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Existence by Abbi Glines (Existence Trilogy #1)

Published January 22, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Existence

What happens when you’re stalked by Death? You fall in love with him, of course.

Pagan Moore doesn’t cheat Death, but instead, falls in love with him.

Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn’t let them know she could see them, then they left her alone. Until she stepped out of her car the first day of school and saw an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he’s dead.

Not only does he not go away when she ignores him, but he does something none of the others have ever done. He speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What she doesn’t realize is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with is not a soul at all.

He is Death and he’s about to break all the rules. goodreads-badge-add-plus-1

I just want to point out first and foremost that I absolutely LOVE Abbi Glines. So much so that I found out that she is coming to the Orlando area in mid February and am pretty upset that I can’t go. I have a wedding the week before and can’t take the time off to go up there with the hubby. Now if the best friend wanted to do a friend date and go up there with me so I am not all alone 2 hours away, I would go and love her to death. But seriously I love every book I have read of hers and I have read them all. Some multiple times. This book hooked me into the trilogy immediately.

It stats with Pagan starting her senior year in high school and it goes through the up’s and down’s with her friends and getting a boyfriend outside of the one that she had for about 3 years before. She meets Dank on the first day while he is sitting at a picnic table and she tries so hard not to stare at him. Of course he is good looking but she thinks he is dead and a regular soul. Which you can’t blame her for that seeing as she has been seeing them since she was a little girl. There was something about Pagan as a character that I loved. And when she started dating Leif I was a little iffy. I really liked Dank and that was why.

I loved how Pagan never knew what Dank was going to do next. Even I had trouble figuring out where the book was going to go. I thought he was a great guy. He knew he was no good for her and tried to stay away from her so that she can continue living her life that was meant for her. I did like the scenes where he would get jealous of her and Leif or when she would get jealous of Dank and Kendra.

Honestly there isn’t much to say about this book that I didn’t love. As soon as I started it, I wanted to know what else was going to happen. It sucked that I had to wait for the second and third book to come out after this one but I was willing to wait since I liked it so much. I really don’t think that Abbi can’t write a great book, I have never been disappointed in her yet!

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Torn by Erica O’Rourke (Torn Trilogy #1)

Published January 3, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Torn

Everyone has secrets.
Even best friends.

Mo Fitzgerald knows about secrets. But when she witnesses her best friend’s murder, she discovers Verity was hiding things she never could have guessed. To find the answers she needs and the vengeance she craves, Mo—quiet, ordinary, unmagical Mo—will have to enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances. And she’ll have to choose between two very different, equally dangerous guys—protective, duty-bound Colin and brash, mysterious Luc. One wants to save her, one wants to claim her. Which would you choose?

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I had this book for a while before I decided to head into the trilogy to read. I don’t know why I waited so long. I absolutely loved Mo, Luc and Colin. They all had such complex relationships with each other and they all held their secrets close to their chest. I honestly loved the whole trilogy from start to end.

Mo, who was also nicknamed Mouse by her best friend and well everyone, was quite spunky. I loved how she didn’t just take everything lying down. I loved that she cared so much about what happened to her and her best friend. She worked diligently to get those answers even though when she first met Luc he asked her, almost begged her to not look into it. She harbors major guilt about it and I felt so bad for her. I know I would have felt the same way.

I loved the love triangle between her, Luc and Colin. At first I was for Colin because I really thought that Mo had the right impression about Luc. There was just something about Luc that I loved. I pretty much stayed Team Luc after that for the whole trilogy, which I am sure you will hear more about tomorrow when the other two books are reviewed. I loved the way he treated Mo, not like she was this precious commodity but like she mattered and could handle what was thrown to her.

Trust me a lot was thrown her way too. That twist at the end of the book! Oh My God!!! I didn’t see that coming at all which is rare, I read so much that I kinda have a good idea on what will happen throughout the book. But not these ones. I loved every second of this book, it was crazy and great all at the same time.

