Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Monthly Recap: September



Hi all, I hope you've had a great month! I (Jasprit) was finally able to get down to some reading this month, I read a total of 11 books! I don't think I've read that many in a month since like April. I'm hoping to tackle more from my review month next month, I've kind of gotten way behind with that. If you know of any review pile reading challenges taking place, let me know in the comments. This month our monthly poll is back for you, this time instead of having books which have been on my shelves for ages, I've picked out some books that I've just bought recently, so make sure you vote at the end of our post! 


Number of Books read:
Jasprit: 11
Rachel: 14

Highest rating:
Jasprit: 5 stars
Rachel: 5 stars
 
Lowest rating:
Jasprit: 2 stars
Rachel: DNF

Books reviewed:

Jasprit: 
(click on titles for review link)





Rachel: 
(click on titles for review link)

  http://thereadersden.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-shatter-by-erin-mccarthy.html http://thereadersden.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-giveaway-in-her-wake-by-ka-tucker.html http://thereadersden.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-broken-by-lauren-layne.html http://thereadersden.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-worth-fall-by-claudia-connor.html http://thereadersden.blogspot.com/2014/09/short-tweet-reviews-highland-surrender.html http://thereadersden.blogspot.com/2014/09/short-tweet-reviews-highland-surrender.html
http://thereadersden.blogspot.com/2014/09/mini-review-beautiful-ashes-by-jeaniene.html http://thereadersden.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-naked-in-death-by-jd-robb.html http://thereadersden.blogspot.com/2014/09/review-her-best-shot-by-shannyn.html



Best read of last month:
Jasprit: Shimmer by Paula Weston. I received an early review copy of this, but wasn't able to get to my copy until this month. Honestly this series just gets better and better, Weston knows how to create a fabulous cast and keep you wanting more. Also that ending you have to be kidding me right? 

Rachel: 
Tie between Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor and Shatter by Erin McCarthy.  I just LOVED both of them soooo hard!

Book which surprised me the most: 
Jasprit: Magnolia by Kristi Cook. I don't know what I was expecting going into this book, but it certainly wasn't this. With the reading funk I had been in, it was exactly the sort of book that I needed, it was funny, cute and books which feature two characters who are constantly at each others throats, when you know they'd make a great couple are always winners for me.

Rachel: 
Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor.  I was very skeptical when I heard the heroine was pregnant with four small children! How was that supposed to work?  Color me surprised when I swooned and melted!

Fictional crush of the month:
Jasprit: Rafa from Shimmer. This guy sure knows how to bring the swoon. His cheeky demeanor just makes him even more irresistible. I hope we get even more swoon from him in the next book Burn.

Rachel:
Oh definitely Matt from Worth the Fall! He was all yummy MAN, but didn't let that stop him from being so very attentive to those kids! Any guy who can have enough confidence to indulge a three-year-old by playing Barbies has my vote!


Three books I'm most looking forward to this month:

Jasprit:
 (Click on titles for Goodreads link)

   
  
 

With so many great book to movie adaptations coming out this month, I of course had to make The Maze Runner a priority, also I'm one of those readers who can't go back to a book once I've seen the movie! I'm thrilled that our UK publishers are getting some big titles over here now too. Macmillan are releasing both Famous in Love and My True Love Gave to Me this month, and although I would have loved to have saved both for Christmas, I'm just itching to get started with these straight away.
  
  


  

Rachel:
(Click on titles for Goodreads link)

Every Breath Only Enchanting (The Survivors' Club, #4) Mean Streak

I've been enjoying my first love in reading: mysteries! Being in and out of a book slump this last month, mysteries (with a little romance of course) seem to yank me out of my negative feelings.  Mean Streak and Every Breath are both mysteries, one adult and one YA so I'm really excited! Historicals are a nice change of pace to get me out of a rut and Only Enchanting sounds wonderful!



Bookish Photo: 

I (Rachel) went to see If I Stay earlier this month with Arlene @Winterhaven Books and this was my "must have" essentials.  The tissues came in very handy! Even Arlene appreciated my forethought (makeup in your eye, yeah, right!).





Monthly Poll:

For this months poll I've decided to feature books which I've bought recently.

Which book should Jasprit read this month?

How was your month of September?

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Giveaway: Books That Need More Attention Hop


Hello readers!  I'm taking part in the Books That Need More Attention Giveaway Hop hosted by Valerie @Stuck in Books. See below or click HERE for a complete list of participating blogs. This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL as long as The Book Depository ships to your country.  I'll be giving away a $10 Giftcard to either US Amazon or US Barnes & Noble OR a book worth $10 or less at The Book Depository, winner's choice. I was going through my TBR and here are a few that I loved that deserve more.  Sorry, I really couldn't pin down any YA books because I really haven't been reading much in that category.

