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  • Red on Aug. 25, 2011

    Elodie has a secret that she keeps. It has taken over her life since she was 13 when she received a letter from her mother telling her what she is. Since then her relationship with her dad becomes strained, she throws herself into her school work and makes sure she severs all ties to friendships. She believes she is cursed and has no future. Sawyer is a werewolf with a chip on his shoulder. He is constantly angry, blaming his father for his mother's death, believing he could have prevented it. But all that changes when he meets Elodie and realizes she calms his inner beast. Red ties in the childhood story of Little Red Riding Hood, hence the story's title. It was a very interesting story that I found hard to put down, always eager to start it back up. I enjoyed the switching of POV, being able to get inside both Elodie and Sawyer's heads. Red is another one of those books, whose characters stay with you long after you’re done. The story line was well delivered, full of romance, suspense, and mystery. I don’t think I found one thing wrong with the book. I enjoyed it so much, and would love to see a second book with Elodie and Sawyer.
  • Fairy Circle on Aug. 30, 2011

    From the moment you start reading, until the end of the book...the author takes you for a wild and crazy ride. Fairy Circle in my oppinion is a mix between Wicked Lovely, Fallen and maybe a smidge of True Blood. You get the fairies, the vampires, and the past lives all mixed into one delicious book. I didn't fall in love with the main character, Saffron, but I enjoyed her immensely. I enjoyed her quirky nature and all the situations she finds herself in. She has these weird dreams, some explicit, ever since she was young, which only get worse as time goes on. Saffron's life is opened up to all kinds of freakish things after spending time in the fairy realm. She see's ghosts in her bedroom, has garden gnomes living in yard, and she comes face to face with a vampire intent on making her part of the undead. The other characters take the reign a few times in the book giving you a brief background into how they fit into Saffron's life. My favorite character was Markis who is just too sweet and adorable. (I have a soft spot for cute and adorable characters, I just want to eat them up). All in all a good read from an author with an awesome imagination. Just when you think the storyline is going in one direction, she pulls a 180, leaving you stunned. And not to mention a cliff hanger of an ending. Go read Fairy Circle for a different and unique read!
  • Significance on Sep. 06, 2011

    Seventeen year old Maggie has barely graduated high school after one of the worst school years of her life. Her mom left, leaving Maggie motherless and her father depressed. Her boyfriend of 3 years leaves her at the worst time to focus on college. This is so not how her senior year is supposed to be. The day of graduation Maggie has a run in, literally, with Caleb and saves him from becoming today's road kill. Soon Maggie's life becomes even more chaotic after touching Caleb, learning they have imprinted. Feelings and emotions are amped up between the two, leaving her breathless and confused. Her dad starts coming out of his funk wanting to be a dad again and Chad, her ex is wanting her back. Maggie is learning what being imprinted means, and that not everyone is as excited about Caleb finding his Significant. With the revelation of the imprint, old enemies will cause trouble and tensions will flare. Characters are absolutely genuine and real, aside from their supernatural powers, they have problems like everyone else. I just think the world of Caleb and his protective nature for Maggie. Maggie is a smart girl. She wants to make sure the feelings between her and Caleb are real and not fabricated due to the imprint. Crane writes a swoon worthy romance with a plot that is unique and deliriously addictive. I just wonder if Shelly Crane even knows how to write a bad book with a bad story line? I highly doubt it. I was immediately sucked into the story, as I was with her Collide series. Now I am patiently waiting for the sequel of Significance to make its appearance this month. Crane’s books are a must read!!
  • Mortal Obligation on Sep. 08, 2011

    Ree fears she is being followed by something lurking in the shadows. She is right. While out with friends, Ree is attacked. And the world she thought she knew changes in an instant. No longer a typical teenager, she is now the only hope for mankind against a group of deadly vampires called the Dark Ones. And yeah, these guys don't sparkle. Each of her friends are given special powers and become Guardians in order to protect Ree in the battle against the Dark Ones. With only a week left before school, the group must train to use their talents and prepare themselves. First and foremost this author is one of the sweetest authors I have come across. Just precious! Second, her book totally rocks! The plot is well developed as well as the kickin’ tail characters. Out of all the characters in the book, I liked Ree the most. Labeled an art geek in school, she really grew into her new role throughout the week the book takes place. The character I wanted to slap upside the head the most? That would be Paden. Why must he be a butthead in the love department? But yeah I still love him too. I am looking forward to the next book and praying there is as much action, suspense and romance as in this one. Mortal Obligation is definitely a must read book that you’re going to love. *UPDATE* I did forget to mention there is one whopper of a twist in the book. I was so shocked!!
  • Cornerstone on Nov. 27, 2011

    When the book first starts out, it’s Nalena explaining her mom's hoarding addiction to paper and not finishing stories. All her mom does is write out a character and plots pretty much. And it’s gotten so out of control they have to rent out storage units to put all the paper. It’s really heartbreaking what Nalena goes through at home and at school. Once someone saw all the paper when unexpectantly showing up at her house, the whole school knew about it the next day....calling her The Waste. So when Garrett starts showing interest in Nalena at the library one night, she thinks either A) he obviously doesn’t know she is the school’s outcast or B) it’s all a joke. But one night after being attacked in the woods, secrets start emerging surrounding not only her family but Garrett’s family as well. Nalena must now make a choice on which path to take; the ‘safe’Simple Life path or one that could lead her straight into the enemies’ snare. First of all, I just want to say how much I adore this book. So awesomely well written, I flew through the first half, only to pace myself as it got closer to the end. Cause with the end, comes waiting for the next book. AND.I.HATE.WAITING! But loved the characters, especially the whole Reese family. Garrett is adorable, funny, and absolutely scrumptious. (Ok cougar moment over). Would love to see more Sean in the future books. *cough* Could totally see a spin-off staring Garrett’s older brother *cough* And even though Nali came off as weak at first, it didn’t take long for her to become one kick butt character. But though there were times I wanted to shake/slap/yell at Garreit and Nali for not seeing what us readers could obviously see between them, I enjoyed the pace the story took in letting them find their way to each other. Please, please go read this awesome first book to what is most definitely going to be an awesome series.
  • Promises (Book One of The Syrenka Series) on Jan. 03, 2012

    Eviana is absolutely in love with her boyfriend and would love it if her parents would lay off her and just let them be. But there is just one little problem, Eviana is a mermaid and Brendon is a selkie. Oh yeah, she is also engaged to marry another merman, Kain. So you see, things are a little complicated for her. But all of that is just the half of her problems. When Eviana and Brendon run away to be together; things go from bad to worse for the couple. Will the family she turned her back on help her in her time of need? Will the one person she left at the altar forgive her enough to help the man she loves? And what role does Eviana play in the war raging between the clans? This is my second book about mermaids, mermen and selkies and let me tell you…I love me some underwater mystical creatures! Eviana is torn between the love of her life and doing what is right where her family and clan are concerned. But love wins out when she and Brendon run off together. The only thing was her relationship with Brendon, like she stayed with him just because she has always been with him. I liked Brendon, I really did, but the author spent more time and detail on Kain, and Eviana’s mounting feelings for him. To me I felt that she was really starting to have real feelings for him, other than friendship. And I was hoping that she would stick around for him. The story line is pretty predictable at first, but soon twists and turns are thrown at you, leaving you heartbroken or sorta shocked. The author did a fantastic job describing the change process for both the selkies and the mermaids, although the selkies are kinda weird with their skins and all. But everything was enjoyable to read none the less. Promises is a really good book about following your heart and doing what is right, not only for yourself but for others as well. So glad to have been offered the chance to read this story and be welcomed into Eviana's world. Great characters and an intriguing stroryline makes me a happy girl! So much so, I am eagerly anticipating book 2 in the series, Betrayal. Oh and there is a sneak peek at chapter 1 of Betrayal at the back of the book and let me tell you its not only encouraging for Eviana and Kain, but creepy too. *squeeee*
  • Soulless: The Story of Shayan (Prequel to The Soul Quest Trilogy) on Jan. 05, 2012

    This prequel tells the story of Shayan’s fall from being an Oracle over Humanity. Shayan started out with the best of intentions, but somewhere along the way he lost his way. He truly wanted to help humans find their way to the Land of the Shawdowless, but lost sight of what really mattered and let power and pride get in the way. Take a journey as Hala portrays a story of a fallen one to the future guardians. What role did Shayan have in key points in history? Did Shayan ever find his way home or did power prove to be too much? I like how the author used pivotal moments in history in her story to show what role her character played in causing such horrible acts on mankind. It was neat to think someone supernatural being the mastermind behind the assignation of JFK or even the death of John Carver back in the 1600’s. I did get a little uncomfortable when 9/11 was brought up. I guess it is still a little fresh on my mind to be used in a story like that. But all in all a good, quick read that I am sure is bringing lots of insight and background to the next books in the series.
  • Beckoning Light (The Afterglow Trilogy) on Jan. 24, 2012

    Charlotte is back in Charleston after being gone for 3 years; going to live at her family’s home with her older brother and uncle. One thing keeps bugging her…the gate in the backyard that she was forbidden to enter as a child. And once she enters she soon realizes why. Things are different behind the gate; it’s a whole other world. At first entering she meets Calvin and has an instant connection to him. All she knows is that he is all she has ever wanted and needed. But things are not what they seem in this new world. She learns some people only want to use her. Will her brother get to her in time to save her or will it all be too late? Beckoning Light was well written story and I was intrigued from the very start. Would have read more the night I started it if hubby wouldn’t have demanded me turning the light off at 1am. I soon started it back up the next day with minimal breaks, eager to finish the book. I just loved the storyline and the wonderful characters. This book was a definite page turner for me. I enjoyed the switching of POV’s between Charlotte and her brother Kevin, but would have loved to have had Liam’s POV. Liam is an absolute doll! I hope there will be more of him in book 2. I am sensing potential there with him and Charlotte. Give Beckoning Light a chance I can almost guarantee you will be smitten with it.
  • Meeting Destiny on Jan. 30, 2012

