Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Book Review forTattoo (Take It Off #7) by Cambria Hebert


Tattoo
Take It of # 7

By: Cambria Herbert
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Reviewed by:Tonya
Format:Kindle
Published: Cambria Herbert
Source:Purchased Gene: New Adult Romance


Blurb

***This is a new adult contemporary novel and contains sexual content and graphic language. It is not intended for young adult readers.***

A tattoo gets them in trouble… He will get them out.

After years of cultivating an undercover identity, Brody West is finally off the case and free to live a life of his own. All that time spent in the company of criminals and killers left him a little jaded… and with an identity crisis. He isn’t sure who he is anymore, or who he wants to be.

To give him time to think, he takes a few days off to go fishing. On his way out of town, he makes a routine stop at the bank and finds himself flirting with the girl behind the counter. 

But his flirtation is cut short when criminals burst into the bank and shoot her right before his eyes. 

In attempt to administer first aid, Brody reveals a tattoo on his upper arm. A mark that will drag him and the girl into the kind of situation he was trying to get away from. But he can’t walk away because he’s the only thing capable of keeping Taylor alive and bringing down the guys who shot her—guys who are seriously dangerous.


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Our Review

Well what can I say another amazing read Cambria - you never fail to amaze me with your stories, I can't lie I think Tattoo has become my favorite one to date I am down right in love with Brody West. WOW the man just oozes sex but more than that, this hardened undercover cop with nothing really to live for has his world turned upside down by the spit fire red head Taylor. It didn't take long for these two to start generating sparks with each other, even under the worst of circumstances. 

"You're an ass," I said when he pulled away the needle and covered the puncture with a small square of gauze.

"I don't deny it." He agreed, dropping the needle beside us and swooping in, taking me off guard yet again.

This time his lips didn't graze mine. They didn't taunt my senses. His mouth latched onto mine as if he were a seed and my lips were enriched soil, giving him a place to settle, a place to bloom and grow.

Sadly, I didn't have much experience in the kissing department, but even so, I didn't have time to be nervous or self-conscious. It was like his mouth knew exactly where to go, exactly how to move against mine to draw out exactly the response he wanted.

And the response was nothing short of devastating.

He might have been the one in control, yet I felt like everything he did was entirely about me.



Oh phew, fanning self, this was only the first of many scenes to come, and this is the mildest everyone lol so just thought I would for warn you - the steam these two generate is enough to run a sauna for sure. Brody is tough, he has never cared about anyone before, the job he did was dangerous, so he pulled away from everyone in his life, to keep them safe he told himself, but after years of what he did, you could tell after meeting Taylor he was questioning spending his life alone, but at the same time willing to give up the first time ever feeling this way, all to keep the girl safe. :) so swoonworthy. 

I could not put this book down as a matter of fact I took the entire day off, yes me, I woke up this morning, opened up my kindle, sat in the recliner and other than to fill my drink or make a snack I never stopped reading, I couldn't put the book down, I had to know what happened next, would he save the girl, would he get them out of the situation they were in, would the bad guy get what he had coming to him, would Brody get the girl, would Taylor break through his tough exterior. 


"Thank you," she whispered, drawing me out of my internal musings.

"For what?"

She lifted her head and looked up at me. God, I loved the way she looked at me. Like I F******* hung the moon or something. "For being here," she whispered. The side of her lip curved upward. "And for being so amazingly warm."

I tucked a strand of scarlet hair behind her ear and kissed her temple. "Drink your girly ass drink," I replied, gruff, handing her the bottle of purple Gatorade.

I leaned my head against the wall, thinking about how ape-shit crazy I was. This was a shitty, dangerous situation. I was supposed to be on vacation right now, not patching up bullet wounds with stolen medical supplies.

Even so, there wasn't anywhere else I would rather be.



See what I mean, come on, what girl would not fall for a guy like that, I mean hero through and through, but tender and caring. I love when a tough and rough guy can be cracked by the opposite sex. And Taylor does that, she cracks away at the huge wall Brody had built over the years from his dangerous seedy job. 

