Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers book thoughts


Title: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Series: Yes, Wayfarers #1
Author: Becky Chambers
Published Date: July 15th, 2014
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Source: I bought it
# of Pages: 438
Genre: Sci-Fi/Adult
Read: May 2017

Goodreads Synopsis

Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.

Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.

Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.

Rating: 4.25/5

Quotes

“All you can do, Rosemary – all any of us can do – is work to be something positive instead. That is a choice that every sapient must make every day of their life. The universe is what we make of it. It’s up to you to decide what part you will play.”

“That’s not the same. What happened to you, to your species, it’s . . . it doesn’t even compare.’ ‘Why? Because it’s worse?’ She nodded. ‘But it still compares. If you have a fractured bone, and I’ve broken every bone in my body, does that make your fracture go away? Does it hurt you any less, knowing that I am in more pain?”

“But every sapient species has a long, messy history of powers that rise and fall. The people we remember are the ones who decided how our maps should be drawn. Nobody remembers who built the roads.”

“People can do terrible things when they feel safe and powerful.”

“Scared means we want to live.”

“We are all made from chromosomes and DNA, which themselves are made from a select handful of key elements. We all require a steady intake of water and oxygen to survive (though in varying quantities). We all need food. We all buckle under atmospheres too thick or gravitational fields too strong. We all die in freezing cold or burning heat. We all die, full stop.”

My Thoughts

This is so much more than a space opera! If you are looking for an action-packed thrill ride, this may not be your cuppa tea, but if you love character-driven books about friendships, people, diversity, politics and a pretty relaxing read that will mostly give you happy tears then this will probably be your cuppa tea!

It explores gender, sexuality, being sapient, existence, politics, differences in people and how even if you are different, you can still get along and respect each other. It's not hard, generally, and if it is you can still work it out.

I loved all the characters in this book! I didn't start out liking Corbin (which is done on purpose) but by the end of the novel I even liked grumpy Corbin! There are differences in species, different species may have different morals and lifestyles, but they can still get along with one another if they only try or care to. There are queer relationships and no one cares or is bothered by it in the slightest, it just is! There are some inter-species couples, and some inter-species sex though no detail about it. All 100% consensual!

We get to learn about the characters pasts, as well as about their species, generally told by the human or alien for a better understanding.

Everyone has to make choices, share secrets, thoughts and feelings towards other crew members. Everyone has their own distinct personality.

Rosemary learns what it's like to have a real family, to find love and fight for survival for oneself and others.

They are aboard the Wayfarer. Ashby is the captain, Jenks and Kizzy are the techs, Dr. Chef is the chef and doctor, Lovey is the AI for the ship, Ohan is the navigator, Corbin is in charge of algae which is fuel, and Rosemary is a sort of secretary.

It's mostly low stakes, but at one point they do almost lose the ship and their lives. They do lose some things. They make tunnels in space for others to get through the galaxy easier.

Mostly this book is just about them going through space, stopping at places like markets, having fun, getting to know them and their species and personal backgrounds, them getting to know each other, meeting people on different planets, pirates, galaxy/planet politics and a little bit of action and a pretty relaxing read. I loved every second of it!

The pacing was steady. I cried many times. It explores so many things and beautifully so. I had a couple tiny issues with the book (I don't personally understand some things with the Anndrisks morals) and I didn't get all the science-y things, but those were of no consequence. It was very readable and did make me think in some areas, but mostly it just made me wanna hug the characters and go live with them. I need moooooore! There is a second book out and apparently a third in the works, I will be continuing with this series! I was and still am in a sort of reading funk so that did damper it a bit for me but that was me and not the book. If it wasn't for that it may just have gotten 5 stars!

Oh and there is lots of food! If it sounds like your kinda thing i'd highly recommend it!

Monday, May 22, 2017

May Book Haul #2

I'm going to be trying to do hauls more often just so they aren't as big. I would have done this yesterday but I couldn't sleep and was too tired. I'm not sure if anyone cares for me to be copy/pasting the synopsis or not, if you really want me to just let me know but I will still link all the Goodreads pages so you can check them out should you wish to. All but one of these were free the day I got them, and the one that wasn't was on sale for just $1. One also came from Netgalley and one Unsolicited. All now on my kindle. I try and get the covers I have but not all are on Goodreads plus I don't actually have a cover on Women Within, which is because it's an E-ARC on PDF I believe.


The Creatures from Beyond Beyond by R.L. Stine

This is the one that was only $1...i've never heard of it but I love R.L. Stine so why not pick it up for just $1 if I can?

Mean Little People by Paige Dearth

Netgalley

Berkley Street by Ron Ripley

The Dragon Blood Collection, Books 1-3 by Lindsay Buroker

Double Life by S. Usher Evans

Serenity by Craig A. Hart

Her Master's Heart by Lawrence Southwick & S.H. Beans

Women Within by Anne Leigh Parrish

I actually got this via email, unsolicited, back in April. An email from the publishing house that had a pdf of the book I never asked for or said yes to. I assume because I read one book from them, a YA horror novel, thanks to Netgalley, and they auto-approved me (which until then I didn't even know was a thing). This is not a book i'd generally pick up but it comes out in September (and i've since found out I can read PDF books on my kindle, I can just download to my desktop and drag them onto my kindle) so I might give it a shot before then.

