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Paper Princess by Erin Watt

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Official Blurb:

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees. 

 

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Review:

I’m going to be frank, I didn’t even buy Paper Princess… not on purpose anyway. The result of this purchase was because my one-year-old managed to get ahold of my kindle while I was cleaning up. He bought this book and one other (that I returned instantly as a mistaken purchase). But… since I head heard of this one, I decided to give it a go. After all, it was already on my kindle for me. Now I had heard mixed reviews complaining of sexual content and themes of cheating and all that and it had turned me off of the novel for quite some time.

I have never been so happy for an accidental purchase! I really enjoyed Paper Princess and (after immediately purchasing the sequel, Broken Prince, I loved it too). Ella is a good character. She’d been through hell and back… and back again but she wasn’t jaded and still held on to optimism and hope which felt not only authentic to who she was throughout the book but also unique. In a sea of novels about jaded teenagers who don’t believe in love and keep their hearts closed to the world, Ella was refreshing!

The boys.
I’ll start with Callum, the patriarch of the Royal family. I liked him, I truly did, but he seemed out of touch (which he is supposed to be) except that it struck me as a little odd to hunt a girl down like he did and then take a step back.
Easton’s next. (I don’t have much to say about the eldest son, Gideon, or the youngest twins. They were good, but didn’t play large roles in this story which is fine.) I LOVE Easton. He’s crude and gross and totally vulgar. But he doesn’t hide who he is or pretend and even if he’s all those things, he’s also sweet. He’s caring and loving and fiercely protective.
Finally… Reed. Pretty much a jackass if I’m being totally honest. But really, he’s just clueless. They sort of all are but Reed seems to think he knows everything and what’s best and he’s clueless. It’s pretty easy to tell that he’s also protective of those he loves, and even if he does awful things sometimes it was clear to me that he wasn’t an awful person. Just a person hurting and making mistakes because of that deep hurt inside him.

Now… I’ll be honest, there’s some sort of graphic sexual stuff in this book. At first it made me feel kind of icky because Ella is just 17. This is a high school novel and it seemed wrong to have that kind of sexual content. But then I was thinking… Yeah, it does but it’s been described as “the Cruel Intentions” of this generation. A TEEN movie that featured just graphic sexual themes and grossness. In fact, lots of movies meant fo a high school audience feature the same things… and TV shows for that matter. I wouldn’t necessarily give it to a 13 year old to read, but really it’s not any worse than most teens watch in movies and tv.

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What Lies in the Darkness by Jessica Sorensen

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Official Blurb:

In the mostly wealthy town of Shadow Cove, nothing is what it seems…

When Makayla’s older brother, Sawyer, is found dead, the police rule his death a suicide. But her father, a reporter for the local paper, believes Sawyer was murdered and begins his own investigation to prove it.

Eight months later, he vanishes without a trace, and Mak is left trying to live a normal life in a town that ridicules her family. And it doesn’t help that every time she gets too stressed out, she starts seeing the ghost of her brother. 

All Mak wants is a little bit of normalcy, so when an opportunity arises to participate in the local skateboarding charity event, Mak grabs onto the chance to do something she used to enjoy doing.

In order to pay the pricey entry fee, Mak decides to call a number on a reward poster for a lost laptop, figuring she’ll be able to make use of the mystery-solving skills she picked up from her father.
With the help of her three best friends, she begins searching for the missing laptop. But what starts out as a simple case, ends up turning into a mystery full of twists and turns that show a darker side of Shadow Cove.

Follow the four friends as they discover the secret societies and deadly games hidden in the glamorous side of Shadow Cove.

A YA Mystery series with a splash of paranormal.

Review:

Holy cliffhangers Batman! Talk about a book hangover. I’d venture a guess that this is the most intense novel you can find for under a dollar! (Currently $0.99 on Amazon)

I didn’t know what to expect from book one of Jessica Sorensen’s new Shadow Cove series, but if you’re craving a little mystery/suspense with strong friendships and (obviously) cute boys, this if for you! What Lies in the Darkness is a short novel at 132 pages and can be read in a couple of hours. And ohhhhh what an awesome couple of hours it shall be!

