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Fear My Mortality

Fear My Mortality - Everly Frost
Fear My Mortality had so much potential. The cover is interesting, and the idea of mortality being an anomaly was unique. I found myself uncharacteristically looking forward to this read. (Remember, I’m not one who easily jumps into reads unless they come from trusted advisers.) Turns out this book was a bit of an anomaly itself. You see, while I was holding my Kindle in my hands, and physically reading the book, I was invested. However, when I would take a reading break I found myself not wanting to pick it back up. I was hesitating so much that I kept trying to convince myself to quit. Then I would force myself to pick back up the book, and again I would find myself sucked into the action. It was a very strange up and down feeling.

That’s not to say that I didn’t actively have a problem with the writing or the plot, even when reading. I mean, first of all, the biggest gripe I had was the stupidity of every single character in the entire story, save one. I’m not even talking only about the main characters, I’m talking about the villains, too. Nothing, absolutely nothing, that anyone did in this story made even a little sense. Michael and Ava are on the run, yet multiple times they just stop to sleep for the night… before they’re in the safe zone. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what’s going to happen at that point, and yet they kept doing it! I’m sorry if you think that’s a small spoiler, I think it’s relevant to the review. I have more, about the stupidity of the bad guys, but I’ll keep those to myself.

I think I just felt like the author wasn’t writing in the heads of well thought out characters. I felt like she created cookie cutter characters, then had them do what she thought they should to amp up the action. Even when it made no sense whatsoever. Normally I’m a go with the flow reader, I can suspend reality further than I probably should. In this story I couldn’t rationalize hardly anything at all.

On the flip side, like I said, when I was reading I couldn’t stop. What was it that kept me going even when I had all those complaints? Well, the action is pretty much non-stop. When the book is in your hands, and you’re reading those words, your adrenaline spikes and you just find yourself riding those waves. Also, I loved this worlds idea’s when it came to regeneration. The slow healers, vs the fast healers. Particularly Michael. He could grow on me. In addition, I also really loved Josh, Ava’s brother. He doesn’t last long, but he definitely left an impression. That impression was strong enough to resonate through the whole story.

I also loved my personal internal dialogue about whether or not Michael was truly a murderer. When nobody can die, and that’s the world in which you were raised, is it really your fault when out of nowhere someone DOES? Killing in Fear the Mortality is commonplace. They play Killing games. Their right of passage is to be killed and then timed to see how long it takes you to heal. Death isn’t permanent. Until suddenly it was, and Michael was branded a murderer. But was he really?

Overall, I may find myself reading the next installment. I can’t say I’m jumping up and down for it, but that residual interest is still there. I just hope that the characters learn from past mistakes.

Thank you to Month9Books for providing a copy of his book, in exchange for an honest review.

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OCDaniel

OCDaniel - Wesley King
(I just realized that the cover shows a q-tip stick figure! Both hilarious, and also kind of sad.)

OCDaniel is the story of a 13 year old boy who doesn’t realize that he has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, he believes he’s just going crazy. He hides his ‘zaps’ or compulsions from his friends and his family, and he has horrible panic attacks. As a mother, who’s daughter is 12, my heart hurt for Daniel. I just kept wishing that he would tell someone, or someone would find out, something so he could start getting help. He needed help.

On top of the story of Daniel’s OCD, you were also reading him awkwardly trying to live up to the rest of the football team. In the beginning, Daniel is just a backup Kicker, or a glorified water-boy. However, he winds up playing, and being pressured to perform. He is also helping Psycho Sara to solve a mystery. His little 13 year old life is quite busy.

What I liked: I really enjoyed the way Daniel talked about his disorder, that he called Zaps. Everything he said struck me as being so sincere. His own terms fit the symptom well, and even though it occasionally made me chuckle it was never without heartache. (Not too surprising, as the author explains having written the story from personal experience.) I also loved how Daniel coped by writing, and that the story he wrote was one that helped him make sense of what was going on with him. I loved that in a sense Daniel learns to accept his eccentricities, and even in some ways embrace the unusual. I liked Daniel’s friendship with Max, his best friend. I loved that even though they were so different, Max never seemed to treat Daniel like he wasn’t ‘cool’. In that way their friendship reminded me of Shawn and Corey from Boy Meets World.

