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text 2017-02-27 12:30
February 2017 Reads

 

While February was a short month I still go plenty of books in ...  I also finally read both books of the A Court of Thorns And Roses series and I LOVED them. I'm counting down the day until we finally get book three in the series A Court of Wing And Ruin. Aside from that I got four more ARCs done reading and I should be almost caught up with them. Just a couple more and after that just what new books I will get in.

There is also a new giveaway going on. Luck o’ the Readers Giveaway. Don't forget to enter and share, the grand prize is $100 in paypal cash or many,many other prizes which could be books, swag, gift-cards or one of many other prizes. The giveaway is open international as well.

Here are some anticipated releases for March 2017.

For March 7th,Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco, Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop and Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs.

Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen on March 13th.

On March 20th The Struggle by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Conquering the Cowboy by Kelli Ireland on March 21st.  And The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston on March 28th. 

Some of those are on my TBR and some I even already read. 

I hope everyone has a great March, I will add the giveaway at the bottom of this post. The buy links as always can be found the reviews that are linked . 

As always Happy Reading and good luck with the giveaway :) 

 


The Turn by Kim Harrison

 

 

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Can science save us when all else fails?

Trisk and her hated rival, Kalamack, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.

Death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government’s new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague takes the world, giving the paranormal species an uncomfortable choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved.

Kal surreptitiously works against her as Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

 

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4★

 

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Tartan Temptation by Kayden Claremont 

 

 

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Financial planner Cora Siegfried has returned to her hometown to settle her late father’s estate. Get in, get out, that’s the plan. When she’s almost run over by a kilt-wearing hottie on a motorcycle, all her well-laid plans go up in smoke, and all she can think about is getting well laid by her childhood crush. But after what she hoped would be a one-night stand, leaving him might not be as easy. Talk about a tartan temptation. With his throne on the line, Brodie Murdock needs to secure his kingdom by taking a bride. When the only woman he’s ever wanted steps right into his path, he knows the legends are true. She is his destiny. The feisty female isn’t hard to seduce into his bed for the night, but she’s proving difficult to convince they are meant for forever. And then there’s the secret that could destroy any chance of their future—a secret he’s not ready to confess. Not until his stubborn soul mate admits she needs him for more than sex.

 

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3★

 

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

 

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When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

 

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4★

 

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

 

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Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world torn apart.

 

 

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Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen

 

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Kate ships tons of fictional couples, but IRL her OTP is her and Mick, the hot quarterback she’s crushed on since, like, forever. With only one semester left of senior year, it’s now or never if she wants to land him in time for prom. Since she’s flirtationally challenged, she enlists Cooper Callihan, the guy who turned popular seemingly overnight but who used to be a good friend.

Cooper lives and breathes rowing, but his partner just broke his wrist. When he remembers Kate’s good with a set of oars, he strikes a deal: help him train, and he’ll make sure her crush notices her. Only he didn’t know how addicting spending time with her would be. Or how the more successful the Operation is, the more jealousy he experiences.

The mission has been set. The troops have their marching orders. But what if the target is the wrong guy all along?

 

 

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4½ ★   

 

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Unexpected Obsession by Barbara Strickland

 

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Tragedy takes Lia from Sydney to Sicily. Her father’s last wishes were to re-unite his estranged family. Lia finds herself pitted against the formidable Nico who has no interest in reconciling the past. He is a man who needs to control every aspect of life around him, and is unprepared for Lia’s spirit and determination. Can obsession and an overwhelming chemistry become more for Nico and Lia, or will it pull them apart?

 

 

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2½ ★

 

 

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Unexpected Obsession (The Unexpected Series #1) by Barbara Strickland
Unexpected Obsession - Barbara Strickland

 

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Tragedy takes Lia from Sydney to Sicily. Her father’s last wishes were to re-unite his estranged family. Lia finds herself pitted against the formidable Nico who has no interest in reconciling the past. He is a man who needs to control every aspect of life around him, and is unprepared for Lia’s spirit and determination. Can obsession and an overwhelming chemistry become more for Nico and Lia, or will it pull them apart?

 

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2 ½ ★

 

This book was a rather up and down for me. While there was plenty I liked there were also a few things that I didn’t. I did enjoy the story and the world setting, Italy with all his charm. I also enjoyed the characters, their background and story line. While I enjoyed all these things at the same time I had a hard time to connect to them at the same time. It was a constant back and forth, likening them or not. I think some of it had to do with that some things went into great detail while others were not, that often left them a little flat or a 2 dimensional. That went for characters as well as situations happening. Also for a copy that came straight from Amazon, it had quite a few errors in it, spelling and grammar. While I’m sure that has been corrected by now, it took away from the flow of reading. I think an extra run through the editor or so before publishing it would have helped with that. Overall I thought the story was nice and I enjoyed it, but the character and the structure could have used little more refining.

