"She'd lived. Oh, how she'd lived. She hadn't allowed the brutal past to define or mar her. She'd become what she'd chosen, her own design."
I was given an ARC copy of Fury and I adored it!! I put off reading it because I don't have a kindle anymore, and reading on my phone isn't easy but I wish I hadn't waited! I couldn't put it down. My phone and I just moved all over the house, outside, in the car until I couldn't hold my eyes open any longer. Fury was a sort of brutal, raw, and unspoken story, but the very real story of two young adults meeting at the worst moments of their lives but forging an unbreakable bond of survival. I was invested from page one, but the last quarter of the book ripped my heart out. I wanted so much for these two to find their happily ever after, but their world is a gruesome one and things don't usually work out that way. The end was bittersweet, sadness over so much lost time, the happiness of finding one another again, and the unknown of whether they had it in them to make it work after all. This was my first of Cat Porter's books, but definitely not my last....more
The description of Menagerie already had me captivated, and Vincent did not disappoint. I cThis review can also be found at www.thepaperbackaddict.com
The description of Menagerie already had me captivated, and Vincent did not disappoint. I couldn't put it down once I started reading. Menagerie is an urban fantasy, my favorite genre, with fantasy creatures living in the modern world.
Delilah lives with her boyfriend and works as a bank teller since returning home from college. He gives her tickets to the circus to see the Cryptids, fantastical creature/ human hybrids. Not only are each one of them unique characters, they are amazing in their own right, with mermaids, werewolves, shifters, and oracles, among others. While visiting she unintentionally reveals that she is also not human. After being captured and sold to the circus herself she befriends the other cryptids while searching for her own freedom. I can't wait for book 2 which isn't due out until May :(...more
Wow.. I cannot even believe this book. Tarryn Fisher has to be a little twisted to pull offThis review can also be found at www.thepaperbackaddict.com
Wow.. I cannot even believe this book. Tarryn Fisher has to be a little twisted to pull off this kind of writing. How she is able to create the most f'd up character that you still can't help but kind of like, I will never know. Fig is batshit crazy, totally out there. She is convinced that she deserves Jolene's husband, daughter, and life. She befriends the family and works her own agenda with each one of them separately. Bad Mommy is split into three parts, with each part being the first person pov of one of the three main characters. Each part gives you different viewpoints of the crazy. I know that every time I read one of Fisher's books, I'm in for a surprise and Bad Mommy is one of her best yet. ...more
Every now and then you stumble across a book that reminds you of why you fell in love withThis review can also be found at www.thepaperbackaddict.com
Every now and then you stumble across a book that reminds you of why you fell in love with reading in the first place. Six of Crows is one of those books. Bardugo manages in 500 pages to create a world unlike any other, filled with people who despite their criminal profession you can't help but root for. I fell in love with all of them and as I slowly learned each of their backgrounds, how they came to be the person they are, I only loved them more. Bardugo uses an alternating third person point of view so that each of the six main characters contributes their own perceptions. Though Six of Crows is set in the same universe as Bardugo's Grisha series you don't need to read it before starting this one.
"A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who has become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who had become something worse."
All six of these characters are from different parts of their world, different races, and different cultures but trust me when I say that each of these characters has something of their very own that makes you admire them. With that said, Inej and Nina are my very favorites. I can't decide which I like better but for very different reasons. Inej was kidnapped as a young Suli girl and sold into a brothel. Kaz bought her indentured contract and turned her into a lethal ally known as the "the wraith". She longs for the girl she once was and the family she left behind, but she is powerful in her own right, and won't be broken again. Nina is a Grisha, beautiful and deadly but the mouth on this one is phenomenal. She's a sassy little thing that makes even the Fjerden soldier trained to kill the Grisha fall in love.
“A good time needn’t involve wine and … and flesh,” Matthias sputtered. Nina batted her glossy lashes at him. “You wouldn’t know a good time if it sidled up to you and stuck a lollipop in your mouth.”
“It's not natural for women to fight." (Mathias) "It's not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.” (Nina)
“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you'll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won't matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns you heart.” Inej's father's words to her as a young girl. ...more
It Ends with Us is a thought provoking piece of magnificence! It's raw, real and at times eThis review can also be found at www.thepaperbackaddict.com
It Ends with Us is a thought provoking piece of magnificence! It's raw, real and at times emotionally overwhelming. It Ends with Us is heavy, with topics including abuse, rape, betrayal and love. I questioned things I thought I knew and cried when everything in Lilly's life seemed to be falling apart. All of the characters, even down to the minor characters were well developed and integral to the storyline. When considering a rating for a book it takes quite a bit to earn five stars and requires the author make me feel as though I were experiencing the protagonist's conflicts personally. Hoover was able to pull it off flawlessly with one of her best pieces yet.
