Wooo! What a ride this book was! In the thrilling new series from JLA we are introduced to the de Vincent family, better known as Devil, Demon and Lucifer. Sweet girl Julia is a nurse who specializes in caring for those who need assistance and she takes a job on a whim to escape her status quo life. Thus begins the whirlwind of events that will have Julia questioning herself and her surroundings. Things are certainly not all that they seem to be in the old de Vincent manor!
I won't lie when reading this book I kept wondering if I was reading too far into things that began occurring around the mansion. I'm not one who is typically jumpy during 'scary' or 'thrilling' scenes but your girl was also loudly telling sweet Julia to stay locked in her room. Especially considering just who inhabits the room across from hers.
This book is filled with plenty of superstitious occurrences and hot as heck men, or devils. Lucian de Vincent is more than just a handsome face with loose morals. He's a talented artist and the most loyal male character I've had the pleasure of reading about in a long time. When things begin not quite adding up at the de Vincent home Julia and Lucifer (sorry, Lucian) find themselves in deeper trouble then ever imagined.
It did take me a bit longer to get into the story then usual but in the end I'm glad I stuck with it and pushed through because the payoff was rewarding. If you're looking for a steamy and slightly (or maybe not?!) paranormal read filled with devilish men look no further!
I received this advanced review copy from the author.
AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
RATING: 5 Stars
SERIES: A Wicked Saga #3
SOURCE: eArc kindly provided by author
This book series has done nothing but get better and better. Brave picks up right where Torn ends and we are thrown back into the world filled with dangerous fae and now good fae. But things aren't all rainbows and sunshine for Ivy as she realizes things are not as okay as they may have originally seemed.
One thing I really appreciated about this book is that Jennifer L. Armentrout didn't just sugar-coat everything or tie it all up with a nice pretty bow and have Ivy suddenly overcome and be okay with the events that took place in Torn. Instead we see a whole new side to our beloved firey redhead as she has to face her own demons and begin to heal herself. But for me that was one of the best parts of the entire novel the journey of self-discovery that Ivy goes on and the support and love she has from Ren and Tink is touching. We've always seen strong Ivy and kick-butt Ivy but in Brave we're exposed to a softer side of her and it made her character so much more dimensional and relatable.
I also fell more in love with my book boyfriend Ren. He may or may not be tied now with Mr. Daemon Black! And Tink! Oh sweet baby Tink. If I had to name a single favorite character from all of JLA's books I would hands down say Tink. He's cute, creepy, and he sure knows how to save the day. I will also never be able to look at troll dolls the same again.
We're introduced to some interesting new characters that make you question things we thought we previously knew. JLA did such an incredible job of not spoon-feeding all the new information and instead we learn and react to everything right along with Ivy which made the reading experience that much more enjoyable.
"Ren Owens was...goodness, he was beautiful in a wild sort of way."
Ultimately Brave was an amazing conclusion to a series that sweeps you into the world of fae and magic and that spooky yet beautiful New Orleans setting. I cannot recommend these books enough if you're looking for something that's hilarious, swoon-worthy, and kick-butt the Wicked trilogy is for you!
Posted by April Etheridge at 1:22 PM
Today we have the teaser reveal for The Outpost by Devney Perry! Be sure to pre-order your copy now!
Title: The Outpost
Author: Devney Perry
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: November 7th
About The Outpost:Trapped in his tiny mountain cabin, she didn't expect to fall for his big heart. Exposing a prominent criminal family with an investigative news report didn’t exactly work out the way Sabrina had hoped. Instead of basking in the glory of her article’s success, she’s on the run from a powerful man who wants her dead. To stay safe, she’s forced to trade one bad situation for another. Stuck in the Montana wilderness, she’s secluded from anything resembling civilization or the modern-day world. The only good thing about her situation is the gorgeous mountain man assigned to protect her. Too bad he isn’t the slightest bit interested in a city girl like her. Beau likes his life quiet and simple. Give him a peaceful day hiking in the woods with his dog, and he’s a happy man. He has no use for large crowds, noisy cities or dramatic women. So when a hotshot reporter rolls into town, dragging her big-time problems with her, he should have run for the hills. Instead, he volunteered to keep her safe. Bringing her into his world won’t be easy, but if he can convince her that Montana isn’t as terrifying as she believes, they might just be the perfect match.
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About the Author:Devney lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories.
