99: The Warriors Rise (Rise of the Battle Bred Book 3) by VL Holt

99Blurb: In this, the third book of the Battle Bred trilogy, Jane would rather die than allow William to sacrifice himself for her again, even with one do-over up his sleeve. So she’s taken matters into her own hands. Who knew mortal combat could be so fun? Between sparring and some unexpected events, she doesn’t have much time to miss William. Good thing, because he’s got a major PR nightmare to clear up before the entire globe discovers who and what he is. But things are so much more dangerous than either of them realize.

A storm is brewing that will bring down the fires of Lochspawn revenge, a creature designed for mass destruction, and the wrath of the most powerful men on the planet. Jane and William only want to be together, but they may have to fight together. And if they do, they just might have to answer the question: is love really worth dying for?

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Favorite Quotes:

“I can’t remember my life before you came into it,” I told him, my heart in my throat. It was quiet for a beat. “Jane?” “Yeah?” I whispered. “The only life that matters to me is the one with you in it.”

“I wish we could just have a normal couple weeks, you know? Homework, go out on the weekends, share a slushy straw, make out, have a BBQ with the neighbors. Instead your living room is a freaking war room; there’s monsters in Oregon’s airspace, and five psycho immortal freaks have a bounty on your head. So,” I took a breath and sighed again. “So I’m sighing because it’s time for me to suck it up and get back to work. We can sleep when we’re dead, right?” I quipped.

I was running toward the danger, like a fool or a hero. But I knew I was no hero, so that only left one thing.

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5 stars

Another great cover, right!

I was given an amazing opportunity to read an ARC of this book and I jumped on that offer fast!  I think this book really tied up all the loose ends from the previous two books, which I thought was gonna be a tall order since the second book had no real closure.  This book has got more complexity in it than the other two as well.  You can see the authors growth during this series.

This book has lots of action, a fact that I love.  Events happen at fast clip and before you know it, you are staring at the last page thinking, “That can’t be the end, I want more!”  The flashbacks combined with the interlocking story lines really bring out a deep, layered plot. I love the fact that this story isn’t linear, giving it a great ebb and flow.

I love the battle scenes!  They were precise and organized and I enjoyed that there were many and not like one huge one.  I think I like that part the most.

Jane’s relationship with William evolves here and we see a bit more emotional depth from them and it fit very good since anything physical would have taken away from the main plot.

That’s about all I can say since this is a series finale and I don’t want to spoil it too much for you.  Go read the series!!!

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Lonesome Beds and Bumpy Roads (Beds #3) by Becca Ann and Tessa Marie

25404229Blurb: Lexie Boggs has dealt with enough drama for one teenage girl, and just when she thinks it’s about over, the father who abandoned her a decade ago shows up looking for redemption. At least… that’s what he says.

Ryan Parker thinks his future is set. He’s got a sweet job set up, graduation on the horizon, and a lifetime of dreams he’s planned with his girlfriend, Lexie—including a king-sized bed for their soon-to-be apartment. Only a slight snag tugs at the fantasy when Lexie starts putting aside all she’s worked hard on for her deadbeat dad and his “sickness.”

Suddenly school is the only time spent together, and as Ryan expresses his suspicions about why Daddy Boggs is really back, Lexie pulls away, hoping Ryan is wrong but fearing he’s right. And as graduation approaches, Ryan and Lexie struggle to keep the futures they thought they had firmly intact from crumbling all over their now lonely king-sized bed.

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5 stars!

This book kinda blew me away.  I expected them to have to deal with living together and their new lives as college students.  All the learning that occurs during that time.

But no, these authors had to go and throw my heart in a blender.  I mean, I thought for sure daddy was a douche canoe.  Lexie’s POV made me think, maybe, just maybe, he is really here for her and wants to make it right.  Usually I can peg a story line pretty quickly but this one I was unsure where it was headed.  Lexie really grew on me in this book.  She was trying to make the mature choices and thinking things through.  She was giving her dad a chance, which is more than I can say for Ryan.

Ryan was clear cut in this book. He knew how he felt about Lexie’s dad and was candid about his jealousy almost from the start I felt.  What I loved was that he owned it, he didn’t make excuses.  He tried to be the supporting boyfriend without being possessive and making her choose between them.  And he never gave up trying to make it work, most guys his age would have I think.

