Mind Over Phobias…and Curses (A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares – A Book Review)

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares
Author: Krystal Sutherland
Published: 2017

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A family.

A curse.

A greatest fear.

Esther’s family has been haunted by a curse. See, each family member dies from their fear. Dad is agoraphobic. Mom is terrified of bad luck. And her twin cannot be in the dark. All of this leads to Esther living an interesting life.Esther is searching for hers and has an ever-growing list of phobias that might be what she’s cursed with.

When Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, a boy she used to know, she is left stranded at a bus stop. He took everything down to the fruit roll-up and that list of possible fears. They make a strange pair, but Jonah is determined to help Esther through her list. Turns out, she may be afraid of the one thing she didn’t even think about. Love.

This book started out curious and intriguing and snowballed into me loving it a LOT. This was upbeat, yet personally heavy. An incredibly unique story not only about fears and approaching fear, but also dealing with anxiety and other mental illnesses. This book made them so vivid real. For people who don’t fully understand what it’s like, they’ll get a close up

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There are so many more phobias than I have ever thought about. (Here’s a site where you can have a look for yourself-here.)My best friend has countless. I love her to pieces and always ALWAYS support her and encourage her that it’s okay. It’s no joke to make fun of a person who has them whether they are rational or not. They give people some serious anxiety. I always try to help her work on them, but it’s easier said than done. Mostly, I try be the comic relief. It’s not dumb or ridiculous. I worry about her, but I know she’s a toughie. There are just some things that affect us. I have a fear of spiders sometimes, but that’s because they think I’m a jungle gym. My fight with the dark is worse than an on again off again relationship. More than anything, failure and the thought that I am greatly unneeded, are what often haunts me. By unneeded I don’t mean being a needy human. No, I mean that I have no purpose on this planet and am useless. These fears and matched anxieties are ones I am working on overcoming every day. We should all work on overcoming our fears. Oh, and heights. Heights are tricky because I’m not afraid of climbing them. It’s the idea of falling from them. And I certainly WON’T divulge on my clown fear. They eat people, people! *shivers*

The characters were phenomenal. Seriously. BRAVA. complex, diverse, and opposite of each other. Esther was extremely awesome. From being determined to face her fears even though some of them are pretty scary to dressing up as inspiring characters, both real and fiction, she was brave, strong, and human. Whether she realized it or not, people were drawn to her. Jonah Smallwood, for example. Funny and kind, he was the hot sauce on her ice cream. Sounds gross, but trust me, it’s so GOOD! So spicy and sweet. A fantastic combination if there ever was one. He supports her with no cruelty or frustration or impatience that could be normally received from somebody who doesn’t have any understanding of what it’s like to feel an uncontrollable amount of fear that just squeezes tightly around you like a boa constrictor, taking the air right out of you. He’s even kind to her whole family, not judging or distancing himself just because they have their beliefs with their phobias. I completely melted.

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The style of story was buoyant, like floating in an air balloon, or so I imagine-the balloon part. All floaty, though there’s that bit of nervousness because all you’re in is a human-sized picnic basket with a massive balloon and a blazing torch keeping it up. So, a little nerve-shaking. But, the view is impeccable. Completely breathtaking and totally worth it. This book is definitely breathtaking. Invigorating even, but I can relate to it so much. The rule-breaking, risk-taking, and life-changing moments were unbelievable. Lighthearted, yet intense and heartbreaking. Just magical with so many emotions so perfectly placed and written.

The ending left me with my jaw on the floor. While the exploration of mental illness was quite serious, I was still left shocked because there was a twist! I was guessing on and off throughout the book about Esther’s serious need to face-off with Death and by the end I was breathless. I had to read it twice. I can’t give too much away, but I was stunned.

