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  • #BookReview: Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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    Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    Series: The Naturals #4
    Publication: November 1st 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
    Genre: Young Adult / Mystery / Thiller
    Pages: 384
    Rating: 4 HEARTS
    --------- Bad Blood de Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    Series: The Naturals #4
    Publicación: November 1st 2016 por Disney-Hyperion
    Génere: Young Adult / Mystery / Thiller
    Páginas: 384
    Rating: 4 CORAZONES

    Synopsis

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    Sinopsis

    When Cassie Hobbes joined the FBI's Naturals program, she had one goal: uncover the truth about her mother's murder. But now, everything Cassie thought she knew about what happened that night has been called into question. Her mother is alive, and the people holding her captive are more powerful—and dangerous—than anything the Naturals have faced so far. As Cassie and the team work to uncover the secrets of a group that has been killing in secret for generations, they find themselves racing a ticking clock. New victims. New betrayals. New secrets. When the bodies begin piling up, it soon becomes apparent that this time, the Naturals aren't just hunting serial killers. They're being hunted. --------- Cuando Cassie Hobbes se unió al programa Naturales del FBI, ella tenía un propósito: descubrir quién era el asesino de su madre. Pero ahora, todo lo que Cassie pensaba que sabía sobre esa noche es puesto en duda. Su madre está viva y la gente que la mantiene cautiva es más poderosa y peligrosa que cualquier otra cosa que los Naturales hayan enfrentado hasta ahora. Como Cassie y el equipo trabajan para descubrir los secretos de un grupo que ha estado matando en secreto durante generaciones, se encuentran corriendo contra el reloj. Nuevas víctimas. Nuevas traiciones. Nuevos secretos. Cuando los cuerpos comienzan a amontonarse, pronto se hace evidente que esta vez, los Naturales no son sólo cazadores de asesinos en serie. Están siendo cazados.



    My Thoughts

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    Mi Opinión

    Life sometimes faces situations that you can't handle, that overtake you and test you in the most terrifying way. Sometimes, what hurts you makes you stronger, or on the contrary, it destroys you so that it is impossible to recover again. Life itself isn't written in stone and when we least expect it we could find a turn that will put us from head to toe; As that is exactly what this book evokes with the dramatic conclusion of one of the most exciting and complex mystery series of the Young Adult genre.

    Bad Blood, as I said, it's the last volume of The Naturals series; This time Cassie is obsessed with finding out where her mother is and how to save her, and at the same time, try to stop the next nine deaths that will allow the new apprentice to become master of the terrifying secret sect of murderers we met in the previous book. Cassie will relive her worst memories and with the help of her Natural Companions, she will try not to die in the precess.

    The first thing I can say about this book is that it was a bittersweet ride; from the beginning we see how hard this has been for Cassie and therefore how it has affected her housemates, especially, and in my opinion, as her relentless pursuit for the truth has tinted her relationship with Dean. On the other hand, and as each book draws, so to speak, with each member of the group, this time it is Michael and Lia; Although, I wish there was a little more, because we already had a book dedicated to Dean, and another for Sloane, but particularly, I would have loved to have more of Lia, because her character is very complex and she has so much to contribute. However, I like that even though her time had to be cut considering the other things happening, Lia gave a very good show for all the readers that love her so much.

    I can't decide if I like this or the previous book the most, because although I liked it very much I feel that there is still something that doesn't fit at all. I feel it was a bit confusing, and sometimes unnecessary, and I'm not sure how to explain it, because I didn't write the book, so at the end of the day I can't do anything to change the story.

    Let me explain to you what I mean, which has to do with the fact that I wouldn't have expected it to evolve the way it did; I would have preferred it to continue to deal with the cases that were occurring with the current apprentice-to-be-teacher instead of taking that edge of the past, because for me, it became confusing to have all this information that had neither head nor tail during much of the book. And at some point, even, it made me wonder if the these Naturales were so good after all, as they had shown in the last books. But as I said, it is not something I can change, however, considering everything that happens in the book, Ms Barnes does a very good job keeping us in the loop throughout the process with the story that was giving us.

    I think the best part and the most surprising is the end, I never expected it and it gave me so much to cry for because it felt like a knife was stuck in my heart. But at the same time it's a hopeful ending, a story that doesn't finish completely closed because it leaves you with some things for your own imagination to fly by and, meanwhile, gives the opportunity to the author for  her to write more from this group without any problem.

    For my part, I would like to think that Cassie will be well with her life and that will end happily with Dean, married and with two little ones that will make them understand, finally, that they are good people; I want to believe that Sloane, Michael and Lia will heal over time, if they do not even manage to heal at all, they will still be happy in one way or another; I want to imagine that Michael and Lia will finally be together, that they won't continue to hurt each other, and that Michael will love Lia someday; I want to think that Lauren will grow up to be a happy, loving, healthy girl and that what she lived in her first four years of life will not affect her in the future; And finally, I want to think that the Natural program will continue to help special kids like Cassie, Dean Sloane, Michael and Lia, and save more life.

