Friday, January 31, 2014

The Darkest Joy by Marata Eros



The following review is for Mature Audiences Only.  Ages 18+



The Darkest Joy by Marata Eros

eARC received from Gallery Books via Edelweiss

Release Date:  February 18, 2014

Reviewed by:  Middle Sis Jenn

The Sisters Say:  Had great potential, but the writing needs serious editing


A sexy and poignant new adult novel from New York Times bestseller Marata Eros, about two lost souls who find each other in the wake of tragedy, only to learn that love may not be enough to heal the wounds of a dark and tortured past...

Twenty year-old Brooke Starr has escaped the aftermath of a brutal tragedy by abandoning her music studies and moving north to take a summer position as a part-time deck hand on a deep-sea fishing boat. When her survivor’s guilt becomes unbearable, Brooke realizes there's only one thing she can do to finally erase the pain.

Deep sea fisherman, Chance Taylor, has just wrapped his guitar set at the local saloon when he sees the silhouette of a young woman in repose, the full moon highlighting her shadow as she plummets from a pier too high for diving... into water too cold to survive. Without thinking, he plunges in after her, saving Brooke from drowning.

As Chance works to save her from her own emotional fragility, Brooke finally begins to learn how to save herself. But when their chemistry begins to consume them, Brooke withdraws. She’s determined to be the master of her own destiny... until the past catches up with her in a cataclysmic plan so dark, so final... it threatens their love and their very lives.

I really wanted to like this one.  It sounded so great—a Julliard candidate whose family is murdered runs off to Alaska to find herself again—only the killer won’t let her get away.  It’s a great concept, and I love romantic suspense novels.  However, this one was not done well.  The writing seemed almost tacky at times, the characters walked the line on believability, and romance was way too insta-lovey.

It’s a big deal for me to call something insta-love.  I usually like the “love at first sight” romance, but the romance in this one just didn’t seem realistic.  Chance rescues Brooke after a suicide attempt, and the very next day, they are both in love with each other?  I just don’t see that happening.  There could have been some kind of Nightingale syndrome, but not on the part of both of them.  It just seemed so fake to me, and as a result, I had a hard time even when the relationship did progress to a point where love would have been possible.

The writing really bugged me at times, too.  There were some chapters that were well-written and times when I enjoyed the story; however, there were other times when the writing seemed to be very, for lack of a better word, childish.  Too many simple sentences and too many bland words that just didn’t create a visual effect for me as a reader.  And the love scenes?  I literally laughed out loud (not in a good way) because the descriptions were just so awkward. 

And then we have the characters—at times, each of the characters were interesting and you could see behind their actions.  But then there were others times when they just seemed so flat and boring.  This is a story about recovery, and I just didn’t see Brooke going through those stages of grief that she should have gone through.  She went from clinically depressed and wanting to die to “I’m so in love” and that’s all that matters.  Plus, I found it really unbelievable that she would ignore the FBI’s calls and letters when the murderer is still on the loose.
Overall, this is not one of the better NA books on the market right now.  It is one of the first ones I have read that had an element of suspense in it; however, it just wasn’t done well.  I think with some extreme editing on the syntax, plus some more vivid descriptions, this could be a much better book

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Series Love: The Iron Fey AND a call for reading suggestions!

The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa
Published by Harlequin Teen
Available Now
The Sisters Say:  Ash, Puck--no more is needed





Okay, so this is one of those series that I had heard was really good, but for some reason I just kept putting it off.  Then, earlier this week, I got the urge to try out The Iron King.  And now, as many a times happens, I am kicking myself for not reading this sooner!!!  I absolutely adore this series--Julie Kagawa has created (or modernized) some of the most amazing characters, introduced us to a Faery world of fantasy and nightmares, and taken us on some quests that shall never be forgotten.

So, instead of doing a review for all the books (especially since most everyone I know or blog with has already read them), I just wanted to do a shout out to an amazing series. If you have not read this one, I highly recommend it! Now, I'm off to read the Spin-Off series, The Call of the Forgotten.  I heard that there will be appearances from some of Julie's great characters, and I can't wait to see them again already!

