Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy 90th Paw Paw!!!

No reviews this weekend, but for such a great reason...my family came together yesterday to celebrate my Paw Paw's 90th birthday!!  You would never think he is 90, but he is!  Everyday he still does his exercises from his military days, is always there for his children, grand-children, great-grand children and friends.  It was great being able to celebrate him:)
If you look at the picture in the corner of the banner..that is Paw Paw at age 14..how cute!!
 My Paw-Paw and me:)
 Paw Paw served in World War II and this picture on his cake is one of our favorites!  It has always been up in his living room:)
 Paw Paw and Marie..one of the sweetest and funny women I have met.  I love their relationship and that she could be there to celebrate Paw-Paw's 90th!
 Paw-Paw and my mom!  She is his first-born:)  They are so precious..yes I clearly got my height from my dad! 
 Paw Paw and his four children!

So, like I said no reviews for the weekend, but I had a great time talking and spending time with family celebrating a great father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, great-uncle, friend and veteran...my Paw Paw! I love you Paw Paw!!!


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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Playing Defense (Corrigan Falls Raiders #2) by Cate Cameron, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ YA, Romance, Sports
Publisher~ Entangled Publishing, LLC
Published~ March 14, 2016

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
She’s out of his league…

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, swoon-worthy kisses, and sexy hockey players. It may cause you to watch a hockey game…or ten.

Sixteen-year-old Claudia Waring has never kissed a boy. Never been popular. Never been to a hockey game. All that’s about to change. Assigned to tutor Chris Winslow, a prank-loving, gorgeous hockey player, Claudia’s perfectly planned life immediately veers off course. And she kind of likes it. But as fun as Chris is, she knows she'll never fit in his world.

After his latest prank lands him in hot water, Chris has to get serious about school or lose hockey. Not an easy thing for someone as carefree as the defenseman. The biggest problem, though, is how much he wants to help his cute, buttoned-up tutor loosen up a little. But while confidence has never been a problem for him, around Claudia, Chris is all nerves. Why would a girl as smart as her ever fall for a jock like him?

My Thoughts
You can't help but smile when you are reading this book.  This story has adorable characters and scenes, sweet romantic moments, but it also filled with the real emotions of self-doubt, confusion, parental expectation, facing the unknown of growing up, etc. which is what made me really enjoy the story.  Claudia and Chris are the two main characters and they are wonderful.  Both are extremely relate-able, well developed and genuinely nice.  Their interactions with each other run the gamut of snarky, funny, extremely sweet, exasperating and full blown adorable.  

CC writes with beautiful style that made me feel that I was in  high school observing this romance in real life.  In her story she covers quite a few issues/events that I think we all can relate to...worry about college, are we trying our hardest, how we fit into our group of friends, having friends, relationships and more.  I think everyone can find something that they remember from their high school years or if they are in high school they can relate with many of the characters.  The dialogue between Claudia and her mom, friends and her self are so reflective of the changes we all experience as we grow into ourselves.  

This is a fast and sweet read that I really enjoyed!  I had not read anything by CC before this, but I definitely want to check out the Corrigan Falls Raiders #1 now and the rest of the series as they become available:)

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Hopeless Vows by Rachael Duncan, Book Review

Title: Hopeless Vows 
Author: Rachael Duncan
Genre: Contemporary Romance Standalone
Release Date: February 22, 2016 Photographer: Perrywinkle Photography
Cover Designer: Cover Me Darling

Ahh I am so excited to be part of this release blitz!  My review is after the synopsis and then I did not put the rest of my links and such that I normally do because they are embedded into this post already:)  Enjoy!


It was a modern take on an arranged marriage that was supposed to lead to my happily ever after. The rules were simple: 

1. Marry a complete stranger chosen for you by professionals.
2. Live together as man and wife for eight weeks while cameras record your every move.
3. Make a decision to stay together or get a divorce.
Call me crazy, but I had complete faith in the process, until I saw who was waiting for me at the end of the aisle.
Austin James has never met me, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know him. With no other choice, I say my vows and pray I can make it through the next eight weeks. Then I’ll leave. What connects us is my best kept secret, and I’ll protect it at all costs even if that means walking away from the only person I’ve ever cared about.

