WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #52 Archangel's Enigma (Guild Hunter #8) by Nalini Singh

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 9:27 PM
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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.

Title: Archangel's Enigma
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #8

Expected publication: September 3rd 2015

Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.
Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows...and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…
I really can't wait for this one! I -L-O-V-E Nalini Singh! 

What are you waiting on Wednesday??? 
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Sofia T.

Review: Scorched (Frigid #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted on Monday, July 27, 2015 4:39 PM
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Title: Scorched
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Frigid #2

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Sometimes life leaves a mark…
Most days, Andrea doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he’s a major player, and they can’t get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now.
Tanner knows he and Andrea have had an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She’s teetering on the edge and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers.
Andrea’s life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn’t matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she’s speeding toward rock bottom, only she can save herself.
Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after…
I’m a huge JLA fan so when I found out that Frigid, Kyler and Syd’s story, was getting a sequel I was over the moon.

Tanner is seriously hot but a major player. Currently helping out in the firefighter station and planning on becoming a police man, Tanner has his future sorted out. The only thing that he can’t figure out is the redhead little devil that won’t stop challenging him.

Andrea is in desperate need of help but she doesn’t know it. How? She has convinced herself that she’s a normal girl who sometimes has too much in her plate, too much to drink, too many sleeping pills, too many issues. Her life is getting out of control and she’s barely holding on.

When Kyler and Syd persuade them to take a trip to a cabin in the mountains, Tanner and Andrea will finally get to know each other. There were really so many things they didn’t know about each other. Truth be told, I too judged Andrea in the beginning but the more I learned about her the more I liked her. One would never see someone like Andrea and assume that something is wrong but I guess we shouldn’t judge other when we know nothing about them.

Tanner and Andrea had the enemies to lovers type of relationship and that means epic chemistry! They were such an amazing couple. I loved the way Tanner was always there for her even when it was too late to help he was still there. There are actually many things I loved about the book: firstly, the cover is incredible, we have an imperfect heroine who struggles with her life and I loved that in the end it was Andrea who saved herself and not someone else e.g. Tanner. Of course she had the help of her family, Tanner and her friends.

Scorched has a bit of everything going on. It was emotional and dealt with a serious subject matter but it was also funny at times and it has a great romance or two (there were a couple of scenes with Kyler and Syd). I’m so glad that we got to see them all.

Although, Scorched is the sequel to Frigid, it can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend reading Frigid too. You won’t be disappointed.

Totally recommended!
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Sofia T.

STACKING THE SHELVES #47

Posted on Saturday, July 25, 2015 5:04 PM
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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It gives us a chance to share with readers what we bought, borrowed, swapped, won or got for review each week.

This week I read:

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I'm officially a CoHo addict! I read all of her books this month and since Never/Never isn't over yet, I can't wait for more. 

Also, I got an ARC of Beware of me, the fourth book in Cynthia Eden's Dark Obsession series. I'm a huge fan of Cynthia Eden so I tend to love eveything she writes :)

Lastly, I decided to start the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I have read her Highlander series but never got to read Darkfever. The main reason I picked it up is bacause I kept seeing quotes from the books and I really loved them so....

I'm halfway through and I'm loving it. The series is so suspensful with many secrets and many more twists.  

What did you read this week???
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Sofia T.

Review: Sweet (Contours of the Heart #3) by Tammara Webber

Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015 12:45 PM
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Title: Sweet
Author: Tammara Webber
Series: Contours of the Heart #3

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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He’s the love of her life, but he doesn’t know it.
She’s his one moment of sacrifice in a lifetime of survival.
He was damaged and wild, but resilient.
She’s always been obedient. Now she’s restless.
Home for the summer between college and med school, Pearl Torres Frank knows two things: Boyce Wynn is the embodiment of everything she should run from, and everything she wants to run to. Rebellious and loud. Unconcerned with society’s opinion of him. Passionate. Strong. Dangerous.
And one more trait he hides from everyone but her:
Sweet.
“I’d rather her be happy the rest of her life without me than be the thing that made her sad.”
Sweet is the third book in the Contours of heart series and it tells the story of Pearl Torres Frank and Boyce Wynn.

