Sunday, 27 September 2015

Dead Girls Don't by Mags Storey

Series: N/A
Author: Mags Storey
Page Count: 380
Published: March 17th, 2015
Publisher: ChiTeen
5 Stars ★★★★★

I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley. 

Liv and her best friend Gabriel are watching live footage of a party when something goes terribly wrong. Brett, a member of the 'popular' group at school, is found murdered, and Adam, the boy Liv has a small crush on, finds himself to be the main suspect.

Liv develops the power to speak with the dead, and working at a funeral home, she has plenty of opportunity to use this ability. When Adam escapes custody, a girl is stabbed, and his ex-girlfriend is murdered, rumours fly that he has escaped his prison only to kill and kill again. 

He goes to Liv for help, claiming that he is innocent, asking her to help him prove it. With Liv's ability to speak to the dead, they're both hoping to get some answers. But they must face obstacles... like keeping this secret from Gabriel, Liv's status as an outcast, and their feelings for each other. 

I devoured this book quite quickly....a darkly intriguing read, I was sucked into the story from the very start.

I love how the author mixed a murder mystery with paranormal elements in a high school setting. I've never read anything like this before, and I found myself pleasantly surprised.

Everything about this book was amazing. The characters? Well developed, complex,  unique and relatable. Not all completely good or completely evil, but many fell in between. The setting? Described so thoroughly it felt like I was right there with the characters...but it wasn't too descriptive. There was a good balance. The plot? Perfectly paced, very mysterious, and super unique!

I liked how the romance sub-plot didn't steal the spotlight from the overall plot. There was a bit of a love triangle but it wasn't over-the-top.

An amazing read, I recommend this to YA readers who like their mysteries with a bit of romance, a touch of paranormal, and a dangerous killer. 

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Beautiful Cover(s) of the Day!

Today I am featuring the Théâtre Illuminata trilogy by Lisa Mantchev. I really love the covers of these books, I find them to be unique and eye-catching. The colour schemes are perfect and, as is the case with many books, the covers are what drew me to the books in the first place. I think all three are absolutely gorgeous but I must say that if I had to pick, I'd say the second cover, Perchance to Dream, is my favourite.

The blurb:

"All her world's a stage.

Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.

She's not an orphan, but she has no parents.

She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.

That is, until now.

Enter Stage Right

NATE. Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie.

COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARD SEED, and PEASEBLOSSOM. Four tiny and incredibly annoying fairies. BERTIE'S sidekicks.

ARIEL. Seductive air spirit and Bertie's weakness. The symbol of impending doom.

BERTIE. Our heroine.

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book--an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family--and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

Lisa Mantchev has written a debut novel that is dramatic, romantic, and witty, with an irresistible and irreverent cast of characters who are sure to enchant the audience.

Open Curtain"

Find Eyes Like Stars on Goodreads

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Dangers of Fairy Compacts by Katey Hawthorne

Series: Fairy Compacts
Author: Katey Hawthorne
Page Count: 46
Published: June 25th, 2012
Publisher: M/M Romance Group @ Goodreads
  5 Stars ★★★★★

Aeron is a faery who always hears a voice in his head. One day, the voice becomes louder than he can bear and he follows it all the way into the mortal realm.

He meets Tammas, a priest, who has unknowingly bound both of them together. Tammas is frightened and Aeron has nowhere to go, and finds himself angry and residing in a tree until he is finally invited into Tammas's home. 

Aeron is stubborn and rather confident while Tammas is shy and unsure, but soon enough, despite their quarrels, an attraction forms. Will they ever break the binding spell? And what will happen when Aeron is sent back home? Will he and Tammas ever see each other again? 

This is a short, sweet novella, and it was free when I downloaded it, which is a great bonus. It surpassed my expectations and despite its short length, I was pulled into the story and I learned so much about both Aeron and Tammas.

I love faeries and I love romance. Give me a shy, adorable human and a confident, stubborn faery and I am satisfied! This story did just that.

