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A Shade of Vampire series by Bella Forrest Book Review

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Finally I got a book series read before I got too tired from work to do anything!

So I got sent this series for Christmas from my fangirl twin bestie and parabatai from across the pond Stephanie, with then recommendation that I’d love the series…

And I did!

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I’m going to do this review a little differently. Normally I would split them into sections and review each book bit by bit but I’m going to give you the blurbs first and then do a complete review of the series…(in my head that made much more sense!)

Also the blurb’s I’m using are from Goodreads so the actual book blurbs may differ….

A Shade of Vampire (Book 1)

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Blurb:

On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

A Shade of Blood (Book 2)

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In A Shade Of Blood, Bella Forrest transports you deeper into a unique, enthralling and beautifully sensitive story. Prepare to be lost in its pages…

When Sofia Claremont was kidnapped to a sunless island, uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet, she believed she’d forever be a captive of its dark ruler, Derek Novak.

Now, after months of surviving an endless night, the morning sun may soon rise again for Sofia. Something has possessed Derek’s heart and he offers her a gift no human slave has ever been given in the history of his cursed island: escape.

High school, prom and a chance to move on with her life now await her.

But will she be able to forget the horrors that steal her sleep away at night? … and the feelings that haunt her for that tormented prince of darkness?

a Castle of Sand (Book 3)

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What Sofia has with Derek feels like a sandcastle; temporary and something that the waves of life and time will soon ruin…

Since the return of Gregor Novak, the island has turned several shades darker. His hatred toward Sofia and thirst for fresh blood lead to a brutal war igniting between father and son.

Meanwhile, the hunters are gaining formidable strength and resources by the day; they know that the safety of The Shade hangs entirely on its ability to remain hidden from them.

And a sinister secret lies in wait for Sofia within the bowels of an Egyptian desert… a secret that threatens to crush her sandcastle much sooner than she could have expected

A Shadow of Light (Book 4)

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Since the implosion at The Oasis and Derek’s stay at Hawk Headquarters, The Shade has fallen into a state of utter chaos. To make matters worse, the citizens of Derek’s kingdom have become suspicious of his loyalties and accuse him of siding with the enemy… At a time when Derek desperately needs full cooperation from his subjects, they wish to put their own King on trial.

Meanwhile, Sofia is being held hostage by the hunters. They are determined to rid her of her infatuation with the vampire. She submits to the strict routine and training they impose on her, but the only fuel that keeps her going is the thought of reuniting with Derek – something Reuben is fighting with every fiber of his being to ensure will never happen.

…Until one day, out of the blue, Reuben appears to have a change of heart and comes to Sofia with a proposal; a solution that she never dreamed possible. A solution that would fulfil her heart’s deepest desires and secure her and Derek’s future together, forever.

A Blaze of Sun (Book 5)

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Welcome back to The Shade…

“Of course you know who I am. I’m a daughter of the darkness just as surely as you are his son…”

Ever since his brief encounter with Emilia at The Shade, Derek’s thoughts and dreams have been haunted with images of the mysterious, beautiful brunette. Plagued with guilt, he struggles to understand why he is so drawn to this dark stranger from his past.

When Emilia suddenly appears again on the island, Derek is both terrified and intrigued. But this time, he is determined to involve Sofia and discover who this woman is.

If only Derek and Sofia knew, Emilia is a mystery that should be left undiscovered…

A Gate of Night (Book 6)

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Welcome back to The Shade…

Derek and Sofia are finally enjoying a well-deserved break. Staying at a resort with good food, sun and sea, Sofia is thrilled to witness Derek’s re-introduction to the human world.

They would almost be mistaken for a normal young couple, if it were not for the red-eyed monster lurking in the shadows and watching their every move, waiting for his signal to pounce…

A Break of Day (Book 7)

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The greatly anticipated conclusion to Derek and Sofia’s journey!

Everything Sofia believed to be true has crumbled before her very eyes…

In this explosive finale, secrets will be revealed, loyalties tested and trust broken.

