August 21, 2017

Review: Magnolia Nights

Magnolia Nights

Magnolia Nights by Ashley Farley

Expected publication: September 12th, 2017
My rating:
5 of 5 stars

I received Magnolia Nights free in exchange for an honest review from the promotion team of caffeinated book services

Ellie Pringle is the primary benefactor of her grandmother Eleanor's estate and inherits a great fortune. Besides the inheritance, she is also left with a lot of emotional damage and hidden traumatic memories of her childhood, which she intends to uncover with the help of her family, friends, and therapist. Along with her journey to discover her past, we encounter some characters that stick out in my mind. Maddie, the caretaker, Abbott, Ellie's biological father, Julian the love interest, Lia her twin sister and her two cute little nieces.
Magnolia Nights is an incredible story about a daughter who is tormented by her emotionally abusive and overbearing mother. Growing up in a wealthy household under strict rules, Ashton plans to escape her mother's terrifying grip and decides to move to New York to make a fresh start which leads her to a successful modeling career. She eventually finds herself pregnant, and rumors about her baby father(Abbotts) infidelity leaves her no choice but to go live back home until the baby(ies) are born. Ashton gives birth to twins: Ellie and Lia.
Ellie's grandmother, Eleanor, does not take kindly to the news of her daughter's "mistakes" and proves to be the source of Ellies mother's, Ashton's, demise and death.
The book chapters fluctuate character points of views over the span of 35 years or more between Ashton, Abbott, and Ellie, while the story is mainly focused on Ellie the main character. I love an HEA, and the book was fantastic.

Goodreads Summary

Ellie Pringle has spent endless hours and countless dollars working with a therapist to remember the lost years of her childhood. She’s baffled and more than a little intrigued when the grandmother she hasn’t seen in thirty-four years dies and leaves her a fortune. The time has come to face her past in person. Still reeling from a recent breakup of a long-term relationship, and with nothing to keep her in San Francisco, Ellie packs her meager belongings and boards a plane for the South Carolina Lowcountry. Standing in the entryway of her grandmother’s antebellum home on South Battery Street in Charleston, Ellie faces the first of many ghosts who will soon haunt her. On her first night in the creepy, creaking mansion, as she’s perusing the titles in a dusty bookcase, she comes across her deceased mother’s leather-bound journal. Her mother’s words create more unanswered questions and send her on a quest to find more journals. As Hurricane Irma bears down on the South Carolina coast, Ellie encounters Julian Hagood, a handsome architect who has the talent to restore her dilapidated mansion and the charm to mend her broken heart. But as Ellie reads her mother’s diaries, they dislodge a stone in the wall that safeguards her memories, causing her world to come crumbling down. Revelations about her childhood lead Ellie on a harrowing journey of discovery that will hold readers spellbound until the dramatic conclusion.

About the Author


Ashley Farley writes books about women for women. Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues. Her goal is to keep you turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. If her story stays with you long after you've read the last word, then she's done her job. After her brother died in 1999 of an accidental overdose, she turned to writing as a way of releasing her pent-up emotions. She wrote SAVING BEN in honor of Neal, the boy she worshipped, the man she could not save. Ashley is a wife and mother of two young adult children. While she’s lived in Richmond, Virginia for the past 21 years, part of her heart remains in the salty marshes of the South Carolina Lowcountry where she grew up. Through the eyes of her characters, she’s able to experience the moss-draped trees, delectable cuisine, and kind-hearted folks with lazy drawls that make the area so unique. Visit her website for more information

August 11, 2017

Madonna's Brother Lives To Tell

Life with My Sister Madonna

Life with My Sister Madonna by Christopher Ciccone


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love reading a good autobiography once in awhile, and Madonna has always intrigued me. I listened to her music growing up, and whenever I hear her early songs, it brings back feels and memories for me. For example: Like a Virgin, Holiday, Live to Tell. I must admit I do love her. Always have. I never knew her brother, so reading from his point of view is new and exciting I think.

It took awhile to finish this biography autobiography telling of Madonna from her brother's perspective. I felt sorry for him most of the time because I know how sisters can be. It mustn't have been that easy for Christopher Ciccone to be controlled by a control freak. I'm not sure if Madonna would be in a better position if it weren't for her brother. It sounds like Madonna very much used him and then abused him which lead to him writing this book as part of his therapy which Madonna paid for nonetheless.
I liked the family pictures and other photo references of Madonna's life and his.
I never knew Madonna had a brother who traveled and worked for her on tours nor had I known he was gay. I do remember how most of her dancers were gay yadda yada. Everyone knows, but her brother managed to keep aloof somehow at least he managed to stay unpopular which is sad in a way.


June 24, 2017

Review: The Madman's Daughter

You are now the main character in the last book that you read. Who are you?

