Aug 01 2014
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Review for Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais

 

Review for Breaking Butterflies by M. AnjelaisBreaking Butterflies
By M. Anjelais
Published by
Chicken House/Scholastic

On August 26th 2014
Genres:
Young Adult Contemporary

Format: Paperback
Pages:
352

Source: Publisher
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The closest he will ever come to happiness is when he's hurting her. Will she let him? A beautiful and twisted story of first love and innocence lost--written when the author was just eighteen.

Sphinxie and Cadence. Promised to each other in childhood. Drawn together again as teens. Sphinxie is sweet, compassionate, and plain. Cadence is brilliant, charismatic. Damaged. And diseased. When they were kids, he scarred her with a knife. Now, as his illness progresses, he becomes increasingly demanding. She wants to be loyal--but fears for her life. Only the ultimate sacrifice will give this love an ending.

 

 

 

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This is one of those books that I honestly don’t know where to even start to tell you about. When I started it, I didn’t read the blurb inside so I had no idea what I was getting into. This might be a little on the long side, and a little ranty, and with spoiler so I thought I would warn you. The writing was good and I liked this part of the book, and the book is a fast read, it just wan’t for me.
 
This is a story that follows a young girl and a young guy, their mothers growing up were best friends. They made this strange plan that when they grew up, their children would grow up and end up together. When Sphinxie and Cadence were little they were close just like the mothers hoped, but it didn’t take long to figure out that there was something wrong with Cadence. His irradic behavior and temper set in motion some events that no parent can ignore. And the mothers somewhat grew apart, and so did Sphinxie and Cadence. It is when Cadence become ill that Sphinxie ends together with him again.
 
Character wise, I will start with Sphinxie. She was naive, and some decisions that I couldn’t understand. Why put yourself through someone verbally or emotionally abusing you, but she does. I thought to myself, can she really not see what it going on, and I spent most of the time frustrated with her. Cadence was everything that I know about what a sociopath is. He’s manipulative and his mood swings were frightening. Even at the end, I still had not found one redeemming quality in him. Sphinxie’s mother wasn’t much better, and against her father wishes she still allows her contact with Cadence. Cadence’s mother accepted his behavior as everything normality. It was hard to find a reason to connect with any of them.
 
The plot itself it where this lost me even more. There were so many things that happened that just wasn’t right but at the same time it was addictive. Anyway, both Sphinxie and Cadence’s mother had a wonderful friendship growing up, and it wasn’t any wonder that they wanted to still be friends when they grew up, and especially their children being friends. Cadence got mad at Sphinxie and took a knife and cut her, in her face, then he killed a bird and never felt a thing, no sympathy, regret or emotion. Excuses were made and life went on though. Cadence was diagnosed with being a sociopath when he got a little older, but when he became ill, Sphinxie and her Mom went to visit and Sphinxie felt this draw to him, which was something I never understood. He treated her horribly, he’d yell, throw things, shut himself in his room, you name it, he did it. I think I kept reading just to see if anything ever changed, maybe as he got sicker he would be different. Sadly, I didn’t get anything more than what I did the entire book.
 
Once I finished reading, I still wasn’t sure what I thought about this. It is a book that sticks with you, just in the way I would have liked it to. I will say, that I recommend checking out some other reviews before writing this one off, you might have a different reaction to this than I did.

 

 

 

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Jenea

Jul 31 2014
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Book Blitz: Spotlight, Excerpt, Teaser and Giveaway for Found in Us (Lost #2) by Layla Hagen

Book Blitz: Spotlight, Excerpt, Teaser and Giveaway for Found in Us (Lost #2) by Layla Hagen

 

Welcome to the book blitz for Found in Us. This is a New Adult Contemporary Romance, and can be read as a standalone. The second book in the Lost series tells Jessica and Parker’s story and there is some strong sexual content.

I am happy to share a couple of teasers, and excerpt and a giveaway too. Enjoy…

 

 
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Book Blitz: Spotlight, Excerpt, Teaser and Giveaway for Found in Us (Lost #2) by Layla HagenFound in Us
Series: Lost #2
By Layla Hagen
On July 24th 2014
Genres:
New Adult Contemporary Romance

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All Jessica wants -as a college graduate — is to be a good girl. She landed the job of her dreams at a museum and is trying to eliminate temptations. No more short skirts (when she can help it). No wild parties. And no men.

