Monday, June 30, 2014

Review: Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades #2)


Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book made me actually consider becoming an entrepreneur, I might change the major I intended on going to college for from Japanese to Business & Marketing. *laughs* Or I might just become a writer, author, whatever it is too publish some of my work. Or maybe work at a publishing agency after college.

My first intended major was English, but I didn't think I would be able to become a well known author to actually do well, so my safety net was to become an English teacher since my English teacher never failed to let me know that I wrote 'extremely well'. But I don't know... keep whoever reads this posted.

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Review: Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1)

10818853Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Soon to be a major motion picture.

This book reminded me a little of Sylvia Day's Bared to You, just a bit. But other than that, was very interesting nonetheless. This is the first book I've ever read to have BDSM. I always thought that sort of thing wouldn't be my cup of tea. But this book changed my perspective completely.

I know that not all authors don't write exactly the same way, so I've prepared myself to never read anything else exactly like this book pertaining to how the BDSM scenes were written. But there will always be this spark of hope that something might come up.

Anyhow, the little disappointment I got from reading this book is just the comments from others about this book not being appropriate for me. When I was told this, it made me assume that this book must be extremely hardcore. And that was what I prepared myself for when I got down to reading it. Thus, explaining the little disappointment, but was nothing less than an intriguing, and exciting new experience.

Loved the that this book was different from anything I've ever read. Gave me a new visual to see things and a better understanding to this in particular. Even though I was not up to par with reading the way the book was written, it never put me off. Would recommend.

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Review: Measured Doses (Their Circumstances #5)

19161807Measured Doses by T.T. Kove

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this book! So much emotion adding to the mystery, suspense, thriller, romance that is all in this one story. Totally awesome!.

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Review: Woman of Honor ( Kingdom of Arnhem #1)

6370163Woman of Honor by Nicole Zoltack

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was just lovely. Absolutely loved the characters and their no-hard-feelings sort of vibe. The story itself was very intriguing and had me at a state of content while reading.

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Review: When Summer Ends


When Summer Ends by Isabelle Rae

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've read this awhile back on Wattpad and fell utterly infatuated with this story. I kept it in my library so that I could read it over again. Then when I got my Nook Tablet for Christmas, I was ecstatic.

Once I got the hang of things, I just randomly typed in names of some of the books I read on Wattpad to see if anyone actually went through to publishing their book. I found this story along with several others.

Although I've already read this story countless times before. Just actually buying the story gave me the sense of actually having it for my own.

Highly recommend this story!!!

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Review: Last Chance (Rock Romance #2)

21404660Last Chance by A.L. Wood

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Okayy!. This was way better than the first book, I think, although still had the same type of errors here and there.

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Review: Giving In (The Surrender Trilogy #2)


Giving In by Maya Banks

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nice and quick. Bittersweet and a smidge different, but good.

Glad to say that I completely enjoyed reading this way more than the first, I can't seem to figure out exactly why I was not able to enjoy it as much as I did the second of this trilogy. Although, the first did seem too fake, but the second, had some real feels and made me as a reader feel more connected with the main characters, and to have a better understanding of their situation and where they came from. It was able to interest me in a way the first book could not.

I liked/disliked that this book was light. The only action you see is a small bit of rope play, however, it wasn't really play. The rope was used more as a trust thing with the main characters, Jensen and Kylie. They both had dark pasts, and that is kind of what drew them together. I was really shocked and gasped aloud when I read what Jenson had did to Kylie, I was already trying to make connections from their past and present and what they planned together and did not see it coming. Kylie did bounce back quicker than I liked, but all the more for her. I thought Jensen was going to resist and condemn himself a bit longer as well, but Kylie got through to him.

Overall, this was a great pick-me-up from the downer I had with the first of the trilogy, and glad I didn't give up. I have good expectations with this writer because I've read so many from her, so this book proved be right and brought me back.

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Review: Keep Me Safe (Dark Erotica #1)


Keep Me Safe by Skye Warren

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a good mixture, a lot of hardcore, but underlying it was a romance I could not turn away, and in the end I was right. Love. The hardcore was a little too much on some parts, I guess because I have never read anything quite like this and it sort of overwhelmed me.

Wasn't used to the hero/heroine being put down so much. But loved how in the beginning, Zachary was portrayed as in control, but then when later, its Rachel who truly has the control. Although Zachary is protecting Rachel, but she puts up with the bad because she knows it could end bad for him as well.

Great read, recommend to those who like hardcore BDSM.

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Review: Not Until You Part VI: Not Until You Surrender (Loving On The Edge #3.56)

17795405Not Until You Part VI: Not Until You Surrender by Roni Loren

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh gosh, left wanting more and totally hit my Nook Tablet with my fist when I got to the end. I wanted to know what happened next!.