(Click on covers for Goodreads link)

Fighting Fate (Granton University, #1)  Donners of the Dead


Fighting Fate (my review) by Linda Kage was an unlikely romance forged out of shared tragedy and grief.  It brought out so many emotions!


Donners of the Dead (my review) by Karina Halle was a scary interpretation of what happened to The Donner Party back in the 1800s.  It was thrilling and frightening, and included a fun antagonistic romance!  Definitely a read-in-one-sitting kind of book!

Last but not least is the Amour et Chocolat Series by Laura Florand.  If you haven't had the pleasure of reading, you are seriously missing out.  Laura Florand writes the most beautiful, sensual, enchanting romances you will ever find!

Amour et Chocolate Series:

The Chocolate Thief (Amour et Chocolat #1)  The Chocolate Kiss (Amour et Chocolat #2)  The Chocolate Rose (Amour et Chocolat, #3; La Vie en Roses, #1)  The Chocolate Touch  (Amour et Chocolat #4)  

The Chocolate Heart (Amour et Chocolat, #5)  The Chocolate Temptation (Amour et Chocolat, #6)





$10 Giftcard to either US Amazon or US Barnes & Noble OR a book worth $10 or less at The Book Depository, winner's choice. This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL as long as The Book Depository ships to your country. Click here for a list of countries.


Sunday, 28 September 2014

Showcase Sunday #59


Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea. The aim is to showcase our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders this week.  

Hi all! We're back with another Showcase Sunday post for you. Rachel and I once again continued to add beautiful books to our massive tbr piles! I am definitely in need of a bigger bookshelf. Also being the impatient reader that I am, I have to order books from the US, because of course I can't wait another three weeks for a particular book (I'm talking about you Ashes to Ashes). But I have promised myself to become a better reader and actually try to read my books around the time that I get them, so I hope to get to all of these books pretty soon.

Jasprit's Haul:
(Click on title for Goodreads link)





   

Thank you Harper Teen

How gorgeous does the cover to My True Love Gave to Me look? It's really got me all excited for Christmas, of course I bought a Christmas themed Yankee candle too, so I'm thinking that as soon as it starts getting darker, I may have to read this book, with my Yankee candle on too *bliss*. I was super excited to see that my library had started getting in books by Jill Shalvis, I had heard amazing things about her Lucky Harbor series, so reserved a few from the library, and I bought Simply Irresistible from Amazon for just 99p! I am so in the mood for something light, fluffy and fun.

Over to Rachel and her haul


Rachel's Haul:
(Click on title for Goodreads link)

Every Breath Only Enchanting (The Survivors' Club, #4) Her Perfect Game (Hot & Nerdy, #2) Her Winning Formula (Hot & Nerdy, #3)
Glory in Death (In Death, #2) Wolf Haven

Thank you to Tundra Books, Signet, Kensington, and Harlequin!

I finished Glory in Death and while the mystery wasn't quite as good as the first one, I still really enjoyed it. Will be continuing this series for sure! I jumped at the chance to read Every Breath when I found out it's a YA mystery by an Aussie writer!  I've had great success with Aussie books and this sounds like a good one!  

Which exciting books did you receive this week? Leave us a link in the comments and we shall be over soon to check them out

Friday, 26 September 2014

Review: Her Best Shot by Shannyn Schroeder

Her Best Shot ( Hot & Nerdy#1) by Shannyn Schroeder
Publisher: eKensington
Publication date: September 29nd 2014
My rating:  3.5 stars 
Amazon | Barnes & Noble 

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18755773-better-homes-and-hauntings
With college graduation looming, three childhood friends vow to make spring break their last blast of pure fun. But at least one of them didn’t count on such incredible heat…

Layla Sharpe is definitely more math ninja than bikini babe, and her future has been calculated with razor precision. Convinced to let loose over spring break, Layla is finally ready to party—until her car breaks down halfway to her destination, leaving her stranded in Georgia with a mouthwateringly hot pool shark. She knows more than enough about angles to learn the game, but this week she wants him to appreciate her curves…

Phin Marks has never met a girl like Layla. She’s more Star Wars geek than seductress, and when he offers her a place to stay while her car is in the shop, he’s counting on the attraction between them to set the nights ablaze, no strings attached. But every moment he spends with Layla makes it harder to let her go. Can he persuade her to gamble in the most dangerous way possible…on forever?



My Thoughts:
I’m a big fan of the novella done right because as a romance junkie it provides me a quick fix. But novellas can be tricky because the author has a short amount of time to capture the reader’s heart and mind, and do it successfully. Her Best Shot accomplished that in just 130 pages!

