Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: Wait For You by J. Lynn

Wait For You
(Wait For You #1)
J. Lynn
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Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…
Review by Rose Red:

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I picked up Wait for You on a kindle deal* because I have enjoyed every book of Jennifer Armentrout’s that I have read so far. And this one didn’t disappoint! It was super adorable and it had me laughing out loud at several parts! If you’re looking at starting Wait for You make sure you plan enough time to read it in one sitting because, believe me, you will not want to put it down. I’d also recommend having the other two books in the series, Trust in Me and Be With Me, on stand-by because you’re going to want to start them immediately after finishing.

Wait for You is a typical new adult story but it is extremely well written. The characters are complex and the pacing is spot on. I’m kind of a sucker for romance novels that approach serious issues and this is definitely one of those stories. The book focuses on Avery Morganstern and Cameron Hamilton and how their relationship came to be. They have to conquer some serious hurdles with each of their respective pasts to help each other move on and realize that they are capable of being loved.

Cam is freaking fantastic! He's one of those guys that is so damn likable that you wish you had him for your own. He’s not a broody, alpha male, but is kind and respectful to everyone around him. He has great relationships with his family and his friends and I loved that about his character. Cam does have a dark spot in his past that is alluded to in the first few chapters. We later find out the whole story, but it only makes you love him more. According to Avery’s description, he’s very good looking which is always a plus. I found myself shaking my head each time Avery turned him down when he asked her out. Just say yes already!

Avery, poor girl, is pretty messed up. It's evident within the first few pages that Avery has had some huge traumatic event happen to her in her past. However, what actually happened is only revealed in bits and pieces for a long portion of the story. This event has clearly affected her in a in such a way that she felt the need to leave her family and all of her old friends behind. She wants nothing to do with her old life. Whatever happened to her changed her and how she views everything around her. Throughout the story, it is obvious time and time again that the way she relates to people, places, and well, everything is related to her secret.

I kind of figured out Avery’s secret early on in the story. Well, sort of. I got most of it right. But I don’t think it was suppose to be some big mystery. I think the reader is meant have an idea of what her secret is to explain some of her actions, but not all of it so we can be outraged when all is revealed. It’s like we’re given an almost completed puzzle, but the important pieces are still missing.

The pacing and development of the relationship was perfect! The buildup, the tension, and the wait: it all felt real and natural! It was one of my favorite aspects of the book. It was intense, slow building, and contained lots of snark. I seriously enjoyed the banter between Avery and Cam a lot! But their relationship is not all sunshine and rainbows. They have some serious issues to deal with. I liked that they had to work at their relationship and that it wasn’t an immediate “OMG! I love you and let’s get married!”

If you are looking for a perfect summer read and you love university-centered New Adult romance novels, I highly recommend Wait for You. It will have you grinning like a fool the whole time you’re reading it. J. Lynn has rewritten this story from Cam’s perspective in Trust in Me and I highly recommend that you read it immediately after Wait For You. I didn’t think I could love Cam more but that book certainly made me love him more.

*The Kindle Deal is still going on so you can get all the books that are out in this series for less than $10! Click HERE to go to the series page.


Recommended for fans of: 

Easy by Tammara Webber
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Losing it by Cora Carmack

    
 5 / 5 stars




Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review: Fireborn by Keri Arthur

Fireborn 
(Souls of Fire #1)
Keri Arthur
Release: July 1, 2014
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From New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur comes a brand new series featuring heroine Emberly Pearson—a phoenix capable of taking on human form, and cursed with the ability to foresee death…

Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent that from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for.

Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a plague-like virus, the Crimson Death—a by-product of a failed government experiment that attempted to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal. Now, all those infected must be eliminated.

But when Emberly’s boss is murdered and his irreplaceable research stolen, she needs to find the guilty party before she goes down in flames…

Review by Gretl:

I was attracted to Fireborn because I've never seen a book about a phoenix before. Keri Arthur's version is a spirit being that can take three forms - flesh, flame and firebird. Each phoenix has a soul mate, another phoenix that they need to recharge, to reproduce and to be reborn every hundred years. But their kind are cursed to be unable to fall in love with each other, and the need to keep another phoenix in their life often alienates their significant others. That's exactly what ruined Emberly's relationship with Sam five years ago. He left when he found out about her soul mate Rory and didn't listen to her attempts to explain their relationship. So Emberly and Sam's reunion, as you might expect, is not exactly pleasant. When she continues to get involved in his investigation in an effort to find her boss's killer and recover his research, things get even more awkward between them.