When a seven-year old boy saves a little girl from drowning, their lives change forever. Pearl met Boyce the day he saved her life. Since then their lives intertwined. He became her hero but she was his savior. Growing up in very different families, in the opposite side of town with little things to keep them together, Boyce and Pearl form a special bond.

I know it sounds cliché: a privileged young girl falls in love with the bad boy but Webber’s ability to tell a story is truly unique.

What I liked: Boyce! He was such a strong character. He has lost almost everyone in his life, his father (who I hated) is dead, his brother, the only person he ever loved is dead and his mother abandoned them due to his father’s behavior. All he has left is a little trailer to sleep in and the garage he works in. I have no idea how he managed to survive with a father like that but he was very brave having to endure such a rough past. Now Boyce dreams of a brighter future.

What I didn’t like: the heroine, Pearl. She was a total brat. She and Boyce have an argument about this very matter where Boyce tries to reassure her that she isn’t a brat, she is just privileged. Well, she’s both.

Pearl was a great character but I just didn’t like her much. What I did like about her was her decision to follow her dreams and not agree with the future her parents had in mind for her. She had doubts and fears and was a bit insecure but she made it. She lived the life she wanted and I totally liked that.

Of course, there are twists to the story and suspense but in its majority Sweet was a lovely romantic story about second chances and a love that spans over fifteen years.
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Sofia T.

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #51 The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski

Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 12:29 PM
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.

Title: The Moment of Letting Go
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Series: None

Expected publication: August 11th 2015 by Forever


You can follow the rules or you can follow your heart…
THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO  Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she’d always craved—until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks. Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he’s convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can’t deny the deep connection he feels. But there’s a reason Luke doesn’t do long-term. He can’t promise Sienna forever, when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be.
What are you waiting on Wednesday??? 
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Sofia T.

Review: When You're Back (Rosemary Beach #12) by Abbi Glines

Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015 11:18 AM
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Title: When You're Back
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: Rosemary Beach #12

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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The future is bright for Reese Ellis. She has Mase Colt-Manning, the man of her dreams, and a family she didn’t know existed until her long-lost father arrived on her doorstep in Rosemary Beach. After growing up with a cruel mother and abusive stepfather, Reese is eager to get to know the caring and charming man who wants to be a part of her life. Everything is finally falling into place.
While Reese is visiting her new family in Chicago, Mase spends time with his “cousin,” Aida, who has worshipped him since childhood. Though they’re unrelated by blood, Mase and Aida have been raised to think of each other as family. But when Reese returns, she can tell something isn’t quite right with Aida, who clearly resents Reese and excels at manipulative little games. And though Mase is unsuspecting, Reese knows Aida doesn’t love him like a cousin should...
"I wasn't sure which was worse, loving and losing or not ever knowing that kind of love at all."
Drama! This is actually what the majority of the book is about.

I L-O-V-E Abbi Glines so much. I’ve actually read all of her books and I especially love the Sea Breeze and the Rosemary Beach series.

When you’re back is the twelfth book in the Rosemary beach series and the sequel to When I’m gone, the continuity to Mase and Reese’s story.

This book picks up where the previous left off. Reese has found her father and her real family. She has moved to Texas to be with Mase and finally shape her future. Soon things get complicated when Aida, Mase’s cousin who is actually in love with him, views Reese as a threat and won’t hesitate to use any means necessary to keep them apart.

When you’re gone reminded me so much of Fallen too far. The characters are different of course, but the plot is pretty much the same. A couple in love being pulled apart by a relative, in this case Aida, Mase’s cousin while in Fallen too far it was Rush’s “sister” Nan, who I HATE! I didn’t really like that but I overlooked it because the story was actually amazing. Reese and Mase were two amazing characters but each had flaws and that made them realistic to me, which was a good thing.

What I truly loved was Captain. I have to confess that I couldn’t remember who he was and when I did find out that he is Blaire’s brother, I’m ashamed to admit that I still couldn’t remember him *gasp*. BUT I really liked him, I was obsessed with finding out more about him. Yet, I’m a bit confused about his actions and I don’t mean the flirting with Reese thing, what I mean is something that you will never, ever see coming. I really need more of Captain. I hope he’s getting a book or something because he was very secretive.
"Don't let your weakness define you, Reese. Ever. Your strengths should define you” -Captain
Another aspect I really loved was the secondary characters. We see almost everyone from the previous boos and the new additions to their families. I was very sorry for Kiro. I usually just ignore him or tend to not like him very much but I was really sorry for him and Emily. I still haven’t read their story ( Kiro’s Emily) and I don’t know when I will be ready to read it. I just know that I’m not sure I can handle the books since we all know the end isn’t a HEA. I’m pretty sure I’m going to cry my eyes out!

