Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Title: Forbidden
Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

My Review:
Initial Thoughts: This book almost destroyed me. Heartbreaking.

Full Review:
Forbidden was very thought-provoking and I found myself, at times, both disgusted and sympathetic in equal measure. Having reflected on it for a few days, it is hard to look at the love between Lochan and Maya as wrong even if that is how society categorizes it.

Their family situation is completely dysfunctional. They were quasi-parents to their younger siblings, and they never really had a traditional brother and sister relationship. I couldn’t help wondering if they’d had a normal upbringing would they have fallen in love or were they always destined for one another irrespective of their environment and their circumstances? It’s an interesting question and one that’s had me thinking about this book several days after I finished it.

Modern society has a genuine reason for saying no to incest – proven birth defects in any children born of incestuous relationships. And I get that, but my mind was contemplating all kinds of scenarios whereby it could be permitted – what if it was allowed and both parties agreed to sterilization, then the risk is eliminated. Of course, that wouldn’t solve the stigma or the myriad of other issues, and I’m not saying every government should rush out and change their laws because it’s a hugely sensitive complex issue, but I would genuinely feel for any couple like Lochie and Maya and believe it’s wrong that society says they can’t be together.

Characterization was superb in this book, with emotional depth and plenty of substance. I felt both of their pain as they struggled with their feelings for one another – as they tried valiantly to fight their attraction and burning need for one another. The irony is that the family unit was actually stronger when they were together – it made sense.

Their parents should be strung up for their neglect and I wanted to hurl my Kindle a few times, such was my loathing for both mum and dad.

I knew this wasn’t going to end well but that finale still KILLED me – I was sobbing my heart out for ages and I felt an actual pain in my heart. It was horrific but compelling.

I applaud the author for her ability to tackle such a complex subject with sensitivity and grit. It was never glorified or ridiculed.

The writing was breathtaking if a little over descriptive at times – I did skim a bit.

In summary, this book had a deep impact on me and I love books that challenge my thinking and challenge social norms. This one will definitely stay with me for a long time.

Review: Chasing Truth (Eleanor Ames #1) by Julie Cross

Title: Chasing Truth
Author: Julie Cross
Series: Eleanor Ames #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense
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Blurb:
At Holden Prep, the rich and powerful rule the school—and they’ll do just about anything to keep their dirty little secrets hidden.

When former con artist Eleanor Ames’s homecoming date commits suicide, she’s positive there’s something more going on. The more questions she asks, though, the more she crosses paths with Miles Beckett. He’s sexy, mysterious, arrogant…and he’s asking all the same questions.

Eleanor might not trust him—she doesn’t even like him—but they can’t keep their hands off of each other. Fighting the infuriating attraction is almost as hard as ignoring the fact that Miles isn’t telling her the truth…and that there’s a good chance he thinks she’s the killer.

My Review:
Chasing Truth was an exhilarating read chock-full of action, suspense, intrigue, and a smattering of swoon-worthy romance. I loved every intense, pulse-pounding, heart-clenching second of it!

Jason Bourne has met his match in sharp, feisty Eleanor Ames. What a fantastic leading lady! Ellie is a superb heroine; struggling to be good, she really wants to do the right thing, to be a good person, even though it’s often hard to let go of her past. She isn’t opposed to cutting corners or breaking rules but it’s all in the interests of uncovering the truth and she would do everything and anything to protect those she loves. It has to be said, she isn’t always likeable – she is dishonest and she tells lies a lot, but her heart is in the right place so I was able to forgive her. I actually found her character to be refreshingly different from the norm.

Miles was an immediate addition to my very-very long book boyfriend list. I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoiling the story, but he had all the qualities I admire and covet in a man. He was the perfect match for our heroine.

Voice and characterization were superb in this book, and I also loved the witty banter between our couple. But what really stood out for me was the whole mystery and intrigue and it had a real “whodunnit” vibe. I constantly changed my mind over the guilty party and I ADORE when books have me second guessing myself. The plot was well thought out and executed.

