Jun 23, 2020

The Lost.

☆☆☆
the lost.
natasha preston.

Publisher  Sourcebook Fire.
Publication Date: March 26,2019.
Genre: YA Thriller.
 Format|Pages: Kindle|3o4
 Source: Goodreads| Kindle Unlimited.

















 CONTAINS SPOILERS




In the small town of Aurora, teens go missing all the time. But when one of Piper and Hazel's classmates disappears, they become determined to find out the truth of what happened to her.



While investigating, they meet three handsome and rich grad students...who kidnap them. The girls are taken to a building in the middle of a privately-owned forest. The building isn't just designed to keep them locked away—every room is a test in survival. And Piper and Hazel won't give up without a fight. 




 



Haunting.



I love thrillers, especially the ones that keep you on guessing. I have read books by NATASHA PRESTON before, and I had enjoyed them. I read quite a few thrillers throughout my life, but I had never read anything like this one. I did feel that the story started slow, however, once I got into the story, I could not get enough. Every chapter had me on the edge of my seat and every chapter seemed to get more intense, keeping the reader in suspense. From the start, I suspected that something was off about Caleb and his friend; they were a bit too friendly for me. I wanted to tell Hazel and Piper not to get into a car with them, especially when the teens kept going missing. How could they not been suspicious about their behavior? The way they asked them if they wanted to ride when they barely knew them. However, I never once imagined how crazy they actually were. How could anyone have fun torturing others? I did not even want to imagine what was going through their mind as they tortured others.



THE LOST reminded me a bit of Saw, it just was not as scary. All through the book, I was rooting for them to find a way to escape. I don’t think that I would be able to last as long as they had. I liked Piper, I liked how she tried to stay strong, for both her and Hazel and even took Hazel’s turn. I do wonder if the outcome would be different if Hazel took her turn and if it would change her. I loved how she looked out for Hazel, tried to protect her. Piper is the type of person that I would like to have for a friend. I am not sure if it was me, but I felt that out of most of them, she experienced the most torture; it was as if she became their favorite. Every time that she was called or anyone was called, I wondered which room they would end up in. I always prayed for them to make through it.



I was disappointed in Evan’s characters. Mostly I was in shock to discover the truth about him. I think that he is the most messed up out of all of them. I was not too fond of the ending, mostly because it did not feel like an ending. It had an end that should have another book afterward because it left too many questions. It was one of the reasons that I only gave it four stars, there was no resolution, and it left the readers confused. I think that THE LOST is one of those books that should have a sequel. Otherwise, I thought it was a well-written story if you are a fan of thriller, a book that you should check out.

Jun 15, 2020

What She Concealed Cover Reveal


what she concealed
jannat Bhat.



PUBLICATION DATE: July 10,2020
GENRE:Contemporary Romance. 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Synopsis
 
 
 
“I missed you.” She said softly, eyes heavy with sleep. “Don’t let go, Julian.”

“Give me a reason, Elly. One reason for holding on.” He said.

She took hold of Julian’s arm and drew him closer. “Us.” She whispered.


Eliana Bennett was about to start her first day as an intern at Imperial Care Hospital. But the beginning of her day wasn’t as good, as an arrogant grey-eyed man provoked her and she couldn’t resist challenging him instead.

Julian Rivera hadn’t expected to meet this feisty dark-haired woman in the middle of his game and when he started working at Imperial Care and found her to be a fellow intern, he just had to prank her.

Julian and Eliana began their acquaintance with screaming matches and mischief which changed after he truly fell in love with her. But Eliana had no plans of pursuing a relationship. She had to work hard and focus on her career to make her father, Dr. Jonathan Bennett, proud. Julian’s appearance in her life complicated things.

After an argument between them topped all others, Julian went AWOL and back to the life he had long left behind. Eliana had a tough time getting to terms with her feelings but once she had, she wouldn’t let Julian go without a fight.

The question remained, will her love bring Julian back or was it too late? The demons he had run away from, had they already coveted him as their own?




 
“I missed you.” She said softly, eyes heavy with sleep. “Don’t let go, Julian.”

“Give me a reason, Elly. One reason for holding on.” He said.

She took hold of Julian’s arm and drew him closer. “Us.” She whispered.

Eliana Bennett was about to start her first day as an intern at Imperial Care Hospital. But the beginning of her day wasn’t as good, as an arrogant grey-eyed man provoked her and she couldn’t resist challenging him instead.

Julian Rivera hadn’t expected to meet this feisty dark-haired woman in the middle of his game and when he started working at Imperial Care and found her to be a fellow intern, he just had to prank her.

Julian and Eliana began their acquaintance with screaming matches and mischief which changed after he truly fell in love with her. But Eliana had no plans of pursuing a relationship. She had to work hard and focus on her career to make her father, Dr. Jonathan Bennett, proud. Julian’s appearance in her life complicated things.

