Train Wreck by Elise Faber | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am so freaking excited to discuss this fantastic book! I loved this so much. I literally could not put it down, and I read it in only a few hours. I was not expecting much from this, and I just absolutely fell in love with this book. This is probably going to be one of my favorite books of the year. However, this book does contain mature content as it is an adult novel, so if you aren’t comfortable with explicit sexual scenes, you probably should express caution when reading this novel. But enough with the gushing. Let’s get into the review!

Synopsis:

“train wreck
noun

1. A chaotic or disastrous situation.
2. An utter catastrophe or mess.
3. A devastating calamity or source of trouble.
4. Pepper O’Brien.

As the daughter of a famed film producer, Pepper O’Brien is Hollywood royalty.

Also, her life sucks.

Because, unfortunately for her, the old adage is true: money can’t buy everything—including grace, true love, or the ability to not screw up every single opportunity her life has brought her.

After her latest disaster, Pepper moves across the country to start over but, as usual, her life has other plans, namely in the form of Derek Cashette, her former teenage crush and now ridiculously handsome friend of her older brother.

Derek is determined to salvage the train wreck of her life and Pepper’s determined not to let him. Her life is her problem and, dammit, why can’t she be her own hero?

But sometimes fate has other plans. Or maybe it’s hormones. Especially when her rescuer comes with a killer smile, a chest Thor would be jealous of, and a butt that any girl just wants to—”

My Thoughts:

OH. MY. GOD. I LOVED THIS BOOK SO DAMN MUCH.

This is a book that I was really interested in, but I wasn’t sure if I would actually love it because I usually do not fall in love with books I am sent for review. They aren’t usually books I would personally pick up myself, but this book was freaking fantastic. It just really made me emotional, and I loved the story line, the characters were well-developed, and I just really loved this book. It definitely took me by surprise. I just marathoned this in a few hours, and I am so glad that I got the chance to read this!

Let’s just talk about the characters for a minute. I really loved Pepper’s character. I just appreciated how she was a natural disaster; she was definitely a train wreck. But that’s what the press and her family treated her like. They were not nice people. They pissed me off 100% of the time. But she had been searching her entire life for something that she had a passion for, something she was good at. And she just stumbled upon it by accident. And that is just really beautiful to me. Its something that I really enjoyed, and I just loved how she overcame what others had forced her to believe for her entire life. It was really amazing just to watch her grow so much as a character, and I loved that!

Now we need to talk about Derek. Immediately, I shipped them like a vengeance. And I was frustrated when Pepper kept making excuses for why they couldn’t/shouldn’t be together, but it made it all worth it when they actually got together, and it just made me all kinds of happy. But there is this section of the book towards the end where Derek does one of those annoying character things where he is trying to do something to help Pepper and to help their relationship, but he just doesn’t tell her that is why he’s doing it, so all she can see is that he is being a distant, cold asshole because she doesn’t know why she is doing that. And that really frustrated me to no end, and I really just wanted to slap him across the face multiple times. But it all worked out in the end, so its okay. But he still should have gone about that whole situation differently…

Now let’s talk about Samantha and Rylie. That little girl was so freaking cute. I absolutely loved her, and when Derek would interact with her, I definitely understood why Pepper melted into a little puddle because it is such a turn on (like, it makes me like a guy 10x more) to see a guy be so good with kids. But I also loved how we got some real insight into Samantha’s life as well as Derek’s and Pepper’s. Elise made these character real to me. Like they felt like real people, which I loved. We got to see how unhappy Samantha was, which was understandable. Her husband was a fucking asshole. But one complaint I do have is we never got resolution on Samantha. Like what went down with her and her husband? Are they working things out? Getting a divorce? How is Rylie handling everything? I NEED TO KNOW.

I am just going to briefly say that I hate every member of Pepper’s asshole family. Like whenever something even remotely goes wrong, they blame her. Derek punched Andy? Oh, that had to be Pepper’s fault when she was the LITERAL VICTIM. But that was her brother who blamed her. And the wedding dress thing. It pissed me off so much when she took it upon herself to try to fix the ruined dress that someone else ruined, and her brother immediately blames it on her. Says it had to be her. She’s the screw up of the family. The amount of verbal abuse these people unleashed on Pepper just made livid, made sick, and I wanted to just bitchslap all of them…

Okay, but Derek and Pepper are the cutest couple ever. Like I loved them so much. Derek cares about her so much, though sometimes he has a funny way of showing it, and she cares about him so much, but she will not allow herself to continue to be hurt by him when he was distancing himself from her, so she stands up for herself and tells him to stay away from her. We, of course, know that everything worked out, but their relationship was not all unicorns and rainbows. They had rough patches they had to work through, which made the relationship really realistic to me. They had to go through a lot of shit to be able to be together, and I just appreciated the realness of it.

