New Paranormal Romance: 4.5 Stars for Ascension by Grace White

 Ascension (The Lilituria Prophecy #3)

BY GRACE WHITE

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Daiya Cattiva knew loving Kai Stanton had the power to change everything—she just didn’t realize how much.In the aftermath of bonding with Kai, Daiya struggles with guilt, and doubt over the prophecy. But as the Dei Venatores begin to close in, time for her and the Lilituria starts to run out. Daiya knows her personal feelings must be put aside for the greater good, and with the help of an unexpected ally, she embarks on a journey that uncovers who she really is. But all truth comes at a price. One she isn’t sure she’s willing to pay.

The lines between good and evil have been redrawn … but can love prevail?

My Review:

4.5 Stars!

Holy cow! The conclusion to the Lilituria Prophecy was beyond what I imagined!

The book begins where Allure left off, with Kai’s life hanging in the balance after he and Daiya fulfilled the prophecy. Now lines have been redrawn and everyone is in danger! Lots of action in this one. Daiya and Kai’s relationship moves forward. It all comes to an exciting head and you will not be able to put it down!

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Grace White is the paranormal pseudonym of romance writer, L A Cotton.She resides in the UK with her family, and lives for binge watching series on her Firestick, losing herself in a good book, and reliving her younger days through trashy teenage movies … not necessarily in that order.

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Blog Tour: 4.5 Stars for Buried Secrets by J. C. Valentine!

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Buried Secrets

by J.C. Valentine
Publication Date: November 29, 2016
Genres: Adult, New Adult, Mystery, Thriller, YA, Suspense

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Synopsis: How do you live with yourself when you don’t even know who you are?

On a chill October night, a girl goes missing setting the small town of Oakridge on edge. James has spent the last five years running from a past that still haunts him to this day. Now he finds himself thrust back into a life he thought he left behind. Finding out his new home may be haunted and reconnecting with an old friend while being thrust into a murder mystery, James finds himself trying to figure out which end is up while questioning his own sanity.

**AUTHOR’S NOTE** Buried Secrets is a New Adult, mystery thriller with very little romance but heavy on the suspense.

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My Review:

4.5/5 stars!!

Oh.  My.  Goodness!  This book!!

When the book opens, James the MC is 13 years old.  He is awkward and a little nerdy and gets bullied at school.  He finds it hard to make friends.  Then, he meets AJ and they quickly form a friendship.  Only, James has to move away suddenly.  Around the same time James leaves, a girl goes missing.  Skip forward 5 years and James is back in the town he grew up.  He reconnects with AJ and their friendship is rekindled.  But, another girl goes missing.  Is it a coincidence that James is back and a girl goes missing?  James knows he didn’t do it and he thinks he knows who did.

That is all I can give you without ruining one heck of a twist.  You honestly will not see it coming.  I can’t wait for you to read it and find out.  I was completely clueless.

Buried Secrets is seriously suspenseful perfection with one the best twists I have ever read!  I can tell you I was so shocked, words that I cannot type spewed from my mouth.  A fantastically written, brilliantly executed suspense novel.  This is a must read!

 

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ABOUT J.C. VALENTINE

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J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Series. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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(Terra Sempre Saga, #2)
Published by: Evernight Teen
Publication date: July 1st 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

You’re Not Truly Alive Until You Know What You Would Die For…

Cameron Shade and Farrah Spangled survived a near-death experience together. Now, their us-against-the-world relationship thrives despite pressure from their families, as well as cultural and social obstacles. That is, until Farrah’s father ships her off to private boarding school in Virginia.

Driven by unbearable aches of absence and longing, Cameron and Farrah are lured back inside the cursed sketchbook and the perilous Terra Sempre that siphoned their souls and almost cost them their lives.

Undeterred by a gathering storm of threats and complications, Cameron and Farrah find unlikely allies in both realms, but what Cameron discovers in Terra Sempre might make him want to stay there forever.

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Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly “walked-on” to the best drum line in the CIAA. And, without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.

After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He’s worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. While teaching high school for six years in Culpeper, Virginia, I taught business management, business law, marketing, and sports marketing. I also coached football.

As a self-described, young reluctant reader, he writes young adult stories specifically to reach other reluctant readers. As a participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program, he was blessed to be mentored by Suzanne Morgan Williams, 2012 SCBWI member of the year.

