Friday Finds! We found some book-bargains and… awesome five-star reader recommendations!

by Maryse on October 7, 2016 · 205 comments

in eBook Deals

Just to let everyone know, I’m on the other side of Florida (on the west coast) and all is well here. Of course we’ll still be experiencing some tropical storm force winds, from some of those outer hurricane bands, but I am safe and sound. Just worried about trees that might not handle the wind gusts as well (and the next few hours will give me an idea), but! It looks like I’ll be here reading and playing books with you all day. LOL!! Yay electricity!! :D !!!

P.S. While I was heading into “Crosstalk” next (and still will, on Sunday), Amy tempted me with her squeeing over THIS “Kindle First” book (Evelyn, After: A Novel up there to the left), and it just so happened that THAT was the one I chose too. So if anyone wants to buddy read with us, this is what I’m reading as we speak! I LOVE crazy thrillers (and that BLURB. Yikes… a love story gone wrong for sure).

Amy: Fabi…Evelyn, After was *screaming* my name so I had no choice but to click it. ;)

Amy: FABI!!! Remember you told me to update you on Evelyn, After? Well, here’s your update… I’M LOVING IT!!!! :D

Amy: Okay, I feel like I’m reading Evelyn, After by peeking through my fingers. I keep cringing and am just waiting for it to blow up. Gah! Knowing she is about to add to the figurative body count has me all sorts of antsy and its FUN!!

Fabi: Sounds REALLY good Amy. I wonder which one Maryse picked for her October Kindle First. I haven’t picked yet. I’m just overwhelmed with books right now.

Amy: Fabi…let me know which one you pick and what you think of it! I’m also curious about Maryse’s KF pick… Hear that, Maryse? Are your ears burning? ‘Cause we’re talking about you. :P

Maryse: Fabi I picked… lemme look. One sec…….. Evelyn After. That sounds good!!!! :D

Maryse: eek OMG AMY!! I JUST CLUED IN! LOL! Is that the one you picked and you’re TOTALLY INTO??? I was going to start Crosstalk tonight, but maybe that one instead? Grey and I were gonna buddy read but she’s reading something else right now anyway… Who’s reading Cross Talk and who’s reading Evelyn After? I’m reading Evelyn!!!

bev: I grabbed the Evelyn one too. It’s Victoria Dahl, right. A pseudonym for her?

Leslie: I didn’t know that Evelyn book is Victoria Dahl! Cool! I LOVED some of her contemporaries.

But if that one’s not tickling your fancy, boy have we found some super-goodies for you!! It’s an awesome Friday/reading weekend indeed!

LOOK WHAT WE FOUND!! (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order. Sales listed are for Amazon U.S., however some of the Amazon UK links also reflect the sale!):

  • Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre <— MOVIE NEWS ALERT!!! Yep! One of my 5-star favorites is going to be a movie, you guys!! If you haven’t read it yet, and want a fun, feisty, lighthearted and often hilarious romance read, this is the one! P.S. Here’s my review. ;)

Janet: Just finished Hollywood Dirt. Excellent read, and I loved that Brad DeLuca was back!

Teri: Oh boy.. I just finished Hollywood Dirt and I loved it! Even my typing has a new found Southern drawl and I’m sure I’ll be watching my manners this week more so than usual. Sweet tea anyone? What a great book!!!

Michelle: Finished and just loved Hollywood Dirt – refreshing, funny, sexy!

  • Burning Bond (Holly Woods Files, #6) by Emma Hart <— JUST RELEASED!! SOUNDS LIKE A LOVE TRIANGLE ALERT! ”…Two men, both determined to protect me. I think I could love one. I’m almost certain I’m in love with the other. Ride or die just got a whole lot realer…
  • Empire (The Syndicate Series Book 5) by Kathy Coopmans <— JUST RELEASED!!
  • Bossy (An Office Romance #1) by J.L. Beck <— HE’S HER NEW BOSS… Recent release and super-bargain priced, too! “When Cameron offers me a deal I can’t refuse in return for one weeks worth of no strings attached sex I think what do I have to lose?
  • The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North <— SCI-FI THRILLER ALERT! NO MATTER WHAT, NO ONE EVER REMEMBERS HER… Oooooh you guys this sounds like my thing!!! This BLURB definitely gave me that coveted jolt. I must make it mine! ;)No matter what I do, the words I say, the crimes I commit, you will never remember who I am. That makes my life difficult. It also makes me dangerous.”
  • Torch: A Second Chance Romance by Roxie Noir <— FIREFIGHTER ALERT! This one’s got a bunch of great reviews and is super-bargain priced today. “…women? They practically line up to slide down my pole. I never did like repeating myself. Not since she broke my heart into a thousand pieces, anyway. Clementine’s that ex. The one I haven’t seen in eight years. The one I thought I was going to marry until she dumped my ass while I was on active duty in Afghanistan. The one who’s suddenly next door when my crew has a few days off in her tiny town…
  • Beautiful (The Beautiful Series Book 10) by Christina Lauren <— RECENTLY RELEASED, LAST OF THE SERIES and Lisa LOVED it!
Lisa: Just finished Beautiful and it was the perfect conclusion to that series. I’m going to miss that group. And can I just say. ..the Christina Lauren duo are bloody well Grand Pohbahs of contemporary romance…..their characters are so well developed and given so much depth the reader ‘knows’ them…..their likes, dislikes, idiosyncrasies, humor…..and the authors maintain the depth in the characters across every book…no one fades into the background. Loved it all.
  • fugly (The Fugly Series Book 1) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff <— SHE’S CONSIDERED UNATTRACTIVE & HER BOSS OWNS A COSMETICS COMPANY ALERT! I read this one, because I was so interested in the dynamic of this kind of relationship. A man who demands physical beauty… and a woman who gives him a run for his money. It’s super-bargain priced today! (here’s my review)

fia: I just finished Mimi jean pamfilloff’s Fugly, one of the best ride of my life, can’t put it down, definitely five stars for me, after her King series, Mimi jean is an automatic buy. Yayy me !!

Grey: I read fugly. This one was interesting for me. Solid 4.25. It bothered me that they didn’t describe her… And I felt like the ending was rushed a bit. But the angst and the gut check feels were on point, and I couldn’t put it down.

Young: I just finished the sample of Fugly. OMG..MINE!!!! It sounds so fun! I love that the h is so unique and refreshing, and of course H is a giant mean A-hole The author is one of my favorites.

  • Capture Me & Bind Me by Anna Zaires <— DARK READ ALERT!!The first two books in the dark romance Capture Me trilogy, available for a limited time in one convenient, discounted bundle
  • Illuminae (The Illuminae Files) by Amie Kaufman <— HUGE SCI-FI DYSTOPIAN HIT that rocked our fellow readers worlds! And it’s super bargain priced today. My best book buds LOVE IT!!

Fabi: The absolute best book I’ve EVER read. Yup, in my whole life. That hardcover design just blew my mind. Plus, almost the entire book is quote worthy. Since I read the hard-cover, I don’t have my handy highlights. But I remember just reading and rereading certain lines and parts. AND, there are almost 7,300 ratings on GR with an average of 4.30 stars. That’s seems like a pretty solid accomplishment for those two authors. :-)

Michelle: Illuminae is an easy #1 for my year!

