Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

Stolen Away


                               Stolen Away

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For seventeen years, Eloise Hart had no idea the world of Faery even existed. Now she has been abducted and trapped in the Rath of Lord Strahan, King of Faery. Strahan was only meant to rule for seven years, as Faery tradition dictates, and then give up his crown to another. But he won't comply, and now chaos threatens both worlds.


The only one who can break his stranglehold on the Faery court is his wife. . . Eloise's aunt Antonia. Using Eloise to lure Antonia, Strahan captures his wife, desperate to end the only threat to his reign. Now Eloise must become the rescuer. Together with her best friends Jo and Devin, she must forge alliances with other Fae, including a gorgeous protector named Lucas, and Strahan's mysterious son, Eldric-who may or may not betray them.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: January 17th 2012 by Walker Childrens




 (MY THOUGHTS)       4 HEARTS!!!!
Stolen Away is a fantastic faerie adventure with a double shot of romance. Alyxandra Harvey always makes me laugh with her sarcastic humor. Stolen Away is told through Eloise and Jo's POV. These two best girl friends are hilarious, and their romances are an adventure in itself with the two gorgeous fae guys. I love the way Harvey writes. Her stories are a fun adventurer with characters full of personality. I know when I read one of her novels to sit back and enjoy the hilarious fun. She just has that amazing talent in her writing for making you laugh.

Eloise and Jo are best friends, and they are total opposites. Eloise is tee shirt and jeans while Jo is into long skirts and filly blouses. But these two a true best friends and when Eloise is kidnapped by the Unseelie King, Jo is right there to rescue her. But what starts out as a rescue mission for Eloise turns into them going to war against the Unseelie King to save Eloise's aunt Antonia, who just happened to be the Unseelie wife. Let alone the gorgeous new guy Jo is crushing on, who is the Unseelie King's son, Eldric. Then we have Eloise's gorgeous shining Faery in armor, Lucas, the son of the Seelie King, who has come to save and protected her.

Lucas and Eldric are just as opposite as the girls are. Lucas is there in front to fight for the girl he loves while Eldric is trying to hide and get the girl he loves to just run away with him. Both these guys are swoon worthy and I love them both.

Stole Away is double the fun, double the romance, double the adventure, double the sassy girls, double the gorgeous guys, with a few heart tender moments. I recommend Stole Away as a fastasy fun read.


Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton

Everneath (Everneath, #1)

                   Everneath (Everneath #1)

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Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.

She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...
 
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 24th 2012 by Harper Collins / Balzer + Bray
 
 
 
 (MY THOUGHTS)      5 HEARTS!!!!!
Everneath is an emotional, heart-breaking love story. I was begging please, please through tears for it not to end. Brodi Ashton is an awesomely gifted writer. I felt like I was living this story with Nikki, Jack, and Cole, instead of reading about them. Ashton gives you a story about immortals feeding on the emotions of humans and Ashton delivers that same feeling of emotion to her readers. I felt every emotion of my heart being ripped to pieces right along with Nikki and Jack's love.

Nikki is seventeen and has just come back from the Everneath. Now she has six months to figure out how to get her life back from Cole and the Shades of Everneath. In her last six months on the surface she will finally find out the truth about that night with her boyfriend Jack that sent her running to Cole's arms six months before, but the truth will not free her from the Everneath.

Jack is eighteen and has loved Nikki ever since she was eleven when he tried to get her attention by hitting a baseball at her head. Aww, the sweet things guys do to get a girl’s attention. It takes Jack waiting six years on Nikki to realize he has been in love with her and that she’s been the only girl he ever loved. Jack might have convinced her a little sooner if he hadn’t been known as Mr. hot and heavy with all the girls.

I have to tell you, I fell in love with Jack Caputo. He might have been a player with all the girls while he was waiting on the true love of his life, but boy, when Jack gets HIS Nikki, he loves her hard and forever. Jack is that good-bad boy that makes all us girls drool over. Yes, I used the DROOL word and I’m not ashamed ;)

Cole is a Everliving. He's definitely the bad guy. There’s no doubt about that. Any guy who wants to literally suck the life right out of you can't be good for you, but I just couldn't totally hate him. Cole has mystery about him, and I wanted to find out all his secrets. This first book ended in an intriguing place with Nikki and Cole, and I can't wait to see where Brodi Ashton takes Cole's character in the next book.

