Sunday, 29 September 2013

Stacking The Shelves: September

What is Stacking The Shelves all about?
Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
 
Welcome to my monthly shelves update! I've been abstaining from buying so many ebooks and focussing on reading so a smaller stacking the shelves this month!
 
Actual Shelf!
For The Darkness Shows Stars by Diana Peterfreund~ After reading the prequel I had to read this!
 
Review Shelf!
NetGalley

 Sweet by Erin McCarthy~ I liked True so I knew I'd like Sweet!
Made of Stars by Kelley York~ sounds intriguing!
Pawn by Aimee Carter~ 2014 new series which sounds awesome!
The Rule of Thirds by Chantel Guertin~ YA Contemporary which sounds good.

Blog Tours
Unspoken by Jen Frederick~ I loved Bo and AM's story!
The Only One by Magan Vernon~ I'm looing forward to more of John Boy!
Riptides by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt~ Love the Lengths series and Enzo is a great lead character.
Left  by T.R. Graves~ Spotlight post down already.
Without You by Brooklyn Skye~ Follow up to Stripped!
 
What joined your shelves in September?
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Confessions: Reviewing Middle books


Confession~ I'm awful at reviewing 'middle books'!
This is a problem I've only really noticed this year as I read a lot of new series last year which means I've had a lot of sequels to read this year!
For example I read and loved The Elite by Kiera Cass and Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi months ago but I haven't been able to review them yer!
I've tried to figure out why I find it so hard and hopefully you can help me get better!

What type of books are 'middle books'
These 'middle books' tend to be the second book released in any series but particular in trilogies. The second book regardless of the length of the series is usually full of twists, surprises and revelations to keep people interested in the series
I find 'middle books' are more prevalent in Dystopia or Fantasy books as contemporary books tend to either have companion books or much less complex plots.

Why do I find it hard to review these books?
  • I always try to keep my reviews spoiler free but this is much harder with middle books. I don't want to spoil the first book just incase and middle books tend to be drama heavy so it's hard to talk about the book without spoiling anything!
  • I also find it hard to review if big plot points like a character death or a revelation has impacted my perception of the book. For example I love Harry Potter but the death in Half-Blood Prince and the ending made me dislike the book until I read Deathly Hallows and saw the death in a wider context. If I'd reviewed Half-Blood Prince prior to reading Deathly Hallows it would have got a much more negative frustrated review than it deserved.
  • Some middle books exist solely to build the tension and plot for the conclusion of the story. This usually results in less dramatic climaxes and produces more questions than answers. Obviously this is frustrating and normally leaves you slightly annoyed at having to wait for a conclusion.
What do you think?
Are middle books hard to review or am I alone in my struggle?

Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Friday, 27 September 2013

Blog Tour: Left by T.R Graves

 
Your own two feet are all you have when you've been left.
A naive Baylee loves Colt, her boyfriend of four years, more than she ever thought possible. After a little snooping, she's convinced she's well on her way toward hearing an once-in-a-lifetime proposal and starring in the wedding-of-the-year event. Instead, she's blindsided by a very public breakup and the crushing news that Colt is marrying someone else… someone more befitting him and the role his father expects him to take in his law firm.
Baylee may have spent years resenting Ariana, her mother, and her suicide, an intolerable show of weakness in Baylee's opinion, but after Colt leaves her just short of the altar, Baylee sees the world through her mother's eyes. She sympathizes with Ariana's actions and realizes that some things—soul-deep aches—can irreparably damage you and make moving on nearly impossible.
At least that's how she feels until she meets Ryker. With his help, Baylee discovers there is life after Colt, and she prepares to move on by pulling herself up by the bootstraps, holding her head high, and standing on her own two feet. Unfortunately, a new jealous and hateful Colt has his own plans for her, and they are plans no one—especially Baylee—ever saw coming.


