Invitation (Harbingers #1-4)

Invitation (Harbingers #1-4)Invitation by Bill Myers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I give this book a 3.5. It wasn’t bad and the story-line was good. I like how each short story was different but with the same characters. I think some of the characters uniqueness got lost in translation and the story line got a bit jumbled, which is understandable with 4 different authors. However, if you like paranormal thrillers this is the book for you.

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Book Summary:
Four Bestselling Authors Team Up for Thrilling Supernatural Suspense – Gathering four stories from four bestselling author friends, Invitation is the first collection in the ongoing Harbingers series.

In “The Call” by Bill Myers, four strangers are drawn together to help a student at the mysterious Institute for Advanced Psychic Studies. His gifts are supposedly being honed to assist world leaders . . . but there are some very disturbing strings attached.

Frank Peretti’s “The Haunted” confronts a supernatural mystery, a case of murder, and an exploration into the darkness of the human heart, all centering around a mysterious house.

In Angela Hunt’s “The Sentinels,” animals around the world are mysteriously dying. What could it mean? When the tragedy begins to touch Andi’s dreams, she discovers a terrifying theory.

“The Girl” by Alton Gansky is a gripping tale of a young barefoot girl found holding a scroll in the snowy Oregon mountains. She is sweet, innocent–apparently not of this world–and something wants to kill her.

Erased: A Dark Romantic Thriller

Erased: A Dark Romantic ThrillerErased: A Dark Romantic Thriller by Sansa Rayne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I honestly have no clue on how to review this book. I can say it’s really good and it has stretched my boundaries on reading Erotica, but that won’t do it justice. This book is different from other books I’ve read within this genre. The characters are very likable and I honestly LOVE Gabe even though I think he could have been a better person. Marla is kick ass and I love her take-no-shit attitude. I felt that she went through what she did but happy at the outcome of it all. However, with all that said, it’s a dark romance and some scenes left me unable to read more for a bit. Overall the story line is great and the characters I actually felt like they were real people. If you’re into dark romance/erotica go get this book!

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Book Summary:
“Resist or obey. Those are my choices.”

MARLA

Alone at a bar, recently fired from my job and about to move, no one will notice that I’ve gone missing, and my abductors know it. Smuggled to a secluded facility in the mountains, locked in a cell and stripped of my dignity, they’ve threatened me with a fate worse than death. They aim to break my will. They plan to erase me.

My captors are vicious monsters, except for one: the doctor, Gabriel. He urges me to accept their control and spare myself months, or even years, of pain and torment. Yet his merciful demeanor hides a dark, burning secret. Smoldering and mysterious, I’m drawn to him and his talk of submission. He may be my best shot at escape, but I hunger for far more.

With Gabriel’s help, the others will pay for what they’ve done to me. They wanted a toy, but they’ve woken a terror…

GABRIEL

If I’d known the truth about Halloran Asylum, I would have burned it to the ground long ago. Now I’m an accessory to unspeakable crimes, and no one will ever believe my story. For years I made peace with fate, but after a violent episode pushes me to the edge, I swore never to let them harm anyone else. Now they’ve taken another, and I can’t let it go.

I need to make Marla understand her strength and resolve will only cause her greater suffering. At first, training her is just a way of buying time, but her response to my touch, my command, drives me wild. I have to have her, but standing in my way is a horrid truth that could cost me her trust. If that happens, we’ll both be lost, trapped in this place forever.

I don’t care. I’ll risk everything for Marla, even if it means letting out the beast within…

Publisher’s note: “Erased” is a dark, romantic thriller with erotic content, no cliffhangers, no cheating and a HEA. It contains material some may find disturbing. Reader discretion is advised.

Keeper of the Dead (The Faith Healer’s Daughters Book 2)

Keeper of the Dead (The Faith Healer's Daughters Book 2)Keeper of the Dead by Sheila English
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my goodness! No, it just can’t be!! This book will have you at the edge of your seat. The story continues with Amber and Ryan being the main focus. However, the story takes a few twists and we get to see the other characters we come to love and to meet a few new ones. I can’t say much more or I’d give spoilers, so go and pick this books up and read til your hearts content. I can’t wait to get my hands one the next book!

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Book Summary:
Amber and Ryan go undercover at the Brooklyn cemetery where the Keeper of the Dead holds the secret of how to stop Amber’s murderous father. But, the Keeper there has plans of his own that include a kiss from Amber that costs her more than she could ever imagine.

The race is on for Amber and her twin sister Ivy to join forces with old and new friends in order to save the women and children left at their father’s cult-like community and to free their mother’s soul from Limbo where their sister Elizabeth helped trap her to bait them.

Amber’s power to connect with the dead is both blessing and curse as she finds herself deeply attracted to the newly changed Ryan in ways that challenge both their abilities and emotions.

