Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes// Psychological thriller that gave me a WOW at the end!


Hidden PiecesHidden Pieces by Paula Stokes

Published August 28th 2018 by HarperTeen

Synopsis

Embry Woods has secrets. Small ones about her past. Bigger ones about her relationship with town hero Luke and her feelings for someone new. But the biggest secret she carries with her is about what happened that night at the Sea Cliff Inn. The fire. The homeless guy. Everyone thinks Embry is a hero, too, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Embry thinks she’ll have to take the secret to her grave, until she receives an anonymous note—someone else knows the truth. Next comes a series of threatening messages, asking Embry to make impossible choices, forcing her to put her loved ones at risk. Someone is playing a high stakes game where no one in Embry’s life is safe. And their last move…is murder.

My Thoughts

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Guilt is basically one of my superpowers. It’s been programmed into me from the moment I was old enough to know what it was.”

I love a good psychological thriller. Especially when you are not sure whom is doing what until the very end. This book gave me just that. I had my assumptions but was surprised at whom the culprit was once everything was revealed.

The very first chapter of this book is what caught my attention. I am a sucker for a love triangle and just can’t get enough of them. Our main character of Embry had dated Luke forever but Luke joined the military and went over sea’s to serve so she decided that they should take a break. In the meantime, she starts hanging out with Holden and that is where her problems start brewing.

I really was unable to tell whom the person was that was terrorizing Embry, to the point of harming her loved ones for the things she had done. Was it her best friend? Was it Luke? I had even found myself questioning Holden since he was not around when her text messages would arrive but I was not prepared for what had really been going on! The writer did a very good job at keeping her secret until the very end and not giving too much away throughout the book.

I really did enjoy the book but was not a huge fan of the main character of Embry. Hence the three star rating. She seemed a bit whiny to me and very wishy-washy. I also was not a huge fan of her relationship with Holden and did not really feel the love so to speak. My whole force behind reading was the thrilling aspect of the ending.

Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the review copy in exchange of an honest review!

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3 stars

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Waiting on Wednesday~Our Year Of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon


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Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Simon Pulse

From the author of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone comes a stunning contemporary novel that examines the complicated aftermath of a kidney transplant between best friends.

Aspiring choreographer Sophie Orenstein would do anything for Peter Rosenthal-Porter, who’s been on the kidney transplant list as long as she’s known him. Peter, a gifted pianist, is everything to Sophie: best friend, musical collaborator, secret crush. When she learns she’s a match, donating a kidney is an easy, obvious choice. She can’t help wondering if after the transplant, he’ll love her back the way she’s always wanted.

But Peter’s life post-transplant isn’t what either of them expected. Though he once had feelings for Sophie too, he’s now drawn to Chase, the guitarist in a band that happens to be looking for a keyboardist. And while neglected parts of Sophie’s world are calling to her—dance opportunities, new friends, a sister and niece she barely knows—she longs for a now-distant Peter more than ever, growing increasingly bitter he doesn’t seem to feel the same connection.

Peter fears he’ll forever be indebted to her. Sophie isn’t sure who she is without him. Then one blurry, heartbreaking night twists their relationship into something neither of them recognizes, leading them to question their past, their future, and whether their friendship is even worth fighting for.

Why I’m Waiting:

  • Umm, Hello…. Bisexual theme. I have not really read too many books that deal with gay characters. I am super excited for this one.
  • Contemporary! It has been a really long time since I have read a really good contemporary.
  • Tear Jerker? It looks like this one may be a really good cryer book when I am feeling emotional and just need to let it all out.
  • Love triangle! I am a sucker for them!
  • Dual POV! I adore getting different perspectives
  • That cover! It is absolutely stunning!

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Heaven In Hell: Episode Eight by Dia Cole


Heaven in Hell: Episode Eight: A Post-Apocalyptic Paranormal Romance Series (The eighth episode in the Heaven in Hell Series)Heaven in Hell: Episode Eight: A Post-Apocalyptic Paranormal Romance Series by Dia Cole

Published August 23rd 2018 by Black Diamond Press LLC

Synopsis

Death is only the beginning…
A surprise attack leaves Lee and her friends in peril. Lee knows she must do everything in her power to stop their enemy’s diabolical plans and rescue those she loves. But by giving into her darkness she risks losing her humanity and unleashing a new evil on the world.