I didn't mention it before because A first I didn't know I could get it onto my kindle (I hate reading books on the computer, gives me a headache) and B it wasn't on goodreads until recently. I hate to sound bitter about getting a free book randomly, it's just not something I think i'll like and now I feel obligated to read it which isn't a good thing for the book. It feels like a chore or homework assigment (and June 13th will be EXACTLY 10 years since i've graduated school, I don't like feeling like i'm back there, yes i'm old..) now and basically like

even though I know that isn't actually the case.

City of Ghosts by J.H. Moncrieff

The Devil's Concubine by Jill Braden

Lost Girls by Celina Grace

Witch Hunt by S.M. Reine

Silver Bullet by S.M. Reine

Hotter than Helltown by S.M. Reine

These last 3 are all part of a series and free today (no idea how long) so I figured why not pick them up? If I like them I got the first 3 for free, if not, oh well.

What books have you gotten recently? Read any of these and liked them?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Roses of May, The Collector #2, by Dot Hutchison book thoughts


Title: Roses of May
Series: Yes, The Collector #2
Author: Roses of May
Published Date: May 23rd, 2017
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Source: Netgalley
# of Pages: 302
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Read: May 2017

Goodreads Synopsis

Four months after the explosion at the Garden, a place where young women known as the Butterflies were kept captive, FBI agents Brandon Eddison, Victor Hanoverian, and Mercedes Ramirez are still entrenched in the aftermath, helping survivors in the process of adjusting to life on the outside. With winter coming to an end, the Butterflies have longer, warmer days of healing ahead. But for the agents, the impending thaw means one gruesome thing: a chilling guarantee that somewhere in the country, another young woman will turn up dead in a church with her throat slit and her body surrounded by flowers.

Priya Sravasti’s sister fell victim to the killer years ago. Now she and her mother move every few months, hoping for a new beginning. But when she ends up in the madman’s crosshairs, the hunt takes on new urgency. Only with Priya’s help can the killer be found—but will her desperate hope for closure compel her to put her very life on the line?

Rating: 4/5

Quotes

"How do you put yourself back together when the pieces permanently lost are the only reasons anyone's looking at you? Um. She's asking me how to do something i'm not sure i've actually done. If I had to guess, that's exactly why Vic sent the letter: because she's right. We shouldn't have to fix ourselves if we don't want to. We shouldn't have to be strong or brave or hopeful or any such bullshit. Mum has always emphatically stated that it's okay to not be okay. We don't owe that to anyone else."

"What kind of justice puts a twelve-year-old girl on the stand before court and cameras and makes her talk about being raped?"

"I'm glad you're all right, Priya," Vic says warmly. "Aren't I always?" "No. And that's okay.""

"Because there's the law, and there's justice, and they're not always the same thing."

TW: Eating disorder, rape, suicide, murder, creepy men

Before I get into the story I thought i'd mention that the main character, and her mother (it's just her and her mother in the family) are Indian, Priya and Deshani Sravasti, and it does talk about their bindis and stuff like that. While it isn't the focus of the story that stuff is woven into it, and while I am not Indian so I can't speak on it I personally did find it nicely woven into the story. Also there are 2 queer women in the story. One of them died before the story takes place and that is the first one you are aware of so my initial thought was "great, make the only queer character dead! What else is new?" but that wasn't the case! And no, sexuality isn't a spoiler or a twist, it just is what it is.

There are so many important themes in this book! Trauma and what it's like afterwards. That it's ok to not be ok. That you don't owe others anything, especially not the public that thinks families that have went through tradegy, that their pain is for public consumption. It's not. How we, the public, think that we are owed others pain, recovery and trauma when we aren't.

It has some creepy men in it and mentions how their behavior is creepy and wrong. It also has another theme in it that I wish I could mention, but I can't, because then that would be a major spoiler but it's a great message!

It talks about what is truly justice. The law isn't always justice, and sometimes there isn't such a thing because the past can't be changed. The mother is kick-ass and strong. She's flawed like everyone is but she is strong and there for her daughter, the main character Priya. You also get into the killer's head at times too while his identity remains unknown.

There are many quotes that i'd love to share but i'm not sure how much would be saying too much and spoiling it. While there are many quotes i'd love to share it never felt like it was trying to have a bunch of quotes, it just came naturally through the story and hit me in all the feels.

As for the eating disorder the main character has i'm not sure how to describe it well myself so i'll just quote this from the book "The thought of eating is...worrisome. I know this mood. If I start eating, I won't stop. Not even when i'm full and stretching and pained, because that kind of pain makes more sense than this grief and rage that bleed under my skin."

It talks about PTSD. Priya makes friends with vets, who are wonderful characters and they play chess together. At one point it talks about how one of them has a grandchild I think it is that loves these popper things that make a lot of noise but not a lot of flash, and talks about nightmares. I may not be a vet but I have PTSD from other things (house fire and abuse) and have had nightmares. The way stuff is described in the book is obviously PTSD and I related to those feelings so much, even if it's for a different reason (there are many reasons someone can have PTSD).

It talks about guilt, how it doesn't have to make sense, it just is.

And i'd also like to share this quote, "Deshani regales them with tales of her misogynist assistant, who can't manage to hide how disgusted he is to be reporting to a woman, and her own delight in offering him a demotion if he'd prefer a male boss." So many reasons I love Deshani! She won't take your shit.

