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May 25, 2015

White Dawn by Tracy Cooper Posey

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3D White Dawn Title: White Dawn
Author: Tracy Cooper-Posey
Source: ARC

Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis:

Home is where the heart is.

After escaping the presidential palace, Carmen Escobedo is trapped on war-torn Vistaria. She shelters with a rogue resistance unit led by a medical doctor with a mountainous chip on his shoulder, and no time for Carmen’s city-soft sensibilities. Neither does he care that she’s the daughter of the assassinated President of Vistaria.

Garrett Blackburn is scarred, scruffy and indifferent to anything but the need to pay back the pain and suffering in his life in a very big way. But he pummels, trains and molds Carmen into a good fighter for the sake of the unit…or so he says.

While the Loyalists try to coax the United States into supporting them, the Insurrectos secretly extract silver from a United States-owned mine, and use it to buy themselves support. Carmen and Garrett learn about the silver and pass the news to the Loyalists and the American corporation which owns the mine. Suddenly, the outcome of the war against the Insurrectos hinges on one simple silver mine, and who controls it.

WARNING: This erotic romantic suspense contains frequent, explicit and frank sex scenes and sexual language. Don’t proceed beyond this point if hot love scenes offend you.
No Vistarian Loyalists came to harm during the making of this book.

Check out excerpts and more from Tracey Cooper-Posey at her webstie here.

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My Thoughts 

When your back is up against the wall a sexy soldier is who you call.

This is a fast paced story full of danger, political intrigue, and sizzling passion. You are immediately thrown into the midst of the action in this book. I liked that there was lots of twists and turns to keep you riveted to the pages. The setting was detailed and dangerously beautiful. It was easy to see how you could lose your heart and possibly your life so easily there. 

The romance was beautiful and the chemistry between Carmen and Garrett was palpable from page one. I really liked the slow burn of the romance and how we got to see them really connect and grow throughout the story. 

Carmen was strong and willful heroine, I really admired her spirit. She lost her father and was thrust into an unknown and dangerous situation where she couldn't trust anyone. Carmen started out naive in the ways of warfare, but she didn't back down from anyone or anything. She didn't buckle under the pressure instead she stepped up and took steps to protect herself. I enjoyed seeing her grow from a scared and naive woman into someone who could take care of herself. 

I couldn't get enough of Carmen and Garrett. These two knew how to push each others buttons, but they also had each others back through thick or thin. Their relationship was a bit of a love/hate one at the beginning, but it was easy to see the love these two had for each other.

There is just something about an alpha male that you can't resist and Garrett was most definitely an alpha male.

Garrett was a stubborn take no prisoners kind of guy. The kind of guy that a stubborn woman like Carmen needed. I thoroughly enjoyed going on this journey with Carmen and Garrett and see them grow as people and fall for each other in the process.

Join Carmen and Garrett as they take the world by storm and fall victim to that crazy little thing called love.



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May 5, 2015

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

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The Girl from the WellTitle: The Girl from the Well 
Author: Rin Chupeco 
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Netgalley 

Synopsis: 

I am where dead children go.

Okiku is a lonely soul. She has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the spirits of the murdered-dead. Once a victim herself, she now takes the lives of killers with the vengeance they're due. But releasing innocent ghosts from their ethereal tethers does not bring Okiku peace. Still she drifts on.

Such is her existence, until she meets Tark. Evil writhes beneath the moody teen's skin, trapped by a series of intricate tattoos. While his neighbors fear him, Okiku knows the boy is not a monster. Tark needs to be freed from the malevolence that clings to him. There's just one problem: if the demon dies, so does its host.

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My Thoughts 

Bone chilling new story!

The setting for this story was very detailed and complemented the over all tone nicely. The detailed descriptions helped to set the mood and make Okiku seem more real to me. The setting was similar to the grudge and Okiku's agenda eerily similar, but the similarities ended there.

My favorite aspect of this book was that it was being told from the ghosts point of view. This made it all the more horrifying, but also gave us some more depth into the antagonist of the story. In ghost stories we rarely get to hear from the side of the monster. This was an intriguing new way to write a ghost story and give it real depth. I really enjoyed getting to see Okiku's point of view.

Tark brings even more drama to this vigilante ghost's dark world. It was interesting to see how this normally malevolent ghost dealt with Tark. Her whole undead life revolved around eradicating those with evil intentions and this boy had just such a monster living inside him. To see her try to help him and fight her normal instincts to just kill was intriguing.

The storyline was compelling and frightening! I loved getting inside Okiku's head and I'm sure anyone who loves a good chilling tale would not want to miss Okiku's story!
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Apr 20, 2015

Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles # 1)

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Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles, #1)Title: Greta and the Goblin King (Mylena Chronicles # 1)
Author: Chloe Jacobs
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Bought

Synopsis:

While trying to save her brother from the witch three years ago, Greta was thrown into the fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon. To survive, 17-year-old Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young Goblin King, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her determination to escape. But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil being knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the boys she finds stranded in the woods will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back . . .

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My Thoughts

 Goblins don't get any sexier than this!

I picked this book up because of my love of the old 80's movie "Labyrinth". The promise of a sexy Goblin King and an epic adventure in a magical land was just too good to resist.