    OVERALL, this has been a great closure for one of my favorite mystery series. I can't help but say that the macabre doesn't stop being part of this book, but even so, Msithim at bay introducing other aspects such as friendship, family and love within the story, as well such as personal growth. In short, this is a series that deserves to be read.
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    La vida a veces te enfrentas a situaciones que no puedes manejar, que te sobrepasan de alguna manera y que te prueban del modo más aterradora. A veces, lo que te hace daño te hace más fuerte, o por lo contrario, te destruye de forma que es imposible volver a recuperarse. La vida de por sí, no está escrita en piedra y cuando menos lo esperamos podríamos encontrar un giro tan inesperado que nos pondrá de pies a cabeza; pues eso es exactamente lo que evoca este libro con la dramática conclusión de una de las series de misterio más excitante y complejas del género Young Adult.

    Bad Blood como ya lo decía es el último tomo de The Naturals; en esta ocasión Cassie está obsesionada con descubrir dónde está su madre y como salvarla, al mismo tiempo, intentar detener las próximas nueve muertes que le permitirán al nuevo aprendiz convertirse en maestro dentro de la aterradora secta secreta de asesinos que conocimos en el libro anterior. Cassie volverá a revivir sus peores recuerdos y con la ayuda de sus compañeros Naturales, tratará de no morir en el intento.

    Lo primero que puedo decir de este libro es que fue agridulce, desde el principio vemos cuan duro ha sido todo esto para Cassie y, por consiguiente, como ha afectado a sus compañeros de casa, en especial, y a mi parecer, como su búsqueda implacable por la verdad ha tintado su relación con Dean. Por otro lado, y como cada libro se afinca, por decirlo de algún modo, con cada uno de los miembros del grupo, en esta ocasión le toca a Michael y a Lia; aunque a mi parecer le falto un poco más, pues ya tuvimos un libro dedicado a Dean, y otro para Sloane, pero particularmente, me hubiese encantado tener más de Lia, pues su personaje es muy complejo y ella tiene tanto que aportar. No obstante, igual me gusta que, a pesar de que su tiempo debía de ser cortado considerando las otras cosas sucediendo, Lia dio un muy buen espectáculo para todos los lectores que la queremos tanto. 

    Yo no puedo decidir si me gusta más este o el libro anterior, porque aunque me gustó muchísimo siento que todavía hay algo que no me cuadra del todo. Siento que fue un poco confuso, y algunas veces innecesario, y no sé muy bien cómo explicarlo, porque yo no escribí el libro, y al final de cuentas no puedo hacer nada para cambiar la historia. 

    Déjenme explicarles que quiero decir, que tiene que ver con el hecho de que yo no lo hubiera esperado evolucionar de la forma en que lo hizo; yo hubiese preferido que siguiera lidiando con los casos que estaban ocurriendo con el actual aprendiz-a-ser-maestro en vez de tomar esa arista del pasado, porque para mí, se volvió confuso el tener todo esta información que no tenía ni pies ni cabeza durante gran parte del libro. Y en algún momento, incluso, me hizo dudar de si los Naturales eran tan buenos, de pues de todo, como lo había sido en los libros pasados. Pero como ya dije, no es algo que yo pueda cambar, sin embargo, teniendo en cuenta todo lo que sucede en el libro, Ms Barnes hace un muy buen trabajo manteniéndonos en vilo durante todo el proceso con la historia que nos estaba dando.

    Considero que la mejor parte y la más sorprendente es el final, nunca lo espere y me dio tanto para llorar que sentía como si un cuchillo se me clavara en el corazón. Pero al mismo tiempo es un libro esperanzador, un libro que no termina completamente cerrado pues te deja con algunas cosas para que tu propia imaginación vuele y, en tanto, le da la oportunidad a la autora de que si quisiera volver a escribir de este grupo, muy bien podría retomarlo sin ningún problema. 

    Por mi parte, quisiera pensar de que Cassie estará bien con su vida y que terminará feliz con Dean, casados y con dos pequeños que les harán entender, por fin, que ellos son buenas personas; quiero creer que Sloane, Michael y Lia sanarán con el tiempo, si incluso no lograr sanar del todo, aún serán felices de una forma u otra; quiero pesar que Michael y Lia, por fin estarán juntos, que no seguirán dañándose uno al otro, y que Michael amará a Lia algún día; quiero pensar de que Lauren crecerá siendo una chica feliz, llena de amor, saludable y que lo que vivió en sus primeros cuatro años de vida no la afectarán en el futuro; y finalmente, quiero pensar que el programa Naturales seguirá ayudando a chicos especiales como Cassie, Dean Sloane, Michael y Lia para que salven muchas vidas.

    En conclusión, este ha sido un gran cierre para una de mis series de misterios favorita. No puedo dejar de lado decir que lo macabro no deja de ser parte de este libro, pero aun así, Ms Barnes hace un muy buen trabajo manteniéndolo a raya introduciendo otros aspectos como la amistad, la familia y el amor dentro de la historia, así como el crecimiento personal. En definitiva es una serie a tener en cuenta.


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a "practice book" and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen. 

    She's th author of The Squad, Tattoo and The Fixer duologies, The Raised by Wolves trilogy and The Naturals series. 

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    Corazones Literarios

    Corazones Literarios se fundó con el propósito de compartir mi amor por los libros y desde 2010 ese ha sido su más grande propósito. Una de las cosas más importantes de la lectura es la capacidad de ayudarte a visitar lugares, conocer culturas y experimentar experiencias que muchas veces no tienes la posibilidad de vivir. Es por ello que, mientras Corazones Literarios ha ido creciendo, yo he leído más y más, y he ido descubriendo mi propio camino en este mundo, también me he dado cuenta que la lectura no es todo sobre mí.

