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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Review: Seizing Control By Kylie Hillman

Seizing Control
(Black Shamrocks MC #1)
By Kylie Hillman

Only daughter of the volatile President of the Black Shamrocks MC and long-suffering sister to four overprotective brothers, Madelaine O'Brien has survived circumstances that would have broken a lesser woman.

Mik 'Mad Dog' Kennedy is her salvation, her reward for continuing to fight, and the matching piece of her soul.

With her life finally happy and on track, will the reappearance of the monster from her past be the event that finally breaks her? Or will he be the catalyst she needs to put it all behind her, once and for all?

They say when life gives you lemons; make lemonade. What happens when life keeps sending you demons who refuse to stay buried? Do you lie down and accept defeat or rise to the seemingly unwinnable challenge, and start SEIZING CONTROL?

DISCLAIMER: Contains graphic situations that may not be suitable for all readers.
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My Review:

When I picked up this novel I was expecting something dark, just not as dark as this started off with. I'll readily admit that I skimmed through the first half of this novel because I just couldn't take it. It was so well written that it was giving me anxiety just thinking of being in that situation.

However, what gave me pause was how incompetent the MC seemed to be at protecting Madelaine and everyone else in her family in the first place. How does a guard go missing and hours after no one has heard from him no one thinks something is wrong? Why not make it clear to the bullheaded heroine that she's in danger once again? Those types of secrets were bound to blow up in everyone's faces.

Madelaine started off as a very strong willed and stubborn character. I started to like her, but after her overreaction to a small mistake Mikhail had made she lost my respect. If it wasn't for the dreaded epilogue Mikhail would still have my respect as well. I can't, for the life of me, understand what the heck he was thinking when he did that.

I didn't understand how Bbrenden had the amount of power that he had. I don't think it's ever said that it was based on money. How did he get another MC to break a four year truce because of a girl and, in theory, more power, and risk 'war'? The ending was a bit of a stretched out miracle, but I was ready for it to be over with by that point.

Overall this was a very well written and anxiety provoking novel. My dislike of both main protagonists made it so I didn't enjoy the novel as much. I may pick up the other novels in this series in the future.

My Favorite Quotes:

"When something bad happens you have three choices. You can let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you. - Unknown"

"Should have, could have, would have. They are dangerous thoughts. We are never going to know what might have been."

My Rating:


Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Recommendations For Lovers Of Strong Heroines

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Welcome back to:
A weekly feature created By The Broke and the Bookish

This Week's Topic:
Ten Book Recommendations For
Lovers Of Strong Heroines
(In the Romance & Urban Fantasy Genres)

1. Night Huntress Series By Jeaniene Frost

Genre: Urban Fantasy (Adult)

I consider this series a classic in its genre. If you're a lover of vampires
and other paranormal creatures you'll love Cat's spunk and tenacity. 

(Linked to my review)


2. Crossbreed Series By Dannika Dark

Genre: Urban Fantasy (Adult)

This is (so far) the best series this author has written. Its heroine is sassy and
kick*ss. The characters are so well developed with brilliant individual
personalities. It's action packed with a pinch of romance.

(Linked to my review)


3. Steel & Stone Series By Annette Marie

Genre: Urban Fantasy (YA)

This series is heavy on the fantasy (with demon variations that will make your
head explode because of how interesting the author makes it all). The story
in itself very well written and amazingly intricate with quite a few scenes of
silliness and mortal danger. 

(Linked to my review)


4. The Veil Series By Pippa DaCosta

Genre: Urban Fantasy (Adult)

I can't say enough good things about this series as a whole. There's plot twist
after unimaginable plot twist. The author will keep you on your toes
throughout the series. The characters are very well written and the heroine
evolves into a bad*ss.

(Linked to my review)


5. Six Months (Seven #2) By Dannika Dark

Genre: Paranormal Romance (Adult)

This is one of the darker novels in the Seven series. It deals with loan sharks,
romance and how far the heroine will go to protect herself. It's a beautiful story.

(Linked to my review)


6. Deeper By Robin York

Genre: Contemporary Romance (Adult)

This novel deals with revenge porn and how a young woman will
evolve to deal with the situation. It starts off slow and pitiful but morphs
into a beautiful romance. 

(Linked to my review)


7. Alpha & Omega Series By Patricia Briggs

Genre: Urban Fantasy (Adult)

This is included in that classics list I mentioned earlier. I adore the
evolution Ana goes through just in the first novel alone. It's gradual, but
it's worth the read.

(Linked to my review)


8. Morganville Vampires Series By Rachel Caine

Genre: Urban Fantasy (YA)

I've read these novels throughout the years and Clare's evolution (up to the
point that I read - around book #9 or so) was pretty stark and fascinating.
She starts out very meek and getting bullied. Her "transformation" spans quite a
few books in the series. If vampires trapped in a city with a human university
sounds like something you'd like, I'd recommend this series.

