Monday, June 30, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #160, June 30th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey 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 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 #159
Teaser Tuesday #167
WWW Wednesday #167
WOW #164
Will the Time Come #160
Third Sentence Thursday #150
Random Reads #135
First Lines Friday #155
The Reward Challenge Round 99 Part 2
Follow Friday #138
LLFL Reading Challenge Update 48

Week 26 Reviews:
The Morning Star
(Don't You) Forget About Me
Dark Needs at Night's Edge
Red Handed
Deadly Promises

Love This Life: Review
The Cypher: Guest Post
Boomerang: Book Blitz 
The Cyper: Review

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OK, so I got 40 posts in 7 days, a pretty good week, but I have a pretty busy one planned for this one! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Tourist Trap, The TestingSavage NatureLeopard's Prey, The Twelve Days of Stella, Phoebe's Fair ValentineNicole's Labyrinthine, Goddess Boot Camp, Goddess in Time, Dark Desires After Dusk, The Legacy of Eden, Illusions of Fate, Master of Desire, Anything to Have YouWitchstruckThe Loners, UnrememberedNantucket BlueNantucket RedSavor Me Slowly, Seduce the DarknessRenegadeThe Dark WorldInbetween, Luminosity, Panic, Ice Hunt,  My Last KissFuseForetoldCrystal FireAll the Broken PiecesPassion, Dead Time, Brutal Youth, Take Back the Skies, Angel Fever, Beautiful Creatures, Live to See TomorrowBreaking PointIn ClosePrecious BloodPassionariesWhite SpaceThe Dream Thieves, Anomoly, Luminary, Elemental Rush, Elemental Hunger, BitterblueDividedThe Rules for BreakingSecond StarGabriel's RedemptionThe Winner's Curse.
Entry name: Cassandra Grace
Event: Horseback riding (jumping)
Animal name: Lola (best horse in the world )
Fee enclosed: Um, almost . . .

See, the thing is, I almost have enough money, I have tons of riding students who pay me, but there's this guy, and every time he calls I have to see him, so I've kind of been skipping work lately . . . but I'll have the fee soon, I promise!
Phoebe’s new stepsister is a bit on the evil harpy side. Seems like she lives to make Pheobe’s life difficult. But is that all there is to Stella? Of course not. (After all, every villain is the hero of her own story.)
Phoebe is getting ready for her first Valentine’s Day date with Griffin (with a little help from Nicole) and things never go quite smoothly with hematheos magic is involved.
Nicole had been in trouble before, but she didn't think she’d ever seen Headmaster Petrolas quite so apoplectic.
Phoebe, who recently discovered she’s a descendant of Nike (the goddess, not the shoe), is finding that supernatural powers come with a crazy learning curve. Her stepfather, headmaster of the Academy for descendants of the Greek gods, has enrolled her at Dynamotheos Development Camp—aka Goddess Boot Camp—with a bunch of ten-year-olds for the summer. Embarrassing as that is, hopefully it’ll help her gain control over her powers in time to pass the test of the gods, continue training hard enough to qualify for the Pythian Games, and enjoy her godly boyfriend, Griffin, all while avoiding the ultimate mistake of accidentally misusing powers.

It’s another fast-paced myth-inspired heroine’s quest that’s sure to bring out the goddess in anyone.
A fun, action-packed novella, perfect for teenage Percy Jackson fans, starring favourite characters from Greek mythology and beloved author Tera Lynn Childs's Oh. My. Gods. series. Told from the perspective of Nicole, a popular character in the series, Goddess in Time delves into her past—and how she might be able to change it.

The 150-page digital novella has been eagerly anticipated by fans who want to know more about this fun-filled world, and new readers will also find a captivating introduction to Tera Lynn Childs' Oh. My. Gods. series, as well as her other Greek mythology-based series, Sweet Venom and Forgive My Fins.

