Thirty Nights by Ani Keating is a book I randomly crossed paths with while I was scanning through NetGalley and I am glad I found it. Honestly the covThirty Nights by Ani Keating is a book I randomly crossed paths with while I was scanning through NetGalley and I am glad I found it. Honestly the cover is what caught my attention and when I read the summary, I immediately requested it.
Elisa/Isa is the heroine and I liked her. When her parents died, she made her way to the US to go to school and now she is one week away from graduation and her visa has been denied. With only 30 days left, Elisa needs to figure out what she is going to do. Going back to England isn’t what she wants but she doesn’t really have a choice. With the move on the horizon, Elisa needs to figure out how to say goodbye to the friends and family she’s made during her time in the US.
Aiden Hale is the hero and boy, what a hero. He has scars and secrets and when he meets Elisa, he is drawn to her but he doesn’t necessarily figure out why until he meets her again. The scars that Aiden carries are deep but despite his struggles, he has become very successful and very rich.
Shortly after being given the bad news, Elisa meets Aiden and from that moment, she can’t seem to get him out of her head. When she comes face to face with him again, they are both clearly drawn to each other and they begin an affair that could cause more heartache than not. Admittedly, I was cheering for these two the entire time. Because neither of them disclose their “big secret” until after they are already invested in each other, they aren’t necessarily willing to just part ways which made me happy.
Now…eventually things take a turn and even though these two clearly love each other, they are forced to make decisions that don’t necessarily give these two an immediate HEA. Because of some decisions Aiden makes - this book ends with a pretty solid cliffhanger. Don’t get me wrong…things move forward and get resolved but my heart hurt at the end of this book and I absolutely need to know what happens next for these two characters.
I have been on an Adult Romance kick lately and I have to say, this book stood out from the pack for me. Yes, it is angsty but I am completely ok with that. If you are looking for something that has solidly built characters, a fantastic, page-turning story consider checking this one out. I am glad I came across this book and can’t wait to see where Keating takes these character’s stories.
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Tarnished is the second book in the Perfected series by Kate Jarvik Birch and I have to say, I think I enjoyed this one a bit more than the first bookTarnished is the second book in the Perfected series by Kate Jarvik Birch and I have to say, I think I enjoyed this one a bit more than the first book. Where book one established the back story and the basis for the situations Ella faces in this book, this one felt a bit different. Tarnished has quite a bit of action, some swoony bits, and progress within the story. I loved that we got to learn a bit more about the kennels and the rebel group.
Ella has definitely changed since she moved in with the Congressman and his family. This book kicks off with her in Canada at a safe house since she successfully made it over the border but it isn’t like she expected…mostly because Penn isn’t with her. Because of that, she decides she needs to go back to him so they can get away together. When she sees Penn at a press conference with his father, she immediately puts her plan into action. What she didn’t count on was running into someone from her past. She also didn’t count on that person to help her get back to Penn.
As Ella makes her way back to Penn, she gets exposure to the black market and the seedy side of life as a pet. She definitely takes some risks here and I appreciated how she didn’t shy away from them. In addition to that, she began to stand up for herself and I think that pushed people to look at her differently.
The relationship between Ella and Penn is interesting. Having read book one a while ago I needed to go back to understand how it developed. While I liked both of these characters, I wasn’t sure why either would be willing to risk so much for each other. It could be just the time that elapsed from when I first read about their budding relationship but I needed a reminder as to why they would be open to risking everything just to be with each other.
We definitely find out more about everything with this installment. I loved the part where the girls were infiltrating the kennels to obtain more information. They definitely faced their worst nightmare and were rewarded with quite the haul of information which not only helped them expose what is really going on, but it created additional risks and concerns for Ella.
If you are looking for a new dystopian that has plenty of action and a great story, definitely consider this book. I admit, the idea of pets that look and act human intrigued me and as I learned more in this book about what was really happening, I was even more interested. I don’t know what that says about me but I do know that tells me Birch wrote a good book.
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The Alpha’s Temporary Mate is the first book of the Fated Match series that I have read and I’m glad I requested it. I will be definitely going back tThe Alpha’s Temporary Mate is the first book of the Fated Match series that I have read and I’m glad I requested it. I will be definitely going back to read the first two books of this series as I enjoyed this one and found myself pulled into this world of paranormals looking for love.
