Review: Staking His Claim by Tessa Bailey

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I’m just a little torn about Staking His Claim.  I loved the set up – Lucy’s big brother has asked his buddy, Matt, to pick her and her friend up and drive them to NYC.  When Sasha blows her off to cuddle up with her boyfriend, Lucy’s resigned to going solo – until she sees Matt.  She impulsively lies and tells Matt that she’s Sasha, and that Lucy has headed off with her boyfriend.  She knows that Matt would never put the moves on her if he knew who she really was, and she’s dying to get to know Matt better.  When his car breaks down, forcing them to check into a motel, they give into their attraction for each other, and Lucy realizes, with a sick feeling in the pit of her stomach, that she’s made a terrible mistake.  She really likes Matt, and he brings out a wild side of her she didn’t know she possessed.  Once Matt realizes that he’s been duped, though, she knows that he’ll never forgive her.

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Review: To Sail a Darkling Sea by John Ringo

 

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Zombies!  How I love them!  Or do I love reading about how the survivors adapt to their new normal?  John Ringo’s Black Tide Rising is an action-filled series, with lots of zombie-killing action.  That’s not why I find these books so riveting, though.  I love the premise of a tiny force of survivors out at sea, searching tirelessly for other survivors.  This set of circumstances is new to me, and am eating it up!  I also enjoy the two younger characters, Faith and Sophia.  It is doubtful that I would react as bravely as these sisters, and I have totally bought into the idea that they each have important skills to contribute to the efforts to save the world, or what’s left of it, from the infected hordes that have overwhelmed humanity.

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Review: Vengeance by Megan Miranda

Vengeance

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Wow – I enjoyed Vengeance more than Fracture, and that’s saying a lot, because I REALLY REALLY liked Fracture!  In this follow-up, the story is narrated by Decker, and boy, oh boy, is he having some issues!  Suffering from the trauma of pulling his best friend out of Falcon Lake after she falls through the ice, he performed CPR on her while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive.  Delaney was under the water for 11 minutes, and while waiting for word on her prognosis, Decker wished desperately for her to live.  In those agonizing hours he waited for her to wake up, he would have traded anybody’s life for hers.  When bad things start happening to his friends, he starts to wonder if the lake really is cursed, and whether it is punishing him for taking Delaney away from it.

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Review: Reached by Ally Condie

Reached (Matched)

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One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to finish what I started.  There are so many series that I have started, enjoyed, but never revisited and read subsequent volumes.  It’s rather depressing, really, how far behind I’ve fallen.  I loved Matched, liked Crossed, and so I decided to wrap-up Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy.  After a short wait on the hold list, my borrowed copy arrived at the library.  How did I like the final volume of the series?  Read on to see!

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Review: Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

Independent Study: The Testing, Book 2

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This series reminds me of both The Hunger Games because the dystopian leaders pit the brightest and best young adults against each other with often fatal results, and Matched, because of the narrative style.  The tone can be so dry and unemotional, so it took me a while to get caught up in the story.  Once I had consumed a good chunk of the book, though, I had a hard time putting it down.

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Novella Review: Mr Virile and the Girl Next Door by Gwen Hayes

Mr. Virile and the Girl Next Door (Entangled Indulgence)

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Mr Virile and the Girl Next Door is a fun read.  While I found the set up for the story weak and not very believable, I did enjoy the couple and the chemistry they created.  I have a hard time believing that their agents would put their livelihoods in danger by setting them up, though.  I would hope that both Holly and Dane would have more professional agents representing them!

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Series Wrap-Up #Review–Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

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This year, I am making a concerted effort to finish up series that I have started, and then allowed to wallow by the wayside.  I loved Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, but due to time constraints, wasn’t able to read the follow up, Through the Ever Night.  Then it was on sale for the Kindle (after I had already purchased the hardcover), and because I would be sitting on plane for a few hours, I snapped it up.  Reading it made me remember why I enjoyed the first book so much.  I love the characters, and enjoyed catching up with them.  Aria, Perry, Roar, Cinder – I even developed a new appreciation for those that I disliked at first.  Soren?  Who would have possible thought I could learn to like Soren?  He’s kind of the one that got this whole adventure started.  While there were still times that I wanted someone to clock him, he grew as a character and turned into someone I just might be able to like.  Maybe.

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Novella Review: Languish by Alyxandra Harvey

Languish: A Haunting Violet novella

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I really enjoy Alyxandra Harvey’s writing style, so when I saw Languish available for check out at the library, I didn’t hesitate to click the Borrow button.  This is a fast, entertaining read that follows Violet on her quest to regain her ability to see ghosts.  After all of the harrowing action in Haunting Violet,  her third eye has remained stubbornly blind, and she’s getting tired of waiting for it to open again.  Even when Lord Jasper advises patience, and to not force her powers to work again, she still has to try to take charge of her wayward ghost-seeing skills, opening herself up to danger and near disaster.

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