Wolfsong

Wolfsong by TJ Klune

ALL THE STARS!

“You don’t get to decide what you’re worth because you obviously don’t know. You don’t get to decide that anymore because you have no fucking idea that you’re worth everything.”

This book. THIS BOOK. If I could use the praise hands emoji I would. THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2016 TO DATE! Oh my god, the everloving feels. This book made my soul hurt, in a good way.

This book is the story of Ox and Joe. Ox’s dad left when he was twelve, leaving Ox feeling worthless and alone. It isn’t easy for him to form his thoughts into words, and at school he is mocked for his slowness and treated unkindly. Then when he is sixteen, one day on the way home he runs into a boy who latched onto him and would not stop talking, who took Ox home to his family and they accepted Ox as their own. Ox finally had a family, and the Bennett’s embraced him and his mother. Years later, Ox discovers their secret and it opens up his world to new possibilities.

I don’t want to say more than that, because even though it’s all in the blurb it feels a bit spoilerly. This book exceeded my expectations and more, it holds a grip on my heart and I won’t ever forget this story. Sidenote, thank you to the awesome Eva, a real life friend of mine who never stopped recommending this book to me, I would have never read it otherwise and that would have been a tragedy.

“I needed to see him. To make sure he was okay. To tell him how sorry I was. That I never wanted to leave him. That I never wanted to be anywhere but by his side. All I ever wanted was to keep him safe. Ever since that first day on the road, when he spoke and moved like a little tornado, all I ever wanted was to make sure nothing ever happened to Joe Bennett.”

Klune has such a poetic writing style, the words flowed across the page and the fluidity of them matched the tone of the novel. My heart broke for Ox, for all of this insecurities and hardships. I loved that sometimes he was blind to what was in front of him when it was staring him in the face. His relationship with Ox, pre-romance and once they were together was stunning, the two of them together just fit perfectly, like puzzle pieces coming together.

There are so many layers to this story, I honestly could go back and reread it from the beginning again. The side characters, perfection. I really hope there are more books about them whether it is MM or MF because I need to have more of this world in my life!!! Gosh I almost forgot about the world building!! Two thumbs up! Completely believable shifter community, the town, all of it.

If you’ve read my ramblings this far, you can tell I just completely fell in love with this book, this story. If you read MM romance, read it now. If you’ve never read MM make this your first. This is a special story, one that will stay with me a long time.

“I just want to be wherever you are.”

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Veiled

Veiled by Karina Halle

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5 stars!

“I feel like each day is leading me down a dark path I might not be able to come back from.”

First off, YOU CAN READ VEILED WITHOUT HAVING READ EXPERIMENT IN TERROR. Wait, did you get that?? YOU CAN READ VEILED WITHOUT HAVING READ EXPERIMENT IN TERROR!!!
Okay, now that we have that out of the way, you’re gonna read Veiled now, right??? Right?? (You’d better).

I first discovered Karina Halle when I saw a trusted reviewer on Goodreads review one of her Experiment in Terror books. So one day during jury duty I picked up Darkhouse and the rest is history. I fell in love. So when EIT ended and there was a possibility of an Ada book, I waited and hoped and dreamed. And it didn’t come. When I gave up hope that Veiled would happen, something magic happened: Karina wrote it!

So I am beyond ecstatic we have Ada’s story, it truly is a special gift to EIT fans and quite honestly, any Karina fan. I want ALL my friends to read this book!!!! Beware, because I will start pushing this one on you if I haven’t started already.

“You have a fight ahead of you, one that goes far beyond what you’ve seen in your dreams.”

Now let’s get back on track. Veiled is the story of Ada Palamino, eighteen years old and already well aware of the fact that ghosts and demons haunt our world. After the death of her mother, two years later she is still reeling. Her nightmares become more vivid and strange things begin to happen around her. On top of this, a sexy ginger from her dreams pops up in real life, meant to be her guide and protector. As crazier stuff keeps happening, Ada must learn to find her inner strength and fight the demons surrounding her, figurative and literal.

“The past doesn’t define us. It’s what we do here and now, today that does. This world was built on second chances.”

