{Blog Tour} Disruption by Jessica Shirvington!

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Title: Disruption
Series: Disruption #1
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Published: 24th March 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Sci-fi/Futuristic Romance

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What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?
What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loves most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it. 

Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer – heir to the M-Corp empire – has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for? 

In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.

INTERVIEW WITH JESSICA SHIRVINGTON:

Hi Jess and welcome to The Reading Realm. We’re so excited to have you here today!

Hi Amy, Thanks so much for inviting me to be a guest!

Q. Young Adult books are being read by people of all ages, what do you think it is about these books & characters that are capturing people's attention?

I’m a bit of a romantic at heart so the first reason I’d pick would be young love. It is something we all experience – whether we are reflecting on our first love, in the middle of experiencing our first love, or looking forward to our first love. It binds us all together and no matter our age we understand and appreciate the intense emotions that often surround it. The second reason is that YA characters are often not dealing with the things we are all quite happy to escape for a few hours – job, mortgage etc. I think the sky is the limit for young characters and the adventures they can go on. For readers that makes YA books very appealing.

Q. What book (if any) from your childhood made you fall in love with literature?

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – by C.S Lewis

Q. So far your books have been told in first person POV. Is this something you consider for each story, or does your writing style naturally lend itself to first person?

It is something I consider. And for me, as a writer, I gravitate towards the more emotional story lines and in order to get as close to those emotions as possible I find that I need to be in the main characters head – experience things as she does and feel them as she does. It is a conscious choice but that doesn’t mean I will never change to a different narrative.

Q. Do you have any writing quirks or rituals?

I handwrite all of my chapter breakdowns. I carry a large notebook with me everywhere I go and in that book is everything to do with the latest story I am working on. It becomes a kind of bible that I am extremely possessive about!

Q. With Disruption set to be released shortly can you give us a little insight into the main character Maggie. What makes her tick?

Maggie is unlike any character I’ve written or come across. To me she is more similar to a lot of male characters in YA books.
I was getting a little tired of the male characters being the ones to bring the unsuspecting girl into a new world – to show her she was part of something and not only that, but a pivotal part. Often, the girl is fed information only when it is deemed necessary by the boy, who often is manipulating the main character. Well, Maggie is the opposite. She has all the information, she is calling the shots, she is bringing in an unsuspecting guy to this world she is involved in, and she is manipulating everything! She is extremely strong and works towards her goals in a single-minded fashion. She doesn’t let anyone persuade her or control her but she spends a lot of time blackmailing the people around her. And underneath it all, she is fiercely loving and loyal.

Q. Your female heroines, Violet, Sabine and now Maggie are very strong yet still make realistic mistakes. Is it important to you that readers can relate to your main characters?

Absolutely. Love or hate them, it is important to have a viewpoint. I had a girl come up to me the other night who loved the Violet Eden Chapters but hated Violet. I loved talking with her because I could see why she felt the way she did and I even agreed with her in many ways. But stories are about a journey, about growth and character development. If they started off perfect on page one, why bother reading on? I need my characters to be both strong and flawed because that is how the majority of people really are.

Q. The Violet Eden Chapters and Between the Lives, were both emotionally driven stories. What can readers expect when they pick up Disruption?

My stories will always be emotionally driven so they can expect more of that. But also, this book is different because there are no supernatural, no otherworldly elements. It is just Maggie in a world just like ours just with a new technology. People have been calling it Dystopian but it really isn’t. If anything, it is a sci-fi thriller (as you mention below).

Q. As Disruption is a science fiction novel, what kind of research did you do while writing?

Heaps. I love research and it has become a part of my writing process that I adore. I went to Arlington, Virginia, where the book is set. I travelled to all the places Maggie does in the book. I went out to hidden government sites and found ex CIA operatives to talk to. I went to the White House, to Georgetown University, I spent time travelling the Metro and walking the streets. Every scene and description has as much truth and research in it as possible.
I also spent a lot of time researching pheromones and microchips so that I could keep the story as close to reality as possible. In the end, it was actually frightening how much of the technology I talk about is already in development.