Despite it’s length, I didn’t feel frustrated as I closed the book, except the obvious gut wrenching desire to throw my kindle across the room because… that cliffhanger, man! Every character develops and shows off more than two-dimensions really well.

As a sucker for a love story, my only disappointment was that there wasn’t much of that. But there were plenty of cute moments that made my heart skip a beat or two and the wonderful friendships between Mak and her best friends was more than enough to make up.

All in all, I was thrilled to have read this title and will impatiently be awaiting the release of the next… and the next. If you don’t have the ability to handle cliff hangers, maybe wait until the whole series is released – which will hopefully be soon.

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Rules of a Rebel and a Shy Girl by Jessica Sorensen

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Willow
It started with a kiss and ended with a list. The middle is a bit more complicated.
The list of rules is supposed to protect mine and Beck’s friendship and stop us from accidentally kissing again. But most of all, it’s supposed to protect my heart from getting crushed and keep me from ending up broken like my mom.

I’ve always been great at following rules. But the more time I spend with Beck, the more I can’t stop thinking about that kiss and how amazing his lips felt against mine. For the first time in my life, I wish I was a rule breaker. But I can never cross that line. Not with Beck. Not with anyone.

Besides, if Beck knew the truth about my life, then the list wouldn’t have to exist because he wouldn’t have kissed me to begin with.

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It started with the most amazing kiss ever and led to Willow handing me a list.
That stupid list. When she gave it to me, I wanted to shred it to pieces, pull her against me, and kiss her until she realized a piece of paper wasn’t going to stop me. Willow’s been my best friend since forever and she should know by now that I’m not a follow-the-rules kind of guy.

She may think that kiss was a mistake, but she’s wrong. Kisses like that can’t be a mistake. Willow and I belong together, have since the day I promised to always protect her from the bad stuff in her life. And somehow I’m going to prove it to her. Just like I’ll always protect her no matter what.

A standalone contemporary romance.
Suggested reading age 18+

Review

I am so excited to have had the opportunity to read and review this book! As seems to the M.O. of every Jessica Sorensen book I’ve read (which, BTW, is all of them!), it’s good to go in expecting to cry a little. And giggle a little. And a smile a whole, whole lot. For me, it was a quick, wonderful read that left my heart all warm and gooey inside.

We met Beck and Willow in Confessions of a Kleptomaniac (another super awesome book if you haven’t read it yet you can find it here) and while in the book I didn’t care one way or the other for Willow’s character, I fell in L.O.V.E. with Beck. He is interesting and kind and I wanted to know more about him from the moment we were introduced. And though I went in only luke warm about Willow, that quickly changed.

She is one of the strongest of Sorensen’s female characters but that does not mean she is without vulnerability. And as a girl who struggles with anxiety and stress and who takes on the weight of the world, I connected with Willow (though what I’ve been through is nothing in comparison to what this chick has to battle).

So one of my favorite things about Jessica Sorensen is that her female leads lean on their male counterparts for support and aide–Ella relied on Micha. Kayden lifted Callie up. Grey encouraged Luna. And Beck was Willow’s anchor. But in none of her books does the guy get credit for “saving” the girl. These are not damsels. Like in real life, they lean on the people they love for help, but they make the decisions to save themselves. And that is why I will always read Jessica Sorensen’s books. And in part why I loved this one. And definitely why I will talk it up to everyone I know.

You can pick up your copy on Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

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THE FALLEN PRINCE by Amalie Howard

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Oh my goodness, you guys, prepare to transported by Amalie Howard’s THE FALLEN PRINCE, a Young Adult Science Fiction novel and the sequel to THE ALMOST GIRL! Publishers Weekly calls the first in the series “a high-octane thriller.” Grab your copy of this amazing novel today!

 

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Riven has fought for a hard-won peace in her world, and has come to shaky terms with who and what she is—a human with cyborg DNA. Now that the rightful ruler of Neospes has been reinstated, Riven is on the hunt for her father in the Otherworld to bring him to justice for his crimes against her people.

But when she receives an unwelcome visit from two former allies, she knows that trouble is brewing once again in Neospes. The army has been decimated and there are precious few left to fight this mysterious new threat.