Are you ready to return to The Shade?

To be honest these were the first self published books I’ve ever really liked. That sounds so bad too!

These books though were addictive from start to finish.

The first book was a little too short though. Even though it offered insight into the type of people Sofia and Derek were it didn’t give you a sense of how much time had passed. I thought that time had only gone on for a few weeks at least but in reality it had been three months but seeing as this was her first ever book it was still written really well.

Derek is a troubled vampire, struggling to either go into the light or let darkness take him over. He’s been in a sleep for the past 400 years with the help of a witch. He thinks the sleep is eternal, that he will never again have to unleash the monster that he once was. Then along comes Sofia Claremont, whose kidnapped on her 17th birthday and taken to the Shade, where she is to become apart of Derek Novak’s harem… But what she doesn’t know is that her and Derek together will complete a prophecy, that they are stronger together than they are apart and that she will ultimately turn her back on all that she knew to save the Shade, the vampires and humans she’s become friends with and Derek.

Of course like all YA fiction the heroine has to lose people along the way. This happen in book 2 (no spoilers from me who it is!) and quite a few times throughout the book, but that’s what makes the heroine of our book stronger, that’s what makes her fight.

She also has a crazy mother who is determined to ruin her life just like Sofia ruined hers. So, as a deal her mother made a long time ago, Sofia has been promised to pyscho vamp Boris Maslen. Honestly that guy is mental! He’s already had Vivienne (Derek’s twin sister) a long time ago as part of another promise so Derek isn’t going to rest until Sofia is back in his arms.

There’s the Elder vamps, pyscho witch turned vampire who brainwashes Derek into believing that he’s in love with her, there’s a cure to Vampirism (It’s pure genius how Bella came up with it!) and a few kidnappings along the way, a marriage, other realms and a whole host of other stuff it was hard to imagine Derek and Sofia EVER having a happy ending!

Honestly though these books were amazing and just like I do with other books I went through some feels (Not as much as some books but I did have a few minor feels) and sometimes I got frustrated with the characters just like I usually do with other books haha.

Any weaknesses to these books I hear you ask…

Well sometimes they could be a little sappy with their love and in one book Derek really annoyed me because it was almost like he’d become too complacent when he should have been fighting instead we had his inner monologue a bit too often regarding Sofia but other than that I can’t really fault the books.

I do really really wish a big publishing agency would pick up these books because they are amazing and I want other people to like them and for Bella to have even more book sales and for her to be on a par with HoN and Twilight and VA and Bloodlines and every other vampire book that I’ve read and haven’t read.

So go check out these books! If you like Vampires you won’t be disappointed!

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My Top Books of 2014 (plus a few that I couldn’t quite get along with)

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This was a pretty traumatic ordeal… trying to narrow down all the books I’ve read in 2014 to just 10 of my favourite! But, amongst all the hair pulling and nail biting and some other frustrating behavior, I managed to do it!

Its in no particular order as I honestly have no idea what would be number one and what would come in at five etc etc… so here’s my…

Top 10 Books of 2014

10. How To Love by Katie Cotugno (YA)

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I loved this book from the first page. Split between the past and the present it tells the story of teenagers Serena and Sawyer, of how they loved and lost and of how they overcame obstacles. But when Sawyer leaves and Serena is left behind she has to deal with the heartbreak and the family fallout because of the bomb she’s just dropped on them all.
When Sawyer comes back into her life a year later the love is still there. But will they get together and prove that their love is stronger now they’ve been apart? And can they learn How To Love?

