Blog Tour & Review: The Sententia Series by Cara Bertrand

This event takes place August 22 – 29, 2016

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Welcome to another exciting tour with Novel Publicity. This time with author Cara Bertrand and her series The Sententia & the release of the third book in the series, Tangled Thoughts!

This tour is classic Novel Publicity event, featuring a rafflecopter with special swag, paperbacks from the author and an Amazon gift card as well as spotlight posts, reviews from bloggers and more! Since this book is a series, we’ve recruited bloggers and readers from around the web to read and review all the Sententia books & help the author celebrate the release of Book 3, Tangled Thoughts!

My Review of Lost in Thought 

I liked this first book. I found the premise interesting but I think the story can be developed better, faster paced and with a little more paranormal activity. It’s a good beginning as the author Cara Bertrand set up the universe.

Lainey Young was a typical heroine, mild-mannered, intelligent and likeable. She knew enough about her abilities that she kept quiet about it until she got to the Northbrook academy. She had characteristic teenage issues and I appreciate that the author didn’t try to make her the “Strong” heroine you normally see in these types of young adult books. I did like the slow burner romance the author created with Carter Penrose. I hope to see Carter and Lainey’s relationship convey more chemistry and intensity in the next book. I do like Carter and Lainey together and liked the author didn’t inundate us with characters having sex though they talked about it.

The story was bogged down in the middle with explaining about the Sententia, the gifts and the Legacy. But it is clear that this series has potential. It has a couple of common teen tropes such as a gifted teen going to gifted school like Harry Potter or Vampire Academy. So for those readers who love that “naïve” heroine discovering her true identity and the extent of her powers, this book will appeal to you.

Book 1: Lost in Thought

lost in thoughtLainey Young has a secret: she’s going crazy. Everyone else thinks she has severe migraines from stress and exhaustion. What she really has are visions of how people died—or are going to die. Not that she tells anyone that. At age 16, she prefers keeping her crazy to herself. When doctors insist she needs a new and stable environment to recover, Lainey’s game to spend two years at a private New England boarding school. She doesn’t really think it will cure her problem, and she’s half right. There is no cure, but as she discovers, she’s not actually crazy. Almost everyone at Northbrook Academy has a secret too. Half the students and nearly all the staff are members of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted. A vision of another student’s impending death confirms Lainey is one of them. She’d like to return the crappy gift of divining deaths with only a touch, but enjoys spending time with Carter Penrose—recent Academy graduate and resident school crush—while learning to control it. Lainey’s finally getting comfortable with her ability, and with Carter, when they uncover her true Sententia heritage. Now she has a real secret. Once it’s spilled, she’ll be forced to forget protecting secrets and start protecting herself.

Book 2: Second Thoughts

second thoughtsThe continuing adventures of an ordinary teenage girl with extraordinary mental abilities, perfect for readers who love books and series such as Vampire Academy, Spellbound, and Sweet Peril.

Secrets, lies, and looming deaths—all things Lainey Young deals with in a typical day of high school. In her senior year at Northbrook Academy—a New England boarding school where the majority of the students and nearly all the staff are members of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted—Lainey has even more to worry about. Things like classes, college, her boyfriend, and, of course, the vision she glimpsed of her impending death. But to her surprise, Lainey finds one worry she can cross off her list, namely Senator Daniel Astor, the leader of the Sententia. After a shocking discovery when they finally meet, Lainey realizes maybe she was wrong to distrust the Senator. She relaxes even further when he seems to accept her refusal to work for him after graduation. But with her secrets mounting and the time to solve them running out, there’s a final enigma Lainey hasn’t yet encountered: Daniel Astor doesn’t take no for an answer. Ever.

Book 3: Tangled Thoughts

tangled thoughtsHigh school graduation is a time for goodbyes, new beginnings, and if you’re Lainey Young, narrowly escaping with your life. Forced to leave behind both Northbrook Academy and Carter Penrose, Lainey believes she’s earned her freedom—from the eyes of the Perceptum and Daniel Astor’s schemes. Meeting handsome and very persistent Teaching Assistant Jack Kensington the first week of college complicates everything, including her feelings.

College and flirtations with Jack help Lainey put all things Sententia behind her. But when her aunt arrives for a visit, with an unexpected guest and even more unexpected news, Lainey’s tenuous control over her life snaps. Once again, she’s linked to everything she thought she left behind. And this time, there’s no escape.

