THE MONSTER & THE BEAST                                                                  BY JESSICA LORENNE

*i was given a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Goodreads Summary                                           4 STARS!!!

Serren finds herself trapped in a manor with a Beast who looks more like a monster. But when she realizes the true beauty of his heart, she is willing to do anything to stay with him, even if it means looking like him. But will he accept her even after she’s broken the curse? Or will he deny her, forcing out the creature lurking inside her, so a true monster is born?

Hunter goes after Serren when she’s disappeared into an enchanted wood. What he finds instead is a temperamental lioness, and a mischievous doe. What is more––they can talk. Now trapped with them he slowly learns there is more to their curse than simple magic, and he might be the key to saving them all. If only he can figure out how.

The curse of Beauty and the Beast has been cast on twins now barred from one another by a magical barrier, but are their heroes the Beauties or could they possibly be the Beasts?


MY REVIEW

This was a wonderful and unique retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Serren was quite shy and she was said to have been very beautiful. Her beauty however made her uncomfortable due to the horrible things men had expected from her. Serren wasn't exactly broken just very insecure and hated attracting too much attention. I didn't think Hunter held any kind of affection for her that went beyond a brother-sister bond.

The story starts off when Serren goes off to her new job as a servant. On her way she gets attacked by a man and she flees into the forest. However, the problem is that she enters a part of the forest which is cursed and one where you cannot escape. In the meantime, Hunter sets off to find her after news reaches him of her attack and gets trapped in another part of the cursed forest.

Serren is cured and brought to live in a castle where the beast-Ber takes care of her. He was a typical beast but i loved the daily routine they both fell into. Serren has a big heart and never talks about Ber like he needs to be pitied. She defends him and he's always shocked at her willingness to stand by him despite his looks.

Hunter gets trapped with Arriel, Ber's twin. In his part of the forest, all the people were turned into animals but Arriel is the only one who remembers that she was once human. She seemed a little cold at first but she was clearly dedicated to her friends and would do anything for them. Her fierce sense of protection for her people was what a real monarch should possess.

As love blooms on both sides of the forest, will it be enough to break the cure and save everyone trapped inside? I loved this book and hope i'll get to read the previous ones! This is the fourth book in the series but it can be read as a standalone!


HELLO PEOPLE OF THE BOOKISH WORLD!!! today, Jan 30th is my b-day!!! So i went to school and had to suffer through 3 classes of chemistry and GP!!! Can you feel my pain!? Sorry i' being dramatic :P I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all those people who wished me and all the awesome gifts-BOOKS!!!!!I've got LOADS of new books and that is like the best gift anyone can give me! Not even the latest phone or tablet is better honestly speaking!!

So i've got more books from Alyxandra Harvey who is the author of the lovegrove legacy which I LOVED! And i couldn't wait to read more from this author! So i got 2 standalone novels from her

The rest of the money i got, i will be spending on more books soon so look out for another MAJOR book haul!!


EVER DARKENING                                                                                    BY JANEAL FALOR

*i received a free ARC from netgallery*

Goodreads Summary                                3 STARS

Perfection. Goodness. Elimination of evil. It's what seventeen-year-old Kaylyn has trained her entire life to achieve. But no one is prepared for the consequences of her actually defeating all evil people on the planet. Finally successful in her mission, Kaylyn faces an unfamiliar world, full of good people doing good things, in which she no longer has purpose.

When the skies grow dark, and a stranger from another village pleads for her help, her instincts roar to life. It turns out their perfect world isn't exactly what it seems. Kaylyn's new quest, harder than any she's been on before, will rip apart her friendships, her life, and her soul more than any evil man ever managed to.
 


MY REVIEW

Kaylyn has defeated all the "malryx"-the evil dudes and the world is now pure good. But by destroying evil completely, there is an unbalance that lead to dreadful consequences such nature itself turning evil.

The story sets off when a guy from a neighboring village seeks their help against a new brewing darkness. The story is about her journey to the village and all the difficulties along the way and what she and her group do when they reach the village. 

I can say this plot is super well thought of!unfortunately i really didn't feel anything special for this book. I get that Kaylyn is extremely good but i just didn't feel a connection to her like i do with most characters. The characters in this book were mostly flat and didn't jump out of the page. There was also a lack of stuff happening in the book. There was a few attacks but most of the time we're left alone with Kaylyn and her guilt. I can say the love story isn't bad but not one i swoon over...

