Monday, 30 September 2013

Secret Seduction (Secret Series #1) by Jill Sanders (*)

Genre; Adult/Fiction
Release date; July 2013
Synopsis

To Katie life was simple. She wanted a little house in upper Boston, and four kids fathered by her best friend Jason, who she’s been infatuated with since she was eight. After a devastating family secret is exposed, all she wants now is to escape the media hype that follows her everywhere she turns. Leaving her family, friends, and Jason behind, she travels to places she’s only read about, to find a father she’s never known.

Jason is on a mission and he’s come halfway around the world to complete it. Despite his feelings for Katie, he won’t let her resistance deter him, even if it means she’ll never trust him again. As their world spirals out of control, their relationship will be tested and changed forever. If he can keep them alive and out of harm’s way, he may have a chance to make everything right

Review
Oh, how wrong i was about this book, i thought it was a case of Katie going in a sulk, and Jason trying to declare his love for her. Simple, oh well no - This book is fantastic, its full of drama, tension and grabs the reader and pulls them straight into the story and drags them along for the ride. Katie, seems like such a down to earth and back to nature character its hard to beileve that at one point she was a bit well to do, Jason, just seems like a kind hearted character with Katies best interests at heart. As we travel around with them, we get snippets from the past with the current day thrown in. Overall, this is a fast paced story and i found myself hurtling through it until the very end, at heart its about friendship & love & family, exactly the sort of book i love.

Rating; 7/10

Sunday, 29 September 2013

The Sunday Post


Once more this week has panned out nicely here on afternoonbookery. I got through a chunk of review books - i have a few emails to catch up with then thats me sorted for Sunday. Next weeks spots are filling nicely, so another busy week here. I am a bit stumped as what i fancy reading next , as you can see from my haul i did pick up alot of books this week!

Happy Sunday!!

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Saturday - Weekly Book Haul


Hi everyone!
Welcome back to AfternoonBookery, today is a haul from the last week or so, i will split it into sections; i have several books from my local library as it shuts for a few months, some i purchased in book & kindle, as well as a few review books.

Library
Cecelia ahern - One hundred names
R.J. Palacio - Wonder
Mhairi Mcfarlane - You had me at hello
Bill Bryson - Down Under
Bill Bryson - The Lost Continent
Melanie Gideon - Wife 22

Purchased on Kindle
Rainbow Rowell - Attachments
 D.H. Sidebottom - Shocking Heaven 

Purchased in Book format
Julie Kagawa - The Iron King
Jane Austen - Northanger Abbey

For Review/Consideration
Alicia Love - Reincarnation

Friday, 27 September 2013

Come Back to Me by Coleen Patrick (*)

Genre; New Adult
Release date; April 2013
Synopsis

Whitney Denison can’t wait to start over.

She thought she had everything under control, that her future would always include her best friend Katie… Until everything changed.

Now her life in Bloom is one big morning after hangover, filled with regret, grief, and tiny pinpricks of reminders that she was once happy. A happy she ruined. A happy she can’t fix.

So, she is counting down the days until she leaves home for Colson University, cramming her summer with busywork she didn’t finish her senior year, and taking on new hobbies that involve glue and glitter, and dodging anyone who reminds her of her old life.

When she runs into the stranger who drove her home on graduation night, after she’d passed out next to a ditch, she feels herself sinking again. The key to surviving the summer in Bloom is unraveling whatever good memories she can from that night.

But in searching for answers, she’ll have to ask for help and that means turning to Evan, the stranger, and Kyle, Katie’s ex-boyfriend. Suddenly, life flips again, and Whitney finds herself on not only the precipice of happy but love, too, causing her to question whether she can trust her feelings, or if she is falling into her old patterns of extremes.

As she uncovers the truth about her memories, Whitney sees that life isn’t all or nothing, and that happy isn’t something to wait for, that instead, happy might just be a choice



Review 
This isn't going to be a rave review, do you ever sometimes feel like the book you read just didnt work for you and felt like you had read and got nowhere? This happened to me. Essentially this is a story about Whitney "finding herself" After the death of her best friend and a slight problem with alcohol - we spend most of the book learning about what happened, and how Whitney is fixing herself. For me, the characters were all very detached, and i didn't feel connected to any of them. I felt, alot of the time Whitney was going through the motions, but never committing. The writing style however was easy to read and flowed very nicely, it was just the story that didn't work for me, at all. 

