Thursday, 26 September 2013

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

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Chloe didn't think about it much when she nodded off in study hall on that sleepy summer day. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life. Before, she's been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with jock Blake. Now he's her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her.

What happened to her?
And why can't she remember?


Six Months Later had me thinking the entire time I was reading about who was "good" and who was "bad". The only instinct I had at the very beginning was that I didn't like Blake, I couldn't figure out why, but I just thought that there was something about him that seemed off. 

I didn't really have a favourite character in this book, as I could not connect with any of them simply because I have never been (and hope to never be) in this kind of situation! I cannot imagine what Chloe was going through in her head, losing six whole months, so many things change that we don't even think about, like the weather, clothes, technology, maybe even our friends, especially at her age. 

I loved the way that the author wrote this one, there were situations that I thought for sure that she was going to let it be known that she could not remember, especially when she first wakes up and Adam is there because she called him, and she doesn't understand because before she went to sleep they had not even talked at all.

I had so many theories going on in my head the whole time, like was her Mom in on it, because it seemed like it to me for sure, the way she was always going on about how good she was doing now, and how she was going to get in to a great school and Chloe knew that this is what her Mom had always pushed her to do. She had never felt this kind of pressure from her Dad, and still didn't.

I highly suggest this book to anyone looking for a bit of a mystery and even some action at the end when everything is starting to come together. I will admit I had a couple things figured out, but not everything, and that was awesome, I don't like knowing everything until the end of these kinds of books. I give this one a 4/5!


Natalie D. Richards won her first writing competition in the second grade with her short story Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn't dare do the dishes). She later misplaced her writing dreams in a maze of cubicles and office drudgery. Natalie never forgot about Barbara or those dishes, and eventually she found her way back to the storytelling, following the genre of her heart, teen fiction. When she's not writing or shopping her manuscripts, you can probably find her wading through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom. Natalie lives in Ohio with her amazing husband and three children, who inspire her every day to stick with her dreams.

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Wicked Thing by Angeline Kace

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Carmyn Rafferty witnessed the aftermath of her mother's affair. She learned at a young age not to trust anyone. Especially not your spouse. So she planned. She planned every detail of her life: who her husband would be, what their careers would be, what their lives would be like. All to avoid the pain of infidelity.

Dallas Brown lives a life all his own. He doesn't do relationships, he doesn't care what anyone thinks of him, and he doesn't live up to anyone's expectations but his own.

When Carmyn's fiance cheats on her, it sends her in to a whirlwind of one-night stands with the most infamous player on campus. She can't seem to stay away from this tough guy and his dangerous motorcycle. Everything about him is the complete opposite of who she'd planned to fall in love with: tattoos, dark stubble along his jawline, and hair that brushes his shoulders.

As Dallas and Carmyn begin to fall deeper and deeper into each other, they learn that love can truly be a wicked, wicked thing.


This book for me was a really quick romantic read, I really enjoyed the characters, and the setting at college was perfect. I think that it was a pretty accurate portrayal of that that type of college life would be like with the parties that everyone went to, the frat houses and sorties. 

My favourite character was actually one of the secondary characters Ava, she was so much fun, and I would love to have her as a friend! Carmyn and Dallas both have issues from their past that they need to get over, and it seems that with help from each of them, they can together. Carmyn is the one that stands in their way though, I will be honest in saying that I would growl at her actions a few times during the book and want to smack her.

Dallas is more of a sweetheart than he wants everyone to believe, he sticks up for Carmyn when someone is trying to put her down, he makes sure that she is always taken care of. He lets everyone think what they want, especially when it comes to how many girls he has slept with. The one side of him that I like the most is his artistic ability, and how he does not let it go to his head, and he does not seem to understand how brilliant he really is.

Overall this gets a 4/5 from me, it was not perfect, but it was a really good romance. I would suggest it for anyone that likes the NA genre, it is a good addition for sure!


Angeline is a scorpio living in the Rocky Mountains with her husband and dogs. She loves all things paranormal, believes ghosts are real, werewolves aren't, and vampires? Definitely real! At least in the Vampire Born world they are.

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Tragically Flawed by A.M. Haregrove


Riviera Benson has a she discovered by accident. She is a painter, but canvas isn't her medium. She creates her lovely masterpieces on the walls and ceilings of million dollar homes as murals and faux finishes. Her art is in high demand now, but life wasn't always that way. Riviera has secrets from her past that she intends to keep tightly locked away...terrifying secrets that keep her awake at night...that keep her from getting close to anyone...anyone that is, until she meets Shan.

Benjamin Shandon, owner of Shandon homes, works like a thousand demons are chasing him...because perhaps they are. His business has boomed ever since the fire swept through the canyon and destroyed hundreds of million dollar homes. He demands excellence in everything...from his employees to his women. He slows down for nothing, keeping a schedule that no sane person would want. But Riviera interrupts everything, twisting his guts inside out, and wedging her way in to his heart, destroying a promise he made to himself. 

Will they let their pasts control their future, or will they decide to let go and allow their hearts to discover each other's?



The first few chapters of this book were some of the hardest for me to get through ever, and I seriously considered stopping as it was so hard, but I am very glad that I didn't. The situation is difficult to read about, however, these are things that unfortunately happen everyday to people all over the world. Riviera may be a fictional character, but her situation is real, and it is ugly and brutal, and it does not always turn out the way it did for Riviera, she is one of the lucky ones who got out.

The characters in this book are some of the most believable I have ever read, from the ugly disturbed ones, to the ones that are there to help and have no other intentions than to just be there for Riviera and help her through. I think my favourite character was Amie, she turned out to be one of the most stabilizing influences for Riviera, and she is one of those friends that we all need, she is there when you need to talk, gives you shit when you need it, and is there for a hug when it is really needed.

The other part of this book that I loved (besides Shan of course!) was Riviera's paintings, I could picture them vividly in my head, the author was able to write about them and how they are created so brilliantly, and one day I hope to own a home and have a mural on my wall as well.

The relationship that builds between Riviera and Shan was done very well as she did not fall for him instantly, and if she had I don't think I could have gone on with the book, because of her past she needed time to warm up to someone, especially of the male gender. Shan knows that something is wrong the first time they meet, however, he has no idea to what extent that really goes. He stands for all the good men/women out there that are not going to give up on someone because of their past, but are going to stick around and help them through it, and I loved that!

Overall I give this book a 4/5, the pacing was very well done, loved most of the characters, and it is a very heavy subject, but the author did not try to sugar coat anything or make anything seem not as bad as it was, and I liked that. Again, this is not an easy subject to read or write about I am sure, but I think it needs to be done as it gives the rest of us who are fortunate enough not to be in that situation ourselves things to look for in our family/friends that may help us to understand that something is happening that that person needs help with.


One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A.M. Hargrove realized that her life was on a fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedistrian in the line of fire was a dodge ball pro and uber quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A.M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window. She breathed a sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job. Grinning, she made a call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).

So began A.M Hargrove's career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include the following: Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge and Kissing Fire (The Edge Series), The Guardians of Vesturon series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent and Beginnings), Dark Waltz and Tragically Flawed.

Other than being in love with writing about being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.

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