Veiled is equal parts scary, sexy and intense. This is a book where I resented needing to accomplish real world tasks because I wanted to constantly be in Ada and Jay’s world! I also made the mistake reading the majority of this book at night, not a wise idea. I was pee in my pants terrified at some parts and wished I had my own sexy ginger to keep me safe and warm at night. Speaking of sexy gingers, leave it to Karina Halle to create a hot sexy GINGER that I swooned over. And I’m not even really attracted to gingers!!!! But Jay is the sexy, smoldery exception.

I loved the feel of this book, it was uniquely Ada if that makes any sense. This book was about Ada transitioning from a girl to a woman and finding her inner strength to fight for the people she loved. Ada overcame her fears and her demons, fighting for the side of good while trying to survive at the same time. Ada and Jay were perfect for each other, their romance sigh worthy. I would love to see more of the two of them, but I am happy enough for this book to have happened!!!

Again I would like to reiterate, Veiled can be read as a standalone despite technically being a spinoff book! You do not have to read the Experiment in Terror series first (unless you want to).

“You’re destined for something great, Ada. I know this. And it’s an honor to help see you through it.”

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

VEILED by Karina Halle – Release Blitz

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Lie and The Pact comes a new romance that will test your limits and leave you breathless.

Death.

It’s something that Ada Palomino has always known so well, having grown up in a house of horrors, surrounded by a family plagued by ghosts and demons and things that go bump in the night.

But after the sudden and tragic death of her mother two years ago, death has never felt so personal.

Or so close.

Now eighteen, Ada is trying to move on with her life and the last month of summer holds nothing but sunshine and promises with her first year at a Portland design school just around the bend.

That is until her increasingly violent and realistic dreams, dreams of other worlds, of portals and veils where her mother is tortured and souls bleed for mercy, start to blend into reality. Ada has to lean on

her older sister, Perry, to try and make sense of it all but even then, she's never felt more alone.

Then there’s Jay. Tall, handsome and deeply mysterious, Jay would be just another stranger, a familiar face on the bus, if it wasn’t for the fact that Ada has met him before.

Every night.

In every single dream.

And the more that Ada is drawn to him in both worlds, the more she’s in danger of losing everything.

Including her heart.

And her very soul.

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QUESTIONS ABOUT VEILED

Q: Is this YA?

A: No. The main character is 18 and there is sex, crude language and violence in the book. It is recommended for mature teens or 18 and up.

Q: Is there a cliffhanger?

A: Nope! There’s also no cheating and no love triangle (think I’ve covered the bases there!)

Q: Do I need to read the series (Experiment in Terror) that Veiled is a spinoff of first?

A: Absolutely not. Veiled stands alone. You do not need to have read the EIT series beforehand as this follows a different character (Ada Palomino) and a different storyline. However for those who have read

EIT, all your favorites are in the book!

Q: Is it horror? Your other series was and I don't handle scary very well…

A: No, it’s paranormal romance (though I promise you there are no vampires or werewolves), and while there are creepy elements to the story, it wouldn’t be classified as horror. If you can read KMM’s Fever Series or ANY urban fantasy, you’ll be fine.

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ABOUT KARINA HALLE:

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times,

Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins& Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on

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Veiled-now

EXCERPT

Then, out of nowhere:

“You looked beautiful tonight, by the way.”

Oh jeez. Be still my fucking heart.

I try and swallow, his words, the sincerity in his voice rocking my world off-balance. “Which part? When the power went out or when Jacob went upstairs to fight a demon?” I joke. But I joke because I’m feeling this a little too much.

“All of it. You know why I call you Princess?” he asks, his tone graver than before, like he’s letting me in on a very deep secret.

“Because I’m a spoiled brat?”

“Because you’re beautiful.”

Well that shut me up. The sentence hangs in the air, larger than life.

He clears his throat and goes on and I have to fight against the urge to roll over and face him. “You have this way about you. You don’t see it. But I do. Like you’re born royalty. The way you hold yourself. Your walk. The face of an angel.”

Butterflies take flight in my gut, spreading through my veins until my whole body feels like it’s floating.

“Why are you being so nice to me? Am I going to die?”

He laughs softly. “I don’t know why I’m saying these things. Just seemed like the things to say. You’re destined for something great, Ada, I know this. And it’s an honor to help see you through it.”

His words cascade down on me like ashes from a fire. Where they land, I’m ignited.

Jay thinks I’m beautiful.

And more than that, he believes in me.

Silence settles over us, stealing time. I hear him breathing in the dark, steady as a heartbeat. He might even be sleeping.

