The Perfect Roommate by Minka Kent

Price: $11.99 (Paperback price)

Page Count: 258

Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Format: PDF

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 1, 2018)

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Blurb: She’s my roommate.

I know how she takes her tea, how she organizes her closet.

I know when she goes to bed each night, what she eats for breakfast, the passcode on her phone.

I know she calls her mother on Mondays, takes barre on Thursdays, and meets her friends for drinks on Fridays.

But more important than any of that … I know what she did.

 

Mr Sandman, Bring Me A Dream

*** I received this ARC in exchanged for an honest review. ***

So when I read the blurb, I was extremely curious as to what this was about. What happened? What DID The roommate do?  Was this like, I Know What You Did Last Summer ? I HAD to know. So as soon as I started reading this book, I was pulled in because it wasn’t what I thought it would be like at first. Nothing was suspicious, I mean NOTHING. So I was a little confused, but I carried on because I needed to know what happened next. 

Everything was completely normal. Even including one of the main characters being down on her luck in the beginning. So I read on to see where her life and luck would take her in this story…

I just knew something good would happen. I was so right! As the book went on things got weirder and weirder. At one point I wondered if I was in The Twilight Zone. Things weren’t making sense and had me questioning why the characters did that. Namely, that damn roommate! There are some bizarre things that happen that had me scratching my head, like whaaaa? I would not want a roommate like that FYI. I never felt so weirded out in my life.

Also the plot twists that happen in the book towards the end, I didn’t see coming, you guys. I felt like the rug was ripped out from under me and I fell on my ass. I looked around like, what the fuck just happened and how? It was jarring to say the least.  This book honestly reminded me of the book, The Girl On The Train and the movie, Single White Female along with its own twisted, mixed up ideas. 

I look forward to reading another book by Minka Kent because this one was extremely satisfying. Read at your own risk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Art Of Us by Hilaria Alexander

Price: $0.9936282672

Page Count: 351

Category:  Contemporary, Literature & Fiction

Format: Kindle

Publisher:   H.A. Publishing LLC (January 26, 2018)

Rating:   green star rating system green star rating systemgreen star rating systemgreen star rating systemgreen star rating system

 

Blurb: 

Two years ago, his kiss left her reeling, but she pushed him away and they never spoke of it again.

Lena Andrews is bad at love, and has no intention of getting better at it.

Men are good for one thing, and love isn’t it.

She’s perfectly okay with finding happiness in her job as a comic book artist.

Yet, she can’t shake the memory of her coworker’s kiss.

Amos St. Clair has stayed the hell away from Lena Andrews for the last two years.

Work has filled his time and he’s on the cusp of making a name for himself. When an opportunity to complete a project that’s dear to Lena’s heart presents itself, Amos seizes the opportunity – even if it means being with the woman he’s avoided all this time.

Through their mutual passion for art and each other, their love blooms like a lotus flower out of a dark, muddy pool. But, is their love strong enough to withstand the challenges posed by the most important job of their careers?

Bad At Love

 

*** I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review. ***

I was so excited when I read about this because I love when books are about artists, let alone a comic book artist. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this. Once I started reading about Lena and Amos, I was so attached to them and their story that I would take my kindle anywhere just to keep reading about them. Then I would get angry when my kindle died and I was in a place where I couldn’t charge it back up to get back to their story. 

Which by the way had so much going on just in the plot and emotionally. I thought that I wouldn’t end up crying while reading this book, but I did. Lena struggles through heartache a lot in this book and I felt for her, hell I felt with her.

These trauma events that happened in her life have shaped the way she is. So yes, she avoids many, many things that could risk her heart because the poor girl has been through the ringer. She is very jaded, not afraid to share her opinion and get in your face. It is very hard not to love her as a character. 

She doesn’t know how to love anything else, but her job. So she’s bad at love, doesn’t mean she doesn’t try… things just tend to not go her way at first.  So she runs away.

I loved how the cultural aspects were brought into this book so well. It was almost like I was in Tokyo. I have never been outside of the U.S. so that was a very nice experience. With the sharings of history and about the restaurants, I really enjoyed that. The diversity was shown between each town/city they went to as well and the difference between the people that lived there. I found that fascinating, rivating even. 

