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September 14, 2016 posted by Pavan

Words in Deep by Cath Crowley Blue Blog Tour: Book Review

Hi Everyone!

Today I get to share my review of Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley! I am so thrilled to be part of this blog tour! 





This is a love story.
It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets.
It’s the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.
Now, she’s back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal and looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind





I’ve read one book by Cath Crowley before and that was Graffiti Moon.  I simply adored Graffiti Moon so I had high hopes for Words in Deep Blue. And thankfully those hopes were met! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and cannot wait to read more from Cath Crowley! Unfortunately due to Uni assignments this won’t be a long review but I hope I can show you how much I loved this book still!

The writing in this novel is simply beautiful. I loved how the whole story just seemed to flow effortlessly. Also having the letters woven throughout the book was wonderful to read. It added a bit of an extra ‘kick’, especially since the letters weren’t only between our main characters. I kept wanting to skip ahead to see who was writing the mystery letters to George, Henry’s sister. I felt a lot more connected to the characters of the novel through these letters, they are like behind the scenes looks at everyone.

The only small issue I had with Words in Deep Blue were our main characters Rachel and Henry. In the beginning of the novel I just didn’t connect with either of them. I know Rachel was still grieving for her brother but I just didn’t feel that hard hitting grief as much as I could have. And Henry, well Henry just annoyed me at times. He was too wishy-washy for my liking, but I suppose that is realistic to people in general when they believe they love or are meant to be with someone. I am happy to say as I kept reading I found that I did grow towards both Rachel and Henry which was a definite plus!

The romance was quite sweet to read. I enjoyed seeing Rachel break out of her grief a bit and let herself  go, as well as Henry wising up to what was in front of him. However, this was not the only romance happening in the book. And once you find out what I mean by this you’ll understand why I was in tears during a certain part of this book! You definitely get all the feels in Words in Deep Blue!

The secondary characters really added depth to Words in Deep Blue. I enjoyed seeing that the world was still going round for everyone else in the novel and didn’t just stand still because we were focused on Rachel and Henry.

Words in Deep Blue is an amazing novel! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it originally and in no way was I let down. If you are looking for a book full of complex characters, a love of books, letters and poetry then this is for you!


Thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia for the review copy!


Pages: 352

Publication Date: August 30th,  2016

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia



Rating: ★★★★½




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September 5, 2016 posted by Nichole

Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen

27190530The first novel in a sexy new series featuring the hockey players of the Brooklyn Bruisers and the women who win their hearts—from the USA Today bestselling author of the Ivy Years series.

In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold…

Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast….

My Review:

The first half of Rookie Move was really good. I was sweeping through the pages, devouring every word, and staying up way too late at night. As a sports fan, I really appreciated reading about hockey players. I’m not overly familiar with hockey but, let me tell you, I need to start watching it!

At the beginning of Rookie Move, I did have a slight problem with how cliché this book was. There’s already quite a few hockey new adult books out there, and this one read pretty similar to some of the other ones. While the storyline was completely different, it just felt like something that I’ve already read before. There wasn’t really anything that unique going on in this book.

The last 50% of this book was just a little boring and repetitive. I hate to say that. You know, I really love this author and I read everything she writes. I just kind of felt like the same things kept happening over and over and over again. Leo would worry about getting traded. Georgia would whine about her dad potentially finding out about his adult daughter dating her ex boyfriend. Georgia would fight her attraction for Leo and tell him that they couldn’t work out again. Leo would have something going on with his teammates. The same things just kept happening over and over and over again. Really, some of the scenes were so close to being identical. I ended up doing a lot of skimming during the last half of the book.

I have to point out that Rookie Move does have some trigger warnings in regards to rape. Nothing graphic is mentioned or described. However, the main female character is a victim of rape and is still in the recovery process of that trauma. I appreciated the fact that the author approached that difficult subject with sensitivity and caution. At no point did I feel unsafe or uncomfortable. However, it is a topic that is mentioned throughout the entire book.

One thing that I would have really liked to see more improvement on were the sexy scenes. They were just kind of bland and didn’t really interest me all that much. I would have liked to see some more wildness between Leo and Gigi. Self control going out the window and wild monkey you-know-what. I’m pretty big on my sexy scenes in NA and adult contemporary books, so I was a bit disappointed that those scenes didn’t reach their full potential.

