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This Book Helped me get out of a reader slump.

This Heart of Mine - C.C. Hunter

I really loved this book a whole lot. I was in a major reading slump, but this took me right out of it. I loved both Leah and Matt so much. 

Leah was so brave with all that she was going through, and I really loved her relationship with her mom and dad. As well as her friendship with her best friend, I think her name was Brandy but not one hundred percent sure.

Now Matt I felt so bad for him, I couldn't imagine what he was going through, everyone thinking Eric killed himself and Matt just not believing that his twin would do that.

I have to say I also thought him and Leah were so cute in the scene before everything started to take place. I really wish we could have known Eric more before his death, that's one of my complaints. The little we knew about him before his death, he seemed liked he was really popular, well loved, but he also had problems. Somethings pointed to Eric killing himself but other things didn't. That's all I am going to say about that.

One of my favorite parts has to do with Matt and a certain book he was reading, and I am not going to spoil that, and tell you anymore. I knew pretty quickly how things would end in regards to Eric. But that didn't stop my enjoyment of the book at all. 

I really thought both Matt and his situation with his brother's death and Leah with her heart and finding out whose heart she received was handled very well.

I loved the ending it really had me in tears, but also loving Leah even more than before. 

I am so glad I bought and read this book. I give it 4 1/2 stars but had to round it up to a 5 star book or rating which ever way you would prefer.

 

 

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Solis - Kat Ross

Solis
Kat Ross
(Fourth Talisman #2)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: February 19th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

In the second volume of the Fourth Talisman series, Nazafareen’s path takes a twist, setting her on a journey into the heart of the maelstrom…

It’s been a thousand years since the Avas Vatras tried to burn the world to ashes. A thousand years since they were imprisoned in the brutal wasteland called the Kiln. But revenge is a dish best served cold—even, apparently, by the children of fire.

In Delphi, Nazafareen joins forces with the followers of Dionysius to rescue her friends from the Oracle’s dungeons and seek out the three talismans whose extraordinary powers stopped the Vatras before. With her own breaking magic growing stronger by the day, she must walk a razor’s edge to control her volatile temper. And if the Vatras find the talismans first, their last hope will die.

In the frozen wastes of the Valkirin range, Victor strikes an uneasy bargain with bitter enemies to keep his tenuous grip on the Maiden Keep. The other holdfasts are coming for him. But it’s an enemy within Val Moraine’s walls that may prove to be his downfall.

 

Excerpt

 

Nazafareen reached the top of the stairs and tried to see what was going on. The other Maenads quickly fanned out on either side, working their way around the edges of the throng, except for Rhea who was trying to plow her way through. Nazafareen rose onto her tiptoes but she was too short to get a good look.
“Out of the way,” Rhea growled at the middle-aged man ahead of her.
He gave her an incredulous stare.
“And go where?” he demanded.
The crowd was packed cheek to jowl, a dense mass of humanity that might as well have been a brick wall for all the progress they were making.
“Just move!” Rhea snapped. She turned sideways, using her shoulder like a wedge, and began forcing her way through tiny gaps, but they only made it a few paces before she stopped again and cursed under her breath.
“The temple soldiers are holding a tight line in the front,” she whispered. “We’ll never make it. We’d better backtrack.”
Nazafareen wanted to scream in frustration. The ranks had already closed tight behind them. Then the crowd gave a tremendous cheer, tinged with excitement.
“What is it?” Nazafareen asked, her mouth dry with fear. “Can you see them?”
She could smell the sea of unwashed bodies and heavy perfumes, and a hint of something else. Smoke.
Rhea used her staff to poke a woman hard in the back. When she turned with an outraged scowl, Rhea took the chance to peer over the crowd. Her face turned grey.
“They’ve put someone inside the bull,” she hissed. “Oh no…”

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Author Bio:

Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She's the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day, the Fourth Element fantasy trilogy (The Midnight Sea, Blood of the Prophet, Queen of Chaos), and a new gaslamp mystery series that opens with The Daemoniac and continues with The Thirteenth Gate. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. For more information about Kat's books, come visit her at katrossbooks.com.

