The Revealed by Jessica Hickam

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The Revealed by Jessica Hickam

 

**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**

Solid 4 stars!!  I couldn’t put this book down – I read it in one day!

Lily Attwood has everything going for her – she smart, pretty, and the possibly the next First daughter to the President of the North American Sector.  After a world war that has wiped out most of the world, and made most of the rest fairly destitute, Lily should feel lucky that she has a big beautiful home, with all the technology, staff, and knowledge at her finger tips, but seeing as she is eighteen years old, and the mysterious rouge group known as The Revealed that takes eighteen year olds and then vanish into thin air is after her, she feels she has no real purpose in life.  The Revealed will get her – it’s just a matter of when they will come and take her…to her death, as most think, just another of the Taken Eighteen (the name they have given the eighteen year olds that have been taken).

As her father and mother campaign for the first presidency since the world war against Roderick Westerfield, Lily just floats through every day – waiting for the Revealed to sweep her away from everything she knows.  That is until she runs into Kai Westerfield (who should be her sworn enemy, as he is the rival’s son) at a gala her family throws one night – the night that the Revealed attacks the party, but spares her – leaving her unharmed.  And while they were family friends before the war and acquaintances at school – Lily has some serious trust issues.  But Kai tries to prove he is different – matured since high school, especially as he is now a part of the armed forces that help protect their Sector.   After several meetings, she and Kai form a bond – he is the only other person that can possibly understand how she feels being cooped up in her home while their whole life is decided for them – who they can talk to, who they can be friends with, what they can learn…feeling cut off from the rest of the world with their fathers both vying for the presidency.  But when Kai is sent off for a mission without so much as a text to tell Lily, she finds herself wondering if she ever really knew him at all.

And upon her next confrontation with the Revealed, Lily wonders if all she’s been taught is a lie, or the truth, and she has no idea who she can trust…as those she thought she could trust turn out to be the wrong choice, and those she thought were the wrong choice she can trust – but can she convince those that matter most to her in time to save their lives?

Lily is complex, but a little boring – all at once.  At times, you wonder how anyone can be so naïve, and other times how someone could be so mature – she doesn’t make good decisions at first, but she definitely begins showing some maturity near the end of the book.  She learns that being strong and loyal are important – and all of her decisions have consequences, good or bad, that she will have to live with.  I thought it was a very intriguing story and concept – I mean, who wouldn’t love to have mind powers every once in a while?!?  I’m really looking forward to seeing how things go for Lily in the next book – very promising future, but I guess it’s all about the decisions we make…free will can end up being our down fall!

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Flabbergasted ( Book #1): A Novel by Ray Blackston

Jay Jarvis just moved east.

His dating life’s gone south.

What else is a guy to do but go fishing?

Jay is new in town. He’s young, successful, and single, and he’s not afraid to plop down in a church pew to scope out the females. But in the murky waters of the South Carolina singles scene, Jay’s whole world is in danger of being turned upside down.

 

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Leopard Moon (Moon Series Book 1) by Jeanette Battista

How do you disappear when you come from a family of predators?

A wereleopard, Kess is forced to flee her home and family in Miami once her brother’s obsession with her turns violent. She runs from city to city, trying to stay one step ahead of the investigators her family has dispatched to bring her home. Kess ends up in the mountains of North Carolina and attracts the attention of Cormac, a young man with a secret of his own. As she attempts to live as normal a life as her were-nature allows, her brother Sek continues to hunt for her. He believes she is the key to revitalizing their weakened clan and is driven to extreme measures to ensure their continued existence. As Kess’ relationship with Cormac deepens, Sek closes in, threatening Cormac’s life and Kess’ freedom.

When the moon rises, the hunt is on….

 

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The Lake (The Lake Trilogy, Book 1) by AnnaLisa Grant

At 17, Layla Weston is already starting over. Having lost both her parents and grandparents, and with nowhere else to go, Layla is moving from Florida to a small town in North Carolina to live with the only family she has left: her estranged uncle and aunt.