    Lauren helps prevent a robbery at a local restaurant and ended up getting shot in the process. While being rushed to the hospital she lays eyes on her paramedic and is shocked when she realizes he is the same guy that has visited her dreams the last 4 years, but he doesn’t seem to recognize her. What does this all mean? And when Lauren meets a stranger on the bus who leaves her with more questions than answers, she is more confused than ever. Let me just say…I love Max! Besides Lauren he is my fav character in the book. He is adorable and you can tell he really cares for Lauren. I also loved seeing Lauren evolve from a girl who went with the flow of things because it was expected of her to a strong, independent woman. Yay to Straight for giving us an independent woman who is not afraid to go after what she believes is right. And yay to Straight for writing a story that was easy for me to lose myself in. Meeting Destiny is a brilliant story that kept me in bed most of the day reading. I didn't want to put it down. Loved the path the story took and drank up everything it had to offer. And with an ending you won't see coming that leaves you utterly heartbroken, you will want to go ahead and get book 2 so you can dive right in to it. Kudos Straight for giving me a wonderful new series to obsess over.
  • In His Eyes Anthology on Feb. 13, 2012

    my mini review for Mind Games by Susan Kaye Quinn... Mind Games is the prequel, from the anthology In His Eyes, based off the book Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn, which I absolutely adored. I loved Kira in Open Minds…but getting Raf’s POV in Mind Games was a real treat. I really feel more for him than I originally did. In this short story Raf is battling the voices of his friends and classmates while struggling to find a way to ask Kira to the Gamesdance. But when Jessica, a girl interested in Raf, threatens to hurt Kira, Raf must decide if asking Kira is really worth it. Quinn what are you doing to me? What a tease! Oh Raf, yeah I am in need of more of him. He is too sweet and too kind. This anthology was a fabulous idea to peek into the minds of the guys from some of our favorite stories. Great little short story. I adore you Quinn and cannot wait for Closed Hearts to be released. my mini review for By the Firelight by Elle Strauss... Had I impressed her in the same way she'd blown my socks off?" Loved that sentence in the story. I first fell in love with Nate in Clockwise back in November. But getting Nate's POV in By the Firelight (short story from anthology In His Eyes) was so much fun. He had a few snarky comments, that he kept to himself of course, in fear of getting his head knocked off by Casey. We get to see what he was feeling and thinking about his first time travel trip back to 1860, unlike in Clockwise. Nate is not sure if Casey is crazy, the guys are punkin’ him, or if what’s happening is really real. Poor guy! Little does he know this is only the beginning. Even though this was a short story, Strauss did a fabulous job! I was sad that it ended so quickly.
  • Destiny's Wrath - Destiny Series Book 3 on April 09, 2012

    I put off reading Destiny's Wrath because I knew that I would be sad once it all came to an end. Yes I am sad, but gosh what a way to end the series. Most of the book is Samael and the wrath he is taking out on innocent humans. And goodness the misery he is pouring out on the world is horrible. I even expressed to Nancy that I could not imagine what she went through while writing some of the scenes. But like always, she did a fabulous job telling her story and getting it out there. Destiny’s Wrath was the more intense book of the series. So much happens between so many people you need to pay attention; you’ll want to pay attention. You will be hurting for characters you just met and out right fuming with a certain character you have known throughout the series. Samael is one sick, freak demon. Yep, one of those characters you love to hate. Hey all good books have one. Straight is a heck of a story teller, taking the Destiny series to a whole new level with this one. You will not be able to put the book down, itching to see how it all ends. Trust me, its good! And like Nancy told me it’s an emotional end but you will have a smile on your face when closing the book.
  • Clockwiser on May 04, 2012

    It’s been a year since we last saw Casey and her boyfriend, Nate. Things are just heavenly for the couple and she hasn’t even tripped the whole time. Yep, life is good! Well it is until Casey’s mom finds pot in her brother Tim’s possession. While Casey is trying to question Tim about the pot, the stress comes on and they are tripped back to 1862. Surprisingly, Tim takes it rather well…almost too well. Believing he is invincible, Tim enlists in the army when Casey trips back to present time, leaving him behind. He wants to see firsthand what a real battle looks like. So while Casey is trying to find a way back to the past rescue him, Tim is about to get his wake up call. Will Casey get to him before it’s too late or will Tim be stuck back in the past forever? If ever there was a fictional character that I wanted to slap around a bit and say grow up...it would be Tim. Lord help me if there weren't times I wished I could reach into the stinkin book and knock some sense into him so he would learn a lesson or 2 about the ways of life. Even so, it was fun reading about him. But one of the best characters was Willie. You will see why when you read the book. I don’t want to give that part away. I am so fond of Elle’s work and her writing; always perfectly written and edited. You can tell she loves what she does when reading her books. Thankfully she has asked me a few times since Clockwise to review her books and I am just so honored. Her books are wonderfully written; they have fun characters and have engrossing plots that keep you entertained the entire time. Her books are perfect for Middle Graders and up. There is no going wrong when choosing a Strauss story.
  • The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window on June 13, 2012

    Amber Walker is not your typical 16yr old. She is trying to overcome a past of abuse at the hands of her father. Her saving grace? Liam, her brother's obnoxious best friend who also happens to be the school horn dog. But ever since they were little, Liam sneaks into her bedroom and helps her through the abuse. He is the only thing that calms her. But there is 2 Liams...there is Nighttime Liam; sweet and kind. And then there is Daytime Liam; aggravating and sleeps with anything with a heartbeat. I am gonna have to stop right there. I cannot go any further about the book...it's something you will just have to find out on your own. But where do I start? How can I say in words how awesome this book and how flippin' awesome Liam is? Please for the love of all that is good and holy...READ.THIS.BOOK! I fell in love with the characters and their silly, sarcastic banter. How I loved when Amber would put Jessica in her place. Yes, she said everything I ever wanted to say to someone evil, but was never quick enough to think of it in the heat of the moment. And Liam...sweet, sexy Liam...I am crazy about you. You earn a gold sticker in my book for your swoon worthy ways. Like this from the book... "Liam, what do you want from me?" I asked quietly, looking at my soaked sneakers. He put his finger under my chin and lifted my face so I had to look at him. "Everything," he said simply. All together now...swooooon! Ok cougar moment over. Moving on. Thank you Jennifer Nunez for tweeting and telling me to read it. The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window was a fabulous read and I hope you love it as much as I did.
  • Water on June 28, 2012

    Kaitlyn is trying to outrace an avalanche but she is not quick enough. Instead of waking up as the dinner to a pack of wolves or even dead, she is waking up in a bed on a tropical island. How did she end up here? And why does she get the feeling it’s not safe? Soon answers start coming, albeit not quick enough, and Kaitlyn is learning new things about herself she never knew. She soon accepts her fate and starts learning how to control her powers. But before she can get a hold of this new life she is kidnapped once again. This time her captor is anything but nice. He has a plan and torture is just the beginning. So here I was about to start Water and totally thought I was going to get a Tree Hugging, Save the Earth lecture. What I actually got was anything but. It was a fabulous story with a unique storyline. Water was fresh and unlike anything I have ever read before. And the flow and balance of the book was perfect. You got the right amount of suspense, romance, and action. The author gave the right amount of detail in the book too, which left me smiling. (I sometimes will skip over several paragraphs in a book due to too much detail.) Kaitlyn is a brave, yet slightly sarcastic, woman who rose out of the ashes and only became stronger. She wasn't going to let getting kidnapped bring her down. She got fierce and was a force to be reckoned with. When up against an obstacle she always found a way to overcome it. This is no timid little girl. No way, nuh uh! I loved her and found myself wondering what she (and Micah) was up to while I was laboring away cleaning my house. Don't you hate that...knowing the characters are having more fun in their book while you are cleaning and working? BOO! But how can I go on and on about how great this book was when there is a rape involved? Do I come off as an insensitive, heartless wretch? And here I am lying in bed at 1 am writing part of this review knowing it won’t wait until morning. This book was great and heartbreaking all at the same time. I hated some of the things that happened in the book (referring to the rape) but the other things made it great. And those great things kept me reading; it as if I couldn’t get enough of the book. I don’t usually read the excerpts from the next books at the end…but this one I had to. I am completely and utterly ready to get my hands on Air. It is a must! I have to know what happens to these characters I instantly fell in love with. What will happen to Kaitlyn? Will lives be shattered even more? Will love triumph over evil? Water is definitely not YA. So please keep that in mind when you are deciding if you want to read it or not.
  • Keystone on Sep. 07, 2012

    The world I just signed on for is crumbling as I stand on its threshold. Everything is changing and it seems like this is all my fault. I just love this book and everything in it. From cover to cover it is packed with romance, suspense, and a lot of action. It’s sad, it’s funny, it’s everything you could want in a book. Not to mention Misty is one flippin’ fantastic storyteller. She writes well and it shows in her work. Plus every now and then you get a glimpse into who Misty is as a person through her work. When you read a funny part in her book…that is the real Misty. She is silly and crazy and it shows in her books. When starting the book, I was bombarded with so much emotion. It has been nearly a year since I read Cornerstone, and I am embarrassed to say I forgot a few things that happened at the end. So yeah it is a little overwhelming to be reminded of everything that went down. And everyone involved had no time to mourn those that they lost. It was definitely a sad beginning for an awesome book. I wholeheartedly love these characters and so was so glad to be able to revisit with them again. I missed them, I really did. Especially Garrett. Oh my sweet Garrett, he was even better in this one. Misty also gave us some new characters to love and hate. Take for instance Zane, he was a complete hoot and you can’t help but love him. The things that come out of that skinny boy’s mouth had me rolling the whole time, even in the most stressful of times. Then take for instance his twin sister Zaneen, yup didn’t care much for her. I wanted to like her and at times I did. But I am just not 100% sure about her yet. Keystone is not your normal everyday supernatural/paranormal. I mean I am not even sure I could classify it as one of those. But it is different and refreshing to read compared to a lot of the other stuff out there. What do you get when you buy Keystone? Well you get an excellent read that is action packed and fast paced. Does it have romance? Absolutely…even though I found it is not the main focus of the story. But it has enough to keep your heart happy. Does it have a cliffhanger? Well yeah…but it is a good one. I know I was beaming with happiness when all was said and done. So don’t delay…go get it today!! One of my fav quotes about Garrett: Garrett’s kiss has never been any less than amazing, but this kiss is even more. This kiss is the sun, opening inside me. Le sigh
  • The Savage Blood on Sep. 09, 2012

