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review 2018-06-25 03:51
Obsidio
Obsidio - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

I don't even know where to start. I literally just finished this book five minutes ago. I'm in shock.

 

To be honest this entire series is just one long screaming fest because hOlY ShIt.

 

 

There's so many plot twists and the authors constantly push you to the brink of despair and make you think that everyone's going to die.

 

AND THEN THEY SNATCH YOU BACK FROM THE EDGE AND THEY'RE LIKE SIKE.

 

I think I've said this before, but I know some people had trouble with the way that the story was told as it was told through dossiers and stuff and I'll admit that it's out of the ordinary but I think it really fits the story.

 

I think this entire trilogy does a really good job of showing that there isn't always just black and white, good and evil, there's so many gray areas and showing how people fit into those grey areas. There are so many characters in this book, not all of them important, but you get a little snippet into almost all of their lives that gives you some understanding of them. It does a really good job of showing that good people are capable of doing bad things. And that it's a lot harder to simply cut someone off when you know that person.

 

There were so many characters in the book who had committed some really terrible atrocities and while it made me absolutely livid, seeing them through the eyes of some of the characters and hearing them talk, you begin to hate them a little less.

 

Except for Leanne Frobisher, that bitch can rot to be honest.

 

I really liked the dialogue among the characters, they all had their own distinctive way of talking. I think even without the name labels, you'd probably be able to figure who was speaking when. I also really liked the characterization. Obviously not everyone is likeable, but they feel real, like someone that you might encounter at some point throughout your life ya know.

 

It goes without saying that the plot was absolutely incredible and blew my damn mind.

 

I know that this probably is coming across as very scatter-brained and unorganized but I'm still reeling from the book and trying to get my brain working properly again. 10/10 would recommend and I'm 100% planning on reading this series again in the future.

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review 2018-05-31 10:00
New Release Reviews! Captivity & Safe Haven (Hollow Rock Shifters 1 & 2) Brenda Trim & Tami Julka!
Captivity - Brenda Trim,Tami Julka
Safe Haven - Brenda Trim,Tami Julka

 

Captivity

 

 

Lawson Scott has been a prisoner for three years. He's been subjected to torture, degradation, and numerous tests by humans wanting shifter blood. He's convinced he will spend the remainder of his life chained to a wall until sexy scientist, Liv Kimbro, is assigned to his case. She's the first human to show an ounce of compassion and their attraction is combustible despite his disdain for her species. An escape plan unfolds and Lawson sees how far Liv will go to set him free. Passion erupts and raw, primal need is unleashed when they succumb to their desire for one another. 

 

Will Lawson reach his safe haven and find a life mate when Liv captures his heart or will their differences destroy them and everyone he loves? 

 

 

REVIEW!

 

 

Trim and Julka have done it again, they have created another fascinating and gritty world that readers will love to sink thier teeth into with their new Hollow Rock Shifters series.

 

Captivity is the first book in the series and it certainly lived up to it's name as it held me captive from beginning to end. First, I guess I should tell you that if you read book one you will have to read book two because while the story didn't end on a major cliffhanger, Safe Haven takes up where Captivity left off. The books revolve around Lawson Scott and Liv Kimbro, who are two very strong and compelling characters with some very electric chemistry not only sizzling between them but they easily pull readers into their story and ensure that they want to know everything. The romance is sweet and lots of steamy passion heats up the pages but the relationship has a few obstacles to be overcome before Lawson and Liv can reach their happily ever after.

 

Not only does the relationship keep readers in suspense but this fast paced plot is full of andrenaline pumping thrills that keep readers on the edge of their seat. With a dangerous adversary who is up to no good and lots of surprising twists there is never a dull moment to be found in this book.

 

Sorry, I have to run because I am so ready to read the next book, Safe Haven, see you soon!

 

 

4 STARS!

 

 

Captivity (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40132074-captivity) is the 1st book in the Hollow Rock Shifters series (https://www.trimandjulka.com/hollow-rock-shifters/)


& is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://r.bookbub.com/book_site_active_check/2820861?retailer_id=1

 

 

Safe Haven

 

 


Lawson Scott can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The days of being chained to a wall and unbearable beatings are over. Now, He's renovating a hotel where shifters can relocate and feel safe. His family has reunited and Liv, the woman he loves, is by his side. When he takes on the role as pack leader it seems he has everything he could possibly want. But when a rescued group of shifters come to live at Hollow Rock, his world turns into bitter betrayal overnight and he may lose the one person who matters most. 