Growing up, Carter Penrose thought he knew a thing or two about heartbreak—namely that it sucks—but he never knew exactly how much until losing Lainey. His life moves in a totally unplanned direction and he finds himself with a new home, new job, and even a surprising new girlfriend, all thanks to Daniel Astor. But just when Carter feels settled in the DC world of politics, a visit home to Northbrook brings up unexpected questions—about what happened at graduation and everything he believed about his Uncle Dan.

When tragedy brings Lainey and Carter face to face for the first time since summer, their lives have never felt more separate. Lies drove them apart. Will the truth bring them together?

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About the Author

CB headshotCara is a former middle school literacy teacher who now lives in the woods outside Boston with: one awesome husband, two large dogs, one small daughter and lots of words. Lost in Thought is her first novel and was one of three finalists for the 2011 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the Young Adult category.

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Blurred Lines (Love Unexpectedly #1) by Lauren Layne

Blurred Lines (Love Unexpectedly #1) by Lauren LayneSeries: Love Unexpectedly #1
on 2015-12-10
Pages: 256
AmazonNarrator: Allison Pike, Mason Lloyd
When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate - and platonic. Six years later, they're still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland's trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker's boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben's no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can't seem to get the hang of casual sex - until she tries it with him.The arrangement works perfectly...at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker's ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming truth: Maybe they can't go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.Fancy some fun, fresh, flirty and very sexy rom-com? Check out the titles in Lauren Layne's Oxford series: Irresistibly Yours, Playing For Keeps and Someone Like You.
three-stars

This book plot tackles a very familiar subject: Friends to Lovers.
Can a man and woman be best friends, hook up and nothing more? Can they have a friends with benefits arrangement and move on?
In this story, Parker Blanton and Ben Olsen were friends from college and became roommates for 4 years. When Parker’s boyfriend Lance breaks up with her after 4 years, she decides instead of bar hopping for hook ups, she will hook up with her roommate Ben but they agreed no strings attached.

Of course, the sex is amazing and the earth spins double time etc. Then the ex boyfriend Lance reappears. Where does Parker go from here?

This is my first book by this author. It was okay. While the narrators were really good, the book was predictable and cliche. I also don’t like manufactured drama. It’s baffling to believe that such good friends who live together couldn’t clear up simple misunderstandings. There was clearly a good friendship and chemistry between Ben and Parker. The thing with Lance lacked passion and even Parker said she missed sex more than she missed Lance the person. I liked Ben because he seemed more in tune with what he wanted and what he was about than Parker. I just wanted more depth to the characters than i got here. It was okay for a simple audiobook with minor angst.

*Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.

Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade #3) by Jennifer Estep @Jennifer_Estep @KensingtonBooks @NetGalley

Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade #3) by Jennifer Estep @Jennifer_Estep @KensingtonBooks @NetGalleySeries: Black Blade #3
on 2016-04-26
Pages: 368
AmazonB&NNarrator: Brittany Pressley
Bad Things Always Come In Threes…

As a thief, I'm good at three things: hiding in the shadows, getting in and out unseen, and uncovering secrets. I put these skills to work for the Sinclair Family, one of the magical mobs that run the tourist town of Cloudburst Falls.

Everyone knows Victor Draconi wants to take over all the other Families--and kill every last Sinclair. What they don't know is that I'm on to him, and no way will I let the man who murdered my mom get away with hurting all the other people I care about. Especially when I've got places to break into, stuff to steal, and Devon Sinclair fighting right by my side…
five-stars

Well Done Jennifer Estep! Well Done! This final book in the trilogy did what many YA trilogies failed to deliver: A Thrilling and Satisfying Conclusion.

This third book started with the head of the Family, Claudia Sinclair and her son Devon, the family Bruiser working with the family bodyguard Lila Merriweather, and Lila’s cousin Deah to foil Victor Draconi’s plot to control the town of Cloudburst Falls. If you read books 1 & 2, you know the significance of this alliance and how it came to be. *Hint* Read this series in order to fully comprehend the minutiae.

The action and power struggle began immediately as the line in the sand was drawn between the Sinclair Family and the Draconi Family with the other families trying to pick the winning side. What I loved most in this story was that Lila and Devon’s romance to a back seat to the family business as it rightfully should have. The Sinclair family was united and focused on the preparation for the Draconi family move, whatever it maybe. While love young love as blossoming, the priority was saving lives.

