Possession (A.M. Johnson)

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Paige Simon was the only girl Declan ever loved. The only one capable of silencing his voices, the only person to ever have faith in who he was, until the day her faith turned to doubt and destroyed everything they’d made together.

Declan O ’Connell was the only person Paige could be herself with. The only one she could rely on, until the day she was forced to make a choice that would condemn them both.

They’ve had years apart, and second chances don’t belong to the damned. But when you come face to face with your savior, it’s almost impossible to walk away. In order to move beyond the sins of their past, and forever silence the demons in his head, they’ll have to risk it all.

But with love, there are real reasons to be afraid and, sometimes… your salvation is your damnation.


This book, as a whole, was a good read. It wasn’t terrible but it also didn’t knock my socks (or pants) off. If it snags your attention within the first couple of pages or chapters, it could definitely be read in one sitting. Quick and good read.

My main issue with Possession is Paige’s situation. Not just in the first part of the book or even 75% of the book but the book as a WHOLE. Her “position” she was in. Her “predicament”. I won’t give it all away but the fact that she was still tied to Clark throughout the whole book was an instant turn off for me. Her mind set to be just wreaked of “out of site out of mind”. Girl, call yo lawyer!

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Also, there was way too much religion in the book for me. There, I said it.

My favorite part of the entire story was Declan. The way A.M. Johnson crafted a character like him and the way she wrote him was very refreshing. The writing on his mental illness was fascination but sadly, Paige fell extremely flat for me. But Liam, Liam was someone I was intrigued with! All that pent up anger and angst, where you get that from, boy?

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Like I said at the beginning, if Possession grabs your attention right at the start, it’s a quick read. If you can connect to both Paige and Declan at an emotional level, you’ll be right at home. I am just sad that I didn’t.

Fallen Crest High (Tijan)

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Mason and Logan Kade are two brothers who did their own thing. They were rich and expected to attend Samantha’s school, Fallen Crest Academy. They chose public school and now she has to live with them. The problem is that she doesn’t care at all: about them, about her friends, about her cheating boyfriend, or even about her parent’s divorce. But maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe change is a good thing.

For me and Fallen Crest High, there was just way too much going on within this short book. I can completely understand why there are so many books in this series, trust me. But this first book was extremely busy. Every page turn was something new and inconsistent.

Another down side for me and the Kade boys is…I’ve already met the Royals.

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While reading FCH, I kept noticing the story falling more and more apart. Which usually means it would take a lot of work to put all of the pieces back together again. I’ve never read Tijan, so I hope that within this series she found a way to do all of this.

I will say this: I’m not a cheating person. And this book was FULL of it. Like it was the author’s go to. It was redundant and unnecessary. Almost like an easy way out.

Just thinking about that one part of the book with the parents and kids has me flat out giggling again. I mean…really?

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If you like drama, Fallen Crest High is the perfect book for you. And Mason? I really could have loved you in another book. Go sit with the Royal boys.

Dark Notes (Pam Godwin)

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They call me a slut. Maybe I am.
Sometimes I do things I despise.
Sometimes men take without asking.

But I have a musical gift, only a year left of high school, and a plan.
With one obstacle.

Emeric Marceaux doesn’t just take.
He seizes my will power and bangs it like a dark note.
When he commands me to play, I want to give him everything.
I kneel for his punishments, tremble for his touch, and risk it all for our stolen moments.

He’s my obsession, my master, my music.
And my teacher. 

I enjoyed this book for the most part. Mainly because of the student/teacher relationship. However, that relationship just wasn’t solid enough for me. It was rushed and sloppy and there was zero connection from the get go. Together, I didn’t care for Emeric and Ivory but separately they were two dominant and strong characters. When they were together they were boring.

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I just didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. And that’s frustrating for me. It started out so strong but then just kind of fell in all of the wrong places at all of the wrong times. Not to mention the usual “student/teacher” angst was dull and the “OMG” moment came all too soon for my liking.

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I did, however enjoy the ending. I feel like Pam ended the book on such a strong point that the story definitely needed.

This was a book where I was more in tune with the characters than I was the plot. The plot was terrible. Dark Notes is chalk full of cliches and sex but the writing and characters structured together made for a decent read that all in all I was satisfied with.

All the Way (M. Mabie)

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I’m a man’s man. A bro. A pal. A dude. And I love women.

Am I a saint? Far from it.

Do I go out with a lot of women? You’re damn right.

