Thursday, February 19, 2015

Unseen by Stephanie Erickson

  Sometimes you come across a book so addicting, you can't do anything or think of anything without having this book occupy your mind every single minute of the day. This is what I found in Stephanie Erickson's Unseen.
  I was in the middle of a reading lull a little while ago, after just finishing a book I enjoyed, but didn't LOVE. I started to read another book by the same author, but that one didn't capture my attention either. I was bored, I couldn't concentrate, and all I wanted was a book extraordinary enough to provide Grade A escapism.
  Feeling at a loss, I put the book I was reading down, and I decided to pick up Stephanie Erickson's latest (at the time) book, Unseen. "Stephanie Erickson hasn't disappointed in the past," I thought. "Why not?" I read the back of the book and became even more interested in this new novel, and that's when I knew that this was the Grade A book I was looking for.
  Little did I know how much I would truly fall in love with it.
  Mackenzie Day has a secret that she hasn't ever had the courage to divulge to anyone, even her best friend. After Mackenzie's parents passed away when she was little, she was left to be raised by her cold aunt, and she grew to only trust herself with her deepest darkest secret.
  Mackenzie can read minds.
  She would give anything to be normal like her best friend, but until she starts being followed by the same two strange men, she won't know how truly special her gift is.
  These two men are part of the Unseen. They are fellow mind-readers.
  Now Mackenzie has to make a decision: Will she follow her birthright and join the Unseen, or does she decide to accept the job opportunity of a lifetime (something she's been working on all her life)?
  This book had me so involved in its story, I even went to a book signing the day I was reading it, and all I could think about was THAT BOOK.
  It was so good, it's become a book I will recommend to anyone and everyone in a reading lull. I swear it will guarantee an immediate extraction from said lull.
  Unseen was extraordinary. As soon as I finished it, I privately messaged Stephanie in a panic, bombarding her with questions all to do with book two. (Yes, there will be a book two, and three from what I hear.)
  As you probably know by now, I read. A LOT. I read a lot of good books, and books that deserve five stars. Rarely though, do I read book so intense and beautiful, I want to recommend it to everyone I know, and I have found that in Unseen. I wish I had endless Unseen reading material and endless time to read it in.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Death Lies Between Us by Jody A. Kessler

  Juliana Crowson has always had a second sight. She's always been special. But until the day when she comes face to face (literally) with death, she won't know how truly special she is...until she meets him. 
  Nathaniel is stuck in a post-death career he has no interest in being in...he helps souls pass on to the next life after they've died. Nothing comes between him and his job until he meets Juliana. 
  But will love blind his duties as an angel of death? Will he be so distracted by her beauty that he'll even change the outcome of things just to keep her safe? 
  Death Lies Between Us started out very promising. As soon as I started it, I knew this would be a book I could quickly become sucked into. I'm not typically one to fall in love with paranormal romances often, but this plot was very different from anything you'd find on YA paranormal shelves. 
  I would definitely say that I liked it a lot. Jody A. Kessler's writing was full of beautiful descriptions, but not overly so to the point of the book becoming dull. 
  I understand that this book wouldn't be appealing to everyone, because not everyone falls in love with paranormal plots very easily (or at all), but Death Lies Between Us truly is a fun read. 
  Sometimes it's rough trying to find genuinely strong heroines in books, especially YA books, but I've found one in Death Lies Between Us. Juliana was a very strong female character, and a very likable one. 
  I don't know if I would say that this series (because yes, it is a series) is one of my all-time favorite series in the world, but I will read on to see what adventure, romance, and excitement lies in store for Juliana, Nathaniel, and all of the lost souls in the in between. 
  If you're looking for a truly good paranormal romance, pick up Death Lies Between Us. You won't be disappointed. 

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Daddy Catch by Leigh Duncan

  Although I started reading Harlequin Romances quite a while ago, I would say that I am still a bit new to the genre. Of course I've heard so much about them throughout my time as a reader, but I hadn't had much experience with them up until recently.
  Leigh Duncan, a wonderful Harlequin author, contacted me to read and review a few of her romances, I said yes, and took quite a liking to her stories. In fact, I loved them so much, and Leigh was so happy with my reviews, she even sent me more of her work!
  Well, recently I had a lot of time on my hands with my recent move up the coast, and I binge-read all of my Leigh Duncan books.
  ALL of them.
  But I have to say my favorite of the lot was...The Daddy Catch.
  The Daddy Catch was SO cute! I enjoyed every minute of it, and Ms Duncan's characters were positively lovable. Not to mention the heart-warming story line that made the perfect ending to such a sweet book. Doesn't every book need an ending like that?
  One piece of land. Two people ready to fight over who's going to purchase it. Some, including Dan, the love interest, want the land to be developed and become something more than just a spot to fly-fish. But no one wants it more than Jess. Jess runs a fly-fishing shop that holds more than bait and tackle; it holds her heart. She's put more than blood, sweat, and tears into her shop and her low-key life, and she's not going to let this hunky surgeon, who wants to hand over the land to greedy developers, come into her life and ruin it all.
  What will happen to this priceless land? And will Jess and Dan see past their differences and come a family?
  As I said, this book was SO cute. I adored every bit of it and was very sad to see it end.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Anxious Hearts and Bound Souls by Felicia Tatum

  When I read the first two books in Felicia Tatum's Scarred Hearts series, Mangled Hearts and Entangled Souls, I fell in love with Francesca and Cade and their story. Their romance was raw, emotional, and so real. But there was something distracting me from the "end" of their story...
  ...there were more characters whose stories hadn't been told yet; Daphne and Zander.
  Anxious Hearts is their story.
  Daphne is constantly battling a dark demon that takes the title of depression. It's a constant happiness sucker that invades her life when she least expects it. Every day is a battle for her, so she finds a way to escape it every now and then. She knows having one night stands with men she meets at clubs is a toxic way to deal with her depression, but if it can relieve the pain for just a bit, what harm can come from it?
  Zander is dealing with his own demons, but none as extreme as what Daphne faces every day. Zander's mother is just trying to control his life as his world crumbles around him. No big deal, right?
  When these two souls find each other one night, will it bring utter happiness, or chaos? Especially when their worlds will collide even more than they ever expected...
  When you read Felicia Tatum's romances, don't expect girl meeting boy, them falling in love with each other, getting married, having babies, and ending up happily ever after. Expect real situations with real reactions and real endings. Felicia's Tatum's Anxious Hearts and Bound Souls are anything but fluffy, cotton candy-like fantasy.
  They're real, which is why I fell in love with her Scarred Hearts series in the first place.
  I loved Anxious Hearts and Bound Souls just as much as I loved Francesca and Cade's Mangled Hearts and Entangled Souls, and I LOVED those books. A lot.
  Daphne and Zander's story will tear you apart, rip your heart into a million pieces, make you shed a tear (or ten), and put you back together in the end.
  I will always love Felicia Tatum's Scarred Hearts series. I look forward to many more books to come.

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