Sunday, September 11, 2016

Review - The Problem With Forever by: Jennifer L. Armentrout




For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory "Mouse" Dodge, it's a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it's been four years since her nightmare ended, she's beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she's imagined, there's one she never dreamed of—that she'd run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn't seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn't take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she's not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider's life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard.

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The Problem With Forever is the type of book that makes me want to cry at the end. I'm not sure if it's from happiness, from feeling all the emotions the characters are experiencing, from the heartache of the events, or all of the above. All I know is that this book was one heck of a story and I loved every world-shattering part of it.

We start off with our protagonist, Mallory, who essentially is a shell of a person. She's completely intact however, after a traumatic childhood, she keeps everything inside and is extremely introvert. She finally decides, after having a break through couple years to go to a brick and mortar high school. It's there that she is bombarded with social situations she didn't imagine but also comes face to face with her past.

I must admit, I truly enjoyed being inside of Mallory's head as odd as that sounds. There was one point semi-early in the book where a quote she says just hit me and has haunted me since I read the words.

"My name is Mallory... Dodge." I drew in a deep breath, speaking to no one. "And I like... I like reading. And I don't like... I don't like who I am."

I feel like these words just shook me to the bone. Without a doubt, everyone has felt this at some point in their life. For me, I adore reading and there has been so many times that I have questioned myself or didn't like what I have seen in the mirror. These words truly made you feel what she was feeling not just in that moment, but essentially her whole life. Following her was unlike any other character I have read and I adore every moment of watching her grow and change.

With our other characters, you cannot help but love them all in some way. Each friend and adult somehow finds their way into their heart. I'd go into specifics but, Rosa, Jayden, Hector, Kiera, Ainsley, and even Paige all affect you in some form or another. Then, there's Rider. Oh Rider. The sexy, smart knight in shining armor who deserves the world and doesn't see it. You cannot help but root for this boy every step of the way.

Overall, I adored every piece of this story. There were so many parts that shattered me, some that made me melt, and some that made me smile with happiness. The Problem With Forever is definitely a story worth reading and I would recommend it to everyone.

- 5 out of 5 Splatters -

Monday, August 29, 2016

Review - Nemesis by: Anna Banks




Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

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 Special thanks to the lovely Brooke Reports for this book!

Tension flows through this book like angsty teenagers. Nemesis reminded me of an older magical kingdom just developing into its prime with romance slightly weaved through. I will admit the story start a little slow, but built into a pressure-filled slew of events that I couldn't help but keep turning the pages.

We start off with Sepora, who flees from her kingdom after her father makes it clear he wants to use her powers as a weapon. Along the way she gets thrown into a new kingdom and a new life she isn't sure she wants. I have to admit, Sepora was consistently a little firecracker. She goes after what she wants and what she believes is right and that's admirable. In Nemesis, we get dual POVs which I love and the other side of our story is from Tarik. Tarik, a young prince, who is also thrown into a new life takes a more gentle approach to life. I have to admit I loved watching these two grow together.

My one down note would be that it took about getting into the book about a third of the way before it picked up. I almost didn't keep going, but I'm glad I did because once it picked up I couldn't put it down. On the other side... I adored the Serpens and the large cats and the abilities we get to see along the way. Definitely will be looking forward to the next book in the series!

- 4 out of 5 Splatters - 


Monday, August 22, 2016

Cover Reveal - Piecing Together Sydney

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Coming August 30th from Fatebound Publishing


PIECING TOGETHER SYDNEY by Brittney Coon
A Sydney West Novel, Book 3
Cover Designer: Rock Your World Designs

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This year’s annual voyage to Malibu will be unlike any other... 

Sydney West is no longer a party girl looking for summer boys to occupy her nights. She has found love with Jason King and agreed to marry him. With wedding plans in full swing for the July deadline, everything seems to be perfect. 

Until someone from Jason’s past interrupts their summer getaway… 

When Jason turns cold and distant, the party scene beckons Sydney to return to her old drink-all-night ways. Only this time the guys at the bar don’t hold her attention, but when Sydney's drink is drugged by a so-called friend—she kisses one of them. When Jason finds out, he leaves the beach house to clear his head, but a couple hours quickly turn into days. 

It’s hard to have a wedding without the groom… 

This summer is nothing like what Sydney had planned, and for the first time she's afraid of the future. Sydney finally figured out what she wants and she isn’t willing to let Jason go without a fight. But is it already too late? Sydney will risk everything to… 

piece herself, and the life she wants, back together again.


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BRITTNEY COON


Brittney Coon graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a minor in Film and Media Production. Brittney has always been creative and turned to writing to share the stories playing through her head. In her spare time she reads, watches Friends, attends rock concerts, and hangs out with her cats. She currently lives in Arizona.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Review - Invidious by: Bianca Scardoni




The steep descent into Hell is always paved with good intentions.

My name is Jemma Blackburn, and I'm a Slayer. Finding out I wasn't human was only the beginning of my problems. My best-friend, Taylor, is still missing, and so is the Immortal Amulet, and it's my job alone to get them both back. I don't know who I can trust, and I'm still not sure I'm cut out for any of this, but I'm determined to figure it all out, or die trying.

As if that wasn't bad enough, there's a new enemy in town and they've come bearing gifts—an ancient prophesy that is going to blur the very lines between good and evil. And, apparently, my blood is tied to the center of it. I don't have all the answers yet, but I’m getting closer and closer to discovering the truth. The truth about my bloodlines, and about who I really am.

And, believe me when I say, it's going to change everything.




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Oh, Invidious! Why do you have to end on a cliff hanger like that? I want to say I knew it.. and I yep, I knew it. Overall, Invidious was a fantastic second installment in this series. This story was a page-turner and moved just as fast as the first book and I loved it.

All of our main characters we've grown to love are back and stronger than ever. I will admit I feel like there was a lot of setting up going on in this one and nothing "huge" happening with any of the characters, minus Dominic. I really liked Dominic's role in this book, and I stand by what I said about the first book... I'm still a Dominic fan to the end.

Towards the end, I will say I felt it was a little rushed. The major ending events almost confused me as some points until I realized what was happening. However, overall, Invidious was a fantastic book of discovery, deception and darkness. Yes, all the D's. I'm super excited to see what comes next in this series!

- 4 out of 5 splatters -