I date them all. Shy. Loud. Too busy. Lonely. High maintenance. No confidence. No filter. Bad habits. Naive. Beautiful ones. Pretty ones—and believe me there is a difference, but that’s another soap box. Point is, I don’t discriminate.

What do I get out of it? Knowledge. I want to be prepared, adept, and ready.

I might find the perfect woman for me today or a few years from now, but I won’t stop until I do. Then when The One comes along, I’ll be ready to go the distance.

Ready to go all the way.

I’m Cord Taylor, and, lady of my dreams, I’m coming for you.


Every time M. Mabie releases a new book I remember the reasons why I love her and her stories. They’re easy for me. They’re so fun to sit down and just…read. I feel like when I read a M. Mabie book I am actually experiencing it all right there with all of the characters. I’m lost in another place and I am never in any rush to leave said place.

The character dynamic between Dana and Cord was incredible. They just…mesh. And when two characters mesh, you fall in love with said characters and book that much more. It makes the struggle and developing relationship that much more real.

Cord was a very attractive heroine to me. He was vulnerable and real and raw and he was persistent but not like, annoying persistent. I can also say the same about Dana. Another cool thing with All the Way was the fact that M. Mabie constructed secondary characters that can easily spin off into their own stories. Their own cool and interesting stories. In fact, I am requesting that right now Mo. Don’t forget it either.

“She was talking to me but all I could hear were the motherfucking fireworks.”

All the Way is a great book to pick up if you’re looking for something that packs just enough sexy and just enough love and witty characters. With Mo’s crafty and effortless humor and writing, I am consistently blown away, one book after another.

Deer in Headlights (Staci Hart)

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Lex is everything Dean needs — but he can’t have her.

It doesn’t matter that she’s beautiful or that her art and poetry speak to his shredded heart. She’s the new drummer’s girlfriend, the latest in a long line of drummers past. He promised the band he’d stay away to protect their record deal, so he’s left with no choice but to deny his heart for the sake of their music.

Dean is everything Lex wants — but she can’t take the risk.

When Lex meets Dean, she’s sure it’s only attraction that has her so hung up on the dark, damaged lead singer, but the more she learns about him, the more she wants him. Love has never been worth the sacrifice, until now. But she can’t put her heart on the line — she won’t — even though she wants to for the first time.

If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in this game of love, Aphrodite never loses.


I want to start off by saying that putting Greek Gods in modern day time sounds so amazing to me and it’s always something I will try out. Kind of like The Lightening Thief. I loved what they did with the present time and the Gods fitting into their plot lines. But with Deer in Headlights I was just left feeling like I was missing something that everyone else was picking up on. So many 4 and 5 star reviews. What am I not getting?

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The nicknames and forced humor between the Gods was almost too much for me to handle. Keyword being: FORCED. Here is my thing with most romance novels: When I read them, the whole foundation of said book is how the two main characters relationship is development and structured. To me, as a reader, that is SO important. It’s how YOU fall in love with the characters and their story. It determines how well you connect with said relationship. I didn’t get that with Dean and Lex. This was a great example of how insta-love just doesn’t work for me. You don’t get to see or feel Lex and Dean fall in love. It just…happens. Within 2-3 days.

The coolest thing about this book though, the covers! All of them are magnificent. Just beautiful.

Another thing that lacked for me was the plot. The two big “omg” things that happened to these characters weren’t big at all. Swapped notebooks and an accidental tarot card reading. Hmm. It’s weird to me because there is no plot but there is still so much going on. Lots of stories being told, past and present. Between the Gods and between the humans. There are also lots of secondary characters and lots of back and forth between the Gods and Dean and Lex and Kara and Roe and Travis and back and forth and back and forth. And where am I?

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All in all, it wasn’t my favorite book, I skimmed a lot of sex scenes because there plenty of them and they were redundant and repetitive but I feel like if you are wanting a quick, romance read this would be a good book for you to try out. If you want more story line, depth, and character dynamic I probably wouldn’t read it.

The Unexpected Way of Falling in Love (Jessica Sorensen)

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I’ve had a crush on my best friend’s brother for years. Which wouldn’t be a problem, if he wasn’t such a cocky jerk.
It’s okay, though. My crush is based on shallowness, a simple attraction, so my heart isn’t at risk of getting broken.
Well, that is until my best friend decides she needs to teach her brother a lesson and take his cockiness down a notch. Her plan: I’ll get Carter to fall in love with me and then break his heart. At first I’m not fully on board with her plan, not only because it seems cruel, but I also highly doubt Carter will fall in love with me.

