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Targeted (Brides of the Kindred #15) by: Evangeline Anderson
Claiming His Witch by:Ellis Leigh
Towering by:Alex Flinn
The Mime Order by: Samantha Shannon
Heir of Fire  by: Sarah J. Maas
Cruel Beauty  by: Rosamund Hodge
Rusty Nailed  by: Alice Clayton
A Matter Of Forever by: Heather Lyons
The Cold King by: Amber Jeager
 Blind Faith by: Rebecca Zanetti
Forever One: L.F. Hampton

Play by: Kylie Scott
Prodigy by: Marie Lu
Crown of Midnight by: Sarah J Maas
Throne of Glass by: Sarah J Maas
A Matter of Truth by: Heather Lyons
Night Owl by: M. Pierce
Never Fade by: Alexandra Bracken
Prodigal Son by: Debra Mullins
Horde by: Anne Aguirre
Outpost by: Anne Aguirre
The 5th Wave by: Rick Yancy
The Bone Season by: Samantha Shannon
Gone Girl by: Gillian Flynn
The Eyes of Love by: Angelina Rose
Shatter Me by: Tahereh Mafi
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon, #1) by: Alison Goodman
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices) by: Casandra Clare
The Letter by: Marianne Spitzer
Enclave (Razorland #1) by: Ann Aguirre
The Darkest Minds by: Alexandra Bracken
Eleanor and Park by: Rainbow Rowell
Uprising (Fires of Providence #1) by: Dawn Jayne
Dark Connections by: Rebecca Graff
Glitter by Mona Darling
Deep Connection by: Rebecca Graf
Shadow and Bone by: Leigh Bardugo
A Matter of Heart by: Heather Lyons
Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by: Cynthia Hand


Archived Reviews: 

Mystic (Soul Seekers Series #3) by: Alyson Noel
Inked by an Angel by: Shauna Allen
Chosen (Ancients of Light #1) by: Heather Fleener
Marked (Eternal Guardian #1) by: Elisabeth Naughton
Tangled by: Emma Chase
Softly and Tenderly by: Lisa Binion
The Halo Affect by: Shauna Allen
Rising Calm by: Haley Fisher
Strong Enough by: Ellen Harger
Ice Rose, A YA Spy Novel by: Alison Neuman
Of Triton by: Anna Banks

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Taming Blaze (Inferno Motorcycle Club #1)

by: Sabrina Paige
Synopsis:   A chance encounter would ignite a spark. Fate would fan the flame.

  Dani doesn't believe in love. She knows that love only leads to heartache, like the murder of her mother when she was just fourteen. Besides, dating is tough when your dad is one of the most powerful crime bosses on the West Coast.

  So instead of relationships, Dani believes in one night stands. But when a casual fling goes frighteningly wrong, she runs home to the only person she knows will protect her - her father.

  She doesn't make it. Dani's stranded on the side of the road with no one to help her. Except Blaze.

  Blaze has been through hell and back. Raised by his junkie mom, the Inferno MC is the only real family he's ever known. As their jaded Vice President, he'd do anything to protect the club.

  When fate throws them together, sparks fly.Their attraction is undeniable, but can this jaded and broken pair find happiness? Or will Dani's family secrets tear everything down, including the MC?


My Take on the Book

  So much to like and dislike about this book. I loved Blaze, and even after several days I can't decide if I like or dislike Dani. And overall I enjoyed the book. But I honestly had more things I disliked then I really liked about the book. It had so much potential but left me scratching my head and thinking "It could have been so much better."

Liked:

   There was a lot to this book, different POV's and different times. I am totally in love with this new genre'. And this premise was great and technically this was a good book. I loved Blaze he was totally swoon worthy and would do any girl good, Dani not so much.

Disliked:

   What I love in this new and intese genre' of Motorcycle club books is the gritty hardness of the lifestyle of the group dynamic. But some of that was lost in Taming Blaze, the author danced around it setting it up for other books but I felt like that piece for me was unstatisfied and unresolved.
  The different POV were at times hard to follow. Not because we were head jumping but because we were time jumping. Very frustrating. Never knew when or where you would end up.
  Dani was at times a spoiled brat and at other times a confused young women with little real knowledge of the world she lived in.
  I really felt the 'I love you's' were rushed and thought they came out of know where. I was reading and suddenly they were professng there love for each other. I was like, 'Oh okay, where there? Okay'


Overall

   Overall, this was an okay book for me. I enjoyed it but I was blown away by it. I'm interesed to see what happens next in the Inferno's MC, but I'm not running out to buy the next book.

??Recommend??

   This is definitly an adult read 18+ only.

Rating:

   I am giving Taming Blaze 3 stars


The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)

by: Renee Ahdieh
Synopsis:
  One Life to One Dawn.

  In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.

  Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

  Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end



My Take on the Book

  I have heard of A Thousand and One Nights, but I have never read the book so I came into The Wrath and the Dawn as a blank slate. Shahrzad was conflicted through most of the book and therefor the book felt stilted. Khalid was frustratling vague, and the climax was unclimatic. However, that being said I thought the author painted the story in an epicly colorfly way. I really couldn't put the book down wanting to know what would happen next, in a frustrating sort of way.


Liked:

  I really enjoyed the way the author painted the story. She made it so that reader feels like they are in the story. I was enthralled with the story and the characters even though I was frustrated with the characters.

Disliked:

   Shahrzad's indecision, however, this was part of her growth throughout the book. So I believe this is what the author was aiming for. I also disliked Khalid's vagueness I just wanted him to admit to his part in everything, I wanted him to open up already. But again, maybe this was what the author was going for. Something to think about when reading the book. You have to think that at some point everything could be solved if everyone just sat down and was honest with each other. (or is it just me?)

Overall

   Overall I both loved and hated this book, I know this is a conflict in my review. But honestly that is the truth, one moment I love it because it sweeps through all my emotions and then I hate it because of how it ended and how it prayed on my emotions. So there you have it... maybe I hate it because I loved it...

??Recommend??

   Yes I would recommend it if you are looking for something that will make you think and wonder and think some more. Take a look at this and prepare yourself.

Rating:

   I am going to give The Wrath and the Dawn 4 out of 5 stars. I want to give it 3 1/2 stars but I am going to give it 4.



Targeted (Brides of the Kindred #15)

by: Evangeline Anderson
Synopsis:
  A warrior sworn to kill or die trying…
 A woman going through a deadly transformation…
 Can they reach safety together?
 Or have both of them been
Targeted for death?
Emily Brooks is just an unremarkable girl living a boring existence--she teaches kindergarten, has a small house on the north end of Tampa, and tries not to envy her sister's perfect life. But Emily holds a remarkable secret within--one that won't stay hidden much longer. She is about to become something and someone completely different--that is, if she lives long enough to undergo the transformation.
Tragar is a Beast Kindred with tragedy in his past. Pain and loss have driven him from the Kindred way of life and into a new career--that of a deadly Verrak assassin. The Verrak take an oath to kill every target they contract for or die trying. Now Emily is in his crosshairs but the moment he gets close enough to her, his sharp Kindred senses tell him something is different about this particular target. Emily is a Khalla--a rare female who some say embody the essence of the Goddess herself. She is a treasure beyond compare. Tragar is well aware that his own choices have left him unfit to serve her but at least he can protect her until he can find someone worthy on his home planet of Rageron.
But there are dark forces in their way. Tragar's oath to kill can not be broken lightly. And there is a shadowy figure rising from the darkness who wishes to claim Emily's life. Can the fallen warrior guide and protect Emily to the place she truly belongs? Or will he die trying? You'll have to read Targeted to find out.



My Take on the Book

  

HOLY Kindred Batman!!!

  Emily Brooks may look like a normal everyday kindergarten teacher on the outside, but looks can be deceiving.
  Tragar isn't the heartless assassin, he has striven to become.   Life for both these complicated characters will never be the same. This book takes the reader on so many twists and turns, ups and downs its a rollarcoast of emotions. Both fun and interesting, you root for the Emily and Tragar! The author knows how to build suspense and heat between the characters.   This is the first Kindred book I have read by this author and I have to tell you I fell in love with the characters! Both Emily and Tragar, and characters from previous books I have found a new author I will be reading the previous books and honestly I can't wait for the next novel in the serious to come out.



Liked:

   I loved the story line it was fresh and interesting, and although this is book 15 in the series I didn't feel dropped into a storyline. Very well done by the author.
   I was worried about some of the sexytime play because I thought maybe I would be wierdied out by it. (Not going to go into detail because it would be spoilerish.) But Anderson is such a fantastic writer she writes in a way that made it not wierd, but hot hot hot! Very well done.

Disliked:

   Okay sorry but I have to do it, I hate cliff hanger endings I just do. Hate them! Sorry.   One other thing, and its just a tiny thing...Emily got a tiny bit whinny just a smidgin...tiny...little. She was going through a lot, it was almost understandable but oh my. I just kinda wanted to at a couple of points just shove a sock in her mouth... sorry.

Overall

   This was a great book. I really enjoyed reading it.

??Recommend??

   I would recommend this book to adult readers only!

Rating:

   Great book, I am giving Targeted (Brides of the Kindred #15) 4 1/2 ouf of 5 Stars

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Bunny and the Bear

Bunny and the Bear (Furry United Coalition #1)

by: Eve Langlais



Synopsis:
  What’s a poor bear to do when all he wants is some sweet, bunny pie?
  Bears and bunnies aren’t supposed to mix, or that’s what Chase keeps telling himself when his bouncy new neighbor won’t stay out of his business—and his mind. However, the more he gets to know his overly perky neighbor, the more he craves her—naked in his grasp—a desire worse than his addiction to honey and pie.
  Miranda’s on a mission for the Furry United Coalition, and it involves secretly guarding one grumpy ol’ bear. Staying focused on the job isn’t easy when all she can think about is turning his frown upside down, a task made harder when she gets a glimpse of his passion. When she hears about his theory on woodland creatures and predators not mixing, she thinks all is lost, but she didn’t count on a bear’s curious nature—and possessive need.
  When an evil force abducts Chase, Miranda unleashes her bunny in order to save him, but the revelation of her shifter side puts her in danger. Is one ornery bear enough to save her from a mad scientist? And if he does, can a bear forget her woodland creature status long enough to love her and make her his mate?
  Warning: Pies were harmed in the making of this story and naughty references made about honey that might offend some readers



My Take on the Book

  Short sweet, and hot. Don't underestimate Bunny, and don't lose sight of how hot a bear can be. This was a fun fast read. 

Liked:

   This read made me smile, and laugh. I liked how Bunny didn't take herself to seriously, and how Chase learned to relax. Loved the play on words for the Furry United Coalition or FUC office. Made me smile every time I read it.

Disliked:

   There wasn't to much to dislike. But having to pick one thing I thought there where to many side characters in the FUC office I kinda got lost in them. I know the author was basing that on up coming books but it made it hard to follow in some of the scenes.

Overall

   Great fun read, read it in one sitting.

??Recommend??

   I would recommend to any adult or 17+ because of the adult and sexy time themes. But altogether a fun and interesting read.

Rating:

   I am giving Bunny and the Bear 4 out of 5 Stars.











Outlaw's Bride (Grizzles MC #3)

by: Nicole Snow
Synopsis:
I HAD AN OUTLAW'S BABY AND KEPT IT A SECRET...

SALLY
He's going to kill me when he finds out. I should've left Roman behind after our unforgettable fling two summers ago. I wasn't supposed to end up having his kid, always looking over my shoulder for the last man in the world meant to be a father.
But danger has a funny way of betraying a woman's best kept secrets, and reigniting old flames that should've died on a hot summer night.
Now, he's hellbent on claiming me in all the explosive ways that make my heart stop and my head spin. I'm losing it, or maybe just my panties. Every single pair.
An arranged marriage with the Grizzlies MC's biggest badass? I shouldn't want this so bad...