When you’re back was a great addition to Mase and Reese’s story with much drama and tension but with incredible characters.
"He made me feel as if I could ask him for anything and he would do it.That was a powerful yet humbling emotion." - Reese
Totally recommended!
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Sofia T.

STACKING THE SHELVES #46

Posted on Saturday, July 18, 2015 1:53 PM
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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It gives us a chance to share with readers what we bought, borrowed, swapped, won or got for review each week.

This week I read:

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All about CoHo! This week I managed to finish the Slammed series and I finally read Ugly love! I can't wait for the movie! The book was really fun to read.

I also got to read the Never-Never series and I L-O-V-E-D it. I'm thankful I waited this long to read this series bacuse it's a cliffhanger. Fortunately, the third book will probably be out this year. 

What did you read this week???
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Sofia T.

Review: Burned by Darkness (Dragons of Eternity #1) by Alexandra Ivy

Posted on Friday, July 17, 2015 3:23 PM
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Title: Burned by Darkness
Author: Alexandra Ivy
Series: Dragons of Eternity #1

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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The Dragons of Eternity were once creatures of myth and legend. Now they’ve returned to the world, prepared to claim what’s rightfully theirs…
Tayla is desperate for a place to call home. After years on the run, the young imp impulsively buys a teahouse and is determined to build a new life. Unfortunately, she’s barely opened the doors when she’s tracked down by the dragon who purchased her from troll slave-traders. He demands she pay off her debts…in his harem.
Baine has devoted a quarter of a century to tracking down his beautiful concubine. And now that he has her in his grasp, he’s not about to let her go. But it’s soon apparent that he isn’t the only demon hunting her. He must uncover her secrets or risk losing her forever.
When the Guardians of Eternity series ended I was really sad to let it go but then I found out that I wouldn’t need to since the author decided to write a spin off. I was so damn excited!!!

The Dragons of eternity series book number one tells the story of Tayla, an imp and Baine, a dragon shifter.

Twenty five years ago, Tayla was kidnapped from her father’s shop where she worked and she was later sold to dragons by the trolls. What no one knew was that Tayla had a special gift and thus managed to escape from the dragon realm. But just because she escaped doesn’t mean she’s free. Tayla has been on the run for 25 years and the only thing she desires is a place to call home.

When Baine purchased the beautiful young imp the trolls sold to his father, the life he knew was over. The beautiful imp may have escaped once but now Baine has found her and he won’t lose her again.

Burned by darkness was beyond amazing. It was exploding! The chemistry was off the charts and so was the temperature.

I did have some reservations before reading the book because of my love/hate relationship with dragons. It’s not often that I happen to like dragons. I love supernatural creatures, dragons included but in most dragon books I’ve read (mostly romantic ones) they didn’t impress me. Of course there was Dragon Bound, which I loved but my point is that good explosive dragon, romance books are hard for me to find. So I was cautious about this book.

Burned by darkness isn’t only a romance. It had action, twists, mystery, suspense, very well guarded secrets, creatures that will make your skin crawl and incredible characters.

We get to see a lot of Levet. He was real fun to have around. There is also Char, Baine’s best friend and second hand who was great too.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Burned by Darkness and I can’t wait to read more!

I don’t know who’s next but I’m hoping is Char or someone equally awesome.

Highly recommended!
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Sofia T.

Promo, Excerpt & Giveaway: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2015 4:23 PM
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Title: Rarity from the Hollow
Author: Robert Eggleton
Series: None

'Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother has lost her teeth, and her best friend is killed by her own father. Life in The Hollow in West Virginia isn't great. But Lacy Dawn has one advantage—she's been befrended by a semi-organic semi-robot (DotCom, alias Buddy) who works with her to 'cure' her parents. Buddy wants something in exchange, though. It's up to Lacy Dawn to save the universe.' —Books for a Buck
Excerpt

Cozy in Cardboard

Inside her first clubhouse, Lacy Dawn glanced over fifth grade spelling words for tomorrow’s quiz at school. She already knew all the words in the textbook and most others in any human language. 
Nothing’s more important than an education.