I think Cela should have accepted the damn thing and wore, the least she could do it for was to give him a peace of mind, and I was thrown off when Foster said the name 'Bret' and it ended up being a 'she', I don't know about anyone else but my thoughts wondered to him with another man, and I thought that things where gonaa spice up with a new twist in the mix, but I guess it was just wistful thinking.... And just a huge down pour that it turned out to be a, as Cela so eloquently put it, " blonde amazons who wore fuck-me boots."

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Review: United We Spy (Gallagher Girls #6)


United We Spy by Ally Carter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I first started reading this series back when I was a freshman in high school, now I'm a freshman in college, and cannot believe this is the end. This has been a wild ride and some things in this book that happened to Cammie have happened to me (not major spy stuff but some boys and eavesdropping here and there. And maybe a bit of some sneaking out). But am sad to see this wonderful series come to an end, although am glad that it didn't literally go out with a bang ( not including the academy).

I still want to know what happenes next. There is always something happening with these characters, I'm sure.

I wish I was able to read about Rachel and Joe's wedding, what happened to Catherine, and if ever Mr. Townsend and Zach got to bond on a father-son scale. Was Abby still with Mr. Townsend? If Cammie ever decided on what she'd call Joe Solomon as her stepfather? Is Rachel still headmaster? Will she resign from the academy, have a honeymoon with Joe? What was Preston doing now? Does he still see Macey? Are they still together? How is Cammie living the college life? What is Zach doing while she is in college? Does she still go on missions? Do Liz, Bex, Macey, and Cam still keep in touch? What are the Blackthorne boys up to? Do they still keep in touch with Zach? Is Solomon still on the run? Is Amirah going to ever see the country she rules over? Does the Gallagher Academy get rebuilt in the same place or is it going to be relocated? What was the cover story in Roseville for the Academy? Does Josh wonder about Cammie? Did he move on? Is he going to college? Stay with his father and help work? Does he ever run in to Cammie in the future? What will Cammie be like as she gets older? Spinoff for anyone? Isn't there an epilogue?

I've read this e-book, but I still need a hard copy of this story. And what better place is there to buy this book then Barnes& Noble?...

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Review: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

11235712Cinder by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this book, had a blast with all the ups and downs. I'd find myself cracking up aloud and the rest of my family give me looks, and when something was going wrong, or when there was a scene with Cinder and Adri, or Pearl, or Levana, I'd find  myself mouthing out at the antagonists and pounding my fist down in defense for Cinder, my grandma came into the room thinking I fell (which happened yesterday, and am currently nursing a sprained ankle) or something, and the last scene of Peony, I'd hear myself saying, "No, no, no!" and again pound my fist, not wanting her to give in to the plague, to the inevitable.

The basic Cinderella story was not really my favorite fairytale, for obvious reasons of setting young girls up for failure in life with falling in love and finding a perfect prince that technically did not exist, but this story balances it out with some misfortunes and the good things. Makes it more realistic, and the fact that Kai and Cinder don't get togethr right away. At least I hope they do get together, eventually. Not at all in favor of Levana becoming Empress.

Predictable that Cinder wasn't able to kill Levana, then there would be the end of the story, but could have made the scene a little bit more intriguing. Let the bullet graze her skin, actually have the bullet go through her and leave her weak, for the time being. Or shoot her when she had her glamour on and destroy her bio electric engergy from making her beautiful, for a time, and let her hate scorch through the roof.

I love the part wear Cinder sees the fightened look on Levana's face, and that showed her revelation of Cinder being the lost Princess Selene of Luna.

Ready for the next book on the series!!

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Review: Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1)

10194514Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book literally caught my eye, well, just the title itself, as well as countless reviews that were the last straw to the temptation of the outstandingly well written story. Those two things got me to stop reading in the middle of this other book I was really getting into, and jump on to reading this book. And am so glad to say that it didn't disappoint. Highly recommended!.

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Review: Thirteen Reasons Why

1217100Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book made me feel as if I were actually there with Clay the whole time he went around town listening to the tape. I cant remember how many times I've read this book that is filled with such strong emotions throughout. This roller coaster ride of a book is definitely something I'd recommend reading to others I know who' ll enjoy this mind-boggling story.

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Review: Illicit


Illicit by Opal Carew

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sad to say that this book was only 4 stars, I thought this book really shook me to my toes, but not to my core... Nevertheless, this book was enticing, wild, and outrageously unique compared to other books I've read so far. Can honestly say that I have never read anything like this before.

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Review: Trust In Me (Dark Erotica #2)

13446362Trust in Me by Skye Warren

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Loved the way the story played out , really was kinda disliking when Mia wouldn't make up her mind on whether or not she thought Trey was good or bad, but loved the rest regardless.

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Review: Obsession (Caballo de Fuego #1)


Obsession by Florencia Bonelli

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely marvelous!!.

