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Friday, August 18, 2017

My Ramblings: Irrational Fears #1

Irrational Fears #1

Irrational fears. I like to assume that everyone has at least one. I've recently come to the conclusion that I have one that's been very predominant in my life in the past few months. It's the fear of a book series/tv show/movie franchise ending horribly (in my opinion).

Is it just me or does anyone else feel this way?

I noted the trend after the Hunger Games movie franchise ended and I read a spoiler. In my head, it couldn't end like that. To me, that was just wrong and I came to the conclusion that if I didn't see it, then it never actually happened. It also happened in the middle of the Divergent book series and the movies. As much as it pains me to say this: I still haven't watched the Vampire Diaries final episode because I'm scared it won't live up to my expectations.

If I were to count the amount of book series I chose to not finish reading because of this 'fear' we'd be here all day and, to put it plainly, it sucks. I like having concrete never-changing endings to everything I read. When I don't finish a book it bothers me just as much as my fear of it not living up to what I think it deserves.

I haven't found a way to combat this. I wish I had. The one time I pushed myself to face it head on, I cringed through 30 minutes of the last Hunger Games movies and gave up. I don't even remember what I saw, but I know that I don't want to experience it in the near future.

Have you gone through this?
Do you have an irrational fear you'd like to share?
Let me know in the comments below!

Cover Reveal: Messy Love By Stephanie Witter

Messy Love
By Stephanie Witter

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 10

It was messy.

It was raw.

It was love.


The first time I laid eyes on Wyatt Burton was outside of my biological mother's house. Abandoning me twenty years ago, I never knew that meeting her would change my life so completely. In fact, there were many things that I never expected that day, but there were a few things I knew for sure. Nothing would ever be the same--not even me. And it was all about to get very MESSY.


Marissa Thornton deserved so much. She was beautiful beyond reason and never took my shit. She drew me in while driving out the worst in me. But when she let me in, trusted me completely, I thought I could finally let down my guard and find true happiness. I was wrong. Dead wrong, about myself, about her, and most importantly about the binds of LOVE.
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Stephanie Witter, in her twenties, comes up with book ideas on her laptop, notebook or phone. When she's not writing the day away, she likes visiting museums or shopping to add another nail polish to her already huge collection. She's also unable to resist the appeal of new books, even when she knows she can't possibly have the time to read yet another one. She's happy to have a to-read pile so high she can never put a dent into it even if she tries her best.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Power Of Book Covers: Seeds Of Eden By A. P. Watson

They say don't judge a book by it's movie...err...COVER. 
BUT they never said we couldn't PRAISE them.

This week's cover:

Seeds Of Eden
By A. P. Watson

Visions of decapitated corpses, pools of blood, and a masked executioner have haunted Evey for as long as she can remember. Torn between a life in the waking world and dreams of the dead, she realizes her normal existence is nothing more than an illusion. As the veil between reality and her subconscious dissipates, she begins to question her own sanity. Each night as she closes her eyes, she wonders what wrongs she committed to warrant such a curse. When a handsome stranger suddenly appears in Evey's life, he is able to provide her with the answers she seeks. However, the only thing more mystifying than Conrad's appearance in one of her nightmares is the undeniable attraction she feels for him. It is only when he confesses their fates and souls have been intertwined for centuries that an ancient secret is revealed. Now, the two of them must outrun a great darkness or it will claim their lives again.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Review: Seizing Control By Kylie Hillman

Seizing Control
(Black Shamrocks MC #1)
By Kylie Hillman

Only daughter of the volatile President of the Black Shamrocks MC and long-suffering sister to four overprotective brothers, Madelaine O'Brien has survived circumstances that would have broken a lesser woman.

Mik 'Mad Dog' Kennedy is her salvation, her reward for continuing to fight, and the matching piece of her soul.

With her life finally happy and on track, will the reappearance of the monster from her past be the event that finally breaks her? Or will he be the catalyst she needs to put it all behind her, once and for all?

They say when life gives you lemons; make lemonade. What happens when life keeps sending you demons who refuse to stay buried? Do you lie down and accept defeat or rise to the seemingly unwinnable challenge, and start SEIZING CONTROL?

DISCLAIMER: Contains graphic situations that may not be suitable for all readers.
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My Review:

When I picked up this novel I was expecting something dark, just not as dark as this started off with. I'll readily admit that I skimmed through the first half of this novel because I just couldn't take it. It was so well written that it was giving me anxiety just thinking of being in that situation.

