Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Review: Safe Haven by: Nicholas Sparks

Title: Safe Haven
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 340
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a captivating love story filled with suspense and mystery.

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Katie a young woman new to Southport who keeps to herself and doesn't share much of her history.  She meets Alex at his store and helps him when his son almost drowns in the river by comforting his daughter Kristen.  She also meets a new neighbor Jo who helps people when they loose someone.  But who really is Katie and why is she in Southport what is she running from?

Then we meet Erin and Kevin who are a married couple living in Massachusetts.  Erin does everything to please her husband but fails miserably and always pays for it.  What Erin can't figure out is what she did wrong in the first place.  Will she ever figure it out?  Or will she escape Kevin or die by his hands?

This was a great story with so much going on.  We learn alot about Katie/Erin and the things she has gone through in life.  We also learn about Alex, Carly and their kids Josh and Kristen.  Carly having recently died and Alex doing his best by his kids.  We also watch a relationship blossom between Katie and Alex even with all their struggles it is such a beautiful relationship to watch grow even as they stumble at times.

Nicholas Sparks never disappoints anything he touches.  He's such a gifted story teller getting into women's heads and sharing their stories with us.  I can't wait to pick up the next Nicholas Sparks book that crosses my path!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Review: The Family Gathering by: Robyn Carr

Title: The Family Gathering
Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: Harlequin
Series: Sullivan's Crossing #3
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Present

Description:

An exceptional storyteller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr beautifully captures the emotionally charged, complex dynamics that come with being part of any family. Readers will laugh and shed a few tears as they discover what it means to be loved, supported and accepted by the people who mean the most.

Having left the military, Dakota Jones is at a crossroads in his life. With his elder brother and youngest sister happily settled in Sullivan’s Crossing, he shows up hoping to clear his head before moving on to his next adventure. But, like every visitor to the Crossing, he’s immediately drawn to the down-to-earth people and the seemingly simple way of life.

Dakota is unprepared for how quickly things get complicated. As a newcomer, he is on everyone’s radar—especially the single women in town. While he enjoys the attention at first, he’s really only attracted to the one woman who isn’t interested. And spending quality time with his siblings is eye-opening. As he gets to know them, he also gets to know himself and what he truly wants.

When all the Jones siblings gather for a family wedding, the four adults are drawn together for the first time in a way they never were as children. As they struggle to accept each other, warts and all, the true nature and strength of their bond is tested. But all of them come to realize that your family are the people whofsee you for who you really are and love you anyway. And for Dakota, that truth allows him to find the home and family he’s always wanted. 

My Thoughts: 

In this book Dakota Jones has shown up in Sullivan's Crossing after being discharged from the military unsure of where his life is headed.  Dakota meets three women two of whom don't interest him at all and one who does Sid who works as a bartender in her brother's bar and is recovering from a nasty divorce.  Dakota tries his best to let Alyssa and Neely know he's not interested, and Sid does her best to convince Dakota she's not interested.

Sierra and Connie end up getting married when Connie saves a baby and talks to Sierra about becoming foster parents.  Sierra goes one step further and wants to adopt the baby Sam whose mother died in an accident.  When there lives get torn apart as Sam's grandmother decides to take him back Sierra and Connie do their best to care for Sam even from afar.  Will Sam find his forever family?

When the wedding of Sierra and Connie happens their other sister Sedona shows up and is in all sorts of issues.  She unlike their father Jed is in need of doctors care and the family rally's together to help Sedona get her life back and become stable on medications.

I really enjoyed this series it's such fun to go visit Sullivan's Crossing to see how everyone is doing and what is going on next.  I am addicted since I read the first one.  My husband buys me the newest one when it's first out so I can have it to read.  I cherish these books that deal with so many issues in life and love!  Can't wait to see what is next at Sullivan's Crossing!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Review: Inferno by: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: Inferno
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Series: Chronicles of Nick #4
Pages: 451
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

The heat is on, and a new threat to humanity has risen…

Nick has his driver’s license and he’s not afraid to use it. But turning sixteen isn’t what he thought it would be. While other boys his age are worried about prom dates and applying for college, Nick is neck deep in enemies out to stop him from living another day. No longer sure if he can trust anyone, his only ally seems to be the one person he’s been told will ultimately kill him.

But life spent serving the undead is anything except ordinary. And those out to get him have summoned an ancient force so powerful even the gods fear it. As Nick learns to command and control the elements, the one he must master in order to combat his latest foe is the one most likely to destroy him. As the old proverb goes, fire knows nothing of mercy, and if Nick is to survive this latest round, he will have to sacrifice a part of himself. However, the best sacrifice is seldom the sanest move. Sometimes it’s the one that leaves your enemies confused, and you even more so.

