Wednesday, 30 November 2011

My book boyfriend #28

I read Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James last week and CANNOT stop thinking about Christian aka Fifty see my why I fell in love with Fifty post here. You guys NEED to read these books they are steamy hot and Fifty is to die for!!!

Reasons why I love Fifty:
1. He's a hot young billionaire CEO.
2. He's a complete alpha male control freak. *fans self*
3. Despite this, Ana changes changes him.
4. Due to a traumatic childhood he is frightened of being touched on his chest.
5. The email exchanges between Fifty and Ana had me literally cracking up.
6. He says "Laters Baby" in an ironic kinda way.

"But, here's the thing- one moment you say "don't defy me," the next you say you liked to be challenged. That's a very fine line to tread successfully.
He gazes at me for a moment, then frowns.
"I can see that. But you seem to be doing fine so far"
"But at what personal cost? I'm tied up in knots here."
"I like you tied up in knots" he smirks.
"That's not what I meant" I splash him in exasperation.
He gazes down at me, arching an eyebrow.
"Did you just splash me?"
"Yes." Holy shit... that look.
"Oh, Miss Steele." He grabs me and pulls me into his lap, sloshing water all over the floor. "I think we've done enough talking now."

"But I'm a selfish man. I've wanted you since you fell into my office. You are exquisite, honest, warm, strong, witty, beguilingly innocent; the list is endless. I am in awe of you. I want you, and the thought of anyone else having you is like a knife twisting in my dark soul."

"He looks up, gazing at me, his expression is disconcerted, alarmed even. Placing his hands on either side of my face, he holds my head in place.
"You. Are. Mine" he says, each word a staccato. "Do you understand?" He's so earnest, so impassioned- a zealot. The force of his plea is so unexpected and disarming. I wonder why he's feeling like this.
"Yes, yours," I whisper, derailed by his fervor. 

Hands up if you love a tortured alpha male who is changed by the love of a good woman??? Seriously, if you liked Barrons and Curran then Fifty is the guy for you. Thanks to the model Steve Boyd for smouldering for me today.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Why I feel in love with Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades #1
E.L. James
Publication date: 26th May
My rating: 5 out of 5

When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.
The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her - but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey's singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.
Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?

Without a shadow of a doubt Fifty Shades of Grey is my best Kindle buy EVER! I'd seen it mentioned in a few on my wish list posts and after reading the blurb I just knew I had to "add to cart." I do love the occasional hot and steamy book but it needs to have a PLOT for me to really love it, endless sex scenes do get a bit boring after a while. I wouldn't describe Fifty Shades of Grey as erotica I thought it was more of a romance with a hint of delicious spice.

Since finishing Fifty Shades I read the sequel Fifty Shades Darker and then went back to re-read Fifty Shades again I COULD NOT not stop thinking about it. If you haven't read it this probably won't make much sense to you but I just wanted to highlight this book's AWESOMENESS!!!!!

Things I can't get out of my head after reading Fifty Shades:

1. Fifty himself. He's a bit of an alpha male (and we all know how much I appreciate an alpha male), he's a powerful multi gazillionaire, he's in his twenties and is never pictured with any trophy girlfriends at charity doo's. He prefers to keep his "relationships" behind closed doors- the doors of his playroom to be exact, where he is the master.

2. Grey ties. Seriously, never again will I be able to look at a grey tie without giggling to myself and daydreaming about Ana and Fifty at her graduation ceremony.

3. The contract. In particular Ana's horror at some of the things on the contract drawn up by Fifty. Exercising four days a week??? I loved Ana's snarky answer that she expects him to be keeping her well exercised anyway.

4. The email exchanges. God they made me laugh..

   From: Anastasia Steele
   Subject: Burning the Midnight Oil
   Date: May 24 2011. 00:10
   To: Christian Grey

   If you recall, I was going through the list when I was distracted and bedded by
   a passing control freak.

5. Steamy lift encounters. As Fifty himself said what is it about lifts??

6. Laters Baby. I can't stop saying it and no one knows what the hell I'm on about...

I could go on and on and on..... But I won't, just go buy it you will not regret it.

Obviously I will be having Fifty as my book boyfriend post this week so pop back later for some of my favourite quotes and probably some very yummy pictures.

Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey? Does it sound like your kind of book?
I'm desperate to know!