This novella is the eighth episode in the Heaven in Hell series.

My Thoughts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We pick up right where Episode Seven left off.

In this episode Lee takes control and I loved every minute of it! Dominic is feeling a little under the weather and Lee & crew take over and literally have to save his ass! GIRL POWER!

I really enjoyed Lee and love that she is coming into her own. She has more confidence. I can’t wait to see where the road is going to lead for all of these characters! The story had just taken a crazy twist that I had not seen coming. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Lee’s plan works out and we can have a happily ever after!

I did not feel like this episode ended on too crazy of a cliffhanger so I was deeply satisfied and looking forward to more!

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5 stars

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Heaven In Hell: Episode Seven by Dia Cole


Heaven in Hell: Episode Seven: A Post-Apocalyptic Paranormal Romance Series (The seventh episode in the Heaven in Hell Series)Heaven in Hell: Episode Seven: A Post-Apocalyptic Paranormal Romance Series by Dia Cole

Published August 9th 2018 by Black Diamond Press LLC

Synopsis

There is nowhere to hide from the monster inside…
When Lee misses another dose of serum, Dominic’s lies unravel and the truth about her monstrous nature is finally revealed. As Lee battles her cravings for flesh and blood, she must confront the horrifying realization that she may be the greatest threat to them all.

My Thoughts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think this has been my favorite episode so far. It was fueled by the characters needing to survive and find a way out of a difficult situation.

On their hunt for Rosie, the group has a run in with some not so friendlies. Lee is still trying to piece together what she has become and now she has created a whole new hurtle of obstacles for the group. I am still deciding whether it was a good thing or a bad thing and have decided that it is kind of bitter-sweet.

Leaving us on another cliffhanger, Ms. Cole has our hearts racing to get to the next installment!

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5 stars

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Waiting On Wednesday~ The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke


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The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

To be released October 2, 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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A dark and gorgeously drawn standalone YA fantasy about a band of mercenary girls in search of female glory. Won in a major six-house auction!

Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies—girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life.

When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies’ one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere.

Full of fierce girls, bloodlust, tenuous alliances, and unapologetic quests for glory, this elegantly spun tale challenges the power of storytelling—and who gets to be the storyteller. Perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater, V.E. Schwab, and Heidi Heilig.

Why I’m waiting?

  • Women assassins? Need I say more?
  • Diversity! I was just saying how I needed to read more diverse books
  •   Friendship! A book filled with friendship and not about crushes
  • A stand alone!!! One that I can read and not have to worry about a series:)
  •   That cover! BEAUTIFUL!!

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Heaven In Hell: Episode Six by Dia Cole


Heaven in Hell: Episode Six: A Post-Apocalyptic Paranormal Romance Series (The sixth episode in the Heaven in Hell Series)Heaven in Hell: Episode Six: A Post-Apocalyptic Paranormal Romance Series by Dia Cole

Synopsis

The battle for survival starts from within…
Furious with Reed and Dominic for their betrayal, Lee attempts a dangerous solo mission to rescue an abducted child. Tensions explode when the men insist on accompanying her deep into zombie territory. Unsure of who she can trust, Lee discovers they aren’t the only ones after the little girl and those hunting her are far more terrifying than the dead.

My Thoughts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I cannot get enough of this series of novellas!

Dominic is dealing with Lee’s amnesia in his own way. Lee knows that he is not telling her everything but she has bigger things on her plate to think about like saving Rosie! So much happens in this episode!

Dominic is hawt but so frustrating at times! Lee finds out more about herself , the little bits that Dominic is willing to reveal when the time is right. I feel a little bad for Reed, he only wants to earn Lee’s love but he may be finding out that no matter what he does, that will never happen.

Of course Lee tries taking matters into her own hands…again and Dominic is quick to the rescue. The crew is left in another bind with a cliffhanger ending.

I say it again that the only flaw about these books is that they are too short! Ms. Cole is a master at her craft leaving her readers wanting more!

