Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Singer (Irin Chronicles #2) by Elizabeth Hunter

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Synopsis:

When you've lost everything you love, how do you fight the darkness?

Ava left Istanbul with a new identity, new name, and new magic she could barely control. Laid low by Malachi's sacrifice, she searches for help from the fabled Irina. But will the secretive women of the Irin race welcome or shun her? Ava's origins are still a mystery, and her powers are darker than any they've encountered before.

The Irin world hangs in the balance. And as the children of angels battle their own demons, ancient rivalries among the Fallen threaten to wreak havoc on earth.

Thousand of miles away, a warrior wakes with no memory of his identity or his people. Stumbling though the dark and twisted schemes of fallen angels, ravenous Grigori, and even his own leaders, he must find a way back to the one thing he remembers. A single voice calls him. Malachi has one mission.

"Come back to me."

THE SINGER is the second book in the Irin Chronicles, a contemporary fantasy series from Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries.

Review:

The Singer was a good read, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book. Why? Well there was too much conversation for me. If you read my review of book 1 you know I am not a fan of how this author writes conversations, so the plethora of them in this story made it just okay for me.

I did notice a reason why I might not like the conversations so much. It reads more like a questionnaire or something. One character will say something, the other will say "why?" or "How?" or some one word question, then the first would explain why they thought what they did or whatever. It was like I was going down a checklist while I was reading it and I didn't care for it. I don't know that anyone else really has an issue with this.

There was also a lot of telling of history in this chapter which...I didn't honestly care that much about. I was more interested in Malachi trying to find Ava again and Ava trying to survive without him. Watching Ava try and learn to control her powers and mourn. I really loved Malachi in this one. Because he doesn't remember a lot of who he is and what he does it was fun watching him learn. Watching him try to find Ava even though he doesn't really remember her. He just knows she needs him and he has to find her. He was really sweet.

Now there is something big brewing in this one that we get to see more glimpses of. Something that I can't wait to see how it turns out in the next book. Ava and Malachi are apparently something special so I am excited to see how it all turns out.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Scribe (Irin Chronicles #1) by Elizabeth Hunter

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Synopsis:

Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within.

Ava Matheson came to Istanbul looking for answers, but others came looking for her. A reckless warrior guards her steps, but will Malachi’s own past blind him to the truth of who Ava might be? While ancient forces gather around them, both Ava and Malachi search for answers.

Whispering voices. Deadly touch. Their passion should be impossible... or it could be the only thing that will keep them alive.

THE SCRIBE is the first book in the Irin Chronicles, the new paranormal romance series from Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries.

Review:

The Scribe was much better than I was expecting it to be. I have read a few of the authors other books and didn't care for them so when this was the pick for my book club this month I wasn't expecting to enjoy it. And at first I thought I wouldn't. The prologue with lots of dialogue just didn't work for me. Really I don't like how the author writes her dialogue and I am not sure why. It feels off to me so it bothers me. But then we got into the story and I did enjoy it (as long as it wasn't large texts of just dialogue). It was fun and different and there were a lot of thing to like about it. 

Ava has always heard voices. Not like she is crazy and hears voices in her head, but that she hears a voice coming from every person she is near. It is always speaking the same language, but it is a language she doesn't understand and cannot find. Her mom worries about her, tries to do everything to keep her safe, but nothing has helped her with these voices. 

When she arrives in Istanbul things start to change. She meets Malachi whom she thinks is the guard her step-father employed to watch over her. She is drawn to him and she isn't sure why. But does he feel the same? And what is going on with all these other people that keep following her? Will she be able to find the answers she is looking for here? 

I really loved Malachi and the backstory there. What was going on, who all the players were and their history. I especially loved how touch played into the story. It was not something sexual, but something everyone needs, but have been without for so long. I don't want to give everything away, but it was really interesting. This is probably the first book with this kind of theme that I have enjoyed. And I can't wait to read the next ones to see what happens next. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Synopsis:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


Review:

Everything, Everything is one of those books that I have heard so many wonderful things about and I started reading and kept thinking am I reading a different book than everyone else? Why does everyone love this so much? I don't get it. Note: Spoilers ahead!!! If you don't want to know how the story ends don't read on!!

So this story started off and before I knew it I was already 35% of the way through the story and thinking how has that much passed already? Nothing is happening....it felt very light on substance so I didn't really connect with Maddy or her mom or caregiver or Olly or anyone. I don't know why, but it just felt like there wasn't much there. 

Then Olly and Maddy start hanging out which is better I guess, but still very light. Then the story completely lost me as I kept thinking I hope this is not going to be a story where the girl is not really sick right? The way it was written I kept thinking this is so lame! I wanted to see how a story between a girl with a disease where she can't go outside and the boy next door would play out. What would happen? I don't know. As soon as Maddy decides she has to get out and live her life and she doesn't get sick from flying for hours on an airplane I was done. I mean I finished the story, but come on. Airplanes are not the cleanest places. Even if she wasn't sick her immune system wouldn't be up to the airplane ride of germs. It was lame. I did not like it. She is not actually sick, her mom has a mental illness and wanted to keep her safe, blah blah blah. No. She was sick until she found love then magically decided to test her boundaries and see what would happen and live before she dies and then magically she is not sick anymore. I know it wasn't really magic, love didn't fix everything, that's not really what happened, but it read that way and love did get her out of the house so she found out she wasn't sick. Ugh. No. Not for me.

