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The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins Cover Reveal!!

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love love love Wendy Higgins and I just had to sign up to her cover reveals ๐Ÿ™‚ but before all of that I’m going to do all the links and the blurb first because the cover is so pretty I want you all to wait ๐Ÿ™‚

BLURB:

Lochlanach has traded the great beast for something far more terrible, a Lashed enemy veiled in beauty, deception, and a vengeance passed down through generations: Rozaria Rocato. And sheโ€™s offering the hunter Paxton Seabolt power and acceptance he could never receive in his homeland. Pax must decide how far heโ€™s willing to go under her tutelage, knowing she is the opponent of Princess Aerity Lochson.

In a land where traditionalists dread change, the Lochlan throne must contend with mysterious foes and traitors, while attempting to keep revolt at bay. As dire circumstances strike the royal family, matters of the castle are left in Aerityโ€™s hands. It’s time to put aside her fears and grasp the reign, taking actions that have the potential to save or destroy her people.

One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continue. In this sequel to The Great Hunt from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, political intrigue and romance intensify in another thrilling fantasy. Princess Aerity embraces a quest for identity and passion before making the ultimate sacrifice for her kingdom.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28370779-the-great-pursuit?ac=1&from_search=true

Wendy’s social media links
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THE GREAT HUNT ebook is currently on sale for $3.99 (it’s a brilliant book so go read it!)

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Hunt-Eurona-Duology/dp/B00ZP5IIPE/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1466598747&sr=8-1&keywords=the+great+hunt+by+wendy+higgins

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-great-hunt-wendy-higgins/1122135625?ean=9780062381354

Wendy Higgins
USA Today & NY Times Bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series
http://www.wendyhigginswrites.com

And now… now it time for the beauty that is the cover! Seriously it’s stunning, I’m so in love with it! EEEEEEEEEEK!

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LOOK AT THE PRETTY!!! It’s so gorgeous. I can’t wait to get this in my hand ๐Ÿ™‚

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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Blurb:

FEYRE IS IMMORTAL.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargaining she made with Rhysand, the High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any Queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide he fate.

SHE MUST SURRENDER HER HEART TO HEAL A WORLD TORN IN TWO.

Oh holy everything!!!

Before I even begin to review the epicness that is this book I will just tell you a few things:

1. I am not going to be able to due this book justice with my review.

2. As much as I want to spoil it I won’t

3. I have permission from a few friends to use there Goodreads reviews to help me.

4. I am going to fangirl a lot and use words like OMG and AJSBEHAJAODBDNSP!

Okay so here we go!

A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF) follows on from the first book (A Court of Thorns and Roses).

Feyre saved the Fae world in the last book and because of that, she’s gotten powers from all the courts. Powers that Tamlin will not let her unlock for fear of her being hunted.

Life seems pretty well, she’s about to get married to Tamlin soon and she hopes that once they are, the mating bond will kick in. But Feyre can’t forget what she had to do Under the Mountain and it haunts her dreams every night. Then there’s also the bargain she made with Rhysand and who knows when he’ll cash in with that.

But Feyre needs to get away and Rhysand is the only one who can do that. While spending her time with Rhysand she learns a few truths about the war that’s building and about her powers.

Once back with Tamlin however… well he does some pretty bad stuff and Feyre ends up at the Night Court. For good.

See here is where I have to stop because I seriously cannot go any further otherwise I’ll spoil the whole book! I can say though that your heart and feels will go into overdrive, revelations come out and Tamlin… Tamlin is a dick but GOD EVERYTHING WAS JUST AJSIWOEVXBSBWJWOAPKXNXBSJWP!!!

I will quickly delve into the character developments and mention the new characters… without spoiling it as much as I can!

In this book Feyre has grown so much. In the first one, although kickass, she was still trying to find her way in the Fae world. In this one, although a little lost, she manages to find it. And she relishes in it. With her new found powers she’s even more kickass than she was in ACOTAR. She’s a character you can get behind and support. I love how she manages to get over her issues and can finally be happy. I adore Feyre so much!

Tamlin… well its funny how your allegiance changes in the space of two books! I loved Tamlin in the first book but in this one… He was so over-bearing and so… ugh! He’s such a dick in this book. And what he does… god and the ending… what he did… UGH!!!!