Lila is one of my favorite YA heroines. She is tough, resilient, smart, noble and resourceful. Now that she found a new home with the Sinclair family, she was putting her life on the line to protect them from the Draconi threat. Devon was brave as was all the supporting casts fighting on the side of good. The author did a fantastic job keeping the story adrenaline-charged and interesting. This was a quick paced story with an engaging plot that flowed and was congruous to the theme started in book 1.

The world building was complex enough without being too dense and boring. The supernatural creatures were different from the norm and there wasn’t too many of them to overwhelm the story. The final showdown allowed Lila to address a wrong committed against her family both from the past and in their current situation. Then ending was well thought out and satisfying.

I highly recommend this series to those readers looking for an entertaining YA urban fantasy with a light romance.

*Special Thanks to Kensington via Netgalley for the advance reading copy given in exchange for an honest review

Undecided by Julianna Keyes @TastyBookTours @JuliannaKeyes

Undecided by Julianna Keyes @TastyBookTours @JuliannaKeyeson April 4th 2016
Pages: 300
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Nora Kincaid has one goal for her second year of college: be invisible. Last year’s all-party-no-study strategy resulted in three failed classes and two criminal charges, and if she messes up again she’ll lose her scholarship. But there’s one problem with her plan for invisibility, and his name is Crosbie Lucas: infamous party king, general hellraiser…and her new roommate’s best friend.

Crosbie’s reckless reputation and well-known sexcapades aren’t part of Nora’s studious new strategy, but as she’s quickly learning, her new plan is also really boring. When Crosbie’s unexpected gestures of friendship pull her head out of her books long enough to see past his cocky veneer, she’s surprised to find a flawed and funny guy beneath it all. The muscles don’t hurt, either.

But as Nora starts to fall for Crosbie, the weight of one of last year’s bad decisions grows even heavier. Because three failing grades and two misdemeanors are nothing compared to the one big secret she’s hiding…
five-stars

One of the best books I have read all year. I loved this book and the characters. It was just a pure delight to read. The feelings I experienced as I took the journey with Nora Kincaid is exactly how I want to feel whenever I read a book: excitement, exhilaration, anxious, sadness, but most of all hopeful. This book hit the spot!

I want to first say that this book is NOT a true love triangle. This book was really more about self-discipline, growth and then young love. What I loved most about this book was the character development and growth. Nora Kincaid is a college sophomore who partied hard as a freshman and thus began the 2nd school year on academic probation. She was determined to do all things opposite from the prior year. The plot then takes us on this journey as Nora attempts to reinvent herself as well as regain her self-respect. Along the way, Nora learns that being on the extreme of any spectrum isn’t the best approach to living a fulfilling life. She also learns the value of “seeing” and “being seen” because sometimes the thing you want most is right in front of you.
Crosbie is everything I would want in a college guy. He partied hard with his fraternity but he learned to treat others with more care as he matured the second year. His friendship with Kellan and his attention to Nora was such a treat to relish.  He was hard working, determined and understanding. Crosbie was also really sweet and forgiving, so that is why he is one of my favorite heroes of 2016.

I really wish that more new adult authors would write such beautiful stories where the plot focused on their characters development as people and less of those contrived disagreements. The dialogue, the writing style and the whole story flowed together so well. I will admit that I like angst in my story and there was some mild angst. I felt like I knew the ending but the ride to the finish line was worth the time. The lessons they all learned made them better people. I loved that Nora and Crosbie didn’t see each other until they were ready to SEE each other. I loved Crosbie’s willingness to empathize and forgive past mistakes. My heart was full. If you want a story with some meat and really likable characters, then this story is for you. I hope there is a sequel to this book.

*Special Thanks to Tasty Book Tours for the ebook given in exchange for an honest review.

The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spaulding

The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spauldingon 2016-04-05
Pages: 320
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A ridiculously cute, formerly-famous new guy dropping into your life? It's practically every girl's dream. But not Jules McCallister-Morgan's. I realize that on paper I look like your standard type-A, neurotic, overachiever. And maybe I am. But I didn't get to be the editor of my school's long-revered newspaper by just showing up*. I have one main goal for my senior year-early acceptance into my first choice Ivy League college-and I will not be deterred by best friends, moms who think I could stand to
three-stars

Jules McAllister-Morgan was a senior at Eagle Vista Academy when a former teen heartthrob named Alex Powell enrolled at her school. While Jules has a crush on Alex as every teenager has on boy band members, Jules is very determined to attend Brown University. In her pursuit of academy excellence, Jules becomes slightly fixated on certain extra-curricular activities such as the school paper.

