Sunday, April 30, 2017

April 2017 Book Haul #2

More books gotten in April! All Kindle books. All free (thanks to both bookbub and a goodreads group i'm in that sometimes posts temporarily free Ebooks. It's a horror group so they are all horror-related for those ones). Also I don't always necessarily have anything to say about them other than "It was free, and i'm weak" lol. When I do have something to add I will. :)

Bed, Breakfast & Bones by Carolyn L. Dean

"Amanda Graham inherited a rundown bed and breakfast, a starving cat, and some dead guy who’s buried in her garden! What should’ve been a simple remodeling project and a new business in a small Oregon beach town winds up with her uncle named as the number one murder suspect, a slew of odd neighbors and problematic townspeople, and Amanda wanting to just sit down and eat her weight in chocolate pie.

Sure, she could pack her bags and travel back to LA…or should she dig in, heal from her failed romance, and find a whole new set of friends and adventures in Ravenwood Cove?

And how could a quiet little coastal village have so many secrets?

Includes the free recipe for Amanda’s (and the author’s) favorite cinnamon rolls. First novel in the Ravenwood Cove ebook series. Paperback and audiobook (with Whispersync) versions coming soon. Mild PG rating (because hey, there's a dead guy in it)."

In Mind of the Vampire by John Vance

"When Dr. Julian Hemmings agrees to apply the controversial techniques of his mentor Sigmund Freud to the deeply troubled Lucy Westenra, he begins a descent into a world of gothic horror that prompts his own self-analysis and a confrontation with long-suppressed passions that have affected his life since adolescence.

Set in London during the fall of 1897, In Mind of the Vampire draws context from Bram Stoker’s Dracula and features two of the main characters—Lucy Westenra and Mina Murray. But this novel is not a mere retelling of Stoker’s tale. Carefully researched and with the full flavor of late Victorian London, In Mind of the Vampire is a haunting tale of mystery, beauty, horror, and agonizing self-realization. Here one is transported to a beguiling and enthralling world where intellectual sophistication clashes with primal instincts and needs—leading to consequences that testify to the enduring and unalterable power of the imagination."

Out of Time Series Box Set (Books 1-3) by Monique Martin

"This box set contains three complete novels: Books 1-3 of the Out of Time Series.

Out of Time: A Time Travel Mystery (Book #1)
Mystery, romance and adventure...

Professor Simon Cross has spent his life searching for evidence of vampires and avoiding emotional entanglements. When a mysterious accident transports Simon and his assistant, Elizabeth West, back in time, Simon finally finds both the proof that he's been looking for, and the romance that he hasn't.

Simon and Elizabeth's developing relationship is tested by demons real and imagined. In 1920s Manhattan, there are more than mobsters vying for power in the city's speakeasies. When the local kingpin with a dark secret sets his sights on Elizabeth, day to day struggles become a fight for their very lives.

When the Walls Fell (Book #2)
Professor Simon Cross and his assistant Elizabeth West have returned from their accidental journey into the past and are adjusting to their new life together as a couple. But an unwanted visit from the Council for Temporal Studies could change everything.

A murder in the past is changing the future, and if the killing isn't stopped, Simon Cross might never be born.

When they arrive in 1906 San Francisco, Elizabeth and Simon have no idea who wants Victor Graham dead or how it will happen. With the earthquake that leveled most of the city just days away, the race to save Graham thrusts them into a complex mystery of jealousy and revenge where murder might be the least of their worries.

Fragments (Book #3)
Simon & Elizabeth are back in book #3 of the Out of Time Series! Professor Simon Cross and his assistant, Elizabeth West, thought their time traveling days were over. That's before they stumble across a World War II photograph -- with missing time traveler, Evan Eldridge, injured and in desperate need of help.

They find Evan in 1942 London, ill and not quite sure what's happened. He remembers only one thing with crystal clarity -- the whereabouts of an artifact Hitler believes can win the war. That's information every Nazi spy in the country would kill to know.

As if saving Evan and surviving war-torn England weren't enough, the outcome of the war hinges on Simon and Elizabeth finding Evan's artifact before the Nazis do. But time is running out: for them, for London, for the world."

Bad Games by Jeff Menapace


The Lambert Family is heading to Crescent Lake, a rural cabin community in western Pennsylvania, for an idyllic weekend getaway. Some fishing, some barbecue, some games...

The Fannelli brothers are heading to Crescent Lake too. Some stalking, some kidnapping, some murder, definitely some games...though not necessarily the type of games the Lamberts had in mind.

But it doesn't matter. The Lamberts are going to play whether they like it or not.

An intense psychological thriller, Bad Games has the dark, mind-bending chills of The Bad Seed combined with the fish-out-of-water dread and suspense of Deliverance.

So let Jeff Menapace's highly anticipated novel keep you up all night as it delves into the mystery of nature versus nurture when comprehending the evil in man, along with the will and determination an innocent family must summon to fight back against horrific odds."

Pray Lied Eve 2: Further Tales of the Untoward by Lydia Peever

"Short tales of confusion, fear, and hopelessness.

Horror, weird tales, quiet stories of the supernatural... call them what you will, these six stories serve as a following to the first three dark offerings of Pray Lied Eve. This second installment is longer and delves more deeply into realms perhaps best left undisturbed. Sadness, thoughts of revenge, scenes of torture; many people find themselves exploring these things alone so Pray Lied Eve will offer to be your guide.

Have your mirror image ruined, and all sense of safety in your home with The Ringer. Explore the madness of the carnival after dark with Jack and the Box. Halloween Hopscotch sounds fun, but when everyone knows what you've done... or simply ignore the atrocities of the past and visit Midway Park. Witness nightmares come alive during the Widow’s Wake, and then leave it all As Is, Where Is."

The Candle Star by Michelle Isenhoff

"When Emily was a little girl, her father had taken her outside in each season and pointed out the pictures in the stars, explaining the ancient lore behind them. She wondered if he was looking up at the same stars right now.

"They're beautiful, aren't they?"

Emily started. She hadn't heard Malachi approach.

"Looks like you can just reach up and pluck one down, maybe set it in a ring," he said. "It'd be the most beautiful piece of jewelry you ever laid eyes on."

He pointed to the Big Dipper. "See the last two stars in the bowl of the spoon? They line up just right and point the way to the North Star."

Emily had learned that when she was six.

"When I was little, I remember Mama setting a candle in the window on the nights Daddy would get in late. I slept sound on those nights, confident that beacon was guiding my daddy home."

He paused as he contemplated the night sky. "The North Star is kind of like a candle God hung up special to guide His lost children home. Lot of black folks looking up at it right now, directing themselves home to freedom." Ages 10+"

The Room Went Dark: A Collection of Short Stories by Nancy Morgan

"The Room Went Dark is a collection of short stories that all begin with the same line but veer off in all different, strange directions. The author hopes you will be surprised at the endings. If you are afraid of the dark ...... these stories won't make you less so."

The Corpse Garden: A Collection Of Short Horror Stories by S.H. Cooper

"A collection of fourteen short horror stories that chronicle obsession, loss, and why you should be afraid of things that go bump in the night. From a young boy with with an unhealthy fixation on what could go wrong to a man who can't accept that his wife wants to leave him, traipsing through The Corpse Garden certainly isn't for the faint of heart.

Author S.H. Cooper presents a combination of works popularized on Reddit's NoSleep and four, previously unreleased stories for brand new thrills and chills that are best read with the lights on."

Triple Threat by Troy McCombs

"Three short horror stories for a dollar!

A confused and desperate man is being stalked by a headless stranger whose real intentions may be very surprising to both him and you, the reader.

Feeding Time:
Some people think Bigfoot is tame... but is that really true? Or does it sometimes come out to eat men in order to retain its supernatural powers?

Henry has been afraid of the dark ever since childhood. Now he's a grown man who believes that darkness is a direct link back to a previous world, a previous incarnation, where earthly fears actually have substance."

Aetheric Elements: The Rise of a Steampunk Reality by Travis I. Sivart

"Automatons and airships, bustles and beasts, corsets and curses, dandies and dastardly deeds, all await you as you explore the cultures which evolved into a Steampunk industrial civilization. Learn about the people who made history and created the events that molded a world into a near utopia, only to be torn asunder as the society was about to achieve the pinnacle of its existence. Enjoy a savory sampler of Steampunk society and sinister scenarios to whet your appetite for the author's upcoming full length novel.

This anthology of nineteen tales of terror, mystery, and adventure takes you into Travis Sivart's weird and wonderful world."

After the End by Matthew Blake

"A group of friends and family head into the wilderness for a long weekend of partying and camping, but soon find themselves trapped by a mysterious event outside their control. As the group adapts to their vacation becoming their new life and deal with human threats, they find themselves confronted by something lurking deep in the wilderness. Something evil and ancient.

And hungry."

