Publisher: Embrace

Average Rating: 4.17


Review: Unethical by Jennifer Blackwood

Posted 16 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Unethical by Jennifer Blackwood

When I saw the word medical, I was sold. After all, I am an aspiring doctor! Unethical was a unique novel for me. It was your standard new adult contemporary romance but its subject made it a lot more relatable and thus enjoyable for me. Payton Daniels is trying to make a new beginning at a new college. After all, there is a big scandal about her parents and assisted suicide, and Payton is afraid that it’ll ruin her chances at medical school. What she didn’t expect was to see her ex, Blake, again. They didn’t end on great terms—in fact, Payton just up and left. And Blake wasn’t too happy about that one. To make matters worse, they land a position at the same internship. There are still feelings between them, but a lot of baggage keeping the space large as ever. I think that what really made me enjoy this novel was its revolution around the subject of medical ethics. As an aspiring doctor, it was a unique experience for me to read about characters who were directly involved in something that I want to be involved in. Moreover, there was enough suspense about wondering if people would find out about Payton’s family and wondering what would happen between Blake and Payton to keep me practically glued to the book. I liked Payton. She came off a bit […]


Mini-Review: Unfixable by Tessa Bailey

Posted 28 January, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Unfixable by Tessa Bailey

“Love comes in many forms. It’s not always sweet. Or comfortable. Sometimes it’s selfish and consuming. Volatile. It makes choices for you. It demands you obey it, not taking no for an answer. And it’s usually right. It knows you better than you know yourself.” “’It’s inevitable, Willa. We are inevitable. When you stop fooling yourself, come find me.’” Unfixable was the first Tessa Bailey novel that I’ve read, and boy was it a great read! It follows main character Willa as she ventures to Ireland to do some self-discovery after a breakup. There, she stays at the Claymore Inn, which is in the process of being sold by Shane Claymore, a racer determined to get back into the circuit after settling family affairs. Unfixable was a well-written novel. I enjoyed the way that Bailey wrote the characters. They were very unique, and Willa was especially relatable as a character. And of course, who doesn’t love a guy with an accent?! And factor in the fact that he’s a bad boy racer? That means an extremely swoony guy, along with some heart pounding chemistry. Moreover, I enjoyed the complications brought on by the characters’ pasts. It added to the uniqueness of the novel, and made it hard to put down! Unfixable was a fantastic New Adult novel by Tessa Bailey: a steamy romance, characters trying to figure out exactly who […]


Review: Claimed by Light by Reese Monroe

Posted 26 January, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Claimed by Light by Reese Monroe

Check out my review of Forged by Fate (Bound by Hades #1) Check out my review of Marked by Hades (Bound by Hades #2) I really had enjoyed the first two novels in the series and I was interested to see how the series came to a conclusion. Claimed by Light was Halena’s story. The French Guardian who didn’t believe in Mates. So of course she is shaken when she feels an instant connection to Slade, who has just sold his soul to demons and is on the fast-track to becoming one himself. This novel was definitely interesting. We get to the conclusion of the Guardian’s battle against the demons and beating them to the artifacts. There was lots of action, suspense, and death. My only complaint is that the ending didn’t feel like the ending of a series to me. I actually had to double check as to whether it was the last novel. There just felt like there were a few too many loose-ends that needed tying. Halena was the main character in this novel. It was nice to see her character in more depth as opposed to the glimpses of her personality we see in the first two novels. To be honest, this novel really changed my opinion about her character. She went through a lot and closed herself off so valid reasons and I came to […]


Review: Eyes Turned Skyward by Rebecca Yarros

Posted 9 January, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Eyes Turned Skyward by Rebecca Yarros