9. If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Foreman (YA)

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Too many feels!
Mia has her life ahead of her. She has a perfect, albeit slightly different, family, a brilliant best friend and she’s in love with her up and coming rocker boyfriend Adam. Then one day her life is turned upside down. She’s in a car accident that kills her family. She’s hanging on by a thread and through a series a past and present flashes we see how Mia has the choice of whether to stay with the people left in her life or to just let it all go and be with her family.
Where She Went is from Adam’s POV and it follows a year or so after If I Stay, how he’s feeling being famous, how he still loves Mia, despite the fact they are no longer together and how in one night, when he sees Mia again coming out of a concert hall, everything changes…

8. Sweet Evil Trilogy by Wendy Higgins (YA. Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, Sweet Reckoning)

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Sexy… hot… full of demons and angels and just…. AAAAAAHHHHHH!
Sweet Evil trilogy is about Ana Whitt (an Angel) and Kaidan Rowe (a lust demon) who come into each others lives. Ana is taken by Kaidan’s desirable and sexy good looks but not everything is as it seems. Kaidan knows he’s not good enough for Ana. She’s pure, he’s not. But he just can’t stay away from her. Through a series of really big events, demon fathers and plots to take over the world Ana and Kaidan has to stick together in order to defeat them. But can their love survive?

7. The Selection trilogy by Keira Cass (YA. The Selection, The Elite, The One.)

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OMG! THESE BOOKS!
America is in love with her best friend Aspen, their relationship is being kept a secret until he can get enough money to marry her. But when the Selection is broadcast on TV, America’s name is called. She’s off to the Palace to win the heart of Prince Maxon…
Through a series of problems, heartbreak, friendship, rebels, love and fighting you see America grow into a strong woman whose not afraid to tell people what she thinks, to letting go of old loves and to try and win the heart of Maxon. Even if it seems as though he’s falling for someone else… Will she win the love of her life or will everything come crumbling down around her…?

6. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (NA)

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The only New Adult book in the list! Full of feels… literally… Too. Many. Feels.
Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend and roommate, on her birthday! The mysterious guy in the next appartment offers her the spare room which she takes. During their time together writing songs for Ridge’s band,  Sounds of Cedar, they realise they’ve fallen for each other. But Ridge has a long term girlfriend… is Sydney’s heart about to be broken again? And can Ridge decide who it is he wants to be with?

5. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas (YA. Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire. First three books in the series)

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These books were just… feels and feels and just…
These books follow the Assassin Celaena Sardothien on her quest for freedom. Taken from her slavery she’s promised freedom after three years if she becomes the King’s Champion. But there’s a problem… the King is the one who murdered her family, and is still killing countless others and sending the rest to the Salt Mines to be slaves. Can she really be a Champion to a King she despises?
Through a series of, sometimes violent events, we see why Celaena was so feared as an Assassin, we see her fall in love for the first time, see her heart break, friendships broken and secrets get revealed… secrets that could change everything…

4. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (YA. Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising.)

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These books!! I just… so so so so many feels and its just… I can’t…
Alina and best friend Mal are orphans who join the Army. While crossing into the Fold, Alina sees half of her friends massacred by the creatures that live there. Mal is injured and, without knowing, she summons light to destroy the creatures. From then her life changes. She’s under The Darklings rule now and she’s told that the pair of them can free the Fold… but can the Darkling be trusted? Is her feelings for him real? Can she ever be with Mal? Through a series of extremely tense and too many feels like events we see how Alina becomes powerful, how she’s determined to destroy the Darkling, how her friendship and relationship with Mal fares, how her heart gets broken and how she must rise up to meet her destiny…

3. The Duff by Kody Keplinger (YA)

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AAAAAHHHH! OMG! I loved this book from the first sentence!
Bianca is told by man whore of the school Wesley Rush that she is The Duff: The “Designated Ugly Fat Friend” of her group of friends.
She despises Wesley but when they’re put together to work on an English project its clear that there is more than just hatred between them. With Bianca using him to get over her problems at home and everywhere else. But when there “just sex” relationship turns comfortable and right between them Bianca knows its time to leave… because Wesley Rush?!
This books sees Bianca realise that she’s not a Duff, that there’s more to people that we see and most importantly… Wesley Rush isn’t as everyone sees him.

