2015

Summer (Dog Days #4)

Summer

Summary:

The thrilling conclusion to the Dog Days series!

Cooper Reynolds has been missing for months.

The whole town of Poisonfoot, Texas believes he has run away, proving they were right not to trust him. They believe he left like his brother and father before him: another good-for-nothing Reynolds man leaving the small town in his dust. No one is looking for him.

No one but Lou Whittaker. 

Lou knows Cooper was taken, she just doesn’t know where he is or how to get him back. With the help of budding witch, Max, and an unlikely ally in her former enemy Archer Wyatt, Lou is determined to find Cooper and bring him back in one piece.

But time is running out. Summer is upon them, and if they don’t find Cooper before his 18th birthday, they’ll be bringing home a wild animal instead of their beloved friend. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of YA Bound Book Tours.

Review:

In the finale of the series, Dean is able to win me over once again and I really enjoyed the ending of the series.  This one is extremely fast paced and its one that I finished in a single serving.  I felt like the magic finally was fully fledged and Lou was able to own some of her abilities.  (It always bothered me a bit she didn’t receive formal training from grandma.)  In some sense I felt that Cooper grew into himself a bit more in this story and he was able move on from his own angst to his relationship with Lou and his family.

The climax of the book was suprising to me, but worked incredibly well.  It’s so often that I’m disappointed with the end of series that this was extremely refreshing!  Also – epilogue: awwwwwww.

Warning: Contains violence and sexual content.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? YA fans, but this is certainly one that won’t make sense unless you read the rest of the series – or at least “Spring”.  This is more like the second half to the third book.

Want to read the whole series?

Flirting with Fire (Hot in Chicago #1)

Flirting with Fire

Summary:

Savvy PR guru Kinsey Taylor has always defined herself by her career, not her gender. That is, until she moved from San Francisco to Chicago to be with her fiancé who thought she wasn’t taking her “job” of supporting him in his high-powered career seriously enough—and promptly dumped her for a more supportive and “feminine” nurse. Now, as the new assistant press secretary to Chicago’s dynamic mayor, she’s determined to keep her eye on the prize: no time to feel inferior because she’s a strong, kick-ass woman, and certainly no time for men.

But that all changes when she meets Luke Almeida, a firefighter as searingly sexy as he is quick-tempered. He’s also the second oldest of the Firefightin’ Dempseys, a family of foster siblings who have committed their lives to the service—if Luke’s antics don’t get him fired first. When Luke goes one step too far and gets into a bar brawl with the Chicago Police Department, Kinsey marches into Luke’s firehouse and lays down the law on orders from the mayor. But at Engine Co. 6, Luke Almeida isthe law. And he’s not about to let Kinsey make the rules.  (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of the publisher.

Review:

This was a book I read in probably one to two sittings.  It made me laugh out loud, it was steamy (as expected) and the characters made you fall in love with them.  I love the tight-knit Dempsey family dynamics and how they balanced each other out.  As this will come as no surprise to those who know me, being a Chicago native the setting was certainly a perk as well!  There were multiple scenes that made me giggle as I have spent quite a bit of time in the different areas of the city.

This will certainly be a series that I continue, my only regret is that it took longer than planned to get to this one!

Warning: Contains repeated sexual content.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Romance fans looking for a refreshing new twist on a traditional story.

Want to read the whole series?

  • Rekindle the Flame (Hot in Chicago #0.5) – Included in “Baby It’s Cold Outside
  • Melting Point (Hot in Chicago #1.5)
  • Playing with Fire (Hot in Chicago #2)
  • Sparking the Fire (Hot in Chicago #3)

Immurement (The Undergrounders #1)

Immurement

Summary:

The earth’s core overheats. The sovereign leader vanishes. A young girl is the survivors’ only hope …

What little land is habitable is patrolled by cutthroat gangs of escaped subversives, but that’s not the greatest threat facing sixteen-year-old Derry Connelly, her brother Owen, and a ragged band of Preppers holed up in a bunker in the Sawtooth Mountains. Mysterious hoverships operated by clones are targeting adolescents for extraction.

Owen, is one of the first to disappear. To save him, Derry must strike a deal with the murderous subversives, and risk a daring raid to infiltrate the heart of the extraction operation.

But will the rookie leader falter when forced to choose between her brother and a clone who ignites something inside her she didn’t know was possible? (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of Enchanted Book Promotions.

Review:

This was one that I really enjoyed, but grew on me as I got farther into the book.  Derry is a little inconsistent in her approach to problems, but despite that I still found her relatable.  My one complaint with her as a main character would be that at the end I was a bit confused as to what the love interest triangle was supposed to be.  I’m not sure who the focus was.

I like Big Ed a ton, he’s a great character who adds some consistency to the situation no matter where they end up.  I have some guesses as to how things are going to work out in the next book, but there were enough twists and turns in this one I don’t think I’ll be disappointed.  I would like a little more detail during the conflict scenes in future books, but other than that, this was a great exciting read full of non-stop action!

Warning: Contains violence

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Dystopian fans looking for a read where “Hunger Games” meets “Maximum Ride”.

Want to read the whole series? TBD

Spring (Dog Days #3)

Spring

Summary:

Just when Cooper Reynolds and Lou Whittaker think they’ve weathered the worst of their trials, they come face to face with the most dangerous, clever villain they’ve ever experienced. One Wyatt brother was bad enough, but now that Archer has called on his brother Christopher for help keeping Lou and Cooper apart, the young couple is about to learn what real trouble looks like.

Christopher has come home determined to get Lou away from Cooper once and for all, and he isn’t afraid who he hurts or what bridges he burns to get the job done. With Cooper’s time running out and Lou struggling to control her growing powers, the last thing they need is more conflict. Too bad things are never as easy as they hope.

With a mysterious pair of FBI investigators in town and the clock ticking, Cooper and Lou need to learn to work together before they’re torn apart forever. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of YA Bound Book Tour.

Review:

In this book, I felt that the story recovered from “Winter” which I mentioned felt a little like it was a repeat of “Autumn”.  Not necessarily a bad thing as the story was good, but it did get slightly repetitive.  The one thing that held strong throughout the book was Lou and Cooper’s love.  It was refreshing in a YA book as often the main characters start to question themselves, which can feel quite fickle to me.

The book is very much a bridge between the beginning of the series and the finale.  There is a lot of set up and all of the characters are starting to come into their own power.  I wouldn’t recommend folks starting this book unless you’re willing to commit to the final two at the same time!

Warning: Contains violence and sexual content.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? YA paranormal fans who are looking for something a little different, but I’d recommend starting at the beginning.

Want to read the whole series?