 

Was that a light at the end of the tunnel? No, wait. That was the headlight of a train. 


REVIEW!

 

 

Wow! The second book in the Hollow Rock Shifters series is just as good as the first one. Lawson and Liv are back and there romance is just as suspenseful and intense as it was in Captivity with more gritty emotional turmoil and red hot passion as they strive to reach that happily ever after. The relationship is hampered by their differences as well as by the fallout left over by the bad guy, major changes in Lawson and Liv's life, and everyone's determination to put an end to the bad guys cruelty. Once again, there is never a dull moment to be found as surprising twists keeps characters and readers alike on thier toes.

 

Trim and Julka have certainly created a fascinating and intense new series and I was as enthralled Safe Haven as I was Captivity, therefore, I don't really have to tell you that I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series,of course, I just did (LOL).


4 STARS!

Safe Haven (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40126917-safe-haven) is the 2nd book in the Hollow Rock Shifters (https://www.trimandjulka.com/hollow-rock-shifters/)


& is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://r.bookbub.com/book_site_active_check/2820862?retailer_id=1

 

 

can be found at:
Website - http://www.trimandjulka.com/

Goodreads –

Brenda Trim - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13396038.Brenda_Trim

Tami Julka - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13396039.Tami_Julka

Bookbub –

Brenda Trim - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/brenda-trim

Tami Julka - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/tami-julka

Blog - https://www.trimandjulka.com/blog/

Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/trimandjulka

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TrimAndJulka/?ref=br_rs


Hollow Rock Shifters 1 & 2 were

 

 

 

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review 2018-05-28 18:10
Review: Tempted & Taken (Men of Haven #4) by Rhenna Morgan
Tempted & Taken (Men of Haven) - Rhenna Morgan
 Tempted & Taken

Men of Haven #4
Rhenna Morgan
Contemporary Romance
Harlequin
November 21st 2017
Paperback
432
Bought

 

Live hard, f*ck harder and make their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six Men of Haven bleed by: taking what they want, always watching each other's backs and loving the women they claim with unyielding tenderness and fierce passion.  

 

There's no code Knox Torren can't break. He knows no limits when it comes to uncovering intel, especially on anyone who crosses his family. But a skip tracer with a sketchy history presents a puzzle he can't solve. When he finally meets the statuesque blonde with the intoxicating Russian accent, he'll try anything to unearth her secrets. 

 

Darya Volkova has been living under an assumed identity for years. Searching for a job that will take her out of the dangerous life she's built, she has her sights set on Knox: the best hacker in the business. From their first meeting, though, something far more intimate than a professional connection develops.  

 

Darya must overcome still-healing wounds to trust that Knox will take care of her in all the ways she needs. And Knox will do whatever it takes to make sure whatever—or whomever—she's running from never touches his woman again. 

 

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Tempted & Taken is book four in the Haven Brotherhood series by Rhenna Morgan. The Haven Brotherhood is a group of unconventional alpha males that have become family. These men are possessive, hot, bossy, protective, successful, and well connected. Once they fall, they fall hard.

 

This one didn’t hook me like the previous books in the series. Knox and Darya where just ok. I never feel for their romance. It just felt like a lot of sex between them, not much else. Most of the book was Knox trying to keep his distance from Darya. When he can’t stay away, well they have sex, and then it’s back to him staying away. After about a month of this, they finally try for a relationship spending time at each others places, but all we see is their strong attraction and their sexy times. Pretty much the romance takes place within a two month period; before they are wanting to get married.

 

As for the suspense on why Darya is on the run. Well, we don’t see things pick up until much later in the book around the 315 page mark. I get why she ran, but it wasn’t an outstanding suspenseful reason.

 

Unfortunately; Tempted & Taken didn’t win me over. I wasn’t feeling the romance nor the lead characters. I’ve loved the previous novels released, but not this one. I guess their will be one in a series that just doesn’t work.

 

Rated: 3 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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text 2018-05-15 05:35
Backlash
Backlash - Sarah Darer Littman

I literally hate this book with every fibre in my being. This is literally the most ridiculous portrayal of cyberbullying that I have ever had the misfortune of reading of my own two eyeballs. I literally don't even know where to begin.

