Ceaseless by Abbi Glines

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When Pagan Moore proved worthy of Death’s devotion, he was given the gift of getting to keep her.

But Dank was never promised that Pagan would keep him.

When a soul is created, so is its mate. In every lifetime those souls find each other. They complete the other’s destiny. It’s time for Pagan’s soul to choose if she truly wants an eternity at Death’s side or if she wants the mate created just for her.

Dank didn’t think he had to worry about her choice. He knew where her heart belonged. Until he realized that every kiss, every touch, every moment of their time together would be washed from her memories. He would have to win her heart all over again and prove to her soul that he was where she belonged.

If only her soul’s mate wasn’t right there standing in his way.


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
Yes.

Genre?
Paranormal Romance

Star Rating?
4 Stars

Rereadable?
No.

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
This is the last book of the series

Is this a part of a challenge?
Completes another run of #ASeriesAMonth2018

Who would you recommend this for?
If you liked the other books, read this one.

Conclusion:

Fucking finally.

Okay, so I’m now finished this series and I’m really happy about it. This was actually pretty good and I’m glad it ended strongly. If it was only a three star read like the rest, I would’ve been pretty bummed out.

This had a bit of the twist on the amnesia trope, which always makes me laugh. This isn’t a 90’s soap opera, people do not get amnesia that often. But at least this kind of made sense in the grand scheme of things. Both Dank and Pagan were actually pretty decent this time and I really do love that it was written with them in college this time.

I really how this series ended up.

Is it a perfect series? Absolutely not. I could go without about two of the books at least, but it was pretty enjoyable.

If you’re interested:
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Until next time,

 

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Fostering Cats: Why I decided to do it and meet my first foster: Bugsy!

If you follow me on Twitter, you have probably seen me post about getting ready to foster cats. I know the biggest question that I’ll probably get is why did I want to foster?

The biggest reason is because I live in a relatively small city. And in this city, there is something like 6 rescue organizations dedicated to rescuing cats. These rescues are always full. There just simply are not enough people willing to take cats into their homes until they get adopted and there are way too many cats being bred. This ends up with many perfectly healthy animals being put down. And I hate it.

I absolutely loathe the thought of an animal being put down because theres no room for it. Someone out there must have a place for these wonderful animals but just aren’t ready to adopt quite yet.

That’s where people like myself come in. As a foster, you provide a safe, warm place with lots of love for this animal that (usually) have never experienced it. Some of these cats have been abandoned, some were born on the street but all of them need somewhere to go until a forever home has been found.

My city also has a TNR program which is absolutely fantastic. TNR means Trap, Neuter, Return. They humanly trap feral cats, get them fixed and vaccinated, treat any medical conditions and release them back into their colony. There are also people who keep an eye on the colonies of feral cats. These people basically make sure that the cats have access to food and water at all times. All of these volunteers are absolutely amazing. I love knowing that there’s such caring people out there.

It’s been quite the lengthy process to get through to get ready to foster, but it’s really not that difficult to set up. The main thing I needed to do was have my own two cats vaccinated. I unfortunately never did it at their previous vet appointments, but I really should of. I also needed to get them prevention against fleas, ear mites and ticks.

After that it was basically just having a room ready that my fosters can call their own until they find their new home.

I am working with a wonderful rescue called Fortunate Felines. This is local, but I would highly recommend reaching out to a rescue in your city to see what you can do to help. I can almost guarantee that they’re in dire need of fosters. Spring is kitten season, and most shelters and rescues become absolutely swamped around this time of year.

I live in Eastern Canada. The winters are bitterly cold and the summers are unbearably hot. If I can make life more comfortable for even just a few animals, I’ll feel a little better. I always wanted to do something to help, but like any normal working class citizen, I don’t have the money to donate to shelters. I don’t have a vehicle and I don’t drive, so I’m not able to volunteer at shelters. The SPCA in my city is very far off the beaten track in the back of an industrial park, so I don’t even have the means to take public transit there.