ROMAN

Forgive and forget? F*ck no.
I tried like hell to push her away, spent every waking minute on whores and booze. Then I found out what she'd hidden, and I lost my damned mind.
Sally's lies stole more years off my life than prison did. She owes me big. I'm taking her for payment, and I don't care what she's got to say about wearing my brand.
No chick makes a fool outta me. And I'm not fooling when I tell her I'll get my perfect wife, even if we're faking it all the way to the altar.
Give me a week. I'll conquer her spitfire tongue and remind her what it's like to ache desire. I'm not stopping 'til her lips are on mine, making her squirm the way she used to, begging me for more...
The Outlaw Love books are stand alone romance novels featuring unique lovers and happy endings. No cliffhangers! This is Roman and Sally's story in the Grizzlies MC series.




My Take on the Book

   Sally fell hard for Roman two years ago. But the Grizzlie's MC drove them apart. Now Roman is back, and Sally has kept secrets that are bound to come out, considering she needs help that only the Grizzlie's MC can provide.


Liked:

  This had a great story behind it and the advertising for it drove me to buy it. But it really didn't live up to the hype for me. I really liked the alpha male, Roman, was very swoon worthy. (Who doesn't want a alpha male to claim them?) He was just hot, hot, hot. His internal monologue left me with a catch in my breath.

Disliked:

   I get it Sally was subservient to Roman, but come on girl stand up to him once in awhile. After all she was right a couple of times. Maybe I am to much of a feminist but I wanted her to be in control once or twice, so I disliked his ultimate and over-powering control. (sorry girls!)

Overall

  I enjoyed this read, but overall I thought the book ran a little long. It could have been wrapped up in less pages, but that being said the hard edge to Roman was exciting and edgy, but Sally's lack of back-bone just left me feeling unsatisfied. I think you can have a hard alpha-male and still keep the female's identity. Sally felt overpowered by Roman's larger then life personality.

??Recommend??

   I would recommend this book to hard core ADULT romance fans ONLY. Lots of sexual content, of course expected, but just a warning.

Rating:

  I am giving Outlaw's Bride 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.










Claiming His Witch (Feral Breed Motorcycle Club #3)

by: Ellis Leigh

Synopsis:

  Only ten years into his new life as a wolf shifter, Feral Breed MC prospect Pup is struggling to find his place. A throwaway kid in his human past, the only home he’s ever known has been with his Breed brothers. But a mistake that nearly ended the life of his leader’s mate haunts him, and he’ll stop at nothing to prove his worth.
  Orphaned at birth, Azurine and her sisters have been raised on string magick, grimoires, and the strength of the elements around them. Growing up surrounded by the witches in their coven, there's never been a lack of a maternal element to support her. But she’s always been the “middle Weaver,” forced to accept the coven’s refusal to see the girls as anything other than the Weaver triplets.
  When a witch hunter invades the coven’s home, the witches lash out at the nearest suspect… and one of their own. Betrayed by her coven, Azurine must choose between the only family she’s ever known and the man fate tied to her soul. And as Pup tries to earn the respect of his club, he makes a decision that could cost him more than his place in the Feral Breed. It could cost him Azurine. Or his own life




My Take on the Book

  Although this is the 3rd book in the Feral Breed series I picked this up not having read the first three books and didn't have a problem picking right up on the story lines.
Zuri (Azurine) the heroine in the story is a strong female character with fantastic witchy powers, and Pup is definitely a swoon worthy hero in my book.
Fast pasted , hot, hot, read.

To see my full review with Likes and Dislikes go to my blog: Where Fantasy Meets Reality: Book Reviews


Liked:

   First I really liked the way Leigh spun the story in a way where the reader didn't have to have ready the first 2 books. I might go back and read them but I don't feel like I was dropped into a story line. Pup is swoon worthy, love, love a hot hero who you can fall for. Zuri's witchy/paranormal powers were awesome. The unmistakable pull between Zuri and Pup was so powerful it made me as a reader so excited I was nearly breathless with excitement. Very well done.

Disliked:

   Honestly I just thought it was to short. I wanted it to go on longer. And if that is the only thing I can find wrong, its pretty damn good.

Overall

   Overall, I thought this was a pretty good book. If it wasn't for work I would have read it in one sitting.

??Recommend??

   I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a hot adult read. (Adult because it does have some adult content.)

Rating:

   I am giving Claiming His Witch (Feral Breed Motorcycle Club #3) by Ellis Liegh 4 out 5 stars




Towering

by: Alex Flinn
Synopsis:
  At first, I merely saw his face, his hands on the window ledge. Then, his whole body as he swung himself through the window. Only I could not see what he swung on.
Until, one day, I told my dream self to look down. And it was then that I saw. He had climbed on a rope. I knew without asking that the rope had been one of my own tying.
  Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her.
  Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again.
  Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now.
  A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Alex Flinn knows her fairy tales, and Towering is her most mind-bending interpretation yet. Dark and mysterious, this reimagining of Rapunzel will have readers on the edge of their seats wondering where Alex will take them next!




My Take on the Book

   Not the Rapunzel you grew up believing in.
  I love a good Fairy Tale re-telling. And this Rapunzel retelling takes the story and mixes it up, giving it a very young adult feel instead of pre-teen or even a younger feel.   However, that being said Rachel was really hard to relate too (see my Dislikes for further details).    All in all this is and interesting re-telling of the the Rapunzel tale. And something that pre-teens and even teens would enjoy.   For further details you need to see my my blog.


Liked:

   I love a good re-telling. And Rapunzel is one of my favorite fairy-tales. So it would be pretty hard to ruin it for me.    Wyatt is a great hero who needs a little saving himself and that makes for a great hero in a young adult read.    The attraction between Wyatt and Rachel is so cute. They are just so meant to be together.

Disliked:

   Rachel's naivety is un-relatable. I know she grew up in a tower all alone... but come on. It got old for me.    The bad guys and the ultimate climax and reason behind it all. Just seems so outlandish to me. I mean really? No seriously? All the missing people? For all that time? And nobody questioned it? In this day and age? Where the hell were the police? CSI? FDA? BAU? FBI? CIA? Come on... Only one crazy father questioning it in town?   Maybe I'm the naive one. But those things bothered me.   Momma bothered me, she was just damn crazy. A woman that isn't your mother locking you in a tower.

Overall

   Okay I know that in my Dislikes I kind of ripped the book apart but overall this wasn't a bad read. Flynn really did a good job taking a story that is well known re-telling it in a manner that is interesting and fun for a new generation. This isn't the Rapunzel that you grew up reading and that is what you look for in a re-telling so in my opinion that is a win.   Unfortunately, there were several problems I had with the books overall follow-through.

??Recommend??

   Yes and no.... It's a well done Rapunzel re-telling however the overall story there were some problems. So it's a mixed bag for me. So I will leave it to my readers to decide?

Rating:

   I liked the take on the Rapunzel fairy tale. Not so much the full storyline. I am giving Towering by: Alex Flynn 3 1/2 Stars out of 5 




The Mime Order

The Bone Season #2


by: Samantha Shannon
Synopsis:
  Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

  As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

  Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.


I was giving an ARC of this book for my honest review.


My Take on the Book

   For a second installment The Mime Order is an interesting read. A deep penetration into the underworld that is Paige's life gives you a broad understanding of the life she lived before and now and what is expected of her in the future.
   Shannon's voice is unmistakable in this epic fantasy. However, this story drags with the endless hem-hawing that Paige goes through on what her actions should be. For the reader it seems obvious, however, Shannon drags out non-action to the point I was slightly irritated with the read. Paige is the clear cut heroin but doesn't step into those shoes until the end. Makes for a frustrating read.
  When reading a epic read like The Mime Order I want a clear cut heroin and hero, unfortunately there is no hero, no anti- hero, there is plenty of evil and plenty of bad guys. But no hero no sure what that is all about, am I wrong?






Liked:

   Shannon knows how to spin a tale. The second installment of the Bone Season is well written. The deep explanation and in-depth detail of the Order behind the clairvoyant community was fascinating.

Disliked:

   The worst part of this book is how long the reader has to wait until the next book comes out.
Paige hem-hawed her way through the book made me want to slap her several times. I could have used a lot more Warden. I thought some of the plot-lines where predictable and so the length of the book and the drawn out hem-hawing of Paige made for a hard to read book.

Overall

   Shannon knows how to write, and as I have mentioned this is an okay book with a fascinating in-depth look into the clairvoyant underworld. I just don't think it needed as much of a look as it had. Paige needed to step up faster and work her sh!t out. Warden needed to be more present and there needed to be more of a hero presence for me. But overall I enjoyed the book as a book 2 in the series and I really look forward to see what is going to happen next. Shannon did her job because although I wasn't head over heals in love with book 2 I'm crazy excited for book 3.

??Recommend??

   Yes, because you have to read it to get to book 3. And I loved loved loved book 1.

Rating:

   I am giving The Mime Order by: Samantha Shannon 3 1/2 Stars out of 5.





Heir of Fire

Throne of Glass #3

by: Sarah J Maas
Synopsis:
  Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

  While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?




My Take on the Book

   Celaena travels to Wendlyn and is picked up by her distant Fae relations and learns who she really is.
Maas tells Celaena's story with flare and depth that draws a reader in in a way that makes the reader feel the story down deep in your soul.
   In Heir of Fire Maas brings in a host of new characters, adding fullness and depth to the Throne of Glass story. But it doesn't end there she doesn't let you forget about the characters back in Adarlan and what is brewing there. I thought book 2 was my favourite but each book I read in the series ends up being my favourite which just goes to show you how great Maas is as a story teller.
   The worst part of the book is now I have to wait until the next book comes out. Boo for series that only publish once a year, it hurts deep down in my soul!



Liked:

   Wow is all I can say one of the best books of 2014, which honestly I new before I started to read well I hoped before I picked it up and it didn't disappoint. Maas spins a tale that has the reader turning the pages one after the other.
   Celaena is a character who deserves redemption and the reader finally gets answers and the backstory Maas has been eluding to for the last 2 books. Plus new characters that give a depth the Throne of Glass story that is just plain exciting.
Rowan, loved him/hated him NO I love him. He isn't Chaol but OMGI love him.
The witches? Can I say how much I like the heartless witches? The mythology of the witches need a book of their own.

Disliked:

   I liked and disliked this, because I think this book brought all the players into play for the coming books. (not sure how many books are to come) So I liked and disliked all the different players this book brought into play. But I wanted more Celaena and a little less everyone else. But then again I liked everyone else too... arrgghhhh everyone else was great too. It is a fight I am having with myself.
   Chaol's whish-washy attitude. Pick a team because I want him to be team Celaena soooo very bad.
   Can Dorian just catch a break already? My need for a happy ever after aches for Dorian, Maas better pull something together for Dorian, thats all I have to say without giving any spoilers away.

Overall

   This is a superbly written book, Maas has set the scene for something amazing to take place. As a reader I can't wait to see what happens. Overall this book has it all sci-fi, closure for what has been happening in the first 2 books.

??Recommend??

   I would highly recommend this novel to all my readers, but you must read the first two books in the series.

Rating:

   Love this book, I don't believe I have done this so far this year but I am going Heir of Fire 5 out of 5 stars. Loved it!! Way to go Sarah J Maas.




Cruel Beauty

by: Rosamund Hodge

Synopsis:

 Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.
 Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
 Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.
 With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
 But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.
 As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.


My Take on the Book

   Fairytale, magic, and mythology, oh my....
  Nyx is a contradiction, Ignifex is a demon lord with memory issues and the castle and shadows play with the characters like chess pieces.
The reader is confused and surrounded with so much mythology you are taken out of the book and the story and wonder if you really want to go back to the characters and storyline. As for the love story it makes you want to take the book and beat yourself over the head with it, can you say love triangle, and Nyx doesn't even want there to be a love triangle.
Hodge, built a strange and confusing world cutting the reader off short, but the crazy part was it was actually interesting and it was only several paragraphs in a chapter, unfortunately it wasn't enough to pull it all together in the end.

Liked:

   As mentioned in My Take on the Book, there were several paragraphs in the end that tied everything together. Hodge does has some amazing world building skills, however it felt like some of her mythology overshadowed her characters.