This story is a very fast read, it never slows down, it never disappoints, it brings you into Brody's world and his fight to keep Taylor out of it and safe from it. It also shows you that there is that one person who can open your eyes and make you rethink how you have thought and lived. Taylor is that catalyst for Brody. I love the chemistry these two have. I love that Brody stands up to her father (Loved how much her dad protected his daughter - that was endearing). Brody is a no nonsense, lay it on the line, don't back down from anyone or anything, tough, rough, cop. Taylors dad is a rich and powerful man that gets his way and always scares off the guys (poor Taylor lol) and Brody stands up to him. 

Oh FYI ladies the bathroom-bedroom scene - yeah turn your AC really low, turn your fan on really high, get the ice cubes because WOW!!!!!!! That is one hot, steamy, sexy, amazing scene - that is all I am going to say about that. (Oh the stairs scene towards the end - yeah pretty damned hot too!!!!) 

Again Cambria - job well done - I can't wait to read the next Take It Off book.





Spotlight for Embracing Us by Delisa Lynn

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Synopsis
Life was perfect.
Lila Carls-Ellis had a perfect life, an amazing husband, beautiful twin girls, and a job she had always dreamed of. But, in the back of her mind, there was still that one person from college that she thought about, the only other man she ever loved.
While flying to New York for a friend’s wedding, she was trying her best not to run into her old flame. But low and behold, the one person she was trying to avoid coincidently was the first face she saw once landing in New York. Seeing Evan brought back so many memories, and seeing him with his ex-girlfriend, made her need his attention even more. After much thought, she decided to visit him. Just a friendly visit turned into dinner, drinks, and a night of passion that she had yearned for since leaving him four years ago.
Liam Ellis loved his family more than anything and would protect them no matter the cost. He knew his wife had a secret, but he wanted her to tell him when she was ready. No matter what may or may not have happened, he was devoted to standing by her side. All while wondering in the back of his mind what forced her to make that decision that could possibly destroy their future.
There was so much she needed and wanted to tell her husband, but getting the courage to do so was the hardest part. Will this change everything for Lila and her husband Liam? And what part does Evan play in all of this? No one knew that one night could change the course of everything.
Until that one night changes everything.
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My name is Delisa Lynn, I grew up in Columbus Ohio, I am currently residing in Western New York. I love music, all generations, I do have a soft spot for country and 80’s hair bands. My favorite season is fall, I love the weather that time of the year, watching the leaves change and most of all being able to watch football. Go Bucks!! I am also a 49ers fan and New York Yankees fan. My favorite color is pink, not baby pink hot pink. My mother in law thought I was joking when I asked her to add hot pink in my wedding dress. I’m married to my high school sweet heart, we have been together going on nineteen years, sometimes I can’t stand him but I wouldn’t trade him for the world. I love you Jay. Our baby is a five year old spoiled Yorki named Sophie and yes she thinks she is human.
I have always had a passion for reading and writing. I remember being around eight or nine years old reading my Mama’s romance magazines. Then once I got a little older I was reading full length novels by the time I was thirteen. I remember my freshman year in high school, I told my English teacher I wanted to be a writer he laughed when I said I wanted to write love stories. So Mr. Gatti look at me now. Of course it took me twenty plus years to get here. I have a very vivid imagination and have always felt I should express it in my writing. When I’m not writing you can find me snuggled with my hubby watching a movie, or cuddled in the corner of the couch with my fur baby reading.
I hope you all enjoy reading my books as much as I did writing them.
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Book Review for Chosen Daughters of the Sea Series-Book #3 By Kristen Day




Chosen 
Daughters of the Sea Series
Book #3 
By Kristen Day

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Reviewed by: Tonya
Format:Kindle
Published:Kristen Day
Source:Gifted Copy
Genre:
Paranormal Romance



About Book


The essence of who we 

are lies not in what we have, but in what we are willing to give up.
Because in the end, Time and Tide wait for no one.

After
sacrificing all that she had, the evil princess of the Underworld is
still successful in her bid to tear Finn from Stasia’s life.  In the
midst of her search to reclaim him, Stasia is summoned to the island
nation of Cyprus to take part in an age-old ritual; unveiling the
missing pieces of her ancestry and re-igniting an ancient war.  As she
struggles to both save Finn’s soul and free Carmen’s mind, Stasia’s
bravery and determination will be pushed to its breaking point.  A dark
storm is forming on the horizon, and the forces who are vying to destroy
 her may be much closer than she thinks.  Destiny weaves a sticky web of
 evil, betrayal, and revenge that can only be undone by the purity of
love and the soul’s unyielding will to survive.  In the last installment
 of the Daughters of the Sea trilogy, the past will collide with the
present as Stasia’s future hangs in the balance.  The prophecy that
paved the way for her new life may indeed be the very thing that strips
her of the ones she loves the most.