(Linked to my review)


9. Sabina Kane Series By Jaye Wells

Genre: Urban Fantasy (Adult)

The first novel in this series is, by far, the strongest of them all. Sabina
is an incredible fighter trying to impress/appease her grandmother (with
extenuating circumstances). She's a bad*ss and won't take sh*t from anyone.

(Linked to my review)


10. Fighting Silence By Aly Martinez

Genre: Contemporary Romance (Adult)

This is one of the more emotionally charged books on this list. It starts off
with the characters being, to a certain degree, broken. The transition of
them building the relationship and the problems that arise throughout that
is heartbreaking and makes for a beautiful story.

(Linked to my review)


What Books Would You Recommend to
Lovers Of Strong Heroines & Romance?
Let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Book Look #177: The Glittering Court By Richelle Mead

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Hope you enjoy!! C:

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Book Looks was created by @Jen and Books and Other Happy Ever Afters.

This Week:
The Glittering Court By Richelle Mead
Book Look: The Glittering Court By Richelle Mead
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Friday, August 11, 2017

Book(?) Tag: The Playlist Shuffle Tag


This week is going to be a tad bit different. Music has always been a close second love of mine, so I thought I'd share a few songs that make my heart go pitter patter! So without further adieu, welcome to the Playlist Shuffle Tag! I couldn't find who was the original creator of this tag. If you know who it is, please tell me in the comments below and I'll update this post!

Rules:

- List the first 10 songs that come on shuffle (No skipping!)
- Write your favorite lyric (or verse) from each song
- Tag/ link others
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Corazón (You're Not Alone) By Prima J

"Don't worry you're not alone
Baby, those days are gone
I promise you it'll get better, better
Corazón a corazón"
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So What By P!nk

"So, so what?
I'm still a rockstar
I got my rock moves and I don't need you"
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Gingerbread Man By Melanie Martinez

"I'm frosting
I don't need a man to make my life sweet
Prince charming
Just isn't the one that I think I need"
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Ribcage By Andy Black

"Nothing in the cage of my ribcage
Got no heart to break, like it that way
Nothing in the cage of my ribcage
Emptiness is safe, keep it that way"
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Savin' Me By Nickelback

"Show me what it's like (to be the last one standing)
And teach me wrong from right (and I'll show you what I can be)"
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Like Toy Soldiers By Eminem

"It ain't worth it, I can't think of a perfecter way to word it
Than to just say that I love y'all too much to see the verdict
I'll walk away from it all 'fore I let it go any further
But don't get it twisted, it's not a plea that I'm coppin'
I'm just willing to be the bigger man if y'all can quit poppin'"
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Flares By The Script

"Did you see the sparks, feel the hope
That you are not alone?
Cause someone's out there
Sending out flares"
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Roads Untraveled By Linkin Park

"Weep not for roads untraveled
Weep not for sights unseen
May your love never end
And if you need a friend
There's a seat here alongside me"
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When I'm Gone By Eminem

"But what happens when karma turns right around and bites you?
And everything you stand for turns on you to spite you?
What happens when you become the main source of her pain?"
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Bonfire Heart By James Blunt

"And I’ve been looking at the stars for a long, long time
I’ve been putting out fires all my life
Everybody wants a flame, but they don’t want to get burnt"
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(Album covers linked to it's respective official youtube music videos)






I won't be tagging anyone! Feel free to participate in this tag &
leave your links in the comments so I can see your list!

Do you like these songs?
Would you have picked a different verse?
Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Power Of Book Covers: Flightless Bird By Kellie McAllen


They say don't judge a book by it's movie...err...COVER. 
BUT they never said we couldn't PRAISE them.

This week's cover:

Flightless Bird
By Kellie McAllen

They're powerless without her; she's powerless to resist.

The list of reasons why Lexus Wren is the last girl any guy would be interested in is mercilessly long:
Her dad’s in prison for murder, her mom drowns her sorrows every night at Dave’s Dive, and Lexus is just trying to survive the cruelties of high school as a painfully shy bookworm with a bad wardrobe and a collection of nervous habits. Never in a million years did Lexus expect to draw the eyes of two hunky transfer students, Phoenix and Griffin Easton.

The troubled brothers are haunted by their own demons and don’t seem bothered by Lexus’ tarnished reputation. They’re too busy trying to figure out why touching her makes them feel like electricity is frying their insides and why they're compelled to obey her every command.

You’d think having two hot guys vying for her would improve her reputation, but the bullying at home and school only gets worse. When Lexus’ problems reach a critical tipping point, the boys are drawn to protect her, and the truth about their powerful connection is revealed in an explosive confrontation that will astound them all.
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