Disliked:

   The mythology overshadowed the characters. I thought some of the storyline was predictable, I won't say which because of spoilers. LOVE TRIANGELS I hate them. The worst part? Nyx the heroin? She didn't even want their to be a love triangle she said she loved one character and didn't want to have feelings for the other one. So wierd that Hodge kept bringing up the love triangle.
I will be honest with you, this book confused me, it was supposed to be a fairytale retelling for beauty and the beast and that is why I picked it up, but it really wasn't and it just confused me all around. I'm still confused.

Overall

   Overall... I am confused...It was a well written, well researched and thoughtfull book with a deep mythology. The book felt like a chess game throughout where I didn't know I was playing a chess master and I am a chess novice to say the least.
So overall this is a good book, but not for me.

??Recommend??

   Hmmmm.... tough one. This would be a tough sell, not really a fairytale retelling as it is being touted. And I haven't read the Graceling so I can't recommend it that way... So ummmm no I can't recommend this book. Which makes me feel bad.

Rating:

   I am going to give Cruel Beauty by: Rosamund Hodge 2 and a half out of 5 stars.




Rusty Nailed

by: Alice Clayton
Synopsis:
 Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!  After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.  Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and coming soon in November 2012, Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.  Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother's Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.  Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.  Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person…



My Take on the Book

   The follow up to Wallbanger (which I gave 5 out of 5 Stars). Domestic bliss should be just that bliss but for Caroline things aren't everything she thinks they should be and Simon has changed into something all together different.  As a follow-up novel Clayton is able to pull together the characters and write a fun and playful novel. However, overall Rusty Nailed just fell flat for me. I loved, loved loved Wallbanger I've read it several times. So my expectations might have been over the top for Rusty Nailed, and therefore I was left wanting in the end. The sexy times were great but seemed to fill the pages almost like they were there to take the place of what could have been a more in-depth storyline. And when there should have been in-depth more in-grossing story building it was glossed over. Disappointing to say the least. However, all in all Clayton really really knows how to tell a story and I really love Caroline and Simon.


Liked:

   Clayton knows how to tell a story, and her snarky voice is fun easy to read. She has s true fan in me.   Um Simon... As a book boyfriend Simon rates at the top of my list. Holy crap that man is a hot dream boat. And can I say the thought of him in a toolbelt makes me a little hot under the collar.   Caroline, is just a girls, girl. When a reader can relate to a character and see herself in a character like Caroline a author has done a good job. So well done Clayton.  All the different characters, they just build a full picture.

Disliked:

   Glossed over so many of the story-lines, didn't leave the read hanging but unsatisfied anyway. Caroline, held way to many things in, I kinda got sick of hearing about it. I actually started skipping over it and I never thought that would be possible.

Overall

   I love love Caroline and Simon (okay more Simon) and think they are a great couple. So even though I had several issues I disliked about Rusty Nailed I definitly had more things I liked then I then I disliked about this book. However, I was shocked that it took over a week for me to read the book.

??Recommend??

   I would recommend this book. Clayton just knows how to write and I caught myself laughing out loud in several places. A great read.

Rating:

   I was expecting a lot more but overall I enjoyed it. I am giving Rusy Nailed by Alice Clayton 4 out of 5 stars.





A Matter Of Forever

by: Heather Lyons
Synopsis:

 … It all comes down to this . . .
 Chloe Lilywhite has struggled for years to find her footing in a series of dangerous and demanding worlds. Creator, first tier Council member, and one of the most powerful Magicals in existence, she was little more than one of Fate’s pawns. But now, Chloe is back home and ready to call the shots. She knows what she wants and who she wants to be.
 Except the Elders never got the memo.
 Annar and Magical-kind are under attack. The lives of Chloe’s loved ones, and life as they know it, are at stake. Chloe's the key to taking the Elders down, but they won't go quietly into the night.
 This time, neither will Chloe.
 *This is a New Adult title, suitable for readers 18+



My Take on the Book

  I have very mixed feelings on this read. Heather Lyons is in my opinion a superb storyteller; however, this is not her best work. A Matter of Forever… although read in one sitting left me wanting. Chloe regressed, while the other characters all moved grew in leaps and bounds.
 I wanted so desperately for this story to be a conclusion that would tie up loose ends and bring a conclusion to the Elders and Chloe/Jonah/Kellan’s love triangle that wouldn’t wound the heart. But I closed this story with a heavy heart.
 I thought the conclusion of the Elder story line was anti-climactic at best, so many questions un-answered. So much rage and fury toward them that should have been acted out and wasn’t. And then Heather killed off so many characters in this book it broke my heart.
 Then the love triangle….if you follow any of my reviews you know I dislike love triangles and I had actually told myself I wasn’t going to read this book because of the love triangle. Love triangles never end well. And I am a die-hard Jonah fan so in book 3 when Chloe finally decides Jonah is the one. I breathed a sigh of relief. But then A Matter of Forever kind of made her a wish-washee mess all over again.
 Okay that being said here is my review….



Liked:

   Very well written, Lyons can write. Hands down she is bound for great things. However, A Matter of Forever takes several backward steps in the progression of Chloe’s character growth.
 Jonah and Kellan are fantastic characters, they both show great growth throughout all the Fate books and are both swoon worthy characters. My only flaw is the love triangle, as a book lover I would love to see them both find their happy ever after.

Disliked:

  Love triangles anyone? I HATE THEM. Someone always gets hurt and it’s usually the reader because we invest our time reading about a character that is ultimately going to be hurt in the end. I want to read about a HEA, not about someone getting their heart broken. Nuff said…
 As I said earlier the Elder story-line closure felt anti-climactic to me. I wanted a blood and gore all out kill’em all get all the answers type of ending. And for me it fell a little flat.

Overall

   I hate to say it because I love Heather Lyons I really do… But A Matter of Forever fell flat for me I wanted to love this book I read it in one sitting. I wanted a HEA for the three of them. I wanted the Elders to get it in the end. I wanted so much more then what I go.
 Maybe my expectations were just too high… But that is the problem sometimes when you are too invested in books and characters, no matter what you get it’s not good enough (sad sigh).

??Recommend??

Of course you have to read the first three books.
 Because this is a serious I am going to do something I don’t normally do when I don’t particularly like a book. I would definitely recommend this serious as a whole, if you don’t mind love triangles, then this is a serious for you. I loved the first book, and had mixed feelings for the other books in the serious so basically you need to read them and make your own decision. They are a mixed handbag.

Rating:

  This wasn’t my favorite of the Fate Series, because of that I am giving A Matter of Forever by: Heather Lyons 3 ½ out of 5 Stars



Check out my reviews of the other books in the Fate Series:


A Matter of Fate (Fate #1)
A Matter of Heart (Fate #2
A Matter of Truth (Fate #3)
Beyond Fate (Fate, #1.5)



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The Cold King

by: Amber Jeager

Synopsis:  … Not every Beast is a prince charming at heart and not every Beauty is a maiden just waiting for love…  Calia Thorn has lived her entire life in a small town sheltered by the Cold King’s mountain. Working day and night to care for her younger siblings, complete her unending chores and please her selfish, lazy mother has left her with few dreams for her own future.  But then even those meager hopes are taken from her when the Cold King comes down from his mountain to demand a new servant. Ungraceful, unladylike, undesired and unwanted by even her own family, Calia is chosen to be sent to the palace.  The Cold King has lived for three hundred years under a curse imposed by his own father. With no hope of ever breaking it, he settles for keeping his heart frozen against any pain— or hope.  When his new servant arrives, she challenges him in ways no one ever has and sparks fly. But not every Beast is a prince charming at heart and not every beauty is a maiden just waiting for love.  Sometimes happily ever after isn’t so easy…



My Take on the Book

  Tale as old as time...Song as old a rhythm...Beauty and the Beast...  
I have to admit I love a fairy tale retailing and this story had the makings of a great and wonderful story. Up to the last fifty pages. Jeager knows how to weave a retailing and build characters that you want to root for, as well as characters you really want to hate. (Calia's mother deserves to be feed to a shark slowly.)  




Liked:

   My very favorite part of this book is that it is a retailing of Beauty and the Beast.  I enjoyed the premise of the story. How the King became cursed, and I felt Calia had a story to tell.

Disliked:

  The story felt halted and rushed. There was so much potential that faltered and fell through the cracks on this story. The ending was so rushed and pushed it leaves the reader utterly frustrated with the entire book.

Overall

   I really wanted to like this book, not just because it was a fairy tale retailing. But because I ultimately liked the premise of the Cold King and Calia but the story just didn't follow through for me.

??Recommend??

  I have a problem recommending this one to people... Not one of my favorite reads. Not a great read.

Rating:

  Not one of my favorites, I am only giving The Cold King by: Amber Jeager 2 1/2 stars out of 5 stars.



I have been given an ARC Copy of this book for my honest review.







Blind Faith


(Sin Brothers #3)



ISBN: 9781455574483
Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Pub Date: May 6, 2014


Synopsis:

A betrayal he couldn't forget . . .
For Nate Dean, love is a four-letter word. As part of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be ruthless soldiers with an expiration date. They were loyal only to one another . . . until Nate laid eyes on the woman who stole his heart and blew his world apart. Now, years later, his family is still paying the price for his mistake. But as time runs out, there's only one person who can save his family: the very woman Nate swore he'd never trust again.
A love she couldn't deny . . .
The moment Audrey Madison spies Nate across a crowded ballroom, she can barely breathe. He's just as undeniably sexy as she remembers, yet there's an edge to him now that's as irresistible as it is dangerous. When he asks for her help, Audrey can't refuse. But she has secrets of her own-secrets that, if Nate ever discovers them, may cost them both their lives . .

Favorite line from the book: "You think you've thought all of this out." She shook her head. "Boy, are you a moron."



I have been given an ARC Copy of this book for my honest review.


My Take on the Book

  Super soliders, Saucy siren herion, fearless love oh my...
 Although I haven't read the first two books in this series I can honestly say this book grabed me and pulled me in. I didn't feel dropped into a world or lost in a storyline. Zanetti understands readers may not have read previous books and gives readers back story without bogging down a story.
 This was a interesting and fun read that kept me on the edge of my seat with unexptected twists and turns. A love story that pulls heavy on the heart, and a kickass heroin. Nate and Audrey's story is worth the wait to anyone in the Sin Brothers Fan base.
 Author has an amazing writing style building suspense and love into a climatic and gratifying conclusing.

Liked:

   Can I say from the perspective from one author to another, writing a good plot twist is difficult. However, Zanetti writes plot twists with finesse unparalleled in fiction today. Very, very well done I didn’t see them coming and was surprised, and taken by them.
 And of course I have to say something about the love story, Nate and Audrey are just meant to be together. The way Nate takes care of her from the very beginning even though he is mad at her, even though she broke his heart. Just pulls at the heart strings, makes for a great love story when the heart strings get tugged on.
 Although Audrey had been through the ringer herself she was pretty kick ass. Have to give the girl some props, I just liked this woman, she wasn't just going to sit back and let Nate rescue her or the circumstance control her. High fives for a heroine that kicks ass.

Disliked:

  I'm a little tired of the 'lone wolf' mentality in today's romance hero. Of course this is my personal opinion. Reach out and ask for some help buddy it's okay, we don't judge you, the more muscular males without shirts (preferable) there to help out the better.
 

Overall

   This was a interesting and fun read that kept me on the edge of my seat with unexptected twists and turns. A love story that pulle heavy on my heart, and a kickass heroin.
 Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, the twists and turns of the plot pushed it past anything else I have read so far this month. Very well done.

??Recommend??

  I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a high suspense read with lots of sexytimes and romance. Great read!

Rating:

  Enjoyed this read a lot. I am giving Blind Faith 4 out of 5 stars.





I have been given an ARC Copy of this book for my honest review.








Forever One

(Kasara's Children, #1)

by: L.F. Hampton
Synopsis:

 First Love...  Cayla has been secretly in love with Vadyn, the powerful Kasar warlord, for as long as she can remember. The warrior is every girl's fantasy. But when Cayla's mother and father are murdered, everything changes. And Vadyn is suddenly in danger. Only by bonding with him, physically and mentally, can she save him. But is she ready to be Vadyn's mate-and the ly'teal of Kasara?

