2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews has read 7 books toward her goal of 100 books.
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sadie by Courtney Summers (audio review)



HOLY SHIT!

THIS BOOK IS NOT A ROMANCE!



Blurb (from Good Reads)

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she's left behind. And an ending you won't be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page


Let's start with this!

Sexual assault, paedophilia, substance abuse!

WARNING: This book will break you!

Sadie was a shock of a book, I didn't even know what I was getting into when I started this audio. I am scared of true crimes, and I did not know this was going to be similar to that. The dual perspectives running together was really interesting, we had the podcast  in real time and then we had Sadie in flashbacks. I do NOT have the words to describe how I feel right now. 

This story is RAW, I recommend this book to everyone in audio-book format because it is literally the best thing since I listened to in ages. It has a full cast, and when you get to Sadie's pov it will shake you, It will ruin you.  I felt like I was part of this story, watching and listening. I really had no idea what I was going to hear next. Seriously, Listening to  what was true or what was not was very emotional and the author did an amazing job at putting this story together.

Sadie is really worth the praise and hype you have herd about. I had no idea I would like this book, I truly, truly recommend this book to everyone. I will never forget this story, or Sadie.

This book is filled with trigger warnings, Paedophilia, loss of a loved one, assault, sexual assault, murder, death, abandonment and drug use and also underage drinking.

While we get small hints from Sadie, we watch her travel to get revenge for her sister. And with the podcast running, At times I was confused, I was on the edge of my seat the last hour/hour and a half of the audio.

Seriously if there was one Audio book you had to pick to listen to, make sure you do this one.

This book will ruin you.
I was left with all these questions and all the emotions.

Ang







Divine Evil by Nora Roberts




Hey friends *waves*
this past week I have been participating in the 
contemporary-athon


We are here to chat Divine Evil by Nora Roberts.please be cautious I will have spoilers.




Blurb (from amazon)

In this gripping novel of small-town scandal and sizzling passion, New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts tells the story of a renowned artist who confronts a mystery from her past—and finds that her family secrets have not been laid to rest.
 

Famed sculptor Clare Kimball has commanded the attention of the New York art world, but troubling memories from childhood have drawn her home to Maryland, to the town where she grew up and where her father died so long ago in circumstances never really explained. Nothing much has changed in Emmitsboro—except Cameron Rafferty, the onetime high-school bad boy turned town sheriff. The only hint of Cam’s wild nature is the light in his eyes when he looks at Clare. In Cam’s strong arms Clare is seduced into falling in love—and into believing that her small-town world is safe.

But within the dark woods of Emmitsboro, something evil is spreading its poisonous power. Now Clare must pay the price for digging up the secrets of the past . . . and confront an evil that may be unstoppable—because those who practice it believe it is divine.



WHAT a BOOK! 
WHAT a DAMN Book! 
I can't even, because for the last day I have been thinking about it, thinking what now though..

This was the paperback edition that I read, It was a big chunky one and took me a few days to conquer.
I have to say from here on this will be a spoilery review, Devine Evil was not a lighthearted story. When I started this story I had no clue what I was getting myself into. Clare Kimball a successful artist returns home, as does Cameron Rafferty a few years prior, hes now the small town of Emmitsbro's sheriff.

Until there is a murder and people start disappearing, there is a very bad evil lurking in the woods.

When reading this story, I found it really hard to pick out who the bad guys were, because literally there were so many of them. (Ill get back to that in a minute)

When we meet Clare she was having a nightmare and what we come to find out is that dream was real.

This was one of the most creepiest, fucked up story I have read in such a long time, to be honest. The Rape, killings and sacrifices were full on, but without them I don't think the book would have worked. I think it needed that *HOLY Shit* moments for all the feelings that you would experience, if that makes sense. This book was rough and when reading you realise there is more then one crazy in this town, there is a group of 13 men in a devil worshipping cult. Its been around for decades, with some of the men founding the cult. But  WHAT you come to find out that the big ring leader is not who you would expect. I was like OMG NO WAY! Right to the last page, the last WORD I was shook, SHOOK you guys. I could not believe who it was.

The romance between Clare and Cam, I loved how they meet again and the way that they both were slowly falling in love with each other. I adored when Clare's brother comes to town, he is Cam's best friend. I think overall this had some of the best characters, I did find it odd that her BFF was named Angie.