This is when I figured out that fostering would be the best option for me. I don’t have money and I don’t have transportation but I do have time and patience to help cats or kittens in need. (I also have a spare room after I relocate my office, but that’s a personal choice. A laundry room or bathroom is perfectly fine to house a cat while they’re in quarantine.)

I already know that I’m going to run into two issues while I’m fostering. The first, and most concerning, is introducing my two cats properly and safely to the fosters. I’ve posted a lot about my two fur babies Precious and Finn.

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And while they are sweet, loving and affectionate cats, they have only ever been around each other. Cats are notorious for being extremely territorial creatures, so it’s going to be interesting to see how they react to another cat. I will definitely be updating on that after the two weeks it’s going to take for Bugsy to settle in to his room.

The other concern I have is foster failing (when the foster adopts the animal). Now, I watch Kitten Lady (Hannah) on YouTube a lot and one thing she always says is the point of foster/rescue is good bye. I’m a temporary stop before the cats find their permanent loving homes. But I can see myself getting extremely attached to each and every cat that stays with me. So it’s going to be quite interesting.

A few things that I made sure to have before my first foster came into my home:

A hideaway – Since most cats like to hide when they’re scared, I wanted somewhere where they’ll feel safe, but they’re not trapped. The room I have for a foster room has no furniture that they can hide under. This is completely by design. I had a large plastic tote that I had bought for decorations but never actually ended up using, so I had my husband cut a hole in the side. This way, the cat can be in there safe and snug with a some blankets/towels, but if I need to get to him for any reason, I can just pop the top off the tote and reach him.

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Feliway – Feliway is something that is completely optional, but a lot of vets and rescues recommend it. The particular one that I got is called Feliway Friends. It is meant for multi-cat households. This is kind of like a Glade plugin. You plug the diffuser into an outlet and it releases a synthetic pheromone that is proven to help cats keep calm. (The explanation is that it mimics the pheromones cats release when they rub their faces on things, this pheromones indicates something as ‘home’)

Food/Water Dishes – So this was something I kind of bought by choice. The rescue essentially told me that I could use any plastic tupperware container I had lying around, but I wanted to buy some shallower dishes. Some cats really hate having things touch their whiskers and it can keep them from drinking/eating.

Cat nip/Toys – Again, this is completely optional, but I wanted to make sure to get some things so the cats weren’t bored. My wonderful sister agreed to make me a bunch of crochetted cat nip toys. These are in the shape of mice, rabbits, basically whatever she can turn a crochet square into. They’re pretty adorable.

I also bought some plastic springs on Amazon. My cats literally have no interest in them, but they’re very weird, so I don’t trust their opinion on what’s a good cat toy (LOL)

And cat nip! My cats absolutely adore cat nip, so I made sure to buy a pretty big container of it and I’m going to use that as an incentive to make my two cats like the fosters. Before you think I’m just drugging my cats to make them like eachother… I absolutely am. Think of it as having a drink socially, you usually end up making friends better that way. (Everything in moderation. Cat Nip is perfectly safe for cats and we don’t give more than a little bit every couple weeks)

I also bought a scratching post for pretty cheap on Amazon. This will at least help save my walls/bookshelf a little bit.

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Other than that I just saved some cardboard boxes. Cats love cardboard, so I’ll have a few lying around the room that they can choose from if they want to play/sleep.

Most of these things that I bought are completely optional. The rescue provides food, litter, litter box, scoop, medication, vet care, all the essentials that the cats need.


I’m sure at this point people are just scrolling through to see the pictures and bio for Bugsy, so I’m going to get right to it.

Bugsy is a very young cat that has been in care with the rescue since January 2018. He is considered semi-feral because he takes so long to warm up to humans. But this little guy has done so good for his first day here.

When he’s previous foster human dropped him off, he positioned himself with his butt to the carrier door and just wanted nothing to do with what was going on. I left him in the carrier and walked the lady out and then came back in the room. He was still butt to the door, but I talked to him calmly while I was setting up his litter box. He eventually turned around and sniffed my hand through the bars. His previous foster had told me not to try to pet him because he would attack me. So I cautiously opened the door, making sure I wasn’t boxing him in, and decided to let him go where he wanted to.

