Divine Vices by Melissa Parkin

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TitleDivine Vices
Author: Melissa Parkin
Kindle Edition: 379 Pages

My Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis:

The last thing sixteen-year-old Cassie Foster needs is trouble, but that doesn’t stop him from finding her.

Nine months after the tragic accident that killed her mother and sister, this high school junior just wants a fresh start. Settling down in the quiet town of New Haven, Maine, she’s found peace at last…until the new resident bad boy, Jackson Matthews, comes into the picture. Arrogant, sarcastic, and devastatingly sexy, he’s the very last thing Cassie wants to entertain. Romance was never part of the plan. But when terrifying circumstances drive these two together, she finds herself further in over her head than thought possible. As local girls begin disappearing, Cassie can’t help but wonder if it’s just a coincidence that everything started when this blue-eyed Casanova strolled into town. Will falling into Jackson’s arms mean she’ll be falling victim to a real lady-killer…or worse?

The answer will open the door to a world she never thought possible.

My Thoughts:

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book seriously blew me away. There were so many twists and turns; I didn’t know what to expect. The dialogue was epic. I loved how snarky the characters were. All of the characters in this story definitely had some spunk and I found it to be quite enjoyable. Now I’m just struggling with whether I love Ian or Jack more.

The story itself was well thought out and original. It was very fast paced and it was difficult to put down. I highly enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it. I can’t wait to continue on with this series.

Wicked by Clover Donovan

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Title: Wicked
Author: Clover Donovan
Kindle Edition: 244 Pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN-13: 978-1480156685

My Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis:

For brother and sister, Ethan and Emma Drake, their world is about to get flipped upside down when they discover a malicious warlock is after their power and they are descended from a dark bloodline.

And not to mention their deceased father was the most wicked warlock to walk the earth.

While attempting to uncover their spine-chilling ancestry and keeping themselves alive at the same time, Ethan becomes tempted by the dark magic that lies within him…

Can Ethan and Emma figure out how to stop the warlock and save each other all at once? Join Ethan and Emma as they race against time to save their lives, their world, and fall in love in all the wrong places.

My Thoughts:

I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This story follows a brother and sister, Emma and Ethan, as they try to escape a warlock who is after their powers. Emma and Ethan come from a dark bloodline and they find themselves tempted to use dark magic on many different occasions. During their adventures, they meet many new faces and try to learn about their ancestry.

Without giving anymore away, I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and I found myself connecting with the main characters quite well. This book reminds me a little of the Mortal Instruments series, in that there is a world in this story that is different from the mortal world.

The only criticism that I have is that the amount of characters in this book can be, at some times, overwhelming. I would recommend reading carefully and fully understanding the characters and their backgrounds before continuing on to the next page. It may even be beneficial to write them down (which I do anyway for reviewing purposes).

Aside from that, I found this book to be beautifully written and action packed. Highly recommended!

My Worst Enemy – Procrastination

Today honestly felt like it was going to be a very productive day! And now it’s 7PM and I feel like I’ve accomplished nothing. I woke up earlier than usual thinking, “Today, I’m going to work on my classwork and get a TON of reading done whilst doing laundry and other chores in between.” I was so excited about the concept of what I had planned (mainly the reading part) and I was seriously looking forward to getting my classwork done so that I could dive right into my current read (Onyx by J. Lynn). I imagined myself being so consumed by the story that I wouldn’t even notice time passing.

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But let me tell you how my day actually panned out…

I woke up, had my breakfast, and immediately started on laundry. SUCCESS! Then I browsed the internet for what felt like minutes, but turned into HOURS. Worked on more laundry. Somehow I managed to get my class assignment turned in, although I don’t exactly remember doing it, but I checked – it’s there! Then the internet decided to pull me in yet again with all of its social media craziness! I cannot be the only person that this happens to. It seriously feels like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook are all whispering in my ear throughout the day. It’s been thirty minutes since you’ve checked us. The world could have ended! My internal monologue continues on by telling myself that in no way would that ever possibly happen. But it still lingers like that annoying piece of hair that’s stuck somewhere on your person and you can’t seem to find it because it has somehow managed to become completely invisible.

