Blog Tour, ARC Review, & Giveaway: Born of Nothing By Jill Ramsower

Blog Tour, ARC Review, & Giveaway: Born of Nothing By Jill Ramsower

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Title: Born of Nothing
Author:Jill Ramsower
Series: The Fae Games #4
Publication date: March 5th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Available: Amazon
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It was over before it began.

A druid woman and a Fae man—we were two people from different worlds, only by chance did our paths happen to cross. He was beautiful and damaged and totally captivating. If only I could have continued to buy into the propaganda of fear and hate my people had taught me about the Fae, then maybe I would have believed him to be the savage he appeared to be.

Instead, I offered the cryptic man my help. The time I spent with him allowed me to see the man he was behind the chiseled, formal exterior. What developed between us was tender, intimate, and totally unexpected.

My druid family was not as enlightened as I was. My mom didn’t want me near the Fae; she certainly never would have understood that I had developed feelings for a Fae man. I tried to keep my private life a secret. I tried to keep the peace, but my mother’s threats and intolerance left me with no choice. I had to make the hardest decision of my life. I had to leave the only family I’d ever known. I just never imagined what I’d face when I didn’t make it out in time…


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Jill is a Texan, born and raised. She manages the hectic social calendars for her three active children and occasionally spends an evening with her dashing husband. Aside from being an author and a mom, she’s an attorney, traveljunkie, and voracious reader.

Contact

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The Fae Games series has been a series filled with twists and turns from the get-go. The first two books lay down the foundation with Rebecca Peterson traveling to Belfast, Ireland with the dream of working at a local museum. Once believed to be a normal human woman, she discovers the world of the Fae and finds out her part in a brewing Fae war.
The third book is more of the first book part 2 where it focuses on Ashley, Rebecca’s best friend, who originally traveled to Belfast with Rebecca to get her settled in before going back home. However, it appeared the Fae world is also influenced by Ashley’s presence through Michael, Rebecca’s boyfriend Lochland’s right hand man.
Fast forward to book 4, we are now turning our attention to Cat, the druid witch who works with Rebecca at the museum. Her family was once hunted and murdered by Fae and the remaining members went underground, disguising their identities and practicing their magic in secret. Cat has tried to keep her head down, adhering to her mothers’ rules and staying out of Fae issues that seem to haunt Rebecca’s door. Tried. 
Enter in Fen, recently released from his Shadow Play prison, who once saw Cat as a reincarnated version of the human who was the perpetrator that had him sent to prison in the first place. Time is a funny thing though as Fen gets over his pre-conceived notions as him and Cat begin to fall in love, putting Cat in a very tough place. Her mother is terrible, let’s get that out there right now. She’s overbearing, controlling, and many other words that I could list but don’t have time too. She is arranging a marriage between Cat and another druid male who has nefarious plans in store for Cat.
I fell in love with Fen and Cat’s romance and enjoyed continuing to explore the Fae Games world. This addition is a step up from the others. I think it’s because I instantly wanted to get to know more about Cat from minute one. She’s snippy, witty, and you cannot help but want the best for her.
Definitely pick up this series! You won’t be disappointed!
Rating 8


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Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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XPresso Book Tours Blog Blitz: Kingdom of Salt & Sirens

XPresso Book Tours Blog Blitz: Kingdom of Salt & Sirens

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Title: Kingdom of Salt & Sirens Boxed Set
Author(s): J.A Armitage
R. Castro
Jennifer Ellision
Mira Crest
K.M Pyne
Laura Greenwood
Jacque Stevens
Scarlett Kol
Anne Stryker
Nikki Landis
Tracy Korn
Publication Date: March 5th, 2019
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult
Available: Amazon
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The Little Mermaid but not as you remember it…

Beneath the turbulent seas, beyond the smokey depths, lies a Kingdom that exists in your wildest imagination. A world where mermaids swim, sirens sing and shipwrecks hide mysterious creatures.
Make waves with our 11 magical retellings of the timeless classic, The Little Mermaid.