To muster a first line of defense, her people need help from the one person Riven loathes most—her father. But what he wants in return is her complete surrender.

And now Riven must choose: save Neospes or save herself.

 

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Review

(I recieved an eARC of The Fallen Prince in exchange for an honest review)

If you’ve read The Almost Girl you know even before picking up The Fallen Prince that you are in for a treat!! (If you haven’t read The Almost Girl – stop reading this immediately and start reading Amalie Howard’s The Almost Girl… it’ll blow your mind!) Because honestly, I have to say that this sequel is even better than the original!

The quick-paced, action packed story picks up after The Almost Girl’s end and gives you exactly what you were craving. It was clear to me that between novels Amalie Howard upped her story-telling game! The plot moved at the perfect pace, the character’s were given more depth, and the world-building (oh my god, the world building) was on point! Amalie Howard successfully took us on another adventure into a new world that was at once terrifying, thrilling, and attention grabbing! I LOVE when authors transport us to another world and earth seems to fall away and Howard successfully did that in The Fallen Prince.

As I mentioned, the characters, Riven and Caden experienced a lot of growth and were given more depth. Riven was, to me, a lot more likable in The Fallen Prince. She was smarter, wiser, and stronger. Caden is a leader. I very much enjoyed watching the pair grow, both together and make sacrifices they had to for the greater good. It always irks me when a romance seems to be the focal point and the only thing that matters to the protagonists when there’s so much more important stuff going on, but that did not happen here. The romance was seamlessly added into the story, paced well with the rest of the plot and action!

I’d say the series is definitely worth a read. Even if you aren’t necessarily a cyborg fan (I’m not either), you may find yourself pleasantly surprised and totally into the novel (I did!).

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Praise for THE FALLEN PRINCE:

 

“[P]acked with action . . . Imagery is the highlight of this book.”—VOYA

“A parallel-dimension–jumping cyborg soldier must make questionable alliances to save her country from an existential threat in this sequel to The Almost Girl. [O]ffers a solid conclusion.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This sequel to The Almost Girl was everything I wanted: non-stop action, smart science, new and intriguing characters, and a satisfying romance. I couldn’t put it down!” —Page Morgan, author of The Beautiful and the Cursed

“[T]he next step in a dark, clever and thrilling scorched-earth, world-hopping adventure.” —Jet Black Ink

 

Excerpt

We zoom off in opposite directions and I watch as the ship hovers into stealth mode, mirroring the stone face of the mountain behind it. With my enhanced vision, I can see the slight haze of its outline, but if I didn’t already know it was there, it’d be undetectable. After stashing the bike on the far side of a large boulder, I crouch down and wait. The instrument panel on my wrist says it’s nearly a hundred degrees and climbing, but the suit does its job, wicking moisture away from my body and keeping me cool. I scan the horizon, but there’s nothing but hazy bands of heat flickering through the morning sunlight. I finger the hilts of my ninjatas. Something is off. It’s too quiet.
“See anything?” Bass’s voice buzzes in my ear.
“Not a thing.”
“Me, either.”
“Weird, right? I mean, you’d think we’d see something. A beetle or a bug, but it’s all gravel.” I glance down at a small round orb and prod it with my toe. It rolls to the side and three gaping holes stare up at me. It’s not gravel. It’s a skull.
Add bones to the list, I think as a similar white sphere catches my attention—this one slightly bigger than the first. Frowning, I squint through the reflection of the sun and kick at the pebbles beneath my feet. A dozen more skulls roll out along with limb bones of all sizes—all picked clean.

 

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AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

She is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national silver IPPY medalist. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.

 

 

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May 30th

Movies, Shows & Books – Excerpt

My YA NA Book Obsession – Review & Excerpt

Adventures in Writing – Excerpt

The LitBuzz – Review

Deluged with Books Cafe – Excerpt

WTF Are You Reading? – Review & Excerpt

Rambling Reads – Excerpt

AC Book Blog – Excerpt

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May 31st

Dazzled by Books – Excerpt

Comic Book Love – Review

Pandora’s Books – Excerpt

Have Words Will Scribble – Review & Excerpt

Vagabonda Reads – Excerpt

Hannah’s Words – Review & Excerpt

The Romance Reviews – Excerpt

Maari Loves Her Indies – Excerpt

June 1st

Socially Awkward Book Nerd – Excerpt

Escape Inside the Pages – Review & Excerpt

SnoopyDoo’s Book Reviews – Excerpt

Penny For My Thoughts – Review

Blissfully bookerized – Excerpt

Amy’s Review Obsession – Review

Bookish Things & More – Excerpt

Readers Live A Thousand Lives – Excerpt

June 2nd

Book it – Review & Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

Books Need TLC – Review & Excerpt

BookCrushin – Excerpt

Roxy’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Romance Book Nerd – Excerpt