The conversations between the characters were gruff and you couldn't get a read on them. It felt like this book was written for younger readers. I LOVED the ending even though it was completely predictable. The story is just not complex enough for me-no twist or anything. It was just pretty simple and i couldn't figure out how Kaylyn didn't figure it out at the very beginning. I mean if evil is destroyed, there is an unbalance in the world. How do you get the balance back???You bring evil back! That's all there is to it but i just didn't feel compelled to read the book.

But this is however one of my favorite authors and you should definitely check out her "mine" series which i absolutely loved. As for this book there are a lot of mixed reviews so you should definitely give it a shot if you're interested!!!


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Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast
(The Escaped #1)
Published by: Diversion Books
Publication date: June 9th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal

Synopsis:

The door to the massive New York Times bestselling HOUSE OF NIGHT series has closed.  Now, Kristin Cast kicks down a new door to welcome her millions of fans to her latest sizzling series.
There is a world that runs parallel to our own, a world in which the souls of the damned are caged, where they are looked over by the Furies, and where they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.
Someone has opened the cage.
The worst of terrors has crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs, and the Furies send a great, albeit untested warrior—their only son, Alek—to try to bring those souls back.  He is young and handsome, headstrong and impulsive, and he won’t be able to do it alone.
Eva has grown up, beautiful and beloved, but surrounded by secrets.  First, she will be hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life.  Then, she will become the hunter.
With the police closing in and two worlds on the verge of crumbling around them, Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another.  Blending elements of mythology with the dazzling storytelling that her fans have devoured through the HOUSE OF NIGHT series, Kristin Cast weaves a spellbinding and passionate tale that starts a thrilling new series with an explosive charge.


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AUTHOR BIO:
Kristin Cast is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who teamed with her mother to write the young adult House of Night series. She has stories in several anthologies, as well as editorial credits, and a thriving t-shirt line. The first book in her new adult paranormal romance series releases June 9th, 2015!

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Book Description:

A standalone novella following the Gormly Clan...

When Jessica left the farm to start over in the city, she had her future all laid out. Too bad her plan for success went from super awesome to complete crap in twenty seconds, and all because of that stupid lightning catcher, Scott Ares. He looked a lot different from their small town days, all suited up and stuff, and it's not necessarily a bad look...

The only thing standing between Scott and his plan to destroy his father is Jessica Freaking Solak. The nerd he knew then and the tattooed motorcycle riding chick in front of him now couldn't be more different. Still, she's in the way and has gotta go. Although, it shouldn't cause too much drama if he kissed her once or twice first.

Excerpt:

His hands, all on their own, clasped around her waist and hoisted her up.
Her objection was a little vocal. And kick-y. “Put me down!”
“I’m trying to help.”
“You’re copping a feel!”
Okay, maybe it’d started out that way, but a bit of his finger grazed the space where her shirt and shorts met. The power in her, untapped energy, tingled his hand. “You grew up, Jessie.”
“Jessica.” She did a two-step away from him, but he knew she’d felt it too.
There had to be a million and one ways to play this to his advantage, but at the moment, he couldn’t think of one.
Really, he couldn’t think of a single thing beyond touching her again.
And that scared the shit out of him.

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Bio: Lyn grew up in New Orleans and decided to live like her heroes, James Bond and Indiana Jones. She wasn't totally successful and never had to shoot her way out of a hotel bedroom. She's still coming to terms with it. Awards and woot-woots include: Amazon Sci-Fi Romance Best Seller, ARe Best Selling Author, SFR Galaxy Award Winner.

MY REVIEW

Great book about LIGHTNING CATCHERS!! I didn't know this was a paranormal book but it was pretty awesome. I loved Jessica-she's strong and stands up for herself. That's a trait i kind of loom for in all the female leads in the books i read, She isn't shamed of her apperance and the way she described her tattoos-she said something like she had a piece of her family etched on her-and that almost got a me a few tears!

