Sunday, June 17, 2018

Review: A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book because I want to watch the movie, but wanted to experience the book first. I'm so mad that it took me to them making a movie before I finally read this book, because it was so wonderful. So real. So heartbreaking and raw and amazing!

Connor knows that his mother is very sick. He can't do anything about it and it's making him feel vulnerable and useless. He knows things are really bad when both his grandmother and his father come to see his mom and Connor. But his mom is going to get better and everything will go back to normal after that. Connor just knows it.

Every night, at 12:07am, Connor has a visit from a Monster. This Monster wants to tell him 3 stories, if Connor will then tell him his 1 nightmare. At first he was resistant, because, really, what would he want to know about those 3 stories. But the Monster is persistent and they go through with their deal. But the deeper Connor gets involved with this Monster, the more he regrets it.

And not only is Connor dealing with his sick mother, annoying grandmother and father, and the pushy Monster, he is also being alienated at school. Everyone is either ignoring him and pretending he is invisible because they know about his mom and they feel sorry for him, or he is being bullied by 3 guys at school who won't leave him alone.

Everything comes crashing together at once and it is too much for Connor. He breaks. But hopefully he can get himself back together again before it's too late.

This is such an amazing novel. I loved how there were graphics involved in the story. It wasn't needed to imagine what was happening, but it gave off such a dark and gloomy feel that you need to have in order to really get the meaning and story behind this novel.

I'm so glad that I read this book and I will definitely be recommending it to other readers and possibly my book club when the movie is released and it's not so popular.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review: Going Rogue by Chantal Fernando

Going Rogue Going Rogue by Chantal Fernando
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this eARC novel from Edelweiss. This is my honest review.
Expected Release Date: Aug 6, 2018

Rogue is the hot, smoldering, pretty boy of the Cursed Ravens MC. He loves having a different woman every night, and he doesn't see that changing anytime in his future. Well, that was before he met Zoe, the nurse who is taking care of his mother.

Zoe has already been down the "dating a motorcycle club guy" in her past, and that did not work out well. At all. So when she realizes that her favorite client's son is the very attractive man who comes to her work on a motorcycle, she's in trouble. Because she can't stop thinking about him, even though she is trying her hardest to stay away. Zoe has a simple life. Dating a member of a motorcycle group is not simple. It's very dramatic and stressful.

Zoe has to figure out if she really wants that life, and what she will be giving up based on her decision.

Another good book in this series! It was nice to see Rogue fall for his mother's nurse and be a taken man. But for some reason, this book just wasn't as good as the other two for me. I think it was Zoe's character. She talked about being simple and boring, and then turn around and do something so out of character for her.

And then both Zoe and Rogue repeated themselves over and over in this book... I mean, I get a few times, but it happened too many times for my sanity. I just wanted to yell, "I KNOW!!" when they would say something.

Then when Rogue got mad at Zoe, I felt like it was too much and that he didn't listen to her and think of her side of the story. He just got mad, stormed off and didn't talk to her for days.

Oh, and Rogue not keeping Zoe in the loop during a lot of decisions he made? Yeah that didn't bode well with me either.

So overall, I enjoyed this book, but I had a few issues with the characters that made me not like it as much as the previous books.

However, I am excited to see who's book is next. I'm hoping that Zoe's sister, Vanessa will be a part of it, because she is a HOOT!!!

I'm so glad that I got to read this book and I can't wait to read more by Chantal Fernando.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Review: Knuckle Down by Chantal Fernando

Knuckle Down Knuckle Down by Chantal Fernando
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this eARC novel from Edelweiss. This is my honest review.
Release Date: July 9, 2018

Knuckles is one of the baddest guy in the Curse Ravens MC, but that is just his job title. Really, he's a softy with two girls that he takes care of. And when he loves someone dearly, he will protect them with his life.

When he sees Celina, he knows he has to have her. She's it for him, even though he knows next to nothing about her. So he inserts himself in her life day after day to try to wear her out.