    I would like to note that this book to me is more New Adult than YA. So keep that in mind when you decide to read it. Ok I am going to do this review a little different than my others. I am going to tell you what I liked and what I didn’t like. First lets start with what I didn’t like. This book had me shaking my head one too many times. Shaking my head when Clara or one of her female friends got kidnapped yet again. Shaking my head when Clara or one of female friends were almost raped yet again. Shaking my head when another guy came long and fell in love with Clara yet again. It was as if this book's storyline was on a continuous repeat. And I was seriously about to scream knowing one of these things were about to happen. One question I have is what does Clara have that attracts guys like a dog in heat? And I tried to think of a better way to ask this next question but there is just no way around it. Is Clara’s cooter made of gold and only the male species can detect it? I mean I am all for a love triangle. But when 3rd and 4th guy gets introduced as another possible love interest I was ready to throw up. Clara better man up in the next book and make an executive decision about who she wants to be with or I might be done with her altogether. Am I really the only one that see’s Matthew’s love for her is true? With everything that happens from the beginning until the end...I was catching myself yelling at my nook way too much. But I couldn't stop reading either. I had to know what would happen next. So this leads us to what I liked about the story. I loved the whole idea of Clara heading off in to the unknown seeking out her real mother and looking for answers. And answers we get in this second book of the series. Lots and I mean lots get revealed and some kind of blew my mind. All from the revealing of Clara’s mother….to how the fragment came to be…to who Clara really is. We get a plethora of info revealed in stages throughout the book. Blodgett’s writing is also a favorite of mine since The Pearl Savage. Even when giving her characters a 1890 dialogue, I found myself following easily. And I am not one that likes historical fiction for that reason only. But with these characters I really enjoyed it. So with that I end my review and hope that you will give it a try. It is really different story than what you have read before and the fact it has romance thrown around throughout the book is an added plus. When reading the story I want to know who you think Clara should choose. My choice is Matthew and I look forward to more of Clara’s story to see who is her pick.
  • Seaweed on Sep. 18, 2012

    Another great read from Elle Straus. I know that when I read her stuff I will be getting something fun and entertaining. I also know that her stuff is definitely something I would let my girls read when they get a little older and are ready for YA. Plus Seaweed is very well written you can trust this author knows what she is doing. When Elle asked if I would be interested in reading Seaweed I knew I would have to. I love mermaid stories and this one seemed perfect. And it was. It had some really cute characters, an interesting storyline, and the right amount of suspense to leave me wondering. My favorite part was the suspense. There was quite a bit in the story and I found myself pleasantly surprised by how some things revealed themselves. Some of which I never saw coming. One thing that kept me from rating this a 5 star book was probably how unbelievable the relationship between Dori and her parents were. I won’t give away what happens, but if I were to have done half of the things she did…well I probably would not be alive right now. I don’t know that’s just me. Maybe other parents were a little more lenient with their kids. I felt she should have been held a little more responsible after all that she did. Anywhoo, loved Seaweed! Thought it was beyond cute and I suggest anyone looking for a clean YA read about merpeople to pick it up today.
  • Idol Hands on Oct. 25, 2012

    I wasn't sure how I would feel reading a book in diary format. But you know what? I kinda liked it. I found myself unable to put the book down; it kept demanding me to read 'just one more chapter'. And I ended up giving in to its demands. I was intrigued with Tara's story. I had to know what broke this couple apart and would they find their way back to each other. But God bless Tara's heart...poor girl could not catch a break. From her rocky marriage (her husband told her he wasn't sure if he loved her or his new $3000 tv more) to her seemed-to-be-doomed-from-the-get-go road trip in search of her first love. Yeah as that saying goes 'What can go wrong...will go wrong!" Like I said earlier, this book demanded my attention. It sucked me in. I loved that the main character was a thirty something woman making it easier for me to relate to. Not that my 13 years of marriage is bad by any means, cause it’s not, just that we are around the same age. I was able to remember my childhood crushes on (dare I say) New Kids on the Block. I remember day dreaming of them and wondering what it would be like to date one of them, especially Donnie. (Hangs head in embarrassment). So all in all I really enjoyed this book. It's a quick read that I found hard to put down and very enjoyable. Some parts got a little raw for my tastes...but when desperate times called for desperate measures...what are you gonna do? But I am glad I hung in there. That ending was so messed up…in a very good way of course. I had no idea that is where the author was leading us to and I was completely shocked. Thank you Hill for allowing me to read your work and I hope to work with you again in the future.
  • Air on Nov. 20, 2012

    Kaitlyn is carrying a secret that only one other person knows about. She is pregnant but not entirely sure who the daddy is. It could be Micah’s, the one guy who she cares the most for. Or on the other hand it could be Shawn's, the one that kidnapped and raped her. Thankfully she has Micah’s sister, Susan, to confide in. Kaitlyn will have to tell Micah soon though, because you can only hide a growing belly for so long. One of my most favorite scenes in the book is when Micah and Shawn both realize that Kaitlyn is pregnant. Wonderfully, wonderfully done. And what happened soon after had me grinning so big. Only thing is I am not sure how I feel about Micah. I mean I really like him but I am not crazy about his ‘You woman, me caveman’ attitude. He is very hot and cold when it comes to Kaitlyn and how he reacts with her. One moment he is all caring and loving and then the next he is acting all Neanderthal. So less caveman, more feelings and Micah would be prefect. I will say I think I loved AIR more than WATER. And that is really saying something because I LOVED WATER. AIR is not as action packed as WATER was but I think that is what I adored about it. I enjoyed the pace the book took and how during the story Kaitlyn was able to learn more about who she is and what she can do. I also loved the addition of the Shades to the story. Even though I was a bit hesitant about them at first I thought the whole idea was genius. I will say that this author is not afraid to push the envelope. So if you are skirmish when it comes to rape scenes…then thread carefully, there is one in here. Though it is not as horrific as with book one, rape is rape. AIR is an incredible read that had me hanging on to each and every word Harmony wrote. In fact, I am so excited to read FIRE soon so I can see what played out after this crazy cliffhanger we were given here in AIR. I totally recommend this series if you are looking for something different than what’s out there and love a good suspenseful read that is peppered with romance.
  • The Truth About Faking on Dec. 20, 2012

    Harley didn't know what she was getting herself into when the idea came to her to fake date Jason. She figured that Trent would see her in a different light if she were to be dumped and that he would want to console her. But in just a few short days Harley's plan to get Trent starts becoming a little fuzzy the more time she spends with Jason. So when she does land that date with Trent...is he everything she ever thought he would be? Or will her feelings for Jason overcome her? Ok, so not going to ramble on like I sometimes do, but just state the facts. This book was too adorable and too sweet and too adorable. Oh wait I said that right? But GAH! It is adorable. I loved every bit of it. It was the perfect book for a lazy day at home and I easily read it in one day. Loved the story line even though some parts were a little easy to figure out...but still thought the author did a great job revealing those parts. I absolutely 100% adore Jason. I love how he never really gave up on Harley, even when it looked like he did. And Harley was a great character to follow as well. I enjoyed that she was a little awkward at first and actually allowed her friend to pretty much walk all over her in the beginning. Because as the book progressed we see her character, slowly but surely, growing more and more. Probably my only fault with the book…would love to have had Jason’s POV sprinkled in. And really it’s not a fault of the book…just a preference I would have liked. Oh to get into his head and see what he is really thinking. I am telling you people…this guy is perfect. Gremlin and all. So here is what I am thinking when I finished the book....umm, Moore you so need to continue on with these fabulous people. There is so much that could still be told about them. So I will be crossing my fingers hoping you will see this and decide 'hey, Mandy is so right. She is an absolute genius. There is more story to be told.' Right? I’m right aren't I? ;) Ok, so I lied. I did ramble a bit, not a bunch, just a bit. But hope you got the jest of what I wanted to tell you about this book. It is a must read. And I hope you go grab yourself a copy soon!
  • Heart on a Chain on Feb. 01, 2013

    You never know what someone else is going through. Case in point: Kate Mosley. For years she has kept to herself and shied away from others. Kate is the subject of insistent bullying from her classmates and constant abuse. But she would never let anyone close enough to know what goes on in her personal life. Not that anyone would want to be close to her. When people get close, Kate gets suspicious. They are bound to hurt her in some way. So when the boy she shared her one and only kiss with moves back to town and starts showing interest in her, Kate assumes the worst. In her mind he is setting her up for a hurting. But as time goes on Kate realizes he is actually genuine in his feelings for her. Maybe with him by her side things will start getting better. Or maybe life will throw her an ugly curve ball and things will get increasingly worse. When I first started reading HEART ON A CHAIN I had no idea how emotional the book would be or how heavy. It is definitely not what I was expecting. It was better! Boy, I cannot even begin to explain how heartbreaking this book was. But on the other hand, there was so much love that radiated from it too. It was absolute epic goodness wrapped up in a well written book. Wow!! I am sitting here after finishing this book several hours ago and I am still in awe. This is truly a wonderful story...a definite eye opener for those who know or suspect someone going through some sort of abuse. When you put this book down you will most likely have to take a good look at yourself and possibly how you treat others. I adored Henry and Kate so very much that I cannot get them out of my head. But I must…I have another book waiting to be read and I need to give it my utmost attention. Bennett did a fantastic job making the story real and believable. Almost too believable. My heart hurt so much at what happened to Kate in the story I wanted to crawl into the book and defend her. Henry was just amazing and I love him so very much. I need my girls to find a guy like him one day to marry. One day. Not today. They are only 12, 10, and 5. They still have time. But seriously, do guys like him truly exist? This is a great story I recommend to anyone. Pick it up today and partake in its goodness.
  • Fire on Feb. 03, 2013