Everneath is one intense, emotional suspense, that you will not survive Nikki and Jack's heart-breaking love story of the underworld, Everneath, without shedding tears for your own broken heart. I highly, highly recommend Everneath as a must read.

 
 
 

Halflings (Halflings #1) By Heather Burch

Halflings (Halflings, #1)

             Halflings (Halflings #1)

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After being inexplicably targeted by an evil intent on harming her at any cost, seventeen-year-old Nikki finds herself under the watchful guardianship of three mysterious young men who call themselves halflings. Sworn to defend her, misfits Mace, Raven, and Vine battle to keep Nikki safe while hiding their deepest secret—and the wings that come with.

A growing attraction between Nikki and two of her protectors presents a whole other danger. While she risks a broken heart, Mace and Raven could lose everything, including their souls. As the mysteries behind the boys’ powers, as well as her role in a scientist’s dark plan, unfold, Nikki is faced with choices that will affect the future of an entire race of heavenly beings, as well as the precarious equilibrium of the earthly world.
Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: February 1st 2012 by Zondervan Publishing  





 (MY THOUGHTS)    
Halflings has a fantastic storyline with plenty of action, drama, and romance—all what I love in a novel. Heather Burch has finally done what I have wanted to see in a triangle romance for a long time. Burch's writing was also fantastic and exciting, she kept me glued to this story with a cliffhanger ending that had me loving the main character Nikki. Burch has taken the half-human and half-angel that we are familiar with and given it a new twist. And the intriguing storyline had me loving the Halflings.

Nikki is a seventeen-year-old kick-butt martial artist, Kawasaki motorcycle riding girl, but she’s never broken the rules. She’s a tough girl that uses her brain for more than girly clothes, make-up and boy swooning, which drives her best friend Krissy crazy. Its going take more than the good-looking football quarterback to get Nikki's heart swooning over a guy. When Nikki finds herself fighting the evil forces of hell, she soon realizes her I-can-take-care-of-my-own-self altitude is going to need the help of three new gorgeous guys that just moved to her town, and two of the guys are going to melt her tough girl heart.

Mace, Raven, and Vine are the three gorgeous halflings sent on a heavenly mission to fight the evil forces that come against Nikki, along with their caregiver Will. Mace is the good guy hero type that never breaks the rules. Raven is the bad-boy who always breaks the rules, and Vine is the newbie who's just looking for his next candy fixes.

Nikki, who's never had any of those girly swoon love problems, has met her match with Mace. Nikki, the girl who couldn't fall in love, has just fallen for both Mace and Raven, but now she will know the power and the pain of love's heart-break for the two guys she loves but will never have.

Halflings is a totally different triangle love romance. One I have been waiting for a long time and I’m so glad Heather Burch has written Nikki, Mace, and Raven’s intriguing romance with a fantastic strong storyline with action, drama, humor and heart-break. Burch has given her main character Nikki a strong personality that I truly admire when facing life's most hurtful choices, Nikki's character shows she can make responsible choices while her whole life is being taken away from her as you will see in this heart-breaking cliffhanger. I highly recommend Halflings as a must read.

Also there is a free ebook, 11:15 The Making of a Halfling, that starts the Halflings adventure! If you've already read Halfings, this will add to your fun. If you haven't, this will introduce you to the Halflings.



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Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)

           Hallowed (Unearthly #2)

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For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

Described by Richelle Mead as “utterly captivating,” Unearthly received outstanding reviews, garnered accolades from New York Times bestselling authors, and was named an Indie Next Pick. In this heart-wrenching sequel, Cynthia Hand expertly captures the all-consuming joy of first love—and the agony of loss. This beautifully woven tale will appeal to fans of Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick, and Aprilynne Pike.

Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: January 17th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2012) 


 (MY THOUGHTS)      5 HEARTS!!!

In the first book of the Unearthly series, Cynthia Hand took me on the greatest, most hilarious romance adventure with Clara and Tucker. I was rolling in laugher with Clara and Tucker in the first book. But Cynthia Hand has proven she can also break your heart. As hard as she had me laughing in the first book, she had me crying just as hard in Hallowed. Cynthia Hand is an awesome writer. I don't know how else to say it. She has delivered such an amazing series. Hand took me from holding my side till I thought I couldn't laugh anymore in Unearthly, to begging no more heart break I don't have any more tears to cry in Hallowed.