Q. What was the most difficult part about writing this novel?

Probably deciding on the world rules. I was creating a new type of social structure with a science at the centre of it, so working out all of that took time and a lot of rewriting so it never became overwhelming for the readers (which I hope it isn’t!).

Q. Finally, do you have a favourite quote or line from your new book you'd like to share with us?

In one of the first scenes between Maggie and her friend Gus, they’re talking over the phone and she has just jumped up and realised she gravel and a bad cut on her ass.
Before hanging up, Gus says:

‘Hope that gravel burns like hell when you’re pulling it out.’

It sums up their relationship.

Thanks so much for stopping by and answering some of our questions!

Thanks so much, Amy!! 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jessica Shirvington is the author of THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS also known as THE EMBRACE SERIES, stand alone novel, BETWEEN THE LIVES and has an exciting new duology called DISRUPTION on the way in 2014.

An entrepreneur, author, and mother living in Sydney, Australia, Jessica is also a 2011 & 2012 finalist for Cosmopolitan’s annual Fun, Fearless Female Award. She’s also one of the lucky few who met the love of her life at age seventeen: Matt Shirvington, a former Olympian and current sports broadcaster for Foxtel and Fox Sports. Married for twelve years with two beautiful daughters, Sienna and Winter, Jessica knows her early age romance and its longevity has definitely contributed to how she tackles relationships in her YA novels.


Check back later in the week for my review of Disruption! 

Stacking The Shelves: The Jessica Shirvington Fangirling Edition

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves.

This weeks post is basically me fangirling over Jessica Shirvington. I appologise in advance.

So this week I went to my first ever book launch party & signing!! Squeezing 4 heavy books in my bag I braved the rain and made the 2 hour train trip to Sydney to meet my favourite author, the lovely Jessica Shirvington!! And I'm happy to say that it was totally worth it!! 

Jessica Shirvington was so lovely! Not only personalising and signing books, but spending time chatting to each and every person and taking photos too.
Also there, was her hubby Matt Shirvington (an Olympic sprinter) and their adorable daughters (it was so cute when they both raised their hands to ask questions during the Q & A). It was such a relaxed and friendly event and I had such an amazing time!

Thanks so much to Jessica, and also to Amanda Diaz and HarperCollins for organising the event!! It was fabulous to meet you both! :)

Me and the lovely Jess Shirvington!
(Big Sister came with me too, but she didn't want her pic here :)

ARCs for Review:


Disruption by Jessica Shirvington
Thanks so much for Amanda Diaz from Harper Collins Australia for sending this one!!!
The cover for this is made of metallic shinny awesomeness!!! 

Signed Books:





Thanks so much Jessica for signing all the books I brought along!!


Fangirling will continue on Monday with my Blog Tour post for Jessica's new book Disruption!!

Well that's what's new to my bookshelf - what about you?

{Tour Review} Deep Surrendering by Chelsea M. Cameron

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Title: Deep Surrendering
Series: Deep Surrendering Episode #1
Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Published: 20th Mar 2014
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC provided by author for fair & honest review
Rating: 3.5/5

BLURB:
She's all about rules. He lives by none but his own. When these two meet, the results could be disastrous.

When Marisol Everly’s friend Rory sets her up with Fin Herald, Marisol doesn't expect that it will amount to anything, .but that was before she saw Fin's searing blue eyes and mischievous smile. Not to mention, he seems absolutely fascinated by her mundane life. He's everything that a girl could want, but there's something else that ripples under the surface of his flirty behavior. Something darker. Something that fascinates Marisol, but scares her at the same time. Is she willing to risk falling into an abyss she might not get out of?