After an argument between them topped all others, Julian went AWOL and back to the life he had long left behind. Eliana had a tough time getting to terms with her feelings but once she had, she wouldn’t let Julian go without a fight.

The question remained, will her love bring Julian back or was it too late? The demons he had run away from, had they already coveted him as their own? 

What She Concealed by @jannatbhat is a heart melting romance coming on July 10th! Add it to your Goodreads today https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53972044-what-she-concealed
 


 
 
 
 
 
 Author's Bio

 
Jannat loves to watch anything from movies to tv shows about myths and legends surrounding romance in a certain perspective. She absolutely adores reading about sexy heroes and sassy heroines.

When she's not writing, she will mostly be found daydreaming and snuggled up with her cat Sasha, whom she loves dearly.

A Love Lost In Translation is her first Wattpad story and inspired by true incidents.  
 
 
Author links:
https://www.wattpad.com/user/jannatbhat

Jun 12, 2020

The Awakening(The Vampire Diaries,#1)

☆☆☆

the awakening.
The Vampire Diaries, #1.
 L.J Smith.

Publisher  HarperTeen.
Publication Date: October 26,2010
Genre:  YA  Romance| Fantasy.
 Format|Pages: Kindle|324.
 Source: Goodreads| Own.














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Elena is the school beauty, but she’s bored, until a new boy turns up in her class. Stefan is dark and mysterious—and she’s determined to get to know him better. But Stefan is just as determined to resist her... until a series of attacks in the area terrify the town and Stefan is held responsible. Elena is the only one who offers to help and, falling in love with her, Stefan tells her his terrible story. He is a vampire, on the run from his evil brother, Damon, who doesn’t share Stefan’s qualms about drinking human blood.



And Damon is the one Stefan suspects of really being behind the recent attacks... Can Elena help prove his innocence—without revealing his secret? 




 




This is not the first time that I have read THE AWAKENING , and it won’t be the last. One of my best friends got into book series, years before the show even came out. I have read it multiple times since then. I had always preferred the books to the show. It has been a while since I have read the books, and I decided to re-read the series. From the moment that I picked up THE AWAKENING and started to read, I could not pull away from the story, reminding me of why I loved the series. There was not a single moment when there wasn’t something happening, especially once Stefan appeared. It seemed that the moment he appeared in town, the attacks started happening. I felt as if that was the main reason that he tried to distance himself from Elena; he was afraid that he would end up hurting her in the end. He thought that he was behind all of those attacks. However, I had a feeling that something else was going on, right from the beginning.



Elena, she was never my favorite character in the book. The way she acted, and the way she expected for her friends and everyone else to do what she wanted to, that was one of the things that annoyed me about her. Besides, the way she went after Stefan, I was surprised that he still wanted her after the way she acted. I did feel as if the two of them fell in love with each other too soon, and they barely knew each other. I did know that there was something between the two of them, a connection. Yet, there was part of me that wondered if Stefan loved her, or he thought that he loved her because she looked like Katherine. I do know that there is something between the two of them.



Bonnie, she’s my favorite. Bonnie and Damon even if he’s not the good brother. I had always preferred him over Stefan. I do wonder if he is only going after Elena because he knows how Stefan feels about her, or if he does feel something for her. THE AWAKENING is an action-filled from the beginning until the end. It will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end and afterward will have you craving for more. I couldn’t get enough, and it made me want to pick up the next book in the series and keep on reading.





Jun 11, 2020

Carnegie's Maid

☆☆☆
Carnegie's maid.
Marie Benedict.

Publisher  Sourcebooks Landmark.
Publication Date: January 16,2018.
Genre:  Historical Fiction| Romance.
 Format|Pages: Kindle|283.
 Source: Goodreads| Library.


















CONTAINS SPOILERS



In the industrial 1860s at the dawn of the Carnegie empire, Irish immigrant Clara Kelly finds herself in desperate circumstances. Looking for a way out, she seeks employment as a lady's maid in the home of the prominent businessman Andrew Carnegie. Soon, the bond between Clara and her employer deepens into love.



But when Clara goes missing, Carnegie's search for her unearths secrets and revelations that lay the foundation for his lasting legacy. With captivating insight and stunning heart, Carnegie's Maid tells the story of one lost woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie's transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world's first true philanthropist. 




 



Breathtaking. Haunting.



