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Secrets of a Reluctant Princess - Casey Griffin
Tour Date: March 6-March 17, 2017
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Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin Publication Date: March 7, 2017 Publisher: Entangled Teen At Beverly Hills High, you have to be ruthless to survive… Adrianna Bottom always wanted to be liked. But this wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Now, she’s in the spotlight…and out of her geeky comfort zone. She’ll do whatever it takes to turn the rumor mill in her favor—even if it means keeping secrets. So far, it’s working. Wear the right clothes. Say the right things. Be seen with the right people. Kevin, the adorable sketch artist who shares her love of all things nerd, isn’t exactly the right people. But that doesn’t stop Adrianna from crushing on him. The only way she can spend time with him is in disguise, as Princess Andy, the masked girl he’s been LARPing with. If he found out who she really was, though, he’d hate her. The rules have been set. The teams have their players. Game on.
My Review
For me the book started out pretty slowly, and I wasn't really sure if I was going to finish it or not. Luckily the book started to get better and it was a very funny book. I think my favorite character was Kevin, he was so super cute to me, I love a character that is kind of a nerd, especially guys. I also liked Adrienne and felt bad for her at times. Some of the side characters I liked also such as Keelie whom is Kevin's sister and Harper, Adrienne best friend. My favorite parts were when they're LARPing, even though Kevin thinks shes a girl named Andi. I really liked the ending a lot. I have to mention Lennox whom Harper likes is so clueless and so naive. I am happy I requested to take part in the blog book tour for this book, and my opinion is my very own.
Casey Griffin can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400 ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resume boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion. Casey is a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel finalist, and is currently busy writing every moment she can. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


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Home - Eleni McKnight
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*** Home by Eleni McKnight Genre: YA Dystopian Release Date: November 22nd 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Knowledge is a Dangerous Commodity HOME - the last bastion of civilization in a corrupt and fallen world. Outside dwell the reanimated dead, cannibals, and scavengers; remnants of a once great race. Inside, the commune is ruled with an iron fist by Deacon, and administered without mercy by the Elders. Everyone knows their place in HOME. Everyone is safe in HOME…as long as you follow the rules. Handmaiden Suzannah Commons is content with training to be a wife and mother, the only occupation open to women in HOME. But her world is turned upside-down when she tastes the forbidden knowledge contained in outlawed books. Suzannah discovers a new way of life is possible, but that knowledge comes at a high price. It could cost her life. Or the life of the boy she loves.
  My Review
I thought the book was okay. It kept my interest but I wasn't dying to find out how it all ended. The main character of Suzannah I really felt bad about the life she had, but at times I wish she wasn't so weak-minded. I really loved Silas, he was my favorite character in the book. He was the one I felt really bad for, and if you read or are planning on reading the book you'll find out why. Female of course get the raw deal in these types of books. The book ended pretty interesting but kind of wierd for me, I will say Suzanne goes through a lot towards the end of the book, but Silas's mom, really gets put through the wringer. And I will warn you that there is a lot of dark subject matters in this book, such as rape, and beatings, etc. But like I mentioned above what the subject that this book deals with that is expected. I don't think I would read this book again but I wouldn't discourage other readers from reading this book for themselves. And I want to say that I am still glad I was given an opportunity to read this book and take part in the tour for the book. I did voluntarily request to take part in this tour and the review is my honest opinion on how I felt about this book. Add to Goodreads
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Eleni McKnight is a Murfreesboro, Tennessee native. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Literature and a wild passion for creating clothes and doing make-up. She's also an avid reader and loves music and theatre. She started writing at age eight when she had read all the Baby-Sitter's Club books that were out and wanted something new to read. It's never quite left her over the years These days, you can usually find Eleni working backstage or costuming in local community theatres, reading a book, walking (that FitBit is addictive!), at a concert, drinking a craft beer with friends, knitting, embroidering, or taking a dance class.
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The Last Shadow Gate by Michael W. Garza Genre: YA Fantasy Release Date: March 3rd 2017 NeverHaven Press
Summer vacation was never supposed to be like this. It was bad enough Naomi had to be shipped off to her dad's home for the summer and deal with her half-brother Gavin, but when the siblings are forced to spend their break with their great-grandmother in upstate New York, everything changes. An investigation into the strange disappearance of their great-grandfather forces them to retrace his footsteps. They discover a gateway between worlds and encounter extraordinary creatures in a land where the people are desperate to escape the coming of a shade lord. To survive their adventure, Naomi and Gavin must settle their differences and find the elusive shadow gate that will take them home again. Pre-order on Amazon! THE SHADOW GATE CHRONICLES: Book 1
: The Last Shadow Gate Book 2: A Veil of Shadows (Coming 2017)
Book 3: The Shadow of War (Coming 2018
) Advance Praise for THE LAST SHADOW GATE: "If this book had been around when I was a kid, I’d have held it right up there with The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings.” - Sunshine Somerville, Author of THE KOTA SERIES "You won't want to miss out on the thrilling yet perilous world beyond the shadow gates!" - J. Cornell Michel, Author of JORDAN'S BRAINS *If you love fast-paced, YA Fantasy, THE LAST SHADOW GATE is the book for you.* Book Trailer: Sample Chapter:
About the Author Michael W. Garza often finds himself wondering where his inspiration will come from next and in what form his imagination will bring it to life. The outcomes regularly surprise him and it’s always his ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow him and take in those results. He hopes everyone will find something that frightens, surprises, or simply astonishes them. Author Links: Website│Goodreads│Twitter│Facebook│Author's Amazon Page
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Angles – Part I
Erin Lockwood
Publication date: November 3rd 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