And sometimes, you have to trust your enemy to save your friends. But what do you do when that enemy is you?

My Thoughts:

In this book the heat is turned up as Nick has now learned his girlfriend Kody is out to kill him, Casey a friend from school is throwing herself at him and Nick has to still survive high school and get his drivers license.  Just another normal day for Nick.  Everyone in their cousin seems out to kill Nick and now Nick has to find a way to protect himself from his father who wants to kill Nick and get his powers, but something is killing his father instead.

I love this series so many great characters and story lines and the humor is incredibly funny.  Nick is definitely not your normal character he's great, dysfunctional and funny as hell.  He has been through a rocky road so far and it only gets rockier as it continues!  Can't wait to see what is next!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Review: Infamous by: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: Infamous
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Series: Chronicles of Nick #3
Pages: 468
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

The world has fallen in love with Nick Gautier and the Dark-Hunters.

Now Nick’s saga continues in the next eagerly anticipated volume...

Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That’s the mandate for most kids. But Nick Gautier isn’t the average teenager. He’s a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him.

He’s learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive and keep a girlfriend so dang hard? But that isn’t the primary skill he has to master. Survival is.

And in order to survive, his next lesson makes all the others pale in comparison. He is on the brink of becoming either the greatest hero mankind has ever known.

Or he’ll be the one who ends the world. With enemies new and old gathering forces, he will have to call on every part of himself to fight or he’ll lose everyone he cares about.

Even himself.

My Thoughts:

This one opens up after Nick and his mom have moved to an apartment near Nick's school and his mother new job.  Here he is outside when he meets Ambrose who conveniently looks like Nick and Nick learns is Nick.  Older Nick is nothing like the sarcastic firey teenager we read about.  By this point Nick aka Ambrose is running out of Nick's to get things right.  Something about this younger Nick is different than any other version of him.  With this information Nick learns alot about his various selves and how they managed or didn't.

At school someone is being naughty again and this time is posting horrible things at school about people who want their secrets kept secret.  Then when Nick gets a text with a website where more information is stored he forwards this info to Bubba and Mark  in hopes they can hack the website and find out who is screwing with people and why?

We also get to see an appearance from Nick's Dad who seems pretty determine that Nick needs to die so that he can harness the powers of his son.  Nick's days just get better and better everyday! This book kept up with what we have come to love with Nick books strange goings on that really impact Nick this time as he winds up in the hospital twice over it. Then of course there is the stint in jail as well.  The good times keep on rolling for our fearless demon!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Review: Full Moons, Dunes & Macaroons: A Cozy Witch Mystery by: Erin Johnson

Title: Full Moons, Dunes & Macaroons
Author: Erin Johnson
Publisher: Self-Published
Series: A Cozy Witch Mystery #5
Pages: 248
Format: e-book
Source: GEBT

Description:

The big day has finally arrived, and Imogen, Iggy and the bakers head to the Fire Kingdom for Hank and Shaday’s wedding. Imogen is totally fine with it—or so she keeps telling herself. 

Even the murder of a famous wedding guest can’t stop the impending nuptials. So when Imogen’s repressed feelings magically ruin her baking and she’s banned from the kitchen, she sets herself to finding the killer. 

Her search leads her through the desert kingdom’s bustling marketplaces and the maze-like riad, to discover underground movements, shady characters, and more secrets about the people around her than she thought possible. Could the killer be the clever journalist or the rebellious palace maid? Perhaps it’s a member of the royal family. 

With the Fire Kingdom’s people churning for change, a mysterious artifact missing from the museum, and a dastardly plot brewing, Imogen begins to feel the heat. When Horace contacts her and makes her a tempting offer, she struggles to choose between him and her new friends. 

Imogen’s choice will have enormous consequences over a deadly plot that threatens the people she loves. Will she stop a killer and find a happy ending in the process? Or will an ancient legend come to life and destroy them all?

My Thoughts:

This book follows Imogen whose dealing with the unpleasant business of being at impending nuptials of Hank and Shaday who are marrying out of obligation more than anything else both being in love with someone else.  Imogen finds her brother Horace there as well, and feels drawn to him as he saved her life when she was a baby but is that enough to build a relationship with a terrorist?

