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First Five: Angel Unborn by Andris Bear.

This FREE Kindle read hasn’t been read all the way through, however it has made it to my TBR “pile.” (ToBeRead)

I’m going to give you the link and the back cover blurb PLUS my review of Andris Bear’s First Five Sentences. So without further ado: 

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Angel Unborn by Andris Bear:

Had your fill of Vampires and werewolves? Prefer your immortal warriors with a bit more legend? Jump into the Deadly Sins paranormal romance series with ANGEL UNBORN! It’s FREE for a limited time! 

Hell has literally come to Earth for one mortal and what’s worse, she is expected to leave behind all hope for a family of her own to stand in defense of humanity against the darkest forces of Hell. But when Satan offers her the normal life she covets, Joey must decide if the price of mankind’s salvation is worth her own damnation. 
Strong-willed Joey Benton is the half-mortal child of an angel with heavenly powers. She has no knowledge of her heritage or the power running through her veins until she meets a handsome stranger who forces her to question her life and the world around her. And she quickly becomes a key player in a battle that will define a victory for Heaven or Hell. 
Ursus, a sexy Archangel, doesn’t want the responsibility of another charge, especially when Joey is so defiant. Protecting her from Hell might very well be the biggest challenge of his immortal life. But when his feelings for Joey get in the way of his duty, it’s a challenge he refuses to lose. 

***For a limited time, you can get a Deadly Sins Novelette, Angel Redeemed, for free – click here to find out more > www.andrisbear.com (just copy and paste into your browser)*** 

Now, the First Five. I will review sentence by sentence.  

1) My high heels made a steady click on the sidewalk as I left the doctor’s office, relieved by my test results. 

Okay, so right here I’m happy that the character’s POV is first person. It IS my favorite POV. Also, she’s relieved by some test results. This immediately peaks my interest. Is the main character sick? How’s that going to work? Will it play into the plot? These are all great questions to be asking at this point. Good job Andris. Good job, indeed.

2) The neurologist had slapped a file into my hand, looked me dead in the eye, and forced his pudgy cheeks into a smile.

Solid second sentence. The news was good. For now.

3) “Joey Benton, you’ve got a healthy, happy brain.”

Again, the news is good. Now we know the main character’s name. YAY!

4) He then ran on about what the results of my CT scan actually meant.

Now we know what kind of doctor this character is seeing and what test results have come back. 

5) Long story short-not a bleed or tumor in sight.

This tells us how serious things could be. Sort of. This is good stuff. I’m tempted to give you more sentences, but I’m sleepy tonight and if you are anything like me you’re already interested in reading more, so go download the book and enjoy yourself a FREE paranormal, romance. To date, I haven’t finished this book, but I’m going to go to bed and read right now! Thanks for the read Andris Bear.

 

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IT by Stephen King: First Five

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Now a major motion picture
Stephen King’s terrifying, classic #1 New York Times bestseller, “a landmark in American literature” (Chicago Sun-Times)—about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers…an evil without a name: It.

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.

Readers of Stephen King know that Derry, Maine, is a place with a deep, dark hold on the author. It reappears in many of his books, including Bag of Bones, Hearts in Atlantis, and 11/22/63. But it all starts with It.

“Stephen King’s most mature work” (St. Petersburg Times), “It will overwhelm you… to be read in a well-lit room only” (Los Angeles Times).

THOUGHTS~~

I’ve been considering reading this book for a while now. Now, with the re-release of IT, I really had no choice. The movie is AWESOME. I’ve seen it three times. It’s scared the hell out of me every time I saw it. I know the book might not be the same, but I NEED to know more. I’ve heard so many, soooo many, things. And yes, before you ask. I’m totally curious about the “charge up” orgy that takes place between Bev and the boys. There are a few reasons I’ve put off reading anything by Stephen King, and most of the reasons revolve around how wordy he is. (No offense, whatsoever. I’m sorry, Stephen King; So sorry. Just being real.) Now that I’ve said that, let me say this; anything that scary on-screen has to be one hell of a scary read, so without further ado…

FIRST FIVE:

SENTENCE ONE:  The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years–if it ever did end–began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.

THOUGHTS: I really, really, really like ‘floating down a gutter swollen with rain.’ The rest? Eh. It’s longwinded. Like….really….loooooooong winded. 

SENTENCE TWO: The boat bobbed, listed, righted itself again, dived bravely through treacherous whirlpools, and continued on it’s way down Witcham Street toward the traffic light which marked the intersection Witcham and Jackson.