I also loved how her mom had her own demons in this book.  She’s been on the wagon for a while now and I was concerned dad showing up was gonna be a trigger.  The authors handled that temptation exquisitely IMO.  It was a great, in-depth scene.  Something so small that had such a huge impact really lets you know the authors have done their homework to keep the story line consistent.

This is a great series.

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Blood Solstice (Tale of Lunarmorte #3) by Samantha Young


10775474Blurb:
 In the final installment of The Tale of Lunarmorte, Caia is caught between the most powerful beings in her world, and they are all desperate to use her for their own means. While Caia struggles to find her purpose, tragedy strikes close to home, and time runs out.
Now she must decide if she will join the extremists she was trying to destroy… or bring them all down on her own terms…

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3 stars

I don’t like this cover either.  I don’t really get what it has to do with the story itself.  And honestly this story took a wild turn for me.    The ending was underwhelming to say the least.  I just couldn’t wrap my head around how easy it was for her to beat the big bad.  And we never find out what her ‘special’ power is.  That was a huge loose end that needed to be tied up IMO.

So let’s see, you would think after ALL the trials and tribulations Caia and Lucien go through, they would have a strong relationship.  But nooooo, surprise surprise, he still doesn’t trust her to be able to take care of herself and respect her decisions.  Not that Lucien is the only one who suffers from stupidity, Caia is an idiot about the whole situation.  Sorry to be mean about it but this series started out so good and just went downhill for me making me really angry and maybe a bit bitter as well.

Although I will say that once again, Jaeden and Ryder’s story saved this book from being a total loss for me.  I felt her pain, I felt his anger and hopelessness.  They had such a traumatic experience that I cried. I cried a lot at that one part.  You know which I mean Lenore, right?  Anyway,  if it wasn’t for the side characters in this story I may have DNF’d this book, which is sad because it’s the last book in the series.

I don’t really have much else to say about this story, as a whole it was good,  this last one just was a bit irritating for me.

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His Frozen Heart by Nancy Straight

THIS BOOK IS FREE! 

His frozen heartBlurb: For best friends, Candy and Libby, money is tight with hardly enough to cover their living expenses. When they are desperate for grocery money, the girls bet on their pool playing skills to add to their income. A simple wager on a quiet winter evening has devastating results, with a stalker determined to kill them both. With Libby in the hospital after a vicious attack, and Candy being pursued by the same stalker, she vows to find Libby’s attacker. What she finds is Dave, an old friend with a secret past filled with misfortune. Will Dave’s past provide the answer to all of Candy’s problems or will it become Candy’s worst nightmare realized?

 

 

Favorite Quotes

I’m not saying the guy was old, but if he were milk, I wouldn’t put him back in the refridgerator.  

The kid may be built like a Mack Truck, but he’s got a model airplane for a heart.  It’s been snapped together, glued, and painted so it’s a thing of beauty, but it’s fragile.  

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4 Stars

It’s no secret I love Nancy Straight.  Her emotive writing is so well balanced with her action scenes that I’m quite in awe of her work.  Plus, she is one of those “never let me down” authors, so I try to snatch up all her books when they come out.  I’m over halfway finished with all her works and I will most likely gobble them up by the end of the year.

Where to begin?  First of all, I generally make it a point to NOT read the blurb before I buy a book IF it’s by an author I like.  It adds to the surprise and, I feel, limits my pre-concieved expectations of a book.  I know, I’m weird.  I like to go in blind though.  That being said, this book totally blew me away.  I was not expecting detailed action, in-depth suspense or very real danger.

The romance added a nice layer to the story, making it more three-dimensional for me.  I loved the flashbacks.  They gave me a look in to their past without me being over loaded with backstory.

At first, I found Candy to be a bit too stubborn for my tastes, then I realized she was only 20.  Everyone is indestructible at 20. Remember? Still, it bothered me enough I took a half star off.  The other half star was taken because the climax was a bit…well, anti-climatic.

Still worth a read.

