Book Review: Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski

20130619-075202.jpgTitle: Killing Sarai

Author: J.A. Redmerski

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years.

Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape. But things don’t go as planned and instead of finding transport back to Tucson, she finds herself free from one dangerous man and caught in the clutches of another.

While on the run, Victor strays from his primal nature as he succumbs to his conscience and resolves to help Sarai. As they grow closer, he finds himself willing to risk everything to keep her alive; even his relationship with his devoted brother and liaison, Niklas, who now like everyone else wants Sarai dead.

As Victor and Sarai slowly build a trust, the differences between them seem to lessen, and an unlikely attraction intensifies. But Victor’s brutal skills and experience may not be enough in the end to save her, as the power she unknowingly holds over him may ultimately be what gets her killed.

This is their story…

My Review: I guess I should start by saying that after reading The Edge of Never I’ve come to have really high expectations for Ms. Redmerski’s work. In hindsight it might appear that I was setting that bar impossibly high except for the fact that this book blew me away and surpassed all of my expectations.

Sarai has been Javier’s prisoner for years. She has survived while always dreaming of surviving. Now, after nine years she finally has the chance in the form of Victor. Victor comes off as cold and unfeeling. I was unsure as to whether he is either closed of to his emotions or is simply unfeeling. At least that’s what he wants us to think. Sarai, however, sees past his walls. As unwilling as he may be to helping her, he keeps finding himself in situations where that’s exactly what’s happening.

After Sarai’s escape, I could see that the story was headed in a certain direction. Kill or be killed. As in Javier is unwilling to allow her to live and it becomes clear that one of them has to die. The story becomes centered around this and is clearly leading to this resolution. Honestly I expected the story to end once it got to this point. Yet, I was very pleasantly surprised when the story continued.

Up until that point, Sarai and Victor had been getting to know each other and accepting each other for who they really are. Past this point in the story, everything changes. They start to bond, walls start coming down, the pace of the story changes and Killing Sarai becomes about them, their development, their relationship and their bond. All in an action packed, suspenseful package.

In conclusion, I loved reading Killing Sarai. It was unexpected but real and romantic and truly an adventure. Redmerski has this talent of drawing her readers in and wrapping them around her fingers and there are so many plot twists laying in wait to keep us readers on our toes that there are no dull moments. All in all, a great read and one I recommend.

*I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review

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Book Review + Giveaway: Devoured by Emily Snow

20130612-084842.jpgTitle: Devoured (Devoured #1)

Author: Emily Snow

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Sienna Jensen had no plans to return home when she graduated college last spring—after all, her dreams lie in California. But when she discovers her grandmother’s Nashville home has been foreclosed, and the new owner has started the eviction process, Sienna has no other choice but go back to Music City. And she comes face to face with the flawed, gorgeous man she never thought she’d see again. The man who now holds the deed to her grandma’s estate.

When millionaire rock star Lucas Wolfe finds the outspoken redhead glaring at him from across a courtroom, he’s both infuriated and intrigued. He still can’t get the night Sienna almost spent with him out of his mind, and the chemistry between them is as undeniable as it was two years ago. He craves Sienna more than ever. And just like everything Lucas hungers for, he’s determined to have her.

Now, Lucas will do whatever it takes to lure Sienna into his bed, even if that means making a deal with her: ten days with him, playing by his rules, and he’ll hand over the deed to her grandmother’s home. Though she agrees to the arrangement, Sienna is conflicted. Because of her duty to her family. Because of promises she’s made to herself and a past that still haunts her. And as Lucas’s game of seduction continues, and Sienna is introduced to his dark, erotic world and even darker background, she realizes that at any moment, she could be devoured.

*This novel contains adult situations and content*

My Review: Sienna has a troubled home life and has been all but traumatized by her upbringing. She is pretty timid and although she has strong opinions has trouble standing up for herself. Well to everyone but Lucas. The memory of their last encounter is not easy for her and as much as she is attracted to him, she refuses to allow him the opportunity to humiliate her again. However, this agreement they make- 10 days where she works for him, changes her and opens both of their eyes. That what they share is more than an explosive chemistry, they share the potential to fall in love.

