Review: Resist (Breathe #2) by Sarah Crossan

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Title: Resist
Author: Sarah Crossan
Publisher/Year:  HarperColling 10/7/14
Length:   368 Pages
Series:  Breathe #2

Overview

What would you do if you were desperate? Bea, Alina, and Quinn are outlaws. They started a rebellion and have been thrown out of the pod—the only place where there’s enough air to breathe. Bea has lost her family. Alina has lost her home. And Quinn has lost his privileged life. What will they find now that they are refugees in the perilous Outlands? Their final safe haven may be harboring dark secrets. But together, the three teens find the will to keep fighting, to save one another, and to break free from everything that’s holding them back.

My Thoughts

This second and final installment takes us on quite the journey.  We see that there’s the quest to find another settlement from the Resistance in the Outlands – and what they find there is not at all what they expected.  We learn more that the true identify of Abel is found out and it’s not what we thought, but not what you didn’t think either.

there’s a new character brought into the mix here – Ronan, who is part of the Special forces led by Quinn’s father.  He’s beginning to question what he’s been told to do his whole life and i think that it’s about time that he links up with Quinn, Bea, Alina or any of them to figure out how to make a change come around in the Pod.  With the Rebellion going on, someone has to be a leader.

So there’s the rebellion in one place, the interesting conditions at the Sequoia – where they aren’t growing plants/trees, they are growing babies….and well when our fav characters find themselves in that society, it’s not a happy ending for anyone.

Throughout this story i kept wondering if we were going to see folks switch sides – and if we were going to be let down by what we had hoped would happen.  I think that we all wanted to have faith with the Premiums and high powerful folks that get involved in the cause to actually make a change, and i think that there’s still way to much uncertainty to be able to trust anyone.  I feel like Jude (Quinn’s father) – is such a gray area of trust – so we really need to read the story in entirety to see who he’s playing for.

I’m a bit sad that this was just a 2 book series and not a trilogy.  i feel like the last third was a bit rushed with the quest to fill in enough and the ending – that we didn’t get as far into things as we necessarily would have in a 3 book-er.  oh well.  We get to the point where a lot of people are dead, a few are saved, and there are a few new ones even, with their own perspective on Pod life.

On that note – happy saturday and have a nice weekend!

Review: Private Chambers (Lawyers Behaving Badly #4) by Cleo Peitsche

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Title: Private Chambers
Author: Cleo Peitsche
Publisher/Year:  Pouch Productions 7/20/16
Length:   151 Pages
Series:  Lawyers Behaving Badly #4

Overview

Maisie’s dominant bosses won’t budge: for her protection, she must marry one of them immediately.

On paper, they’re perfect. Ethan Brennbach, Trent Banno, and Raphael Lattimore are rich, gorgeous lawyers. The powerful billionaires give Maisie exactly what she needs, from every angle imaginable.

But after overhearing them arguing, she knows the devastating truth.

They don’t want her, not forever.

Unable to tell them the truth, soon she’s acting out. But her bosses have their own carefully laid plans.

They will bring Maisie under control, one way or another…

This office menage romance contains one curvy submissive and the three dominant men who are driving her crazy with their protectiveness and their secrets.

My Thoughts

Oh how this story just takes us down a path that you’re not quite sure you want to go.  In this 4th installment, we see Maisie faced with the decision that she’s going to have to marry one of the men, and she has no say in it – just so that both she and they can be safe as the investigation continues.

There are a few crimps in all this – Heather, Maisies ‘friend’ from school keeps coming around since she’s working on something with the firm, and she’s making Maisie miserable.  Jealous too for that matter.  Then there’s Ginelle who’s a girl that works with Maisie in her new role in the Janitorial division – and her life seems rather complicated which of course brings Maisie into it.

So…we’re still not sure who killed Norman, the chief of police is onto them, and the guy who’s investigating them is still trying to plant fake evidence to frame them.  It’s a wonder that they’re able to be as sensual and dominating as they are throughout this story.  how do they find the time?

But true to Ms .Peitsche’s style, we get to see PLENTY of that.  it’s naughty and dirty and all the best bits of a BDSM relationship among 3 hot powerful men and a woman who knows her value.

Where we net out at the end of this 4th installment, we know who Maisie is going to marry and we know when, but we don’t know when their lives are going to get back to normal.  On that note – have a great weekend everyone!

Review: Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan

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Title: Breathe
Author: Sarah Crossan
Publisher/Year:  Harper Collings 9/10/13
Length:   264Pages
Series:  Breathe #1

Overview

The world has no air.

