#BookReview: Chasing Darkness by Julie Cassar

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Title: Chasing Darkness (Stealing Light #2)
Format: e-Arc
Pages: 252
Published: 26th Sept 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Author for Review
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal
Shelfability:  COVET

As Cecelia Walker embraces her gift of stealing Light, she learns of the horror that lurks in every shadow. A hellacious evil force seeks to quench its insatiable hunger for power. Which souls will fall in the path of its destruction?

Angels, Anninox, and other-worldly warriors wreak havoc and join in the battle for souls, while CeeCee and Cash find themselves as pawns in the center of this deadly game. Chasing the Darkness, they discover that all choices come with a cost. Will her power be enough to save them, or will it be used against her as Dark forces invade every inch of her life and threaten to drive a wedge between these long-lost soulmates?


Chasing Darkness is the sequel to Stealing Light. I absolutely loved Stealing Light so there is always that nervous anticipation that the sequel won't live up to it's predecessor. Well....I didn't have to worry. Chasing Darkness was everything I imagined and then some.

Chasing Darkness picks up right at the end of Stealing Light. The bad guy has been "defeated" but CeeCee has now has come to terms of losing Aaron, her Guardian Angel. All she wants is to grieve and be with Cash. However, soon there is a new big bad to deal with. Who will stop at nothing to get CeeCee's Light, threatening all those she cares for.

Cecelia (CeeCee) is one of those characters who I found very easy to connect with. She is strong and loves her friends and family. The connection she has with Cash is something magical. Even though she is grieving over losing someone she loves, Cash is there to help her through and make it seem a little easier. Cash is a Guardian Angel and CeeCee's soulmate. He loves her passionately and is so protective of her. Maybe a little too much that he struggles with trying to protect his soulmate and his charge who is meant to watch over.

With a new novel comes with new characters. Such as Merrick. Yeah I liked him. He was charming and funny. I can't wait to see how his story develops more. We also get to see some favourites from the first book. Ben (CeeCee's brother) and Elliot (her BFF). I loved Elliot from Stealing Light. She is so feisty so it was nice to see her again. Although I wish we got more interaction in this story. 

Every time Julie asks me to review one of her books I always get scared. As there is always a chance I may not like it. And the funky reading mood I have been in lately I was even more nervous. Thankfully yet again she smashed it. Chasing Darkness is more mature and darker storyline from her Ruby Blue series. Yet it still has the authors signature writing style and overall feel. It's truly wonderful. She has created a story that will grip the reader from the first page and take them on a thrilling, action packed ride.

So if you have read the first then go grab yourself a copy now. You will not be disappointed. It has everything you need for an amazing paranormal read. Angels, demons, love and some kick ass fighting between good and evil. What's not to love?!?!?!

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#BookReview: Indebted 'Til Death To Us Part by Inger Iversen

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Title: Indebted (Teal and Trent #3)
Format: e-Arc
Pages: N/A
Published: 28th Sept 2017
Publisher: Inger Iversen Books
Source: Author for Review
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, BWWM
Shelfability:  COVET
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US / Book Depository (coming soon)

The second I heard the rumble of the motorcycles hauling ass down my street, I knew my past had officially come back to fuck me in the ass—hard and deep.

Trent watched as Teal stared out of the front door into the darkened eyes of a debt he swore to keep years earlier. The little confessional he’d had with her months back revealed the majority of his secrets, but once again, like the fool he was, he’d held his deepest, darkest secret just beyond her reach. He’d thought to protect her from the man he could have become—from the sex, lies, and drugs that could have consumed his life. The second his vow walked through the door pushing past his woman and eyeing him like a fucking dart eyes a bull’s-eye, Trent new life came to a complete and utter stop. Now, his daughter and wife were in danger and Trent would stop at nothing to keep them safe.

  **Contains slight spoilers from previous books**

Sweet Mother of God!! I swear this author is really trying to give me a heart attack. With each book I read in this series they just better and better. My heart was literally pounding all the way through. I laughed, I cried and was gripped from start to finished.