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (YA)

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Kath is me! Its like Rainbow wrote a book based on all the fangirls out there! Loved it loved it LOVED IT!
Kath and her twin Wren couldn’t be more different. Growing up they wrote fanfiction, now they’re in University, Wren is sexy and drinking and dating boys, Kath is in her room writing FanFiction and being a fangirl. Then comes Levi, the boy whose determined to get Kath, whose developing feelings for him too. But when they kiss one night Levi goes AWOL of sorts and Kath sees him kissing someone else at a party. Can Levi win her back? Can Kath survive the ending of her beloved Simon Snow books and will she finish her Simon Snow fanfic in time? Its not all fangirl stuff though, there’s a story, there’s Kath growing up and realising that she’s actually perfect the way she is, fall outs with her twin, meeting the mother who walked out on them and problems with her dad. Full of real drama and absolutely brilliant and lovable characters this book is perfect for FanGirls everywhere!

1. Winger by Andrew Smith (YA)

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Just pure brilliance! I honestly have no idea what I read… it was… god this brief review won’t do this book justice because ITS JUST AMAZING AND BRILLIANT AND AWESOME AND… READ IT!
This book follows Fourteen year old Ryan Dean the youngest in his year at boarding school and the winger on his school Rugby team. He’s in love with his best friend Annie Altman and he’s having problems with some of the other boys in the team. He’s convinced his roommate, Betch,  will one day kill him,  he’s secretly getting off with Betch’s girlfriend behind his back and then theres the fact that he and Annie shared a kiss but she won’t admit that she’s in love with him! Oh and also his new best friend Joey is the gay rugby player and he’s having his own problems!
This book is full of drama and problems and falling in love. Things in this book will make you laugh and make you cry. Make you angry and make you smile. Its everything a book should be!

So they are my top 10 books of 2014. I know my brief descriptions didn’t really do these books justice but honestly if I went into too much detail I’d end up telling you all the whole story! Please do check these books out, I promise you you won’t be disappointed. If you want to read more about them then these books have been reviewed on my blog!

And now comes the books I couldn’t quite get on with… I hate having to do this but there are books out there that people don’t like and I’m afraid my three are here… they are a mixture of books too…

3. Mortiswood Kaelia Awakening by Gina Dickerson (YA?)

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This was part of a blog tour I did and its the first book in the trilogy. I couldn’t get on with it. Things jumped too quickly and I couldn’t bond with Kaelia (the MC) like I can with other books. I believe it would have been better in first person instead of third person. I just… I found it hard to read. It could have been a really good book and some people might have really really liked it but I’m afraid it just wasn’t for me.

2. Letting Go by Maya Banks (Erotica.  First book in the trilogy)

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I just… the MC Joss annoyed the hell out of me. Honestly. I could have strangled her. She was too easy to give in to Dash,  too easy to accept things and I think she was a little naive. It was a bit too… it was just Joss… if they’d had made her a stronger character I would have liked her but she ruined the story. And the one sex scene… I found it to be too much… the other two books did redeem themselves slightly with book two and book three being a bit more… dramatic but the first book… no.

1. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (Fiction)

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I’ll probably end up with a torrent of abuse because I know people love this book but… it wasn’t for me. I couldn’t get on with it at all, I found it boring (don’t hurt me!) And at times slow. The movie was by far a lot better than the book. It was a bit too sappy for me. I like romance but sometimes its like… errr too much people! I do have some other Sparks books at home and I have read the sequel to this book but that was only marginally better. I do want to at least like one or two of his books because he has such a big fanbase and people go crazy over the books but because I found The Notebook and the sequel The Wedding slow its put me off reading the others. I will try again on another of his books but The Notebook… sorry… it just didn’t do it for me.

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover book review

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Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble – she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite her is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life.
But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, tje bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to writr songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope…
Maybe someday…

Sydney doesn’t know that her boyfriend of 2 years is cheating on her with none other than her best friend and roommate Tori. She finds this out on her birthday, via a text message from the attractive man across from her, Ridge.
From therre her life changes.