Lilly makes her way to Boston, where she meets Ryle Kincaid. He's smart, driven, definitely good looking but has no interest in anything beyond a fling. Lilly has no interest in anything casual, but the two of them can't seem to stay away from one another. As their friendship progresses and Lilly finds herself becoming the exception to Ryle's rule, she runs into Atlas Corrigan whom she's loved since she was a teenager. Atlas is steady and everything she thought she wanted before starting a new relationship. His presence in her life threatens what's she's building with Ryle but things have a way of working out how they're supposed to even when we can't imagine the possibility. The most important topics discussed are also spoilers so you will just have to take my word for it that this book is it. You won't be disappointed.
***Spoilers*** I'm not going to lie, I'm one of those girls. I look at women in an abusive relationship and wonder how they could possibly be so weak to allow that type of thing to continue. I can't understand how you could love a man who is capable of hurting you, but they don't love that man. They love the man they fell in love with, the man he is the other 99% of the time and It Ends with Us has somehow shed a light on domestic abuse that I never thought I would see. I questioned beliefs that I never knew needed questioning and found a new respect for the women that are able to withstand the pain and break the cycle. Hoover pulled back the curtain for her readers and wrote this book based on her mother's life, and I admire her for that. It can't be easy to allow strangers a glimpse of something so private, but she did and she did it very well. ...more
Holy hell... I cannot even begin to describe how amazing this series is! I am so sad that it's ending but also a little stoked at the possibility of a Mimi spinoff!! A Gift of Time is heart-warming and gut-wrenching all at the same time, but nevertheless, if you haven't already fallen in love with these characters you will. I just want to do a little happy dance at the perfection that is the end of this book. At five am I had to concede defeat knowing I wouldn't be able to finish and at least try to sleep three hours before work this morning. If you have somewhere to be and an unhealthy disrespect for the time like I do, I suggest you hold off until the weekend to start this one.
Just in case there happens to be a spinoff I've left spoilers below.
***Spoilers*** A Gift of Time starts off when Kit finds out that Grizz isn't really dead, and that he left a way for her to contact him if she even needs him. Grizz claims a boy named Pretty in jail because he noticed the boy working on a computer and exchanges protection for Pretty, who he renames Bill, erasing everything about him from all police databases and websites. Bill ends up marrying Carter, Kit's best friend who lives in their old house. Mimi knew about Grizz long before her parents ever revealed their past which caused a rift in their family that is slowly starting to heal. We also learn that Sarah Jo is an evil bitch who not only was the real "Wendy" who orchestrated Kit's rape back at the motel but is also who helped set up Grizz to go down for Kit's kidnapping. Tommy finds out Grizz isn't his real dad but that Red is. When Tommy gets killed during a random robbery Kit is beside herself and so are her children. She knows Grizz is in town but she wants nothing to do with him. He slowly works his way back into her life being very respectful and patient (and it's glorious!). Some douchebag named Nick Rosman wants to make a name for himself in the biker world and decides that seducing and raping Grizz's daughter Mimi is the best way to do that. Luckily Anthony Bear's son Christian finds out about what he has planned and races to where she is to save her but unfortunately gets pulled over and taken to jail. He's been in love with her since they were kids and wanted to protect her but calls his brother Slade when he can't go himself. He waits too long to make his move and eventually Grizz and Kit get remarried and relocate to start their lives over again. Christian decides since his father kidnapped his mother, and Grizz kidnapped Kit then if he wants Mimi he will do the same thing. The book ends with Grizz, Kit, Jason, their two twins Dillon and Ruthie and Grizz's dad Micah (preacher) getting their last call from Mimi as she heads off to church camp for ten days. She tells her mom she loves her and that she saw a friend and has to go but will text when she is almost there and when she leaves in ten days.
