Black Water Tales: The Unwanted, from JeanNicole Rivers (Black Water Tales #2)

(Alternative title: HOLLY F*, THE CREEPS. ALL. OVER. THE. PLACE! =OOOOOO)

Hello to you that decided it was a good time to seat and read a review! Or not sit, but happily scroll down through your phone. Oh, well. Welcome to you, no matter if you are seated, on your feet or laid down. My only piece of advice before cutting the crap and start talking about today’s book is: do not read this with the lights off. You know, safety matters and all. Thanks!

Without further ado, today I took the day to review a DELICIOUS book that I received from the author in exchange for an honest review: Black Water Tales: The Unwated, from JeanNicole Rivers! Technically, this is the second book in the series, but they are totally unrelated to each other, so I will just treat is as a standalone 🙂 Thanks so much for sending me your book, JeanNicole! I don’t have the words to describe what it meant to me! Actually I kind of do, as I am writing all about my feels for the book as we speak, but never mind that.

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the story

Blaire Baker is one of those people who is in a serious need to find a purpose in life. Which better way than to volunteer herself to teach special children at a poor orphanage in eastern Europe? St. Sebastian sounds like the perfect place to escape her problems and make herself useful, maybe even changing some lives for good. Paired up with Travis, a funny and easy-going nurse on the same mission as her, Blaire heads to Borslav to start her life.

She knew not to expect a nice looking place or even healthy children, but nothing prepared Blaire to the eerie creeps that St. Sebastian gave her. She also wasn’t prepared to deal with emotionless and stoic children that couldn’t care less what happened around them. Or even to hear so many whispers about the basement.

As if caring for those lost children wasn’t already a big deal, Blaire also started to be haunted by her own past. She would have to fight her own demons before trying to dig up the mysteries around the night noises and voices of St. Sebastian.

The only question is… Will she survive long enough for that?

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the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

DEAR HEAVENS, WHERE DO I BEGIN?! This book scared me on a whole new level. I admit not being an avid reader of terror books so far in my life, but NOT A SINGLE BOOK THAT CAME BEFORE THIS ONE WRACKED ME SO HARD! Nearing the end, I would shiver in broad daylight, with the sun on my back and many people around me, feeling utterly alone in the world. As I finished it on a very crowded subway station, I kept looking over my shoulder, being sure that ~something~ was watching for me, if you know what I mean. I only avoided a panic attack because I managed to run home and burn my energy. And when I say run, I mean it. I must have looked absolutely crazy, because I only stopped to cross streets and to enter my building… Oh well, it happens to the best of us. For all those sensations, that are priceless on their own twisted way, A MILLION STARTS FOR THIS BOOK!

The narrative had to be my favorite style: third person with switching points of view between Blaire and Travis. As both them are oblivious to the things that really happen at the orphanage, the narrative choice fit as a glove. Even when one of them discovered something else, we all kept in the dark (quite literally) about what was real and what was paranoid delusion. In the end of the book, I truly didn’t know any more if things were actually happening of if it was a glitch from one of their minds. Rivers plays with your mind that hard.

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The plot was all kinds of brilliant. I admit that the story starts off a little slow with Blaire going to Borslav with Travis, but as soon as they step on St. Sebastian for the first time, you are doomed. It’s a mix of morbid curiosity with pure agony that makes you go on. You want to see these poor children winning in life after so many problems. I have to also admit that I was actually cool in the scary side while I thought things were supernatural. While I thought that ghosts were behind the bad things and that was a simple matter of calling Sam and Dean, you know?

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I thought it would be the case of involving the Impala brothers 😛

 

However, Rivers played me like a puppet and laughed (metaphorically) at my face. No Sam and Dean were required and just like that my biggest fears came alive: REAL PEOPLE DOING NASTY THINGS. This is what truly scared the shit out of me and Rivers had me at my fear of real people. Well played, Rivers. Well played indeed.

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Ok, focus. Now we have characters. Oh, the characters. I was soooo in love with Blaire and Travis once that I got to know them! What I really liked about this book is that the author didn’t push the romance – no, it’s all about the mystery and remaining true to yourself. Despite some facts, it would have been really easy to turn Travis and Blaire into a couple and I am so proud of Rivers for not falling into that trap ❤ From the bottom of my heart: THANK YOU!

What I really love about Black Water Tales: The Unwanted is that every character has a shady edge, even the children and St. Sebastian building. By the way, the building pulses with life, which is so freaking odd and creepy. I love decadent places, but I doubt I would have the courage to enter St. Sebastian.

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The only complaint that I have is that I ended the book without many vital details. I felt more tying up right before the end and I doubt that the next instalment of this series will also be in Borslav, so it is a bit disappointing. I only overlooked this on my rating because all the rest is SO FREAKING AMAZING that I could deal with some plot holes, haha!

I think I have already went on too much today, so let me just wrap things up by saying that if you love mystery and terror, you simply have to read this book asap. After that, message me for us to fangirl about it together, please! =D

5star

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Thanks for reading another unnecessary long and fangirling review, you rock if you reached the bottom of my post! Also, another round of thank-yous for JeanNicole herself for being incredible in both writing this masterpiece and sending it my way ❤ ❤ I loved this experience! But of course you couldn’t tell by this review. #sarcasm

Love you all and see you again any other time,

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The Merchant and the Clergyman, from Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon

(Alternative title: ALL THE FEELS FOR 184 PAGES IN A ROLLERCOASTER)

Hello, there! In case you haven’t notice before my break and still didn’t get it after my break, I’ll just go and say it: gay romance is my to-go genre when I want to get over any reading slumps or life problems. As I was facing both, you’ll realize that 80% of my read books on this weird period are gay romances. Today’s book is no exception.