Rating; 3/10

Thursday, 26 September 2013

When the Love is Gone (Music from the Soul, #1) by Melissa N. Burnett(*)


Genre; Adult/Fiction
Release date; May 2012
Synopsis
Have you ever wondered why your parents chose each other as mates when they were never a good match in the first place? Ever wondered what your life would be like if you didn’t have your mother’s aggressive temperament or your father’s gullible ways? Angela “Angie” Phelps-Frank has grown up in a dysfunctional home, where her only means of coping is through music and her father’s love. Their bond stirs bitterness and jealousy in her mother, which creates a life-long wedge between them. When her father is murdered, Angie is bereft. She becomes angry, afraid, aggressive, confrontational, and always ready for a good fight. She’s also always ready for a good man. This new fiction eBook is the first of four installments from the “Music from the Soul” series.

Review
This to me, started as a coming of age story, and i wasn't all too sure where it was going, or even whether there would be much point to it as a book. We start off learning about Angies relationship with her father, and the anger his death causes, over time we see how something as tragic as that can effect someone for life. Broken up with songs that indicate different parts of Angies life, we see how love, music & god can help a person through. I am usually not a fan of books that show the importance of God (my choice) but this was subtle enough to be there, without fully forcing it in the readers face. The writing style allows for the story to flow smoothly, and transition to different life chapters without a huge gap. For something i thought was not going to have much point, it was a great read , and essentially we followed one womens journey through life. I would most certainly like to read some more from the series, and hopefully learn more about the other characters in the book, as they all had their own distinctive personality.
 
Rating; 6/10

Firebolt Cover Reveal

 


Author: Adrienne Woods
Series: The Dragonian Series
Publisher: GMTA Publishing Mythos Press
Release Date: Nov 20 2013
Blurb/Synopsis:
Back blurb:
Dragons. Right. Teenage girls don't believe in fairy tales, and sixteen-year-old Elena Watkins was no different.
Until the night a fairy tale killed her father.
Now Elena is in a new world, and a new school. The cutest guy around may be an evil dragon, a prince wants Elena's heart, and a long dead sorcerer may be waking up to kill her. Oh and the only way Elena's going to graduate is on the back of a dragon of her own.
Teenage girls don't believe in fairy tales. Now it's time for Elena to believe in...herself.

Synopsis:
For the love of blueberries, Elena Watkins was destined for greatness, even though she didn’t know it. Forced to travel from home to home every three months Elena’s life was a never ending blur of new towns and new faces, that is, until the night her father was killed by a creature she thought only existed in fairy tales – a dragon. With her father’s death leaving her orphaned, Elena is whisked away to her true birthplace, Paegeia.
Arriving at Dragonia Academy, the premier school for young Dragonians, she begins to feel a sense of belonging in this strange world; a school she was never meant to attend because her father was a dragon. Elena is soon swept up in the rigor of her new life and the new set of skills she now needs to survive: Latin, Art of War, and Enchantments.
Entranced by her new reality Elena learns about the dragons and humans who inhabit her new home. There are two classes of dragons that soar through Paegeia distinguished by their instinctual pretense for either good or darkness. The distinction between these two very different species is vital to Elena’s success in her new world because she has been marked as a Dragonian, a human preordained to ride and tame a dragon of her very own.
With the help of her new friends, Elena is able to navigate the complexities of her new home. Her new roommates Becky and Sammy are even more amazing then she could have ever imaged and to top it all off, Sammy was a dragon. Sammy’s is also the devoted sister of Blake, the most attractive boy at school and the Rubicon; the only dragon of his kind with the abilities of all the dragon species with a pretense for evil. Elena soon finds the love she always wanted with Lucian, the Prince of Tith, who actively pursues Elena throughout her time at Dragonia Academy, winning her heart with his absolute adoration and unshaken dedication.
Unbeknownst to Elena danger is lurking behind the enchanted vines concealing the once thriving capital of Paegeia – Etan. Goran, the darkest sorcerer to ever practice his evil arts in the realm, has lain dormant for over a century behind the crumbling city. The first step in his menacing plan is to destroy the only weapon that can kill him – the King of Lion Sword.
When the sword is stolen Elena doesn’t think twice about seeking it; knowing deep down that it is her destiny to save her new home. She travels to the Sacred Cavern, and discovers the nefarious actions of an unknown man lead to the swords destruction as she follows the trail revealed in the prophetic waters of the cavern.
Elena and her friends engage the mysterious man revealing their existence to Goran and fighting for their very lives.