She particularly excels at that last thing. . .

Until her path crosses Parker’s. Again. Jessica remembers the last time their paths crossed very well. She was left with a seriously bruised ego. She knows it would be best to avoid him altogether. But the charming Brit makes it hard for her to elude his electrifying pull. He is as irresistible as he is captivating.

And enigmatic.

Because underneath the sleek Armani suit and the sweet British accent that makes her crave his touch, Parker isn’t the perfect gentleman everyone thinks he is.

He’s exactly what Jessica doesn’t want, but desperately needs.
A bad, bad boy.
**This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.**

 

 

 

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Attention! Extreme hotness alert

 

“I can’t make up my mind,” Parker says.

“About what?”

“About what I want to do with you.”

I gulp. “Don’t I get a say in this?”

He snaps his head up, chuckling. “Not really.”

“That’s not frustrating at all, you know? What are you thinking right now?”

He tugs his lower lip with his teeth. “You really want to know?”

“Yeah, I really want to know.”

He shifts his weight on the edge of the seat, and when he leans forward this time, I don’t back off. “I’m thinking I would very much like to see you come,” he says into my ear. My mind doesn’t register the full impact of his words right away. But my body does. “Anything against that, Jessica?” he whispers, his hand trailing up and down my inner thigh.

“N-no,” I say in a low voice. So low that I hope he hasn’t heard me. But he has. There’s no other explanation as to why his hand has already found its way under my dress.

“Turn around and spread your legs,” he commands.

“Parker,” I mumble, “not here . . .”

“No one can see us, and Dani won’t come back soon. Turn around.”

Despite knowing I shouldn’t, I turn around. My body no longer seems to listen to any commands of mine. I lean my back against his chest, my head resting on his shoulder, my forehead touching the base of his neck. I look into the room, trying to gauge what those in the boxes opposite us can see. But I can barely see anything in the back row of the boxes directly in front of us. There’s no reason to believe anyone could see us from there. Anyone looking from above won’t have a clear view of the back row either.

“Spread your legs,” he repeats, his tone more authoritative than before. It sends another wave of heat through me. Burying myself in his neck, I open up for him. He doesn’t touch me right away. He takes his time, trailing his fingers on the inside of my thigh, inciting a deep hunger in my core that grows with each inch of my skin he touches until I drop any pretense of shame and beg him, “Parker . . .”

When his fingers touch my intimate spot over my panties, I stiffen against him.

“You’re soaked,” he says, and I take immense pleasure in the slight tremble in his voice. Then his fingers start rubbing me slowly, and I dig my own fingers in the cushion of the chair as a spasm wracks through me.

This man will make me come.

Here, surrounded by people and plush velvet-covered seats.

 

 

 

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About Layla Hagen

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My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult Contemporary Romance author.

I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.

I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.

And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough

Jenea

Jul 30 2014
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Waiting on Wednesday #97 What If by Rebecca Donovan #WoW

 

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine that showcases our most anticipated upcoming releases.

 

 

I stumbled across this one, and it sounds like it will be a good one. It’s a New Adult Romance, and I wonder who this girl really is. Is she Nicole, is she Nyelle? I need to know, and I can’t wait to read it!

 

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday #97 What If by Rebecca Donovan #WoWWhat If
By Rebecca Donovan
Published by
Grand Central Publishing

On September 16th 2014
Genres:
New Adult Romance

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What if you had a second chance to meet someone for the first time?

Cal Logan is shocked to see Nicole Bentley sitting across from him at a coffee shop thousands of miles from their hometown. After all, no one has seen or heard from her since they graduated over a year ago.

Except this girl isn't Nicole.

She looks exactly like Cal's shy childhood crush, but her name is Nyelle Preston and she has no idea who he is. This girl is impulsive and daring, her passion for life infectious. The complete opposite of Nicole. Cal finds himself utterly fascinated-and falling hard. But Nyelle is also extremely secretive. And the closer he comes to finding out what she's hiding, the less he wants to know.