About T.R Graves
T. R. Graves, the author of The Warrior Series and The Secrets Series and The Underwater Series, is a 2012 NaNoWriMo Winner. 
She lives along the Texas coast with her husband. Together, they raise T. R.'s beta reading daughter and their football-loving son. Besides being blessed with a supportive family, she counts her career as a registered nurse in not-for-profit hospitals high on her list of fulfilling accomplishments.
Links:thewarriorseries.blogspot.com |twitter.com/WARRIORSSERIES
 
Giveaway!
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Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

After serving out a year of hard labour in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.
Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Why?
Many years ago I saw this story on FictionPress but never got around to reading it! I was so excited to see it published and to get a second chance to read it!

What I loved:
Celaena- I really like Celaena, she is such a strong female lead! I love her personality and her wit. It was so interesting to see her recovering from her imprisonment while training for the champion competition, I found it very realistic to read. Especially her training sessions and covering up her real talents. Celaena also came across a lot more compassionate than she even seemed to realised from the way she treated servants and the other contestants to the way she was with animals. I did at times find her a bit distant as a narrator and I found it hard to work out what she really felt with regards to certain things! Celaena is definitely one of the most layered and interesting characters I've read in a while and I have a feeling she'll be intriguing me for awhile yet! 
Side Cast- Chaol was another interesting character, he was bar far the most rigid rule follower and how seriously he took Celaena as a danger to. I liked how he grew to like and respect Celaena despite himself, especially their morning training routines. Dorian was a lot of fun to read! I loved how confident he was and how he teased Celaena. It was interesting to see how he interacted and responded to his Dad's extreme politics. I'm looking forward to see how Dorian develops as a character and as a prince! Nehemia added a very different dimension to the book. She served as a reminder of the world outside of the palace and how ruthless the King could be. I loved how she embraced Celaena and their friendship was one of my favourite things about Throne of Glass. Philippa was a great witty addition to the cast, she treated Celaena like anyone else and even teased her! I loved Fleetfoot, she sounds adorable! I also liked lots of the minor characters such as the other competitors etc. who I hope crop up again in the series!
Plot- Throne of Glass had such a clever blended plot. I loved the world building especially the history of Erilea and the magical aspects. The champion competition, which I had my doubts about, was well written and masked a bigger plotline. I liked how the plot is clearly part of a series long plot, I found myself asking questions and making lots of guesses which I think makes for a great first book!
 

What I didn't love as much:
Cain- I found Cain very creepy! I think his size and skill just made the whole character arc a lot more scary!
King- Another horrid character! Apart from being very intimidating and scary, he is also so ruthless! I don't think he'd blink twice at killing his own family if he thought he'd gain land! I'm intrigued by what his end game is going to be.


Rating!
Absolutley adored the plot, the side characters and Celaena! I can't wait for more!

Check out my predictions for Crown of Midnight!
Did you love Throne of Glass?
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Behind the Blog: New Rating!


I created my rating system almost a year ago and I definitely feel like it has improved my reviews and made it a lot easy to differentiate between them.
However I do think it's time for a little update and refresh!

In!

4½ Hearts 
~ I love it! It's almost perfect and I keep rereading it over and over!
It's lead me to read similar books or more of the same author.

I often feel like books I've read are more than 4 Hearts but not quite 5 so in comes 4½ hearts!
I definitely feel like 4½ hearts is needed as I always find myself struggling with my ratings, I imagine 4½ will be like an A and 5 like an A*!

Out!

 
2½ Hearts
 I liked aspects of it but something really put me off... 
I rarely use 2 or 2½ as a rating so it makes sense to combine 2 and 2½ into one rating!
 
I'm looking forward to implementing this new rating!
I'm going to do a mini series of posts on ratings and reviewing etc. just to make my new rating system more open and concise.
 
Let me know what you think!
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR Update

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by: The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic: Summer TBR Update!
 
Now I've posted my Autumn TBR it's time to see how well I've done with my Summer TBR!

