Review: Trust by Kylie Scott

Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen year old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

Review:

Being held at gunpoint is not the normal teenage experience.  Smoking for the first time, falling in love, getting your heartbroken and going to prom are all normal teenage experiences.  For Edie, the only thing that happened was being held at gunpoint and watching people die.  Fortunately for her she isn’t alone in that experience.  John is there with her.  Edie will rely on John and John on Edie, but in the end will they truly trust and cope or will it all be gone at the end of a gun?

I loved this book.  Kylie Scott is one of my favorite authors.  She is good at writing steamy romances with rocker and alpha males.  I was a little skeptical with her step into the young adult genre.  Well, she blew it out of the water.  She takes a horrible experience for two people and creates an emotionally complex story and keeps the reality of them still being teenagers part of the story.  Edie and John are fantastic.  I truly think this is probably one of the most captivating of Kylie Scott’s books.  You are drawn into this story and won’t be able to put it down.  The emotions and coping along with the aspect of PTSD for both characters truly colors every aspect.  Who Edie and John are before the conveninece store the reader will never know.  But, the Edie and John that come after are complex, emotional and real.  I loved this book.  It is one of my favorites for 2017.  I hope to see more from Kylie Scott in this new to her genre.

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Excerpt:

“You were going to give it up to Duncan Dickerson?” he sneered. “Are you serious?”

I halted, staring at him. This was not good. “How do you know about that?”

“Anders overheard you and Hang talking.”

“Bastard.”

“Well?” he demanded, acting all authoritarian. Idiot.

“To be fair, I didn’t know his last name was Dickerson,” I said. “That’s unfortunate. Though, I wasn’t actually planning on marrying him, so . . .”

“Not funny.”

I shrugged.

“You barely know the guy.”

“Um, yeah. None of your concern. We’re not talking about this.” How mortifying! My face burned bright. People should just gather around and cook s’mores. “I appreciate that we’re friends. You mean a lot to me. But this is going to have to fall under definitely none of your damn business, so go away please.”

“We’re talking about it.” He advanced a step.

“No we are not.” And I retreated.

“You were going to let a complete stranger touch you.” Advance.

Retreat. “People do it all the time. You do it all the time.”

“But you don’t,” he said, taking the final step, backing me up against the side of his car and getting all in my face. “Edie, this is your first time we’re talking about. Isn’t it?”

“Yes, and it’s going to be messy and painful and probably horribly embarrassing and I just want it over and done with.” I tried to meet his eyes but failed, settling for a spot on his right shoulder. “You’re not a girl; you wouldn’t understand. Also, last time I checked, you’re not the gatekeeper of my hymen, John Cole. So back the fuck off.”

He said nothing.

Deep, calming breaths. “Look, someday I’ll meet someone I really like and we’ll have a deep and meaningful relationship and go at it like bunnies. But I don’t want to be the dumb virgin in that scenario.”

He slowly shook his head.

“Also, I do not want to die a virgin.”

“What? What the hell are you talking about?”

“Hey, you and I both know death can occur at any time.”

“This is crazy.”

“I’m seeing a therapist!” I told his shoulder. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a little bit messed up these days. It’s hard for me to trust people. That’s not going to change anytime soon.”

He screwed up his face at me. “Wha—”

“I’m just trying to be practical.”

“Well, you’re being ridiculous. None of this makes sense.”

“It does to me.”

Again, he said nothing.

In fact, he said nothing for so long that I finally looked him in the eye. The anger had left him, replaced by an emotion I didn’t recognize. Worst of all, he still smelled like summer. A little sweat and the open night air, everything I loved. Liked. I meant liked.

“What?” I said, finally.

He let loose a breath. “I’ll do it.”

 

 

kyliescottimageKylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/

 

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Review: The Angel Killer (The Watcher Saga #2) by Lisa Voisin

Today, I get to bring to you the wonderful second book in the Watcher Saga by Lisa Voisin.  The Angel Killer takes place only a few months after the first book.  Mia finds her friends have now become targets of the demons and fallen angels.  Mia and Michael must figure out why attacks have increased and how they can stop this before everyone they care about is hurt.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Hope your weekend is going great!

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Now that she’s found him again, all Mia Crawford wants is some downtime with her fallen angel boyfriend, Michael. But the call of duty keeps him away—from school and from her—with more demons to smite than ever.

When Michael is mortally wounded by a cursed sword, Mia must perform an ancient blood ritual to save him. But the spell exacts a price. Haunted by visions of war, torture, and despair, Mia discovers the world is in more danger than she ever imagined. Behind the scenes, an evil adversary pulls all the strings.