Clara is going to go through a lot in her senior year, with love, family, her future, even who she really is. Every one of these are going to bring heart break for her. Clara will have to grow up and face things she doesn’t want to face, and truths that she doesn’t want to see. Truth with Tucker, Christian, her brother Jeffrey, and her dad. What Clara gained in her life in Unearthly she loses it all in Hallowed.

Tucker and Christian's love for Clara will come to be known more clearly for Clara in this book. One who loves her and one who needs her. I love Tucker, but Christian is showing more of who he is in this book. I honestly don't know who I love more, my heart was breaking for Christian in Hallowed. Both these guys at this point has my heart breaking for them. Clara will have to make a choice she doesn't want to make. What was so clear for her in Unearthly will now become a choice between her heart or her purpose in Hallowed.

Hallowed is definitely a must read. I wish I had the insight to Cynthia Hand's mind I'm going to have a hard time waiting for the next book in the Unearthly series. The first book Unearthly was lots of fun and laughs, Hallowed is definitely for breaking your heart. I highly recommend Hallowed as a must,must read.


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The Gathering Storm (Katerina Alexandrovna #1) by Robin Bridges

The Gathering Storm (Katerina Alexandrovna, #1)

The Gathering Storm (Katerina Alexandrovna #1)

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St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. No one knows. Not her family. Not the girls at her finishing school. Not the tsar or anyone in her aristocratic circle. Katerina considers her talent a curse, not a gift. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue.

An evil presence is growing within Europe's royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina's strength as a necromancer attracts attention from unwelcome sources . . . including two young men—George Alexandrovich, the tsar's standoffish middle son, who needs Katerina's help to safeguard Russia, even if he's repelled by her secret, and the dashing Prince Danilo, heir to the throne of Montenegro, to whom Katerina feels inexplicably drawn.

The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?
 
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: January 10th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
 
 
 
 (MY THOUGHTS)      5  HEARTS!!!!!
 The Gathering Storm is like an all-in-one paranormal novel. Robin Bridges has created an amazing Historical storyline with Vampires, werewolves, faeries, witches, undead and necromancy with forbidden romance. Bridges has an enormous, fantastic imagination that left me in total amazement of this huge plot. I totally fell in love with the characters and the historical paranormal world.

Katerina is sixteen and hides that she’s a necromancer, or at least she thought she had it hidden. But it seems that the vampires and faerie know about her gift, or her curse, as Katerina believes it to be. Katerina just wants to be a doctor, but in 1888 women aren't allowed to be doctors. They’re sent to the young noble maidens’ school to learn how to be a prefect wife. Katerina is a strong-willed girl who's not going to let a man tell her what she can do. Prince Danilo is determined to have Katerina as his wife, and Katerina sees no way out of this marriage, especially if she wants to keep the lives of her family and George—the one she truly loves—safe.

George is a Duke and the son of the tsar, and he's pledged to keep Katerina safe. But how is George to honor his pledge when the one he is to keep safe is going to marry vampire Prince Danile. Katerina definitely has a problem with her romance with George, the one guy she does love, and who she can't be with. There’s a little issues with her being dark and George being of the light court and plus their kiss could be their last . . . at least for George.

The Gathering Storm has an incredible storyline with Historical, paranormal creatures, and a romance to die for, literally. I recommend The Gathering Storm as a must read.
 
 

Under the Never Sky (Under The Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky

Under the Never Sky (Under The Never Sky #1)

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Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY.
 