Read!
Near and Far by Nicole Williams. - Loved catching up with Jesse and Rowan
Throne of Glass by Sarah L. Maas.-  Just as amazing as I'd hoped!
Fa├žade by Nyrae Dawn.- Definitely a fan of the Games series!
The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy.- Not quite what I imagined but still a nice read.

Didn't Buy Yet!
About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk.~ I just haven't got around to buying it!
Right of Way by Lauren Barholdt.- Unfortunately this one is a bit pricey atm.

Whoops~ No Excuses!
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.- No excuses here I just need to pick it up! Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan.- I just didn't get around to this one!
Insurgent by Veronica Roth.- I'm trying to hold this one off until Allegiant is available.

Four Summers by Nyrae Dawn.- Not sure why I skipped over this perfect summer read?

How did you do with your Summer TBR?
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Monday, 23 September 2013

Bloggiesta Finish Line!

I always enjoy Bloggiesta and this time was no exception! I have actually continued Bloggiesta into my own week long event so I can get a handle on my big To Do list!
 
Completed during Bloggiesta!
  • Reviews~ I want to write up about 8 and schedule at least 5!
  • Comments~ I have been so rubbish at commenting so I'm hoping to comment on as many blogs as possible! Done! Including commenting back and general commenting!
  • Planning~ Make sure my Blog calendar is up to date and think about syncing it with my Google calendar. Done! I have an up to date Blog calendar and I decided not to sync with my Google calendar.
  • Pages~ Update my pages!
  • Posts~ I have a few post ideas sitting in drafts that I want to type up 2!
  • Rating~ I'm planning on adding a new rating so I need a post about that and an updated rating system post!  Done! The post is scheduled for Tuesday!
  • Social Media~ Make sure my twitter is linked back up with my blog feed! Possibly!- Just need to see how my new system works out... 
Still working on!
  • Reviews~ I want to write up about 8 and schedule at least 5! Scheduled one and in the middle of writing up a few more!
  • Pages~ Update my pages! Working on this one atm need to update almost all of them!
  • Posts~ I have a few post ideas sitting in drafts that I want to type up 2! Success- scheduled 2 but I'm working on more!
I feel quite accomplished and motivated- Thanks Bloggiesta!
How did you do?
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxxx
Xxx

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Bloggiesta To Do List!

Hosted by Suey from It’s All About Books and Danielle from There’s a Book.
Bloggiesta started Friday and runs until midnight Sunday! Participate when and how you want. This is your time to improve on those little things about your blog you’ve been thinking about for months, mark off those long to-do lists and possibly even discover a few great new blogs. Whether you have days, hours or just a few minutes we hope you’ll join us!

Bloggiesta snuck up on me! It's well timed as I have at least 10 reviews to write up..... I'm hoping to get lots done this weekend

To Do!
  • Reviews~ I want to write up about 8 and schedule at least 5!
  • Comments~ I have been so rubbish at commenting so I'm hoping to comment on as many blogs as possible!
  • Planning~ Make sure my Blog calendar is up to date and think about syncing it with my Google calendar.
  • Pages~ Update my pages!
  • Posts~ I have a few post ideas sitting in drafts that I want to type up 2!
  • Rating~ I'm planning on adding a new rating so I need a post about that and an updated rating system post!
  • Social Media~ Make sure my twitter is linked back up with my blog feed!

Wish me luck!
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Friday, 20 September 2013

Blog Tour: Unspoken by Jen Frederick.

