Monday, October 22, 2018

Frostblood by Elly Blake

Goodreads Summary:
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.


Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating - yet irresistible - Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her - and from the icy young man she has come to love.



My Review:
Ruby has had to spend her life living in isolation and keeping her gift a secret. This all comes to an abrupt halt the day the frost guards come for her. She has been so careful with her gift, how could they know she is a Fireblood? Her mother is killed during the attempt to take Ruby. Which causes her powers to surge out of control for a brief moment. She is taken to prison where she starts to lose all hope. however she is rescued by a very surprising pair. A couple of Frostbloods break her out. However it is not simply a break out, they require her services. Will Ruby join the rebels hunt to take down the Frost King? 

There is a lot that happens in this book. Ruby doesn't have a lot of time to learn about her powers and be able to control them. When she does get to the Frost King, things take a turn for the worst. She is forced to fight in a gladiator type scenario. Is she ready? Can she defeat the King's best fighters or is she destined to die in a pit?

Ruby's story starts out rather traumatic. She has no solace when taken to the rebels base. The Frostbloods there do not like her or are afraid of her. Her mentor does try to make things eaiser for her. Her relationship with Arcus starts out a bit rocky. He has his reasons for being untrustworthy towards Firebloods. He has been assigned to train Ruby to control her powers. Which is no easy task considering she has had no formal training. I love how its fire vs. ice. Arcus is a true Frostblood. He is cold and very much turned off emotionally. We do find out why later but, he is a very interesting guy. They do form a bond and I hope it blossoms into more!

This was a fun quick read. I am excited to see where this story goes. I can't wait to start the next book, which I already purchased!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer. It gives us bloggers a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received and to share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.


If you have followed by blog for any length of time you know that I disappeared for about a year. I was stuck in a job that I was no longer enjoying. I have been in a new position and department now for about 6 months. I am so much happier and have way less stress. I finally feel like I am read to jump into my blogging again. 

I have read some amazing books in the last few weeks and was aching to share my thoughts on these books. So here I am! My first full week back. I am so happy! Finally back to doing things that I love again. How was your week? Do anything fun? Ready anything good?


Can't Wait Wednesday - Wednesday 10-17-18
Stacking the Shelves - Friday 10-20-18


Monday 10-22-18 Review of Frost Blood by Elly Blake
Tuesday 10-23-18 Review of Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 
Wednesday Can't Wait Wednesday
Thursday 10-24-18 Review of Fire Blood by Elly Blake 
Saturday 10-26-18 Stacking the Shelves 


Ruby's world has changed more than she ever could have imagined. She's in love with a powerful Frost King. She's the heir to the Fire Throne. And she may be a Nightblood--the spawn of a vengeful deity hellbent on releasing his wraithlike Minax from their prison. Once freed, these beasts will roam the earth, devouring every last person until he or she is nothing but an empty husk. But Ruby is able to control the Minax to a degree, and now she, her beloved Arcus, and her friend Kai must find a way to bring Frostbloods and Firebloods--sworn enemies--together to make a stand against a foe more deadly than any they've faced.


In this heart-pounding finale of Elly Blake's gorgeously written and action-packed Frostblood Saga, the fate of Frostbloods, Firebloods, and all of humanity is at stake.







Saturday, October 20, 2018

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. It is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Purchased

Goodreads Summary:
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.

For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.


For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here.

Goodreads Summary:
Enoch wants to live an ordinary life. He’s content to lie low, skip his college classes, and avoid committing to any one girl. But ordinary isn’t on the syllabus for Enoch because at night, he dreams of demons. Vivid dreams that leave him wanting escape more than ever. When they escape his dreams and attack him during daylight, his reality becomes a nightmare.


As he pieces together the meaning behind the encounters, supernatural creatures emerge. Demons. Vampires. Witches. Angels. And they all want something from him. In a supernatural world he never thought possible, Enoch uncovers a secret that either will destroy him or force him to become much more than he ever wanted.






Goodreads Summary:
What fate awaits a girl who hears monsters at night…

Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn looks up to her father. An honest man who once fought for the king, he now teaches Jaclyn how to use her wits—and her sword.

But he has a secret. And his secret may have a connection to the one thing Jaclyn is hiding from him.

