June Book Haul!

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As you can see, I went out of character and bought three paperbacks on kind of a whim. I mean, when the kindle copy is $10.99 and the paperback is $7, you kind of let logic guide your mouse, lol. These three have been on my to-read list for what feels like millennia, so the fact that they should be arriving in a few days has me feeling like:

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And with new books to read, that means I’ll finally be able to post some reviews again. And that makes me want to get down like my friend Napoleon here.

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Comment below if any of these titles are on your to-read list, or if you’ve already had a crack at one or all three. I’d love to know what you thought of it/them!

STAR REVIEW: HUNTRESS BY JULIE HALL

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Synopsis:

No one’s afterlife is as dispiriting as Audrey’s―at least that’s what she believes after waking up dead without her memories and being promptly assigned to hunt demons for the rest of eternity. She’s convinced God’s made a cosmic mistake; after all, she’d rather discuss the color of her nails than break them on angelic weapons.

It doesn’t help that her trainer, Logan, is as infuriating as he is attractive. And just when Audrey and Logan appear close to developing an amicable relationship, a decision made under duress pushes their hearts in a direction neither of them saw coming.

Despite her sub-par fighting abilities, an ancient weapon of unparalleled power chooses Audrey as its wielder, attracting the cautious gazes of her fellow hunters and the attention of Satan himself. With Satan’s eyes now fixed on Audrey, a battle for the safety of the living looms in the shadows.

STARS

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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:

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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: Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Synopsis:

Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

REVIEW

So if you’ve been following my blog for a while now you already know I am a huge fan of Ms. Armentrout’s work. She has a way of weaving a story that makes it an unforgettable read. Every Last Breath was no different. Being the third and final book in the Dark Elements series, I was rather anxious to read this one. Normally, I never finish reading an entire series. Matter of fact I can count on one hand how many I’ve actually finished in their entirety. I don’t know what it is, but I hate seeing a series I loved dearly end, and I also hate when I do happen to finish it, that it may not end the way I had hoped. For those reasons, I usually stay away from the last book, as weird as that sounds. But with this series, I just HAD to see what happened to Layla, and who she picked.

Zayne or Roth.

I felt like this ‘choosing sides’ thing was almost like a Team Jacob or Team Edward kind of deal lol. I’m sure the fandom was tied at first, but alas, the tribe has spoken and the winner was…

Ha ha. Did you really think I was going to spoil it for you? Nope, you’ll just have to read to find out for yourself. Like I did.

Regardless of which side you were on, I don’t think there will be a single fan disappointed with the outcome to the end of this series. It was a fun read/journey and I’m incredibly happy that I decided to complete this saga. It will definitely be a series I go back to in the future to read time and time again, just like with the rest of Armentrout’s work.

Romantic, witty, endearing, and heartbreakingly sweet, I give Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout 5 stars.

REVIEW: Ruined (The Seraphim Series Book 1) by Sophia Stafford

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Synopsis:

For centuries, Azrael’s sole purpose was to find her—and kill her.

And now he has her, just down the hall to be exact! So beautiful and fragile, she is so close he can almost hear her precious blood pumping through her veins. Blood he has been hunting for since the day he fell.

His mind is screaming, “Kill her. Stick to the plan, drain her blood, and ascend to Heaven.” But every fibre of his soul refuses to harm her.

If he won’t kill her, what will he do with the beautiful Lilliah Daniels?

He smirks. He might be an Angel, but he’s never claimed to be a saint.

REVIEW

What can I say about Ruined…it was a rather interesting ride, to say the least. Filled with action (LOTS OF IT), romance, and sweet moments between friends and brother, it’s sure to fit many people’s liking one way or another. Well paced with an interesting plot, I was happily surprised with this read. When I read the blurb I figured the whole angel thing would be something I’ve read before, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. This author tastefully created a story filled with originality and surprising plot twists that left me impressed and wanting more. The only point I could really deduct is that the female main character had her moments of being rather naïve or immature. But then again she’s only seventeen years old, so I guess some of that is to be expected 😉 Overall I was really happy with this book and look forward to seeing what this author does in the future!

P.S. I would make this review longer but I don’t want to give too much of the plot away! Needless to say though, the guy is swoon worthy and that’s all you really need to know lol.

Ruined by Sophia Stafford = 4 stars

White Raven (The Raven Series Book 1) by J. L. Weil Review

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Synopsis:

DREADFUL LIES.
UNEXPECTED LOVE.
IMPOSSIBLE TRUTH.

It only took one heartbeat to change my life—one chilling phone call in the middle of the night.

And then, as if my life didn’t already suck, my dad sends my brother and me to some idyllic island for the summer to live with a grandma we never met. WTH. Naturally, I rebel. In the end, I find myself shipped off to Raven Hallow…and bored to tears.

Until I get an eyeful of the mind-bendingly gorgeous Zane Hunter. The dark-hair cutie makes my pulse go bonkers, and I think, maybe this might not be so bad after all. Six feet of swoon inducing looks, with a hint of Celtic charm in his voice, he was the type of guy that left a string of broken hearts in his wake. And I had all the heartbreak I could handle.

Yet, there is something uncanny, almost supernatural about Zane, and it’s not just his devastating smirk. No matter how much distance I put between us, Raven Hallow isn’t big enough, and the sparking tension between is undeniable. Of course, the one person I want to avoid becomes my salvation.

My past comes back to terrorize me. Someone wants me dead, and the closer I get to the truth, the more I realize my whole life is a lie. I am no longer sure what is more frightening—the attempts on my life or the guy whose heart and soul are synchronized with mine.

REVIEW

There are three things I look for when reading a paranormal romance.

1. Killer plot.

2. Paranormal race I’ve never heard of before.

3. And the most important: a hot, bad boy alpha male that will make me want to jump in to the pages and steal him away from the heroine.

Which ones did I get to check off in this book?

ALL THREE

This was such a refreshing read. I am a HUGE fan of Ms. Weil’s Divisa series so I knew she would deliver in this new, exciting paranormal series where things are never as they seem, and danger is everywhere. I was never bored for a second and devoured this book in a matter of a day. I was hooked and enjoyed every moment of sarcasm slinging from both Piper and Zane. The romance was awesome, the paranormal aspect kept you guessing until it was finally revealed, and the secondary characters were amazing. All in all this was a fantastic read. The only issue I had a problem with was the editing. There were quite a few misspellings, incorrect words, and it seemed like there were sentences that didn’t make sense. But I could look past those because this was a great story and I look forward to reading the second book in the series come 2016!

White Raven by J. L. Weil = 5 stars

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