Reviews

Charmed (The Charmed Trilogy #1) by Lindy Zart (Reviewed by Lauren)

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Title: Charmed

   Author: Lindy Zart

   Published Date: November 30, 2013

   Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy

   Rating:

   1 star1 star1 star1 star

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  ***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

  Synopsis

On the day Taryn turns eighteen her life changes. A black-eyed man with a chilly aura accosts her and she’s abducted by a man who really isn’t a man, but a Manang; half-man, half-angel.

 She’s told she’s someone special; a Charmed, and the key to winning in a battle of worlds about to collide. Only problem is, she can be a weapon of good or a weapon of bad, depending on who gets to her first.

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  ***Lauren, #NerdGirlSphinx’s Review***

There were so many things about this story that I just loved. First, I love the creative names that Lindy came up with for her characters, and how they really seemed to fit so well with their personalities. Taryn had my giggling at her witty retorts to Creed. They had such chemistry. Together they were just the right mix of sarcasm and irony.

 I really liked the idea of half-angel, half-human beings living on another… Continue reading

Always You by Missy Johnson – Release Day Blitz plus Giveaway (ARC Review by Tara)

I was thrilled when I was offered a graduate teaching position at the prestigious Tennerson Girls Academy. At twenty-three, this would be my first ‘real’ teaching assignment. Working at the elite boarding school, home to the daughters of some of the wealthiest people in the world, was a great opportunity that I would’ve been stupid to pass up.One week into my new job, and I suddenly had no idea why I chose high school…I was a seventeen year old boy once, I knew how teenage girls behaved.You can’t even imagine the hell of trying to teach thirty, hormonal driven seventeen year old’s who have been cooped up, away from any male contact.

I could handle the whispers every time I entered the room. I could even handle the obvious attempts at gaining my attention. What I couldn’t handle was her…

Rich bitches and way too many rules. Was it any wonder that I hated school?

Add to that the lack of male contact, and I was going insane. Like literally. I wasn’t used to this. A year ago I was normal. I had a boyfriend, friends and a loving family. There is nothing normal about me anymore, and nobody… Continue reading

Always You by Missy Johnson – (ARC Reviewed by Tara)

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Title: Always You

  Author: Missy Johnson

  Published Date: December 19, 2013

  Genre: NA / Contemporary Romance

  Rating:

  1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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 ***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

 Synopsis

I was thrilled when I was offered a graduate teaching position at the prestigious Tennerson Girls Academy. At twenty-three, this would be my first ‘real’ teaching assignment. Working at the elite boarding school, home to the daughters of some of the wealthiest people in the world, was a great opportunity that I would’ve been stupid to pass up.

 One week into my new job, and I suddenly had no idea why I chose high school…I was a seventeen year old boy once, I knew how teenage girls behaved.

 You can’t even imagine the hell of trying to teach thirty, hormonal driven seventeen year olds who have been cooped up, away from any male contact.

 I could handle the whispers every time I entered the room. I could even handle the obvious attempts at gaining my attention. What I couldn’t handle was her…

 Rich bitches and way too many rules. Was it any wonder that I hated school?

 … Continue reading

Darkness Betrayed (Torn Series #2) by Christine Hughes (Reviewed by Shelby)

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Title: Darkness Betrayed (Torn Series #2)

  Author: Christine Hughes

  Published Date: September 27, 2013

  Genre: Paranormal / YA / Thriller

  Rating:

  1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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 ***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

 Synopsis

Even the devil was once an angel…

Still reeling from a devastating betrayal, and a shaky relationship with Ethan, her Guardian Angel, Samantha reluctantly seeks comfort with Damien – the original fallen, the devil whispered about and part of the original deception of Adam and Eve. She learns of the real reason for his existence – a sad and twisted reason that would force even the most ardent Bible thumpers to show sympathy. He agrees to help Samantha fight Sebastian but what she doesn’t know is there is a price for Damien’s involvement. A price she would never allow. The only problem is, she isn’t the one making the sale.

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 ***Shelby, #NerdGirlShelby’s Review***

Wow! I had a hard time reading the first book in this series but this one was amazing! I am actually sorry that it ended. It was really that good. For me, Darkness Betrayed succeeded in all the ways that Torn didn’t.

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To Catch a Ripple by K. Rosemont (Revieved by Melanie)

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Title: To Catch a Ripple

    Author: K. Rosemont

    Published Date: November 1, 2013

    Genre:  Urban Fantasy

    Rating:

    1 star1 star1 star1 star

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   ***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

 

  Synopsis

Helen Knight, 32, has fallen in love for the first time, but under the Seagrave curse love is forbidden. Robert Seagrave, a charming, elusive novelist, is bound to the spell which chains him to Lord Gabriel, the head of the family who dictates what the Seagraves can do, where they can live, who they can love. No one can leave the community and no outsider can enter.

 To free the man she loves, Helen tries to break the spell and as she unearths secrets darker than the curse, she becomes the focus of Lord Gabriel’s wrath.

