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Blog owner of Little Read Riding Hood - http://littlereadridinghood.com - and reader of all things fiction. Mainly PNR, UF, Fantasy, Contemporary, Horror, and whatever else strikes my interest. YA/NA/Adult

Origin - Jennifer L. Armentrout I feel like I need to go into this review already defending myself ... yes I liked it. OF COURSE I will read the last book when it comes out, but this has been my least favorite of the series so far. As much as I liked getting a peak into Daemon's head, it made him less mysterious and I think that took away some of what made him intriguing to me.I remember all the emotions I had at the end of Opal, that major cliffhanger, and the empty feeling that left me with. I think, in part, that is also why I went into Origin so jaded. Small cliffhangers are fine, and certainly leave me wanting more, but the way Opal ended I felt like I had to go into Origin guarded, knowing how Armentrout likes to emotionally drain her readers. That affected my reading experience, I distanced myself from the characters.Of course, all that being said, I still loved the story. Origin is unique and enthralling. The writing is easy to read and you do feel a certain connection, no matter how hard you try not to, with the characters. Like all of Armentrout's YA books, there are twists you don't see coming, new characters introduced, and betrayals that break your heart. It is certainly a roller coaster of ups and downs, side to sides, and a few loops - and you aren't ever sure if you have your seat-belt on.If you haven't read the Lux Series yet, you should. It is really great. But be prepared - Origin ends on another cliffhanger, though in my opinion it isn't nearly as bad as Opal. But it does make me wonder about the chances of things going terribly wrong for everyone before the end of the series.
Twilight Hunter - Kait Ballenger Twilight Hunter is a good throw-back to the Paranormal Romances I first read before I really knew what the genre was called. Girl and Boy meet, both have something they are hiding from the other, they think they make decisions that are for the betterment of others at their own sacrifice, and in the end realize they can't live without each other and must be together.I did have a few minor issues with the story - mainly the falling in love after less than a week, but at least it isn't ISEEYOUANDILOVEYOU. But I mean really, with sex that hot I'd probably be in love after a week too ;-). I am not ashamed, I mean, WOW. Steamy scenes are steamy. Ballenger really took me by surprise with those, though they really shouldn't have, having read her story Shadow Hunter in the anthology After Dark. *fans self*Jace is a sad angry big sexy man. He is certainly a survivor, and if you ask me, turned out to be as well adjusted as he could with the circumstances he had. And in Frankie he finds his mate; his equal. They are both stubborn stong-willed Alphas and butt heads time and time again, until they both realize they are being idiots.And along with this will they won't they sex all the time, there is a murderer running around killing and kidnapping young women. And of course Jace and Frankie are the only ones that can find and stop the guy.While at times predictable, Ballenger's Twilight Hunter puts a unique twist on the supernatural hunting Paranormal Romance story idea and I certainly look forward to following the other hunter's stories.

The Thing About Weres: A Mystwalker Novel

The Thing About Weres - Leigh Evans Really 3.5 - I like the story, it is super unique and certainly emotional, but I have a really hard time connecting with the characters, and sometimes even following the story. The big picture of the story I get, but how they get from point a to point b doesn't always make sense to me. I had to suspend more belief than I usually do in a PNR/UF story.
Falling to Pieces - L.T. Kelly This book had all the makings of a fabulous story – vamps, weres, sex, and love – but it just didn’t connect with me. Don’t misunderstand, it was certainly enjoyable, and the sex … *fans self* … well that was just HOT. I just felt like I was constantly waiting for something to happen, and then it just ended.Teagan, for being an older vampire, is kind of an idiot. But a relate-able idiot :-) Maybe she is more ignorant than an idiot, but I repeatedly wanted to smack her across her face. And the other characters make some dumb choices, but those bad choices kept me reading. I wanted to know how they were going to get out of it, and IF they were going to get out of it.***SEMI SPOILER WARNING*** I don’t think this will ruin the story but I wanted the disclaimer there JUST IN CASE ….Insta-love. Bleh. It’s there, and it doesn’t really need to be. And like I said earlier, the story just … ended. While leaving it open for another book, I prefer some closure. It felt like there was more to the story that I wanted to know.While there were certainly some issues with the story, it was smexy good fun. A solid 3/3.5 stars here, and I’m curious to know what happens next. :-)
Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo I really liked it. A lot :-)

