Cover Reveal!!! A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole!

So today I have a cover reveal for you guys! It is the cover of A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole – an author I’ve recently discovered and currently obsessed with! Its a YA romance novel that I’m so, so excited to read! Its at the top of my wishlist right now! Its set to come out on the 15th March and I for one can’t wait for it to arrive on my kindle! So I’ll stop rambling for now…here is the wonderful cover!!

 

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The Synopsis!!

One kiss lasts a moment.

But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.

One boy.

One girl.

A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.

A bond that neither time nor distance can break.

A bond that will last forever.

Or so they believe.

When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?

Rune’s heart was broken three years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.ATBK Paperback

 

Isn’t it beautiful?! I’m totally in love with it! I actually can’t stop staring at it! It makes me want the book even more! And the synopsis sounds fantastic too, right? It sounds like its going to be a real tearjerker romance!! I’m thinking it probably won’t be as dark as the other books I’ve read by her (the first three books in the Hades Hangman series – phenomenal books!!), since this is a YA book….but, it does look there will be a lot of drama, angst, and tears – three things that I love in a book!!

So guys…add this one to your wishlists and tbr because it looks like its going to be amazing!! Release date: 15th March 2016!

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin!

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Wolf by Wolf is an intense YA historical fiction set in an alternative 1956 where Hitler and the axis powers won World War Two. As soon as I heard this I knew I had to buy it! I love historical fiction, especially those set in Nazi Germany. I couldn’t resist it! I’m so glad that I picked this one up! Wolf by Wolf was a fantastic read – full of action, intensity, and raw emotion. It is one of my favourite books of 2015.

The story follows Yael, a girl who was experimented on in a Nazi concentration camp, on her mission to assassinate the Fuhrer. Yael has the ability to change her appearance, to disguise herself as an ordinary German, rather than a Jew who has escaped her Nazi captors. She uses her ability to disguise as a motorbike racer in an epic race across rough terrain and harsh conditions – a competition where the other racers are certainly not your friend! All in order to get the chance to dance with the Fuhrer…and kill him! Honestly, if you haven’t read this yet, you really need to!

Yael is a phenomenal character, so well developed and intense in a way I’ve never read before. She had such a traumatic upbringing in the concentration camp, and she had lost so many people! It shaped her in a way that’s actually quite chilling at times. And sad too, so, so sad! Especially since she can’t remember what she truly looked like before the experimentation. I’ve read so many reviews on this book and it seems that almost everyone agrees that Yael is an amazing, unique, and dark main character.

The one thing I was apprehensive about when I started Wolf by Wolf was the motorcycle race. I thought it was a really original idea, but I don’t have a lot of interest in motorcycles. However, I loved the race! It was so addictive to read about! The race itself was brutal! Not only were the racers battling crazy weather, they were also battling against each other. So many of the racers were willing to attack/kill the others to get ahead in the race.

There was a little hint of romance in Wolf by Wolf between Luka and Yael. But it’s not a simple or straightforward romance at all! Yael is in disguise as Adele, and there is a definite history between Adele and Luka from the previous race! It’s all very complex to get your head around. I’m definitely interested to see where it’s going to go in the next book. And I can’t wait to learn about what happened between Adele and Luka in the last race!

The ending of Wolf by Wolf was such a twist! I didn’t see it coming at all! I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone, but seriously you need to pick this one up! I didn’t realise when that Wolf by Wolf was the first book in a series, for some reason I assumed it was a standalone. So I’m very relieved! I want at least two more books! You should definitely go ahead and read this book, you won’t be disappointed I promise!

The Dreamer by E.J. Mellow!

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The Dreamer is a brilliant contemporary fantasy book that had me addicted from the first chapter – perhaps even the very first page!  It was so original, completely different to anything I’ve read before. It combines romance, action, and a totally unique look at the world of dreams. I would definitely recommend The Dreamer to anyone looking for a fun, fast paced read.

The Dreamer follows Molly, who on her 24th birthday, is struck by lightning – what a birthday present, eh? After the lightning strike, she wakes up in hospital, and everything is just that little bit different – especially when she goes to sleep! Whenever she falls asleep, Molly travels to a strange world in her dreams. In this dream-world she is brought into a new civilisation, discovers she has a coveted power, and meets the ever so handsome Dev. Sounds good, right?

