Kiss Me Kill You, by Larissa C. Hardesty ~ 3.5 Stars

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Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: Available Now

196 Pages

Synopsis: First kisses should be legendary–not deadly.

Emmy Duivel believes in true love: heart-stopping kisses, candlelight dinners, and a connection that lasts forever. But not the kind of kisses that land your date in the hospital. Emmy always knew she was different, but not in the supernatural sense. Not in the succubus sense.

Paul Andinn had only one job: watch over Emmy and make sure she doesn’t expose the supernatural world. It should have been easy, but the moment he looked away, she kissed that boy, and everything changed.

He should be more upset. But he can’t. Not when he’s falling hard for her.

Kiss Me, Kill You, isn’t an especially memorable YA paranormal romance, but it was a quick, enjoyable read nonetheless.

Emmy is a humorous and sweetly innocent character. She’s a bit naive, socially awkward, and not really comfortable in her own skin, and that’s before she finds out she’s a succubus. When boys suddenly start showing an interest in her she doesn’t understand why. Luckily, she has Paul to look out for her, although he’s not altogether truthful with her at the beginning which puts her in danger. Once the two of them are together though, their romance is adorable. 

Given that this is a book about paranormal entities who feed off others sexual energy, the story is pretty clean. Discovering she’s a succubus doesn’t go over well with Emmy, especially since she’s in love with Paul, but has to feed from different partners. None of the scenes are particularly graphic and I’m impressed how the author was able to successfully gear this toward teens.

I did think some of the secondary characters and the supernatural world-building needed a bit more development. Perhaps if it had been a little longer, these issues would have been resolved.

Overall, I quite enjoyed Kiss Me, Kill You, and I think it would be a light and fun read for teens who love paranormal romance.

My Novel: Watching a Glass Shatter to be Published!

James, who is well known on WordPress has just signed his first book deal! CONGRATULATIONS James!

Watching a Glass Shatter

If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you probably know that I am a writer who has been working hard to find a publisher for the novel I wrote last fall. It is with extreme pride (and fear!) that I can announce today, “Watching a Glass Shatter” has taken a giant leap forward in the last few days. I have officially signed a contract with a publisher who is interested in helping me share my book with the world.

While it’s too early to provide any more details, I can safely say the novel should be published before the end of 2017. We are currently in discussions over various things such as book covers, formatting, editing, marketing and timelines. I spent 10 hours this weekend completing some final changes to a few open items with the novel, but it has been sent to the publishing company’s editing team for…

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The Possible, by Tara Altebrando ~ 1.0 Star

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Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA Children’s for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: Available Now

304 Pages

Synopsis: What if…a teenage girl could move objects with her mind?

What if…someone turns up at her door asking questions she doesn’t want to answer?

Kaylee lives a normal life with her adoptive parents, and almost never thinks of her birth mother, Crystal, who is serving a life sentence in prison. But the woman at the front door is producing a podcast about Crystal that is about to blow Kaylee’s forgotten past wide open. 

What if strange things have been happening Kaylee’s entire life, things she could not explain? What if she’s more like her mother than she ever imagined?

What if the podcast is about to put her on a collision course with Crystal–and her darkest self?

The Possible is the second book I’ve read by Tara Altebrando, and I’m thinking that she’s just not the author for me. Except for the gorgeous cover, there was very little I liked about this book and I struggled to finish it.

The first problem I had was Kaylee, who I thoroughly disliked. I’m trying to find one nice thing about her but I can’t. She’s a bratty know-it-all who’s completely full of herself and could care less about anyone else, including her friends and family. If she had shown any signs of growth or maturity through the story, I could have become invested more in what was happening, but at the end she really hadn’t learned anything. The one plus is that one her friends, Chiara is writing a book. I liked and was more interested in her than anyone else. 

The plot itself was interesting with the mystery of whether Crystal really killed Kaylee’s younger brother, but I just couldn’t get over my intense dislike for most of the characters to ever really care. Despite it’s relatively short length, it took me four days to get through this, mainly because every time I put it down I put off continuing reading it.

The Possible is receiving many positive reviews, so I’m definitely in the minority here. I didn’t care for her previous YA book The Leaving either because of the characters, so perhaps it’s a case of “It’s me not you.” 

 

R.I.P. Heather Heyer

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Heather Heyer was the 32 year-old paralegal who died yesterday when a man (I’m not going to name him) drove his car into protesters in Charlottesville. Her mother, Susan Bro, shared this about the daughter she is so proud of:

She always had a very strong sense of right and wrong, she always, even as a child, was very caught up in what she believed to be fair. Somehow I almost feel that this is what she was born to be, is a focal point for change. I’m proud that what she was doing was peaceful, she wasn’t there fighting with people.

Please let’s not have the death of this courageous young woman be in vain. Her last words on her Facebook page are:

If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.

 

Enigma (Schrodinger’s Consortium #2) by Tonya Kuper ~ 4.5 Stars

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Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: Available Now

304 Pages

Synopsis: Worst. Road. Trip. Ever.

Escaping with Reid Wentworth should have been fun, but how can I enjoy it when I just (accidentally) killed someone, my mom and brother are in danger, and the Consortium is trying to enslave humanity? (Yeah, they aren’t fooling around.) So feeling something for Reid Wentworth was not part of the plan. Trying to help unite the Resistance against the Consortium means I can’t be distracted by hot boys.