What I found harder to swallow: As I said before, I kept waiting for everyone to find out but apparently it wasn’t that type of book. That’s alright, I suppose. It’s just, for me, I was waiting to see how Max was going to react to finding out Daniel’s truth. Daniel’s parents weren’t horrible, but it killed me every time they came close to the truth only to willingly accept his cover-ups. I understand that Daniel was coming to terms with it in his own heart, but at the same time he was just a little boy and he was fighting a battle that I just can’t believe he would win on his own. (I also found all the ‘football’ stuff just a little outside reality.)

At the end, while it was my urge to rate OCDaniel with one less star, I decided to go with four. I liked more than I disliked, and I also have to take into account that this is a book for the Middle Grade level. Should the message be about talking to your parents? As a parent myself, I think so. However, sometimes the story is more about finding acceptance in your own skin which is also important.
 
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing a copy of his book, in exchange for an honest review.

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“Rhage! You have a dragon! A pet dragon! I got to rub his tummy!”

The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series) - J.R. Ward

In my review for Blood Kiss I went on and on about my history with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Basically what it boils down to was that it started off all rainbows, and it ended up all storm clouds. Thankfully I was pretty happy with the first installment of the spin-off series, and that book put me in a good frame of mind for the release of The Beast.

That’s not to say I was without fear. I think in some ways I had MORE fear going into reading The Beast than I did when I picked up Blood Kiss. The Beast brings us back to my favorite story in the Black Dagger Brotherhood saga, which was Rhage and Mary in Lover Eternal. Frankly, in the romance genre in its entirety there is only a few other books that comes close to how much I loved Rhage and Mary’s love story. It really had very little to do with Mary, actually, other than in how Rhage felt about her. My love for that original book was all about Rhage. He was the epitome of everything and anything I’ve ever loved in a hero. He was the perfect balance of need, tenderness, and humor. He was beautiful, both outside and inside. He was perfection.

I’ll let you in on a little secret, I am incapable of reading a story that ruins beloved characters. Knowing that, and knowing how I’ve felt about the last 3ish BDB books, I was honestly terrified to read The Beast. I would have been inconsolable if anything horrible had happened, or if the book had just been so bad that the original story suffered for it.

Luckily none of that happened. Luckily Rhage and Mary got an amazing sequel to their story. Luckily they weren’t overshadowed by too much random otherness. The Beast wasn’t quite the amazeballs story that Lover Eternal was. It didn’t hit you in the heart, right where it hurts, but it did give you a wonderful solid sequel for their life. The best part, they never ever stop loving each other. Even when they’re hurting, and that creates a small distance between them, they never question their ability to stay together or be together.

Even better, Rhage was written exactly as he was in the original book. He’s still that same balance of everything you love in a hero. He’s goofy and funny. Mary is still his entire everything. He still struggles with his beast, made easier by the beasts love of Mary. His brothers are there to help him through it.

In the end, I’m happy to report that I enjoyed this series again. It left me wanting more, more BDB and more BDLegacy. I hope one of these two books gives me more Z, the other brother I loved the most.

 

Thank you to NAL for providing a copy of his book, in exchange for an honest review.

 

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The Unspoken Thing

A Gentleman's Position - K.J. Charles

It’s fair to say that those of us who’ve been reading Society of Gentleman have been pretty excited to finally read about Richard and Cyprian. From the very beginning Cyprian has been the glue that ties this Society’s secrets together, keeping them all safe. We’ve known for a while that the relationship between Richard and Cyprian runs far deeper than Lord and valet, even if they have outwardly, and privately, maintained an appropriate employer/servant balance. We also knew that at the end of A Seditious Affair Cyprian was tired of waiting and was beginning to make steps to turn Richards attentions on himself.

So, you can maybe understand my surprise when I actually read the book and it doesn’t play out at all like I thought it would. Through the entire course of the series David Cyprian has been a force. He saved lives, he ruined lives, he did whatever it took to keep Richard and his friends safe. To me, at least, he was such a badass. He’s Foxy, slightly scary in his abilities, both as Richard’s valet and as Richard’s flashman. I felt sure that he would quietly and sneakily manage Lord Richard right into his bed. That’s not exactly how it played out. What does happen is a lot more heartache and hurt feelings, which took some of that magic shine off Cyprian.