Dive into a world filled with adventure, love and magic!

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Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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Blog Tour & Sweepstakes: The Dysasters By P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Blog Tour & Sweepstakes: The Dysasters By P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

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Title: The Dysasters
Author(s): P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Release Date: February 26th, 2019
Available: Amazon/Audible/B&N/Books-A-Million/Google Play/iBooks/IndieBound/Kobo
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*I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press and Wednesday books for the invitation to participate in this Tour and for providing me an ARC copy of the novel.*


 

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Adoptive daughter of a gifted scientist, Foster Stewart doesn’t live a “normal” life, (not that she’d want to). But controlling cloud formations and seeing airwaves aren’t things most eighteen year olds can do.

Small town star quarterback and quintessential dreamy boy next door, Tate “Nighthawk” Taylor has never thought much about his extra abilities. Sure, his night vision comes in handy during games, but who wouldn’t want that extra edge?

From the moment Foster and Tate collide, their worlds spiral and a deadly tornado forces them to work together, fully awakening their not-so-natural ability – the power to control air. As they each deal with the tragic loss of loved ones, they’re caught by another devastating blow – they are the first in a group of teens genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements, and worse… they’re being hunted.

Now, Foster and Tate must fight to control their abilities as they learn of their past, how they came to be, who’s following them, and what tomorrow will bring… more DYSASTERS?


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P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and, after her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Booksellers’ Best, and many, many more. Ms. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker who lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses.
Kristin Cast is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the wildly successful House of Night series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves going on adventures with her friends, family, and significant other, playing with her dogs (Grace Kelly and Hobbs the Tiny Dragon), and is currently obsessed with her baby.


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Ok, so this is one of those books where you either love it or you hate it. If you are middle ground, it’s hard to determine whether or not the pros outweigh the cons and vice versa. The premise is solid and the idea behind the story is brilliant; however, the execution, character development, descriptions, etc.. – all of that will make or break your vision.

Foster, Tate, Charlotte, and Bastien others were originally created by a mad scientist who tampered with their embryos post-fertilization. Upon which, they enhanced the character’s genetics and created teens who control the elements: mainly air and water. They were separated and spread out across the world and are being hunted by their creator and his other experiment children who are, surprisingly, named after Biblical characters (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Eve).

Foster and Tate meet right before a tornado strikes Tate’s football game and changes both their lives completely. It turned out with their powers accidentally combining, they created a round of tornadoes that killed Tate’s parents and Foster’s mentor Cora. From there, they go on the run in search for Charlotte and Bastien, their other experiment siblings.

I was a huge fan of the author’s works growing up with the Marked series, so maybe I was looking for the in-depth character development from that for this, but it was lacking. I understand that Foster is constantly on the run and never truly connected with other teens, but that is not an excuse for her to treat Tate terribly just because he was a jock. And Tate’s reaction to her isn’t much better. I’m all for the “friendemies-turned-lover” trope, but it doesn’t fit with Foster and Tate. Their first meeting seemed borderline flirtatious/hostile, but it grew more toward hostile in the beginning of the novel.

The periodic graphic novel addition to enhance the superhero/comic book feel meant well, but they needed a better artist. The art seemed a bit over-dramatic at times. For the future, I suggest they change the artist and pay more attention to detail.

This series has potential, it does. But in order to do so, character development is a must and a greater attention to continuity detail. I won’t go into that issue due to spoilers.Is it worth picking up and reading? I say keep an open mind. You’ll either love it or hate it.


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Rating 5

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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ARC Review: Prince of Midnight By Ana Calin

ARC Review: Prince of Midnight By Ana Calin

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Title: Prince of Midnight
Series: Dracula’s Bloodline #1
Author: Ana Calin
Release Date: December 18th, 2018
Available: Amazon
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*I received an ARC copy via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my review in any way.*

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Let me tell you a secret – Dracula had a brother. This is true. They called him Radu the Handsome, but his beauty was deceiving, and it hid a deadly secret…

With high ambitions as a journalist, Juliet Jochs travels to the Carpathians to investigate a mysterious and unnaturally beautiful prince. She suspects that he’s a dangerous man, and that this mission may cost her life. But, as the prince’s masks begin to peel off, she fears she may lose her sanity.

