Hearts in Darkness (Nikki & Michael #2)

Hearts in Darkness (Nikki & Michael, #2)Hearts in Darkness by Keri Arthur

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love it when a book grabs my attention and won’t let it go til the story is over. Well in this case til this part of the story is over since there are two more books to this series. This book picked up where book one left off. After six months of not talking to, seeing, or even a glimpse of where Michael went off to Nikki continues her search for another missing teenager. This time, the teenager didn’t just go missing but ended up being a pawn for a very old vampire who has an interesting past with Michael. When the search leads Nikki to an exclusive Spa Resort she runs into Michael. From there sparks fly and some are not the good kind. Will they find a way to work together again? You must read this book for yourself, if I say anything more I’ll spoil it.

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Book Summary:

Life has never been so insane for Nikki James. There’s another teenager missing. She has another vampire to contend with. Her partner and best friend Jake is in the hospital dying. And a madman is kidnapping the wealthy. Just when it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, Michael returns-but not for her. This time, however, Nikki has no intention of running from either the case or from what still lies between her and Michael. And she isn’t going to let him run, either. The last thing Michael Kelly needs is a confrontation with Nikki-especially when his control over his bloodlust is still so tenuous. But when a kidnapper steps up his agenda to murder, he’s forced into a partnership with Nikki to keep her safe. Soon Michael discovers the biggest danger he faces may not be from his need to “taste” her, but from his desire to make her a permanent part of his life-a life that is sure to get her killed. Nikki is determined to make Michael see that life apart is worse than death. But before she can make him see the light, a specter from Michael’s past rises that could destroy any hope she has of a future with him. Because this time the threat isn’t physical. It’s a matter of the heart.Nikki must compete with the woman-the vampire-for whom Michael gave up life

Tide and Tempest (Edge of Freedom #3)

Tide and Tempest (Edge of Freedom, #3)Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dun, dun, duunnnnn! Wow what a ride! Well I should say what a trip! To me this book was the edgiest, more rough and tumble, more in your face with the conspiracy theory. I knew this book was about Tillie, and her situation. How she survived the trip from Ireland to America, and how she found herself in a boradinghouse living with other women, and not knowing she was invovled in a movement that could shakethe foundation of Ireland forever. For me the storyline just got better and better with each book. And to date this book is my favorite of the series! I do hope there is a fourth book, even though we finally figured out who the Celt is, I hope to find out more about Amelia, and Mae. This is a must read series!

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Book Summary:

Two years ago, her fiance perished
during their voyage to America.

Now she discovers it may have been murder…

Dreaming of a better life, Tillie McGrath leaves Ireland behind and, with her beloved fiance by her side, sets sail for America. But when illness robs her of the man she holds dear, she’s left alone with only a handful of tattered memories. While forging on proves difficult, Tillie soon finds some new friends at her New York boardinghouse, and begins pursuing a new dream–to open a home for orphaned children.

Despite two years passing, Captain Keondric Morgan has never forgotten the lass who left his ship so heartbroken. When a crewman’s deathbed confession reveals her fiance’s demise was the result of murder, the captain knows he must try to contact her. But his attention draws the notice of others as well–dangerous men who believe Tillie has in her possession something that could expose their crimes. And to their way of thinking, the best way to prevent such an outcome is to seize the evidence and then hand Tillie the same fate as her naïve fiance.

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard BookThe Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Honestly, I’m not to sure about this book. I mean it wasn’t horrible at all and kept me interested. However, something was just off. Maybe because it’s more macabre and a young teen book and I’m just not use to reading this genre. This book tells the story of young Nobody (Bod), who as a toddler escaped a murderer and ended up in a graveyard. There he meets some ghost who take him in and raise him as his own. There he grows up and learns about life, love, and how to overcome struggles. Even though he is raised by ghosts he does have a guardian who is able to leave the graveyard to get him food, clothes, ect and takes him on a few adventures. This book would be prefect for young readers whom are interested in ghosts, ghouls, and just overall mischief.

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Book Summary:

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy – an ancient indigo man, a gateway to abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible fleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will be in danger from the man Jack – who has already killed Bod’s family . .

