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A stay-at-home Mom with one rambunctious toddler. I read far too much and do too little of anything else.

Death and the Girl Next Door

Death and the Girl Next Door - Darynda Jones Debating between a 3 and 4 stars. Not sure I'm a fan of the insta-love.

The Great Escape (Book 6)

The Great Escape - Susan Elizabeth Phillips 3.5 Stars. Not my favorite of SEP's books, but still enjoyable. I LOVED Panda, but was ambivalent about Lucy. I thought she was over-the-top emotional in some of her reactions, and I hated how everything was Panda's fault.

Deeper in You: A Crossfire Novel

Reflected in You - Sylvia Day Didn't think this one was as great as Bared to You. Didn't seem like there was a whole lot of forward progression, minus one "conflict" being closed. Also, the book seemed super short. Did anyone else feel the same way?

Hot Finish (Fast Track)

Hot Finish - Erin McCarthy Did anyone else think Suzanne was kind of... witchy? I really didn't like her, and I felt sorry for Ryder. Maybe she showed some more redeeming qualities on previous books?

Taken by Storm (Raised by Wolves, #3)

Taken by Storm (Raised by Wolves, #3) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes Why did no one WARN me that this book was going to end up being Sobfest 2012?!?! Seriously, I cried buckets in this book. Chase. Oh, my dear Chase. SOB.

Will Bryn ever catch a break? I don't see how this series can ever have a happily ever after now. I don't even think I have any hope at this point.

EDIT: Is this the freakin' end of the series?!?!

EDIT II: It is. This is the freakin' ending to the series. I'M SO PISSED. It'd be one thing if she was continuing on, but she's not and not only that, but the author is happy with how it ended. No freakin' way. I can't believe I devoted all that time and energy to a series for THAT to happen in the end. What's the point of reading the book when the heroine is going to end up completely and utterly alone? I HATE what Barnes did with the ending. Hate it. Dropping this from four stars (when I thought there would be more books) to one because I'm so upset about the incredibly depressing and unhappy ending.

Beyond Shame

Beyond Shame - Kit Rocha VERY steamy. I wish it would have had a bit more of the gang and the O'Kane relationships though. The ones outside of the bedroom, I mean. Full review to come.

Hidden Paradise

Hidden Paradise - Janet Mullany This was not good. Should have DNF'd it.

Full review to come.

Double Time: Sinners On Tour (The Sinners on Tour)

Double Time - Olivia Cunning Besides the incredible weirdness of the last book being released as the third book.. this was enjoyable. A little too insta-love for my tastes, especially between Eric and Trey, but I can't deny Cunning's ability to write hot scenes!
Relentless Pursuit (Private Protectors, #5) - Adrienne Giordano Pretty good. Felt like the heroines body image issues was a little over done, but other than that, I enjoyed this one. Full review to come.

Throne of Glass

The Assassin and the Princess - Sarah J. Maas I'm debating between a 3.5 and a 4 on this one. I didn't always like Celaena, and sometimes the dialogue between the characters was a little cheesy. But I really liked the fantasy elements and the world that Maas created.

Full review to come later this week.

Moonglow (Darkest London, #2)

Moonglow - Kristen Callihan Awesome! Just as good as the first. Full review to come in a couple of days.

Sweet Talk

Sweet Talk - Julie Garwood Full review to come.

The Wild Ones (The Wild Ones, #1)

The Wild Ones (The Wild Ones, #1) - M. Leighton This is my first by this author, and I couldn't put it down! Very sexy writing, and I loved the MC's. This is a good one!

Dante's Girl (The Paradise Diaries, #1)

Dante's Girl (The Paradise Diaries, #1) - Courtney Cole This was super cute. I think every girl has dreamed of meeting and falling in love with a handsome prince (or PM's son in this case) in their lifetime, and it just so happens that Reece is the lucky winner. I really enjoyed this one!

From Rags

From Rags - Suzanne  Wright From a technical standpoint, this book needs a lot of help. It definitely needed a good editor to read and fix mistakes.

The idea of the book was solid though, and I liked the characters.

In the end, even with editing issues, I liked it enough to finish it.

