Sunday, 27 January 2013

Safe Haven Movie Soundtrack

We Both Know - Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw

I am completely in love with this song from the Safe Haven soundtrack. It is absolutely perfect for the book. I’m so excited about the upcoming movie! I think that Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel are going to do an amazing job!

The soundtrack will be released on February 5th 2013

Here is the full track list

1. We Both Know – Colbie Caillat feat. Gavin DeGraw
2. Say Anything – Tristan Prettyman
3. Keep Your Head Up – Ben Howard
4. Summer Child – Dar Williams
5. Sleepy Little Town – The White Buffalo
6. Wrap Your Arms Around Me – Gareth Dunlop
7. Moonshine – Sara Haze
8. The Journey – FM Radio
9. Heart’s Content (Strings Mix) – Brandi Carlile
10. Violin – Amos Lee
11. My Baby’s Got to Pay the Rent – The Deep Dark Woods
12. Canoeing (Katie and Alex’s Theme) – Deborah Lurie

The movie will be released on February 14th 2013

One of my favourite Nicholas Sparks books! What do you think about the upcoming movie adaptation???

Book Review: Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Title: Wallbanger
Author: Alice Clayton
Series: NA
Pages: 314
Genre: Romance
Release Date: November 27th 2012

Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O.

Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each moan, spank, and–was that a meow?–punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O.

Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick…

In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.

Hmmmm, what to say about this book …

I just don’t know how I feel about it.

The reviews that I have read said how much everyone enjoyed it, and I guess I did too, but there seems to be something missing for me.

I really only continued reading it because I wanted to finish it, but I found the last part kind of boring. Sorry everyone who loves it!

I did laugh throughout the book, and I enjoyed reading about Caroline and Simon. For me when I’m reading though, I like there to be a sad point in the story, then a sudden explosion of happiness. I like the struggle before the happy ending and it just seemed like this story cruised along. I don’t mind a bit of predictability, and a happy ending, but I wanted more and this story wasn’t giving that to me.

I thought the book was good, and would recommend it to anyone who just likes to read though cruisey sort of books. No great struggle, no great conflict. You know who you are!!! You are the people giving this book outstanding reviews!!!

Not a bad book, but not a favourite either!

Book Review: Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts

Title: Captive in the Dark and Seduced in the Dark
Author: C.J. Roberts
Series: #1 - #2
Pages: 262 - 416
Genre: Adult Fiction/Erotica/Romance
Release Date: August 29th 2011 - August 30th 2012

Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.

Okay, first I’m going to warn everybody that this book is seriously not for the faint hearted! It is a very intense read and also very frightening. I’m going to review both the books at once as they need to go together!

Imagine one day you’re walking down the street and smile at an attractive stranger. Now as a person who smiles a lot I tend to do this without any intention behind it. So imagine what would happen when this stranger kidnaps you and leaves you in a sort of dungeon? Already terrifying enough right? Well wait until you find out the story behind it, it is even more devastating.

Olivia is a virgin who has never had any sort of intimate relationship with a man. She isn’t close with her mother, a woman who insists on calling her a whore on a daily bases, purely because of her own jealousy. However, Olivia doesn’t even dress nicely or wear makeup simply to please her and keep her happy.

Olivia is captured by Caleb, a man who tells her that she is to be sold into sex slavery. She suffers from a little bit of Stockholm syndrome, which helps you to understand the way she was feeling. Olivia is so helpless and has to rely on Caleb to basically survive, so she eventually starts to have some feelings for him. I have to say I was so glad there was a second book because this leaves you on such a cliff hanger. Putting aside the distressing situation I was so drawn to finish these books and find out Olivia’s fate.

The journey that Olivia and Caleb go through will not be for everyone. At times I was wondering why I was continuing to read it, but as I said I was completely drawn to finishing. It was very different from the average stories that I have read and I was really captivated by both the books.

