Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

5 stars (2)

Firstly, I want to thank PenguinTeen Australia for sending me this incredible book!

Magnus Chase was truly amazing. This author is just brilliant. AND the world you escape too is just pure magic.

Rick Riordan has quickly become one of my favourite authors with this quirky, hilarious and imaginative story line.

This is one of those books where you read the first sentence and you just know that this is going to be a crazy ride, leaving you completely addicted. If you don’t believe me, let me know how you feel after reading this:

“Yeah, I know. You guys are going to read about how I died in agony, and you’re going to be like, “Wow! That sounds cool, Magnus! Can I die in agony too?”

No. Just No.”

Sounds a bit morbid, but honestly this is one of the most upbeat and spirited books I have read in a while. I absolutely love how the main character can be so humorous in the worst of situations and I think this type of positivity is astounding.

I haven’t read any books by Rick Riordan before, but that is definitely going to change. Continue reading

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They are inspired by bookworms and the fictional worlds we get lost in, with the added touch of foil!

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Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

5 stars (2)This is a book everyone should read.

I felt like I could relate to every aspect of this novel and towards the end, it was as though the story was pulling at parts of my life.

This book is awe-inspiring; it makes you think about who you are, how you treat people and what really matters. It makes you want to chase your dreams and helps you realise that you should love you and be 100% happy with who you are.

A huge thank you to Penguin Teen Australia for my ARC copy, I’m pretty sure you have changed my whole perspective on “being the person you want to be” by giving me this book.

Willowdean is an amazing confident character and like many, if not all of us, we have doubts about certain parts of ourselves, whether that be our physical features or personality.

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I loved the Beauty Pageant aspect to the story line and Willowdean’s growing relationship with Bo is inspiring. You watch her grow within herself and reach new goals and ultimately become the girl who doesn’t care what others think and encourages those around her.

This book is about acceptance, it’s about building people up and not tearing them down and, in the end, you realise your dreams aren’t dreams, they are a possibility. Continue reading

Love You Madly by Ashlee Mallory

He was the geek. She was the homecoming queen.
Now he’s the only one who can help her…Meredith Sanders was the golden girl in high school – a homecoming queen with a trail of worshipping minions. Now she’s all grown up with a trail of failed marriages. The only good thing she has in her life is her brilliant and beautiful teenaged step-daughter…who’s missing. But the best man for the job has a serious hate-on for her.

Back in high school, queen bee Meredith made Travis Brennan’s life miserable. Since then, he’s gone from class geek to a hardened, former SEAL, specializing in private security. As much as he wants to help Meredith’s step-daughter, he can’t help but clash with the gorgeous woman who once made his life hell.

But as they investigate the increasingly mysterious disappearance, their conflicted past threatens to turn into a very provocative present…

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Love You Madly was a pleasant surprise. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I loved this novel.

I was immediately hooked in when I read the blurb, honestly, this just sounded like a book that was a little bit different to all the New Adult books, provided that excitement of butt kicking action with the subtle romance of two people who you never expected to find each other.

The whole suspense, romance and mystery behind the story, not to mention Travis, had me addicted to every word.

“Meredith watched in shock as he did a check of the weapon and then tucked it in some kind of holster on his left side before pulling his T-shirt back down to cover his waistband.”

The book starts with Queen B, Meredith, as she starts her search for her missing step-daughter.

A surprising twist from the past gets thrown in and it becomes a truly delightful read of how Meredith changes as a person and surprises those closest to her.

Now I love a romantic story as much as the next person but this book was so so so much more. It is truly moving watching the ice melt when it came to Meredith and seeing the love and compassion that brings out the real her.

“She wasn’t a selfish bastard only thinking of herself. Like his old man. She was a strong and protective mother willing to fight to the end to save her daughter. She was warm and fiery and spirited, and he – hell. He was pretty certain he loved her.”

It was gripping, brilliantly written and really rocks you to the core. You find yourself itching to see what happens next and hoping that your favourite characters get their happy ending. Continue reading

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

5 stars (2)
This. BOOK. was. EXPLOSIVE.

I honestly could not put this book down, I was sucked into everything about it.

I want to thank Harlequin Teen for providing me with an eARC, this is definitely one book that I need to own in physical form.

I LOVED the world this book was set in, the characters, the evolution of the relationships and the fact that family trumps everything.

“This is your family … If you learn to love us then you will forever have our love in return.”

It really brings on the feels and also toys with that dark side of a Motorcycle Club that really interests people and excites them.