Ridge likes music. He writes lyrics for his and his brothers band,  Sounds of Cedar,  wheb he goes out onto his balcony one day to play guitar he sees Sydney singing along to his music. He has no lyrics to it himself so he holds up his number and before they know it she’s given him the lyrics to his music and he wants more.

When Sydney finds herself homeless on her birthday due to what she finds out, before she knows it she’s taken the spare room in Ridge’s appartment, along with his roommates Bridgette and Warren.

From therr they start to writr music together but it soon becomes clear that feelings are being developed between them.

Ridge has a long term girlfriend who he adored so these feelings are all new for him. He hasn’t felt this way since the first time he saw Maggie and he doesn’t know what to do.

Then Maggie finds out, and before he knows it Ridge has lost both the women he’s in love with but who does he want more?

Torn between their feelings for each other Sydney realises that Ridhe would never pick her, he’s chosen Maggie over her before so why would now be any different.

Will they realise that they can’t live without each other? Or will Ridge chose Maggie again?

Will Sydney ever get her Maybe Someday?

Oh my god this book!

It literally tore my feels in half. I couldn’t believe how involved I got with these characters lives and how I was so not ready to put the book down.

Sydney hasnt really had the best start to turning 22 years old and you can’t help but feel sorry for her. So when she starts her friendship with Ridge you can’t help but feel pleased that she’s starting to trust again.

Ridge… sexy sexy Ridge. God that man!

*WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD! (If you don’t want to know then stop reading this review!*)

Ridge is completely deaf so the communications between him and Sydney were either texts or via Email. This is how Maggie finds out about his feelings for Sydney. Ridge is just… uh I just loved him. He was perfect and despite his growing feelings for Sydney he really tried to stop them from reaching the surface. He got jealous alot especially when he shouldn’t, he spent more time with her when he shouldn’t and the songs lyrics they wrote together described all they were feeling, when they both knew they shouldn’t.

Maggie is ill (I’m not saying what) and when she collapses in the bathroom and Ridge is trying hard to communicate with Sydney about what he needs is heartbreaking because neither can understand each other and your feels get all over the place.

Then theres the scene when he tells her to leave which just kills him. You can see it but he can’t deal with it all.

Then theres the heart to heart with Maggie and the pen scene with Sydney and then their heart to heart and the moment he speaks and the story as to why he didn’t speak and the ending and everything and COLLEEN HOOVER YOU PLAYED WITH MY FEELS!

This book was one big feel factor and I loved every single minute of it. The story was well written and realistic and I loved how it split between his POV and her POV because we got to see how they both felt for each other and how thet tried to keep it concealed.

I loved reading the messages between them and the moment at the end where he speaks and she learns sign language was TOO MUCH!

And the ending itself… *dies* it was perfect and the feels and I just… I can’t…

Overall I loved this book and I want all her others because I have a feeling I’m going to love those too!

5 out of 5 stars

Memoirs of a Teenaage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin book review

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Continuation of the book reviews… these were all read in 2014

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Above all, mine is a love story.

And like most love stories, this one involves chance, gravity, a dash of head trauma

It began with a coin toss.

The coin came up tails; I was heads.

When Naomi wakes up in a hospital bed, she has no idea how she got there or what has happened during the last three and a half years of her life. She doesn’t remember that her parents are divorced, or who her friends are at school, and she doesn’t even know if she has a boyfriend or not.

When Naomi gets back to scho she starts piecing the fragments of the last three and a half years together, and soon it is clear that she may not want to be united with her past quite as she left it.

Naomi wakes up in the back of an ambulance with a handsome guy leaning over her and she has no idea how she got there.

She doesn’t know what year it is, let alone how old she is and she has no idea why this guy is claiming to be her boyfriend.

At the hospital it becomes clear she’s had an accident. And she’s lost three and half years of her life. She doesn’t remember that her parents are divorced or why she’s not talking to her mother, she doesn’t remember her best friend Will or that she has a boyfriend or that she loves being on the yearbook committee.

