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"I'm not quite sure how it happen. I don't remember even moving. One second I stood next to Chris. The next, Meredith was flat on her back and I had her pinned to the ground. A bright red splotch spread across her left cheek."

Becoming Alpha - Aileen Erin

Really good book! It was so engrossing that I couldn't put it down. Tessa is a wonderful character. She strong willed and full of life. When her life takes an unexpected turn, she learns that her new path is not only rocky but totally worth the a kiss.

"Think of how you could change it to fit in with the season. Keep it French. Don’t make it blatantly Christmassy. Make it unusual. Make it part of the whole experience. Make it memorable. Make it nostalgic. Make it magical."

Christmas at Carol's - Nicola Yeager

Cute little story. Quick read. The characters are great. I love the stories of Roksana. Carol hates Christmas, the whole season, but to turn her restaurant around, she has to do something different. Some advice from her mom and the enthusiasm of her partner and staff changes everything. And I do mean everything!

“When I look back into the cauldron, the life is there. I reach in and pull out everything I need to create her, a pink mass of glittering wonder. As I turn her over in my hands, she shines iridescently against the low light of our room.”

The Fate (The Children of Wisdom Book 1) - Stephanie Erickson

What a great read. I couldn't put it down. The characters really come to life for me. I love Penn and his internal war. His struggle with what he want and the right thing, puts his life on it's side and then dropped off a cliff. The mystery is so consuming, that I didn't really mind the cliffhanger. I honestly can't wait for Reaper!

"So this won't make sense to you. But for me, it's like we've already been friends for a long time, Beau. The first second you became part of Edythe's life, for me it was like we'd already spent hundreds of hours together."

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined - Stephenie Meyer

Okay, I had small issues throughout most of it. First, it was the same story, not that I expected to be really different, but I guess I expected more. Especially because it supposed to be a "reimagining". Second, the names changed, the bodies were the same. Thus, it very difficult to picture Beau and Edythe or any other characters because all I saw was those creepy gendered photos, where the male's features are superimposed over the female's body and visa versa. The ending did throw me a twist and since I have always wondered about that, it made me happier with the book. Also, I think Charlie and Renee should have been gender swapped too. Even though Stephenie makes a strong case for why she didn't, there was something wrong when imagining Charlie hanging out with Bonnie and Holly. Not to mention it would have been awesome for Chief Swan to be a woman in this alternate Forks.

"Fuck. The pain in my gut twists and tightens. She's gone, Grey. Get used to it. And drawing on years of enforced control, I bring my body to heel."

Grey - E.L. James

A whole new perspective on Christian. It takes you through his journey, from control freak to someone who finally wants vanilla. I really enjoyed his perspective and found it to be a wonderful addition to the series.

"This time, the changes came almost too quickly to bear, my Shift fueled by an intense need...To unleash justice on men so like the ones who'd brought a violent end to my adolescence, robbing me of peace and security for years afterward."

Hunt: A Shifters Short Story - Rachel Vincent

Great introduction to the new Wildcats series. It is a quick read that sets up the first book, but is a complete story. We met Abby a long time ago in Stray and know Abby has been through a lot. However, as strong as she's become, there is no preparing her for the ordeal a simple fun camping trip turns into. She defies her Alpha, Jace, to prove that she is will no longer be a victim. Nor will she let others suffer like she did not so long ago. Abby proves she more than just a tabby, but that she can be as fierce as Faythe. I can't wait to read Lion's Share and see how the events set up in Hunt play out.

“'I’m sorry,' I whispered to the baby as I crushed the last memory in my hand, knowing he would never hear me, but hoping he would one day forgive me for killing his father.”

Unforgiven (The Unseen Trilogy Book 2) - Stephanie Erickson

This was fast paced and hard to put down. Mac is now part of the Unseen, but she is far from emotionally stable. She makes some terrible decisions in light of the tragedy that made her choice to join the Unseen. Then on her first assignment, something goes terrible wrong and even worse the people she loves are in more danger than ever. In a fight that is slowly costing her everything, she has to prove to herself and the enemy who she is once and for all. So excited for Undivided!

"Wrong decisions don’t shape your life. Right ones do. Wrong decisions simply change the way you get to the right shape.”

Unseen - Stephanie Erickson

This was a great read. It starts out slow, lots of character development. Mac is set on her life course and is ready to start life in her chosen career. Then, a terrible first date and unexpected rescue leads her to wonder. A strange secretive organization, a hot guy, and a life changing event lead her to a decision. Filled with quiet a few twists and surprises. Enjoyed it and can't wait for Unforgiven!

 

 

“She wouldn’t leave me alone. Kept saying she needed me to tell some guy named Richie that the treasure is buried under the spider oak. It made no sense and she wouldn’t let me sleep, so I finally convinced her to move on to the next plane.”

Tortured Souls - Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Received free copy for honest review.