Ever since the Switch, when the oxygen levels plummeted and most of humanity died, the survivors have been protected in a glass dome full of manufactured air. If you want to live, you pay to breathe. But what if you can’t pay? And what if you think everything could be different? Alina’s a revolutionary who believes the Resistance can save the environment, can break free, and she’s on her first mission. Quinn’s a Premium who’s never had to worry about having enough air. His best friend, Bea, is an Auxiliary who’s never worried about anything but having enough air. When all three cross paths and walk into the Outlands with two days’ worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered.

My Thoughts

I love when i get to read a dystopian story that makes you think about how we’re living life today.  The main premise here is about how deforestation cuts back on the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere making it hard to breathe.  Without trees, there’s toxic runoff into the oceans so there’s no way for that to add O into the air – so….people begin to die off.  It’s an organization called Breathe that comes up with a solution by creating PODs where people are forced to live in these big glass domes (assuming you can afford to get into one when The Switch happened, and within the Pod – life has been managed into a caste system and everything’s regulated by Breathe.

In reading enough of these stories, you know that if there’s one central power that’s controlling things, then it means that the world is not always what it seems and that people are not given all the information, resulting in fear and people conforming.

Thankfully as we always see – it’s the younger generation that takes a stand.  We get this story through a few different POVs.  Alina who is part of the resistence with a boy named Abel who she’s crushing on.  We meet them when they are gathering clippings of plants and trees to bring back to the resistence.  then there’s Bea and Quinn – bea who is an auxillary (lower caste) and Quinn who is a premium.  they are best of friends, but bea harbors this crush on him.

IT’s not until Quinn meets Alina that paths start to cross, and circumstances that make them cross paths again that takes them to places they never thought.

Quinn planned a camping trip for Bea outside of the pod, and they prepared by getting all the gear that would be necessary to survive outside where there’s no oxygen, and it’s freezing.  When Alina is forced to go on the run, plans change.  they help her cross the border, share resources and end up through a series of events, all going to the Resistence headquarters – the Grove where their eyes are being opened up.

Breathe led people to believe that there’s no way for the earth to repair itself, no way for trees to grow back, yet that’s EXACTLY what the resistence is doing.  they are growing plants and trees and have trained themselves to be able to live and breathe outside where the oxygen levels are so low.

This of course is where things get interesting since you never know who you can trust – you learn that people that you thought were part of the resistance aren’t, people you thought were dead aren’t, and then when all is destroyed – it’s time to make a new plan.

So all in all, a nice approach to dystopia – i do love when we see that civilization is forced to live in a dome for one reason or another and i think that in this case, it’s something that’s kind of fresh and new.  They could do me a solid by going into more depth on what it was called The Switch, but i guess beggars can’t be choosers.  anyhow – have a great day all!

Review: Withering Rose (Once Upon a Curse #2) by Kaitlyn Davis

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Title: Withering Rose
Author: Kaitlyn Davis
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace 5/16/16
Length:   201 Pages
Series:  Once Upon a Curse #2

Overview

What if Beauty was cursed, and the Beast was the only one who could save her? Don’t miss WITHERING ROSE, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Beauty & The Beast.

“As the heat finally disappeared, I felt the bloom blossom in the very core of my soul, a rose just like my name–a ticking clock hidden behind a façade of beauty. From that moment on, my life would become a countdown, and all I could do was wait and watch as the petals of time slowly started to fall.”

Omorose Bouchene has a secret–magic. There’s only one problem. At the age of seven, an earthquake struck, catapulting her into a new world. A land made of skyscrapers and cell phones. Fast cars and fluorescent lights. A land where magic isn’t supposed to exist and anyone who wields it is the enemy.

But after ten years of hiding, she’s desperate to find a place where she can be free. Because all magic comes with a curse, and her curse is time–every ounce of power she uses strips days off of her life. The clock is winding down, and the only option left is to escape to the realm of the Beast. But the king of monsters isn’t what he seems. And the more Omorose opens her heart, the more she comes to realize that the only person she may need to fear is herself.

My Thoughts

I really do enjoys books that are evolutions of fairytales and that’s what this this.  you know that the first installment in a sense was sleeping beauty, and this was Beauty and the Beast.  I can’t wait for book 3 – for Cinderella.

Anyhow, as you remember from the last page(s) of the first book, Asher learned that his ‘fiance’ was captured by The Beast and he was off to save her.  of course to the dismay of Jade – the woman that proclaimed her love for him, and well, she thought it was reciprocated.