Vampire Punk by KuroKoneko Kamen

"A villainous vampire with a broken heart…

When twilight falls vampire Slaine Morvyn prowls the city of San Francisco hunting bloodthirsty vampires…for fun. Slaine is no hero. And he’s definitely no saint. Ever since his unrequited love Rebecca Thorn married his rival Druid Vampire Hunter, Derek Dearg, he’s been drowning his sorrows in promiscuous sex, drugs and alcohol.

An angel’s forbidden love to mend it…

Rogue Archangel Uriel is a little different from most angels. When she goes against the rules and saves a vampire that was fated to die - she gets assigned to be his guardian angel. Now, she must try and help him to find true love so that he can be redeemed. She risks losing her wings when she falls for him instead.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…

When Slaine rejects a vampire witch named Iona she angrily places a cursed tattoo on his neck that resembles a black, thorny vine. The curse will bring his greatest fear to life as it slowly kills him in a matter of weeks. Once his fear has consumed him completely the tattoo will decapitate him. The only way to break the curse is for Slaine to kill Iona. Will Slaine find the key to reawaken his dormant Druidic powers before it’s too late?"

After Dark by Mikey Campling

"When another body is discovered - a young woman washed up by the tide - it seems that someone stalks the streets of the nearby town of Whitby, after dark. Someone who preys on young women, and kills them in a very singular manner. And as crowds of Goths arrive to celebrate an annual festival, the scene is set for a gothic tale with a contemporary twist.
After Dark is a horror story set in modern day Whitby, the town where, according to Stoker, a certain Count came ashore.

In recent years, Whitby has held an annual Goth festival, and this surreal event sets the stage for a deliciously dark tale."

Fallen Angel: Dawn of Reckoning by J. L. Myers

"Darkly romantic. A dangerous new paranormal thriller for fans of all things supernatural.

Centuries ago a war between heaven and earth battled on… Lucifer was struck from heaven and banished to Earth to live as a mortal…but he'll never be fully human, and he'll never let go of his rage against the one who shunned him. God will regret turning his back on him, and his precious humans will pay with their humanity.

Despite the horrendous crimes Lucifer commits, archangel Gabriel refuses to lose faith in him and the man she knows he truly is. Now others want to use her against him…but will she be his downfall or his savior?"

Nature of the Beast by Aimee Brissay

"After sorceress Alexandra tries to kill her insane father, her fae uncle expels her from the Otherworld in an attempt to keep her safe. Living among humans, she keeps her connection with the supernatural by working for vampires and werewolves.

When she stumbles upon a hurt werewolf pup her efforts to heal him inadvertently break the bonds tying the young lycan to the pack, making her his new alpha.

This is the least of Alexandra’s worries though, for back in the Otherworld her father has not forgotten her. He dispatches an assassin to kill her. But just who is this mysterious foe, and what will their arrival mean not only to Alexandra but to the delicate balance of the world?"

I got this because I saw that it's in the LGBT+ section on Amazon, so while I don't know *how* it's LGBT+ i'm expecting it to be somehow.

Fractal Flames by John Pirillo

"Fresh, eye catching, savory examples of digital images that launch our imaginations into new worlds of light and color to explore, to enjoy, to dance and revel in.

Over a hundred exploding, hypnotic, meditative images to soothe and calm the mind and bring peace to the soul."

The Darkest Thread by Jen Blood

"For fans of John Connolly, Nevada Barr, and dogs of all shape and size, the first novel in the new Flint K-9 Search and Rescue Mysteries, from the author of the bestselling Erin Solomon Mysteries! When teenage sisters go missing in the mysterious "Bennington Triangle" of Vermont, an area renowned for its disappearances and strange occurrences over the past hundred years, FBI agent Jack Juarez brings K-9 handler Jamie Flint and her dog Phantom in to assist with the search. When Jack realizes the case shares haunting similarities with the murders of the missing girls' aunts ten years before, it becomes clear that he and Jamie are dealing with much more than two girls who simply wandered off the beaten path."

Edwina by Willow Rose

"A terrifying nail-biting horror story from the Queen of Scream Novels!

Marie-Therese is about to take in another child in foster care. But Edwina is no ordinary girl as Marie-Therese is about to discover. Stories of death and destruction follow her trail and soon events in the small Danish town will take a decidedly macabre turn on one horrifying and endless night.

EDWINA is a spinoff from the third book in Willow Rose's Rebekka Franck Series Five, Six...Grab Your Crucifix, but can be read separately.

˃˃˃ WARNING: Very scary and not for the faint of heart!"

Haunted Fields by Dan Moore

"Haunted Fields follows teenager Freddie Forster as he navigates the unexpected events in a very different summer break. Having planned to spend the holidays partying, Freddie is disappointed when his step-mum refuses to fund his lifestyle and he finds himself banished from the family home. He travels north, and comes across a farm on the outskirts of a secret rural community. Freddie soon learns that fear and rumours surround the village, and that there have been sightings of a ghost.

Freddie’s involvement in helping to save the struggling farm, as well as uncovering the truth about the haunted fields, gains him both friends and enemies. As he discovers more secrets about his own family as well as the village, Freddie has to fight to rise above the paranoia and lies.

Dan Moore has crafted a brilliant tale of a seventeen-year-old boy forced from his comfort zone into a community haunted by the secrets of its past. Haunted Fields is an examination of its characters’ fears: of teenage angst, family secrets, hysteria. It also explores what happens when someone is confronted with the terrifying reality of seeing something, which they know can't possibly be real, with their own eyes.

Dan is a young writer from Lincolnshire who, having decided he should do something with his vivid imagination, began writing whilst studying at the University of Lincoln, aged nineteen. Dan would love to pursue a career in writing, and is in the process of planning his next project."

The Beast That Never Was by Caren J. Werlinger

"What if Beauty was the Beast?

Lise’s father is dead, and the life of plenty and freedom that she has known as the daughter of the King’s Huntsman is gone. She must now live a life of duty to her mother and sisters, helping them to cope in their altered circumstances. But where her mother would have her wed a childhood friend to secure their future, Lise knows that is not what she longs for.

When she meets a mysterious woman in the forest, Lise feels the stirrings of emotions she cannot give voice to, but with this woman, she doesn’t have to say anything—Senna knows.

Cursed, hunted, and feared, Senna has been forced to wander from place to place for more years than she cares to remember. She gave up hope long ago that there could ever be an end to her isolation.

Odd sightings in the forest—monsters of legend come to life, old enemies back from the past, fearsome beasts on the prowl—begin to frighten the people of Lise’s village. Somehow, all of these things are connected to Senna. As the villagers’ fear grows, so does their hatred.

Senna prepares to flee, accepting what has become her fate, but Lise isn’t ready to give up her one chance for happiness. Soon, only Lise stands between the villagers and the woman she has grown to love."

I don't even care about Beauty and the Beast but I saw F/F Beauty and the Beast retelling and was like "Yes please!"

The King Series Box Set by Tawdra Kandle

Tasmyn Vaughn didn't expect much when her dad's job moved them to a small town in Florida; it was just another new school. But there is more to King than meets the eye, and soon Tasmyn's ability to hear others' thoughts is the least of her worries. Entangled in a web of first love, quirky and secretive townsfolk, magic and blood rituals, she discovers the town's secrets aren't just bizarre, they're deadly.

Tasmyn Vaughn is not having the senior year she expected. Her boyfriend Michael leaves for college, she's being stalked by a suspicious preacher, pursued by the hot new boy at school and blackmailed by her chemistry teacher--who just might be a witch. Tas needs all of her many talents--and a little help from unexpected sources--just to keep her head above water. . .literally.

When she agrees to allow Ms. Lacusta to help develop her powers, Tasmyn has no idea how deep and dark the journey will become. Trapped between fascination and fear, she moves farther away from friends and family, even her boyfriend Michael. Leading a double life forces Tas into decisions that will threaten her sanity and her future and the very lives of those she loves.

After the tumult of her high school senior year, all is right in Tasmyn Vaughan’s world. She’s attending college with her boyfriend, and she’s learning to control her powers. Everything is finally perfect, until it isn’t.

When her new part-time job leads to more than she bargained for, Tasmyn is thrown into a deadly fight against forces of evil that she didn’t even know existed. Mastering her extraordinary gifts along with the strength of an endless love may be the only weapon that can guarantee her a happily ever after."

I actually saw I already had the first book (also from a freebie one day) and then, bam, why not the entire series for free? I don't even know if i'll like it but if I do, I got the entire series. That's if I ever get around to reading it.

Liquid Cool: The Cyberpunk Detective Series by Austin Dragon

"Liquid Cool is the debut cyberpunk detective series!
It’s cyberpunk re-imagined—science fiction meets the detective thriller in an ever-rainy world of colossal skyscrapers. Hover-cars fly above in the dark, bustling skies and gray people walk below on the grimy, flashy streets of this “neon jungle.” Metropolis isn’t a bad place, but it isn’t a good one either. Uber-governments and mega-corporations fight for control of the super-city, but so does crime.