Chloe Donovan works for the matchmaking company Fated Match and she has met her biggest challenge in Kieran Clearwater. Kieran is the Alpha for one of the largest werewolf communities and is known as a playboy. He has no real desire to settle down but in an attempt to show his pack there’s nothing to worry about, he has contracted them to find him a fake girlfriend that he can bring to their pack retreat and show the pack leaders things are fine.
Chloe is a great character. She has been around for a while but she has an approach to matchmaking that makes you realize there is more to this for her than just the success. She wants the people she matches to be happy and stay together and so far in her career she has been pretty successful. When Kieran asks for something temporary it goes against everything she believes Fated Match is there for and she strongly declines to help him. Unfortunately (or fortunately…depending on how you look at it) for her, Kieran doesn’t just take no for an answer and goes above her head. When he gets the answer he wants, Chloe is stuck with the challenge of figuring out just who would be able to be a temporary mate for him.
As Kieran evaluates the women that Chloe finds for him, he realizes none of them are what he is looking for. In addition to that, most wouldn’t be able to stand up to the leaders of his pack and he desperately needs this woman to be able to hold her own when with the pack and eventually he comes to the conclusion that Chloe is that woman. When Chloe finally agrees to Kieran’s plan, her world gets turned a bit upside down.
Chloe and Kieran are interesting characters. Chloe hasn’t had an easy life as an orphaned witch. She has never had a sense of family and it is clear to Kieran that this is something she has missed. Despite this, she has made her life a success and as she comes to realize, her family consists of the friends she has made during her time with Fated Match. I loved Chloe’s personality – she was tough and willing to face a challenge head on. She fought for what she wanted and the only time I saw her falter in this was when she was faced with Kieran’s past.
Kieran was the perfect mix of tough, sexy, and vulnerable. He has his own reasons as to why he is the way he is with women and he has put up some pretty big walls to avoid getting hurt again. As he gets closer to Chloe and learns more about her, he is drawn to her and has a hard time fighting the attraction. He knows that if he wants anything with Chloe, he is going to have to share some of his secrets with her and trust her not to wreck him.
I loved seeing these two characters knock down each other’s walls and build a relationship. This book had a great mix of character development and romance as well as a great story. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more books by Victoria Davies. If you are looking for a great paranormal, check this one out when you can!
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Castle of Sighs by Jennifer Murgia is book two of the Forest of Whispers series and if you haven’t read book one, you should consider checking it out.Castle of Sighs by Jennifer Murgia is book two of the Forest of Whispers series and if you haven’t read book one, you should consider checking it out. Murgia wrote a story about witches and magic while also tying in a bit of history to create something that had me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next.
When this book opens, Rune is staying at Pyrmont Castle and taking care of two orphans who were left after the witch hunt. As she settles in, Rune feels a pull to certain areas of the castle but as she begins to dig into the secrets of the castle, her mother, and Mathilde she finds out the secrets might be more than she is ready to handle.
I don’t want to say too much about the actual story as I don’t want to ruin it for anyone but I will say that Murgia creates a wonderfully creepy atmosphere in this book. The way Murgia revealed the secrets added to the creepiness of the castle and I loved all of it.
One of the things I liked in addition to the story was the growth I saw in Rune. She has definitely faced some dangerous situations and each time she does, she becomes stronger. Her ability to face things she doesn’t necessarily want to face is something I like about Rune and she does this throughout the entire book.
Laurentz has a role to play in this book and I loved that we were able to learn more about him. His secrets are revealed once Rune begins to dig and I thought Murgia tied everything together in a way that not only made sense but kept the story moving. Laurentz wants to protect Rune but he knows she needs to find the answers she is searching for.
So I’m hopeful this review isn’t too vague and gives you a sense of how well done this series is. Murgia does a wonderful job of creating a story that has solid characters and a great, atmospheric feel to it. If you are looking for something that will have you wondering what the real story is throughout the book, definitely check this series out. Murgia weaves together a story that has wonderful writing and an interesting plot which kept me turning the pages to find out what was coming next.