 Last Love...
 Vadyn is overwhelmed with grief at his friends' murder and absolutely furious at the premeditated attack. But more powerful than anything is his need to keep Cayla in his bed until she accepts her place at his side. Still, as the el'kota of Kasara, he can't allow the raid to go unpunished. He wants answers-and vengeance. To get them, he calls for a meeting of the Intergalactic Alliance. But on the way, his ship is ambushed . . . and Vadyn is taken prisoner.
 Forever Love.
 Cayla's determined to rescue Vadyn-even if it means leading the fighters herself. But will her men follow her? Fully claiming her new role as warrior queen, Cayla comes up with a daring plan that will crush the enemy and bring her mate home. And then she'll show him that she's become a force to be reckoned with in the bed chamber, too.



I have been given an ARC copy for my honest review.



My Take on the Book

  Interesting cross genre (sci-fi/romance) book. Hampton writes sci-fi with a classic voice. The voice of the romance , however, did not flow as easily.
 A reader needs to leave its hard pre-conceived sci-fi, and romance genre notions aside when picking up this book. This read takes some great pieces of both genre’s and combine them in an interesting and heart tugging read.
 This is an interesting and quick read. Something that will appeal to both sci-fi and romance readers alike. The sci-fi story is fun, and the romance is spicy and sweet enough to pull you into Cayla's and Vadyn's story.

Liked:

  The mix of sci-fi and romance.
 Being a sci-fi and romance fan from way back. Finding a book that combines the two genres should be a combination made in heaven.
 Cayla learns so much in this read. It’s a short read. However, Cayla finds herself and who she needs to be in order to ultimately save the day.
 The sci-fi technology by-play was interesting unfortunately it was inconsistent.
 Vadyn had some very swoon worthy moments.

Disliked:

  The technology at the beginning of the book seemed more advanced then at the end of the book.
 Vadyn was covered in fur. Now this might be a person preference so bare with me. Cayla kept referring to how wonderful and soft Vadyn's fur felt. She said it felt like 'velvte'. Which would have been fine but then Hampton wrote that when the warriors were angry or upset the fur would stand on end, which would mean it had to be longer then velvet so for me that sceeved me out just a little. But like I said it was a personal preference issue.
 Vadyn just seemed so wish-washee I need my hero's to be hands down all hero.
 Ended way to quickly, felt rushed. Given another fifty pages so many of the lose ends and character development could have been tied up.
 The earth side story is hard to grasp.



Overall

  This is an interesting and quick read. Something that will appeal to both sci-fi and romance readers alike. The sci-fi story is fun, and the romance is spicy and sweet enough to pull you into Cayla's and Vadyn's story. Inconsistencies in technology from the beginning of the book from the end of the book. Cayla and Vadyn both seem wish-washee more Vadyn then Cayla. Overall -- this is a quick read and interesting overall. I enjoyed the read with several dislikes.

??Recommend??

  I would recommend this book more to romance readers then to sci-fi fans. Hardcore sci-fi fans would probably have a hard time enjoying this book therefore it would be difficult for me to recommend this to those fans.

Rating:

  I am giving Forever One by: L.F. Hampton 3.5 out of 5 stars.





I have been given an ARC Copy of this book for my honest review.



Play

(Stage Dive #2)

by: Kylie Scott


Synopsis

   Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl. Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it? 

My Take on the Book

  To be blunt, Mal is a manwhore but for reasons unknown to the readers he needs to put his manwhoring ways on the backburner. Enter Anne, next door neighboor to Lauren/Nate Evelyn and David from book 1 (Lick's) best friend. 
  She has has been a fan and secretly in love with Mal her entire life. 
  This is a very funny, laugh out loud book. Mal is hysterical and if you read Lick you know how wonderful Mal is. He deserved a happy ending. (wink) 
  Anne is a wounded door mate in the beginning but comes into her own during the book. But not in a way that makes you want to kick anyone. 

Liked:

   My favorite parts of the book really had to be the humor of it. I honestly laughed out loud. I know I right a lot of reviews where I say 'laugh out loud' funny. But seriously, I LAUGHED OUT LOUD, several times. Making my husband and son look at me like I was nuts. Scott out did herself on the humor side of this novel

Disliked:

   I thought it was too short, Scott glossed over some issues that could have used some more introspective disection. Reece?? Lori?? How they deal with the climatic ending?? I wanted a little more, but that is just me.

Overall

   This was a great book I really liked it. Not as awesome as Lick but still a fantisc book. Mal was definitely swoon worthy and I read the book in one sitting. Anne was a relatable character. I hope that Scott writes a story about Reece in the future.

??Recommend??

  I would totally recommend this book to anyone and everyone. A great and fun filled read. 

Rating:

  Play is a funny fast read, that will entertain everyone. Mal is a hot and sensitive guys guy, you don't want to miss out on this read. I am giving Play by: Kylie Scott 4 out of 5 Stars.

Check out my 5 Star Goodreads Review of Lick (Stage Dive #1)



Prodigy

Legend #2

by: Marie Lu



Synopsis

   Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the
Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic's most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots - a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?


My Take on the Book

  Prodigy is the second book in the Legend series and picks up immediately following the end of book one.
  Day and June are out to find the Patriots in order to find Edan and bring the Republic to its knees. But things are not what they seem. And the enemy isn't what is seems. When lines need to be drawn and love is on the line. June and Day are separated and nothing feels the way it should.
  This second book is a good bridge between Legend and Champion showing growth from young adults to new adults for both June and Day.

Liked:

  The intrigue of this book was thrilling as book one. Lu has a way of pulling the reader in, creating a page turning novel. I was a little taken aback with the love story between Day and June, I thought it had taken a back seat at the end of book one and didn't see it as a high priority and felt like it was a hard turn for the love story to take off the way it does so early on in Prodigy. However, that being said it was also I high point in the storyline.
  Day is such a wonderful guy, such a sweet guy a heart of gold. Any girl would be lucky to met and fall for him. I enjoy his internal monologue, and his confusion and his jealousy toward anyone who gets close to June sigh....
  Lu introduces a new cast of characters surrounding the protagonists in a way that fleshes out the story line and pulls scenes together in a way that is just fascinating. Very well done by Lu.



Disliked:

  Although, the love between June and Day seems destined to fail it has an honest and down-to-earth quality about it. I both liked and disliked this quality about Prodigy. 
 If you follow any of my reviews you know I dislike (despise) cliffhangers leaving Day the book 2 ended did would have infuriated me had I read the book before Champion (book 3) had been released. But because I have book 3 in my hot little hands this is almost a moot point.
  What is up with the "yeah?" at the end of sentences? and the "goddy" I don't recall this from Legend. Is it just me? But I don't get it, I mean I get that it is slang for this new dystopian society but really? I don't get it.
  When did June become a robot? And when did her internal monologe start thinking and internalizing like she was a robot and she knew she was a robot but she couldn't stop it? Did I miss this somewhere? Do I need to go back and read Legend? Because she was a normal girl in Legend, she had significant prowess, and a analytical mind but she wasn't a robot.

Overall

  I finished reading Prodigy 4 (yes 4) days prior to writing a review. This is the longest I have gone between finishing and writing a review. I have been seriously torn about the rating. I really liked the book. I thought that it had some wonderful qualities. However, there were things about the book that I just didn't like. But overall I did like the book it was a middle ground book that brought together a story for a climatic ending to a series.

??Recommend??

  Yes, I would recommend this book if for no other reason then you have to read it in order to get to Champion book 3.

Rating:

  As mentioned before, I struggled with my review for Prodigy and therefore I am giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars.




Crown of Midnight

Throne of Glass #2

by: Sarah J Maas



Synopsis   



An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt. But her heart never wavers.

    After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

    Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.
    Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?


My Take on the Book

  2nd book in the Thrown of Glass series. This book continues where book one leaves off, now that she is the Kings Champion her world gets even more confused. And she has to find a way to figure out who her real allies are before its too late.

Liked:

  This is a masterful fantasy that will leave you desperate for more. And throw in a love story that will make your heart beat for the thrill of true love and loss. This is what great fantasy is supposed to look like.

Disliked:

  Celaena sank into being a martyr at times and it could be irritating.

Overall

  I loved this book, I couldn't put it down. Even though there were things I disliked I truly enjoyed it and had a moment of panic when I realized book 3 doesn't have a release date. But that being said, overall I have way to much emotional buy in with characters in this series meaning I really really liked this book and this series.

??Recommend??

  Great book and great series. Highly recommend to fantasy lovers of all ages.

Rating:

  I only had one issue with Crown of Midnight and I read this book very quickly so I am giving it 4 and a half out of 5 stars.




Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass #1

by: Sarah J Maas



Synopsis

   In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
    The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.


My Take on the Book

  Celaena has been sentenced to die in the salt mines, but is given a second chance at life. All she has to do is win a contest and become the kings Champion.
  With the Crown Prince falling for her and the Captain of the Guard training her and the other competitors dieing. Celaena needs to solve the mystery of who is killing the other competitors before she ends up dead.

Liked:

  This book is right up my alley, being a fantasy/sci-fi heroine kicker. And can I just say wow! There was so much to like I am having a hard time pining down specific points. The characters and plot lines were well thought out and planned. Each part of the book scene of the book flowed into the next.
   Characters: Celaena had such a depth of character she is relatable to everyone with relatable mental and physical pain. The Crown Prince and Choal where great counter points to Celaena. And I caught myself laughing and at times at the interactions that resulted. The evil was palpable and a reader can't wait to see what happens in the following books.

Disliked:

  There are several unanswered questions, which happens in book 1 of series. Still a frustrating issue. Also if you follow any review you know I dislike any love triangle and like so many YA/New adult this book has a love triangle which is a dislike for me. It is just becoming so convenient for authors to have love triangles as a plot arch and STOP, just STOP!

Overall

  This is a great first book for the series, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

??Recommend??

  This is a wonderful book and I would highly recommend it to anyone who like fantasy.

Rating:

  Great read but the unresolved questions and the love triangle bring down the rating for me, I am giving Throne of Glass 4 out of 5 stars.




A Matter of Truth

The Fate Series Bk #3

by: Heather Lyons



Synopsis

   Not long ago, Chloe Lilywhite seemingly had it all: a prized spot on the Magicals’ Council as lead Creator, a loving fiancé and Connection, and a wealth of good friends. But the poised young woman she projected was nothing more than a façade. Her parents all but disowned her. Power plays and accusations of murder within the Council rocked her confidence. And most difficult of all, her secret, a secondary Connection to Jonah’s twin brother, Kellan, became painfully impossible to resist. Desperate to gain control over her rapidly unraveling existence, Chloe did the unthinkable: she ran away.  

Now living and working in Alaska under an alias, Chloe is slowly discovering who she is and, more importantly, who she wants to be. But the more she tries to leave the Magical world behind, the harder it becomes to stay hidden. The Elders are back with a vengeance, and the stakes have never been higher. Chloe finally has to make a choice: embrace her pre-ordained Fate or pave her own way in the worlds. One thing’s for sure, though—she’s finally up for the challenge.  


*This is a New Adult title, suitable for readers 18+.



My Take on the Book

  Chloe is finally ready to live her life. Take responsibility for who and what she is, she is no longer along for the ride but holding onto the reigns. She knows what she wants and is prepared to go make a difference in her life.  

This is the book #3, Chloe is no longer the teenager we meet in book 1. Nor is she willing to be a pawn in Fates game. Learning to live on her own, making friends and earning a living outside of the magical world teaches Chloe more about the world in six months then the previous twenty years.

Liked:

 This is book #3 in the Fate series and I have to admit this is my favorite one so far. The growth of Chloe was masterfully written by Heather. The admittance of the sudo-family from Alaska made Chloe feel more real and brought her down to earth. I have to admit the resolution to the love triangle was the kicker for me that made this the greatest of the three books.


Disliked:

  I read this book practically in one sitting. And in less then twenty-four hours. And it's just over 300 pages, now for the one dislike....I despise the ending. And if you know anything about my book reading habits and you read this book you will know why, has nothing to do with the writing, characters, or plot.

