Recent Reads: 10 February – 3 March 2019

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It has been awhile since I’ve updated y’all on my reading, and let me tell you, I have a TON of books to catch y’all up on. 16 to be exact! 

Here is what I have been reading over the last few weeks:

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Monday (11th February)

Silver Hollow (Borderlands Saga #1) by Jennifer Silverwood

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SH“I shouldn’t have to tell you this isn’t a fairy story…”

After her parents’ car crash ten years before, Amie Wentworth trusts books more than people. She may be a writer, but she believes in reality over fiction. She ignores the unexplained mysteries surrounding her, never mind the dreams of a past life, or the fact she can fry technology with a touch. Not even a timely invitation from her long-lost uncle in England gives Amie incentive for anything other than ire.

Until she is stabbed in an alley and brought back to life by a handsome stranger. Soon Amie is dragged into the very sort of tale she is used to selling. To make matters worse, the man who saved her life keeps turning up and her would-be-murderer is still at large.

After crossing the Atlantic to her father’s homeland, she discovers a world beyond imagining. Silver Hollow is a place of ancient traditions and supernatural dangers, where everything is the opposite of what it seems and few escape sane. Faced with an impossible choice, Amie is forced to confront a deadly family legacy while remembering a life she soon wishes to forget.

**Previously published in 2012. This NEW EDITION has been FULLY REVISED AND EXPANDED. The original novel is now no longer available.**


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Published: 31 May 2018

Publisher: SilverWood Sketches

Genre: Adult Fantasy

Pages: 436

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*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*

Click HERE for my review!


Apocalypse Five (Archive of the Fives #1) by Stacey Rourke

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A5“The end of the world is coming. How or when, scientists can’t agree upon. For decades, Earth’s best line of defense has been a team of young soldiers known as the Apocalypse Five, forced into virtual reality simulations to train for Doom’s Day. But, this is no game. Death on the grid is brutally final and calls up the next in a long line of cadets. Stationed aboard the AT-1-NS Starship, the A5 are celebrities thrust into the limelight by a calling they didn’t choose. All it takes is one unscheduled mission, showing seventeen-year-old team leader Detroit a harsh and unfathomable reality, to shake the A5’s belief in all they thought they knew. After questioning people with the power to destroy them, the team is framed for a crime they didn’t commit and marked for death. Now, the hunt is on. Can the Apocalypse Five expose the truth the starship would kill to keep hidden? Or, will their bravery end in a public execution?


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Published: 12 February 2019

Publisher: Black Spot Books

Genre: Young Adult SciFi

Pages: 250

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*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*

Click HERE for my review!


Tuesday (12th February)

Own To Obey (Myth of Omega #7) by Zoey Ellis

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43158405He obtained her – and now she must obey

The Alpha Prince

Brutality and tradition are a way of life for ferocious tribe leader, Kardos. Born different from the other princes, he strives to be the best – to earn his place and prove his worth.

After negotiating for a rare Omega not seen in his Land for over one hundred years, he is keen to present her to the High Chief and gain the recognition he deserves.

It doesn’t matter that she has mesmerizing beauty, or that her manner is too mild for his culture. It doesn’t matter that deep down, a craving burns strong to keep her for himself.

She must accept her fate – and so must he.

The Omega Gift

Sheltered all her life, Omega Shaya found joy in the gardens of her home, the protection of her sister, and the simplicity of her life.

But when the decision to save her sister suddenly puts her in the possession of a fierce tribal warrior, she begins to understand that life can be savage, and painful, and complex.

Alone, and with no way to protect herself, Shaya is determined to overcome the harsh treatment of a culture she doesn’t understand, but when she finds herself attracted to the Alpha’s dominance, she has to find a way to resist him so he doesn’t break her completely; body, mind, and heart.

Own To Obey is the first book in this couple’s story, but the seventh installment of the Myth of Omega series. This is a dark, steamy, Omegaverse romance. Cliff-hanger included. For fans of barbarian Alpha anti-heroes, sweet but savvy Omega heroines, epic fantasy worlds, and captive romances. Discover a magical kind of dark…

Own To Obey includes romance and situations of a dark nature. Some aspects of this story may be sensitive for some readers. For ages 18 and over


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Published: 6 February 2019

Publisher: Quill Ink Books

Genre: Adult Fantasy / Romance

Pages: 177

*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from Inkslinger in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*

Click HERE for my review!


