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Review – One Night by A.J. Pine

One Night

 
Publication date: April 21, 2015
Category: New Adult
 

The story

When she lost it all, Jess decided to cope by living a lie.

But you can’t keep on pretending forever…

Twenty-one-year-old Jess used to have everything—a loyal best friend, a boyfriend she loved, and a future that was right on track. But in a single night, her whole world changed.

Now, Jess lives for the impersonal connection of drunken hook-ups and to-go coffee cups in the morning. All she needs is one night to pretend everything is fine…until she meets Adam.

Thanks to a sports injury, gorgeous, charming basketball star Adam Carson is stuck in physical therapy at the hospital where Jess interns—giving her the perfect opportunity to see his sweet, considerate nature and making her realize that maybe she does want something more.

But while Adam might be the best thing that’s happened to Jess in a long time, letting him past her carefully constructed walls means letting him know what happened…and why he’d never want her for more than one night.

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The review

4 stars

 

*An ARC was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

 

It’s the first time I read a book by A.J. Pine. Big, big, big first impression !!

 

One night was a captivating read. I couldn’t help falling in love with its characters, and really appreciated the quality of A.J. Pine’s writing.
I couldn’t put the book down, and suffered a huge book hangover afterwards.

 

Jess and Adam were so special, their story went straight to my heart.

“Be my future, Jess,” he says when we break for air. “And let me be yours. We’ll figure out the rest together.”

Jess’ character really moved me. At times, I wanted to tell her everything would be okay, at others I just wanted to tell her to get a grip, but that’s what made her character so realistic. She was complex, and her emotions were beautifully and honestly described.

 

And Adam was so sweet *insert swoon here*. He also had to deal with issues of his own, and nevertheless was always there for Jess, trying to get to know her and help her.

“Jess”, he says as he closes his eyes. How does he do that, turn my name against me?

I would love to read this story from Adam’s point of view, to know a little bit more about what exactly was on his mind during the whole story.

 

Special mention goes to Zoe for being one of the coolest supporting characters, and definitely the best roommate possible. She was just perfect and also brought lightness to the story.

 

I won’t miss A.J. Pine’s next book in the series, One Life, where Jess and Adam will appear as background characters, cause I absolutely want to know what will happen to them next, and because I will be delighted to enjoy A.J. Pine’s beautiful writing again.

 

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About the author

AJ Pine

AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, her books have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and, of course, a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, from Eric Northman to the Salvatore brothers. And in the midst of all of this, you’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago burbs.

 

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Review – The Blast by Sarah Perlmutter

The Blast

 
Publication date: December 15, 2014
Category: Post-Apocalytic Young Adult
 

The story

After a series of blasts force Beatrice Hicks and her family into their prepper bunker, they emerge to discover they are among the survivors of a nuclear apocalypse. Fighting against rogue groups and coping with deaths are just some of the adjustments Beatrice must make to survive, but how will she maintain her humanity after the blast?

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The review

5 stars!

 

What an incredible, emotional, awesome read!

   

Beatrice Hicks’ life is completely shattered when, at age 10, the worlds ends. We then follow Beatrice growing up in this post-apocalytic world from age 10 to 18.

“The only thing that spreads more quickly than fire is panic, and our entire community had been consumed in both.”

I am completely stunned by what I’ve just experienced. The concept of this novel was totally original. Usually in YA post apocalytic books, the characters are already teenagers, most often 16 or 17. But living the apocalypse through the eyes of a child was a really smart idea. It allowed the reader to understand Bea’s character so much better, knowing what she had to live through : growing up in a world gone crazy, having to deal at such a young age with violence, death of loved ones and an unkown future.

“Burials are never fair, no matter who you are burying. No one should have to put anyone they love in the ground.”

The style of the writing was simple yet beautiful, and also completely controlled… a real emotional rollercoaster at times, and definitely a page turner! So much happened to her, yet the story remained plausible, and that is the strength of this novel to me. Bea managed to stay human, even in inhuman conditions.

At the end of the book, Sarah Perlmutter explains the The Blast is an ‘introduction’ to Isla’s story. It gave the book an other dimension to me. It suddenly felt like I had just got a hint of a family portrait, and I will definitely read Isla’s trilogy when it is released!

 

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About the author

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Sarah Perlmutter is the Wattpad featured author of THE BLAST, a young adult post-apocalypse novel.

