Kiss Me, Kill You, Larissa C. Hardesty – Book Review

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35106941First kisses should be legendary—not deadly.

Emmy Duivel believes in true love: heart-stopping kisses, candlelight dinners, and a connection that lasts forever. But not the kind of kisses that land your date in the hospital. Emmy always knew she was different, but not in the supernatural sense. Not in the succubus sense.

Paul Andinn had only one job: watch over Emmy and make sure she doesn’t expose the supernatural world. It should have been easy, but the moment he looked away, she kissed that boy, and everything changed.

He should be more upset. But he can’t. Not when he’s falling hard for her.

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Kiss Me, Kill You is the story of Emmy and how she comes into her succubus inheritance. Emmy is a normal teenager who’s world changes when a boy she kisses ends up in a coma. It is then that she learns that she and her best friend are succubi and she needs to understand who she is so she can live her life.

I like Emma’s character. She behaves like a proper sixteen year old where everything seems like the end of the world. She is sweet and smart and a nice person. She is quirky and awkward and I like that. Not all girls are prim and proper and cheerleaders. Yes, she was very whiny in parts but I think that that was a given for a girl her age. In fact, that made me relate to her character as a teenager even more because I remember whining about every little thing when I was that age.

The romance in this book is forbidden and cute. Paul is Emmy’s bodyguard and an incubus. So, of course, when she first asks him out, he turns her down. But, he can’t stay away from her because he’s her bodyguard. And, surprise, surprise. He has  feelings for her too. Though it seemed like insta love, it was not because these two had crushes on each other since before the story even began. I would have liked to see how their feelings came to be, but just as well. They were really cute together.

What I don’t understand is why Emmy’s mom never told her about this. It seems stupid. She should have known from the get go. That way, she could have been careful and not brought harm upon others. Did her mom really think she wouldn’t even kiss someone before she was 16? Seems far fetched. It seems even more stupid when you look at the fact that Emmy’s best friend, who is also a succubus, has known forever.

It was a cute book, but nothing to drive home about. I enjoyed it a decent amount, but it wasn’t all that great.

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Secrets of Skin and Stone, Wendy Laine – Book Review

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34388622Something is wrong in Hidden Creek. The sleepy Alabama town is more haunted than any place fiend hunter Grisham Caso has ever seen. Unearthed graves, curse bags, and spilled blood all point to an evil that could destroy his gargoyle birthright. The town isn’t safe for anyone, and everyone says fiery Piper Devon knows why.

Piper wants to leave Hidden Creek behind. She’s had enough of secrets—they hide in the shadows of her room and tell her terrible things are coming. Too-charming city boy Grisham might be her only chance to save herself.

To survive, Piper and Grisham have to shed their secrets and depend only on each other. But what lurks in Hidden Creek still might take everything away from them, including each other.

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Okay, first things first. I LOVE THE COVER. IT IS SO DARK AND GRITTY. Gah! I love it! The cover drew me into the book in the first place and it is definitely one of those cover buy spurts we book mongers tend to have. I really adore the cover! 😀

What I liked about this book was the mystery. It was intriguing and kept up till the end so that the reader was hooked into reading. The first half was great, but towards the end, the book got extremely slow and I was just thinking that the author should hurry up and reveal the mystery already. Apart from that, I have no complaints!

I loved the characters so much. They weren’t overly done and just so real. I could imagine people like that and that was gratifying. I love that the book had a trigger warning in the beginning especially because it was for self harm. From what I know, it can be pretty triggering and anyone who is going into the book needs full disclosure. It was nice to see that that was the first page of the book.

It’s #OwnVoices because the author herself suffers from OCD and was into cutting like the MC Piper. I like how her character is handled. She is OCD. She knows it and she tries her best despite her circumstances. I like how her illness didn’t miraculously disappear on meeting her love interest or for whatever other reason because that is not how it happens. So, points for that. I absolutely loved that aspect of the book. Thank you, Wendy. I also like how the illness wasn’t demonized, how it didn’t seek to make Piper seem other. I also like how the author handled the issue of self harm. There aren’t many great ways to do it because at the end of the day self harm is self harm, but she did a pretty good job and for that I commend her. I also liked how these two things didn’t define who Piper is as an individual. She is strong and smart and intelligent and brave. I like her. I like her a lot.