    Desde hace tiempo he querido hablar sobre esas cosas, sobre como todo lo que está a mi alrededor moldea mi carácter y mis ganas de vivir la vida plenamente. Lamentablemente, CL me limita a hacerlo pues su enfoque principal ha sido desde sus inicios, los libros. Estos siempre serán parte de mí pero hay otras cosas como la moda, el arte, la música, el maquillaje, la cocina, la historia, el cine, la vida en sí misma y todas las cosas inspiradoras que podemos conseguir en este mundo, y siento que es hora que diversifique mis horizontes.
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    Corazones Literarios was founded with the purpose of sharing my love for books and since 2010 that has been its greatest purpose. One of the most important things of reading is its ability to help you to visit places, to know different cultures and to live experiences that many times you don’t have the possibility to live in real life. That is why, while Corazones Literarios has been growing, I have read more and more, and have been discovering my own way in this world, I have also realized that reading is not all about me.

    For some time I have wanted to talk about these things, about how everything around me shapes my character and my desire to live life fully. Unfortunately, CL limits me to do it because its main focus has been from its beginnings, the books. These will always be part of me but there are other things like fashion, art, music, makeup, cooking, history, cinema, life itself and all the inspiring things we can get in this world that make my heart sings with joy, and I feel it’s time for me to diversify my horizons and finally talk about them.

    Rosennette

    Es por eso que nace Rosennette, una nueva propuesta donde pretendo incorporar todas las cosas que me apasionan, me deslumbran y me inspiran cada día. Los libros seguirán siendo una parte importante del blog, pero ahora también estarán otras cosas que amo y que le dan sentido a mi mundo. Al mismo tiempo, está la cuestión del idioma, y eso era complicado para mí porque aquí yo solía escribir en inglés y luego en español en otro blog, pero ahora en Rosennette, se escribirá tanto en español como en inglés y podrán verlo simultáneamente en el mismo post. 

    Espero que sigan conmigo en esta nueva y mejorada aventura; la misma voz con la que estado escribiendo a lo largo de estos años seguirá viva pero ahora con más temas sobre los que hablar. Porque como lo dice el slogan del blog, este es el estilo de vida de un corazón literario (the lifestyle of a bookish heart). Solo me queda decirles…
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    That is why Rosennette is born, a new proposal where I intend to incorporate all the things that fascinate me, dazzle me and inspire me every day. Books will continue to be an important part of the blog, but for now on there will also be other things that I love and that give meaning to my world. At the same time, there is the about the language, and this was complicate to me because I used to write in English here but also write in Spanish in other blog, so I decided that now in Rosennette, I will write both in Spanish and English and you can see simultaneously in the same post.

    I hope you will continue with me in this new and improved adventure; the same voice that I've been writing over the years will remain alive but now with more subjects to talk about. Because as the slogan of the blog says, this is the lifestyle of a literary heart. I just have to tell you...

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  • BookReview: Killer Instincs by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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    Synopsis

    Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has a gift for profiling people. Her talent has landed her a spot in an elite FBI program for teens with innate crime-solving abilities, and into some harrowing situations. After barely escaping a confrontation with an unbalanced killer obsessed with her mother’s murder, Cassie hopes she and the rest of the team can stick to solving cold cases from a distance.

    But when victims of a brutal new serial killer start turning up, the Naturals are pulled into an active case that strikes too close to home: the killer is a perfect copycat of Dean’s incarcerated father—a man he’d do anything to forget. Forced deeper into a murderer’s psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?

    With her trademark wit, brilliant plotting, and twists that no one will see coming, Jennifer Lynn Barnes will keep readers on the edge of their seats (and looking over their shoulders) as they race through the pages of this thrilling novel.




    My Thoughts

    The problem with this review is the fact that everything I could say about it is pretty much the same I did on the previous book. The Natural were amazing and definitely, this one is too. The only thing I believe deserves to be notice is the fact that this book is all about Dean. I love Dean in The Naturals so I was soooo happy that this book was connected to his past and we are able to see more about his persona. 

    This time Cassie is trying to cope with what happened in the previous book, while she also has to figure out how she feel about Michael and Dean, and if she is willing to choose between them. Unfortunate, a copycat of Dean’s serial killer father started to pile corpses around and is up to the Naturals solve this crime before affect one of its member. The problem is that Dean doesn’t want them involve because he knows that his father is a mind twister who plays with everyone, but as everything become perverse and sick, these teenager have to use all their skills to find the killer before one of them become a target. 

    I once read a series with a similar modus operandi, called The Specialist, a group of skilled teenagers are recruited by the government to catch some killers and go to undercover operations and each book focus in one of the group. But when I liked that series, I believe that Killer Instincts is way better with a most well-constructed plot and more likable characters. Beside the mystery is one of a kind, perfect for lovers of a good YA crime book. 

    Saying so, I enjoy this book features something that effected Dean, because we were able to understand him more, of course, it’s not like I liked to read about his suffering but at the same time I think it was perfect to develop more his character. Speaking about the romance, I know I put a lot of meaning on my previous round out of this book, but it doesn’t actually outstand in it and is quite the contrary, all the other things have a bigger weight and that’s perfect because it doesn’t sugarcoat the story and annoy us with the cliché love-triangle. I like this book keeps you over the edge, guessing and questioning chapter after chapter but when you think you have everything figured out, all change and it’s nothing you would expect.