It also talks about how cruel people can be. This spoils the FIRST book so if you haven't read the first one..but if you have here's another quote (obviously I can't help myself) "We survived. We shouldn't have to keep hiding." "No, you shouldn't." " Some of her classmates have been giving her a hard time. Keep covering her locker in butterfly stickers. Leaving craft-shop butterflies on her desk. Even one of her teachers asked if the Gardener had a butterfly picked out for her." The her in question being in MIDDLE SCHOOL and if you've read the first one you can imagine how truly beyond cruel that is. It's bad enough the kids are cruel, they should be taught better by the adults but even adults can be just as cruel if not more. Adults should know better but so often don't. While a part of me doesn't want to believe people in real life can be so cruel, I also know they can be and it's sickening.

This book is a great mystery about a serial killer but it's also so much more. I cried reading this book on more than one occasion. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is simply because of me...I didn't always feel like reading (I think i'm getting a little burnt out) but it wasn't the books fault, and despite that feeling I still wanted to keep reading and finding out what happens...which says something! Because this book does deserve 5 stars, though it didn't hit me AS hard as the first one but I think a part of that is I read the first one a year ago and if I had re-read it first this may have gotten 5 stars but as such I forget things, so there's that.

If you enjoy mystery/thrillers and enjoyed the first book, The Butterfly Garden, I highly recommend this one! I can't wait to see what Dot Hutchison comes up with next!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 2017 book haul #1

Physical books























I Hate Fairyland, Volume 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young

"From superstar writer and artist Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon, Wizard of OZ, Fortunately, The Milk), comes the first volume of an all-new series of adventure and mayhem.

An Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes its cute little face against grown-up, Tank Girl/Deadpool-esque violent madness. Follow Gert, a forty year old woman stuck in a six year old's body who has been trapped in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly thirty years. Join her and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood-soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HATES FAIRYLAND.

Collecting: I Hate Fairyland 1-5"






Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

"Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever.

Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever.

The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem."


Chobits, Omnibus 2 by CLAMP

"The conclusion of the best-selling Chobits saga! In a world where people rely on computers to escape loneliness, the logical conclusion is the persocom — attractive robot companions that are becoming everyone's boyfriend and girlfriend. Chi is a persocom, but she is also one of the legendary "Chobits," experimental persocoms built to acquire full awareness and emotion. As Hideki and his friends search for the abducted Chi, others are watching them — others who know who built Chi, and why, and what went terribly wrong. It is already known that the affectionate persocom can, in fact, be quite dangerous... but the real danger is what the soul of this new machine means for the future of the human heart. Because it was never the computers who were weak, it was the people who made them, and if Hideki wants to truly save Chi, he needs the courage to truly love her!"

I still haven't read the first volume yet and this one contains #5-8, so now I have all of them in 2 omnibus's. I'm trusting my spouse lol. I think i'll like it but if I don't...woops. It was on sale so...yeah. Figured why not rather than regret it later? If I do like it then I can marathon it!

Honey Girl by Lisa Freeman

"They call the heart attack that killed fifteen-year-old Nani’s surfer father “the widow-maker”; when it struck, it killed him instantly. Almost as quickly, it turned Nani’s mother from the half-owner of Honolulu’s most famous bar to a hopeless alcoholic seeking a fresh start in California, and Nani into a fish out of water on Santa Monica’s State Beach.

It's 1972, and as the new girl on one of the country’s most famous beaches, Nani’s only hope for acceptance—and survival—is following “The Rules,” an unspoken list of dos and don’ts that made her queen of the beach in Hawaii. After a series of harrowing initiations she manages to get in with the locals, even gaining the attention of surf god Nigel McBride.

But maintaining stardom is harder than achieving it, and Nani is harboring three secrets that could instantly destroy everything she’s worked to achieve. #1: She stole her dad’s ashes, hid them from her mom, and plans to spread them in the ocean he loved. #2: In order to get in with the lineup, she spied on them—and now she knows more than they’ll ever let her get away with. And deadliest of all, #3: she might just be in love with Rox, the queen supreme of State Beach."


How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

"Grace, tough and wise, has nearly given up on wishes, thanks to a childhood spent with her unpredictable, larger-than-life mother. But this summer, Grace meets Eva, a girl who believes in dreams, despite her own difficult circumstances.

One fateful evening, Eva climbs through a window in Grace’s room, setting off a chain of stolen nights on the beach. When Eva tells Grace that she likes girls, Grace’s world opens up and she begins to believe in happiness again. How to Make a Wish is an emotionally charged portrait of a mother and daughter’s relationship and a heartfelt story about two girls who find each other at the exact right time."






Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Volume 1 by Joss Whedon

"This deluxe, oversized hardcover edition contains the first two arcs of Season 8, plus two one-shots, and a sketch book section with art by series artist, Georges Jeanty.

After the destruction of the Hellmouth, the Slayers--newly legion--have gotten organized, but it's not long before new and old enemies begin popping up. Buffy, Xander, Willow, and a very different Dawn are introduced to the season's big bad, Twilight, and are only beginning to understand the incredible reach of this mysterious threat. Meanwhile, rebel Slayer Faith teams up with Giles to handle a menace on the other side of the Atlantic. It's a dirty job, and Faith is just the girl to do it!

Collects Buffy: Season Eight #1-10, plus "Always Darkest" from MySpace Dark Horse Presents #24."


I still need to get the Angel DVDs so I can re-watch Buffy & Angel and start these once i'm done re-watching Buffy! Why did Netflix have to take them down T.T.

Kindle Books

As usual, most free thanks to bookbub or randomly seeing them on twitter, Goodreads or whatever the case may be. Also some are not child-friendly and may offend some people.