But I can’t even begin to shut down. My entire body, from the top of my scalp, down to my toes, is buzzing with heat and electricity. It’s like everything I felt for him before, everything I try to ignore, is coming out in full force, responding to his words, to his body so close to mine. I can feel the warmth at my back, sinking into my spine, just from his presence only.

I’m starting to have feelings for him. Not just in a he’s a giant hulking beast who’s here to protect me from the underworld way. But real feelings, slowly creeping into my heart, day by day.

The thought is terrifying in the same way that demons are terrifying.

They both might take possession of me.

They both might ruin me.

And I’m not sure how much of me I’ll have left.

Torn

Torn by Jennifer Armentrout

4.5 stars!!

There will be slight spoilers from the previous book in this review. If you don’t want Wicked spoilers STOP READING NOW!!! Okay? Okay.

Ivy Morgan is a member of The Order, a group with a mission to go out and kill Fae living in the human world. At the end of the previous book she was almost killed by the Fae Prince, until he discovered she is the halfling he has been looking for. This secret throws Ivy and she has no idea who to trust with this information. Because the Prince needs Ivy to create an apocalypse baby, and The Order wants the halfling dead.

Should Ivy tell her boyfriend, Ren, the man she loves? Or keep it a secret and run?

Recently some of the stuff JLA has put out has been quite the miss for me, and I love her books. So I was a bit scared going into this book that I wouldn’t like it, but I needn’t have worried. Reading this book was like coming home. I ADORED this book, so so much. Even more than the first book. It was also easy to read this book despite reading Wicked two years ago.

Ivy’s struggles with who she was and what that meant pulled at my heart, I felt for the girl so much. She was basically put in an impossible situation and I couldn’t even figure out what she should do. The Prince was creepy AF, and honestly gave me the shivers (of ick).

But my favorite part? TINK. That fairy man makes the book. I want him to have his own book, I think it could easily be done.

This book was equal parts suspenseful, angsty, sweet and awesome. I only hope that the next book really does release in summer of 2017.

Burned

Burned by Karen Marie Moning

4.25 stars!

“Temptation isn’t a sin that you triumph over once, completely and then you’re free. Temptation slips into bed with you each night and helps you say your prayers. It wakes you in the morning with a friendly cup of coffee, and knows exactly how you take it.”

Burned is the continuation of the Fever series. I’ll warn you right now, if you haven’t read the previous books in the series there will be spoilers in my review. That being said, my review should be spoiler free for those who have read the series.

With the exception of a previously free online short story at the beginning (which is necessary to read), Burned picks up where Iced left off. Dani and Mac are in a confrontation that has been waiting to come for a long time. Choices are made and consequences doled out, the future is changed forever for one of these two characters.

In the meantime, power struggles for control of the city ensue. Many characters feel they should be in charge or left alone in their own sectors. The issue of Christian needing rescueing is one on almost everyone’s mind as well as aftereffects from the iced areas in the previous books leaving black holes.

“I want to tell her revenge is a devil you don’t want to worship. In destroying your enemy you become it.”

Well first things first I’m going to gripe a bit about something I knew but still am a bit miffed about: we no longer have Dani’s POV. Even thought this was supposed to be the O’Malley series (that title is now changed back to Fever) we are given the perspective of Mac. Who I love, but she already had 5 books to herself. Give us back the Mega!!!! Grrr.

This book had less of a coherent plot than Iced did, it was a bit more political intrigue than set action and adventure but it was still enjoyable. Mac and Barrons are still together yet at odds. Mac is dealing with having the Book inside of her and the effects on her being. Mac’s struggle for this book is mostly her struggles with the Book and past issues with Barrons that come to the forefront. There was a lot going on with side characters that I am intrigued to see develop in the next installment or so. Crossing my fingers for a new couple to ship so we will see.

Not much else to say. While a lot happened, not anything noteworthy happened, know what I mean? I definitely wish to see changes in certain characters in the next book and hope for a more solid plot to read. Otherwise I really enjoyed this installment in the series, but it seems as if its role is filler.

“You are what you are. Find a way to live with it.”

Iced

Iced by Karen Marie Moning

4.75 fecking stars!

“Dude, the bush is ready. Why you still beating around it?”
“I’ve lived a long time, kid, and I’ve never heard anyone mutilate the English language quite like you.”