Out of Time will suck you in and keep you holding on to the very end. It doesn't matter if you have somewhere to be, things to do, or that you have to work tomorrow. You will absolutely need to finish this book now! Out of Time is written in three different time periods that alternate frequently. Luckily Flynn is awesome at making this transition easy. The first period of time is in the 50's with Grizz as a young boy, then the 70's when Kit is kidnapped and living at the compound, and lastly present day with Grizz's loved ones dealing with the aftermath of his execution. Out of Time is filled with secrets, and revelations, that will affect all of the people Grizz loves, even from beyond the grave.
***Spoilers*** In the beginning of the book we find out about Grizz’s early life with a sadistic father, and a vile stepmother. Grizz can take what they dish out, but even he can’t protect his little sister from the awful death at the hands of her own mother. Although he is very young, before he walks away, he ensures his father and stepmother’s deaths are equally as horrific. Leaving his home behind, with only a few belongings, and a picture of Ruthie he strikes out to form a life of his own. After living on the streets awhile, he ends up working at a motel for a man named Pop. Pop has secrets of his own, especially the one that lead him to murder a previous guest, after that same guest realizes Pop found his bag with almost a million dollars. This all happened before Grizz showed up, then going by the name Ralph. Weeks later, Ralph wakes up to Pop trying to molest him, and his gut reaction is to shove him away. He falls into a shelf holding the tv, which then falls onto Pop killing him instantly. He knew then that Pops wife hadn’t just walked out for no reason, she’d left to protect their son. For a while, Ralph continues on with his chores, and tells the guests his grandfather is bedridden, and he handles the day to day operations. Shortly after, a few bikers Red, Chops, and Dusty show up. Ralph overhears Red on the phone, and the man calling Red an agent. He tells Red he doesn’t care about the money, just find the bag. When asked, Ralph said he’s never seen an insurance salesmen there, but Red thinks Ralph may know something. He leaves Ralph info on how to contact him if he’s ever looking for work. Ralph tears the hotel apart, and finds Pops sons birth certificate, and he also finds where Pop hid the bag. He finds the money, and also the plates to make more. Sewn into the bottom is also a document. Red doesn’t know what it is, but he knows it’s important. After burning the counterfeit money, he hides the plates, and the document. Using the stolen birth certificate, Ralph then becomes Jason Talbot, and strikes out to join Red. This is the beginning of his life with the most notorious biker gang in south Florida.
At the end of Nine Minutes there were several secrets revealed. One of those being that Grunt is actually the father of one of Blue’s and Jan’s boys, and that they both played a hand in bringing down Grizz. We also learned that Grunt was actually Grizz’s son, and not Blue’s brother. This revelation, and the many secrets that follow shakes Tommy & Ginny’s once stable marriage. Ginny decides to stay with her friend Carter, who now lives with her husband Bill in the house that Grizz built for them. She couldn’t stay there, or let Tommy live there once Grizz asked her to marry Tommy, but could also never sell it. Being there brings up many memories of their time together, and the love they shared. She takes Grizz’s bandanna hanging on his motorcycle, and remembers the promise he made her that if she ever needed anything that Tommy couldn’t help her with, she could wear his bandanna and help would find her soon.
While Ginny is away Chicky’s daughter brings Moe’s diary that Chicky had held onto for years, and asked her to deliver once Grizz died. While reading it, Tommy realizes that the mysterious Wendy who orchestrated the brutal attack and rape of Kit (Ginny), was actually their good friend Sarah Jo. She tries to explain that she never meant for Kit to get hurt, they were only supposed to take her to the police so she could go home. That way Grizz would go to prison, and Tommy could finally have her. Tommy doesn’t believe that Sarah could possibly think Willow would have left it at that. He decides that Ginny can’t take any more betrayal, and tells Sarah to convince her husband to take one of the jobs he’s been offered outside of the country, and to let their friendship die. No one ever realized how much she hated Grizz, and blamed him for her father’s involvement with not only the gang, but lowlife biker whores. Before leaving he tells her “Jo, you should know better than to fuck with me. Especially now that you know whose blood is running through my veins. Get your ass out of town, or you’ll be sorry. This is your one and only warning.” Sarah Jo watches him walk away, and whispers to herself “Yeah, I know whose blood runs through your veins, and he’s gone for good. I never realized what an arrogant, scary son-of-a-bitch you could be, Tommy. If I’d known that, then I wouldn’t have tried to help you be with her. It’s me who shouldn’t be fucked with, and I guess you’ll have to learn that the hard way.”