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I Love Rhysand what a Freaking badass!!!!!!

A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas

Really Loved this one so much, started it Sunday morning and finished it by Sunday night.

In the other review that I just did, I didn't mention how much I freaking loved Cassian, Nesta, AZ, Elain, and jusr all of Rhys's court. I also started to like Lucien a lot more, since he wasn't around Tamlin in this one. I am confused on whom I want Elain with, I am leaning more towards AZ, I just love Az and I don't think he gets the love that I feel he deserves. At first I thought that Az and Morrigan had a thing going, but since they don't, I just feel that Az will be more gentle with Elain, and I loved how he treats her in scenes they were together in. But to be fair Lucien didn't have much scene time with her. So maybe as the new series comes out and they get more time together, that could change and I will want Lucien with her, who knows.

Another character that was very intriguing and I wasn't sure about at first was Amren. I love what she was and what happened to her in the end. A very interesting turn of events. I really love the different courts we got to visit and how each court's differs from the other ones.

Tamlin I am still not really sure about, I don't know if I still can't stand him, but I know. I don't forgive him for all the crap that he put Feyre thought. But I hope we get to see more of him, and I wonder if there will be a story for him. I just don't know if I will ever read that story, but who knows.

Now my gosh do I love Rhys and Feyre so freaking much, they definitely belong with one another. I just think they flit perfectly together. I love that even when they were apart they weren't really. I can't believe how powerful Rhys was, but I guess I should have had some idea, but wow what he did to Tamlin after Tamlin did what he did, I was speechless, and then I was saying you go Rhys. And Feyre she just was a Freaking badass in this book. I love when something happened to one of her love ones, and what she did was just awesome. Of course she still did make a lot of stupid mistakes, but a lot of characters in order books as well as this book, have done stupid things as well.

The ending and what I first thought happened, made me so freaking sad, until I found out that it really didn't happen. 

Things I didn't like about the book were really not big things that would make me lower my rating, like for example it was slow at times, and I wish the battle lasted longer. And that there were more excitement at times. I also need to mention the girls father, I was glad that  he was at least in the book for a tiny bit, and that he played apart in the battle.

I can't wait for the next book, which I have already preordered. I really want to know what happened after the ending of this book, and who is going to be the main characters in the next series.

 

WoW what a book.

A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas

This weekend I finished both this book and the last one in the series, and what a hell of a ride it was. Will start with the review of this one, and then I will make another post on the last back.

In the first book I wasn't sure why readers didn't like Tamlim, because at first I thought they were so cute together. But after I finished reading it at looked back on their relationship, there were signs that things were going to happen to their relationship and that Tamlin was going to be the person to cause the conflict. 

Now Rhys I knew from his and Feyre's first meet that something was going to take place between those two at a certain point. I always liked Rhys from the beginning, sure his was a really ass around her most of the time but those two when they were around one another still has amazing chemistry between them.

Now let's talk about this book, can I say I really hated Tamlin in this book, what he did to Feyre was just so freaking wrong and I am sorry but what he did to her just made me wish I could go into the book and knock some sense into him. I just don't understand why he thought what he did wasn't a bad thing to do to her or anyone for the matter. And when she was freed from that awful situation, I just wanted to give Rhys a really big hug, I would say kids but Feyre would kick my ass. 

You could see the big difference between Tamlin's court and Rhys's court in the way they treat there people. I have to also mention that I love how Rhys got Feyre to start to read, oh boy those two just cracked me up. 

I loved that Rhys wasn't trying to hold Feyre back, and how he didn't treat her like glass, and that she would break.. Tamlin I know he had an awful life but so did Rhys.

Feyre in the first book I wasn't sure about, I didn't know if I liked her or not. But boy did she kick some ass in this book. When she found out the secret Rhys was keeping from her I understand kind of why she was upset. But come on, would she have been able too handle that information at the time? No of course not, she was in love or though she was in love with Tamlin. I love that scene where they see one another after she left, and the whole scene between Feyre and Rhys.

The ending wow was that cray, cray, and what we thought happened and what was revealed by that certain individual was just freaking awesome!!!!! And what happened to Feyre's sisters was also crazy. Just loved this book so much. 