I enjoyed reading this so, so much! It really did have everything going for it! A captivating story, characters you rooted for, and some romance and tension thrown in there too! Molly was definitely a likeable character – very genuine and authentic! The fact that during her waking state she was a completely normal girl worked perfectly! She wasn’t some tough, martial arts expert or anything like you find in a lot of characters these days! She was a perfectly ordinary girl with an ordinary job and friends! That’s the type of main character I support! I loved how Molly didn’t just adapt or even accept Terra at first, she was just as confused as I would be if I was suddenly dreaming of a different world! My other favourite character was Molly’s best friend, Becca. I loved her! She was a little bit quirky, but 100% a good friend! I definitely want to see more of her in The Divide! It’s always good to find a story where the love interest isn’t the only important person in our main character’s life!

But of course, the romance was a great part of the story. So in The Dreamer there is a little bit of a love triangle, but it’s not your conventional love triangle.  First there is Jared – he’s Molly’s boyfriend in the waking world. And then there’s Dev, the first person she meets when she visits Terra in her sleep. Now, I do like Jared – he seems like a really nice, genuine guy, but for me I totally ship Molly and Dev. They had a great bond, and from the start they had really intense chemistry! I didn’t feel that same connection between Molly and Jared. So yeah, I need Molly and Dev to get together in The Divide! Dev is quite the mysterious person, so I’m excited to learn more about him and his past!

The world of Terra is a fantastic place – such a unique place! A world which exists on energy from the dreams of people on earth! A world influenced by our own! And the creepy metus! I loved learning about the Nocturna, and their world, it’s so immersive. I would totally love to visit it! It sounds like a really magical place!

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Dreamer! It was a brilliant start to what I’m sure will be an amazing series! I can’t wait to dive back into this world!

Random Words Wednesday!

For this week’s Random Words Wednesday post, I thought I’d talk about book to movie adaptations! Book to movie adaptations are growing more and more popular these days, and they are one of my favourite things! However, I sort of dread them too! You can never tell how they’re going to turn out. There have been some amazing adaptations, but there have been some that definitely didn’t live up to my expectations. For me, I try to always read the book before I watch the film because the books are usually so much more developed and immersive! So because book to movie adaptations are so popular, I thought I’d write a post about my thoughts on my favourite adaptations, as well as some of the upcoming adaptations that I’m excited for!

Of course, it goes without saying that Harry Potter will always be my favourite book to move adaptation.  How could it not be? I’ll always love the Harry Potter books, they were one of my first books I can ever really remember reading; although I admit that I did start reading the series after watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on DVD. There will always be parts of the books that I wish had been included in the films but overall I think they did a good job of bringing the books to life! Hogwarts, both in the books and their adaptations, will always be a magical place that I’d love to live in!

Another of my favourite adaptations is The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and the sequels Prince Caspian, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader . Again, these books were a series I read when I was younger, and again I really enjoyed the movies – especially the first one! Narnia was really brought to life for me! The White Witch was cast perfectly, and the Pevensie children were almost exactly how I’d imagined them. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis is still one of my all-time favourite fantasy, so I’ll still always choose the books over the films! My favourite book in the series is The Silver Chair, and I’ve heard that it’s going to be adapted into a film soon so I’m really excited about that! My only disappointment with that is that they’ve changed the actor for Eustace! It really bugs me when they change the casts!

The most recent adaptation I’ve seen is Mockingjay: Part 2 and wow!!! It was such an amazing conclusion to the series! I loved it! The Hunger Games trilogy was one of my favourite dystopian reads a couple of years ago, they had me hooked, and led me to read many more YA dystopian books. The film adaptations are definitely one of my favourites, they were so well done. Casting Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson as Katniss and Peeta really was a perfect choice because they brought the roles to life! Actually, I really like all of the casting! I need to get my hands on the Funko Pop figures for the Hunger Games because they look so, so cool!

Another recent adaptation that I’ve seen is The Maze Runner, and the sequel The Scorch Trials. I went into these two films the wrong way, I ended up watching the films before I watched the books…which is something I very rarely do! And something else…I prefer the films to the books! I liked the books of The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hoped! The writing style wasn’t my favourite, although I did like The Scorch Trials a lot more. I do still plan to pick up the next book in the series, but I’m definitely not in a rush!

There are a few new adaptations coming out in 2016 that I’m really looking forward to watching! The adaptation I’m most looking forward to is The 5th Wave! I read the book last year and loved it! It was a really great YA that focused on an alien invasion. I saw the trailer in the cinema a little while ago and wow! It looks like it will be amazing!

Random Words Wednesday!

So this was meant to be posted yesterday, but right now I’m full of cold and I’ve spent the last couple of days curled up in bed sleeping, reading, and watching TV! I’m really sorry that this wasn’t posted on time, but it’s here now!

