In the Library of Hannah: August 27th

Hi guys! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, but I’m back with another edition of In the Library of Hannah, a weekly event that I’m doing to talk about one of the many random books that I own that might not see a ton of love. It’s as simple as that, so lets get to it!

This weeks book is: The Lie by Chad Kultgen

theliekultgenSynopsis from Goodreads: Try to remember the moment when all the stupid innocent things you thought about life and love, all the things you thought mattered, all the things you thought were true…try to remember when they all turned out to be lies. -Kyle

I never thought anything Kyle and I were doing would lead to this….I was clearly incorrect. -Brett

We all get what we deserve. I know I did. -Heather

Where I got it: I’m almost positive I picked this one up at Barnes & Noble. Every time I go into a B&N I see Kultgen’s books because the spines ALWAYS catch my eye.

Why I got it: The book seemed really interesting and humorous, but like a darker humor which is right up my alley. Basically I just had to have it… so.

What I thought of it: What did I think of it. Regardless of the fact that I had to have this and some of his other books because they are pretty and sound perfect for me… I (shocker) haven’t read it yet. LOL. Go figure.

Tell me, have you read this one? If you have, what did you think of it? There’s truly not that many ratings/reviews on Goodreads for it which makes me want to pick it up sooner rather than later… Anywhoodle, until next time, Happy Reading!

 

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Book Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

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PLEASE NOTE: This book deals with the topic of incest and as such may be difficult for some readers.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As de facto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives and the way they understand each other so completely has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: A love this devastating has no happy ending.

Forbidden is the type of book that it takes balls to write and extraordinary skill to write well. When I first heard the hype surrounding the book I kind of shrugged it off, but my interest was piqued due to the topic. Once I picked up this book though, nothing else mattered, it had all of my attention.

Forbidden is the story of the Whitely family, a family in a situation that too many families face. However, one thing is different, Lochlan and Maya even knowing the possible consequences are in love. The dynamic between the siblings and the situation they are in, it all makes you feel for them.

The entire book is these two teenagers giving everything they have to make sure that their younger siblings have a roof over their head, food in their tummies, and all the things they could need to have as good a life as possible. They deal with all the many facets of parenthood, forgoing their own lives essentially to be the protectors, a role that someone had to step into for their mother. That may not sound like much, but on top of that, Lochlan and Maya are dealing with a whole other beast. Love, for each other.

They know it’s wrong, and they know that there are a thousand horrible things that could happen to the family if anyone found out, but in the end they care for each other and need the support of one another. Then, boom, the end of this book is smacking you in the face and there are FEELS and TEARS. I think I sobbed into this book for a straight 15 to 20 minutes. It was ridiculous. But it was also powerful and it stuck with me and I couldn’t process it or even talk about it for days, because there are no words.

This book is amazing, but so is Tabitha Suzuma. She takes on the topic of this book, heavy duty as it is, and weaves an amazing, unputdownable story. This one could have gone either way, but she brought an eloquence to the table that I haven’t seen in some time. I truly believe that she was brave as all hell to write this story and I am so glad she did. Absolutely pick it up, I know I’ll be looking for more from this author! 5/5 Stars!

ALSO, PLEASE make yourself available for discussion for the young reader in your life who picks this one up!

In the Library of Hannah: July 9th

Hi guys! I’m back with another edition of In the Library of Hannah, a weekly event that I’m doing to talk about one of the many random books that I own that might not see a ton of love. It’s as simple as that, so lets get to it!

This weeks book is: Between the Bridge and the River by Craig Ferguson

betweenbridgeandriverSynopsisBawdy, joyous, messy, hysterically funny, and guaranteed to offendregardless of religion, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or professionBetween the Bridge and the River is the debut novel by Craig Ferguson, host of CBS’s The Late Late Show. Two childhood friends from Scotland and two illegitimate half-brothers from the American South suffer and enjoy all manner of bizarre experiences which, as it turns out, are somehow interconnectedand, surprisingly enough, meaningful. An eclectic cast of characters includes Carl Jung, Fatty Arbuckle, Virgil, Marat, Socrates, and Tony Randall. Love, greed, hope, revenge, organized religion, and Hollywood are alternately tickled and throttled. Impossible to summarize and impossible to stop reading, this is a romantic comic odyssey that actually deliversand rewards.

Where I got it: This is another book that I found whilst browsing at The Book Barn, my favorite used bookstore.

Why I got it: Firstly, when I saw that Craig Ferguson was the author, I was intrigued. Then I scanned the synopsis and into my shopping bag it went! Simple as that.