I kind of had a love/hate relationship going on with this book. First off, the first couple of chapters seemed to drag for me. I had trouble connecting to Sienna and that in turn made it difficult for me to connect to the book. But then the romance starts. You guys know how much I love romance right? Well it starts and then I start getting a better understanding of Sienna and her and Lucas’ relationship. Secondly, there were a couple of times when certain actions would just leave my head reeling. Seriously. It’s like Sienna would get from point A to point B without any explanation or transition. It would just happen and I would sit for a second, scratching my head, flipping pages back and forth and absolutely confused as to how this all came to be. And for the record, the second reading did nothing to ease my confusion. Third, this book deals a bit with domination. As in a little Fifty Shades of Grey. As much as I enjoyed Fifty Shades, here it felt at times that that novel was being channelled. You guys know how much I enjoy originality right? Well luckily that channelling did not last long and I was able to enjoy Snow’s writing for what it is. A novel all of her own.

So, yes, I had a few ups and downs with Devoured but my final opinions of it are pretty positive. I loved the romance between these two and watching them help each other grow. They each had to get past some of their personal demons for them to really give their relationship a shot and they got past these with the support of the other. I really enjoyed watching Sienna’s character grow and seeing her get some backbone. And the ending. The ending was pretty amazing to me. It definitely had its bit of sappiness but I loved the happy ending. It was creative and heartwarming and definitely made the read worth it.

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Book Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

20130610-103032.jpgTitle: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:
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Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

My Review: Beware this “review” contains SPOILERS

Dear Tahereh Mafi,

Once upon a time, I read Shatter Me and fell in love. With its premise, poetic prose, its strong characters and Warner. I’ve been anticipating Unravel Me since then and it somehow managed to sit on my bookshelf collecting dust without my even being aware of it. Well I finally got down to reading it and yes, I have a lot to say about it.

Your beautiful and poetic style of writing that I loved so much in the first go round was a hindrance to me this time around. I mean, how many words, beautiful or not, do I have to read to find out if Juliette is going to end up with Warner? It was a kind of hurry-up-and-get-to-it kind of thing. But then all this action starts up, all this character development, a few plot twists and I was extremely entertained.

I was taken back to my adolescent years and experiencing those butterflies and pitter-patters of an overexcited heart. I got all the more excited as I saw tell tale signs of Juliette falling in love with Warner. To put it simply, I was ecstatic. When they have their moment, and things start to heat up and she’s in this bubble with him I was so happy. I was finally seeing them be together and was so happy for it. But then, I realized that Juliette is an idiot and I spent hours disappointed before I could pick up the book and finish reading it.

I mean, I seriously don’t get her and Adam. Ok, maybe I do. Childhood friends, rescuer, first touch and first kiss… There are a lot of reasons for her to love him. But it’s just never felt they were right for each other. Then with what was revealed I felt I was getting that confirmation. Yet, the depth of her feelings for him confuses me. You’d think they were soul mates or destined to be together with all the love they share. But then I see her with Warner and I just can’t believe that. So, what if he comes off as evil? Or that his rap sheet could rival that of a madman? He’s love for her is what redeems him. She makes him want to be a better person. And every time he looks at her or talks to her, I would just fall for him all over again.

I was so disappointed with Juliette and saddened for Warner when they were separated. Then they somehow end up reunited and the book ended in that terrible cliff hanger that has left me desperate and in withdrawal. I without a doubt know that book three is going to be amazing but I don’t think I could handle it if she doesn’t end up with Warner.

Signed -Warner’s biggest fan and a seriously obsessed fan and reader-

Book Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

20130604-102212.jpgTitle: Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2)

Author: Katie McGarry

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. “Dance with me, Beth.”