We were introduced to Liquid Cool, by the free prequel short, These Mean Streets, Darkly. We met an average woman, Carol—hardworking and decent in every way—only to have her daughter kidnapped by the psycho cyborg Red Rabbit. Can Police Central find the girl in time—alive? And is it really another senseless act of random violence in the fifty-million-plus super-city?

This story continues…and there are so many more. For the first time, we meet our private eye (and unlikely hero), Cruz in a super-city where there are a million victims and perpetrators. Welcome to the high-tech, low-life world of Liquid Cool.

But watch out for tech-tricksters, analog hustlers, and digital gangsters—psychos, samurais, and cyborgs aplenty—they may want your money, or your life, more than you do.

Get Your Copy of LIQUID COOL Right Now and Prepare to be Thrilled with Mystery, Action, and Laughs! And don’t get shot by a laser-pistol-packing cyber-punk on your way to the digital store."

Cinderella & the Colonel by K.M. Shea

"Scratching out a living in a land recovering from war and a hostile takeover, Cinderella—an orphaned, destitute duchess—is desperate to save her lands and servants in spite of the terrible taxes placed upon her by the Erlauf queen, even if it means she must don servants’ clothes and work like a commoner.

Her sacrifices aren’t enough, and when a mountain of debt is levied against her, she is given one season to produce the funds. Cinderella realizes it is only a matter of time before she loses everything she has struggled to protect, and it seems that all is lost until she is befriended by the debonair Colonel Friedrich—a member of the Erlauf military and a citizen of the oppressing country that rules her homeland.

From helping her break into the royal library to saving her from a rogue mage, Friedrich draws her closer and challenges her mindset of the queen and the war.

Cinderella knows Friedrich is not all he appears to be, but can she trust him with her country and her heart?

CINDERELLA AND THE COLONEL is fairy tale retelling of love, sacrifice, adventure, and magic. It is filled with humor, deception, and clean romance, and it belongs to the top selling series, TIMELESS FAIRY TALES. The books in this series take place in the same world and can be read all together, or as individual, stand-alone books."

I don't normally care for Cinderella either but I do like fairy tale retellings and if I like this i'll be interested in checking out at least some others in the series.

Hers to Take by Talia Ellison

"The last thing Octavia expects when she finds herself with Aaron Viteri’s gun pressed to the back of her head is that he won’t pull the trigger. After all, she’s a Ferrara, and her family and the Viteris have been enemies for decades. Not to mention she has snuck into his apartment to steal the files her family desperately needs.

But Aaron offers her a deal. He’ll spare her life if she pretends to be his sex slave and helps him take over his father’s business. Octavia knows she can’t trust the cold, arrogant, controlling, and devilishly handsome Aaron, but her only choice is to accept his offer.

The more time she spends with him, the more she realizes he isn’t who everyone thinks he is. And the way he looks at her makes her want to tie him to the bed and put his perfect mouth to better use. But if Octavia wants to stop a looming war before it’s too late, she can’t let her growing feelings for her enemy get in the way.

This is the first installment in the three-book Loving Your Enemy series. It contains potentially triggering situations, violence, strong language, sexual content, and a cliffhanger."

Normally I wouldn't bother but it sounded interesting when I saw "makes her want to tie him to the bed and put his perfect mouth to better use", well, that's different. Sort of. Lol it has good ratings, sounds potentially interesting and was free. Free = why not. I might have a problem...with free books...and i'm really trying to get better T.T BUT...THERE...ARE...SO...MANY.

The Time Hunters by Carl Ashmore

"Becky is a typical thirteen year old girl. She likes Facebook, gossiping and plenty of sleep. So when she and her brother, Joe, are invited to stay with their 'loony' Uncle Percy at his stately home, she thinks it’ll be the worst summer ever. What she doesn't realise is that Bowen Hall is also home to a baby Triceratops, two Sabre-tooth tigers and the mythic hero, Will Scarlet...

'The Time Hunters' is a thrilling adventure that takes Becky, Joe, Uncle Percy and Will on a quest through time to find the legendary Golden Fleece.

The Clock is ticking.... "

Free Me by Laurelin Paige

"Her story started long before she started working at The Sky Launch...

Screw fairytales. The only reward Gwen Anders got from her rough childhood was a thick skin and hard heart. She’s content with her daily grind managing a top NYC nightclub—Eighty-Eighth Floor. So hers isn’t a happily ever after. She doesn’t believe in those anyway.

Then she meets J.C.

The rich, smooth talking playboy is the sexiest thing that Gwen has ever encountered, but she’s not interested in a night-in-shining latex. But when a family tragedy pushes her to the brink, it’s J.C. who’s there to teach her a new method of survival, one based on following primal urges and desires. His no-strings-attached lessons require her to abandon her constant need for control. Her carefully built walls are obliterated.

Gwen discovers there’s a beautiful world outside her prison. Freedom is exhilarating—and terrifying. When she starts to feel something for J.C., she fears for her heart. Especially as she realizes that he has secrets of his own. Secrets that don't want to set him free.

This series can be read alone or with the Fixed Trilogy."

I couldn't find the actual cover I got but anyway, normally I wouldn't have bothered but a goodreads friend of mine really liked it and it sounded interesting and it was free (today April 30th) so...yeah. Nothing against romance books they just aren't normally my cuppa tea but I guess it depends. Will see...probably...eventually.

Twice Dead: Contagion by Suchitra Chatterjee

"What do you do when your world ends, Zombies are eating your friends and family, and you just happen to live in Thorncroft, a residential home for people with disabilities?

You fight back in the only you know how, by using the skills of those around you.

There's a cricket bat/sword wielding Paralympian, a girl with a heightened sense of smell, a computer hacker with scarily accurate conspiracy theories, not to mention a former racing driver, now in a wheelchair who likes to tinker with speed, a girl with oodles of sex appeal, a volatile young man with the strength of Hercules, a dying boy with space travel on his mind and a young woman with a deadly family secret.

And then there are the American soldiers, are they friend or foe? Only time will tell.

Kicking Zombie booty though is the least of everyones problems, but where there is a will there are the Thorncroft residents and their allies.

Just don't call them inspirational... "

I forgot to put this on originally! I'm so sorry! For some reason it wasn't in my "have to haul" Ebook collection! This is an Own Voices story about people with disabilities fighting zombies. Yes Please! I mentioned it more Here.

How are there so many books?! Have you read any of these? Any peak your interest? What have you gotten in April?

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore book thoughts

Title: The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
Series: Standalone
Author: Kate Moore
Published Date: May 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Source: Netgalley
# of Pages: 496
Genre: Non-Fiction
Read: April 2017

Goodreads Synopsis

"The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger

The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.

Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive — until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come.

Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives..."

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Check it out on Goodreads!

Some Quotes

"In those three short weeks, however, Kjaer had reached a conclusion. Radium, he determined, was dangerous. It was just that nobody told the girls..."

"For years the girls had been searching for a diagnosis, for someone to tell them what was wrong. Once they had that, they believed faithfully, then the doctors would be able to cure them. But radium poisoning, Martland now knew, was utterly incurable."

"For she now recalled all too well a fleeting moment in her memory that sealed the company's guilt. "Do not do that," Sabin von Sochocky had once said to her. "You will get sick." Seven years she was in Newwark City Hospital. Now she realized: von Sochocky had known. He had known all along."

"Yet Marguerite had not died quietly: as the first dial-painter to file suit-the first to show it was even possible to fight back against the corporation that killed her-she went out with a roar."

"Edna screamed and fainted. For she knew exactly what her shining bones foretold, shimmering through her skin. She knew that glow. Only one thing on earth could make that glimmer. Radium."

"There were five of them now: five girls crying out for justice; five girls fighting for their cause. Grace, Katherine, Quinta, Albina, and Edna. The newspapers went mad, inventing memorable monikers to define this new quintet. And so, in the summer of 1927, it became official. The Case of the Five Women Doomed to Die"

"Dr. Flinn, who pronounced that his tests showed "there is no radium" in the women; he was convinced, he said, that their health problems were caused by nerves. This was a common response to women's occupational illnesses, which were often first attributed to female hysteria"

"They listened as the New Jersey girls' deaths and disabilities were debated. They listened, as the industry got away with murder. And then they went home."

My Thoughts

I don't know where to begin! It sounded interesting and heart-breaking whenever it was that I heard about it and I saw it on Netgalley, so I got it. And I am so glad I did! It is heart-breaking but oh so important! This tells the stories of "The Shining Women", women who were poisoned by their work with radium and the employers who knew, but didn't care and put profits over their employees.

