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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.
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.
Saying Goodbye: Part 1
(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.
Saying Goodbye: Part 2
(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.
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.
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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One More Breath
Publication date: November 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Sydney Westbrook has had enough.
After a fight with her abusive ex-boyfriend leaves her in the hospital once again, she knows it’s time for a change. Just out of college, Sydney decides to accept a position as a live-in nurse. But leaving the comfort of Atlanta and the support of her small circle of friends is hard to do. And when she meets her ailing, stubborn client, Sydney second guesses all of her choices.
A southern family with a social status to maintain, the McNamara’s think very little of Sydney, especially since she reminds Mrs. McNamara so much of the daughter-in-law she never accepted. But when Sydney encounters Quinn, the defiant grandson, her views of the family begin to change. And her heart begins to heal the hole left behind by the abuse.
Sydney and Quinn may have little time together, but they make the most out of it. A public display of their relationship is short-lived when Sydney learns just how far her client will go to save her family’s namesake. And when Sydney’s past suddenly rips into her new world, her happiness with Quinn threatens to come to an end.
But truth and friendship will help Sydney finally live the life she’s chosen while loving the one she chose.
The book was pretty good I really loved Sydney and her love interest Quinn. And Sydney's ex was such an abusive ass. I really don't usually read these types of books as much as I use too.
I really didn't care for Quinn's father at all, he didn't care about what his son wanted. He just wanted to control his son, at least that's how I feel about that subject.
I liked Quinn's Grandma more towards the end of the book. The book had romance, action, and adventure. I really loved how the book end. I would definitely recommend this book to other individuals.
Amber Garr spends her days as a scientist and nights writing about other worlds. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain she has a supernatural sense of smell. Amber is a multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner, author of the bestselling Syrenka Series, The Leila Marx Novels, the award-winning Water Crisis Chronicles and Georgia Girls Series, as well as the Death Warden Series. When not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.
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Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2)
by Brenda Drake
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.
Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.
And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.
Maybe. If she survives.
While I liked this book, I liked the first one a little bit more. I think that's just because the first book I felt there was more action from the start. With this book, it took a little longer for the action to beginning but once it started the action and adventure kept coming. In this book their were more deaths then the last one.
My favorite characters would have to be Bastien. I just love him, and I think him and Gia have a lot more in common, and there so hot together. I feel like Gia is more herself around him, and they just seem to get one another.
Arik I really feel sorry for in this book, something happens to him, and while this takes place, Gia and Bastien start to spend more time together, and Gia decides to give him a chance. Of course with how things ended in this book, there is a chance Gia and Arik could get back together. But I really want Gia and Bastien to stay together.
Nick I freaking love, I feel so sad for him, his so afraid his going to turn bad like his birth father. I do like somethings that happened to him in this book. But bad things happen to him also. I really hope he stays on the good side. Nick and Gia's relationship has to be my favorite in this book. I love how much they act like brother and sister and how they have each other's back.
The book of course ended in another cliffhanger and now I have to freaking wait for the third book in the series to find out what happens next. Will Nick stay on the good side or get corrupted by his father? Who does Gia chose and what happens to the other guy? How will everything end? I can't wait to find out.
I am so happy I was chosen to be part of this book tour. And I voluntarily requested to be part of the book tour. And this review is my complete and honest opinion on how I feel about this book.
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Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.
Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.
Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
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Nicole put her things down, not wanting anything to be in her hands when she picked up the disgusting book. She reached for it, but hesitated. Already, she could sense warmth coming from the leather cover, and she wasn’t even touching it. Its magical pulses were different from the other items—they seemed to drip off the book like sweat.
Nicole hesitated, but wasn’t sure why. It wasn’t as if something bad would happen, right? She took a deep breath and placed her hands on the book. It shivered under her touch and she cringed, pulling back. The sensation of warm leather made her flesh crawl, and she rubbed her hands and arms on her jeans, trying to get the feeling to go away.
Come on, Nicole. Don’t wimp out.
Without letting herself think about it, she picked up the book and lifted the cover.
A wind rushed over her, blowing her hair back, roaring in her ears. She caught a brief whiff of tobacco smoke before the surge of air reversed and sucked the breath out of her lungs, making her gasp.
The floor under her quaked. The book vibrated. The leather on the cover moved, muscles beneath it flexing. Nicole tried to drop the book, but couldn’t. She was unable to control her hands or fingers. They clenched so tightly, they ached. A shadow covered the pages of the book, preventing her from reading.
What was going on? She gasped again, trying to breathe against the strong wind. She felt someone touch her shoulder, but she couldn’t move. Her fingers still clung to the book. The shadow on the pages shifted, roiled, and turned toward her, the brief outline of a face visible. It watched her for several moments.
Nicole . . .
The voice was soft, deep. A strange yearning inside her made her want to read the book, to understand. To join the owner of the voice, though she didn’t know where or what he was.
The wind slowed to a gentle and familiar caress across her cheek. Familiar?
Then suddenly, it all stopped. The book fell from her hands and slammed itself shut. She backed away, her arms, legs—everything—shaking.
“What happened?” Professor Coolidge asked next to her, making her jump.
“I—I don’t know.” Nicole tried to smooth her hair, but her hands shook too much. She tucked them under her arms. “It said my name . . . and there was a shadow. In-inside it.”
Coolidge lifted the leather book. His mouth popped open in surprise. “You’ve activated a force within it—something alive.” He looked at her, fear and worry on his face. “How did you do that?”
Nicole shook her head. “I don’t know,” she repeated.
Professor Coolidge put the book back on the table. “I’m not sure what to say, other than the book is much more powerful than it used to be.” He peered at her, scrutinizing her. “And I’d love to know why it called to you, why you woke it up, when so many others have not.”
I am already really getting into this book, which isn't surprising since this is my favorite series ever so far. I just love Eve, Roarke, and the rest of their family and friends so very much. So far its all cop work, not much yet socially. Hopefully there will be at least some interaction between Eve and Mavis, and hopefully some time with Bella and Eve.
I am enjoying this book so far, but it feels a lot slower in the action, compared to the first book in the series. Hopefully something exciting starts to happen soon. There has been some action but not as much as in the first one. I am sure things are going to happen pretty soon, and then I will be saying things such as. Oh my what the Hell is going on, and oh my gosh why did that have to happen.