Yes, there are some negative reviews for this book, and they are all aloud to have there opinions, though some did surprise me, but I do sort of understand. Divine Evil is rather descriptive, and quite gruesome to say, the Satanic cult that tortures young girls/women and Nora can tell a really good story. personally if you are squeamish don't pick this one up.

The chemistry though between our main characters was lit, you knew when these too eventually hooked up it was going to be HOT. As I am writing this review, the one thing that annoyed me was the ending not because of who it was, but I wanted a bit more with Cam and Clare. I wanted to see what happened after he saves her and discovering the cult.

I am giving this one a 4 - 4.5 stars.

Why? you ask, It is really good book with a lot of suspense, surprises and mystery obviously the romance I really loved, I just wanted that extra bit at the end with Clare and Cam.  I was just left with with questions I wanted answered. What happened to the men, how did they not see it was Min the mayors wife that was the ring leader, YES!  I know I was shocked too, That part with her clasping her pentagram, whispering master gave me chills. 

This was not a pretty read but it was worth it.


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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Review: Blood & Thunder

Blood & Thunder Blood & Thunder by Charlie Cochet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars








This book, holy cow batman.!

This was good, it feels legit like a shifter version of cut and run series ! A smidgen of angst, a dash of action, and a hella lot of the feels, and lets not forget about all them flippy sexy hot times! My FAV character is Dex, he is everything!

Blood & Thunder continues from book one, with the bad guy Issac. I love the bonds and romances between all the team, all the jokes and so many relationships forming I am here for them. I don't even know what to say about this one, that hasn't already been said. All in all, this book was enjoyable, it was fun and filled with a little too much drama, misunderstanding and inter monologue woo me was a little much.

Though I cant wait to read the next one, I wont wait another 5 years to pick the next one up. I really enjoy the authors writing style, they are kinda chunky and i did at time skims some of the boring nonsense! Overall its times like these where I wish we had the in between star button .like it wasn't quite 4 stars but it was more then 3.5...

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Review: Untouchable

Untouchable Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars








Holy Smokes, this was so satisfying to read. Its the final in the suspense romance trilogy.

Jack, I love Jack he like his brothers has a traumatising past. I really enjoy how Jack thinks, I've never read a book that I can remember that has lucid dreaming, and how solves issues through the dreaming.

Winter who was uniquely written was really interesting to read about. Winters history was defiantly a tragic one to read, my goodness my heart!

This can be read as a standalone, I do recommend to read the series on order to appreciate the situation and understanding of what is happening and why its so critical.

The story is slow building and is the relationship. The action and suspense is here, and i did enjoy it all.

Overall i thought the plot was well written and it moved OK, I adore Krentz work, all that i have read. What was missing for me was the romance. Yes there is romance, but not as much as I have experienced from previous books i have read by the author.



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Review: Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic Relations Diplomatic Relations by J.L. Langley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars








YOU GUYS!

We have waited a long 7 years for this book, and Diplomatic Relations by J.L. Langley is finally here.
The 4th book in the Sci Regency series, this one is about our special forces Dalton and politician Blaise. They are so opposite from each other, but they say that's what attracts us. Dalton is home after being away, and he becomes a guard to Blaise. They eventually warm up to each other. With scandal, and threats, family drama and romance this one was filled with it all.

I am not going to lie, I found it really hard to enjoy this one, it started out really interesting, then it plummeted and then it got interesting again, then plummeted and then the last 30% was phenomenal. I went from 2 stars to 3!

With the seven year gap between books, it was hard to get back into this world, I did a little recap for myself and I did remember, a lot of the characters, that's what I loved the most all the family interactions. I loved Daltons family.

Blaise took a little while to warm up to, I liked his brother Bannon (which he is getting his own book) I think if you were to pick this up maybe re read the other ones first.

Arc was given for a honest review.
2.75 almost 3 stars.

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

DARKNESS AVENGED BY ALEXANDRA IVY





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Welcome to my newest blog entry.



I just finished listening to Darkness Avenged in audio, and I really liked it.
This is book 10 in the Guardians of Eternity by Alexandra Ivy.

It's been a hot minute since I have dived into this world, and I was hit with that nostalgic feeling. I came to love this series a long time ago, and I am lucky enough to have the 13th book in my possession. (arc)

This book was really good, It had not ONE but TWO romances involved.
I love how Alexandra creates a world that you can just close your eyes and feel emerged in, the audio was fantastic, I really loved listening to it. I was loving our main characters Santiago and Nefri. but to have Sally and Roke as the second story was brilliant., I loved how it all connected and we saw some beloved passed characters.