Kate did her research and it really shows! Talking with the girls families and doing in depth research in order to tell their stories with sensitivity and truth. She brings them alive again in these pages, making you feel so much for them. Yes, they were real people so of course there is that but also the way Kate wrote, it's just amazing and i'm not sure how to describe it. You get to go through their lives with them. Their battles with their declining health and bodies literally breaking while they fought for justice from the company who murdered them. A fight that last a really long time. It took so long for them to even be listened to and figure out what was really going on.

It's a non-fiction book but it reads with the pace of a thriller, it really does. It's easy to read in terms of reading but very hard to read in terms of it's heart-wrenching impact. It's powerful. And those were just *some* of the quotes that I really wanted to share, there are more but I need a limit somewhere.

There are villians here. Real life villians.

The girls were strong though. I had literally heard NOTHING about these girls prior to picking up this book, and it's an extremely important part of history. No one is untouched by it. No one. And I live in NJ, where some of it took place. Not the exact city, or even anywhere near it, but still the same state. This is something that should be in history books. These women weren't just fighting for themselves but for all industrial workers. And ultimately so much more they couldn't have then known. Saying how many people they ultimately saved, you wouldn't believe me. You'll just need to read it.

This true history is downright horrific. The stuff they went through. The fact they were women and treated as second class citizens back almost 100 years ago. The truly inhumane ways the business men refused to tell the truth despite knowing it. The refusal to care, to put profits ahead of people. Of course people still do that now, but at least now there are laws to protect employees from health hazards on the job and to give them rights. You can thank these women for that.

Because of them we now know how bad radioactivity is for humans. They've helped not just workers but science too. Even donating their bodies to science. "Strontium-90, it had been determined, was too dangerous for humanity after all. The ban undoubtedly saved lives and, very possibly, the entire human race."

Despite this happening almost 100 years ago you really feel like you get to know these women. They gave a whole new meaning to the roaring 20s. They roared alright!

The beauty in their story and where it truly shines (pun unintended), is in their strength of character, their faith, how their intense love for their husbands and children inspired them to fight on, even in agony. The plight of Catherine was especially heart-wrenching. How she managed to live for months in her condition, at only 60 pounds, unable to do much of anything, unable to move (they ended up bringing court cases to her home, and even though she couldn't move, and barely could speak, she did and continued fighting), she defied medical logic. She hung on, not for herself, but see the truth come to light. For her husband and children, so at least they'd be ok when she was gone. These women had to fight to make their voices heard, and many were only listened to after their death. Radium has a shelf life of over 1,000 years...their corpses still glow to this day.

I got an early version without photographs as I got it from netgalley. I'm sure the photographs would have made it even more powerful, but even without them it packed a big punch. And yes, I plan on buying the finished version!

Honestly I think this is history everyone should know. It impacted ultimately everyone and still does. If you are normally put off by history or non-fiction, this does not read like a textbook. It reads like fiction in a way and I mean that in a good way. If you are able to get your hands on this book, please do. Learn these women's stories. They deserve to be told and heard, they need to be.

Friday, April 28, 2017

May 2017 Want To Read

Currently as I write this i'm reading The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore and I believe i'll finish it before May starts, and if I don't then shortly after.

So onto my May Want To Read!

First I want to add i've decided to use a game by Howlin Books called Candybook Land Here to help decide one book on my WTR each month. I've already rolled several months in advance actually lol and while I won't change the rolls of course (I have them written down) I could change what book I decide to use for it until I set that months WTR. Heck I could change it before I start reading it as long as the book fits. But anyway, May WTR!

1. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

I've heard so many amazing things about this book and it's on my Top 15 *must* get to in 2017 list...which I need to catch up on! I've heard it's a very diverse character-driven sci-fi and the sequel is already out.

2. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Also on my Top 15 must get to this year list. I've heard mostly good things about this book, though I expect it to be a difficult read due to the subject matter. I actually bought this quite awhile ago (before even hearing that it was made into a movie, which i've obviously never seen) and then later got a second copy through a Nocturnal Reader's Book I need to read one of them already!

3. Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
I read the first book in this fairy-tale retelling companion series in 2015, Sisters Red (little red riding hood retelling) and enjoyed it. I then got the last 3 in the series (they are companion novels and can be read as stand-alones) and still haven't read them yet. This is the second and a Hansel and Gretel retelling. It's also on my Top 15 to read this year list.

4. Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

This is the third in the series and a Little Mermaid retelling. I've also heard May as "Mermaid May" and i've never read a mermaid book despite loving mermaids and I want to read some mermaid book in May! I hope to at least.

5. Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

Also on my Top 15 for this year list and a mermaid book. A Little Mermaid retelling as well.

6. Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu

An Adult Steampunk Fantasy graphic novel that i've heard many good things about! I've wanted to read more graphic novels (comics/manga etc.) this year but I haven't been doing that! :'(

7. Food Wars!, Vol. 1 by Yuto Tsukuda

I've heard a little about this manga series, all of which was good and I wanna check it out! All I know is boy goes to tough culinary school.

8. Chobits, Vol. 1 by CLAMP

CLAMP is more than one person. Anyway my spouse told me about this, it's an anime he's enjoyed and wanted me to check out. Of course I want to read the manga first and the picture I put up is actually of the Omnibus which includes the first 4 (out of 8) volumes, which is what I have. I don't necessarily want to get through all 4 this month but at least the first one. If I like it then I can get the second Omnibus to complete the series for me.

9. Twice Dead: Contagion by Suchitra Chatterjee

A zombie apocalypse type of novel but with disabled people fighting back by a disabled author! I mentioned it in a diversity Spotlight Here (which has the cover from Goodreads, but the one here is actually the cover I have as I guess it was changed). Check it out! :) Also this is the book i'm using for Candybook Land! My Candybook Land thing for this month was as follows

Month: May
Place#: 3 Yellow
Task: First in a series
Book: Twice Dead: Contagion

It wasn't originally what I was going to use because when I first discovered and did my Candybook Land roll for this month I hadn't even heard of this book yet. But then I did, and it fits so :D. Of course now I realize that all three of the graphic novels are also first in a series...but yeah.

Have you read any of these books? If so what did you think of them? No spoilers please! Do you want to read any of these books? What's on your radar for May?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #4

Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme created by Aimal! Every week, you come up with one book in each of three different categories: a diverse book you have read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your TBR, and one that has not yet been released. You can check out their announcement post here.

I have since starting this realized I don't read that fast and there are 52 weeks in a I won't be able to have one every week but will do one as often as I can. I love Diversity Spotlight!

A Diverse book you have read and enjoyed:
Far From You by Tess Sharpe

A Mystery with a bisexual main character that suffers from chronic pain and an addiction to pain pills. The author is also bisexual and deals with chronic pain, though for a different reason than the protagonist. I reviewed it Here.

Diverse book on your TBR:
Twice Dead: Contagion by Suchitra Chatterjee

I first heard about this book in a horror group i'm in on Goodreads. There is a thread where free (generally temporarily) E-Books are posted, and I was browsing through them...I think it was just a few days ago as a new selection was posted for that day. This was in there, and I decided to check it out. I saw it's about disabled people fighting zombies and my first thought was "this is what i've always wanted but this could be very very bad or very very good" and obviously I haven't read it yet BUT I did check out the author!

I found her Twitter Here and her very interesting (long but interesting!) bio on Amazon Here (it's on the side). She is also disabled and it appears to be own voices. I had to snatch it up! This is part of her bio on Amazon if you don't want to check out the whole thing.

"Twice Dead - Contagion which is the first in a trilogy was born out of conversations I have had with fellow disabled people about books and how WE are represented in them. Especially in the horror/fantasy/sci-fi genre.

"We are never the heroes," one friend said. "We get eaten first" another friend said of the Zombie Genre.

"Why can't disabled people be heroes in books?" was another comment.

The actress Sarah Gordy, of Upstairs Downstairs, Call the Midwife, and Culture Device Dance Project is one of those friends who talked candidly with me about disability and the arts. She told me her greatest wish was to have a part in Doctor Who, to be the first person with Down's Syndrome to do so. But this wouldn't happen she said, until there was more books, plays, and such like out in the public domain.

So Twice Dead - Contagion is a book about a Zombie Apocalypse where disabled people make their own stand and become the heroes we are denied in real life...unless we just happen to be a Paralympian (who I think are amazing) but not everyone is a Paralympian, some of us are spectators but that does not make us any less of a person."

That honestly brings tears to my eyes. I'm hoping to get to this in the next few months and if I like it I will get a physical copy! I love The Walking Dead for example...but disabled people just never appear (or they die) in zombie/apocalypse stories as a general rule. And honestly it's always bugged me and, being disabled too, kinda feels crappy. This sounds like my type of book!