Prince Radek’s dark powers suck Juliet into a whirl of hypnotic desire–no woman has ever resisted his lures. But something is different about her, special, and he’s growing dangerously addicted to her. She must keep her head above the water if she is to save herself, run away and not look back before he consumes her completely. But can she resist opening the last door to his most terrible secret?

 

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We all know the story of Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula. The various adaptions from book to screen aside from the historical facts versus the legend – some of us readers and viewers cannot get enough of this character nor his offspring. Although, books do not mention any facts about his brother, Radu cel Frumos or Radu the Handsome.

The legend of Radu or rumor, if you will, is quite interesting to say the least. While Vlad received the craving of blood and curse of immortality, Radu is cursed with physical beauty until the cover of night where he must wear a mask to disclose his true facial form. If any mortal looks upon his true face, they are cursed with the black plague and die a slow, painful death.

Author Ana Calin builds upon the rarely spoken of brother of the Prince of Darkness and creates a character with his own immortal dark tale of romance and horror. Radu, or Radek Basarab is known as one of the most eligible millionaire bachelors in all of the world. With his background and business practices shrouded in mystery, journalist Juliet Jochs is aimed at solving it and practically sold to him by her company in order to discover then exploit her findings. However, Juliet quickly discovers she gets more than what she bargained for the moment she is transferred to Transylvania and takes up residence within the walls of Dracula’s castle.

The more time she spends at the castle, she notices disappearing hallways, strange noises, and the Prince acting very strange. Now, Juliet started off at being built up to be an independent woman with a mind of her own and sharp wit, but the more time she spends around the Prince, she notices time seems to slip away as well as her energy. Her relationship with him began flirtatious then transforms into something more addicting, and obsessively sexual pretty quickly. Very soon, they become overly attached to one another and the Prince’s dark secret is reveals, but something else is revealed.

He is like an Incubus, in a way, but he isn’t. He sucks out the life-force of the women he’s been with in order to sustain his immortality and beauty. Much like his brother only without the blood and he has to wear a mask at night. His attraction to Juliet is something he is not used too. Not because she is the only woman who has made him feel anything remote to “love”, but Juliet somehow has the ability to make him whole and reduces the impact of his dark power.

The story moves rather quickly with these two, a little too quickly for my personal taste. The legend of Radu is intriguing and I wanted to learn more about it before the romance kicked in. It was as if the legend was put on the back burner most of the time and the romance over-powered it. These two did not have enough conversations or even spent much time together before getting physical and falling for one another. Some readers may like that in their paranormal romance novels, but I like the gradual build up approach. And when it came to the turning point of the novel where the antagonists began to came out of the woodwork, it was close to the end of the novel.

Do I want to see what will happen between Juliet and Radek? Yes, but I’d like for the sequel to cut back on the rush of romance and give me more exposition between the characters and more action.

If you are a fan of Dracula, try his brother for a night!

Rating 6

Quick ARC Review – This Thing Called Life: Race, Sex, Religion, and the Creative Revolution of Prince By Joseph Vogel

Quick ARC Review – This Thing Called Life: Race, Sex, Religion, and the Creative Revolution of Prince By Joseph Vogel

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*Disclaimer – I received an ARC Copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my review whatsoever*

 

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I remember as a little girl watching Prince’s “Purple Rain” and listening to “When Doves Cry” in the car on my way to school. Even though I was a 90s child, there was something about Prince that caught my attention then and even now at twenty – six. As I’m sitting here, writing this before getting ready for a photo shoot, I’m blaring “Rasberry Beret” in the background, nodding my head to the beat and swaying.

The intensity this one man brought to the world of music and entertainment, period in my opinion, will never be over-shadowed. He didn’t put himself only into his own music but instead inspired and brought other artists into the limelight and taught us that no matter who you are – we always have a song within us needed to be sung and experienced. The ability to read this book, gave me a deeper insight to who Prince was.

