Review of Dark Lover ( Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) By J.R Ward

Dark Lover ( Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) By J.R Ward

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Review: Ok, so it seems that J.R Ward is like the leader for all authors. All of the authors I read and follow on social media freak out whenever a new book/ book signing for J.R Ward happens.

I have been meaning to look into this series for a while now and thought to myself, hey go to that used book store you love and take a look. Well I did, and it turned out I already had the first book in the series. Since 2008. WOW, I know I have books laying around my house for maybe two years tops, but almost eight years! I felt bad for the little book, so I read it right away. I really did not know what I was missing. The book was really good.

The only things I had problems with were the first chapter of the book was a little hard to get into and understand. But after that I was running full speed to the end. The other thing I had a problem with was that Ward slips away the first smexy scene. Leaving me and most likely others saying “Hey! I wanted to read that! No really I wanted to! Wrath is so hot! Give him  back to me”!

Other than those few things, I am now hooked on the series.

The best parts of the book?

Well, there to many to name all at once, but…

The characters have depth right off the bat and will quickly get deeper. The plot is also able to keep expanding to make the series longer and give readers what they want to know.

Ward is also able to do this great thing with the book too. She makes the one book about two main characters and leaving the other to have their own book later on. I know this is not new to most of you but here is when it gets cool. Knowing that characters all get there own book, they still pop in the books that are not theirs are have a couple of pages to a chapter from their perspective. I find this cool and entertaining because it helps the plot move along and helps set up for the books along the road.

 

4 out of 5 stars.

393 pages. Paperback.

Adult Romance. Mature Themes. Mature Content. Fantasy. Paranormal. Romance. Vampires.

Published by Penguin Group (USA).

Summary: In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

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Release Week Blitz for FALL WITH ME by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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FALL WITH ME Synopsis:

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Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.
Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.
But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

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Someone—was it Melvin?—catcalled as Reece led me down the hall, and my cheeks flushed. “Okay, heman, I can walk all by my little self.”

He cast a look over his shoulder at me as he opened the office door. “I’m sure you can.”

Then he pulled me inside.

My gaze flipped to the roses—the roses!—but before I could say a word, he closed the door and my back was pressed against it, his hands planted on either side of my head and his face right in mine. Like right there, within kissing distance.

Wow.

“So, I was at my father’s place in New Jersey most of the day, and you know, he lives out near the Pine Barrens, so service is shit.”

I nodded even though I really wasn’t processing what he was saying as I was too busy staring at his mouth. Those lips, fuller on the bottom, drove me to distraction.

“I pull out of his driveway and I have all these messages from Dennis,” he continued, and I finally caught on to what he was talking about. “I honestly thought he was messing with me at first.”

I cringed. “He . . . um, he wasn’t.”

He shot me a bland look. “That much I figured out.” His hands slid on the door, stopping just shy of touching my shoulders. “What did he do to you?”

“What?” I blinked.

“What did that bastard do to make you throw a book through his windshield?”

Oh. Oh. My heart was now wiggling along with my stomach. “He really didn’t do anything. I just lost my cool. He wanted to talk to me, and I didn’t want to talk to him.”

“You don’t have to talk to him.”

“That’s what Dennis said, but I shouldn’t have damaged his car.”

A muscle flexed along his right jaw. “That’s true.” He shook his head. “Damn, Roxy, can’t say I’m surprised.”

My brows flew up. “You’re not?”

He laughed under his breath. “Babe, you’ve always had a hell of a temper on you.”

Ah, that was kind of true. “Is that a good thing or a bad thing?”

Reece cocked his head to the side. “A sexy thing, but vandalism and destruction of property doesn’t look good on you, sweets.”

“No. It doesn’t match my manicure.” I raised my hands, flashing him the blue nails.

He laughed again and then he sobered up, just like that. Cop Face was on, and yeah . . . the low coiling in my stomach told me I found Cop Face arousing. “You’re lucky. He could’ve pressed charges, and this conversation would be going in a whole different direction.”

My own half smile slipped off my face. “I know. It’s . . . I was just with Charlie, and he’s . . .” Unable to continue, I forced a casual shrug I didn’t feel. “What are you going to do with me?”

His lips parted as his chest rose with a deep breath, then his gaze dropped to my mouth, and his expression tightened. He looked . . . he looked hungry. “I have lots of ideas.”