Delving into the story itself there was most definitely an irresistible yet aggravating Goblin King. There was also a lost brother to save, however the similarities to the old film ended there. Chloe Jacobs has created a whole new world of creatures and with a whole new set of rules to live by. The world of Mylena is full of dangerous creatures and even the weather is trying to kill the residents of this crazy place. The world building was wonderful and descriptive. It was only too easy to get lost in this world.

The story was fast paced and dived right into the action from page one. This was one of my favorite aspects of this book. There was not time wasted getting right into the thick of things and not once did things drag on or slow down.

Greta was a great heroine. She is compassionate, brave, and confident in her abilities. My favorite part about her, though, was that she wasn't perfect and she acknowledged this. She wasn't always the selfless warrior and made a lot of mistakes, but she learned from them and in the end she took responsibility for her actions. Her loyalty to those she cared about was unbreakable even in the face of her own wants and needs.

Isaac was arrogant, stubborn, and loyal. Isaac has some serious secrets, but his loyalty to his people and especially to Greta knows no bounds. He knows Greta's secret, but will go to any lengths to keep her safe. Isaac is often very gruff and mysterious, but when he is with Greta he often lets his guard down and his devotion is quite obvious. He has his own people to worry about and responsibilities he must deal with. He is a true leader and does what is necessary to keep those in his charge happy and safe. He also loves to provoke Greta and the back and forth between these two was always amusing.

I only wish there was more time between Isaac and Greta and for their relationship to progress, but I cannot wait to see more of these two and the rest of Mylena in the next book.

Faeries and Gnomes and Goblins, Oh My!




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Apr 8, 2015

Broken Skies by Theresa Kay

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Title: Broken Skies
Author: Theresa Kay
Publisher: Skyscape
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis:

After the Collapse wiped out more than 90 percent of humanity, the aliens arrived. Known as the E’rikon, they sit within a shielded city, content to ignore the dwindling human settlements. Seventeen-year-old tomboy Jax Mitchell and her twin brother, Jace, are among the survivors, living within the community of Bridgelake.
When a terrified yet defiant Jax watches the E’rikon kidnap Jace, she decides to rescue him on her own. Wracked by crippling nightmares and panic attacks, Jax finds an ally in Lir, a handsome teenage E’rikon who was left behind by his ship. The two of them form an unlikely partnership, with Jax guiding Lir through human territory while the alien promises to sneak her into the E’rikon city. But as Jax’s connection with Lir intensifies, she discovers a shocking secret—one that could have catastrophic effects on humans and aliens alike.

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My Thoughts

Sometimes the real monsters are closer than you think.

This is an action packed adventure where aliens and humans are at odds with one another and yet the real enemies are much closers to home. The fast paced adventure makes this a real page turner. There are no lulls in the action in this book. This world was very interesting to explore, especially the different kinds of people we met along the way. 

The relationship between Jax and Jace is an interesting one and filled with lots of love. This brother and sister duo may have very different personalities with different views, but they take care of one another through thick and thin. I loved their interactions and how they knew just how to push each others buttons.

The romance was sweet and  a bit fast, but didn't overwhelm the overall plot. There was a lot of chemistry between Jax and Lir. They come from different worlds, but find that they work very well together. 

This is one alien romance you won't want to miss!
 


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Faelorehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

Posted by Katie Cody on Wednesday, April 08, 2015 in | | | | | Be the first to comment!

Title: Faelorehn - Book One of the Otherword Trilogy
Author: Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
ISBN: 9781476485546
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4 Stars


I never heard him come after me and even as I climbed the slope and stumbled onto our shaded back lawn, I didn’t look back. It was like the day the gnomes chased me all over again, but this time I was not escaping some horrible little creatures, I was fleeing from an incredibly good-looking guy who could very well understand me completely. I was either saving myself from that serial killer I always imagined lived down in the swamp, or I had finally gone over the deep end . .

Meghan Elam has been strange her entire life: her eyes have this odd habit of changing color and she sees and hears things no one else does. When the visions and voices in her head start to get worse, she is convinced that her parents will want to drag her off to another psychiatrist. That is, until the mysterious Cade MacRoich shows up out of nowhere with an explanation of his own.

Cade brings her news of another realm where goblins and gnomes are the norm, a place where whispering spirits exist in the very earth, and a world where Meghan just might find the answers she has always sought.

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My Thoughts

Fantasy and romance collide in an epic new adventure.

I really liked the use of Celtic mythology in the story. Very well written and a good amount of mystery and romance together. The different creatures we met both dangerous and beautiful were intriguing. The book is a bit slow paced, but it uses a lot of the first half for world building and setting a foundation for the characters relationship.

The romance was believable and very sweet. There was a lot of build up for their relationship which was nice because they got to know one another and didn't jump into anything. There were a lot of issues that needed to be worked through by both parties and I enjoyed the character growth.

Meghan is a used to being different, but even she believed a world where she was being pursued by creatures such as goblins and gnomes was too much. She definitely had a lot of adjusting to do, but she took everything in stride. She tended to be a bit impulsive as a character. This got her into a ton of trouble. Luckily Cade was there to bail her out.

Cade is a strange man from another realm, come to warn Meghan about who she really is. He was extremely closed lipped about many things, but was really sweet and a noble character. Cade is definitely not one to break rules, but where Meghan is concerned things never go as planned. Cade was fun character to get to know and I can't wait to read more about him in later books.

For fans of mythology and romance this is the book for you!

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