    OVERALL, I think this book was the perfect sequel for an already perfect book. The romance, even where is a triangle doesn’t take protagonist in the story and allow other things to unfold. This series have become one of my favorite and I can’t wait for more. 


    About The Author

    Jennifer Lynn BarnesJennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a "practice book" and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen. 

    She's th author of The Squad, Tattoo and The Fixer duologies, The Raised by Wolves trilogy and The Naturals series. 

  • My Dream Bookish Panels


    Do you know which my all-time bookish dream is? Assist to a bookish convention. Would it not be like the best experience of the world to have the opportunity to meet your favorite authors and listen what he/she has to say about your favorite books? I know it would be for me. I’ve missed so much while not attending to one and I’m going crazy about it, but actually, that also makes me more excited to write about which authors I would like to see. 

    As if it ever happen and I have the opportunity to fangirl all over my favorite authors, there’s no shame whatsoever to imagine my dream bookish panel right here, right now. 

    Inspired by the conference management company, Eventbrite, I write about it because this cool project of them about choosing your dream panels. This company can be found in the big countries out there, but they haven’t forgotten LatinoAmerica, so you can register conferences and any event you’ll want their help with if you’re are in Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. So, don’t miss the opportunity to register your event there.

    Let’s start discussing my dream panels.

    My dream bookish panels


    YA Paranormal

    Vampires, aliens, witches, magic... This authors writes about my favorite things into the paranormal world, and everytime I pick one of their books is a magical journey to wonderful characters, intrigued plots and plenty of emotions. Two of this authors have written three of my favorite series of all times, so you can imagine I'll love to meet them one day. 
    • Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Rachelle Hawkins
    • Richelle Mead


    YA Mystery

    This is my latest fascination at the moment, I’m currently reading a lot from this genre and loving almost everything as well, but there are three author that stand out for me the most. I want to meet these ones so badly and ask them so many questions about their stories. For me, it would be a dream come true to meet them because two of them have been my favorites from a very long time. 
    • Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    • Ally Carter
    • Kate Brian


    Adult Paranormal

    This is one of my favorite genres and it’s the one I’ve read the most. This bunch of authors is a combination with old ones and a relative new author I discovered few years ago, and it was all kind of by coincidence. These authors made me laugh so much with their books because they have a witty way to portray their characters and create the funniest plots, so I think it’s more like paranormal chick-lit; these are few of the authors I would recommend with closed eyes because I know that they will be amazing, even if I haven’t read the book I would be recommending yet.
    • Katie MacAlister
    • Kate Baray
    • Lyndsay Sands


    Middle Grade Fantasy

    One of these authors has change my life, other has opened my eyes to a new wonderful universe and the other has reminded me that childhood is a wonderful thing. This genre has been so delightful for me to read because it kind of transports me to when I was a child and makes fall in love for books all over again. These three authors are, for me, a must read of this genre.
    • J. K. Rowling
    • Rick Riordan
    • Jen Calonita

    NA Contemporary Romance

    When, I think about this genre I like to have the strong emotions, the well portrayed, complex, dimensional characters and a plot that is actually real. I believe that these authors do that. I’ve read the most amazing romantic books by them so far. They always manage to create the most stronger stories, and I always drop some tears and also many laughs but the greatest thing of all is that my heart is happy at the end of each of their books.
    • Krista & Becca Ritchie
    • Katherine Owen
    • Giovanna Fletcher

    I know I gravitate more to women authors than men but to be very honest, when I find a book, I'm not looking for the writer until I finish it (or at least if is a new author for me), so that doesn't concers me much. Now, what I do look for is a great story which turns my world upside down in many ways and these authors do that everytime I open one of their books. 

    So, let's talk, tell me your dream bookish panel. Have you ever been to any bookish convention? If so, how was your experinece there? Did you see/meet your favorite author? Have you been to any bookish panel? Tell me about it.
  • #BookReview: All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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    Synopsis

    Three casinos. Three bodies. Three days. 

    After a string of brutal murders in Las Vegas, Cassie Hobbes and the Naturals are called in to investigate. But even with the team's unique profiling talents, these murders seem baffling: unlike many serial killers, this one uses different methods every time. All of the victims were killed in public, yet the killer does not show up on any tape. And each victim has a string of numbers tattooed on their wrist. Hidden in the numbers is a code—and the closer the Naturals come to unraveling the mystery, the more perilous the case becomes.

    Meanwhile, Cassie is dealing with an equally dangerous and much more painful mystery. For the first time in years, there's been a break in her mother's case. As personal issues and tensions between the team mount, Cassie and the Naturals will be faced with impossible odds—and impossible choices.



    My Thoughts

    OMG! I’m speechless. You don’t know how much I pull off this review until I was able to say something about this book. I just started this series to continue the theme I’m keeping this year reading YA thrillers, but I never thought this would become one of my favorite series of all the time. Every time I read a new book is like immersing me into another great story and I just can’t have enough of The Naturals.

    In All In, the Naturals don’t do cold cases anymore, finally they have green light to consult in current cases, and now they travel to Las Vegas where three murders have been committed at three different hotels in the city. Las Vegas is the hometown of Sloane, and she is not happy about returning to it, expressing it with her own awkward and kleptomaniac way. Just because we need a deadly turn of events the murders hit too close to home and the Naturals will do anything to keep safe those their care about. 