Trent and Teal are finally settling into married life with their daughter Emma. Trent is working his ass off and Teal is a stay at home mother. While their lives seem comfortable and steady, soon Trent's past come back to haunt him and threatens everything he holds dear. Will Trent risk losing Teal and Emma to keep them safe?

We are first introduced to Teal and Trent in the book Incarcerated. They aren't the main characters but they do manage to leave such an impression that you need more. And with every book that is released their story gets more interesting, exciting, dangerous and explosive. Their story take the readers on such a journey that you get swept up in the story and forget everything that is happening around you.

Trent is still sexy as hell. I swear he just gets hotter. He has grown so much as characters, fighting to get over his troubled past. He has managed to turn his life around so it was heart-breaking seeing him struggle with some of the decisions he has to make. We get to delve more in to his past which was intriguing and we also get to finally get to know Trent's son, Markus. Teal is one of the strongest most feisty characters I have even had the privilege of reading. She is full of sass but in Indebted we get to see her character soften. She has embraced motherhood even though she was terrified at first. These two are not perfect. Far from it. There are no perfect couples but these two are without a doubt my favourite literacy couple!

I always have high expectations of Inger's novels. Only because I knew how amazing her writing can be. And once again she has blown it out of the water. She takes the readers on such a ride that leaves you begging for more. What I really loved about Indebted apart from the amazing main characters and their thrilling story was that we get to meet some new characters such as Ace, Mutt and Gator who are scary hard men who are in a MC. We also meet Spooky. He is tough but so likable I can only hope that since this story has got the perfect set up to the spin offs that we get to see more of this handsome Irishman.

If you haven't read this series yet please go now!!! They are fantastic, fast paced and steamy!! Yeah that's right. They are hot as hell. Go check them out. You will not be disappointment.


Teal and Trent #1
Teal and Trent #2
Teal and Trent #3
Rogue in Love
Coming Soon
Open Wounds
Coming Soon

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#BookReview: The Treatment by C.L Taylor

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Title: The Treatment
Format: e-Arc
Pages: 384
Published: 19th Oct 2017
Publisher: HQ
Source: Netgalley
Genre: YA Thriller
Shelfability: Acquire

Cecelia Ahern’s Flawed meets Never Let Me Go in the pulse-pounding YA thriller from the Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author of The Escape.

“You have to help me. We’re not being reformed. We’re being brainwashed.”

All sixteen year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. She's not interested in spending time with her mum and stepdad and when her disruptive fifteen year old brother Mason is expelled from school for the third time and sent to a residential reform academy she's almost relieved.
Everything changes when she's followed home from school by the mysterious Dr Cobey, who claims to have a message from Mason. There is something sinister about the ‘treatment’ he is undergoing. The school is changing people.

Determined to help her brother, Drew must infiltrate the Academy and unearth its deepest, darkest secrets.

Before it’s too late.

I have never read anything by this author before but I was certainly intrigued. I do like a good thriller and coming across a good YA thriller is something that is hard to come by. While I did enjoy the novel I found that it just seemed to be missing the actual THRILL factor for it to be a good thriller read.

Drew receives a mysterious note from her brother who is in the Academy. Soon she finds herself at Norton House and is determined to save her brother. I really liked Drew. I thought she had a really strong protective nature towards her brother even though she didn't always get on with him. I thought what she done to get into the Academy was so brave. Although I did think some of her choices during the course of the book was a little questionable.

There are a whole set of characters that you grow you love and hate. I hated Jude! God did I hated her. She was a bully and coward. I wanted Drew to just punch her!! Mouse was a quiet girl. And quickly becomes really close to Drew. Israel is someone who I liked from the moment we meet him. He is funny and outspoken. My only thing was we didn't really get to know him much. I wanted more of his story and why he was sent to Norton House.

Norton House is place where "Bad" kids go. These teenagers are from all different backgrounds with so many different stories that I feel could have been explored a lot more. They have been sent by parents or guardians under the pretense that it's a reform school. However, the treatment is a little different and they leave almost robot like young adults because they are being brainwashed. This is the part that really intrigued me. The idea that going through some sort of treatment can actually change how someones brain is wired is really interesting. The people who run the place are just pure evil to me. And once you really get into the story you really see how messed up the situation is and who in involved.