That is all I am going to say. Book 4 CANNOT come out soon enough.

Overall

  As mentioned above, this is my favorite of the four books (there is a novella from Jonah's POV). There is resolution and build up for some action with the bad guys in book 4 that makes you chomp at the bit for the next book. The love interest and story is fresh and heart warming. Character development through the series is well developed.

??Recommend??

   This is an amazing series, and I would recommend this to all readers. With only one caveot which is one thing I loved in book 3, the heat level goes way way way up in book 3 (finally)!! So if you don't want heat or are looking for everything to stay outside of the bedroom door, then book 3 may not be for you. But if that doesn't bother you, GO GET THIS SERIES AND READ IT!!

Rating: I love this series, book 2 had me upset and honestly freaking out a little. But A Matter of Truth has redeemed the Series for me and I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars. Very well done Heather, I cannot wait for book 4.





Night Owl

The Night Owl Trilogy #1

by: M. Pierce



Synopsis

   At twenty-eight, Matt Sky has the perfect life. He has a beautiful girlfriend, a massive inheritance, and four national bestsellers -- all penned under his airtight alias, M. Pierce.
   At twenty-seven, Hannah Catalano has a train wreck. Her boyfriend is a deadbeat and her job is abysmal.
   Matt and Hannah meet online as writing partners. Their relationship is safe, anonymous, and innocent...
   Until Matt sees a picture of Hannah.
   Hannah's picture sparks an attraction Matt is powerless to ignore. When circumstance brings Matt and Hannah together, the strangers begin a love story that's passionate, poignant, unforgettable, and unstoppable.

**This is an ADULT EROTIC BOOK**



My Take on the Book

  Matt is a author, an intensely personal man who will do anything to keep his life exactly that way. Hannah is trying to put her life back together when she meets Matt online, its the perfect relationship, he doesn't want to know anything about her but her name.
  But you know what they say about the best layed plans and when Hannah and Matt's working relationship turns into something more the lines between reality blur.
  There are so many different layers to this book, and the characters.

Liked:

  The layers of this novel. Night Owl isn't your run of the mill erotic romance with unexpected character flaws that are not often addressed in erotic romance. You will either love or hate this book.


Disliked:

  The easy acquiescence of Hannah, it's one thing to be the submissive but another to be a victim. Within the confines of Night Owl the lines are blurred along with the lines of morality and sanity. Making the reader shake their head and question the sanity of the characters. (both a reason to love and hate the characters)

Overall

  Overall, I personally loved this book. Loved the twists and turns of this book. Was thrilled with the way author wrote the mental illness of Matthew. It overshadowed the love story, but I also enjoyed that.

??Recommend??

  I would recommend this book to adults only because this is erotic romance.

Rating:

  This isn't a read for everyone but I really liked it but I am giving Night Owl 4 out of 5 stars.

Never Fade

The Darkest Minds, #2

by: Alexandra Bracken



Synopsis

   Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.
   When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.
   As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?


My Take on the Book

  This is the second book in the Darkest Mind series and picks up approximately six months after the first book ends. Although its only six months later the book and Ruby are is completely different places.
   Ruby is now a leader of her own team for the Children's League and nothing is at seems. And she doesn't know who she can trust, but she does know that people are out to kill her and if she doesn't run for it even more people will die. It's not just about her freedom anymore but the freedom of all the kids trapped in the camps.

Liked:

  Ruby's growth from the scared little girl into a real leader was well done by Bracken. A reader feels drawn into the story and with a action packed storyline you aren't able to put it down until you are done reading. The introduction of new characters brought a fullness to the story that a ready will find refreshing.
   The sap in my loved the love story between Liam and Ruby but I don't want to spoil anything so that is all I will say. But ahhhhh....



Disliked:

  I didn't like Knox, I thought that story-line was filler and cliche' but since it brought the group full circle and Ruby to full potential I understand it, but I didn't like it.

Overall

  I really liked this read and couldn't put it down practically reading it in one sitting. There was great growth in all the characters from book one and through the end of this book which you love to see in series. Great second novel and I can't wait for the next book to come out.

??Recommend??

  Wonderful novel, highly recommend to anyone who loves dystopian YA/NA great SCi-fi feel with a mutant X kids feel.

Rating:Great second novel I am giving Never Fade 4 out of 5 Stars

  


Prodigal Son

Truth Seers #2

by: Debra Mullins



Synopsis

 
Prodigal Son—the new paranormal romance from acclaimed historical romance author Debra Mullins

   Bounty hunter Rafe Montana is a Seer, descended from the fabled Atlanteans. He uses his inherited power to “see” criminals across the globe and track them down, and he’s just started on a new case. Danny Cangialosi is accused of disappearing with a stolen car…but for the first time in his life, when Rafe goes looking, he is unable to “see” him. Instead, his search leads him to Danny’s stubborn, meddling, and very cute stepsister, Cara McGaffigan.

   Cara is looking for Danny, too, but not to turn him in. He is her brother, after all, and she’s convinced he has a good heart. If she can just find him before the cops do, she’ll figure out a way to get him out of this. But Cara didn’t count on a scorching-hot bounty hunter getting in her way.
   Despite instant chemistry, Rafe and Cara know they’re never going to see eye-to-eye when it comes to Danny. What they don’t know is that Danny didn’t just steal a car—he stole a precious stone, a stone right out of the legends of Atlantis. It holds powers they can only dream of…and its owner wants it back.


My Take on the Book

  Rafe is running from a family legacy. Cara is doing everything she can to keep the small family she has together at all costs. When they meet Rafe is forced to confront the past he has been running from while protecting the woman that is stirring feelings in him that can't ignore. Cara is scared to death for her brother, but the feelings for the bounty hunter Rafe are nothing in comparison.
   And then strange things start to happen, like paranormal things.

Liked:

  The premise of this story was great and I thought it had a lot of promise. The love story between Rafe and Cara really held the story together. And Rafe's back story with his family tugged at the heart strings.


Disliked:

  As a ready I felt dropped into a storyline. The bad guy was almost too large for the book. Did not wrap up well, wrapped up the storyline for Rafe and Cara but the storyline for everything else was left hanging.

Overall

  Overall, this was an interesting read that kept my attention and the love story was good and steamy. The paranormal aspect was fun, however when it came down to the Atlantis storyline was was a little confusing to me.

??Recommend??

  This is a good read for anyone looking for a simple paranormal/sci-fi romance with a steamy romance. High heat level so not for the younger reader.

Rating:I am giving The Prodigal Son 3 out of 5 stars

  


I have been given an ARC Copy of this book for my honest review.

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Horde

Razorland Series, #3

***I was given Horde as an ARC for my honest opinion and review. 

by: Anna Aguirre



Synopsis   



The epic conclusion to the USA Today bestselling trilogy.

The horde is coming.

   Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they're not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn't run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not falter, whether fighting for her life or Fade's love.

   Ahead, the battle of a lifetime awaits. Freaks are everywhere, attacking settlements, setting up scouts, perimeters, and patrols. There hasn't been a war like this in centuries, and humans have forgotten how to stand and fight. Unless Deuce can lead them.
   This time, however, more than the fate of a single enclave or outpost hangs in the balance. This time, Deuce carries the banner for the survival of all humanity.


My Take on the Book

  A climatic conclusion to the Razorland Series, with the Horde nipping at the heals of humanity and Deuce fighting for her life and the lives of all mankind. Aguirre, doesn't disappoint in this final book, there is loss and love and fighting. There are freaks and bloodshed and kickass storytelling.

Liked:

  Aquirre really knows how to wrap up a story-line. Nothing is left undone and unsaid in order to wrap up the different story-lines and the reader shuts the book knowing everything is resolved. Although sad to see the story at a conclusion.
  I practically read The Horde in one sitting, loved it! Great Read, the progression of the characters through the series was so well done I wanted to stand up and clap at the conclusion of the book.
  The growth of Deuce in this third book was great you really saw her come to life as an adult. And Fade went from a boy to a man as well who deserved a multi-faceted woman like Deuce. Aguirre effortlessly transitioned the book from YA to New Adult in a seamless and heartwarming fashion.



Disliked:

  Without giving spoilers all I can say is there are heart wrenching conclusions and wrap-ups. It's a war after all. However, that being said I understand the why but it doesn't mean I have to like it! And as a reader that is my prerogative. That is all I have to say about it! Read the book and you will understand.

Overall

  I loved this book, and cannot thank Molly at Feiwel & Friends enough for sending me an ARC of Horde to read. One of my top reads of 2013.

??Recommend??

  YES, a great fantasy series with a touch a love lots of action and growth of characters that only Aguirre can do. The Series has a little of everything and I think a wide range of readers would enjoy this book.

Rating:

  Great read I couldn't put it down. I am giving Horde by: Anna Aguirre 5 out of 5 Stars.

I have been given an ARC Copy of this book for my honest review.





OutPost

Razorland Series, #2

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by: Anna Aguirre



Synopsis

   Deuce’s whole world has changed.

  Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn't fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight.

  To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.
  Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols—those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide.


My Take on the Book

  This is the second book in the Razorland Series, and Anna Aguirre picks up a couple of months from where book 1 left off.
  Duece is trying to find her place in Salvation, is she a Huntress or just a normal girl? And is it possible to be a normal girl?
   And why the hell won't Fade talk to here?
  Learning to live topside is fraught with difficulties that Duece is ill prepared for, in the enclave she had been brought up knowing exactly what her life entailed. Now in Salvation everything was different, and the one person she wanted, wouldn't speak to here.
  And to top if off, the Freaks were knocking at the doors of Salvation and only Duece and her band of friends have the knowledge and where-with-all to fight against Freaks and the war that is threatening.

Liked:

  Anna Aguirre's writing never disappoints me. I always enjoy reading her books. They grab you and don't let you go, playing like a moving in your behind your eyelids and leaving your wanting more long after the last page is turned. I think my favorite part of Outpost was the love story between Fade and Duece, it was a subplot in book one but it took center stage in Outpost and I really enjoyed that aspect.
  The Freaks/Muties...Aguirre made them less freakish and more groupish (is that a word?). Anyway, they aren't the roaming monsters that you think they are. Can there be more to the Freaks/Muties? Who will inherent the Earth? Who deserves it? Who will fight the hardest to keep it?



Disliked:

  The love triangle between Duece, Fade, and Stralker. If you follow any of my reviews you know I HATE love triangles. End of story. I dislike the internal monologue of Duece's when it comes to anything regarding relationships, because she comes over as so immature. Takes me out of the story and makes me want to slap her, just love Fade and that is all you need to think about. If you talk about 'kissing' as a means of going steady again I might have to throw the book across the room.
  Why, why, why Fade? Ohhhh why?(Read the book and you will understand this last part.) I will not spoil it for you.

Overall

  As I have mentioned before, Aguirre never disappoints me. I love her writing. Overall this is a great book and I can't wait to read Horde out Oct. 29, 2013

??Recommend??

  Yes, if you are a fan of Dystopian young adult fiction this is a must read for you. I would say age 14 and older.

Rating:

  Great read, but because of the love triangle I am giving Outpost by: Anna Aguirre 4 out of 5 Stars

I have been given an ARC Copy of this book for my honest review.






The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave, #1

by: Rick Yancy



Synopsis

   
The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.
 

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.


My Take on the Book

  How would you react after an alien invasion? More importantly, how would you react after an alien invasion and everything you know, every person you know is taken away or killed? Now how would you react?
The 5th Wave is a story not only of Cassie but of several children and how they react when the unthinkable happens, aliens invade, life stops. And the world as we know it changes in the matter of months.
Follow Cassie as she tries to piece her life back together by putting the one piece of her missing life back by finding her brother Sam.

