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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Ruin Of The World by Nazarea Andrews (Review & Giveaway)

Title: The Ruin Of The World
Series: The World Without End #4
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Published: May 11, 2015
Format: Ebook received for review
Pages: 202 per Amazon

When the zombies rose, we thought the world ended.

It didn’t—it just broke, in a way we couldn’t fix. And we found ways to continue, reasons to fight. 

Faith. Family. Politics. Obsession. The most dangerous of all—hope

But when all of that is stripped away, and nothing remains but rage and betrayal—that is the true end of the world. 

Return to the World Without End, for a final battle for hope and survival in the exciting conclusion to Nazarea Andrews’ phenomenal series.

Well, I've finished the series.  I'm a bit sad to see the end of Finn and Nurrin in The Ruin Of The World, but it has definitely been an enjoyable trip.  Nazarea Andrews has definitely written a fine series with a dystopian flare that really worked well.

If you've followed this series, you know that Nurrin got herself into a bit of trouble at the end of book three.  Now they are still dealing with the aftermath of that, which basically puts them at the beck and call of Omar, the Black Priest. Omar has been quite interesting character.  Part friend, part foe, and a big part off-his-rocker-lunatic... But now that he has so much control and is pulling the strings, I'm not happy.  What does make me happy is when Finn and Nurrin are on top of their game, working like a well oiled machine, kicking ass and taking names.

There has been sexual tension and huge attraction between Nurrin and Finn this whole series.  They've never been completely honest with each other about how they feel, and it's been building.  But when Finn constantly reminds Nurrin about "What's the only thing that matters?" and Nurrin knows it's her... well, it sets my zombie-loving heart on fire.  I love these two together, and I love that they've made it to the end together.  Whether it stays like that to the end of the book, well.... ehhhh.  You'll have to see.

There were some parts of this last installment that I didn't feel were as cohesive as they could be.  I did find myself re-reading passages a few times because it felt like there were time and location jumps.  A few things could have gone into more detail, for my own personal tastes.  It felt like there were a few things that were left out that could have made the book a five star read for me.  But as it is, it's the conclusion of Finn and Nurrin's story, and I loved it regardless of those minor things.  If you like post apocalyptic and dystopian books - and of course zombies - I say give this series a chance.  It has a lot of elements that you just won't find in other books, and it's an enjoyable read from beginning to end.

Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

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Review - The World Without A Future
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Review - The Future Without Hope
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Under The Influence by LB Simmons (Review)

Title: Under The Influence
Series: Standalone
Author: LB Simmons
Published: May 11, 2015
Format: Ebook received for review


I loved you once. A love I thought irrevocable. A love I mistakenly believed could transcend both time and circumstance. Under the influence of my dimwitted, na├»ve, traitorous heart, I became intoxicated with what I now know was simply a figment of my self-indulgent imagination. So drunk on the feeling, I couldn’t see what was right in front of my face. So foolishly enamored, I blindly followed my heart into the depths of an emotion that would ravage me. 

Years later, I know now what I wish I knew then. I am stronger. Smarter. Tougher. I will not allow myself to be broken again. 

I loved you.

I raged for you.

I wept for you.

And now, I’m letting you go.

I've never read LB Simmons before, and from this blurb I was expecting a pretty emotional book.  I really wanted Spencer and Dalton to deliver the feels.  So did they?

Friday, May 8, 2015

Tessa Ever After by Brighton Walsh (Review & Giveaway)

Title: Tessa Ever After
Series: Caged In Winter #2
Author: Brighton Walsh
Published: may 5, 2015 - Berkley
Format: EGalley
Pages: 304 per Goodreads

Jason’s been living (and loving) the rich playboy lifestyle for five years, but now his parents are pressuring him to get involved in the family business. The last thing he wants is another obligation, but when his best friend moves out of state and asks Jason to look after his sister, he can’t just say no.

Tessa had to grow up way too soon. After dealing with the aftermath of her parents’ deaths, then becoming a teenage mom, she knows the meaning of responsibility. Which is why, at twenty-two, she’s looking for so much more than a party boy. She’s looking for someone who can stand by her and her daughter…forever.

A relationship between them is doomed from the start, but who says they can’t have a little fun? But as Jason gets closer to Tessa—and her daughter—fun starts to turn into something else… Something Jason’s not sure he’s ready for.

 This is my second book from Brighton Walsh, and I liked Tessa Ever After even more than Caged In Winter. Tessa Ever After is a bit New Adult and a bit Contemporary.  The story just flew by for me.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe (Review)

Title: With Visions of Red
Series: Broken Bonds, Book One
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Published: May 7, 2015
Format: Ebook received for review

Criminal profiler Sadie Bonds knows blood. Her affair with the gruesome, dark world of killers began long before she started applying her analytical skills to investigate gory crime scenes. She gets inside the killers’ heads, breaks them down, relates to them on an arcane level. She prefers it this way—because it’s safer to ally herself with the villain than the victim. At least, that’s how she’s coped ever since she was abducted and tortured as a teen.