The Merchant and the Clergyman, from Bonnie Dee & Summer Dee, was a book that I was crazy to read. They were awesome enough to send me a copy of the book as a gift, as I helped promoting their entry on Kindle Scout, but life happened and it slipped my mind.

SHAME. ON. ME

Then there I was on the bus on Tuesday, going to work, thinking about which book I should start and BAM: The Merchant and the Clergyman, OF COURSE! =O Needless to say that I finished it as soon as I got back home, right? Hahaha! Such a delightful read, it was physically painful to tear myself away and actually work. To be honest, I didn’t expect any less from my divas Bonnie and Summer ❤

But enough blah blah blah. Let’s go to this review! Once again, thanks to Bonnie and Summer for sending me this book ❤ Now you got an honest review in return, haha!

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the story

James Fletcher hasn’t many reasons to complain; fate was good to him. After finishing school, he was able to go back to his hometown, living along with the people that saw him growing up and his family. As a curate, it’s his job to bring spiritual peace and help people to find their own harmony. His only problem is that the God that he so lovingly serves also condemns his most secret wishes. James refuses to fall for sin again and swore he would keep the pervert part of himself locked and buried. Not even the hot and shady stranger that barged into his house would make him change his mind. Declan Shaw would have to seduce some other man into his delicious games.

Declan Shaw hasn’t many reasons to complain; fate also was goo to him. As the most successful member of his family, it’s his job to travel all the world, supervising their business and straightening the wrongs and living adventures. His only problem is the loneliness. As a man who prefers other men, Declan can’t build a life and his own family. He had made peace with this limitation long ago, but laying eyes on the angelic and adorable curate of his cousin’s small town made him questioning everything he thought he knew about himself. Suddenly, all he can think of is how James would taste and feel with his body on his. Declan is sure that if he sets his mind into the matter, he can come up with a satisfactory solution for this impasse. The real question is: will James be willing to go along with Declan’s plans?

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the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

OMG THE FEELS. Seriously, this book made me react so much that made me keep my fame as the crazy girl from the 15th floor, haha! I wanted to read it all the time. If you are looking for a book to read in one sitting, this is your chosen one. YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN ON YOUR OWN! James was adorable and the way that Declan sincerely tried to be better to feel more worthy of James was SOOOO CUTE! *–* Seriously, 5 stars without blinking. Oh, but don’t misunderstand me. This is no sugar tale. Dee and Devon are always very realistic on her romances and life for a gay couple on 19th century was hell. I honestly never know if they will end well until they do – nothing compared to the easiness of an Ava March romance, for example 🙂

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The narrative was third person styled, with switching points of view between James and Declan. Risking sounding like a broken record, this is my favorite kind, so I was easily absorbed by both men’s consciousness. As in all the other romances that I read from this awesome girls, the guys are opposites on personality and that was explicit on their narrative skills. James was the naïve and good hearted one, always trying to believe that the world can be a better place, regardless of his love for God. Declan is the skeptical one, always sarcastic and intimidating people around, more worried about having his way and doing justice than with other people’s feelings. The only thing I have to admit it wasn’t that great was some of the metaphors used on the book on the romantic scenes. I unfortunately didn’t had the mind to take notes, but there were some passages that seriously bordered cheesy and in a really bad way 😦 It was kind of a mood breaker almost every time, oops!

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The plot is simple with a touch of mystery. Besides the obvious romance between the guys, Declan also needs to find out what is happening to his dear aunt, who appears to be sick and not in a natural way. I left this part out of my own made blurb because it’s a weak mystery. Culprits and methods are clear enough, leaving the reader only wondering about the motives, as nothing is clear until the end due to simple lack of information, haha! Even so, I’m not complaining. This is a romance, not a mystery. Consider it a bonus and an excuse for Declan to stick around for so long 🙂 I also wasn’t impressed with the last two chapters, as I felt they were kind of random. I mean, I understand why they are there, but I don’t know. I think I’m spoiled by the other books from those brilliant ladies, oops!

Hmm, I kind of already babbled a bit about characters, so I’ll just say that I love how complex and developed all characters were. So may personality layers, so many small signs. I really love Dee and Devon ❤ ❤ The couple is another one that will be branded on my heart!

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Despite not highlighting any bad moments, I did take the opportunity to highlight the best moments of this book and here are some of them:

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James: I didn’t hit Kip, I, ah, struck him with my knee.

Declan: That’s some muscular Christianity you have there, Mr. Fletcher.

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“Invite me in. You might as well. I’m going to come in, and your invitation will make the situation more civilized.” – Declan

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Oh, what polite gentlemen the pair of them were when the gloves were put back on. – Declan’s thoughts

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Twilight was the most melancholy time of the day, (…) when one questioned if his existence really mattered to the world. – James’ thoughts

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James: I was wrong earlier. You are not a good person.

Declan: No matter. You are good enough for the both of us.

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Declan: always smooth as f*

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Declan squared his shoulders in what James had begun to think of as his “roll up sleeves and get job done” posture.

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And wasn’t that a wonderful though – years of James giving him pained and chiding looks.

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Loving could not be a mistake, even when it ended. – James’ thoughts

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ALL. THE. FEELS.

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So, if you like heartwarming characters, gay romance, historical books, refined humor and light BSDM, this is the book of your life ❤ Once again, thanks to Bonnie and Summer for my copy and sorry it took me so long to read it!

5star

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Okay, I guess that’s it for now. Hope you all are having a great week! Thanks for reading this review and tell me what have you been up to so far in your month reading =D

Love you all and be back soon,

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The Deeper He Hurts, from Lynda Aicher (Kick #2)

(Alternative title: the book in which I would gladly wave goodbye to half of the sex scenes as BSDM is so not my cup of tea)

Hello, again! YES, I DECIDED TO BREAK RECORDS AND WRITE TWO REVIEWS ON THE SAME DAY. HOW ABOUT THAT?!