 
Whore. Slut. Typhoid Mary.
I've been called all these at Central College. One drunken night, one act of irresponsible behaviour, and my reputation was ruined. Guys labelled me as easy and girls shied away. To cope, I stayed away from Central social life and away from Central men, so why is it that my new biology lab partner is so irresistible to me?
He's everything I shouldn't want. A former Marine involved in illegal fighting with a quick trigger temper and an easy smile for all the women. His fists aren't the danger to me, though, it's his charm. He's sliding his way into my heart and I'm afraid that he's going to be the one to break me.
Impulsive. Unthinking. Hot tempered.
I allow instinct to rule my behaviour. If it feels good, do it, has been my motto because if I spend too much time thinking, I'll begin to remember exactly where I came from. At Central College, I've got fighting and I've got women and I thought I was satisfied until I met her. 
She's everything I didn't realize I wanted and the more time I spend with her, the more I want her. But she's been hurt too much in the past and I don't want to be the one to break her. I know I should walk away, but I just can't.


Why?
I loved Undeclared and I especially liked Bo and AM so I've been looking forward to Unspoken for ages!

What I loved:
AM- AM was different from Undeclared, a lot more vulnerable! I think she'd handled her difficult life and background as best she could. I admired how she tried to hold her head high and worked hard at her classes. I loved how she slowly realised she needed to react differently to the harsh rumours. Bo and her made perfect sense- I really liked them together, and reading them getting closer. I found AM's family background interesting, it was clear how her mother's pathetic attachment to a married man had shaped AM's personality and actions. I would have loved more on her father and his other family.
Bo- I loved Bo in Undeclared and I loved him even more in Unspoken. He is the perfect blend of sarcasm, wit, confidence and hidden depth! I liked how he pursued AM and really paid attention to the little details about her. I especially liked how he tried to persuade AM to stand up for herself even if he could have been more tactful! Bo also had a very interesting background, it was good to see how it had affected him as a person and how his family had changed since. I just love Bo as a character!
Side Cast- The Woodlands cast is full of amazingly complex side characters! Finn remains my favourite Woodland boy- I'm even more into him after learning more about this family background and how he got into real estate! I can't wait for his book! Noah and Grace's appearances were really interesting, I liked seeing them from Bo and AM's point of views. Noah and Bo's dedication to each other remained strong despite differing opinions. Lana made a surprisingly big appearance and once again made me want to read more about her! I initially thought Lana would be the lead girl in Bo's story now I'm thinking she'll be the lead in Finn's story. AM's friends brought a new dimension to the cast as they were very outgoing and unique. I especially loved Ellie and her fierce loyalty to AM and her relationship with Ryan.

What I didn't love as much:
More- I would of loved to see AM go home and see her interact with her Mum and Roger. I also wanted even more of Ellie and Ryan!

Rating!
I absolutely loved Bo and AM and the entire side cast!


I can't wait for the next Woodlands book!
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Cover Reveal: Drift by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt.

There’s no way Lydia--oldest and most responsible of the tight-knit Rodriguez clan--is going to let her nosy family find out about the uncharacteristic work screw-up that landed her a paid suspension. To keep busy and avoid panic, she enrols in a life enrichment class. The first guest speaker is a handsome artist with a wicked smile and eyes that melt right through her.
Even the “ice princess” can’t help but feel an immediate spark that lights her blood on fire. 
Isaac Ortiz is unquestionably the sexiest man Lydia has ever met. The talented son of a famous Spanish artist, he’s constantly moving from one new glamorous city to another, working if and when the muse visits him.
He also has a stare that makes Lydia’s heart race and hands that look more than capable of making her scream with pleasure. She shouldn’t be attracted to this free-spirit who makes all his own rules--but she is.
There’s just one hiccup....Isaac is nineteen.
Lydia has lived her entire life firmly inside the box, and being with a younger man is definitely outside the safe confines she enjoys.
So why can’t she stay away from him? And why is she seriously considering his proposition to take off to a place she’s never been...just because?
When Lydia is invited back to work with a cleared name, she should be overjoyed.
But the reality is, Lydia doesn’t know what anchors her life anymore...or if she wants to be anchored at all. Should she travel the world with Isaac? Or continue down the road that she’s worked long and hard to pave for herself? Choosing one means losing the other, and Lydia isn’t sure if she’s ready to drift with the current that’s pulling her by the heart.
 
