Thursday, May 24, 2018

Review: Regen by Cassie Greuman


Life is finally shaping up for Trisha. For the first time, she’s with a foster family she doesn’t hate. Her new school is decent, and she even has a boyfriend. Until the night she finds herself waking up in the woods covered in blood, a bullet hole in her dress. 

Without her fae abilities, she’d be dead, but now the Faerie Council has given her an ultimatum. She has to help find an escaped fugitive, or be taken to Faerie, a place her missing mother told her horror stories about. 

Now, Trish has to keep her day job a secret from her foster parents, join forces with the ex-boyfriend who killed her, and hunt down a dangerous criminal before he comes into his powers. Should be a piece of cake.


My Thoughts:  I love books about the Fey.  This one has its own unique take story line.  There were a few things that happened in the story that happened in the story that seemed to be there just move the story along.  They didn´t really fit well.  Trisha was a complex character.  Sometimes she was hard to figure out.  I really look forward to learning more about her and her parentage.  She evolved from a self-centered teenager to one who looked after others and cared about her family.   I hope we get to learn more about Wade and if he´s really a good guy or a jerk.  Trisha discovers that there are people who care about her and will support her unconditionally.  I hope I won´t have to wait too long for the next book to see what happens.  
If you like to read books about the Fey, I think you´ll enjoy this one very much.

Recommended for readers 14 & up.  Mild language and violence.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Review: Furyborn by Claire Legrand


When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other.
My Thoughts:
The only thing that made this book hard to get through was the going back and forth between POVs. I liked how the story was presented but sometimes the supporting characters or villains would get confusing at times as I read through alternating POVs. The story is original and I liked the imagery very much. The characters were very well written with Rielle being the exact opposite of Eliana in so many ways. Despite knowing Rielle's fate I couldn't help but wonder how she got there. Eliana's part of the story was my favorite. She was selfless and selfish all in one complex character and I can't wait to see how her story ends. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a new series with a unique story and a fast pace. 
Recommended for readers 16 & up.
Mild to moderate adult content and language.


Monday, March 5, 2018

Review: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer



*While this book exists in the same universe as Letters to the Lost, it is a standalone title.*


Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay...until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.


Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.


When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.

My Thoughts:
I read Letter to the Lost and LOVED it. I loved the way it approached parent/child relationships.  This book does much the same but with different characters.  Rev is Declan's best friend so we got to know him a little in Letters to the Lost.  More Than We Can Tell is his story along with Emma's.  Both characters are dealing with some really heavy issues in their lives.  At first they confide in just each other.  But they soon discover that their actions don't just affect them.  I enjoyed learning more about Rev's background and watching him face down his demons.  It was so touching as Rev figured out how truly loved and supported he was.  It hit me hard in the "feels".  Emma is still figuring out who her "people" are.  I think she definitely put her faith in the wrong ones and it took her a while to see who was really there for her.  Both characters were pragmatic and complex.  I felt that Emma's story was left a little open ended, but nothing that really bothered me.  I kind of wanted to find out what would finally happen with her and her mom.  The best part was not only getting to see Rev close a huge and painful chapter in his life, but getting to Declan doing the same.  While you don't have to read Letters to the Lost to enjoy this book, I highly recommend reading them both.  I hope if this series continues we get to see how Matthew turns out.
Recommended for 15 and up.  
Mild to moderate language and violent issues.

I received this book from NetGalley in return for my honest review.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

I'm Baaaaaaack!!



Hello my friends and followers!
I'm sorry it's been a few months since I've posted.  I have no other excuse other than life just got me all kinds of busy.  That doesn't mean I haven't been busy reading.  I have sooooo many reviews to post.  I hope that'll you'll be patient with me while I get back into the swing of blogging.  If you're still getting my emails and blog posts thank you so much for sticking with me!  My goal as always will be to give you honest reviews for books that I've read.  If I can help you find your next favorite read or help you avoid one you will regret reading then I'll have done what I set out to do over 5 years ago.  I've been thinking of updating the look of my blog.  It's had because I am a little attached to the design.  However, I know change can be a good thing.  So, that being said, if you'd like to see me change the look or design I'd love you to comment on this post and let me know.  Give me some suggestions and if you know someone who does blog design send me their way.  I'm to all suggestions and ideas! 

