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Review: Blue Forever by Nina Bruhns

August 17th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Angela under Review Tags: Blue Forever, Men in Uniform, Nina Bruhns, Review, Romantic Suspense

Blue ForeverTitle: Blue Forever

Author: Nina Bruhns

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Series: Men in Uniform (Book #3)

Publication Date: September 3, 2013

Format: Paperback, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425250946 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425250945 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Candy


Dashing and devilish Major Kiptyn Llowell is the opposite of reasonable. But when his top secret mission on exotic Hainan Island, China, goes belly up, Kip throws himself on the mercy of the eminently sensible (and irresistibly sexy) DeAnne Lovejoy to hitch a ride to his rendezvous point. But he gets far more than he bargained for?

As an officer of the U.S Department of State, DeAnne helps American citizens in need of aid on foreign soil. Yet, when DeAnne sets eyes on Kip’s impressive body, she’s the one who needs rescuing—from her own X-rated thoughts!

But before Kip and DeAnne even get the chance to flirt, an enemy platoon storms in, guns blazing. Covers blown and running for their lives, the pair must complete Kip’s mission together. Amidst escalating feelings, they just hope to survive long enough to enjoy this wild ride to a loving future?

Quick & Dirty: Major Kip Llowell is on a secret mission when his cover is blown. With the Aid of DeAnne Lovejoy they may just make it out of China alive, but will there relationship survive both of their pasts?

Opening Sentence: It would be a woman.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

This was a good book. I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not because I do not read military style books usually, not even romances. I am glad I read this one though. Major Kip Llowell is on a secret mission on the Hainan Island in China when his cover is blown. While trying to figure out how he is going to get out of China without getting arrested for being a spy he runs into DeAnne Lovejoy. DeAnne is an officer of the U.S. Department of State and as such is sworn to help American citizens stuck in bad situations in foreign countries. Right away sparks start flying between these to, but unfortunately they both have things they must deal with from their pasts before a relationship would work. Their immediate need is to get out of China alive and without getting arrested.

I really liked both Kip and DeAnne but I did think their relationship developed really fast. I guess though in life or death situations you appreciate that you have to enjoy what you have while you have it. I really loved watching DeAnne grow as a character. As I was reading the story DeAnne starts out as a woman who thinks all Marine men are the same and will only use and hurt you before they leave you. Because of this she refuses to touch a gun and only fights with words. As she gets drawn deeper into Kip’s world she realizes not all Marines are the same and starts to loosen up. On top of all that she is so brave. She and Kip are stranded on an island where people want to capture and hurt them and instead of breaking down and losing it, she is strong and brave even when she is terrified, which is the definition of being brave. I liked Kip but I didn’t think he really changed much. He did decide that he would do anything to be with DeAnne even if it meant facing his family and his past.

One of the things I liked about this book was that there were actually two romances discussed in the story, not just one. The first and main romance is of course Kip and DeAnne’s romance. The second romance is between STORM members Darcy Zimmerman and Bobby Lee Quinn. This couple also had problems but not as many. Actually the problems were mostly one sided. Bobby Lee Quinn or Quinn to his friends would marry Darcy whenever she was ready if only she would let go of her fears. An orphan who was given up by her foster family once they had their own children feels that if she marries Quinn he will one day replace her with “a newer model”. They are sweet together and you can tell from the way they interact that they are madly in love with each other.

I really loved this story. Nina Bruhns has a way with drawing the reader right into the story. I read this book in two days. I just wanted to get to the end and make sure everyone got out ok and see what happened with our two couples. The only problem I had with this book was the cliffhanger at the end. I hate finishing a book and not knowing exactly how everything is going to go. Now I have to find the next book that tells me what happens. I recommend this book to those who like a good romantic suspense story.

Notable Scene:

He strode to the shattered back window, lit a match, aimed and tossed it into the vehicle, and gave the SUV a solid push when he saw where the match had landed. The SUV started rolling toward the edge of the cliff.

