Losing Forever? (Blue Moon – A Book Review)

Blue Moon (The Immortals)
Author: Alyson Noel
Published: 2009

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull bolt

 

Ever and Damen are finally together. That is until Roman comes in, snuffing Damen out as the new kid. Ever doesn’t let his flirty ways get to her, not when it finally feels like everything going right in her life. Then strange things begin happening. Damen leaves her stranded when they were supposed to finally be together and then starts flirting with her enemy, Stacia. More than that and even more disturbing, he has aura suddenly. And the love he’s felt for Ever for over four centuries has turned to disgust. He’s losing his immortality.

Ever fights the clock to find out what has turned Damen against her and morphed the school into bizzaro-land. Discovering that she can save Damen from a terrible fate, Ever also discovers that she can have her family back. Ever has to decide if she’ll go to these lengths to save Damen. Is she willing to lose her true love to turn back the clock?

 

I found myself very intrigued by all of the properties of crystal magic that Alyson Noel added to this book. It’s very different from what I’ve in other books. Very spiritual. I just wish she would’ve taken the time to explain the properties and purposes that Ever used them for because I didn’t feel like Ever was mystified by it at all. Like in Evermore, I felt like it dismissed and rushed when they shouldn’t have been. But I found the deeper exploration of Summerland, that magical dimension that Damen showed Ever, to be a place of sheer imagination. It was gorgeous and rich, and I wouldn’t mind visiting the place myself.

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The pacing of the story was quick, moving in the blink of an eye, which is exactly how Ever perceived what happened in her life. It all changed so suddenly, which made this rollercoaster of dramatic life or death, emotional rollercoaster that much more interesting. I was racing against time just as Ever was.

I can’t say I was very interested in the narrative however. Ever had a way of repeating or overly describing as if the reader needed it. Honestly, I didn’t need constant recaps about how Ever knew Damen loved her and would never hurt her(<– only one example). It made me feel like she was trying to convince herself.

The storyline of this series is still my favorite. It’s breathtakingly haunting. Both chilling and beautiful. I’ve never come across anything like what Ever and Damen share in other books that I’ve read. It’s not every day that a guy will search for you generation after generation with determination that the two of you will be together. The sacrifices made by both of these characters for one another is chilling and beautiful. Definitely the works of true love.

Would I reread this? I’m not sure. There were certainly bits that I loved, but there were those that I didn’t. This was an iffy one for me.

 

 

Quotables:

“It’s like we’re always connected. And I have to admit that I like it that way. Because only with Damin can I be my true self—my thought-hearing, energy-sensing, spirit-seeing self. Only with Damen can I let my guard down and be the real me.” (Ever, p. 26)

“This sleek, new-millennium Damen is a strange to me. And as I look around this room once more, I wonder if it’s too late to save him.” (Ever, p 181)

“None of this should’ve happened. It’s unnatural, not right, and now it’s my job to put it all back.” (Ever, p. 203)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Love by Lana Del Rey.

It Calls Her… (The Siren – A Book Review)

The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: 2009 (though I read the 2016 edition)

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

A girl, Kahlen (which is pronounced Kā-len not KAh-len, and I didn’t know this until near the end of the book), is saved by the Ocean when the ship she is on sinks into its waters and takes away her family. For decades she has served the ocean in repayment for its mercy by singing and brings boats and ships to their doom. But while staying in Miami, Florida, she goes out exploring and meets a young man, Akinli. She doesn’t mean to be, but is taken with him instantly and even though she can’t speak, he is as well. But there’s a problem. She is not allowed to love anybody, but her sisters and the Ocean. It is simply forbidden otherwise. This doesn’t stop her from contemplating her loyalties and duties to the Ocean.

After only a couple of encounters, she can’t get away from him and her heart can’t bear it. With a couple decades of repayment to go, what can she do? What will she do?