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This little kitty. I absolutely love him. He went into the hideaway, sniffed around and then walked back out. Then he checked out the rest of the room, took a couple bites of food and walked right over to me and let me pet him. Before long, he was laying in my lap and purring. He absolutely loves being pet and loved on.

So I went to leave him alone for a bit and got up to leave. That spooked him a little bit, but he was still okay. And then stupid me didn’t realize that Precious was outside the door when I opened it. So of course she spotted him and started spitting and hissing at him. Well that didn’t go over well. So back into the hideaway he ran. I was still able to pet him without him being aggressive or anything, so I figured that was still a win.

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After leaving him alone for a little while, I brought in a little bit of wet food and slowly convinced him to come out of the hideaway. Once he realized that the mean growly kitty wasn’t in his room, it was like nothing even happened.

His previous foster did SUCH an amazing job with him and I’m happy to report that he has someone interested in adopting him! I may not end up having him for very long, but I’ll take all the sweet cuddles and purrs while I can get them!

If you guys have any questions about Bugsy or fostering in general, leave a comment and I’ll answer it in the next post!

Until next time,

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More Than This by Jay McLean

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When Mikayla imagined her prom night, she envisioned a fairy-tale evening full of romance. So when betrayal and tragedy come in quick succession, Mikayla is completely destroyed. Suddenly, everything she loved and everyone she relied on are tragically, irrevocably gone.

Jake, a handsome boy she just met, happens to witness her loss. With no one to turn to, Mikayla is forced to depend on this near stranger and his family, and he in turn is determined to take care of her. But Mikayla—thrust into adulthood with no one to guide her—is desperate to contain her grief and hide what she considers to be her weakness. Mikayla and Jake both want more, but despite their growing closeness and intense chemistry, she tries to keep her distance and protect her heart. As he does everything in his power to win her trust, Mikayla must choose between remaining alone and safe or letting love in.


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook – This whole series is available on Kindle Unlimited

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
Nope, this is the first one. But I heard enough from Adrianna @ For The Love Of Books!

Genre?
Contemporary Romance

Star Rating?
3 Stars

Rereadable?
Yeah, I could reread this.

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
I’m pretty sure I’m going to reread it. I would love to read more about Logan!

Is this a part of a challenge?
This is for the #OurLostLibrary Lost-A-Thon for Recently Added to my shelves 🙂

Who would you recommend this for?
This is a really good contemporary romance but handles some pretty heavy shit. If you like that stuff, this is for you.

Conclusion:

So Adrianna has been recommending this book to me for quite a while. So thank you for that! I really did enjoy this book. I really loved Mikayla and Jake, they were pretty fantastic characters. And I also loved how the author used some pretty hard hitting topics to tell their story.

The writing for me was a little hit or miss. It took a while to get used to the authors writing style and at some points it did seem quite a bit bouncy and kind of all over the place, but looking past that, it was alright. Everything about Mikayla’s family really hit me hard and I found myself fighting off tears while I was reading. It was really emotionally draining for me to read, but I’m really glad I finished it.

This is a contemporary romance, so a lot of the story was based around Mikayla and Jake. Honestly, it was a god damn roller coaster. As in most contemporary romances, most of the issues are caused by the two main characters not communicating. It drives me insane. FUCKING TALK TO EACH OTHER. And then maybe you wouldn’t be emotionally wrecked half way through the novel.

Seriously, people aren’t like this in real life right? If they are, no wonder the divorce rate is so high. Miscommunications happen, but if it’s happening every three seconds, you have to change the way you do things.

I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of these novels. Although this wasn’t my absolute favorite, I can definitely understand why people are fawning over these novels.

If you’re interested:
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Until next time,

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Leif by Abbi Glines

14625625“She was mine. I owned her soul…until Death stole her heart.”

