Inside the Wall by A. Lotus# Review

Title: Inside The Wall

Author: A. lotus

Series:The war in the wall #1

Publisher:Lotus Books

Source: Supplied by Netgalley

Release Date: July 28th 2015

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What if everyone just stopped caring? What sort of world would we create for future generations?

Letha and Nathan were best friends just as were their mothers before them. Soon, however, two dictators overthrow the city, take the children captive, kill the opposing parents and then brainwash, train, and sculpt these children into soldiers. At first, Letha rejects the new life she leads, staying strong only to protect those younger than her. She is then given the ultimate task: kill Nathan; If she does not, everyone, including herself, will die.

In a world where no one cares, Letha struggles against herself to do the right thing. Ultimately, she has to make a choice, save herself or drown in the codependency of one young boy who has become brainwashed and hardened into the dictator’s web. No matter what choice she makes, she will have to lose someone that she loves.

 

My Thoughts

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Letha and Nathan were best friends when a war broke out, and they find themselves on opposing teams.

I found this book confusing and disappointing I love the Idea of what happens when people stop caring, but I did not find this really incorporated through the novella.

I would have loved more details on why the war happened and why they are using children as soldiers. and what is over the wall?

These questions may be answered in further novellas in the series which would be interesting to see if the books can be improved upon, which I do realise it is hard in novella form.

I found myself drifting more often than not when reading this book, I usually love dystopia novels and especially where there is a new theme such as lack of empathy and emotions.

I would probably read the next in the series but if it doesn’t improve I will probably shelve this series.

 

 

 

A bit Late but 2016 Challenges

I started off this year of reading with low expectations, last year was a bad year for me and I didn’t  get much blogging or reading done. but so far this year has seen me get back into reading and reviewing so I decided to give some challenges a go.

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I have a few series that have gotten away from me in the last year so I really would like to catch up with them, Anita blake and Black dagger Brotherhood are just a couple. so this challenge will really be good for me. I will also add a page just for these books so that it is easy to see.

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I wouldn’t be an Aussie Blogger if I didn’t take part in the Aussie Author Challenge 2016!

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As my fav genre I have to add it into my Challenges for the year.

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So excited for this one.

don’t forget all pics are linked to the host web pages.

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday : Dead Ice by Laurell K Hamilton

I know that I have fallen behind on this series, which is horrible because it is my Favourite and it was released last year. Anyway I am hoping to buy this book soon and get it read it is book #24 from the Anita Blake series.

Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She’s a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude’s fiancée.

It’s wreaking havoc with her reputation as a hard ass—to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, she’s still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue.

Someone is producing zombie porn. Anita has seen her share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn’t bother her. But the women being victimized aren’t just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind.

It’s the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And Anita’s own soul may not survive unscathed…

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With Malice by Eileen Cook # Review

Title: With Malice

Author: Eleen Cook

Series: Stand alone

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group

Source: Netgalley

Release Date: June 7 2016

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A read about a teenage girl who wakes up in a hospital bed and cannot remember the last six weeks of her life, including the accident that killed her best friend–only what if the accident wasn’t an accident?

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be. She comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy three days previous but was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

 

My Thoughts

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With Malice was extremely engaging, Jill has everything a full ride to Yale, money and she is looking forward to heading to Italy for an educational experience through a student program. Simone is beautiful and popular she is also Jill’s best friend, when finding out Jill was heading to Italy she decided to join as well.

Unfortunately for the girls, a horrible accident occurs. JIll wakes up in a hospital with no memory of her trip to Italy or the accident.

The story is focused on Jill’s recovery and her trying to remember what has happened, as the world turns on her and rumors start flying, Jill cant refute the claims since she can’t remember what happened, all she knows is that she never would have hurt Simone, she loved her as a best friend.

You really feel for Jill she has lost her best friend and she can’t mourn her because the media is blowing up saying that she is a murderer. We get to follower her small triumphs as she has regular therapy and rehab to regain her memory and mobility.