THOUGHTS: OMG. The description is SO good, but there is SO much. Why did I need to know where the boat was or where it was going? Couldn’t that have been summed up relatively quick. Say, with something like: The boat bobbed, listed, righted itself again then dived through the intersection of Witcham and Jackson. 

SENTENCE THREE: The three vertical lenses on all sides of the traffic light were dark this afternoon in the fall of 1957, and the houses were all dark, too.

THOUGHTS: This is SUCH a run on sentence. Also, why do I care about ‘vertical lenses’ being dark? I don’t like this sentence at all. It doesn’t add much in the way of ambience, but it does give the time period which is good info to have.

SENTENCE FOUR: There had been steady rain for a week now, and two days ago the winds had come as well.

THOUGHTS: I want to edit this sentence SO bad, but I won’t. Let’s just say…eh.

SENTENCE FIVE: Most sections of Derry had lost their power then, and it was not back on yet.

THOUGHTS: Well. Um. I’m not gonna quit reading it, but I enjoy reads that flow a little quicker. That being said, Stephen King is the master and so I will delve into his mind, into his world, and I’m sure I will come back scarred as shit. Catch ya on the float side. 

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Caveman by Avery Kloss: First Five.

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Surviving a plane crash was a miracle, but what happened next defied all logic.

Flying to Miami for a photo shoot, make up artist Janet Delgrange’s plane crashes in a freak electrical storm, instantly killing the pilots and five other passengers. The survivors, some of whom are injured, discover the world is not what it should be. Photographer Philippe Fey sees strange and unusual things through the lens of his camera… creatures and people that look… primitive.

Archaeologist Amy Sandhurst discovers a cave near Cactus Hill, Virginia. The drawings on the ceiling baffle her, leaving her to believe whoever painted a Twitter username amongst images of mastodons had to be playing a joke. After further analysis, she realizes they were written nearly ten thousand years ago.

The survivors are not alone, traveling amongst fearsome, giant creatures and the Clovis people, who seem the most puzzling of all. Janet befriends young Punda, whose father, Gundre, is a hunter for the tribe. She is drawn to Gundre, who watches her across the fire, the flames of interest flickering in his eyes.

Trapped in the past, Janet realizes she may never be able to go home again. Although this new life isn’t something she could ever have imagined, she must adapt to survive. That could very well include becoming a caveman’s wife.

THOUGHTS: I was SOOOO hesitant to buy this book, BUT it kept popping up on my RECOMMENDATIONS screen. One night, I couldn’t say no any longer. OMG. I’m so happy I got this book. Caveman by Avery Kloss is .99 cents right now. I may have paid more, but it was SOOOO worth it.

SENTENCE ONE: July 10, 2015 Cactus Hill, Virginia: The humidity felt unbearable, sweat dripping into my bra, soaking it thoroughly.

THOUGHTS: Bra sweat is such a B.

SENTENCE TWO: Having seen the opening, I had gone back to grab a flashlight, although I had one on my phone, but the battery ran low.

THOUGHTS: I truly feel like this sentence could’ve been very refined. Very, very refined.

SENTENCE THREE: Professor Pine’s voice resonated in the distance, Stephen giving a tour of the excavation site to a new group of volunteers.

THOUGHTS: I’m getting an Indianna Jones vibe. Love it.

SENTENCE FOUR: Insects buzzed in the foliage, a bee flying over the brim of the baseball cap I wore.

THOUGHTS: Ugh. Bugs.

SENTENCE FIVE: My sneakers slid in a layer of dust upon a flat rock, nearly sending me to my knees.

THOUGHTS: Again. We’ve all been there. Or…maybe I’m just clumsy.

MORE THOUGHTS: I devoured this book and bought the second. They were both ridiculously cute. I loved them and Avery Kloss is a new favorite author. Caveman is .99 cents. TOTALLY WORTH IT!

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Fallen Crest High by Tijan: First Five

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Mason and Logan Kade are two brothers who did their own thing. They were rich and expected to attend Samantha’s school, Fallen Crest Academy. They chose public school and now she has to live with them. The problem is that she doesn’t care at all: about them, about her friends, about her cheating boyfriend, or even about her parent’s divorce. But maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe change is a good thing.

This book contains adult/mature young adult situations.