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Overall

Tackling a real world issue in a light of bravery and determination. This wasn’t about love conquering all. It was about overcoming an all-consuming struggle. It encourages understanding for those who face not only fears, but actual illnesses that most people don’t believe

Quotables:

“God, so basic. I can’t decide what would be more tragic, dying at seventeen, or having the most cliché funeral ever.” (Esther, p. 9)

“Fears can’t become full-blown phobias if you avoid them, and phobias can’t kill you if you don’t have them.” (Esther, p. 60)

“Tolkien knew a lot of stuff, but he knew nothing about the dark souls of moths. No way a moth would’ve helped Gandalf. Least believable part of Middle-earth.” (Esther, p. 94)

“Murals were a well-known-gateway drug to feelings, and she couldn’t have any of that.” (Esther, p. 101)

“Depression was a real sneaky asshole.” (Esther, p. 147)

“Love was a trap, a sticky trap of molasses meant to bind two people together. It was a thing that couldn’t be escaped, a weight that people strapped to their own legs before they waded into the water and wondered why they drowned.” (Esther, p. 268)

“Everyone we let into our lives has the power to hurt us. Sometimes they will and sometimes they won’t, but that’s not a reflection of us, or our strength. Loving someone who hurts you doesn’t make you weak.” (Eugene, p.315)

More to come soon…

-K.

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Doing Some Wrong to Get It Right (Bold Tricks – A Book Review)

Bold Tricks (The Artists Trilogy #3)
Author: Karina Halle
Published: 2013

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The faster they live, the harder they fall…

They’re all in this together now and that could get them killed. Ellie Watt, raised by con artist parents and a con artist herself, she is teaming up, with two extremely dangerous men both obsessed and in love with her in order to get her family back from Travis. Her will is pressed to limits that she didn’t she didn’t even know she had.

The price for a normal life with the man she loves, Camden, is steep, and though heartache plagues her, she’s determined to put the pieces back together. In order to have that she’ll have to do some bad things.

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Everything hit its peak in this final installation of The Artists Trilogy. Ellie Watt finally figured one of the greatest secrets of her family: who her real father is. This discovery is one of my favorite parts of this series. It’s very real. Emotions ran high for all of the main characters. Ellie just wanted the love of her life back and her family. The peace of mind she also desperately seeks lays just on the horizon

The book reverts back to being in Ellie’s POV, which I like more. She’s feisty and full of heart and while it was interesting to look through Camden’s eyes, he’s too intense. He just made me feel super uneasy, but he is a hottie. Tattoos are NICE when done right and I could tell he had them right. So right *purrrr*. And, I totally believe that if there’s anyone that can handle that out-of-control man, it’s Ellie. That’s right, I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re perfect for each other.

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The addition of new character, Derek, was fantastic. Having been in the military, he’s tough and understands the value of life. He brought a balance to this turmoil of good and bad for Ellie. Like, giving her a brother. He helped them, though like a bounty hunter, he expected payment. He never acted like the bad guy. I found that to be really intriguing.

While I admire the characters, I couldn’t get that with this story. This adrenaline rush of a story actually came across as an uncomfortable flip-flop. One minute, my eyes are bugging from my skull and my stomach is twisting, and the next, I feel like I’m left hanging awkwardly. In some cases the story came off repetitive as well. However, puns and sarcasm were on point.

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Overall

I loved the characters. They made reading this trilogy worth it. The plot was an interesting one, filled with the great many shocks that I’d expect to see in a thriller movie. The corny bits were acceptable LOL. A great read for the weekend, but not that memorable for me sadly. I didn’t get much from it that I felt like talking intensely about it, and you’ve seen me get hyped about a book. It fell short of the ones before it.

 

Quotables:

“How could I ever explain that my body got what it needed at the time but my heart was fooled?” (Ellie, p. 39)

“Fuck my luck.” (Ellie, p. 124)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Scars Are Forever (Shooting Scars – A Book Review)

Shooting Scars
Author: Karina Hale
Published: 2013

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A dangerous kind of love…

Ellie Watt, con-artist and bad ass. Ellie Watt has also gotten herself into a tight situation. After messing up her latest con against Camden McQueen, and then falling in love with him, she now must save him. To do that, she is forced to team up with drug lord and ex-boyfriend, Javier. Now, she’s trapped with him and his gang of killers on a tirade.

Camden McQueen, tattoo artist and bad ass. Camden is in turmoil after Ellie is taken and he is left with his psycho ex-wife and young son, Ben. He’s in love with Ellie, but he must take care of his family as well. He won’t leave her to her fate. Will being chased down by the law for a crime he didn’t commit stop him? Definitely not.

But when he does find Ellie will he leave her to her new life or will the hunger of vengeance consume him entirely?

 

Ellie Watt has never lead the typical life. The massive scar on her leg is proof of that. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t want it though. To have it, she must fight for it, which means doing a whole lot of bad things she doesn’t want to do, including going up against the man that gave her that nasty scar.