This book was fast moving and really pulled you in wanting to know what was going to happen next.  I hoped it would work out well in the end, and was pleasantly surprised with the end result.  I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who loves paranormal mysteries as this one didn't disappoint in the least!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Review: Invincible by: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: Invincible
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Series:: Chronicles of Nick #2
Pages: 420
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

Nick Gautier's day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul.

His new principal thinks he's even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can't even mention and the girl he's not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.

But more than that, he's being groomed by the darkest of powers and if he doesn't learn how to raise the dead by the end of the week, he will become one of them...

My Thoughts:

This is the 2nd book in the Cronicles of Nick.  Nick is having another wonderful day as he starts to see Demons everywhere he turns.  He still has the voice of Ambrose in his head claiming to be his Uncle.  Now that the football coach and Principal are gone two new ones have been hired but something about the football coach rubs Nick the wrong way.  Nick goes to his various friends to find out what they can.

In this book we also learn more about Nick's friends like Bubba use to be married and have a child until they died.  How Caleb is a demon trying to protect Nick even though all he really wants is to be free.  Then of course the big dilemma in Nick's life the football coach who is into some dark things which Nick has to change in order to say the football teams life and his own.

I love Nick he has got a sharp tongue to everyone he deals with, but you know he generally cares about his friends and mother.  He also has a interesting relationship with the two Dark-Hunters he knows they help him when they can.  Nick just can't seem to keep the baddies from coming to get him!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Review: If I Should Die by: Amy Plum

Title: If I Should Die
Author: Amy Plum
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Revanants #3
Pages: 405
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

Description:

I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.

Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.

It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.

After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me? 

My Thoughts: 

This is the epic final of the series.  In this book everyone comes together to help Kate get Vincent back into his body.  Which leads them all the way back to New York where they have limited time to reanimate Vincent or loose him forever.  In this book we also see Kate's family dynamic change greatly and watch how everyone come to together to save the revanants.

I really enjoyed this series much more than Twilight or any other series I've read.  I read it all in one day and was totally captivated with the story and was definitely pleased with the outcome.  Granted some people died who I really wished hadn't.  Overall it was incredible journey for the people of Paris to go through!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Review: Until I Die by: Amy Plum

Title: Until I Die
Author: Amy Plum
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Revenants #2
Pages: 353
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.

As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Kate and Vincent who are still trying to figure a way to be together without the trauma of seeing Vincent dead.  When two new revenants show up Violette and Arthur.  This book shows both Kate and Vincent separately on a course to find a cure will they reach one in time?

 This is such a great series and a wonderful trip to Paris all at the same time.  I love the relationship between Kate and Georgia  the sisters really have each other backs.  It also helps Kate I think to have someone human she can count on!

Then there is the relationship between Vincent and Kate it's so beautiful it's own way!  Love the way it comes together!  If you haven't read this series you are truly missing out on something fabulous!



Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: The Winter Warrior by: Julie Kagawa

Title: The Winter Warrior
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #3
Pages: 330
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

Description:

The Iron Prince—my nephew—betrayed us all. 

He killed me. 

Then, I woke up. 

Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind's glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter—a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever. 

Leading the Lady's Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan's nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase.To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan's enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore.

My Thoughts:

Ethan has his hands full first and foremost being alive again wondering why his best friend and nephew killed him.  Then finding out how to put Keirran's soul back in his body at any cost.  Finding out the status of his girlfriend Kenzie.  First he has to deal with Meghan the Iron Queen.

This brought out all sorts of characters we've come to know and love or love to hate.  We also get to watch as Ethan makes deals with the very creature he vows never to deal with Fey.  We get to see how great this dysfunctional group is.

And I loved every minute of this series.  We watch the Kings and Queens of various courts and see how they work together and we get to see Ethan and his group do the unthinkable and work together to rescue Keirran for his horrible situation and help him see the nature of his mistakes!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Review: Timeless by: Alexandra Monir

Title: Timeless
Author: Alexandra Monir
Publisher: Delacorte
Series: Timeless #1
Pages: 280
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor's family, she is forced to move from Los Angeles to New York City to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she has never met. In their historic Fifth Avenue mansion, filled with a century's worth of family secrets, Michele discovers the biggest family secret of all - an ancestor's diary that, amazingly, has the power to send her back in time to 1910, the year it was written. There, at a glamorous high-society masquerade ball, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life. And she finds herself falling for him, and into an otherworldly romance.

Soon Michele is leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves - and to complete a quest that will determine their fate. 