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Review: The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1)


The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my gosh!!!! This book did a complete 360°, fell in love with the characters and their story!. so many things I like to quote in this book. This first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover, some parts at the beginning of the story seemed to drag, like fillers or something. But I knew it had to build up to something, so I kept reading. Glad the story was ther eto baxk the cover up!. It then became the full package. Glad to have come across this one book in particular, because it is unlike anything I have ever read before.

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Review: Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1)


Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Oh my gosh this book!. In the beginning, I was not really liking it, but then I read more and I was about to half liking it, then near the end I think I liked it a little bit more than before. But the french was just to die for so that gave it a boost.

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Review: Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story (Heist Society #2.5) (Gallagher Girls #5.5)


Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Story by Ally Carter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this mixed story of spies and thieves. I've read the Gallagher Girls books but this made me want to check out the Heist Society and get to know Kat and her friends like I did Cammie and her gang. This book wasn't overtly amazing, but interesting and intruiging enother to the reader (me) to want to know more, and just to throw alittle spy lingo, do some reconn. Well Kat, see you on the flip side!.

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Review: Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11)

13570854Lover at Last by J.R. Ward

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ahhh, Dearest Virgin Scribe, I wanna cry, hug them kiss them both and laugh at the moment Quinn asked Blay to dance.

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Review: The Proposition 3: The Ferro Family (The Proposition #3)


The Proposition 3: The Ferro Family by H.M. Ward

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ohh my gosh!.
Why?! What's wrong with him?! BRYAN!!! *tears*


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Review: Wicked Beat (Sinners on Tour #4)

12710096Wicked Beat by Olivia Cunning

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved the craziness, blunt, honesty in these characters and had a blast learning the whole time reading. Alot of heated scenes, which were greatly appreciated as well as enjoyed (quite thoroughly I might add ;] ), and the depth of when things went awry, and how they acted and what went on in their minds while experiencing them. Gave me the illusion that I was right along side them throughout their wild ride (with their kink, it was literally). What really got me with adrenalin was when Trey cornered Isaac and got to admit his true nature, but what was really unfortunate was how it was shed to light at the party and how so many emotions were going on at once, it was a situation I'm glad to say I've never been in. Nontheless, shit happens, as I think Eric would so eloquently put it. The cancer issue was a little closer to home and am glad Rebekah does not have to succumb to chemo therapy and gets
to have a future with her new inspire of happiness. Great job this author has done, and I look foward to reading more books written with this author's wonderous skill and talent.

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Review: Double Hue

18819773Double Hue by Briana Lawrence

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*Fist-pump* this story was just phenomenal!. Had a great run with these characters; just couldn't get enough of'em. Hot and sweet, and badly twisted. This story was a mix of being accepted, rejected, a bit drunk (okay, hungover), and very messed up in the head...BUT! Have no fear, the star will be in the right place.

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Review: Complete Me (Stark Trilogy #3)

Complete Me by J. KennerComplete Me by J. Kenner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved this story from the very beginning, and felt captured in every moment til the very end. Kept me in suspense, intrigued, excited, and by all means hot and bothered throughout the trilogy, causing me to anticipate whether the next scene will be as hot and erotic as the first or go a bit further, heighten up the temperature and still not be overwhelming or not enough. It was just right, excruciatingly beautiful and wondrous in one way or another. The passion, what Damien mentions, is what it is. Highly recommended.

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Review: Between Us (Sex on the Beach Anthology)

20369409Between Us by Jen McLaughlin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was squealing throughout the whole book!!!! A fun, flirty, and Sex on the Beach quick read was a great way to start my day!!!!.

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Review: Beyond Me (Sex on the Beach Anthology)

20371567Beyond Me by Jennifer Probst

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved this wild, and sexy read as these characters struggle to be their true selves and find more than what they expected in life, whether it being able to let loose and have fun, or maybe believe in themselves and just go for it. Reading this story will take you to places where there is sun, sand, Sex on the Beach, and wet experiences that will send a thrill down your spine and curl your toes...

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Review: Ink (Paper Gods #1)

13423346Ink by Amanda Sun

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a phenomenal story and had fantastic illustration. I, for one, love to read and draw, as well as write, and am infatuated with the Japanese culture. This book was like a slice of Better-Than-Sex cake!. Cannot wait to read more from this author. To be honest, other stories I have read have always had something missing, or have one thing but not the other, for my liking in particular, and I start to lose interest fast because there is one thing that I'll like but then it starts to get tiring and old, but this book had the whole package and was well delivered.

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Review: Shadow (Paper Gods #0.5)

17185049Shadow by Amanda Sun

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm just so speechless, I don't know what to say, any compliment I could give this book could not do it justice.

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Review: The Queen's Army (The Lunar Chronicles #1.5)

16075962The Queen's Army by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved how in depth the author got to express the character's personality traits, moral values and manners in a way as to show that he is well endowed physically and mentally, as well as emotionally.

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Review: Dark Wolf (Dark #25)

Dark Wolf (Dark Series #25)Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a GREAT read!. Can't wait for the next book in the series.