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5 stars

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The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout


The Darkest Star (Origin, #1)The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Tor Teen

Synopsis

When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen…but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head…

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old.

My Thoughts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay, okay….Phew…Breathe in, Breathe out……*hyperventilating*


Sheldon hyperventilating Big Bang Theory

I think I am okay now…My brain is all fuzzled after reading this book…I am having major trouble gathering my thoughts…..


I am ok

We all adore Daemon Black, well Luc could honestly give him a run for his money…and a little secret…we get small glimpses of our favorite alien in this book too!!!! *squeeeee*


Girl fan crying

Evie is a great character…but, she reminds me a little of all the other characters…stupid! Every time Luc told her to do something, what do you think she did? Yup, she did the exact opposite! And of course, got herself into trouble at which she needed saving. *sigh, will they ever learn?*


Going to bed thinking it is Monday again

I loved getting back into this world and I loved Luc! I wasn’t sure if I would because my heart is with Daemon but JLA knows how to write those smexy men that we all know and love, so yeah, I was able to fall head over heels for him straight away!


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I must admit that I felt that the book dragged a wee bit.#sorrynotsorry But I kept on plugging along. Hence the 4 star rating but, I am a firm believer that the first book in a series is always like this because the author needs to explain the world and what not, so yeah, I am sure the next book will be even better!

Even though I thought the pacing was a bit slow, I still adored the book! The ending was amazing and full of action! The way everything pieced together was awesome and we are left with a wee bit cliffhanger…of course.

I cannot wait for the next book in this series and seriously, if you are a fan of The Lux Series, than you need this book in your arsenal! You will not be disappointed! Then please come back and chat with me about it…BECAUSE I AM DYING TO TALK TO SOMEONE!!!!!!


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Thank you to Bookish First for the review copy!

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4 stars

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The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken


The Darkest Legacy (The Darkest Minds, #4)The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken

Published July 31st 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

Synopsis

Five years after the destruction of the so-called rehabilitation camps that imprisoned her and countless other Psi kids, seventeen-year-old Suzume “Zu” Kimura has assumed the role of spokesperson for the interim government, fighting for the rights of Psi kids against a growing tide of misinformation and prejudice. But when she is accused of committing a horrifying act, she is forced to go on the run once more in order to stay alive.

Determined to clear her name, Zu finds herself in an uncomfortable alliance with Roman and Priyanka, two mysterious Psi who could either help her prove her innocence or betray her before she gets the chance. But as they travel in search of safety and answers, and Zu grows closer to the people she knows she shouldn’t trust, they uncover even darker things roiling beneath the veneer of the country’s recovery. With her future-and the future of all Psi-on the line, Zu must use her powerful voice to fight back against forces that seek to drive the Psi into the shadows and save the friends who were once her protectors.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a harrowing story of resilience, resistance, and reckoning that will thrill loyal fans and new readers alike.

My Thoughts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“We’ve inherited the darkest legacy, but they don’t know that we’ve learned how to thrive in shadows and create our own light.”

If you read The Darkest Minds trilogy, and loved it, then you HAVE to pick up this book! I cannot stress that enough!

This book takes place five years after the third book in the series and is told from Zu’s point of view. She is traveling with the government and being the spokesperson for the Psi trying to put rules and laws in place to make it better for everyone to co-exist together instead of having the camps and the children under lock up. She is reading from the teleprompter at an event when all hell breaks loose and she has to defend herself and go on the run all over again.

I love getting the POV from Zu. She was one of my favorite characters from the Trilogy but she has grown so much from the little girl wearing the gloves whom doesn’t speak until now. We have some new characters and we get to see some of our old favorites too! Vida is just as snarky as ever…maybe more so! Chubbs seemed to have changed a lot and he seems even more level headed than he was five years ago..if you can believe that! Liam is the same old Liam and we only get a small glimpse of Ruby.

This book was full of non-stop action! Literally from the beginning until the very end. You never knew what was around the next corner. And every time they think that they caught a break, life would throw them another lemon!

The ending was a little open-ended and I am so hoping that maybe…pretty please….we will get some more reading material with our favorite characters in the future?