Rhysand… my baby, my bae, my love… AHSJDNSJWIWODJNFNDMDKSPSWP!!!! GOD! I liked in the first book, he was the mysterious, dark, alluring guy with secrets and a darkness to him and in this book you see him for who his true self is behind the mask he wears and omg it’s so beautiful and the things he reveals and just GOD I LOVE HIM!

Lucien… I hope he man’s up in the next book because he’s a decent guy but in this one… I like Lucien but he needs to get rid of Tamlin. But seeing as what happened… well. I’m hoping he’ll help (all so mysterious :P)

Nesta and Elain were also mentioned in this one and what happens… I think they are both going to be strong characters in the next book and strong allies too.

Mor, Azriel, Cassian and Amren are brilliant new characters that get introduced and they have such a strong bond between them all. Especially with Rhysand too. I love seeing Rhysand with friends and what a strong friendship it was. They would die for each other. Amren is interesting too because I want to know what she is and I totally want Mor and Azriel together as well as Cassian and Nesta… now that pairing I would love!

Overall the book was just everything and Sarah J Maas is such an amazing writer that you can imagine every scene playing out in your head. And her sexy sexy scenes… GOD! The scenes she writes is better than any erotica book I’ve read! (I read a few) Sarah has a way of making it seem so beautiful and pure, despite the sexiness of it ๐Ÿ˜‰ and the ones in this book…. DAMN!

Sarah has fast become on of my all time favourite authors. I just love how she manages to make you laugh and then cry and then get angry and then die from feels only to have them mend again in a chapter is amazing! If you can feel all that in one chapter then imagine what a whole book is like!
She’s just a goddess and her books are everything. These books and the Throne of Glass books.
I just love her.

And if my review still hasnt sold you on reading this book (Read A Court of Thorns and Roses first though!) then I’ll now enter the reviews from my friends… (I had permission… I’m not stealing them!)

The first is from Rebecca ๐Ÿ™‚

Isn’t it wonderful how in a series a creator can make you change “teams”? The previous bad guy may seem good after all & vice versa. You start to hate who you loved, and love who you hated?

I love that Feyre wasn’t alright after what she went through in ACOTAR, makes her more real. We see that “happily ever after” may not be all we thought it would be. What is the cost of being revived by 7 powerful High Fae Lords? How was she affected?ย 

With Feyre’s owed time to Rhysand (I know we’ve all been waiting to see what that would be like) we “delve” into the Persephone & Hades myth (Greek mythology yay, I’m Greek). The Night Court is sooo not what you expect, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t perilous. Grinning through must of the book, due to Rhys, especially since he is as Feyre calls him “a shameless flirt”

This story is so alive, you feel like you are living it & the simmering danger. Gut-wrenching, exciting, dangerous, breath-snagging, sexy and that plot twist that will have you screaming & compel you to throw your book/reader at the wall (don’t destroy your reader).

I WORSHIP this book *bowing down to Sarah. J. Maas’s excellence. *

The next is from Debora ๐Ÿ™‚

This is definitely one of the best pieces of fantasy I’ve read. Sarah J. Maas never disappoints.ย 
With a smooth start, ACOMAF had me at the very first page. The main character gradually developed amazingly throughout this fantastic roller coaster.ย 
The world of the Fae that Sarah brought to life this time around is just one those worlds that goes beyond the magic. There was so much beauty in the little details of the courts that I was at times left speechless.ย 
One of my favourite things with ACOMAF was the whole romance between the main characters, once again it didn’t feel rushed at all and the female lead was actually hesitant and suffering, at times struggling with all the emotional turmoil. She struggled with her feelings and it only made the characters all the more real.ย 
The build up towards the end was great and it didn’t feel rushed at all even though a lot happened really fast.ย 

The fight scenes were so easy to visualise that at times I felt like I was watching it on a screen rather than reading a book.ย 
I would totally recommend you read A Court Of Thorns And Roses (First book) it is gripping from page one.ย 
I kept switching between the ebook and the audio book because it was more convenient for me and to be honest I really like this audio book. So if you’re not into audio books yet or even if you are, i give this one a thumbs up ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

Thank you so so much girls!

