Review: Heart Song (Heart Song #1) by Desiree Williams

Heart SongTitle: Heart Song

Series: Heart Song, book 1
Author: Desiree Williams
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: June 2014
Source: Author
Synopsis
In Aldonnia, the evil of Varkadon overflows its borders. War ravages the lands…
For as long as eighteen year-old Alanna can remember she’s lived in hiding, sealed off from the outside world. Despite a future built around a steadfast rule of seclusion, Alanna dreams of the impossible. Of a life outside of her parents’ cabin. A life with more for company than just birds and woodland creatures. A life she knows deep down is impossible for someone with gifts like hers.
That all changes the day Alanna finds a man floating face down in a stream. Despite her parents’ warnings, Alanna pulls the injured man out of the water and heals him with her elemental talents. Just another good deed. Until the man wakes and Alanna realizes so much more has happened than simply a life saved. The healing she performed on the stranger bound her soul to Jerric, the prince of Aldonnia.
Alanna’s heart wants to keep the prince, but duty and destiny intervene. Alanna’s world is rocked as her parents are lost. Left in the care of family she didn’t know, Alanna learns more than she wanted to about the evil threatening the lands. There is much more behind her parents’ drive to protect. Alanna learns her gifts were bestowed in order to fulfill a greater purpose. A greater calling. One her enemies seek to destroy at all cost.
Alanna’s choice is clear. To either ignore her destiny and remain hidden, or boldly fight to keep what sings to her heart.
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Review
Alanna has led a secluded life with her parents, hidden away from the war. Alanna possesses powers unlike any other, she’s special and her parents fear they will use her powers to destroy. When Alanna finds a man injured they have to come out of hiding, saving the prince of Aldonnia has unexpected consequences. Alanna has to decide whether to keep hiding or embrace her destiny and fight for what is right.
I finished reading Heart Song in one day, it would have been one sitting if life hadn’t got in the way. It’s very well written, the words flow smoothly and capture your attention from the very start. Even after a chapter in I knew I was going to enjoy it and I was right, I really did.
I loved Alanna, she is kind, brave, protective and puts other before herself. When she sets her mind on something she is prepared to carry it out no matter what it takes. Her courage is admirable and always does what she believes is right. I don’t think Desiree could have written a better main character.
Poor Jerric, I had a soft spot for him, when he first appears he’s gravely wounded but Alanna and her mother help him only to knock him out and run when he’s better. How unfair is that? His determination to find her after they ran was amazing, he just wouldn’t give up.
I loved the story, it was full of love, protection, hatred, betrayal, secrets, magic and friendship. Everything you need in a good book. The different factions were fun to learn about. I definitely think the shifters were my favourite. Especially Dustan, he was so full of himself but funny and awesome at the same time.
Everything came together nicely, if you’re a fan of fantasy you’ll love this one. Now I need to wait for Shifter’s Heart (book 2) to come out so I can dive back into the story.
5 rating
Ashton
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Review: The Dysfunctional Test by Kelly Moran

The Dysfunctional TestTitle: The Dysfunctional Test

Series: Stand Alone
Author: Kelly Moran
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Source: Author
Synopsis
“You are cordially challenged to a test of true love. “
Growing up in her large, crazy Serbian family, Camryn Covic became an expert at shutting down her emotions in order to maintain her sanity. But when she loses her apartment, her job and her boyfriend all in one day, she hits her breaking point.
Worse, if her family finds out she’s single “again,” her sister’s upcoming wedding will be a disaster. The bride-to-be has a plan, though. A plan that involves an old friend, a pretend relationship…and the probability of ending up in a padded cell. This time for real.
Troy Lanske agreed to the crazy plan only because, when he was a lonely foster child, Camryn was his lifeline. But she isn’t the idealistic girl he remembers. She’s become so jaded that she doesn’t even believe in love anymore.
He sets out to restore her faith in happily-ever-afters, but his plan backfires when the fake relationship begins to feel all too real. Falling for the one woman he can’t have could mean losing more than just his honorary family. He could lose everything.
Review
Camryn loses everything in one day, her apartment, her job and her stupid boyfriend. She packs up and moves back home, and has her sisters wedding to attend. Not wanting to be laughed at she gets Troy, her brothers best friend to claim to be her boyfriend. But can they last a week of pretending or will it seem so real neither no longer know it’s a lie?
What a great tale Kelly weaves, the dysfunctional test is the first book I’ve read by Kelly Moran and it definitely won’t be the last. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so long or hard, to the point tears are streaming down my face and I have a stitch in my side. It was a funny as hell. One of my new favourite romance reads 🙂
Camryn hides her emotions well, people think she’s a tight-ass, ice Queen who doesn’t have any but she does, maybe more so than everyone else she just buries it deep. Looks can be deceiving and it’s true with Camryn. The poor woman, I felt so sorry for her. Can you imagine  being the butt of every family joke? People laughing at you, making fun of you constantly? If I were Camryn I’d have walked away from the crazy bunch a longgggg time ago.
Troy *dreamy sigh* is not what he seems at all. So at first he’s made out to be a womaniser, it’s a little true I guess but it’s not that he doesn’t want to settle down he’s just waiting for the right person. He’s so amazing, I spent the majority of the book gushing all over him, he just seems perfect
My favourite character by far has got to be Emily, Camryn’s niece. She’s just amazing and repeats everything everyone says, but mostly the naughty words. Not only that but she doesn’t say it right. My favourites have got to be cockporn (popcorn) and Camryn got an erection (eviction). Hilarious!!!!
The story was awesome, a mixture of sexy and sweet and Troy is definitely book boyfriend material. He’s moved to the top of my list. A truly great read, all romance fans should definitely read The Dysfunctional Test. You won’t be disappointed I assure you!
5 rating
Ashton