The last five years of Layla’s life were spent appeasing her less than-loving grandmother, followed by being her grandfather’s caretaker. Growing old before her time, Layla lost her identity. Now she must learn how to allow herself to be the one cared for and loved.

Life takes an unexpected turn when Layla meets Will Meyer. His breathtaking good looks are enough to catch her eye, but his sincerity and passion are everything she needs to find the strength and confidence she lost — and lead her into love.

When tragedy once again strikes Layla’s life, her hope is all but completely crushed. Through it all, Layla learns what it means to truly love and be loved.

 

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Fatal Abduction by Julia Crane – COVER REVEAL!!

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Fatal Abduction

by Julia Crane

Book 3 – IFCS Series

New Adult Sci-Fi Dystopian

 There’s a serial killer at large. His victims just happen to resemble Kaitlyn—dark haired, pale skin and athletic build. Kaitlyn goes undercover, attending a prestigious high school to try to lure the killer into a trap and save the lives of other potential victims. Will she be able to catch the killer before his body count rises? Or will she become the next victim?

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Freak of Nature – Book 1

Donate Body to Science. Check.

When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.

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Fractured Innocence  - Book 2

*Warning 17+ due to sexual gritty topic and language.

Kaitlyn and Erik are sent on a mission to track down Vance Dasvoik, a ruthless monster. His latest thrill—abducting and selling young women.

Vance’s current victim: Aaliyah, a seventeen-year-old who never imagined walking her brother home from school one evening would change her life forever.

The mission quickly turns personal for Kaitlyn when she finds Aaliyah beaten, her mind and soul fractured from abuse of the worst kind. Kaitlyn knows firsthand what it’s like to be haunted by the past and resolves to bring justice to the elusive Dasvoik.

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About the Author

Julia Crane is the author of the Keegan’s Chronicles, IFICS. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination.

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Glitch (Lost in Time Book 1) by Brenda Pandos

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Glitch (Lost in Time Book 1) by Brenda Pandos

**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**

Solid 4 ½ stars!!

How would you like to be able to have a visit with your future self…what would you be doing twenty years in the future, who would you marry, how many children would you have?  For 18 year old Abigail “Abby” Masterson, living behind the safety and security of the walls of Brighton – to keep alive and well from the zombies that are running uncontrollably around outside the walls and would like nothing more than to have another midnight snack like her.  When there was a supposed zombie-apocalypse several years in the past, Abby’s parents had been lucky to be some of “The Chosen” that would be given the oral antidote after the outbreak of the virus that killed so many people, and were taken behind the protective walls of Brighton and governed by the Elected Agency or EA.  They have many comforts and conveniences, such as their DOD watches that showed them based off of their decisions and experiences how long they would live.

But the day before Abby’s visit with her future self or Complement as they call them, a blue eyed stranger passes her an illegal message on a slip of paper that tells her not to go to her Complement meeting…and ever the rule follower she is, Abby struggles with the possibility that it’s a test from the EA.  So despite the young (handsome) blue eyed boys message, Abby proceeds to her meeting the next day – and of course it’s nothing like she expected it to be (not to mention the staff all acts oddly before and afterward once they realize she was born in a leap year).  Afterward, with the help of her best-friend Elle, they look for the mystery “Blue Eyes” on the security cameras in Elle’s brother’s apartment.  But all they see are furry looking bears – but no suspicious people lurking around.

So when Abby is awakened by her neighbor’s dog in the middle of the night, and she goes to the window to shush it – she sees Blue Eyes down the street, peering up at her window.  And when she starts to panic, she turns smack into none other than a Yeti – who kidnaps her, along with the mysterious Blue Eyes and removes her from the protected world of Brighton.  Upon stopping, the young man (Blue Eyes) won’t tell her anything about why he’s taken her, only to tell her that he’d warned her not to attend her Complement meeting and he is just trying to keep her safe.  Enter Memphis, who then gives a name to the Blue Eyed kidnapper, Kaden.  He tries to make light of the situation – accept for when he is scolding his brother, who is none other than her kidnapper, the handsome blue-eyed young man Kaden.