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Review: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)

18335634Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, by the Angel, outstandingly bittersweet, absolutely adored these characters and their story!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Review: When It's Love (When It's Love #1)

20750460When It's Love by Emma Lauren

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Titillating. Mind-boggling. Pure sin.

Such rich, and utterly sensual material.  [The story] really got my full attention and kept me at the end of my seat. Loved how the reader kept the reader guessing and a bit in the dark about Sydney's tragic past. Finding out who she really is and why her mom is the way she is. Most writers explain it all in the beginning, but Sydney's backdrop gradually came to light whenever certain things would trigger memory.

It gave the writer the chance of elaborating the main character's situation with a better understanding for the reader. I, honesty, was able to put two and two together in the very beginning and new the truth behind the emails Sydney received and Henry's behavior and need to stake claim whenever he got the chance. I feel sorry for Sydney having a past without much needed love and nurture, even her grandparents were a bit stand-offish, much less her mother. The words were so raw with emotion that I felt it all coming off at me in waves. The love scenes were extremely well written, for some it is hard to not come off and corny or porn-y, but rest assured it was enticing to read and flowed deliciously.

In the end, I wondered what Sydney was going to do about Henry, and if she will be able to overcome what he did, but it seems that the answer will be in the sequel.

Overall, I really enjoyed this quick read and totally recommend it. I'm looking forward to the next step Sydney takes in the sequel When It's Over. Thank you Emma Lauren for allowing me to read your story, keep up the good work!

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Review: Willing Victim

Willing Victim by Cara McKenna

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was just too good to be true. This read was like an answer to my heart's deepest desires. Truly, a dream come true if this were to happen to me...

Not only do I compliment the writing style, but how surreal it all seemed, although it did seem as if it could really happen to anybody.

Reading this made me envy Laurel, and happy for her as well. Even before her confession moment about her mother.

To be honest, I can relate to Flynn. His mention of insecurity, self doubt and shame. Especially when it came down to sexual prefernces.

I have his preferences, but Laurel's experience and willingness in the beginning.

That's where the envy kicks in *chuckles*

I mean, what were the odds of Laurel meeting Flynn that day, and him being open to take her offer for lunch, and to invite her along to see what he was really like that weekend? What were the odds of Flynn actually being only with Laurel and no one else? And what of his sister and niece, much less his mention of Robbie and how he idolized him.

In the end, Laurel just wanted someone to take care of her and love her, unlike her mother. Michael Flynn was a really great guy. He made himself seem like a no-good-son-of-a-bitch, well, if you wanted him to be...
He was real sweet, and a good body language reader. He called her out and she was grateful afterward. She finally analyzed everything that made her hold an invisible shield up and she her own insecurity for what it was. They had there laughs and tear jerkers, and not to forget the hot moments.

Overall, this read was perfectly right for me. This book was recommended to me and I cannot thank them enough for their suggestion. This was just my cup of tea.

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Review: The Fault in Our Stars

12970552The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of the funniest saddest books I've ever read. Never really read anything like this before, but proud to say that I could relate, understand, as well as agree, disagree along side these characters. The people in the story were awfully bright, very intelligent. But in real life not many people might ask those questions on a regular basis, maybe only when they!re on the verge on dying or know they are dying. But we all know that we are dying, its just the matter of when.
In my family's medical history, there was traces of breast cancer and was what most of the older woman in my family died from. But some time ago, when I was younger, my older cousin was diagnosed at 13 years of age with a rare type of cancer (I won't go into details but if you want to know then message me) but lived to be 14 then soon after passed away. And she was only 2 yrs. older then me. And this made me think of what am I doing in life, what am I doing for my life, an do I love or hate what I'm doing? I'm now 18 yrs. old, and wondering what could I be doing, what should I be doing, and how am I doing it? Then I wonder what my cousin would be doing, what could she be doing, and would she like it? Was she just like the characters in the story? Was she damning the universe for its unfairness, calling bullshit on people who she thought were someone else, falling in love, egging somebody's car? I don't know. I do know that I laughed with these characters, cried with them, and fell in love with their story.
And like Hazel Grace, I would like to know what happens later on. How long does she last, does Isaac ever stop being so cynical, and get over Monica, truly? What happens to Gus' parents, do they become another statistic in people that divorce after their child dies? Same for Hazel's parents, does her mom become "a Patrick"? Does her dad still cry alot. Does Hazel still think of Gus. Is Gus really watching over her now, or could it be just a metaphor to help us deal with the grief and loss of a loved one? What would Gus have to say for himself? He probably say, "I'm grand, I love you Hazel Grace."