Liked:

  I really liked the premise of The 5th Wave. I thought it had the making of a strong and scary/intense read. I really wanted Cassie to be a kick ass heroine and didn't see it till the very end of the book. Well written, with great character development. This is my first Rick Yancey novel and with the hype surrounding the book I think I was expecting more. The last 100 pages were the greatest of the book


Disliked:

  There was more to this book that I disliked then I liked. The first thing I want to say is that I think this book is popular for popular sake. Meaning: I think people like it because Rick Yancy wrote it. People like it because EVERYONE says it's soooo good. and EVERYONE can't be wrong? Can they? Until you get to the last 100 pages then it pays off, but I don't want to slog through 300 pages to get to the pay off, sorry.
  So down to the brass tacks boys and girls, the storyline was predictable, I wanted Cassie to be kickass I wanted the circumstances of the invasion and deaths of her parents and friends to have shaped her into a hard kickass character. Left hang'n on that one (till the end, but to little to late maybe).
  Evan? Really? She kills the crucifix soldier without thought and cuddles with Evan, nuff said, if you can't pick out the wrongness of that from a mile away then put the book down and back away slowly. Maybe, but then again I might be slightly off, cause at the end he grew on me.
  Sam....*sigh...head against desk* five years old.
  Zombie/Ben/warrior/trusting idiot definitely. Here is where I just stopped reading for a moment and looked at the book. Vosch says to Zombie "we had to kill everyone over the age of 15 because we just didn't know if they were infested." Now as a reader I was like, ummmm wouldn't that include you Vosch? and why the hell didn't Zombie ask that question??? And is it just me or does he become a total wuss in the end?

Overall

  Okay here is were you as a follower will say WTH Christie?? Overall this is an okay read. It was predictable, I wanted to like it, I wanted so much more then what it gave me. But overall it was interesting. Will I be waiting for book 2 to come out with money in hand and stars in my eyes? Um no, but overall it was okay. The ending is what really clinched it for me (meaning the last 100 pages) because it played out like a movie. Right up to the last couple of paragraphs then I was like. ARrgh should have ended it two paragraphs ago.

??Recommend??

  Yes, I would recommend this book. Not because it was a stellar couldn't put it down from page 1, or because it was the best book of 2013. But because it was okay, and an interesting read.

Rating:

  Didn't hate it, didn't love it. I am giving The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey 3 out of 5 stars.


The Bone Season

by: Samantha Shannon



Synopsis

   It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.
   But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.
   Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.
   The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.


My Take on the Book

  In a time and place where being a clairvoyant is considered evil and punishable by death Paige Mahoney forges forward on a path that if caught will only lead to her death. But in the slums of London, Paige has found a place where she belongs. Until she does the unthinkable and murders two guards with her clairvoyant abilities. This leads to her being taken to Scion I a colony for clairvoyants, but things are not what they seem. And the man she is put with to train to use her powers Warden is defiantly not what she thinks.

Liked:

  The Bone Season is a complex story and if you do not take the time to get into it you will totally miss out on the intricacies of what make the story so wonderful. The evolution between Paige and Warden, loved loved loved it.


Disliked:

  Although in the end this all made sense in the beginning some of the flash backs were disconcerting and took me out of the story. But as I mentioned this was brought together in the end. And was totally worth the confusion. It is said to be for young adults but I think this is for a new adult group. I would NOT recommend this to a young adult age group.

Overall

  My top read for 2013, great story. Worth the time, great debut. Paige is a worthwhile heroin that a reader can root for, truly evil antagonists that threaten not just the characters in the novel but mankind all around. Giving the reader a reason to want to see what happens.

??Recommend??

 This is a great book, however for the verbage and way it is written I don't think readers under the age of 16 would be able to follow the mature nature of the writing. However, that being said it is a great book.

Rating:

 I am giving The Bone Season by: Samantha Shannon 5 out of 5 stars. This is a great read, one you won't want to miss.



I have been given an ARC Copy of this book for my honest review.

Gone Girl

by: Gillian Flynn




Synopsis

   Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. As The Washington Post proclaimed, her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
   On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister Margo at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
   Employing her trademark razor-sharp writing and assured psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.


My Take on the Book

  Amy is married to Nick, but on their 5th wedding anniversary Amy comes up missing. The prime suspect? Nick of course.
   However, everything is not what it seems.Flynn takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotional suspense building characters you love to hate and then just plan hate.
    This book is broken into three different parts. And without doing spoilers I can only say that the breaks into the different story lines give the reader a different perspectives of not only the story line but of the characters you think you know.

Liked:

  Flynn is an amazing writer. She builds characters and is able to manipulate the reader into seeing exactly what she wants you to see. The intense dichotomy of the characters between the sections of the book was intense. I went from liking to hating and back and forth.


Disliked:

  There was definitely more that I disliked about this book then I liked, and here is where the spoilers come in because I can't give you a full review without spoilers.
  So with that being said here it is... this book was really difficult for me to get through. It was one hundred to one hundred and fifty pages before I was able to really get into the book. That is way to long to hook a reader. There were no redeeming quality's to any of the characters. And when you think the worst of them is about to get their due, they do something reprehensible and ultimately win in the end. If this wasn't a book of the month read I would have put it down and not picked it up again before I even got to the twists of the book.
  And about those twists, they were predictable. I saw them coming and felt cheated because everyone said the book was so intense and twisted and it just did nothing for me. And in the end I was like, Why? Why? Why? Why do we care, why do we want to see how they end up? Why can't good or even something reality based happen in the end. But all you get is a sense of a story that has been told in the 'true life' stories on A&E.

Overall

   This was seriously a rough and tumble read for me. I wanted to like it, but then I hated it and then I wanted to see what was going on and it made me hate it more. The only redeeming character was the cop Rhonda Boney, and Nicks twin sister Margo.

??Recommend??

 I am going to do something I have never done before. I would not recommend this book. It has been hyped to the point it is being made into a movie. So I will not add to the hype and recommend it.

Rating:

 Although, this is a book that everyone seems to love it just didn't do it for me. And I hated the characters more in the end then at the beginning which I honestly didn't think was possible. I am giving this 2 out of 5 stars.




The Eyes of Love

by: Angelina Rose
Synopsis:
 At long last, Sally Overby falls in love again in THE EYES OF LOVE, the new book in Angelina Rose's series about the people in Mill Creek Crossing.
 After a tragic loss five years ago, Sally becomes an Attorney in Atlanta. She convinces herself that all she'll ever need again is her young son, David, and her life as an attorney. Until one day, Colin Dean barges back into her life and promptly blows her safe world apart, driving her crazy as only a guy she'd had a "school girl crush" on can. But will Colin be able to convince her that's it safe to love him... and that forever isn't really out of reach?(less









Favorite line from the book: "You see, I'm the nerd that you and your cronies bullied through high school. But, oops, something happened that you didn't expect. I became attractive." Sally



My Take on the Book

  Sally was horribly bullied, but after becoming a successful lawyer and a mother she decided to return to her home town for her fifteen year high school reunion. Where she hopes the catch the attention of the one boy that made life worth living as a nerdy, bullied, and awkward teenager.

Liked:

  This was a really cute and heartwarming story. It tugs at the heartstrings of any girl that was bullied, or a nerd and coveted the attention and love of the most popular guy in school. The story wasn't over dramatic, it was true to heart.


Disliked:

  It was too short, I enjoyed it enough to want to have more from these characters. However, that being said the writer did a great job in wrapping everything up.

Overall

  I thought this was a great and easy read. Was able to get through it in one sitting, and will leave you with warm fuzzes.

??Recommend??

  Yes, this is a great book for all age groups.

Rating:

  Fun fast read, I am giving The Eyes of Love by: Angelina Rose 4 out of 5 stars.



I have been given an ARC Copy of this book for my honest review.



Shatter Me

Shatter Me #1

by: Tahereh Mafi



Synopsis


"You can't touch me," I whisper.

I'm lying, is what I don't tell him.
He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him.
But things happen when people touch me.
Strange things.
Bad things.
No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.
But Juliette has plans on her own.
After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever

My Take on the book...

  This book starts off with Juliette the main character institutionalized thinking and fearing she is loosing her mind. But the question is: Is she insane?
   Adam in introduced as a roommate and things are not what they seem.
   This is a dystopian novel, but you are not sure where, when and how everything is happening. But Mafi builds a world around the broken mind of Juliette and her need to rebuild herself after a world isolation.

Liked:

  I know this is a weird place to start but I really liked the bad guy. His de-evolution throughout the book was fascinating to watch. And this is why, the book starts with Juliette in an institute and as she regains control of her mind and body the bad guy devolves into near madness, such an amazing job done by the author.
   Loved, loved, loved the love story. So much love and need to for acceptance in a world where little makes sense. Adam is totally swoon worthy, the tattooed military type that makes girls desperately want more.

Disliked:

  There were several plot lines that introduced conflict and confusion for Juliette, that as a reader seemed pointless. The main conflict and the confusion introduced by Juliette's mental capacity was more than enough.

Overall

  Shatter Me, is an intense read that begs the question can a story be built around a main character who is not mentally stable. Mafi takes a chance and builds a world from a unique perspective. Overall, this is a fascinating read that leaves a ready breathless for book 2.

??Recommend??

 I would recommend this book, very interesting point of views and Mafi nails the introspective and insecure mind of a troubled young adult. Great love story.

Rating:

Great story that leaves me wanting more. I am giving Shatter Me by: Tahere Mafi 4 out of 5 stars.


Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

Eon #1

by: Alison Goodman



Synopsis

   Also Known As: Two Pearls of Wisdom, Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye, and Eon (All the same book just published with different publishers)

    Eon has been studying the ancient art of Dragon Magic for four years, hoping he'll be able to apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But he also has a dark secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been living a dangerous lie for the chance to become a Dragon-eye, the human link to an energy dragon's power. It is forbidden for females to practice the Dragon Magic and, if discovered, Eon faces a terrible death. After a dazzling sword ceremony, Eon's affinity with the twelve dragons catapults him into the treacherous world of the Imperial court, where he makes a powerful enemy, Lord Ido. As tension builds and Eon's desperate lie comes to light, readers won't be able to stop turning the pages..

My Take on the book...

  A girl forced into an unexpected life training as a Dragoneye warrior.
   Eon has little to no memory of a life prior to becoming a Dragoneye trainee.
   Crippled and hiding the fact that she is a female, all the odds are against Eon. But if she is going to survive then she will need to find her strength and power and most of all she will need to except her fate and become something she never thought possible.

Liked:

  Goodman has created a fantastic epic fantasy read with compelling characters. Eon and the host of sub-characters create a story that jumps off the pages and makes the reader root for Eon and the ultimate good of the story line.

Disliked:

  Eon was a strong character that had accomplished a significant amount regardless of being a female. As a reader I expected Eon to be a stronger character mentally. At positions in the book she acted almost like a child instead of a young adult.

Overall

  Amazing fantasy story with rich and interesting character. I can't wait to read the second and last book in the series. Goodman has created a rich and interesting world that will pull readers in and entertain them through the duration of the read as well as beyond. Very well done.

??Recommend??

 Yes, great fantasy read, interesting and read.

Rating:

Great epic fantasy read. I am giving Eon by Alison Goodman 4 out of 5 stars

Clockwork Angel

(The Infernal Devices Series #1)

by: Cassandra Clare
Synopsis:
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them....

Favorite line from the book: "Are you highly intoxicated at the moment?" Tessa
This line actually had me laughing out loud, spectacular.


My Take on the Book

  After the the death of her aunt and guardian, Tessa is left penniless and at the urging of her brother Nate moves from New York to London.
  When Tessa arrives in London she is thrown into a world that makes no sense to her, with people that make even less sense. Enter the ShadowHunters, and Will and Jem.
  This story has a little bit of everything, love, war, betray and supernatural ass kickers.

Liked:

  Honestly the hose of characters is what makes this book so entertaining. Clare has a unique ability to build a world around characters that fill the page and your imagination with possibilities. Will Herondale is a refreshing and funny character with a darkness that makes the reader want to do anything to protect him.
  Some parts I really loved to hate, and I was not prepared for the twists at the end. I thought this was supposed to be more of a Steampunk novel, however I thought it was more of a historical fiction with Steampunk'ish tendencies. This was a like and a dislike.