Most biographies I’ve read were about various artists (Pat Benatar, Eric Clapton, etc.) and co-written by the individuals themselves. Prince was well-known as being a very private person and in his own right. He held strict beliefs and standards most musicians would not hold in place. I’m not going into major details about this book because you need to read it for yourself.

The author splits this book into seven themes based on Prince’s favorite number: each going into detail about aspects in his life that paved his way and how they effected the music and community from the 80s-onward. It jumps back and forth through times so unlike average biographies, this does not have a concrete timeline to follow. That can be frustrating for some readers but it didn’t really bother me that much.

The author backs up his findings and insights with citing his sources and listed them all in the back for our reference which backs up his opinions. The more I read, the more I wanted to look into the other references he listed to get more information. To understand a mysterious man such as Prince, you have too.

I am thankful to have read this and despite Prince being gone, his voice, life, and legacy continue to live on through his music and the lives he has touched.

Rating 8

 

Happy Reading!

~C.C.
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ARC Review: Illusions By Madeline J. Reynolds

ARC Review: Illusions By Madeline J. Reynolds

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Title: Illusions
Author: Madeline J. Reynolds
Release Date: November 11th, 2018
Available: Amazon/B&N/Indie Bookstore
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*I received an ARC copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my review whatsoever*

ag- about the bookThomas Pendelton was born into wealth and prestige. He has a sensitive heart and wants nothing more than to write poetry. Instead, he is apprenticing for Neville Wighton the Great, an aging magician who has become somewhat crazed over the years in his pursuit of fame. With Thomas’ help, Wighton is about to premiere the greatest illusion seen by man, for Thomas possesses something no other illusionist has: real magic.                                                      

Many in the theatrical world are desperate to learn Wighton’s big secret. One such magician is Paolo il Magnifico. His apprentice, Saverio Moretti, is also seeking the answer. He has a scheme to get close to Wighton by seducing Thomas but seduction turns to real feelings. Now the young men must struggle to keep the secret of their romance, as well as the secret of Thomas’ magic, as both of these things could cost Thomas his life.


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Rival Illusionists, one more talented than the other, two apprentices eager to learn from the best but willing to do what it takes to be better than the rest – makes you wonder who will be superior to end up on top, right? On the surface, that’s the kind of story you’d expect when it comes to a tale about fading illusionists. The author, though, takes a turn on your average illusionist tale by instead of focusing on the magical aspect, she relied heavily on the romance between the two apprentices, Thomas and Saverio.

Thomas, apprentice to the famous illutionist Neville Wighton the Great, holds the secret to his success – Thomas is actually the real one with magic. Except, Thomas doesn’t want to have anything to do with his abilities. Neville’s rival, Paolo il Magnifico, is tired of being slighted and seeks to discover the secret by sending his apprentice to seduce Thomas. Only, what at first was originally a seduction with nefarious means, slowly transforms into a “goals” romance.

The majority of this book is told through various diary entries between the characters Thomas and Saverio, photos, letters, and newspaper clippings. You can see the transformation of Thomas and Saverio’s feelings as well as their struggles and it brought me on the verge to tears at time. This is a historical LGBQ+ romance novel worth delving into!

Rating 9

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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ARC Review: After Always By: Barbara J. Hancock

ARC Review: After Always By: Barbara J. Hancock

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Title: After Always
Author: Barbara J. Hancock
Release Date: October 1st, 2018
Available: Kobo/B&N
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*I received an ARC copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my review whatsoever*


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Lydia Li’s life ended when Tristan died. At least, that’s how it felt. Sure, they had problems and he could be a little…intense…at times, but he’d loved her. He was the Romeo to her Juliet… And now he was gone.

When her parents get her to agree to a summer across the country with a music teacher who runs an inn, Lydia agrees. But it’s different than what she expected. There’s something else there. Something that feels a lot like Tristan. But that’s impossible, right?

