Friday, May 26, 2017

Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean


Hardcover368 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Blink
ISBN: 0310754747



Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends.

With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she’s not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn’t as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.






Toward a Secret Sky was a book that sounded extremely promising to me. I was so excited to dive into a paranormal book with mystery, action, spies, and romance. Unfortunately, I felt like this book did not deliver on all those aspects. 

My favorite thing about this book was the setting. I love Scotland, and I was so excited to read a book set in Scotland. The author did a fantastic job at describing Scotland. I felt like I was transported there! I really appreciated how much work the author put into the setting of this book. I thought the paranormal world the author created was interesting and fun to learn about. The world she created added a lot of mystery and excitement to the story. I also was not expecting how emotional this book was going to be, so I applaud the author for not being afraid to make some heartbreaking choices while writing this book. 

I am a HUGE fan of romance, but the romance in this book didn't really do it for me. This romance had a big case of insta-love. I mean, Maren basically fainted when she first saw Gavin and she CONSTANTLY thought about how hot he was. 




The romance felt extremely fast paced. The moments that were supposed to make me swoon actually felt just out of place and cheesy because I couldn't believe the connection between Maren and Gavin. The romance took away from the parts of the plot that I actually found very interesting. I started to get bored with the book because I wanted to get back to the paranormal world instead of reading about how gorgeous Gavin was. I am hoping that the future books will slow down the pace of the romance and have it on the back burner so the author can really showcase the intriguing world she created. 

The ending of this book set up for an intriguing new plot development, so it should be interesting to see how the author deals with that in the next book. Even though I didn't love this book, I think this book would be great for a younger reader who is looking for a new paranormal romance. 

2 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Like a Memory
Sea Breeze Meets Rosemary Beach #1
by Abbi Glines






One memory. 
One special summer. 
The one thing Bliss had lost herself in when the fear and sickness were too much, moments never to be damaged by the harsh reality that followed… until now. 

Bliss York didn’t live a normal teenage life. She didn’t go to Friday night football games, walk the halls with her friends every day, go to her prom or even walk to receive her diploma. It had all been taken from her the fall that she was fifteen years old and she was given the diagnosis no one ever wants to hear. 

She had leukemia. 

Seven years after spending a summer with a girl who he knew would always be his first love and the one who got away, Nate Finlay returns to Sea Breeze to help his fiancé open her new boutique clothing store. When the new employee walks in Nate is taken back seven years to the girl he thought he’d love forever. The one who never answered his calls or returned his text. The one who shut him out completely with not even a goodbye and broke his heart. 

They’ve each become someone different. No longer the young teens with stars in their eyes. But does that matter when your heart still says that’s the one. 



FINALLY! After Abbi tortured us with a glimpse of a possible connection between Sea Breeze and Rosemary Beach we have it in our hands! Like A Memory is the classic story I've come to expect from Abbi. There are some tough issues at hand, but I know that all will be resolved by the ending, and that's why I love her. Sometimes I just want to book that isn't going to drag on until the end of time, I want closure, I want smiles, and she gives it to me. 

Bliss York and Nate Finlay had that perfect young summer romance and then it ended, so when they come face to face there are definitely some unresolved feelings. Nate is ENGAGED! And Bliss is trying to make a life for herself without any of the anxiety from her past. Nate reminded me so much if his dad Rush, and I love Rush with all my heart! He tries to keep his distance but fails miserably because who can stay away from the innocence of Bliss and soon they are right back where they were 7 years before.

I can never stay away from an Abbi Glines book. I am devoted to Sea Breeze and Rosemary Beach and am so ecstatic to have them together, and hope for more in the future. Like A Memory is a quick, sweet, and super sexy read! There are always characters to love and also those to hate because we have to have a villain or it wouldn't be a Glines' book!  

4/5 Fangs

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Rogue of Islay Isle by Heather McCollum

The Rogue of Islay Isle

by Heather McCollum 
Publication Date: May 15, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Scandalous, Historical Romance







Cullen Duffie, a Highland warrior and charming rogue, is the new chief of Clan MacDonald. Determined to prove he’s not his father, Cullen works to secure his clan against the English. When a woman washes onto Islay’s shores, Cullen protects her from his uncles’ schemes. 

Waking up not knowing who she is or where she comes from, Madeleine is at the mercy of the man who found her. Unable to speak from the swelling around her throat from a rope tether, she learns as much as she can about the new world around her and the powerful, sword-wielding Highlander who has sworn to protect her. Through dreams and flashes of her past, Madeleine begins to rebuild her memories. But the more she recalls about the horror she escaped, the more she realizes the jeopardy she is bringing to Islay, Clan MacDonald and the Highlander who has captured her heart.