When I think back to chapter one in the second book it makes my toes curl in disgust, but after finishing them both I understand that it just seems like it had to be there.

I loved the internal struggle that Caleb went through. Questioning all of his actions and the reasons behind them.

C.J. Roberts is an amazing, amazing writer. I could really picture myself in Olivia’s shoes, which literally had me feeling sick to my stomach at times. It holds some very adult content and is very descriptive about the sex slave industry.

These books are definitely not for an unforgiving person. Maybe it’s because I’m the type of person not to hold a grudge, but I really loved the story. There were many times I felt my stomach drop with that sinking feeling and ended up in tears just imagining all this happening to somebody.

If you are after a completely different story line than you’re used too, give this one a shot. I’ll just warn you again though, be ready to read about things that you couldn’t even possibly have imagined. It’s one of my favourites so if you think you can handle it, give it a go!


Thursday, 24 January 2013

Book Review: Significance by Shelly Crane

Title: Significance
Author: Shelly Crane
Series: #1
Pages: 330
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 12th 2011

Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who's had a bad year. She was smart and on track, but then her mom left, her dad is depressed, she's graduating - barely - and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.

Then she saves the life of Caleb and instantly knows there's something about him that's intriguing. But things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally.

They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she's ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive.

Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb's enemies know he's imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him.

Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?

Up until Sunday I had not heard of this series. I can’t even remember how I found it. I intended to use it for my Wishlist Wednesday this week but as I kept reading the blurb I just couldn’t wait.

I wasn’t disappointed. From the beginning I was completely drawn into Maggie’s world.

Maggie is just a normal teenager. But after her mum picks up and leaves, her dad goes into a depression and her long time boyfriend dumps her, she loses her way. She stops hanging around with her friends, she is forced to get an after school job to support her and her father and her school work suffers. Come graduation day she has no idea what she is going to do anymore, she didn’t even apply for college. Her friend Kyle Jacobson asks if she wants to hang out with him after graduation, and after turning him down so many times in the past, Maggie reluctantly agrees.

On her way to Kyle’s house she saves a guy from walking out onto the road in front of a truck. They have an instant connection, only to find out that Caleb is Kyle’s cousins. Kyle couldn’t be more annoyed! But when Caleb and Maggie touch for the first time Maggie feel her blood freeze and her future with Caleb flashes before her eyes.

Maggie is thrown into a world that she never knew existed; full of Aces, powers, abilities, rival clans and offensive marks. All because of the imprinting; a process in which two people find their soul mate, binding them as one, forever. Maggie finds that she is unable to stay away from Caleb. She is physically, mentally and emotionally drawn to him, and when they touch she can feel his heart beat inside of her.

Caleb’s family couldn’t be more excited about the imprint; it seems that Maggie and Caleb are the first in a very long time. When rival clan, the Watson’s learn of the imprint, they know that Caleb and Maggie will now ascend in the family and gain their powers. After living in the shadow the Jacobson’s and their superior abilities for too long, they will stop at nothing to prevent the ascension.

Shelly Crane … what can I say? It was amazing! I was sucked into the world. I fell in love with it all and I couldn’t put it down. It absolutely consumed my life. Every time I put the book down my head would be swarming with thoughts and questions.

The love that Caleb and Maggie share is beautiful. Having imprinted they are able to hear each others thoughts, as well as feel each others feelings. Caleb can feel Maggie’s heartbeat next to his own so therefore can sense when she is in trouble. Every time they read each others mind I would literally melt. They could share visions and memories with each other. It is truly magical.