My Thoughts



WOW – WOW – WOW okay when they say that things get better with time well lets just say each book has gotten better and better. And this third book in the Daughters of the Sea series is just that better than the one before. 


It is so hard to write a review that is “Spoiler Free” but yet get across to those who have yet to read the book how truly amazing a read it is. How great the characters are and how with every turn of the page (or swipe of your kindle) you are drawn deeper and deeper into the struggles of Anastasia to now only understand her past, to accept who she is and what she has been chosen to become. But also to learn to let the walls down, to trust completely, blindly and to love. To love and be loved. 



If you have read “Forsaken” and “Awaken” then I know you are chomping at the bit to find out what happens to Carmen, are her friends able to heal her broken mind. What about Nadia that evil underworld spoiled needs to be slapped princess. What about Finn does he fulfill his destiny or give it all up in hopes of being with Anastasia forever. And Anastasia does her destiny come true, does she fulfill the prophecy that was written about her. Well you are going to have to read the book to find out. As much as I want to spill out here in my review what happens to Carmen and yes even Ricker or Finn and his destiny to be the “Prime” leader of the Sons of Daimon. And beautiful, sweet, yet hesitant Anastasia. 



Okay let me just say this is an edge of your seat, jumping up and down, laughing, crying, yelling, hair pulling, stomach knotting, and nail biting book. Yes all of that and even more. I lost a lot of sleep reading this book – oh I think it may have affected my work to LOL but we won't go there okay. Oh My Gawd I just could not put my kindle down, except for the two times I read it so long my battery died and I had to wait for it to recharge. And yes I was going through some serious withdrawals yelling at my Kindle “WOULD YOU HURRY UP AND CHARGE ALREADY.” – LOL



The struggle that Carmen goes through after returning from the underworld is so heart wrenching to watch, and yes you feel like you are right there with Anastasia, Willow, Phoebe, Finn, Ricker, Ian & Liam wondering will she make it and can they save her. 



The battles that Anastasia goes through with that “love to hate” underworld princess Nadia along with Keto and a few other surprises and boy these surprises are better than ever. I love how Author Kirsten Day allows Anastasias past, her years being in the foster system and the hard life she had hold her back and how her past and new experiences strengthen her and you watch her grow, watch her get stronger, watch that wall come down. Excellent!!!!



And Finn oh yes the super hot, super sexy hunk that stole Anastasias heart (heck mine too) ladies let me tell you – Ohhhhhhh Myyyyyyy Gawddddddd okay I can’t tell you that would so ruin the amazing moment. But let’s just say have a box of Kleenex because you are going to need it in this book. I don’t think I ever went through so many ranges of emotions in one book before. 



There are tender moments throughout this story that have you feeling the walls around Anastasias heart come down and the bond between her and Finn grow stronger (Finn and Anastasia are talking about a man she found and saved) - 



”I have a feeling he’s stronger than you think; he lasted a long time on that island,” he informed me. 



“Speaking of stronger than I thought, “ I raised an eyebrow at him. “You didn’t tell me that the ability of sonic boom was in your bag of tricks.” 



“My bag of tricks is an endless pit of awesomeness,” he winked at me. I rolled my eyes, but his gaze brought the butterflies back with a vengeance. 



“I think I’ve almost got you figured out,” I teased him. 



“I doubt that,” he countered. 



I crossed my arms. “Right now you’re contemplating whether or not I really do have you figured out, because the thought of that scares you to death. And you’re craving beef jerky.” 



“Uncanny,” he smirked. “But I wasn’t craving beef jerky until you mentioned it. So now I’m craving beef jerky,” 



“See? You’re an open book,” I smiled. 



“My Turn,” he considered me for a long moment and then leaned in close. “At this very moment you want me to kiss you.” 
“You’re way off,” I liked. 



“Am I?” he sneered, moving even closer with a confident grin. 



“Waaay off,” I lied again with the conviction of a slug.



“So you don’t want me to do this?” he asked coyly, as he kissed his way down my jaw line. 



“Not one bit.” 



