Spiders In The Grove by JA Redmerski is finally here and it’s so good!

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Spiders In The Grove (In The Company Of Killers #7) by JA Redmerski – 5 STARS!

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This series is so hard to fully review, because SO MUCH has happened (I’ve actually taken notes on each book so I can remember all the crazy twists and details) and saying anything on the latest book will pretty much spoil every book that came before it. Soooooo my thoughts on Spiders In The Grove:

1. Everyone is a fucking liar.
2. I CAN’T BELIEVE I trusted any of these liars.
3. Well, ^ that’s a lie. I still trust Niklas. He’s my favorite and always will be. DON’T FIGHT ME ON THIS I ADORE HIM.
4. JA Redmerski must have a notebook the size of Texas which she re-reads each time she writes a new book in this series to keep up with the always growing, crazy ass, intense storyline.
5. The last half of this book = SHOOK.
6. BUT LIKE WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?!?!
7. Fredrik and Niklas looking after Izabel is what I live for.
8. Willa. WILLA. WHAT EVEN.
9. That ending.
10. If the next book isn’t Fredrik’s, JA and I will be having some words.
11. The next bullet is kind of a spoiler don’t read it.
12. #BRINGSERAPHINABACK
13. I TOLD YOU NOT TO READ IT.
14. Do you guys think the next book will be Fredrik’s it has to be right I mean the way his last chapter ended he was ready for it holy shit I am still so creeped out please JA PLEASEEEE we need his book!
15. This is the best damn series.

Phewwww ok got that all out. I’ll now just be not so patiently waiting for The Darkest Half.

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-Reading Order-

#1 – KILLING SARAI : http://amzn.to/2Hki3f6
#2 – REVIVING IZABEL : http://amzn.to/2C5j23w
#3 – THE SWAN & THE JACKAL : http://amzn.to/2GfZBD1
#4 – SEEDS OF INIQUITY : http://amzn.to/2syeLBM
#5 – THE BLACK WOLF : http://amzn.to/2svZx01
#6 – BEHIND THE HANDS THAT KILL : http://amzn.to/2BZVpJN
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NOW LIVE! The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon Review

“Just because it’s meant to be, doesn’t mean it’s meant to be right now.”

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The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon – 4 Stars

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The Smallest part was such a unique and emotional read that tells the angst filled story of 3 best friends Noah, Mercedes, and Cora. It’s a book about loving and losing and loving again.

I don’t want to say much on the plot, because it feels like one small detail can spoil the entire book. But I’ve been asked multiple times if this story is a love triangle. And to that I will answer no – it is not. But it does involve 3 people whose relationships and lives are so intertwined and that’s written in such a graceful way you can’t help but feel the love and devastation they all go through.

His lips were soft, his breath sweet, and the tips of his fingers were light on her cheeks. But it wasn’t a kiss between friends. It wasn’t a kiss goodbye. It was a desperate hello.

Filled with angst, emotion, some shocking revelations, and some of the SWEETEST yet flawed characters, this book will no doubt be devoured by new and old fans of Amy Harmon.

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★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

About the author:

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in eighteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written thirteen novels – the USA Today Bestsellers The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as the #1 Amazon bestselling historical From Sand and Ash, The Queen and The Cure, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her novels The Bird and the Sword and From Sand and Ash were Goodreads Best Books of 2016 and 2017 finalists.

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LOVED The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) by Holly Black – 5 Stars

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I’m both angry and happy that I broke my ‘I won’t start a series unless all the books are out’ rule for this one.

Happy because this was so freaking good.

Angry because now I have to wait for the next installment and why why whyyyy do people do this to themselves how can you stand the torture of waiting?!>?! hOW?!?! (No seriously. I need tips. What do you do during the awful wait? Just re-read the book over and over? Stalk the author for updates? TELL ME.)

And you know what. I’m just going to say it. This is what A Court of Thorns and Roses should have been. *ducks and hides from all the Feysand shippers*. I’m sorry but I just loved this one so much more.

Like the Faerie themselves, this book is stunning, irresistible, and rotten to the core. It was dark and deceptive and deviant and Holly Black’s phenomenal writing and storytelling made this so hard to put down. Sometimes in fantasy novels, authors like to write pages and pages describing every last detail of the room or land or the character’s appearance. But Holly had this way of being descriptive enough for the reader to get the picture, but never droned on about insignificant details. She gets right into the story from the prologue and keeps the guessing and intrigue throughout (some may call this “lack of word building.” I call it getting to the freaking point – which when done right, I appreciate so much). I usually give a little summary of the book, especially when the blurb is vague, but this one explains exactly what this is about. And I don’t want to spoil a single thing about this devious little book.

“That’s what comes of hungering for something: You forget to check if it’s rotten before you gobble it down.”