    *I would actually rate this one 3.5 stars but rounded up!* I was super excited to read FIRE after loving the first 2 books of the series, WATER and AIR. But actually I was a little disappointed in it. There just wasn’t much going on compared to the first 2 books which seemed packed full of twists and turns. And for the life of me I couldn't remember why Kaitlyn was hiding her baby from Micah in the first place. Shawn I understood...dude is so messed up in the head. And there was no telling what he would do to her and the baby, a baby that could quite possibly be his. I just wasn't very impressed with Kaitlyn in this story at all. She was very hot and cold to everyone and in the end it all got a little old. I like Micah and even though he is in the story, I didn’t connect well with him. It was like he was there, but wasn’t. He just wasn't his normal, neanderthal self I have came to know and love. I don’t know… I just didn’t feel a spark with the book or the characters much at all. Now I did enjoy Shawn’s parts. Ridiculous I know. But I thought there was something there and I like how all his scenes played out. I guess because I knew nothing good would come from it. He is a sick, twisted person…but he is a great character none the less. What I loved about this book and the other 2 as well, is that Harmony is a fabulous writer. I have said this before but Harmony isn't afraid to push the envelope when it comes to sensitive matters. She gives it her all…even adding the gritty stuff. And you can tell that when she writes, she doesn’t just throw something together. She knows her stuff and it shows in the creative story she produces. Her books are different than anything out there. And that is what will keep me coming back with her future work. I am a huge fan of her work, but this one just fell a little bit short of the other two. So even though I wasn’t mad about this book in the series I still need to know what will happen to everyone…even down to Shawn. I look forward to EARTH and everything the author has planned for the series. Reading the little snippet of EARTH at the end of the book had me thinking about the tv show REVOLUTION in a way. *eeep* This is a must read series!
  • Reaching the Edge on Feb. 04, 2013

    I had no idea Comeaux had put this awesome little book out. But when she posted on my facebook wall asking if I had seen it I about went nuts. I couldn’t plug my nook up to the computer fast enough. I mean come on folks!!! We are talking Sergei here!! He is one of my all-time favorite book guys ever and I was so happy I was done with the book I was reading…cause one way or another I was reading that book right then, right there. REACHING THE EDGE is only a few pages long but lordy help me it was so good. And it is quite possible I am even more in love with Sergei now. He is so unbelievably gentle and amazingly sweet with Emily. I am almost positive I heard her swoon while reading the book. I know I did my share of swooning. If you have read the first two books in the series…make sure you get this one to fill the gap until book 3, FIGHTING FOR THE EDGE, comes out. Perfection!!
  • Survival, a YA Paranormal Romance (The Guardians of Vesturon Series, Book #1) on Feb. 05, 2013

    This book was a struggle for me to read throughout most of the book. There were several parts that I thought weren't really necessary...like her whole collage life at the beginning of the book. A lot of the scenes were continuous talking and talking and talking. I think if the author did a little more showing and little less talking it would have been better; at least in my opinion. I seriously thought about putting it down for some time and maybe revisiting it at a later date. But a good friend told me to hang with it...that the story would definitely be worth it. And this is where we get to the part I love. I absolutely loved the ending. So much so, I am eager to see what happens to Maddie and Rayn in RESURRECTION. And the twist that happened towards the end? WHOA! I so did not see that coming. Well I might have, but thought I was having crazy thoughts so I let it go. And then BAM! Hargrove was like 'Oh yeah I went there…you weren’t imagining things'. But I will admit I am a little worried about a love triangle. Guess we have to wait and see. Some of my favorite scenes were from Rayn’s POV. Woo boy do I love me some Rayn. He stole the show and made the book worth reading. But I wasn’t entirely fond of Maddie. She seemed a little too flaky and clumsy for me. I am hoping as the series goes on, she will grow on me. Oh and I absolutely loved Rayn’s sister, Sharra. Poor gal, she butchered all of my favorite American slang phrases. But it was hilarious to hear her try and say them. When corrected she would brush it off and keep going. Yes, the book starts slow…but hang with it!! I promise you will be happy you did and love that ending as much as I did. Cause here I am, after finishing the book, and I am completely giddy and excited with anticipation for the next one.
  • Valor (A Greystone Novel) on Feb. 28, 2013

    I thought VALOR was a really cute book. It is a very clean read and suitable for any age reader. There were some parts I thought were a little childish for someone of my age. But all in all, it kept my interest and I enjoyed it. What made me rate it 4 out of 5 stars? Well, here is the deal, some parts I rolled my eyes at just how unbelievable the scenes came off. Take for instance, the MC is a 16 year old girl and seemed a little immature throughout the story. Lots of whining about whether Valor liked her or not and then dreaming about getting his rune. Getting his rune means quite a bit to gargoyles and then spending forever with them. So to think that a 16 year old girl would know that she wants to spend the rest of her life with one guy seems a little far-fetched. Yeah when I was 16 I thought I would be with my boyfriend forever. Fast-forward nearly 20 years and I married someone totally different. Get my point? Like I mentioned earlier, the story is cute, although not entirely believable. The characters were fun, although not entirely relatable. But I absolutely enjoyed the authors writing and look forward to reading DARE, book 2. If you are a fantasy genre fan, I recommend this story to you. Never read about gargoyles? VALOR is the perfect book to start your love for a new fantasy. Need a little romance with your books? Well, VALOR has enough to make you swoon! Go get your copy today!!
  • Ambition on March 22, 2013

    Just going to give a real quick take on the story, which is approximately 20 pages long. What did I think? Well I loved it of course. The short story is Noah's POV on the beginning of PERCEPTION book one. And I must say…I love me some Noah. So hearing from him and what was running through his head when he hears Zoe’s mother degrade him and his family in front of Zoe. AH! My heart went out to him and I wanted to hug him. Noah has big shoes to fill now that he has taken over the cause that was left vacated when he father was killed. And in this little slice of story we see that he has a lot riding on his shoulders: a job, his sick mother, helping care for his younger brothers, and leading people to see that GAPs are not helping any one out by getting special treatment. You can read AMBITION before or after PERCEPTION I read it after, and personally, I liked it better. It reminded me of when we first met Zoe and Noah and refreshed my feelings for the two. This is a fantastic series you really should dive into. Whatcha waiting for?
  • Is Love Enough on May 10, 2013

    While in New York at a teacher’s conference, Rebekah stumbles upon famous daytime actor, Jason Taylor. The attraction between the two is instant and the feelings that overtake them is unlike any the two have ever felt before. But with hundreds of miles between them and lives that don’t exactly follow the same social circles...they have to ask themselves…is love enough? Or will the factors stacking up against them at every turn do the young couple in before love has a chance to be had? I am not a fan of the instant-love-at-first-glance unless there is some real emotion put into it. I want to feel what they characters are feeling and know that it could be real. But Adams did a great job making me believe these two had what it takes. The story of these two characters working for a future of Happily Ever After wasn’t easy. They had to face several obstacles in order to be together; including being hundreds of miles apart and an ex that was hell bent on winning Jason’s love back. I had a couple quirks with the book. One was that a lot of what went on was too sugary sweet and sappy at times. Now this can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what the reader is in the mood for. Sometimes too much sweetness can make the story unrealistic. And sometimes, a reader is having such a bad day that they need that sappy to help them feel whole again. I was on the fence while reading it. There were times I wanted to roll my eyes at some of the stuff being said and other times I thought were very swoon worthy. Another quirk I had about the book was the way it was written. I am not sure what you call this writing style…but I just do not like it when they book is written through so many different POV’s without being separated. In one paragraph I got the POV of 2 different characters and that had me going back to reread the sentences again. So, Adam’s writing was a bit confusing at times. If you are going to write several POV’s I find it is easier to separate them by giving them their own chapters. But with that being said, I enjoyed it and thought it was perfect for my day of reading. I climbed into bed and enjoyed what the book had to offer: loving & sweet Main Characters, a storyline that held my interest, and great secondary characters that anyone would love to have as friends. IS LOVE ENOUGH is a quick read that will leave you smiling. I recommend it to anyone who loves a sweet, clean, romantic read.
  • Barely Breathing on May 14, 2013