But this book also made me super emotional. I definitely was crying during the really sad parts. And this is pretty rare for me because I am not a book crier. Nope. Not me. And I really cried when I was reading this book. And whenever Derek would distance himself from Pepper, it literally was causing me physical pain. Like this is really weird, but during super sad and upsetting parts (and when I am super connected to the main character), my left hand actually has pain shooting throughout all of it. And it was probably the most intense I’ve it in a while. I was very upset, and it hurt so damn much to have to go through the pain she was going through. And the ending just made me cry because I was so happy. This is the first time this has ever happened to me. I have never happy cried in my life, until this book. That’s a pretty powerful thing…

I think this book is just so absolutely amazing. It deals with important topics, has beautifully developed characters, and I absolutely loved the story line. This will definitely be one of my favorite books of the year, and I am so excited to read more from Elise Faber in the future!

5stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Train Wreck by Elise Faber. What is your current favorite contemporary novel? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Train Wreck by Elise Faber | BLOG TOUR

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about this book because it sounds so good, and I am hoping to get to it very soon. I plan on reading and reviewing it before the end of the week, so keep your eye out for that. I am very pleased to participate in this blog tour as it is my very first one. But this book is a standalone contemporary romance novel, which is exactly what I love to read in the summer, actually. This book also happens to have a “happy ever after” ending, which we sometimes don’t get in contemporaries. However, I will say this book is for mature audiences as it is not YA. If you think you are comfortable reading about steamy and sexy scenes, then I definitely recommend you check this out! But enough with the chitchat. Let’s just get into it!

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Title: Train Wreck
Author: Elise Faber
Release Date: May 31, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance (standalone, happy ever after)
Editors: Kay Springsteen, Julie Sherwood
Cover Designer: Jena Brignola
Tour Presented by: TripleA Publishing Services

Synopsis:

train wreck
noun

1. A chaotic or disastrous situation.
2. An utter catastrophe or mess.
3. A devastating calamity or source of trouble.
4. Pepper O’Brien.

As the daughter of a famed film producer, Pepper O’Brien is Hollywood royalty.

Also, her life sucks.

Because, unfortunately for her, the old adage is true: money can’t buy everything—including grace, true love, or the ability to not screw up every single opportunity her life has brought her.

After her latest disaster, Pepper moves across the country to start over but, as usual, her life has other plans, namely in the form of Derek Cashette, her former teenage crush and now ridiculously handsome friend of her older brother.

Derek is determined to salvage the train wreck of her life and Pepper’s determined not to let him. Her life is her problem and, dammit, why can’t she be her own hero?

But sometimes fate has other plans. Or maybe it’s hormones. Especially when her rescuer comes with a killer smile, a chest Thor would be jealous of, and a butt that any girl just wants to—

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“It was the lipstick that pushed him over the edge. Fire engine red. F*cking kissable.

He reeled her in, silky skin beneath his palms, soft curves against his chest, jasmine and vanilla in his nose.

He leaned down.

“Don’t.” A whisper. A plea.

His mouth was a centimeter from hers and those four letters painted his lips. Moist breath. Hot air. She might as well already be kissing him for how effectively that puff owned him.

“I shouldn’t,” he agreed.

“You shouldn’t.” Another breath, another chink in what was fast-becoming a non-existent resistance to Pepper.

“I want—”

“No.”

Those emerald eyes were brimming with heat, her skin was flushed, her body pressing against his.

But she’d said no.

And so he released her.

Pepper’s eyes slid closed, shuttering that warmth, and she released a shaky breath. “I can’t, Derek.”

His body was on fire, but he nodded.

Eyes opened, sadness in place of desire. The swap was a punch to the gut. “I could never be what you need.”

Gripping the shoes in one hand, Pepper turned and ran barefoot down the beach.

She was gone so fast that she couldn’t have heard him when he said, “I just need you to be you.”

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Aside from writing bestselling romances, Elise’s passions are chocolate, Star Wars, and hockey (the order depending on the day and how well her team, the Sharks, are playing).
She and her husband also play as much hockey as they can squeeze into their schedules, so much so that their typical date night is spent on the ice.
Elise is the mom to two exuberant boys and is thoroughly addicted to Dancing with the Stars.
Connect with her on Facebook (facebook.com/elisefaberauthor), Twitter (@faberelise), Instagram (@elisefaber), or visit her on her website at www.elisefaber.com!
Elise is all super active on Social Media. If you’re interested in connecting with her, here are her Social Media links:
And there you have it! That was my post for the Trainwreck by Elise Faber Blog Tour! What is your favorite contemporary novel? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!
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Everything, Everything | MOVIE REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am so excited to do this movie review because I absolutely loved this movie. It was so good. I could literally just keep going to the movies to watch this over and over. I loved this so much. I did end up seeing it twice because I love it so much. It was a super faithful book to movie adaptation, and it just made my heart happy. It was heartwarming and hilarious as well as amazingly well acted and well written, and I just loved it so much. Okay, enough with the gushing. Let’s just jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

“Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) is a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who is unable to leave the protection of the hermetically-sealed environment within her house because of an illness. Olly (Nick Robinson) is the boy next door who won’t let that stop them from being together. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, Maddy and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together, even if it means losing everything.”