Mes Livres – Review & Excerpt

TMBA Corbett Tries to Write – Excerpt

The Rest Is Still Unwritten – Review & Excerpt

June 3rd

The book slayer – Review & Excerpt

Fishing for Books – Excerpt

The Recipe Fairy – Review & Excerpt

YA Book Divas – Excerpt

2 girls who love books – Excerpt

Book Lovers Life – Excerpt

Only One More Page – Excerpt

Teen Readers’ Diary – Excerpt

June 4th

Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps – Review & Excerpt

Hart’s Romance Pulse – Excerpt

The Cover Contessa – Review & Excerpt

Evermore Books – Excerpt

The A P Book Club – Review & Excerpt

The Travelogue of a book addict – The Book Drealms – Excerpt

City of Books – Review & Excerpt

RhiReading – Excerpt

Danielle’s Domain – Excerpt

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Karma by Nadine Nightingale

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I’m super excited to be a part of this awesome blog tour for the premier book in Nadine Nightingale’s new Drag Me To Hell Series, KARMA!!

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Synopsis

People call me all sorts of names—bad girl, black sheep, and my all-time favorite…Satan’s bride. I could blame the fact I’m a witch for my behavior, but the truth is I’m infuriating, arrogant, and stab-worthy.

Alex Remington is a hunter and everything I’m not—righteous, honest, caring. We used to have a thing, but that was before he learned I’m a witch and tried to kill me.

Eighteen months later, he’s back in my life and we have a deal; I’ll help him save his brother and he’ll disappear from my life for good. But karma can be a real bitch…

Review

After reading the synopsis, I was so thrilled to be gifted Karma in exchange for an honest review. Ex-lovers, witches, hunters… sounds like my kind of book! Unfortunately, I felt a bit let down by this novel. While the plot was intriguing, felt new and fun, and the world easily captivated me, I, sadly can’t say the same for the characters.
Amanda, or Manda, wasn’t a character I initally fell in love with. She’s rough around the edges and a bit bitchy so it wasn’t easy to like her. Still, as the novel went on she grew on me a little. Though I was still often annoyed by our heroine, I found myself rooting for her and invested in her story – probably because as I said, the plot was damn interesting! Manda may have grown on me but her counterpart did not.
Now let me tell you, I love me some jerky men – in novels at least – it makes for excellent angst and banter. The thing is, most of the book boyfriend jerks I fall in love with are jerks with a heart. They have that softer side or misguided motivations that cause a jerky nature. Alex was just mean. And for someone who came to our heroine requesting her help he was nothing but an ungrateful ass.
Not to mention he’d do something like demand Manda conjure up some spell to help him and get mad if she couldn’t and then disgusted with her witchy nature if she could. The moments Alex showed some form of softening toward Manda seemed insincere at best.
I give this one 3 ½ stars because I did really enjoy the plot. I though the story telling was great, the plot interesting and I certainly wanted to know more, but I just couldn’t connect with the characters. I will add that while I will go into the next novel in this series a tad more skeptical, I’ll still give it a chance because the story is good and I have hopes that the characters will become more likable!

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About The Author

Nadine aka Dini is a traveler at heart. She considers the world her home and practically lives out of her suitcases. When she’s not glaring at a blank page or abusing her poor keyboard, she spends her time reading, watching movies (preferably horror), pretends to work out, and hangs out with friends and family. Poor girl also suffers from a serious Marvel superhero addiction. So, if you run into her at night, wearing black, know she’s secretly dreaming of being the infamous Black Widow.

