Vampire’s Descent (Willow Harbor #2) by Jennifer Snyder

Sometimes the past comes back with a vengeance…

Claire Meyers knows her twin brother Danny didn’t commit suicide. Determined to prove it, she heads to her hometown of Willow Harbor, South Carolina to learn what really happened. Only what she finds is more than she bargained for.

Mason Danver didn’t ask to become a vampire. He didn’t ask for his soulless marker to seek him out either. All he wants is to help the one girl he’s never allowed himself to have figure out what really happened to her brother.

As the mystery surrounding Claire’s brother’s death begins to unfold Mason learns he’s more connected to Danny’s death than he ever thought possible.

Strange Neighbors. Hidden Desires. Small Town Charm. Welcome to Willow Harbor where everyone has a secret. What’s yours?

Rating: ★

** spoiler alert ** When I started this book I was really excited because the first few pages were really well written and it was a breath of fresh air.

But the more I got into the book, the more it got worse.

I really really wanted to like this series. I was super excited to buy all the books when they first came out, but I may have to bow out after this one. Neither the first or second book was up to par with what I expect from a published piece.

Even though I love Willow Harbour and the whole meeting the other characters from the previous book in this book…which I have to say I was SUPER happy about, there’s a few things that drag this story down.

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Shifter’s Fate (Willow Harbor #1) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Sometimes fate can’t be ignored…

Mattie is desperate when she accepts a librarian position in the small coastal town of Willow Harbor. She plans to spend a few months there, enough time to get a reference and move somewhere she actually wants to be. But fate has other plans.

Pierce has given up on finding his mate. His family line of true shapeshifters will die out, but there is nothing he can do with only a few weeks left before his birthday. Until Mattie shows up in town.

When Mattie’s past catches up, and Pierce’s family turns on him, will fate be enough to see them through?

Strange Neighbors. Hidden Desires. Small Town Charm. Welcome to Willow Harbor where everyone has a secret. What’s yours?

Rating: ★

** spoiler alert ** I really really wanted to jump right into this book and be swept away to Willow Harbour, I was waiting ver impatiently for release date. And then release date came.

This book was rushed and it shows.

Characters are introduced but never properly described so the reader is left with this faceless body-shape with a name tag.

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Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry
Release Date: January 30th 2018

Summary: When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.

Thoughts: It sounds like an easy sappy read that would be perfect for me in a weekend. I wanted to share it so someone else can enjoy it with me. Nothing too heavy and I’m putting my money on it having a happy ending.

A Crack in Everything by L.H Cosway

The Crack in Everything by L.H Cosway
Release Date: January 30th

Summary: Life used to be simple.

I was a city girl with humble dreams. Then Dylan O’Dea broke into my flat, held me against the wall and told me to stay quiet.
It was like in the movies, where the universe zeros in on a single scene. I looked into his eyes and knew he was going to change me.

For Dylan, the sky was always falling. He showed me how our world is a contradiction of beauty and ugliness. How we choose to ignore the awful and gloss over it with the palatable. How you need just a tiny drop of something unsavoury to create every great scent.

Pretty deep for a pair of teenagers living in a block of council flats in inner city Dublin, right? Probably. But we weren’t typical. We both had our obsessions. Mine was growing things, Dylan’s was scent. He taught me how to use my nose, and I introduced him to the magic of flowers.

I had no idea that one day he’d build an empire from what we started together. But before that, there was love and happiness, tragedy and epic heartbreak…

My name is Evelyn Flynn and I’m going to tell you about the crack in everything.

A Crack in Everything is Book #1 in L.H. Cosway’s Cracks duet.

Thoughts: I think it was the pretty cover that drew me to this one. The summary isn’t usually the sort of book I’d go for…I think the whole ‘inner city Dublin’ part is making me want to get to know the characters, they sound really interesting!

    LINKS

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Release Date: January 30th 2018
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

Thoughts: This book got me by surprise. I was expecting the usually speak of a summary, but this sounds interesting that I am very tempted to buy it just to see what it’s all about. I think the notion of “the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set” that I am hooked…maybe this one won’t be like a cliche Yes that have flooded the market…we can only keep our finger crossed till January 30th!