Remember I said that I was working on sequels this months? Well, here’s another one!!

 

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I have mixed feelings about this sequel. IT was good, but it just didn’t hold up to Sins & Needles. It picks up right where it ended. Ellie leaves with Javier, the drug lord and ex-boyfriend, in order to save Camden and his family’s lives. It’s quite honorable of a con-artist to do such a thing, and rare, and not selfish. It was shocking.

The action is jammed packed in this exotic and dangerous book. Ellie is going to South America for her biggest con yet and the reward is Camden staying alive. She must kill the man who took her family and gave her her scar. Hale detail really painted the country in such a raw, yet luscious light. It wasn’t just the beautiful parts that she depicted, but also the gritty parts as well, both with the people and the landscape. I was getting a Queen of the South vibe from this book. Twists and turns everywhere and You better be careful of who you trust.

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Ellie is good at handling herself under pressure though, and I admire that. In a world of drugs, guns, and cons, she was strong and I really liked that. Even more, she proved that you can break and be strong. You can be afraid as long as you fight for what you want. She really pulled at my heartstrings with that.

Ellie has a type and her type is psycho. LOL. Camden is still on his tiny loco train, desperate to get Ellie back to point that he gets pretty stupid. Really, he’s not so bright and always flying off the cuff. Then there’s her ex, Javier, and he’s downright SCARY. He’s cruel and abusive.

The POV of both Ellie and Camden really added to the book. In Sin & Needles it was only Ellie, but I’m really glad to get a chance to look inside Camden’s noggin. It was enlightening, though I’m still wary of the man. These two are a fiery passion and that’s definitely something to be desired. They are meant for each other.

 

Overall

This didn’t live up to the hype of the first book for me. Javier was all over the place, flip-flopping. And I can’t deal with Ellie being into men that don’t come off as mentally stable. Camden isn’t so bad, but when he gets in a mood it was scary. And at times, the book got really corny and cliché, but that’s mass market romance for you. They’re built for the HEA (Happily Ever After).

 

Quotables:

“I was trapped with a man that would either love me or kill me.” (Ellie, p. 1)

“Tattoos were self-expression in its rawest and most permanent form. They weren’t for one set of people or another.” (Camden, p. 44)

“You sacrifice nothing and gained everything…” (Javier to Ellie, p. 155)

“He who casts doubt on himself is often as good as dead.” (Gus to Camden, p. 190)

“Lose your heart but don’t fucking lose your head. You don’t know if you’ll get that back.” (Gus to Camden, p. 276)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Double Double Witchy Toil and Drama (Double Eclipse – A Book Review)

Double Eclipse (Summer on East End #2)
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Published: 2016

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Dear Diary…we’re back.

Twin witches, Molly and Mardi Overbrook are spending another summer in East End with their aunts, Freya and Ingrid. This year they’re avoiding trouble and dedicating themselves to actually enjoying their summer. Mardi is hoping to deepen her new relationship with her boyfriend, Trent and Molly is hoping to forget about her disaster of a relationship from last year. She does just that when she meets the son of the local bartender, Rocky.

When their mother shows up with a mysterious prophecy involving the two of them, their vacation as well as their sisterhood is threatened. Their having strange dreams, father, the great Thor, is hurt, and their emotions are causing strange surges with their powers. They must try to come together if they hope to calm the coming storm that threatens all of East End.

 

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In another whirlwind of a summer, the girls are discovering even more about themselves and that comes with a large amount of magic and heartbreak. Great turmoil grows between Mardi and Molly as their mom tries to get them to fulfill a prophecy.

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I’m super excited that I finally got to the sequel of Triple Moon. The fire and fierceness was still crackling in this book with Molly and Mardi getting their feisty witchiness on.

This book picks up the summer following last in Triple Moon. The style is steady and really stayed in tune with the characters and the previous book. Mardi and Molly stayed true to themselves; Mardi being fierce and bold, and Molly being elegant and timeless. With new bombs dropping on the Overbrook twins, so many secrets and issues came to light, really testing the twins’ bond. All that magic tied in? Oh boy…

The POV changed up since the first book. The book still flips between Molly and Mardi which is really neat because while they are twins, they are incredibly different. But, the story is told from their diaries which is unique. It adds to their character, Molly being more classic with writing in a diary and Mardi writing on what I’m guessing is either her cell phone or a laptop.