Well, I went into this one with low expectations and ended up loving it!!! I’m on a real PNR kick right now and it’s working for me! Iced is a continuation of the Fever series, so it IS necessary to read the previous 5 books before reading this one.

So after the events of Shadowfever, we see the world from Dani’s perspective. Dani spends her time freeze-framing (superspeed) around Dublin, putting up the Dani Daily News and killing as many Fae as she can with her sword. Getting herself in a wee bit too much trouble, Ryodan steps in and forces Dani into a contract to work for him.

Together, Ryodan and Dani investigate a mysterious occurrence throughout the city. Areas and people are getting full on iced, within seconds before shattering. As it happens more frequently, Dani and Ryodan are pressured to stop it before it takes over the entire city.

“The more excited I get, the more I vibrate.”
“Now there’s a thought,” Lor says.
“If you mean what I think you mean, you want to shut the fuck up and never think it again,” Ryodan says.”

So, I fecking loved Dani. After having read so many complaints about her I expected to hate her, but it was the total opposite. Yes she’s young, but she’s a kickass heroine with a mission: to kill as many fae as possible and to keep humans safe.

There’s something so engrossing and enthralling about Moning’s writing style, I was completely lost in this book from the moment I cracked its pages until the very last page. She’s one of those authors I could read anything from, it’s just that addictive. Her descriptions are incredible. Seriously there was some messed up gory stuff in this book that made me sick to my stomach in many parts. But also lots of feels from the author.

I think it’s weird that when I bought this book, they had it in the romance section. Um, there is no romance in this book. There are possibilities, but honestly this was just pure urban fantasy! As for the romantic interests for Dani: Christian was super freakin creepy. I totally agree with everyone else on that. I kind of want him to be killed off. Ryodan I frickin loved!!! Yes he’s ancient but he never made a move on Dani. He recognized what a brilliant woman she was going to become so he wanted her in his life. Some may call that creepy but I disagree. In this book their relationship was platonic and I loved all of their interactions and verbal sparring. Best part of the book.


“He smiles faintly. “I’ll be damned. You have a crush on Barrons.”

“I do not have a crush—”

“You do, too. It’s all over your face. Anybody could see it.”

“Sometimes, boss, you’re just wrong.”

“I’m never wrong. You might as well take out a billboard. ‘Dani O’Malley thinks Jericho Barrons is hot.’ My offer to teach you is still open. Save you from future embarrassment. If I can see it on your face, he can, too. ”

Most of all the tidbits of character development for Dani were pure gold. In tiny flashbacks and information from other people we see the trauma she’s been through and how her fierce personality is just something she hides behind. She doesn’t let anyone close, the closest was Mac before that fell apart. Her friends do try to get closer to her but Dani doesn’t want to open up. Like her friend Dancer, it’s obvious Dani is like family to him, but when he tries to convey this she pushes him away. The same she would do with others like Jo and Ryodan. I want so desperately for someone to break through her walls!!!

I’m not terribly excited about reading the next book. From what I deduced/understand Karen Marie Moning caved to all of the criticism and made the book from Mac’s perspective. What the hell? Isn’t this Dani’s series? Like I am for real pissed about the change, I was really looking forward to the continuation of the Dani story/perspective. We already had 5 books with Mac, why does she need another one? So basically I am going into the next book with extremely low expectations and with a little bit less respect for this author.

“You’ll never be just anything. A tsunami can never be ‘just’ a wave.”
“Get off my chin.”
“I like that about you. Waves are banal. Tsunamis reshape the Earth. Under the right circumstances, even entire civilizations.”
I blink.
“You’re going to be one hell of a woman one day, Dani.”

The King

The King by JR Ward

3.75 stars

So, I’ve always been a bit behind on the BDB fan train. I had read up to Blay and Qhuinn’s book but for some reason stopped there. Once I found out Rhage and Mary had gotten another book I decided I needed to catch up so I could read about them ASAP!

I really enjoyed The King, more than I thought I would. Despite being the first couple of the series, Wrath and Beth have never been my favorite. Not that there’s anything wrong with them, I just felt the first book wasn’t as well developed as the rest of the series, so I’m really glad we got another book detailing their relationship and where they are at since the events of the first book.

The root of this story is Beth wants to become pregnant and Wrath doesn’t want her to for safety reasons. Hence, angst and tension. We also got great back story on Trez and iAm in this book. Bonus, some more of Layla too. But to be completely honest, I didn’t really care about the flashbacks or Assail (don’t come at me with pitchforks y’all).