Once again, I find myself with no words. I am not sure if I can even describe how inspiring, how beautifully written CARNEIGE’S MAID . This is a story that I wished I came across earlier than I had. CARNEIGE’S MAID is the story that will pull you in from the first page and until the last page. From the moment I picked up, all I wanted to do was to keep it reading. If I were not taking summer classes, I would read this all day until I finished it. The author, MARIE BENEDICT , pulls the reader into Clara Kelly’s world from the first page, and you find yourself connecting with the character within seconds. You wonder what is going to happen to her if she is going to be discovered and what would happen to her if she does. There wasn’t a page or a chapter where I did not wonder what is going to happen, how long Clara Kelly would be able to keep this up without the truth coming out.



This is the first book that I read by MARIE BENEDICT , and I was a bit hesitant in the beginning since she is a new author to me. I am glad that I decided to check this book out, considering that I ended up falling in love with the story, the characters. CARNEIGE’S MAID was beautifully written, the way that all of the character's emotions were portrayed and all of the descriptions were vivid. For me, it made the story more real and made me visualize as I was along with Clara Kelly, Andrew, experiencing everything that they were. I did wonder how Clara Kelly would get into her maid, and there was part of me that was worried that she would get discovered from the moment that she started since being maid is not something she was familiar with.



Andrew and Clara Kelly, those two bonded fast. I did feel as the two of them fell for each other a bit too soon for my taste. However, there was no denying that there was something between the two of them. The two of them seemed to be happiest when they were around each other. I also felt as if Clara Kelly seemed to change Andrew a bit after he met her, just the way he started acting, his attitude. There were couple parts in the book that seemed to drag on a bit too much; however, it picked up fast afterward. I loved the book and the cover, which was what caught my attention. If you love historical fiction, I would highly recommend CARNEIGE’S MAID . After reading this book, I cannot wait to check out what other adventures she came up with.




Extraordinary.





May 23, 2020

Seeking The Fae (Daughter Of Light,#1)

☆☆☆


seeking the Fae.
Daughter Of Light, #1.
 Leia stone.

Publisher  Leia Stone.
Publication Date: April 29,2020.
Genre:  NA Romance| Fantasy.
 Format|Pages: Kindle|268.
 Source: Goodreads| Kindle Unlimited.











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Now that her mother is dead, Lilly is the last of her kind.



A Seeker.



Tasked with seeking the lost crystals of Faerie, she must restore her broken and barren world to its former glory.



But the crystals that keep Faerie alive have been stolen by the Sons of Darkness and are hidden on Earth. It's up her to get them back by any means necessary.



She has everything under control and plans to bring the first crystal back, when she meets him – Liam – a Son of Darkness.



He's the most dangerous kind, with black wings that smoke and eyes that have seen death. She must kill him, kill him and take the crystal, but she can't.



He's her soulmate. 




 
 

I love books about fae/ fairies. I have read a few books based on that theme in the past. I liked SEEKING THE FAE but not as much as I thought I would. It was not a bad book; I did enjoy it and liked the story behind it. However, there were parts that I did not enjoy as much. For instance, Lily. I was not sure how to feel about the character because there were moments that I liked her, and there were moments that I did not. I felt for her considering that her mother was killed, and a lot was put on her in such a short period. I do feel that she accomplished so much, considering that she was not aware of it until her mother’s death. Yet, I felt as if she complained too much and got upset when she did not get her way, not acting her age but like a spoiled child instead. That was one of the things that annoyed me about her. It was a reason that I had mixed feelings about the character as I read the book. The way that she tried to save Faerie, I thought that was brave of her, and it was clear how important it was to her. I was rooting for Lily.



I loved the idea of soulmates in this book. I had always enjoyed reading about forbidden love. At first, it seemed as if Liam was going to try pushing her away and tried to avoid the feeling that he had for her. I understand that Lily and Liam were soulmates, but I felt that she was pushing him towards it a bit too much, not even letting the relationship develop a bit. I could not help but wonder if Liam will finally give in since it was clear how much he cared about Lily. I liked their relationship, but I did feel that it should develop more before they jumped into everything. I am curious to see what develops between Lily and Liam next if the two of them will stay together. It feels like half of the time, the two of them driving each other crazy. However, it was clear that at the same time they were happy, there was an attraction between the two of them when they were with each other.



Some parts were a bit slow for me, but it picked up fast. I loved the descriptions in this book, which made me feel as I was there along with them. It did make me eager to find out what happens in the next book. SEEKING THE FAE was the first book that I have read by LEIA STONE and I am eager to discover what other adventures she has written. SEEKING THE FAE is worth picking up and checking out and will have you wondering what to come next.


May 21, 2020

A Fall Of Marigolds.

☆☆☆
a fall of marigolds.
Susan meissner.

Publisher  NAL.
Publication Date: February 4,2014.
Genre:  Historical Fiction| Romance.
 Format|Pages: Kindle|399.
 Source: Goodreads| Library.















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September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her?



September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers…the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life? 


 







An extraordinary story about two incredible women.