Review: Descending (Rising #2) by Holly Kelly

descendingTitle: Descending
Series: Rising, book 2
Author: Holly Kelly
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: March 28, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
Source: Publisher
Synopsis
When Xanthus cashes in a long-standing favor, Kyros is faced with doing two things he thought he’d never do—protect a mermaid and live on land. Dagonians loathe mermaids and Sara, Xanthus’s wife, is no exception. Also, a Dagonian standing on human legs? It’s just not natural!

As if being around the vile creatures responsible for polluting his home and killing his sister wasn’t horrible enough, Kyros has to deal with Sara’s troublesome human friend, Gretchen. This spunky human tries his patience and makes him feel things he shouldn’t be feeling—least of all for a land-walker! When Gretchen’s life is threatened, he is forced to become her protector. But there are two problems. First, how can he fight his attraction to her when he must keep her close? And second, when a mermaid wants you dead, no one can be trusted. Not even the ones you love.

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Review
Xanthus and Sara are returning to land, but not without protection. Xanthus recruits Dagonians to join them, one being his best friend Kyros who hates humans. When Sara’s best friend, Gretchen’s life is threatened Kyros places her under his protection. Things are not what they seem and the outcome could be deadly.

I’m a little confused right now! I can’t explain how. It feels like something is missing, or like I missed a few pages but know I didn’t as I checked and double-checked. Maybe my brain just didn’t connect all the dots properly, who knows?!

After finishing Rising in as so excited to get straight into Descending, I had high expectations and I’m a bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it anyway but I expected more. When you read the first book in a series and it’s amazing you expect the next to be too right? It was good, just not as good for me :(.

Gretchen was a complete surprise, who would have guessed? I never saw it coming.

Mermaids, Dagonians, sharks, hot men, danger, fighting, love. What more could you want in a book? Besides your questions being answered of course ;).

I’m left burning with questions. What happened to Triton and Nicole? How does Sara know the things she does? Is that her gift? What’ll happen to the other Dagonians? Do they stay on land or go home? Xanthus still didn’t convince the humans to stop polluting the water, didn’t see much of that side at all.

3 rating

Ashton

Review: Uninvited (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan

UninvitedTitle: Uninvited
Series: Uninvited, book 1
Author: Sophie Jordan
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Source: Purchased (Hardcover)
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Synopsis
You can’t change your DNA…even when it says you’re a murderer.

When Davy tests positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, aka “the kill gene,” she loses everything. Once the perfect high school senior, she is uninvited from her prep school and abandoned by her friends and boyfriend. Even her parents are now afraid of her—although she’s never hurt a fly. Davy doesn’t feel any differently, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Without any say in the matter, Davy is thrown into a special class for HTS carriers. She has no doubt the predictions are right about them, especially Sean, who already bears the “H” tattoo as proof of his violence. Yet when the world turns on the carriers, Sean is the only one she can trust. Maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

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Review
Davy is a senior in high school when they discover she has HTS (the kill gene). She’s uninvited from her school, her acceptance to Juilliard is revoked and she’s sent to a school with other carriers. Things turn for the worst and the world gets deadly for the carriers. Davy must place her trust in another carrier, Sean and hope for the best.