The clubhouse was a cardboard box in the front yard that her grandmother's new refrigerator had occupied until an hour before. Her father brought it home for her to play in. 
The nicest thing he's ever done. 

Faith lay beside her with a hand over the words and split fingers to cheat as they were called off. She lived in the next house up the hollow. Every other Wednesday for the last two months, the supervised child psychologist came to their school, pulled her out of class, and evaluated suspected learning disabilities. Lacy Dawn underlined a word with a fingernail. 
All she needs is a little motivation. 

Before they had crawled in, Lacy Dawn tapped the upper corner of the box with a flashlight and proclaimed, "The place of all things possible -- especially you passing the fifth grade so we'll be together in the sixth."

Please concentrate, Faith. Try this one.

"Armadillo."

"A, R, M, … A … D, I, L, D, O," Faith demonstrated her intellect.
"That's weak. This is a bonus word so you’ll get extra points. Come on."
Lacy Dawn nodded and looked for a new word. 

I’ll trick her by going out of order – a word she can't turn into another punch line. 
“Don’t talk about it and the image will go away. Let’s get back to studying,” Lacy Dawn said. 
My mommy don't like sex. It's just her job and she told me so.

Faith turned her open spelling book over, which saved its page, and rolled onto her side. Lacy Dawn did the same and snuggled her back against the paper wall. Face to face -- a foot of smoothness between -- they took a break. The outside was outside.

At their parents’ insistence, each wore play clothing -- unisex hand-me-downs that didn’t fit as well as school clothing. They’d been careful not to get muddy before crawling into the box. They’d not played in the creek and both were cleaner than the usual evening. The clubhouse floor remained an open invitation to anybody who had the opportunity to consider relief from daily stressors. 
"How'd you get so smart, Lacy Dawn? Your parents are dumb asses just like mine."
"You ain't no dumb ass and you're going to pass the fifth grade."

"Big deal -- I'm still fat and ugly," Faith said.

"I'm doing the best I can. I figure by the time I turn eleven I can fix that too. For now, just concentrate on passing and don't become special education. I need you. You're my best friend."
"Ain't no other girls our age close in the hollow. That's the only reason you like me. Watch out. There's a pincher bug crawling in."

Lacy Dawn sat almost upright because there was not quite enough headroom in the refrigerator box. She scooted the bug out the opening. Faith watched the bug attempt re-entry, picked it up, and threw it a yard away into the grass. It didn't get hurt. Lacy Dawn smiled her approval. The new clubhouse was a sacred place where nothing was supposed to hurt. 

"Daddy said I can use the tarp whenever he finishes the overhaul on the car in the driveway. That way, our clubhouse will last a long time," Lacy Dawn said.
"Chewy, chewy tootsie roll. Everything in this hollow rots, especially the people. You know that." 
"We ain't rotten,” Lacy Dawn gestured with open palms. “There are a lot of good things here -- like all the beautiful flowers. Just focus on your spelling and I'll fix everything else. This time I want a 100% and a good letter to your mommy."

"She won't read it," Faith said.

"Yes she will. She loves you and it'll make her feel good. Besides, she has to or the teacher will call Welfare. Your daddy would be investigated -- unless you do decide to become special education. That's how parents get out of it. The kid lets them off the hook by deciding to become a SPED. Then there ain't nothing Welfare can do about it because the kid is the problem and not the parents."
"I ain't got no problems," Faith said.

"Then pass this spelling test."

"I thought if I messed up long enough, eventually somebody would help me out. I just need a place to live where people don't argue all the time. That ain't much."

"Maybe you are a SPED. There's always an argument in a family. Pass the test you retard," Lacy Dawn opened her spelling book.
Faith flipped her book over too, rolled onto her stomach and looked at the spelling words. Lacy Dawn handed her the flashlight because it was getting dark and grinned when Faith’s lips started moving as she memorized. Faith noticed and clamped her lips shut between thumb and index finger. 
This is boring. I learned all these words last year.

