Review - Fall of Night by Rachel Caine

Fall of Night (The Morganville Vampires #14)
by Rachel Caine
Publisher - Allison and Busby
Released - May 3rd 2013
Purchase - Amazon | The Book Depository 

Thanks to its unique combination of human and vampire residents, Morganville, Texas, is a small college town with big-time problems. When student Claire Danvers gets the chance to experience life on the outside, she takes it. But Morganville isn’t the only town with vampire trouble...

Claire never thought she’d leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate program at MIT, she can’t pass up the opportunity. Saying good-bye to her friends is bittersweet, especially since things are still raw and unsettled between Claire and her boyfriend, Shane.

Her new life at MIT is scary and exciting, but Morganville is never really far from Claire’s mind. Enrolled in a special advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a former Morganville native, Claire is able to work on her machine, which is designed to cancel the mental abilities of vampires.

But when she begins testing her machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire starts to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she’ll ever make...

WARNING: Spoilers if you haven't got this far!

Fourteen books into a series, what do you really expect? How can the characters relationships last this long? What other stories can come from Rachel Caine's The Morganville Vampire Series? These are the questions that surrounded my mind from the moment I received this book. I didn't know if I was ready to commit that there is only one book left after 5 years devoted to this series. To be perfectly honest I was completely numb to my expectations, I want to be surprised and alas fan-girly over my favourite characters. My answer: YES I WAS!

It was ironic to think that the actual setting for this book wasn't in Morganville. Claire wanted to find herself somewhere else without the danger of fangs, blood and/or being the prey. But also after finding that Shane couldn't trust tore her apart more than she knew. With a place at MIT her dream placement, she couldn't refuse that Amelie would let her go, branch out from the border and from her normal Morganville life. This particular plot had it advantages and its disadvantages; without the thrill of the danger of Morganville, or the chills up your spine, I was unafraid what was going to happen next. Basically it lacked it dangerous, dramatic nature that we all love about Morganville. But Rachel Caine certainly has a way with words, her style is undeniable when its unputadownable.

Fall of Night was full of very energetic and interesting characters and personas. In this book Claire was a more vulnerable, and uncertain character in Fall of Night. Without the comfort of her friends she had very little familiarities around her. However, Morganville was still part of her, she had back bone, courage and knowledge of what to do in near-death or dangerous situations. Then Enter the vampires and that's when it gets very interesting, Jesse aka Lady Grey was a kick-ass, red-headed bartender who has a tendency to some good, or so she thought. Jesse was such a great character to contend with yet she was so mysterious that you just wanted to know more about her. Oliver, moody as ever, good ol' Myrinin without his crazy bunny slippers *sighs*, I missed those, Ha! And the Morganville gang; Shane, Eve and Michael. What I didn't like about Rachel's development of the characters was centered on Eve, I felt she was very whiny and completely out of her comfort zone that she felt the need to scream constantly throughout her existence of the book. It was a little tedious.

As relationships go is was pretty vague, rather it being about passion, love and danger, Fall of Night focused on soul searching and life journeys for one to find their true nature. Claire had to trust herself without Shane, but it was clear that when he followed it was out of love and protectiveness. A reason to have mixed emotions by from Claire's perspective and even I. I wasn't disappointed when Shane entered the novel, because I loved reading from his perspective and how raw his feelings for Claire really. While Claire had it hard, her decisions effected those closer to her, her friendships came at a price at saving them.

Once it was 'Morganville, You will never want to leave'! Now its 'You can't take the girl out of Morganville' and I think I prefer it that way. Personally I wouldn't mind living their and being a kick-ass regular town gal! Rachel Caine took a risk and in the end it was wise choice indeed. Though there is still on unanswered questions: Which side will win, Vampires or Humans? Daylighters the FINAL installment to The Morganville Series will take on it biggest battle ever; Vampires vs Humans! Oh and did you all know Rachel Caine has agreed to do a series based on Morganville. I'd be very interested to see what will become that one...

Rating - 4 Stars

Thank you to Allison and Busby for my review copy for a honest review. 
**Also Thank you to the lovely Aa'Ishah for doing a read-along with me. You can see her review here** 

Blog Tour: Review - Nearly Broken by Devon Ashley

Today, I'm part of the Nearly Broken by YA Bound. I'm really glad to be part of this tour and this post. My stop is a Review of Nearly Broken, I hope y'all enjoy it. But first here is a little more about this book...

Nearly Broken 
by Devon Ashley
Release Date: 06/04/13
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Summary from Goodreads:

We’d both gone missing at one point, but Claire had one thing I didn’t. Someone to notice. So why was I the one still here and she the one still gone?