“Or this?” he muttered, as he brought my mouth to his with excruciating slowness. The softness of his lips was only a prelude to the taste of his tongue, as our kiss deepened and every cell in my body came alive with happiness. He leaned back with a smug smile on his face, leaving me wanting much, much more. 



“Told you so,” he bragged happily and thread his fingers through mine.




To moments that have you laughing out loud (Zara, Anastasia and Finn are going through the contents of the valise her mother Thetis had left her) – 




I inspected the items on the table while Zara took a sip of cider, tucked her legs up under her, and settled in. A broken compass, a jeweled dagger, a piece of rope, the eerie conch shell, the hematite stone, and three skeleton keys all dumbfounded me with their mystery.



“I think I should hang on to the dagger for safe keeping…” Finn informed us wickedly, and attempted to hide it behind his back. 
“You have your own bedazzled weapons,” I scolded him. “This one says with me.” 



“My weapons are not bedazzled,” he spit out, almost chocking on the word ‘bedazzled’.



“Of course they are!” I smiled at him happily. 



“They’re jeweled, not bedazzled,” he corrected me. 



“Definitely bedazzled,” I muttered under my breath, until Finn playfully poked my stomach; sending me into a full blown giggle fit. 




Or this (Willow, Carmen & Phoebe are trying to get Anastasia to go on a mission with them in search of answers) – 




“And what exactly do we need camouflage outfits and armed guards for?” I wasn’t convinced. I eyed my own camo outfit awaiting me in the bag sitting on the bed. 



“Operation ‘Zara dark Thirty’, Carmen announced, clearly proud of the name they’d come up with; a play on the movie title “Zero Dark Thirty.” 



“We are not going on a mission to kill Osama Bin Laden,” I disagreed vehemently, “And most importantly, we are NOT Navy Seals.” 
“You’re right.” Willow flung the bag of clothes at me, “We are Tydes and we are going on a mission to find out who Zara is. So get dressed soldier, it’s time to move out.” 



“I’m getting the three of you checked out for Bat-Shit Crazy Disorder at some point. I have a feeling you are prime candidates for the disease.” 



“Well, you’re gonna be our leader…” Phoebe laughed, “so what does that say about you?”



“Good point.” I sneered at her and began to pull on the biggest camouflage pants I’d ever seen.




You will find all of this, laughter, tears, happiness, sorrow, love and joy within the pages of “Chosen”. A truly amazing book. Very well done.


Awaken by Kristen Day Release Day Blitz





Book Info-
Title- Awaken
Series- Daughters of the Sea Book #2
By Kristen Day
Blurb-
The sacrifices we make have the power to shift the very fabric of who we are, and ultimately who we are meant to be…
After learning of her true destiny as the intended Leader of the Tydes, Anastasia Whitman must now embark on a perilous quest to the Underworld before the age of eighteen in order to plant the seed of immortality and complete her essence to become a true Sea Goddess. But before she can make her legendary journey, an unexpected new student transfers to Lorelei; initiating a sequence of events that will unravel Stasia’s new life, and test the boundaries of her relationship with the mysterious, dark, and sexy Finn Morrison. The line between the Underworld and the Living begins to blur as gruesome ghosts, morbid reveries, and pure evil haunt her waking hours as well as her sanity. Once the details of Finn’s own startling destiny are revealed, the dangerous secrets he’s been hiding will threaten the very love Stasia believed to be indestructible. As time begins to run out, she will be forced to choose between the one she loves and the destiny she cannot escape.
About The Author:


I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I've been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).
I am the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN, and CHOSEN (Winter 2012). I love all books, but really enjoy writing young adult, paranormal romances. I've loved to write for as long as I can remember. My first published work was my poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, I know) that won me 5 gold stars and a spot in my elementary school's poetry book. That's when my addiction to the written word officially began. I was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh – it’s okay.
When I'm not writing I'm making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband. I graduated from Appalachian State University and dream of becoming a full time novelist.