My Thoughts: 

In this book Michele Windsor's life gets turned upside down when her mother dies and she goes to live with her estranged wealthy grandparents in New York.  Michele has lots of issues like where they have been all her life!  Why the family has been ripped apart for so long add to the fact since Michele was young girl she has dreamed of a boy not knowing his name or who he is.

When she discovers a key she travels in time meeting various long lost relatives and the boy in her dreams Philip Walker.  As she bounces back between various time frames she alters events in history and in some cases has to go back and fix them for the better. 

This book was incredible I can't wait to get my hands on the next one I couldn't put it down at all.  It was a well written book that flowed so beautifully and brought back certain time frames and locations that were great to read about!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Review: Boundless by: Cynthia Hand

Title: Boundless
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Unearthly #3
Pages: 448
Format: e-book
Source: Purchase

Description:

The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all. 

My Thoughts: 

This was such an incredible ride that trying to describe it will be difficult.  Clara, Christian and Angela are headed for Stamford for college life.  Jeffrey Clara's brother has taken off and is hiding out.  Clara and Tucker have broken up again even though they don't want to be.  

Clara is still having the horrible visions that keep trying to tell her something but she can't figure it out.  It will take all of the characters we've grown to know and love to fight the epic battle in the end.  Everyone has their own road to deal with in this book and it's been such a great journey to go on.  

Such incredible writing that you wish you were there to hang out with them and become their friends.  Also difficult because the trilogy ends and as we close the book we can always reread them.  Definitely an incredible set of books to read!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Review: The Iron Traitor by: Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron Traitor
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of The Forgotten #2
Pages: 342
Format: e-book
Source: Library

Description:

IN THE REAL WORLD, WHEN YOU VANISH INTO THIN AIR FOR A WEEK, PEOPLE TEND TO NOTICE 

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for—his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again. 

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all.

My Thoughts: 

Ethan and Kenzie get dragged back into the Nevernever when Keirran disappears and his summer girl is fading which bring the two into Louisiana and a goblin market. With Ash hot on their tails they are making quick decisions whether or not they are good ones or not.  Most of this book was spent tracking down Keirran who has been evading everyone when Meghan approaches Ethan to see if he's heard anything.

This book brought you all over from Goblin Markets to Summer Court to Winter and back to the mortal realm.  I loved this series especially Razor offers some funny opinions in this book as well!  I can't wait to see what is next in The Winter Warrior!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Review: The Lost Prince by: Julie Kagawa

Title: The Lost Prince
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harper Teen
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1
Pages: 377
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

Description:

Don’t look at Them.
Never let Them know
you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

My name is Ethan Chase.
And I may not live to see my
eighteenth birthday. 

My Thoughts:

This book is the continuation of the Iron Fey and it features Meghan Chase's younger brother Ethan Chase who is left picking up the pieces after Meghan became the Iron Queen.  Ethan wants nothing to do with the fey even though he can see them, in Ethan's mind nothing good comes of seeing them or his sister.  Ethan has had to switch schools too many times to remember and all he wants to do is get through high school without any fey trouble.  Unfortunately that isn't always the case!

When Ethan meets Todd whose half fey he knows not to get involved but his better judgement causes him to interfere and help the classmate.  As he tries to help he learns that their is a new breed of fey and they aren't about to go quietly into the night and Ethan and Kenzie end up on the run from the fey and go to visit Ethan's sister to figure out how to solve this issue.

Part of going to nevernever and see the Iron Queen Ethan'z sister Meghan Chase in hopes that she can answer some questions.  Of course seeing Meghan again resulted in Meghan keeping Ethan and Kenzie against their will until another fey showed up a rescued them and brought them to the mortal world.  Of course withe Fey there is always scrapes and bumps along the way!

I have loved the Iron Fey series since the beginning when it was Meghan, Ash and Puck running around and it's great still with Kenzie, Ethan and Keirran.  They battle some crazy things and you get to see some people you haven't seen in a while like glitch and the cat.  It was such an adventure to go on and I can't wait to see what is next in The Iron Traitor.  Definitely a great series about faeries and not all sunshine and rainbows.


Friday, May 11, 2018

Review: Reached by: Ally Condie

Title: Reached
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton
Series: Matched #3
Pages: 512
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again.

My Thoughts: 

Our beloved Cassia, Ky and Xander all scattered all over.  Ky is flying supplies to  various rebel groups.  Cassia is stuck in the Capital unable to get out reduced to selling papers for information from Ky or to Ky.  Xander is a medic who is helping where he can.  But when the plague starts breaking out and the cure seems unheard of will our trio figure this out in time or will they all die from it?