This week’s Random Words Wednesday topic is: popular films and TV that I still haven’t watched! I’ve been talking to a few people on Instagram this week about films that have a lot of hype around them, and I realised that I hadn’t watched half of them. Some of them are pretty shameful! So I just thought I’d talk a bit about them and if I have any plans to watch them at all – because some of them I really want to they just scare me!

First up is Star Wars. When I was younger I really wasn’t bothered for watching these films…but now I definitely want to. It seems like so many people are Star Wars fans, there are always people talking about it! Especially since there is a new film coming out at Christmas! And I can’t talk about it with them! I want to have opinions on them! Honestly I don’t really know much about the films, I actually get them confused with Star Trek a lot! But I definitely plan to watch them, hopefully within the next few weeks while I’m off for the Christmas holidays!

Another film series I haven’t watched is the Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit! I know how shameful that is! I’ve been meaning to watch these films for years now but for some reason I just never seem to get around to it. They just intimidate me – they’re such longwinded films! But I do need to watch them for a number of reasons! First – I just genuinely want to try them! Second – everyone says they’re good and I can’t join in talking about them! And finally – I bought a Fandom of the Month box a few months ago and the fandom was The Hobbit, so I feel like I can’t wear the jewellery until I watch the films (although I do wear the earrings because they are so cool!) otherwise someone might mention the films because of the jewellery and I wouldn’t have a clue what to say! I’m thinking of watching them over the Christmas holidays as well since I’m off, hopefully I’ll see what all the hype is about!

James Bond is another set of films that I’ve never picked up. I’m not hugely into action films, although admittedly I haven’t watched many!  Quite a few of my close friends love the films so for that reasons I do want to watch them…but they’ve never really appealed to me. So yeah…I might try and give them a go, if I like it then I might watch some more of them. But I’m not really in a huge rush to watch them any time soon!

As for TV shows there are a few hyped up shows that I haven’t watched but maybe I should! The first one that comes to mind is Sherlock! Everyone seems to love Sherlock! I don’t actually know why I haven’t watched this, I’ve always meant to. I think I just missed out on it when it first came out and then ever since I just haven’t started it…but I definitely plan to soon. I think it’s on Netflix? I’ll have to have a Sherlock marathon. I really like superhero films, and lately there seems to be a lot of superhero TV shows and I need to take advantage of this! Arrow, Gotham, Agent Carter, The Flash, Jessica Jones, Agents of Shield…there are so many! And I don’t want to confuse myself by watching too many at once! But I will be watching these, I need my superhero fix!

The Awakened by Sara Elizabeth Santana!

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Today is the release day for a book that I’ve been anticipating for so long now – The Awakened! I’ve read excerpts on Instagram, chapters on Wattpad – I’ve been following Sara’s progress with this for a while…and now finally its here! And I’m SO SO happy that I’m part of the Street Team/Blog Tour for this book! Its so exciting!

First up, a quick synopsis!

Zoey Valentine is concerned with two things: surviving the multitude of self-defense classes her dad makes her take and avoiding Ash Matthews.
That is, until the Z virus hits, wiping out a third of the population in a matter of weeks. If that weren’t frightening enough, the bodies of the victims disappear and suddenly reappear, awakened from their dead state. They’re faster, smarter, and they work together to get the one thing they crave, human flesh.
The United States is in a panic and then the government decides the unthinkable: to bomb every major city overrun with the awakened.
Now Zoey is on the run, with her dad and Ash, desperate to find a place of safety amongst the ruined remains of the country.

Doesn’t it sound great? Well, it is great! And I’d definitely recommend you pick it up!

I’ll cut to the chase – buy this book! I promise you that you won’t regret it! I’m a big fan of books set in an apocalypse, and as I’m a bit of a Walking Dead junkie,  this book gave me an apocalypse fix! It’s full of action, gore, and romance – and is totally addictive. It left me angry, upset, and swooning! I need the sequel right now!

The Awakened follows Zoey – a kickass heroine – that you can’t help but love! I wasn’t even a chapter in when I realised that this was a main character I could root for. Her ‘Battlestar Galactica’ ringtone had me wanting to be her best friend straight away! Zoey finds herself on the run with her dad and next door neighbour (and biggest annoyance in her life!) Ash. Now, I totally ship Zoey and Ash. At first I wasn’t sure, but the chemistry between these two definitely won me over! I need a real good Zoey/Ash relationship in the next book! Don’t expect an easy road for these two though! There are so many obstacles in their way, and Zoey is determined to stay away from him at all costs!