Lisa: I’ve loved Helena Huntings Pucked series and Clipped Wings. She’s becoming an ‘immediate one-click’ author for me.
  • Faultlines by Barbara Taylor Sissel <— THEIR TEENS ARE IN A CAR ACCIDENT…As the young adults struggle to survive, tension between their parents escalates. But when trust is broken and a shocking family secret is exposed, it creates a perfect storm of harrowing consequences.“ Amy found us this one!!
“I found a new-to-me in my recommendations on Amazon that looks REALLY good…Faultlines by Barbara Taylor Sissel.”
  • Fault Line by C. Desir <— LEFT AMY ALL MESSED UP! Amy found us some goodies, including this one!

Amy: Faultline by C. Desir, which left me all kinds of messed up. :? It was pretty dang good, but I just felt so raw and twisted up by the end of the book. I’m still not sure how I feel about the ending…

  • Bleed Like Me by C. Desir <— INTENSE AND ANGSTY SOUNDING AND AMY FOUND US THIS ONE, TOO!!! Amy: “And speaking of C. Desir, her book Bleed Like Me is on sale… It sounds like it is just as much of a mind-messer as Faultline. Click. ;) OH YES! It sounds VERY intense!!! “From the author of Fault Line comes an edgy and heartbreaking novel about two self-destructive teens in a Sid and Nancy–like romance full of passion, chaos, and dyed hair.
  • Until June: Until Her Series by Aurora Rose Reynolds <— THEY SECRETLY GOT MARRIED BEFORE HE LEFT FOR BOOT CAMP…June promises to wait for him, knowing neither time or distance will ever change her feelings for Evan—that is until she’s served with divorce papers while he’s overseas and she’s forced to let him go. Her marriage and divorce a well-kept secret, the last person June expects to run into when she moves back to her hometown is Evan.” TWO BOOKS from this series are super-bargain priced today! THIS ONE… AND…
  • Until July: ( Until Her ) by Aurora Rose Reynolds <— THIS ONE! SINGLE MOTHER & HE WANTS TO PROTECT HER. Plus it’s on super-bargain today!!! “Ellie Anthony isn’t looking for love. She isn’t even looking for a man, but when Jax Mayson insists on keeping her and her daughter safe, she’s left with no choice but to trust him…
  • Controlled Burn (The Kilgore Fire Series Book 4) by Lani Lynn Vale <— LANI LYNN VALE ALERT! A new one just went LIVE!! He’s joining the SWAT team and she’s devastated… and scared for him. “July Dupree and Dean ‘PD’ Hargrove fell head over heels in love. When PD comes home to tell July the good news about joining the SWAT team as a tactical medic, everything changes. July can’t fathom why PD would want to be a cop in this day and age. Wasn’t it enough that he already had a dangerous job with the fire department? Now he has to add another, even more dangerous, job to the equation?”
  • Evertaster (Evertaster Series) by Adam Glendon Sidwell <— And an ADORABLE looking book for kids!!! This one is super bargain priced today, too! “When eleven year-old Guster Johnsonville rejects his mother’s casserole for the umpteenth time, she takes him into the city of New Orleans to find him something to eat. There, in a dark, abandoned corner of the city, they meet a dying pastry maker who tells them of a legendary recipe called the Gastronomy of Peace — a recipe created hundreds of years ago, sought after by connoisseurs everywhere, and rumored to be so delicious that whoever tastes it will never want to eat anything else again…
  • AUDIOBOOK L:DVERS ➜ For those going on a road trip soon, or maybe you’ve got some projects that require both hands this weekend but still allows you to “listen”… check out the free audible trial + 2 free audiobooks deal —>
  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!


PREORDERS (next week’s!!! :D )

Rachel: “Maryse I was recommended PULL ME CLOSE by Sidney halston via Goodreads. They’ve been harping on it so much I ended up getting a copy from Netgalley. Now I see what all the fuss is about! MARYSE, it is soooo damn good. Maybe the author will give you an arc or something. Listen to this…she had a tragic event something you are NOT expecting and has been a recluse for years because of it. She ends up meeting a guy who owns a nightclub. But she can’t go see him because she can’t leave her house beacaue she’s agoraphobic! Gahhh. So good.”

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Ela October 7, 2016 at 11:13 AM


Reading The Lost *sticks out tongue*

Ela October 7, 2016 at 11:40 AM


Maryse October 7, 2016 at 12:10 PM

*snort* LOL!!!!!!! :P Ela you crack me up so hard. And I can tell you’re riled up big time.

Awwww why didn’t you choose Evelyn? *sigh*

Okay let us know what you think of yours…

R. Renee October 7, 2016 at 1:13 PM

What is Kindle First?

Jean October 7, 2016 at 1:29 PM

I don’t know what it is, but I just signed up for it just so I could get Evelyn After! LOL! Does anyone know what it is exactly?

Maryse October 7, 2016 at 1:38 PM

Okay from what I understand, (I have Prime so Kindle First comes with it)… each month, Amazon chooses 4 (or 6?) books that are coming out in exactly one month.

So they’re only available for pre-order. But those that have access to Kindle First (like Prime members), we get to choose one for free to read (and keep I think) BEFORE it comes out!!! :D

And there are 4 or 6 or whatever from each of our favorite genres. Psych-thriller, mystery, romance, paranormal, women’s fiction… so fun!

Ela October 7, 2016 at 1:38 PM

No clue but it’s free and it gives you a choice of an early release book that’s not due until weeks later….

Ela October 7, 2016 at 1:40 PM

Yeah, without Prime the book comes discounted, like for Evelyn I paid 1.99 us $….

Maryse, I got myself into a buddy read of the Lost and it’s so freaking weird and crazy I just have to finish it…so many questions about this crazy h it’s not even funny!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jean October 7, 2016 at 1:45 PM

Thanks Maryse! Seems like a no-brainer to get Kindle First then!

R. Renee October 7, 2016 at 1:46 PM

Cool! I have Prime and I’d never heard of it!

Ela October 7, 2016 at 1:50 PM

Oh shush Jean! I had no clue…but being I’m “green-eyed” I’m very intelligent and patient (not patient that is, intelligent hells yes!)… according to a very important study on FB!

Ela October 7, 2016 at 1:50 PM

So I figured it out….

Ela October 7, 2016 at 2:19 PM
Fabi October 7, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Ella, you’re hilarious. I can’t believe you’re reading The Lost. That was a total trip.

R if you have Prime then you’re missing out on a free pre-release book every month.

I found another horror/thriller I want to read. Blister by Jeff Strand. Of course, I still don’t have a single volunteer for my previous horror pick, Twisted. I’m totally reaching outside my comfort zone with these and yet, no one’s coming with me to hold my hand.

Maryse October 7, 2016 at 2:25 PM

I’ll play Fabi!! I’ll read ANY horror you want to buddy read.

Fabi October 7, 2016 at 2:26 PM

Don’t even ask me why autocorrect put two L’s in your name. It always thinks it knows better than me. :-(

Fabi October 7, 2016 at 2:27 PM

Woohoo!!! Maryse! Let’s shoot for sometime in October since its the scary month. *shiver*

Ela October 7, 2016 at 2:31 PM

Fabi….so far really good! I like them dark reads! Horror no way….no how no siree BOB! I can’t even watch Scary Movie and that’s supposed to be funny *gasp*

Ela October 7, 2016 at 2:32 PM

Maybe it thinks you’re speaking Spanish calling me “her” or “she”?