5 billion out of 5 billion stars

Elegy by Amanda Hocking final book in the Watersong series

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Blurb:

An epic battle is about to begin…

Gemma’s life is slowly being destroyed. Cursed as a siren, she is struggling to escape a destiny of savagery and darkness. She’s desperate to break the spell that has turned her into a monster and torn her away from the family – and boy – that she loves. But the alluring yr lethal sirens, Penn, Thea and the newly initiated Liv, have no intention of letting her go.

The key to her freedom lies in an ancient scroll. Gemma’s quest leads her to someone who might be able to help – the mysterious and immortal Diana, who cursed Penn and her sisters thousands of years ago. But Diana will not give up her secrets easily, and unless Gemma and her sister Harper can unlock the scroll’s powers then Penn will destroy the two sisters – and everyone they care about – for good.

The final book means the final showdown.

Penn still has her sights set on Daniel and she tells him that if he sleeps with her, she’ll spare Harper and Gemma’s life. And he agrees, even though he knows it’ll break Harper’s heart. But if it keeps her safe…

Then there’s Gemma and Harper who are both trying to find a way to destroy the scroll but they haven’t found anything yet and time is running out. Especially now that Penn has made a new siren named Liv, whose basically eating every male on the island.

Alex is slowly getting his feelings for Gemma back and after an epic make out session he practically has them all back ๐Ÿ˜‰

But everyone knows that this could be the end for all of them and when they find Diana, the woman who originally put the curse on the sirens they go and see her. But she is not offering any help. She wants revenge for what they did to her daughter all those years ago and she’s not going to give up any time soon.

Disheartened Gemma and everyone decide to have one more showdown with the sirens, because if they can kill Penn then the curse is broken right? Seeing as it all centres around her…

But is that what’s on the scroll? And if they do kill Penn then what happens? Will their lives ever be the same again?

Damn… This one was epic. Full of fighting and nail biting moments this made up for the first two books that were just a little bit slow. 

Everything came out in the last book regarding the secrets of Penn and Thea and the other two original sirens but this one was just as full as revelations as the last one.

The new siren Liv was crazy. Worse than Lexi. She was annoying and god damn it so childish. I hated her so much!

Everyone has something to fight for and live for and it’s either the sirens or Gemma and the others who get to live.

I’m glad Thea managed to chose a side in this one. She wasn’t actually as bad as the others and I was hoping they’d manage to find a way for her. But they didn’t.

The only thing that was just a little predictable about it was how to break the curse. I managed to get it before they did in the book hit other than that I really enjoyed it.

Overall it was a great series and I enjoyed reading it. I liked reading about something different than what’s usually written.

4 out of 5 stars

Tidal by Amanda Hocking book 3 in the Watersong Series

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Blurb:

Her only hope lies with her greatest enemies.

Gemma is facing the fight if her life. Cursed by beautiful but deadly sirens,  her extraordinary powers have a terrifyingly dark side, and becoming human once more is proving her greatest challenge yet. As she struggles to break the curse, the sirens, Penn, Lexi and Thea, are determined to kill her before she can set herself free.

Gemma’s only allies are her sister, Harper, and Harper’s boyfriend, Daniel. Together they must delve into their enemies’ mythical pasts – to discover their darkest secrets. But Penn has also set her sights on Daniel. Soon, the sirens threaten everything Gemma holds dear: her family, her friends, her life and her relationship with Alex – the only guy she’s ever loved. Can she save herself and those she cares about before its too late?

After everything that happened in book two, the sirens have decided to stay so they can keep an eye on everything.

Alex has left the sirens attentions,  ever since Gemma sang to him to make him stop loving her. Now she’s focusing all her energy into the play and fooling around with other boys to keep her hunger at bay. But it doesn’t stop her from loving Alex, who now hates her, thanks to the siren song.

Gemma wants to break the curse but has no idea how to do it. So they get help. Marcy, who works with her sister at the library, has a friend who deals in the supernatural and they go see her. She tells them that there would be a scroll with the curse on it. If they find it, they may have a way to break it.

