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Book Review: Dolmarehn (The Otherworld Series #2) by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

Dolmarehn (The Otherworld Series, #2)Dolmarehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m absolutely loving this series! Meghan has just discovered that she’s immortal and has a Goddess after her. What Meghan doesn’t know is who are her parents and precisely why a powerful Goddess wants her killed. Those questions are answered in this book. I love that this book shows a stronger, more confident side to Meghan. There is clearly character growth which I enjoyed seeing. I felt like I could relate more to Meghan in this book. I also liked how realistic the emotions between Cade and Meghan were.I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more. This book has cemented my love for this series. I’m hooked for life!

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Book Review: The Faerie War (Creepy Hollow #3) by Rachel Morgan

The Faerie War (Creepy Hollow, #3)The Faerie War by Rachel  Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I felt lost at the beginning of this novel. I don’t know if it was just me but that feeling did a great job if conveying the emotions that Ryn and Violet were feeling. Ryn has no idea what has happened to Violet after Lord Draven attacks Creepy Hollow while Violet has no idea about anything at all.The remaining fae plan to band together for one final showdown with Lord Draven. This book is full of surprises and I loved it.After an attack on her home that she holds herself responsible for, Violet takes a potion to help her forget everything. Her boyfriend, family and friends all think she’s dead. Violet doesn’t even know who or what she is. This book did a great job of completing the first part of this series. I can’t wait to read more.

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Book Review: The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow #2) by Rachel Morgan

The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow, #2)The Faerie Prince by Rachel  Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh. My. GodI can’t even get over how the first book tore my heart into shreds. I was hoping that this book would make it all better. And it kinda did. Violet is ready to graduate and she’s becoming friends with Ryn again. Everything seems great. Except there’s still secrets that Violet knows nothing about. This book has a cliffhanger ending so you have to have the next book ready and waiting. I love the unique plot and world-building in these novels. Fans of fantasy will love this book.

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Fiction Friday- Book Review: The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow #1) by Rachel Morgan

The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow, #1)The Faerie Guardian by Rachel  Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found a copy of this book online on Smashwords. I’m not going to lie- I had incredibly low expectations simply because the book was free. Except it is absolutely amazing.I love the world-building. This is such a different book. It’s intriguing, it’s mysterious and it is impossible to put this book down! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I thought the romance between Nate and Violet was a bit forced but Nate was a sweet character.This may not deal with the same supernatural creatures but this is my new Harry Potter.

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Book Review: Faelorehn (The Otherworld Series #1) by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

Faelorehn (The Otherworld Series, #1)
Faelorehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a great read but it ends just when the plot is at a peak (for me anyway). I also wish that the high school students weren’t such pains in the ass but that is how high school students are. (God I really hated them in this novel).
Meghan has eyes that change colour, hears voices and has the ability to predict the future. She’s accepted the fact that’s she’s weird but doesn’t know why. Until she meets Cade
Cade introduces her to a world of Gods and Goddesses, magical creatures and mythology. But Cade has mysteries and secrets of his own.
This book was slow at first but it was amazing when it picked up. My biggest issue is that this is a series that needs to be read all at once.

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Book Review: The Wild Hunt by Ron C. Nieto

The Wild HuntThe Wild Hunt by Ron C. Nieto
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found a free copy of this book on Amazon. Honestly I only read this because of the guy on the cover. Yes, I was interested in the plot but I was supposed to be reading for college until the cover distracted me. Oh well.Lily goes to visit her (strange but lovable) grandmother. However her grandmother’s usual eccentric ways have now become downright crazy. Or is Lily the one losing her mind? Items in the house keep disappearing and reappearing and Lily sees things that aren’t there. However it isn’t long before Lily discovers she isn’t crazy. No, she’s simply meant to be a faerie doctor like her gran. Her now missing gran. Lily struggles to fit in this new world she’s thrust into but she has no way out. Her grandmother’s safety depends on her. Lily joins the mysterious Troy as they search for answers as to what really happened to her grandmother. I thought this book was so intriguing with the different kinds of fae and the two different fae courts. I don’t know much about fae so this was such an adventure to read. Of course the chemistry between Troy and Lily certainly didn’t hurt matters either. This book will entertain any lover of fae and fantasy.

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Why Do Contemporary Romances Promote Cheating?

I absolutely adore contemporary romance. They capture perfectly the emotions of falling in love. Recently however I’ve noticed that several of my cherished novels involve cheating or almost cheating (ie flirting or leading someone on when you’re clearly in a relationship). Off the top of my head some examples are: Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and This Raging Light.
Maybe I’m simple-minded but it just seems to make sense to break up with someone when you no longer feel a connection with them. My friend, Vincent broke up instantly with his girlfriend of a year and a half (we were all devastated) when he realised that the feelings he once had for her was gone.
In the abovementioned novels, someone is always in a relationship. Yes it may not be a great relationship(in Anna and the French Kiss, St Clair hasn’t seen his girlfriend in ages and in Lola and the Boy Next Door, Lola’s boyfriend is a jerk) but that doesn’t make it okay.
Maybe Someday- an excellent novel by Colleen Hoover- tells the story of two people with an incredible connection…but the guy is already in a relationship and refuses to break up with his girlfriend. Yet despite that he is unable to let his feelings for the other girl go or even let her date other guys.
I get that in the world of this novels, there’s a reason this behaviour is okay -it’s dramatic, it drives the plot, etc- but it worries me what if people think “hey if person xyz can do it, why can’t I?”
Think about it. How often have we seen the cliché story about the girl crushing on the guy with the mean girlfriend? And why is it okay? Shouldn’t the fact that someone is in a relationship mean that they’re off-limits?
I certainly wouldn’t want my boyfriend going around and flirting, almost flirting or even connecting with someone while we’re still together. The decent (albeit painful) thing to do would be to have a clean break.
What do you think of contemporary romance stories with cheating or almost cheating in it?

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Every Move She Makes (Who’s Watching Now #1) by Jannine Gallant

Every Move She Makes (Who's Watching Now, #1)Every Move She Makes by Jannine Gallant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was a total gem and I expected no less. Rachel leads a calm life with her three children. When she meets Kane she is instantly attracted to him. But a trip to test the waters of their budding relationship turns deadly when it’s revealed that Rachel has a crazy stalker.Obviously this book frustrated me when I had no idea who the stalker was and yes I loved every minute of it regardless. I did eventually figure out who her stalker was which didn’t diminish the fun of the book.This book is excellently written with an intriguing plot

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9 Romance Authors You Have to Read

I have a weakness for romance novels and the authors below have some great reads. Here are my recommendations for romance books in the month of love. Because what else is better than curling up with a romance novel?

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1) Colleen Hoover- Colleen Hoover writes the kind of books that leave you in hysterical tears because you’re so relieved to have a happy ending after so many feels. I recommend “Slammed” and “Ugly Love” as starters.

2) Gina Robinson- Gina Robinson writes New Adult and Adult novels. My favorite is the Reckless series.

3) Meg Cabot- Meg Cabot writes delights such as the Princess Diaries and Mediator series. Be sure to read her latest in the Mediator series, “Proposal” and” Remembrance” for Valentines Day

4) Sarah Dessen- Can you ever go wrong with a Dessen novel? No! I adored “Along for the Ride” and “Just Listen”

5) Rachel Morgan- Rachel Morgan zaps me into the world of her “Trouble” series. These contemporary romance books are an absolute pleasure to read. Get yourself a copy ASAP.

6) Lisa Kleypas- Lisa Kleypas is my firm favorite and I’ve read her books like thrice already. Her latest historical romance, “Cold-Hearted Rake” is perfect to curl up with on Valentines Day.

7) Nora Roberts- Nora Roberts is great at romance, mystery and the supernatural. Her “Circle” trilogy is great to read, reread and then reread again.

8) Jennifer Gracen- Jennifer Gracen is also a firm favorite of mine. I’m especially taken with “More Than You Know”.

9) Eileen Cook- I love Eileen Cook’s works which focus on everything from ghosts and frenemies to love and mysterious car crashes. Try out “The Almost Truth” for a cute v-day read.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

November 9November 9 by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story has a sweet idea but falls flat towards the end. It seems like the characters are dragging out their romance simply because November 9 is a special day for them. If you look past that obvious flaw this is an amazing book, well-written with intriguing characters. Fallon and Ben have an instant connection and because she is moving away, decide to meet every year on November 9. However life gets in the way and as they grow, they struggle to keep to their arrangement.

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