    Would probably rate 3.5 stars...but I always round up when leaving my review on other sites. Ever has learned that Jack has betrayed her and it seems that her decision to live in the sea has been for nothing. Now she has to learn to fight her brother in an impending war that really isn’t her battle to win. But since she made the choice to live in the sea and become a mermaid, she has to stick by her decision and help lead her people to victory. But is Ever making the right choice? Is her dreams telling her something bad is going to happen? And will she ever be able to pick up the pieces of her broken heart that Jack destroyed? Ok gonna break it down about what I liked and disliked. Lets go with dislike first. I disliked that the first half of the book had hardly anything going on. There was some training, some bonding, and some new relationships. But that about sums it up. There really wasn't anything paramount that went on. Sure there was some small talk about the upcoming battle and how Ever can't stand even the mention of Jack's name, but really nothing big happens. So altogether the first half of the book was slow, kind of too slow. One other thing I sort of disliked was the fact that the parents were a little too oblivious to what their children are up to. At least they took the initiative, kind of, this time around with James and acted like parents. But they seem a little off to me. I guess that is the mom in me talking. Now, for the things I liked (and loved). I liked Alex but never got that feeling that he was truly meant for Ever. And I hated that I couldn't feel that way. But you can see that they obviously care for one another. He is such a great guy and has so much to offer her. Ever is just going to have to decide whether she wants to live with a broken heart or move on and learn to find love again. And it is not decision she will make lightly. She will tear herself up trying to decide what she wants and what she needs in her life. James. Yes, I absolutely loved that he was such a big addition to the story. At first I wasn't crazy about him, but he grew on me and I enjoyed his scenes and POV. I enjoyed the relationship that him and Ever developed throughout the book and hated it too. Because in the end...there will be a battle and they will be fighting against each other. And it broke my heart to see them getting along so well knowing that the end inevitable. The end is a whopper of cliff hanger. It definitely has you eager for the last book in the series, FOREVER BREATHING. And boy do I look forward to it and to finally see how the series will conclude. BARELY BREATHING was a good book, I just wasn't gaga over it. But I do recommend it to those who have read the first one. You will want to continue on and see how it all develops.
  • Zoo on June 04, 2013

    Can you imagine living in an enclosure having people gawk at you like animals in the zoo? It is beyond my thinking. Oh that could never happen to us. Really? Because the world is so perfect right now? Ok, so yeah, maybe it could happen. One of these days maybe. Well that is what happened to Emma. One minute she is sending a text to a friend (while driving) and the next she is sitting in a white room about to be whisked off to a fate worse than death. And this is just the beginning of her story. I am a huge fan of THE TWILIGHT ZONE marathons that seem to come on around certain holidays. I will gladly stake out in front of my tv a watch a few with the family. I love how some can be so bizarre and creepy…and that is fine by me. So when I started reading ZOO I knew I stepped right into THE TWILIGHT ZONE. There is no other way to explain this book. The creep factor is definitely high and the paranoia is paralyzing. Zoo is absolutely horrifying but in such a good way. I had a hard time putting this book down. It was seriously one of those books that you could never find a stopping place. I will tell you this. Through half the book I didn't think it could get any creepier...but it did. Lets just say that it is like THE TWILIGHT ZONE meets THE HUNGER GAMES. Oh boy. I literally shuddered when this part came. I thought surely it wouldn't get any worse for these people. And yep, it did. The hell these characters went through was intense and crazy. Looking for a book that will be sure to give you the willies? One that is sure to capture your attention from the very start and not let go? Well then this book is for you. I gladly recommend it to anyone and everyone out there. Perfect for any age reader. I am sure once you get done you will be seeking out more from this author. I know I will be.
  • Forever Breathing on July 24, 2013

    Ever is still having her dreams, although they are a bit different now. So while trying to understand what they mean, she also has to come to terms that not everyone is happy with the battle that just took place. So with yet another battle looming, Ever and James must work together, to try and give back freedom to everyone under the sea. But sometimes freedom come with a price…and Ever realizes that that freedom isn’t cheap. Ever is still wishy washy as ever in this one. One minute she is hating Alex and the next she wants what is best for him. I sometimes do not understand that girl. But I can’t help but love her character. I think her problem is she cares too deeply and trusts too easily. She knows it, and at times she will try to pull back…leading her to be wishy washy. And yes, even though she is wishy washy, she is defintely a strong character and will do great things. Oh you caught that I mentioned Alex? Yeah, not going to go into that one. Just read and you’ll see what I mean. (Insert maniacal laugh here) And James, poor, sweet James. I started really liking him in the last book. And I cannot believe how much he has grown since the start of the series. He has stepped up from the snot nose teenager he was in the beginning into someone that can lead a group into battle. I say that is one heck of a change, don’t you? And I just loved his part of the story. So much happens with him and it isn’t all good. Be warned…you will probably want to smack him around a bit before all is said and done. Allen writes a phenomenal book that concludes the series. Even though I wasn't crazy over book 2, I knew that Allen would come back with vengeance and have me smiling and smitten with the how she ends the trilogy. And boy did she ever. The ending was fabulous and I am one smitten kitten. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
  • Love and Decay, Episode Two on July 26, 2013

    Raegan and Haley were lucky when they ran in to the Parker brothers. In their world nobody can be trusted. There are people out there that want to use you for what little you have and cause harm. But when they crashed in on the Parker's humble abode, they actually lucked out. They are the good guys. And good guys are rare. Heading south to South America with hope of finding family that may still be alive and surviving, the group sets out. A week into the trip, they have a run in with some zombies and a group of survivors. And something is not right about them. (The survivors…of course there is something not right with the zombies…they eat flesh.) But if they plan to make it out alive, they have to do what these crazies want.Surviving comes at a cost, a cost that none of them can afford. I was super stoked that Higginson released episode 2 a day early. So much in fact, I dropped yet another book I was reading and ran to buy it. And under an hour I had that puppy read. But then I realized I have to wait another 2 weeks for #3. What started out as excitement soon turned to depression. Higginson is feeding us her book crack one episode at a time and us zombie junkies sit back and let her. What else can we do? Cause an uprising? Turn MISERY on her and tie her to a bed with a block of wood between her feet demanding more zombies...more Parker brothers...more zombies? Hey, yeah. I kinda like that idea. Who's with me? This short story series is a must read and I am loving it so far. So, so much. I love all the tension that is filling up within its pages and cannot get enough of these characters. I am seriously needing more of it by the time I am finished and wish Higginson would get a move on already and release the episodes faster. ;) Have you read epi #1 yet? What did you think of it? I would love to know!
  • Love and Decay, Episode Three on Aug. 11, 2013

    As the crew slowly make their way south into Arkansas (WHOO PIG SOOIE) they come across more aggressive zombies than they have seen in the last couple years. Sure there have been rumors of these types of zombies, but in this new world there is no way to know if these stories were fact or fiction. Unfortunately it seems to be truth. Now, more than ever, they are in need of transportation and more ammo if they expect to survive these new, amped up, flesh eating monsters. This episode of LOVE AND DECAY was an absolute zombie bloodbath. Although we didn't get much zombie action in the 2nd episode, well, Higginson makes up for it by bathing the entire story in guts and gore. Oh and a bit of romance to help balance it all out. Ok, more than a little. Things are definitely heating up between Reagan and Hendrix. I know I was blushing for Reagan when she finds herself alone with him. This is one series I am always eager to read. When it is time for the new episode I am scouring the internet seeing if maybe Higginson released it early. And after finishing this one, I am beyond excited for #4. In #4 we will get Haley's POV. Holla! Love that girl and I dying to know what it up between her and Nelson. Aren't you?
  • Love and Decay, Episode Four on Aug. 24, 2013

    I spent years feeling unsafe-completely vulnerable to death, disease, or Zombie-ism. And here, out in the relative open with only glass and rusted metal to shelter me, while three boys with limited ammo and a pure, focused goal to protect us and their baby sister, I felt absolutely safe and cared for. *** Seriously...why are zombies not real? At least why are Rachel's zombies not real and why are her characters not either? If the zombie apocalypse were to take place this second, I am gathering my possessions and off in search of the Parker brothers. Yes, this cougar will need them if I want to survive. Or in the least have something cute to look at. Right? This episode was probably my favorite so far. Even though you won't find one single zombie in it...it was by far the most romantic. Did it really take us getting Haley's POV for Higginson to show us that Haley and Nelson are the obvious romantic ones of the group? Don't get me wrong, I adore Reagan. But after a certain little scene towards the end of this one, I have a bad feeling. And it has something to do with Hendrix, Vaughan, and hinting at a possible love triangle. Oh dear. Another fabulous episode that is sure to please all of its followers. You haven't read this short story series yet? ((le' gasp)) You must. If you are a fan of romance and zombies (who isn't?) then you are missing out. I am on constant stake out when it is due to release. I have to have my LOVE & DECAY zombie fix. And it is a fix only Higginson can provide. Fav quotes... You are a good girl, Haley. And if you fell into my lap, then it's not by luck but by pure act of God that you're with me now. So instead of looking at you like a fluke, I'm probably going to look at you like a gift. Like you walked into my life, not just as someone who will help my family survive, but as everything I've ever wanted in a girl-everything I've wanted for me. *** "I'll go slow," he promised and my mind went silent- the entire jumble of thoughts disappeared immediately so I could listen with perfect attentiveness to all his soul-aching promises and sexy as hell voice. "I'll let you catch up at your own pace."
  • Love and Decay, Episode Five on Sep. 09, 2013

    Hendrix and Nelson took off the night before to go in search of meds for Page, with a kid they just met. They didn't make it back, so the little punk could have very well set them up. So now it is up to Vaughan and Reagan to go and bring them back. While out looking for them, Vaughan informs Reagan that he has feelings for her. But Reagan wants to make it absolutely clear that she isn't sure who she wants to be with: Hendrix, Vaughan, or no body at all. It is the end of the world and love is the last thing on her mind. But, when a run in with a stranger happens, he could very well change her whole way of thinking. In this new world, love may be all you have left to cling too... Higginson does it once again, episode after episode, giving us another intense story that gets us pumped up for an actual zombie apocalypse. I really enjoyed this one, as we are back in Reagan's head, and we see her have this inner battle with herself. She likes to think of herself as strong and fierce, and trust me she is, but when conflict arises in this story, she learns a few things about herself. For one, who she really has feelings for. At least to me, it seemed like she came to one final conclusion. And I am really hoping I am right. Ahh, if it wasn’t for those darn Parker boys, Reagan would be living in drama-less bliss. But she would also be Feeder food right about now, too! I am eager to see what happens next for these guys and gals. Now that the story is really unfolding, there is no telling what will happen and where it is going to go. And the next one comes out a week early! Fav Line... It didn't surprise me though, to know that any of the Parker brothers could choose whether to leave a trail or blend in completely. They were like super-human GI Joes. At the end of this whole Apocalypse thing, I was petitioning to have action figures made of them.
  • Jars of Clay on Sep. 13, 2013

