Monday, October 31, 2016

{Blog Blitz} Mr. President by Katy Evans



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Mr. President by Katy Evans

Release Date: October 31st

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis:

He's won the hearts of millions. But is he willing to lose his?
I met the president’s son when we were both young. Matthew Hamilton was handsome, polished, and intelligent. I’d never met a guy like him.
He promised me that he’d never run for president. I promised that if he did, I’d be by his side.
Three terms later, an invitation to join Matthew Hamilton’s campaign is the most exhilarating opportunity I’ve ever experienced. I'm determined to make a difference; he is determined to win.
Focused on his goal, Matt is steadfast, ruthless, and disarming. All eyes are on him and his popularity is surging. But soon, the next possible president of the United States is possessing me in more ways than one—and despite the risks, I'm helpless to resist.
We're stealing touches, stealing moments, and stealing away at night. But our chemical connection is quickly becoming dangerously combustive, putting not only my heart, but Matt's chance at the presidency on the line.
Winning will take everything. Walking away will be the hardest thing of all.
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About the Author:

Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

{Book Review} Pretty Stolen Dolls by Ker Dukey & K. Webster



Pretty Stolen Dolls by Ker Dukey and K. Webster
Published: September 26th, 2016
Series: Pretty Stolen Dolls #1
Source: Bought
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Dark, Thriller
Pages: 228
{Goodreads}

Benny loves his pretty little dolls.
As long as they do exactly as they're told.
He keeps them perfect by brushing their hair
and gives them pretty dresses to wear.
He likes to toy with them late at night.
One so timid but the other likes to fight.
When his favorite doll runs away...
despite the other doll promising to stay,
his heart becomes broken and he can't help but cry.
He wants her back home or his pretty little doll must die.

Have you ever had to make a decision that haunts you every single day for the rest of your life…the life you stole back?
I have.
I ran for my survival, rocks and twigs cutting into the soles of my feet, my lungs burning and screaming for rest, every muscle tensed and fighting along with me for existence.
I left her.
I ran, ran, ran—from Benny and his lone, pretty little doll—until I couldn’t remember where to find them again.
I’m sorry.

{Review}
HOLY CRAP!  This book is a fast-paced, disturbing thriller with romance mixed in.  I was absolutely captivated by page one and could not put it down.  I have not read anything from either Dukey or Webster, but I have fallen in love!  I cannot believe how much I liked this book; it almost makes me feel like I am slightly psychotic because this book was messed up (but in a good way…kinda).

The writing in this book was addicting and the pacing was absolutely on point.  It flowed so seamlessly, which was great since it was written by two authors.  I loved that this story was told in both the present and the past.  With the past being slowly revealed with flashbacks, it allowed the mystery and tension to grow to epic levels.  It also allowed for the mystery to unravel slowly, not allowing readers to know too much so that they are surprised by every twist and turn!

The characters in this book were like onions, slowly being revealed layer by layer as the chapters went on.  I was always learning something new, and sometimes disturbing, about what made them tick.  I really don’t want to talk too in-depth about them because this is a book that is better to go into blind.  Just know that this is a wide cast of characters spanning from a strong-willed female lead, to a brooding, alpha male love interest, to a absolutely psychotic criminal. 

I am going to be honest and say that I was not expecting much from the romance in this book, but I was completely wrong!  The romance was slow-burning and angsty, but once it began…it was amazing!  I LOVED the connection and chemistry between these characters.  This book is also very steamy!  I would say that it does have more intimate scenes than I normally care for, but I don’t think it took anything away from the plot.

Overall, I would absolutely recommend this book!  It was amazing.  However, I do not think it is for everyone.  Just be aware that it is extremely dark and graphic.  There might be content that may make some readers feel uncomfortable, so unless you have read dark, contemporary romance before…this book would be like jumping into the deep end with both feet.  It does leave off on a cliff hanger, but the second book releases in November.  I will absolutely be picking it up as soon as it releases and devour it.


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“I have mixed reactions and emotions, my mind telling me one thing, but my body saying another.  Human contact in any form after a while becomes longed for.”

Also check out some of Dukey’s and Webster’s other books below.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

{Book Review} Red Hill by Jamie McGuire



Red Hill by Jamie McGuire
Published: October 1st, 2013 by Simon & Schuster
Series: Standalone
Source: Bought
Genre: Horror, Contemporary, NA
Pages: 368
{Goodreads}

When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?


{Review}
First off I want to state that I am a huge zombie fan!  Although I have watched TONS of zombie movies, I have only read one other zombie book prior to this, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, which I highly enjoyed.  I think that in this day and age it is really hard to create anything zombie in an original way.  These genera, whether it is books, movies or TV shows, have been overpopulated for the last couple of years.  This book was nothing groundbreaking, but it was also highly enjoyable.