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Whispered Music (London Fairy Tales #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

whispered musicBlurb: Scarred at a young age, Dominique Maksylov, Royal Prince of Russia, has lived a reclusive life. As a musical prodigy, his music has wide reach into the world, but few ever see his face. He never ventures into polite society, but when he dis-covers he is the only heir to the Earldom of Harriss, he goes to one ball. And that one ball, was enough to change the direction of his life forever.
But how could he possibly have known that other person— the other half of his whole—would not only need his help but threaten his very existence?

She didn’t know how hard it would be to love the broken.
Isabelle Hartwell’s mother just sold her to the Beast of Russia. He’s mean, tem-peramental, and the most virile, handsome man she has ever encountered. But he has a secret, one he’s willing to die for and he refuses to let anyone in. Will she be able to reach his heart before it’s too late?

Find out if love prevails in this regency retelling of how Beauty tamed the savage Beast…

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4 Stars

This story closely followed the fairy tale.  I took a star off for the fact that their physical relationship seems to be the answer to their problems.  And that just bugged me.  I mean, yeah, they started to get along and yeah, he was being kind to her.   But when the main focus was their physical attraction and how they just couldn’t resist each other, I call bullshit.

Isabelle is a bit impulsive and naive.  Dominique was childish in his actions towards her, spoilt even.  In my opinion, Hunter was the best character in the book and I can’t wait to read his story.  But all that was minor compared to the writing, I am a huge fan of RVD’s writing style.  She can paint a great back story and the emotions are always intense and make my tummy flutter. The steamy scenes were hot but classy, not to much detail which I like when reading historical’s for some reason.  I think this is my third or fourth book I’ve read so far by her and I own four more I plan on reading as well.  The part when he demands she join him for dinner was almost an exact replica of the Disney version. And I liked it.  

These books are quick reads, a few hours tops. It’s only 99 cents right now, so its a great value if you are a fan of historical romances.  

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This book satisfies the Historical Romance block on my Book Bingo Challenge that I’m doing from Just Another Girl and Her Books blog.  If you are interested in checking it out click the link.

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Phoenixed (Guardians of the Angels book 3) by Anyta Sunday

PhoenixedGold.
Such a beautiful color.
Such deadly consequences.

As one of the three keys to Eirene, Sylva must protect it at all cost to stop the Derinyes from storming the heavenly realm and taking it for their own.
Sylva must keep its whereabouts secret.
But it’s a secret that tears her apart. Saving a realm of souls comes at the price of destroying the few she cares about.

In the final chapter of the Guardian of the Angels trilogy, Sylva, Attic, Marcus, and Alyse are locked in the battle between good and evil, right and wrong. And none of them are sure which side they’ll come out on in the end.
And whether their hearts will remain intact.

 

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5 Stars

Ahh, the year of the finale.  It has begun.  That’s two series down, 210 to go.  The ending was wonderful.  It wasn’t rushed and it didn’t leave any loose ends, two things that I usually find when finishing a series.  It just felt right to me.  I was sad to see it end but happy that it didn’t disappoint.

Let’s talk about the POV’s in this book. There was a big difference this time around.  It was like she went willy-nilly with them, I felt I was reading first person and third person multiple or third person omniscient.  It got a little confusing but once I realized what she was doing I rolled with it and the story was enhanced because of it.  Now, I wish I could have read the whole series like this one.  I feel like I missed out on their voices in the other books.

The bad guys were bad and the world building of the underworld was detailed and vibrant. And can I say that I didn’t figure out the betrayer till the last minute, and even then wasn’t sure until it was confirmed!  Good job on that Mrs. Sunday.

On a side note, it was so much fun to watch Oli and Dylan’s relationship progress.  They were so cute to watch!

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Oh and I noticed the art reference from book one, kudos for throwing that in there!

Favorite Quotes:

But he wasn’t sure that right and wrong existed anymore.  If they did, they were thin lines separated by a wide sea of gray.  Richard Lark had spoken wisely about that.  Life was only decisions. Some better than others, but none perfect.

My room looked like it had been thrown into a food processor and set on high.  Covered in feathers, peppered with glass, and dripping with trails of smeared blood as if a corpse had been dragged into the corner.