My Thoughts~
I can't stop thinking about this book...this story, these characters, the premise, the emotions...it has left me speechless, with a book hangover, mesmerized and more.  I met Rachael Duncan at a book signing last year and loved hearing about her books and writing, so when I read this blurb I knew I wanted to read it!

I think my favorite part of this book is how real the emotions seem.  The self-doubt, the fear, the love, the intimacy, the betrayal, etc.  I felt like a friend was talking to me. I loved the spin on a reality TV show and karma!  I claim a few reality TV shows as my guilty pleasure, so to combine a reality tv show with a book...love!  The writing style, to me, is wonderful because the story flowed from one scene to another and I never got distracted trying to keep pace with the characters or events.

Austin seems to be the perfect man and that made his reaction even more impactful. Jillian is probably one of the most relate-able female characters I have read in a very long time.  Talk about a tough decision and emotional tug of war!  I must admit I loved both of them, but Jilians boss also holds a piece of my heart because she just exploded off the pages for me:)  Then her friend..hmmm I don't do spoilers on my blog..so let me know what you think about her!  I know I have my opinion...:)-

I finished this book in one day (really one-setting) and I have not stopped thinking about it.  Karma, fate, you name it really had an impact, but then the rest of their story came from them and their actions..love it!  From the blurb, to the cover, to the characters, story and ending..I think this is a fantastic romance!

"This is the first book I've read by Rachael Duncan, but it won't be my last. I absolutely loved this book from start to finish." - A.M. Madden, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Romance Author

"I can't rate Hopeless Vows high enough and I honestly feel like this will be Rachael's breakthrough novel that will take her places and have her name known all around this community. Brilliant job!" -Swoon Worthy Book Blog

"I haven't had a book hangover in so long and after reading Hopeless Vows, I did. This book is beyond good." -Joanne Schwehm, author of the Prescott Series

"What did I think? I'm honestly not sure I can convey what I think right now. I feel like no matter what words I put down that it won't do this book justice." - Books, Chocolate, and Lipgloss

"Jillian and Austin literally sizzled on the pages. The chemistry was palpable. The characters were well-developed and the plot was so much more than I thought it would be." -Casey L. Bond, author of The Sin Series

"I love the way her writing balances sexiness, humor and hurt, and I find myself able to relate to her characters, no matter how outlandish or unconventional their circumstances." -Give Me Books

"As an author, it's hard for me to find a book that is unpredictable for me. Usually, I can see twists and turns coming from a mile away, but Rachael had a couple for me I never saw coming." -JB McGee, Best Selling Author
The longer this experiment goes on, the more I fall for him, and the more the deceit eats at me. When I lie awake some nights, it crawls up my body, tickling my skin, reminding me that underneath, I’m a horrible human being. Deceitful. Cowardly. Manipulative. Selfish. All negative adjectives, and all describe me. He’ll never find out, taunts an inner voice. What’s worse is that it also tells me it’s okay to keep this from him. That the two of us can live out this fantasy unscathed and content. As delusional as my inner voice is, I find myself clinging to it like a leech, feasting on the lie.
Rachael Duncan is an Army wife to her amazing husband, Steven, and mother to their beautiful daughters, Natalie and Zoe. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and went off to graduate from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in political science. With initial plans to work in politics, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill for a House Representative. After a short time, she realized it wasn't for her and began pursuing other careers until she started writing. She's author of Tackled by Love and The Lies and Truth Duet.
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Friday, February 19, 2016

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ Fantasy, YA
Publisher~ Disney Hyperion
Published~ October 6 2015

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

My Thoughts
Delightfully descriptive.  From the character development, the family dynamic, the visualization of the desert and of the desert life, the creation of the city life and sculptures this story, and the cover of this story was without a doubt a wonderful break from reality. 

The use of colors, genders, skills and stories to create and demonstrate this story was so unique to me. I loved the strong females, the unity of family and culture, and the description and trust in faith and tradition that EKJ brought to this story.  I wish this story had images in it such as the beauty of these outfits, the detail and purity of the items created while in her dream state, and the copper and light fire.