    I’ll start saying this because I couldn’t say it in my previous review of Killer Instincts, or it would be a spoiler but I’m sooooooo happy Cassie chose Dean. I love Michael pretty much but I always felt Cassie have more connection with Dean than Michael. The latter always reminds me to Hale from Heist Society but with more temper, though he deserve a great girl for him; I would always count with Lia on that, but I also have mixer feeling about that couple because they will always hurt each other, so I don’t know.

    Now on the review, I love that this book is all about Sloane and a little bit of Michael, a little bit of Lia, a little bit of Cassie, a little bit of Judd, in conclusion, a little bit of everyone. I like how each book is turning more personal whereas the series advance, I think is very important to expand the background and current problems of each characters because we’re able to connect with them in a more deep way than we were able in the previous two books. The characters are not perfect, but are very true to the human’s emotions they want to share with the reader and the author show us a range of them while immerse is into all the issues they have to live with from past and present circumstances.

    I’ll keep saying a little bit more about Sloane because she have been one of my favorite since the first book, and I just love how weird she is, and the fact that she embrace that weirdness all the time, so it was shocked for me to find her now questioning her own values to the group. I felt for her so much, I just wanted to hug her because she is the strongest mentally but somehow here we see a softer side of her, the kind that could break her, beside she also had very rocking moments in this book that are no easy for anyone. But I like how she relate to Cassie for comfort and trust, they bonded so much during this book and I’m so glad because they both needed it.

    Speaking of Cassie, she had her own quota of drama during this book, and it not surprising because the story is about her featuring another amazing characters. But at the same time she was able to recognize that it was not her moment, that other people like Michael and Sloane, and even Lia, were facing more pressing issues and that she was needed to be there for them. I like that very much, I hate when a characters is so selfish that couldn’t see what is there beyond his/her own suffering, so I list her into one of the best friends I even read.

    So far, this is the craziest case the Naturals have ever faced, so I’m happy that with each instalment everything become crazier, scarier, and bigger and even more mind blowing than before, but at the same time it keeps a quota of romance and humor. We see another sneak of Cassie’s father’s big Italian family and finally see Cassie interaction with her dad, not that really surprises me the grade of indifference since he was absent almost all her life and the five year she’s been living with her Nonna, he’s been abroad; I know it’s not his fault but they really don’t have a proper father-daughter relationship. At the same time, I love Cassie with Dean (like I already said), it’s not like their relationship overcome the entire book but we see glimpses of it here and there, especially when she need someone to relate to. 

    OVERALL, this is one of a kind book, a fast-pace read that keep you over the edge and entertain during the whole thing. A very important aspect to address here is the fact that it not encourage murder or crimes, for the contrary, it lets very clear the fact that the kinds, even when they have a pretty rocking childhood with traumatic stuffs, are not comparable with the insanity of the killers. It also encourages helping kids out of the streets, giving them second chances and opportunities to reach their full and healthy potential. I absolutely enjoy this book so much, I can’t say it’s my favorite because I really don’t know which of the current three books of the series is, but I absolutely recommend it. 


    About the Author

    Jennifer Lynn BarnesJennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a "practice book" and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen. 

    She's th author of The Squad, Tattoo and The Fixer duologies, The Raised by Wolves trilogy and The Naturals series. 

  • #BookReview: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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    Synopsis

    Cassie Hobbes is not like most teenagers. Most teenagers don't lose their mother in a bloody, unsolved kidnapping. Most teenagers can't tell who you are, where you're from and how you're likely to behave within moments of meeting you. And most teenagers don't get chosen to join The Naturals.

    Identified by the FBI as uniquely gifted, Cassie is recruited to an elite school where a small number of teens are trained to hone their exceptional abilities.

    For Cassie, trying to make friends with the girls, and to figure out the two very different, very hot boys, is challenging enough. But when a serial killer begins recreating the details of her mother's horrific crime scene, she realises just how dangerous life in The Naturals could be...



    My Thoughts

    Reading The Fixer duology by this author was like fresh air to me, I’ve never read so amazing YA thriller before with that most passion, well create mystery and amazing characters to turn it into one of the most memorable books I had the opportunity to read. Saying so, I just picked up The Naturals because the ravishing reviews this series have and because I thought it could have a similar (but not really that much) success in me than The Fixer had. However, I was beyond happy when it resulted into the most fulfilling read I’ve ever had. I couldn’t ask more from this book, every aspect of it was perfection.

    The Naturals tells the story of Cassandra “Cassie” Hobbes, a seventeen years old orphan girl with a very specific talent. Because that talent, the FBI contact her for the Natural program, an elite group of teenage that help the Bureau resolve cold cases. But in a deadly turn, a current case obligated Cassie and her friends to participate in the investigation, one that could risk their lives and minds.

    I’m fan of crime TV shows and this book was like watching one; all the chilling feelings you got watching CSI, Criminal Minds, Castle and Bones were present here and you could really enjoy it because not only feature a well-structured mystery with excellent plot twist, but also the struggles of the characters while dealing with their own monsters and facing the horrid parts of murders. I like how real everything feels, not only the characters per se but the mystery and how all unfold into an attractive story. 

    The plot is marvelous, unexpected and developed so smoothly, even when the story is fast-paced, it’s still easy to understand and connect with. At the same time, you know it has to had some dramatization of criminology in it, even more when it is a YA book, but it’s not like the dangerous of it or the weight and importance of the situation it’s taken lightly, definitely we see how much it costs to the characters be part of this world. The mystery, by other hand, is absolutely engaging, keeping you guessing all the time, I really like how it resolved, unexpected but very much rewarding (the last part considering the development of the story and not how much the result affected the characters).

