Genre: Suspense

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Jan 13
{ARC Review+Giveaway} #ShadeMe by Jennifer Brown @JenBrownBooks @EpicReads

{ARC Review+Giveaway} #ShadeMe by Jennifer Brown @JenBrownBooks @EpicReads

Shade Me is the first book in the young adult mystery and suspense thriller, Nikki Kill series. Nikki sees emotions as different colors. It is a phenomenon known as synesthesia, and I find it completely fascinating. I have read a few magical books where witches or the like have an ability that is similar to synesthesia, but it was really very interesting to see Nikki in a more contemporary/mystery suspense setting with this ability. I found Shade Me to be a really fun ride of a read. The mystery was kept me interested and engaged until the very end. I didn’t always love the characters, but I did like them, and with as action packed of a plot, liking them was more than enough for me. Nikki is the main character, and I can see where she would feel completely overwhelmed by her synesthesia. That has to be like sensory overload. Which could account for why I sometimes found Nikki to be a bit too brash. Even so, I was… Read more »

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Aug 05
{Review+Giveaway} Like Candy by @DebraDoxer

{Review+Giveaway} Like Candy by @DebraDoxer

I loved Like Candy! I have read Debra Doxer’s other books, and I really enjoyed them as well, so I expected to read a solidly good book with Like Candy. But revenge is normally not an instant love plot point for me, so I was unsure how much I was going to love this book. I know you are thinking, then why did you read it Michelle? Well, I will tell you. Debra’s writing is really great, and her last books were so powerful and wonderful that I just couldn’t pass this one up. And boy oh boy am I glad that I didn’t miss it. Because I think Like Candy is one of my top picks of 2015 so far! I loved that it was age appropriate for the young adult genre in the romance department, and I loved Candy and Jonah. That end though! Debra is clearly trying to kill me. The summary for Like Candy makes revenge out to be a central theme of the story, but… Read more »

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May 05
{Review} Fall for Me by JC Emery @jc_emery

{Review} Fall for Me by JC Emery @jc_emery

Fall For Me is the first book in the Ladder Company Series. The Ladder Company Series is a group of new adult standalone contemporary romances each about a different brother (or sister) in a family of 14 firefighters. I think there are 4 Hayes siblings currently working at Ladder Company One. I like this series style and I think it works best with a large group of friends or a family dynamic so I am predicting great things for the Ladder Company Series. Told in dual narrative between the main guy and main girl it is sure to be a hit with fans of new adult contemporary romances. I read a lot of new adult contemporary romance and I read them in all romance tropes. But I have to say, one trope that I do not read that much is one where one of the ultimate couple to be is in a relationship with someone else for much of the book. Because it can leave me feeling conflicted. This was… Read more »

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Apr 08
{Review+Giveaway} Captive by Brighton Walsh @WriteAsRain_ @StMartinsPress

{Review+Giveaway} Captive by Brighton Walsh @WriteAsRain_ @StMartinsPress

I absolutely loved Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh, so when I saw Captive was also by her I knew I had to read it ASAP. I have only read one other book about a girl falling for her captor, and it is a tricky subject for me. It is not something I could initially see myself doing in her situation, so in the past I have been wary of that idea, but I liked the first book I read with this theme. And I have to say Captive was great! I really, really liked it. Brighton Walsh write great characters that lend themselves to excellent romances. Within the first two pages of meeting Madison, I caught myself nodding my head along with her and thought to myself, “yep, been there done that.” (note: I am not talking about the mother incident. I am talking about the getting dressed incident.) And just like that, I could identify with Madison. I know that may seem small, but it is the little… Read more »

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Apr 01
{ARC #Review} Summer by Summer by @HeatherBurch @BlinkYABooks

{ARC #Review} Summer by Summer by @HeatherBurch @BlinkYABooks

Summer by Summer is a standalone young adult contemporary. Summer by Summer has so many layers to it, and it will take you by surprise. The cover seems unassuming enough, with a pretty girl on a beach, and the start of the summer is much of the same. Summer takes a summer nanny gig with a rich family vacationing in Belize. But then it shifts. Bray, the families older son, and Summer are stranded on a deserted island. And then when you are reading, it shifts again and again, but I won’t give those away. Just know that every time I thought I got a grip on what this book was, it changed. I loved that because the pace and new layers kept me on my toes. Summer by Summer was a very nice story, and way more exciting than I originally anticipated. It is published by Blink, an imprint of HarperCollins Christian publishing line Zondervan. It is a clean young adult novel, and the main character Summer used to… Read more »

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Aug 06
{Excerpt+Giveaway} Hidden Sins by Karice Bolton

{Excerpt+Giveaway} Hidden Sins by Karice Bolton

“Have you found her yet?” The male voice cut through my soul as I peered down from the hayloft. It was Miles, the father of the man I was supposed to marry. It was an arranged marriage. One that I couldn’t accept, but I never would’ve guessed that his father was involved in this. Then again, for the first twenty years of my life, living here had seemed like an amazing gift, not a horrific nightmare that I couldn’t wake up from. I steadied my breathing to ensure I wasn’t heard as I watched the two men below me. I needed to stay in control. I had planned too long to fail now. “No. It looks like she took off. Maybe two days ago. She left most of her belongings behind, but I’d say enough was missing to indicate that she’s on the run. Her mother went through the house to confirm that there were items missing,” the younger man said. There was something about his voice that was familiar,… Read more »

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Jul 29
{Review} Phantom’s Dance by Lesa Howard @LesaBoutin

{Review} Phantom’s Dance by Lesa Howard @LesaBoutin

Phantom’s Dance is a contemporary re-telling of Phantom of the Opera. The story was great. I thought Lesa Howard had a beautiful dichotomy in her writing between the young, upbeat, and sweet feel of the teenagers in the story, along with the dark vibe that is the Phantom. Fans of the Phantom of the Opera should not mist Phantom’s Dance by Lesa Howard. It was really cool to see the Opera and music get substituted with dancing. They so often go hand and hand, but Ballet is an excellent art to see woven into the story of the Phantom. Christine moves to Houston to attend the prestigious Rousseau Academy of Dance. She is clearly an excellent dancer, but things in her life are holding her back from moving up to join their second company. I will admit that I didn’t know very much about the technical side of Ballet, except for a few phrases I have seen thrown around in movies and tv. But Lesa Howard made the world of dance… Read more »

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Jun 26
{Author Top 10+Giveaway} Prime Deception by Carys Jones

{Author Top 10+Giveaway} Prime Deception by Carys Jones

    My Top Ten Nibbles By Carys Jones, author of Prime Deception and Sunkissed If you happen to follow me on Twitter (@tiny_dancer85) you’d know that I mostly tweet about two things; my dog and food. I’m a bit of a piglet when it comes to food so for today for my 10s list I thought I’d share with you my Top Ten Nibbles! Any excuse to talk about food, right? Whenever I finish writing for the day my reward is always something sweet! I’m very much a grazer and nibble throughout the day but don’t really eat big meals. So here are the ten treats which I’m happiest to nibble on! Jelly Babies I LOVE jelly babies! But only the Bassett brand ones and then only the red and orange flavours. When it comes to sweets I only ever eat the reds and oranges, sometimes a purple. Cake Any form of cake is good. I particularly like cupcakes. One of my favourite things to do is to curl… Read more »

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