The last quarter of the book had me on the edge of my chair, frantically biting my nails, and gasping for air (okay, I’m being overly dramatic but you get the gist) – it was intense with a capital I. I would have challenged anyone to pry my Kindle from me at that stage – there was no way I was parting with that sucker until I had devoured the rest of the book. It didn’t disappoint.

The romance, while well-written, was a little on the light side for my liking, but it isn’t a major complaint. The story was mainly resolved in this book but there are elements left hanging. I’m totally invested in this couple now, and I eagerly anticipate the next instalment.

In summary, this is a superb read and I highly recommend it.

Actual rating 4.5 stars. Thanks to Entangled Teen for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Release Day: The Secret Heir


Today is the release day for The Secret Heir! The Secret Heir is the second book in my Alinthia series, an enthralling paranormal reverse harem romance, and I am so excited to share the next part of Alinthia and the boy’s journey with you. You can purchase a copy for only $2.99 right now, but the price is increasing to $3.99 in a few days, so don’t miss out, grab a copy while it’s discounted! You can also read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited. I’m running a special release week giveaway over on my Facebook page so make sure to stop by at some stage and join in the fun!

About the book

The Secret HeirThe Secret Heir (Alinthia #2)
by Siobhan Davis

Is it her destiny to save them … or destroy them?

Now that Tori finally understands who she is and what’s expected of her, she’s in full-on freak-out mode. How will she save the galaxy from General Arantu’s clutches when she can’t even control her powers?

Add that to the lack of retaliation by enemy alien forces, and everyone is on edge. Especially when they uncover evidence of a strange alien symbol with possible links to humans, and the mystery deepens, along with their frustration.

But that’s not the only thing keeping Tori awake at night.

Confused over the horrific vision she experienced the night of the Herassan attack, Tori is terrified of revealing details of her protectors’ supposed fate, so she says nothing. Keeping stuff hidden never ends well, and as evil forces conspire against Tori and her four protectors, secrets and lies threaten to destroy everything they hope to achieve. While Tori grows closer to Coop, Maddox, and Beck, Dane remains distant, creating more tension and jeopardizing their bond.

Then an unexpected newcomer arrives, casting suspicion over everything they believe they know.

When Tori finally figures out what’s going on, will she have time to warn the guys? Or is their fate already sealed?

The second book in the captivating Alinthia series is intended for readers aged seventeen and older. This is upper YA/NA crossover reverse harem paranormal romance which gets steamier as the series develops. This book ends with a cliffhanger and cannot be read as a standalone. 92,000 word full-length novel.

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Check out these awesome March releases

There are lots of awesome books being released this March, and I wanted to share a few with you today. Click on the cover to be taken to the Amazon page.

“They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed.

Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed. ”

The Four Horsemen, romance, and fantasy all in one book?! I cannot wait to get stuck in, especially with all the glowing reviews it’s receiving so far.

“She thought magic didn’t exist. She was so, so wrong.

Raven Danvers is a typical college student… until she’s attacked by a demon on the night of her twenty-first birthday. Luckily, she’s saved by Noah—a mysterious, sexy wolf shifter who appears and disappears in the blink of an eye.”

I have read Michelle’s Elementals series and really enjoyed it, but I haven’t gotten around to her Dark World series’ yet; however, it’s definitely on my to-read list as it sounds amazing!

“Ryn Tyler finally found her home—and demons are out to destroy it.

After a lifetime of searching for where she belongs, Ryn knows it’s in Eagle Valley… but war threatens to take that all away. Attending an angels-only high school should help her master her magical abilities, but stopping the upcoming battle is more important.”

This is the second book in Alicia Rades Divine Fate series and I was immediately sold once I heard angels, demons, and magic! Have the first book locked and loaded on my Kindle and I look forward to diving into it soon.

“Can she find the strength to say goodbye?

Karina Lang hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. And who can blame her? Life hasn’t been easy the last few months, and it is only going to get rougher. As a royal Kitsune, Karina must gain nine tails in order to save a world she’s never seen.”

This sounds like a unique shifter series and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

“The battle was won, but the war isn’t over.

He is Tatum.