Posted by April Etheridge at 5:43 PM
AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
RATING: 5 Stars
SOURCE: eArc provided kindly by the author
I went into this book unsure how I would be changed when it was over, because I knew that this book would alter me.
If There's No Tomorrow challenges the ideal that we are invincible, that "oh, that could never happen to me" mindset. And just how silly it is to truly believe that, because life is beautifully and tragically unpredictable. Some incredibly tough subjects are approached and analyzed, in such a well-rounded and touching way, Armentrout handles the topic of guilt and healing in such a realistic way that as the story unfolded I found myself cheering along for Lena and her friends.
"I made an art form of looking toward tomorrow instead of focusing on today."
Lena is your mostly typical teenager, she has a job to help pay the bills, plays a sport, has a tight knit group of girlfriends to binge eat oreos with, and a crush on her best-friend/boy-next-door Sebastian. I feel that it's also worth mentioning that Lena is referred to as being more curvy than not and has realistic body insecurities. As a fellow curvy girl I appreciated the representation of a different body type then the slender and willowy frames most YA heroines are given. I also of course appreciated the face that Lena is an avid reader, and has a love for ACoTAR! But what Lena doesn't know, and all too soon learns, is that sometimes in life we make choices and those choices in turn may have devastating consequences. In what seems like a single moment Lena's world is forever changed.
This book is filled with laugh out loud pop culture references, beautiful friendships, complicated family dynamic and a very handsome boy next door. It is also filled with heart-breaking moments and sweet forgiveness. The characters were so easy to grow attached to their personal lives more fleshed out. It is so great to see Armentrout continuing to grow as an author and develop more dimensional side-characters!
If There's No Tomorrow Armentrout gives us a story that will have you questioning your own choices, and the aftershock effects those choices can cause. This book will pull you in, it will hold you tight and it will break your heart. But, it will also piece you back together with the beauty of friendships that hold you up in the darkness and a family that will carry you when sometimes the weight of the world is just too heavy.
"One night had irrevocably changed all of our lives. One choice had altered the course of what we all were supposed to become."
There are so many endearing characters in this book. From Lena's hardworking mother who is doing the best she can regardless of the situation to steadfast Sebastian who is possibly one of the most dedicated friends. There are so many fantastic relationships in this book aside from just a romantic relationship. Armentrout has appeared to really challenge herself in this book to branch out the connections her characters make with each other. Friendship is such a key element of this story and the healing strength and forgiveness found in those relationships.
If There's No Tomorrow is an emotional read, but so worth picking up and cherishing.
"I want today to be the tomorrow I kept putting off."
Please note I was given an Arc in exchange for an honest review. All quotes in the review are subject to change in the final copy.
Posted by April Etheridge at 11:30 PM
AUTHOR: Cora Carmack
RATING: 5 Fantasy-Filled Stars
PUBLISHER: Tor Teen
SERIES: Stormheart, #1
SOURCE: purchased via BAM!
I went into this book with low expectations and was blown away! I'm not sure why I didn't have faith in Cora Carmack to put out an awesome fantasy book but she sure showed me!
In the beginning I admit I thought our sweet Aurora was well, too-sweet. I wanted to have a sit down chat with her and possibly shake some sense into her when it came to eating up Cassius' words. I almost had to put the book down because I couldn't handle how naive our sweet innocent princess was. Luckily for us readers though Aurora learns from her mistake and experiences some personal growth when she learns that there's often more to people then just their syrupy words.
Around 70 pages in I was hooked and wondering why it had taken me so long to getting around to reading Roar. The world is so fascinating and the idea of storms having a heart, of having human characteristics, is so creative and fresh that I commend Cora Carmack for coming up with such a brilliant fantasy world! The book moves with decent pacing and I now have a new ship that I refuse to believe will ever sink.
The characters that you meet in this book are so easy to grow attached to. The storm-hunters that Aurora meets are such a unique and diverse set of characters with beautiful friendships despite the harshness of their reality. Also I would like to take a moment to remark on just how freaking cool it is that witches are a thing in this world! Cora took the time to allow us to see glimpses of these characters and their stories without loosing pace in the plot of the story.
I'm so glad I gave Roar a chance because it has become one of my top reads of 2017 and I cannot wait to see what else is in store for us in this series (I mean hello cliffy ending!). Bring on book two please!
