Tag: dark

Sep 08
{Review+Giveaway} FIGHTING TO BE FREE by @KirstyEMoseley @ForeverRomance

{Review+Giveaway} FIGHTING TO BE FREE by @KirstyEMoseley @ForeverRomance

Fighting to be Free is the first book in the Fighting to Be Free series by wattpad author sensation Kirsty Moseley. Fighting to be Free got over 6 million reads on Wattpad, so I just had to read it for myself. I mean, that is a lot of reads! I really enjoyed Fighting to Be Free. I am not totally sure if I will be continuing the series, but I did enjoy the story, and I am curious to see what is going to happen next. The book leaves off at kind of the step before a potentially pivotal part in Jamie and Ellie’s story. I would classify Fighting to be Free as dark contemporary romance. It is certainly new adult in content, but the characters are still young adult age. Both of the main characters start out as 17, so it is a cross over novel, but if you are basing on content, it is in the new adult category for sure. Fighting to be Free is told in… Read more »

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Jun 21
{Review} Dark Fae by Lillian Cartier

{Review} Dark Fae by Lillian Cartier

Dark Fae is part of the Skeleton Key book series. I really love the set up of this series. It is a group of almost 30 authors, each one writing a book featuring a skeleton key that unlocks a secret world. But all of the books are vastly different. Different themes, different age groups and different sub genres. I just love that idea. So whether you like young adult, new adult or adult, you will be able to find a book for you. If you want to know more information about the series you can check out the website dedicated to the books. Skeleton Key Book Series One Skeleton Key. Endless Adventures. https://skeletonkeybookseries.com Dark Fae is an adult fae novella by Lillian Cartier. A woman who thinks she has no family, discovers that a long lost aunt has left her a house and strange key. When she unlocks a door in her aunt’s house she is brought to the world of the Fae, where she meets Nyx. I really loved… Read more »

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Mar 10
{Review+Giveaway} Destroy Me by Shana Vanterpool @shanavauthor @swoonromance

{Review+Giveaway} Destroy Me by Shana Vanterpool @shanavauthor @swoonromance

Destroy me is the first book in the Crystal Gulf series. Destroy me is a new adult contemporary romance by Shana Vanterpool. The Crystal Gulf series is published by swoon romance, and I know this might sound silly, but that fact right there made me want to read the book. I have had such great luck with all of the Swoon Romance imprint books that I have read. (and I have read a lot of them.) Some of them are light and fluffy, some of them are suspenseful and full of drama, and some of them take on darker undertones, but regardless of the atmosphere of the book, they all have one thing in common- a kick ass romance. And Destroy Me is no different. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a fluffy light have no care romance. Destroy Me, as the name implies, is deliciously twisted and messed up. The characters all have their demons, none of them act perfectly, but their genuine chemistry seeps off the page…. Read more »

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Feb 21
{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Sugarspear Chronicles by @NicoleArlyn

{Guest Post+Giveaway} The Sugarspear Chronicles by @NicoleArlyn

Today I am happy to have author Nicole Arlyn here to tell us somethings she didn’t know about while writing The Sugarspear Chronicles. I didn’t know… -How much I would love spending aaaalll my time writing. When I wrote The Sugarspear Chronicles I stowed myself away in a flat in Southern England and wrote seven days a week, 18 hours a day until my body gave out, never my mind, and I never realized how truly much I felt most myself, most in my life’s purpose. I could spend all my time there, writing in solitude, with long walks in between. -I didn’t know I was so good at many languages. Living in Italy I quickly picked up the Italian language, on the streets really. I never studied. Although I need to now! -I also learned French quickly while in school in Paris, although that I studied. But now I must brush up as Italian has taken over. -Another thing is my passion for creating languages. There are are two… Read more »

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Jul 01
{Review} Black Iris by @LeahRaeder @AtriaBooks

{Review} Black Iris by @LeahRaeder @AtriaBooks

Oh, holy hell! Black Iris is INTENSE! Leah Raeder certainly grabbed my attention with this book, that is for sure. I don’t read books this dark and, well…messed up that often. Sometimes I will read a dark book. Or sometimes I will read a book with a totally f-ed up in the head main character, but I hardly ever read books that take it to the level that Leah Raeder did. Black Iris took me out of my comfort zone…and then some. And I have to say, I really, really liked it. Maybe that makes me a little dark and messed up too. I don’t know. But what I do know, is that this book deserves every bit of attention it has gotten and more. Black Iris is first and foremost a revenge story driven by the main character, Laney. From the moment, that Laney broke the “fourth wall” and told us that she was not going to be likeable or a hero, I knew I was going to like… Read more »

