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review 2018-01-10 16:10
get the tissues, you'll need them!
Cherish Me - Donya Lynne,Reese Dante,Laura LaTulipe
I AGAIN stress my point: You NEED all three before you start!! Seriously, DO NOT attempt these books til you have all three (book one is currently free Jan 6th 2018) Book three picks up right where book two leaves off, with that devastating revelation that leaves both Kathrine and Greyson heartbroken. And me, to tell you the truth! That bawling your eyes I mentioned before?? Here, in flipping buckets! Make sure you have tissues! It is emotionally draining, reading about what really happened to Greyson dad, and to Katherine's mum. What happened to push his dad to do what he did. What pushed HER dad to do what he did. It's vague, I know, but I work hard NOT to include spoilers! It's just one big mess! And there, front and centre are two broken hearts. Two people who cannot deal with all this at the moment, but they HAVE to. Two halves of one whole that NEED to be back together, but still there are walls. Walls around her heart, his heart too, that need to be broken down for them to be really happy! And while it IS heartbreaking reading, it is also amazing watching them both, deal with what's happened. Having their breakdown, and pulling themselves out of that funk and fighting for what they want. Greyson, especially pulls no punches in going after the one thing, the one PERSON who totally makes him whole. And of course, there are a couple of dramas along the way, that were sprung outta nowhere, and throw everything about, but its great watching Katherine overcome those. And they do, finally, in a most awesome way, get their happy ever after. I read this one in one sitting, 90 minutes again! I'm annoyed with myself, you know?? Because I WAS going to buy these books when they were originally published in 7 parts, and I never got round to it, and I could have had all this awesomeness on my kindle way before now. So, I can only give this third book the same as the rest, 5 full and shiny stars! **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2018-01-10 15:45
awesome second instalment!
Covet Me - Donya Lynne,Reese Dante,Laura LaTulipe
I reiterate my point that I made at the beginning of book 1, Choose Me: You NEED all three before you start!! Seriosuly, DO NOT attempt these books til you have all three (book one is currently free Jan 6th 2018) Because book two picks up right where book one left off, it follows IMMEDIATELY after Greyson gave Katherine her choice. To come to dinner or not, he'll be there. Katherine makes her choice, it's obvious which way she will go, these two are totally MADE for each other, but it's great fun watching her get there. It is again, down and dirty and again makes no apologies for that. It's right and proper for these books to be so, it really is. But there is more emotion here. Not quite the bawling eyes out ( I know that's coming cos upon writing this, I've already read book three!) but it still tugs at your heart stings when Greyson finally discovers he can make LOVE to Katherine, not just bang her against the wall. That he can do sweet and slow just as much as hard and fast. And then, just as Katharine and Greyson have decided that, really, this ain't just a summer fling, it's way much more that that, Ms Lynne throws a MAHOOSIVE spanner in the works, and my kindle, my brand new paperwhite, had it's first introduction to the wall!! To be honest, I almost saw it coming, I just did not expect it to be THAT bad!! Not quite managed in one sitting, cos the dayjob got in the way, but still. 5 full and shiny stars! **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2018-01-10 15:41
awesome 5 star start!
Choose Me - Donya Lynne,Reese Dante,Laura LaTulipe
This is book ONE in the Banger trilogy, which was previously released as 7 part books. I was going to buy them, all 7 books, once they were all out, but life got in the way and I totally forgot about getting. Until I saw they were being rebranded and rereleased as a trilogy. They were released on Jan 1st 2018 and I purchased all three in one. And let me ya!! You NEED all three before you start!! Seriosuly, DO NOT attempt these books til you have all three (book one is currently free Jan 6th 2018) Because this will GRAB you and not let you go! Took me about 90 minutes, to read all 233 pages and I did not move for those 90 minutes! And you know what?? I did not notice, it did not even occur to me til I was over half way through about something about the way this book is written First Person Mutli Point of View AND! Present Tense! So there I was, merrily reading away, about Katherine and her hunt, about Greyson and his personal affliction and about them doing naughty unexpected things to each other and it hits me! Like a freaking sledgehammer to the face! It hit me that this book, that grabbed me so well, is writen in the PRESENT FLIPPING TENSE! For me to get way past half way, for that penny to drop, just shows you how engaging I found Katherine and Greyson. It is explicit, it's down and dirty. It makes no apologies for being so either! It is, in places, emotional. Not quite the bawl your eyes out, more the kind I wanna stab Katherine's ex's eye out with a blunt pencil, but I have a feeling the bawling is to come. Oh yes, I know its-a-coming! I Love Ms Lynne's work, and this is an excellent addition to her library. Off to read book 2, Covet Me now. 5 full and sexy stars! **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2018-01-07 14:22
awesome 5 star read
Choose Me - Donya Lynne,Reese Dante,Laura LaTulipe
This is book ONE in the Banger trilogy, which was previously released as 7 part books. I was going to buy them, all 7 books, once they were all out, but life got in the way and I totally forgot about getting. Until I saw they were being rebranded and rereleased as a trilogy. They were released on Jan 1st 2018 and I purchased all three in one. And let me ya!! You NEED all three before you start!! Seriosuly, DO NOT attempt these books til you have all three (book one is currently free Jan 6th 2018) Because this will GRAB you and not let you go! Took me about 90 minutes, to read all 233 pages and I did not move for those 90 minutes! And you know what?? I did not notice, it did not even occur to me til I was over half way through about something about the way this book is written First Person Multi Point of View AND! Present Tense! So there I was, merrily reading away, about Katherine and her hunt, about Greyson and his personal affliction and about them doing naughty unexpected things to each other and it hits me! Like a freaking sledgehammer to the face! It hit me that this book, that grabbed me so well, is written in the PRESENT FLIPPING TENSE! For me to get way past half way, for that penny to drop, just shows you how engaging I found Katherine and Greyson. It is explicit, it's down and dirty. It makes no apologies for being so either! It is, in places, emotional. Not quite the bawl your eyes out, more the kind I wanna stab Katherine's ex's eye out with a blunt pencil, but I have a feeling the bawling is to come. Oh yes, I know its-a-coming! I Love Ms Lynne's work, and this is an excellent addition to her library. Off to read book 2, Covet Me now. 5 full and sexy stars! **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2018-01-03 18:30
The Treemakers - Review
The Treemakers (The Treemakers Trilogy Book 1) - Christina L. Rozelle