Another thing that slightly bothered me was how dramatic this book was. I don’t tend to like a lot of drama in my books. The drama seemed to keep on coming with this one. It almost felt like watching a daytime soap at times. I would have appreciated if the drama had been toned down just a bit…

Let me be completely honest that other readers will probably like this book more than I did. Yes, I had my complaints. However, what it really came down to is that I’m not interested in guys like Leo. There was no attraction to him whatsoever. I would categorize Leo as more of a “good boy.” He was very attentive to Georgia’s needs (not a bad thing!), he cared a lot about his team, and he was a great boyfriend. All good things! All things that I love! However, he was just so bland. He didn’t have that spark in him. I tend to prefer slightly more bad boys in my books….boys who are spontaneous and unpredictable. Those two words just don’t describe Leo.

Overall, this wasn’t my favorite book, but I can see why other readers will really enjoy it. I’m not going to rate this one. Honestly, I just don’t find it very fair to rate it since I really skimmed 50% of it. If you really enjoy lower key NA books with a really good boy type, this one is for you. If you’re like me and tend to prefer more intense sexy moments and bad boy leads, this one maybe is not quite right for you. It’s just a matter of preference.

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August 29, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mathewson

Playing for KeepsDone with being the world’s biggest pushover, Haley decides that things are going to change starting with the aggravating neighbor who has too much charm and not enough restraint. What she didn’t expect was to be sucked into his world, but Haley has a game plan and she won’t let herself forget just what the bad boy next door is capable of.

The last thing Jason expected was for his little shy neighbor to go Rambo on him over some ruined flowers. After he decides to take her under his wing he can’t help but notice that she fits very nicely in his life. Now the only thing left is to convince her that this is anything but a game.

My Review:

Playing for Keeps started out super cute. I was a big fan of the whole “I hate my neighbor, but he’s super hot” vibe that the book had going on. I also really loved the banter and pranks between the two main characters. On the flip side, I do wish that their had maybe been a little more steam and sexiness between the two of them. I will say that both of their characters rotated between acting a little too juvenile and a little too grandma and grandpaish.

What really confused me about Playing for Keeps is that the two main characters were a couple by like 25% of the book. I’m not talking the type of couple who is dating and still getting to know each other. No, I’m talking about the sort of couple who sleeps together every night and knows each others tells. It was around this point that I started getting a little confused since 25% of the book was still left. Unfortunately, I had some valid concerns about this. The rest of the book was really just random filler space and made it realllllllllly long. I would have liked to see more of a buildup for the MC’s relationship and more sexiness between them.

One of my biggest complaints about this book was Jason’s character. He came across as very juvenile and immature. Sure, he was funny. I also really liked some of those funny moments that he demonstrated. That being said, he was just a little too juvenile and immature for my taste. He laughed at everything, he was over the top dramatic, and he just wasn’t somebody that I could ever see myself dating. I really wanted him to have some hardcore sexy moments and that just never happened.

Since I mentioned my dislike for Jason’s character, I guess I do have to mention by dislike for Haley’s character. While I didn’t dislike Haley as much as I did Jason, I found her very grandma like. It was difficult to warm up to the 29 year-old virgin who acted like she was 65. She had no backbone, she whined a lot, and she sometimes had the maturity of a 10-year-old girl in the pit of a Justin Beiber concert. Her qualities made her perfect for Jason’s character, but I couldn’t stand them as a couple.

I’m really sad that I ended up disliking this book, because I was a big fan of the first 15-18% of the book or so. Then, it reached a point where all I wanted to do was skim the book. In fact, I couldn’t even make it to the end of the book. It was just that bad. I don’t see myself really continuing with this author. At least it was free….

Rating: : ★☆☆☆☆

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August 28, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Crossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis

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Crossing the Barrier eRev09-eBookCrossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis

Genre: Upper YA Coming of Age Contemporary Romance with a touch of Paranormal

Published on March 22nd, 2016

Published by BMJ Chanapi Press


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High school student Malakai Thomas, star wide receiver of the varsity team, collides with band member Lily Morgan on his way to football practice. As days go by, Malakai cannot get the petite clarinetist out of his head.

Lily Morgan can feel everyone’s emotions. She loses her ability to shield herself against them the day Malakai runs into her. Now she must try to maintain her sanity in the emotional jungle that is high school, as well as deal with her growing feelings for Malakai.

