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September 2017 Reading Recap: Fae books, Slave Ships, and Black Romance

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Images of book covers are courtesy of Avon Books, Delacorte Press(“Captured and Forbidden” text titles created by Ericajean using Canva

Below are Very brief summaries of the four books I read September 2017. I read books about faeries(not the kids’ faeries), the adult fae books, as well as some black romance. Please click  the(affiliate) links to grab up  these 4.5 and 5 star reads!

 

  • First up is Iced. I was  unaware of the controversy surrounding Iced, because I’ve read the Darkfever series from 2009-2011 and stopped when I realized Iced would be in the POV of 14 y/o Dani O’Malley, but Moning did a great job of keeping the dark sensuality and sexual tension in there while also keeping the voice of the fiery Dani.

Some felt that Dani was too young to be placed in a world filled with centuries old males and that was borderline on taboo however, in a crazy violent fae driven world, Dani is more intelligent and grown up and again, Moning did a fine job of treating issues delicately concerning Dani.

In this world, ice is freezing up places in Dublin, Ireland and Dani must team up with Ryodan, Dancer, and the Unseelie Prince Christian, to dodge gut stealing hags and faeries who could sex you to death- literally!

  • In Burned, Mac and Barrons are back(after Shadowfever) and are now dueling growing potholes in the atmosphere and Mac still has the Unseelie King’s copy of the Sinsar Dubh inside her and relying on it for any power could prove fatal for her and the world if she isn’t careful. Some fans did not care for Burned because Iced reeled us in and now we want more of Dani’s story.
  • The next two books I read are by Beverly Jenkins. An African American Author who writes titillating historical fiction you just cannot put down. In Forbidden(Old West, #1), the sexy green eyed Rhine Fontaine is descended from a line of African Queens and his white father was a slave owner. To survive, Rhine lives his life as a white man until he meets the beautiful Eddy Carmichael who makes him forget about his fianceé .
  • Captured was filled with pirates, violence and sweet seduction. I loved every minute of it. Clare Sullivan, a slave, is captured by the ruggedly handsome Dominic Le Veq. LeVeq, a free black man known for bedding down women all over the world, just can’t help himself when he meets the very intelligent slave woman. The problem is, he wants her by his side: free. But if they are found out she could go back to being a house slave or possibly killed.

Another point to remember: Beverly Jenkins love using marmalade in her novels. I’ll never think of the treat the same again!

Well, I hope you get to read some of these books because they surely kept me up at night and they are definitely certified 4.5/5 star reads so it will not be a waste of your time.

Let me know what you think about any of these stories if you have read them.

What are you currently reading? 🙂

~The Write Web

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4.5 Star Review · Angels · book review · Brain · Romance · Youth/Young Adult

All Things New by Lauren Miller (a review)

All Things New by Lauren Miller

Published by Three Saints Press(August 1, 2017)

ISBN: 978-0998511115

After a car accident Jessa Gray finds herself wallowing in a bout of questions and insecurities along with a new disability: aphantasia. She can no longer visualize imagery in her mind, but once she moves to Colorado to live with her dad, not only does she meets new friends, she begin to learn that maybe this disability is not a disability, but unique and useful.

This book is incredible as far as imagery and ideas. When Jessa finds her boyfriend cheating on her, it throws her into a panic attack while driving and then some car speeds past a red light and hits her causing her entire world to change. As you read, you get the feeling Jessa has always relied on her beautiful  looks in the past to cover up who she really inside- which is broken. The author does an amazing job slowly peeling back the layers of Jessa’s life and helping us to see why she thinks and behaves the way she does.

The beautiful takeaway in this story is that panic disorders are real but with the right support and love, you can heal.”

The shining light is Marshall. His attraction to Jessa seems instant. Even with her scars he see her as beautiful and wants to spend time with her. He tries to see the best in everyone and even though he has a hole in his heart, his love for Jessa could repair her own. Their romance buds pretty fast and that was unexpected, however their interaction was all marshmallows and hearts.

