Review: Seeking Havok by Lila Felix

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Publication date: September 30th 2013

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult, New Adult

Format: e-book

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Her life is just as messed up as her name.

All she wanted was a friend—one that knew her and not her circumstances. She needed somewhere to call home. Hers was an open door for countless men looking for the services her mother offered them. She camouflaged herself against lockers and blackboards to avoid the stares and whispers at school.

And then she found Cal…and Fade.

Cal lives like Frankenstein, rising at night to work and just trying to make it until dawn. He avoids most relationships, afraid of the things he will be asked to do. He moonlights as Fade, a radio station DJ who spends hours counseling his peers on their troubles. It was all mundane until Jocelyn called the station.

Cal and Havok pursue a friendship.

Jocelyn and Fade pursue a relationship beyond the confines of the radio waves.

But when Havok disappears, Cal will find that Havok has been guarding a lifetime worth of secrets. And when Fade and Jocelyn’s all night phone conversations cease, he finds a link between them he never saw coming.

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I always enjoy Lila Felix books. Whenever I am in the mood for something sweet, I seek out something that she has written. I even go so far as to make sure that I always have an unread Lila Felix book in my tablet in case of emergencies. I know, it’s bad! Lol

Seeking Havok, won’t take over as my favorite Lila Felix novel, but I enjoyed it . Havok Daniels hates everything about her name. She hates what the word “havoc” represents, and she hates the fact that her mother didn’t even care enough to spell the word right when she was cursing her with that name. I personally love the name Havok. One of my favorite things about this author’s style of writing is the names she comes up with for her main characters. You won’t ever find a Kate, Emily, Tom, or John being the lead in a Lila Felix book.

Unfortunately, Havok is not just her name though. She has to endure quite a lot of it in her life. Her mother is a drug addicted prostitute, and Havok does all that she can to live a life that is bearable in spite of that fact. She has a dependency upon taking care of and being needed by her mother that is crippling her. But even though she knows this is  the case, she doesn’t know how to change things.

The one bright spot in her life, is listening to the sexy voiced DJ, Fade. Fade spends the hours between 11:00pm. and 7:00am. helping the unlucky in love solve their problems, and he is also the only reason Havok has to smile when she is at home.

Fade and Havok meet and there is an instant attraction, but because he gives her a different name, Havok has no idea that Cal, the awesome guy who she is falling for is also Fade. I thought this was going to be a huge issue because Fade had problems with dating women who were fans of his show, but it actually wasn’t that big of a deal. In fact, another thing I enjoy about this author’s writings is the way she rarely has the couples in her books hurt one another. The problems come from outside sources or inner demons, but they usually express their insecurities with each other and work them out. Romance novels without some sort of tension are just boring, but I also love it when the main characters never question their love for each other. Havok and Fade were no exception to this rule.

When you are in the mood for a sweet love story about two people who want a healthy relationship, always look up Lila Felix and check her books out first!

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Review: Intertwined by Gena Showalter

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Publication date: September 1st 2009 

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

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There’s something about the new guy at Crossroads High…

Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:

One can time travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can possess another human.
One can tell the future.

Everyone thinks he’s crazy, which is why he’s spent his entire life shuffled between mental institutions and juvie. All of that is about to change, however. For months Aden has been having visions of a beautiful girl—a girl who carries centuries-old secrets. A girl who will either save him or destroy him.

Together they’ll enter a dark world of intrigue and danger… but not everyone will come out alive.

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This book was recommended to me by a very good friend of mine so I’m going to start off by saying…

HI RANDOM!!!!!!

Now that I’ve given my shout out, on to the review!

I usually hate reading books that involve more than one main couple. It’s hard for me to get attached to so many different relationships, and I just get frustrated, but I didn’t mind it with this story.

The relationship between Aden and Victoria was nice, but I didn’t LOVE it. They didn’t share enough scenes together that let me know why they felt such a strong connection. Recently, I have gotten over my hatred of insta love in supernatural romances. I decided that if anyone should be allowed to fall in love at first sight and have it make sense, it should be characters in paranormal romance novels, but I still need some sort of explanation. Why are Aden and Victoria so bonded?! Maybe I’ll find out in the next book so I won’t harp on that issue too much right now.

Now, the relationship between Mary Ann and Riley? That relationship I LOVED! They felt an instant connection too, but it took a little bit more time for them to give into it. It also seemed like they spent more time together just getting to know one another than the other couple did. But I think my main reason for liking that paring more is just because I prefer werewolves over vampires. And before you get mad at me, let me explain. There is just something about drinking blood that I can’t get over! I watch The Vampire Diaries and love it, but every time one of them starts feeding on someone, I have to look away. It is difficult to avoid the blood sucking scenes in books so that is why I prefer werewolves over vamps. I’m trying to get over it though so I can enjoy more awesome books like this one without getting grossed out. Lol

I thought that Aden was great main character. I liked the way he would be a little clumsy. He was a great fighter, but he was still human so sometimes he just screwed up in the middle of a fight. I never knew how he was going to be able to make it out of some of the situations he found himself in, but I always knew he would figure it out . Because of the four souls who are trapped in his mind, he has spent his entire life knowing that he isn’t crazy, but being treated that way, and yet those four souls are the best friends that a guy could ever wish for. He loves the heck out of them, and they feel the same way about him in return. My two favorite souls were the motherly Eve and the lascivious Caleb. Eve gave Aden a sense of comfort and always tried to guide him in the right direction, and Caleb was just hilarious.

I thought the transition between Aden’s point of view and Marry Ann’s was done well, and I never found myself getting bored while I read this. Although I am not a fan of vampires, the author did a great job with her rendition of them, and I really enjoyed the back story that explained their existence.