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Top Ten Tuesday! March. 31

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!

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March 31: Ten Books You Recently Added To Your To-Be-Read List

1. Maximum Ride Forever (Maximum Ride #9)  by James Patterson

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2. Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dreams #1)  by Caisey Quinn

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3. Better when He’s Brave (Welcome to the Point #3)  by Jay Crownover

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4. Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard #4)  by Christina Lauren

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5. Six of Crows (The Dregs #1)  by Leigh Bardugo

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6. Silver Bastard (Silver Valley #1)  by Joanna Wylde

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7. Held Against You by Season Vining

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8. Chase Me (Broke and Beautiful #1)  by Tessa Bailey

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9. All Played Out (Rusk University #3)  by Cora Carmack

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10. The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5)  by Gena Showalter

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All of these books look great to me and I just cant wait to get my hands on them and read them!

What are the last ten books you have added to your TBR pile? Let me know in the comments!

Manga Monday! # 37- Review of The Gentlemen’s Alliance †, by Arina Tanemura

The Gentlemen’s Alliance †,  by Arina Tanemura

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Review: Great series from Arina Tanemura. It is just long enough with its 11 volumes that it does not leave you hanging. The only problem I had with this series was the ending, it got a little confusing. Although it might just have been my age, and I didn’t get it. So I guess this means a re read!

4 out of 5 stars.

1-11 Volumes.

Manga. Young Adult. Romance. High School.

Published by VIZ.

Summary: From the creator of Full Moon o Sagashite. In return for a business loan of 50 million yen, the prestigious Kamiya family gave their daughter Haine away to the Otomiya family. Haine, now an Otomiya, is appointed to the student council of the exclusive Imperial Academy, a private school for the aristocracy. Even though Haine is of proper lineage to be on the council, she finds herself struggling to find her place among the many secrets of its elite members, especially those of the president who holds her heart–Shizumasa Togu, aka “the Emperor.”

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Bloody Valentine (Blue Bloods #5.5) by Melissa de la Cruz

Bloody Valentine (Blue Bloods #5.5)  by Melissa de la Cruz

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Review: I actually liked this book in the Blue Blood series, because yeah it’s been awhile since I read one and the series is so long. With long series, if you have all the books read them fast before you get board or forget you have them like me. What I really liked was the short and sweet stories, so I got the book done within an hour. Because lets face it if you read a book from a series you don’t remember all that well you don’t want to be reading it for days. So this book was just what I needed to remember.

3 out of 5 stars.

147 pages.

Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Paranormal. Fiction. Fantasy. Mature Themes.

Published by Hyperion.

Summary: The Blue Bloods have powers beyond human comprehension: strength that defies logic, speed that cannot be captured on film, the ability to shape-shift, and more. But in matters of the heart, no one, not even those immortal vampires, has total control.

In Bloody Valentine, part of the best-selling Blue Bloods series, author Melissa de la Cruz offers three tantalizing stories that delve deep into the love lives of the all-powerful vamps (and their Red Blood friends) from New York’s Upper East Side. Might a witchy new girl help cure Oliver’s broken heart? How did Allegra fall in love with a human? Will Schuyler and Jack finally be bonded?

Romantic and sensual, Bloody Valentine reveals the undying love, the hope and devastation, and the lust and longing that have defined the Blue Bloods throughout history. Prepare to be swept off your feet.-Summary from GoodReads.com

Waiting on Wednesday! March. 25

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,

which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

This weeks book is…

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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Summary: Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.

Summary from GoodReads.com

Release Date May 5th 2015

Why am I waiting for this book?

I have heard so much hype about this book that I can’t help but want to read it!

What coming soon books are you most pumped for? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday! March. 24

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!

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March 24: Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit

1. North of Beautiful by Justina Chen

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This book was really great to read as a teenager because morals and self beauty.

2. 13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope #1)  by Maureen Johnson

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How to live life for a teen, and learn to take chances.

3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Ugh, classic =metaphors and symbolism everywhere. 

4. Firelight (Firelight #1)  by Sophie Jordan

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Teen dragons…

5. The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1)  by Kimberly Derting

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Scary cool teen power.

6. Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)  by Tahereh Mafi

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The crazy everywhere and the hotness in later books.

