Folie à Deux (Cynthia Rodriguez)


Be careful with that one.

These are the first words of advice given to Abel Sommerfeldt upon entering Silverwing Mental Institution. He has no idea what awaits him here, in a place where hope goes to die, and demons run rampant. 
Certainly not a disarmingly beautiful young woman with violent tendencies and an itch for defiance.

She’ll paint the walls red with your blood.

But Abel was never one to listen. Not even to his dead mother, whom he still hears, whispering warnings about the girl named Rose with white blonde hair who feels like fate.


He quickly discovers just how dangerous freedom is for Rosamunde Montgomery.
Because sometimes, the most beautiful roses are riddled with thorns. 
And he’s willing to learn the hard way.

“In my madness, I am desperate.
In my fatuation, I am violent for Abel.”

Okay. Straight to the point: If you love psychopaths who have an undeniable attraction to each other (amongst other things) and want nothing more than to wreak havoc and mayhem together- you are going to love Folie à Deux (as well as Rose and Abel). I like to think of them as modern day Joker and Harley Quinn. That is how reckless and wild they are.

The angst between Rose and Abel is palpable. I can feel it the second that they meet. A lot of time- “insta-love” perturbs me. I am not a fan in any way. But something about Rose and Abel speaks to me. I am not sure if it’s their passion or their personalities but something about them just…works.

“Love can change you. Love can heal you. 
Love can stop the storm from rolling in and destroying the world around us.”

One of my favorite things about this story is the destruction these characters leave behind them. That’s a funny thing to say isn’t it? Well, the destruction and madness was the best part of it all. It is what made Abel and Rose. What pushed them to keep going. Instead of dealing with their feelings the “normal” way, they found a way to seek solstice in their mayhem. Together. And I really was here for it.

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Cynthia really showed growth in her writing with this one. Knowing that she can take two un-fixable people and put them together and make them likable to the reader, takes incredible talent and she did a great job of doing just that. You can’t help but to empathize for these two people. And if you don’t empathize for one, you will empathize for the other. Not to mention the killer (pun-intended) twist in this story! Beautiful!

“My Rose leases a trail of thorns and dead bodies behind her. And she saves her petals for me.

Folie à Deux is not your typical romance. Sure, there’s romance. But I feel as if it’s much deeper than that. It’s more than just a story about two people falling in love with each other. It’s about two people with demons buried down inside of them so deep they don’t know how to cope with them. So they stay together and fight them together. Through thick or thin. Or in this case- through death and blood.


Silence (Natasha Preston)


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For eleven years, Oakley Farrell has been silent. At the age of five, she stopped talking, and no one seems to know why. Refusing to communicate beyond a few physical actions, Oakley remains in her own little world. 

Bullied at school, she has just one friend, Cole Benson. Cole stands by her, refusing to believe that she is not perfect the way she is. Over the years, they have developed their own version of a normal friendship. However, will it still work as they start to grow even closer? 

When Oakley is forced to face someone from her past, can she hold her secret in any longer?

“Silence was my prison.”

After finishing this story, I really was on the fence on how to rate/review it. On one hand, I really enjoyed the concept and plot of this book but on the other I just didn’t typically enjoy some of the characters and the speed of the story. The first half was painfully slow. If you don’t speed read the first half of this book, you’re a liar.

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Character wise, there were a lot of them that played zero part in this story. Julian was a waste of time for me. He was unnecessary drama. Just unnecessary all the way around. I think the author put him into this book because she was trying to make Cole look like some protective alpha but that just wasn’t him. So, in the end, every time Cole had to take up for Oakley when it came to Julian, I just wasn’t impressed to say the least.

I did really enjoy the plot line of this book. The fact that the author showed that someone could love another person without words really hit me in the feelers. To me, that made the book unlike anything I have read before and I really appreciated that. Love is not words. It’s not speaking or saying things. Its simply…action. And although I felt like Oakley could have done better with her actions, I still felt the love that Cole and her had and I was here for it!

“Looking at him was like falling. It was perfect.”