I was drawn into the story from the beginning. I kept on telling myself that I would read one more chapter that turned into five more. The emotions in this book were high that I found myself grieving along with Clara and Taryn. I love how one scarf connected these two incredible and strong women. I read SECRETS OF CHARMED LIFE back in 2015 and after reading A FALL OF MARIGOLDS reminded me of why I loved this author’s writing. SUSAN MEISSNER is the author that will have you engaging with the characters from the moment that you start reading the book. There were a couple of slow parts in the book, but it picked up the pace fast. I could not even begin to imagine what Taryn and Clara must go through in those tragedies. However, as I read the book, all the descriptions and the emotions had me feeling as if I could. I imagined being there along with them. The emotions that Clara and Taryn felt, I found myself feeling them myself and teared up a few times while I read A FALL OF MARIGOLDS .



I was curious about the title, A FALL OF MARIGOLDS from the moment that I came across the book at the library, and it was what captured my attention first. I wondered if there a specific story behind the title, and there was. I loved how that scarf seemed to travel everywhere, and the story behind it. That scarf had a significant meaning to both Clara and Taryn. I enjoyed reading Taryn and Clara’s stories. Both of the women went through so much, yet they kept on going. I did feel that Clara fell in love a bit too fast; it did not feel realistic to me. However, I did like the story between her and Ethan, though I had a feeling that Ethan liked her more than she did. I do believe that the reason she seemed to brush him off is that she had a hard time letting Edward go, though she did not know him that long. Clara had a hard time letting go of what could have been. I am not surprised that others were worried about her. I loved how Ethan always there, wanted to take care of Clara, and I loved how he was around her even though she wasn’t always as kind to him. Like Ethan, I did want her to leave. I hoped that she would able to see Ethan the way that he saw her. I wondered what happened to her after if she ended up coming back. I was also curious about what happened with Taryn and her daughter’s thoughts after she told her the story.



A beautifully written story. A FALL OF MARIGOLDS is a book that will stay with you, a story you will share with your friends, your family. I highly recommend this book to any historical fiction fan.






May 19, 2020

Bloodline (Star Wars).

☆☆☆

bloodline.
Star Wars Disney Cannon Novel.
 Claudia gray.

Publisher  Del Rey.
Publication Date: May 3,2016.
Genre: Science Fiction.
 Format|Pages: Kindle|334.
 Source: Goodreads| Library.  

















CONTAINS SPOILERS



Witness the birth of the Resistance



When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.



Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.



As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing...








Oh man, how do I even begin to explain everything about this book? I am a big Star Wars fan and always watch movies in theatres. Leia is one of my favorite characters from the series. I have read CLAUDIA GRAY’S other books before, but it had been few years. I had no idea that she wrote Star Wars books, and when I came across this one, I knew that I had to check the book out. I am so glad that I did, regretting that I did not know about this book earlier. I loved that most of this book was from Leia’s point of view, giving the reader a chance to get to know Leia better and for a chance to understand how she is feeling. I always wondered how she felt about being Darth Vader’s daughter, and I cannot imagine having to keep that secret for as long as she did. I did not like how she was treated after Ransolom Casterfo revealed that she was Darth Vader’s daughter in front of everyone. Leia should not be judged by her father’s actions or what her father turned into. It is not fair for them to assume because she is his daughter that she cannot be trusted. I wish that I could make them see it.



I liked Casterfo and the friendship that he and Leia developed. When he exposed that Leia was Darth Vader’s daughter, I was angry and disappointed in him. Like Leia, I felt betrayed. I know why he felt why he had to tell others, and I knew how he felt about Darth Vader. I agree with Leia; the way he exposed her to everyone is not the way he should have. I did not think he do it that way, and I was sure that he would talk to Leia first before making any decisions. I feel that he felt angry and hurt by Leia keeping from him, and he wanted to hurt her, he just did not realize what consequences come afterward. I knew from the moment that he exposed her; the two of them would not be friends any longer. I did wonder if Casterfo would think about what he has done, and he would realize his mistake. It was hard for me to like him afterward. There was part of me that hoped that they might be able to resolve, but at the same time, I knew they wouldn’t. I was sad about the way that their friendship ended.



BLOODLINE was an amazing Star Wars book and I couldn’t get enough of this book. There was so much going on in this book and one of the reasons that I kept on turning the pages. I enjoyed that BLOODLINES was not told only from Leia’s point of view but on occasion from other characters, a way for the reader to get to know the characters better. That ending…I don’t think I can even begin to explain how I am feeling about that ending. It was not what I had expected. I was thinking about it long after I finished the book. I was thinking about the book for some time. I don’t think that there was anything that I did not enjoy about BLOODLINE . I cannot wait to read CLAUDIA GRAY other Star Wars books.

 

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