Secret (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer

By Brigid Kemmerer

Series: Elemental #4
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Kensington

Goodreads Summary:

Nowhere is safe. Not even home…

Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point.

Keep hi grades sky-high or he’ll never escape his hometown.

Keep his brother’s business going or the Merricks will be out on the street.

Keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his own twin – or he’ll lose his family.

Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who’s supposed to be his “girlfriend’s” partner.

Of course there’s also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers.

There’s a storm coming. From all sides. And then some.

Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?


Brigid Kemmerer’s Website

My Thoughts:

I really didn’t think it was possible to love the Merrick brothers any more but somehow Brigid has managed to pull it off. Each book in the series has made me fall for them all over again. All of the brothers are…well they’re the shit.

Some series will drop off after a book or two, or three but that’s definitely not the case with this one. I have very much enjoyed every book & novella in the series.  I don’t think I could even pick a favorite among them. In other words, if you haven’t read this series, what the heck are you waiting for?!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Audiobook Review: Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

By Cheryl Rainfield

Stand Alone Novel
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Suspense
Publisher: Hough Mifflin Harcort
Narrated by: Emily Bauer & Kirby Heyborne

Goodreads Summary:

An intensely powerful account of a teen, bullied for her port-wine stain, who must summon her personal strength to survive abduction and horrific abuse at the hands of a deranged killer.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for “normal”. Born with a port wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become the hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It’s that- or succumb to a killer


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Cheryl Rainfield’s Website

My Thoughts:

I won this audiobook from the author but that in no way affected my review.

Stained was the first audiobook I listened to and I was instantly hooked. I’m hooked on audiobooks and more importantly I was hooked on Stained. It only took me an evening and part of the next morning to listen to the entire book which was almost 8 hours. Cheryl’s writing is so powerful. She broaches very difficult subjects like kidnapping and bullying, but she always manages to infuse a sense of hope into her books.

The things Sarah goes through are beyond horrible and even more heartbreaking is knowing that people experience these things in real life. Stained will make you take a look around and realize how much we take for granted and how often we judge people without realizing it.

Sarah really is a superhero. She has this fierce determination and such a kind heart. Even though this book has such a difficult subject matter there’s also a light at the end of the tunnel feeling throughout and that’s because of Sarah.

Like I said, I listened to this as an audiobook; it was written and narrated in dual points of view. Each point of view was read by a different narrator. The switching narrators didn’t bother me at all, in fact half the time I didn’t even notice it. It was definitely a good choice for  my first audiobook experience.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1)

Sweet Evil
By Wendy Higgins
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fallen Angels/Demons, Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Teen
Embrace the Forbidden
What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?
This is a reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels. Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with a sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.
Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?
Sweet Evil on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble
Wendy Higgins’ Website
My Thoughts:
Angel books aren’t really my bag so I put off reading this one until Krista (Krista’s Dust Jacket) schooled me and told me it’s more about demons. My ears perked up at the word demons and I read it right away. I ended up falling for Sweet Evil. It’s mostly about Nephs who pretty much only exist to do the bidding of their powerful and sometimes quite scary demon parent (Duke’s). Talk about being born into a shitty life! The story obviously isn’t as cut and dry as that but you’ll have to dive into the awesomeness that is Sweet Evil in order to find out more. Just a warning though, this one could leave you with a book hangover as it did with me.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee

World After
By Susan Ee

Series: Penryn & the End of Days #2
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Angels, Post-Apocalyptic
Publisher: Skyscape

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn to survive, which will he choose?


World After on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble
Susan Ee’s Website

My Thoughts:

Most of the time I read a book and then once I’m finished I immediately begin to loose pieces of it. I guess you could say I’m the love ‘em and leave ‘em type of person when it comes to books. That sounds bad but it’s true, I enjoy books while I’m reading them but most of the time I easily move on after.

Once in a while a book or series will worm its way in further and that’s what happened with both Angelfall and World After. I want this series to be a neverending story because I simply cannot get enough of Penryn, Raffe, DeeDum, Paige, and even Penryn’s mom. Much to his dismay I’m sure, I have even started calling my dog Pookey Bear which is a name that comes up in World After.

World After does NOT, I repeat does NOT suffer the dreaded second book syndrome. I can see myself pimping this series for a very long time.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Love & Other Games Anthology

Love & Other Games
By Ana Blaze, Aria Kane, Kara Leigh Miller, & Melinda Dozier
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Romance

Goodreads Summary:

LOVE AND OTHER GAMES is a collection of four sexy new adult stories centered around athletes competing in the Winter Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane, and Kara Leigh Miller.

