Wednesday, 21 June 2017

{Review} Fierce Obsessions (The Phoenix Pack #6) by Suzanne Wright

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Release Date: June 13th, 2017
Finished Date: June 11th, 2017
Publishers: Montlake Romance
Genre: Adult, Paranorml, Romance
Source: For Review
Format: eARC
Pages: 306
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo 
 
When raven shifter Riley Porter was given sanctuary by the Phoenix Pack, she let them believe she had left her flock. Reluctant to divulge the secrets of her past, she was still embraced as family. Only Tao Lukas, the protective and passionate Head Enforcer of the pack, was resistant to the enigmatic shifter. Until Riley started to arouse in him something other than suspicion.

Tao doesn’t trust lone shifters, especially ones so guarded—and tempting. But the sexual tension between them is making them both come undone, and vulnerable to more than desire. All Tao wants is for Riley to stay with him and to trust him with the truth of her past.

As Riley’s mysteries come to light, so does a danger that threatens not only her life but the safety of the entire pack. For Tao, keeping Riley safe means keeping her close—forever—as his mate.

The Review: I hate to say this but is it me or is this series starting to feel a bit repetitive? Gaah! I adore this series and the authors work but with the release of the last few books I’m starting to find more and more faults with them and I honestly don’t want to. I want to love them all but for me Fierce Obsessions was my least favourite book from the series.

This story started WAY too quickly. There was no suspense, no build up, it was just WHAM and the story had already started before I even knew it. I guess I felt a little cheated. Tao has been always been a favourite character of mine so I was majorly excited when he was getting his own story but something about his and Riley’s story just didn’t click. I’m not sure if the author gave us any hints that the story would involve Tao or Riley (maybe I forgot if she did, I don’t know) but I was a little surprised that Riley was Tao’s love interest. And that’s not because she’s a raven shifter which was pretty cool to read about but, because I never felt any hint or spark between the two characters during previous books. It’s like the story starts and Tao is already so in love with Riley that he’ll do anything for her – it was all just so quick.

I also wasn’t a fan that most (I say most, I mean half) of the book taking placed away from the Phoenix territory. Tao and Riley leave pretty early on to go visit her Raven pack and I wouldn’t have minded but it was so early on that I wasn’t invested in Riley that much as a character to care what happened before she became a lone Raven. I wanted to get to know Riley more before having to get to know all the people from her life before and also I wanted more time to explore Tao and Riley’s relationship before being whisked away from my favourite pack, so yes, I felt it took me away from the story a little.

And Greta – I used to find her funny now she just grates on my nerves. Please do something about her!

The rest of the story was pretty enjoyable to read and I loved being back with my favourite characters. I understand with a series this big that I won’t enjoy every book but I feel like the last few have been a little rushed and I’m hoping the author will slow down a little. I will continue to support the author and this series because I do love them, it’s just a shame I couldn’t enjoy this one more. 

Thank you to Montlake Romance for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, 19 June 2017

{Review} The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby

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Posted by Donna
Release Date: August 1st, 2017
Finished Date: May 20th, 2017
Publishers: Harper360
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: For Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US / The Book Depo 
 
Gorgeously written and emotionally charged, The Secret History of Us explores the difficult journey of a teenage girl who must piece her life together after losing her memory in a near-fatal accident.

When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a car accident that almost took her life, she can’t remember the details about how she got there. She figures the fog is just a symptom of being in a week-long coma, but as time goes on, she realizes she’s lost more than just the last several days of her life—she’s lost her memory of the last four years. Gone is any recollection of starting or graduating high school; the prom; or her steady boyfriend Matt. Trying to figure out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was. 

As Liv tries to block out what her family and friends say about who she used to be, the one person she hasn’t heard enough from is Walker, the guy who saved her the night her car was knocked off that bridge into the bay below. Walker is the hardened boy who’s been keeping his distance—and the only person Olivia inexplicably feels herself with. With her feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t remember living.

The Review: I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t know that Jessi Kirby had a new book coming out until the lovely people at Harper360 emailed me and so of course I jumped at the chance to read The Secret History of Us.