"Don't use up the batteries or Daddy will know I took it," Lacy Dawn said.
"Alright -- I'll pass the quiz, but just 'cause you told me to. This is a gamble and you'd better come through if it backfires. Ain't nothing wrong with being a SPED. The work is easier and the teacher lets you do puzzles."

"You're my best friend," Lacy Dawn closed the book. 

They rolled back on their sides to enjoy the smoothness. The cricket chorus echoed throughout the hollow and the frogs peeped. An ant attempted entry but changed its direction before either rescued it. Unnoticed, Lacy Dawn's father threw the tarp over the box and slid in the trouble light. It was still on and hot. The bulb burned Lacy Dawn's calf.

He didn't mean to hurt me -- the second nicest thing he's ever done.
"Test?" Lacy Dawn announced with the better light, and called off, "Poverty."

"I love you," Faith responded.

"Me too, but spell the word."

"P is for poor. O is for oranges from the Salvation Army Christmas basket. V is for varicose veins that Mommy has from getting pregnant every year. E is for everybody messes up sometimes -- sorry. R is for I'm always right about everything except when you tell me I'm wrong -- like now. T is for it’s too late for me to pass no matter what we do and Y is for you know it too."

"Faith, it's almost dark! Go home before your mommy worries," Lacy Dawn's mother yelled from the front porch and stepped back into the house to finish supper. The engine of the VW in the driveway cranked but wouldn't start. It turned slower as its battery died, too. 

Faith slid out of the box with her spelling book in-hand. She farted from the effort. A clean breeze away, she squished a mosquito that had landed on her elbow and watched Lacy Dawn hold her breath as she scooted out of the clubhouse, pinching her nose with fingers of one hand, holding the trouble light with the other, and pushing her spelling book forward with her knees. The moon was almost full. There would be plenty of light to watch Faith walk up the gravel road. Outside the clubhouse, they stood face to face and ready to hug. It lasted a lightning bug statement until adult intrusion.
"Give it back. This thing won't start," Lacy Dawn’s father grabbed the trouble light out of her hand and walked away.

"All we ever have is beans for supper. Sorry about the fart."

"Don't complain. Complaining is like sitting in a rocking chair. You can get lots of motion but you ain't going anywhere," Lacy Dawn said.

"Why didn't you tell me that last year?” Faith asked. “I've wasted a lot of time."
"I just now figured it out. Sorry."

"Some savior you are. I put my whole life in your hands. I'll pass tomorrow's spelling quiz and everything. But you, my best friend who’s supposed to fix the world just now tell me that complaining won't work and will probably get me switched."
"You're complaining again."

"Oh yeah," Faith said.

"Before you go home, I need to tell you something."

To avoid Lacy Dawn's father working in the driveway, Faith slid down the bank to the dirt road. Her butt became too muddy to reenter the clubhouse regardless of need. Lacy Dawn stayed in the yard, pulled the tarp taut over the cardboard, and waited for Faith to respond.

"I don't need no more encouragement. I'll pass the spelling quiz tomorrow just for you, but I may miss armadillo for fun. Our teacher deserves it," Faith said.

"That joke's too childish. She won't laugh. Besides, dildos are serious business since she ain't got no husband no more. Make 100%. That's what I want."

"Okay. See you tomorrow." Faith took a step up the road.

"Wait. I want to tell you something. I've got another best friend. That's how I got so smart. He teaches me stuff."

"A boy? You've got a boyfriend?"

"Not exactly," 

Lacy Dawn put a finger over her lips to silence Faith. Her father was hooking up a battery charger.

 She slid down the bank, too.

He probably couldn’t hear us, but why take the chance.

A minute later, hand in hand, they walked the road toward Faith's house. 

"Did you let him see your panties?" Faith asked.

"No. I ain't got no good pair. Besides, he don't like me that way. He's like a friend who's a teacher -- not a boyfriend. I just wanted you to know that I get extra help learning stuff."

"Where's he live?"

Lacy Dawn pointed to the sky with her free hand.

"Jesus is everybody's friend," Faith said.

"It ain't Jesus, you moron," Lacy Dawn turned around to walk home. “His name’s DotCom and….” 