SENTENCE ONE: It was Friday night, two in the morning, and my two best friends were shrieking in drunken laughter behind me. 

THOUGHTS:  Double tapped the word/number two. A bit off putting, to be honest.

SENTENCE TWO: I sighed as I pulled into the gas station.

THOUGHTS: We’ve all been there. Sighing while we pull into the gas station with drunk friends. *sigh*

SENTENCE THREE: My little Corolla had been chugging near empty for the last few miles.

THOUGHTS: When you’re young, running on E is a way of life. “sigh again*

SENTENCE FOUR: And I’ll admit that I’d been worried we would’ve broken down on the side of the road, not for my car’s sake, for my sake.

THOUGHTS: There’s some punctuation missing here. It’s a bit distracting. Not digging it.

SENTENCE FIVE: I didn’t know if I could’ve handled walking with Lydia and Jessica.

THOUGHTS: I don’t like these girls based on their names alone.

~WHY DID I BUY THIS BOOK?~

Reviews hooked me. Honestly. I’ve been in the mood for a book love triangle and researched my way to this one. I knew it’d be a little tawdry because of the kinda stepbrothers angle, but the truth is this book was a lot of silly drama, bad punctuation and confusing dialogue. Do I think the author is awful? No. Did I read it all the way through? Yes. More or less. Did I enjoy it enough to buy the second one? No. Will I buy another book by this author? Maybe. Bottom line: I was desperate for a fix I didn’t get. If I  were younger, maybe I would’ve enjoyed it more, but I’m a woman in her…shhh….never mind. Not the point. I’m too old for all that drama and the slutty, drunken mom parts were despicable. The good news? Fallen Crest High was only .99 cents. The better news? Tijna has more books available, and I will absolutely give those a try.

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Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan: First Five.

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Warning: This is not a typical, sappy, love story. This is an all-consuming, soul-crushing, tear-your-heart-into-pieces story. It’s intense, gritty and raw, dark and disturbing, and it doesn’t happen overnight. This is an epic love story that knows no boundaries and has no time limits. It grows and develops—with hurt, sacrifice, and heartache—over the span of a lifetime.

Eva Fox is the princess of the Silver Demons Motorcycle Club. Growing up with bikers in the club lifestyle is all that she knows. When she’s a young girl, Eva meets the reason for her existence. Deuce West is the sexy, biker bad-ass of the Hell’s Horsemen Motorcycle Club. Like Eva, he was born and raised in the club—but that’s where the similarities end. Their first meeting is innocent, but as Eva matures into a woman, their chance reunions evolve into a fit of lust and love. Fate continues to bring them together time and time again, but their twisted journey is filled with pain, betrayal, and bloodshed that could tear them apart. Eva sees in Deuce what he cannot see in himself—a man worthy of love—and Eva spends her lifetime proving to him that her undeniable love is the one thing he can’t live without.

This is Eva and Deuce’s story.

It wasn’t easy.
Nothing worth doing ever is.
And love is worth everything.

SENTENCE ONE: I was five years old when I met Deuce.

THOUGHTS: Deuce? That’s a fun name. Just don’t associate it with going number two. 😉

SENTENCE TWO: He was twenty-three, and it was visiting day at Rikers Island.

THOUGHTS: OHHHHHHH! Prison scenes are so full of drama whether it’s reading or watching. Should I mention I just got done binge-watching Orange is the new Black?

SENTENCE THREE: My father, Damon Fox or “Preacher”–the president of the infamous Silver Demons motorcycle club (mother chapter) in East Village, New York City–was doing a five year stint for aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

THOUGHTS: This was a long sentence, full of information. I’m not sure how I feel about it with means…it could’ve been refined.

SENTENCE FOUR: It was not the first time my father had ben in prison, and it wouldn’t be the last.

THOUGHTS: That’s a little sad. Which is great for this book because it foreshadows the romance.

SENTENCE FIVE: The Silver Demons MC was a notorious group of criminals who lived by the code of the road and gave modern society and all it entailed a great big fuck-you.

THOUGHTS: This sentence is powerful not because of the F bomb but because it’s balls-out honest, and I like that; in life and in the land of imagination.

THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK: Sometimes you’re in the mood for a certain type of book, and sometimes you’re not even sure what type of book that is. That’s what happened to me the other night. I was looking for romantic suspense. What really got me, was the Prologue which I will share here.