In A Gentleman’s Position Cyprian was humanized. Most of the time, that’s a great thing. I’m sure for most readers it was wonderful to read Cyprian vulnerable. I actually liked seeing that Cyprian was vulnerable to Richard too. I like when Badass Characters are vulnerable to the one they love. I think my issue lay more in how Cyprian seemed to lose some of his strength. Granted, he was Mr. Fox, and being a fox implies more cunning than brute strength, so I completely agree that it just could have been my bar was too high. He was still plenty cunning in the third book. He still had a sharp smile and a quick mind. He also felt just a little more whiny… don’t kill me, I know it’s unfair! I just can’t help feeling this way!

My immeasurable bar standard for Cyprian was the only thing that brought my rating down. The plot itself was very good, tying all three books together. The whole group was together, as stuffy and funny as ever, and Richard’s love for his Mr. Fox was beautiful, as was Cyprian’s love for his lord.

With the conclusion of A Gentleman’s Position I do believe that this series is over. I feel like it happened so fast. It feels as though I only just read my first K.J. Charles novel with A Fashionable Indulgence. I won’t be unhappy if I were to hear that there’ll be more, and if not there’s always A Charm of Magpies!

 

Thank you to Loveswept and Netgalley for providing a copy of his book, in exchange for an honest review.

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Blast from the Past

Once a Rancher (The Carsons of Mustang Creek) - Linda Lael Miller

First, and most importantly, how in the world did they know they needed Jason Priestley to pose Priestleyfor that cover all the way back in the 90’s?! Seriously, maybe it’s just the pose, but the likeness is uncanny! Every time I look at it I giggle. It actually makes me feel better about how that model doesn’t look anything like how I pictured Slater during my read.

It wasn’t until just this moment that the name Slater began resonating in my mind with Saved by the Bell, and now I have a weird mash-up of Jason Priestley and AC Slater in my head. Picture Brandon Walsh, wearing parachute pants and a mullet, riding a stallion. Just no. No.

Okay, now, let’s get serious. Once a Rancher was a nostalgia selection for me. As a young teen, 13-14, I was an avid reader. More avid than I am even today. We’re talking a book a day. If I went on vacation for 10 days, I took 10 books, and I read all of them. Many times I would take one or two books with me to my older sister’s house, when I was there for a weekend, and finish them too quickly. Since not having a book to read is akin to death for a reader, I’d start digging through her drawers of books. She didn’t have book shelves, she put her books in her guest room drawers, oddly enough. Inside those drawers I discovered true Historical Fiction, like Mary Queen of Scots by Margaret George, or heavy fiction like Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen… but mostly inside were quick light romantic reads by authors like Nora Roberts, Jude Devereaux, and of course Linda Lael Miller. To be perfectly honest, prior to today I hadn’t read a book by any of these authors in decades. Despite that, when I saw Once a Rancher on the list of ARC’s on Netgalley’s website something inside me just had to request it. It wasn’t that I was ever a huge fan, or if was my favorite genre, it was purely in remembrance of my youth.

What I discovered, reading now in my mid 30’s, is that Romance as a genre has come so far. The set up in Once a Rancher felt exactly the way it felt when I was young. ‘Hot’, tall, virulent, man meets woman and is taken aback by her fiery personality, thrown for a loop at her independence, and of course she happens to be the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on. The heroine is hesitant, for whatever reason, to begin a relationship but finds herself quickly and irresistibly drawn to him. She’s so drawn to him that she overlooks slightly aggressive behavior that in our current decade has quickly become frowned upon, such as being invited by said man somewhere but, without waiting for her agreement, he just assumes the answer is yes and proceeds as such. Or, assuming that the female MC wants to have sex, without any real discussion, and proceeds as such.

That’s not to say that I think Slater was a ‘bad man’, or that Grace couldn’t have said no at any time and he would stop. Lucky for the both of them that the actions were appreciated or this could have been a whole different story. The truth is that even though the plot felt regurgitated, and the characters felt one dimensional, I actually did enjoy reading this book. It was fast, a day read so it was like a blast from the past, it was sweet, and it even made me highlight one passage:

One night does not make us lovers. And for the record, ‘lovers’ is an archaic term only used in historical romance novels, along with smelling salts and perfectly tied cravats.”



Maybe it’s because I read a lot of historical, but that made my giggle audible.

So, what did I learn from this walk down memory lane? I learned that formula is important to a story. I learned that I prefer present day romance novels, because they’re more meaty. I learned that that none of that really matters, because despite how much substance this story lacked, I will probably be right there requesting the follow up story. With ‘Always a Cowboy’ as the title, me thinks it’s about Drake and I can’t help my curiosity.

 

Thank you to HQN Books and Netgalley for providing a copy of his book, in exchange for an honest review.