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Our Reviews





Awaken  
Daughters of the Sea Series
Book #2 
By Kristen Day

 

 stars
Reviewed by: Angels 
Format:Kindle
Published:Kristen Day
Source:author copy Genre:Paranormal Romance




About Book


The sacrifices we make have the power to shift the very fabric of who we are, and ultimately who we are meant to be…
After learning of her true destiny as the intended Leader of the Tydes, Anastasia Whitman must now embark on a perilous quest to the Underworld before the age of eighteen in order to plant the seed of immortality and complete her essence to become a true Sea Goddess. But before she can make her legendary journey, an unexpected new student transfers to Lorelei; initiating a sequence of events that will unravel Stasia’s new life, and test the boundaries of her relationship with the mysterious, dark, and sexy Finn Morrison. The line between the Underworld and the Living begins to blur as gruesome ghosts, morbid reveries, and pure evil haunt her waking hours as well as her sanity. Once the details of Finn’s own startling destiny are revealed, the dangerous secrets he’s been hiding will threaten the very love Stasia believed to be indestructible. As time begins to run out, she will be forced to choose between the one she loves and the destiny she cannot escape.
 

 



My Thoughts



Wow ! Another keeper for sure. This continuing story just picked up where the last story left off.I never realized I was reading a new book! How fantastic is that.Another page turner that kept me up all night again but, I am not complaining this book was well worth it !

The danger became even more real for Stasia strangers are in town are now making her life a living hell.What to do ?After learning of her true destiny that she is the intended Leader of the Tydes. She must prepare herself for a quest to gain entrance to the underworld where she will gain her immortality.It is a dangerous quest she needs to learn to control all the powers she been gifted with to use in the up and coming fight. With the help of Finn and her friends she will learn all that she is capable of.Stasia is struggling with all of this its a lot to take on so soon. All these powers are coming so fast she has not been able to control them or learn even to use them to her advantage.She having reveries that she is not understanding.She is able to travel to the past and to the future and present just by dreaming.Learning some very discerning stuff as to what is to become or her...

Love all of character's.They were very brave, funny and characters for sure. We are introduced to even more characters as Stasia roommates are also learning to craft there own powers along withengaging in the dating scene themselves.

Got to say that Carmen was my favorite character this time around. That girl had such a demanding presence about her. She was one tough cookie.She made me laugh more then once with heraltercations with Ricker.The couple had a love hate relationship.Carmen and Ricker had a past making there situation even more complicated. But, all the while all the tense fighting and teasing was going on you could tell Ricker truly cared about Carmen. If you ask me he really wore is heart on his sleeve.

Then we have Liam and Willow taking there stab at romance or trying to.There developing romance was slow they seemed to be testing the waters both of them.Well maybe more so Liam he wasso painfully shy and Willow a little more bolder I think well, maybein her mind.But, I really think they will make a really cute couple.One thing that this author did is create all her male love interests to carry on as gentlemen.I just love that.

I have to say that I just loved following Anastasia budding romance with Finn.He just kept getting and better in my eyes.Both are now taking there relationship toward the next level. Finn is an important part of Stasia future as well as her past he knows so much about her that even Stasia doesn't know.

I have to say that I kept getting more and more excited as Stasia learned one ability after another. She was so surprised at herself at the abilities she had mastered and learned to control and command. In a sense they really scared her a bit. She grew even more powerful than even her mother ever was and she held extreme power so you can only imagine the things Stasia was capable of a even surprising Finn.

Not only does Stasia have a destiny to follow so does Finn.He will need to fight is own brother to the death to take his next chosen place as the leader of there clan.Its a fight to the death for both. I can only imagine how that weighed on Finns thoughts and what Finn must have been going through not only worrying about his own path but Stasia's. I had one pet peeve or didn't like about Finn at times itfelt as he kept a lot of information to himself about his own clan and destiny and Stasia's at times it seemed like he was trying to hide things.But, then on the other hand maybe he was trying to protect Stasia by not telling.What pressure he must have be under to know what he had to accomplish himself and still protect his love at the same time.

Even more intrigue is happening and even more twists and turns and now even a few road blocks.At this point Stasia and Finns relationship is be put to the test and Anastasia love is beingtested.This couple will have to have faith in each other for there love to survive.Bombshells are dropped and are having you wonderif there relationship was nothing but a joke.

I have to say that Stasia's roommates all stepped up to the plate a rallied with Stasia supporting her in her quest to come.Helping anyway they can.You will be amazed to learn the sacrifices her pals were willing to make.They impressed me greatly.

Such a moving story with so many ups and downs so much intrigue and how much we were able to learn about all the characters pasts and what was expected of them for the future.Amazing relationships built on love and friendship being put to the test.