I am The Madman's Daughter stuck on an Island with two male prospects

The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)

The Madman's Daughter(#1) by Megan Shepherd

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Audiobook narrated by Lucy Rayner

I'm sure you already know that The Madman's Daughter is based on H.G. Wells' Island of Dr. Moreau.
Juliet finds herself 'orphaned' and in desperate need of housing when she runs into Montgomery, a long-time childhood servant of her families, whom she hasn't seen in years. He takes Juliet on a long journey back to an Island far in the Pacific. It is here she meets her father again. She believed, like everyone, that he was dead but she soon finds out that the rumors about him being a madman are true. Her father is doing things to animals he keeps on the Island, turning them into human looking creatures and vice versa. He says he is their god. The animals have a set of commandments they must adhere to even. Only these creatures eventually turn on him. Ajax, in particular, has chosen to regress back to his original animal form.
There is a love interest between Juliet and Montgomery and secrets are revealed about a certain character called Edward Prince. Balthazar is one of Dr. Moreau's creatures who serves his purpose well.
I was glad Juliet was able to escape off that God forsook Island, however, not in the current fashion. Leaving her closest friends behind.
I won't be reading the other books in this trilogy because I am not interested.
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June 7, 2017

Gin Blanco Rocks the Park in Unraveled

Unraveled (Elemental Assassin, #15)

Unraveled (Elemental Assassin Series Book #15) by Jennifer Estep


Genre: Urban Fantasy
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published August 30th, 2016 by Pocket Books
Audiobook on Youtube
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang 👍👍👈
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"The more I tried to uncover the past, the more unraveled I felt myself, like a spiderweb that was slowly disintegrating one strand at a time into nothingness." 
Publisher's Summary 

After the shocking revelations of the previous book, Bitter Bite, the world of Ashland’s become even more sinister, and Gin Blanco (aka Ashland’s most fearsome assassin, the Spider) no longer knows who—or what—she can count an unexpected. Only one thing is certain: danger and new enemies await Gin in Unraveled, Book 15 in the New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series that RT Book Reviews calls “unbeatable entertainment!” What could go wrong when you’re trying to unravel a decades-old conspiracy? As the current queen of the Ashland underworld, you would think that I, Gin Blanco, would know all about some secret society controlling things from behind the scenes. I might be the Spider, the city’s most fearsome assassin, but all my Ice and Stone elemental magic hasn’t done me a lick of good in learning more about “the Circle”. Despite my continued investigations, the trail’s gone as cold as the coming winter. So when Finnegan Lane, my foster brother, gets word of a surprising inheritance, we figure why not skip town for someplace less dangerous for a few days? That place: Bullet Pointe, a fancy hotel resort complex plus Old West theme park that Finn now owns the lock, stock, and barrel. At first, all the struttin’ cowboys and sassy saloon girls are just hokey fun. But add in some shady coincidences, and Circle assassins are lurking all around, and vacationing becomes wilder—and deadlier—than any of us expected. Good thing this assassin brought plenty of knives to the gunfight …


The events of Unraveled happen around Christmastime. It's strange to read about cold weather, Christmas trees, snow globes, fireplaces burning and hot chocolate in June. Ah well, any day is a good day for an adventure with Gin Blanco. IF~ just for the food!

Gin is staked outside Jonah McAllister's house in the cold because it's her only lead to uncovering who the Circle members are. When it comes to Hugh Tucker though, the vampire who tortured her and killed her mother and sister Annabella she isn't about to give up because only losers quit and as far as she's concerned Hugh is going to die.


Deirdre Shaw left Finn an inheritance. A cowboy-ish vacation hotel. Bullet Pointe themed park and hid some gems somewhere in and around the Hotel. Nobody knows where they are, so visitors and guests are welcome to go on a scavenger hunt.


That leads to a major gunfight at the OK corral for Gin. It doesn't just happen once. But her friends, Finn, Bria and Owen get captured, and she is on her own to fight the evil. She works best alone anyway. I enjoyed how she took on 14 giants at night in a themed park. Gin you rock girl! In an Elemental kinda way :)

June 4, 2017

Review: Lord of Shadows

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A 2017 New Release Published on May 23rd, 2017
Hardcover, 699 fun pages!
Narrated by:  James Marsters 👍👌💟

Goodreads Synopsis
Would you trade your soul mate for your soul? 

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.
Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.
When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

"Warning" Major Spoilers


Oh-My-God! What just happened?!!~ Annabel disappeared!?!!! Annabel, aka Lady Midnight, might be the Queen of Air and Darkness too. On the one hand, she evaporates in a dark cloud of smoke right after Livvy dies. Annabel killed her. She went on a killing spree and killed Robert Lightwood as well and some of the guards. For that, I really don't blame her. It was the Clave and those in power that plotted her death a century ago, to begin with, right?
I think it was Emma who thought Livvy looked like Annabel. What if Livvy comes back as Annabel Lol. Annabel feels scorned as a criminal, maybe she will change herself to look like Livvy? Somehow? You know, like Tessa Gray could do? That is just my crazy theory.
Annabel is a shadow hunter who died, unjustly, a century ago, at the hands of the Clave. She was in love with Malcolm Fade, a warlock who practiced necromancy on Annabel. She ends up killing him. It's a long sad story.

