Sweet Peril by: Wendy Higgins

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Ever since I finished Sweet Evil by: Wendy Higgins, I have wanted to read Sweet Peril. However, I have been putting it off because I knew It would leave me desperate for Sweet Reckoning. Well I decided I couldn’t hold myself back any longer and I bought and read it. I was totally right about my reaction. I loved it and now am desperate for April to get here so I can read Sweet Reckoning.

Sweet Peril by Wendy HigginsHere is the description from Goodreads for Sweet Peril:

Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things. 

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

Like I said, I was putting off buying and reading this book because I knew it would leave me impatient for the last book, but I saw a reference to Sweet Evil in Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout and decided it was a sign that it was time to read Sweet Peril. I was right about it leaving me needing the last book. This book doesn’t have a cliffhanger in the traditional sense, but it does leave you with enough a suspense to crave the last book.

I loved this book, I think even more than Sweet Evil. I thought reading about Anna having to be a party girl and/or her having to travel with Kope would be awkward and uncomfortable, but in reality this book sucked me in from the first page, and I absolutely did not want to put it down. I even used it as a reward for myself for doing homework. Once I would reach a specific bench mark, I would reward myself with another chapter. That was the only way I could force myself to focus on doing anything other than reading this book.

I honestly can’t think of anything I didn’t like about Sweet Peril. Surely there must have been something, right? I feel like there was something I was going to mention, but whatever it was was so minor in comparison to the awesomeness that is this book that I can’t even remember what it was.

We get to see all of our old favorite characters in this book. I would have liked to have seen a little more of Jay and Veronica, and honestly I find myself hoping that they break up and that Jay gets with Marna. That might be mean, but I don’t think Jay and Roni are really right for each other.

I also would have liked to have seen a little more of Patti, but I guess it’s good that Anna is coming into her own more and doesn’t need to fall back on her mom whenever things get rough.

Kaidan is still around and still amazing. There is really nothing else to be said about him.

I have high hopes for Kope’s future happiness as well. I really hope something more develops between him and Z.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book and will be counting down the days until the last book is released. In fact, I will probably be pre-ordering it as soon as I see it on Amazon.

5 Stars

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Playing With Her Heart by: Lauren Blakely

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I was very excited for the release of Lauren Blakely’s new book Playing With Her Heart. I loved her other books, and I could not wait to read this one too. Please, keep in mind that her books are not YA and should not be read by anyone under 17.

Playing With Her Heart by Lauren BlakelyHere is the main part of the book’s description:

Twenty-three year old rising theatre star Jill McCormick has built a life out of pretending. Pretending she’s happy, pretending she’s not haunted by the dark secret that shattered her world six years ago. But then she comes face to face with her new director — sexy, sophisticated, jealous, all-alpha, dirty-talking Davis Milo. He tries to resist the actress he’s cast, but the attraction between them is too powerful, and soon their private rehearsals spiral into new, forbidden territory. The connection, the chemistry is undeniable, and it hits them anywhere, and everywhere — in the theater, on the piano, in the limo, in the restaurant…But the tragedy in Jill’s past stands between them. Davis has walls too, so they can either face their fears together, or risk the most intense love, sex and passion either has ever felt…

You can read the full thing over at Goodreads. I cut out the racy quotes because I try to keep my posts on the clean side in case any younger readers stumble across them.

I really wanted to love this book because I am a huge fan of Lauren Blakely’s other books, but I had just enough problems with this book that I can’t give it the coveted 5-star rating.

I liked the premise of this story. It had a little of that forbidden romance feel without being some terribly inappropriate situation. This made it hot without the awkward. I also liked how their lives somewhat mirrored the play and that they were able to use it to learn and grow together.

Davis was awesome. He was kind of the perfect mix of things. He was athletic yet artsy, smart, thoughtful and pretty much any other positive adjective you could come up with, but at the same time he wasn’t perfect. He had been hurt in the past and had trust issues. He struggled at times to find the right balance in his life, and there were other little things about him that made him more believable.

I have mixed feelings about Jill. She was not what I was expecting. There were times when I would really like her and connect with her as a character, but then there were also times when she would annoy me a lot. She spent so much time trying to force a situation that she shouldn’t have. I understand why she did, but it still bothered me.

I wish Patrick would have had a little more personality. It would have made my above complaint less relevant. Seriously, he was one of the flattest characters I have read in a while.

I did like getting the tie-ins to Ms. Blakely’s other books. We got to see glimpses of the couples from all of her other books.

However, by the same token, I was kind of annoyed that we didn’t see more of Jill’s friends, especially Kat. Sure they had a couple of quick scenes together, but they live together. I would have liked to see more bonding time. Especially at the end when Jill is doing her confessions. I think Kat deserved to hear the truth and that it would have been cleansing for Jill to be able to unload on her best friend. After all, that’s what best friends are there for.

So in conclusion, while there were plenty of things about this book that I liked, I did have some issues with it.

4 Stars

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Smash Into You by: Shelly Crane

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Shelly Crane is one of my very favorite authors, so every time she releases a new book, I snap it up right away. Yesterday she released Smash Into You and I one-clicked as soon as a saw it.

Here is the description from Goodreads:

Smash Into You by Shelly Crane

Jude has spent the whole twenty one years of his life running. From what, he wasn’t quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week’s pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being. 

Never stop running…

Now he’s semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It’s been three months since he had to move because ‘Biloxi’, as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more. 

Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they’re after them both.

I LOVED this book! Shelly Crane is such a ridiculously amazing writer. I love her stuff and this book seriously did not disappoint.

This book is clean, and believe me, nothing is missed. Shelly’s writing is flawless, and doesn’t need any cheap tricks to cover up. Marley and Jude have real relationship building. There was no insta-love. Everything between them felt real.

Another thing I loved was that this book was that it did not follow the traditional story lines that I read every day. The base story was unique, and tons of things happened that I did not see coming at all, but I can’t tell you what they were because this is a story that needs to be experienced without spoilers. just know that it will keep you guessing all the way through. It was also unique in that most books seem to either a) have a love triangle or b) have the characters get together and them have some huge blow-up where they break up and then get back together in the last chapter. I loved that this was another classic Shelly Crane book where neither of those things happen. Her characters work together. They are partners and equals and the COMMUNICATE! It’s a shame that that is such a novel concept in books, but it is. When things happened, Jude and Marley would discuss is. They didn’t keep secrets out of some misguided attempt to protect each other. It was such a refreshing change, and it’s kind of sad to me that characters who talk to each other isn’t the norm.

I will say that it is necessary to go into this book with some willing suspension of disbelief. the situation is a bit on the fantastic side, but it is done so beautifully that the story never crosses into the realm of the ridiculous. It is a delicate balance, and it is spot on.

Oh, and you should also know that the whole book is written in Jude’s POV. This doesn’t really make a difference, but it did add a different dynamic to the reading experience. Just thought you should know.

I don’t really know if this review makes any sense. I feel like my ideas are kind of swimming around in my mind and not translating well. I guess you just really need to know that this book is fantastic, and you should read it.

5 super glittery excited stars!!!

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Damselfly by: S.L. Naeole

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When I first got my Kindle, one of the first Indie authors I discovered was S.L. Naeole. I fell in love with her writing immediately. Her latest book is titled Damselfly, and is the second in her Faeble series.

Here is the Goodreads description:

Damselfly by: S.L. Naeole

She used to be known as the Blithe Baby. Now she’s something more, and that’s not a good thing. 

Seeing the world through new eyes, Sophia Blithe has found love, found hope, and found a life that she never new she would have with Declan Sterling, a Sidhe boy with indigo eyes and magic in his touch. But, she should know by now that life never plays out how you want it to. 

When the new world she knows, and the old world she remembers begins to crumble around her, Sophia will lose almost everything that’s ever mattered to her, and will be forced to make a decision that will forever change the course of not just her life, but also the lives of those she loves the most.

I have rather mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, the story line is unique and extremely suspenseful. It is really not like anything else I have read. On the other hand, I kind of have a hard time cheering for the “happy ending.” I seriously do not see how this series can end well. It is hard to cheer for the main characters when their goal is to save the murderous fairies. So yeah, I have some definite mixed feelings about this book/series.

This book was well-written, if a little long. Ms. Naeole has some serious talent for writing unique stories. I have read most of her stuff and really enjoy her writing. That being said, the Faeble series is not necessarily my favorite. She does not pull any punches in this series, and to me, it gets a little hard to read at points. It can get kind of gruesome and I feel the need to take a step back and disconnect for a while. I would categorize this as Upper YA, and I do not recommend it for younger readers.

I like Dex, though the revelations at the end of the book were heartbreaking. I am seriously anxious for the next book to find out what is going to happen between him and Fee.

I flip-flop on whether I like Fee or not. She definitely has her moments, both good and bad. She has had a rough life and it just seems to keep getting harder. I keep waiting for her to catch some kind of a break, but every time she seems to, the rug gets pulled out from under her feet and the stuff hits the fan even worse than before.

This book left a lot of questions open at the end, and I am looking forward to getting some answers in the next book.

3 Stars

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Purity by: Claire Farrell

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It’s always disappointing when the last book in a series doesn’t quite live up to its prequels. This seems to be a problem I run across a lot. Good writers don’t know how to end their stories. Today’s book that did that was Purity by: Claire Farrell, the last book in her Cursed trilogy.

Purity by Claire FarrellHere is the description from Goodreads:

Perdita’s life has gone back to normal in all of the worst ways, while Nathan doesn’t even recognise himself anymore. Still, they’re both trying to make do the best way they know how.

But when they finally catch sight of that flicker of light at the end of the tunnel, Vin plays his final, most deadly, hand.

I started reading this book a long time ago, like back when it was first released. I struggled and, while I knew I wanted to come back and finish it, I gave up for a while.

The first half of the book was tough. It was all angry characters and no communication and Perdita and Nathan both pining away for someone that they didn’t think wanted them anymore. Seriously, one conversation could have eliminated the entire first half of the book. It was kind of depressing and I just wasn’t feeling it.

I was looking for something to read and decided to pick it back up and finish it. Apparently I just needed to read a little farther past where I stopped and the story picked up.

The second half of the book was definitely more interesting, though i still thought it dragged. Things that have been building throughout the whole series finally came to a head, but I just thought the whole thing could have been shortened. It seemed like the author was just stretching out the events until she reached the number of words she wanted and then just told, not showed, us everything that happened after. It went from way over described throughout the whole book to the bare minimum for the end.

I don’t know. I just think this book could have been better. I liked the first two books a lot and this one just wasn’t as good. It wasn’t terrible; it was just kind of disappointing.

3 Stars

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