Jan 23, 2018

Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding Hearts
by Alyxandra Harvey

Book: The Drake Chronicles #4
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Pub Date: December 2011
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Print
Source: Borrowed
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The Drakes and friends will be tested when an infestation of deadly vampires threatens Violet Hill.

Lucy's cousin Christabel has come to live in Violet Hill, and adjusting to the difference between life in a small mountain town and her home in the city is difficult enough. The strict curfew that Lucy's parents enforce is the worst part. Something really dangerous couldn't possibly happen in this tiny town.
But Christabel has noticed some mysterious happenings, and it seems like Lucy, her boyfriend Nicholas and his brother Connor are all in on a secret that Christabel doesn't understand—one that seems deadly serious. Although she won't admit it, Christabel would love to be in on any secret with Connor Drake. But when she is kidnapped by the ruthless Hel-Blar vampires, Christabel must cause more and more trouble in Violet Hill, Lucy and Connor finally fill Christabel in on all the undead drama. Together, they must find a way to stamp out the Hel-Blar for good.

My Review: After reading this book, I'm back into this series. After reading the last book, I wasn't sure if I would be able to jump back into the series. 

Right now Lucy is a cool chick who goes to school and happens to be the only human there too. She can kick butt and just happens to be dating one of the Drake boys. Yup, right now all is good, except for the Hel-Blar make their way to Violet Hill and threatens everything. 

During what was supposed to be a good night on the beach, it ended up being anything but that. Lucy and her cousin Christabel are off to the beach to have a good night. Lucy with her boyfriend and Christabel hopefully without a book. It all goes south when there is an attack. 

As the story goes on, things begin to heat up. Another Drake boy possibly falling for a human, a kidnapping, secrets revealed. It ended perfectly with you wanting more. I will definitely be diving into the next book soon! 


My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪

Jan 22, 2018

Weekly Spotlight - Amber House


Amber House
"I was sixteen the first time my grandmother died . . ."

Sarah Parsons has never seen Amber House, the grand Maryland estate that's been in her family for three centuries. She's never walked its hedge maze nor found its secret chambers; she's never glimpsed the shades that haunt it, nor hunted for lost diamonds in its walls.

But all of that is about to change. After her grandmother passes away, Sarah and her friend Jackson decide to search for the diamonds--and the house comes alive. She discovers that she can see visions of the house's past, like the eighteenth-century sea captain who hid the jewels, or the glamorous great-grandmother driven mad by grief. She grows closer to both Jackson and a young man named Richard Hathaway, whose family histories are each deeply entwined with her own. But when the visions start to threaten the person she holds most dear, Sarah must do everything she can to get to the bottom of the house's secrets, and stop the course of history before it is cemented forever.



Amber House: Neverwas
"I was sixteen the second time I had my first kiss...."

At the end of AMBER HOUSE, Sarah made a choice that transformed everything--and now she must choose it all again.

Things are very different--better--for Sarah and her family: her Aunt Maggie grew up; her parents are happily married; her grandmother died after a long, productive and respected life. But other things are different too, and not for the better.

After growing up in the free country of the Pacific Northwest, Sarah Parsons has settled in at Amber House, the stately Maryland home that's been in her family for generations. But the world surrounding the House feels deeply wrong to Sarah. It's a place where the colonists lost the 1776 Insurrection, where the American Confederation of States still struggles with segregation, and where Sarah is haunted by echoes of a better world that she knows never existed.

Her friend Jackson shares these visions of a different world--and together, they manage both to remember the way things ought to be, and to plan a daring mission that will reset the universe once again. Sarah must figure out what has changed, and why, and how she can fix it--how she can find her way to another otherwhen


Jan 19, 2018

Breaking the Ice

Breaking the Ice
by Julie Cross

Book: Juniper Falls #2
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub Date: December 2017
Genre: New Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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The second book in the Juniper Falls series from NY Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Julie Cross, perfect for fans of Miranda Kenneally and Abbi Glines.

Haley Stevenson seems like she’s got it all together: cheer captain, “Princess” of Juniper Falls, and voted Most Likely to Get Things Done. But below the surface, she’s struggling with a less-than-stellar GPA and still reeling from the loss of her first love. Repeating her Civics class during summer school is her chance to Get Things Done, not angst over boys. In fact, she’s sworn them off completely until college.