Web of Lies: An Elemental Assassin Book

Web of Lies - Jennifer Estep Eh. Better than the first one, but still not sold on the series. Will come back to it. Might try to read it in stead of listening. It is VERY repetitive - I know your 5 point arsenal, and where you keep your knives. I KNOW you have scars on your palms and how you go them ...
The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies, #1) - Tarryn Fisher This has no stars not because I hated it, but because I am not sure how I feel about it. There is no question that it kept my interest but the characters are all blase about being horrible people. Just not sure of my thoughts. :-/

Futures and Frosting: A Sugarcoated Happily Ever After: 2

Futures and Frosting - Tara Sivec An adorable sequel to Seduction and Snacks. It was pretty predictable, but that didn't make it any less enjoyable for me. There were still several laugh out loud moments, and I read it all in one sitting, on a lazy Sunday. It's pretty much the perfect easy read. Enjoyable, entertaining, and not really stressful.

Archangel's Consort (Guild Hunter 3)

Archangel's Consort - Nalini Singh 3.5 stars. Meh, I am kinda tired, will go read something else then come back to this series. I like it but don't LOVE it. Ya know?

Archangel's Consort (Guild Hunter 3)

Archangel's Consort - Nalini Singh 3.5 stars. Meh, I am kinda tired, will go read something else then come back to this series. I like it but don't LOVE it. Ya know?
Pretty When She Destroys - Rhiannon Frater This was a change for me, as I had listened to, and LOVED the first two, on audio book. So switching to ebook was a little hard for me, I am a bit OCD about sticking with one format for a series. But I got through, and am happy to say I enjoyed this final installment in the Pretty When She Dies Trilogy.Amalyia and Cian are perfect together. They balance one another well, don't judge the other, and really, are the perfect vampire couple. There is none of that whining "I don't know how I can live with the things I have done" BS that is so prevalent in vampire stories recently. I love it that they are not only OK with what they are, but that they are HAPPY with what they are. AND they have a realistic view of what forever means?! It is refreshing.I did have a hard time, switching from audio to reading, keeping track of some of the side characters. The narrator had done such a good job giving everyone different voices that I associated more with that than their names. But it didn't take me long to get all caught up and figure things out. There are so many wonderful side characters that I am not going to take the time to list them all out, except to say I am a bit disappointed that the obvious ... I don't know how to say that without spoiling the story. Let's just say there were some painfully obvious theories and I was hoping for a different outcome.The Summoner - the big bad - is a scary as hell bad guy. And I love it. He is unapologetically evil. And he surprised me around every turn. As well as gave me the heebie-jeebies ALL THE TIME. *shivers* All I can say is that I am so glad I didn't have to go up against him because folks - the world would have come to an end early in the story. I have no shame in saying I would have tucked tail and RUN.Frater does not shy away from death and destruction, and I was a little surprised there wasn't more in this story. Not that it was lacking by any means, but I kept expecting more. When we got to the big showdown I was on the edge of my seat, terrified for everyone, hoping my favorites would survive and not sure if anyone was safe, or even if they would beat the bad guys. And let me tell you, nothing. :-) You will have to read it to find out.All in all, this is a great trilogy, that takes vampires back to the unashamed killers they always have been and should be. But they are also human, in a sense, that they are still relate-able to the reader, and even though they are not perfect, you find yourself rooting for them all the same.
Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers, #1) - Tara Sivec Oh. My. God. I am ill-equipped to review this book. Any words I have will not do it justice. It is rude, crude, and EXACTLY how I think. Only a lot more funny that I am in my own head. My friend, Author Tiffany King, realized this and actually purchased this for me to ensure I read it. And I didn't pick it up right away either. Several people suggested I wait until I was in a reading slump. So I did.Holy hell this book is funny. I read it in one sitting. I couldn't stop. I don't think anyone in this book has a filter between their brain and their mouth. Which makes for some very awkward and uncomfortable situations for everyone.The whole story is cute, crude, hilarious, and heartwarming. I suggest it to everyone, even if you don't think you like contemporary romance. At least give it a shot. :-)
