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{Review} Valiant by Merrie Destefano


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Valiant by Merrie Destefano

Paperback, 400 pages

Expected publication: December 4th 2018 by Entangled: Teen

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~Rating: 3.5 – 4/5 stars~

The Valiant was supposed to save us. Instead, it triggered the end of the world.

Earth is in shambles. Everyone, even the poorest among us, invested in the Valiant’s space mining mission in the hopes we’d be saved from ourselves. But the second the ship leaves Earth’s atmosphere, our fate is sealed. The alien invasion begins. They pour into cities around the world through time portals, possessing humans, forcing us to kill one another.

And for whatever reason, my brother is their number one target.

Now the fate of the world lies in the hands of me, a seventeen-year-old girl, but with the help of my best friend, Justin―who’s suddenly starting to feel like more―maybe if we save my brother, we can save us all…


~Review~


*a copy was provided by NetGalley* 

Sci-fi, aliens, time travel, and futuristic things. Yes, YES, and YEsss. All things I love. But this, I liked it just enough, that it fell short of great.

Valiant is different and unique in its own way. A very quick, action packed, fast paced read. It definitely will grip you from the start. I’m excited for when it actually does come out.

Although the beginning of this book felt VERY rushed. A LOT happens in the first few pages that I felt like it could have been a whole book in itself. You just hit the ground running, and as a result, there is very little context given for the characters and the state of the world. But as the story progresses we do get a bit more of this.

Some times it was difficult to keep up with, there’s just so much going on. I love the story, just wish it was told a little differently, I don’t know why but it feels like the story is being told in such a way that everything is scattered, and you have to pick up the pieces and just make sense of it on your own terms. I mean between the alien invasion, time travel, portals, military conspiracies, romance, etc. I feel like the story could have been richer if there had been fewer of these elements.

Honestly, I just wish there was more explanations, descriptions, development, and maybe a bit more world building. But it’s literally, Action, Action, Action. Hardly any character development.

Also, in a way, it reminded me of Venom, with the whole ‘aliens on earth’ or ‘aliens trying to invade earth’ thing, and this quote from the beginning of the book is a pretty good description of what I mean.

‘A Xua can leave a host’s body and possess another person if it wants, but humans weren’t built to withstand it. Our insides get ripped to shreds.  Sometimes you can even see the claw marks on the body, torn apart from the inside out. Sometimes it’s a full-body explosion.’

Mhmm, similar in ways but, different.

The bit of ‘romance’, I wouldn’t even call it that, it was literally Justin & Sara having known each other in school for however long. There was no real build up, just Sara saying ‘I love you’ to him, when she thought he was dead/dying or whatever.

“You have to stay alive, Justin,” I whisper. “No matter what. I love you.”

AND THEN THE NEXT DAY.

He cups my face in his huge hands. “I heard what you said last night,” he whispers, so softly no one else can hear him. “I love you, too.”

Their relationship did develop a bit but in an unnaturally fast way, imo.

“I was worried I would lose you, too,” he confesses as he lifts his head. He cups my face in his right hand. “The Xua took your brother, but he might not be dead, Sara. You said those doorways go to different timelines, right? Maybe he’s with Aerithin. Or maybe Aerithin will still come back—”

Also, the ‘skin site’ thing was a bit confusing. It seems like it’s some kind of identification thing/something phone-like where you can call people? listen to music? listen/watch the news? -some kind of ‘new’ fascinating technology that everyone is crazy about; like when a new version of the IPhone comes out. Or something like that, not 100% sure, unless I’m missing something?  – so I went back to my kindle and literally searched ‘Skin Site’ and it’s mentioned A LOT, I’m realizing now, it was described a bit, but still really ‘confusingly interesting’. I’m not going to give too much more away, though.

I feel like I’m just rambling on now….

I’m really hoping there will be a sequel, because I like where this story is going. I feel like if the story and universe was expanded on, it could be the next big sc-fi series/book. BUT only if universe was expanded on, like back story on the aliens, Justin, or any the other characters. If you enjoy action-packed YA science fiction, then I highly recommend it!

NOTE: All quotes taken from this uncorrected copy are subjected to change in the final edition.


~Author Bio~


Merrie DestefanoCURRENTLY A FULL-TIME NOVELIST and magazine editor, Merrie Destefano’s next novel, LOST GIRLS, releases on January 3, 2017. Her other novels include AFTERLIFE and FEAST, both published by HarperCollins, and FATHOM, which was self-published. The editor of Victorian Homes magazine, she has also been the editor of American Farmhouse Style, Vintage Gardens, and Zombies magazine, and was the founding editor of Cottages & Bungalows magazine.