“Before we ride, Lark.” he said seriously, holding my gaze, “you need to understand something.” I grinned.  “Let me guess. Don’t act unless I’m willing to pay the price?”  “Yes.”  Attic dipped his head and our lips brushed.  “And I will always act for you, because you will always be worth the price.”

 

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Lethed (Guardians of the Angels #2) by Anyta Sunday

LethedBlurb:  Sylva Lark made her choice.

Now she has to adjust to Guardian life. Training. Killing demons. Controlling her powers.

If only giving up her family wouldn’t hurt so damn much, . . . and if there wasn’t a strange attraction to the betrothed Prince Atticus she just met . . .

Amongst murder and mayhem, and toeing an unclear line between right and wrong, Sylva and her fellow Guardians must find a way to secure Eirene.

But it’s not easy going up against underworld Queen Furie when those on Sylva’s side are hiding secrets . . .

Will they succeed in protecting the home of the angels? Or will they fail, submitting the heavens to the fate of Furie?

And will Sylva and Attic ever remember what they mean to each other?

Or will they stay forever Lethed?

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5 Stars

Look at that cover!  Isn’t it scary?  So for those of you paying attention; I am trying to make this year the ‘Year of the Finale’.  Where I finally finish all the series that I am able to.  I’ve been sitting on this series for almost two years now.  Not because its bad, on the contrary, because I don’t want it to end.

But, alas, all good things come to an end or some such stuff.  This may contain spoilers because its the second book so maybe don’t read further from………

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This is not a happy ending kind of a story people, so just so ya know.  The middle is really where this book shines.  You know what is going to happen, a fact which I am certain the author did purposely.  So it’s nice to see how it all unravels between Attic and Sylvia.  The love story in this book is not seperate from the plot, at least IMO.  They parallel the plot making it so much richer than I remember it being.  It all comes down to duty versus love.

Sylvia grows a lot in this book. She becomes more mature and knowledgable in the ways of being a guardian.  How they are expected to behave and learning their traditions. Traditions mean a lot to these people,  especially since they are a monarchy.Without traditions, the guardians would apparently fall apart and be no better than the demons according to the queen.   I really can’t stand the her, she is selfish and enjoys rubbing their duty in their faces a little too much for my liking.

Attic…He is one hot ticket I tell ya.  He is a bit different this time around.  He is more rigid and inflexable when it comes time to let go.  He just can’t do it, and I love him for it.

They have a choice to make; Choose what is more important….what is best for them? Or what is best for the guardians?  The two don’t seem to coincide, much to my dismay.  I admit I am super conflicted myself.  Why can they not have their cake and eat it too!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!? It was joyously heartbreaking to read.

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This is a re-read and it was better the second time around.   It also counts toward my diversity reads since it features LGBTQA people in it.  I do love the chemitsy Marcus and Dimitri have.  I can’t wait to find out what happens between them because something MUST happen. Demon and Guardian……how will they make it work?

Off to read the last one.  Wish me luck!

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Veined (Guardians of the Angels #1) by Anyta Sunday

VienedBlurb: It could be worse for Sylva Lark. She could be dead. A coma was nothing to that. Or her family moving across country for the treatment, leaving her with a big blue mark on her back.
She can handle it.
Mostly.
Except the mark glows and tingles, especially whenever transition helper Atticus Plot (Attic) is close by. She suspects he’s hiding something, and when she stumbles across a torn body bearing the same spiral marking as her own, that suspicion is confirmed.
After a few shaves with death, the truth finally comes out and the battles begin.
But not all her fights are external; her biggest one is the decision she has to make between doing the right thing for the world and giving up her beloved family for good.

 

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5 Stars

Okay, this series has been in my TBR list for YEARS!  I originally read this book when it first came out. But when I looked for the rest in this series….*poof* I couldn’t find them anywhere.  So I shelved it.  But it always sat in the back of my mind, I would randomly check if the books were out only to met with disappointment when they weren’t available.  When I finally purchased the third book, I was so scared that the series wouldn’t be as good as I remembered that I refused to read it for a full year.