A compelling love story about Caralee, her best friend Teddy, and her new love interest, Sam. The intensity of Sam entering into Cara’s life challenges her friendship with Teddy – which was forged long ago when they encountered a deranged gunman. Teddy will stop at nothing to protect Cara – even if it means keeping his long time business associate and once best friend far away from her.

This story is about friendship and relationship triangles, love and protection, love and understanding, and love and true love.

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Erin Lockwood grew up in Castro Valley, California and attended the University of Oregon, where she graduated in 2003 with a degree in journalism. From there she moved to Denver and spent the next seven years searching for the love of her life and building the family of her dreams.

It wasn’t long until, with children starting preschool and more time on her hands, Erin refocused on her career, beginning with a successful entry into the world of residential real estate as a Realtor. Free time was spent reading book after book (and binge-watching the subsequent films) in the New Adult genre. Feeling hopelessly in love with her husband, she wrote him a short story leading up to their fifth wedding anniversary. That’s when she discovered her tireless passion to share her experience of falling in love through fictional characters. That story evolved into the first novel in the Angles trilogy.

Erin still lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Phil, and their three children.

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A Shot In The Dark (Dark Series Book 1) - Sumner J. La Croix
Romantic suspense
Date Published: February 1, 2017 Publisher:
Limitless Publishing
A motorcycle crash forces Skyler Smith into Laney Pearson’s hospital, barely clinging to life… As a trauma nurse, Laney works with surgeon Josh Stone to bring Skyler back from the brink of death and toward recovery. But what initially looks like nothing more than a freak accident may turn out to be much more dangerous—and maybe even deadly. In the years they’ve worked together, Laney has never given Josh the time of day… She thinks he’s nothing more than a pompous doctor looking for another notch to add to his belt. But caring for Skyler brings the pair closer, and Laney lets down her guard, allowing them the chance to find happiness together in the midst of so much destruction. But someone doesn’t want them to be happy. Someone wants Laney gone. Threats might derail their love before it really starts… As the couple tries to build their budding relationship, Laney begins to receive menacing messages. And when she and Josh learn that Skyler’s accident is anything but unintentional, they fight to balance finding the would-be killer with keeping keep Laney safe from her stalker. But each wild turn takes them further away from the truth…and each other. Can Laney and Josh discover who is behind the violent acts, or is each guess they make nothing more than a shot in the dark? Some accidents aren’t accidental…
My Review
The book started out full of mystery from the very beginning, with Skyler on his bike and getting hurt. I really liked Skyler and his mom a lot. I really felted bad for all he went through in this book. It held my attention because I wanted to find out if he would survive and if he did would he be his normal health self. I also wanted to know if his accident was really just that or if it wasn't an accident at all. And if someone was trying to kill him then for what reason. Very surprising outcome. 
I really loved Laney and Josh a whole lot. Josh did drive me crazy because he wanted to do everything for Laney. Such as ordering her food for example, as well as her drinks, and so much more. Once Laney told him it was driving her nuts, he did try to tone it back. 
Laney also has a stalker, that is very crazy that's for sure. The book did end in a cliffhanger, and somethings were tied up but other things might or might not have been tied up. 
There is another book coming out very soon, and I really can't wait to find out what's going to happen next. So I will definitely be reading it, that's for sure. 
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JG Sumner is a Registered Nurse who went rogue. As good as she was at starting IV's, she enjoys writing the down the stories in her head even more. Most of the time the characters won't stop pestering her until she has them down on paper. JG can often be found with a glass of red wine or prosecco in front of her computer. When she's not creating, she enjoys the outdoors hiking, bike riding, snowboarding, and camping. JG has a very dry sense of humor, and should never be taken too seriously. She loves to hear from her fans, and even those who aren't and would love to hear your opinion on her books. JG writes romantic suspense/thrillers including: A Shot in the Dark, Into the Light, The Surrender Trilogy including Surrender, Shattered, and Saved which will be available through Limitless Publishing soon.
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Reading progress update: I've read 75%.