This book finds all three in various different states helping the rebellion.  Cassia sorting like she is always been good at.  What secrets lie within Cassia and her family.  What she leanrs makes her a valuable resource to the rebellion.

Ky just wants to go to Cassia and take her away forever so they can start over and not be bothered by any of it.  Ky gets hit with the plague and Cassia and Xander rush to figure out a solution.

Xander feels torn between two girls Cassia his match and another girl he finds himself drawn to who will he pick?

I love this dystopian series it had so much depth and information that wonderful poetry to keep bringing you back in to see where they wind up and it ends nicely.  While not everything is perfect, it gets better everyday!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Review: Redeemed by: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Title: Redeemed
Author: P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Series: House of Night #12
Pages: 310
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Description:

In the final electrifying novel in the HoN series, Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals.  A Dark Goddess is loose on Tulsa and the world.  No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her - unless that creature has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power…but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help. Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness.

The House of Night series is an international phenomenon, reaching #1 on U.S., German, and UK bestseller lists, and remaining a fixture on The New York Times Children’s Series bestseller list for nearly 160 weeks and counting. With more than 12 million copies in print, rights sold in thirty–eight countries to date, and relatable, addictive characters, this series is unstoppable. Now, in the final installment of the series, Zoey and her friends face the ultimate battle with evil which will determine the fate of the world, both human and vampyre.

My Thoughts: 

This is the final book in the House of Night series Neferet is beyond out of control not caring who sees her killing people.  She has holed herself up in a local hotel controlling people in the hospital.  

Zoe has found herself in jail thinking she has used old magick to kill men who really just ticked her off.  What Zoe doesn't know is that a. her friends and family will never desert her and b. she didn't kill anyone.  When the truth is made to her she knows who is behind this.  The House of Night will definitely have to band together to deal with Nefret once and for all if they ever want peace from her evil deeds.

This book was great it brought all sorts of vampyre's together along with other people and creatures to for the greater good.  It was fabulous to go back and see what everyone is up to and where they go from where we last left them!  I can't wait to see what these two ladies come up with next!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Review: The Diva Cooks Up A Storm by: Krista Davis

Title: The Diva Cooks Up A Storm
Author: Krista Davis
Publisher: Kensington
Series: A Domestic Diva Mystery #11
Pages: 352
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley

Description:

When a trendy, underground dinner club leaves some guests six-feet-under the table, entertaining professional and amateur sleuth Sophie Winston hopes she has all the right ingredients to put a murderer on ice in New York Times bestselling author Krista Davis's new Domestic Diva mystery . . .

Domestic diva Sophie Winston can whip up an elaborate event in her sleep, but as the hippest hostess she rarely gets to enjoy the full guest treatment. Which is why her best friend Nina Reid Norwood loops her in to the latest culinary craze: a pop-up gourmet dinner party. The celebrity chef, the epicurean menu, and the high-profile attendees are all a surprise, turning the decadent dining experience into the hottest ticket in Old Town. But Sophie's just pleased as punch that she finally has an opportunity to join her fellow foodies in some fun.

The posh party proves to be a recipe for disaster when Hollis Haberman sours spirits by bringing his own hot new dish--his young trophy wife. With Hollis's son and ex-wife in attendance, there may be more heat at the table than in the kitchen. But by aperitifs, Sophie discovers Hollis swallowing his last bits of air, and she must scramble to stop a killer before the swanky supper becomes anyone else's last meal.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Sophie and her friends as Sophie and Nina are looking forward to a little getaway but when bad weather gets in their way they make the best of Old Town.  After a dinner at a new place called underground dinning, an acquaintance of Sophie's ends up dead and all eyes look to his flashy wife Kelsey did she kill him or was it someone else?  

As Sophie digs more into finding out what happens it leads to ex-wives,  a young angry teenager, and a law office that holds it owns secrets.  

This book offers so much with so many people.  We see how life has been treating everyone from Mars and Natasha to Humphrey and Nina and many other people show up in this book.  I thoroughly enjoy this series as Sophie does he best to figure out what is going on with the murderer, and those who are impacted by the death of loved ones.  I can't wait to see what is next for our Domestic Diva and where she will head next!


