Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Review: Unrequited by Emma Grey (Tour Stop)





Unrequited
by Emma Grey 
Release Date: 05/26/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Kat Hartland loathes Unrequited, the world's biggest boy band. Is she the only girl in Sydney who can't be bothered with perfect-looking Angus Marsden?

Give her 5 Seconds of Summer. Now.

Or maybe the seriously-hot med student who rescued her on a train—and who could be Douglas Booth's twin! Perfect formal partner, much?

But when Kat comes face to face with Angus Marsden himself, things start to get complicated. Very. Throw in a deranged female popstar, final exams, a part in the musical and a mum who just doesn't get it—and where is her best friend?

When did life get so crazy? Kat's just an ordinary schoolgirl.

Isn't she?


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Read the first three chapters at: www.unrequited.com.au










Emma Grey has two teenage girls, a three-year-old boy, a couple of businesses and another teen novel in the pipeline. Her first book, 'Wits' End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum' was published in 2005.

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My Rating

4


My Review

Unrequited is a wonderful YA contemporary that I enjoyed from the very first page to the very last. It's funny, authentic, romantic, and just about everything else readers can look for. It's a pretty quick read that's nearly impossible to put down, so I would just clear out an evening to read. You definitely won't regret it.

One of the things I loved the most in the novel was the "small world" feel that it gave. So many of the characters have intertwined stories, whether or not it be through coincidence. Although too many coincidences can seem doubtful, novels like this are probably much more true to life than a story in which all of the characters have completely separate lives. I loved the different interactions and parallels, especially in the cases of dramatic irony. Plus, the ongoing concept of "chance" meetings makes for a great plot. It's a blast to read.

Just as much, Kat is a very likeable protagonist. She sounds and acts like a seventeen year old girl. (And that's coming from a seventeen year old girl, so I think I have some weight when I say it.) She has a lot of personality, which gives her an interesting voice. Although she can act mature for her age, this maturity isn't overdone. She still gets nervous around boys, even if she can bicker with them and she still care about things like her school's formal, although it isn't her ultimate priority.

Angus Marsden is a lead who's an equal match for Kat. He's sweet, talented, funny...although at sometimes he seems a bit too perfect, that's part of the celebrity image, and he really is an interesting character. I'm not a fan of any boy bands at the moment, but I must say, I'd probably be a hard core closet fan of Unrequited.

With witty dialogue, a fast pace, and a thoroughly enjoyable romance, I highly recommend giving Unrequited a try. It's the kind of concept that brings to life a fantasy of every teenage girl (if they disagree, they're probably lying) through a fully enjoyable story. An overall fabulous read.


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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Review: Upon Your Honor by Marie Lavender


Deception is a dangerous path…

New York City, August, 1891 – Orphaned after the death of her father, Chloe Waverly stows away on La Voyageur to escape the clutches of her cruel fiancĂ©, Lamonte Beckett. Gabriel Hill, a strange and compelling gentleman, comes upon Chloe and promises to protect her without knowing the true circumstances of why she is running away. During their journey, Gabriel doesn’t bargain on being distracted by her fair beauty or succumbing to her many charms. As their attraction to each other grows, so does the danger and Gabriel suspects things are not as they should be.

Both are determined to get to New Orleans, where she can start a new life. But, once they reach their destination, events spin out of their control and Chloe is captured by the fiancé she escaped. Gabriel is left wondering if he can overlook her betrayal. Soon he finds himself in a race against time, to reach her before Beckett can exact revenge.
 
 
My Rating
 
4
 
 
My Review
 
Upon Your Honor is the second novel of Marie Lavender's Heiresses in Love series (the first of which, Upon Your Return, I reviewed here). I actually think that I loved Upon Your Honor even more than the first novel. It was an absolutely gorgeous read that I couldn't put down for a moment.
 
The connection between this novel and the first in the series was wonderful. The hero is now Gabriel Hill, the son of Grant and Fara, and the heroine is a fresh face, Chloe Waverly. It was fantastic to still be in the same historical world as the first novel, with familiar characters, but also have the main spotlight be on new faces.
 
I felt that this plot was very tight, with high stakes and great pacing. The pages kept turning, especially for a romance novel, and I was constantly eager as to what would happen next. The romantic development may have readers yanking their hair out on occasion, but it is so so worth it. I could not get enough of the pairing between Gabriel and Chloe. It was both sweet and sexy, realistic, and fun and somewhat aggravating. But I'd sail that ship from New York to New Orleans anyway.
 
Speaking of which, I loved how a large chunk of the book was set at sea. I definitely did not get enough of life on La Voyageur before, and that added an interesting spin to the story. The sense of time passing by worked wonderfully, and allowed for a much more believable transition in the relationship.
 
Chloe is a wonderful character, as she is sweet but intelligent, and can even be coy when she wants to be. Getting a glimpse of her complex backstory made for an even more interesting character. Gabriel is just as deliciously swoon-worthy (if not more) than his father, so ladies need not be disappointed. Even outside of the fantastic romantic leads, other characters were very well-developed. Although Lamonte may not be likable, it's great how his thought and image acts like a menacing shadow throughout the novel. He makes quite the impact, and he isn't in the story long, which definitely shows how fantastic supporting characters can be.
 
I loved Upon Your Honor. It has romance, suspense, action, laughs, and just about everything one can look for in a novel. Fans of historical romance, especially those who already indulged in Upon Your Return, are sure to enjoy.  
 
 
 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Review: Upon Your Return by Marie Lavender


Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago. When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life.

But, Fara finds herself thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strange man for protection. His intervention not only saves her, but puts her in an even more compromising position.

Grant Hill, a trading captain, is enchanted by the young heiress not only because of her beauty, but because she is hardly conventional. Underneath her ladylike exterior lies a tigress. Grant cannot help but offer his protection as she is in need and he is far from immune from her charms.

Fara just never bargained on the passion that she feels for Grant Hill. As events unfold, she must decide whether her desires and the dictates of her heart should trump the rules of society in this exciting tale
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My Rating
 
3.5
 
 
 My Review  

Upon Your Return is a wonderfully written historical romance that a variety of readers will enjoy. The premise is quite fantastic in itself. A romantic hero that is also captain of his own ship? I can definitely jump onto that boat. The events of the story are smoothly intertwined, and make for a very interesting read. 

The characters of the novel are all very strong, and each are enjoyable in their own way. Fara may be unconventional in the sense that she is outspoken and fiery, which I absolutely loved but Lavender didn't go overboard as trying to sell just how different she was. There are ways for a female heroine to be strong without physical strength, and occasionally needing "saving" doesn't make one weak. Fara is proof of both these facts, and it's wonderful. She's strong, intelligent and passionate - but still has the convincing image of a lady. It's a wonderful blend.
 
Just as Fara was a fantastic female lead, Grant Hill is a complete showstopper. If he has one thing, it's personality, and it's a good one. He's smart, sexy, and courageous - and he really cares about Fara. Definitely swoon-worthy. Say what you want, but that's important for me in romances.
 
And although the romance between Fara and Grant is sweet and steamy and just really great, there is so much more to the novel than the two of them. There is danger, excitement, complex characters and emotional situations. It's more than a romance, but it has fantastic romance.
 
Although some parts read a bit slow, the overall pacing was fine. There are a few unanswered questions which make certain actions not totally clear and seeming no more than convenient, but not in abundance. (The only thing that really stuck out involved the motives of the first fiance, which is a pretty significant plot event.)
 
Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the read and recommend it for fans of historical romance.