Thursday, December 14, 2017

Review: Ink & Fire (Havenwood Falls # 7) by R. K. Ryals

Ink & Fire: Ink & Fire by R.K. Ryals
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from Red Coat Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Harper is cursed. She's been cursed since she was a child and predicted a man's death by writing it down. Harper can't write anything - not even her name - because she gets possessed by a demon and they make her predict the most awful things.

Even with this curse, though, Harper learned how to read and write, even though she doesn't do it as an adult. The people of Havenwood Falls found a way to teach her with her curse, and Harper is thankful for that, even though she desperately wants to be able to go in a bookstore and read as many books as she wants. But audiobooks have done her well so far, she supposes.

Harper is living her own life, though, and she just bought a house! But there was a signature that her aunt forgot to sign on the paperwork, so Harper decided she can sign her own name, surely... Except she doesn't. She's writing a message for a stranger named Lucas Fox and has predicted his death.

Now Harper has the guilt of sentencing ANOTHER man to death. When Lucas shows up, though, she realizes that he's not a normal human, like her first 'victim'. Instead, he is an angel, and he knows exactly what he is capable of against this demon - the demon he sentenced to prison many, many, many years ago.

With the help from the citizens of Havenwood Falls and Lucas, Harper is starting to understand what her power REALLY is and how she can live with it, instead of being afraid of it.

This was a great novel! I felt so, so, so bad for Harper because growing up not being able to read...!! That is literally hell for me as a reader and librarian! That would be a terrible way for me to live, to be honest.

The instant relationship between Harper and Lucas was a bit much, but I'm glad on how it ended because it made it better about what happened between the two of them and more realistic for me, so it turned out okay in the end. Lucas was so cocky, but if you've been living for as long as he has, I'm not surprised, haha!

The progression with Harper's backstory was amazing and I loved being able to get the little pieces to finally understand how she got her power, so that was great. And I'm glad that Harper is more comfortable with her life now. I can see her doing great things in the town of Havenwood Falls!

Can't wait to go back and catch up on this series to learn about other characters!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Review: Undeniable by Cherie M. Hudson

Undeniable Undeniable by Cherie M. Hudson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Chase has had hearing problems her whole life. She has has 22 years to accept it and move on, because otherwise she would be suffering for no reason. No, Chase has learned to live with her crappy hearing and makes sure that everyone around her understands that she is not disabled - she just works a lot harder to have a conversation sometimes.

After an intense first semester as an art major, Chase decided that academics might not be the right scene for her at the moment, and is now living with her parents and working at a pet store. But, hey, she's cool with that. Life goals, right?

Plus she gets to see her awesome nephew, Tanner, who beat leukemia cancer at age 2 as much as she wants to, and hangs out with her sister, Amanda, and brother-in-law, Branden, as much as is properly allowed.

The only hitch to her life is Caden - Branden's Aussie cousin. The cousin whose bone marrow matched her nephews and who ended up saving his life. The Aussie who saw Chase for the first time and fell in love with her.

Even though Caden is going through intense veterinarian school in Australia, whenever he has a moment free, he flies to the US to "visit his cousin". Well, yeah, he loves hanging out with Branden and Tanner, but the REAL reason? He needs to see Chase as much as he can to try to convince her that she is just as in love with him as he is with her.

The only problem is that Chase is determined to never fall in love again after the last time she made that mistake. Caden is not taking a hint though... and there is only so many times Chase can turn him down with her permanent scowl on her face.

Put in a jealous ex, an injured, homeless dog, and a disapproving father, and Chase is realizing what she really wants in life and now she has to figure out how to make it come true.

This was a typical new adult novel that I've read before, but I certainly had fun with it because of Caden's persistence, goofy attitude and Chase's fight to fend her herself attitude. These two are hilarious and are always butting heads with each other because they are determined to win what they want - which is the completely opposite of one another, by the way.

The story with Doofus the dog is amazing and I would have been happy with just that, to be honest. Gotta love dogs, and ones that fight to survive as well!

