Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Have you ever considered to just stop talking?

How easy would it be? To just let the rest of the world do the talking, to stop worrying about others’ expectations in what your next words will be. You wouldn’t have to experience getting ignored, and you wouldn’t regret another word, or get embarrassed by saying the wrong thing.

But you also wouldn’t be able to express yourself the same way ever again. You would never sing along to your favourite songs on the radio. And, in all honesty, you would still be falling both up and down stairs, whether you could voice your opinion or not. I know, gravity’s a killer.

Of course, you don’t have to go though this horrific ride in real life, because a reader lives a thousand lives my friends, and now you’re about to live one more.

SpeechlessSpeechless By Hannah Harrington

My Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ /5

Goodreads’ Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ /5

Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she’s ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there’s strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she’s done. If only she can forgive herself.

You probably remember me commenting on how I’d have to start reading more contemporary novels after absolutely loving Emmy and Oliver, so here I am, keeping my word!

Speechless is a book in which 15 year old Chelsea blurts out a secret, a secret that has major consequences for Noah, an innocent boy who just happened to be in the wrong room at the wrong time. Continue reading

Review: The Girl In The Steel Corset by Kady Cross

girl in the steel corsetThe Girl In The Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles #1)
By Kady Cross

Hardcover, 473 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Harlequin Teen
Average Rating: 3.83

In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one… except the “thing” inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch…

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special, says she’s one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin’s investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff’s little company of strays apart, and it isn’t long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she’s on even if it seems no one believes her.


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Friday Favourites ~ Emmy and Oliver

Just before I left for Europe, I was raving about the book Emmy and Oliver, and how it had to be a book that I absolutely couldn’t wait to read.

Well friends, I’ve finally read it, and it is as phenomenal as I thought it would be!

Emmy and OliverEmmy and Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Emmy and Oliver is an entrancing book that speaks of second chances and endings you never thought you’d have.

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Review: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

darktriumphDark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2)
By Robin LaFevers

Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Average Rating: 4.17

The convent views Sybella, naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her home to the life that nearly drove her mad. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of death himself, he must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?


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Review: Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins

22428712Sweet Temptation (Sweet Trilogy #4)
By Wendy Higgins

Paperback, 485 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by HarperCollins/HarperTeen
Average Rating: 4.38

Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it.

Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve.

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.

Author Note:
Sweet Temptation will encompass the entire trilogy in a condensed version, beginning with Kai’s life before he met Anna, and taking readers through the epilogue of Sweet Reckoning. Sweet Temptation is a companion novel, not meant to be a stand alone story. It will definitely be a richer experience for those who have read the original trilogy.


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Review: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

orphan queenThe Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1)
By Jodi Meadows

Hardcover, 391 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Average Rating: 3.97

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.


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Review: Half Bad by Sally Green

Half Bad - Sally GreenWanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves? Continue reading

Two Months. Emilie’s Reflection

So here it goes: My two month reflection on Meers.

From the day that the group decided to start a blog I was totally ready.

Until that day, starting a blog had seemed like a fantasy that I was never going to experience. Having people read, acknowledge, or even like my thoughts seemed absurd. Plus, I wasn’t a writer. I wished I could be, but I was never able to put a pen on paper and finish a story.

The thing was, I was so wrong before, about everything. Blogging is more than a fantasy, and it definitely isn’t just for famous people. Also, being a writer isn’t about writing a best selling YA book. All these things take is a will and a computer screen. (the actual hard drive of the computer as well as Wifi is also an essential)

These past two months have taught me that, and so much more.

Blogging is a way that I have continued to grow myself, a way that I can express myself.

Though I know that continuing to write with the coming school year is going to be difficult, I’m ready for that challenge

So in the end, when it comes to whether or not I’m going to stick with this, my answer is 100% yes.

Thank you so much for giving me the time of day to share my thoughts. I couldn’t have done it without you ❤

Love ya lots,

EmSignature