Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Nantucket #1
Published May 2013 by Disney Hyperion
294 pages
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Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Series: Nantucket Blue | Nantucket Red (May 13, 2014)
Source: Purchased
Rating: LIKED

For Cricket Thompson, a summer like this one will change everything. A summer spent on Nantucket with her best friend, Jules Clayton, and the indomitable Clayton family. A summer when she’ll make the almost unattainable Jay Logan hers. A summer to surpass all dreams.

Some of this turns out to be true. Some of it doesn’t.

When Jules and her family suffer a devastating tragedy that forces the girls apart, Jules becomes a stranger whom Cricket wonders whether she ever really knew. And instead of lying on the beach working on her caramel-colored tan, Cricket is making beds and cleaning bathrooms to support herself in paradise for the summer.

But it’s the things Cricket hadn’t counted on–most of all, falling hard for someone who should be completely off-limits–that turn her dreams into an exhilarating, bittersweet reality.

A beautiful future is within her grasp, and Cricket must find the grace to embrace it. If she does, her life could be the perfect shade of Nantucket blue. (Source: Goodreads)

I always listen to my girl, Jess. If she likes it, I do. So I was thrilled when I finally got my hands on NANTUCKET BLUE. And it hit the spot. Perfect for someone craving a Summer Lovin’ kind of book with a great gal to follow. Cricket (fab name & I think I have to read every book with a character named Cricket) is a genuinely good person and a great friend. And she wants to go to Nantucket so bad to be there for her friend and maybe hook up with Jay, she gets a nanny job and later a chamber maid job. Among the lifestyles of the rich and privileged, she freaking pays her own and way and makes it happen. This is my kind of gal. And she doesn’t even begrudge a moment of it.

This book has lots of feels and much to reveal, but there is a pretty sweet Secret Romance that blooms in the summer sun. I couldn’t help the smile that crept onto my face every time he climbed through her window.

I am so excited to see where LEILA takes us next, except at Jess’ reveal I may have to read through my splayed fingers. I don’t want to be upset.

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[Audiobook] Legend by Marie Lu

Legend #1
Published November 2011 by Putnam
Narrated by Mariel Stern & Steven Kaplan | Penguin Audio
305 pages | 7 hours 48 minutes
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Genre: YA Dystopia
Series: Legend | Prodigy | Champion
Source: Library
Rating: LIKED

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.  (Source: Goodreads)

It is a solid beginning to a dystopian world that you can wrap your brain around. MARIE LU thrusts you immediately into the action. Day risks his life for a cure, to save his family. It’s just another day on the streets and off the grid. I didn’t even hesitate to root for Day. He is a regular Robin Hood. Only striking out at the government in a way to help the disenfranchised masses, but never killing anyone in a means to that end. Helping others, even when it may endanger him.

So when he meets up with June, societies’ contrasts become grossly apparent and truth seems beyond her grasp. Even though I chafed at June’s faith in the Republic, I liked her as a leading lady. She is a nice mixture of Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse & Tris from Divergent. She is a brilliant strategist with a penchant for justice and doing what is right regardless of the danger.

LU takes you through the twists and turns, shedding just enough light to keep you turning the pages furiously. I liked how the importance of family was at the root of action for both Day and June. The ultimate motivation. The Betrayal is stark and runs deep. I look forward to seeing what kind of Reckoning they can bring on the Republic. I can already sense the scrambling and damage control.

I instantly felt STEVEN KAPLAN‘s Day. He oozed “good guy-ness” and I could picture his kind eyes. Kind, but guarded. MARIEL STERN revealed a young, smart and pragmatic June with just a touch of rebelliousness brewing under the surface.

Dystopian fans won’t be disappointed.

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[Audiobook] Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson #5
Published March 2010 by Ace Books
Narrated by Lorelei King | Penguin Audio
342 pages | 9 hours 8 minutes
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Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy |PNR
Series: Moon Called | Blood Bound | Iron Kissed | Bone Crossed | Silver Borne | River Marked | Frost Burned | Night Broken | TBA (2015)
Source: Own Hardcopy | Audio Library
Rating: LOVED

Being a mechanic is hard work. Mercy Thompson, for instance, just spent the last couple of months trying to evade the murderous queen of the local vampire seethe. And now the leader of the werewolf pack, who’s maybe-more-than-just-a-friend, has asked for her help. A book of fae secrets has come to light and they’re all about to find out how implacable – and dangerous – the fae can be.

OK, so maybe her troubles have nothing to do with the job. But she sure could use a holiday…(Source: Goodreads)

SILVER BORNE is hard on Mercy. Everyone important in her life is in danger. Samuel, Adam, the pack, Medea and Gabriel. In Mercy-style, she faces each straight on with no wavering on what has to be done.

The pack has been more than wary of Mercy joining the pack. A few members decide to play with Mercy and her unfamiliarity with the pack bond. Their mischief escalates into a UFC fight for alpha hood. I love this build up of events and how Mercy puts an end to the threat. *high five* That’s my Girl! She settles petty jealousy and more dangerous aims with a clear resolve.

