Thursday, January 31, 2019

Random Reads #376, January 31st

Random Reads is a monthly meme (that I'm going to do weekly) hosted by I'm Loving Books to read some books that have been on our TBR piles for a long time. Using Random.org, I got 4880 which turned out to be Winky Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tuckolke! It's been on my TBR pile since October 15th, 2014, and I added it because I enjoy her writing! Happy reading!

Third Sentence Thursday #390, January 31st

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Third Sentence Thursday is a weekly meme which likes to watch fireworks especially while eating a cookie!
1) Take the book you are currently reading and open it to a random page. Share the third full sentence on that page. (If there isn't a third one – like at the end of a chapter or a blank page – you can share the third sentence of the book or just choose another random page.) Feel free to share more than one sentence, if you feel the need to do so.
2) Review this sentence anyway you want (funny and silly reviews encouraged)
3) Post a link to your sentence at Words I Write Crazy (This Blog)
4) Visit one or two of the other blogs to check out their third sentences!

"Stay inside, Shylah." -Toxic Game by Christine Feehan, page 255.

Well, that gives me nothing to off of!

What are your guy's 3rd lines? Link up below!

Will the Time Come #400, January 31st

Every Thursday I am going to list a book which I really want to read/keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books which have been on my shelf for awhile now but don't have to be, maybe you got it two weeks ago and really want to read it! Thanks to Jodie from Books for Company for this meme!
Want to Join?
-Pick a book you have been meaning to read
-Do a post telling us about the book    
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Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it? 

Lada's rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won't rest until everyone knows that her country's borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed's peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince. 

But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister's indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before--including her relationships--can Lada truly build the country she wants. 

Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world. 

Why the time hasn't come yet...
The first book was very dense, there was a lot going on, and it's been a while since I read the first book, and I haven't read the 2nd book. So I think I'm going to have to read the whole series in one go sometime! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #403, January 30th

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!

Forever Wolf by Maria Vale
Expected Publication: March 26th, 2019
From Goodreads:
Born with one blue eye and one green, Eyulf was abandoned as an infant and has never understood why, or what he is...Varya is fiercely loyal to the Great North Pack, which took her in when she was a teenager. While out on patrol, Varya finds Eyulf wounded and starving and saves his life, at great risk to her own.

Legend says his eyes portend the end of the world...or perhaps, the beginning...

With old and new enemies threatening the Great North, Varya knows as soon as she sees his eyes that she must keep Eyulf hidden away from the superstitious wolves who would doom them both. Until the day they must fight to the death for the Pack's survival, side by side and heart to heart...
Dark Tribute by Iris Johansen
Expected Publication: March 26th, 2019
From Goodreads:
New York Times bestseller Iris Johansen is back with another high octane thriller that will leave your mind racing and your heart pounding. 

Despite her tragic childhood, violin prodigy Cara Delaney has finally found peace in her career as a professional musician and stability in her relationship with her guardians, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy SEAL Joe Quinn. If only Jock Gavin, Cara's lifelong friend and a man with his own twisted history, would come back into her life, everything would be perfect.

But the carefully constructed world Cara has built for herself is suddenly threatened when she is kidnapped by a mysterious man trying to settle a score against her family, setting off a violent chain of events that puts everyone Cara loves in danger. Now, Cara will have to use every instinct she has to stay one step ahead, or else she’ll pay the deadly tribute of her family’s dark past.


This Scot of Mine by Sophie Jordan
Expected Publication: March 26th, 2019
From Goodreads:
A daring deception…

Desperate to escape her vile fiancé, Lady Clara devises a bold lie—that she’s pregnant with another man’s child. With her reputation in tatters, Clara flees to Scotland to live out her days in disgrace, resigned to her fate as a spinster…until she claps eyes on the powerful and wickedly handsome Laird Hunt MacLarin.

She’s the answer to his curse…

Laird of an ancient clan, Hunt needs an heir, but he comes from a long line of men cursed to die before the birth of their firstborn. When the Duke of Autenberry approaches him with a proposition—marry my ruined sister—it seems the perfect solution. Even better, the defiant lass stirs him to his very soul.

No escaping the truth...

Except marriage cannot set them free. No matter how much Hunt desires her. No matter how much Clara burns for him. Soon she is falling for her husband, but is love enough to end the curse? Or is the tragic history of the MacLarin Clan doomed to repeat itself?


In a Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston
Expected Publication: March 26th, 2019
From Goodreads:
Petite, kind, brilliant, and young, Stevie is nothing like the usual women bodyguard Shen Li is interested in. Even more surprising, the youngest of the lethal, ball-busting, and beautiful MacKilligan sisters is terrified of bears. But she's not terrified of pandas. She loves pandas.