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This book was so sweet and cute, which is odd for a book about a siren since their looked at as horrible creatures that yearn for nothing more than to drown men. So it was refreshing and new. I never would’ve envisioned sirens in a light where they’re actually good. That being said, I did feel like it was too much like a fairytale book. There wasn’t enough time interaction between Kahlen and Akinli. I ached for more and for deeper emotional attachment.

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More so, I just couldn’t fully dive in. I just felt like there wasn’t enough to keep my attention half the time and I feel like that’s because it felt drawn out just a tad too much.

BUT!! There is a but. Because I did find this book to be lovely contrary to previous words.

The tone & style of the story was my favorite thing about this entire book. It was light and beautiful and I swear I could see it all perfectly. It made me miss the ocean and wish I could sink my toes into soft, white sands. Kiera Cass created a breathtaking tale of love spanning more than just time, but across oceans. And the bond of family that Kahlen has with her sisters is something to behold. A bond such as that is certainly unbreakable and can weather anything and Miss Cass really gave me that. That alone is magic in my eyes.

It’s a book I enjoyed reading this summer. It really opened my eyes to the idea that even deadly creatures have capability to love and the struggle with living among humanity and yearning for that life. I’d recommend this for anyone who is looking for that love at first sight kind of book that’ll make your heart float, you know, much like that one scene from Titanic when Jack sees Rose up on the deck and not even his friends can break his gaze.

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Quotables:

“I smiled. For a minute, I admired myself, too. He didn’t know how deep my problems ran, but he was right all the same. It was no small think to try, to find out what you care about in life. Even this moment, with this wonderful, temporary boy beside me, was a tiny miracle. I ought to give myself some credit.” (Kahlen, p. 72)

“I couldn’t stay forever. But at least I could stay for a day.” (Kahlen, p. 161)

“There’s always room for love. Even if it’s as small as a crack in a door.” (Padma, p. 307)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Gemini Feed by Banks.

Living Forever Isn’t Everything (Evermore – A Book Review)

Hello, my clan of bookworms! Hope all is well. Truly. Today I’m looking at Evermore by Alyson Noel.

Evermore
Author: Alyson Noel
Published: 2009

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull bolt

 

Spaz. Freakazoid. These are names that Ever Bloom has become accustomed to hearing from her classmates and even her friends. They’re not wrong. If they knew why she spaced out half the time or tuned out the world with music on high blast then they might understand. Might. After a near death experience and leaving everything behind that she’s always known, Ever hides under a hood, wishing she couldn’t hear people’s thoughts or see their auras or have them touch her, allowing everything about them to be known to her, even what they had for breakfast. Nobody wants to know these things.

Damen Auguste is the new kid of Laguna Beach and has all of the girls fawning over him, but he only has eyes for Ever. He’s always giving her red tulips and finding reasons to talk to her. There’s something off about him right from the get-go though. Unlike everybody else, he doesn’t have an aura. The more time she spends with him, the more she wonders if he knows about what she is capable of, but she can’t seem to stay away from him. He has secrets too and she’s determined to figure them out regardless of how drawn to him she is.

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Symbolism stuck out to me the most in this book. There was so much of it from the auras to the meaning of flowers to the status of the high school hierarchy, and I enjoy that every once in a while. I wish there had been a deeper meaning to bits of these parts however. I only felt like I was at the brim and that there should be more to the tidbits I did get.

The book holds so much originality. It’s not your typical love story. There are blockades keeping it from happening and the story behind it all makes it quite beautiful. That being said, I had trouble with the style in how it was written. It felt like there wasn’t enough said. Whenever I felt like I could’ve used more information, the character moved on with a simple “blah blah” and “this is hokey”. If you tell the reader it’s hokey then they can’t believe in the magic you’re trying to create. And it was so beautiful and fantastical. I just wished for more, kind of like Peter Pan when he calls out, “I do believe in fairies!”

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This book had me hitch of some parts, but the story itself truly was special. Like a dream of elegance and heartache and loss. The bits I did get caught on didn’t stop me from continuing the series. However, I can’t say I’ll return to it in the future.

