Title: Nightingale Series: NA Author: Amy Lukavics Release Date: September 2018 Format: Egalley Pages: 384 per Goodreads
At seventeen, June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldn’t be—independent, rebellious, a dreamer. June longs to travel, to attend college and to write the dark science fiction stories that consume her waking hours. But her parents only care about making June a better young woman. Her mother grooms her to be a perfect little homemaker while her father pushes her to marry his business partner’s domineering son. When June resists, her whole world is shattered—suburbia isn’t the only prison for different women…
June’s parents commit her to Burrow Place Asylum, aka the Institution. With its sickening conditions, terrifying staff and brutal “medical treatments,” the Institution preys on June’s darkest secrets and deepest fears. And she’s not alone. The Institution terrorizes June’s fragile roommate, Eleanor, and the other women locked away within its crumbling walls. Those who dare speak up disappear…or worse. Trapped between a gruesome reality and increasingly sinister hallucinations, June isn’t sure where her nightmares end and real life begins. But she does know one thing: in order to survive, she must destroy the Institution before it finally claims them all.
Nightingale was an interesting book. I expected - and wanted - horror. I got Sci-fi. In the end, it was just an alright read for my personal tastes. I've a feeling some people would love this whole storyline though.
Title: All The Little Lights Series: Standalone Author: Jamie McGuire Release Date: May 2018 Format: E-galley
The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town.
Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart.
Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town’s growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I had read Jamie McGuire before, and loved her stories, but it had been a while. I wasn't sure they would still hold the same magic for me. But this one did!
Title: Grease Slapped Series: Ink Slapped #2 Author: AM Jones Release Date: May 2018 Format: Ebook received for review
Eli Gregor’s hole couldn’t be any larger as he fights to redeem himself. When tragedy strikes, he learns a few things about holes as Taylor explores the values of right and wrong.
Caught between better judgment and desire, Taylor and Eli find themselves at a crossroads—should they make the best decision for their careers or give in to their undeniable connection?
A torrid tale that weaves humor, drama, and sexual tension, Grease Slapped will leave you reeling and wanting more.
*Grease Slapped contains explicit language and sexual content. It's the conclusion of Ink Slapped.*
I meant to get to this review last week, and time just totally got away from me. Don't you hate when that happens?
But more to the point! Grease Slapped!! Before I read it, I thought to myself, what the actual heck is Grease Slapped? Not the book, but the words. But as it turns out - it is something totally awesome, and made me go "awwwww".
Title: Ink Slapped Series: Ink Slapped #1 Author: AM Jones Release Date: May 7, 2018 Format: Ebook received for review
The heart wants what the heart wants—a concept that free-spirited author T.M. Dabney, never understands until she lays eyes on her new cover model, Eli.
Eli Gregor, a struggling musician and mechanic, thinks he knows the true meaning of heartbreak—that is until he accepts a business venture with the alluring Taylor Dabney. With her help, he pieces his life back together when his dreams dangle within reach and once again everything falls apart. And his success comes with a price he doesn’t want to pay.
Caught between better judgment and desire, they find themselves at a crossroads—should they make the best decision for their careers or give in to their undeniable connection?
A torrid tale that weaves humor, drama, and sexual tension, Ink Slapped will leave you reeling and wanting more.
*Ink Slapped contains explicit language and sexual content.*
Sometimes you read a title to a book, and you get a clue of what's inside. With Ink Slapped, I had no idea what I was getting into. Honestly, I didn't even read the blurb. AM Jones wrote it, I wanted to read it. And I'm currently about 65% through Grease Slapped. I couldn't even wait to start it until after I finished the review.
Title: Starry Eyes Series: Standalone Author: Jenn Bennett Release Date: April 2018 Format: EGalley Pages: 432 per Goodreads
Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.
But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.
What could go wrong?
With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.
And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?
I haven't read YA in a while. Starry Eyes was a complete joy of a read, to bring me back into the genre. Jenn Bennett has instantly turned into an author I need to read more of (and with 2 more books on the way - I can't wait!)
Title: I Stop Somewhere Series: None Author: TE Carter Release Date: February 2018 Pages: 320 per Goodreads Format: Egalley
Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.
Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn't need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.
But when the unthinkable happens, Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn't the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.
The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.
I Stop Somewhere was an unexpected joy for me. And it feels weird to say that, because I felt sad throughout the majority of the book. But it caught me in some unexpected ways, and was an amazing story.
Title: The Trouble with Twelfth Grave Series: Charley Davidson #12 Author: Darynda Jones Released: October 31, 2017 Pages: 289 per Goodreads Format: EGalley
Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones' New York Times bestselling paranormal series, The Trouble with Twelfth Grave.
Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that's not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings--some corporeal, some not so much--as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she's not uncovering a murder. This time she's covering one up.
Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture--the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford--out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican's inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it's time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she's loved for centuries. So the question becomes: Can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she's worked so hard to protect?
So I had been behind on this series. Then I binged all of them over last summer. So when this book came out - I was way more than ready. Charley and Reyes, omg, right? I'm really late on this review, but here I am. Better late than never!
Title: Don't Let Go Series: Evergreen Grove #6 Author: Elisabeth Staab Released: January 23, 2017 Pages: 250 per Goodreads Format: Ebook received for review
Left behind by everyone he’s ever loved, Alonzo Grover lives as if he’s got no tomorrow. The discovery of a letter from his deceased boyfriend breaks him out of his rut and spurs him to right an old wrong, but the local stick-in-the-mud sheriff’s lieutenant seems determined to ruin his plans.
Lieutenant Sebastian Haas despises tangling with his small town’s most promiscuous party kid. Alonzo’s youth and recklessness drive him crazy in more ways than one… So does the uncomfortable secret they share. But when Haas’s estranged family arrives in town to throw a wedding he wants no part of, he jumps into Alonzo’s car to avoid the family drama.
Together, they wind up on an unexpected road trip. With one setback after another, it looks like they might kill each other before they make it home to Evergreen Grove. That is, unless they find something better to do than fight.
You know I love this series. I've gone on and on, it's definitely one not to miss! So here we are, book 6. M/M romance, and so wonderful in all of its pages, I was not let down!
Alonzo and Sebastian. Alonzo is young, and wild - and a bit damaged by the past. Sebastian is older by 10 or so years, and a police officer in Evergreen Grove. I love that right off the bat, wild meets the law. These two have skirted around each other, picking and poking, and pretending they didn't care for each other at all. Sort of an enemies to lovers, aside from the fact that neither one hated the other.
What I really loved is that Alonzo and Sebastian are two opposite sides of the same coin, but in the middle where they meet, their metal is the same. They are both deeply caring people, affected by their past. Yet they both show tremendous care for others, time and again. They have these giant hearts, and that is what made me fist bump my kindle when they finally start clicking and realizing there is more there than just an adversary. A little adventure along the way also adds to the excitement of it all.
Staab has a way of pulling me in, every single time. I love this entire series, and I'm not sure I could ever get enough. I'd love to make her write another book that revisits each of the couples and gives some updates.
Why do I want updates? Well, some big things happen in this book. That's all I can really say about that. But other than a couple super quick cameos, the previous characters don't really show their faces all that much. And I want to see their faces more!
Evergreen Grove is an amazing place. The people there all seem magnetically drawn to this town. And I can't blame them. I want to live there too. I can picture each place in it, and I can see the people just as clear as I can see this screen in front of me. Staab does a lovely job bringing two opposite people together in Don't Let Go, and I couldn't be happier.
Elisabeth Staab loves passionate stories and happy endings. Her books have been called “emotionally delicious,” “action-packed,” and “gloriously snarky.” When not writing romance, she enjoys date night with her husband, reading Harry Potter with her kids, and marathoning her favorite books or TV series.
Title: Imbalance Series: Heart Lines #4 Author: Heather Hildenbrand Released: May 29, 2017 Pages: 252 per Amazon Format: ebook received for review
She has come to right the balance. He seeks to destroy it…
Somewhere on another astral plane, a lover’s quarrel between gods, millennia old, has come full circle.
Ea, a dark and ancient god and the father of the first Werewolf, is hell bent on destroying his supernatural offspring. And he’ll use anyone and everyone he can to get it done even from beyond the physical. For now, his vessel is the evil and mysterious Indra, a witch whose powers only slightly outweigh her penchant for hitting on the help.
Too bad Alex is cured and once again immune to Indra’s invasive magic. A healing from which Sam almost didn’t come back.
Hina, the wolf mother goddess, has sworn to protect her cubs. And she lives on… inside Samantha Knight. Sort of like that still, small voice of reason. Except MAGICAL and pissed at her ex. If Sam can’t find a way to heal the wolves and stop Indra from harming them, the goddess will take matters into her own hands.
But an appearance like that promises destruction, chaos, and worst of all: no more Sam. Indra isn’t holding back.
Sam is on the run. Alex is in a cage.
The clock is ticking.
Just a note for transparency - I haven't yet finished this book. I'm about 80% done, but the days on the calendar have come through quickly late and my schedule the past couple weeks didn't allow for as much reading as I had hoped. However, I have read enough that I feel I can leave a fair and honest review.
Book four and going strong. Something I notice about reading lately is that my attention span just isn't what it used to be. Just being honest there. It takes something I really love nowadays to keep me interested. Sam and Alex have managed to do that.