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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Happy Tuesday!!  I cannot believe how time is flying! I'm so sorry for the delay - life happened and I couldn't post :(

Not to worry - I extended My Top 10 books of 2013 reviews and giveaway to this Friday!  Remember, you can enter to win an ePub copy of this book, along with the rest of my books on the list! Click here to enter! Today is a review of one of my favorite dystopian romance novels, Far Shore, by Traci Slatton!

Title: Far Shore
Series: After (Volume 3)
Author: Traci Slatton
Genre: Dystopian Romance

An old enemy wreaks new havoc at the end of the world…

After the mists’ lethal apocalypse, mankind’s only hope for survival lies broken and battered, the prisoner of a ruthless sociopath who will stop at nothing to hurt him. Emma sets out to rescue him. She faces an ultimatum and must relinquish everything she holds dear. As Arthur teeters on the brink of life and death, Emma’s healing ability fails. Her own despair tests her, and she must grow stronger than she ever dreamt possible as she confronts the truth of her own heart.

In a time of apocalyptic despair, love is put to the test…

A mystical odyssey, a haunting love...

My Review
Have you ever been so haunted, so obsessed and so invested in a series that you reread the books a few times over? You dream of what the future holds for its characters and you count the days until the next installment is released? If so, then you are crazy - but not to worry because so am I. I am absolutely infatuated and invested in these characters, in the story, in this entire series.

Far Shore is a hauntingly raw, yet beautiful tale of survival and love that will keep you at the edge of your seat from the very first page.

Emma has known love, heartbreak and what it takes to survive. Yet, she is about to face the ultimate test of willpower when she is forced back into a life and a love that she had turned her back in order to keep her family together.

When Emma learns that the love of her life is at the brink of death, she has to give up everything she holds dear to rescue him. What she finds will forever change her life. Her abilities unavailable, her family gone, and the love of her life a mere shell of what he was put Emma in a state she has never been in... completely and utterly alone.

When everything you love is taken away, will you have the power to hold on and get it back, or will you lose it all in the end?

I find myself using the word haunting every time I review this series, but there is no better word to describe it. The situations faced are sometimes barbaric; the love shared is not that of fairy tales, but born of strength, respect and an almost wild animal instinct. The friendships are drawn from the familiar feeling of loss and the happiness in finding others that know and understand your pain. Yet, through all the darkness is a light that shines when Emma, Arthur and the gang have those few precious calm moments together of just being happy and celebrating in the life that is still theirs. These moments are precious gifts and as a reader, the insights gained are monumental.

Far Shore is unputdownable - a must-read. Trust me, you will thank me later.


Have you read one a dystopian romance book? Which is your favorite?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

My Top 10 of 2013 Review and Giveaway: Urban Fantasy Novel, Werewolves Be Damned by Stacey Kennedy

The holidays are long gone, the New Year is here and my birthday is on Saturday - woo-hoo. What better way to celebrate than more reviews from My Top 10 books of 2013 reviews and giveaway. Today is a review of another awesome book by Stacey Kennedy! Remember, you can enter to win an ePub copy, along with the rest of my books on the list! Click here to enter!

Title: Werewolves Be Damned
Series: Magic & Mayhem (Entangled Edge)
Author: Stacey Kennedy

Official Synopsis
Nexi Jones—part witch, part guardian, and wannabe kick-ass warrior—can’t throw a punch or conjure the simplest magic. But that doesn’t stop her from hunting the werewolves who slaughtered her human family. She’ll have her revenge, but only if Kyden, the elite guardian, would get the hell out of her way.

Kyden can’t decide if Nexi wants to get herself killed or if she just has no clue what she’s doing. But her father made it clear: keep Nexi safe…or else. Of course, the more Nexi runs toward revenge, the more she needs Kyden’s aid, and as she grows into her power and confidence, so does his desire to protect her. The only problem? She’d rather he dropped dead.

But when a vampire paints a bull's-eye on Nexi’s back, she’s hard-pressed to deny Kyden and the help he’s offering. Even if it means getting her revenge will be a little bit harder. At least it will still be as sweet.

My Review
This amazingly witty, action-packed, romance-sizzling, mystery-filled book is  a twister that hits you like a ton of bricks, completely absorbs you into its world, then leaves you completely breathless and mind-blown in the end! This simile pretty much sums up Werewolves Be Damned, the first book of the Magic & Mayhem series.
Nexi has always felt lost and out of place. After her parents are killed she decides to seek revenge on the monsters that killed them, but to do that she has to learn the truth about her past and a world she never knew existed. She is taken to the Otherworld - a realm which houses the Council and their team consisting of a head honcho of each race: a Witch, a Wolf. a Vampire, and a Guardian. Along with the Council are their team of guardians and witches who come together to protect the innocents from the Otherworlders who turn to the dark side.

With this life comes the revelation that she was never human, but is part guardian-part witch and must now train in, what turns out to be, the first day of her new life. Problem is, before she can fall into step with her new life, she must train to battle evil and that's when she battles the scariest thing she's ever had to face: love.

In walks Kyden, her completely sexy guardian trainer who oozes sex and badassness. The moment they meet the sparks fly and so do their fists, but behind each ass-whipping and back talk is a love that is undeniable. Soon they are inseparable and the world is looking up for Nexi, but all good things must come to an end.

Suddenly she is not only battling to save the lives of other innocents, but of those she loves most. When a vampire with a mysterious tie to her sets his eyes on Nexi, the new life she created and everyone in it is in danger. It is up to her to save not only the world and the ones she loves, but also herself. Time is ticking and the life of her loved ones hangs in the balance. Will she save the people she holds dear or will she die trying?

This book is a series of twists, turns, mystery and romance that will have you on the edge of your seat, and racing through the pages. Combine this with a definite "bang" of an ending and you have an amazingly, "un-put-downable" read that will have you begging for part 2 immediately!
This book is rated 5 fangs:

All I can say is that this book is Amazing! I already re-read it twice, so that in itself is saying something - I'm not usually a re-reader. Nexi is witty and always tells it like it is! I love kick-ass heroines with equally bad-ass heroes that try keep up with them!

Have you read Werewolved Be Damned! What did you think? Who was your favorite character?

Let's hear your thoughts!
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