This is a book to be read again and again and will remain in my keeper pile .A recommended read to all ages. A fascinating story not to be missed. 

  






Awaken  
Daughters of the Sea Series
Book #2 
By Kristen Day



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Reviewed by: Tonya
Format:Kindle
Published:Kristen Day
Source:author copy Genre:Paranormal Romance


Review

First I just want to say I completely love how Awaken just picked right up where Forsaken left off. Many times a book will come to an end, with an obvious opening for another book to be added yet when you pick up the next book it is like entire moments in time are missing, new people are suddenly there and no explanation as to how they got there or why they are even part of the story. Actually in thinking about it Author Kristen Day worked characters for this book seamlessly into the prior book Forsaken so when they really come into serious play in Forsaken you already know them it’s not just “POOF LOOK AT ME HERE I AM”. 

Again the relationship between Anastasia and Finn is just so enjoyable to read and be a part of. It is truly budding love that continues to grow, I mean who cares that he is a “Son of Damion” you know the badest of the bad guys around town. He is so deliciously hot and a bad boy to boot – LOL.. I love seeing Anastasia try to constantly control the feelings she has for him, even with a glance she comes undone. It’s so innocent yet steamy. The author has done such a fabulous job describing each emotion, each moment, down to the smallest details. The movement of the sand when Anastasia is angry and storms to the water seeking comfort to the feelings and emotions she goes through when in one of her reveries. No small stone is left unturned within the pages of this book.

I also liked the truly funny and relatable battle of “I hate him” – “I hate her” – I like him” – “I like her” that Carmen and Ricker go through. Reminds me so much of a few friends of mine in school. You knew they liked each other but they liked getting under each other’s skin and acting like they couldn’t stand the other. And the slowly evolving relationship between Willow and Liam – Willow is chomping at the bit for him to ask her out but refuses to make the first move – it’s so totally real and so completely fun to read. I absolutely love Ricker he is such a wise guy yet you can tell he cares, cares about Finn and yes Carmen as well as his other friends. 

Let’s not forget Willow and Liam they are still fledgling love puppies but it’s getting there and I just love how their story flows in Awaken. It’s a breath of fresh air to see a cute guy struggle to tell a pretty girl he likes her. And you can just feel Willow want to grab him and say alright enough already just get it out and get it over and lets move forward. 

Okay ladies you all know in school there was always that ONE girl that just got under our skin, no matter how hard we tried, no matter how much we pretended to ignore her. She was still always there, glaring, spewing, and making our lives complete misery. Well Anastasia goes through that as well with Nadia and let me tell you what, there were a few times I wished I could jump right into the pages of the book and just pull that nasty girls hair out send her packing right back to her momma where she really belongs. – Shhhh don’t let my daughter hear that “What mom you fighting” – LOL You see what Nadia puts Anastasia and Finn through and you just hate her for it and scream for Anastasia and Finn to get the upper hand. But I like Nadia at the same time, she is good at being bad no no she is great at being evil.

This book is so good – the emotional struggle that both Anastasia and Finn go through as each prepares for their journey, what they are chosen for, their destiny. Though at times you really feel like Finn isn’t telling Anastasia everything and you just want to go “Okay mister spill the beans or else..” you also feel like maybe he is not telling her for her own good, and so suffers that constant tug of war. I personally could feel the struggles that Anastasia was going through. Being a teenager is tough enough, been a teen that at first didn’t fit in and then learns there is something completely different about her that is a lot. Then to learn you have this huge destiny to fulfill that you have been chosen (without even having a say in the matter) wow that is one serious ton of bricks to be lain at your feet. And Finn, dear, sweet, dark Finn, having to go through what he has to go through – I couldn’t even imagine, and to know you can’t tell the one girl who has made you believe you can be better everything you want to tell her. That is not something I would wish on anyone. 

Phoebe and Carmen don’t fail to disappoint with their best friend sisterly type bickering with one another. Sometimes it’s so comical I find myself bursting out laughing I really love these two. And Willow, dear sweet Willow, still the healer, I love her demeanor, her strength that she carries throughout these stories – she is the best friend I would love to have. The bond between the four girls continues to grow and the journey that Anastasia has to take with the help of her friends puts that friendship to the ultimate test. 

Now I have to tell you the ending well let’s just say it was 1:30 in the morning and I got to the end and when I read the last paragraph I jumped up and yelled “WHAT THE HECK!!!!!!!!!!” So did not see that coming but ohhhhh what an evil little twist you threw in there – no doubt you HAVE to read the next book to find out the fate of Anastasia and Finn, and Carmen, and Phoebe, and…and…and….

A++++++ MAZING!!!!!!!
  




Forsaken 
 Daughters of the Sea Series
Book #1 
 By Kristen Day

 

 stars
Reviewed by: Angels 
Format:Kindle
Published:Kristen Day
Source:author copy Genre:Paranormal Romance



About Book

Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…

Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitman's three years ago.

Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.
Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.

Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendent's of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.

But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.

She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesized to be a part of. The fate of all the descendent's will forever depend upon it.

 




My Thoughts



This is a brand new author with a new series .This is also a brand new author for me and she just wowed me thinking Omg this is such a terrific read.This book was totally amazing.I was just blown away by how good it really was.By far this is the best young adult series I have read this year.I would also like to give props to the author for creating three truly fascinating and maddening addictive stories Forsaken,Awaken and Chosen.What impressed me even more is that Kristen Day is a self published author who brought forth three amazing winners right off the bat!

This story had such a truly amazing cast of characters.I liked them all, Well with a few exceptions I wanted to see those ones get what was there due !The roommates of Stasia's were truly a fascinating group of girls.They brought many laughs and quite a few chuckles to the pages as I was reading.One of the things that impressed me was that the girls were always snacking a eating especially desserts like cup cakes.With so many body conscious teens it was nice to see that this group of girls didn't have any weight issues they were all comfortable in there own skins.Well, they had to be one of Stasia's roommates liked to cook and bake and she did a lot of both.No dorm mates staving here ! LOL


My favorite character was Finn Morrison.I fell in love with is character after reading just a few pages.That was one Hottie !Finn was a amazing guy and even more of an amazing boyfriend to Stasia he was a kind and caring and always put Stasia first and was there for her when ever she needed a shoulder to cry on or just someone to talk to.Finn definitely had a helping hand in shaping and guiding  Stasia into the women she would become one day soon.Finn was tall dark and dangerously handsome a boy from the underworld the Demon world.The aura always surrounding Finn was dark but, he was just the nicest guy to his friends but, deadly foe to his enemies and those of Stasia's.Wish I had a guy like that sigh....


Stasia would have to be my second favorite.What a truly amazing girl to deal with the abandonment of her parents .Always  knowing you were different and trying to be normal just to fit in.Always working at it making it an exhausting process.She was adopted into a rich family who never really tried to get to know the real Stasia just thinking she was crazy.But, one shrink determined what was wrong with her and placed her in a school for gifted children like herself learning that she was different not insane but, born from a Goddess.All her oddness visions blackouts all made sense finally she was coming into the powers that her parents had passed on to her not knowing who or where she came from.Can you imagine learning your mother was a mystical creature all and mighty powerful Goddess ?


Love the ease that Stasia had with her roommates it was refreshing no fighting or petty jealousies between the roommates they all got along were funny engaging and had the true making of a long and lasting friendships for all of them.Each would give there life for one another without even giving it a second thought.All of Stasia friends had there own mystical powers and all were born of the Tyde clan giving them a different talent to heal, command water, command the sand.None of them should ever be underestimate they were all powerful in there own right.The slow and budding romance between Finn and Stasia was truly endearing.Finn being a modern man but, being old fashion enough to actually court his girl like the old days. So romantic...

This novel was totally engrossing and quite the page turner, Read this book in one sitting by staying up all night without ever going to bed just to finish it.It was truly a magical read just couldn't put the book down.The story had so much excitement so many twists and turns .You learn someone or somebody's were plotting to kill you without having a clue why ?


The story was about learning about your one true self. Where you came from.Who you are destined to be.Forging lasting friendships that would last ones lifetime.Finally finding a place that you belonged and felt that you fit somewhere for the first time ever. Last but not least being in a relationship with the one who could truly own your heart helping your heal from past hurts.All of the gals are so jealous they all want a boyfriend like Finn.Including me ! LOL


This is a must read for all. Even if you don't read young adult books this book and the others in its series are a must in your To Read Pile that keeps growing for all of us.I cannot say enough good things about this book it was so much fun and such and engaging read.It just blew me away how much I enjoyed it! .Kristen definitely has a new fan in me ! So excited that this series with be continuing not ending....







Forsaken (Daughters of the Sea #1)

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5 stars
Reviewed by: Tonya
Format:Kindle
Published: Kristen Day 
Source:Provided by author  Genre: Paranormal


About Book

Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you… 
Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago.
Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.
Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.
Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendants of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.
But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.

She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesied to be a part of. The fate of all the descendants will forever depend upon it.
 


My Thoughts



What a truly amazing book – I have loved reading this book. Let’s just say that if I could make time stand still so I could just read and never have to put the book down until it was finished (though I hate that it comes to an end – as all books do). I really got into this book and while reading I really felt transported into the story, like I was right there watching every moment unfold before my eyes. To me an author is only as good as the story’s ability to draw you into it and making you the guest of honor that is there, but not there. Author Kristen Day has done that with Forsaken. 
Let’s start with the main character her parents leave her as a baby at a police station in the middle of the night in the middle of a storm. Even though the storm is referring to the weather outside you can tell that it represent the storm within the hearts of the parents that are leaving their beautiful daughter for what one can only assume is a better life. 

Flash forward and she is all grown up. Hannah Elizabeth Whitman or that is what the foster system named her. Her newest family comes from money and adopted her as a teenager. Though she has never truly felt like she fit in she does the best she can to make her adoptive mother happy. At a party something happens that for Hannah is normal but very embarrassing for her adoptive mother. So her adoptive mother sends her to a therapist. Not long after Hannah’s world is completely turned upside down. 

Hannah’s therapists recommends sending her to a special school for people like her. Only she doesn’t know what that meant “people like her.” Coming to this school is a new start for her, a start where no one knows about her past, her life in foster care, the things she has seen and subject to and so with that fresh start Hannah decides to change her name and becomes Anastasia. 

Anastasia is special as are all the rest of the students at this school. At this school she begins to learn where she really came from, she makes great friends and meets a very dark, very handsome guy. And even though they never met until this point she knows him, she has known him most of her life. Finn as she comes to learn has been in many of her dreams throughout her life. And not long after coming to the new school he saves her life. She soon learns what is special about everyone at this school, all of them are children of Gods or Goddesses. There are different types, each having something special about them based on who their parents were. 

Anastasia’s friends in this book have such character. Her roommates Willow, Phoebe and Carmen each are so very different from each other but are also like “Stasia” as they end up calling her. Only Anastasia is a bit more special than the rest, and everyone but Anastasia knows this. A great bond grows between the girls from the moment Anastasia arrives and instantly they take to each other. I love Phoebe’s whit, she is funny, spunky and quirky and you can tell she loves to get under Carmen’s skin – but in a good way. Willow she is the motherly type of the group a healer and great in the kitchen. Carmen is the exotic one and has a bit of fire in her, attitude which you see throughout the book and I really loved. I really liked all three of these girls, so well written in the story and so easily like-able. And others are as easily dis likable such as Olivia one of the other girls from across the hall who had serious attitude and what seems like jealousy issues. But they always say never judge a book by its cover – Olivia is a good example of that. 

There are moments throughout this book that your breath is completely taken away, you are laughing at Phoebe and her comments, holding your breath waiting to see if Carmen is just going to let her have one. There are moments that you are brought to tears, okay well I was brought to tears. You can feel the pain that ‘Stasia’ and her friends feel. The struggle, the laughter and joy. I could feel the struggle within Finn every time he was with Anastasia and she would ask a question. The author did such a great job writing the emotions into the book that they are right on the tip of the page and as you turn to it, it’s like it grabs hold of you and you feel what they are feeling within those pages. 

The story flows from beginning to end, there is no down time, there is no okay let me skip a page or two so I can get to a good part, it’s all good from the very beginning when you are drawn into the parents pain of leaving their daughter to the very end when who and what Anastasia truly is and is truly meant for comes to light. You can close your eyes and hear the music play as Finn and Anastasia are dancing, you can imagine her wonder when she is battling the elements to save something very dear to her. You can feel the pain as she tries to save a friends life and you can feel the tender moments between her and Finn. 
This is one book I thoroughly enjoyed reading and now I am going to close this review and head right into the next book of this series “Awaken”.