Friday, April 29, 2016

Books Recently Read

Up In Flames (Into the Fire, #3)Up In Flames by Kelly Hashway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cara is a phoenix who can have up to five lives. She was already reborn in a previous book. The phoenixes around her are all on different lives, some on their last and some on their fourth, and so on. With vicious hunters out to get them, kill them, and steal their essence, all the phoenixes come together…and some of them might have to sacrifice their lives in order to get rid of the hunters and their lethal daggers.

There’s a lot of intrigue about whom to trust and distrust. There’s Logan, who’s human and her protector, as well as their group of friends. There are even some phoenixes who are questionable. Someone is spying on them and wanting to have their phoenix community crumble to ashes, and Cara and Logan have to fight for everyone’s safety.

Book one and two were amazing, but I found book three was the most intense with more twists and turns. Cara and Logan always had a deep romance, but more is put to the test here, with possibilities of gaining or losing everything on an individual as well as group basis. I highly recommend this series for YA and paranormal lovers.

Cloaked in SecrecyCloaked in Secrecy by T.F. Walsh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This tale of romance, murder, survival, and intrigue follows Alena and Enre, wulfkins of opposing clans. They come together with similar goals, even though Enre entered the scene with another intent…he didn’t expect to find his mate during his mission to take over her clan. The novel has a great circus setting, a dark and mysterious atmosphere, and characters that held my attention. Cloaked in Secrecy is a wonderful addition to this paranormal series.

1,000 Feelings for Which There Are No Names1,000 Feelings for Which There Are No Names by Mario Giordano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's just as the title says. These are 1,000 feelings that have no exact name. It was really cool flipping through the pages with their interesting fonts and illustrations. I've had many of these emotions, while others I haven't experienced yet. There is a full range of feelings for both genders and people of all ages.

Girl Love Happens: G&T Lesbian Romance Season One, Episodes 3 & 4Girl Love Happens: G&T Lesbian Romance Season One, Episodes 3 & 4 by T.B. Markinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the continuation of Tegan and Gemma’s story. In these episodes, the issues of bisexuality, flirting when in a relationship, and having others know about their romantic status are explored. I hope more episodes are coming so I get to read more about this college-age duo.

When Sparrows FallWhen Sparrows Fall by Diana Blackstone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nothing is going right for Susanna. Her father died, her mother married her abusive uncle, and her stepsister doesn’t seem to like her. Susanna becomes curious about nighttime visitors at her neighbor’s home…there are activities that point to the Underground Railroad. Set in a Mennonite community, this novel has numerous elements that will appeal to both young and older readers. There’s suspense, history, family, faith, and matters of the heart within the pages.

Motocross MeMotocross Me by Cheyanne Young
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Hana leaves her mother’s home—a place that lacks warmth thanks to her cold mother—to live with her father and stepmother—and that’s a lot more warmth and love in comparison—she’s thrown into the world of motocross racing. Her father owns a track that has grown over the years. She works there and dives into friendships and romance.

There’s Ryan Russo, the guy everyone swoons over. Hana delves into the arena of appearances and flirtation to maintain his attention. The thing is, he might be hot on the outside, but he’s not particularly the most of moral of guys…especially when he asks Hana to help him cheat in a race. Then there’s Ash Carter, the nice guy who isn’t as charismatic as Ryan, but swoonworthy in his own way. Hana gets into compromising situations that affects others, but she learns lessons about what’s important to her.

Hana, her friends, and her family (minus the mother) were wonderful characters. The love interests, Ryan and Ash, came to life and it was interesting seeing Hana’s thought process and changes in that process when she was with them. I’m glad I won this book in a giveaway. It’s a solid contemporary YA romance and I’d read more from this author.