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I would like to thank my mom and my dad for this special moment, along with my lack of a social life and sense of needing to get things done for this winner moment. Now shall we start talking about the book in question? Hahaha!

I received The Deeper He Hurts, second book in the Kick series from Lynda Aicher, from Loveswept in exchange for an honest review, as I had previously reviewed the first volume of the series 🙂 You may want to check it out:

The Harder He Falls (Kick #1)

Thanks a lot to Loveswept, truly! Now, let’s go:

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summary

Asher Ruggiero, a partner at Adrenaline Kick Adventures, is living a lie. As a control freak whose big Italian family thinks he’s straight, Asher likes his encounters concise, dirty, and discreet—until his company’s new rafting guide walks into work, dripping with brooding, intense sexuality. Sawyer Stevens is a mystery man with secrets and rough edges, and he makes Asher want to get to know him inside and out.

Ever since the tragic death of his parents, Sawyer has dedicated himself to the rush of adrenaline that comes from pleasure and pain. Moving from one guy to another, hiding when life gets too complicated—that’s all he can handle. So why does Asher make him long for something lasting and honest, when the gorgeous geek can’t even be true to himself? Sawyer wants to give Asher his heart, but he just doesn’t know how. After all, a life without integrity is a life without passion—and that’s the one thing Sawyer craves.

the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

Sooooo, this is a really good romance between two fellows who seriously need to move on – each on his own way – with a huge quality stain to it. This is a heavy BSDM book and, while I totally respect adepts and lovers, this is very out of my league. I knew this when I accepted the book, but as I had read and loved the first volume of the Kick series, I decided to give it a chance. Lucky me, as everything else made up to me for all the kink play that I had to endure, haha! Four stars with BDSM and all 🙂

The narrative is third person style, switching between Ash and Swayer’s points of view. As you all may be tired of hearing, this is my favorite style, so no complains here, haha! Also, I felt substantial improvement on Aicher’s writing since the first book, especially on the humor. Ash and Swayer are so damaged as Grady and Micah, but they laugh a lot more – THANK ALL HEAVENS for that, haha!

The plot was very simple, as it tends to happen with pure romances: the characters must overcome their shit in order to be together and that’s easier said than done. Don’t expect anything out of this world or big twists, because that’s not gonna happen, haha!

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I take my hat off to Aicher’s characters, by the way. They are really well developed, even the side ones, and you can feel that they could be your neighbors – in this particular case, I really hope they are not, as Ash and Swayer are really loud on their sex, HAHAHAHA! However, I miss the point: as you worry about your neighbor, you will worry for her characters. You feel their struggles, you know they deserve to be happy and you want to scream at their faces to make they see what is right in front of their noses. This kind of connection is really awesome ❤

On a more deep point, however, I felt like Aicher repeated the recipe quite literally. I felt a pattern repeating so clearly before my eyes that I could predict many of the character’s reactions and actions. The most sad thing about this is that she doesn’t use regular stereotypes! I mean, Aicher made her own recipe to have a good gay romance going and she used it again on the second book, element by element. Family loss, mental disturbs, the dominant bottom and the passive top, the hiding information and fear being the protagonists on the problems list. I felt like I was reading an improved version of The Harder He Falls and that’s why I liked The Deeper He Hurts best. Honestly, being a journalist sucks on those moments, haha! I wish I could be blind to this type of thing.

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And I also feel forced to talk about the BSDM side of the book. People, it isn’t something that I enjoy and I haven’t on this book, but I have to say something: Lynda Aicher knows what she is doing here. I was wide-eyed with some of the scenes between Asher and Swayer =O This was all too professional! No labels are used lightly. If Aicher says the guy is a sadist or a pain slut, JUST BELIEVE HER.

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Anyway, back to the good stuff. Have you seen this winner cover?? I really like the models that Loveswept chooses for their covers ❤ If you like gay romance and BSDM, you totally should give this book a chance 🙂

4star

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Thanks for reading a bitchy review and thanks again to Loveswept for sending me this copy 😀

Xoxoxo and see you next time,

assinatura

The Talented Mr. Rivers, from HelenKay Dimon (End of the Line #2)

(Alternative title: the OH-SO-INDEED-talented and absolutely HOT Mr. Rivers teaches a lesson to his OH-MORE-THAN-GORGEOUS bodyguard and leaves me drooling on the floor)

Hi, once again! No, you’re not hallucinating. I am here again that soon. And I’m writing a review!

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I know, shocking! I had received The Talented Mr. Rivers, second volume of the End of The Line series, from HelenKay Dimon, right before my life decided it would be cool to live 24/7 on a rollercoaster from the publisher ❤ Thanks so much and I can’t believe that I actually am delivering this review on time! *–*

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Again, thank you Loveswept for being awesome and sending me this in exchange for an honest review! You guys rock hard ❤ Oh, but before you start reading this review, why don’t you go take a look on the first book review? 😀

Mr. and Mr. Smith (End of The Line #1)

Now we can move on!

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the story

Will Rivers should be the poster guy for “flight of fight”. Born into a family of bloodthirsty and murderous people, all he ever wanted was to escape his family and his fate. After the CIA exploded his brother’s house on England, Will knows that his time is up and he must make a choice: to finally engage on The Pentasus, one of the most dangerous criminal organizations of the world, as one of the rightful heirs or to kill his own identify and never look back. It seems a pretty easy choice if you remove Hunter, his bodyguard, of the equation. Will can’t see his happily ever after without Hunter on it, but which side is he on? Will knows that he can trust Hunter with his life, but what about his heart…?

