Pennies (Dollar #1) by Pepper Winters

Title: Pennies
Author: Pepper Winters
Release Date: July 18, 2016
Pages: 300
Source: Purchased
Format: eBook
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Dark Romance

           

At eighteen years old, I was murdered.

I wish my tale ended there.

However, my killer resuscitated me and sold me to the highest bidder, sentencing me to a world worse than Hell.
For the past two years, I've lived a life of torment as a man's property. I suffer in silence and wish for freedom, but I never break.
I can't.
I won't.
But then he arrives.
The first stranger since I was killed.
Elder Prest, a thief with a heart as black as his soul, arrives as a guest in our twisted home. He has business with my owner, but his interest lies in me. He pretends not to notice my bruises and hides his knowledge of what I am, but the way he watches me makes me feel more human than possession.
As his eyes tear through my walls and his voice demands answers, he challenges my owner for one night with me.

I've survived two years of torment because I no longer believe in hope, but Elder is the only man who promises me pleasure instead of pain.
Trusting him is dangerous, wanting him is deadly.
Is he my ticket to safety or my ultimate end?
Whoever he is, whatever he wants...I can't say no.
Jesus Christ this book.

I could not put it down. When I was forced to put it down, it was all I could think about.

This book is classified under Dark Romance, but there is no romance. It is just fucking dark. And I loved every minute of it.

I was trolling through Amazon one day looking for darker reads, because in my opinion, the more dark and twisted a book, the better. In my search I stumbled upon this beauty.

I love books that rip your soul apart with no hope of it ever being repaired. I love authors who write books that take you to the darkest of corners and then push you beyond your comfort zone. Even to the point of complete and utter sock and disgust.

Pepper Winters delivered exactly what I was looking for and so much more. I applaud her for not being afraid to actually take her readers past the edge.

Pennies was exceedingly well written and fast paced. Though you feel terror and dismay on almost every page, you cannot help but continue to find out how it will all end. What is going to happen to our heroine, because let me tell you, the sheer strength of will this woman possesses in the book, is nothing short of heroic.

This book does not have a happily ever after. In fact, by the end of the book, there is no happily ever after in sight. None. But that does not stop you from wanting to find out what the hell is going to happen next.

The next few installments in the series cannot come quick enough. I need more, and I need it now.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by
Here is what we Finished, Currently Reading, and what is
Next In line. How about you? These were some fantastic reads and we are so excited to share what we think with you! So make sure you keep your eyes out for our reviews!
 Pennies (Dollar, #1) 
Son of the Shadows (Sevenwaters, #2) Snowbirds
  

Girl Out of Water  Blackhearts (Blackhearts, #1)
Wintersong Allegedly After the Fall


The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)  These Ruthless Deeds (These Vicious Masks, #2) Lucky in Love

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
We love getting new books and seriously can't wait to dive into them.
How about you? What new books did you get?
 
 



            



Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

Book Review: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

It Ends with UsTitle: It Ends with Us 
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Atria
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback ARC
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Triggers: (Domestic Violence)

   
SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST
Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan - her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.

It has taken me 8 months to finally sit down and write this review.  That's kinda long, right? Well, you have no idea how torn I have been to actually even write a one.  I honestly don't even know how to rate it either. I am giving it 4 owls because I love the writing and it was written well, so I am not taking that away from it.  And I am not going to bring my rating down because I simply do not agree with the book.

I first fell in love with Colleen's writing after reading Maybe Someday. Colleen has a way with words and character development, that it makes you feel like the characters you are reading about are actually real. You instantly fall in love with them, even the secondary ones. After reading Maybe Someday, I devoured every book Colleen released ever since.  I am addicted and I am not ashamed to admit it.  But, here is comes, I issues with It Ends With Us (IEWU).   Honestly IEWU felt like 2 separate books and I wish it had actually been two separate books. I looooooooved the beginning. I loved the story about Atlas and Lily. Their story is tragic yet beautiful, just like all of Colleen's books. But I hate Ryle Kincaid. I hate him with a passion.  But that is not the reason why I disliked IEWU, I didn't like it because I felt (now this is only my opinion) Lily made an excuse for why Ryle did what he did.  It was really hard for me to sit there and continue reading it and seeing how Lily made an excise every time. There is no excuse.  I know the story behind IEWU and why Colleen wrote it.  It took a lot for her to sit down and sip on her diet pepsi and write a story that hit home, and I love her even more for that.  

