The Unloved by Jennifer Snyder is Julie Porter and Nick Owen story. I read this one because I was I due to review The Damned by Jennifer and when I picked it up to read, I discover it companion novel to The Unloved. As I can’t read books out of order, even if they can be read as a standalone I had to read The Unloved first, and I’m glad I did as I really enjoyed it.
“I learnt as a kid once you let people in they hold the power to disappoint you, upset you, break you"
Julie Porter didn’t have the best home life; her mother cares more about herself than her children. The only person who understands is her best friend and neighbour Nick Owen. Nick also doesn’t have the best home life; his alcoholic father physically abuses him almost every day. Over the years, Julie and Nick have learned to rely on and support each other. However, when Nick moves away, Julie is devastated, and has to learn to survive by herself.
"I felt like my soul had been killed while my body remained alive."
When Nick returns two years later all, he wants to do is protect his mother and take care of Julie, who he hasn’t stopped thinking about, but he soon realises that a lot has changed. To get close to Julie to show her, his true feeling he first, he has to break down the walls that she has built up.
“I wanted to know her. I wanted to know who she was now, two years later. I wanted to know who she would be in the future. I wanted to always know her. Forever”
“I’m broken more now than I ever was. I’m fucking unfixable, dirty, damaged, tainted, worthless, whichever name you want to use”
I enjoyed The Unloved it was well written, emotional, and heartfelt story one about love, trust, loss, hope. I loved the way Nick was with Julie he cares so much for her. He is determined to break down her walls, to see that she can trust him. I liked him they shared some touching moments. I hoped that together they could survive situations that are sadly very common today.
“Jules was mine. Always had been. Always would be”
“We were the unloved-you by your mom and me by my dad-and now it’s our time to finally be loved.”
Although a quick read, I didn’t feel it was rushed Jennifer’s writes in such a way that Julie and Nick’s story pulled me in from the started. All I want was then to get the happy ever after that they deserved. I will say that I’m so glad that I can move straight on to the next book The Dammed, as I’m worried about Julie’s younger brother Cole. I need to know what happens to him.
If you love Mature Young Adult then I would recommend this emotional book.
Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.
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I began writing this review at least five times. It is hard to put into words how brilliant this series is and how awesome this book was. Like with the other books in the series, Tiffany's writing pulled me right in from the very first page. It has everything I love in a book and much more. This unique book gives us another look into the exciting lives of some of my favorite characters of all-time.
In The King, we get a look at Kingsley Edge's life with an emphasis on how he became the man we all have swooned over and loved in the previous books. The little details of how his club began and how he became who he is are shown in a way that only the great Tiffany Reisz can do. Even though this book is all about King, we also get to see some of our favorites from the previous books.
It is no secret how much I love King, but I love Søren just as much! So seeing these two together, seeing how much they love each other, is explosive! There are no characters out there like these two. Tiffany made me feel the amount of emotion that was poured for each other page after page.
Overall, I absolutely ADORED this book! It is filled with characters like you have never seen before with a storyline that will have you gasping for breath page after page. A warning, though, if you have not had the pleasure of reading this series just know that it is not for the faint of heart ;D
If you've already read the previous books in this series you really don't need to hear it from me when I say, it's a must read that will suck you in from the first page. Because as always, it's another masterpiece. Brilliantly written, refreshingly original storyline, and an all around enthralling look into the lives of Tiffany's highly intriguing characters that I will NEVER get enough of.
This edition focus's on Kingsley Edge, whom happens to be my favourite of all the players in the Original Sinners stories. And his story is full of WOW and chills, excitement and yes, even tears. It's kind of weird to feel so much emotion towards characters in a book, but I suppose that's just what happens when the author puts so much brilliance into the details of their lives.
I loved how we got to see just how THE Kingsley Edge came to be The King of the underground and how Sam played a part in it. And also how she provided mystery in her dealings with the story. She totally had me worried because I came to like her quite a bit. I hated being furious at her.
Of course the most loveliest part of the story was that of King and Søren together. I can't properly put into words how their truly emotional their relationship is. Or just how much love was there, even when King was blinded by the truth of just how powerful it was. It was heartbreaking and breathtaking and beautiful beyond belief. This book left me in a massive amount of emotional tears. I keep going back to read one thing over and over again..."Jeg elskar dig."
I really could go on and on about this story forever. So you should be thankful that I have my fellow, Original Sinners lovers, to discuss our unhealthy infatuation with these characters, so I'll just end it here...
Brianna's Review - The Archangel Agenda (Evangeline Heart Adventures #1) by A.K. Alexander and Jen Greyson
*I received a copy of this book from one of the authors, in exchange for an honest review.*
When Jen Greyson, one of the two authors of this novel, approached me for a review and showed me the synopsis, I was greatly intrigued. The summary mentioned archangels, an assassin as the heroine, and a mission to rescue said heroine’s dead fiancee’s soul. Right away, I agreed to a review of this novel, and i’m happy to say that this book didn’t disappoint.