“No.” I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again….

“I dare you…”

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

My Review: OK… Well I guess it’s confession time. I never read Pushing The Limits… Yeah, this is my first Katie McGarry novel. So while I read reviews about how awesome it was to see Noah and Echo’s happy ending in this novel, I could only agree on how happy they are and say that they were great supporting characters. The point of this rant is that Dare You To does great as a stand alone novel.

    “Her boney fingers relax against my head and I wish she’d tell me she loves me, because I love her. She may be a drug addict and an alcoholic and she’s probably a whore, but she’s my mom. My mom.”

Beth, the protagonist, i just adored. I’m not even sure easy is part of her vocabulary. Since she was in the third grade her life took a turn for the worst. Now a senior in high school she’s still trying to pick up the pieces. Her mom is a mess and Beth tries her best to take care of her. It’s really heartbreaking to see them interact. To see her form of motherhood. But Beth, she deals with it all the only way she knows how. She builds these walls around her made of anger and bitterness. It keeps her from getting hurt. That seems to work most of the time… Until she meets Ryan.

Ryan is his town’s golden boy. All anyone ever sees when they look at him is how perfect his life is. Little do they know just how bad things are. How much his family is tearing at the seams and the facade of perfection is the only thing keeping them together. Losing is a fate he does not accept. Meeting Beth came from a dare and the chemistry between them is undeniable. Beth however, refuses to let him in. This is the start of a beautiful relationship and the beginning of true love.

    “Are you scared?” I ask him. Because I am. Terrified. Earlier I was anxious, but not frightened. This isn’t me giving him a memory. This is me giving him my heart.”

I have to say I absolutely love this novel. It has the felling of a fairytale in the most realistic way I’ve seen. You know the type that love really does conquer all. I love seeing Ryan tear Beth’s walls done and be completely unforgiving for it. The both help each other face their demons and become better people for it.

Dare You To is a novel that captures your attention and your heart and it is a book that is just painful to put down. It demands your attention and will hold your mind and your heart in a vice until you finish it. As my first McGarry novel, she’s already made a fan out of me. I look forward to reading the next Pushing The Limits which will feature Isiah and I know will be absolutely swoon worthy. 😉

Thank you to Harlequin Teen for providing a copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Ascended by Debra Ann Miller

AscendedTitle: Ascended (Fallen Guardian Saga #2)

Author: Debra Ann Miller

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Blurb: When Vie and Carter set out to complete their mission, neither could have ever imagined being separated from each other.

Vie is feeling completely alone in The Gates, just barely going through the motions. Gabriel, her closest friend, tries to distract her with the news of a possible traitor in their own backyard. While Vie longs to be back on Earth with her love, she knows the danger that this traitor could bring, and sets her mind to drawing them out to protect the people she loves.

Carter is left alone on Earth clinging to the empty vessel that used to contain his love, unable to let go and move on. Carter starts putting the events of the past few weeks together and realizes something more is going on.

All the while Lucian is working up a plan to keep Vivian’s soul and get everything he’s always wanted, including revenge against Vie and anyone she’s ever loved.

With both Vie and Carter working to find out what is going on in their respective worlds and defeat Lucian, will they ever be able to find their way back to each other?

My Review: Ascended picks up where Descended left off. Carter and Vie have been separated and miss each other desperately. The story is once again told in third person POV allowing for the reader to better understand the characters. With that being said their pain was real and just confirms to the reader how they truly are soul mates. Then after a chapter or two, the story really starts. I mean plot twist after plot twist, one reveal after another, and the same wide array of amazing characters keep us intrigued and amazed.

Ascended really isn’t that long yet it’s a fast paced novel and so much happens. But here is the part where I tell you what I didn’t like. Sadly, I had trouble connecting to the story. It truly was amazing and in a way, way better than Descended. Yet not being able to emotionally connect to the story, kept me from being able to love it.