Nineteen year old Megan Smith has spent the past year working in a small town diner in the middle of nowhere. Life is quiet, simple, safe. Then comes the news that her look-a-like has gone missing.


Still damaged both physically and mentally, Megan's not looking to be noticed. Wherever she goes from here, it's a road she needs to take alone. But when Nickolas Ellis takes the job as the new nightshift cook, it scares her how easily her defenses crumble down, down, down for him. But there are secrets she can't bear to share with just anyone, unspeakable acts that continue to haunt, and when the similarities of Claire’s abduction couples with the fear of an unwanted visitor in town, the urge to run before it all happens again intensifies, threatening the only happiness Megan's ever found.

New Adult Romantic Suspense / Realistic Fiction
Recommended for 17+ for mature and disturbing situations, language and sexual content.

The above warning is recommended and one with a secure stomach that's for sure. The first 60% of the book was absolutely brilliant, I divulged it in no less than a day, but the last 40% was very eye opening in the complete wrong way. Like all NA books they have become of my addicted source of fiction and I will never get enough of them. So in all fairness I still enjoyed this novel, despite some of my regards for it, which I will explain now.

In Megan Smith's world, she is a waitress everyday of the 2 years of her life every since the fatal incident that changed her life completely. But when a lady says "Claire" she doesn't immediately denies it. This is at first that I have just realised this. Yet she denies herself any chance of another life only the one that she is living now. Her eerie photo of being on a missing her shakes her but not enough to know anything about it. Then to add to it, a new cook, gorgeous and a damn fine chief captures her attention to the fullest...but her deepest and darkest series lies dominant between her relationships and we will haunt in many more ways to come. My own description of 'eerie' and 'haunting' really captures this whole book from the beginning but in different ways. 

Megan? Claire? Who is she is what she wants to know, and so do I! That is what puzzled me, everything she felt confused by so did I and admire that from Devon. That is one particular skill that I really enjoy in books such as these. But Megan Smith begins as a fragile, isolated girl, scared of own life that is before her. But when she meets Nick, her view of life changes because of him, he didn't care about the scars both physically and metaphorically, they are part of who she is but they don't have to rule her, and I felt that. Nickolas was just such a heart throb, although I was suspicious of him with his closeness and abruptness, his looks and sensitiveness over come me and that's what made the first half of the of the book.

Like I said the first half was about building relationships and discovering a light at the end of a very dark tunnel, but the second half indeed disturbed and haunted me. Personally it was like taking a trip down history with the Slave Trade, it was awful. Megan/Claire has indeed been through hell and back again. The viciousness of the attacks sent unwanted chills through your body and for me that is what ruined the book for me. Yes it did resolved, but when I finished it, I was indeed left...blank really. I couldn't comprehend what I have just read. 

What really got me and what disturbs me the most is how unputdownable it was. I couldn't stop myself from reading it. I was compulse to know what happened to her and what will become of Megan and Nick. So despite my regards for the story Devon's style completely blew me away. 

Rating - 3.5

About the Author
Devon Ashley was born in Huntington Beach but has spent most of her life residing in Texas. She spends a great deal of her time taking care of her husband and son but always seems to find time to write, knit and create unique decorative pieces. She particularly likes to write Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. Interesting Fact: Devon Ashley shares her birthday with her favorite author, Jane Austen.

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Blog Tour - Review: Catching Liam by Sophia Bleu

Today, I'm part of the Catching Liam by Xpresso Tours. I'm really glad to be part of this tour and this post. My stop is a Review of Catching Liam, I'm excited about this post as its one my highlights of Contemporary so far this year. I hope y'all enjoy it. But first here is a little more about this book...

Catching Liam (Good Girls Don't #1)
by Sophia Bleu
Publication date: Summer 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Purchase - Amazon

Twenty-one year-old Jillian Nichols only has one rule when it comes to boys: catch and release. Boy-catching isn't just a game for Jillian and her friends, it's a lifestyle. After all, boys might be good for a dance or a drink and certainly a little under-cover action of the scandalous variety, but expect much else and you're bound for heart ache.

So when her best friends and fellow boy catchers start dropping like flies junior year, Jillian is determined to keep boys in her bedroom and out of her heart. Until she meets Liam McAvoy, the kind of guy that sticks around to make waffles and who can't—or perhaps won't—take a hint.

Study abroad student Liam doesn't want to be another notch on Jillian's bedpost. Actually he has much more interesting ideas for Jillian and her bedposts, but his student visa's set expiration date means he can't promise her forever. That doesn't mean he's going to walk away from the challenge of discovering why Jillian is hell-bent at keeping people at a distance.

