2018

Remembering Everly by JL Berg (Lost & Found 2)


Remembering Everly (Lost & Found, #2)Remembering Everly by J.L. Berg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis

After two years in a coma, August Kinkaid has forgotten the darkness in his past. But his past hasn’t forgotten him. His beautiful former fiancée, Everly, remembers every tumultuous moment of their stormy relationship. The sizzling passion. The web of lies. And the terrible secret Everly’s been hiding since her last fateful night with August.

Now the truth is out and August remembers everything. As his long-buried memories come flooding back, he begins to understand why Everly would want to move on with her life. Why she would give her heart to another man. And why August should try to forget her once and for all.

But he can’t give up on the only woman he’s ever loved. Even if he has to reopen old wounds–and face the darkest demons of his past–August will do whatever it takes for a second chance with Everly. He let her slip away once. He’s not about to spend the rest of his life remembering Everly when he could be holding her in his arms forever . . .

My Review

“I need you, Everly. I need you now, and forever. I’ll always want to protect you, but life – whether it’s this one or another – it’s not worth living without you.”

After reading the first book, I had to grab this one immediately because the story was only half finished and I hate that. I need to know what happened!

I jumped right in and although I adored the first one, I didn’t enjoy this one as much, but it was still a good read.

The book literally picks up where the first let off and Everly kind of got on my last nerve even more in this book. I think what had me keep reading was the mystery to it and the fact that August was still trying to piece together his life.

If I loved August in the first book, I loved him even more in this one! He does get a little reckless but quickly recovers with Everly’s help. The side characters had even more of a prominent role in this book and I really did not care too much for any of them. They were just little blips that had a little something to do with the story.

The ending was fast and explosive. I did expect it, there were enough clues along the way for the reader to figure out how it would end but I enjoyed reading it just the same. I also really liked the Epilogue and am passing these books onto my Mother In Law whom loves a good love story just like myself.

“Loving him had always been as easy as breathing… I would love him for everything he was, everything he wasn’t, and everything we could be together.”

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4 stars

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2018

Blog Tour: Echoes by Alice Reeds


Echoes_1600_preview.jpegEchoes by Alice Reeds

Genre: YA Thriller

Release Date: August 7th 2018

Entangled Teen

Summary:

“Fast-paced and thrilling.

ECHOES is a heart-pounding and addictive love story.”—Mia Siegert, author of Jerkbait

They wake on a deserted island. Fiona and Miles, high school enemies

now stranded together. No memory of how they got there. No plan to follow, no hope to hold onto.

Each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them here. And soon, the most chilling discovery: something else is on the island with them.

Something that won’t let them leave alive. Echoes is a thrilling adventure about confronting the impossible, discovering love in the most unexpected places, and, above all, finding hope in the face of the unknown.

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My Review

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I loved the back and forth banter between Fiona & Miles. They started off really despising each other but ended up being the only person the other could trust in the whole world.

This story takes the reader on a whirlwind of ups and downs and you are left wanting so much more. All I can say is that this better be a series because I need to see what happens with these characters from here.

I had zero problems with starting the book and continuing. It gripped my attention from the first chapter and kept me just as entertained the whole way through. There is a roller coaster of events and you never knew which direction you would be thrown in next or what may happen next. I really liked the dual direction the writer had taken with time/place. It is hard to explain but once you read the book, you can get a better understanding.

There is a love story that does blossom while reading but the book is not based on that alone which was lovely in itself. I really enjoyed this plot driven read and highly suggest it for any mystery/sci-fi fan!

5 stars

About the Author

Alice Reeds was born in a small town in Germany but spent her first eight years in Florida, USA. Later on, she moved back to Europe, where her family moved around a lot. She was raised trilingual and has a basic understanding of Russian, read and spoken. After getting her International Baccalaureate Diploma, Alice is studying English Language and Literature at University. In her free time Alice mostly writes, reads, figure and/or roller skates, or watches countless let’s plays and figure skating videos.