Author Info

I was born and raised in South Africa, where I still live with my husband, and two beautiful little girls. I always knew that I was going to be a writer but it only started to happen about four years ago, now I can’t stop writing.

In my free time, If I get any because Moms don’t really have free time, I love to spend time with friends, if it’s a girls night out, or just a movie, I’m a very chilled person.

My writing career is starting with Firebolt, book one with the Dragonian Series, there will be four books in total and two to three books that is about the stories taking place inside The Dragonian Series.

I do write in different Genres, I have a woman’s fiction called the Pregnancy Diaries, but it would be published under another name. And then I have a paranormal series, called the Watercress series. There are about ten novels in that one.

So, plenty of novels to come out, so little time.

I hope you are going to embrace the Dragonian Series as much as I loved writing them.

Kind Wishes,

Adrienne Woods


Author Links

Chapter 1



    A girl singing her heart out about a miracle boomed inside my ear. A miracle would get me what I needed: a chance at a semi-normal life.
    The bedroom door hitting the wall expelled the thought from my mind. With his hand tangled up in his copper hair and with huge brown eyes, Dad's figure filled the entire doorway. “Pack your bags.” He had that set to his jaw, the one that meant there was no way out of this. He bolted out of the room just as suddenly as he had appeared.
    My teeth ground hard against each other, and the sharp pain behind my eyes, I guessed from the lack of sleep, grew stronger. Every fibre of my being wanted to explode.
    Ever since I could remember my name, Dad and I had been on the run. From what? Beats me.                   
    For the last two weeks, I'd been pacing up and down through the house, struggling to fall asleep at night, waiting for this day.
    For the love of blue berries, no sixteen-year old should live this way!               
    I climbed off my bed, and the first step I took left my toe tangled in the wide leg of my jeans.  I tried to regain my balance as the closet inched closer, but with wildly flailing arms, I came crashing down. The thud reverberated across the wooden floor, and it sounded as if I'd broken something.
    Dad darted back into my room. "Are you okay?" He lifted me back onto my feet as if I weighed nothing.
    Tears lurked in the corners of my eyes, threatening to burst, as I stared up at him.
   "Don't give me that look, Elena. Please, we need to hurry.” He pulled my suitcase from the top shelf and chucked it haphazardly onto my bed. “We need to go. Now.”
   "Dad…"
    He started to grab my clothes from the shelf and tossed them messily inside my small suitcase. Then he paused, sighed, and looked up with soft eyes. He stroked the side of my cheek with his hand gently. “This wasn't the right place, bear. Please, you’ve got to trust me.”
    His hand reached back to pull everything off my shelf, while my hands curled up into balls of fury. My heart pounded fast as those two words bounced inside my skull. “Trust you, Dad?”
    "Elena, we don't have much time,” he yelled. “Pack your bags! You can ask questions later." He left, and the hollow “doof” sound from his footsteps stomped loudly as he made his way into the hall.
    Ask questions? Yeah right! I’ll only get answers that don’t reveal why we are on the run for the gazillionth time.' “Trust me” and “I'll tell you when the time is right” were the only two answers Dad gave. 'Guess time with him will never be right.’
    It was no use arguing with him anyway. The last time, he threw me over his shoulder and carried me out without any of my things.
    So I grabbed the stuff I needed: my mp3 player, a photo of Mom that Dad didn't know I had, and my journal from underneath my bed. I tossed them into my backpack. It wasn't much, but it was the stuff that made my miserable life felt less pathetic. I zipped up my suitcase and took a deep breath. Looking around my bedroom for the last time, I said goodbye to my sixtieth-something room.
    Dad almost ran me over in the hall with his army bag slung over his shoulder. He grumbled, which I assumed was an apology, took my suitcase, and ran down the stairs. He always rented these huge old houses, pre-furnished and near the countryside, and we always left after three months.