This story had me on the edge of my seat, and it was really intense, as them hot sex scenes!

With it being book 10 and me not having read book 9 since forever ago i thought I would have been lost and I am so happy I wasn't. I am dying to jump into book 11 with Roke and Sally. Sucks though that it is not in audio!

I love that they all found there mates, and i just really enjoyed this instalment. Its way to hard to even explain this series as a whole. TBH its easier for you to go hunt book 1 down and start from there.


ANG




THE SEARCH FOR A TRAITOR


As the demon world celebrates the defeat of the Dark Lord, the vampire Santiago’s mood remains bleak. He still yearns for the sensual, raven-haired Nefri, who has inexplicably disappeared. But brooding for Nefri is a luxury that Santiago does not have. His traitorous sire, Gaius, is unleashing a violent scourge upon the mortal world, and Santiago must stop him before it’s too late...



LEADS TO A DANGEROUS SEDUCTION



To her dismay, the all-powerful Oracles have sent Nefri on her own mission to find Gaius, and failure is not an option. Nefri’s search leads her to the vampire’s abandoned lair—and straight into Santiago’s path. It’s clear Santiago intends to seduce her, but then an ancient, banished evil reappears, threatening to thrust the  world into a madness it cannot survive...

Saturday, February 2, 2019

ROMANCE-opoly






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Welcome to my newest blog entry.

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ROMANCE-OPOLY READING CHALLENGE!


MY JANUARY ROMANCE-OPOLY PICKS:

1. DUNGEON  (Hero in prison or ex-con)
ALL CHAINED UP BY SOPHIE JORDAN 4/5



2. LIBRARY (Free Choice)
THE HATING GAME BY SALLY THORN 4/5



3. COZY CORNER (Mystery)
NAKED IN DEATH BY J.D. ROBB 5/5



4. FARAWAY LAND (Fantasy)
MAKE ME BURN BY TIFFANY ROBERTS 3/5



MY FEBRUARY ROMANCE-OPOLY PICKS:

1. AUSTEN ROW (Historical Romance)
SUDDENLY YOU BY LISA KLEYPAS 4/5



2. GROWING PAINS PLACE (Young Adult)
THE DYSASTERS BY P.C CAST & KRISTIN CAST



3. MYSTERY CHALLENGE (Fated Mates)
Coming Soon



4. FREEDOM FRIARS (LGBT Romance)
BLOOD & THUNDER BY CHARLIE COCHET 3.85/5


5. WARRIOR'S WAY (Paranormal Romance)
coming soon

Ang









February TBR



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Welcome to my newest blog entry.


February TBR and Reading Challenges.

Continuing with Romanceopoly, and Tackle My TBR challenge, but this month I am adding in a Contemporary-a-thon reading challenge. Where you have set challenges (genres) you have to try and read. With photo challenges.

First up my Romanceopoly books this month are
Austen Row (read a historical romance)
Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas

Growing Pains Place (read a Ya)
The Dysasters by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast (I think)

I have not rolled again, I will do this soon.

Secondly is my Tackle My TBR Reading Challenge.
February, Favourite Genre



I really like love Erotica Romance, and I wanted to make sure i'm reading books i have owned for many years I found an older one and that I am using for the other reading challenge I'm doing this month.

Luke, Armed & Dangerous by Cheyenne McGray

Thirdly, the Contemporary- a-thon
1. Read your most recently purchased or acquired contemporary
(NOT Sure YET!)

2. Read a contemporary with blurple on the cover ( blue or purple)

Faking It by Jennifer Cruise

3. Read a diverse contemporary keeping in mind its African heritage month and an own voices African author would be a great pick.

American Dreamer by Adriana Herria

4. Read a dark, taboo, or emotional book.

Hold Me Close by Megan Hart

5. Read a contemporary you meant to read in 2018 but didn't get to.

Divine Evil by Nora Roberts.

6. Read a contemporary in a non traditional format.
American Dreamer (ebook arc)

7. Read a contemporary with a picture on the spine.

Luke, Armed and Dangerous by Cheyenne McGray




Then the TWO Audio books I want to get done this month are
Darkness Avenged by Alexandra Ivy (which I have about 3 hours left) And I would love to finish Wicked Deeds On A Winters Night by Kresley Cole!

And then what ever I else I plan to read, or actually read. We all no I sometimes don't stick to the original plan and go of course.


Happy Reading Friends

Ang