Caleb’s family is so warm and loving, they believe that family is the most important thing, and would do anything for each other. Gran was one of my favourite characters, she is hilarious and I loved her. Beck, Maggie’s best friend, is a bit more complex. I’m still not sure that I fully understand her. Maybe I’ll find out more about her later. Kyle is a little annoying. While I appreciate his resentment … I mean his cousin is now soul mates with a girl he has been crushing on for ever. He isn’t exactly very understanding of it all, which is the contrary to the rest of his family. He supposedly really likes Maggie, but he isn’t being a very nice friend to her. Chad, Maggie’s ex-boyfriend, is very annoying. I didn’t like him at all. He dumps her at the being of the school year, because he knows that he is leaving for college at the end of the year and it would ‘be easier’ for them both. That I don’t understand. Obviously he didn’t really love her very much. It isn’t until he sees her with Caleb and gets jealous, that he decides he wants her back.

If this review hasn’t made you want to read the book then you are missing out. I suggest you go and read them now! I promise you will not be able to put them down. It is truly amazing, I am already half way through the next one and I don’t see myself stopping until the very end!

Favourite Quotes from the book:

“You don’t love people for what they can give you. You don’t love them because of what they do for you or how good you make them look. Love is blind, love does not boast, love is not vain.” – Maggie

“I’m not a baker, so I’m not about to sugar coat if for you.” – Gran

“Gran, I’m only gonna ask this once. Please don’t have sex talks with me, ok? Especially with Maggie in the room. Do you think we could do that?” – Caleb

“It’s my job as a best friend to make sure he’s not a serial killer. Or an English major, not sure which one’s worse” - Beck

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Book Review: The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Fae Fever Series
Darkfever Bloodfever Faefever Dreamfever - Shadowfever
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: #1 - 5
309 303 327 362 - 689
Genre: Romance
Release Date:
Oct 31st 2006 Jan 18th 2011

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

Ok so this series has a bit of a story to it …

OMG I loved this series. But first to how I came to reading it.

I have never been much of a paranormal fan (apart from Harry Potter and Twilight – pretty tame!). So when a friend at work recommended this book (Darkfever) and explained it to me I thought it sounded ridiculous!! The words ‘fairies’, ‘monsters’ and ‘druids’, (I didn’t even know what they were!) were thrown into the description I thought it sounded pretty suss. I just politely nodded along to what she was saying, when in my mind I was thinking “I’m never going to read these books. Ever!”

Well apparently I looked very interested and the next day at work she was lending them to me with this excited look on her face,
“Thanks Krystal! I can’t wait to get started on these!!!” … I was raised to be very polite. I had a feeling the she wasn’t going to give up easily so I decided to give them a try.

So it begins….
As I started reading, the book ticked off one of my favourite things about the heroines.

Can you guess it???

Probably not! As Kerry says to me nearly every day, ‘you’re a complete weirdo?’

“Thanks Kerry, I love you too!”

I loved it already because MacKayla (the main character) was blonde J lol!!!

Okay so she’s blonde … tick … good start. From then on I was completely obsessed. I turned into a zombie to the outside world. Now Krystal only gave me the first three books and I’m not joking, I read them from Friday night to Saturday evening. As I was finishing the last pages of the third book I went into full and complete panic mode…. I needed the rest! I needed to know what was going to happen! It had taken over my life and I needed more! I was addicted to it! I was having withdrawals already!!!

So this is how my mind works …
“Okay Rachel … breathe … it’s cool, you can wait until Monday at work … it will be fine!” “MONDAY … AT WORK … I will have to wait until Monday, then all day, and then I have to drive home before I will be able to read them!!!!” “OMG!!! It’s not fine … aaaaarrrrrrrgggggggggg I need to read the rest now …. Panic, panic, panic, panic …” Then I lay down and started rolling on the floor! (I hadn’t had much sleep as you can imagine!)

It was like watching half of a really good movie, then switching it off to come back in a couple of days! You just don’t do it, especially if you love every part of it!

I desperately text Krystal to see if I could come and pick up the next one … when she said she was out I started freaking out even more … Well who was the lucky person who got a phone call? Yay Kerry. Thank God Kerry listened to my ramblings about phoning 10 different places to get a copy of number four. (and by the way, no one had even heard of them). So probably just to shut me up and get back to her own life, Kerry bought them off Kindle and lent me her iPad. Absolute Legend!

