Monday, July 16, 2018

Release Day "Redemption by S. Nelson"

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How do you protect someone from the darkness when that’s all you know?
I tried to convince her to run from me.
I tried everything I knew to make her despise me, but she never faltered, pushing back at every turn.

Mason Maxwell resigned himself to a life of loneliness, forced into a world he didn’t want in order to save his sister, the only living family he had left.  And while his life was desolate, it was simple. Until he met her.
Taking care of her sick mother, Lila Stone found herself unemployed.  Again. But a chance encounter with a stranger presented the perfect opportunity.  Her single reservation… her new boss.

He’s gorgeous.
He’s arrogant and rude.
And he’s hiding a dark secret.

Will Lila live by his rules and finally unravel the mystery that is Mason Maxwell?
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S. Nelson grew up with a love of reading and a very active imagination, never putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard until 2013.. 
Her passion to create was overwhelming and within a few months she’d written her first novel, Stolen Fate. 
When she isn’t engrossed in creating one of the many stories rattling around inside her head, she loves to read and travel as much as she can. 
She lives in the Northeast with her husband and two dogs, enjoying the ever changing seasons.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Review: "Burn by Suzanne Wright"

Part of a small demon lair in North Las Vegas, tattooist Harper Wallis lives a pretty simple life. That changes overnight when she discovers that her psychic mate, or ‘anchor’, is a guy who’s rumored to be the most powerful demon in existence. Compelling, full of secrets and armed with raw sexuality, Knox Thorne is determined to claim her as his anchor, creating a psychic bond that will prevent their inner demons from ever turning rogue. The billionaire also wants Harper in his bed. She’s not so sure she wants either of those things. No one seems to know what breed of demon Knox is, only that he’s more dangerous than anything she’s ever before encountered. But he refuses to walk away. And when an unknown danger starts closing in on Harper, it seems that Knox is the only one who can keep her safe. 

As Prime of his Las Vegas lair and a successful businessman, Knox Thorne is used to being in control. He’s also used to people fearing and obeying him. Harper does neither, which unexpectedly amuses him. Unpredictable, elusive, and complex, she draws Knox and his inner demon like nothing ever has. Knox is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Harper. He’ll have her, and he’ll keep her safe from the threat that looms over her. Because Knox protects what’s his. He won’t allow anyone to take her from him. Even if it will mean letting the demon inside him rise and wreak the havoc it was created to make.

Title: Burn (Dark in You #1)
Author: Suzanne Wright
Publisher: Piatkus
Amount of Pages: 384
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Date Read:1st: 17-06-2017 - 18-06-2017. 2nd: 13-07-2018 - 14-07-2018

Favorite Quote: “I just think that if someone has a problem with me, well it’s their problem to deal with. Why should I feel bad about it? I’m not responsible for what other people do or don’t feel.”

This is my second time reading this book and I like it as much as I did the first time. It feels like the first time reading it. 
I really like this story because it is well developed. It has great characters and the world building is good. I liked a different take on demons and I found it really interesting. I liked all the type of different demons. 

What is this book about:
This book is about tattoo artist Harper. Harper lives a good live, she has a successful shop and she loves her family and friends. 
When she meets the famous, powerful and intimidation Nox Thorne she didn't expect him to be her anchor. She didn't expect to be so attracted to him, and she most definitely didn't think it would be the same for him. You see Nox has quite a reputation and Harper is sure he will grow tired of her and leave. 
Nox isn't somebody that is walking away from something he considers his, and he most definitely considers Harper his. 
He didn't think he'd ever like a person that's defying him at every turn, he didn't expect her to surprise him as much as she does. And he most definitely didn't expect his demon to grow attached to her.
Things are getting weird in Las Vegas. Someone isn't happy about Harper and Nox's relationship. They are trying their hardest to get rid of her. 
As if that isn't enough someone is trying to over through the current system and take control of all the demons in the US. 

What did I liked about this book
I really like Harper. I liked how she can take care of herself. I like her wit. She's really funny. I also liked that she didn't give into Nox every whim and stood her ground. 
I like Nox, he is hot as sin and very interesting.

