Saturday, January 13, 2018

Review: Trying to Live With the Dead by B.L Brunnemer

Trying To Live With The Dead (The Veil Diaries, #1)

Trying to Live With The Dead
By B.L. Brunnemer
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Publication Date: December 6, 2016

Date Read: January 2018
Kindle Edition, 351 Pages



















Summary From Goodreads:

Hi, I’m Alexis Delaney. I’m your average 17-year-old girl. Except I can see the dead. And talk to the dead. And push them away and, well, help them move on. So..okay, I’m not your average 17-year-old girl. For years I’ve been struggling to survive the souls still roaming around. The shitheads always seem to find me. Moving from town to town every few months never helped either. More dead just always find me. But things are changing for me now. I’m moving in with my uncle Rory and cousin Tara. I’m finally going to be able to do normal teenage stuff I’ve been missing out on. Right?

Well, if this one bitch of a ghost could leave me alone on campus that would be great. Especially since I haven’t told my new friends about my abilities. Can you believe this? Five good looking guys practically adopt me on my first day of school, and I still think they’re a bit nuts for it. Now if I can only just keep my life with the dead from mixing with my normal life, everything would be great. Yeah...I don’t see that happening either. But I’m going to give it a shot. Who knows? It might work.






My Review:

So let's just talk about this book for a minute. I found it awhile ago while searching Amazon's Kindle store (which I really need to stay away from because I have about a million other things to be doing {like reading my library books}) and I resisted the urge to buy it for quite awhile (yay me!) but with my weakness for RH books right now, I finally caved and bought the book, because it sounded superb.

And it is.

There's lots of character building, and I love how blunt and no nonsense Alexis is. She's got one heck of a sailor's mouth and she'll tell you exactly what she thinks if you're being stupid. It's actually very refreshing, because you'll always know where you stand with her.

But at the same time, the thing that stops her from seeming like a total B***h, is the fact that she cares. She's been hurt before (big time hurt) and yet, it hasn't hardened her heart. Yeah she's skeptical of the boys and other people at first, because she is trying to save herself the pain of them leaving when things get too real/weird. But she doesn't let that stop her from being protective of others that are being bullied.

I like the guys and their relationship with her. They're obnoxious and protective, and they'll do anything to keep her safe. She also has a really great relationship with her uncle Rory, which I really enjoyed reading. It's hard with some books when the main character is keeping this giant secret from her family and things just go bad at every turn because she has to lie to her family about why weird things happen. So this was a nice change of pace. Everyone is so supportive.

I'm not sure where the book is going as far as romance is concerned. As I am typing this, I am a good part into book 2 and it doesn't look like she's going to "be" with any of her original gang. In fact even though she comments about how good looking they are and what not, there isn't any jealousy on her part or theirs (at least as far as outward appearances go) when the guys are hitting on other girls or dating someone, or vice versa. In fact, one of them set Lexie up with Dylan... But I guess that's okay too, as long as everyone is happy. And since I still have two and a half books to go, who knows what's going to happen.

However, I don't like the way she calls the guys honey and sweetie. That's more of a term of endearment for a little kid or someone you're dating, and it just doesn't sound right when I read it. Also there are some grammatical errors that jumped out at me throughout the story, but it's not enough to make me stop reading it. Also, I really don't like the way she keeps saying sweet. Like, "I said sweetly" or "I asked still using my sweet voice" occasionally that wouldn't bother me, but it's very repetitive. But those are just my opinions and pet peeves, and it probably doesn't bother most people.

Overall, this was a great start to the series, and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Kait's A-B-C of 2017 Part 1

So I did an A-C book challenge last year, where I tried to read through the alphabet. I wanted to read 26 books where each one corresponded with a different letter of the alphabet. I didn't do too bad, the only letters I didn't manage to get were "M", "X", and "Z", and hopefully I'll do even better for this year. So, without further ado, here are the books I read for the A-Z challenge! Click on the picture to be re-routed to the corresponding Good Reads page to find out more about it. Also, I'm breaking this up into three separate posts so as not to bombard you all with one mega list.


Alex, Approximately
A This is a new spin on You've Got Mail, and it's just the bees knees. (Psst, I wrote a review for this one! Check it out by clicking HERE...)
























By Your Side
B They get to spend the weekend locked in a library together... Yes, please (Check out my review for this one riiiiiight here




















  


Classi9, Vol. 1
C

So this was a super amazing Manga Series. It's Manga/Anime versions of a whole bunch of different musical geniuses. My only problem with it, was the fact that there weren't enough volumes!








Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1) D

I LOVE CAPTAIN HOOK... Oh wait, what I meant to say was, I love books about pirates, especially when it's written well. I tend to have a soft spot for fictional "bad boys" who are actually low key heroes (Captain Hook from OUAT, Warner from Shatter Me, Rhysand from ACOTAR, Dean Winchester, etc.) Plus, Alosa is my hero, so there's that too.
 







 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28114396-ever-the-hunted?ac=1&from_search=trueE

 This book was super interesting, there were some twists that I didn't see coming!




















 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22402516-fish-out-of-water?ac=1&from_search=trueF
 So this book was amazing. I laughed, I cried, I learned a lot of random fish facts. It really hit me in the feels. Check out the rest of my thoughts on it by clicking here











GeekerellaG

So this book is Cinderella meets Fandoms and Cosplay, and it's absolutely wonderful












HuntedH
 This was one of the very first books that I read last year that actually really really impressed me. I love fairy tales that are retold, and this one knocked my socks off























It Started With Goodbye I


This one is a kind of sort of Cinderella retelling. I loved it, and the different relationships that form throughout.




























Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Review: Academy of Assassins by Stacey Brutger

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 Academy of Assassins
By Stacey Brutger
My Rating: 5 Stars
Publication Date: October 29, 2017
Paperback, 310 Pages





















Summary From Goodreads: 
 
 ONLY ONE THING STANDS BETWEEN HUMANS AND THE DEADLY SUPERNATURAL WORLD…THE ACADEMY OF ASSASSINS.

Abandoned as a child and unable to remember her past, Morgan was raised as a hunter, one of an elite group of fighters sworn to protect humans from the dangerous paranormal creatures who invade our world…creatures such as herself. Her life changes the day she’s summoned to the Academy of Assassins, a school that trains witches and hunters to eradicate paranormals who prey on humans. Her first assignment—find and eliminate the killer who is using the Academy as their own personal hunting ground.

As Morgan delves deeper into the investigation, she will need to dodge assassination attempts, avoid the distraction of romantic entanglements with the devilishly handsome security expert, Kincade, and his maddeningly overprotective teammates, while keeping the volatile magic in her blood concealed from those who would use it for their own purposes. When the danger increases and the school is threatened, Morgan must unearth her missing memories before someone finishes the job they started so long ago—killing her and unleashing a plague that will consume the world. 



My Review:



SO. I have been rather into Reverse Harem books lately. Uh uh... Stop right there, and get your mind out of the gutter (I know what you're thinking) Tut tut, shame on you.

As one reviewer so eloquently put it ( I don't remember who, I just remember reading it in a review somewhere) Harems are not all about the sex *insert slightly altered version of "All About That Base here* but more to do with the main character's relationship with her boys. For instance, some of my all time favorite Reverse Harem books are so PG  (some of them venture into the PG-13 Category, but oh well. For instance, I love Ouran High School Host Club, and Pretear, Classi 9... Yes, I know they're all Manga, but still. Reverse Harem. Cute. Not smutty. Also, you have the Academy by C.L. Stone,
which is super swoony and not smutty.

But I'm getting off topic.

I read Academy of Assassins, and oh my holy hot caaaaakes, it was magnificent. MAG. NI. FI. CIENT. I literally read it in one sitting, it was that good. And apparently I did not pay enough attention to the release date when I purchased the Kindle book, because I thought that there was more than one book already out. But no. Nope. Of course not. SO NOW I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL SOMETIME NEXT YEAR BEFORE THE SECOND BOOK COMES OUT.

I am not okay.

I

Am

Not

Okay

Well, I mean, yes I am. But I am also very emotionally distraught as well. it was so good, and I haven't had a book that I've been so obsessed with in a while. I loved it so much that not only do I own the Kindle version, but I also went and ordered the actual paper back, because I like to underline my favorite parts in pencil, and leave little sticky notes inside, so when my friend inevitably reads the book, she'll get to see it all.

The cover is abso-freaking-lutely gorgeous. It really matched with how I pictured Morgan in my head.

I loved Morgan, and how she was so independent and kick a$$. She wasn't a damsel in distress, and she did  not need saving, thankyouverymuch. 

I loved that she could hold her own with the boys, and didn't let anyone push her around. She also stood up for people when she saw that they were being treated poorly. She sometimes was a bit too independent and that caused her more trouble than it was worth, (if she would have just communicated better to people... but she'd been through a lot, and some people didn't want to be very communicative, so I understand)


I loved her relationship with the boys, yes even Kincade, even though he was pretty much a douche bag the whole way through.

