Friday, 26 February 2016

Reckless and Ruined by Bethany Kris REVIEW

Reckless & Ruined (The Chicago War, #2)
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Play dirty. It’s the only way to win in a war.
Alessa Trentini follows the rules, or so it seems on the outside. A certain Conti has always been able to sway her inner rebel and keep her out of trouble, but even Adriano won’t be able to get her out of her brother’s mess. In a war, no woman is safe if her hand in marriage can advance her family in the world of the mafia. But mistakes of the past have a way of slipping into the present and Alessa will soon learn that even the most shameful of secrets can get her everything she wants.

Adriano Conti’s loyalties are torn as he’s forced to stand at his father’s side while Riley uses his wife’s murder as a way to get higher. Blood comes first and then the Outfit. The one thing he doesn’t question in the war between the families is Alessa Trentini and even that doesn’t seem possible when he’s forced to watch Alessa be used as another man’s pawn. Adriano has his own role to play to get what he wants.

The families in the Outfit have never been more divided than they are now. Blood continues to spill as revenge takes center stage and more lives are lost. But every man in the family is fighting for something different and no one’s intentions can be trusted. Playing a dirty game might be the only way to stay alive.

Even if that means ruining it all.

**Please Note: Reckless should not be read before Deathless & Divided. This novel is NOT considered a standalone in the series.

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Deathless and Divided by Bethany Kris REVIEW

Deathless & Divided (The Chicago War, #1)
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Lies and love. This is how a war starts. A life for a life. That’s the mafia way. Damian Rossi owes his life to a man who is ready to collect. That payment comes in the form of an arranged marriage to the daughter of another leading family in the Chicago Outfit. He’s ready to follow through, even if that means making sure Lily knows she’s his.

Lily DeLuca isn’t being given a choice. Forced home to marry a man she doesn’t know and back into a life she’d rather forget, her world is full of half-truths, buried pain, and uncertainty. But Damian is nothing like she expects. His motives aren’t clear. Her beliefs are being tested.

When it comes to this world, no man can be trusted. Someone is ready to flip the Chicago Outfit on its side all for the promise of something better. But no one runs a clean game and these men play for keeps. When blood begins to paint Chicago red, four families will be divided by loyalty, hatred, and revenge. There is no hiding. There is no safety.

No one is deathless.

No one.

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Thursday, 25 February 2016

And By The Way by Denise Deegan

And by the Way… (Butterfly, #1)

At Strandbrook College, we are Kids Of. Kids of diplomats, media stars, musicians, artists, actors, oh, and wealthy people who aspire to all of that. I'm the kid of a rock star. Means nothing to me.When Mum died, six months ago, I didn't just lose her, I lost my dad - to work. The only thing he does now is annoy me. He hires people like 'The Stylist' who wears bullets in her belt and makes him look like a hobo. Seriously.

But 'The Rockstar' isn't the only person who drives me mad. There's David McFadden, a guy in my class who could have helped but didn't. Now, it's too late. I don't want his help. Because I'm not going to trust anyone, love anyone, rely on anyone. That way I'll never be hurt again.
If only I could solve the problem of Rachel, my best friend, who won't let me pull back just like that. Even David McFadden won't stay out of my face. But I'm not going to fall for his blue eyes, his windswept hair or the plaited leather on his wrist.

And when he says he wants to help, I'm sure as hell not going to listen....

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I first read this book in 2011 and it instantly became a favourite of mine. And By The Way introduces us to Alex who lost her mum six months ago, as can be expected she is changed forever and her friends aren't sure of how to deal with it. Alex continues to push everyone away and this is made worse by the fact that her dad is a rockstar and therefore accessible to everyone but her.

Over the course of the story we learn more about Alex and her friends, their general life and most importantly about Alex and and her father.

Alex is honestly the ultimate ice queen when we meet her, it's honestly a little terrifying but it just makes the journey that we take with Alex that much sweeter. 

This book and following series is in my top recommended books of all time because I honestly think it's a story that needs and deserves to be read.

I don't want to include any spoilers so this will be short and sweet.

An extra bonus is that Denise Deegan is absolutely lovely and will talk to anyone about her books if you'd like to tweet her after you've read it! (link above)

Recommend to: honestly everyone, it can be read anywhere at any time
Rating: 5 stars 

I cannot recommend this series enough, if you like this I guarantee you will love Sarah's story and Rachel's story.