 

Quotables:

For those of you just joining in reading my reviews and craziness, this is where I give you a couple of quotes that really stood out to me in the book and made an impact on me. I feel like they can help make a difference in whether you want to read a book because it doesn’t give the book away, but it doesn’t give a small piece of its heart.

 

“Before Damen came along, I’d resigned myself to a solitary fate. Not that I was thrilled with the idea of never having another boyfriend, of never getting close to another person again. But how can I date when touch feels so overbearing? How can I be in a relationship when I’ll always know what my partner  is thinking? Never getting the chance to obsess, dissect, and guess at the secret meaning of everything he says and does?” (Ever, p. 78)

“…Sinking down into a happier place. A world without memories. A home without loss. A life where I only see what I’m supposed to.” (Ever, p. 228)

“I hold on to that moment, cradling it in my mind, experiencing the feel, the scents, the sounds, the emotions, as though I’m right. Wanting this to be the last moment I see before I go, reliving the last time I was truly happy.” (Ever, p. 242)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Idle Worship by Paramore.

Meeting My Alien Boyfriend’s Family (LUX: Opposition – A Book Review)

LUX: Opposition
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 2014

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

The final installment to the LUX series.

Like stars falling from the sky, the Luxen have landed after the colossal and public havoc caused by Daemon and company in Las Vegas that revealed them as aliens to the world, and nobody is safe. Major cities are wiped out and loved ones are lost. Katy is just trying to get the love of her life, Daemon Black, back after he gets brain-sucked by his own kind. From there, she and her friends are determined to save what’s left of the world. In order to do so they make allies with those they least expected, those who already ruined their lives before the major alien arrival.

After all is said and done, nothing will ever be the same for Katy Swartz ever again. Hell, it all changed the moment she knocked on Daemon Black’s door. Does she regret it?

And as a perk, Opposition came with a bonus—the prequel story to this entire series. Where it all began. Shadows, the tale of Dawson, Daemon Black’s other sibling, and Bethany. Discover how they fell in love and how it led up to Daemon’s dislike for humans in LUX: Obsidian.

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This book reaches up to its peak. However, I fell a little flat with this book. Not completely, but a little compared to the previous books of the series. There was plenty of action and everything led up to this moment because I always wondered what would happen when the other Luxen landed.  And it’s a bloodbath. But there were also moments that felt a little repetitive, or that needed a little extra added on to them for me. I struggled to keep a grasp on such tidbits.

The emotional tidal wave was a great ride though. Twisting and turning and wondering left my heading spinning pleasantly like the sky is spinning from going in circles to fast. This story certainly doesn’t lack there. I couldn’t stop or pull away from it because I was desperate to find out if these characters would be okay. That kind of attachment is strong and fantastic. You get a very good visual of an apocalyptic world.

The story, just like the previous ones it followed, is fast pace and filled with a lot of unexpected surprises and delicious thrills. The wit and sarcasm is on point and I couldn’t ask for more. Actually, I could and I’m sure I’d get it. (See Quotables for a couple examples.) Even coming this far, I didn’t know aliens knew sarcasm and badassery. Not like this. Thank you for proving me wrong, *wink*. And the romance? *fans self* Oh Lordy.

However, when I got to the ending, I felt as if it was a plop of a stone in a pond. Very lacking, I felt. Compared to the rest of the book beforehand, it was so small. I didn’t expect a major charade, but I didn’t expect it to seem so simple. That’s human life for you. We like the quiet life.

I definitely recommend this book. It still holds on to the relationship of Daemon and Katy, but with more hunger like the average teenager. Every day might have been their last and they didn’t waste it. I give them kudos on that. As the final installment, don’t miss what happens when they pull out all the stops  to save each other and those they care about.

 

Quotables:

“It was hard looking back and thinking about all the time we’d wasted fighting what was between us, fighting each other, especially when the future looked appallingly short, but I couldn’t focus on that now, because we were together. It didn’t matter how many hours, days, month, or years we had stretched out in front of us; we’d always be together.” (Katy, p. 147)

“Seriously? Kissing her right now is what we need to be doing when we have pissed-off alien on us?”