Prologue There will always be a reason why you meet people. Either you need them to change your life or you’re the one that will change theirs. —Angel Flonis Harefa Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” I don’t remember the day I was born, but I remember the day I found out why. His name was Deuce. He was my “why.” And this is our story. It is not a pretty one. Some parts of it are downright ugly. But it’s ours. And because I believe everything happens for a reason, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Sheehan, Madeline (2013-12-31). Undeniable . Madeline Sheehan. Kindle Edition.

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS~ This story had an unreliable POV in that it switched up at inappropriate times. There is A LOT of swearing, but as a reader I urge you to remember the world you’re immersed in. Swearing is the norm. I didn’t like the rape-type situations, but who would? This is the world Eva and Deuce live in, so like it or not I MUST accept the fact that these things affect these characters differently. That being said, this LOVE story is true. It’s good, bad, worse and better which is TRUTH in love. I adore Madeline Sheehan for giving me this story. I’ve read two more of this series and loved each one. The first book, I’m happy to say, is .99 cents! SO WORTH IT!!! 

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Shame on You by Tara Sivec: First Five, Book #1.

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NOTE~ This is the first time I’ve gone ahead and purchased a whole series together. SO GLAD I DID!~

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War veteran Kennedy O’Brien is in the business of sticking it to the man—or at least any man who tries to cross a woman. After she returned home from Afghanistan and caught her husband in bed with the nanny, Kennedy lost her faith in men and started Fool Me Once Investigations with her two best friends. After all, there’s no better bounty hunter than a woman scorned.

When Kennedy takes a case to slap cuffs on a bail jumper turned dog-napper, she figures it’ll be an easy paycheck. But trouble has a way of finding Kennedy. Enter the last man on the planet she’d willingly choose as a partner: her cheating ex-husband’s best friend, Griffin Crawford.

As gorgeous as he is unwelcome, Griffin has always had a thing for Kennedy, and after keeping quiet about her ex’s cheating, he’ll do anything to earn back her trust. Whether or not she wants to admit it, Kennedy will need help as the case of the Chihuahua thief spirals out of control. Griffin may be just her man—in more ways than one.

SENTENCE ONE: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…come on, why aren’t you guys saying this with me?” Paige McCarty complains.

THOUGHTS: Usually, present tense books annoy the hell out of me, but this one has captured my ear, so I’m willing to give it a 5 sentence try.

SENTENCE TWO: She cocks her gorgeous blonde head to the side and stares us down with her big, crystal-blue eyes.

THOUGHTS: Great description.

SENTENCE THREE: “Because this is dumb. We do not need to chant our motto every time we get together.”

THOUGHTS: I like the MC already. Sassy.

SENTENCE FOUR: I signal the waitress for another round of drinks.

THOUGHTS: Again, my kind of MC.

SENTENCE FIVE: I need more booze.

THOUGHTS: When dealing with over zealous friends, yes. One must always have more booze. It’s a way of life.

I read on, of course, but by page three I was hooked, and I knew I would want to see where the series was heading, so I bought the bundle. I didn’t save much, $1.25 maybe…? I did it more for convenience. That way I could blast through them. I must say. The Shame on You series is super fun. Super sexy. I found a mistake here and there, but absolutely nothing that would take away from the enjoyment of this read. Tara Sivec is a great author. One I will keep my eye on, for sure. Separately, these books are $4.49. Which is a little pricey, but well worth it. For the bundle? 12 bucks. I think, right now PRIME members can read the first book, Shame on You, for FREE! That’s a great deal for PRIME members. So, go ahead and indulge. This series is worth the time. I laughed out loud so many times that I lost count.

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Burn by Suzanne Wright: First Five

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The first book in Suzanne Wright’s bestselling witty, paranormal romance series, Dark in You.

Part of a small demon lair in Las Vegas, tattooist Harper Wallis lives a pretty simple life. That changes overnight when she discovers that her psychic mate, or ‘anchor’, is a guy who’s rumoured to be the most powerful demon in existence. Compelling, full of secrets and armed with raw sexuality, Knox Thorne is determined to claim her as his anchor, creating a psychic bond that will prevent their inner demons from ever turning rogue.

The billionaire also wants Harper in his bed.

She’s not so sure she wants either of those things. No one seems to know what breed of demon Knox is, only that he’s more dangerous than anything she’s ever before encountered. But he refuses to walk away. And when an unknown danger starts closing in on Harper, it seems that Knox is the only one who can keep her safe.

