Thursday 30 April 2015

Book review - Light Of A Thousand Stars by Siobhan Davis

Ariana Skyee has been the center of Zane Anders’ world for years. They got together as a couple ten months ago, so Zane finally has the girl of his dreams. Life should be peachy.

But it isn’t.

Haunted by a shared secret that threatens to destroy their relationship and claim their sanity, Zane is on a one-man mission to prevent Ari from falling apart.

Then Commander Skyee drops the biggest bombshell of all, and everything Zane has taken for granted about the future is shattered overnight.

Always and Forever: That’s what Zane has promised Ari.
Keeping that promise is about to become the hardest thing he will ever do.

(I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review)

This novella had my mind-blown and I'm asking for more!!

Light Of A Thousand Stars is told from Zane's POV and takes place before True Calling. We get to read about Zane and Ari's time together and it's evident they love each other deeply and are made for each other.

However the move to Novo was imminent and Zane was to be separated from Ari.

From this novella, we also read about Zane's best friend Gil and Ari's best friend Joy, but they weren't mentioned in previous books so I'm not sure they made it to Novo.

Ari was plagued by nightmares of an event that took place just after she got together with Zane. However we were not told the details of it. I wonder if this is something significant that Ari has remembered at the end of Beyond Reach.

Siobhan Davis has left me wanting for more and I cannot wait for Destiny Rising, the final book in the True Calling series.

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Thursday 16 April 2015

Book review - Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey

1943, in the ruins of Blitzed London…

Stella Thorne and Dan Rosinski meet by chance and fall in love by accident. Theirs is a reluctant, unstoppable affair in which all the odds are stacked against them: she is newly married, and he is an American bomber pilot whose chance of survival is just one in five.

… He promised to love her forever

Sixty years later Dan makes one final attempt to find the girl he has never forgotten, and sends a letter to the house where they shared a brief yet perfect happiness. But Stella has gone, and the letter is opened by Jess, a young girl hiding from problems of her own. And as Jess reads Dan's words, she is captivated by the story of a love affair that burned so bright and dimmed too soon. Can she help Dan find Stella before it is too late?

Now forever is finally running out.

(I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review)

I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a moving and beautifully written book about the love story between an USAAF Dan Rosinski and a young Mrs Stella Thorne.

Dan and Stella met by chance in a ruins of a church in the 1940's and they started writing each other love letters.

These love letters are discovered in 2011 by a young Jess when she was on the run from her abusive boyfriend Dodge. She was a squatter in an abandoned cottage house where she found these letters and met probate researcher Will who was trying to find any heirs of the house.

Jess was fascinated by the letters and was determined to help reunite Dan and Stella, and with Will's help they embark on a journey that also allows them to discover for themselves what they have between them.

Initially, the book was structed so that one chapter is in the 1940's and the next is in 2011. However as I read on, I sometimes find that within the same chapter you jump between the two which was a bit confusing, that's why I deduct half a star from my rating.

All in all, this was a very good read which I try to lose myself in any possible spare time I have, e.g. lunch breaks, tea breaks, travelling on the tube/train... highly recommended!

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Book review - April's Rain by David Johnson

Eight years after losing her closest friend, Tucker struggles to keep her rebellious, self-destructive granddaughter under control. When April accidentally kills her boyfriend while defending herself from his attack, Judge Jack helps Tucker ferry her granddaughter away to Spirit Lake, a remote treatment facility in the mountains of eastern Tennessee. There, April creates a false identity, painting herself as a young socialite, and blocks Tucker’s attempts at communication.

Tucker’s grandson March, missing for eight years, is discovered half-dead, having lost both his sight and his memories. As he recovers, March’s blindness persists but fragments of his life reemerge. When he finds himself at Spirit Lake, he runs headlong into his past.

Will Tucker be able to reunite her family after their paths have splintered?

(I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review)

This is the first book I've read from this author and certainly the first from the Tucker series too.