    Every character is so well portrayed, each individuality well developed and we find diversity with each. Lia is Asian and a deception expert, which has the tendency of addressing the elephants in the room for entertainment or distraction; Sloane is the genius of the house, she sees number patterns everywhere which actually makes her unable to understand emotions but at the same time she is the most childlike of the bunch and one of my favorites. Michael is the emotional reader, very difficult to figure out himself, literally, he change the way of talk, dress and acting just for his fellow Naturals don’t know who he really is; Dean, oh Dean, he’s a profiler and my favorite, I just love him so much but he also has a darkness inside and lot of emotions he try very hard to keep in check; and Cassie is the newest profiler, the kind of lead character I like, who fight and fight and keep fighting until she find what she want, but she also cares for the people she started to love while living in the house, she has a tragic past but I like that even when she is kind of depressed, she doesn’t let that stops her for living new adventures and look for happiness.

    OVERALL, The Naturals is the kind of book I’ll died recommending, one of the best I’ve read in a while, totally engaging, totally addictive and totally heartbreaking. One of the things I like the most of it was the fact that you not only could connect with the characters but also with the victims, even when you didn’t know who they were, you care about them and you have this urge to catch their killer. I can’t wait for the next books because I just can’t get enough. 

    On a side note: I know that I mentioned criminals TV shows like Castle and Bones, when it’s more like Criminal Minds, but the thing is that here we can find the kind of humor we see in those shows too, so I think of letting you know (if you ever watch any of them) how you can have an idea of what this book is about and how Jennifer made a great work balancing the gore theme with a more lightly subjects and humor like we probably have combining those three shows. 


    About the Author

    Jennifer Lynn BarnesJennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a "practice book" and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen. 

    She's th author of The Squad, Tattoo and The Fixer duologies, The Raised by Wolves trilogy and The Naturals series. 

  • #BookReview: For His Eyes Only by Lexi Blake (Blog Tour)

    FHEO available now 


    Synopsis

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    A night he can’t forget 

    Five years ago, Nick Markovic found himself consumed by his quest for vengeance. The one time he managed to find peace was in the arms of Hayley Dalton. Being with her was like bathing in sunlight, and he ached to feel that again, but he couldn’t. He gave his oath to Hayley’s cousin Desiree, his partner at McKay-Taggart and Knight, that he’d never let his darkness infect Hayley’s innocent world. 

    A spark she can’t put out 

    It was years before that Hayley offered everything she had to Nick. After that one amazing night, all she wanted was to be his forever. Unfortunately, Nick’s reaction was to walk away from her and never look back. The warm and caring man she’d discovered was gone, and after Des’s death, he’d only grown colder. But when Hayley finds herself in mortal danger, she’s forced to seek protection from the man who broke her heart. 

    A flame that threatens to consume them both 

    Haunted by the women he failed, Nick can’t allow himself to grow close to Hayley again. Running to stay ahead of the powerful forces that endanger their lives, they travel from the lush Garden in London to the glittering lights of Rio. As the threat against her becomes clearer, he realizes that to keep her safe he must confront the demons from his past, even if it costs him a future with the woman he loves.    



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    My Thoughts

    I really like this book. I'm not use to read this kind of book but sometimes just have to give in and get yourself something hot to enjoy, in my case a hot book. Hayley and Nik together were a really great couple to read about; they have a past (and I really like when there's a background story) where things didn't end well for either of them, so even thinking of seeing each other once again was even unthinkable, but pressing times need of pressing decision and that's what happened with Hayley. I enjoy their dynamic, the tension between them, it was really fun to read.

    What I don't like about this is the fact that I didn't know it was a part of the series until too late, so I was kind of lost with all the people coming in and out, was like overhelming. Other than that I really spend a great time with it.

    Excerpt

    Nick went back to staring at the report. “Hayley’s not mine. She was Desiree’s cousin. Now she’s my client.

    ” Who had been tired the night before and that was why she’d said the things she’d said. This morning she’d seemed much more sensible. After she’d had some sleep and a shower and had straightened herself up, she’d been quiet and seemingly reflective. She was very likely embarrassed by what had been said the night before. 

    I would get safety from murderers and I would get orgasms. I’m sorry, Nicky, you’re going to tell me how that’s a bad deal for me. 

    He was going to make sure she understood that his protection wasn’t based on whether or not she slept with him. 

    Because he wasn’t sleeping with her. He couldn’t hurt her that way again. 

    “So she was your old lover’s cousin,” Owen mused. “The lover you weren’t exclusive with and who wouldn’t marry you. The pretty girl who looks at you like you’re the sun in the sky is her cousin.”

    “She looks at me like she would look at man who can save her.” 

    “I can save her.” Owen’s eyes lit up, his brows waggling. “Maybe she’ll look at me like that.” 

    Anger flared through his system. “Don’t you dare. I told you I would take care of her.” 

    His arms crossed over his big chest and Nick knew he’d been had. “Well, that answers the question with more honesty. You can pretend, but you like the girl. And if you honestly don’t then you need to know that the boys got a good look at her last night. If she’s going to be hanging about, she should be ready for some serious male attention.” 