The zombies in The Awakened aren’t your typical zombie. They aren’t mindless creatures, stumbling around craving flesh…they’re smart and fast – nothing like what you expect. I found that to be really refreshing as a lot of books/TV/films tend to lean towards the more out of control, brainless zombie. Sara’s creations were a lot creepier! I definitely wouldn’t want to have to face a pack of Awakened! Of course if you’re Zoey and have crazy good martial arts skills and a police officer for a dad then you’re probably more likely than most to survive!

I don’t want to accidentally leak any spoilers here, but let’s just say that there is a really unique twist to The Awakened that I so did not expect. The path this book goes down is a lot more sinister and intriguing than I was anticipating…but wow its good! After all the twists and turns The Awakened has taken I am so so excited to read the sequel which I believe Sara has been working on during NaNoWriMo in November! So hopefully I won’t have to wait too long to get my hands on it!

Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Awakened, it was an apocalypse novel that stands out from the rest, and is packed with suspense, humour, and of course zombies!!

Rating: 4.5 Stars!! 

If you’re thinking of buying The Awakened then I definitely urge you to! I’ll leave the Amazon UK and US links down below for you! And, if you do buy it then send your proof of purchase over to sesantanawrites@gmail.com and Sara will send you a signed The Awakened bookmark!

The Awakened – Amazon US

The Awakened – Amazon UK

Sara Elizabeth SAttachment-2antana is a young adult and new adult fiction writer. She has worked as a smoothie artist, Disneyland cast member, restaurant supervisor, nanny, photographer, pizza delivery driver and barista but writing is what she loves most. Her first story was written at age nine. She runs her own nerd girl/book review blog, What A Nerd Girl Says. Her favorite books are a tie between Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling and Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce. She lives in Southern California with her dad, five siblings and two dogs. Her debut novel is The Awakened.

 

End of Days by Susan Ee!

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End of days is the third and final book in Susan Ee’s Angelfall trilogy – one of my favourite YA trilogies! I am heartbroken that the journey is over and that this series has come to an end! But it was such a satisfying ending! It wrapped the series up really well! It was an explosive, romantic, and action packed conclusion!

The story picks up where World After left off, with Raffe and Penryn on the run with Paige and her band of locusts. After the twisted experiments carried out on both Raffe and Paige, they’re searching for answers, and a way for Raffe to return to the angels as messenger. The aim? Stop the apocalypse and save the human race from extinction at the hands of the angels. Of course, that’s no easy task! To do this they have to make unexpected alliances, dangerous decisions, and risk their lives. Honestly, it was so, so intense!

Penryn is one of my all-time favourite YA heroines. She’s brave and badass, but has these really hilarious girly moments that I love! One minute she’s fighting for her life against hellions, and the next she’s admiring pretty prom dresses! These moments were one of my favourite things in End of Days, they gave the reader a bit of respite from the intensity and darkness of the story! In End of Days, Penryn is dubbed the ‘angel killer’ and is more determined than ever to protect her family – whatever it takes. With Pooky Bear the angel sword at her side (I love that name!) Penryn was pretty formidable!

The family aspects of the Angelfall trilogy has to be another of my favourite things about this series. It focuses a lot of Penryn’s complex relationship with her schizophrenic mother, and her disabled sister Paige – and for me this made me connect to the story more, it made it feel more real. Let’s face it, if there really was an apocalypse then your priority would be your family!

If I was stuck in an angel apocalypse I’d definitely want an angel like Raffe on my side! Even with Beliel’s demon bat wings! I’ve been totally shipping Penryn and Raffe since book one, but in both Angelfall and World After there were barely a hint of romance between the pair! But the wait is over! End of Days has romance! Lots of romance! Don’t get me wrong, it didn’t overwhelm the story, but it  was there – and I loved it! It definitely had me swooning! Penryn was Raffe’s ‘daughter of man’ – aww!! However, the course of true love never did run smooth! Especially when you’re an angel of Go on a mission to lead your fellow angels back to heaven!

I don’t want to give too much away, I definitely don’t want to spoil this for anyone! But the ending was totally gripping – I was completely immersed in the action! If you have yet to pick up End of Days then I totally recommend that you do! You won’t be disappointed! I’m just sad that the trilogy is over!

Rating – 5 stars!

The Play by Karina Halle!

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First off, I just want to start by saying how much I loved this book! It was one of my favourite reads in the month of October, and definitely in my top 10 books of the year so far! Karina Halle is fast becoming one of my favourite authors – I’ve read quite a few books of hers this year and so far I’ve loved them all!