Then there’s Michael Malone, the quiet guy who’s Tristan’s opposite in every way. And Lydia can’t help but be drawn to him…and whatever the house is hiding.


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With YA Thrillers, they seem to be a hit or miss for me, especially if romance is tied into it as well. This book holds a strong in every department I look for in a thriller. Despite a couple weak spots here and there, it’s a great tale of romance, healing, growth, and contains a compelling mystery.

Lydia is mourning the loss of her boyfriend Tristan. We listen to her tale of what her and her past relationship was through what we initially perceived as a perfect romance, but in reality, it was abusive and full of darkness. What is initially painted by Lydia to what seemed an overly obsessive relationship on her part, turns out she was a victim in the end. Lydia is used to a relationship filled with fear from Tristan’s physical abuse and manipulative ways while remaining devoted all because of her personal views on love.

Her parents finally believe Lydia needs a change of scenery and allow her to go away for the summer to stay in a mansion. Upon arriving, she meets Michael who is basically the healthy, compassionate opposite of what Lydia is used too. Their relationship begins as co-workers to friends and leads to more, however, Lydia is not used to a healthy relationship. Her self-growth and healing in this story is wonderful. Michael is a love, I could not get enough of him.

The paranormal aspects of this novel were an added bonus to this story. On the sole plot foundation, it read as a Contemporary novel then next thing you know you’re faced with a supernatural mystery tied into it. All in all, all elements come together in the end to keep you on your toes.

I could not get enough of this book and it was beautiful to see a broken character like Lydia find the power within herself to grow and pursue forward in a healthy manner with someone else who truly feeds her soul with love and kindness.

Rating 8

 

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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ARC Review: Watch You Burn By Amanda Searcy

ARC Review: Watch You Burn By Amanda Searcy

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Title: Watch You Burn
Author: Amanda Searcy
Release Date: October 23rd, 2018
Available: Amazon/B&N
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*I received an ARC copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my review whatsoever*

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Jenny didn’t want to move to the creepy, possibly haunted town with her dad. But the cops are on to her, and the only way she can protect herself is by moving as far away from her hometown as possible and staying out of trouble.

But even after she moves, Jenny still gets the itch. The itch to light a match and then watch it burn.

It’s something she hasn’t been able to stop, ever since an accident years ago. Now, in a new town, Jenny has the strange feeling that someone is watching her every move. Will her arsonist ways be exposed? Or is the burning truth deep inside her a greater danger?

 


 

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 This book is a mixed bag of feelings for me. Jenny is a highly unreliable character with a taste for fire, lies to cover her tracks, and danger follows her everywhere she goes. It took me awhile for to get into due to the fact nothing really happened till almost halfway through the book which was disappointing.

This story had a lot of promise due to the fact Jenny was trying to get a new start with her father in a new town after causing trouble in her former hometown and causing a police investigation because of her love of setting fires. Despite the fresh start, Jenny is a pure brat. I felt no sympathy for her whatsoever. The fact murders begin to occur around her new home were connected to her past crimes – I was anxiously awaiting the reveal of who was behind it all. Although, for me, it was predictable at midpoint and I wasn’t interested in going much farther.

I’m into YA Thrillers, but this one needed work. I didn’t fully believe Jenny wanted a fresh start. A character wanting to change will try harder to do so. Instead, she didn’t change, not really. She kept her fire addiction at bay, yes, but she needed to change her whole attitude. I can’t get behind a character like Jenny, I can’t and for that I didn’t give this a high rating. The whole story needed help. I didn’t feel it like I normally do with thrillers.

Try it if you wish, but I don’t think I’ll be re-reading this one anytime soon….

 

Rating 2

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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ARC Review: Love, Cutter By Michelle Jetter

ARC Review: Love, Cutter By Michelle Jetter

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Title: Love, Cutter
Author: Michelle Jester
Release Date: August 27th, 2018
Available: Amazon/B&N
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*I received an ARC copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my review whatsoever*

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After an attempted suicide Carter finds himself in a coma. He is able to hear the world around him, yet he can’t move. What he hears propels Carter to begin to see life in a new way, especially when one of his nurses, Kinley, shares parts of her tragic past with him. Soon, Carter realizes he is falling in love with her.