Ela October 7, 2016 at 2:40 PM

Oh and if I can handle Her Master’s Courtesan or Empathy then I FEEL I can handle any dark read, other than hard core self harm, depression, and too much cold stone killing! And add to that dark read list The Life of Anna…

Maryse October 7, 2016 at 2:51 PM

Fabi!!!! YES Perfect month for horror buddy reading!!! Count me in!

Jean October 7, 2016 at 3:06 PM

I’m definitely in for a horror buddy read! Just let me know what and when!

bev October 7, 2016 at 3:31 PM

I’ve been wanting to do a re-watch of Rear Window. It’s been forever since I’ve seen that movie.

Grey October 7, 2016 at 3:32 PM

Oh man… what to read, what to read… Evelyn after… Beautiful… Crosstalk…. I should really be writing LOL!

Fabi October 7, 2016 at 3:42 PM

Awesome Maryse and Jean. Do ya’ll want to start this Sunday maybe? That will give us time to finish our current reads. I’m intrigued by Blister because I read a review that said it has a realistic romance. I don’t know how that fits in with the thriller/horror but “romance” is the magic word for me. LOL

Fabi October 7, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Oh, and Blister is free on KU or $2.99 reg price. So not overly expensive. 4.5 stars from 117 reviews on Amazon.

Maryse October 7, 2016 at 4:41 PM

Romance horror sounds perfect!

Maryse October 7, 2016 at 4:42 PM

Grey let’s wait a few more days for Crosstalk. I think that will fit out October creepy romance theme anyway…

Tessa October 7, 2016 at 5:12 PM

No horror for me. I’m with Ela. I had nightmares from Scary Movie 3. I just couldn’t handle it. My nightmares and day-mares are just too active to allow something truly scary.

Omen by Kelley Armstrong was… um… I’m not sure. I finished it last night and I honestly don’t know what’s going on, even with the mystery “solved”, it seemed very left field. Hopefully the next two books will clear it up.

Fabi October 7, 2016 at 5:48 PM

Tessa, I just finished The Scribe and I cannot believe that happened and then it was over and now I’m all like wtf. Just like that. Completely run on sentence thoughts.

btw guys, I’m scared of horror books too. I think I’ve only read one other in my whole life. That’s why I need a little hand holding. Hopefully this one won’t be like a SK novel or anything. I read that it has romance and even humor mixed in with the scary suspense.

Grey October 7, 2016 at 6:40 PM

Ok, a few more days for Crosstalk. I think I’m gonna read Beautiful then… unless you all have a must read for me?!? I’m just chilling. I wrote a little… I’m trying to decide whether or not I’m going to participate in Nanowrimo again this year. I’ve been really lax lately with writing… which whatever, I just do it for fun, but I feel bad for those who have been waiting to read the story I’m writing LOL!

Check in for our Southern East Coast friends???

Tessa October 7, 2016 at 7:07 PM

SK is never bad! :D

I’m trying Nanowrimo again this year. I can’t do their camps because the time of year for them doesn’t work. All said, though, each time has been a learning experience. This year, I am going to have a stuffed animal to keep away the angst and absorb some tears.

Maryse October 7, 2016 at 7:15 PM

Amy… prepare Manny for the Nanowrimo stint!

R. Renee October 7, 2016 at 7:16 PM

I think we need a backup Manny…

Tessa October 7, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Seriously. And dragging computers into blankie forts.

Maryse October 7, 2016 at 7:58 PM

and maybe some pumpkin scented candles…

Grey October 7, 2016 at 8:19 PM

Ew no. No pumpkin over here…

Maryse October 7, 2016 at 8:41 PM

Cupcake scented?

Sugar cookies?

R. Renee October 7, 2016 at 8:47 PM

I am addicted to candles. I burn them constantly, but I realized the soot was coating my office and likely my lungs so I had to switch to soy candles. This is my favorite. It’s lightly floral – but not in a dated cheap perfumey way – and it has undercurrents of cinnamon. Sooo yummy! They seem pricey but they last forever! I also have the brown sugar one and it smells like pancakes!

bev October 7, 2016 at 9:19 PM
bev October 7, 2016 at 10:06 PM

How about October 16th for The Bronze Horseman? Start on a full moon.

Amy October 7, 2016 at 10:27 PM

Talk about being busy today. Don’t people and RL know I have books to read and ladies here to chat with??? GEEZ!!

Yes, Kindle First is a great thing. I have Prime, and it’s so worth the price because you get movies, music, free 2-day shipping, and best of all…Kindle First! There are also other perks that I can’t remember right off the top of my head. Can you believe I had Prime for months before I realized I could get KF books? *sigh* I could have had even more free books…

Amy October 7, 2016 at 10:34 PM

I’m in, Bev. ;)

And I’m in for Blister, guys! That looks CREEPY. That cover… *shudder* But she has pretty lips. ;) Hey, I have a book I clicked last year which I never got around to…The Bell Witch by John FD Taff. Any takers for a BR later in the month on that one??

*kisses Manny’s head* Okay little guy, Tessa is gonna need you next month to get through her writing. Don’t worry, she’ll take good care of you. ;)

Amy October 7, 2016 at 10:37 PM

O. M. G. Bev, that candle is awesome!! And yes, I got the hint. ;)

Grey October 8, 2016 at 6:01 AM

Maryse…I see what you did there. ;-) Yes, cupcake and sugar cookie scented anything work. However, I haven’t agreed yet!!!

I need more hours in the day. Although, I guess it’s good that I’m thinking so much about this right now. Last year, I decided on a whim on Halloween that I was definitely going to do Nano again. I had zero plans made as of 11pm. Yet, somehow it all worked out. 50k words in 30 days. Ay carumba. I just don’t know if I have it in me this year. Headphones, chocolate and a cooperative muse is what I need!

OK back to book talk. I actually went to bed without reading last night, can you believe it?!? So the question of my Saturday read still remains LOL!

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 6:41 AM

You could read Blister with us Grey. A spooky October read. :-) so far we have Maryse, Jean, Amy and scared lil’ ‘ol me. Starting tomorrow. Whether I’ve finished the book I’m on or not. As much as I’m loving it, it’s taking forever to read.

Leslie M October 8, 2016 at 8:15 AM

Oct 16 for start of Bronze Horseman? I’m in. Who else besides Bev & Amy?

Grey, I think you are the Mod for the Goodreads group…can you make a thread for Bronze Horseman buddy read?

Good luck guys on the Blister read, the cover is cool. I actually LOVE scary movies, but not books. I think original Blair Witch & Pet Cemetery are my faves. Haven’t seen current Blair Witch yet.

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 9:05 AM

We were talking about the Kindle First feature of Prime Membership and today I got an email from Amazon introducing a new reading feature:

“Read anywhere, anytime with Prime Reading, another new addition to your membership benefits. Choose from a rotating selection of over a thousand top books, current issue magazines, short works, comics, and more!”

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 9:06 AM
Jean October 8, 2016 at 9:38 AM

Thanks for that info Fabi! Just downloaded Blister! I’m excited to start it!

