Good bye and Good luck from Aussie Bookworms

Hi everyone,

It is with tears in my eyes that I have decided to step away from my blog, It has been an amazing Year and a half with my Blog and Have had a great time and met wonderful people.  

I will still be around Goodreads, Amazon and facebook, and of course all your wonderful pages.  But lately my health has taken a turn for the worse and I really should be devoting what good times I have with my family. I love you all and hopefully when my health picks up I may be able to revive my site.  

 

Thank you again for the great times, the friendships, great books and memories.

 

I will see you all around.

 

Jodie

Aussie bookworms.

Top Ten Tuesday #11

 

top ten tuesdayTop ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the broke and the bookish.  each week a different question is posted and as a blogger you have to answer them.

This weeks question:

Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table (you know…back to school theme)

This is going to be hard for me because I am sure like a lot of you I was a complete loner at school and I spent most of my time at the library spending lunch times with characters anyway.  So here is a list of those that i would have liked to sit with.

1. Eric Northman (because yeah like I need to explain although being over 1000 years old doesn’t make this very likely)

2. Elena Gilbert (because she is a great friend)

3. Katniss Everdeen, (because she is loyal and kickarse)

4. Daemon Salvatore (Because every group needs a bad boy)

5. Sydney Sage (loyal, smart and lovely person)

6. Clover from Rev Girl, (friendly, supportive and driven)

7. Kira from Blue Ashcrofts A1pha Series (both of us gamers and geeks we would get on well)

And I am going to stop there because there are so many characters I admire and have wonderful virtues. I am looking forward to others responses.

 

feature and follow friday #6

Follow Friday is a Meme hosted by Allison can Read and Parajunkee, It is a chance to link up with other book bloggers and get to know one another a bit better through hopping though everyone’s blogs.

 

Question of the Week: Tell us about a book character you’d trade places with.

 

This is a hard question because most of the books I read are about kick arse female’s that face adversity but are able to fight for what is right.  I don’t know if I would have the courage to do what most of these girls do.  But one character does stick out in my mind mostly because of a male figure in the book.  Sookie Stackhouse, she has a loving family, Hot Vampires (Eric) and Hot weres (Alcide) and of course Shifters (Sam) who love her unconditionally how could you not want a piece of that.

Win me by Blue Ashcroft #Review

Title: Win Me

Author: Blue Ashcroft

Series: A1pha part 2

Publisher: Independant

Source: Brought

Release Date:  July 18th 2014

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The Synopsis

Life isn’t easy with when you live in a house with three guys, but former gamer girl Kira is trying to adjust. When she ran from an abusive relationship to hide with her old gaming teammates, she wasn’t expecting life to get so complicated. Between jealousies erupting among the men and the complicated sexual tension between her and her ex crush, gorgeous pro gamer A1pha, Kira isn’t sure she made the right decision in coming back.

But the choice might not be hers for much longer, because her abusive ex Nate just showed up at the mansion, and he’s determined not to go home empty handed.

My Thoughts

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Well we finally get an answer to that cliff hanger, and what a doosy.  This book had me griped in tension, Nate is a dick and Kira is our damsel in distress.   A1pha really shows a lot more of himself in this story and starts to open up to Kira, which is great because I love A1pha you just don’t get to understand why he is the way he is, In win me we get the nitty gritty.

Ethan and Ollie are still wonderful characters I love them almost as much as I love Kira and A1pha, I would love a follow up to their stories as well.

To sum up, Win me follows on from Play me, sure the story line may be a bit choppy in some places but it sure is an entertaining follow up and I am looking forward to the next Installment.

Australian Author of the Month – Leigh Hutton Rev Girl #Review

22031265Title: Rev Girl

Author: Leigh Hutton

Series: Go Girl Chronicles

Publisher:Leigh Hutton Books

Source: Supplied by Author

Release Date:  May 2014

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The Synopsis

Inspired by a true story

It’s hard to be the new girl, but it’s even harder being the new girl who races dirt bikes . . .

Ever since her parents forced her to move from Canada to Silvertown, Colorado, Clover Kassedy hasn’t fit in. So how do you deal when everyone hates you?

Focusing all her energy on racing her motorcycle did it for a while, but now that Clover’s managed to find a bestie and a boyfriend, the pressure on the sixteen-year-old is worse than ever.

She’s determined to get to the World Championships, where she could finally meet her idol – an Australian, the World Champion – and have a shot at becoming a professional dirt bike racer. But with her super- competitive dad, workaholic mother and relentless bullies at races and at high school, Clover is struggling to make her dreams a reality.