Months after being transferred from the hospital, to a rehabilitation facility, he suddenly wakes up with a passion to live that he never had before and a determination to find the one person he feels may be able to help him put the pieces of his life together again. However, when he returns to the hospital, Kinley is gone and Carter must try to find her based solely on the things she shared with him while he was in a coma.

Only, nothing is as it seems and Carter learns the biggest lesson of them all… the differences between expectation, perception, and reality.


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**Warning – this book contains content involving self-harm, suicide, and mental illness**

This subject matter is a tough subject for me. I have a dark past when it comes to my battle with depression and have had thoughts of suicide before from my illness. Seeing it transferred to the pages of the book and seeing it through the eyes of a character can be extremely heartbreaking at times due to the fact that I know those feelings way too well. I’ve heard so many times in my life to “get over it” or “that’s how life is, you need thicker skin”. The cold hearted truth is depression isn’t something you sugar coat and ignore and no amount of thick skin can make things easier when your mental skies are grey while the sun is shining for others.

Carter is battling his own demons of depression by trying to be who his family expects him to be, regardless of how he feels. His inner darkness takes the wheel and attempts suicide. He survives, thankfully, however, spends a good portion of the book in a coma. While asleep, he witnesses his families cries of sorrow, apologies, hopes for a better future together – but only one voice out of all of them brings him out of it. Her name is Kinley. Through the coma haze, his nurse bonds with him and in return wakes Carter from his slumber.

You’d think this was a Hallmark movie by how that sounded only it’s not as easy as you’d think. Kinley is transferred before Carter wakes up and it sends him searching for him. The most important story, to me, is not the romance that springs up because of it. No, it’s Carter discovering his inner light through the darkness that Kinley merely lit just a little in order for him to grow brighter and brighter.

This is a story of love, growth, mental health awareness, and hope. The type of story you wish you’d hear become reality. If you suffer from depression or another mental illness – you are never alone. Never give up and always keep fighting.

Rating 8

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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ARC Review: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Seek By Anthony O’Neill

ARC Review: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Seek By Anthony O’Neill

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Title: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Seek
Author: Anthony O’Neill
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
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*I received an ARC copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my review whatsoever*

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In this dark, atmospheric sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s timeless classic, the strange case continues with the return of Dr. Jekyll . . . Seven years after the death of Edward Hyde, a stylish gentleman shows up in foggy London claiming to be Dr. Henry Jekyll. Only Mr. Utterson, Jekyll’s faithful lawyer and confidant, knows that he must be an impostor–because Jekyll was Hyde.

But as the man goes about charming Jekyll’s friends and reclaiming the estate, and as the bodies of potential challengers start piling up, Utterson is left fearing for his life . . . and questioning his own sanity.

 

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We all know the tragic yet cautionary tale of Dr. Henry Jekyll who brewed his potion that transformed him into the monstrous Mr. Hyde. Shows you that sometimes the monster within brought out by your addictions can lead to your own demise. This short story takes place seven years after the events of the original and is as shrouded in darkness as the original.

Bodies begin to pile up again after a mysterious figure claiming to be Henry comes out of the shadows, we follow Mr. Utterson as he tries to uncover the truth. Is Henry still alive? Or maybe, just maybe, Mr. Utterson has more to hide than meets the eye?

The author does a fantastic job bringing back the dark atmosphere from the original and catching us up-to-date on the events since Dr. Jekyll’s death. However, his handling of Mr. Utterson was much to be desired. I won’t spoil it except it’s as if he has a personality change from the original to this sequel.

Do I think it was a good sequel? It was adequate, but he needed to research Utterson more.

To those who enjoyed the original tale, I recommend this but do so lightly or you may get offended by how characters were brought back.

 

Rating 6

Happy Reading!

~C.C.

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