Kiss Kiss Bang by Sidney Halston (Iron Clad Security #3)

Kiss Kiss Bang: An Iron Clad Security Novel (Iron-clad Security) by [Halston, Sidney]4 Stars

One thing I love is when a series of books is truly standalone and I can just jump in anywhere and not feel lost. Iron Clad Security is a great example of that, because I had never read a Sidney Halston book prior to Kiss Kiss Bang but I  was able to read this with no sense of loss. Even better is that I actually want to go back and read the other books that are earlier in the series.

The chemistry in this book was real and I LOVE good chemistry. Joey was such a great character and had pretty much every trait I love in a hero. My favorite moments were those where he was interacting with Livie’s daughter Sophie. His immediate love for her was swoonworthy. I had a harder time connecting with Livie. I’m not sure why but it wasn’t enough to detract from the book. I look forward to reading more from Sidney Halston.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

 

 

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The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

3.5 Stars

DON’T READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK YET.

It probably has spoilers in it… but I need to vent.

I’ve rated every book in the Twilight series 5 Stars.  I also rated The Host 5 Stars. I consider myself a fan of Stephenie Meyer and ignore those that despise her “anti feminist” writing. I don’t read her books for a message, I just enjoy the escape they bring. It was obvious when reading Life and Death (a book so forgettable I had to look up its title) that Stephenie’s feelings were hurt by the backlash she received over Edward & Bella’s characterization. She tried to prove herself to her detractors but only ended up disappointing her actual fan base by releasing a book that was pretty sloppy. I thought she learned her lesson with that one. But then she wrote The Chemist.

I truly expected to love this book like I’ve loved her other books. It’s obvious that she’s ready to write again. The plot was good for me, and I was gushing about it to my mom when I first started it. Then the romance started. Instead of having Alex fall for Kevin, the guy that she actually seems to have chemistry with (love-hate, but whatever)… she falls in love with the guy that she LITERALLY tortured but he’s OK with that because he fell in love with her at first sight. I could have accepted Daniel as comic relief, or as part of a love triangle, à la Jacob but NO. It felt like, once again, she was trying to prove that she could write a book where the female character is more powerful than the male and it feels forced. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the book. The plot was interesting, and by the end of the book I even enjoyed Daniel. But he didn’t work with Alex, and that was a disappointment.

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Twisted Truths by Rebecca Zanetti (Blood Brothers #3)

5 Stars

I love Rebecca Zanetti SO MUCH. I think pretty much every time I write a Zanetti review they start out that way, but its the truth. I love the cover for this one. The paperback, not the kindle.  I also love that these books easily remind you of the important stuff that has happened in previous books and you don’t have to try to remember what’s been going on. That being said, you do HAVE to read the earlier books to enjoy this. Yes, the romance is standalone, but the overall story arc is definitely best enjoyed in order.

Denver’s story has been teased throughout the Blood Brothers series, and it was exciting to finally get to see Denver and Noni together. Their story has been a long time coming and it was every bit as good as I expected. Denver is *by far* the least talkative brother, but he still had his moments that made me absolutely fall in love.

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I received an advance review copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

The Delphi Resistance by Rysa Walker (The Delphi Trilogy #2)

4.5 Stars

The Delphi Resistance is one of those books that I feel like I’ve been waiting on forever. I read The Delphi Effect last year, and absolutely loved it. I even went so far as to stalk the series on Amazon until the next book was available for me to preorder.

The Delphi Resistance begins not very long after the last book left off. I think it would have been helpful if this book included a little summary/reminder of what happened because I had to go back and read the last chapter of The Delphi Effect to refresh my memory. Once I was reminded though, this book kept me up finishing it. It was one of those “just one more chapter” nights until finally I just had to finish the book regardless of the fact that it was 1AM.

This isn’t one of those series where you can just jump in with book 2 and start reading. You really have to start with the first book to get the full story, but it’s worth it. I would recommend this for anyone that loves a good paranormal fantasy.

If you have an Amazon Prime membership The Delphi Effect is currently available to read and listen to for free. Otherwise both books are Free on Kindle Unlimited (as of 10/27/17).

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (The Nyxia Triad #1)

 All the Stars!!!!

I finished this book earlier this week, and I can’t stop thinking about it. I NEED to read the next book in the series, but it doesn’t even have a name yet, much less a release date. Everyone comparing Nyxia to Ender’s Game mixed with The Hunger Games is dead on. If you loved those books then I beg you to pick this one up, but be prepared to stay up late trying to read “just one more chapter”.

The characters in Nyxia are a racially diverse bunch with one common thread that weaves them all together. While we don’t get immersed in any one culture (aside from American) we do get to see bits and pieces of other cultures that I felt added quite a bit of flavor to the book. The twists in this book are completely unexpected and I was left gaping nearly every time. Scott Reintgen has written a spellbinding book full of hope, darkness, and competition. You need to read this.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

4.5 Stars

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker is outside my usual genres, but I needed a change of pace and this completely delivered. It was so twisty turny that I was kept guessing until the big reveal. I literally thought every single person in the family could have had something to do with the disappearances.

This book has a slower pace that made it easy to step away from, but I kept coming back because I needed to know what had happened. The narcissistic parent angle was really interesting and you were subtlely yet effectively reminded of the narcissism every time Cass referred to her mother as “Mrs. Martin.” I will admit, that at one point I was so desperate to find out the truth that I snuck a peek at the last page. It didn’t help. In fact, it further fueled some of my wild theories that were debunked once I actually finished the book.

Emma in the Night was a really good fit for me and made me wonder what else I’m missing out on when I skip the thriller section at the bookstore. I think I’ll be taking a closer look next time.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Return to the Sky by J.W. Lynne (Above the Sky #2)

5 Stars!

Return to the Sky is the followup to Above the Sky and IT DOES NOT DISAPPOINT! I read Above the Sky in less than 24 hours and Return to the Sky received the same treatment. I once again couldn’t put it down and when I unexpectedly had to go on a 4 hour car ride mid-book, I was cursing the fact that there is no audio version yet. I would have purchased it in a heartbeat, because this is a series I am positive I will be re-reading.

This book had twists and turns that I never expected and its hard to talk about any of the book without spoiling something. Everything I was so sure of in the 1st book is turned on its head, and you learn that everything is not as it seems. When I finished this book I had that “soul-satisfied-perfect-book-bliss” going on and had a hard time wanting to start another book. This is a trilogy, so there is a third book…. I’m dying to read it but also want to put it off so I don’t have to see this series end.

If you love YA Dystopian Fiction then you NEED to start this series. You can read my original review for Above the Sky here.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.