I enjoyed being back in the London Institute, recalling a time when Tessa, Will, and Jem lived there. It kind of even felt the same apparently. Also, Jessamine is a ghost.

The end was exciting and heartwrenching. I know some people are very upset about Livy. Her brother Ty and Mark look like they could become Parabatai, now that Livy is gone. 

The final chapter 29-Ultima Thule is subjected to taking place in Idris. I hate politics, and most of it happens in Idris, where the Clave Consul and Inquisitor are. Magnus has Alicante well warded and safe from unsuspecting enemies, but he is sick. I thought it was because he was out of magic juice, depleted and needed recharging. I don't really know what is happening to him, but I imagine the black book will have the answers they seek. At least for Magnus' sake, and especially regarding Julien and Emma's HEA.
Ever since the Cold Peace sanctions against the Fair Folk, the Unseelie King sought to destroy the Shadowhunters. He isn't happy. He wants all Shadowhunters stripped of their powers and turn them into mundanes. Lol as if.

I loved The Lord of Shadows!! Love love loved it!


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May 19, 2017

Review: Wicked Abyss

Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark, #18)

Wicked Abyss(Immortals After Dark #18) by Kresley Cole

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hardcover, 384 pages
Narrated by Robert Petkoff 👌👍👄✌

I'm amazed at another one of Kresley Cole's brilliant masterpieces! I love the characters, i.e., Uthyr, Sian, Calliope aka Lila, and the demon realm, Pandemonia, aka Wicked Abyss. At first glimpse it seemed dark, scary and void but no! It was beautiful and magical. I loved everything about Wicked Abyss! I envy Calliope's wardrobe/clothes closet. I would definitely fancy wearing just about anything worth conjuring in the way of dress. The only character I didn't like is the arrogant and lying son of a bitch Saetth. Calliope's cousin is the ruler/king of Sylvan and is a dick.

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Goodreads Synopsis: 

This fairy tale doesn’t end with a kiss… A spellbinding Immortals After Dark tale from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole!
The terrifying king of hell... As a boy, Abyssian “Sian” Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has transformed him into a demonic monster—just as she’s been reincarnated. Sian captures the delicate but bold female, forcing her back to hell.
Meets his match. Princess Calliope “Lila” Barbot’s people have hated and feared Abyssian and his alliance of monsters for aeons. When the beastly demon imprisons her in his mystical castle, vowing revenge for betrayals she can’t remember, Lila makes her own promise: to bring down the wicked beast for good.
Can two adversaries share one happily-ever-after? As Calliope turns hell inside out, the all-powerful Sian finds himself defenseless against his feelings for her. In turn, Lila reluctantly responds to the beast’s cleverness and gruff vulnerability. But when truths from a far distant past are revealed, can their tenuous bond withstand ages of deceit, a curse, and a looming supernatural war?

May 18, 2017

A 2017 New Release ~ Shadow's Seduction


Shadow's Seduction (Immortals After Dark, #17; The Dacians, #2) by Kresley Cole

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Paperback, 248 pages

Shadow's Seduction is about two male creatures of the Lore: A Vampire of Dacia and the other, a Demon of Abbadon. Mirceo is the spoilt rich Vampire who desires Caspion the tracker. We know Caspion from Shadow's Claim. Inevitably they kiss and sparks ensue from that point.
Shadow's Seduction is shorter in length than any other book in the Immortals After Dark series. There isn't much to the story other than the sex but I was happy that Lothaire, Trehan and Bettina made an appearance.

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Goodreads Synopsis: 

In this scorching Immortals After Dark/Dacian novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole brings together a wicked vampire prince used to getting everything he desires and a demon warrior who always felt like an outcast. 
A NIGHT OF DEBAUCHERY . . . 
Prince Mirceo Daciano and his new friend, Caspion the Tracker, comb the streets of Dacia, drunkenly seeking out pleasures of the flesh. In what should have been a typical night, they coax a bevy of nymphs to bed. To impress their females, the demon and the vampire kiss on a dare. 
CHANGES THEM FOREVER . . . 
Once they finally break away from their soul-searing kiss, they find themselves alone--and shaken. Had they imagined their explosive chemistry? Obstacles--ranging from a death sentence to exile in a war-torn dimension--threaten to destroy their lives . . . and the vulnerable promise in that one kiss. 
HOW LONG CAN THEY RESIST THE FIRE THAT BLAZES BETWEEN THEM? 
Even if Mirceo accepts Caspion as his fated mate, the seductive vampire still must convince the stubborn demon that their bond is forever. And any royal Dacian union must receive the blessing of King Lothaire, an unpredictable and savage killer. . . .