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August 7th

Cafe Manon     www.cafemanon.nl    Review

A New Look On Books   http://anewlookonbooks.com Promo Post

A Court of Coffee and Books    https://acourtofcoffeeandbooks.wordpress.com/     Review

Adventures Thru Wonderland https://adventuresthruwonderlandreviews.wordpress.com/   Review

The Cozy Reading Corner     http://www.the-crc.blogspot.com     Promo Post

August 8th

Chapters through life     https://chaptersthroughlife.blogspot.co.uk/    Review

Books Direct       http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/     Promo Post

Literary Meanderings     http://www.literaryme.net    Promo Post

August 9th

Character Madness and Musings   https://jenabaxterbooks.blogspot.com/    Promo Post

Bibliobibuli YA    http://bibliobibuliya.com/   Promo Post

bookblogarama    http://bookblogarama.com  Promo Post

August 10th

nightlyreading   http://www.nightlyreading.wordpress.com   Review

Mythical Books http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/    Promo Post

August 13th

Erhibiscus    https://instagram.com/erhibiscus    Review

Wishful Endings      https://www.wishfulendings.com/     Promo Post

Buried Under Books    https://cncbooksblog.wordpress.com/    Review

August 14th

Don’t Judge, Read     http://dontjudgeread.blogspot.ca    Promo Post

Paperback princess     http://princess-paperback.blogspot.com     Review

What Emma Read Next http://whatemmareadnext.co.uk     Review

Devouring Books    Https://www.devouringbooks2017.wordpress.com  Review

August 15th

Kelsey Ketch, Author     http://kelseyketch.com    Promo Post

ashleysgotbookcitement    http://ashleysgotbookcitement.blogspot.com/    Review

Bookwyrming Thoughts     https://bookwyrmingthoughts.com    Review

August 16th

The Laughing Listener    http://laughinglistener.com/      Review

Adventures in Writing    http://thhernandez.com/blog-tours-4/    Review

Declarations of a Fangirl     http://www.declarationsofafangirl.blogspot.com   Review

August 17th

Smada’s Book Smack    Http://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com      Review

Lisa Loves Literature    http://misclisa.blogspot.com/    Review

The Avid Reader    http://the-avidreader.blogspot.com    Review

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2018 · Review

Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 3: League of Shadows


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Synopsis:

The sweeping new chapter in writer James Tynion IV’s acclaimed saga—featuring a league of talented artists including Marcio Takara (THE FLASH) and Christian Duce (BATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL)—is here, in BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 3: LEAGUE OF SHADOWS.

Batwoman, an accomplished crime-fighter who’s overcome the darkest of betrayals. Clayface, a reformed villain whose potential is eclipsed only by his astonishing powers. New heroes like Azrael, an avenging angel, and Batwing, whose incredible armor makes him a true dark knight. Led by the Batman himself, this team of guardians stands ready to protect Gotham City.

But the secrets of the team’s most mysterious member, Cassandra Cain, are about to come to light. And that light will cast a shadow darker than anything they’ve ever seen before.

They thought the League of Shadows was just a rumor—a secret society of nihilistic killers often whispered about but never seen. But now the League is here, in Gotham. They’re destroying Batman’s team one by one. And their sinister leader, Lady Shiva, has come to reclaim her daughter—or destroy her.

Can even Batman’s arch-enemy Ra’s al Ghul and his League of Assassins stop the onslaught? Or have the Shadows come to stay?

Find out in BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 3: LEAGUE OF SHADOWS. 

Collects DETECTIVE COMICS #950-956.

My Thoughts:

This was the best one yet, I have no idea what is coming but I’m excited.

The fact that this volume focused on my favorite girl, Cassandra I was hooked from the first page. This volume had some of the most beautiful pages in terms of writing and artwork.

The team feels like an actual team now, they work with each other and interact with fondness, it’s amazing to see how they have evolved from the first volume.

The storyline was pretty amazing, the antagonists in this volume were perfect and did a great job at setting the stage for what is to come and I’m hyped!

Like can you guys tell I loved this volume??

Side Notes:

I really liked that Stephanie wasn’t in this volume

Tim Drake, yikes.

Clayface is such a sweetheart!

Ballet❤️

Psycho moms

All I want is for Cass to be happy and loved.

There is going to be magic! Which is great because I love just about every magic user in DC

Basil Karlo deserves love, rainbows, and sunshine. He deserves a chance, and infinite hugs and snuggles.

Kate Kane, is so bland. She’s like cardboard.