And in the end, even the dead will need a Keeper.

The Radiant Road

The Radiant RoadThe Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wish I could have just sat down with a cup of coffee and read this book in one sitting, instead of having to put it down and read it here and there. Maybe if I have done that, I wouldn’t have been so confused throughout it all. Don’t get me wrong, this is a nice story that kept my interest, it’s just the way the story transitioned from one place to the next that left me confused. This story is about Clare and what she learns when her father moves them back to their family home in Ireland. It’s a story about the Strange, the Good People, or as most of us knows them as Fairies. Clare through trial and error learns of her moms past, and what she herself is now in charge of protecting. If you like stories of Faires, evil men, and girl who could save all the world then this is the book for you!

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Book Summary:
A gorgeously written tale of magic, friendship, and self-discovery set in a dream-like landscape filled with fairies.

After years of living in America, Clare Macleod and her father are returning to Ireland, where they’ll inhabit the house Clare was born in—a house built into a green hillside with a tree for a wall. For Clare, the house is not only full of memories of her mother, but also of a mysterious boy with raven-dark hair and dreamlike nights filled with stars and magic. Clare soon discovers that the boy is as real as the fairy-making magic, and that they’re both in great danger from an ancient foe.

Fast-paced adventure and spellbinding prose combine to weave a tale of love and loyalty in this young adult fantasy.

Butterfly Lane (Firefly Hollow #2)

Butterfly Lane (Firefly Hollow, #2)Butterfly Lane by T.L. Haddix
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hmm…. What to say about this book? I think I should have read the first book to the series first, that would have helped with a lot of questions I’ve had throughout this book. Other than that, it was a nice, smooth read. The story line was good, once I got the gist of the main characters past. Some of the book had me guessing at things because it was alluding to certain paranormal abilities, but once those were stated, I understood it. Overall, it was a good read and I will be reading the first book to the series. I got this book as an ARC from Netgalley.

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Book Summary:
Genre: Romance with paranormal elements.
Book Two in the Firefly Hollow Series.

When Zanny Franks Campbell walks in on her husband kissing another woman, she’s devastated but not surprised. She’s known something was wrong for a while but hasn’t had the courage to find out what. Now the ugly truth is coming out, and she isn’t sure she believes John’s protestations of innocence, no matter how much she wants to.

John hates himself for hurting Zanny. Even though the situation she walked in on wasn’t what it appeared to be, no matter how hard he tries to convince her he still wants to be married, she isn’t listening. She knows he hasn’t been fully honest with her about the intimate problems they’re facing, and until he is, the wounds between them will never heal.

With both of them hurting, finding middle ground where they can work things out turns into a struggle Zanny isn’t sure she’s able to fight. And unless John comes clean and tells her what he’s hiding, moving forward just isn’t an option. Until she believes he won’t hurt her again, she can’t take that risk.

“Butterfly Lane” is the second book in the “Firefly Hollow” series. Other titles include “Firefly Hollow,” “Dragonfly Creek,” “Cattail Ridge,” and “Cricket Cove.” Set in Appalachia, the series follows the Campbell family from generation to generation.

Also available from this author: The Shadows Collection, a series of Romantic Suspense novels. Titles include: “Secrets in the Shadows,” “Under the Moon’s Shadow,” “Shadows from the Grave,” “Hidden in the Shadows,” “In the Heart’s Shadow,” and “Deception in the Shadows.”

Winds of Salem (The Beauchamp Family, #3)

Winds of Salem (The Beauchamp Family, #3)Winds of Salem by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*ARC Review*
I’m not sure what to think about this book. It wasn’t bad and it wasn’t good, it was just a book. I know it’s the third book in the series and the storyline did stand on its own but something just wasn’t there. It’s hard for me to explain it. I think it was just the pace, the characters, and overall setting of the book that just turned me off. I won’t be continuing this series. However, the TV series is great!

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Book Summary:
Winds of Salem (The Beauchamp Family, #3)

The Testing Guide (The Testing 0.5)

The Testing Guide (The Testing, #0.5)The Testing Guide by Joelle Charbonneau
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was more like an extra chapter for the first book than a short story. However, it sets the storyline for the other books to the series. I know just from reading this that I’ll have to read at least the first book. It seems like another good dystopian themed series.

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Book Summary:

In the scarred and war-battered United Commonwealth, ten-year-old Cia Vale watches her older brother Zeen dream about being chosen for The Testing. He’s graduated at the top of his class, and being chosen, like his father was before him, means a chance to attend The University and help lead the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. Cia is conflicted–she hopes Zeen is chosen, but dreads him leaving home. She also realizes that one day she too must set her mind on being chosen. But does she realize the deadly path she will have to take?
THE TESTING GUIDE is the short story prequel to “The Testing, ” the first novel in the stunning and epic Testing Trilogy.

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