When the secrets from the past and present collide, one thing becomes clear: Nothing is what it seems.

 

 

 

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About Rebecca Donovan

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Optimism seeps from every pore of my body. I truly believe that what’s supposed to happen… will! In that regard, I don’t know how to give up; it’s not part of my biological make up.

I’m a passionate (and some would say, overly enthusiastic) person. I learn by doing (and have been burned more times that I’d like to admit), but I will always throw my entire self into whatever I do – fail or succeed.

I think this is evident when I write, leaving nothing behind and spilling it all out on the pages. I give it all to my readers – love it or hate it.

The path I’m on is very often my own, veering off the beaten path at the sight of something more interesting or captivating, getting caught in the vines and thorns in order to experience the beauty and intrigue others often pass by. And I always meet the most interesting people along the way.

Jenea

Jul 29 2014
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Review for The Dolls (Dolls #1) by Kiki Sullivan

 

Review for The Dolls (Dolls #1) by Kiki SullivanThe Dolls
Series: Dolls #1
By Kiki Sullivan
Published by
Balzer & Bray

On September 2nd 2014
Genres:
Young Adult Paranormal/Magic

Format: eARC
Pages:
384

Source: Edelweiss
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Eveny Cheval just moved back to Louisiana after spending her childhood in New York with her aunt Bea. Eveny hasn’t seen her hometown since her mother’s suicide fourteen years ago, and her memories couldn’t have prepared her for what she encounters. Because pristine, perfectly manicured Carrefour has a dark side full of intrigue, betrayal, and lies—and Eveny quickly finds herself at the center of it all.

Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends known as the Dolls. From sipping champagne at lunch to hooking up with the hottest boys, Peregrine and Chloe have everything—including an explanation for what’s going on in Carrefour. And Eveny doesn’t trust them one bit.

But after murder strikes and Eveny discovers that everything she believes about herself, her family, and her life is a lie, she must turn to the Dolls for answers. Something’s wrong in paradise, and it’s up to Eveny, Chloe, and Peregrine to save Carrefour and make it right.

 

 

 

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I have been wanting to read this for a while, but tried to make a little closer to the release date, but I couldn’t wait. Anything with settings in Louisiana and involves voodoo, just calls to me.
 
The Dolls follows Eveny, who has grown up in New York, pretty far from the town of Carrefour. But she headed back there with her Aunt, and she isn’t happy about it at all. She know nothing about it, or the people that live there either, so how is she suppose to like the fact that she will now be living there. As soon as Eveny enters the gate of Carrefour, she sees a lot things she didn’t expect to. On one side, the people are flawless, gorgeous and and they live in big, beautiful houses and the weather is amazing. On the other side of town, they live in poverty, and struggle to make it, while the weather is miserable. Eveny doesn’t understand why, then she meets “The Dolls”, and what they can do and then things start to fall in to place. But this means everything that Eveny knows changes.
 
Eveny is the main characters, but there are a couple of others, like Chloe and Peregrine that play a big part. But, I will start with Eveny. I have to say that I did kinda like her. She wants answers and goes after them. Chloe and Peregrine on the other hand fall into the whole “mean girl” cliche. They might be important to the town because there are Queens of Zandra a form of voodoo, but they are just awful girls. So entitled and just plain mean. But, Eveny is just as important as they are, if not more so, she just didn’t know that until the move to Carrefour.
 
The story starts of pretty strong, and moves quickly until about half way and it does slow down. The setting of Carrefour which is supposed to be in Louisiana, but this is a town that is surrounded by a wall, the only way to get in is with a key. No one gets in that isn’t supposed to be there. There is some serious voodoo going on within the walls, but there is also some menacing magic at work too. The mystery that surrounds those that are interfering with the towns magic was pretty good, a little on the predictable side, but it was still entertaining. I felt the ending was a little rushed and I was hoping for more about the town itself and maybe more about the Zandra practices, since this is the first book in the series, I’m pretty sure I will get some answers. The ending felt rushed and it does end on a cliffhanger, so I will be on the lookout for the next book.
 
The Dolls was filled with secrets, betrayals and lots of voodoo, and certainly wasn’t a bad start to the series.