Since this was my first book by Hilaria Alexander, I feel like she really outdid herself. I loved this book and thought the ideas that she came up with for her characters to draw in their comic books was great! I will MOST DEFINITELY be reading something by her again.

 

 

 

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Two years ago, his kiss left her reeling, but she pushed him away and they never spoke of it again.

Lena Andrews is bad at love, and has no intention of getting better at it.

Men are good for one thing, and love isn’t it.

She’s perfectly okay with finding happiness in her job as a comic book artist.

Yet, she can’t shake the memory of her coworker’s kiss.

Amos St. Clair has stayed the hell away from Lena Andrews for the last two years.

Work has filled his time and he’s on the cusp of making a name for himself. When an opportunity to complete a project that’s dear to Lena’s heart presents itself, Amos seizes the opportunity – even if it means being with the woman he’s avoided all this time.

Through their mutual passion for art and each other, their love blooms like a lotus flower out of a dark, muddy pool. But, is their love strong enough to withstand the challenges posed by the most important job of their careers?

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Hilaria Alexander never thought she’d be a writer one day. Reader? Yes. Book hoarder? You betcha. Then, she started reading romance – that’s when she felt the need to write a story. Unfortunately, she didn’t listen to her gut, and talked herself out of it A MILLION TIMES. She finally gave up a few years ago, when the urge to write was stronger than self-doubt. She loves funny, sexy romances wrapped with a huge happily-ever-after bow at the end. Her inbox is always open if you want to chat about one of her books.

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2 Day Countdown: THE ART OF US BY HILARIA ALEXANDER

 

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WE HAVE BEEN ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THIS FOREVER AND THE TIME IS ALMOST HERE AND I CAN’T BELIEVE IT !!! THIS IS SAID TO BE ABOUT:

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What Hides Within By Jason Parent

Price: $3.99What Hides Within by [Parent, Jason]

Page Count: 352

Category: Dark Humor, Literature & Fiction

Format: Kindle

Publisher:  Bloodshot Books December 15, 2017

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Blurb: 

Clive Menard is just an ordinary guy living an ordinary life. But when a talking spider crawls inside his head, things get a lot less ordinary…and people start dying.

Could an itsy-bitsy arachnid be behind the killing spree terrorizing Clive’s community? To evade a sharp detective and find a murderer among friends, Clive must shake the cobwebs loose and piece together the puzzle of his life, all without falling prey to a dark force beyond his comprehension.

 

Something Wicked 

 

*** I was given this ARC, in exchange for an honest review. ***

 

When I was contacted about reading What Hides Within, I was really intrigued. This is Jason’s debut book, but with a new cover. I am not sure what the first cover was like but… I personally think that this cover definitely matches the story’s creepy/horror factor. I don’t know who designed it, but that was genius.

Before I even started reading this, I wondered if it was going to be like Spiderman with an arachnid involved.

Just that this time the spider talked to the main character and crawls inside his head, then people start dropping like flies.

What could be more intriguing than that? And who or what is behind all of this? 

So, once I started reading the book, I realized that something wasn’t quite right because Clive shows his crazy side right away and I was like, wait what?! Things are not as they seem in this horror ride of an adventure, if you’d like to call it that. There are some sick and twisted themes and events in here that I can only call marvelous because I love horror and I am happy to say so.

No one and nothing can be trusted, as it should be in horror. I found myself wondering what would happen next and I was also extremely pleased about that. Plus I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard while reading something so gritty and horrifying.

It. Was. Glorious. 

Magical Even. 

I think I even spilled some tears laughing as I woke my neighbors from it, while reading into the late night hours. TOTALLY WORTH IT.  

I loved pretty much everything about this book, even though I hate spiders with a burning vengeance. Nasty little things. Cue scrunched up face. The only thing that I didn’t like was the ending

That ending though. WHYYYYYYYYYYY !!!!!!

Why you gotta do me like that Jason? 

After everything we’ve been through….. WHYYY??? 

 

I think I might be scarred for life.