Immediately, I felt sympathy for Lina. Her fiancee was killed, because of someone she had assassinated during her work. Also, she wasn’t a cold-blooded killer, as she had a code by which she conducted her job. Lina was fierce, determined to succeed, and totally loyal to her family and friends. As Lina was the narrator of the story, I felt like I got a good understanding of her personality and why she acted the way she did. However, I do believe that there is more to her character. She wasn’t exactly unique in the urban fantasy genre, so I’m hoping that in the next books in this series, she becomes more so.
The side characters varied from angel, to thief, to old scholar. Clay was someone i very much liked. He was flirtatious, usually making jokes or laughing at something, and someone I could definitely see being good for Lina. Even if any kind of romantic relationship isn’t something that should happen yet. Thankfully, any of those feelings were just physical in this story, and they made Lina feel quite guilty. Then, there was Ralph, the old scholar who collected relics, specifically religious ones. He was endearing, a kind of grandfather figure. The fact that his memory wasn’t all that great just made him seem that much more “wise old man”, but I liked him anyway. Lastly, there was Metatron. An archangel, and the one who put Lina on the mission that this book involves, he isn’t one of the most trustworthy characters. I felt that he had some kind of agenda, and am just waiting to find out what that is in the next book of this series.
This story follows Lina as she comes back from her fiancee’s funeral, meets Metatron, and then becomes entrenched in the world of holy relics, and the war between archangels. Then, there was the search for a relic which her mother had uncovered before her murder. The book was filled with action. It wasn’t as dark as I felt like it would be, but I liked it. The fast pace, mystery of Metatron’s true motive, and the action kept me reading.
Overall, this was a good urban fantasy. Books involving archangels and a war between them aren’t quite as unique as they used to be, and this book wasn’t wholly new in the genre. But it featured a heroine who I could get behind, with some intriguing and likable side characters. Plus, the action was quite well-done. If you’re looking for something easy, quick, and paranormal that isn’t vampires or werewolves, go for this book.
Writing under the pen name A.K. Alexander, Michele explores the darker side of storytelling. With her daring, frightening and suspensful novels, A.K. Alexander writes for those readers who like to be thrilled and kept in the dark up until the very end…
A.K.’s gritty thrillers keep you looking over your shoulder as the suspense mounts with each turn of the page. Mingling her love of horses with a world of deceit, violence and desire, A.K. brings to life murder mysteries that engage her readers.
Her gripping books are impossible to put down, featuring strong characters with complicated lives. A.K.’s books have appeared on The Wall Street Journal’s and Amazon’s Kindle bestseller lists.
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From the moment she decided on a degree in Equestrian Studies, Jen Greyson’s life has been one unscripted adventure after another. Leaving the cowboy state of Wyoming to train show horses in France, Switzerland, and Germany, she’s lived life without much of a plan, but always a book in her suitcase. Now a wife and mom to two young boys, she relies on her adventurous, passionate characters to be the risk- takers.
Jen also ghost writes billionaire legacies and romance novellas when she’s not enjoying the wilds of the west via wakeboard or snowmobile.
She's a mama writer, unleashing stories.
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I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Normal is a riveting and magnetic story of abuse, love, and hope. It pushes the reader in every way possible. It is raw and genuinely portrays one girls painful story and her finding her way to living...again. It challenges your definition on love and how much love can heal. How love doesn’t see obstacles, it over comes them. It shatters them. Normal is one of the most thought provoking stories I’ve ever read.
“This here? This is the sweetest, most beautiful heart in the goddamn world.”
Aurora (Rory) Pike has left the Florida sunshine behind for a new life in New York. She wants nothing more than to be...Normal. She wants to fade in the background and just exist. Her past leaves her with major anxiety. Her triggers are devastating but she is determined to finish off high school and continue on to college. Little does she know that existing isn’t enough, she will also learn to live. Sam “Cap” Caplan doesn’t do girlfriends. But that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t look and touch. But something in him awakens the moment he sets his eyes on Rory’s as she is on the brink of another anxiety attack in the school hallway. He recognizes something in her that he’s dealt with internally. Later he finds out that he not only feels a connection to Rory, but his soul has found the one that his heart wants.
“Come on, Rory. We’re kindred, aren’t we? I don’t know why, but we are- you and me.”
Sam is a trigger for Rory. But with time, she realizes she cannot breathe without him. They begin a genuine friendship. Sam has never wanted more with someone, until Rory. But he rather have her in his life as a friend than not have her at all. With time, Rory let’s Sam in, slowly. But Sam is also battling demons of his own. Deep down he knows Rory is the one to make him strong enough to fight these demons and win. This is not your average broken girl falls in love. Normal goes way deeper than that.
“And surviving is a choice. And you’re not just surviving. Not anymore...That’s not surviving , Ror, that’s living.”