My Thoughts:

This movie is probably one of my favorite adaptations of all time. It was really faithful to the book while also maintaining its own merit of creativity, and I just absolutely loved it. I think the actors did a fantastic job of portraying the characters in the movie, an created a really beautiful love story that stayed really true to the book. I loved so many different things about the movie, and I just am super satisfied with this adaptation.

One thing that my friend Megan and I were wondering prior to seeing the movie the first time was how they would portray the visual elements that were in the book into the movie. And not only that, but all the texting and emailing and all of that; like, how would that translate onto the big screen? And I actually loved how they portrayed all of that. I won’t spoil how they did it, but it was a really cool idea what the director did with it. I think it was a really great idea, and I loved how it came across.

One thing that I absolutely loved about the movie was the phenomenal acting. I think every single actor in that movie did a fantastic job! I was a little bit nervous about Amandla Stenberg portraying Maddy just because the only thing I ever saw her in was The Hunger Games where she portrayed Rue and that was years ago that I saw that. But from what I had seen of the trailers, she looked like she was going to do a really great job, and I am happy to say that she actually did really great! This has me super at ease about her portraying Ruby in The Darkest Minds (most people are mad because she is black and portraying Ruby, but that is nowhere near the reason I was nervous; I just wasn’t 100% confident in her ability to portray Ruby, and now I am), but that’s another discussion for another post.

But I also was kind of nervous about Nick Robinson portraying Olly in the movie because I had only seen The 5th Wave, and that didn’t really give me much of an impression on his acting ability, but he did a phenomenal job in this movie, and it definitely made me see him in a different light. Now I am super excited to see him in other projects, like Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda which is coming out next year. He just really delivered in his role, and I just loved him as Olly.

The rest of the cast was also phenomenal, and I just loved the entire cast. But something that they slightly changed, which I loved, was that they made Rosa (who is Carla’s daughter) a more prominent character in the movie. We only saw her once or twice in the book, and it was nice to see her more in the movie. I loved what they did with her character, and I think it really added another element to the story.

And oh my God; the humor in this movie was so on point. I found myself laughing to the point of tears throughout the majority of the movie, and I just found it so funny. There were so many funny lines, scenes, just so much humor, and I really appreciated it. It brought another element to the story, made it more lighthearted, and ultimately just added to my enjoyment of the film.

But overall, I really enjoyed this movie and adaptation, and I would give it an A on my scale. I absolutely loved it. This is definitely a movie I can see myself just watching over and over because it is that good, and the faithful adaptation just really warmed my heart and gave me all of the feels. I highly recommend you all check out Everything, Everything!

And there you have it! That was my movie review of Everything, Everything. Have you seen this movie or do you plan to? If you have seen it, what did you think of it? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am very excited to discuss this amazing and wonderful contemporary novel, The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. I absolutely flew through this book, and I read it in one sitting. It was absolutely fabulous. I loved the different way it was told, the story line that was not cliche, the diversity, and just everything. This was another fantastic book by Nicola Yoon, and I couldn’t be more happy with it. This is also an own voices novel, which made it even better. But let’s just go ahead and jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?”

My Thoughts:

Oh my God. This book was bloody fantastic!

This book made me feel all the feels, and I cried while reading it, which is strange because this book just made me so happy for almost the entirety of it, but I didn’t cry while reading History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, which is about things you should cry about (grief, loss, etc). I flew through this book because it happens in such a short amount of time. This book happens in one day. Everything that happens occurs over the course of one day. And every second of this day was pure heaven for me.

I really enjoyed Natasha’s character. While I couldn’t really identify with her because I was born in the United States, and I’m white, I definitely empathized with her. I felt for her, for her situation with her family. Personally, I think her father should be the one to be deported while she, her mom, and her brother should all get to stay in the US. But anyway, I absolutely loved how in love with music she was and how she absolutely did not believe in love. That just made the story a bit more interesting. Because this is a love story. She and Daniel made quite a pair because he believes in fate and destiny and love while she believes in science. It was just so funny and so entertaining to see him try to get her to believe in love through science.

Now Daniel is like my precious baby. I love him to death. He cares about her so much, and it is pretty much love at second sight. He fell in love with Natasha in a very short amount of time, and just wanted to be with her. And then we have the whole situation with his interview with Yale when he doesn’t want to go to Yale and he doesn’t want to be a doctor, like his parents want him to be. He wants to be a poet. He wants to be a writer, which is how I connected to him. I also love how much he accepts his Korean heritage rather than despise it, like his brother does.

Speaking of his brother, I fucking hated Charlie. Like I wanted to gut him throughout the entirety of the book. He was such an asshole and he was such a jerk to his little brother. And to Natasha. He was racist and he was sexist, and those are two things that piss me off like nothing else. I honestly just wanted him to meet a tragic end because I hated him. I also had a pretty mild dislike towards his father, who was racist, but it wasn’t super strong. I just hated the way he treated Natasha and how he would never let Daniel do his own thing. He either went to Yale to be a doctor or he had to pay for college himself. Daniel feeling constricted by his father was also something I could relate to because one of my hot buttons is lack of freedom. I can’t stand it when people try and tell me what to do with my life.

