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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Book Review: Broken Dreams By Callie Anderson

Broken Dreams
By Callie Anderson


Ethan is the boy who climbed into my bedroom every night.

He's everything I love.
Laced with everything I despise.

He's every happy memory.
And every shattered dream.

He's my everything.
But he broke every part of me.

I'm supposed to hate him.
But I can't.
I don't know how.


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My Review:

Overall the story was a very nice read. The writing tugged at all my emotional heartstrings and made it impossible for me not to be sucked into the story. The whole story (with the exception of the ending) had a very somber tone to it and that made it all the more realistic.

Leslie was a great character. Though she had her dreams literally crushed when she was halfway to them she never let it get her down. She fought for a future regardless and, for the most part, came out on the other side. I can respect her actions and I was rooting for her to get a happy ending.

Ethan's past breaks my heart because, unfortunately, it's a harsh reality that quite a number of people go through. I can't imagine the guilt he must have for what happened to Leslie. Even though I liked him, the bar scene was such a turn off. I understand he was upset, but there was no need to come on that strong.

The ending felt way too rushed. I also didn't like how Leslie dealt with her loss and forgiving Ethan. She claimed to love it, but after he grovels for a few days he's forgiven? The look into the future didn't sit well with me. It was too perfect. I would have liked to have a continuation of Leslie and Ethan's story in the form of another novel or novella, but not a rushed epilogue.

My Favorite Quotes:

"I was wrong. Some wounds don't ever heal."

"Sometimes the universe makes choices for us because it sees the potential we still have."

"Sometimes you need to hit rock bottom, shatter your dreams in order to create new ones."

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Top Ten Tuesday: Required Reading For Fans Of PR & UF

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Welcome back to:
A weekly feature created By The Broke and the Bookish

This Week's Topic:
Required Reading:
5 Book Series For Fans Of
Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy

1. Night Huntress Series By Jeaniene Frost

A half breed who hates vampires and an old as dirt vampire gigolo meet at a bar. Did that get your attention? ;)

(Linked to my review)


2. Midnight Liaisons Series By Jessica Sims

Each novel focuses on a couple and the novellas to the series intertwine (somewhat) to loose story lines that pertain to the novels. There are quite a few "species" of paranormal creatures featured in this series as a whole. It's heavy in the romance department.

(Linked to my reviews)





3. Black Dagger Legacy Series By J. R. Ward

This series also features a couple per book, with a secondary storyline that usually features one of the original Black Dagger Brotherhood characters. It can get long winded if you're not into the secondary storyline, but you can always skim through it because it usually doesn't interfere with the main plot.

(Linked to my review)


4. The Eternal Balance Trilogy By Jus Accardo

This series has to do with demons and has a good vs. evil dynamic that's heartbreaking and emotionally charged. 

(Linked to my reviews)


5. Seven Series By Dannika Dark

Each book features a couple with minimal storyline interaction between books. They can be read as standalone, but it's better to read them in order so you can catch a detail or two of easter eggs that the author likes to throw in.

(Linked to my review)



What Books Would You Recommend to
Lovers Of PR & UF?
Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Cover Reveal: The Night Realm By Annette Marie


The Night Realm
(Spell Weaver #1)
By Annette Marie


Release Date: Oct. 20th
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

Clio would love nothing more than to go home. But as the illegitimate daughter of the nymph king, she's stuck in the human world, exiled until she can earn a place in the royal family. Then her half-bother offers her a chance to prove herself. All she has to do is acquire some magic ... by stealing it from the most dangerous spell weavers in the Underworld.

Lyre prefers to go unnoticed, which is a tricky objective for an incubus. He can’t hide his looks or his coveted spell weaving skills, but he's learned to mask his true intentions. As an unwilling pawn of the tyrannical Hades family, he stays alive by keeping one step ahead of his masters.

Now he's been assigned to watch over a visitor from the Overworld—one who's definitely hiding something. And with her unholy talent for triggering chaos and catastrophe, his job just keeps getting more perilous. Clearly, she'll never survive this world.

The thing is, he's no longer sure he can survive it either.
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About The Author:

Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast- paced urban fantasy and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it's not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Book Look #178: Snow Globe By Jeanne Skartsiaris

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Hope you enjoy!! C:

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Book Looks was created by @Jen and Books and Other Happy Ever Afters.

This Week:
Snow Globe By Jeanne Skartsiaris
Book Look: Snow Globe By Jeanne Skartsiaris
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Friday, August 18, 2017

My Ramblings: Irrational Fears #1

Irrational Fears #1

Irrational fears. I like to assume that everyone has at least one. I've recently come to the conclusion that I have one that's been very predominant in my life in the past few months. It's the fear of a book series/tv show/movie franchise ending horribly (in my opinion).

Is it just me or does anyone else feel this way?

I noted the trend after the Hunger Games movie franchise ended and I read a spoiler. In my head, it couldn't end like that. To me, that was just wrong and I came to the conclusion that if I didn't see it, then it never actually happened. It also happened in the middle of the Divergent book series and the movies. As much as it pains me to say this: I still haven't watched the Vampire Diaries final episode because I'm scared it won't live up to my expectations.

If I were to count the amount of book series I chose to not finish reading because of this 'fear' we'd be here all day and, to put it plainly, it sucks. I like having concrete never-changing endings to everything I read. When I don't finish a book it bothers me just as much as my fear of it not living up to what I think it deserves.

I haven't found a way to combat this. I wish I had. The one time I pushed myself to face it head on, I cringed through 30 minutes of the last Hunger Games movies and gave up. I don't even remember what I saw, but I know that I don't want to experience it in the near future.

Have you gone through this?
Do you have an irrational fear you'd like to share?
Let me know in the comments below!
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