Rory becomes Sam’s without realizing it. Her broken pieces slowly mend in his presence. Rory’s past truly demonstrates resiliency and the will to live. This story is no rainbows and butterflies. It is a gritty and dark account of a girl’s past and realizing that only she has the power to take back what was stolen from her. Normal isn’t finished and Rory and Sam have so much more healing left. Rory and Sam’s story is breathtaking. Your heart will flutter over this story, as mine did.
“...and somehow, in the short time I’ve known him, he has become the center of my universe-my anchor to it. I’m no longer just surviving, as he said, I’m living.
The brilliant portrayal of this beautiful heartbreaking story puts this author on my buy anything she writes shelf. The writing is absolutely seamless and flawless as it transitions between past and present. You are fully immersed into the painful details of Rory’s past as she is living in the present. There are so many other characters in this story that add to its depth. But this story is to be lived. To experience. This story challenges love and all it’s capable of. You will feel Sam’s love for Rory slowly put her shattered pieces back together piece by piece as Sam’s broken heart becomes whole. Normal is everything I wanted in a story. It grabbed me by the heart and I am not sure if I will get it back.
Danielle Pearl is a novelist focusing on the New Adult genre. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two delicious little boys, and has been writing since she could hold a pencil. Danielle is a book addict and spends every free moment consuming as many novels as humanly possible. She grew up on Long Island with her parents, twin brother, and younger brother and sister who are also twins. She is the eldest granddaughter of Zus Bielski, famous for leading the Bielski Partisans who saved over 1,200 Jewish men, women, & children in Nazi occupied Poland. Her grandparents and family were featured in the 2010 film Defiance, starring Liev Schreiber, who played Danielle's grandfather, Daniel Craig, and Jamie Bell, and was directed by Edward Zwick.
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Tia has seriously mastered the art of writing a series that gets better and better with each addition. While this book can be read as a standalone, I recommend you start at the beginning as these characters and their stories are interconnected. One To Leave was one that I just could not put down!
“Deep in my heart, I knew he belonged to me, but that wounded warrior wasn’t letting anyone in. He had his plans, and for whatever reason, they didn’t allow room for love.”
Stuart Knight returns from his service in the Marines, a broken man. He battles demons and struggles to return although he is injured. He wants nothing more than to give his service to his country. But deep down, he knows he must heal...physically and emotionally. Fate allows Stuart to meet Mariska Heron for a brief moment. But that brief moment was all that it took. Mariska felt something in that meeting. Something she is not willing to let go.
“You saved me from going back to a life that was killing me. How?”
Stuart ends up at his uncle’s ranch in Montana to heal and this sexy cowboy absolutely stole my heart. Without giving it away, fate intervenes once again and Mariska ends up at this ranch. Stuart feels this pull towards the beautiful woman. He is not interested in love, but his soul has recognized it’s other half in Mariska. Their pull is almost magnetic. I felt it. And it only deepens with time.
“You loved me when I wasn’t strong enough to love myself, let alone you.”
I found One To Leave to be the most sensual of all the books in the series. It’s not something that can be described, the connection is simply felt. Their chemistry is undeniable. The idea of fate and one’s soulmate is a constant and common theme throughout this book. I wouldn’t call this insta love. I would call this desire. Stuart and Mariska whole heartedly desire one another. This desire is passionate. It allows two people to truly follow their heart. This story is simply romantic.
“Be sure to thank your soul for wanting my broken one.”
Overall, One To Leave continues to add to the list of books by this author I have enjoyed and devoured. What I love about this series is that there are so many personalities that you will never find in any other series. Tia Louise’s writing adds depth to her characters and their stories. You will find yourself wishing you can be friends with him in real life. One To Leave is a heartfelt and wonderful addition to this series. I am absolutely over the moon that there will be more!
Tia Louise is a former journalist, world-traveler, and collector of beautiful men (who inspire all of her stories... *wink*)--turned wife, mommy, and novelist.
She lives in the center of the U.S.A. with her lovely family and one grumpy cat. There, she dreams up stories she hopes are engaging, hot, and sexy, and that cause readers rethink common public locations...It's possible she has a slight truffle addiction.
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I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Tara West just continues to get better with each book in this series. I seriously could not put this one down!
In Damed And Desirable we are finally given Aedan’s past and the details behind it. It puts the story into an even better perspective as we learn about his death and the women in his life. And of course there’s Ash, who ends up getting tricked by a demon and ends up in hell. I do not want to go too much into the plot. Just know that if you’ve read the first in the series you will absolutely lose yourself in this one. And if you’ve never read one of Tara’s books, what is wrong with you? She is amazing at any genre she writes.
I found this second book in the series to be a bit more emotional-as in you feel the happiness or anger of the characters. That could be because I felt even more so invested emotionally in the characters than before as this one goes deeper. But in true Tara West fashion, she will still have you rolling off the couch laughing while clutching your kindle/book as you turn each page. This time around there is so many ups and downs and the story is never predictable. It keeps you engrossed in the story the entire time. Well done and I cannot wait for more!