DeAnne’s jaw dropped in astonishment and she jumped back. “What on earth are you doing?”

He gave it another two-handed shove so it gained momentum. “Killing myself.”

Men in Uniform:

1. Red Heat

2. White Hot

3. Blue Forever


FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Blue Forever. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

August 16th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Kelly under Review Tags: Fantasy, Gentleman Bastards Series, Review, Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke LamoraTitleThe Lies of Locke Lamora

AuthorScott Lynch

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Gentleman Bastards (Book #1)

Publication Date: June 26, 2007

Format: Paperback, 736 Pages

ISBN-10: 055358894X (Del Rey)

ISBN-13: 978-0553588941 (Del Rey)

Reviewed by: Kelly


An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly. Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game—or die trying.

Quick & Dirty: I cannot rave enough about The Lies of Locke Lamora! Vibrant characters, comprehensive world-building and an ingenious plot places this Fantasy firmly at the top of the genre with the likes of Tolkien and Martin. I cannot wait to discover the other adventures awaiting these beloved characters.

Opening Sentence: Locke Lamora’s rule of thumb was this: a good confidence game took three months to plan, three weeks to rehearse, and three seconds to win or lose the victim’s trust forever.


The Review:

The Lies of Locke Lamora literally fell into my hands while I was visiting the Random House booth at San Diego Comic Con last month. I was looking at another title when the person next to me bumped the stack and sent several books flying. I grabbed whatever was closest to me and was surprised when the girl working at the booth told me I could keep the books I’d picked up. Score! I didn’t even look at the titles I walked away with until I was stuck with a four hour layover at the airport several days later. I had no expectations other than hoping it would be interesting enough to lessen the annoyance of a long day stuck at the airport. As it turns out, it’s become one of my all-time favorite stories and I had to share it even though it wasn’t on my list of titles to review this month.

The prologue is a must read to fully appreciate the genius that is Scott Lynch. It all begins with a man called the Thiefmaker trying to sell an orphan boy to another man called Chains. It’s clear the Thiefmaker doesn’t suffer from any kind of moral misgivings about bringing orphaned children to his home under the graveyard with the sole purpose of turning them into his street thugs. It’s also clear that this isn’t the first time the Thiefmaker has approached the Eyeless Priest; he’s sold three other former “special” students to the Priest in recent years. In each of the previous cases, these students proved too troublesome for the Thiefmaker to control and it’s no different with the small boy known as Locke. However, the Thiefmaker’s issues with Locke are bigger than any he ever faced with previous students. Turns out that Locke’s skill at elaborate larceny schemes have become a very serious liability for the Thiefmaker – so much so that the Thiefmaker vows to kill Locke if the Priest won’t buy him.

The story begins several years later. Chains has passed away but the small group of specially trained thieves he named the Gentleman Bastards remains. Locke is the leader of the highly-successful group – which now consists of twins Calo and Galdo, the quiet but deadly Jean, and their apprentice Bug – and they are in the midst of a new scheme that will bring the Gentleman Bastards more money than ever before. Locke has learned much from his near death experience under the Thiefmaker and the rest of the Gentleman Bastards trust in him completely. The fact that they will be killed if Capa Barsavi, Camorr’s crime lord, ever finds out they’ve broken the Secret Peace by running a scheme on a noble doesn’t deter them. Neither does it matter that they will never be able to spend the money because doing so would blow their cover as the small-time pickpockets every other gang in town thinks they are. They’re content to continue acting like Capa Barsavi’s diligent group of small-time thieves, paying him his expected portion of their supposedly small monthly takes like normal. The knowledge that they far outwit anyone in Camorr, that they are able to con not only the nobility but also the crime lord and all his lackeys, is the only payoff that matters to Locke and the Gentleman Bastards. Then everything starts to go very, very wrong thanks to a newcomer who seems even more devious than Locke. This mystery man has his sights set on Locke, using him as a tool to obliterate the tenuous balance between Camorr’s crime network and the nobility. Despite Locke’s ability to scheme his way out of any situation, no costume or elaborate plot will save any of them from being caught up in the deadly consequences of the coming war.