Then, there’s Gris. He’s got the mysterious air to him. But, he’s sweet and caring. He doesn’t come off as arrogant or self centered and full of himself like boys in such novels usually are. So, I like that a lot. I like how dedicated he is. He’s ready to go to so many lengths to save Piper. And then, he’s on a mission to prove to his father that he is worthy enough. His struggles were showed nicely. I like how the author showcased that even he was insecure in himself and his capabilities. Frankly, we need more such boys because more often than not, the male MCs are shown as untouchable and arrogant and without a care in the world. And Gris was nothing like that which automatically put him in my good graces.

And then, there’s the shipping. It was a bit of an insta love with the enemies to lovers kind of trope but I enjoyed it. Their relationship was nice to read about as it unfolded and they had plenty of cute moments which made me all the more happy because I am such a sucker for romance. I like how things were tied up with their relationship in the end. It was a bit open ended but it was realistic because Gris was never meant to stay in Hidden Creek, so the hopeful note at which it ended where it could go on to be more but maybe not was fitting.

All in all, I really enjoyed the book. It had all the elements of an interesting read and I would recommend it to people who are looking for paranormal romance. 🙂

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Lucian Divine, Renee Carlino – Blog Tour

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luciandivine_03-1-1-1“My guardian angel is a drunk.”

Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he’s a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he’s brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he’s brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as —-. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.

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This book. *sighs* This book.

Lucian Divine is the story of Lucian, a guardian angel, who falls in love with the soul he’s assigned to protect, Evelyn. Lucian has been guarding Evey since she was born, but he’s also in love with her. Her constant trysts with other men have driven Lucian to alcoholism and one fine day, when he can’t take it anymore, he tells her everything – that he’s her guardian angel, that he loves her, that they can’t be together. Then, he erases her memory, but he doesn’t do it right because Evey still remembers him. Then, she falls for him and yada, yada, yada.

“You are everything to me. You’re the dream, the air, the reason, the cause for my whole existence.”

 – Lucian

It’s clear that the best thing about this story is Lucian. His love for Evey is so all consuming, so huge, so much, it pours out of him. He’s ready to die, just to be with her. And however hard Evey tries, she can’t convince him to kill her so that they can be together because hurting Evey causes him unbearable pain. He comes close once, but is unable to go through with it because it’s hurting Evey. Yes, he loves her a whole lot. I admire that about him. That he is so in love with her and he’s not afraid to tell it to the world. He literally tells everyone he meets about her. Even though his best friend, Zack and his supervisor, Mona, advice him against getting together with Evey, what with him being an angel and her being human, he overlooks them and goes on to marry her. But, then, trouble finds them and everything that could go wrong, goes wrong.

But, the determination that Lucian has, to always protect Evey, to love her more than his own life, is there within him throughout the story and that’s amazing. I love that about him!

“Evelyn, I’ve existed for more than two millennia. In two thousand years, I have watched over so many lives. At times, more than five souls were my responsibility alone. I’ve watched all of them die. I’ve held many of them while they were dying. It’s in my nature to do that, to give peace to my souls, to look out for them when I can, to sway the good ones to do the right thing, and to protect man and life here on Earth. I’ve watched over stunningly beautiful and brilliant women, but I have never felt love for any human the way I feel it for you. You are literally the air in my lungs.”

Now, then, what I didn’t like.

It was too insta love. I understand that Lucian is Evey’s guardian angel, so he’s made in such a way that Evey can’t help but love him and he’s been in love with her for years, but it still feels too rushed. They’ve just met and they’re spending every moment together, getting engaged in two weeks and married in two months. Whirlwind romance, yeah?

And, then, we know how Evey fell in love, sort of, but how about Lucian? I would loved his side of the story, before he told Evey who he was.

As much as the plot kept me on my toes, at times it felt like everything was happening too fast and I didn’t have the time to fully grasp what was actually happening. It was great that I didn’t get bored, but I would have liked it if there was a breather somewhere in the middle.

“Evey, next time, in the next life we’ll be together—that’s how this will be corrected. This will be righted. This can’t be our forever fate. Next time we’ll live together, we’ll die together. We’ll experience every war together, inside ourselves and outside in the world. We won’t be out of reach, unavailable, unattainable, just love longing to be. Let’s keep moving fast in opposite directions. Keep praying we meet on the other side. I’ll see you there; I know I will. I have to believe that. Watch for me. I’ll be barreling toward you, arms wide open, and then we’ll crash into each other with the force of two spent lives yearning to be one.”