LEIF is a novella from the Existence series. It is glimpses into Leif’s point-of-view during both Existence and Predestined.

 

 

 

 


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
Tons.

Genre?
Paranormal Romance

Star Rating?
2 Stars

Rereadable?
No way.

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
Yes.

Is this a part of a challenge?
This is a part of the #ASeriesAMonth2018

Who would you recommend this for?
People who love YA Paranormal Romance

Conclusion:

This novella was… completely and utterly pointless.

That may be a pretty rude thing to say, but let me elaborate:

I love novels/novellas that show another perspective to a story. Look at the Lux series by JLA, Oblivion is one of my favorite novels of the series because showing Daemon’s perspective adds so much to the story line itself. You understand his perspective and makes the story seem fuller, more real.

This did absolutely none of that. See, I wasn’t too crazy about Leif’s character in the first place. Even though he played a huge role in the first and second book, I feel like you could of just taken him out completely and had a perfectly good story. He was thrown together so loosely that he was barely worth having around. So having a novella with a handful of chapters rewritten in his perspective,  yeah, it didn’t do anything for me.

Ah well, glad that’s over!

If you’re interested:
Goodreads
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Amazon

*heads up, this and the first novel Existence is free on Kindle atm. (As of 04/18/2018)

Until next time,

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Moonlight Seduction Trailer Reveal

Oh guys.

GUYS!

Do I have something fucking exciting for you today.

Moonlight Sins is coming out June 26th and I have the TEASER TRAILER for you to watch today. Okay, so I’m going to shut up.. and here.

Just watch

(Here) because apparently I have to be on ‘Premium’ to embed videos. Whatever, click the link.. I’ll wait.

Trailer by: Jillian Stein


Wasn’t that the most intense video ever? If it’s possible to fangirl more than I am right now, I would be surprised. I’m so excited to find out more about Gabe. Come on, every male lead that has some sort of demonic nick name.. yeah, you want to know why.


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The de Vincent brothers are back—and so is the intrigue that surrounds them—in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s sizzling new novel . . .

Nicolette Bresson never thought she’d return to the de Vincents’ bayou compound. It’s where her parents work, where Nikki grew up . . . and where she got her heart broken by Gabriel de Vincent himself. Yet here she is, filling in for her sick mother. Avoiding Gabe should be easy, especially when so much of Nikki’s time is spent trying not to be stabbed in the back by the malicious hangers-on who frequent the mansion. But escaping memories of Gabe, much less his smoking-hot presence, is harder than expected—especially since he seems determined to be in Nikki’s space as much as possible.

Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki. He’d wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. Things have now changed. Gabe sees more than a girl he’s known forever; he sees a smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman . . . one who’s being stalked from the shadows. Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe—and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again.

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, 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, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

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 Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015

Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more. She is also the creator and sole financier of the annual Write Your Way To RT Book Convention, a contest that gives aspiring authors a chance to win a fully paid trip to RT Book Reviews.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

32075671Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Audio for 50%, Ebook for the other 50%

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
No. But this is her debut

Genre?
YA Contemporary

Star Rating?
5 Stars

Rereadable?
It’s definitely good enough to be reread, but I don’t think my heart could take it.

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
Absolutely.

Is this a part of a challenge?
No.

Who would you recommend this for?
I think absolutely everyone should read this book.

Conclusion:

This book… Fuck. It fucked with my heart.

Let’s first talk about the audio book. I never listen to audio books. My brain can’t shut up long enough for me to concentrate on one thing. It’s a bullshit part of my anxiety which just has my brain going off in different directions for no reason at all. Reading a physical book or an ebook requires more concentration. I have to read every word, so my brain doesn’t have the chance to wander.

I listened to the audiobook of this novel for the first 50% before I had to swap to Ebook. I was lying on the couch, not really doing anything but listening to THUG and I got to that state where you’re so relaxed that you have no idea if you fell asleep or not? Yeah, I missed the entire last chapter. In my defense it was past three in the morning and should of been in bed way before that (plus I already took melatonin, don’t know wtf I thought I was doing with that.)