As a descendant of Greek gods, Nicole has attended the Academy alongside other students with magical powers on a Greek island. Life is pretty perfect—except for the fact that she was sentenced to stay there because of a childhood prank that also resulted in her parents' banishment. When Nicole discovers a book that teaches the forbidden magic of time travel, she knows she must take a chance to right her wrong. With the help of her friends Troy and Phoebe, Nicole sets off on a quest that will take her from the heights of Mt. Olympus to the ocean depths of Poseidon's home and to the bowels of Hades. Can she mend her mistakes? And is changing the past, what she really wants? The past and future combine in thrilling, unpredictable ways—especially when Greek gods are involved!
RITA Award-winning author Kresley Cole continues her bestselling Immortals After Dark series with this electrifying tale of a ruthless demon mercenary and the lovely young halfling who enchants him.

A seductive beauty he can never have, yet can't resist...
Cadeon Woede will stop at nothing to atone for the one wrong that will haunt him forever. But once he secures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, Cade finds that the woman he thought he could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past.

A tormented warrior she should fear, but can't deny...
Raised as a human, Holly never knew that some frightening legends are real until she encounters a brutal demon who inexplicably guards her like a treasure. Thrust into a sensual new world of myth and power, with him as her protector, she begins to crave the demon's wicked touch.

Surrender to dark desires...
Yet just when he earns Holly's trust, will Cade be forced to betray the only woman who can sate his wildest needs -- and claim his heart?
"To understand what it meant to be a Hathaway, you'd first have to see Aurelia."

For generations, Aurelia was the crowning glory of more than three thousand acres of Iowa farmland and golden cornfields. The estate was a monument to matriarch Lavinia Hathaway's dream to elevate the family name - no matter what relative or stranger she had to destroy in the process. It was a desperation that wrought the downfall of the Hathaways - and the once prosperous farm.

Now the last inhabitant of the decaying old home has died - alone. None of the surviving members of the Hathaway family want anything to do with the farm, the land, or the memories.

Especially Meredith Pincetti. Now living in New York City, for seventeen years Lavinia's youngest grandchild has tried to forget everything about her family and her past. But with the receipt of a pleading letter, Meredith is again thrust into conflict with the legacy that destroyed her family's once-great name. Back at Aurelia, Meredith must confront the rise and fall of the Hathaway family... and her own part in their mottled history.

"Our farm was like the world when people still thought it was flat. And when you left it, it was as if you had simply sailed too far and fallen off the surface into the void.
Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.
A Dream of Desire Awakened...

Beautiful Lady Emily dreams of the rapture of love and the joys of marriage. The youngest daughter of an English lord at war, she is shaken by the arrival of a mysterious stranger to her father's castle. Could this breathtaking man be Emily's yearned-for lover? Indeed, Draven de Montague, Earl of Ravenswood, has come for Emily...but romance has nothing to do with it.

In the Tender Embrace of an Enemy...

Draven would never have entered the home of his most hated adversary had not the King himself ordered him to take in his foe's daughter for a year to forge bonds of peace between their two feuding houses. Worse still, here is a lass whose exquisite loveliness could tempt Draven to betray his sworn vow never to let anther close to his heart. Emily knows the searing heat of her passion could burn down the defenses of this proud warrior. But will the surrender of the sweet nectar of his lips and his bold, sensuous caress ignite a blaze so hot it consumes them both?
When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.
Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky — and unending — lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn't let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.
My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I'm finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I'm falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they're angry. And I think I’'e already helped them win.
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.
Carved into a moving island of ice twice the size of the United States, Ice Station Grendel has been abandoned for more than seventy years. The twisted brainchild of the finest minds of the former Soviet Union, it was designed to be inaccessible and virtually invisible. But an American undersea research vessel has inadvertently pulled too close—and something has been sighted moving inside the allegedly deserted facility, something whose survival defies every natural law. And now, as scientists, soldiers, intelligence operatives, and unsuspecting civilians are drawn into Grendel's lethal vortex, the most extreme measures possible will be undertaken to protect its dark mysteries—because the terrible truths locked behind submerged walls of ice and steel could end human life on Earth.
What if your life wasn't your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?
Three freshmen must join forces to survive at a troubled, working-class Catholic high school with a student body full of bullies and zealots, and a faculty that's even worse in Anthony Breznican's Brutal Youth