The characters are dysfunctional and unapologetic, the political twists and cunning games kept me on my toes, and THAT FUCKING BOMB OF AN ENDING!! WHAT!!!! I sooooo did not see that coming and can’t even begin to contemplate what a crazy story it will make for book 2. (Still sobbing over the fact I need to *STOMPS FOOT* wait another year for it!!! I’m not cut out for this.)

And because the question I get asked most when I review a book is “what about the romance?”, I’ll say this:

Romance is not the main focus of this story but it is fucking DELICIOUS and the scene that kicks it off is easily my favorite part of the book. I guess you can qualify this as enemies to ‘sort of lovers’ (?— I’m still questioning this because Jude and Cardan are so dysfunctional and complicated I don’t even know if you can call them lovers at this point.

Cardan’s cruel mouth is surprisingly soft, and for a long moment after our lips touch, he’s still as a statue. His eyes close, lashes brushing my cheek. I shudder, as you’re supposed to when someone walks over your grave. Then his hands come up, gentle as they glide over my arms. If I didn’t know better, I’d say his touch was reverent, but I do know better. His hands are moving slowly because he is trying to stop himself. He doesn’t want this.
He doesn’t want to want this.

I can’t explain anymore than that, but if you read this, you’ll see what I mean/why I say this. *winks*) Our cruel prince and savage heroine don’t start off spouting love sonnets. No. They really can’t stand one another. And the realization that there may be something more is agonizingly slow but totally rewarding in the end.

“That’s really why you hate me?” I demand. “Only that? There’s no better reason?”
For a moment, I think he’s ignoring me, but then I realize he’s not answering because he can’t lie and he doesn’t want to tell me the truth.
“Well?” I say, lifting the crossbow again, glad to have a reason to reassert my position as the person in charge. “Tell me!”
He leans in and closes his eyes. “Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.”

The fact that there was so little and yet enough to leave me craving and dying for more just goes to show how well it was done. I seriously can’t wait for the next book to see this ship sail. *chants please HOLLY PLEASE.*

Closing thoughts:

✧ Every single character is morally grey and yes. This. Is. What. I live. For. And EVEN BETTER is that the characters could have totally been written as redeemable but they weren’t. They could have used their tragic backstories to excuse their shitty decisions and awful behavior and yet none of this was done. They are who they are and Holly don’t give a damn if you don’t like it.

✧ I don’t consider myself a violent person but you better believe if I ever saw Taryn or Locke I would start swinging.

✧ Jude is actually kind of scary. Okay, not kind of scary. Girl is savage and ruthless and honestly GOOD ON YOU BOO.

✧ Cardan <— asshole done RIGHT.

“Get down on your knees,” Cardan says, looking insufferably pleased with himself. His fury has transmuted into gloating. “Beg. Make it pretty. Flowery. Worthy of me.”

✧ I really need the next book to have chapters in Cardan’s POV. I need this more than I need air.

I think I’m done rambling now. IS IT 2019 YET!?!

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Review: Seek by Mia Sheridan

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Seek by Mia Sheridan – 3 Stars

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I haven’t read a Mia Sheridan book in quite some time, and after I heard the premise for Seek I was excited to get to read something from her a little on the grittier side.

While this book isn’t that long and the story is fast paced, to me it just felt like an even quicker read because it was told in a way that was very surface level and lacked any real detail or emotional depth. The plot was already a little far-stretched, but because of the rushed way in which this is told, it just made the overall story and the connection between the two MCs not very believable.

Thomas felt flat and I didn’t really feel anything toward him. Livvy was sweet but very naive and some of their dialogue was so stiff and at times cheesy.

Was it terrible? No. But it just felt like something I’ve read plenty of times before and to be totally honest I’m a little surprised this author wrote this.

Not something I’d go out of my way to recommend, but not totally terrible either.

 

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All For The Game Series by Nora Sakavic: My Newest Obsession

“I didn’t say anything then because I knew I’d look out for only me when the world went to hell. I don’t want to be that person anymore.
I want to go back for you.”

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GUYS.

GUYZZZZZ.

There’s this, like, weird ache happening in my chest? And my eyes are like…. dripping and wet? AND HELP SOMEONE HELP I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGGGGSSS!!

NORA SAKAVIC WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME, YOU MONSTER?!

I just sent my brain to her room for not making me read this sooner.

I know I didn’t seem too ecstatic in my review for book 1, but HOLY HELL if I knew what was to come after book 2, I’d gladly rewind and pick this up the SECOND I heard about this series. It took until book 2/3 for me to understand what the hype was all about, but the build up to all that happens in The King’s Men (book 3) IS. SO. WORTH. IT. The feelings this book pulled from me..wow. I haven’t felt this obsessed with characters since I’ve read The Raven Cycle.