But then Carter does something that pushes me over the edge and I decide to go through with it.
Not only does the plan work, but Carter ends up being different from the cocky jerk I thought he was. At least I think so.

But not everything is as it seems.

Carter has secrets too. Secrets that could ruin my life.

Suddenly, I’m not sure who’s playing who anymore.


Jessica is my girl. She is my angsty author. My anxiety writer. Very rarely do I pick up a book by Jessica Sorensen that I don’t like. The same applies for this book. I didn’t hate it, it just sort of lacked in the fantastic department for me. But I will be anxiously awaiting her next book in the series.

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The cover for The Unexpected Way of Falling in Love is incredible but unfortunately it’s a little misleading. They don’t look like high school kids to me. I am drawn to more than just the cover though. I like how Jessica puts out these books (and a lot of them) but they are all so different from one another. Her quality is amazing.

My complaint is the pace of the story. If there is going to be a series, I feel as though you can slow things down and space things out for your readers. Just like with Jessica’s earlier work. There are a lot of books so her stories are more spaced out and they have an all around nice tempo.

I’ll be excited to see where Jessica takes Carter and Ensley’s story. With Jessica Sorensen, there is just no telling.

The Queen and the Cure (Amy Harmon)

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Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He’d never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.

But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.

Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.


Amy is my go to author when I want to escape to another world. Fantasy or not. When I want to go to a world that has magic and love and all of the good things, I know that I can count on Amy. In The Queen and the Cure, I feel like Amy dominated this story and created a magical fairy tale that readers every where (no matter what type of reader you are) will love.

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The coolest thing about The Queen and the Cure is the fact that Amy can create such a world with the best descriptions that you just can’t help but get lost for hours at a time. I’m not a descriptive person but I enjoy Amy’s words. I have a terrible imagination, I really do. But Amy makes it so easy for me. Not only that, but I enjoy her story structures and I enjoy her strong characters. Not to mention, the slow burn of Kjell and Sasha is worth all of the time spent reading. I am still in awe.

I honestly didn’t think that Amy could out-do The Bird and the Sword but she did! And she did it so elegantly in the way that only Amy Harmon does. I love Amy Harmon. Is it noticeable yet? I want all of the words, Amy! All of them all of the time.

Love you, Kjell. Amy, take me back to Jeru soon. Like in a month or so, no pressure.

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Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher)

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You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret. . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen doesn’t want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.

Then Hannah’s voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes– and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his small town. . .

. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.


Right now, I am happy. I am actually very happy that I chose to watch the Netflix show first. I am happy because there are some things I really liked more in the show than I did in the book and vice versa. Example: I liked Hannah in the book, I didn’t like Hannah in the show. I loved Alex in the show, the book didn’t give me enough Alex.

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Let’s begin, shall we?

“ If you hear a song that makes you cry and you don’t want to cry anymore, you don’t listen to that song anymore.
But you can’t get away from yourself. You can’t decide not to see yourself anymore. You can’t decide to turn off the noise in your head.”

The book for Thirteen Reasons Why captured this feeling of “alone” so well for me. It put things into perspective for me a lot better than what the show did. The book encompassed me as a reader and made me much more sympathetic to Hannah as opposed to how the show made me feel about her. (That is a whole different story).

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I’m going to be completely honest for a second and say that when I read (or listened to, rather) this book, it was like hearing the story for the first time. There were no visuals from the TV show playing in my head. It was all fresh for me. And that’s pretty damn cool. Especially when you read the book AFTER you watch the movie/show.

So what I really liked most about this book was the intriguing story development and progress. The fact that the heroine time-lined her death and put the reasons behind her suicide through tape recordings which she then sent to people she blamed for her suicide are reasons enough for me to read this book. I’m a nosey person, I like to know all of the things. But at the same time, the guilt of the tapes weigh so heavy on me. For Clay and Mr. Porter. I feel their guilt and blame and it’s an intense feeling, one that I haven’t been able to justify yet.

I do love the way the author intertwined the POV’s and made us feel things from two different people at once. I really just love the character work all around. All of the characters showed dynamics that were insanely complex and I like that. Dull characters are no fun.

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I know that you will love this book. You will love it and you won’t even be able to help it. You will feel what Clay feels as a whole and you will also experience the highs and lows of Hannah’s life right along with her. Much more so in the book.

Thank you, Hannah Baker.