Saturday, December 10, 2016

Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas


Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas (standalone)
Genre: New Adult


"We were perfect together. Until we met." 

Misha
I can’t help but smile at the lyrics in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…

And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?

F*ck it. I need to meet her.

I just don’t expect to hate what I find.

Ryen
He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his phone number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.

Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

*Punk 57 is suitable for ages 18+.
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"If someone doesn't want us, we need to stop wanting them."

I popped my Penelope Douglas cherry and this baby is definitely one of my favorite reads this year! I devoured this sucker in one day and tremendously enjoyed it - with all the bitchiness, ugliness, and hotness it came with. 

Punk 57 portraits perfectly how ugly, difficult and painful high school can be. How young individuals struggle - struggle to fit in, stand out, struggle to find acceptance. 

Misha and Ryen have an unlike friendship, it's strong, honest, and deep.....until they meet by accident. 

"I know him very little, but after every encounter, I feel like I know him less."

I enjoyed the compelling way, Penelope captured the characters feelings, doubts, struggles, and heartache. I was glued to my kindle by her blunt yet captivating way of writing, and fantastic way of storytelling. 

I'm usually not a big fan of New Adult/high school romance but this novel exceeded my expectations. I don't want to give too much away of the plot, that's why I cut my review short, but I leave you all with this advice: READ PUNK57, you won't regret it!!

"I'm done here. I'm going home. I'll be anything you want, even gone if that's what you need. I love you."
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward


Neighbor Dearest (standalone)
by Penelope Ward
Genre: Contemporary Romance


After getting dumped, the last thing I needed was to move next door to someone who reminded me of my ex-boyfriend, Elec.

Damien was a hotter version of my ex.

The neighbor I’d dubbed “Angry Artist” also had two massive dogs that kept me up with their barking.

He wanted nothing to do with me. Or so I thought until one night I heard laughter coming through an apparent hole in my bedroom wall.

Damien had been listening to all of my phone sessions with my therapist.
The sexy artist next door now knew all of my deepest secrets and insecurities.

We got to talking.
He set me straight with tips to get over my breakup.
He became a good friend, but Damien made it clear that he couldn’t be anything more.

Problem was, I was falling hard for him anyway. And as much as he pushed me away, I knew he felt the same…because his heartbeat didn’t lie.

I thought my heart had been broken by Elec, but it was alive and beating harder than ever for Damien.

I just hoped he wouldn’t shatter it for good.


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"You know what you are, Chelsea Jameson? You're like a pizza. Hot... but bad for me in large doses."

OMG, ladies, this was one fun romance with a sprinkle of angst. A love meant to be!!

Damien is beyond swoon-worthy and his sarcastic, dirty mouth, cracked me up. The build-up to their romance was entertaining, heartwarming, and simply: cute. For me this was a great read with a romance that was meant to be, a romance/plot which felt naturally to read. 

I enjoyed that this book wasn't one of those 'heavy' stories, which leave you breathless (in a negative way); even though the plot and character hit too close to home, it made me laugh and happy - happy for these two to have found such deep love. 

"You know why it didn't work out with the other guy?"
"Why?"
"Because God made you for me."

Yup, that's right, He did! Penelope did it again, creating an incredibly alluring story with two characters that you can't but love and vote for. Ward has this special skill to write novels where the character's stories stick with you for a very long time. What's not to love about that, right ;) ?!?

If you're in the mood for a light-hearted romance that has a sprinkle of angst in it then Neighbor Dearest is your next read (with a HEA & epilogue that puts a big smile on your face!).
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Born Sinner (Se7en Sinners #1) by S.L. Jennings


Born Sinner (Se7en Sinner, #1)
by S.L. Jennings
Genre: Paranormal Romance


Twenty-two years ago, I was cut from a cold, sodden womb, and cradled in the filth and poverty of Chicago’s concrete arms. Statistically, I wasn’t supposed to survive these streets past the age of eighteen.

Fate had a different plan.
I was bred for one purpose and one purpose only: to unleash death and destruction on my world.
My thoughts are power.
My words are weapons.