Anyways, besides the fact that I have a hard time listening to audiobooks, this narrator fucking rocked it. Like seriously, she had me crying during the second chapter. She brought in so much raw emotion and so much more to the novel itself, it was… intense. Bahni Turpin, absolutely fantastic narrator! I think that if someone loved audiobooks, they would definitely love this one.

I ended up switching to the Ebook today and I’m really glad I did. Saying I loved this novel definitely feels weird because I hated so many parts of it. I hated the brutality and how unnecessary the cops actions were. But mostly, I hated how accurate all of this was and how often shit like this actually happens. I hate every single part of that.

But the parts I loved about this novel, I loved them so much. Starr’s parents are, perhaps not perfect, but they love their daughter more that anything and you can tell. Every character in this novel had their own story to tell and every character told it well. Starr grew so much throughout this novel and although it had sprung off the back of tragedy, she is such an amazing character.

I’m just babbling at this point guys. My brain hurts. My heart hurts.

If you’re interested:
Goodreads
Amazon CA
Amazon

Until next time,

Bree

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.


There are those who seek me a lifetime but never we meet,
And those I kiss but who trample me beneath ungrateful feet.
At times I seem to favor the clever and the fair,
But I bless all those who are brave enough to dare.
By large, my ministrations are soft-handed and sweet,
But scorned, I become a difficult beast to defeat,
For though each of my strikes land a powerful blow,
When I kill, I do it slow…


Review

Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook. I actually read this off of Scrbd. Love that site!

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
This is a reread of the whole series + I read a few books in the Throne of Glass series. ToG is nothing compared to this.

Genre?
New Adult Fantasy Romance

Star Rating?

5 Stars

Rereadable?
I could definitely reread this again! This series is hella awesome.

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
Yes! Most definitely! I need more Rhys in my life.

Is this a part of a challenge?
This is going to count towards #OurLostLibrary Lost-A-Thon for re-read and buddy read! Stacking those challenges!

Who would you recommend this for?
Anyone who loves Fae books! And also romance and magic and retellings ❤ This book literally has it all.

Conclusion:

There’s so much I want to say about this book, but almost every single point I want to make is a spoiler. And I try my best to write spoiler-free reviews, so I can’t make those points.

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Once you read through the entire series, go back and read it again. I am finding that my view on everything that has happened has changed SO much because I know major plot points in the following novels.

Like Rhysand.. and Lucian.. and Tamlin and basically just everyone. I see them so much different.

I read ToG by Sarah J. Maas, but her writing didn’t sit with me at all. I wasn’t crazy about the characters or the story line. But ACOTAR is absolutely fantastic. I love Feyre and all the characters and creatures. It’s taking everything in my power not to just start reading A Court of Mist and Fury right now, but it’s a buddy read, so I have to wait a bit.

There’s not a whole lot more that can be said about this novel at this point. If you haven’t read it, read it. If you have read it, read the other books haha It’s so amazing. I loved everything about reading this. It’s such an action packed book with a fascinating history, wonderfully flawed characters and a whole lot of romance.

If you’re interested:
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Amazon
(It’s also available for free on Scribd*!)

Until next time,

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(Although, if you do any sponsored posts, Scrbd, hit me up <3)

Predestined by Abbi Glines

13323842You would think after helping save her boyfriend from an eternity in Hell that things would go back to normal. Well, as normal as life can be when you can see souls and your boyfriend is Death. But for Pagan Moore, things are just getting weirder.

The high school quarterback and reigning heartthrob, Leif Montgomery, is missing. While the town is in a frenzy of worry, Pagan is a nervous wreck for other reasons. Apparently good ‘ol Leif isn’t your average teenage boy. He isn’t even human. According to Death, Leif doesn’t have a soul. The quarterback may have skipped town but he’s still showing up in Pagan’s dreams… uninvited.