Bruce Wayne is a bad dad. But ya’ll should know that.

 

4 stars

sam

2018

The Wedding From Hell: The Reception By JR Ward


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by J. R. Ward

Available: August 7, 2018

Gallery Books | E-book Original

ISBN: 9781982105372 | Free

The Wedding from Hell, Part 2: The Rehearsal Dinner is the exciting second adventure in J.R. Ward’s three-part ebook serialization: The Wedding From Hell. This exclusive prequel to her upcoming standalone suspense, Consumed (available in Fall 2018) takes us back to the night steamy arson investigator Anne Ashburn and ‘bad boy’ firefighter Danny Maguire will never forget.

About the Book:

The Wedding From Hell, Part 2: The Reception: As the wedding from hell continues, Anne and Danny find themselves walking the delicate balance between professional distance and explosive attraction. Will the desire they feel last through the night and change their lives? Or are they doomed to part after one night of passion?

About the Author:

J.R. Ward is the author of more than thirty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. There are more than fifteen million copies of her novels in print worldwide, and they have been published in twenty-six different countries around the world. She lives in the South with her family.

Purchase Link: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Wedding-from-Hell-Part-2-The-Reception/J-R-Ward/9781982105372

Video from J.R. Ward: Youtube: https://youtu.be/9SApaA9CrHA

Excerpt:

Saturday, October 31

T minus 2 hours ’til blastoff

St. Mary’s Cathedral, New Brunswick, Massachusetts

Anne Ashburn had never had veil envy, as they called it. As a young girl, she had never pictured herself walking down an aisle in a white dress, ready to be rescued by a knight-in-shining-armor groom who was going to take charge and take care of her for the rest of her life.

Nope. Anne had wanted to fight fires like her father and then her brother. Even though she no longer respected the former, and had a strained relationship with the latter, she’d wanted to pull on turnouts and strap an air tank to her back and breathe canned air as she ran into open flames dragging hundreds of pounds of charged line with her. She’d wanted to rescue grandmothers, and children, and people who had succumbed to smoke inhalation. She’d been ready to cut open crumpled cars and drag broken bodies out of wreckage at the sides of highways. She’d been determined that the extremes of cold winter nights, hot summer days, physical exhaustion, and mental fatigue would never keep her from doing her job.

So, yup, the old fashioned Mrs. degree had never held any fascination for her. There was no way in hell she was going to be like her mother, living a derivative, nineteen-fifties version of life, nothing but a pretty blow-up doll that was expected to cook, clean, and cut the yapping.

On that note, as she pulled into St. Mary’s parking lot and looked up at the great cathedral’s stained glass windows and lofty spires, she decided it made sense that not only was she not the bride, she wasn’t even a bridesmaid.

Like the rest of the crew down at the 499 firehouse, she was a groomsmen in the impending nuptials of Robert “Moose” Miller and Deandra—what the hell was her last name anyway? Cox. That was it.

Anne was thinking groomsmen was a role she might as well get used to. Not that Duff, Emilio, Deshaun, or any of the other men she worked with were settling down anytime soon.

Especially not Dannyboy Maguire.

Right on cue, a Ford truck entered the parking lot, the late afternoon sun flashing across its windshield.

As Anne’s heart kicked in her chest, she was tempted to hustle in the side door of the church—but she had never been one to run from a challenge.

Danny was more than just a challenge, though.

And okay, fine. So maybe she had already run out of his way at least once: Last night, at the rehearsal dinner, she’d positively bolted after he’d made that speech of his.

I never believed in love . . . I thought it was just a word, a title folks gave to daydreams and misconceptions about destiny, a lie folks told to themselves to make them feel solid in this imperfect, unreliable, and mean-ass world.

Now I know it can happen between two people. And it doesn’t have to make sense because it’s not about logic. And it doesn’t have to have good timing because forever is like infinity, without beginning or end. And it doesn’t have to be defined because truth is like faith—it just is.

So, let’s toast to love.

He’d looked at her while he’d spoken. He had been talking . . . to her . . . in that slow, deep voice.

Everybody else had toasted Moose and Deandra. But Anne had known it hadn’t been about them. Danny, ever the ladies man, king of the one-night stand, he who shalt never be tied down . . . seemed to be suggesting not just that he’d had a change of heart.

