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Didn't See that Ending Coming!!!!!!!

Warcross - Marie Lu

WoW I definitely thought this was a very surprising book for me, and that's because I didn't see that Ending coming. I am not even sure who I consider the villain, I see both of these individuals point of view. One of these individuals, I feel is the worst right now but in the next book that could change. I love the world building in this book so much, and I loved that most of the story takes place in Japan.

Out of the characters my absolute favorite so far is Emika, and the rest of her team members, especially Hammie, Asher, and Roshan.. Emika is a very smart hacker and I really think  she is a very interesting character. I also have to say that I think Hideo, is somewhat a mystery to me, I am just not sure if I like him all that much, at times I did and at other times I didn't. The only times I liked him is when he was around Emika. When Emika gets the job working for Hideo that's when this book really starts to get interesting and starts to take off and never slows down.  I really don't want to talk about how it ended or I might give something away, just say it ends in a cliffhanger. I can't wait to find out what Emika is going to do with the information that she has. I will definitely buy the next book to find out what that answer is going to be. Loved, loved, loved this book. 

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From the Sky (Beyond Moondust Trilogy #1) by J.E. Niccasio Genre: YA Sci-fi/Romance
 
Summary:
 
From the Sky from best-selling author J.E. Nicassio writes the kind of close encounter that will leave readers spellbound. 
When high school junior, Samantha Hunter, and her father move to New Mexico, it’s a chance to leave tragedy behind and start over. However, the arrival of a dark-haired stranger changes everything. Lucien introduces Sam to the prospect of enjoying life again, and to the hidden world of aliens. But crazier than that, Lucien doesn’t feel entirely like a stranger. Redemption and romance follow Sam in her new life as she works to understand the alien-human romance she’s developing—a romance that feels beyond her control. There’s something bigger happening around her, and to her, too, and this is just the beginning…. 
 
From The Sky

Dear Emma,

I’m writing this while watching my grandchildren make sandcastles. The sun and the salt of the ocean remind me of him. It reminded me of you, also. You’re probably wondering why I’m contacting you after all these years. I ask myself the same question. I thought it was time you knew the truth, especially you, dear friend...

I wanted to tell you all those years ago, and while you read this, you will find out why I didn’t. My troubled heart hopes you will believe what I should have told you then. Don’t hate me for not telling you, Emma; I had very good reason not to. When I look at my grandson as he plays, the eyes staring back at me were his eyes. I know now more than ever that it wasn’t a dream. Now, you will know the truth. And in time, everyone will. Please have an open mind while reading my journal and understand why I couldn’t tell you. It began the day of my mother’s funeral. You remember that awful day. You were there with me.

All my love,

Sam

 

 

Prologue

The morning dew kissed the steep slope and ridge boughs of the winding road. I loved how the shade of the sugar maple trees blanketed the dense, mossy hollow of Hidden Valley.

 I heard the thud before the antlers crashed through the windshield. Without thinking, my hands covered my eyes as the car flipped over the guardrail and down the embankment. The seatbelt pulled tight across my chest, squeezing the air from my lungs. The car rolled and rolled until it stopped on its side. I hit my head on the window, and everything went black.

I’m unsure of how long I had been unconscious, but I woke up to the flash of a bright light and realized I was trapped. It was the seatbelt. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t undo my seatbelt. I felt something wet and warm. A sweet, metallic, pungent smell entered my nose. Blood.

“Finn….” I struggled to speak.

He didn’t answer. There was only the rattling of metal and the sound of whizzing air, like when a can of Coke is opened after it’s been shaken.

“Finn, talk to me, please. Are you hurt?”

A second bright light flashed beyond the trees. In the distance, the rustling of movement and low voices were coming closer.

“We’re here,” I struggled to get the words out. “Help!” I tried shouting, but the belt made it hard to raise my voice. There was no way they would find us. Just when I thought all hope was lost, I felt someone at my side.

