The Wrath and the Dawn (Renee Andieh)

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One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end. (less)

 

 

This review has been harder for me than most. Mainly because this book is so different from what I usually read. But aren’t these the best kind of books? Books so far out of your norm that you put it off and you are so hesitant as to if you will even like it? But then you end up enjoying it SO much? Sometimes these are even the books that people go out of their way and look for. I’m so surprised, actually that I liked this book. Let’s chat about it.

“If you are just one girl, I am just one boy.”

The writing was phenomenal! Oh my God, I am not even exaggerating. Everything from the description of the clothes all the way to the setting was just so real to me. Khalid was a seal the deal for me. I feel like the author created such a character that just drew me in and that was very much needed. Shazi had great depth. She was a wonderful heroine in my opinion.

“My soul sees its equal in you.”

The secondary characters were wonderful and the story that unfolded about them was gripping and compelling. Jalal was GREAT! I could go on and on but I think by now everyone knows that secondary characters are a plus for me and bottom line: THESE WERE BOMB!

It’s not a five star for me, no. But mainly because the first half of the book was pretty slow. It wasn’t TOO slow though. I still read it and enjoyed the book as a whole. Also, the magic felt like it was just “tossed” into the story for some kicks and grins. I don’t really understand any of those parts but hopefully in the second book I do! The romance wasn’t huge in this book but when you get to the parts where there IS romance involved it’s so consuming and heart melting.

“I love you, a thousand times over, and I will never apologize for it.”

You think you have read some serious cliff hangers before? Think of the worst one, imagine it, and think long and hard about it…this one is worse. Mainly I really want to know this: WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH KHALIDS CONSTANT HEADACHES? Don’t let this hype burn you out. To me, this is a great story that needs to be read by all.

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Easy Virtue (Mia Asher)

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Love is selfish…

My name is Blaire.
I’m the bad girl.
The other woman.
The one who never gets the guy in the end.

I’m the gold digger.
The bitch.
The one no one roots for.
The one you love to hate.

I hate myself too…

Everyone has a story. Are you ready for mine?

You know, I loved Arsen. All of it. It was messy and raw and I obsessed over it. But Easy Virtue I’m extremely torn on. Let’s discuss…

For starters: say what you want but Blaire was terrible. Spending a whole book trapped inside her head was unbearable and so hard for me to even tolerate. It was like listening to nails on a chalkboard for 300+ pages straight. I have nothing good to say about her. Since I couldn’t stand her, I didn’t connect with her. I rolled my eyes at her more times than I laughed or sympathize for her. Were we even supposed to? How do you relate or sympathize for a person like her? Her inner dialogue was so back and forth to me. Do you want to be loved? Do you feel sorry for yourself? Oh, you want money and shoes and penthouses….I gotcha.

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No Blaire, you’re just a confused girl who tries to play off being a hardass gold digger. It’s okay, girl.

I won’t go into the language and words that was used during the sex parts. *shivers*

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Here’s what redeems this as a three star for me: Mia’s writing. It’s wonderful. The book alone is a fast and super quick read. The first 25% is a little slow but I breezed through it in no time (I read this in 3 hours). But Mia has superb writing that traps you in and to me, that’s how an author kicks ass at their job. So kudos for sure for that.

Oh and another redemption? Ronan. That’s right. Ronan got another team member.

There’s no angst. There’s not a huge plot line. But there’s lots of great sex if that counts for something to you. I skimmed those parts because “grazing his hard cock” just wasn’t too appealing to me. Also, the book is super short, so in my opinion Mia could have added more to the story thus concluding nobody having to wait FOUR years for the second book. Just saying….

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Absolution(Amanda Dick)

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Jack McKenna is a man with two very distinct pasts. One ended with a car accident involving his girlfriend, Ally, and a split-second decision with horrific consequences. Desperate to escape the guilt, he carved out a new life for himself. Four years spent hiding in the shadows, punishing himself for not having the courage to go back to her. Then, out of the blue, a phone call forces him to face up to everything and everyone he left behind.

Ally Connor’s life was split in two—before the car accident that shattered her spine, and after Jack’s sudden disappearance. Abandoning her when she needed him most, she fought hard to make it back from the brink. The face she shows to the world is strong and courageous, but behind the mask, the pain is burrowing deeper.

But fate had more in store for these two broken souls than either could have imagined. A funeral, a homecoming and a journey of self-discovery that would change both their lives—if they let it.

Suddenly, the secrets they want to hide from each other are the very secrets that could make them whole again.

This was just an “okay” book.All of it was. I have never heard of or read Amanda Dick before so I wasn’t sure where this one would take me. The cover was nice. But damn, was this book long. A long..slow…book.

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I connected with NONE of the characters. Not a one. Not even once. I wasn’t even sure who was what to who. Does that make sense? No, it didn’t to me either. Jack is supposed to be a main character but to me we spent more time with Callum and the secondary characters. Which in turn left me to feel nothing for Jack. I couldn’t empathize with him or anything. He just never developed. Poor guy was just…there. Bland. Boring.