But that he might have given his own to Anne.

Unless she was misreading everything? Then again, they had kissed the night before that. In her living room. While riding an adrenaline high after they’d saved a life in an alleyway.

And lips-to-lips had been better than good, the rare circumstance when reality had improved on a fantasy. After two years of attraction and sizzle and unacknowledged heat, that which had been pushed under the rug was exposed now. And there was no going back.

Especially as she felt the same way.

So hell yeah she had bolted out of that restaurant. The second she had been able to get up from her chair, she had hit the exit and left Danny without a ride home.

He’d called two hours later. He’d been in a bar, probably

Timeout where the crew always went, the noise in the background loud and raucous.

She had not answered. He had left a short message, but not called again.

Anne just wasn’t sure what to do. Well, that wasn’t entirely true. There were plenty of things she wanted to do to him, with him, on him—all of which were naked and erotic and not necessarily only horizontal.

Refocusing, she watched Danny’s truck pass by. From behind the wheel, he looked over at her.

She waited for him to find a space and get out, and as he walked across to her, she tried—tried—not to go sixteen-year-old girl at the sight of him in a tuxedo.

#epicfail

He was very tall, over six feet five, and he was built hard and muscular, his shoulders so wide, his chest so broad, his waist the point of the inverted triangle of his torso. His jet-black hair was still damp, and what sunlight there was in the mostly cloudy sky flashed blue in its depths. He was freshly shaven—his cologne reaching her nose even before he stopped in front of her—and his eyes were that brilliant blue that had always arrested her. Irish eyes.

But they were not smiling.

For a man who was rarely serious, he looked positively grim, and she frowned.

“You okay?” Stupid question. “I mean—”

“Yeah, no. I’m fine.”

Standard answer for firefighters when they were in pain. And she wondered if it had to do with that speech of his, and what she could have sworn he had been telling her.

His eyes shifted off to the side and then his mouth got thinner.

“And here’s the blushing bride.”

A stretch limo entered the parking area and made a fat turn toward the back door of the cathedral. When it stopped, its driver got out and went to the rear door.

Seven all-in-pink, spray-tanned, body-glittered, and blond-streaked women got out one by one, a clown car of bridesmaids who were such carbon copies of each other, it was like they had been ordered out of a catalogue.

And then the white dress emerged.

Deandra, Moose’s intended, had her blond-streaked hair—natch—piled up on her head in an organized, sculpted waterfall of curls. Her veil was a gossamer fall over her tiny waist and her big skirt, and the shimmer of crystals across the bodice and down the front and sides of the gown made her look like a princess.

Provided you didn’t catch her expression.

She was sour as an old woman with gout and shingles. In spite of the fact that she was supposedly marrying her true love, she looked downright nasty as she snapped at the driver, glared at her maid of honor, and yanked her skirting up to march into the back of the church.

“Wow,” Anne muttered. “That’s a happy bride.”

“Whatever. They’re on their own with this dumbass idea.”

“Did you happen to talk to Moose last night?” she blurted.

“As in out of this? Or would that be considered tacky given it was less than twenty-four hours before the priest hit the altar with them.”

Danny rolled his eyes. “He’s bound and determined to ball-and-chain himself. Personally, I’d be running in the opposite direction.”

And then there was silence between them. Tension coiled up quick, and as Anne’s temples started to pound, she decided it was going to be a long night, just not for the reasons she’d assumed at the beginning of the weekend.

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2018

Nerd Blast: Someone I Use To Know by Patty Blount w/Giveaway!


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TRIGGER WARNING: Boys will be boys is never an excuse.

It’s been two years since the night that changed Ashley’s life. Two years since she was raped by her brother’s teammate. And a year since she sat in a court and watched as he was given a slap-on-the-wrist sentence. But the years have done nothing to stop the pain or lessen the crippling panic attacks that make her feel like she’s living a half-life.

It’s been two years of hell for Derek. His family is totally messed up and he and his sister are barely speaking. He knows she partially blames him for what happened, and totally blames him for how he handled the aftermath. Now at college, he has to come to terms with what happened, and the rape culture that he was inadvertently a part of that destroyed his sister’s life.