Which means that whether Shen wants her to or not, she simply won't stop cuddling him. He isn't some stuffed Giant Panda, ya know! He is a Giant Panda shifter. He deserves respect and personal space. Something that little hybrid is completely ignoring.

But Stevie has a way of finding trouble. Like going undercover to take down a scientist experimenting on other shifters. For what, Shen doesn't want to know, but they'd better find out. And fast. Stevie might be the least violent of the honey badger sisters, but she's the most dangerous to Shen's peace of mind. Because she has absolutely no idea how much trouble they're in . . . or just how damn adorable she is.

In Another Life by C.C. Hunter
Expected Publication: March 26th, 2019
From Goodreads:
What would you do if your whole life was a lie and learning the truth could cost you your life? 

From New York Times bestselling author of the Shadow Falls series comes C. C. Hunter's new YA thriller about a girl who learns that she may have been kidnapped as a child, and must race to uncover the truth about her past before she winds up a victim.


Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn't scar her, and she's had a great life. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents' marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her.


When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they're kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago, and he’s determined to figure out the truth.


As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don't add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe's adoption a secret that people would kill for?


Quarantine by Katie Cicatelli-Kuc
Expected Publication: March 26th, 2019
From Goodreads:
Oliver wants a girlfriend, and there's a girl back home who might be interested in him. The problem is, he has to spend his spring break on a volunteer trip in the Dominican Republic. Flora, on the other hand, isn't really looking for a boyfriend. She just wants to end a miserable spring break visiting her dad and her new stepmom in the D.R.

The solution to both their problems? Get back home to New York ASAP. Sadly, they won't be getting there anytime soon. 

Their hopes are dashed when Flora's impulsiveness lands them in quarantine -- just the two of them. Now, the two teens must come together in order to survive life in a bubble for 30 days. In that time, love will bloom. But is it the real thing, or just a placebo effect? 

In her debut novel, Katie Cicatelli-Kuc delivers an introspective and witty story about finding love in the most unexpected place.

Yeah, some really amazing books! I've read one or two, and I can't wait for the rest of them to come out! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #407, January 30th

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you'll read next?

Thanks to MizB of Should Be Writing now A Daily Rhythm for starting this meme!

I'm reading The Perilous Sea again, such a great read, love the back and forth in the timeline!
I read The Burning Sky, and yeah, it was such a great start to this trilogy! 
I'm going to be reading The Immortal Heights, and I can't wait, because I love this series!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Teaser Tuesday #407, January 29th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teaser comes from Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman, page 286.

"Nature is the sum of all selfishness, forcing each and every species to viciously claw its way to survival by snuffing others in the suffocating mire of history. I endeavored to change all that."

Monday, January 28, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #399, January 28th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #398
Teaser Tuesday #406
WWW Wednesday #406
WOW #402
Will the Time Come #399
Third Sentence Thursday #389
Random Reads #375
First Lines Friday #402
The Reward Challenge Update #384
Book Blogger Hop #68
How Well I Stuck to It #236
Wrote that Review Update #233

Week 4 Reviews:
The Naturals
Killer Instinct
All In
Bad Blood
Twelve
Dead Ringer
The Demon's Lexicon
The Demon's Covenant
The Demon's Surrender
Hot and Badgered

Random:
We Have the Cover of Guild Hunter #12!!!!

OK, so I got 17 posts in 7 days, a decent week, and I'm almost caught up with meme posts, and I've written a few previously posted reviews, yeah. So I'm happy with this week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read The Burning Sky, The Perilous Sea, The Immortal Heights, Scythe, Thunderhead, and Toxic Game.

Two teens must learn the "art of killing" in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award–winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.

Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the chilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe from New York Times bestseller Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

The Thunderhead cannot interfere in the affairs of the Scythedom. All it can do is observe—it does not like what it sees.

A year has passed since Rowan had gone off grid. Since then, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. His story is told in whispers across the continent.

As Scythe Anastasia, Citra gleans with compassion and openly challenges the ideals of the "new order." But when her life is threatened and her methods questioned, it becomes clear that not everyone is open to the change.

Will the Thunderhead intervene?

Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?
On a rescue mission in the heart of the Indonesian jungle, Dr. Draden Freeman and his GhostWalker team need to extract the wounded as quickly as possible—or risk spreading a deadly virus unleashed by a terrorist cell. When Draden gets infected, he forces his team to leave him behind. He won't risk exposing anyone else. He intends to find the ones responsible and go out in a blaze of glory....