When I started reading the first chapter that was told from Tucker's pov I was afraid the rest of the book was going to be told in the same style. I was glad to find out it was only Tucker's narrative that was difficult to read.

I very much enjoyed April's and March's narratives and couldn't wait to read more (on the other hand I had to half-skim through Tucker's because I really found it hard to read).

Even though this is the 3rd book in the Tucker series I find it can be enjoyed as a standalone.

I would recommend this book and look forward to reading the other books in this series.

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Tuesday 14 April 2015

Thursday 9 April 2015

Book review - Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis

Back on Earth, Ariana is caught in a dangerous crossfire between clandestine rebel organization Clementia and the power-hungry government. Refusing to divulge the location of the secret information entrusted to her by her late father, she desperately tries to bargain for her Mom, Lily, and Cal’s rescue. She’s fighting a losing battle, and the clock is ticking.

Presented with evidence of her fiancĂ© Cal’s apparent betrayal, she loyally defends him despite her concerns. With her emotions in turmoil, matters become even more complicated as she grows closer to her ex-boyfriend Zane.

When the stakes are raised, a succession of shocking revelations rocks her world, setting her on a path that will not only change her destiny but the fate of humanity.

Confronted by a memory so abhorrent comes a truth she would do anything to forget.

But some things just can’t be undone.

(I received a copy from the author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review)

Wow, another good read from Siobhan Davis.

I'm already a massive fan of book #1 (True Calling) and this book has lived up to its expectation and more.

This book is action packed and hard to put down.

Ariana is now back on Earth with Zane, but Cal is still on Novo alongside her Mom and Sister.

She's shown evidence of Cal's betrayal and she's thoroughly confused about it, further more she's started to develop feelings for Zane.

Towards the end of the book, we were told that Ariana has started to regain all of her memories. She's remembered something very significant and life-changing. What is it and how does it affect her relationship with Cal / Zane?

I can't wait to find out in the next book!!!

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Book review - Lovestruck (novella) by Siobhan Davis

Everything changed the moment he found her…

Cal Remus is in love.

But the object of his affection barely acknowledges his existence. Worse: She acts like he’s the dirt sticking to the bottom of her shoe. Weaker men might give up. But not Cal. Hell no, he loves a good challenge and Ariana Skyee has made this the most intriguing challenge of all.

Having read his father’s confidential military files, Cal should be concerned about the seemingly fragile new world order on Planet Novo and the events back on Earth. But he’s distracted.

Securing Arianas love is his number one priority.

He’s going to win her heart, or die trying.

(I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review)

This in an interesting and sweet novella told from Cal's perspective.

I read this after True Calling and before Beyond Reach. Before reading this, I had doubts about Cal's true intentions towards Ariana, now I know his feelings for her are real.

The events in this novella happens before True Calling and we see how Cal has fallen head over heels for Ariana but she doesn't know it. Somehow she sees Cal as very vain and felt she was constantly being teased by him. In fact he's being obsessed by her and even starts stalking her.

All in all it provided some useful insights into Cal's world and I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

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Book review - True Calling by Siobhan Davis

Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17 year old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.

As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.

Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.

(I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review)

Wow. This was an amazing read.

I love the cover and that's what attracted me to it in the first place. Then I started reading and just couldn't put it down!

True Calling starts off with 17 year-old Ariana on the planet Novo. She and her family were relocated there from Earth 2 years ago. All's well until the government introduced "The Calling" which is a pageant that all 17 year-olds must participate in, to find their lifetime partner.

As expected, Ariana wasn't happy about it and couldn't understand why she doesn't have a say in her future. And that's when she started to get close to Cal, who incidentally appears in her Top Ten list of suitors on The Calling.

Then we read about Ariana having dreams about a boy called Zane. Who is Zane? We find out more about him when Part 2 of the book is written from his perspective.

All in all this is a well-written book and I look forward to the 2nd and 3rd books!

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