These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.

Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.

Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Review: Infinity

Infinity Infinity by Anna Bloom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Infinity is the final book in Anna Bloom’s Gravity series, and whilst it was an enjoyable read, it wasn’t my favourite in the series.

I became a fan of Anna Bloom earlier this year and have been working my way through her books. I really enjoyed her standalone novel The Game and her Truth About Love series. The Gravity series was on my to-read list as I was super interested in seeing how her young adult science fiction played out. The first book in the series was an enjoyable read but it wasn’t all I had hoped it would be. The second book in the series was a lot more enjoyable. This final book was enjoyable, but it wasn’t quite as wonderful as the second book.

Infinity is a much shorter read than the prior books in the series, allowing you to complete it in no time at all. It’s very much a book of providing answers, one of bringing everything together. There have been so many questions posed throughout the first two books, and this one works to give us all the answers whilst providing an entertaining read.

Whilst some of the answers were a bit on the predictable side, there were plenty of twists thrown in throughout the book to keep you guessing. These answers help the world to come into vivid colour, giving us small details that are wonderful to find out.

Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t completely happy with everything. I felt as though some of the choices made by the characters were a bit on the silly side, and they left me feeling as though it was just a way to play out certain scenes. I enjoyed watching all of these scenes unfold, but I did feel as though it took the attention away from the war that was supposed to be going on. Considering this book brought so much together, I would have liked for there to be more war scenes throughout the story.

Overall, this was a nice conclusion to the series. It wasn’t quite a four star rating – it was more of a three-point-five star rounded up – but I did enjoy watching how everything came together.

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Review: Velocity

Velocity Velocity by Anna Bloom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Since finding myself a fan of Anna Bloom’s work, the Gravity series has been a must read for me. I love Anna Bloom’s contemporary work – The Game being my favourite, The Truth About Love being my gateway drug, and her other work sitting on my Kindle begging to be read – yet I was intrigued by her young adult science fiction. It was something different and I was curious to see how it played out.

In all honesty, I did not enjoy Gravity as much as I had hoped. It was a decent enough read, but it failed to pack the same punch as my prior Anna Bloom reads. It was a three-point-five star rating, one I rounded down to three stars. Nevertheless, I was curious to see how things played out in the second book. It wasn’t simply the cliff-hanger of an ending – although that did play a big part – but the fact that I’d been pulled into the world.

Without a doubt, I enjoyed Velocity a lot more than I enjoyed Gravity. There was a lot more provided in Velocity, giving us a number of answers, whilst leaving us with enough questions to leave us curious as to how the final book plays out. In fact, Velocity took the things I enjoyed most about Gravity and made them stronger.

In Velocity, we dive deeper into the world of the stars. We get a better understanding of the powers they possess and the way in which the world works. There are still some contemporary aspects to deal with early in the book, but they quickly fade as the science fiction element takes over. Moreover, having read book one, I found it easier to accept the science fiction in this story. I still found myself ranting slightly when the science did not match up with real life, but reading book one allowed me to understand this one better.

In case you didn’t realise it by now, you need to read book one first. The two are very closely linked, and to understand Velocity you need to first read Gravity. This is not a series of standalone novels; this is a closely linked trilogy.

In addition to developing a better understanding of the science fiction elements, we also get a better understanding of the characters. New elements are thrown into this story, and although I felt as though some elements were a bit on the predictable side, I did enjoy the added depth in this story. I would have liked for the ending to play out a bit differently – I found myself rolling my eyes at the aforementioned predictability and how the ending felt a bit clichéd because of it – but I know it will play in strongly with the final book.

Overall, I’m super excited to pick up the final book in this addictive trilogy. Once again, I dived straight into the next book, desperate to see how everything plays out. Whilst the series may not have started out the way I had hoped, it’s certainly growing stronger as I work my way through the books.

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Review: Gravity

Gravity Gravity by Anna Bloom
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This year I’ve found myself becoming somewhat of an Anna Bloom fan. The Truth About Love series was wonderful, one I found myself devouring. The Game was even more amazing, providing an addictive read I needed to complete in a single sitting. Other Anna Bloom books are sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read, namely the Love and Loss books. One that always stood out to me, however, was the Gravity series.