 

 

 

Guest Post By Jason Parent: Top 20 Stephen King Books

 

 

Everyone knows Stephen King is the master of horror, but which of his works is his best? Those I hear cited most are: The Shining, The Stand, Salem’s Lot, and It. Though one of these takes my number one spot, I think you’ll find my rankings differ greatly from the hive mind, and some books are notably missing.

 

Despite the polarized climate of social media, I am going to throw my rankings out there. This is just one humble author’s opinions, and I don’t assert them as any better or correct than yours, though I do encourage healthy discourse on the merit of these works that so many of us have read and enjoyed.

 

This list includes all of his fiction titles (including the Bachman books) except Duma Key and Full Dark, No Stars, both of which I’m told are excellent but are still in my TBR pile, and the two novels co-authored with Straub. So without further ado:

 

  1. The Running Man

 

  1. Needful Things

 

  1. Night Shift

 

  1. Salem’s Lot

 

  1. Carrie

 

  1. The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole

 

  1. Everything’s Eventual

 

  1. Delores Claiborne

 

  1. Thinner

 

  1. Pet Sematary

 

  1. Misery

 

  1. 11/22/63

 

  1. The Green Mile

 

  1. The Dark Half

 

  1. It

 

  1. Skeleton Crew

 

  1. The Shining

 

  1. The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass

 

  1. The Dead Zone

 

  1. The Stand

 

Up until my recent re-reading, It was a very close second to the The Stand, but perhaps it lost some of its magic in the re-read and in my older age. Also, King may very well be the best short story writer ever to publish in the English language, so other collections sit on the peripheral of this list.

 

At the other end of the spectrum, I’d list Christine and From a Buick 8, as well as The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Blaze, and Revival, with the caveat that Revival had an awesome ending.

 

So that’s my list. What say you?

 

About The Author

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In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides in Rhode Island.

In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge . . . as a civil litigator. When he wanted a change, he traded in his cheap suits for flip flops and designer stubble. The flops got repossessed the next day, and he’s back in the legal field . . . sorta. But that’s another story.

When he’s not working, Jason likes to kayak, catch a movie, and travel any place that will let him enter. And read and write, of course–he does that too sometimes.

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJasonParent?ref=hl

Twitter at https://twitter.com/AuthorJasParent

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The book I was given as an ARC was What Hides WithinWhich was his debut book, but this is a new cover. . What Hides Within by [Parent, Jason]I personally think that this cover definitely matches the story’s creepy/horror factor. The King would be proud. My review for this will be up for tomorrow. I loved it by the way, even though I hate spiders with a burning vengeance. Nasty little things. Cue scrunched up face.

 

Here is a link to his book and what it is about: https://www.amazon.com/What-Hides-Within-Jason-Parent-ebook/dp/B078BLQGDB/ref=la_B008XMAMBY_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1516670177&sr=1-3

 

I think everyone should check this book out. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


So Readers! What do you say about his preference of Kings books? Do you agree? What do you think of his book ?  Let me know in the comment section below!

 

 

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Two years ago, his kiss left her reeling, but she pushed him away and they never spoke of it again.

Lena Andrews is bad at love, and has no intention of getting better at it.

Men are good for one thing, and love isn’t it.

She’s perfectly okay with finding happiness in her job as a comic book artist.

Yet, she can’t shake the memory of her coworker’s kiss.

Amos St. Clair has stayed the hell away from Lena Andrews for the last two years.

Work has filled his time and he’s on the cusp of making a name for himself. When an opportunity to complete a project that’s dear to Lena’s heart presents itself, Amos seizes the opportunity – even if it means being with the woman he’s avoided all this time.

Through their mutual passion for art and each other, their love blooms like a lotus flower out of a dark, muddy pool. But, is their love strong enough to withstand the challenges posed by the most important job of their careers?


OH! Let me tell you y’all that this is a steamy story and I haven’t even finished it yet!!! I can’t seem to get enough of these two characters Amos and Lena. They are fascinatingly refreshing! Such Funny Little Scenes! 

