by Kylie Scott 

Book: Dive Bar #2 
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press 
Pub Date: April 2017 
Genre: New Adult 
Format: Print 
Source: Bought 

When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot, bearded, bartender extraordinaire, Joe Collins, only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her. 

Alex Parks is funny, friendly, and pretty much everything he’s been looking for in a woman. And in no time at all they’re emailing up a storm, telling each other their deepest darkest secrets… apart from the one that really matters. 
And when it comes to love, serving it straight up works better than with a twist. 

 My Review: Alex is ready to go! Fresh off the plane, looking all kinds of sexy and ready to meet Eric. So in she goes to the bar to meet Eric, the man of her dreams. When she walks up to him, the only thing he has for her is a blank and confused stare. That’s right……Eric has no idea who she is. But Joe does……. 

After Alex is done with all this humiliating, she runs out the bar and walks to her hotel. But damn if Joe isn’t a stubborn fool. Following after her, trying to talk and explain. He really like her, but hell if Alex isn’t ready to bust his balls. 

This book starts of in an amazing way. Things only got better as you went along and well I ended up finishing this book in one sitting. Yes, it was just that darn good. I have never read a book by Kylie that I didn’t love. They will never disappoint, so you should all be getting yourself copies of her books asap.  

Weekly Spotlight – Uninvited

“Exactly what he wanted me to do. Exactly what they all thought I would do. Everyone in here. Everyone out there in the world. A world so afraid of carriers, it makes killers out of the innocent.” 

The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she’s destined to become a murderer.

When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

My Review

Unleashed, the romantic, high-stakes sequel to New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s Uninvited, is perfect for fans of James Patterson’s Confessions of a Murder Suspect.

Davy has spent the last few months trying to come to terms with the fact that she tested positive for the kill gene HTS (also known as Homicidal Tendency Syndrome). She swore she would not let it change her, and that her DNA did not define her . . . but then she killed a man.

Now on the run, Davy must decide whether she’ll be ruled by the kill gene or if she’ll follow her heart and fight for her right to live free. But with her own potential for violence lying right beneath the surface, Davy doesn’t even know if she can trust herself.


Blood Moon

Blood Moon 
by Alyxandra Harvey

Book: Drake Chronicles #5
Publisher: Walker 
Pub Date: June 2012 
Genre: Young Adult 
Format: Print 
Source: Borrowed 
Book LinksGoodreads  Amazon  Book Depository

When the vampire tribes convene for the rare Blood Moon ceremonies, Solange Drake is plunged into a battle with her feral nature. The Drake brothers have been raised knowing that they had to protect their younger sister at all cost. But forbidden magic and a mysterious stranger have put them all in terrible danger. 
 Nicholas is going to have to make a difficult choice: between his girlfriend, Lucy, and his little sister, Solange- blood, or love?  The POVs are: Solange, Lucy and Nicholas.  
 My Review: Solange is becoming more unstable with each chapter. The blood change she went through was tough. But slowly, as the book went on her unstable chapters started to take a turn. Finally the Solange we love is finding her way back. Her relationship on the other hand…..well that didn’t go as planned.  
However, as the book went on, I started to lose interest again. It looks like this series started strong and then it lost my interest again. This just didn’t end up being the series I hoped it would be. 

The Beauty that Remains

The Beauty that Remains 
by Ashley Woodfolk  

Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: Delacort Press
Pub Date March 18, 2018
Genre: Young Adult 
Format: ARC 
Source: Publisher 
Book Links: Goodreads  Amazon  Book Depository  

Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.

Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect. 

 But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.  Each of them wonders: How different would my life be if this hadn’t happened? And now that it has . . . what’s next?  

My Review: Loved this book!! 

This book took some tough issues and executed it perfectly!

Shay and Sasha are twin sisters who share an amazing bond. Unfortunately, Sasha dies from her illness. Now Shay is left alone. Then you have Logan who is a great musician with his boyfriend by his side nothing can go wrong. But then he loses Bram. Then you have Autumn and her best friend Octavia, however, Octavia isn’t really here either. 

These three characters have all lost someone in the worst way. Each of them is dealing with this loss differently and not one is the same. Losing the ones they loved meant losing music too. Music no longer holds life together and each will need support and love from those around them to help heal and put the pieces back together. 

Each story will hit your emotions. Perfectly written and a book you won’t soon forget. 


Weekly Spotlight – Jason Sandberg Stand Alones

Baby Julia Feeds the Moon
In a small house, on a small hill, there lives a small baby with a big heart. Her name is Julia and when she discovers that the moon is hungry she’s determined to help! This lovingly crafted bedtime story is filled with twinkling stars and pixie wings.
My Review

Meet Mister Fumbulgrumbul. You’ll see him when he fumbles, you’ll hear him when he grumbles. When a poodle comes after his cookies, you know that hilarity will ensue. This richly illustrated rhyming picture book will be enjoyed over and over, by parent and child alike! 