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Review: Silver Is for Secrets (Blue is for Nightmares #3)

493123Silver Is for Secrets by Laurie Faria Stolarz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

No!!!! So creative. Saw it coming. Great twists. Loved the plot. No!!!! *sniffles*

I spoiled it for myself a bit. I knew the outcome. I just didn't know how it was going to happen, so I was still safe. Still came as a shock to me. I feel for Stacy big time. Not once did I ever think of the possibility that things could have happened the way they did. It was obvious things were fishy. Jacob's distant self, keeping secrets from Stacy. Drea and Chad having a rough patch. Courtesy of Carla from 'Connecticut'. Or is she really who she say she is... *chills*

Drea really made me sympathize with her, and I found myself more often cheering for her and agreeing with her and Amber on their impression of Clara. I still wanted to punch Chad in the face. This time I just found PJ annoying and mostly wanted him to shutup and get straight to the point. Amber seemed superficial at times, epecially when mentioning some frat boys. I liked how Drea and Amber still supported Stacy throughout everything and didn't just ditch her when they were on vacation.

Loved the backdrop of Carla and the reasons as to why she was doing what she was doing. The connections made sense in the end, although too late. Stacy even found out near the very end when she fell asleep. I think its ironic how she finally told him how she really felt about him. Right before everything went down.

The informative sections in the end of Stacy's recorded conversation were really insightful. I was able to feel her hatred for Carla, numbness about Jacob, and the ever present sadness that things were connected with the past. Donovan. The past never really stays in the past. Back in Book Two, her mother reminded her that her grandmother used to say that. This felt really....prominent, or precedent for lack of a better word.

Overall, this story was well written, appreciate the author's hardwork, and glad snippets of Jacob's journal were included in the end. Better late than never.

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Review: Red is for Remembrance (Blue is for Nightmares #4)

101914Red is for Remembrance by Laurie Faria Stolarz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Crazy-good!. A LOT of crazy, and more CRAZY.

They think Stacy is going CRAZY.
They think that Porsha is CRAZY.
That commune is utterly CRAZY.

Only one of them is true. So if Stacy doesn't come to her senses and help Porsha with her nightmares, they won't be able to save that boy in the camp Porsha dreams about. And time is not something they really have a lot of.

I personally didn't think Shell would be who he ended up to really be. I knew that the boy Porsha was dreaming about wasn't Shell. And I didn't see at first how Jacob fit into all of this. I thought that Jacob was still out there in the sea, especially with all the water in Stacy's dreams. I was thinking the whole time that Stacy would have felt if Jacob really was gone. I guess I will never not to want to punch Chad in the face, its fate. *smirk* Amber just needs to admit her true feelings about PJ, BUT I am proud of her for calling the gang for an intervention.

I pity Lily. The rest of the commune too, but I just HATE Clay!.. Ugh.. He is the only one I want to punch in the face, and gut, and everywhere else more than Chad. So Chad is off the hook. Just a smidge though. A tiny bit. Very little. *snickers*

Overall, this was a nice quick read that I enjoyed very much. Loved the whole series and had so much fun with these characters.

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Review: White Is for Magic (Blue Is for Nightmares #2)

493124White Is for Magic by Laurie Faria Stolarz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fan girl squeals throughout the whole time!. Tripped out A LOT since I read this at night. In the dark. *Chills* Really got my heart pumping, crazy-awesome!.

Really liked the story line. The past, present, and future clashes all together and come into question. What is happening? Why it's happening? What is real and what is not? Stacy cannot answer these questions without the help of her friends and mother, and add in a mysterious new face boy. Is he telling the truth? Can she trust him? Stacy already is feeling physically under the weather caused by night terrors, now she has to remember something from the past, because its effecting the present, and mystery boy dreams of her fututre. The cherry on top of it all is that there are crazy-obsessed weirdos trying to reenact what happened the year before.

I don't know how many times I had to read about Stacy's dreams with one eye open and laying in bed with the covers high above my chin. The details were so good. I was literally sucked in to their world and experiencing everything right along with Stacy and her friends. The clues made me think so many things about most of the characters and shed a light on them that will forever let me see them differently and not really as fond of them as before

I love when PJ talks, so goofy. Drea just made me dislike her even more. I just wanted to punch Chad in the face. I wanted to do even worse to Cory, Tobias and their gang, ugh!..

I wanted to run away with Jacob, the new mystery boy that kept scarying Stacy almost every time the met and giving her a heart attack. Yep, he his my favorite character for this book. Stacy's mom made me fustrated at first, but then she became tolerable after she began opening up to Stacy.

I still want to run away with Jacob. Body paint!. Haha

Overall, I had a blast gasping and laughing all with one eye open people (Ha! Beat that!). Not so much when I had to look over my shoulder when I got up to go to the restroom. The characters were lively and enjoyable, never a dull moment. Thanks to the author for their hardwork, keep writing!.

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Review: Reclaiming the Sand

18240649Reclaiming the Sand by A. Meredith Walters

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story belongs up there with some of the greats.. As of yet the best work I've read from this outstandingly amazing author.