And now I need to really talk about the fuck up that is Natasha’s father. Like I wanted to see him deported back to Jamaica while his family stayed here because he sure as hell did not deserve them. And in fact, he regretted them, which really pissed me off. He blamed them for him not making it as an actor. He needed to provide for his family, but no. He just resented them and didn’t provide for them. He just did not care for them at all, and I just wanted him gone. I also hated his reaction to Daniel and the whole situation because he was a really big asshat. But I digress.

Also, for the first time ever, I actually got to feel the pain of someone who is an illegal immigrant and is being deported. I know about how hard their life is. That hit me right between the eyes because of the immigration situation we have going on in the US. I got to see how they felt, their whole situation, and how it isn’t always black and white. I think that the children should be able to stay behind, get adopted, whatever. Because its not the children’s fault that they were brought here illegally. It was their parents’ fault.

But this book has actually changed my mind a little bit about illegal immigrants. I wasn’t one of those anti-immigration people or anything, but I had a certain amount of dislike towards illegal immigrants, and now I think that I would actually be more open to immigration and helping illegal immigrants to become legal. I think that’s something that interests me. I just want to help them now.

Something else that this book brought up was the connections between people, whether you know them or they are a complete stranger. We influence people throughout all of our lives, and we got to see that in this novel because we follow every person they influence throughout the day. We get to see how they impact that person and how that person impacts another person and so on and so forth. This just really made me think about the connections I make with the people in my own life and all those lives that I touch in some way, and I think that’s something we all should be thinking about.

But overall, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters, the story line, and just everything about this novel. I haven’t read a contemporary this good in quite a while, and I am so glad that I decided to pick this one up. It was bloody fantastic!!

5stars

And there you have it! That was my review of The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. What’s your favorite contemporary novel? Comment down below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am so excited to discuss with you my thoughts, opinions, and feels on Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. This is a contemporary novel that came out in 2015, and the movie trailer has also been released (I read this book the day the first trailer was released), which looks absolutely amazing. However, that trailer is very spoilery and if you haven’t read the book, then you definitely should not watch the trailer. But this book was absolutely fanfreakingtastic. I loved it so much. It made me remember why I love contemporaries so much. But before I get more into my thoughts, let’s just jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”

My Thoughts:

OH MY GOD. THIS BOOK WAS FUCKING FANTASTIC.

I was not expecting much from this book. I just read it because the trailer for the movie dropped and I watched it; it was amazing, and I really wanted to read the source material. This book is exactly what I needed to read. It was a fluffy contemporary, but it wasn’t all fluff. There was substance to it; there was complexity, not to mention the fact that it blew my mind. This is another book that I just need to put on my All Time Favorites list. That list is going to be so hard to make at the end of the year…

But let me just talk about the characters. I loved our main character, Madeline. She loved books and she did these one line reviews, which just made me laugh. I loved how close to her mom she was, and her fantastic friendship with Carla, not to mention the fact that she is a person of color, which is an added bonus. She was just such a likable character. She’s been sick her entire life, and she can’t leave the house, so she just watches people. Which is of course how our beautiful Madeline meets Olly.

He was not what I expected in the slightest. I wasn’t sure I would like his character. I could not tell what he was really like from the synopsis. But then we met him and suddenly I was in love with him. I was in love with how much he cared about his family, how much he cared about Madeline, and just what he was willing to do for those he cared about. He was definitely a surprising character for me, and I will ship him and Maddy for the rest of my days. They are literally the cutest thing ever.

I also want to mention Carla who I immediately loved. I loved how much she cared about Maddy, how much she cared about Maddy’s happiness, and just how great of a person she was. She was a very great friend to Madeline, in my opinion. She was willing to do anything for this girl, and her mom pissed me off when she did what she did (which I still do not agree with and will never agree with).

Now let’s talk about Maddy’s Mom. From the start, I knew there was something off about her. I had no idea what it was, but I just felt that something was really wrong. This was mostly because of her reaction to things. How against she was to Maddy touching anyone or having contact with anyone who wasn’t her or Carla and occasionally one of her tutors. Although she still wasn’t allowed to have physical contact with her tutors. It was also because of her reaction to the Incident and how much she overreacted. She wasn’t being protective. I knew it was something else, and now it all makes sense.

The story line, however, was what originally interested me. I was so curious to read a book about a girl who is allergic to literally everything, so she never goes outside. But the story was so much more than that, what with Maddy growing as a person and challenging herself, getting out of her comfort zone. From falling in love to for once doing something she isn’t supposed to be doing. I have mad respect for Maddy. The love story, of course, was my favorite part because it was so cute, and because Olly is bae.

Also, something else that I really enjoyed in the book was the mixed media. I love it when a book has things like IMs and emails and illustrations and notes. It just always adds a little something extra to the story. I think they really helped the story, and I really enjoyed looking at them and reading them. They definitely aided in the story telling.