This is a Young Adult book from a very talented author, Katie McGarry. This is my first Katie McGarry novel and it definitely will not be my last. Her writing style is unique and she managed to grab my full attention from the first page.

“I will her to look away, but she doesn’t and I’m secretly proud the girl won’t back down. I hate this connection. I crave this connection. She’s continually messing with my head.” Continue reading

Never Never Part Two by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

“Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last.
And never stop loving me between all of them.
Never stop, Charlie.
Never forget.”

Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can’t imagine, beckons to be found.

“Where are you, Charlie?”

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I can’t even.

This series, these authors… mind blown!

We pick up in Part Two straight where we left off in Part One and this book does not disappoint.

Firstly, you need to move on from the fact that these books are novellas, because who cares! It’s an incredibly amazing story line that sucks you in and leaves you begging for more of everything.

Because yes. I love you way too much. More than anyone deserves to be loved. But I can’t help it. You make normal love hard. You make me psycho-love you.”

Whilst Part Two still circles around the mystery of what happened to Silas and Charlie, it uncovers so much more that leaves you with an abundance of questions.

You start this epic journey of trying to find Charlie, but this book was so much more organised in the sense that they have prepared themselves in the event that they loose their memory again.

“Until then, never lose hope. Never stop loving me. Never forget. Never Never.”

The entire novella takes place over 48 hours, and you find yourself just as confused but cheering away hoping for the best.

I won’t lie to you, there is a cliffhanger and some crazy stuff shows itself… so you will be left frustrated with endless questions but that it the magic to this series. Continue reading

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

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5 stars (2)

This book was incredible!

A huge thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for my eARC!

I love the literary genius that are Sarah J. Maas’ books and this was no exception.

Whilst I found it a little difficult to get into the flow of the story line, once I was in, there was no turning back.

“We need hope, or else we cannot endure.”

I absolutely loved everything about the characters, the story, the world it was set in. It was definitely magical and full of imagination.

I’ve seen a few readers turned off because they don’t like love triangles, but honestly, what love triangle?

There were slight references to what “could be” but to me, there was no issue. It is pretty much set in stone who will have their happily ever after.

“Because all the monsters have been let out of their cages tonight, no matter what court they belong to. So I may roam wherever I wish until the dawn.”

As usual the author has me completely obsessed with this other world she has created. I don’t know how she does it, it’s as though she transports you to somewhere else and you get completely swept away.

Feyre is such a strong female character which really brought everything together.

Tamlin was a total babe and pretty much everything you need in a male lead, except maybe the fact he shape shifts into a beast and has a stone heart.

“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.”

Lucien was a huge favorite, the loyal best friend who seriously needs more acknowledgment for all his amazing-ness. Continue reading

Bitter Sweet Love by R. C. Stephens

After enduring an abusive childhood and having her heart broken by the only boy she trusts, Alexis White vows to never let anyone hurt her again. She’s left her troubled past behind and starts a new life at college. For the past seven years, her social calendar has been filled with frat parties, drinking, and meaningless sexual hook-ups. Until one night she unexpectedly gets saved by a tall, dark, and handsome French foreigner, Luc Blanchard. He’s charming, sophisticated, and very interested in Lexi, who has presented herself as a challenge when she tells him relationships aren’t her thing.

She finds herself sucked in by his own intriguing past. But everything changes when Dylan Priestley, the gorgeous boy who broke her heart and shattered her faith in friendship and love, suddenly shows up in her life again while back home on a visit. Dylan doesn’t hide his feelings for Lexi, but she can’t forgive or forget being betrayed by the one person she ever truly loved.

Despite the pain Dylan’s caused her, Lexi is once again drawn to the blue-eyed-boy-next-door. Will Lexi choose the man who seems perfect but hides a dark side or the boy who smashed her heart into pieces so many years ago?

Warning: This book ends in a cliffhanger. This is book one of a trilogy. Release dates will be held close together.

3 stars (2)I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours for my honest review.

This book was like a train wreck, I couldn’t stop reading it even though it was just…painful.

Alexis is the main character and whilst the book starts off hot and steamy from her recreational exploits, the story really tugs at the heartstrings.

I really didn’t like Luc from the first time I met him and I felt as though the book lost its way with epically stupid decisions made by Alexis.

Love triangles, tough choices and stubborness radiate throughout this novel and whilst I may not have been a fan of Alexis’ decisions, absolutely hated Luc and found the story telling “matter-of-factly” I needed to know what was going to happen.

