Thursday, May 30, 2019

Random Reads - April Review and May 2019 Pick

Random Reads is a personal monthly challenge, where I use to choose a book from my extensive, massively huge list of books I have yet to read (over a thousand!!!).

In this month's post, I will review last month's random pick, and move on to the next book picked for me. 

Last month's pick was 'The Hallowed Ones', by Laura Bickle. I was truly excited about this book, and remember being excited about adding it to my list - back in 2012... eeeekkkk


The Hallowed Ones started off really exciting. This community was secluded, and when a few curious things began to happen, no one really knew what was happening out in the world, nor were they initially very concerned. With no outside communication, they really were in the dark about the horrors that had yet to visit them. Until not even their community was safe....

Katie was a great character. She exhibited a degree of bravery that I did not anticipate, especially for someone who I would say lived in a secluded, protective society.  Even when she faced the disturbing truth (and when I say disturbing, it was damn right DISTURBING), she still swallowed down her fears, and went against the elders in order to protect her community.

The one downer about this book is that when shit hit the fan, it turned too preachy. I could have done without the religious debates. They did not add anything to this story and were distracting from the fabulous plot that was unfolding! SOOOO frustrating!

A book filled with so much promise, completely fizzled towards the end. Unfortunately, I did not add the next book to my list, but was glad that I finally got to read this one and take it off my list.

And now for May's Random Pick! Drum roll please!

And so the next book that I will be reading will be #678 on my list, which is 'The Book of Why' by Nicholas Montemarano. I asked for this on Netgalley, actually, quite some time ago (2013 - ouch!), during a period in my life where I was curious about self-help. I am in a good time right now for this kind of book, and I look forward to no longer putting this book off another second. 

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Series Review - Tormentor Mine 1 - 4, by Anna Zaires & Dima Zales

It's been a quiet May on the blog, but that is because I have been whipping through this pretty great series that I came across recently.


I want to say that I was able to get the first book for free off of Amazon during a free promotion, but I can't quite recall if that is correct. I immediately borrowed each book in the series in sequence from my library (this momma is on tight funds lately during my mat leave). Thank you Library!!

This is also my very first anti-hero romance, and the anti-hero part was a bit of a surprise to me, because I didn't really pay too much attention to the blurb on the book. (Ok, so the dude on the cover got me. I admit it!!)

The anti-hero is not an unknown type of character to me, but definitely one that I was unfamiliar with in romance fiction. I struggled a little bit with the idea, but this series was really well written, and the tension between Peter and Sara was believable, even though the circumstances of their meeting certainly did not seem like the right path to romance, to say the least. 

Word of warning also.... the sex in these books is ... a bit forceful? Bordering on violation... maybe some would say that it is outright violating and some of it, humiliating?... also something that I wasn't exactly prepared for. Not to say that I am 'vanilla', but even though most of it was welcomed by Sara, some acts left me a little uncomfortable. And 4 or 5 orgasms in a row? Come on now, dear Author... I didn't realize this was also a fantasy series (eye roll). But I surprisingly enjoyed their relationship dynamics. I did pick up another series by same author, but quickly decided it was not for me. There are limits to what I enjoy in an anti-hero romance. This series, however, was a good balance for me.

Action wise, WOW. Played out like a series of action films. Great villains, great backstory of murder and ensuing revenge quest. All characters were great, and so well fleshed out. I devoured these 4 books in record time, and enjoyed BRAVO!!

I give this series an easy 4 star overall rating.

To check them out on Goodreads for more details click on the Goodreads link below.

Happy Reading everyone!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Forgotten Ones, by Andrea Bills

The Forgotten Ones
Andrea Bills
Publication date: May 6th 2019
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

From the iBooks Bestselling Author of Hardwired comes

One small town.

One lost love.

One killer.

Agent Caitlin Cade is called back to her hometown by a serial killer. She’s avoided the town for six years, trying to create a new life away from the painful memories of the sudden passing of her father and a love lost.

Dean Campbell was given a mission that forced him to walk away from the only woman he had ever loved. Just as his mission is over and he can return to her news reaches him that a serial killer has Caitlin caught in a deadly game.

Can Dean handle not being the one in control in order to show Caitlin he’s back for good? Can Caitlin not only face her past but also a killer who always seems two steps ahead of her? As a game of chess plays out using human bodies, secrets and lies come to see the light of day for the first time.
All the Gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you. —Joseph Campbell
“Have you ever heard the saying; ‘only the forgotten are dead’?”
The young girl shook her head. Tears welled up in her eyes, but they hadn’t fallen yet. This one was tough. She was fighting the terror that was undoubtedly coursing through her body. There was no point in fighting it; her death was inevitable.
“See, I will kill you, but if I remember you, then it’s like you’re not even dead.”
A whimper escaped from the girl. She wasn’t the first one to die, and she wouldn’t be the last. She would be the first to send a message, so her body would be the first one to be discovered unlike the others; the forgotten ones. Their bodies had been left to decay in their shallow graves never to be found. There was an added excitement knowing someone — Agent Caitlin Cade more precisely— would be staring at this girl’s dead body in just a matter of hours.
“Don’t worry baby girl, you won’t be one of them; one of the forgotten ones. You’re going to be found.”
A scream ripped through the room.
“I always like to talk during this next part. I don’t know why. The first few times I thought maybe it was just what was left of my humanity reaching out to offer comfort in the final minutes of their lives, but that’s not it. I haven’t had humanity in years.”
The knife sliced through the air, and the first cut into flesh vibrated to the depths of the killer’s soul. The feeling was orgasmic. Another cut and then another. The smell of fresh blood wafted through the room permeating every single crack and crevice. The beautiful scream that ripped from the girl’s throat was the icing on the cake. Over and over the knife cut into her flesh.
“I saw a therapist once, and she told me that my mind was like a disease. Can you believe that? Someone who went into the business of helping people told me that.”
The girl’s body was lifeless now. There was no point in checking for a pulse. Still, the desire to feel the knife tear through her flesh was uncontrollable. That was the problem with the urges. They were impossible to control. Blood sang a song like the sirens from the old tales, and there was no refusing the call.
“I already knew my mind was diseased, and I’m not going to stop until I’ve infected everyone.”
If only walls could talk, these walls would tell some very horrific stories. Stories that were filled with screams, begging and pleading, but never salvation. This room had never seen salvation.

Author Bio:
Andrea is a wife, mother and writer from small town West Virginia. She spends her time while she's not dreaming up lovers and villains alike chasing after her two kids and husband.

Her overactive imagination and her husband's wacky dreams attribute to her love of the written word. Guilty pleasures include reading all night and Reese Cups.



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