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Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Power Of Book Covers: Night And Chaos By Lee Dignam & Katerina Martinez


They say don't judge a book by it's movie...err...COVER. 
BUT they never said we couldn't PRAISE them.

This week's cover:

Night And Chaos
By Lee Dignam &
Katerina Martinez 

As night gathers, chaos rains down on the city of Ashwood like acid. The New Order of Void Weavers led by Isaac Moreau are gaining strength, but the shield separating the world of humans from the things hungrily waiting for their turn at the batting plate is fractured and weak, and repairing it is no small task. Meanwhile Alice Werner, the supernatural Bounty Hunter, has her hands full with an increasing number of contracts, and as Ashwood starts simmering toward a boiling point, it's only a matter of time until something gives and all hell breaks loose.

Night and Chaos is the third and final book in the Half-Lich Trilogy of Urban Fantasy Suspense novels. Praised by readers as a "fresh, mature take on Urban Fantasy," and "the series that raises the bar on the genre," fans of this series will not want to miss this final, thrilling installment.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Audio Book Review: Tease By Geri Glenn

Tease
(Kings of Korruption MC #2)
By Geri Glenn

Narrator: Joe Arden & Maxine Mitchell
Length: 5 hours and 23 minutes

Laynie

Smile when you’re happy, cry when you’re sad and don’t ever be afraid to try something new. These are the words I live by. We only get one shot at this life, and I intend to live the best one I can. I had it all growing up. Popularity, beauty, great friends and a perfect family. But then one day, it all changed – now I’m blind. I’ve never let that stop me though. Life is an adventure and I believe in making the best out of every moment.

I spend my days with a job I love, online friends and a sexy new book boyfriend every week. I know in my heart that someday, my own prince charming will come along and appreciate me for exactly who I am – I won’t settle for anything less. Meeting Tease seems like the beginning of my fairy tale … until he opens his mouth.

Tease

I don’t trust people – ever. Every single person I’ve ever loved has contributed, in one way or another, to the shit show that is my life. Keeping everyone I meet at arm’s length, I work hard at being the star of most people’s nightmares. People think I’m a monster and honestly – they’re right.

Laynie’s beauty is what caught my eye, but her personality is what held it. Laynie’s the only person to ever see past my appearance and break down the walls I’ve worked so hard to build. I’ll do whatever it takes to keep her. When things heat up with a rival club, and Laynie gets caught in the crossfire, I will unleash hell on earth to protect the woman who makes me want to trust someone again. When bullets start flying and bodies start piling up, keeping her safe may be the last thing I ever do.

Note: This book contains violence, strong language and descriptive sexual situations. It is intended for readers over the age of 18.
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My Review:

* Be warned: This review turned out more negative than I intended it to.

This novel was better than the first one in this series, but not by much. The lack of detail about how the MC worked (hierarchy, are there more members than presented, how they get their money) bothered me. The universe the author created could have been so much better if it had been fleshed out beyond the couples story and the few other "member" interactions. The chemistry (yet again) was nowhere to be found, for me, in this novel. 

I liked Laynie's spunk and sense of humor. Even though she's blind, she doesn't stop living life to it's fullest. It's mentioned that she works with people who are having a hard time adjusting to being blind. I wish we could have sat in on a session because the author skims over it. It would make for a very interesting side story.

Tease (aka Trevor) intrigued me in the first novel, but he didn't captivate me with his novel. I understand that he's had it very rough growing up. He came off very one dimensional, I think there should have been more (emotional) range to him as a character. 

The deaths and violence that was going on felt like an afterthought that was just thrown into the story without building anything up to it. The ending was resolved way too easily. Everything came together too quickly to be believable. Another thing that bothered me was that the swearing felt forced. I don't know how to explain it. I have no problem with swearing (I actually quite enjoy it), but the way the dialogue was written made it seem forced and unnatural. We can all agree that just because these are supposed to be "bad*ss bikers" that not everyone has to swear like a sailor at all times.