Anna was one of my favourite characters, she is everything a best friend needs to be. She is quirky, caring and tells it the way it is. She is also Alexis’ lifeline, she is the one that will always be there for her and rescue her when she needs it, the loyalty through this friendship is amicable.

I felt as though Alexis’ abusive past was creeping back up on her and whilst she seemed oblivious to it, it came across that she was just in denial. Bad choices and decisions were made consecutively and it felt like the story line was getting sucked into a black hole of misery.

I know we don’t always get the happy ending, but it really was painful seeing everything get worse and worse and then we get a cliffhanger – so we aren’t really sure what happens until the next book.

Overall, I enjoyed the storyline, I just hated some of the decisions Alexis made and how the narrative was a bit disjointed, as in, the transitions between different events were a bit forced and things just sort of happened.

I am looking forward to the next book in the series because the cliffhanger was too epic. I need to see her end up with the good guy and to see that happy ending.

I’m a sucker for a happy ending, no matter how bad it gets.

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[Release Week] The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

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We are extremely excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Ann Aguirre’s THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS!! THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance published by Macmillan!! Grab your copy today!

 

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About THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS:

Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…

 

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When I walk past the music room, I hear something that stills me in my tracks. People push past; I’ve become a rock in the middle of a rushing stream, but I can’t move. Then someone shoves me from behind, not on purpose, but the result is the same. I slam into the lockers past the classroom and bounce. The underclassmen who were wrestling don’t even notice that my brain has stopped firing.

Shane Cavendish plays like it’s his reason for living.

I don’t write that on the Post-it, of course. That would just get him beaten up even harder. Instead I scrawl, You’re awesome on the guitar, because the jocks might think that’s cool and leave him the hell alone. It’s a long shot, as I don’t have any particular cred with their crew, but being a musician is pretty spectacular. I can’t breathe for how good—how remarkably talented—he is. And I suspect that if he found out anyone was paying attention, he’d stop playing.

Backtracking to his locker will make me late for class, but it’s worth it. I stick the note just below the vents, as I always do, but this time it feels weightier, more somehow, like this is a turning point. Shaking off the odd sensation, I dodge into Econ with a mumbled excuse. Sadly, it holds no weight with Mrs. Palmer. Unlike the male teachers, she isn’t impressed with talk of ‘female problems’, so I get my first detention of the year, only the second I’ve ever had.

Since tomorrow is Friday and I have standing plans with Ryan, I ask, “Can I just get it over with tonight?”

I calculate; school lets out at 2:45. An hour of sitting in silence, and I’m supposed to be at work at four. If I hurry, I can still make my shift at the Curly Q. Which sounds like a diner, but it’s actually a hair salon. I’m not qualified to do anything but wash hair, sweep up, and answer the phone, but it’s better than fast food. I work two afternoons a week from four to eight, which earns me spending money for the week. Since I’m under eighteen, I get paid fifty cents an hour less than an adult; that makes me a bargain. After detention ends, I’ll just need to ride hard to keep Mildred from yelling at me.

Mrs. Palmer glances up from scribbling down my doom. “Can you get a ride home?”

“Yeah.”

I’ve always got my bike out front, and the town is small enough that I can ride anywhere I need to go from school. This is the one positive aspect of living in a tiny berg like this, especially given my opinion of privately-owned fossil fuel burning vehicles, which covers nicely for my lingering fear.

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Author PhotoAbout Ann Aguirre:

Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.

 

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Sure Signs You Are a Bookworm!

Bookworm 101

So for a bit of fun I thought I would compile a list of the top 10 bookworm traits that we all have, with a bit of a twist!

1Your books outnumber your shelf space, maybe even taking over their own room, floor space or pretty much every open surface.

We are book nerds, we are dedicated and we don’t buy books, we collect them. Therefore, we can’t be held responsible if they migrate across and over shelves, desks, bed, benches… we can’t help that at all.

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You take your current read with you everywhere.

It’s not a book. It’s an extension of you. So naturally as a book lover you have it with you at all times. Can’t have those fictional characters suffer from separation, they need us.

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You multi-task, reading being the priority.

Everything else comes second. Reading takes priority and everything else is squeezed between chapter breaks. Books are important, they deserve our full attention.

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The feels are real.

You feel every emotion and experience all events along with the characters, because that makes you a good reader.

You care and you help them through it, you are the best book nerd.

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Expert Advice.

No denying it. The characters in our books have gone through everything. That makes us experts for advice, so you often find yourself referring to recent bookish events to help those around you through some tough times.

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Packing a suitcase is hard. Continue reading