The Haunting of Highdown hall by Shani Struthers

"Psychic Surveys: Book 1 The Haunting of Highdown Hall 'Good morning, Psychic Surveys. How can I help?' The latest in a long line of psychically-gifted females, Ruby Davis can see through the veil that separates this world and the next, helping grounded souls to move towards the light - or 'home' as Ruby calls it. Not just a job for Ruby, it's a crusade and one she wants to bring to the High Street. Psychic Surveys is born. Based in Lewes, East Sussex, Ruby and her team of freelance psychics have been kept busy of late. Specialising in domestic cases, their solid reputation is spreading - it's not just the dead that can rest in peace but the living too. All is threatened when Ruby receives a call from the irate new owner of Highdown Hall. Film star Cynthia Hart is still in residence, despite having died in 1958. Winter deepens and so does the mystery surrounding Cynthia. She insists the devil is blocking her path to the light long after Psychic Surveys have 'disproved' it. Investigating her apparently unblemished background, Ruby is pulled further and further into Cynthia's world and the darkness that now inhabits it. For the first time in her career, Ruby's deepest beliefs are challenged. Does evil truly exist? And if so, is it the most relentless force of all?"

Blood of Like Souls by Val Conrad

"Julie Madigan's career with the New Mexico State Police ended in the puddle of blood on the floor when she survived having her throat cut. But a year of recovery left her desperate to hide the scars and to escape her past. She moved to Michigan, away from friends and coworkers who knew her secrets. Now a Medical Examiner Investigator, Julie Madigan plays by the rules, but the rules change when a killer sends her clues and evidence about two victims, taunting her with his unusual methods of murder, pulling her into his twisted game, targeting those she cares about. His goal - to prove Julie will kill like he does. While trying to identify him, Julie discovers the monster has been closer to her than she imagined, leaving her in a race to save the victims he's selected, forcing her to choose who lives and who dies."


The Amulet Thief by Luanne Bennett

"Fitheach blood doesn’t just run through the veins–it’s a binding contract that can never be broken.

Alex Kelley vanished twenty-one years ago–the night her mother was murdered. When she comes home to New York City, she wants just two things: a little peace, and answers about the unsolved murder and why she was abandoned in the middle of America at the age of eight.

Greer Sinclair, an enigmatic stranger who knows a little bit more than he should, just might give her both–and more if she’ll let him.

What is she?

What is he?

Who is this beguiling satyr who keeps coming between them?

She attracts the otherworldly like moths to a flame. And why does every stranger on the streets of Manhattan want a piece of her and that pendant hanging around her pretty little neck?

Maybe the answers are in a peculiar shop in the heart of Greenwich Village where ghosts, memories, and secrets are bursting from the walls and the books and the one person who knows her best.

The line between the mundane and supernatural worlds is starting to blur. Which side will she choose? Which would you?"


Devoted: A Suspense Novel by Alison R. Solomon

"SHE SET OUT TO FIND A KILLER AND ENDED UP FINDING HERSELF
Ashley Glynn suspects her beloved sister, Lizzie, was poisoned and she's determined to find out who did it. But unraveling the mystery of her sister's death forces her to face the conflict between her religious beliefs and long-suppressed sexual desires. How can she discover the truth about her sister’s death, if she can't face the truth about her own life? "













Sound of Sirens by Jen Minkman

"An ancient land protected by a Tower of Light,
its people ever tempted by Siren song,
and a girl who falls for the wrong boy.

On the island of Skylge, electricity is only for the Currents – the rich ruling class who once came from across the sea and brought the holy fire of St. Brandan to Skylge. Ever since, the light in the Brandaris Tower has protected the islanders. Heeding the Siren's call will drown your body and steal your soul, but the sacred light in the Tower will chase the merfolk away.

When Skylger girl Enna welcomes her brother back from a long sea voyage, he gives her a special present from the mainland – an electronic record only playable on a Current device. The problem is that Royce Bolton, Current heartthrob and the town’s most gifted pianist, wants it too. After she stubbornly refuses to sell the LP featuring his favorite artist, he suggests sharing the record by secretly meeting up in his private summer house. Taken aback yet thrilled, Enna agrees – and discovers that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Current society and the history of Skylge. Why do the Sirens tempt the islanders to give themselves up to the sea? And where does the Currents’ monopoly on electricity really come from?

While struggling with these questions, Enna begins to fall for Royce, risking everything to be with a guy who is clearly wrong for her. She will learn that the sound of Sirens isn’t the most treacherous thing out there to haunt her dreams.

A thrilling start to a new young adult series that combines the best of dystopian, folklore and mythology, and paranormal romance!"


Magnificent Bastard: A Sexy Flirty Dirty Standalone Romance by Lili Valente

"F*ck Prince Charming. Sometimes, you need a Magnificent Bastard.

Face it, ladies: love sucks and then you cry...while your ex rides off into the sunset banging your best friend. But why let a break-up end in tears when it can end with sweet revenge? Enter Magnificent Bastard Consulting and me, chief executive bastard. I've got it all--looks, brains, a heart of gold, and the killer instinct guaran-damn-teed to make your ex regret the day he said goodbye.

With the help of my virtual assistant, I've built an empire giving broken-hearted women the vengeance they deserve, while keeping myself far from the front lines of the heart. Life is a bowl of cherries, until my virtual assistant shows upon my real doorstep for the first time, begging for a Magnificent Bastard intervention of her own.