Evil created me then grace tried to save me. But first… they tried to kill me.
They call themselves the Se7en. They are sin and salvation, and everything we’ve feared from the beginning of time. And their leader is the deadliest of them all.

He doesn’t lose.
He doesn’t compromise.
And most importantly, he doesn’t distract himself with mortal weakness.
Not until me.

Kill one to save a million.
That’s what he told me when he took me as his prisoner.
Kill one to save a million.

That’s what he’s been trying to tell himself ever since he took me into his arms.


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"Please. If  you won't let me taste any part of you, at least let me taste your lips.
He closes his eyes, letting his chin touch his chest. "You'll forget this. You'll forget wanting me as badly as I want you - shit, as badly as I've wanted you for longer than you;ve ben alive." 

Otherworldy. Tempting. Sinful. Powerful.
Meet the Se7en, Born Sinners, who really want to make you sin SO BAD! 

S.L. Jennings delivered again an intriguing, sucks-you-right-in paranormal romance that  ended with a cliffhanger (duh, it says it, book one in the series), which made me crave more. I adore her paranormal books; they're refreshing, alluring, and packed with a plot that doesn't allow you to stop reading. 

I've to admit it isn't an easy read, you don't figure things out right away. I felt confused, curious, relieved and again confused. Then at the end I felt a whole lot surprised - I love this!! You feel a bit confused on the why, how, and again, on why but hang in there, it's def worth it. 
I loved the whole concept of this book. Give me fallen (hot) Angels, Warlocks etc. any time and I'm one happy reader. 

About the characters. The main character, Eden, is doomed from the beginning. Seriously, since she was little her life literally sucked. Her father left because he thought her mom is nuts (which is true), her mom also tried to kill her several times, she's no friends, is a loner and has a pretty fancy gift. A gift that is more a curse, she hates it and the baggage that comes with it. Not to mention her nightmares, a special gift from a mysterious someone *shudders*.

Add L and the Se7en into it and you've a bunch of interesting characters. It's unclear if they want her dead or alive - it's all very complicated but OH SO GOOD! Especially L and Eden's 'relationship' is somewhat hard to figure out. Calling it complicated would be an understatement but both can't deny the pull they feel to another and the truth about each other.

"I was born to be a weapon. A murderer."


Prepare yourself to get sucked into an unseen world! If you enjoy paranormal books then this is my current TOP RECOMMENDATION for you!
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Veiled by Karina Halle

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Lie and The Pact comes a new romance that will test your limits and leave you breathless.

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Death. It's something that Ada Palomino has always known so well, having grown up in a house of horrors, surrounded by a family plagued by ghosts and demons and things that go bump in the night. But after the sudden and tragic death of her mother two years ago, death has never felt so personal. Or so close. Now eighteen, Ada is trying to move on with her life and the last month of summer holds nothing but sunshine and promises with her first year at a Portland design school just around the bend. That is until her increasingly violent and realistic dreams, dreams of other worlds, of portals and veils where her mother is tortured and souls bleed for mercy, start to blend into reality. Ada has to lean on her older sister, Perry, to try and make sense of it all but even then, she's never felt more alone. Then there's Jay. Tall, handsome and deeply mysterious, Jay would be just another stranger, a familiar face on the bus, if it wasn't for the fact that Ada has met him before. Every night. In every single dream. And the more that Ada is drawn to him in both worlds, the more she's in danger of losing everything. Including her heart. And her very soul.         
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Then, out of nowhere: “You looked beautiful tonight, by the way.” Oh jeez. Be still my fucking heart. I try and swallow, his words, the sincerity in his voice rocking my world off-balance. “Which part? When the power went out or when Jacob went upstairs to fight a demon?” I joke. But I joke because I’m feeling this a little too much. “All of it. You know why I call you Princess?” he asks, his tone graver than before, like he’s letting me in on a very deep secret. “Because I’m a spoiled brat?” “Because you’re beautiful.” Well that shut me up. The sentence hangs in the air, larger than life. He clears his throat and goes on and I have to fight against the urge to roll over and face him. “You have this way about you. You don’t see it. But I do. Like you’re born royalty. The way you hold yourself. Your walk. The face of an angel.” Butterflies take flight in my gut, spreading through my veins until my whole body feels like its floating. “Why are you being so nice to me? Am I going to die?” He laughs softly. “I don’t know why I’m saying these things. Just seemed like the things to say. You’re destined for something great, Ada, I know this. And it’s an honor to help see you through it.” His words cascade down on me like ashes from a fire. Where they land, I’m ignited. Jay thinks I’m beautiful. And more than that, he believes in me. Silence settles over us, stealing time. I hear him breathing in the dark, steady as a heartbeat. He might even be sleeping. But I can’t even begin to shut down. My entire body, from the top of my scalp, down to my toes, is buzzing with heat and electricity. It’s like everything I felt for him before, everything I try to ignore, is coming out in full force, responding to his words, to his body so close to mine. I can feel the warmth at my back, sinking into my spine, just from his presence only. I’m starting to have feelings for him. Not just in a he’s a giant hulking beast who’s here to protect me from the underworld way. But real feelings, slowly creeping into my heart, day by day. The thought is terrifying in the same way that demons are terrifying. They both might take possession of me. They both might ruin me. And I’m not sure how much of me I’ll have left. 