Her mother watched from the middle of the road until both children were safe. 

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Robert Eggleton was born in 1951 to impoverished West Virginian parents. His mother was a victim of domestic violence and his father was alcoholic, traumatized by WWII before PTSD was treatable. He grew up fast by supporting his family with odd jobs until his first real job at age 12 in a pharmacy. In the '70s, the Vietnam War Protests drew him into a counter culture that would have prevented him from attending WV State College, had it not been for the military draft that targeted low-income and minority youth. Instead, he graduated with a degree in Social Work in 1973 and a Masters in 1977. For the next thirty-five years, he has been employed as an advocate for veterans, homeless youth, institutionalized juveniles, the unemployed, and, especially for abused/neglected children. He was the primary author of hundreds of investigative reports published by the WV Supreme Court from 1985 to 1997. He created models of children's social services accepted and distributed by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Child Welfare League of America, the National Association of Social Workers, and private nonprofit agencies. In 2006, Mr. Eggleton turned to fiction, in part, as a means of raising funds to prevent child abuse. His first novel was preceded by three satirical fantasies published in magazines. Lacy Dawn, the protagonist of his adventures, is Mr. Eggleton's real life heroine.
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Sofia T.

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #50 Mercury Striking (The Scorpius Syndrome #1) by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 4:43 PM
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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.

Title: Mercury Striking
Author: Rebecca Zanetti

Expected publication: January 26th 2016 
With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynn Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynn is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…
Danger has never looked quite so delicious…

What are you waiting on Wednesday???
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Sofia T.

TOP TEN TUESDAY #42 Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 4:14 PM
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new Top Ten list topic is posted and book bloggers fill in their own choices. 

This Week's Topics is:

Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

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1. Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians #6)




3. Point of Retreat (Slammed #2)


4. On the Hunt (The Sentinels, #2.5) (Immortal Guardians, #5.5) (The Sentinels #2.5)


5. Hopeless (Hopeless #1)


6. Losing Hope (Hopeless #2)


7. Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5)


8. Burned by Darkness (Dragons of Eternity #1)


9. When You're Back (Rosemary Beach #12)


10. It Ain't Me, Babe (Hades Hangmen #1)


That are the last ten books I got. Some are ARCs but some are mine (bought). 

What are the last ten books that came into your possession???
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Sofia T.

ARC Review: Stolen and Forgiven (Branded Packs #1) by Alexandra Ivy, Carrie Ann Ryan

Posted on Monday, July 13, 2015 3:42 PM
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Title: Stolen and Forgiven
Author: Alexandra Ivy , Carrie Ann Ryan
Series: Branded Packs #1

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Stolen
The first rule of being Alpha of the Canine Pack is to protect their secrets from the humans at all cost. One look at the dying human at his doorstep and Holden Carter knows he will have to break it. The broken woman with no hope at survival is his mate. When he forces the change on her to save her life, he not only sets forth motions that could risk both their lives, but the lives of every shifter in the world.
Ariel Sands grew up in a post-Verona infection world and under the care of the very humans she thought had cured the disease. When they betray her in the worst ways imaginable, she finds herself not only mated to the Alpha of a the very species she’s been taught to fear, but the focal point of a traitor and path to destruction for everyone’s way of life. It will take more than trust and a mating bond for Ariel and Holden to not only survive their enemies, but the burn of their own temptations.
Forgiven
Soren Slater is a Beta wolf who understands that duty to his Pack comes before his own needs. At a young age he takes a position as a liaison between his Pack and the other species of shifters. He never expected his enticing flirtations with Cora Wilder, a Tiger Princess, would encourage her cat to consider him a potential mate. He’s forced to walk away, choosing a partner among the wolves to try and strengthen his Pack.
Cora has no intention of forgiving or forgetting Soren’s rejection. Not even when the Packs are forced to live together and she discovers Soren’s former mate has died. But then, she’s kidnapped by the SAU and she has no choice but to work with Soren to escape. Together they must put the past behind them if they’re to survive the human’s evil plot
A brand new series by one of my top 5 authors, Alexandra Ivy and a fabulous soon-to-become a favorite new author to me, Carrie Ann Ryan.