The Audio Book:

The narration (for both narrators) was nice. I could distinguish each individual character while I was listening.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Five Books I'm Thankful For

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Welcome back to:
A weekly feature created By The Broke and the Bookish

This Week's Topic:
Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the USA!

* Book titles are either linked to my review or Goodreads. 


These books are the books that I can credit for making me love reading. These were the first books, outside of school obligated reads, that I picked up because I made the choice to. It's what got me started with middle grade mystery and horror books for a good chunk of my life. I will forever be grateful for the love they fostered in me as a child.

This series is responsible for my love of vampires and everything paranormal to this day. Before I read this series I had no idea the genre even existed. Up to that point, I only read middle grade mystery and I was halfway through my teens. I'm grateful for the day I finally decided I was going to figure out what all the hype was about because it opened me up to find so many other books. I know that this isn't the best vampire book out in the world and, trust me when I say, I've read much worse books. At the end of the day, this series is what kickstarted my love for paranormal books and for that I'll be eternally thankful.


If I thought I had cried during other books, I was sorely mistaken. This book ripped my heart apart and it showed me how hard I can actually cry for a book. This is the saddest book I've read in my whole life and I don't think I ever want to encounter a book that's "worse" than this in that aspect. This book has earned my respect, but I never want to go through that again. Though I am thankful I got to experience all that in a book.

This series made my expectations for romance novels so much higher. As sad and heartwrenching as these novels are, they are a work of art that I've reread at least twice. This author knows how to weave a story and make you regret not setting enough time aside to read this all in one sitting.

This book has so many realistic and eye-opening life advice without being judge-y. This is the first and, up to this point, the only self-help book that I've read that doesn't come off as preachy. This helped me realize so many things and I respect the h*ll out of this author for it.

What books are you thankful for?
Let's discuss in the comments below!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Book Look #191: The Forest Bull By Terry Maggert

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Hope you enjoy!! C:

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Book Looks was created by @Jen and Books and Other Happy Ever Afters.

This Week:
The Forest Bull By Terry Maggert
Book Look: The Forest Bull By Terry Maggert
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Friday, November 17, 2017

My Ramblings: Are Vampires & Werewolves Finally Dead?

Are Vampires & Werewolves Finally Dead?

I've been hearing that the vampire and werewolf genre (paranormal romance genre in general) has died for years now and strangely I'm still finding and reading newly released books in this genre for the last decade or so. I can agree that it has become less popular and maybe a tad bit socially unacceptable, but it's far from dead. Ever since the 'Twilight" movies concluded everyone assumes the genre as a whole simply poofed out of existence. I've realized that some people seem to think that just because it's 'out of style' (in a sense) that everyone who loves it/has ever loved it died right along with them.

Surprisingly this is something that gets under my skin. When asked what I like to do for fun, my answer will usually be reading. The next question that comes out is, "Well, what do you like to read then?". It seems people assume that I adore classics or something because when I say paranormal romance they're all of a sudden taken aback and think I'm reading something along the lines of 50 Shades Of Grey. It's perfectly fine to read those types of books but it isn't my cup of tea. I'm not here to shame anyone's taste in books. However, I'd love to understand how they get to that conclusion. Then again, I've never read 50 Shades Of Grey, are there vampires somewhere in there and I'm the only one who hasn't heard of it? 

In conclusion, it seems that declaring a specific genre 'dead' is somewhat of a fad. Everything at one point will go into obscurity and eventually make a come back. It's like the fashion world, everything is cyclical. At the end of the day, I'm reading what makes my twisted little heart happy. I don't see why everything we do has to be socially acceptable. Tastes will vary from person to person and you shouldn't judge what people like to read on their own time.

Do you like the paranormal romance genre?
Have you ever been "shamed" for reading a specific type of book?
Let me know in the comments below!
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