As Prime of his Las Vegas lair and a successful businessman, Knox Thorne is used to being in control. He’s also used to people fearing and obeying him. Harper does neither, which unexpectedly amuses him. Unpredictable, elusive and complex, she draws Knox and his inner demon like nothing ever has.

Knox is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Harper. He’ll have her, and he’ll keep her safe from the threat that looms over her. Because Knox protects what’s his. He won’t allow anyone to take her from him. Even if it will mean letting the demon inside him rise and wreak the havoc it was created to make.

A whole lot of action and excitement. Add in lots of sarcastic banter, a sexy alpha demon and his smart-mouthed heroine, an intense, highly passionate romance and a bit of a mystery, and I devoured this book from start to finish … Suzanne Wright is on another winner with this one!‘ The Escapist Book Blog 

It’s been two minutes since my last fix and I need Suzanne Wright to give me more‘ Edgy Reviews

THOUGHTS: Honestly, how could this NOT be a good read? BURN comes in at $1.99, so why not, right? Wrong! I told you all I would do a NO GOOD REVIEW at some point and here it is. (Sorry, Suzanne.)

SENTENCE ONE: From her seat in the large dome, Harper Wallis winced along with the other spectators as one of the contenders in the combat circle collided with the ceiling.

THOUGHTS: This sentence is LOOOOONG. It needs to be shortened and refined. Seriously. A critique partner would’ve said ‘nope’ to that, and they would’ve been right to.

SENTENCE TWO: His opponent looked on with a blank expression, seemingly unmoved.

THOUGHTS: Okay. This is a solid sentence.

SENTENCE THREE: “That guy doesn’t show an ounce of mercy,” commented her cousin, Ciaran.

THOUGHTS: Seems like a typical comment not to mention attitude for such a show. The name is…interesting.

SENTENCE FOUR: He was referring to the reaper that, like many demons, often dueled for money in the Underground.

THOUGHTS: As a reader, the premise is interesting. Still, I remember thinking this sounds like the beginning of an info dump session. Spoiler Alert** I wasn’t wrong.

SENTENCE FIVE: The subterranean location was like the Las Vegas strip on steroids.

THOUGHTS: I like this description. Despite my hesitancy, I went ahead and purchased Burn for $1.99. I’m sad to say that I only slugged through 48% of this read and that was skipping over GOBS of information. Why, you ask? Because the sentences went on forever, the pages were way too heavy with info and I genuinely felt like the world building needed work. (And not in the way of simple explanations either.) Suzanne Wright has a lot of potential. She’s had a lot of great reviews, but I think her work needs a fine tooth comb before hitting stands, and that’s why I just couldn’t stand to read anymore. When authors publish without truly evaluating their work, it discredits us all. You can have the sales. You can have the reviews, but those things don’t mean you’re turning out top notch work. I did not finish nor did I enjoy this read. For me, it was not worth $1.99. Sorry.

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Average Jill by Summer Ellis: First Five

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When Jillian finds herself wishing for something more out of love, her best friend Stacey is positive she knows just how to help… Operation: Trade Up.

Jill isn’t sure Stacey’s cure won’t be worse than the cause of all her woes, but there is just no arguing with Evil Makeover Barbie when she has one thing on her mind. One way or the other, Stacey is determined that Jillian is going to find her Prince Charming – or else!

SENTENCE ONE: Have you ever met one of those women–you know, the ones who come across slightly overweight but lovable vixens, still managing to be beautiful and sexy and irresistible, all at the same time?

THOUGHTS: Of course I have! I am one.

SENTENCE TWO & Three: Yeah. That’s not me.

THOUGHTS: Ohhhh! I’m loving it. We all wonder ‘what if’ with these kinds of stories. I’m happy this one delves into the NON norm.

Sentence Four & Five: Hi. I’m Jillian, I’m an addict.

THOUGHTS: This reminds me of Mike and Molly. (TV show.) I’m loving the similarities.

MORE SENTENCES: Okay, not really an addict. I just love cake. No, I do not believe the cake loves me back, and no, I don’t replace sex with food. I just don’t understand why more people don’t want to incorporate the two.

THOUGHTS: Excellent points. I’m loving the POV, the MC and the flow. (Yes, I finished this book. Yes Average Jill was worth every penny.) At $1.99? Why the hell not! My only compliant was that the author doesn’t have a shit ton more “average” books out yet.  Summer Ellis is a great story teller. Worth the time folks. For sure!