With a plunging reputation and enrollment rate, Saint Michael’s has become a crumbling dumping ground for expelled delinquents and a haven for the stridently religious when incoming freshman Peter Davidek signs up. On his first day, tensions are clearly on the rise as a picked-upon upperclassmen finally snaps, unleashing a violent attack on both the students who tormented him for so long, and the corrupt, petty faculty that let it happen. But within this desperate place, Peter befriends fellow freshmen Noah Stein, a volatile classmate whose face bears the scars of a hard-fighting past, and the beautiful but lonely Lorelei Paskal —so eager to become popular, she makes only enemies.

To even stand a chance at surviving their freshmen year, the trio must join forces as they navigate a bullying culture dominated by administrators like the once popular Ms. Bromine, their embittered guidance counselor, and Father Mercedes, the parish priest who plans to scapegoat the students as he makes off with church finances. A coming-of-age tale reversed, Brutal Youth follows these students as they discover that instead of growing older and wiser, going bad may be the only way to survive.
Catherine Ling: raised on the streets of Hong Kong, she has been a shadowy CIA operative since she was fourteen years old. There are only a few things in life she cares for. One is her son, kidnapped when he was two. Catherine has only recently been reunited with him and the vow of her heart is never to let him face danger again. The other is her mentor, Hu Chang. Mysterious, brilliant, and deadly, Hu Chang taught Catherine everything she knows and she is loyal to him. Now Hu Chang is calling Catherine to a new task: rescue an imprisoned journalist in Tibet -- a woman who has been subjected to unspeakable horrors. Her connection to Hu Chang is unknown. What's also unknown is that Catherine will be going up against a man whose crimes have stretched back into this area for forty years. Is Catherine being used as a pawn by Hu Chang? Can she save a woman she's never even met? And will either of them live to see tomorrow?
Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.

Thalli is different than others in The State. She feels things. She asks questions. And in the State, this is not tolerated. The Ten scientists who survived the nuclear war that destroyed the world above believe that emotion was at the core of what went wrong—and they have genetically removed it from the citizens they have since created. Thalli has kept her malformation secret from those who have monitored her for most of her life, but when she receives an ancient piece of music to record as her community’s assigned musician, she can no longer keep her emotions secreted away.

Seen as a threat to the harmony of her Pod, Thalli is taken to the Scientists for immediate annihilation. But before that can happen, Berk—her former Pod mate who is being groomed as a Scientist—steps in and persuades the Scientists to keep Thalli alive as a test subject.

The more time she spends in the Scientist’s Pod, the clearer it becomes that things are not as simple as she was programmed to believe. She hears stories of a Designer—stories that fill her mind with more questions: Who can she trust? What is this emotion called love? And what if she isn't just an anomaly, but part of a greater design?
She was an anomaly with a death sentence. Now she's free.

Thalli was scheduled for annihilation. She was considered an anomaly--able to experience emotions that should have been eradicated by genetic modification. The Scientists running the State couldn't allow her to bring undue chaos to their peaceful, ordered world. But seconds before her death, she is rescued.

Now Thalli is above ground in a world she thought was destroyed. A world where not even the air is safe to breathe. She and her three friends must journey across this unknown land, their destination a hidden civilization. It's their only chance of survival.

Broken and exhausted after an arduous journey, they arrive in New Hope, a town that survived the nuclear holocaust. When Thalli meets the people there--people actually "born" to "families"--her small world is blown wide open.

Soon after their arrival to New Hope, the town comes under attack. She has escaped imminent death, but now Thalli is thrust into a new fight--a fight to save her new home. Does she know enough about this world of emotions, this world of chaos, to save not only herself, but the people she has come to love?
Eighteen-year-old Adam Gillman has trained for twelve years to earn a coveted spot on the Supreme Elemental’s elite sentry squad. His brother, Felix, is the commander, but Adam is still thrilled when his official assignment to serve Alexander Pederson comes.