Hunter should be the poster guy for “the most fucked up person of the year”. After agreeing to help Fisher, Zach, Seth and other agents of the CIA to bring down the Pentasus, his life as an undercover bodyguard at the Rivers’ state turned upside down. He lost the good graces of the German intelligence – his actual employer – and is almost sure that his cover was blown with the Rivers. To make things worse, the only person that could help him to finish his mission and bury the Pentasus is missing: Will, the younger River’s sibling and his charge. Hunter won’t rest until Will is safe and sound again, no matter what CIA, BSD or anyone says. The question is: Hunter is doing this for the sake of the mission or for the sake of his heart?

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the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

WHERE DO I BEGIN?! This book was even better than the first! I loved Will and Hunter to the core, they were a great couple! I also love that Will has this nerdy face, but in reality he is a killing machine *–* Oh dear, I always fall for the bad guys… ANYWAY. This book had all the elements that make me love a story. I do have some complaints about it, but nothing that made it less than a 5 stars reading for me ❤

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The narrative is third person with switching points of view between Hunter and Will. This is my favorite style, as we can detach ourselves of the less dear protagonist if needed. Not the case on this book, as I loved Hunter from the first book, in which he has an important role, but wasn’t a main character, and Will grew on me instantly. On the end, I was totally team Will, haha! The writing style also is very good, as Dimon writes each character with such a strong will and mind that you can know whose side of the story you are reading way before names appear. Also, Hunter and Will’s story had a very different vibe from Fisher and Zach’s story and that is pretty amazing! ❤ Also, Dimon’s humor is very natural and easy to follow along, as both men say stupid things without realizing and then make fun of each other for that – just like you and me! I feel like anything from her that I put my hands on will work greatly ❤

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The plot was a bit obvious, but I have to admit that I didn’t start my read engrossed on the mystery, haha! I wanted a good action/adventure/romance book with great chances of a sort of happy ending. Also, both Hunter and Will overthink a lot. Like, seriously, it was tiresome in several parts. I get it, they both needed to build trust and blah blah blah, but I felt that Dimon overdramatized several parts without necessity. I would have been happier if they had argued more, talked more. ANYTHING BUT OVERTHINKING. You don’t need to keep repeating why you can’t be together, guys!

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The characters are the most brilliant point of this book. Not only Hunter and Will, but everyone that makes an appearance is so well constructed, so real ❤ Seriously, Dimon is one of those authors who manages to build a character in your head without you realizing it. When you look, there they are, waving at you as if they had been there the whole time! But my favorite is Will. EVERYONE underestimates him.

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And then Will goes and kicks everybody’s ass, Hunter included. He is very reasonable, but don’t step on this toes. Will may not be bloodthirsty, but he wouldn’t even blink before breaking a few bones ;D

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As it goes for Hunter, his name should be incarved on the dictionary, to define “trust issues”. No matter how many times Will proved himself, Hunter always had a suspicion. Needless to say, it got old, hahaha!

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Now let’s talk about stuff I didn’t really like, haha!

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We didn’t have enough time to understand Peter, Will’s older brother. The guy was sick on a whole new level, haha! I kind of wished we had known more of him before the end 😦 I think it would have been a good “woow” material, haha! I also wished that we had seen more jealous scenes between Fisher and Will, haha! Zach, Fisher’s boyfriend, slept hard with Hunter in the past and this had so much potential to generate fun scenes… Almost totally overlooked 😦 And the last thing: a freaking open end. I don’t really know what will become of Will and Hunter, how they will manage their future! I HATE OPEN ENDS OMG!

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The good thing is that I have many reasons to hope for another book in this series, thanks to all this openness, haha! Now we will take a moment to appreciate this beautiful cover that The Talented Mr. Rivers possesses, haha! ❤

I guess that now it’s all said and done, guys. You may be wondering only why I only used The Emperor’s New Grove gifs. The answer is because I needed a true diva to express all my feelings for this book.

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Kuzco is the best Disney princess ever, HAHAHAHAHA! Just don’t tell Yzma, she’ll be upset that she’s second place both on the kingdom and on being a diva ;D

Allright, just to wrap this: do you like Action? Adventure? Hot guys? Hot guys with a very active sexual life? Geeks that can kill? TONS OF BEAUTIFUL MEN? THEN STOP READING THIS AND GO READ THE END OF THE LINE SERIES!

5star

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Once again, thanks to Loveswept for sending me my review copy and to you, for being so patient and reading this whole review! You are the true hero here ❤

Love you all and see you around,

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The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror, from Joyce Carol Oates

(Alternative title: the book that made me so hot to read it that burned me when I did)

Hi, there, lovelies! Slowly and steadily, I’m putting some order on my missing reviews 🙂 I’m almost done with the sent books, so I’ll start the asked ones, haha! Today I’ll be talking about a book I received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review: The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror, from Joyce Carol Oates. While I thank the publisher to the infinity and beyond for approving my review request, I must say that this book wasn’t my kind of terror 😦

For that reason, I won’t be long on my review, as I still think many people out there will love it despite my feelings towards this book 🙂

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summary

From one of our most important contemporary writers, The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror is a bold, haunting collection of six stories.

In the title story, a young boy becomes obsessed with his cousin’s doll after she tragically passes away from leukemia. As he grows older, he begins to collect “found dolls” from the surrounding neighborhoods and stores his treasures in the abandoned carriage house on his family’s estate. But just what kind of dolls are they?

In “Gun Accident,” a teenage girl is thrilled when her favorite teacher asks her to house-sit, even on short notice. But when an intruder forces his way into the house while the girl is there, the fate of more than one life is changed forever.

In “Equatorial,” set in the exotic Galapagos, an affluent American wife experiences disorienting assaults upon her sense of who her charismatic husband really is, and what his plans may be for her.