After redemption, there’s Hell to pay.

Review:

Though her boyfriend, Michael, is an angel, Mia thinks their tough times have passed and they can now begin a normal boyfriend/girlfriend relationship.  But, when Mia’s friends start being attacked and Michael is forced to be away more often then he is with Mia she realizes something very strong is coming.  The angels are on alert and are worried once Michael is injured by a weapon designed to kill angels.  Can they find that weapon before more angels and humans are hurt?  Will Michael and Mia’s love protect them or only doom them?

This book was literally unputdownable.  I loved how this story propelled so naturally.  Michael and Mia’s characters grew in depth as did the story.  This part in the saga really amped up the drama and suspense.  Lisa Voisin has really raised the bar for this series.  Though we are left with a cliffhanger and loss at the end the reader will find themselves anxiously awaiting the next book to find out if Michael, Mia and the angels will survive with their souls intact.  Overall, this series is a unique and exciting addition to the YA genre.  With Lisa Voisin at the helm, the sky is the limit for this world and its characters.

Review: Sweet Sleep (Children of Ankh #1) by Kim Cormack

Happy Monday!  Today I have the great pleasure of introducing you to a great paranormal young adult series.  Kim Cormack has created a world within the real world that allows for suspense, danger and even love.  This is one series that will have you begging for the next book.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb. Have a fantastic week ahead!

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What would you do if you discovered that everything you’ve ever known to be your reality was a lie? What if…The things that go bump in the night, things you thought were simply a figment of your wild imagination are in fact very real? Would you live your life differently if you knew you were going to be corrected…erased from this world sometime around your sixteenth birthday? You and your twin sister were never meant to be born. There will be no place to run…No place to hide…You won’t even know they’re coming…Do you have what it takes to survive your Correction? Do you have what it takes to leave your humanity behind?If your answer is yes then hold on tight… …it’s going to be one hell of a ride!

Review:

Kayn’s world was destroyed in one night.  Her family and her twin sister taken away from her.  She was left for dead, but survived.  But, surviving is just the beginning.  Finding out what she really is and how she must now protect herself will be the hardest journey.  Kayn isn’t alone in this though.  With her best friend, Kevin, beside her with his own powers and their new budding relationship they will face challenges that will change them both.  Can Kayn survive and will her relationship with Kevin last?

This was a great first book in this series.  The creation of the world, the tiers and clans are well crafted.  Within the world are the diverse characters, even the twins are unique.  Kayn and Kevin are the most diverse characters.  You get to see them grow and change through the trials and training they go through.  In a bit of typical fashion, Kayn and Kevin still go through the teenage growing pains of jealousy and love, but the biggest challenge to them is the acceptance of their new life that parallels their current teenage life.  Kim Cormack weaves a great paranormal young adult book.  This is a strong start to a series that I am looking forward to continuing.  If you are looking for a new series that will have you craving more, than you will want to pick up this book ASAP.

Review: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Happy Monday!  To start off your week I am going to share with you the third book in the Throne of Glass series.  It was a fantastic addition to this series.  I really can’t say enough about this series and Sarah Maas.  Both a fantastic story told by a phenomenal storyteller.  I will be waiting with bated breath for the next book in the series.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Hope this week starts off well for you.  My week will be a short one thank goodness.

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She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

Review:

Celaena has survived so much heartbreak.  Her world has been tipped and turned inside out many times in her short life.  So, this errand for the king shouldn’t be much different.  She must seek out her aunt, Queen Maeve of the Fae.  It doesn’t take long for the Fae to seek her out and bring her to Maeve.  Upon meeting her they strike a bargain.  Celaena must find her magic and then she will get the answers that she seeks from Maeve.  While Celaena is training with a Fae prince, Choal and her cousin, Aedion, strike many deals for information.  With the information they glean they are in peril constantly.  While Choal and Aedion are working with rebels, Dorian is learning to control his still new powers.   It seems that all in this world are facing dangers untold and as the King uses more of his power it is only encouraging those in danger to risk more.  Will Celaena finally rise up to claim what is hers?  Will Choal finally choose a side?  Will Dorian learn control and use the power that is so volatile?  All will be answered even if those answers cause more pain.