"You don't realize how big somebody was in your life, until you measure the space of their absence" (Rozelle, 24). 

 

The Treemakers is a post-apocalyptic novel about a group of children living in an underground bunker, forced to make titanzium trees that create oxygen for Bygonne, and the Superiors that control them. 

 

The story opens up with a description of these horrors, and one of the most amazing lines to start a novel I have ever read: "Last week, Pedro looked out the window one second too long and lost his left hand to the chopper". If by some miracle I wasn't convinced about reading this by the synopsis, I sure as hell was one sentence into chapter one. The way Rozelle starts up her story is magnificent and genius. 

 

The story was quite interesting. A post-apocalyptic world in which the remaining children of Greenleigh's Tree Factory are forced to build trees for oxygen? Not only is the premise great, the plot was even better. Without giving too much away, the children manage to escape and go on a grand adventure - keeping my interest throughout the whole novel. Not once did I get bored with the story, or the characters. 

 

The main character, Joy Montgomery, or 'Momma Joy' as the children like to call her, is everything you would expect from the oldest child of the group. She accepted her natural motherly instincts and always took what her parents had taught her into account, taking care as much as possible the children of the Tree Factory, even going so far as to tell them bedtime stories to make them feel somewhat normal. She is the perfect example of how brightly a diamond in the rough can truly shine. 

 

Other characters in the story worked so well with each other. Joy and Jax, Miguel and Aby, Johnny and Smudge, they all make sense and interacted smoothly with each other. Nothing felt forced. 

 

The theme of this story: things get worse before they get better. Rozelle puts these characters through many obstacles and hardships before finally delivering them to the happiness they deserve. The lesson to be taken from this is no matter how crummy your life is right now, you have the choice to take it into your own hands and make something better for yourself. I find this message truly inspirational, just like Momma Joy's stories. 

 

The story flow was great. I found that there was a lot of story, but it was spaced out and paced perfectly, as to not seem too cluttered, or like there was too much going on. Everything had its moment, and Rozelle did an excellent job of making her story go smoothly. 

 

I liked that the story wasn't too predictable. There were many instances of surprises that really keep you enthralled and prevent you from getting bored. 

 

Overall, I truly loved this novel. It brought post-apocalyptic horror and adventure together to create a mesmerizing story of adventure, heartache, and triumph. With a massive bomb dropped at the end of the novel, I of course look forward to reading and sharing my thoughts on the second book in the series, The Soultakers. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

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