Feeling so lost at why Kaden took her, she is soon thrown into a world that she thought was the world of the past – of freedom and lies told at the hand of the EA and Brighton officials.  But what would it cost her to go back to Brighton, her family and friends, and all she has ever known?  Should she stay with the mysterious Kaden and Memphis, are they trustworthy, or not?

I enjoyed this as a nice change of pace from the normal “teen” books that are out there right now.  It was a very creative world with imaginative characters and contraptions in it…and of course with the whole zombie-apocalypse aspect, that kicked the story up to a whole other level.  I think the story was well developed for the most part, but once some time traveling came into play, it was REALLY hard to follow the who, the where, and even at times, who was where.  I am very much looking forward to seeing how Abby and Kaden’s stories progress in the next book – good start to a creative new series!

Fiancée for Hire (A Front and Center Novel) by Tawna Fenske

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Fiancée for Hire (A Front and Center Novel) by Tawna Fenske

 

**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review**

Solid 3 ½ stars!!

Once a Marine, always a Marine – that’s the life motto for former Marine MacArthur Patton. And when his private consultation for the government requires him to have a fiancée, Mac turns to his younger sister Sheri for help – which comes in the form of Sheri’s best-friend since childhood, Kelli Landers, who has had a serious case of lust for Mac, but to Mac she was just his kid sister’s friend and nothing more than that.

So when the two meet for a “strategy meeting”, Mac sees her for what she is – a beautiful, spunky, kick-ass woman. Their meeting inspires a mutual lust – but Mac is determined to keep their dealing strictly professional, while Kelli see this as her chance to finally fulfill her teenage fantasies with Mac. But when the danger starts to escalate, Mac worries about whether he will be able to keep Kelli safe enough – and be able to hold off all of the pent-up desire they both feel.

This was a great romance that had some deep subject matter at times, but it was necessary to explain where Mac and Kelli’s hearts are at through the whole process. And while I felt like it was a bit predicable, there were a few choice surprises that spiced up the book and made it an overall enjoyable read!

Mirror X by Karri Thompson

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Mirror X by Karri Thompson

 

**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review**

Solid 3 ½ stars!!

When 17 year old Cassie Dannacher awakens in a strange room filled with doctors – people she’s never met before, she’s in shock…but that shock is escalated when she is told that everyone she ever knew has been dead and gone for over a thousand years, she is scared and numb. Even after everything is explained, she still can’t believe that after the helicopter crash that left her brain dead, she was cryogenically preserved and is now several years in the future and alive – with the assistance of the adorable (and young) Dr. Michael Bennett.

But when it is explained to Cassie that she is the be the savior of the world, as she is the only fertile female in the world after a plague wiped out over 50% of the population and left all the women left in the world sterile, she starts to see that this new world is not all sunshine and rainbows. Especially with people like Dr. Simon Little heading up the “re-population” that is expected from Cassie and her children. But when Cassie finds out that she was artificially inseminated (against her will) while she was still in the medically induced coma while she was recovering, she now has not just her life to worry about. And the news continues to get worse for Cassie and her female offspring, as Dr. Little expects them to basically be the saviors at repopulating the world, but at the expense of freedom and choice. Cassie can’t live with that and upon the birth (and Dr. Little’s kidnapping) of her daughter Victoria, she and Michael decide that what’s best for the is to run…as far away as they can get. But of course it is never as simple as it sounds; but with the help of their techy friend Magnum, they may just make it our – alive and free.

I really liked the plot of the story, but I felt like it fell a little flat at times. Cassie really wants to be strong, but as she feels so along without her family and friends, it’s a hard road for her. I loved all the technology and robots that were throughout – they had really creative names and purposes. But what bothered me is sometimes I felt a little lost at how I got from one page to the next – it was just little gappy for me. Overall, and enjoyable story, but could have been cleaned up a little to have been really outstanding!