Hardcover, US, 400 pages
Expected publication: January 3rd 2012 by HarperCollins 
 
 
 
(MY THOUGHTS)      5 HEARTS!!!!!
Under the Never Sky is a beautiful dystopian love story. Veronica Rossi’s writing is beautiful. You're going to hear the word beautiful a lot in this review along with amazing, because that’s the way this story made me feel while I read. Rossi's dystopian world is amazing with Dweller, Outsider, disease, mutative, cannibals and the aether sky. And this is just the tip of this fantastic world. Most of all what I loved about this novel was the love between Perry and Aria. Rossi's went beyond romance this was beautiful love happening with Perry and Aria. It was truly intimate between these two main characters. Under the Never Sky is written from Perry and Aria's alternating POVs, and I love when the author does this, that pulls me deeper into story to see the guy’s feelings as well as the girls. Rossi also left me with an incredible heart-throbbing cliffhanger. All I could do after reading the last sentence in this novel was to release a gasp and say I love this story.

Aria is seventeen and she’s called a dweller. Dwellers live in a protected Realm behind a pod wall because the world outside this pod is called the Death Shop where there is a million ways to die. Aria becomes the Consuls escape goat, and Consul blames her for a crime she didn't do and is cast out into the Death Shop. There she meets Perry, who is eighteen and an Outsider, and his nephew has just been kidnap by the Dweller. Perry finds Aria, and he wants her for only one reason, and that’s to get him into the Reverie to get his nephew back. Aria has no choice but to go with Perry, but Aria makes a deal with Perry that she will help if he helps find her mother that has been sent to the Bliss realm.

Aria has been raised her whole life to believe Outsiders are savages, and Perry, with his mutative ability, and cold, rude, and eerie animal ways, Aria has no doubt what she’s been taught is true. But on this journey together to save their love ones. They are going find who the real savages are and the love that will change them and the world they live in forever.

Under the Never Sky is an amazingly beautiful love story that I fell in love with the characters and the dystopian world. I highly recommend Under the Never Sky as a must, must read.

 
 
 
 

Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom

Ditched: A Love Story


                      Ditched: A Love Story

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High school senior Justina Griffith was never the girl who dreamed of going to prom. Designer dresses and strappy heels? Not her thing. So she never expected her best friend, Ian Clark, to ask her.
Ian, who always passed her the baseball bat handle first.
Ian, who knew exactly when she needed red licorice.
Ian, who promised her the most amazing night at prom.
And then ditched her.
Now, as the sun rises over her small town, and with only the help of some opinionated ladies at the 7-Eleven, Justina must piece together — stain by stain on her thrift-store dress — exactly how she ended up dateless. A three-legged Chihuahua was involved. Along with a demolition derby-ready Cadillac. And there was that incident at the tattoo parlor. Plus the flying leap from Brian Sontag's moving car...
But to get the whole story, Justina will have to face the boy who ditched her. And discover if losing out at prom can ultimately lead to true love.
Filled with humor, charm, and romance, Ditched: A Love Story by debut novelist Robin Mellom will have readers dreaming of love on their own prom nights.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: January 10th 2012 by Disney-Hyperion 

 (MY THOUGHTS)       5 HEARTS!!!!
Ditched is a book that when I started reading it, I was doing the eye roll thing, but found the corners of my mouth turning up into a big smile. Ditched is hilariously fantastic. I couldn't put this book down. Robin Mellom’s writing pulled me in and kept me so intrigued in the story that I had to find out what happen with Justina, the dress, and Ian. Mellom brought back all my memories of excessive behavior as a teenage girl as I was reading, and yes, my own eye rolls at myself.

Justina is an excessive fantasizer with an assumption problem that will give her one insane night at her prom. Also with her best friend Ian that she has started falling for after he brings her licorice, Motrin, and wearing that green shirt. Justina has her prom night all planned out—how she wants to show, and tell Ian that she wants to be more than just friends. But what starts out as her prefect fantasy of Ian and becoming his girlfriend turns into a prom night of horror.

Ian has promised Justina the best night of her life at their prom, her own personal stain fighter. But it’s the stains that will tell Justina's story of the prom night from hell and Ian Clark will become the scumbag jerk, and Allyson Moore will be Justina's parasite pal. It’s great to have an assumption problem and Justina’s fixing to find out when you assume things, you usually make an ass out of your own self.

Ditched is a love story that's full of fun and loads of laughs that kept me glued to till the end of Justina's night at prom, and if she’d get Ian and that green shirt that started it all. I recommend Ditched as a hilarious must read.

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Destiny's Fire

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Sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—a part of a nearly extinct race of Kythan descended from ancient guardians who protected the pharaohs of Egypt. As Shythe, they must keep their shape-shifting ability and electric power hidden from the humans of their steam-powered world.