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Apr 07
{Review+Giveaway} Push by Claire Wallis @clairewallisNA @MIRAEditors

{Review+Giveaway} Push by Claire Wallis @clairewallisNA @MIRAEditors

Whoa! That is honestly the thought that keeps running through my head. I just finished Push by Claire Wallis and my head is still spinning. This book is so totally messed up and crazy. And I don’t care if it makes me messed up and crazy too, but I liked every send of this dysfunctional and dark thriller romance. The book is told in Emma and Davids point of view, and it alternates back and forth between the past and the present. But each chapter is clearly labeled, so I had no problem following the flow of the story. The book starts out with a chapter from each Emma and David’s point of view describing the same event, and you are like “HOLY COW! Is what I think’s about to happen, really about to happen??” And that sentence right there, should set the tone of the book. There will be a lot of Holy cow moments while reading Push. You need to know right off the bat that Emma and… Read more »

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Jan 15
{ARC Review+Giveaway} One Last Song by S.K. Falls @skfallssc @ForeverRomance

{ARC Review+Giveaway} One Last Song by S.K. Falls @skfallssc @ForeverRomance

Sometimes there are books that are hard to put into words why you liked them so much. The main character wasn’t necessarily likeable. Things didn’t turn out exactly how you wanted them to. People you did like in the book got hurt. But still, you were just moved by the book, in a very profound way. One Last Song is one of those books. It is such a powerful voice and story. It is dark and unexpected. The main character is certainly not anyone that I would have thought I would have liked. And I am still not even 100% sure that I do like her. But I certainly feel for her, and I can sympathize with her. And that is enough with this story. Trust me, One Last Song will make you feel all kinds of emotions. As a side note, One Last Song is a standalone read. The main character, Saylor is a girl that from the summary you will see swallows needles. In the book, you learn… Read more »

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Dec 26
{Review+Giveaway} Beautiful Collision by T.G. Ayer @tgayerauthor

{Review+Giveaway} Beautiful Collision by T.G. Ayer @tgayerauthor

Beautiful Collision is the first book in the new adult suspense thriller series, Desperation. It starts off right in the middle of the action too. The main character is on the run. We don’t know from who yet and we don’t know any of the details as to why, but you are thrown right in the middle of the action. It certainly was an effective way to draw the reader in. Beautiful Collision is told in dual narrative between Gray and Thane, the guy sent to keep an eye on her. I loved the way T.G. Ayer told the story. It flips back and forth between Gray and Thane, with more chapters from Gray’s perspective and also scattered throughout where flashback that gave us details slowly on the who and why Gray was running from. I really liked both Gray and Thane. Gray is a tough girl, that is very apparent right from the start of the story. And she certainly has not had an easy life, but she never… Read more »

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Dec 11
{Review} Icarus by Danika Stone @danika_stone

{Review} Icarus by Danika Stone @danika_stone

Icarus was a darker book that I have read in a while. Which is good because I like to mix it up and raw books dealing with some of the tougher issues always bring out strong emotions in me. I just like to put that out there so that people can be aware of it up front. Because I know, sometimes I need to be ready for a very emotional book, especially one that deals with abuse. Danika Stone uses very descriptive, sometimes bordering on flowery language. The way that Icarus starts is interesting. The book starts you off with Tess in real time starting at a new school for her first day. And then it goes into a time lapse through her first few months at the school. It was a really effective technique that Danika Stone used because it allowed the reader to get to know Tess quickly. We picked up on facts about her, her life and her background because each of the “time lapses” stops and… Read more »

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Oct 20
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Embers by @KarenAnnHopkins

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Embers by @KarenAnnHopkins

I had heard such amazing things about Karen Ann Hopkins before and I have always wanted to try one of her books, but I didn’t think I should start with the Amish series Temptation because I wasn’t sure that would be my thing. As soon as I saw Embers though, I knew I had to get in on that book. The cover grabbed my eye instantly, and the fact that Embers was said to be a dark and gritty paranormal was more than enough to make me super excited about it. And now I can say that I know what everyone was talking about. Not only was Embers a great story, but Karen Ann Hopkins is a phenomenal writer. Her writing really makes a story, and especially the character jump right off the page. Embers is first and foremost a story about Angels. But I am super happy to report that Karen’s angels are her own. This was unlike other angel books that I have tried. The line between good… Read more »

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