The Secret History of Us is a moving story about a young girl recovering after being in a car accident and dealing with the aftermath of losing her memories from the last four years and finding out who she really is.

I’ve read several stories before with characters that suffer from memory loss and while the story isn’t something new to me, I find I enjoy stories like this because I like to see how the author delivers the story they wish to tell. In this case, I found The Secret History of Us very enjoyable. I loved how the author handles the struggles the character faces and it was definitely eye opening to read about a character that loses so many years of her memories and to see how she deals with it.  The fact that she has to basically rediscover who she is felt very realistic. She was around family that would tell her what she did before and I understand the reasons why Olivia tried to be that person again but I liked it even more when she went with her own gut feelings and did the things people wouldn’t expect her to do.

I really liked all the characters, Olivia of course being my favourite. I did like all the secondary characters as well especially Walker however I do wish he had some more time in the spotlight. He’s introduced early on in the story but we don’t really start to get to know him until closer to the end. I guess I would have liked more.

In all, The Secret History of Us is a great contemporary read that tackles real life issues and gives you a taste of what it could be like for you if you were in Olivia’s situation. It’s also the perfect read for summer so if you haven’t added it to your TBR then I’d highly recommend it. 

Thank you to Harper360 for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Friday, 9 June 2017

{Feature Post} Bookworm Candles & Crafts: Fairytales & Fables Range

                             
As if it’s June already?! The last few months we have shown you many products by Bookworm Candles and Craft and today we are going to be showing you another new range to their store.

Some of you maybe already have purchased some or you’ve seen them on some of the social media sites but today we’re going to be telling you about Bookworm Candles and Crafts Fairytales and Fables candle range.

I know how many of you love Fairytales and so do I, so I think it’s amazing that we have a new range dedicated to some of our most loved classic stories.


Little Mermaid
This candle is inspired by the little mermaid we all love. Smelling like Mermaid Kisses, Water Mint and Hope. This candle has a gorgeous aquatic floral scents along with notes of cyclamen patels, geranium and cedar wood. It’s a lovely aqua colour and comes with auqa stranded glitter, a double wick, crochet band and comes with a cute mermaid charm.

Aladdin
Inspired by our favourite thief, Aladdin. Smelling like Cinnamon Bark, Amber and Wishes. This candle has lovely spicy warm scents with notes of cloves, citrus and pine. It’s a lovely gold coloured candle with gold glitter, a double wick, crochet band and comes with a cute genie lamp charm.

Beauty and the Beast
This candle is inspired by our favourite beauty and beast. Smelling like Magical Rose Petals and Faith. This candle has a gorgeous floral scents with notes of wild rose, rose otto and may rose. It’s a lovely red coloured candle with a double wick, red glitter, crochet band and comes with a little rose charm.

The Snow Queen
Inspired by the lovely Snow Queen and smelling like Delicate Snowflakes and Sparkling Ice. This Snow Queen candle has a fresh wintery scent with notes of nutmeg, elderberries and a hint of mint. It comes in a shade of light blue with sprinkles of winter glitter that represents the Snow Queen herself. It also has a double wick, crochet band and a snow charm too.

Rapunzel
This candle is inspired by the long haired Rapunzel and smelling like Golden Strands, Apple Blossom and Longing. This beautiful candle has a fruity floral scent with notes of peach, apple blossom and lily. Coming in a gorgeous shade of purple with yellow glitter, this candle also comes with a double wick, crochet band and comes with a cute heart charm.

And lastly Happily Ever After
Happily Ever After smells like Fairytales, Once Upon a Time and Love. This candle has a fruity floral scent with notes of mandarin, strawberries and rose petals. Its comes in a lovely gold colour, it also has a double wick, crochet band and a crown charm.

Take a look Bookworm Candles website. All these fab candles come in two different sizes and range between £3 and £8. 

Don’t forget to use ‘BOOKPFORLIFE10’ to save you 10% on all purchases on bookwormcandlesandcrafts.bigcartel.com