“Don’t be afraid. I got you,” the stranger said. It was a man’s voice, and he spoke gently to me, instantly soothing my worries.

The seatbelt snapped open, and I could breathe again.

“She’s free,” the stranger said. His words rolled off his lips like liquid gold.

Am I dead? Is he an angel?

My fingers trailed loosely at my side as he dragged me across the dry soil. He laid me down on the forest ground away from the wreckage.

The blurred figure above me pulled his shirt off and tucked it underneath my head. For a moment, I was enveloped in his scent, and he lifted my head just enough for me to see my brand-new iPhone crushed on the ground beside me.

“My brother?” I whispered. My voice still not as strong as it should’ve been.

“Shhh. Don’t try to speak,” the stranger said, pushing my hair away from my face. When he did, a calmness swept over me.

“What do you think you’re doing? Just leave her,” another voice said. I hadn’t known anyone else was there.

“Help my brother,” I said, more clearly now.

“I’m so sorry—” the first man started, but he didn’t have to finish. I already knew Finn was dead.

The shadowy figure placed his hands on me.

“Don’t do it,” said the second voice. “We have to leave now.”

“No! We caused this!” the first voice begged.

“Stop! You must not. Let’s just go.”

“I’ve got to do something. She’ll die…”

“It’s not for you to decide! It’s not allowed.

There’ll be consequences, brother.”

“I can’t let her die.”

“You can’t, or you won’t?”

“I won’t!”

“No…” I tried to tell them both. I could taste the blood as it filled my mouth and gurgled from my lips. “Let me die.”

“Not today,” The stranger that had rescued me said. I felt his hands brush over my head.

A jolt of electricity shot through my body. I wasn’t scared anymore.


 

 

 





      



 
 
 —J. E. Nicassio packs in the action like a superhero movie— From the Sky has all the hallmarks of a Hollywood blockbuster—ready to light up the sky like a fleet of UFOs. “A must read! It had me from the very beginning to the last word. Every page had a plot twist and turn to make my imagination run wild.”  —Online Book
Club.org Nicassio is a freelance writer and MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) Field Investigator in Pittsburgh, PA, where she resides with her mother, two sons, and German Shepherd, Ava. She loves writing and is passionate about creating stories that entertain and comes straight from the heart. Her Children’s book, Rocky (About Rockefeller Center and a tiny Christmas tree named Rocky) made the Amazon Top Ten Christmas Book List in 2016.
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Equinox (Beyond Moondust Trilogy # 2) by J.E. Niccasio
Summary: "Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the universe, or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” Author C. Clarke.  From the Sky Saga Continues! The day after the winter solstice, Samantha Hunter is found naked and bleeding in a remote cabin in the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico. As Sam works to understand what’s happened to her, she is whisked into the Underground—a secret community of scientists, civilians, and aliens that are connected to her story and to the alien boy she’s in love with—Lucien. This is where the fight begins, and Sam must decide what price she’s willing to pay for life and love.




































 

 

 




Equinox

Prologue
 
I’m not sure how I ended up there, but there I was. I used to be a normal teenage girl, worrying about boys, my looks—you name it. My life was changed forever by the intrepid, dark-haired stranger who saved me. Lucien Foster was that stranger. He was not the average, teenage boy. He was special, to say the least. He had remarkable, snowy-diamond eyes that could see into my mind and read every thought. Lucien Foster possessed certain abilities that, if known, would endanger his life—supernatural abilities. The funny thing about all this was he was an alien from a planet, billions of light-years away from Earth, and I fell in love with him. I know what you’re thinking, this girl is a nutcase. They need to lock her up and throw away the key. However, what I say is true; my boyfriend was not from this world.
At the time all of this transpired, the day after the Christmas solstice, I didn’t think my life could get more complicated than it already was. I had no idea what I was getting myself into that fateful night on a mountainside in New Mexico. Boy, did things go wrong.