Can Malakai get over the social stigma and his own internal struggle to be with Lily? Is Lily’s secret too big to accept, even for him?

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My Review:

Crossing the Barrier was a book that intrigued me from the get-go. I really enjoyed how the paranormal aspect of the book was there, yet it didn’t overpower the contemporary theme that it had going on. I love me a good contemporary read, and I would definitely put this one in that category. As for the paranormal part of the book, I loved the whole empath aspect that was introduced to us. However, I did want to see a little more detail go into that area of the book.

One thing I will say is that Crossing the Barrier is a very long book. There were some times that I felt that maybe the book could have been condensed down just a little bit. That being said, I thought that Crossing the Barrier set it up perfectly for the second book. However, there were a few moments that dragged on just a little bit. Again, this was nothing major! Just a minor quirk.

As for the characters, I thought that everyone was spot on and well developed. I especially have a huge soft spot for Malakai’s character. Everyone was just really well described and had their own unique personality. I loved that! Also, the romance in this book was super cute!

Overall, I thought that Crossing the Barrier was a really good read! The only things that I really would have changed would be to maybe condense the book just a little bit and to put a little more focus on the paranormal aspect of the book. I definitely liked this book, though, and am looking forward to reading the second one.


Rating: : ★★★½☆

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00040]Breaking the Mold (The Grey Eyes Series Book #2) by Martine Lewis

Genre: Upper YA Coming of Age Contemporary Romance with a touch of Paranormal

Published on September 20th, 2016

Published by BMJ Chanapi Press



A girl stuck in her father’s mold.
Olivia Kendall looks forward to her senior year of high school. But her world is shaken when a new boy walks into school, a boy she cannot help but be drawn to. But her father’s ideas for her life don’t include Alex.

A boy with a gift, desperate for a real home.
Alex Parker begins his senior year in yet another school. The only person he looks forward to seeing again is Olivia Kendall, a girl he knew in second grade, a girl who never made fun of him. One touch, and he knows what he’s suspected all along: there is something unearthly about their connection.

Can the two stay together despite Alex’s secret, despite a town that seems to conspire against them?


About the Author:


Martine Lewis is a forty something who was born and raised in the French speaking province of Quebec, Canada. She spent her childhood looking forward to her summer vacations at the farm, which were a nice escape from the suburbs where she lived.

Her first written endeavor was a 200-page handwritten Duran Duran bandfiction which she wrote when she was eleven years old. Of all her written work, this is the only one she no longer has.

All throughout high school, Martine wrote more bandfictions and some original work, then she went to write fanfictions in the Star Wars, Buffy and Harry Potter universes. Her fanficiton in the Potterverse are mostly centered on characters of her own creation and can be found on

Following her viewing of Roswell on Netflix in 2012, Martine wrote book two and three of the Gray Eyes Series, then went on to create the Gray Eyes Series universe in which she has been playing ever since. She writes contemporary coming-of-age romance fiction (young adult/new adult) with a twist.

Martine is an avid reader and rollerskater. She loves sushi, hot chocolate on a cold day, and the beach. But what she loves above all else is to curl on her chair with her computer and write more stories for her readers.

Martine currently lives in Houston TX with her two cats.

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August 26, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Step Brother Dearest by Penelope Ward

Stepbrother DearestYou’re not supposed to want the one who torments you.

When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be.

I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here.
I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.
But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.

At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. Then, things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.

Just as quickly as he’d come into my life, he was gone back to California.

It had been years since I’d seen Elec.

When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again.

And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.

I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.

Stepbrother Dearest is a standalone novel.

**Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+

My Review:

I have such mixed feelings about this book. It chalks up to the fact that I really like the first half of the book, but I just didn’t really care for the second half of the book. It had soooooo much potential that the author just didn’t reach. I’m just left with this feeling of utter disappointment from a lack of what could have and what should have been.

The first half of the book is focused on when Elec and Greta were 17 and 18 years old. Both were immature, Elec was very angry at the world, and Greta was head over heel smitten with Elec’s bad boy personality. I really enjoyed that the author accurately captured the essence of their youth and appropriately included the drama that goes with the age. I thought that section was a really good build up of what was supposed to come and left the reader curious for more.

What left me super disappointed was that I was most looking forward to part 2 of the book, the part where they were a little bit older, more mature, and less in that boy/girl phase and more focused on a man/woman phase of their life. Unfortunately, the second half of this book felt very rushed, unplanned, and thrown together in several spots of the second half of the book.