The Play can be read as a standalone romance novel, but it’s also a companion novel to The Pact and The Offer. These books feature the wonderful McGregor men – a new addiction of mine! It follows Kayla Moore and Lachlan McGregor, two very passionate people, who has insane chemistry!  Lachlan is a Scottish rugby player who has come to San Francisco to help out his cousin Bram with his new business venture. He’s only set to be in San Francisco for a few weeks, so from the start we know there is a time constraint on this relationship – but that kept me turning the pages! I needed to know if it would all end after the two weeks or if somehow they would make it work! I needed them to make it work!

Karina Halle definitely has a talent for creating wonderful, swoon worthy, attractive men! But with Lachlan she created a character with a really painful backstory…he definitely didn’t have an easy life. I just wanted to give him a big hug!! And his love for dogs!! As a dog lover myself – I have a golden retriever and a collie cross, we got both through a dog rescue – that was a part of the story that really affected me. Lachlan’s love for dogs, and his determination to show that so called ‘bully breed’ dogs aren’t actually bad like people make them out to be really touched me!  It definitely made me want to run out to nearest dog rescue and bring all the dogs home with me! I think my parents would kill me if they came home to that though!

I follow Karina Halle on instagram, she’s so lovely – and for some reason I absolutely love her taste in shoes! – and was generous enough to donate $1 per pre-order – and she raised a ton of money, I’m sure it was around $11,000, to give to animal charities!!! I think its such an amazing thing that she did! I don’t know many authors who would do that! I also saw that she had a lot of inspiration for Lachlan’s character from Tom Hardy (another SWOONWORTHY man!!)  who is also a big supporter of animal charities, and for raising awareness about bully breed dogs! I think this is a perfect fit for Lachlan!

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Kayla and Lachlan’s story was very different to Steph and linden’s and to Nicola and Bram’s. But it was equally as good. I found it to be a lot more painful – raw. It touched me that bit more. It made me sad, it made me angry, and it made me fall in love – it really did give me all the feels! With Kayla and Lachlan I couldn’t help but be rooting for them the whole time!!

If you love a romance that has angst and feelings, a hot Scottish rugby player, and cute dogs then you should totally pick this one up! And if you haven’t picked up The Pact or The Offer yet then you should definitely check those out for two more insanely attractive yet loveable Scots!

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon!

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I have been intimidated by Outlander for so long! I’ve been wanting to read it for a while but it’s just so huge – my copy has nearly 900 pages! But it’s so popular and I wanted to give it ago…and I’m so glad I did! It was so, so good! Outlander is a cross between fantasy and historical fiction that is set in the Scottish Highlands in the 18th century. It is filled with romance, action, history, and adventure. I loved it!

Outlander follows Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, who is  transported from 1945 back to 1743 through a circle of stones in the Scottish Highlands. Claire is thrown into the warfare and danger of the Mackenzie clan – leaving behind her husband Frank in the 20th century. As a “Sassenach”, an outsider, Claire has to find her way in a completely new life. Thankfully, she has a young Scot, Jamie Fraser, to help her!

Ahh…Jamie Fraser, the new love of my life! He’s strong, and sarcastic, and sweet! He’s also a fugitive on the run from the English – specifically Frank’s sadistic relative “Black Jack” Randall. I was definitely won over by Jamie’s charm, and I thought he was a great match for Claire. Their romance was really well done, it developed throughout the book and it didn’t feel rushed at all. I thought Claire’s thoughts and feelings about her new love Jamie and her lost husband Frank came across really well. I liked how she didn’t just forget about Frank despite falling for the handsome Scot. Claire was a very headstrong, stubborn, and independent woman – a complete opposite to the quiet, submissive woman expected in the 1700s. This got Claire in trouble on more than one occasion!

One of my favourite things about this book was all the history and culture of Scotland. Now I don’t know how accurate it was but for me it really made the story! The description was so detailed, it pulled me in from the start. I’ve been to Scotland before but I haven’t seen very much of it, but reading Outlander has definitely made me want to go back,  this time to see more of the history and the Scottish Highlands where Outlander is supposed to be set.

I’ve heard great things about the Outlander TV  show that started in America in 2014.I NEED to watch it! It has to be aired in the UK! I think the DVD comes out soon so I’ll have to get my hands on it! The actor who plays Jamie looks like I imagined Jamie would – very attractive! I just want to see the book brought to life!

Outlander is great , unique time travel romance set in such an interesting time period! I would definitely recommend picking this book up! Diana Gabaldon has created such an amazing, immersive world! And I can’t wait to get back into it! Honestly, don’t be intimidated by it – its 900 pages of awesomeness!