Taylor held out his hand to Rose, and she touched her fingertips to his palm. “Have we met, Mistress Maclean? Perhaps on Mull?”
Rose shook her head.
“Speak up now,” Captain Thompson said next to Taylor.
“She cannot speak,” Cullen answered for her. “And no, she is visiting from a northern branch of the Maclean clan.”
“Cannot speak?” Captain Thompson said. “How so?”
“An injury,” Cullen said and felt very much like he was digging a bigger hole with each utterance. But there was no going back. He only hoped his explanations came across as genuine.
Captain Thompson stepped closer, his gaze narrowing in on Rose’s neck where the shawl slipped to reveal the scabs. “God’s teeth, Duffie, what have you done to the girl?”
Rose’s hand went immediately to the shawl, tucking it higher around her throat. Beatrice stood completely still beside Errol. He and Broc both wore frowns and rested their hands on the hilts of their swords.
“Mistress?” Captain Taylor said, his hand tugging on her shawl until it slipped away, showing the dark ring around her neck. “You were being hung?”
Broc made a noise through his teeth. “Of course not. We don’t hang Scots visitors.” He left the rest of the boast, about hanging English visitors, unsaid.
“An accident,” Errol said.
During the exchange Rose kept a calm expression, her head held high, as she rearranged the shawl around her abused neck. Was she really as brave as she looked or could he add actor to his uncles’ lists of Rose’s possible sins?
Captain Thompson looked between Errol and Rose. “What type of accident leaves that sort of mark about a woman’s neck?”
The whole exchange was twisting out of control. He needed to cut the conversation and guide the captains out of the garden. “’Tis of a personal nature,” Cullen said. “Now, if you would like that tour, we can start in the kitchens.” He held out his arm to indicate the pathway.
Captain Taylor refused to take his scrutiny from Rose. Even though she cast her eyes to the bricks, she stood firm, transforming to stone like a maiden in Medusa’s garden. “I am not leaving this spot until you or Mistress Maclean tells me how she came by the rope burn around her neck,” Captain Taylor said.
“Aye, what is this personal injury?” Captain Thompson asked, thick lips jutted out.
Cullen exhaled and glanced at Rose. “Forgive me.” She did not move. Did she think he’d give her away, throw her to the English captains? The thought made his fists clench. He looked to Captain Taylor, who’d finally pulled his gaze from her to Cullen, demanding the truth with his stare. “The rope burn was obtained in my bedchamber,” Cullen said.
Broc choked and began to cough into his fist. Beatrice held her fingers pressed to her lips while Errol’s eyes went wide.
“Aye. We were but playing, and the rope caught around her neck,” Cullen finished.
“Playing?” Captain Thompson said, the idiot not catching on. Did he require a sketch drawn?
“In a carnal fashion,” Cullen explained for his benefit.
            “He likes to tie the lasses up,” Broc added. “It’s something we don’t tell his mother.”




The Rogue of Islay Isle by Heather McCollum


I See Fire – Ed Sheeran
The Riders of Rohan – Howard Shore
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
How to Save a Life – The Fray
Nightingale – Demi Lovato
Carol of the Bells (Instrumental) – Christmas Collection
Carol of the Bells – BarloweGirl
Christmas/Sarajevo (Instrumental) – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Warrior – Demi Lovato
Damaged – Fiction Family
Bring Me to Life – Evanescence
Everything Has Changed – Ed Sheeran
Medieval Dances – Musica Antiqua
Fight Song – Rachel Platten






Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical and YA paranormal romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology, much to her English professor’s dismay, and was a 2009 Golden Heart Finalist. When she is not picking her teen’s brain for authentic attitude for her YA books and finding time to write, she is usually found educating women on ovarian cancer symptoms. Ms. McCollum has recently slayed the cancer beast and resides with her very own hero and 3 kids in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.




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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Buns (Hudson Valley #3)
by Alice Clayton


Paperback320 pages
Expected publication: May 23rd 2017 by Gallery Books
ISBN: 150111817X




Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.








BUNS was a fun, romantic, and adorable book. This book also had plenty of angst in this book to keep the sexual tension alive, even if some of it felt a little unnecessary. I loved the humor and wit the author weaved into this story. I seriously laughed out loud so many times!

I really liked the characters in this book. Clara was a great main character, and I enjoyed getting to know her. She was such a strong, endearing, thoughtful, independent, and determined woman, which I admired a lot. The other main character, Archie, was extremely swoon-worthy. Not only was he sexy, but he was also hilarious, dedicated, and hard-working. He was a little rough around the edges and a bit stiff in the beginning, but he became more lovable as the book progressed. I do wish his character would have had a little more development, but I still found him very charming and easy to fall for. By the end of the book, I basically squealed anytime he spoke. 

The romance in this book was a fun sort of enemies-to-lovers type of story arc. The author did a great job at creating sexual tension between Clara and Archie that was both steamy and believable. Their constant bickering brought a smile to my face every time! Watching Clara and Archie open up to each other and slowly fall in love was heart-warming. 

Overall, BUNS was a sweet and sexy read. If you are looking for a book that will put a smile on your face and make you want to fan yourself off, then this is the book for you! 





3. 5 / 5 Fangs

*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

The 5th Wave Series by Rick Yancey


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 BOOK ONE


Published May 7th 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0399162410 



After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.





BOOK TWO


Published September 16th 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0399162429




How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.






BOOK THREE


Published May 24th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0399162437



The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.
 



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Rick Yancey (www.rickyancey.com) is the author of the New York Times bestseller The 5th WaveThe Infinite SeaThe Last Star, several adult novels, and the memoir Confessions of a Tax Collector. His first young-adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel, The Monstrumologist, received a Michael L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. When he isn't writing or thinking about writing or traveling the country talking about writing, Rick is hanging out with his family.



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I am predicting/hoping for some cameos from our favorite characters from the first series in this new series! Maybe they will be joining forces to help save the planet? IMAGINE HOW AWESOME IT WOULD BE IF THEY ALL FOUGHT TOGETHER. I NEED THIS TO HAPPEN, PLEASE. I also wouldn't be opposed to some new romances. ;) 




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