He now lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.

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Review: Nowhere but Here (Thunder Road) by Katie McGarry

  
When I left my review for this book on Amazon, I titled it SOA (Sons of Anarchy) Lite. I suppose that wasn’t really fair. I mean the comparisons are motorcycle club and epic romance. Honestly, it was the comparison I made in my head when I tried to envision the Olivia (club matriarch) character. I could not stop picturing Gemma…no matter how hard I tried. 

Emily is the daughter of Eli, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club. However, she has been living far away in Florida, away from the club and the club’s lifestyle. She is thrust back into the scene after the death of her grandmother. When Emily returns to Kentucky for her grandmother’s funeral she is an awkward reunion, danger and secrets galore. She is forced to stay in Kentucky while her mother and adoptive father return to Florida. Over the course of the summer, secrets are revealed, relationships are tested and young love blossoms. 

Emily kind of grated me at first, but she eventually gets over herself and holds her own and then I really liked her. Her relationship with Oz was a nice slow burn of hate turning into young, epic love and was written very well. Something I think Katie McGarry does better than a lot of authors is write strong, emotional characters that make you really feel. This is no exception. 

I don’t really have any real criticisms other than I was left wanting more Emily and Oz.  The next book in the series focuses on new main characters in the club, which is par for the course with McGarry’s series. However, I really wish she would go back and revisit Emily and a Oz in a later book because I think there is so much more to their story. 

This book was published on 5/26/2015 and is now available for purchase. 

My rating 5 out of 5 🌟

Review: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

 
Description:  Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.


Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…
I wasn’t aware Ann Aguirre wrote YA titles. I just happened to see this in the new release YA section at the library and the description caught my interest.  As I read it, I assumed it would be another coming of age story where the heroine realizes her best friend, a guy, is in love with her but she is already falling for someone else type of story. Which it is, but really it isn’t.  Sage and Shane both have difficult backstories that come to light, but a little late in my opinion.  Shane’s was explained well and time well for story progression. I think Aguirre could have  given us Sage’s story sooner without stringing us along and maybe added a little depth to the storyline. 

All-in-all, it was an okay book. Sage was a little insipid. I still felt this even after her story was revealed and I was supposed to care. We get our HEA, but there just wasn’t enough depth for me. 
My rating:  3.5/5 stars 

Review: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

  
I was super excited for this book. I feel like it was on my to-read list for forever.  I read it in one day. I guess that means I liked it. I did, but it was not an easy book to read. I also wasn’t truly prepared for the actual plot and story based in the synopsis. The concept was different, each chapter being one of the 99 days, but it worked. It worked really well actually.  The subject matter was rather deep for something marketed as a YA novel. It’s definitely mature YA.
Molly was friends with the Donnellys her entire life. The sister, Julia Donnelly, was her best friend.  Gabe Donnelly, the older brother, was her friend. Patrick Donnelly, Julia’s twin, was Molly’s true best friend and boyfriend. They had issues and broke up. She made a mistake. Her mother capitalized on her mistake (you will have to read it to find out how). She was bullied and ousted and full of guilt so she ran and left town for a year. The book begins with her return and ends with the end of summer. 
None of the characters are easy to like, with the exception of Gabe, who later lost points in the likability category.  Molly, the main character, was the most difficult to like, which was hard for me. Molly is wishy-washy at times, insolent some of the time and other times down right frustrating. I know she’s an 18 year old, but come on, most 18 year-olds I know can better handle the situation. Molly lies, cheats, and blames but almost never takes responsibility for her part in the disaster. 
The writing, though, was phenomenal. It is gritty and real; although, I hate when people use the word like, which I realize is how a lot of people talk, and these characters used it often, but….I digress. 
All in all I would recommend it. 4.5/5.  

