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review 2014-03-12 01:21
Review: Captivate (Submerged Sun #1) by Vanessa Garden
Captivate - Vanessa Garden

Thanks to Harlequin Australia for sending me a copy for review

Captivating; the one word that perfectly describes this book from start to finish.


I absolutely fell in love with this book. Everything picks up straight away and we get thrown into life in Marin. Garden creates a stunning underwater world.

We first learn about Miranda and her life in Aus. I can instantly imagine her grandparents shack as well as the surrounds. Miranda is such an easy to like character, and we instantly connect with her. We get thrown into a whirlwind of emotion when she gets taken, we are as angry and confused as she is when she wakes up. Our feelings already in-sync with hers, even though we are just a few chapters into the novel! And no matter how much we want Miranda to get home, we too, are falling in love with Marin and everything in it! When we see Marin for the first time, I was awe-struck. This was nothing that I was expecting. I was thinking that the people of Marin were some paranormal kind of creature, but nope, think again, and prepare to be amazed at what the reality is!

This isn’t like other books where we only agree with some of what the main character is doing or saying. Even with her jealousy of her sister, Lauren, I instantly relate to Miranda about not being noticed compared to her sister. It is so easy to relate to this feeling, because it could be towards anyone, friend or sibling, so we know exactly how Miranda feels.

I honestly didn’t predict anything in this book, EXCEPT THAT SILVIA IS EVIL!! (ok, this isn’t even confirmed yet. *anxiously waiting for next book*), it kept me on my toes and the middle-ending of the book kept me on the edge of my seat!

Even though there is no actual love triangle in this book, I am horrified to say that I kind of made it one. I LOVE ROBBIE!! There, I said it. From the start, I was cheering for him. But! Just as Miranda starts to fall for Marko, I do too!! I can’t believe this is happening, because I want Miranda & Robbie! I got so frustrated because of my conflicting emotions, even though nothing was happening between Miranda & Robbie, I wish it did. At the end, I start questioning my feelings. Marko is amazing too! I don’t know what is happening to me, you all know how much I hate love triangles! Somebody virtually slap me.

There are some secrets that Miranda hides from her sister, and this keeps us on edge, because we get so close to finding out through the book, but then, when we find it all out in the end and it’s a little of a disappointment. All the build up to this and it’s not even a dramatic thing. I don’t go ‘oh!!’, or even become shocked from it. But the ending is all about sisterhood, and it makes us feel like we want a connection like that to our own siblings. This is the only reason why I haven’t rated this book a 5!

When I said before that this book is captivating, I was not joking around. Once you finish this book, you sit back, sigh, and go WOW! Not really ‘wow’, as in explosive, but in an ‘I can’t believe all that just happened’ kind of way. It is only when you finish this book that, I think this really sinks in. You don’t realize the potential of the next book until that last chapter. It completely sets the next book in the series, and I can’t wait!!

Source: behindamillionandonepages.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/review-captivate-by-vanessa-garden-draft.html
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review 2014-03-07 02:55
Review: Unravel Me (Juliette Chronicles #2) by Tahereh Mafi
Unravel Me - Tahereh Mafi

See the original review and print the bookmarks on my blog!

Thanks to Allen & Unwin Australia for sending me a copy for review

Dramatic, addictive. There is nothing that this second book lacks, it's got it all

After the events of Shatter Me, we are left craving for more. Even though, this book (and Shatter Me) were not left on any major sort of cliffhanger, we still have this invisible pull to read the next book.

This book was a little slow at the start, but that didn't really stop me from tearing this book apart (speed wise lol). We still get the whole X-Men vibe from this book, as we were starting to see in the end of Shatter Me, but it this hasn't made the book worse or anything, it's made it better and I felt like this was some awesome kind of retelling!

I love how much we can see Juliette grow, especially just coming out of Shatter Me. We see a whole lot less of the strike throughs are more of her adapting to life outside of prison, and rebuilding her self esteem and her sanity. I love Adam and Juliette in this book, YAY TEAM ADAM!

Oh Kenji. How you have brightened this series up! And to think it couldn't get any better. If he wasn't in this book, I'm pretty sure the book would be kind of dull. In the bits where nothing really is happening, Kenji completely takes over and continually pulls us through when usually, we would feel like the book is going slow and it's just fluff. 

Even though I am on Team Adam, I'm happy that Juliette kind-of-yeah-maybe broke up with Adam. I'm happy because she needs to find herself without someone else (even someone as awesome as Adam) there to help her along. After nearly a year kept in isolation, even though she doesn't really need any me-time, she definitely needs to sort out her issues, and start being independent and fully fitting back into her shoes (metaphorically speaking).

When you hit the end of the book, you honestly don't know what to do. It's not left in a cliffhanger, but like I said before, it leaves you craving for the last book! The end is full of surprises that leave you shocked and you don't know what to do with yourself after one particular scene! This scene will tear you apart yet full of action!

Source: behindamillionandonepages.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/double-review-unravel-me-and-ignite-me.html
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text 2014-02-26 22:25
7 Days of Secret Diamonds event!
The Secret Diamond Sisters - Michelle Madow


The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow has been released!!


Did you miss the 7 Days of Secret Diamonds event?

Never fear! here are all the posts so you can catch up on all the excitement



SDS giveaway hop mini-interview


Day 2

 SDS review


Day 3

 SDS Makeup favorites


Day 4

 My favorite Diamond


Day 5

 If I Woke Up in Vegas…


Day 6

 7 Reasons I love my family/sisters


Day 7

 Happy release day!!!


Source: behindamillionandonepages.blogspot.com
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text 2014-02-06 04:56
AUSTRALIAN ONLY GIVEAWAY! Secret (Elementals #4) by Brigid Kemmerer

Enter to win one of four copies of Secret (Elementals #4) by Brigid Kemmerer




Giveaway ends 19 February 2014


See my review, download the bookmarks and enter the giveaway, as part of the Australian Blog Tour here:



Source: behindamillionandonepages.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/aussie-blog-tour-secret-by-brigid.html
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text 2014-02-05 02:31
BLOG TAKEOVER! Post summary&links
Forsaken (Daughters of the Sea Trilogy #1) - Kristen Day
Awaken (Daughters of the Sea Trilogy #2) - Kristen Day
Chosen (Daughters of the Sea Series) - Kristen Day


The takeover has finished!


Check out all the posts by Kristen Day, that are live on the blog right now


Here is the posts from the takeover:


Day 1


~ Introduction, Forsaken (Daughters of the Sea #1) teaser and giveaway



~ Maps, Traces and Nereids of the Daughters of the Sea series




Day 2


~ Interview with Finn and Stasia



~ Thank you and Kristen's new work in progress


Source: behindamillionandonepages.blogspot.com
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