Friday's Five - Yet too read

Hey everyone!

I'm doing another Friday's five and this week I've picked 5 books that I have yet too read. Usually I read a book as soon as I can get my hands on it, but my book pile has just grown and grown and grown and well, you get the idea. (Some of these books haven't been published yet!)

I've loved Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls' series, but my love for the Heist Society is much much greater. I need more of W.W. Hale :)

The first book was good and I'm looking forward to the next one. Surprisingly not because of the expected scenario on the romance side of things, but more to do with the turn of events in the last book, Born Wicked.

To all of you who have read John Green but never heard of David Levithan, believe me he's great (and vice-versa). I'm curious as to what these authors could have put together, I have pretty high expectations of this one.

Final book in the series, hopefully it's just as cute and sweet as the other two. Waiting for √Čtienne to make an appearance ;)

The last book in the Divergent trilogy, a dystopian series which is great for fans of the Hunger Games.
The cover's not been released yet :(

What books are you looking forward to reading?


Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood - Book Review

 Title: Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1)
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Book Rating:  ♥♥♥

Everybody thinks Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship--or an early grave. Then Cate finds her mother's diary, and uncovers a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra. But if what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe--not even from each other

This book was on my to-read pile for about year before I decided to actually sit down and read it. I totally blame the blurb for that, it just didn't do anything to capture more than a spark of 'hmmm, looks interesting'. So when I actually sat down and started reading, imagine my surprise when I found I liked it and the author made me want to carry on reading until the end and then just left me there with a cliffhanger. 

Cate's our protagonist and she's a very easy character to like. Ever since the death of her mother, Cate has been responsible for looking after her two younger sisters, Tess and Maura. She's not as comfortable with the idea of being a witch as the other two are, she'd much rather be 'normal'. Having to take care of her sisters means that Cate never really had an opportunity to be carefree and relaxed, so she's constantly worrying about what will happen if anyone finds out that she and her sisters are witches. Tess is very clever and is better intellectually than either of her sisters. Her relationship with Cate is sweet as they are quite understanding of one another. Maura, I really, really did not like from the start. She's frivolous and has a lot of self-importance, completely the opposite of Cate.

 Soon her childhood friend, Paul, returns after being at university for a while. I was really not a a fan of Paul. Coming back after so long and just assuming the Cate would love him and marry him? A bit presumptuous, no? And then there's their new gardener: Finn. His brave and self sacrificing ways did much to make Cate (and me) think he's just *sigh*. The romance side of the book was a lot more centre stage at times than I expected.

Now I'm lying in wait for the sequel. Can't wait to see what the next two books have to offer.

Undertow by Elle Chandou - Book Review

Title: Undertow (The Undertow Series #1)
Author: Elle Chardou
Cover Opinion: The cover for this book is perfect as it hints to what you can expect from the book: passion
Book Rating:  ♥♥♥
Secrets...Evie Sandstrom has always had secrets. She has grown up with them and now they are coming back and chipping away at her confident facade. Always one for an adventure, she decides to leave after college break and spend the summer in Boston.
The Irish Gangster...Finn Reilly is not only a bad-boy drug dealer but he is also Evie's first love. When they meet again in Boston, sparks begin to fly and although they share one huge secret that should have destroyed them forever, it unites them at a time when she needs all the help she can get.
The French Model...Evie's mother, superstar actress Athena Donahue, has remarried to Etienne Fournier, a model who is eighteen years her mother's junior and wants to get to know Evie in more ways than one.Once Athena drags her daughter back to L.A. under dubious circumstances, she is within the sights of Etienne yet out of the sights of Finn. Can they resolve their differences and will true love prevail or will life get in the way and spoil their chances of happiness?

The best thing about this book, something which is of great credit to the author, is the way she has brought together such powerful feelings; lust and jealousy. The book focuses on the different relationships that Evie has and how they develop, not only on her everyday life.

What do we do with Evie? Well she has this cute (bad) boy who's her first love. She also has this French model, who just happens to be her step-father, as well as a rocky relationship with her mother. Usually books that just revolve around love-triangles are so not my thing, because I feel the author struggles to come up with unique ideas. However Undertow is not exactly like that. It's not a book that only has a love-triangle (which is different in its own respect) but it has a depth which I feel many authors fail to capture. I actually was able to connect and get to know the characters. For me it was not just a story being narrated by someone else and I was just standing there, no I was taken along in the journey that was Undertow.  Elvie as a character grew on me and was different to the expectations that I had of her. I loved reading Undertow and I think you should definitely read it and see if its too your liking. 
It has also made me want to check out some of Elle Chardou's other books.

Elle Chardou

Author Bio:
Elle Chardou is a world traveler and author of several different series. 
Ms. Chardou is the author of The Ties That Bind TrilogyThe Atonement SeriesThe Hart Family SagaThe Vamp SagaThe SupernaturalsBeginnings: Book I (The Plague) series.
She is currently working on UndertowOnly Love (The Atonement Series), and several other novels for her continuing paranormal series, The Vamp Saga.
Ms. Chardou has lived abroad in Stockholm (Sweden), Manchester (England), Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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