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(And when I think about it, Nina Dobrev would be a nice fit as the Overbrook twins.)

And the new hottie addition, Rocky, the new hottie on the scene, made me blush! Sadly, previous hottie, Trent, blipped out. It made me upset. He peeked in and then disappeared and I was really looking forward to seeing him again.

There were a lot of open ends left by the end that I had a few questions too. When that happens, I get irritated. According to Goodreads, there isn’t another book coming either, so I’m a little annoyed that those questions will remain unanswered. It drives me crazy!

 

Overall

This was like Gossip Girl meets Charmed. Double double toil and drama! Summer may be over, but this was a great summer read. Even though I had a lot questions at the end and it made me feel unfulfilled, I still loved it. It’s original and sparking with magic on every page.

 

Quotables:

“What is it with gods and secrets?” (Molly, p. 37)

“Life is not a gift that can be taken back. It belongs to all sentient creatures—forever.” (Janet, p. 106)

 

More to come soon…

-K

 

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Under the Light of the Moon(Over the Moon – A Book Review)

Over the Moon
Author: Angela Knight, MaryJanice Davidson, Virginia Kantra, Sunny
Published: 2007

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Experience the lure of the moon…

A beautiful werewolf in the chains of old and violent traditions falls into the hands of a lone werewolf in hopes that he can save her. With tensions running high under the Burning Moon, they get more than they bargained for.

In mountains, a girl goes on a life-changing trek, looking to find herself and finds so much more when she happens upon a group of strangers, one of which is more gorgeous than she has words for. She gets caught up in a world between mortals and fae.

A vampire and a werewolf collide, yet these two opposites can’t pull away from each other.

In a world where souls are born of the moon, and Queen of an otherworldly nature have control over warlords.

 

 

Fun and wild, these four short stories are like letting your inhibitions go. These ladies created fantastic worlds that lets the imagination out of its cage. Sometimes you desperately need that and they didn’t hold back. Each story was mystical and hot to the touch.

The cover art was also gorgeous. Mysterious an alluring. I also have an obsession with the moon, so the title really worked me in too.

 

The stories:

  • Moon Dance
  • Between the Mountain and the Moon
  • Driftwood
  • Mona Lisa Three

I must say that Between the Mountain and the Moon and Mona Lisa Three were my favorites. They not only held adrenaline rushing romance that had my toes curling, but they had a really good story to them as well. I really like the characters and how independent they were. I get a little deflated when the characters get ruled over by other characters. It wasn’t just romance for them, though it was a big part of their lives.

Between the Mountain was really beautiful and scary. Getting caught up in the fae world is like that. Its enchanting looks hide away that its dangerous. Mona Lisa was similar. A  queen, had a family she cared for and multiple lovers. It was a little wild, but the magic of it was so original. I’d never read anything like this life or death story. The emotions of whether she’d lose people she cared about unless she went through with a heinous act were intensely strong.

 

These were quickie stories honestly. Short and to the point. This is something you could get done at the DMV or while in the waiting room. Flushed with erotic romance to sweep you off your feet. It’s really the kind of fluff you let yourself get caught up in, and there’s no harm in the great fantasy every once in a while that gets you biting your lip.

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I won’t say that these are earth-shattering. They aren’t. The writing isn’t very in depth nor enough to really stick with me. I didn’t find myself lingering all that much. I certainly didn’t get attached to the stories or the characters like I typically would when reading. That’s fine. It makes the stories enjoyably for one reason. Thrills and chills. And of course that steaming hot anticipation.

 

Overall

This was a fun book that really got my blood pumping and my mind racing. Though, I didn’t feel attached in any way. With enchantment, those typical daydreams every person has gets enhanced threefold. Definitely a quick read that’ll leave you breathless.

 

Quotables:

“Take two alpha males, add a female in her burning moon, and you had a prescription for bloodshed.” (Moon Dance, p. 19)

“Her fate is their punishment.” (Between the Mountain and the Moon, p 151)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Sundown Rundown – July, 2018

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Good evening bookworms!