Thanks again for your love and patience!  Hope to hear from you.
Jeannette

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Review: The Hunt by Chole Neill


When bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered that Claire Connolly was a Sensitive and infected with magic, he should have turned her in to be locked up in the prison district known as Devil's Isle. Instead, he helped her learn to control her power and introduced her to an underground group of Paranormals and humans who know the truth about the war and those who fought it.
Now the weight of Liam's own secrets has forced him into hiding. When a government agent is killed and Claire discovers that Liam is the prime suspect, she races to find him before the government can. But she'll discover proving his innocence is no simple matter. Their enemies are drawing closer, and time is running out....
 


My Thoughts:
OMG I love this series!  Claire's character grows along with her magical abilities.  She's finally done with hiding from herself and the world. 
 Claire's always shown bravery but there was a little bit left of her trying to hold on to the old life she had with her dad.  That time has gone. 
 Now it's time to fight for the one's she cares about and for the town she hold dear.  Liam is learning to deal with his possession of magic.  To become something you've hated for so long is a huge WHAMMY to one's psyche.  I really enjoyed watching both Liam & Claire adjust to this new development.  Liam and Claire are now both wanted for things out of their control.  Liam is falsely accused of murder and Claire is a fugitive because she has magic.  Despite helping to keep the Veil closed the government still wants her a prisoner of Devil's Isle.  Some big secrets are revealed in this installment.  Claire finally deals with her father's secrecy and why he kept so much from her.  It's the bombshell about her mother that really keeps you on the edge of your seat.  I can't wait to see what happens next.  I mean Chloe can't just leave the ending like this....can she?!   If you haven't started this series get on it!!  Magic, suspense, romance and secrets...how can you say no?! 

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts and review.

Recommended for readers 16 & up.  Moderate sexual situations

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Review: The Veil by Chloe Neill


Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil's Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…

My Thoughts:
I am so excited to have a new series to get hooked on!  This book has all my "must haves" to make it a great read.  Great characters.  Claire is both brave and vulnerable.  She has survived the war and adjusted to a simple life in New Orleans.  She didn't let the war break her despite all that it took from her.  Liam is the perfect "knight in tarnished armor".  He's seen the side of war that most people haven't and he knows that the lines are not so evenly drawn.  When he decides to help Claire instead of taking her in as just another bounty; life starts to get a lot more complicated for them both.
The original story concept and steady pace of action made this book one of my new favorites.  I can't wait to read the next one!

For readers 16 & up.  Mild to moderate sexual content and adult situations.  

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Review: Dating The It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator's son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon's world and it doesn't help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren seems determined to get back into his life along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you're dating the it guy.
My Thoughts:
I'll be honest.  This book was hard for me to get through.  Emme's immaturity was her biggest downfall as a character.  She was immature even for her age.  After reading the whole story is was obvious why Emme remained so self-centered and made little progress in her character growth.  She was completely surrounded by self-centered adults.  Her parents missed signs and opportunities to help their daughter through some really tough situations.  Then Emme was surrounded by self-absorbed peers too.  Her friend Margaux was unlikeable most of the time as she proved time after time to be a terrible friend while giving bad advise and never really offering Emme any real help.  The only two people I felt had Emme's best intentions in mind were Kylie and Darren.  And Darren gets fazed out without any closure to his part of the story.  It's not that I didn't like the story.  It's that it had such huge potential to show growth and development with its characters along with touching on some big issues that affect teens today and it fell short.  I kept rooting for things to go deeper and for Emme to get some kind of epiphany to get her to rely on herself more.  All the back and forth drama and emotional roller coaster between Brendon and Emme was exhausting.  At one point I was struggling on why they should even be together.  In the end there is some slight evolvement for both of their characters but honestly it was too little, too late.  All this may come down to the fact that I just couldn't connect with Emme.  That doesn't mean reader's between 13 & 15 won't have a different experience.  

Recommended for readers 13 & up.  Mild emotional situations.
 
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