The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross

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40409247“A luxuriously magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in seventeenth-century France–and told from the point of view of the Beast himself.

I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.

I am the Beast.

He is a broken, wild thing, his heart’s nature exposed by his beastly form. Long ago cursed with a wretched existence, the Beast prowls the dusty hallways of his ruined château with only magical, unseen servants to keep him company—until a weary traveler disturbs his isolation.

Bewitched by the man’s dreams of his beautiful daughter, the Beast devises a plan to lure her to the château. There, Isabeau courageously exchanges her father’s life for her own and agrees to remain with the Beast for a year. But even as their time together weaves its own spell, the Beast finds winning Isabeau’s love is only the first impossible step in breaking free from the curse . . .


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Published: 3 May 2018

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Genre: Adult Fantasy / Retelling / Romance

Pages: 304

*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*

This was a DNF for me. I had an extremely hard time following the story and found myself on multiple occasions rereading the same passage over and over again.


Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose

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40265621Introducing the first book in the new pulse-pounding Sacramento series from New York Times bestselling author Karen Rose.

FBI Special Agent Gideon Reynolds did not have a conventional upbringing. Raised in a cult in Northern California, his mother smuggled him out when he was thirteen, and he never saw her again. It is not a bit of history he is keen on sharing, but being guarded has not gotten him any closer to what he really wants: a family.

Daisy Dawson lived a sheltered childhood. Her father, a former military man, believed that the woman he loved and her daughter were being hunted, so he took extreme measures to keep his family safe. But despite his best efforts, Daisy is done being scared. New to Sacramento, she is ready to jump headfirst into life–until she is attacked one night.

Gideon is caught unawares by Daisy, who is unlike any victim he has ever met. But the attacker is far from finished, and tracking him will threaten to pull Gideon back to the world he fought so hard to leave…


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Published: 12 February 2019

Publisher: Berkley Books

Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance

Pages: 624

*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*

REVIEW COMING SOON!


Monday (18th February)

To Dream Is To Die (Dead Dreamer #1) by Sarah Lampkin

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ToDream“Eighteen-year-old Brenna Whit is entering college as a freshman and starting to meet new people, but she hides a dark secret. Because of an accident that happened three years ago, her spirit wanders the Fade whenever she falls asleep. It’s something she wants to keep hidden from the world, but when she sees someone watching her in spirit form, she fears the secret’s out. With new friends, possibly new enemies, school, and a new crush, Brenna has too much to worry about for just her freshman year of college.


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Published: 8 January 2019

Publisher: The Parliament House

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Romance

Pages: 296

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*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*

Click HERE for my review!


Wednesday (20th February)

Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J. Garcia

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nocturnalmeetingscover“Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff. Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping- they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?


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Published: 1 May 2018

Publisher: The Parliament House

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Pages: 320

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*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*

Click HERE for my review!


Friday (22th February)

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

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prince“In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.


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Published: 6 December 2011

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 502


Sunday (24th February)

The Flame Queen (The Legends of Peradon #1) by Dax Munro

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42525813“One woman will take back her freedom. And rise.

Violetta will never forget that day. Guilt shadows her every step as she prepares to take her father’s throne. Sadly, he has other ideas. Violetta must marry or forfeit her royal birthright, but all she wants is to be free, to no longer relive the tragic events of her past. If only she can learn to love again, to put the past behind her and begin anew.

Enter Emperor Ryore Frost. Handsome. Suave. And her sworn enemy. As Violetta feels new emotions stirring within, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to this mysterious man. Could she risk marrying her mortal enemy if it meant a chance at securing her freedom?

Four Magical Realms.
One troubled Princess.

One love-starved Emperor.
And a trio of assassins, lying in wait.


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Published: 15 January 2019

Publisher: Munro Tales

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 466

*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*

I ended up DNF’ing this book as well. Again, it just wasn’t a story I was getting into, and I am a big believer of allowing myself to put down books that I have little, to no interest in.