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The story was very slow. Not a good kind of slow either. A lot of the characters and their actions and feelings bogged the whole story down for me as I was reading. I think it’s because this story really had NO plot. None. It was a second chance romance. That’s literally it. And yes. I skimmed at parks. Absolutely.

Bit of advice from me: throw some more intensity in there! Don’t be afraid to do that. This story in particular could have used a little bit of it.

If you want to read a book about characters who wallow in self pity the whole way through–look no farther! This book is for you!

Light in the Shadows (A. Meredith Walters)

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How do you keep going when you feel like your life is over?

Maggie never thought she’d see Clay again. So, she attempts to put her life back together after her heart has been shattered to pieces. Moving on and moving forward, just as Clay wanted her to.

Clay never stopped thinking of Maggie. Even after ripping their lives apart and leaving her behind to get the help he so desperately needed. He is healing…slowly. But his heart still belongs to the girl who tried to save him.

When a sudden tragedy brings Maggie and Clay face to face again, nothing is the same. Yet some things never change. Can the darkness that threatened to consume them be transformed into something else and finally give them what they always wanted? And can two people who fought so hard to be together, finally find their happiness? Or will their demons and fear drive them apart for good?

The thing about love, is even when it destroys you, it has a way of mending what is broken. And in the shadows, you can still see the light.


What. A. Ride. What a good series. Although I’m sad it’s over (and I have no more Clay and Maggie) these books will for sure stay with me forever. I am so happy to of taken this plunge with an author I had never heard of and a series of books I had never heard of. I mean, ugh. I loved them. I want to yell it across the world. I just get so pumped when I think about them.

The thing I liked most about this one was how much ALL of the characters grew from the first book. They had adapted and changed so tremendously I am still in awe. A. Meredith Walters brought these characters to life in this book. How she did that, I have no idea. But for whatever reason, I eternally grateful.

With this book, 80% of it was through Clay and his perspective. Now, I love me some male POV as it is but with Clay we NEEDED it. We needed to see his struggles with everyday life and his illness through his eyes and his mind. I needed to see how he felt about Maggie through his eyes. And I wasn’t let down. The author exceeded all of my hopes for Clay and his POV.

This is the kind of book you NEED to have after reading the first book. You need it for closure and for hope. But this whole series as a whole was just wonderful. It was powerful and heart wrenching. I don’t know if I will ever get over Clay. I don’t want to. I want him and Maggie to stay with me for eternity.

“Healing and endurance. And most of all courage. I finally felt, after all this time, that I was mastering these qualities.”

“The thing about shadows is that they’re not all darkness. You need to have light to have shadows. So just look for it.”

Hush (EK Blair)

 
I’ve come to learn there is no escaping your past.

It doesn’t matter what you do, it will follow like a phantom–haunting you–reminding you.


Please don’t tell me I literally just waited a YEAR for this book and this is what I got. Is it a dream? Did I make it up? Is it a fairy tale? Please don’t tell me I just expected too much…

I think I honestly just expected way too much. I did, right?

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The first 60% of this book was slow slow slow. I felt like it was redundant and dragging because the author had nothing new to write about. Just biding her time. *MOST* of this stuff could have easily fit into Echo rather than making readers wait a year.

Declan drove me batty. I couldn’t pick out one honest redeeming quality for him. His temperamental tendencies and his actions and controlling of all situations. I just couldn’t wrap my head around it all. It was actually a little bit TOO much. ELIZABETH! Where you at girl? Where was that BANG and ECHO Elizabeth? Not to mention I was very disappointed in the fact that Isla (which I grew to love in Echo) was not even in the picture in Hush. She could have played a huge role in this book I feel like.

I feel like EK just got tired of writing like we as readers got tired of waiting. I feel like everything was just thrown together and wrote out for us. I was so pumped for this book. A whole 365 days I was thinking about. The teasers. The excerpts. Then….

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The ending. I can’t with it. I just can’t. I feel like the epilogue was a little TOO much. It was way too far out there. Basically, if you have read the books…I read Bang when it released. I read Echo when it release. I waited ONE YEAR for Hush and I got that ending and that epilogue. I actually laughed I think. I was unsatisfied and as a reader that sucks. Le Sigh.

Right now, I’m just………I’m

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Too Late (Colleen Hoover)

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Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.

Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.

Nothing will get in her way.

Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn’t approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan’s disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.

Nothing will get in his way.

Nothing except Carter.


Fun and tension filled read. Less angst, more drama which I can deal with but it was almost TOO much unnecessary drama. I think if I would have read this in parts like most people I would have ate it up more and been more worked up for it. I will say this though: I have never seen this side of coho and I’m impressed. Storyline and writing wise.

My three star rating? There was insta-love. Yell at me all you want but there was. No no for me. And it was super insta! An hour or two? Was it even a whole day? No…

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I felt like there was a couple of huge plot holes that should have been filled. Desperately. The story was choppy and cliche and cheesy but it worked for Sloan, Asa, and Carter and their story.

The writing style was “coho the great” all the way. It was quick and flowy and entertaining.

Much appreciation to Colleen for this fun and free read! But wtf do I have to do to get an epilogue? I’ll make 50,000 wattpad accounts if I have to, don’t tempt me Colleen. You know I’ll do it.

