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The Garnet Dagger
Andrea R. Cooper
C.C. Brown
Baby & Bump - Brooke Moss This was so fun to read! I literally LOL'd quite a few times. The premise of the book is about a woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. She falls for her obstetrician, but he is dating her best friend. But the book was so much more than that. It goes into Lexie's relationships with her quirky family and friends. I've never had a "hot" doctor, but one of the OB/Gyn's while I was pregnant wound up being one of my husband's friends from high school. Talk about weird! Anyway, I love the brand names referenced throughout the book. It added that little bit of familiarity and fun. Brooke Moss is a definite winner with this new series. I totally recommend Baby & Bump to anyone looking for a fun, lighter read.
The Rockin' Chair - Steven Manchester I cannot recommend this book enough. So heartwarming and thoughtful.
This book brought so many emotions to the forefront. From the first page to the last I was totally captivated. I can't say too much for fear of spoiling anything. The characters in The Rockin Chair are so real and raw, all of them, even Three Speed! This is an easy read. Not really easy but I read it pretty quickly. It was smooth reading is what I want to say. I cannot believe that I haven't read any of Steve Manchester's books before!
There are two more things I want to say:
1. Look out Nicholas Sparks, you have a new contender!
2. Have tissues ready!

I absolutely loved this book and have told family and friends that it is a must read!
Don't Bite the Bridesmaid - Tiffany Allee Let me start off by saying that I don't normally read these types of books. Wow, what have I been missing? This book was fantastic! It was fun and heartwarming. I was afraid the main character, Alice, was going to be this wimpy girl. Although she had reason to be, she wasn't at all. And oh, what to say about Noah? He had my heart beating a little faster through most of the book. He was smokin'! The other characters in the book were funny and well written. You don't see that all the time. Never having been on a cruise before, I was trying to get a grasp on the setting. I thought it was funny how Noah kept talking(or thinking) about the gaudy carpeting. This is the first book I've read by Tiffany Allee and I'm definitely looking forward to more! Can't wait for this sequel!
A White Room - Stephanie  Carroll Incredible story! Review to come with tour!
Praefatio - Georgia McBride This book started out a little slow for me. I couldn't get the characters straight and I wasn't sure what was going on. Then everything fell into place and I couldn't stop reading! I was so glad to see the main character, Grace, not some wimpy, "oh woe is me" heroine. This girl is kicking ass and taking names! I couldn't stand Gavin but I warmed up to him eventually. Grace's "brother", Remi, made me fall in love with him. My heart broke for him a couple of times. As you can see, I loved everything about this book! The world building was incredible and I could totally see these places in my mind. That was good because this was the first book I've read with angels in it and it was very descriptive. I liked the biblical terms and it was helpful to understand. The book and characters didn't leave me once the book was finished. They stayed with me and made me want the sequel that much more! At least I heard about a sequel. I hope it's true!

Sovereign (Sovereign, #1)

Sovereign (Sovereign, #1) - E.R. Arroyo Thanks to Gliterary Girl Media for giving me a chance to participate in this tour.
I can't say enough good things about Sovereign! E.R. Arroyo did an amazing job with this book. I normally only read at night before bed. Since I had started this book, I was looking for reasons to go inside and read or couldn't wait for bedtime. The book and characters in particular, stayed on my mind all day. This being post apocalyptic, I normally have trouble with world building. Sovereign changed all that. I actually felt like I was there. And the characters were amazing! There were times that I actually found myself holding my breath waiting to see what happened next. And yes, I did tear up a couple of times. A few surprises too! I wasn't left guessing about anything. It was all pretty much explained. I do caution you though. There is violence and some graphic scenes. Not too horrible though. Overall this book was phenomenal and I can't wait for the sequel!!
The Fallen Angels Book Club - R. Franklin James I don' read many mysteries, but this one had me drawn in! Review to come!
Sweet Mercy - Ann Tatlock Sweet Mercy is a coming of age story set in the time of Prohibition. eve Marryat moves with her parent's to her uncle's lodge after her father is laid off from Ford. Eve is definitely a smart cookie and starts picking up on weird happenings. I found Eve to be a naive goody goody, but I'm guessing that's how 17 year olds were back then. But I loved the character and world building in Sweet Mercy. I think Ann Tatlock did a phenomenal job in that respect. I don't see that very often. I also find it fun to be reading and come across brand names snuck in here and there. This was an easy and fun read. It was smooth without jumping all around. There were a few surprises throughout the book that made me want to keep reading. Overall, this was a fantastic book and I will be seeking out more of Ann's books.
Pretty Dark Nothing - Heather L. Reid Pretty Dark Nothing is a very dark, emotional book. There's nothing light and fluffy about it.
This book really got to me. Actually, the main character Quinn got to me. So much has happened to this poor girl. And then the other main character, Aaron comes into play, and he has even more issues. I love Aaron though. He is so selfless. He just can't seem to catch a break. I had to keep reading to see what would happen next with these two. Then the ending came and I got so confused and pissed off. I don't want to say any more about it for fear of giving it away. It just felt like the last 5%(I was reading on my kindle) was a last minute thought and thrown together. Maybe it was just me though.
Okay, I didn't like the ending, but the rest of the book was great! You know it's a good book when you feel the characters emotions. I hope Heather will be writing more!

