Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle

This is book four in the series.

You guys, I truly do love Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet, but I had such a hard time getting through this particular book. Actually, I didn’t even finish it.

Synopsis

Some things have to be believed to be seen.

Sandy and his twin brother, Dennys, are the practical, down-to-earth members of the Murry family. They have never paid much attention to their scientist parents’ talk of highly theoretical things like tesseracts and farondalae. But now something has happened to Sandy and Dennys that drastically stretches their powers of belief. And, when disaster threatens the oasis where they have made their home, can they find a way back to their own time?

Many Waters is the fourth book in Madeleine L’Engle’s classic Time Quintet.

Review

She based her story off of the biblical story of Noah’s Ark. Sure she took artistic license with this novel, but I just couldn’t get into it. I have actually tried to read it once before, but I can never make it through the book.

Before you ask, yes, this is technically a children’s book. I think that because in the previous book in the series, the twins were much older, it made it difficult to go back in time. At least, for me. This book isn’t particularly long, it just wasn’t my kind of story. I’m biased and prefer Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin.

By any mean, this doesn’t mean I don’t recommend the series. It’s a wonderful series that teaches kids that there are good entities and evil entities. It also helps them realize that, while they aren’t perfect, they are unique and that makes them beautiful.

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A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle

This is the sequel to A Wrinkle in Time. It’s also one of my favorite books in the series.

Synopsis

A Wind in the Door is a fantastic adventure story involving Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe, the chief characters of A Wrinkle in Time. The seed from which the story grows is a rather ordinary situation of Charles Wallace’s having difficulty in adapting to school. He is extremely bright, so much so that he gets punched around a lot for being “different”. He is also strangely, seriously ill (mitochondritis – the destruction of farandolae, minute creatures of the mitochondria in the blood). Determined to help Charles Wallace in school, Meg pays a visit to his principal, Mr. Jenkins, a dry, cold man with whom Meg herself has had unfortunate run-ins. The interview with Mr. Jenkins goes badly and Meg worriedly returns home to find Charles Wallace waiting for her. “There are,” he announces, “dragons in the twins’ vegetable garden. Or there were. They’ve moved to the north pasture now.”

Dragons? Not really, but an entity, a being stranger by far than dragons; and the encounter with this alien creature is only the first step that leads Meg, Calvin, and Mr. Jenkins out into galactic space, and then into the unimaginable small world of a mitochondrion. And, at last, safely, triumphantly, home.

-via Goodreads

Review

In this one, Charles Wallace isn’t as involved in the story as much as Meg and Calvin. What I loved, is that Ms. L’Engle made their relationship a little more complex than what most children’s and young adult stories tend to do.

She also added a little more depth to a secondary character from the first novel in the Quintet. She also included him in their adventure. Some new characters are also created. For example, a cherubim and a Teacher. Teacher is capitalized because that is the only way I can differentiate it from what we consider teachers. It’s explained a little better in the book.

This series is a little ahead of its time. It’s set in the mid to late 1990’s but was written in the 1970’s. There’s really a lot going on, I really can’t go in-depth about it because of the whole spoiler thing.

Really, the whole book was about trying to save Charles Wallace. He’s become the outcast in their small town because of the way his mind works. But there’s more going on in the book than that.

And on that note, I won’t type another word on the subject because it will become spoiler-y.

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

So the first time I was introduced to this book when I was in fourth grade. A teacher read this to me and my classmates. She never finished it because after winter break we had a different teacher. Since then, I’ve read this series once in its entirety. In response to the new A Wrinkle in Time movie being made, I’m rereading this book.

Synopsis

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.

Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

-via Goodreads

Review

Whoa, this book was slightly disturbing. Well one part of it anyway. But it was such a good story. It’s about accepting who you are and all your faults. About realizing that everyone grows at their own pace. To never give up hope.

With a wide range of characters, that’s was never a dull moment. Between the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit, and the others, it was what definitely what makes for a science fiction novel. Then we have the Happy Medium, it’s really not what you think, but that was definitely a moment.

So, Meg and Calvin…is something going to happen there??? If you think about it, some of the children’s and young adult novels all have a small element of romance and true love and what not.

More crazy characters, we finally get to meet Mr Murry. Oh my goodness, Meg finally puts her big girl pants on that kind of had me impressed. A lot of what happens you really do need to read for yourself. And whoa, Calvin…that actually made me happy.

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A Harmless Little Game by Meli Raine

So I was first introduced to this book via Facebook ads. And let me tell you, this book got me hooked!

Synopsis

Four years ago I lost my virginity on live, streaming television.

Too bad I wasn’t awake for it.

The video went viral. Of course it would. A Senator’s daughter on camera? Wouldn’t you click “share”? Besides, that’s what three of the four guys in the video did.

Share.

They shared me.

But that fourth guy? The nondescript one in the background in the upper left corner of the screen, just sitting on the couch? The only one who did nothing?

Not one single thing.

That was my boyfriend, Drew.

And that was the last time I saw him.

Until today, when my father—now on a path to the White House—hired him as head of security for my new team as I return home after four years of “recovering” in an undisclosed location that involved white lab coats, needles, pills and damage control.

You see, the other three guys never went to jail. Never had charges pressed.

Never faced consequences.

Until today.

Game on.
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A Harmless Little Game is the first in this political thriller/romantic suspense trilogy by USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine.

-via Goodreads

Review

Oh my goodness, I don’t even know where to begin. This poor girl has been through so much only to be locked away and hidden. What really kept me interested in this book though, was the mystery behind what the hell happened to Lindsay.

So we know something happened four years prior to the books beginning. But man this girl just can’t catch a break. Between feel is of betrayal and love towards an ex boyfriend and just anger, Lindsay has so much to deal with, especially as the daughter of a senator.

Literally this book takes place over the course of a few days. Not even a week. Like who does that??? Obviously I’m freaking out about it and am very angered by what is happening to Lindsay but feel just as powerless as she does. The only reason I’m still reading is because I want to know what happens between her and Drew, as well as wanting to know if she gets her revenge. The girl really needs it.

It ended with a cliffhanger, shockingly. And now I’m wondering, what is she going to do? What’s going to happen with Drew?

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Duke of Manhattan by Louise Bay

Okay, so maybe this isn’t a series, but all the books are connected because characters from the other books do make cameos. Either way, I really did enjoy these books. This happens to be the last one in the set of standalones.

Synopsis

I was born into British aristocracy, but I’ve made my fortune in Manhattan. New York is now my kingdom.

Back in Britain my family are fighting over who’s the next Duke of Fairfax. The rules say it’s me–if I’m married. It’s not a trade-off worth making. I could never limit myself to just one woman.

Or so I thought until my world is turned upside down. Now, the only way I can save the empire I built is to inherit the title I’ve never wanted– so I need a wife.

To take my mind off business I need a night that’s all pleasure. I need to bury myself in a stranger.

The skim of Scarlett King’s hair over my body as she bends over . . .

The scrape of her nails across my chest as she screams my name . . .

The bite of her teeth on my shoulder just as we both reach the edge . . .

It all helps me forget.

I just didn’t bargain on finding my one night stand across the boardroom table the next day.

She might be my latest conquest but I have a feeling Scarlett King might just conquer me.

A sexy, standalone romance.

-via Goodreads

Review

Okay, so they obviously had great chemistry. And by them, I mean Scarlett and Ryder. Seriously, it was super obvious from the moment they met. But I actually kind of thought Ryder was a jerk when he’s first introduced.

Then there’s the sexy scenes where they are literally just wild and loose. Those scenes were definitely a little sexier than they were in Park Avenue Prince or King of Wall Street.

We saw the single Scarlett through Harper and Grace’s, as well as Max’s, point of view, but it was great getting to read her POV. She’s actually hilarious, and super vulnerable just like the rest of us. She was an extremely relatable character.  And her situation isn’t all that different from what thousands of people are doing. Yes, some people marry the first time because it’s convenient or they truly believe they’re in love.  If it’s the first, the second (or third) time around is actually for love. And if it’s the second, they just fall out of love.

Well I could go into detail about Scarlett and Ryder’s relationship, but that would be cheating. You’d have to read if you want specifics. It was actually really great to read. And it was a treat to read the evolution of a relationship.

And there was also the rivalry within families. That was actually an extreme version, at least in my experience. I don’t really know what else to say about this without giving spoilers. But it was very enjoyable

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Park Avenue Prince by Louise Bay

While this technically is a standalone, it still follows one of the characters from King of Wall Street. Let’s get started.

Synopsis

THE PRINCE OF PARK AVENUE FINALLY MEETS HIS MATCH IN A FEISTY MANHATTAN PRINCESS.

I’ve made every one of my billions of dollars myself—I’m calculating, astute and the best at what I do. It takes drive and dedication to build what I have. And it leaves no time for love or girlfriends or relationships.

But don’t get me wrong, I’m not a monk.

I understand the attention and focus it takes to seduce a beautiful woman. They’re the same skills I use to close business deals. But one night is where it begins and ends. I’m not the guy who sends flowers. I’m not the guy who calls the next day.

Or so I thought before an impatient, smart-talking, beyond beautiful heiress bursts into my world.

When Grace Astor rolls her eyes at me—I want to hold her against me and show her what she’s been missing.

When she makes a joke at my expense—I want to silence her sassy mouth with my tongue.

And when she leaves straight after we f*ck with barely a goodbye—it makes me want to pin her down and remind her of the three orgasms she just had.

She might be a princess but I’m going to show her who rules in this Park Avenue bedroom.

A sexy, standalone, contemporary romance.

-via Goodreads

Review

While King of Wall Street was absolutely hilarious, this one was about following your dreams. After all, that’s what we should all do and not worry about finding romance.

Yes, this is a romance novel, but what I love about these stories is that most of the time it’s unexpected for the characters, not so much for us.

This novel follows both Grace, Harper’s best friend, and Sam. Both obviously have issues and are called out on them by several of the characters, including one another. There were so many heart-to-heart moments, it was all really very sweet.

But nothing makes me happier than characters overcoming their issues because they want to, not because their partner made them, those types of relationships don’t really work out anyway.

Sam has experienced some tragedy in his life, but he accepts it after what seems like forever because he realizes that that was no way to live his life. These books that Lousie Bay has written are definitely a work of art, and I freaking love it.

Really this all started because of art, it was fitting that it ended in such a way. You know how they say art and literature reflect what is happening in society? Well it’s definitely true. Between single fathers, someone being orphaned at a young age, and marriage after kids, we see a lot of our society in these books.

And there’s going to be another standalone… um YAY!!!!!!!!!! We get to see more of these characters. A post on that book will probably be up tomorrow. Hope you enjoy

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Bad Deeds by Lisa Renee Jones

This is so not fair!!!!!! I literally just finished this book and I now have to wait five freakin months before I find out who is still alive. So yes, there’s a cliffhanger.

Synopsis

Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Bad Deeds, the smoldering, scorching next novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.

Would you bleed for the one you love?

To save his family empire from the grip of the drug cartel, Shane is pushed to the edge of darkness, forced to make choices he might never make. His father is dying. His brother is desperate to rule the empire and this means war and all gloves are off. His brother only thought he knew what dirty meant. Shane is about to give it new meaning. There is another war brewing though, and that one, is inside him, his battle between right and wrong, light and dark, and in the heat of the night, it is Emily he turns to for escape. Driving her to new limits, pushing her to accept a part of him that even he cannot.

In every one of Shane’s seductive demands, Emily can taste and feel, his torment, his struggle to save his family and not lose himself. But he is losing himself, and that is a problem just as dangerous as her secret, that still lurk in the shadows, a threat to the Brandon Family waiting to erupt. No matter where she and Shane have traveled, or will travel in the future, she can’t just sit back and watch him become everything he hates, everything he never wanted to become, everything she tried to save him from when she tried to run. It could be their undoing, the end. His end.

This is war, blood will spill, and someone in the heart of the Brandon family will not survive….

-via Goodreads

Review

Oh my freaking gosh, I really can’t with this novel. There’s just so much going on. Seriously I just need a second to regain my composure…

Okay, all good now.

This picks up exactly where Damage Control ends. Threats and promises have been made, some good news for Brandon Senior, too. But what is going on with Mrs. Brandon? Aha who knows with that one.

What I loved about this is that, even while one was upset with the other’s behavior, there was still love and trust in Shane and Emily’s relationship. Which is definitely a good sign. But oh my gosh, I really can’t handle that cliffhanger after reading about the surprise Shane has.

Onto plot-twists….there were so many, I was in heaven. Let’s just say that things seem to improve, somewhat, for Derek. I also realized why he was so angry at Shane, ALL THE TIME… Oh, you want to know, well I’m not going to spoil anything for you.

We also see different sides of Shane. Sure he can be like his father, what son wouldn’t. And yes, Shane and Derek, as well as Shane and Adrian, are very similar while at the same time being so different.

So, other than Shane and Emily, we see other relationships. There’s Derek with Teresa (not a spoiler, since this was mentioned in Damage Control.) Also a blooming romance between Jessica and one of Shane’s security people. I really liked that Derek and Emily are definitely starting to bond.

Then there’s the whole issue of the Martina Cartel and Mike Rogers. This is what this book actually focused on, even though it had all the other juicy bits that make for an amazing story.

Okay, seriously I can’t get over that cliffhanger. I can’t even really write about it the way I have it in my mind because it would be spoiler-y. But it’s so shocking. This is the first time LRJ does something like this. I have a love-hate relationship with this cliffhanger.

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