Borrowed Ember (Fire Spirits, #3)

Borrowed Ember (Fire Spirits, #3) - Samantha Young I’ve read almost all of Samantha Young’s books. I’ve noticed that in all of her series, Sam (can I call you Sam?) has this insanely frustrating habit of giving me just enough to whet my appetite, to keep me going. Then I get to the end of the book and I want to throw my Kindle across the room because it’s never enough. I always want to know what happens next RIGHT NOW, not when the next book comes out. This is the main reason why she’s on my auto-buy list and I’ll pretty much read anything she writes.

In Scorched Skies (review), we leave off with Ari and Jai rushing to Mount Qaf to save Charlie. A common theme in this series. Charlie is on trial for killing a half-blood royal, and while he had good reasons for doing so, the Jinn are a stubborn people. Charlie barely scrapes out of the trial with his life intact, and he, Ari and Jai leave the treacherous environment of Mount Qaf at the first opportunity. After the events at the end of Scorched Skies, Ari decides she is tired of being a victim. She wants to become the hunter, instead of the hunted. They all head back to the Roe’s, the Guild that harbored them in the previous book. Ari immediately begins training with Jai and Fallon, while Charlie hides himself away to do mysterious revenge things with another Guild hunter, Jack.

At the Guild home, Ari and Jai experience a few weeks of peace for the first time in months. But the vultures are ever circling, just waiting for the perfect opportunity for Ari to slip up so they can forcibly bring her back to Mount Qaf for good. As the days wear on, Ari struggles to contain the Seal’s power within her, and it’s starting to change her. It’s getting harder to control, especially when it comes to any threats regarding Jai. They’ve been forced to keep their relationship a secret, but the White King’s spies have discovered the truth and Ari’s evil father devises a plan to kidnap Jai, hoping to force Ari to his side and under his thumb.

Ari runs to Azazil, where she learns the truth about the Seal and why it’s trying to take control of her body. Ari finally realizes that the balance must be maintained, and that she is not strong enough to hold the Seal. She must decide between her own life, or those of the people she loves.

Where Scorched Skies was heavy on the action, Borrowed Ember was a bit slower paced. We learn a lot more in this book about the Jinn world, Ari and the Seal, Azazil’s motives, the White King’s motives, who Ms. Maggie really is, what Asmodeus wants, and whether or not the Red King would choose between Ari or his loyalty to his father. A lot of secrets are revealed, some that are devastating, and some that bring relief and comfort.

I found myself wishing for some more gumption from Ari. She was firm in her desire to train and learn how to use her powers, but when she was put in a situation where she could actually fight, she sort of froze up and someone always showed up in the nick of time to save her. I hope that we see more growth with her character in the next book. I don’t need her to be Wonder Woman, but I’d like her to be able to stand up for herself, and even more, believe in herself. I really admire Ari’s loyalty to her friends and family. She always puts them first, but sometimes that makes her a little TSTL, and she is so much better than that. I hope that in the future we see her embrace the world she was violently thrust into, but can no longer avoid. She wants so badly to be normal, but I’d like to see her make a new normal with the life she now has. I want her to fight alongside Jai, not be okay with him pushing her behind him when they’re backed into a corner.

Jai is devastatingly handsome and sexy, as always. If there’s one thing Sam does well, it’s her heroes. He’s a perfect blend of vulnerability and strength, and he loves Ari so much. It was so hard to read about their difficulties in keeping their relationship a secret, when he just wanted to shout to the world that Ari was his and no one was to mess with her.

I hate Charlie. I’ve never liked him, but I tried to at least tolerate him for Ari’s sake. What he did in this book pushed me right over the edge from tolerating deep into loathing territory. I kept yelling at Ari to just give him up. He’s clearly made his choice to pursue this ridiculous revenge of his without regard to anyone else, and it annoyed me that she kept wanting to save him. And the end.. HOLY COW the end. Sam, you killed me. Seriously. What went down in the hotel AND Ms. Maggie? Was that absolutely necessary? SOB.

My Summary: I’ve always been intrigued with this series, but now I desperately want to know where it’s going from here. My mind is filled with questions about what’s going to happen next, and I can’t get the story out of my head. Ari and Jai are one of my most favorite YA couples, and I hope they have some time in the next book to just be. I love the action, but I also love the moments where they can be together and enjoy each other’s company. I’m hoping they can go on a regular date or something. (Wink, wink ) I highly recommend this series, and if you haven’t read it, start with Fire Spirits. I promise you’ll love ‘em just as much as I do.

My Rating: A