I have only read one other book by Jamie McGuire, Beautiful Disaster, which differs COMPLETELY from Red Hill.  I really didn’t know what to expect going into this, but I was very excited.  McGuire’s writing was perfect in this book.  It was not too complex, but was able to paint a perfect picture in my mind.  I also surprisingly liked how this book was told in multiple points-of-view with the story unfolding in the voices of Nathan, Miranda and Scarlet.  Usually I hate books like this (unless it is a contemporary romance with dual POV), but this book really pulled it off.  I always find myself preferring one story point over another, but not this book!  All the stories were completely different, absolutely exciting and beautifully interwoven together. 

The plot of this book was pretty simplistic, with all of the characters struggling to survive and find somewhere safe from all the chaos.  It follows the stereotypical zombie apocalypse formula, but the writing and the characters are what really makes this book something special.  I really loved Nathan’s character.  He was level-headed, smart, brave and I loved seeing him be a wonderful father to his daughter, Zoe.  I really liked Scarlett’s character as well.  She was strong-willed and stubborn, but I think that is what helped her survive.  Her character became somewhat irrational as the book progressed, but I had a hard time blaming her as a mother who has lost her children in a zombie apocalypse.  Miranda was probably one of my lease favorite characters.  I really liked her at the beginning of the book, but once she made it to Red Hill, she became a hormonal girl worrying more about boy problems than how to survive. 

I think the standout character of this book, other than Nathan, would be Skeeter and Cooper.  I loved both of their characters and would have loved to have read from their POV’s as well.  It seems weird, since I usually prefer reading in a female’s voice, but the males in
 this book just stood out so much more.  They were charismatic, brave and helped keep everyone sane.  I felt like the character development was fantastic, which made the deaths and high-tension moments that much more devastating.  I fell in love with them as individuals and as a group, so much so that I found myself hoping no one would die (which is obviously going to happen in a zombie book).

For those that are wondering, there is slight romance in this book.  There is one standout romance that I absolutely loved.  I almost wish that I could have more of it, but I do think that this is a great standalone.  The secondary romance in this book never fully pulled me in.  It was a slight love triangle between three characters, but before you love-triangle haters put this on your ‘do not read list’, it was not even remotely a main feature in this story.  The romances in this book were a subplot to survival. 

Overall, I would recommend this book to individuals new and old to the zombie apocalypse genera.  It will make your heart race, anxiety rise and make you cry both sad and happy tears.  I would classify this book as scary, eerie and overall ominous. 


{Rating}
 
“I wasn’t sure how long we could survive, but I knew I wasn’t dying on day one of the f***ing zombie apocalypse.”

Also check out some of McGuire’s other books below.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

{Book Review} Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout



Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: April 15th, 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
Series: Standalone
Source: Bought
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 384
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Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all - popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the truth about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory - someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

{Review}
Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my all-time favorite authors!  I have not read a book by her that I did not highly enjoy and this book was no different.  I was curious if Armentrout could pull off a YA mystery/thriller, but she did more than just pull it off…she blew it completely away!  I really cannot wait to continue reading everything that Jennifer writes and I highly recommend everyone try at least one of her books because I guarantee that you will be hooked.

In every one of my reviews of Jennifer’s books I say the same thing about her writing.  It is fantastic, easy and absolutely addicting!  The pacing in this book was perfect!  It was full of heart pounding moments and tons of twists and turns!  The mystery of this story was captivating.  I kept changing my suspects as more information was slowly revealed.  I would say that even the most seasoned mystery readers would enjoy this book.

I LOVED the characters in this book, particularly Samantha and Carson.  I have not read many books where the main protagonist is an unreliable narrator, but I loved that aspect of this book.  It allowed readers to slowly unravel the plot and mystery along with the main character.  I wanted Samantha to keep pushing to discover what happened and I felt very connected to her character.  Carson was a swoon-worthy, protective love interest for Sam.  I loved that he stood behind Sam and always allowed her to make her own choices, but also came along to make sure that she was always safe.

The romance in this book was on point!  It was such a slow burn, angsty connection between Samantha and Carson.  Other than the mystery, the romance is what really drew me into this story.  It was so good that I think this could have stood on its own feet as a contemporary romance without they mystery (however, of course, I would not have wanted it any other way).

Overall, this is a perfect book for any readers.  It was a great, fast-paced read that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time!  I do not have one thing that I would have changed, it was perfect. 

{Rating}

I was stuck in a life I didn't remember, squeezed into the shell of this girl - this Samantha Joe Franco - and the more I learned about her, the more I was starting to hate her."

Also check out some of Armentrout’s other books below.

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