I just had to share that little tidbit with you.  hahaha  You’re welcome, my precious sssss sssss.

About The Author

Hilaria Alexander

Hilaria Alexander was born and raised in the south of Italy, where her family still lives. She was bit by the travel bug early on and lived in Tokyo and Orlando for a while before settling down in Oklahoma City with her husband and kids.
She loves books – obviously – as well as movies and TV, and is addicted to award shows. She can’t play an instrument to save her life, but she loves music, which is one of her biggest inspirations when plotting new stories. If you have questions about her or her books, ask her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at hilaria_alexander@outlook.com.   (Got only her bio and picture from Amazon.)

I hope you guys will check out this book! I am loving it so far! So quirky and cultured. MMMMM!! I can’t wait to see what happens with theses characters since I am almost done with the book. I am still impressed with this book being on the recommended romance list for February, but I shouldn’t be surprised because this author has talent.

Enjoy!

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Broken House by Tom Turner

Price: SPECIAL LAUNCH PRICE **$0.99** (normally $4.99)Broken House by [Turner, Tom]

Page Count: 312

Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Format: PDF

Published: Tribeca Press (January 15, 2018)

Rating:   green star rating system green star rating system

 

Disappointed 

 

 

*** I was given this ARC in exchange for an honest review. ***

 

After reading The Soul Reaver, I thought this was fitting as my next read and was feeling a little pleased. However, once I started reading the book that feeling changed. This book was extremely hard to continue reading. I actually DNF it and only got to page 86. What I did read of Broken House was full of duplicated sentences and grammar issues. The book would jump around a lot and was hard to keep up with which character was doing what. You had to wait for a name to drop or a description and try to guess which character that was. This got really confusing and frustrating quickly.

I mean sure, since this was about a rehab facility there were characters like that in there, but it didn’t really go into depth about that. It should have represented that better. There were patients that were mentally unstable and that part was represented well, especially with this character named Arthur. I am pretty sure he is the psychopath mentioned in the blurb, but I felt like the story was dragging BIG TIME. Like the worst I have ever seen for a book. I wanted to do anything other than read it and that is just when I knew I couldn’t finish reading it any longer. 

There were some moments where the characters were funny, but it wasn’t enough for me to continue reading the book. I can’t get past how the blurb mentions Cam’s brother Charlie, like he is going to be a huge part of the book when the only thing he had done so far in what I had read was call Cam.  It was to check up on him.

I feel like the whole blurb was misleading and I really wish this book would have been better.

I am really disappointed right now.  This was supposed to make me feel better after reading my last book, but now I feel worse. I am still sad about The Soul Reaver and irritated about this. 

If I hadn’t laughed at what some of the characters said in the beginning, mainly Avril and Rachel’s conversations and some of Arthur’s. This would have been a one star review. 

I am somewhat mind-blown how there are so many high reviews for the book. I am not sure how others got past the book going so slow and the odd character issues. 

To each their own I suppose. 

 

The Soul Reaver (Myre Series Book One 1) by Victoria Larque

Price: $3.59The Soul Reaver (Myre Series Book One 1) by [Larque, Victoria]

Page Count: 327

Category: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Format: PDF

Released: January 13, 2018

Rating:   green star rating system green star rating systemgreen star rating systemgreen star rating systemgreen star rating system

 

Rebel Just For Kicks

 

*** I was given this ARC, in exchange for an honest review. ***

When I first saw the description of this I was intrigued, and I had the right to be. I had never heard of a soul reaver before in fantasy before. So I had to find out what Daphne was all about. You see, she calls herself a monster because she has to feed off of the feelings of others and then once a year consume a soul for her to stay alive.

BUT, she only takes negative feelings and souls with  layers of darkness to their  very depths. For that reason, I don’t find her a monster. I find her gentle and kind. Just a beautiful being. She just doesn’t see it. 

::::WARNING:::: There are triggers in here for self-harm. Daphne harms herself because the souls inside her ARE NOT GOOD. THEY ARE DARK. 

Upon looking for the soul to consume she stumbles into a new world that is complicated and dangerous. Where it seems every being in it wants her dead even though she belongs in this new world as a reaver. She doesn’t know whom to trust. 