Monday (25th February)

Bad Influence (Bad Bachelors #3) by Stefanie London

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bad influenceHe’s the bad bachelor who inspired it all…
Annie Maxwell had her whole life figured out…until her fianc� left her when his career took off. If that wasn’t bad enough, every society blog posted pictures of him escorting a woman wearing her engagement ring. To help the women of New York avoid guys like her ex, Annie created the Bad Bachelors app. But try as she might, Annie just can’t forget him…

For bank executive Joe Preston, his greatest mistake was leaving the love of his life when she needed him most. Now, all he wants is to make things right–and she won’t have him. But when Annie’s safety is threatened by a hacker determined to bring down her app, Joe is the only one she can turn to. He’ll have to lay himself on the line to prove to Annie that he’s a changed man. But will their hard-won bond survive the revelation that Annie is the one pulling the strings behind Bad Bachelors?


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Published: 26 February 2019

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Pages: 384

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*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from Inkslinger in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*

Click HERE for my review!


Tuesday (26th February)

Breaking the Sinner (Breaking the Rules #4) by Ember Leigh

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breaking the sinnerShe picked the name Gen.
As a religious exile who fled her community only to land in LA, Genevieve couldn’t be greener. Armed with a list of experiences she’s eager to live, she’s diving headfirst into the choppy waters of normal society. Then she meets Cobra. There’s nothing normal about the resident gym bad boy who struts around like he could undress her with his eyes alone.

And he goes by Cobra.
Cobra knows better than to believe in blessings. Snagging this stable job at Holt Body Fitness is the only break of luck he’s had since his life took a nosedive as a teen, but it’s just a matter of time before this goes downhill too. Which is why when ultra-innocent Gen stumbles onto his bleak path, he’s eager for the distraction provided by the oblivious bombshell. He can help her live her list—but only so far. Because Cobra’s only good at being temporary.

They both have lives they left far behind them.
Setting three months to wade through Gen’s list of sins, the two of them plunge headfirst into something equals parts sizzling and intense. As Cobra inches nearer to securing his permanent spot at the gym, he comes even closer to a scary new reality. One that might be too good to be true. One that will force him to choose between the only family he’s ever known, and the one thing he swore to never need: love.


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Published: 19 February 2019

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance

Pages: 347

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*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from Inkslinger in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*

Click HERE for my review!


Only Ever You by Siobhan Davis

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onlyeveryou_ecoverHe’s the hot-as-sin rocker hiding a secret that would devastate his fans. She’s the only girl he’s ever loved, but keeping her safe means he had to walk away…

RYDER

My entire life is a lie, propelled by one wrong decision that altered my fate.

If fans knew the truth, they’d run away screaming. But all they see is Ryder Stone, moody guitarist and lead singer of Torment, and a potential notch on their bedpost.

Only two people know who I really am. My manager has a vested interest in keeping my secret, and the girl I was forced to leave behind doesn’t even know the true extent of my shame.

Losing Zeta is both my biggest regret and my proudest moment. But she was the glue keeping me together, and I’m struggling to survive without her. Especially when demons from my past continue to haunt me and the threat of disclosure is ever present.

When she reappears in my life, this time, I’m too weak to push her away.

Her love has the power to save me.

Mine has the power to destroy her.

ZETA

I’ve worked hard to forget my past. To rise above my messed-up childhood and make something of myself; however, there’s no forgetting him.

Ryder’s gorgeous face and drool-worthy body are plastered over tabloids and TV screens, reminding me I’m still in love with the boy who captured my heart in juvie.

When he failed me, I thought I’d never again experience such heart-crushing pain. But watching him fall out of clubs with a succession of different girls renews the agony, resurrecting countless unanswered questions.

Now my boss has sent me to interview him. It’s a massive scoop for the magazine, and turning it down would kill my career. So, I delude myself into thinking I can handle this.

Perhaps this is the closure I need to finally move on.

Except I’m terrified nothing has changed and one look into those soulful eyes will suck me in again.

Ryder almost destroyed me last time. This time, he could ruin me forever.


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Published: 28 February 2019

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: New Adult Contemporary / Romance

Pages: 373

*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from Inkslinger in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*

Review Coming Soon!