Overall, this was a pretty rocking fantastic read, and I am so excited to see the movie in May. This book was absolutely fanfreakingtastic. I loved the story line, the characters, the love story, and the writing (with the mixed media, of course). This is probably one of my favorite contemporaries to date, and I am so freaking excited to read another book by Nicola Yoon!

5stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. What’s your favorite contemporary? Comment down below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.

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Book Review: “Wicked” by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hey, guys! I finally got around to reading this book and I freaking loved it. It was exactly what I needed at the time and I am so glad I finally busted my butt and read this. It has action, romance, fae, relatable characters, and just general badassery. With that said, this is not a Young Adult novel. This is new adult and if you aren’t mature enough to handle anything to do with the topic of sex, you probably should not read this because there is detail on this subject and it happens a lot in this novel. But if you are mature enough to handle that, I definitely recommend that you pick this one up because it is great. But that is going to be it for the non-spoiler section. If you haven’t read this book, you should leave, read it, and then come back and we can discuss it together. So goodbye for now!

***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout this book, read the synopsis and don’t read any other part of this review.***

Synopsis:

“Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.”

Characters:

Ivy: she is our main character and she is an all around badass. She kicks butt and hates all things fae. However, she has a dark past. Her parents and boyfriend at the time were killed by a fae and she thinks it is her fault since she didn’t wear her four leaf clover, therefore she was compelled by a fae and she ended up taking the fae home with her, causing them to be killed. Ivy also has major trust issues and doesn’t really ever let someone get close to her because she thinks they will die on her. This backstory really gave some depth to her character and I just really loved all of the references to Merida from Brave because of how wild and red her hair is!

Ren: This man is sexy. He’s confident, he’s charming, and he’s pretty damn hot. He also really cares about Ivy. He is so worried about her throughout a lot of the book (which made him even more attractive, in my opinion) and the backstory we get about his Halfling friend also really provided depth to his character, which I appreciated. We don’t know too much about his character, so I am very excited to get to know him more in the next installment in the series.

Val: I really liked her, which is why I was so upset and so pissed off with how things turned out in the end. She was super sweet and actually really cared about Ivy, which really made the betrayal worse. I did start to suspect her when she started acting weird around Ivy. Not in like an obvious way, but she didn’t really answer some questions Ivy was asking her and from the beginning, I was thinking that Ivy would regret telling Val about the Elite. Something about that just rubbed me the wrong way. When she got bruises and wouldn’t tell Ivy about the guy she was dating, I sort of guessed that the guy she was seeing was a fae and I suspected she might be the traitor. I was just really sad when Val was the traitor.

Tink: I love him. He is one of the main reasons I ended up loving this book so much. He is hilarious and his humor was so on point throughout the entirety of the book. When he was going to bust in Ivy’s room and defend her honor, I had to stop reading I was laughing so hard. We also see how much he wants to protect Ivy and how much he loves her and cares for her. It was really touching, especially seeing how protective of him Ivy was as well. He was literally probably my favorite character in the whole book.

David: he pissed me off during most of the book. I hated how he just let everyone think that Ivy was off her rocker and wouldn’t even entertain the possibility that an ancient was alive and here in New Orleans. God, he infuriated me for most of the book. I just hope his character is redeemed in Book 2.

Ancients (in general): The ancients were definitely evil and I sensed that. And they were assholes, attractive assholes, but assholes none the less. I specifically want to talk about the Prince. He gave Ivy a chance to run and live when she wanted to fight him. Twice. That was an act of mercy that I never thought he was capable of. Up to that point, we had always thought them to be soulless monsters, incapable of any compassion. But he sort of showed some compassion through that, even if he did start to beat the living crap out of her when they were fighting. Also, what he revealed, was very sudden, but it changed his whole demeanor and made him care for her. He even felt remorse for almost killing her and that really surprised me.

Plot:

The story starts off with Ivy having lunch with her best friend Val and we are introduced to the problem of the Fae and to the Order. They both go hunting and Ivy does kill one Fae who was caught with his pants down, which I found really funny. But then a guy shows up behind her (I thought he was super hot at first and thought that was extremely important to note), conjures up a gun from thin air, and shoots her (she did try to stab him with iron, but it did nothing to him, which freaked her out). She runs to the headquarters of the Order and ends up bleeding on the steps of it and is found by Harrison, another member Order and a man named Ren Owens (shitfire, this dude is H-O-T. I am a sucker for green eyes and his eyes were beautiful, guys).

When Ivy wakes up, she tells David everything she saw (she thinks it is an ancient) and he tells her not to tell anyone. She ends up going home and it is then that we meet Tink. I just immediately fell in love with his character. He is sassy, he is sarcastic, and he is freaking hilarious. I just love him. Ivy gets dressed and instead of staying home like a logical human being, she goes out. She sees the ancient who shot her and Ren stops her from going after him. He is aware it is an ancient.

She runs into this dickhead named Trent (probably one of my least favorite characters of the whole book) and she rises to his bait and spills the beans about the ancients. He calls her crazy and talks of how he always thought it was a mistake to let women into the Order (it was at this moment that I was imagining shoving his face into concrete) and this leads to him telling every Order member what she said and they all think she is insane. Ren doesn’t back her up when she talks about this to David, so she leaves before the Order meeting starts.