Layla is on her way to spring break to celebrate landing a job and finishing school.  When her car breaks down in a small Atlanta town her plans are derailed.  Passing the time while she waits to get the verdict on her car, she goes into a bar for a drink.  Immediately Layla’s drawn to a pool player as he wins game after game, dazzling her with his talent as well as his looks. 

Phin is mesmerized by the smart, determined and super sexy, Layla. They connect so well and have an amazing time together, and instead of looking at pool as a way to earn some extra cash, he truly has fun playing the game with Layla.  At the bar they dance around their attraction with flirty glances, intentional brushes, and then a searing kiss, won by a bet, ignites their fiery attraction. When all of Layla’s belongings are stolen Phin offers up his place as a crash pad until she gets everything sorted.  Being alone, in close quarters they have nothing holding them back and they give in to the lust that had been building.

She dug her fingers into his shoulder. “What are you doing?”
“Taking you to bed.”

Yes, please!

Feeling scared at the prospect of finishing school and being pinned in by a 9 to 5 job, Layla is enticed to leave it all for this sexy pool player.  His carefree life appeals to her, he seems to take jobs at wherever he chases down the next pool tournament and this suddenly sounds like an attractive option to Layla.  Little does she know that Phin left his family and Gypsy way of life, drifting and conning, for everything Layla is now trying to run from.  He’s been saving his money to settle down somewhere permanent.  Panic clouds Phin’s judgment; he doesn’t want Layla to regret her spur of the moment choice.  Can these two get on the same page and make more of their brief time and intense physical and emotional connection?

I was definitely rooting for Layla and Phin’s romance in spite of them just meeting and falling in such a short time. I felt they had a real connection that could be built on and survive for the long haul, enough for a HEA.  I was a little disappointed with Phin over his reaction to Layla’s plans, but I quickly got over it; especially because it forced Layla to face her future instead of throwing all her education and hard work away.  Yes, he went about things a bit stupidly but I admired his determination to fix things and win Layla’s heart for good.

If you’re in the mood for a short, HOT, and fulfilling romance Her Best Shot is the book for you.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out this is a series with the next book focusing on one of Layla’s college friends, Charlie in Her Perfect Game.  




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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Review: Shimmer by Paula Weston

Shimmer by Paula Weston
Publisher: Indigo
Publication date: July 3rd 2014
My rating: 5 stars 



Wow just wow. What have I just read? After reading Shadows and Haze I knew that Paula Weston could write a suspenseful read, but with Shimmer, she just took it up a whole another notch.

Once again I was dying to get some answers in Shimmer, we had been left on tenterhooks since Shadows and also the way that Haze had ended I was taking deep breaths waiting for good news to come through. In the previous books Pan Beach was the centre setting, but I’m glad that Weston decided to base the novel largely in the Sanctuary. There were so many fantastic characters from there that I was glad that we were given this opportunity to get to know them a whole lot better. I was also hugely grateful for the key at the beginning of the book explaining who was who, because I was able to go straight into this book with a little refresher of these characters. Rafa and Gaby have always been two of my favourite characters since Shadows, but as we were given this opportunity to spend a lot more time with several other characters, I definitely found myself wishing that I had friends such as these in real life. Also Weston did a great job of changing my feelings about how I felt about some of these characters. Before as we were only given snippets from certain characters I was quick to make judgements about them, but I’m glad that some characters did come through for me in this book.

Despite me constantly yearning for something to happen (highlight to view spoiler) Rafa to be safe and make a quick return with this smirky grin. There was certainly a lot thrown our way that we had to get our head and heart around. Of course there were the frustrating characters which kept getting in the way who wouldn’t listen to what the correct path to take was, that I really wanted to punch them several times to knock some sense into them. But once we got past this I loved the tense moments which were thrown our way, how people had to put behind them old grudges to try and work together. The battles that Weston put in were epic, the amount o detail and heart pounding scenes made me feel like I was a close spectator during the whole thing. Also the things with these battles you never knew which way things would go, something could just pop up out of the blue and throw everything upon its head.

Weston was able to mix this story up well with some fantastic thrilling scenes and also some great swoon. All I’m going to say about this is sandalwood, cinnamon and honey ;)

Ever since I devoured Shadows in 2012, I have been recommending this series to everyone I know. This series has so much uniqueness to offer that a lot of books in this genre aren’t able to. Plus with so many series books being published  I usually expect a few did dud books along the way, but this isn’t the case here with this series, I can honestly say that each book has got better and better. I can’t wait to get my hands on Burn, to be with these memorable characters once more, especially after that jaw dropping ending!

 



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