    *I rated this story 4.5 stars. But I always round up to the next highest star for sites such as goodreads, Amazon, etc.. I adored this book more than what I thought I would. I actually thought that it might be a bit hard to read seeing as the story takes place 199 A.D. But Strauss did an amazing job keeping the dialogue simple and to the times...most of time. There was a time or two I thought certain words were too modern for that time period. But it certainly didn't take away from the story. Loved the romance, what little there was, I just wish there was a bit more between Lucius and Helena. It seems that it happened more behind the scenes than what the reader actually got to experience. So that did, however, take away from the story with me. I would have liked to have seen the romance bloom more before they professed their love to one another. Although we mainly get Helena's POV, Lucius also gets a say, as well as a few others. So while the story mainly focuses on Helena and Lucius, a few other side stories get through in. And I am assuming these other side stories will come into play as the series continues on. I think Strauss did a great job with this story and I look forward to reading more to see what happens between these star crossed lovers and the rest of the characters as well. Most definitely recommend!
  • Love and Decay, Episode Six on Sep. 13, 2013

    They were life to me now. And not just my waking moments and daily duties. No, they were literally life-they represented the only good things left in this dead world, they were bright and full of vitality and color. They were shining with everything good and pure and beautiful and I would never give them up. *** Reagan and her family made it out of the Colony, barely, and along the way they picked up 2 more people to join their band of misfits. These newbies have a lot to learn when it comes to surviving out in this harsh, unforgiving world. And it is not something that is going to happen overnight. But things only get worse when the group tries to take off after a fitful night's sleep, in a freezer of an old grocery store. Will this finally be it for the group? Will things go unsaid between Raegan and Hendrix? *** This was Hendrix-the boy had seen me and demanded I make a place in his life before I even knew his last name. *** Have I mentioned how much I love Hendrix? Yes, every infuriating, delicious ounce of him. I love how intense he is and how much he cares for Reagan. He would do anything for this girl and yet, she just wants to question her feelings. Does she really know him? Is she settling because they are walking on the edge of the end of the world; quite possibly being the only sane people left to populate the world? Ok, I just added that last part in there. But seriously, couldn't you see Reagan trying to process that as she is justifying her feelings for Hendrix? Another fabulous, intense episode from the LOVE AND DECAY series. How does Higginson keep them all so fresh and exciting? I don't know, but I can assure you the intensity of the series keeps getting stronger and stronger as the clan travel on. I seriously thought the worst was going to happen in this one. I just knew that we would lose someone, anyone, in this episode. Will they all make it out alive? Read the story and find out for yourself.
  • Crossover 'The Chosen One Trilogy: Book One' on Sep. 17, 2013
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    When Hayden wonders into a different world, Jasper is sent to bring her to the Queen. Two strong forces are after Hayden and want to use her to defeat the other. But somewhere along the way, the rules get broken and things that have once been set in stone, since the beginning of time, get a bit blurred. Is Hayden the reason for all this change? Can two people from totally different worlds find love among the confusion? Will Hayden be able to return home? Will she want too? So much happens that you will want to stick around and seek out its answers. I was so happy to read this book and to go back to the wonderful world that Chester created. I was first introduced to some of the characters in Chester's TYLER'S STORY. But CROSSOVER takes place long before that one and it is the start of something awesome. I love, love, love the romance in this one. It was absolute goodness. From the moment that Hayden meets Jasper she feels something drawing her towards him. And she is having quite the hard time resisting him. Hayden learns that the people in this world are fated to each other through dreams. Jasper has been dreaming of her for a while now but Hayden has never dreamt of him. So what harm could come from a little flirting? You'd actually be surprised. *** "More than anything in this world or the one you just came from," he whispered. "That's how much I love you." *** I am so looking forward to what is in store for these fabulous characters and the future that is ahead of them. I am sure there is bound to be problems but the romance that Chester dishes out is sure to make up for it. Definitely a great read I recommend to any and all who are a fan of NA paranormal reads.
  • Crossover 'The Chosen One Trilogy: Book One' on Sep. 17, 2013

    When Hayden wonders into a different world, Jasper is sent to bring her to the Queen. Two strong forces are after Hayden and want to use her to defeat the other. But somewhere along the way, the rules get broken and things that have once been set in stone, since the beginning of time, get a bit blurred. Is Hayden the reason for all this change? Can two people from totally different worlds find love among the confusion? Will Hayden be able to return home? Will she want too? So much happens that you will want to stick around and seek out its answers. I was so happy to read this book and to go back to the wonderful world that Chester created. I was first introduced to some of the characters in Chester's TYLER'S STORY. But CROSSOVER takes place long before that one and it is the start of something awesome. I love, love, love the romance in this one. It was absolute goodness. From the moment that Hayden meets Jasper she feels something drawing her towards him. And she is having quite the hard time resisting him. Hayden learns that the people in this world are fated to each other through dreams. Jasper has been dreaming of her for a while now but Hayden has never dreamt of him. So what harm could come from a little flirting? You'd actually be surprised. *** "More than anything in this world or the one you just came from," he whispered. "That's how much I love you." *** I am so looking forward to what is in store for these fabulous characters and the future that is ahead of them. I am sure there is bound to be problems but the romance that Chester dishes out is sure to make up for it. Definitely a great read I recommend to any and all who are a fan of NA paranormal reads.
  • Love and Decay, Episode Seven on Sep. 28, 2013

    The group is trying its hardest to get as far away from Arkansas and the evil that once held some of them captive. Fear still lurks in Reagan's mind that Kane will find her and make good on his promise to keep her. But right now, they need to find food and weapons before they can go any further. Because without both you are as good as zombie food. *** I was humming, vibrating with feelings from him- with what he did to me, with how he made me feel. It was like I was dead before Hendrix. Like I had become the same as the desolate wasteland of the once thriving civilizations I lived in but Hendrix was the cure-he was my vibrancy again, my safe haven. He was my utopia in a world where nothing good remained. *** I am enjoying this whole new side of Reagan we are getting. I love watching her internally explore her feelings for Hendrix and even some dormant ones for Vaughan. Yes, however small they seem, there is still something there. But for now, she is focusing on the ones she has for Hendrix. She can no longer deny him; he absolutely overcomes her and she is realizing she is enjoying it. Very much so. *** He was so much more than I could have asked for-so much more than I ever expected to find. And I have no idea what to do with all my emotions. *** This episode, just like each one before, was intense as usual. One part I feared for Reagan and thought it might be the end for her after all. (I feel like I am repeating myself here from a previous review)But she came out like a gun slinging champ. (Not really a spoiler...where would this series be if Higginson killed her off? Am I right?) But the emotion that Higginson packs into such a short little story is beyond crazy. I always have to take a few minutes to come down from the adrenaline rush it puts me in. These short stories are such a rush! Now that they have more people in the group we can count on things will get a bit crazier, that is for sure. I am eager to see what will come of Tyler and the obvious elephant in the room: her and Vaughan’s feelings for each other. What seems like hate…I feel is much, much more. As always, I need more and looking forward to more adventures Higginson is sure to dish out.
  • Love and Decay, Episode Eight on Oct. 14, 2013

    This time as we get a chance to hear from Tyler as she is coming to terms with being with the Parker brothers, Haley and Reagan. Their lives are totally different than it was when they were living at the Colony with her overbearing father and brother. A brother that is still a threat to her and the crew. Will he be able to track them down and take them back? Or would he even bother…maybe he would just kill them on site? These are the fears that Tyler lives with every day. Tyler and Vaughan are trying to work things out and get along as well as they can. Tyler would love to if only to calm Miller’s nerves about being left behind. But with Vaughan and Tyler’s short history, it is going rather slow. Both have such similar attitudes and it is constantly igniting fights between the two. And you can be sure that Tyler is going to mess up sooner rather than later and Vaughan is going to be there to tell her she did. I really wish these two would just get together already. But I sure am enjoying the build up to what is sure to be an epic love story. At least I am crossing my fingers that is where Higginson is taking it. Another perfect addition to the LOVE AND DECAY series. It was actually really great getting to hear Tyler’s back story and why she acts the way she does. I have now softened to her and look forward to hearing more stories from her POV. Like always…this series is an absolute must read!
  • Love and Decay, Episode Nine on Oct. 26, 2013

    This is the end of the world. This was it. In all its deathly, gruesome glory. This was nightmares come to life-biggest fears, unthinkable dangers, the chilling, grisly menace of trying to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. And one thought kept running through my head. What if this wasn't the end of the world? What if this was only the beginning. *** Never able to catch a break, the group is back on the run. But this time, a certain person has caught up to them. Kane. Reagan's fears of him finding her and making good on his last promise to her is now a reality. Fortunately he is very badly hurt and being the good people they are, they won't leave him stranded and unable to protect himself. So the plan is to get him better and leave him on the side of the road. Alone. But in the time of the zombies, no one is safe. Wow oh wow! I know I keep saying this in each and every review of LOVE AND DECAY, but this one was probably the most intense to me. You want zombies galore? You got'em! No matter where the group is, there is zombies at every turn. You'd think they would get a break at some point. But where would be the fun in that? Reagan is still struggling with her feelings for Hendrix, but it is becoming a little easier for her as the time goes on. I think she is starting to realize that it is ok to love and be loved...even in a zombie apocalypse. But with the added complication of Kane, her feelings for Hendrix might have to take a back seat until they can figure out what they are going to do with him. I look forward to this series every 2 weeks. It is like my brain knows it is time for another episode to come out and I have to have it. Thankfully, we will get a special Halloween edition next week too! This short story series is most definitely a must read.
  • Love and Decay, Episode Ten on Nov. 01, 2013

