Review: Where the Road Takes Me by Jay McLean




SYNOPSIS

Chloe has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She’s made a promise to herself: don’t let anyone in, and don’t let anyone love her. She’s learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she’s focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road—her dream of freedom, at least for a little while.

Blake Hunter is a basketball star who has it all—everything about him looks perfect to those on the other side of his protective walls. He can’t let anyone see the shattered pieces behind the flawless facade or else all his hopes and dreams will disappear.

One dark night throws Chloe and Blake together, changing everything for Blake. For Chloe, nothing changes: she has the road, and she’s focused on it. But when the so-called perfect boy starts to notice the invisible girl, they discover that sometimes with love, no one knows where the road may lead.


REVIEW

ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Okay, so I was really excited about this book because I love the More Than Series, but it just didn’t give me the same kind of feels. 

Chloe and Blake meet when they literally bump into each other. They spend the rest of the night hanging out and just talking. There was a kiss at the end of the night, but not a promise of more to come. That was Chloe’s decision mind you, not Blake’s. 

I loved Blake. He was so patient, understanding, and loving. Sometimes I just could not understand why he was still chasing after Chloe. That girl was just too much sometimes. He had a lot of things going on in his life too, but he wasn’t as difficult as Chloe was. 


I just could not connect with Chloe. I know that she’s had a hard life, but there were a lot of people that cared about her. It’s like she wanted to be miserable. I was just really frustrated with her. 



There were times when she showed that she was a nice person. An annoying one, but nice. 


Josh was a great character. He was a great guy and an awesome friend. I would read a book about him!


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Review: Past Heaven by Laura Ward




SYNOPSIS

Not every love story has a happy ending. Some just change your life.

Liz Atwater’s happily ever after was torn from her the instant her husband, Jack, was murdered. She is forced to pick up the shattered pieces of her life and raise her three young sons alone.

Reynolds Carter’s picture perfect Hollywood life ended the moment the paparazzi got hold of his girlfriend’s cheating scandal. As he watches his life unfold in the tabloids, he comes to a crossroads in his career and his purpose.

When Reynolds takes on the challenge of a new project, his world collides with that of Liz. Neither of them expected their professional relationship to evolve into friendship, or love.

But life is never simple.

Faced with complications from family, friends, and colleagues, Liz and Reynolds are left to decide whether two people from such different worlds can find happiness together.

Can they get past the pain, fear, and guilt and risk their hearts to love again?


REVIEW


This book gave me a “Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor” feel. Which was great because I LOVE that book. 

Liz just lost her husband Jack. She was left to take care of their three lovely sons.Liz is absolutely devastated because she just lost her best friend and the love of her life. She’s trying to be strong for her children; and she’s worrying about how she needed to work soon to take care of her children. Before Jack died, she was a stay at home mom. She was always there for her children, so Liz worried about having to work and not being home all the time anymore for her children. 

Liz’s friend Cindy was such a big help in her life. Cindy was always there for Liz, and she was just the epitome of a true friend. 

Reynolds just found out that his girlfriend cheated on him. He went back home and stayed with his parents to escape the fakeness of hollywood. He was just sick and tired of it all. He learned something from his parents that caused him to be inspired and to seek out Liz. 

They work on a project together. The project being them working to write a screenplay together about the life of Jack. We learn that Jack was a very loving husband, father, and just an all around phenomenal guy. I ached for Liz and I cried with her. 

Liz and Reynolds needed that project to heal each other and to inspire each other. Their story was just wonderful. I really felt the love and respect that they had for each other. 

While Reynolds was falling in love with Liz, he was also falling in love with each of her sons. Liz’s sons were so cute! I loved them. Reynolds really tried with them, and he made them feel like they mattered and they were loved. 

“The idea is that once you really love someone, and I mean the kind of love that fills you up from head to toe, it never leaves you. A love like that surrounds you, always. Time, distance, and even death can’t end it. That love is Past Heaven.”


“The power of love is both inescapable and infinite.”

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ARC of The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant


I received this package on January 26 and I could not be happier. Look at that cover. SO PRETTY. 

I’ve already received a digital ARC of this book by Benbella books, but they were kind enough to also gift me a physical copy of the book! I found it to be extremely generous, because I live in the Philippines and everyone in this country knows that our post offices are incredibly unreliable. 

Thank you again! 

Special thanks to Jennifer of Benbella books. 

I even got this patch. So cool. 

FIRST BOOK
The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant

SECOND BOOK

The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant

Review: Soul Crossed (Of Demons and Angels #1) by Lisa Gail Green



SYNOPSIS

One Demon.

One Angel.

One Soul.

Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam’s beautiful friend, Grace.

Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.

It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous. 

And only one can claim Cam’s soul.


REVIEW

ARC provided by Full Fathom Five via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Grace died and became an angel 

Josh died and became a demon. 

They both have a mission. Josh’s is to corrupt Cam and make sure that he fulfills his destiny. Which is to become the antichrist. 

Grace’s mission is to save Cam and make sure that he doesn’t become too dark to save.

Cam has a miserable life. His mom hates him and she makes sure that he knows it. 

Grace and Josh befriend Cam. The three of them hang out together. When Cam hangs out with Josh, he does really disturbing things that even Josh can’t stomach, and he’s a demon so that says a lot about Cam. 

When Cam is with Grace, they go visit different churches. 