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Knowledge is power is time is money.

Storm and Silence (Storm and Silence Saga) (Volume 1) - Robert Thier

Immediate Final Thoughts: Wow! That was awesome!

In an effort to keep it real, I’m fully admitting that selecting your next read based entirely off a synopsis can be pretty hit or miss. I’d say most of the time books selected this way will run anywhere from lukewarm to total flop. For that reason, no matter how excited I feel, I can’t help but prepare myself to be let down. Storm and Silence has a really great synopsis. It may not be a long blurb, but it packs a punch. In addition it has an eye-catching cover and a slew of glowing reviews to back it up. Again, despite all, I was both looking forward to the read and preparing myself to be the one voice of dissension. That so didn’t happen.

Storm and Silence had a momentum that only went uphill, starting in the first chapter. In the first few paragraphs of that first chapter, I started giggling. In the proceeding chapters, while continuing to giggle, I began to fall in love with Lilly. Toward the middle of the story I was completely in love with Mr. Ambrose. And secretly, without any awareness at all, I realized that I had actually fallen in love with nearly ALL of the characters! Each one was so completely different from the rest. They were so unique, even to characters I’ve read in other books too. I promise you, there isn’t another Patsy in any other story I’ve ever read.

I’m a character driven reader, so larger than life characters are a very important draw for me. However, that’s not to say that the plot or setting lacked. It didn’t. It was clever and I believe that the story created the perfect atmosphere for those brilliant characters to shine.

I also love a good, drawn out, romance. It didn’t hurt that the feelings between Mr. Ambrose and Lilly were a slow burn. This is not a story about unrequited love. This is a story of two people who would love nothing more than to run as far and fast from each other as possible, if it weren’t for the fact that they believe they’re stuck with each other. And of course Lilly has that pesky little voice inside her that continues to draw her to Ambrose’s side. I absolutely loved that what Mr. Ambrose finds himself attracted to, or at least what I think he’s attracted to, is the life and vibrancy inside Lilly. She is a woman, and yet she continuously outsmarts him, in the most hilarious way possible. In addition, despite his belief that nearly nobody can be trusted, she has proven her loyalty over and over, even when it’s a loyalty that he doesn’t even want. I’m pretty positive that he’s fallen in love with Lilly because of who she is, and not like heroes in other romance novels where all we hear is about is beauty. Lilly may actually BE beautiful and yet we don’t read that as the viewers, we get to read about her mind and her personality, and I love that.

I can’t conclude this review without mentioning that there were sections of the Storm and Silence that could have been edited down. I know there are readers out there who don’t think a book should exceed 400 pages, but I’m not one of them. A good story should be written with as many words as needed to convey something magical. Most everything in this book was necessary. There were just a few specific scenes that I thought, for me, could have been tightened and trimmed a bit to benefit the written emotion. Still, that was the only larger critique I could come up with to prevent my review from just being one big gush-fest.

It’s no surprise that Robert Thier has an underground fan-base already. His writing is witty and imaginative, and completely swept me away. I’ll be doing my very best to spread the word about Storm and Silence, because everyone I know should read good books and this was one darn good book. (With a crushing ending! I need book two, stat!)

Last thought, there was a surprise chapter at the end, a scene from Ambrose’s point of view. It was cute, Mr. Thier. It was also a tease. What we really want is a flipped POV of the drunken scene, and you know it. :)

Rating: 4.5 Stars = A

Thank you to Robert Thier for providing a copy of his book, in exchange for an honest review.

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The Truth of Now

Scardust - Suzanne van Rooyen
Scardust had a very interesting plot. I read it pretty quickly, and I was fully engaged the entire time. It’s just odd because all the reasons I have for liking the story are also all the same reasons I had for not liking the story. It feels like some strange paradox. The other interesting thing about Scardust is how to review it without discussing key aspects of the story, which are exactly what I need to discuss! They are the reasons I both liked and disliked the book in the first place.

Basically the story is about Raleigh, or Raw as his friends call him, and the messed up life he’s had. His life long dream is to work as an astronaut on Mars, getting away from his past. He finds Crow (Meteor Man) in the desert, devoid of any memories prior to Raleigh finding him, and their two lives become intertwined.