Bran makes a cameo to teach Mercy about the pack bond. He helps her visualize all the connections and show her the way home. To Adam. Mine. I love who Adam is when he is with Mercy–the perfect blend of bad boy and poetry. Beautiful reunion.

LORELEI KING matches the addiction factor this book had on me the two times through. It didn’t miss a beat. I could feel the fury, the sadness and melted at all the right parts.

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[Audiobook] Deadly Heat by Richard Castle

Nikki Heat #5
Published September 2013 by Hyperion
Narrated by Robert Petkoff | Hachette Audio
304 pages | 11 hours 15 minutes
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Genre: Adult Contemporary Thriller
Series: Heat Wave | Naked Heat | Heat Rises Frozen Heat | Deadly Heat | Raging Heat (September 2014)
Source: Library
Rating: Liked It

Picking up where Frozen Heat left off, top NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat pursues the elusive former CIA station chief who ordered the execution of her mother over a decade ago. For the hunt, Nikki teams once again with her romantic partner, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jameson Rook, and their quest for the old spy and the motive behind the past murder unearths an alarming terror plot-which is anything but ancient history. It is lethal. It is now. And it has already entered its countdown phase.

Complicating Heat’s mission to bring the rogue spy to justice and thwart the looming terror event, a serial killer begins menacing the Twentieth Precinct and her homicide squad is under pressure to stop him, and soon. The frightening murderer, known for his chilling stealth, not only has singled out Nikki as the exclusive recipient of his taunting messages, he then boldly names his next victim: Detective Heat. (Source: Goodreads)

DEADLY HEAT takes the Castle (TV) and merges it with 24 (TV). The mystery behind Heat’s mother murder and the international spy ring she was involved in gets added complications from a serial killer. Their plots intertwine around a terror plot. It keeps twisting and turning and tightening down. But just as soon as you thought it was all tied up tight a thread falls loose.

The TV series spinoff continues to deliver a fast pace mystery that keeps the reader on the heels of Heat and Rook just connecting the dots as CASTLE reveals them.

The series gets a new narrator, ROBERT PETKOFF. He applies a calm calculating facade to the duties of narrator. He adds in a pinch of cocky and humor for Rook. And he only slightly softens where Heat is concerned, applying more of a narrator approach. I can appreciate it over the “damsel in distress” feminization that has characterized Heat in the past.

[Top Ten Tuesday] I Want

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Top Ten Bookish Things I Want to Own

I decided on the thing that I love about books right behind the books themselves. T-shirts.

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Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Published April 15, 2014 by Walker Books
342 pages
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Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher | NetGalley
Rating: LIKED

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes. (Source: Goodreads)

Open Road. Summer. Music. And lots of Gushing by fellow Bloggers made me give OPEN ROAD SUMMER a spin. It doesn’t disappoint.

Delilah, Reagan and Matt all end up on tour a little bit broken and carrying some heavy baggage. The miles and the music start to heal them and make them stronger. And by the time the tour has come back home, the three face their pasts and their hopes and fears for the future.

EMERY LORD has lyrical way of painting pictures and feelings. You can feel the friendship between Dee and Reagan. And she did a nice job building up the romance between Reagan and Matt. It is full of flirting and real moments that eventually reward the reader with sweet kisses. *sweet contented sigh*

By the time they reached the end of the road, all the major bumps in the road are smoothed out. And I couldn’t help the silly grin on my face. A delightfully, sweet debut novel with heart.

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[Audiobook] Covet by J.R. Ward

Fallen Angels #1
Published October 2009 by Signet
Narrated by Eric G. Dove | Brilliance Audio
474 pages | 14 hours 42 minutes
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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Covet | Crave | Envy | Rapture | Possession | Immortal (October 2014)
Source: Library
Rating: Liked

Seven deadly sins. Seven souls to save. This is the first battle between a savior who doesn’t believe and a demon with nothing to lose!

Redemption isn’t a word Jim Heron knows much about-his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option.

Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he’s good with that-until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. And then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart-and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul. (Source: Goodreads)

Let me start with the fact that angel mythology is not my favorite. But if the angels are blue-collar, flannel wearing, motorcycle riding, beer swilling, I’ll reconsider the previous statement.

Jim has a near death experience that sets him on the path of saving 7 souls or the ultimate bad guys win. He has his work cut out for him, because his first soul belongs to capitalizing mogul from the dark side, Vin DiPietro. I never thought I’d be rooting for the meat-head gangster type. Jim has to pry crazy demon claws out of Vin, so he has a chance at true love. The events are action packed and range from crazy shit to highly volatile. I held on tight through the entire ride.

ERIC G. DOVE has a Casey Kasem narrating thing going on. It emits a calm strength with a comical edge. The perfect blend to slip in and out of narrating to Jim’s voice. Jim is all testosterone and real. He has no problem saying what he means however crass, but there is a heart underneath. DOVE captures him perfectly. And he doesn’t botch the females, settling with narrating rather than trying to do a female voice that usually comes off weak and whispy. I can appreciate the omission of feminism. WARD‘s words & DOVE‘s comical edge has me following Jim off to save the next soul.

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