The Christmas of Books!

I ended up getting involved in Secret Santa and we have to buy one another books from a wish list that we’ve made and only €20 to spend. I thought it was a good idea, so I agreed to do it.

Now though? I’m back to being a bookworm. I have a good handful of book that I need to get through and to start off 2017 reviews but I also have another huge 100+ long list of books that I am dying to buy.

It’s just- why is there so many books to choose from? There’s not enough time or money and it’s all down to you on whether you pick a good book or waste your time on a bad book. Then you try and keep up with all the new titles coming out and it’s enough to scare the normal sane person away from reading.

In 2016, I read 11 books, four of which were short and a few of them I ended up DNF-ing because they didn’t hold me.

I have about 20-ish books already to read for 2017 and I’m aiming to read 50. I’m going to try and post regular updates again on here with reviews, cover reveals and what not.

I cleaned up my bookshelves this morning, first thing. It was kinda weird. I opened my eyes and immediately got to cleaning my shelves without pre-meditating it.

Now because my little bookworm has come back to life after a good 2 years of hibernations; I’m asking everyone to buy me book for Christmas.

Here’s my Goodreads.

My July/August TBR Pile

I went years without finishing a single book, well I probably did finish book, but books weren’t anywhere near my thoughts throughout the last few years.

I bought Angelfall in June 2015 and still hadn’t completed it in June 2016- let’s just say I recently demolished it in one sitting.

I also made a Goodreads account in June 2015, and I’ve only written 7 reviews. 3 of those were written in 2016…. yea, it was bad. I forgot about the giddiness and excitement of starting a new book, especially a new series and even when I don’t like book one I still continue on just to find out what happens.

Here’s my TBR pile:

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I’m trying to stay around 20 books and only allow myself to buy a new book when I finish one of these. But, even right now, I’m waiting for another 2 books [the last 2 in the Penryn and End of Days Series.]

If you want to friend me on Goodreads, account is HERE

Harry reading everyone!!!

 

 

Chapter Lengths

I was reading a book when I was stopped in my tracks by the length of the chapters.

They’re tiny!

I went to my own book and figured by what I’ve written compared per-page to a chapter, that a ‘chapter’ is about 2,500 words.

This is not what I wanted to hear.

My chapters tend to go from anywhere between 4,000 – 6,000 words long, and I’ve started thinking of breaking what I have into smaller chapters.

This would bring my book from 17 to about 40 chapters if I break them up where the scene changes or if they would naturally be book chapter.

So readers and writers, Do you like longer or bite-size chapters? 

Bookshops are losing out.

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I’ve spent the last 20-minutes of my life searching for books on my to-read 2016 pile. There was five in total, wouldn’t you have thought that at least one of the bookshops in Dublin would have one of the books?

Nope…zilch…zero

I could- if I really wanted to- ring them up and ask for them to get it in, but why when I’m already on my laptop and a quick google search to the Bookdepository get’s me cheaper-than-usual paperbacks and all the books that I’m looking for.

Bookshops moan and complain that big online sites such as Amazon are taking away their business or they’re being squished by Kindle and Ebooks, but how about having a system in place that allows readers in search of physical books that they can order online.

I know you can walk into the store and ask them to get a book in. I did this while in the grips of a series when I was 14, but am I really going to go out of my way to go to a bookstore just to tell them to order a book in? Nope.

The Bookdepository just got €50 from me, and I’m already planning on going there to get new releases when they come out in 2016. I feel slightly let down, because the whole experience of walking around looking for the right book, to then flick through the pages won’t be there. But I’d rather have the books than to go on a cat-and-mouse trip to find them.

Self-published? I want your book!

Hi writers!

I know how hard it is to get your book out, it’s even harder when you don’t have the money to spend on fancy review tours or pay to do giveaways, so I’m here to help!!

No matter when you read this message, if you have a self-published book, I want to read it!

If it comes in hard copy, even better, I’ll buy the physical copy to treasure forever and forever! If it’s an ebook I’ll download it before the new year [I’m doing a no ebook 2016]

So, do you think you got a book for me to love in 2016? Send me all the details in my contact form Here.