Review: Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie

Wolf Spring Chronicles #1
Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
Random House
Publication date: 1st December 2011
My rating: 3.5 out of 5

When Katelyn starts at her new school the only person she knows is the handsome and intriguing Trick Sokolov, an acquaintance of her grandfather. She's surprised when the popular Cordelia Fenner invites her home and when she meets Cordelia's hot brother, she begins to think her new life might be ok after all. But as she spends time with the family, she realises that the Fenners are harbouring a deep dark secret. Every bone in Katelyn's body tells her that the Fenners are mad, bad and dangerous to know - but how can she give up her only friend, and how can she ignore the way Justin sets her blood on fire with a single look? Katelyn finds herself caught between three major werewolf clans who have been at war with each other for centuries - a war, it seems, that Katelyn is destined to end.

When her mother dies suddenly Katelyn is forced to move to Wolf Springs Arkansas to live with her grandfather in a cottage out in the middle of the creepy woods where a local girl was recently murdered in bizarre circumstances. Her rather gruff grandfather who usually only has his shotgun for company immediately warns Katelyn not to go out in the dark at any cost but won't exactly tell her who or what is out there in the woods. So, pretty much right away you just know that Wolf Springs Arkansas is no ordinary little backwater town with ordinary people living their ordinary lives, it's a place full of secrets and with the town being called WOLF Springs you don't really need to be a rocket scientist to work out what's lurking in the woods.

Katelyn's newly found friend's seem to be a little unusual too. Cordelia can beat the boys in gym without breaking a sweat (hmmmmm could she be a ?) and Cordelia's cousin Justin the bad boy biker who despite already having a girlfriend/mate seems to have some very strange and compelling chemistry with Katelyn (hmmmm imprinting perhaps?) Equally, Katelyn's ride to school the very yummy Trick who has her grandfather's seal of approval and seems to be equally as protective, seems to have his own secrets.

For all it's obviousness I actually quite enjoyed Unleashed in all it's howling at the moon, atmospheric glory although it took a while for the paranormal bit to really kick in. There's loads of suspense and tension, plenty of opportunities to shout "stay in the car" and "don't go into the woods" and there's some very strange men banging drums in the middle of the woods on a retreat trying to unleash their "inner wolf". With an OMG ending and numerous questions still unanswered I know I will be looking out for the next installment!

Thanks to Random House Children's books for sending me an early copy to review.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Review: Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Kiss of Frost
Mythos Academy #2
Jennifer Estep
Publication date: 29th November 2011
My rating: 5 out of 5

Logan Quinn was try­ing to kill me. My Spar­tan class­mate relent­lessly pur­sued me, swing­ing his sword at me over and over again, the shin­ing sil­ver blade inch­ing closer to my throat every time. A smile tugged up his lips, and his ice-blue eyes prac­ti­cally glowed with the thrill of battle.

I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Acad­emy, and I have no idea how I’m going to sur­vive the rest of the semes­ter. One day, I’m get­ting schooled in sword­play by the guy who broke my heart—the drop-dead gor­geous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invis­i­ble archer in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties decides to use me for tar­get prac­tice. And now, I find out that some­one at the acad­emy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword—with Logan’s help—I just might die by the sword...

I absolutely loved the first book in the Mythos Academy series Touch of Frost and was beyond excited to get my hands on Kiss of Frost before it's release date of the 29th of November from Jennifer Estep herself (squeeeee). I read, no devoured Kiss of Frost in one sitting, literally not moving until I'd finished it and then I re-read it the next day it was that good.

Gwen is still trying to find her place at Mythos Academy she's still seen by the majority of the rich kid warriors as "that weird Gypsy girl" but as the Goddess Nike's Champion Gwen is now being trained to defend herself by Logan the very yummy Spartan she had a few moments with in the first installment.

When strange things start to happen around her it becomes clear that someone or something wants Gwen dead. Gwen wants to be a worthy champion like her mum and grandmother before her and doesn't want to always be relying on others to save her so keeps quiet about the incidents and tries to figure it all out by herself.

I love the character of Gwen, she's got such a lot to live up to as Nike's Champion and being surrounded by strong warriors with lightening reflexes all the time can't be easy (especially when you're failing gym) but she's resourceful and has the added help of her newly developed touch magic powers to assist her. Equally, I adored the tormented moments between Gwen and Logan as they battle against their feelings for each other. We get to find out a little bit more about Logan's painful secret that he seems determined to keep from Gwen but he's still a delicious mystery and I for one can not resist his bad boy protector with a heart of gold charm.

If you haven't read the first installment Touch of Frost go buy it right away and while you are at it buy Kiss of Frost too. The mystery will keep you guessing, the action will keep you at the edge of your seat and Logan well, Logan will keep you swooning. Mythos Academy is definitely one of my favourite YA series out there right now.