Anna Bloom is best known for her contemporary romance, and I was intrigued to see how her foray into young adult science fiction played out. I find it can sometimes be a case of hit or miss when authors try something outside of their area of expertise, yet the notion of Gravity really grabbed me.

Although I did not enjoy Gravity to quite the same level as I enjoyed my other Anna Bloom reads, I did find it to be an enjoyable book. In all honesty, my rating is more of a three-point-five star rating than a three star rating. I spent a while debating whether I was to give it a three star rating or a four star rating, but in the end I opted to round down because I feel as though the potential for the next books will guarantee an easy four star rating.

Gravity grabbed me because of the premise of the story – the fact our characters are stars. Had I not walked down the psychology path, I’d like to believe my destiny would have been in the stars (in other words, astronomy is something I’m super interested in). I love a good science fiction read, but I cannot think of many books where our characters are stars. It grabbed me and I wanted to know more, curious as to how such a thing would play out.

Although there is a very clear science fiction element to this story, I feel as though a lot of the more contemporary issues were giving more attention than was necessary. We’re always dealing with the issues surrounding the science fiction elements of the story, but at the same time we’re dealing with the banalities of young adult life. We have so many scenes of school, and even though they’re mixed in with all the science fiction drama, I found myself wishing the school stuff would take a back seat.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the science fiction stuff. It was so interesting, and I’ve been left with so many questions. There were a few points where I had to silence the astronomer within – I had to remind myself that science fiction did not always match up with the facts – but for the most part I was really intrigued by what was going on. I simply wish we have delved deeper into the details, I wish we’d been given a bit more. It is wonderful to leave you interested in the series, but I favour having more solid information by the end of the first book in such a series.

Nevertheless, I did enjoy this one. It grabs the attention and leaves you intrigued as to what comes next – meaning it should be no surprise to find out I jumped straight into book two.

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Blog Tour: The Gravity Series.


Series title. The Gravity Series
Individual titles. Gravity, Velocity, Infinity
Genre, YA Paranormal

Gravity Blurb
They are calling it the End of Days. The world is plunging into darkness, the days growing shorter and the nights longer. Meteor showers are falling to the earth and there are some who would take advantage of the growing darkness.
For sixteen-year-old Bronte Bell, her problems are closer to home. Since her birthday she's become weaker, her bones breaking, her hair falling out and plagued with constant migraines. No one can explain why. Until a mysterious new boy arrives and tells her that everything is not as it seems. She is not what she seems.
Drawn into a war that divides the sky, Bronte is torn between her desire to save the world and her growing connection with Nick. But she will have to let go of reality as she knows it, if she is to accept her role in destiny before the Hunter, who has been tracking her since birth, finds and destroys any chance she has of making the choice which is her birthright to make.
Her destiny will change everything.

Velocity Blurb
Life for sixteen-year-old Bronte Bell has fallen apart around her—the man who raised her as his own is the enemy, the boy she loves is a Star, and her high school nemesis is her sister, and the other last star child. Life for Bronte couldn’t get much more complicated.
Except, she can’t remember a thing.
Willing to do whatever it takes to protect her; the Stars have secreted Bronte away in a glamoured life; one where she’s just a normal teenager with normal teenager problems. But piece by piece, and with the help of an unlikely ally, the truth unravels as the pull between Bronte and Nick refuses to extinguish. Only Nick has a secret—one that could change everything.
Will the fate of destiny fall with the full force of velocity?

Infinity Blurb
Bronte Bell is the last of the Star children, the last of her race, but there are those that would see her kind eradicated in a long running battle for darkness over the sky.
On her own and lost in space and time Bronte must try to find her own path towards her destiny while uncovering the truth about who she really is. When one discovery finds her at odds with her partnered soul, Nick, and fighting a broken heart, will Bronte be able to keep battling her way to the truth so long withheld.
With forces closing in, and friendships shattered in a war to destroy the world, Bronte must discover the true meaning of Infinity before she can fulfil her destiny and save those she loves.
But in war, freedom comes a price. Will it be a price she is willing to pay?