“This book is anchored by the rhyming comedic tale of a man attempting to keep some cookies away from a poodle. The supplementary challenge I set for myself was to work subplots into a Picture Book without making the narrative confusing for a Preschool audience. I did this by parading whimsical and fantastic supporting characters through the backgrounds of the pages. These charming sight gags should add a secondary level of enjoyment to the reading experience.” – Jason Sandberg
My Review


Fighting Back

Fighting Back
by C.C. Hunter

Book: Shadow Falls Novella
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Pub Date: August 2017
Genre: Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
Book Links: Goodreads  Amazon

The final novella in the New York Times bestselling Shadow Falls series!

Everything is changing, and Kylie’s not sure how to feel about it. It’s her senior year at Shadow Falls, but her boyfriend, Lucas Parker, has already graduated and has new responsibilities with the werewolf council. When he breaks a promise to her and leaves on a two-week mission for his pack, she starts to worry that their love just isn’t strong enough to stand the test of time.

While still devastated by his absence and the emotional distance that’s grown between them, Kylie’s visited by a new spirit with a vague but urgent message: “Save him.” The spectral visits are unsettling and confounding, but when Kylie discovers the ghost’s connection to Lucas, she becomes terrified. Lucas is the one she needs to save. While their future may still be uncertain, Kylie will do whatever it takes to save the life of the only boy she’s ever truly loved.

My Review: Love!!!! Even though it was a quick read, I loved getting another glance into Kylie and Lucas’s lives.

Kylie and Lucas are still together, however, haven’t spent much time together. But they do have this amazing day planned. Just the two of them…but that’s not going to happen…again. The council continues to take all of Lucas’s free time. Between that and working with the FRU, Lucas pretty much has time for nothing. Poor Kylie isn’t having this and just wants her Lucas back to herself.

Toward the end, as Lucas comes to realize that Kylie and the other were right about the council’s plans, things look grim for a moment.  But of course, Kylie and the gang is on their way.

Finally after all is said and done, Lucas finally realizes what he has and that he’s lucky to have Kylie at his rescue. They grow stronger and they remain to be amazing. Still one of my favorite couples!

Weekly Spotlight – Cape Cod Witches Series

ElsBeth and the Pirates Treasure
Book I in the popular award winning Cape Cod Witch Series, chronicling the magical adventures of ElsBeth Amelia Thistle. 

When Halloween approaches, a never-quite-forgotten pirate’s treasure provokes some serious trouble. And the youngest witch on Cape Cod, some of her magical friends, and a motley pack of classmates are called to face off against dangerous outsiders — and the notorious pirate Billy Bowlegs.

Includes twenty, whimsical, full-color illustrations by juried fine artist Melanie Therrien. 

Recommended for boys and girls ages 8-13. Children ages 5-7 love the story read to them — and adults like it, too!
My Review

ElsBeth and the Pirates Adventure
Book II in the popular award winning Cape Cod Witch Series featuring ElsBeth Amelia Thistle. 

While on an innocent field trip to Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, ElsBeth and her classmates become entangled in the fateful kidnapping of another student — a young Arabian Prince. 

Under the Old North Church they meet the famous freedom fighter, the pirate ghost Captain Thomas Jacques, who leads them on a daring rescue attempt across the treacherous waters to Nantucket Island. And along the way ElsBeth and her friends get a real-life lesson in fighting for freedom and caring about something bigger than themselves. 

Readers also discover a treasure chest of historical nuggets and Cape and Islands lore, together with a brief sketch of the authentic pirates featured in Books I and II. 

Includes thirteen original illustrations and other stylized graphic art.
My Review

ElsBeth  and the Call of the Castle Ghosts
When their wild and free ancestral lands are threatened, three ancient ghosts need one of their clan from the living world. They call the Thistle heir from across the sea to the old country. 

Almost-eleven-year-old ElsBeth Amelia Thistle, the youngest witch on Cape Cod, has her own need to unearth the family mysteries and to begin in earnest her chosen calling to protect the natural world. 

ElsBeth uses the best she knows of science and magic (not so very different from each other, after all). But even with help from a curious cast of magical creatures she befriends, and her spirited classmates who’ve been swept along (including the beautiful feisty fashionista Veronica, a Wampanoag chief-to-be Johnny, and Frankie, who wants to follow in the footsteps of his prize-fighting Uncle Vittorio), ElsBeth is in way over her magic level — and into older, odder mysteries than she could ever dream — in an adventure just above the surface of reality. 
My Review