When it all comes to a head at Thanksgiving, Derek and Ashley have to decide if their relationship is able to be saved. And if their family can ever be whole again.

 

Praise for SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW

“A beautifully crafted look at the complications of returning to ‘regular life’ after a devastating sexual assault. Fierce in its unapologetic dissection of rape culture, toxic masculinity, and athletic entitlement, Patty Blount does not hold her punches with respect to how difficult healing can be for an entire family. This book is thoughtful and thought-provoking, and ultimately very hopeful for survivors and those around them.” ―Christa Desir, author of FAULT LINE and BLEED LIKE ME

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Patty Blount grew up quiet and a bit invisible in Queens, NY, but found her voice in thumbnail_Patty Blountbooks. Today, she writes smart and strong characters willing to fight for what’s right. She’s the award-winning author of edgy, realistic, gut-wrenching contemporary and young adult romance. Still a bit introverted, she gets lost often, eats way too much chocolate, and tends to develop mad, passionate crushes on fictional characters. Let’s be real; Patty’s not nearly as cool as her characters, but she is a solid supporter of women’s rights and loves delivering school presentations.

Patty is best known for her internet issues novels, including SOME BOYS, a 2015 CLMP Firecracker winner and SEND, a 2012 Junior Library Guild Fall Pick. Visit her website at pattyblount.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter. She blogs at YA Outside the Lines and is also active online. She loves hearing from readers, especially when they tell her she’s cool (even though she knows it’s not true), and is easily bribed with chocolate. Never underestimate the power of chocolate.

 
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2018

Forgetting August by JL Berg


Forgetting August (Lost & Found, #1)Forgetting August by J.L. Berg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis

She can forgive, but can she forget?

Some days, Everly still thinks she sees him. In the food court at the mall, or in a car speeding past as the light changes. It only lasts a second, but when it happens, she slips back to a time when she was ruled-and nearly ruined-by August Kincaid. And it doesn’t matter that she’s moved on, that she’s about to marry another man. In those moments the only thing she can do to regain control is take a deep breath and remind herself that August can’t hurt her-because he’s in a coma. Except that he’s not anymore.

August is awake. With no memories, he sets out to solve the mystery of his lost life. He unearths a photograph of a beautiful redhead named Everly and knows instinctively that she’s the key. But when he finds her, the August she describes is more monster than man.

Tortured by the thought of having hurt her, August wants only to become the man Everly deserves. As the new August emerges, Everly glimpses the person she first fell in love with. But can she trust that this August is real? When the final secret of their shared past is revealed, one of them will make a choice that changes their future forever . . .

My Review

“No matter how much he loved me. No matter how much I loved him in return. I would never, ever belong to another person. As long as I lived.”

I purchased this book from Book Outlet and I wasn’t sure if I would even like it or not but ended up plowing through both books within 2 days. I adored this first book in the duology.

I couldn’t even imagine being in Everly’s shoes. She was madly in love with August and everything was great for awhile, but August wanted to give her the world and with that came a lot of sacrifices and hatred. It was awful what Everly went through. August became very controlling and wouldn’t let her leave the house, literally locking her in. And then, one fateful night, there is an accident and August ends up in a coma for 2 years!!! Everly moves on, finds another love and is starting to plan her wedding when the hospital calls. August is awake. And her whole world crumbles again.

I adored August. I hated that I liked him so much but I did. We got a dual POV story and we were privy to things that Everly was not, so it helped giving us a different perspective. August’s memory had been wiped clean and he is left with trying to get Everly to fall for him all over again. He knows in his heart that she is someone special to him but really cannot remember much about her. I felt for him on many occasions when Everly would start going off on a rant and he was left just apologizing but not knowing exactly what for.

Now, although I felt for Everly, I did feel that she needed more mental health help than what she was actually getting. She did see a therapist but it seemed like she needed a whole lot more. She made a lot of very rash decisions without thinking them through and then when it came time to own up to them, everyone would just forgive her immediately. I felt that she was a little selfish.

I literally read this entire book in one day. I loved it and it was written well enough that it kept me coming back. I am very glad that I picked this one up:)

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5 stars

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2018 · Review

The Lily Dale Series by Wendy Corsi Staub


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Synopsis:

 Just days after her mother’s sudden death in a freak accident, Calla is sent to spend the rest of the summer with her grandmother in Lily Dale, a mysterious town of psychics where nothing is really as it seems.  But to unlock the secrets behind her mother’s death, Calla must first accept her newfound gift.