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So, as I said before, it’s 7:00pm. Scratch that. 7:20pm. I managed to do my laundry. YAY! I managed to turn in my class assignment. YAY! I read about 20 pages of Onyx… There are no words except the following two: UTTER DISAPPOINTMENT. Maybe tomorrow will be more successful for me. Wish me luck! Also, I’ve just noticed that this post has become somewhat Spongebob themed. My apologies.

Barnes & Noble Has My HEART!

A few days ago I realized that it had been a couple of days since I’d checked my mailbox. After bringing everything in and sorting through it, I came across an envelope from Barnes and Noble with the words “CONGRATULATIONS!” typed on the outside. Now, me being me, thought that this was probably junk mail and possibly some type of pre-approval for another credit card.  Because I already have a Barnes and Noble MasterCard, I almost dismissed this entirely. However, for some reason or another, I decided to open it. Thank goodness for that because inside I found… a $25 gift card! To any book buyer/lover out there, you know that this is a Godsend!

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Little did I know that by using my Barnes and Noble MasterCard, I had accrued enough points (how many, I couldn’t tell you) that made me eligible to receive this gift card. And the letter went on to tell me that I will receive a $25 gift card EVERY SINGLE TIME I reach a certain amount of points.

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This, my friends, should be enough incentive to not only try to qualify for one of these cards, but to use it as much as possible (whilst paying it off, of course!) because $25 to Barnes and Noble is basically… well, heaven.

Made for You by Melissa Marr

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Hardcover Edition: 368 Pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN-13: 978-0062011190

My Rating: ★★★★ (4.5)

Synopsis:

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why?

It seems impossible that anyone would have it out for the town darling. Thanks to her family’s distinguished history and her own unassailable reputation in old-money Jessup, Eva is universally liked. But she has little time to consider the question when she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her.

Eva is struggling to understand just what these visions mean when a slew of murders takes place back home. The victims, all classmates, are discovered alongside eerie messages that tie the incidents to her. There is a killer on the loose, and he is after Eva.

While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old friend, reappears. The two traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the determined killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive Melissa Marr’s racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation.

My Thoughts:

This story is about a teenage girl named Eva who wakes up in a hospital after being struck by a car in what appears to be a hit and run. But was it really an accident or did someone attempt to take Eva’s life? Marr spins a very suspenseful story about Eva’s recovery from her “accident,” and a new power that seems to take over her life – being able to foresee people’s deaths with just one touch.

This is definitely a page turner that kept me on the edge of my seat. The only downfall that I found with this book was that it didn’t seem to explain a lot about a certain character, who I cannot name for obvious reasons. I would have preferred to have had a little bit more of a back story on him.

With that being said, this book kept me up all night in a frenzy to finish reading it. If you are craving a read that’s suspenseful, paranormal, with a little bit of romance, this one’s for you.

In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters


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400 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN-13: 978-1419705304

Reading Level: Ages 12 and up

My Rating: ★★★★★

 

Synopsis:

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?
Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.

My Thoughts: 

This novel was absolutely stunning. Cat Winters writing style is poetic and enchanting. Character development was definitely on point, because I fell completely in love with them from the very beginning. After reading the Acknowledgments and the little section about Cat Winters, I was surprised to find that this is her first novel. Let me just say that whoever reads this book will become so enthralled that they will purchase whatever book Winters publishes next (hint hint, The Curse for Dreaming was just released). I don’t think that I have ever read a book quite like In the Shadow of Blackbirds. I won’t say anything about the plot line itself. It’s too difficult to explain without giving things away. I will just say that it is mesmerizing and you never know what will happen next. Some key elements to consider if you’re interested in this book: World War I, the Spanish flu, séances, and spirit photography. Intrigued? You should be.