Upon hearing “monsters” are terrorizing the small villages around Black Mountain, Jaclyn’s father and his friends head out to hunt them … but they don’t return.

Armed only with her sword and three magic beans—a gift from a mysterious old woman—Jaclyn sets out for Black Mountain to save her father.

On her climb, one bean drops and grows into a beanstalk, catching her when she falls.

She isn’t the only one that takes the ride. Jack, her childhood friend and secret crush, is following her.


Jaclyn and Jack will have to work together to save not only their fathers, but the townspeople the beasts plan to lay waste to before it’s too late.

Goodreads Summary:
Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs, but their actions have propelled them straight into the ranks of the realm-wide Resistance against Gardnerian encroachment. As the Resistance struggles against the harsh rulings of High Priest Marcus Vogel and the Mage Council, Elloren begins to realize that none of the people she cares about will be safe if Gardneria seizes control of the Western Realm.

With tensions heating up in Verpacia, more and more Gardnerian soldiers continue to descend upon the university…led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the newly rebuilt Fourth Division base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm’s length, Lukas is determined to wandfast to her, convinced that she has inherited her grandmother’s magic—the prophesied power of the Black Witch. As his very nearness seems to awaken a darkness inside her, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she’s truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed.


Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas Grey, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.

Goodreads Summary:
Ruby's world has changed more than she ever could have imagined. She's in love with a powerful Frost King. She's the heir to the Fire Throne. And she may be a Nightblood--the spawn of a vengeful deity hellbent on releasing his wraithlike Minax from their prison. Once freed, these beasts will roam the earth, devouring every last person until he or she is nothing but an empty husk. But Ruby is able to control the Minax to a degree, and now she, her beloved Arcus, and her friend Kai must find a way to bring Frostbloods and Firebloods--sworn enemies--together to make a stand against a foe more deadly than any they've faced.


In this heart-pounding finale of Elly Blake's gorgeously written and action-packed Frostblood Saga, the fate of Frostbloods, Firebloods, and all of humanity is at stake.


Friday, October 19, 2018

The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest

Goodreads Summary:
Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs, but their actions have propelled them straight into the ranks of the realm-wide Resistance against Gardnerian encroachment. As the Resistance struggles against the harsh rulings of High Priest Marcus Vogel and the Mage Council, Elloren begins to realize that none of the people she cares about will be safe if Gardneria seizes control of the Western Realm.

With tensions heating up in Verpacia, more and more Gardnerian soldiers continue to descend upon the university…led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the newly rebuilt Fourth Division base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm’s length, Lukas is determined to wandfast to her, convinced that she has inherited her grandmother’s magic—the prophesied power of the Black Witch. As his very nearness seems to awaken a darkness inside her, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she’s truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed.


Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas Grey, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.

My Review:
I got through The Iron Flower faster then The Black Whitch, which I didn't think was possible. I was so drawn into this world that I couldn't quit reading after I started. I was revealed when I realized the second book in this series was out. It picks up right where the Black Witch left off. The world is in a very unstable place. No where is safe for Elloren's friends anymore. The world is about to explode into war. Loyalties will be tested, friendships pushed to their limits, and loved ones will die. Which side will Elloren fall on?

Some serious stuff goes down in this book. People are out of control and because of that bad things happen. The scene where one of her friends is brutishly attacked was heart breaking. I actually cried while reading that part. It was so horrible. There were a few deaths that just rip your heart open. The true power of war is portrayed well. It is done in such a way that you truly feel for these characters. It felt so real and created vivid pictures in my mind almost as if I was watching a movie. Such great writing!

I'm not sure Elloren is in a love triangle. I think there is a definite favorite. Her aunt is pushing her to fast with Lukas and she is playing dirty. Lukas is 100% on board with fasting to Elloren. Lukas is a difficult character to read. I am honestly not sure where his loyalties lie. I think he is with the army and the Gardnerian's but, to an extent. I think Elloren is breaking through his tough outer skin. It will be interesting to see where this relationship goes in the books to come.

I still love Yvan! He is perfect for Elloren and she him. However their relationship is forbidden. They do not see a way that either of them can be together that will work. They will always be hunted because of the forbidden nature of their relationship. They do have some cute moments though. I hope that they will find a way.

I think that what this book did was show that no one is immune to war. No one is safe. But also that there are always good and innocence on both sides. Looks can be very deceiving. You need to look at whats beneath and in the hear to truly know someone. There were also a few HUGE revelations at the end that makes waiting unbearable! I am blown away by this series thus far and can not wait for the third book.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Can't-Wait Wedensday


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Title: Kindgom of Ash
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series Number: 7
Release Date: October 23, 2018

Goodreads Summary:
Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.


As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

My Thoughts: 
I ripped through this series in a matter of a couple weeks. I loved it and I am dying to know how this will end for Aelin!!! According to Amazon it is 702 pages and I can't wait to dive into it and finally have the ending! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

Goodreads Summary:
A new Black Witch will rise…her powers vast beyond imagining.

Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.


As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to hate and fear.

My Review:
Elloren is not a regular Gardnerian. Her grandmother was the last Black Witch. To everyone's disappointment Elloren has no access to any magic. Because of this Elloren is allowed to study at the University to become an apothecary like her mother. Unfortunately for Elloren, she has lived a rather sheltered life with her uncle. Because Elloren is the spitting image of her Grandmother things are far more difficult for Elloren. There are a lot of different cultures at University that Elloren has no experience with. Not only that, but her appearance makes here a target of hate whether she has magic or not. There are a lot of predetermined notions of what the other cultures are like and how they are to be treated. Elloren learns quickly that life here will not be as fun as she thought. Especially since she is the target of Evil. Will Elloren be able to look past everything she was brought up to know as truth? 

Relationships are quite different in this world. The author does a great job at describing all the different religions/cultures and how they view love. Unfortunately for Ellorens people, they are forced to fast to men they may not love and relationships are solely for producing children, not love. Elloren has a very hard time with this as her aunt, a very politically powerful Mage, is pushing her to fast to Lukas Grey. He is a good political match but, could she grow to love him? At this point I am honestly not sure. I see her with someone else but, I do not know if this relationship will be possible as it "crosses lines". Lukas is a very powerful Level Five mage, attractive, and very highly thought of. Elloren has a hard time because she doesn't know him. If she chooses to follow her heart then she will be in serious trouble, disowned even. Choosing her heart may not even be an option.

This book also had one of the best quotes of all time: 
"Real education doesn't make your life easy. It complicates things and makes everything messy and disturbing. But the alternative, Elloren Gardner, is to live your lie based on injustice and lies." 

Ohhhh so powerful!

There are a number of different characters in this world. They range from elves, Lupines (wolves), Mages, Selkies, and many other races. All with different beliefs. Just like any culture they believe their way is the best way to live. Thus enters the controversy of this book I guess. I was unaware of this when I read this book. To me it is a fictional story that brings in issues of racism and people thinking they are better then others. Elloren gets sucked in a bit to prejudice but I think she is coming around. I still enjoyed this story very much and read the book rather quickly. I have already started reading the next book.

I am really enjoying this story. Things are starting to get out of hand. I have a glimmer of hope that Elloren will find a way to access her magic and do what is right rather then what is currently happening. I think her group could change the world and I have high hopes for them. Time will tell as the story progresses. I highly recommend this book. Don't let the controversy deter you. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas

Goodreads Summary
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her ... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.


Then one of the other contestants turns up dead ... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

My Review:
Above I listed the synopsis of the first book. However this review covers the first six books. I read them so fast and one right after the other that it is all just one big story in my mind now. This series was enthralling. I am so sad that I waited so long to read it. On the other hand it allowed me to read book after book which was very nice. The last book in the series comes out this month so I figured it was time to do the review. 

I absolutely loved this series. I ripped through it probably as fast as I read through the Harry Potter books. I was sucked in and couldn't put them down. Celaena is the main character and she has had a horrible and trying life. She is a teenager but, very much an adult. She has been on her own since her parents were killed and forced to be much older then she was. She is an assassin and a good one at that. We meet her when she is basically in prison and "rescued" by Prince Dorian to be the champion in a horrible battle for the King. After that things get crazy! Celaena is definitely more then she appears. Things are about to change drastically for her and not all of them for the better. 

The world building is very intricate. We get multiple points of view from a few core characters. How their stories weave together is simply brilliant. I could not put these books down and I bet I read them all within a couple weeks. It is an intricate world full of pain and love. I have never been so interested in all the characters in a story before. Literally, I enjoyed every characters entry. Surprisingly even the witch. I am excited just typing about this right now. Simply put, I love these characters! This story builds and not one part is boring. The magic is awesome, the soldiers are awesome, I really grew to love the witches. I laughed and cried my way through these books. 

There are a number of love interests for Celaena, however the one she ends up with is by far my favorite. I really enjoyed the slow burn of these two. They are perfect for each other. Even if it took them a while to realize this. So much happens in this story that it is hard to incorporate love when their is a giant insane war brewing. It was delicately done. 

The last book, Kingdom of Ash, releases on October 23rd and I can not wait! There was a book in the series I have not read yet. It deviates from the main characters and includes only Chaol's story, it takes place at the same time as Empire of Storms. I am not sure if I am going to read this one before the last book comes out or not. Have you guys read it? Is it worth reading since it is only Chaol's story? I can not wait to see how this series will end. I am dying to get the last book!!!


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

Goodreads Summary:
Natasha’s sure that her friends love her. But does that mean they didn’t try to kill her? Natasha is the most popular girl in school. So why was she pulled out of a freezing river after being dead for thirteen minutes? She doesn’t remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she does know this—it wasn’t an accident, and she wasn’t suicidal. Now Natasha’s two closest friends, who are usually her loyal sidekicks, are acting strangely. NAtasha turns to Becca, the best friend she dumped years before, to help her figure out the mystery. At first Becca isn’t sure that she even wants to help Natasha. But as she is drawn back into Natasha’s orbit, Becca starts putting the pieces together. As an outsider, Becca belaives she may be the only one who can uncover the truth...which is far more twisted than she ever imagined.



My Review:
This was an intense read. Becca hasn’t been in the in crowd for a while. She is ok with her life now. She has a friend in Hannah and Aiden her boyfriend. When something terrible happens to her old best friend. She is tested. Is her ex friend Tasha worthy of her help and sympathy? After renewing their friendship can they work together to figure out what happened to Tasha that dreadful night she died in the river? One thing is for sure, nothing is as it seems. Manipulation is in full effect and no one should be trusted.

I really enjoyed Becca, for the most part. Her parts of the story were my favorite to read. This book goes back and forth between a few people and sometimes diary entries and policy notes. I think that added a lot of dimension to the story and characters. Becca and Hannah were probably the only two I really liked. Tasha...I didn’t like her. The entire story I didn’t like her. She is a horrible person plain and simple. I can’t say I was surprised her “friends” did what they did. Aiden was an interesting character in the background. Hannah I truly felt for. Poor girl was innocent and caught in the crossfire.

The plot was so fun. I loved the intrigue and suspense. Can I just say that high school was bad. Social media has just added to the difficulty in the lives of young people now. I am glad I didn’t have any of that when I was growing up. Kids are absolutely brutal. Females especially. Watch out, people can be destroyed online. Becca was also caught in the middle of this crap storm. So much happened. I was satisfied with the conclusion, or what I thought was the conclusion. Then I looked and I was only at like 75% sooo yea, things get crazy fast.

Be prepared to have your mind completely blown. The end of this book will leave you realing! I finished it and was like...o...m...g. That did not just all happen. I love when a book has the ability to take me completely off guard. I was so sucked in that I couldn’t put it down. I will definely be reading more from this author.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Wishlist Wenesday


Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.



Title: Restore Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series Number: 4
Release Date: March 6, 2018

Goodreads Summary: 
Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single tough—and snow she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who wil she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

My Thoughts:
I loved this series so much. I was sad when it ended. I did not know there was going to b a 4th book until recently and I am so excited to get back to this world! Also this cover is stunning! This series has amazing covers, it is why I bought physical books and not ebooks.


Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!


I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday!

Back This Time...Really




Hello Everyone,
I have had some issues in my personal life that have prevented me from giving the time to my blog that I want. I am hoping to now be able to get back into it. First things first, I need to read some books. I haven’t read anything in months. I know...it’s terrible I am going to start up again. Anything you think I should start with?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Audio Books: Yay or Nay


I have never listened to an audiobook. I know some people are very into them, I just never have been. I'm so busy with work right now that I am considering listening to a book on the commute and on breaks. I am curious what everyone else thinks. Have you listened to audiobooks? Do you enjoy them? Should I give it a try?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Goodreads Summary:
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.





My Review:
I picked this one up after I saw the movie trailer. Not going to lie, I hadn't heard of it before then. I was intriged with the movie trailer and thought I'd better read the book first. I am glad I did. Everything Everything was a fun and fast read. It was very well written. You could really feel how hard it was for Madeline to never leave the house. I can't imagine that, especially for a teenager. The best way to describe this book is cute. Madeline and Olly were soooo cute. They way he courted her was perfect. They basically fell for each other with minimal contact which is a not normal. Will Olly and Madeline ever have a normal relationship or will her disease make it impossible?

I really enjoyed Olly. He didn't have a normal life either. Not quite like Madeline's but, he had his own demons to deal with too. He managed to be much more grown up then he should have to be. I think he was perfect for Madeline. A lot happened for a teenager who couldn't leave her house. Their relationship was adorable!

I really liked Clara too. She is Madeline's nurse and I felt she added a lot to the story. Her views on Madeline's illness and he way she helped her when things got bad was amazing. I like to think it was more then just because she was a nurse. She cared for Madeline as if she was her own child and that is hard to find.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick fun read and I would recommend it to anyone. I would have liked a little more elaboration on the end. Like ok now what happens?!?! Alas there was no more and my mind is left to wonder. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.


Title: Till Death 
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series Number: 1
Release Date: February 28, 2017

Goodreads Summary:
In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it. . . 

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

My Thoughts:
A serial killer/murder/romance by one of my favorite authors!! Yes please! I have said it before and will say it again. I will read anything this woman writes! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Finding Kyle by Sawyer Bennett

Goodreads Summary:
When you’ve lived your life as a criminal… 
When you’ve done unspeakable things … 
When your soul has become dark and stained… 

The path to redemption begins where you least expect it. 

Kyle Sommerville is in hiding and doesn’t want to be found by anyone. Certainly not by his quirky, free-spirited neighbor who’s managed to push her way past the walls he’s built around him. But Jane Cresson’s indomitable will and insatiable curiosity about her reclusive neighbor makes it impossible for Kyle to stay immersed in his dark world. 

Little by little, she claws through his shell. 
Day by day, she gets him to smile a little more. 
Night by night, they both find pleasure they never knew existed. 


When Kyle’s terrible past is exposed, Jane begins to think she’s in over her head. Can her love for this broken man finally clear his path to redemption, or will Kyle’s darkness extinguish every bit of hope she’s put into him?

My Review:
I have to start out by saying. I loved Jane! She was a great female character! She was a super sweet person with a great personality. I loved all of her movie quotes. I can see how she could really mess with Kyle. She lives a quite safe life on a teachers salary. She is an amazing artist and an all around great neighbor. Kyle is not prepared for her. She really dug her heals into the ground when she wanted him. What Jane doesn't know is that Kyle isn't really who he says he is. He has a pretty sorted past. A past that he must keep secret or he will put his life and everyone he cares about at risk. 

I loved how Jane not so subtly goes after Kyle. He pushes her away pretty hard but, Jane is relentless. She is so attracted to his bad boy exterior. They have a chemistry even if it isn't always a two way street. Kyle tries very hard to keep Jane away but, he has very little luck. She knows what she wants. It take longer then I wanted for Kyle to show some positive feelings towards Jane but, it does happen. He needs someone like her more then he knows. His past has left Kyle broken and he's not the man he used to be. Jane could be the missing piece that puts Kyle back together again. 

I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick fun read. It was a fun romantic read and one of my favorite from Sawyer Bennett thus far. It's time to start picking up her books!

Monday, February 20, 2017

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Goodreads Summary:
Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.


Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

My Review:
I guess it was naive of me to think that the journey to Kauf would be a big easier for Laia and Elias. The journey was full of danger, lies, and death. I never thougth that everyone would survive this journey but, I was not prepared for all the sacrifices that were made. No one will be the same if they make it through this. Friendships and loyalty will be tested. Can Elias and Laia rescue Darin? Is he even alive? Can Helene actually kill Elias? So much intrigue! I was on the edge of my seat with the end of each chapter. 

There were a lot of reviews that appeared to not enjoy Helene's new chapters in this one. I personally loved them. It was very interesting to see what was going on inside the Empire while Elias and Laia were on the run. There was a massive amount of internal conflict for Helene. Helene went through so many terrible things. She is broken now and everyone is at risk. She is going to get her revenge and everyone who has wronged her should be afraid...very afraid. 

Elias...oh how I just love him. I wanted him and Laia together so much! They had so many beautiful moments. There is a cloud between them...well 2 actually. Keenan for one. A thorn in my side that boy is. I have never liked him. I figured a journey across the desert would be more romantic however they aren't alone often and Elias has a lot to deal with. I still have high hopes. With everything that's happened I am uncertain of anyone's future. 

I am very sad that I have to wait until 2018 sometime for the next book in the series. That is way to long! I am invested in these characters and need to know what is going to happen with 2 more books planned. I am glad I picked this series up. It lived up to the hype and I was worried it wouldn't. So now I play the looooooong waiting game for the next book.

I'm Back!


Hello Everyone!! 
I know, it's been a crazy long time since I blogged. I have had some issues in my life that kept me from blogging. What's important is that I am back! I am hoping to have more time to blog in the upcoming months. I have missed it a lot. My job has been so crazy and I have went down in hours to keep myself sane. Therefore I now have some "me time" back for the things I love. One of those is blogging. Reviews will start again! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016



Book Tour: LOVE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS by J.C. Reed

My Review:
All I  an say after this one is I NEED MORE! I loved this short story. It is just a glimpse into what is sure to be a great series. I loved Kade and Vicky. They find themselves in a situation they never thought they would be in or needed. This is just part one and just scratched the surface of these characters. will Kade and Vicky get through rehab?! I can't wait to find out.

Kade and Vicky are pretty much the polar opposites of each int he love department. Kade is a wild man  who is very skilled in the sheets. While Vicky is a romantic. You couldn't get anymore opposites attract here. I feel like Vicky's heart is more on the line here but, its to early to tell! 

I am anxiously awaiting the next installment. Part one just kind of ended and I was like NOOO!I am a huge fan of these quick reads that suck you in and you can read in one sitting. I just love them. So keep them coming please!

From New York Times bestselling author J.C. Reed and Jackie Steele comes a hot, new romantic comedy...


Kade Wright is an expert in rocking any woman's world. Sexy, rich, and the type you don’t bring home to meet your mother, he has broken more hearts than he can remember, and there is no end in sight. Until one mistake lands him in boiling hot waters. When his company orders him to the LOVE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS Rehab Center, he better get his affairs in order or else he loses his seat on the company board.

Love isn’t supposed to be addictive.

But for Vicky Sullivan it is.
A true romantic at heart, she comes with a bit of a stalking tendency, and is completely not adverse to commitment. But who’s Kade to judge? As someone who’s seeking commitment and afraid of never finding love, she’s the type of woman he wouldn’t usually hit on. Except, she’s hot and keeps avoiding him…yes, even after seeing his private parts naked in all their glory.
Kade isn’t known as the tall, dark and ruthless businessman for no reason. Romance isn’t in the air, more like wild between the sheets action with no expectations. Vicky’s convinced she can resist, but Kade has other plans for her.

Can Vicky stay away from the one man who seems so easy to get and so hard to keep?

Note: This ends in a cliffhanger. This sexy romantic comedy is the first part of a three-part series of novellas between 25k and 35k words each. Parts Two and Three will be released within the next few weeks. A story you don't want your nan to read! Told from alternate point of view, it will have you blushing hard and laughing out loud. 
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AUTHOR INFO
J.C. Reed is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She writes steamy contemporary romance with a touch of mystery and suspense. When she's not typing away on her keyboard, forgetting the world around her, you can find her chatting with her readers on Facebook.




    Meet Jackie Steele
Jackie Steele is a USA Today Bestselling author and a true romantic at heart. Whether reading or writing, Jackie loves dark, emotional stories that twist with your head and take you on a journey. As an ever romantic, she believes in happy endings and true love in all forms, which is reflected in all of her books.
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