With 20 years experience in publishing, she worked for a variety of publishing/broadcasting companies that include Focus on the Family, The Word For Today, and PJS Publications (now Primedia). Besides editing and writing, her background includes print buying, writing/producing radio promos, directing photo shoots, developing new products, writing jacket copy for books, creating sales media packets and organizing direct mail campaigns.

Born in the Midwest, she currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies are reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, and her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time.

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{Review} Angel’s Collar by Anna Hague


40672932Angel’s Collar by Anna Hague

Kindle,159 pages

Published August 1st 2018 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.

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~Rating: 3.5/5 stars~

I have it all…until he shows me more.

I didn’t intentionally spill wine all over the most beautiful guy in the room, and one look at those icy-blue eyes brings on a major lapse in coherent speech. Jordan Caldera tells me his secret and wants me to join him. This is where my journey into submission begins.

So much about BDSM freaks me out, but at the same time, I can’t help but be intrigued. When I imagine Jordan doing those things to me, I can’t resist the adventure. Mind-blowing sex aside, my life is changing at an alarming rate and getting very complicated. Between balancing my career and my best friend’s concerns, the secrets I’m keeping are killing me.

What am I willing to risk for the new lifestyle I’ve embraced…and the man I love?


~Review~


*a copy was provided by Netgalley*

I really had a hard time getting into this book… and trying to finish it… but It was pretty good.

It had an interesting insight on the BDSM world, that honestly I’ve never really read about in this manor. Interesting way to tell a story; Emma being interviewed and her looking back on the relationship she had with Jordan Caldera.

I liked the characters. Emma and Jordan are definitely meant for each other. This was in interesting read, different.


~Author Bio~


Anna HagueFor 25 years, I’ve worked as a sports writer. I decided now was the time to pursue romance fiction as an author. I found a great group of RWA author friends who have helped me tremendously.
I get great support from my husband, and although they don’t know it, my three parrots and dog give me a huge boost everyday.

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{Review} A Serial Killer’s Desire by C.F. Rabbiosi


41137975A Serial Killer’s Desire by C.F. Rabbiosi 

Kindle Edition, 155 pages

Published August 9th, 2018

Goodreads

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

He’s a rich bad boy. She’s a damaged beauty… Same old story?
Not even close.
Because he’s not just gorgeous, he’s deadly. He lures women into his deceptive web and tortures them into submission, LOVES them to death, and won’t stop until they’ve fallen for their captor. Won’t stop until they’ve loved him with their last breath…
But this time, he’s taken the wrong girl. This time, he may be captured instead, his heart chained by an astonishingly well matched foe.


~Review~


*an ARC was provided by Netgalley*

Woah.

I haven’t read many dark romances or thriller type books. Honestly, this was the darkest, most twisted story that I’ve ever read. Not sure how I feel about it. I liked it and I didnt. I felt like the story needed something…I did however like the writing style & thought the story was very well developed.

I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. 


~Author Bio~


C.F. RabbiosiCharity used to be a Registered Nurse in California, and though she doesn’t use her two degrees in the field anymore, they have helped her with her real passion- writing. She happily writes the day away using her in depth Anatomy, Physiology and Psych background to make her death scenes more real and her killers more… colorful. But it’s not all about the blood, because more than anything she loves hot romance. Her heroines are kick-ass and her men are all the dangerous and gorgeous beasts you love to hate.

Her style is beautifully gruesome and inspired by the amazing dark romance/dark erotica writers: Trisha Wolfe, Natalie Bennett, and Jennifer Bene. She lives in the beautiful university city of Columbia, MO with her incredible husband and three girls, and loves yoga- almost as much as living and writing in her own fantasy world.

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{Review} Show Off by Ember Cole


42034902Show Off by Ember Cole

ebook

Published October 8th 2018 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (One Handed Reads)

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~Rating: 3.5 – 4/5 stars~

Don’t look away…

I’m the kind of guy people avoid. Yeah, I’m harsh, but it’s the scar that runs from my chest to my face that isn’t doing me any favors. Doesn’t matter that it came at a huge price or that I’ve made something of myself since—experience has taught me chicks don’t dig the kind of scars I carry.

Which is why, when a gorgeous woman moves in next door and isn’t at all intimidated by me, I feel like my luck is about to turn.

Man, does it turn. Seems she gets off on me seeing her sexiest, most private moments…a lot. And I really, really like watching. Enough that I can’t resist giving her a taste of her own medicine.