Diverse book that has not yet been released:
How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

The main character is bisexual and so is the author, so it's own voices there. I've heard from those that have read ARCs that the word bisexual is used on the page! The love Interest is biracial and gay. The love interest also explains why she hates being called exotic. Also, sex-positive. Keep in mind these are things i've heard from those that read ARCs and i've heard nothing but good things! I am definitley looking forward to this book, it comes out May 2nd!

Also after doing this I realized I put this on my first Diversity Spotlight...oops. I'm sorry for that but why not hype it up again close to release? *shrugs* It's almost Thursday as I write this and I wasn't expecting to do one this week but then Twice Dead became a thing and I wanted to mention it and we are. I am really excited for How to Make a Wish if that counts for anything! :D

What diverse books have you read and enjoyed? What ones are on your TBR, whether they have come out yet or not? Have you read any of these books and if so what did you think of them?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I want to read more from

Top 5 Wednesday information at the Goodreads group Here.

This week's Top; 5 Wednesday- "Talk about some authors that you've only read one or a few books from, and you NEED to read more!" So here are 5 author's I want to read more from!

1. Hannah Moskowitz

I read Not Otherwise Specified by her. A book about a bisexual black girl recovering from an eating disorder and in love with ballet (and the bisexual and recovering from an eating disorder are own voices). I adored it so much and being the first book I ever read and even heard about with a bisexual character, and main character at that, I cried through-out the entire book and related so much to that part of it. It was also the first review I ever wrote on this blog here, the reason I got inspired to start doing this in the first place. I have some other books by her, including 'Teeth', 'Gena/Finn', and 'A history of glitter and blood' and I haven't read any of them (yet). I really need to read more by her!

2. Stephen King

I know I read some books by him when I was a teenager, bag of bones and bleak house I think, but they went over my head. Most books did at the time because I didn't realize I had to slow down my reading to process what I was reading (I hated my lack of reading comprehension growing up...if someone had just told me "slow down and take it in, you don't have to read fast" that would have really helped!). I have since, last year, read "IT" and I have 'Pet Semetary' and 'Salem's Lot' that I haven't read yet. I definitely want to read more by him, and re-read the books I read as a teen.

3. Hillary Monahan

I read "The Awesome" by her (as Eva Darrows) and really enjoyed it. She has recently come out with 'Dead Little Mean Girl' that I want to check out and I have her "Mary: The Summoning" but haven't read it yet.

4. Anne Rice

I have read the first 3 books (there are 12 so far..) in The Vampire Chronicles series, and so far I do plan on continuing with that (I have the 4th). I also want to check out some of her other works and series though. I know she has stuff about witches and werewolves and so many things. So many books, so little time.

5. Brom

I read "Krampus: The Yule Lord" by Brom and really liked it. He has other books including a dark Peter Pan retelling "The Child Thief" and many more books. He also illustrates and I really like his illustrations too. I don't have any of his other books yet but I do really want to check them out!

So there are some authors i've read some from and I really want to read more from! What are some authors you want to read more from? Have you read these authors and if so what do you think of them?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence Book Thoughts

Title: Red Sister
Series: Book of the Ancestor #1
Author: Mark Lawrence
Published Date: April 4th, 2017
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Source: Netgalley
# of Pages: 472
Genre: Fantasy
Read: April 2017

Goodreads Synopsis

"It's not until you're broken that you find your sharpest edge

A brilliant new series from the bestselling author of PRINCE OF THORNS.

"I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin"

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.

But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse."

Rating: 2/5 stars

Check it out on Goodreads!

Some Quotes

"Her last thoughts before dreams stole her were that if a shaved head were the worst thing to have happened to Arabella Jotsis so far then she had lived a charmed life."

"Nona understood better than most that even the most sacred bonds could be broken under enough stress."

"but Nona had seen a child purchased from her parents for a single penny and to see one tossed about so lightly always gave her a sense of disquiet."

"Money is at the center of everything we do: it has the loudest voice."

"She had had few friends in her life and the bonds that bound her to them were more sacred to her than the Ancestor was to any nun. Friendship wasn't something you gave up on or let slip: it wasn't something to be done in small measure or cut in half."

"She had called Clera and Hessa friends and that bond ran deeper than blood: it was the foundation of a world that she could understand. A faith that mattered."

My Thoughts

I got this from Netgalley for an honest review.

I DNF'd at 63% so my review is on what I read. Assassin nuns, sounds amazing right? Honestly it really is in some ways and this is not a bad book, it was just a "not for me" book. Don't take my less than stellar review as a reason to not pick it up if it appeals to you!

I was very confused in the beginning. I'm easily confused and I truly don't think it's the fault of this book. It's just world-building heavy and i'm not very fantasy inclined it seems. If you are very into fantasy it'll probably be much better for you! Even though I was confused world-wise I did get to liking the characters initially and really enjoyed Nona, the main character. I'm not sure what she's guilty of, where the synopsis at the end says "guilty of worse". Not sure what I missed or possibly didn't get to. She's had a very hard life and I could see the thought that went into her character.

There are several great quotes through-out the book and wonderful messages.

I really tried to get into this book and I had thought it was beginning to work for me but then the middle...something just disconnected with me and my eyes were mostly just going over the words and I was wondering when it would end. I was reading but not processing anything, and I just stopped caring as I was so bored. It gets invested in the classes, the nuns, it's like a boarding school where they raise girls to be fighting nuns. Assassins, killers, what have you. You get to go to the classes with them. To many i'm sure this would be very interesting and sometimes it was for me but something just My best guess is I didn't click with the writing as I can't think of any real flaw with the book. The characters, the plot was just me and the book didn't jive. I tried to push myself but ultimately felt a reading slump coming on and that's when I know...I need to just put the book down and move on.

If it sounds up your alley, give it a shot! My opinion is in the minority on the book, and that's ok.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas book thoughts

Title: The Hate U Give
Series: Standalone
Author: Angie Thomas
Published Date: February 28th, 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: I bought it
# of Pages: 444
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
Read: April 2017

Goodreads Synopsis

"Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life."

Rating: 5/5 stars

Check it out on Goodreads!

Some Quotes:

"Funny how it works with white kids though. It's dope to be black until it's hard to be black."

"Brave doesn't mean you're not scared, Starr." she says. "It means you go on even though you're scared. And you're doing that.""

My Thoughts

TW: Racism, racial profiling, abuse, fire, police brutality

Honestly I can not do this book justice no matter what I say. It's an own voices book inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. It's honest, raw, heart-breaking, unapologetic and unafraid. It's truly powerful. My white behind's opinion on this is not really important, but I have got to reiterate how truly powerful and important this book is, especially in today's world! I don't care if you don't normally pick up YA or Contemporary, this book is really in a category all on it's own and I highly recommend EVERYONE pick it up! I may not be able to do the book justice but i'll certainly try to write a review for it.

Honestly at the very beginning the characters were annoying me in the "typical annoying teenagers" way and I was seriously worried i'd be the one person to not like it and feel absolutely horrible about it. This was not the case! It quickly showed the why and picked up. No word was unnecessary.

I'm sure there are people out there that are going to be worried it's anti-white and anti-cop. It's not. It does however show the hard truths that black people have to live with everyday and how exhausting it is. It squeezed my heart through-out the book. It made me think, and hard. You can mean well, truly mean well, and still be racist without even realizing it. And so often people just let it are things going to get better and change then?

Even though it's heart-wrenching there were laugh out loud moments and messages of hope. It's hard-hitting but still full of hope. There are sweet moments in it too.

It's angry yes. And it shows why. The journey Starr goes through in this book...I don't know how to describe it but it's amazing. The journey to understand herself, her place and society. I don't think i'm saying it well.

The writing is well done, no wasted word. It's easy to read and sucks you in, while still packing powerful punches. The characters feel very real. Emotional, flawed and go through character development. Starr truly comes into her own by the end and in becoming a woman. I love Starr's voice!

It talks about so many important topics. Racism, as well as how racism kills, code switching, police brutality, interracial relationships and more. It has strong family bonds in ways we're told don't exist anymore. It's relate-able. I grew up in a poor neighborhood where as a kid I was used to hearing gunshots too. Heck some made it through our roof, don't know how that happened but for awhile we had buckets in our house because of it. I remember saying "Mom..I need a bucket" because it was raining in the middle of my bedroom. I didn't realize as a kid how messed up it was that gunshots didn't faze me. And I know my white self still has a lot of white privilege. Privilege isn't a dirty word. But now I feel like i'm getting off track. Like I said though it's relate-able in so many ways and will be even more to others.

The characters in this book aren't just characters. They are real people, living in today's world. I've never felt characters more alive and true.

This book made me ugly cry. It made me have to put it down multiple times so I could get myself together. It also made me stay up late in order to finish it, which I never do. It also made me cry at a prayer...and that kind of stuff normally makes me roll my eyes.