Cole was a great part of this story. Having such a young and understanding lead male that isn’t afraid to show his vulnerable side is always a plus for me. His POV chapters were so crucial to this story in a sense that we needed to see how he viewed Oakley when her words weren’t there. How her silence affected him was a big part of this story and he handles it so well.

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The editing in this novel wasn’t superb and a lot of the grammatical issues were bad as well but a lot of times I don’t base my reviews on that because I feel as if that is a petty reason. But all in all I enjoyed reading Silence because it showed that even though words are scarce- love is strong when you try.

Be the Girl (K.A. Tucker)


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Almost sixteen-year-old Aria Jones is starting over. New postal code, new last name, new rules. But she doesn’t mind, because it means she can leave her painful regrets behind. In the bustling town of Eastmonte, she can become someone else. Someone better.

With the Hartford family living next door, it seems she will succeed. Sure, Cassie Hartford may be the epitome of social awkwardness thanks to her autism, but she also offers an innocent and sincere friendship that Aria learns to appreciate. And Cassie’s older brother, Emmett—a popular Junior A hockey player with a bright future—well … Aria wishes that friendship could lead to something more. If he didn’t already have a girlfriend, maybe it would.

But Aria soon finds herself in a dicey moral predicament that could derail her attempt at a fresh start. It is her loyalty to Cassie and her growing crush on Emmett that leads her to make a risky move, one that earns her a vindictive enemy who is determined to splinter her happy new world.

“Being a better person doesn’t mean hiding from or lying about who I used to be.”

I didn’t love this book and I didn’t hate it. I can see where a lot of people would five or four star this one but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. With me saying that- when I finished Be the Girl, I was able to appreciate what the author was trying to put out for younger readers. And the fact that K.A. Tucker took the time to independently publish this type of story, gets all of the respect from me. If any one is ever looking, Be the Girl is the type of book you can let your 13-16 year old daughter read in the sense that the lessons that are approached in this story are very important in this day in age.

Moving on with my review, I wish that I could say the characters really stuck out for me but sadly they didn’t. To me they were just average, nothing really stuck with me about them. Even though I was supposed to love Aria and Emmett and Cassie and whoever else- I just didn’t. It really fell flat for in that department.

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Besides the topic of bullying (it touches heavy on it in the last 30%) this book didn’t really have a consistent plot. We were reading a story, about people, but nothing was really happening. I felt like I was watching one of those reality shows that follow people around day to day and films their mundane activities. I speed read at a lot of time because nothing was actually happening.

I was reading my friend Ashley’s (Ashes Books and Bobs) and she mentioned how the mundane, every day scenes in this book really dragged it down for her and I completely agree. I won’t even say that it is just YA books that do that to me though. Any time I read a book that spends more time telling you what characters are doing or feeling as opposed to showing you, I instantly lose interest.

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All in all- Be the Girl wasn’t awful. I feel like any coming of age girl should take the time and read this one. If you have a daughter- have her read this one. Knowing that this is something that happens every single day should be enough of a reason to share the good lesson this book offers. And for that, I can appreciate the book as a whole.

Leo (Mia Sheridan)


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Evie and Leo met in foster care as children and formed a bond of friendship. As they grew, their bond turned to love, and they vowed to make a life together when they turned 18 and were no longer a part of the system.

When Leo unexpectedly gets adopted as a teen and moves to another city, he promises Evie that he will contact her as soon as he gets there and come back for her in a few short years. She never hears from him again.

Now eight years later, in spite of the odds, Evie has made a life for herself. She has a job. She has friends. She’s content. Then a man shows up out of the blue, claiming that her long lost love, Leo, sent him to check up on her. The attraction between them is undeniable. But, should she trust this sexy stranger? Or is he keeping a secret about what his connection to Leo is really all about and why Leo disappeared all those years ago?

“The thing about falling in love so that no matter where you are when it happens, you can’t help but to color those moments with beauty, even if you’re in a location of ugliness. He made what would have been a place of nightmares into a place to dream.”

The thing about this book is 2013 Talon would have ate this up and loved every single second of it and I think that is what happened to me: I read this at the wrong time. But with saying that, I read it at the right time. And let me explain that.