In my mailbox #33

In my mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren

I bought
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (review to follow)
The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly

From Net Galley

Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione (review to follow)
New Girl by Paige Harbison
The Princess of Iowa by M. Molly Backes

For my kindle I bought

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie
Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker by EL James

I've read all three, Argggghhhh I COULD NOT put them down they were all hot! I can't get Fifty and Travis out of my head!!!! Hence the excessive use of exclamation marks!!!!!!

What was in your mailbox this week?

Saturday, 26 November 2011

On my wishlist

On my wishlist is hosted by Book Chick City
I found two very yummy covers this week when checking out books to be released in 2012 on Goodreads, I am ALWAYS tempted by a yummy cover and the hint of a bad boy....
A Devil Named Desire
The Devil's Bargain #2
Terri Garey
Publication date: 24th Jan 2012

Forbidden fruit is always the sweetest...

...and no one knows that better than Sammy Divine, High Prince of Darkness. Once an angel, now cast down, Sammy's out to prove he's not the only angel who can be led into temptation...

Hope Henderson's sister has disappeared without a trace, and Hope will do anything to find her--even make a deal with the Devil. An ancient text holds the key to unspeakable power, and it's the Archangel Gabriel's job to make sure it stays hidden, even if he has to become human to do it. Lives, love and the fate of the world hang in the balance, as Hope and Gabriel learn that when passion's involved, it may be impossible to withstand a devil named desire.

I read the first in the series and really enjoyed it so when I saw this cover with his too tight and very wet looking shirt I realised this is the very book for me.

Eternal Wolf Clan #1
Stephanie Tyler
Publication date: 6th March 2012

The full moon is their mistress. They are predators of pleasure and pain. Feared by humans, envied by werewolves, the Dire Wolves are immortal shifters, obeying no laws but their own bestial natures. Once they were many, but now only six remain, a dangerous wolfpack forever on the hunt…

Rifter leads the pack, embracing the lifestyle and ethics of an outlaw biker even as he battles an ancient enemy who has become a new, powerful force. But with his Brother Wolf raging inside him, howling to be unleashed, he needs to satisfy his hungers. And when he meets a drop-dead gorgeous blonde drinking alone in a bar that caters to both human and inhuman, Rifter’s primal instinct is to claim her.

Gwen has her own desires, long unfulfilled. She hopes a passionate night with the leather-clad, Harley-riding biker will ease her suffering. The seizures that have wracked her body her entire life are incurable—and they’re killing her.
But none of that will matter if Rifter can’t stop the growing threat to them all–trappers who are determined to enslave humankind and use the Dire wolves as part of their nefarious plan

Biker werewolves howling to be unleashed??? I am sooooo there. Isn't the cover to die for? Clearly being a werewolf = no need to wear a shirt and for that I am eternally grateful.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Review: Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors

Mad Love
Suzanne Selfors
Publication date: 6th June 2011
Guest review by Pauline

Writing her own love story could drive a girl insane!
When you’re the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, life should be pretty good. But 16-year-old Alice Amorous has been living a lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness. After putting on a brave front for months, time is running out. The next book is overdue, and the Queen can’t write it. Alice needs a story for her mother—and she needs one fast. That’s when she meets Errol, a strange boy who claims to be Cupid, who insists that Alice write about the greatest love story in history: his tragic relationship with Psyche. As Alice begins to hear Errol’s voice in her head and see things she can’t explain, she must face the truth—that she’s either inherited her mother’s madness, or Errol is for real

Set in Seattle, Alice,the daughter of best selling romantic author, Belinda Amorous, is desperately trying to conceal the fact that her mother has mental health issues from the world and more importantly her avid admirers. Alice has sacrificed a normal teenage life to manage her mother's secret and affairs, ranging from book signings and fending off publisher's requests for a follow up novel, while her mother secretly receives treatment in an exclusive hospital. It all becomes too much for Alice when the publisher threatens to withhold the advance payment which Alice so badly needs to pay Belinda's outstanding and ongoing expensive medical fees - which means going public and undoing all the good work of the doctors.  And to complicate things further, Alice falls for a boy who passes her house each day and just when she thinks things can't get any worse, she meets Errol, a strange yet intriguing boy, who claims he's Cupid and that he has chosen Alice to write his real story for the world to know.  But time is a factor - not only for the publisher's deadline but also for Errol, who needs to tell Alice his story before its too late.  Is this the answer to Alice's prayers or the start of a new nightmare?...