“Kissing her is always the right thing to do.” (Archer to Daemon, p. 201)

 

“Well, shit balls for dinner on Sunday.” (Daemon, p. 223)

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Seriously, the look on my face when I read that single sentence for the fourth time, wondering if that’s really what fell out of his mouth. It may be one of my new sayings.

“Did you ever think this is where you’d end up when you knocked on my door asking for direction?” (Daemon to Katy, p. 238)

“Dammit. All I wanted to do is shower and take a nap and eat bacon!” (Katy, p. 254)

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I feel you Katy.

I plan of starting Oblivion pretty soon, which is LUX: Obsidian, but from Daemon Black’s POV. I’m quite curious to see what he is thinking after meeting Katy for the first because the inkling from Shadows-

“Next thing we know, you’ll be dating a human…” -Ash

“Yeah, not going to happen.” -Daemon

 

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S.Song today? Forever and Always by Parachute.

Sweet Moon, It’s Hard To Be A Wolf (Blood and Chocolate – A Book Review)

Blood + Chocolate
Author: Annette Curtis Klaus
Published: 1997

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

Young, wild, and free (pretty close to the Wiz Khalifa song, just without the weed), Vivian loves to run under the moon. She had a great life in wild & wonderful West Virginia until the fire that consumed it entirely.

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With her father dead, the pack is in ruins and leaderless. Vivian struggles to find anywhere she belongs because it’s not with the pack anymore and it’s certainly not with humans. Not until she meets Aiden anyway. A meat-boy, he sweeps Vivian off her feet and into a life she didn’t think capable. As a wolf, she’s strong and graceful and she worries greatly about accidentally revealing herself to him as they grow closer.

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Soon enough it is time to move forward that means electing a new pack leader and many believe Gabriel should step up. Vivian, however, doesn’t. He’s cocky and thinks too highly of himself, in her opinion. His eyes never stray too far away from her though and he warns her to let Aiden go. What could he be hiding?

She has to decide who she is and what she and where she belongs. But who will she choose? Her pack or the sweet and invigorating life she has with Aiden? Blood or chocolate?

 

I read this book every single summer between June and July and actually had to buy a new copy not long ago to replace a really worn and torn version. This is a book I give five volts to easily. My heart and soul just fall into it and it’s such an easy escape. And, I did tell you that I love werewolves, so that helps.

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This coming of age novel puts us in the driver’s seat of what it’s like to be a teenager with Vivian, and then makes it more complicated because she’s a werewolf. She struggles with more than just teenage hormones and boy drama, but also trying not to reveal what she is. All the while she feels forced into a parental role due to the circumstances within her splintered family.

Every inch of detail in the book was laid out with such exquisite beauty. There are several parts I always revel in and let myself pause on just so I can linger in them. Annette Curtis Klaus did a wonderful job of describing the change from human to wolf down to the very follicle of fur as well. Backing it up with beautiful lore and history tied to in depth emotional attachment was really icing on top of the cupcake. I couldn’t get enough.

It’s not that Vivian is a relatable character for me because I can’t say that I’m as confident as her, and I can’t run as fast as her (stupid asthma), and I certainly can’t turn into a beautiful loup-garou under the moon. It’s how she is described as strong and free and how she embraces who she is, but then begins to contemplate it all. We all struggle with our identity and how the people in our life affect that. Being able to be in Vivian’s head and know her thoughts was also amazing. Her inner voice is very different than her real voice. She gives a perfect example of how different a person acts in reality compared to how they truly feel inside.

The comparison between blood and chocolate was beautiful as well. I’m not going to give away too much, but I will say that it really helps you define what you want versus what you need. Vivian’s struggle with this makes it extremely relatable. We all question what we really need.

 

It’s a fantastic story and yes, I recommend it. Am I biased? Of course, but I think we all get biased over our favorite book.

