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review 2018-05-27 18:36
Design Your Destiny...
Welcome to Castle Cove: A Design Your Destiny Novel - Kory M. Shrum

I've been wanting to read an adult choose your own adventure story for a while so I thought I'd try this one out. I read it several different ways and it was tons of fun but I just wish the stories were longer. It seemed like I reached the endings of the stories too quickly so it wasn't quite satisfying to me. If you like short stories though, you'll probably enjoy it more then I did and it is a fun diversion from the norm.

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text 2015-10-31 19:07

October 2015 Reads poster

 

Another month went by way to fast. But at least I seem to have gotten my reading rhythm back. I hope I can keep it up and maybe add a few extra next month, so I can hopefully get my reading goal for 2015 done :p 

All in all it was an okay month for October, I had a few review copies that I got done which got me caught up so far .

I don't have a plan for November yet, just read what ever falls in my lap and or been sitting here for a while. 

Okay now to my October round-up, the buy links can be found in the reviews that I also linked. 

Thanks for stopping by and as always: Happy Reading :) 


Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

Every Last Breath

 

Synopsis:

 

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

 

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5★ 

 

My Review


Cowboy Proud by

 

Cowyboy proud

 

Synopsis:

 

Cade Covington is struggling with turning his family’s beloved ranch into a tourist attraction. It’s not just the mortgage big enough to choke a horse, or the invasion of his home by strangers. It’s also the arrival of a city slicker PR professional who doesn’t understand ranch life…and puts every beautiful woman he’s ever seen to shame. Cade wants her.

With her company on the line, Emma can’t afford any mistakes. Especially if that mistake is a broad-shouldered, blue-eyed cowboy who drives her crazy with hunger. But all it takes is one small wager and their chemistry explodes. When the dust settles, will Emma have obliterated her career…or captured her cowboy?

 

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5 ★

 

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Gambling on the Bodyguard by Sarah Ballance

 

Gambling on the Bodyguard

 

Synopsis:

 

He’ll guard her body all night long…

Ski instructor Ellie Montgomery hits Vegas during a romance convention to meet the man of her dreams…only, the man of her dreams isn’t the cover model she’s there to see. He’s the hot-as-sin bodyguard who catches her sneaking in the back door of a meet-and-greet, and he seems more than ready to do what it takes to prove he’s twice the man her pretty boy crush could ever be.

Jax Mathis couldn’t resist snagging a date with Ellie, but he didn’t count on the attraction being more than physical. They connect on a level he didn’t think possible—and he can’t run fast enough. She makes him want things he thought he’d never have, and maybe, just maybe, they’re within reach. But to have it, he’ll have to face the one mountain he swore he’d never climb…and with no guarantee she’ll be waiting on the other side.

 

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1★

 

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Rogue’s Son by Darcy Flynn

 

Rogue's Son

 

Synopsis:

 

Tough and driven, Kit Kendall replaced frills and dresses with no-nonsense haircuts and wranglers years ago. As owner of Sage Brush, the once-thriving West Texas bed and breakfast ranch, she now struggles daily to keep her business afloat. Since McCabe Lodge reopened next door as a multi-million-dollar resort, her financial difficulties compound, as she suffers one cancellation after another.

Just when she thought things couldn’t get any worse, Kit’s former neighbor and childhood nemesis returns as the new owner of the resort that’s now putting her out of business.

Sam Dawson, cowboy turned entrepreneur, has returned to Sugar Creek after six years of exile with a secret that could destroy Kit’s happiness. He left town because of it and for the past two years has secretly tried to make it right. Having failed, he now returns to make one last attempt to undo the tangled web created by his father.

Set in motion by his father’s will and with the clock ticking, Sam has only weeks to convince Kit to sell him her ranch or reveal the truth that will break her heart.

 

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3 ½ ★

 

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Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum

 

Dying for a Living

 

Synopsis:

 

On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. As a Necronite, she is one of the population’s rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don’t have to. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory.

But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself—or die trying.

 

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3 ★

 

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The Bull Rider’s Keeper by Lynn Cahoon

 

The Bull Rider's Keeper

 

Synopsis:

 

Jesse Sullivan isn’t afraid of any thing, any man, or any bull. But when he decides to take a chance and carve out a life outside his rodeo career, he feels like he’s walking on shaky ground. In typical Jesse style, he jumps at a chance to purchase Main Street Gallery, a Boise tradition in the art world.

Taylor DeMarco has two goals for the next year. Getting the gallery on sound financial ground to prove to her parents that she can keep her grandfather’s legacy alive is the first one. Moving out of the house and into her own condo by the Boise River is the second. When she finds her folks are selling the gallery to Jesse, she vows to stop the sale, no holds barred.

When sparks fly between Jesse and Taylor, family gets in the way of reason, and they have to decide what is more important, their desires or keeping Main Street Gallery open and successful.

 

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3★ 

 

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The Memory Chair by Susan White

 

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Thirteen-year-old Betony has always hated going to her cranky great-grandmother’s house. It’s old and stuffy and boring and the woodstove in the kitchen is always burning too hot. But her Gram doesn’t have any other family living close by on the Kingston Peninsula, so Betony ends up being dragged along all the time.

She’d rather be pretty much anywhere…until one day Betony sits on her Gram’s fav

ourite chair. She is suddenly transported into the past, and is experiencing her Gram’s life as if it were in her own memory. At first Betony is excited and curious, and begins to develop a close relationship with Gram, even learning to cook and quilt.

 

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4 ★

 

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Fall of the Seven Cities by Jay Brenham

 

Fall of the Seven Cities

Synopsis:

 

Perfect for fans of The Remaining and No Easy Hope, this is the first story in an action-packed new series that is impossible to put down!

