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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Monday, April 22, 2019

A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale


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Welcome to my newest blog entry.



A WOLF APART by Maria Vale

(The Legend of All Wolves Book 2) 


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"Wonderfully unique and imaginative. I was enthralled!"—JEANIENE FROSTNew York Timesbestselling author, for The Last Wolf
Can a human truly make room in her heart for the Wild?
Thea Villalobos has long since given up trying to be what others expect of her. So in Elijah Sorensson she can see through the man of the world to a man who is passionate to the point of heartbreak. But something inside him is dying...

Elijah Sorensson has all kinds of outward success: bespoke suits, designer New York City apartment, women clamoring for his attention. Except Elijah despises the human life he's forced to endure. He's Alpha of his generation of the Great North Pack, and the wolf inside him will no longer be restrained...
She sizes me up quickly with eyes the color of ironwood and just as unyielding.
"Thea Villalobos," she says, and it takes me a moment to get my breath back.
Thea Villalobos. Goddess of the City of Wolves.

The Legend of All Wolves:
The Last Wolf (Book 1)
A Wolf Apart (Book 2)

What People Are Saying About The Last Wolf:
"Raw, wild, and intense—captivating to the final page."—AMANDA BOUCHETUSA Today bestselling author of The Kingmaker Chronicles
"Pushes boundaries, and keeps you at the edge of your seat."—TERRY SPEARUSA Todaybestselling author of the Heart of the Wolf series
"A standout...a dense, gooey chocolate cake in page form."—Kirkus Reviews
"Outstanding world...well worth reading. Spellbound readers will watch for the next installment."—Booklist Starred Review


My Thoughts.

"Homeward, you land sick heath- wanderer, in 27 days"

A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale was so very different to the first book, where I loved the first book so much, i found myself not loving this one as much, and only because the romance was very secondary to the story.

"My sky, my mountains, my wood, my earth."

Elijah Sorensson is the Alpha of echelon, but rather then being with his pack he has had to live in the human world, and he only gets to return back home when the Iron moon happens each month. It is literally destroying his soul being trapped in his human body more and more then he likes. he is the most successful lawyer and he has everything human would want in life, but he is not human he is wolf and all he wants to to be wild once again.

"I know how it feels when your soul starts to die."

Until he meets Thea, Thea Villalobos, she is human and she chooses to live a life like he would love to. Thea lives away from others.

"The great man" "The great wolf" "is the one who in the midst of the crowd" "of humans" "keeping with perfect sweetness the stillness of the forest"

"The quote is," Keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."

The romance was lacking quite a lot in this one, still I found myself enjoying it, but I really did miss the romance element. We are told that Elijah really digs Thea, but i found the relationship did lack any depth. In this one we are told they love each other but not shown, I think if we had some of Thea's POV I might have liked it even more. But even with all this said I found myself really loving Elijah and wanting him to have the best life possible.


"A good fight isn't about the outcome. It's about knowing that you've made things different by trying."

I can defiantly say that I have not ever read a series like this one, where the werewolf, shifter, humans are so different and I cant even with the right words try and explain how amazing the author has created such a unique world, a world that I am loving!

"When I'm with her, I remember who I really am."

I don't think this book is for everyone, but for me it was everything. It made me feel instead of reading, It made me shed a tear or two, I was excited to know when it ended that I could jump into the next one.

"Be thou blessed. Be thy body as strong as the tree. Be thy will as hard as the mountain. Be thy young as wild as the storm. Be the lead of men as soft as snow upon thy fur. Be thou blessed."

4.75 / 5 Stars.

Ang


Nora Roberts Book of the Month May



Nora Roberts Book of the Month.

Nora Roberts Book of the Month Book Club!
 If you would like to join me on my Nora book of month please come and join us. You now join the good reads group I have created.

We had a long running poll and this is the book that had the most votes on to read. If you want to cast your votes, come and join us and put forward a book you would like to be read.


Junes Poll is here...



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May's Pick

Morrigan's Cross (Circle Trilogy Book 1)  


Blurb:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts' Circle Trilogy begins with an epic tale that breaks down the boundaries between reality and the otherworldly, while forging together the passions of the men and women caught in a battle for the fate of humanity…

In the last days of high summer, with lightning striking blue in a black sky, the sorcerer stood on a high cliff overlooking the raging sea…        

Belting out his grief into the storm, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith rails against the evil that has torn his twin brother from their family’s embrace. Her name is Lilith. Existing for over a thousand years, she has lured countless men to an immortal doom with her soul-stealing kiss. But now, this woman known as vampire will stop at nothing until she rules this world—and those beyond it…

Hoyt is no match for the dark siren. But his powers come from the goddess Morrigan, and it is through her that he will get his chance at vengeance. At Morrigan’s charge, he must gather five others to form a ring of power strong enough to overcome Lilith. A circle of six: himself, the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms, and the one he’s lost. And it is in this circle, hundreds of years in the future, where Hoyt will learn how strong his spirit—and his heart—have become…

Don’t miss the other books in the Circle Trilogy
Dance of the Gods
Valley of Silence





April's book of the month was The Villa, and the majority of us really enjoyed it.
Review Here.