But first, I just wanted to ask what some of your favorite series are?  I am in the mood to read some series that have been around a while (or atleast the first 2 books are already out), and I need some suggestions!  

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights books that have not yet been released, but ones that you should pre-order today! This week's book that we are anxiously awaiting is DARK METROPOLIS by Jaclyn Dolamore.  It will be released July 17, 2014 from Disney Hyperion.

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Cabaret meets Cassandra Clare-a haunting magical thriller set in a riveting 1930s-esque world.

Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder's mother is cursed with a spell that's driving her mad, and whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. With no one else to contribute, Thea must make a living for both of them in a sinister city, where danger lurks and greed rules.
Thea spends her nights waitressing at the decadent Telephone Club attending to the glitzy clientele. But when her best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea is compelled to find her. She meets Freddy, a young, magnetic patron at the club, and he agrees to help her uncover the city's secrets-even while he hides secrets of his own.

Together, they find a whole new side of the city. Unrest is brewing behind closed doors as whispers of a gruesome magic spread. And if they're not careful, the heartless masterminds behind the growing disappearances will be after them, too.

Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, this is a chilling thriller with a touch of magic where the dead don't always seem to stay that way.

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First of all, isn't that cover gorgeous?  And I just love the title of this one.  Very gothic chic. I really love that this one is set in the 1930s glitz and glamour.  Add that to the paranormal aspect, and I have a feeling this is going to be a Must Read!!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Book Blast: Seeking Her by Cora Carmack plus a Giveaway


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A few months after being honorably discharged from the military, Jackson Hunt is still struggling to adjust back to the real world. He needs to get a job and find a sense of normalcy if he’s going to keep his own demons at bay. The job that falls into his lap, though, is anything but normal.

Bodyguard (and baby-sitter) to spoiled-rich-girl Kelsey Summers isn’t exactly what he’d been looking for, but it’s a chance to travel, to get away from the home that has felt stifling ever since his return. It would be a pretty sweet gig if it weren’t for the fact that Kelsey’s father doesn’t want Kelsey to know she’s being followed. Hunt feels guilty (and a little bit creepy) as he watches her from afar. She’s vibrant and infuriating, exciting and reckless, mysterious and familiar. When he sees her falling into the same patterns that he suffered years ago, he decides it’s time to stop watching and help her instead. But getting to know her is more difficult than he thought, especially because the more he knows her, the more he wants her.

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I was going to have to find some way to cope with this. If not, I was better off calling Mr. Summers and suggesting he find someone else to take over his daughter-watch.

I felt a pang of something at that thought. It was a general kind of discomfort, and I wasn’t sure whether it was the thought of returning home or something else that made that thought so unappealing.

After the cooling walk earlier, and now standing under the cool, calming rush of water, it was easier to think that I could control myself, but I knew better. It always seemed easier in my head than it really was.

I wiped the water from my eyes, and tried to think of some other way to deal. There was always the hope that Kelsey would get bored. That she would mellow out. If she only partied a couple nights a week, I should be able to resist. But that seemed unlikely.

All that restless energy; the way she’d soaked up the attention from the people around her. I couldn’t see her giving that up. And it was working for her. She was still in the phase where partying made her feel good. That was the one thing that helped me stay clean. The few times I’d slipped up since I started the program had left me miserable and angry, and even more frustrated than when I started. I’d found new ways to chase the high. And maybe that wasn’t any healthier, not when one way involved being in the midst of flying bullets.

It wasn’t the same kind of rush, but it did the trick. I pictured Kelsey again, laughing with her head thrown back, her shirt falling off her shoulder and displaying the gentle curve of her neck. It reminded me of the way she’d tossed her head back that first day out in the woods.

The memory of that caused a different kind of rush in me, and I groaned, pressing my forehead into the tile. Before I could help myself, I pictured her long legs straddling that guy in the gardens. The bright green material of her bra, and the way it conformed to her perfect chest. She leaned back, her fingertips trailing from the bark of the tree to his shoulders.