Her love for writing started in the sixth grade where she annoyed her classmates with a short story featuring Sailor Moon characters, a cemetery, and creepy ghosts. Yes, she’s always been addicted to the dark side. Nadine writes paranormal romance. Her debut novel “Karma” the first book in her paranormal romance series Drag.Me.To.Hell. is published by the Wild Rose Press and will be out in May 2016. She has a serious girl crush on her protagonist Amanda Bishop.

Nadine has a BA in Comparative Religions and studied Creative Writing at the University of Oxford.

 

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Dark Touch by Aimee L Salter Blog Tour

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DARK TOUCH

By Aimee L. Salter

Young Adult, Dark Romance / Magical Realism

Tully isn’t alone in her skin. Whenever she touches someone, they feel everything she feels. All her ugliness. All her darkness. All her pain. The only thing she wants is to be left alone–and to finally get out of her small Oregon town.

But then she meets Chris. He’s everything she’s not: Light. Trusting. Innocent. And he wants Tully.

Tully knows she should spare him the heartache of being with her. But when he touches her, she’s not sure she’ll have the strength to push him away—until he learns about her dark past, and what really goes on in her ever decaying home.

From the author of Every Ugly Word comes a poignant, emotionally raw story about the violence that plays out behind closed doors and the all-consuming passion of first love

Review

Aimee L Salter’s Dark Touch is simultaneously nothing I expected and everything I’d hoped it would be. Though it seemed to move at a slower than average pace, there is so much to love about this book! Tully, or Tulip – though she hates it, I LOVE the name, has issues and most of them don’t even stem from the strange ability to give her emotions to people she touches. Tully doesn’t live, she survives and that’s about it.

I expected this to fall firmly into the “paranormal romance” category, but I don’t think it does. It’s closer to a contemporary but the smallest touch of the paranormal. Honestly though, I would call it a journey. Yes, there’s a touch of paranormal and yes, there’s some wonderful romance and falling in love, but those things aren’t what Tully’s story is about. This novel is about her journey and finding her way. I don’t read a lot of books like it, but I loved it and I’m glad that love wasn’t Tully’s sole focus as that may have cheapened the story.

But for those of you who need a love story, no worries, this has one. There is so much that’s wonderful about Chris. He’s striking and pulls you in because he’s not like so many brooding, grumpy heroes that fill our bookshelves. He’s the nice guy. He doesn’t really raise his voice, or curse, and he certainly doesn’t play games. He’s impossible not to like.

It wasn’t anything I expected it to be, but I loved it. I’ll be recommending it to everyone!

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By Aimee L. Salter

Excerpt 1 – Opening Pages / What’s at stake

I think it’s because the first time Chris saw me, I wasn’t me. He saw someone who didn’t exist. And by the time he figured that out, he didn’t care anymore.

He should have cared.

He cares now.

In the half-light of my pitiful bulb, everything looks gray. Dust motes hang in the air. My narrow bed is unmade, sheets tangled. The quilt my mom stitched when I was two hangs half-way off the mattress, stretched toward the door like it too would flee this room if it could. The rest is bare—the drawers, the closet door, the walls. Even the clothes strewn across the chair and rug are plain and dirty.

Somehow it’s never bothered me before. But with Chris here it does.

His eyes are closed, his burnished lashes quivering because he’s screwed so tight. Everything’s shaking under the pressure. The muscles in his jaw twitch. His hand is white-knuckled. His shoulders . . . oh, Lord, help me, those shoulders that have lifted things I can’t carry and swept me along too . . . they’re hunched. Knotted. Pressed in on themselves. On him. There’s so much of him that I feel small, yet he’s the place where I can breathe.

At least, he was.

My insides are in freefall because I did this to him. I shouldn’t have that power over him. I shouldn’t have that power over anyone. But he gave it to me and refused to take it back.

“Chris?” I barely whisper, but he flinches like I screamed. “It wasn’t about—”

“Don’t.” It’s a hard syllable. A word bitten off. He doesn’t even open his eyes. “I swear, Tully, if you say one word . . .” His fist becomes a hammer.

