lot since the books have been getting better! Let's end this series on a high note. *fingers crossed* This is my favourite Aussie cover of the series, by the way!

Thanks to Hachette, Brodie, Penguin and Harlequin for the fabulous books!

What was in your mailbox this week?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review: Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

Title: Spark
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Elemental #2
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Published: September 26th 2012
Source: Publisher for review

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can't. Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he's not doing it. And no one seems to believe him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Because Layne has a few secrets of her own...

After I fell in love with Gabriel in the first book of the Elemental series, I was ecstatic when I discovered that Spark would be focusing on the hottest Merrick of the bunch. While Storm was entertainment in it's purest form as we're first introduced to the world and characters, Spark takes on a much darker tone as we delve into Gabriel's mind; a word of warning, it's frightening in there. Luckily for him, he's got a nice girl to keep him distracted and boy was this romance incredible! As spellbinding as you would imagine it to be, Spark is an absolute must-read!

Gabriel Merrick. Gabe. Gabe. Gabe. Gabe. Gabe. How can you not love this gorgeous, witty bad-boy? In the previous book, he was perceived as someone who was easy-going and didn't have things too tough. He seemed to have his life under control and wasn't lacking much at all. After reading Spark…… I can say that we were all terribly wrong. The main issue that's explored within this novel is Gabriel's relationship with his family and how he sees himself. Although it wasn't obvious until now, he's the black sheep of the family, the brother who's always expected to make mistakes and do the wrong thing. Further and further, he and his brothers drift apart, especially him and his twin, Nick. Kemmerer will have you clutching at your heart with this book. The amount of sympathy and frustration I felt at the unfairness of EVERYTHING was indescribable. Gabriel's such a good person with a big, vulnerable heart who didn't deserve a single bit of hurt he was smacked in the face with. What makes it harder as a reader is that many of the conflicts could have been avoided and were caused by a lack of good communication, whether it be Gabriel's unwillingness to explain himself (because he couldn't believe that he even had to) or his brothers' complete lack of faith in him! You can expect this sequel to be full of angst, which just builds and builds. I'm a total wimp with these things but I got through it. Somehow. I'm still recovering, I think.

While Spark doesn't go much into the Elementals/Guides storyline that was set up in the first book, there is some development in the way of Gabriel's powers. Although as a pure Elemental his powers are strong, there are still limitations with what he can do; while he can manipulate fire with great precision, he can't create it himself. In his attempts to remedy this, he causes a fire or two and winds up going into a few house fires too! This allows him to save people and gain more control, but it also brings a lot of heat onto him from his family and the police. Someone else is starting these fires with an unknown agenda and it's not a good thing for him to be at the scene of every crime. I will say though, that the bromance which formed between him and Hunter as a result of these rescues was great. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER?

Now you've all been waiting to hear about it…the romance. Firstly, I have to say that Layne Forrest is one of the coolest people ever. Her character was so refreshing amongst the stream of "average-nothing-special" YA girls we're used to seeing who have no reason to be suddenly noticed by the hot guy. She's smart, conservative, horse-loving and…a social outcast. Even though she's been rejected by her mother for not being perfect, ignored by her father and ostracised from her peers for being "weird", she stands by what she believes in and even has a kind heart to boot. The first time she and Gabriel's not friendly but you just know that the romance will be unbelievably good. Layne does the sweetest thing in the history of sweet things and I still go into mushy mode when I think about it. It's no wonder that Gabe couldn't help but fall for her eventually! She understands him and doesn't confine him to being a good-for-nothing guy like everyone else. Their road to happiness isn't easy in the slightest, what with both of their secrets, but wow. Amazing. Layne's deaf brother, Simon, and her secret, which I won't spoil, made their relationship unique and gave Gabriel many opportunities to make us SWOON.

I want to see the Merrick family back together as one so badly, and with the developments at the end of this book, I think they're on their way. I'm looking forward to seeing how the Elementals/Guides plot plays out in Spirit, and it should be interesting with the switch to Hunter's POV. We won't be seeing the Merricks from an insider's perspective anymore but I've always loved Hunter so I don't mind at all! Kemmerer has really stepped it up and taken this series to another level with Spark. I can't wait to see what she offers up next.

Find Brigid on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her website.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

All Hail The Mail! (13)

All Hail The Mail will be posted weekly to showcase the books I've received for review! 

Everbound by Brodi Ashton
I’m expecting amazing things from this book! I don’t know what it’ll be like after the way Everneath ended but I trust Brodi not to lead me astray!

