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Marked (A Breaking the Darkness Novella),Taken (Breaking the Darkness Book 1), & Betrayed (Breaking the Darkness Book 2) By Felicia Starr

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Marked (A Breaking the Darkness Novella) By Felicia Starr

Kasha is a young college student just graduating. She will be heading back to live with her grandmother Mage whom has some secrets. Secrets having to do with their family and the Supernatural beings nobody knows about. She has never told Kasha about any of these secrets, hoping she wont ever have the need to.

Things and circumstances start piling up, Mage doesnt think she can keep it from Kasha any longer. And with the arrival of a few new unknown and shady characters in Santa Fe she is worried. About her grand daughter and what her future holds. And how to protect her from a darkness she can sense is coming.

I relate very well to the characters especially to her grandmother an how she wants to protect Kasha from anything bad happening to her. And how her grandmother is herbalistic and enjoys communing or trying to commune with nature. Such a lovely character. So far my favorite.

The plot is very believable as it takes place in the present. The supernatural side to this story easily fits in with normal people vs the supernatural beings and how they would hide themselves.

Writing and dialog was beautiful. Very smoothly written. Was easy to read and very understandable what was going on. I definitely am recommending this to readers of this genre. Paranormal/ Supernatural/ Teen/ Romance genres.

I give it 4 stars

You can purchase this book at:
http://www.amazon.com/Marked-Breaking-Darkness-Novella-Felicia-ebook/dp/B00KJ7QIJ6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412560309&sr=8-1&keywords=marked+by+felicia+starr

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Taken (Breaking the Darkness Book 1) By Felicia Starr

Opening her eyes to an imposing prison of complete darkness, Kasha is accused of possessing powers and abilities she had no previous knowledge of until the moment she comes face to face with herself while meditating. Haunted by memories strung together by lies and deceit, she soon discovers that maybe her beloved grandmother kept a few secrets she hadn’t been aware of. Secrets that could be her salvation… or her undoing.Tortured by the loss of her grandmother and struggling with what she is learning about herself.

As she struggles to control her new found powers, only time will tell if they will be enough to help her decipher who has imprisoned her or what they want from her. She must search for the answers and the freedom she so desperately desires.

Could a handsome guy who vows to help her get away prove to be the man of her dreams… or perhaps her worst nightmare? Not knowing who to trust, she must find a way to escape before she pays the ultimate price and finds herself taken by the darkness.

I relate to Kasha very well struggling to find out whom she truly is and whom this mysterious guy wanting to help her may want from her. What his ulterior motives are, I completely identify with Kasha.

The plot is very believable as it takes place in the present. The supernatural side to this story easily fits in with normal people vs the supernatural beings and how they would hide themselves.

Writing and dialog was beautiful. Very smoothly written. Was easy to read and very understandable what was going on. I definitely am recommending this to readers of this genre. Paranormal/ Supernatural/ Teen/ Romance genres.

I give it 4 stars

You can purchase this book at:
http://www.amazon.com/Taken-Breaking-Darkness-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00IX31CVW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412831790&sr=8-1&keywords=felicia+starr+taken

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Betrayed (Breaking the Darkness book 2) By Felicia Starr

Kasha Alexander has been through a great deal since the death of her Gram, kidnapped, and abused, she has fought her way out of captivity with the help of the one man who just might be her saving grace, Graven. Graven has been searching for Kasha for a millennia and now that he’s found her, he’s not about to let her go. He will protect her in any form, no matter what the cost… Little does he know how high that cost will be….

The conclusion to this book series is amazing. I absolutely love Kasha and her story. What she goes through and how she deals with everything. Graven is one of the better written male characters in this series. If he was real i would completely crush on him.

The plot is very believable as it takes place in the present. The supernatural side to this story easily fits in with normal people vs the supernatural beings and how they would hide themselves.

Writing and dialog was beautiful. Very smoothly written. Was easy to read and very understandable what was going on. I definitely am recommending this to readers of this genre. Paranormal/ Supernatural/ Teen/ Romance genres.

I give it 4 stars

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Felicia Starr- Author Bio

Author Felicia Starr lives five miles from her favorite Jersey Shore destination with her amazingly supportive family. She loves to spend time creating special memories with her husband and two young boys
Everyone expected her first publication to be a cookbook, but her love for writing has surpassed her love for cooking.

Felicia graduated magna cum laude from Kean University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a post baccalaureate in elementary education. She is a licensed real estate sales person, a certified yoga instructor, and most importantly, a stay-at-home mom.

She writes Paranormal, Romance and suspense novels.

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/808755.Felicia_Starr

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Review: Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

cursedcoverDying Sucks…

and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things–including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden’s adopted father, a man she’s sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister’s hand again. And hell, she’d also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn’t?

But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not’ve been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life.

For real this time.

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Review:

I found the blurb interesting and thought I’d pick it up. This is a stand-alone novel written by one of my favorite authors.  As usual, the character development was amazing and the author really does get into different people’s motivations very well. While this is a YA paranormal romance, it isn’t part of a series, and I think it should stay that way, personally. I didn’t get into Hayden as much as some of JLArmentrout’s other boys, but he’s a decent enough type of guy.  Ember was as usual easy to relate to and get into and I really did like her.  Yet she isn’t like a super awesome character like Kat in the Lux series.

What sets this novel apart really is that there is a lot more mystery in it. It’s a bit of a who-dun-it type novel regarding to certain aspects of Ember’s past – or rather her death. Although, I kind of did see the villain coming a mile away.  I really can’t wax poetically about the plot or characters.

So overall, a decent read, but nothing I’d write home about or give fangirl squeals over. I recommend this to any JLArmentrout fan as we all like to read her, but otherwise, it’s a decent read if you want to pick it up.  Don’t expect the usual brilliance though.  I rate it 3.5 stars!


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Anyone else pick this up to read?  What were your thoughts?  And would you read a book by a favorite author, simply because it’s by your favorite author?

Review: The Dark Elements Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I usually try to wait for a few novels of a series to come out before I start them. Mostly, because I am an impatient girl. However, I was in a YA mood after rereading Lux and Covenant series and I do adore JLA, so off I went.

I am so incredibly glad I did. A nice little war between gargoyles – or Wardens as they call themselves – and demons. What could be better? And the main character, a girl who is half-Warden and half-demon and wham, you’re in for some fun. This series is also a YA paranormal romance and I have to say, I was excited to start it.

bittersweetlovecoverBitter Sweet Love (Dark Elements prequel 0.5)

This is the story of Jasmine and Dez, before the start of the main series. You even get to meet the main protagonists in this novel, although they are much younger.

Review:

I think this story is set up as a way of explaining a lot of Warden-type traditions and rules within their mating and romance areas before the main show begins. Or at least that’s how it felt to me. However, the emotions behind each of the main characters here, plus Jasmine’s sister, seemed very real and potent to the reader. It definitely wasn’t a filler read. The world Jennifer L. Armentrout is creating this time is as in-depth as her Lux and Covenant universes and I can’t wait to see where it goes. The prequel didn’t impress me that much though, but I do like Dez and Jasmine well enough. Maybe it was because I knew it was only a prequel to the actual real protagonists of the series which put me off.  I read this one first, so maybe it should be read in another order.  So my rating is 3.5 stars.  Sorry JLArmentrout!

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whitehotkisscoverWhite Hot Kiss (Dark Elements 1.0)

Synopsis:

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world

Review:

I’m going to go a girly squeal of happiness because I absolutely, completely, totally (yes I am being redundant) LOVE Roth. I just do. He’s great. He’s hot. He pops up out of no where, talks Layla into doing crazy things, and he likes her. What’s not to like about the beginning of this series?

Well okay, I do have one peeve. It’s the age of Roth. JLA explains it and everything within the novel, but honestly… eh, I’d have preferred a more traditional, “he’s been around since demons were created” type story. However, I can overlook that with the awesomeness of this novel.

Firstly, the world JLArmentrout created with the Wardens and demons was nicely done. I have my own theories on them and the Alphas and what exactly is the reasoning behind it, but I won’t share. That would involve spoilers of what was explained in the novel and I honestly try to avoid those in reviews. In the beginning, Wardens equaled the good guys, and demons were all evil. By the end of the novel, you knew not everything was what is seemed, although not nearly enough was explained. Hence, I’m holding my breath for the next novel.

Secondly, the characters are as always diverse and realistic. Layla with her issues of belonging because of her heritage, yet her strength in not giving into most of her self-doubts. Roth, well he’s a little hard to read sometimes, but he’s great. And the fact he hums Guns N Roses makes me grin. (I’m a Guns N Roses fan, it’s my decade, so yeah, I LOVE it!)  Of course, Zayne is a sweetheart, but I was so angry with him in this novel. Layla has it so hard and to go and do some of the absentminded things he did…. Wow. And of course Dez and Jasmine as well as their twins were here, plus Jasmine’s sister. The patriarch of the clan, some dissenters who hate Layla’s very presence, and add in an evil bad-guy hunting for Layla and the action and drama never stop!

Lastly, the story was wonderfully done in that it gave you enough to explain what was going on, yet kept some things from the reader so you have more to learn next time. Nice balancing, that. All in all, 5 stars!

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Coming Soon

StoneColdTouchcoverTo be released on October 21, 2014:

Stone Cold Touch

Every touch has it’s price.

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden.  Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

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jlarmentroutStalker Links:

Jennifer L. Armentrout – website

JLArmentrout’s Blog

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JLA Goodreads

Amazon


Do you read YA?  If you do, why do you like them?  If not, why don’t you want to read them?  Comment away!