    “What are you talking about?” 

    “The lads talked it over last night and decided there’s no dibs on this one. They all saw her at pretty much the same time. They looked over that dead body and saw her walking in the hall and that was when the fighting started. We all sat down and decided no dibs on her. She’ll get to pick. You should know that Sasha and Jax have decided if she picks either of them, they’re willing to share. I don’t play that way. That’s something I do know about meself. No need for you to be telling me that tale. If there’s going to be some sharing in the bedroom, it’s going to be the traditional kind between a man and a woman and her stacked best friend. That’s what I say.” 

    “You tell those boys to stay away from her or they will be dealing with me. They will not like to be dealing with me. I will put up with many things from them. They can poke all the corpses they like. They can punch each other. I do not care. They touch Hayley and I will be caring.” 

    “Wow, now you do sound Russian. A scary Russian. Still, I think if you don’t want the girl, shouldn’t she be allowed to choose? Think about it. It could be fun.” 

    “Are we talking about the lost boys and their battle for the new chick?” Kayla strode in, her hair in a high ponytail. It bounced as she walked, a testament to her seemingly ever-sunny personality. “I had babysitting duty last night and they kept talking about her even after lights out. Bad boys. I had a plan though. I think we make them compete in a beauty pageant. Hayley gets to judge.” 

    “I’m judging a beauty pageant?” Hayley followed behind Kay, and both women were followed by Charlotte Taggart and Penelope Knight. It looked like Hayley was rapidly being accepted by the women on his team. 

    That was not necessarily a good thing. The women on his team could create chaos like no others.

    “That sounds like fun,” Charlotte said with a smile. “I think we should require Speedos for the bathing suit competition. No boring board shorts. If Hayley’s picking a lover, she needs to see some booty.” 

    Hayley stopped, her cheeks going the sweetest color of pink. “Wait. What?” 

    Penelope put a hand on her arm. “They’re teasing you, dear. Don’t worry about it. The lads will be very polite. Though you should expect some suitors while you’re here. Especially if you come down to the dungeon.” 

    Now he was the one flushing. “Excuse me?” 

    Hayley shook her head as she joined him at the table. “It’s nothing. I was just talking to the girls. Did you get the report? Penny said the Dallas office had found something.” 

    He was all too aware that they weren’t alone. Damon and Ian walked in with Brody Carter and Walter Bennett. The four men settled into chairs as the women joined them. Nick held out a chair for Hayley. He would have to remember that he couldn’t leave her alone for a minute or someone would be whispering in her ear, giving her ideas she shouldn’t have. 

    Like visiting The Garden on a play night. 

    It wasn’t happening.            


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    About the Author

    NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.



  • #BookReview: The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

    Purchase: Amazon / B&N / Book Depository

    Synopsis

    Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather's ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.

    And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess's classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.


    My Thoughts

    Since I read Heist Society and Gallagher Girls (both) by Ally Carter, I’ve been fan of YA thrillers; they’re fun, entertaining and give me that rush of adrenaline that full fill my long time desire of been a spy or an international white collar criminal. At first glance I thought The Fixer would be kind of HS, a very short novels with a lot of action but once I started to read I found that actually, was a very complex story with lot of twist. The thing that I’m certain the most is that it accented JLB as one of the best writers of YA thrillers that I had the pleasure to read.

    The Fixer tells the story of Tess Kendrick; at the beginning of the book she is a normal girl living in a ranch with her grandfather, however, she then face the difficulties of traveling to Washington D.C. to live with her sister, the infamous fixer Ivy Kendrick. Following the steps of her sister, she finds herself (sometimes unwillingly) fixing the problems of her fellow classmates. Deceiveness and secrets run deep into this school that is the perfect mirror of the political society of D.C. which will cost Tess plenty of things.

    I’ve read The Squad series by JLB before and, when I really enjoy it, it wasn’t like it was the perfect story out there, so I thought this would be the same way. I never thought I would like this book so much, I wasn’t expecting this much developing or the so well portrayed characters. It was so fun to read from Tess perspective, she really carries the weight of the story with a charm that is difficult to find in other characters, of course, she wasn’t the happiest campiest but she was able to evolved and made the best with what she have. I like she was true to her persona from the very beginning and I’m very satisfy with her.

    I enjoy the dynamic between the two sisters; Tess and Ivy have plenty of things going on but I like how everything was really put together to make this relationship grow in the most assertive way. Adam was one of my favorites in this book but I also love how other minor characters like Asher, Vivie and Henry stand up and leave a mark with me.

    I enjoy three thing the most inn this book: a) the fact that there’s not romance, everything is about the intriguing, deceive and scandalous part of politics, and how Tess and her friends deal with it. b) All the twist of the plot; I haven’t found myself more fascinated by a book in a long time and I was devouring it. And c) I absolutely love the fact Tess was a total bad ass and she was so walling to use her witty and cleverness to step up for the unfortunates; we need more characters like her in books. 

    OVERALL, this book have been one of the best I’ve read this year so far, definitely it gets into my all times favorites. Jennifer Lynn Barnes created a wonderful plot with the most outstanding characters, and I can’t wait to get my hands in the next installment, The Long Game. I super recommend this book.

    About the Author

    Jennifer Lynn BarnesJennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a "practice book" and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen. 

    She's th author of The Squad, Tattoo and The Fixer duologies, The Raised by Wolves trilogy and The Naturals series. 

