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Cross Breed by Lora Leigh (Review Post)

Published September 28, 2018 by bookbesties

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The Breeds are humans altered before conception with the DNA of the predators of Earth. But although they all carry the genetic material of beasts within them, Cassandra Sinclair stands apart. A unique mix of wolf, coyote and human, she is revered by many—but preyed upon by others. She is fiercely protected by her community…but no one manages to stop her when she slips away one day to offer her body in exchange for her sister’s safety.

The man she succumbs to surprises her by unleashing her inner animal in ways she never dreamed possible—and provokes her deep, furious rage. To Cassie’s shock, he is the mate she has long awaited. She may never be able to forgive his deception. Still, as dangerous enemies track her, and as the threat of all-out war between Breeds and the humans who despise them hovers in the air, they must join forces and hold fast to each other.

But the passionate union between them holds a potential that could change the world—and some will do anything to stop it…

When I first read Lora Leigh it was a re-release of Elizabeth’s Wolf, which I have since found out, was the third book in this very long, but very intriguing series. So naturally when the chance to read Cassie’s book who is a legit adult, I jumped at the chance.
I have to admit, the first half of the book was a little confusing for me, as this is book, like, 32 in the entire series and there was A LOT that was information that was in previous books and like with any series this long, the author didn’t really get into those past things, which I understand is waaay too much to do. That being said I did fell lost when Dog entered the picture when Cassie was 15 then is did some jumps and hinted that they had a past. Dog knew Cassie was hit mate when he first meets her and over several years he is always there for her in one way or another, helping her, talking to her. Dog is basically a traitor to his own kind which is why she talks to him in secret, getting his help in exchange for payback. When she calls him to help rescue her sister(another book I totally missed) he ask for the payback of all paybacks. One night. Cassie figures it’s the least she could do, after all its not like he’s her mate, its just one night. But dog knows Cassie is his, has always been his, and even though he agreed to one night, he knew it would be forever.
There is danger in being the mate of someone like Dog, but Dog isn’t who he claims he is and when things get hot and his mate is in danger, he has to do the one thing that goes against everything in his nature.
But Cassie is NOT your typical Cross Breed, along with her 6th sense there is something else lying in wait, and it explodes when her world id threatened.

I loved this book because Cassie? Yeah she’s a bad-ass. She takes no crap from Dog and anyone else for that matter and is not afraid to do so. I’m sure had I been a long time fan I would have loved the various cameo’s in the book from the past characters. As it stands, this book is not a stand alone and definitely has to be read within the series order, which I have since gone back and started from the beginning.
Better late than never I say. But Lora Leigh’s has created this crazy interact world not unlike anything that could happen today and made these people and their lives seem, real. She defiantly gained a reader

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Lux: Beginnings Cover Reveal

Published March 24, 2014 by bookbesties

We here at BB loves us some JLA, and one of the hot Book Boyfriends she created is coming to you in a combo pack! That’s right you get two Daemon Black’s for a great price. And an exciting new cover!

Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian & Onyx) official Blurb:

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There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot…until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he lights me up with a big fat bulls-eye. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.

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Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro alien connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout 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, working out, 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.

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

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Olivia Twisted by Vivi Barnes

Published November 3, 2013 by bookbesties

 

I have never seen Oliver Twist but I like to think that if you put that and Hackers together you come up with this fantastic called Olivia Twisted by ViVi Barnes. ViVi’s writing is so catching, It literally makes you not want to put the book down, I was drawn in from the very first chapter!

Liv(Olivia) is a foster kid who, like any other has been through the ringer, and when she moves in with her latest foster family she starts a new school and meets two new friends who are also foster kids but drive fancy cars and nice motorcycle and just happen to be  great in computer programming class, like her. But little does Liv know there is more to her two new friends than meets the eye. Z is polo wearing, self-made geek, but underneath that Liv sees his hard exterior and soon see’s that Z has two majorly different sides about him. This book reminded me so much of hackers, I loved it.

 The book is told in dual POV’s (Liv & Z) and it was great to get into both their heads especially in a story like this one. I liked the fact that it wasn’t all based on algorithms and computer lingo that I wouldn’t know unless I was into computers like that, but more based on the evolution of the two MC’s (Z and Liv). I liked the mystery in the book as well, generally I don’t read mystery novels because I can basically riddle it out by the 6 chapter but this one was more of suspense with a little mystery. The world that ViVi Barnes wrote was so believable, that although it was fiction it could totally be real life as well. What book (in my opinion anyway) can be complete without a little romance or love story in it? This had a great love story, the way Barnes wrote from Z’s prospective was amazing and mesmerizing. I always find a love story more MORE when I know what’s going on in the guy’s head as well.

 The only thing I would have liked was for the epilogue to be a little bit longer, but all in all ViVi Barnes wrote a great book for her debut and I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next!

**** I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review****

4 out of 5 stars

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Rivulet by Jamie Magee Blog Tour

Published October 8, 2013 by bookbesties

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This was my first time reading anything by Jamie Magee and the plot made me very excited to read it. A girl who has an ice cold touch and freezes things?! Pssh, where do I sign up?!