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Slammed by Colleen Hoover (Slammed #1)

Published October 15, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.
Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart. From Goodreads.
I bought this book back in January and waited until FOREVER to read it. I know I must have been out of my mind. I am sure the hair dye must have made me crazy for a few months until I read this amazing book by Colleen Hoover. Trust me I thought I must have been insane to wait to read this amazing book. I get tired at times of the paranormal YA and I really enjoy the contemporary YA at times. This trilogy in whole is my number 3 in top 5 YA/New Adult contemporaries. Number 1 belongs to Jamie McGuire for her Beautiful Disaster and Number 2 is for Molly McAdams Taking Chances. So it just shows you Colleen is in great company.

The book starts out with Laykin and her whole family (her mom and little brother) moving across country because her dad passed away and they were told that they needed to sell the house to survive. Once there she meets Will and his little brother. And all is good and well, they hit it off and everything seems great. Except that Laykin is still in high school, yea she’s 18 though but that doesn’t help what eventually ends up happening.

There were so many moments that I cried over because honestly I don’t know if I could be strong enough to do what Laykin or even Will had to do. Will had a ton of responsibilities but knew that no matter how hard he fought he was falling madly in love with Laykin which was great because they were perfect for each other. Except because of one of the MANY twists in the book.

One of the greatest parts of this book was that the characters felt real, they had their issues and weren’t close to perfect. They lied, hid secrets from each other, tried protecting each other, loved each other. I could literally see the characters together in my head more so than a lot of other book characters. They seemed so real thanks to Colleen’s amazing writing.

I don’t want to give too much away because honestly you should have bought this book and read it. Don’t wait months like I did. Just do it already. It is definitely worth it. Every second of the whole book.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Tiger’s Destiny by Colleen Houck (The Tiger Saga #4)

Published October 3, 2012 by crysbookreviews

With three of the goddess Durga’s quests behind them, only one prophecy now stands in the way of Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan breaking the tiger’s curse. But the trio’s greatest challenge awaits them: A life-endangering pursuit in search of Durga’s final gift, the Rope of Fire, on the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal.  It’s a race against time–and the evil sorcerer Lokesh–in this eagerly anticipated fourth volume in the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, which pits good against evil, tests the bonds of love and loyalty, and finally reveals the tigers’ true destinies once and for all. A smart  phone tag code on the back cover links readers to the series website. From Goodreads.

Once again Colleen has written a FANTASTIC book. There wasn’t a moment that went by that I didn’t love in the book. It started off at the exact moment Tiger’s Voyage left off. Which was amazing in itself. From there, Ren and Kishan had to rescue Kelsey back since Lokesh kidnapped her.

Okay I am tryin got make this as unspoilery as possible. So there were moments that I loved and then moments that I hated. I loved that Kishan loved Kelsey so much that he was willing to make multiple sacrifices to make her sure she was happy. I also loved (at times) the relationship between Kelsey and Ren. He really wanted to show her how much he wanted her and loved her. I am still Team Kishan but I realized what was going to happen.

There was so much action in this book, from the beginning all the way to the very last page. Of course they ended up getting the last thing they needed to break the curse for Ren and Kishan. If you remember the whole prophecy Durga gave Ren and Kelsey in the first book, then you will have noticed that there were some stipulations with the end of the curse.

Yeah you find out almost everything at the end of the book and of course I was happy and mad at the same time. Of course the book ended up the way it should have, I guess, but!!!! I still miss certain characters that had to make sacrifices to make sure the curse was ended. I honestly can’t wait for Tiger’s Dream to come out sometime next year. I will be happy and sad that day only because it is the next book but it is the last book in the series.

I gave this book 6 out of 5 stars. I can’t help but love this series.

 

My Merlin Awakening by Priya Ardis (My Merlin #2)

Published October 1, 2012 by crysbookreviews

If you haven’t broken the rules, have you really lived?

Excalibur has been pulled from the stone, but what does it mean? Arriane (aka Ryan) DuLac’s got bigger problems—as student president, she’s got to put on the Prom. While the Wizard Council debates their next move, she leaves the craziness behind and heads home. But she can’t hide forever. Sooner than she’d like Merlin (aka Matt) has her chasing mermaids on the trail of the Fisher King in Greece. The wounded King, defeated by Merlin’s brother, Vane, in the past holds the key to save the future.