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QUESTIONS ABOUT VEILED


Q: Is this YA?

A: No. The main character is 18 and there is sex, crude language and violence in the book. It is recommended for mature teens or 18 and up.

Q: Is there a cliffhanger?

A: Nope! There's also no cheating and no love triangle (think I've covered the bases there!)

Q: Do I need to read the series (Experiment in Terror) that Veiled is a spinoff of first?

A: Absolutely not. Veiled stands alone. You do not need to have read the EIT series beforehand as this follows a different character (Ada Palomino) and a different storyline. However for those who have read EIT, all your favorites are in the book!

Q: Is it horror? Your other series was and I don't handle scary very well...

A: No, it's paranormal romance (though I promise you there are no vampires or werewolves), and while there are creepy elements to the story, it wouldn't be classified as horror. If you can read KMM's Fever Series or ANY urban fantasy, you'll be fine.


Halle HeadshotKarina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books. Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK. Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more. FACEBOOK TWITTER GOODREADS AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE
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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Virtually Impossible (Once and Forever #2) by Lauren Stewart


Virtually Impossible (Once and Forever, #2)
by Lauren Stewart
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Fairy tales aren’t real…but love is.

Sara has a kick-ass life—loyal friends, a house in San Francisco, and an amazing job as a virtual assistant. It's perfect…except that Sara doesn’t actually exist. She’s just a borrowed name that Andi Clark hides behind. Using a fake identity lets Andi stay safely shielded behind the screen of her computer and concealed from the real world. With her history, pretending to be someone she’s not is the only way Andi can make up for the mistakes of her past. Not exactly ideal, but hey, no one’s life is perfect.

Actually...

Hayden Bennett’s life is pretty damn perfect. He’s married to a beautiful woman, lives in a luxury apartment, and is prepped to take over the multi-million dollar company his father built. Perfect...except that his wife is madly in love with someone else, his career is meaningless, and he’s forgotten how to live, let alone be happy. But when Hayden hires a new virtual assistant named Sara, her sharp wit and intelligence leaves him wanting something more. Something real. Something incredible.

Two people need to wake up to understand how perfect they are...for each other. If they can't, any chance either of them have of finding a happily ever after will be virtually impossible.

**NOTE: Even though this is the second book in the Once and Forever series, it can be read as a standalone!!


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No secret that I'm a huge Lauren fan - her writing is just ... well, how should I put it, oh yeah: MY FAVORITE CUP OF TEA!! I love er PNR books and when she published Darker Water (currently 99c!!), I was game right away. Finishing it I wanted, no, I craved more of this world she created. The characters are perfectly imperfect, yet funny, sexy and so .... normal! Yeah, you read correctly - this whole series is refreshing. You'll notice that once you start you can't seem to put the books down.