In this 2nd book, we meet Omorose, initially back about 10 years when the earthquake happened and the worlds merged.  she was with her father, traveling to see Prince Asher and her world changed for ever.  She experiences the transfer of magic meaning that her mom is dead, likely her sister as well, and they are then captured by the common day folks that live on Earth and put in jail cells for years.  It’s only when they are allowed to be transferred to the Midwest Command Center since her father offers to trade information on the magical realm for their bits of freedom that life changes a bit more.  Of course, everyone is terrified of anything related to magic, and they are outsiders.  Omorose has to find ways from time to time to release her magic since it builds up inside her and it’s something that she learns that comes more frequently as time passes.  It’s also when her father reveals one more bit of the curse, that women with the magic only live 25 years after they get the magic that makes Omorose think of a plan to escape.

This takes her to the mountains where the ‘Beast’ lives – he’s one that also has magic and has the ability to shapeshift into other forms.  usually that of a Bear which is quite scary.

As you can expect this is where the merging of Beauty and the Beast really happen, of course though with Beauty being the one that’s cursed.  While with Cole (The Beast), she learns about how humans got magic, and even how her family got it and is disgusted – with the result of her needing to find a way to get rid of it.  There’s a woman who came to the mountain kingdom years ago and stole Cole’s family’s magic and put a curse of her own on them, making them stay in their animal form.

Together cole and Omorose work to find a solution and a way to get rid of the curse, and of course at the same time grow closer and in love.

Just when they think they’ve cracked the code, things get pearshaped, and we see that Asher and Jade show up – one with guns blazing.  The people from the base where Omorose ran from are now on the hunt and are planning to blow up the kingdom, and Omorose’s father goes missing.  If that weren’t enough, they’ve found a solution that may work, but of course as we saw in book 1, it means that someone will do something stupid to sacrifice themself and well, it never ends well.

The nice thing i that we get to see the lead in to book 3.  I can’t wait to see how Ella and the Fairy get along, and i think that we all know that the Fairy can’t be trusted, so it’ll be quite fun to see who’s on what side and who will win.

On that note – have a great day all!

Review : The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake (Billionaires and Bridesmaids #4) by Jessica Clare

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Title: The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake
Author: Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year:  Tantor Media 6/28/16
Length:   213 Pages
Series:  Billionaires and Bridesmaids #4

Overview

Greer has always been there for Asher, but she wishes that she could break through her shyness and show how much she truly loves him. But after a steamy, mindless fling at Hunter and Gretchen’s engagement party, Greer finds herself tossed aside and forced to admit that you can’t love someone who doesn’t acknowledge you exist. It’s a shame that he got her pregnant. After his fiancée betrayed him and tanked his business in one fell swoop, Asher has spent his time trying to rebuild his wealth and forget the past. But he doesn’t understand why Greer blew him off after their night together-until he catches a glimpse of her belly. Now Asher is willing to do whatever it takes to convince Greer that she belongs with him. And he’s very skilled at the art of persuasion.

My Thoughts

I love this series and i love that Gretchen has sooo many people in her wedding situation that gives us so much more to read about.  In this fourth installment to the series, we get to see not what happens with a Bridesmaid, but with her wedding planner – and of course as it relates – to a groomsman.

Greer isn’t your typical bombshell, but knowing her last name makes you realize that there’s this exotic quality to her and what should also lead into an interesting backstory.  Her father is Dutch, and the owner of a Playboy esque magazine and her mother is Indian, and after leaving her father, became a porn star. So not necessarily the best family life, but one that makes her into such a strong woman, since she was sent to live with her father, a man who really had no interest in having a child.

So fast forward to now when Greer is planning her good friend’s wedding, and as things work out, Asher, a guy she’s known since college and about the same time as meeting Gretchen, he’s in the wedding party as well, and she’s been holding this secret crush for him for years.  It’s not that he’s single that she makes her move and that means becoming something that she’s not in order to get his attention.

Does it work?  Yes

In the way she hoped – no

So we see her story take a complicated path.  Not only does she lure Asher in, but she’s entirely disappointed with him and even disgusted.  She takes the opportunity to flee NYC and head out to Vegas to help her father get an award, and while this is all happening, she learns that she’s pregnant.  With Asher’s child, and things couldn’t be any worse if they tried.

The journey that this story takes us on is one that’s kind of interesting.  We see how Asher and Greer interact- knowing that she hates him with a passion and he’s come to his senses and realizes that she’s the one that he wants in his life.  It’s not an easy battle for either of them to wage, and i think that the path that we take to get them together, and then to see them fall apart is a real one.  It’s not flowers and butterflies and i think that’s what this story needed.