Stolen and Forgiven is a paranormal (kind of dystopian) book. Twenty five years ago, a virus called the Verona Virus nearly wiped out humanity. It was at that time that the shifters decided to come out and help since they were immune to the virus. Instead of finding peace though, humans used their blood to destroy the virus and made the shifters appear as savages to the public. They collared and forced them to live as animals in compounds. Each pack is suffering and especially now as they are forced to shared their barely enough space with other shifters.

Stolen 

Holder Carter is the alpha of the River Pack. He is struggling to keep his pack from revolving because he knows that although they are stronger than humans, they could very well lose their weaker member such as their submissive, the elders and the children. Holder is aware that the guards of the SAU (shifter accommodation unit) will do anything to get a chance to blame them for something and thus punish them by killing them.

So, when he finds a dying woman on their compound, he knows that the humans left her there to die and accuse them of killing her. He can’t be surprised by their tactics but he sure damn can be when he realizes that the dying woman is his mate.

Holder never thought that he would find his mate especially now that they are imprisoned in the compounds. His mate is a step away from death and Holder has no choice but to save her. He waited forever for her and he’s not about to lose her. Turning her might be her only chance at survival but it will also put his pack in grave danger and for an alpha his pack always comes first.

The scientists working for SAU have long wanted to find a way to turn humans. If they see that the human they left for dead is now a shifter, holder knows that his pack will be slaughtered to uncover their most sacred secret.

I loved Stolen, I loved Holder and I loved Ariel (his mate). I loved everything. Holder was such a great alpha. He would sacrifice everything for his pack and Ariel (I love he name!). Ariel was very strong too. She was kidnapped from her home and later taken to the SAU labs to be experimented on. She was tortured by the very humans who had promised to protect her. The irony!

Holder and Ariel were just amazing!

Forgiven 

Forgiven tells the story of Soren, Holder’s second in command, his Beta and the princess of the Golden pack, Cora Wilder.

Soren and Cora have loved each other in the past but then Soren had to do his duty to the pack and marry one of their own to keep the pack’s stability. Cora never forgave Soren for his betrayal. He seduced her, made promises to her but then he turned his back on her and married one of his pack members.

Now forced to share the same territory and with Soren’s mate dead, Soren wants to make up for the mistake that cost him the woman he loves. He always felt guilty about leaving Cora but he would never disrespect the memory of his mate. Cora may be stubborn but she can’t deny the chemistry that still exists between them.

Soren wants Cora to be his mate but he will take anything that she’s willing to offer and in this case a friends with benefits deal. What neither anticipates is the threat that SAU still poses. They still need the shifters to “help” them turn humans and Cora is their perfect prey, daughter of an alpha and soon to become mate of a Beta, both men would do anything for her.

Stolen and Forgiven were beyond incredible. I loved both stories and I can’t wait for Abandoned and Unseen (September 2015).

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
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Sofia T.

STACKING THE SHELVES #45

Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2015 11:18 AM

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It gives us a chance to share with readers what we bought, borrowed, swapped, won or got for review each week.

This week I read:

Books I loved:

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*Squee*

I don't want this summer to end. It's not even over and I've already read some of my top 10 books of 2015! 

This week I finally read my very first CoHo book, Hopeless, and I'm in love! I finished the Hopeless series and I'm currently reading the third and last book on her Slammed series, This girl. 

Also this week was very kind to me since I managed to get approved for 3 ARCs by authors I really love. Their books rocked and I can't wait to post my reviews.

What did you read this week???
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Sofia T.

Review: End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days #3) by Susan Ee

Posted on Friday, July 10, 2015 2:20 PM
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Title: End of Days
Author: Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #3

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.
After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?
‘This is Penryn Young, Daughter of Man, Killer of Angels." Penryn
Early last year I discovered (actually I won it in a giveaway) a book titled Angelfall. As soon as I got it I was obsessed with the cover (cover lover here!) and before I know it I read and fell in love with it. Thankfully I didn’t have to wait long for the sequel, World After, which I also loved. Now a year after I can’t believe it’s over.