A Cute Romantic Story With Quirky Secondary Characters

REVIEW:
The story:
Deep Surrendering is a spin off from the Sweet Surrendering series and will be written as part of a serial with short novellas released each month (roughly 12 novellas). We follow Marisol and Fin after their mutual friend, Rory sets them up. Their is an immediate spark of attraction between them, and after a fun night out Marisol would like to see where things could go. But Fin is very hot and cold, flirting with her one minute and brushing her off the next. The only clue to his erratic behaviour is Fin claiming he's all dark & twisty and not good for her.

The characters:
Marisol is the kindhearted good girl. She always takes the safe option and never takes any risks. That is until she meets Fin. She knows that he scares her a little bit, but she's also oddly drawn to him and his mysterious personality. And for the first time in her life, she's taking a risk.

Fin was a bit of a surprise character, especially already having met him in Sweet Surrendering. On the surface he's a confident and powerful business man, but we soon learnt that there are some dark and angry things lurking in his past that makes him a very intriguing man.

The romance:
The romance between Marisol & Fin started out quite normal - meeting through friend and going out for a fun and flirty first date. But when things start to get more intimate, that's when it gets interesting.This book is a lot hotter than her others, with some mild domination even making an appearance.

The writing:
After reading most of Chelsea's other books, I've come to know and love her writing style. However this book is her most steamy one yet! I think she may have been channelling her inner Fifty Shades of Grey!

FINAL WORD:
I've been excited to read Marisol & Fin's story, and although it wasn't quite what I was expecting I really enjoyed it. I'm not sure if I'm going to like the whole domination thing as I'm not really of fan of that sort of book, but am looking forward to learning more about Fin's past and will wait & see where the story leads!

CONTENT:
Sexuality: strong / sex scene - mild domination
Violence: none
Language:
Drugs & alcohol: mild 

{Tour Review} Breathe Again by Rachel Brookes

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Title: Breathe Again
Series: Breathe #2
Author: Rachel Brookes
Published: 10th March 2014
Age Group: New Adult 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC provided by author for fair & honest review
Rating: 5/5

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For Savannah Rae, the thought of living in her picture-perfect world was almost too much to comprehend. With her dream job, a family she could finally call her own, and the beginnings of the best chapter of her life, she still couldn't shake the unnerving feeling that it was all too good to be true. 

The thought of a life without Savannah was incomprehensible to Tate Connors. Never in his wildest dreams did he think he would find his girl in the form of a sassy, stubborn, beautiful Australian. Finally he had the girl and life he so desperately wanted, but he still couldn't ignore the fear that it would crash around him.

When Tate’s past becomes his present and Savannah’s present becomes her past, the possibility of a future together collides head-on with reality. 

In her darkest days, the words Just Breathe provided a peaceful comfort to Savannah from the heavens above. Now as she and Tate go down the path of new beginnings, brutal endings, and the constant craving of a happily ever after, they are anxious to learn how to Breathe Again.


The perfect conclusion to a fantastic series

REVIEW:
The story:
In the final instalment in the series, Tate & Sav have many new challenges to face in their relationship. With Sav pregnant and Tate fearful of being a bad father, Tate struggles to believe he'll be any different to his own dad. I really don't want to give any spoilers about this story, because there were so many wonderful and tragic surprises along the way, that to tell you them would just ruin the experience of discovering everything yourself. There where many ups and downs all leading up to a dramatic and oh so satisfying conclusion!

The characters:
Tate and Sav are as stubborn as ever and just don't seem to realise how alike they actually are. When things get tough they just seem to make things even harder for themselves. But this is exactly what makes them so loveable! In the end it's the stubbornness that prevents either of them from giving up of each other. 

It was also great to see the secondary characters getting plenty of screen time with Jack, Tanzi & Lucas all back. And I absolutely adored the pivotal roles that Mr Davenport and the sexy Blake played. I want more of Blake!

The romance:
The romance was filled with angst, which created some fabulously sexual tension. It's clear that they both love one another, but with so many obstacles for them to overcome, they struggled to deal with everything. Communication broke down, and issues that could have been solved so easily become massive hurdles in their relationship. I felt their relationship was very realistic in this way. What I loved was that they never gave up and always believed they would find a way back to each other.