What she does remember is that she’s adopted and she feels more alone than ever.

Then she starts up a friendship with the guy who was in the ambulance with her, James, and people she wouldn’t normally hang around with. She dumps her boyfriend, leaves the yearbook committee, joins a play and starts dating James. But everything isn’t as straight forward as it seems.
Naomi starts to piece her life back together and when she remembers the truth of her accident, why she’s not talking to her mother and why things are going wrong with James and her best friend Will she tries to hold on to all that she knows.

But remembering changes everything and she doesn’t know if she’s quite ready to let everything go back to how it was…

This book was okay. I did like it but it took a while to get into. I loved her other book I read, Elsewhere, so I was positive that this one was going to be good too.

It was but something couldn’t get me involved with the characters. I liked Will and James because they had reasons to be the way they were. At first they were concerned about Naomi but as feelings got in the way it became apparent that one of them was going to get hurt and in a way they both did.

Naomi… she was the girl who didn’t know where she belonged but she liked being with James, even if that meant hurting other people. She was hurtful to her mother but you could understand that seeing what she did and it was good to see her try and repair that.

There was her relationship with her father that didn’t seem to waver at all and she had the strength of her new friends to help her get through everything.

I liked how you thought that James was the one who she was referring to in the “mine is a love story” sentence and to be honest I thought he was going to be her love aswell but I’m glad it turned out to be who it was.

I enjoyed it but I think there could have been more somewhere. I’m not quite sure what though but there was something missing.

4 out of 5 stars

Solitaire by Alice Oseman book review

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“I don’t ever remember not being serious. As far as I’m concerned, I came out of the womb spouting cynicism and wishing for rain.”

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do. And I don’t care about Michael Holden.
I really don’t.

Tori Spring is on her way back to Higgs sixth form after her Christmas break. Not that she’s really looking forward to it.

On her first day back she notices post it notes with arrows drawn on them that leads somewhere and she’s the only one whose seen them… so naturally she follows them.

She ends up in an empty computer room with a post it note stuck on one computer with a web address written on it. After typing in the address it leads her to an empty blog page.

While in the room she meets the enigmatic Michael Holden who then presides to constantly be in her life… whether she wants him to or not.

Then comes another boy into her life;  Lucas. The guy who she was BFF’s with in first school. He’s nervous and can’t stop blushing whenever he’s around her and, oh dear god, he’s a hipster!

She has her best friend Becky and the group that makes up the rest of “Our Lot” so she really doesn’t need any more people in her life!

Solitaire is the empty blog that soon starts  terrorising the school and its sixth form pupils but it soon becomes clear that the blog isn’t as safe and innocent as it first turned out to be.

People start getting hurt and it soon becomes clear to Tori that, somehow, the blog is aimed at her.

But why?
And who is behind it?

And why oh why has she started getting all feely for Michael Holden?

This book shouldn’t have been read over the Christmas period! It was really good!

Tori is this pessimistic teenager who can’t see the good in anything so when Solitaire starts and she meets Michael you can see the strain its putting on her. She didn’t feel, she didn’t care about things apart from her brother Charlie who has some mental health problems but when Solitaire starts getting more and more erratic and her friendship with Michael starts getting more involved, she starts to care. Really care. Because no one else is.

In some way I think Tori was going through some mental health problems herself, especially when the last prank Solitaire does sees her being trapped in a burning building. You see the indecision in her. Does she let it all end and kill herself? So maybe she has some sort of depression?  I couldn’t quite pinpoint what it was but something was wrong with her.

Then Michael… I think I loved him from the moment he was introduced. He was enigmatic and eccentric but even he had problems. He couldn’t fit in, couldn’t make friends and then there’s Tori and to ge honest I think he loved her from the start. And the fact he had two different coloured eyes made me think of Dominic Sherwood haha SEXY!