I'm trying to be vague as I believe this is a book you need to experience for yourself. This book packs powerful truths that need to be heard. Please, if you can, get a hold of this book and read it! Yes, i'm begging you. It is truly deserving of all the hype and more. These messages need to be heard! Yes, especially if you are white. This book deserves every bit of the hype!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads

Top 5 Wednesday information at the Goodreads group Here.

1. Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

A Chinese-American Bisexual Main Character as well as other important diverse characters in a natural feeling way that I absolutely loved! It comes out May 2nd (I got an ARC from Netgalley) and I reviewed it Here. It's own voices for Chinese-American and Bisexuality too! I highly recommend checking it out!

2. Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver

There is a polyamorous relationship with 3 girls, one of which is a transgirl (who is also kick-ass!). It also deals with depression, anxiety, PTSD, physical disability and has POC. There is a non-binary character as well. The author identifies as non-binary, queer, and deals with chronic pain, medical issues and is neurodivergent, so it's also own voices in those respects! I read this in January and reviewed it Here. I highly recommend, well every book on this list so i'll quit repeating myself now! :)

3. The Abyss Surrounds Us and The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

A Duology that has bad-ass lesbian pirates fighting sea monsters. I reviewed the first one Here and the second one Here. Chameleon Moon also has a second book that recently came out though I haven't read it yet (but from what i've heard is equally as amazing!).

4. Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz

The Main Character, Etta, is a black bisexual girl recovering from an eating disorder and in love with Ballet. She is amazing as is the storyline. It's the first book I ever read with a bisexual character, at all, and I fell in love with it and Etta's voice! The author is also bisexual and has talked about her experience with an eating disorder before, so it's own voices for both of those things. It's also the first book I ever wrote a review for, so it's probably not the best review but it's Here if you wanna check it out.

5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I know this book will probably be on many lists, and for good reason! It's the story about 2 Mexican-American boys falling in love. It's deep, profound and beautiful in so many ways. I reviewed it Here.

What LGBTQ+ books do you love?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 2017 Book Haul #1

Since I seem to get a lot of Ebooks throughout the month (thanks to mostly) I figure i'll have 2 book hauls a month. One in the middle and one at the end. Unless you'd prefer one large one? Let me know!


Crap, just realized I forgot to put the Buffy complete collection DVD set in there. I had the complete Buffy DVD collection until a house fire over 4 years ago. Never got it again because I found out before I did that Buffy was on netflix, so I didn't need to bother...well apparently Buffy is no longer on netflix so....I got it again. I know it's not a book...but...Buffy! It's also the reason I got a lot less books this month physically than usual, but so totally worth it! Anyway onto the books!

I got Little Heaven and Suffer the Children in The Nocturnal Reader's book box which I reviewed Here.

Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

"An all-new epic tale of terror and redemption set in the hinterlands of midcentury New Mexico from the acclaimed author of The Troop—which Stephen King raved “scared the hell out of me and I couldn’t put it down...old-school horror at its best.”

From electrifying horror author Nick Cutter comes a haunting new novel, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and Stephen King’s It, in which a trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven. Shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. Stirrings in the woods and over the treetops—the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black Rock casts its terrible pall. Paranoia and distrust grips the settlement. The escape routes are gradually cut off as events spiral towards madness. Hell—or the closest thing to it—invades Little Heaven. The remaining occupants are forced to take a stand and fight back, but whatever has cast its dark eye on Little Heaven is now marshaling its powers...and it wants them all."

Sounds interesting. Got it in the book box, where it's always a surprise as to what's coming in it. I'll hopefully get to it eventually (I say as my TBR is giving me a death glare..ah the joys of being a bookworm).

Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie

"From an acclaimed horror writer, a chilling tale of blood-hungry children who rise from the dead in this innovative spin on apocalyptic vampire fiction.

Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave…and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were...but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds ten pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?"

Also got in the book box. Definitely want to get to this at some point!

The Lifeline Signal by RoAnna Sylver (Chameleon Moon #2)

"Parole is still burning. And now the day everyone has been waiting for is finally here: it’s collapsed. A lucky few managed to escape with their lives. But while their city burned, the world outside suffered its own devastating disaster. The Tartarus Zone is a deadly wasteland a thousand miles wide, filled with toxic storms, ghostly horrors, and just as many Eyes in the Sky as ever. Somehow, this new nightmare is connected to Parole. And it’s spreading.

Now Parole’s only hope lies in the hands of three teenagers reunited by their long-lost friend Gabriel - in their dreams. Growing up outside Parole, Shiloh Cole always had to keep xir energetic powers a secret, except from xir parents, Parole’s strategist-hero Garrett, and Tartarus expert Maureen. When Parole collapsed, all contact was lost. Now, connected by Gabriel and their colliding pasts, xie joins collapse survivor Annie and the enigmatic, charismatic Chance on a desperate cross-country race, carrying a disc of xir mother’s vital plans, whose encrypted contents may be Parole’s salvation. First they’ll board the FireRunner, a ship full of familiar faces that now sails through Tartarus’ poison storms. Together, they’ll survive Tartarus’ hazards, send a lifeline to lost Parole - and uncover the mystery connecting every one of them.

The world outside Parole isn't the one they remember, and it didn’t want them back. But they'll save it just the same. It's what heroes do."

I bought this as I loved Chameleon Moon so of course I had to get the sequel! It recently came out. I also still have to read the short stories. I reviewed Chameleon Moon #1 Here.

Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

"Mattie is chosen to play Romeo opposite her crush in the eighth grade production of Shakespeare’s most beloved play in this Romeo and Juliet inspired novel from the author of Truth or Dare.

Mattie, a star student and passionate reader, is delighted when her English teacher announces the eighth grade will be staging Romeo and Juliet. And she is even more excited when, after a series of events, she finds herself playing Romeo, opposite Gemma Braithwaite’s Juliet. Gemma, the new girl at school, is brilliant, pretty, outgoing—and, if all that wasn’t enough: British.

As the cast prepares for opening night, Mattie finds herself growing increasingly attracted to Gemma and confused, since, just days before, she had found herself crushing on a boy named Elijah. Is it possible to have a crush on both boys AND girls? If that wasn’t enough to deal with, things backstage at the production are starting to rival any Shakespearean drama! In this sweet and funny look at the complicated nature of middle school romance, Mattie learns how to be the lead player in her own life."

I heard about this because apparently some middle school had the author come talk about her books...but not this one oh no! It is a middle grade book..and it has a bisexual main character and an f/f romance. I was 13, in 7th grade (aka MIDDLE SCHOOL) when I realized than I am bisexual...and some people realize it even younger! There are plenty of LGBT+ kids out there and they all deserve to see themselves in books too, not just the straight kids that are seen everywhere. I'm not against straight people or hetero romances of course (this shouldn't need to be said but..yeah), i'm just saying that's everywhere and seen as normal and ok, but LGBT+ stuff is still often seen as not ok or "controversial" what the hell?!

LGBT+ kids deserve to see themselves too, to know they are not alone, that they are not freaks or evil or something "wrong". From what i've heard this is a cute sweet middle grade book with a bisexual mc and an f/f romance. Heck yeah I had to support it and buy it! I could have really used a book like this when I was in middle school, and there are kids out there today that deserve such books! I'm actually giving myself a headache right now from trying not to cry. This stuff is personal to me and very important.

Kindle Books

As usual most of these I got for free thanks to

2017 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide by many authors

"Do you love new planets, spaceships, and adventure?

You'll love this collection of science fiction stories, because it's stuffed full of amazing futuristic excitement!

Zip through the stars in spaceships while exploring uncharted universes in these amazing adventures for girls, boys and robots of all ages!

Get it now, and blast off today!"

A middle grade sci-fi anthology.

F*Ths (Friends that have sex #1) by G. L. Tomas

"Teddy had two rules—Live for the moment and never look back.

With wealth, good looks and confidence at her fingertips, nothing was going to stop her from living life to the fullest. Not even the secret she’s been forced to live with.

When Asher Rose met Teddy King, he knew it’d be trouble but it was just the kind of trouble he didn’t mind himself falling in, what he didn’t plan was falling hard for the girl no one could tame.
What happens when you take a trip on this sexy ride? An intense, messy and wild ride all the way down.

*FTHS is the Book One in a duology. It is intended for Adults 18+ for explicit casual sex, drug use and profanity."

I heard about this (and the second one) on Twitter and they were temporarily free. I don't remember the specifics but I heard bisexual character, disability, and POC characters so of course I was sold! I don't normally pick up New Adult books but if it's diverse i'll give it a shot!

Friends that Still... (Friends that have sex #2) by G. L. Tomas

"Teddy’s back in Miami with her mind made up. Live like it’s your last day. Love like it’s your last day.

The moment those steel-blue eyes gazed back into hers, there was no question. Asher wasn’t just the only one she wanted, but the only one she needed. This time around there would be no more room for regrets, but would they ever be more than friends that still…?"

The second one...not much else to say here.

