Review: Gods and Monsters by Saffron Kent

Reviewed by Ericka

I’ve only read two books by this author recently and this one is in a different ballpark than those. I didn’t really know what to expect of this story. It was darker and intense. It is a coming of age story that shows characters that are flawed and strong. The growth was probably my favorite part because I love to see how the characters move on from haunting pasts.

Able and Evie’s journey began when Evie was twelve. She was considered the town princess. Able was fourteen and the two developed a friendship. Able was everyone’s villain but Evie saw something else in him. Before I get more into the review I want to point out that this is not an exactly healthy relationship and there are some problematic situations. For these type of stories the writing saves the characters because it is interesting to see how they get out of certain situations and how it is made justifiable.

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Review: The Upside of Falling by Meghan Quinn

Reviewed by Ericka

This was a heartbreaking novel that had me at a loss for words. The cliffhanger was no joke as well. However, the good thing about it is that book two comes out in June so there isn’t a long wait.

Colby has a mission to not deviate from his goal or dreams. He doesn’t have any time for distractions or allow anything “fun” in his life at the present moment. He wants to be a fighter pilot and is preparing to graduate, Soon he meets Rory at a party. He is standoffish and rude. Rory is beautiful, confident, and determined. It is clear the tension is very thick between the two. The distractions begin when Colby finds himself always thinking about Rory, but his dreams leads him to travel and Rory has family obligations that she has to stay home.

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Review: Repeat by Kylie Scott

Reviewed by Ericka

I could not wait for this book to come out. I love Kylie Scott’s Dive series and the Dive Bar series so much that she has become an auto buy author. Also, I listened to this on audio and it was so much better than I expected it to be.

Clementine is recovering from being violently mugged. The aftermath of the attack has her suffering from amnesia. Anything from within the last few years, she doesn’t remember. When someone recognizes the style of the tattoo that she has and the artist, she goes to the tattoo shop to try and find some kind of answers of who she was. When she gets there the owner is very hostile towards her and tries to force her to leave. She doesn’t understand why he is acting that way towards her until she tell him that she can’t remember him. To make matters worse, they used to date.

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Review: The Medicine Man by Saffron A. Kent

Reviewed by Ericka

This is my second book by this author and I love it more than I did the first time around. There are trigger warnings for mental illness.

After a crazy accident, Willow is admitted into Heartstone Psychiatric Hospital. It was an impulse decision that she regrets everyday. It causes her mom to worry for Willow’s safety and self being. Willow knows that she is different from all the females in her family. From her personality all the way down to the different eye color. The one thing that she inherited was her silver hair. Simon Blackwood is the new psychiatrist that is hired at Heartstone Psychiatric. His father is the founder of the hospital and it is implied that Simon would follow or be just like his father but the two of them couldn’t be anymore different. Willow awakens something in him that he thought was dead for a long time and it scares the hell out of him.

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Review: The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent

Reviewed by Ericka

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this story because it has a trope that I try to stay away from (Infidelity). This was recommended to me and I am so glad that I decided to give it a chance read for myself because this book really surprised me. 

Layla is a college student that is trying to start over. She hurt her family in the worst way which caused her mom to resent her and give her the ultimatum of leaving home with nothing or going to school far from where she lives with financial support. She distanced herself from everyone because she believes that her past will come to the surface and they will leave her like those that she loves. Layla then meets a guy that she feels drawn to. She feels as if he is just like her. Lonely, depressed, and needing something to feel alive. She follows him on campus for a few days and then discovers that he is actually her poetry professor. Thomas is a poet that is struggling with his marriage. He moved to the small town and took a teaching job just so he could save his marriage. He knows that things are bad and his wife is fading from him but he is willing to give up everything including his writing.

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Review: The Lying Game by Mickey Miller

Reviewed by Ericka

Best friends turned enemies then back to semi friends? I had moments of feeling like I was on a roller coaster with this one. There was so much angst and tension until it felt like a knife could cut right through it.

Carter and Lacy grew up together as best friends. Both of their moms were best friends so it was a given that Lacy and Carter would be too. They each grew up in a single parent household and there was a lot that both families struggled with financially. Lacy accidentally found out a secret about Carter and his mom by overhearing her mom talking to Carter’s mom. Lacy felt like she should tell Carter the secret and that it was wrong to keep something very important from him. Her mom convinced her that it wasn’t Lacy’s place to tell and that in time Carter’s mom will eventually come clean. After a while the secret comes to the surface and Carter finds out that Lacy knew all along. They break up and the friendship ends. Years later Lacy needs a place to stay for the summer while she attends a dance school and Carter’s mom convinces him to let Lacy stay since Lacy’s living arrangements didn’t work out. Now the friends turned enemies have a lot of pent up anger and unfinished business that neither one of them wants to have to deal with.

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Review: My Not So Wicked Stepbrother by Jennifer Peel

Reviewed by Ericka

“Always the bridesmaid and never the bride” phrase seems to fit Emma’s lifestyle. She feels as if she is cursed especially with her last name being Loveless. She is constantly being set up on blind dates by her matchmaker mom. Emma swears off relationships until her mom feels like she truly has found the “one” for Emma.

Emma gets a text from an unknown number and thinking that it is her best friend messing with her she says things that are definitely embarrassing. She then realized that it wasn’t her best friend texting her but her so called “the one” that her mom tried to set her up with. To make matters worse, it was the love of her life that she claimed a long time ago when they were in school. Emma’s life starts to unravel in a good and bad way.

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Blood Oath by Raye Wagner and Kelly St. Clare

Reviewed by Ericka

I loved this book more that I thought I would. It is labeled as Y.A. but not once did I think that I was reading a Y.A. book. It was dark, gritty, and on much deeper level than you would expect.

Ryn is a peasant that is lives in a kingdom that is under the rule of a ruthless king that has the people living in harsh and devastating situations. Irrik is the King’s Drae (dragon)and was bound to the King years before. His only duty is to carry out whatever ruthless order that the king gives without giving any thought to it. Ryn gets caught up and is mistaken as a rebel. Irrik notices Ryn and sees something special in her. Something that makes him question everything he was sworn to destroy.

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Review: Big Stick by R.C. Stephens

Reviewed by Ericka

This is a second chance and friends to lovers romance that I absolutely loved! It has hockey too :).

Myles and Flynn grew up together as best friends with Flynn’s twin brother Oli. They each pegged themselves as the Lost Boys and later Flynn became Myles’s Tinkerbell (Tink). Tragedy happens and it creates a rift in the friendship with Myles and Flynn. They finally reconnect after seven years when Flynn moves in with Oli after she catches her boyfriend cheating and later finding out that Myles is living next door.

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Review: Hate You Less by Aubrey Wright

Reviewed by Ericka

I probably should have paid attention to the ratings for this book but I really wanted to give it the benefit of doubt. The synopsis was vague and good, but it all was a good click-bait.

Rick and Anne were high school sweethearts that everyone thought would stay together long after high school, including Anne. After Rick pulled a really dick move by taking her virginity and leaving suddenly, Anne feels devastated and is left with a broken heart. Years later, Anne and Rick are back in town for Rick’s little sister wedding which is also Anne’s best friend.

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