Where One Goes by B.N. Toler

Where One Goes

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For Charlotte Acres, seeing the dead is a curse. Sure, she can help the ghost with his/her unfinished business but at the cost of her normal life. Her parents paid her off to go away. Her friends abandoned a freak like her. She was ready to give up on her life by jumping off a bridge but a ghost saved her. Ike McDermott’s unfinished business is his twin brother, George McDermott. Together, Charlotte and Ike attempts to bring George back to live and learn to let go.

“I love you, too, baby girl,” he whispers. “Here, there, forever.”

This book just breaks my heart! My golly, I cannot. B.N. Toler never fails to write a book that would make readers cry like a baby. This is truly one of the most heartbreaking stories ever written. I feel like I’ve been through a roller coaster ride after reading this book. The feelings of these characters are so intense it practically clings at you. The stories of their pasts played a huge role in determining their future.

I liked Ike more than George. It’s probably because we were able to see only the good sides of him. He was the hero, the knight in shining armor who saved Char. On the other hand, we met George at his lowest point in life. He was able to redeem himself, of course, but it was like the damage has been done and I couldn’t forget his assholiness. But I still love them both… I just prefer the other brother. I truly feel for Char. I can’t imagine dealing with all the tragedies she faced in her life. I admire how strong and determine she became to continue living life.

The only thing I didn’t like is the love triangle between brothers… twins no less. I really had no patience with that. Thankfully, I was able to see the boys as separate identities. They were so different but similar in loving someone. Oh, I almost forgot about Sniper. I absolutely adore that man! Can we get his book? Pretty please.

Read: July 27, 2016

Rating: 4.5 Stars

See Me Duet by Wendy Higgins

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See Me

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Robyn Mason is unlike any seventeen-year-old American. She belongs to a magical family and bonded to marry McKale of Emerald Isle in Ireland. Her excitement to marry a young Irish lad turns to dust as obligations and true feelings came to the table. A Fae princess threatens to destroy what they built for her pure selfish gain. Robyn and McKale must trust one another to avoid falling in the clutches of the Fae princess’ hands for the survival of their families.

“The bad thing about romantics was they put themselves out there for heartbreak.”

I absolutely adore Wendy Higgins! I’ve never had much fun with leprechauns like this before. I love this new magical world. Ireland really is a magical place. I laughed and swooned and cried in all the right places. It is kind of light-fantasy for me but it’s not exactly a light read because of… you know that freaking ending!

I love that it isn’t really an insta-love for Robyn and McKale. Robyn may have started as in love with the idea of marriage with McKale but they were given a chance to really get to know one another. I find McKale adorable. He was the ‘giant’ among little people. He was not what I expected for our hero but I still loved him. He won me over by proving the man deserving of Robyn in the end.

Is it bad that I think Cass and Rock stole the show? We need book two! These two… it was just so heartbreaking! I just want to kick that princess in the ass for causing more grief!

Read: June 22, 2014

Rating: 4 Stars

Remember Me

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Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Cursed

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High school student Ember McWilliams died in a car accident but her gifted little sister brought her back… but with grave consequences. Everything she touches dies. Enter, Hayden Cromwell. The promise of controlling her own powers enough to be able to touch her sister was too great, Ember decided to put their faith in Hayden and his father’s hand. But even in the midst of others with powers like her, Ember finds it hard to trust anyone. Harder still when it became obvious that someone wants her dead. Someone wants to finish what was started the ‘accident’ that killed her.

“You worry about hurting me, but you never seem to worry about me hurting you. And I’m the one with the killer touch.”

At first, I had reservations in reading this book. Ember was like Rogue in X-Men which took originality points from me. I thought it would be a predictable plot line where Hayden would be the knight shinning armor who would save Ember in her lonely existence. However, there were more things involved in the story. The ‘car accident’ started it all and there were secrets that need to be unearthed and bad guys to catch.

I truly love JLA’s writings. Her heroines always had that sarcastic, witty side that cracks me up. Ember may have dealt a bad hand but she’s not broken. She wasn’t selfish to mop all day but find strength in taking responsibility of her little sister. Hayden Cromwell is exactly what you expect from a hero. Gorgeous and beautiful and funny… and in love with our dear Ember. He had a way with words. I couldn’t help but smile and blush in all the right pages.

I truly love this book but I think it ended rather abruptly. I was expecting an ending with more ‘wow’ or ‘boom’ factor. There were still things that needed answers. I want more history, more data in their powers. And if would be just a standalone I think the world building was rushed a bit… but I would complain if there’ll be a few books in the future. *wink* *wink*

Read: September 22, 2013

Rating: 4 Stars

Psy-Changeling Season 1 by Nalini Singh (Part 1)

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Slave to Sensation

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Sascha Duncan’s Silence never did took hold and now twenty-six years later, her mind is in the brink of breaking. She dream and feel and she cannot hide it any longer. Her only choice is to break out of the PsyNet and die or turn herself over the Council and rehabilitate. That is, until she met the alpha of DarkRiver leopard changeling, Lucas Hunter. Lucas tries to infiltrate the Psy in order to find the serial killer responsible for the murders of young chanrling women. Unbeknownst to him, Sascha may be a cardinal Psy but her powers never manifested, thus having no position in the Council. Will Sascha help the changeling in bringing down one of her own people? Or would her loyalty to her people outweigh her feeling for a certain panther?