She goes home and goes to sleep and when she wakes up, Ren is in her bed, watching her sleep (How very Edward Cullen of you, Ren…). They starts fighting (as in actual physical fighting) and Tink nearly comes in there to defend her honor a couple of times (I found this scene to be hilarious), but she silently forces him to back off before Ren sees him. Ren tells her of how he is hunting ancients and he is part of the Elite, a faction inside of the Order.

She agrees to go to lunch with him to talk more about the ancients and the Elite. There is major flirtation that goes on and I really appreciated it. He talks about how there are many ancients roaming around. They leave the diner and as soon as they step outside, he shoves the both of them into a side of a building as an ancient gets out of a car. His name is Merle (I forget his full name) and he is a major land developer. He lures a young woman to him to feed on. Ivy’s back is pulled into Ren’s front and he kisses her cheek. It was unbelievably adorable!

Ivy goes home, sleeps, and meets Ren outside the diner the next day. They hear a lot of commotion, so they go to check it out and find that a rabid woman has bitten a man (is trying to continue to do so), but Ivy and Ren take care of it. The woman ends up dying (as she was a human who was being fed on by a fae for too long, resulting in this behavior). Ren takes off and Ivy goes after him. He was super upset about the deaths of the man and the woman. She comforts him and he saves her from being run over.

They had this moment where I was chanting at my book, “Kiss. Kiss. Kiss! KISS ALREADY DAMMIT.” Sadly, nothing happened (*frustrated Allie noises*). She for some ungodly and idiotic reason thinks its okay to ask him if he has a girlfriend. He is all flirty and says, “Not yet.” (*swoons*)

She goes home and dreams about her and Ren doing…things, if you know what I mean. (*tries to do winky face and fails miserably). So she wakes up and goes to the cemetery to meet Val. She tells her everything about the Elite and the Ancients and throughout this whole scene, I was just frustrated and pissed off. Ren told her not to tell anyone and what does she do? She blabs to someone. Someone that I personally never trusted. Yes, I like Val, but I would never trust her with something like this. Her not keeping Ren’s secret and just telling Val really made me uneasy.

However, in this scene, Val does deduce that Ivy likes Ren and is all for them being all up in each other’s business. She meets Ren at the diner and he gives her a rose (*squeals*). When Jerome says some things that aren’t the kindest, Ren gets all protective and offended with the way he spoke to Ivy, which I found adorable. Jerome gets upset when Ivy forgets to bring him chocolate cake that apparently is amazing (we later find out that Tink is the one making the cakes).

After this scene, outside there is hardcore flirtation and talk about cake and I was so frustrated. I kept screaming, “Just fucking make out already!!” They head over to his motorcycle and almost kiss (So damn close!), but sadly don’t. However, she does ride his motorcycle with him (as if he needed something else to make him more sexy and badass). They find that two ancients are working together (one who shot Ivy and the other is a major land developer).

They end up fighting some fae and they get a text that says ‘Code Red’, which means that a member of the Order is dead. They go back and learn that Trent was tortured and killed (He was a total asshat. I did not cry when we found out he died). David suspects Ivy for some ungodly reason and Ren thinks the other victims were tortured by Ancients (David denies they were even tortured, but we all know the bastard was lying). Ren also thinks they were all Guards to the Gates, and if they were Guards, the ancients received help identifying them from a rogue Order member.

To learn more and figure out what the fae know, Ivy and Ren go to a club called Flux that is crawling with Fae and Ancients. The Ancient who shot Ivy is there, so she and Ren go to a dark alcove and nearly have sex right there, but because Marlon (the big land developer) walks in, they stop what they are doing (*screams in frustration*) and Ivy goes up alone to see if she can find out what Marlon knows. She learns they may know where the Gate is and is almost fed on by a fae, but Ren pulls the fire alarm, allowing her to escape.

In the parking garage, Ivy and Ren are arguing when he kisses her (Finally! Thank the freaking Lord!) and they start heavily making out, but unfortunately don’t have sex (Don’t judge me! This book is nothing but sexual tension…). The next day, she goes to Merle’s house with Ren. Before going in, he kisses her senseless (*melts into a little puddle*). Merle knows who Ren is and finds him good-looking (I found this quite funny). She reveals she used to be a Guard and gives them a clue as to where the two Gates are. She also reveals that the other part of Ren’s job is to look for the Halfling who will decide whether the Gates open or close.

They go back to his place and he explains everything. A Halfling is a child born of a human who can’t be compelled (meaning an Order member) and a fae. To identify a Halfling, you cut them with a stake fashioned from that of a thorn tree in the Underworld. If their blood bubbles, they are a Halfling. If the Halfling were to have a baby with an Ancient (specifically the Prince), it would break the Gates wide open and they would never be able to be shut. Because of this, the Elite hunt them down and kill them. There is evidence there is one in New Orleans, meaning its a member of the Order. He says she isn’t one (she is worried about that), but he suspects that Miles is one and won’t tell her who else he suspects.