You really feel drawn in to the story, and Jill is so sweet that you know she is the wronged person in this whole mess, but with circumstantial evidence the Italian police are trying to extradite her to Italy to face charges while her parents and a lawyer try to clear her name.

I loved the story and the characters, the only thing I found disappointing was the ending, it was left some what blurry. I would really have liked a solid conclusion.

other than this I highly recommend With Malice as a great read.

 

 

 

Race Girl by Leigh Hutton # Review

Title: Race Girl

Author: Leigh Hutton

Series: Go Girl Chronicles #3

Publisher: Independent

Source: Supplied by Author

Release Date: April 3rd 2016

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Fresh on the heels of Michelle Payne’s historic Melbourne Cup win, comes a blockbuster Australian story about a Queensland girl and the ‘race that stops a nation’ . . .

Tully Athens has always dreamed of following in the footsteps of her hero Michelle Payne. Of living up to the Athens name and becoming the third generation of women from her family to rule the track. But Tully’s never been sure she’s got the nerve, and when her mother is killed in a horse racing accident, her whole world is shattered.

Six months later, in the heat of a Queensland summer, sixteen-year-old Tully is ready to face her fears. But getting back in the saddle leads to a whole lot more than she bargained for, with an out of control crush on the boy from their rival thoroughbred farm – the gorgeous but cocky larrikin Brandon Weston – and a forgotten filly with stardom in her eyes . . .

When faced with the most difficult decision of her life, will Tully choose to train and race her new filly in Melbourne? Or will she sacrifice it all to fight for love on the land that feeds her soul?

It’s only when tragedy rips everything from her that Tully finds a strength and courage she never knew she had, in this action-packed novel of passion, adventure and determination.

RACE GIRL is the highly anticipated third book in The Go Girls Chronicles – bestselling stories of gutsy girls in action sports, by Leigh Hutton!

*A PORTION OF EVERY #RaceGirl book sold goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, and to horse-welfare charity, Equine Action Qld*e their way across the wild American landscape in search of their families—all without killing each other. Along the way, the duo learns that maybe the other isn’t so terrible after all, but going months with no toothpaste isn’t exactly a recipe for romance. Will the journey be too much for their growing relationship? Will it even be worth it at all? Or will their homes and families be burned to a crisp?

My Thoughts

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Race Girl is the third installment of the Go Girl Chronicles, and it doesn’t disappoint.

Race Girl is a highly emotional book that made me cry as well as cheer with joy, and considering that I have been experiencing genre burnout with paranormal lately that a good Aussie Read was just what I needed.

 

After Tully’s mother tragically dies in a horse race, Tully has a lot of responsibility to shoulder, which I think is too much for someone as young as her to have to take on, her father is slipping away and into debt, the next door neighbor is trying to take their farm, and Tully is trying to make money at MC Donalds and follow her dream of becoming a female jockey, against her fathers wishes.

The whole Go Girl Chronicles are about young women overcoming odds to follow their life  long dream. each book is somewhat linked with cameo appearances from characters from the earlier books but  you are able to read them out of order.  I absolutely love this series not only is it Aussie made, but the Author Leigh Hutton is down to earth and contributes from every sale of her books to charity.

There are a lot of Australian rural books out their but not too many based in the Y.A genre. Race Girl features a romance plot as well but it is kept family friendly so younger readers can enjoy with the lightness and not focusing on sex.

Tully is an amazing girl and role model for girls to look up to and I really hope this series continues.

I highly recommend this Aussie read and at 6.99 on Amazon it is well worth the read for young and old, horse lovers and Melbourne cup lovers.  This thrill ride is for you.

Previous books in the series amazon links in pictures.

 

 

Firstlife by Gena Showalter #review

 

25785357Title: Firstlife

Author: Gena Showalter

Series: Everlife #1

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Source: Netgalley

Release Date: February 23 2016

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ONE CHOICE.

TWO REALMS.

NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t where the boy she’s falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

My Thoughts

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First off I loved the cover it absolutely beautiful.  Second The plot is original and highly descriptive as well as full of exciting action.

But….

Ten would rather spend Thirteen months locked in an asylum being tortured by a psycho that is paid by her parents to make her choose between two different realms for the Everlife, which is the real life which starts after death. which is fine but Ten takes so long spending time in the Asylum trying to decide what to do and it seems so long-winded for her to choose without any strong reason that she should have so much trouble to choose.

This book is a good read if you immerse your self in the action and the characters and don’t take the plot too seriously. I love the thought of  the Good Vs Bad afterlife, but Ten was pretty annoying in making her decision.

overall I liked the book, and recommend it to those who like Y.A, and give it a solid 3 stars.

 

 

 

All about you by Joanna Mazurkiwicz #review

 

22448874Title: All About You

Author: Joanna Mazurkiewicz

Series: Love and Hate Series 1

Publisher: Independant

Source: Brought from Ibooks

Release Date: March 7 2014

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All About You (Love & Hate Series #1)

I start hating Oliver just after his older brother Christian’s death. I drag him down a road of humiliation and pain to try to cope with what his brother did to me.
A few months after Christian’s passing, Oliver leaves town, and for the next two years, he is absent from my life. The demons claw their way back in, and I must learn to live with the secret that has destroyed me.
Now I’m starting a new life, away from Gargle and away from my past, but everything crashes when I see Oliver the first day at university. It’s clear that many things have changed since we’ve been apart. Now he is captain of the rugby team and the most popular bloke on campus.
Then he makes a bet and gives me an ultimatum: I leave Braxton forever and start somewhere else, or I stay and play his game… because he’s never forgotten that it was me who ruined his life two years ago.

romantic suspense new adult
dark romance new adult
sports romance
bad boy college romance

My Thoughts

 

 

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Wow the books you find while browsing I books, this book is currently free, and I really enjoyed it for a quick, and different read.

Contemporary reads really need to grab me to keep me interested and as the story played out I was consumed and could not put it down.

Sexual assault books can be a bit iffy for me, the subject needs to be clear and well written and not in a victim shaming or smutty way. Although this book touches on this subject is mentioned in the book it is well written and not a turn off.

All about you, revolves around the love/ hate relationship between India and Oliver. In high school India went through hell at the hands of Oliver’s brother, who she was dating at the time, to cope she became a horrible bully to Oliver until he upped and left. 2 years later they run into each other again in collage and they have both changed but the past cannot be forgotten.

what comes next is explosive chemistry, fireworks and a little bit of distrust.

I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait to get some I tunes credit so I can buy book 2 All about Me.

A Mad Zombie Party #review

 

Title: A Mad Zombie Party

Author: Gena Showalter

Series: White Rabbit Chronicles 4

Publisher: Harlequin Australia

Source: Netgalley

Release Date: September 17 2015

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The enemy has risen from the grave. Together we slayers must stand, or one by one we will fall.

Ali Bell’s crew of zombie slayers thought they’d won the war against Anima Industries, the evil company responsible for capturing and experimenting on zombies in an effort to discover the secret to immortality. In the last epic clash, the slayers lost many of their crew and closest friends. But Frosty, the ice man himself, has not recovered from one casualty in particular — the love of his life, Kat Parker.

On the path to self-annihilation, Frosty receives a message from beyond — Kat’s spirit returns, insisting he partner with rogue slayer Camilla Marks. Frosty will do anything for Kat. Except that. Camilla’s betrayal caused Kat’s death.

But when Anima rises from the grave stronger than ever, Frosty, Camilla and all the slayers will have to work together to survive. And one broken slayer will learn that sometimes the line between hate and attraction is blurred… and the road to redemption may mean letting go of the past and grabbing hold of the future. (

My Thoughts

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I loved this book,

At first I was put off by the change in POV, after reading the series in Ali’s voice it took a little bit to get use to it, but after a while I just fell for the storyline.