It’s the year 2040 and the Shythe Council has lowered their barrier, allowing the Narcolym—the dominant race of Kythan whose Flame ushered in the steam era—to enter their haven. As the Narcolym airships get closer, Dez secretly trains for an attack that her best friend Jace believes is coming despite the Treaty Act. Not only is Dez wary of war, and her growing affection for Jace, but she fears the change her fast-approaching birthday will bring.

When her power rockets out of control, Dez knows she’ll never attend the Shythe Academy with her friends, and worse, her mother’s planning to run. But a Narco named Reese could change her fate . . . if she can trust him. After Dez discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, her guarded world crumbles. She’s forced to choose between the race who’s raised her and the enemy she’s feared her whole life.

DESTINY'S FIRE is an emotional journey of Dez’s struggle to overcome her fear and embrace her power—her destiny.
Paperback
Expected publication: January 10th 2012 by Omnific Publishing

On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane

On a Dark Wing

                           On a Dark Wing

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The choices I had made led to the moment when fate took over. I would learn a lesson I wasn't prepared for. And Death would be my willing teacher.
Five years ago, Abbey Chandler cheated Death. She survived a horrific car accident, but her "lucky" break came at the expense of her mother's life and changed everything. After she crossed paths with Death—by taking the hand of an ethereal boy made of clouds and sky—she would never be normal again.
Now she's the target of Death's ravens and an innocent boy's life is on the line. When Nate Holden—Abbey's secret crush—starts to climb Alaska's Denali, the Angel of Death stalks him because of her.
And Abbey finds out the hard way that Death never forgets.
 
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: December 20th 2011 by Harlequin Teen 
 
 
 
 (MY THOUGHTS)        5 HEARTS!!!!!
On a Dark Wing is a beautiful story of a teenage girl who becomes a young woman, and understanding the meaning of love and the sacrifices she will need to make for it. I love Jordan Dane’s writing. She always writes with an eerie darkness and romance that touches deep into my heart. I thought Dane’s novel, In the Arms of Stone Angels, had me crying of heart-break, but she takes On a Dark Wing to a deeper level of heart-break that had me crying all the way though Abby's story. Jordan Dane just has this great insight for writing dark, eerie paranormal, that sends chills though my body. She definitely has a gift for writing the eerie.

Abbey is a stubborn, head-strong teenage girl. She has carried the guilt of her mother's death for five years, which has closed her inside a dark place and makes her an outcast with her peers at school. But Death has come back to Abbey, and what she thought she hated, will be what shows her the meaning of love.

Abbey does have one friend, Tanner. I love this guy. Tanner is also an outcast and loner, which is why Abbey and Tanner cling to each other. Tanner is a true friend to Abby and there is nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for her. Tanner and Abbey’s relationship is one that had me loving these two together, especially when Abbey figures out what's fantasy and what's real.

On a Dark Wing is told from about five POVs, with Abbey being the main one. I liked this. I like knowing what the other characters are thinking, and Jordan Dane's writing from this many POVs is clear for each character. I highly recommend On a Dark Wing as a must read and am definitely looking forward to Jordan Dean's next novels.

 
 

Young Love Murder (Young Assassins) by April Brookshire

Young Love Murder (Young Assassins)

        Young Love Murder (Young Assassins)

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This isn’t a love story, it’s a love adventure.

First love’s a killer, but so is seventeen-year-old Annabelle Blanc. She was raised to be an assassin and taught to never fall in love. She’s at the top of her game until she meets Gabriel Sanchez. Totally devoted to her profession, she’s never been naive. Except for when it comes to love.

Wealthy, spoiled and self-indulgent, Gabriel Sanchez doesn’t think past his next conquest. Until he sets his sights on Annabelle. Expecting the mysterious Anna to be like every other girl, Gabriel finds himself drawn into a world of deception and murder.