All in all, it’s a great book with a good story, well rounded characters and nice writing style. I would recommend it to the romance fanatics who like the insta love trope and the drama that generally accompanies it.

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The Book of Shade, K. C. Finn – Book Review

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24749811Lily Coltrane’s to-do list for starting university life is pretty simple:
1. Make friends
2. Meet a cute guy
3. Survive her first year in Modern History
In the little English town of Piketon this seems more than achievable, so much so that Lily even joins The Illustrious Minds Literary Society, an extra-curricular club that promises a truly unique social experience. What Lily doesn’t bank on are the Society’s monthly visits to the mysterious Theatre Imaginique at the edge of town, a dark venue that houses the most obscure cavalcade of carnival performers she has ever laid eyes on.
Stranger still is the emergence of the theatre’s enigmatic proprietor Lemarick Novel, a stupendous showman with a frosty wit who never seems to smile, and who raises a plethora of questions in Lily’s fearful mind. How does he levitate with no sign of wires or mirrors? How do the lightning bolts that shoot from his hands look so real? And why, of all the people in the theatre, do his pale eyes keep locking on hers?
The answers to this and more lie buried in heritage and blood. The Book of Shade is opening, and Lily Coltrane will read it, whether she wants to or not.

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This story! Oh! I love it! This is such an amazing book! Oh my God! I LOVE IT!

The characters, the plot, the dialogue and just about everything in this book is phenomenal. I’m just so happy that I got to read this book because it is just so very, very amazing.

I am pretty sure, I am just so in love with Lemarick Novel. Not only is his name Novel, but also his personality. He’s dark and broody and mysterious. And just so amazing, you can’t help fall for him through the course of the book! Because that’s just what I did! I fell for him through the book. Each and every scene made me like him even more, slowly and slowly till found myself so in love with him as a person and as a character. He’s so complex and deep and broody. Really. But, beneath all the mystery, is a man with a heart of gold and I just adore him so much. I really, really do.

The other characters are just as deep and amazing. There’s just so much to know and unearth and find out about each person and that is amazing. The aura of mystery that surrounds people is such a plus point. I liked discovering new things about the different characters in the book so much. It was an amazing experience.

All in all, this is one awesomesauce book that you HAFTA READ! Like, seriously. Go read this. Now!

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As an author for Clean Teen Publishing and Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Press, Kim spends most of her time locked in the writing cave with an obscenely large mug of tea. When not writing, she can be found studying for her MA in Linguistics, watching classic British comedy, or concocting evil schemes in the secret laboratory in her attic.

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Mayan Blood, Theresa DaLayne – Book Review

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27777361Their empires have fallen, but their mythology lives on…

Zanya Coreandero is a seventeen-year-old orphan with only a single friend and no hope for a normal life. Diagnosed with anxiety and night terrors, no one believes her cuts and bruises are a result of an evil entity, and not a brutal case of self-harm.

With the only home she’s ever known being the isolated institution—where breakfast is a handful of medications, the psychiatry sessions are mandatory, and her every move is watched—the only relief is her red-haired roommate named Tara, who’s more like a little sister than her best friend.

Free will is strong, but destiny is stronger.

When Zanya is kidnapped, she meets a group of gifted Mayan descendants, each with a unique ability. Gone from a nameless castaway to the only hope of mankind, Zanya is forced to make a grueling decision: bond with an enchanted stone and save humanity from rising underworld forces, or watch helplessly as Earth falls victim to a familiar dark deity from her dreams. This time, he’s playing for keeps.

A wicked secret hides behind a handsome face…

When Arwan, a dark-eyed timebender, takes interest in Zanya’s mission, it’s unclear if his intention is to help, or if he’s on a hell-bent mission for revenge. Wary of falling for another guy with major secrets and a tainted past, Zanya fights to keep her distance. If only her heart gave her a choice.

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This book? Well, this book is awesome! I really like it. It’s greatly written, has a lot of facets, the characters are great and the plot is good!

Again, this is one of those stories which do not fit in one genre. There’s action, fantasy, paranormal and romance. So, yeah, a little bit of everything for everybody. Which, I like. I like books that cater to a large variety of people. Books that cannot be restricted to one genre and which have so much to offer to their readers.