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Quotables:

I will howl for you, human boy, she thought. I will hunt you in my girl skin but I’ll celebrate as wolf.” (Vivian, p. 31)

“Don’t give that human anything we can’t have or we’ll give him something too.” (Finn to Vivian, p. 42)

“Isn’t midnight magical?” Vivian asked, and stretched her arms to the stars.

“Not real magic.” Aiden said. “I wish it was…I wish something magical would happen.”

You want magic? I could give you magic, she thought.” (Vivian and Aiden, p. 103)

“He was raw and sharp and rich and throbbing with life. He was sweet blood after a long hunt.” (Vivian, p. 263)

 

P.S. Song today? Howl by Florence + The Machine.

More to come soon…

K.

From the Wrong Side of the Tracks (A Bad Boys Book List)

Hello, my lovely and beautiful bookworms.

Not long ago I posted a book list for those readers out who may be craving the bad girl. Now I present to you a book list for those of you craving a bad boy. Let’s’ be honest. Every once in a while…okay a lot. We enjoy our dangerous and daring and rebellious and seducing bad boy, not because they’d hurt us, but because they’d reach out to our deepest desires to reach out of our comfort zone and tap into the wild parts of us. And every once in a while we wish we were just as bold. Maybe it’s just a fantasy, but fantasies are a beautiful thing and we need them from time to time get the hell out of our lives.

Below I present a list and you may know a few of these already, but nonetheless I have books that present all kinds of bad boys. Some are supernatural and some are just down right dirty. While others touch on that sweet part in our hearts.

Some of these have already been reviewed here, on my blog. So take a peek.

 

Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire

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Travis Maddox, world renowned ass-kicker. Okay, not world renowned, but renowned in the small college town of Eakins, Illinois. Known for his fights and one night stands, he doesn’t do relationships or any kind of attachment. At one of his fights, he sees Abby Abernathy and she’s not like the usual girl. Though she wears the good girl cardigans, there’s something about her that isn’t goody two shoes at all. Determined to know her, they make a bet he knows he’ll win: if she loses she stays with him in his apartment for a month and if he loses he doesn’t get to have sex for a month. This new friendship is put to the limits when it extends to something more that neither of them were expecting.

 

Paper Prince/Broken Prince
Author Erin Watt

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Reed Royal gets what he wants when he wants and rules don’t mean jack, but when his dad brings home a girl, Ella Harper, he’s stricken with odd feelings. It’s bad enough his dad is dating the gold-digger, Brooke, but now this? He isn’t sure if he likes Ella or hates her. Either way, his guard is up and he’ll be damned if it comes down. Like Brooke, he’s sure she’s here for Royal money. According to Dad, she’s here because of a promise. Whatever the case, Reed’ll do just about anything to see her gone, regardless of her being just as stubborn, sarcastic and feisty as him. That is, until she leaves and then he’ll do whatever it takes to get her back.

 

The Picture of Dorian Grey
Author: Oscar Wilde

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Young and narcissistic Dorian Gray is young forever thanks to a special painting of him. All of his years go into it and as long as he never looks at it he’ll be young forever. A heartbreaker to no end, he cares not for others’ lives, even those he drives to kill themselves. Guilt follows him everywhere though and he isn’t sure if he can escape it or the painting.

 

 

The Vampire Diaries
Author: L.J. Smith

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Two brothers, vampires, fall in love with the same girl. Elena Gilbert, who looks strikingly similar to Katherine, their maker and the first woman they both fell in love with long ago when they were human. Stefan Salvatore, the sweet and caring brother, can’t stay away from Elena and needs to know her. Damon Salvatore, the eldest brother, is bent on revenge and won’t let the look-alike stand in his way of that…until he falls in love with her too. Could she redeem his dark years of bloodshed and hatred?