This world is the same or very similar to the one in which Arthur's Riley Jensen and Dark Angels series are set. I think the rules for vampires might be slightly different in this one, but I don't remember well enough to say for certain. The way Emberly uses her flame form also reminds me of Risa from those books, as does her tendency to get abducted. But there are some great new supes in this one too. In addition to the phoenices, there's a fire fae, Jackson, who has instant chemistry with Emberly due to their shared affinity for fire. There's also mention of earth, air and water fae, though we haven't met any of them yet. I really liked Jackson, but I felt like this exaggerated sex drive that he and Emberly have, or maybe the need to have a biological explanation for it, felt too much like the werewolves in Arthur's other series.

I've seen some people refer to the love triangle or even quadrangle in this book, but I really didn't see it that way. The only one Emberly really loves is Sam. In fact, I thought that she and Jackson had one too many conversations about how they could never be in a committed relationship. Likewise, Emberly's looking for the man she loved underneath the new darkness in Sam got a little repetitive.

What I did enjoy were the action and the mystery. Emberly was a cop in a previous life, so she feels right at home as an investigator. I enjoyed following the clues along with her. And I liked Emberly, Jackson and Rory. They're fun, original characters. Sam's angry and unpleasant most of the time, so I'm not so sure about him yet. There are a lot of loose ends left at the end of the book but I liked the direction Emberly is going. I feel like this series has a lot of potential.

Recommended for fans of: Keri Arthur's Riley Jensen and Dark Angel series, SJ Harper's Fallen Siren series, sexy Urban Fantasy



   1/2
  3.5 / 5 stars



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: UnWritten by Chelsea Cameron

UnWritten
Chelsea Cameron
Release: July 10, 2014
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Children's librarian by day. Romance novelist by night.
British single father.
Someone else is writing this love story...

Blair Walton isn't your average curvaceous tattooed children's librarian. She's also one half of bestselling romance author, Scarlet Rose. Along with her BFF Raine, she spends her nights writing books so steamy, she's afraid they would shock her Southern conservative grandmother to death . . . if she knew about them. That's why she and Raine write in secret.

On deadline for their latest book and out of ideas, Raine suggests (demands) that Blair find a guy and "do some research". Declan Bennet has all the qualifications: He's British, looks fabulous in a suit, has glorious blue eyes and gets bonus points for being an amazing single dad to his adorable son, Drake. But what starts out as a research project quickly turns into something much more. And Blair's not the only one with secrets.
Review by Goldilox:

Unwritten is a sometimes funny, sometimes steamy, always entertaining contemporary romance from author Chelsea Cameron. This one is a standalone, so readers looking for something quick and fun with no 'series commitment' will especially appreciate it. Although there are definitely a few emotional moments in the book, UnWritten remains mostly a lighter read.

The main character here is Blair, a children's librarian who is covered in tattoos. Everything about Blair is a juxtaposition and she felt like a fresh character. She writes romance novels with her best friend, Raine, and their relationship was a very realistic and relatable friendship. They felt like they could be real people to me, joking with each other like real best friends do, nagging each other, teasing each other, and being very blunt with each other. Their chemistry was almost as great as Blair's chemistry with the love interest, Declan.

Declan is hot, blond, and British. And his version of bringing Blair 'flowers' was absolutely genius. Let me just say for anyone who is trying to woo a book lover: read this book, steal this idea. Declan and Blair's relationship was a sexy and steamy romp that was explicit enough to be hot but not so much to cross out of the contemporary romance genre. I personally could have used a *little* more explicitness and still not been scandalized, but that's just me! I wish Declan had been developed a little more though. Blair and even Raine were very full, round characters to me and I wanted a little more from not only Declan, but he and Blair's relationship as it progressed. His young son Drake was written really well, totally adorable and lovable and still true to how a real child his age might act.