I don't know how Chase fought as much as she did against Caden, because you believe me, if an Aussie falls in love with me, I'd be right there professing my undying love back to him! Though I don't think that living in Australia would be in my future...HAVE YOU SEEN THE INSECTS THERE!?! THEY ARE HUGE!!! I can't deal, man, I just cannot deal...

Overall I really enjoyed this story, and I'd be really interested to read the other books in the series to see how the other characters overcame their issues to have their happily ever ending :)

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Review: Awaken the Soul (Havenwood Falls HIGH #5) by Michele G. Miller

Awaken the Soul Awaken the Soul by Michele G. Miller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from Red Coat Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Breckin is one of the supernaturals in Havenwood Falls - a nephilim. He's just living out the rest of his days as "normal" before he's forced to join his father in the "family business".

But when he sees a fellow classmate get attacked in the woods, he is swayed to help her. Which is not normal, because Breckin is never inclined to help humans. They just exist, and Breckin ignores them, but not with Vivienne.

He saves her from the reaper, Sebastian, by healing her. Technically Breckin shouldn't have interfered with the reaper's job, but there was something about Vivienne that made him want her alive and healthy, so he healed her. Which made Sebastian really mad and on a vendetta to get what he was supposed to have.

And the kicker? Vivienne might not be quite...human... So now Sebastian is after her for a whole nother reason.

But a connection has started between Vivienne and Breckin - something earth shattering, and both are now in over the heads with this new development. Something that may risking their lives for good.

I have just discovered the Havenwood Falls series - both adult and YA - and I am really starting to love them! This one is so far my favorite! I love that we get a second novel about these characters July 2018 - you can bet I'll be getting that in a heartbeat because I loved both Vivienne and Breckin and I want more!

Because these stories are so short, I think having an additional novel for them is good because we get to know the characters a bit better and can really get involved in the storyline that the author is creating.

Vivienne is one fiery girl, and I love her interactions with Breckin when they start to talk to each other. And Breckin is one hot angel - at least in my head ;) But I love the inner struggle that Breckin is having - especially with the choice he is going to have to make in 4 months on his birthday.

I desperately want to figure out what Vivienne is and how it is going to change the dynamics of this novel, because I have a feeling she may be more powerful than Breckin by the end of it, which would be awesome!

So glad I got a chance to read this book and can't wait for the rest in the series that I'm going to catch up on! :)

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Review: The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier

The Last Girl on Earth The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Li is a human girl. Not a big issue, right, being on Earth and all? Except it is, because when the Abdolrean race came to Earth, they killed all of the humans, making their race extinct. Li was saved by a Abdolrean, one who knew her biological mother and father and swore that he would protect Li and raise her as his own daughter.

So Li has had to learn to survive like an extraterrestrial race - one that dominates humans. She has to be stronger, faster, smarter, and can live among them without anyone suspecting that she is the last of her kind.

With her testing coming up to determine where she is going to be training for the next 7 years, Li is a little bit stressed right now. She definitely doesn't need to be falling for an alien guy, when she has to make sure she can become an officer - which is one of the rarest and hardest job to get.

But Ryn snagged her eye the first time she saw him, and he was definitely interested in Li as well. It was a match made in heaven, but a lot of forces are trying to get in the way of their feelings for each other.

As much as Li is loving her time with Ryn, she does realize that she is risking her life for him, when she needs to focus on her life and career.

Things get extremely worse by the end of her training, and Li is going to have to make some tough decisions to determine what will be her future.

Okay, I would probably have given this book 3 stars, rather than 4, but it has so many negative reviews on Goodreads that I wanted to try to give some positivity about this book for potential future readers.

I enjoyed this book. I didn't think that there was in "instant" love connection between Li and Ryn - it did take a few chapters for them to finally hook up, and that is pretty typical for a YA romance/sci-fi/any genre really. She didn't see him across the room and walk over to make out with him, so it took a little flirting and intense eye contact before they decided to be together.

And since this is a shorter book, it happened "all of the sudden" because of that reason as well, I would guess.

I felt for Li because she was literally the only one of her kind in a place where they loathe her species. So Li had a lot of feelings going on inside of her, and she is also a teenagers, so she's expected to be going through a lot of different emotions.

