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Friday, March 23, 2018

My Ramblings: Amnesia & Why I Hate It In Books

Amnesia & Why I Hate It In Books

Hate is a strong word. My hate of this specific topic has been building up over the last decade having read 500+ books. I'm simply fed up with it. Of course, there are exceptions if the story sounds good enough or if it's written by an author that I've read in the past and liked.

My main issue with amnesia as a big plot twist is that in my experience it's come up in the middle of the story in the form of an "accident". That means the heroine/hero needs to relearn what's happening in the story. The consequence of that is having the whole series retold in the second half of the book in the middle of the series. So why did I have to read the other books again? Why couldn't things have just started off from that point in the story?

The other issue I have is that sometimes the amnesia goes away just as fast and miraculously as it happened. All of a sudden, the main character remembers everything and the book ends. I was obligated to read an entire recap of the whole series in the middle of the book and I don't even get a real ending, just a cliffhanger?!

Amnesia has made me not finish and end up despising so many books throughout the years. Maybe it's because of my impatience and getting to relearn everything from a character's point of view of events I've already read about just rubs me the wrong way. I've come to the conclusion that, for me, amnesia in the middle of a book in a series is a cop out. 

Do you share my dislike of this topic?
Let's discuss in the comments below!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Power Of Book Covers: Messy Love By Stephanie Witter

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

This week's cover:

Messy Love
By Stephanie Witter

It was messy.

It was raw.

It was love.


The first time I laid eyes on Wyatt Burton was outside of my biological mother's house. Abandoning me twenty years ago, I never knew that meeting her would change my life so completely. In fact, there were many things that I never expected that day, but there were a few things I knew for sure. Nothing would ever be the same--not even me. And it was all about to get very MESSY.


Marissa Thornton deserved so much. She was beautiful beyond reason and never took my shit. She drew me in while driving out the worst in me. But when she let me in, trusted me completely, I thought I could finally let down my guard and find true happiness. I was wrong. Dead wrong, about myself, about her, and most importantly about the binds of LOVE.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Book Review: Love & Other Phobias By Emma Nichols

Love & Other Phobias
By Emma Nichols

For two broken people, love was the biggest fear of all.

When a fire breaks out in Sophie’s high rise, she’s unable to leave. Trapped by her own fears within those four walls, the nearer the fire crawls, the more paralyzed she becomes. Yet, firefighter Cam Everett isn’t willing to let her perish in the flames. He never leaves anyone behind.

Cameron has always been good at his job. A great Marine, infantryman, and now a fireman and EMT, he knows the drill. But when things don’t go according to plan, he’ll have to deal with the one woman who can be his downfall or his savior.

Their only chance of survival is each other. Their only chance of redemption is a heartbeat away.

What becomes of the broken?
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My Review:

* I received a complimentary early copy of this book because I supported it on Kindle Scout.

The writing style did wonders for this novel, but a few things bothered me throughout the story. However, I loved how willing and open the main characters were to getting help for their mental issues and made it a point to actively seek out the help they needed.

Sophie has been through a lot. She's gotten to a point where she has backup plans for her backup plans. She's a recluse who has made it big from posting nail art videos online and well-planned investments. My only problem with her was how her problems seemed to start disappearing a day after she met Cameron. I can only suspend my belief for so long.

Cameron was a gentle giant, but he has a mean side when pushed to the edge. He's been through a lot in his life. I liked how, in a way, Sophie and Cam help "fix" each other throughout the story to a certain degree. What ended up leaving a bad taste in my mouth was the secret Cam kept until a few chapters from the end. It was only "revealed" because of pure happenstance. I understand, that ultimately, it wasn't his fault but he shouldn't have kept everything going while knowing she didn't know the full story. I also didn't understand why he hung around her to the point that he did. What ever happened to him having a job?

I was so engrossed in the story that I didn't see the brother and the BFF plot twist. Though it caught me blindsided, it got resolved way too easily. I'd also like to point out the lack of character development for the secondary characters. It felt like they were there only to further the plot line. It didn't feel like they had any substance to them.

Overall, this was a good story with a few details that rubbed me the wrong way. The main characters were very likable, but everything moved too fast to make it believable. I would have loved to have gotten to know the fire department aspect of the story. It would have made for a great series of spinoffs stories if any of Cam's friends had been presented organically throughout the story.

My Favorite Quotes:

"I'm not remotely athletic. I believe working out is a special kind of torture, and food is meant to be enjoyed."

"Life isn't fair [...]. Sometimes the bad guy wins. Sometimes dark conquers the light. Sometimes we forget to chase after our dreams, and we let the ones we love get away."

"Face your fears. Embrace the pain. Take a chance."

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Five Books On My Spring TBR Pile

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Welcome back to:
A weekly feature created By The Broke And The Bookish
Currently featured on That Artsy Reader Girl

This Week's Topic:
Top Five Books On My Spring TBR Pile

* Books in this list have a current release date between the months of March, April and May, which is considered Spring in the northern hemisphere. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

1. Gaslight
(Crossbreed #4)
By Dannika Dark

I named this series the best set of books that I read in 2017! To say I'm expecting a lot from this book is putting it mildly. I can't wait to get my hands on the audio book version of it!

2. Alluring Raven
(Curse Of The Vampire Queen #3)
By Jessica Sorensen

This series won me over since the first book and I can't really explain why. It intrigued me to the point that I lost a few nights of sleep wondering how this could possibly be concluded. I really want to know how it all ends, though I'm not sure this is the last book in this series or not.

3. The Night Realm
(Spell Weaver Trilogy #1)
By Annette Marie

I've loved every book this author has written so far and it's awesome that this is a prequel series to the Steel & Stone series (which I adored). I've been waiting for this to release as an audio book since it was announced! I can't wait to see this character before the events of the Steel & Stone Series happened.

4. Maxen
(Kinky Shine #2)
By Stephanie Witter

It feels like forever ago that I read the first book in this series and was looking forward to the next novel. I'm so glad it's finally going to be released!

5. The Thief
(Black Dagger Brotherhood #16)
By J. R. Ward

I like the BDB overall, though I stopped reading a few books in when the characters stopped appealing to me. I'm determined to give this series another chance. I hope this doesn't book disappoint!

Which books are you looking forward to this Spring?
Let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Book Look #208: Wicked Heart By Leisa Rayven

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Hope you enjoy!! C:

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

This Week:
Wicked Heart By Leisa Rayven

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