  • Release Day: For His Eyes Only by Lexi Blake (@authorlexiblake)

    FHEO available now 


    Synopsis

    forhiseyesonly_highres
    A night he can’t forget 


    Five years ago, Nick Markovic found himself consumed by his quest for vengeance. The one time he managed to find peace was in the arms of Hayley Dalton. Being with her was like bathing in sunlight, and he ached to feel that again, but he couldn’t. He gave his oath to Hayley’s cousin Desiree, his partner at McKay-Taggart and Knight, that he’d never let his darkness infect Hayley’s innocent world. 

    A spark she can’t put out 

    It was years before that Hayley offered everything she had to Nick. After that one amazing night, all she wanted was to be his forever. Unfortunately, Nick’s reaction was to walk away from her and never look back. The warm and caring man she’d discovered was gone, and after Des’s death, he’d only grown colder. But when Hayley finds herself in mortal danger, she’s forced to seek protection from the man who broke her heart. 

    A flame that threatens to consume them both 

    Haunted by the women he failed, Nick can’t allow himself to grow close to Hayley again. Running to stay ahead of the powerful forces that endanger their lives, they travel from the lush Garden in London to the glittering lights of Rio. As the threat against her becomes clearer, he realizes that to keep her safe he must confront the demons from his past, even if it costs him a future with the woman he loves.    



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    Excerpt

    Nick went back to staring at the report. “Hayley’s not mine. She was Desiree’s cousin. Now she’s my client.

    ” Who had been tired the night before and that was why she’d said the things she’d said. This morning she’d seemed much more sensible. After she’d had some sleep and a shower and had straightened herself up, she’d been quiet and seemingly reflective. She was very likely embarrassed by what had been said the night before. 

    I would get safety from murderers and I would get orgasms. I’m sorry, Nicky, you’re going to tell me how that’s a bad deal for me. 

    He was going to make sure she understood that his protection wasn’t based on whether or not she slept with him. 

    Because he wasn’t sleeping with her. He couldn’t hurt her that way again. 

    “So she was your old lover’s cousin,” Owen mused. “The lover you weren’t exclusive with and who wouldn’t marry you. The pretty girl who looks at you like you’re the sun in the sky is her cousin.”

    “She looks at me like she would look at man who can save her.” 

    “I can save her.” Owen’s eyes lit up, his brows waggling. “Maybe she’ll look at me like that.” 

    Anger flared through his system. “Don’t you dare. I told you I would take care of her.” 

    His arms crossed over his big chest and Nick knew he’d been had. “Well, that answers the question with more honesty. You can pretend, but you like the girl. And if you honestly don’t then you need to know that the boys got a good look at her last night. If she’s going to be hanging about, she should be ready for some serious male attention.” 

    “What are you talking about?” 

    “The lads talked it over last night and decided there’s no dibs on this one. They all saw her at pretty much the same time. They looked over that dead body and saw her walking in the hall and that was when the fighting started. We all sat down and decided no dibs on her. She’ll get to pick. You should know that Sasha and Jax have decided if she picks either of them, they’re willing to share. I don’t play that way. That’s something I do know about meself. No need for you to be telling me that tale. If there’s going to be some sharing in the bedroom, it’s going to be the traditional kind between a man and a woman and her stacked best friend. That’s what I say.” 

    “You tell those boys to stay away from her or they will be dealing with me. They will not like to be dealing with me. I will put up with many things from them. They can poke all the corpses they like. They can punch each other. I do not care. They touch Hayley and I will be caring.” 

    “Wow, now you do sound Russian. A scary Russian. Still, I think if you don’t want the girl, shouldn’t she be allowed to choose? Think about it. It could be fun.” 

    “Are we talking about the lost boys and their battle for the new chick?” Kayla strode in, her hair in a high ponytail. It bounced as she walked, a testament to her seemingly ever-sunny personality. “I had babysitting duty last night and they kept talking about her even after lights out. Bad boys. I had a plan though. I think we make them compete in a beauty pageant. Hayley gets to judge.” 

    “I’m judging a beauty pageant?” Hayley followed behind Kay, and both women were followed by Charlotte Taggart and Penelope Knight. It looked like Hayley was rapidly being accepted by the women on his team. 

    That was not necessarily a good thing. The women on his team could create chaos like no others.

    “That sounds like fun,” Charlotte said with a smile. “I think we should require Speedos for the bathing suit competition. No boring board shorts. If Hayley’s picking a lover, she needs to see some booty.” 

    Hayley stopped, her cheeks going the sweetest color of pink. “Wait. What?” 

    Penelope put a hand on her arm. “They’re teasing you, dear. Don’t worry about it. The lads will be very polite. Though you should expect some suitors while you’re here. Especially if you come down to the dungeon.” 

    Now he was the one flushing. “Excuse me?” 

    Hayley shook her head as she joined him at the table. “It’s nothing. I was just talking to the girls. Did you get the report? Penny said the Dallas office had found something.” 

    He was all too aware that they weren’t alone. Damon and Ian walked in with Brody Carter and Walter Bennett. The four men settled into chairs as the women joined them. Nick held out a chair for Hayley. He would have to remember that he couldn’t leave her alone for a minute or someone would be whispering in her ear, giving her ideas she shouldn’t have. 

    Like visiting The Garden on a play night. 

    It wasn’t happening.            


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    About the Author

    NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.



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