 
  “Equinox gives the reader a totally different way of thinking about extraterrestrials. Anyone with interest in the possibility of life outside this planet—and for those who love a great romance—this book for you. It is exceptionally written and will leave you wanting more!” —Kelly Fait Goodreads “American teenagers have to grow up fast because dark forces are out to get them—J.E. Nicassio gives us a fast-paced and exciting tale full of car chases, close calls, and the angst of star-crossed love. Teens and even older readers will love From the Sky." —Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite Books available on Amazon! From the Sky | Equinox Smashwords free promo. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/746548
About the Author
J. E. is the bestselling author of the From The Sky series and was listed as one of the top 1000 authors on Amazon in 2015, and was Amazon all-star top ten-holiday children books for Rocky: The Rockefeller Christmas in 2016. She is a freelance writer and MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) Field Investigator in Pittsburgh, PA where she resides with her mother, two sons, and German Shepherd Ava. She loves writing and is passionate about creating stories that entertain and comes straight from the heart.
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The Knowing better than The Forgetting

The Knowing - Sharon  Cameron

WOW I really loved this book from the beginning to the very end, Beckett and Sarama are so freaking awesome and so cute together. And I have another book boyfriend In sexy, nerdy, Beckett. While I really remember liking The Forgetting a lot and having a crush on Gray, I have to say Beckett has him beaten. 

This book is just really great, it has some action and adventure, two totally different types of individuals that fall in love that shouldn't have ever meet. It's so interesting that in Samara's world that Beckett is considered the alien, even though his from earth. When I read about them loving each other I get it, while in some books such as The Last of the Firedrakes, I don't understand why Rory would fall for someone like Rafe. 

I loved that you don't have to read The Forgetting in order to read the Knowing, even though I wish I would have gone back and at least read the last 50 to 100 pgs of The Forgetting just for a refreshment course. I thought that Samara was very interesting and definitely no wall- flower. I really felt bad for her and not being able to forget anything, I would hate to have to relive everything you ever had to experience over and over again, without going insane. I loved that Beckett didn't stand in her way when she thought she had to do a certain thing alone. And how interested he was in her world. I am wondering if there will be another book in this world. Because while it had a conclusion to the story, it also ended in a way that there could be other stories to tell in this very interesting and most of the time crazy world!!!!!  

Bingo Call: 10/11

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Magical realism: a genre which expresses a primarily realistic view of the real world while also adding or revealing magical elements.

Reading progress update: I've read 24%.

The Rise of the Dawnstar (Avalonia Chronicles) - Farah Oomerbhoy

So far it seems like I am going to like this more than the first book. Rory I still like a lot I just wish she would start to like someone other than Rafe. Rafe isn't awful but I feel like he wants to be someone other than herself. I just think his very over protective over Rory, and with his situation this isn't his job. Plus Rory really has some awesome powers, and he needs to let go. I really love that there is already a lot of action and adventure taken place already, at just the 24% mark. I really can't wait to see what happens next. 

Pretty interesting start to this new series!!!!

The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles, #1) - Farah Oomerbhoy

At first I wasn't sure about this book I really didn't know how I was going to feel about this book, but it turned out to be a pretty good start of a series. Usually in books I wind up liking the guys more but in this one I like Rory more and I am not sure about Rafe yet, especially with what his situation is. I am hoping that Rory might get with someone else, unless something happens to change his situation. I do like that Rafe has a secret that is interesting, even though I knew what it was. At least that side of his is interesting to me.

I like the plot of the book, and it starts and ends pretty interesting. 

I can't wait to see what happens next, with Rory and if she'll be able to get better control of her powers. Among some other things that is going on and Rory just found out about.

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles, #1) - Farah Oomerbhoy

It's been a while since I had a chance to get to read this one again, but since I was chosen to take part in the book tour for the second book in this series, I have the time to read this one now.  My problem is that I left off at 50% so I don't know if I should go back to the beginning, or go forward. I am just afraid I won't get to  finish the second one by the tour date. Maybe I will read the first few chapters for refreshment, then come back to were I was. 