And this story is one of those. I like the story and the pace and the way it flows. The best thing is that there is no waiting around and the plot just moves and moves and moves. It certainly keeps things a whole lot interesting, but at times, it can get a little too much because stuff keeps happening and you don’t have a breather. But, hey, other than a few times when I felt that, I liked that the plot was fast paced. Nothing seems to be forced or stiff. It flows beautifully.

The characters are interesting and grow on you. They’re likable and just grow so much through the course of the story. It is great to read. Like, nobody is the same after the story and everyone has something to take away from the experience. And that is just done greatly.

All in all, this is a great, great read and I would definitely recommend this to others!

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Always on the lookout for a new story, Theresa is a shameless eavesdropper and will take anyone who provides inspiration and mold them into a character without a second thought. She enjoys writing both paranormal and contemporary stories, considering her mind wanders between worlds of fantasy while she’s forced to live in the real world, very much against her will.

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Red Night, R. K. Close – Book Review

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For five hundred years I have feasted on the blood of the innocent.
For centuries I have seduced beautiful victims into my bed.
And all this time, I have never gone without…

I am Zachariah…

While enduring endless days as an immortal, only one urge soothes my savage need.

Blood.

I have consumed countless humans—I have witnessed mountains of corpses piled beneath my feet. But none more significant than the woman I once loved.

My heart was not the only one she captured, but it would be the last…

An inferior creature turned her heart against me—Adam. Such a pathetic identity to be named after the original creation of God, and always besting me in life. But in death—I am king.

I am far more treacherous.
I should be feared.
I demand to be remembered.

And I am, for being known as the immortal who slayed the woman we both loved, and my rampage continues…

Now in the scorching desert, I find prey well worth the chase…

Samantha.

And my interest in this mortal runs deep. Adam has pursued me over the globe in search of revenge—but his own weaknesses have made him vulnerable. He’s taken to the striking mortal, which means only one thing.

She will be my next target.

But this time, not for the taste of blood. I will take her as my own mate, and neither Adam, or anyone else, will stop me…

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First of all, I AM EXTREMELY SORRY FOR THE DELAY! The book released almost 20 days ago and I was supposed to post the review then, but sadly, life got in the way and I never got the time to read the book! 😦

However, now I have read it! And, I am so, so, so happy to have read this book! It is absolutely amazing! The writing style, the story line, the characters, the dialogue, everything is phenomenally amazing. I LOVE IT! It is so very well written.

The characters were really well done in this book. They’re the USP. I adore the characterization in this story. All the characters are well written, complex and deep who have so many facets to them that they just surprise you at every turn. They’ve got so much depth and the myriad of emotions that is depicted through their actions is absolutely gorgeous. I have to tell you, they’re just amazing, amazing characters. I love them. They’re awesome and kickass and hot and passionate and protective and possessive and just so freaking shit amazing, I don’t have the words!

One more thing that I love is that the book is fast paced. There is no wasting time in pleasantries and that makes it so much better. The story is moving forward with each page and each action and emotion and that is just awesome.

Of course, there is the love triangle that will not get into. As you guys know, I’m not a huge fan, but hey! They’re okay. At times. We’ll just say this is one of those. I was extremely satisfied with the ending though, so I won’t curse it much!

Now, I CANNOT WAIT for book two!!!!

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Eerie, C. M. McCoy – Book Review

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28252234Hailey’s dreams have always been, well…vivid. As in monsters from her nightmares follow her into her waking life vivid.

When her big sister goes missing, eighteen-year-old Hailey finds the only thing keeping her safe from a murderous 3,000-year-old beast is an equally terrifying creature who has fallen “madly” in love with her. Competing to win her affection, the Dream Creature, Asher, lures her to the one place that offers safety—a ParaScience university in Alaska he calls home. There, she studies the science of the supernatural and must learn to live with a roommate from Hell, survive her ParaScience classes, and hope the only creature who can save her from an evil immortal doesn’t decide to kill her himself.

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So, this is a paranormal romance, which I ABSOLUTELY LOVE! I am a sucker for paranormal romances, really. I just love them! I love everything about them. So, obviously I had to pick this one up.

The thing that I liked most about this book was the world building. Seriously, Colleen, A+ for the world building. I LOVED IT! It is kind of reminiscent of Harry Potter in some ways and I believe that that is the highest compliment I can pay to any book. So, there.

The flow of the story is good. It is fast paced and humorous and filled with adventure. There’s a ton of romance. So, yes, this book has something for everyone. You can’t say that you didn’t like this book because it essentially has something for everyone in this. Which makes it totally awesome in my books. Yes, it does. Totally, awesome.