The writing:
Rachel's books are always filled with a great mix of sexy and funny scenes. I can't tell you number I times I was laughing one minute and tearing up the next! This was one amazing roller coaster rise of emotions!

FINAL WORD:
The final book in a series is always bittersweet. I'm so happy with how this story played out, but I'm sad to say goodbye to these wonderful characters! Breathe Again was the perfect conclusion to a fantastic series! And I am looking forward to the possibility of some companion novels!

CONTENT:
Sexuality: medium-strong / several descriptive sex scenes
Violence: mild / minor fights
Language: strong / frequent f words etc
Drugs & alcohol: mild / set in bar


{Cover Reveal} My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris

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Title: My Not So Super Sweet Life
Series: Suddenly #2
Author: Rachel Harris
Published: 21st April 2014
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.

As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.

Well, and the stalkerazzi.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong families are a staple in each of her books...and kissing. Lots of kissing.
A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life's problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations. She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches way too much Food Network with her amazing husband.
An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and losing herself in story. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!
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{ARC Review) Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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Title: Maybe Someday
Author: Colleen Hoover
Published: 18th March 2014
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Paperback ARC provided by Simon & Schuster Australia for honest review
Rating: 4/5

BLURB:
She's all about rules. He lives by none but his own. When these two meet, the results could be disastrous.

When Marisol Everly’s friend Rory sets her up with Fin Herald, Marisol doesn't expect that it will amount to anything, .but that was before she saw Fin's searing blue eyes and mischievous smile. Not to mention, he seems absolutely fascinated by her mundane life. He's everything that a girl could want, but there's something else that ripples under the surface of his flirty behavior. Something darker. Something that fascinates Marisol, but scares her at the same time. Is she willing to risk falling into an abyss she might not get out of?

A Cute Romantic Story With Quirky Secondary Characters

REVIEW:
The story:
After discovering that Hunter, her boyfriend of 2 years has ben cheating on her with her roommate Tori, Sydney finds herself homeless. That is until the mysterious guy across the courtyard, Ridge, lets her move into the spare room. They both share a passion for music and as Ridge is suffering from major writers block, Sydney collaborates with him to write some beautiful songs. As the continue to work together, their attraction grows and soon it becomes difficult to deny their felling for one another. There's just one problem, Ridge has a girlfriend. Maggie is sweet & funny and impossible not to love. 

Sydney and Ridge's chemistry is unbelievably powerful, and every scene between them had me choked up - some of the most poignant scenes I've read in some time. The musical element of the story was beautiful and elegantly written. I was captured by the lyrics and connection between Sydney and Ridge was incredible. So if I loved this story so much why not 5 stars? One word: cheating. For the most part this is a 5 star book, but couldn't get past the cheating element. Rather than this book focussing on the music like I thought it would, the main story line follows Ridge and Sydney as they try to deny their attraction so Ridge doesn't cheat on his girlfriend. However I personally feel that cheating isn't just about kissing or sex, it can also be emotional - and Ridge & Sydney were guilty of that. 

The characters:
Sydney is brokenhearted over being cheated on and after learning that Ridge has a girlfriend she's determined not to be like Tori. I also loved that she was determined to stand on her own and not ask her parents for help - she wanted to be strong and independent and by the end I felt she did achieve this. Although she doe have many setbacks along the way.

Ridge is a dedicated and selfless character is many ways. He's committed to staying with Maggie, and supporting her in her choices. He wants to protect her and be there for her and I truly respected him for that. But he's far from the perfect guy and he does make a lot of mistakes, which in many ways made him more realistic.

The secondary characters where also really well written. Best friend and roommate Warren was funny and had such a presence in every scene. And of course there's Maggie, Ridge's girlfriend. I actually think she was my favourite character. She's vibrant, friendly and one of the most understanding and forgiving characters I've seen! Which made the cheating even harder to ignore.

