Mini Review: ABSOLUTION by Sloane Kennedy


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ABSOLUTION
Sloane Kennedy

SeriesThe Protectors #1
Genre: LGBTQ+, Romance
Publisher: –
Pages: 256
Release date: April 1st 2016

After four years abroad, artist Jonas Davenport has come home to start building his dream of owning his own art studio and gallery. But just as he’s ready to put the darkness of his past behind him forever, it comes roaring back with a vengeance.

The only thing keeping ex-cop Mace Calhoun from eating his own gun after an unthinkable loss is his role in an underground syndicate that seeks to get justice for the innocent by taking the lives of the guilty. Ending the life of the young artist who committed unspeakable crimes against the most vulnerable of victims should have been the easiest thing in the world. So why can’t he bring himself to pull the trigger?

After years of fighting in an endless, soul-sucking war, Navy SEAL Cole Bridgerton has come home to fight another battle – dealing with the discovery that the younger sister who ran away from home eight years earlier is lost to him forever. He needs answers and the only person who can give them to him is a young man struggling to put his life back together. But he never expected to feel something more for the haunted artist.

Cole and Mace. One lives by the rules, the other makes his own. One seeks justice through the law while the other seeks it with his gun. Two men, one light, one dark, will find themselves and each other when they’re forced to stand side by side to protect Jonas from an unseen evil that will stop at nothing to silence the young artist forever.

But each man’s scars run deep and even the strength of three may not be enough to save them…


TRIGGER WARNINGS: rape, mentions of child sexual abuse/child murder, and forced prostitution.


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WWW Wednesday: Read, Reading, Will Read (56)

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a meme currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s a place for you to do a little update on what your reading plans are.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

 

1. The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie

YA Sci-Fi ARC! This is pretty interesting and unique so far, but the somber atmosphere it kind of dragging me down a little? The narrative so far is just really serious and dark, and there’s very little action. Hopefully things will heat up soon.

2. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

YA Fantasy novel! Lots of action right from the get go and a really fast pace. I had to read a recap of the previous novel before jumping into this one, but things are really promising so far. Curious to see where it all goes.


What did you recently finish reading?

    1. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman: YA Fantasy! Phenomenal sequel with amazing world-building and character development. Review to come.
    2. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff: YA Sci-Fi! Incredible conclusion to the series. Hella tense and action packed.. Review to come.
    3. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson: Horror! Little creepy gem of a book.

What do you think you’ll read next?

22840421To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo


YA Fantasy! Next up on my Owned TBR. Heard lots of good things about this one.

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.


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Top 10 Tuesday: Best of 2018 (So Far)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)

31145148Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman


Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?

22840421Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews


Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast.

30233110Obsidio by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff


Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance

18189606Kill Game by Cordelia Kingsbridge


Homicide detective Levi Abrams is barely holding his life together. He’s reeling from the fallout of a fatal shooting, and his relationship with his boyfriend is crumbling. The last thing he’s prepared for is a serial killer stalking the streets of Las Vegas. Or how he keeps getting thrown into the path of annoyingly charming bounty hunter Dominic Russo. Dominic likes his life free of complications. That means no tangling with cops—especially prickly, uptight detectives. But when he stumbles across one of the Seven of Spades’s horrifying crime scenes, he can’t let go, despite Levi’s warnings to stay away.

27883214The Cruel Prince by Holly Black


Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences. As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed.

23299512I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara


For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.”

24485589Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young


Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield — her brother, fighting with the enemy — the brother she watched die five years ago. Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered.

23592235Unconscious Hearts by Harper Sloan


Ari Daniels didn’t count on her whole world tumbling down around her in a mess of shredded promises, broken love, and unbelievable heartbreak. Alone and stricken with grief, she shouldered the blame and eventually closed her heart off, refusing to open it for another. After all, anytime she tried, guilt and regret were waiting in the wings to remind her how painful it was. A bet and one steamy night with a stranger force Ari to confront all she’s been hiding behind.

30095464My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows


Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown… Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

25733660A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab


As darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, the once precarious balance of power among the four Londons has reached its breaking point. In the wake of tragedy, Kell–once assumed to be the last surviving Antari–begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. Lila Bard, once a commonplace–but never common–thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. An ancient enemy returns to claim a city while a fallen hero tries to save a kingdom in decay.