Dank has known from the beginning Leif wasn’t human. But he hadn’t worried about a simple soulless creature. Now, he realizes he made a grave mistake. Pagan’s soul has been marked since birth as a restitution, to a spirit so dark not even Death walks near it. Dank knows saving Pagan’s soul won’t be easy but Pagan is his. And he’s already proven he’ll defy Heaven to keep her. If Hell wants a piece of him too, then bring it on.


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
Plenty!

Genre?
YA Paranormal Romance

Star Rating?
3 Stars

Rereadable?
Meh

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
Yeah

Is this a part of a challenge?
#ASeriesAMonths2018

Who would you recommend this for?
The more I read of this series, the more I would recommend this for younger and younger readers. At this point, I would say probably 16-17

Conclusion:

Alright, so I have a bit of a bone to pick with this book.

Well, kind of with all books that do this. It drives me absolutely nuts when authors try to write out accents. It almost seems almost rude the way it’s done sometimes. Just write whatever they’re saying and then say something like ‘they said in a smooth southern accent’. It sounds so much better and then I’m not sitting there for ten minutes trying to decipher what the hell the characters are talking about. If they write it out phonetically, it’s just weird.

From what I’m gathering, this author was trying to mimic Cajun English. And it was just bad. Like a really bad scene.

Anyways, besides that, this novel was pretty enjoyable like the first one. I really did enjoy the Voodoo aspect that was in this novel, but I really wish there would of been something more in depth about it. More explanation of the history and religion surrounding it than just one Voodoo god and a Voodoo queen. I feel like the author really skimped out on some fascinating histories.

The romance was again pretty meh. A whole lot of ‘you’re mine’ and ‘you belong to me’ and crazy possessiveness like that, but it was overall pretty cute. I much preferred Miranda and Wyatt’s relationship.

If you’re interested:
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Until next time,

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The Secret Life of a Blogger

Thank you so much to Teagan and Jess from Fiction No Chaser for tagging me in this Book Tag! If you want to read some pretty hilarious posts, go check them out. They’re my kind of people ❤


How long have you been a blogger?

I am actually going on 8 months since I started Perpetual Fangirl. I honestly can’t believe it! My little baby blog is almost a year old!
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At what point do you think you will stop?

When there’s no more books to read.

So never.

What’s the best thing?

Definitely the community. I have met and made friends with so many wonderful people through blogging. Their friendships have become invaluable to me and I can’t imagine not talking to some of them nearly every day ❤ This community is unbelievably supportive. I honestly never expected it.

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

I find with book blogging the worst thing is the pressure I put on myself. I feel like I’m not posting enough, not interacting enough with other blogs, my posts should be longer, shorter, more interesting, more sarcastic, less sarcastic. It’s basically just me being a jerk to myself. The best way to make it okay is to just post what I can and try not to focus on stats or engagement. It’s hard sometimes, but I need to just post what I want to post and I will get followers or I won’t. It just is what it is.

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

I use two things on my blog: Goodreads cover photos and gif’s from giphy. I don’t create shit. I suck at artistic things.

Who is your book crush?

Hands down, Daemon from the Lux series.

Pepe Toth. ’nuff said
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What author would you like to have on your blog?

Jennifer Armentrout. Is that even a question? Although, I think 90% of the time would just be me fangirling and I’d never be able to think of questions to ask because holy hell she’s amazing and I love every single one of her books and characters.

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K… I’ll stop now.

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

Uhm… clothes?

I work from home, so my clothing consists of leggings, jogging pants, tank tops, and sweaters. No fancy shit here.

How long does it take you to prepare?

Essentially as soon as I finish reading a book, I open up my laptops, get the general set up done and then start writing the blog post. It has to be as soon as I’m finished the book, though, that’s when everything is much clearer. Each blog post maybe takes about 30-45 minutes depending on how much I have to say about the book in question.

How do you feel about the book blogging community/culture?

The people that I have associated myself with are absolutely fantastic. I know there is some drama around the book community but I stay as far away from that as possible.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

Good question. Can someone let me know?