I rate this 2 ½ ★ but think maybe someone else might even love it.

 

 

 

*I received a free copy from the author and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!

 

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Barbara Strickland

 

Barbara Strickland is currently living in Townsville in Australia's tropical north. Originally from Sydney of Italian parentage she has a Bachelor of Education, and would love the time to work on a Diploma in TESOL. Teaching English as a second language coincides with her love of travel. Fortunate enough, to have three grown-up children who encourage her to express herself, she is free to follow her dreams. More travel one day but at present she is more likely found working on her Unexpected Series where she combine her love of romance with the places she has seen. The rest of the time she likes reading, blogging and ballroom dancing. She has four ambitions. She would like to publish her books, travel, learn to speak at least three other languages, and own a cat with blue eyes. (And a dog but has to find a bigger place to live first)

 

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Lila and the Crow by Gabrielle Grimard
Lila and the Crow - Gabrielle Grimard

Genre:  Bullying / Animals / Fantasy /School


Year Published: 2016


Year Read:  2017

Publisher:  Annick Press

 

 

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I would like to thank NetGalley and Annick Press for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


After I finished reading “Lila and the Crow” by Gabrielle Grimard, I noticed that I had just read another bird themed book from the publisher Annick Press and that was “Rosie the Raven,” which I thoroughly enjoyed! “Lila and the Crow” was a truly unique children’s book about the importance of accepting your own individual appearances no matter what other people say!

Lila had just recently moved to a new town and she wanted to make some new friends on her first day of school. But when Lila comes to school, a boy named Nathan ends up making fun of her by saying that she looks like a crow and this causes the rest of the class to make fun of Lila too. The next day, Lila tried to cover her hair since the other kids said that it was as dark as a crow, but then the other kids started saying that Lila has dark skin like a crow’s and they continued bullying her about her “crow” appearance until Lila had nearly covered up her whole body to avoid the bullying. One day however, the school’s autumn festival had arrived and all of Lila’s classmates were excited to be wearing costumes during the event. But Lila was still miserable from all the bullying she has received and when she finally hits her lowest point, a crow suddenly came up to Lila. It turns out that the crow has been following Lila throughout the story and it was trying to tell Lila something, but Lila kept ignoring the crow throughout the story. Now, Lila decides to give her attention to the crow and…

What is the crow trying to tell Lila?

Read this book to find out!


Gabrielle Grimard has done a great job at telling this story as it details the upsetting effects that bullying has on people (especially children), while also teaching the readers about the importance of being yourself no matter what everyone else says about your appearance. Whenever I saw Lila getting bullied at school due to looking different from the other students, I felt a lot of emotion for her as I know how upsetting bullying can be for a child, especially if the child did not do anything that would warrant such cruelty. I was amazed at how Gabrielle Grimard realistically shows the impact that bullying can have on a child as we see scenes of Lila trying to cover herself up to avoid the bullying and getting more miserable as the bullying worsens. I was also intrigued about Lila’s relationship with the crows (even though not much was really explained about the context of their relationship) as it gave the book a supernatural feel as it seems like Lila is connected to the crows somehow and the crows really want to help Lila with her problems at school. Gabrielle Grimard’s artwork is absolutely gorgeous to look at as Lila looks extremely unique from her classmates as she is mostly dressed in solid red colors while her classmates are in more colorful clothing. I really loved the images of the crows and the forest life itself as it looks so exotic and I loved the way that the crows look mysterious on each image as you are wondering what they want to say to Lila throughout the story.

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The reason why I took off half a star from the rating was because I felt that the characters were a bit too flat, especially regarding Lila as we do not know why she moved from her old town or why the crows want to communicate with her. I was also wondering about whether Lila was connected to the crows or not as it seemed a bit bizarre that Lila is the only person who can kind of communicate with the crows and it makes me wonder if Lila had any sort of special power that we should be aware of.

Overall, “Lila and the Crow” is a great read for anyone who wants to read about the negative effects of bullying and for anyone who wants to read about birds (crows, especially)! I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.

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review 2017-02-19 20:17
Alice by Christina Henry
Alice - Christina Henry

Genre: Fantasy / Horror / Thriller / Adventure


Year Published: 2015


Number of Pages: 291 pages


Date Read: 1/6/2017   



Publisher: Ace Books

 

 

Series: The Chronicles of Alice #1

 

 

Alice

5.5 stars!!!