I have total girl crush on Celaena.  She has grown to be one of my favorite heroines.  She is fearless, powerful and passionate in all she does.  I think this book illustrates that more than anything.  She must face her past horrors and through that she becomes who she must be.  It isn’t just Celaena who really develops in this book.  Choal and Dorian really come into their own.  I’ve always felt Choal was torn on what is right and what is loyal.  He finally chooses and when he does it is in a dramatic way.  A way that you don’t really expect from Choal.  We also get to know Aedion, Celaena’s cousin.  He is everything you would think Celaena’s cousin would be.  Arrogant, fearless and loyal even though many don’t know that he is.  Overall, this book really propelled the story.  It was hard for me to put it down.  I tried really hard to read this slow knowing that the next book isn’t out til September but I couldn’t help it.  These books draw me and never let me go.  I am such a Sarah Maas fan now that I am recommending this series to all who ask.  I hope if you haven’t picked up the first one yet that you are definitely running out and picking it up to start ASAP.

Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Today I am bringing to you a series I just started reading and truly have fallen in love with.  Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is a phenomenal young adult series that feels like a blend of Hunger Games, Game of Thrones and Divergent.  A mix of assassins, royal intrigue, a love triangle, magic and much more will draw you in and have you flipping the pages faster and faster.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have an awesome Hump Day!

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In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

Review:

Celaena Sardothien is the most infamous assassin.  Though when she is retrieved out of the mines where she has spent her last year she is a mere shadow of herself.  She is given a proposition by the Crown Prince to compete to be the King’s Champion.  Given the option of going back to her torture or possibly working for a King she despises she chooses to go into the competition.  Once she arrives to a place she only remembers from a year ago before her capture she realizes things may be more challenging than she anticipated.  She is forced to train with the Captain of the Guard and fend off the advances of a very attractive Crown Prince.  But, these aren’t her only worries.  Once the competition begins other competitors begin being killed off.  She must figure out who is behind the killings and maintain her standing in the competition.  Though Celaena came for a chance at her freedom she doesn’t anticipate gaining a friend and two admirers vying for her heart.  Will the best assassin win or will the shadows and her past catch up with her?

I was blown away by this book.  This book opened up a new world, new adventure and a phenomenal heroine.  Celaena is tough, strong and yet has a gentle and intelligent side.  You truly find yourself forgetting that she is well-known for killing people for money.  I adored the imagery within the story.  The glass castle and her opinions of it and its ruler felt natural and honest for the character.  It wasn’t just the pretty imagery that really paints a grand picture.  The descriptions of the mines and dungeons would make anyone fear being a rebel in this story.  I would also be remiss if I didn’t at least address the love triangle between the Crown Prince, Celaena and the Captain of the Guard.  It’s technically not a standard triangle but there are definitely three hearts and love in the air.  Overall, this book has drawn me in hook line and sinker.  Sarah Maas has just got a huge fan in me and I will be finishing this series in no time.  I have truly fallen for Celaena and her world.  I need more!

Review: Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott

Today I have the awesome opportunity to review Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott.  This is a fantastic and addictive YA novel.  Its emotional and brings you right back to your high school days.  Be sure to keep reading after the book blurb to see my full review.  I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.



Join us in celebrating the release of WILD RECKLESS by Ginger Scott!

WILD RECKLESS
Very Mature YA Contemporary Romance
Scheduled to release: March 17, 2015
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BLURB:
Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.
Instead, a nightmare took over.
It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.
Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.

Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.
And those things…they were the scariest of all. 

Review:

Kensi has just been forced to move from her high school in her senior year.  A school that used to promote her talent as a piano player, but now in this much smaller school and music program she is forced to make a whole new set of friends and enemies.  It is during her first day of unpacking that Kensi has the unpleasant pleasure of meeting Owen Harper.  Her new neighbor with a bad reputation.  As much as Kensi knows that he is bad news she can’t help herself and finds herself drawn to him.  But, it isn’t until after a horrible family revelation that really pushes Owen and Kensi together.  Can both of them overcome the disappointments in their lives to grab what is in front of them or will they be forced to consider each other yet another disappointment in their lives?

From page one I was grabbed and forced to turn each emotionally charged page.  A YA novel like Wild Reckless brings us right back to high school and your first love.  Kensi and Owen really grow throughout the book.  You can almost see the characters mature in both their decisions and their emotions.  This is definitely seen in the character of Owen who is so much more than what you initially think.  I think that is one of the best parts of this book.  You almost anticipate him to let you down at any moment, but when all is said and done Owen is actually one of the best characters.  The back stories on both Kensi and Owen were very well done.  Though each had terrible things happen they both almost live parallel lives before, during and after their traumatic events.  The joining of these two through their coping was a great connecting point especially when on the surface it doesn’t appear that they would have anything in common.  Overall, the writing is terrific and the characters are memorable.  If you want to be touched and have a reminiscent journey back to high school you will definitely want to pick up Wild Reckless.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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About the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of six young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling and You and Everything After.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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Review: One Night with the Prince by T.M Mendes

Happy New Year to you all!  I hope it has started out well for you.  I am starting out my new year on here with some reviews of fantastic one-click free finds I found on Amazon.  These are books that sounded good and knocked my socks off.  Today I am reviewing One Night with the Prince by TM Mendes.  Despite its title this is a pretty tame book.  Though it’s a bit tame the story is fantastic, fun and very addicting.  I couldn’t put this book down.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Be sure to pop over this week for more of my wonderful one-click freebie finds!