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
I read this the other day - COMPLETELY LOVED IT. The plot and characters were just perfect. I need Cress NOW!

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
I’ve heard great things about this book and I’m ready for some serious Kat/Hale ;)

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
I loved the first book and have been waiting for this one! Fingers crossed this sequel doesn’t disappoint!

Siege by Sarah Mussi
Interesting storyline….kids locked inside a school taken hostage by other armed students? I like it. But I may wait to see what everyone else thinks about it first...

The Eternity Cure by Julia Kagawa
I received an eARC of this and wanted to dig in immediately but I’ll keep it aside for now until I get through some more recent review copies...

Hysteria by Megan Miranda
I’m worried this will turn out like Fracture - good concept, bad execution. Has anyone read this yet?

Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black
I wasn’t feeling this novel from the synopsis and it’s received quite a few mixed/negative reviews… Worth reading?

Hidden by Marianne Curley
I love the sound of this! Sheltered girl suddenly turns brilliantly angelic? HELL YES. I’m just hoping that there isn’t insta-love in this. Praying to the heavens!

Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce
I’m scared. I’m an absolute wimp when it comes to these stories! I’m not going to read any reviews beforehand because I don’t want to know whether the ending is good or bittersweet/sad.

Kill Order by James Dashner
I still haven’t started this series but I do have the other books waiting on my shelf. I can't wait!

Fearless by Cornella Funkenge
Gorgeous cover, but a strange story from a series I haven’t read before...

Thanks to Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Hachette, Harlequin, Bloomsbury and Scholastic for the review copies!

What did you receive this week?

Leave me your comments and mailbox links!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Review: Legacy by C.J. Daugherty

Title: Legacy
Author: C.J Daugherty
Series: Night School #2
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Published: January 17th 2013
Source: Publisher for review

In the last year, Allie's survived three arrests, two breakups and one family breakdown. The only bright point has been her new life at Cimmeria Academy. It's the one place she's felt she belongs. And the fact that it's brought the dreamy Carter West into her life hasn't hurt...But far from being a safe haven, the cloistered walls of Cimmeria are proving more dangerous than Allie could've imagined. The students, and faculty, are under threat and Allie's family - from her mysterious grandma to her runaway brother - are at the centre of the storm. Allie is going to have to choose between protecting her family and trusting her friends. But secrets have a way of ripping even the strongest relationships apart...

Night School was easily one of my favourite reads of 2012, and although Legacy isn't quite as good, I still found myself loving it. Daugherty's writing is addictive as always, and you'll pass a large handful of hours reading this without even realising it. Upon starting, I immediately connected with the characters I loved so much again and it was like the year-long wait never existed. 

When Allie Sheridan went back to London for the holidays, she didn't expect to be chased down by a group of Nathaniel's agents, or to be returning to Cimmeria Academy early to help repair fire damages caused by her brother, Christopher. At first, things seem to be going well. Allie and Carter are super adorable and sexy, and there's some funny awkward tiptoeing around Sylvain, since he saved her life post-rape attempt. Unfortunately, our smiles don't last for long as things quickly spiral out of control. The secrets, misunderstandings and total lack of communication are monumental in Legacy. As much as I love Allie and Carter, I don't know whether to bury my head in the sand in defeat or to run away screaming.

In this sequel, the plot thickens as Nathaniel's motives are explained, and as he takes bigger risks in order to get what he desires, the students at Cimmeria are put in unpredictable danger. As a result, Allie is admitted into Night School where the focus is now on self defence and they soon learn that there's a traitor amongst them. One of the members of Night School or staff is Nathaniel's inside spy and so the Night School students are forced to interview another member assigned to them in search of any inconsistencies, with lying leading to expulsion. It sounds simple enough....BUT OF COURSE NOT, THIS IS FICTION!

This leads us to the dirty, frustrating mess that is Allie and Carter's relationship. Not too far into Legacy, Carter transforms into an overprotective, controlling jerk who completely forbids Allie from seeing Sylvain. They can't be friends or even acquaintances. With Sylvain's past behaviour, I understand his concern but this was too much and clearly NOT just about her safety at all. Carter, come here so I can slap the stupid out of you! Unfortunately for us and Allie, everything snowballs from there. Allie's put in difficult situations with horrible timing, and absolutely nothing works out for her, with Carter or her non-Night School friends! My heart was an ugly little mess by the end of this novel. I feel so much for her, even though at times I felt she needed to be slapped too. Everything that happened with Allie was either wrong or unfair and it was horrible! #AngstWimp

As a character, I really did like Allie (for the most part). She does well in Night School, albeit with a shaky start, and tries her best to solve all of the mysteries around her while dodging Gabe who seems to be popping up everywhere. The small clues combined with the subtle foreshadowing and my halfway-there theories have me curious and desperately awaiting the next book. Legacy seems to pose more questions than answers, and I was a little let down that the plot development wasn't huge. I was hoping for a bit more to happen, for a few more answers to come our way, but sadly it looks like that'll have to wait for book three.