Will it be her scheming ex-best-friend who shatters her world? Or will she let her ‘perfect’ boyfriend – the guy who has finally made her feel like she belongs in their school and their town – stop her from becoming an international racing star?

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 Make Sure you enter the Giveaway to Enter a Signed Paperback! (Aus only sorry)

My Thoughts

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I introduced our Aussie Author of the Month Leigh Hutton to you at the start of the month with her debut book REV GIRL.  I honestly can’t rave enough about this book, I loved it from start to finish.

Rev girl is a fresh take on Contemporary Y.A novels, we have a heroine that doesn’t mind getting dirty or a few broken bones either as she makes her way to becoming a Motor Cross Champion.  Clover has a few obstacles that she needs to get past  to achieve her dream of becoming a professional rider, which include nasty competitors, bullying at school, A mother that spends all her time on her little sister’s passion for dancing and a sometimes a pushy competitive father, throw in the normal drama of dating and high school and you have an awesome book.

The Characters are well Written and I could really admire Clovers determination, although wanting to be a normal teen, she also never truly gives up her dream of becoming an international dirt bike rider, from a Jerk of a boyfriend,  a best frenemie, tough competitors and Injuries she never lets anything come between her and her dreams, especially considering that she is a female in a male dominated sport I really loved Clover as a character.

Kerry was another great character, although rivals she still helped Clover and stayed friends no matter what, which is amazing considering Clovers best friend Sera has trouble accepting Clover’s dream. I found Kerry and her family to be refreshing and honest as a friend and character, no backstabbing or bitchiness involved, I would really like to see her get her own book too.

Dallas, Clovers boyfriend was a jerk from the start I could not find anything I could like about him. but he is important part in her story line making her stronger to be where she wants to be.

My family and I spend most weekends motor bike riding , although I admire anyone who can ride and race dirt bikes I give more thumbs up for girls that do, It is not an easy sport to be part of. (we just ride for fun no racing yet.) I was so happy Leigh contacted me about her book it is one of my favorites this year.  So if you love Y.A books but need a break from the usual topics pick up a copy of REV GIRL you will not be disappointed.

Theirs by Hazel Gower #Review

Title: Theirs

Author: Hazel Gower

Series: The Bears

Publisher: Evernight

Source: Indie Authors Down Under Event 2014

Release Date:  February 2013

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The Synopsis

Susie goes to gym to lose weight and hires a hot personal trainer she doesn’t realize is a bear shifter.

Brian is a co-owner of Healthy Bodies and his mate has just walked through the door looking for a personal trainer. He knows he is the right bear for the job. The only problem is, he’s not Susie’s only mate. His brother Blake is in the running too. Can they learn to share?

They must convince Susie she is theirs. Together Blake and Brian teach her how great food can really be, and exercise can be a lot of fun.

Will Susie be able to handle two bears taking over her life? Can she live in this strange new paranormal world? Is she strong enough to stand by her two men?

My Thoughts

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I met Hazel Gower at Indie Down under this year, Theirs is one of the last books I picked up for the day, I love Shifter stories, and I have not read too many bear ones, so I must say I was surprised with how much I enjoyed this story.

Susie decides that she needs to lose weight so she joins a gym and signs up for a personal trainer, feeling embarrassed she hopes for a female trainer.  Brian takes one look at Susie and decides that she is his mate, which gets a bit hot because for her first session they are locked in his office and are up for some steamy fun, I did find this a bit strange as they have only just met, although they have extreme sexual tension because of her being his mate I find it out of character for Susie as she has no body confidence and here she is getting it on with an extremely hot personal trainer.

As she is leaving she meets Blake, Brian’s brother who is also her mate. they all have to overcome their jealousy and lust to find a neutral ground for her new relationship.

I did really enjoy this story, It was a fun read and I get the author was trying to write a story about a BBW, which is fine by me but I found the story focused too much on her weight. I love the interaction between the brothers and the rest of the family and I am looking forward to reading ours, the next book in the Series.

 

 

 

It’s Monday What are You Reading?

Zomburbia by Adam J Gallardo

 

 

 “Scary, freaky, and original. Get this book!” -Nancy Holder Lifeless. Slow-moving. Brain-dead.
“Welcome To Zomburbia.”