Celina is excited to see the Cursed Ravens Motorcycle Club's place, because no one knows anything about them unless they are part of their inner circle. As a journalist, she can't help but be curious about them, so when her cousin Erin invites her over for her birthday part, she immediately says yes.

The second she sees Knuckles, she knows she is in trouble. The attraction is undeniable between them, but Celina avoids it as much as possible. She has had bad history with all of the men in her life, and getting involved with a guy in a motorcycle club is not exactly a shining recommendation for a better future with a guy. Even if he is stupidly hot and irresistible.

Eventually things heat up, but when Celina's career gets in the middle of the Cursed Ravens life, things might not be forgiven after all that is said and done...

I love this world that Chantal Fernando created. I loved the first book and I loved this one too! I think I may love this one a bit more, because I so do love Celina. She is so independent and strong and knows her own mind. She is tough and a fighter, so it was very entertaining to see her and Knuckles go at it a time or two when they butted heads with each other!

Though I do have to say that I probably wouldn't be able to resist Knuckles as long as Celina did, because he is everything a girl wants into one package. And he is super persistent, and sweet and irresistible. So thumbs up to Celina!

I am so glad that I got a chance to read this eARC, and I am so glad we got Knuckles's novel. It was amazing, and I know that fans of this series will definitely love this continuation of the series!

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Review: Fight for You by Nina Crespo

Fight for You Fight for You by Nina Crespo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this eARC novel from Edelweiss. This is my honest review.
Release Date: July 9, 2018

Delanie is living life at full speed with her work, so when she gets a work opportunity that has her working directly with Aiden, her lover turned betrayer from 7 years ago, she's not sure how this will pan out. But she does know that she doesn't want him to betray anyone else like he did to her and her father, so she is willing to make sure that she will keep him away from her clients property at any cost.

Aiden knows that he screwed up with Delanie 7 years ago and it has haunted him ever since. When this chance to talk to her and try to explain what happened comes, he takes it in a heartbeat.

At first, things are tense and awkward between the two of them, but the more they talk and understand the situation that happened, the more the realize that their fiery hot attraction toward one another has dissipated in 7 years.

But just when they think they might be able to move on from the past, does their past come back and repeat the cycle again. Maybe they just aren't meant to be in one anothers lives?

This was a cute, short novel. I didn't read the first book in the series, but I don't think it's necessary to in order to understand this book. Also, I truly don't understand either Aiden, nor Delanie's jobs, so that was a bit of me be in "la-la land" and skimming over some of that as well.

But I enjoyed the story of them getting to know one another again and finding out the true stories about what really happened to drive them away from each other. And then to see them have that connection still was great.

I'm pretty sure I won't read the first book about Aiden's brother, but I may look into what other books Nina Crespo has written to see if any of them spark my interest.

I'm very grateful that I was able to get this eARC and read Aiden and Delanie's story!

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Review: Driving Tempo by Raine Thomas

Driving Tempo Driving Tempo by Raine Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this eARC novel from Red Coat Publishing. This is my honest review.

Lily and Archer have been through a lot during the tour of a life-time. Lily went from hating the media, to being the biggest news in the media. She was shy and hid from the camera to now knowing how to act just the right way and say the right things to make sure it is portrayed the way she wants to the public eye.

When Rosemary, her older sister, agrees to be her wedding planner and plan the wedding of the year in 2 months, Lily is relieved. She's glad that she has the professional help to get everything figured out, while she can also do the 5 other things in life she has to do.

Rosemary didn't know what hit her when she got knocked down before one of The Void's concerts. Turns out, it was Sage, the music mixer in the band. And once she really looked at him, Rosemary wasn't too upset being knocked down to the ground.

And it turns out that Rosemary and Sage have more than just their unique names in common. With insomnia both of their friends, they typically meet most nights and just talk about whatever the mood strikes them at the time.

Then Sage has an insane plan, and he wants Rosemary to help him. At first she agrees, but the more they get sucked into his plan, the more she realizes that this might break her heart when it is all said and done.

