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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Monday’s Review of Throne of Glass By Sarah J. Maas

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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Heir of Fire, Book 3, will be out in September 2014). Starting in Spring 2015, her New Adult Fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, will be published by Bloomsbury as well.

Sarah lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the California coastline with her husband.

 

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Throne of Glass

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Rating: 5 Stars

 

It took me a while to get into this story. Celaena the main character wasn’t easy to warm too, I was very conflicted about her and it took me to have read 40% of the book before I fell in love with the person she was.

 

Her story is so sad the more you get to know her and for nineteen years old, she has seen far more than anyone her age should have seen. Her freedom has never existed she has always been controlled by someone, but now an opportunity arises being the Kings champion for four years and then she gets her freedom. But she must win the contest first before she can be crowned the winner.

 

Her journey while training in the castle to compete is chaos emotionally and physically for Celaena, as the most deadly assassin in the world she’s never trusted. At times she is a frightened young girl who never had family or friends and who craves for freedom, but she hides the little girl inside herself and sarcasm and anger cover it up along with an amazing amount of self-confidence that isn’t completely real. As Chaol the Kings guard and Dorian the Crown prince get close to Celeana they see glimpses of what lies under her façade and soon a friendship with Chaol, and something more with Dorian blossoms only to come with dire consequences, and as the bodies of the competitors pile up and Celeana meets Elena, a goddess from another world her purpose to win and become the kings Champion doubles. It’s not just her freedom that’s at stake but the people of her world who will suffer if she doesn’t banish the darkness that lurks in the castle.

 

Chaol was my favourite he reminds me of Valek in poison study, and I want Celeana to pick him. Dorrian is sweet but he’s in fear of his father the King, and he just isn’t man enough. But Choal O god, I loved him he’s cold, moody, and hard yet in the smallest gestures he does for Celeana he makes my heart flutter. He’s as tortured as she is, and I just loved him. I can’t wait to read the second book and see if my wish will come true and Celeana picks him or even kisses him.

 

Overall this book was outstanding if you like Poison study by Maria V Snyder then this is the one for you.

Wednesday’s Featured Author is Zoe Dawson Author of After Life



 

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Blurb:

The fine thread between reality and the fantastical has snapped. The mortal and supernatural must learn to co-exist in post-reality Minneapolis/St. Paul where video games leak monsters into the night, demons roam, thirsting for more than just blood, people are not who or what they seem and a diabolical evil plots and plans to devour the world.

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In this world gone mad……Lily’s biggest challenge is to survive.

Lily Starbuck, kick-ass witch caterer, knows that a day that starts with blood on the horizon is a terrible omen. The day goes downhill from there when a grumpy werewolf refuses to pay his catering bill, her partner cleaned out their bank accounts, and Lily finds her murdered in their kitchen. To make matters worse, the Fairy Dust Administration (FDA) is sniffing around. Fae dust hounds hot on her partner’s trail for dealing in illegal dust now turn their attention to her. Their sexy Fae leader takes a particular interest in her and is hard to shake.

Heartbroken, flat broke and with her very livelihood in jeopardy, she discovers that the formidable Otherworlder Security (O.S.) is being tampered with. With no active investigation and a missing body, she has no choice but to discover who killed her partner. Her only backup is a cantankerous gnome who delights in going invisible on her. Clues lead her to an open case being investigated by a tough O.S. warden shapeshifter. It seems a rogue mage has created a video game that is unwarded and game monsters are being released to terrorize the human and supernatural citizens of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Trouble is Lily has reason to believe that this mage killed her partner. Looks like Lily will have to make a deal with a vamp devil and battle wits with the Twin Cities most powerful leader all in the name of justice.



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About the Author:

Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery, new adult, urban fantasy and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.

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Monday’s Review of Angelfall by Author Susan Ee

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It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Recommended for ages 16 and up.

 



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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Susan Ee is the bestselling author of the Penryn & the End of Days series which takes place in the San Francisco bay area. The first book, ANGELFALL, is being translated into 20 languages around the world. The second book, WORLD AFTER, was recently released in Nov. 2013 to international acclaim. The film rights to the series have been optioned by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Good Universe. Susan used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her imagination to bust out and go feral.

 

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Review of Angelfall

 

Rating: 5 stars

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This has to be one of the most original stories I have read in a long time. Angels roam the earth, and the human species is dwindling fast. The angels aren’t here to help us, they’re here to destroy us.

 

Penryn the main character was so realistic with her judgement calls, she was no hero her main concerns where her sister Paige and her mother. That’s until Raffe an angel at deaths door presents itself with an opportunity. He can help her find her sister who was taken by the angels. Raffe is no ordinary angel he’s an archangel and one with a conscience. It isn’t exactly a love story that blossoms between them but more of an understanding that their not that different – angels and humans, and soon they see past their differences and help each other for Penryn it’s to save her sister and for Raffe it’s to have his wings sown back on.

 

Penryn mother is unhinged even before the angels arrived she spoke of demons and things she could see her abuse towards her daughters has left Penryn with little time for her, and Paige at the age of seven in a wheelchair. It’s sad but the author manages to cover up this with humour and I couldn’t stop laughing. Every time her mother did something bonkers. By the end of the book I questioned if her mother was really insane, or if all she saw was the truth, and her actions have meaning. She seems to survive in the most extreme situation.

 

The end broke my heart. … O so may are damaged, so much hope is lost and the horror that the angels wreck on the world had my skin crawling.

 

Something new and fresh now off to read World After .