One of the aspects of this book that I found really intriguing was the inside look readers get at Blair and Raine's life as writers. In fact, UnWritten feels almost like a love letter to authors, reviewers, bloggers, book obsessors, and the like. All of the comments made between Blair and Raine during their writing process felt very "inside knowledge", like the reader would fully understand the terms and the process. That, along with the fun contemporary references sprinkled throughout made this book feel very modern.

UnWritten is a fabulous standalone romance for lovers of contemporary. It would make a great beach read or a good palate cleanser between heavier books. I don't always enjoy lighter reads because they often lack substance, but UnWritten is solid and realistic, with enough emotional punches to the gut to be taken seriously. Highly recommend to lovers of modern romance!

Recommended for fans of: tattoos, classic children's books, British men, contemporary romance, hotel sex, adorable kids, and writing/reviewing books.

This review is based on an advance copy of the book provided by the author.

    
  4 / 5 stars


Monday, July 21, 2014

Read This F@!%ing Book! (17)



Welcome to a feature I'm going to post on Mondays called:

Read This F@!%ing Book!

This is a feature for me to push my favorite reads that just aren't getting enough attention! 

I'm also opening it up to anyone who would like to guest post. Do you have a book that you just LURVED but feel like its not getting the play it deserves? Email me to let me know and I'd be THRILLED to have you post about it here! Especially if its something I haven't reviewed yet - that's even better (but not necessary)! If you're interested email me:
Goldilox3weres@hotmail.com

This week's post comes from our very own: 
Rose Red!

Read This F@!%ing Book Post 17: Dark Mission Series
(Click book cover to go to Goodreads page)
Blood of the Wicked (Dark Mission, #1) Lure of the Wicked (Dark Mission, #2)
All Things Wicked (Dark Mission #3) Sacrifice the Wicked One for the Wicked (Dark Mission, #5)



Why I love it:

The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic Seattle, where witches have been accused of destroying the world with a series of earthquakes, tsunamis and all types of natural disasters. Now, the witches are running from witch hunters and the world isn’t the same as before.

The world building in this book is freaking fantastic! Everything is dirty, gritty, dangerous, and falling apart. But yet everything was kept in such a way that it wasn’t too over-the-top and melodramatic. The society that springs up in response to this global apocalypse makes complete sense when you look at their logic about how they think the “end of the world” came about.

The characters are an interesting mix of witches, witch sympathizers, and witch hunters and it provides a quite interesting conflict of views and questioning of several of the characters beliefs.


Why I'm pushing it:

This series is a hidden gem. It completely flabbergasts me that Karina Cooper’s work isn’t more popular. But I guess that’s a puzzle to solve another time. One great thing about this series is that all the books are out. You can marathon them all and not have to wait.

This world and the society that has formed in it has me completely fascinated and I find myself picking up the series up again and again so I can re-experience it. The cultural implications of this society has given rise to an interesting mix of characters with different personalities. This series also adds some great diversity to the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genre. There are different sexual orientations and ethnicities as well as characters that you’re not going to immediately like. They are living in a world that has gone to hell so you can expect more than one of them to be a bit rough around the edges.


The Complexity!


What I love most about this series, besides the world building, is that the characters are constantly evolving and changing to fit the new circumstances they find themselves in. They find hope and love in a very dark world with a twisted society. I found myself deeply invested in their welfare and hoping for everything to work out. Some of the plot twists had me going “What the Hell?” but in a good way.

If you love a gritty paranormal romance, I’d highly recommend pick this series up!



Have you read this book?
Did we persuade you to add it to your TBR mountain?
Let us know in the comments below!



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Meet the New Co-Bloggers!



New Co-Bloggers!

I am SO excited today to introduce you guys to two new lovely ladies that will be joining Goldilox and the Three Weres! 
I have loved running Goldilox and the Three Weres for the past three years and even though I am unable to post as much as I have in the past I still love reviewing and interacting with other bloggers and authors. So, in order to take some of the burden off of my own shoulders and bring some new voices and opinions to the blog, I am bringing on two new co-bloggers - and they even have storybook names! They are both in the trial stage for now, so if you love their posts and reviews let them know in the comments and let me know by emailing Goldilox3Weres@hotmail.com!


Meet the Ladies!