In The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror, Joyce Carol Oates evokes the “fascination of the abomination” that is at the core of the most profound, the most unsettling, and the most memorable of dark mystery fiction.

the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

This book wasn’t for me. I like my terror more terrifying. I enjoyed the first story, but I had it all figured out in the middle. The other stories were just boring for me and I feel awful for that. The writing style was tiresome, the mystery was too obvious and the terror itself didn’t built up on my head :/ I was the most wrong target, haha! So, two stars.

What I liked: the first story. I loved the concept and even after understanding it all, it gave me the creeps to keep going. I have a thing for dolls, especially porcelain dolls. I know several people are afraid of them, but I love them to the core – I have four myself, gifts from my grandma ❤

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That’s my reaction EVERY TIME I see pretty vintage dolls, be it porcelain or not, haha!

Anyway, I don’t really want to bitch about this book. All I will say is that I was too excited to read the book and got disappointed. If you like light terror, soft mystery, creepy things and don’t open this book with high expectations, you’ll love it 🙂

2star

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That’s it! Thanks for reading this review and I honestly hope more people can love this book to compensate my lack of love 🙂

Love you all and see you around,

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Veiled Threat, from Helen Harper (Highland Magic #3)

(Alternative title: the book that made me into “the crazy girl from the 15th floor” to my neighbors because it was too awesome for me to keep my emotions to a human level)

Hello, guys! How are you doing? Are you ready for September? I’m ready for December since March, so… YAY SEPTEMBER! Hahaha 😀 Moving on to the book we’ll be discussing today: third volume to the Highland Magic series, from brilliant Helen Harper: Veiled Threat! I finished this in May or June, but you know. Drama drama drama, laziness, job and no review at all.

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But never fear, this will be fixed! I won my copy from the author herself in exchange for an honest review and I can’t thank her enough for the kindness. She knew I was dying without Integrity in my life ❤ (I know, that sounded so wrong, hahaha!) Thanks, Helen! You rock hard!

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Oh, before we start, you may want to read the reviews for books one and two on this series!

Gifted Thief (Highland Magic #1) | Honour Bound (Highland Magic #2)

the story

Integrity can’t catch a break. After all the emotions of the Sidhe games, she got her ancestors’ lands back, but her problems are just beginning. There is something wrong with the local safety magic, her new place is glued to the Fomori entrance to their side of the veil, her crush’s father is still plotting to kill her and everybody thinks she’s building an army.

And to make things worse, her crush, Byron Montecrieff, is back to her life, as she needs to pay back a favor to another Sidhe family. Can Integrity focus on her mission, get the man of her dreams to believe that his father is a merciless killer and restore her clan’s magic?

There is only one thing certain on Integrity Taylor Aidar’s life right now: she needs vacation.

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the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

Soooo, if you knew me before my breakdown, you probably know I’ll all over the place when the subject is Integrity Taylor Aidar. She is my ultimate bookish bff and I can never get enough of her or this series! ❤ If you wanted a bitchy review, well… As two contemporary and respected thinkers would say…

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Sorry, guys! Without any further ado, this was a five stars read. Besides seeing my beloved characters once again, I also got to have chills at the unknown and almost die with the HARD twist right before the end. Also, it was the first time we saw the story from another perspective, as this series is told by Integrity herself. Which takes us back to the first person narrator thing: this was a case of deep and mad love for the protagonist that made everything work out ❤

Well, I’m tripping over myself on this review, haha! As I already talked about the narrative, I’m going to only add that Harper’s writing style – full of humor and clever remarks – is bewitching to the point that I talked back to the book when Integrity was mussing around, haha! And that was how I got known by my neighbors as the crazy girl from the 15th floor. My favorite part in the technical aspect is how Harper is able to give life to the book as a whole thing – not only for her characters. I felt it all reading this series and, with Veiled Threat, wasn’t any different.

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The plot was by far the best of the three books. I felt on the edge from page 1 to 238. As I told, there is a huge twist in the end that I totally didn’t see coming and was crying before realizing what the hell was happening, oops! Have I already mentioned that Harper is a genius? SHE IS. I also love that, no matter how heavy things are, she always finds a way to break the reader’s tension, you know? She gives us time to digest all the bad things without being boring 🙂 I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! I don’t know about you guys, but I really feel the burden of a totally dramatic book from beginning to end 😦

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As it goes with characters, I liked the new ones that we meet and I must say that I’m a character hoarder. I mean, I love when you slowly pile up characters into a plot and everybody lives with everybody, haha! The more, the merrier, and that is how this series goes ❤ Integrity meets new friends, new villains and they are all there with her all the time, haha!

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Hm, I can’t think of anything new to say about characters, as this is my third volume, haha! Integrity is still her clever and funny self, Byron is still a sexy bitch, his father is still a bore and everybody is still awesome, haha! #sohelpful #sarcasm

Now, can we just stop my drooling for a moment to appreciate the awesome cover of Veiled Threat, please? Seriously, I loved it so hard. I wish I had a paperback with this, haha! Maybe next year 🙂

Hmm, I don’t think I have anything else that is useful to say besides: YOU NEED THIS BOOK SERIES IN YOUR LIFE! Do you like fantasy? Dystopian? Awesome Geek references? Kick ass female protagonists? Sexy men? JUST RUN TO AMAZON AND DOWNLOAD THIS FOR GOD’S SAKE! I need people to fangirl with me over this series!!!!

5star

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Thanks for reading all of this! I know I tend to babble a lot – if not ranting, complimenting, haha! – so thanks for the patience 😀 Also, thanks again to Helen Harper for being the awesome person she is and for sending me her book ❤ December won’t be here soon enough for me to read the next book!!