Damn... She's a bona fide sex kitten.

I pride myself on being a true pro, but pretending to be her lover soon leads to giving it to her good, hard, fast, and up against the wall. And somewhere between getting balls deep in my sweet and sexy assistant and watching her ex beg for a second chance, I break every last one of my damn rules--professional and personal.

So what's my next move? Fight for the girl who makes me want to get up on a white horse and ride to her rescue, or stay a Magnificent Bastard to the end?

Warning: MAGNIFICENT BASTARD is a stand-alone erotic romance told from the hero's point of view. No cliffhanger. Lots of dirty talk."


Mothmen: Myths and Legends (Volume one) by Kaelan Rhywiol

"Dr. Shealyn MacConnelly, PH.D buried her father on her birthday, and getting drunk to mourn both her father and brother seemed the thing to do.

Rian, Shea's long lost beloved recently moved back to town with his lover, Jai. Returning from a project, he finds out her father has died.

Jai and Rian have a secret, one that Shea needs to know. They'll have to convince the stubborn scientist before it's too late and she learns it for herself, the hard way.

A kinky, erotic romance novella with R.A.C.K style BDSM and a m/m/f polyamorous Ménage."


Unleashed by Emily Kimelman

"The Sydney Rye series of mysteries features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. This series is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!

When the series begins Sydney Rye is named Joy Humbolt. She does not like people telling her what to do, so it comes as no surprise that she was just fired from her last job. When she buys Charlene Miller's dog-walking business on Manhattan's exclusive upper east side, it seems like the perfect fit: Quiet environment, minimal contact with people.

But then one of her clients turns up dead, and Charlene disappears. Rumors say Charlene was having an affair with the victim--and of course, everyone assumes Joy must know where she is. Joy begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity then out of anger when there is another murder and threats start to come her way.

When police detective Mulberry is assigned to the case, Joy finds a kindred spirit--cynical and none-too-fond of the human race. As they dig deep into the secrets of Manhattan's elite, they not only get closer to the killer but also to a point of no return. One last murder sends Joy Humbolt hurtling over the edge. Her only chance of survival is to become Sydney Rye.

UNLEASHED is the first book in Emily Kimelman's best selling Sydney Rye series of dark murder mysteries. DEATH IN THE DARK (A Sydney Rye Novella, #2) and INSATIABLE (A Sydney Rye Novel, #3) are both available in the Kindle Store."


Strings of Glass by Emily Kimelman

"STRINGS OF GLASS is the fourth novel in Emily Kimelman's Sydney Rye Series of dark murder mystery novels. This series features a strong female protagonist and her rescue dog, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!"

Since it's the 4th novel I didn't cpoy/paste the synopsis of the 4th book, just the thing about the series. As always all titles are linked to their Goodreads page though.









Stake Sauce: Arc 1 - The Secret Ingredient Is Love. No, Really by RoAnna Sylver

"ACT 1, IN WHICH: A cute punk-rock vampire and a disabled firefighter-turned-mall-cop with a dark past join forces to battle the forces of evil.

Jude used to leap out of helicopters to rescue/protect people from terrifying infernos. Now, by day, he protects the local mall from rowdy teenagers who ride their skateboards inside. By night, he protects the the parking lot, and the rest of Portland, from undead, bloodsucking creatures of the darkness. Or would if he could find them.

But he’s just about ready to give it up (living with PTSD and pain from the traumatic event that cost him a leg, a friend, and a lot more is hard enough), when something crashes into his life. And his window.

It’s one of these creatures of the darkness – and he’s a lot less scary than expected. More cuddly, with dark fuzzy wings, and neon-bright hair.

His name is Pixie, and he refuses to bite anyone. Assault/murder/draining fluids isn’t punk, even if being a vampire really kind of is. He’s very hungry by now, and the much bigger, meaner, deadlier vamps kick him around on the nightly. Jude would love to find and fight some actual undead bullies. And Pixie could use some help staying… ‘alive.’ Time to make a deal.

Together they fight crime. And maybe even heal.

Of course, life still sucks when you’re a vampire who refuses to suck blood. Fortunately, there’s a really interesting new barbecue restaurant in the mall, with an intriguing new recipe. (We hear that the secret ingredient is… love. No, really.)"


Cursed by Christina Bauer

"Most days, Elea couldn’t care less about being a witch, even if she does have special powers over spirit and bone. Why bother with incantations when you’re a farm girl? Elea only uses her Necromancer magic to speed up chores and scare off suitors.

Everything changes when the evil Necromancer Tsar curses Elea. Now, she only has five years left before she burns as a ghost, tortured for all eternity. They say there’s nothing she can do, but Elea disagrees. Embracing her Necromancer ability, Elea trains as a magical assassin. Her goal? Kill the Tsar before his curse kills her. After years of preparation, Elea’s finally ready to strike.

That’s when everything goes horribly wrong.

A handsome warlock named Rowan steps up to help. Elea wants him as an ally, but she can’t ignore the mixed-up feelings that come with every one of Rowan’s crooked smiles. An assassination mission is no time to fall in love, but Elea’s heart may have other ideas…"


Unauthored Letters by Tara C. Allred

"Dr. John Sanders has given Rebecca Brownell a new chance at life. After an isolated childhood, an abused adolescence, and an institutionalized existence, Rebecca is finally free to conquer her demons and build a promising life.