What a perfect book to start a series! I love everything about this book. It was so different, so diverse, so brilliant! You wouldn’t get bored. It is not only centered on Lucas and Sascha’s love story. There’s a matter of a serial killer on the loose and the Council. I love the political issues. I never thought I’d say that ever, but I love it! It was exciting and thrilling. I also love the other characters, especially Lucas’ sentinels. I can’t wait to hear their stories. Gah, this book is a royal package of feels!

 “I wish I’d been born in another time, another place. Then maybe I could’ve escaped fate . . . maybe I could’ve been your darling.”

I love Lucas and Sascha together. They made my heart ache so bad I cried. Their scorchingly-hot chemistry didn’t hurt either though. I love how much of an alpha Lucas is. It was so hot; he made it to my fictional boyfriend list, lol. I also love Sascha even if she’s so stubborn she almost made our ship sink. I guess it was inevitable to love her because along the way her true designation was revealed.

I absolutely adore happy endings that made sense. I’ve read some books that tried to make miracles happen like rain, it never succeeded. I honestly didn’t expect a HEA for these two because their love is just so heartbreaking. They’re from different races and all. I loved how it all turned out in the end.

Read: February 17, 2015

Rating: 5 Stars

Visions of Heat

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As the most powerful F-Psy in her generation, Faith Nightstar knew that her chance of succumbing to madness is only a matter of time… especially after nights of feeling darkness and terror in her mind. With the news of her sister’s murder, she risk leaving the safety haven of her compound to seek the guidance of Sascha Duncan in the heart of changeling leopard’s territory. Being captured by the jaguar, Vaughn D’Angelo, was not part of the plan. It is not only battle of minds and hearts that awaits in the horizon. Will Faith fight to maintain her conditioning under silence? Or would she surrender in the arms of a changeling only to battle his own darkness?

The dynamics of this series is really astounding! Every turn of the page I’m holding my breath because there may be new revelations since our Psy is a Foreseer. It was so cool! I also find the history of Silence fascinating. The history is so vast; I don’t think it would ever end. I’m hungry for more details about the Mercury, Adelejas and the Arrows!

“Human women have been slapping men for being bastards for centuries. You were doing what comes naturally.”

I truly find Vaughn’s character interesting. The dark brooding male who blends in the shadows always caught my eye. I just knew in the first book that this dominant male will not fall short in making us squirm. *wink wink* I absolutely love the mating dance between these two! Gah, the feels. I felt frustration too because like Sascha, Faith took her damn time before accepting her mate! But it builds up some passionately-hot love scenes. I’m blushing just by remembering it.

I was truly shocked by Anthony’s character. I didn’t expect that to happen at the end but I love it! I think only few could’ve known the complexity behind Anthony… which makes him more interesting for the rest of the series. It just keeps on getting better and better. I foresee more complicated plot twist ahead and I cannot wait!

Read: February 18, 2015

Rating: 4 Stars

Caressed by Ice

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After the traumatic experience under Councilor Enrique’s hands, Brenna Kincaid no longer bear wounds and bruises but for the dream-visions that’s making her think she’s gonna go insane. She also hasn’t forgotten that Enrique had some help in her abduction and this individual threatens to shatter whatever peace she managed to build. These were not the only threats Brenna sees in the future but also her growing desire to the former Arrow, Judd Lauren. For those who had deadly abilities like Judd, Silence was the answer. He can’t afford to break free if it means harming his family. But with the persistent danger coming Brenna’s way, can Judd suppress his urges to protect her? Will Brenna accept the chances that Judd cannot break from Silence?

I admit that I didn’t expect the third book to be about Judd and Brenna. Looking back, they both made huge impressions on the first two books. But I thought the sentinels of DarkRiver would have their turns first before jumping to the SnowDancers but I love it! It gave us a chance to see how the wolves worked and look out for more juicy stories.

 “Aren‘t you going to get up?”
He put a hand on the curve of her hip, a possessive gesture that had already become
familiar.
“No. Let‘s have more sex.”

Gah! Judd Lauren is something else. I never thought I’d ever fall in love with a Psy, let alone an Arrow. The feels people, the motherfucking feels! My gosh, my ovaries exploded! He is different from an alpha male and changeling but this male knows the moves to leave women panting after him. He’s probably my #1 love for this series! I am in awe with Brenna. She survived so much and managed to find love. I love that she never backed down and gave up. She kicked life’s ass, blow after blow. Go girl power!

This series really packs all the kinds of feels there is. Judd and Brenna’s story is like a roller coaster ride. There were so many ups and downs, I couldn’t keep my head straight sometimes. But surprisingly, I enjoyed it. I love the hurt, disappointment, betrayal, deception along with the positive feelings and happenings.

