Saturday, 31 January 2015

Cooper Bartholomew is Dead by Rebecca James

Title: Cooper Bartholomew is Dead

Author: Rebecca James

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Date published: October 1st 2014

Source: Purchased by reviewer.


Cooper Bartholomew's body is found at the foot of a cliff.


That's the official finding, that's what everyone believes. 

Cooper's girlfriend, Libby, has her doubts. They'd been happy, in love. Why would he take his own life?

As Libby searches for answers, and probes more deeply into what really happened the day Cooper died, she and her friends unravel a web of deception and betrayal.

Are those friends – and enemies – what they seem? 

Who is hiding a dangerous secret? And will the truth set them all free?

Cooper dies on the first page. That's not a spoiler really, the title is kind of a give away. At this point we don't know Cooper, so his death doesn't have much of an emotional impact, but that soon changes. We see the development of Cooper and Libby's relationship and the reactions of their friends and parents. We also see the aftermath of Cooper's death, the lies and inconsistencies, the assumptions that are made, and the grief that Libby feels.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

The Lost Souls Dating Agency by Suneeti Rekhari

Title: The Lost Souls Dating Agency
Author: Suneeti Rekhari
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Date of Publication: July 1st 2014
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher
Read: December 2014
Publisher's synopsis:
She started out as just an ordinary university student, but the sudden and unexpected inheritance of an unused warehouse on the industrial side of town throws Shalini’s life plan askew.

Drawing from her strengths, she decides to set up a matchmaking business, helping the lonely to find a soulmate. But something unusual happens, something unexpected—her first client doesn’t fit the regular profile. Victor is dark, handsome, emotionally available...and a vampire.

Suddenly Shalini’s already disrupted world becomes a place where rules no longer apply. She must learn to adapt to her new occupation of finding The One for a prospective clientele of vampires, shape-shifters, and other beings more likely to bite first and ask questions later. And there are those out there who are less than happy with her entrepreneurial spirit.

But just as Shalini begins to think she can cope with anything, she discovers that she has bitten off more than she can chew, and played with powerful forces that have the potential to not only destroy the Lost Souls Dating Agency—but Shalini herself.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Mini Review: Inside Out - Lia Riley

Inside Out (Off the Map, #3)Inside Out by Lia Riley

Review copy courtesy of the publisher via Netgalley.

A satisfying end to Bran and Talia's story, but I did ask myself along the way just how many more obstacles could be placed between them.

Things I liked: The chemistry between the pair is still red hot. The change of setting from Australia to California kept things fresh.

Things I didn't like so much: So much was made of the possibility of lasting effects from the illness, and then she left hospital and it was never mentioned again. The self fellating gerbil. What was that about? Obstacles seemingly for the sake of obstacles.

Overall I enjoyed it, but had their story ended with the second book, I wouldn't have been overly disappointed.

3.5 hearts.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Mini Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

May contain some spoilers for Vampire Academy and Bloodlines.

I'm enjoying this series much more than I did VA. I like Sydney better than Rose, and the whole, "Oh, I'll just pop into Lissa's head to see what's going on over there," was far too convenient and happening way too much.

The way the bond in this series works is better and generally used for comedic effect rather than a way to check in on the other plot.

All through VA I was team Dimitri, but I can totally feel the Adrian love now.

I like the way Sydney is starting to question what she's been taught by the Alchemists, and I hope she can put her prejudices aside and develop her magical abilities more.

Very enjoyable.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Mini Review: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

Title: There Will Be Lies
Author: Nick Lake
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher
Publication Date: January 6th 2015

I reviewed this title over on Reading Lark. You can see the full review here.

This is a really interesting book with a lot of different themes running through it. A convincing thriller, a lead character with a difference, and a supernatural subplot make this a really enjoyable read.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Spark by Rachael Craw

Title: Spark
Author: Rachael Craw
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Date of Publication: July 1st 2014
Source: Purchased from Robinsons Bookshop
Read: December 2014

I bought this book a few months ago, along with Cooper Bartholomew is Dead (which I've just read) and The Adventures of Cinnamon Girl (which is still on my TBR pile). It took me a little while to get to it, but it was definitely worth the wait.

First of all, how gorgeous is that cover? The physical copy is even lovelier.

Here's the blurb from Goodreads:

Evie doesn’t have a choice.

One day she’s an ordinary seventeen year old, grieving for her mother. The next, she’s a Shield, the result of a decades-old experiment gone wrong, bound by DNA to defend her best friend from an unknown killer.

The threat could come at home, at school, anywhere. All Evie knows is that it will be a fight to the death.

And then there’s Jamie. irresistible. off-limits.