I am ugly. I am black inside, rotting and putrid. I have told him this. Many times. But tonight, finally, he believes me. As he turns on his heel and stumbles out the door, I can’t even call after him. Because when he gave me the power to turn him inside out, I gave him mine. And even though I knew this day would come, knew he was wrong about me, somehow he gave me hope.

As I watch him stagger into the hallway and disappear, that hope begins its death throes. It doesn’t die quietly. It screams and curses and shoves at me. And for the first time ever, I am grateful for my life, for my father, and for this house.

Because if it’s taught me anything, it’s how to take a blow.

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By Tully Harden (main character in Dark Touch, by Aimee L. Salter)

People think my story before Chris walked into my life was sad because I was hurt. A lot.

It’s true, I carry scars—both those you can see, and those you can’t. But the truly sad part of my past is that I spent years hurting myself. I was pissed off, and frightened, and so freaking tired I had given up and accepted what happened to me. So whenever hate rose like bile in my throat (which was most of the time), I turned it on myself.

I am my own worst enemy.

My self-destruction might look different to yours, but we’re driven by the same loathing. I hurt myself because I hated what I was. What I became. I turned the anger in, because until I met Chris, I didn’t think I deserved forgiveness. Hell, I didn’t even think forgiveness existed. I threw myself under the bus because when the pain came, it fit. It felt right.

Chris didn’t save me from that—he couldn’t. But he showed me my own truth. Let me see where I believed lies. Assured me my life could be different. I will never love anyone more than him because what he showed me set me free.

So now it’s my turn to speak up. If you remember nothing else I’ve said, remember this:

Whatever you’ve been through, wherever you’re coming from, you don’t have to hurt to earn a smile.

Love is out there. Joy is possible. And there’s no penance to pay when you find it.

I hope you’ll read my story and see how I discovered this. I know my story can give you hope. Just be aware: I know how hot my boyfriend is. If you so much as look at him sideways, I’m still capable of slapping your teeth out of your face.

Just sayin’.

About Aimee L. Salter:

Aimee L Salter - AuthorAimee L. Salter is the author of the gut-wrenching Every Ugly Word, a gripping and emotional story about the devastating consequences of bullying, and Dark Touch, an equally raw story about the violence that plays out behind closed doors and the all-consuming passion of first love.

Aimee lives in Southern Oregon with her husband and son where she writes made-up stories that tell the truth about life. She never stopped appreciating those moments in the dark when you say what you’re really thinking. And she’ll always ask you about the things you wish she wouldn’t.

She blogs for both writers and readers, and you can also find her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook:

 

Website: www.aimeelsalter.com

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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Synopsis

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

 

Review

Browsing through the aisles of Books A Million on a Sunday evening when my infant just wouldn’t sleep, I came across this book. The cover caught my attention right away – and how could it not?! It’s beautiful and mysterious and downright impossible to pass up. The official blurb doesn’t give much away and rightly so, this book, I believe, is best to go into without any preconceptions, so I’ll keep this spoiler-free. I read the first few pages in store and was sold! If they would have let me, I might have stood there in the middle of an aisle all night flipping through the book. Alas, that kind of behavior is frowned upon, so I closed it, grabbed the sequels and headed to the register.
Now let me say that I almost never buy more than one book in a series right off the bat. But the first two chapters of this had me sold on Hodkin’s ability to weave a tale worth reading.

I realize I’m a little late to the Mara Dyer game, but if you haven’t read the start to this amazing series by Michelle Hodkin, you are missing out! The novel had me turning page after page unable to put it down, too curious to know what happens next. Hodkin introduces readers to Mara’s world and keeps us guessing from start to finish.

Mara is a girl who goes through a tragic event that’s left her with a PTSD diagnosis, an overbearing mother, and the need for a change in scenery. But it isn’t enough, Mara starts experiencing weird things (excuse my lack of poetry there, but there isn’t a better way to describe it without the possibility of spoilers) that has her questioning her very sanity. Seemingly the only thing that grounds her, offers her reprieve from the living nightmare is Noah Shaw, who’s mysterious and strange in his own right.

The twists and turns will leave you guessing and unable to put the book down until you’ve finished every last of the 450 pages.

I got this one on sale at Books A Million (as well as it’s sequels-buy two get one free baby!) and have only just managed to tear myself away from the series long enough to write this review.