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Authors & Readers Book Corner’s January Wrap Up

Wow, isn’t the title of this post a mouth full to say. I tell yaw!

Anyway, I wanted to share my thoughts on the books I read for my first wrap up for the new year. I read a variety and hit some books in series that I’m trying to finish.

This are the books I read in January:

On Pointe by Shelly Ellis (3 Stars)

This was a wonderful set up to this new series set in a dance academy school ran by siblings and their mother. It was exciting meeting the first sister, Bina who has recently had a breakup but determined to get on with her life. Bina’s transformation in the story made it worth reading but I share more in my review.

*Full review will be available later this week.

Ex-Ray by Cheryl Robinson (5 Stars)

Ex-Ray had me on the edge of my seat and wanting so much more. These characters had me mesmerized from the first chapter with their betrayal, secrets and personal issues. It has everything a juicy drama needs and I enjoyed it so much and can’t wait till book three comes out later this year. I talked about it more in my review here.

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs (5 Stars) 

No words can express the kick ass main character in this series, Mercy Thompson. Even though she puts herself in danger more times than she should, the plots, descriptions and locations make you feel like your in the story with her.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas (3 Stars)

I’m sure this book is just a set up for more action and better character development because at this point I’m not invested in this series at all. I dont want to give up on it just yet. I do believe Celeana has the potential to be a great. I also like that she is not fully following the King’s wishes even though I believe it’s going to backfire at some point.

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter (3 Stars)

I will be honest the only reason I purchased this book is because I loved her father. The plot of this book seemed intriguing and I’m always up for a suspense, thrillers and mysteries. However, it was boring as heck for me. The twists were flat and the ended was rushed. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters but I will give her next work a try if there is one.

The Killing Lessons by Saul Black (3 Stars)

I’m a big fan of psychological thrillers especially those with serial killers, which I hoped this would be a great one. It didn’t excite me like I thought it would. Don’t get me wrong, it starts off great and the author created characters tgat yoy really get to know.  The suspense is even there but It seemed he got long winded in some areas that could have been shorten and maybe the story wouldn’t have stalled for me.

The Alpha Drive by Kristen Martin (3 Stars)

I’m not a big fan of science fiction/Fantasy books but I love the movies. This particular book caught my attention. I was able to pick up on Emory going to a boarding school when she is asked to join an organization but then she is asked to play both sides, good vs bad. Emory has to decide who to believe and figure out who she can trust. This book kept my attention even though it felt rushed and some of the characters actions were not believable. I still enjoyed it and will probably buy the rest of the books in the series.

Saturday’s at Sweeney’s by Ashley Farley (5 Stars)

I love a good mystery and this book did it for me. After reading this, I so ordered the rest of the books in this series. I love the Sweeney family with all of their flaws and secrets. This is book five and I believe the last book and it starts off with the family’s business burning down. Who started it? everyone wants to know. You have to read it to find out.

*Full review will be available later this week.

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs ( 5 Stars)

In Iron Kissed the stakes are pretty high and Mercy made me so mad at her in this one. There is also a little love triangle that has you picking sides before you get to the end.

As you can see in my January Wrap Up there were books I loved and some books that didn’t work for me. I always give an author a second chance, so I will try another one of their books.

What books did you read for January? If you have read any of the titles above, leave me a comment and let me know what you thought about them.

 

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Talk About It Thursday

Talk About It Thursday: A Hidden Gem in Romance from Author Jamie Pope

I didn’t know what I was getting into when Kensington Publishing Group sent me a copy of Jamie Pope’s, Hope Bloom for review. I’d taken a break from reading romance books but this book brought me back in. I also wanted to read it because the author’s last name is my mother’s maiden name. I know it’s goofy. Jamie writes contemporary romance novels with characters you can’t help remember. Let’s take a look at two books in her Bloom series.

Hope Bloom

Hope Bloom is about Cassandra coming to terms with loss and grief. The love in this book is so obvious it makes you mad that the two main characters don’t realize it sooner.

Love Bloom

Love Bloom is about Nova learning to trust again and starting over. After experiencing so many disappointments and mishaps in her life, Nova is ready for a new start in a new place. It’s hard to leave what is familiar to you even though you know it’s the right thing to do.

Both ladies fight the love trying to connect with their hearts and build a life with them. It is understandable when so much has happened and fear keeps you hostage. But when these ladies give in their stories take you on an adventure that warms your heart. Since I started a watch list for authors (meaning I look for any new books they’re releasing) I had to Jamie Pope to my list.

What Romance authors have you discovered? Let me know. Leave a comment to share the name and the title of one of their books. Let it be one you would definitely recommend.

*Books can be purchased at Amazon.com

 

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Talk About It Thursday: January 15-30, 2018 New Releases That Should Be On Your TBR

I forgot to share some of the new books releasing in the first half of January but will share those coming out this week and the rest of the month.

I have added some to my TBR list and I’m sure you’ll want to:

January 15, 2018

 

January 16, 2018

January 23, 2018

January 30, 2018

 

*Click the image to learn more about the title and to purchase.

Do you have any new releases your anticipating this month? Share by leaving them in the comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talk About It Thursday

Talk About It Thursday: A Killer Series Worth Reading

Are you looking for suspense, mystery, thrills and unsuspected twists in your next book? If yes, I have just the series for you, The Killer series by S. E. Green. This author writes suspenseful young adult thrillers with a hint of mysteries that will have you on the edge of your seat. The twists are unbelievable and the characters bring life to the story. She has become one of my favorite young adult writers. Let me tell you about the first two books in the series.

Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct is about Lane, a young girl trying to find her identity. She is obsessed with serial killers because she believes she is one. AS you read the book you learn a lot about Lane and the surprises she has under her belt.

Purchase at Amazon.com

Killer Within

Killer Within picks up where Killer Instinct leaves off and Lane has come to grips with who she is and what she has learned about her family. IN this book, Lane has to confront a nemesis trying to step in her territory.

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I have enjoyed S. E. Green’s writing so much I had to reach out to her. She has ensured a book three is in the works and I can’t wait. While I do I’m checking out her other thrillers, Ultimate Sacrifice    and  Vanquished.

Leave a comment and let me know your favorite young adult thriller and mystery authors. This will give me a reason to add them to my reading list.