Review of “Midnight Secrets” by Ella Grace

This is a new author for me.  I am a creature of habit and typically stick to authors that I am familiar with but in the past month I have discovered a couple of really good authors that I have never read before.  Ella Grace is one of them.

This book, “Midnight Secrets” is a story about two adorable characters, Zach and Savannah in a town called Midnight, Alabama.  Their love begins during a heroic event at Savannah’s prom, then a long dry spell in the middle then more heroics in the end.  The author does a really good job on the time continuum and as the reader, I didn’t miss a beat – she was that good!

The mystery of the story was very well done and I have to say, I was stumped until the reveal, well done!  The love scenes were HOT but tasteful and very romantic.  There were a couple of points in the book where I was thinking..no one in their right mind would be that calm and ready for sex after that, but then it’s a romance novel so there you go.  I don’t want to say cheesy but a couple of points just didn’t fit with the elegance of the storyline almost as if they were forced into the book.

I enjoyed the book very much and would say that I would read the next in this series without question.  I think I’ve just become an Ella Grace fan…I wonder what else she has written.

 

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Review of “City of Glass” Book 3 of the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

For me, book one was tough to get into and I didn’t think I would like this series but had to give book two a try.  I did and liked it far better than the first book so I moved on to book three.  I am so happy that I did because…NOW I am hooked!  In book 3 of the Mortal Instruments we discover that their is a third instrument that Valentine is looking…the glass mirror.  I won’t tell you what it turns out to be because it’s so great when it’s revealed in the book.  The Lightwoods, Simon and Jace head to the City of Glass leaving Clary behind.  But of course Clary is not going to stand for that and good thing too because a heroine would never be caught staying home while others battle to the death.  In finding her own way to the city, she drags Luke along and gets herself into immediate trouble.

The adventure within the glass city is one of intrigue, discovery, intensity and fear.  There are moments in the book where I was literally at the edge of my seat so eager to find out what was going to happen.  The book was very well written and my love for the characters has solidified in this book.  I can now say unequivocally, I really like this series and would recommend it to others.

If you read my post for book 2, I indicated that I has a suspicion on the parentage of Jace and Clary and I would like to say…I was right and I’m so happy about that because now the love that began to bloom in book one is now ok and we are able to be elated and not grossed out by Jace and Clary loving each other.

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About a year ago, a friend sent me a book in the mail that she just read with a caption on a sticky saying…READ THIS!  It just so happen to be the first series by this author whom I had never heard of and so I put it aside for awhile saying, yeah yeah, I’ll get to it eventually.  After all, I was a little burnt out on the whole vampire scene with Twilight in full swing and all so I didn’t read it right away. 

My friend was RELENTLESS in her pursuit to get me to read this however so one Saturday morning last March before my kids got up, I started to read this book “Some Girls Bite.” It was so FAN-FRICKING-TASTIC that I didn’t put the book down until I finished it.  I’d say I loved it but I don’t really think that comes close to how…

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Review of “House Rules” by Chloe Neill

Wow…Just WOW.  What a great book and such a great series from such a great writer.  This book has Merit and Ethan facing their greatest of foes, the GP. The uber authority of civilized vampires according to Darius (the ego crazy leader of the GP).  Not only does Ethan and Merit have to deal with the GP; they also must deal with a murder/mystery, jealousy, recovery from their previous encounters with dark magic, and lastly settling in to couple-hood.  Of course they are super vampires and manage with ease…ha

This seventh installment in the Chicagoland Vampires series is no different than the other six.  It is very well written and her content editors are superb as I found not one mistake or one sentence that didn’t make sense to me…KUDOS!  The books grabs you from the start and holds you tight until you’ve finished.  I read this book in what equated to a day.  While life interrupted me occasionally, I was addicted to and in dire straights to get back to it as soon as I could.

This is a great book.  Definitely worth the money and the time it takes to read it.

Only have two regrets and they are.  1.  We have to wait until August for book 8.  2.  We are one book closer to the end of this series and that saddens me deeply as I would love to read about Ethan and Merit…FOR-EV-ER!!

My word of advice to the movie maker sout there…MAKE THIS SERIES INTO MOVIES ALREADY.  I think it would far surpass the Twilight series, for sure.