The romance took enough time to develop, but I wasn't kept waiting for too long. The erotic scenes were perfect and sweet, and in my opinion adorble, and the ending made me want to read more about Tammas and Aeron! I will definetly be reading more of this author's work in the future.

Overall, very cute and romantic. I appreciated this good quality, gay romance novella, and I recommend this to fans of gay romance, faeries, and short and sweet novellas.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated by Fiona at A Girl Between the Pages for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thanks for nominating me!

"The whole idea of the Sunshine Award is that you nominate bloggers who put a little sunshine in your day, who are positive, creative, and inspiring."
The Rules:
1. Answer the 11 questions provided for you.
2. Nominate other wonderful bloggers and ask them 11 questions.

The Questions:
1. Favourite time and place to read?

I like reading in the afternoon, usually indoors in my room, with the sun peeking through my curtains. It's a really nice setting to relax, I'm awake enough to read, and the sun isn't blinding me thanks to my curtains filtering it! 

2. What makes a day perfect for you?

The best days are the ones where I get to hang out with, or at least speak with, my boyfriend. Spending a day with him, going to the coffee shop, watching a movie, cuddling....that is what makes a day perfect for me. 

3. When buying books, do you prefer going into a bookstore or ordering online? 

That depends. I love going into bookstores and being surrounded by shelves and shelves of books. I find it very calming. However, the price of books is often reduced when you order it online. So either is OK for me, I don't really have a preference, it just depends on the circumstances. 

4. What's the most current book you're reading? How do you like it so far?

I am currently reading Easy by Tammara Webber.   I like it so far, I'm not too far into it though so I can't really say much about it yet.

5. Reading inside or outside?

Inside. I get anxious around bugs, which are generally outside, and I'm usually OK if I can see where they are, but when I'm reading I can't focus on that, and my anxiety takes over so I can't focus on the book....Reading inside is the best for me. 

6. What's your favourite genre? Least favourite genre? Why?

My favourites include YA, Erotica, and Romance. I also really enjoy Mystery. I'm not a big fan of Sci-Fi but I'm open to trying books which fall into this genre. I can't stand religious fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of Pagan-centered books.

7. Do you ever lend books out to friends?

Yes, I do!

8. Most recent blog post? What was it about?

I recently posted a 'beautiful covers of the day' featuring the Fins series by Tera Lynn Childs. It is about the book covers which catch my eye!

9. What do you use to blog? (Laptop, phone, computer, etc.)

I use my tablet, and now that I have a laptop I am starting to use that as well.

10. Most anticipated book?

I recently ordered Oblivion and now I'm waiting for that one! I also can't wait to get a copy of Demon Road...I've been anticipating this book for a while.

11. Would you rather have 1 book for an 18 hour flight, or an e-reader with numerous books on it, but with only 5% battery?

Definitely 1 book for the whole flight. At least if I finish it, I can flip through it again....with the e-reader, it's dead when it's dead!

My Nominees:
I nominate the lovely bloggers at

My Questions:
1. What was your favourite book as a child?
2. Why did you start your blog? What inspired you?
3. Explain your blog's title!
4. Do you run or contribute to any other blogs? 
5. What book do you recommend to everybody?
6. Worst book-to-movie adaption in your opinion? Best book-to-movie adaption in your opinion?  
7. Favourite book cover?
8. Do you prefer ordering books online or visiting a bookstore?
9. Are you OK with buying used books or do you always have to get new ones?
10. Do you write your own stories, poems, etc?
11. If you had to transform into a character from any book, which character would you become?

Leave the links to your responses in the comments! If you completed this award already, then feel free to leave that link as well!

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Beautiful Cover(s) of the Day!

The Fins series by Tera Lynn Childs has beautiful covers with gorgeous models and a mesmerizing colour scheme. When I saw these books, with their lovely contrasting and complementing colours and intriguing descriptions...I had to add them to my to-read shelf.

The blurb:

"Seventeen-year-old Lily, half-mermaid and half-human, has been living on land and attending high school, where she develops a crush on a boy but is afraid to tell him of her true destiny as the ruler of the undersea kingdom of Thalassinia."

Find Forgive My Fins on Goodreads