Posted by April Etheridge at 4:01 PM
AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout
RATING: 5 Stars
SOURCE: ebook provided by Author in exchange for honest review
** As a note The Dead List was originally released on Wattpad in 2015 but is now being re-released as a newly edited book, even if you've read it before I recommend picking it up again because there are changes!**
Let me start off by saying I never read horror or anything that might cause me to freak out the next time I hear a sound when I’m in the shower. Leave it to my devotion to Jennifer L Armentrout though to cause me to read not just one, but two thriller/horror books this year with the first being Till Death (which by the way is amazing). But I am SO glad that I’ve branched out of my reading norm and read The Dead List!
We’re introduced to our main character Ella who has a haunted past as a survivor. As Ella enters her senior year of high school things begin happening that are far from coincidental. Items are left in her home and other students begin mysteriously disappearing from her school. Enter Jensen (Ackles of course...jk) Carver who is Ella’s past crush and an all around hottie. Together with Jensen she begins to learn self defense vowing to never be a victim again.
I think one of the things I appreciate most about Ella is that she is a fighter. She isn’t necessarily fearless (because come on who wouldn’t be shaking in their slippers?) but she’s not willing to give up or let herself be weak. I admire that a lot in Ella and I have to admit I now have a new book boyfriend in Jensen!
Even if you’re wary of suspense and horror stories I highly recommend this book! It moves at a great pace and even though I was legit scared at times I was overall so glad I read it!
Posted by April Etheridge at 2:47 PM
IF YOU FIGHT by K.M. Scott is now LIVE!
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The second book in the unforgettable Corrupted Love series by K.M. Scott, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Heart of Stone and Club X Series!
If you fight, will we last?
All my life, everyone around me made sure I was weak. My father. My sister. And now the man my father forced me to marry. But Oliver doesn't know what I know. Strength can come even in the hardest times, and if you're willing to fight for love, nothing can stand in your way.
For the first time in my life, I'm fighting back, and with Ryder by my side, I'm never letting myself be weak again.
They want us to be their pawns, but I won't let them use her like that. I promised I'd protect Serena, and if it costs me everything in this world, I will.
Even if it means returning to the one place I swore I'd never go back to again.
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES
IF WE FALL (Corrupted Love, #3 / Coming )
IF I DREAM (Corrupted Love, #1)
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IF WE FALL (Corrupted Love, #3 / Coming )
K.M. Scott writes contemporary romance stories of sexy, intense, and unforgettable love. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, she's been in love with romance since reading her first romance novel in junior high (she was a very curious girl!). Under her Gabrielle Bisset name, she writes erotic paranormal and historical romance. She lives in Pennsylvania with a herd of animals and when she's not writing can be found reading or feeding her TV addiction.
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IF YOU FIGHT By K.M. Scott
Trapped in that bed as a captive audience, I watched as my husband entered my hospital room and noted the look of surprise in his beady eyes. Thought you got rid of me, did you? Not so quickly, Oliver. I'm tougher than I look.
Behind him, my father followed, along with Ryder. Overjoyed to see him, I didn't even attempt to hide how happy I was he'd come to be with me. I'd pretended long enough for a man who tried to kill me.
Oliver spun around to see who had made my eyes light up and brought a smile to my face. Pointing his finger at Ryder, he barked, "Get him out of here! He doesn't belong here!"
Ryder leveled his gaze on him and didn't waver, but my father spoke up to defend his presence there. "You should be thankful for him. He's the reason your wife is still alive. If he hadn't found Serena in time, we'd be meeting to discuss her funeral instead of seeing her lying there in that hospital bed."
Rage simmered beneath Oliver's façade of worry for me, but he said nothing in response to my father's dictate, even though I knew how much he chafed under his orders. He turned back to look at me and as if on cue, he played the loving husband act like a pro.
Taking my hand in his own far-too-soft hand, he held it just tightly enough that I couldn't pull away without causing a scene. "How do you feel, honey? Your father told me the horrible news, but don't worry. We'll have other children."
So that's how he planned to play it. Would he say it was an accident that caused me to fall down a flight of stairs in my own home while he was there? Or would he claim complete ignorance and continue with the desperately concerned husband act?
Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Ryder react to Oliver's words, his eyes opening wide and filling with anger. My father watched Oliver carefully, hanging on every word he said like he wasn't sure if his son-in-law had been involved in hurting me.
Posted by April Etheridge at 1:00 AM