Now, here I am on my second go-round for this series and I am SO glad it doesn’t suck!  As a matter of fact, it does the opposite of suck.  It…..blows?  No, no, no, that isn’t right.  ::shakes head::

It fricking ROCKS!   Man, this author captured the emotions of a teenage girl on the cusp of adulthood so well.  Sylvia is mature for the most part but backslildes a few times.  She has trouble identifying her own feelings (we’ve all been there right?).  She is also stubborn (I love when they have a stubborn streak) and she has this humility about her that is quite impressive for one so young.

And Attic…….

::Swoon:: This man is so patient and understanding when it comes to her learning.  He allows her to fail without making her feel stupid or inadequate. He is sweet to her when she least deserves it, and he doesn’t go easy on her to ‘protect’ her but rather is harder on her because he cares so much. These traits are so attractive to me, you guys have no idea. He is a true partner in every sense of the word. ::sigh::  I loves him.

Favorite quote:

The images of my life in Portland rolled up in a tight ball and smashed like glass, riddling my insides with painful shards.

Go buy this book right now!!!!!!

This book counts towards my diverse reading since it has LGBTQA people in it.

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Never Never (part 3) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

never neverSynopsis: Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything. Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Stars

I am kinda disappointed with the ending honestly.  I was hoping for a more tangible, maybe slightly more nefarious reason that was given for their memory loss. And the epilogue!  Come on, now I have that on my brain.  What if its a vicious cycle?  How do they stop it from happening again?  I could go on but I don’t want to get too spoilery.

I love the way their feelings were described after they ‘woke’ up.  I would have felt the same way if I couldn’t remember who I was.  Charlie was a bit of a bitch in this one, at least, that’s how I felt as I read it.  Silas is such a romantic and I gobbled his words up. I would melt if someone said the things he said to me.

Bottom line, great novellas all around.  For a quick, fun read, I would recommend these.

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Obrumbrate (book 2) by Alivia Anders

obumbrateSynopsis: The second book to The Illumine Series.

Essallie Hanley just wishes her life could go back to normal. But what’s normal when you carry the burden of knowing you’re a half-angel created for war, that the only person who can help you is a demon still waiting to kill you, and that your only chance for salvation lied in a boy who died in front of you?

If Essallie had turned her back on everything she’d learned, she could have made the most of her fractured life. That is, until Kayden told her that she’s a ticking time-bomb; that at any given moment her blood could betray her, her veins burning her alive from the inside out until nothing but ash remains.

Desperate to find answers, and possibly find her only chance for survival, Essallie heads back for New York City, back to the place where it all began. With every answer comes a price, and with every price the risks and rewards become greater. But when Essallie soon finds herself the target of an unknown hunter determined to kill her, she’s at wits’ end. That is, until a fellow Nephilim named Ari steps in. But is Ari a piece of the puzzle to her salvation, or the promise of her demise?

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2 Stars

Well, absence does not make the heart grow fonder in this instance.  I  purchased the newest e-version I could find, and somehow the errors were worse in this one!  I don’t understand.  Is it me? Is this book suffering from emotional transfer I carried over from the first book?  No, I don’t think so.  For one thing, we still don’t get the major loose end tied up till the very end of this book.

The romantic aspect of this story was,  ::shakes head:: just plain bad IMO.  It went back and forth so fast and honestly hindered the story for me. It could have been left out and it wouldn’t have changed the plot.  It was fluff in my opinion.  I’m being kind of a hard-ass on this one because I just couldn’t keep my beta hat off once I started reading it.

This book needs an editor! Preferably an developmental editor.  I found timeline issues and plot holes, not big ones mind you.  But they kept adding up till I just couldn’t read it open minded anymore.  And that’s when the beta reader came out.

Her emotions aren’t cohesive.  They scatter about. The plot is good but the writing doesn’t go into enough detail, it skips around with no transitional sentences.  It was a bit hard to follow. It almost seems like the author is trying for bad-ass female lead but without the follow through of depth of character.  There is emotions but no reason why she is feeling them, this caused a big disconnect for me.  She was very angry for no reason, and she didn’t seem to want to find out why everyone was after her.  She took strangers advice and trusted them for no reason.  It all just seemed very wishy washy to me.

Again, I’m going to TRY to read the next one, but truth be told I’m pretty pissed about this one.

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