As Jules and Alex began spending time together, the newspaper faltered and a rival started to disseminate school news via other avenues such as using email or school televisions. Jules became obsessed with beating her rival. It began exposing Jules relationship with others, more specifically how she never really spend time getting to know others and what was important to others.

I get that the author was trying to portray a flawed young senior, but I found Jules to be self-centered and difficult to connect with. I could tell that the writing was supposed to be humorous but it felt lost in translation. I would have liked more attention focused on how Alex brought out the better side of Jules instead of the super competitive self-absorbed Jules that was prevalent in the book. This teen romance fell flat for me as I never quite warmed up to Jules. I was looking for a book with more depth to the characters and this book didn’t deliver that.

*Special Thanks to  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via Netgalley for the e-book.

Blog Tour ~Review: The Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris @RachelHarrisBks @InkSlingerPR

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Rachel Harris’s THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US is already getting swoons from readers everywhere! We can’t wait for you to get your hands on it. Known for her sweet romances, Rachel’s THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US, is no different! Check out everything we have for you on this amazing title and then go grab your copy today. Justin and Peyton’s story is sure to put a smile on your face and keep you turning pages long into the night!

 

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One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who’s forever owned his heart.

Justin Carter has a secret. He’s not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy…and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she’d ever forgive him.

Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she’s done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she’ll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first.

For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate’s given him a shot at redemption, he’s determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton…well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.

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New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

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Krickett Series (Books 1-3) by Amy A. Bartol

on 2015-09-08
AmazonB&NNarrator: Kate Rudd

Kricket Books 1-3:

Kricket Hollowell never wished upon stars. She was too busy hiding in plain sight, eluding Chicago’s foster care system. As her eighteenth birthday approaches, she now eagerly anticipates the day she’ll stop running and finally find her place in the world.

That day comes when she meets a young Etharian soldier named Trey Allairis, who has been charged with coming to Earth to find Kricket and transport her to her true home. As danger draws close, he must protect her until she can wield the powers she cannot use on Earth…and he soon realizes that counting a galaxy of stars would be easier than losing this extraordinary girl.

Kyon knows the powerful depths of Kricket’s gifts—gifts he’ll control when he takes her for his tribe and leads the forces that will claim Ethar and destroy his enemies, starting with Trey Allairis. Now, Kricket faces the most difficult choice of her life: whether to wage a battle for survival or a fight for love.

 
four-half-stars

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Krickett Hallowell was a 17 yr old foster kid runaway trying to stay out of sight until she is 18 and out of the system. When two different groups show up claiming she’s from another planet, and insisting they were here to escort her back. Krickett ends up leaving with Trey Allairis and his companions because he was honest with her.

Krickett had a special gift to discern truth and now she was a pawn for two political factions claiming her as kin. Krickett was mixed because her mother was an Alemeeda priestess and her father is Rafe,  both groups are at war. Where would she decided to belong to?

Krickett and Trey Allaris were an immediate draw for the romantic in me. I love young love especially of the forbidden kind. I also liked the world the author created outside of earth. It was intriguing, and I found myself engaged the whole time. But at the same time, Kyon from Alemeeda was convinced that she was meant to be his. In fact, he was emphatic about his claim as it appears they were promised when they born. Now Krickett has two factions and two men vying for her for two different reasons. Politics and love are intermingled in this YA fantasy. I know people hate love triangles, but I find them entertaining when done right.

After listening to the trilogy, I enjoyed book 3 the best. I get why others didn’t but I really liked the twists. I started out hating Kyon but in the final book, the author humanized him. He was still a feral animal but he chose Krickett in a way no one, not even Trey had. Maybe Kyon had nothing of worth to lose like Trey had (his family) but Kyon never wavered on his desire for Krickett above all things and he would sacrifice her for the good of others. That’s what ultimately made me switch to Team Kyon.