    Could the groups trek to the South finally be coming to an end? It looks as if they are finally coming to terms that it may be time to quit traveling and put down some roots, if even for a little bit. Now the only problem left to contend with is Kane…the big, broody elephant in the room. *** Kane was attractive, gorgeous even. And he had this whole aura of mystery that was a little bit enticing, if I was honest with myself. But that was it. On the inside he was a hollow, cruel person that lost his moral compass a while ago. The moments he was anything more were just that, moments…glimpses of a person that ceased to exist when Zombies became out reality. *** Going to be flat out honest with you...the ending to this one sucked. Big time. Higginson did another amazing job writing this one and giving us another nail biting, suspenseful read. But really? I am just not liking the predicament that Reagan has found herself once again. This girl is marked for bad luck and poor company. Ugh! There was supposed to be chocolates and flowers at the end. This is not the romance I signed up for. Where is my chocolates and flowers and declarations of love?? All sarcasm aside, I did really love this one. It definitely has you thinking and wondering what is going to happen with Reagan. Not going to give away what situation she has found herself in, but it is a doozy. All I know Hendrix is going to come in blazing in the next one that is for sure. He has to! I just hate that we have to wait 2 whole weeks before we get to see it. As the series continues, the intensity and suspense increases with every turn of the page. This series is a must read for anyone with a zombie fetish and a love for romance. And even though I complained about the ending and how it sucked...5 stars all the way!
  • Love and Decay, Boy Meets Girl on Nov. 20, 2013

    Until an hour ago, I hadn’t realized what a state of undead I’d fallen into. Sure, I fought daily to kill real Zombies; but somewhere along the way I’d become one myself. *** Ever since the first episode of LOVE AND DECAY, I have always wondered what Hendrix's thoughts of Reagan was. To me he came off cold and insensitive when I read that scene of them actually meeting for the very first time. But now I understand that wasn't it at all. From the moment he lays eyes on her, he is overcome by her beauty and her fierceness. Reagan awakens something in him that has been dead for nearly two years. *** We had already experienced more loss than we ever should have. And I would never go through that again- I would never give up those I loved to this world and the evil creatures that haunted it again. *** Hendrix has always made his family priority one. No one will come between them and tear their family apart anymore than what has already been done. He will protect them at all cost. You gotta give it to him...the guy is devoted and dedicated to taking care of them at such a young age. Not many would do what he has done. A lot would have jumped ship along time ago. I can only imagine the stress he is under. Incredible story and a perfect addition to the series. I could definitely get used to more of Hendrix's POV. But really, who wouldn't want more Hendrix? Higginson, thank you once again for proving what an amazing author you are and giving us all this quick insight into Hendrix's head. I love him and I am thankful every time you publish one of these bad boys. Much love!
  • Love and Decay, Episode Twelve on Nov. 29, 2013

    It is finally time for the group to have the much anticipated showdown with Matthias. Though the group think they have it under some sort of control, they soon realize how wrong they are. Matthias pulls an ace out of his sleeve from the start leaving everyone stunned. Chaos erupts and their lives are all in jeopardy. No one will be safe. No one. *** "If we just started shooting each other, killing in the same cold blooded we struggled to survive in, we were as lost and hopeless as the Zombie-fied world we suffered through. And I couldn’t' let that happen." *** This episode will leave you absolutely breathless from the start until finish. Since this series started I don't think I felt so much tension while reading an episode or held my breath quite so much as I did with this one. This one definitely had me on the edge of my seat (literally speaking of course) the entire read. My heart was breaking fearing the worse for Hendrix. I just knew that if anything was wrong with him, well, me and Mrs. Higginson were going to have words. And Reagan! That girl is one kick arse character if I have ever read one. She fights through a concussion and makes a way where there isn't one. Just love her so much! I also think this book summed up my feelings for Kane as well. If I thought I had any kind feelings towards him…that was all brought to a sudden stop. Nothing, I repeat, nothing will ever convince me to have any sort of feels for him ever again. Ever. I loathe him and his father something fierce. Unfortunately, I don't think we've seen the last of them. Higginson gave us readers something phenomenal this year in the form of a series about love and zombies. Zombies and love. Something simple yet different. Something amazing...something great! Now, I just need to know how I will make it through the side effects of going without, shakes and all, until February when Season Two is published. For the love of all that is holy...read this series!
  • A Mermaid for Christmas on Dec. 06, 2013

    This (very) short story was so absolutely precious. We get to see Mena as a young child on the Islands getting to visit with Santa. After seeing him practically melting in his suit, Mena takes it upon herself to get him a gift. In return, Santa also grants her a special wish. Come see what Mena asks of jolly Saint Nick and fall into this magical story. It will definitely warm your heart in just a few short pages. And best of all it is free!
  • Love and Skate on Dec. 27, 2013

    Both Owen and Nellie have been hurt by someone they cared very deeply for. And each carry the hurt still years later. But getting past that hurt will be harder on one more than the other. Dive in and see a beautiful relationship tested over a short time. Dive in and see if true love really does conquer all. Dive in and fall head over heels in love with these amazing characters Felix has brought to life. If I am ever granted 3 magical wishes in my life...I know that one of them will be to have more time so I can reread certain books. Ever since I started blogging and reviewing finding that time is but a far off dream. But if I do...Love and Skate is definitely the top book I will want to reread. Lately I have been finding myself wanting to read contemporary fiction more and more, a genre that I really never cared for until recently. Love and Skate is a perfect example of why I want to read more of it. Felix is not afraid to send her beloved characters through the ringer before they find their happiness. I have said it before, that Felix knows what the reader wants when it comes to romance and she delivers it with perfect execution in her books. If given the time I could go on and on about how much I adore the romance that flows perfectly through the story. With each book, her writing and storytelling has gotten better and better. And with each book I am more in awe of her as an author. The relationship between Owen and Nellie is charming and so unbelievably cute. Felix really did a great job giving the readers some awesome characters that become like a 2nd family to you. Felix is kinda fabulous in that regard. How does she do it? What is her secret? I don’t know…but she better never stop. Go read Love and Skate. Then try to tell me you didn't love it. Cause I will promise you...you are gonna love it! Fav scene.. I put my arm under her head and grabbed the back of her thigh to move her even closer as gently as possible. Just hours ago I would’ve given anything to have my hand on her thigh but this was not sexy. This was making sure that if she was cold, I would warm her. If she was in pain, I would ease her. And if her heart ached, I would mend her. Somehow the things that I could do for her were just the things that she needed. She could’ve found them anywhere but she chose to seek them in me. SEE! Swoony romance! Owen= sexiness!
  • Love and Decay, Kane's Law on Dec. 27, 2013

    I'll be the first to admit that Kane doesn't do it for me. Much. Ok, he did do a little bit. But I still think he is a whack job. This is the first episode told from Kade's POV and it pains me to say I felt his charm working on me from the beginning of the book. BUT!!! But I still didn't get the warm fuzzies some of you's got. I know some of you love Kane. And I get it. It's the glasses right? Ugh. I know. I am a fool for a man with glasses, too. But I just can't get over all his whack-a-doo ideas and his need to claim and control Reagan. It is just not right. There is only one man that is meant for Reagan and that man is Hendrix. *** I had lost my soul out of necessity, not because I relished being a monster. There were certain lines that I would not cross-not even with a gift like this. *** It was still a great chance to see what someone else is thinking through all this mess. I find his inner mind workings interesting. Albeit crazy...but interesting none the less. Kane is such a complicated and complex character, his story had to be told. There was no other way around it. And if I had to guess I would guess that Higginson is already thinking about another story from his POV *cough* Maybe the scene they are stuck together in the bunker. *cough* *** Deep down, I knew that my choices and actions were for the good of humanity, that my choices to keep Reagan was for her own good. If I had to prove that to her one day at a time for the rest of my life, I would. But I was the good guy here. She just didn't know it yet. *** Absolutely, wholeheartedly love this series. I will take it any way I can get it...even in Kane's POV. I don't think I will ever tire of reading about these amazing characters that I have instantly fell in love with from the first time I read episode one. A must read!!
  • Hunting the Moon (The Moon Series) on Jan. 07, 2014

    A long time ago, Boucher approached me to beta a little of what she had wrote. It was good. Darn good in fact. I would find myself wondering what became of those characters and if the mystery that surrounded them was ever solved. My interest was definitely peaked. Fast forward to present time and I am finally able to see what happened to everyone involved. Boucher has now published her debut book and I got to tell you, I really liked the story line and the uniqueness of it all. This read was beyond creepy and packed full of suspense. I loved that about it. Know what else I loved? The romance. It was sweet and the attraction was instant. Daemon and Lilly make one hell of a team. And together they set off to find out why her husband’s ghost is back. Even if it costs them their lives. I had one problem with the book though. There were a handful of errors and word usage throughout the story. Simple things that should have been caught. A little more cleaning up and this story would have been 5 huge stars.
  • Blood Debt on Feb. 09, 2014