Gemma searches everywhere for it bit can’t find it. The sirens have it hidden and Thea tells her to stop looking for it otherwise it’ll get her killed.

Harper is now in a relationship with Daniel but seeing as he is immune to the siren song, Penn has set her sights on him and will do anything to get him. Even if that means killing everyone.

Gemma is on limited time before Penn decides to kill her so she knows that finding the scroll is important, even though Thea told her not too.

But when things go wrong again and Penn kills, Thea has had enough and hands the scroll, with the curse on it,  over to Gemma…

This book was definitely better than the other two. It had more action, more nail biting things in it.

Gemma is heartbroken after she used her song on Alex and is trying her hardest to forget about him but she can’t. She’s still trying to keep him safe though. Even though the sirens are no longer focused on him.

Penn… okay… She’s bat crap crazy! Seriously. She’s gotten worse throughout the books and I know I didn’t go into much detail about her in the other reviews but damn… She’s really obsessive. Especially about Daniel. Even though he wants nothing to do with her.

Thea has started to protect Gemma a little and tries to stop Penn from killing her to get a new siren. And then she hands over the scroll. Knowing that means her death but she’s had enough.

Lexi… she’s crazy… more crazy than Penn. She likes to kill and eat and she attacks Daniel, knowing that Penn has warned her off him. And Gemma… Gemma has to let the monster take over in order to save them all.

Gah this one was brilliant!

4 out of 5 stars

Lullaby by Amanda Hocking book 2 in the Watersong series

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Gemma tried to not to hate them, but it was just too little and way too late.

Gemma had to disappear with Penn, Lexi and Thea after a night of incredible violence on the island. She can still barely come to terms with her new affinity with the ocean – and the siren powers that go with it. Now she’s been transformed, Gemma had no choice but to leave all she loves behind. She swears she won’t lose her humanity, but the call of the sea is maddening and compulsive.

Harper won’t give up on her missing sister. The search draws her closer that she’d like to bohemian Daniel, but she could really use his help. They almost given up, until a small news item tells of a horrific murder in a nearby beach town, and Harper thinks she’s found the deadly group. But can Gemma’s curse be reversed – and what if she doesn’t want to come home?

I don’t really need a big summary for this one either haha got to love long blurbs!

After the violence at the end of the last book (which I didn’t mention… oops!) Gemma left with the sirens to keep her family and Alex safe. But being away from her loved ones is hard.

Gemma is trying to keep her humanity in tact but the call of the ocean is strong and she can’t resist it for any longer and when Gemma’s hunger becomes too much, someone gets hurt. 

That’s how Harper, Alex and Daniel manage to find Gemma and bring her home.

But at home things are still complicated and the sirens find Gemma. In another epic violent showdown at the beach, they decide to stay. If only to find out a few things.

To be honest there is a bit of character development in this book but it’s mainly centered around Gemma coming to terms with her Siren powers and trying to keep a hold of her humanity.

Harper is getting closer to Daniel, despite the fact she’s trying not too.

Alex is still completely in love with Gemma and the sirens don’t understand how.

Penn is still crazy and so is Lexi. Thea is a little less so and is starting to become a bit more… human.

Everything about it was more faster paced than the first book and I enjoyed it a little more than the first one.

It’s still weird reading about sirens but it was definitely growing on me. It’s interesting to read a different type of supernatural things than what you’re used to.

4 out of 5 stars

Wake by Amanda Hocking book 1 in the Watersong Series

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Beautiful. Fearless. Dangerous. The kind of girls you envy. The kind of girls you want to hate.

Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Thea and Lexi have caught everyone’s attention, including the eye of practical Harper.
But it’s her sister, Gemma, they’ve chosen. Sixteen-year-old Gemma seems to have it all – carefree, pretty, and falling in love with the boy next door. But her greatest passion is the water. She craves solitary late night swims under the stars, where she can belong to the sea. But lately she’s had company.

Penn, Thea and Lexi spend their night dancing and partying in the cove, and one night Gemma joins them. She wakes, groggy on the beach the next morning and knows something has changed. Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster and more beautiful than ever. And as she discovers her new mythical powers, Gemma is forced to choose between staying with those she loves – or entering a dark world brimming with unimaginable secrets.