In an instant, the memory shifted into fantasy, and those were my shoulders she clung to, not his.


That was my undoing. There was only so much resisting I could do in one night.

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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Blog Tour and Guest Post: Snakeroot by Andrea Cremer

Today we have the pleasure of hosting rhe Snakeroot Blog Tour!!  Andrea has been amazing and written a guest post.



Snakeroot sets up a new conflict and the two characters pitted against each other should be very familiar to Nightshade fans: Ariadne (Adne) the Weaver and Logan Bane. Adne and Logan struck me as natural opponents who were destined to clash in a way that would have cataclysmic ramifications for everyone around them.



While Adne and Logan are very different people, they have more in common than one might expect. At the opening ofSnakeroot, Adne is the sole living member of her family. The Witches War took her father, mother and the brother she’d barely begun to know. Though she finds comfort in her relationship with Connor, the toll of so many losses has left Adne vulnerable. In the final battle of the war, Adne discovered she possessed powers unlike those of any other Searcher – powers that Bosque Mar recognized. Adne’s dreams are full of strange, disturbing visions that make her question her place among her peers and her own sanity. Her doubts, fears, and desire for knowledge could pull her away from the ones she loves and into the arms of her oldest enemy.



Like Adne, Logan’s family has been destroyed by the war, turning his world upside and sapping the powers he’d always taken for granted. Though Logan colluded with the Searchers in the final battle, thinking it was the only way to save his own skin, he’s decided that losing his status as a Keeper might be more than he can bear. Logan is used to giving orders, but now he’s forced to ask for help as he searches for a way to regain access to the dark magics that made his privileged life possible.



While their aims diverge, Adne and Logan find themselves following similar paths. Each finds that they may be able to use the other to their own advantage. But trickery and manipulation create a dangerous game and neither Adne nor Logan can be certain who will win.



SNAKEROOT Synopsis:



Picking up right where BLOODROSE left off, SNAKEROOT follows two characters readers know well from the original Nightshade trilogy.  Adne, one of the Searchers and Ren's half-sister, is plagued by nightmares featuring the evil Bosque Mar, now trapped in the Nether and looking for a way out.  Adne's power draws him to her, and he wants, more than anything, for her to come to the side of dark magic and free him. Logan Bane, the Keeper who was once set to rule Calla and Ren's Haldis pack, is one of the few of his kind left, after he helped Shay close the rift between our world and the Nether.  But he wants to re-open that rift so he can re-create Guardians and reclaim the Keepers' magic. He raids the Rowan Estate to find what he needs to perform dark, ancient rituals, but Bosque Mar has turned his back on Logan for his treachery, and without his help, Logan is lost.  The two teens are both battling Bosque Mar--one who wants to be left alone, and the other who wants help.



About Andrea Cremer:

Andrea Cremer is the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series, which includes the critically acclaimed Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose, Rift and Rise. She went to school until there wasn't any more school to go to, ending with a Ph.D. in early modern history--a reflection of her fascination with witchcraft and warfare--and taught for years at Macalester College.  She grew up roaming the forests and lakeshores of northern Wisconsin, but now lives in New York City, where she roams the sidewalks and riverbanks of the concrete jungle she calls home.www.andreacremer.com  @andreacremer

Tell Me When by Stina Lindenblatt: in 3 Songs

Tell Me When (A New Adult Title) by Stina Lindenblatt
Carina Press, Available Now
The sisters say: Edgy, New Adult romance. (Sexual and violent situations make this book at 17-and-up read.)

Amber Scott should be enjoying life as a college freshman. She should be pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She should be working hard to make sense of her precalculus math class. 

She shouldn’t be waking up her college roommate with screaming nightmares. She shouldn’t be flashing back, reliving the three weeks of hell she barely survived last year. And she definitely shouldn’t be spending time with sexy player Marcus Reid. 

But engineering student Marcus is the only one keeping Amber from failing her math course, so she grudgingly lets him into her life. She never expects the king of hookups will share his painful past. Or that she’ll tell him her secrets in return, opening up and trusting him in a way she thought she’d never be able to again. 