There is a possibility that this book would have appealed to me more if I hadn’t hated Greta with an ungodly passion. I couldn’t STAND her. It made sense at the beginning. She was late 17/early 18, was totally smitten with Elec, and just didn’t have any realistic expectations of life. And that’s okay. She definitely wasn’t my favorite character during the first half of the book, but I got over it because her personality matched her age. That being said, there was absolutely no character development during the 7 year gap between the first half and the second half of the book. If possible, Greta was even more immature, beyond whiny, and had no shred of self respect or dignity. She would cry at the drop of a pin, she constantly embarrassed herself in front of Elec, and she, quite frankly, had a big mouth. Not to mention (and no offense is meant to anyone with this name, ) but what the heck was up with her name? I don’t want to read about a main character named Greta. That is so old school, it’s not even funny. Let’s get real here. I didn’t want to read about GRETA getting her freak on.

Speaking of, I thought that there could have been wayyyyy more sexy scenes in the book. All of them seemed very rushed and kind of forced. Also, where were those cute moments between Greta and Elec? I would have maybe preferred more of an actual relationship between Greta and Elec during the first half of the book so that we could have seen some more deep and meaningful moments between them during the second half of the book. Since they were never really IN a relationship, those scenes didn’t really exist. It was just really disappointing, because I could have loved this book so much. It had so much potential and the author just didn’t meet my standards. OH! And another thing. SOOOO much effort went in to talking about all of Elec’s tattoos (wink, wink) and piercings. If so much effort was put into those descriptions, then the author really needed to own those sexy scenes. I felt like I was basically teased for no reason.

Another thing that really bothered me was that the author took up approximately 10% of the book by showing Elec’s viewpoint for several past scenes in the book. I skimmed through several of those scenes, because they were almost word for word exactly the same in several areas. Like…..did she run out of things to write about? Did she get confused? Because that was super annoying and really made me skim all the rest of the way to the end. Super disappointed in that decision by the author.

Overall, I thought that this was a GOOD book with poor execution and decision making skills. Definitely not the worst book I’ve ever read, and I did really love the first half of the book, but it failed to meet the standards that I had laid out for it. This could have been one of the best NA books ever and now I’m just left not wanting to read anything else from this author. I guess we’ll see….

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

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August 22, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Until the Sun Falls from the Sky (The Three #1) by Kristen Ashley

until the sunLeah Buchanan’s family has been in service to vampires for five centuries. Even so, Leah wants nothing to do with her family’s legacy. But when she’s summoned to her Selection by the Vampire Dominion, under familial pressure, she has no choice but to go.

Lucien has been living under the strict edicts of the Vampire Dominion for centuries but he’s tired of these ancient laws stripping away everything that is the essence of the vampire.

So he’s taking it back.

And this is because Lucien has been watching and waiting for decades for Leah to become available for a Selection and he will not be limited with what he can do with her. He will have her, all of her.

Therefore, Lucien is going to tame Leah, even if he gets hunted and killed for doing it.

What neither Leah nor Lucien expects is the strong bond that will form between them, connecting them on unprecedented levels for mortals or immortals. And what will grow between them means they will challenge their ways of life and their union will begin The Prophesies which makes them one of three couples who will save humanity… or die in the effort.

My Review:

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that I really didn’t like at all but had to finish because I was grossly fascinated. I guess saying “read the book” it a vast overstatement, because I skimmed this book from almost start to finish. There was absolutely no way that I was suffering through all of those pages, but I really did have to know what happened.

This book is so miscategorized on Goodreads. It has it listed as a vampire paranormal/fantasy. Let me be clear: This is a vampire paranormal, sure, but it also features a HUGE BDSM theme. It’s basically like the author created an erotica BDSM and wanted it to fall under almost an urban paranormal aspect to gain more readers. Not that I’m against the genre that she chose to go with, but it’s definitely not the type of book that I was looking to read, nor was I expecting this specific theme based off of the synopsis or the Goodreads genre listing.