The Secret Sister - Brenda Novak

Started out slowly and took a while to get to the plot. But it's really taking off right now. So I can't wait to see how this book ends. I really love the love interest Rafe a whole lot. I will do a review when I finish the book. 

Funny, awesome, book. Thanks so much NetGalley!!!!!

Denton Little's Still Not Dead - Lance Rubin

I really loved this book it was just as funny as the first book, and I am so glad that it was only two books. I thought Denton and his best-friend Paolo were so freaking funny in this book. It was so interesting to see what happened in regards to individuals death-date, since Denton survived, (I hope this isn't a spoiler since it mentions this in the title after all.) 

It was fun to see how Denton would get himself out of this crazy mess, and to find out if Paolo would live or die on his death-date, since it was coming up quickly. 

I was very happy with how things turned out, it was definitely an interesting ending, and I had a lot of fun reading the book. If you read the first book in the series, I would definitely recommend you to read this one also. And if you didn't read the first one, definitely going and read it, as soon as possible. I really don't think you'll regret it.

Thanks so much NetGalley, the publisher, and author, for letting me read this book, it was fun. I am so glad I voluntarily requested this book from you. The review is my honest opinion on how I felt about this fantastic and funny, as well as awesome book.

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Echo Campaign - Taylor Brooke

ECHO Campaign
Taylor Brooke
(Isolation #2)
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: November 1st 2016
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Brooklyn Harper’s worst nightmare has become her reality. She has been captured by Isolation…

Trapped in a white-walled labyrinth by Juneau Malloy, Brooklyn is faced with the horrors of Isolation’s finest training yet. The skills she learned as an Omen Operative in Camp Number Eleven are put to the test in the form of brutal assessments of her strength, skills, and fortitude. Confused and disheartened, Brooklyn and the group of renegade Omens prepare for whatever trials Isolation has in store for them.

Juneau has caged her once again, but Brooklyn is far from broken…

When Brooklyn finds out her best friend Gabriel is alive, she goes on a violent rampage in search of her, but instead earns herself a stint in solitary confinement. Juneau attempts to tame Brooklyn through grueling exercises before offering her one radical choice. Brooklyn must hand over her freedom in order to spare her friends. She’ll become a showpiece Juneau will auction off to the highest bidder for her skills in assassination, defense, and combat.

There must be a way out, and the renegade Omens have to find it…

Brooklyn has no intention of becoming Juneau’s latest achievement. During a mind-warping training simulation, Brooklyn uncovers Isolation’s greatest secret and their darkest mistake. Juneau Malloy has created something far more sinister than the Omens, and it’s ready to eat the world alive.

As the battle with Isolation intensifies, Brooklyn is faced with her most dangerous choice yet…

Save her friends—or save humanity.

Wow if you read the first book in this series and thought things were crazy in that one, you haven't seen what crazy really is. My favorite characters have to be Brooklyn, Porter, and Gabriel. What happens in this book, really makes me wish the third book was in my greedy little hands right this freaking minute.

The ending and what happens with the whole team is freaking nuts, but one hell of a ride. It ends with one freaking nail bitting cliffhanger, and I can't wait to see what happens next. What one of the bad guys wants to do is freaking insane, and I sure didn't see it coming that's for sure. I would definitely recommend this book for individuals that want to go on one freaking crazy and awesome adventure. 

I asked to be part of this book tour, and this review is my honest opinion on how I felt about this very interesting book. 

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Author Bio:

Taylor Brooke is the author of the sci-fi adventure trilogy The Isolation Series. She started out as a freelance makeup artist, and quickly discovered her love of elves, zombies, mermaids, kaiju, and monsters of all kinds. After receiving eight professional certifications in special effects makeup, working on countless projects, and fleshing out a multitude of fantastical creatures, she turned her imagination back to her one true love — books. Taylor has had a knack for writing since she was a little girl, and received recognition for her skills throughout grade school and junior college. When she’s not nestled in a blanket typing away on her laptop, she can be found haunting the local bookstore with a cup of steaming hot tea in her hands, scanning the shelves for new reads, or hiking one of the many mountains that surround her home in Oregon.