My eyes are on his chin, his forehead, then, finally, his eyes, which leap at me…swallowing up air between us…let go of me. But he isn’t holding on to me…He’s just looking at me.” (All Things New, 2017)

What is also interesting about the book is the references to “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde. The book seems to mirror the story as far as perception and the soul is concerned. It piqued my interest in reading Oscar Wilde’s novel.

In summation, the book was definitely good if you are into serious existentialist talk, Van Gogh, and teen issues. An overall good story.

Learn more about Lauren Miller and then if you’re feeling super geeky, check out this link on existentialism and learn more about that too and click Aphantasia to learn about that as well.

This book was received for free from Netgalley!

 

4.5 Star Review · book review · Romance

Date Me by Logan Chance(My Honest Review on a Hot Novella)

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Date Me( a Sex Me Novella) by Logan Chance

Published by The Brothers Chance 2016

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According to author Logan Chance’s Amazon bio, he “tells it like it is and is a man of his own.” He has also been nominated for Best Debut Goodreads Author of 2016. With credentials like that, I was not surprised that this book would be pretty darn hot.

Erik Murphy is a bad boy pilot and he just learned his ex is getting married soon. He needs a date to go to her wedding. Someone to show off and make his ex mad- but who would go with him on such short notice?

With the help of his meddling, sailor mouth sisters, his profile is posted on a dating app and he is surprised when he gets more than a few lady callers.

One in particular, Belinda, seems to enjoy everything he enjoys. He begins messaging her back and forth and even looks forward to their light banter.

Then one day he meets Belinda’s friend Kayla.

Things get a bit ore difficult.

Erik’s growing attraction for Belinda is relegated to conversation only but her hot friend commands his fantasies with her body. They have a serious chemistry going on. He wants her- bad.

What is a man to do? Go for good conversation and a good time(He and Belinda likes the Miami Heat) or go with your instincts according to the laws of attraction?

Here is a full warning: there is a plot twist but even for a novella (which I finished in one night), it was soooo good. Right to the last drop.

Also, I think reading romance novels from a male perspective can be a new thing for me. Reading from male’s perspective, kind of confirmed that guys really do like when a woman takes control but they can also be sweet and thoughtful to the woman they love.

4.5 Star Review · book review · mystery novels

Guilty by Laura Elliot(My Honest Review)

 

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Guilty by Laura Elliot

Published by Bookouture June 22, 2017

ISBN:978-1786811424

*Book received for free from Netgalley*

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Thirteen year old Constance Lawson goes missing one night and the prime suspect is her very own uncle, Karl Lawson.

The only reason he is a suspect is because young reporter, Amanda Bowe, has a way with words; she makes some startling connections, supposedly linking Karl to his niece’s disappearance.

Six years later, Karl’s life has been destroyed: His brother alienates him, his wife and child abandoned him, and Amanda Bowe is doing excellent.

What will it take for Amanda to understand the pain she put Karl through?

What I can say about this book, is that it keeps you guessing. That is a major point for me and was basically the bonus which gives this book its 4.5/5 hearts.

The reason this book gets four and half hearts, is not because it’s a bad book. To be honest, this story was pretty brilliant.

I just have not read a psych thriller in so long, I was lost at some points or didn’t care..? I cared about what happened in Karl’s life though.

The reporter is one character I did not like nor feel any connection with.

Also, at some point, I thought the story would end, but then the book twists into Amanda’s story. I honestly did not care about her and her life. I truly didn’t. But her story is the bonus of the book in some ways.

What ways you may ask? When it comes to a person being guilty, so many play their role in it too.

I am seriously considering reading more of Laura Elliot’s books.

4.5 Star Review · book review

Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror ( a review)

Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror

Edited by Ellen Datlow

Published by Tachyon Publications (October 31, 2016)

ISBN: 978-1616962326

*Book received for free from Netgalley

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This collection of short stories can be classified as  “weird” with horrific spices added into the pot.

It was just that good; and unfortunately(or fortunately), some stories give you pause. Make you cringe. Make you think.

Make you not want to sleep.

