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REVIEW: ASH (HIVE TRILOGY #1) BY JAYMIN EVE AND LEIA STONE

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Synopsis:

Are you an Ash?

*Increased stamina
*Lack of appetite
*Anger outbursts
*Insatiable thirst
*Beauty & Strength
*Male

Call the hotline if these symptoms come on suddenly!

Turns out Charlie Bennet was all of those things except the last. Don’t let the name fool you, Charlie was all woman and she wanted nothing to do with the ash … until the day she found out she was one.

It all started when infected bats bit a small group of humans and created what are now called vampires. Then, the male vampires knocked up some female humans and the result was a gorgeous race of all male ash. Superhuman freaks that had looks to kill.

Charlie is the first female ash, aka unicorn of the Hive – the gated compound in Portland that the humans have designated to isolate vampires and ash from society.

Problem? The Hive is full and only a select few will be allowed to live there. To live at all, really. If Charlie wants to earn the right to become a citizen of the Hive, she will have to survive the culling – a series of fights to the death. And guess what? Just because she’s a girl doesn’t mean she’ll get special treatment.

Good thing there’s Ryder, the mysterious lead ash enforcer, who seems to always have her back. But when secrets bubble to the surface, it will take more than one guy to save her.

REVIEW

Wow…this was…wow. It was like Divergent meets The Covenant series meets vampires in a clash of awesome lol. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually liked this read. It was interesting, funny as hell, and it had the Sexy Six, which are a bunch of kickass alpha males that make you wish that this book wasn’t a work of fiction. Needless to say I was a fan.

Charlie is sassy, headstrong, and a girl you would be happy to call a friend. When life throws her a curve ball, she steps up to the plate with a Louisville slugger in tow. So when she discovers she’s an ash, something that was thought to be impossible until now, she owns up to it and treats it like any other obstacle life has thrown at her. All she has to do is survive the culling: a heinous, medieval like tradition to eliminate the weak from the pack and allow newly turned ash the chance to live.

Along the way she meets a totally awesome roommate/best friend. A bunch of hardcore enforcers that somehow become her family, and even a hot as hell super ash who decides to train Charlie personally for the culling – the likes of which has a few demons of his own.

Plot twists galore, I thought this was a fantastic start to the series. We get enough information to understand the world of the Hive, but at the same time we’re not overwhelmed with details. It was the perfect mix of paranormal, romance, and action. My hat goes off to Leia and Jaymin for writing this one 😉

ASH BY JAYMIN EVE AND LEIA STONE = 5 STARS

AUTHOR INFO:

Jaymin Eve

Jaymin Eve has a passion for reading, writing and arithmetic … okay maybe not the last one but definitely the first two. She loves surrounding herself with the best things in life: her two girls, a good book and chocolate.

Living on the beautiful Gold Coast, in Australia, the family loves spending lots of time on the beach. And travelling as frequently as possible.

When Jaymin isn’t trying to wrangle two daughters, a puppy and her husband, you will find her hiding in a corner trying desperately to write her stories (without little fingers pressing random keys). She asks forgiveness if you notice the occasional sskkkkssjs appearing in her book, her children are proud of their contribution.

She’d love it if you contacted her, giving feedback or just to have a chat.

Stay updated:

http://www.jaymineve.com

https://www.facebook.com/JayminEve.Au…

And check out her blog at:

http://jaymineve.blogspot.com.au/

Leia Stone

Leia Stone lives in Portland, OR with her husband, two kids and her dog. When she is not chasing around her twin son and daughter, or writing, she has her nose shoved in a book. She wrote her first book when she was 23 years old. Keep reading, live with purpose. Freeworld!

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REVIEW: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

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Synopsis:

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

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 grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down

REVIEW

So I finally, FINALLY finished this thing. I got some time yesterday to sit down and devour the last 30%, and I’m so glad I did. Because for one, this was a beautiful read from a writer’s point of view. The details Sarah creates with her words is truly amazing, making the world building in this exquisite. I felt like I was there, living in a faerie court alongside Feyre. For me that made this a class-A read in itself.

From a creative POV, I was really impressed with the originality of the story. It’s not easy to weave a tale about the Fey that readers haven’t already seen before. I thought the author did a fantastic job keeping you guessing about where the journey was going to take us.