Water Under the Bridge by Britney King

"As a woman who feels her clock ticking every single moment of the day, former bad girl Kate Anderson is desperate to reinvent herself. So when she sees a handsome stranger walking toward her, she feels it in her bones, there's no time like the present. He's the one.

Kate vows to do whatever it takes to have what she wants, even if that something is becoming someone else. Now, ten pounds thinner, armed with a new name, and a plan, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s created in her mind.

But Kate has secrets.

And too bad for her, that handsome stranger has a few of his own.

With twists and turns you won’t see coming, Water Under The Bridge explores the immense pressure that many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a protagonist whose hard edges and cutthroat ambition will leave you questioning your judgment and straddling the line between what’s right and wrong."

It was a free mystery/thriller, what more do you want from me!? :p

Sleepy Hollow: Rise Headless and Ride by Richard Gleaves

"NOTE: This E-Book edition INCLUDES "THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW" by Washington Irving (full text)!

"May I present the Last Descendant of Ichabod Crane..."

JASON CRANE just turned seventeen years old.

He's a STAR WARS fan and a history geek. He doesn't believe in ghosts or the afterlife. He doesn't believe in psychic powers or tarot cards. He doesn't believe in the Headless Horseman.

But Sleepy Hollow will change all that. Because Jason Crane has a heritage to claim. Jason Crane has a Gift to discover. And Jason Crane has an old enemy who will RISE HEADLESS AND RIDE.

THE JASON CRANE SERIES re-invents and re-imagines classic American ghost literature. Sleepy Hollow, Salem ("The House of the Seven Gables" and the infamous witch trials), and haunted Washington D.C. and Baltimore ("The Fall of the House of Usher" and other works of Edgar Allen Poe.)

The series is set in and among the real-life sights and Halloween events of the modern-day locations. Perfect for planning Halloween tourism! Every place mentioned in Book #1 exists for you to explore: Gory Brook Road, the Tarrytown Lighthouse, the ruin of the Horseman Bridge, the grave of Washington Irving, Patriot's Park, Philipsburg Manor and the haunted Burying Ground of the Old Dutch Church.

This eBook edition includes an online MAP of the sights mentioned in the story so that you can follow along or plan a trip. Step into the REAL village of Sleepy Hollow and the world of Jason Crane."

I don't even know the Sleepy Hollow story awesome...

The Kategan Alphas Vol 1. by T.A. Grey

"Read the first three books in the sexy & delightful Kategan Alphas series with this bundle. These hot romances will keep the pages turning in three fun-filled, spicy books that have it all: a tight-knit family, new love, healing, humor, and plenty of suspense and action. Learn why nearly one million copies of T. A. Grey's romances have been sold and watch as "paranormal" meets "contemporary" in this addicting series.

Erotic, funny, and action-packed, come join the Kategan family as they meet their mates, struggle to overcome darkness, and fall in love--whether they should or not. This series will keep the pages turning book after book as you, and the Kategans, fall in love. WARNING: these books contain sweet and dominating alpha men, smart & interesting heroines, sarcasm, and plenty of hot scenarios.

Each year lykaen princess Sarina Brunes goes through her mating cycle—a powerful force that makes the desire to mate nearly inescapable. When Sarina is sent away by her father to endure the mating cycle alone, she never expects a sexy Alpha to come to her doorstep.

When Alpha Vane Kategan stumbles upon Sarina in her cycle, he is determined to help her, if only to ease her pain. However, she denies them both what they so desperately want. But Vane won’t give up on his seduction until they both find bliss. What neither of them count on is falling in love.

Right when they need each other the most, they are torn apart by her father’s cruelty. Now Sarina must fight to be with the one she loves and risk losing the only family she has left in the process. Can Sarina escape her father’s grasp for the arms of the man she loves?

Once a vibrant woman, Alison Bennson suffered a terrible trauma at the hands of her ex. When her ex crashes back into her life with terrifying consequences, Alison must turn to the Kategans for help. Rome Kategan has been a haunting thought in her mind ever since she met the grinning rogue. If only she was the woman she used to be she could relax and enjoy the sexy male, but instead she is haunted by the past and fearful for the future.

Her past has emerged though with vengeance and with one purpose in mind for Alison—death. Rome Kategan swears to protect Alison with a passionate determination that frightens Alison almost more than her past.

The sight of her happily mated brothers has Vera biting her nails in frustration. When the opportunity arises for her to get away from it all she takes it—with one catch—Jackson Marsh. Jackson Marsh has been a pain in her ass from the moment she laid eyes on him. And now to repair his broken trust with her brother Rome, Jackson has agreed to protect Vera as she goes into enemy territory to negotiate the treaty between the Kategan Pack and the vampires.

However the change of scenery doesn’t do anything to help Vera’s mood for there was one thing she didn’t think about when she came up with her brilliant plan—seeing her ex vampire lover. Now with her ex vying for her affections again and Jackson sending her body and heart through a loop, Vera must decide with her heart, which has never fully healed itself from the past. In the midst of all the chaos, a vampire clan is threatening to take Kategan land. Together Vera and Jackson must fight to save Kategan land while trying to save each other from falling in love."

I saw free paranormal vampire romance...don't judge me.

The Vampyre; a Tale by John William Polidori

"The Vampyre is a short story by John William Polidori. It is based on a fragment written by Lord Byron in 1816 during a gathering of author friends who, trapped inside due to bad weather, decided to write ghost stories. At the request of a friend, Polidori wrote a complete story from the premise outlined in Byron's fragment. Without either author's prior knowledge, the story was published in the April 1819 issue of New Monthly Magazine as "The Vampyre: A Tale by Lord Byron"; despite immediate protests from both Byron and Polidori, the attribution stuck, for a well-known author such as Byron attracted a much better audience.

The Vampyre was the first vampire story in English prose, and as such had a wide-ranging influence, almost singlehandedly creating the now-popular image of the vampire as an aristocratic seducer."

I used to think Dracula was the first vampire story, then I heard about Carmilla which predates Dracula...and now i've just recently heard about this story which pre-dates Carmilla. WHERE DOES IT REALLY START ALREADY?! Ahem, apparently here...I think. It's so old that you can download it for free as an ebook, public domain and all that. That is what I have done.

The Scarlet Thread by D.S. Murphy

"My name Kaidance Monroe, and sometimes when I touch people, I see how they die. After I saw my little brother’s death but failed to stop it, my parents abandoned me to a juvenile detention facility. I don’t let people touch me anymore. Not my fingertips, not my skin, not my heart. I make my own clothes by stitching together the donations we get; usually a bunch of crap that fits like a parachute. My sweater is a patchwork of different shades of inky, dark squares. I make plain gray skirts that hang to my knees, with cute or funny T-shirts sewed in. They clash ironically with my unsmiling face. My Allstar high-tops are black and frayed, like my soul.

I also wear a chunk of brightly colored legos around my neck. My little brother was working on it the day he died. The day I failed to save him. It’s unfinished, so I’ll never know what it was meant to be. Most days, I just try to get by. But then I got a visit from a cute guy, who tricked me into giving up my secrets. He said I was special. That he needed me. For a while, I believed him. But once I found out what I could really do, I learned everybody wanted the power I possessed. The power to destroy deities. To kill gods. To end the world... or to save it. My heart is torn, and those I loved most betrayed me. I'm trying so hard to do what's right, but nobody can tell me what that is anymore, and the moral boundaries I'd always let define my life have been shattered. Whose rules should I obey now? Or do I have to make my own?

The Scarlet Thread is a dark fantasy for fans of Greek mythology and Gothic romance. Fans of Fallen and Percy Jackson will be captivated by this mashup of fallen angels and forgotten gods.

This is PART ONE of the first book in the Fated Destruction series."

As I sit here wondering when my tablet full of kindle books will finally explode...

What About Today by Dawn Lanuza

"Aiden's stuck working for his family's amusement park, Funtastic World, for the whole summer. Nothing amuses him, until he met this terrified girl.
Gemma's stuck in Funtastic World thinking she could handle the park's rides. She couldn't. Good thing she met someone to guide her.
As the day comes to a close, Aiden and Gemma ask themselves if one day is ever enough to decide if they were better off as friends or strangers."

It's a short story, sounds cute, was free and I saw amusement park. For some reason that intrigues me.

Trapped (The Prometheus Project #1) by Douglas E. Richards

"From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the adult thriller, WIRED, THE PROMETHEUS PROJECT: TRAPPED is the first book in a critically acclaimed science fiction series for kids.

Ryan and Regan Resnick have just moved to the world's most boring place. But when they discover their parents are part of an ultra-secret project called Prometheus they are plunged into a nonstop adventure: one that will be the ultimate test of their wit, courage, and determination. Soon they are under attack and facing hostile alien worlds, alien technology, and unimaginable dangers at every turn. Now, with their mother facing certain death, they must race to solve a seemingly impossible mystery to have any hope of saving her. But if they save their mom, they will have no way to save themselves. . ."

