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review 2017-03-01 19:31
Four Crows ~ Lily White
Four Crows - Lily White

Women were meant to be respected. They were meant to be treated with care and protected against the injustices of the world, but I guessed that meant nothing to the thieves in the night- the monsters that fed on the fragilities and vulnerabilities of those who they considered weaker than themselves.



A young mother and child torn from the man who swore to protect them.
A soldier devastated not only after the atrocities of war.
A young girl with her innocence in precarious balance.
And a family of 3 men who would one day pay for their sins.


W.O.W. I’ve read Lily White in the past but that couldn’t prepare me for just how amazing this story was. I’m almost at a loss of words writing this review. Four Crows had every element a dark romance/thriller reader could dream of. Mystery, passion, violence, and a few major twists to keep the action at a steady pace throughout the book.

I'm a rabid dog off his leash, a hungry tiger uncaged, a feral wolf that's been injured and abused, only to be set free.



Elliott spent the last 14 years chasing the people responsible for stealing his wife and child away from him. After the police declaring the disappearances a cold case and many, many long nights, Elliott finally believes he may have found the individuals responsible. He sees an easy in- seduce the young daughter of the male ringleader of the trio of terror. Little does he know Maggie, the daughter, has a hidden strength she may tap into at any time. After all, blood IS thicker than water.

The sings of the father don't lie on the shoulders of his daughter. It's the sons that bear the weight.

Maggie has spent her life sheltered yet witnessed the atrocities committed by the men in her family. She dreams of freedom and to have a choice in her life. A choice to run, a choice to stay, just a choice period. When a stranger comes into her orbit she believes for once she may have a choice for her future, but any decision comes with consequences.



The dynamic between Maggie and Elliott was palpable and could be felt throughout reading. They were perfect prisms of light and darkness to each other. At about 40% I already had such a book hangover and a lot of the action was just starting to get good. The two characters were so dimensional and “real” my emotions were at an all-time high reading this.

I also enjoyed the author’s writing style where the atrocities surrounding Elliott’s family were left somewhat ambiguous yet also discovered throughout the course of the novel. There were no flashbacks in time to EXACTLY what happened to them but Elliott did finally learn the truth in a way an outsider can learn. It made the book all more real and even unsettling as well.

Overall, this book was gold. I can’t recommend it enough to readers across various genres- romance, thriller, mystery, horror- there is something in this story for everyone. xx

*Received an arc in exchange for an honest review*

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review 2017-01-25 21:59
Denial ~ Jackie Kennedy
Denial - Jackie Kennedy

"We're lucky. We live in a time where our lives aren't dictated too much. We don't have to stay on the road with no interruptions, no deviations, no loose ends. We have the freedom to do things that we want to, change direction: live our lives as we choose."

What happens when you find your soul mate at the wrong time?



Engaged to Josh, a sweet and considerate man, Amy never expects to find passion with Josh’s twin sister Celeste. Their attraction is undeniable but like The L Word says, “What starts in chaos ends in chaos.” Celeste is a Doctor who travels the world and has seen all kinds of horrors. Nothing could compare to the horror of meeting her soul mate and never being able to have her. The more the two deny their attraction, the greater it seems to build- leading up to a breaking point.



Denial was a timeless, epic doomed love story which spanned over the course of about 10 years. Everything is laid out in a realistic time frame. Girl meets Boy. Girl meets Sister. Girl falls for Sister. Girl denies the attraction and tries to live her life. Each character was lovable, yet flawed. I found all characters multi-dimensional and the reader truly gets to know each and every one throughout the story.

The book took a turn I didn’t expect which made the story even more tragic. There was so much beautiful heartbreak! This is a book that will stay with me forever but I’m not sure if I’d want to go through reading it again! Definitely pulls on the heartstrings!

I do think this story could have been cut down a bit as some of the book tended to be slower than others. Pivotal scenes would happen in about 5 pages and at times twice as many pages would characterize the daily lives of the character which was a little much to me.

Overall, one of the best F/F romances I’ve read. Sweet, beautiful, gritty, and a lot of angst. I’m a sucker for forbidden romances! Highly recommended xx

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review 2015-04-02 05:55
5000000000*
The Shadows - J.R. Ward

Holy lord.....it hurt to read this book.

This was not a frilly book.

 

The killer wasn't just misunderstood.

s'Ex wasn't perfect.

There wasn't a Happily Ever After.

The death that occurred wasn't a secondary character's.

No one saved the day.

 

 

Oh my god.

I don't have words to describe what I feel for this book.

 

This was a heart rending, gut wrenching, sobbing through it all good hurt book. And yes it hurts to read this. I cried during the whole book. There wasn't a time during this reading that my eyes stayed dry. Not one. And it wasn't a Hunger Games cry either. The only other situation I can compare this to is when Albums Dumbledore died. 

 

The book follows the Shadows' lives. Trez and Selena and i'Am and Catra. There is a twist that none of us saw coming at the end of this book. It was ugly. There were situations in this book-like when the bitch queen had s'Ex's daughter's chart altered and had her killed because she had commoner blood in her and he didn't save her out of respect for his traditions-that made it fuckin ugly and imperfect.

 

There was Selena dying and not being heroically saved because it doesn't work like that. There was i'Am and Catra sleeping together. The villain of the hour was the Queen of s'Hisbe.

 

This book had so many imperfections that it is the most perfect book I've read in this year.

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