Now I’m a very fast reader and sometimes when I finish reading a book I forget some of the freaky fine details (a bit like I did with 50 Shades). There are some parts of this book that I know will probably creep some people out … and I’m not saying it didn’t creep me out either. Death-by-sex Fae … hmmmm .., but I was far too engrossed and too in love to really notice how weird some parts where.

Hahaha, ok so a little bit about the actual book.

The basic storyline revolves around MacKayla, who travels to Ireland to find her sister’s killer. When she meets Barrons (OMG!) she discovers that her life is not what she thought it was. MacKayla is a Sidhe-Seer - she has the power to see Fae. As she learns more and more about her sister’s murder she finds herself deeper and deeper into the dark world of the Fae.

Holy mother of God I love Barron’s so much! He is a badass and so dam hot. MacKayla is amazing as well. I love her too (not the Fever Moon comic book version of her though, where she looks like a cougar!)

The writing was so involved and in depth. Everything had such great detail that you could imagine it all without having to try that hard.

I was a little sad once the series finished because I could have read more about them and all their adventures, but I’m glad it ended how I wanted it too … well kind of … I wanted more, but if you have read it already you would know that what I wanted to read about is not how Barron’s rolls.

Definitely, absolutely, positively, with out a doubt one of my favourite series…

Favourite Quotes from the book:

“A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you a pink house. A good book tells you there's a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style, park you own car out the front.” – MacKayla Lane

"One must break with one's past to embrace one's future. It is never an easy thing to do. It is one of the distinguishing characteristics between survivors and victims. Letting go of what was, to survive what is." - Jericho Barrons

"I learned that you can discover just as much from what people don't say to you, as what they do. It's not enough to listen to their words. You have to mine their silences for buried ore. It's often only in the lies we refuse to speak that any truth can be heard at all." - MacKayla Lan

"Womankind's greatest mistakes: falling in love with a man's potential. We so rarely share the same view of it, and even more rarely care to achieve it." - Jericho Barrons


I have just read this on Karen Marie Moning's blog…

"Exciting news: I’ve agreed to write two more books after that (i.e. the Fever spin-off trilogy). Once the new trilogy is complete, I’m returning to the core story begun in the FEVER series, and will resume writing about Mac, Barrons, V’lane, Cruce, the Unseelie king, the concubine, the Song of Making.

All in all, there are five more books coming about the Fever World!

Because I know you guys, I know this is going to make some of you as nervous as it makes you excited. Trust me. I’m making no compromises with the characters or the story. It’s all unfolding exactly as it should, true to itself-which means, it’s a sometimes rocky road. Dark times ahead, guys. But I write it all with genuine love for the characters, the world, and you the reader."

How exciting, unfortunately we are going to have to wait until 2015 and 2016 for these next two books L


If you didn’t know there is a chapter in Barron’s POV that was released on the 21st July 2011. It is set at the beginning just after Mackayla and Barron’s met for the first time. It was amazing and was like everything coming together. I think my mouth hung open for about an hour after I read it (and reread it and reread it…). It has an AMAZING twist. You can find it here…


Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop hosted by Dani from Pen to Paper. Each week you post one book from your wish list that you really want to read.

So my Wishlist Wednesday book is …

Title: Accordance
Author: Shelly Crane
Series: #2
Pages: 314
Genre: Romance
Release Date: September15th 2011

In the sequel, Maggie learns much more about all the strange things that happened to her, and has to face new ones. She rebels against it, but ultimately, must face it for her new families sake and maybe even her life.

Bish went from being her biggest supporter to her biggest pain in the butt and Kyle's intentions to attract her interest may not be so innocent.

Caleb and Maggie face many new obstacles together and fight to work through them but will one that should be a good thing be too much for Maggie to handle?