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 9:40 AM


Grey October 8, 2016 at 10:14 AM

Started the Bronze Horseman thread for you Leslie, but you can start whatever thread you want!

Off to watch my kiddo march in a fall parade…praying for no rain…and fried dough LOL!

Amy October 8, 2016 at 10:22 AM

Okay, so with Prime Reading are we borrowing the books? Or are those free books we can download and keep?

Hey Grey, grab me a funnel cake if they have ‘em. ;)

Amy October 8, 2016 at 10:25 AM

Bared to You by Sylvia Day is 1.99! :D

Cheryl October 8, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Blister looks interesting. Is it purely horror? Romance/horror?? I may be in for BR.

Jean October 8, 2016 at 10:49 AM

Fabi says it’s romance/horror. Join us Cheryl! Starting it tomorrow!

Cheryl October 8, 2016 at 10:50 AM

Thanks Jean. I missed that comment by Fabi. Ok, I’m in!!

Jeannie S. October 8, 2016 at 10:51 AM

I read Illumanae and LOVED it!! I wasn’t sure I would like it when I started, because it’s not your typical novel, more of a document/file with interviews, emails, maps, etc. It definitely told a story that pulled me in from the start and I couldn’t put it down. I gave this 5 stars and highly recommend it, especially if you are looking for something a bit different.

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 11:45 AM

Cheryl, Amazon says Blister is horror/thriller/mystery/romance/humor. Ha! They couldn’t make up their minds. I just hope its good. I didn’t read the reviews in case of spoilers but I did notice there’s a ton of good ones.

Woohoo!! BR is filling up! I’m gonna be hitting y’all up for some hand holding tomorrow night.

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 11:46 AM

Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie *zips lips* do not get me started on Illuminae. My BEST BOOK EVER. Even though it’s not a huge hit with this group. I’m a huge sci-fi fan so my reaction to it was over the top. Fanfreakintasricallylovedit

bev October 8, 2016 at 11:58 AM

I wanted to one click, but I know MichelleS had problems with it in kindle format. My library doesn’t have it but does have some of her other books. May check them out.

Maryse October 8, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Oooh good find, Amy!!!

Cheryl October 8, 2016 at 1:31 PM

Thanks Fabi. Blister tomorrow. :)

Amy October 8, 2016 at 2:54 PM

Maryse, right? It’s supposed to be comparable to FSoG so I’m crossing my fingers. :D

Guys, I’m SO ready for The Bronze Horseman!! I watched Testament of Youth last night, and it put me in the mood for something from that time period. At first I thought it was a bit OTT and a bit on the dramatic side…until I saw that it was based on a true story. Then I was crying. But it’s sooooo good!!

Amy October 8, 2016 at 2:57 PM

Oh, and I advise going in blind if you watch Testament of Youth if you want the full impact.

Just like you should go in *completely* blind if you ever watch Dear Zachary. Holy mother of all things heartbreaking. *SOB!!!!* For days!!

Tessa October 8, 2016 at 3:10 PM

Wait, Amy. You haven’t read Bared to You? *blinks* READ IT! Look at everyone’s review on Goodreads from here. After you do you’ll know you have to READ IT!

Maryse October 8, 2016 at 3:39 PM

Okay I’m with Amy…

Evelyn, After is making me a ball of nerves. ALL THE WAY THROUGH. It’s addicting, and very subtle in its “crazy”. You don’t even realize it, until you’re a panicky mess, all strung out on desperation and intense emotion, and … I won’t say anymore.

I’m at 80% and I’m dying to know where this is going. Yep. I’m a wreck. Emotional in all ways.

Maryse October 8, 2016 at 3:40 PM



AMY HASN’T READ BARED TO YOU?!!!!!????!!!!!????

Amy October 8, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Okay…OKAY. I will start the Bared to You series on November 1. Promise!! How can I not after those reactions??? I have Blister and The Bell Witch and The Bronze Horseman BR and I still want to read The Ghost Bride, so…yeah, November 1. :D

Maryse October 8, 2016 at 3:51 PM

*snort* :P

Amy October 8, 2016 at 3:58 PM

OMG I’m so glad you’re having as much fun with Evelyn, After as I did, Maryse!! I updated my reading status on GR with this quote at one point:

“But even if she wanted the best for her son, she wanted the worst for Juliette Whitman. Jealousy and pain and a yearning for justice braided themselves into a thick rope of hatred that wound through Evelyn. It squeezed her, twisting her nerves, changing her body. It hurt.”

GAH!! Those last two words! I couldn’t help but feel everything right along with her, rational or not. “…until you’re a panicky mess, all strung out on desperation and intense emotion…” <—— EXACTLY! YES!!!

Jeannie S. October 8, 2016 at 4:03 PM

Fabi, after I finished Illuminae, I understood why you were so excited about it. I loved it too! I definitely didn’t expect it to make me cry – twice! It definitely is one of those books that stayed with me.

bev October 8, 2016 at 4:10 PM

Reading When We Collide by Emery Lord. Just under 40%. I’m trying to think what I think k of it, lol. It alternates between Vivi & Jonah’s povs.
Vivi is one of those heroines who are artistic, vibrant, a bit odd, and up for adventure. And I believe bipolar. Not a spoiler as she is throwing a pill in the ocean in the beginning of the book. Reading her pov is also a bit exhausting.
My first Emery Lord book and the writing is good.

bev October 8, 2016 at 4:11 PM

It is Victoria Dahl under a pen name, right? I can’t remember where I saw that.

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 4:13 PM

Jeannie – my new bbf. *hearts & hugs*

R. Renee October 8, 2016 at 4:17 PM

I know you told me I probably won’t like it Fabi but I still have that weird crush on the writer and that trumps everything else! At that price I may have to jump in…

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 4:25 PM

To like Illuminae you should be a fan of YA, action books, sci-fi, and technology. Oh and romance of course.

bev October 8, 2016 at 4:26 PM

Fabi, what format did you read it in?

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 4:26 PM

Oh!!! and this book should be read in paper format.

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 4:27 PM

I got the hardcover and it is brilliant. Spectacular. I have nothing else like it on my shelves.

bev October 8, 2016 at 4:34 PM

2 things.

1. R. If you are ready to read YA then you need to consider Simon and JR.

2. *snort* I’m like I love this book. So, here you read it and you will love it too.
Fabi is like, I love this book so don’t read it unless you think you’ll love it too.

Ela October 8, 2016 at 4:38 PM

Amy Bared to You or the Crossfire series has 5 books and sadly it really should’ve ended at 3. Had so much promise and *sigh* Gideon!

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 4:39 PM

Not true Bev. I don’t recommend many books. When I do recommend one it’s honestly because knowing the other person’s reading taste I think they may enjoy it. Even so, I often fail. *cough cough Maryse* Maybe I’m just not a good recommender. lol
But it honestly has nothing to do with me not wanting someone to read if they’re not going to love it because I loved it.