7. The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride #1)  by James Patterson

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Almost everything in life is this book. I loved this series growing up but then Patterson ruins all life with the last book.

8. One Bite With A Stranger (Novels Of The Others #1)  by Christine Warren

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Yes I did read this as a teen, I read the whole series ( which is great!). I guess you could say this was my gate way book to adult paranormal romance.

9. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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Nope, I don’t need to say anything about this book. Because it is everything.

10. Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves #1)  by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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Sigh, I loved this book so much growing up the whole series is really good but the pain. Ugh, I don’t want to think about it anymore.

What books do you wish to revisit that you read while growing up? Let me know in the comments! 

Manga Monday! # 36- Review of Backstage Prince by Kanoko Sakurakouji

Backstage Prince by Kanoko Sakurakouji

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Review: An okay read, short, sweet and to the point two volume manga. It’s not at all like Black Bird but the story and art are by the same person. So don’t get your hopes to high up.

2 out of 5 stars.

1-2 Volumes.

Manga. Young Adult. Romance. Acting.

Published by VIZ.

Summary: Drawn into the exciting world of kabuki theatre, young Akari spends her time after school assisting the internationally famous actor, Shonosuke Ichimura. In the real world, however, this prince of kabuki is actually a high school cutie by the name of Ryusei.

Akari is totally clueless about kabuki–and boys–but she’s eager to learn about both. Her first encounter with Ryusei doesn’t go very well, but with the help of a cat named Mr. Ken, the two teenagers quickly become prince AND princesses of kabuki. Love was never so dramatic!

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Joyride by Anna Banks

Joyride by Anna Banks

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Review: It took me a little while to get into this book, but after I got rolling with it I could not stop myself from reading it. It felt like the plot of the book just swept me off my feet and took off. I really enjoyed this book for it’s diversity and hitting on topics that are a big thing in the world right now. I don’t normally see or reading anything like this in the other new young adult books that are out now. I’m hoping that in the future more books can be like joyride in this aspect.

I also really loved Carly’s work ethic even if it gave her no time for herself. I thought this was a great message to send out. I mean Carly works her butt off at two jobs and still has straight A’s from school. I also liked how important school was to her, even if it was not important to the rest of her family ( they didn’t want to her to, but to work more to earn more). That Carly thought it would be a good thing for her to go to school and get an education to help her and her family latter on in life.

A lot of times I didn’t really get Arden ( or Moss), but I liked how as the book went on you got to see the depth to his character and see him grow up. But I also felt that he helped Carly live and have fun, because she needed it, since she didn’t have much of a childhood ( or high school life). They were good for each other, which made the book.

 

5 out of 5 stars.

288 pages.

E-book.

I received an E-book copy from the publishers for an honest review in return.

Release Date June 2nd 2015.

Young Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Realistic Fiction.

Published by Feiwel & Friends.

Summary: A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber’s mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3)  by Stephanie Perkins

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Review: I was really unsure of reading this book and put it off for a long time. I was mostly worried about it not being as good as the first two books or that it would be too goo and therefor send me into a book hangover. But I am happy I picked the book up and started reading when I should have been studying, it worked out great!

Anyway, I fell in love with this book and its characters too. Although I’m not surprised. It only took me a couple of hours to finish the book because it was so good and I just needed to finish reading it. Soooo worth it!

Ok, Isla. What I really enjoy about Perkins writing is that she does a different type of male and female, every book. They don’t all blend together, which is a good thing. Isla, is very different then the two previous female leads. I really enjoyed her because she tried to be a good person ( even though she already was)  and was a day dreamer like the rest of us girls. Because lets face it, all girls at one point in their lives day dream about the hot guy they like. They dream about how one day they will turn around and finally notice them and sweep them off their feet. I know I have done this a couple of times in my life, actually just last week I did this. So yeah, I could relate with Isla, which is the best thing for a reader to do.

I felt that Josh was a little clueless at times, but he was very much into his art. Which is understandable.

My favorite part is the ending while Josh and Isla are trying to figure everything out and they meet up with our favorite characters from the first two books. I about cried when I saw that Anna and Étienne, ok I did cry. But you can’t blame me, read the book and you will know why!

 

5 out of 5 stars.

352 pages.

Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Fiction. Mature Themes.

Published by Dutton.

 

Summary:  Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series. -Summary from GoodReads.com