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The Art of Keeping Faith by Anna Bloom
(Uni Files #2)
Publication date: April 2nd 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

Lilah and Ben. They are meant to be a thing.

Well they were. The best thing ever. That was until Lilah decided to teach herself a lesson, and let go of Ben as she learnt TheArt of Letting Go.

Now it’s a new academic year, and Lilah has it all to play for and it all too lose as she battles scary lecturers, evil PR girls and her own inability to make the right decision at the right time.

Life has moved on for Lilah and her friends, and life off campus is more complicated than any of them would have guessed.  As the reality of being second year students sets in and the study starts to build up, cracks begin to appear in the very fabric of their friendships. There is a chance that none of them are going to complete Year Two in one piece.

Facing down her worst enemy: herself. Lilah has to try and change her own past mistakes when she realises that the only way she is going to get the future she wants is if she manages to learn The Art of Keeping Faith in herself.

The Art of Keeping Faith is the second year in The Uni File Series and continues Lilah McCannon’s diary as she searches for love, tries to find and earn trust, and ultimately discovers who she is really meant to be.

Sometimes the only way to meet your future is to face your past.

 
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Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series. Anna’s main aim in life is to create the perfect book which makes a reader laugh and cry at the same time, hopefully causing a convulsive (impossible to ignore) donkey noise. It’s a work in progress!  Anna also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.
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Red Ink Book Review

Red Ink by Julie Mayhew

Publication Date: February 7, 2013

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Source: Library

Synopsis: When her mother is knocked down and killed by a London bus, fifteen-year-old Melon Fouraki is left with no family worth mentioning. Her mother, Maria, never did introduce Melon to a ‘living, breathing’ father. The indomitable Auntie Aphrodite, meanwhile, is hundreds of miles away on a farm in Crete, and is unlikely to be jumping on a plane and coming to East Finchley anytime soon. But at least Melon has ‘The Story’. ‘The Story’ is the Fourakis family fairytale. A story is something. RED INK is a powerful coming-of-age tale about superstition, denial and family myth.

Personal ThoughtsRed Ink was an interesting read for me. I have not heard of the author nor of the book before. It took a while to get used to the writing since it used a lot of British slang, but once I got the hang of it, it was a great read. Melon is dealt with a tragedy when her mother is killed by a London bus. Over the span of the book, we are taken on a journey where Melon tries to deal with her grief and find out just what the truth is compared to what she has been told all of her life. What she finds out is that not everything is as it seems and the truth can be interpreted in a lot of ways.

Mayhew’s writing invokes a lot of feeling and you can feel the grief as the character is feeling it, you want to cry when the character cries. This was a really refreshing read for me and it was a nice change from all the books that I have been reading lately. It was edgy, raw and spoke a truth that people don’t want to face until it is too late.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Concealed in Death Book Review

Concealed in Death (In Death, #38)Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb

Publication Date: February 18, 2014

Publisher: Putnam Adult

SynopsisThe incomparable J. D. Robb presents the latest moving and suspenseful novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Eve Dallas series.

In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, there are two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. He summons his wife immediately—and by the time she’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.

The place once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers, back in the mid-2040s, and Eve tracks down the people who ran it. Between their recollections and the work of the force’s new forensic anthropologist, Eve begins to put names and faces to the remains. They are all young girls. A tattooed tough girl who dealt in illegal drugs. The runaway daughter of a pair of well-to-do doctors. They all had their stories. And they all lost their chance for a better life.

Then Eve discovers a connection between the victims and someone she knows. And she grows even more determined to reveal the secrets of the place that was called The Sanctuary—and the evil concealed in one human heart.

Personal Thoughts: The latest In Death series book was an awesome book. Roarke gives Eve a new case, when he demolishes a wall in his newest bought building. What he discovers inside is more than just dust, there are two skeletons inside. By the time they are done with the walls there are twelve bodies found in total. As Eve starts to unravel the case, the truth slowly comes out about the owners of the old building and shelter that was meant to be a haven for troubled teenagers.

It is quite disturbing to read about what happened to those teenagers and why it happened in the first place. It makes you think of what a sick world it is out there and just how far someone will go to justify their criminal action. It is just sickening but it does sadly exist in our world.

This story has been added to my favorite pile because it has more background information on Mavis’ past. I love reading about character’s past and how they have evolved since then. J.D. Robb does a spectacular job moving the story with a great pace, creating enough suspense and mystery to keep you reading and wondering who it is going to be in the end. By the time I got to the end and found out who it was, it was actually someone else completely from who I thought it was going to be.

The progress of Eve and Roarke’s relationship is also looked into and I just love reading about those two. Out of all the series I have ever read, this one is my favorite, just because of those two characters. I cannot wait to see what happens next with them.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Paradox Cover Reveal

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Paradox by Kelly Carrero
(Unearthly Paradox #1)
Publication date: April 2014
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:
Never in a million years would I ever fall for the son of a drug lord. Or so I thought until I moved two doors down from Jett.