Scott is a jerk. He's hell-bent on proving something to his father and Jessica sees that. She helps him see past that anger and tries to get him to be the amazing guy she once knew. This was a lovely love story which i really enjoyed! The paranormal part isn't overwhelming at all ad you could even have removed it from the book completely and you'd still have a nice love story. I am interested to read the first book though-hopefully we can learn more about Lighting catchers and their world!

Check out this book if you want a quick and fun NA read!

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THE HEALER (BOOK 1 IN THE HEALER SERIES)                              BY C.J. ANAYA

*i received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Goodreads Summary                    5 STARS!!!

Seventeen-year-old Hope longs for a normal teenage life, but with a gift like hers, normal equals healing illnesses and injuries instantly. Keeping a secret like that isn’t easy, especially when two handsome, young men move into town and begin unearthing other secrets concerning Hope’s future and past, revealing to Hope that her gift may be the fulfillment of a prophecy gone wrong.





MY REVIEW

What a ride! I absolutely LOVED this book! It's like nothing i've ever read and the plot is simply astounding!

Hope is trying to be a normal teenager while she juggles spending her time at the hospital. The author did a splendid job at describing how exactly Hope healed her patients, it was fascinating!! She's extremely kind and has a big heart and cares a great deal for Kirbie, a little boy suffering from cancer who knows about her secret. Cancer was something she couldn't heal despite trying non-stop on Kirbie and that was eating her alive, all she can do is ease his pain.

Her dad does everything possible to keep her safe and always makes it perfectly clear that he only cares about Hope's safety and everything else can go to hell. There was such a strong bond between these two! I loved her best friend, Angie, too! She was hilarious and a fierce friend despite her lack of physical strength compared to Victor and Tie, she was always the one with a purse in hand ready to swing it at anyone who hurt her best friend. She was like the humor aspect of the book, always lightening the mood with her sarcasm.

The story line was intriguing and involved Japanese mythology. It was about the love god who gave out cherry blossoms to people so they could find their soulmates-a bit like cupid and his arrows. The thing was, that there was this princess he gave a blossom too . The princess went home and found out that her father had arranged her wedding to another man but she couldn't stop thinking about the God, The man who she got engaged to, was mad that she was in love with someone else and so on..It was an absolutely intriguing myth to base a YA story on. I kind of figured how Victor and Tie fit into it from the very beginning. But there's still so much more to that myth that is explained throughout the book. We've got the underworld, evil cats, warriors, a weakening veil, Gods and in the middle of it all, a kind but strong heroine who seems to be the only one able to save it all.

As for the love aspect- i wouldn't say it's a love triangle. I do like Tie a lot but Victor seems a bit cooler to me...As for the ending...WOW!!! I have a feeling where the next book is going to take us and i'm soooooo excited!! I'm sure there are TONS more of secrets and twists that's awaiting us! I need this sequel now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A great read for all you YA paranormal lovers! Be sure to check it out!

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Here it is!!! The cover of the last book was released yesterday on MTV and how gorgeous is it?! We've got Sophie and Agatha and even Tedros at the bottom! I can't wait till July to see how it all goes down. It's gonna be EPIC and people will probably die! This series will always be one of my favorites. If you guys want to check out my review of the first book click here and for the second book click here. Just look at how awesome they look all together!! And you can literally see the tension and hate between Sophie and Agatha! SWOON!

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Title:  The One Thing

Series: Hollywood Timelines Book Two

Author:  Briana Gaitan

Genre:   Contemporary Romance

Release Day:  January 16th 2015

Synopsis:
When everything falls apart, he's the one thing that holds me together.

Ginger Teague may seem like your typical Hollywood actress with the famous boyfriend, designer clothes, money, and hit TV show, but constantly being in the public eye has its downside.
People seem more interested in her chaotic relationship with her on again/ off again boyfriend than her acting career,and Ginger isn't dealing with her new found fame in a way she always envisioned. She masks her unhappiness with too many parties and an unhealthy habit of binge drinking. As much as she wants love, men find her as a pretty amusement, not the type of girl you take home to mom and dad.
When she meets Caspian Norwood, they quickly begin a regimen of flirty emails.
He's a struggling musician that doesn't quite fit her idea of the perfect boyfriend.
He's older, mysterious, cultured, knows exactly what to say and do in all the right situations, and Ginger can't help falling for him. But the world is against them, pushing them apart, and it's beginning to feel as if they're only meant to be friends.
The One Thing is a standalone novel and book two in the Hollywood Timelines series. You met Ginger in The Last Thing, now hear her love story.