The character development is great and I love how the emotions of all characters are projected throughout the story. They’re real and humble and help you connect with the characters a great deal. It is really, really heartwarming and heartwrenching at the same time. Like, the projection in this story is totally awesome. I love it, really. That’s the best thing about this book apart from the world building.

The only thing that I didn’t like about this book is the love triangle. Yes, there is a love triangle. Let me tell you something about love triangles – they’re my pet peeves. I hate love triangles with a passion. I simply cannot buy the fact that one person loves two other people almost equally at any given point in time together. Yes, you may love them both, but you always love one more than the other, even if you don’t want to admit it. And, of course, this is what leads to conflict and I hate that the character is moping, moping, moping about how they cannot chose, because to me, as a reader, the choice is kind of always obvious since the beginning. And maybe, you can chose the other character, but for the love of God, make your mind up and stop stringing the two poor things along!

Yeah, not really a fan of love triangles, so definitely negative points there for me. I do understand, to a certain extent how Haylie is drawn to the both of them, but I don’t really like how she’s going back and forth between the two boys, unable to decide who she should be with. COME ON, HAYLIE! Make your mind up, please!

Apart from this teeny – tiny drawback, this book is amazing! Really. The plot, the development, the characters, they’re all great. And, this is a great read! 😀

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The Stone Legacy, Theresa DaLayne – Blog Tour

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MAYAN BLOOD, Book 1
INTERLUDE, Book 2
LIGHTS OF AURORA, Book 3
ANARCHY, Book 4

BIRTHRIGHT, Book 5 – Coming Soon!

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Their empires have fallen, but their mythology lives on…
Zanya Coreandero is a seventeen-year-old orphan with only a single friend and no hope for a normal life. Diagnosed with anxiety and night terrors, no one believes her cuts and bruises are a result of an evil entity, and not a brutal case of self-harm.
With the only home she’s ever known being the isolated institution—where breakfast is a handful of medications, the psychiatry sessions are mandatory, and her every move is watched—the only relief is her red-haired roommate named Tara, who’s more like a little sister than her best friend.
Free will is strong, but destiny is stronger…
When Zanya is kidnapped, she meets a group of gifted Mayan descendants, each with a unique ability. Gone from a nameless castaway to the only hope of mankind, Zanya is forced to make a grueling decision: bond with an enchanted stone and save humanity from rising underworld forces, or watch helplessly as Earth falls victim to a familiar dark deity from her dreams. This time, he’s playing for keeps.
A wicked secret hides behind a handsome face…
When Arwan, a dark-eyed timebender, takes interest in Zanya’s mission, it’s unclear if his intention is to help, or if he’s on a hell-bent mission for revenge. Wary of falling for another guy with major secrets and a tainted past, Zanya fights to keep her distance. If only her heart gave her a choice.
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INTERLUDE by Theresa DaLayne
The Stone Legacy Series #2
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Tara may have spent years in an asylum, but that doesn’t make her crazy–just fearless.
Dropped in Moscow with a the group of enchanted Mayan descendants, seventeen-year-old Tara Weeble is forced to wait on the sideline while her best friend—the Stone Guardian— battles to reclaim a friend’s soul trapped in the underworld.
It sucks being ordinary when everyone else is superhuman…
A mortal girl with a tainted past, Tara is left to deal with an overwhelming sense of inadequacy. Her boyfriend, Peter, is a healer. Her best friend is The Guardian, and everyone else is a powerhouse of awesome strengths. Meanwhile, she struggles to leave her childhood of abuse in the past, and while Peter picks her up every time she falls, it becomes clear he deserves better.
When they opened Pandora’s Box, hell came pouring out…
When she’s given a chance to aid in the group’s mission, Tara is eager to pull her own weight, even if it means uncovering buried memories of being held prisoner by the underworld general. Now haunted with flashbacks of torture, Tara wanders from the safety of Peter’s arms into a city of depravity and corruption. And amidst all this evil is a young man with an agenda of his own, who leads her down a road that will either prove she is a hero at heart, or drag her into a world she’s always feared.
 He wants revenge, she wants redemption. And in an underground ring of missing girls and bloody sacrifices, only the fearless can survive…

 

