Wednesday, 31 August 2016

W...W...W...Wednesday 31/08/2016

To play along, just answer the following 3 questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
My current read is The Protector by Ellen Jodi Malpas
I recently finished reading Mad for the Plaid by Karen Hawkins
I think my next read will be Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young

Monday, 29 August 2016

Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Emma Watt

28678119Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 370 pages

Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees. 

Cover:  I really like this cover.  I think it's really quite pretty and it drew me in.

I hadn't really heard of this book, but I saw a beautiful post on Instagram and the cover intrigued me. I of course looked up the synopsis on Goodreads and the tagline 'this generation's Cruel Intentions' really  hooked me in.

And this was a bit of an odd read for me, because it kept me turning pages, I didn’t want to put it down, but at the same time I was never really 100% sure I liked what I was reading.  But something drew me in.

Ella has had a tough life.  I really liked her character- she had a lot of courage and spunk.  She helped her Mum through her terminal illness, and since she passed away, she’s struggled to support herself through school.  And she’s done it by working multiple jobs…one of which is a stripper.

Until Calum Royal shows up out of the blue claiming to be her guardian.  And whisks her off to his giant mansion and offers to put her through an elite prep school, shopping trips, a car…but she has to put up with his five sons, who have made it very clear to her that they don’t want her there.

An interesting relationship develops between Ella and the Royal brothers.  It starts off rocky, but eventually a sort of friendship starts with some of them, but there seems to be an odd connection between her and Reed. 

I wasn’t sure if I was enjoying it, because the rich lifestyle and they’re spoilt behaviour, and it’s pretty messed up. I couldn’t understand Calum- and his grief over his wife’s death and yet I couldn’t reconcile his behaviour with someone that was upset and supposedly loved their wife enough to never have cheated on them.  Getting with someone (and not a nice someone) 6 months after her death.  No wonder his kids are messed up- undercover fights, pain killer addiction, threesomes, sharing a girlfriend.

I liked Ella, but I struggled to see how the attraction to Reed started.  I mean he was awful in the beginning – and she’d been so strong and independent, particularly with the snobs at school.

Towards the end I started to warm to Reed, albeit reluctantly.

But the end of this book, with its massive cliff hanger, had that come crashing down, but I think there’s more to that than initially meets the eye.

Rating was hard, because I was engrossed but not always entirely comfortable.

3.5/5 stars.
And I will be picking up the sequel because of that cliffhanger.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

W...W...W...Wednesday 24/08/16

To play along, just answer the following 3 questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
My current read is Your Irresistible Me by Layla Hagen
I recently finished reading Ever After: A Cinderella Story by Wendy Loggia
I think my next read will be Jaws by Peter Benchley

Monday, 22 August 2016

Valentine by Samantha Young

24264410Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 88 pages
Publisher: Samantha Young (11 Feb. 2015)

Joss & Braden. Ellie & Adam. Jo & Cam. Olivia & Nate. Hannah & Marco. Shanon & Cole. And one Valentine’s Day they’ll never forget.

It’s Valentine’s Day! How do Joss & Braden, Ellie & Adam, Jo & Cam, Olivia & Nate, Hannah & Marco and Shannon & Cole keep the fire burning in their relationships while trying to juggle busy careers and the joyful chaos of parenthood? Find out in VALENTINE, six sexy and emotional short stories, one for each couple in the On Dublin Street series so far, making up a short novella about one very special day.

VALENTINE: An On Dublin Street Novella is a special gift to fans of the series.

Cover:  Doesn’t really match the rest of the UK editions, but it’s only an ebook so it’s not a big issue.

I love the On Dublin Street series, it’s one of my favourite adult contemporary series, so I was excited to delve into this novella.  And it didn’t disappoint.  It was great to see all my favourites couples (bar the last) together and how they spent their valentines.  Short, sweet and sexy and a must read for any fan of the On Dublin Street books.

4.5/5 stars.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Booking Through Thursday 18/08/16 'Mind Blowing'

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Booking Through Thursday and a different question is posted every week.

What’s the most mind-blowing, world-changing book you’ve ever read? (Or article, poem, whatever.)

This was a tough one because there have been so many amazing books that have blown my mind in totally different ways but most recently I would say Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.  I found it a very emotional story, tackling a controversial subject but with such humour through out, and a truly remarkable heroine that I just love.