Monday, 30 July 2018

Review: Sounds Like Summer by Six de los Reyes

It’s not just a weekend for Lux Castelo. She has a plan, of course.

Phase One: Escape to the beach for a music festival.
Phase Two: Deal with what she can’t control.
Phase Three: Return to reality whole and ready.

Nowhere in that plan is Micah Jacinto, self-proclaimed adventurer and the kind of boy with his head stuck in the clouds and the moon inked on his arm—everything her rational sense tells her to stay away from. And yet Lux finds herself welcoming the distraction. As they spend the entire weekend together, Micah leads her to rediscover the lost pieces of herself amidst the excitement and the confusion of a raving mosh pit.

But all weekends come to an end and Lux needs to return to the dreaded reality she’s running away from. Does being brave enough to leave summer behind mean being brave enough to ask Micah to stay?



First Person.

The main character has mental health issues and self-harms.



Not really.
More like a happy for now.




This was a very mixed read for me and for a lot of the book I wasn't sure what to make of it.
It was a bit rambly and incoherent at times but when it wasn't it was beautifully written.

It's told from the pov of Lux who I struggled to connect with.
She was running away from, well, life at the beginning of the novel and running towards a music festival. That was easy enough to wrap my head around but the rest of her thinking... Not so much.
Simply put, the chick has issues and I just couldn't relate to her at all.
 Her impulses and her way of thinking was so foreign to me, it jarred horribly.

I was at 10% and seriously considering DNFing the book but I persisted and I'm glad I did.
For on the bus to the music festival, she meets a boy.
A sweet, chatty, interesting and persistent boy who doesn't let her shut him out and they form the most amazing connection that was addictive to read about.
However, despite the magical connection and weekend they share, the book is almost painfully realistic in the way things play out.
Meeting a wonderful boy, who she could one day love, does not heal Lux. It doesn't make her problems go away. This is not a 'love cures all' type of book. It's a book designed to foster understanding. To promote acceptance and tolerance.
Lux doesn't think anyone can deal with her, Micah thinks that she'd worth it: Dark places, scary times and all.
The book is sweet, beautiful and hopeful.
It leaves you feeling optimistic for their future but doesn't delve into the future.
I ended up liking it but, at the same time, not.
It was just a little too real for the light-hearted summer read I was expecting.

I love the old school look of the cover and the summery vibes.

"I’m afraid of falling and never getting back up."


“Scientists.” He shakes his head. “Always sterilizing the feels."


“Don’t think that taking your life is going to solve anything. Days end, but unless it’s the end of the world, it’s not your ending yet.”


“People who say they don’t believe in relationships are probably just scared of it. So instead of facing that fear and allowing themselves to be open with a person, they say they don’t believe in it and act all tough when they’re the ones who desperately need to be loved."

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Weekly Update #22

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Now that's explained, it's on to my weekly recap!

The school holidays have begun!
I don't know whether to beg someone to save me or to rejoice... Maybe a bit of both? It's awesome having more time to do stuff with the kiddo but it's stressful juggling work and making sure he's covered not to mention how kids seem to go slightly feral when school is out.

In far more exciting news, WE GOT RAIN!
I woke up in the early hours of Saturday to rain, then it rained periodically throughout the day and today - so far - had been heavy, windy, glorious rain.
It's so overdue and it's the first time in almost two months I'm not too hot!

Oh yeah, we also got our mortgage approved.
That was pretty exciting too, lol.

Sounds Like Summer - Six de los Reyes


This was a weird read... I both disliked it and enjoyed it.
A review will be up tomorrow! 

Moon Tortured - Mckenzie Hunter


This book was so many kinds of frustrating, I don't even know where to start!
I liked the world and I think I'd have really liked the book if it didn't drag on so long!
The author just needed to get to the point... Maybe a better editor?
Anyhoo, I'll probably read the next one to see if it improves but I'm not up for another ten-hour slog through frustrating and repetitive nonsense so if it's not better, I'm out.

Kindle Unlimited

Making the most of my KU subscription now that the house buying penny squeeze is seriously pinching!


It was on my amazon wishlist and I noticed it was now free... It'd be rude to have ignored it!


I know. I shouldn't be buying books but it was 99p! And it was just one...

Oh, ok, this isn't really bookish news but DID YOU SEE IT?! Did you see The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer from comic con?!
It looks awesome. So much better than Fantastic Beasts... I'm actually excited about this movie now!
Actually, there was a lot of trailers from comic con that have me excited.
Some good watch'ns coming our way people!


The other thing that seems to be dominating the twitterverse / blog land this week is book piracy.
I don't know how many times it needs to be stated but for the love of books, don't be a dick and don't steal things.
The only acceptable form of piracy is drinking rum, out the bottle, before noon on a bad day.
(What? You've never done it? Me neither but it's an ambition...)

How to Train Your Dragon: Race to the Edge tv show.
It's awesome.

Moana... Also awesome.
Sky High... A little less awesome.
Black Panther... I liked it more second time around!

Can you tell it's the school holidays? lol

Cover Reveal: Inciting a Riot by Karen Renee
Review: Lingus by Mariana Zapata
Review: Meet Me At Willow Hall by Carla Burgess
Review: Drink Deep by Chloe Neill

Reviews, memes and a pre-order blitz for the next Katy Regnery novel.

Have a great week all!

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Review: Drink Deep by Chloe Neill

Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can’t tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city iself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven’t been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.

That’s when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black-and things really start getting ugly.

Chicago’s mayor insists it’s nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She’ll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who’s behind this, and stop them before it’s too late for vampires and humans alike.


Full Length Novel

First Person - Merit


I'd say yes, although you could probably get by without reading the others... You'd just miss a lot and be the worse off for it.


HFN... It's UF!



Yep, but it's quite tame.

Book five kicks off a couple of months after the heartbreaking events in book four. Merit has thrown herself into her role as sentinel and is working with Jonah, captain of the Grey House guards, - I love Jonah! - developing her skills and trying to pick up the broken pieces of herself and find a way to put herself back together while the rest of Cadogan House tries to heal from its loss and deal with an asshat arbitrator assigned by the GP for all of their perceived sins.

Strange things are happening around Chicago - like the water turning black and the sky turning red - and, as per the current social climate, the vampires are blamed for all the unnatural ‘evils’ in the world. To protect her house, and vampires in general, Merit - and the lovely Jonah! - must work out what is causing the chaos and put a stop to it before all is lost.

This made for a book packed full of action, magic and emotion… So many emotions! I can’t really elaborate on all the twists and turns without spoiling the book but let's just say that by the end I’m gutted for both Catcher and Merit, heartbroken over what's not meant to be with Jonah - I love him - and the big WTFery of the last book is put to rights.

It was epic but I was left drained by the end and, to be honest, I’m not in a burning hurry to move onto the next book. I need to just sit and digest the twists, turns, revelations and ramifications of this book before continuing on with this really enjoyable series.

The cover is fine but I don't like the model's face. It just doesn't fit Merit. Not even a little bit.
 (Mean, I know.)

“I walked inside and paused for a moment to breathe in the scent of paper and dust—the perfumes of knowledge.”