Saturday, 29 March 2014

Hothouse Flower by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters, #2; Addicted, #2.2)Ryke Meadows, meet Daisy Calloway ... she’s all grown up. 

Twenty-five-year-old Ryke Meadows knows he’s hard to love. With a billion-dollar inheritance, a track-star resume, and an alpha-male personality—he redefines the term likable asshole. But he’s not living to make friends. Or enemies. He just wants to free climb three of the toughest mountains in Yosemite without drama or interruption.

And then he receives a distressed call from a girl in Paris—a girl that he has never been allowed to have.

Daisy Calloway is eighteen. Finally. With her newfound independence, she can say goodbye to her overbearing mother and continue her modeling career. Next stop, Paris. Fashion Week begins with a bang, and Daisy uncovers the ugly reality of the industry. She wants to prove to her family that she can live on her own, but when everything spirals out of control, she turns to Ryke to keep her secrets. 

As Daisy struggles to make sense of this new world and her freedom, she pushes the limits and fearlessly rides the edge. Ryke knows there’s deep hurt beneath every impulsive action. He must keep up with Daisy, and if he lets her go, her favorite motto—“live as if you’ll die today”—may just come true.

New Adult Romance: recommended for readers 18+ for mature content

***Authors' Note***
Hothouse Flower is a spin-off of the Addicted series. Kiss the Sky is required before reading, and we strongly recommend reading the Addicted series before this spin-off. 

Addicted Series Recommended Reading Order
Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
Ricochet (Addicted #1.5) <--- The main characters meet here.
Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)
Kiss the Sky (Spin-Off)(Calloway Sisters #1)
Hothouse Flower (Spin-Off)(Calloway Sisters #2)
Thrive (Addicted #2.5)
Addicted After All (Addicted #3)

I cannot believe I'll be able to write this coherently but I'll try anyway. I finished the Addicted Novels in early March so whilst I didn't have to wait as long as some other fans, it was definitely long enough. This book surpassed all expectations I had of it and the expectations were high. This is really long but when the material is this rich, what can I do? It's worth it though :D

Spoilers ahead

This is my first real review, so please tell me what you like and don't like so I can make my reviews the best they can be!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Here's Looking At You by Mhairi McFarlane

This book was so enthralling, I actually screamed in frustration at the characters multiple times and that's when I know an author has done their job brilliantly.
Anna is a wonderful main character, she's smart, funny, and gorgeous - all in all a well rounded female character - we learn about her past slowly over the course of the book and she/it does not disappoint. What I love about the Anna character is that she is strong and knows herself as a person, but also isn't afraid to dig deeper and allow herself to be weaker because humans and females are not 2 dimensional characters. Her arc is dealt with beautifully and at no point in the narrative is her thought process given in a manner that makes you question her judgement. One of my favourite character to read about/from.

James is also an well rounded character in that who he is at the beginning of his narrative, both chronologically and and within his time as an adult. He could have so easily become an unsympathetic character yet Mhairi is so talented that even at his worst you still can't help but love him.

More minor character and all outstanding, they each have their distinct personalities and none are written as cliches which can be so easy to do. Aggy, Anna's sister, is away with the fairies but still endearing. Michelle gives off a "takes no shit" vibe but more importantly, she's always there for her friend but not at the detriment of her own character development.

and then we have Laurence, an absolutely despicable character that would show up in pantomimes and be horrendously booed and for good reason. Again, wonderful writing on McFarlane's part as he is one of the most sleazy characters I've read and thankfully isn't forced to go down the whole sleazy=rape route that can sometimes be harrowing, even to read

The story is so compelling, it doesn't ever feel forced, or rushed, it works in it's own pace and it's definitely worth the wait. This book deserves all 5 stars, despite not thinking it possible, it manages to surpass her previous book which is amazing because that too is an stellar output. As a solid Mhairi McFarlane fan, i wait patiently (okay, not so patiently) for her next book.
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Rating: 5 stars *****

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

A lot of people complained because the problem doesn't arise until quite late into the book, however I rather liked that cos even though I love Sarah Dessen books, I'm not that big a fan of the whole get together/really close and basically together, big fight about things they've left unresolved then get together in the last few pages again, so you never really know how their relationship is going to pan out other than the fact that they're staying together in their own little forever.

With this book, we got to see Sam and Jase's relationship quite honestly, he's easygoing, she's easygoing around him and she's perfectly fine with the contained chaos that is his family. I liked that Jase and Sam never really had the big fight scene I was dreading, although the break up was bad enough for me.

So the main relationship is an A+ for me. The main characters are pretty good, perhaps an A-. The supporting characters are also an A+, they may not be there for long but they're very fleshed with the exception of one character whom i always forget but I suppose that's more my fault than his. 

You've probably seen people discussing Tim and Nan and I have to agree with them, for me Tim wasn't that much of a pleasant surprise just because Sam had previously said that he and her used to be very close so it was just pleasant for me to see their relationship go back to how it was, and probably even better seeing as how his best friends are her and Jase. I was slightly disappointed at Nan if only in terms of women liking other women being a bit of an issue at play here, but otherwise she was a well thought out character and sadly things like that do happen. also available here

Rating: 4.75/5 stars ****

Quick Introduction

Hi, my name is Aisha and as the blog title suggests, I read a lot of books, I'm going to be using this blog to post reviews, mostly of books, and occasionally of REALLY GOOD TV episodes.