Okay so do I need to summarise the book or have you got it all from the blurb? Haha

Basically Gemma likes to swim and has caught the attention of the new three girls in town who manage to lure her to their party.
Gemma wakes up groggy on the beach covered in a golden shawl. When she wakes though she’s different and the next time she goes swimming, she grows a fin.

An ancient world has opened up to her and Penn, Thea and Lexi are not letting her go. She’s part of their group now and she can’t go anywhere without them knowing. Thea tells Gemma that now she’s a siren no one can love her but that can’t be true because the boy next door has been in love with her for ages…

When she gets forces between making a choice between those she loves and going off with the sirens what will she choose?

I’ve read Amanda’s Trylle trilogy which I enjoyed so I had hopes that I would with this series too.

Although it was a bit slow to get in to I did enjoy the book. I’ve never read anything about Sirens before so it was definitely new.

Gemma and Harper are sisters but they are very different. Harper likes order and being in charge of things. She’s too old for her age in a way and acts like Gemma’s mom. Gemma is free and spirited. She likes to swim under the stars and have fun. But despite their differences they are always there for each other and have a strong bond.
They’re mother was injured in a car accident that left her with a brain injury and are raised by their dad.

Alex is the boy next door whose been in love with Gemma for a while. And Gemma is falling in love with him too. Until her life changes but Alex isn’t willing to let her go. Despite the fact that she’s now a mythical creature.

Daniel is the boy on the boat who always gets on Harper’s nerves but there’s a smouldering chemistry between them that Harper doesn’t want to admit.

Penn is a psycho but that’s for another review haha
Thea is okay but that’s for a another review
Lexi is crazy..  but another review again haha.

In this book they are weird and intimidating and full of secrets.

Overall it was a great book.
4 out of 5 stars

Standoff by Andrew Smith

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I have been so unbelievably busy that I’ve not had time to review anything! I was meant to stay on top of everything but as usual life and work gets in the way!
So….

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Blurb:

Senior year is supposed to be easy,ย  but for Ryan Dean West there are no guarantees.

He may be the school rugby captain but his new roommate, Sam Abernathy, is a tweleve-year-old with extreme claustrophobia and a crush on Annie Altman, Ryan Dean’s girlfriend.

And Ryan Dean has his own problems too – he’s haunted by things from hisR past he can’t escape, fear of losing Annie and the fact that sometimes the uncontrollable force of friendship moves under its own power.

This book is the sequel to Winger. I loved the first book a lot and the second didn’t disappoint.ย 

It follows on a few months from how Winger ended and Ryan Dean West isn’t coping well.

Things are getting on top of him and he refuses to see the school councillor about his problems. He has a new roommate whose 12 years old and suffers from claustrophobia so they can’t sleep without the windows being open. The only thing that’s keeping him sane is Annie.

When Ryan Dean gets told by his rugby coach that he’ll be playing Joey’s position on the rugby team everything becomes too much. He also ends up meeting Joey’s younger brother Nico.

On a night when Ryan nearly drowns he knows it’s time to get help before he looses everything important in his life.

I enjoyed this one and I’m sorry that the catchup I did isn’t it’s best. But it’s hard to review these books without spoiling everything that happens. Plus my review that I did of the first book didn’t do it any justice because it was so amazing that I didn’t know how to review it. So this one is going to be pretty much the same :/

I’m glad there was a sequel to Winger because there was still some unfinished business between the characters.

Annie and Ryan Dean are still going strong and are moving the relationship further but with Ryan Dean’s anxiety and with him keeping everything closed up they are a little strained in parts. Especially because Annie wants to help him and he doesn’t seem to want it. I can understand though. Especially with what happened in Winger and when Ryan Dean meets Nico, Joey’s brother, he gets a few home truths and learns things about Joey. One of which I kinda guessed.

Sam Abernathy is cute and so small haha. I was annoyed with how Ryan Dean was treating him but I can kinda understand why he was and I’m glad it changed.

Ugh god I’m not doing this book justice!

Okay so if you loved Winger then definitely read the sequel. It ties everything up and still has the funny moments that Winger had.

Just read it haha

5 out of 5 stars