Friday 27 April 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Have You Ever Thought About Writing An Angry Letter To...

This Week's Question: 
Have you ever thought of writing a respectful, but angry letter to an author to ask them WHY they killed off one of your favorite characters in a novel? 

My Answer: 

Erm, no. I can't say that I have.

I can honestly say that I haven't even thought about doing it either.

In fact, as I write this, I'm struggling to recall a character whose death sent me into a flying rage which is the state I'd get ranty -respectful or otherwise - and I can't think of one.

I've been saddened by the death of many a favourite character before, a little angry sure, but never enraged. 
I think you'd have to be truly incensed to send a howler to an author over what they chose to do with a character of their own creation.

My propensity for getting emotionally involved with fictional characters is a running joke amongst my family and friends but I obviously just don't care enough about their deaths.
However, you switch this around and make it about romantic interests doing shitty things or bad things happening to my favourite couples and I'd be tempted, lol. 
That's one of the reasons I read romance... You're almost certainly guaranteed a happy ever after!

Thursday 26 April 2018

Blog Tour & Review: Blood Type by K.A. Linde

Hello and welcome to the blog tour of BLOOD TYPE by K.A. Linde!
I have my thoughts on the book to share as well as book details, links, teasers, and an excerpt.


P.S - I freakin' loved this book. 

A startling new vision of paranormal romance: When a human ventures into the world of vampires—a decadent milieu of blood-bonds and betrayal—she discovers that not all is what it seems.

For Reyna Carpenter, giving up her body isn’t a choice. It’s survival.

In a civilization laid waste by poverty and desperation, Reyna accepts a high-paying position with the wealthy and hungry vampire elite. Her new job is as the live-in blood escort for the intimidating, demanding, and devilishly handsome Beckham Anderson. He’s everything she expected from a vampire, except for one thing—he won’t feed off her.

Reyna soon discovers that behind Beckham’s brooding, wicked façade lies a unique and complex man. And that, in a dark and divided world, she is more valuable than she ever would have believed.

For with each passing night, Reyna can’t shake the sensation that it’s Beckham who’s afraid of her.

Note: Reyna and Beckham’s story continues in Blood Match.

*Review copy provided in exhange for an honest review* 


Full-length novel. 

Third person, limited to Reyna. 

Quite possibly.
There are a couple of characters that don't like hearing the word no... 

No, this is book one in a series.


Book one in a three book series...

If I answer this, it'd be a spoiler... Or would it? 
Is it a spoiler to not answer?
Let's just say yes. No. Maybe. Kind of. No.

Same as above! 


Oh, there are so many things I could say about this book.
So many things!
But I honestly don't know what to say. 
I'm just... Shocked. And have a book hangover. 
A serious book hangover...

Ok, here goes!

I loved it. 
I loved the concept, I loved the writing style (it was my first KA Linde) and I liked the characters.
The chemistry between Reyna and Beckham was smoking hot. 
The pace of the story was just right. 
The information teases and setups were gripping. Throughout the book, I had so many suspicions and theories... And I was right on a couple of things! However, there is so much more to come and I cannot wait!

The book was unputdownable and I swear to god I was in a near perpetual state of anxiety throughout the entire thing waiting for something bad to happen, for the other shoe to drop, and for it to all go wrong... And it did!
OMG the ending!!
Why did it have to end like that?!
I hate cliffhangers and this was just too much!
I can't take it! I may actually die and I can't die because I need to know what happens!

I think paranormal romance lovers who like their PNR with an edge - this edge being a pseudo-dystopian setting - should definitely read this and fear not on the cliffie! For book two is out soon.

Sexy and sultry... I like it! 

That was the moment Beckham appeared in the doorway like a storm cloud. 
Reyna straightened in her seat at the expression on his face. He walked across the room like a tightly coiled spring ready to explode. 
“Ah Beckham, there you are,” Harrington said. 
“Excuse me, William. I need to speak with Reyna. Alone.” 
She hastened out of her seat and followed him around the corner. He tugged her straight through the kitchens, out the back door, down a corridor, and into a dead end. Then her back was slammed against the brick wall. His fist connected with the wall behind her, and she felt the wall shudder. Debris floated onto her shoulders. 
“You left,” he growled. 
“I . . .” 
“No.” He pressed his finger to her lips roughly. She stopped breathing and just stared up into his eyes as dark as night. Her body trembled under the feral stare. “You left without me.” 
The silence was weighted. All she could do was sit with their bodies nearly touching. His finger on her mouth. Her mind wandering to hellacious places. 
“You are my subject. Can you imagine what it was like when I found you missing? When you turned up with three of my kind?” She shook her head minutely. He bared his teeth to her, and she shrank back. “These are meant to drink your blood. To drink you dry until there is nothing left of your body but a dry corpse. We are killers. We don’t hesitate. Just because we’re wearing suits and seem more like you . . . does not mean we are like you. We are not like you. They especially are not like you. The only way you get to the top of Visage is to be fucking ruthless, Reyna. Do you understand?” 
“You’re . . . scaring me,” she whispered. 


K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time. 
She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies. 