Worth More Than Gold by Ana Blaze

Amy Pierce, the klutzy sister and manager of America’s Skating Sweetheart, is used to being invisible. But when a friend drags her to a party near the Olympic Village, Amy catches the eye of a sexy Norwegian ski jumper. It’s a magical night, but an awkward next morning has her running.

Everyone knows that Erik Andersen’s best shot at an individual medal was back in 2010, before an injury pulled him from the competition. He’s there for his team, but a hot night and a remarkable final training session have him wondering if a gorgeous good-luck charm could give him another chance at the podium.

With a little bit of luck, these two might have a shot at something worth more than gold.

Trouble With Gold by Melinda Dozier

US snowboarder and notorious prankster, Ty (Trouble) Madsen is only getting a taste of his own medicine when his Olympic teammates shackle him to a fence wearing nothing but his boxers.

Reception and protocol volunteer, Nadia Hoffman, gets up close and personal with the sexy snowboarder to rescue him, but she’s not the kind of girl who lets her hormones get in her way. A professional performance could help her land her dream job at the Olympics Committee Headquarters, but her new assignment supervising the rambunctious US Snowboarding Team is making that difficult. Can she see behind the snowman in the community center bathroom and into the heart of the man everyone calls Trouble?

The Girl Behind the Gold by Aria Kane

Greek aerial skier Lia Milonas’s parents are about to lose the family farm. Saving it means medaling and landing a huge sponsor. While her no-nonsense attitude has her well on her way to a medal, it hasn’t won her place in fans’ hearts.

“Come back with a story that will make readers cry, or don’t come back.” This is what Brandon James’ boss told him before he left New York to cover the Winter Games for Moment Magazine. With a wink and a smile, he can charm his way into any invite-only party, but that career-making story is nowhere to be found – until he meets Lia.

The two strike a deal that should get them both what they want – but neither would have guessed they’d also find what they need.

Ice Gold by Kara Leigh Miller

Colton Campbell thrives on the fast paced, adrenaline rushed lifestyle of being an Olympic hockey player.

Despite Brenna Jessup’s abhorrence for the games and the athletes, she’s hand-picked as the official photographer for the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.

When a faux pas by Brenna almost costs Colton his career, she owes him. Too bad for her, Colton doesn’t want apologies – he wants retribution! And he knows just how to get it – and her – in the process.
Love & Other Games on Goodreads and Amazon
Ana Blaze's Website
Aria Kane's Website
Kara Leigh Miller's Website
Melinda Dozier's Website

My Thoughts:

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest opinion.

I really liked that all four of these stories are connected and not just by location and general time frame, there are other small details that tied them together as well. Quick appearances from characters in previous stories, events, and a good luck charm theme all helped to make this feel more like a four part book rather than an anthology with unrelated stories.

I enjoyed the entire anthology but I’d have to say my favorite was Worth More Than Gold which is actually the last story. It made me laugh a few times so it won me over just a little more than the others.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

3 Liner Revew: Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements .5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Bitter Sweet Love
By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: The Dark Elements .5 (prequel novella)
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal romance
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Goodreads Summary:
Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny – fending off demons and maintaining balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart – or shatter it all over again…

Bitter Sweet Love on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble
Jennifer L. Armentrout’s website

My Thoughts:

This isn’t my first run in with gargoyles in fiction but it’s by far the best and although it’s not a full length book, Bitter Sweet Love is my favorite JLA/J.Lynn book so far. I fell for both Jas and Dez and I’m really hoping to see them again in White Hot Kiss. I’m also very interested in the Bitter Sweet Love side characters, Layla, Zayne, and our mystery demon who will be the main characters in the next book!!
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Shelf Candy Saturday: A French Girl in New York by Anna Adams

Shelf Candy Saturday is hosted by A Night's Dream of Books

A French Girl in New York
by Anna Adams

Maude Laurent is a spirited 16 year-old orphan who grew up in a small, provincial town in the North of France with a passion for piano and a beautiful voice. One day in Paris, she is discovered by an American music producer who takes her to New York to live with him and his close-knit family while producing her first album, with help from teen pop star, Matt. Maude will dive into a new fascinating world discovering New York City, music, family, love and the truth about her past.

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Anna Adams' Website

I love this cover, it's so girly and pretty :). It also represents the two locations, in the description, really well.