Monday, 20 July 2015

Review and Give Away - Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Title: Never Always Sometimes
Author: Adi Alsaid
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Aus
Date of Publication: 1st August 2015
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

Harlequin Teen Australia have very kindly provided 5 copies of Never Always Sometimes to be given away. See the end of the post for details.


Never date your best friend

Always be original

Sometimes rules are meant to be broken 

Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they'd never, ever do in high school.

Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never dye your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he's broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It's either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember. Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they've actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.

Cover Reveal: Push Me, Pull Me by Vanessa Garden

This is the first of two exciting posts on the blog today.

The lovely Vanessa Garden is the author of the Submerged Sun series (Captivate and Impulse) and Carrier. You can see my reviews for all three over on Reading Lark. As her previous books were all speculative fiction, this is her first contemporary title, and I can't wait to read it.

I'm very pleased to be able to share with you the details of Vanessa's new book, which will be published by Limitless Publishing in August.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Chasing Chris Campbell by Genevieve Gannon

Title: Chasing Chris Campbell
Author: Genevieve Gannon
Publisher: Harper Collins
Date of Publication: June 1st 2015
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley


The hilarious and charming second novel from the author of Husband Hunters. For fans of The Rosie Project, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and all good rom-coms. 

Violet is saving money: living on rice and beans and denying herself chocolate eclairs all in the name of saving for a home deposit. Once they save enough, she and Michael can buy a house, settle down and live happily ever after. But when Michael does the unthinkable, Violet is forced to rethink her life choices. 

 A chance encounter with Chris Campbell (first love, boy-next-door, The One That Got Away) spurs her into travelling to exotic locations she never dreamed she'd explore - Hong Kong, Vietnam, Varanasi - on a quest to catch up with Chris and lead a life of adventure. Armed with hand sanitiser and the encouraging texts of her twin sister Cassandra, will Violet find true love before it's too late? Or will the nerve-wracking experience of travelling send her back to Melbourne in search of safety and stability? Can she work out what she really wants before she is left with nothing?


Violet and her boyfriend Michael have spent five years scrimping and saving so they can buy a house. Going without even the smallest luxury, Violet is outraged when Michael spends several thousand dollars of their savings on a motorbike that he can’t even ride. Feeling the need to be equally reckless, she books a ticket to Hong Kong, looking for Chris Campbell – the one that got away. What follows is the kind of adventure that mild-mannered Violet could never have imagined, including 2nd degree burns, a case of dysentery, and possibly meeting the man of her dreams.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Prince's Gambit by C.S. Pacat

Title: Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince Book Two)
Author: C.S. Pacat
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Date of Publication: 24th June 2015
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley
Price: Paperback $19.95 Ebook $4.99


With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master Prince Laurent must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot. Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow . . .


You can read my review of book one in the series, Captive Prince, here.

After reading the first book in the series earlier this year with little idea of what to expect, I was more prepared for this second instalment in the series.

C.S. Pacat writes smart, sexy fantasy with great action sequences and steamy love scenes.

Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Title: Because You'll Never Meet Me
Author: Leah Thomas
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK/ANZ
Date of Publication: July 1st 2015
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher


There are truths you can only tell a stranger, and this friendship is the strangest.

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet, because if they ever did, one of them would certainly die. As recluses from society, they develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline.

But when Moritz reveals the key to their shared, disturbing past in a myesterious German laboratory, their friendship cases a test neither one of them expected.

This is a story of impossible friendship and hope from a brilliant new writer.


This book was such a pleasant surprise. Ollie is allergic to electricity and as such has led an isolated life in the woods, unable to leave his home or interact with modern technology in any way. Any contact with an electrical device leads to violent seizures.

Moritz is also not your average teenager. He was born without eyes, but he is not blind.

Ollie's doctor, Dr Auburn-Stache, suggests that the two boys write to each other as a way to help Ollie deal with a recent trauma, and the book is made up of these letters. I love epistolary novels, because it allows the characters to develop completely distinct voices and we see only what they choose to reveal to each other.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Cover Reveal: Stray by Rachael Craw

It's a year ago today that the fabulous Spark, written by Rachael Craw and published by Walker books, hit our shelves. 

I'm incredibly pleased to be part of the cover reveal, not just because Spark is a fabulous book (link to my review is below), but because Rachael is a thoroughly lovely person. 

But first, in case you haven't read it yet (and why haven't you?) here is some info on Spark, the first in the series.