Monday 23 April 2018

Blog Tour & Review: A Prom to Remember by Sandy Hall

Love it or hate it, you’ll never forget it. In this heart-warming novel, Swoon Reads star, Sandy Hall, explores a classic high school celebration, capturing every relatable and hilarious teen milestone along the way.

Cora: Dating Perfect Boyfriend Jamie. Has NO IDEA how to break up with him…

Paisley: Anti-prom. Somehow nominated her anxiety-ridden best friend for prom king…

Henry: Hates social situations. Invited to prom by the most popular girl in school. SEND HELP!

Otis: Half of one of the cutest couples in his class. Not quite ready for a post-prom hotel room…

Lizzie: Shy. Excited to go to prom. With a boy. Whose name she doesn’t know.

Cameron: Loner. Over high school. Just wants to meet the mysterious girl who’s been leaving him notes…

Jacinta: Unnamed Nerd Girl #3. Determined to become the star of her own life, starting with prom…

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, A Prom to Remember, from Sandy Hall (author of A Little Something Different), is a funny and cinematic look at the biggest dance of every high schooler’s life.


Full-length novel. 

Multiple, POV. 


This type of book - YA, contemporary - isn't my typical kind of book but I was drawn to it firstly by the cover and then secondly by the awesome blurb so I jumped at the chance to take part in the blog tour, and expand my horizons, and I'm glad that I did!

A Prom to Remember is a light entertaining read all about the life of a group of teenagers on the build-up to their senior prom.
This was cool for me seeing as proms aren't really that big of a deal in the UK - or they weren't ten years ago! - but due to TV and movies, they've always been a fascinating topic.

The story is told from multiple pov which I initially struggled with. Keeping all the names straight and deciphering their connections to one another, was more than my poor brain could handle for when I say multiple pov, I mean a lot of pov! 
We're not talking two or three or even four here!
Thankfully, it got easier as the book went on and I was able to settle into the realistic snapshot of these kids lives and just enjoy the teenage shenanigans, insecurities, and self-discovery. 

This wasn't a book that I'm likely to read again - as I said, it's not my typical read - but I'm so glad that I read it for it made me smile and helped me escape a miserable week.
I'll definitely be recommending it to my teenaged niece.

I enjoyed the cover for this one. It would definitely catch my eye in a bookstore. 

Sandy Hall is a teen librarian from New Jersey where she was born and raised. She has a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. 
When not writing, or teen librarian-ing, she enjoys reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. 
A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT was her first novel. 


Wednesday 18 April 2018

Review: From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

A 2018 Fav Read! 

If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one.

After seventeen years—and countless broken bones and broken promises—she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close.

But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she’s spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything.

Including Ivan Lukov. 


Nice long novel.

First person.


However, if you've read Dear Aaron you get to catch up with some favourite characters.


Hell yes!




I have no words to describe how much I love this book. It was magic. Pure sweet, slow burn, magic with a side of sass and a mouth that’d make a sailor blush.
Seriously, I don’t know why everyone isn’t reading this book. 
I don’t know why everyone doesn’t read all of Mariana Zapata’s books immediately because they are awesome.

Her characters are fully fleshed out people who feel like they are real. Like they are friends and you’re watching their lives play out ala the Truman Show and you never want the show to end because then you’d have lost them… And you don’t even care that your obsession with them is slightly creepy because FRIENDS!

I just… I can’t describe how much I love this book! This book is everything I want in a book. It has realistic and likable characters. A romance that grows slowly. It’s friends to lovers. It’s dedication and chasing your dreams. It’s beautifully written. The characters swear a lot and I swear a lot… And it made me laugh. 

It kept me up reading all night and left me with only 3hrs sleep before work the next day and I didn’t even care because it was worth it and when I finished, I had to start it again because I wanted more!

I need more…. More, more, more!
Oh! And as a nice bonus, Jasmine is the sister of Ruby from Dear Aaron so you get to catch up with Ruby and Aaron! 

Please, if you haven’t read this book, read it.
If you haven’t read any other of Mariana Zapata’s books, read those too. 
If I was going to be stranded on a desert island with only one author's books to keep me company forever then I have to say that these books, Mariana Zapata’s books, would be a top contender.

(Hey, look at that! I apparently did have the words! I had lots of words!)

I love how Mariana Zapata's covers never feature the shirtless male of couple in a sexy synch but always represent the book. 
This cover is not a favourite but it does represent the book very well.


I didn’t want someone to pat my cheek and tell me everything was going to be okay. I wanted this man who would never take my shit, who would never let me quit, and I had a feeling would never quit on me. Not ever. Not if I screamed, not if I kicked, not if I told him to go eat a thousand mounds of shit. This was my partner. This was more than my partner. He was my other half.


I got you something too. It’s not the souls of everyone that has ever pissed you off, but….”


“I love you so much, if I can’t skate with you, I don’t want to skate with anyone else.”


“You’re not ever going to be anyone else’s partner. Not while I’m alive, Meatball. I will drag your stubborn, beautiful ass kicking and screaming back to me because nobody else will ever be good enough for you.” 

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