Love you all and see you some other random time!

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The Dreamer, from E.J. Mellow (Dreamland #1)

(Alternative title: The book that I was dying to read since I entered bookstagram on 2015 and disappointed me more than the new chicken sandwich at McDonald’s)

Hi, there! I knooow, twice in the same week? It must be a miracle! HAHAHA

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Anyway, hope you all are doing ok! Today I’ll talk about one of the books that Jess, from the Mud and Stars, and I read on our book club: The Dreamer, first book in the Dreamland series, from E. J. Mellow! Jess posted her review up here and, while I know I won’t do such a good job, I wanted to share my opinions on it as well 🙂

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Oh, and I received my copy of the book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. I can’t even begin to apologize to them for the delay in reviewing it, but better late than never, right??

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Anyway, let’s talk about The Dreamer 🙂

summary

Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.

There she meets the captivating but frustrating Dev, and together they discover Molly possesses a power coveted by his people—the ability to conjure almost anything she desires into existence. Seduced by the possibilities of this gift, Molly shifts her attention from waking life toward the man, the magic, and the world found in her dreams.

But Molly must ask herself—does something truly exist if you only see it when you close your eyes?

Faced with the threat of losing everything—her job, best friend, boyfriend, and most importantly, that little thing called her sanity—Molly will learn just how far she’ll go to uncover what is real and what is merely a figment of her imagination.

the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

As I mentioned above, I was dying to read this book since the moment I entered bookstagram, in 2015. When I had the opportunity to do so, I actually giggled in joy and high-fived the universe. Everybody said such good things about it! The concept was amazing – I mean, who never wanted to consciously be able to go somewhere else when sleeping? – and the mystery sounded delicious. It’s with a heavy heart that I announce that I was a victim of foul marketing. The reading experience of this book for me was very bad. I only ended up rating it 3 stars because the concept was so amazing and I have to keep recognizing that. I just wished the execution was better. Oh well. Now let’s get even more ranty, shall we?

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The narrative was one of the few things that pleased me. The pace was good – not too fast, not too slow – and we are introduced to Molly’s reality and dreams on a sane level. I mean, don’t expect a hundred pages explaining why things are happening and revealing it all right before the end. I liked to be slowly presented to the reality of things 🙂 Also, Mellow’s writing is very good and she has good humor catches. You have to take the hat off to her!

BUT we have a first person narrator – Molly – and if you used to hang around here much before my crisis, you know how I have a… Difficult?… Relationship with first person narrators. I usually love or hate them and the hate usually surpasses the love. And oh God, how I hated Molly. It wasn’t unusual for me to start conversations with Jess by saying “OMG JESS I HATE HER SO MUCH”. I know, poor Jess! Hahaha!

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Now, as I’m talking about Molly, let me just skip over to the characters. I didn’t like a single character on this book. I know I am a bore and have really high expectations, but no one in this book has a hobby. Molly and her bff only talk about boys, her life is her work and her boyfriend, her boyfriend’s hobby seems to be hang out with Molly, the people on her dreams only seemed to be around doing nothing, even when they were on their break from their “work”. I can’t relate to this. Even workaholics have a hobby: THEIR JOB! Not Molly’s case, I assure you.

To be honest, I could have overlooked all of this if it wasn’t for this really tiny detail: INSTALOVE.

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And not only that. Instalove + amorous triangle + a forceful male + the chosen one. I can’t respect a girl that allows a guy to try to hurt her just to make a point, sorry. This was so not sexy! But again, everything about Dev just made me mad. If you are thinking me a heartless bitch just by reading this review, imagine what Jess had to go through during the month of this reading, haha! Just go there and offer a virtual hug, she deserves it!

Okay, now the plot. As I said, I really like this concept and I think Mellow had a wonderful idea. Another land reachable only through dreams? A girl hit by a lightening? The border between dreams and reality? PERFECTION!

Oh, also! Can we just take a moment to forget all my ranting and just appreciate the MARVELOUS cover of this book? I wish I had a poster of it! SOOO PRETTY *–* I’d totally buy it just for display purposes as I’m sure as hell I won’t be reading it again.

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I do apologize to Mellow, as I don’t want to be mean, but I felt like she said “great, I have a million dollar idea. Now let me just add here every cliché that I know of”. My other bff friend, @thepagemistress (if you are on Instagram, you just have to follow her!), taught me to flip a switch in my head every time I read the line: “I released the breath I didn’t realize I was holding” and all its adaptations. She really hates it, as she claims it is overused (and she is so right!), so I ended up always noticing when this is used and Mellow uses it SO MUCH! Honestly, it was a deal breaker for me. I don’t have many problems in seeing it being used at some point of the book, but more than once? Come ooooon!

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I wanted to wrap it up by saying that, while I won’t keep reading this series, I wanted for you all to understand that if I am laying such heavy critics on something, it was because I cared about what I was reading. When I don’t, I simply say the book wasn’t for me (it has already happened). But I cared about The Dreamer. I think this book was meant for me, but for my 12-year-old self. Sometimes, it sucks to be a journalist and seeing all that could have been instead of what it really is, haha!

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Wow, that was a heavy and boring review! What are you guys still doing here? HAHA! Thanks for reaching the bottom of this post and thanks once again to Xpresso Book Tours for my review copy 🙂 I hope you guys aren’t feeling discouraged to read this book – I mean, have you seen the amount of 5 stars reviews it has? I mean, what do I know about life? I’m just a vampire with the 16 face and the 86 mind. I’m sure that, if you like fantasy and Red Queen, you’ll love this one. Actually, I’m glad to see an indie author to gather so much attention, so keep reading E. J. Mellow’s books, guys! And tell me bellow what you thought of them, please, haha! 🙂

3star

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Love you all and see you another time,

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It’s Not Your Journey, from Rebecca Lombardo

Hi, guys! So, as you can guess, it was worst case scenario. I work with Public Relations, the famous PR, so I stay hooked to my computer and my phone all the time also professionally. Results? Tired vision on my left eye. Seriously, I can barely look at my computer screen or phone screen, it’s bad. And also, I had some crisis of really low blood pressure, that made my mom believe that I am experiencing some kind of post-traumatic stress because of Lady. Who knows, she may be right.

