Impulse by Vanessa Garden

When Miranda Sun returns to Marin on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, this time of her own free will, she quickly learns that her worst fears have been realised. The glittering underwater city is not as she had left it, nor too is Marko, the young king who has dominated her thoughts and heart for the last twelve months since leaving Marin.

Miranda, however, has not made the journey to Marin alone, and now must contend with not only Marko’s evil brother Damir but more surprisingly her sister Lauren who has an agenda of her own.  Marko’s power begins to wane and with cracks beginning to show in the domed Utopian city, and veiled danger lurking everywhere, she quickly learns that in this dazzling city full of beautiful people she can trust no-one but herself.

If Miranda wants to survive, she must decide between the hardened sensibilities  in her head and the hungers of her heart. Will her decision cause more heartach can she help to save Marko’s throne?


i have been lucky enough to get a ARC of Impulse by Vanessa Garden. This is the second book in the series and  I can honestly say that you will not be disappointed. 

There is so much that would love to tell you about but that would spoil the story for you. So I will try my best not to give anything away.

Vanessa takes us back on a journey to our favorite underwater civilization, we’re from the outside everything looks perfect,  but on closer examination all is far from perfect.  Set a year after  Miranda first visit to Marin.  She is turning 18 and the time had come for her to make the choice to stay with  her family or go to Marko.  However when she arrives back in Marin things are not as she had expected. Now she must find the strength and courage to help Marko and the people of Marin.

As you can see from the synopsis Marinda sister Lauren has tagged along, however this may not be as happy of family reunion as she had hoped.  Especially with the fact that Marko brother and sister are still in the in the picture. Leaving the question is who can Marko and Marinda truly trust?

In this book we also get to learn a little more about Marin and it’s people. Though we do not get to visit the colosseum

This is a fantastic read and I can not wait to see what will happen next. Impulse will have you looking to the ocean this summer.


Made for you by Melissa Marr

Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling



Made For You is a creepy tale of love and obsession.

Eva Telling is part of the elite popular crowd in the town of Jessup. Unfortunately that doesn’t protect her from the brutal attack. Left for dead, she  wakes up in hospital with no recollection of what happened or who would do this to her.  Not to mention that since waking up she has developed  the ability to see a person’s death if they touch her. When her estranged best friend, Nate, see Eva at the hospital the years apart evaporates. The feeling Eva felt for Nate intensifies. Nate’s protective and supportive, and it’s a good thing because this deranged killer isn’t finished with Eva. 

When she “sees” the death of her friends Eva does what she can to prevent them from happening.  While trying to identify the killer in the process. As she picks out clues from her visions, with the help, they hope to get an advantage over the killer and stop the deaths until he’s caught.

This is one seriously creepy read,  and will have you guessing who the kill is until the very end.  As this story is told from a couple of different prospective we get to learn more about Eva world and the killers plans.

While Made For You had a very realistic contemporary feel, there still was a touch of the uncanny with Eva’s “death visions”. I was on the edge of my seat wondering when and how the killer would strike next.

This is definitely not for the faint hearted.

Waterfall by Lauren kate


Eureka’s tears have flooded the earth, and now Atlantis is rising, bringing with it its evil king, Atlas. Eureka is the only one who can stop him, but first she must learn how to fight. She travels across the ocean with Cat, her family, and Ander, the gorgeous and mysterious Seedbearer who promises to help her find Solon, an enigmatic lost Seedbearer who knows how to defeat Atlas.

Once on land, Eureka is taunted by gossipwitches, a group of displaced Atlantean sorceresses, and ambushed by locals struggling to survive amid the destruction her tears have wrought. And she feels no closer to facing Atlas or saving the world when Solon lets slip that love is Ander’s weakness, and that any affection he feels toward her makes him age faster.

Trying to make sense of the dark world her sorrow has created, Eureka receives startling insight from an enchanted pond. Her bewildering reflection reveals a soul-crushing secret: if she’s strong enough, Eureka can draw on this knowledge to defeat Atlas—unless her broken heart is just what he needs to fuel his rising kingdom…

In Waterfall, Eureka has the chance to save the world. But she’ll have to give up everything—even love.



Waterfall the 2nd book in the Teardrop series by Lauren Kate, picka up there Teardrop left off . The world and everything in it is disappearing in a ocean of tears.  Eureka , Ander, Cat her dad and the twins go on a journey to try and save the world. Swimming to Turkey to locate a lost relative of Ander’s who they hope will be able to advise them on what to do next.  However what the discover will change their lifes forever.

Anders uncle Solon instructs Eureka in the tasks ahead of her all the while the threat of Atlantis rising rests heavily upon her.

In the meanwhile Atlas, who is determined to make Eureka produce one final tear, still  has possessed Eureka’s best friend Brooks. 

The setting for the last part of the book was a complete contrast to what the characters had been exposed to previously.   

The love story shared between Eureka and Ander continues and you continue to see love shared between her family and friends.
Because this book shows that love is shared not just between lovers but fathers, siblings and friends. It also raises the question what  would you do foe the ones you love ?
Waterfall is an epic tale of family love and sacrifice.

Samantha Vérant Blog tour

Welcome to a stop on Samantha Vérant   Seven Letters from Paris blog tour .