The longer Calla stays, the stranger things become and as her own senses begin to awaken, she wonders if her mother’s hidden past could explain her death. Calla must find out the truth, even if it means trusting the spirits she never knew she could see.

My Thoughts:

So, this is one of my all time favorite series! I read this series for the first time when I was 15, I actually remember buying the first book at a book fair. It was a series that I loved with my whole heart when I was younger and has managed to stay with all these years later, like I mean I thought about this series frequent;y, like all the damn time. Anyway, I recently re-read this series for the first time, and I didn’t think it was possible but I love it even more now.

The series follows 16-year-old Calla as she moves across the country after the tragic death of her mother. Calla is leaving everything she knows behind in California, to spend the summer with her grandmother in Lily Dale, New York. The crazy thing about this is that she hasn’t seen her grandmother since she was a small child and when she finally makes it there she realizes that Lily Dale is nothing like the neighborhood she left in California, because just about every single person in Lily Dale is a psychic. The more time that Calla spends in Lily Dale, the more her life changes. Some of those some changes are good, some bad, and some are life-altering.

If I’m being completely honest the first book, Awakening is the weakest book in the series. Calla is a grieving 16-year-old, some of the things she does/says can be pretty annoying, but for me easily forgivable because I understand where she is coming from. I really couldn’t imagine losing my mother in such a tragic way, and then have to leave absolutely everything behind, to stay with someone barely know. But at the same time, though at a time she could definitely be annoying, I loved seeing everything through her mind’s eye, and I was thoroughly entertained by her unwavering skepticism while being surrounded on all sides by psychics. Watching her growing relationship with her grandmother, Ophelia was amazing to me, I just loved seeing them connect especially after losing someone that was so important to them.

Now, when I first picked this series up I definitely was not expecting it to end the way it did. There was so much change, and unexpected twists and turns. The first book starts off as like a kind of watered down cozy mystery like you don’t even know that there is going to be a mystery until the last chapter of the first book. But, from then on the mystery is on full force and it takes you down so many different roads, it’s actually pretty crazy, but in a lowkey kind of way. The series as a whole is light, like not extremely heavy or sad, so when the author issues the first twist your like “whaaaaat” and it just gets crazier than that.

My favorite books in the series are the last two, Connecting and Discovering. Because they are my favorites I can’t tell you much, which sucks because I definitely want to. The last two are my favorites because they are strongest in the series. Calla in them has become stronger in every aspect and really finds her voice and purpose in this new world that she has been thrust into. The new relationships that she has built are so strong, and some, in particular, are just so beautiful. The the two chapters in the last book, make the series in my opinion. I cried so much, it was crazy. Everything wraps up so nicely, and there is a bittersweet end.

It’s just amazing guys, I honestly can’t recommend it enough!

5 stars

sam

2018

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones


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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Expected publication: August 21st 2018 by Minotaur Books

Synopsis

A deliciously disturbing, compulsively readable debut domestic suspense–prepare to meet The Other Woman: there’s nothing she won’t do to keep you away from her son …

Emily thinks Adam’s perfect; the man she thought she’d never meet. But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

The Other Woman is an addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between Emily, her boyfriend Adam, and his manipulative mother Pammie.

My Review


“There’s something about your mother’s voice that nobody else can replicate. That takes you back to school, when you were little and waiting in the nurse’s office for her to come and pick you up.”

Thank you to Bookish First for the review copy of this book.

I really liked the premise of this book and the beginning chapters hooked me. I was not too crazy about our leading lady, Emily. I felt like she had given her love, Adam waaayyy too many chances.

Emily meets Adam in a bar and although she adores him and he, her, there is one problem standing in their way…..Adam’s Mother. The only problem is that only Emily can see how truly evil she is, everyone else loves the old bat including Adam and he would do anything for his mother.

I read this book in one day. It is extremely fast paced because at only having 304 pages, the book spans over about a year. The mystery keeps you guessing but unfortunately, I was able to guess the ending about 3/4’s into the book. Somewhere around the last 1/3, the book takes on a strange turn of events and it is easy for the reader to see what is to come. I also felt like the ending was kind of rushed.

As for the character of Emily. I get that she loved Adam and all and that she wanted to show up his mother but honestly, no man is worth all that aggravation. Kudos to her for actually not giving up!

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2018

Glass Sword (Red Queen 2) by Victoria Aveyard


Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Published February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen

Synopsis

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

My Review

“Mare of the Stilts died the day she fell onto a lightning shield. Mareena, the lost Silver princess, died in the Bowl of Bones. And I don’t know what new person opened her eyes on the Undertrain. I only know what she has been and what she has lost, and the weight of it is almost crushing.”

As soon as I finished Red Queen I knew that I needed to have this book waiting in the wings. I had been forewarned by many that I would not want to stop with this world and immediately jumped right into book 2.

Glass Sword continues right where Red Queen leaves off which was awesome because there was action immediately and we jump right back into the story. Mare and her gang are traveling trying to convince as many Newbloods to join her as she can. She gives them a choice but warns them that Mavan and his army are also hunting them and they will be dead before long.

I really enjoyed the aspect of traveling. We got glimpses into other areas and how the other red bloods lived. It was interesting bringing in a whole cast of new characters and their abilities were amazing. I always thought that Mare & Cal had like “the best” abilities ever…but, we haven’t seen anything yet!

“No matter how much I might want to feel him, I cannot. I must keep my eyes ahead, and away from the fire of a fallen prince. I must freeze my heart to the one person who insists on setting it ablaze.”

The relationship between Mare and Cal is a strained one. They do steal a few moments here and there but they still do not fully trust each other, even if they want to. I hated this. I just wanted them to become close but Mare is having a really hard time trying to get over Maven because he did steal her heart. And Cal knows this, so the rift between them just keeps on seeming to grow.

As I really enjoyed this book, I also felt myself getting a little bored. The ending was a blast of excitement and left me a little numb as it did Mare. There will be death and there will be sorrow but there is also a bit of triumph.

There is a cliffhanger ending that may just be the pushing point for some to quickly grab the next book. However, this was not the case for me. I think that I may take a break from this world for a few months and then jump right back into it. Although the book was enjoyable, it seemed to take me longer than usual to power through it.

“You put her body on display.” His lips brush my ear as he forces the words through clenched teeth. Pain hums in his voice. “I’ll do the same to you.”

 
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2018

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Published February 10th 2015 by Orion

Synopsis

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…

My Review


“In the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don’t know if I’ll ever smile again.”

Oh, All the feels. I do not know if I want to cry for I am so sad or laugh hysterically at what has happened in this book?

Mare Barrow

I adore Mare. I love the fact that she always puts everyone else first. She is fierce and loyal, which may be her greatest fault. She also believes in change, which lands her in quite the predicament. I really liked her relationship with her family. She may have felt like the black sheep but her family truly loves her and she, them.

The Boys


“So you choose him?’
‘Cal betrayed me, and I betrayed him. And you betrayed us both, in a thousand different ways.’ The words are heavy as stone but right. So right. ‘I choose no one.”

This was the most heartbreaking part of the story.

Cal is a warrior way down deep. He is set to be the next King and to continue the rein that his father had started. He does have a bit of a sweet side but he is betrothed to another. Maven is Cal’s younger brother and he kind of feels left out of his family. He stands in his brother’s shadow and feels that his father does not see his potential. He is very intelligent and crafty when it comes down to it. While his brother is more brawn, he is definitely more brain. He is now betrothed to Princess Mareena and really does steal her heart.

The Story

I loved every minute of this story. I never felt a lag in the writing and never got bored with it. I felt like the action was kept up from the beginning straight through until the end. I laughed, had a mild heart attack and cried all throughout the book. Then, I immediately picked up the next in the series because…THAT ENDING!!!! I had to move on straight away!

I feel like I have not read a story that made me want to just jump right into the next book in a very long time and I am happy to say that this one did that for me. Now that the whole series is out, my plan is to keep reading until I see Mare take down all of her enemies.


“Many things led to this day, for all of us. A forgotten son, a vengeful mother, a brother with a long shadow, a strange mutation. Together, they’ve written a tragedy.”

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5 stars

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