“This,” Neil flicked his finger to indicate the two of them, “isn’t worthless.”
“There is no ‘this’. This is nothing.”
“And I am nothing,” Neil prompted. When Andrew gestured confirmation, Neil said, “And as you’ve always said, you want nothing.”

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I know the blurb makes this sort of sound like a sports YA novel, but don’t be fooled. IT IS NOT. It is so so soooo much more.

In summary the All For The Game Series is about:

A group of college students who have been dealt the absolute shittiest cards in life, who have been put together to play a sport that serves as an escape for some but a prison for others, who don’t know how or care to get along, but decide to fight and band together and learn that family isn’t always what you’re born into, but can be who you choose. It’s about recovery, and struggles, and not forgetting your past but learning to deal with it and finding out that sometimes, leaning on the ones around you can make it just a little bit easier to get through the day and sometimes, love comes unexpectedly.

But mostly, it’s about a lost boy named Neil who only knows how to run, but finds people who give him so many reasons to stay.

“I’ve never belonged anywhere or had the right to call anything my own. But Coach gave me keys to the court, and you told me to stay. You gave me a key and called it home.”

It was sexy and surprisingly romantic and scary and brutal and funny and touching and not at all what I expected and just..just..EVERYTHING.

“Yes or no?”
“It’s always yes with you,” Neil said.

yes

NO#ADREILFORFUCKINGLIFE

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Review: Everyday History by Alice Archer

“This is the kiss I’ve been searching for.”

Everyday History by Alice Archer – 5 Stars!

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I’m not even going to attempt to properly review this, not with the tears obstructing my vision or the fact that this was SO FUCKING BEAUTIFUL there is no way anything I say will do this justice.

Beautiful.
Unique.
Touching.
Beautiful.
Gut wrenching.
Did I say beautiful?

The writing in this is superb. The prose is perfection. The last twenty percent had my heart in my throat, tears in my eyes, and left me with a smile so fucking big it may never leave my face.

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*I realize this review is ridiculously short and offers no useful info. But if you like m/m romance, age gaps, and the prose of Suanne Laqueur and the slow burn love Mariana Zapata writes, this may just be for you 😉 

“Yes, it was love, I finally admit as I walk away, my body heavy with sadness and the relief of truth. It was love that wrecked me even as it saved me.”

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FAV READS OF 2017! *warning: this is a short list*

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As I was drafting my annual ‘FAV reads of the year’ post, I realized there’s like only 9 books on this list, guys. In one whole year, I only really enjoyed 9 books and I read somewhere around 80. (I’m counting series as 1, and last year I had like over 20 on my favs list).

Here’s to 2018 being a better reading year and the books that actually made my favs list!:

✸Damaged Like Us (http://amzn.to/2BR0aRL) and
Lovers Like Us (http://amzn.to/2AQAZl1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie

✸Infini by Krista & Becca Ritchie http://amzn.to/2BrgX1m

✸The Becoming Of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin http://amzn.to/2kMOxb1

✸Flow (http://amzn.to/2Bn1NKR), Grip (http://amzn.to/2A6oBtW), & Still (http://amzn.to/2iK3yGg) by Kennedy Ryan

✸Ghosted by JM Darhower http://amzn.to/2iI3OFO

✸Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios http://amzn.to/2kMAsuh

✸The Queen and The Cure by Amy Harmon http://amzn.to/2AHCcZM

✸Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S. Pacat http://amzn.to/2B5xBTW

…..and that’s it! 😆What were your top reads this year??

 

*for a list/buy links of my ALL TIME FAVS and most recommended books, visit here!*
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 ❤ Below are some of the graphics I made for my fav reads this year ❤

 

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Unpopular Opinion Alert: Ruthless King by Meghan March

Ruthless King by Meghan March – 2 stars

****WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW***

This is one of those books that’s got rave reviews, everyone talking about how exciting and amazing this was and then… there’s me.

Bored as fuck.

Completely unimpressed with the lack of originality, the flat characters, the weak storyline, the cringe-worthy dirty talk from the hero, the god awful inner monologues from our heroine who felt the need to incessantly repeat how much of a “BASTARD” the hero is and how much she hates him but oh my godddddd why are my panties wet?

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How many times can she repeat how the distillery is in debt? How she refuses to let it fail? How much she hated her husband? How much she won’t let the hero fuck with her head?
I can answer that. TOO MANY TIMES.

Speaking of the hero: what a sad excuse for an anti-hero. Not once did we actually SEE the big bad man he’s made out to be. All we get is chatter from the other characters about rumors they’ve heard and things he’s supposedly done. Am I supposed to connect with or believe this guy is some cut throat killer when we get, like what, 4 lines out of him? And most of them are empty threats? Stop telling me what a badass he is AND SHOW ME.