This book dealt with several mythical creatures, but other than Vampires and werewolves they were only briefly talked about so I hope to get to learn more about the others in the next book.

I am looking forward to continuing with this series. The ending wasn’t so much of a cliffhanger as a teaser for the next book, and that was a smart move because sometimes cliffhangers can just be plain mean to us poor readers. Lol

Because of violence and language, I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up.

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Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories”, while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.
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Blog Tour: Unbound by Georgia Bell

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Hi everyone! This is the tour for Unbound by Georgia Bell! Enjoy! :D

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Publication date: November 2nd 2013 

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

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After her father dies, Rachel realizes she is scared and stuck. Scared of heights, of cars, of disasters harming the people she loves. Stuck in a life that is getting smaller by the minute. Stuck with a secret she has kept all her life: Someone has been watching over her since birth. Someone who tends to show up when she needs him the most. Someone she believes is her guardian angel.

Eaden is a 1,500-year-old immortal who wants to die. Drained by a life stretched too thin, he has requested his final reward – a mortal sacrifice bred specifically to bring him death. But something went wrong. Rachel’s ability to grant death has mutated in ways that threaten to upset the uneasy alliance between mortals and immortals. And utterly beguiled, Eaden discovers that although Rachel is the key to his death, because of her, he no longer wants to die. And he will do anything to protect her.

Swept into a world of legends, caught between the warring political factions of immortals, and carrying the future of mortal kind in her flesh and bone, Rachel must risk everything to save her world and the man she loves.

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I received a free copy of this book from the author via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

I haven’t read very many stories about immortals, but I am aware of the formula. A man who has lived for hundreds of years but looks like an eighteen year old falls in love with an actual teenage girl instantly. And she becomes his reason for living. This book didn’t venture far from that formula, but there were some things that I felt were original.

Rachel is our heroine, and she also happens to be slightly neurotic and afraid of just about everything. She has suffered a lot of loss and pain in her short eighteen years so her anxiety was very realistic and understandable. At the beginning of the book, she spends time in therapy trying to deal with her various issues, and I liked the way that was handled. As the story progresses, she slowly gains strength, and I think that her willingness to do the hard work that was required to maintain her mental stability as well as her relationship with Eaden, was the reason for her change

The character of Eaden actually turned out to be more complex than I initially thought. He is immortal and has been watching over Rachel for her entire life. He has protected and even comforted her when possible, and she always viewed him as her guardian angel. Although I have not read very many books about immortals and even fewer about vampires, I have watched some movies and I am a huge fan of The Vampire Diaries so I have a theory about what would happen if someone lived for hundreds of years. I have no doubt in my mind that they would have begun their decent into madness after the first century, and their minds would only continue to deteriorate over time. It would be impossible to live that long without losing it, but I have surprisingly never known this to be discussed when immortals are the focus of any story. This was the first time that the forgone conclusion that living for thousands of years would drive anyone crazy was ever introduced. When I read that, I almost wanted to scream “FINALLY!” at my tablet.

Eaden is far from completely nuts, but there was a hint of madness to his character. initially I thought he was going to be the perfect hero, but as the story progressed, I saw how much his 1500 years were weighing him down. Even the fact that he had basically been stalking Rachel for her entire life, shed a light on his potential for madness. It was subtle, but it was there.

The love that developes between the two happens very quickly, and considering the depth of their feelings, it needed to develop more slowly in my opinion. I know Eaden had known her for her entire life, but he knew her from afar, and she barely knew anything about him before he chose to reveal himself to her. The instant attraction made sense, his strong desire to protect her made sense, even her trust in him made sense, but their profession of love just didn’t mean as much to me as it would have if the author had not allowed it to happen so quickly.

Even though I am not a fan of insta love, it was very sweet the way Eaden treated Rachel. He treaded her as if she were precious to him, and once again his potential for going crazy was highlighted by how much he wanted to keep her safe. This is a man who has wanted nothing more than to die for centuries, but now that he has finally found someone worth living for, her life is in danger. This would be enough to cause anyone to lose it a little bit, and I actually thought that he handled things well. he had moments of humanity more than insanity. The only reason I attribute it to madness at all is because everyone else did. I personally think that a willingness to allow the whole world to burn if it means protecting someone you love, is a very human way to be. Of course I hoped that cooler heads prevailed and he chose to do what was right, but him wanting to protect the woman he loved wasn’t that crazy. Lol

Rachel’s feelings for Eaden were also enjoyable to read. I truly did believe in their love for one another, and in order to allow the story to focus on other things but still be romantic, their insta love did feel necessary.

. Risk were taken with this story that piqued my interest and I enjoyed them a lot, but too many things were going on for the author to give them all the right amount of attention. The history of the immortals, the explanation for their existence, and their possible nefarious plans for mankind were all very interesting, and I wanted more time to be spent on each of those subjects. I am not suggesting that the story should have been longer, just that maybe we didn’t need to tackle everything in this book. There was more than enough material to be stretched out over several novels. I want to know more about Eaden’s 1500 years before Rachel was born, and I would love to have more insight into the world of immortals. Hopeful some of that will be explored in the next book in the series.

This was a great story, I just wanted more history and information! I’m greedy like that. :)

Because of mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up. They just kiss, but Rachel wants to do more than that so sex is mentioned, but never described.

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Georgia Bell was raised on a steady diet of science fiction and fantasy, courtesy of her father, a man who loved his family, fishing, scotch, and science (although not necessarily in that order). Georgia is an avid reader of young adult fiction, and a lover of good wine, music, children, and cats (although not necessarily in that order).

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