The Good Girl

The Good GirlThe Good Girl by Mary Kubica
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh wow, I did not see that coming! Not in the least! Sometimes getting a book from a friend, who just picked it out based on the title alone can astonish you in how well written the storyline is. To say I couldn’t put it down is an understatement. I would read till I fell a sleep. This is a great mystery. You can never guess at what happens at the end. I can’t say much more besides read it for yourself! Even if you’re not into the mystery/kidnapping books. I swear you won’t be disappointed. I know I wasn’t!

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Book Summary:

“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.

Colin’s job was to abduct Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family’s world to shatter.

An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a compulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems…

Some Quiet Place (Some Quiet Place #1)

Some Quiet Place (Some Quiet Place, #1)Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This looked like an interesting book from the very beginning. Just look at the cover, and then when I read the summary I knew I just had to read it. So I got this book from NetGalley.com as an ARC, and unfortunately I didn’t get to reading it til now. I knew I should have read it once I gotten it. I was drawn in from the very first page til the last! I mean what could go wrong with a girl that can’t feel emotions but see’s them instead. Since she was 4 years old she knew she was different. She became numb to the world and her parents say that she changed after the car hit her. Now as a teenager going through high school things become more difficult. Can she keep on pretending that she cares and that she is human, or does she break through the barrier and figure out who she truly is? If you are looking for different type of YA book that will keep your attention then this is one of them! Happy reading my friends.

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Book Summary:

I can’t feel sadness, anger, or fear. I can’t feel anything. I’ve grown talented at pretending.

Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions… she sees them in human form. Longing hovers around the shy, adoring boy at school. Courage materializes beside her dying friend. Fury and Resentment visit her abusive home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, except beautiful Fear, who sometimes torments her and other times plays her compassionate savior. He’s obsessed with finding the answer to one question: What happened to Elizabeth to make her this way?

They both sense that the key to Elizabeth’s condition is somehow connected to the paintings of her dreams, which show visions of death and grief that raise more questions than answers. But as a shadowy menace begins to stalk her, Elizabeth’s very survival depends on discovering the truth about herself. When it matters most, she may not be able to rely on Fear to save her.

Figment (Mad in Wonderland #2)

Figment (Mad in Wonderland, #2)Figment by Cameron Jace

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Do you know the Muffin Man that lives on Drury Lane? Once again Alice is caught in between her sanity and insanity. Is this all a bunch of hallucinations, where she sees creatures from Wonderland? Or are these events actually taking place? For a week now Alice has been in her cell at the asylum, where the warden keeps on threatening to put her through shock therapy to help ease her insanity. Yet, once again she is saved by Pillar and set upon a mission to save children from an evil Wonderland Creature. Will she be able to save the children in time? You’ll just have to read the book and find out.

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Book Summary:

After her encounter with the Cheshire Cat, Alice Wonder can hardly tell reality from imagination. But when kids have their head chopped off and stuffed in watermelons all over the city, it’s clear that another Wonderland Monster has arrived, possibly scarier than the Cheshire. Alice, along with Professor Pillar, have to solve the killer’s puzzles before a horrible event threatens the death of millions. Then Jack Diamonds appears again. This time, Alice must know who he really is.

The Magician’s Apprentice (The Black Magician Trilogy 0.5)

The Magician's Apprentice (The Black Magician Trilogy, #0.5)The Magician’s Apprentice by Trudi Canavan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What can I say about this book. I’m at a loss for words and that is not either a good thing or bad thing. This book was okay to listen to. I found myself lost in the magical world of Tessia and her struggle to follow in her fathers footsteps to become a healer. However, in her world women where not accepted in the Healer Guild, they were just suppose to get married and raise children. In her plight she befriends a Lord who helps her with her dreams. Yet, not all is sunshine and rainbows for Tessia and soon she finds herself preparing for a war.

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Book Summary:

In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer – much to the frustration of her mother, who would rather she found a husband. Despite knowing that women aren’t readily accepted by the Guild of Healers, Tessia is determined to follow in her father’s footsteps. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn. When treating a patient at the residence of the local magician, Lord Dakon, Tessia is forced to fight off the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage – and instinctively uses magic. She now finds herself facing an entirely different future as Lord Dakon’s apprentice.

Although there are long hours of study and self-discipline, Tessia’s new life also offers more opportunities than she had ever hoped for, and an exciting new world opens up to her. There are fine clothes and servants – and, she is delighted to learn – regular trips to the great city of Imardin. However, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. For a storm is approaching that threatens to tear her world apart.

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