And to top it off, she has to become another species that is BETTER than her species. If that isn't intimidating, then I don't know what is. In fact, Li is pretty badass when you think about it.

Now, there were some things that I think could have been better in this novel, but overall I liked it a lot.

Though one of the things that really frustrated me was when they mentioned how the Abdolreans thought that humans were violent and mean and deserved to be demolished. And how that made Li feel like they were right when she had to DEFEND HERSELF AGAINST ABUSE!!! Because she was getting attacked, and Li decided to fend for herself, she instantly thought that she was violent because of that action. BUT IT WAS SELF DEFENSE AND THAT IS JUST WRONG!!! WRONG!!!

Okay, that was the part that I was most mad about, but I get it. It was part of the back story, and I'm still getting over it, but it's still not enough for me to be giving this book a low star rating.

I think that will be a lot of readers who will enjoy this book when it gets released in January 2018. I hope others will appreciate the beautiful story that Alexandra Blogier created and how intricate she created all of the different universes.

I would definitely be interested in a sequel to see what else happens to these characters, and I am never hoping for a sequel because that means I will be waiting forever for it.

I really enjoyed this! So glad I got an eARC novel!

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review: Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Moonlight Sins Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from the author and Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

Julia has decided to start fresh with a new job that takes her away from her family and friends. She's worked in numerous places as a nurse, but this time she will be living in the house where her patient lives, taking care of her basically 24/7 until something changes or there will be a different arrangement.

So traveling to New Orleans is a big step for her. And the night before she leaves, she meets a sexy, attractive, and very intriguding guy: Taylor. Julia decides to let everything go and just have fun for a night - have a one-night stand with a stranger that she will never see again.

Except Taylor left out a few details about himself... including the fact that he is one of her "bosses" in New Orleans, and he knows exactly who Julia is, while she doesn't even know his real name. Lucian de Vincent is one of the richest person in the world, along with his two older brothers Gabriel and Devlin. Their nicknames are Lucifer, Demon and Devil which give an indication at how their personalities are.

Lucian is used to having any girl he wants, whenever he wants, without having to ask. But with Julia, once she realizes who he is and that she will be working for him, is not like any girl he's ever been with. Which makes him want her even more.

There are a lot of mysteries at the house of the de Vincents, including the brothers and the history of their family. Julia is about to get mixed up in the dangers of Lucian's life, but she is also getting mixed up with Lucian, even though she is trying so very hard to stay away.

Soon, though, everything is about to explode, and Julia may be caught in the misfires...

I was so, so, so happy to be able to get this as an eARC!! I loved that it is an adult series - we don't get too many of those from JLA! And it was nice to be able to imagine myself in Julia's shoes and actually be the appropriate age for the hot guy character for once ;)

Julia protects herself so much, that she forgets to live, which is so sad. Her past has jaded her future, and she is just living day to day instead of really enjoying life and everything she can do while she is still young. I'm so glad that she got out there and decided to move and try something new. It was still a pretty secure change, but it was just the start of changing the rest of her life and she definitely needed that change.

Lucian is such a bad boy. But the readers will definitely love that aspect of him (umm, hello? Daemon?). From the very beginning of this book we get a very good look at how naughty and bad he is, but the reader also sees that Lucian is starting to get out of that stage and want something different out of life.

The second he sees Julia, Lucian knows exactly what he wants and he is just persistent enough to keep pursuing it until he gets it.

The mystery aspect of this book was good. Having the family's history as a tie-in was nice and being able to get a lot of backstory was great. I called the person who was pulling the strings for the mysterious things around the house, though I was swayed to think of other characters as the culprit, so it was nice mixture of suspense.

The romance is really the main theme of this book, which I loved so much, but the mystery was a great thing to keep the story going.

I am so excited to read about Gabriel and Devlin's story, who I am assuming that book #2 and #3 will be about since this one was nicely wrapped up. Gabriel is so lovable and Devlin is a bit...intimidating. So it will be interesting what kind of girl they both end up with.

I have a feeling that readers are going to really enjoy this book and will be anticipating the next book in the series as soon as they finish this one!