Shylah Cosmos's mission is to track the virus and remain unseen. Her enhanced senses tell her that the gorgeous man eradicating the terrorists one by one is a GhostWalker—and his lethal precision takes her breath away. When he's hit by a lucky shot, she can't stop herself from stepping in, not knowing that by saving his life she's exposed herself to the virus.

There's no telling how much time Draden and Shylah have left. Racing to find a cure, they quickly realize that they've found their perfect partner just in time to lose everything. But even as the virus threatens to consume their bodies, they've never felt more alive.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Wrote that Review Update #233, January 27th

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If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for The Naturals, Killer Instinct, All In, Bad Blood, Twelve, Dead Ringer, The Demon's Lexicon, The Demon's Covenant, The Demon's Surrender, Hot and Badgered, so I have 4 of 4 reviews written!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #236, January 27th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 5:
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas, The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas, The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman, Toxic Game by Christine Feehan

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: 1. Check.

Edelweiss: NA.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: 3. Check.

New Books: 2. Check.


OK, this is a pretty good week, a few things going on, not too many books, so yeah, I'm happy with it!

vs.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Twelve by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Dead Ringer by Kate Kessler, The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan, The Demon's Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan, The Demon's Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan, Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurensten

Yeah, I didn't read a lot of what I wanted to read. And I mostly read books that I didn't plan on. I'm weird like that. I just have to work with the weird. What about you guys? Happy reading!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Week 4 Review: Hot and Badgered

From Goodreads:
It's not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn's hotel balcony. Definitely they don't usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she's gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she's a honey badger shifter, it's too late.

Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or maybe Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed again, and won't even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she's not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He's trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He's cute enough that she just might let him tag along—that is, if he can keep up . . .

My Review:
This book was so freaking hilarious! I wasn't even planning on reading this book, I had two others that I was reading and it was Friday night, but I saw this book and decided to read it before I forgot about it. And I'm so glad I did, because this book was a laughfest from beginning to end!

The MacKilligan sisters got into some situations that were so ridiculous. It wasn't their fault, it was their dad's, but they still had to deal with it. There was one scene where a guy thought to himself, what could a gun do to a helicopter? And then Max shot a rocket launcher. Yeah. That was just the sort of thing that would happen in this book! And while these sisters would go at each other, they were a team.

This book is a romance, but there's only flirting for two thirds of this book. Then the physical stuff in the last third is pretty intense, but after what they've been through, they deserved it! I really enjoyed Charlie and Berg together, they both knew about close and crazy sibling bonds!

I really enjoyed getting to know these characters! There were a few complains I have, like some of the time, it would take me a second to figure out who was narrating. And there were a few characters who narrated and I didn't have a clue and then things would happen and answers would be had, but it was still a little bit confusing. While writing this review, I found out that this is a spin off series, so that explains a bit of that, and I'm going to have to read that series!

Loved reading this book so much, and I'm so excited for the sequel!

Author: Shelley Laurenston
Series: Honey Badger Chronicles #1
Read: January 25th, 2018
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book!
Publisher: Kensington
Published: March 27th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 4 Reviews: The Demon's Lexicon, The Demon's Covenant, The Demon's Surrender



From Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Nick and his brother, Alan, are always ready to run. Their father is dead, and their mother is crazy—she screams if Nick gets near her. She's no help in protecting any of them from the deadly magicians who use demons to work their magic. The magicians want a charm that Nick's mother stole—and they want it badly enough to kill. Alan is Nick's partner in demon slaying and the only person he trusts in the world. So things get very scary and very complicated when Nick begins to suspect that everything Alan has told him about their father, their mother, their past, and what they are doing is a complete lie. . . 

From Goodreads:
Mae Crawford's always thought of herself as in control, but in the last few weeks her life has changed. Her younger brother, Jamie, suddenly has magical powers, and she's even more unsettled when she realizes that Gerald, the new leader of the Obsidian Circle, is trying to persuade Jamie to join the magicians. Even worse? Jamie hasn't told Mae a thing about any of it. Mae turns to brothers Nick and Alan to help her rescue Jamie, but they are in danger from Gerald themselves because he wants to steal Nick's powers. Will Mae be able to find a way to save everyone she cares about from the power-hungry magician's carefully laid trap?

From Goodreads:
The Goblin Market has always been the center of Sin’s world. But now the Market is at war with the magicians, and Sin’s place is in danger. Thrown out of the Market she loves, Sin is thrown together with brothers Nick and Alan—whom she's always despised.