Gretl

Hi! I’m Margaret aka Gretl. I was a burned out English Lit major who didn’t touch a book for years after college. Then in the summer of 2010, I binge-watched the first two seasons of True Blood on Netflix. Afterwards I just HAD to read the Sookie Stackhouse books. Then I moved on to Night Huntress and an Urban Fantasy junkie was born. I also read PNR and recently, some contemp romance and romantic suspense.
I’m also an accessory addict, cosmetic junkie, and single mom to 2 dogs and 1 human (though at times I suspect she’s a vampire sucking up my energy.) We recently moved back home to the Midwest after several years in Texas.

You can often find me author stalking or sharing bookish things on Twitter @ghoulishgretl.


Rose Red

I’m a twenty-something professional book hoarder with a severe nachos and diet mountain dew addiction. I consume stories in every way I can. Physical books, comics, short stories, ebooks, and audiobooks, I love them all! 

When it comes to the types books I read, I subscribe to the “I live in the real world, I don’t want to read about it” ideology and read mostly fantasy books. I do have a weakness for a good romance novel in any genre though. 

I’m an unabashed fangirl of the whole fantasy genre. Start talking to me about anything related to fantasy books and I’ll start gushing about everything from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings to Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles to Donna Grant’s Dark Sword/Dark Warriors series. 

I run the blog Jessie Reads Everything and I’m a coblogger over at Spines and Covers

When I'm not reading, I'm a grad student trying to add the three letters PhD to the end of my name in the great name of science. I also have a mild addiction to Twitter, Marvel movies, and Doctor Who episodes. Find me on Twitter @Jessi_Squeakers


So, that's them! Say hello in the comments! Show them some love and welcome them to the blog! :)


Monday, July 14, 2014

Audiobook Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster
(Beautiful #1)
Author: Jamie McGuire
Narrator: Emma Galvin
Release: May 26, 2011
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INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.
Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.
Review:

You've all heard of this book, whether you read the genre or you've read the book or not. This book took the blogosphere by storm with readers' love/hate (mostly love) relationship with it. At the time it was released I had zero interest in contemporary stories so I avoided it. BUT, now that I am branching out in my reading pursuits I bought the audio to check it out. Plus, the author is now releasing the first book in a spin off series that focuses on each of Travis' brothers so I figured this was a good time to get involved in this world.

Although you have most likely read a million reviews of this one, I've reviewing it anyway for those of you who love it so much you want to read another review of it, or for those of you who, like me, didn't read it when all the hype was going on! I adored this book and was addicted to the story the whole time I was listening to it. I couldn't wait to see what the author would put all the characters through next!

Beautiful Disaster is very aptly titled, as the characters in this book and their relationships are a bunch of beautiful disasters. I love everyone and I felt like author Jamie McGuire really fleshed out all the main characters and major side characters. Our MC, Abby, is a typical nice, smart college girl on the surface with some layers of darkness, feistiness, and frankly some serious lady balls. I liked her more and more as the story went on and I could see why Travis was so obsessed with her.

And Travis. Well, come on. You've all heard the talk about this character. Travis is a wonderfully damaged guy and even though I wouldn't exactly want him as my boyfriend in real life, he makes for an amazing love interest to lust after in the book world. Especially his tattoos. He is brash and emotional and has a tendency to throw fists instead of words. He's a fighter, literally, so punching as a first reaction comes easily to him. (Let's be clear, I mean punching other dudes in the story, not Abby or any of the female characters. Just want to make that clear.) Sometimes when Travis gets into fights it shows how impulsive and damaged he is, but other times you really cheer him on - let's face it, some of the guys he hits deserve it.

Abby and Travis' relationship is off and on. It grows from friendship and has MANY rocky points along the way. If you don't love the angsty feels of a new adult college romance then this isn't the book for you. There's a lot of crying and yelling curse words and breaking things. It's wonderful. Their relationship is not exactly healthy for most of the book. And this is brought up by a few different side characters so I'm happy that it was addressed. But this book isn't supposed to be telling the most perfect love story ever. This book shows us a relationship between two maladjusted people with issues (mostly Travis' issues and Abby's past) and how they fall in love and find a way to make it work. 