So excited for the next Lengths book! I find Lydia to be one of the most interesting side characters so I'm looking forward to her story!
 
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn TBR!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by: The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic: Autumn TBR.
 
I love this topic and I love Autumn! I'm hoping to curl up with some great books this season :)
 
End of Series
One choice will define you.What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Status: Published 22nd October.
I loved Divergent and I'm so excited to find out how it all ends! I've been holding off reading Insurgent so I can read them both together!
 
The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense grey eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.
Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

 Status: Published Late November/Early December- Can't work out which is the UK date!
 Looking forward to Isaiah's story! I've been waiting for it since Pushing the Limits!

Companions!
Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.
On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.
Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.
 Status: Published 15th October!
Since reading Among the Nameless Stars I've been in love with the world Diana has created!
 
There’s tortured. And there’s Garth Black.
His life has been a constant carousel of tragedy and disappointment, including his love life. Of course, applying the term “love” to Garth’s conquests is a gross misuse of the word. Some people were made to give and accept love, and others weren’t. Garth Black redefines the “others” category. He’s made a vow that the day he meets a woman who could sucker him into falling in love will be the day he runs away.
Garth’s plan has one flaw. What happens when he’s already fallen hard for a girl before the warning signs and red flags go up? What happens when the love he’s avoided his entire life brings him to his knees? What happens when Garth Black lets the dirtiest four letter word he’s ever known into his dark, lonely life?
This cowboy’s about to find out he can control some things, and he can’t control others. Number one on the what he can’t control list?
Love.

Status: Just published!
I love this series and I'm excited to see it from Garth's point of view and learn more about him!

Commitment. That’s what I really want from Colin. Ever since my brother, Danny, died in Iraq, Colin’s done so much to help me, including giving me a job at his popular restaurant so I can leave my crappy waitressing job at the strip joint. But lying in bed with him every night to comfort him from his horrible nightmares isn’t enough anymore. I know he feels guilty about Danny’s death, about not going to Iraq, but I can’t keep living this double life.
I love him desperately, but he’s got so many demons, and if he can’t open up to me now, then he’ll never be the real partner I need him to be. I gave him a month, and now I’m out of here. If he truly loves me like he says, he knows where to find me

Status: Published 10th December.
Another series with a new couple! I'm looking forward to reading Jen and Colin's story!
 

There’s no way Lydia--oldest and most responsible of the tight-knit Rodriguez clan--is going to let her nosy family find out about the uncharacteristic work screw-up that landed her a paid suspension. To keep busy and avoid panic, she enrols in a life enrichment class. The first guest speaker is a handsome artist with a wicked smile and eyes that melt right through her.
Even the “ice princess” can’t help but feel an immediate spark that lights her blood on fire. 
Isaac Ortiz is unquestionably the sexiest man Lydia has ever met. The talented son of a famous Spanish artist, he’s constantly moving from one new glamorous city to another, working if and when the muse visits him.
He also has a stare that makes Lydia’s heart race and hands that look more than capable of making her scream with pleasure. She shouldn’t be attracted to this free-spirit who makes all his own rules--but she is.
There’s just one hiccup....Isaac is nineteen.
Lydia has lived her entire life firmly inside the box, and being with a younger man is definitely outside the safe confines she enjoys.
So why can’t she stay away from him? And why is she seriously considering his proposition to take off to a place she’s never been...just because?
When Lydia is invited back to work with a cleared name, she should be overjoyed.
But the reality is, Lydia doesn’t know what anchors her life anymore...or if she wants to be anchored at all. Should she travel the world with Isaac? Or continue down the road that she’s worked long and hard to pave for herself? Choosing one means losing the other, and Lydia isn’t sure if she’s ready to drift with the current that’s pulling her by the heart.

 Status: Published 12th November.
I love this series! Every book seems be so unique yet brings in all the previous characters! I love that it's Lydia who gets the next book!