First off, the writing in this is literally so ... mediocre? It literally reads like mediocre fanfiction. And full offense this author literally hasn't spoken to a teenager after 2010 and it shows. I'd feel bad for saying it but I'm getting so tired of adults who have literally no idea what the teenagers of the modern day are like and writing them as whatever stereotype they have in their head. I would've let this slide if this had been written in like 2009 but this was literally published in 2015 so like ... get with the times.

People my age don't use Facebook all that much anymore, at least they don't use it in the way that it's portrayed in the book. Nobody puts you on blast and tells you to kill yourself on a Facebook post in the year of 2015. They just don't. They'll do it on a spam account on instagram or on their snapstory but even then they'll be shady about it, they won't ever mention any names.

Which someone would know if they had ever actually spoken to someone between the ages of 13-20.

Moving on.

All of these characters are like caricatures of human beings, not to mention they're all fucking sociopaths. Everything is so exaggerated to the point that it literally wouldn't work this way in the real world.

Lara is literally so annoying and I should probably feel bad for saying this considering her situation, but she was a fucking idiot. I get where her self-esteem issues came from, seriously I do, but I feel like the way that they were handled was so poorly and it honestly didn't feel like it came from somewhere deep. Maybe it's just me but I literally do not understand why someone would give two shits about the opinion of any boy, especially one they've never met in person. I don't know what it was but her situation just didn't feel real to me.

You mean to tell me, this girl goes from being perfectly fine for weeks and months on end and enjoying life ... to attempting suicide because one boy told her the world would be a better place without her? I don't know, maybe I don't know enough about this type of thing yet to be able to judge whether or not it was realistic, maybe someone really can make a complete 360.

Her sister Sydney is literally ... so self-centered. Her sister literally tries to kill herself and this girl thinks her life is hard because she can't make it to her audition. How fucking hard it must be for you to have a mentally ill sister. Why doesn't she just put on hold so that you can have some attention for five minutes. God she was so annoying but as annoying as she was, she was also one of the only sane fucking people in this book and that wasn't all that hard to achieve since everyone was batshit insane.

Bree is a fucking sociopath, I feel bad for saying this but honestly this girl deserved everything she got and I can't believe the book actually tries to make you feel bad for her. Boo hoo you dumb bitch you didn't make the cheerleading squad get on with your life Christ. Literally who even fucking thinks it's an appropriate thing to create an entire fake account so you can emotionally damage someone you used to be friends with. I literally can't put into words how fucking insane that is.

HER MOM WAS EVEN WORSE.

This woman, instead of scolding her daughter and punishing her for being a literal terrible human being decides tO JOIN IN ON THE CREEPY CATFISH FLIRTING TO BE PETTY AT LARA'S MOM BECAUSE SHE'S AN UNFULFILLED MIDDLE AGED WOMAN. 

The only decent, sane person in this entire book is Liam who calls out his sister for her absolutely insane behaviour and tells her that she's a literal piece of trash.

Look I get it, cyberbullying is a big thing in the age of technology and it's important to talk about ... but this book does a really bad job of it and I feel like if anything, makes it seem a lot simpler than any cyberbullying situation would be.

This book is terrible and I didn't even bother with the last 20 pages, thank you for listening to my TedTalk.
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review 2018-04-29 10:17
Review: Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto: Volume 1
Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto Vol. 1 - Sano Nami

Excellent!  It's just like the anime.  Sakamoto is this ridiculous character that everyone either loves or hates.  He's great a literally everything.  So much so that even the people who hate him for it, eventually begin to fawn over him like the people who love him.

 

We literally know nothing about him other than the fact that he's awesome.  He's never caught unawares, people who try to prank him end up having it turned around on them, he knows the answers in class, he helps people.... It just...he's absolutely ridiculous, larger-than-life.  The whole thing is just hilarious. I'm glad I got the manga.  There are little editions that aren't in the anime.  Little comments and actions that basically expand on the anime.

 

I think this review sounds ridiculous, and it probably does, but in my defense, I'm at hour 21 of a 24-hour readathon and I think I'm bordering on delirious.  Plus the whole thing is just insanely funny.  I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next volume.

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