Frigid - J. Lynn,  Jennifer L. Armentrout I've decided to stop forcing myself through this. Made it to 14% and I just can't. The characters are flat and unlikeable. I LOVE Armentrout's YA series, but I guess I don't like her NA. *shrugs* If you like this then more power to you. I am just not impressed. You will notice first off that there is no rating for this book. I know some people rate a book they don't finish 0 or 1 star, but IMO - if I don't finish a book I can't actually give it a star rating. All I can do is to tell you WHY I didn't finish it. You guys, I only made it to 14% before I had to stop. It was making me RAGE. Both main characters are IDIOTS. Like, I don't think they would have made it into college in real life. They would be flipping burgers at a fast food place (no offense to you if that is what you do).The story starts off at a bar. Ok, no problem. The girl is sitting there, staring at the boy, whining about how she can't have him, and not wanting to go over there, because there is a girl practically doing him right there at the table. But they are supposed to be best friends ... I'm sorry, if my "best friend" did that in public ALL THE TIME, whether I am in love with him or not, we wouldn't be hanging out much anymore. That is just RUDE. And gross. And it obviously bothers her, so the fact that he does it at all is inconsiderate.Then we get to his POV. While this random chick is making out with him, he is all wondering where his "best friend" is ... again, RUDE. If you are trying to pick up chicks, then pick up chicks. Don't just sit there and let them make out with you while you are waiting for another girl to show up.So they finally hang out, after he pushes the chick off him (poor baby, having to push girls away) and he pulls her onto his lap, and at that point I think I blacked out from the WTF-ery happening. I don't ... anyway, the next thing I remember is the next morning, when she shows up to his dorm to leave for their trip. And surprise surprise, random chick from the bar is there. But you know, they didn't sleep together, yet he lets his "friend" think they did. WHAT SENSE DOES THAT MAKE? I don't comprehend any of it.I finally stopped after they got in the car to start driving and started arguing, about something idiotic I think, I really don't remember. All I remember is thinking "I am only at 14%, am I really going to stop this early in? Yes. Yes I am." These two characters barely acted like they knew and liked each other, let alone are BEST FRIENDS for years. And I just couldn't take it anymore.I REALLY wanted to like this book, and honestly had been looking forward to it for MONTHS. I've loved the author's YA books, and will continue to read those series, but I think if this is how her NA books are, I won't read anymore.
Wrong Ways Down (Downside Ghosts, #1.5) - Stacia Kane ALL THE STARS!Review closer to release day, but I will leave you with a quote ..."Thinkin people still be scared on me, I standing back here lookin all happy?" ... "Maybe you should take up knitting." She sipped her beer. "It's hard to be scared of somebody while they're knitting.""Aw, naw, don't tell nobody on that, aye? Got people sellin blankets I'm making in the Market."You are welcome. What can I say - I've not read anything new in the Downside world in a while, and it is just like riding a bike. You hop on, hold on tight, and enjoy the ride of your life (and you can read whatever innuendo into that you want - it would be appropriate).This story takes place between Unholy Ghosts and Unholy Magic, and it is all in Terrible's POV. I felt like a cat in a field of catnip, and wanted to just roll around in his mind and make myself comfortable and just stay there. He'd just slapped together a cold steak sandwich later that day when his phone rang.When I found out Kane was writing this novella, months ago, some friends and I joked with her that it didn't matter WHAT he was doing, we would read it, and love it. Somehow we all wrote a scene on twitter about him making a sandwich, and speculating what kind it would be. Steak, of course. I said roast beef, which is close. ;-) He was careful not to sit too close. If he sat too close he might forget and touch her, like resting his hand on her knee or some shit. Hard to remember sometimes that she weren't his, that just cause he wished she was and sometimes felt like she was, ain't meant she was for real.Of course my favorite parts were his interactions with Chess. I knew how he felt, having read all the other books in this series many times, but I didn't know, you know? Holy crap, he made my heart hurt all over again. There is a difference between knowing and knowing. And being in his head you know. Trouble was, every fucking time he saw that look in her eyes, every fucking time he saw her frown like that, it got harder and harder not to tell her to write down a list of names for him. Every single name she had a recall on, causen he wanted to hunt em all down one by one and make sure they knew why as they died.I have MAD LOVE for Kane and this series. If this is your first time at the blog, stick around for a minute. This won't be the last time you hear about it. If you've been here before then you know. I'll be the first to tell you, this series is not for everyone. It is dark. It is gritty. It deals with drugs, murder, magic, low self-esteem. The hero isn't a pretty boy, and the heroine doesn't (or at least hasn't yet) had a major turn around where she realizes how awesome she is. BUT, all that being said, you should try it. The world is so ... I don't have the words. Beautiful and horrible. The people are disgusting and heartbreaking, yet loveable.I could go on and on. And on. But I will stop. Just trust me, this book, this series, is worth your time. Would I steer you wrong?