The Treatment to me feels more of a mystery novel rather than a thriller. I kept waiting for that thrill factor to come but it didn't. I was quite disappointment by that because this had so much potential. If it was classed as a mystery it would have been massive two thumbs because it certain has a lot of mystery surrounding Norton House and what goes on inside it.

The author has delivered a good solid YA debut and it definitely kept me enticed which is a hard thing to do right now as I am struggling with books. I found myself needing to know all the "what's" "why''s" and "who's". There is a nice pace to the story until the ending. It just felt a little rushed to me.

I will say though the ending is set up nicely for a second book. Will there be one? I honestly don't know. However, just the way the author has left it seems to me that the story isn't quite over just yet.
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#BookSpotlight: Rarity from the Hollow

Title: Rarity
Series: N/A
Author: Robert Eggleton
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Dog Horn Publishing
Published: 8th Nov 2015

Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage -- an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It's up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn't mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. A Children’s Story. For Adults.

Excerpt from Chapter 13, “Mom I’d Like to Introduce You to My Fiancé”

Scene Prologue: At this point in the story, Lacy Dawn, the protagonist, is twelve years old. An android named DotCom (his name is a recurring pun throughout the novel) installed a port in her upper spine and has directly downloaded data into her brain for the last several years. His ship is hidden in a cave in the Woods behind the family’s house in the hollow. DotCom was sent to Earth to train and recruit Lacy Dawn to save the universe from an imminent threat, but was recalled due to slow performance. In this scene, DotCom has returned to Earth and Jenny, the mother, meets him for the first time. 

…..…Jenny (the mother) walked up the hill to Roundabend. She called Lacy Dawn's name every few yards. Her muddy tennis shoes slipped and slid.

I hear her voice. Why won't she answer me?

“Sounds like she’s talking to someone,” Jenny said to the Woods.

Nobody responded. The trees weren't supposed to since Jenny was no longer a child. Her former best friends had made no long-term commitment beyond childhood victimization. They had not agreed to help her deal with domestic violence in adulthood. She hugged the closest tree.

I will always love you guys.

Jenny quickened her pace, stopped, and listened for human voices. A few yards later, she stopped again.

Now it sounds like she’s behind me instead of in front.

Jenny looked to the left of the path.

There ain't no cave Roundabend, but there it is.

She walked toward the entrance. The voices grew louder and she looked inside. Lacy Dawn sat on a bright orange recliner. Tears streamed down her face. Jenny ran to her daughter through a cave that didn't exit and into a blue light that did.

“All right, you mother f**ker!”

“Mom!” Lacy Dawn yelled. “You didn’t say, ‘It’s me’ like you're supposed to (a traditional announcement mentioned earlier in the story)."

DotCom (the android) sat naked in a lotus position on the floor in front of the recliner. Jenny covered

Lacy Dawn with her body and glared at him.

"Grrrrr," emanated from Jenny. It was a sound similar to the one that Brownie (Lacy Dawn's dog) made the entire time the food stamp woman was at their house. It was a sound that filled the atmosphere with hate. No one moved. The spaceship’s door slid shut.

“Mommmmmy, I can’t breathe. Get up.”

“You make one move you sonofabitch and I’ll tear your heart out,” Jenny repositioned to take her weight
off Lacy Dawn.

Stay between them.

“Mommy, he’s my friend. More than my friend, we’re going to get married when I'm old enough -- like when I turn fourteen. He’s my boyfriend -- what you call it -- my fiancé.”

“You been messin’ with my little girl you pervert!” Jenny readied to pounce.

“MOM! Take a chill pill! He ain’t been messing with me. He’s a good person, or whatever. Anyway, he’s not a pervert. You need to just calm down and get off me.”

Jenny stood up. DotCom stood up. Jenny’s jaw dropped.

He ain't got no private parts, not even a little bump.

“DotCom, I’d like to introduce you to my mommy, Mrs. Jenny Hickman. Mommy, I’d like to introduce you to my fiancé, DotCom.”
Jenny sat down on the recliner. Her face was less than a foot from DotCom’s crotch and she stared straight at it. It was smooth, hairless, and odor free.