As two worlds collide, will Annabelle and Gabriel be able to overcome betrayal, revenge and heartbreak to find love?
Kindle Edition
Published August 24th 2011 by April Brookshire



 (MY THOUGHTS)        5 HEARTS!!!!!
 Young Love Murder is one adventurous novel that I would love to say, ''Oh yeah, baby, this is my life". April Brookshire doesn't lie when she says, "This isn't a love story, it's a love adventure". I love this novel with its kick-ass assassin and its wild roller coaster ride of a romance. Brookshire has added new meaning to the saying I love you to death. I love Brookshire’s writing and the way she tells a story with a lot of humor and romance. But there’s also plenty of drama and action. Brookshire did excellent on all the characters, especially with Anna. There’s no way a girl, who has been raised in an assassin life-style, that also becomes an assassin, is going to have a normal life or romance. So this story for me was real to who the characters are and has a fantastic storyline.


Seventeen-year-old Annabelle (Anna) is a highly trained assassin, who is hired by anonymous clients to take out the bad criminals of this world—the ones that the government can't touch, or people can't get justice from in the courts. Anna’s parents were killed when she was two. Her parents’ good friend Simon, who worked with them in the assassin profession, raised Anna and her brother Jackson. Simon trains Anna and Jackson to be assassins and so they can protect themselves from their parents’ killers. But one thing Anna wasn't trained for was falling in love. Anna was taught love was a weakness, that it will get her killed. But when Anna meets her target's son Gabriel,  she finds out she can't fight fate, fate that Gabriel is the love of her life.

Gabriel is seventeen and a player. He's out for fun at the clubs and a little down time with all the young ladies he can get. Cocky Gabriel is about to get whipped when he meets Anna. She’s definitely not like any other girl. What teenage girl wears a knife strapped to her upper thigh? Gabriel and Anna’s romance is hilarious and deadly, but it is a beautiful one and I loved it.

Jackson is Anna's nineteen-year-old brother and I love this guy. He's just Mr. Cool. Jackson and Anna’s relationship is great. I was laughing at these two all the way through this story. When a normal brother protects his sister it’s funny enough, but when the brother is assassin, you might better take him seriously when he tells you you better not hurt is baby sister. Jackson and Anna are truth to their sibling rivalry, but they’re also all the family each other has, and Jackson will do whatever it takes to keep his sister safe.

Young Love Murder starts out with Anna and Gabriel at seventeen, and you go through their four year period of first love, heart-breaks, to when they finally get it right when they’re twenty. Young Love Murder is definitely a romantic adventure and one I highly recommend as a must read. I can't wait for the next book when it’s cool Jackson's turn to fall in love.

A Taste for Passion (Kendrians #1) by Patrice Michelle


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          A Taste for Passion (Kendrians #1)

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Rana Sterling finally finds the man of her dreams and BOY does he know how to push all the right buttons. Only, Mr. Tall, Dark and Too-Good-to-Be-True turns out to be just that; he's a real live, fanged vampire! Lucian Trevane has a duty to fulfill. He's expected to take the role of Vité, leader of the vampires in three days. But he knows he won't take the position without his wife by his side. Now, after seventy years of searching for his reincarnated fiancé, he finally finds the woman of his dreams in Rana Sterling. Rana may respond to his lovemaking, but she refuses to become his vampire wife. As if their lives aren't complicated enough, throw in a vengeful vampire, a surprise twist, and the fact Rana and Lucian can't deny the strong attraction that exists between them and you've just stepped into A TASTE OF PASSION.

Trade Paperback, 172 pages
Published August 28th 2003 by Ellora's Cave 




 (MY THOUGHTS)     5 HEARTS!!!!!   Adult Paranormal Romance
A Taste for Passion is HOT! HOT! HOT! I love the way Patrice Michelle wrote Lucian's character. This man knows what to say to a woman. I kept thinking: why can't men really talk this way? Then I remember, oh yeah, it’s only those sexy, gorgeous vampire guys that can talk heart-swooning romance. But this is why I read books, and author Patrice Michelle is definitely an awesome Romance author. Michelle pulled me into this fantastic vampire world. And I will be reading more about these gorgeous vampire men of the five vampire clans in the rest of the series.

Rana, who has just lost her grandfather, walks into an antique store trying to take her mind off the grief she feels for her grandfather. She buys an antique ring, but this is no ordinary ring. Lucian has put a spell on the ring so that when a woman—the only one who can be his mate—puts it on, it will release a smell that only he and his mate can smell. There’s only one problem with this, Rana’s not ready to become a vampire mate, and definitely not keen on the idea of being Lucian's reincarnated fiancée.