However, just as it appears Rebecca has achieved her dreams, eerily personal letters begin arriving in the mail. Letters sent from an unidentified source who knows far more about her past than anyone should. Letters that threaten and question Rebecca’s sanity.

Unauthored Letters is the inspiring tale of a woman’s troubled past, a man’s quest to protect her, and their fight against a mysterious foe. It’s a story of trust strained by illness, love tried by lies, and promises terrorized by illusive danger."



Coral & Bone by Tiffany Daune

"Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.

Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can't help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all."








The Glass Gargoyle by Marie Andreas

"Archeologist Taryn St. Giles has spent her life mining the ruins of the elves who vanished from the Four Kingdoms a thousand years ago. But when her patrons begin disappearing too—and then turning up dead—she finds herself unemployed, restless, and desperate. So she goes looking for other missing things: as a bounty hunter.

Tracking her first fugitive—the distractingly handsome and strangely charming Alric—she unearths a dangerous underworld of warring crime lords, demonic squirrels, and a long-lost elven artifact capable of unleashing a hell on earth.

Chased, robbed, kidnapped, and distressingly low on rent money, Taryn just wants one quiet beer and to catch her fugitive. But there’s more to Alric than his wicked grin—is he a wanted man or the city’s only hope? With menacing mages in pursuit and her three alcoholic faery sidekicks always in her hair, Taryn’s curiosity might finally solve the mystery of the elves… or be the death of her and destroy her world."


Kingdom Series Collection: Books 1-3 by Marie Hall

"THIS IS A COLLECTION OF THE FIRST 3 BOOKS. INCLUDED BONUS DELETED SCENES IN BOTH HATTER AND WOLF.

Her Mad Hatter:

Alice is all grown up. Running the Mad Hatter's Cupcakery and Tea Shoppe is a delicious job, until fate--and a fairy godmother with a weakness for bad boys--throws her a curveball. Now, Alice is the newest resident of Wonderland, where the Mad Hatter fuels her fantasies and thrills her body with his dark touch.

The Mad Hatter may have a voice and a body made for sex, but he takes no lovers. Ever. But a determined fairy godmother has forced Alice into Wonderland--and his arms. Now, as desire and madness converge, the Hatter must decide if he will fight the fairy godmother's mating--or fight for Alice.

Long length Novella ~ Approx. 40k words. Additional pages are sneak peeks to future books!

This is not erotica, just a good old fashioned romance.

Gerard's Beauty:

A not so classic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as seen through the eyes of the villain...

Betty Hart has had it with men. Jilted in love, her life now consists of shelving books by day, watching too much Anime by night, and occasionally dressing up like a superhero on the weekends with her fellow ‘Bleeding Heart’ nerds. Men are not welcome and very much unwanted. Especially the sexy Frenchman who saunters into her library reeking of alcohol and looking like he went one too many rounds in the ring.

Gerard Caron is in trouble. Again. Caught with his pants down (literally) he’s forced to seek asylum on Earth while his fairy godmother tries to keep Prince Charming from going all ‘Off with his head’. Maybe, messing around with the King’s daughter hadn’t been such a great idea after all, not that Gerard knew the silly redhead was a princess. But his fairy godmother knows the only way to save his life is to finally pair Gerard with his perfect mate, whether he’s willing or not.

From the moment Gerard lays eyes on the nerdy librarian he knows he must have her, but Betty is unlike any woman he’s ever known. He thought Betty would come as willingly to his bed as every other woman before her, but she is a woman who demands respect and even… horror of all horrors… love. Is it possible for a self-proclaimed Casanova to change his ways?

Long length Novella ~ Approx. 41k words of the actual story. Included in the Amazon page count are teasers from future books, thank you!

This is not an erotica, but it is a good old fashioned romance.

Red and Her Wolf:

Long ago there lived a beautiful child. Her name was Violet. Fair of skin, with blonde hair and large blue eyes. Born of wild magic, she was a woman with a child’s heart. Innocent and lovely, but not at all what she seemed--you see Violet went by another name: The Heartsong.

She was the child of fairy magic, the physical manifestation of all fae kinds unbridled power. Cosseted and pampered, she grew up in isolation, never knowing who she really was, or why there were those who’d seek to harm her.

Ewan of the Blackfoot Clan is a wolf with a problem. He’s been sent to kill the Heartsong, but the moment he lays eyes on the blonde beauty he knows he’ll defy the evil fae he works for to claim Violet as his own.

This is the tale of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, as it really happened...

This is not an erotica, just a good old fashioned romance."


Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha

"All Noelle Cunningham has ever wanted is a life beyond–beyond the walls of Eden, where only the righteous are allowed to remain, and beyond her stiflingly restrictive existence as a councilman’s daughter. But only ruins lie outside the City, remnants of a society destroyed by solar storms decades earlier.

The sectors surrounding Eden house the corrupt, the criminal–men like Jasper McCray, bootlegger and cage fighter. Jas clawed his way up from nothing to stand at the right hand of Sector Four’s ruthless leader, and he’ll defend the O’Kane gang with his life. But no fight ever prepared him for the exiled City girl who falls at his feet.

Her innocence is undeniable, but so is their intense sexual attraction, and soon they’re crossing every boundary Noelle barely knew she had. But if she wants to belong to Jas, first she’ll have to open herself to a dangerous world of sex, lust and violence. A world where passion is power, and freedom is found in submission."