The romance:
I am so torn of the romance, because on the one hand it was simply breathtaking, and on the other, the cheating. While I wanted Ridge & Sydney to be together, how it happened just didn't work for me. After what Sydney went through with Tori & Hunter cheating behind her back, I found it difficult to sympathise with her now that she was doing the same thing with Ridge. And despite the fact that they both tried to ignore their feelings, what they did was still wrong. And this made me so sad, because all of the scenes between Sydney and Ridge where incredibly sweet and touching and melted my heart. But then I'd remembered Maggie and their whole relationship felt somewhat tainted.

The writing:
There's no doubting the quality of Colleen Hoover's writing, and this book is no exception. The story is so emotionally intense and allows you to connect well with the characters and their lives. I also loved the integration of the music and lyrics into the story - it gave a new and special way for the characters to express their emotions. Just beautiful!

FINAL WORD:
Maybe Someday is a bittersweet romance and an incredibly powerful and poignant story. The musical element was so unique and enhanced every emotion the characters where feeling! Sydney and Ridge have such an intense chemistry which was simply beautiful to watch. Minus the cheating, this book was perfect!

CONTENT:
Sexuality: medium / several discussions about sex, minor sex scene
Violence: mild / a few punches
Language: medium / several f words
Drugs & alcohol: medium-strong / min characters get heavy intoxicated

Swoon Thursday #46

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Swoon Thursday is a weekly event hosted by YA Bound.This is how it works:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog.

So I couldn't decide on just one swoon, so I picked two - one SWEET and one SEXY!

This week, I’m SWOONING over:

Title: Recklessly Royal
Series: Suddenly #2
Author: Nichole Chase
Published: 25th March 2014
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC provided by author for fair & honest review
Rating: 5/5
Goodreads  |  Amazon  |  Review

SWEET
I snuggled closer into his side, enjoying the smell of his cologne and warmth that seeped through his clothes. Almost as if without thought, he turned his head just enough to kiss my temple, and my heat melted. It was something you did when you cared about how someone felt or what they were thinking.

SEXY
He pressed his lips to mine again, slowly, tenderly coaxing my mouth open. When his tongue darted across my bottom lip I sighed and he deepened the kiss. His arms wrapped around my waist and in one quick move he had me sitting in his lap I snuggled close, letting the heat of his body warm m up in the cool summer evening air. I ran my hands through his hair and tilted his head back to take the advantage of our kiss. He melted under me, letting me kiss him with abandon. Gently I nipped his bottom lip and he maned softly.

Eeek temple kissing and steamy kissing!!!
I adore this series and was so happy to read Cathy & David's story. David is smart, sweet, caring and has a great sense of humour…what more could I ask for in a hero?!

So what's making you swoon this week?

{Release Day} Deep Surrendering by Chelsea M. Cameron

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Title: Deep Surrendering
Series: Deep Surrendering Episode #1
Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Published: 20th Mar 2014
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC provided by author for fair & honest review
Rating: 3.5/5

SYNOPSIS:
She's all about rules. He lives by none but his own. When these two meet, the results could be disastrous.
When Marisol Everly’s friend Rory sets her up with Fin Herald, Marisol doesn't expect that it will amount to anything, but that was before she saw Fin's searing blue eyes and mischievous smile. Not to mention, he seems absolutely fascinated by her mundane life. He's everything that a girl could want, but there's something else that ripples under the surface of his flirty behavior. Something darker. Something that fascinates Marisol, but scares her at the same time. Is she willing to risk falling into an abyss she might not get out of?


AUTHOR
Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)

Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.

