🔥 Review//Tour: The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent 🔥

Title: The Flame Never Dies (#2)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Published: August 16th, 2016
Publisher: Mira Ink
Find the Author: Goodreads / Amazon


I received this book for review! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased. Thank you to Cara at HQ!




For fans of Cassandra Clare and Richelle Mead comes the unputdownable sequel to The Stars Never Rise, a book Rachel Caine, author of the bestselling Morganville Vampires series, called “haunting, unsettling, and eerily beautiful.”

ONE SPARK WILL RISE. Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

Nina isn’t about to let that happen . . . even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

The Stars Never Rise was one of my favourite reads last year. I have the whole of Rachel's Soul Screamers series also (that I LOVED) so when I found out that TSNR was part of a duology, I couldn't wait to read the companion.
After The Stars Never Rise ended on a note that left us hanging in the air, The Flame Never Dies was a welcome read. I was met by these vibrant characters again and the unique plot that wove Exorcists and Demons together in a different, fast-paced setting that hasn't been touched upon before, highlighting an edge-of-your-seat story. In The Flame Never Dies, Nina and her younger sister Mellie, who is pregnant, and the group of Exorcists they met in The Stars Never Rise, are in the Badlands on the run from the Church. 
But still, they know that just because they have escaped their grasp doesn't mean that enemies aren't on the horizon, because now they have bigger issues, like Pandemonia and the strict evil that controls it.
There is always something extra special about the books Rachel writes. Whether it's the distinctive voice of Nina, the original take on mythology, or the way reading one of her books sends the readers away to a whole new world; each one is never shy of epic. The Flame Never Dies is high on thrills and low on romance, but that doesn't stop the connection that binds the characters together through their journey together, or the ties that keep friends and family united. With a plot like a fast heartbeat, there was never a dull moment when it came to Nina, Melanie and Finn, the love-to-hate villains and the end of the Stars Never Rise duo. Each new revelation was exciting and the twists and turns were executed perfectly, keeping me hooked to my eReader for hours. 
Overall, Rachel has written another amazing story that is sure to be a hit with the YA community. I'm in awe at her imaginative story lines that never fail to entertain and enthral. 

Young Adult readers looking for an epic adventure.






NYT bestselling author Rachel Vincent loves good chocolate, comfortable jeans, and serial commas. Rachel is the author of the SOUL SCREAMERS series and can be found online at www.rachelvincent.com or urbanfantasy.blogspot.comA resident of Oklahoma, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

@HQYoungAdult   @RachelKVincent   #TheFlameNeverDies


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🌹 UNDER ROSE TAINTED SKIES 🌹


Title: Under Rose Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Published: July 7th, 2016
Publisher: Chicken House
Find the Author: Goodreads | Twitter


I received this book for review! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.




Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother.

For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths …

An important and uplifting debut from a British author, which tackles mental health issues such as agoraphobia and OCD.

As soon as I heard about URTS a few months ago on Twitter, I felt a magnetic pull to find out what it was about and what was beneath the beautiful floral cover. When I saw it dealt with things such as agoraphobia, OCD and anxiety, I was compelled even more. These things are hardly touched upon in the YA community, so many heroines being potrayed so unlike real life. I was excited to get involved anyway that I could and I was over the moon that I got the chance to read URTS and be a part of the tour.
Norah is undeniably honest, this I know from only opening the book just a crack. She talks about her mental health; her agroaphobia, OCD and depression/anxiety so bravely, reminding me in parts of my own struggles with social anxiety and OCD that I still have to this day. Norah's anxieties and problems affect her every day and the way that Louise captured the qualities of the feelings and thoughts was unerring. Norah is housebound from her illnesses, only ever getting air at her front door on occasions, life outside like a different world completely. It's there that she meets Luke, who moves in next door. Her anxieties don't stop or halt when she meets him and love doesn't conquer all her problems, but he tries to help in different ways, like trying to alter her way of looking at things and her thoughts. She can't help but feel like he deserves someone "normal", though. Nevertheless, her poignant and charming narrative of trying to cope with letting someone in whilst going through an inner battle with herself is as vulnerable and honest as a reader can observe.
Not only does Norah feel real, but her story is one I'll never forget. URTS feels real because Norah's mental health problems are real world things that can hold us back, shape our lives and try to change who we are. It's her sheer determination and enthralling, heart-felt voice that reminds me that it's okay to be different and to not be "normal" and sometimes need help along the way.
Overall, Under Rose Tainted Skies is in a word; phenomenal. It's powerful, moving, heartwarming and sincere. Norah and Luke's connection was written beautifully, as was Norah's courageous journey through the pages. I was overwhelmed at how effortlessly I fell into the story and wrapped around the characters, feeling as if they were my friends and that I knew them. URTS is a breathtaking debut that is going to sky-rocket and it deserves every amazing thing that happens. Louise has written what I can gladly say has been my favourite book of the year so far. Five stars completely.


 Everyone.





Louise is a graduate of Garstang Community Academy, and she is currently studying for a BA (Hons) in English language and literature with special emphasis on creative writing. A YA aficionado, film nerd, identical twin, and junk food enthusiast, she's also an avid collector of book boyfriends. Her debut novel, Under Rose-Tainted Skies, will be published in July 2016..