But seriously I really did enjoy this book. Everyone had there own quirks but deep down you could tell there was something wrong. They depicted high school English teenagers well and showed us that not everyone is perfect.

And the person who was behind all the blog? I honestly didn’t guess it myself because I thought I knew who it was and the reason why was a real “WHAT THE HELL?!” moment!

Brilliant first book from an up and coming young author.

5 out of 5 stars

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick book review

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Hot. Cold. Deadly.

Britt Pfeiffer has never been very adventurous, but that’s about to change. Wanting to impress her ex-boyfriend, Britt convinces her best friend, Korbie, to take a hiking trip with her. But when a freak storm leaves the girls stranded, they seek shelter in a secluded cabin – where they find two handsome rescuers. Or so they think.

Britt realises that she and Korbie need to get off the mountain fast, and so begins a treacherous journey through the ice and snow. But is gorgeous, mysterious Mason an enemy – or an ally?

Britt wants her ex boyfriend Calvin back, but to do that she needs to prove that she can be independent and that she can think for herself, she’s grown up and she can be the adventurous girl he clearly wants.

So on break from school she gets her best friend Korbie to go hiking with her. Of course Korbie’s boyfriend and her brother Calvin are coming along… to keep them in line.

But on the way up to the mountains a freak snow storm heads their way and they’re trapped.

Or so they assume.

They head towards what seems to be an abandoned cabin but instead they come across two attractive and hot guys. One doesn’t want to let them in but the other is more than willing to let them in.

From there that’s where things go wrong and deadly.

Sean kidnaps the two girls and Mason is the accomplice…

They need to get off the mountains and away from the police so Britt agrees to help them so they won’t kill Korbie. That way she can get gelp and besides, Calvin is surely loolinh for them.

But its soon obvious that Mason isn’t who he says he is and neither for that matter is Calvin…

But Britt is torn between her head and heart. Her head is saying Calvin… but her heart is saying Mason… the guy whose kidnapped her and is running from the police.

One thing connects them all together though;  murder and its not long before all the news reports about the murdered girls in the mountains start to come out…

And one of them is the killer.

So this was alot different from the Hush Hush series Becca wrote. Those I loved. This one… I’m still not sure about.

It was full of mystery and it kept you guessing from the beginning who the killer was and I got confused along with Britt when things started to surface and half the time I didn’t know who to trust but Britt… I don’t know… she annoyed me.

She was too dependant on other people for everything. She liked being this kind of spoilt girl who had her dad brother and even Calvin running after her and it bugged me. Because I’m so used to seeing independent girls in books or girls who are strong that she really got on my nerves. She got a bit bettet throughout the book as she started doing things for herself but…

Then there was Mason (or so he says) whose dark and mysterious and draws you in and keeps you guessing throughout it all. He was a cool character because half the time even I didn’t knwo if he was good or bad.

Korbie was spoilt and she drobe me nuts… I’m glad she wasn’t in it much.

Calvin… what Britt saw in him is beyond me. He was smarmy and knew he was the bees knees and it put me off him. I have no idea what she saw in him. Okay his father was a bully to him which kind of made you feel bad for him but other than that I couldn’t like him.

Apart from the character traits that annoyed me the story concept was really good. I liked the mystery and the intrigue and the whole suspense kept you guessing throughout it all. It was written in Becca’s style which I was glad but it was more darker than Hush Hush which proved she was a good writer.

Britt did kind of grow on me. Not much but she did and I was glad she became less dependant on males at the end of it. Her and Mason did make a good team together and they you could see they fell in love with each other (a bit quickly though mind! 4 days…) but the things they went through and the fact they helped each other cemented that relationship.

It was a really good YA suspense/thriller book because it did keep you on your toes but I still prefer Hush Hush.

I’m gutted it was a standalone book… I honestly thought it was going to be another series with another supernatural guy to fall for… but it wasn’t and it was okay haha

I want another supernatural series from her again though because she writes hot guys haha

4 out of 5 stars