A lot of readers loved IEWU, so please do not get discouraged. It's a well written book and if you have read any of Colleen's books, you know how amazing she is.  This is just my opinion and I am just sharing how the book made me feel.  It could be totally different for you. 



Waiting on Wednesday: A Crown of Wishes (The Star Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.
This week pick is:

A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2)

A Crown of Wishes

Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Expected Release: March 28th 2017

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes – a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

Blog Tour + Giveaway + Review: Snowbirds by Crissa-Jean Chappell


Snowbirds
Title: Snowbirds
Author: Crissa-Jean Chappell
Publication Date:  January 18, 2017
Publisher: Merit Press
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary

      
Secrets Were a Way of Life.
But Secrets Have Gone Too Far …

Every year, Lucy waits eagerly for the arrival of the “snowbirds,” the Old Order Amish who come trundling into Florida on buses from the north, bringing Lucy’s best friend Alice, with whom she’s spent every winter she can remember. This winter is different. At sixteen, Alice is in the middle of “Rumspringa,” a season in which Amish teens try out forbidden temptations, in order to get them out of their system. Lucy is part of a different sect, in which teens aren’t allowed such bold experimentation, and she’s fighting to keep up as Alice races from one wild party to the next. Then, one night after just such a party, Alice vanishes. Wracked by guilt, Lucy knows that she should have been watching out for Alice, but instead, she was kissing Faron, an Older Order boy shunned by his society. Now, Lucy plunges into a search for her best friend—while also hiding her own secret, which could put her in even more danger.


Lucy is at a crossroads in her life and when other teenagers are trying to figure out whether they'll attend this college or that, a harder decision weighs on her. You see, she is Amish Mennonite. And although life seemed to work out for her in the past, we meet her when she's beginning to question the world around her more. She's got hopes and dreams albeit simple ones, but they don't conform to the slow-paced, hardworking life she currently enjoys with her father - who firmly believes she shouldn't open her eyes to possibilities.

Though this is a quiet novel in the sense that Lucy is living within the confines of her community and her sheltered existence, Chappell's lyrical prose shines and allows you to partake in Lucy's frustrations as well as an adventure. When her friend, Alice, disappears, she embarks on a journey to find her. She's assisted by Falon, who is a Snowbird and has been shunned by his own community and their differing views but yet instant connection was so enjoyable!

Truth be told, I didn't know much about Amish life prior to picking this book up. Nor did I know how different sects adhere to different rules. But I thought it was fascinating, especially when the Snowbirds arrive and there are kids going through Rumspringa, which literally translates into "running around." It's a time where adolescents are allowed to explore life on pretty much limitless terms. And it both scares and excites Lucy because her sect doesn't practice this right of passage.

That is why, as Lucy begins to uncover details about Alice's life, she is shocked and almost can't fully grasp what is going on given her naivete. The end result was a bit anticlimactic for me but was in no way overshadowed by all the other amazing attributes this books has to offer.

A compelling story, told in short chapters, I highly recommend this one. I truly believe it's going to be one of my favorites of 2017, which took me completely by surprise.

    



CRISSA-JEAN CHAPPELL (crissajeanchappell.com) was born in Miami and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut young adult novel,Total Constant Order, is a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and a VOYA Perfect Ten. Chappell’s second novel, Narc, is currently optioned for film. More Than Good Enough is her most recent novel, which Kirkus calls “compelling and emotionally nuanced.” Chappell holds a PhD and MFA from the University of Miami. She has taught creative writing and cinema studies for more than ten years.






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