When their fragile future together is threatened by a stalker Amber thought was locked away for good, Marcus is determined to protect her. And Amber is determined to protect Marcus…even if that means pushing him away.

Sarah: For a fun author interview for this book, I chose three popular songs which have themes which mesh with the story.

Song #1: Daughter by Pearl Jam

"Don't call me daughter, it's not fit to be..."

While a good New Adult book is always primarily about the budding romance--and understanding--between the two main characters, often a parenting fail is hovering in the wings. We always hope that in times of intense trauma, our parents will be there for us, but they're only human too. In your book, Amber's mother has totally dropped the ball. What made you want to go there with Amber's mom?

Stina: I wanted to show that parents aren’t always as strong as we would like them to be, especially when faced with a traumatic situation. It depends on their ability to cope with stress. Some people thrive on it. Others don’t cope well and the family unit falls apart, which only makes 
the situation worse. If the parent feels guilty about what the child is going through, that adds to the stress level. The outcome is that the child is left to flounder on her own, and this delays her ability to heal—if she ever does heal. 

The other reason for Amber’s mom dropping the ball is it shows that we need to address the issue of trauma in not just the victim herself, but also with her family and loved ones. No matter what the traumatic situation, everyone is going to be affected at some level. In the case of Amber’s mom, she tries to deal with her pain by turning to alcohol and burrowing herself in her career.

Song #2: She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5

Sarah: Whether or not you enjoy Maroon 5's pop sound, this song fits the book so well! "Look for the girl with the broken smile, ask her if she wants to stay awhile." Perfection. I could have chosen any line from this song to find a perfect fit. But this line was especially haunting: "I know where you hide alone in your car. Know all of the things that make you who you are."

Chills, I tell you!

So I have to know, have you ever had a flat tire out on a lonely road? It's such a powerful image for this book, and I wondered where it came from. (Note: Maroon 5's Adam Levine was just announced as People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2013. And your character Marcus is pretty sexy too. Coincidence?)

Stina: That line gives me chills, too. 

Before writing the book, I did a lot of research on stalking. That was enough to give me nightmares. Some stalkers (and rapists) puncture their prey’s tire so that the air slowly leaks out. The stalker then follows the victim and waits for her to pull over because of the flat tire. If the stars line up in the stalker’s favor, the victim will end up in an isolated area and he can attack her. Scary, huh? That’s why it’s always a good idea to circle your car before getting in and check for signs of an impending flat. You also want to check the back seat of your vehicle to make sure someone isn’t hiding there. I used to think that scenario only happens in movies. Unfortunately, that’s not true.

And Marcus has no complaints at being called sexy. LOL!

Song #3: Be Okay by Ingrid Michaelson

"I just want to know today, know today, know today. Know that maybe I will be okay."

Sarah: In your book, Amber and Marcus have to work through their own issues separately before they can really be a couple. Even from page one Amber knows she has to pull it together, but she doesn't yet have the tools. The reader just aches for her! I know that in writing a novel, you're supposed to put your character up in a tree and throw proverbial rocks at her. But was it hard to do that to someone you love?

Stina: Would it sound bad if I said no? When I plotted the story, I was able to separate myself from what I was going to do to Marcus and Amber. It was just an outline without the emotion that makes a story what it is. But I did ache for what I put them through while writing the book. There were a few places where I would tear up or started crying. I usually edited those scenes when my family wasn’t home. I was a mess every time.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Year Ago: Revel by Maurissa Guibord (A Must Read)



Revel by Maurissa Guibord
Received from Random House Kids
On Shelves Now
Reviewed by:  Middle Sis Jenn
The Sisters Say:  Enthralling, Enigmatic, and Enchanting
There’s an island off the coast of Maine that’s not on any modern map.

Shrouded in mist and protected by a deadly reef, Trespass Island is home to a community of people who guard the island and its secrets from outsiders. Seventeen-year-old Delia grew up in Kansas, but has come here in search of her family and answers to her questions: Why didn’t her mother ever talk about Trespass Island? Why did she fear the open water? But Delia’s not welcome and soon finds herself enmeshed in a frightening and supernatural world where ancient Greek symbols adorn the buildings and secret ceremonies take place on the beach at night.