Amy October 8, 2016 at 4:39 PM

Yep, Bev…it’s her writing under a pen name. Now I’m curious about her other books…

Leslie M October 8, 2016 at 4:43 PM

Crapity! Crap! Crap!!! Cucka! (Not at all what I WANT to say but I’m censoring myself). I just finished Paper Princess and I did not like it!! *shields self from flying peanuts* Soooooo bummed as I was REALLY looking forward to series. It was very Fallen Crest High-ish (which I also didn’t like) *hides from peanut explosion*

I did actually like Ella, the h, she was a tough cookie but story was not my thing. It was mostly all high school/rich people drama and hardly any romance. There are so many different unanswered secrets going on it frustrated me. I also couldn’t warm up to Reed, the H. Oh well, instead of going in blind, I think I need to research series more before diving in. :(

bev October 8, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Fabi, you do put a lot more thought into your recs. You & Cheryl also seem to be more reserved in how many you rec. Probably because you are being more thoughtful of what books for what readers.

bev October 8, 2016 at 4:49 PM

Leslie, it is not going to be a favorite of mine but I keep reading them. And I just threw all my peanuts at R. ;)

bev October 8, 2016 at 4:57 PM

Fabi, I love Jellicoe Road. I just fell into that book. It had tropes I enjoy like boarding school, a, to me, foreign country, strong side characters, and making your own family. I thought the writing was fabulous and great heroine. And if I’d really thought about it I should of been all…….TESSA! READ THIS!

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 4:58 PM

I think my tastes were more in common with Michelle and MichelleS of anyone here. But it’s potluck. I never would have dreamed Maryse would have enjoyed The Martian as much as she did. I also thought Wolfsong was a sure thing for her. I was wrong on both counts. But then we read The Goal and we’re practically saying each other’s words we agree so much on it. Then there was that one you casually recommended, you know the one with the girl sitting in between two guys on the cover? I’m awful with titles. But after you recommended it so many of us read it and FLOVED it. I’ve even loved one of Amy’s recs as different as our tastes are. Room 212 was fantastic. I think we all agree more than disagree on books even though we have slightly different tastes.

Cheryl October 8, 2016 at 5:08 PM

Amy, hard to believe you haven’t read Bared To You. I do agree it should have stopped with 3 books and at least you don’t have to deal with the anger and frustration of WAITING for the next books!!! By the end, I was seriously contemplating not reading anymore from this author.

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 5:10 PM

I need to add that since I joined here my best books have all been recommendations from all of you. I love Bev’s NAs, Michelle’s sci-fi, MichelleS’ sci-fi romance, Tessa’s PNR, Amy’s YA, Maryse’s everything, etc. I’m not leaving anyone out on purpose. Many recs come from multiple people. My best mm recs have come from here too.

Cheryl October 8, 2016 at 5:10 PM

Fabi, is lluminae a standalone? Seem to recall something about the “next” book being released or soon to be released??

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Book 2, Gemina comes out this month. I was thinking that maybe if one reads on a big(ish) tablet, the pages would come across ok. But as mentioned above, the whole book is mostly texts and notes, and articles and files and pictures. The readers pieces the story together out of that. It’s the most unique presentation of a story I’ve ever seen.

Grey October 8, 2016 at 5:26 PM

Agreed. Bared to You is a must… But should have stopped at 3…

I want to read Evelyn now…

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 5:28 PM

Me too Grey. I’m kind of sorry I didn’t squirrel away to it when Maryse started it.

Grey October 8, 2016 at 5:39 PM

I wish there was a quiz we could all take LOL. To find out who is our closest book twin on here haha!

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 5:43 PM

It was a lot of fun when all time favorites were being posted. We saw how many we had in common and learned a lot of new must-reads. I remember MichelleS was my closest match since I’d read 100% of her favorites at the time.

R. Renee October 8, 2016 at 5:49 PM

Whoa, I was driving…catching up now!

Fabi knows my tastes, that’s why she doesn’t think I’ll like it. We’ve talked about it before. But…but…he’s kinda hot! (in that one picture).

bev not a YA fan. Every once in a while one gets by me but it’s rare. I have a 17YO and that’s all the YA I can handle. And why am I getting hit with flying peanuts?

Leslie, I feel ya. I went into those books knowing they were soap-opery guilty pleasures. I had super low expectations and they still kinda disappointed, even so, I’m curious enough to continue. Maybe.

Agree with everyone on Bared to You. By the time the final came out, I no longer cared, even though I enjoyed the others.

R. Renee October 8, 2016 at 5:50 PM

Yes!! Grey we should make a scale test! Angst level, heat level, swoon level… But not me, one of you!

Jan October 8, 2016 at 5:51 PM

Yeah that would be fun. Who wants to post their current top ten? or even top 5? It would be hard to pick mine, actually, but it would be fun to read everyone’s.

Leslie M I could never really get into Fallen Crest High either. I know……I tried, but……those bully kids just didn’t do it for me. I don’t really like movies or tv in that genre either. So I’ve held off on Paper Princess. It’s still in the maybe? pile for me.

But I’ve definitely got some fantastic books as recs from here. Last Hour of Gann anyone? Dartmoor series. and lots of others I floved. Books that I would never have discovered on my own. And now I’m really intrigued by Illuminae. Gonna see if my library has it. Sounds like my small kindle screen size wouldn’t do it justice.

Amy October 8, 2016 at 5:52 PM

Hmmm…so the consensus seems to be that it should have stopped at book 3. Maybe it will be different for me because, like Cheryl said, I don’t have to wait for each book to come out. Hopefully? ;)

Grey and Fabi…KF books can be hit or miss, but Evelyn is definitely a HIT!!

Tessa October 8, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Michelle is mine. Though I have yet to really get into Illuminae and she loved it, I haven’t gotten past the first page due to the technical jargon. Something that starts that technical needs to await a mood.

Amy October 8, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Oh, and also Fabi…the book Bev rec’d was Undecided. That cover with the girl between the two guys was perfect, and then they had to go and ruin it and make it look like every other cover. :|

Just like…dare I say it…Night Owl. The original cover was simple yet eye-catching, and even reflected some of the darkness in the book, but then they had to go and put half-naked people on them. Awesome. *eyeroll*

But hey, if it weren’t for the dime-a-dozen covers then the gorgeous and appealing ones wouldn’t stand out, right??

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 6:16 PM

That’s right! Undecided was the one. Then they changed the cover. :-( I didn’t know they’d changed Night Owl again. I kind of liked the ribbon ones. I guess that was the second cover?

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 6:16 PM

True about KF. It’s been hit or miss for me too.

bev October 8, 2016 at 6:40 PM

See, I’d probably say the Michelles too.

Tessa, I feel like we have had similar reading paths. It’s like we read the same genres, but maybe favored different authors. Or read the same authors but favored different books.

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 6:44 PM

I think we all like some from everyone’s favorites because we all have similar tastes in books.

bev October 8, 2016 at 7:05 PM

I’m not sure how someone would go about making a test like that.
My Angst level usually medium to low, but occasionally the opposite. Swoon level high, but sloooow burn. Heat level like angst can go either way. The emotional burn is more important to me, lol. I like the heat but those scenes can also be what I have to get through to get to the good stuff.
We could name a book and see how everyone felt about it.

bev October 8, 2016 at 7:07 PM

Tessa, have you read Anne Stewart?

Grey October 8, 2016 at 7:11 PM

I think if I remember right Jean and I are pretty close, and Maryse too LOL.