Locke in particular comes across as a smug little SOB. He believes he is the cleverest con man to ever exist in Camorr and acts as though he can find a way out of any situation. Yet he and the Gentleman Bastards are immensely lovable despite the fact that they’re willing to cheat, lie and otherwise screw people out of whatever valuables they possess. Though they are members of a violent network of thugs, they do not participate in cruel or spiteful treatment of their marks. They instead rely on Locke’s brilliant wit and seemingly infallible luck, as well as expert costuming, to pull off their daring schemes. But Locke, Jean, Calo, Galdo and Bug aren’t just comrades in crime; they are brothers. Sincere admiration and affection, as well as good-natured harassment that only the best of friends or family can get away with, cement the relationships between these men. Their loyalty to each other is heartwarming and reading their interactions truly felt like I was listening in on conversations between lifelong friends.

Still, their relationships and the incredibly dark yet compelling plot wouldn’t have been as powerful had it not been for the amazing world Lynch created. The gritty setting brought a combination of Venice and Medieval England landscapes to mind and it was easy to envision Capa Barsavi’s floating headquarters or the mythical temple the Gentleman Bastards called home. Lynch provided the perfect amount of detail to create a landscape where these men and their counterparts could thrive and the mythical aspects seemed commonplace. The clothing, the magical abilities, even the secondary characters all blended seamlessly to create a comprehensive world where it was easy to get lost. In fact, I ended up getting motion sickness on the plane because I couldn’t put it down!

I could go on and on about the various aspects I adored (I warned you I couldn’t stop raving about it) but think my point is made. There is nothing I didn’t enjoy about The Lies of Locke Lamora and I encourage you to give yourself a gift by finding the nearest copy as soon as possible.

Notable Scene:

“I got them killed?”

“Yes.” Chains didn’t soften his voice. “You really did. As surely as you tried to hurt Veslin, you killed Gregor and four or five of your little comrades in the bargain.”


“Do you see now, what consequences really are? Why you have to move slowly, think ahead, control the situation? Why you need to settle down and wait for time to give you sense to match your talent for mischief? We have years to work together, Locke. Years for you and my other little hellions to practice quietly. And that has to be the rule, if you want to stay here. No games, no cons, no scams, no anything except when and where I tell you. When someone like you pushes the world, the world pushes back. Other people are likely to get hurt. Am I clear?”

Gentleman Bastards Series:

1. The Lies of Locke Lamora

2. Red Seas Under Red Skies

3. The Republic of Thieves


FTC Advisory: Del Rey/Random House provided me with a copy of The Lies of Locke Lamora. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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Review: Cursed by Destiny by Cecy Robson

August 15th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Steph under Review Tags: Cecy Robson, Cursed by Destiny, Review, Urban Fantasy, Weird Girls Series

Cursed by DestinyTitle: Cursed by Destiny

Author: Cecy Robson

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Weird Girls (Book #3)

Publication Date: January 7, 2014

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451416759 (Signet/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451416759 (Signet/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Steph


Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they’re products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird……

Celia’s a girl in trouble.  Her heart is bound to Aric, but he is a pureblood were who must deny her or risk condemning his species to extinction.  And that’s just her love life. She’s also been called to take down a group of demon terrorists looking to overthrow the paranormal world. (No pressure.)

In order to bring them down, Celia must ally herself to Misha, the master vampire who has made no secret of his desire for her. And if that weren’t enough misfortune for one girl, a clairvoyant’s prediction could destroy Celia and Aric’s love for good. The only way to protect the world from unbridled supernatural terrorism is for Celia to bind herself to her destined mate. And that doesn’t appear to be Aric…

Quick & Dirty: Celia Wird has had a lot happening to her lately. Now, she has to figure out how to live with vampires while fending off attacks from the Tribe and dealing with a broken heart. Surely, life will get easier at some point, right?

Opening Sentence: “Are you ready, Celia?”