End of days is really the perfect conclusion to Penryn and the end of days series. It picks up right where the previous book left off: Penryn, Raffe, Paige, the scorpions and Belial are up in the skies flying to locate Penryn’s mother and a doctor to fix Raffe’s wings. Sounds easy but it isn’t. As if that wasn’t hard enough, Uriel wants the so called Apocalypse to reach its end so he can be named a Messenger. What he never expects thought is Raffe. He won’t allow Uriel to become the Messenger when he knows well that the apocalypse is fake. Uriel went against all their laws and created the so called monsters of the apocalypse so he could reach his goal to become the Messenger. What he didn’t plan though was the fact that the last apocalyptic nightmare isn’t just designed to kill humans but angels as well.

I really can’t believe the series is over. There was so much action, suspense and we finally get to see the romance aspect come to life. Raffe and Penryn have always had great chemistry but up until now Raffe has never acknowledged his feelings. I was so excited when I got to read those scenes *squee*.
“I have better things to do.”
“Like what?”
“Like convince a stubborn girl to admit she’s madly in love with me.”
However there are some things that I’d like to point out. Firstly, I would have loved to see a scene or two from Raphael’s point of view. There were times I questioned his motives and it would have been nice to read his point of view. Secondly, what about Penryn’s mother? Form the very beginning of the series I suspected that something was off with her but unfortunately we don’t get any answers. Still that didn’t bother me much. Thirdly, I was so very sorry for Belial. I know he was the villain in the two previous books but still I believe that everyone has misjudged him. After everything he went through it was only expected to end up like this. I can’t believe he managed to survive hell and this is his end. I wish Susan Ee wrote more about him.

Although these things frustrated me a bit, I still loved the book. There are some major twists and turns that you will never see coming and a “lovely” trip to hell.

I’m really sad that the series is over. I have no idea if the author is planning to write another book for the series or something completely different but I know that if she does, I’ll definitely read it.

I promise you are going to love this book.

Highly recommended!
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Sofia T.

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #49 Souls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen #3) by Tillie Cole

Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 4:18 PM
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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.

Title: Souls Unfractured
Author: Tillie Cole

Expected publication: August 11th 2015

Labeled a ‘Cursed’ woman of Eve from birth, Maddie has endured nothing but pain and repression at the hands of The Order’s most abusive elder, Moses. Now living with her sister in The Hangmen’s secluded compound, finally, Maddie, is free. Free from the suffocating faith she no longer believes in. Free from endless years of physical and mental torment.
Just… free…
At age twenty-one, the timid and shy Maddie is content to live within the confines of her new home—safe from the outside world, safe from harm and, strangely, protected by the Hangmen’s most volatile member; the heavily pierced and tattooed, Flame.

Flame.

The man who ceaselessly watches over her with his midnight dark and searing eyes. The man who protects her with a breath-taking intensity. And the man who stirs something deep within her numbed heart.

But when circumstances conspire for Flame to need HER help, Maddie bravely risks it all for the broken man who has captivated her fragile soul.

The Hangmen’s most infamous member, Flame, is ruled by one thing—anger. Plagued by haunting demons from his past, an all-consuming rage, and isolated by an abhorrent hatred of being touched, Flame's days are filled with suffocating darkness, pierced only by a single ray of light—Maddie. The shy, beautiful woman he cannot purge from his thoughts. The woman he has an overwhelming need to possess…
... the only person who has ever been able to touch him.

Flame’s mission in life is to protect Maddie, to keep her safe. Until a trigger from his troubled past sends him spiraling into madness, trapping him in the deepest recesses of his disturbed mind.

His Hangmen brothers fear that Flame is beyond saving.

His only hope of salvation: Maddie and her healing light.
I just discovered this author and I'm obsesssed with this series. I really can't wait to read it! 

What are you waiting on Wednesday???
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Sofia T.

TOP TEN TUESDAY #41 Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read

Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 12:37 PM
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new Top Ten list topic is posted and book bloggers fill in their own choices. 

This Week's Topics is:

Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read

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1. Divergent (Divergent #1)


2. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)


3. Eleanor & Park


4. Fangirl


5. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)




7. Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1)


8. Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)


9. The Book Thief


10. The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)


*Gasp* Yeah :(

 I haven't read these hyped books yet but I do plan to read them some day. I actually know most of these books through their movies or reviews that I've read so I'm familiar with them.

What are the ten hyped books you haven't read yet???  
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Sofia T.
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