Thank you to Bookish First for the review copy!

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5 stars

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The Greatest Showman Tag


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I was tagged by the lovely Andie from Andrea’s Nirvana. She actually is the awesome creator of this tag. I have mentioned her before and I cannot stress enough how awesome her blog is and the fact that you guys should need to go on over and check it out!

Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and provide a link to their post!
  • Maaaybe include a link to the creator’s post, which is this one right here.
  • Include the logo somewhere in the post.
  • Find a book/anime/movie/manga/K-Drama/TV show or anything else that fits the prompts below.
  • Cliche rule here, but have fun!
  • Tag 5 to 10 people (or more, if you’re feeling like it, no biggie).

The Questions

The Greatest Show | In Which The Intro Is Amazing

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This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston sucked me in from the very beginning. This is one of the best psychological/mystery/suspense books that I have ever read. The entire book was read in one sitting because I could not put it down.

A Million Dreams | In Which Things Get A Little Too Dragged

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Heir Of Fire by Sarah J Maas dragged on for me, for like a month! It took me FOREVER to finish this book. So many times, I had wanted to put it down but just kept picking it up and plowing through it. I am glad that I did and realize how much this book was needed in the series of stories but…oh man!

Come Alive | In Which There’s A Nice Plot Twist

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All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill was published in 2013 and it was my favorite book of the year! I so wanted it to be a series but it is still just a stand a lone. The whole book seemed like it was one gigantic plot twist!

The Other Side | In Which A Villain Turns Into A Good Guy or Vice Versa

 

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Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han has poor sweet Mary whom changes so much from the innocent girl in the first book to a complete psycho by the third. This was a really tough question for me and I really had to dig deep!

Never Enough | In Which You Hate The Love Triangle

 

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The Fate Series by Heather Lyons has a major love triangle……with twin brothers! The books are extremely long and I have only read the first two out of four. (I have to get on that soon!) I do really enjoy the series but every time we think our little leading lady is going to choose whom she wants to be with, something happens and she becomes not sure again. The love is exhausting!

This Is Me | In Which Representation Is Amazing

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The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins was pretty diverse. I must admit that I read from the premise of a story and I honestly have not read too many diverse books. I should probably start changing that!

Rewrite The Stars | In Which It’s ‘Us Against The World’ [Not Necessarily Romantic]

The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken is definitely a story where it is the kids against the world. They really struggle throughout the whole series to make a better living situation for themselves and fight to actually survive.

Tightrope | In Which The Love Triangle Took A Wrong Turn

 

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The Van Winkle Project Series, Book Three Relegation by Karri Thompson| The romance was okay but I was not a fan of how it ended up. The book is about cloning and characters are changed and cloned which makes it for an interesting read but does not end exactly how I had hoped it would.

From Now On | In Which The Main Character Only Gets Their Stuff Together In The End

 

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Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire is the perfect book for this prompt. These characters took the whole entire book to get their act together. Honestly, there are a lot of books that I think could fall into this category:-)

To sum up all of the prompts, here goes [just so y’all can copy and paste them more easily]:

  • The Greatest Show | In Which The Intro Is Amazing
  • A Million Dreams | In Which Things Get A Little Too Dragged
  • Come Alive | In Which There’s A Nice Plot Twist
  • The Other Side | In Which A Villain Turns Into A Good Guy or Vice Versa
  • Never Enough | In Which You Hate The Love Triangle
  • This Is Me | In Which Representation Is Amazing
  • Rewrite The Stars | In Which It’s ‘Us Against The World’ [Not Necessarily Romantic]
  • Tightrope | In Which The Love Triangle Took A Wrong Turn
  • From Now On | In Which The Main Character Only Gets Their Stuff Together In The End

 

And the nominees are…

Marta|Kayla|Danielle|Nicole|Amanda & Antonia|Norees|Shanah|Holly|Sahi|Jenn|Leslie|YOU!

 

So there you have it folks! Can you believe that I have never even seen The Greatest Showman?? Go on over and visit Andie on her blog! Say “hey”! And no pressure, if anyone whom I tagged cannot get to it this time, maybe next time!

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