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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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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.

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**Release Day** Ultraviolet By Jessica Sorensen

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Happy Release Day to Jessica Sorensen and her new book ULTRAVIOLET. That’s right Jessica Sorensen is giving us TWO books in ONE day!! Go get Ultraviolet now. Ultraviolet is a novella series that is labeled as Young Adult Horror/supernatural/mystery/romance. Enjoy a sneak peek below and make sure to enter the giveaway and stick around for my review of this new novella series coming May 30! 

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Synopsis

Hidden in the Red Hill Mountains is the quiet town of Hollows Grove.

In that town, there is a field where a secret is buried deep beneath the ground.

And in that field is where Mila was found abandoned with no memory of her past and haunted by visions of the future.

Nine years later, Mila’s life is almost as normal as any other eighteen-year-old. That is until she starts foreseeing the murder of Nyjah Bradley, a guy she’s never met before, but whose face is branded into her mind.

Constantly plagued by the vision, Mila decides to track Nyjah down and warn him of his impending death. But when the search leads her back to Hollows Grove, she learns there’s more to the sleepy town than meets the eye.

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Excerpt

Goosebumps dot my arms as I become highly aware that there’s not a single drop of noise within earshot. Not even our shoes hitting the dirt make a sound. I want to ask Novela if she notices it, but I don’t want to risk upsetting her more than she is. I try to keep it to myself but then I hear the soft pitter-patter of light footsteps rushing up behind us.

Do you hear us? Do you hear us?

Welcome back. Welcome back.

We’ve been waiting for you, Mila.

Our gazes lock and without looking back, Novela and I take off in a mad sprint down the road

“Oh my God, we’re going to die,” she pants as she struggles desperately to keep up with me.

“We’re not going to die.” I gasp for air as I push my legs harder than I ever have before.

I don’t know what’s behind us. If it’s following us. What it wants. But as we near the edge of town, I dare look back over my shoulder and instantly wish I wouldn’t have. Because standing in the darkness of the road, watching us from a distance, is a lofty figure.
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Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

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Opposition

I am heartbroken. Truly and irrevocably heart broken.

No, not because the book was too sad. Or because it was a disappointment or anything like that. Quite the opposite. This story was everything I ever wanted and dreamed and hoped that it would be. Maybe Definitely even more.

The problem was, a couple chapters into the book it hit me like a ton of bricks that this would be the last of the Lux novels. The pages until the end were officially numbered and somehow I would have to let go of the characters I fell in love with about 2 years ago. How am I expected to just get over a 2 year long love affair with this story in a matter of a few hundred pages?!

Let me tell you, I will be experiencing the worst book hangover after reading Opposition- a novel I can only describe as perfection. I cannot imagine a more perfect way to end the series. Jennifer Armentrout has not let her fans down!

So, Opposition picks up right where Origin left off and the action hits quick.

Jennifer Armentrout takes us one a wild ride from start to finish and elicits about every known emotion from readers- at least from me. Seriously, I was nervous and then confused and pissed and super creeped out (let’s just say some of the Arum are even creepier and crazier than we thought- and the Lux too for that matter) I laughed. I was relieved. I cried. Oh, how I cried. And in the end, I was content.

Katy has completely proven herself as a total badass. She can hang with the scariest of the creatures and hold her own in battle. She is not the little Kitten she once was. Daemon is still, like, my favorite book boyfriend ever. His love for Katy and his family is so clear throughout the novel and well, he is just perfect as per usual. Of course we get to see Beth and Dawson and Dee and all our favorites including Luc, Archer and the horrible Nancy Husher makes her appearance. Archer really stole the show for me. We get to know him pretty well in this one and everything he is, is lovable. (I certainly wouldn’t mind reading more about him)

To sum up. If you’re a fan of the series, you will love this! If you don’t know the series… shame on you (just kidding, but seriously, it’s one you want to know)- and seriously go buy book one and start reading- you may want to block out a few days of your time though because you are not going to want to put the series down from the moment you read the first sentence of Obsidian to the last of Opposition.

 

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My Life With The Walter Boys

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My Life With The Walter Boys is one of those books that I kept glance over and never actually reading. Simply put, I was a little skeptical about the plot and believability. I mean, a girl being shipped off to live with 12 boys seemed a little ridiculous. But then I gave the book a chance. I’m so glad I did.

I have fallen in love with Ali Novak and all her characters. (After reading this, I found her on wattpad and immediately read pretty much every single one of her unofficial/unpublished books- including the original draft of this book) She does such a good job, in my opinion of taking a somewhat outrageous plot and making it believable. Each of the boys is unique and has a their own quality and character to them.
I expected not to really get to know more than one or two of the Walter boys really well, but I ended the book feeling apart of the family. Ali Novak just did such a great job of submerging the reader into Jackie’s life.

This one also has a sequel that will eventually be published, so after you read it, keep a look out for the next installment in the life of the Walter boys.

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Fighting For Infinity

ffiCan I just start by saying how much I love Karen Amanda Hooper because I do. I really, really do. And that cover, Augh! I love it. This series honestly has my favorite covers ever, all three books just have such beautiful covers. LOVE THEM.

Ok, Fighting for Infinity. This book has soooo much happen. I’ll be the first to admit that I was a little nervous how it was all going to tie together nicely, but it did. It so, totally did. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so content with a series ending. It was beautiful and lovely and perfect and yes, I cried, but no, I would not have had it any other way.

Maryah is still a great character, I think she’s a little annoying sometimes in this book, but it’s understandable considering how frustrated she is with herself for hiding past life stuff from herself and everyone… does that make sense? Nathan is of course wonderful. He is in my top five book boyfriends of all time. Seriously, even just his name I love!

Rina, however, really stole the whole book, maybe even the whole series. She’s strong and heroic and beautiful and perfect. It was so easy to fall in love with this character. She really steals the show here and adds something new to the series.

I don’t want to say any more than that because it’s all complex and I refuse to give away and spoilers because this is one you want to read for yourselves!

But here is the official blurb:

Every moment, every lifetime, every decision—including her choice to erase—has led Maryah to this.

Two outcomes are possible: an infinite happy-ever-after with her kindrily or the final severing of her relationship with Nathan.

Closer to the enemy than ever before, Maryah unravels the diabolical plan that Dedrick has been manipulating into place for centuries. Revelations, secrets, and lies surface faster than Maryah can process. She doesn’t know who to trust, what to believe, or how to save her loved ones from the desolate future Dedrick is so close to executing.

Guided by an enigmatic raven-haired prisoner, Maryah fights body and soul to save Nathan, her kindrily, and countless others. But is her love strong enough to alter a prophecy written in the stars?

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Finding Ever After

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 This cover! Am I right? I totally love it!

Stephanie Hoffman McManus has written a wonderful love story with Finding Ever After. Jaxyn, our MC is a wonderful voice who’s had a hard time and is finally coming back to town after a few years away. She reconnects with an estranged brother, the friends she abandoned and manages to find herself in some of the same old trouble.

She also meets Kayden. He’s a wonderful, sexy character. The two have amazing tension and chemistry from the start. I’ll warn you that it does seem a little on the insta-lovey side of the things, so if you really hate that this may not be the book for you. But if you can get over that Jaxyn falls for Kayden hard and fast the story is a wonderful combination of love, stress and drama. I could not put it down and ended up reading to finish late into the night. This is definitely worth the read.