What follows is the hottest week of my life, and we’ve never even spoken. Or touched. We’re both so worked up that when we crash into each other at the grocery store, no backyard fence between us, I’m ready to take her right there in the frozen foods aisle.

Bianca is bold. She hints that she’s sick of watching the previews and wants to see the whole show. I’ve never done anything like what she’s suggesting, but the ideas spinning through my head turn me the hell on. I’m going to give that woman every one of her wildest fantasies, and then maybe, just maybe, I’ll win her heart…

SHOW OFF is a scorching hot standalone M/F romance with a little M/F/M/M surprise. If you like voyeurism, exhibitionism, and ménage, this one’s for you. As with all my books, there is no cheating, and a HEA is guaranteed!


~Review~


*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

Woahh. I’m glad I decided to read another of Ember Cole’s books, after reading, Seven Brothers and a Virgin I didn’t know what would come of this one. It was exactly what it claimed to be… fast smutty reading. And it was super hot..

I loved the characters, but their relationship started out different and kinda unusual, imo. I kinda wish there was more to the build up of the relationship.

Steamy, hot, sexy read. Erotica fans will love this blazing book. I recommend it!


~Author Bio~


Ember ColeEmber Cole is an erotic romance author, movie addict, and all around nerd girl who is easily distracted by hot fictional characters, Converse, and popsicles. She lives in California with her goldfish and a slew of imaginary boyfriends. Her motto when writing romance? Why only settle for one man…

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{Review} Love Me Violently by C.F. Rabbiosi


40663614Love Me Violently by C.F. Rabbiosi 

Kindle Edition, 152 pages

Published June 20th 2018

Goodreads

~Rating: 3.5 – 4/5 stars~

Why would a beautiful Night Demon fall in love with a human?

Dawn never got over her first love. Nightly dreams of his rough passion scathed her skin and his delicious pain lingered long after she woke. But After that brutal night under the moon that bled crimson into the sky, he disappeared, and she didn’t know why.
Then suddenly, the love she lost reappeared and breathed life back into her veins. But when she touched him she felt something dark hiding beneath his surface and when she slept with him, she realized he wasn’t her love at all. Already confused and lost, she stumbled upon a naked girl restrained hideously in his basement and the mystery of her terrifying past begins to unravel…


~Review~


*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

Hmm.. I dont know about this one. I don’t even know where to begin with this book. This was definitely way different than what I normally read. The secrets are deep and the twists are unpredictable. The mystery is slow to revel itself but it is a ride that you want to take. This was such an unusual and original story that I was immediately addicted.

This story is told in a unique fashion. The characters in this story have many deep, dark secrets; secrets full of violence, death and illicit acts. It has flashbacks between the past and the present; all while weaving together this amazing story. A great story but not something I’m used to. Definitely recommend it though. 


~Author Bio~


C.F. RabbiosiCharity used to be a Registered Nurse in California, and though she doesn’t use her two degrees in the field anymore, they have helped her with her real passion- writing. She happily writes the day away using her in depth Anatomy, Physiology and Psych background to make her death scenes more real and her killers more… colorful. But it’s not all about the blood, because more than anything she loves hot romance. Her heroines are kick-ass and her men are all the dangerous and gorgeous beasts you love to hate.

Her style is beautifully gruesome and inspired by the amazing dark romance/dark erotica writers: Trisha Wolfe, Natalie Bennett, and Jennifer Bene. She lives in the beautiful university city of Columbia, MO with her incredible husband and three girls, and loves yoga- almost as much as living and writing in her own fantasy world.

Twitter | Website | Goodreads

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{Review} The Truth About Us by Tia Souders


41065599The Truth About Us by Tia Souders

Published (first published September 7th 2018)

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~Rating: 3.5/5 stars~

The present is built on the past. But what if your past is a lie?

When 18 yr old Abigail Bridges’ grandmother dies, she leaves behind a mysterious letter asking her to unravel a hidden family secret.

There is only one rule: tell no one.

But meeting strangers in the dark and receiving old journals dating back to the Holocaust isn’t what she bargained for. Neither is a chance encounter with the enigmatic, brown-eyed Kade Oliver, who makes her want to discard her usually reserved nature.

After a key clue goes missing, Abigail ignores her grandmother’s rule and tells Kade everything. Together, they begin to unravel a terrifying secret. The truth may set others free, but for Abigail, it will tear her family apart.

Now, she must decide between continuing to uncover her families’ lies or burying the past once and for all.


~Review~


*a copy was provided by the author*

Mhm, I had a really hard time getting into this one… the beginning was kinda confusing, and it took me a long time to read.