    The pickup's horn honked as I shut the front door. I closed my eyes and took another deep breath. Just two more years, then I'll be eighteen and free from this freak show. Huge raindrops fell hard onto the ground. The smell of wet dirt filled the air. It was my favorite smell.
    The water that pooled on the ground covered all the gaps in the driveway, forcing me to hopscotch around all of them. My shoe got caught in one of the gaps and I smacked down hard in a huge puddle. By the time I reached the truck, my jeans and shoes were soaking wet.  
    Warm heat from the vents inside the truck hit me full blast as I jumped in; a million goose pimples erupted across my skin.  As soon as I shut the rusty door, Dad floored the gas pedal. Tires screeched and the truck spun away as if the Devil chased us.  My lower lip quivered softly as he swerved onto the road. The streetlights flew by in a blur as I plugged in my earpieces. The same stupid song about a miracle boomed from my mp3, drowning the sound of the engine and the hard dribbles on the roof, a percussion that became the perpetual soundtrack to my misery.
      A feeling of utter loneliness consumed my heart as I stared out the window. Homes with white picket fences and the convenient store whizzed by in a flash. A tear rolled down my cheek as I said goodbye, and my breath on the glass created a foggy condensation. Reaching out my index finger, I drew a small heart. These were the reasons why Mom had left. She couldn't handle his paranoia, but why she’d left her daughter to deal with it was a mystery. Dad constantly reminded me of the latter, and that was the only time he ever spoke of her. If he ever discovered I had that picture, he would kill me. That was how much he hated her for leaving us.
    The lights of a vehicle in the upcoming lane shone directly into my face. I shut my eyes, waiting for it to disappear. As a little girl, I used to watch Dad as we drove away from yet another house. He would glare into his rearview mirror every five seconds, every muscle in his face clenched, and his knuckles white on the steering wheel. I hadn’t been able to force myself to peek out the window then, as it used to scare the living crap out of me to consider the possible reasons he was fleeing from, or who might be following us. Now, I didn't look at him or care much for what he was going through. He created this problem. With me becoming the luggage. It was a ritual I endured every three months, and nothing over the past sixteen years had ever changed that.
    The “Interstate 40” sign flew by in a whirl, and the pickup slowly moved onto the turnoff lane.
    My eyes started to burn as I stared at the rain running down my window. Each rivet resembled another town, another place I would never again call home. Exhaustion consumed me and my eyelids felt heavy. I laid my head against the window and struggled to stay awake.
    Suddenly, a dark and huge figure flew past me. Dad swerved to the left, which made me crushed into the side of the passenger’s door. My entire body pumped with adrenaline. I jumped straight in my seat and wrenched the seatbelt over my shoulder to buckle myself in. I tore out my earpieces as I tried to process what had just happened.
    “What was that?” I looked at Dad.
     He stared straight ahead with huge eyes. Beads of sweat rolled from his hairline down to the side of his temple. He looked terrified, something that conflicted with his personality. I'd never seen Dad look that scared in my entire life.
    “Dad!”
    “Did you see where it went?” he asked, attempting to inject calm into his voice, but I could hear the fear lacing each syllable.
    “See where what went? Dad what was that!”
    “You wouldn't believe me if I told you.”
    “For once in your life, just tell me!” I screamed. Sixteen years of frustration exploded from my lungs. I couldn't take the unknown anymore.
   “Fine.” He mumbled something else that I didn't catch. "Do you remember the stories I used to tell you?"
   “Stories? What stories?”
   “The ones about Paegeia, Elena.” He looked in his rearview mirror again with huge, unblinking eyes.
    Vaguely, but I didn't tell him that. "What does that have to do with this?"
    “They're real.”
     I froze and I stared at him.
     “All of it, it’s real. The dragons, the magic, the wall, everything is real.”

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The Autumn Book Tag




So, today is another different post, i have seen this tag floating around youtube the last couple of weeks or so now, and i wanted in - so here is my take. The video is linked below should you wish to watch it.