He kisses her and they start heavily making out and stuff happens (unfortunately they don’t go all the way) and he takes her home. They heavily make out in his truck, and she goes up to her door, but he grabs her and they start making out again before he leaves. She goes inside and gets Tink to admit he knew about the Gates and the Halflings. He admits he and some of the other Fae destroyed the Gates from the inside, not realizing there was another Gate in New Orleans. This means there is only one surviving Gate and every Fae is going after it.

They tell David and it looks like he and Miles believe Ivy is the traitor. Val is in the room when they blab everything to David. Ivy ends up going home with Ren and when she wakes up, they do stuff, but it freaks her out so she pushes him away and leaves. (This part pissed me off to no end!). Later that day, there is a meeting where David tells the order everything (excluding the Halflings) and Ivy pushes Ren away again.

She goes home and there is a knock on her door. It is Ren. She tells him how it was her fault Shaun and her parents were murdered. They end up having sex and while I really enjoyed this scene, the only thing I could really think about was the fact that they were doing that in the same house that Tink was in, in the room next to his! Which was why I found the morning scene pretty hilarious.

Ren is going to go make her breakfast, right? And he finds Tink, almost kills him. You have to read this scene to understand the humor of the situation, but just know it was probably one of the most hilarious scenes I have ever read in my life. He agrees to let Tink go and he won’t tell anyone about him. Ren makes all three of them breakfast and then he takes Ivy out on a date.

Later that night, they all are Guarding the Gate (including Val) and the fae come. We learn Val is the traitor and she cuts an Ancient, which opens the Gate. The Prince and the Knights come through (I am ashamed to admit that I found the Prince pretty damn attractive). The Prince leaves and Val follows him while Ivy is following Val. When Ivy gets back to headquarters, she finds Harrison is dead and Ivy engages in a fight with the Prince  (he did give her two chances to leave and not fight him, but she will not back down, so it goes south pretty quick). After beating the crap out of her, he figures out she’s a Halfling. He heals her, just enough to save her life, and he transforms into a black crow, taking off when the rest of the Order arrives.

Ivy wakes up in the hospital with Ren beside of her. After a few days, she goes home and tests out what the Prince said. She cuts her hand with the stake and her blood bubbles. She is the Halfling that Ren is hunting.

AND THEN THE BOOK FUCKING ENDS RIGHT THERE.

My Theories:

In the next book, I think we are going to see the Prince make advances toward Ivy since he does know that she is the Halfling. Ren is going to find out because she won’t be able to keep it a secret for long and that could either make or break their relationship. He would be warring with his feelings for her and his duty to the Order and the Elite. Val is probably going to show up again and there will likely be another confrontation between her and Ivy. We are going to see the repercussions of the Gate being opened and a whole lot more Fae in New Orleans. I think Tink is going to be known to some people and that is going to cause problems and I really think Ivy is going to be in way over her head. I think a lot of shit is going to go down in the next book.

My Thoughts:

OH. MY. GOD. THIS BOOK. IT WAS FABULOUS. I really was not expecting much when I read this. That’s why I kept putting off reading it. It has been in my Kindle Library for forever. But I finally decided to read it and now I need the second book like now. This book surprised me with how much I ended up loving it. This book made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me almost scream at times. I had no idea what this book was even about. I just knew it was by one of my favorite authors and it was taking place in New Orleans.

Man, this book was great. I loved the story line with the fae. It was so interesting. I have this thing where I am obsessed with the fae and fae in books and I don’t read them as often as I would like. But damn. This book makes me want to read way more than I do. It made sense to me, which was a plus because I hate it when plot lines go over my head. But it was action-packed, thrilling and pretty badass. This story line was so interesting and I wasn’t bored even once when reading this.

The characters were one thing that really sold me on this book, more so than the plot line. I really connected with these characters. I always pictured Ivy as Merida from Brave. One thing I loved that Jennifer did with her character, is she made her look pretty normal and not out of this world beautiful like a lot of heroines we read about. She made her beautiful in a simplistic way. I loved Ivy’s character and I thought she was a total badass. Her backstory with her parents and her boyfriend dying brought a lot of substance and depth to her character that I really loved and appreciated.

And Ren. Oh my God, Ren…That man is so hot I just want to bake cookies on him. He’s funny, he’s sexy, he’s badass and he really cares about Ivy. Which is what makes the ending so bittersweet. But he is one of my favorite love interests that Jennifer has ever read about, but my top favorite remains Daemon from the Lux series. When I was picturing Ren, all I could see was Flynn Rider from Tangled. I am not even sorry.

But my favorite character is Tink. I loved him from the minute we met him. He was the comedic relief for me in this story. He was hilarious. Sometimes when he would just talk to Ivy, I would have to stop reading because I am laughing so hard. And he really cares about Ivy. He loves her and I just really love the bond he has with Ivy. It is really refreshing to see almost a sibling bond between the two of them.