Needless to say, everyone NEEDS a Hayden in their life! Well, at least get to know him in the books if you can't find him on the streets lol. He's a swoon-worthy man. Body to lust after. A personality to dream of. Overall, one hell of  a man. A man that is too nice. Too caring. Too good. Thus, he's sort of trapped in a marriage that isn't really a marriage anymore - or was it ever? No. No worries, though, there's no cheating going on in this book - you have to trust me on this one. 

Hayden's life is fine. Fine. And the word fine is not a good fine. It's a I-decided-to-don't-feel-anything-anymore and live a mediocre life, accepting that fine is as best as it gets., especially after the childhood he had. The  burden he's carrying around with him ever since.

That was until he met his new virtual assistant, Sara, aka Sira, and real life Andi. She turned his stiff and calculate life upside down. She brought the life and excitement back into his life and mind through a pc screen. Her quirky and open personality is refreshing and Hayden soon finds himself wanting to meet his awesome assistant in person. 

He's confused about what's going on.... so is Andi. She's hiding, not just behind a screen but from the world as well. 



Both are drawn to another but Andi's scared to take things farther and has every reason to. Hayden is everything BUT  a quitter so he's very persistent when it comes to her. He not only wants to get to know the real Sira, he wants, needs her in his life.

This was yet another page-turner by Lauren Stewart. You know you love a book and its characters when you notice you're sporting a goofy grin on your face throughout the book. Double thumbs up! Virtually Impossible is a book you don't want to skip out on.
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Saturday, July 2, 2016

A Court of Thornes and Roses (#1) by Sarah J. Maas


A Court of Thornes and Roses (#1)
by Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Romantic Fantasy



When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it…or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.


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"Once - long ago and for millennia before that - we had been slaves to High Fae overlords. Once, we had built them glorious, sprawling civilizations from blood and sweat, built them temples to their feral gods. Once, we had rebelled, across every land and territory. The War had been so bloody, so destructive, that it took six mortal queens crafting the Treaty for the slaughter to ease on both sides and for the wall to be constructed: the North of our world conceded to the High Fae and faeries, who took their magic with them; the South to we cowering mortals, forever forced o scratch out a living from the earth."

With ACoTaR I pooped my Sarah J. Maas cherry. It's actually ironic because I bought all her Throne of Glass series as paperback already and bought her follow-up, A Court of Mist and Fury, without having read a single word of hers - yup, I had some faith in this author.

That being said, I barely remember what the blurb said about the book when I decided I start reading it, I was simply fascinated with the cover and thought I've to finally start this series because EVERYONE is raving about. I read this book in two days and took it everywhere with me - I was that fascinated by the world Sarah created. 

I'm a huge fantasy fan, in my opinion, it gives books a special twist that makes my bookworm heart skip a beat. 

Feyre, a young girl that had to grow up way too fast, had to see and feel so much cruelty in her young age, committed a crime she didn't know was a crime. Killing a fae, which was disguised as a wolf. Despite her hate for the fae she killed him (unknowingly) in order to feed and provide for her family. As a result, a High Lord of the Fae came to claim her, because she has to pay her debt for killing a faerie - he took Feyre to the South, away from her family, her misery.

That's when the story really begins.
I've to admit the beginning dragged a bit and I played with the thought to DNF but I didn' want to give up - not just because everyone told me how awesome this story is - but I wanted to trust my instinct that this series got to be fantastic.

AND I WAS RIGHT!!
Omg, the slow build-up between Feyre and Tamlin was great. Both warmed up to each other and Feyre finally got live a life she deserved. Tamlin showed her a new world; a world that she thought was cruel to humans but his home was everything but that. Both couldn't deny their growing feelings anymore ....until SHE  came and ripped their happiness apart. 

"Because I was human, and I would grow old and - I didn't let  myself get that far as he came closer still. Slowly, as if giving me time to pull away, he brushed his lips against my cheek. Soft and warm and heartbreakingly gentle."

The last few chapters gave me almost a heart attack. If you enjoy romantic fantasies than check out this series - a love that goes beyond, a love that makes your heart beat faster, a love that is like no other.


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