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LIGHTS OF AURORA by Theresa DaLayne
The Stone Legacy Series #3
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After living her entire life in an orphan asylum, Zanya fears she may actually be losing her mind…
Following the discovery of her ancient Maya bloodlines, eighteen-year-old Zanya Coreandero is faced with a daunting responsibility. She must protect the relic stone while Sarian, the underworld general, ceaselessly drives her to the brink of insanity.
With the approach of an ancient bonding ceremony, Zanya struggles to control her abilities—and her desires…
As the winter solstice approaches, it brings an onslaught of unexpected side effects. While Zanya struggles to seize control over her supercharged powers, she must also face an overwhelming suspicion that her boyfriend, Arwan, is hiding a secret so dark it could destroy them both. And with her powers finally taking root, the struggle to pace their relationship takes on a life of its own.
Just when she thought life couldn’t get more complicated…
With the arrival of a surprise houseguest, Zanya’s deepest fears about Arwan are confirmed. And when middleworld deities intercede, the group of gifted Maya descendants are confronted with hardships they never saw coming—including an enemy more deadly than they have ever faced.
 Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. And when that woman has no soul and a taste for revenge, they will need the powers of every surviving ancestor simply to stay alive.
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ANARCHY by Theresa DaLayne
The Stone Legacy Series #4
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A single mistake has torn Jayden’s life down the middle, leaving him at a crossroads…
After an ancient Mayan ceremony goes horribly wrong, Jayden is left to face reality—the girl he once loved is pledged to another. At his breaking point, he steals a cab to leave behind the group of enchanted descendants, this time for good.
When Hawa—a beautiful but lethal acquaintance—decides to call shotgun, his only choice is to take her along for the ride.
He’d be glad to have the company…if it were anyone but her. He only knows her by occasionally sharing a hallway in Renato’s huge estate in Belize. It’s clear she has a perma-chip in her shoulder, and they have absolutely nothing in common. So he thinks…
With no cash and nowhere to stay, Hawa leads him into the heart of Guatemala City to an abandoned hotel of orphaned kids. As more of her tainted past is revealed, an unwelcome memory reappears in flesh and blood, threatening to break her wild spirit.
A mysterious orphan is the only one standing between him and the new queen of hell…
Modem, a spunky twelve-year-old girl with a knack for computers, seems to be keeping her eye on Jay. When his abilities go rogue and pull him back to the underworld, Modem shows she’s more than meets the eye.
When everything spirals out of control, Jayden struggles to protect Modem and Hawa from very different enemies. But he won’t be able to save them both…
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THERESA DALAYNE
A long-time enthusiast of things that go bump in the night, Theresa began her writing career as a journalism intern—possibly the least creative writing field out there. After her first semester at a local newspaper, she washed her hands of press releases and feature articles to delve into the whimsical world of fiction.
Since then, Theresa has been married, had three terrific kids, moved to central Ohio, and has been repeatedly guilt-tripped into adopting a menagerie of animals that are now members of the family. But don’t be fooled by her domesticated appearance. Her greatest love is travel. Having traveled to over a dozen countries—not to mention an extended seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska—she is anything but settled down. Wherever life brings her, Theresa will continue to weave tales of adventure and love with the hope her stories will bring joy and inspiration to her readers.

 

Slumber, Christy Sloat – Book Review

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They tell me I killed my boyfriend Phillip in cold blood. I stabbed him twenty one times. I’m only seventeen years old, and I am serving life in Spindle Ridge Asylum for the Criminally Insane.
I don’t remember killing him, so it’s really hard to believe I’m capable of murder. In fact I don’t remember anything before I came to Spindle Ridge, not even my boyfriend.
I can only grasp onto my realistic dreams while the madness of the asylum threatens to pull me under. I dream I’m a beautiful princess and there is an evil faerie named Maleficent who is bent on my destruction. The dreams are the closest thing I have to memories of my life, except they aren’t real.
I’m crazy. I’m not a princess.
They’re the mad illusions of an irrational teenage girl, right?
They’ve assigned me a new doctor, and she says I can trust her, and that she’ll help me see the truth of who I really am.
When she arrived she brought a new patient, Sawyer, who is everything Spindle Ridge isn’t: exciting, mysterious and beautiful. He promises he’s here to rescue me. Trusting either of them frightens me.
Could it be possible that my dreams are more than just the imaginings of a delusional girl? Could they be truth?

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*The author provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

Okay, so I just absolutely, totally, completely, wholly, phenomenally, irrevocably love this. I heart it! It is absolutely fucking amazing. There are no words really!