I hope Krickett’s family mainly the sperm donor who begot her (he’s not worthy of honored title “father”) gets eaten by those worm things. Astrid too. They all got what they wanted by working together towards this common goal. Krickett had to make her own way. I just wished that we got a glimpse into Krickett’s world, 5 years later. Perhaps we will because it felt like this story isn’t over!

Trailer Trash by Marie Sexton

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TrailerTrash_400x600Trailer Trash by Marie Sexton
Release Date: March 21, 2016
Pages: 340• Format: eARC
Published By: Riptide Publishing
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It’s 1986, and what should have been the greatest summer of Nate Bradford’s life goes sour when his parents suddenly divorce. Now, instead of spending his senior year in his hometown of Austin, Texas, he’s living with his father in Warren, Wyoming, population 2,833 (and Nate thinks that might be a generous estimate). There’s no swimming pool, no tennis team, no mall—not even any MTV. The entire school’s smaller than his graduating class back home, and in a town where the top teen pastimes are sex and drugs, Nate just doesn’t fit in.

Then Nate meets Cody Lawrence. Cody’s dirt-poor, from a broken family, and definitely lives on the wrong side of the tracks. Nate’s dad says Cody’s bad news. The other kids say he’s trash. But Nate knows Cody’s a good kid who’s been dealt a lousy hand. In fact, he’s beginning to think his feelings for Cody go beyond friendship.

Admitting he might be gay is hard enough, but between small-town prejudices and the growing AIDS epidemic dominating the headlines, a town like Warren, Wyoming, is no place for two young men to fall in love.

 

four-stars

This is definitely one of my favorite covers of the year. I loved the cover model, and the way the script is written.
When I read the blurb I was all like yes this is for me!!! Then I started reading it and it’s YA. At first, I got mad or a little perturbed because YA isn’t my genre of choice, but since I have it I was going to read it. I’m super happy that I did read it. I enjoyed it. I loved the way the author gave us the authenticity of the time, the people, the events in the world and the clothes. I literally googled so many things. Hell I was born in June of 1987. So everything they were listening to was something I wasn’t familiar with. I’d like to say that the story was about two boys from different sides of the tracks who fell in love. It’s a little more then that. It’s Aids unfolding in their eyes and the worlds. Seeing Nate trying to get answers about Aids, or just reading about it at this time in the world was eye opening. Gay Men didn’t have any resources to find out about anything in Warren, Wyoming.

As far as the characters were written I think Cody & Nate were really well written characters. I loved Cody so much. He was so resilient about the things that were thrown at him. I hated how the freaking town treated him. It’s one thing to be poor, and yeah everyone gets social class and high school status. I understand that, but Cody didn’t do anything to anyone. He is content to be by himself in his last year of high school. In walks Nate with his mustang car, Texas drawl, upturn collar on his polo shirts and bright blonde hair. Nate stormed into his life, and made Cody want. He made Cody want things that he wasn’t sure he deserved or even if he could want it. I liked Nate as well. Nate wanted everyone to be, sure he was acclimating to a new town after having to move from Austin, Texas. Nate not being use to the small town, no MTV, small high school and complete boredom. I liked how their friendship came to be. They were trying to make due with what they had in the world.

No matter what year it is, it still is High School. I can say I never had bullying or outcast issues in high school. Every cliche thing you can find in high school it was here. I mean in a small town, how the hell is it still this many cliques? Well amongst all the douchebags there was Logan Robertson. He might be one of the best friends ever. The straight jock, most popular in high school and the town decided to befriend the outcast. I love Logan, and he is such a good thing to Cody’s spirit.

Both boys had to come to terms with their sexuality in different ways. I couldn’t wrap my mind around them having no one to talk to, and no one to relate to. It pulled at my heart strings to see them so alone with this subject. It was basically forced to come out after some bad things happened. Seeing both parent’s reaction to their son’s sexuality was so emotional. Cody’s mom hasn’t had the perfect life. She’s barely scraping by and has to do unsavory things, but the one thing she does is accept her son. I cried, and then Nate’s father put the icing on the cake. I think I respected him so much more when his first priority was to make sure his son was okay.

All in all, I think this was a such a good story. I liked the ending alot. I’m a little uncertain since I would say it’s a HFN. I would have liked to know what happens after Iowa. Or maybe Marie wanted us to be content with their finding their happiness.