I'm not sure who my favorite guy is.. I really like Ascher, and Draven, and Ryder, and I'm still on the fence about how I feel about Kincade and Atlas.

I totally called the Hellhound being an actual person, I just had no idea how important he'd actually end up being to Morgan.

There was so much going on so many twists and turns, and I love the fact that Morgan could take care of herself (which I have mentioned before) She was kicking a$$ and taking names, and she was also very tough emotionally as well. She went through so much growing up, but she didn't let it break her, instead she used that pain to make herself stronger.

So here I sit.

Waiting

waiting

waiting...


I need the next one now.

Please?

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Seduction Release Day Blitz for Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington

IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HEEEEERE!!

Oh my holy hotcakes everyone.... Today is THE DAY. The long-awaited, much anticipated, I've probably talked my best friend's ear off because of it RELEASE DAY!!!!!!!!

I am beyond excited. I love my Reverse Harem books, I don't know exactly why (no it's not because of the smutty things that can happen, thank you very much. My first real Reverse Harem was Ouran Highschool Host Club, thank you very much... oops, getting off topic sorry)


I happened across the first book in the series by chance, and I absolutely loved it!  Then the second one came out almost right after (not really, but you know it felt like it.) Then the wait for Seduction has about killed me and my best friend who I managed to convince she needed to read it, and now she's as obsessed as I am (ha ha!)

But really I am so glad that this book is finally available, and that I am able to read it.

I am writing this post the day before it releases, but I can guarantee you that as soon as my preorder is available to read, I'll be up reading it. So I'll probably be a little slap happy at work.

Any ways.... Here is all the lovely information that you need to know to be able to get this book for yourself, plus the back of the book blurb, plus the teasers that are available... *SIGH*





Seduction
Curse of the Gods: Book Three
By: Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington
Release Date: November 30th, 2017
Genre: Upper YA Fantasy (Reverse Harem)

Back Cover Copy
Willa Knight: Dweller? Sol? Accidental evolutionary hiccup?

Willa has never been a particularly useful dweller: she isn’t very good at chores, she isn’t very good at worshipping, she isn’t very good at not having opinions, and she isn’t very good with rules—but none of that matters anymore.
The rules are changing.
The dwellers are trying to make their own way in the world, and Willa can’t seem to help getting tangled up in their plans.
Luckily, she has the Abcurse brothers to help her out—until she doesn’t, and suddenly she’s alone again in a world on the brink of chaos. With the Abcurses gone, she’ll have to rely on her wits, and her sister Emmy, to stay under the radar and survive.
Because someone wants her dead.

But, really, what else is new?.


This is a full novel, 90,000 words. Book 3 of 5 in the Curse of the Gods Series
Buy Link:
Available exclusively on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited
Amazon US $3.99:
 https://www.amazon.com/Seduction-Curse-Gods-Book-3-ebook/dp/B0759S4XJ7




Author Bios:


Jaymin Eve:
Jaymin Eve is the USA Today Bestselling author of Young Adult and New Adult romance novels (both urban fantasy and contemporary). She loves surrounding herself with the best things in life: her two girls, a good book and chocolate.
Living on the beautiful Gold Coast in Australia, the family loves spending lots of time on the beach. And traveling as frequently as possible.
When Jaymin isn’t trying to wrangle two daughters, a puppy and her husband, you will find her hiding in a corner trying desperately to write her stories (without little fingers pressing random keys). She asks for forgiveness if you notice the occasional sskkkkssis appearing in her book, her children are proud of their contribution.
She’d love it if you contacted her, giving feedback or just to have a chat.


Author Links:

Jane Washington:
Jane Washington is a 'Literary Awards off the Internet' bestselling author and ‘self-awarded’ award-winner with a professional capacity to take herself seriously and a steely determination to seduce the entire book world… or at least to have someone walk up to her in Kmart and tell her that they loved one of her books--even if they're mistaking it for another book. She holds herself responsible for the Beatrice Harrow young adult series, and the Seraph Black slightly-older-young-adult series.
If you want to know more about her, you’d better hire a private investigator because she’s proven to be a terrible online communicator. On the other hand, if you’re one of those people that gets off on terrible online communication, you can contact her at inquiries@janewashington.com.
That sounded wrong.
Is it too late to take that back?


Author Links:




Lovely Teasers *Heart Eyes* *Drools* *Swoons*

 


 


 
 

Oh gosh how I've missed Willa and the swoon worthy Abcurse Brothers