My name is Courtney Hart, and I’m here to tell you about things that suck. Being born in a podunk town like Salem, Oregon, for one. Living in a world infested with zombies? That, too. And the meat heads I go to school with? I think I’d actually take the undead over them most days. But I have a plan to get out of here and move to New York. I just have to keep selling Vitamin Z along with your fries at The Bully Burger. The secret ingredient? Zombie brains.

I’ve noticed things are getting even worse lately, if that’s even possible. The zombies seem to be getting smarter and faster. If I can avoid being arrested, eaten by shufflers, or catching the eye of some stupid boy, I should be able to make it through finals week still breathing. . .

“Gallardo’s world-building is innovative and fascinating, sick and twisted and unexpectedly touching. You’ll want to check that your zombie apocalypse closet is well stocked.” -Molly Harper White

“Readers are guaranteed plenty of mayhem and romance, laughter and heartbreak.” -James Patrick Kelly

The Sunday post #26

vectorstock_43821-1-1The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I managed to sprain my ankle this week so I have been doing lots of reading.  Make sure you stop by the Rev Girl giveaway and enter!

 

It’s Monday what are you Reading?

No Limits by Lori Foster Review

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead Review

Accidentally married on purpose Review

REV Girl Giveaway!

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Accidentally Married on Purpose by Rachel Harris #Review

Title: Accidentally Married on Purpose

Author: Rachel Harris

Series: Love and Games #3

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Source: With thanks from Netgalley and publisher

Release Date:  July 2014

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Buy Now $3.79 at time of posting

The Synopsis

One ring plus one wild night equals one crazy love

Sherry Robicheaux loves men. She loves love. And she loves an adventure. So when she meets a mysterious man while working backstage at a country music concert in Vegas, she’s all about what’s happened in Vegas staying there.

Country music superstar Tyler Blue just wants a weekend of anonymity…though there’s something about the spunky waitress with the streaks of purple hair that tempts him like no other. Until the next morning, when they both wake up with fuzzy memories…and rings on their fingers.

Convincing Sherry to maintain the ruse for his public image isn’t the hardest part—it’s reminding himself that their time spent playing husband and wife in her small town of Magnolia Springs can’t last. Tyler’s first love will always be music—and the road is no place for a sweet downhome girl.

My Thoughts

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Again I have read a novel that is in the middle of the Series, usually this would frustrate me so much that I would put down the book until I read the first couple.  Thankfully this book can be read as a standalone.

Sherry is having a rough time with men, she seems to fall for the bad boys and the exciting guys that treat her badly, so she comes up with a plan.  Sherry has picked a reliable, boring and plain guy and she is going to settle down with him and have a calm, quiet life, the problem is Sherry is a bit of a wild child, she decides to have one last fling.

Sherry gets a job as a caterer for a backstage country music concert in Las Vegas for the new year, planning on finding one more hot, exciting fling before she settles down to her respectable life, she mistakes a sexy cowboy for a Roadie, after a drunken night she can’t remember it turns out that instead of a Roadie she hooked up with singer Tyler Blue and that is not all she wakes up with a ring on her finger.

This book was a sweet story, with funny moments throughout, if you are feeling like you want a light, romantic comedy this book is for you. Although I only rated it 3 stars the writing and story line was fine but I did find the pace to be a bit slow and Sherry had a habit of annoying me.

But other than that it was a good light read to brighten your mood.

 

 

 

 

Silver Shadows By Richelle Mead #Review

Title: Silver Shadows

Author: Richelle Mead

Series: Bloodlines

Publisher: Penguin Australia

Source: With thanks from Netgalley and publisher

Release Date:  July 2014

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The Synopsis

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

My Thoughts

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Just when I thought this series could not get any better, and BAM! Silver shadows Nails it.    In Silver Shadows we get to see more of the Tough and Unbreakable Sydney, we knew that she was strong and could hold her own, but wow trying to survive what the alchemists have install for her, she must cling to who she is and what she believes in to survive torture and horrendous conditions, hoping that a chance comes where she can escape back to Adrian and the Gang.

Adrian is trying desperately to find Sydney and with no leads and no one able to help him, he starts to drown in his depression, which is really sad to see because I have grown so use to the fun and charming Adrian we forget what a combination of Stress and Spirit can do to him.

This story is heart pounding, non stop action.  It is great to see Sydney finally accept who she is and her strengths, to save herself and fellow alchemist rebels that are locked up with her. I could not find fault with this installment and could not put it down.

I highly recommend Silver Shadows and the whole Bloodlines series. If you want a funny, romantic, paranormal series this one is for you.