First off the book was a nicely put together book with some good detail.  It had a great idea for the story but was quite a bit confusing to follow; even after I figured out what effect was being reached for. I did have to go back a quite a few times and re-read passages so that I understood what was happening. A few times I was kinda like

  I would have appreciated a bit more detail in describing the individual characters of the story, their appearance and their clothing. I didn’t even realized until almost the end that the main character was blond and still not sure of the coloring for her male lead, is he brunette? Usually the title of the book kinda ties in with the story, and I’m not sure if this is because it’s the first book in a new series , but I was a bit confused by the title; the connection in the story seemed forced, it didn’t make a lot of sense to me on how it worked together.  I did love the characters names, Indie, Cadence, Gavin, Sebastian, Guardian, they are common but unanticipated names; and not forced like Basil or Wrath would be.  I also enjoyed how independent Indie is, not a weepy, whiny person that requires a boyfriend, that some YA books tend to have. Indie stands up for herself and what she believes in and that in and of itself would be a great message to send to any young reader. The end of the book I hope I got correct because it really just confused me more, but again maybe its cause it was the first in the series.

I like simple reads, but of the plot is intricately woven and does not leave me confused then I’m all for it! Maybe it’s just me but  sadly this one left me more confused then anything. I loved the concept so  I will try the second book to see if it makes more sense to me.

3 out of 5 stars

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*I was gifted a copy of this book for my honest review*

Relic by Renee Collins

Published August 30, 2013 by bookbesties

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So by reading the synopses of this book I was gun-hoe to get into. I love a good YA fantasy and the idea of Relic’s was fascinating to me.  What I did like about this book was that it had enough mystery and action to keep the story moving along and the MC was on a level, likable.  Renee Collins did an excellent job of painting the western  times and putting a twist on it by mixing it with her world.

What I didn’t like about this book was that It was a western, and while the synopsis told me that,I still didn’t think western western. I really don’t like to read ‘period’ or historical books, but I thought this would be different, some period books are written so that you kind of forget save for a few references here and there, but when i started reading words like ‘viddles’ I felt like I was thrown into an episode of Dr.Quinn Medicine Women

I also felt like I wasn’t given enough explanation at some points and without giving spoilers away, there were parts where I had to re-read it because I didn’t ‘get it’ and maybe that was just me. I also could not for the life of me like Maggie! I felt she was too detached, especially with the tragedy that happened in the first chapter I still didn’t  feel her pain. And her ‘romance’ with Landon seemed to be lacking something. But this is all just MO.

I had a very hard time committing myself to this book wholly. I could have just been thrown off from the whole ‘viddles’ word but It didn’t do it for me. While I liked the magical side of it, the others not so much. Maybe I’m just to old to fully appreciate the story for what it was.  This was probably more of a book for Josh (the other bestie) than  me, Although I do love a good YA and this is not to say I won’t read something else by Renee Collins in the future i liked it, just didn’t love it.

3 out of 5 stars

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Darker Days by Jus Accardo

Published July 29, 2013 by bookbesties

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Seven Sins. Six Innocent people. Five Days. Piece of cake….

When gorgeous new client, Lukas Scott, saunters into the office requesting their help to find a stolen box, it sounds like a simple case—until the truth comes out. The box is full of Sin.

Let me start by saying I had never read a book by Jus Accardo before, granted  she was in my large and ever-growing TBR pile, but I had never gotten around to one of her books.  Well after reading Darker Days, let me tell you her books just got moved up the list! Had I known I was in for such an awesome ride with her books I would have long since read them. I want everyone to be able to read this book so that I can talk about it with them!

From the time I had done the cover reveal and read the teasers I was hooked. You have a teenage girl who fights demons, with her MOM and they run a detective-by-day-slash-demon-hunting-by-night business. Score! Jus did an awesome job at drawing me in to ALL the characters introduced in the book and I can tell this will be one of the series to look out for. You are going to want to know what happens next at each page turn, and no matter how much I told myself ‘after this chapter I will…’I couldn’t put it down until I was done.

Imagine if Veronica Mars and Buffy the Vampire slayer had a kid. That kid would be Jessie Darker.  With just enough snark to be funny and relatable she also can kick ass and take names with the rest of them and far from a normal teenage girl.

“Last week, I evicted a nest of Hell Hounds in the park; got a twelfth century ghost out of the record room in town hall, and two days ago I went shopping with a witch and a necromancer. What about that screams normal to you?”

Everyone around her want to protect her, but all she wants to do is prove herself and prove herself she does. This book was not short on action, something was always happening, there was never a dull moment but there was kissing, because there is ALWAYS time for that. But it still was never lacking and normally I can guess what will happen in the book before it’s told. Like the big secret reveal. The Scooby Gang ain’t got nuthin’ on me!

 But this book…I got nothing. It kept me guessing and on my toes EVERY.SECOND.  The intricate plot and story line was written it left me thinking about what could happen in the books to come long after I finished. This is how you start a series, with a bang and Jus certainly did that.

Not everyone can do paranormal YA and I will admit I am somewhat of a YA snob, I like who I like and that’s it. Jus has made my list. Excellent read and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
*I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.*

5 out of 5 stars

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Origin by Jennifer Armentrout Cover Reveal!

Published July 1, 2013 by bookbesties

YO! since Opal ended the way it did (the saddest moment in the history of sad moments) I have been DYING for all things Lux. So how excited am I that I get to be apart of the cover reveal for Origin, the next Lux Novel? This cover guys is like….

So before we get to the cover, lets here about the book… the blurp was awesome in and of itself

ORIGIN official Blurb:

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.
Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?
Together, they can face anything.
But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?

OMG Right! I’m all types of freaking, like……

And now…the cover…

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Yea, it’s awesomesauce!

The book isn’t out until 8/27/13 and I. Can’t. Wait.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout 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, working out, 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.

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

You can stalk/ follow Jen on Twitter, Facebook and her official Website.

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