 The Questions
What is your favorite thing about autumn?
The candles, the smells - i love the spiced ones, pumpkin, baking, and just genuinely warming scent. Wearing my winter hat, and spending the evening in my big fluffy dressing gown.
What book reminds you of school? 
The Suitcase Kid - By the wonderful ms wilson, i desperately wanted to read it, and when i did - i loved it, im remember my friend reading it and i knew then i had to have it, i got it from the library every week.
What is one of your favorite autumn-related book covers?
 I picked ready player one  & the luxe, due to the colourings of the covers themselves.
 What is your favorite horror or Halloween story?
I used to be obsessed with Room 13 , i re read it so many times, i loved it, its about a school trip to a hotel ,and the mysterious room 13 that just appears.
What are some of your favorite horror films?
Im not a  big horror person, i used to love hills have eyes 1 &2 and ghost ship, all which i cannot stand now, i also think the strangers is very clever.
What is a book release you're looking forward to this autumn?
There is only one and that Just one year by Gayle Forman, i am so desperate for it!
What is a film release you're looking forward to this autumn? Im not overally fussed by films, i had to pick one i would say catching fire.
What are three books you want to read this autumn? I would like to finally finish to kill a mockingbird, i would love to reread Jane Eyre & i would love to read a Bill Bryson!

The video is on youtube here

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

The Liebster Award

The idea behind the award is to give new and upcoming bloggers the opportunity to build their community and get to know one another. It’s the perfect way to meet new people and let them find out some interesting facts about you.
Here’s some rules:
1. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer;
2. Nominate some other bloggers!
3. Let them know!
Now, onto my questions: 
1. What’s the first thing you do when you open your eyes in the morning?
Usually check my phone/emails, i set my alarm to leave enough time for me to catch up on them, usually a quick browse through instagram & maybe my twitter, before slowly getting out of bed.
 2. Which do you prefer, a book or an E-Reader?  
I use both, e-reader is easier for me as a blogger, its more practical to carry around, alot of my review books are in e-copy, and they are instant. However saying all that, i love good book as well, out of the two, im going to be hated - but e-reader! .. :/
 3. You’re only allowed to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
Sandwhiches - i love a good sandwhich, its my favourite thing, my favourite is probably chicken mayo with salad, but yeah  it would most certainly be that!
4. You’re given the opportunity to have your first novel published – what’s the story?
Probably adult romance/erotica, i read alot of those, and there seems to be such a set format i could easily write one up.
5. Are you a half-empty or half-full type of girl/s? 
I would like to say half full - but i am really not, im more half empty, shame!
6. Your favourite Fruit? 
Berries, of any sort - Raspberry, Strawberry, Blackberry - i love them all.
 7. Do you like using Twitter?
I love twitter, so much - i am always on it.
8. Can you speak any other languages? Write a sentence!
Nope, but i know art in German is Kunst, and Rabbit is Kannichen...
9. Would you like to go into Space?
Not if it was a one way trip, heck no!
 10. What is your favourite book of all time?
 As a child, Suitcase Kid or Girls out late by the lovely ms Wilson, as an adult - The night circus, it is beautiful and magical but grown up, i highly recommend it.

I tag all new book bloggers, its hard to specify. Feel free to just answer the Q's i did! :) <3 to all!


Monday, 23 September 2013

Awakening (The Chrysalis Series #1) by Elene Sallinger(*) Review

Genre; Adult/Erotica/Romance/BDSM
Release date; September 2012
Synopsis

River Rock, Vermont, 2011. This is the story of Claire Ryan and Evan Lang. 35-year-old Claire joins a local book club for romance readers in order to get over the breakdown of her 10-year relationship, there she meets book shop owner Evan, a dominant man who has never recovered from the sudden death of his submissive wife.

As their relationship develops and they embark on the path of Claire’s submission, it becomes harder and harder for Evan to keep his emotional distance. Claire is open and responsive and he wants her badly, but refuses to let himself go.

As Claire falls deeper in love with Evan, she realises that he is holding back and decides to end their relationship, forcing Evan to confront his own past and his feelings in order to save his new love.

    
Review
 I love me a good adult romance book, with a dark brooding man and a naive women..well maybe not that - but i am sure you get the jist, this is the sort of book i spend alot of time reading, and slowly feel like i am a little bit on a expert at the genre, by that i mean i have read my fair share. This started a bit slower than usual, but i would describe it a lesiurly pace, in which we learn about Claire, her fears and troubled relationships that have led her to the day she first emerges back into the world. Around this time, we also meet Evan, step up tall handsome brooding man with eyes that pierce the skin blah blah blah. What i didn't expect is the amount of feels i got from this book, and i aint talking dirty feels, but real emotional maybe i shed a tear feels.This is a very descriptive book and captures all the relationships beautifully, in fact, when we learn about Evans wife, oh dear - pass the bloody tissues! That aside, it feels like the reader is intiated into the world of BDSM with Claire, everything is explained, and for once it doesn't all feel too full on. I feel the author did a wonderful job of capturing the emotions of the characters, and letting us, the reader in on them.