{Blog Tour Review} Recklessly Royal by Nichole Chase

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Title: Recklessly Royal
Series: Suddenly #2
Author: Nichole Chase
Published: 25th March 2014
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC provided by author for fair & honest review
Rating: 5/5

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Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly—men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along. She has a plan, and it all hinges on seducing the one man who seems utterly unimpressed by all things royal. The one man she is tempted by more than any other . . .
When David arrives at the royal wedding of his friend, the newly ordained Duchess Samantha Rousseau, he expects to feel uncomfortable and out of his element, but he isn’t prepared to be targeted by Prince Alex’s gorgeous younger sister. With Cathy’s giant blue eyes, killer figure, and sense of humor, it won’t take long before he gives in. But when he finds out just how innocent the crown princess really is, will he play the part of knight in shining armor or the dashing rogue?

Recklessly Royal is a charming and flirty story filled with humor, heart and passion!

REVIEW:
The story:
Princess Catherine has always done the right thing, being the perfect daughter, the perfect sister and most importantly the perfect princess. She always puts everyone else, but never lets anyone close enough afraid she's be hurt. She's tired of meeting men that only want her for her title and money, and she's reluctant to trust any man with her heart. But after meeting David at her brother's wedding, she she knows he different to any other men she's met before. He doesn't care about royalty and the life it can give. When he looks at her he doesn't see Princess Catherine, he just sees Cathy, a beautiful young woman.

As Cathy deals with increased media attention and the illness of a close friend and advisor, David is by her side to hold her hand through it all. He makes her laugh and forget the pressures of her royal obligations. But as the media attention grows and speculation of a royal romance increases, can their new relationship survive the pressures of such a public life?

The characters:
Cathy is a sweet and caring young woman. She handles the pressure of public life so well, but underneath that she's incredibly frustrated, mainly with her love life, or lack of it. She wants to be able to trust people but is scared that she's going to get hurt. But when she does open up to David, we get to see a sweet and funny girl, who just wants to be normal.  

I can't describe how beautifully David's character was written. He's smart, caring and dedicated. But what I loved most about him is that he's not a player or a stereotypical nerd, he's simply and intellectual man. He can see that Cathy puts on her 'Princess Face' in public and all he wants is to give her chance to just be Cathy. He also has a great sense of humor!

I also have to mention Max, Cathy's older brother. He's quiet and is very reluctant to deal with public media events, which gives him air of mystery. But he plays the big brother role perfectly, watching over Cathy throughout the story.

The romance:
David never judged Cathy based on her title, he only ever saw her for who she really is. And while he was intimidated by the media and her very public life, he never used it as an excuse to not be with her.The romance was developed well, with plenty of interaction between them, as they get to know one another better. They have some really sweet moments together (and some sexy ones too!)

The writing:
Nichole's writing style is very effortless and natural. The story flowed well, making for a very quick read. There is also a really nice balance of sweet, sexy and funny - and I'm always a fan of a book that can make me laugh! 

FINAL WORD:
Recklessly Royal is a charming and flirty story filled with humor, heart and passion!

CONTENT:
Sexuality: medium / a couple of sex scenes
Violence: mild
Language: mild-medium / occasional f word
Drugs & alcohol: mild-medium / a main character gets drunk


GIVEAWAY:

Stacking The Shelves #14

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves.


I've added some wonderful new books to my shelves this fortnight!


ARCs for Review:




Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Thanks so much for Simon & Schuster Australia for sending this one!
I seriously can't stop touching this book it's just so pretty. And the designer nerd in me can't help but appreciate the embossed lettering, textured paper AND Spot Varnish - this cover is GORGEOUS!!

Misunderstandings by Tiffany King
A humungous thank you to Tiffany who sent this all the way to Australia!! <3

On The Fence by Kasie West
Thanks so much HarperCollins Australia!

Purchased:

Playing Pretend by Juliana Haygert (REVIEW)
I loved this one so much!

Traded:

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (REVIEW)
Traded with the lovely Melanie @ YA Midnight Reads for this beautiful signed copy. I only had the unfinished ARC copy and really wanted this shiny finished paperback! I will also probably get the US Hardcover eventually too!

Swag:
Thanks to Tara Fuller for this awesome #TeamReaper bookmark!