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What The Valley Knows - Heather Christie

What The Valley Knows
Heather Christie
Publication date: January 25th 2018
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Millington Valley is a quintessential small Pennsylvania town: families go back generations. Football rules. Kids drink while adults look the other way. High school is a whirlwind of aspiration and rivalry, friendship and jealousy.

When smart and pretty Molly Hanover moves to town and attracts the attention of the football team’s hero, Wade Thornton—a nice guy with a bad drinking habit—longtime friendships are threatened and a popular cheerleader tries to turn the school against Molly.

The young couple’s future is shattered when Wade, drunk, wrecks his truck and Molly is thrown through the windshield. She wakes from a coma to find her beauty marred and her memory full of holes. As she struggles to heal, she becomes sure that something terrible happened before the accident. And there is somebody in the valley who doesn’t want her to remember.

 

My Review

I really wasn't sure if I was going to like this book very much but I really wound up loving it. I just didn't know how I really felt about the characters at first besides I always liked Molly. It was Wade and they other characters I wasn't sure about at first. After the first three to four chapter's I was hooked, and after the car accident I was all into the book and wanted to find out how it was going to end. That's also when I started to like Wade and Molly's mother. 

I have to warn you that rape does take place in the book, so if your sensitive or don't like these types of books you might not want to read this book. It doesn't go into a lot of detail but you know it happens, just not a lot of details.

The end is okay, nothing earth shattering happens but nothing awful happens either. But I really teared up a lot in parts of the book and Molly really breaks my heart with things that happen to her in this book. 

I have to say I really am so glad I asked and was chosen to take part in the book tour for this awesome book. Thanks so much to the author, publisher, and Xpresso book tours. 

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Author Bio:

Heather Christie grew up in rural Pennsylvania and, at age seventeen, took off for New York City in hopes of becoming a movie star. Flash forward several decades, a couple degrees, a bunch of cats, two kids and one husband later, she's back in Pennsylvania writing her heart out and chasing dreams again. She loves to read, run, drink tea, and make Sunday dinner. Follow her blog at www.HeatherChristieBooks.com and say “hello” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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WOW This Book was Nothing Like I ever expected!!!!!!

Scythe - Neal Shusterman

So I read this book during the 24 in 48 readatoan. (Sorry I know I spelled that wrong.) I really loved the book so freaking much, that it was so hard for me to put down. 

My favorite character was Rowan, wow what happens towards the end of the book just blew my mind, something that he did I just never thought he could ever do. That's all I am going to say, because I don't want to spoil things for readers that haven't read this book yet.

Now on to Citra, I really wasn't so into her at first, but she also does something at the end that I never thought she had in her. I just think towards the end she really started to grow up.

I really don't know what I would do if I had to decide who I would gleaned, or even how I would go about gleaning the individual, that I chosen. I would be afraid that I would let the power go to my head, but I really hope I would be strong and be merciful, in the way I would go about gleaning them.

I have the second book thunderhead, I will probably read that one in the next couple of months, after I read a few more that I have already planned to read.

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Pretty Dead Girls - Monica  Murphy
PRETTY DEAD GIRLS BY MONICA MURPHY BLOG TOUR – DIGITAL ASSETS Tour Date: January 8-26, 2018 (Posts should be up by 08:00 AM EST on your scheduled date) Link to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32972117-pretty-dead-girls Purchase Links: Amazon | Amazon Australia | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | B&N | iBooks | Kobo Tour Schedule: http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-pretty-dead-girls-by-monica-murphy/ Giveaway: Signed copy of Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy a Rafflecopter giveaway Pretty Dead Girls by Monica MurphyPublication Date:  January 2, 2018Publisher:  Entangled Teen Beautiful. Perfect. Dead. In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed. The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she's next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she's never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her. There's something he isn't telling her. But there's something she's not telling him, either. Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a traditionally published author with Bantam/Random House and Harper Collins/Avon, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson. She is a wife and a mother of three who lives with her family in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere, along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through many angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA. Website • Twitter • Facebook • Instagram • Pinterest • Snapchat • Goodreads

 

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The Girl Without Magic - Megan O'Russell

The Girl Without Magic
Megan O’Russell
(The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, #1)
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: January 9th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Death would have been easier, but the Siren wasn’t through with her.