I only found this series the other day on Goodreads and I have no idea why I haven’t heard about it before. I read the first one and couldn’t put it down so I’m so eager to get to the second one. Doesn’t it sound amazing?

I’m been being very careful about reading too much about it online though because I don’t want to spoil it for myself!

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Here is mine this week:

Title: Reckless
Author: S.C. Stephens
Series: #3
Release Date: March 5th 2013

Can love survive when life gets Reckless?
When the band hits it big, Kiera and Kellan must ask themselves: Can their love for each other survive the constant pressures of superstardom?

The friendships they've formed, the new family they've found, and the history they've forged will all play a part in helping them navigate the turbulent waters of the band's exploding popularity.

A greedy executive hell-bent on success, a declining pop star looking for an edge, and a media circus that twists lies into truths are just some of the obstacles the lovers will have to overcome if they are going to remain together.

Fame comes with a price-but will it cost Kiera and Kellan everything?

I’m excited to find out what is going to happen in this third Thoughtless book and whether this will be the final installment in the series. Here’s hoping that Kellan and Kiera don’t have to go through too much more turmoil L

Teaser Chapter One:

On January 7th SC Stephens reached 20,000 likes on Facebook and, as promised, released the first chapter available to download here-

When she reaches 25,000 likes she will release the second chapter along with a bonus Kellan POV of the infamous ‘rain scene’ from Thoughtless!!! Click Here to like her FB site!

Monday, 21 January 2013

Leap Frog Follow Hop

We're excited to be involved in our first ever blog hop!!!

The Paperbook Princess and Readers In Wonderland have teamed up to present you with the: Leap Frog Follow Hop!

Leap Frog Follow Hop
Click Here for more info

If you could read only one book over and over again, what would it be and why?

Kerry’s Answer:

Only one??? But there are so many to choose from, new ones, old ones, where to start? I think that I’m going to go with a bit of a ‘nerdish’ answer and say Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It is a book that I have literally read more times than I can even remember, but every time it has the power to draw me into the world of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. With the balls and the dinners and the language. It was the first romance book that I truly feel in love with. The characters, the world, the storyline! To me Pride and Prejudice is exactly what a romance should be, full of passion, miscommunications, misconceptions, unknown love and happily ever afters.

Rachel’s Answer:
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. This would definitaely be the one and only book I would read over and over no doubt in my mind!
I don’t know if it is because Travis is everything I want in a guy, or just because the story is so believable. I loved the way the story comes together and how it has just the right level of angst. It didn’t drag on and it ended in such a great way where the story wasn’t ruined. I’m so glad that the next book is Travis’ POV because it would be totally heartbreaking for them to go through another conflict. In my mind they will live for ever happily ever after. I’m so excited for the next book to hear Travis’ thoughts and his love for Abby. Just thinking about this all again makes me what to pick it up and read it again!!!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Book Review: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Title: The Edge of Never
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Series: NA
Pages: 426
Genre: Romance
Release Date: November 13th 2012

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

I don’t even know how to go about reviewing this book, it was just so good! I truly loved every part of it. It was the perfect length. You were left fulfilled and it didn’t drag on with unnecessary information.

I say in a lot of my reviews that some characters seem to piss me off a bit. You know the feeling when you just want to shake some sense into them, slap them or even punch them in the face. Well I was so glad to read a book where this wasn’t the case at all. I actually loved every bit about both the main characters.

I loved Andrew. He had this caring, protective side and even though Camryn was just a stranger, he was drawn to her. And thank God because she would have been damaged for life if he wasn’t there to protect her.

Camryn was also one of those characters that you instantly fall in love with. She was very strong and luckily took risks in all the right places which lend her to a beautiful romance.

This book is so inspirational, I loved how Camryn is able to just take off and leave her life behind her. It just shows that sometimes if you take a chance you can open the door to experiences that can change your life. It actually made me what to jump in my car, and drive and drive and drive, with no purpose. Just to see where the journey might take me. I think that is the sign of a truly great book. One that doesn’t just make you get lost in the pages, but one that inspires you.

