Her Kind of Trouble

March 31st, 2014 | Posted by Alix in ARC | Review | Romance - (0 Comments)

herkindoftroubleTITLE: Her Kind of Trouble

AUTHOR: Sarah Mayberry

GENRE: Romance

RELEASE DATE: April 1st, 2014, Harlequin

SOURCE: Digital ARC (Netgalley)

It takes one to know one

The moment Vivian Walker spies Seth Anderson she knows they’re a match made in hedonistic pleasure. And they both agree their one night together is all about fun, not forever.

Now, years later, Seth remains a favorite memory. Surely the sizzling chemistry has faded, though, right? Apparently not. Because he’s still sinfully attractive, and she likes the man he is. When he suddenly becomes a full-time dad to his newborn daughter, Vivian falls hard. Yet despite the responsibilities, he’s not a good bet for commitment. And she needs to guard her heart before she gets into trouble! (from GoodReads)

If you are a regular reader of A Novel Idea, you probably know that Sarah Mayberry is one of my all-time favourite romance authors! Once again, she doesn’t disappoint with Her Kind of Trouble.

I loved how the story starts with a bang. Vivian and Seth are the black sheep of their families and of course they cannot resist each other when they meet at her sister’s wedding to  his brother. Even though we are quickly introduced to our lead characters, I connected and became attached to them immediately. Mayberry does an excellent job of presenting to us the classic “party girl” and “bad boy” characters without making them out to be clichés. In fact, the whole story does an excellent job at avoiding clichés! But the best part is the time jump! We get a quick glimpse of a young Vivian and Seth instant attraction and then are fast forwarded to their current lives and much has changed…
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Don’t Turn Around

December 3rd, 2013 | Posted by Paola in Review | Science Fiction | Series | Suspense | YA Fiction - (8 Comments)

dontturnaroundTITLE: Don’t Turn Around (PERSEFoNE, #1)

AUTHOR: Michelle Gagnon

GENRE: YA Science Fiction

PUBLISHED: 2012, Harper Collins

FORMAT: Paperback, 336 pages

When Noa Torson wakes up lying on a table with stitches in her chest and an IV in her arm, it’s even more terrifying to realize that she has no memory of how she got there. She narrowly escapes the strange warehouse with her life, but this is only the beginning of a conspiracy that Noa must unravel at the risk of becoming a victim herself. What follows is a desperate race to uncover the truth. Noa will need every skill she has in order to survive and find out what really happened to her, as well as the help of fellow hacker Peter Gregory, the only other person who seems to be on her side.

This was extremely easy to get into and a quick, suspenseful read for me. There’s never a dull moment. Noa is on the run, struggling to stay one step ahead of her pursuers while trying to find answers at the same time. I really liked the pacing; it kept me turning the pages, burning with the need to find answers myself. I mean, I know Noa had a personal investment in this because she was the one they kidnapped and subsequently cut open, but I wanted to know why too because 1) creepy and 2) REALLY creepy. Not to mention the strange side effects she starts to experience… You better believe I had some crazy theories brewing in my head while reading. Uhh, you DEFINITELY don’t want to hear any of them either. I am not exaggerating the crazy. LOL.

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We are super excited to bring you this very special edition of #2PersonBookClub featuring one of our favourite people: Charlotte of Gypsy Reviews! Yes, you read that right. Welcome to our very first #3PersonBookClub! :) We picked Vampire Academy since it was a book we were all interested in reading and thought it would suit October very well. I think we were all hoping it would cleanse our minds & spirits of Twilight trauma…

Vampire_AcademySt. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger…

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever. (from GoodReads)

First Impressions

new_PPaola: I was really glad to see that this book puts a lot of focus on the friendship between Rose and Lissa. Overall I was pleasantly surprised by the first few chapters; the dialogue often makes me laugh, and Rose especially cracks me up with how scrappy she is all the time.

new__AAlix: The story surprised me right from the start. I was nicely confused by how a book called Vamipre Academy could start not in a school! I enjoyed how the book presented Lissa and Rose, clearly showing us that their friendship would be the centre of the story (which is nicely refreshing) and gave us enough info on the world to understand what was going on without it feeling like a knowledge. I also like the dialogue and Rose’s sassiness!

CCharlotte: I was a little shocked by the beginning because I expected it to immediately start in the academy but it didn’t. The beginning really gave us a good impression of Rose and Lissa’s relationship and how the events led up to them being in that particular situation. Already there was a little action to build up the tension in the atmosphere so it definitely helped in getting more interested and involved in the story.

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notadropTITLE: Not a Drop To Drink

AUTHOR: Mindy McGinnis

GENRE: YA Science Fiction/Dystopian

PUBLISHED: September 2013, Katherine Tegen Books

FORMAT: Hardcover, 320 Pages

RELATED POST: Dark Days Tour Recap

In a world where fresh water is rare enough to kill for, Lynn and her mother spend their days on the roof of their house. The focus of every day is defending the pond on their property, which is their main source of water, and which is consequently a prime target for others who are desperate to survive. Life is a battle for Lynn, and it only intensifies when shots in the dark and smoke on the horizon signal both a beginning and an end.

Admittedly, this book would’ve flown under my radar if not for my good friend Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews, who told me I needed to pick it up while I was at the Dark Days Tour signing last month! So thanks for the recommendation, Charlotte!! I was lucky enough to meet author Mindy McGinnis during the event — she signed my book (and tore the title page, but she drew a smiley face next to it so all was well in the end! haha) and also signed a bookmark for me to give away! Details on how to win are at the end of this post :) And be sure to read my recap of the Dark Days Tour stop in Vegas for what Mindy had to say about her debut novel!

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