Outside of the young adult genre, Sarah has published poems and flash fiction through Mash Stories, Millennial Garbage, the Pittsburgh History and Landmark Foundation, and the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project.

When she is not writing, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and cat, cooking food that is far too spicy, making arts and crafts, and teaching high school English.

 

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Review – Uncovering you Part 1: The Contract by Scarlett Edwards

4.5 WOW stars!

*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

This review is part of the Girls Heart Books Tour.
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The blurb

When I wake up in a dark, unfamiliar room, I have no idea what’s waiting for me in the shadows. My imagination conjures up demons of the worst kind.

Reality is much worse:

A collar with no leash. A prison with no walls. And a life stripped of meaning.

I am presented with a vile contract and asked to sign. It outlines the terms of my servitude. The only information I have about my captor are the two small letters inked at the bottom:

J.S.

Armed with only my memories, I must do everything I can to avoid becoming ensnared in his twisted mind games. But in the end, it all comes down to one choice:

Resist and die.

Or submit, and sign my life away.

  
The review

The Contract is the first installment of what promises to be an extraordinary series!
We meet Lilly as she wakes up in a unknown place, which she can not escape from. She is being held captive, but doesn’t know why or by whom. We follow her as she looks through the recent events in her life for reasons that could have lead her to this place.

 

That is when she is presented by her captor (that she still hasn’t seen and remains unknown) with a contract… which she can simply not accept.

 

At the bottom of the contract, I see a small written note:
In short… (I flip the page over)
YOU ARE MINE.

 

A trial of strength between Lilly and her captor then starts, and the consequences for her might be to give up her freedom, or pride… or even her life.

 

Lilly has everything I’m looking for in a female character. She is incredibly strong-minded, but remains realistic, which is why I could completely relate to her. I also loved the flashbacks and the glimpse of her childhood, that were definitely useful to understand her personality.

 

I am also completely intrigued by JS… I can not wait to learn more about him. I must say I already love to hate him!

 

I found this book really captivating, I could not put it down. It was short (as announced by the author, each book in the series should be about 125 pages), and felt to me like watching the first episode of a new TV series. There are lots of things that are left unexplained, but you just know that you loved this first episode, the characters, and that something really big is coming in the next part.

 

I definitely can not wait to read the next book… and obviously the wait shouldn’t be too long as the second part should be released on April, 20th!

 
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About the author

scarlett_edwardsI’m Scarlett Edwards. I wrote my first book as a college sophomore. After six months of edits, it made its debut as Yours to Savor.

That was at the start of 2013. I’ve written more books since then. You can find them all here.

It’s funny how quickly life changes. I used to think I’d need a degree to get a “Real Job.” Then I wrote a few books, they got somewhat popular, and now I’m living the life as a full-time romance author.

Thanks to all my readers for making my dreams come true!

 
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Review – Besieged by L.P. Lovell

4.5 steamy stars!

This review is part of the Girls Heart Books Tour.
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The blurb

What would you do if you were granted millions of pounds and a face that melts the underwear off of any woman? Meet Theodore Ellis, the business man who parties like a rock star, and has more women than he has room on his bedpost to put the notches.

 

Meet Lilly Parker. With a difficult past; Lilly is cold, closed off and emotionally unavailable in every way. Don’t go thinking she’s the sweet and innocent victim though, she plays the game better than most men, and is the original use and abuse woman.

 

She’s built her walls ten feet high and topped with razor wire, but Theo is relentless in the face of a challenge and Lilly finds herself besieged by him. Can he get in her pants? Or will the unsuspecting man whore go a step further and finally tear down her walls? Unlikely.

 

This is no hearts and flowers love story, it is a battle of wills as a woman who trusts no-one denies a man who has never been denied.

 

Cue fireworks as female sass meets alpha male tenacity.

 

Besieged will make you laugh, fantasize and perhaps even shed a tear.

 
The review

That was one fantastic steamy read! I really loved this book!

 

An alpha male character is something quite common when reading contemporary romance books. But when this alpha playboy is turned down by the girl who might be his match (at least a serious challenger in the ‘no attach’ contest), things definitely get more interesting!

 

Lilly was one of the strongest female characters I’ve read about. Everytime she threw Theo (aka the self-assured, arrogant, yet completely charming millionaire) off balance, I found myself cheering “You go girl, make me proud!”
It was so refreshing to read about this smart girl resisting the irresistible man.