Going Down in Flames (A Going Down in Flames Novel) by Chris Cannon

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Going Down in Flames (A Going Down in Flames Novel) by Chris Cannon

**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review**

Being a high school student is hard enough, but for 16 year old Bryn McKenna, she just found out that she is also a dragon – and not just any dragon, but a one of a kind hybrid of the red and blue dragons…which by the dragon community’s standards, she is known as an abomination a they are not supposed to marry or mate outside of their own clans.

Enter Zavien, as dragon from the black clan (one of the more neutral clans) who wants to help Bryn as she is hauled off to the mandatory “Institute” where all young dragons are supposed to attend and learn how to be the best they can be in their clans.  But there are many of the clans that do not agree that she should be there, let alone alive.  Can Bryn get through the Institute alive and show the other dragons that she won’t give up without a fight?  And is Zaiven to be trusted, or is he just there to destroy her like the others in the clans?  For Bryn, she has to wade into the dangerous water of attraction for Zaiven, and the distaste of the dragons as a whole…so far, turning 16 is not all it’s cracked up to be!

I LOVED this created and well thought out plot!  And Bryn is a tough little thing and she is willing to fight anyone who threatens her or anyone she cares about!  I was very fascinated by the premise of the book and was extremely impressed how the book played out.  The path that Bryn is taken down in such a short time is a crazy one – but I love that with some newly acquired friends (and one adorable…no, hot young black dragon in particular) by her side, she learns that she is up for big things, as long as she remembers to keep forging her own path!  This is an amazing debut novel for Ms. Cannon – I foresee great things in store from her!!

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Sweet Blood of Mine by John Corwin

 

FROM MEGA NERD to SUPER STUD

Justin Case and women do not mix. Man boobs, a love of Kings and Castles, and being tight with the “nerd” crowd certainly don’t win him any points either. After rescuing Katie, his crush, it turns out she might not be the girl he thought she was, while Elyssa, the school’s Goth Girl, turns out to be more. Can high school get any more confusing?

Determined to improve himself, he joins a gym and meets a sexy girl that just oozes a “come hither, Justin” vibe. Until she attacks him in the parking lot, and Justin realizes she’s no ordinary girl but a being with supernatural speed and strength. After a narrow escape and an excruciating migraine headache, he wakes up with supernatural abilities all his own: speed, strength, and the ability to seduce every woman he sees.

While that might sound like the perfect combo for any hormonal teen, Justin is a hopeless romantic who wants his first time to be special. Is that too much to ask for? But he doesn’t know what he is or how to stop his carnal urges. One thing is clear: If he doesn’t find answers there are other more sinister supernaturals who would like nothing better than to make him their eternal plaything and do far worse than kill him.

 

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The Ghost and The Graveyard (Knight Games Book 1) by Genevieve Jack

Book 1 of 4 in the Knight Games Series

Life is full of difficult decisions!

Grateful Knight isn’t looking for love when she moves into a rent-free house on the edge of a graveyard. At twenty-two, all she wants is to recover financially so she can move back to the city where she belongs.

But sparks fly when the gorgeous cemetery caretaker, Rick, introduces himself and mentions his suspicion that her new house might be haunted. Her attraction to him seems supernatural, and despite her resolve to not get involved, she literally can’t keep her hands off him.

When things in Grateful’s house start moving on their own, another man enters her life, Logan, a sexy ghost with a dark secret. He says Rick isn’t what he seems, and indulging her passion for him could cost her soul.

One thing’s for sure, magical forces are at work in the tiny town of Red Grove, and they’re converging on Grateful. Life will never be the same once she’s forced to choose between the ghost and the graveyard.