Taken (Taken, #1)

Taken (Taken, #1) - Erin Bowman Wow, this book was insane! So many highs and lows! I'm still not sure how I felt about it though.
I mean, the story was great and original. I just felt like I was bounced around a lot. The beginning was great, then I felt like the whole story changed and then it changed again! I absolutely loved the main character, Gray though. You could really feel the emotions he was going through. I couldn't get into the love interests though.
Erin Bowman is quite talented. This story was so original. I wonder where she got the idea from. The world building was pretty good. There were some scenes where I really felt like I was there. And then there were scenes that I couldn't picture at all. All of that aside though, I cannot wait for the next book!
Strands of Bronze and Gold - Jane Nickerson This book was wonderfully written. Kudos to Jane Nickerson on her debut!
Strands of Bronze and Gold was both creepy and intriguing. Bernard scared the crap out of me and gave me the heebie jeebies. He was a very strong character. Probably the strongest I've ever read. But I felt like he had nothing but hate inside him. Sophia, on the other hand, was full of emotion, maybe to a fault? She was very weak and there were times I just wanted to smack some sense into her. I know the slavery bit is somewhat controversial, but that's the way it was. That's not to say that it wasn't hard reading about it.
The ending of this book was great. I don't know how else it should have ended. Like I said before, the whole book was beautifully written.

The Witch of the Western Gate

The Witch of the Western Gate - P.K. Brent I only got 45% through this book and had to stop. Although the premise was good, the editing and mistakes, and lack of quotation marks, over and over again. I just couldn't do it. I'm sorry to the author.
The Ward - Jordana Frankel I really liked this book, but I just couldn't get into the setting or characters. The Ward is supposed to take place in a future NYC. I live an hour away from NYC and I just couldn't place where this book takes place. Things just weren't explained enough for me. The mobiles they drive, how the mobiles get from building to building, what the buildings look like, even what the characters look like. What I did love though, was the dedication Renata had for her "sister" Aven. Ren risked her life over and over to make the best like she could for Aven. I really liked Derek until about 3/4 of the way through. I would really like to see a sequel, but with better world building and characterization.


Splintered - A.G. Howard I read Splintered almost 2 months ago, and in that time, most of you have already read it. So I think I'll just tell you my feelings about Splintered.
This book totally blew my mind. As a debut author, A.G. Howard has a very bright future if she keeps this up. Splintered sucked me in and wouldn't let go. It creeped me out but I kept going back for more. The world building was phenomenal. I felt like I was right there with the characters. Speaking of the characters, I had a love/hate relationship with Alyssa and Morpheus. But I adored Jeb. Alyssa got on my nerves sometimes when she wouldn't open up about things. I really hated Morpheus until the very, very end. But his character was like none I've ever read about. He was amazing. The way everything worked out in the end gave me chills. I completely recommend this book to everyone. There are a couple of mature themes though.
The Tragedy Paper - Elizabeth LaBan I read this over a month ago and, stupid me, didn't take notes. It wasn't very memorable for me. I did like the way Tim left the CD's for Duncan to listen to. The world building wasn't fantastic, but I got a good picture in my mind. I wasn't fond of Vanessa at all. Maybe because I was never that popular. She just pissed me off that she wouldn't be around Tim when others were around. And I thought Duncan was just a little too whiny for my taste. I did feel bad for Time. He knew he would never be popular or "get the girl" because he was albino. It must suck living your life that way.

Black Swan Rising (Black Swan Rising #1)

Black Swan Rising (Black Swan Rising #1) - Lee  Carroll This book had so much in it that I liked, I really can't name them all. I'm going to keep this review simple because I'm on a lot of medication and don't remember a lot of details. LOL Only really how I felt throughout the book. I read this while part in the hospital and part when I came home.
I really don't remember any slow parts in this book. There was always something going on, even if it was behind the scenes. There were times when it felt like I was so anxious that I was holding my breath. Then there were times where I was angry at the heroine, Garet. There is a vampire, fey, demons, and elementals. I thought it was so interesting how Garet learns about her powers. I absolutely recommend this book for anyone who likes any type of supernatural.