Abby's best friend, America, and Travis' cousin, Shepley, have been dating a while and they are the way Abby and Travis meet each other during one of Travis' underground fights. America and Shepley feel like two very real and important characters who raise the story to another level. Although their relationship takes a backseat to Abby and Travis, you still feel really invested in what's going on with them. I love all the scenes where all four of them are together because something always goes down. And Abby and America's friendship felt realistic. Another thing that felt realistic was the college experience portrayed by Jamie McGuire. These characters stayed out late, woke up after noon, drank an unhealthy amount of shots, used fake IDs with ease, drove after drinking when they shouldn't have, etc. The author didn't give us a candy coated version of college. I felt really immersed in the story the whole time.

Overall, I LOVED this book and see why it garnered so much praise back when it came out. I am was addicted to it throughout and love love love Abby and Travis.

Notes on the Narrator: Emma Galvin is a new narrator for me and I thought she was a great fit for this book. Her voice was a little girly and a little deep at the same time...is that possible? It sounded perfect for Abby's character, just the same mix that she is. And she was able to make Travis Maddox sound sexy, which is a talent for a female narrator. I recommend the audio if you haven't read the book yet, because I think some of Travis' tirades were especially awesome to listen to rather than read. She really brought the emotion to those scenes. I also thought her voice for America was perfect, with the right amount of spunk that the character has.

Recommended for fans of: New Adult, books based in college, angst, men with tattoos, bumpy relationships, throwing things, underground fighting circles, books that are like crack.


    
  5 / 5 stars



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Audio Review: Sixth Grave On the Edge by Darynda Jones

Sixth Grave On the Edge
(Charley Davidson #6)
Author: Darynda Jones
Narrator: Lorelei King
Release: May 20, 2014
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Audible
Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it's time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?
Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn't come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear.

Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she's used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.

Review:

I adore the Charley Davidson series. I read every book shortly after its released and I always love them. Darynda Jones is an official auto-buy author for me...no questions asked. What I hadn't done, however, was try out this series on audio. For Sixth Grave On the Edge I decided to give the audiobook a try, since its one of the highest rated and most loved series on audio in the genre. And......I LOVED it!

Charley is back again and just as spunky, air-headed, and hilarious as ever. In Sixth Grave she is contemplating her decision as to whether or not to marry Reyes, which is the cliff hanger we were left with in the previous book. Charley and Reyes are so funny together! Such a weird balance of her humor and his darkness. I love them SO much and Reyes was as sexy as ever in this one. Readers will definitely be able to see how he is the current reigning winner of the Alpha Showdown (Vampire Book Club blog)! He's strong and lethal and SEXY!

In this book we learn a little more about who/what Charley is and her purpose, as well as some more of Reyes' background while on Earth. I'm aways amazed by the control Darynda Jones has in these books. She gives readers just a little bit at a time in each installment and she must be the most amazing planner ever to know just how much she wants to dole out in each book. Of course, she always leaves us wanting more more more! And, also as usual, we are left with another cliffhanger to keep us salivating until the next book!

Thank goodness we won't need to wait long. The seventh book will be out this October.  :)

Notes on the Narrator:Lorelei King is the perfect Charley. It took me a couple chapters to adore her, because I had always heard the pitch of Charley's voice a little different in my head, but once I got used to her version of Charley I loved her as the narrator. It's awesome to hear all Charley's hilarity in audio, especially all her great moments with Cookie. And her Reyes is wonderful. Spot on.

Recommended for fans of: humorous romance, mysteries, grim reaper stories, sexy Alpha Sons of Satan.


    

Monday, July 7, 2014

Review: Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett

Banishing the Dark
(Arcadia Bell #4)
Jenn Bennett
Release: May 27, 2014
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Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell's life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who's not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady's body.

Forced to delve deep into the mystery surrounding her own birth, Cady must uncover which evil spell her parents cast during her conception…and how to reverse it. Fast.

As she and her lover Lon embark on a dangerous journey through her magical past, Lon's teenage son Jupe sneaks off for his own investigation. Each family secret they uncover is darker than the last, and Cady, who has worn many identities—Moonchild, mage, fugitive—is about to add one more to the list.
Review:

Let's get this out of the way first - this is the last book in the Arcadia Bell series. Most of you familiar with the series probably knew that, but for some reason I didn't realize that when I started this book and it came as a big shock as I neared the book's end and realized this must be the end of the series. But whether you were aware or not, let's have a moment of silence for the end of one of my favorite urban fantasy series...........

