City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)

Or maybe it’s just that beautiful things are so easily broken by the world.

Another excellent read!

Writing reviews for these books are getting harder and harder because I don’t want to give anything away from the series, let alone individual books. And when a series runs this long or more, it’s difficult to gush about what you love or hate without spilling all the secrets. And this book was definitely a love. Oh, how I wish I could tell you all the things!!

With each book, the characters fall into their own more than the last. The attitudes, the snarky comments, and the friendships growing between them all. Not to mention Jace and Clary. But, well, you know…

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You’re just worried they’ll hire a male instructor and he’ll be hotter than you.” 
Jace’s eyebrows went up. “Hotter than me?” 
“It could happen,” Clary said, “You know, theoretically.”
“Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other, forever and tragically parted, but I’m not worried about that either. Some things,” Jace said, with his customary crooked smile, “are just too unlikely to dwell upon.

This book takes new twists and turns that will leave you anxious for more. Cassandra Clare knows how to build the tension, and in this book, it comes down to a cliffhanger moment that will leave you stunned.

Rating: 4 stars!

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6752378The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Damaged Like Us (Like Us #1) by Krista Ritchie

So. I’m going to start this out by saying, I’m not into MM Romance. I feel awkward reading/thinking about it. It’s just not my cup of tea. However, when KB Ritchie say they have a new book, you know it’s a MUST read. So that’s what I did. For them.

Maximoff stares right at me with resilience and finality that says, I want you.
Only you.

If you’ve read The Addicted series, you’ve already had the opportunity to meet him and get to know him a little bit, but in DLU, you will submerge in everything about him. I love all that is Maximoff. His love for family, his loyalty, his feelings of responsibility, and even how his mind overthinks everything (I’m totally the same in that category).

Then we get to meet the new bodyguard, Farrow. Now, if you’re ever looking to read about a guy who is the epitomy of sexy badass, look no further. HOT. DAMN. Tattoos, piercings, all black clothes, with a James Franco grin that can melt anyone…

If I have to wrangle the sun out of the fucking sky with my bare hands, then I’ll withstand the burn. I’d give it all to him if I could.

I never expected to love these two together as much as I did. And the banter… THE BANTER. I don’t want to say more because if I do, I’ll go into a crazy rampage and spoil things, so… *zips lips*

Truthfully, I enjoyed so much of this book! All the credit for that goes to the lovely ladies who can write anything and not put me off. Again, MM Romance is by far not my favorite thing in the world to read, but it was still a great book with soooo much emotion that I doubt KBR can do anything less than bring the feels. And… THAT JAMES FRANCO SMILE.

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I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to be a piece of food so badly as when I watch this gif.

These characters had me laughing and smiling, but I had one dilemma. Every time one of the core six came into DLU from the original series, I lost my mind with excitement. I miss them. I want them. I love them. All six are embedded into my core. What Krista & Becca Ritchie are doing to bring more of this world into our lives is so amazing, but also, I imagine, incredibly difficult. Not only do they have to do these characters justice, but also make the reader fall in love with this new cast equally, if not more, than the original. And with The Addicted series being my top-ever-romance-books-read, it’s going to be an incredible feat to pass. But if anyone can do it, it’s the authors who brought us the core six.

Now, this book, did not make me fall in love with these characters more or equally… yet. I wish they did, but… maybe in the next book? I have faith in KBR to make me fall deep for these characters the way they do in all their writings.

Note to the authors: I hope if you see this, you don’t overthink anything. Absolutely no pressure here from me. What you’re already doing is incredible, and I applaud you for having the courage to branch into the family and try to bring all those feels back with a new cast of characters. It will be my fault if I can’t manage to let go of the original gang. #addictedforlife

But taking the Addicted cast out of the running, this book was GREAT. I look forward to the next one in the series. I have so much I want to know – need to know – and the fact that I have to wait months is going to kill me.

 

Rating: 3 stars!

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unnamedDon’t date your bodyguard.
It was the one rule he had to break.

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet.

Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth.

He is certified American royalty.

When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff’s sexual fantasies.

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.

Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.