We also learned about Tommy’s final meeting with Grizz before the execution. He explains that he had forgiven Tommy for the billy club lie, and that he knew Tommy wasn’t involved in bringing down the gang. He also knew Jan wasn’t smart enough to pull it off, and he’d recently realized who had been helping her. Matthew Rockman was Ginny’s friend from school, who never got over Grizz’s warning to stay away from her. He knew Grizz was responsible but could never prove it. He found out too late, but had given Blue explicit instructions on how to handle Jan, and Matthew Rockman. He also told Tommy not to be surprised when he was questioned for Jan’s upcoming murder. There was a plan in place, and it will look like it might lead to Tommy, but they won’t. Instead it will look like Rockman trying to frame Tommy, and when questioned, he can offer up information to further implicate Rockman. He also tells Tommy of the one secret that hasn’t ever been revealed, and can never be shared with anyone else. The bag he’d found as a young boy contained a document, that would bring down the worlds ruling elite. This elite group was more powerful than the US government, or any government. They were the ones calling the shots, from who was positioned in the white house, to the world’s economy. It also contained a timeline of future events things like the Berlin Wall, Vietnam War, future president’s etc. These events started in 1961, and Grizz had come across these documents in the 50’s. He had used this knowledge to get away with many things over the years. He had told them that if he died, that document would go public. He was surprised they didn’t get him out of jail when he was arrested for Kit’s kidnapping, especially when he was given the death penalty. Instead, they played him. He was to make sure that Kit and the baby moved on, so it wouldn’t look like she was waiting on him. He only expected to be in jail a few years, and be out long before Mimi remembered Tommy as her father. Instead they let him rot in prison for 15 years. He also explains that they had been bugging Tommy & Ginny’s house for years to make sure Grizz hadn’t ever told them anything. Since they never spoke of the past, it seemed like they were hiding something. Tommy needed to bring Kit home after the execution, and tell her everything he remembered about growing up at the motel. Enough information that they would accept Grizz was telling the truth about Tommy and Ginny not knowing anything.
Ginny returned to Carters to start cleaning out the garage which held all of the memories of her past with Grizz. Carter gave her a package that had been delivered for her containing her bible from when she was a child, with a letter from her mother. Delia explains that her real name is Alice Crespin, and she had been married to David Dunn her real father. They gave birth to twins, Josie and Jodi. Jodi had to stay in the hospital longer than Josie, and a few nights after they came home David was involved in a protest that went horribly wrong killing himself and many others. Some of his friends told her she needed to take the baby and run or she might face charges herself. When faced with losing both girls, she took Josie, and left Jodi (who was also called Cricket behind). She later learned Jodi died a week later. She renamed herself Delia Lemon, and Josie’s new name was Guinevere Love Lemon. After reading the letter she went out to the garage, and found Grizz’s favorite bike was gone. Carter confirmed that Grizz did somehow make it out, but didn’t want to put Ginny in the position to have to choose between her family and him. She also confirmed that it had been her that Grizz had watching over her all of the years since he’d been gone.
In the last chapter Grizz is riding the roads heading to Louisiana to find some connection to Kit, the only woman he’d ever loved. After a few days of riding back roads, he stopped in a diner to eat, only to find a sign that said “Bikers not welcome.” Of course he went in anyway. Inside he found a carbon copy of Kit, only this one had blonde hair, blue eyes, a foul mouth, and a British accent. Her name was Crickett, and he knew immediately this was Kit’s twin. The twin that was supposed to be dead. He was deciding if Kit should know about her or not, when he heard the news report on the TV. “A married father of two in South Florida still in critical condition, and barely clinging to life after police believe he tried to intervene in a convenience store robbery that left the store clerk dead, and the perpetrator still at large. There are no witnesses but police believe the 41 year old architect from Fort Lauderdale…” He looked at his pager to see if she’d need him, but it was off. As soon as he turned it on, his pager went off with message: She needs you. He was going home. To her. It was about fucking time.