So all in all, an amazing story. It is well written, has lots of action, has the recurring themes of friendship, family and love that I loved so much in Descended and an unpredictable story line that always keeps you guessing. Again, it was amazing but not being able to connect with it kept me from falling in love with the story or its characters.

*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Girl Meets Underworld by Jess Watkins

Girl Meets Underworld Title: Girl Meets Underworld

Author: Jess Watkins

Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Having lost her mother and brother, Stella stands on the roof of her building, about to jump. She is stopped by a handsome young man, who jumps first. Somehow, he survives and Stella soon discovers that Conner holds a dark secret and more than a passing connection to her own unhappiness.

But Conner isn’t the only man to take an interest in Stella. Will is dangerous. He has mood swings, a crazy older brother and the ability to heal abnormally quickly. Stella knows what Conner is, but what exactly is Will – and why does he appear to know more about Conner than she does?

My Review: I have the feeling that I’m going to struggle a bit with this review. After all, I have a lot to say. I hope you guys will bare with me and give me the opportunity to extensively review Girl Meets Underworld. There will be spoilers and very strong opinions.

Girl Meets Underworld is a book that the blurb does not at all prepare you for. But allow me to paint an accurate picture- if you can picture a world where Twilight meets the Vampire Diaries you would be golden. Bella- oops, I mean Stella is a girl ignorant to the supernatural world. She stands on her buildings roof in the hopes of committing suicide after severe bouts of depression due to having lost her family. Some dude magically appears and talks her down, Conner. Yes, he is a vampire. But let me not leave out any spoilers– there’s also Will, the unstable werewolf that completes this love triangle.

There is a very long list of things I do not like about this book. Even from the beginning. I did, however, keep to it. I didn’t read any reviews but this book has an overall 4 Star rating. That’s pretty good in my book. So I kept at it, hoping it would get better. And it kinda paid off because at times it did in fact get better. Well that enjoyment never lasted long and I ended the book with a red forehead from all of these face-palms and an undeniable frustration over cliches and stupid characters.

Hmm… Which to take on first? Cliches or stupid characters? It’s a tough one to decide on…. I don’t want to run out of steam or anger on one topic… Hmm.. Well, I guess we’ll start off with cliches. Try and leave the best for last…

The world of cliches was revealed very slowly to me. From one overused concept to another. For a fan of the supernatural, I’ve read plenty of books dealing with vampires and was sorely disappointed with the lack of originality. Well, here is my list of overall vampire cliches:

1. Vampires have to be invited in
2. Sleep during the day
3. Can be killed with a wooden stake to the heart
4. Turn to ashes when they die

Now, all you fans of the supernatural, tell me if any of these sound familiar. And please, don’t be shy to calling them out as you spot em.

1. Vampires finding the smell of werewolves repulsive.
2. In order to become a vampire, you need to die with their blood in your system.
3. Humans fearing vampires. Oh, wait a minute. That actually sounds legit. I mean, why shouldn’t prey fear their predators? Oh, but wait, that sounds good until its followed up by this: “You’re right, it’s not normal for someone like me to do these things, but I don’t like being what I am. You make me feel human. Being with you makes me feel more like myself. I enjoy spending time with you. That’s all.”

Ok, enough on cliches. As previously mentioned, Stella is in a love triangle between a vampire and a werewolf. This alone screamed Twilight to me but as I kept reading the lack of originality in this triangle seemed to stop here and then simply becomes a confused tangle of words and plot progression. Let me explain. Conner, was very Edward like- all gallant and attractive and thoughtful. Definitely worth the swooning- after a point. Enter Will the werewolf and I assume readers all united to scratch their heads. I was left confused and wondering how in the world this even happened. I quite literally flipped pages back and forth to make sure I didn’t miss something or accidentally skip pages.