The Like Us series is a true series, one continuous timeline, that follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the people that protect them. Damaged Like Us can be read and enjoyed without reading any of Krista & Becca’s other novels.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

I’ve been craving some good YA with action, intricacy, and some love. The great thing about this series is that it has it all. THIS IS A REREAD REVIEW. 

While the first book isn’t my favorite in the series, it’s a great start to the overall story. Having read this book probably five years ago now, it was a great refresher to the world of shadowhunters and downworlders.

Clary is dunked into a world headfirst unexpectedly when she begins to see things that her best friend can’t – weird, to say the least. There are twists and turns and continuous moments that keep you on your toes. The characters are wonderfully developed and you can’t help but love each of them for their own quirks and attitudes.

If there was one thing she was learning from all this, it was how easy it was to lose everything you had always thought you’d have forever.

If you’ve not yet read the series, I suggest you do so! I’ll be rereading the series over the next few months as a nice refresher. Then on to Cassandra Clare’s latest series, The Dark Artifices, which takes place five years later.

Who else is with me?!

Rating: 4 stars!

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24885537When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Carrie by Stephen King

True sorrow is as rare as true love.

So, I finally got around to reading Stephen King’s first published book, Carrie, and I’m in awe. I’ve been terrible about putting books off where I’ve already seen the movies. Even though this was Stephen King’s first book, it reads like any of his other words.

Gripping. Enthralling. Horrifying.

This book is one of my favorites by Stephen King. This book is the epitome for bullying and where it can lead. Carrie, while so lost and filled with suffering, is relatable for almost any girl. We all know how it feels to have other women stand against us and push us down. Women can be the worst of monsters.

I’m still reeling from this book, so I apologize for the lack of words. The thought that Stephen King was going to toss this story in the trash breaks my heart, and I thank Tabitha for pushing him on.

Rating: 5 stars!

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10160130Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…

The Tutor by K Larsen

I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

So, I’m in the minority here…

What first pulled me in what the cover. I mean, COME ON. It’s stunning and captivating and oh, so beautiful! But this is one of those times where you should not judge a book by its cover. 

The first couple chapters/sections felt pointless. They didn’t tell me anything the synopsis didn’t, and they were agonizingly short. Plus the sections felt disconnected somehow. I actually had to go back and reread it to try to decipher what was going on. I couldn’t follow what the author was trying to make the reader perceive. Some chapters were past, some were present – which is fine – but if you do that, the sections in chapters should not go past and present as well… There was too much flip flop for me.

Personally, as a reader and a writer, a lot of the content would have been better interwoven in a different areas. For the first quarter of the book, I was confused. 50 shades of confused. Finally pieces began to come together around the 20% mark.

This story was told from 6 different points of view. They were all fast paced and the content changed quickly. It didn’t help that most of the characters are female and none of them are distinguishable from reading their sections alone. I, also, did not connect with any of the characters. The author seems to have tried to create depth, but often times, the characters reactions weren’t realistic. None of these characters had me cheering them on.

While the overall plot could have been amazing, this author — for me — fell short. There is a saying for writers. Show, don’t tell. Well, this author is strictly tell and it was grinding my gears. She did this. He did that. Don’t TELL me, show me. Make me feel something… anything.

Honestly, I would not recommend it. Like I said, there is potential with the story line, but this author did not take it to the levels I imagined. If you’re a reader who likes an easy read, no connection, and a decent plot, then you might enjoy this.

Rating: 1 star

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33831652After a party gone wrong and in desperate need of money for the fall semester of college, twenty-year-old Nora Robertson needs to escape her hometown.

She accepts a summer long live-in tutoring job for a handsome man and his little sister at a secluded home deep in the mountains.

There is no running water.

No electricity.

No internet or cell service.

When her tutoring job ends she’s hit with a brutal turn of events … she’s not permitted to leave. After months in captivity, she makes a harrowing escape with her student that ends in a car accident on a desolate road. When Nora comes to, her student is missing. In a desperate attempt to find the girl, Nora will have to recount her time held captive.

The good and the bad.

Can Nora and the authorities work together to find the man who took her? Will they rescue the girl Nora tried to save?

Author’s Note: This is a dark romantic suspense.
Trigger warning: All of them. This will not elicit warm fuzzy feelings.