On the journey, Ryan begins to realize the friends she thought she knew, she may not know at all. At a time of shifting alliances, she must decide whose side she’s on—the brother who struggles to do right or the brother who dares to break the rules? And Ryan must decide who she is—a regular or a champion?

One wrong decision and her family falls apart. One wrong decision and the world falls apart. No pressure. From Goodreads.

This time around Ryan has to deal with the decisions she made in the first book of the trilogy. She has to deal with bringing Grey back and what that means for him and all his relationships, she has to deal with her relationship with Vane. Especially since Vane is her teacher now and her coach. She had to chose Vane because Matt didn’t give her the option of himself, luckily she really cared about Vane too.

Since Matt gave her the enchanted necklace in My Boyfriend Merlin, she has had a link to Vane and Matt, so they can read each others thoughts. Of course it is a little more complicated with Matt, but honestly what isn’t complicated with him and Ryan? With Matt, she can see his visions that he has at the same time he sees them. Which is strange because we all learned in the first book that she blocks his visions. What she sees in the latest vision, disturbs her really badly luckily though Vane is there to help her out.

Now I know everyone is all Team Matt in this trilogy but I feel bad for Vane, so I guess I am Team Vane. I felt like Vane was always the bad guy and Matt is always the savior. Matt is the guy that seems to save the day and get the girl even though Vane tries so hard to be what Ryan needs and wants. But Vane definitely had some issues in this book, especially towards the end of the book. Either way Ryan is lucky to have both guys want her, either one of them are great and only want the best for her.

At the beginning of the book it seemed like Ryan went back to normal life, which was totally understandable because she did lose her adopted sister and almost lost her adopted brother, Grey. She really needed the down time to grieve for her loss and accept that her life was completely different now. I know I would need the time to get used to everything and accept all that happened to me within the few months. It just sucked for her so much, I felt so bad about all that happened to her.

In this book there was a lot of adventure. There was a lot of death scares as well as some that actually did die and it was sad. Oh and there was some torture in book too, when they went to the undersea city. Obviously there was a love triangle, I will let you guess who it was with. There are decisions that had to be made by Matt, Ryan and Vane. Some of those decisions were heartbreaking and made me cry a little.

I can’t wait for the final book in the trilogy to come out later this year or early next year.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

 

Opal by Jennifer L Armentrout Cover Reveal!!!!!

Published September 21, 2012 by crysbookreviews

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

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USA TODAY Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.

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Spark by Brigid Kemmerer (Elemental #2)

Published September 20, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Spark by Brigid Kemmerer (Elemental #2)

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.

Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.

Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.

More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake — this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

The fuse is lit… From Goodreads.

Now Brigid is a new author to the YA world and I have yet to read something from her that wasn’t amazing. I read Elemental (0.5), Storm (1), and Fearless (1.5) and I loved each one of them. But this one was just as great as the other ones were. I loved getting to know the dynamics of the family more so this time around.

Gabriel had such a bad temper but that makes sense due to the fact of his element that he can control. I mean fire makes me think of anger and passion too. He wasn’t just one of the bad boys, he really cared about his family and eventually he starts to care about more than just hooking up with girls. He ended up falling hard for Layne, which I loved because she needed someone to show that she is perfect just the way she is.

Now Layne has had such a rough life and so has Gabriel but that I believe was discussed in my review of Storm. Layne grew up rich, and from there she learned early on that she wasn’t good enough for her mom because of an accident that happened when she was very young. Once her mom left her, her dad, and her younger brother, she ended up taking all the responsibilities that should go to her for herself. She cleaned, she cooked, and she made sure her brother was taken care of. And she is only a sophomore in high school.

There isn’t much that I didn’t love about this book.  I can’t wait for the next books to come out, I see on Goodreads there will be a Nick Merrick novella, which I want now and then the final book in the series, Spirit. Every book has gotten better with Brigid. I was very surprised and I loved how she created a whole new world within our own world.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.