 

I remain completely professional with him. “Well, we’ll have a lot of business to sort out over the next week.”
I hear him chuckle quietly down the phone. “Oh, we most certainly do, you can be sure of it.” […] Damn it, I walked right into that one.

 

The story was told alternatively from both Lilly’s and Theo’s points of view, which was really enjoyable. It was great to get to see what they thought and the way they reacted to each other. I also loved the development of their relationship throughout the book.

 

Now steamy romance also means steamy sex scenes… Those were really well written to me. When reading books with lots of sex scenes, I usually get bored. It’s either repetitive or “over-creative” (to prevent from being repetitive). It was not the case here, and that’s one of the facts that I loved about this book. I never got tired of them.

 

Well, everything about this book was perfect… until the end! And this huge, huge… I mean, **HUGE** CLIFFHANGER! It left screaming at my Kindle (though I had guessed what the cliffhanger would be). I screamed even more when, on the next page, I saw I would have to wait till september to read Conquered (book #2). Can you tell that I can’t wait to read more about Lilly and Theo?

 

I realise while I’ve spent so long trying to build my walls and keep the world out, Theodore Ellis hase besieged me. He hasn’t broken my walls down, no, they’re still firmly in place, but he has scaled them and stands next to me inside my fortress.

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About the author

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I’m a 24 year old Indie Author from England. I’m a real country bumpkin and I love to read. I can easily finish a book in an afternoon!

My love of literature lead me to write my first book Besieged. I have quite a cutting sense of humour, and HATE soppy love stories. I like sass and fire in my characters.

This is what Besieged is, sass and cutting humour.

I hope you’ll read it so I can be the next E.L James and just write kinky books all day. Ha.

I love being an author and it makes my day when someone sends me a message telling me they enjoyed my book. If even just one person enjoyed it then it was worth writing it.

 

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Review – Into the Hollow by Karina Halle

EIT6-intothehollow 5 ice-melting stars!
 
Reuniting with the characters after a month break from reading the series (mostly because I’m trying to make it last till book #9 is released), I realized that Dex and Perry might be my all-time favorite characters.

“Who is it?” I asked teasingly.
“Bigfoot,” Dex answered from his room.
“What do you want, Mr. Foot?”
“Please, just call me Big.”
I snorted. “You wish”.
“You know.”

I am really picky about giving a book 5 stars, but there are abviously reasons I can not overlook:

  • when I highlight half the book on my Kindle
  • when the book manages to make me feel happy (and the crazy happy kind, like fangirling), frustrated (Dex and Perry are expert at making me frustrated, sad (heartbroken), and happy again (contentedly sighing) in a range of 100 pages
  • when Dex and Perry are in it (it’s becoming a good criteria in itself)

 

So, BAM! 5 stars!
 
There’s no way I can express how much I love Perry and Dex (at least not in English, I might able to express it better in French). And it surely is the first time I love both male and female characters so much equally (I normally tend to prefer my book boyfriends male characters.)

“I know it doesn’t matter to you anymore,” he went on gently. “But you’ve always been my light. When I’m with you, I lose the darkness, this madness around me. The madness inside me. But I had to go mad to realize that. I had to lose you to know it.”

Flawed Perfection Release !

Flawed Perfection by Cassandra Giovanni is officially released !

You absolutely need to try this one! Here is the blurb :

 

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Bobby Beckerson was the American All-Star hockey player–he was the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he had everything but the one girl he wanted: River Ahlers.

River Ahlers is successful in everything but love. She’s been in love with Adam Beckerson since they were kids. Worst of all she’s stuck right in the middle of the brother’s dueling over everything and anything, and she doesn’t even know she’s the ultimate prize.

 

Adam Beckerson was a boy with a guitar, a smile that sunk girl’s hearts and a stone wall around his own. He was anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tried he was nothing compared to Bobby. Sweet, damaged, with boyish good-looks, nobody thought Adam loved anyone but himself.

Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself–or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and as it threatens to destroy everyone involved a tragedy strikes that will break them all…

 

And today is also a very special day for Cassandra Giovanni, aka the author !

So Cassie, here is your virtual birthday cake! HAPPY 25th BIRTHDAY !!!!

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Now, go meet Bobby, River and Adam !!