I do have to say that from what I do remember I was enjoying the book, before I had to put it down to read other books that needed to read by a certain date. 

Back to the story I know that were I am now Rory is starting her new magical school, and so far I remember liking it. I am trying to remember if I liked Rafe or not. I hope I can get into reading this again, we shall see. 

Freaking Awesome, Loved it!!!!!!

A Skillful Warrior (SoulNecklace Stories) (Volume 2) - R.L. Stedman

I can't believe this series gets better and better. I freaking love the character of Will, I love that each book so far his in it more and more. It's a pretty strange story but that's what I love about it. I still like Dana but to me Will just steals the scenes for me. I think I actually love this series so much, just because of Will, the bad guys thou aren't very scary at least to me. They are very strange to me and maybe that's why, I do have to say that I wish they did scare me!!!!!!

I do have to say this book does end in a cliffhanger, so readers beware. I have finished the last book in the series, but have to save the review until my day of the book tour review. So look for it, on the 13th.  

Bingo Call: 10/7

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Classic noir: A subgenre of mystery that includes authors such as Dashiell Hammett, James Cain, Raymond Chandler and Cornell Woolrich. Anything that also qualifies as "hard-boiled" will work for this square.

Reading progress update: I've read 52%.

A Skillful Warrior (SoulNecklace Stories) (Volume 2) - R.L. Stedman

Up to part 3, and the action keeps a coming!!!!! I am really enjoying this series a lot, so far I think this series Is going to be one of my favorite series that I have read in a very long time. I am really liking Dana more and more every page that she's on. But of course Will has my heart in this book, he gets braver and braver as time goes on. Of course he still has his moments of weakness of course. I wouldn't want him to be prefect, or I wouldn't be able to relate to him, and I wouldn't be able to love him as much as I do, in this book.

Once I am done I will update with the review and then start the last book in this wonderful, fantastic, series!!!!!!!

Bingo Call: 10/5/17

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80's horror: any horror published between 1980 and 1989, or which is set in that time period.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 32%.

A Skillful Warrior (SoulNecklace Stories) (Volume 2) - R.L. Stedman

Loving this book the second in this series so much, a lot of things happening already. I am on just starting Part 2 right now. I am still so in love with Will even more than in the first book. I am also loving Dana more in this book, so far at least she isn't so winnie as she was, in the first book. Can't wait to see how this one ends, and get to the last book in the series, to see what happens to everyone.

 

Bingo Call: 10/3

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Gothic: any book with significant gothic elements, a genre or mode of literature and film that combines fiction and horror, death, and at times romance. 

Bingo Call: 10/1/2017

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Darkest London: any mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book set in London.

Really Great Start to the Series

A Necklace of Souls - R.L. Stedman

I got this book by the way of Xpresso Book Tour, even though this one and the second book, is not part of the tour.

I thought the book set the stage for this series pretty strongly. I loved Will from the very beginning, Dana took me a little longer to start liking. I think it's because she's pretty whiny in the first half of the book, she starts getting better towards the end. 

I think those two are cute together, and I really like Dana more when she's around or dreaming about Will. I felted bad for Will with all that he went through in the beginning of the book, and I loved that he just didn't give him, that he kept going when a lot of people would have just gave up. 

Dana's dreams or predictions, (couldn't think of the exact word) were pretty interesting, and the necklace, I am not sure what to think about that and what it means for Dana.

I really love how Will can fight and how he trains Dana. Will training her how to fight was a lot of fun and those parts were some of my favorite parts in the book. 

The ending is pretty interesting and I can't wait to see what happens next. Before I read the next book in the series I am first going to finish reading Dark Matter, and then something for bingo 2017. Which I am so far behind on, and where down to the last month and I am no where near a bingo.

Bingo Call: 9/29

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Aliens: beings from outer space.

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