Rating; 8/10
      

Sunday, 22 September 2013

The Sunday Post


So, sticking to my blogging diary has worked wonders and i feel i have committed to my little baby blog alot more.  It means i can accept more book requests, and features, and actually get them out at the right time! Something i have failed with miserably in the past. The last week has seen me enjoy reading alot more, especially since we created a little reading corner, complete with beanbag and radio, its really pleasant and out the way. I have also been making a huge effort to comment on blogs i like or even just read; two of my favourite posts this week are; Two Boys Kissing Review & Poison Study Review both by two of my current favourite bloggers. I have also been enjoying the cooler weather that Autumn is bringing, and in celebration burning my new wax tarts - orange spice. I wish you all a happy Sunday, im going to read some more, then head out to work later on today. I also have a new book twitter so feel free to chat to me on @afternoonbooker

The original meme is hosted here;here

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Riverbend- Tess Thompson(*)

Genre; Fiction/ Contemopory
Release date; May 2013
Synopsis 

“Tag. I found you.”

Just as Annie Bell’s reputation as one of the best chefs in the Pacific Northwest grows to new heights, she receives a threatening phone call from her abusive ex-boyfriend. Marco is out on parole and hungry for revenge, blaming her for his ten-year imprisonment. Fearing for her life and that of her young son, Annie reluctantly accepts help from Drake Webber, a cold and wealthy recluse hiding a dark history of his own. Supported by the gang of misfits from their restaurant Riversong, Annie forges ahead despite her growing terror that Marco will appear at any moment and make good on his threats.

Author Tess Thompson reunites the colorful cast of endearing small-town characters from her bestselling novel Riversong and takes you on a journey that will renew your faith in love, friendship and the power of community – even in the face of seemingly insurmountable grief and fear. You’ll find yourself once again cheering for the residents of River Valley, especially the big-hearted and compassionate Annie Bell.

Escape with a blend of love, laughter, friendship, suspense and gourmet food while remembering it’s never too late for second chances.


Review
This is the second in the River Valley series, but works just as well as a stand alone novel. This time we learn about Annie, and her loves/lives and the dramas around her, we also learn about the brooding, dark Drake, and he was most certainly a character this series needed. That aside- this is gripping, well paced and well written story, its the sort i love, drama, love, and a little bit of sex along the way. I read the first book a while back, and honestly didnt intend on reading this but after a break and time away from the first story i found this was lovely. 

Rating; 7/10

Friday, 20 September 2013

Guest Post; All Our Yesterdays

I get asked about the inspiration for ALL OUR YESTERDAYS a lot. Like really a lot. And I usually tell the same story: unable to sleep one night, I ended up watching The Terminator on cable and wondering how the story would be different if the killer robot from the future was actually the good guy (and a non-robotic teenage girl).


But that’s only part of the story. That was the inspiration for the plot, the gun play and car chases and world-ending stakes.


The inspiration for the heart of the story came from another place entirely. It came from this:

  

These are pictures of me at fourteen and seventeen (I think) from a photo album of pictures from my summer camp days. These jumped out at me when I was going through that album a few years ago, because I don’t have a lot of pictures of myself, especially from when I was a teenager.


And the reason for that is I was convinced I was the most disgustingly, monstrously fat and ugly person on the face of the planet.


…wait, what??


That’s not what I see in these pictures. I do see how uncomfortable I was having that camera pointed at me, but I also a girl who, yes, has made some unfortunate fashion choices and isn’t going to be on the cover of Vogue anytime soon, but who is basically just a normal girl. Nothing monstrous.


As I was looking at these pictures, I felt an overwhelming tenderness towards that girl I once was, almost like she was a separate person from me. I wanted her to be able to see herself the way I see her. I wanted to tell her she’s not fat and ugly, and that even if she were, who cares because she’s also smart and funny and kind and a good friend, all of which are more important and all of which she also has trouble seeing.