Disliked:

  I thought Tessa was a little to trusting. However, that having been said she was under a lot of stressors. I loved and hated the love story. Can't say more or I would spoil it for anyone having not read it.

Overall

  I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the other novels in this series.

??Recommend??

  I think this is a good book for all genre's and reader ages.

Rating:

  I really enjoyed this novel and had more likes then dislikes and think it is a good read for everyone, therefore I am giving Clockwork Angel by: Cassandra Clare 4 out of 5 stars.


The Letter

by: Marianne Spitzer


Synopsis

   Kellie, a young college grad laid off from her first teaching job and besieged by creditors, receives a letter requesting her appearance at the reading of Frederick Malone’s will. What could she have in common with the town’s richest man? Curiosity draws her to the will reading where she learns she has inherited a vast sum. The conditions of her inheritance require she change her name and reside in the Malone mansion. Long considered haunted by the residents of Malone Springs, Kellie, her fiancé and four friends move in ignoring the rumors. Strange and frightening events begin to plague Kellie before she moves and grow more frightening once she and her friends settle in. Adopted at birth, her adoptive parents killed in an auto accident leave Kellie to investigate her ancestors on her own. What she discovers leads her into more danger and mystery as she learns the true nature of her biological grandfather. Could his evil deeds hurt her from beyond the grave? Who’s responsible for the strange occurrences? What happened to her biological parents? As one solved mystery leads Kellie into another, she and her friends try to solve them all before tragedy strikes

   

Best line from the book...
"I would marry you tomorrow if you agreed." Drew (This just shows the depth of love he has for Kellie)



My Take on the book...

  When Kellie is named the soul beneficiary to the town millionaire and shut in she is faced with questions and a mystery that turns her life upside down. In order to inherit the 500 million she must change her name and live in the Malone Mansion (which is said to be haunted). Great mystery with a touch of the supernatural, Kellie her fiance Drew and her set of friends work to uncover the secrets of the Malone's that have been buried for far to long.

Liked:

  The writer really knows how to build the suspense for the mystery portion of the story. And the twists and surprises kept coming through the end of the read. The little bit of paranormal activity was interesting but there didn't seem to be any resolution on that storyline.

Disliked:

  There was so much explanation  for example one passage that sticks out in my head is a half page where the main character reviews her tea collection, why? did it have anything to do with the plot? was there a tea shortage? why tea? Why? Just didn't make any sense. It was so unnecessary and really took me out of the story. At times the characters, dialogue  and commentary was just too much. This may sound wierd but it is the only way I can explain it is there were just too many words, which was unfortunate because it really took me out of the great story.

Overall

  As mysteries go, I thought this was an interesting read with a little paranormal twist and some twists at the end that were interesting and I didn't really see coming. However, some of the storylines were hard to believe I wasn't sure if the main protagonist was naive or what, but it left me scratching my head.

??Recommend??

 Hmmm, this is a good mystery and if you have some time to slog through some of the unnecessary dialogue and commentary then I would recommend this book.

Rating:

I had several issue's with this book but overall I enjoyed the mystery therefore I am giving The Letter by: Marianne Spitzer 3 1/2 out of 5 Stars.



I have been given an ARC Copy of this book for my honest review.



Enclave

(Razorland #1)

by: Ann Aguirre


Synopsis

   New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20's. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters--or Freaks--who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight--guided by Fade's long-ago memories--in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.

   Ann Aguirre's thrilling young adult novel is the story of two young people in an apocalyptic world--facing dangers, and feelings, unlike any they've ever known

My Take on the book...
   This is an amazing dystopian novel about Deuce, who has trained her entire life in her underground community to be a Huntress. When she finally becomes what she has coveted she is partnered with the one Hunter she has reservations over Fade. And when their world is torn apart and Deuce and Fade are exiled the only person she can count on is the one person she is unsure of.

   As always Anne Aguirre spins a tale that is fast paced and exciting. I couldn't put this down and read it in one sitting. Always a pleasure to pick up a book written by Aguirre.

Liked:

  Although the characters are young, because of the life they had had to live they are written as much older characters and Aguirre writes from Deuce's perspective with a practiced and confident manner. I love a strong female character who knows what the hell is going on and Deuce is one of those characters. Fade is definitely swoon worthy, you just want to sooth all his demons away.

Disliked:

  Okay I hope that I am not spoiling anything for anyone when I say I disliked the sort of love triangle at the end of the book. I mean WTH? I like to have my female and male characters not vacillate when it comes to issue's of the heart. However, that being said, one of my favorite series is Ann Aguirre's Sirantha Jax series and although there isn't a love triangle in that book the two main characters do have a rough road to their happy every after. So I can only hope this is the case for Deuce and her love interest.

Overall

  Great first book to the series, Deuce is a relatable character and the situations she is faced with are believable and interesting. I seriously don't think a reader can go wrong with Ann Aguirre. She is a wonderful author and this story is a keeper. Can't wait to read the next book.

??Recommend??

 Yes, highly recommend this to anyone looking for a dystopian/sci-fi YA but feels like a new adult story.

Rating:

Fantastic book, 5 out of 5 stars for Enclave (Razorland #1) by: Ann Aguirre






The Darkest Minds

(The Darkest Minds #1)

by: Alexandra Bracken



Synopsis

   When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

   Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

   When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

   When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.



My Take on the book...

  This is a new dystopian novel following a young woman named Ruby. When an illness ravages the US killing the majority of young people the country is thrown into caos. But thats not the biggest problem. What is left behind in the surviving childern is looked on as far worse then the illness.

   The governement inprisons the youth of America, in consentration camp like camps in order to contain their PSI abilities.

   Ruby has been in one of these camps since the age of ten, now sixteen she believes her existance can't possible get any worse. So of course it goes to hell in a handbasket.

Liked:

  This was fresh and interesting take on dystopia. The majority of dystopian novels happen hundereds of years in the future. The Darkest Minds could take place now and its a little freaky. Bracken was able to capture the dispare Ruby has at her life and future. The sub-characters were just great, creating a full body story with indepth and compelling stories. I feel so hard for Liam I wanted to reach in the book and snatch him out.

Disliked:

  At the beginning of the story Ruby comes across significantly older then ten or even the sixteen year old. That took me out of the story at times because I was like how can a sixteen year old fully understand this?

Overall

  Amazing beginning to a series, I seriously can not wait for book 2, now seriesly anyone have a ARC copy they want to give me? Wonderful, as soon as I was finished my daughter picked it up and hasn't put it down either. Wonderful first book.

??Recommend??

 I would absolutly recommend this book to anyone. I think readers of all genre's will like these characters and storyline.

Rating:

Fantastic book, 5 out of 5 stars for The Darkest Minds by: Alexandra Bracken




Eleanor and Park

by: Rainbow Rowell





Synopsis

   Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

My Take On the Book

  Eleanor is a cast out not only in school, but life in general. Park has always rode the waves of the crowed in the middle neither standing out nor fitting in. When the two meet they find kindred spirits in each other. Sparking a beautiful and heart wrenching love story that will leave you both with a inspiring look on first love and a broken heart.

Liked:

  Wow, this was as good as everyone has said, I couldn't put it down. But had to force myself to a couple of times because I could see something dark on the horizon and my heart started to break just thinking about it. That alone put this at one of my top reads for 2013. Amazing storytelling, Rowell wrote both a nostalgic and current love story. Very well done.
  One of my favorite parts of the book was the jumble of emotions that practically jumped off the page, Rowell caught the passion of first love while still keeping the characters true to themselves.
   I laughed and I cried.

Disliked:

  Okay this may sound petty, but I hate to cry over books, but if that is the only thing I can find to dislike I think its okay. So I disliked that I cried like a baby during certain parts of the book.

Overall

   Amazing story of first love and the tragedies of the world that force true love apart. This is not a book you want to miss. Very well done, heart warming with side stories about relationships and families that build a full and rich story. Loved it, hated it. Couldn't get enough of it.

??Recommend??

 YES, YES, YES. That is all.

Rating:

This book is going on my best reads for 2013, 5 out of 5 stars.



Uprising

(Fires of Providence #1)

by: Dawn Jayne


Synopsis

   Heralds are the most powerful of all angels, secretive and feared, created for a single purpose. Only those most courageous and worthy earn a place within the elite choir, and only by breaking ancient oaths held sacred can the honor be stripped. It's a punishment that hasn't been imposed in over two-thousand years, until a single reckless act sets off a firestorm, threatening to consume all creation.
   Rise Hawke never suspected she'd been marked to play a role in the deadly events unfolding in the spiritual realm. Independent and resistant to authority, she isn't thrilled when she meets Dominik, an angel with new wings, an old grudge, and a mysterious agenda he's determined to impose.
   Vowing to uncover the secrets kept from her, Rise soon learns that knowing what you are isn't nearly as dangerous as discovering why. Hunted by those who want to destroy her, and controlled by those who would see her fulfill her purpose, she is forced into a brutal battle set in motion long before she was ever born. It soon becomes clear that what one angel will risk to earn the title of Herald, is matched only by what another will do to keep it.

Best line from the book...
"Admit it you missed me." Rise.



My Take on the book...

  Rise is a Herald, a powerful angel class. Unfortunately she doesn’t know it. All she wants is the opportunity to live her life. Undisturbed by the world where she doesn’t feel like she fits in. Her life to this point hasn’t gone well making Rise feel as if she is broken.
   Dominick is assigned to mentor Rise, the problem is that he doesn’t like the Herald class angels. However, his commitment to duty is stronger than his hate. The relationship that is produced is interesting.

Liked:

   The ending was great. The last couple of chapters made up for the slow beginning. The interaction between Dominick and Rise was funny. You could almost hear the air crackly with their frustration and irritation of each other.

Disliked:

   The beginning, the first half of the book dragged and was extremely hard to get through. There was just to much explanation of stuff that didn't really need to be told, and it slowed the pace of the story.
    Somewhat of a predictable storyline.

Overall

  The ending of the book was the best part, and not because it was a horrible read. Dawn really pulled the story together at the end. Making it a worth while read. Although at the beginning I didn't like either Rise or Dominick at the end I was sad to see the end of the story.

??Recommend??

 Fun read, worth the struggel through the beginning. I would recomment this read.

Rating:

Great book, however because of the slow beginning I am giving Rise by: Dawn Jayne 4 out of 5 stars



I have been given an ARC Copy of this book for my honest review.





Dark Connections

(Connections Series #2)

by: Rebecca Graf


                        Book Blurb

   The story continues from its start in Deep Connections. Brenna has given her heart to Slaton, but Creeper just won't die. Death cannot stop him from possessing the one to fulfill the prophesy. Now Brenna and Slaton have to fight not only for their own lives but for all those they love. As they do, they discover who Creeper really is and why he wants Brenna so badly. Be prepared for more mystery, suspense, and sweet love.

 


My Take on the Book

  This is the second book in the Connections Series by author Rebecca Graf, and like the blurb says it is a continuation of book one Deep Connections. Dark Connections starts out exactly as book 1 ends.

  Brenna and Slaton know a little more about Creeper her stalker and what he wants from Brenna. However in book two the Creeper turns his sites to Slaton.

Liked:

  This being the second book, there was a familiarity to the characters and story line. Brenns seems to find strength and peace becoming a stronger character with more depth. The side story with Slatons brother is cute and added another dimension to the story.

Disliked:

  Okay I have to say this because it's one of my pet peeves but it ends in another cliffhanger... I just don't understand that. My other dislikes: the book dragged with information that took away from the peril that was present for Brenna and Slaton. Oh and did I mention the cliffhanger ending??? Yes? Okay, but there was a cliffhanger ending!! With book 3 nowhere in site.

Overall

   This was not as good as book 1, dragged in places. However, overall a suspenseful and entertaining read.

??Recommend??

 This is a good book and I would recommend to anyone looking for a high suspenseful read with endearing characters. However, as mentioned several times, there is a cliffhanger ending so if you don't like those you may want to wait for the third book to come out.

Rating:

I am giving Dark Connections by: Rebecca Graf 4 out of 5 stars.





I have been given an ARC Copy of this book for my honest review.