The YA community and finding a place! 
by Louise Gornall

Stepping into the world of writing was jarring. Admittedly, I knew nothing when I arrived. A query letter? What’s that? Books have word counts? I just thought you were supposed to stop when you ran out of story. No?

Luckily, I signed up to Twitter and bumped into the lovely Heather Marie, who was also writing books for teens. I think it took just one quick chat with Heather to discover how complex writing YA was, and how dangerously I lacked in direction. 

Cut to four years later, and a vast community of YA writers, several of whom I consider among my best friends, have taught me how to be the best writer I can be. And not just technically with the querying and the word counts and the character building and all that other stuff. The YA community is an amazing source of support, because, real talk, this business is tough. You will be rejected more times than you can count. You will feel crappy and worthless and like you want to quit, at least once a month (if not once a week). And people outside of publishing won't get it, as wonderful as family and friends can be, if they don't know shhh about the industry, you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll be needing support from someone who knows exactly how it feels. That’s just science.

Plus, you know, there are perks to being BFF’s with YA writers, apart from them being lovely human beings, who, for the most part, really understand the importance of pyjamas and junk food, and that’s exclusive reading privileges.


Have you read Under Rose Tainted Skies?

What did you think?

If you were affected by any of the issues in the book, MIND and the Mental Health Foundation are available.

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Blog Tour & Review: "The Problem With Forever" by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Title: The Problem With Forever
Author: Jennifer L. Amentrout 
Published: June 1st, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Find the Author: Goodreads
Other Reviews by this Author: Cursed, Don't Look Back, Half Blood

I received this book for review! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.



For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

Anyone who has read my blog for the past few years knows I can't go long without a Jennifer L. Armentrout book. Not only does her writing entertain and grip readers, but her plots are always unique and interesting. I was definitely excited to see what kind of book The Problem With Forever would be, stepping away from the Fantasy genre I had always linked Jennifer to.
I thoroughly loved this book. Usually, I save my more praising notes for the end when I wrap up my review, but it had to be said: this book was perfect. The lead character, Mallory, or Mouse as she had been nicknamed, had been through hellish and bad times. Now, since those times had gone she had been home-schooled for years with loving and incredibly caring adoptive Parents, but now it was time to go to school for Senior Year to prepare for College, back into the open world. It was not only a scary experience for her, but for me as a reader, watching her go through this inner struggle. When Mallory gets to school, she doesn't expect to run into Rider. His face brings back a whole lifetime of memories, mainly the ones of him defending and protecting her back then.
She doesn't expect to find that the tethered connection isn't as broken as she thought it was between them and it's easier to reconnect than met the eye. But Rider's life isn't perfect and before she knows it, she's watching it run away with him and cast him into bad ways. The only way she can help is to step out of her shadow and silence and into the freedom to grasp the life she deserves after her past neglect and childhood terrors. It's the only way to save herself, Rider, and secure the lives they both so desperately need.
The Problem With Forever is a love story, a friendship, a whirlwind masterpiece and a deep, true-to-life book. It's everything you want in a book. It didn't take me long to finish it and it will be with me for a long time yet. Every time I read something new by Jennifer I am blown away and this was truly no exception. I'm wonderstruck (as Taylor Swift says) by this amazing story, these beautifully flawed characters and how effortlessly it has become such a winner in my eyes. Truly beautiful, five-star worthy YA read. Anyone who doesn't read this is truly missing out on something so special.

 Young Adult readers.




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# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
 
What did you think of The Problem With Forever?

Check out the other stops on the blog tour to the right of this post!

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PLM Exclusive Members Club Giveaway: All My Secrets


Hello lovely readers!
This is the *first* in many exclusive Giveaways I'll be doing for members of my new PLM Exclusive Readers Club! If you haven't heard of it, click here to be taken to the post where I explain it all. 
(In short, for absolutely free you can be a member of my blog and all you have to do to be a member is be following me on social media.)
Already a member: simply insert your email where required and it'll be matched to the one you signed up with and you'll be entered DOUBLE as promised in my Members Club post! 

I'm a huge YA fan as you all know and what a better way to start off the readers club than with a Giveaway of one of the most well-known best Authors out there: Sophie McKenzie.

All My Secrets

Synopsis: A brand new title from bestselling, award-winning author, Sophie McKenzie. 

The shocking reality behind a GBP10 million inheritance turns Evie Brown's world on its head. Unable to find out the truth from her parents, Evie ends up on the mysterious island of Lightsea, where her desire for answers leads her towards a series of revelations that threaten everything she holds dear ...including her life. -Goodreads

Rules for entering are:
  • Must be a member of my PLM Exclusive Readers Club (if you're not, it's easy to enter here)
  • Must be 13 or over (if under 16 please remember to ask your Parents)
  • This is for (1) paperback copy and will not be exchanged for money
  • I'm not responsible for any books that are lost in the mail 
  • If you win and don't respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen
  • This giveaway ends on the 27th of June
  • Have fun!


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Welcome to the PLM Exclusive Readers Club! ♥



Welcome to the PLM Exclusive Readers Club!