Loving yourself is hard, especially as a teenager, but it’s so much easier in retrospect. (Probably in another fifteen years I’ll look back on myself as I am now and not be able to believe the things I’m insecure about.) If only I could have extended to myself as a teen that same kindness I do now or given her a glimpse of how cool she really is in my eyes.


And it was that moment that the idea for the dual narrators in ALL OUR YESTERDAYS was born. Em gets the chance to do exactly what I wish I could: tell her younger self everything she wishes she’d known at that age, hug her and assure her she’s so much more important and worthy than she thinks.  


To me, the heart of the book and its central love story has nothing to do with either of the very eligible boys.


It’s about a girl learning to love herself.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Diane Chamberlain - Secrets She Left Behind Review

Genre; Adult /Fiction/Drama
Release date; May 2009
Synopsis
One afternoon, single mother Sara Weston says that she's going to the store&#151;and never returns. In her absence, she leaves her teenage son alone with his damaged past and a legacy of secrets.

Keith Weston nearly lost his life in an act of arson. He survived&#151;but with devastating physical and emotional scars. Without his mother, he has no one to help him heal, no money, nothing to live for but the medications that numb his pain. Isolated and angry, his hatred has one tight focus: his half sister, Maggie Lockwood.

Nineteen-year-old Maggie Lockwood spent a year in prison for the acts that led up to the fire. Now she's back home. But her release cannot free her from the burden of guilt she carries. She grew up with Keith Weston, played with him as a child&#133;and recently learned they share the same father.

Now the person Keith despises most is the closest thing he has to family&#151;until Sara returns. If Sara returns&#133;

Review
For those who are regular readers here at afternoonbookery you will know Diane Chamberlain is hands down my favourite author, this is another book i loved. This is #2 in the before the storm series, and was every bit as gripping as i have come to expect from Diane. Focusing on Keith, Maggie & Andys complex relationship and the afore happend events. I felt this had lots of twists, and kept my guessing until the very end with certain aspects, this is probably not one to read as a standalone, as its key to know the events and characters from #1 - which i kind of forgot (i left a long gap) which made it less dramatic for me, so make sure you pay attention

Rating 8/10  

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Cover Reveal // Fire (elements of power #2)

Water pooled around my feet, rising at an alarming rate. I stared---panicked---at the palms of my hands, willing the water gushing out of them to stop as miraculously as it had begun.

I only sneezed!
Jasmine is struggling to control her new powers, causing floods and fires with an accidental flick of her wrist. In a desperate attempt to master at least one aspect of them, she travels to the Brizan Realm, where she comes closer to discovering the truth about her parents than ever before. But not everyone wants their secrets revealed.

Alone, powerless and, for the first time in her life, afraid, Roxy has only one thought occupying her mind: escaping Cinaer's clutches before it's too late. Her flight will take her across the ocean, but not in the direction she is expecting. Before she can try and get back to Brae, she needs to rescue herself.

Despite being on opposite sides of the world, the girls soon find themselves closer than ever.
Heather James

Fire is available now from Amazon.co.uk Amazon.com Kobo B&N
Release date; October 19th

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Teaser Tuesday


 
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers





"Friendly memories rushed back and surprisingly, i breathed 

 a normal breath. And i smelled sugar and trees"

Whitney Denison can’t wait to start over.

She thought she had everything under control, that her future would always include her best friend Katie… Until everything changed.

Now her life in Bloom is one big morning after hangover, filled with regret, grief, and tiny pinpricks of reminders that she was once happy. A happy she ruined. A happy she can’t fix.

So, she is counting down the days until she leaves home for Colson University, cramming her summer with busywork she didn’t finish her senior year, and taking on new hobbies that involve glue and glitter, and dodging anyone who reminds her of her old life.

When she runs into the stranger who drove her home on graduation night, after she’d passed out next to a ditch, she feels herself sinking again. The key to surviving the summer in Bloom is unraveling whatever good memories she can from that night.

But in searching for answers, she’ll have to ask for help and that means turning to Evan, the stranger, and Kyle, Katie’s ex-boyfriend. Suddenly, life flips again, and Whitney finds herself on not only the precipice of happy but love, too, causing her to question whether she can trust her feelings, or if she is falling into her old patterns of extremes.