Even if this changes in books 2 and 3, I wasn’t impressed with the writing enough to even want to continue.

“When was the last time you were fucked by a real man? Someone who knows what you need. Someone who’ll take control from you and give you what you’ve been dying for.”

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“Property of no man?
Bullshit.
Keira Kilgore is mine.”

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The ‘Husband comes back from the dead’ twist?

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And from what I’ve been told, this twist is barely mentioned in the next book and really serves no purpose. So it’s basically added as shock value and to lure readers to book 2?

“I’m going to fuck you like you’ve been begging a man to fuck you your entire life…”

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All around – weak.

Review: Whore by Willow Aster

“I think my whole life has been leading me to you.”

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Whore by Willow Aster- 4 Stars

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This book was such a pleasant surprise. Having found out about this from another author, I was actually nervous to read it. There seems to be a lot of mixed opinions, with people saying they either loved it or hated it. For me, I most definitely enjoyed this story, especially after the halfway mark.

Short summary of the book: Whore is about Lilith. Her occupation: I think you can guess, right? She’s a prostitute forced to work in a whore house run by her own selfish and vindictive mother. Her ex Nico is in the mafia, and though they haven’t communicated in years, he’s still oddly infatuated with her. But there’s another unexpected man who comes into her life. Soti. I don’t want to say much about either man or what happens in the story, but I will say this took some unexpected turns and had some mystery woven in. And while there were some slow moments, the author would just drop in little unexpected bombs (one moment you think all is fine and then the next sentence, BAM!) that had me speed reading to see how it’d all turn out.

What I loved: I couldn’t put this damn book down. Though the writing is a little … odd (I honestly can’t think of the word for it. It was sort of choppy, sort of simplistic? It also did that whole “telling not showing” thing most people hate but I don’t know why, it kind of worked here. At some points, it kind of reminded me of Tarryn Fisher’s writing.) I NEEDED to know what was up with Lili’s mother and why Nico was doing what he was. I ADORED Soti. What a fucking man.

“I want to right every wrong that’s ever been done to you. Not because of obligation, but because my heart burns for you, Lili—you’ve given it a reason to start beating.”

And his and Lili’s insta-lust-love-whatever actually kind of worked, too. I’m usually the first person to proclaim how much I hate insta-anything. But I swear to Christ their relationship was making me stupidly emotional.

“His lips are my redemption, laying claim on something in me that hasn’t been alive until now.”

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Maybe it was the way Soti so fiercely wanted to protect Lili. Maybe it was the way he just so easily went all in for her. Maybe it was the way they were just so sure about the other. Whatever it was, I was ALL about them together.

“Our bodies leave no room for doubt. She engraves her name on my heart; I know exactly when it happens. She leans back just long enough to look in my eyes, as if checking to see if this is real. What she sees there reassures her, and we both shake with the knowledge of it. Two lost souls, found.”

My only two complaints: I wanted more backstory on Nico!! As the antagonist of the story, we really get so little on him, his motives, his personality, his background. I for one love getting inside the head of the bad guy. Especially those in the mob. I really think the book would have benefited from getting his POV or just more info on him. The author also heavily used time jumps to move the story forward, which I’m just personally not the biggest fan of.

But I have to say the ending of this made the book for me. I loved it. It started a little slow, and with little given in the blurb, I wasn’t sure where this story would go. It turned out to be a really good read and I just love when you wind up devouring a book, not thinking you’d even really enjoy it.

“Our kiss feels like saltwater and sunshine and blood and pain and bliss, culminating in two hearts finally syncing up to the same heartbeat. Believing.
To believe in love is to accept it, to be sure of it.
I finally believe.”

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Review: Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) by JR Ward

“All I know is, she’s a pounding in my chest I can’t ignore.”

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Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) by JR Ward – 4 Stars

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My thoughts on book 2 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series:

Totally obvious who John will turn out to be. But that’s okay.

Rage and Mary’s first meeting made me cringe a teeny tiny bit. But that’s okay.

I HATED what happened right before the first time they got together. But that’s okay.

I actually kind of *GASP* didn’t really like Mary. I’m awful, I know. But that’s okay.

This book was actually pretty slow and lacked action. BUT THAT’S OKAY.

Because Rhage’s sweet side made up for most of it (his devotion to Mary was just amazing) and just like book 1, the rest of the brothers are keeping me so intrigued. ESPECIALLY Butch. He is just everything and I love him so much. I know everyone goes mental for Z, but Butch’s moments in this book just solidified my adoration for him.

Are these books turning out to be as mind blowing as some have made them out to be? Mehhhhh not really. BUT, they def are entertaining. I am hoping the rest don’t take as long to pick up as the first two did.

💙Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) 💙

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