Anyways, I’m glad I read this book and onward to the rest of the series!!! One more book until more Mary and Rhage!!!

Fire Touched

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

4.5 stars!

The Mercy Thompson series is one I’ve been reading for years. I love it so much and think we are lucky as fans that the series has not ended yet. It’s also one of the best urban fantasy series out there, in my opinion. So every Spring when a new book in the series is published I get so delighted because I really want to see what happens next in the series.

In this ninth installment, Mercy and her Alpha werewolf husband Adam, find themselves faced with issues surrounding the Fae. The past few books have been building up to this, with mentions of the fae disappearing and much more interesting activity afoot. Here Mercy finds herself battling a troll on a bridge with some members of the pack, and unintentionally speaking for the Pack on the stance they take toward the Fae, and claiming the Tri-Cities as their own territory.

What follows is a series of events of Mercy and the Pack defending themselves and entering into intricate bargains with the Fae and other supernatural species.

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This book took a little bit for me to get into, normally when I read a Mercy book it’s finished in less than 12 hours. Fire Touched took me a while longer mostly because I had a bit of trouble finding the reading rhythm (and binge watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer didn’t help matters). I loved the bits where we saw the Pack resolving issues that needed to be solved like, 2 books ago. I was sick of the way some members had been treating Mercy and I like that some of that was covered. The introduction of a new and mysterious character named Aiden, the human buy stuck in a Fae world for centuries, turning him into a sort of hybrid. I cannot wait to learn more about him.

Being a romance junkie I would have liked more on Mercy and Adam but I understand that wasn’t a priority. Briggs dropped a relationship bomb in this book and seemed to brush it off very quickly, but we saw that Briggs!!! And it better be talked about in the next book you sly author you! I also cannot help but think there is something going on between Jesse and Ben, or that maybe there will be in the future when she’s not in high school. Nothing obvious is written but I kind of feel that happening.

Anyways, I love this author and this series, so hopefully you take a chance on it and read the first book, Moon Called. You won’t regret it. (And now the year long wait for the next book begins. Grr.)

First Grave on the Right

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones

3 stars!

“Never knock on death’s door. Ring the doorbell then run. He totally hates that.
– T-shirt”

This is where I use this review to rant a bit. 3 stars is NOT A BAD RATING!! I enjoyed reading this so even if you mean well, please do not say sorry or better luck next time . Remember a 3 star rating according to Goodreads means I liked it . 4 stars is for REALLY liked and 5 is for LOVED.

Back to the real part of the review.

Charley Davidson can see dead people. Technically she’s a grim reaper and helps souls cross when they die on earth. Charley spends her time as a private investigator and also helps the police on the side. Her Uncle is a cop and knows about her abilities, so he often uses her to help solve difficult cases. When three lawyers turn up as ghosts, Charley discovers they were all killed at the same time in order to keep an innocent man in prison. On top of all of this, a sexy ghost thing named Reyes shows up in Charley’s sleep and does some crazy hot things to her.

“That took balls.”
“Please,” I said with a snort, “that took ovaries. Of which I have two.”

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The best part of this book was the snark. I loved the author’s snark and Charley’s snark. When covering a topic as morbid as death it’s important to include the right balance of humor in order to make it not depressing. I especially found some of the stalker ghosts to be funny like the little blond girl.

I found it interesting that for such a central character the reader never spent a lot of face time with Reyes. He was talked about so much it would have been nice to actually here from him rather than about him. I think that may change in the next installments (at least I hope so).

“If I couldn’t be a good example, I’d just have to be a horrible warning.”

So why not a 4 or 5? Honestly, when I put this book down, I wasn’t eager to pick it back up. The mystery plot was all over the place and the plot lines seriously had some ADD going on. It became a little confusing the constant switch of what case Charley was working on. For lack of a better word, it didn’t feel like it was balanced very well.

So to reiterate, I enjoyed this book but didn’t love it. I’ve heard the series gets better as it goes on so I look forward to continuing it.

The Return

The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4 Apollyon stars!

“You’re just…you’re just Seth.”
“And you…you’re just my salvation.”

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***First off, I just want to note that you must finish reading The Covenant series before reading this book. The Return is a new adult spinoff of the young adult series, the first book titled Half Blood and it’s a serious I rated 5 stars across the board so I highly recommend reading it.