As she uncovers the truth about her memories, Whitney sees that life isn’t all or nothing, and that happy isn’t something to wait for, that instead, happy might just be a choice.

Monday, 16 September 2013

The Weekend Proposition

The Weekend Proposition 
Blurb
 One weekend—no strings, no expectations, and no commitments. On Sunday afternoon it all ends, or does it? No-nonsense businessman Spencer Cannon has a dilemma. He’s headed to Connecticut for the weekend to attend his cousin’s elaborate wedding. His whole family will be there in addition to his obsessed ex-girlfriend Ava. According to Spencer’s brother, Ava has been telling her friends she’s planning a magical reunion with her favorite ex-boyfriend. Spencer’s not in the mood to deal with her, but he can’t miss the wedding. He needs a plan. Struggling Brooklyn waitress and aspiring graphic designer Dakota Vercelli has fallen on hard times. College debts, pending eviction, and her sick mother are taking a toll on her. A chance encounter with Mr. Cannon, CEO of Cannon and Carrington Advertising, leads to a proposition that may be just the thing to solve both of their problems. Spencer’s offer—spend four days with him during the wedding festivities and keep his ex off his trail. In return, he’ll compensate her generously for her time. He needs a weekend girlfriend, and Dakota needs the cash. It was just supposed to be a business deal, but after sharing a room, kissing under the stars, and attending a wedding, their attraction is undeniable. Will the illusion end when the weekend is over or is the proposition just the beginning? Content Warning: contains mature language and graphic sexual content

  Buy Links: amazonb&n,  
About Ella
 Ella Jade has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she often had a notebook and pen with her, and now as an adult, the laptop is never far. The plots and dialogue have always played out in her head, but she never knew what to do with them. That all changed when she discovered the eBook industry. She started penning novels at a rapid pace and now she can't be stopped. Ella resides in New Jersey with her husband and two young boys. When she's not chasing after her kids, she's busy writing, attending PTO meetings, kickboxing, and scrapbooking. She hopes you'll get lost in her words. You can find Ella here… http://ellajadeauthor.blogspot.com/
 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ella-Jade-Author/186959391390708?ref=hl 

Sunday, 15 September 2013

The Sunday Post

Happy Sunday all, hope it has been a wonderful reading week with plenty of tea. I have been poorly these last two days so reading has been low down on my list of things. So - all that aside, here is my week via afternoonbookery


There we have it, so as you can see, my little blogging book has helped keep my focused, i have not so much planned at the moment, but i guess i'll just have to get reading then wont i. Autumn is most certainly in the air now, and the kettles never off , so im sure i can squeeze reading in somewhere. 

Saturday, 14 September 2013

My temporary life - Martin Crosbie (*)

Genre; Contemporary
Release Date; 2011
Synopsis
Heroes are not born. They're made.

Malcolm Wilson's strength was forged during harsh childhood days--ugly days when he faced down schoolyard bullies and endured the neglect of a promiscuous mother. It is a strength that he has wielded to defend himself and his friends.

Yet those years and traumas have taken their toll. Somewhere along the way, Malcolm Wilson lost his love of life.

That changes the day when beautiful, tempestuous Heather enters his world. He feels the stirrings of something long dormant. And when he learns of Heather's own abusive childhood--and the daughter that she was forced to leave behind--Malcolm knows one thing:

He must help Heather get her little girl back.

Their harrowing quest takes them from Scotland to a remote corner of Canada. There, Malcolm faces more than he bargained for--from being accused of kidnapping, to being targeted by an enraged psycho. And he discovers that Heather's story is more tragic than he could ever have imagined.

Yet his love for this woman with the flaming red hair--and for a little girl he has yet to meet--gives Malcolm Stewart the one thing he desperately needs: A chance to be reborn.

A chance to become the hero he never dreamed he could be

Review
I wasnt sure what i expected from this book at the start, but it wasnt the feels i experienced whilst reading this. Essentially it starts as a coming of age story centered around Malcolm, at first i found it well paced, but a bit lack lustre. This was not the case, it suddenly took a nice turn as Malcolm grew up and faced adulthood. It was gripping, moving and very emotional in the end. Now, i enjoyed this, it was well written and flowed nicely. Now, im not saying this was by far the best book i have ever read, but it was a pretty nifty read.

Rating; 7/10