I felt like I was listening to someone tell a story and I was captivated by it the entire time.  I wondered about the title of the book until the very ending and then I was like ahh there we go! The writing style is beautiful.  This is the first book I have read from EKJ so I don't know if this is her normal writing, but I loved it!  There are quite a few quotations in this story that leapt of the page for me and that always makes a story even more memorable.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Every Time I Fall (The Raeven Sisters #2) by Anna Karington, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ Romance
Published~ January 17, 2016

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
This is a stand-alone novel that includes graphic content and a HEA. 

Rock bottom has just made a new friend: Janet Raeven. Unemployed and recently divorced from her abusive husband, she’s trying to get her life back in order. Despite her mother’s insistence that a man can cure her of all her problems, she knows that’s the last thing she needs right now. 

Enter multi-millionaire Hayden Lancaster. He’s hot. He’s charming. And everything about him turns her on. Her attempts at fighting her attraction to him fail miserably. She can’t get him off her mind, and she’s having a hard time keeping her clothes on when he’s around. As she submits to her attraction, he draws her into his over-the-top lifestyle of fancy cars, lavish parties, and exotic vacations. But along with this lifestyle comes a long list of exes and one-night-stands. Janet can’t compete with these models, beauty queens, and heiresses, and the more she encounters, the more it seems Hayden is luring her into his life so that she can end up just another ex-lover. He claims she means more to him than the others, but if this is a game, she’s losing, and this defeat might just be too much for her to handle.

My Thoughts
People change.  That is the biggest take-away for me from this story.  Yes, there is romance, angst, drama and family issues, but when I think about this book I think about the changes that almost everyone experienced.

Neither of the main characters, or really any of the characters, are perfect.  In fact, they are riddled with their own self-doubt that presents itself in many different scenes and conversations.  Hayden comes across as a perfect individual until AK starts sharing his background, how he handled the stress, the many women, drinking, etc.  Janet, well I didn't like her at all in the first book and here I had a bit of a hard time warming up to her, but I did because I think that many women who had been abused, become an alcoholic, held on to some of what she did with her family issues, etc. would probably have those thoughts going on in their head...phew it would be a busy place to be!  Then, many of the other characters show that they are flawed, but can change as well..hellloooo Janet's mother and Hayden's ex-girlfriend.  Hello Milo and his insecurities.

I enjoyed the story, but I did have a hard time staying engaged in the book.  At times I felt it was a bit jumpy and that there was too much drama/insecurity.   However, I kept reading and within a page or two I was back into the story and trying to figure out how everything would work out.  This is a stand alone story, but it does continue addressing some of the drama/issues that began in Every Time He Leaves.  I am interested to see if AK will continue this series with the last sister and/or the mother.  Both of those characters are pretty low down on my scale of likability or relate-ability, but perhaps there is more to them then we are aware of yet?  

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Brotherhood in Death by JD Robb, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ Mystery, Crime, Fiction, Romance
Publisher~ Berkley
Published~ February 2nd 2016 

Book Summary (per Goodreads)
Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather’s magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head.

Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD’s top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there’s nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze. 

As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed—and locked—doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can’t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multi-million-dollar piece of real estate . . . and a new case that no one saw coming.


My Thoughts
Dennis Mira is adorable.  I love this series...from the characters, to the dialogue, writing style, futuristic traits ...I love this series.  

This story focuses on sex crimes which are always hard for Eve to work with, but as always Eve shows her inner strength by staying with this case and never giving up.  I loved how this crime and story tied in the Mira's and gave me a chance to learn more about Mr. Mira!  Dennis Mira has been one of my favorites from the first time we met him because of his personality and how somehow even though he is a fictional character anytime he has a scene I just want to smile and go get a hug.  I love the way his character has developed and the warmth he gives everyone, but especially Eve, his children and his wife.  The scene with the hot chocolate warmed my heart, made me sad and happy and truly epitomizes why I love Mr. Mira's character and how he effects Eve.

