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review 2015-09-15 00:00
Undeniable - Madeline Sheehan uh.. what did I just read.. and Why the hell did I I finish it.. why did so many people recommend this book to me. I can't even write a review.. this is all I can give y'all. WHAT THE F@#$. WTF for real. ok I'm done. ugh.
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review 2015-08-10 03:52
Thicker Than Blood by Madeline Sheehan and Claire C Riley
Thicker Than Blood - Claire C. Riley,Madeline Sheehan

Well-written, chock full of zombie gore and the depravity that "humanity" can reach in a state of lawlessness, sad and no happily ever after. It's everything you want and expect in a book about a zombie apocalypse.


But mixed in through that is the story of the love between two women, two best friends--soulmates, determined to stick together through thick and thin, and especially the thin. It's the love and fight these two have for each other that makes this book. This isn't the best zombie related book I've ever read, but everything about Evelyn, Leisel and their relationship with each other is what makes this book worth reading.


"Always together, I promise."

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review 2015-08-08 00:00
Beneath Blood and Bone
Beneath Blood and Bone - Madeline Sheehan,Claire C. Riley

There are so many things I like about this series. The reader never knows what to expect. The storylines follow no patterns, and the books thus far are very different. Even though it's fiction, it's real. The decay and stench of life at it lowest are in vivid technicolor and jumping off the page at the reader's senses. At the same time, sparks of humanity that can't be snuffed out always shine through.

In the first book, E was not the hero, and he still isn't. He's the antihero. He's been through hell (the reader learns of this in flashbacks) and came out the other side. Life has no meaning for him anymore. Full of hate, he's only a shell surviving out of habit.

We don't really know anything about Autumn going into Beneath Blood and Bone. She pretty much appears to be cuckoo for cocoa puffs. Full of fear, she's regressed to a snarling animal surviving on instinct.

Most of the plot in this book takes place in the camp called Purgatory (so many things can be read into that name). It's a place without joy. Day to day survival is how it breaks down. The bold lord over the meek. Liv is the queen bitch. She wants to control everything with E being at the top of the list. It doesn't go over well when he takes an interest in Autumn.

I didn't hate E in the first book. He wasn't a good guy at all, but I still couldn't raise up feelings to hate level for him. Although E compares his likeness to Liv's more than once in this book, I was prepared to slit her throat myself.

Overall, it's a story about the human condition. When is enough, enough? What is the point of living? How far gone can someone come back from? I loved it, muy mucho, and I'm looking forward to more from these authors.

P.S. E did win me over. I don't excuse him for the bad things, but I still can't help loving him either. And that's the way love goes.

***Copy given in exchange for an honest review***

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review 2015-06-16 00:00
Shut Up and Kiss Me
Shut Up and Kiss Me - Madeline Sheehan,Claire C. Riley Sometimes I think maybe going in blind to a book has its drawbacks! I see Madeline Sheehan and I think bikers and death. Now, I knew this wasn't a biker book but I was still going with the darker side of things. This wasn't that. It was good, just didn't blow me totally away like I have come to expect from Madeline.
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review 2015-06-13 00:00
Shut Up & Kiss Me
Shut Up & Kiss Me - Claire C. Riley,Made... Shut Up & Kiss Me - Claire C. Riley,Madeline Sheehan There is without a doubt that these are two very good authors working well together. The story is fluid and uncomplicated, with a good strong standard of writing.

I'll get the bad stuff out of the way first. Please keep in mind I don't often read pure romance, so take this with a grain of salt.

First, I hate the phrase 'you're not like other girls'. It immediately puts down other women and I think I've made my stance about girl-on-girl hate very clear by now. I know how it was meant to come across here, but it still grated on me.
Second, it was all a bit cliche. Of course he's wealthy AF. It had a tad of a FSOG feel to it (I know I know, hold back the hellfire please), just in terms of the small town girl, meets a billionaire, is unaccostomed to his lifestyle. To be honest, it wasn't that bad. The characters themselves were very strong and escaped their cookie cutter molds early on.

I DID NOT see the ending coming, and to be honest, I got very worried. I've read 'Thicker Than Blood', also by these authors, and know just how ruthless they can be with their characters. They also don't shy away from the gore, which added a very unique slant to the story.

These writers write female friendships very well, and I loved the scenes between Mila and Nikki. They sounded adorable, and I could relate to their friendship very well. Nikki was also incredibly brave, and I'm glad she didn't fall by the wayside, but her character felt secure in the hands of these authors.

All in all, I enjoyed this more than most romances. I like this pairing of authors, and will continue to seek out their work.
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