In the epilogue, from Carter’s point of view, she is sitting in the waiting room surrounded by bikers, architects in business suits, and their friends from all walks of life. A loud wail caught her attention, when Sarah Jo walked into the room, and dramatically launched herself in Ginny’s arms. She told Ginny she caught the first plane into the US when she’d heard. She overhears Ginny say “Thank God you and Stan haven’t moved yet, Jo. I can’t imagine dealing with this without you.” Sarah Jo tells Ginny “We could never move now. I would never move and leave you here to deal with this. We’re staying.” Carter noticed something wasn’t right with Sarah Jo, she was crying but there were no tears. Ginny still had Grizz’s bandana in her hair. Carter had watched Ginny for years, and that bandana had always stayed with Grizz’s bike. Ginny had been wearing the blue bandana at Jason’s basketball game, and Carter had excused herself to go to the restroom to send Grizz the page within twenty minutes of seeing it. And that had been twenty-four hours before Tommy had been shot… ...more
Jane Yellowrock is growing, evolving and getting better with each new book in the series. Beast is right there with her making the two of them together an unstoppable duo. There is no shortage of characters, each one of them multi-dimensional and adding to this ever evolving world of the Mithrans. Eli and Alex are becoming part of the family that will hopefully expand permanently to include Bruiser. One minute I want to stake Leo myself and then he shows another side that I think Jane is one of the few who gets to see it. There were so many laugh out loud moments while reading Dark Heir it can only be a five star.
When the Son of Darkness, one of the oldest living vampires, Joses Bar-Judas escapes his prison below the New Orleans Council House Jane is charged with bringing him back. Luckily she has her partners Alex and Eli (who I absolutely love by the way) to help. Though Jane is easily one of the most skilled vampire hunters, the SOD is not your typical fanghead. When he escapes he puts all of the humans in New Orleans at risk and he makes it clear early on he has no intention of making things easy. Leo wants Jane to bring Bar-Judas back alive so he has a bargaining chip with the European Council but the more Jane learns about the old one the more she wants him dead. ...more
If you haven't read the first two books in the Forever series, there will be spoilers below.
Oh I loved this just as much as Sempre.. Corrado is cold, and calculating. I couldn't ever figure out where Celia's devotion came from, but Made makes things really clear. As a hit man for Cosa Nostra, his job requires him to be ruthless, but very few people ever see the man that Celia sees. He has loved her since he was a child, and will continue until the day he dies. Made is 530 pages starting when Corrado was a small child, and spanning the remainder of his life. Darhower gives us a glimpse of all the things that happened before Carmine & Dominic came into the picture. Antonio as Don that Sal could never live up to. Ericka Moretti is more callous than her husband could ever dream of being, making it easy to understand where Katrina gets it from. Vincent's love for Maura, and all that took place for them to have their short time together. Love, love, loved it!...more
I'm not going to lie, I cried my eyes out! A Different Blue was much better than I expected it to be. Amy Harmon is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
Blue Echohawk hasn't had an easy life. Abandoned at the age of two, and left with a complete stranger; she has no idea who she really is. Her entire life is one big question mark. Growing up not knowing where she came from, who her parents are, or even her real name leaves Blue drifting in the wind. She's a nobody who uses sex to feel wanted. Her tough girl exterior is a front she puts on for the world to see, never allowing anyone to see the real Blue Echohawk. That is until Darcey Wilson shows up her senior year. He's a new teacher, and has a unique way of drawing his students in, and making learning fun. He sees right through Blue's hard exterior, and is intent on helping Blue find her way....more
The Law of Moses had only been out a few days, and already it was recommended to me by two people. That was enough for me to move it to the top of my list. I am so glad I did!
After finishing I was completely overwhelmed by the characters, the book, the tragedy, and the love. It was truly an amazing experience as a reader. These kind of books don't come around often, but when they do it reminds me why reading is my favorite pastime. I try to be a little stingy with my five stars, but there was no question when rating this book. Get your tissues ready, because I was a mess.. but the best kind of mess. I loved everything about the characters, all of them. I loved that Georgia was strong, confident, sassy, and determined to do what it took to get what she wanted. She didn't seem the least bit self conscious about the fact that Moses had basically told her to hit the road. I guess she saw in him something that made her want to fight. Moses, oh he broke my heart. If he were real I would have given him a hug. He needed it, and Georgia was willing to be there for him. The Law of Moses was true to real life though, because we don't always get what we want.