What are the best books you’ve read so far in 2018? Any recommendations for me?
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Review: THE OUTSIDER by Stephen King


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THE OUTSIDER
Stephen King

Genre: Mystery, Horror
Publisher: Scribner
Pages: 561
Release date: May 22nd 2018

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.


“Doesn’t look like a monster, does he?”


The Outsider is an engrossing and gruesome novel with complex characters and an intense plot. The narrative evokes fear and rage in equal measure, even as the the story takes a turn to the supernatural and becomes a little too odd. The slow but steady pace is balanced out with some action, all which capture the reader’s attention and does not let go.

Stephen King’s writing is engaging and easy to get into, especially with the way the mystery is set up. The first half of the book is amazing in its tension, although things get a little convoluted as the story nears its end. Still a book you cannot put down once you’ve started. Continue reading

Review: UNCONSCIOUS HEARTS by Harper Sloan


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UNCONSCIOUS HEARTS
Harper Sloan

SeriesHearts of Vegas #1
Genre: Romance
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent
Pages: 374
Release date: June 12th 2018

Ari Daniels didn’t count on her whole world tumbling down around her in a mess of shredded promises, broken love, and unbelievable heartbreak. Alone and stricken with grief, she shouldered the blame and eventually closed her heart off, refusing to open it for another. After all, anytime she tried, guilt and regret were waiting in the wings to remind her how painful it was.

A bet and one steamy night with a stranger force Ari to confront all she’s been hiding behind. She tries to move on, but he refuses to stand down, wanting what she is terrified to give—herself. This man may very well destroy her in the end, especially when it’s clear he has his own demons.

What happens when two broken souls come together, finally allowing themselves to believe in the beauty of love … only to have to fight harder than ever to keep it.


“Your heart beats for me.”


Unconscious Hearts is a sweet and unique Romance novel with complex characters, a fast pace, lots of steamy scenes, and quite a few surprising twists. The novel is a breath of fresh air in the genre. The plot is engaging without being too dramatic, and the relationship development between the two main characters, Ari and Thorn, is very well done.

Harper Sloan delivers an incredible story with this book. The narrative captures your attention right away and, as the plot progresses, things only get more and more interesting. The added suspense in the form of the unknown villain is also very well-written, and serves to make this an amazing read. Continue reading

WWW Wednesday: Read, Reading, Will Read (55)

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a meme currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s a place for you to do a little update on what your reading plans are.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

 

1. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

I’m a little halfway through and things are so!!!! intense!!!! This book is honestly so much better than the first one, and the first one was great. The multiple POVs are incredible! Definitely a new favorite of mine.

2. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

YA Sci-Fi! I’m at the very beginning, so now real opinions just yet. I do have really high expectations, though, since I loved the previous novels sooooo muuuuuch. I still love the formatting, although it does take me a little while to get into the swing of things.


What did you recently finish reading?

    1. Absolution by Sloan Kennedy: M/M Romance. Too dramatic and unrealistic for me. No character development at all. Review to come.
    2. Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews: Urban Fantasy. Amazing plot, lots of humor, and complex characters. Review to come.
    3. War Storm by Victoria Aveyard: YA Fantasy. Too slow paced and the action scenes fizzle out. Rushed. Seems like the author got tired of writing. Review to come.

What do you think you’ll read next?

22840421The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie


YA Sci-Fi ARC! I love their previous works, so I’m really curious about their take on this new genre.

​In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.

Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.

Until the day she does.


What books did you recently finish reading? What do you plan on reading next?
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Book Tag: Mid-Year Book Freakout! Vol. 2

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It’s that time of the year again! Time to reflect on what we’ve read, loved, disliked, and make predictions for the second half of the year 😀

1. THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2018?

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Kill Game by Cordelia Kingsbridge

I was not expecting to love this book so much! I stumbled across it on Goodreads while looking for new Mystery releases. I was so beyong happy when I saw it featured a queer couple, and fell more and more in love at how diverse the entire cast of characters is. The writing is amazing and the plot is very well developed. And it has one of the best romances ever.

2. YOUR FAVOURITE SEQUEL OF 2018

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Sequels can be a little touchy, but this novel goes right past the Second Book Syndrome and right into the magical land of incredible novels. It upped the stakes so much, from character to plot development. And it is amaaaaaziiiing.

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