Before long, neither is sure who is catching who—or if they're playing for keeps. Jillian knows one thing though: falling in love will not only break the only rule of boy-catching, it could also break her heart.

When I signed up for this tour I was in my element of NA fiction and I completely forgot about this tour until I started reading this book. It didn't take me long to read it... with its cute and happy cover all you can see is true love with a hint of passion. (Was that too much... well you'll see in my review, why I came to that conclusion)

The story begins with Jillian a Uni Student facing her decision of her major along with a night of passion, what she didn't know was that this innocent guy known as Liam would stay longer than the night. Thus beginning a very emotional and complicated relationship ahead of them. It wasn't a unique or refreshing take on a NA plotline, however like many NA fiction it's addictive so you can't let it stop there and I didn't for me. It opened my eyes in some ways and it made me understand life from a very different angle. I'm writing very little on the story as this particular NA novel is based on the strengths and weakness of the human body both physically and metaphorically.

The first 40% of the book, life, love and happiness surrounded Jillian. She was getting to grips with dating and having a relationship with Liam, which is very un-Jillian of her. But the body and the home-made waffles must have gotten to her deeply. With Liam being her Communication Partner as well its hard for her to speak honestly and from the heart. Her parents haven't helped either, they criticise her decisions, only adding to her burden of college life. With Sophia planting clues here and there, there is something wrong with Jillian that will occur, but I didn't realise it would come with such a bang to your system. Having this medical condition has made her put her life on hold or at least it should in her mother's eyes. Jillian is trying to control, only when it doesn't it effects her relationship with Liam. Sophia creates such an immense relationships with the characters that you are looking more and more like Liam when your on the outside looking in...

Now Liam, a Scottish guy who can make home-made waffles for breakfast and has a very easy natural ability to look and sound very hot and delicious. 

Fun Fact: Apparently according to Liam, a Kilt is worn to aerate their lower extremities to the hip. If you get my meaning...That's made me laugh ever since I've seen one! Ha!

Who can ask for more. I know I can't... With the beginning of their relationship their is a few snags that will intervene with a long lasting one; 1) He's Scottish and lives in Scotland. 2) He only stays until August after his intership ends. Is it true love and do they end up going too fast. Answer: Yes. But what I'd admired about Liam's characters was that he never gave up, even in the toughest conditions. What Sophia does quite cleverly is that everything that we, the reader see and hear so does Liam. The most seamless connection in this novel is through Liam, we are both on the outside looking into such a emotional and complicated relationship between himself and Jillian.

Catching Liam focused on the immense relationships between, family, friends, lovers and the reader. I admire Sophia for her intelligence and research that has gone in to producing this novel and I commend her. 

Rating - 4 Stars

About the Author
Sophia Bleu is a secret identity where I can write about fantasies and falling in love and all the smexiness in between. In real life, I'm likely catching a plane, chasing kids, or making out with the love of my life—all 6 ft 3 inches of hotness that he is. Life is pretty good.
Author links:
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Blog Tour - Review: An Endless Summer by C.J. Duggan

Today, I'm part of the An Endless Summer by YA Bound Book Tours. I'm really glad to be part of this tour and this post. My stop is a Review of both The Boys of Summer & An Endless Summer, I'm excited about this post by reading such brilliant Summer Reads and Contemporaries over the past month. I hope y'all enjoy it. But first here is a little more about this book...

An Endless Summer (Summer #2)
by C.J. Duggan
Release Date: 07/17/13
Buy: Amazon 

Summary from Goodreads:

Sean looked out over the lake, squinting against the sunlight. He turned to me, his expression sobering as his eyes flicked over my face in a silent study.

After a rebellious summer night that almost claimed her life, Amy Henderson – the Onslow publican’s only daughter – is sent away to suffer a fate far worse than any other punishment: Boarding School

Three years on, a now nineteen-year-old Amy returns to Onslow for the summer. What once was a cauldron of activity with live bands, hot meals and cold beers, the Onslow Hotel now lies dark, deserted and depressing. All fond childhood memories of loitering on the hotel stairs and eavesdropping on customers’ colourful conversations are in the distant past.

With the new threat of putting the Onslow up for sale, Amy reluctantly turns to a local tradesman for help: Sean Murphy, the very same Onslow boy who saved her life all those years ago. With his help and that of some old friends, the task is clear: spend the summer building the hotel back up to its former glory or lose it for good.

In an endless summer, Amy soon realises that sometimes in order to save your future, you have to face your past, even if it’s in the form of a smug, gorgeous Onslow boy.