But he has never felt more helpless in his life. ”

I have heard so many amazing things about Kelly’s Tainted Accords series, and it’s definitely on my TBR list. This month she released a novella that takes place after the events of the main series. I love novellas that offer additional insight to secondary/side characters, as it adds so much depth to the series.

And don’t miss my book The Secret Heir, which is releasing on 31 March! Available to preorder now.

Review: The Prophecy (Titan #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: The Prophecy
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan #4
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
History is on repeat…

Seth never thought he’d have a future. But now he’s on the brink of having it all with Josie: A tomorrow. A family. A forever. And all that’s standing between him and that forever is the Titans. If he helps Josie entomb them — without killing them, a nearly impossible task for him — everything he could ever want will be in reach. But he soon realizes that as a god, every little choice he makes can reshape the world for the better… or worse. And in meddling with the Titans, Seth may have just set into motion catastrophic consequences that will force the Olympians to enter the mortal realm and reshape the delicate balance of power that keeps the world from total collapse.

A price must be paid…

Entombing the Titans is Josie’s top priority. After all, it was what she was born to do. But the plans her father put into play to help her are no longer an option, and the odds she and Seth face in forging their own path are grim. The escalating violence between halfs and pures only increases the danger closing in on them and their friends. Josie knows their chances of succeeding in their task are slim at best — and if they fail, they might lose everything. But she also knows she’s not fighting just for herself — she’s fighting for the man she loves, for their future, for the world. Together with the Army of Awesome, Josie and Seth will face the unthinkable. And to win this war, the ultimate sacrifice must be made.

For the end is here and the Prophecy will be fulfilled….

My Review:
SO AMAZING but I’m heartbroken. I NEED MORE.

What an amazing end to an incredible series. It felt like I was waiting for this book forever but it was definitely worth the wait. I tried so hard to savor it but it sucked me in instantly and I struggled to put it down. I bawled like a baby at the 80% mark. Like serious ugly crying, which was ridiculous because I trust JLA and I knew she wouldn’t let me down. The end was so perfect and I cried again, but it was happy tears this time. I’m so sad this series is over. I love Covenant and Titan and I’m hopeful there will be more as the possibilities are endless. I could happily continue reading about these characters and this world for eternity. I am a massive fan of this author’s work but these two series are my favorite (and I don’t say that lightly because she has written so many amazing books/series.) I’m not ready to say goodbye to Seth, Josie, Alex, Aiden, and co yet so I’ve started binge re-reading both series from the very start. I cannot recommend this book or this series more highly. Well done, Jennifer, another absolute triumph.

Review: Oblivion (Lux #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Oblivion
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1.5
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Sci-fi Romance/ Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
In this special eBook version, experience OBSIDIAN, ONYX, and OPAL as told by Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

My Review:
Complete perfection. Totally loved every minute of it. Lots of new scenes to keep it fresh. Didn’t think I could love Daemon Black any more but I was wrong. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of rereading this series. Ten million stars. Thanks Jennifer, you’re the bomb. Hands down my favorite author.

Review: Witch’s Pyre (Worldwalker #3) by Josephine Angelini

Title: Witch’s Pyre
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Worldwalker #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Fantasy
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Blurb:
Lily Proctor has come a long way from the weak, sickly girl she used to be. She has gained power as a witch and a leader, found her way home, chosen to face battle again, and (after losing her first love and being betrayed by her new love) she has learned more about loss and grief than she ever wanted to know.

Thrust once again into a society different from anything they have ever seen, Lily and her coven are determined to find answers―to find a new path to victory, a way to defeat the monstrous Woven without resorting to nuclear weapons or becoming a tyrannical mass murderer like her alternate self, Lillian. But sometimes winning requires sacrifices . . . and when the only clear path to victory lies at Lillian’s side, what price will Lily be willing to pay?

Internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini takes us on another emotionally wrenching thrill ride in the stunning conclusion to her Worldwalker Trilogy.

My Review:
The third and final installment in the Worldwalker trilogy ends with an explosive bang, and I’m left feeling bereft and in dire need of another Lily and Rowan fix. What a truly amazing, imaginative series. If you are a fan of Josephine’s Starcrossed series and you haven’t picked this one up yet, you need to right now! In my opinion, this series is more original and better written than Starcrossed (and I loved that series, too. Lucas. Yum.)