It was free and I looked at reviews on Goodreads while I was deciding if I should download it or not, as it's a children's sci-fi book. Obviously I decided to download it..

Making Love by Aidan Wayne

"Carla the cupid is an excellent shot, but her chemistry is so bad that most of her matches don’t last. Her dream is to shoot a True Love pair, but until her scores improve, she’s relegated to the Puppy Love division of Aphrodite Agency.

Leeta, a succubus, is looking for a True Love match. Which is highly unusual, as most succubi are aromantic. But Aphrodite Agency—her only hope—turns her away because the receptionist can’t believe she’s not just looking for an easy meal.

Carla agrees to take Leeta’s case on freelance. She figures it’s a win-win: Carla gets to put a succubus’s True Love match on her résumé, and Leeta gets to find her True Love! Except as Carla tries to find a match for Leeta, she finds herself maybe . . . relieved when the matches don’t end well. And Leeta seems to be getting pickier and pickier. Things will never work out until Carla learns enough about chemistry to figure out who’s truly best for Leeta, and until Leeta can admit what—or who—she truly wants.

Word Count: 22,800
Cover by: L.C. Chase"

I bought this one. It's a short paranormal F/F romance that seems perfect for Valentine's day.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

"Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by an earthshaking mystery—and a fight to control a gargantuan power.

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?"

I've heard a lot of good things about this book and the sequel recently came out! I bought it as it was on sale for a bit, and I managed to get paid on the last day of the sale and snatched it up quick! I wanted to check it out so why not get it during a sale?

The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker

"Soon to be a major motion picture!

Cherry blossom lipstick: check
Smokey eyes: check
Skinny jeans: check
Dead kid in the mirror: check

For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too.

Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally.

Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance.

Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim…

Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her?"

Heard a little bit about it, not much, but it sounded good. I like Ghost stories and I saw it was free, so I got it.

The Carnival Keepers by Amber Gulley

"It's 1879, and James - a time-wasting escapist - is trying to win a bet.

His challenges include purchasing a lighthouse, hosting a séance, and spending the night with his father's prize-winning stallion in a notoriously haunted attic.

But the Carnival is in town for the All Hallows' Eve celebrations, and the London fog has other ideas for James. Something vicious is waiting in the shadows, ready to lead him towards a destiny he could never have imagined."

I haven't heard a single thing about this book. I had a couple $'s left to spend and some Ebooks are $1-3 so I was browsing the Amazon Kindle store and came upon this for $3...and it looked I bought it. It wasn't on my TBR at all and I have heard diddly squat about it. It just came out this year, February 21st, and only has 18 ratings on Goodreads so far. My TBR pile keeps growing...and I regret nothing.

The Big Lead by Libby Kirsch

"Stella Reynolds is new to the job, new to the state, and new to making mistakes in front of thousands of people, but that’s exactly what she signs up for when she takes a job as a TV reporter in the mountains of Bozeman, Montana. Being on live TV in a small town has never been so funny, until Stella covers the town’s first murders in years.

When the prime suspect’s girlfriend enlists Stella to help clear his name, she uncovers another shocking crime that could expose a handful of powerful insiders.

Who is honest, who can’t be trusted, and who committed the murders? Stella is on a tight deadline to find out. Can she help free an innocent man, or will the real culprit get away with murder?"

It was free and sounded interesting.

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

"If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it.

That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth."

Cupcakes, Werewolves, Vampires and yes, it was free. Of course I downloaded it.

No Kiss Goodbye by Janelle Harris

"Kids change your life, they said. Things will never be the same again, they said. Isn't it wonderful, they said. But no one knows what to say now.

My husband wants to take the kids. My husband thinks the accident was my fault. My husband thinks I need help. But I think he wants rid of me."

Psychological Thriller

The Punished by Peter Meredith

"There is no way out.
The house takes them, flies in the web, and won't let them go.
The house is beautiful and silent as a tomb.
There are children at play, pretending to live as their souls are sucked out of them.
There is no way out. The doors are locked and the windows hammered shut.
Some have been there for years, their minds warped into insanity by the fear and pain. Curt is new and can't understand why no one speaks and why the only sounds come from the night. He wonders what it is that comes out of the basement when the sun goes down.
There is no way out until you are cold and stiff.

What the readers say about The Punished:

"I did not expect the chilling supernatural story that is The Punished."

"...and I will never forget this one. Five stars, 100%, I give it the highest praise I have to offer."

"...and it left me spinning in my chair. There’s more to it than horror; there’s mystery and nail-biting suspense.""

I like horror..

The Girl Who Heard Everything by Ian Pendle and Jack Lewis

"A lonely moor. A chilling wind. A terrible crime that they had to hide. They thought they were alone, but she heard everything.

Disgraced news presenter Emma Underhill goes back to her childhood village to recover from an eye operation. She had vowed never to go back there, and she knows that old enemies wait for her in the sleepy place, yearning for revenge for something she did early in her career.

On the way there, her brother-in-law stops to meet a friend. Emma gets out of the car. With her eyes covered in bandages, all she can see is darkness. The countryside is a lonely place, and with Mark gone she feels alone.

And then she hears noises. A man and a woman are at the bottom of the hill. She hears the sound of a shovel hitting the earth, and then the couple’s voices as they talk about burying a body. She tries to back away, but they know she’s there.

Someone is dead, and only Emma heard the killers’ voices. Then it hits her; they saw her. They know what she looks like. She realises that they could be anybody. The village becomes a sinister place, where every person she passes could be one of the murderers. Who are they? Who did they kill?

Nobody in the village believes her. As Emma tries to find out the truth, the killers make it clear they won’t leave her alone. They won’t rest until she leaves the village. If she stays, they’ll make sure she can never tell anyone."

Sounds interesting, was free. Things need to stop being free before my Tablet starts plotting it's revenge on me!

The Forgotten by Saruuh Kelsey

"Good and goodness will prevail.

Honour and Horatia Frie are twins living in a world of wreck and ruin.

Forgotten London is a dismal place of containment, rationing, and a four-family-per-house regulation. Twenty five years ago the world was set ablaze when solar flares obliterated three quarters of the Earth’s population and wiped out whole continents in one blow. The flares brought with them The Sixteen Strains: agonizing and fatal diseases that plague each of the forty one zones of Forgotten London and the rest of the world. The only places that escaped fatal damage were two countries now known as The Cities – States and Bharat. The rest of the world – The Forgotten Lands – is contained within borders for the people’s protection against even deadlier Strains outside the barrier. But fifteen year old Honour thinks differently. He thinks that they’re kept inside the fence for other, more menacing reasons. He thinks that States are planning to kill them.

Branwell and Bennet Ravel are twins living in a world of danger and secrecy.

In Victorian London, years before the solar flares hit, the Ravels’ world has just been turned upside down. Their father, poisoned by something even genius Branwell can’t determine, has passed away. His dying words were unnerving orders to keep each other safe no matter the cost, and to hide everything he has ever invented. When one of his creations goes missing – a device named The Lux that can generate unlimited energy – the twins are shocked to discover that their very own government has stolen it and, according to their father’s journals, are planning to use it to create unfathomable explosions to destroy their world."

I heard about this on Twitter, that it was free and somehow LGBT+. I don't know anything about it but LGBT+ was enough for me.

Ruthless People by J.J. McAvoy

"Ruthless People #1…the book that started it all…

"One Marriage + Two Bosses = 3X the Chaos."

To the outside world, they look like American royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, and rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two bosses, cultures, and hearts.

Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern day Chicago and follows the life and marriage of Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan - rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Theirs is an arranged marriage with the goal of ending years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians. Liam assumes he's getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need...he’ll soon find out that his wife to be does not fit that mold.

Melody knows exactly what type of man Liam is and would rather die than give up the power she has spent her life earning.

The mafia of the past has evolved, and with rival bosses gunning for their family, Melody and Liam will have to learn to work as one to take down those who stand in their way."

I don't remember what happened here. It must have sounded interesting enough or something.

Awakened by Brenda K. Davies

"Traumatized by her past, and struggling to move on from it, Sera has spent the past three years of college hiding herself from the world and content to stay that way. A chance encounter with Liam shatters her sheltered world, leaving her stunned and shaken by the strange feelings and emotions he arises in her, feelings she never thought she would experience and that frighten her in their intensity. Harboring a dark and deadly secret of his own, Liam knows that he should stay away from Sera; that he will only bring her more hurt, but he is irresistibly drawn to her and unable to deny himself the pleasure that only she can bring to him. But when their pasts collide with their present, and Liam’s true nature is revealed, will their love for each other be enough, or will they be torn apart forever?

Mature readers 18+"

Vampire romance...I love vampires...don't judge me. :p

Have you read any of these books? If so what did you think of them? No spoilers please! :)