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Generation by Heather Hildenbrand is the third book in the Clone Chronicles series and it was a solid conclusion to the series. If you haven’t checkedGeneration by Heather Hildenbrand is the third book in the Clone Chronicles series and it was a solid conclusion to the series. If you haven’t checked this series out yet and you are looking for a story that ties together science fiction and some interesting characters into a YA Dystopian, consider checking it out. I will do my best to review this without giving away any spoilers but I can’t promise anything.
The story picks up with Ven waking up to find that things haven’t changed much for her since she was put under by Titus. When she wakes up in Twig City, she finds her situation to be a bit more dangerous as Titus is willing to do whatever he needs to in order to protect himself and his interests.
Ven and her friends are right at the center of the story and you will find that Hildenbrand continues to build out the story with the right mix of action and deception along with solid characters. There are some changes to the cast based on how book two ended but you will find that the secondary characters that Hildenbrand surrounds Ven with help to move the story along. Another thing that Hilendbrand does well is build out the world that Ven inhabits. The fact that Titus is able to get away with the things he gets away with and how those outside of this group don’t even realize the impact makes me shudder.
The way the story is tied together provided a great conclusion to the series and I’m glad I came across this series. Hildenbrand did a wonderful job with this and I look forward to seeing what she does next. If you are looking for a YA dystopian that shows great character development and has an interesting story, consider checking this series out. I know this review is short and doesn’t say too much but as this is the third book of the series, I don’t want to ruin anything.
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Embraced by Jus Accardo is the second book of The Eternal Balance series and I’m so glad I was able to get a copy of this one. Ever since I finished bEmbraced by Jus Accardo is the second book of The Eternal Balance series and I’m so glad I was able to get a copy of this one. Ever since I finished book one I was wondering what was in store for Jax and Sammy and I have to say, Accardo took me on quite a ride.
If you recall, Jax is descended from Cain and shares his body with a demon. This alone can make things challenging but when you add in the fact that his brother is a jerk and the one thing he really wants (Sammy) is off limits, things get even more difficult. Admittedly, it had been a while since I read book one so when I dove into this book, it took me a bit of time to get back into the story. If you have read the first book, I recommend a quick re-read of the last few chapters to get back up to speed.
As always, the characters are what get me invested in a story and I have to say, Accardo does a wonderful job of creating the people in her stories that are real. They aren’t perfect and I think that is what I like about Jax. He screws up but he does it for what he thinks are the right reasons. With that said, there is a lot more to like about Jax…he loves Sammy and is willing to do whatever he has to in order to keep her safe. Even if that means he suffers. The conflict he has within himself and with Azi is interesting to me.
Although Azi is linked to Jax, he definitely is his own character. He is a demon and he doesn’t truly understand human behavior. I have to say, I loved the interactions he had with Sammy as well as the internal dialogue with Jax. I can’t wait to see what happens with him.
Sammy is smart and tough and her story is going to get even more interesting…I can feel it. She isn’t willing to let Jax do something just for the sake of protecting her and I love how she stands up for herself.
As Jax and Sammy are put in a situation where they have very little choice in how to move forward, they realize that they have another challenge to face. They learn more about what is going on with Sammy and just how much danger they are in. I can’t say what the secret is because I don’t want to ruin anything but what you need to know is that this thing about Sammy means every demon and angel is looking for her and will do whatever they need to in order to get to Sammy.
Accardo does a fantastic job of moving this story forward. There is a lot of action and some sexy bits between Jax and Sammy…which I always support. If you are looking for a new series, definitely consider checking this one out (if you haven’t already) and if you have read book one, you should absolutely read this book as soon as you can - I can’t wait for the next book!
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You guys - the audio is just as fantastic as reading the actual book. Multiple narrators split the chapters up and infuse some additional personalityYou guys - the audio is just as fantastic as reading the actual book. Multiple narrators split the chapters up and infuse some additional personality to these characters that I love. If you enjoyed the book, definitely consider listening to the audio!...more
Mind of the Phoenix by Jamie McLachlan caught my attention because of the cover and as soon as I read the summary I decided this book was w3-3.5 stars
Mind of the Phoenix by Jamie McLachlan caught my attention because of the cover and as soon as I read the summary I decided this book was what I was looking for and I am glad I took a chance on this one.