Check out my review of Full Measures (Flight & Glory #1) I absolutely loved Rebecca Yarros’ debut novel, Full Measures. I actually didn’t know that Eyes Turned Skyward focused on Josh’s best friend Jagger until I was in the thick of it. But that made it all the better. Eyes Turned Skyward was a more emotionally dramatic book as compared to Full Measures. It didn’t quite tickle my fancy as much as Full Measures, but it was still engaging. There was more emotional turmoil in this novel, with Paisley, the main character, hiding a medical secret that killed her older sister and counting down the days of her life left to live. On the other hand, you had Jagger, who came with a ton of emotional baggage from his family. It was an interesting read that kept me engaged, nonetheless. Paisley was a bit morbid in my opinion and she was quite the hardheaded character. She was holding on to the past that it got annoying at many points. Regardless, she was a decent main character to read about. She really grew over the course of the novel, and it was fun to watch her evolve as a character, especially in regards to things such as her family and Will. It was nice to see more of Jagger in this novel. He was hiding some secrets that I would never […]


Review: Rules of Survival by Jus Accardo

Posted 31 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Rules of Survival by Jus Accardo

“‘I don’t want to hurt you.’ He angled himself closer, proud grin morphing into something a little more wicked. It heated my skin. ‘Don’t worry.’ Warm breath caressing the edge of my ear, he whispered, ‘I like it rough.’”  “‘Control is overrated,’ I said with a smile. He laughed. Not an amused chuckle, but a deep, dark sound that did amazing things to the nerves in my body, setting each and every one on fire. ‘Control? That’s what I’m afraid of. It seems I’ve got no control when it comes to you.’” A bounty hunter and the hunted handcuffed together? Sign me up! Rules of Survival was just as great as the rest of Accardo’s works that I’ve read. This particular novel had mystery and suspense, which kept me actively engaged in it. For the most part, there were no dull moments. The book got off to a slow start, but once it was rolling, it rolled. And there were definitely some plot twists along the way! “I kicked and thrashed. Rule of survival. Never make it easy. He wanted to double-cross me? Fine. I’d make his life a living hell in the meantime.” Mikayla was the leading lady in this novel. She was on the run from the cops, bounty hunters, and the person who killed her mother. Kayla had been framed for that–killing her mother–and had been on […]


Review: How We Lived by Erin Butler

Posted 25 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: How We Lived by Erin Butler

“They were waiting for me to crumble, all of them, their stares reminding me of just how close to the edge I balanced myself.” “People feel sorry for your pain, and pain just is. It doesn’t only happen when you’re worthy of it.” How We Lived follows Kelsey Larkin five months after her big brother Kyle dies in an accident at the hands of their best friend, Chase. Kelsey is back for a few days before she goes off for summer semester at the State University. After being uninvited by her own parents to her brother’s funeral, she is joined by Chase, who has basically been ostracized by the whole town for getting behind the wheel drunk and killing Kyle. The chemistry between the two of them is there, but can Kelsey, and her family, forgive Chase for the mistake that cost Kyle his life? And more importantly, can he forgive himself? Books with this kind of plot are ones that you can’t help but enjoy. I can honestly say that this was not the best written novel I’ve read by far. It seemed rushed at times and some things that happened felt out of place. The path of self-redemption that Chase was on, though, made those things fade into the background. The characters in this novel and their journey are what made this novel good. “Time would forever be […]


Review: The Summer of Jake by Rachel Bailey

Posted 7 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: The Summer of Jake by Rachel Bailey

The Summer of Jake follows Annalise and Jake. Annalise had been in love with her best friend’s brother Jake for years. She is surprised when Jake calls her out of the blue and needs her help to impress another girl. However, the more time that they spend on this mission, the more Annalise’s feelings reemerge and the more Jake begins to feel for her. Unfortunately, due to Jake’s father’s background in booze and failing relationships, Jake is discouraged to take a chance on Annalise. Will he take that leap or will their feelings for each other fade? The Summer of Jake was your typical cutesy summer read. It wasn’t anything spectacular but it definitely wasn’t boring. It kept my interest for the majority of the novel. The pacing was a bit slow at time which tempered with my interest but for the most part, I enjoyed following Annalis and Jake’s story. Annalise was a designer who was fired on her birthday. So when Jake offered her a deal she couldn’t resist: putting her designs in his surf shops, she was all for it no matter what her feelings for him. In my opinion, Annalise wore her heart on her sleeve and that made her both more vulnerable and likable. I really enjoyed her character. She was really relatable in her personality and attitude. She didn’t let Jake just treat her […]