There has been so much hype about Uninvited and after reading tonnes of reviews I pre-ordered it a fortnight before it’s release date because I was uber excited. What a waste of time that was. I didn’t hate it but I also didn’t love it. I enjoyed it and am glad I read it but I didn’t see it as anything special like most of the other reviewers I’ve seen do.

Davy is your average popular senior, she’s well bred, popular, has the perfect boyfriend and can play a handful of instruments amazingly as sing on top of all that. Everything is taken from her when she’s labeled a carrier. Her best friend, boyfriend, friends, school, freedom, even her parents. She’s scared all the time, but she puts up a good front trying to act indifferent. I love how she’s wary of Sean but can’t help feel something towards him anyway. It’s like she’s drawn to him like a magnet, unable to pull away.

Sean acts indifferent all the time, he’s even got the facial expressions down to pat. On the outside it looks like he doesn’t care where as we know that’s a front. He does care, he just doesn’t like showing it, he believes it’s a weakness. Sean is an awesome character, I lovvvveeed him, he always came to save the day, Davy was lucky to have him around. Plus he’s a bad boy, yum yum 😉

I enjoyed the plot. I thought it was a brilliant idea, something different and fun. Well, not quite fun as the characters would disagree with me but I thought it was a fun read. The rivalry and violent parts were the best parts for me, I had fun “watching” Davy kick butt!

Overall I enjoyed Uninvited but not to the point I have to fangirl all over it. It was a good read but not great. It’s definitely worth a read if your a fan of Dystopian.

4 Rating

Review: Shadow Embraced (Haven #1) by Cheree Smith

Shadow EmbraceTitle: Shadow Embraced

Series: Haven, Book 1

Author: Cheree Smith

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Paranormal

Publication Date: April 29th, 2013 by Dark Cherry Press

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Synopsis

No escape.

Those words haunt Scar’s dreams. She thinks the creature that terrorises her while asleep isn’t real, but when she’s abducted and taken to a reform school meant to contain creatures too dangerous to function in society, she starts to wonder whether she isn’t some monster.

She turns to an underground fight club full of vampires, werewolves and witches established by the students to control her urges, and who is she kidding, she loves to fight. When fighters begin to disappear, turning Scar into the prime suspect, she must race to prove her innocence before her true nature is exposed.

The only problem is that she’s not entirely sure she’s innocent.

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Review

Vampires, Werewolves and Witches, oh my!

Scarlet is taken from everything she knows to a school hidden from society in order to teach her control. Scar is a magnet for trouble and joins a secret club where she can fight. Students begin to disappear and unless the culprits are captured Scar will be held responsible.

The synopsis pulled me in. It sounded really intriguing and i couldn’t wait to read it. I’m a little disappointed but these things happen. The story had real potential, it just fell flat in my opinion. :/

Unfortunately, I couldn’t really see the point in this story, it just seemed to be all about fighting. Scar is punished for fighting with a fellow student and is then welcomed into the ranks of a fighting club where she fights anonymously with other students.Throughout the whole novel is mainly fights with the odd lesson thrown in, It just wasn’t for me.

2 Rating

Love Thy Neighbor by Kelly Moran

32463719Title: Love Thy Neighbor
Author: Kelly Moran
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: October 3, 2016
Source: Author
Synopsis
Ever since her parents died when she was a girl, Marina has called St. Helena home. It’s quaint charm and beautiful vineyards soothe the loneliness inside, even if some of the residents are a little batty. But her giving nature and sizeable inheritance makes it hard to differentiate those who like her as a person from those that just want something. Except her sexy new neighbor. Josh Rossi wants nothing to do with her, and the constant banter is making her nuts. Then, a moment changes everything, shifting his cold shoulder into a hot kiss, leaving her to wonder if the bickering isn’t his own form of foreplay.

Beauty, brains, and adorable babbling aside, Josh needs to get as far and fast away from Marina Atwater as he can. No matter how much he desires her, she is the kind of woman who wants forever. And he isn’t the sticking sort. But as the quick remodel flip of his grandfather’s old house progresses, so does his feelings for his lovely neighbor. Her quirky dog and the even quirkier town are growing on him, too. Never having a sense of family or a permanent place to call his own, how is he suppose to contemplate setting down roots when home isn’t a possibility? Or is it?

A Kindle Worlds exclusive story set in Marina Adair’s St. Helena Vineyard series.

