Surrender by Lisa Renee Jones

An ending for yet another series. Why do they have to end?? It’s so bittersweet.

Synopsis

Chris and Sara from Inside Out return in the explosive finale to Ella’s story from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones with the third book in the sexy, suspenseful Careless Whispers series.
Passion burns fiercely hot between Ella Ferguson and Kayden Wilkens, the man who held secrets and lies in his hands, and then allowed them to fall into hers. But even though he has become her anchor—helping her recover from amnesia after finding her unconscious in an alley, and allowing her into his secret world—all is not what it seems. Kayden still has secrets, and pieces of Ella’s past are still shrouded in the darkness of her mind, while the powerful man who hunts her will not stop until she is his. In this final, explosive novel in the Careless Whispers series, Ella discovers that while her life with Kayden didn’t begin in that dark alley…it could easily end there.

via Goodreads

Review

The ending to this is insane. First, my suspicion from Denial, that may or may not have been a spoiler, was confirmed. We see Chris and Sara from the Inside Out Series. And a whole lot of drama.

We finally find out the whole of Ella’s story. And my gosh, is it insane. Chris’s P.I., of sorts, finds Ella, but this brings up more drama for Kayden and Ella, unsurprisingly.

But what I couldn’t get over, was Kayden and Ella. The Hawk has found his match! I love it!!! But this also causes more trouble for Ella. Neuville is seriously beyond insane. I really couldn’t.

I have such a hard time writing about this because it was so much to handle. It was a lot that happened but it was BEYOND amazing. I really really loved it. I only wish there had been more about their life after all the craziness with the French and Italian mobs.

I’m seriously wondering if they ever end up marrying? Do they have children in the future? Do Chris and Sara? So many questions. While we do see a little bit more of Chris and Sara in Provocative, but what about Ella and Kayden?

All I’m really saying is, I need a follow-up. While the ending was seriously awesome, I still need more. I truly hope you enjoy this novel as well as the whole series.

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Demand by Lisa Renee Jones

Before you continue, go and check out Denial, since this is the sequel to that novel. It became so popular among readers that eventually we got this novel and a continued series.

Synopsis

The sexy, breathtaking mystery continues in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones’s stunning second novel in the suspenseful Careless Whispers series—where shocking revelations will reveal themselves and nothing, and no one, will ever be the same.

Still struggling with amnesia, Ella questions everything she’s known about Kayden Wilkens—the alluring stranger who claims to have found her unconscious in an alleyway a month earlier. But was he truly a stranger—or did Kayden know her before his supposed rescue? Tormented by the potential betrayal he denies, with fleeting memories of a bombshell in her recent past, Ella must face a hard reality. Every action has consequences . . . and trusting Kayden, the one thing she most desires, might result in the direst consequences of all.

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, whose searing novels generate “enough heat . . . to start a fire” (RT Book Reviews), dares you to fall in love with her irresistibly surprising and sexy new series.

Via Goodreads

Review

Whoa…. So much happened.

Obviously, Kayden and Ella are a thing. But Ella is remembering a lot more of her past, which is good…and bad. As I was reading, I couldn’t help but think if Kayden is really trying to help or is he after what the French and Italian mob are after? And Ella’s flashbacks…what is really going on. I’m at least glad that she is finally starting to remember Sara.

Kayden and his treasure hunters, WHAAAA??????? Needless to say, I figured something was up. At least it wasn’t illegal. But all the drama it caused, don’t know how to feel about that. Hmmm how will this play out? I honestly don’t know.

I did say that Kayden and Ella are together, I meant that relatively. It feels like they’ve known each other for what seems like forever but have only known each other for a short amount of time. They’re also trying to keep each other at a distance, because duh! She doesn’t know the amount of danger she is in or even who she really is.

This novel definitely moved faster than the ones in the Inside Out series. Which makes sense since this is only a trilogy. Oh some of the mystery is solved. But was it a set up? There’s so many questions that arise with each moment.

It has been a while since I last read this, probably an entire month. As far as reactions and plotlines this is all I remember. But I do remember I had a hard time putting the book down. It was such a great story and so much mystery.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

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The One by Kiera Cass

When this was first published, it was meant to end the series. Thank goodness for me, there were two more published after. But for now let’s just focus on this novel.

Synopsis

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

Review

I love this series so much. Sure it’s predictable, but seriously what young adult novel isn’t. It wasn’t totally predictable, there were plenty of twists and turns.

Finally, America is trying! And not for Aspen either. And well King Clarkson is still being a pain. But America trying is seriously the funniest thing to happen. Oh my gosh, finally a formal introduction to some important characters.

The fact that in this book Kiera Cass was still able to shock us is pretty great. After all, things were a little more than frustrating thanks to America not making up her mind. And I think the biggest shocker in The Elite was the whole Marlee thing. There was not one, not two, but THREE huge events that truly shocked me.