“Mrs. Hickman, I apologize for any inconvenience that this misunderstanding has caused. It is very nice to meet you after having heard so much. You arrived earlier than expected. I did not have time to properly prepare and receive. Again, I apologize.”

I will need much more training if I'm ever assigned to a more formal setting than a cave, such as to the United Nations.

“Come on, Mommy. Give him a hug or something.”

Jenny's left eye twitched.

DotCom put on clothing that Lacy Dawn had bought him at Goodwill. It hung a little loose until he modified his body. Lacy Dawn hugged her mother…

…(scene of Dwayne, the father, overheard by those in the spaceship while talking to himself)… “Besides, the transmitter was part of Daddy’s treatment. There're a lot of other things that he did to help fix Daddy. DotCom is like a doctor. You can see that Daddy has gotten better every day. And no, there ain’t no transmitter in you. DotCom figured you out like a good doctor and the only things wrong are a lack of opportunity and rotten teeth that poison your body. You don’t need no transmitter. He just gave you a few shots of ego boost. I don’t know what medicine that is, but I trust him. You ain't complained since the shots started -- not even with an upset stomach.”

"He's a doctor?" Jenny asked.

“What's your problem anyway?” Lacy Dawn asked. “I know. You’re prejudiced. You told me that people have much more in common than they do that's different -- even if someone is a different color or religion, or from a different state than us. You told me to try to become friends because sometimes that person may need a good friend. Now, here you are acting like a butt hole about my boyfriend. You’re prejudiced because he’s different than us.”

“Honey, he’s not even a person – that’s about as different as a boyfriend can get,” Jenny said.


Mommy's right. Maybe I need a different argument.

A fast clicking sound, a blur of motion, and a familiar smell assaulted them.

"What's that?" Jenny asked.

She moved to protect her daughter from whatever threat loomed. Brownie, who had been granted 27 / 7 access to the ship, bounded over the orange recliner, knocked DotCom to the floor, licked DotCom’s face, and rubbed his head on Jenny’s leg. He then jumped onto the recliner and lay down. His tail wagged throughout. Jenny sat down on the recliner beside Brownie and looked at Lacy Dawn.

“But, you were crying when I first came in. That thing was hurting you.” Jenny shook her finger at DotCom to emphasize a different argument against him.

“Mommy, I'm so happy that I couldn’t help but cry. My man just came home from an out-of-state job. I didn't talk to him for a whole year. Before he left, he told me that he wasn’t even sure if he'd be able to come home. I still don’t know what happened while he was gone. We ain't had no chance to talk. All I know is that he's home and I'm sooooo happy.”

“Your man came home from an out-of-state job?” Jenny patted Brownie on his head, some more and some more….

It's unusual for a man to promise to come back home and ever be seen again. Brownie likes him and that's a good sign. Maybe she's right about him helping Dwayne. Something sure did and it wasn’t me. It is a nice living room. They've been together for a while and I ain't seen a mark on her. That's unusual too. He ain't got no private parts and that's another good thing. Hell, if I get in the middle, she’d just run off with him anyway. I'd better play it smart. I don't want to lose my baby.

“What about his stupid name?” Jenny asked.

“I’ve got a stupid name, too. All the kids at school call me hick because my last name is Hickman.”

“My name was given to me by my manager a very long time ago. It represents a respected tradition -- the persistent marketing of that which is not necessarily the most needed. I spam…,” DotCom said.
They both glared at him.

"Dwayne is sure to be home. I don’t want him to worry. Let’s go,” Jenny said.

“Okay, Mommy.”

“I love you, DotCom,” Lacy Dawn stepped out the ship’s door, which had slid open. Brownie and Jenny were right behind her.

“I love you too,” DotCom said.

Lacy Dawn and Jenny held hands and walked down the path toward home. The trees didn’t smile -- at least not so Jenny would notice. On the other hand, no living thing obstructed, intruded, or interfered with the rite.
Jenny sang to the Woods, “My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up. My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up….”