Review: Midnight Dawn by Jocelyn Adams

Posted 6 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Midnight Dawn by Jocelyn Adams

Check out my review of Darkside Sun (Mortal Machine #1) Midnight Dawn picks up a bit after Darkside Sun ends. I didn’t love this installment as much as I enjoyed the first one but it definitely wasn’t bad. There were a lot of events going on which kept me reading. This novel incorporates more of the wraiths as well as Addison’s role as the Architect. We finally find out exactly what that means. The pacing was good in this novel. It wasn’t slow and it wasn’t so fast that it was hard to keep up with. I think, really, the only thing keeping me from loving this novel as much as the first one was the character romance. The great thing about this installment is that there was absolutely no cliffhanger. Even though there will be a third novel, there’s no gut-wrenching ending that deters some readers. So you can definitely go on and read this one without waiting for the next to come out. Addison is definitely tougher in this novel. When this novel begins, Addison’s memories of her and Asher are complete wiped and she is now actively part of the Mortal Machine. I liked Addison’s character a lot in this novel. We really got to see her fight for herself as well as for those that she cared for. She dealt with the things that were thrown […]


Review: Marked by Hades by Reese Monroe

Posted 13 May, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Marked by Hades by Reese Monroe

Check out my review of Forged by Fate (Bound by Hades #1) I really enjoyed the other novel in the series, Forged by Fate, and I was actually surprised to see that the next novel in the series was about Justin. I honestly was just expecting a continuation of the first novel, but I was no less excited to get to reading it. As I mentioned, Marked by Hades is Justin’s story. Justin, as we saw in the first novel, is convinced that he doesn’t need a mate and that he won’t have one. That is, until he sees a mysterious girl while out one day. That mysterious girl’s name is Yvonne, and she woke up with absolutely no recollection of who she was except her name. And as she soon finds out, her touch is lethal: anyone or any living thing that she touches turns to ash. This novel was better than the first one, in my opinion. Monroe’s writing style developed a bit, and it didn’t have that initial boring lag that Forged by Fate had. This one jumped head first into the plot, and what an amazing plot it was. There were many surprises and events that I never wanted to put this book down. It was filled with demons artifacts, kidnappings, and even a guest appearance from Lucifer. In terms of plot line and entertainment, this […]


Review: Ruined by Jus Accardo

Posted 27 March, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment
Review: Ruined by Jus Accardo

“You didn’t hand an ex-junkie a needle without expecting a relapse. That’s what this girl was to me. An addiction I’d been trying for years to kick. No. Better to stick with the plan. Keep it casual and cool. Act like a dick. I’d do what I needed to do in town and then get the hell out.” “‘Oh my God. Skulking on the other side of my door? A little freaky don’t you think? Even for you…’ He pushed past without waiting for an invitation. ‘I don’t skulk.’ Turning, he winked. I hated it, but despite the fact that it’d been the night from hell, the quirk of his lips and curve of his cheek sent my heartbeat racing. ‘I loom. Much sexier, don’t ya think?’” I’ve been seeing the teasers and things that Jus has been posting on her Facebook, and I saw the synopsis and I couldn’t help but be curious! This novel follows Samantha and Jax, childhood best friends, as Jax comes back to the town that he left without notice after kissing Sam one night. So of course, Sam and Jax are having a hard time fighting the attraction between them that’s still held up over the years. Then you throw in Jax’s twin brother, Chase, both of which are cursed with the curse of Cain and Abel. Jax has an inner demon–Azirak–who wants to […]