I’ve experienced that while reading this book. The individual tales can seem disjointed somehow, almost experimental like Gemma Files’s “Spectral Evidence”. A seeming innocent act of collecting notes, speculating about a dead medium, turns out to hold more suspense than sitting in a theater watching The Ring.

“Orbs hover over her right eye, pineal gland and heart chakra, roughly the same areas in which she would later develop simultaneous(and fatal) aneurysms.”(Nightmares, 2017).

Or “Closet Dreams” where a girl is questioned by authorities about how she escaped from a sexual predator when there is no human way possible that she could have escaped. That one left me with chills…and questions.

Many more stories are diabolical, dreamlike, downright nightmarish and I loved the collection.

Definitely worth the read.

If you’re not scared.

 

 

4.5 Star Review · book review · Creative Writing

The Shape of Ideas by Grant Snider (a review)

The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity by author/illustrator Grant Snider

Published: Abrams(2017)

ISBN: 978-1-4197-2317-9

*Book received for my unbiased review from Netgalley

Ever wonder where ideas come from?

Interested in how to catch them?

Don’t wish to read too many words on how ideas are shaped?

Then great. When I downloaded Snider’s Shape of Ideas, I was pleased to see cute pictures illustrating the many aspects and processes of generating ideas and entertaining inspiration.

“With every new thing I make I think I’m getting closer to whole.”(The Shape of Ideas p.45)

As a writer and creative thinker, it was pretty cool to have a visual of the process of forming an idea.

The drawings are simplistic enough, but with a tad bit of humor as you journey through sections such as:

  • Inspiration
  • Perspiration
  • Improvisation
  • Aspiration
  • Contemplation
  • Exploration, etc.

The book’s goal is to mirror what happens when we think about creating.

The book poses poignant questions and offered up sage advice within the art.

“You can be anything you want to be… but can you be everything you want to be.”(p.57)

In sum, The Shape of Ideas had some timeless, sage advice- most we identify with on a day to day basis but it was still a neat illustrative book.

About Grant Snider

You can find Grant Snider on incidentalcomics.com. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Kansas Star, and The Best American Comics 2013. He lives in Wichita, Kansas with his wife and 2 sons. More examples of his illustrative genius can be seen in Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts.

 

4.5 Star Review · book review · New Adult · relationships · Romance · Uncategorized

Here it is! ‘Low Down and Dirty’, the Review

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Low Down & Dirty by Addison Moore

Low Down & Dirty(Volume 1) by Addison Moore

Published by Hollis Thatcher Press, LTD. 2017

Cover Design by: Gaffey Media

Received as an Arc from Author but is currently on sale on Amazon so head there now!

First of all, a huge shout out to Addison and Kathy for this amazing ARC!

When I have an Addison Moore book in my hand, I know I will be laughing, swooning and just binging on the words she knows how to wield so well in these books.

Low Down &Dirty is one such book which literally begins with me bursting at the seams with LOLs. Harlowe Hartly is down on her luck. She feels sick, just lost her job and loses her home- all in the span of less than a day.

She finds herself going to her bestie, Raven.

Raven suggests she live with her brother.

What Harlowe did not count on was falling for the dark haired, blue eyed male version of her best friend. Levi turns out to be super hot and charming.

But Levi has a few secrets of his own.

Annnnnd Raven issued a serious notice to the both of them:

Do not fall in love.

Let me just add a side note here in case you are still wondering if Levi and Harlowe’s story is worth it. Levi is the most honest and intense man ever. In the bedroom, on business, friendships, whatever- he has secrets but who doesn’t? Harlowe’s entire being just can’t resist him, even with a threat hanging over both of their heads…

As I said before, I prepared myself for giggles and pure romance where the guys’ words sweep you off your feet.

The banter between Levi and Harlowe, the surprising scenes, the tension was pure reading ecstasy for this book.

I think the word gift/gifting was used way too much, but otherwise this book was hot.

P.S. 3AM: Kisses fans will be pleased to reunite with old characters in this one!

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~The Write Web