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As You Lay Sleeping - Katlyn Duncan

As You Lay Sleeping
Katlyn Duncan
Published by: HQ Digital
Publication date: February 22nd 2017
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

I did it all for you…

Cara’s boyfriend is dead.

When fingers start pointing at her, she knows she’s in more trouble than she originally thought. Because Cara can see that something isn’t right.

As her carefully constructed life begins to crumble, Cara isn’t sure who she is anymore.

But maybe that’s exactly what someone wants her to think…


My Review

I was got into the book from the beginning. At first I didn't really care for the main character Cara. But she really started to grow on me. I really wasn't sure about Ryan either, that's because I knew he was hiding something. It was very interesting in regards to who the killer was and why that person killed Cara's Ex. And I loved that I didn't figure out who the killer was until the reveal. Cara's friend who is the sister of her Ex was such a bitch.  And once they weren't friends anymore, is when Cara starts to be a more nicer person. Ryan was a really hotie that's for sure. And I thought he helped make her a strong character as well. The ending was definitely left open for more, but also tied up, in regards to why Cara's ex was killed.

I was happy with the ending for now, but I hope there is more to come with Cara and Ryan. Because I would definitely love to read more about these two characters.

I would definitely recommend this book to individuals that love some romance, but some mystery as well. It's a really fast book to, it didn't take me much time at all to finish the book, only about five hrs. 

I voluntarily requested to take part in the book tour and my opinion is my own.


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Author Bio:

Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.

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Weariland - Deb Coman, Mary Sue Shotwell
  *** Weariland by Mary Shotwell Genre: YA Release Date: May 10th 2016 Merge Publishing Summary: For fifteen-year-old Lason Davies, it all started with a text.  “HIDING PLACE.”  The last words of her murdered grandmother haunt Lason as she travels to England with her sheltering mother for the funeral. The crime is a sensation, but the clamoring reporters and news photographers aren’t the only ones interested in their arrival.  As her mother’s behavior borders on erratic (on a good day), Lason encounters a stranger from Weariland, a dreary world once known as Wonderland. He petitions Lason’s help in finding a secret family heirloom, a key to saving his land—and to Lason’s past. Lason is swept in an adventure through Weariland’s unpredictable realm, encountering colorful, fantastical characters and discovering her family’s elusive history. But if she isn’t careful, she may never return…  My Review I really loved this retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I got really wrapped into the story from the beginning. I really loved the main character of Lason, she was definitely a very interesting young adult. Boy for not a very long book, it was filled with a lot of action and adventure. Lason sure went through a lot, in this book. The little tiny bit that Lason's grandmother was in it, which was just in the beginning, she seemed like she would have been in awesome character. I wasn't sure about Lason's mother at first, but I started to like her towards the ending. I felt bad for her when Lason went missing. I really loved some of the characters from Weariland, I would have to say that White the rabbit was my favorite. And I couldn't stand the Queen of Souls, who is the queen now. I am still not sure about Nicholas another character, I am not sure if he's good or bad. I am not going to tell you who Nicholas is, you'll just have to read the book to find out whom he is, on your own. Another character that is in the book but not from Weariland is, Inspector Landry. I am not sure about him either. I really liked the ending it tied up somethings, but there is still a lot of things that still is left to take care of. I really can't wait to read the next adventure that Lason, will find herself in. I offered to take part in this book tour on my very own. This review is my personal opinion, and no one else's. Add to Goodreads Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Book Trailer: About the Author Mary grew up in northeast Ohio, so it was only natural for her to pursue a degree in marine biology. After studying dolphin behavior and estimating great white shark populations, she earned her Ph.D. in Biostatistics in Charleston, South Carolina. It was there, during the arduous dissertation process, where she had the idea to write a book.  With Alice and the crazy characters from Wonderland staring her down from her bedroom poster, Mary envisioned what that fantasy realm would look like in current day. Creative writing served as a natural escape from technical writing, wedding planning, pregnancy, and job hunting.  Mary is excited to debut Weariland (Merge Publishing, 2016), a novel introducing Lason Davies, a teenager who learns about her family's past in a world once called Wonderland. She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and three children. Author Links: Website│Goodreads│Twitter│Facebook Blog Tour Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours


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Third Chronicles of Illumination: The Library of Illumination-Book Eight - C. A. Pack
Blog Tour Schedule: http://yaboundbooktours.blogspot.com/2016/12/blog-tour-sign-up-third-chronicles-of.html *** Third Chronicles of Illumination by C.A. Pack Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy Release date: February 7th 2017 Artiqua Press Summary from Goodreads: Oh, no! Johanna Charette and Jackson Roth have allowed a sneaky shapeshifter to slip right through their fingers. The good news is that he’s now trapped between the layers of time and space with their Terrorian nemesis, Nero 51. The bad news is the Terrorian wants to control all the Libraries of Illumination, while the shapeshifter wants to control everything else. Who knows how long the Illumini system will remain safe? It’s taking a toll on Johanna and Jackson, who are smack in the center of everything as they struggle to protect the libraries’ legacy. Can you spell s-t-r-e-s-s? The pressure is driving a stake between the teens, and their mercurial romance could be over before it has truly begun. Add to Goodreads
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C. A. Pack is the author of the Library of Illumination series of YA paranormal fantasy novelettes, along with Chronicles: The Library of Illumination (2014), The Second Chronicles of Illumination (2015) and The Third Chronicles of Illumination (2017). Pack also writes for a general audience. Her first novel, Code Name: Evangeline—is an historical spy thriller which takes place in the 1930's. The author followed it up with Evangeline's Ghost—a fantasy about the death of that same spy. She recently completed work on Evangeline's Ghost: Houdini, and is currently working on Evangeline's Ghost: The Bridge. Pack is an award winning journalist from New York who worked as an anchor/reporter and educator (she considers herself the fairy-godmother of telvision news reporters)—and has written for WNBC, LI News Tonight and News 12 Long Island. She also worked on PBS documentaries, radio and television commercials and created and produced a pilot for a news show focusing solely on marriage and wedding trends. She's a past president of the Press Club of Long Island and a proud member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. Pack has been a speaker or panelist for organizations such as Women in Communications, Fair Media Council, and the Society of Professional Journalists. The author lives with her husband and two picky parrots “on” Long Island, New York.
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Turned out to be a pretty interesting book.

God of the Sun (Stella and Sol Book 1) - Kimberly Loth

I received this book by the way of the author, I voluntarily requested to read and review this book on my own. And my opinion are all my very own.

The book started out really slow and pretty boring but by the 40 % mark of the story, it started to get much more interesting. I didn't care for the main heroine at the beginning but once she meets Leo ( who I will talk about more soon) she starts to finally loosen up a lot. I was so happy because at first she just seemed so air-headed, and had nothing much to offer.

So Zwaantie doesn't want to be queen, and she's in love with her brothers slave, (I can't even remember his name that's how boring he was to me. Leo whom I am rooting for,  is  from from Sol. I really think Leo brings out the fun side of Zwaantie, and I feel like she's more herself around Leo. I really feel like Zwaantie just thinks she's in love with Phoenix( that's his name.) 

Another interesting character in the book is called "The Voice." The voice if it thinks a person is doing or thinking something awful will punish that individual. It could be something like a headache or even ordering that individuals death. The voice is definitely suspicious, but keeps things interesting.

So as you can see I want Leo and Zwaantie to wind up together in the end. The book ends in a cliffhanger and it definitely makes me want to read the next book asap. I would definitely recommend this book, but I warn you that you have to be patient because it does start out really slowly, but if you stick to it like I did you will get rewarded. I believe the next book comes out in April, and I can't freaking wait to find out what happens to all the different characters, especially Leo, and Zwaantie.

Reading progress update: I've read 33%.

God of the Sun (Stella and Sol Book 1) - Kimberly Loth

Not really sure about this book as of yet. Nothing exciting has really happened yet, and I am not really feeling any of the characters as of yet. I am really hoping that changes really quickly. I am bound and determined to finish this book and not give it a DNF review.

Really love X so freaking much. What a sexy man!!!!!

The Edge of Everything - Jeff Giles

My favorite character was definitely X, I liked Zoe but at times she drove me nuts. The way she talks as well as the way she treats her mother. I also really loved her little brother Jonah, and a friend of X named Ripper. 

I enjoy the plot especially X being a bounty hunter that goes around collection bad souls and sending them to what is called the Lowlands. I just feel so hard for X, and felt really bad for him at times. Zoe and X sure fall for one another and says I love you way to fast. 