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Author Bio

A book hoarder and coffee addict by heart Anna Bloom loves to write extraordinary stories about real love. Based south of London with her husband, three children and a dog with a beard, Anna likes to connect with readers, fan girl over her favourite authors and binge watch Supernatural while drinking lots of wine.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Cover Reveal: All Or Nothing.

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All or Nothing an all-new, steamy MM romance by Felice Stevens is coming October 3rd!

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All or Nothing by Felice Stevens Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017 Genre: Contemporary MM Romance
Cover Designer: Reese Dante
Photographer: Golden Czermak of FuriousFotog
A past he couldn’t forget
Adam Barton is living his dream of working as a firefighter in his small Texas town, but a tragedy from his youth continues to haunt him. He decides New York City is the perfect place to start a new life and joins the FDNY, living and loving his own way—no strings and nothing personal. Until he catches sight of Rico Estevez, the sexy chef with the mysterious smile who rocks his world. After one explosive night together, Adam craves another….And then another. The more he and Rico are together, the more Adam wants him.
A future he never imagined
Rico Estevez is living a lie. For years he’s hidden his sexuality, afraid to hurt the career of his politically ambitious father. He’s the perfect American―the best schools, top of his class and most importantly, to his father, a successful businessman. Who needs a boyfriend when sex is so easy to find? Starting a torrid love affair with Adam Barton isn’t a problem; neither one is looking toward forever. But Rico’s father is about to get the chance of a lifetime and Rico feels forced to play by his rules.
Rules are made to be broken
Adam proves more unforgettable than Rico ever imagines, but he gives in to family pressures above personal desire. When a fire reunites them, both men discover their passion for each other hasn’t died; rather it’s stronger than ever. Want turns to need and something more dangerous to their hearts—love. Adam and Rico know if they want to have it all, they can let no one and nothing stand in their way of a life together.

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I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, My characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love, but getting there is oh so fun and oh so sexy. I live in New York City with my husband and two children. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass (or two of red wine). I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there are bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed. FeliceStevens.jpg

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Cover Reveal: Throne of Secrets.


Throne of Secrets (A Wicked Kingdoms Novel Book #3) 
by Graceley Knox 
Release Date: 24th October
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
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Synopsis
As Ever struggles with the possible consequences of her actions, she works to keep her crew safe in the middle of a political minefield. Determined to keep her promises, Ever enlists the help of an unlikely ally, and together they expose secrets and avenge wrongdoings long overdue for justice.
Ever knows that she and Dare are meant to be together, even if the odds are against them and it’s destined to break her heart. But questions are piling up faster than she can answer them, and time is running out to make a decision that could change her life forever.
Letting go of the past and embracing the future has never been so hard, but when it comes to keeping her family safe, Ever will do what’s needed, no matter the cost.
She’s found answers, and she’s taken risks, but will Ever’s sacrifices be enough to save them all?


Meet The Author


Graceley Knox is an up and coming paranormal and fantasy romance author with a serious caffeine and book addiction. She prefers to listen to music while she writes and is a former New Englander living on the Gulf Coast of Florida. By day she works in the publishing industry, and by night, she plots out the many ideas cluttering her mind. When she’s not reading, writing, or hanging out with her large extended family you can find her on her various social media accounts.
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Monday, 18 September 2017

Release Blitz: King of Code.

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King of Code, an all-new intriguing and sexy standalone from CD Reiss is LIVE!

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King of Code by CD Reiss Publication Date: September 18th, 2017 Genre: Contemporary Romance

From New York Times Bestselling author, CD Reiss, comes a sexy tale of secrets, intrigue, betrayal, and a love worth crossing a continent for.
Taylor Harden is a man on the edge.
The edge of fame. The edge of untold wealth.
The edge of utter humiliation.
He built an unhackable system, and in front of everyone, it’s hacked.
His reputation goes from king to goat in a split second. Boom. Like that.
Some dude in Barrington, USA (AKA Nowhere) has locked down Taylor’s code, and if he doesn’t get it back, he’s going to be wearing a monkey suit for the rest of his life.
Except, this guy? This hacker from Nowhere? He’s not a guy.
Harper Watson’s all woman. And she has a plan for Taylor, his code, and his body. KING OF CODE AN RELEASE BLITZ

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About the Author

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets. Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels. She's frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood. If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine. _21A6258_pp-fb

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