So Cam acts and does different things when he’s with Josh and Grace. I kept hoping that Cam would turn out to be more good than bad because I feel really bad for him. I think what drives him to do disturbing things is the way his mom treats him. No one deserved to be treated like that for making a mistake. Especially making a mistake when that person was not old enough to understand what they’ve done. 

Josh and Grace’s love story was cute and sweet. Josh really tried to change for Grace and the sacrifices that he made for her showed just how much he loved her.

Being good really does pay off.  


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FIRST BOOK HAUL!!!

BOOKS IN MY FIRST BOOK HAUL

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.






The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.




With shades of The Hunger GamesEnder’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation.

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart,Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.






I had a choice, and I chose wrong.

I thought I lost everything. But when the smoke finally cleared, I discovered that I wasn’t alone. 

Father Sullivan was a force – a living and breathing force, a forbidden desire I couldn’t resist. I didn’t want to resist. But I wasn’t the only one who wanted him, and by all accounts neither of us should have him.

I had decisions to make, secrets to uncover. Both would tear my heart, my life, and what was left of my family apart.

I wasn’t going to take any chances this time around. If I’d learned one thing during my life, it’s that death is the only certainty. It’s a matter of when, not if. 

For every action, there is a reaction. For every choice, a consequence. If I hadn’t chosen to live again, I would have never known what life could be like … 

With the Father



Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul. 






Jack McKenna is a man with two very distinct pasts. One ended with a car accident involving his girlfriend, Ally, and a split-second decision with horrific consequences. Desperate to escape the guilt, he carved out a new life for himself. Four years spent hiding in the shadows, punishing himself for not having the courage to go back to her. Then, out of the blue, a phone call forces him to face up to everything and everyone he left behind. 

Ally Connor’s life was split in two – before the car accident that shattered her spine, and after Jack’s sudden disappearance. Abandoning her when she needed him most, she fought hard to make it back from the brink. The face she shows to the world is strong and courageous, but behind the mask, the pain is burrowing deeper. 

But fate had more in store for these two broken souls than either could have imagined. A funeral, a homecoming and a journey of self-discovery that would change both their lives – if they let it. 

Suddenly, the secrets they want to hide from each other are the very secrets that could make them whole again.


RELEASE DAY: Kyland by Mia Sheridan

SYNOPSIS


Dirt poor. Hillbilly. Backwoods hick. Mountain folk. 

Tenleigh Falyn struggles each day to survive in a small, poverty-stricken, coal mining town where she lives with her sister and mentally ill mother. Her dream of winning the college scholarship given to one student by the local coal company and escaping the harshness of her life, keeps her going.

Kyland Barrett lives in the hills, too, and has worked tirelessly—through near starvation, through deep loneliness, against all odds—to win the Tyton Coal Scholarship and leave the town that is full of so much pain.

They’re both determined not to form any attachments, but one moment changes everything. What happens when only one person gets to win? When only one person gets to leave? And what happens to the one left behind? 

Kyland is a story of desperation and hope, loss and sacrifice, pain and forgiveness, but ultimately, a story of deep and unending love.

THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY TAURUS. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Book Review: Nocte (The Nocte Trilogy #1) by Courtney Cole




SYNOPSIS:

My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole. My other half– my twin brother, my Finn– is crazy. I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me. I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline. Dare DuBray. He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me. He has the power to destroy me. Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt. Why? Because of a secret. A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming. You won’t either.




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Review: The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant (The V Trilogy #2) by Joanna Wiebe




SYNOPSIS:

Life and death, light and dark, spirit and flesh-on Wormwood Island, the lines are always blurred. For Anne Merchant, who has been thrust back into this eerily secretive world, crossing the line seems inevitable, inescapable, destined.

Now, as Ben finds himself battling for the Big V and Teddy reveals the celestial plan in which Anne is entwined, Anne must choose: embrace her darkly powerful connection to a woman known as Lilith and, in doing so, save the boy she loves…or follow a safer path that is sure to lead to Ben’s destruction at the hands of dark leaders. Hoping the ends will justify the means, Anne starts down the slippery slope into the underworld, intent on exploring the dark to find the light. But as the lure of Lilith proves powerfully strong, will Anne save others-only to lose herself?



REVIEW:

4 STARS!

ARC provided by Benbella Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This book starts off where the first book left me wanting to read what would happen next. Anne is back and forced to return to the island by her creepy guardian, Teddy. His name doesn’t fit him though. He’s more of a Gibelto. Don’t ask me why. That name just sounds creepy to me. 

Villicus has been replaced by a new headmaster. The new headmaster seems to take up too much of Anne’s time and has too much interest in her. 
Anne in this book is more focused and determined. The things that she did were part daunting and part “what were you thinking”?! She is just trying to save everyone, and I was kind of worried because while she was saving everyone, I felt like she wasn’t doing anything for herself in the process. She had a lot to worry about though, so I couldn’t really blame her for not focusing on herself. 

If you were wondering, yes, Ben and Anne’s relationship is still complicated. I wasn’t frustrated with it because it kind of adds to the whole mysterious and creepy vibe of the book. 

The tidbits of information in the book was incredibly helpful to me since I have read the first book quite a while ago. 

For me, this book was better than the first one. I just got more into it, and it helps that I know what’s going on in the school now. I don’t feel weirded out or as out of place as Anne did in the first book. 

There are things that have been settled in this book; but it’s obvious that I have to read the next one. I will be impatiently anticipating it!

It’s been too long since I’ve read a paranormal book that has peaked my interest. I thought this book had an original storyline, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me this book! 


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