On the Rocks by Cynthia Dane

"A standalone romance with a happily ever after! Includes a five chapter preview of CRASH & BURN

She's the richest woman in a city built on billions of dollars, and she's got the trophy girlfriend to prove it.

Business and pleasure tend to mix in the high-stakes world Adrienne Thomas breathes. As the co-owner of one of America's biggest corporations, the young billionaire doesn't have time to date... especially when her recent bisexual awakening leaves her more confused than her confidence likes to admit.

That's why it was so easy to start dating her business partner's smart and gorgeous executive assistant. Amber Mayview made her intentions clear from the moment she first seduced Adrienne: this was all about sex and money, a relationship of mutual needs and satisfactions.

Now, months later, one of the most over the top same-sex couples has reached an impasse. Amber is no longer satisfied with the sugar baby lifestyle. The longer she stays with Adrienne, the more she falls in love with more than just her money.

But for two women who should never be together to make it through this rocky patch, they're going to have to admit more than their love. They're going to survive ex-lovers, a media play that refuses to release them, and enough sex to burn down their city in sinful flames.

Good thing it's worth it. For love, of course. (The money's just a bonus.)"


Excerpt on Goodreads page

Captivate by Vanessa Garden

"In a glittering underwater world, where danger lurks behind beauty and power...

For the past twelve months since her parents’ death, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has harboured a dark secret — a secret that has strained the close relationship she once shared with her older sister, Lauren. In an effort to repair this broken bond, Miranda’s grandparents whisk the siblings away on a secluded beach holiday. Except before Miranda gets a chance to confess her life-changing secret, she’s dragged underwater by a mysterious stranger while taking a midnight swim.

Awakening days later, Miranda discovers that she’s being held captive in a glittering underwater city by an arrogant young king named Marko.

Nineteen-year-old Marko intends to marry Miranda in order to keep his crown from falling into the sinister clutches of his brother, Damir. There’s only one problem. Miranda is desperate to return home to right things with her sister and she wants nothing to do with Marko. Trying to secure her freedom, Miranda quickly forms an alliance with Robbie — Marko’s personal guard. However, she soon discovers that even underwater, people have secrets too, dangerous secrets..."


Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner

"A mermaid’s supernatural beauty serves one purpose: to lure a sailor to his death.

The Massacre is supposed to bring peace to Eriana Kwai. Every year, the island sends its warriors to battle these hostile sea demons. Every year, the warriors fail to return. Desperate for survival, the island must decide on a new strategy. Now, the fate of Eriana Kwai lies in the hands of twenty battle-trained girls and their resistance to a mermaid’s allure.

Eighteen-year-old Meela has already lost her brother to the Massacre, and she has lived with a secret that’s haunted her since childhood. For any hope of survival, she must overcome the demons of her past and become a ruthless mermaid killer.

For the first time, Eriana Kwai’s Massacre warriors are female, and Meela must fight for her people’s freedom on the Pacific Ocean’s deadliest battleground."


Kraken by M. Caspian

"Kraken: A gothic erotic horror with tentacle non-con.

When boyfriend Parker gives him an ultimatum Will never dreams his heart is about to be ripped out: move to a remote off-shore island with him, or call it quits. But Will picks wrong, and now he’s heading into the unknown to fix his mistake. But why do the locals think they recognise him? And why can’t he seem to leave?

Reader advisory: This work of fiction contains explicit sexual activities between men that may offend some people. It also contains scenes of rape, extreme violence, tentacles, and reference to sexual abuse of children."






Alien Sex: 19 Tales by the Masters of Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy by Ellen Datlow

"Slip into something a little more comfortable with this unusual and fascinating collection of 19 hormonally-charged tales involving sex and the alien--married or otherwise. Some of the genre's greatest writers contemplate the planet-moving encounters between humans and aliens while pondering the eternal question--what kind of relationship are humans really looking for?"

Contents on the Goodreads page












The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

"What begins as a clever, gothic ghost story soon evolves into a wickedly twisted treasure hunt in The Supernatural Enhancements, Edgar Cantero's wholly original, modern-day adventure.

When twentysomething A., the unexpected European relative of the Wells family, and his companion, Niamh, a mute teenage girl with shockingly dyed hair, inherit the beautiful but eerie estate of Axton House, deep in the woods of Point Bless, Virginia, it comes as a surprise to everyone—including A. himself. After all, he never even knew he had a "second cousin, twice removed" in America, much less that the eccentric gentleman had recently committed suicide by jumping out of the third floor bedroom window—at the same age and in the same way as his father had before him . . .

Together, A. and Niamh quickly come to feel as if they have inherited much more than just a rambling home and a cushy lifestyle. Axton House is haunted, they know it, but that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the secrets they slowly but surely uncover. Why all the suicides? What became of the Axton House butler who fled shortly after his master died? What lurks in the garden maze and what does the basement vault keep? And what of the rumors in town about a mysterious gathering at Axton House on the night of the winter solstice?

Told vividly through a series of journal entries, scrawled notes, recovered security footage, letters to Aunt Liza, audio recordings, complicated ciphers, and even advertisements, Edgar Cantero has written a dazzling and original supernatural adventure featuring classic horror elements with a Neil Gaiman-ish twist."


Angelfall by Susan Ee

"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."


Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland by Melinda DuChamp

"Eighteen-year-old Alice is unhappy. Her boyfriend is nice and polite, but he's also quick and careless in bed, and doesn't give Alice the attention and variety she craves. But he's not entirely to blame, because Alice herself doesn't understand her own needs. She's heard about what sex is supposed to be like, but has never felt anything remotely close to what she's read about in runaway bestselling books.