If anyone is just just starting out, the best advice I could give them is to get involved with the community. Follow people, communicate, retweet or share blog posts, just generally be a nice person and friend. Other than that, write what you want to write. The community of followers who you get on your blog will be the type of people you want to be around and have a lot in common with.


Thank you again to Jess and Teagan!

I tag:

Adrianna @ ForTheLoveOfBooks
Ashley @ ThriftyBibliophile
Alana @ TheBookishChick

Until next time,

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Death Island by Kelsey Ketch Book Blitz

thumbnail_Kelsey.1.eBookHer family name tainted by her great-grandfather’s crimes of piracy, Meriden Cummings is far from the typical 18th century woman. A social outcast, she works in a carpentry shop in a small village, where the people barely tolerate unconventional behavior.

However, her life takes a turn after a gang of pirates attack her village and her blood reveals an ancient map adorned with Mayan glyphs leading to Death Island. An island legends say is ruled by the Mayan god of the underworld, Ah Puch. Her great-grandfather had sought after the island before he vanished without a trace. Now, Meriden is about to journey across the sea to understand her family history.

There are only a few problems: her growing feelings toward a mysterious stranger linked to her great-grandfather’s past; a greedy band of pirates after her great-grandfather’s legendary treasure; and a contract she has unwittingly signed in blood with Ah Puch himself.


Check out my review for this novel here.

TL/DR: I was fascinated that this novel surrounded Mayan mythology. It was amazing and I had a hard time putting it down.

4 Stars

Excerpt

I paced the deck with the few men that stayed behind on watch. It was growing late, and Captain Connell’s curfew was quickly approaching. Soon all the crew would return to the ship, stumbling drunk and fucked out of their minds, but calmer than they had been for a while. Some reason, my body twitched in excitement. I’d been anxious since Meriden left with the last group. There was a knot in my gut the moment she stepped off the dock, and the feeling hadn’t gone away since.

I causally walked to the starboard bulwark, catching sight of the harbormaster’s window. The candle still burned as it had been long before night fall. Odd, I thought. The knot in my stomach twisted even tighter. I haven’t seen the harbormaster work his books this late into the night. I leaned against the gunwale and squinted a little, trying to focus my vision. The candle was nearly spent, and underneath the dripping wax laid what possibly could be a hand, but it was too far to tell. As I eased back, my gut squirmed like a bunch of worm snakes. I needed to be sure all was well, for Meriden’s safety and the rest of the crew.

Neglecting to ask Swan’s permission, I slipped down the main deck, across the gangway, and headed straight for the harbormaster’s office. The street was as quiet as the grave when I reached the door. I raised my hand to knock, only for the door to push open on the first tap to the solid

oak. I swallowed the lump that crammed its way into my throat. This wasn’t good. I drew my working knife and stepped inside.

“Hello,” I called. “Anyone still here?”

It felt stupid walking into the dark hallway without knowing if I might end up dead or accused of theft, but my gut told me to keep pushing forward. I turned right into the room with the burning candle still flickering inside. The office was clean and uncluttered except for the few stacks of paper on the desk. On top of which laid the harbormaster, as if he merely fallen asleep in his desk chair. My eyes refocused again at his outstretched arm. A trail of hot, liquid wax ran across the flesh of the harbormaster’s hand, which didn’t even stir the man awake. My heart pounded with adrenaline, and I pushed the man up by the shoulder.

A maroon-colored pool poured onto his books from what looked like a dagger wound to the harbormaster’s shoulder. A serious wound, but not one that should have killed. It was the discoloration of the man’s skin and the vomit around the mouth that gave me a better idea what had brought on the man’s demise. I’d seen the signs many times before from men who died in blackish waters as well as a few victims that died at Baker’s hand.

Snake venom.


About the Author
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Kelsey Ketch is a young-adult/new-adult author, who works as a Wildlife Biologist in the state of North Carolina. During her free time, she can often be found working on her latest work in progress or organizing the New Adult Scavenger Hunt, a biannual blog hop. She also enjoys history, mythology, traveling, and reading. For more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com.

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