I have to say, out of all the endings where there is a war (because it’s dystopian), this was pretty mild. But at least the main characters weren’t killed off…I’m looking at you Divergent. And by the time I got my hands on this series, there was a new book going to be published. So more Maxerica yay!

But seriously, this was such a quick read. There was some intrigue, a couple of betrayals, a battle of sorts, and a happy ending. What else is there to ask for? Well besides a peak into their future.

I hope you enjoy this novel and continue on with the rest of the series.

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Buttons & Pain by Penelope Sky

Ending a series is always sad. The only thing that makes me happy is the way a series is ended. And this ending is definitely the best I’ve read in like forever. The ending to this book was everything

Synopsis

When I saw my escape, I took it. Now I’m in New York City and trying to get my life back on track. Despite the tracker in my ankle, Crow hasn’t come for me. He hasn’t even called me. I told him the depth of my feelings but he cruelly rejected them.

Maybe he’s forgotten about me.

One day, I walk into my apartment and spot the pile of buttons on the counter. I never left them there, and there’s only one explanation for their presence.

Maybe Crow hasn’t forgotten me after all.

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Review

OMG you guys. This whole series was insane and I could barely handle it. I literally had to pre-order this because I was so excited. And the wait…TOTALLY WORTH IT.

In case you need a recap, check out Buttons & Lace and Buttons & Hate. After that come back and read the rest of this post.

I really enjoyed that Penelope Sky decided to go back and forth between Crow and Pearl’s point of views. It made things a bit more entertaining. And we see some of our favorite characters return as well as some of our not so favorites.

Okay, I really love Pearl. She’s one tough lady. Her handling the p.o.s ex boyfriend was everything. I felt awkward for her when an old boyfriend was basically walking on eggshells around her. She was definitely not into whatever they were doing. Although, I was a little concerned when she was in a kind-of-sort-of relationship with that one person and Crow came back into the picture. She really is a badass though, especially in that bunker.

Crow… well, he’s complicated. It’s simple, and yet not so much. He is clearly in love with Pearl but keeps denying it. We don’t really know why he keeps denying it. Him and those buttons, just an excuse to spend more time with her. Although, he was behaving much like a stalked. Although after several events that occur to his “Button” he finally accepts the truth. THANK GOD! But why do these things keep happening to Pearl?!

Everything moved fairly quickly in this book and some events I felt were way too much. Like did that really need to happen a fourth time? I don’t think so. But the outcome of each time, after the initial one in book one, is mostly good. And Lars helping is probably my favorite, random, thing to happen. One of the funniest lines in the book was from Cane. He states “Do you still doubt he loves you?” or something along those lines. Needless to say, in that moment in the book it was definitely uncalled for and added a comedic aspect to a rather horrific scene.

But this ending was my absolute favorite. It went into the future, which many series do not. But first, how quickly everything transpired soon after Crow’s confession is the best, and should not be followed because A this is fiction and B not even someone with that much money could pull that off. But yes this ending was everything. And Cane seems to be behaving.

I hope you enjoy this novel, and series, as much as I did. It’s not necessarily a quick read, but it is totally worth it

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The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

This is the sequel to Bloodlines. And it continues the story of Sydney Sage. Any more info you need, just click the link. Without further ado, let’s get started.

Synopsis

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California – tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formorly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and her sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi – the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that – special, magical, powerful – that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Braydon, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else – someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists – or her heart?

-Via Goodreads

Review

I absolutely love, love, LOVE Sydney. She is absolutely hilarious, and so relatable. And I love that Richelle Mead decided to include some of the fan favorites from the original series. Meanwhile, there are some new, interesting characters.

What I love most about this series is the hilarious characters and all their intertwined relationship. Seriously, Angelique is one of my favorite characters. She’s like a wild Rose. Trey is just the funniest. First he thinks Sydney is out to destroy him, academically that is, then he tries to set her up with one of his friends, then he’s involved with the whole Sonya situation. I can’t keep up with everything.

Dimitri and Adrian at odds, not surprising since Rose is involved. Eddie is avoiding Angelique because… um things are just awkward with them. Jill and Micah are at an odd place. So are Sydney and Adrian. But Adrian is seriously the best. I mean really he does several things just to spend time with Sydney. Sure he’s being manipulative as hell, but that is the only time he actually gets to spend with her. My absolute favorite scene in the entire book, which is also a sad scene, is when Sydney and Adrian are at his apartment and the lights go out due to the storm.

So Trey setting up Sydney…. hilariously awkward. Sure the dude kept up with her intellectually, but in matters of the heart, not so much. And can someone please applaud Adrian for calling Sydney out on her almost sort of eating disorder.

Okay, I’ve been avoiding talking about the whole Sonya issue. Basically she was kidnapped by a group of crazies who at one time or another were connected to the Alchemists. Dimitri and Eddie save the day and Sydney uses her “magic” Ms. Terwilliger keeps bugging her about. If you want to know more, pick up a copy at your local Barnes and Noble or from the links below.

I have such a fun time every time I read this series. The characters are wacky and they somehow end up in random situations. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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The Elite by Kiera Cass

I absolutely love this series. In case you were wondering, it is the sequel to The Selection. And things just get crazier.

Synopsis

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want— and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

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Review

So stuff goes down in this series and this is only the second book. Actually it’s a trilogy so stuff moves pretty quickly.

America and Maxon are getting closed. A few more girls have been eliminated. More attacks from the rebels. A few parties thrown by the royal family. Oh we get to meet Maxon’s aunt. But through all this, there is still a love triangle.

I’m beyond frustrated with America. Like girl make up your mind. And just because you’re upset about something that isn’t Maxon’s fault is no reason for you to go and be a pain. Literally, America was like “oh I want to be with Maxon” and then something would happen between them and she decides she wants to be with Aspen instead.

So, I have a little problem with an event that transpires in the middle of the series. Like why Marlee?!?!?! I really liked her. AHHHHHH!!! Needless to say, it was bad. And what does America do? She throws a tantrum and pushes Maxon away.

Don’t even get me started on the ending! I got to say, King Clarkson is so not my favorite person. OOOOH we are also informally introduced to the northern rebels. And the Italian royal family….plot thickening.

I really love this series. But Kiera Cass, did you really have to make the love triangle such a huge part of this? And why is America behaving this way? It was really irritating and is totally cliche. If this was made into a movie, it definitely wouldn’t pass the Bechdel Test.

This was probably the hardest of the three novels in the series to get through. What kept me going was 1) Maxon, because even if she doesn’t choose him, he’s been so sweet and he will forever be one of my favorite book boyfriends, 2) what are the rebels that are only ransacking the palace after, 3) is this the end for Marlee? What’s going to happen?

Well I’m grateful all the books were published by the time I began reading this series. And while the main character does get a bit on my nerves, it was such a great novel. And honestly, at some point in a series, the main character is going to irritate us at one point or another.

It’s a quick read, there’s another book, and lot’s of drama. What isn’t there to love? I hope you enjoy the story. And check out all my other book reviews for something new to read.

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Denial by Lisa Renee Jones

By now y’all know I love series. But you want to know what I love more…. SPIN-OFFs! And sometimes they tend to be shorter but more intriguing than the original. That may be because there is less time and everything has to be short and sweet. Now for the fun parts.

Synopsis

Book one in the CARELESS WHISPERS series. This is a standalone spin-off of the INSIDE OUT series (soon to be a TV show) that follows Ella Ferguson, Sara McMillan’s best friend.

Ella Ferguson awakes alone in Italy, unsure of who she is, and a gorgeous man has claimed her as his own. He’s tall, dark, and sexy, with money and power, the kind of man who makes a girl want to be possessed. And he does possess her, whispering wicked wonderful promises to her, stealing her trust and her heart. Soon though, the past finds her, yanking her from a cocoon of passion and safety. Everything is not how it seems.

The truth will shatter her world, but it can set her free, if it doesn’t destroy her first.

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Review

Okay, so I know the synopsis says it’s a standalone. Well guess what? It was so popular that LRJ decided to make it into a series! Well it’s actually more of a trilogy, but that still counts :D. If you have been following me through my journey reading the Inside Out series, i.e. If I Were YouBeing MeRevealing UsNo In BetweenI Belong to You, and All of Me, you know my concern for the missing best friend. Finally I have some answers.

And honestly, this would make a great telenovela. Between amnesia, tension between the main characters (y’all know what kind of tension I’m talking about), and a problem with the mob… ummm I WOULD TOTALLY WATCH THAT SHOW! Seriously though, who wouldn’t.

Anyway, I said that we receive some answers as to what happens to Ella. And that’s because… she has amnesia (SHOCKER). And honestly, this story seems a little far fetch due to the fact that A it’s hard to get across borders with a false passport and B the only way out of the mob is …. well you know. Regardless of this, I was completely drawn in.

Oh my goodness, the flashbacks that Ella would have, uber crazy. (You guys don’t even know how difficult it is for me to not type this out in text-language.) Honestly this whole series was kind of crazy. AND I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

There’s the romance aspect, but I mean isn’t there always. There’s also the mystery as to what happened to Ella to make her forget. Oh turns out we’re dealing with, not one but, TWO mob bosses *insert shocked emoji here*. And that may be a spoiler, I’m not entirely sure since I read this like last month AND I had my final exams last week.

Let me tell you something. Kayden, biggest sweetheart in the world. Not only is he helping her with the whole hospital thing, he also seems to really care about her. I just love him. He is definitely on my, quickly expanding, long list of book boyfriends.

There’s definitely a bunch of tension with several of the characters, and who does the detective think he is. (The plot thickens). There’s so much that happens in such a short amount of time. OOOHHHH-mg someone is CIA. Who you may ask, well guess you’re just going to have to read this novel.

I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did. It is seriously now one of my favorites

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