As far a summer reads, series and YA Contemporaries go, these are the bomb. Yes I just said 'the bomb'. They are exceptional and to be honest with you I didn't know what to expect from the sequel after living my reading life to the full in The Boys of Summer...

Summer in Onslow, 4 years later has seen some drastic changes especially for those of Amy Henderson. When she was just 16 she drowned after being saved by none other than Sean Murphy. After that incident she was sent to the city to attend a Girls Boarding School, leaving behind her only home she ever really cared about. Now 19 torn between Uni and a Gap Year, Amy travels back down her home and comfort; the Onslow Hotel. Yet what awaits her hardly resembles anything of the good ol' times... derelict, its essence destroyed, overgrown... The Onslow Hotel has gone to pop. Now its Amy's turn to take on the Henderson tradition and with a little help from the Onslow Boys, she will try to return it to it Summer Glory...

We first meet Amy Henderson in The Boys of Summer as the 'dishwasher girl'. At first I ultimately disliked her with her cold looks towards Tess, but from experience, I've learnt to get to know her in this book than my initial reaction to her were we only saw a glimpse of a part of her persona. I can tell that Amy is muddle-cuddled by her parents after moving to the city that she just needs a moment of clarification, a way to find her own journey through her most favourite part of growing up. The Onslow Hotel was her escape and her heritage and as the latest generation of Henderson's, its also a way to give herself some courage and inspiration to step up and show her parents that she can DO IT! The Onslow refurbishment was her moments glory as well as the hotel itself.

As I mentioned before I had the hots for both Toby and Sean Murphy and it was by my greatest enjoyment that Sean returned to aid Amy as, and I quote "a knight in shining armor". Sean was both hilarious, buff and an almighty talented builder and construction worker... you can imagine to just stare at him from a distance while he flexes his muscle while doing work... *sighs*. Sean returned to for a beer and become Amy's second in command and also a spark from a distance. They have both been through things when Amy was known a 'Chook' but now she wants to prove to him that she isn't that little girl that the Onslow Boys all know her to be. Sean doesn't play games and you can see that from his indiscretions developing throughout the whole book.

An Endless Summer is a tremendous sequel to becoming one of the most compelling and bitter-sweet summer romance contemplates ever... This review is only a spark of what I felt throughout the book and I have to say. With the return of Onslow Boys, Toby, Tess, Adam and Ellie I can only hope their is one final reunion will be epic...

Rating: 5

The Boys of Summer (Summer #1)
by C.J. Duggan
Release Date - December 12th 2012
Pages - 321
Purchase - Amazon for $0.99

Since last year I have been meaning to read this book for ages and to say that this tour came at the right time was just epic. I mean The Boys of Summer is the perfect summer read. It begins with "Tic Tac Tess" aka a rough year in high school from a rough break up with her former boyfriend Scott. But the summer couldn't come any sooner. Taking a job with her best friends at Onslow Hotel had a whole new look to Tess's Summer Plans.... Operation 'Onslow Boys'  One particular boy Toby Morrison. Bare in mind I kind of liked all of the Onslow Boys especially Sean Murphy which eagerly lead me to the sequel An Endless Summer... Personally this plotline was nothing short of unique but its originality still intrigued me from the beginning. Its a typical, cliched summer read that will leave your toes curled and a huge love struck smile at the end.

In a Australian Summer of the 1990s Tess hasn't had the easiest of rides at school with the embarrassing nicknames to the various pranks surrounding her former relationships. But she isn't alone with the comfort of her friends Adam and Ellie she couldn't wait for her summer to arrive. Tess in a way has a personal connection towards me with her self-consciousness, quiet, and shy persona that I just couldn't tear myself away from, that and the additional summer influence of the boys! Preparing for her summer job as a waitress, the needs and tasks of her job doesn't come easy  not when the certain likes of Toby Morrison becomes her next conquest at the Onslow Hotel. She has been in love with him since she was a freshmen when he was a senior... She has simultaneously passed by through his life for a while... A test of Courage is this novels greatest weapon.

Toby Morrison wasn't the only Onslow boy that I fell for but he was the more the obvious choice of my widest dreams! Toby currently was with Angela, a girl that we all learn to hate by her neediness, whining and complaining by being on the arm of a popular jock. This oddly reminds me of Ryan Stone in Dare You To, rather going for the dark, broody, handsome bad guy. I've now come to a decision that I prefer a classic cliched jock with a beautiful body for any romance contemporaries. Together, Tess and Toby go through some rough patches but its clear that the summer fling between has many more prospects for the future.

C.J. Duggan, creates a fun, flirty, humorous summer read that can take your sit-back-and-relax novels to a whole new level. Don't you just wish that your summer could resemble anything like that... I know I do.