There are two reasons I am giving this 4/5 stars, and they are because like I mentioned above those two say I love you way to fast. And the cliffhanger ending, and nothing was really solved. I still really loved the book and I can't wait to read the next book, whenever it comes out. 


Reading progress update: I've read 42%.

The Edge of Everything - Jeff Giles

Interesting and definitely different book, than other books I read before. I really love the characters especially X. His a character I can't wait to find out a lot more about, that's for darn sure. It's a really exciting story so far, and I can't wait to see what happens next and how it ends. 

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Saying Goodbye, Part Two - Abigail Drake

Saying Goodbye: Part 1
Abigail Drake
(Passports and Promises #1)
Publication date: September 10th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

Samantha Barnes always dreamed of seeing the world, and only has a few months left before she starts a semester abroad in Japan. Enough time to say goodbye to her friends, polish up her language skills, and maybe even squeeze in a quick fling with handsome fraternity boy Dylan Hunter.

All she wants from Dylan is something casual, and perhaps some mind-blowing sex, but things don’t work out as planned. Dylan wants a lot more from her than a hook-up. Before Sam realizes what’s happening, their relationship has become serious, something she never intended. And then she discovers Dylan is hiding a dark secret that makes breaking up with him nearly impossible.

Sam is running out of time. She has to leave soon. She has no choice. But leaving Dylan could mean more than just the end of their relationship. It could also mean destroying him completely.

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Saying Goodbye: Part 2
Abigail Drake
(Passports and Promises #1)
Publication date: September 10th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

What if you meet the right person…at absolutely the wrong time?

When Samantha Barnes starts her semester abroad in Japan, she brings along a heavy load of emotional baggage. With her ex-boyfriend in the midst of a mental health crisis back home, she’d been forced to make some difficult choices, choices that now fill her with guilt and remorse. She also made promises to him she isn’t sure she can keep, especially when she meets Thomas MacGregor, an irresistibly charming Scottish rugby player. Thomas is studying at the same university as Samantha, and, although she tries to fight it, she begins to fall for him. Hard.

Life in Kyoto is everything Samantha could imagine, but, when tragedy strikes, it sends her on a downward spiral into darkness. Will she be able to come to terms with what happened, and have a future with Thomas, or will she forever be plagued by regret?

Forgiveness is a tricky thing, especially when the person you need to forgive most is yourself.

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My Review for both books!!!!!

What a sad and emotional book to read. Sam her character was something else. I really loved that she wasn't a perfect person, that she had plenty of flaws. 

In the first part book 1, Sam meets Dylan. Sam just wants to have a fling before she goes away to Japan for a semester, of course it doesn't turn out the way she planned it. And things just get so messed up. Sam finds out things about herself and Dylan, during this time that really screws her up. She also has to deal with something awful that happens to one of her friends. Book 1 gets a four star rating from me.

In book 2 Sam and Dylan aren't together anymore, due to things that happened in the first book. While Dylan wasn't my favorite person, I felt really bad for him, I am not going to say what.

So in this book Sam decides she isn't going to get involved with anyone else, but of course that doesn't work out the way she planned either. Due to the fact she meets Thomas, who won't take no for an answer.

I really loved Thomas and I was rooting for Sam and him, from their very interesting first meet. At first it was more of a friendship, of course onces it becomes much more, something happens. Sam finds out about something back home, and she pushes Thomas away.

I felt so bad for Thomas. I can understand why Sam felt the way she did, but she should have talked to Thomas about how she was feeling. I really loved how the book ended, and when you read the letter Sam gets from either Thomas or Dylan towards the end. Believe you will be in tears. This part gets 4 1/2 stars from me. So all together it gets 4 1/2 stars from me. I am so happy I was given a spot in the book tour for this sad, emotional, book. And I voluntarily requested a spot on this tour, my opinions are my own and no one else's. I would definitely recommend this book to my blog followers, friends, and family, its a book that deals with a lot of series topics. And it will hit home to a lot of its readers. 


Author Bio:

Abigail Drake has spent her life traveling the world, and collecting stories wherever she visited. She majored in Japanese and International Economics in college and worked in import/export and as an ESL teacher before she committed herself full time to writing. She writes in several romance genres, and her books are quirky, light, fun, and sexy. Abigail is a trekkie, a book hoarder, the master of the Nespresso machine, a red wine addict, and the mother of three boys (probably the main reason for her red wine addiction). A puppy named Capone is the most recent addition to her family, and she blogs about him as a way of maintaining what little sanity she has left.

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