This is a book which absolutely sits at the teenage girl market, but I enjoyed it because I was able to read it easily and totally fall into the story! It tells a really sweet story, tinged with a touch of mystery and intrigue. The author portrayed Alice and her predicament so well that you totally related to her every word, thought and emotion and as a result I found myself gripped.  I read this book on holiday and it was a total switch off from the craziness around me.

Guest reviewer Pauline lives in Glasgow with her husband and two sons. As a typical busy working mum she don't get much time to be a serious reader, and therefore hasn't a preferred genre, but instead uses reading as a way to unwind before bedtime. However having reached the ripe old age of Forty she was keen to try new types of books and was more than happy to provide some guest reviews for My keeper shelf.
Pauline and Lesley actually work together and are often found mid afternoon raiding the chocolate machine at work, having cups of tea and swearing loudly in a random manner.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

My book boyfriend # 27

My book boyfriend is hosted by the amazing Missie @ The Unread Reader

My book boyfriend this week is the lovely Nathan from Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson.

Reasons why I fell a little bit in love with Nathan:
- He's a Maths major (I don't "do" maths myself so I'm always in awe of other who can).
- He plays the guitar with no shirt on (always a winner in my book)
- He is the nice guy room mate of Andrew the god awful boyfriend of the main character Leigh.
- He drives from California to Arizona to help Leigh out at Thanksgiving. (Now I'm not any good at geography either but isn't that a long way?)

"It wasn't just Nathan's timing that took me aback. He had answered the door wearing only a pair of low-slung jeans, his chest bare except for the acoustic guitar strapped across it. I'm loyal to Andrew but let me tell you Nathan has a nice chest."

"Nathan's Summer Mix," I read sliding it out of it's pocket.
"It's not summer, but this should be good"
"Hey no-" Nathan said, reaching for the CD, but it was already in the player. His hand dropped away even as the first foot-stomping, hand clapping beat of Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" filled the car.
"What-" I started to ask, but then I just cracked up laughing.
"Hollaback Girl? Really?"
If Nathan had looked a little uncomfertable before, now he looked downright embarrassed.
"My sister made it for me okay?" he said.
"Whatever you say," I said, holding up my hands in a mock gesture of surrender. 

"I'm in love with you..."
Finally he smiled.
"You have no idea," he said "how much I've thought about you saying that."
And then he did what I hadn't had the nerve to do. He pushed his hands in my hair, and kissed me. 

Isn't actor Matt Lanter super cute in his little woolly hat? Mmmmm, I think I will take him to go please!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Saving June by Hannah Harrington Giveaway

Today finally sees the release of the A-MAZING Saving June by Hannah Harrington in the UK, check out my gushing review here, I loved it so much I want to give copies away out on the street but I have to go to work and people in the streets of Glasgow are likely to think I am deranged, so instead I will give away a copy here.

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* Giveaway ends 29th November 2011

Monday, 21 November 2011

Review: As I wake by Elizabeth Scott

As I Wake
Elizabeth Scott
Dutton Books
Publication date: 15th September 2011
My rating: 3 out of 5

Ava is welcomed home from the hospital by a doting mother, lively friends, and a crush finally beginning to show interest. There's only one problem: Ava can't remember any of them - and can't shake the eerie feeling that she's not who they say she is.
Ava struggles to break through her amnesiac haze as she goes through the motions of high-school life, but the memories that surface take place in a very different world, where Ava and familiar-faced friends are under constant scrutiny and no one can be trusted. Ava doesn't know what to make of these visions, or of the boy who is at the center of them all, until he reappears in her life and offers answers . . . but only in exchange for her trust

As I Wake is a very strange sort of book. Like the main character Ava I really struggled in the beginning to to work out what was going on so in that sense Elizabeth Scott did an amazing job of making Ava's confusion completely realistic. Despite being ultra confused I was gripped enough by the potential of the story to want to continue reading and figure it all out. If I'm honest, I'm not exactly sure if I did really get it though!

Ava wakes up in hospital confused with what seems like complete memory loss, she only vaguely recognises the woman who claims to be her mother and very slowly little pieces of information come back to her which suggest her life was completely different, as in parallel universe different, where she lived in a very dystopian state. Ava also has a vague memory of her school friends but from the parallel world where their characters were completely different. Ava starts to realise in this other world she lived frugally as a listener, and that she was responsible for listening and recording the every movement of a young man called Morgan who may or may not have posed a threat to the state.

