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I've many passions. Reading, cooking (and dessert making) and figure skating are my current top three. My favorite genres include Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, New Adult, and YA.

MENACE by J.M. Darhower COVER REVEAL

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MENACE

(Scarlet Scars Book One)
Dark Romance
J.M. Darhower
Release Date: January 16th
Scarlet Scars is a two-book series.
GRIEVOUS (Scarlet Scars Book Two) will release February 6th.
***Scarlet Scars contains dark elements that some readers may find disturbing***
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***Synopsis***
Once upon a time, there was a guy who got so fed up with life that he resorted to murder and mayhem just to feel alive.
Lorenzo Gambini is bored. So fucking bored. Most people either annoy him or avoid him, afraid to face him. Figuratively. Literally. With his face partially disfigured, scarred, he looks every bit the monster the stories make him out to be: the notorious menace they call Scar. They say he’s a sociopath. Maybe he’s a psychopath. Whatever path he’s on, people tend to stay far away from it.
Until one day, a young woman bumps right into him—a woman just as fed up with life, but for much different reasons. With a Scarlet Letter inked on her wrist and secrets buried deep in her soul, Morgan Myers is running from something… or maybe somebody. Lorenzo isn’t quite sure.

You can bet your ass he’s going to figure it out, though.

About the Author
J.M. Darhower is the USA Today Bestselling Author of paranormal/erotic/romantic suspense novels about the baddest bad boys and the ladies who love them. Fangirl at heart, J.M. is obsessed with books, music, and all things Marvel, especially the glorious Sebastian Stan. She spends her days in a tiny town in North Carolina, churning out words and chasing down Pokémon.

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Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

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Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Genre: YA, Retellings, Fantasy

Synopsis

In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.

Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised.

Lucie alone knows of the deadly connection the young men share, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.

Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

Celebrated author Sarah Rees Brennan tells a magical tale of romance and revolution, love and loss.


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two-stars

A semi-classic fantasy

I got quite bored. Could be because I didn’t get Dickens? The style was written semi-classic. There were sentences like this:

So our holiday at Martha’s Vineyard was a rare and special treat, sweet as only things that come seldom and do not last can be.

And then, not so classic like this

That was also a rare funny one.
I wished there were more like that but alas. I believe it was that style that made the pacing slower than it needs to be. But, on the other hand, it’s a clever way of adding some classic feel to the story. I wouldn’t mind the style if a lot more things had happened. Overall, I just found it not very exciting.

The concept was interesting though. A world divided by 2 groups of people, Dark Magic and Light Magic, one so very scared of the other but couldn’t live without them. I’m a fan of paranormal so I was looking forward to that part of the story. But, that also fell short. I felt that the magic part didn’t have enough meat in it. There were these cages that they basically used them as “guillotine” but I was never sure how they worked. Also, dark magic sounded way stronger, I couldn’t quite understand why they were the underdog. I’m guessing it’s because of their small number? Wouldn’t that make them precious? It’s obvious that the Lights need them.

Character wise, I only knew Lucie. Ethan and Carwyn just didn’t get enough attention, especially Carwyn. It’d be so much more interesting if there were more of his POV.

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The Syndicate by Sophie Davis

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The Syndicate by Sophie Davis
Publisher: Sophie Davis Books
Publication Date: Mar 1, 2016
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi

Synopsis

In a future where time travel has been outlawed, a black market exists for anyone with the money, connections, and nerve to request items from days past. As a Runner for one of the underground syndicates that now controls the timewaves, Stassi 2446-89 has seen it all: the fall of Rome, the rise of Hitler, the end of democracy, the establishment of time tourism, and the devastating consequences of it. Her job is to seamlessly slip through the past, in search of items of value to the syndicate’s clientele.

Stassi’s next assignment takes her to Paris in the 1920’s, in search of a lost manuscript by one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. She and her partner, Gaige, are swept up in the City of Light during the height of fashion and culture—as alluring a locale as they’ve ever visited. But a seedier side of life lurks beneath the glamorous façade, and the pair quickly learns this run is more dangerous than any of their previous missions.

Because history isn’t playing out as it should be—a first for the syndicate. When the stakes are raised and it becomes a matter of life or death, Stassi and Gaige must ultimately decide how far they’re willing to go to ensure the future as they know it.

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four-stars

Entertaining

GAH THAT ENDING!! I knew it wouldn’t end simply but I had no idea what had happened. I mean what Charles had said to Cyrus. What could unsettle the founder of The Syndicate? I can’t wait for book 2 to be out!