McLachlan grabbed my attention from the very beginning of this book as she pulls you directly into the middle of a tough situation for the main character, Moira. Moira is a powerful empath and because she killed her master, she is currently close to death in prison. When she is presented with an opportunity to save herself – at least for the time being – she decides to take it.
First, I want to say that McLachlan created an interesting world in this book. Empaths are common enough but they are considered slaves to those in power. McLachlan also adds a historical feel to this story by setting it in the 1900’s which I loved. It created some constraints that I think added a layer to this story that perhaps wouldn’t have been there if this were set in a different time.
I liked Moira as a main character. She has had a tough and interesting life and because she is an empath, she was owned by a pleasure house prior to being in prison. She also happens to have some abilities as an empath that she hasn’t necessarily advertised which gives her a bit of an edge when she is presented with an opportunity to help a detective work to solve some murders that are happening to the Elite.
Moira’s partner in working to solve the mystery is Keenan Edwards. Initially he is pretty standoffish and restrained. Don’t get me wrong, he has some secrets and he isn’t necessarily broadcasting his story to everyone but as Moira begins to work with him, little pieces of who he is start to break through the cracks of the image he puts out to everyone and I honestly wish we would have learned more about him. I am hopeful that if there is another book, we will get to learn more about Keenan and his past. I feel like there is a good story there.
One of the things I enjoyed was the banter between Moira and Keenan. As they begin to work together, they definitely do not trust each other and with that, they don’t hold their tongues when they have something to say. Moira isn’t bashful and Keenan isn’t afraid to face her head on. While at first their interactions are somewhat distant and show that they barely tolerate each other, as the story progresses, it is clear their thoughts about each other change.
The mystery of the Phoenix and what is going on is what helps to drive the story forward. Because the story isn’t resolved within this book I am hopeful there will be another book to delve more into the story of the Phoenix and what the vendetta against the Elite is. I thought McLachlan did a wonderful job with this book and I look forward to more from this author. If you are looking for a fantasy with a historical bend and a bit of a mystery, consider checking this one out.
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Dear Trisha Leigh, You just seem to get me. I mean, time travel, boys, fate and a bit of mystery all in one book. GAH! I'm going to be needing the nexDear Trisha Leigh, You just seem to get me. I mean, time travel, boys, fate and a bit of mystery all in one book. GAH! I'm going to be needing the next book real soon please. No pressure.
I had my eye on Return Once More by Trisha Leigh way back when she was calling it The Historians so OF COURSE the first moment I saw this up on NetGalley I was going to request this. Not only did I love Leigh’s First Year series so I know her writing style is right up my alley, but for real…History and time travel – it’s like she asked me what my favorite books include and decided to write this story just for me. As always, I am going to try to do this review spoiler free…don’t hate me if I don’t answer all the questions and leave you wanting to know more.
This book leads off by bringing us along to observe the death of Julius Caesar right alongside the Historians. I loved how Leigh pulled me right into this world where there is a look but don’t touch mentality. Here they are, faced with the death of a very influential leader and as Historians, they are not allowed to do anything but: “Research. Record. Reflect.” Not only can I see that as being very frustrating but if the event has something to do with you, would you be able to step back and allow something horrible to happen without a second thought? Something to think about.
Kaia is the main character and she is living on Sanchi, a planet within the solar system Genesis, because Earth Before has environmental concerns and other issues that prompted the leaders to relocate. Now the role of the Historians is to make sure the same issues that plagued Earth Before don’t happen again. Kaia is also training to be a Historian and since the age of ten, has been living at the Historian Academy with her six classmates. As her birthday comes around, one of the questions Kaia has to ask is whether she would like to know the name of her True Companion – the one person (born or unborn) who was made to love her. I mention this because this plays a fairly large role in the story but I will come back to this.
Kaia is an interesting character and I liked her. She isn’t afraid to step outside the rules to get what she wants. With that said, she never does anything with the intention of hurting someone but because of her actions, there is collateral damage. She definitely cares about her people (friends and family) but she isn’t afraid to push the envelope when it comes to the dictations of the Elders.