Zara thought her life was over when she had to move just days before graduation. The situation went from bad to horrible, when she discovers just how cruel the kids at her new school can be.

When Zara is set up by some bullies and almost raped, she somehow gets free, but she’s haunted by the eyes of the one she believes rescued her.

Later, bad boy Jett is only too willing to step in and help. In fact, Zara can’t seem to get rid of him or his family, who all seem to have a strange obsession with her.

Will letting down her guard be one of the biggest mistakes of her life, or is Zara destined to become a part of his life, an existence that no human could ever understand?

 
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Waiting on Wednesday: Otherwise Engaged

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Otherwise Engaged

Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick.

Publication Date: April 22, 2014

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler, is accustomed to adventure and risk. Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the Crown, has faced danger in the darker corners of foreign lands.

But they are about to face a threat that is shockingly close to home . . .

One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight. But Amity Doncaster barely escapes with her life after she is trapped in a carriage with a blade-wielding man in a black silk mask who whispers the most vile taunts and threats into her ear. Her quick thinking, and her secret weapon, save her . . . for now.

But the monster known in the press as the Bridegroom, who has left a trail of female victims in his wake, has survived the wounds she inflicts and will soon be on his feet again. He is unwholesomely obsessed by her scandalous connection to Benedict Stanbridge—gossip about their hours alone in a ship’s stateroom seems to have crossed the Atlantic faster than any sailing vessel could. Benedict refuses to let this resourceful, daring woman suffer for her romantic link to him—as tenuous as it may be.

For a man and woman so skilled at disappearing, so at home in the exotic reaches of the globe, escape is always an option. But each intends to end the Bridegroom’s reign of terror in London, and will join forces to do so. And as they prepare to confront an unbalanced criminal in the heart of the city they love, they must also face feelings that neither of them can run away from. . .

Personal Thoughts: Yey! Another Amanda Quick book is coming out later next month! I love her historical romance books. They are always entertaining reads full of females that take matters into their own hands. 🙂 Cannot wait!

What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Taken With You Tour

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Taken with You by Shannon Stacey
(Kowalski Family #8)
Published by: Carina Press
Publication date: March 25th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis:

Hailey Genest has seen most of her friends marry and have babies, and she’s happy for them, but it was a lot easier before she hit forty. She’s spent her entire life in Whitford, Maine, and if she hasn’t found her Prince Charming by now, she has to accept she’s probably not going to. When a new friend suggests they go on an adventure and embrace being single, Hailey agrees.Surviving in the woods is game warden Matt Barnett’s idea of a relaxing vacation. But when he meets two women in need of help, he leads them back to safety – a task that proves more fun than expected, thanks to a certain hot blonde. He can’t resist pushing her buttons, even though she’s made it clear that the rugged, outdoorsy type just isn’t for her.

Hailey is glad to see the back of her tempting-tour-guide-slash-pain-in-the-ass. When he shows up in her life again, she’s determined to avoid him, no matter how good he looks in his uniform. But that’s easier said than done in Whitford, especially when he’s renting the house right next door…

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Personal Thoughts: This was my first book by Shannon Stacey and it was a lovely surprise. I didn’t know what to expect going in but what I got was a new favorite author! Her writing is delightful, her characters are easy to like and to relate to. I loved the banter between Hailey and Matt and the mixed signals they were giving off. It was entertaining to see them go from being friends to something much more. The story is a delight and it makes you laugh, it breaks your heart a bit, but by the end you find happiness with the story again 🙂

For anyone who loves a great contemporary romance, I would recommend this book in a heart beat 🙂 I love that this is a series and I can’t believe that I haven’t heard of it before. Definitely going to go back to the first book in the series and find out the whole story.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she’s not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up.
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Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List

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It’s Top 10 Tuesday, which is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish and the topic is:

 Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List

Go to Book Expo America

Meet Nora Roberts– She is one of my ultimate favorites and really got me started reading when I was younger so I would love nothing more than to meet her 🙂 

Have a designated reading room/library–  This would be like my escape room where I can really relax and get away from everything.

Open my own bookstore This has been on my back burner for a while and I would love to own my own business, especially if it involves books. 

Be more involved in the book blogging community. It feels like I know a lot of the blogs out there but the owners have no idea that I exist lol. I would love to have a blogger best friend! 🙂 

Learn code and create a great book blog design– There are a lot of blogs out there with designs that I love and they all learned how to code. 

To reach at least 200 followers on bloglovin’. It’s a slow process but it always gives me warm fuzzy feelings when I get a new follower. 🙂 

Write a best selling series– It’s hard enough to write a standalone and I would love to write a series. I always love reading series by my favorite authors. 

Get my significant other to read at least a few books a year–  He doesn’t really read books for entertainment. It is hard not being able to discuss books with him. Maybe one day this goal will be accomplished 🙂

Start my own book club

Work in the publishing industryI’ve interned at a few publishing houses and those were some of the best months of my life. I’d love to work in this field. 🙂 It’s really competitive and hard to get into though. 🙁