I liked all the side characters, they are very entertaining and play a very important role to the story. They really add something to the story. 


Review: "Me Before You by Jojo Moyes"

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Penguin Books 
Amount of Pages: 412
Genre: Romance 

Date Read: 11-07-2018 - 13-07-2018

Favorite Quote: “Some mistakes... Just have greater consequences than others. But you don't have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.” 

“You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

I knew this book would be emotional. I bawled my eyes out watching the movie. So I was prepared for that. What I wasn't prepared for that even though I knew where this would go that it would still smack me in the face as hard as it did. 
This is a very emotional, real, raw, stunning read. It really puts certain things into perspective. 

For the people wondering if they should read this book after seeing the movie, my answer would be yes. The movie stayed very close to the book. The book just had more detail and more a few more events that weren't in the movie. If you loved the movie and would like to see a bit more about the characters then I suggest you read this book. 

What is this book about:
This book is about Louisa Clark. She has lived in the same town her entire live. She hasn't been anywhere besides her little town and she likes it like that. Or so she things. 
She lives with her parents, sister and her kid and her grandfather. They don't have the most money in the world. Her family relies on Lou's and her fathers income. After Lou loses her job she has to find some place else to work. 
She ends up getting a job for the wealthy Will Treynor. After an accident a few years ago he is left unable to move anything below his chest. He's a quadriplegic. She is to work for him for 6 months and basically be his companion during the day. Making sure he has the help he needs. 
As they grow closer and closer Lou learns that there was a reason her contract was limited to six months....

What did I like about this book:
I liked the banter between Will and Lou. They are both very funny. Will is so sarcastic and I like that. It really made me laugh. 
What I liked about this book is that it makes you question your own morals. It will make you think about what you would do when put in a situation like that, either will's situation, Lou's or Will's parents. 
It was hard because I supported his decision, i understood why he choose what he did. It still hurt because I grew attached. 

I am glad that I finally read this book. I wouldn't have picked it if I didn't pick it blindly from my to read jar. I'm glad that I did because it made me read something I wouldn't pick up as quickly compared to other books. And it helped me cross of a book that has been on my TBR for a while 


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Review "The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli"

In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

Title: The Last Namsara (Iskari #1)
Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
Publisher: Hachette 
Amount of Pages: 421
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Date Read: 10-07-2018 - 11-07-2018

Favorite Quote: “Iskari let others define her because she thought she didn't have a choice. Because she thought she was alone and unloved.”

I found it a very interesting book. It's the first book I've read that was about dragons so I was excited to read it. And I do admit, I also bought it because of the cover. It's so pretty, it really caught my eye. 

What is this book about:
So this book is about Asha, who is also called Iskari. She is a dragon hunters and she kills dragons for her father, the king. 8 years ago Asha broke the law and told the old stories, those old stories attract dragons. And in this case it caught the attention of the first one. Things didn't go well and Asha half her body got burned. Not only that but the city she lived in was attacked and many people died. 
In order to be forgiven Asha does whatever her father tells her to. Whether she wants to or not. One things she definitely doesn't want to do is to get married to the abusive arrogant captain of her fathers army. 
One day she meets her "betrothed" slave. He doesn't seem scared of her, he seems to look her in the eye and this irks her a bit. You see there are strict laws, the slaves can't touch her, can't look at her and they are all scared of her, so why not him? 

What did I like about this book:
I think this is an amazing debut for the author. Very well done. 
I liked the dragons and I liked the old stories. I liked how everything played out. I liked that eventhough I didn't like Asha much, there was enough there to keep me interested. She showed enough of Asha to see that there was more to her. 
How Asha behaved toward those she felt where lesser is something that I didn't like much . I didn't like how the people where treated and called slaves etc. But what I did like is seeing her change her views, realizing it was wrong and that she was wrong. I could tell she was struggling to change the views she was raised on but she did do it. 
I liked the "slave" Torwin, he was a good guy. I like that he wasn't afraid and more daring. I liked how he helped her and helped change Asha. 
I feel like the Asha we saw in the beginning wasn't her true self. It was the person she thought she should be. Underneath was a lonely girl that thought very little of herself. 