As Ava starts to piece her memories including her connection to Morgan together she realises she is in real danger and that the nice parallel universe she has found herself in might actually be taken away from her but can she live without Morgan who doesn't belong to this universe?

Overall despite my confusion (which lasted right to the end!) there was something about As I Wake that made me want to finish it. Very strange and yet strangely readable.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

In my mailbox # 32

In my mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren

I wasn't expecting to actually have an IMM post this week as I thought I would only have one book but at the last minute I ended up with some really amazing books sent to me by some really amazing people so I wanted to show them off and say a big giant thank you:)

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
An early birthday present from the lovely Carina @ Fictional Distraction
I've been dying to read this!

Avenger's Angel by Heather Killough-Walden
An early Christmas Present from the awesome Donna @ Book Passion for Life
Major re-shuffling of my TBR pile methinks.

Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden
A RAK from my Aussie pal C.J. Duggan
C.J. thought this was the perfect book for me, it's an Aussie classic so I know I will love it.

Thank you so much ladies you are all A-MAZING.


For review
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

I bought (to feed my Aussie YA obsession)
All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield
I wanted this badly after seeing a guest post on Carla @ The Crooked Shelf
seriously fantastic Aussie YA month

Have a great week everybody.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

On my wishlist

On my wishlist is hosted by Book Chick City

My wishlist is a bit YA- tastic this week:)

Second Chance Summer
Morgan Matson
Publication date: 8th May 2012

Taylor's family might not be the closest-knit – everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled – but for the most part, they get along fine. Then Taylor's dad gets devastating news that changes everything. Her parents decide that the family will spend the summer together at their old vacation home in the Pocono Mountains.
Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former summer best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend. . . and he's much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
As the summer progresses, the Edwards become more of a family, and closer than they’ve ever been before. But all of them are very aware that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance – with family, with friends, and with love.

I'm hoping this will be as good as Amy & Rodger's Epic Detour which I absolutely loved, the blurb sounds good and I like a bit of second chance love.

Dark Kiss
Nightwatchers #1
Michelle Rowen
Publication date: 5th June 2012

After her soul is stolen in a kiss, a 16-year-old must join a force of demons and angels to protect humanity from an immortal threat.

Not much of a blurb so far but the cover really caught my eye, I love the Elvis hair-doo and the feathery wings.

A Want So Wicked
A Need So Beautiful #2
Suzanne Young
Expected publication: 26th June 2012

Elise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is.

After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose affect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates.

Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?

I'm such a cover lover, pretty covers pull me in everytime. I enjoyed the first in the series so I'm sure I will be buying this nearer the time.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Review: After Obsession by Carrie Jones

After Obsession
Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel
Publication date: 13th September 2011
Guest review by Pauline

Aimee and Alan have secrets. Both teens have unusual pasts and abilities they prefer to keep hidden. But when they meet each other, in a cold Maine town, they can't stop their secrets from spilling out. Strange things have been happening lately, and they both feel that something-or someone- is haunting them. They're wrong. Despite their unusual history and powers, it's neither Aimee nor Alan who is truly haunted. It's Alan's cousin Courtney who, in a desperate plea to find her missing father, has invited a demon into her life-and into her body. Only together can Aimee and Alan exorcise the ghost. And they have to move quickly, before it devours not just Courtney but everything around her.

Aimee and Alan are teenagers whose paths cross in Maine when Alan and his mother move to the area to live with his Aunt and cousin, Courtney, whose father has mysteriously disappeared. Courtney, traumatised by the unexplained disappearance of her father, is best friends with Aimee, who has her own secrets and sorrows from the past. As the story progresses Alan and Aimee are drawn together by a haunted feeling of darkness, and they soon realise that a demon, taking advantage of her feelings of overwhelming loss, is haunting and consuming Courtney, leading Alan and Aimee to vow to free Courtney from the demon before it fully takes her over, and forcing each of them to face up to their own demons from their pasts.

The story itself is quite predictable, but I really liked the way in which the writer has alternate chapters telling the story from Aimee and Alan's different perspectives.  Initially I was frustrated by the "immature" tone of the conversation between the two main characters, as it often made parts quite difficult to read, but I gradually appreciated that it was representative of the teenage conversations that would take place, and probably would be easily read by a younger reader!  The descriptive language was really well done in parts and I often found myself quite spooked  but in others it was over-kill and I tended to skip over these parts to get back to the story.  Enjoyable read but to be honest quite bland.