Anyway, I come back to you with a review for a gender that I rarely read: memoir & biographies. It’s nothing personal, but I usually prefer fiction when picking up books. I have to really like the person or character that the book portrays to pick it up. Rebecca Lombardo’s story was an exception that I’m beyond glad for making. She contacted me a while ago and sent me her book in exchange for a review. Thanks, truly, and I’m sorry for taking so long to read and review it >.<

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summary

In her first published work, Rebecca Lombardo collects her internationally followed blog into the pages of “It’s Not Your Journey”. The memoir candidly details Rebecca’s two year long chronicle of her struggles with Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Self-Injury, and recovery from a Suicide attempt. Rebecca shares her very real, raw feelings on these subjects, as well as addressing other issues that have contributed to her downward spiral and eventual climb out of her own pit of despair. Issues such as the loss of her mother to lung cancer, the death of her brother, abandonment from friends and family members due to her hospitalization, and more.

the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

Lombardo had a very difficult path so far. We all have our problems and our own struggles, but I am amazed to see what Lombardo has already overcome at such an early age. As I already went through a serious treatment for Depression and Suicide attempts myself as a teen, her history touched my heart. I highly identified with the horrors that she went though and jumped in joy at the good moments. Lombardo isn’t trying to impress anyone with her book or over dramatize her life – she wants to help. She wants to save lives.

I keep my position of not reading many memories and biographies, but I regret nothing with It’s Not Your Journey 🙂 Four stars!

As this isn’t a fictional book, my review will have a slightly different format 🙂

Lombardo’s writing style is fluid and simple, without over dramatizations. It’s her history and I’m sure that she edited it, of course, but she didn’t left any awful details off. Lombardo knows that she hasn’t been living a fairy tale, and you don’t hear (or read) her complaining.

There are some minor editing slips, but nothing that seriously compromises the understanding of the book. I liked how Lombardo pours off her heart for the reader, how much she wants to help people to understand how mental illness gets in the way for both the sick person and all the people around. This is a dictionary with feelings, as Lombardo explains every aspect of each illness and how it affects people – how it affected her.

A very emotional read and very didactic, that I recommend to anyone suffering with any kind of mental illness or that knows someone in that condition. And trust me, you know someone. We all do. The difference lays on how much this person needs outside help.

4star

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Once again, thanks to Rebecca for sending me her book and trusting me with her feelings 🙂

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BLOG TOUR: The Mermaid and the Treasure of the Bay, by A. Algeri (La Sirena #1)

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Good night, beautiful people! Welcome to another YA Bound Book Tours hosted tour 🙂 This time, we will talk about the first book in La Sirena series, by A. Algeri: The Mermaid and the Treasure of the Bay! Yay for mermaids ❤

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The Mermaid and the Treasure of the Bay

La Sirena #1

by A. Algeri

Release Date: August 20th, 2015

246 pages

 summary

For her mother and sister it’s only supposed to be an episodic stay, because their intention is to return to the capital, Adaria, held by both aristocrats, by then, to be their home. Brinn, however, isn’t interested in living in the golden cage of high society and aspires to a different existence, that will push her to oppose the decisions of her family and to pursue a destiny according to her own wishes.

 The accidental discovery of what looks like a map to hidden treasure, buried in Nyar Kaad, according to tradition, by pirates once dwelling in the settlement, will push her to search for the hidden riches- an undertaking that the protagonist will face courageously, at the cost of challenging her fears, the rigid social conventions, and more literal dangers to her person, venturing on a journey into the local legends and the past of her own family, until reaching an unexpected epilogue.

 Set to Isara, a fantasy world inspired by the period between the seventeenth and the first decades of the nineteenth centuries, “The Mermaid and the treasure of the Bay” is a journey full of mystery in the universe where real and supernatural coexist intersecting in a subtle and insidious way, a world divided between palaces and largely unexplored expanses, an opulent capital and boundless oceans.

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I wished that every day was like the ones before, going back to my childhood; outwardly it was as if nothing had changed: in those hopelessly far away years, in the morning after dressing as fast as possible, I ran to my parents to ask my father to take me on a long walk on the beach and then to dive into the weak but deep blue-green warm waters of the bay.

With the passing of time, for my mother it how much I liked living in Nyar Kaad had become intolerable, the place were my family came from, even if we were, at least in part, remotely originally descended from the north of the Empire. I loved the place where I was born so much that I was never able to consider our house in the far away capital where moved in the following years, as my home. I harbored wonderful memories from my childhood of long happy years, as can only exist in memories.

Naturally, the summer couldn’t last forever: by the time I was a young girl, my parents had announced our imminent departure from Nyar Kaad to move to the capital. Mom had started talking to me about the important people we would have to meet once we reached Adaria, of the balls and the numerous events that were obligatory for whoever wanted to become part of high society and maybe, if we met the right people, how we might be able to be received at court.

At the time I was too little to fully comprehend the social implications of these events and I associated them only with those evenings in which my parents didn’t stay home and my sister Jennifer and I would be left with the nanny, excluding those rare occasions when we had to go with mom while she and her various friends and acquaintances would talk for hours about predictable and uninteresting topics. I, along with the occasional, and according to me, unfortunate children, was forced to pass entire afternoons sitting on a sofa without practically opening my mouth.