 

Fifty Shades of Grey/Grey
Author: E.L. James

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Christian Grey, CEO, rich, handsome and secretive. Anastasia Steel walks in to do an interview of him and his walls begin to crumble right then. He invites her into his world, reluctantly, of BDSM, a way he’s learned to deal with his past. While Anastasia is curious and wants to be with him, she’s unsure how far she can go. Christian doesn’t mind guiding her. In fact, he thrives on breaking her. Then suddenly he begins to worry for the first time in his life that he could lose her. Can he change? Can he come to terms with his past for Ana?

 

A Walk to Remember
Author: Nicholas Sparks

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Enter, Landon Carter. Bad boy of the town, he never expected to fall in love with Jamie Sullivan, the town’s minister. They’re thrown together through a thread of events. She gets to him in a way that nobody else has. She expects great things out of him when everybody else sees him as a delinquent. After meeting her, life will never be the same and will guide him to decisions he never imagined before her.

 

Oblivion
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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In LUX: Obsidian we saw through Katy’s POV how it was to be around the sarcastic, annoying and dangerous Daemon Black, a Luxen. An alien. In Oblivion, discover the world from the day Katy moved into the house next door from Daemon’s POV and delve deeper into what makes him tick, which just happens to be her. He can’t help but get under her skin just as she does to him.

 

Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver

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Alex, a boy from the ‘Wilds’ falls in love with Lena. That’s not good since love is now considered a disease by the United States. But he doesn’t care. Breaking the rules of the dystopian society, he falls in love with her and doesn’t care if that means they’re infected. The government thinks otherwise.

 

 

Blood + Chocolate
Author: Annette Curtis Klaus

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Vivian is young, wild and for the most part free, especially in her wolf skin under the sweet moon. Gabriel sees this and she knows he does. It disgusts her with the way he saunters about, acting like he’s the alpha when in fact he isn’t. Staring down badass bikers and any wolf that crosses his path, he likes it best when she’s around. There hasn’t been an alpha in a long time, since her father. When the time comes to choose one, can she stand behind someone so dangerous or will she stay with her safe, human, boyfriend who may be even more dangerous than him?

 

Hush, Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick

A forbidden love. Nora Grey doesn’t go looking for it. Never has. Then comes Patch and something about him is off. After terrifying encounters and him knowing more about her than anyone, she isn’t so sure she wants to be around him anymore, no matter how drawn to him she is, especially after she discovers what he really is. A fallen angel. And though he’s in love with her, he’s there to kill her. Again, forbidden love. She didn’t go looking for it. Complicated and dangerous, it ran right smack into her.

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Got a favorite? Share in the comment section!

More to come soon…

K.

Midnight Tease

 

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Hello bookworms! My loves!

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I am back with the Midnight Tease. For those of you not familiar with it, I basically stay up late (because who needs sleep?) and tell you what is coming up on my list and what is coming up for review. Real simple stuff. And who knows? Maybe you’ve read what I have on my list or are going to. You may even put it on your list.

I hope the summer has given you amazing opportunities to sit under that perfect tree or by that beautiful ocean, breathing in salty air so that you can read the day away. It’s hard to believe it’s July already. The summer is getting away to quickly.

Here is what it currently on the back of my couch, vying for my affection.

 

Coming Soon…

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I Know What You Did Last Summer

Author: Lois Duncan

 

 

Evermore

Evermore Series

Author: Alyson Noel

 

 

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The Librarians and The Lost Lamp

Author: Greg Cox

I have been following this all the way back to when Fynn (Noah Wyle: ER, Falling Skies) started out in The Librarian: Quest for the Spear. Love it ALL. Plus, it reaches out to my little geek heart and reminds me of the four years I worked in my college library, though I wish it had been this exciting.

 

 

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Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future

Author: A.S. King

 

Currently…

 

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Siren

Author: Kiera Cass

I know! I’m behind. I’m nearly finished though. It’s my current nightstand reader.

 

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Opposition

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

The final book in the LUX series, not including Oblivion, which I will also be getting to.

 

Up For Review…

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Siren

Author: Kiera Cass

 

Blood + Chocolate

Author: Anette Curtis Klaus

 

Opposition

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

More to come soon…

K.