Cadaver & Queen (Cadaver & Queen #1) by Alisa Kwitney

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35140600“When Lizzie Lavenza enrolled at Ingold as its first female medical student, she knew she wouldn’t have an easy time. From class demands to being an outsider among her male cohorts, she’ll have to go above and beyond to prove herself. So when she stumbles across what appears to be a faulty Bio-mechanical–one of the mechanized cadavers created to service the school–she jumps at the chance to fix it and get ahead in the program.

Only this Bio-mechanical isn’t like the others. Where they are usually empty-minded and perfectly obedient, this one seems to have thoughts, feelings… and self-awareness.

Soon Lizzie realizes that it is Victor Frankenstein–a former student who died under mysterious circumstances. Victor, it seems, still has a spark of human intelligence inside him, along with memories of things he discovered before his untimely death.. .and a suspicion that he was murdered to keep that information from getting out. Suddenly Lizzie finds herself intertwined in dark secrets and sabotage that put her life, and the lives of Victor and their friends, in danger. But Lizzie’s determined to succeed–even if that means fighting an enemy who threatens the entire British Empire.


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Published: 27 February 2018

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Young Adult Historical / SciFi

Pages: 320


Wednesday (27th February)

Truth (Sinful #1) by Trilina Pucci

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41720588“Darker and dirtier than ever before. Trilina Pucci brings you an alpha hero, Dominic King, that breaks the mold. Get ready to swoon.

The moment I saw her, I knew I wanted her.
I just didn’t expect to want to keep her, after our one night together.
But she walked away.
She should have known better.
I’m not the kind of man you turn your back on.
I’ll own her.
Consume her.
Make her beg.
What started as one night, will become forever. And I’ll destroy anyone that gets in my way.
Drew Matthews is mine, and I am her King.


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Published: 30 October 2018

Publisher: Trilina Pucci Books

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Pages: 269

*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from Inkslinger in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*

Review Coming Soon!


The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance by Madeline J. Reynolds

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44028595“Elias Caldwell needs more than his life in nineteenth-century England has to offer. He’d rather go on an adventure than spend one more minute at some stuffy party. When his grandfather gives him a pocket watch he claims can transport him to any place and time, Elias doesn’t believe it…until he’s whisked away to twenty-first-century America.

Tyler Forrester just wants to fall hopelessly in love. But making that kind of connection with someone has been more of a dream than reality. Then a boy appears out of thin air, a boy from the past. As he helps Elias navigate a strange new world for him, introducing him to the wonders of espresso, binge-watching, and rock and roll, Tyler discovers Elias is exactly who he was missing.

But their love has time limit. Elias’s disappearance from the past has had devastating side effects, and now he must choose where he truly belongs—in the Victorian era, or with the boy who took him on an adventure he never dreamed possible?


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Published: 4 March 2019

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Genre: Young Adult LGBT / SciFi

Pages: 166

*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*

Review Coming Soon!


Saturday (2nd March)

Imprison the Sky (The Elementae #2) by A.C. Vaughn

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imprison“Stolen from her family as a child, Aspasia has clawed her way up the ranks of Cyrus’s black market empire to captain her own trading vessel–and she risks it all every time she uses her powerful magic to free as many women, children, and Elementae from slavery as she can.

But Cyrus is close to uncovering her secrets–not only that Aspasia is an air Elementa with the ability to sail her ship through the sky, but that she is also searching for her lost family. And if Aspasia can’t find her younger siblings before Cyrus does, she will never be able to break free.

Armed with her loyal crew full of Elementae and a new recruit who controls an intriguing power, Aspasia finds herself in the center of a brewing war that spans every inch of the ocean, and her power alone may not be enough to save her friends, family, and freedom.


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Published: 22 January 2019

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 416

I was really surprised with this book. I absolutely LOVED the first book, and it wasn’t until I picked this one up that I realized it was a companion novel and not a sequel as I had hoped. Which isn’t a bad thing at all, but after getting about 50 pages in, I realized that the story wasn’t as exciting as the first book and it was hard to get into the actual plot. So sadly, I ended up DNF’ing this book.


Favorite Book of the Three Weeks: Own to Obey

# of Pages Read: 4,324

Total # of Books Read: 13 Finished & 3 DNF’d


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Happy Reading,

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