He moves into nicer quarters and can stop getting up at four a.m. to complete his mandated workout time. He still rises early though, because he needs the solitude to practice his airmaking Element—something that Adam has kept secret from everyone, even Felix, because he can’t be both an Airmaker and a sentry.

When Alex assigns him to kill a group of rogue Elementals, he balks at completing his mission for the first time. See, his only friend is Isaiah Hawking, and he’s the Earthmover on the accused Council. When faced with the prospect of killing him, Adam finds he can’t do it.

He’s well trained in assassination, but he thought he’d be murdering bad guys—not innocents.

When Alex buries the Elemental Academy—and kills over one thousand Elementals—in a fit of rage, Adam’s loyalty cracks. When he discovers that Alex is really a woman, and his brother’s lover, he defects. He hops from city to city, from Elemental school to Elemental school, always escaping only minutes before Felix can embed a knife in his heart or a tsunami can make a classroom his watery grave.

He tries to fight back, but he’s just one untrained Airmaster with exceptional tracking skills. He does his best to warn those in danger, but as the last Elemental school goes up in flames, he knows he needs to get some real firepower on his side.

ELEMENTAL RUSH is a prequel novella to the full-length futuristic fantasy novel, ELEMENTAL HUNGER.
Sixteen-year-old Gabriella Kilpatrick can shoot fire from her hands, which would be great if she didn’t get blamed for a blazing inferno that kills 17 schoolmates. When Gabby is commanded to Manifest her Element, everyone knows what she is: a genetic abnormality. Not to mention guilty.

So she does two logical things to survive.
1. She runs.
2. She hacks off her hair to assume a new role—that of “Gabe”, because in her world, only boys are Firemakers.

Not only does she have to act like a guy, she has to pretend to know everything a Firemaker should know. When Gabby meets Airmaster Adam Gillman, he believes her act and pledges to serve on “Gabe’s” Council. But Adam has the mark of a sentry and spent years obeying Alex, the Supreme Elemental. And Alex wants Gabby-the-genetic-freak dead and gone before she can gather the magical protection of a full Council.

With Adam’s lies that sound like truths and rumors that Alex isn’t really a Firemaker—or a man—Gabby sets out to charter a Council of her own. In order to uncover the truth, Gabby will have to learn who she can trust, how to control her own power, and most of all, how to lead a Council of Elementals, most of whom have more control over their power than she does. If she can’t, she’ll find herself just like those 17 schoolmates: burned and six feet under.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Write On Review-a-Thon Update 16 and Wrap Up

Write On Review-a-Thon
So I reviewed Article 5.


Goals: 20
Reviews Written: 16

OK, so I didn't make my goals, and that's my fault, I didn't really use my time wisely, but I did get 16 reviews written, so I was only 4 off, and next time, I know I'll do better! After all, I won't be looking at a house to possibly move into, because this one is being bought!

Write On Review-a-Thon Update 15

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So I reviewed The Unfailing Light, and I'll be reviewing Article 5 next! And I think I'll maybe get 1 more review in before the end of today, but oh, well, I did get 15 reviews written! 


Goals: 20
Reviews Written: 16

Write On Review-a-Thon Update 14

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So I reviewed The Gathering Dark, and I'll be reviewing The Unfailing Light next! Ok, looking like I might not make it, but oh, well. I was busy today, and yesterday!


Goals: 20
Reviews Written: 14

Write On Review-a-Thon Update 13

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So I reviewed The Gathering Dark and The Unfailing Light, and I'll be reviewing The Gathering Dark next! Slowly but surely, I'm at least getting closer to making my goal!


Goals: 20
Reviews Written: 13

Write On Review-a-Thon Update 12

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So I reviewed Meridian, and I'll be reviewing The Gathering Dark and The Unfailing Light next! Yeah, just 8 left!


Goals: 20
Reviews Written: 12

Write On Review-a-Thon Update 11

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So I reviewed In Seconds, and I'll be reviewing Meridian next! If I keep this pace up, then I might actually make my first goal, which was the only one that I really wanted to get, the others were hopes, but only if I made this one!