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Mia is a FANTASTIC story teller. I swear there are times where we don’t even deserve her or her books. Leo was a great story. It had great characters and a great plot and concept but I can really tell that this is Mia’s first novel. And to me, that is incredible. Because having read her other books, I can see just how much she has grown into the talented author that she is today. That is something to be so proud of, both as a long time reader of Mia’s and as an author herself.

The thing with Leo was I didn’t care for all of the sex in the book. I know I might say that a lot when it comes to the romance genre but this was…excessive. It was every other chapter, every other page. I just felt like so many other things could have filled those pages as opposed to well…sex.

“And in the end, I had jumped. And the other side was just as glorious as her eyes had promised“

The first half of the book was so strong but the second half just fell so short for me. I was expecting too much I think. But ultimately, it was rushed. Evie didn’t give herself time to sort through all of her feelings with Jake and Leo and that just didn’t sit well with me. I love it when the female characters can take the respected time to reflect and look through all that happened without jumping straight back into the male’s arms. I know Evie took some time for herself, but I guess I just expected more.

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I will always say this, Mia can tell the hell out of a story. Even if  you skim the sex scenes in Leo (like I did) you can still apprectiate the story line and the way Mia can write. Reading her first novel after reading all of the others she has put out has given me an incredible amount of respect for her as an author. She has perfected her art, indefinitely.

The Date (Louise Jensen)


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Something bad has happened to Alison Taylor.

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future.

By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her.

Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognise the face staring back at her. She can’t recognise her friends and family. And she can’t recognise the person who is trying to destroy her…

“There comes a time when you have to stop crossing oceans for someone who wouldn’t even jump in puddles for you.”

I think this book had a lot of potential. It was decent, but ultimately not something that was “unputdownable” to me. I was ready to be finished with the book by the time i was halfway through. The story as a whole was slow so I lost interest a few times throughout. It was too wordy in the places that it didn’t need to be, if that makes sense.

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I felt like the author had way too much going on with The Date. It could have been condensed and even more thrilling had she just took a couple of lengthy paragraphs out. And when I say lengthy- I mean it. One paragraph took up two of my kindles pages! It was just too much, I feel like that is begging your reader to skim it. So, when I would see those long paragraphs pop up, that’s exactly what I did. I skimmed it.

The writing wasn’t my favorite but it wasn’t awful either. It was just enough to keep me going. Although the plot was a tad unrealistic, the author did a good job at piecing together all of the puzzles for us and leaving no leaf unturned. One thing would pop up and it would be followed by three more things and as frustrating as it was to keep up with, the author did a great job keeping up with the story line and allowing the answers to be brought to light.

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“It’s comprehensible we can reach inside the darkest depths of someone else’s mind, when we ignore the blackness lurking in our own.”

I think had the story been much shorter and less drawn out it would have been a hit with me. But the originality, despite the amnesia plot, was good. I liked how everything ended and played out. Definitely not my favorite type of thriller, but it was well…decent.

When Ashes Fall (Marni Mann)


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It’s been said that you can’t love two men at the same time.
You can’t split your heart, soul, and body in half.
But I’m here to tell you, you can.
Dylan Cole is like ice, sharp and unpredictable, the thunder inside a tumultuous storm.
Smith Reid is warmth, soft and gentle, perfect like a sunny day.
Both are mine.
But I can have only one.
There are two sides to this tale.
I’m here to tell you mine.
If you think this story is about a cheater, you couldn’t be more wrong.

“It was a moment.”

I am no stranger to Marni Mann. I am no stranger to the visceral feelings that woman can evoke from her reader. But I was in NO WAY expecting this. I was not expecting to hurt and empathize. I was in no way expecting to be left breathless when I finished When Ashes Fall. But here I am. Stunned and captivated.

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Here is how this scenario played out for me: I finished two books this weekend so far and had some reviews to write and post but I crawled into bed and told myself I was going to read a chapter or two of Marni’s book just to sort of get the feel of how it was going to go. Well, I didn’t put the book down until I got to 60%. It was 2AM. And I knew the instant I woke up I was going to finish it and I did.

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“I opened my mouth. And I screamed. No sound came out. It was a silent one. But, in my head, it was the loudest noise I’d ever heard.”

I think what made this book incredible for me was the emotions that Marni evoked from us without us even knowing WHY we were feeling them or what is happening (or had happened) to these characters to even make us feel them in the first place. We don’t know what happened to Alix. We don’t even know what happened to Dylan or Smith. We can guess, but I don’t think we ever fully understand what happened until we see it play out the way that it does. You can guess and guess and you might be on the right track but you will still be blind-sided by Alix and the events leading up to why she is the way that she is when you don’t even expect it.

“Silence was like moisture; it created an environment that allowed things to grow. Fester. Eat into the walls and foundation.”

Alix. There aren’t enough words to tell you how much Alix meant to me throughout this entire story. I felt this connection to her since the very first time we met her. I don’t know how to explain it, it’s just this overwhelming sensation that intensified the more I kept reading. Her brokenness, her inability to reach out, her wanting to fight alone, her strength, I was in awe. That woman tried to dig and dig herself out every day of her life and despite the set backs, she showed no weakness. Until she was alone. Her vulnerability was beautiful. I was captivated.

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As per the usual- Marni’s sharp writing keeps the story moving at a pace that keeps our attention. With the strategically placed POV’s and past and present scenes, there was always something happening that kept my attention. I didn’t even skim the sex scenes (and yes- there are plenty).

Marni Mann delivers an extremely poignant, heartfelt, raw and honest, extremely moving love story that will have you captivated from start to finish. You won’t be able to put this one down. The story grabs you from the very beginning and doesn’t let you go even after the very last words.

If I could give you any piece of advice it’s this: do not read this blurb. I went into this book completely blind and I am so glad that I did. When I read the blurb while typing this, it can be extremely misleading and put pre-assumptions into your head.

Maybe Ever After (Cassie Graham)


No one tells you what happens when you fall in love with your best friend. 
They don’t tell you it’s like waiting for the answer to a question no one can hear you ask. 

Meet Brynn Darling, a successful event coordinator at the top of her game. The future is hers for the taking, except for one thing. After many failed attempts at finding love, and a realization that her best friend is clueless, she decides it’s time to move on. 

Easton Cole has been in the friend zone since . . . well, forever. So, he fills the void with unimportant people and never gets attached. That is until Brynn begins seeing a guy who threatens everything he’s ever wanted. 

All bets are off.

Maybe it’ll never happen.
Maybe she’ll fall in love with the wrong guy.
Or maybe they’ll get their ever after . . . after all.

“Every moment after this won’t matter, Brynn.”

As per the usual, Cassie Graham came along with her carefree and fun writing style and sucked me in from the get go. I never have to question whether or not I will have immense amounts of fun when I pick up one of her books and Maybe Ever After was no different.

First- I wanted to touch on my favorite parts about this book. Easton is number one on that list. Easton was the type of male character I am always searching for in books. He was masculine, sure but he was also the type to show vulnerability and sensitivity. And we see a lot of that in the second part of the book (which I am eternally grateful for).

“Oh yeah, another thing you should probably know about me. I was desperately in love with my best friend.”

Second- the second half of this book. I am not sure if it was because it was written in Easton’s POV or what but it really rocked me. I was all up in my feelings every time I turned the page and I think that’s because I got to see a side of Easton I had been yearning for as opposed to the side of Brynn we had been seeing through her POV. The growth he showed and the feelings he possessed ran straight off of the pages and straight to me and for that I was so grateful for.

I struggled with the trope of this book for my own reasons. Just another personal preference that really stood in my way and I always admit openly that I hate it when it happens. Female characters like Brynn just never really sit well with me and that is no one’s fault but my own. I have a really hard time understanding them and even connecting with them.

Cassie Graham is a go to for me. I will never NOT be excited for one of her new releases. I know that when I pick up one of her books I am in for the full package type of ride! Humor, fun, feelings, and angst. And when you have all of those mixed together in one, you can’t go wrong. I know every one will love this story and will connect with Brynn in all of the ways that I didn’t.