Overall I enjoyed reading this book. I'm interested to see where the story leads. But after I learned that the next one isn't going to be focused on Asha and in her Pov makes me hesitate a bit. I don't feel like her story is wrapped up yet, nor that it was set up to change pov but who knows. 


Review "Still Live with Strings by L.H. Cosway"

My name is Jade Lennon and I stand still for money. The night I saw Shane Arthur watching me everything changed. A man in a suit always catches my eye, but it was the way he looked at me that was different. Like he knew me or something. He didn't know me, especially not in my costume. My sobriety rests on staying away from men, but there was something about him that made me throw caution to the wind. After all, I was never going to see him again, right? Wrong. Standing still isn't the only way I make my money. I also bartend at a concert hall. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Shane was going to show up there. Not only that, but he's the most recent addition to the orchestra. So now on a daily basis I have to resist one of the most beautiful men I've ever met and he plays the violin. For me that's one hell of a deadly cocktail. He wants me to teach him how to live. I'm not sure how much a twenty-six year old recovering alcoholic who works in a bar and moonlights as a living statue can teach a world class concert violinist, but I'm sure going to try.

Title: Still Live With Strings
Author: L.H. Cosway
Publisher: Creatspace
Amount of Pages: 389
Genre Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Music

Date Read: 09-07-2018

Favorite Quote: “We all see a lot when we decide to truly look."

I liked this book. It was a nice story. I did have a hard time with all the classical music lingo going on. But it was fun when I did know what piece they were talking about. 

What is this book about:
This book is about recovering alcoholic Jade and classical violin prodigy Shane author. The two meet one night right outside the concerthal Jade works. Jade is a living statue (and a bartender) and was standing outside of the concerthal. They chat for a bit and have a ver kinky encounter in a dark ally (you know what I mean) They didn't expect to see each other again but they do, the very next day. 
Jade is against having a relationship, eventhough she likes and is attracted to Shane, she says no. What she does say yes to is being friends with Shane and yes against a rather odd request. You see Shane doesn't have many friends and he had a secluded childhood, besides that some bad thing happened in his past and he wants to learn how to live. He thinks Jade is the right woman for the job.
Will Jade be able to deny the chemistry and attraction she feels around Shane? 

What did I like about this book:
I liked the setting, I found that interesting. I liked the relationship between Shane and Jade. Its not something I see often in books. Meaning Jade comes across as a more social girl and Shane is more socially awkward. He seems very soft and kind, unless it was sex and dirty talk, the man has a way with words then. 
I likes seeing more and more of them, seeing more layers of their personality. They changed the view I had of them when I first started reading. 

I also liked she side characters. They were very entertaining. 
Over all I liked reading this book but I didn't love it. I couldn't relate to the activities the characters where doing. It was a bit too free spirited for my liking. 

A thing that did bug me though is that Jade was the guardian for her two younger siblings (a brother 15 I thing, and sister 17), while she also had an elder brother? Why didn't her bother became their guardian? 


Cover Reveal "The Gathering by L.A. Fiore"

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Title: The Gathering
Author: L.A. Fiore
Genre: Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Thriller 
Release Date: September 14, 2018
Cover Designer: Melissa Stevens, The Illustrated Author
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Words like unnatural and impure started the whispers.

From the very beginning, Ivy Blackwood was different. She was only a child when she was accused of setting the fire, one she passively watched engulf the small house she had called home. Her fingertips burned and her hair singed. Some who watched her crossed themselves, convinced she was soulless for she showed no emotion at all. Calm and dispassionate, even when the screaming started that quickly turned to bellows of agony before dying into nothing but the roaring of the fire.

She was locked away where she couldn’t bring harm to herself or others. To all involved, they had protected the world from a monster, but sometimes things are not what they seem.
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LA Fiore is a hybrid author of thirteen novels. She believes in a happily ever after, but she likes to make her readers work for it. When she's not writing, she can usually be found in the garden or hanging on the deck with her family and friends. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband and two kids and their four fur babies.
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