About Marie Sexton

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

Becoming Calder (Sign of Love) by Mia Sheridan

Becoming Calder (Sign of Love) by Mia SheridanSeries: Sign of Love
on 2014-10-05
Pages: 334
AmazonNarrator: Anthony Haden Solerno, Jennifer Stark
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Archer's Voice. Becoming Calder is the first part in a two-part romance series. The conclusion, Finding Eden, is available now.There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition.In this place, there is a boy with the body of a god and the heart of a warrior. He is strong and faithful and serves his family honorably. But he dares to dream of more.In this place, there is a girl with the face of an angel and a heart full of courage. To her family, she is the vision of obedient perfection. But she dares to want that which she has been told can never be hers.Becoming Calder is the story of good versus evil, fear versus bravery, and the truth that the light of love has always found its way into even the darkest of places . . . From the beginning of time, to the end of the world.THIS IS THE FIRST PART IN A TWO-PART SIGN OF LOVE SERIES INSPIRED BY AQUARIUS. THE SECOND PART, FINDING EDEN, IS AVAILABLE NOW. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and graphic sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18  
three-half-stars

This book started off really slow. I had to keep checking to make sure it was a Mia Sheridan book because I wasn’t engaging. About 40% in and I got hooked and then it was just angst filled.

Stories featuring cults often require world building and character development, but once it hits the stride, it was so difficult to stop.

The characters Eden, Calder and Xander were so fascinating that their plight was causing me stress. I didn’t even realize when I had gotten sucked in until I was finished my audio at 5:21am.
I was so hopeful for them because I was moved by their courage and desire for more. There is always a couple of people in a cult who see beyond the veil and then fight for freedom. These 3 were those rebels and I was rooting for their success.

I wish I had more information on the prophet Hector and his group of oppressors Elders. The abuse of power, enjoyment of crushing hopes, self-esteem and ultimately spirits was disheartening. But I would have appreciated more background to their journey to becoming abusers.

This book ended in a cliff hanger and I will jump into the next shortly. Maybe that audio will have some answers as to why Hector unraveled etc.

About Mia Sheridan

Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.

Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Temptation by Wendy HigginsSeries: Sweet Evil #4
on 2015-09-08
Pages: 512
AmazonNarrator: Christian Coulson
This swoonworthy, romantic companion novel to Wendy Higgins's New York Times bestselling Sweet Evil series is told from irresistible bad-boy Kaidan's point of view. Readers will love getting inside Kaidan's head, especially fans of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, the Selection series by Kiera Cass, and Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire.When bad-boy drummer Kaidan Rowe encounters good girl Anna Whitt, the girl chosen to vanquish the demons from earth, he can't stop thinking about her. The Nephilim son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan tries to help Anna embrace a life of sin, but she gradually helps him see that he's meant to do more with his life. Their relationship is as tortured as it is passionate, for Nephilim are forbidden to fall in love. But as hard as they may try to obey, Kai can't seem to stay away from Anna, nor Anna from Kai.Full of chemistry and high-stakes drama, this companion book is darker, hotter, and completely satisfying.

In order to truly enjoy this book, you you have first read all 3 books, Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, and Sweet Reckoning. This fourth book is a compilation of Kaidan Rowe’s point of view in the entire trilogy. It is comprised of snippets in action and the internal monologue from when Kaiden met Anna to the very end when Kaiden, Anna and the other nephilim are redeemed.
Kaiden is the son of Pharzuph, the Duke of Lust:
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His task is to seduce as many girls as he can possibly ruin. His punishment for failing to leave a trail of deflowered girls is death. His job is a pleasurable one until one day he meets Anna Whitt.

Anna is the daughter of Bilal, the Duke of Substance Abuse

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We are treated to Kaiden’s first impression of Anna, their inner battle against their dark heritage and their heartbreaking struggle to perform their “duties” or risk incurring the Duke’s suspicion of non-compliance. The first three books were from Anna’s perspective and it had a wholesome quality to it as Anna was a good southern girl. Kaiden’s book was much dark because he was full of suspicion, resentment and lacked hope of anything good ever happening to him. Until he saw Anna’s aura and it caused a dramatic shift in his view of his future. He never gave love a second thought until he felt her love for him and he couldn’t turn away from that warmth.

I will say that there wasn’t really new material here. I felt like I had a good sense of the stress that Kai endured at the hand of his father. I also felt like I got a good sense of what it was costing Kai to choose to protect Anna by pushing her away. This book was more of a summarization of all the events that transpired from Kaiden’s perspective.