On a less amazing note, I did feel like in the middle of the story things got a little slow, and I kind of lost interest for a few chapters. Also, Feyre made some pretty stupid decisions, and ignored quite a few peoples’ advice, putting her in situations I felt she was smart enough to stay out of in the first place. Of course I know that the author has to add some conflict to make things interesting and make the story move along, but I felt like some of the things Feyre got herself into were kind of stupid, and she could act rather childish at times.

To sum it all up, I was happy with the story and its outcome. I think the sequel will be interesting to read, if only to see how life after the big ending comes about. Fans of faeries and tales of the mischievous Fey are sure to be pleased if they pick up this read.

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BY SARAH J. MAAS = 4 STARS

AUTHOR INFO

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

WEBSITE: http://sarahjmaas.com/

TWITTER: @SJMaas

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The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout review

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Synopsis:

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.

REVIEW

It’s no secret that I am a serious addict when it comes to Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books. I mean seriously, no one can compare to her. I admire and respect her from a reader’s stand point and also an author’s, because there truly is something to be said about clean, crisp writing. And Jen is the master of it.

The Return was no exception.

What did I love about this book? EVERYTHING. I know that sounds like an exaggeration, but it’s not. Every detail in this book had me enraptured. Not a single page was left without a purpose, and I was totally hooked throughout the story.

The book in question picks up a year after the end of the Covenant series. But don’t worry. You don’t have to read all of the Covenant books to understand this spin-off. Those events are explained in a pretty little package at some point in the book so that you get the gist of all that happened to make Seth the way he is. Speaking of Seth…

Wowza. In the dictionary under this word, you will see a picture of Seth, our leading man in The Return. I seriously missed Seth from the Covenant series. Since his introduction there, he’s been one of my favorite characters. Snarky, sexy, raw, and overall just ridiculous in how perfect he is, I was a Seth girl from day one. This book only increased my addiction to him. And though a moment ago I said he was flawless in a physical sense, I can’t say the same for, ahem, other things.

Seth is scarred. And broken. And well, lets admit it, a huge beautiful mess. Reading from his point of view in this brand new series really had me seeing a whole other side of him. But I love him more for his flaws, for his self-loathing and overall dislike for himself. I know that sounds demented, but hearing him berate his own self for his past actions just showed what a truly selfless person he is, and the fact that yes, he DOES have morals, much to his disagreement. Ugh, I just wanted to hug the idiot when he did put himself down. But aside from all that I love about his personality, I also loved his interactions with Josie and their easy playfulness with each other. He always brings humor to rather dark situations, and I love that about him. But that’s enough of me talking about Seth. Don’t want to ruin all of his yummy details for you, lol.

That brings me to Josie. Ah, poor Josie. The girl was just trying to finish up college and then she has to have her world obliterated by none other than Seth. Who, lets admit, is not the best at delivering harsh news. He’s not a sugar coater, that’s for freaking sure. But man…Josie was a champ. She’s the type of heroine that I love. Sassy, yet sweet. Vulnerable, but had a voice and she used it when it was important. She wasn’t ‘in your face’, nor too docile. She was the perfect mix of the two that made you feel like any girl reading the story could relate to her in some way. Josie – to me – is going to be a universally received character.

In other words, I loved her. She was fantastic. I also loved her interactions with Seth. He was (oddly) very gentle with her, which freaked a lot of people out in the book who knew him before. If you’ve read about Seth in the Covenant series, then you know this guy can be described as anything BUT gentle. I think that’s why I loved this story so much, though. The two MC’s were so perfect for each other that simply being together brought out their best qualities. Josie gave Seth a softer, more patient side, and I think Seth made Josie feel like there are things in this world worth fighting for. That it’s okay to have the confidence to take a stand.

He made her brave.

She made him human.

AH! I’m getting the feels just talking about these two. But anyways… This book was perfection and the most brilliant start to this (sure to be freaking AMAZING) series. The writing was flawless, the pace flowed beautifully, and the story was intricate enough to keep your attention, but not overdone to where you felt confused or bored. If you pick this book up, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. It has a little something for everyone.

The Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout = 5 unbelievable stars