I missed seeing all of the characters that I have grown to love in this series, but I appreciated their absence because it allowed the focus to really stay on the crime, Mr. Mira and his family, Eve and her departments police work and of course Eve and Roarkes' relationship.  Hello argument over the office and desk!! love it!:)  I know when I read a JD Robb story I am in for action, details, suspense, some romance/love and great writing.  These characters...this story..far surpassed my expectation and show why I always place JD Robb as one of my favorite authors. Simply outstanding!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Girl's Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ Romance
Publisher~ Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine
Published~ February 23, 2016

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
In this powerful and uplifting novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber, a mother and her daughter-in-law bravely leave their troubled marriages and face the challenge of starting over. Leaning on each other, Nichole and Leanne discover that their inner strength and capacity for love are greater than they ever imagined.

When Nichole discovers that her husband, Jake, has been unfaithful, the illusion of her perfect life is indelibly shattered. While juggling her young son, a new job, and volunteer work, Nichole meets Rocco, who is the opposite of Jake in nearly every way. Though blunt-spoken and rough around the edges, Rocco proves to be a dedicated father and thoughtful friend. But just as their relationship begins to blossom, Jake wagers everything on winning Nichole back—including their son Owen’s happiness. Somehow, Nichole must find the courage to defy her fears and follow her heart, with far-reaching consequences for them all.

Leanne has quietly ignored her husband’s cheating for decades, but is jolted into action by the echo of Nichole’s all-too-familiar crisis. While volunteering as a teacher of English as a second language, Leanne meets Nikolai, a charming, talented baker from Ukraine. Resolved to avoid the heartache and complications of romantic entanglements, Leanne nonetheless finds it difficult to resist Nikolai’s effusive overtures—until an unexpected tragedy tests the very fabric of her commitments.

An inspiring novel of friendship, reinvention, and hope, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On affirms the ability of every woman to forge a new path, believe in love, and fearlessly find happiness.

My Thoughts
Oh the feels.  At first I wondered if I would get confused since the story covers two different women and their new paths after divorce, but I should not have worried.  This story is perfectly orchestrated to have time pass in a fluid manner where we see both women exploring, living and listening to the promises they made each other about moving on with their life. 

I laughed, cried, got irritated, awww'd and more over different scenes in this book.  DM wrote a beautiful story that shows regardless of situations, background, age and past problems one can move forward and find love and true friends in life.  There were some situations in this story that broke my heart, but showed how good of a character Leanne truly is and how perfectly Nikolai is for her.  These same scenes showed how it is the tough times that show us who really is there in our lives for us.  Rocco and his daughter are actually my favorite in this whole book.  The honesty, loyalty, stubbornness, yes yes and yes! Nichole would be the most relate-able and easy to love in this story.  And Jake..oh Jake..I can't say I ever got to a place where I liked him, but that might mean he is the best written? 

Overall a very quick and enjoyable book.  If you tear up or laugh out loud in emotional scenes..I would recommend not reading parts of this in public..because I definitely snort laughed at some times and cried during others:)

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Monday, February 15, 2016

You're Still the One by Rachel Harris, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ Romance
Publisher~ Entangled Publishing, LLC
Published~ February 15, 2016

Book Summary (Per NetGalley)
Love is one dare neither of them can take...
Arabella Stone, Nashville’s darling, is eager to shuck her prim-and-proper rep, and a few wild months spent checking items off her “ summer bucket list” is the way to do it. First up: kiss the man she’s crushed on since she wore a training bra, the bad boy of country himself, Blue bassist Charlie Tucker.
For Charlie, a beautiful woman flirting with him isn’t out of the norm—but a beautiful woman bolting after the hottest kiss of his life sure is. And when he finds out his kiss-and-run Cinderella is none other than Arabella Stone, daughter of his label’s CEO, he knows he’s in trouble. Because not only is she a Stone, she’s also his employee for the next few months at the recording studio he just bought.
Over the course of one thrilling summer, Arabella and Charlie chip away at her bucket list and fight the simmering attraction between them...knowing that once it's all over, so is their time together.