With the story being light on substance and then ending up oh hey she is not actually sick so she can live happily ever after I don't know why everyone loved this story so much. There are much better stories out there to read....

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Protecting the Enemy (The Protectors #2) by Samantha Chase & Noelle Adams

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Synopsis:

Protecting the Enemy was originally published as Honor Bound. It has since been expanded, revised, and re-edited.

Twelve years ago, I gave up the love of my life because my family made the relationship impossible. Now that Ali has come back to me, I'm not going to give her up again.

It's been years since I've seen her, and I know she's hated me all this time. I never expected to see her working as an event planner for one of my father's business partners. But here she is, always snooping around and getting into trouble. I'm supposed to be providing security, but I can't stop thinking about her.

She's up to something, and it might put her in danger. She sees me as the enemy now. Maybe I am, but I'm not going to lose her again. I might be hired to protect the man she's working against, but my heart only wants to protect her.


Review:

Protecting the Enemy was another great re-read. I really enjoyed Honor Bound, the original book, and the edits and revisions and additions weren't as apparent to me in this one, but maybe because I enjoyed the original as well (the first book in the series has gotten an update as well and I enjoyed it much more once it had). It was another fun read from these two authors. 

Ali is not where she always thought she would be. She has had to get a job and help provide for her family after the Maxwell's took everything away from her. First Sebastian hurt her when he left her so long ago, and then everything else that happened since then. She had plans to go to college and do something a bit different with her life, but she can't. Her family needs her. If only she can find something on those who hurt her family maybe she can make it right. 

Sebastian is not really like the rest of the Maxwell's. He got out, joined the military and served his country. Now he is home and his dad expects him to fall in line and take his rightful place in the family company, only that isn't what he wants. Instead he started a security company with his buddies from the military. The brothers he served with. And things are just getting started when he runs into Ali. Ali who he had to break it off with so long ago, but who he never stopped thinking about. Ali who he genuinely cared for, but it just wouldn't work at the time. Now that he has found her again he wants to see if he can get her to forgive him and give him another chance. Now if only she would stop snooping around places she is not supposed to be. It is making things trickier than they should be, but he will also help her if he can and she opens up to him. 

Now these two have some issues with communication that makes the road to happily ever after a little bumpy. They make assumptions based on past experiences and what other have done and they have to work a little harder to make things work, but I really enjoyed watching them try. It was a fun read and both of these characters were great. Now I can't wait for the updated third book!

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Protecting His Best Friend's Sister (The Protectors # 1) by Samantha Chase & Noelle Adams

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Synopsis:

Protecting His Best Friend's Sister was originally published as Duty Bound. It has since been expanded, revised, and re-edited.

The only woman I want is the one I can never have.

Harper. My best friend's sister. I've wanted her since I was eighteen, but she's always been off-limits. Now I'm home after years in the Marines, and nothing has changed--except everything has. Her brother is dead, and she's on a hopeless quest for answers about his death.

And I want her just as much as ever.

Someone is trying to kill her now, and she won't let me keep her safe. I have to protect her anyway, even if she doesn't trust me, even if she hates me for it. A man protects what's precious to him, whether or not he can ever claim her for his own.

And Harper has always been precious to me.


Review:

Protecting His Best Friends Sister was an interesting read for me. This is an updated re-release of Duty Bound which I had read before and didn't care for. I gave it 2 stars as...well the girl annoyed me and the two main characters didn't work that well. That and Levi was a bit to over the top. I had forgotten that this was an updated version of that story when I started and I found I really enjoyed it. Much more than the original version. I am not sure exactly what was changed or added, I did compare the intro to both and this version reads a lot better than it originally did. Not that there is a huge difference, the story is still the same, but it works now. Small changes here and there, little things added really made this a much more enjoyable read for me. I am glad the authors decided to re-release this as I love them both and so it is nice to have another book of theirs to re-read.

Harper is a stubborn, headstrong lady. She always has a cause she is fighting for and no one can stop her from getting to the bottom of something once she puts her mind to it. Her brother recently died overseas in the military and she really thinks that there is a coverup. Something more happened than what they are telling her family and she is determined to find out what, even if it looks like someone doesn't want her to.

Levi was Harper's brothers best friend. He has known Harper practically his whole life and has had a crush on her for a long time. There is just something there, she is it for him, but he can't act on it. I mean it is his best friends sister! And now his best friend isn't here anymore so it is really not the time to try and see what would happen with Harper. Only when she starts getting threats and odd things start happening he can't stay away. He has to keep her safe. That is what her brother would want. And that is the only reason he is spending so much time around her right?