Seventeen-year-old Maggie Trent fell out of a battle and into the Siren’s Realm, a land where secrets hide in the shadows and pleasure comes at a price Maggie is unwilling to pay.

The time for the Siren’s reckoning has come, sweeping away all she deems unworthy to live in her realm. Those without magic are hunted by the Siren. Those with magic are hunted by the Stricken. Fighting or hiding seem necessary to survive. But there is a different way.

Bertrand Wayland, unaging and unrelenting in his determination for Maggie to accept her fate, slips in and out through the stitches that bind the Siren’s Realm to other worlds, gaining magic and having glorious adventures. When Maggie follows Bertrand out of the Siren’s Realm, seeking an adventure of her own, she finds instead a world of magic on the eve of war. To save innocent lives Maggie risks her heart, her life, and her only chance of returning to the Siren’s Realm.

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Megan is a native of Upstate New York who spends her time traveling the country as a professional actor. Megan’s current published works include YA series The Tethering and Girl of Glass, as well as the Christmas romance Nuttycracker Sweet. 2017 projects include The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, and The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl Without Magic.
For more information on Megan’s books visit MeganORussell.com.

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Awesome End to a awesome Series!!!!!!

Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo

I love this whole awesome and amazing series. I am so sorry to say that I still didn't like the Darkling at all, I did like the certain something that we found out about him. WOW I wasn't expecting what happened to Nick, that's what I call him, at all. And what we found out about Mal, I kind of thought that's what it was going to be, but wasn't 100% positive about it.

I really am still deciding on what I feel in regards to what happened to Alian ( sorry can't remember how to spell her name, and don't have the book near me.) Also in regards to what happened to the Darkling in the end.

I am so super excited that I read this awesome, and amazing series.

Just as fantastic as the first book in the series!!!!!

Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo

I really enjoyed this book just as much as the first book Shadow and Bone. I was happy that there was more Mal then the Darkling. Even though Mal at times really did stupid things that wanted to make me throw things, I still understand him and his actions more than I do the Darkling. I also really love Nikolai/Sturmhond, a whole lot even though I wasn't so sure about him in the very beginning, but boy did he really grow on me in the end. I thought parts were boring but not so bad that I would take any stars away from it. So of course its getting 5*stars from me. I really can't see how the series end, and yes I am reading the last book, Ruin and Rising right now. So hopefully I will be finished with this one in a few days. 

One of my book goals for 2018, is to start reading more slowly, so I am trying not to finish a book in one day. Because usually if I love a book a whole lot, I can finish the book in a day. So far I am doing a pretty great job. Of course if the book isn't very long I will of course most likely finish in a day, especially if I am really enjoying the storyline. 

Off to an awesome start of my reading of the New Year!!!!!!

Everless - Sara  Holland

I really loved this book a whole lot. I was so happy that I was right about a certain character in this book. I really loved Jules I loved that she wanted to help her father so much. I am not sure how I feel about her father. The guys in the book were Roan and Liam, I loved that Liam was a bad boy!!!!! Roan I don't know how I felt about him either. I really want to know a lot more about Liam, so I hope he's more involve in the next book. Both of the guys weren't in the book a whole lot, I feel like Liam was in it a little more. The main bad character and Roan's finance we're in the book a lot more. 

The book is definitely at first a set up on what is going to take place in future books, but the last 100 pgs really started to pick up and get really interesting and definitely ends in a major cliffhanger. Which is really going to drive me crazy to have to wait for the next book in this series.

I thought the book was a 4 1/2*star book, but had to give it the full 5 *star rating because while I guess right about a certain individual, two other things that happened or was revealed at the end really surprised me, and I most definitely loved it but was sad about one of these things.

So I most definitely will be buying the next book whenever it comes out!!!!!!

Thought I did a Review on this one.