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MAY BREAKDOWN

May 1st -May 12th
Read Prologue - Chapter 12

May 13th - 25th
Read Chapter 12- The End

May 26th- 30th
Catch up

May 31st Group Chat

Total Pages 321, Number of Chapters 21 

Go grab yourself a copy and join us on the 1st of May.
Ang


Flatshare by Beth O'Leary Review


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Blurb

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…
 


Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…
 


My Thoughts

'The Flatshare' did not feel  red or feel like so many of the countless romantic-comedy books I've read throughout the years.

Tiffy and Leon are flatmates with a twist. They share a bed. But Leon is in the flat only during the day as he works night shifts. Where Tiffy is in the flat at nights and on the weekends. Their lives are so separate that they haven't even met... I mean we know where this is going to go eventually.

 BUT THIS ROMANTIC JOURNEY IS FABULOUS!


When Tiffy and Leon start leaving generic post it notes for each other around the flat (regarding things such as bin day, leftover food etc) that is when the story got really good. These notes gradually evolve into a deeper intimacy and the two find themselves getting to know each other on a deeper level, and eventually they become very good friends.

The pacing was slow, I thought the book might have the error of using the notes as the sole point of contact between the two leads , I am still unsure if that was intentional. After awhile I got used to it, but in the beginning it was a distraction. It was only when it was Leon's POV.


I really wasn't expecting that this story is far more emotional than I ever thought possible from a light read. This is because it deals with some heavy issues. controlling, stalker (ish) ex boyfriends, A brother in prison.

I enjoyed the lead characters, and I really liked the secondary characters, there friends. Overall I really enjoyed my time with this story.


If you're a fan of romantic comedies a then this book is definitely one you should pick up.



Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Last Wolf by Maria Vale {Review}


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Holy Smokes.
 This book was something I did not know that I needed in my life.

It has taken me almost a week to sit down and put together my words for this review, and I am still going to do piss poor review, especially trying to explain how much I loved this story.

"To run with the wolf was to run in the shadows, the dark ray of life, survival and instinct. A fierceness that was both proud and lonely, a tearing, a howling, a hunger and thirst."

Silver, was or is the runt of the pack, Silver is smaller than all the other wolves, she has a really bad leg and because of all this it puts Silver at the bottom of the pack. This is all going to change when Tiberius literally stumble's half dead into there den. 

I should mention that I listened to the audio as well as reading, I switched between them and the audio was fantastic.

I have had The Last Wolf on my radar for a little whiles now, and I took a chance on this series because the author reached out to me. I was blown away. Maria Vale reached out to me, like what! Who am I.
 I am still blessing the angles for this opportunity. That chance that I took,really paid off.

 I adored this book so much that I would love for everyone to go and read it, if they like there paranormal romance on the very unique side,with an amazing spin on the werewolf/ shapeshifter thing you are going to love this story.

If you have been following me for a while now, you know that anything shifter like is right up my alley and this did not disappoint.

I personally have been looking for a new PNR series to fall in love with and its finally here.

I loved Silver, and her POV. She alone had me hooked from the very first page, and then there is Ti, he was so good. Very swoon worthy, together and apart both characters were so enjoyable to read about and following along with there adventures was so good!

I loved watching him adjust to the way Silver and her pack live. They are far from the "human" ways and embrace the animal ways of life instead.

Seriously a fantastic read, with everything I love. Characters to love, and story with heart and style, twist and turns and a romance that had my clutching them pearls.


I highly recommend The Last Wolf by Maria Vale


Blurb.
"Wonderfully unique and imaginative. I was enthralled!"—JEANIENE FROSTNew York Timesbestselling author
For three days out of thirty, when the moon is full and her law is iron, the Great North Pack must be wild.
If she returns to her Pack, the stranger will die. 

But if she stays...

Silver Nilsdottir is at the bottom of her Pack's social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until the day a stranger stumbles into their territory, wounded and beaten, and Silver decides to risk everything on Tiberius Leveraux. But Tiberius isn't all he seems, and in the fragile balance of the Pack and wild, he may tip the destiny of all wolves...
The Legend of All Wolves series:
The Last Wolf (Book 1)


5/5 Stars.
Ang

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick


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A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this “swoonworthy romance” (Kirkus Reviews) from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Stella Gordon’s life is a lie.

She does not belong in Thunder Basin, Nebraska. As the star witness in a murder trial against a drug dealer, Stella is now in the Witness Protection Program. The small town locals can never know who she really is. Not even Chet Falconer, the one boy who makes her want to reveal her true self. She knows that telling the truth will only bring violence to this safe haven.

Despite how hard Stella tries to stay under the radar, danger is fast approaching. Criminals have a way of getting rid of witnesses, and Stella may have made the one mistake that could lead the cold-blooded men hunting for her right to her doorstep.