On top of that story, we get the one of Greer’s father staging a wedding at the request of Asher, with the bride still to be determined.  In comparison to Hugh Hefner of Playboy notoriety, her father as 3 girlfriends – a set of identical triplets, and it’s to be one of these girls that will be his bride.  It’s nice to see how this bit of the story plays out as well.

So, roller coasters, lots of romance and non romance, and quite a bit of love and hate.  Not super steamy by any means aside from a few scenes here and there, but the story itself carries us through nicely so i don’t mind.  The question that arises next is who will be the next one to be featured – i can’t wait to read on in this series.  Happy Tuesday all!!!

Review: Gathering Frost (Once Upon a Curse #1) by Kaitlyn Davis

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Title: Gathering Frost
Author: Kaitlyn Davis
Publisher/Year:  CreateSpace 2/4/15
Length:   306 Pages
Series:  Once Upon a Curse #1

Overview

Will the prince’s kiss be enough to revive her frozen heart? Don’t miss GATHERING FROST, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty.

“I wish I could say I was the hero of the story. A resister. A rebel. Someone who lived to bring an end to the queen who stole my childhood–my mother, my life, my very world. But I’m not. I’m not the good guy. I’m the one who puts the good guys in their graves.”

Jade was only a little girl when the earthquake struck. Before her eyes, half of New York City disappeared, replaced by a village that seemed torn out of a storybook. Horses and carriages. Cobblestone streets. A towering castle. And, above all, a queen with the magical ability to strip emotions away.

Ten years later and Jade has forgotten what it is to feel, to care…even to love. Working as a member of the queen’s guard, she spends most of her time on the city wall staring at the crumbling skyscrapers of old New York. But everything changes when the queen’s runaway son, Prince Asher, returns. Under his relentless taunts, her blood begins to boil. Under his piercing gaze, her heart begins to flutter. And the more her icy soul begins to thaw, the more Jade comes to question everything she’s ever known–and, more importantly, whose side she’s really on.

My Thoughts

I’m a pretty big fan of fairy tale adaptations – so think the Cinder books with a dystopian twist and that’s what we get here.  It all starts in New York City on the day of a huge earthquake and it’s not just that the plates move and crevices emerged, but a castle from another realm appears and things go from normal to interesting really quick.  Jade – who is just a small child when this happens is wood by a princess who then ices her heart over and then our story really begins.

What we learn in this story is that the castle that has emerged is Kardenia – which is a magical land under the rule of a Queen who has powers to take away emotions of anyone she chooses to get them to do her bidding.  Those who are under her spell really have no chance of anything else but the life that she wants for them.  Jade has always been a bit tougher though – and well, we see that her strength is what gets her into trouble and then into a place where she’s given a role to bring someone back.

That someone is Asher, the queen’s son who ran away years before, and the story from there is one that takes us across both doing what’s right for yourself to opening yourself up to doing what may be right for someone else.

As part of Jade’s job – she’s been asked to be captured by the rebels – the side that Asher is on, and in doing that, she has the chance to see what life is outside Kardenia.  Asher brings her books to read and games to pass her time because he’s developed a sweet spot for her, and well, it’s in these stories that we see the element of fairytale come through even more.  It’s the story of Sleeping Beauty that rings closest to Jade and as we see this story progress – we see many parallels.

So what we get here from our author is a sweet story of the fantasy bits and young adult coming of age.  There’s sweet romance going on, but will it last or will it be more Romeo / Juliet style.  i think that you need to really invest in this story to find out.  I like the role that Jade takes and only hope that her ending is a happy one.  The nice thing here is that we’re given a big twist at the end, and a journey that we thought was complete is just beginning and it’s getting so much more complicated.

On that note – happy sunday all and i’ll be back soon!

Review: Boss (The Donovan Dynasty #3) by Sierra Cartwright

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Title: Boss
Author: Sierra Cartwright
Publisher/Year:  Totally Entwined Group 4/19/16
Length:   265 Pages
Series:  The Donovan Dynasty #3

Overview

His erotic demands test everything she believes.

When the fearless, larger-than-life Nathan Donovan becomes her boss, Kelsey Lane’s life is turned upside down. The multimillionaire wants her by his side, but his demands don’t end there.

Kelsey avoids romantic entanglements, especially with overwhelmingly dynamic men like Nathan. But she quickly discovers his attention and sensual desires ignite something deep inside her, leading her on a journey that tests everything she believes.

The youngest, boldest of the dynamic Donovan brothers, Nathan is accustomed to getting what he wants. And he focuses his attention on the smart, sexy Kelsey. He quickly discovers she’s unlike any woman he’s ever known.