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Review
Short and sweet. Love Thy Neighbor is a nice, easy read. Its full of mischief, friendship, new beginnings & most importantly, love.

Marina & Josh had a rocky start to say the least but what started out as a sparring match later became friendship & acceptance. Something Josh has lacked in most of his life.
Thanks to Marinas stubborn persistence she managed to worm her way into Joshs’ life and i enjoyed being along for the ride.

I loved St. Helena, the funky named stores, the quirky residents and neighborly nosiness. Who doesnt love a nosey town?

I desperately wanted Josh to stay, to consider St. Helena his home. I found myself egging Marina on lots, in hopes of her convincing him.

My stomach still hurts from laughing so much. I wanted a read that wouldnt make me cry, Love Thy Neighbor was recommended as such but alas… it made me cry anyway. Im a sucker for a great ending.

If you’re looking for a quick, funny and emotional read… you’ve found it.

5 rating

Ghost of You (Phantoms #3) by Kelly Moran

ghost-of-youTitle: Ghost of You
Series: Phantoms, book 3
Author: Kelly Moran
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: September 21, 2015
Source: Author
Synopsis
Ghost hunting just got sexy.

It’s no secret amongst the Phantoms crew that lead investigator Sammy Hanesworth pretty much hates psychologist Cain McClutchen. The tension between them is taut with dislike…and unexpected attraction. Cain knows full well that something about him rubs Sammy the wrong way. But now they’re on a terrifying case-with orders from the network to get along or else.

Filled with past horrors, the Nebraskan site is more than creepy. And Sammy knows it all too well. It’s her hometown and near the place where her mother was killed. As the sinister presence makes itself known, Sammy finds herself turning to the last person she ever expected-Cain. Even as darkness surrounds them, tensions gives way to something bright and unexpectedly intimate. But nothing will prepare them for the evil they are about to face…

The safest place is with the guy she doesn’t trust…

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Review
And she’s done it again! Kelly Moran has weaved a tale so captivating she had me laughing periodically, then sobbing into my pillow at 4:30AM. I kept promising myself one more chapter until i couldn’t see straight and called it quits for the night.

Sammy believes herself to be weak, has major trust issues and enough trouble in her life to damage anyone. But she’s such a strong character and i admired the hell out of her. Her attitude towards Cain made my stomach ache from laughing too much, they make a beautiful pair.

Cain, oh lovely Cain *sigh* My heart bled for him, i just wanted to put my arms round him, squeeze and never let go. Perfection, that’s the first word to come to mind when i think about Cain. Having suffered great pain at an early age he doesn’t give up, he keeps searching for that something to make him whole again. And he doesn’t half find it.

Ghost of You is darker than the others in the series, i think. The place they go, the history surrounding it, the ghostly inhabitants. Add them all together and they gave me a major case of goosebumps.

I finished this book a few hours ago now and i still cant stop thinking about it. Its one of the ones that stick to you like glue, such a heart-breakingly beautiful story. By far my favourite couple in the Phantoms series.

5 rating

Give up the Ghost (Phantoms #2) by Kelly Moran

give-up-the-ghostTitle: Give Up the Ghost
Series: Phantoms, book 2
Author: Kelly Moran
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Source: Author
Synopsis
Ghost hunting just got sexy.

Paranormal investigator Kerry Baker has seen it all. But nothing in her work with the Phantoms team prepares her for the most terrifying ghost of all―seeing her doppelganger. Rumoured to be a foreshadowing of one’s death, the spectre shakes Kerry to the core…sending her into the arms of her best friend and fellow Phantom cast member, Paul Leake, for comfort.
Until a kiss changes everything.
Paul has been in love with Kerry for ages, unwilling to compromise their friendship. As their investigation in a ghost town grows more intense, however, so does the chemistry between Paul and Kerry. With her life in danger and their jobs on the line, giving into their attraction couldn’t be a worse idea―and yet they can’t bring themselves to stop it. Even if it kills her…

Sometimes the only way to find love is to face death…

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Review
I absolutely loved Jackson and Avas’ story. I’ve never really been into ghost stories or anything of the sort but, Oh My! Kelly Morans’ writing is just magical. And this series just keeps getting better.

My first thought was poor Paul, what an amazing character he is. I totally fell in love with him from almost the very beginning. Then again, i think anyone who reads this book will too (and you totally should, its AWESOME).