Well that's what's new to my bookshelf - what about you?

Swoon Thursday #45

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Swoon Thursday is a weekly event hosted by YA Bound.This is how it works:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog.

This week, I’m SWOONING over:

Title: Playing Pretend
Author: Juliana Haygert
Published: 3rd Mar 2014
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased
Rating: 5/5
Goodreads  |  Amazon  |  Review

SWOON
His lips brushed against mine and I shivered.
"I love knowing that I can make you tremble just by doing this." He grazed his lips one mine again and this time I moaned. 
"Shit." He groaned, and then took my mouth into his. There was no hesitation. His tongue swept inside my parted mouth and I held on to him for dear life.
Mason backed me against the fridge, pressing his body on mine. My hands slid inside his shirt and I ran my nails down his back, making him shiver. I loved knowing I could make him tremble too.

This was such a fun and sexy NA romance! Mason is a sweet guy and most importantly NOT a man-whore!! If your looking for a light and fresh romance, this is it!!


So what's making you swoon this week?

{Review} Inbetween by Tara Fuller

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Title: Inbetween
Series: Kissed By Death #1
Author: Tara Fuller
Published: 28th Aug 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Source: Purchased paperback
Rating: 4/5

BLURB:
Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky — and unending — lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.

A unique story about, life, death and redemption

REVIEW:
The story:
I've read lots of books with different paranormal creatures before, but this is my first books about Reapers, and I have to say I loved it! A Reaper is someone sent to collect the souls of those who have died, and they take them to either Heaven, Hell or the Inbetween. The Inbetween, being exactly what it sounds like, neither Heaven or Hell, but somewhere inbetween. Finn is a Reaper who collects souls for the Inbetween, and after discovering Em (the love of his previous life) is in danger. He's stop at nothing to save her.

After almost dying in a car accident that killed her father, Em has been having more and more near death experiences. Everyone tells her they're just freak accidents, but Em believes someone is after her. And now with a mysterious boy, claiming to be there to protect her, she's more confused than ever. Finn, breaks the rules by trying to protect Em from the vengeful actions of Maeuve, a shadowed soul with an axe to grind against Finn. As the accidents get worse, and Em's life is at risk, just how far will Finn go to save the girl he loves?

The characters:
Emma has had it rough, loosing her father, and then going on to believe she's hallucinating with these 'accidents'. She's a sweet character and loyal to her best friend Cash. She's always been quiet and reserved, believing that the freak accidents will eventually kill her, so she's never planned her future. But with Finn around, she's more relaxed and feels safe, for the first time in a long time.

Finn is such a genuinely kind guy. He's so dedicated to protecting Em from Maeve that he's willing to break every rule even if it means spending his eternity in Hell. It tortures him being so close to Em, knowing that a relationship or even touching Em is forbidden, and seeing him struggle trying to suppress his feelings was tragic.

And then there's Cash, Em's best friend. He's hot, cocky and truly cares about Em. I loved Cash, and his character is really well fleshed out. He's story will be awesome!

The romance:
I really enjoyed the teasing flirtatious banter between Luke & Violet. At first the insults where a defence mechanism to keep each other at arms length. But as they spent more time together it started to become more fun and seeing them make each other laugh, was beautiful, since it was such a rare thing for either of them. They both had such a great understanding of how they had dealt with their horrible childhoods, that it brought them closer together. Their romance was really well developed.

The writing:
What I am really happy about with this series is that each one is a companion novel and a complete story. Instead of stretching Emma & Finn's story out over three books, we get to focus on Cash in the next book.

FINAL WORD:
Inbetween is unique story about, life, death and redemption. I really enjoyed Em and Finn's book and am really excited to read Cash's story next!

CONTENT:

Sexuality: medium / heavy kissing, discussions of sex
Violence: mild / car accident
Language: mild
Drugs & alcohol: some underage drinking


I've just finished reading Blurred (#2) and loved it - review will be posted this week!