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Review of “Star Crossed” By Kele Moon

You know that feeling you get when you find an author that you absolutely love after reading just one of their books.  Well…I have found her!  Her name is Kele Moon and it was by chance that I came across her book “Star Crossed” on Netgalley.  This books is her second in the Battered Hearts series and remember how I said that some authors are good at telling a back story for readers like me that pick up a book and start reading in the middle of a series.  Well Kele is REALLY good.  I will go back and read her first book in the series simply because of her writing and how much I loved it not because I am confused and don’t know enough about the prior book to get this one.  I really liked this book!

The names were a little cheesy…Romeo and Juliet.  But even with that, the story soared into life from the first pages.  She begins at a specific point and time then goes back in time a bit but never lost me in the story.  I was not confused or frustrated that I had to figure out when we were, the author kept me informed.

The story is fresh and their love story is unique.  Romeo is tough bad boy UFC fighter but your heart bleeds for him and all that he’s gone through and everything he is trying to protect.  Jules is absolutely everything I would want in a heroic leading lady.  She is soft when she needs to be and protects her man when she needs to.  The love scenes are H.O.T.!

I never expected the cliffhanger in the story to be so intense.  I laughed, I cried and I was jumping out of my seat at the injustice of it.  Much to my husband’s dismay, I could not put this book down all day.  It’s the first book in a LONG time that I wanted to flip back to page one and re-read it the second that I finished it.

If you like erotic romance and you’re over 18, get the book, read it!  You will love it too!

 

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Review of “City of Ashes” by Cassandra Clare

In book 2 of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, the storyline gets more interesting and enthralling.  This brings readers like me in because after reading book 1, City of Bones, I didn’t really have high hopes that this installment would be better.  But….I am happy to say that I was wrong.  This book was a vast improvement as far as engaging the reader early.  The characters from book 1 are further defined and more back story is provided.  You begin to learn about the purpose of the series titles in more detail.  It hasn’t really been explained yet why Valentine hasn’t executed his evil plan though so I’m guessing that comes in book three, which I just started today.

It was a good ending to book 2, although I am disappointed about the love interests.  I THINK I know what’s going on between Jace and Clary and that makes me less grossed out that they kissed in this book and actually encouraged.  I don’t want to leave a spoiler but I will let you know if my theory on the parentage is accurate as I continue to read.

I say 3.5 stars out of 5.  Improved from book 1 and more intriguing for the reader such that I am eager to read book 3.

 

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Review of “Going Under” by Lauren Dane

I have to say this was a really tough start for me.  I had to make myself keep going at it.  However, I love this author and every other book that I have read from her has been fantastic so I stuck with it.  And it paid off.  What I learned was that this book was the third installment of a series and I had not yet read the first two books where all the back story resides.  I strongly recommend, that if you are going to read this book, do yourself a favor and read the first two before you do.  It will make far more sense I think. 

At one point, I nearly stopped and got the other two books to read them before I finished this one.  But one more sitting and fifty or so pages later and I figured out enough to continue.  I think if the author would have taken a page or two to describe what the “magister” had done exactly in the previous books and how the humans found out about the “others” it would have done a lot for a person like me that picked up this book before her other two.  I’ve seen other authors do this and do it quite well…I feel I must do a shout out to Chloe Neill here as i think she is exceptional at this.

I was lucky enough to get a copy of this book through netgalley and thankful that I stuck with it because it was truly a great love story.  Gage and Molly were humble and loveable from the start.  Their trials and tribulations are believe and probably would have been even more so if I would have read the first two books.   I think their back story is extremely important so that you can get the jist of why they are hardened and passionate about their quest for equality.

I will say that the ending to the book seemed rushed to me.  Without adding any spoilers, I think it could have been more dramatic and intense if the closing could have been a few more pages and the make up between the two characters being more than an “I’m sorry…you’re forgiven” type deal.

Lauren Dane is a great writer.  She can tell a really good story and give you great characters to fall in love with.   I’ve added the first two books onto my good reads to do and though I may not get to them soon, I will read them.

I would say a solid 3 out of 5 stars for this one.

 

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