Excerpt: No

The Review:

I really think this series improves with every book. The second book started off a bit rough but I was hooked by the end. Now, in book three, I was interested from the very beginning. The pace was great, with very few slow parts. One of my biggest issues with the second book did not seem to be a problem here, although I do still have some issues with the love triangle. All in all though, this was a fun ride from start to finish.

Celia Wird’s life could be going better. She’s living with vampires because the idea of living with her sisters and their werewolf lovers is too painful now that she and Aric are no longer together. Other than Misha, the vampires are none too thrilled with her presence and make no effort to help her feel welcome. She has daily hardcore training sessions to try and improve her combat capabilities now that the Tribe is making a point to attack often, and for some reason, they seem to have focused all of their attention on Celia. There have been multiple attempts on her life, and no one has any idea why the Tribe believes Celia is so dangerous. One thing is obvious: they need to take the fight to the Tribe rather than waiting for another attack. Add in Aric’s upcoming wedding, and Celia has a lot on her plate right now. Will she survive the Tribe’s frequent attacks? More importantly, will she be able to figure out how to live a life without Aric?

Celia is still a great heroine. She’s very emotionally vulnerable right now, but she’s still able to focus on the mission at hand when she needs to, which makes me admire her greatly. There were many times my heart broke for her due to the various incidents that were happening. She handled everything amazingly well though and became stronger because of it.

While I felt bad for Celia with everything that’s going on with Aric, I still don’t like him that much as far as the love triangle goes, which is very unfortunate because it’s very obvious he’s the one I’m supposed to prefer. I think this is probably due more to my personal preferences than any fault with Aric’s characterization though. Misha is just more my type, with his great sense of humor and his general attitude. Aric just seems stiff in comparison, and I can’t bring myself to like him. Hopefully that will change as the series goes on.

In the previous book, there seemed to be a lot of instances where the book would skip ahead in time and just fill the reader in on what happened in the interim, which greatly annoyed me. Thankfully, that didn’t happen this time around. While there were still some abrupt scene transitions, I never felt that I was missing something important.

This installment in the Weird Girls series is full of action from start to finish. There are lighthearted moments and moments that break your heart. I experienced many different emotions throughout the story, and I look forward to experiencing even more in the next book!

Notable Scene:

We didn’t sense anything at first, until the ground began to tremble. There was a loud squishing sound, similar to someone pulling his or her galoshes out of the mud.

“Oh, shit. That can’t be good,” Bren said.

“Celia, get your sisters and- Where the hell is Shayna?” Koda’s head whipped around, searching for his mate.

Shayna barreled down the stairs, holding the sapphire encrusted daggers Misha had once gifted her and Taran’s necklace fastened around her neck. Silver light streaked from platinum facets and into her arms. The diamonds glimmered in a burst of light as Shayna’s power transformed the daggers into long and deadly swords.

Squish, squash, squish.

Gemini stalked toward the door. “It’s getting closer. Everyone outside- now!

“I don’t want Shayna involved,” Koda growled.

Gemini furrowed his brows. “There’s no choice, Koda. It’s too late to get them to safety.”

Shayna jetted past me, her determination tensing her slender frame while fear blanched her face.

She was spooked. And yet there she was the first one out the door. Koda and I bolted after her. I didn’t understand her need to race ahead of us, especially given her blatant terror. I stopped short of plowing into her when she stumbled to a halt on the snowy front lawn. She froze, her focus glued toward the sloping entrance of our neighborhood.

I froze too, when I saw what had crashed the party. Oh, hell no.

What appeared to be a giant maggot, the size of a city bus, slithered and crept its way along our cul-de-sac in wet and small slimy bounces.

Gemini rushed to my side. “Taran,” he growled, “put the neighbors to sleep-as many as you can. No one else needs to see this.”

I wished she could have done the same for me. The thing looked nasty. I didn’t remember Buffy having to deal with this shit.

Weird Girls Series:

0.4 A Curse Awakened (August 19, 2014)

0.5 The Weird Girls

1. Sealed with a Curse

2. A Cursed Embrace

2.5 A Cursed Moon

3. Cursed by Destiny

4. A Cursed Bloodline (November 18, 2014)


FTC Advisory: Signet/Penguin provided me with a copy of Cursed by Destiny. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Deception by C.J. Redwine

August 14th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: CJ Redwine, Deception, Defiance Trilogy, Fantasy, Review, Young Adult

DeceptionTitle: Deception

AuthorC.J. Redwine

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Defiance Trilogy (Book #2)

Publication Date: August 27, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 480 Pages

ISBN-100062117203 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062117205 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander’s whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father’s death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it’s up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington’s army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.

But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn’t long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.

In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.

Quick & Dirty:Beautiful story with amazing characters, wonderful romance, and heart pounding adventure! There were a few times I lost a little interest in the story, but overall this was an amazing read!

Opening Sentence:“What are you going to tell them?”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

With their home destroyed and nowhere else to go, the people of Baalboden decide to follow Logan and Rachel to a new home. They set out into the wilderness to travel to a neighboring city where they hope to find safety. But the dreaded commander has recruited an army and is in hot pursuit of their little group. He wants what Logan stole from him and he will stop at nothing to get it back. While racing across the wilderness the small group of survivors learns to fight and there is hope that maybe they will make it to safety, but then disaster strikes.

There is a traitor among them that has started killing off people one by one. Logan and Rachel don’t know who they can trust and soon all the pressure starts to take a toll on them. Will their love be able to survive this new obstacle? Will they be able to protect the ones they love or will they have to watch more people they care about die?

Rachel is racked with guilt from what she has done not only to the people she loves but also the people she has killed. I completely adored Rachel in the first book and sadly I felt a slight disconnect with her in this one. She is still a strong intelligent girl, but she lets her feeling of guilt and revenge drive her to make stupid decisions. I get that she is trying to deal with everything and it would be overwhelming, but I felt she takes things a little too far. She starts to push Logan away which made me mad, but it added the contention the story needed. But I am happy to say that by the end of the story, the Rachel I loved does make a reappearance and I am very hopeful that I will be able to fully reconnect with her again in the next book.

Logan is as cute as ever, but he has lost some of the confidence that I loved about him so much.  Becoming the leader of their small group was very stressful for him and he wasn’t quite ready for the responsibility that was thrown at him. I felt that even though he made a lot of mistakes he did the best that he could and that made me admire him even more. He is very charming and the way he treats Rachel is so sweet. I love that he is smart and driven yet full of compassion and courage. I also really enjoyed that we got to know a lot more about his background, it made his story make a lot more sense! Logan captured my heart in Defiance and my love for him just grew more in this book.

This was a beautifully written story with non-stop action, adorable romance, and bitter betrayal. From the very first page you are thrown right back into the story and the pacing never seemed to falter. Even though this book had all these great elements, I still found myself losing interest at certain points in the book. I can’t really pinpoint exactly what it was that made me want to put the book down but there were a few times where I just didn’t feel like reading this book. Honestly, it may have been that I just wasn’t in the mood for a fantasy book or the fact that the book was rather depressing at times. Because of this it took me a very long time to get through this story, but once I picked it back up the final time, I finished it in one sitting. So with all that being said, I still really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read the last book in the series! Redwine has amazing and captivating writing that is very fun to get lost in! I would highly recommend this series to anyone that is looking for a fantasy series with a dystopian type world!

Notable Scene:

Without waiting for a response, I walk away. Across the clearing. Through the eastern edge of camp and deep into the shadowy depths of the wasteland with its scrubby ferns and spongy moss, its reverent stillness and its well-kept secrets. I keep my head held high and my shoulders straight, though there’s no one left to see it. I won’t look weak and broken again. Not for Quinn. Not for anyone.

Defiance Series:

0.5 Outcast

1. Defiance

2. Deception

3. Deliverance (August 26, 2014)

FTC Advisory:  Balzer + Bray/Harper Teen provided me with a copy of Deception.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Early Review: Sweet Unrest by Lisa Maxwell

August 13th, 2014 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Kaitlin under Review Tags: Fantasy, Lisa Maxwell, Review, Sweet Unrest, Young Adult

Sweet UnrestTitle: Sweet Unrest

AuthorLisa Maxwell

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: N/A

Publication Date: October 8, 2014

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 0738740810 (Flux)

ISBN-13: 978-0738740812 (Flux)

Reviewed by: Kaitlin


A world where souls walk free and dreams become portals to the past

Lucy Aimes has always been practical. But even her rational mind can’t explain her dark and familiar dreams of a time long ago, filled with people she shouldn’t know, but does. When her family moves to New Orleans, Lucy’s dreams suddenly become more intense. Reluctantly drawn into the old city’s mystical undercurrent, she searches for answers about the nighttime visions that haunt her.

What Lucy finds is Alex, a mysterious boy who behaves as if they’ve known each other forever. They’ve only just met, and she shouldn’t be drawn to him, but she is. As she tries to unlock Alex’s secrets, a killer strikes close to home and a century-old vendetta unspools, putting Lucy and everyone she loves in mortal danger

Quick & Dirty: Sweet Unrest was a captivating novel, though it could have been better.

Opening Sentence: My parents met during the battle of Clarksville.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

In this novel, Lucy has uprooted her life and moved to a southern plantation where her dreams begin to become stronger. Dreams of drowning, and dreams that seem to be of the past. And the strange boy appearing both in her dreams and real life, Alex, just adds more spice to the mix. Dangerous murders are beginning, as well. Where voodoo and magic flourish, will Lucy flounder or rise to the occasion?

Sweet Unrest was written so beautifully. The style was almost poetic in its flow, and I loved the way it could make me imagine exactly what was happening at any given time. The pacing was a little slow the whole book through, so for those who like lots of action that might be a problem. For me, I just let the words sink it more. The only time that the pacing sped up, unfortunately, was the ending — and I don’t like it when endings are rushed. Okay, maybe not rushed, exactly, but not with the easy slow cadence the rest of the novel had taken.

The main character loves photography, and so do I. It helped me connect with her during the book, our similar passions, although she was way more advanced at it than I was. She develops all her photos in a darkroom and has a better camera than my cute but amateur point and shoot. Her thoughts are so advanced that sometimes she feels very old for her age, but you know what it reminds me of? Sweet Strange Song. Not in plotline, but in the way the character thought —- very introspective, not all fluff like “does he like me back?” She contemplates higher ideas.

The love interest, Alex, was where my emotions got muddled. He could seem so charming and the next moment there would be a sentence about the gleam in his eye. I kept waiting for the plot to explode when something major was revealed, and though major things were revealed about Alex, they kept him painted in the same charming light. He seemed nice enough, even if their relationship was a tad insta-love.

Sweet Unrest was enjoyable and well-written. The pacing was somewhat slow, but since the book was relatively short it didn’t matter to me. I enjoyed the premise and the creepiness of the Lousiana setting. I’ve read quite a few southern-based novels, and Beautiful Creatures plus Sweet Unrest are probably my favorites as far as setting the southern mood. I also appreciated how connections could be made through the dreams Lucy has been having to real life. One minor complaint I have (really super minor) is that the main character’s name sounds a little too girly. I thought of Lucy as a stronger girl that deserved a name like Tris — original and with a certain flow to it. I wish they had put more emphasis on the murders, as well. If you are looking for tons of action, this probably isn’t the book for you, but a creepy novel with a ghostly twist? You’re in the right place!

Notable Scene:

“But it looks like a voodoo doll.” Piers sounded surprised.

“Maybe so, but Voodoo doesn’t deal in this kind of magic.” She made the disgusted sound again. “Look here, this red thread. That red is for power, but if this is what I think it might be, you’re dealing with something dangerous here. Something dark.”


FTC Advisory:  Flux provided me with a copy of Sweet Unrest. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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