I never wanted to leave Nyar Kaad, but my departure never depended on my consent: one rainy day at the end of the summer, when the social season of the small town had been concluded with the ending of the vacations of the rich settlers of the nearby Narim, our departure for Adaria was decided upon and we abandoned, that at the time I believed was forever, the white beaches of the province of Salaara. For a young girl even a few months can seem like an eternity and our return to our hometown at the time no longer seemed possible.

I remember painfully abandoning the Dawn’s Light, our estate, the following trip and when, at the moment of disembarkation going down the gangplank that connected the ship to the dock, I found the cold autumn of the northern regions, waiting with its freezing grip ready to enclose my heart, revealing to me a nature that had become a mirror of how I felt in my soul. A cold that whispered to me about how I had been separated possibly forever from the sun and the green waters of the Nahanshe sea, whose voice, as if far away, still called me. “Brinn”, it repeated, as if it was saying my name.

Each day I waited for the much desired return to the ocean shores, whose call you could hear, scarcely whispered along the shores of the Nalach: only the seagulls, that I glimpsed sometimes in the hottest days of the brief northern summer, told me of the far away estuary where large river flowed into the sea.

I repeated to myself that I wanted to see again one day the shores of the Nahanshe Sea and when that moment arrived that I wouldn’t leave again: I kept waiting for that day in the depths of my heart without letting anything undermine this certainty or suffocate this dream.

the author

A. Algeri is the author of “The Mermaid and the treasure of the Bay”, his first published novel. He began writing while he was a teenager, setting most of his stories in the world of Isara, a fantasy universe of his own creation.

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 Thanks for reading 🙂

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BLOG TOUR: Black Five, by J. Lynn Bailey

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Hi, there 🙂 Welcome to a blog tour for Black Five, by J. Lynn Bailey! This tour is hosted by YA Bound Book Tours 🙂

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Black Five

by J. Lynn Bailey 

Release Date: November 17th, 2015

Poorhouse Publishing

400 pages

summary

No one ever accused Penelope Jackson of being normal, nor did they suspect the dark secret she kept. A dangerous web of deceit and secrecy unravels when news of a stranger’s death puts Penn on a collision course with the very person she’s been hiding from her whole life. Her fragile world is shaken to its core with the sudden arrival of Vacavious and she soon discovers the bizarre and magical world surrounding her seemingly ordinary life.
No one is who they claim to be, including those closest to Penn. A mysterious security detail emerges from the shadows scrambling to protect her as powerful forces await the fall of her protective veil on her eighteenth birthday.
Penn prepares to fight against unseen evils before it’s too late. The world of Nighmerianotte and its population depends on her survival, for she is the Sanguine, the Black Five.

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You may be thinking that now I’ll babble about how awesome Bailey is (yes, I will, haha!) and how cool she was in sharing five facts about the book and backstage. AND YOU ARE WRONG. Bailey is indeed awesome and cool and I’m more than thankful for her presence here today, but she gave us SIX facts, mwahaha mwahaha!

Annelise, dear, just don’t.

Sorry. Ahem. I’ll just pass it up for Bailey and, you know, pretend that I’m normal there, in that little corner. Thanks so much again, Bailey!

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6 Facts about BLACK FIVE

  1) Mason is a small town located just a one hundred miles south of the Oregon border. It’s nestled among the redwood trees, on California’s North Coast. The map, in the front of Black Five, is Mason, California. But what some people don’t know is that Mason is actually the town of Ferndale.

  2) I grew up in Fortuna, California (Lake Providence, in the book) right across the river from Ferndale.

  3) The Milk Can game is an actual tradition started in 1945. It takes place every September between our two towns. Many of the shenanigans mentioned in the book actually took place. And really, between Ferndale and Fortuna—we’re all really good friends. But come Milk Can time—it’s an all out war! Not really, but kinda. ( ;

  4) For a brief moment, my mother and I lived on Bunny Street in Santa Maria, CA. And maggots actually came out of our carpet! It was at that point my mother said, “We’re out of here!”

  5) I was raised by a single mother, a Marine. She’s tiny but she is mighty! I used the relationship with my mother and I to write the relationship between Penn and Jo. And that was easy to write because their love (our love) is so natural. When I wrote the letter from Penelope’s father, I wasn’t sure how to write that part because I wasn’t raised with a father. I used the love between my husband and my daughter (and the feelings as parent myself) to create that picture. Some parts were pretty tough to write—and hard to see the computer screen because of the snot that was slung!

  6) When I first wrote Black Five, Amy wasn’t included. I have a dear friend whose son was diagnosed with cancer at four years old. Five years later, a local girl was diagnosed with cancer at just three years old. That really affected me.  I wanted to demonstrate how precious life is, while raising awareness about childhood cancer. I wanted to show the sadness, the heartbreak because this awful disease is taking our children far too young. I am a HUGE supporter of St. Jude’s, St. Baldrick’s and Cookies for Kids Cancer and that is where my support and donations go, solely. I am happy to report that the young boy, now 11, is in remission and the little girl is cancer free.

 Isn’t this awesome and touching? I really need to start reading this book ❤

the author

I’m a mother of two beautiful children and a wife to an adorably supportive husband. Seriously, he’s adorable and tall. Really tall; he’s my high school sweetheart. I’m also a mother of two fur children who are extremely needy, Leo and Vinni.

I live with my family in a small town tucked away in the redwood forest located on California’s northern coast.

I’m quite boring. But in case you’re wondering, you can see what my loves, my loathes and things you may not know about me by clicking the menu above.

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 That’s it, thanks for reading 🙂 Also, thanks to Bailey for being here and for YA Bound Book Tours for my spot on the tour!

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