Thoughts.

Dangerous Lies, I haven't read a Becca novel in so very long, and when I came across this novel and read the blurb I was very excited to jump into this young adult romantic mystery.

I started out reading this one not to sure if I was going to enjoy it, to be honest the blurb had me hooked. Stella was an unlikable character, that's what annoyed me the most. As the story progressed I found myself growing to like her a little but more, and then by the time it was over I was sort of happy I didn't have to read her POV anymore.

Estella/Stella has been placed into the witness protection program, and has been sent to live with an old retired cop Carmina. There isn't a lot of action in this one, and it reads as a lazy summer romance.

There were lies on top of lies throughout this story, and the ending was so intense and a little fast.

I enjoyed Chet, the main squeeze, I enjoyed his relationship growing with Stella. I think if there was more action and the same amount of romance, it would have been better.


I also read this for my reading challenge OWL's 2019 a magical readathon.

Overall 3.75 stars.

Ang












Monday, April 1, 2019

March, TOP 5 Romantic Suspense Novels


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Welcome Friends to a new segment here on my blog, I have not done a post like this in so long. I am really excited to start this journey.
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My TOP 5 Romantic Suspense Books for MARCH 2019
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In March I read a lot of Romantic Suspense Mystery and here my friends are my TOP 5 for March. All of the following books received 5 stars, and each one has a review and my thoughts, please be cautious of spoilers.
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I'm going to got from 5 to 1. if you have been following me on Insta, I am sure you all will know what my number One will be.
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5. Immortal In Death by J.D. Robb


Eve & Roarke own me!
This was book 3 in the In Death Series.
It was fantastic and I highly recommend you to check them out, It has become a fast favourite of mine and I've only read the first few in the series. I can not wait to dive into them more. Start with book one though. I bet you, you will really enjoy it. The first book is called Naked In Death.

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4. FORGOTTEN SECRETS by Robin Perini

 

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At age ten, Riley Lambert watched helplessly as her sister was abducted from her bedroom. Fifteen years later, she’s channeled the pain of her past into a career as an FBI profiler. Riley devotes her life to bringing violent criminals to justice…and secretly uses government resources to search for her sister, who was never found.
When Riley gets a call from the only man who’s ever swept her off her feet with a killer two-step and dangerous smile—ex-Navy SEAL Thayne Blackwood of Singing River, Wyoming—it stirs up dark memories. Thayne’s sister, Cheyenne, has been kidnapped. There are no leads, and the only witness is the victim’s Alzheimer’s-afflicted grandmother.
Desperate to find Cheyenne, Thayne needs Riley’s expertise. With time running short, they delve into dangerous small-town secrets while fighting against an increasingly ruthless adversary. But when her past and his present collide in a shocking revelation, can they overcome the secrets that have kept them apart?

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3. A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White



Twelve years ago, Sarah Baker was abducted by the Watt Lake Killer and sexually assaulted for months before managing to escape. The killer was caught, but Sarah lost everything: her marriage, her child, and the life she loved.
Struggling with PTSD, Sarah changes her name to Olivia West and finds sanctuary working on Broken Bar Ranch. But as her scars finally begin to heal, a cop involved with her horrific case remains convinced the Watt Lake Killer is still out there. He sets a lure for the murderer, and a fresh body is discovered. Now Olivia must face the impossible—could the butcher be back, this time to finish the job?
As a frigid winter isolates the ranch, only one person can help Olivia: Cole McDonough, a writer, adventurer, and ranch heir who stirs long-dormant feelings in her. But this time, Olivia’s determination to shut out her past may destroy more than her chance at love. It could cost her her life.
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2.  The Obsession by Nora Roberts


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The riveting novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Liar.
 
“She stood in the deep, dark woods, breath shallow and cold prickling over her skin despite the hot, heavy air. She took a step back, then two, as the urge to run fell over her.” 
 
Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.
 
Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton. 
 
Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.


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1. Watcher IN THE WOODS by Kelley Armstrong
Casey Duncan series


I can not recommend this series enough. I highly suggest starting at the very beginning with this series, and get lots in this captivating series. I can not praise it enough, i spent the better half of February and March listening to all the audios in the series and I was slightly hooked and obsessed.

I wont leave you the  blurb for this one  because it will contain spoilers, but here is the first book you should defiantly check out.



Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again.
Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you're accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. As a murderer, Casey isn't a good candidate, but she has something they want: She's a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn't the only secret Rockton is hiding—in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.
An edgy, gripping crime novel from bestselling urban fantasy writer Kelley Armstrong, City of the Lost boldly announces a major new player in the crime fiction world.

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 So there it is, my first TOP 5 Romantic Suspense Novels of March 2019. What did you think? Have you read any of these titles before?

I am not sure if we will have a Top 5 for April, because I am going to be busy reading a lot of books and prompt for two challenges. But I am hoping i will be able to, If not Ill catch you soon enough.

Ang