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The rules were simple: 15 girls were chosen from royal bloodlines to be with the Prince. They are given one night each with him, and in the end he shall choose a bride and make her Queen. So how did someone from Montana, USA get involved in something that was supposed to be for those chosen? Anna sure doesn’t know, but she knew that she had to stay away from the Prince as much as she could. With her mischievous ways and un-royal manners, she was sure that the Prince wouldn’t pick her. But what if the Prince was as determined to be with her as she was determined to stay away from him? Experience “One Night with the King” meets “Princess Diaries” told with humor in this romantic comedy for all ages and find out what happens when a person goes from nada to royalty.

Review:

Anna is definitely not a fan of rules.  In fact, if she can pull a prank and break some rules that is when she is having the most fun.  This Montana girl has pulled more pranks in her high school career than her principal can count but still seems to maintain a flawless grade point average.  So, when Anna is yet again suspended she finds herself bored and listening to the radio.  Anna tunes in just in time to enter a contest and wins a trip to another country.  Since she is suspended what better way to use her time than to travel to a far off place.  Unfortunately when she arrives it’s a bit less exciting than she thought and while trying to shop she is mistaken for one of the 15 young ladies in a competition for the Prince’s hand in marriage.  While Anna is trying to explain the mistake she makes waves with her very unroyal behavior and outspoken ways.  This makes the prince even more intrigued.  But, when Anna meets the prince she realizes that he is the last person she wants to be around and tries all she can to stay away from him.  The only problem is he is as stubborn as she is and will try anything to get close to this feisty girl from Montana.

I adored this book.  I have read Kiera Cass’s Selection series and this is a bit reminiscent of that.  Though I do feel that the heroine of Anna is more entertaining and fun.  You can see immediately why the people around her love her compassion and her heart.  Her character is only one of the many fantastic characters.  Zach is definitely a good opposite to her.  He is also the character you see the most change out of.  It is fun to see him change and evolve to a great leading man.  We can’t leave out the friends of them.  Missy, Danny and Dem are all memorable and adorable.  You can’t help but laugh out loud with some of the shenanigans they all get into.  This really was a fun love story with lots of swoon-worthy moments and laugh out loud pranks.  Overall, I would whole-heartedly recommend this book as a refreshing read that will brighten your day and wish you’d have your one night with a prince.

Review: The Last Protector (The Star Child #3.5)

Today I get to give to you a great novella by one of my fave authors, Stephanie Keyes.  The Last Protector is Gabe’s story before Kellen.  This is a story I have been waiting for.  Gabe is one of my favorite characters in The Star Child series.  For my full review of this awesome novella keep reading after the book blurb.

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Gabriel Stewart helped his best friend Kellen St. James save the world from The Scourge in the Battle of Dublin. But before that? Gabe was just an ordinary guy who kept having dreams about a little boy with black hair and green eyes—a boy he hadn’t even met yet.

And even weirder? Gabe’s mind kept replaying these images on loop of things he’d never seen. He heard voices in his head when no one was around. And he actually blew off hot Valerie Gibbons to chase after the black-haired kid in the park. What was up with that?

As Gabe searches for the truth, fate continually puts him in Kellen’s path, but will he be able to stop the Children of Danu from stealing Kellen before the battle begins? What will it take for Gabe to become The Last Protector?

*The Last Protector is a companion novella–intended to be read after the other books in the series.

Review:

Gabe is an ordinary kid. The only difference is that he is not really a human boy.  He is special.  He is meant to protect. Gabe doesn’t know any of this.  He doesn’t even know he’s special.  That is until he begins having strange dreams and an inconvenient impulse to find this one boy.  At first he thinks he must be gay because of this, but when he talks to his mother about this he soon forgets all that has happened.  This cycle continues until he finally meets Kellen in college.  Where their journey finally coincides and it begins.

