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! :)

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