The Return is about Seth, the Apollyon who aided in several unforgivable crimes a few years before. In order to atone for all of his actions, Seth agrees to be the bidding boy of the Greek Gods. This changes when Apollo tasks Seth with protecting someone at all costs.

Josie is a college student who is worried about her next test and her unwell mother back home. Upon meeting Seth she is whisked into a new world, one containing Greek gods, demigods, sentinels, titans, furies, daimons and more. After shit hits the fan at her college, Seth must escort Josie to a safe location but they face many obstacles along the way.

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I love that Seth got his own book. There were so many times when reading The Covenant series that I wished we as the readers knew his motivations or his side of things, so I was very grateful to get his perspective in this book. Seth’s main focus is toatone for all of the horrible things he’s done in the past, and the horrible tragedies that his actions ultimately led to. There is an undeniable attraction between Seth and Josie, but Seth cannot believe he would deserve a girl like her, and believes he would not be the man she deserved. Based on all of his baggage, I can see where he is coming from with that.

I really liked Josie as a new character, she had a lot of spunk but wasn’t at all reckless. Her goal was to survive to live another day. I look forward to seeing her development in the next book. I feel like we just scratched the surface with her.

I loved the character cameos we got to see in this book, mostly Apollo, Luke and Deacon. Deacon always seems to put a smile on my face and I hope he’s around a lot more. I would have liked more cameos but hopefully they will come later.

Overall, I really liked this book, but because of some unresolved plot points at the end I can’t say I loved it.

Oh and I’m not normally mean about this, but who the f*** chose this cover?? It is AWFUL! That guy looks like he’s high and he looks nothing like Seth. If you’ve seen the original cover (in my updates below) you can see what I mean, and I strongly wish they had stuck with the old cover. It was much better.

Cursed

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4 Cursed stars!

“You have a soul. You aren’t evil. There’s nothing you can say that will make me think that.”

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Jennifer Armentrout is one of my all time favorite authors. JLA doesn’t write within the typical book formula and marches to the beat of her own drummer, which is refreshing in this day and age of publishing. Whether she is writing young adult, new adult, or thrillers, I have liked or loved everything she’s ever written.Cursed is not exception, coming in at one of her most underrated books, and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

Cursed is the story of teenager Ember. Ember died two years before in a car accident with her dad when her then three year old sister Olivia brought her back from the dead. Olivia wasn’t able to save their father, and their mother seems to have gone into a catatonic shock since then and doesn’t talk to anyone. And the weirdest thing about being brought back from the dead? Any living thing that touches Ember’s skin dies. Plants, animals, and humans. So for two years Ember has lived as the town freak with scars covering her body and doing her best to avoid human interaction.

Suddenly, Ember and her family are abducted by Jonathon Cromwell, a man who claims to have their best interests at heart, and he brings them to a home full of kids with special abilities. It is made clear that Olivia is in fact the only member of the family he wants, and Ember and her mother are expendable. At this house, Ember’s only friend is Hayden, Jonathan’s adopted son. Hayden seems to be the only one on Ember’s team, and she deals daily with the fact that she is in a home where she isn’t wanted.

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Reading a JLA book is a comfort thing for me and even though she’s written a shit ton of books, I’m down to like 2 books I haven’t read by her yet. I’d been putting this book off for a while but decided it was time to give it a shot. I went into this book with fairly low expectations since not many people seem to have read it, and the average Goodreads rating is below a 4.0.

While the character of Ember could be a bit whiny and impulsive sometimes, her struggle was very relatable to readers of this book. I think I can speak for everyone and say we’ve all felt like an outcast at some point in our lives, or even like we didn’t belong somewhere, and this was an issue Ember dealt with every day of her life, and everywhere she went. Constantly second guessing herself, wondering if she even had a soul once she was brought back, not able to have the smallest amount of human contact without fear of hurting someone; I got to say, I’m kind of amazed she didn’t have a breakdown holding herself and her feelings together. To me, this made her strong.

Hayden was such a great book boyfriend. He also proves that JLA has been writing great heroes since the beginning of her published writing career. His faith in Ember was amazing and I kind of wish guys like him existed in my real life world.

“My brain must have felt sorry for me, so it’d created the only type of guy I could touch—a fantasy one.”