Review: Dead of Winter, Arcana Chronicles Book 3

By: Kresley Cole

My rating: 4.95/5 stars (so close to five so why not five right? I’ll explain that below)

Of course, I can’t start a book review without some sort of preface, because well, that’s just me. So, I’ll explain. I had book one of this series, Poison Princess sitting on one of my Kindle “shelves” for a long time before I finally read it. A friend recommended it and I trust her judgement in books, but for many reasons it took me a long time to finally read it. Wish I would have read it earlier! I love this series of books. They are more than just your typical YA dystopian reads. What, in my opinion, makes them different is how relatable the characters are, even if they have super powers and we don’t. 😉 I also enjoy a good romance and these books have an epic romance component. Once I started book one I couldn’t stop and immediately read book two. Then we all waited for book three…

Finally, I have finished book three of The Arcana Chronicles, Dead of Winter. The book brings back all of our favorite, not-previously-killed Arcana, the lovable wolf Cyclops, introduces us to four new Arcana (although one only briefly and he is still a mystery) and of course my favorite Cajun hotness, Jack “J.D.” Deaveaux in all his Cajun French speaking yumminess! ❤️

The book picks up where book two left off, with Evie racing to find her Arcana allies and save Jack from The Lovers, after escaping from Death/Aric. While book two was not as much action and more relationship development, book three definitely is more action. There are battles and rescues and a few deaths. However, the meat of the story is the love triangle that is Evie, Jack and Aric/Death. She is, of course, torn as she has feeling for both men and they both love her. While I understand the necessity of it all, Evie’s wishy-washiness drove me crazy. In the previous books she was always strong-willed and stood up for herself. In this book she waivers constantly with her feelings for Jack and Aric. They both state their cases and they both try to sway her and eventually they give her an ultimatum that she must choose one and set the other free. While is is all going on the three of them are on a rescue mission and the rescue scenes were really exciting.

Here is where I took off 0.5 of a star…
All is finally well and Evie has made her choice. The one she chose is gone and in a grand gesture she runs off after him. And then tragedy…

That’s all I will say about the major, gigantic, heart-wrenching, tear-inducing cliffhanger that we are left with at the end of this book. It was purely selfish of me to take away part of a star, but really, I just wanted a happy ending in the romance department. Is that really too much to ask? 😉

So now we wait…and wait…and wait for book 4. It’s going to be a long wait for me. Are you Team Jack or Team Aric? Either way this book will give you everything you want in a good read.

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Review: The Summer I Became a Nerd

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Author: Leah Rae Miller

It’s kind of a funny story how I happened across this book. I was searching my library’s website for another book and this came across in a list of suggested reads. The cover kind of sucked me in. So I click the link and the rest is history.

I won’t give away the entire plot of the book but I do think I should give you the backstory. Our main character is Maddie. The book starts with the prologue of an embarrassing events in Maddie’s middle school years that changes the course of her life. See Maddie is a secret nerd. She loves comic books. I mean really loves them. But due to the previously mentioned in barest seen events she hides that side of herself from everyone but her family. The book then jumps forward in chapter 1 and Maddie is now age 16. She’s spent all those years so I need her to self and working her way up to the popularity ladder. She is now a cheerleader and on top of the popularity ladder and is even dating the quarterback. So as the story begins Maddie is anxiously awaiting the final comic book in one of her favorite series. When she gets the envelope that she assumes carries the comic book in the house it turns out to be an old garden magazine. She finds a letter in her email from the comic book company that she has to wait 5 to 7 weeks because of backorders. Of course you can’t wait because she so excited so she dons a disguise and heads to the local comic book shop. She’s too afraid of everyone seen her there even in disguise and tries to pay someone to go in and get the comic book for her but he won’t do it. So she takes her incognito self and goes in to look for the comic book but can’t find one on the shelf. So she has to ask the guy at the cash register who just happens to be a boy from her school. Enter the extremely adorkable Logan. Logan offers to lend her his copy and tells her that she can call him when she’s done with it. He’s puts his phone number on a piece of register tape and slides in the back of the book. Maddie heads home and immediately starts to read her borrowed comic. When she gets to the end she looks on the register tape and it says, “I know your secret identity.”

That’s all I’m going to give you about the story because you just have to read how it proceeds from there yourself.

This book is just sweet. That is honestly the best way to describe it it’s sweet, it’s cute and at times laugh-out-loud funny. All of the characters in this book are likable, with the exception of a couple of girls who you can’t really dislike but you just don’t like. There are a lot of really good lessons to be learned in this book about being true to yourself and how sometimes your secrets hurt those you care about and keep you from what you really want. There’s a sweet little romantic component to the book but no hook-ups. There’s really only two kissing scenes in the entire book, and those are sweet, too. Do you see my theme here? The book has everything you want for a fluffy fun little read including romance, angst and one of the best sidekick type characters ever!

This book is really appropriate for most ages probably fifth grade and up.

My overall rating: 🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