These two were fun to read. Harper will be stubborn and get a rise out of Levi, but she knows when to take something seriously. She gets so annoyed when he steps in and tries to take things over, make her do things. She knows what she needs to do and she is capable of doing things. She has always felt like she needed to prove how capable she is since she is so short. It was fun. They kind of but heads a lot, but they both care for the other even if they don't want to. I really enjoyed this updated version of the story. The characters are the same, but small changes or additions made them more likable for me. More real so I understood the push and pull they had going on. This was a fun read. If you have read this one before and didn't care for it give it another try. It was great.

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Studying Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #1) by Sara Ney

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Synopsis:

CRUDE. ARROGANT. A**HOLE.
No doubt about it, Sebastian ‘Oz’ Osborne is the university’s most celebrated student athlete—and possibly the biggest douchebag. A walking, talking clichĂ©, he has a filthy mouth, a fantastic body, and doesn’t give a sh*t about what you or anyone else thinks.

SMART. CLASSY. CONSERVATIVE.
Make no mistake, Jameson Clarke may be the university’s most diligent student—but she is no prude. Spending most of her time in the hallowed halls of the library, James is wary of pervs, jocks, and douchebags—and Oz Osborne is all three.

She’s smart, sarcastic—and not what he expected.

…EVERY DOUCHBAG HAS HIS WEAKNESS.

He wants to be friends.
He wants to spend time with her.
He wants to drive her crazy.

He wants…

Her.


Review:

If you would have told me I would read and enjoy a book about dating a douchebag I would have said you are crazy. Really had I not read the authors Liars series prior to this I never would have picked up this book to read. It just doesn't seem like something I would enjoy. Well now I understand. I see what I would want to date a douchebag.

Oz is definitely a douchebag. He is a jerk, he goes through ladies like they are water, he doesn't really care about anyone or anything. He is doing his things and living the college life.

James always wears a cardigan. She always projects that she is classy and conservative. When Oz comes over to talk to her one time, see if she is his buddies tutor, she blows him off. Doesn't even look at him when she talks. So his buddies rag on him and bet him that he can't get her to kiss him. And it was on. One kiss was all it took, but neither of them really realize it at the time.

Sebastian, aka Oz, goes to make good on his bet and to his surprise when he tells her James actually lets him kiss her. After that they keep finding themselves in the library studying together. Or maybe not together together as Sebastian seems to bug James more than study, but it is their thing. Nothing is going on there even though Oz tries to ruffle her feathers. He is always making crass sexual innuendos and such to her. It was kind of fun.

This is definitely not an insta love story. In fact James does everything she can to keep Oz away. She doesn't want to like him and knows he would just hurt her if she were to try. But there is something about her that Sebastian likes. Something that draws him to her, but it takes him a long time to figure that out. He makes a lot of mistakes, but eventually they realize what they have. It was a cute, fun read and I can't wait to read Zeke's story now. I want to see what is up with him cause he is a super jerk. More so than Sebastian.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Chaser (Bad Habits #2) by Staci Hart

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Synopsis:

Everyone knows you should never say never.

Cooper Moore never saw Maggie Williams coming. She was just his best friend’s little sister, the curly-haired, freckle-faced girl from Mississippi who was absolutely off limits. And he never thought about her any other way — not until he saw her that night, broken and brave. From that moment on, he knew he’d do whatever it took to protect her, even if it meant he had to stay away.

Maggie never expected to find her fiancĂ© banging her maid of honor an hour before she was set to walk down the aisle, but life’s funny that way. The only option to save her sanity is to get the hell out of Jackson and move to New York where her brother lives. The only downside: Cooper is there too. And she just doesn’t know if she can stay away from him — the filthy rich, dead sexy playboy who’s allergic to commitment.

The second Maggie sees him again, she realizes he’ll be impossible to resist. Luckily, commitment is the last thing on her mind, and Cooper is the perfect escape. As long as she can keep her heart in check, everything will be just fine. Because she can never have feelings for him. Or at least that’s what she’ll keep telling herself.

Chaser is a standalone romantic comedy and book 2 of the Bad Habits series.


Review:

Chaser was such a fun read. I loved Maggie and Cooper and didn't want their story to end!

Maggie was all set to get married, but then she found her husband to be banging her maid of honor right before the wedding. She didn't want this, but she does what she does best when she finds out - she runs. She runs to her brother in New York to stay with him for a while. The only problem? Cooper is there as well. Cooper who she is drawn to, but nothing can ever happen with because he is a ladies man. Good thing she is in no shape for a relationship and only wants casual right? Now if she can keep her heart in check everything will work out fine. 

Cooper was always a ladies man and never thought of Maggie as anything other than his best friend's sister. Until that day. Until he sees how strong and resilient she is. Then he wants to protect her and keep her from being heartbroken like that again. I mean people can change right? For the right person? He can stop his playboy ways and settle down right?

These two were a lot of fun. Maggie and Cooper try to keep things casual, but it is hard. They like each other, really like each other, so it was fun watching them try and figure it out. And when things get rocky Maggie has to figure out if she will do what she always does, run, or if Cooper is worth staying and fighting for. She might be starting to realize - the only problem with running is that your issues are still there when you stop. 

This was a really sweet, fun read. I loved Cooper and Maggie!

Rating:★ ★ ★ ★