However, what gave me pause was how incompetent the MC seemed to be at protecting Madelaine and everyone else in her family in the first place. How does a guard go missing and hours after no one has heard from him no one thinks something is wrong? Why not make it clear to the bullheaded heroine that she's in danger once again? Those types of secrets were bound to blow up in everyone's faces.

Madelaine started off as a very strong willed and stubborn character. I started to like her, but after her overreaction to a small mistake Mikhail had made she lost my respect. If it wasn't for the dreaded epilogue Mikhail would still have my respect as well. I can't, for the life of me, understand what the heck he was thinking when he did that.

I didn't understand how Bbrenden had the amount of power that he had. I don't think it's ever said that it was based on money. How did he get another MC to break a four year truce because of a girl and, in theory, more power, and risk 'war'? The ending was a bit of a stretched out miracle, but I was ready for it to be over with by that point.

Overall this was a very well written and anxiety provoking novel. My dislike of both main protagonists made it so I didn't enjoy the novel as much. I may pick up the other novels in this series in the future.

My Favorite Quotes:

"When something bad happens you have three choices. You can let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you. - Unknown"

"Should have, could have, would have. They are dangerous thoughts. We are never going to know what might have been."

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Recommendations For Lovers Of Strong Heroines

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Welcome back to:
A weekly feature created By The Broke and the Bookish

This Week's Topic:
Ten Book Recommendations For
Lovers Of Strong Heroines
(In the Romance & Urban Fantasy Genres)

1. Night Huntress Series By Jeaniene Frost

Genre: Urban Fantasy (Adult)

I consider this series a classic in its genre. If you're a lover of vampires
and other paranormal creatures you'll love Cat's spunk and tenacity. 

(Linked to my review)

2. Crossbreed Series By Dannika Dark

Genre: Urban Fantasy (Adult)

This is (so far) the best series this author has written. Its heroine is sassy and
kick*ss. The characters are so well developed with brilliant individual
personalities. It's action packed with a pinch of romance.

(Linked to my review)

3. Steel & Stone Series By Annette Marie

Genre: Urban Fantasy (YA)

This series is heavy on the fantasy (with demon variations that will make your
head explode because of how interesting the author makes it all). The story
in itself very well written and amazingly intricate with quite a few scenes of
silliness and mortal danger. 

(Linked to my review)

4. The Veil Series By Pippa DaCosta

Genre: Urban Fantasy (Adult)

I can't say enough good things about this series as a whole. There's plot twist
after unimaginable plot twist. The author will keep you on your toes
throughout the series. The characters are very well written and the heroine
evolves into a bad*ss.

(Linked to my review)

5. Six Months (Seven #2) By Dannika Dark

Genre: Paranormal Romance (Adult)

This is one of the darker novels in the Seven series. It deals with loan sharks,
romance and how far the heroine will go to protect herself. It's a beautiful story.

(Linked to my review)

6. Deeper By Robin York

Genre: Contemporary Romance (Adult)

This novel deals with revenge porn and how a young woman will
evolve to deal with the situation. It starts off slow and pitiful but morphs
into a beautiful romance. 

(Linked to my review)

7. Alpha & Omega Series By Patricia Briggs

Genre: Urban Fantasy (Adult)

This is included in that classics list I mentioned earlier. I adore the
evolution Ana goes through just in the first novel alone. It's gradual, but
it's worth the read.

(Linked to my review)

8. Morganville Vampires Series By Rachel Caine

Genre: Urban Fantasy (YA)

I've read these novels throughout the years and Clare's evolution (up to the
point that I read - around book #9 or so) was pretty stark and fascinating.
She starts out very meek and getting bullied. Her "transformation" spans quite a
few books in the series. If vampires trapped in a city with a human university
sounds like something you'd like, I'd recommend this series.

(Linked to my review)

9. Sabina Kane Series By Jaye Wells

Genre: Urban Fantasy (Adult)

The first novel in this series is, by far, the strongest of them all. Sabina
is an incredible fighter trying to impress/appease her grandmother (with
extenuating circumstances). She's a bad*ss and won't take sh*t from anyone.

(Linked to my review)

10. Fighting Silence By Aly Martinez

Genre: Contemporary Romance (Adult)

This is one of the more emotionally charged books on this list. It starts off
with the characters being, to a certain degree, broken. The transition of
them building the relationship and the problems that arise throughout that
is heartbreaking and makes for a beautiful story.

(Linked to my review)

What Books Would You Recommend to
Lovers Of Strong Heroines & Romance?
Let me know in the comments below!
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