The Resistance secret hideout isn’t exactly the rebel base of my dreams. A traitor there wants me dead, but we have no idea who it is. And with both the Resistance and the Consortium trying to control me, the only one I can trust is Reid. If we’re going to have any chance of protecting my family, controlling my unstable powers, and surviving the clash between the Oculi factions, I’m going to have to catch this traitor. By using myself as bait.

Enigma is the conclusion to the Schrodinger’s Consortium duology, and while it wasn’t quite as perfect as Anomaly, it was still a quick and enjoyable read.

The story picks up three days after Anomaly ended. The story is told in Josie’s and Reid’s POV, which gives things a more personal touch as you can see what they’re really thinking about each other. Their relationship is still in its beginning stages and has all the sweetness and awkwardness of young love. Josie is still reeling from the events of the previous book, and while Reid does everything he can to help her, complications arise when they’re forced to hide their feelings from the rest of the Resistance. As a result, there’s lots of sneaking around, hiding in each other’s rooms, etc. And while I love the two of them as a couple, I found myself wishing for a little less romance and a bit more action. That’s not to say there isn’t any action. There’s quite a few fight scenes where you once again see all those awesome powers that made Anomaly so much fun. I just found the pace to be slower here because a lot of emphasis seemed to be placed on how Josie and Reid felt about each other, and not as much on finding the mole and bringing down the Consortium.

However, Tonya Kuper once again does a masterful job at world-building and introducing interesting new characters with even more awesome Oculi superpowers. The fighting scenes are exciting, and it’s fun watching Josie learn how to use her powers and feel more comfortable about herself.

Overall, I think Enigma is a solid ending to this unique and creative duology and will please fans. While you could read this as a standalone, I recommend reading Anomaly first because you’ll get much more out of the characters and their story. Teens and adults who love science mixed with fantasy, and like their characters to be on the nerdy side, will definitely enjoy these books. Tonya Kuper is a fantastic writer and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

 

Words To Remember ~ #Charlottesville

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No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, then they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

~ Nelson Mandela ~

#Charlottesville

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Probably to no one’s great surprise, violence has broken out at a white nationalist rally made up of hundreds of extremists who descended upon the college town of Charlottesville to protest the removal of confederate statues. While I was expecting hand to hand fighting, what I didn’t expect was a car mowing down peaceful protesters, killing one and injuring nineteen. 

What has happened is sickening, despicable, and inexcusable. And of course the President was quick to condemn the violence. Oh. Wait. This is Trump. What the HELL was I thinking? After offering a couple of vague platitudes on Twitter earlier today, after this act of domestic terrorism, our Racist-In-Chief finally condemned the violence, blaming it on “many sides”, never mentioning the white nationalists and the alt-right movement. If there is any doubt left in people’s minds as to how racist hate groups view Trump, here’s what David Duke, former Ku Klux Klan leader, who attended the “Unite the Right” rally had to say:

This represents a turning point for this country. We are determined to take our country back, we’re going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump, and that’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back and that’s what we gotta do.

There are not “many sides” to what happened in Charlottesville today. Mr. Trump had the chance to take an unequivocal stand against evil and he failed miserably.

*Update – There are now three dead including two state police officers whose helicopter crashed while they were helping monitor the rally.*

Emma In the Night by Wendy Walker ~ 4.5 Stars

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Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: Available Now

320 Pages

Synopsis: One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

We believe what we want to believe. We believe what we need to believe. Maybe there’s no difference between wanting and needing. I don’t know. What I do know is that the truth can evade us, hiding behind our blind spots, our preconceptions, our hungry heart that long for quite. Still, it is always there if we open our eyes and try to see it. If we really try to see.

I knew as soon as I read these chilling opening lines, that I was going to enjoy Emma In the Night, and I wasn’t disappointed. I was completely mesmerized from beginning to end.

The book alternates between Cass and Dr. Abby Winters, the forensic psychiatrist who was originally assigned to the sisters case when they first disappeared three years previously. Starting with the return of Cass, the story brings the reader back to the girls’ childhood and what their lives were like growing up with their mother who has narcissistic personality disorder. From there, what happens slowly comes together, much like a puzzle. From the onset, Cass is an unreliable yet hypnotic narrator which adds to the mystery because you’re constantly wondering if she’s telling the truth. I was so sucked into Cass’s cringe-worthy story that when Abby’s chapters came, they were a little jarring, although necessary to the plot. 

The story itself is full of many twists and turns. There were quite a few times that I thought I’d figured everything out, only to be proven wrong. The only reason why I’m not giving this 5 stars is because I did think the story dragged just a bit at times, especially in the middle. But overall, I really enjoyed Emma In the Night and I highly recommend it to fans of psychological suspense and mysteries filled with sketchy characters.

 

 

 

 

Supportive Bloggers, 3rd and Final(ish) Poem

Here’s Didi’s last Supportive Bloggers poem…for now!

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So far I’ve only covered a few,

In my supportive blogger poems One and Two.

Today I’m finishing up with so many praises to sing,

Pay close attention you don’t wanna’ miss a thing.

There are so many more and I can’t go on forever,

So if I miss you, I’m sorry, for I’m really squeezing this together!

CaymanDrinks Well With Others, he’s one of a kind,

It’s great to find bloggers with such like mind.

Kristi’s blog is mighty fine,

She loves great books, YA and Wine.

If you want well rounded books then check this out,

Maria’s Library has what you want, of that there’s no doubt.

Pirate Patty is such a delight,

When it comes to Books Books and More Booksshes always right!

Giorgiana is a book expert with reviews galore,

Awesome Books Today offers so much more.

Cherylann’s a big supporter and…

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