I really loved this prequel.  Gabe is one of my favorite characters and I was ecstatic to get my greedy little hands on this.  This book really fills in some of the back story with Gabe.  You get to see how Gabe comes into his powers as a protector and how he instinctually knows who Kellen is.  I will say this though my favorite parts were when Gabe kept thinking he was gay.  What was comical about this was he would go into detail about being with these girls but then he thought something was wrong cause he was thinking about Kellen.  In typical Gabe fashion he says and does most of this humorously.  Knowing what I now know about Gabe it made me feel a bit sorry for him because his memories kept being wiped and he’d relive these experiences over and over.  Overall, this was another great addition to The Star Child series.  I truly can’t wait to see what Stephanie Keyes has in store for us next.

Review: The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter

Good Morning!  I hope all of you have had a great week so far.  It’s a few days late but for Halloween my grand plan was to review the final book in Gena Showalter’s White Rabbit Chronicles, The Queen of Zombie Hearts.  This is the final book in her trilogy.  It’s a great ending to what has been a great young adult trilogy.  I couldn’t have asked for more with her wrapping up this series.  For my full review be sure to keep reading after the book blurb.

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I have a plan.

We’ll either destroy them for good, or they’ll destroy us.

Either way, only one of us is walking away.

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice “Ali” Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She’s ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers…until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters…and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies…and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to the woman responsible for killing—and turning—Cole’s mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima—even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

Review:

The Queen of Zombie Hearts is the final story of Ali, Cole and their zombie slayer friends.  This is the most action packed, emotion filled portion of this trilogy.  Ali and Cole are still fighting Anima Industry but everything they know will soon be turned upside down when they lose 4 friends in a night of killing by not zombies but humans.  They feel unprepared and now want revenge and to take down Anima no matter what.   But, as always, Ali is still developing more abilities and learns some very devastating news about her past.  This threatens to tear her and Cole apart.  With Anima breathing down their necks, Ali, Cole and the others must find a way to protect those they love and survive the impending attacks.  Sadly, their losses are not done and when the smoke clears hearts will be broken and loves will be lost.

This was probably the best out of the three stories in this trilogy.  As always I love Ali, Cole, Kat and Frosty.  They are some of the best characters I have ever read.  They have grown through their stories and I felt everything they felt.  Though this is a young adult story there is so much adult content just without things getting graphic.  I truly couldn’t have asked for a better ending to this trilogy.  Actually I could have done without one or two of the characters that got killed off but no story is perfect.  I won’t spoil it by giving details but I felt their deaths way after I finished the book.  Gena Showalter has done such a wonderful job with this trilogy I can’t say enough.  I think it has been clever, fun, action packed and emotion filled.  The Queen of Zombie Hearts is her crown jewel in this trilogy and you will not be disappointed.  You may end up a bit heart-broken and sad at times but as Cole says that’s reality.

Fresh Face Friday: The Trickster Edda by Crystal Lynn Hilbert

Happy Friday!  Today I will be introducing you to The Trickster Edda by Crystal Lynn Hilbert.  This is a short novel that tackles what would happen if the Norse Gods were real and you were related to one.  Its a quick enjoyable read that will keep you engaged til the end.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

21806005Book Blurb:

Conrad just wants a hotdog. He isn’t expecting to run into the god Loki, or get involved in a family feud of epic proportions. But he does, and the trickster shoves something into his head. Something the other Norse gods are keen to get their hands on.

Conrad is pulled into a world of 24-hour mythological convenience stores and man-sized crows, giant hounds and fairies who’d sooner eat him than grant a wish. Is Loki on his side, or setting him up to be the fall guy? Is this the start of Ragnarok? Is his not-so-secret crush a sort-of-magical being or just another hapless human caught up in the insanity? Conrad isn’t quite certain, but he knows he better find out quick, before he loses his head.

Review:

When we meet Conrad all he wants is a hotdog from his favorite stand.  Unfortunately a crazy person is blocking his way.  Too soon he realizes the crazy person is actually Loki and he is Loki’s chosen one.  Loki puts something in Conrad’s head and by doing so turns Conrad’s life upside down.  His only positive is he finally gets to really meet the girl he’s been crushing on for a while.  The problem with that is she is also supernatural, but she helps him navigate his new world of being chased by giant crows, invisible dragons, Gods just looking for a girls number and a pissed off Fate.  That’s just a part of being Loki’s chosen one.  Can Conrad learn to live in this new world or will he lose his sanity before that day comes?

This was a cute little novel.  It isn’t very long and is very exciting.  It keeps you on your toes and is quite comical at times.  If you are not fluent in Norse mythology you will be by the end of this book.  Whether all of this is true to the mythology, it will peak your interest in the Loki, Odin, Thor aspects of the book.  Conrad and Lily are cute and very well developed for as short of a story this is.  I would like to see more of these characters in the future.  Overall, I think this is a great young adult book that is quick paced and fun. 

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