I loved how the story panned out, but on the other hand was also full of distressing situations. I found myself balling eyes out at 1 o’clock in the morning. Let’s just say I woke up with puffy eyes the next day for work! I couldn’t help myself though. I had to finish it. I spent the day at work practically sleep working, but it was totally worth it.

I think I’m going to have to find somewhere in my Top 5 Favourites to add this one.


Book Review: On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Title: On the Island
Author: Tracey Garvis-Graves
Series: NA
Pages: 334 (kindle)
Genre: Romance
Release Date: September 3rd 2011

When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments - instead of his friends.

Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island.

Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter. Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.

From the second I started this book I couldn’t but it down. I was completely hooked. I was so upset that I couldn’t finish it in one sitting because it took over my life. This is one of those books that you need to find out what is going to happen. You become so attached to the characters that even when you’re not reading all you are thinking about is them. Will they survive? Will they be rescued? Will they fall in love? What happens if they do get rescued? Will their lives ever be the same?

Anne is an English teacher who has been waiting far too long for her boyfriend to decide he is ready for marriage. She can practically here her biological clock ticking. When Anna gets a job tutoring for a wealth family in their summer house in the Maldives, it’s time to decide whether too stay or go.

TJ has finally got some good news. The cancer is gone! So when his parents want him to spend the summer catching up on the school work he has missed he couldn’t be more annoyed. Thinking he would finally be able to spend time with his friends and be a normal teenager it’s the last thing he wants to do.

As the Anne and TJ make their way to the Maldives to meet up with his family they experience a few bumps along the way. However, it isn’t until the two boards a private seaplane that everything goes wrong. The pilot suffers from a heart attack and the plane plummets into the Indian Ocean. TJ and Anne are saved thanks to their life jackets and wash up on an uninhibited island. They must work out how to get water and food in order to stay alive long enough to be rescued. As the days turn into weeks the two lose all hope and resign to the fact that they now live on the island.

When they are finally rescued after over three years they must learn to live back in the real world. With media following their every move they both must decide what they want in life.

I haven’t read anything by Tracey Garvis-Graves before, but this was amazing. I would definitely read more. It wasn’t soft and lovey, if you know what I mean. Think Lost, I mean apart from all the weirdness going on, they all seemed so ok with the fact they were stuck on an island. I mean one person had a baby!!! This book dealt with hard issues, dangers in the sea, contamination, dehydration, malnutrition, depression and loneliness. Garvis-Graves can make you feel so connected to the characters I was actually crying through a lot of the book.

I loved the way that it was written. There was never a minute where I was bored with what was happening. The dangers that Anne and TJ faced seemed so real and completely realistic. You were able to see the story from both characters perspectives, which is always great.

I was a little apprehensive at first because I usually find it difficult to read about characters that are in their thirties. It is because I have trouble relating. Not to mention that the blurb says that the boy is only sixteen, which is a little be gross. The way it is written however, I hardly even noticed it. The relationship between the two is formed on the basis of survival. There is nothing inappropriate about it. Their bond grows slowly and you fall in love with them falling in love. It is completely natural and understandable as they are stranded on an island.

It isn’t a normal love story. It is powerful and passionate and so incredible. I absolutely loved it.


Monday, 7 January 2013

Book Review: Against The Wall

Title: Against The Wall
Author: Julie Prestsater
Series: #1
Pages: 304
Genre: Romance
Release Date: April 21st 2012

Shelly Gelson had it all...a job teaching English at Carver High, her best friend, Mel, working by her side and engaged to her high school sweetheart, Chase Marino. That is until Chase breaks her heart and leaves her for another teacher at the school.

Now Shel is left broken hearted and trying to figure out what she wants while watching Chase and the home wrecker make moon eyes at each other.