Will, is introduced as a clueless and insensitive teen. You know what they say about first impressions? Well, this saying was lost on Stella who gave him a chance to make up for his screw up. This chance turns into a date that ends badly. Not to bore you all to death I’ll get to it. Stella takes the majority of the book to figure out what he was but in this time Will is abusive and injures her. Is a bit of a stalker and doesn’t know when to back off. Goes into full molester mode and doesn’t understand the meaning of no. Boy was I fuming when Stella kept giving him chance after chance and creating one excuse after another for him. With that being said, I think you can appreciate my confusion when out of nowhere she claims to *wait for it* love him. I mean this a dude that repeatedly molested her, physically hurt her and doesn’t stay away even when she asks him to. Mind you, this a first person narrative. One you would think would allow insight into such a declaration. Nope. None was offered and I’m still confused about it.

*Cue Twilight Theme Music* Now before what we assume is going to be an epic battle between the two races, Stella has to make her choice, Will or Conner. She, much like one whose name rhymes with Stella, struggles with the decision, until of course, she realizes there was never any question. It easily went to the one she loved the most, the one who she knew deep down in her gut was the one for her. Yes, the vampire.

Stella frustrated me to no end. Overall, I had trouble connecting with her. I didn’t understand her reasoning and whenever she started to win me over- with her action and words, there would then be something that shot that all to hell. If were to be extremely honest and calling things by their names, I would tell you that the reason I found her so frustrating was because I found her to be stupid and her reactions and emotions unrealistic.

I could continue this review by expressing my unhappiness with the various inconsistencies I found throughout the novel. This rant would include how her father changed from caring and loving to aggressive, cruel and abusive in the blink of an eye. Or I can go on about how vampires supposedly heal instantly unless of course you are Conner. What the hell? I really have no clue what the distinction is that made this situation different but it took Conner days to heal and I didn’t get it. But then again I’m not going to go into those things. I’m going to end my review with these final words.

Frustrated as crap, I read the book. Now, as I was writing this review I read all of my notes and can’t help but laugh. Laughing, I suddenly realize that I should be mourning the hours of my life wasted on this book. While I feel that suggesting this book not be read is pretty cruel, I would warn that you proceed at you own risk.

*I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review

Book Review & Giveaway: Fire Country by David Estes

Fire CountryTitle: Fire Country (Country Saga #1)

Author: David Estes

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb: In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer’s even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely.

Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen and every three years thereafter. It is their duty as Bearers.

Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones. They are known to kidnap Youngling girls before the Call, the ceremony in which Bearers are given a husband with whom to bear children with.

As the desert sands run out on her life’s hourglass, Siena must uncover the truth about the Wild Ones while untangling the web of lies and deceit her father has masterfully spun.

My Review: Fire Country starts off with a girl, surviving in a dystopian world. She is trying to mentally prepare herself for the traditions of her tribe, The Heaters. All while dealing with bullying, an abusive father and circumstances beyond her means. She has a best friend, Circ, who she’s starting to see as possibly more than a friend but she knows their romance is impossible as there is a way for mating among the Heaters that doesn’t even allow them the possibility.

Siena, the main character, was real. Her insecurities, I very much understood, related to and believed. She’s not only dealing with insecurities and emotional and physical scars but there is a world of suspense and conspiracy going on around her. She puts herself in situations to try and unravel these mysteries and boy, was I in for a treat. Siena has a strong will and an even sharper mind. She is physically lacking- too skinny and weak. Yet this does not stop her. She learns to accept who she is, her body and see what she thought were negatives as positive. I love her transformation and seeing her become as physically strong as she is mentally.

So characters: As already covered, Sienna is awesome. Circ, her best friend, is beautiful. He is there for her. Both emotionally and physically. He is strong, a warrior, and uses his strength to protect his people and her. Their romance is truly something I loved. Perry OMG, Perry! He is fricking amazing. I love his banter with Sienna. He has such a prickly personality (Ha!) and dry sense of humor and I loved him! If his name was anywhere on the page, I laughed. And then laughed some more. The best thing about Perry? So much about him is amazing but I won’t spoil the best part.