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Find You in the Dark (A. Meredith Walters)

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Maggie Young had the market on normal. Normal friends, normal parents, normal grades.. normal life. Until him.

Clayton Reed was running from his past and an army of personal demons that threatened to take him down. He never thought he had a chance at happiness. Until her.

Maggie thought their love could overcome anything. Clay thought she was all he needed to fix his messy life. That together, they could face the world. But the darkness is always waiting.

Sometimes the greatest obstacle to true love is within yourself. 


THIS is the kind of book I live for. So much angst I can’t even see straight anymore. What day of the week is it? WOW! Jesus, I don’t even know what I even FEEL anymore.

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I can’t even tell you the last book I read that I clicked with the main character and heroine right off the bat. Well, maybe Senna from Mud Vein but that was two years ago. Maggie is one of my top favorites by far. Her inner dialogue was so superb and she was just a well shaped and witty character. I appreciated her POV and narration and go in my opinion she exceeded all of my expectations of a main character.

THE WRITING. I’m so in love with the way this author wrote. The thoughts, the feelings, the roller coaster of feelings! I loved it all!

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This was just an all around great book. The author was able to talk about sensitive mental issues with a enough light that made us fall in love with the book and the characters and see through all of their problems and ugh…Overall, I was impressed with the gritty, angsty, dramatic, dark, raw and realistic portrayal of teen love, mental illness, and Maggie’s POV (I really can’t emphasize that enough). I didn’t see her as a victim, but as a truly real person, whom I was able to root for and believe in. And the same about Clay. The next book cannot get to me SOON ENOUGH!

2012-2013: the year of great books

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I wanted to do something for fun for once. I always talk about how many great books the year 2012-2013 had. From indie to published. So, I have compiled a list of some of my favorites and some of the ones that have stuck with me. They made my heart race. AND some of these books are the angstiest books I have ever read still to this day. 

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Easy by Tammara Webber

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

The Edge of Never by JA Redmerski

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan

Flat Out Love by Jessica Park

Ten Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker

The Perfect Game by Jenn Sterling

The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred

Losing It by Cora Carmack

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher

If You Stay by Courtney Cole

Arsen by Mia Asher

Sex Love Repeat by Alessandra Torre

Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino

This Girl by Colleen Hoover

Pulse & Collide by Gail McHugh

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Left Drowning by Jessica Park

True Love Story by Willow Aster

The Way I Used To Be (Amber Smith)

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Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year.


I never really hold myself back in my reviews so I don’t see it happening with this one either. I seen this book around for a while. The cover was phenomenal and the hype was just right. But I was sadly disappointed.

The blurb for this book promises a look at a rape survivor over time. Four years. But actually, it skips literally ALL of the important things that caused the slippage of Edy. It’s like the author just wanted to skip to all of the tension and rage. YAY! HERE YOU GO! SHE WAS RAPED BUT NOW WE ARE AT THIS POINT! No…just no.

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I have never not liked a character quite as much as I did Edy. I actually wish this book wouldn’t have been written through her POV. The person she is was just plain annoying. And the book doesn’t even show her growth or how she heals. Nothing. She is just a negative person all the way through. Downward spiral all the way through.

It’s a train wreck. There. I said it. There is no “good” points shown to us readers. No closure. No repairing. No assurance. It’s just bad things over and over again. The author barely even explored the issues that needed to be addressed. It was just a book about a dislikeable girl who gets lost in reckless behavior until she loses all of her friends and hits rock bottom. And so did I. Mentally.

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But don’t worry, the ending is just oh so satisfying *eyeroll* I’m kidding actually…because it’s not.

I want to end by saying I know that rape is not a judging matter. Every one handles the situation differently and that’s okay. I would never judge. But as a reader this book was nothing spectacular. It wasn’t ground breaking. And I do not think it delivers a very good message to young readers. If I was a rape victim I’m not even sure it would have helped me in anyway. I think I would have been offended actually. If you’re looking for a book about rape survivors…I wouldn’t recommend this one at all.

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)

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A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


I read this book years ago but with the release of the movie coming up I wanted to catch up and reread. All in all, I thought the premise of this book was really cool and different and the world we were in was quite interesting. The old photographs included in the story also gave it a nice touch––although I often felt like the book was struggling to explain the photos and work them into the story in a way that felt forced and unnatural. I have never read anything that revolved around pictures so it was refreshing.

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Here’s a downside to me: there were literally SO many characters I couldn’t even keep up with them. I didn’t know who was peculiar and who wasn’t. Or who did what or had which power. It also seemed like the story was more focused on their powers and what they were capable of rather than on them developing as characters and people. I felt like no one really had a personality that was shown to us clearly enough to form a connection.

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The story was slow. I’m sure for good reason but I tend to stray away from slow and descriptive books. But once you get to the last half, it was WAY too fast paced. There was no consistency. It was all or nothing.  

I liked this book because it was different for me. It was way out of my reading genre that I have been in here recently and I can definitely appreciate a good book pulling me out of my comfort zone. I look forward to going onto the next book in the series. Especially the movie!
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