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Monday, December 10, 2018

Top 25 Books Of 2018: #16 Among The Echoes By Aly Martinez


Welcome To The Sixth Annual
Top 25 Books Of The Year!

For the next 25 days, I hope you'll join me in counting down to Christmas with the Top 25 Books I've read this year! The book doesn't have to have been published this year. This list may only include books I've read from November 2017 to November 2018 (re-reads, books published a few years ago, ARC's of books about to be published, audio books, etc. all count). 

*Books in this list are ranked from number twenty-five to number one (the best book of the year).

So let's get started!
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#16

Among The Echoes
(Wrecked And Ruined #2.5)
By Aly Martinez

Among the Echoes is a full length standalone novel.

My name was Dr. Erica Hill. I was a victim, then a witness, and then I ceased to exist altogether.

I may still be breathing, but stripped of my identity, I have long since stopped living. I am invisible, and my life depends on my ability to stay in the shadows.

But he sees me.

Slate Andrews is the embodiment of everything I have been taught to avoid. He’s rich and famous, and one image of him with a woman would earn millions for any paparazzi lucky enough to snap it. He has vowed to protect me with his life, yet he exposes me with his every breath. I should be stronger and walk away. I should disappear. But I’m terrified he would come after me.

I’m on the run, determined not to take him down with me but absolutely unable to let him go.

My name is Riley Peterson…at least for today.

This novel contains material that may be offensive to some readers. Including sexual abuse, graphic language, and adult situations. Intended for readers 18+.
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About The Author:

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.
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Book Review: Reckless By Sybil Bartel

Reckless
(Alpha Bodyguard #3)
By Sybil Bartel

Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance

Bodyguard.

Escort.

Bad boy.

I didn’t come from the wrong side of the tracks. I was the wrong side. Every clichĂ© you could think of, my family embraced. The only advantage I had was being the best-looking out of all my brothers. Except when I joined the Marines, looks didn’t count for shit downrange.

I wasn’t active duty anymore, and working for the best personal security firm in the business, my looks were getting me in more trouble than they were worth. I just didn’t realize how much trouble until a princess from a country I’d never heard of asked for me by name. Her request was simple—me, my gun, and an art opening. But she recklessly failed to mention one crucial part of the assignment… pretend to be her new fiancĂ©.

Now she was about to find out how reckless a bodyguard could be.

*RECKLESS is a sexy new standalone book in the Alpha Bodyguard Series

The Alpha Bodyguard Series:

SCANDALOUS
MERCILESS
RECKLESS
RUTHLESS
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My Review:

I've said it before and I'll say it again I love the writing style and overall pace of the stories this author writes! Something just clicks for me with most of the books (with exceptions of course) I've read by her. I don't know how she did it but she made me become impartial to a trope I usually dislike in books: the insta-love/lust.

Calandra was a great character to get to know! I don't usually read books about royalty so this was a nice and strange change of pace for me. Her overall demeanor was fun to understand and watch as Tyler took down her walls layer by layer. I also loved that she questioned how instantaneous her relationship was.

Tyler has popped up in a few of this author's other stories. It was great to see him as the main character for once. He's sweet, respectful and protective. I really liked seeing him showing human emotions with him being so "alpha" and all. It was a good change of pace for the "alpha male" stereotype. I'm also very intrigued with all of his brothers. I would love a series on them in the near future!

If I'm being honest, I would have liked the stalker reveal to have been more strung along. It happened way too fast and everyone was way too conveniently there for there to have been any real stakes involved. Overall, this was a great read! I especially like how the next book is already set up!

My Favorite Quotes:

"If you let fear rule you, you're as good as dead."

"I'd lived my whole life with one foot in the oast and one in the future. I was tired of straddling that impossible line."

"Life wasn't based on merit, and justification was for the weak."

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Top 25 Books Of 2018: #17 Silence Fallen By Patricia Briggs


Welcome To The Sixth Annual
Top 25 Books Of The Year!

For the next 25 days, I hope you'll join me in counting down to Christmas with the Top 25 Books I've read this year! The book doesn't have to have been published this year. This list may only include books I've read from November 2017 to November 2018 (re-reads, books published a few years ago, ARC's of books about to be published, audio books, etc. all count). 

*Books in this list are ranked from number twenty-five to number one (the best book of the year).

So let's get started!
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#17

Silence Fallen
(Mercy Thompson #10)
By Patricia Briggs

In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy's bond with the pack and her mate is broken, she'll learn what it truly means to be alone...

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...
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About The Author:

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.
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Book Look #234: Bloodstone By Sydney Bristow

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Hope you enjoy!! C:

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Bloodstone By Sydney Bristow
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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Top 25 Books Of 2018: #18 Sarah's Scribbles #2 & #3 By Sarah Andersen


Welcome To The Sixth Annual
Top 25 Books Of The Year!

For the next 25 days, I hope you'll join me in counting down to Christmas with the Top 25 Books I've read this year! The book doesn't have to have been published this year. This list may only include books I've read from November 2017 to November 2018 (re-reads, books published a few years ago, ARC's of books about to be published, audio books, etc. all count). 

*Books in this list are ranked from number twenty-five to number one (the best book of the year).

So let's get started!
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#18

Big Mushy Happy Lump
(Sarah's Scribbles #2)
By Sarah Andersen

Sarah Andersen's second comics collection picks up right where the first left off - huddled under a pile of blankets avoiding the responsibilities of the real world. These new comics (and illustrated personal essays!) follow the ups and downs of the unrelenting self-esteem roller coaster that is young adult life: budgeting woes, cramps, the nuances of sweater theft, and the joy of staying home all day with a box of pizza. All aboard.
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Herding Cats
(Sarah's Scribbles #3)
By Sarah Andersen

Adjusting to life as a world-famous cartoonist isn't easy. Terrifying deadlines, piles of junk-food wrappers under a glowing computer screen, and an ever-growing horde of pets....umm, never mind--it's pretty much the same.

With characteristic wit and charm, Sarah Andersen's third collection of comics and illustrated personal essays offers a survival guide for frantic modern life: from the importance of avoiding morning people, to Internet troll defense 101, to the not-so-life-changing futility of tidying up. But when all else fails and the world around you is collapsing, make a hot chocolate, count the days until Halloween, and snuggle up next to your furry beacon of hope.
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About The Author:

Hello! I’m Sarah and I’m a cartoonist and illustrator. I graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014 and currently live in Brooklyn. My comics are semi-autobiographical and follow the adventures of myself, my friends, and my beloved pets.
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