The PLM Exclusive Readers Club is an innovative new sign-up that means that you can become a member of my blog; Pretty Little Memoirs for absolutely FREE and get tons of benefits. In fact: my FIRST giveaway for the club is here.



Here are just a FEW of the things you'll get, in case you need a little more convincing to become a member!
1. You're always entered into new giveaways in your region automatically. (Live in the US, Canada, UK or Europe? You're in luck! Australia and the rest of the world, coming very, very soon!)
2. On your newsletter (every two/three months), there will be a giveaway just for members of the Exclusive Readers Club.

3. You get first look at book hauls, reviews and guest posts before they hit my blog audience.



4. There will be a special "Members Post" on the newsletter where I have a Member of the Moment, who will get a special PLM Card through their door!
5. And finally, you get a members button for your blog and just for displaying it or tweeting about the club, you are entered into the giveaways TWICE as much and get a special shout out! 

I hope you can join in! The Exclusive Club isn't that hard to get into. If you want to check out what the members badges look like, they're at the foot of this newsletter! All you have to do is be following me on one social media platform to get started. The rest of the rules are below:



Mandatory:
To be a member of the PLM Exclusive Members Club, you must be following me on one platform at least.
One social media follow (including Bloglovin, Twitter, Facebook or Google+) = standard member
Two social media follows = bronze member
Three social media follows = silver member

You'll automatically become a GOLD PLM Member when you follow me on all platforms above!

If you're interested, all you've got to do is fill out this form and you'll be in. You'll receive your emailed members kit including your blog button within a week of signing up.

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Blog Tour / Review: "How to Find Love in a Bookshop" by Veronica Henry


*Minor spoiler / spoiler-free review*

Title: How to Find Love in a Bookshop
Author: Veronica Henry
Published: June 16th, 2016
Publisher: Orion
Find the Author: Goodreads

I received this book for review! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.



Nightingale Books, nestled on the high street in Peasebrook, a picture-postcard Cotswold town, is a dream comes true for booklovers. Everyone who enters falls in love with something.

But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open and the developers are circling. The temptation to sell up is proving enormous - but what about the promise she made to her father? Not to mention her customers, for whom the shop is a comfort, a meeting place, a lifeline.

There's Gary, a stable lad for a nearby trainer, who buys books to read to Nikki, who is lying in a coma. He spends every spare hour at Nikki's bedside, never giving up hope that she will come round.
Betty, who runs a supper club from her tiny cottage, has a huge crush on a man she met and then lost in the cookery section, somewhere Auguste Escoffier and Marco Pierre White.
Mrs Norris repeatedly 'forgets' to pay for her books - and Emilia never has the heart to remind her. But Mrs Norris isn't quite as forgetful as she pretends ...
And then Emilia meets Dexter, local jack-the-lad, who is looking to improve his English so he can better himself. He buys all Emilia's recommendations, and together they re-discover all her favourite authors. But Dexter has a secret, and is not all he seems...

How to Find Love in a Bookshop is the delightful story of Emilia's fight to keep her bookshop alive, the customers whose lives she has touched - and the books they all love.

When I first heard about a novel about falling in love in a bookshop, I thought about how that's literally every book lover's dream. What better way to fall in love than the place we love the most? I had heard such great things about Veronica Henry's writing from other bloggers and I was definitely excited to get started reading my first novel from her.
Nightingale Books is exactly the kind of bookshop you want to go to. It used to be owned by Julius who had sadly passed and now was passed on to his daughter; Emilia, who took over everything to do with the store. But what she didn't expect was the multitude of things she would have to re-organise and put the store back together again to optimal condition. There are other characters that weave into the tapestry of the book, like Thomasina who's shy and has a secret crush, Sarah who uses Nightingale Books to escape her life and Jackson who wants to buy the bookshop to convert it, working for developers, among many characters that blend into the story in their own plots. They all play important parts, but Emilia's storyline takes center stage and I couldn't help but become enthralled by her story, past and future that may or may not include Nightingale Books.
Everyone is there for Emilia when her father dies and the shop is left to her, book lovers and musicians among them. There is a moment when I thought maybe she would cave in to the developers and sell the store, but I knew underneath it all she had learned to love the store just as much as her father did, after all, it sounded like an idyllic, wonderful little bookshop. Not only does Emilia find herself in the store, but she finds love, friendship and happiness within the cosy walls of Nightingale Books.
Overall, How To Find Love In a Bookshop is a book that all book lovers have been waiting for. It's a love story, friendship rollercoaster and journey all in one, all tied to one special bookshop. It had heart, love, beauty and charm and everything that I love in a story. I can't praise it highly enough - Veronica has surely written something all book lovers are going to think is a dream read. Five stars completely.


 Book Lovers everywhere.



Veronica Henry was a television script writer before turning her hand to fiction. She has published six novels which she describes as realistic escapism - her characters might have Agent Provocateur knickers drying on the Aga, but their problems and dilemmas are ones everyone can identify with. She is also on the writing team of Bafta-award winning Holby City.





Thank you for stopping by my tour stop for How to Find Love in a Bookshop!

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