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance - Ruth Emmie Lang

Boy I didn't realize that I never did a review on this book. I ordered a box from Once Upon a Book Club, in case you don't know what it is, well you order a book, and it comes with other things but you can't open that gift until you get to the page on that certain gift. The box was kind of expensive but also a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the book and the gifts that came with them, and really it made reading the book more exciting because you want to get to the page that is written on that page, and so on.

I am really glad I did this because this isn't a book I would choose for myself and I really would have missed out on such a pretty awesome book.

I really loved the character of Weylyn, he was quite a character of mystery, and very interesting individual to read about. The story to me is kind of hard to explain but its also pretty interesting, because it's mostly people that meet him that is telling the story on how they meet him and how that came about and how he touched their lives. It was also interesting because very weird and awesome stuff happened when someone was around him. I am so sorry I am probably making the book confusing but it's hard to explain without giving away a lot of spoilers. And it will also take away from the magic of the book, at least I feel that way. Again I just loved this book and thought that it was really unique and very interesting one. 

WOW this Audio for the Book is just WOW!!!!!!

Illuminae - Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

I have to say I am not a huge audible fan, but if all audios were as fantastic as this one, I would listen to them a whole lot more. 

I really loved Ezra, and Kady so freaking much, and how cute were they, when they communicated with one another. I really thought the story and some characters were really pretty awesome. I got chills going up my arms whenever the voice of Aiden came into play. I still can't decide if I liked Aiden or not. I could understand its logic but not how it went about it. I don't want to say to much about the story, because I am afraid I would give a lot of spoilers out. The ending was just super WoW, I would actually say the whole second half was just freaking creepy and Nuts. And it took you on a Freaking Awesome, fantastic, and one hell of a ride. I would definitely recommend this book, especially as an audible book if you could afford it. Also if you have the book, get the audible and following along with the audible with the book. Because the book in regards to how it's set-up is not to be missed. I only have the e-book for this one, but for book two, I have the e-book, audible book, and hardback, as well.

I can't wait until I have time for the second book, and for the last one in the series to come out.

Liked it better than I thought I would!!!!!

Eliza and Her Monsters - Francesca Zappia

I really liked Eliza and her monsters a lot more than I thought I would. I really just bought the ebook because I heard a lot of readers talking about how much they really loved the book. So when I found out yesterday that it was on sell for $ 2.99, I thought to myself why not buy it.

WoW I really felt bad for Eliza when people found out who she was, and then all the feelings she went through. I can understand her panic attacks, because I get them sometimes, and I feel like I can't breathe and like I am going to pass out. I really didn't start getting into the story until she meet Wallace.

Lets talk about Wallace, boy when he told his story about why he is the way he is, boy my heart about broke for him. I did get a little upset at Wallace towards the end, but only for a few seconds, then I was in love with him again.

The ending had me almost in tears, at that is what made it a 4* review and not a 3* review. I also have to say how much I loved Eliza's brothers, they were just to cute. I really also loved her two friends that are her online friends. I loved how they reacted after the reveal in regards to trying to calm things down. 

So I am so super glad I gave this book a chance.

Reading progress update: I've read 51%.

Illuminae - Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

I really am enjoying this audio book a lot. I really like no surprise here, but of course I am going to say Ezra, sorry if I might have spelled his name wrong. I also really love the main character of Kady, she's a total bad-ass. And this audio is just making the book come alive.

The creepiest character is the AI is that what its call it? Which is called Aiden ( not sure how they spell its name?)

More to come once I finish the audio-book. Can't wait to see how this one ends!!!!!!

Don't Understand how People can like the Darkling and want him with Alina?

Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo, Leigh Bardugo

I know as readers we all like people or dislike people for a reason, but I just don't get the love of the Darkling or why they would want Alina. I just don't see anything lovable about him, or why Alina should want to be with him. I know I might be the oddball but I love Mal and I love the relationship they have between one another.

The Darkling just wants the power, and he treated Alina like a slave, and trying to kill Mal to keep her inline, that is not love. And I started book 2, and he was still treating her like crap and threatening to do what he said he was going to do to her, if Mal didn't do what he wanted, boy I really don't get it at all?

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