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Book Review: Crashed (The Driven Trilogy #3) by K. Bromberg

Crashed (The Driven Trilogy, #3)Crashed by K. Bromberg

Blurb:

When life crashes down around us, how hard are we willing to fight for the one thing we can’t live without, each other?

Life is full of moments.
Big moments.
Little moments.
And none of them are inconsequential. 
Every single moment prepares you for that one instance that defines your life. You must overcome all your fears, confront the demons that chase you, and cleanse the poison that clings to your soul or you risk the chance of losing everything.

Mine started the minute Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet. She made me feel. Made me whole when all I thought I could ever be was incomplete. Became the lifeline I never knew I needed. Hell yes, she’s worth the fight…but how do you fight for someone you know you don’t deserve?

Love is full of ups and downs.
Heart stopping highs.
Soul shattering lows.
And none of them are insignificant. 
Love is a racecourse of unexpected twists and turns that must be negotiated. You have to break down walls, learn to trust, and heal from your past in order to win. But sometimes it’s the expected that’s the hardest to hold on to.

Colton has healed and completed me, stolen my heart, and made me realize our love’s not predictable nor perfect—it’s bent. And bent’s okay.But when outside factors put our relationship to the test, what lengths will I have to go to prove to him that he’s worth the fight?

Whoever said love is patient and love is kind, never met the two of us. We know our love is worth it—have acknowledged that we were meant to be—but when our pasts crash into our future, will the repercussions make us stronger or break us apart?

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you love books with cheesy lines, this is a fucking 5-star read. If you eat, sleep and breathe New Adult, with all the typical angst and drama, this right here deserves a freaking Oscar.

“I want to be your motherfucking checkered flag, Rylee. Your pace car to lead you through tough times, your pit stop when you need a break, your start line, your finish line, your goddamn victory lane.”

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Book Review: Ashes to Ashes (Experiment in Terror #8) by Karina Halle

Ashes to Ashes (Experiment in Terror, #8)Ashes to Ashes by Karina Halle

Blurb:

It’s been two months since Perry Palomino and Dex Foray’s relationship reached a new turning point, two months since Perry started a new life in Seattle, and two months since their Experiment in Terror show took on a new partner, ex-Wine Babe Rebecca Sims, and found a new level of success. But whenever there is light in their lives, the madness still has a way of coming back in.

When the team is sent back to the stormy Oregon coast to investigate a haunted school, Perry wants to use the opportunity to reconnect with her family and reintroduce Dex into their lives. Only Perry’s not the only one who’s reaching out – her grandmother Pippa has started appearing to her with disturbing warnings and Perry’s presence at the school has ignited a chilling new wave of supernatural phenomenon. Once used a century ago as a sanatorium to house children dying of tuberculosis, the school’s past residents are slowly coming back to life and with one thing on their mind. They want someone to play with, someone to join them. Forever.

Even when dead, some children get whatever they want.

And they want Perry.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, now. Just when I thought it was a tiny, tiny bit anticlimactic, THAT ending happened! How I wish that in a blink of an eye, May is upon us. Sigh.

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Book Review: The Promise by Danielle Steel

The PromiseThe Promise by Danielle Steel

Blurb:

Young architect Micheal Hillyard and artist Nancy McAllister are determined to get married despite his wealthy mother’s disapproval. Then minutes before their wedding, a terrifying accident and a cruel deception separate Micheal and Nancy–perhaps forever. Each pursues a new life–Nancy in California, Micheal in New York. But eventually nothing–and no one–can keep them apart as they keep their vow never to say good-bye

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The last time I read this was a decade ago and that was before my paperback copy was never returned to me. Luckily, I found an e-book. Thank you techy gods!

I think I decided to re-read this because I was curious to know whether or not the twentysomething me would still love it. I was only a high school sophomore then so what the heck did I know about “good” books anyway. At first, I thought it would maybe be like watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie and then realizing how it totally sucked – I can’t believe I had a huge crush on Tommy (complete with Kimberly’s high-pitched squeals).

Well, you know what, I STILL LOVE IT! So, it shall remain as one of my all-time favorite love stories ever. Granted, it may not have the most original plot – in fact, I’m pretty sure it can fit right in with all the New Adult books these days, minus all the angst – but considering it was published in 1999, I think it’s really amazing.

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Book Review: To Catch a Falling Star (Crossing Stars #2) by L. Duarte

To Catch a Falling Star (Crossing Stars, #2)To Catch a Falling Star by L. Duarte

Blurb:

It’s been five years, but Melody still mourns the death of Tim, her soul mate and beloved husband who never had a chance to hold their daughter. Mel and her daughter have the love and support of Mel’s brother Will and sister-in-law Portia, the famous Oscar-winning actress-turned-mother. Mel works three jobs and mothers Ella, but she spends her mornings facing the demons of her grief. Her faith and her father, the pastor, helps Mel grapple with her grief.