Right now I’m reading Beautiful. I love, love, love that Will and Hanna are in this one. They’re my favorites!

R. Renee October 8, 2016 at 7:20 PM

I can’t tell who I’m twinning. I’m thinking maybe Cheryl but she doesn’t rate so IDK. Amy and Maryse are good with the non HEA tearjerkers, right? So it wouldn’t be them. Other close ones are DG and Grey and sometimes Jean.

bev October 8, 2016 at 7:24 PM


R. Renee October 8, 2016 at 7:26 PM

My dream books are: medium-high angst, appropriate heat level for book (with cringe-less words), high swoon, high heartbreak with HEA (ugly cry=bonus), no alpha, no teenagers (unless briefly).

I think that about does it.

Leslie M October 8, 2016 at 7:28 PM

What I love about this blog is even if we have differing tastes/opinions it is great hearing everyone’s comments. It is so helpful when looking for recs and/or weeding out ones that just won’t work for us.

bev October 8, 2016 at 7:30 PM

R, no alphas?

R. Renee October 8, 2016 at 7:36 PM

They’ve been getting on my nerves lately. Looking at my 5 stars, the only alphas I have since Christian Grey are from Gabriel’s Inferno which I LOVED and absolutely can not tell you why, and Captive in the Dark but I don’t really thing he qualifies. I did like the Sylvia Day series and the Stark Trilogy, but that was a long time ago when I was jonesing for 50 Shades. I’ve changed since then. I wouldn’t turn down an alpha book in he turns all cute and cuddly really fast, if he doesn’t, no thanks!

Jeannie S. October 8, 2016 at 7:39 PM

Lol Fabi – you’re my bff too! I read the book on my kindle, which was not easy sometimes. I agree it should be read in paper format, I had a hard time reading some of it on a small screen, and I will probably get it a hard copy because it was just that good. I’m also not a big fan of sci-fi books (love to watch sci-fi, but not really read them) but I do love YA and action. So you don’t necessarily love the sci-fi genre to love this book.

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 8:02 PM

I agree Jeannie. I think a person doesn’t have to love any of those things. But it helps if they at least don’t hate them. I mean if the words spaceship, aliens or AI turn your stomach or roll your eyes, well then…Illuminae may not be for you. On the other hand I’d call it high angst. For me, very high angst. Tears angst. But maybe only mid-low heat since its YA.

Did I not tell you it would get me going again? Y’all need to call it the Ill book or something so I don’t get on my pulpit every time it’s mentioned.

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 8:02 PM

Oops, I forgot high swoon.


I’m stopping


Fabi October 8, 2016 at 8:05 PM

Jeannie, remember the rose? *swoon* but then *twist a dagger through my heart*

sorry sorry sorry

I stopped

Grey October 8, 2016 at 8:08 PM

I completely agree Leslie… We all rock!! What are we drinking tonight? Probably shouldn’t trust me to pour, just sayin’ ;-) I tend to make ‘em strong & sweet.

R. Renee October 8, 2016 at 8:09 PM

I’m drinking a Topo Chico but I can do better! I know I can!

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 8:15 PM

lol I went to the store a couple of hours ago and could not for the life of me decide on a bottle of wine. I figured, meh, there’s Bicardi at home. :-/

bev October 8, 2016 at 8:17 PM

I believe in you R.

R. Renee October 8, 2016 at 8:19 PM

thanks bev. It’s nice somebody does. If Fabi would bring over that Bacardi, I have lime and mint and with the Topo…mooooojjjjiiitttoooooosss

Fabi October 8, 2016 at 8:20 PM

Oh, that would have gone well with my tacos and queso dinner.

bev October 8, 2016 at 8:27 PM

I have no idea what Topo Chico is, so in my head R. is at home hanging with Topo Gigio.

R. Renee October 8, 2016 at 8:28 PM

LOL it’s sparkling water from Mexico. THE. BEST. Dang stuff never goes flat!

Jan October 8, 2016 at 8:29 PM

Mojitos? Count me in. *eagerly reaches out for Bacardi* I’ve got lots of limes on a tree in my garden, too :)

In my ideal books, I look for an intelligent h I can respect, with integrity and self-respect; an alpha H with intelligence as well as hotness factor, also with integrity. Not too much angst, but of course has to be some conflict or misunderstanding (duh), slow-burn is OK; some swoony sexytimes but not OTT or ridiculous. Probably one of the most important things for me is GOOD CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. If I get hooked on believable characters, I’m in. And HEA, please. No CH! And I avoid cancer, death of child, abortion.

R. Renee October 8, 2016 at 8:34 PM

Well so much for that. There are some seriously, SERIOUSLY hot sexy times going on in this Lark book and I’ve just poured all the Topo Chicos over my head.

Jan October 8, 2016 at 8:34 PM

Hmmm. Looking at some chatter on Good Reads reminds me. Adultery and triangles – more pet hates.

Jan October 8, 2016 at 8:35 PM


bev October 8, 2016 at 8:37 PM

Wait. Your drinking mouse boy water?

bev October 8, 2016 at 8:38 PM

It’s funny cause just bought sparkling water.

R. Renee October 8, 2016 at 8:40 PM

I’m a sparkling water addict. I became a junkie in Europe when they kept asking me if I wanted water with gas and I kept saying ew no. Finally someone said, yes, you do, and that was that.

bev October 8, 2016 at 8:53 PM

I like mineral water too.

bev October 8, 2016 at 11:10 PM

Finished When We Collide, that was a bittersweet read.

Tessa October 9, 2016 at 1:02 AM

Bev, Anne Stuart? I have but darn if I know which. Too many years ago. lol I remember reading an Anne Stewart too, but darn if I remember what. Seriously, if I could go back to being thirteen and start a Goodreads account then…

Sparkling water is eeew to me. It has an odd flavor to it.

Tessa October 9, 2016 at 1:13 AM

Okay, I rarely drink. So today I finished off my Khalua. I bought it two ywars ago for my borthday… OVER TWO YEARS TO DRINK ONE BOTTLE! I suck at drinking.

Grey October 9, 2016 at 7:31 AM

Beautiful… What can I say? I sappy cried through the last epilogues…yes, I said epilogueS. I enjoyed the book, but adored the epilogues. It felt like coming home. The Beautiful Series is one of my very favorite series ever…so this is very bittersweet for me, knowing it’s the end of an era now. The writing team of Christina Lauren are such a package of awesome, wrapped in amazing and heavily dusted in fairy glitter. They’re like a unicorn… The way they write so seemlessly together, it’s truly magical. I’m going to miss this cast of characters something fierce. The ending for our Bastard, Bitch, Player, Stranger, Secret, Beginning, Beloved, Bombshell, Boss and yes, Beautiful… Was, well, it was poignant, a true full circle. If you haven’t read this series and enjoy well-written new adult stories with a healthy dose of humor, complex characters, hot smut and some angst…look no further! Beautiful (the book) gets 4.5 stars for the beginning and the ending alone. I really enjoyed the seamless integration of past characters into Jensen and Pippa’s story while giving them a tale of their own. Definitely not a standalone!!! I sense a book hangover coming on!