The sky is a wild array of oranges, reds, pinks, and purples. The sun is cresting the horizon, ready to sleep for the night. The stars are peeking out. It’s dusk, my favorite time of day, and this is the Sundown Rundown where I tell you all that I’ve read and reviewed this month.

So, if you missed a review or a ramble then this is a good place to catch up!

On a side note: Orange is the New Black, Season 6 came out just a few days ago and it was wild, intense, and I believe it shed some light on some very real issues. Still with the comedy and awkwardness, it’s still freaking amazeballs.

It’s been a busy and surprisingly long month. So, here we go!

 

Lasher

Lasher

Author: Anne Rice

Rowan, leader of the Mayfair coven is missing. Her husband is going mad without her. Lasher, a free demon now, holds her hostage, trying to get children out of her. Looking to be disturbed a bit? This is a great one! Paranormal takes a bit of a V.C. Andrews twist in this follow-up to The Witching Hour.

 

Lightning

Lightning

Author: Dean Koontz

Every time lightning strikes he is there, her guardian angel. From the night she was born and onward, he’s watched over her, but why? Romance, sci-fi, and tragedy as twisted into one. And if you have an infatuation about lightning like me then read this.

 

How to Hang A Witch

How to Hang a Witch

Author: Adriana Mather

WITCH! A curse hangs over Salem, Massachusetts and it’s up to Sam Mather and a ghost to put an end to it before the torches and pitchforks start coming after her.

 

Burning Maze

The Apollo Trials: The Burning Maze

Author: Rick Riordan

Book three of The Apollo Trials. Filled with more comedy from the teenaged Apollo as well as tragedy and struggle, this time, from down in the labyrinth. With new additions to his quest, it’s soon realized that this may be bigger than Apollo realized.

 

Wicked Lovely

Wicked Lovely

Author: Melissa Marr

Faeries are all around you. The key is to not acknowledge them in anyway. For Ash, that proves nearly impossible until her way of life is threatened. Then she’s designated to bring an end to a curse over the Summer fey. Can she resist the Summer King, Keenan, though? And what about her best friend Seth?

 

Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Magic is gone. It’s been killed. But a spark creates hope. A rebel, a princess, and the responsible one go to turn magic back on and possibly bring back the god and save their homeland, Orisha.

 

The Mermaid

The Mermaid

Author: Christina Henry

After loss of her husband, Amelia waits by the ocean, wishing for him to come back. Then she is convinced to move on and join P.T. Barnum’s museum. They’re looking for a mermaid, and aren’t they lucky? They just found one. but, they don’t believe it, and all Barnum sees is money when he looks at her.

 

Water For Elephants

Water for Elephants

Author: Sara Gruen

Tragedy and romance under the big top. Jacob becomes the vet for the circus after the loss of his parents. During the Great Depression, he finds one of the greatest times of his life an one of the hardest.

 

Marked

Marked

Author: Sarah Fines

Get pulled—dragged—into this intense rush. The world has collapsed environmentally. Cacy, a Ferry and a paramedic, gets a new partner. Eli. Both of them are undeniably attracted to each other and both of them have secrets. Drama. Tragedy. And holy hell, romance.

 

Jay's Journal

Jay’s Journal

Author: Anonymous

A slow building, scary story. Boy gets involved in witchcraft that turns into Satanism that ultimately leads to his death. The really scary part? It’s all true.

 

Favorite Book this Month: There were so many that were really enjoyable. This month there was a tie. Children of Blood and Bone and Marked. They both got me tied up. Children worked me over with it’s beautiful world and how the story was an incredible parallel with our own world. Marked hooked me with its nonstop action and characters that had explosive chemistry. I really couldn’t choose. The magic in both of these books was off the wall.

Least Favorite Book the Month: Lasher. As wonderful as the in-depth detail and characters and the darkness of witchcraft was, I was lagging during this book. I could’ve skipped over a good bit of what went on. That ruins a great novel, I know, but the length really put me off. The supernatural is my favorite, but like I said, I dragged. I just couldn’t get as invested as I wanted to, and trust me, I tried.

 

Until next month!!

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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To Heaven or Hell With Them (Marked – A Book Review)

Marked (Servants of Fate #1)
Author: Sarah Fine
Published: 2015

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13/25

 

In post-apocalyptic Boston,

Supernatural factions battle

For human souls.