Rating: 4.5

About the Author

C.J Duggan is an Australian author who lives with her husband in a rural border town
of New South Wales, Australia.
The Boys of Summer is Book One in her Mature Young Adult Romance Series.



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Review - Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)
by Katie McGarry
Publisher - MiraInk
Released - 7th June 2013
Buy - Amazon | The Book Depo

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....
I was completely speechless about this book... aside from the fact that this is my YA Contemporary  of 2013, I look back on Pushing the Limits, my review here, I think I may have been generous with my rating because Katie's sequel is just pure brilliance. There was something that just gripped me from the very start...

Katie McGarry has a way with words through character persona's. Back in Pushing the Limits, You saw a very raw and distinctive personality of Beth, she kept to herself and barely liked Echo for coming into her circle of friends. However in DYT you see only a snippet of that persona when she has been through so much. In Beth's world, two key words surround her life, 'can' and 'can't', she can love but she can't trust without getting hurt. To say the least, Beth has been through unimaginable hell since she faced a barrel of a gun. Beth has always looked after someone, but now its someone else's turn to do the same for her.

Katie combined both side of Beth's character from both PLT and DYT, and through her past and present. We see a definitive difference between physical appearances of Beth's character. From the start to the end of the book; The girl with the nose stud and black hair to the girl in a dress and ribbons. I warmed to her character instantly from the start, she had charisma, strength, courage but she also had her weakness against her judgement and gut decisions. She's basically self-conscience of much more than her appearance but her purpose in life.

For me I was completely enthralled by Ryan Stone's characters. I'm now going to steal a line from Twilight "I'm unconditionally and irrevocably in love with Ryan Stone" Unlike Noah in PLT I fell more in love with Ryan than I ever have before. Typically enough I go for the Jock persona, popularity and handsomeness of the top guy in class. But like all Katie's character building, their appearance is just a cover, you should look deeper into their interior, their soul. Underneath the surface, Ryan is just your average guy with various aspirations until he saw Beth. A strip of his nature is taken away as their relationship deepens. What really captured me was Ryan's character to commit to his creative writing. Katie entwined his writing with his personal relationships which was just beautiful in the end. (Corny I know!) Ryan's character was just inspirational to watch or read throughout Dare You To.

Once again, Katie McGarry has delivered one of my all-time favourite, Contemporaries of this year and possibly forever... I can't wait to divulge her next book about Isaiah...Crash Into You.

Rating - 5

Thank you to MiraInk for sending me a copy for an honest review
*And Thank you to Sam over at Realm of Fiction for doing a Read-Along with me, I loved it!*

Blog Tour - Addicted to You by Becca and Krista Ritchie

Today, I'm part of the Addicted to You by YA Bound Book Tours. I'm really glad to be part of this tour and this post. My stop was a Review but sadly disappointed me so I'm doing a Excerpt instead. I will post the review later in the year. So I hope y'all enjoy it! But first here is a little more about the book...

Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Release Date: 07/01/13 
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Summary from Goodreads:

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But when they go on a family boat trip, surrounded by open seas and limited male bodies in sight, Lily’s confronted with a big fear. Only one guy onboard can fill her addiction, and she’s sworn off going there with Loren Hale ever again.

Now the only person who can truly help her can barely help himself.

**This is a New Adult book recommended for readers 18 and up**

Here is an Excerpt from Addicted to You;

Lo swoops in behind me, his arms flying around my waist. He sets his chin on my shoulder, hunching over a little to counter my short height with his tall. “He better have been worth it,” Lo whispers, his hot breath tickling my neck.
“Worth what?” My heart lodges in my throat; his closeness confuses and tempts me. I never know where Lo’s true intentions lie.
He guides me forward as we walk, my back still pressed against his chest. I can barely lift up a foot, let alone think straight. “Your first walk of shame in a frat house. How’d that feel?”
He plants a light kiss on my head and disentangles from me, walking ahead. “Pick it up, Calloway. I left my drink in the car.”

About the Authors

Becca Ritchie is a carnivore of pop culture, television, film and of course YA and NA books. While in college, she worked at The CW television network and put her vampiric knowledge to good use, blogging about hit series and swooning over actors’ abs. When she’s not blogging, she writes novels and has teamed up with her twin sister for their New Adult novel ADDICTED TO YOU. Available July of 2013.

Krista Ritchie is the mind behind popular trading website YA Book Exchange and created Nawanda Files, a book blog that also features books into movies news. When not pouring over entertainment news and the newest releases, she spends her time conducting research in a genetics lab. She’s happy to join forces with her sister, harnessing their twin powers to produce the first in a New Adult series.

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