Alan has been marked by a magician and is being tortured so that the magicians can get to Nick. As Sin watches Alan struggle to protect the demon brother he loves, she begins to see him in a new light—but she and Mae are locked in a fierce rivalry over who will inherit the leadership of the Goblin Market, and a decisive battle with the Aventurine Circle is looming. Mae's brother, Jamie, is holed up with the magicians, his loyalties in question. And Nick—well, who knows what a demon might do to save his brother? How far will Nick go to save Alan—and what will it cost them all?

My first review of The Demon's Lexicon, The Demon's Covenant, The Demon's Surrender
My Review:
Oh, I loved reading these books again! It's been so long since I first read them! And yeah, it's making me want to read the Lynburn series because I'm wondering if they're set in the same world or not...So I'll have to read that series again to figure it out, yeah!

I forgot most of what happened in these books. I remembered the big twist of The Demon's Lexicon, and that Alan was a liar who had very complex plans and plots. But that was about it. So reading these books again, it was basically like reading them for the first time, which was nice!

I really enjoyed the fact that we got a different narrator for each book. Nick who was a vital part of this world, but didn't know something very important about himself. Mae who was a newcomer to this world, but was dumped in the deep end of it. Sin who was also a part of this world, but had a vastly different perspective than Nick. We got so much variety there!

These books were very complex and tricky. They were also hilarious, because I can't forget to mention that! So much could go wrong, and sometimes it did, and creative solutions had to be found. But they built something good in the end, with hope for the future. So fantastic!

Loved this series so much, it was so freaking fantastic!

Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Demon's Lexicon #1, 2, 3
First Read: December 3rd, 2012, December 10th, 10th, 2012
Read: January 20th, 23rd, 24th, 2019
Source: Ebook.bike, Own
Reason Why: Rereading!
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Published: June 2nd 2009, May 18th 2010, June 9th 2011

The Demon's Lexicon:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









The Demon's Covenant:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









The Demon's Surrender:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 4 Review: Dead Ringer

From Goodreads:
A gripping thriller by Kate Kessler (author of the Audrey Harte novels), in which an FBI agent becomes entwined in a missing persons case that directly connects to a horrific event from her past.


Eighteen years ago, FBI Agent Rachel Ward's mirror twin, Hannah, was taken by the Gemini killer, a serial killer who delights in sending photos of his victims to their twins. Rachel assumes her sister has been dead for years, but she's never stopped hunting the monster who took her. Now, another twin has been taken, and when the case reopens, Rachel is assigned as an agent. But her relentless hunt for the killer may drive her to her breaking point.

My Review:
This was really fantastic to read! I loved all the twists and turns, and this book was so dark and well, twisted! I mean, the Gemini killer takes one twin, and then tortures the other twin with pictures of what he's doing to the one that he took. Which is pretty horrible, but that's not all he does!

Rachel has had it pretty tough. Because of Hannah being taken, because she was the one who was targeted which caused her mom to blame her. And she has some scars because of that, doesn't want to get close to anyone. And she's dogged with her belief in who the Gemini killer is, but nobody believes her.

I was a little surprised when about halfway through, Rachel was vindicated and the guy was charged. There was so much more book, so I didn't know what was going to happen next. But what happened really upped the stakes!

I kinda guessed that it was Hannah who was Anne, it just kinda made sense, plus we still knew that she was alive longer than Rachel had hoped for. But I didn't fully think things through, so it took some detective work on the parts of Rachel and co. to figure out all that had happened. I felt sorry for Hannah, she was in a horrible situation and she survived, but it changed her for the worse for everybody else, but for the better for her survival.

This book was so fantastic, and I enjoyed reading it so much!

Author: Kate Kessler
Read: January 22nd, 2019
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love her writing, and it's a SAC 2019 Book!
Publisher: Redhook
Published: October 23rd 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 4 Reviews: The Naturals, Killer Instinct, All In, Bad Blood, Twelve





From Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it's not a skill that she's ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they've begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn't realize is that there's more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she's sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.

Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie's head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie's gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm's length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

From Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has a gift for profiling people. Her talent has landed her a spot in an elite FBI program for teens with innate crime-solving abilities, and into some harrowing situations. After barely escaping a confrontation with an unbalanced killer obsessed with her mother's murder, Cassie hopes she and the rest of the team can stick to solving cold cases from a distance.

But when victims of a brutal new serial killer start turning up, the Naturals are pulled into an active case that strikes too close to home: the killer is a perfect copycat of Dean's incarcerated father—a man he'd do anything to forget. Forced deeper into a murderer's psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?