Then Alice follows a vibrating white rabbit down a deep, dark hole, which leads to a place beyond her wildest imagination. There are no nice boys--or girls--down here. Only those who indulge in secret, forbidden, kinky fantasies.

Alice is confused and frightened and... aroused. She is bound. Teased. Spanked. Toyed. Brought to the limits of sexual endurance. And during her trials, she begins to understand her body's needs for the very first time.

This isn't the fairy tale you grew up reading. This isn't for children at all.

This is for those with dark desires, who wish to explore erotic excess beyond the plain vanilla of everyday life. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole, if you dare..."


I know I have some weird stuff in here...and no i've never read 50 shades of gray and probably never will.

Roses of May by Dot Hutchison

I won't put the synopsis here because it's the second in the collector series and it'd spoil the first one "The Butterfly Garden".





















Sacrifice by Andrew Boylan

"Blurring fact and fiction, Sacrifice drags readers into a waking nightmare where the evils of the past collide with the secrets of the present.
Struggling filmmaker Benny Hernandez stumbles upon a brutalized body in the mountains. As he photographs the victim, he notices something hauntingly familiar about the wounds. Growing up in New Mexico, Benny heard stories of a cult that rose from the ashes of the Pueblo Revolt in 1680.
As more tortured bodies appear, Benny discovers a pattern that might mean this centuries-old cult has risen again.
This could be the story of a lifetime…if Benny lives to tell it."








The Halloween Children by Brian James Freeman

"The Halloween Children are watching—they’re always watching in this chilling novel of suburban horror from Bram Stoker Award winner Norman Prentiss and Brian James Freeman of Cemetery Dance Publications.

The accommodations at Stillbrook Apartments aren’t exactly glamorous, but they’re quiet, affordable, and well maintained. The handyman is usually available to help with a leak or a broken bulb, his wife and two adorable kids often tagging along. When occasion dictates, the neighbors gather to wish each other well and spread the requisite holiday cheer. Everything’s very nice. Very normal.

But as Halloween approaches, strange occurrences are happening all around Stillbrook. The children tell disturbing stories, bizarre noises bleed through the walls, and one abandoned unit is found to be inhabited by something sinister—something that’s no longer alive.

For the safety of the tenants, the Halloween party has been canceled. There will be no decorations or masks, no candied apples or witch’s brew. But without treats to divert the Halloween Children, they have no choice but to play some very nasty tricks."


I actually got this and "Roses of May" from Netgalley.

The Mardi Gras Chase by Maggie M. Larche

"Twelve-year-old Melanie is bored with her little sister and with yet another Mardi Gras in her hometown. But when she notices a secret code built into the floats of a Mardi Gras parade, she realizes that life might have some surprises left.

Melanie and her friends set off to break the Mardi Gras code. They chase clues throughout the season's parades, sneak into forbidden float barns, and even join forces with the intriguing boy who lives down the street.

But when they uncover the final clue, Melanie must decide how much she's willing to risk to learn the secret of the Mardi Gras code. And she may find that the solution to the riddle isn't the biggest reward of the chase...

- Third place winner of the 2015 Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Southern Breeze Writing Contest -

The Mardi Gras Chase is the first of the True Girls series from Maggie M. Larche, stories of girls with heart and intelligence, plus a touch of romance! We all know a True Girl. Who's yours?"


Cruise into Eden by Lexi Post

"After eleven years of forced abstinence, Sci-fi television employee and IT geek Erin Danielson, boards a nude cruise in the hopes of finally getting lucky. It seems her luck has changed when two handsome men with ripped bodies, enticing accents, and hearts of gold invite her into their stateroom. But if this erotic ménage seems too good to be true, then…

Nassic Wild and Wareson Night hail from the planet Eden, where women are scarce, and their mission is simple—meet the woman they’ve been waiting for for the last eleven years, bond with her and take her home. At first all goes according to plan as they pleasure her with their bodies and their special abilities. But when their best intentions lead to the worst results they lose her, along with their hearts.

Now they must find a way to woo her back or return to Eden with no hope for the future."


Master of the Mountain by Cherise Sinclair

"When Rebecca’s lover talks her into a mountain lodge vacation with his swing club, she soon learns she’s not cut out for playing musical beds. But with her boyfriend “entertaining” in their cabin, she has nowhere to sleep. Logan, the lodge owner, finds her freezing on the porch. After hauling her inside, he warms her in his own bed, and there the experienced Dominant discovers that Rebecca might not be a swinger…but she is definitely a submissive.

Rebecca knows that no one can love her plump, scarred body. But, to her surprise, Logan disagrees and is quite happy to show her just how much he enjoys her curves. Under his skilled hands, Rebecca loses not only her inhibitions, but also her heart.

Damaged from the war, Logan considers himself too dangerous to be around the enticing little sub. He sends her away for her own safety, not realizing she thinks she’s been rejected because of her size. When Logan’s mountains echo with her voice long after she’s gone, he knows she’s left behind part of herself—and taken his heart. But when he arrives in the city to reclaim her, Rebecca’s phone has been disconnected and her apartment is empty…"


Have you read any of these books and enjoyed them? What books have you gotten recently? Since I seem to acquire books really fast i'm thinking of making a haul weekly, so that way it's not so big!