This book was as good as I’d hoped. Awesome Paris backdrop and it wasted no time jumping right into the story, with Stassi just finishing off an assignment in an unorthodox way, jumping without using the Gate. Eventhough this is just book 1, so many things had happened, the Night Gentlemen and the search of the Blue Canyon. The Night Gentlemen plot was intriguing but I felt the ending was a bit rushed.
Also, the Night Gentlemen felt a little cardboard like. We weren’t offered any other details about him, other than what he portrayed to the public.

The other characters weren’t as cardboard like however, like Stassi and Gaige. I really felt their brother-sister bond. Even the not-so-present Molly, was written very life-like. The writing in general was also really good. I especially liked this paragraph, describing the jumping experience:

A burst of light exploded in my line of vision like a star detonating. Golden white swirls twisted and churned before my eyes, illuminating the murky water with preternatural beauty. At the epicenter, the light was pure gold. It pulled me in as though it was a powerful magnet and I was nothing more than a fleck of metal.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone that likes a little Sci-Fi in historic times.

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Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

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Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: Dec 29, 2015
Genre: YA Mystery, Paranormal

Synopsis

On his own

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

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three-half-stars

One of a Kind

I liked it. It’s a little different than regular paranormal fantasy. In fact, if I didn’t see people shelved this in YA Paranormal in Goodreads, I really wouldn’t have known till the last minute. There was almost no hint that it’s a paranormal, and everything felt like a regular YA mystery. I kept waiting for the light to shed, and it took a LONG time. I hope that’s not too spoilery…

The characters were a little frustrating at times, especially Charlotte. She was quite stupid at times, but I’m giving her a chance to redeem herself given the circumstances. It’s a rather unique situation. She might not be her usual self.

There was some YA romance, all very innocent but quite sweet and believable. It’s not forced and it’s not cheesy, and not exactly the focus of the story. The main focus was the mystery and this unfortunate situation that Thomas found himself in.

The mystery was still a mystery, till the very end. I had no idea how it would turn out because it’s just so different than regular mystery. I’ll definitely read the next one and hopefully it will come out soon enough. Overall, it’s a very good setup for a very interesting series.

NOT recommended for people that can’t handle an “unfinished” mystery!

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Hidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline Kepnes

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Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication Date: Expected February 23rd 2016
Genre: Mystery Thriller

Synopsis

Charmingly murderous antihero Joe continues his twisted quest for the perfect love in this thrilling follow-up to the “deeply dark yet mesmerizing” You. When Joe follows the woman he wants to marry to the West Coast, he never imagines that his obsession will lead him to such tragedy…

After the heartbreak of losing his girlfriend, Beck, Joe Goldberg thought he’d never love again. But when mysterious Amy Adam begins working for Joe at Mooney Books, he finds himself obsessed with his new employee. Amy is Beck’s opposite—she hates Twitter, she doesn’t even have an email address, she’s completely unsearchable online—and she quickly captures Joe’s heart. But just before Joe can ask Amy to marry him, she disappears, leaving a trail of clues in her wake.

Joe is then forced to do something so vile, so awful that he nearly loses his mind: he moves to Los Angeles to find Amy. He is tortured by a series of aspiring Angelenos—an insufferable stand-up comedian, philistine booksellers, a money-hungry nanny, and a slutty ghostwriter—before meeting his ticket to a more luxurious world: a surgically enhanced, social media–savvy heiress named Love Quinn. But Joe can’t stop stalking Amy, despite the world opening up to him with Love on his arm. Will Joe finally escape his sordid past? Or is Love just the latest casualty in Joe’s unrelenting search for the perfect match?

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five-stars

TEN BRILLIANT PLUS STARS

Thus I’ve met my SECOND favourite book of the year!!!

I thought nothing NOTHING could top Six of Crows, but I was wrong! I felt so lucky that I was wrong.

This was in a totally different genre and I was glad that I crossed over. Sometimes, you just had to take the leap. I was so glad that I stuck with the series. I had almost given up because of the gritty style of writing in book one, but no such problem with book two. This completely surpassed book one, in terms of character development and plot twists.

The twists, they just kept on coming! I had lost count of them at the end. They’re in the range of ten, I think. A lot of the stories I could guess where it’s going to go, but not this one. Other than the brilliancy of Caroline Kepnes, it might have to do with the fact that I’d never really read a story that had villain as its protagonist.

Joe had grown so much as a psychopathic killer. He’s definitely not as slick as Dexter, and definitely EVIL. There was no “legit” reason for him to go killing around, really, other than to serve his own. But, in the end, he changed. I hope that’s not too spoilery…

It’s such a brilliant brilliant story and it had depth at the same time. LOVE, love was all that matters.

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Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

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Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)
by Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


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five-stars

BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

Why I LOVED this book
– Me kicking/screaming/laughing more than FIVE times
– Twists that I didn’t see coming
– Awesome dialogue
– The brilliancy of Kaz
– Cinematic action scenes
– The story! It’s like Ocean Eleven but only better.
– People with power

As with other fantasies, there were numerous characters and POVs, but it wasn’t too much to handle and each was memorable.
This was YA, and the characters were teenagers, but you really wouldn’t know. They were people trying to survive and had had years of hardships.

Inej, the Wraith, silent as a ghost. She was Kaz’s spy, and had the skill that seemingly defy gravity.
Kaz, the leader. His brilliancy reminded me of Aloysius Pendergast. He’s wicked, innovative, and tenacious. He had backup plan upon backup plan. His IQ must be in the 200s. It’s no wonder why he had created such a name for himself.
He’s not perfect, however, he had his own demons. This is what makes a character interesting IMO, the flaws.
Inej and Kaz had something going on, but we’d have to wait for several books to find out I think.

Nina, the Heartrender, has magic that controls the human body, the heart, blood, etc. She could have left for her homeland long ago but had stayed behind because of Matthias, whom she had betrayed.
Matthias was the witchhunter, specifically trained to kill/capture Grisha like Nina.
Their history made the heist very interesting.

Wylan, the demolitionist. He’s weak and rather new. Everyone wondered why Kaz took him on, and you’d have to read to see why. He may seem unimportant but don’t discard him just yet.
Jesper, known for his guns, was perhaps the weakest of them all, mentally. I wonder why Kaz would tolerate him. He’s like a ticking timebomb.
I’m sensing there is something between Wylan and Jesper, but it’s all too early to tell at this point.

Fantastic character development aside, the story was one of its kind. The recruitment, the sketching of the plan, the execution of it, and the execution of the backup plan and the backup backup plan were all fantastic.

The book lived up to the hype, and maybe even exceeded it.
The only tiny nuisance of this book was the foreign names and words that were a wee bit distracting because of its Russian background. It’s the same setting as the Grisha Trilogy, so I had totally expected it.

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Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: September 1st 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

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four-half-stars

Plain Awesome!

Life is unfair in many ways. That is why we need fantasy. Entertainment aside, it is also therapeutic. There is no greater satisfying experience than to see your characters getting the ending that they deserve. I thank the author for not falling too far off from this rule. My heart almost went out when I first started the story, that
There was no greater couple than Rowan and Aelin. With all the hardship that Aelin had endured, it’s only fair that God found her her soulmate. They were really well matched and understood each other so completely, not to mention the blood bond that they had. It was very cool to read their silent (or zero decibel) conversations. Romance was not the focus but still it was interweaved into the story really well. It’s not cliche and not overdone, but just as swoony in teeny tiny doses. Sometimes it’s the quality that matters, not quantity.

You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive; not exist. Live.

I was always looking toward the horizon, always wondering what waited across the next ocean, over the next mountain. But I think … I think that whole time, all those centuries, I was just looking for you.

As usual, the plot was excellent as were the twists. What really stood out was the humor and the brilliancy of Aelin. She’s such a strategist (and if I had to point out how… it’d be very spoilery you just have to read it) and one that was so brave and had such integrity. She did not abandon people, not even if they had wronged her, Chaol, Dorian, and others.
Dire situations reveal a person’s true nature, perfect example.

As if dealing with Aelin’s plotline was not enough, the author continued with the Blackleak Witch-Clan subplot that started in the previous book. This was why I mentioned in my previous review that this series was very close to become an Adult Fantasy novel, because of its plots and character complexities. Manon continued to evolve. Being the Wing Leader, she had to be ruthless and simply had to had no empathy, one quality that their clan was proud of or taught to become. Her dragon taught her, or in some ways had influenced her to become otherwise

Abraxos had tensed, his tail shifting over the stones. The useless beast was worried for the girl. Manon narrowed her eyes at him. “Isn’t your kind supposed to eat young women?”

I’m looking forward to more of Manon and Elide story.

Multifaceted characters that keep on evolving.

Entertaining plots with stupendous comic relief and sassy comebacks.

Swoon worthy moments that will make your heart swells.

There wasn’t really anything that I could complain, save the time that it took for each book to come out. But, it is so worth the wait.

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