Monday, 26 January 2015

Captive by A.J. Grainger

by A.J. Grainger

Summary: I open my eyes. The cell is flooded with sunlight; the window is a slice of pale blue. Dust particles dance in the sparkling light, pirouetting in a golden line from the window to the opposite wall of the cell, where they seem to converge into shapes. It is like looking into a kaleidoscope.

Dad isn't here. No one is, but me.

Robyn Knollys-Green is an A-list celebrity, famous for being the daughter of one of the world's most powerful men. But not even the paparazzi can find her now.

Robyn begins to realise that she is trapped in a complicated web of global corruption and deceit - and that the strange, melancholy boy who has been tasked with guarding her might not be an enemy after all . . .
So... One of my favourite books is Stolen by Lucy Christopher. Ever since I read that book, I've been searching for another book about kidnapping that could get under my skin just as much as Stolen did but no other book has come close. Until now that is.

I really, really loved Captive. It wasn't perfect and I'm not sure how realistic the political stuff was (there were definitely some things that did require suspension of disbelief about the kidnapping side of things, particularly in the last half of the book), but it hooked me from the very first page and I didn't want to put it down so any flaws just didn't seem to matter while I was reading it.

I loved the plot and the characters. It really made me care about Robyn and her family and Talon, and I loved the way the relationships in the book were written, especially her relationship with's not easy to write a relationship forming in those circumstances and make it seem genuine instead of being just case of Stockholm Syndrome, but the author managed it really well.

I'd rate the book 4.5 stars out of 5. It was awesome and addictive and totally got under my skin. I'll definitely be checking out whatever A.J. Grainger writes next.


Sunday, 25 January 2015

Weekly Wrap-Up (26)

On the Blog

Wednesday: Julie reviewed ALL FALL DOWN
Thursday: We discussed our feelings on paid content
Friday: Lanna reviewed CONSPIRACY GIRL


Book Haul

Joyride by Anna Banks (ARC from publisher)
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (egalley from Netgalley)
Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca 
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
The Write Stuff by Tiffany King (freebie ebook)

Books Read

Teen Idol by Meg Cabot
Some Like It Royal by Heather Long
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

There were some other books for my haul and books I read, but my laptop just crashed and I'm now stuck using my circa 2010 laptop that hasn't been used in 2 years, so it's not running great and I'm not digging the idea of finding and updating everything on this computer week it is!


Friday, 23 January 2015

Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson

Conspiracy Girl 
by Sarah Alderson

Summer:Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings – the Bel Air home invasion that rocked the nation. There was only one survivor - a sixteen year-old girl. And though the killers were caught they walked free.

Now eighteen, Nic Preston - the girl who survived - is trying hard to rebuild her life. She’s security conscious to the point of paranoia and her only friend is a French Mastiff bulldog, but she’s making progress. She’s started college in New York and has even begun dating.

But then one night her apartment is broken into and the life Nic’s worked so hard to create is shattered in an instant.

Finn Carter - hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s killers walked free from court. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best and possibly only chance of staying alive is by keeping close to Finn and learning to trust the person she’s sworn to hate.

Fleeing across a snowbound New England, frantically trying to uncover the motive behind the murders, Nic and Finn come to realize the conspiracy is bigger than they could ever have suspected. But the closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, the greater the danger becomes.

To survive she has to stay close to him.
To keep her safe he has to keep his distance.

I don't really know where to begin with this one... I enjoyed reading the book a lot. I guess I'll start with that -- I really, really enjoyed this book.

I really loved the characters. I liked the plot too, because it was fast paced and exciting (although the twist at the end was predictable), but the characters were my favourite part.

Nic was awesome. So many authors go to extremes when writing characters like Nic, who have gone through something (some have them crying every other page, others have them barely impacted at all) but Sarah Alderson really got the balance right with Nic. She was changed by what happened to her, in both negative and positive ways, and came out the other side of it stronger than before. I loved that she could defend herself but wasn't too stubborn to let people help her.

And Finn... Finn was lovely. He was so patient and kind with Nic, and protective without crossing the line into being possessive or underestimating her (which I see too much in these types of stories). I loved how their relationship developed; in the end, they brought out the best in each other.

Then there's Goz (yes, the dog gets a mention). I loved that dog so much, I wanted him to be real just so I could hug him. The dog may or may not have made me cry at one point during the book (actually, the only thing I hated about the book was a scene where Nic lets Finn feed Goz something that she knows is going to give him an upset stomach, which seemed kind of cruel).

Also, it has to be mentioned that Sarah Alderson managed to write the alternating POV's really well. I don't like books with alternating POV's, that's the rule and there aren't many exceptions (and I hate that it seems to be the thing that most authors of New Adult books are doing now).

But Sarah Alderson is not only an exception to my rule, she is one of the few authors that actually manages to write it in a way I really like--she makes it so I love both characters equally and I'm genuinely interested in what they both have to say, and it doesn't feel like she's using it as a crutch or like it's spoiling the book for me.

Anyway, I'd rate the book 4 stars out of 5 because it was fun and fast paced and I really loved the characters (and, it gets bonus points for not being ruined by my aforementioned pet peeve).



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