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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.

 

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Published September 20, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she’s ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true . . . but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re determined to keep the banner planes flying.

Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly. From Goodreads.

There are few authors that write as well as Jennifer does. I picked up one of her books just to read it and ever since then, I have read all but 1 of her books. I loved the fact that this book had planes in it. There aren’t very many books where the main characters are daredevils.

I do have to say that I loved Leah’s character but I did not like the way she thought everyone thought about her. Of course it doesn’t help that the one boy that she has liked for years thinks she is white trash (I am using better language then what he really thought btw). I did like that no matter what though she was willing to let it go and still help the boys out. Of course Grayson doesn’t make it easy by blackmailing her.

There wasn’t a single moment in this book that I did not like. I loved that even though she was being blackmailed, Leah tried to be a better person. I did not like her mom, who just up and leaves their kid alone like that? No matter what the age is, I still hear from my dad and he lives all the way across the country and calls me at least twice a week if not more sometimes and I am almost 30 years old.

The characters were very believable, they all had their flaws but in the end they were all willing to look passed them to end up as friends but depending on who it was they ended up as more than friends. I thought Alec was really funny and nice, I totally got why Grayson did everything he did, and Leah didn’t let them walk all over her even though she was the only chick pilot.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

 

Trying to Score by Toni Aleo (Assassins #2)

Published September 1, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Trying to Score by Toni Aleo (Assassins #2)

Fallon Parker’s dream was to have her family’s wine company at the top of all wine magazines and to have a cellar of her own. After graduating from college, she has worked hard to make that dream a reality, even if that meant having a nonexistent love life. She had her chance at love and that was a bust, so she put everything into the wine company. After becoming the official sponsor of the Nashville Assassins, Fallon finally feels like everything is falling in place, that is until Lucas Brooks comes back into her life.

Lucas Brooks hates his life. He is lonely, he is sober, and he is angry. On the ice, when he’s not in the sin bin, he the leading scorer in the NHL but off the ice, he is a mess. He threw away the most important person in his life, and has regretted it ever since but when Lucas sees Fallon again after being traded to the Assassins; he is bound and determined to get her back. Even if she wants nothing to do with him.

The sexual tension between Fallon and Lucas is electrifying as Lucas tries to convince Fallon that he is a changed man. Fallon tries to resist Lucas, but it is so hard when all her body wants is his. But when Lucas finds out that Fallon has been keeping a huge secret from him, the game he is playing stops and penalties are called.

With new rules and new players on the ice, will Fallon and Lucas be able to work out their differences and work as a team or will they be left trying to score alone. From Goodreads.

Once again, I loved Toni Aleo’s Assassins series. This book made me cry and laugh and sometimes both at the same time. Fallon made me angry and Lucas made me want to smack my husband because he was a guy. Of course I didn’t but I thought about it.

I couldn’t believe the secret that Fallon kept from Lucas, but good thing she did. He was a disaster at the time when really she needed him the most. He probably shouldn’t have done what he did at the same time. I do have to admit some of the things he did to get Fallon back were so cute especially the post-its.

I loved how after Lucas found out Fallon’s secret, he stepped up. Honestly I would have had the same fear that she had, I would have totally thought that he would have loved him more and left me alone. What I wanted her to do was open up to someone, anyone. Her sister Audrey has been there since Fallon and Lucas broke up, so she should have talked to her about all her fears and hopes and everything in between.

Of course at the time Audrey was being weird and she didn’t know what was going on until later in the book. And I felt so bad for Audrey at the time (luckily Empty Net comes out next week and it is her book) and wanted her to find someone that will love her for being awesome.

I love this series almost as much as I love the Tiger’s Saga by Colleen Houck. I would have to say this is my new favorite series of Adult books.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

The Glitch by Heather Anastasiu (Glitch #1)

Published July 26, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu (Glitch #1)

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.

In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy. From Goodreads.

I got this book from Netgalley a few months ago; I don’t know what I was doing waiting to read it. I loved it so much I didn’t want to put it down to sleep last night. Zoe and Adrien were sooo cute; I just wanted her to be happy after everything that she learned.

I love how Zoe thinks that she is in this all alone but after an almost disastrous run in with one of the Uppers, Adrien is almost always there to make sure that she is safe. It was amazing that she was learning all her emotions and how felt about everything. I like how they are basically super heroes in a way, they all have different Gifts. Adrien can see the future, Max can shift into anyone in a way its shifting, Molla has X-Ray vision (awesome I know) and Zoe has telekinesis, I think her ability might be the coolest.

The book is about trusting friends, trying to find yourself and being family. Reading this book made me realize how we all basically take what we feel for granted and I know I would be devastated if I was basically made into a zombie.  Throughout the story you learn with Zoe as she finds out familial love, love love, hate and hurt, betrayal, fear, anger and everything else.

Even though I was totally Team Adrien, I have to say that I felt bad for Max. He just wanted Zoe so bad but he didn’t seem to realize that they didn’t seem right for each other. Now what he did to Molla was really messed up, I felt so bad for her. Especially at the end of the book, which I won’t tell you what happens because I am sure you are going to want to read it yourself.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.