Enter Matt Fuller, Shel's friend for the past 5 years and the perfect rebound. He's gorgeous, smart, funny and fits into Shel's idea of the right guy. Only problem is there may be more there then just a simple rebound. Is it a way to fill a void left by Chase, or is there more smoldering between these two friends? Find out what happens when the bell rings and the teenage drama ends and the adult drama begins.

Who says being a teacher is boring? They obviously haven't met the teachers at Carver High.

This was one of those books that isn’t at all hard to read, and quite frankly, it was completely boring. I knew what was going to happen from the first chapter and it took 300 pages to get to it!!!

Shelly is a high school teacher who has just been dumped by her high school teacher boyfriend/fiancé of the past ten years, Chase. Her best friend Mel, another teacher, encourages her to finally go after Matty, who apparently has always had the hots for her, and has been a close friend. Oh, he’s a teacher as well.

The plot revolves around Matty telling Shelly how he feels, but not wanting to have sex with her until she is definitely over Chase. So he is not just her rebound. To do this he allows her to go on dates with other guys, however they spend every night sleeping (just sleeping) together. The characters are supposed to be in their 30’s but most of the time Shelly acts like a teenager. She gets drunk most nights with Mel, and continually states that she would never date anyone who drinks ‘weak beer’.

I think there was far too much repetition in the story for lack of a real plot. Mel ‘laughed until she snorted,’ about a hundred times, Matty and Shelly ‘made out like teenagers,’ about a hundred times, and Shelly talked about beer, about a hundred times! Ummm, get some new information. By the end I was just glad that it was over. While every character, even including Shelly’s brother, is a teacher. I would have no idea what they actually do because there was nothing in the story about their teaching or classes. Even though the blurb clearly makes it sound like it’s all about this teacher drama in the hall of a high school. No, not really.

When I bought it from Amazon all these reviews were raving about what a ‘laugh-out-loud’ book it was. I didn’t find it all that funny, the characters were just very immature and I think that they all lacked a bit of background to help you to relate to them.

All in all, I don’t know how this book as got four stars on Amazon and Goodreads. It is so boring that I ended up just flicking through pages. The worst part was that the whole story was building you up to when Shelly and Matty were going to finally sleep together and when they do ... well sorry but it is nothing to write home about!!

There is another one called Between The Sheets, which follows Mel's story, but I don't think I'll be reading that anytime soon.


Who will play Christian Grey????

Fifty Shades of Grey
The Movie

Okay, so while some of us are still trying to scrub our eyes clean of what we read in the pages of Fifty Shades, we can’t deny that we are a little bit curious about the upcoming movie, and who will play our Mr Grey. While I’m not confessing myself a fan of BDSM by a long shot, as I said some of the images will never leave my mind… however, I’m the ultimate fan of romance. If there is romance somewhere in a story I will read/watch it. Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele just happen to be that sort of love story. The one were they both becomes a better versions of themselves because of how deep their love for each other is. So while the movie may be very awkward to go and see we can’t pretend like we won’t be lining up to see it and eagerly awaiting the cast list.

So with so much speculation around lately about who will star as the main characters, I thought I would make a list of who is rumoured to be in consideration.

Christian Grey

Ahhh Christian Grey, our very troubled, domineering male lead. Grey is described as having dark copper hair, gray eyes, young (27), incredibly successful, wealthy, tall, muscular, broad shouldered, and mysterious, with his secret dark side and past. So which of these candidates will be best suited? We have…

Ian Somerhalder

Best know for his portrayal of Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries, Somerhalder was fan picked early on as being a top contender. He definitely has the tortured sexiness about him. I mean who would say no to him?

Alexander Skarsgard

 Another vampire candidate! You’ll recognise Skarsgard if you are a fan of True Blood in which he plays Eric Northman. But at 36 will he be about to pull off the young entrepreneur look? (In saying that many of the top fan favourites are in their mid 30’s!!!)