Goals: 20
Reviews Written: 11

Write On Review-a-Thon Update 10

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So I reviewed Wild Fire, and I'll be reviewing In Seconds next! Halfway through my first goal!


Goals: 20
Reviews Written: 10

Write On Review-a-Thon Update 9

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So I reviewed Burning Wild and Wild Fire, and I'll be reviewing Wild Fire next! 


Goals: 20
Reviews Written: 9

Write On Review-a-Thon Update 8

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So I reviewed Killer Instinct, and I'll be reviewing Burning Wild and Wild Fire next! 


Goals: 20
Reviews Written: 8

Write On Review-a-Thon Update 7

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So I reviewed Awaken Me Darkly, and I'll be reviewing Killer Instinct next! Must keep going, because I have a thing in a bit, which I may or may not blog about!


Goals: 20
Reviews Written: 7

Write On Review-a-Thon Update 6

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So I reviewed Awaken Me Darkly and Enslave Me Sweetly, and I'll be reviewing Awaken Me Darkly next! 6 done, 14 of the first goal to go!


Goals: 20
Reviews Written: 6

Write On Review-a-Thon Update 5

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So I reviewed Promise Bound, and I'll be reviewing Awaken Me Darkly and Enslave Me Sweetly next! Must keep going! So maybe I haven't made it that far into my goal, but must keep hope up!


Goals: 20
Reviews Written: 5

Write On Review-a-Thon Update 4

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So I reviewed Oh. My. Gods. I'll be reviewing Promise Bound next! Must keep going!


Goals: 20
Reviews Written: 4

Week 26 Review: Deadly Promises

From Goodreads:

New York Times bestselling authors Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love and Cindy Gerard and rising romance star Laura Griffin mix seduction and suspense in three irresistible romantic adventures.

From sultry international jungles to the rugged terrain of the American southwest, join the larger-than-life, scorching-hot alpha heroes of the Bureau of American Defense, Black Ops Inc., and the U.S. Navy SEALs for the pulse-pounding, heart-racing, toe-curling excitement. They're cool under pressure, steamy under the sheets, and when the enemy strikes, there's not a lethal mission these gorgeous men can’t handle...

My first review of Just Bad Enough
My Review:
So yeah, the first time I read this, I only read the first story, Just Bad Enough. But this time, I read the whole anthology, and I'm glad I did, because the other 2, well, yeah, they were pretty amazing, too, and I really enjoyed reading them!

First of all, Just Bad Enough was just as good as the last time I read it, and still, I want more of the BAD series! While this had a character that I didn't recognize, he was a part of the BAD agency,, and had time off due to injuries, and fell in love with a girl-who has some secrets of her own! Loved it so much!

The next story, had lots of new places, in Asia, I think, and dealt with slavery, basically, because these people had maybe committed crimes, and were sent to a mining camp-and one of them was innocent, an American woman, and this is the story of how she got free, and yeah, just really great!

The last story, closer to home, was just so good, dealing with a hidden passage between Mexico and the US, and how terrorists were going to use it, and there was romance, and things being hidden, because it was a classified investigation, and yeah, all that fun stuff!

All in all, a great anthology, which I really enjoyed!

Authors: Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love, Cinder Gerard, Laura Griffin
Series: B.A.D. Agency #4.5, Black Ops #5.5, Tracers #4.5
Read: June 27th, 2014
Source: Own
Reason Why: Love Sherrilyn Kenyon's writing and have to reread it all!
Publisher: Pocket Star
Published: September 28th 2010
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 26 Review: Subterranean

From Goodreads:
Beneath the ice at the bottom of the Earth is a magnificent subterranean labyrinth, a place of breathtaking wonders—and terrors beyond imagining. A team of specialists led by archaeologist Ashley Carter has been hand-picked to explore this secret place and to uncover the riches it holds. But they are not the first to venture here—and those they follow did not return. There are mysteries here older than time, and revelations that could change the world. But there are also things that should not be disturbed—and a devastating truth that could doom Ashley and the expedition: they are not alone. 