***SPOILERS*** Not only did Georgia & Moses lose one another, but Moses lost his GiGi, the only stable thing in his life. He also lost out on the birth, and short life of his son Eli. Y'all I was bawling like my own kid died. It was heart wrenching what happened to Eli, that Georgia felt responsible, and that Moses missed out on the little time he had. I loved little Eli, and I couldn't help but picture my own boys when they were small. Moses' abilities were completely unexpected. I'm glad Harmon gave that to him, and let us witness the little time he had with Eli. ...more
This is why I love Goodreads! After reading the description, I wasn't sold. Black Lies didn't sound like the type of book I would enjoy reading, but the fact that most of my GR friends rated it highly, and the average rating was 4.53 convinced me to give it a try. I absolutely loved it! This is not your every day love triangle romance. It is so much more than that. Torre did an amazing job with keeping me in suspense, and guessing right up until the very end. I cannot get over the mind that could come up with this book. Authors never cease to amaze me with their brilliance, but some authors have additional parts in their brains that allow them to think things that the average human can't. Either that, or I am extremely low on the creativity scale.. If you're unsure about reading this book based solely on the description, read it anyway. If you detest cheating, and cheaters, read it anyway. If you decide to read it, and love it, like this review! :)...more
Ugly Love = Ugly Face.. You know when you're crying so hard you have to take great gulping breaths just to get enough to fill your lungs? I think the correct term is sobbing, and the dictionary describes it as convulsive gasps. Sounds like a pretty accurate description of myself while reading the last quarter of Ugly Love. Miles only has two rules for his friends little sister. Never ask about the past, and don't expect a future. Tate agrees, thinking she can handle their sex only agreement. She is incredibly busy with her job, and school. She doesn't have time for love. She tries to keep her distance, but the more time they spend with one another, the deeper she feels for him. Every time Tate even suggests something personal, Miles slams his walls back into place. She knows she deserves better than the guy who refuses to be anything more than a few hours good time, but she can't stop seeing him. Miles knows Tate is developing feelings beyond their mutual attraction. The right thing to do would be to walk away. He knows he'll never love again, and it's safer that way. Like Tate, he understands the consequences of continuing to see each other, but he can't walk away....more
Kristen Ashley is my favorite author by far, and that is because everything she writes is pure fraking gold! My boys went to a friends last night, and what did I do?? I stayed up until 4am bawling my eyes out like a big dork so I could finish Breathe! We have heard a little bit about Chase and Faye in the previous Colorado Mountain books. Faye is the sweet, shy, pretty town librarian. Chase is the son of a corrupt business man, local town hero, and one smoking hot cop. The town of Carnal is in the process of cleaning things up, after the the corruption that was the police department is no more. I did get a little annoyed with Faye's geek speak, but I'm sure I was feeling the same exasperation as Chase. =)
***Spoilers*** Chase was blackmailed into marrying the town whore, Misty when he had the choice of marrying her, or have his mother (who is not mentally stable) be told of his fathers sick side kink. Misty was killed when she bought off more than she could chew with the local bad guys. Faye has been in love with Chase since she was 16, and would give anything for him to notice her. When he finds her at the sight of the murder, he questions why she was there and then is pretty much an asshole, in the classic good guy, "let's scare her off to keep her safe" way. She persists, though she doesn't reveal her reason for being there in the middle of the night. Faye is not only quiet, but a major geek. She and her two online friends are convinced they can solve the murder, and make Chase notice her once and for all. When Faye notices that a very young, obviously mistreated/ abused child comes in the library, even more abused than normal, she makes it her mission to find out what's going on with him. He is scared to death, and runs away, but she and Chase decide to leave him a few essentials by the library return bin. As time progresses Malachi eventually starts returning their notes, and asking for things he needs, such as a sleeping bag. When a week goes by, and Malachi hasn't shown to collect his new things, they both begin to worry. Chase sets his childhood friend Deck on him, and eventually they find him. (Let it be known, I think it's Decks turn to find him a woman.) When they find him it's worse than they dreamed, he is living in a barely standing shack, with only the sleeping bag, a few rags, and some books. His arm is broken, his leg is mangled from being caught in a trap, hands bloody from freeing himself and barely alive after being in that predicament a week. They get him to the hospital, but are worried that for some reason after three weeks he has yet to speak. He knows how, is very intelligent, but for some reason won't communicate beyond paper, pen, and nods. Malachi is finally able to rescue his little sister Rebecca from the crazy lady that has held them hostage for three years. She saw their mother, a recent widow, assumed she was an unmarried sinner, and after killing her she kidnapped the kids. Eventually the kids were returned to their grandparents, but not before forming an unbreakable bond with both Chase and Faye. ...more
THIS.. this book, this author, this is why I'm a reader.. I can never understand those people who saAlso posted to: thepaperbackaddict.blogspot.com/
THIS.. this book, this author, this is why I'm a reader.. I can never understand those people who say, "I don't read". I think it's only because they've never read a book that made them feel like this. Willow Aster has three books out, and every single one of them is a fan*f'n*tastic, five star book. I seriously cannot get over this author, and I was hoping before starting this that she would live up to the last two. I know you can't always be perfect, but she is pretty damn close. One of my requirements for five star ratings is that I need to feel what the characters are feeling. Oh did I ever feel Maby. I cried so much, only to turn the page and bust out laughing. I started Maybe Maby around 7ish this evening, and could absolutely not put it down until I was done. Maby is so real in her imperfections, and insecurities.. She is extremely relatable, even if I don't have the same issues she does. Coen, Coen, Coen, if only there were Coen's in the real world. He is pretty much perfect, and I loved the way he made her feel, and hurt for them both when she pushes him away. ...more
Un-freakin-real.. I have so much to do today, but I absolutely could not stop until I finisThis review can also be found at www.thepaperbackaddict.com
Un-freakin-real.. I have so much to do today, but I absolutely could not stop until I finished Beautiful Ink. I loved everything about this haunting, tragic, yet beautiful story. Helen was raised in the Hell's Highwaymen MC, destined to be the wife of her best friend Holden when he took over the club their father's started. She loves Holden, he's always been her protector and friend but she doesn't love him in a romantic way. The brutal, vile bastards take everything from her and seem to enjoy it. Holden is the only bright spot in their evil destruction, but even he isn't clean of the corruption. My heart ached for Helen, and the life she endures.. It's unreal that this could actually be based on a true story, and I can't wait to read book two.
“I don’t want in this life anymore. I can’t live like this. I am dying inside.”
"Dying is the least of my worries. Being found would be a fate worse than death, the thought of reentering the life that I fled is my darkest nightmare. He would make my life a living hell."
"Blood in and blood out.. you're fuckin' choice. But know this: it is forever now my blood that runs through your veins. And I will drown you in it before I let you escape me again."
So far Claire Contreras has not disappointed. Catch me has some heavy subjects; loss, drugs, depression, loneliness, and I think we can all relate to at least one of those. Depression itself is not logical, and it doesn't only happen to the weak or poor. There is no rhyme or reason for those who are affected by it, but there are many ways to live with it. The most important of which is understanding that it doesn't make you less of a person, and it doesn't mean you're weak. The chemical imbalance in the brain that causes depression is no different than the chemical imbalance in hypothyroidism, but for some reason depression has a negative stigma. Brooklyn is the daughter of a wealthy music label owner, and financially has it all. Of course, money can't buy everything, and as a teenager missing out on some of those crucial elements such as love, and affection send her searching for it in the wrong places. After years of being, and feeling alone she meets someone that seems to get her. He makes her feel beautiful, loved and wanted. Hopefully he'll stick around....more
Every year it's the same. My boys hate shopping for school clothes, new backpacks, and school supplies. Shoes, though, that was always different. When they're younger, before they are too cool, they are convinced that new shoes will make them run faster, and jump higher. Those types of things we take for granted. As kids, we get older and realize they really don't have super powers, and as parents, it becomes just one more thing crossed off of the list before we are finally done. Imagine not being able to provide that for your kid, or worse never feeling like your faster because of a new pair of shoes. Red at Night is a novella written in honor of Nikki Berti who founded Goodie Two Shoes. A program in Las Vegas that provides new shoes to children who wouldn't have them otherwise. Not only are they new, but they fit correctly, and the kids get to pick them out. Although Red at Night is written to honor Mrs. Berti, it's a great read from a great author. If I hadn't been so curious about what Harlequin More Than Words meant, I would have read the book and never realized that there actually was a program like described in real life. Basically, if you like her other books, you'll like this one. It doesn't read like a newspaper column giving credit to the newest charity....more
Claire Contreras did an amazing job at really sucking the reader in, and keeping you on the edge of your seat until the end. I was so absorbed in the book, I ended up going to bed way too late! Blake was kidnapped, and lost both of her parents in a gruesome murder when she was four. Since that time she has had to deal with the nightmares, constant fear, and paranoia. Understandable, right? As she gets older she is given hints as to who she was before, a note here, pictures, a safety deposit box etc. While her past and the reasoning behind that tragic night become clearer, she learns pretty quickly that with every question answered, two more arise. Her need to know may put her in more danger if the wrong people find out she is asking questions. Major cliffhanger at the end, Contreras is guaranteeing that you won't want to miss out on book two. ...more
Somehow I missed the release of Thief, the final book in the Love Me with Lies series. Thief is not quite as emotionally draining as the two previous books, but still an awesome series ender. Caleb and Olivia must have some kind of love because after all they have been through, the lies, betrayal etc. they still can't stay away from each other. Leah, psycho redhead ex, tries to pull another fast one, but she meets her match this time. ...more
Loved, loved, loved.. I literally laughed out loud more times than I can count. When the pivotal point came, (as it does in all good books) my chest was tight with anxiety. The way Hoover is able to convey the emotions of her characters to her readers is astounding.