She will never be a victim again.

Now, she’s honed her skills in order to bring justice to these ritualistic offenders. Working alongside her colleagues, armed with sharp wit and a SIG, Sadie always catches her sadist. Until one ruthless serial killer gets inside Sadie’s head, turning the tables. He knows her secrets. Her obsessions. The darkest, most deviant part of her soul.

When she meets Colton Reed, dangerous stakes are raised as he threatens to unravel her control and reveal her darkest fantasies. The sexy-as-sin bondage rigger at an exclusive BDSM club pushes her boundaries, forcing her to acknowledge that side of herself she fears. Plunged into a realm of torture and suffering, pain and pleasure, Sadie balances on the razor-sharp edge of two intersecting worlds threatening to swallow her.

Passion and lust ignite. Dark and light battle. This explosive first installment of the Broken Bonds series sets the exhilarating pace for a cat and mouse game where no one knows who’s really pulling the strings.

Trisha Wolfe is one of those authors I've been wanting to read, but haven't had the chance - until now.  And wow, I've started off with a doozie of a book.  With Visions of Red is dark.  Dark and sexy - and I loved every word of it.

Monday, May 4, 2015

At The Stars by Elisabeth Staab (Review)

Title: At The Stars
Series: Evergreen Grove #1
Author: Elisabeth Staab
Published: May 5, 2015 (tomorrow!!)
Format: Ebook received for review
Pages: 278 per Goodreads

I was a normal teenager who loved music and dancing, until the day I was attacked in my favorite record store. A few years later when my mom succumbed to depression and took her own life, I couldn’t stay in my hometown with all the memories and the curious stares. I decided to get in my car and just go – except my car decided it was done going outside a tiny place called Evergreen Grove. That’s where I found Jake. Or I guess Jake found me. 

For the last eight years, all I can think about is the day I ended another man’s life. Then I manage to save Cassie’s, and I feel like maybe I’ve got some kind of second chance. To do what I couldn’t before, or maybe even for something bigger. Something like love. If only I could feel like I deserve her...

For my first read from author Elisabeth Staab, I have to say I am impressed.  I really enjoyed Cassie and Jake's story, they make a great couple for sure.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Deadland Rising by Rachel Aukes

Title: Deadland Rising
Series: Deadland Saga #3
Author: Rachel Aukes
Published: April 13, 2015 Surprisingly Adequate Publishing
Format: Ebook
Pages: 420 per Goodreads

The conclusion of the critically acclaimed DEADLAND SAGA:

Winter has arrived. 
It has been nearly one year since the zombie hordes claimed the world. As the plague eats away at its victims’ bodies, the Fox survivors search for a safe place to rebuild what they have lost. But a dangerous new threat has risen, hunting them from every direction. To survive, Cash, Clutch, and their small band of refugees must put their faith in a group of strangers and a new government with radical plans. It will take all of the Fox survivors’ strength and courage to endure in this barren, hostile world. Even that might not be enough. 

(Deadland Rising is a journey through Dante Alighieri's “Paradiso”, the classic tale on the seven virtues… zombie apocalypse style!)

Deadland Rising completes what has become one of my absolute favorite series ever.  Rachel Aukes has written such a beautiful and exciting trilogy, the third book is a bit bittersweet.  It has certainly been an eventful ride along with Cash, but oh so worth it.  Readers, this is a series not to be missed.

Monday, April 27, 2015

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Friday, April 24, 2015

The Consequence Of Loving Colton by Rachel Van Dyken (Excerpt & Giveaway)

The Consequence Of Loving Colton
Rachel Van Dyken

My name is Milo Caro and I have a confession to make.

I’ve been in love with Colton Mathews since I was five. He should have known that sharing a cookie with a sugar obsessed little monster would do the trick–it sealed his fate. So really, the fact that he’s sporting a black eye, a limp, almost got ran over by a car, and was nearly responsible for another person’s death? Right. HIs fault. Not mine. 

I made a pact with myself–this weekend would be different. I’d come home for my brothers wedding, smile, and Colton would naturally melt into my arms, we’d get married have five kids, live in a house by the river, and get a dog named scratch (clearly I’ve thought this through).

What really happened? I punched my brother in the face, Colton kissed me and apologized, I lied about having a boyfriend, oh and everyone wants to meet the mystery man. 

They say laughter always comes before insanity–ha, ha. All I wanted was my brother’s best friend…instead I’m sitting in prison. 

Let this be a lesson to you all…life rarely happens the way you want it to. 

Damn cookie.

After reading the Eagle Elite series, one thing is certain - I love Rachel Van Dyken.  So I am super excited for this new series, Consequence.  I think it sounds really good!  Have you read RVD before?