Scardust works hard to remind you that it’s very likely Crow isn’t even human. From the indigo hair that grows that way from the root, to the swirly scars covering his body, you’re never able to forget there’s just something not right about him. It doesn’t stop you from liking him, or liking the way that Crow is with Raleigh. It gets even harder to keep your emotional distance after they begin sharing memories. Through those flashbacks not only do you get the sordid history of Raw’s life in Dead Rock, you also get glimpses of what we believe is likely Crow’s prior life.

I liked that! I liked that we can’t forget. These weird things keep happening to Crow and you’re so worried as you read, wondering how in the world this is going to work out for everyone. It’s not just Crow either, it’s all the trauma that happens after Raleigh and Crow are united. So, I liked it, but at the same time I didn’t like it. It felt real, and then it also didn’t feel real. Sometimes it was just too perfect, their relationship worked out too well. I don’t know, it’s very hard to describe.

And the end, that was even more of a mindf*ck. On one hand, I actually really liked the twist toward the end. It was one answer that, maybe it’s just me, I totally didn’t see it coming. It wasn’t anything at all that I would have guessed. It was intriguing, and clever. I liked the resolution after the twist too. It was sweet. Yet, underneath all that I was also really sad because of what was lost. It was the sacrifice of something sweet, for the possibility of something sweet. A paradox.

See, this is so hard to review without giving anything away. There’s a mystery at the core of the story, and overall I’m very glad I read it.

Thank you to Entangled Publishing and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

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Nudge

Fire Touched - Patricia Briggs

I love reading about Mercy and her crew. The series may not be at the top of my list of favorites, but I know every single time I pick one up I'm going to get a solid enjoyable read. Which is exactly what I felt like I got with Fire Touched.

Yes, the book is a 'bridge' book. The events in Fire Touched will shape future books, both in the Mercy Thompson series and in the Alpha and Omega series. Yes, the book could have been more action packed or had a more aggressive plot. Still, it had Adam, it had Mercy, it had pack hierarchy... it also added Aiden, who I think will eventually be one of my favorites. It had Adam and Mercy feeling parental with him. It had Aiden and Jessie butting heads, and then getting along. It didn't have Stephen but it did have Thomas.

Overall, a decent installment.

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Firsts - Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

What the heck do I say about this. I disliked it vehemently. I disliked it so much that I'd rather not even get into my issues.

If you liked it, you may be interested in our Group Review in the link below.

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The Squeaky Dance

Marked In Flesh - Anne Bishop
I'll always love this series for how unique and unapologetic the world, and The Others, are. We definitely got more of that in this installment, even getting our first glimpses of the Elders that Simon has talked about over the course of the series. They were terrifying.

The only issue I had with this installment is that there are so many different POV's we're following now, we're getting less and less time with Simon and Meg. For me, Simon and Meg and the developing relationship between them is the driving force of the series. Unfortunately there wasn't a whole lot of that.

There was the end... the end did have a pretty major change. Hopefully in book 5 there's more of that. :)

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The Sound of Your Heart

Just Listen - Sarah Dessen
This is my very first Sarah Dessen.

I held off for a specific reason, that her writing would be too light for me. It's hard because I know this book covered some pretty serious topics, like Anger Control, Sexual Assault, and Anorexia... I just don't think that it covered those topics in a way that felt realistic.

Don't hate me. I'm going to try more... maybe this was a fluke.
 
 

 

The Reaper has come. And he’s brought hell with him.

Morning Star: Book III of The Red Rising Trilogy - Pierce Brown

That was amazing.

I wouldn't change anything about this book!

Why is it that the books that you loved so very much, that you feel so inspired by, are the ones that are so hard to review? I loved Morning Star so much. I loved the entire Red Rising series so much, I want my review to reflect how incredible and detailed the series is, but without giving away spoilers. And yet, I feel like I have no words.

There isn’t anything I would change about this story. These characters, most of them, are not perfect. They’re flawed, and they occasionally make poor decisions. They can be easily led by their emotions, even in directions that we hate. That’s what gave them such forceful personalities.

For me, it was the characters who were the more flawed that I loved the most. Mustang is a wonderful character, but she didn’t stumble often enough for me. I prefer to see my favorite characters falter. I’m not complaining, though. I think Mustang was perfect. She filled a specific role. Darrow needed her to keep him steady. To show him the possibilities.

Darrow… When I started Red Rising I felt like Darrow was already a man. At only 16 he was married, he was living an adult life, with adult responsibilities. Now, reading the last page of Morning Star, I realize how young and naive Darrow actually was. Darrow, in the end, was so humble and centered. He loved so deeply. I think that was one of my favorite characteristics of his personality, his ability to love and forgive. He was the sword of his people, killing when he needed to, but he always loved so deeply. I know there are readers out there probably rolling their eyes at his compassion and empathy, but for me it was his greatest attribute. Those were the reasons I would have followed him.