Okay, feel better? I don't. I adore this series and I'm sad to see it end. That being said, the series went out with a bang and author Jenn Bennett did all our favorite characters justice with this final installment.

In Banishing the Dark, Cady's main focus is discovering the origins of her Moonchild powers and the mystery surrounding her strange conception in order to learn more about how to keep her mother from escaping the demon plane and taking possession of her body. Yeah, its important that doesn't happen. So, in order to protect her entire family from her mother (*wink wink* if you remember from the end of the previous book what exactly "entire family" means) Cady undergoes a memory spell in order to make her forget certain things that would put her family in danger.

Except, oops, the memory spell also accidentally wipes out her memory of her feelings for Lon. This made this book heartbreaking at times. Cady didn't remember her relationship with Lon and it was difficult to read some of the scenes between the two of them and know the suffering Lon must have been going through. It was also a smart plot point for the last book in a series because we kind of get to see Cady fall for Lon all over again. Several moments felt like their relationship in the first book, Kindling the Moon, again and it was fabulous and wicked at the same time. Sometimes Cady's memory loss was heart wrenching, sometimes it led to funny moments, and at other times it led to very steamy moments between her and Lon. I loved them all.

Jupe gets some short chapters from his POV and this was a special little addition to Banishing the Dark that I enjoyed. He plays an important role in this book, although I was yelling at him in my mind the whole time for all the unsafe decisions he was making. Jupe even gets the start of a little romance himself in this one and I thought that was a cute add on as well. Jupe is my favorite teenage side character, with so much personality and charm he jumps off every page he's on. He should get a novella or a spinoff for himself........HINT HINT Jenn Bennett........

Of course the action was great in Banishing the Dark because this series is, at its heart, an urban fantasy. Cady's new reptilian form gets used a lot in this book and she also gains some interesting knacks along with it that are fun to watch Cady play with. This series has always balanced action, romance, humor, and darkness really well and this book is no exception.

Bonus for readers who love the series: we get a wonderful epilogue that will warm your heart and give you THE FEELS. Like, whoa. The epilogue is actually the point I realized this was the last book in the series. Yeah, I'm that dense. But seriously, the series was ended perfectly. Jenn Bennet has left lovers of Arcadia and the gang wanting more more more, which is exactly the way a series ending should make you feel.

Recommended for fans of: urban fantasy, magic, bouncy teenage boys that say the wrong thing, amazing couples, strong heroines, and pirate mustaches. Always pirate mustaches.

This review is based on an advance copy of the book provided by the publisher.

    

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Goldilox Goes to Book Bash Plus Finding Cinderella Giveaway!


Yes, I Goldilox, lover of all things paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy, went to and loved a book event for contemporary authors. You caught me...

And I had SO much fun!!! I was a volunteer for Book Bash this year and it was a blast. I have been on a contemporary kick for a bit and I discovered some wonderful new authors to read. It was crazy and I was SUPER tired by the end...we book lovers are cray-cray-crazy!!!

Here are some pictures of the event PLUS enter to win my giveaway of a paperback copy of FINDING CINDERELLA by Colleen Hoover, one of the most popular authors at the signing this year!

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Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)


Had it signed by most of the authors I wanted to meet...but still managed to miss some!


The attending authors being serious and then silly.  :)


Paul Marron...YUM!!!


Karina Halle


Jamie McGuire


Paul Marron (umm...again...)


Jennifer Armentrout


Both halves of Christina Lauren


Chelsea Cameron


Alice Clayton


Blake Griffin performing


Jenese from Readers Confession and Danielle From Ramblings From This Chick


Debbie from Keep Calm and Read Romance and Jenese


Jenese


That's it! So, were YOU there? Did you wish you were? Let me know in the comments below! And enter to win Finding Cinderella!


Enter below to win a paperback copy of FINDING CINDERELLA by Colleen Hoover!
Must be 13 or older and live in the continental US to enter.

Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)
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