Lucian is of the Kantrians clan, and it’s time he takes his position as the new Vite to lead the five different clans. Now, after waiting eighty years for his mate, Lucian has found her and he's ready for Rana to stand by his side and to become the Vite. But Kraid is of the the Ruean clan and has his own plans of who the next Vite leader will be. And Kraid is going to make sure its not going to be the human lover Lucian.

A Taste for Passion is true to its title. The romance between Rana and Lucian is beautiful and passionate, along with fantastic drama and action. I also enjoyed the sneak peek of the first chapter to the next book in this series, A Taste of Revenge, that takes you into Ian of the Ruean clan’s story. I recommend A Taste for Passion as must read.

Sundial by C.F. Fruzzetti, M.I. Pearsall

Sundial

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Teenager Whitney Forbes thought her biggest problem was surviving high school and determining if there was more to handsome Reid Wallace than just his looks and popularity. She was wrong; her problems were about to get a lot more complicated.

Whitney always knew she was special. But when she discovers she is more special than she ever imagined, surviving another school day takes on a whole new meaning. Caught in the middle of a CIA plot and her undeniable magnetic attraction to Reid, she will need to decide who she can trust and what it means to become the Sundial...before she risks her heart and an alarming plan goes into motion.

Will she have what it takes to not only survive but also prevail? Time brings the truth to light in this epic adventure about love, trust and the process of turning adversity into advantage.

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Published July 7th 2011 by Pure Energy Books
 
 
 
 (MY THOUGHTS)       4 HEARTS!!!!
Sundial has an excellent storyline: teenagers with gifted psychic powers. C.F Fruzzetti and M.I. Pearsall have definitely created a fantastic series. But I do have a few issues with this story. One, there are a few places where the story jumps. For example, they’re at school, and then when I turn to the next page they’re on a boat for the fourth of July. That was a big gap in the storyline for me. What took place between that time? Second was with Reid and his relationship with this girl Karen. This was a hard one for me to overlook. Yes, I understand there’s a secret going on with Reid and Karen that will come out in the next book, but this totally aggravated me. I mean, Whitney and Reid are supposed to be in a serious relationship. Reid has told Whitney he loves her, right, and Reid and this girl Karen were together two months ago. Even spent an hour together behind a locked bedroom door at party. Plus now that Reid and Whitney are supposed to be together, Reid is still flirting with her and giving her rides to school. At a party, Karen yells to Reid "Hope you don’t mind that I wore your T-shirt, Reid". And what gets me is Whitney is pissed, but she never asks him about it. Excuse me, but that’s not real for me. I think any girl would jump his butt on this. There’s no way I would be at a party and some ex-girlfriend that my boyfriend used to go with says that in front of everybody and not ask him about this girl wearing his shirt. I would definitely say: HOW THE HECK DID SHE GET YOUR SHIRT?! And then tell him to kiss my butt, good-bye. It’s been fun, BYE! Then to top it all off, every time Whitney talks to Sean, who has been her friend since grade school, Reid tells Sean not to talk to Whitney and also pushes Sean in the pool at the same party that Karen was yelling to Reid about wearing his T-shirt. Whitney said nothing about it.... nothing! I'm sorry, but this is not going to do it for me. There’s not a girl—even a girl with super-powers—that's not going to be pissed. Now with that out of my system, if the author’s intentions were to get me totally worked up over Whitney’s walk-right-over-me altitude, then she did dang good job at it, because it worked. I am.

I loved everything else about this novel. I even liked Whitney (except this one issue with her) I somewhat liked Reid, even though I see him as a jerk right know in this first book. Their super powers and being in a secret government program with the CIA, and Reid and Whitney being trained for missions I really liked with all this James Bond secret agent and the cold war. I love the nineteen eighty's music theme that is in this storyline. So yes, I would recommend Sundial as a great read, and I will read the next book in this series, mostly to see if Whitney gets a back bone with the Reid and Karen problem. The two authors are fantastic writers and I will be glad to come back and say, man they really got me with the Karen thing and it was amazing what C.F. Fruzzetti and M.I. Pearsall did with the MC’s character development.