This material was refreshing, raw, and real. Although this is considered fiction, the events are without a doubt possibile outcomes of some actual event. Its always easy to acknowledge that whatever you were exposed to is out there whether it be mostly good or mostly bad. In this case particularly, majority was bad. And sometimes its hard to comprehend how bad things can be. Thus, why this story basically has worst case scenario from the get-go with majority of the characters with their backdrop story, and gradually brings out the goodness that was there underneath all that gunk.

There was some funny moments, pull-your-hair-out moments, pull-your-teeth-out-moments, ass-kicking moments, ball-racking moments ( on Stu, Shane, Dania, Reggie, and *sigh* yes Ellie too), and tear-jerker moments (mainly from Flynn but Ellie and of course we can't forget Dania), but most of all, every single moment these characters had was heart-felt and meaningful. Not always from one character to another, but from the reader. To see how things happened, why they happened, and what was done to change it. Fix it. Everything was utterly significant, and promising.

A lot was to the max and very vuglar in reference to the things some of these characters did, and a lot left harm on others as well as themselves. They didn't have a care in the world. This was sickening and saddening. To read about how these characters were was raw and real and refreshing, because it was all straight up, no sugar-coated words. None of that was ever present, especially where Flynn was concerned with his own trouble understanding and comprehending human behavior and emotions. He spoke whatever came to mind. Tough-as-nails Ellie wasn't wasting her breath either. And with the rest of the gang, it was a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of thing. Nevertheless, this material was extraordinary and unique and commonplace in a weird, but fitting way.

Overall, this book brought me to the edge of my seat, falling of tears, pick-up smiles, and sweet words that were meant more than what they plainly said.

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Review: Need You Tonight (Loving on the Edge #5)

17798500Need You Tonight by Roni Loren

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was absolutely unbelievable!! Totally amazing!! And I am NOT just saying that!. I was squealing and laughing and brought to tears by this book, as well as insanely mad at the antagonist and more than once did I want to reach into the book and bitch slap the crap out of'em!.

I guess what really got me was the whole geek and the popular girl thing going on. I mean, in the beginning it was completely juxtapositioned and a bit strong, but not too overwhelming. Then later on their former selves came to light; nicely eased into. However, that can't be said for how quick things got hot, steamy, and just right. But if you can't handle the heat, then get out of the kitchen.

This was this first time I actually felt connected, or empathy, for lack of a better word, for both main characters. Especially the main Dom in this erotica love story. Most of the time the Dom's flaws, or more vulnerable sides aren't shown, but I think in this particular scenario, it fit in perfectly, and most definitly gave more understanding of the Dom's dominant attributes. Very well written, and more so with the sex scenes. It is important to write a scene that isn't corny or porn-y and it was executed extremely well from start to finish.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Review: The One: The Tale of a Lost Romantic in Seoul

20976592The One: The Tale of a Lost Romantic in Seoul by Steve Justice

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love it!. Insightful. Intriguing. An absolute MUST READ. Would definitely recommend!.

In the beginning, it has the narrator spout what he did. Like having a conversation (something I took quite a liking to) with a third party outsider with no personal interest in the matter, but nonetheless a story to be told.

This particular story pulled me in not because of the fact that it was a student/teacher complex, but that it was of a completely different perspective. The persona of the narrator is probably more common then we think, but we never really get to hear from this side of things, especially the teacher's point of view.

I know I haven't. I have literally never read anything like this before.

How the narrator mentions the other people in his life obviously explains how much of a constant they are in his life and of there importance to him.
In his wife's case, lack thereof, for she is not given the credit of importance, but rather the credit of inconvenience, the old ball and chain as the narrator so eloquently puts it.

The only person he considered a friend would be Adam, but that does not last.

When his student, Hana Kim, makes her presence known, the shock the narrator felt was sure enough to give him whiplash. His infatuation with her soon became an obsession. His life was so uneventful before that most thing he started to do post-Hana, even the smallest gesture I felt chills up my back every time he got the courage to do something out of the ordinary. 

What had actuall
y stood out to me was that he only wanted somebody to love, and be loved.
He was certainly missing that in his childhood. The only other time was with his first love, Jess.

When he confides in Adam about everything, the reaction Adam has finally dawns on me as to why he is his bravado, wild, and single self. He mentioned before what he yearned for, although the narrator didn't pay much attention to it.

My solution was to switch their places in life, and they would be right at home. They envied one another, and my guess would be that if they had grown up in the other's shoes, they would turn out exactly the way that seemed fitting for them. But things didn't work that way.

Everything the narrator said I either ate up or made me think, agreed with or agreed to disagree. This was something refreshing to me to read, and I loved every bit of the author's outstanding writing.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Review: Letting Go (Surrender Trilogy #1)

18281993Letting Go by Maya Banks

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Repetitive. Corny. Dragging. I was hanging from a thread. Not my cup of tea.