Guest reviewer Pauline lives in Glasgow with her husband and two sons. As a typical busy working mum she don't get much time to be a serious reader, and therefore hasn't a preferred genre, but instead uses reading as a way to unwind before bedtime. However having reached the ripe old age of Forty she was keen to try new types of books and was more than happy to provide some guest reviews for My keeper shelf.
Pauline and Lesley actually work together and are often found mid afternoon raiding the chocolate machine at work, having cups of tea and swearing loudly in a random manner.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Review: Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Everneath #1
Brodi Ashton
Harper Collins
Publication date: 24th Jan 2012
My rating: 4 out of 5

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...

I got a really good feeling about this book just a few chapters in, I just knew I was going to really love it and I was right. Everneath was imaginative, tense, romantic and unputdownable it's a seriously amazing debut novel and well worth a 5 out of 5 rating.

Seventeen year old Becks wakes up in the underworld known as the Everneath and finds she has been a willing human sacrifice for the immortal (and bad boy) Cole who feeds off human emotions in the 100 year feed. It's the memory of her ex-boyfriend Jack that wills Becks back to the surface where only 6 months have passed. Becks wants to see her boyfriend and remaining family before she is dragged back in 6 months to the tunnels in the Everneath.

Everneath cleverly weaves the story of  the 6 month countdown of  Beck's remaining time on the surface with flashbacks of the events that led to Becks making the decision to willingly become Cole's human sacrifice. Both stories literally had me at the edge of my seat as the tension seems to build equally from both stories.

I started off very much on "team Cole" he's dark, dangerous and a big bit irresistible. Cole's like a drug to Becks, as an immortal he can literally take away the pain a person is feeling which is exactly what Becks wants at that point in her life as she battles real feelings of sorrow and desperation. But like any drug Cole sucks the life out of a person until they are a shadow of their former self. As the story unfolded I found myself moving to the "team Jack" camp, he never gave up on Becks in the six month period and its his love for her that wills Becks to continue to fight and survive. It was completely break your heart fantastic.

Everneath really sucked me in, for me it was a story about forgiveness and the power of love and the romantic in me loved it to bits. I was kept guessing right to the end- and what an ending!! I'm really looking forward to what the next installment will bring. Amazing debut.

Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins for the opportunity to read Everneath before it's publication on the 24th of January 2012.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

My book boyfriend # 26

My book boyfriend is hosted by the amazing Missie @ The Unread Reader
My book boyfriend this week is the very cute bassist Sean from Tara Kelly's Amplified. I have a huge weakness for rock gods, especially if they are all tattooed and sweaty.... OK back to business.

Sean aka Clover (he has a blue clover tattoo on his forearm as he's half Irish) is the band C-Slide's bassist he works in a garage repairing cars and is studying marine biology. He's a little bit grumpy at first as his ex girlfriend ran off with the band's last guitarist but there's a real spark between Jasmine and Sean and they live in the same house with the rest of the band, cue sexy times!

"He emerged from the shop dressed in a blue shirt with the sleeves rolled up. His dark chestnut hair stuck up in places, like he'd wrestled with his clothes. Despite the barbell through his eyebrow and the glare, his face was sweet- what I would call boyishly cute. Too bad he had the charm of a housefly."

"When I opened my door, my eye's met Sean's. He was coming out of the bathroom, looking annoyingly cute with disheveled hair and blue -plaid pajama bottoms. I looked away when I realised the ensemble didn't include a shirt.
"I didn't know you were still up" he said, sounding almost apologetic.
"Well, I can't really sleep, because um..." I nodded at Bryan's bedroom.
He chuckled. "Get used to it"
I figured we were done until he started walking towards me. Don't stare, don't stare, my mind screamed. But my eyes didn't listen. They focused on the tattoo encircling his left arm. Quarter notes and barbed wire."

"He was the first guy I actually wanted to kiss.
Which kind of scared the shit out of me.

Our breaths quickened and my hands slid under his shirt. We'd yet to come up for air, but stopping would be awkward. We might actually have to talk about what we were doing.

"Yow!" a guy called behind us. "Go for it dude."
Someone else laughed.
We pulled apart. Moment ruined.
The voices came from two boys- probably around fourteen. They ran off when Sean glared over his shoulder at them.
"Little bastards," he said."

Thanks to Bobby Hick for being my rock god this week (I don't know who or what he is I just liked his pictures) isn't his jumper in picture two something else! I think it might be a "Christmas jumper" You can check out my review of Amplified here.