 In a world that’s been swamped by environmental collapse—coasts have flooded, countries have gone dry or iced over, and disease has spread—Boston paramedic and heiress, Cacia-Cacy-Ferry risks her life on the front lines in the dangerous city. What most don’t know is that she also ferries those who die on to the afterlife. That’s right, she goes into limbo to make sure souls go where they need to go, whether to heaven or to the fiery depths of hell.

Enter, new transfer and partner to Cacy, Eli Margolis, who has a past of his own, and who’s only concerned with making sure his sister is safe. Though wary of the Ferry family, Eli finds himself attracted to Cacy. Cacy isn’t sure about jumping into a relationship, but she can’t stay away from Eli either. But, when he’s marked for death, Cacy will do whatever it takes to save him, even risk her future, and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her and his sister.

This book marks 13 out of 25 authors, from my New Year’s resolution, that I’ve never read from before. Every once in a while…okay a little more than that, I will pluck a book at random to give myself a chance to read something new. This is one of them.

A death rocks the Ferry family and Cacy won’t stop until she finds out who did it. She blames the Ker-vicious, sharp toothed, red eyed, greedy creatures that mark people for death, much like the fates. The Ferry an Ker factions are close to war and Eli has no idea just how in the middle of it he and his sister are. And let me just say, I wish I knew more about these factions. There wasn’t enough information on them at the start. It was about halfway through the novel that I had a hook on them and how they worked.

This book was intense, steamy, and supernatural. I was just hanging on for dear life as Cacy’s and Eli’s lives collided. This was so action packed whether from heart pumping danger or seriously sexy moments that were breath stealing. I really enjoyed it. This was certainly one of those stories filled with drama, romance, and everything else under the sun. It’s fantastic and shock worthy! There was a lot I didn’t see coming.

Side note: This isn’t YA. It contains mature language and sexual content. However, that’s not to say young adults can’t it shouldn’t read it. They’ll read whatever they please. This is just a warning that it actually doesn’t fall into that genre.

I get really into world-building and this one was really interesting. Our planet is in a bit of a rough spot as it is with climate change and pollution, so Fine’s creation/morph of the world in her book is nice! She captured future in which the world rages back against humanity incredibly and realistically. A third of the world was wiped out from disease and from there everything else just collapsed. People are stealing organs like plucking apples from a tree, and technology has advanced so that vehicles can drive right on to the water and medical supplies It’s so creative, yet a great way to play on the real world. This alone really got me interested in reading this.

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The chemistry between Cacy and Eli was electrifying! They’re hot and cold and HOT! It’s gasp worthy. They connected instantly and I couldn’t get enough. The build-up was enough to make me pop.

I loved that they both had a story and that they collided. They’re incredible together—a wildfire blazing in a dark world. Eli doesn’t come off as a hot shot nor an overly broody man. The way that Cacy is so straightforward, knowing what she wants, and she’s strong is powerful and endearing. I love a female character like this, especially because she kicks ass and takes names. Both she and Eli propel into danger for those they care about. That trait is always one that sweeps me off my feet.

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Fine’s writing was incredible. It was entertaining and gripping. I couldn’t put this book down! My heart skipped beats. My pulse was racing. The supernatural element was fresh and original. However, I did find it a little confusing every once in a while. I wish the way the way Cacy’s supernatural ability worked was more accessible. Every once in a while, it just didn’t get through to me or was a little repetitive. I did think it was interesting, how dark and light intermingled with how heaven and hell were described by Cacy. I just wish the imagery had been stronger with limbo, the marked, the coin that moved the dead to their afterlives, and the Ker.

Overall, this was a pretty good book. This wasn’t a what I consider a literary piece, but it was a fun ride! There many parts I reread because I couldn’t get enough. I hope to find the second book sometime in the future. For those of you that enjoy really in depth, supernaturally original. Oh, and this is totally not YA.

Quotables:

“Life isn’t fair, Cacy, and neither is death.” (Dec to Cacy, p. 58)

“I’m on your side, Eli. There is more going on here than you understand, but there one thing you can count on. She. Is. Yours.” (Moros to Eli, p. 210)

“I see you better than you see yourself.” (Cacy to Eli, p. 283)

“I don’t believe in deserving. You haven’t deserved most of what has happened to you. But it happened anyway. So did we.” (Cacy to Eli, p. 285)

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? Trouble by Natalia Kills.

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