There are so many twists and surprises in this book that I was amazed. You MUST keep your eyes open at all times so you don’t miss anything. Someone is always scheming or something else is happening. 

So much action happens in this book that it is almost unbelievable how small of a book this is. I just can’t fathom how Victoria came up with all of this and fit it all in here. I really don’t understand how such literary genius didn’t come across my radar sooner. This will be a forever favorite of mine.

Daphne is really powerful and the way her powers are shown and grow throughout the book are exponential. The way her powers are described is with intricate detail and is really beautiful how she sees people’s souls and feelings. I would even go as far to say that it is breathtaking. 

Insert SWOON here. 

Daphne finds true love with him and I couldn’t be happier. They have been through so much together in this book and I know they will in the next one too. I couldn’t have picked a better match because this pair is so beautiful together it actually hurts to read about it. Of all the things that has happened to them they deserve some joy in their lives. 

Alright, so I knew before I started this book that it had a cliffhanger ending, but damn. With Mist just “in the wind”, it can’t end like that. With all that happened right before the ending.  It was like there was an information dump on me, then BOOM the book ended. I can’t handle and process that all at once!! Give a girl a break! Plus I have to wait till book 2 is out to find out about my Mist. 

I felt this book down to my heart, soul and back and it was crushing. I don’t know what I am going to do with myself. So you better read this!!!

*Hugs Self* 

I guess it is fitting that the next book I am reading is called Broken House. I am feeling a little broken after that.

 

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Rain Dance (Sunshine & Scythes Book 1) by D.N. Erikson

Price: $0.99Rain Dance (Sunshine & Scythes Book 1) by [Erikson, D.N.]

Page Count: 388

Category: Supernatural, Thriller & Suspense

Format: PDF

Released: January 1, 2018

Publisher:  Watchfire Press (January 1, 2018)

Rating:   green star rating system green star rating systemgreen star rating systemgreen star rating system

 

You Like The Idea Of Her, But Rip Away The Skin…

 

*** I was given this ARC, in exchange for an honest review.***

 

I was really excited to read this book because it is so different from other books I have read about reapers. First of all, she is a reaper for a vampire warlord on a hidden island instead of a reaper for death like every other book out there. So I wanted to know why she was a reaper for him instead and what made HER, so special. Ya know?

So that was the first thing that made me want to read it, but then apparently she was dead before and lived another life, then was turned into a reaper. Someone from her life before she was a reaper shows up in her bushes on her property… DEAD.

Now the FBI think she is the murderer. Is she? I had to know.

Once I started reading Rain Dance, the action started right away! Eden was collecting souls and then all of the sudden someone was trying to kill her. I am happy to say that the rest of the book is like that, with many, many twists. These twists were very clever too, I might add. There were some impressive parts to this book. I loved it. 

There was a lot of commotion going on and many things are revealed and I really enjoyed them. It was very creative and imaginative. I really loved and adored how different and kickass this book was.

One of the things that was awesome was the talking cat. YES! You really did just read that and his name is Kahn and he is such sassy fun. He made me laugh with his, “stupid humans” comments here and there. PRICELESS. He’s a smarty too. He makes the book that much better. Ugh I just love that little guy ! ❤ 

I loved how sassy and rebellious Eden is in this book. She really needed to be on her toes with all the disasters going on around her and she was. The poor thing didn’t know who she could trust, but that didn’t stop her. She had a lot of depth that showed piece by piece throughout the book. It showed that she wasn’t a heartless reaper. Although, there is more to her than just what was shown. I know there is and I want it all. 

Same with the other characters. There was a great amount of detail given, but there is still vital information needed about each character that adds to the story. It also adds to who they are as a character and this story was particularly was missing that so it lost a star. 

I am hoping that these details will be revealed in the second book, Heat Wave (Sunshine & Scythes Book 2). I can’t wait to get my hands on it! It comes out February 1, so we have a bit to wait. I think anyone who doesn’t pick this book up would sadly miss out on an incredible view of reapers and the supernatural world. So don’t be one of THOSE PEOPLE.