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REVIEW – Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle

3.5 stars

There was drama and adventure and danger in that cadence, and the promise of something new.

A very captivating story, a real page turner, BUT some details bugged me, and prevented me to give the book more stars…

What I liked :

  • the overall story, rewriting history with a twist : adding zombies to the original real story of the Donner party. I found that really cool.
  • the growing relationship between Eve and Jake (No instalove, and that was definitely for the best)
  • Jake’s evolution throughout the book, regarding the fact that Eve was half Native American.
  • the strong-minded female character
  • the story was gore, but not too scary

What bugged me :

  • Historical inaccuracies :
    • When Eve described Jake as “a time bomb of testosterone“, I had a hard time believing that is how a young girl would, at that time, describe a man. Come on, testosterone? In 1851?? .
    • When Jake told Eve that “pine nuts are high in calories“, again, I was thinking “WTF? How would he possibly know about calories in 1851?”
  • And the most disturbing for me is (actually kind of a SPOILER, so stop heeeeeeeere if you haven’t read the book yet, and comme back after): In the real story, the people who were saved resorted to cannibalism in order not to starve. So according to this book, they should have become zombies, and should not have been saved… There’s something here that doesn’t make sense to me :/

Quotes :

I took a step toward the door and put my eye to a small crack and peeked out.
A pale blue eye stared right back.

He may have just “saved” me, but it was still Indian-hating Jake McGraw, and we mixed about as well as oil and vinegar.

“Maybe I don’t like your friend”
I threw my hands up. “Why wouldn’t you like Avery?”
“Maybe I don’t like the way you look at him.”

Darkhouse – Karina Halle

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Somehow, by dealing with the dead, I had never felt so alive.

 

I discovered the first book in the Experiment in Terror thanks to Goodreads. I must admit I’m always looking for new “book boyfriends”, and I was curious to discover who this Dex Foray was.

 

 

The story :

 

Perry Palomino is 22. And she doesn’t fit in her world… She has a communications degree, but works as a receptionist. She is part Swedish, but hasn’t inherited the Swedish good looks from her mother’s side  (unlike her fashionista fifteen year-old sister Ada). She still lives at her parents, and hides her feminity behind combat boots, black leggings and rock band shirts.

 

Her family looks at her like a weirdo. The thing is, Perry is different… What she calls “overactive imagination” is actually a terrifying ability to see ghosts.

 

 

On a week end with her family, she decides to go explore the creepy lighthouse on her uncle’s property with her camera. There she runs into Dex Foray, a producer who broke into the lighthouse to also try to capture ghosts on film, wanting to create a new low-budget web series about “ghost-slash-weird encounter”.

 

As Perry seems to be a kind of ghost magnet, Dex asks Perry to join him in filming a demo for the web series. And Perry has to decide between a boring world in which she doesn’t fit, and a brand new exciting, terrifying one…

 

 

The review:

 

This book is the perfect beginning to what I assume will be one of my favorite series.

 

I knew pretty much from the beginning that I was going to love this mysterious, nonchalant Dex. But what I had not planned was that I was going to fall in love even more with Perry (yes, I  kinda have a girl crush on her) ! I usually have a hard time connecting with female characters in books, but definitely not this time…

Perry is just an awesome character, and I can sometimes find myself in her way of thinking :

I felt like we were heading into battle. I could almost hear dramatic WWII music in my head.That, and the theme song from the Matrix.

There are a lot of fun references to music throughout the book, like:

I would have to wear a turtleneck tomorrow… and a hat. And sunglasses. I was going to look like Yoko Ono at my meeting. I hoped Frida was not a Beatles fan.

Dex stays an enigma in this book ( which is pretty normal as it is only the first one in a 9-book series), but his interactions with Perry are full of chemistry and humor :

“Nothing will happen to you,” he said, sounding certain.

Famous last words.

“You’re signing it on my heart, that’s got to say something,” he said.

and I can not wait to find more about him, and about everything is hiding…

The “horror” story surrounding them was just creepy enough for me : scary but not too much. I didn’t keep me from sleeping at night ( although the book in itself did, as I could not put it down), but at times it made me hold my breath. Stealing Perry’s words:

My heart started to pump faster again. I was such a girl.

Reading this book feels like watching the first episode of a new series. You get to know just a little about the real story of the main characters, just to get you hooked… And it works very well for me! Going straight to the next one!!