Sixty Minute Reads Series by Dave Johnston

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Atomic Number Sixty

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*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

You could do a lot of things in one hour. You could regret your wrong decisions in sixty minutes or else. You could reminisce the simple, mundane things in your life. You could imagine all the could’ves and should’ves. You could read Holly Holloway last sixty minutes on Earth.

What would come to pass … if you knew you only had one hour of life left to live?

I was truly intrigue by the sixty chapters in sixty minutes, and I loved it! It was so different from what I usually read. I love the story line. It was fast paced but clear and concise. The whole idea behind it all was just brilliant. I found Holly’s character interesting. There were different sides of her that we saw depending on who she’s with. She could be loving daughter, fun and supportive cousin, smart-ass bitch and cynical in her darkest hour.

I would’ve given it a perfect star rating but the ending is a bit predictable to me. There were clues that I easily picked up, so I was able to guess correctly. I was expecting an unexpected ending that would bring more impact, more feels to the story. Nonetheless, this series is too good to pass. I can’t wait for the next one!

Read: August 17, 2016

Rating: 4 Stars

Massacre of the Sixty

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*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Holly Holloway survived what we thought was her last sixty minutes like a ticking bomb. Her next assignment is to stop “The Hollow Falx”, a fight to death match between sixty people in sixty minutes. Could Holly save the lives of these sixty people? Or would this be a massacre that would mark the history?

This sequel in Holly’s journey took an interesting turn. I was shocked when I first read this line in the synopsis, “Massacre of the Sixty attracts only the depraved and psychotic..”. But that didn’t stop me. I was absolutely curious on the massive change in the story line. You have to watch out for every detail because it would give you a clue that isn’t really spoilery (for me) but in a fun way. Dave Johnston was really smart to warn readers that this is not for the faint of heart. Or you could just read this when the sun is shining bright to get some sleep at night.

I actually enjoyed this book even if I’m not much fan of all gorey stuffs. It was new and I think it was such a step-up from Holly’s adventure in the previous book. I had my doubts at first because I don’t think Dave Johnston’s writing style could fit the story portrayed by the synopsis. But I loved it!  There was more action and mysteries and I couldn’t wait for the next one. I think the next book would reveal some of the questions left unanswered. *crossed fingers*

Read: December 1, 2016

Rating: 4 Stars

Tight by Alessandra Torre

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FIVE TIGHT STARS!!!

Thirty-two year old Riley Johnson lived a monotonous life in a small town in Florida. Steady job, amazing friends, and independence. All that changed after a night with Brett Jacobs. He supposedly travels a lot selling boats here and there but for he’s odd meetings at night. That should’ve raised some red flags, but Riley ignored it all by the promise of true love. Until it all came crashing down. Secrets were uncovered, hearts were broken and one person remained missing.

The word ‘tight’ has twenty-two definitions, but my favorite is Webster’s fifth–“a bond which cannot be broken.”

This book is not what I expected it to be and I’ve learned a lot from reading Alessandra Torre’s previous books. But it’s a good thing to take readers by surprise every now and then. I actually loved it because every chapter, every turn of page makes me hungry for more. I couldn’t stop reading it once I started. I essentially devoured it. I couldn’t wait to see what becomes of Riley, Brett, Elyse and Kitten. There were so many secrets and dark alleys; I had a hard time thinking for a happy ending for our dear characters.

I did loads of over thinking. Kitten was a mystery for me. At first, I thought it was this character but then I thought it too obvious so I changed perspective. I started thinking of her as this other character and I was so torn because I truly wanted them to have a happy ending. And I can’t imagine how if this other character turned up. I loved Riley’s character despite her faults. She was far from perfect but she’s strong. She came out as a victor at the end after so many trials.  I found Brett’s character a bit sketchy. He was hiding so many secrets, it’s a wonder he didn’t combust. It was only after Kitten’s character was truly revealed that I fell in love with him (better late than never). That scene was a very OMG moment for me. I even got teary-eyed.

I’m starting to like these kinds of plot twists and mind fucks in books. It was refreshing even if it made me think morbid things. Anyway, I absolutely love how Alessandra Torre unique drew every story of her characters. They were just so real. They undergo lots of changes and growing up that eventually led to a happier ending for everyone. It was not conventional which allures me in more ways than one. So here’s a perfect star rating for Tight!

Read: August 8, 2016

Rating: 5 Stars

MONTHLY RELEASES: JULY

JULY 2016

7/4/16

MOONSHOT

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Another book by Alessandra Torre!

I cannot wait to read this intense new adult romance story with a bit of suspense. The ratings are high and the raving reviews just makes me more excited! This book is not just for romantics out there but also for baseball fans. I heard our heroine knows a thing or two.

Full synopsis on Goodreads.

7/5/16

DEFENDING TAYLOR (Hundred Oaks)

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Hundred Oaks series have been one of my favorite YA series and I’m so excited for a new one! The synopsis is a bit common but I can’t wait to see how different this will be from other books out there. I hope to see the other characters even if it’s in passing only.

Oh, and the ebook version of this contains an exclusive short story called Touchdown featuring our dear characters from Catching Jordan.

Full synopsis on Goodreads.

7/7/16

PUCKED UNDER (Pucked #4.5)

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A novella featuring Randy and Lily! I’m so excited for more of our Pucked characters. This couple wouldn’t fail to make you laugh so hard at the same time swoon over the lovey dovey mushy stuff.

Full synopsis on Goodreads.

7/12/16

CREAM OF THE CROP (Hudson Valley #2)

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Natalie made me laugh and blush like crazy with her short appearance in Nuts. Like the fist book, this will be about a city girl finding love in a small town. I cannot wait to see what kind of HEA she’ll get… and what trouble she’ll run into!

Full synopsis on Goodreads.

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Collared by Nicole Williams

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Jade Childs was taken when she was seventeen. She had loving parents and two siblings. She had friends. She had Torrin Costigan. The love of her life and the last person who saw her. Ten years had passed and everyone had lost hope of her returning, except for the boy who never stopped loving her. Ten years had passed and she was found and returned to her family, to the community, to him. Ten years had passed and nothing was ever the same.

“Time, circumstance, tragedy—nothing can change that. You and me, there isn’t an over for us.”

One of the soul-crushing, life-altering books of 2016!!!

That beautiful synopsis really drew me in. It sets expectations high and this book met them all and gave some more! It was beautiful and heartbreakingly good. I love everything about this book, even the lies and deception and bitter emotions. I didn’t expect an unconventional love story. I thought the only issues would be her kidnapping and the years lost but I guess life really does go on with or without you.

I thought of the worse when Jade was abducted so I readied myself in experiencing shitload of feels. I feel for all the devastating things that happened in her life. You’d think that having a decade of her life taken from her was enough but the aftermath of her abduction was catching up on her current life. My heart literally aches for these two. I didn’t expect Torrin to be that different even after ten years. He keeps on apologizing and apologizing in a certain chapter and I was like, “It’s okay my loves. I understand.” And when he finally revealed why he’s sorry, my golly. I cried. Tears are pouring down and it wouldn’t stop because it just hurts so bad, and to think it was only the beginning. Huhubells, they still have the whole road ahead of them and I don’t know how to brace myself for all they’ll go through.

Nicole Williams is so good at influencing readers in feeling what her character’s feeling. It was written so eloquently, I can’t help but feel the raw emotions coming from all the characters. I have mixed feels for the bittersweet ending. I usually go for that kind of ending but for this story I was hoping for a different one. Now, I’m itching for a short story, novella or sequel.

Read: March 23, 2016

Rating: 4.5 Stars