I’ve been blown away by the world building and creativity of this series. It has been carefully plotted and expertly executed, and although the plot is complex, it has been skillfully built and interwoven alongside the romance, so it never felt difficult to grasp. The alternate realms and the witches jumping between dimensions are well described and I was never confused over anything that happened.

Characterization is strong and Lily, in particular, is a fantastic character. She has grown so much from the first book while remaining true to herself. She is a true role model, and someone young girls can look up to. And she does all this without being a badass ninja. She uses her intellect to strategize and compassion underlines every decision she makes.

I was devastated at the turn of events at the end of the last book and was secretly hoping that all wasn’t as it appeared to be. It wasn’t, just not in the way I imagined. Lily is hurting, and when Rowan makes a reappearance she wants nothing to do with him, which was completely understandable. But I didn’t understand how they never spoke about what happened. How she never questioned him over his apparent betrayal until the very end. Lily has never struck me as the type to bury her head in the sand, but she did here. To be fair, they were fighting to save the world, so I let it pass.

It’s obvious that Rowan still really loves her and he never stops protecting her so it was hard to stay mad at him. I’ve been crazy about Rowan since book one and that didn’t waver here. He is definitely being added to my book boyfriend list.

The reason this is a 4-star review and not a 5-star one is mainly because the romance was virtually non-existent, and anyone that has read my own books or reads my reviews will know that I need my injection of romance to really connect with a book. I understand and accept that it wouldn’t have made sense for them to reconcile in the first part of the book because there were justifiable reasons why they were apart, but they only got back together at the 94% mark, and then we saw nothing of them together as a couple and that really teed me off. I hate when authors wait until the very end to resolve a love conflict and then finish the book without giving any real sense of relationship closure.

That brings me nicely to the other reason I didn’t rate this 5-star. The ending is explosive and it’s been building up to this epic battle the entire book, and those scenes were amazing. Then it ends and we have the weirdest epilogue ever. Going back to Reba and Miller? What the heck? What happened to the thirteen cities, the Outlanders, the Woven, how did Lily and Rowan get their relationship back on track? What does the new world look like? I feel like it was missing a chapter or two at the end which is needed to bring proper closure. I’m left feeling like things are still hanging (even though the main conflict has been resolved.)

But overall, this was a great finish to an incredible series. It’s definitely going to be one of those series that I re-read, and one I will recommend to my own readers.

Release day for The Lost Savior


I am so excited to announce that today is the release day for The Lost Savior. It’s the first book in my upper YA/ NA Paranormal Romance Reverse Harem series. And it’s only 99 cents for a limited time!

About the book

The Lost SaviorThe Lost Savior (Alinthia #1)
By Siobhan Davis
Genre: Paranormal romance/ Reverse harem
Age category: Upper Young Adult / New Adult
Release Date: 1st February 2018

Blurb:
They came from another world to protect her. Now it’s her destiny to save them …

Tori King is a normal senior in high school. Head over heels in love with her childhood sweetheart, she is busy making plans for college when a chance encounter with an alien bounty hunter turns her world upside down. Now, she’s experiencing terrifying changes and developing supernatural abilities that leave her questioning her entire existence.

Then the arrival of four hot new guys at school has everyone talking—especially when they become fixated on Tori, following her wherever she goes. She can’t shake them off, and as they grow closer, she finds herself drawn to all four of them in ways she cannot explain.

When they finally reveal their true identity, and why they’re here for her, she discovers everything she thought she knew about herself is a lie.

Because there is nothing normal about Tori King.

And she’s about to discover exactly how underrated normal is.

This mind-bending paranormal alien reverse harem series is only suitable for readers aged seventeen and older due to language and mature content.

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Blog Tour: Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy


Today is my stop during the blog tour for Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy! Read on for my review, some teasers and an excerpt of the book! At the bottom of the post is a tour wide giveaway!

Title: Pretty Dead Girls
Author: Monica Murphy
Series: standalone
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Mystery
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Blurb:
Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.