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Review: Secrets Abound on Missing Lake by: Tanya Fyfe



Title: Secrets Abound on Missing Lake.
Author:  Tanya Fyfe
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 344
Format: e-book
Source: Book Tour

Description:

Luke Houser is approaching his sixteenth birthday as well as summer vacation in the tiny mountain community of Missing Lake. He continues to try to find balance between real life with friends and their social requirements with the secret world of the mystical dragons. Luke faces challenges with one of his beloved sled dogs as well as with Zagros, the majestic silver dragon, when he has to make choices that could lead to potential disaster. As the summer unfolds, so do more secrets in all aspects of Luke's life and he tries to make sense of everything happening around him. This is the third book in the series which shares Luke's awkward and yet charming journey through adolescence with his beloved team of huskies, his friends near and far, and two dragon eggs that are going to hatch in the middle of nowhere.
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My Thoughts:

Luke Houser is getting ready for his 16th birthday and the birth of baby dragons which he can't tell anyone.  Only few know about the dragons which makes it difficult for Luke.  Summer vacation is coming and Luke is looking forward to it.  This book was a great coming of age story along with the dragons he has known to look for when he can never knowing when they will appear.  I think this book will appeal to many teenagers and young adults.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Book Blast & Review: Shadow Girl by: Gerry Schmitt


Shadow Girl (An Afton Tangler Thriller) by Gerry Schmitt

About the Book


Suspense/Thriller 2nd in Series 
Hardcover: 320 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-0425281789 
Paperback: 320 pages (May 1, 2018) ISBN-13: 978-0425281796
Kindle ASIN: B01MXHV6CL
The brutal murder of a business tycoon leaves Afton Tangler and the Twin Cities reeling, but that’s just the beginning of a gruesome crime spree...
Leland Odin made his fortune launching a home shopping network, but his millions can’t save his life. On the list for a transplant, the ailing businessman sees all hope lost when the helicopter carrying his donor heart is shot out of the sky.
Now with two pilots dead and dozens injured, Afton Tangler, family liaison officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, is drawn into the case. As she and her partner investigate family members and business associates, whoever wants Leland dead strikes again—and succeeds—in a brazen hospital room attack.
The supposedly squeaky clean millionaire has crossed the wrong person—and she’s not finished exacting her revenge. The case explodes into an international conspiracy of unbridled greed and violence. And as Afton gets closer to unearthing the mastermind behind it, she gets closer to becoming collateral damage...

About The Author

Gerry Schmitt is the author of the Afton Tangler Thrillers, and, writing under the pseudonym Laura Childs, the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty-five novels, the Tea Shop, Scrapbooking, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. She is the former CEO of her own marketing firm, has won TV and radio awards, and produced two reality TV shows. She and her professor husband enjoy collecting art, travel, and their two Shar-Pei dogs.
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  Praise for Shadow Girl:
I enjoyed the characters a lot. Max and Afton seem to play off of each other well as far as figuring things out. ~Valerie's Musings

This is one of those books where the bad men are really bad, and everyone in the case is hiding something to have a money profit... ~Varietats

Afton was a likable character for me. She seemed in tune with some of the other characters. She is good at her job. ~A. Holland Reads

Shadow Girl by Gerry Schmitt is one of the most gripping and chilling books I've read this year. ~Back Porchervations

The mystery and suspense aspect of this book was great. This was a definite page-turner. ~Bookworm Cafe

Can I just say Wow! It's been awhile since I sat and read a book that terrified me with precision action that intrigued me so much it was impossible to put the book down. ~Texas Book-aholic

It starts off with a bang (literally) and the suspense never lets up. I love stories that grip you right from the start and this thriller fits the bill. ~Brooke Blogs

This is a serious thriller with a lot going on. There's surface to air missiles, conspiracies to kill no matter who gets hurt and what has to be done, and characters with some seriously shady backstories. ~I Wish I Lived In a Library

From page 1 I was engaged in a thrilling and suspenseful ride! ~My Reading Journeys

As the chapters unfold we get a good look at things from both the good guys’ and the bad guys’ perspectives. This gives you a first-hand understanding of the killer’s motives, but in no way takes away from the suspense or the desire to see Afton and Max bring her to justice. ~The Book's the Thing

A page turner like you never read before, Shadow Girl is a deeply rooted thriller in the art of murder, mystery, and revenge. ~Bibliophile Reviews
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My Review:

This book is about when Afton and Max investigate a helicopter that is hit and crashes into a local university what they find is a heart meant to go to the Diamond Shopping Network Leland Odin the question being who wanted to ruin his chances of life?  And why?  This book had lots of twists and turns as you watch Afton and Max figure this out.  Definitely a fabulous thriller book.  It really pulls you in wanting to know how it will end and will they get the bad guys in the end!  Definitely one to check out!
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