I’ll be honest, I actually did like the first one or two chapters quite a bit. They were very interesting. And then something reallllllllllllly awkward happened. It came out that the main character was 40 years old. Before you get offended, let me tell you that, based off the characters personality, I thought she was around 18-20 years old. And THEN, when her true age did get revealed, it made her seem like a 60-year-old grandma. I’m not kidding, Lucien put SO MUCH emphasis into her age throughout the WHOLE book, that I was super weirded out the whole time. Realistically, I know that 40 is not old. But I had two things going on. 1) I’m only 26. I’ve never read a book with a 40 year old MC, so it was a little weird for me. 2) I was really fucking weirded out that so much emphasis was placed on her age. Seriously, by the way the author made it sound based off the descriptions, it was like she was 60 years old with wrinkles all over her body with a mentality of a 15 year old. It was like the whole book had some weird daddy/daughter issues going on with an age-play undertone that really freaked me out.

Pushing the age aside, I HATED Lucien. He was domineering, rude, took advantage of Leah constantly, and abusive. There were several scenes in this book that could have been interpreted as rape, which was not okay at all. Several trigger scenes were in this book that readers probably won’t anticipate based off of the genre listing and/or the synopsis. I was not a fan of their relationship at all. I HATED Lucien’s so called “punishments.” Let me be frank here, I’m all for the steamy romance. I don’t mind reading about dominant men or these kinds of relationships. However, this whole relationship between Leah and Lucien took me totally off guard. I wasn’t a fan.

If you think I hated Lucien, I DESPISED Leah. She would constantly talk about how she hated Lucien and the things he was doing to her. The moment he touched her, though, she turned into goo and did whatever he wanted. Seriously, there were so many scenes were she was like “I hate you. I’ll never forgive you. I don’t want anything to do with you. You’re such a horrible person.” And then two seconds later she’s basically having sex with him. For real? Really? GAG.

Another thing that was super weird was that there was this huge plot throughout the whole booI k that basically never came to anything at the end. It just sort of disappeared and nothing major happened at all. Huge let down. Like….come on.

I really struggled with how to rate this book, because I was so grossly fascinated by it. At first, I was going to give it 1 star, but then I felt really weird giving it just a 1 star because I did make it to the end. Then, I just wasn’t going to rate it and just leave my review with no rating. Since, I really did despise this book, though, I’m giving it a 2. This book just wasn’t good. There were several spots that were not edited well, the characters sucked, the genre was miscategorized and included several triggers that could be very harmful to certain readers, and the plot just kind of faded out at the end. I was super disappointed. I did not like this book. There is no way that I’m ever going to finish this series. I’m done.

Rating: : ★★☆☆☆

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August 19, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas

A COURT OF MIST AND FURYFeyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My Review:

HOLY CRAPOLA. OH MY GOSH. I don’t even know how to write this review. For real, I’m in such mourning right now. I honestly just picked up the book and reread the whole thing again right after finishing it. How the heck am I supposed to wait until 2017 to read the third book. How is that a possibility?! What was I thinking not waiting for all the books to be released for I started reading this series?! WHAT WAS I THINKING?! Seriously, I need some support right now. My heart is absolutely shattered that I’ve already finished this book.

Being totally honest, I hated like the first 70ish pages of this book. Let me try and explain without giving away any spoilers. Okay: I HATED what was done with some of the characters. While that opinion never changed throughout the book, it did finally reach a point where it kind of just moved on and I wasn’t stuck in that rut anymore. And once it gets through that part, it’s smooth sailing from there. Seriously, whenever I was reading this book, I was DEVOURING it. I couldn’t even function properly when I was away from it. I would be away from the house, and I would just turn to whomever and say “I miss my book so much right now.” For real, I’m a big gooey pile of a mess right now. My heart cannot take this one bit!

If you thought that A Court of Thorns and Roses was brilliant, then you haven’t even started to realize the true definition of brilliance. The detail, the action, the romance, the character. HOLY. MOLY. Everything was so spot on and well written. This was like Harry Potter on crack. I need like ten more of these books RIGHT NOW.

There are several new characters introduced in this second book, and I loved every. single. one. of. them. Usually, there’s a least one new character that you really can’t stand. Nope. I’ll take them all again. Everyone was so fantastic and spot on. I LOVED THEM ALL!

And Rhys. OMG. I’m 100% team Rhys. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT. I can’t even. THOSE SCENES. Who else is team Rhys!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?

And that ending?!!?!? OH MY LANTA! I can’t even. For real. I need to shut my mouth right now before I spoil anything for ya’ll.


Rating: 250+ stars!