Matt Hess has failed at almost everything: his real estate career is in shambles, his engagement is over and he’s in debt up to his eyeballs. But his past problems pale in comparison to what he’s about to face—an infection so deadly it takes out a hospital waiting room before his very eyes.

Along with a patrol cop, a maternity ward nurse, and a newborn infant, Matt manages to escape the first wave of infected. But the disease spreads so rapidly that soon the entire city of Virginia Beach is overwhelmed. Now Matt and his companions must figure out who they can trust and fight their way out before they join the ranks of the infected horde.

 

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3 ½ ★

 

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Exodus from the Seven Cities by Jay Brenham

 

Exodus from the Seven Cities

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Perfect for fans of Run and The Remaining, this is the second story in an action-packed new series that is impossible to put down!

After five years painting ships in the Navy, Sam Connor has big plans for his life after the military…but no plan for surviving a pandemic. With his wife and infant son away visiting relatives, Sam struggles to find them in a world gone mad. In order to survive in a city that’s quickly become unrecognizable he must become unrecognizable himself.

With no gun to protect him and no special skills to show for his military service, Sam‘s ability to adapt and his will to survive are soon put to the test in a city that’s become a nightmare.

 

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3 ½ ★

 

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Maggie and the Mercury Retrograde by Anya Monroe

 

Maggie and the Mercury Retrograde

 

Synopsis:

 

My life is spinning out of control faster than I can say sorry for all the things I’ve done since this whole planetary shift began.

Like apologize for the fact I made out with my soon-to-be stepbrother. And his stepbrother. And that I’m crushing on the one guy I swore I’d never be into…while keeping it all from my BFF.

Mom says I think the world revolves around me, but the truth is, I’m just trying to survive the worst week of my life.

The universe is legit out to get me. It started when my gaming nemesis deleted my AsteroMine galaxy and it’s only gone downhill from there.

It isn’t my fault. I swear.

 

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2 ½ ★

 

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review 2015-10-24 17:17
Dying for a Living (Jesse Sullivan #1) by Kory M. Shrum
Dying for a Living - Kory M. Shrum

Synopsis:

 

On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. As a Necronite, she is one of the population’s rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don’t have to. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory.

But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself—or die trying.

 

 

My thoughts:

 

I learned about this book from a good friend and it sounded rather unique, so I decided to give it a try. And it was a pretty unique concept. This is so not your traditional zombie book and it was kind of refreshing. While I love “eat your face off” zombie books, this was great in completely different way. Jesse is a Necronite (zombie) who can die over and over again and be fine, for a time anyways. She can take place of someone that is dying (except Illnesses) and die instead for them. To predict their deaths “mediums” are used. Of course with that come haters, mainly the church is really against it and goes to good length to try to prevent that from happening. With that we get pretty good action and nasty people being nasty and killing others and necronites. Anyways, I really enjoyed this book and characters a lot, it was unique, characters were likeable and easy to follow. Well most of the times. It sure kept me tied to the book and was hard to put down. It was funny, suspenseful, lots of twist and turns and also plenty of action. Romance is also a factor, though I was a bit confused with this part. I think it has a lot to do with that Jesse herself is a bit confused when it comes to love and or who to love. Overall Jesse can be a bit confusing, she is an odd ball for sure, from mixed matched shoes to weird other really weird things it is never really clear what she will do next. I think that was part of the book, maybe. That maybe she has “died’ to many times or so. No idea and I hope that will be better explained in future books. I also would have liked to know more about how necronites work. Are they dead, dead or do they comes back to live?! They seem to be eating and drinking normal foods but on the other hand they have rigor mortis to deal with for a while and such. So that I would have liked to be explained a bit better and more detail. Speaking of details, sometimes things are a bit over described and went a bit too much in, but not to the point that is didn’t want to read it more. Another thing was that there were a lot of typos and grammar errors in the e-book I got from amazon and I think that could use a newer version with those things fixed. Overall, I thought it was a good and interesting book and I will read future books to see what will happen next. I rate this book at 3 ★

 

 

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review 2015-10-07 04:53
A Very Different Zombie Experience
Dying for a Living - Kory M. Shrum

Yes Yoda time:

What a fresh take on the zombie experience. These zombies don't crave brains they take your death, for a price.

So there you are at you favorite psychic and she tells yo that you are going to die on blah blah day. What is a living breathing person to do ? Call for a zombie replacement to take your death, (DUH) pain and all while you walk away a little broke but warm and alive.

It's so easy, except it's not.There are church groups that believe this is against god. Radicals who really are the scuzzy lowballers most of the worst, that do their worst in the name of god. Yes, true evil. 

When a certain sexually confused zombie goes in for one of her jobs she gets a show and a lot more. Somebody is out to kill her, but why is it the church ? crazy clients ? Some nutball off the street ? No it's much worse, the person behind her threats is__________. Read the book, come on you don't want to miss the fun.

Oh there is a cliffhanger ending. :D

I really liked the creativity developed here. I have not read a book like this before and did to have any idea what was coming. I have high hopes for this author. I plan on continuing with this series and her future works.

Negative Nancy time:

This appears to be a first book by this author, and has a few rough patches. There were some over detailed useless bits, a sexual confusion which just didn't fit in at the time it was brought up, it was brought up a lot, and not enough of a pudgy Pug. Small significant issues but not damaging to the story.

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text 2015-10-05 16:49
Reading progress update: I've read 62%.
Dying for a Living - Kory M. Shrum

Twisted and Twisted again

 

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