Before I Wake - Rachel Vincent **NOTE** The following review will contain spoilers for the series, but not for this particular book. I am still amazed with each of these books that Vincent manages to keep me enthralled and interested, and still surprises me with the risks she is willing to take with her characters. Nash's behavior in this story is much more understandable and relate-able. With everything that happened at the end of If I Die, and his history with Kaylee, I was hurting page after page for him. I truly hope he is able to find some peace, if not happiness, before the end of the series, though with Vincent's track record I am not holding my breath for an HEA for everyone. Or anyone actually.It was nice for Kaylee and Tod to be together. Even if there were some awkward moments because of the group dynamic. They are perfect for each other and even though I was kicking and screaming the whole way, I finally have to admit Tod is way better for Kaylee than Nash ever was. They have some terribly sweet moments that make him even more loveable than before.As much as I connected with Kaylee in the earlier books, I had a hard time in this one. Probably because she is, you know, dead. And as far as I know I am not, nor have I ever been. She is dealing with so much more than I ever have, yet still is trying to be a regular teenager and go to school. I think home based classes would have been a better bet for her. But, life, or after-life as the case is, must go on.This story didn't have me riding the emotional roller coaster the last few books did until the very end, and then a huge WTF moment along with a decent cliffhanger left me stunned. It most certainly left me excited for the next, and final, book. At this point I honestly have NO CLUE how Vincent will wrap things up.
Shooting Scars - Karina Halle 4.5 out of 5In the interest of full disclosure, I have become friends with the author. HOWEVER - any previous review of her books that I have done has all been prior to that friendship, and I have fangirled over all the other books as well. The opinions expressed below were not affected in any way by my friendship with the author. Other than the fact that it allowed me to read it before release. :-)Also, this review will contain spoilers for Sins & Needles, because that is unavoidable. However I will not spoil Shooting Scars for you.Shooting Scars is an amazing follow up to Sins & Needles (TAT#1) and On Every Street (TAT#0.5). Because of what happened at the end of S&N, it is told in a dual POV, so you don't miss a second of the story. Ellie's story starts off a little slow for me, but that is made up by the fact that Camden's story blows up pretty fast. And then when his finally hits a lull, Ellie's gets out of control! My hear was racing and with Halle's tendency to put her characters through the ringer, I had no idea what was going to happen.I have to stop here, and take a minute to say - I am a sick, sick person. I am Team Javier, and this story did nothing to diminish that love. Halle herself shakes her head in disappointment at me, after-all, this is Camden and Ellie's story, right? RIGHT?!So, having clarified that for you, I LOVED THIS BOOK. There was a lot of Javier time, which was sorely missing in S&N. He has changed quite a bit in the 6 years since he and Ellie/Eden broke up, and I think that break-up messed with his head more than anything else. He really loved her. And in his mind he didn't do anything wrong. You can agree or not, but in my opinion, it is the thought that counts with him. He just doesn't have them emotional experience to deal with things like a normal healthy adult, and in that case, neither does Ellie.There are plenty of twists and turns, along with some shocking revelations. The only reason this doesn't get the full 5 stars from me, is I felt like more should have happened. I am not sure what, but it just felt like something was missing. But, being a trilogy, many second books do the same. The writing, as always is excellent and clean. The story is gripping and hard to put down. With the way things ended I am most certainly looking forward to Bold Tricks, TAT#3, and at the same time am TERRIFIED what Halle will put her characters through in that last installment.