Excerpts of Two Book Reviews – Gold Medal Awards

“…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only instead of the earth being destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Lacy Dawn must…The author has managed to do what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse, and written about them with tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…Eggleton sucks you into the Hollow, dunks you in the creek, rolls you in the mud, and splays you in the sun to dry off. Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate…it’s a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.”

“…Full of cranky characters and crazy situations, Rarity From the Hollow sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved… Robert Eggleton is a brilliant writer whose work is better read on several levels. I appreciated this story on all of them.” 

Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. Locally, he is best known for his nonfiction about children’s programs and issues, much of which was published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from1982 through 1997. Today, he is a retired children's psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome maltreatment and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel. Its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines. Author proceeds support the prevention of child maltreatment.

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#BookReview: Wrong by Jana Aston

Receiving books free in exchange of reviews will never sway the outcome of my reviews. All my reviews are own my personal thoughts and opinions whether they for review or bought. While I may feel a certain way, others may feel differently. So sit back and relax and check out my thoughts on this book. Don't forget to share your thoughts (no spoilers) on the books or reviews on this blog in comments.

Title: Wrong (Wrong #1)
Format: Kindle eBook
Pages: 286
Published: 7th Oct 2015
Publisher: Rutherford Press
Source: Bought
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Shelfability:  Acquire

I have a history of picking the wrong guy. Gay? Player? Momma’s boy? Check, check and check.

Now I can’t stop fantasizing about one of the customers at the coffee shop I work at between classes. It’s just a harmless crush, right? It’s not like I ever see this guy outside of the coffee shop. It’s not like I’m going to see him while attempting to get birth control at the student clinic. While wearing a paper gown. While sitting on an exam table. Because he’s the doctor. Shoot. Me.

But what if, for once, the man I’ve had the dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies about turned out to be everything but wrong?

I have been recommended this book twice by the same person. Yip, twice!! Kayleigh from over at K-Books highly recommended this to me because I was needing a light read that I could just get lost in. And It was just the ticket!! After reading two "intense" reads I was looking something that would be fun and easy and Wrong was certainly those things.

Sophie is a Twenty One year old at college. Every Tuesday her crush buys a coffee from where she works. She can't stop fantasizing about Luke. He is older, sexy and perfect for crushing on. She'd never dream it would be anything more. Until one day she is at the student clinic to get birth control. And in walks the doctor. Who just happens to be her crush, Luke. Awkward!!!

Wrong is freaking hilarious. I don't just mean funny like you laugh in your head. Or you have a little giggle. I am talking, full blown laugh out loud, snort like a pig and choke on your tea funny. I have never in my life laughed so hard at a book before. I have found other books funny but this one is just down right hysterical. Between the situations Sophie gets into and the one liners from her friend Evelyn I was completely buckled.

Sophie is a good girl. Not completely innocent but a good girl. She is a really likable character. I think she is easy to relate to because who hasn't had a crush on a customer in work. Especially one that comes in all the time. Orders the same thing each time. I know I have. (Large Mocha Guy for me lol). Her crush on Luke is totally understandable. He is HOT. And Older! I personally think he did come across a bit stalkerish. However, he is a very likable. And together? OH MY. HOT HOT HOT. The chemistry they have is sizzling and sexy. They just can't take their hands off each other.

I will admit Sophie and Luke aren't my favourite characters in the story. It's Evelyn. That girl and her one liners are just so bloody funny. Yeah she comes across a bit aggressive and like a stalker (just read it the book lol) but the things she hits out with and nothing short of amazing!!! Can't wait to read her story.

Wrong is the type of story you can just get lost in. You forget everything around you and just enjoy the story. It's fast passed and has a nice easy flow to it. Some story that involve sex can seem like the authors just throw it in to fill space but in this case it all works. And its HOT!!! The plot it's a slightly unbelievable and there are certain parts of storyline reminded me of a little of a watered down Fifty Shades. However, over all it was fantastic read that kept me reading until wee hours. 

NO SPOILERS but to those who have read the book? That ending? Who hasn't done that right? 

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