Fletcher Scott is happy to keep a low profile around Juniper Falls. He’s always been the invisible guy, warming the bench on the hockey team and moonlighting at a job that would make his grandma blush. Suddenly, though, he’s finding he wants more: more time on the ice, and more time with his infuriatingly perfect summer-school study partner. 

But leave it to a girl who requires perfection to shake up a boy who’s ready to break all the rules.

My Review: Loved the second book! This time its all about Haley and Fletcher. 
  
Haley is the princess, top cheerleader, she seems to have it all and she would if she didn't have to be in summer school. Yep, her grades aren't as stellar as she is. But she sure can get Fletcher's attention by just the tap of her pen. Perhaps that would teach Fletcher not to attend class hungover. 

It was never Fletcher's plan to get close to Haley. He was going to put in a good word for his cousin. Next thing you know, Fletcher wants more than just being her partner in class. As they learn more about each other, their flame starts to grow and its undeniable what they have. 

As I've read these two books, the characters only get better. I love how realistic they are so that many people can relate and fall in love with the characters and story even more.

I cannot wait until the next one!


My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪

The Inheritance


The Inheritance Mika Lane
Publication date: February 6th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance
Life was good. I was tending bar, making enough to get by, paying my rent, and enjoying the occasional cocktail with my best friend gay boyfriend, Matty. And then I got the call. One of my customers had passed. The one who we nicknamed “Grandpa,” who’d watch us for hours from his seat at the bar, sucking on the same beer, never leaving a tip.
For some reason the old coot left me his estate. Huh? He looked like the last person in the world to have an “estate.” Well, did your mother ever tell you not to judge a book by its cover?
And thanks to good old Grandpa, it looks like I may never have to work again.
But of course there’s a catch. There’s always a catch. I only get Grandpa’s money if I’m 25 years old (check), and married (not checked; not by a landslide). And–I only have 30 days to pull this off.
I didn’t see how I could make it happen, until four eligible bachelors waltzed into my life. Then, I had a whole different set of problems…



Author Bio:
Writing has been a passion of Mika’s since a young age (her first book was "The Day I Ate the Milkyway"), but erotic romance is now what gives purpose to her days and nights. She lives in magical Northern California with her own handsome alpha dude, sometimes known as Mr. Mika Lane, and an evil cat named Bill. A devotee of the intelligent and beautiful, and lover of shiny things, she’s a yogi, hiker, traveler, thinker, observer, and book worm. She has been known to drink cheap champagne and has way too many shoes.
A National Reader's Choice Awards finalist, Mika always deliver a hot, sexy romp, often with imperfect characters, and a promised happily ever after (or at least happy for now).
She LOVES to hear from readers, and can be found at www.mikalane.com, and facebook.com/mikalaneauthor, when she's not dreaming up naughty tales to share.


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Jan 18, 2018

RECOVERED






From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes RECOVERED, a standalone contemporary romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night! Check out the amazing cover below, and order your copy today!






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About RECOVERED (Coming 3/27/18):

It was hate at first sight...

Affton

I hated Cable James McCaffrey.

He was entitled, spoiled, a user…and an addict.

He was out of control and didn’t bother trying to hide it.

He had everything anyone could want but still seemed miserable and lost.

Every move he made, every mistake he stumbled his way through, rubbed me the wrong way. However, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to save him from himself when no one else would. In the sweltering heat of the summer, Cable taught me that having it all means nothing if you can’t have the one thing you want more than anything else.

Cable

I was obsessed with Affton Reed.

She was rigid, uptight, and no fun. There was something about her innate goodness that called to me.

She acted like she was above all the normal faults and failures that clung to the rest of us like the scent of smoke after a fire.

I was infatuated with her, but that didn’t stop me from acting like she didn’t exist.

In the scorching heat of summer, Affton taught me that there is always a way back from the brink of despair. She showed me that the trick to having it all was realizing that it was already there, in my hands. All I had to do was hold onto it.

The road to recovery is full of twists and turns no matter who is in the driver’s seat.