Portia opens her home to her childhood friend Tarry Francis, a successful, womanizing rock star. He’s trying to beat his addictions. Again. He’s going through the motions, but needs his drugs and rowdy lifestyle to keep his childhood pain in check. Tarry’s privileged upbringing contrasted with his cruel parents, who starved him of affection. Who can fix that?

Mel is forced to counsel Tarry, but he’s so damaged and unwilling to try that she’s not sure anyone can help fix him. She gives him a special coin. Could this open their hearts to each other and fuel their love? Is this a step forward that will free them to catch the falling stars? Or will Mel remain faithful to her first love?

Rich in meaning, To Catch a Falling Star is about two lovers whose hearts struggle to open to find the magic of the journey of love. It’s a joyful and passionate story about overcoming challenges to lead us to love and the fulfillment of our dreams.

To Catch a Falling Star is the stunning follow-up novel to L. Duarte’s debut Chasing Stars about Portia and Will’s romance. A spiritual and playful read, L. Duarte has provided readers the chance to believe in healing a broken heart.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“There is the good, the ugly, and everything in between.”

Well, this is simply beautiful. I can’t even begin to describe how much I love this book. For the record, I don’t always review every book that I read (I’m a terrible “book blogger”), much less write an ‘inspired’ review at that. But for my third book of 2014, I already know that this is going to end up as one of my favorites this year.

It’s one thing to enjoy a good read but it’s entirely a bigger deal when a book tugs at the heart, and this – powerful and magical. I guess it helps that L. Duarte‘s writing is still as brilliant as ever. It’s so poetic, like a thoughtful melody (no pun intended).

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Book Review: Angel’s Blood (Guild Hunter #1) by Nalini Singh

Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1)Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh

Blurb:

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best- but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option—even if the task is impossible.

Because this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Now that I have officially embraced the fact that I am currently in love with the PNR genre, I have to say that I am off to a great start with this series (this also being my first book of 2014).

I really liked the first book of the EIT series but I believe this was exactly what I was looking for – hot, hot sexual tension. I have read my fair share of stories of vampires and angels but this one was definitely new to me. I also don’t think I’m suddenly going to be all that knowledgeable about this genre anytime soon but a good book is a good book and as long as there’s romance, I’m always up for anything.

Speaking of romance, well, I simply loved what Elena and Raphael had going on between them. Though the story didn’t fully center on their love story, it was more than enough to make me want to root for them and I can’t wait to read what happens next. I guess it also helped that Elena was such a kick-ass (and smart-ass) heroine, Raphael was the kind of hero and book boyfriend that I usually love – a hot and powerful jerk who turned out to be perfect in the end, there were also an interesting bunch of supporting characters and the writing was just awesome.

One of my favorites, definitely, maybe.

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Book Review: Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

Series Blurb:

Two races of vampires walk our world. One, the Moroi, are alive and wield elemental magical. The other, the Strigoi, are undead and evil-feeding on the innocent to survive. Rose Hathaway-a half-vampire with poor impulse control-is training to be a bodyguard for a Moroi princess. Learning to decapitate and stake is hard enough, but Rose’s real danger may lie in an illicit romance with one of her instructors…
Vampire Academy

My Rating:

Vampire Academy – 4/5 Stars
Frostbite – 4/5 Stars
Shadow Kiss – 5/5 Stars
Blood Promise – 5/5 Stars
Spirit Bound – 5/5 Stars
Last Sacrifice – 5/5 Stars

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Book Review: Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2) by Pepper Winters

Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark, #2)Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters

Blurb: 

“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… fucked up to want something so deliciously dark—wrong on so many levels. But then slave fifty-eight entered my world. Hissing, fighting, with a core of iron, she showed me an existence where two wrongs make a right.”

Tess is Q’s completely. Q is Tess’s irrevocably. But now, they must learn the boundaries of their unconventional relationship, while Tess seeks vengeance on the men who sold her. Q made a blood-oath to deliver their corpses at Tess’s feet, and that’s just what he’ll do.

He may be a monster, but he’s Tess’s monster.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For me, reading is an escape. So I don’t particularly get the appeal of reading “dark” books, those of abuse and especially of women treated as sex slaves and being owned. Yet, it seems that something about Pepper Winters’ writing keeps drawing me in.

It honestly took me forever to finally read Tears of Tess but it only took me a few hours to conclude that Winters is a very talented writer. She further cemented herself as such with this follow-up. She was able to make something supposedly so horrible very tasteful for someone like me who wouldn’t normally pick this to de-stress.

Quintessentially Q didn’t give me a mindfuck, thank God – or too bad, depending on how you look at it – instead, it reminded me of a really cool Emo song. 😉

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