Loved it! :D

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Review: Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over by Shani Petroff

Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over by Shani Petroff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

Sari has things going on for her. She just went to an AMAZING concert with her best friend, and then she is going to Florida with her boyfriend for spring break. No parentals, sunshine instead of Manhattan's dreary weather, and sometimes hanging out with her grandma, who she was staying with.

But when Sari shows up to the "party of the year" where her boyfriend is, she finds Zev kissing his ex-girlfriend. Now, things are going dreadfully wrong. She escapes to Florida, hoping that she can get over Zev's betrayal, but nothing seems to be working. Not even the cute boy she saw at the pool, sadly.

Then Sari gets a phone call asking her to perform at a club. She gets to play her guitar and sing her songs in front of hundreds of people! At a very popular club! All she has to do is get home and get ready for her big break, but her parents won't let her come home early, and the day she is scheduled to go back, a huge storm is rampaging through New York, which is delaying flights left and right.

To top it off, she is stuck with Zev bothering the crap out of her and the new, hot guy, Fitz, helping her as much as he can. Sari just wants things to be better, but it seems that there are a lot of forces that are determined to make things worse.

Now on top of Zev's betrayal and whether she wants to forgive him, she has to figure out a plan to get home before her life long dream of being a perform goes up in smoke.

This was a cute little novel. I felt really bad for Sari - she was always getting one type of bad luck following another bout of bad luck. She just really couldn't catch a break, and when she did for a little bit, she didn't really appreciate it until it was gone.

I didn't like the way she acted around Fitz. She was just tagging him along while she was trying to figure out her life, and that wasn't nice at all. I know that's not the way that she saw it, but that was how I was reading it.

I get the no trust with Zev thing, but she was not only give him whiplash with her moods, but me as well. It was hard to keep up with her emotions, but I guess that's what makes this book realistic, because most teenage girls act like this.

Zev was very persistent, and I liked that about him. He was determined not to lose the best thing in his life and kept trying over and over again. Trying even when I would have given up, honestly, haha.

Overall this was a good book. I'm glad I got a chance to read it, and I'm sure many readers out there will really enjoy this story of second chances and life long goals and dreams.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Review: The Power Club by Greg Gildersleeve

The Power Club The Power Club by Greg Gildersleeve
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from Red Coat Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Damon lives in the district because he has a supernatural power - he can conjure darkness around himself, making everyone near him blind by the darkness. Everyone who lives in the district has a power, a gift, and they must stay there if they want to keep their power - per the government's rules.

Damon loves his power, and he wants to join a Power Club so he will then be able to use his power in public. Otherwise, he has to not use it, and Damon definitely doesn't want to do that.

When he tries out for a group with Kyle, Danner and Vee, they reject him because his power isn't that cool and not very useful for them. But when Damon gets ganged up by 3 older kids and Damon is the one who wins, they decide he is pretty cool, and he joins their Power Club along with Ali and Denise.

Pretty soon, though, Damon doesn't just want to be a part of the Power Club - he wants to be a hero and save people who are in trouble. But when his group, the government, and the bullies who ganged up on his all try to stop Damon in different ways, Damon has to make sure that he is really doing what he wants, or if it would be too much of a risk overall.

This was such a fast read! Seriously, just a couple of hours and I was done! Whoo! I really enjoyed this story and thought it was a great way to incorporate the idea of wanting to be different and unique, while being surrounded by people who just want to be ordinary and normal.

I got the feeling that there may be another novel coming in the future, the way that Greg Gildersleeve ended this novel, but maybe it was more for the effect of things are going to happen, but you as the reader will have to figure it out in your own imagination. Could be either, but if there is another book, I can definitely see a lot of middle-grade readers very happy about it.

This has a lot of relationship issues that the characters had to work through and they had their own personalities and ambitions in life, so it was nice to see kids so young want something so strong to work toward.

While this is definitely a light read that will keep kids entertained, it has a lot of subtle messages hidden in the text that I feel like parents will really enjoy and would want to read along with their kids.

Very much enjoyed it! :)

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