    “What if I just want to be normal?” “Normal isn’t an option when you’re extraordinary.” Chris put his hand on mine and gave it a gentle squeeze, “You are extraordinary, Camille. Choose wisely.” *** I don't know what took me so long to get to this one. Straight stole my heart with her Destiny series, so I should have known this one would be just as excellent. And boy was it! Straight has this flawless way of moving you from what you think is a contemporary read into something para/supernatural. Everything flows and you feel as if this world has been here all along. And I do believe I have never read a Centaur story before. So that made this a fun, unique read for me. I enjoyed Cami's character so much. She is a head strong girl that knows what she wants and won't let anyone persuade her otherwise. Even with all this newness being thrown at her as the story starts out, she still manages to keep her head on straight and not let it sway her. No matter the traditions she is introduced to, she is bound and determined to still lead her life her way. And throughout the entire book, she keeps that determination. The storyline is one that is sort of two fold. As you are reading you think that it is all about her new life meeting her new family. But there are secrets that lead Cami off into a different direction. This secrets are sinister and evil, and completely take Cami (and the reader) by surprise. I found myself really worrying for Cami's safety and sanity. It was definitely a scary situation that she found herself in. And the shock and awe’s were enough to have me fearing for the worse. Well played, Straight. Well played! What I thought would be a book with minimal romance really surprised me in the end. I was very happy with how everything lead up to the ending, especially the romance. I do love some romance, but I was glad the whole book wasn’t centered on only that. There was more story and that was fine with me. Great read…a definite recommend! I am reading book 2 now, so I hope you look forward to reading that review when I get done. 5 stars!!
  • Centaur Legacy on Feb. 11, 2014

    On the run in search of something that up until now has only been heard of in the Greek myths told to them as children, Cami and Drake must make their way to Ireland in search of Hercules' arrow. An arrow and her Great Uncle. Hoping both will give her the protection from her grandmother she so desperately needs. What they discover on this journey is beyond anything Cami thought possible. Greek mythology is coming to life before her very eyes and it may be the only thing able to keep them both alive in the end. Amazing. This story was simply amazing. If I had to compare this book to another one out there, it would most likely be THE LIGHTNING THIEF. I have yet to read the book but I did see the movie. And this book is like a New Adult version of that. Everything about it came to life when the history of the Centaurs was told. The story captured my attention from the very first book and has yet to release me. Quite sure I don't want it to either. These books are fascinating and I am completely happy to pitch a tent and relax within its words. If I thought I couldn't love Drake any more than I already did, well, this one proved me wrong on so many levels. Straight was able to write a character that affected me so strongly. My feelings were amped up for him. Especially in the scenes where he was so deeply hurting for Cami and wondering if she would reject him. Ok. That is all I am saying about that. Don't want to step on toes and give stuff away. But if any of you had doubts about his love for Cami...I am here to squash those thoughts. He loves her. That is final. I am now moving on to book 3, CENTAUR RIVALRY. I have to know what is going to happen as they make their way on this incredible journey. Hell. Is. About. To. Break. Loose. Mark my words.
  • Centaur Rivalry (Touched Series Book 3) on Feb. 19, 2014

    Cami must have known I needed my solitude, and she stayed wordlessly by my side-no words of encouragement or second thoughts about what lay before us. If we died, wed die together- our last act on this earth trying to save the Lost Herd and the family we had both come to love. *** I am never good at reviews when it is the 3rd book (or more of the series). Especially when it is as good as the previous ones. I just always feel like a broken record...yes, love the characters, love the storyline, yada yada. But truly this was another fabulous addition to the series. I did love the characters and I did love the storyline. As the story moves along, Straight keeps it fresh by the things she is adding to the book. You don't feel as if you are reading the same story in a different book. I do love the opening line in the summary "The Centaur world is rocked as news spreads of the Lost Herd, Camille's existence, and her Centaur protector." Um, yeah. Just a tad. LoL! What I would give to see the faces of those who have come in contact with Drake in all his hoof-y greatness! There is still romance to be had and not just with Drake and Cami. Oh just you wait and see! There are new people added to this one and so new romances are bound to happen. Speaking of the new people, I really think that readers are going to like them. I definitely think they bring something great to the series. Ok, enough of that. Before you know it I will be giving away the story. And we can't have that can we? No. We cannot. So of course I recommend this book (and the whole dang series). Straight is a fantastic story teller and I cannot wait to see what she has waiting for us in book 4, CENTAUR REDEMPTION.
  • Centaur Redemption (Touched Series Book 4) on March 06, 2014

    I had learned so much about our kind. I liked the idea that when this life is over, we all meet again in the pastures. There are so many things I want Mom to know. More than anything I want her to know I found happiness right here on earth-true happiness. *** There is one thing I have come to realize when reading this series…not one ounce of these books is predicable. Nothing. As you are reading along twists and turns jump out at you that you never saw coming. And besides Cami and Drake's relationship, that is what I love most about each of the books. I love not knowing what is about to happen. Because even when I try to guess, I am completely blown away by what Straight does next. This lady has serious talent when it comes to anticipation and suspense. *** If all these blessings I had been given were suddenly taken away, I could go to the pasture knowing without a doubt that my life had been full. I would know that I would be missed, that my Centaur family truly loved me. In return, I was prepared to go to the end of the earth to save each one of them. *** All those questions you’ve had from the start of the series finally get answered. CENTAUR REDEMPTION was packed full of answers and incredible imagination. If I had to choose a favorite out of all four, I might possibly say this one. I felt so many emotions throughout this series, but this one topped them all. It was such an amazing book to read and experience. The Greek Gods will play a major role in this final installment to the series. Sacrifices will be made that will rip your heart into tiny, inconsolable pieces. As I was finishing the last pages of the book I had tears pouring from my eyes. They were a mixture of sad tears and happy ones. It truly was a magnificent ending for such a magnificent read. My heart will forever love this series and the emotions it has brought forth. I look forward to reuniting with them when ever Straight decides to revisit them. (Yes, she mentions at the end we haven’t seen the last of everyone!) *** “I owe you my life, because without you, I wouldn’t want mine. I owe you my love for eternity, because before I met you, I wasn’t convinced love existed.” *** If you are a fan of Shelly Crane's SIGNIFICANCE series, I really think you will enjoy this one. Maybe it is the writing or familiarity of the characters that reminds me of those books. Either way, I think you will fall for this series like I have. It is a must read that will have you flying through all the books just to find out Cami and Drake's fate. 5 Absolutely Must Read Stars!
  • Through Glass - Episode One on April 15, 2014

    In less than an hour, the world had fallen apart. I didn't want to think about what they were doing, or who they had killed. I wouldn't think about why they had spared me. I didn't want to think about being left. About being alone. *** With less than a month of school left before Alexis graduates, her life is changed forever. Her long time crush/best friend is finally starting to show interest in her. Who knew that the day he confesses his feelings for her the world would all but end and hell would take over? Give me a minute to dislodge my hammering, stammering heart from my throat. In a matter of minutes I was jolted from a lovey dovey scene into a hot mess of emotions that nearly had me peeing myself. True story. I don't think I have ever been thrown into such a disarray of feelings that quickly before with just a few words. But low and behold, I was and I stayed that way the remainder of the book. And as soon as I finished I had to take a few minutes to compose myself and think about all that happened. What does this mean for Alexis and Cohen? What the heck does this mean for me? Do I want to put myself through this hell the author has now sent the world into? Of course I do. So I went and bought every single volume that is currently out. I ain't stupid. I know great story telling when I see it. And I likes what I sees. *** Even if I could move, even if I could get away, I had nowhere that I could go that the thing would not find me. *** I fell for these characters after only just meeting them briefly and knew it was character love at first sight. And then the emotional build up in just a few pages had me instantly hooked to their story. Followed by amazing writing by an author that knows how to draw you in with her words and wake up your imagination....that's what you call a 'Win/Win/Win Situation'. That's what you call one hell of an opening book that is sure to be a phenomenal serial series. A definite must read for anyone needing their senses jarred and awakened. It is a quick read that will have you immediately seeking out the next one of the series. 5 Creepy and Slightly Romantic stars.
  • Five Mornings: A Cambio Springs Short Story on April 25, 2014

    A fabulously written short story that is the perfect lead in to DESERT BOUND, a full length novel about Ted (Teodora) and Alex. You will experience a roller coaster of emotions in this quick read as you lose yourself for a few moments and see how 5 mornings could forever change the lives of these two. A short, sexy, must read! A definite recommend!
  • Forced Autonomy on June 03, 2014

    The mass, mandated lobotomies started thereafter. Those who protested or refused quickly met their end. That's when we knew for sure-we were hopeless. *** Felix's newest book, FORCED AUTONOMY, is a dystopian where the American government has been overtaken by the United Nations and people are forced to be made into zombie like slaves. And forced to work in factories making products for other countries now like China. How’s that for irony? But there are still others out there that never got the procedure and they are looking to take back their country and help those they find along the way. I am such a huge fan of short story books. Especially when they are made into a series. Take for instance Rachel Higginson's LOVE AND DECAY series. Gah!! I absolutely cannot get enough of it. So when Felix brought to my attention that she was going to do one herself, I knew I would inhale it. This is Lila Felix we are talking about. Her ideas for her books are so freakishly amazing. She takes something so simple, tackles it, and then turns it into something no one has tried before. She is brilliant! And for her to be stepping out of her comfort zone of contemporary romance to venture into dystopian genre, is big! This first book in the series is setting the ground work for what has happened and a glimpse at what is to come. Felix has made a futuristic world that could very well be our future if we are not careful. Me being the romance junkie I am, was looking forward to the stuff that Felix is known for. The lady could write a romance out of anything. We all know this. Her books are addictive and you find you lose yourself in them and the romance. But (yes I said but), there isn't a whole lot in this one. And that is ok. I see that Felix has to set the stage. She has to form this into a story we are going to believe and want to return to each and every time she publishes it. So to rush in the romance at the very beginning could be author suicide. She will get us there. I saw hints and flirting in the story. Not all is lost. So hang tight. *** Running towards something new, even if it was evil, made me hopeful-hope was my childhood friend and she hadn't paid me a visit in quite a while. *** A quick read and a must read. I already love the characters and staking out a few I don’t. I am anxious for the next books of the series and what Felix has up her sleeve. Buckle up…this is going to be a wild ride! 5 Stars!!