One person I really didn’t expect to get a happy ending was Frosty, after the death of Kat, I really wanted those two to make it, even with their up and down relationship they were still made for each other.

When Millia shows up and Frosty and her spend time and start to fall in love, I though that it was a bit early for Frosty to be moving on especially with the woman that helped cause her death.

As the story progresses however Gena has a wonderful way of bringing these two together without offending Kat lovers.

Milla is a strong female character and because of this I really feel like her and Frosty will be a perfect match without all the drama that he and Kat shared.

I really enjoyed this book and being the last in the series didn’t disappoint. I highly recommend it.

What I Saw Review

 

Title: What I Saw

Author: Beck Nicholas

Series: Stand Alone

Publisher: MIRA Harlequin

Source: Netgalley

Release Date: February 22nd 2016

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One punch will shatter a town. But is anyone ready for the consequences of telling the truth? A stunning new YA novel about the complicated romance between a girl with everything on the line and a boy with nothing to lose following a king hit incident that leaves the high school golden boy in a coma, from the author of FAKE.

My Thoughts

 

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This book really touched me with it’s important message to what a punch can do to someone, with it happening all too often, it is great to see a novel that really conveys that message and is not afraid to touch on the subject.

I really loved What I Saw, I found it easy to read and engaging. The characters are thrown into moral dilemmas, although I found the love story a bit hard to believe, The story it self makes up for that if you just shove a few eye rolls in.

Callie is a popular girl she has so much pressure from her parents that she get a scholarship that is almost too much to bear. She goes to a school dance and drinks a bit too much, while being caught by the bad boy in school throwing up in the bushes, a fight breaks out and her best friends boyfriend gets put in a coma.

Callie must now decide to tell the truth and destroy her family or stay silent and let the wrong person take the fall.

although it seems like an easy decision, Beck Nicholas throws Callie into so much angst and drama that you really feel for her because a lot is riding on her decision.

Burning Midnight by Will MacIntosh #early review

 

Title: Burning Midnight

Author: Will McIntosh

Series: Stand Alone

Publisher: Random House Childrens

Source: Netgalley

Release Date: February 2nd 2016

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Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much—Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers—but it helps him and his mom make the rent. No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the greater the improvement—and the more expensive the sphere.

When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold—a color no one has ever seen. And when Alex Holliday learns what they have, he will go to any lengths, will use all of his wealth and power, to take it from them.

There’s no question the Gold is priceless, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.

My Thoughts

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The cover for Burning Midnight really caught my eye as I was flipping through Netgalley, I think it is lovely and Intriguing and I am a big person for judging a book by the cover.

I loved the concept of the book I believe it is unique in the genre that one day these shiny different coloured spheres show up out of nowhere and they are able to give the person who burns them by holding them up to their heads, special abilities. Of course like any fad some are rarer and more expensive than others.

Instead of being cautious and wondering where and why, people start bartering and selling them, which creates new class systems in society, their are those that are incredibly rich and use the rarest spheres to make themselves, smarter, prettier, faster,ect.  Then there are the middle class that only have a few spheres for birthday’s ect. Then the lower class that can’t afford them which is where our protagonist comes in.

Sully is a sphere dealer, he trades and sells spheres to keep him and his mother in money. He would love to burn spheres but they are more valuable selling than using. Sully hit the big time when he found one of the rarest spheres you could find. except he was swindled and did not receive any money for it.

Sully meets Hunter another Sphere dealer but she actually looks for the spheres herself to sell. she has great Ideas for her and Sully to find new Spheres and strike it rich.

I do believe that this book could have been better managed, some of the scenes did not fit in with the story line, and Sully was a dumb arse that had you slapping your head a few times, seriously after the first time of being swindled you would think that he would learn his lesson.

I did enjoy this book for it’s uniqueness, and I would love a follow on story just to go a bit more in-depth about the spheres and their consequence on humanity.