 ***Contains Graphic Sex and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***

 

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 ***Melanie – #NerdGirlVamp’s Review***

Although this was sent to me as an “Urban Fantasy” I am not sure that is really the best description for it. It is a Fantasy / Romance with a splash of Mystery. One… Continue reading

Done Deal by Rene D. Schultz (Reviewed by Shelby)

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Title: Done Deal

    Author: Rene D. Schultz

    Published Date: November 24, 2013

    Genre:  Medical Drama / Fighting for your Life

    Rating:

    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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   ***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

   Synopsis

Cissy is just your typical hard working, single mother, who leads a very simple life, until one day, when a cancer diagnosis leave her spinning in circles. Not one to sit around and do nothing, and with experience in the medical field, she decides to research new medication and clinical studies on the Internet. All of a sudden, she hit a block wall. The pharmaceuticals are holding back on the ‘orphan’ drugs that have the potential to save lives, but instead, they abandon them onto the ‘shelves.’ Why aren’t there clinical studies on these drugs? Why aren’t they being produced and dispensed? Why is this happening?

Cissy goes on a quest, to find these answers and what she discovers is shocking. With an anger that leaves her cynical, and with time running out, she sets out to ‘right a wrong.’ She forfeits her integrity… Continue reading

Jack and Yani Love Harry Potter by Mary E. Twomey (Reviewed by Amber)

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Title: Jack and Yani Love Harry Potter

    Author: Mary E. Twomey

    Published Date: January 23, 2013

    Genre:  YA, Contemporary Romance

    Rating:

    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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   ***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

   Synopsis

Best friends Jack and Yani do everything together. After Yani’s thirtieth birthday party, however, she decides to leave town on a spontaneous vacation to visit all the sites of the young adult fiction novels she loves, hoping that when she returns, she’ll have buried the secret flame she has for Jack. Forced by his friends to go on a road trip to track down Yani, Jack learns a lot about his best friend by reading the novels she’s been obsessed with. From vampire hunting in Forks to searching for wizards in Florida, Jack confronts his greatest fears -that he just might love Harry Potter…and perhaps, Yani.

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 ***Amber, #NerdGirlAmbz’s Review***

 I have to say this book was not exactly what I expected when I read the cover. Just goes to show you the old saying stands true, “Never Judge a book by the… Continue reading

Taming Cross (Love, Inc. #2) by Ella James (Reviewed by Amber)

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Title: Taming Cross

    Author: Ella James

    Published Date: August 19, 2013

    Genre:  Romance

    Rating:

    1 star1 star1 star1 star

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   ***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

   Synopsis

For twenty-three years, Cross Carlson was a playboy. You know the type. Tall, dark, and wealthy. Blue-eyed. Charming. He seemed to have it all so easy. But Cross was harboring a terrible secret – one that helped ruin the life of an innocent girl and almost ended his own.

 Finally out of the hospital, Cross is flailing, scarred in both body and mind and stifled by the weight of the secret he still keeps. The only way to absolution lies in a Mexican convent, and going there could cost him everything.

 If there’s anyone who knows what it’s like to screw up big time, it’s Meredith Kinsey. Just a few years ago, Merri was an ordinary girl with a job at her college newspaper and white picket fence kind of dreams. Now she’s holed up in a Mexican convent, hiding from a drug lord who thinks he owns her.… Continue reading

Safe and Sound by Lindy Zart (Reviewed by Cassie)

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Title: Safe and Sound

   Author: Lindy Zart

   Published Date: November 30, 2013

   Genre:  YA

   Rating:

   1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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  ***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

  Synopsis

This is Lola’s story. She has a secret no one can know. Once a safe haven, her home has turned into a prison, and she fears if she doesn’t somehow escape, she will lose herself completely.

 She finds her escape in Jack; a troubled young man with a cynical smile and eyes that see all that Lola tries to hide. But even Jack can’t save her from the evil at home

 ***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***

***Contains violence and intended rape against a minor. Parents strongly cautioned***

paragraph divider 18***Cassie, #NerdGirlLola’s Review***

I am truly at a loss for words, this book just hit home for me. I know the subject matter is a little hard to stomach; child abuse is a touchy topic for most, but the author writes in such a way that makes it hard to put the book down. Even as I was crying I kept telling… Continue reading

Safe and Sound by Lindy Zart (Reviewed by Cassie)

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Title: Safe and Sound

   Author: Lindy Zart

   Published Date: November 30, 2013

   Genre:  YA

   Rating:

   1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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  ***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

  Synopsis

This is Lola’s story. She has a secret no one can know. Once a safe haven, her home has turned into a prison, and she fears if she doesn’t somehow escape, she will lose herself completely.

 She finds her escape in Jack; a troubled young man with a cynical smile and eyes that see all that Lola tries to hide. But even Jack can’t save her from the evil at home

 ***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***

***Contains violence and intended rape against a minor. Parents strongly cautioned***

paragraph divider 18***Cassie, #NerdGirlLola’s Review***

I am truly at a loss for words, this book just hit home for me. I know the subject matter is a little hard to stomach; child abuse is a touchy topic for most, but the author writes in such a way that makes it hard to put the book down. Even as I was crying I kept telling… Continue reading

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