Matt Bomer

White Collar’s, Matt Bomer, has also been throw around in the mix in online fan polls. With many pinning him neck and neck for the part with Ian Somerhalder. However, screenwriter Bret Eastern Ellis, sparked online controversy when he tweeted, “Okay I'll say it.  Matt Bomer isn't right for Christian Grey because he is openly gay. He's great for other roles but this is too big a game.”

Ryan Gosling

 It doesn’t look as though our beloved The Notebook star is the favourite to play Christian Grey. Author E.L. James reportedly shot down those rumours back in September, but then again you never know.

Chris Hemsworth

 The most recent actor to step into the spotlight with speculation surrounding Fifty Shades is our very own Aussie born Chris Hemsworth. Apparently his performance in upcoming movie Rush, caught the eye of Fifty Shades producers. Well I can definitely say that I’m a fan!

Henry Cavill

A little more age appropriate than some of the other chooses is Henry Cavill. From Tristan and Isolde, Red Riding Hood and Stardust and most recently Superman in Man of Steel, Cavill is heating the polls as another recent frontrunner for the part.

Anastasia Steele

Ana is portrayed throughout the books to be a rather innocent, shy, slim, shabby, self conscious and stubborn sort of person. As the story is told by her she describes herself as pale, with brown hair and too big for her face blue eyes. She also admits to being somewhat, but not overly, pretty.

Alexis Bledel

 Well we all know Alexis Bledel from her days as Rory Gilmore on the Gilmore Girls, so she definitely has that stereotypical ‘girl next door’ look about her. Not to mention that her facial features are almost perfectly how they are described in the book. However, with only a few previous sex scenes under her belt is Bledel a bit too innocent of an actress to get down and dirty with Christian Grey?

Anne Hathaway

 On the other end of the spectrum we all know that Anne Hathaway isn’t afraid to take her clothes of in the name of entertainment (Love and Other Four Letter Words…). However, would playing Anastasia Steele be a step back from chopping all her hair off in hopes of an Academy Award for dramatic music Les Miserables?

Ashley Greene

 Ashley Greene is best known for her part as Alice Cullen in the hit movie franchise Twilight, so would she play Ana well? A self-confessed tomboy, she definitely has the sort of look that Steele is described as in the books.

Emma Watson

 Hoping to finally break out of her Harry Potter mould, is Emma Watson ready to swap her wand in for a whip??? While she is trying to prove herself as a serious actress, is Fifty Shades maybe a bit too big of a jump?

Felicity Jones

 Hmmm, Felicity Jones? I’m afraid to say that I only know her as the girl from The Worst Witch, which, lets face it, was The Worst Show! However, perhaps Ana Steele should be portrayed by a relatively unknown actress?

Krysten Ritter

 Don’t Trust the B star Krysten Ritter has recently come forward to say that if asked she wouldn’t turn down the roll. While I think she is hilarious and I love her in Don't Trust the B, I'm not sure if she quite has the same innocence as some of the others have though!

Lucy Hale

 Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale definitely has the Ana look going for her, same eyes, same build, same hair… She has even reportedly said “I’m definitely a huge fan of the books. Obviously I’d be thrilled to be apart of it.” Not very shy about her enthusiasm!!!

Mila Kunis

 Although there has been rumours whether or not Mila Kunis is in talks for the role of Anastasia Steele she here on my list because she was a fan choice.

Emilia Clarke

Best known for her part as Daenerys Targaryen in TV series Game of Thrones, 24 year old British actress Emilia Clarke is probably the most recent star to set Fifty Shade polls rocking. Emilia has the natural look, pale skin, brown hair and big eyes. Not to mention that she is clearly not fazed about the nudity and sex scene, which might just win her the part.

I’d love to know who your top guesses/predictions are or if you know/want anyone else, or thoughts about the movie adaptation/cast….