Read: February 19, 2015

Rating: 5 Stars

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The Headmaster by Tiffany Reisz

The Headmaster

The Headmaster

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Dumped and jobless, Gwendolyn Ashby sets off to Chicago to start a new life but an unexpected detour to The Marshal School changed everything. Teaching English literature to highly intelligent students and meeting the enigmatic Headmaster Edwin Yorke was like a dream come true for Gwen but there is something amiss in the school grounds. There was The Bride, Miss Muir’s departure, Edwin himself and the very school. There were so much secrets flowing around, could Gwen bear to stay when everything’s been said and done?

“If he was a king and the students his knights, surely he could use a lady in his court.”

I adore how this book showed loyalty, brotherhood, compassion and love in its purest form. I didn’t expect this book to pack so much feels. It was like a hit that keeps on coming. It was not just Gwen and Edwin’s love story that readers should watch out for. This book is so much more than a love story. It is a story of finding love, forgiveness, redemption and new beginnings in unexpected ways.

I’ve guess the mysteries happening in the school but it didn’t dampen the feelings. I kept on wishing that I was wrong because it just hurts so much. I couldn’t stop crying once everything’s out in the open. I cried for Gwen, Headmaster Yorke, Laird, Christopher, Samuel and all the others. I was truly expecting a HEA and would’ve caused a riot if Headmaster Yorke and the boys were depraved of that. Everything that happened in the past was just so sad. I find the ending a bit bittersweet. I can’t help but think of the what-ifs. What if Gwen chose a different path and decided to go to that school? Endless possibilities. Still, I loved it. It started with a tragedy that somehow ended beautifully.

Read: July 29, 2016

Rating: 5 Stars

Summer on East End by Melissa de la Cruz

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After the incident that caused two mortals dead, the twins, Mardi and Molly, were sent to ‘aunt’ Ingrid Beauchamp in East End to set them straight… in order to escape the Council’s wrath and the threat to send them to Limbo. But trouble seems to follow them everywhere in the form of Gardiner boys. Under Ingrid’s guidance, can Mardi and Molly get hold of their powers enough to change their impending doom?

I love the little plot twist! I was equally confused as Mardi and Molly trying to solve the problem! I missed the Blue Bloods and Witches so much. It has been years since I last read something new. Even if this book doesn’t really center on our original characters from the previous series, it is fun meeting Mardi and Molly. These two girls couldn’t be more different but at the same time so similar in their values. It was actually like breathing fresh air being in the minds of two young innocent ladies doing their best to right their wrongs no matter what their faults may be.

I would admit that I felt a slight disappointment for not seeing our favorite Gardiner boys. Trent Gardiner didn’t really do it for me. There were so much deception and lies between the pages that I had a hard time falling for him. And I keep on comparing him to Killian my loves. Oh, and the little bonus content is really a BIG bonus for us WitchEEs!

Read: January 2, 2016

Rating: 4 Stars

Double Eclipse

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Release Date: November 8, 2016

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

The Law of Moses

The Law of Moses

FIVE GREATS = FIVE STARS

Another brilliant piece by Amy Harmon! Bravo!

Readers behold and brace your tissues, you’re gonna need it.

(Slightly spoiler review)

These are the Five Greats of this lovely story:

1. Prologue – Seriously, just reading the prologue is like a punch in the gut. You already know that this will break your heart in ways you wouldn’t imagine. I almost stop right there, but I really don’t have any good book lined up. I love, love, love it! I don’t care if it makes me look like a masochist, but a girl needs her dose of good cry.

2. Art – I’m a sucker for guys who paint. And boy, does Moses know his way around a brush. This book doesn’t just say that Moses painted this, Moses painted that. History of famous painters and artists were also mentioned. And I love it!

3. Georgia – I love her despite the fact that she’s a bit martyr. But I love how blunt she is! She never gave up on Moses in before. She says whatever’s on her mind and she doesn’t seem to have any filter, it’s hilarious! Girl got that kind of spirit that you’ll admire. Here’s a bit, where Moses is being a giant denial mole and Georgia just surprised the hell out of everybody:

“And Lucky is just like you!” I said.

Moses just stared at me blandly, but I could tell he was enjoying himself. “Because he’s black?”

“No, stupid. Because he’s in love with me, and he tries to pretend every day like he doesn’t want to have anything to do with me,” I shot back.

4. Moses – I think this is a first for me. I usually fell in love with how the characters look and not how they act. Moses is beautiful, no doubt about that, but he’s more than what meets the eye. Even if he’s such a big asshole, I still love him. It’s really weird. I love how he laughs and smiles genuinely because it’s so rare, like something you’ll treasure.

5. Death – No, I didn’t like the idea of people dying. That’s not what this Death is about. I love how in death, people left behind were able to form bonds, make friends despite the situation. People were able to right past mistakes. People were able to have a firm grasp on what they’re about to lose. They were suddenly awakened to the fact, to the cliché that is: Life is short. Too short.

Read: December 29, 2014

Rating: 5 Stars