When Abby’s grandmother GG dies, she receives a letter from GG written before she died, Abby is excited to get a piece of her back. But GG has left a mystery for Abby to solve, one that may change the way Abby sees the world and everyone in it. Abby is discovers the family secret through this quest. The truth is out there but the consequence is that you cannot take it back. Not going to give too much away. :p

Overall, a very interesting blend of history and mystery. I’ve never really been into mystery books, but I enjoyed this one, and recommend it!


~Author Bio~


Tia SoudersTia Souders is the author of bestselling women’s fiction novel, Waiting On Hope and the upcoming award-winning young adult novel Better Than This (formerly titled Freedom Road). When she isn’t writing, she’s likely renovating their century home. She’s a wine-loving, coffeeholic, with a sweet tooth and resides on a farm in rural Ohio with her husband and children.

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{Review} All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover


38926487All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Paperback, 359 pages

Published October 3rd 2017 by Atria Books

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

Goodreads

Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?


~Review~


“Sometimes I look at him and feel such an overwhelming appreciation for him, I almost want to write thank-you notes to our exes.”

Colleen Hoover is one of best authors I’ve ever read and her books are always sitting at the top of my recommendations lists for every kind of reader! Colleen Hoover is without a doubt, my favorite author. I haven’t read a book from her that I didn’t love, that I didn’t stay up until 2am so I could finish it, and All Your Perfects is no exception. I read the whole book in one sitting and I couldn’t put it down.

“No matter how much you love someone—the capacity of that love is meaningless if it outweighs your capacity to forgive.”

All Your Perfects is a heartbreakingly beautiful and realistic story depicting how two people can move from being hopelessly in love at the beginning of their relationship to fighting for each other when times get tough.

Quinn and Graham’s love story starts out in an unconventional way. From the moment they met, to when they married, to now, 7 years after that, it’s apparent that fate put them together. They are still just as much in love now as they were in the beginning, but things out of their control has changed things for them. Life has a way of doing that. Sometimes love isn’t enough, but sometimes, it is. 

All Your Perfects went back and forth from past to present by each chapter. This was brilliant. Just as I thought the present was too much and I needed a break, I got to see a chapter of the past. Of Quinn and Graham blissfully in love. It made the book much easier to read. And seeing their relationship build gave you insight into the couple they were and had become. A couple that was pretty much destined to be together.

“We’re all full of flaws. Hundreds of them. They’re like tiny holes all over our skin. And like your fortune said, sometimes we shine too much light on our own flaws. But there are some people who try to ignore their own flaws by shining light on other people’s to the point that the other person’s flaws become their only focus. They pick at them, little by little, until they rip wide open and that’s all we become to them. One giant, gaping flaw.”

I easily fell in love with Quinn. Everything she was going through, and the way that CoHo wrote about it, felt like such an accurate depiction of depression. I felt for her constantly and my heart is still filled with so much empathy for this fictional character. Such a great character and beautifully written.

Graham, on the other hand, was much harder for me to like. And even though some of his actions were really beautiful and selfless, I never fully loved him because some of his other actions were so nasty and selfish. His mistakes just prevented me from ever rooting for him. Graham does some really abusive stuff in this book that is never told like it’s abuse, too.

“I miss you, Quinn. So much. You’re right here, but you aren’t. I don’t know where you went or when you left, but I have no idea how to bring you back. I am so alone. We live together. We eat together. We sleep together. But I have never felt more alone in my entire life.”  

BUT seeing these two characters’ stories weave and unweave together, apart, and sometimes a weird mixture of the two, made for a really unique reading experience, and one that I thoroughly enjoyed while reading. I know CoHo isn’t for everyone, but her writing has always captivated me; just the way she tells stories is so beautiful and poetic in a way.

All Your Perfects is an unforgettable, unputdownable, and completely captivating read. It’s a book that will forever leave a mark on my heart. If you’re looking for a book to give you all the feels, one that shows the good, bad, and ugly side of marriage and life, but one that will leave you hopeful and believing in true love, pick this book up. It’s a journey you need to read to experience.

“I didn’t marry you just for the good years. I didn’t marry you just for the amazing chemistry we have. And I’d be foolish to think our marriage could last an eternity without a few tough moments. So, while this year has been our toughest yet, I know one thing with complete certainty. I love you more this year than any year that came before it.” 


~Author Bio~


Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Slammed, Point of Retread, This Girl, Hopeless, Loosing Hope, Fining Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Maybe Not, Ugly Love, Confess, November 9, and It Ends with Us. Colleen has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance twice-for Confess in 2015 and It Ends With Us in 2016. Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

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