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This isn’t even enough to describe it. It is the absolute best thing I’ve read in a while. Everything from the plot to the characters to the dialogue and the scenes. I love everything. It’s just phenomenally written.

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In case you didn’t realise, that’s me with stars in my eyes after reading this story. Yes, I loved it so much! This isn’t even enough to describe it.

The story picks up with the female lead, Aurora or ‘Rory’ as she is called, in the asylum. They say she’s there because she murdered her boyfriend, Phillip, in cold blood b stabbing him twenty times. The thing is, Rory doesn’t remember doing that. So, she is found mentally unstable and sentenced to a life in the Spindle Ridge Asylum where the doctors need to work on her so she can remember.

However, Spindle Ridge isn’t your average asylum and hosts a lot of secrets. Nothing is as it seems and as the new director, Dr. Malisa ‘M’, forces Rory to remember things as fast as she can, Rory can’t help but think that the doctor has something to do with why she was in the asylum in the first place.

Things change when a new doctor, Dr. Gray, is appointed to look after the patients. The stories that she tells Rory are hard to believe, especially because she claims that Rory is infact a princess. Sawyer, the new asylum inmate doesn’t help matters when he declares that they’ve been in love for as long as he can remember. Thing is, Rory doesn’t remember him or Dr. Gray, both of whom pledge that they’re friends and want to save her.

With no recollection of her past life, Rory needs to make decisions, to chose who to believe and to fight for her freedom. Can she do it in time and save everybody in the asylum from a fate worse than death?

Intense, yeah? That’s what I thought too. The characters are all amazingly written with each having a distinct voice. They have such conflicting personalities and their actions and emotions are all over the place. The way they have been described – their thoughts, emotions and actions – is all beautiful. The character development is phenomenal and each scene helps in building the character to where they get to in the end of the story.

Rory, the heroine, is brave and mighty. She stands for what she believes in. Though she is portrayed as a timid, scared inmate in the beginning of the story, as the plot progresses, the real Rory appears. Her transformation is absolutely phenomenal. She has character, strength, courage and morale. It’s a delight to read, really. Besides being determined to leave, she’s also a girl in love. And all her emotions – the butterflies, the nerves, the longing – are so aptly described in the book. I especially love all her scenes with Sawyer because they show such a range on emotion that they always leave you wanting more.

Sawyer, the hero, is just as amazing. He loves Rory more than anything in the world. So much so that he is willing to risk death just to save her. It’s because of his love for her that he’s so strong and brave. He’s there for Rory every step of the way, a constant in her ever changing life, a shoulder to cry on, a hand to support and a heart to love. The lengths at which he’s ready to go to protect her is just amazing. I love him. I absolutely, completely, totally, love him. And I need him in my life. He’s so perfect! *sighs*

All in all, an a amazingly written story. Would I recommend it to others?

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And, just one thing to say to Christy!

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Thank you for writing such an amazing story!

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“I knew why I had fallen for him, and it wasn’t because I was young and foolish. It was because he was everything I wanted in my life. He was freedom from my duties as a princess. He was fun and laughter when I was stuck inside with my studies. He was the beauty when I was in a world where evil lurked around in the shadows.” – Rory.

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AWAKEN (SLUMBER #2)

26248930“Happily ever after is hers for the taking.”
Once upon a time I found myself locked away in Spindle Ridge Asylum, punished for a murder I didn’t commit. It was all part of Maleficent’s evil plan. I didn’t remember who I was then … now I do. My name is Aurora, and I am the rightful queen of this realm. Armed with my memories, I’m ready to take charge of my kingdom once more. Happily ever after evades me, yet I long to claim it with my true love, Sawyer, beside me. That fairy tale ending seems impossible with him locked in the thralls of a sleeping curse. As much as I’d love to sit by his bedside and eagerly await a cure, I must first travel into the terrifying Dark Woods to stop Raven from stripping me of all that is rightfully mine. I am not only a queen, but a warrior who will fight for her kingdom. Some may die. Blood will be shed. But when this ending comes, I will settle for nothing less than a blissful ever after.

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5445209Christy Sloat is a SoCal born girl who resides in New Jersey currently with her husband, two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother’s loving support. Christy passes that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you do not find Christy within the pages of a book you can find her being mommy, wife, crafter, and dear friend. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. Be sure to venture into her Past Lives Series, The Visitor’s Series, and watch for many more exciting things to come.

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