˃˃˃ **Due to explicit sexual content, language, and violence this book is recommended for ages 18+**

 

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UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 1) by Chanda Hahn

 

Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated; that is until she saves her crush’s life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is a descendant from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her its’ next fairy-tale victim.
To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.

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Extraction by Stephanie Diaz

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Extraction by Stephanie Diaz

 

**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**

3 1/2 solid stars!

In a skewed version of the world, in Kiel, where the “Surface” is the considered to be unsafe, only the most “Promising” of citizens are extracted to the Core where they will be safe from the moon’s acid.  The extracted are put through tests and brain scans in their sixteenth year and they are tested on their strength, obedience, and intelligence.

Clementine is all three, and an excellent candidate for extraction, but of course that means leaving behind her best-friend Logan, who was denied extraction just one year earlier, as he was born with a slight limp.  So when her dream of leaving the unstable surface is realized and she is chosen to be extracted, she has mixed feeling about the phenomenon.  Her hope is to get in well with the “Developers” who select the extracted and see if they are willing to make an exception for Logan, as she is devastated to be separated from him.  But before too long, Clementine starts to see the Core life isn’t all it’s been taught it is.  There is still cruelty, lies, and deception at every turn – so the question is, can Clem handle it, or will be separated from Logan forever, with both of their deaths imminent?

While Clementine is smart and strong, she struggles with obedience.  She knows she is supposed to listen to and trust those in charge; she just has a hard time seeing the good or rightness in them – making her a target and a potential threat.  And while she does make a few friends in the Core, she also makes some very powerful enemies.

At times, Clementine feels like a bit of an empty character – she’s strong, but then she gives in; she is very smart, but she turns around and makes a stupid decision.  Also, I feel like at times the store was a little hallow or lacking.  I was able to make quite a few easy predictions that came to fruition that could have had a little more depth to them.  I loved the story and concept, but was just left a little wanting by the end of the book.  Still, I am looking forward to the rest of Clem’s journey in the next book.

The Curse Breakers (Curse Keepers Series, Book 2) by Denise Grover Swank

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The Curse Breakers (Curse Keepers Series, Book 2) by Denise Grover Swank

 

**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**

Broken in two – that’s how Ellie Lancaster feels after her fellow Curse Keeper and lover Collin Dailey deceives her and her Daddy offers himself as a sacrifice to close the Gates of Hell that Collin opened.  And now, she’s without her Daddy’s guidance on how to return Spirits and Gods that got out during Collin’s deception – and without the comforting presence that Collin once was as well.  She can’t forgive him for lying to and betraying her.

So she does the only other thing she can think of for help – she seeks help out from scholars…and one in particular, Dr. David Preston – who’s head of the American Studies Department at the University of North Carolina.  With nightly visits in her dreams from animals begging for help and evil spirits wanting to hurt her or worse, broken hearted and grieving, Ellie sets out to ask for Dr. Preston’s help.  She figures that the “old-timer” professor will have nothing better to do, but when she comes face to face with the beautiful 30-something British professor, he won’t give her the time of day.  Out of options, she tries to handle things on her own – but with the spirits gaining their strength and Collin still unwilling to help her return them to hell, Ellie worries that the world is doomed.  Until out of sheer luck, she runs into Dr. Preston at her family’s Bed and Breakfast, and it’s like fate he was meant to help her.

As they decide to have a professional “partnership” – purely on a business level – the attraction is still there between them.  But seeing as she is still pretty ruined by Collin and his betrayal, she tries to hold it off for Dr. Preston, or David as he’s asked her to call him, to concentrate on the task at hand.  But can they do it – save the work in time with only a half of the Curse Keep team and keep their mutual attraction at bay?

While a lot of the beginning of the book was a bit of re-telling some of what happened in the first book, it was also a lot of growth and learning on Ellie’s part – she finally begins to believe in the trust herself and her power as a Curse Keeper.  And the addition of a certain hot British professor didn’t hurt either!  I am seriously on the edge of my seat with anticipation to see what the final book will bring for Ellie, David, and Collin.