“Pretty little Alice. We’ll make you fine and plump, won’t we, pretty girl? Pretty Alice.”

You know something? I thought that the darkest retelling of “Alice in Wonderland” I had ever been introduced to was either “American McGee’s Alice” video game series or Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” But then, after I read Christina Henry’s take on “Alice in Wonderland” called “Alice,” it turns out that this book blew all the other dark interpretations of “Alice in Wonderland” away with its constant themes of graphic violence and rape!

The story starts off with Alice being held in a hospital (or a mental institution) due to her going insane a few years ago and the problem with this is that Alice cannot remember how she ended up in the hospital in the first place. The only bits of memories she has left is that she was having a tea party with a white rabbit and it turned out that the white rabbit had raped her after the party, but Alice had managed to escape the White Rabbit’s clutches. Meanwhile, Alice meets up with a fellow male inmate named Hatcher, who was also suffering from amnesia and seems to be connected to a mysterious monster named the Jabberwocky. Later on unfortunately, the hospital mysteriously burns down and Alice and Hatcher manage to escape from the burning hospital and it was then that they discovered that the Jabberwocky was responsible for burning down the hospital and it seems to be chasing after both Alice and Hatcher! It turns out that Hatcher and Alice both have mysterious powers that could defeat the Jabberwocky, but in order to fully defeat the Jabberwocky, Alice and Hatcher must obtain a rare weapon that could destroy the Jabberwocky and they head down to the dangerous and revolting insides of the Old City in order to seek such a weapon.

Wow…just wow…Just how in the world did I end up loving a book that had so many rape scenes and violence? I guess the storytelling was so well written that I just ended up getting hooked to this book! Christina Henry has done a brilliant job at creating a darker retelling of “Alice in Wonderland” in this book as she manages to make this book both terrifying and exciting at the same time! I enjoyed the dark and twisted take on this tale as characters like the white rabbit, the Cheshire cat and the Caterpillar are much more villainous in this story than in their original formats as they are shown as actively trying to harm both Alice and Hatcher throughout their journey and are also engaged in enslaving most of the citizens in the Old City. I also loved the way that Christina Henry made this story so frightening and intense as I was seriously disgusted at the many rape and sexual scenes in this story and yet I was happy that we have a strong female protagonist in Alice who would do anything to save the people of Old City from the antagonists’ grasps. Now, I would like to talk about the characters themselves and the two characters that I automatically fell in love with were Alice and Hatcher! I loved the way that Christina Henry portrayed Alice’s character as Alice goes through some great character development in this story as she started out as being a meek and traumatized character, but as the story goes on, she starts becoming a much stronger and independent character who tries to save the people of Old City and takes out evil with her handy little knife! But probably the most interesting and awesome character in this story was none other than Hatcher himself! I loved the fact that Hatcher was such a mysterious character as you wonder why he is connected to the Jabberwocky and (I know I am going to sound like a sadist here, but) I loved seeing the fight scenes between Hatcher and the various soldiers of Old City as it shows that he can easily take down anyone in his path! But what I really loved about Hatcher’s character was his complete devotion to protecting Alice as is shows that despite him being a serial killer of sorts, he still has a good heart on his shoulders.

Alice

~HUGE TRIGGER WARNING COMING UP!~

Alright, so this book has two major issues that is often problematic with many people and that is the topic of rape and strong graphic violence. There are many rape scenes in this book and I usually have issues with rape in books and this book was no exception to my disgust towards this issue. Also, the violence in this book is surprisingly much more graphic than any other fantasy and horror novel that I had ever read as there are many scenes where Alice and Hatcher have to slaughter some of the antagonists in order to reach their goal and the ways that Alice and Hatcher kill off their opponents are told in an extremely graphic and horrific detail.

Overall, “Alice” is truly one of the best dark and twisted retellings of a fairy tale that I have ever read and I will definitely be picking up the second book in the series “Red Queen!”


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review 2017-02-17 21:06
The Wingman - Natasha Anders

Arc Provided by Netgalley

 

DNF at 33%

 

If you want to read about blatant women on women hate, slut shaming, with a main character that seems to have been raised in a convent, this book's for you!

As for the guy, he's an idiot in a pretty package who at one moment thinks that the woman really should lose some weight.

As for what's her name, despite being a successful professional _ she's a vet _ she has no confidence in herself. She doesn't know what to do with her hair or how to dress. Oh, aren't you special, "little one"?*

It reminded me of Anastasia with "oh, make-up, what should I do with it?!" -_-

"Yes" let's reduce twenty first women to simple minded ninnies. That's hot!

Not.

 

 

*term later on used by another character. Because the whole thing wasn't condescending enough.

Not for me.

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