Sean Gunn, a handsome young lobsterman, befriends Delia and seems willing to risk his life to protect her. But it’s Jax, the coldly elusive young man she meets at the water’s edge, who finally makes Delia understand the real dangers of life on the island. Delia is going to have to fight to survive. Because there are monsters here. And no one ever leaves Trespass alive.

I am a huge, HUGE fan of Greek mythology, so anytime I see a book where it is involved, I jump on it.  Some of these books have been amazing, while others—not so much.  I’m happy to say that Revel is one of those books that hooked me.  Maurissa created a haunting island, set apart from the rest of the world by treacherous waters and dangerous creatures, where the memories of ancient gods are whispered on the winds; and if you aren’t careful, and you don’t look where you’re going, you might end up lost at sea.

My favorite types of books are the ones that combine the darkness of a horror story with the passion of a romance.  Revel does just that and more.  I was immediately captivated by the gothic aspects of Trespass Island.  At first glance, it looks like a quaint fishing village, but when you step further in and take a closer look, the mysteries start to pile up.  The islanders are quiet, unwelcoming, and their eyes tell a story of loss and fear, along with something resembling brainwashed happiness.  Add that to the mysterious sea monsters, and you have an island straight out of a fairy tale gone horribly wrong.  I loved how Maurissa created an aura of ancient power in her world, and her amazing descriptions of the sea and the wind and the island added to the mystery of that power.

I really enjoyed Delia’s curiosity.  She doesn’t understand the elements that hide within the island, and as a result, she ends up in dangerous situations.  Even though she senses this danger, she doesn’t let it hold her back.  She is lost at why the islanders are so cold, and once their secret is revealed to her, she refuses to live by their rules.  I love this rebellious side to her, even though, at times, I felt she took it too far, endangering herself and those she cared about.  Still, her strength in standing up to oppression and tradition was admirable, and I enjoyed watching her discover just how much she is connected to the island and its traditions.

There are two love interests in the story, but it’s not a love triangle that is overblown.  Now, I am different than most readers because I like the love triangles.  I like the drama and the tension that it adds to the plot, and more importantly, I like how it develops a character’s psyche as he/she makes a choice.  But, I don’t think the triangle in this book while be looked down upon. 

First, you have Sean, the lobsterman who is hiding a dangerous secret.  You can tell he is a great guy, and he loves the island.  It’s almost as if the island has literally become a part of him because he defends it with such fervor.  He seems quiet and shy, but his feelings for Delia are apparent.  Those of you who love the gentlemanly type guy will love Sean.  Then, you have Jax, the mysterious bad boy who is hiding secrets even more dangerous than Sean’s.  Of course, I’m a Jax fan because he’s the troubled one that rebels against the rules.  He tries so hard to stay away from Delia, but his feelings are written all over his face.  He’s strong and confident, despite his feelings; and on more than one occasion he teases Delia about how her eyes travel over his body.  I loved that carefree, teasing part of him.  It made him a little less dangerous seeming, and it showed that he isn’t the cold, ruthless bad boy that the island portrays him to be.

I read this book in one day---it was that good.  The action was fast-paced, and I was always discovering something new.  The blend of mythology with elements of horror and romance was seamless, and Maurissa’s world enveloped me, sending me straight into the depths of the ocean to witness first hand the world she created.  I highly recommend this to mythology and paranormal fans!

The book works as a stand alone, but it is also left where a sequel can be written if Maurissa chooses to.  I, for one, am rooting for a sequel because I just can’t get enough of this enchanting world!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Blog Hop & 1 Hour Giveaway: A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers

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A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers
William Morrow
Out Today!

If you play with fire…

Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny’s: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.

Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he’s got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming.

Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.

You can check out my review of A Little Too Hot here.