Estes writes in a way that allows for the reader to completely immerse themselves in the novel. From the language to the imagery to emotions that run so pure that you sometimes forget yourself while reading. You laugh and cry and mourn and leap with joy. Speaking of laughs, there was something I thought of after finishing this novel that I just want to share. Have any of you watched Laugh At My Pain a comedy special by Kevin Hart? He has this ongoing joke throughout the show. He’s joking about money and how when he can’t afford something he explains his financial situation, “Because the way my bank account is set up… I have a checking and a savings but all the money is in my savings…” The more he tells it, the funnier it becomes. Estes, did something to that effect in Fire Country. An ongoing joke that even in the most suspenseful or heated moments cause a laugh. This novel gave me an insight to Estes’ sense of humor and I gotta say, you are a funny man!

The novel ended well and after all the bangs and fireworks one would expect of a grand finale and then the pace slows to fill in all the blanks that we wondered about throughout the novel. It also set the tone for the sequel, which quite honestly, I’m looking forward to. I also know this series is described as a sister series to The Moon Dwellers, but I didn’t really understand it at first. Now I do and I feel that these books, in both series, are a must read.

*I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure Title: The Eternity Cure (The Blood of Eden #2)

Author: Julie Kagawa

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

My Review: Buzz, buzz, buzz… This book has been generating such a buzz. Well bees, I get it ok? This book was amazing. I get what all the hype is about and yes, I’ve joined the ‘everyone read The Eternity Cure because it’s pure awesomeness’ train.

The Eternity Cure is a novel that is very easy to fall in love with. The novel itself with its plot twists, action, suspense, badassedness and yes, it’s romance make for an all consuming read. So imagine everything you enjoyed in The Immortal Rules with a better story line and amazing character development. I loved how dark this novel is and the development and complexity of the relationships.

As for characters: Alison is amazing. She continues to deal with the struggle of monster vs. humanity and I love how realistic it is. She is strong physically, morally and emotionally and it was awesome to see her prevail when these strengths were tested. Zeke, OMG Zeke! Yep, he’s back. He is such a heart throb and I cannot even describe how ecstatic I was to have him be a part of this novel and getting to know him better. Eden changed him for the better and we find him in full suitor mode. Jackal plays a big part in the storyline and boy was I holding a grudge against him from The Immortal Rules. But that couldn’t last forever I guess. He continues to be self motivated and clearly using Alison, but he’s funny and the suspense of never knowing how trustworthy he is helped keep me on the edge of my seat. Kanin continues to be awesome. In this novel we get to know him in weakness, kindness, anger and strength. And last but not least Stick. Boy did he piss me off. He’s a total tool. Well, he is. The thing though that pissed me off the most about him was Alison’s inability to truly see him for what he is and not who he was.

The Eternity Cure is a complete rollercoaster ride. From laughter and tears, to excitement and suspense. I never knew what to expect and loved every single word of it. This book is definitely one I recommend and 100% worth the buzz.

*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Walking Disaster Title: Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2)

Author: Jamie McGuire

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Can you love someone too much?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

My Review: Ok so when I heard that there would be a sequel to Beautiful Disaster I was very excited. It took me a while to find out that it was the same story but from Travis’ point of view. Well either way, I still wanted to read it. I had a love/hate relationship with Beautiful Disaster but did enjoy it. I was expecting a full on stand alone novel that followed the same story line of Beautiful Disaster. However, this was not the case, and this was the cause of some disappointed.

The best way I can think to describe it is that I felt McGuire had specific scenes that she wanted Travis to have a voice for. Those scenes where quite good but the rest of the book is mostly glossing over events to get to the next major scene. It was not bad. I came to know and like Travis in this novel- I didn’t so much before and I found myself enjoying it. However, Walking Disaster is not at all a stand alone novel. To me, it was meant to fill in some blanks while hearing the story from someone else’s point of view. If you have not read Beautiful Disaster and pick this book to read, I’m not sure you would be able to fully appreciate or enjoy this novel. Again, this is a fill in the blanks book. It perfectly compliments Beautiful Disaster.