DG October 9, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Just finished reading Until Harry by L.A. Casey…and I LOVED it! Definite 4.5 stars for me…some parts were a little watery, emotional but sooo worth the ride. I normally don’t read a lot of second chance romance but yeah, this one I really, REALLY loved! Lots of alpha males in this one…overprotective uncle, father, brothers…and best friend. Sometimes a girl just needs protecting…even if she doesn’t want it. ****a DG recommended gotta read****

DG October 9, 2016 at 8:02 AM

YAY Grey! I can’t wait to read Beautiful! I LOVE, LOVE the series also. Need to make sure I didn’t miss any toward the end..then I am on it!

Cheryl October 9, 2016 at 8:25 AM

Ok, Amy, Fabi and Grey- what is KF?

R. is that a hint for me to rate books? I promise I will try…

Jan, pretty much sums up what I look for in a book. Strong, intelligent, feisty, not meek or walked over, non-virgin, h; tough, maybe emotionally isolated, intelligent, sports/rock star/actor, i.e. someone in charge-type H. Most importantly, a WELL-WRITTEN, slow-burn story, with angst/conflict that just gives me the “feels” from the beginning, smexy times and a HEA. No YA, high school, teenager stories. Like R, I have a 15 and 18 year old- that’s enough YA, don’t need to read about it too!

Cheryl October 9, 2016 at 8:29 AM

Oh and Grey I LOVED Beautiful too. The epilogues were the best part; tied up the entire series with a beautiful bow!! Will and Hanna were my favs too!! Also, loved Bennett and Chloe who I first read about when it was a twilight fanfiction and the characters were Edward and Bella!!

Grey October 9, 2016 at 8:43 AM

KF is Kindle First… is an exclusive program for Amazon prime members… you get to pick one of 6 books picked by editors from Amazon that will release in November to read now for free. (That’s where Evelyn After that Amy, Maryse and I are all reading has come from)

There is also something new… called Prime Reading. Where you can borrow get all sorts of books and magazines for free. Amazon has really stepped up their game for people to be a Prime Member, that’s for sure!

Tessa October 9, 2016 at 9:55 AM

Anyone know what’s the difference between Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimited is?

Fabi October 9, 2016 at 10:23 AM

At first glance, Prime Reading has a much more limited selection than KU. The selection of books changes every month. What I haven’t figured out yet is if PR is also a loan program. Logically it would be but I haven’t seen confirmation yet.

bev October 9, 2016 at 10:29 AM

Yeah, not alot of details. Looks like a version of KU for Prime members. The magazine part is interesting. I know their has been promotional free magazine type things, but not regular borrowing. Seems like the magazines would lose money in this.

R. Renee October 9, 2016 at 10:35 AM

LOL Cheryl! Not it’s not! I think I have a fairly good idea of which ones you like from being on here, but if you started rating the new ones you read I wouldn’t be upset. *cough* Amy…

Also MichelleS, I think we’re a match too!

I have Alexa and I’m digging my Prime. I’m used Prime for years because we live far from a city and if I needed something quick, like a birthday present for one of my daughter’s friends or an emergency pair of shoes or something, the fast shipping was great. Although now, it’s changed from UPS to USPS and never arrives when they say and when it does, tends to get stolen right out of my mailbox. If it weren’t for all the Prime extras, I’d cancel it.

My husband started buying classic rock albums off Amazon. He’s bought maybe 20 so far. The other day I discovered almost all of the songs he’s physically ordered on vinyl have magically appeared in my digital library. That is a cool perk! I wish they did books that way! I love having the hard copy, but I’d prefer to read the digital!

Fabi October 9, 2016 at 10:36 AM

Amazon probably takes the hit for them. Amazon is not a profitable company. They have tremendous cash flow but they don’t have bottom line profit.

Cheryl October 9, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Started Blister. Writing is good, just not sure where it is going yet, especially with the set-up in chapter one. Has had some laugh out loud moments already. I laughed out loud at this line (definitely some morbid humor):

“Sure, my sense of relaxation was still somewhere between “in the dentist’s chair for a quartet of root canals” and “what’s that creature doing on the wing of the plane?”

Fabi October 9, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Cheryl, I’m not able to start it until tonight but you have me really excited about it. That dark humor is calling me!

Jan October 9, 2016 at 4:28 PM

Yeah Grey and Cheryl, the Beautiful series is one of my favs too. So well-written and involving. And Will and Hanna are still my favs too, altho Jensen and Pippa in the final book do make a great pair. Can’t wait to see what the Christina Lauren duo do next. I liked their other series OK (Wild Seasons) but for me it wasn’t anywhere near as good as the Beautiful ones.

DG October 9, 2016 at 4:38 PM

Not sure if KF is tied only to KP…I do KU and it offered it to me for free. Unless I signed up for KP and am getting it for free???? Either way I one click Evelyn After …

Cheryl October 9, 2016 at 5:07 PM

Ok, back to Blister. Have to say it’s not horror/thriller so far and not what I was expecting. Not sure yet…

Fabi October 9, 2016 at 5:17 PM

I haven’t started it yet but I love the first line.

“I’m a liar, but this is the truth.”

I also peaked at Richard Vialet’s review and he says:

“there are some horrifying events detailed, but in fact, this is actually a tender-hearted, quirky love story with doses of great comedy and also some small-town mystery”

Gives me hope. But if he reads a lot of horror this may just be on the lighter side for him and still send me on a tailspin.

But Cheryl, you’re not sure if you like it or just not sure its horror?

Fabi October 9, 2016 at 5:19 PM

Amy, Jean have y’all started it?

Maryse are you going to start it now that you’ve posted your review of Evelyn, After?

bev October 9, 2016 at 5:20 PM

Cheryl, is it a dark comedy?

Fabi October 9, 2016 at 5:21 PM

I don’t think it’s a comedy at all bev. Although Cheryl says it has some morbid humor.

bev October 9, 2016 at 5:21 PM

Fabi, please don’t be mad at me. Please. But I did lol when you said you hadn’t started it yet.

Fabi October 9, 2016 at 5:23 PM

You did what? Start reading it? Why would I be mad at that. Buddy Read!!!!!

Fabi October 9, 2016 at 5:26 PM

Or you laughed because I haven’t started reading it yet? It’s Sunday, I’m starting it when I settle down to read this evening.

Tessa October 9, 2016 at 5:38 PM

I was browsing, and came across this title that had me laughing. Zombies, Run!: Keeping Fit and Living Well in the Current Zombie Emergency If it weren’t for the price being so high, Id totally get it.

Amy October 9, 2016 at 6:39 PM

Tessa…I badly want to buy you the car sticker that says “Official Zombie Escape Vehicle” LOL!!! Although it looks like you might actually need some hair o’ the dog after last night. :lol: <—- let's see if that works

I started Blister, and so far I'm liking it. I wouldn't classify it as horror just yet but it could change…I would say it's more "horrific" because of what happened to her than anything else.

Yay DG!! Evelyn, After is great. :D Did you check out Maryse's review? Spot on, as usual. As to Kindle First, you get to keep the book you get for free each month whereas with KU and Prime Reading you don't keep them, but that's about as much as I know about them.

Amy October 9, 2016 at 6:40 PM

OMG it worked up there!!!! *happy dance*

Fabi…you know you have to read The Bell Witch with me if Blister ends up not being scary, right? ;)

Fabi October 9, 2016 at 6:51 PM

ummm … ok?