Despite all of the heartache Daugherty made me feel, she still managed to keep me laughing with her well-placed moments of wit and humour, and her captivating story will keep you wanting to know what will happen next. Legacy gives us more insight into some of the characters, especially Carter, while making us distrust others. This novel feels somewhat unresolved because of the sheer amount of unanswered questions, but filled with intrigue and dangerous charm, Legacy is an entertaining sequel which will hopefully pave the way to an explosive third book. I have no idea how things will end and I'm honestly a little afraid after these latest developments!

Have you read this series? What did you think?

Find C.J. on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, her website and blog.
Buy Legacy from Amazon, The Book Depository and Booktopia.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Teaser Tuesday & Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Romances

It's been almost a year since I've done a non-mailbox meme!
Remember to leave a comment below and/or a link for me to visit your blog! :)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

I'm loving Scarlet by Marissa Meyer more than I thought possible. All of these characters need to jump into my pocket RIGHT NOW, especially Carswell Thorne. This guy has kept me laughing and smiling throughout. I have no words for how much I adore him!

"They're starting a press conference, to talk about you. Thought you wouldn't want to miss"-Thorne fanned himself, swooning-"his heavenly, chocolate-brown eyes, and perfectly tousled hair, and-"

Gah, I am NOT equipped to handle this level of cuteness. Almost finished and I'm still not immune to Thorne's teasing and joking around. *faints*

What's your teaser this week?

~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~

This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I can't believe this. The week I decide to get back to memes and this tricky topic comes up! *sighs* My luck, honestly. As always, in no particular order:

Adrian and Sydney - Bloodlines
Everyone's talking about how brilliant the romance is in The Indigo Spell and I AM READY. I've been waiting for this for YEARS ever since I fell in love with Adrian in Frostbite. Let him get the girl, will you, Richelle?! Oh, these two polar opposites are perfection together. Sydney, stop resisting!

Perry and Aria - Under the Never Sky
This couple will never get old and there probably won't be a day when I won't melt at the memory of Aria nursing Perry back to health or them fighting when they first met… If only Aria could mind-talk with Perry like she can with Roar!

Noah and Echo - Pushing the Limits
Their romance was so intense! I loved the delicious slow burn between them and I'm an absolute sucker for "damaged" characters who help heal each other...

Daemon and Katy - Lux
Undeniably one of the sexiest couples in YA. I just read Opal and I've fallen in love with these two a hundred times more. The banter, the UST, the sweetness... How much more can my heart take?

Jace and Clary - The Mortal Instruments
If I had to choose...THIS IS MY FAVOURITE ROMANCE. Jace…I just… Do I even need to explain myself? I mean, really. JACE. Enough said, right? All of that drama they had in the beginning was so worth it! I hope City of Heavenly Fire doesn't disappoint in the romance department; it's the last book! Can we also have our old Jace back, please?

Brendan and Emma - Spellbound
Just about everyone around them is envious of their relationship and for good reason! They get along so well and everything comes naturally to them. Eternal soul mates, anyone? (And can I purchase a Brendan somewhere...?)

Dimitri and Rose - Vampire Academy
The original golden couple who found themselves with millions and millions of fans. Again, no words need to be said. Everyone knows why they're so special! (If you haven't met them yet, you should be ashamed of yourself!)

Harlin and Charlotte - A Need So Beautiful
While their relationship is quite understated because it existed before the series began, I think they're insanely sweet together. You can't help but feel at ease with them and Harlin's proven that he'll love her forever. Do I hear 'aww's in the distance?

Noah and Mara - Mara Dyer
Oh, these two. *giggles* Forever making us fan ourselves! I love how supportive and trusting they are of each other. There aren't any wishy washy feelings or silly problems between them. They're just a great, solid couple.

Ren and Kelsey - The Tiger Saga
I just had to put this on the list. A human/tiger romance? Come on. Who doesn't like something a little different? There is a love triangle with Kishan but at the end of the day, Ren's the one!

I'm feeling guilty (nothing new) about leaving so many other great romances out!
What do you think of this lot?

Which are your top ten favourite romances?
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...