In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.

The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she’s next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she’s never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.

There’s something he isn’t telling her. But there’s something she’s not telling him, either.

Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.

My Review:
Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy combines highschool drama with twisty suspense and swoony romance to deliver a superb read and one that had me second guessing myself all over the place!

I was a bit iffy on Penelope at the start but I warmed to her, and I loved how she wasn’t afraid to stand up to her friends, even where she was in the minority. She had a good sense of right from wrong and while she may have been following the wrong path, she corrected that in this book. Cass was a fabulous love interest and I loved that he was a little different that the run-of-the-mill book boyfriend. I seriously loved him and I was rooting for them in a big way.

I loved the mystery element and I kept changing my mind over the guilty party, although I did correctly guess one aspect of it, but I still couldn’t narrow it down to one individual. What I particularly enjoyed was how real the sense of danger felt, and that Monica didn’t shy away from the brutal reality of what happened to those girls. It made for some intense reading.

All in all, this was a really great read and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to fans of well-written YA romantic suspense.

I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of the publisher via Chapter by Chapter blog tours and I am voluntarily reviewing same.

Excerpt:
Sitting with Cass like this, being so close to him, makes me hyper aware of everything about him. His clean tinged-with-fabric-softener scent. The sound of his breathing, the beat of his heart. His hair is soft, so are his clothes, and he has angsty taste in music. His shoulders are broad, his thigh is hard beneath my butt, and his chest is firm.
I like him. Despite being angry with him earlier, I can admit that I’m attracted to him. And I think he’s attracted to me.
“I’m pretty sure the only person Brogan wants to get off is himself,” I mutter under my breath, ducking my head.
Cass chuckles, the warm, deep sound making me shiver. “Most guys are selfish assholes.”
“Even you?” I look up to find he’s already watching me.
He nods slowly, his gaze dropping to my lips again. “Even me.”
“I bet you’re not that selfish,” I whisper. I am totally flirting with him.
“Oh, I definitely am. Watch me.”
And then he does the craziest thing.
Cass leans in, his mouth drawing close. So close, I can feel his breath tickle my lips. I part them, ready to say something, anything to break the sudden tension that’s crackling between us, but his mouth lands on mine in an instant.
I suck in a breath, shocked by the jolt of electricity that rushes through my blood when his lips touch mine. We’re already completely wrapped up in each other. It feels…natural to kiss him.
His arms tighten around my waist, pulling me into him. I circle my arms around his neck, my fingers sliding into his hair. It’s thick and soft, the ends curling around my fingers, and I tunnel my hands deeper into it, savoring the hitch in his breath when I do so.
Our mouths are still connected. We kiss and kiss. Soft, innocent kisses at first, and then I part my lips, and he does too. Our lips linger, the kisses last longer as our breaths accelerate, and then his tongue is there, tracing my lips, circling mine…
It’s the hottest kiss I’ve ever experienced, the both of us trying to be quiet as we secretly make out while hiding in Courtney’s closet. His hands go to my waist and he readjusts me so I’m straddling him, and I wrap my legs around his hips. We’re chest to chest, his bulky sweatshirt is totally in my way, and I wish I could tear it off him so I can get closer.
But I settle for this. We’re kissing for kissing’s sake. There’s no end game, no trying to get into each other’s pants or get each other off, as Courtney so eloquently put it. And it feels so good, to get lost in Cass’s arms and lips for a while, to forget about my troubles, to concentrate on the delicious slide of his tongue against mine, his hands in my hair, the race of his heart and the heat of his skin.
Plus, it’s Cass. We’re giving in to the chemistry that seems to simmer between us every time we’re together. There’s something between us I’d like to explore, despite all the extra baggage that seems to come with this boy. His dead dad and his murdering mom and his weird grandma with the cluttered house and the cats. His mysterious ways and addiction problem—all of this adds up to a guy I should avoid at all costs.

About the Author:
Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a traditionally published author with Bantam/Random House and Harper Collins/Avon, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson. She is a wife and a mother of three who lives with her family in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere, along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through many angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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