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Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

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Jan 16, 2018

Out for Blood

Out for Blood
by Alyxandra Harvey 

Book: The Drake Chronicles #3
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Pub Date: November 1, 2010
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Print
Source: Borrowed
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Hunter Wild is the youngest in a long line of elite vampire hunters, a legacy that is both a blessing and a curse at the secret Helios-Ra Academy, where she excels at just about everything. Thanks to her friendship with Kieran Black, Hunter receives a special invitation to attend the coronation of Helena Drake, and for the first time, she sees the difference between vampires that must be hunted and vampires that can become friends-or even more. When students at the academy fall victim to a mysterious illness, Hunter suspects they are under attack from within. She will need someone she can trust to help her save the future of Helios-Ra . . . help that shockingly comes in the form of Quinn Drake, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire. Who said senior year would be easy?

My Review: There was just something about this book that I couldn't really get into. The first two books I loved, but this one took a dip for me. 

The Drakes are trying to get everything ready for the coronation, however, it's not going so well right now.  They are getting over an attack, Helena about to be come the new Queen, and now another attack happens right in their home. But never doubt Helena, she can handle herself and says just that when her husband and kids try to protect her. 

While they clean up that mess, Quinn is arriving at their home. From there one of the Drake boys takes and interest in her. However, around this point in the book, I just couldn't move on. The story was slow and not grabbing my attention. 

Hoping the next book drags me back into this world!


My Rating:
✪✪

Jan 15, 2018

Weekly Spotlight - An Elemental Short

  “Being an author isn't just about making money or hitting the Amazon Bestsellers list, it's about the positive impact you and your stories make in peoples lives. Even if it's just one person.” 



Goddess of Fire: Burn 
Even water burns if the fire is hot enough . . . 

Kenina, the fire goddess of Osarious, seems to have it all—a pampered life, the power to burn down a city, and a father who reigns over the other gods, but deep inside the flame, Kenina feels trapped. As her arranged marriage to Neveresis, a water god, draws nearer, she has no choice but to flee the immortal world to escape the commitment, even if it means disappearing into a world she despises.

Together with Sarah, her faithful servant, Kenina crashes into the mortal world, ending up in Nevada, where she and Sarah are taken in by Jack, a mortal who shows Kenina there is much more to life than she thinks, including love.

There’s only one problem, Neveresis refuses to let Kenina go, and he will do anything to reclaim his prized possession, even if it means destroying her and the ones she loves.



Goddess of Fire: Smolder
When the fire doesn’t burn, it smolders . . .

Just as Kenina, the fire goddess of Osarious, is trying to adjust to the mortal world, she is hit with something she never expected—mortal emotions. As her best friend, Sarah, returns to her family, Kenina is lovingly guided through these emotions by Jack, who attempts to not only help her understand them, but also, teaches her to control them. But when, Emily, Jack’s ex-girlfriend shows up, the fire inside Kenina begins to smolder, putting Jack and Kenina’s relationship to the ultimate test.

As if dealing with Emily wasn’t bad enough, Kenina’s father shows up in the mortal world with Neveresis, and Emily becomes the least of her worries. If her father finds out about Jack, he will kill him. Now, her only priority is to save Jack’s life.



Goddess of Fire: Ignite
Fire doesn’t just burn, it ignites . . .

It’s been three weeks since Kenina, the fire goddess of Osarious, was forced out of the mortal world and torn away from Jack, the man she truly loves. Locked in her room in the temple, Kenina has no choice but to wed, Neveresis, the water god she despises. But as the ceremony nears, Sarah, her best friend, comes to her rescue. Sarah uses the hidden tunnels underneath the temple to free Kenina, reuniting her with her beloved Jack. Even though Kenina has managed to flee the temple, it doesn’t mean she has escaped Neveresis.

Kenina, along with Jack and Sarah, are now on the run, desperate to locate a lost portal in the depths of the dark forest. As Neveresis closes in on them, they end up trapped in the forest between his army and mythical creatures they never knew existed. Reaching the portal is their only way out, but it may cost them their lives


Jan 9, 2018

Before She Ignites

Before She Ignites
by Jodi Meadows

Book: Fallen Isles Trilogy 
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Pub Date: September 17, 2017
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Print
Source: Borrowed




Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

After

Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse. 

My Review: DNF.

I have always loved a book by Jodi, but with this book, I couldn't even finish it.  

Mira is supposed to be this amazing person. She has always been told she is special and needs to hold up this perfect image. When in reality, this isn't the life she really wanted. She has anxiety and just wants to be around her dragons. To be normal and enjoy her life. But then a secret ruins everything she knows.

The story starts with Mira counting the steps and she descend down them to the pit. Which is the worst prison anyone could be sent to. While she makes her way down the steps, she is wondering what people are going to say about her absence. Probably make something up to keep the truth under wraps.  Her once perfect and easy life is no more. Her dress will be ruined, she won't be able to bathe in luxury, have any meal she wants. Nothing is going to be the same now that she is behind the prison bars. 

At this point, I wasn't sure how I felt about the book. I didn't know what this secret was. How it was so bad to send her down to the pit. How it could ruin the treaty. What the people are hiding. There was just way too many unanswered questions. By the time I got closer to the end I still wasn't sure how I felt about the book. It wasn't grabbing me like Jodi's other books. So I just didn't finish the book. I'm hoping the next one turns out better than this one. 




My Rating:
✪✪

Jan 8, 2018

Weekly Spotlight - Ann Redisch Stampler Stand Alones

  
 “I hear Dylan rummaging around in the cupboards. "You want a jelly doughnut?It's the only breakfast food I've got."
"No time!I'll just snort the powdered sugar off the top."
"Bad joke, considering who I used to go out with.” 




Where it Began
Gabby Gardiner wakes up in a hospital bed looking like a cautionary ad for drunk driving—and without a single memory of the accident that landed her there. But what she can recall, in frank and sardonic detail, is the year leading up to the crash.

As Gabby describes her transformation from Invisible Girl to Trendy Girl Who Dates Billy Nash (aka Most Desirable Boy Ever), she is left wondering: Why is Billy suddenly distancing himself from her? What do her classmates know that Gabby does not? Who exactly was in the car that night? And why has Gabby been left to take the fall?

As she peels back the layers of her life, Gabby begins to realize that her climb up the status ladder has been as intoxicating as it has been morally complex... and that nothing about her life is what she has imagined it to be. 




Afterparty

Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother -- whose name her dad won't even say out loud. That's why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her...and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she's everything Emma is not.

And it may be more than Emma can handle. 

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It's more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop... 

This explosive, sexy, and harrowing follow-up to Ann Redisch Stampler's spectacular teen debut, Where It Began, reveals how those who know us best can hurt us most.

Jan 4, 2018

Hostage

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Hostage by Skye Warren & Annika Martin
Publication Date: January 30th, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Hostage-hires

I never knew when he’d come to me. Only that he would.
I’d never even kissed a boy the night I met Stone. The night I saw him kill. The night he spared my life. That was only the beginning.
He turns up in my car again and again, dangerous and full of raw power. “Drive,” he tells me, and I have no choice. He’s a criminal with burning green eyes, invading my life and my dreams.
The police say he’s dangerously obsessed with me, but I’m the one who can’t stop thinking about him. Maybe it’s wrong to let him touch me. Maybe it’s wrong to touch him back. Maybe these twisted dates need to stop. Except he feels like the only real thing in my world of designer labels and mansions.
So I drive us under threat, until it’s hard to remember I don’t want to be there.
Until it’s too late to turn back.
HOSTAGE is a dangerous standalone romance by New York Times bestselling authors Skye Warren and Annika Martin. It’s set in the same world as PRISONER, but can read separately!

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Skye Warren
Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.

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Annika Martin
Annika Martin loves fun, dirty stories, hot heroes, and wild, dramatic everything. She enjoys hanging out in Minneapolis coffee shops with her writer husband, and also likes birdwatching at her bird feeder alongside her two stunningly photogenic cats, especially when she should be writing. She’s heavy into running, music, saving the planet, taking long baths, and consuming chocolate suckers. She’s worked a surprisingly large number of waitressing jobs, and has also worked in a plastics factory and the advertising trenches; her garden is total bee-friendly madness and her most unfavorite word is nosh or possibly fob. A NYT bestselling author, she has also written as RITA award-winning author Carolyn Crane.