Kaia has some pretty supportive friends in Analeigh and Sarah. Analeigh especially supports Kaia throughout the story and really steps in to help her out whenever she is in a pinch or just plain needs a friend. In addition to them, their group of friends includes Sarah’s True Companion, Oz. The other character who plays a fairly important role is Kaia’s brother Jonah. The thing to note about Jonah is that he has been on the run for the last three years and we don’t really find out what he has going on until later on in the story. The thing we do know is that he is definitely wanted by the Elders and has some information that would definitely be useful for Kaia to know.
One thing I will mention here is that Leigh does a great job of creating this world that Kaia lives in. Not only are the descriptions of the places Kaia visits detailed, but the academy where she lives and the people and things she encounters along the way are very well done. Adding the science fiction to the story was a great way to show how Kaia and the people of Sanchi have the ability to transport to different eras as well as use tattoos to communicate, translate language, and pay for things.
So of course I am going to spend a bit of time talking about the boys in this book. Remember how I mentioned that Kaia has the option to find out who her True Companion is…well she decides she wants to know who it is and once she does, she makes the decision to learn more about him. Now…I don’t want to say too much here but Kaia’s True Companion is definitely swoony and although we only get snippets of him, I really found myself liking him more and more. He is absolutely presented with something unbelievable and he never really questions Kaia about who she is and he has to help her realize what the right decision is and I loved his integrity and ability to listen without reacting negatively.
Oz is a bit of a mystery through most of the book. I knew something was up with him and there were points of the story where it was clear he was hiding things from everyone. There were also points where I wanted to smack him and others where I was glad for his reaction and/or quick thinking. I won’t say too much more about Oz but I am definitely curious to see what happens next for him.
So it is probably pretty obvious that I really enjoyed this book but I will say it…Trisha Leigh knows how to write a fantastic story. She blends in a bit of history, some sci-fi, and wonderful world building to create something that had me turning the pages quickly just to find out what happens next for everyone. The only bad thing about reading this book so quickly is that I finished it soooo quickly. I am definitely looking forward to the next book of this series (is it too soon to ask when it comes out??) and trust me people, grab this one when you can!
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Evolution is book three in the Extraction series and it picks up shortly after book two (Rebellion) wraps up so you aren’t missing anything. I have reEvolution is book three in the Extraction series and it picks up shortly after book two (Rebellion) wraps up so you aren’t missing anything. I have really been enjoying this series so as soon as I was able to read it, I dove in. If you haven’t read any of these books yet, you might want to stop here (and of course, go read them) so I don’t ruin any of the story for you.
As the story begins, Clementine and the rebels have to figure out what to do now that their headquarters is destroyed and aliens from Marden are invading. Clem has to figure out who she can (and will) trust and it definitely isn’t an easy decision. The one thing she and the group do know is that they can’t do anything about the aliens on their own. Because of this, she and the small group decide to head to the core but on their way, they are attacked and some of the group are taken by the aliens. When Clementine gets to the core, she is face to face with Commander Charlie again and has to make a deal with him to save her friends and Logan.
We have the normal cast of characters in this book as we had in the past and I thought Diaz did a wonderful job of giving us more of each of them while still keeping the focus on Clem. I did think Clem showed some growth in this book and although she definitely needs to watch Sam and the Commander, she holds her own with both of them. I also like that we get to see more of Logan and Clem together again.
As always, Diaz does a fantastic job of developing the world these characters inhabit. From the space ships to the planet Marden, all have a real feel to them. It also helps that the writing is well done and paced in a way that keeps the story moving but still spends some time on the important parts.
Overall I thought Diaz tied this story up well. Not only do we get explanations around what really happened with Marden so long ago, but we also learn more about why the aliens are back and what they are looking for. I won’t lie, things don’t go 100% perfectly for the group and there are some unexpected twists but in the end, the story concludes with some hope.
If you are looking for something that has plenty of action and a story that will pull you in with some great characters, aliens, and deception, consider checking this series out. I will definitely be waiting to see what Diaz writes next and will be reading it as soon as I can.
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