There were a few inconsistencies which is why I can’t rate this book a 5. For example, Ember’s change in eye color was never fully explained, and I really would have liked an epilogue to see if certain aspects of Ember’s power worked out or not. Plus, the entire book The Facility was a huge motif and we never even saw it as a reader. But these things did not take away from my enjoyment of the book.

So if you are looking for a fun yet deep young adult paranormal book, this one is for you!

Bound by Flames

Bound by Flames (Night Prince #3) by Jeaniene Frost
4 Dracul-A stars!

“Love cuts deeper than the sharpest blade, cripples more than shattered bones, and leaves scars that can never fade.”

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Yet another fun and action packed novel by Jeaniene Frost! I will say, I had my doubts about this spin-off series, but Ms. Frost has made me fall in love with Vlad and Leila.

In this third (yet not final) book in the Night Prince series, Leila and Vlad have discovered the existance of a once thought dead enemy. I would write his name in the review, but it’s so damn weird and complicated, I would have to look back into my paperback copy for the spelling and then copy and paste that shit because dude, it’s a weird name. Like souvlaki or something.

Anyways, Leila and Vlad are doing their best to find their enemy before his finds them, but this is easier said than done. I can’t say anymore about the plot without giving it away so I’ll stop while I’m ahead.

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Really loved the development of Leila and Vlad’s relationship in this one. It was a giant lesson in marriage being a give and take situation, and both Vlad and Leila did their best to support the other’s beliefs and actions to some extent. Well, kind of.

“Compromise Lesson One: Pull a dick move, and your dick gets denied. Every woman knew that, and now, so did the vampire sitting next to me.”

I will say, this book was HOT. And by hot, I mean steamy, and the fact that Vlad literally melted stone. Thats 2000+ degrees F!!

I don’t think I’ve said it before, but because I am a giant nerd I’m going to say it now. Did anyone else watch the tv show Angel? You know, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff? Well there was a character named Gwen who could electrocute people with her skin. Sounds familiar?
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“You are in my soul, and nothing you did before we met or will do in the future can change that.”

Well there’s not much more to say, this is a weird and short review for me. I absolutely enjoyed reading this book, and now I’m kind of pissed that there’s a fourth one out there in the universe. Now just got to wait patiently.

 

Fantastical

Fantastical (Fantasyland #3) by Kristen Ashley

4.5 stars

Loved it!!

“In this world you were the only thing I had but you were the only thing I needed.”

Kristen Ashley does it again! I loved this next installment in the Fantasyland series. Cora wakes up in a new land where she can talk to birds and has a sister who literally tra la la’s. Turns out we all have twins in a parallel world and Cora has somehow switched with hers. Very soon she unintentionally brings a curse upon her and her sister, and Cora’s husband whisks her off to safety. Unfortunately for her, Cora in this world is a raging bitch and her husband loathes her.

Cora sets about trying to convince her husband, Tor, that she is in fact a different Cora. Of course, because she sounds like a crazy person he doesn’t believe her. So Cora continues about her business, literally doing stuff like this:
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No seriously, she cleans a cave. A place that will probably always be dirty.

Tor begins to think that the old Cora is playing him and is continually suspicious of Cora’s motives. Meanwhile Cora is wandering around admiring her new clothing and the general splendor.

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Together, they do their best to avoid the curse cast by an evil witch. Tor brings her to his castle and that’s where I’ll stop.

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I really liked this book. Obviously most people won’t like it as much as the Golden Dynasty but I found this book to be quite the little gem. There were some obvious Disney elements that I found charming. Cora was such an endearing character and I loved how she believed the best in people.

Tor, well he was kind of an asshole for the first 60% or so but he made up for it in the rest of the book. There was some definite angst that I gobbled up like an angst addict.

I’d just like to note that I’m glad I read this series in order because factors from book 1 appear in book 2, and continue into book 3. I have a feeling they will become very important as the series continues.

Only one little thing bothered me, and that is the fact that I don’t remember KA adding a character description for Cora. Maybe she did and I missed it, but it’s not the first time I’ve read a KA novel and had no clue what the heroine looked like. And for some odd reason, my weird brain pictured her:
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My only guess is because I used the Anna gif in my status update.

Anyhoo, love these books and onto the next!

Wildest Dreams

Wildest Dreams (Fantasyland #1) by Kristen Ashley

4.5 Ho Boy stars

“She waits for me at windows and buys me dragons. There are reasons we walk this earth, I’m coming to realize mine.”