With Rosemary's potential broken heart, and Lily's stalker still at large, The Void is definitely on edge, both on tour, and at home when they are done.

This series is just getting better and better! I really adored Rosemary and Sage! Raine Thomas has a way of having multiple - I mean MULTIPLE - viewpoints in her novels, and yet the reader can easily keep up with the story lines and everyone's individual issues that are happening. While I still am not the biggest Lily and Archer fan (...sorry...) I have loved the other two bandmates stories and the women they have fallen in love with.

I also love the suspense of the stalker(s) in Lily's life. I am so curious to see who this person might be, and it is going to kill me to wait for the next book(s) to find out!

I am so, so, so hoping that the next book is about Xander and Aria. Those two already have a connection and I would love to see it bloom into something more!

Now I just have to wait patiently for it to come out... :(

I am so glad that I got a chance to read this book, and this series, and will definitely be looking at more books by Raine Thomas now!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Review: Unsteady Rhythm by Raine Thomas

Unsteady Rhythm Unsteady Rhythm by Raine Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this eARC novel from Red Coat Publishing. This is my honest review.

I really, really enjoyed this book! For some reason, the insta-love with Archer and Lily didn't go well with me in book 1, but the relationship between Keith and Sydney in this book was my ticket in! I loved the way they interacted with each other and how both of them were not like they seemed when they got to know each other.

Sydney is amazing. She is so smart and mature and proper. But when she is with Keith, we get to learn some of the more embarrassing qualities she has.

And Keith is portrayed as this bad boy with a dark past and is the brooding member of the band, but he is so sweet and kind and human underneath it all. I especially liked seeing him with his sister, Lex.

Both of them have secrets they want to keep buried, but the best part of their relationship is that they are upfront and honest with each other - even if it means hurting the other one in the end.

I grew to like Lily and Archer a little more in this novel. And all of the media crap they have to go through? I don't think I could be cut out to be in the music/rock band lifestyle if any of this information is accurate. Too much drama and non-stop moving for me.

I adored Keith and Sydney so much in this book, and I'm intrigued to see if there will be another couple pairing up in book #3!

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Review: Imperfect Harmony by Raine Thomas

Imperfect Harmony Imperfect Harmony by Raine Thomas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this eARC novel from Red Coat Publishing. This is my honest review.

Lily's life has been a difficult one. Problems with her family have forced her to live with her Uncle Ray, which has actually been a good thing for Lily. It's how she was able to meet Dane Archer 8 years ago and become his best friend.

THE Archer - first movie star, then famous singer for The Void. Without Lily there with him, Archer would never had gotten where he is today. His friendship with Lily means everything to him, and he would do whatever it takes to keep her happy and safe.

But when he starts a reality TV show to hike up his ratings for his band, he knows that Lily won't want to be in the spotlight. Because of her terrible history with her family, Lily's life is made for a reality TV show.

Once Lily and Archer start to see each other in a different light than friends, Lily is put into a corner and told that she needs to be recorded to be on the show.

But will the spotlight on her life be too much for Lily? Will it ruin an 8 year friendship because of all of the lies and secrets?

This was a good book. I enjoyed the storyline and the drama that occurred throughout the novel. I did find that it was a little slow at times, which made it hard for me to want to keep reading, but then something good would happen that would draw me back into the story.

I do have to say that the relationship between Lily and Archer didn't really do it for me... It was too strained and drawn out. I like heat and passion, and it kind of felt dull and recited too much for me to really feel the connection between Lily and Archer. Which is a real bummer.

But the ending was very intriguing, so I'm very excited that I have the second book to dive right in and see how things are going to play out. I'm hoping that I will be able to connect better with the second novel since I know a little bit of the history now. I found that this book didn't really give Archer and Lily's past information very well - made the reader wonder how things happened and why they are the way they are, and then they just dumped all of that information in one paragraph with factual information, rather than a story of sorts.

I always love me a good rock star romance, so I'm hoping that this series will get better for me! :)

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