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Monday, January 20, 2014

Avalon by Mindee Arnett


Avalon by Mindee Arnett
eARC received from Harper Teen
Release Date:  January 21, 2014
Reviewed by:  Middle Sis Jenn
The Sisters Say:  Great setting, but disappointing plot and characters
A ragtag group of teenage mercenaries who crew the spaceship Avalon stumble upon a conspiracy that could threaten the entire galaxy in this fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi adventure from author Mindee Arnett.

Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they're damn good at it. Jeth doesn't care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents' ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he'll go to get the freedom he's wanted for so long.

Avalon is the perfect fit for teens new to sci-fi as well as seasoned sci-fi readers looking for more books in the YA space-and a great match for fans of Joss Whedon's cult hit show Firefly.

I started out excited to read this one because the reviews had been great.  Plus, I loved MIndee's debut, The Nightmare Affair.  Unfortunately, I just didn’t see what everyone else saw in this book.  While I enjoyed the space setting and the macabre events that started the book, the characters and slow plot ruined it for me.

I’ll start out with what I enjoyed—the setting.  Mindee did an amazing job describing the creepy hollowness of space.  When they enter the dead zone (the part of space that seems creepily supernatural—she calls it something else, but I can’t remember what at this point), the eeriness really starts to go into overdrive.  I loved the murderous and mysterious scenes that we see in the lost spaceship, and the strange anomalies that keep occurring were fantastic.  If you are a big sci-fi fan, you might enjoy this book just because of the great details in the setting.

Still, even though I loved that part of it, I couldn’t get past the flat characters.  I tried and tried to relate to one of them, but I just couldn’t.  The dialogue seemed very young (middle grade, really), and the little romance that I did see (I stopped at 67%) was dull and really seemed to detract from the rest of the story.

I also couldn’t make it past the slow plot.  I’ve heard that it picks up in the second half, but after a month of trying to read some every day, I got to the point where I just didn’t think anything could bring me back into the story.

Overall, this wasn’t a book for me, although it might be one that big fans of sci-fi love.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised since the blurb says it's for fans of Firefly, which I hated.  If you plan to read it, I hope you are able to enjoy it more than I did.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Blog Tour: A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers

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A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers
William Morrow
January 21st, 2014
Reviewed by: AmyG (big sis)
Sister's Say: A Surprising Twist to this great series!

If you play with fire…

Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny’s: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.

Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he’s got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming.

Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.


After reading the first 2 books in this series, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to read the third and final book.  So, I put it on my TBR and requested an ARC.  When I received the ARC, I picked it up almost immediately!  The funny thing is, I never read the blurb for this book!  I don't think I even realized that I hadn't until I had read about 1/3 of the book and things "started to get real!"  I was so excited with the direction that the book was headed and so surprised.  I now think I am a fan of not necessarily reading the blurb.  It was fun to go in completely blind!  All that being said, I really enjoyed this book!  I had no clue that it was on the suspenseful side, but that made it stand out from the other books in the series.  It has it's own distinct feel and hits a whole new audience with this storyline.

The beginning of the book holds very true to the title.  Actually at times, I was hiding my eyes and reading with one eye through my fingers.  I'm sure this pretty reserved stay at home mom that I am, was bright red in the face reading parts of this novel.  But then, everything takes a crazy turn and things get dramatically shaken up, and that's when the real story begins.  Once you hit this point, there really is no putting the book down.  Lisa will have you on the edge of your seat and won't let you go until the very end!

Samantha and Harrison are great characters.  Samantha was an interesting character that is honestly completely different from me.  At times it was hard for me to relate to her, and I just wanted to smack her upside the head and tell her get her crap together.  However, it is a story about Samantha coming into her own, maturing and getting her stuff together.  At the end, I was proud of how far she had come.  Harrison, like Alesandro, is amazing!  I have come to associate Lisa Desrochers as an author who can create some of the best male characters in the business. Sometimes I think she's so good at creating these guys that it's impossible to create female characters that are good enough for them!  I've talked to several readers who have said the same thing, and I think it's because we loved the guys so much, we just want them for ourselves!  