This novel, continues the story past the point of where Beautiful Disaster ended and I have to say, it is one of the things I loved most about this book. The seeing beyond the airport, seeing America’s argument, and their happily ever after. The ending was absolutely beautiful and helped me fall in love with this book. So while I had some issues with this novel, that ending more than made up for it.

While the bulk of the story was in a gray area for me, the beginning left me crying like a baby and the ending had me giddy with joy. Not really a good thing but I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it. I enjoyed getting to know Travis better, my quenched curiosity and their happily ever after.

I would definitely recommend to someone who read and enjoyed Beautiful Disaster.

Thank you Simon&Schuster for allowing me to read this ARC through Netgalley.

Book Review + Giveaway: Immortal Mine

Immortal MineTitle: Immortal Mine

Author: Cindy C. Bennett

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Niahm (pronounced Neeve) Parker is thoroughly content with her life in the small town of Goshen. Her parents, who travel frequently for their work, have raised a headstrong, independent teen. While her peers can hardly wait for the opportunity to leave, Niahm plans to stay forever.

When Shane Coleman and his nephew Sam move into town, it’s the biggest event to happen in as long as anyone can remember. It’s quite remarkable for anyone to move into Goshen rather than out, but when it’s discovered that Sam is 17, it requires some serious burning of the phone lines. All the teen girls are thrilled to have a new hottie in town—all except Niahm. Sam Coleman represents a threat to her perfect way of life.

Sam is drawn to Niahm against his will. He’d prefer to not be bound to this angry, stubborn, unlikeable girl. Unfortunately, he has no choice. However, Sam didn’t plan on falling for Niahm. For Immortals, love is not only forbidden, but dangerous for her. He finds himself in a fight not only for Niahm’s heart, but to protect her from being harmed by those who seek to destroy Sam and those like him.

Niahm finds herself attracted to the tall, copper-headed boy, who becomes her friend and then her support when tragedy strikes. Soon, she begins to realize that there may be more to Sam than she ever suspected… much more. But what he truly is, she can’t begin to imagine.

My Review: Niahm is a self-sufficient 17-year-old who has been taking care of herself and her farm while her parents travel the world. She loves her hometown of Goshen and pretty much has her life planned out. People moving into this small town is unheard of. But when it is found out that these two guys are hot and single- one a teenager and one an adult, the whole town goes out to meet them. Niahm and Sam get off on the wrong food. It’s all pretty silly but man do they seem to hate each other. They are so focused on the tension they hardly see the sparks flying.

The book is pretty good. I enjoyed it and it turned out to be more than I expected. It’s addictive and felt very real. I laughed, cried and fell in love. Also, I would get so caught up in the book (with the characters, emotions, storyline) I would forget myself. I would catch myself, look around and realize I was actually reading and not watching a film or something. This was the book for me. An amazing escape that keeps you guessing and is addictive.

Niamh is a relatable character. She is head strong and self-contained and a good mixture of strong and vulnerable. Sam is a total sweetheart. He lacks the ability to think things through but he is patient and loving and sweet. Sam and Niamh make a great couple. Honestly though, all the characters in this novel are great.

Reading a story about immortals, I expected it to be generic and along the lines of: boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall irrevocably in love. Boy reveals inhuman-ous to girl. She may or may not freak out. She gets over it.They live happily ever after. I expected this. I thought I knew where the story was headed. Honestly I found that it followed my blueprint to a point then I was left not knowing what to expect. I found the pacing slowed alot on a couple of parts but even that did little to deter me from this read.

I found this book to be great. I loved many things in this novel: the romance, the characters, the action… But above all, the ending was amazing. I found that it ended well but with a few questions in the air. Cindy, if you ever write a sequel for Immortal Mine you can count me in on the list of readers who will be anxious to get her hands on it.

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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