She meets him, desire for desire, getting deep inside him, destroying the barriers he keeps around his heart. He wonders, though, if she’s willing to give him the one thing he demands…

My Thoughts

We didn’t really get much of a chance to learn about Nathan in the past 2 books so it’s nice to see his life come into play in this third installment.  What we do know is that he’s meticulous about finance and all things tied to that, so it’s not surprise that we see that come to be a key part of things as Donovan Wordwide takes over a new company in the Houston area.

Kelsey, our leading lady comes into the picture as the executive assistant to the company that Nathan is buying, and we quickly learn that she’s more of the backbone to running the company than what her title implies.  Things can’t run without her, and Nathan begins to see that she plays a pivotal role in her life as well.

While there’s chemistry off the bat with these two – true to our author’s form in writing character dynamics – it’s a wonder as to how they will ultimately come together.  Work seems to put a fine line between things, but fortunately for the two of them, Kelsey has a friend Andi who’s involved somewhat in the BDSM lifestyle, and gets Kelsey into a new club that just happens to be part owned by Nathan’s brother.  So nice how that works out right?

Where the rest of the story takes us is on a journey of self discovery, understanding that the need to be independent actually goes hand in hand with being in a D/s relationship, and it’s Nathan’s job to teach this all to Kelsey. The story takes place really only during a span of a week, but i think that it’s an itense few days that you can’t wait to see what happens next.

The other underlying story here is not just about the intro into the lifestyle for Kelsey, but seeing how she’s empowered to take on more, and when an opportunity presents itself to be a CEO for Lara (Connor’s wife) – well you see that she’s grown even more than imagined.

While i’m a huge fan of Ms Cartwrights, and def of this series, i think that there were times throughout that i felt like the story was lacking just a bit.  The scenes as hot as they were didn’t seem as original as i’ve come to appreciate from our author – but nonethless, at least the pace kept up. I can’t wait to see what’s next in this series since i feel like there has to be more.  Erin still needs her own installment, and i feel like after seeing her reaction to Julian Bond having a girl with him at Connor and Lara’s party in book 2, i feel like there’s definitely a good juicy story there.  On that note – enjoy everyone and i’ll be back soon!

Review: Firstlife (Everlife #1) by Gina Showalter

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Title: Firstlife
Author: Gina Showalter
Publisher/Year:  Harlequin 2/23/16
Length:   332 Pages
Series:  Everlife #1

Overview

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t where the boy she’s falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

My Thoughts

I’m a girl who’s at times swayed to read a book based by the cover art more so than the plot, and i have to say that the cover of this one drew me in more than anything.  The interesting thing is though, that there’s a unique story here – one that really intrigued me from the get go.  While i’m going to say that overall this was a fairly decent book, it was a bit slow moving at times, and i’m still not sure what to make of this first installment of the series.

Like the summary says, our leading lady is Ten – a girl who when she was born was marked by both realms of this interesting world as being something special.  Each seems to think that she’s got the ability to bring great change to their society yet, she’s given the chance to choose which side she wants and through a series of events from her family, and her life, she doesn’t know what to choose which results in her being sent to an asylum of sorts where she’s punished, tortured and forced to lead a horribly bad life.

Throughout this story, it’s basically grounded in communications between 2 guys who are sent from either realm to sign her, and these boys notes back to their superiors.  What we see is that what starts out though as a ‘job’ of sorts turns into something much more when both guys (Killian and Archer) somehow get emotionally attached.

We see a lot of death, a lot of scheming, an interesting backstory of how Archer and Killian know each other and have come to be enemies, and along the lines, there’s quite a bit of romance brewing.  Ultimately, secrets are revealed, and yet some continue to fester, but all in all, we see that there’s so much more to the realms and to the world that even those in the realms know, and that means that the need for Ten to make a choice and bring the world to it’s knees in a sense is that much more important.

The decision that she makes at the end is somewhat surprising since i actually didn’t think that she’d ever choose – but i think that there’s more than romance and good v bad behind that choice and we’ll have to see how it plays out in the next book.  All in all a fairly interesting problem that we have.

the biggest downside that i have though with this one though to be honest, is that like i said earlier, it was a bit slow.  I mean, our author does a great job with describing where we are and what they are seeing – what’s going on and all that, but i feel like there were chapters where things just dragged a bit and it was only through the fact that i HATE putting books down that i made it through.  At least the ending was a decent cliffhanger so i’m invested and can’t wait now until next february to get the 2nd one.

On that note – happy sunday all and i’ll be back soon!