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Wow. I mean, wow. I did not expect this book to be as wonderful as it is. I love Kristen Ashley, I know that 99% of the time I can read one of her books and love it. Admitting that, I can now say I was extremely skeptical that KA, queen of contemporary romance, could pull off a fantasy book.

So I need to go and eat myself some humble pie. Because this shit was fucking awesome.

Finnie tragically lost her parents at the age of fifteen. Upon learning there is an alternate universe where everyone has a twin, and that her parents were still alive in that world, Finnie paid a huge sum of money to a witch to switch places with her and her other twin. Upon arriving in this new world, this is the note her switch twin left her:

Seoafin,
Tonight, you marry The Drakkar. In the ancient tongue, this means The Dragon.
Good luck,
Sjofn

And so Finnie is thus married to a man she’s never met before within one hour of reaching this new world. Even worse, he seems to absolutely despise her.

“My husband was clearly not only scary but also a dick.”

Finnie’s adventure begins from here.

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I was completely enraptured with this book. I could not put the damn thing down unless I had to for important real life things. You know, like work and stuff. I really wish I had begun reading this book on a three day weekend or something!!!

I loved the world building. This is one of the few KA books where I didn’t get annoyed with the endless clothing descriptions because well, the clothing was pretty damn cool in this fantasy world.

Example A (this is how I pictured the wedding dress):
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I definitely had some issues with Frey throughout the book, those of you who have read it know what I mean. Basically, he earns himself a spot on my “men can be stupid” shelf because his thoughtless actions throughout the book were guaranteed to make Finnie feel hurt and betrayed. Otherwise Frey was all KA alpha male sexiness.

Is this book perfect? No. But it’s incredibly interesting, enthralling and everything I hope a Kristen Ashley novel to be.

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Wicked

Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) by Jennifer Armentrout

4 Tink stars!

“I’m a lot of things, but today I’m your fucking saving grace.”

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This one was a nice surprise! After seeing a handful of negative reviews on this one, I went into it with lowered expectations. I came out of this reading experience a very happy girl! And after 2 previous books I DNF’d, I need this gem of a story.

First off, this book is very much New Adult genre, so don’t go into it thinking it’s YA. The fact that in Chapter 1 the MC is discussing getting laid and orgasms is the first giant sign.

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Ivy is a member of an Order that can see fae in our realm. Faeries aren’t the good guys, in fact they feed off of humans with deadly consequences. Living in New Orleans, Ivy has a very tragic past and does her best to keep those around her at arms length. That is, until she’s assigned a new partner Ren, who is hotness come to life and very much interested in her.

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This book had me smiling the majority of the time I was reading it. It’s not the most original plot, but it was enjoyable and it worked for me. Because my brain is a bit fried at the moment, I’m doing a breakdown review.

What I liked:
-Ivy: A great mix of kick ass woman with a little but of a vulnerable girl in her, Ivy wants more than the predicted short life span the Order has to offer. Ivy dreams of a future of moreand I found that admirable.

-Tink: Loved this guy, he was freaking hilarious. Especially that Dobby house elf scene. LMAO!

“You gave Tink a scarf. Tink is free!” He flew out into the hallway like a little cracked-out fairy, screeching, “Tink is freeeeee!”

-Ren’s determination: While he was spewing a bunch of instalust, Ren made the point that in their line of work, they had to chase after what they wanted with no hesitations. And he wanted Ivy and his pursuit of her was so much fun to read.

-Pop culture references: I’m fairly certain that this book is self-published, and I feel because of that JLA was able to include references to Harry Potter, The Walking Dead, Amazon Prime etc, which yes will date this book in the future, but gave the book a unique touch that I rather enjoyed.

“Why couldn’t he say I reminded him of Ariel or something? Then again, Ariel was kind of stupid, giving up her voice for a dude.”

-Setting: I’ve always wanted to go to New Orleans, so enough said.

What I didn’t like:
-Pacing: Got a little slow there in the middle and I did have to push myself a bit to keep going. But it soon picked up and remedied itself

-Cliffhanger: Gah! We have to wait until Summer 2015 for answers!! JLA you wound meh!!!

-Predictability: <—that pretty much says it all.

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Bottom line, if you need a quick, unique New Adult read mixed with a little bit of Urban Fantasy, this book is for you!