My Review:
Oh, man, this is just such a wonderful, amazing, incredible book! Such wonderful new things to be learned, and I think this is the only book that I've read that takes place in Antarctica! Because it's not the most welcoming of places, is it!

Loved these characters, and how they were brought into this project deep down under the continent, and then a comment they didn't hear, how they were the 2nd team-and what happened to the first, yeah, there was that mystery!

Oh, and the creatures! So interesting, how they were the evolution of mammal laying eggs, which is an evolutionary dead end up here. And how they had to keep a very close watch over the ecosystem, which was very fragile, seeing as humans coming messed it up very quickly!

I wish we could've gotten a little more background in who hired the guy to impersonate the geologist. Because that's why he put a bomb belt on Jason, and then set others around the camp so they couldn't come after him, and why a few people were killed! I wonder if it was the bad guys from the Sigma series...

Oh, loved this book, can't wait to reread more James Rollins books!

Author: James Rollins
Read: June 24th, 2014
Source: Own
Reason Why: Love James Rollin's books, and it's a SAC 2014 Book!
Publisher: Avon
Published: 1999
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 26 Review: Waterfell

From Goodreads:

Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright--the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon--until her father's betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa's upcoming birthday--the day she comes of age.

Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa's mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?

My Review:
Loved this book! Loved the characters, loved the world, the back story, the conflicts, the romance, and the uniqueness! I mean, alien sea monsters? That's pretty cool! Though I have one question that I hope is answered in the sequel-what happened to their ship that brought them from their planet, to ours?

One of my favourite lines, was "We've moved from TV to Twilight. Awesome." The thoughts of Nerissa on the top of page 82 of 255 on my Nook. Such a great line, a bit of humour in a situation that's difficult, telling your best friend the truth after keeping a huge secret about yourself from them for so long. Yeah, loved that line!

Oh, Merissa and Lo. They were pretty epic together, and though they both kept secrets from each other, her about the fact that she's Aquarathi, him, that he's half Aquarathi, and was sent to get her to fall in love with him, though he falls for her, yeah. they had that conflict near the end!

Then there was the whole thing with her mom. In the beginning, she was told that her mom was dead. Then Merissa finds out that she's alive, via a start up to blackmail, pieces of her mom, which was gruesome. Oh, but then it turns out that her mom wasn't in love with her dad, but with the main antagonist, and was working with her the entire time! Yeah, that hurt!

All in all, such a great book, really loved reading it, and I can't wait to read more of this world!

Author: Amalie Howard
Series: The Aquarathi #1
Read: June 23rd, 2013
Source: Tuebl/NetGalley
Reason Why: Sounded good, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: October 29th 2013
5/5 Hearts
4.5/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Week 26 Review: Heartbeat

From Goodreads:
Life. Death. And...Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

My Review:
Oh, this was a really wonderful book! Things happened, things were good or bad, a mix, this was real life for teens, though this situation with a pregnant women dead, but her body still alive enough for a baby to grow while still inside her body.

Yeah, not the most common of situations. Add to that that the father of the baby isn't her dad, but her step-dad, and who was really close before all of this, but then he decided, without asking her, to keep the now just body and baby going. Which causes a lot of the conflict.

And then there is the whole thing with Caleb, who was the one in charge of watching his sister when she was killed on her bike because she didn't wear her helmet. And his parents blamed him, even though they didn't make her wear it, and didn't want to face the guilt of that, so they blamed Caleb, even though he was too young to have been in charge of watching her.

And there was also Emma's best friend who lived right next door, whose stories gave Emma a look into what normal life was like, how things progressed with her boyfriend. Oh, and she has this thing, where she doesn't have any real technology, because her parents are hooked on it. Yeah.

Yeah, this was a great book, heartbreaking, and mending, and the ending was just so good! Check it out!

Author: Elizabeth Scott
Read: June 23rd, 2014
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Sounded good, and it's a LLFL Book and a SAC 2014 Book!
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: January 28th 2014
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars