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All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

“Three casinos. Three bodies. Three days.

After a string of brutal murders in Las Vegas, Cassie Hobbes and the Naturals are called in to investigate. But even with the team’s unique profiling talents, these murders seem baffling: unlike many serial killers, this one uses different methods every time. All of the victims were killed in public, yet the killer does not show up on any tape. And each victim has a string of numbers tattooed on their wrist. Hidden in the numbers is a code—and the closer the Naturals come to unraveling the mystery, the more perilous the case becomes.

Meanwhile, Cassie is dealing with an equally dangerous and much more painful mystery. For the first time in years, there’s been a break in her mother’s case. As personal issues and tensions between the team mount, Cassie and the Naturals will be faced with impossible odds—and impossible choices.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So I’ve been meaning to get this up all week, but I’ve either been busy or just kind of forgotten to.

I loved the third book to The Naturals series. It was so different from the previous two and the character development in it was so good

This series is about five teenagers that help the FBI hunt serial killers. They have special, natural abilities to help figure out what a serial killer is thinking, doing, and what they are planning. They work together to solve cases and in this book they are working on an active case. The killer’s motives are very hard to decipher.

There are so many twists in this book that kept me on the edge of my seat. I honestly think this book was one of my favorites of the summer so far. I loved it and I can’t wait for the fourth book.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to anyone that loves mystery but for the most part middle school kids. I think anyone can read this book, but preferably younger teenagers.

Until Next Time

Love,

Alex

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Torn Cover Reveal!!!

Torn AmazonI’m so excited our blog was included in the cover reveal for Torn! I loved Wicked and I love this author. Go check out my book review 0f Wicked! I’ve been waiting for this for months and I’m so happy we can be included in sharing it. So, without further ado- the synopsis and cover reveal for Torn. Check out all the links!

-Alex

 

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

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Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans…

Don’t miss the first title in the series, WICKED, now just $.99 for a limited time only!

 

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has a gift for profiling people. Her talent has landed her a spot in an elite FBI program for teens with innate crime-solving abilities, and into some harrowing situations. After barely escaping a confrontation with an unbalanced killer obsessed with her mother’s murder, Cassie hopes she and the rest of the team can stick to solving cold cases from a distance.

But when victims of a brutal new serial killer start turning up, the Naturals are pulled into an active case that strikes too close to home: the killer is a perfect copycat of Dean’s incarcerated father—a man he’d do anything to forget. Forced deeper into a murderer’s psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?

With her trademark wit, brilliant plotting, and twists that no one will see coming, Jennifer Lynn Barnes will keep readers on the edge of their seats (and looking over their shoulders) as they race through the pages of this thrilling novel.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So I started reading this book on Tuesday and finished it on Thursday night. It was better than the first and I was not expecting that. Usually the second book in a series isn’t so great. But this one had me on the edge of my bed and made me want to stay up to finish it. I honestly wasn’t expecting to like it, but I love it!

So this book is about 5 teenagers that have natural talents that the FBI wants to use including profiling, lie detecting, emotions, and numbers. In this book they have a case where this is a serial killer that is copying a well known serial killer that had been caught. The Naturals got involved even though they weren’t supposed to.

The plot twist at the end was the best thing ever and it had me so confused and scared at the same time. Also, the author does a really good job at keeping the romance realistic and not the most important thing in the book. The most important thing is Cassie the main character and the case they’re working on.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars! I would recommend it to middle school age because it’s not mature, but it isn’t for little kids. It’s so good and anyone can read it!

Until Next Time!

Love,

Alex

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Writing Block

So I’ve been trying to finish writing a book and I’m literally four chapters away from finishing it. But I can’t think of anything and I can’t focus on like anything.

I want to finish another book this year plus work on the one I’m writing with Tay, but it’s like I’ve just lost my ability to focus. I’m having some ideas, but it’s hard to get them onto paper.

Any advice guys?

Does this ever happen to you? If it does, how do you get out of it? Maybe leave some comments below.

Thanks!

-Alex

P.S. Also, I’m currently reading Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Review should be up later this week. I have some family coming to visit this weekend, but I will try my best to get some reading time in and a review up .

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The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

“Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.”

~Synopsis from Gooodreads 

So lately I’ve been in a weird funk with reading books. Like I read the first two pages and I just can’t go further. The Naturals got me out of that for one book. I’ve literally tried to read seven books in the past week and it just hasn’t worked. I don’t know why, but I really liked The Naturals.

The Naturals is about a girl named Cassie who has a natural talent for profiling people or reading people. The FBI contacts her wanting her to join their Naturals Program. She does and travels to live in a house with four other Naturals: Sloane, Micheal, Dean, and Lia. She is trained to work on cold cases for the FBI. But the agents that are training them have a new serial killer to track and for whatever reason Cassie feels like it relates to her.

I thought this book was great. It had so much mystery in it. It also had some romance and  I always enjoy that because I can wish that my life can be like that. The romance ties in with the mystery. The pacing is great and isn’t too fast or too slow.

I loved this book and I’m planning on continuing with the series. Just waiting for the next one to get in at the library. I’m super excited to continue and tackle my book list this summer.

I recommend this book to anyone really. It’s not mature and it’s really good. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars because the pacing wasn’t amazing. But I loved it.

Until Next Time

-Alex

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Fallen In Love by Lauren Kate

“Unexpected. Unrequited. Forbidden. Eternal. Everyone has their own love story.

And in a twist of fate, four extraordinary love stories combine over the course of a romantic Valentine’s Day in Medieval England. Miles and Shelby find love where they least expect it. Roland learns a painful lesson about finding and losing love. Arianne pays the price for a love so fierce it burns. And for the first and last time, Daniel and Luce will spend a night together like none other. Lauren Kate’s Fallen in Love is filled with love stories . . . the ones everyone has been waiting for.

True love never says goodbye . . .”

~Synopsis from Goodreads 

So I read the Fallen Series a few years ago and at the time I absolutely loved them (Tay still hasn’t read all of them) but I soon realized after reading the first love story that I had just outgrown it.

This book has four different love stories, three are centered around some minor characters in the series and their loves and those stories are only about 4 chapters long. And then one story revolves around Luce and Daniel and that they get to spend one Valentine’s Day together. The book is super cheesy and didn’t spark the interest in me that it did before. It just wasn’t the same. I’ve read many other books with better love stories and this just didn’t do it for me. I’ll probably end up selling these books because why waste space on my shelves when I didn’t even enjoy them that much?

Overall, I give this book a 5 out of 10 stars. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t very interesting. I would recommend this to kids that are 13 because they aren’t dirty. And that’s when I read and fell in love with this series.

Until Next Time!

Love,

Alex

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After You by Jojo Moyes

“‘You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.’

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.”

~Synopsis from Goodreaads   

So I finished After You on Friday night, well Saturday morning to be exact. I made Friday a reading day to get through it because I was behind. I got so distracted though so it took way longer than it should’ve to finish it. So I stayed up until about 2 AM reading it. It was so good!

So After You is about Lou Clark eighteen months after Will died. It looked at her ordinary life she was living and how it wasn’t what Will would have wanted for her. She gets into a bad accident and once she heals and gets back to her apartment she is faced with new adventures. That includes a support group, a new man, a potential new job, and someone from Will’s past.

The book dealt with all the pain Lou was still feeling and how she got through Will’s death. It showed her slowly moving on and living a life Will would’ve been proud of.

I thought this book was absolutely incredible and so moving. Lou had all the real emotions someone would have if they lost someone they love dearly. Not only that, but it was filled with humor and love.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars. It was wonderful and made me want to read over 400 pages in one sitting. I recommend this book to anyone who loved Me Before You. I promise it’s worth the read and will get you through that book hangover.

See you next time!

Lots of love,

Alex

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Me Before You: The Movie

So, Tay reviewed this as well. But I also saw the movie not too long ago. I went to the 7:30 show with my mom. I absolutely  loved the book and I loved the movie as well. I’m not like Tay and I this book didn’t change me the way it did for her. It didn’t make me cry, I only teared up. I teared up at the end of the movie too.

Now, I want to applaud everyone that worked on this movie because they mostly stuck to the book. They included some of my favorite lines. The actors were incredible. Even though, Sam was not disabled he played the part perfectly. He was Will Traynor. Emilia is so gorgeous and had the perfect quirkiness. Matthew Lewis was such a great fit for Patrick. I hated Patrick with a fiery passion. But they kept the movie so perfect.

I didn’t cry in the movie. My mom started crying during the very last scene because it reminded her of my dad. That made me tear up more. Now there were teenagers to elderly at the movies and most of them cried. An elderly lady down the row from me was sobbing. I wanted to hug her.

I don’t want to get too much into the whole controversial side of the book, but I am going to talk about it a little bit.

For the people saying it stands up for assisted suicide in a sense, I don’t agree. The story talks about one disabled man’s story. One story that is completely fiction. The movie portrays a quadriplegic really well like Tay’s mom said. They tried their absolute best to make Will want to live, but he made up his mind and nothing was going to stop him. He was angry and he wanted to live his life like he did before the accident, but he was never going to get better. Lots of people in this position feel this way [See Tay’s post].

People were also upset that people in this position were not in the movie. Again, many quadripilgecs are not happy and may not be actors.

I loved this book and movie and I thinke everyone should go see it.  It just gives you so many emotions and raises awareness about so many different issues.

See you next time when I am done with After You.

Love,

Alex