Sequels!
After spending an amazing day and night together in Paris, Just One Year is Willem’s story, picking up where Just One Day ended. His story of their year of quiet longing and near misses is a perfect counterpoint to Allyson’s own as Willem undergoes a transformative journey, questioning his path, finding love, and ultimately, redefining himself.
 Status: Published 7th November.
I started Just One Day but I had to put it off as I knew the wait for Just One Year would kill me!

Camryn Bennett has never been happier. Five months after meeting on a Greyhound bus, she and her soul mate Andrew Parrish are engaged—and a wedding isn’t the only special event in their future. Nervous but excited, Camryn can’t wait to begin the rest of her life with Andrew – a man she knows in her heart will love her always. They have so much to look forward to—until tragedy blindsides them.
Andrew doesn’t understand how this could happen to them. He’s trying to move on, and thought Camryn was doing the same. But when Andrew discovers Camryn is secretly harboring a mountain of pain and attempting to numb it in damaging ways, there is nothing he won’t do to bring her back to life. Determined to prove that their love can survive anything, Andrew decides to take Camryn on a new journey filled with hope and passion. If only he can convince her to come along for the ride…
 Status: Published 7th November.
I loved the Edge of Never and I've already preordered Edge of Always! 
 
New Series!
After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.
Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?
 Status: Published 2nd January 2014.
I really like Simone Elkeles' previous books so I'm looking forward to her new series!
 
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.
It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury space liner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. 
Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.
Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?
Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.
Status: Published 23rd January 2014.
This has been on my TBR list for ages I'm so excited I got approved for it on NetGalley!

What are you looking forward to reading this Autumn?
I will be posting an Update on my Summer TBR soon!
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Sunday, 8 September 2013

August~ A Review!


Monthly Feature- rounds up all the books I've read, progress on challenges and monthly blogging goals!

Wow! August was definitely my best blogging month ever! I read less but I posted a good amount of reviews and diverse posts!
August in Numbers!
Total posts= 26!
Books read= 7
Reviews Posted= 10 
What I read in August!
 
What I reviewed!
Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry.~ 3½ Hearts.
Near and Far by Nicole Williams.~ 4 Hearts.
Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry.~ 3½ Hearts.
Callum and Harper by Fisher Amelie.~ 3 Hearts.
Ties by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt~ 3½ Hearts.
The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen~ 3½ Hearts.
Just for Now by Abbi Glines.~ 3 Hearts.
Clash by Nicole Williams~ 3½ Hearts.
One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy.~ 4 Hearts.
Undeclared by Jen Frederick.~ 3½ Hearts.

What I posted!
Stacking the Shelves~ August
Predictions: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Greed by Fisher Amelie Teaser!
Interview: Fisher Amelie
Unafraid by Melody Grace~ Release Day!
The Monster Reviewathon!
Currently...
Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR Update.
Nicole Williams on New Adult.
Blog Tour: No Reverse by Marion Croslydon.
Jolene Perry on New Adult.
Cover Reveal: Trust in Me by J. Lynn
Nyrae Dawn on New Adult.
Top Ten Tuesday: New Adult Books!
What is New Adult?
Steph Campbell on New Adult.
New Adult Week!
August TBR!
 
Did I achieve my goals?
I didn't post a July review post so no goals! I'm going back and posting it now :)
 
What I hope to achieve in September!
  • Diversity- I want to keep this one up and improve on it. Especially the companion post idea and new post ideas!
  • Reviews- I posted a good amount of reviews in August so I'm aiming for at least eight in September!
How was your August?
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Currently....


New style post! Just an update on what I'm currently doing bookwise!
Thought this would be a good back from holiday post!

On my Bedside Table....
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund- Arrived this morning!
Discover Germany, Lonely Planet Guide - Deciding on my next holiday.