With her trademark wit, brilliant plotting, and twists that no one will see coming, Jennifer Lynn Barnes will keep readers on the edge of their seats (and looking over their shoulders) as they race through the pages of this thrilling novel.


From Goodreads:
Three casinos. Three bodies. Three days.

After a string of brutal murders in Las Vegas, Cassie Hobbes and the Naturals are called in to investigate. But even with the team's unique profiling talents, these murders seem baffling: unlike many serial killers, this one uses different methods every time. All of the victims were killed in public, yet the killer does not show up on any tape. And each victim has a string of numbers tattooed on their wrist. Hidden in the numbers is a code—and the closer the Naturals come to unraveling the mystery, the more perilous the case becomes.

Meanwhile, Cassie is dealing with an equally dangerous and much more painful mystery. For the first time in years, there's been a break in her mother's case. As personal issues and tensions between the team mount, Cassie and the Naturals will be faced with impossible odds—and impossible choices.

From Goodreads:
When Cassie Hobbes joined the FBI's Naturals program, she had one goal: uncover the truth about her mother's murder. But now, everything Cassie thought she knew about what happened that night has been called into question. Her mother is alive, and the people holding her captive are more powerful—and dangerous—than anything the Naturals have faced so far. 

As Cassie and the team work to uncover the secrets of a group that has been killing in secret for generations, they find themselves racing a ticking clock.

New victims. New betrayals. New secrets.

When the bodies begin piling up, it soon becomes apparent that this time, the Naturals aren't just hunting serial killers. 

From Goodreads:
Cassie Hobbes has been working with the FBI since she was a teenager. Now twenty-three years old, she and her fellow Naturals have taken over running the program that taught them everything they know. As a unit, they're responsible for identifying new Naturals--and solving particularly impossible cases. 

When their latest case brings back a ghost from their past, Cassie and the other Naturals find themselves racing against the clock--and reliving their own childhood traumas.

In a small, coastal town in Maine, there has been a rash of teen suicides--or at least, that's what the police believe. Mackenzie McBride, age twelve, thinks differently. Desperate to make herself heard, she stands at the top of a lighthouse, threatening to jump... unless the FBI agents who rescued her from a kidnapper at age six come to hear her out.

Enter the Naturals. It doesn't take Cassie long to realize that Mackenzie isn't bluffing: she truly is convinced that the suicides are murder, and she really will jump if she can't get the FBI to believe her. To the outside world, Mackenzie is nothing more than a traumatized child. But so was Cassie, once upon a time. So were Michael, Dean, Sloane, Lia, and Celine. With a storm rolling in off the ocean and Mackenzie's position becoming more precarious by the moment, the Naturals have very little time to get to the truth about the deaths--and about twelve-year-old Mackenzie McBride.

My first review of The Naturals, Killer Instinct, All In, Bad Blood, Twelve
My Review:
Yeah, I've bee on something of a rereading my favourites kick right now. So of course I had to read some Jennifer Lynn Barnes books! And given that I'd only read these books once each, and with a lot of time between them, well, I just had to read them again, back to back! And they were so freaking good!

I kinda wish that we could've had more, because there's 5 Naturals, and with 4 books, they didn't all get a personal focus. The Naturals focused on Cassie's reason for being a Natural, Killer Instinct was Dean's, All In was Sloane's, and then Bad Blood was both Michael's and Lia's. If we could've had another book, then maybe all of them could've had a book focused on them. And then we could've had more of this fantastic series! Oh, well!

The profiling that Cassie and Dean do, it's so interesting! That they can get so much from so few details, it's pretty incredible! Well, not the fact that that they had childhoods that demanded that they learn these skills, of course. But being able to do so, yeah, that's pretty cool.

All In and Bad Blood are the two books were the overreaching plot of the series really comes together. The idea of a serial killer cult that's been operating for over a century, yeah, that's pretty horrifying. All the people that were killed...

Loved this series so much, it's so fantastic, and I enjoyed it so much!

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Naturals #1, 2, 3, 4,4.5
First Read: August 4th, 2013, June 16th, 2014, November 9th, 2015, November 5th, 2016, November 8th, 2017
Read: January 20th, 21st, 21st, 21st, 21st, 2019
Source: Own, Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Rereading! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Books! And Twelve is a End of Series 2019 Book!
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Published: November 5th 2013, November 4th 2014, November 3rd 2015, November 1st 2016, November 7th 2017

The Naturals:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Killer Instinct:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









All In:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Bad Blood:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Twelve:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars