Monday’s review of The System by Teshelle Combs



 

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Blurb:

 

1 + 1 = Dead.

That’s the only math that adds up when you’re in the System.

Everywhere Nick turns, he’s surrounded by the inevitability of his own demise at the hands of the people who stole his life from him. That is, until those hands deliver the bleeding, feisty, eye-rolling Nessa Parker. Tasked with keeping his new partner alive, Nick must face all the ways he’s died and all the things he’s forgotten.

Nessa might as well give up. The moment she gets into that car, the moment she lays her hazel eyes on her new partner, her end begins. It doesn’t matter that Nick Masters can slip through time by computing mathematical algorithms in his mind. It doesn’t matter how dark and handsome and irresistibly cold he is. Nessa has to defeat her own shadows.

Together and alone, Nick and Nessa make sense of their senseless fates and fight for the courage to change it all. Even if it means the System wins and they end up…well…dead.

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About the Author:

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Teshelle Combs is the award winning author of the YA action/romance novel, ‘The System,” and contemporary fantasy novel, “Core.”

She’s one of those crazies who majored in English in college and works as a full-time writer. 

Teshelle grew up in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and currently lives with her musico hubby, Nate Combs, and their soon-to-be born baby boy, Jaxter in Cape Coral, FL.

If you’d like to be interviewed, featured, or reviewed for Teshelle’s blog, email her at teshellecombs@gmail.com.

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Review of The System

Star rating: 4 stars

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Nessa Parker is the main character and she’s strong, loyal and witty. I just loved her. Taken from her normal life she’s into the system. The system wasn’t really what I expected the violence that Collins delivers to them, had me shocked to the core and their reason for being in the system was even more appalling. They had to assassinate certain people, if they failed their lives where over. Nessa isn’t normal but has a rare gift as such, she can kill you without touching you. She finds out some horrible truths about her parents and about herself but she stays strong through it all. I cried when I read a certain part with her dad, it just broke my heart; it was unfair, cruel and heart-breaking. But it fuels Nessa’s reason to fight the system and with Nick at her side she has everything to fight for.

Nick O god, he was messed up, silent and deadly but I loved him, and I loved the chemistry between him and Nessa it was electrifying. Their moments together were so real for two people in such a messed up situation.

 

The book was very faced paced and never slowed down. I loved Adam and his power to heal. At first I wasn’t sure of him but towards the end I just felt for him so badly. This book is very violent and the conditions in the system where atrocious. But overall I loved it. It was something different and new, I have never read a book like it. I would recommend this to all paranormal readers.

 

 

Wednesday’s Featured Author is J.H. Coates Author of My Boyfriend is a Monster



 

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Blurb:

Her ex-boyfriend beat on her.
The new guy might literally eat her.
Boy can Lily pick them.

After fleeing her abusive boyfriend, Lily tries to salvage what’s left of her hopes by attempting to create the life she has always dreamed of. With the help of her friends she starts to put the pieces of her old self back together. However, she still can’t shake the feeling that a “Monster” is out there. But the people we label today as Monsters are nothing compared to what is in store for Lily. Because she is right, there is something out there with the makings of childhood nightmares. Question is does it want her for love, or does it want her for dinner?

 



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About the Author:

 

J.H. Coates currently lives in Barrie, Ontario with his wife, kids and cat, Senor Meow Meow. An avid writer all through school J.H. Coates turned to film. After attending Film school and a bunch of indie projects, including one unsuccessful network show, he became very sick and put all ambitions on hold and concentrated on getting better. Years later, a bunch of wrong diagnosis’ that finally led to open heart surgery he began writing again. Perhaps it was realizing life was short or the sheer boredom of living in a hospital? he picked up where he left off and finished My Boyfriend is a Monster. He is currently writing the sequel, cleverly titled, My Boyfriend is a Monster 2.

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Monday’s Review of The Bone Season by Author Samantha Shannon


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It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

 



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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Samantha Shannon was born and raised in West London. She recently finished her degree in English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford, where she specialised in Emily Dickinson and Principles of Film Criticism.

In 2012 she signed a book deal with Bloomsbury Publishing to publish the first three books in a seven-book series, beginning with The Bone Season. Film rights to the novel were optioned by Andy Serkis’s London-based production company The Imaginarium Studios in 2012, and acquired by Twentieth Century Fox and Chernin Studios in October 2013.

 

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Review of The Bone Season

Rating: 4 stars

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This story is told through the eyes of Paige, she’s a dreamwalker and a rare kind of clairvoyant. In London any type of supernatural is executed, or they just simply disappear.

Paige works in the Seven Seals for a master criminal and seems content in her role, yet her father has no idea just what Paige does as she pretends to work at an oxygen bar.

 

I read this book a while ago and should have written my review then as this one seems difficult and now I remember why. The first 40% of this book, I needed the dictionary that was placed at the back of the paperback book

Some sentences had so many new words that I really couldn’t make it add up, so I was back and forth like a yo yo. To make matters worse I remember my head was spinning, with so much information and then it settled a bit when Paige is arrested and taken to the clairvoyant prison, which is not what all clairvoyant believed it to be. Controlled by a race of Rephaim, immortals they use clairvoyant for their gifts. On arrival Paige is assigned a keeper and he is called Warden, he is feared by most. I think straight away I could see something different in Warden, and soon we do see a mutual respect blossom between these two. But no matter how much Warden tries to protect Paige, she is always on the war path, trying to protect the ones she cares for, and trying to get home to the Seven Seals.

 

The story was very unique, but also very confusing as in the terms that once Paige arrives at this prison a new set of rules, new words, and a new way is told to us, making you scrap everything you just learnt at the start of the book.

 

Overall I really did enjoy this book, it was something new and refreshing. With the style of writing and the complexity of words I’m not sure that I would read book two, or maybe I just need to give my head a rest for a while.

 

Wednesday’s Featured Author is Andrew Lamb Author of Dispatchers



 

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Blurb:

 

“Vengeance is best left to those who have nothing left to lose!”

Marcus Townsend is a seemingly ordinary college student with an overactive imagination and a lack of drive. All that changes in one night when his parents are attacked and three brutal murders are committed in London by an assassin who defies the laws of physics. The only link between the victims is a strange red and black rose. Marcus must uncover the truth behind the victims if he is to evade their fate. But he soon learns that the stakes are far greater than just his life.

Set in modern day London, Dispatchers puts a dark new twist on Astral Projection.

 



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About the Author:

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By day, Andrew Lamb is a Yorkshire born Crashworthiness engineer in the Automotive sector. By night, he becomes an Imaginaut and writes Supernatural thrillers. His works include Dispatchers and the upcoming De Cavalieri series. His love for the Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected inspired him to write numerous short stories, Doc Andy’s Sinister Shorts.

Andy is a walking-talking Science Fiction and Horror encyclopaedia. He began writing short stories whilst researching his Engineering Doctorate before going on to write his first novel, Dispatchers – Vengeance of the Dark.

Today, Andy lives with his wife Donna in Derbyshire, UK. In his spare time, he works on the Dispatcher series and other projects.

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Monday’s Review of Onyx by Author Jennifer L. Armentrout


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Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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Hey Guys! Please note: I don’t send out ARCs for review. If you’re interested in reviewing a book of mine before release date, please contact the appropriate publisher. I also do NOT check my Goodreads email.

To email me, please use the below addy.
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# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins

 

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Review of Onyx

 

Rating: 4 stars

 

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After reading Obsidian I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the second book, and I wasn’t disappointed.

 

Katy is now connected to Daemon after he heals from an attack by the Arum. They keep up their usual sarcasm but Daemon wants Katy to see that he wants her, because he those and it’s not the connection. Katy being Katy doesn’t believe a word of it. So we watch Daemon try to swoop Katy off her feet.

 

Soon after Blake shows up and I must say straight away I didn’t like him I just got bad vibes, but when he freezes time in the café when their attached by an Arum, we learn more about the connection that Katy has formed with Daemon.

In book two we get to meet members of DOD who we believe are there to keep an eye on the Luxian’s but soon we learn that isn’t the case. The plot in book two delves deeper and soon it’s not just the Luxian’s lives on the line but Katy’s also.

 

I must say she makes some stupid calls, like with BLAKE I really wanted to smack her across the head, but it just makes the story more intriguing and I must say it kept me on the edge of my seat. Once again the love story was amazing. My favourite thing in this book, was when every time Daemon either spoke to Blake or spoke about him, he would call him every other name then Blake, I really thought it was hilarious. I was giggling away to myself no matter where I was, earning plenty of weird stares. But I just loved it.

 

The end leaves off at a very high point and now I need book three. Here we go again.

 

 

 

Wednesday’s Featured Author is Lauren Algeo Author of Hikers



 

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Blurb:

 

After a mass shooting in Waterloo station, Scott Brewer, a former Detective Inspector, returns to London to investigate. It becomes apparent that this was the work of hikers, a family of hired assassins with the power of mind control. Brewer now hunts them after his own near-fatal encounter with one and is joined on his mission by Georgie Duncan, a moody teenager with a turbulent past. Can they learn to work together and find a method to kill the seemingly invincible hikers?

 



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About the Author:

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Lauren Algeo (1985 – ) was born in England and currently lives in Kent. She graduated from Greenwich University in 2007 with a First-class honours degree in Graphic Design. She works full time in west London as a Graphic Designer for design agency Whippet.

She published the first part of the Hikers trilogy in January 2013, followed by the second part in December 2013. The third book will be available in 2014.

Her second, standalone novel, The Perfect Date, was published in June 2013. She also has several short horror stories online.

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