Waiting for
Drift by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt- Saw on twitter Lydia will be the lead!
The Temptation of Lila and Ethan by Jessica Sorensen- I've been waiting for their story since last November!

On Kindle
Sweet by Erin McCarthy- I've been looking forward to Jessica's story since reading True!

 What are you up to bookwise?
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Friday, 6 September 2013

Friday Favourites: August!

Hopefully I am on my way back to the Internet as you read this!
My last holiday post is my five favourites from August!
 
Setting
 Silver Strand~ Ties by Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt.
Such a beautiful setting with a sense of community and fun characters! I love going back to this place for each book!
Character
Celaena Sardothien~ Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
I knew I'd like her but I completely love her after reading Throne of Glass! I love her courage, realism and determination.
Side Character
Chaol Westfall and Dorian Havilliard~ Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
I couldn't chose between them! They really add to the rich storyline of Throne of Glass. I love them both.
Reread
Faking It by Cora Carmack.
I definitely prefer Cade and Max to Bliss and Garrick. I really enjoyed rereading their story!
Genre 
Fantasy.
Throne of Glass reignited by old love of fantasy!
 
What were your August favourites?
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards.

I know what you call us. Throwbacks. Neanderthals. Apes.
In the far future, the universe is divided into two different groups Norms, who can portal between planets, and people like Jarra, the one in a thousand born with an immune system that doesn't allow them to survive anywhere but Earth.
But I have a plan.
Norms come back to Earth for one reason: to study human history- like the ruins of what was once New York City. But only if they don't have to interact with any Apes alone the way. 18-year-old Jarra has a plan to change that.
This one Earth girl who won't give in.
Why?
I loved the sound of Earth Girl and Earth Star so I was thrilled when Harper Fiction sent me the two books!

What I loved:
World Building- I liked the futuristic sci-fi feel to the book! I really loved how the universe had been spilt into different sectors named after the Greek alphabet. I'm looking forward to seeing more of the different cultures on Beta and Gamma as they seem the most diverse! The role the military played in the exploration and settling of new sectors made them seem much more like explorers than fighters! 
I enjoyed the 'concept' of ape people, it was a different concept I enjoyed how it was portrayed and all the prejudices. I especially liked the ide of pro parents who supported the ape children. The world building was amazingly complex and well written- I really felt like I understood how the world had evolved and developed!
Jarra- I felt Jarra really developed throughout the book. I loved her passion and thirst for knowledge and how she had fully immersed herself in her passion for History so she was clearly ahead of her class. The way she wanted to confront 'exos' was understandable but I liked how she grew to realise she was actually judging them more than they were judging her and realised they weren't that different. I really loved seeing how the class changed and challenged Jarra as a character!
Side Characters- Issette was my favourite side character. Issette really complemented Jarra with her positivity and optimism towards life and her acceptance of her life. I missed her during Jarra's breakdown! Krath intrigued me, I hope we read more of him soon! The Pre history class was full of such interesting different characters! Lolita and Lolmack represented the very different Beta sector and definitely added a dimension to the class. I loved their hidden secret motivations! Dalmora was such a genuinely sweet and caring person despite the fact Jarra assumed she would be snobby as she was from Alpha! Krath was obviously the loose cannon member of the class, brainwashed by a fanatic father. I admired Episilon girl determination to go to University and become a teacher to help her planet despite the fact all of her friends were getting married and starting families. Fian was my favourite Norm character. Again I felt he really complemented Jarra well with his patience and stubbornness. I also admired his passion and attention to detail, he always worked hard to make sure he was as good as possible. Playdon made a very good teaching character as he was willing to put aside prejudices in the face of clear ability and allowed his students to work to their own level
What I didn't love as much:
Breakdown- I don't want to spoil the book but Jarra's breakdown while realistic did seem to drag on a bit!


Rating!
I absolutely adored the world building and the character development!
 
I can't wait to read Earth Star!
Thank you to Harper Fiction for sending me the books!
Much Love!
Lettie
Xxx