Author: T.L. Martin
Title: Touched by Death
Genre(s): New adult & college; Paranormal; Romance
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Review: This book pulled my heart strings in all the right directions. From the moment we meet Lou, readers are graced with her strong willed personality to move on from her heartbreaking past and create a new life for herself. She is an incredibly likable character that will keep you rooting for her along the entire journey. Just a few chapters in, readers are jolted by a tragedy that almost leaves Lou to the fate of her lost loved ones. However, we soon discover that it is simply the beginning of a twisty tale that will leave you guessing until the very end. T. L. Martin did an amazing job at weaving in Lou's supporting characters with just the right amount of scene time and character development of their own. I really enjoyed both Bobby and Claire's characters as they added a lot to the storyline and helped make Lou's character more relatable as a young woman. The essence and plot of this novel is something I have never come across before and I feel very thankful that I did because it was refreshing, unique, and jolting. As to prevent against spoilers, I will not go into detail about the love affair that Lou experiences, except to say it is one for the ages that brings a level of sultry, heat, and passion that was eloquently written and conveyed. Touched by Death has a little something for almost everyone as it encompasses mystery, coming of age, paranormal interest, friendship, grief, and romance all in one perfectly crafted journey.
Book Description: "What if Death was more tempting than you had ever imagined? With Grams's recent passing and a boyfriend who cares more about his next drink than her, Lou Adaire only wants to run. To start over somewhere new -- maybe in a town where her family has history. But when a storm sends Lou's truck plunging into Tuttle Creek Lake, she discovers exactly what it's like to fight for your life. To gasp for air only to have your lungs fill with icy water. To die. What comes next changes everything. Dark eyes. Consuming presence. Death. As vague as a dream yet as intense as the lightning flashing above her still heart.Everything about him calls out to her, tugging at her with the warm vibration of his pull. He's supposed to take her; they both know it. She wants him to. When she wakes in the hospital in a new town, she can't forget what she saw. That impossible sensation of him breathing life back into her, a strong beat playing in her chest and a flutter running down her spine. Trying to move on with her life in a foreign place is hard enough, but when he comes back for more -- his burning touch against her skin, his consuming presence weaving in and out of her life, and his own scars running far deeper than hers -- Lou begins to realize there's more to Death, and to the sleepy Kansas town, than she ever expected to find. Lou lived. But what if she's not the only one in need of saving? *CONTENT WARNING: Contains some profanity, sex, and some child abuse."
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
"In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world."
Final Girls by Riley Sager
"Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout's knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them and, with that, one another. Despite the media's attempts, they never meet. Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past. That is until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit; and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy's doorstep. Blowing through Quincy's life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa's death come to light, Quincy's life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam's truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished."
Bared to You by Sylvia Day
"He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I'd never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily...Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other's most private worlds...and desires. The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn't tear us apart..."
Storm Unleashed by Ednah Walters
"Nanny to a wealthy family, eighteen-year old Alexandria “Lexi” Greendale sends most of what she earns home to support her disabled brother. She is determined to help him get the surgery he needs to walk again. Her dreams come to an abrupt halt when she rescues a man from drowning. How does he repay her? Captain Storm Orath abducts her, claims her as his chosen mate, and takes her to a magical island that is centuries behind times with barbaric customs."
Defining Her by Samantha March
"Nellie Hawthorne is a woman who has it all. A devoted husband, her own business, a wealthy lifestyle. But the Nellie she is now is much different from her past. A past filled with abuse, addiction, and men. Nellie’s carefully constructed new life is suddenly in jeopardy when a blast from the past emerges in her small town and her overbearing mother-in-law starts pushing for grandchildren and questions start being asked. A budding new friendship presents itself at an opportune time, and a once friendless Nellie finds herself growing closer to Prue Doherty. Prue Doherty is the quintessential good girl. Always making the right decisions, always playing it safe. Until she meets a man that could change all of that. Still reeling from a devastating breakup and betrayal that had her fleeing from Chicago and settling into suburb life with her mom close by, Prue finds herself in a damaging funk. But everything changes when she befriends Nellie Hawthorne. Nellie is trying to escape her past. Prue wants that perfect future. While both women strive to change their lives, they continue to cling to the past. But what defines us? Who we were then . . . or who we are trying to be now? Lies, manipulation, and deceit are woven throughout the pages of this edgy women’s fiction novel, with an ending you won’t see coming. *This novel contains adult content, graphic language and disturbing situations."
Stolen Songs by Samantha Armstrong
"Maddison is a survivor. An unstable childhood has taught her to depend on no one but herself, which is exactly how she’s gotten to where she is today. With a scholarship to one of the most prestigious schools in the country, she’s finally able to settle into one location until she graduates. But with foster parents hooked on drugs, Maddison is forced to steal to make ends meet, not only for herself but her foster siblings. Kingsley is filthy rich. An only child, he lives with a mother who is dependent on alcohol, a father who doesn’t talk to him, and his chef, the only real family he has. His life changes when he overhears Maddison playing the cello. She’s snappy, hot, and wants nothing to do with him, and he’s obsessed. As they spend time together, she begins to lower her guard. She’s everything he needs, everything he wants, and for the first time, he’s able to tell someone about his past. Everything is perfect. Until he ruins it. STOLEN SONGS is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story of letting go of your past when it means taking hold of your future, finding strength in your mistakes, and giving everything you’ve got to heal the ones you’ve broken. *CONTENT WARNING: Contains profanity, sex, and drug abuse."
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Title: Daughter of the Pirate King
Genre(s): Teen and young adult; Action and adventure; Pirates; Romance
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Review: If you are looking for a novel that has a strong female lead, contains great character growth, and has a touch of sensual romance then I highly recommend Daughter of the Pirate King. In this captivating and action packed novel, readers follow Alosa, who is the daughter of the pirate king. Although our first introduction to Alosa indicates that she has been captured by a rival pirate lord, readers soon learn that she has a plan up her own sleeve that is revealed as her journey continues. Initially, I thought that Alosa was simple and had a one-track mind, but as the story unfolded I saw many sides to her that made her even more alluring. Her strong will and quick wit kept me turning the page to learn what she would do next. Not only do readers get a strong and charismatic female lead, but they get an enigmatic and compassionate male character named Riden. When he was first introduced I could tell there was something different about him when compared to his brother and the other crew members. As the relationship between him and Alosa develop, we get a glimpse of his past that has shaped him into the person he is. Through their journey, Alosa and Riden grow in their own ways, but each influencing the other. Aside from the character development, Tricia does an amazing job with scene descriptions. I could close my eyes and picture exactly what she had conveyed. I also enjoyed that there was always an adventure to be had, and although action-packed, the intensity of those scenes didn't take away from the plot or character development.
Book Description: "Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King. In Daughter of the Pirate King, debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale."
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