Glitter

by: Mona Darling

Synopsis...

  Glitter is about the female sexual experience, which contrary to what the media would have you believe, is not all bubble baths and chick flicks.
  Women are constantly judged as slutty, or uptight, but the reality is somewhere in between those two, and sometimes, nowhere near either. We have secret shames and private desires and we all feel we are the only one.
  We are good church-going girls with a fondness for the paddle, PTA moms who hire escorts, feminists who like to bottom in the bedroom, slutty virgins, bi-curious married laddies and women with a past. We are gay, straight, and undecided.
  We are all over the map, and we are amazing.
  Join the Glitter movement at www.Glitterhood.com


My Take on the Book

  Glitter is a in your face no holds bar telling of stories for woman from regular everyday woman. This was an intriguing read.

Liked:

  The unforgiving way Mona Darling tells the stories. Giving voice to stories that wouldn't have otherwise been told. I appreciate Mona Darlings need to show these types of stories with the world. Hiding doesn't mean these types of things don't happen.

Disliked:

  As said in the forward of the book, some of the stories might make you uncomfortable and that was true.

Overall

   This was an okay read, it was slow going and sometimes I was taken out of the story. But it was a cute story with potential for more stories in the future.

??Recommend??

 This is not for everyone. And in all good conscience I would not be able to recommend this book to the general public. However, that being said. It is not a bad piece of writing, and would be able to recommend this to my mature friends.

Rating:

This is a gritty piece of writing and not for everyone. So because of that I am giving Glitter by Mona Darling 3 out of 5 stars. 



I have been given an ARC Copy of this book for my honest review.






Deep Connection

by: Rebecca Graf



   Just as love appears, so does the darkness. With her heart reaching out for one man, Brenna finds herself the target of an unknown stalker. Who is he? What does he want? How far will he go for her? Death is an option. Brenna discovers more than she bargained for and learns that the stalker will kill for her. It all comes down to decisions, and no matter what she chooses it will demand sacrifice and someone's blood.


My Take of the Book

   Brenna is fairly knew to town, and is befriended by a native American family. When a stalker threatens her life, Slaton and his family step up to help solve the mystery.
  This is an intense high level fun read.
   Cornered between a stalker and blossoming love Brenna is forced to see much strength she truly has.

Liked:

  I don't usually start with the male protagonist but.....holy cow!! Slaton was to die for, just the right amount of man to make him totally swoon worthy, he alone gets 5 out of 5 stars.
   Brenna was a great character and someone you could see as a friend. The story all the way around was great, side characters loved them. Bad guy? I have to admit I was slightly ambiguous toward him. But I think that might have been Rebecca's intent.
  Rich plot and story line that you couldn't help but delve into. I practically read this in one sitting.

Disliked:

  There is alot of head jumping. However, that being said, it also brought a depth to the story that the reader would have otherwise lost. There was such a build up of sexual tension only to leave you going: What happened? A little unfilled on the sexual tension. Cliffhanger ending.....why, why, why? (little pet peeve)

Overall

   This is a fascinating, rich story with two lead protagonists that are very relatable. Side characters that helped to build a complete package of story telling. Great job Rebecca!

??Recommend??

 I would highly recommend this book, great story and great characters.

Heat Level:

There is some heat in this novel, I would give it a 3 out of 5.

Rating:

Great book can't wait to read the second book in the series. I am giving Deep Connections by: Rebecca Graf 4 out of 5 stars.





I have been given an ARC Copy of this book for my honest review.



Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1)

by: Leigh Bardugo



 The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

   Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

   The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

   But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

   Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.



Best line from the book...
"I thought about you every hour." Mal





My Review

  This is the first book in the Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo, and is a true to form fantasy novel. I haven't seen this type of fantastic fantasy writing in years.
   Shadow and Bone tells the story of Alina a young woman who have never found her place in the world.
   This book had it all, magic, epic bad guy, true love, and an internal struggel to find your place in the world. Very well done.

Liked:

  The writing is so great. Bardugo is able to weave a story so the reader is drawn in. I was caught holding my breath several times wondering what was going to happen.


Disliked:

  My only complaint is at times I really thought Alina was a puppet, she blindle did as she was told. She put up token resistance, but you new in the end she would do exactly what she was told. I like a good hard ass female character so Alina's submissive attitude had me gritting my teeth at times.

Overall

  Great start to a series, can't wait to read book two: Siege and Storm.

??Recommend??

 Great fantasy read, would recommend for all ages and genres.

Rating:

I am giving Shadow and Bone 4.5 out of 5 stars




Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

by: Marissa Meyer

   Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

   Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future


My Review

  Cinder is a distopian retailing of Cinderella and Anastasia. Set in New-Beijing. Cinder is a mechanic with an evil step mother and step daughter. Prince Kai is set to become Emperor of New Beijing any day, when he brings Cinder a robot to fix.
    Meyes does a good job combining these two stories and building a believable world around them.

Liked:

  The story line was great and interesting. The history behind who the world has ended up the way it is in this novel if done very well. I enjoyed the play of words Cinder had with others such as Kai and Dr. Erland. Who I am assuming was playing the part of the fairy godmother.


Disliked:

  There was never really any explanation on what Cinder looked like, as well as Kai except for his blue eyes. There felt like the book was sometimes pieced together and didn't flow through the story lines.One minute Cinder was in your face brassy and ballsy and the next minute she was holding back tears. It wasn't till the very end of the book that I felt like she had a grasp on who she was as a character.
    Okay I hate to say this but if you follow my reviews you know there are two things I hate and they are love triangles and cliffhanger endings. Cinder has a cliffhanger ending. And although I know the next book is already out I am seriously flustered and am not sure if I am going to continue reading this series.

Overall

   I was really expecting more from this book. I had heard so many great things about it and the characters that I thought it would be a no brainer and a great book. I was sadly disappointed. This story is a combination of two different fairy tales, 'Cinderella', and 'Anastasia'. Both classics and beautiful in their own rite. Meyers does a commendable job on combining the stores and building a world to suit them.

??Recommend??

 I'm not sure I would recommend this novel. Which is hard for me to say but I just didn't get it. So I am up in the air on whether or not I could recommend it.

Rating:

There was just something missing for me in this book, Therefore I am giving Cinder by Marissa Meyer 3 out of 5 stars.

A Matter of Heart(Fate #2)

by: Heather Lyons

   No longer in high school, Chloe Lilywhite is now living and working in Annar, the Magicals’ city-state plane of existence. Since moving, she’s joined the Council, gone on missions with the Guard, moved into her own apartment, and enrolled at the University of Annar. Plus, she’s happily engaged to be married to Jonah Whitecomb, the literal man from her dreams, not to mention her Connection. While she still struggles with aspects of her craft, Chloe feels like she’s finally coming into her own, especially after a difficult year that had her questioning nearly everything in her life.

   After a brutal attack by the Elders, her life is turned upside down once more. Accusations fly throughout the Council and Guard, forcing Chloe to confront her worst fears about what’s she’s capable of as a Creator. And then there’s the matter of Kellan Whitecomb, Jonah’s twin brother and Chloe’s ex, who resurfaces after disappearing months before. Although Chloe chose Jonah, and despite their best efforts, the two find it hard to stay away from one another.

   But no matter what Fate throws at her, Chloe is determined to take charge of her life, even as it begins to spiral out of control. *This is a New Adult title, suitable for readers 18+.



Best line from the book...
"He must be a god." Callie's eyes go saucer wide. "Quick! Superdude! Make our chairs levitate."





My Review

  This is the second book in the Fate series by Heather Lyons. I had extremely high expectations for this book. Book one: A Matter of Fate is on my best reads of 2013. And I am very conflicted on this review, and here is why...
  Heather writes such compelling characters, I am too involved with how I think these characters should act which only gives credit to Lyons writing and story telling ability. On top of that I am so pro Jonah I ended up hurting for him with everything that Cloe ended up doing.

  Okay with all that being said here is the review....

  Being book two you are dropped into Cloe's life now that she is sitting on the council. There is still tension between Jonah and Kellan and that only gets worse as the book continues. Being Connected to two people drives Cleo to do things I did not agree with. (Like I said I was a little to involved with the outcome of these characters.)

Liked:

  Typically I don't like books that make me feel too much.. I know weird right? But this book made me laugh, and made me cry. Callie was hysterical and a much appreciated break from Cloe's heartbreak. It was great to see a character that had their heart broken pick up the pieces and start to put herself back together.


Disliked:

  If you follow any of my reviews you know I detest love triangles. Hate hate hate them. But because this story is so great I made an exception to my rule. And I was thrown into love triangle hell.
  Also at times I really thought Cloe came off as whiny and I just wanted to shake the sh!t of out her. And tell her to pull herself together.
 So with having said all that Heather Lyons knows how to write a love triangle which will have you pounding your head against the wall and rooting for your favorite. GOOO JONAH!

Overall

   This was worth the wait. Great second book, with so much emotion you will feel sick with worrying about these fictional characters. My only hope??? Book three wont have so much conflict and the love triangle will be resolved so we can get down to the business of killing off the Creators already.

??Recommend??

 I would definitely recommend this book to both young adult, new adult and adult audiences.

Rating:

I am giving A Matter of Heart by: Heather Lyons, 4 stars out of 5 because the love triangle and my dislikes were just to strong to warrant a higher rating. And like I said it is BECAUSE I was to invested in these characters and walked away from the book feeling sad and a little heartbroken.





I have been given an ARC Copy of this book for my honest review.



Unearthly (Unearthly #1)

by: Cynthia Hand

   In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .

   Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

   Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

   As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

   Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.



My Review

  This is the story of a young woman named Clara Gardner, Clara is a blood-angel. Part human part angel.

   And there is one thing that all blood-angels are required to do, and that is fulfill their purpose.

   Clara's purpose takes her away from everything she knows and understands, and throws her into a world that she doesn't fully understand, nor is she sure she wants to fulfill her purpose.

Liked:

  Cynthia Hands writing style is wonderful and descriptive while you read, you feel like your actually there with Clara in Jackson Hole. Unearthly is written in a way where you feel a great deal of empathy for the characters. You have a stake in seeing them succeed.


Disliked:

  I highly dislike love triangles. In fact I have been known to not read books purple because of the love triangle plot line. However, I had heard so many great things about this book I couldn't help but pick it up and read it. That being said I still hate love triangles.

Overall

   Great characters, interesting take on the angels theme. Fast read, with an amazing voice to the writing style.

??Recommend??

 I would recommend this book to anyone. No age restrictions or limitations, this is a good read for all.

Rating:

Although I really liked this book, and because I dislike love triangles I am giving Unearthly by: Cynthia Hand it 4 stars instead of 5.




DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

by: Kody Keplinger

   Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

   But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

   Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.



My Review

  HOLY CRAP, this is going on my best of 2013! This is a wonderfully told story about Bianca Piper and her search to find her place in the world.

   But more then that is is a wonderful story about her love interest Wesley and how he finds his place in the world as well.

   This is a true to life type of written story, Briance is looking for an escape to the harsh world she is living and finds that escape with Wesley.

    But when that escape turns into something more Bianca as well as Wesley are left to try and find footing and their place in this new world.

   Great, great coming of age story.

Liked:

  I liked Briana's sarcasm. Kody really captured the voice of a teenager. Although in the beginning Wesley is a total play'a you can't help be be drawn to him, his is definitely swoon worthy by the end.


Disliked:

  Okay having a teenager I know the type of sexual behavior the teens in this book our faced with, but again as a mother I want to believe that type of behavior isn't actually going on. That being said, I don't think the story could have been told any other way. Also because of the sexual behavior I wouldn't recommend this for younger readers. I think this is a 18 an older read.

Overall

   I really loved this book and it will be going on my best of 2013 list. I would love to see a companion novel with Briana and Wesley in college??? Okay that is just the hopefully musing of a book addict and not wanting to let go of well written character.

??Recommend??

 Yes, Yes, Yes I would recommend this novel. Again for 18 and older. But yes, loved the characters and their development through the novel. Couldn't put it down.

Rating:

I am giving DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend 5 out of 5 stars.