1) I’ve learned to laugh at myself.
When I first moved to France, I was terrified to speak French to people outside of my family. I made so many faux pas, and, unfortunately, most of mistakes had a sexual innuendo attached to it, thanks to mispronunciations. For a while, I spoke in a voice so soft nobody could hear me. (I call this my mouse voice phase). But I had a choice – integrate or pretend I was a mute. I soon discovered that if I wanted to improve my language skills, I actually had to try to speak French with confidence, even if I put myself in extremely embarrassing situations. Today, if I mistakenly ask the butcher to pluck my feathers and tie me up like a chicken, it’s no longer a big deal. And, the French, once they stop laughing with me, will correct my error.


2) I’ve learned to live within my means.

My French husband is not a consumer and I’m no longer one. We work within our budget, only buying what we truly need. There is no credit card debt, no unnecessary spending. (I don’t have a credit card, only a debit card.) This is the French way. I’ve learned to keep my yearnings in check, and I ask myself: “Do I really need it? What purpose would it serve? Would I still be happy without it?” The answer to that last question is always a resounding yes.

3) I’ve learned politeness gets you everywhere. 

In France, we say thank you, bonjour, and please to everyone, including the bus driver. For example, at the local patisserie, you say, “Bonjour, Madame. Une baguette, s’il vous plait.” When leaving a shop with your purchase, you always wish the person a nice day, afternoon, or evening. “Bonne soirée. Merci, au revoir!” (Have a nice evening. Thank you! Goodbye!) The same holds true for the other party. I hear or say, “A vous de même” (same to you) a lot. I’m now friends with every local merchant in my town– the butcher, the baker, and my favorite vegetable vendor. Sometimes they give me freebies. A win-win!


4) I’ve learned that sometimes you need to get by with a little help your friends. 

I faced so many adjustments and challenges when I moved to France. Along with the difficulties of speaking a language I hadn’t spoken in twenty years, coming to understand the different customs and cultural differences (for example: don’t place your hands on your lap at the dinner table because people will wondering what you’re doing!), obtaining a French drivers license, and becoming an immigrant, I also had to adjust to instant motherhood. I had so much to learn and I had to do it quick, but I didn’t know where to turn. It’s extremely important for expats to reach out to others who have gone through–or are going through–everything you’re going through or you will explode. It’s also important to carve a life for yourself outside of family life. So that’s what I did. After four months of flying solo without English speaking friends, I posted a greeting on an expat blog. Today, I have more friends than I’ve ever had in my entire life.


5) I’ve learned to live a passionate life.

In one of Jean-Luc’s seven letters, he writes: “It would be a disaster if we stop this passion between us. And I am a man who cannot live without passion. It’s the nerve of my being, the best we can do.”

He really lives by this sentiment.

To those naysayers who say that passion in a relationship dies, I’m here to tell you it doesn’t; it just changes a little bit. I’ve learned that, yes, passion is a way of life, but you also have to put some effort into it. To keep the spark between us lit, Jean-Luc and I explore each other’s passions. In my case, I took up Jean-Luc’s favorite sport: scuba diving. At first, I was petrified. You know, because my bottle could run of out of air…and I could die. It took a few years, but I was finally able to kick fear to the curb. I now have my PE-40 license, which means I can dive forty-meters (over 120-feet) with my moniteur fédéral dive-master husband. I’m thinking of signing us up for tango lessons…

Vive la passion!

6) I’ve learned to cook French.

From boeuf bourguignon to moules marinière and everything in between, I’ve become quite the French chef. I’ve also gotten over my fear of flambéing. (I haven’t burnt the house down or singed off my eyebrows yet!) In the preface of Seven Letters, I write about a shrimp dish flambéed with Pastis, an anise flavoured liquer. You can check out the recipe on Ann Mah’s (author of Mastering the Art of French Eating) blog, where I popped in for one of her Tuesday dinner posts:

7) I’ve learned to celebrate all victories – great and small. 

I can now speak and understand a new language, even if I miss a word or ten. I know how to improvise when things aren’t working out the way I planned. I know how to make the most of everything that I have. I’ve successfully integrated into a new life in France. And, for that, I am thankful. Pop open the bubbly!

Crash (Twinmaker, #2) by Sean Williams


Praise for Jump: ‘A thrilling, existential head-trip’ – Alaya Dawn Johnson


If you betrayed a friend, how far would you go to earn their forgiveness?

If someone had saved your life, would you risk your life to save them?

If you could bring someone back from the dead, who would you choose?

Clair and Jesse have barely been reunited when the world is plunged into crisis – the d-mat network is broken. People are trapped, injured and dying, and it’s partly Clair’s fault.

Peacekeepers enlist Clair to track down Q, the rogue AI – artificial intelligence – who saved her life and is the key to fixing the system. Targeted by dupes and abandoned by her friends, Clair finds powerful allies in the most unlikely places. But who can she trust? Q won’t respond to her calls for help, and if Clair finds her, will she be trapping her friend in a life of servitude or sending her to death by erasure?

Caught between pro- and anti-d-mat philosophies, in a world on the brink of all-out war, Clair must decide where she stands – and who she stands with – at the end.


I received an ARC of this book.

Crash pick up where the first book left off. Claire and Jesse are on the run however they have picked up a couple of Peace Keepers as companions.
Being hailed the “Girl Who Broke D-Mat” Claire wants it fixed. People are now stranded around the world, they can’t get to hospitals or are trapped with no 2 a of getting home. To make matters worse there are now groups of people after her. What Clarie needs is a safe place to work out a plan. Claire and her companions are now on a mission to find Q and to find out who keeps targeting her.

I really liked reading this series.   I would recommend picking this series up for a read these holidays.