Review & Guest Post: Broken Blood by Heather Hildenbrand

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Broken Blood by Heather Hildenbrand

Published March 7, 2015 by Elephantine Publishing

I thought watching my Werewolf boyfriend get arrested for murder was the worst experience of my life. But then I was knocked out and dragged off to a cell of my own by the very people who were supposed to protect me from danger.

I thought being held prisoner in solitary confinement for weeks on end was the worst experience of my life. But then a visitor came, and I realized I’d been wrong all along. There are worse things than torture and death. Much worse.

He wants my blood. More than that, he wants to get into my head. To use my bond to control his army, to wipe the world clean of anything with dirty blood. I can’t let that happen, but if I don’t he’ll kill every single person I’ve ever cared about—beginning with my Werewolf pack.

The prophecy said I would have to make an impossible choice, but I must be doing this wrong—so far every choice I’ve made has only led to more pain and danger and death. Hunters are pitted against Werewolves and I’m alone in my war against Gordon Steppe. I can’t fight him off anymore; all I can do is try to keep him out of the important places. And I’m failing at even that.

I thought the demons were out there, clearly marked and clinging to the shadows. But they’re not. The monsters are within the ranks of those sworn to protect. The enemy is among us.


I have followed Ms. Hildenbrand from the beginning and I am one of her number 1 fans! I love this series and honestly cannot get enough of the characters!!

I cannot believe that this is the fifth book in this series! In my opinion, this is the best one yet! (I think I say that about each one! LOL) For those of you whom have not read a book written by Heather or just have not read this one yet, be prepared to not want to put it down! This installment is filled with lots of drama, action & suspense! We also get to see some characters that we thought had been gone but SURPRISE they are back!!!

At the beginning of the book Tara is trapped in a cage left wondering what had happened to the rest of her pack and Wes.  I really felt like this:


I must start by saying that I am totally Team Alex. If you have not been introduced to Alex yet, then you need to start reading the first book in the series, Dirty Blood. Alex is awesome and I am always secretly hoping that Tara will give him a chance. It’s not that I dislike Wes but I just adore Alex more:)

Tara is definitely a kick ass heroine. I love to see how much stronger she gets in each book from the small, frail girl that we had seen from the beginning.

If you have read the rest of books in the series, then you will not want to miss out on this one! OR, if you love werewolf stories, then this series is definitely for you!! I highly recommend it!!


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Guest Post

Heather has written a special post in Alex’s POV!!

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 I know, you are just as excited as I am! So here we go….

Alex’s POV for the morning after goodbye:

Alex stood on the roof of Griffin Hall for what would be the last time and looked out over the grounds of Wood Point. From here, all of the buildings were visible—and bustling with activity, even this early. Parents loading their cars with their student’s baggage. Kids horsing around or exchanging numbers. One last kiss with their latest beau.

He had done none of that. The few people he knew well enough to say goodbye to were going with him as part of Kane’s hunting party. Except for her. But he’d already said his goodbyes and he wasn’t up for doing it again.

Damn, but it’d been hard to walk away last night.

Especially after the way she’d thrown herself into his arms. Her dress bunched up around her thighs and tears streaking down her cheeks … he couldn’t get the image out of his head. He wouldn’t for a long time, he was sure.

In some ways, he hated the way she affected him. She was nothing like what he should want. But it’s not like he’d been able to control it.

Just then, the door to Lexington Hall opened and she walked out into the filtered sunlight of the courtyard. Cambria was beside her. He’d heard they were spending the summer together. His chest pinged with jealousy. Part of him wished it were him she would be spending time with this summer—but at least she had a friend. She deserved some fun, some down time after everything that’d happened the past few weeks.

From his perch on the roof, he watched them cross the courtyard, smiling and talking, as they headed for closing assembly. He knew the bus would be waiting on him by now but he couldn’t take his eyes off her. The cheap, black gown she wore did nothing to diminish her beauty. Her tanned skin gleamed smooth and fresh and her hair glistened in the sunlight. She looked untouchable.

Or at least, that’s how it felt as she passed through the doorway leading to the auditorium and disappeared from view.

It felt final. He hated the ache it left in his ribs.

From the other side of Griffin Hall, a horn sounded. He sighed and finally turned for the stairs.

H. Lee

Review & Release Blitz: Simple Beginnings by Janelle Stalder

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Simple Beginnings by Janelle Stalder

Published by March 10, 2015 via Smashwords

Ella Page planned to spend her summer before college like most girls her age – shopping, tanning, swimming, repeat. Instead she finds herself helping out on her grandma’s farm, where she is forced to work side by side with her ex-best friend, Gage Hunter. Despite her attempt to stay cool around the boy she no longer feels like she knows, the heat in the summer air just won’t stop rising. And with it, old feelings she’s not so sure were forgotten after all.

* 17+ Mature YA / New Adult. This book contains some strong language and sexual situations. For mature audiences.


I have read many different books and a couple of different genres by Ms. Stalder and I can tell you that each time I finish one, I am surprised! I honestly do not know why since I enjoy every single story that she has written. I really should know by now that Janelle’s mind is a beautiful thing and can create works that are utter masterpieces!

The last place that Ella wants to spend her summer is on her grandma’s farm helping out, but she loves Nan and so she also loves the farm. The one thing that has kept her away is Gage Hunter, her long lost best friend from when they were kids. Gage has changed and Ella wants no part of him. Enter Gage…. He has always had a thing for his childhood best friend but can he win her heart???

This story was fantastic and I had a very hard time putting it down once I started. I loved Ella. She was your typical sweet girl next door and Gage was what she thought was your typical bad boy. But he ended up being so much more!

I highly recommend this read if you enjoy NA books. Janelle has a way with bending words to get them to flow precisely right. Each chapter was just as good as the next and I cannot wait to read what she has in store for us in the future!



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My Thoughts on Fifty Shades of Grey: The Movie

For mature audiences only!!!

We all know & love the books but do we love the movie as well?

Here is my take along with my daughter’s on the movie. The video includes spoilers but don’t worry! We let you know prior to that point.

Please let me know your thoughts on the movie! I would love to hear if others felt the same way!


H. Lee

Video Review: Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott

Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott

Published February 24, 2015 by Scholastic Press

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What would you do to save someone you love?

In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can’t quit–she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.

But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone’s keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you’d relied on most suddenly isn’t there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?

The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left–and only one can win.

My Thoughts

Thanks to Scholastic Press for the review copy.


H. Lee

Video Review: Invaded by Melissa Landers


Invaded by Melissa Landers

Published February 3, 2015 by Disney Hyperion

Thank you to Disney Hyperion for the review copy in exchange of an honest review.

The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe…until a threat to both their worlds reunites them.

Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.

Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.

The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?

“I know how humans love. Their passion burns like a lump of sugar – quick and hot. And when the fire dies, they seek a new flame. They chase sparks instead of collecting the warmth of old embers.”

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H. Lee