A Little Too Hot is a great ending for this series!  We even get to see a mini-reunion of all our favorite characters at one point which was a great treat!  I think everyone will enjoy this book.  It's a thrilling ride with some dangerous twists and turns that will have your blood pumping, your hands sweating and your heart melting!  You don't want to miss this final installment!


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AUTHOR BIO:
LISA DESROCHERS is the USA Today bestselling author of the A Little Too Far series, courtesy of HarperCollins, and the young adult Personal Demons trilogy from Macmillan. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two very busy daughters, and Shini the tarantula. Find her online at www.lisadwrites.com

 , on Twitter at @LisaDez, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LisaDesrochersAuthor.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Inhuman by Kat Falls


Inhuman by Kat Falls
Published by Scholastic
Available Now
Reviewed by Middle Sis Jenn
The Sisters Say:  Exhilarating, Imaginative and Hot
In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit.

America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plantlife has gone feral.

Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught.

Desperate to save her father, Lane agrees to complete his latest job. That means leaving behind her life of comfort and risking life and limb—and her very DNA—in the Savage Zone. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe. In exchange for his help as a guide, Lane is supposed to sneak him back west. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized . . . and he may not be trustworthy

I have been in a YA reading slump for the last two months, and I was almost ready to throw in the towel.  I thought maybe it was me just not being in the mindset for YA, but then I picked up Inhuman by Kat Falls.  I hadn’t heard much about it, and the reviews were sketchy; but the synopsis sounded promising.  So, I sat down and started reading….4 hours later and I had finished the book.  I COULD NOT put it down!!!  So, thank you Kat Falls for writing such an amazing YA dystopian AND for bringing me out of my slump!

I was hooked from the first page!  I just loved this world that Kat created—a seemingly perfect world on one side of the wall.  But on the other?  Savages, mutants, mystery, and two devastatingly gorgeous guys that will knock you off your feet.  Kat did such an amazing job setting up this sense of mystery about the other side of the wall, the Feral Zone.  After the gruesome rumors that Lane (our main character) hears, you just can’t help but want her to find her way over the wall and explore the dangerous labyrinth that was once the United States. 

Kat wastes no time bringing our heroine over the wall, and from there, the action abounds.  Every chapter was fast paced, and I never got bored.  I loved to see Kat adjust to live in the Feral Zone, and her compassion and determination really drove the story.

OH, and the boys.  I love them both—which is something I don’t say very often.  Now, I still have a favorite (I’m Team Rafe all the way), but I really enjoyed getting to know each of the guys vying for Lane’s heart.  First, there’s Everson, the soldier she meets just across the wall.  He’s walled off (no pun intended, but hey), and he seems sincere when it comes to his desire to make the world a better place.  While I figured out very quickly who he really was, I still found myself loving his friendliness and attention to Lane.  Then, there’s Rafe, the roguish tough guy who hunts the ferals that put those outside the wall in danger.  He’s my favorite because I love the broken, dangerous ones; not to mention that his cockiness and smirk put him smack in the alpha male zone.  (LOVE!)  We get to see the fa├žade that both of them put on, but there comes a time when we get to see those facades break down; and when they do, gosh, you will just love them more.

The story has an Island of Dr. Moreau feel to it with a mutating virus creating human and animal hybrids.  I loved how imaginative Kat was with her “manimal” creations, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book after that explosive ending.

Overall, this was a brilliant read, and I am dying to find out what happens next!  I highly recommend this to those of you who love new and disturbing worlds coupled with a love triangle that will take your breath away.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading!


To participate all you have to do is:

•Grab your current read


•Open to a random page


•Share "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page

•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
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17455585One kiss could be the last. 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. 

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. 

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.


White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Harlequin Teen
Feburary 25th, 2014


"A demon who gardens?"  One corner of his lips quirked up.  "I've seen crazier things."...
"I know a few of my kind who do taxes whenever they're topside, some who teach gym.  We demons do love a good game of dodgeball."

I loved this quote!  It's once again JLA at her best!  Add this book to your TBR!  You don't have long to wait!