First of all, this took me way too long to finish, and this isn't even that long!!. The reason why it took me so long to even finish was that is repeated a lot of things the characters said. They even repetitively thought about it and the dialogue was either worded differently or the same, nevertheless, I just couldn't take it anymore. So, I would stop torturing myself and read a different book. Whenever I felt confident enough that I could read it carefully, I'd pick it up again. But at times the corny wording became too much so, again, I would have to put it down, however, I was determined to finish. Even when I felt forced to read it, I would take a break, and maybe read something else to spark some interest. After that, than I would go back and continue reading.

The only time this book sparked my own interest was when an argument happened or something bad occurred, because it was something other than corny-ness , and repetitive wording that dragged the whole thing. The end was sadly the best part. Because for one, I was almost done, two for the fact that the characters weren't so corny anymore, and three for the characters actually getting fired up. If it wasn't for the end, this would have been only a 1 star rating, but I gave the benefit of the doubt and let the last part win me over for the 2 star rating. Although, a 2 star seems more fitting, to me... But maybe it was also the fact that read this book in the span of practically one month.
Regardless, I will continue on to the next book in the trilogy and hope it picks up better for me to grasp the writing style and it's contents. This was the worst book I've ever read, out of all the books I have read from this author. It literally went off a cliff and down a mountain. Something seriously went wrong here.
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Review: Ethereal Underground

18749046Ethereal Underground by Brooke Kennedy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My emotions are telling me that this read was engaging, hilarious, intriguing, thrilling, and absolutely well written!.

Its very different from what I usually read. I like the author's creativity with the characters and the history behind it all that lead to what is going on now. Its a bit confusing at first because there's a lot being thrown in.. but once you get into it, all the pieces fall into place.

I love how fitting the mythical creatures were in the story, and totally the opposite from cliché and predictable. My favorite mythical creature in this story would have to be the author's depiction of a unicorn. LOVED IT.

This book always had an upbeat, never lagging, even when going into the history and background of why things are in the storyline. Everything was too interesting to consider a bore as most times when the author has to fill in the reader with the whole backdrop.

Never missed a beat either when things would get a little hot (pun intended).

Can't wait to read the next book in this series!. Ready for more adventures, thrilling near-death experiences, and witty comments!. 

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Review: Awakening (The Chrysalis Series #1)

17683820Awakening by Elene Sallinger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was overall a great book to read. Loved the spice and innocence mixed that formed something anew. Highly recommended to readers who are a bit intruigued about BDSM and would like to read not an overwhelming, but a light D/s story to feed your curiousness, as well as highlight obstacles I'm sure some people have in this type of situation. And maybe, just maybe entice you to read more just like this one...



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Review: Extreme Close-Up (Perspectives #1)


Extreme Close-Up by Julie Jaret

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A hot, fun, and flirty read!! Loved the main characters' age complex and how things come to (amiably) an end, but with still more to come in the next book in this series.

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Review: A Moral Dilemma

21525682A Moral Dilemma by Zara Kingsley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very Chic. Much fashion, and a whole-bunch-of-things-gossip-worthy happening it'll make your head spin!.

This was a nice, fun, and crazy read as these characters go from being cheated, becoming the cheater, scheming, falling in love, and eloping all in this one story. Not to mention the very often fuck off's haha

There was never a dull moment. These characters always had a trick up there sleeve; moral, or immoral... *chuckles* Yupp, you read right folks!. Makes you all the more want to check and see for yourselves.

In the very beginning, I was extremely anxious for something to happen. So much that I felt that the story dragged kinda bit. Especially when the time comes when the friends become just really annoying. The more I read, a chuckle or two later was when the juicy stuff started leaking, and was completely thrown a curve ball!. 

Although, the basic theme in the story was very familiar, ( I saw this movie called Chloe and it was basically the same. However, the intentions differed.) it was rather very interesting and grasped a better understanding of the situation and the emotions of the characters undergoing it.

I didn't even snap or recognize any foreshadow for what was to come (except the obvious part of the being cheated/ being the cheater complex ) until it was spelled out for me to read and figure out along with the main character.

Overall, this book was a great read and completely enjoyed it to the end. Hope the author keeps up the good work!. 

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Holding Out For Skye by S.R. McKade

20747892Holding Out For Skye by S.R. McKade

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book has got IT!. No way did I think that this story was going to be like one of those roller coaster rides that people just have to get on!

You'll laugh and cry and will definitely get pissed off, but this is one story that can't be discarded.

This author put words together to magically fit friendships(or somewhat friendships haha), break-ups *whimpers*, and make-ups *sniffle*, that all lead to falling in love. And along this road, you can't go wrong with a bit of teasing and bickering *giggles*, and tough out and make through hardships, and come out the other end to start anew.

I loved the characters personality and how so right they felt being paired with one another.

The only thing I didn't like was how long it felt that Cian and Skye were together. I know they weren't together that long , but with Cian coming to terms with how he really felt for Skye in the very beginning, it made the bickering and the teasing between them a bit tiring at times, and made Skye seem like she was lagging way behind.

I really admired Skye's blunt, fiercely loyal, and realitic no-nonsense attitude of hers. Oh!. And when Cian never fails to purposely rally up Skye, priceless...haha and the milkshake incident was just perfect!. Lmao

Overall, this book was super funny and there was never a dull moment in this book.

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Review: A Promise Kept

20974863A Promise Kept by Raine Watling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is about promises, farm life, grief, love, and some Aussies *giggles* (Texans too) This promising story will leave you laughing, and sated.

Reading this story, to me, felt like as if I was there, as well as feel a bit of a connection with the heroine Maggie (I'm from Texas and live in the country too) and reading parts about country life, country music, and not to mention a bit of karaoke *laughs* made it all the better (and fun) to read and understand the story. It was something I could relate to (a bunch of cowboys where I live) *swoons*

And I just have a soft spot for stories that take on a country setting. Just the vibe of it gets me all excited and automatically makes me think of hot sexy cowboys in tight Levi's or Ranglers...*cough* Tucker *cough*

(Shoot, just try to catch and lasso me up) *guffaws*

The love triangle was just over my head. Metaphorically speaking, especially in Tucker's case, since he fell for his best friend's girl. But although Maggie is a widow, they still felt Mick's presence in between them. This story reminded me of Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens because of the the love triangle, messed up childhood, and the Aussie thing.

The only thing that erked me was how Tucker was too much of a coward to voice out his feelings. He certainly took his time. COMMUNICATION is an important key to have in a relationship. Granted, a lot of baggage came with Maggie and it struck him pretty good, so it was a bit understandable. But regardless, still. He took freakin' forever to finally come forward with his love confession to Maggie. And to think he needed that big of a damn wake up call to finally come to his senses. *Huff* Shoot I was yelling at him myself, wanting to step in a slap him for mouthing off, and smack him in the forehead and yell everything Maggie was trying soo hard to tell him.

I did get territorial when Brenda, Tucker's ex-wife showed up *blush* I was already thinking in my head, "Oh, shit...this bitch." *guffaws* and when she was about to leave I was like, " Dang...can't hate her." And mentally sending a punch in Tucker's gut for being such a douche.

Overall this book was very promising and had me laughing my ass off, shedding a few tears, and when I was not yelling my head off at the main characters for doing something stupid, I was squealing in delight as things turned out alright.

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Review: Take Me On (Pushing the Limits #4)

18333898Take Me On by Katie McGarry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cross jabbed me right into reading, Pinned me into my seat, and allowed me to fight along and fall in love with this outstanding book. Literally left me grappling on to every single word till the very end. This story had HEART.


FINALLY able to start reading this book, it took me awhile to piece everything together again, who was who, and what had happened last in the previous book of the series. Release dates are SO far apart. I was grateful that this book gave a bit of a reminder on what was currently going on and stuff so that I didn't have to go back to the previous book and re-read anything or search for clues and waste precious time. Once it all came back to me, I shot like a firecracker.

Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.
Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.
West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.
Haley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

The characters were very distinct, and had their own things to overcome and such. But this particular story revolved around Haley Williams and West Young.

West going through turmoil with the current predicament of his sister, Rachel's accident and the blame being slammed into him with the help of his father. Not to mention that he is already beating himself over ten folds over it. West's father has had enough and decides to leave West to fend for himself.

Meanwhile, our heroine, Haley is going through some pretty tough times, keeping all that she is going through to herself and taking all the weight on her own. Her family is staying with her Uncle and basically living in hell. Her dad was let go from his job and got depressed. She is also keeping to herself what really happened between her and her ex-boyfriend. And in doing so, she believes she is keeping her brother, Kaden, and her cousin, Jax, safe.
Our two heroes met somewhere in the middle of everything going on. They get into some bad circumstances and have no choice in what had to be done, now Haley is training West to fight her ex-boyfriend, Matt. along the way, they both come at a roadblock and get pushed back into the mud, but together, they pull through.

Not only did Haley and West come together and lived happily ever, they shed blood and tears and grief over the things they had to go through and deal with in their lives. And they could never catch a break, a curve ball was always ready to be thrown at them. And they did lose themselves a bit, but they went through hell and back, to attain something better because they deserve better. They could not keep tapping out. Haley and West had something to prove, and something to strive for, as well as something to love and protect. They fought. For themselves and for each other.

LOVED the dedication and determination these characters had, even when push comes to shove, they were capable to push and shove back.
They didn't have much going for them, but they each had something they were able to take part of, believe in, and have heart.

Overall, this story was emotionally beautiful, and prodigiously great. I had an AMAZING ride with these characters. The story came to life, and was super easy to visualize every fight, every tear, and feel what they felt. Truly, a piece of work.

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