I just want to briefly mention the ending. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK WAS THAT ENDING. I sort of expected Ivy to be the Halfling because I was going through the whole book thinking, “What kind of a story is this where she isn’t the focus of some dark destiny?” and then she was the Halfling that Ren is hunting. When we find out that my theory is actually true, I was just pissed off because then the book just ends…I’m just like, “EX-FUCKING-SCUSE ME?” I literally said that out loud. It left me on this huge fucking cliffhanger and now I am desperate for Book 2!

But all in all, the story line was fabulous, the characters were on point, and the writing was pretty rocking fantastic. This book was so good and I am so freaking excited to read Book 2 (because obviously I already bought it in the Kindle Store).

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But there you have it! That was my review of Wicked! What was your favorite scene in this book? That whole battle scene with the Prince and finding out that she was the Halfling was pretty epic, but my favorite scene is definitely the scene where Ren finds out about Tink and they’re arguing and Tink is just making it worse. I was laughing hysterically throughout that whole scene. I was literally dying of laughter! It was so good. But that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.

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Book Review: “Seducing the Dragon” by Jessie Donovan | Spoiler Free

Hey, guys! I finally got around to reading the next book in the Stonefire Dragons series and I really enjoyed it. I liked it better than the first book and that book was pretty rockin’ fantastic. If you aren’t aware, this is a series that centers around Dragon Shifters and them finding their mates whilst also dealing with prejudices against them mating and outside forces threatening to tear them apart. It is so good and if you want specific information on the first book, I do have a spoiler-free review up, so you should check that out.

This is an Adult series that has graphic sex scenes in it, so if you are not comfortable with that, I can’t recommend this series to you. However, if you’re totally cool with that, I highly recommend this series! This review will not spoil the events of this second book, but it will spoil the events of the first book, so if you haven’t read Sacrificed to the Dragon, I suggest you leave, read it, then come back for a little sneak peak into what the second book is about. Goodbye for now!

Synopsis:

“On her first visit to Clan Stonefire, Department of Dragon Affairs inspector Evie Marshall has an ulterior motive—she needs to seduce its clan leader. If she can’t seduce him and become his mate, the dragon hunters will kill her. Of course, Evie doesn’t know the first thing about seducing a man, let alone a dragon-shifter, but with her life on the line, she’s going to have to become a fast learner or die trying.

Bram Moore-Llewellyn has a track record of scaring off DDA inspectors, but when the latest inspector shows up wearing tight clothes and a sexy smile, his inner dragon takes notice. While battling his attraction to the human, he soon finds himself with an impossible choice: he can either break the law to mate the female and risk a backlash from both the dragon hunters and the British government, or he can turn her away and let her die at the hands of the hunters.”

My Thoughts:

Oh my gosh this was so good. I liked this more than the first book, which I didn’t think was possible. This book just made me so happy. I freaking love Bram. He is gorgeous, respectful, sexy, dominant, caring, loving, and everything I want in a male character. He has a possessiveness that rivals that of Tristan from Sacrificed to the Dragon, the first book, which to be honest I did not think was possible. Bram treats her with respect, which I really appreciated. I also really loved Evie’s character. She is so full of sass and it was like one of my favorite things about her. I love how she always puts Bram in his place and how she is never afraid to speak her mind. She is strong, she’s beautiful, and just a great character in general.

I also really enjoyed Finaley’s character. The sass levels in this motherfucker were astronomical and I loved every scene where he was in it. He’s flirty and sexy, but is also willing to get things done. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to save those he cares about, to help those who need it. He’s an alpha, but he’s unlike any other alpha we’ve read about in the series, so I just really enjoyed his character. And I ship him hardcore with Arabella.

I also really loved seeing Melanie and Tristan again. We really get to see what someone else’s view of him is. He seems like such an asshole and in this book, Evie is curious as to why Melanie fell for him. We only got to see Melanie’s side of things last time. We see how rough around the edges he is and how fiercely protective he is of his family and his interactions with his sister, how protective of her he is. I also loved seeing the interactions between Melanie and Tristan from another person’s point of view because they are so cute and it just made my heart burst with happiness every time they interacted!

The story line was freaking fabulous. I love what Jessie does with her books. She will have two story lines working at the same time and I love that. I love the love story that is told in this book and the other story line is so kickass. So much shit goes down and you just really come to know the problem that we are introduced to in the last book, but comes full circle in this book. It was so interesting to learn about this problem and I hope this problem gets fixed and the leader of this problem dies in the fiery pits of hell.

One of my favorite parts about this story was the interactions between Bram and his dragon. The way they argue was the most hilarious thing ever. I would literally have to stop reading I was laughing so hard. It was so comical! This has always been one of my favorite things about this series.

But this has got me so excited for the next novel in this series. I know there is another novella but I am debating on reading it. The next novel for this series was introduced, I believe, in this book and it has me so excited to read it. If you haven’t picked up this book/series yet, I highly recommend that you do because it is one hell of a ride!

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There you have it! That was my review of the second book in the Stonefire Dragons series. What is your favorite type of Shifter? Until this series, I would have been basic and said wolf, but this series has changed my mind and no Shifter will ever live up to the awesomeness of Dragon Shifters. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time.

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