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Briana Gaitan grew up in the South, but calls herself a geek at heart. She is a blogger,author,and fangirl who loves Star Wars, Star Trek, and Jewelry (bet you never thought you'd hear those three things in a sentence together) For fun, she loves watching any show on the SyFy channel, relaxing with her family, reading, and listening to indie music (sometimes all at the same time). Briana loves to write stories where there are no limits to the imagination. She is also the co-author of the fantasy Ethereal Underground series.


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Character Interview
Today's interview is with the cast of Timelines. Timelines is the fictional soap opera in my newest New Adult Romance series. Each book will revolve around the personal love lives of the different actors and follow them as they learn all about love,life, and surviving in Hollywood. The first book in the series is out and The One Thing releases Jan 16th.

(New reporter sits in the room with three hunky actors and a cute redheaded girl. They are all giggling and talking among themselves before the interview)

Reporter: I am so excited to sit down with the wonderful cast of Timelines. I can't say that I have had the pleasure of interviewing any of you guys yet. Why don't we start with a little 'getting to know you' Ginger you start. I want names, fun tidbit, and something about your acting career.

Ginger:  Morning! I am Ginger Teague. Timelines is my breakout role. I've only done a few low-budget commercials before this. Let's see..... I grew up in Tennessee, you can't tell because I spent a year getting rid of that horrible accent!

Chase: What's up. I'm Chase Crowley. I just joined the Timelines cast not to long ago, but I have been in show business since I was a kid. What can i say? I like to have fun with the ladies.

Barrett: I'm Barrett, I've been on Timelines since I was a teenager. I love to surf, almost went pro, but acting is in my blood. Both of my parent's are Hollywood stars. I just hope to be as successful as they are. 

Tucker: I'm Tucker. I have only been on the show for a little while.

Barrett: He's the baby.

Tucker: Yes, I'm the baby (Tucker rolls his eyes) I am only eighteen.

Reporter: Who's the oldest then?

(They all look at each other)
Chase: I think it's me. I'm 23.

Ginger: You think?(She looks astonished. The room is quiet for a moment)

Chase: We're guys ( He shrugs) it never came up. We don't sit around and talk about how old we are.

Barrett: Hell yeah. We drink and pick up girls!

Ginger: You boys amaze me. (She shakes her head)

Barrett: Naw, I'm 25. I'm the oldest.

Chase:  Really? You have such a baby face (He reaches out to grab Barrett by the cheeks)

Barrett: (He scoots back and laughs) Hands off, Chase.

Reporter: Barrett is the oldest. Tell me, Tucker, do these guys teach you anything good?

Tucker: Sure. Chase shows me all of the best spots to party at. He knows how to have a good time. Barrett knows everything about acting. He's a pro. 

Reporter: Ginger, is it easy to act on a show with your boyfriend?

Ginger: ( She smiles at Barrett) Totally, but we have a very professional relationship on set. It's like we aren't even dating when we are on screen.

Reporter: Any special ladies in your lives (Looks at Chase and Tucker)

Chase: I'm just having fun.

Tucker: I wish. I don't have time for girls right now.

Reporter: That's understandable. I bet it's hard to find someone who isn't starstruck. (leans in and smiles)

Chase: Certainly, It can get old.

Tucker: I like it. Makes them want you more.

Reporter: Any upcoming projects besides Timelines?

Barrett: I'm actually doing some stage work right now at a few theaters. It's pretty unusual to act in front of an audience

Ginger: I'm looking into a few movie roles, still trying to find the perfect role ( she looks uncomfortable)

Chase: I've been cast in a few movies that I'm really excited about. We started filming the other month.

Tucker: I have a few ad campaigns that I do on the side. 

Barrett: Yes, our baby and his model good looks.

Tucker: Shut-up! (he rolls his eyes)

Reporter: Any holiday plans?

Chase: Nope. I may spend some time in Florida with my mom.

(The others pretty much agree with seeing family)
Report: So tell me all about your characters on the show....

Interview continues on....


Thanks for joining in on my character interview. Learn all about Chase and Quinn in The Last Thing.

MY REVIEW...