 

 

 

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About Kiki Sullivan

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like her main character, Eveny Cheval, used to live in New York and now calls the American South home. Unlike Eveny, she finds it impossible to keep her rose garden alive. She has hung out with queens of the dark arts, strolled through creepy New Orleans cemeteries at night, and written the first book of this series with a redheaded Louisiana voodoo doll beside her computer.

Jenea

Jul 28 2014
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A Beauty So Beastly (The Beastly Series #1) by RaShelle Workman

 

A Beauty So Beastly (The Beastly Series #1) by RaShelle WorkmanA Beauty So Beastly
Series: The Beastly Series #1
By RaShelle Workman
Published by
Polished Pen Press Corp

On July 3rd 2014
Genres:
Young Adult Fairy Tale Retelling

Format: eBook
Pages:
230

Source: Personal Library
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“For your vanity, your cruelty, and your cold unfeeling heart, a curse I leave upon you . . .”

What happens if the beauty is also the beast?

The stunning Beatrice Cavanaugh is considered American royalty. She has everything except the ability to love. Cursed on her eighteenth birthday, she becomes more beastly than ever, having a newfound craving for raw meat, and an undeniable yearning for the night. Bitterness is her only companion.

After accusing a maid of stealing, a disgustingly kind and exquisitely handsome guy named Adam shows up asking Beatrice to drop the charges against his mother.

Infuriated by his goodness, Beatrice vows to break him. Destroy him. Make him hurt the way she hurts. So she agrees. On one condition: Adam must take his mother’s place as a servant in the mansion.

Because Beatrice won’t stop until he’s more beastly than she is.

 

 

 

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I am a fan of Workman’s Blood and Snow series, so I was pretty excited to see another retelling type series from her. This one happens to be a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and there was no way I was going to miss out on this one and is was soo good.
 
The blurb does give an idea of what this about, but there is so much more to the story. Bea isn’t the normal teenage girl, yes she is beautiful, rich, and popular. But can you cay, stone cold bitch. She doesn’t feel, anything. Every around her does everything she wants, buys her what she wants and bends to her every need and when they don’t, she just just writes them off as if they don’t exist. But everything changes in just one night and then she meets Adam, and all these changes take Bea into a world she never knew about, and now there seems to be someone after her. Finding out who and why, and as unfeeling as Bea was, I wondered if she would be able to change in time and find who was after her.
 
I have to admit, I didn’t really care for Bea at the beginning, but know that was kinda that point, at least at first. The transformation for her wasn’t easy but watching her go through it, made me like her more and more as the story progressed and I ended up being pretty impressed with her at the end. I like there is a crossover of character, it was great to have Professor Pops being a big part of Bea’s world. There is a lot to be learned about him, and I am sure we will get even more as this series goes along. Adam and Cole were a fantastic addition to the cast and of course I had my favorite. But I hope we get to see a lot more of both of them.
 
This is a fairly fast paced read, with Bea’s parents abruptly going missing, her birthday and the curse taking place early on that is no shortage of excitement. There is so much to be learned about Bea and where she came from, and it is all set in a world that I was familiar with, being that it was the world that Blood and Snow took place in. Even if you haven’t read the B&S series, Workman describes everything so well, you won’t feel like you have missed a single thing. I love this about her writing. Now, what would a Beauty and the Beast be without a romance, it is a subtle and slow building one and I an not going to give away who it is, but I was happy that it ended up being who it did. With all the little twist and turns, I couldn’t get enough and before I knew I was at the end. And wanting the next book badly. I can’t wait to see what happens with Bea.
 
A Beauty So Beastly is an amazing start The Beastly Series, and fans of retellings will enjoy this one for sure.
 

 

 

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About RaShelle Workman

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RaShelle Workman is an international bestselling author. She writes fractured fairytales with bite and young adult science fiction that’s out of this world. RaShelle likes cherry pie, movies, family adventures, and chocolate. If you want to get on her good side, send chocolate. RaShelle’s sold more than 500,000 copies of her books worldwide. Sleeping Roses, Exiled, Beguiled, and Dovetailed have foreign rights contracts with a Turkish publisher.

Jenea