What I really loved the most, though, was Darrow and Sevro’s unbreakable friendship. No matter what circumstance Darrow found himself in, he has always had an ally in little ornery Sevro. In return, Darrow has loved Sevro more than he loved anyone else. (Even more than Mustang, I believe.) It’s not hard, I loved Sevro more than anyone, too. He wasn’t always right, or good, but he was always real. He made me a Howler in my heart.

What it all boils down to is that Pierce Brown wrote a story full of hope, revolution, love, and betrayal. People you thought would stay connected were torn apart, and people you thought would hate each other forever found their way back to friendship. He filled you with so many characters to love, and some of them we lost. I cried in the middle, and then in the end while I read the last paragraph, I cried all over again.

I’m so thankful for the news that this world is not over. That we don’t have to say goodbye. We’re very lucky fans, getting a follow up trilogy with the entire group. It made the end not quite so painful.

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Falling out of my Mouth

You Were Here - Cori McCarthy

Best part, Mik and Zack. Hands down.

You Were Here wasn’t exactly what I expected it to be. First, it jumped around with POV’s, which I didn’t expect. It was also made up of art, and graphic novel pages, which I didn’t expect either. I ended up really liking it though, which was good since I was nervous going in. The reviews were up and down, both good reviews from people I trust and bad reviews from people I trust. I wasn’t sure where I would fall upon completion. I’d say it was somewhere in the middle.

On a whole, I’ve read gritty YA stories that were far better, like Friday Brown by Vicki Wakefield. However there were definitely parts of the book that will stick with me, and that’s what counts the most. Like Mik. Call me ridiculous but there’s something that I really love about characters with social anxiety. I relate to them. I’ve never had the urge to not speak, not from nerves, but I could understand the feeling of being uncomfortable with conversation. In addition, the idea that he was willing to wear, or be, whoever Jaycee needed in order for her to enjoy being around him. Having been her brothers best friend, hanging out with Mik brought back all her memories of Jake.

I also really liked Zack. He was carefree, wild, and a little bit of an alcoholic. He was also sweet, and had a way of making everyone feel good. He knew how to talk to everyone, how to put people at ease. And there’s nothing wrong with just enjoying the moment, even when everyone else is looking forward, or back in Jaycee’s case.

It’s not surprising at all that the part of the book that lagged for me was anything that had to do with the girls. Usually I try to make allowances for characters that are traumatized, and that’s exactly what this book was about, people who were traumatized. Even knowing that I still struggled with how horrible Jaycee was. Particularly a scene that happened with Zack. She was just mean. Period. She was a mean person.

So overall, giving the things I liked and the things I didn’t, I’ll give this a badass score of 3.5 stars.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

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Memento: A PsyCop Short - Jordan Castillo Price

As much as I love Vic, and as much as I personally relate to Vic, there is something really awesome about being in Jacob's head. To actually hear how much Vic means to him is pretty spectacular.

One of my favorite fictional couples.

Survivor's Sadness

Sunrise - Mike Mullin

It took me quite a while, but hey I finally finished this series! Yay me!

That was a really satisfying ending to the series. Everything worked out, but not so much that it felt like a pretty packaged ending.

I'm actually not sure what there is left to write about, so I'm not sure where Mullin is going with the 4th book. I'll read it, but I'm dreading it too because in order to make the book good he has to eff things up, and they've worked so hard and the ending was good.

It was raw, and violent, but in the end it was happy.

Setting a New Standard

Magic Stars (Grey Wolf Book 1) - Ilona Andrews

Man, was this novella good! I was reading it and just wishing it were longer, or wishing that there were more installments.

I loved seeing how strong Julie has grown, so much like her foster mom and dad. She's fearless, and funny. She's brutal with her tomahawk and her magic. She makes a great heroine and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Derek was equally spectacular, especially his strength. We really get into his head, and find out just exactly what it is he's going through. He's incredible, and still so witty and funny despite what's going on internally.

BUT, it was Julie and Derek together that made the story what it is. They have a really awesome banter that I loved, and it's Julie who seems to center The Gray Wolf and keep him sane. I feel like I'm going to get exactly what I've always hoped for in my heart.

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