 

This was a really good story. At the heart is a mystery and in search of answers you learn a lot about Kacie and her life but not enough to loose interest. She is a strong character with lots of potential. I loved most of the characters and enjoyed the pace. It was nice that the story flowed like life and didn't focus 100 percent around solving the mystery! While at the same time it was always in the background. Very well written. There is great potential in the series and I'm looking forward to reading more of the adventures to be had by the Orion Circle.

“Sometimes you have to fight fire with a blowtorch”

The Cereal Murders: A Culinary Mystery - Diane Mott Davidson

I enjoyed the story. I tend to figure out mysteries quicker than the main character, but I didn't figure this one out. Goldy, Jullian, Arch, and Tom were great characters and you wanted tgings to work out for them. The recipes throughout the book is an added bonus for those who like to cook. I know I will be tring a few of them myself. I will most likely continue reading Goldy's misadventures in catering.

“It has always been an ambition of mine to serve as an object lesson for others.”

Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson - Patricia Briggs

For any Mercy fan, this is a must read. While Mercy only appears in one story, all the stories involve characters a true fan would know. You learn Samuel and Ariana story, you learn about how Moria and Tom meet, you get to know how Thomas becomes a vampire, you get to know more about David and his family, and you also get a few outtakes from Mercy books. The collection contains all the previous published shorts from the Mercy Universe as well as few new ones. The only draw back is that if you haven't read both the Mercy and A&O series, you may not know all the characters, but getting to know them will only make you want to read the series more. It was wonderful to spend time with characters that only make brief appearances through the series, but made an impact on the stories in Mercy's world.

“If anyone saw Monique, a well-dressed woman of quality, dangling from the doorway, they apparently assumed everyone had difficulties in life and moved on.”

Waistcoats & Weaponry - Gail Carriger

I loved this one! Sophronia, Dimity, Sidheg, Felix, and Soap have an adventure that made me laugh, cry and smile. My thoughts can be expressed as Wow! NO!!!! and WOW! As adventures go, what could be better than a dirigible, a train, flywaymen, drones, werewolves and strangely behaving mechanicals. I was really sad by the ending, hence the NO!!!!, but also very pleased with the overall story. I can't wait to see what happens next for Sophronia, but I know it will be very different without Sidheag and Soap. Although, you never know who will join the party in this series!

"My family could not be more complete. It feels as everything I have been through has led up to this."

Behind the Vines - Jill H. O’Bones

I read an ARC

The story was intriguing and I enjoyed it greatly. While the concept is not new, it was a refreshing change. While Lisa takes Thomas back to his mother's grave, she finds a journal and in it is the most amazing story. One can't determine if it is all in Elizabeth's mind or if it really happened. The story itself is about self discovery and life. Elizabeth is given a terrible set of circumstances and through learning about herself and becoming who she was meant to be, she finds that life has a way of being perfect all on it's own. Lisa also learns a thing or two, even if you only get a few moments with her. I fell in love with the characters and the world. I hope that Grom finds his special someone and that Thomas returns to his family someday!

"The cloth slid away from a white marble tombstone, set with a pentacle of gold in the center. Block letters carved into it read HERE LIES HARRY DRESDEN, above the pentacle. Below it, they read HE DIED DOING THE RIGHT THING."

Grave Peril - Jim Butcher

Great read! Harry was really put to the test in this one. A few new characters show up. Harry's hands are full and things just keep getting worse. Harry finally admits to having feelings and then a twist takes everything away. It took quiet a while to figure it out and like Harry, just when you think you know whats happening, a wrench is thrown into the works. In the end, Harry is the hero, but the cost may finally be to great for him.

 

 

"You arrogant bitch, I'll see you dead, and that's the word of a half-breed."

At Grave's End - Jeaniene Frost

Cat and Bones are always wonderful, this was no exception. There are several twists in the story, including Justina becoming friendly with a ghoul, Tate becoming a vampire, and an accident involving Bones. It was a fast paced, balls to the wall, out for blood, action packed story. Cat learns that some vendettas are never fully paid. When a scorned lover, seeks revenge, she not only goes after her sire, but everyone associated with him. Knowing the threat Petra is and the war that is brewing, Mencheres joins an alliance with Bones, thus making Bones and Cat, the number one targets on Petra's list. Loved every page of this one.

"I felt their hate-filled hungry minds vanishing one by one. Finally I could let go. I released the awful burden and awareness left me."

Magic Bites - Ilona Andrews

Very enjoyable. I really liked that both magic and technology had powerful effects on the world, but couldn't work at the same time. Making it something new and interesting. The twists on vampires was a bit weird for me, but worked really well in this world. Kate is an amazing character and rather headstrong. She is drawn into solving a mystery involving both the People and the Beasts, and the very personal death of someone extremely close to her. The cost of knowing the truth, could cost her life, but not knowing will drive her crazy, besides people are dying and she has to stop it. I liked several of the twists and am going to continue with the series.

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