My Thoughts
Fun, sweet, funny and at times poignantly perfect.  This romance is a quick read with enjoyable characters, relate-able feelings, fun time and some hot scenes!  RH gifts us a book where I think everyone can remember their first real crush, how they hope certain events or sentence or looks mean something more, how someone will shout out their love, how they want to prove they can succeed on their own and more.

More than just a romance though, RH covers the topic of depression and potential bullying in a very compassionate and helpful manner.  I say helpful because part of the story is Charlie, Arabella and others coming together to use music to help those in need.  

While some parts were a bit predictable, it is those scenes that make this such an enjoyable, charming and happy love story.  This is the first book I have read from RH and I can't wait to read more!

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Selection (Selection #1) by Kiera Cass, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ YA, Sci-Fi, Romance
Publisher~ HarperTeen
Published~ April 24, 2012

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

My Thoughts
I loved it and I can't wait to read the next one, but I also am dreading it because I don't like love triangles!  The writing style of this book is great.  I quickly felt like I understood and could visualize this world that KC created.  Certain areas with opulence and others that were literally living in dirt poor conditions.  The emotions were easy to relate to and follow.  I might be alone in this, but I wondered upon finishing the story if the Prince 1)liked her from the get go, 2)like her because she always told him the truth (until a certain situation or 3)all of the above since she is also by all accounts very pretty.

I am intrigued to learn more about the Northern and Southern groups and why the King does not like to talk about them to the Prince.  I felt like I was watching the Bachelor at times though when the Prince shared his decision making to the America..I mean why draw it out?  America, I loved her and her reactions.  I read some reviews that people didn't like the back and forth in her mind, but I feel that is realistic.  If someone has loved someone for so long that does not go away overnight (Generally).

I am not sure about a movie for this book, but it would be great to have more illustrations to show the dresses, the communities and more because the descriptions in the book made them so lush and real in my mind.  I am not sure about a movie because so often a movie takes my favorite books into some very weird directions and/or does not create the visual effect that I imagined. I am not sure where I fall on the whole who should she be with and I am not sure where I think the unrest will go from the rebel type groups..but I am sure that I am excited to read the next and learn more about this world and journey that America is on!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ YA, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher~ Feiwel and Friends
Published~ November 10th 2015

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

My Thoughts
Without a doubt this is my favorite YA series and this is certainly my favorite of the series.  All the questions, doubts and dislikes I had about an event or character is addressed in this book.  It is a long read, but a gloriously fun and at times too fast of a read. Too fast because I did not want it to end.  Yes, I know there is the book of novella's, but I love this world and characters so much that I did not want my time with their conversations, looks, adventures, etc. to be over.

I would love to see how MM writes because this book shows she is a master of detail and planning in my opinion.  The majority of the book has the characters (and couples) split up in different areas of the world (not just country..world).  Even though everyone is completing different tasks, or facing different obstacles, the entire plan continues moving forward.   We get to see their internal concerns and conflicts as well as how they handle protecting themselves and others.  I can't imagine the work it took to make sure no detail got mixed up, a character or area got lost, etc.

As I look back on this book and series, I must say that I do not have just one favorite. In terms of couples, Cinder/Kai and Winter/Jacin are my favorites.  I enjoy Scarlet/Wolf and their relationship in Winter made me love them, but their initial story was not my favorite. Cress/Thorn oh where to start...I like them but the struggles and humor and just emotional views of their thoughts made me want to hit my head on something at times. Huge twist for me though when Thorn shared about that kiss in the hallway..I am pretty sure my eyes bugged out!  In terms of personality..ironically enough it is Iko and Konn Torrin that I found the most enjoyable.  For the character I thought grew the most it would have to be Cinder or Cress.  Those two female leads came so far in this story line and it was brilliant to see.

The other day I was asked about my favorite villain and I came up with a few, but after reading Winter..wow I really need to re-evaluate.  I don't mean just Levana, though hello evil personified, but also the head Thaumaturge's Sybil and Aimery.  Though really, all could be called villains because of what they do to the citizens and special op packs, but I digress.  Now I won't say they are my favorite characters, but I must say I am so impressed with the detail and layers to the character that makes up these fantastically hateful villains.  My heart hurt for the group many times in this story, but if it wasn't for those scenes, losses and harms this idea of a revolution would not have been realistic.  By the end, while sad about some things, I was beyond happy with the outcomes!

As I mentioned above, this is my favorite YA series and one of my favorite series in general.  The writing style, characters, plot, details and more are gripping and kept me captivated while I was reading and even days later.  I look forward to reading Stars Above and meeting all of this group again!

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Every Time He Leaves (The Raeven Sisters #1) by Anna Karington, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ Romance
Published~ September 25, 2015

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
I'm different now. I won't be that girl again. I'm in control. I'm the one who's going to leave him wishing he'd given me his everything when he had the chance... 

Lana Raeven and Jarek Dean shared a night of passion, but the next morning, she woke up alone. Nine years later, Lana works as a successful event coordinator for a prestigious company. Bold and confident in every area but love, she hasn’t ever recovered from Jarek’s abandonment. However, a chance encounter with her former lover grants her an opportunity to take back her power. 

Rather than chastising him for his cruelty, she plays unfazed and invites him back into her life. Using her ingenuity and sensuality as weapons, she draws him in with the intention of destroying him as he once destroyed her. But her plan for revenge isn’t as simple as she initially believed, for the more time she spends with Jarek, the more she’s reminded of why she loved him. And if she isn’t careful, she could lose him all over again.

My Thoughts
Romance with a twist.  I did not see the reason for Jarek's abandonment coming...at all.  After reading it, I wasn't surprised that was the reason, but I still had not seen that one coming..which I appreciate from an author!

The writing style was fantastic, but I had a hard time with some of the characters.  It seemed like Lana just was somewhat bitter and having a woe is me dialogue for parts of the book.  Jarek was confusing, he came back all successful, but couldn't figure out what was wrong with the girl he abandoned?  The sisters and mom seem horrible...so I guess my problem is not how they were created and presented, but that I didn't really like any of the characters that much..except maybe the attorney?  Thankfully, as the story progressed I did start to like Lana, Jarek and Janet.  

AK creates realistic emotional scenes and intimate moments in her story.  While I thought some of the book was a bit too much from Lana POV, I can easily see someone having those thoughts, concerns and feelings if they were in her situation.  For those that enjoy romances with a happy ending and a few twists in the plot I would recommend this book!

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Find Her by Lisa Gardner, Book Review

General Information
Genre~ Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Publisher~  Dutton
Published~ February 9th 2016

Book Summary (Per Goodreads)
Flora Dane is a victim. 

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Flora Dane is a survivor.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

Flora Dane is reckless. 

. . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.

My Thoughts
LG does not disappoint.  Ever. I think my mouth was open in shock or "no way" for over 75% of the book.

Gripping, captivating, compelling...all words that are true and accurate in regards to how engaged I was with this story.  I could not put it down. In fact, I felt like I was reading what has to be everyone's worst nightmare.  My lord, all those days in a coffin and when not in a coffin it was not any better.  The twists in this book, I am not going to lie, I was not sure which way this book was going to take me by the end.  The POV of this book was great.  I enjoyed reading what several of the characters were thinking.  My favorite is when Flora referred to how she felt, how she would have felt before the kidnapping and how she wishes she could feel now..aka Flora 2.0 and more.

Flora is hard for me to describe.  To say I liked her seems too tame for her personality.  At times I was fascinated, enjoyed, shocked, and more emotions in terms of relating to her.  But can one relate to her and what all LG has her experience in this story?  Flora's mother is queen.  That woman embodies the idea of a spine of steel.  The FBI agent..just the way LG described him..I think we all need to meet him. D.D. Warren..let's talk about a strong female lead ...love it!  I won't use names here, but the main villain in this story..epic..definitely up there on my list of favorite (aka most twisted and developed) villains.

The initial kidnapping was horrific, but when Flora disappears again, wow is this scene twisted.  So many feels and shocks and at times confusion which all lead to what I considered one heck of a fantastic ending. 

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