Kerry is such a strong character throughout most of the book. She has her moments of doubt, but who doesn’t? She’s not just beautiful on the outside, Kerry has got the whole package. Lovely on the inside as well as out. Always putting others before herself. I loved her too ❤

Paul and Kerry make a dynamic couple. They have a lot to sort out but i prayed they’d get through it and come out the other end smiling. As usual, Moran writes a fantastic story that i just couldn’t get enough of.

Still loved all the other characters from the Phantoms group. The new man was a great addition and i can’t wait to see what else he brings to the team. #FLOVE

I promise you wont be disappointed in this series. If you haven’t read them yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

5 rating

Review: The Last Orphans (Last Orphans #1) by N.W. Harris

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Title: The Last Orphans
Series: The Last Orphans trilogy, book 1
Author: N.W. Harris
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian
Publication Date: October 9th, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
Source: Author
Synopsis

One horrifying day will change the life of sixteen-year-old Shane Tucker and every other kid in the world.

In a span of mere hours, the entire adult population is decimated, leaving their children behind to fend for themselves and deal with the horrific aftermath of the freak occurrence. As one of the newly made elders in his small town, Shane finds himself taking on the role of caretaker for a large group of juvenile survivors. One who just happens to be Kelly Douglas—an out-of-his-league classmate—who, on any other day, would have never given Shane a second glance.Together, they begin their quest to find out why all of the adults were slaughtered. What they find is even more horrifying than anything they could have expected—the annihilation of the adults was only the beginning. Shane and his friends are not the unlucky survivors left to inherit this new, messed-up planet. No, they are its next victims. There is an unknown power out there, and it won’t stop until every person in the world is dead.

A spine-tingling adventure that will have you gasping for breath all the way until the last page, The Last Orphans is the first book in an all-new apocalyptic series.

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Review
Something is seriously wrong in the world. Adults are getting attacked by animals and each other. Leaving the children to fight for themselves. The survivors need to find a way to stop the attacks or they could be targeted too.
Wow, I think I kind of feel sick. It’s such a dark book but I really did enjoy it. The first few chapters were slow going but it soon picked up it’s pace. It’s different than anything I’ve read, it’s dark yet hopeful at the same time. I felt myself praying for everything to work out okay, like to the point I couldn’t tear my eyes from the pages.
Poor Shane, and all the other kids for that matter. To lose their parents/guardians and have to rely on themselves and friends to protect all the younger children. It’s such a heavy burden to put on a bunch of 16/17 year olds but they handled it so well. I felt sorry for them all, to have to see the destruction and slaughter all around them, poor babies!
Harris writes a gripping story, filled with loss and despair, hope and strength. New friendship and love. A good read if you like apocalyptic. Be warned though, it will touch your heart and maybe make you shed a tear or two like it did for me.
4 Rating
Ashton

Review: Sinful Intent (Alfa PI #1) by Chelle Bliss

sinful intentTitle: Sinful Intent
Series: Alfa PI, book 1
Author: Chelle Bliss
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Source: Purchased
Synopsis

It was supposed to be simple. Find the bad guy and save the girl.

I hadn’t expected Race True—a golden-haired beauty with a silver tongue that made me want to toss the rules aside.

I tried to fight my attraction to her, but she made it impossible.

Our chemistry became too much to ignore.

Temptation is dangerous.

In a moment of weakness, everything changed. We gave in to our carnal desires, letting ourselves drown in the passion we could no longer deny.

The problem was that I still had a job to do before her world collapsed.

If I failed at finding the person behind the threat, I’d lose Race forever.

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Review
Chelle Bliss is awesome! It’s been a few days since I finished Sinful Intent. I had to sit on my review for a while because all I could think upon finishing it was WOW, OMG, WOW, HOLY F*#K. You get my drift?
Chelle is a really talented author. She pulls you into her story and literally drags the emotions out of you right alongside her characters. I laughed, snorted hysterically, cried, melted, swooned and all out loved this book! If you haven’t read it yet, what the hell are you waiting for?
Race True is my kind of woman. She’s strong, determined, sassy, beautiful and stubborn. She’s having a rough time but she refuses to let it bring her down. Her determination to get through it is admirable. I’m definitely #TeamRace.
Morgan made me weak at the knees with his alpha mambo jumbo but at times I wanted to punch him. Although he’s smart, loyal, protective, gorgeous and swoon worthy his way of going about certain things leaves something to be desired. But that’s what made it all the more fun.
If you love action packed stories with a sexy alpha male and a strong headed heroine then this book is for you. I can’t wait for the release of Unlawful Desire!
5 rating
Ashton