Cheryl October 9, 2016 at 7:01 PM

I would say it is not scary/horror, but like Amy said has horrific events. Small-town mystery is also a good way of describing it. Funny, not dark humor but laughing about a bad situation and just laughing in general. Lots of funny one-liners from the H. I’m thinking “things’ are not what they seem and I’m at the beginning of the explanations.

bev October 9, 2016 at 7:16 PM

I have 2 on my tbr that are supposed to be next; Where She Went & Sticks. I also have a new book In Barren Ground. You all are tempting me to go there for something atmospheric & maybe a bit of thrills.

Fabi October 9, 2016 at 7:20 PM

I just read chapter 1 *sticks tongue out at Bev* and I loooove the writing. I had giggles in my stomach the whole chapter.

bev October 9, 2016 at 7:50 PM


Amy October 9, 2016 at 7:50 PM

You know what, I thought it was pretty freaking hilarious what happened at the beginning with that kid. Sometimes they have to learn lessons the hard way. :P

Maryse October 9, 2016 at 7:54 PM

Okay so is everyone reading Blister right now? How’s it going? I should start it. Should I start it? I should start it. :P

bev October 9, 2016 at 8:01 PM

Yes, the flood the feed.

Grey October 9, 2016 at 8:10 PM

Turned on the Presidential Debate… Why? Why did I do this…

bev October 9, 2016 at 8:13 PM

I forgot about it. Now it’s on.

Fabi October 9, 2016 at 8:21 PM

LOL Maryse, you’re fishing for feedback before starting Blister. Get the sample and Read chapter 1. I was hooked in chap 1.

Cheryl and Amy are saying it’s not scary – yet.

bev October 9, 2016 at 8:25 PM

This is getting negative & dirty.
I mean has been but, um…whoa.

Tessa October 9, 2016 at 9:31 PM

*grins* Amy, honest truth. I’ve never had a hangover before. I end up getting so thirsty that I start guzzling water like it’s the zombie apocalypse. :P

Fabi October 9, 2016 at 9:37 PM

Are y’all reading Blister ’cause I just met Rachel and I really like her. I’m not hearing the scary foreboding music yet.

Jean October 9, 2016 at 11:00 PM

I’m at 30% of Blister. I’m liking it so far. Jason is s very unique character and a lot of his inner thoughts having me grinning. No, not really horror but not sure where it’s going either. Yes, that whole incident with the dog in the beginning was kinda funny from his POV!

Fabi October 9, 2016 at 11:23 PM

Jean! Yea, glad you’re reading it too.

I’m at 43% and I’ve had several burst out laughing moments. Dry humor and deadpan banter always make me laugh. Yes, there have been some horrifically detailed scenes, but without the music in the background for impact.

Jan October 10, 2016 at 12:08 AM

Tessa that title is funny. Is it meant to be “non” fiction? Um, the “current” zombie emergency? Have I missed something?

Cheryl October 10, 2016 at 12:09 AM

Ok, finished Blister. Enjoyed the story, although it wasn’t what I was expecting. Not sure why it was described as scary/horror. I may have been scared for them, but not scared by the story. AND the ending; I wanted more.

Fabi October 10, 2016 at 8:38 AM

@63% omg that’s pretty horrific *cringes*

Fabi October 10, 2016 at 9:29 AM

@78% WT everloving F ?!

Cheryl, you didn’t show an ounce of surprise at this? I am floored!

Jean October 10, 2016 at 9:47 AM

Uh oh Fabi! I’m at 60%…..craziness!!!

Fabi October 10, 2016 at 10:38 AM

Jean, I had to stop reading and go to work (late) – ugh adulting sucks

Amy October 10, 2016 at 10:56 AM

Just hit the 63% point Fabi was talking about.

Not. Cool.


Fabi October 10, 2016 at 11:06 AM

Who was it earlier that asked if this was a dark comedy? bev? More and more I’m leaning towards that description. Humour Noir.

Amy October 10, 2016 at 11:54 AM

Definitely, Fabi. It reminds me of something Johnny Depp would play in, like a combination of his characters in Secret Window (gotta love Mort Rainey) and Sleepy Hollow.

I just finished it, and that last bit had me cracking up even when it was getting a little intense. The MCs exasperated comments and inner thoughts and the village idiots were killing me, LOL!!

Fabi October 10, 2016 at 12:08 PM

You finished?! I’m so jealous. I had to come to work leaving the last 20% until later. It’s really different though, huh? JD would be the perfect character to play in this movie. I don’t think it’s the horror I was expecting but I enjoy the humor and it’s a pallette cleanser from the typical romance reads.

Jean October 10, 2016 at 2:04 PM

I just finished too. Not even sure what I thought of it…..still processing…….

Fabi October 10, 2016 at 3:07 PM

Me too. Yea for long lunches.

Oh my gawd, that’s the strangest, most uniquely bizzare story I’ve ever read.

Amy October 10, 2016 at 3:21 PM

“I’d be happy to go!” I said. “The only reason I’m still here is that the sheriff told me not to leave! I hate this town!”

Holy moly! I was cracking up at that part! Total JD scene. ;)

Fabi October 10, 2016 at 3:26 PM

I have so many highlights.

“I had nothing clever to say. I was under breast hypnosis”

“I felt something running down my neck. Blood? Yeah, had to be blood. Though my vision was blurred I knew it wasn’t eyeball juice.”

Maryse October 11, 2016 at 11:58 AM

Okay from your reactions, Blister just sounds awesome.

Maryse October 11, 2016 at 12:02 PM

Thank you DG! I’m adding this to the Tuesday recommendations section. :D I LOVE an overprotective alpha male.

Maryse October 11, 2016 at 12:16 PM

LOL!! I love that we have book-twins.

Although I always fear when I highly recommend one, that some of you will assume it’s an… iffy ending. But you guys KNOW I love the sweet romances too (like the Elle Kennedy books), so you can’t assume that I’m always in full Amy-angst-crazy-twists book-twin mode. ;)

Although, I often am. *snort* :P

Maryse October 11, 2016 at 12:17 PM


It’s a risk. ;)


Amy October 11, 2016 at 9:55 PM

“full Amy-angst-crazy-twists book-twin mode” <—— AKA Marmy mode!!! :P

Amy October 11, 2016 at 9:58 PM

And Maryse…give Blister a try! It was SO out of the norm for me, and it was not at all what I expected. Fabi’s “humour noir” label is perfect for it. I was cracking up as often as I was cringing. I thought it was great!

Maryse October 14, 2016 at 1:23 PM


I want a Marmy book.

Amy October 14, 2016 at 7:43 PM

Uh oh, someone needs an emotional pressure-release book.

Like Badger. Something that makes us hold our breath, then at the end we’re blindsided and there is this big release of the held breath.

Sh!t. I’m already feeling tipsy and trying to make analogies. Not working. *snort*

Maryse October 14, 2016 at 8:46 PM

Here, Amy… I’ll join you, with the *snort-worthy* analogies.


Okay how about this:

I need a book to badger me! :P

See? I can do it, too. *snort*

Amy October 14, 2016 at 10:48 PM

*snort!* We’re goofs…

Okay, my turn.


If we don’t get a book to badger you soon, you’re going to commit thoughtless arsen. :P

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