I love CASPIAN!! This book is about being an actress under pressure. It's about losing yourself to alcohol only to find yourself through someone else. Ginger is battling with her failing career after her boyfriend cheats on her. We see how she resorts to alcohol to get through her problems. she has an amazing cousin, Quinn, and her boyfriend, Chase, who support her through whatever she goes through.

Caspian is a musician in a strained band after he broke up with his band mate , Aly. i really didn't like Aly, she was always after Caspian and way too desperate. Caspian has soul and passion for his music and you can see why Ginger falls for him. However, being apart all the time and exchanging a few emails once in a while is not exactly a first step in a relationship.

Caspian is like the rope that keeps Ginger tethered to reality. He helps her overcome her addiction because he understands her and i was always rooting for these two to be together!!

They were realistic characters that can't help but feel a connection to as they struggle in life and hit rough patches. But their friends and their love for each other is what gets them through the hard times! I absolutely loved this love story and check it out if you're interested!!!

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Excerpt #1 “It’s Baby time”
I’m going to make the most dramatic exit of all time. An exit to put all exits to shame. A sharp piercing scream fills the air, and the entire room quiets, stealing my moment.
“Gross…” I hear someone say.
“Ginger!”
I spin around, my eyes scan the room. It’s Quinn’s voice yelling out for me. Last I saw, she was near the fireplace with Chase.
“Ginger!” I follow the sound of the voice, through the dozens of people to the other side of the room near the bar.
“Move outta my way fat asses,” I yell as I push people aside. I see her. Quinn stands with Chase next to her, she’s leaning against the bar, a puddle near her feet.
“Holy shit, your water broke.”
“You think?” she snaps at me.
Chase throws a fist into the air. “I’m gonna be a dad!” The whole room breaks out into a cheer. We’ve all been waiting months, but she isn’t due for another two weeks. Is this safe?
“Should we call 911?” someone asks.
“No,” I say, grabbing Quinn’s hand. “Quinn is gonna be birthing at home.”
Her hazel eyes shine with excitement as she looks at me and smiles. “It’s time.”
“It’s time,” I repeat. To think, for so long I was even more excited that she was about the baby.
“I can’t believe your water just broke, in public.” I begin rattling on as I always do when I’m nervous. “That like never happens in real life only in the movies to add heightened drama and all that crap, and sometimes—”
“Focus, Ginger,” Chase snaps. He waves a hand in front of my face. “Get Quinn to the car. I’m calling the midwife and getting our coats.”
I give Chase an evil glare before sweetly turning back around to help Quinn.
“Move, people! Pregnant lady in labor coming through.”

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5 FACTS ABOUT THE ONE THING
·         Ginger’s name came from a bratz doll that my daughter was playing with I was writing.
·         Caspian’s character is hugely influenced by a crush of mine, but I won’t tell you who.
·         The very first scene I wrote was the meeting between Ginger and Caspian in Nashville, and it was inspired by my own lost adventure in Music City.
·         The Norwood brothers are all named after characters in different C.S Lewis novels. Caspian, Peter, Edmund, and Tirian.
·         Ginger cracks me up sometimes, and she reminds me of Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls.
5 FUN FACTS ABOUT BRIANA GAITAN
·         I have three kids, a cat named Starbuck, and a Royal Python named Bert “Voldemort” Reynolds.
·         My mom and I were pregnant twice together.
·         I also write for fanboysanonamous.com. It’s pretty fun because I can write about anything I want that’s not book related, plus go to awesome comic conventions and call it work.
·         I’m a  typical southern gal, but have also lived in California.
·         My son and I wrote a children’s book together. He created the story, and I was the first line editor. It was a major bonding experience.
5 FACTS ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD TIMESLINES SERIES
·         There was never supposed to be a series, but as I wrote, the characters came to life and begged for more.
·         Just about all the characters are named after real friends, family, and acquaintances.
·         I did a lot of research for the books. Including watching  celebrity reality TV, obsessing over tabloids, and Internet stalking. Kinda fun, but consuming.
·         The Last Thing is meant to be more of a fairytale romance, while The One Thing is meant to be more realistic.
·         I’m not sure if I will write anymore full-length books in the series, but have plans for short stories and novella. Up next will be Aly and Booker’s story.



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