Sydney is extremely likable, and endearing in the way she handles things that would make the rest of us crumble. Ridge.. oh Ridge. He's just amazing in his devotion to his friends, and family. Not many people could face the challenges he has, and keep a positive outlook. I also wish I had a friend like Warren, although I may want to slap him often, he's freaking hilarious. I really can't say enough good things about this book. ...more
I swear Jeaniene Frost can absolutely do no wrong when she writes. I don't know where she got her skills, but I don't think I have ever read one of her books that I didn't enjoy immensely. Don't believe me? Check out my shelf on GoodReads titled JF 5 star. Those are the books she rates as five stars so I know they are good. The Broken Destiny series is brand new, and has nothing to do with vampires. Ahh I know, I was a little worried too, but not sure why. Frost handles this new genre with ease, and starts what I'm sure will be another favorite series. All of her life Ivy has been the unfortunate recipient of weird visions. She may see an outdated version of an area on top of the current place, and only knows they are different by the outdated clothing, or decor. Her adopted parents have taken her to many doctors, but nothing has ever cured her. When her sister goes missing, she follows her trail looking for any clues the police might have missed. While searching for answers to her sisters disappearance, she finds more than she bargained for. Not only does she find out where her sister might be, but also that the strange things she sees are actually real, and the alternate vision is not an outdated memory, but another overlapping realm. Her sister is being held in one of the demon realms, and the only person that can help Ivy get her out is Adrian. He may be incredibly strong, and easy on the eyes, but he is fated to betray Ivy, and neither of them want that to happen. Adrian doesn't trust himself to be able to overcome his destiny, and Ivy knows her misplaced trust will probably end up causing her to get hurt. Avoidance may seem like the best solution, but the only way to defeat the demons, and free her sister is by locating a lost relic, and neither of them can find it without the others help. ...more
Revealed has a wonderful ending to the story of Trystan and Mari. The Trystan that we know here, is not the Trystan we see in the Ferro Family novels.Revealed has a wonderful ending to the story of Trystan and Mari. The Trystan that we know here, is not the Trystan we see in the Ferro Family novels. I'm curious to see what happened in between the end of Revealed, and the beginning of Broken Promises....more
Willow Aster sure has a talent for breaking your heart wide open. Caroline's story is so devastating and unbelievably unfair. Every person, in every lifetime, will have their share of sorrows, but Caroline seems to have quite a bit more than her fair share. Without her biological family, she continues to move forward and take one more step every day. Throughout circumstances that would have most people crumbling, she overcomes and finds a family of her own. ...more
***Spoilers*** I hate that there are only three books in this series.. Ellie's parents were con-artists, and taught her at a very young age how to get what she wanted by taking advantage of others. At eleven, she experienced first hand the tragedy of her parents greed, when she was caught trying to rob a cartel boss. He poured acid down her leg, scarring her for life, and robbing any chance that she could walk away and live a normal life. From that point on, she was drowning in her need for revenge, allowing it to shape all of her decisions, and her life. Camden McQueen loved Ellie Watt from the first moment he met her as young teenagers. They were both outcasts, who came from terrible families, and the only friend each other had. Her need to fit in, to be normal, allowed her to make a terrible decision, hurting Camden, and losing the only person who ever loved her for her. When they run into one another several years later, their only thoughts are their schemes to get what they want. Ellie wants money, and Camden has plenty. Camden wants a new life, and Ellie has the contacts to make that happen. What starts out as a strained truce, turns into love like neither has ever known. Too bad Javier, Ellie's psycho ex-boyfriend is not content to sit back, and allow her to live happily ever after. In the end, everyone gets what they deserved, and I couldn't be happier with how it all played out!!...more