What I thought of it: Welp, I haven’t read it yet, surprise surprise, so I can’t say. I can say that  I look forward to reading it though.

Have you read this book? Have any books that you want to spotlight and let the world know about? Feel free to share below! Until next time, Happy Reading!

Book Review: Bengal’s Quest by Lora Leigh

bengalsquestSynopsis from Goodreads:

He was a shadow, ever shifting and insinuating, able to blend in everywhere and anywhere. The elusive ideal conceived and created by the Genetics Council, he went by just as many names as he had identities—the last one being Gideon.

Now calling himself Graeme, he hides in plain sight, terrifyingly close to his goal. A rogue Bengal Breed, he has loyalties to no one but himself. And he has a need for vengeance that surges hot and swift through his veins.

Graeme plans to exact an extreme and ruthless vendetta against those who wronged him—Breed and human alike. All will suffer his wrath: those who created him, those who pretended to love him, and those who betrayed him.

That includes the one at the center of it all: a seductive, enigmatic woman helpless against the man whose desire is just as desperate as his need to destroy.

And he’s on her scent…

Bengal’s Quest is the latest installment in Lora Leigh’s Breeds series, and let me tell you, this book had quite a bit to live up to. The building of Gideon’s story has been a major arc in the previous four or five books I’d say if not more, so there was a lot of expectation for me going into this one. That said, I really wasn’t let down.

Gideon is a hell of a character to say the least. He’s one of those ones who has his fingers dipped into so many pies that it’s hard to keep up with at times. He’s insane and he knows it and really just could care less. A lot of the time he’s running on pure instinct and cunning and I really like that about him – even when it makes him do crazy shit. That said, his crazy level is taken down a bit for this book which I thought to be an interesting move on Leigh’s part. Then again, it kind of makes sense.

Cat on the other hand is whole other bag of tricks. We knew that something was coming where she was concerned. In particular because of how what she went through relates to others in the series. Realistically, it wasn’t all that surprising what was revealed of her backstory, but I do believe that it complimented this particular match. And that’s all I can really say without spoiling anything.

I do have to admit that I expected this book to be so much longer. I was surprised at how short it was when I opened the box. However after reading it, I feel like the length of the story was perfect. Too much longer really could have just dragged a lot out whereas she managed to keep it a pretty fast moving story as is. And, though there is one editing snafu in Bengal’s Quest (a minor one), I have noticed a step up in the editing of these last couple of books which makes me a happy Hannah.

While I did really enjoy this book, I do have one complaint. With the buildup of Gideon’s story from the previous few books it was almost like Leigh was preparing us for the shit to hit the fan in one way or another. Instead of getting that like I thought I would she managed to kind of twist it into something else entirely. It’s very indicative of her ability to manipulate the story to speak – not unlike some of her characters – but I was kind of bummed that there wasn’t the massive confrontation I was expecting.

All in all, Leigh has managed to deliver another action packed book in the Breeds series. I was quite surprised how well this arc was executed seeing as it has had so much work put into it to this point and had really created expectations. Plus, major points for some winged breed action! It’s definitely not a good starting point to the series, but if you’ve made it this far, I’d say keep reading. 4/5 Stars.

Book Review: Rule Breaker by Lora Leigh

rulebreakerSynopsis from Goodreads:

Lion Breed, Rule Breaker had just a few rules he didn’t break. Not for anything. Not for anyone.

#1. Never have sex with a woman outside his own subspecies, especially a human woman.

#2. Never, at any time, accept a mission concerning a female when Jonas Wyatt stinks of a lie.

#3. Run don’t walk, skip or stumble. Run, hell for leather away from any female, human or breed, when his desire for her appears, in any way, to have so much as a single sign of Mating Heat.

Now, the woman believes he’s mated, is too helpless, to fun loving and too full of life to ever be able to protect herself, let alone aide him in protecting her.

If the damned animal inside him insisted on a mate, then why pick the woman it did? One that could be struck out at, at any time?

But, what he suspected was a mating, may not be. No swollen glands? No heat? Just his animal instincts rioting, pacing, irritated whenever he’s away from her.

Okay, he could handle that.

What ensues is a fiery affair that breaks all the rules of mating heat and will eventually endanger his mate with the very rules designed to protect the breeds when Jonas learns she’s possibly been working against them.

Rule Breaker is the 29th book in Lora Leigh’s Breed series. I enjoyed the book quite a bit, especially considering that it’s the twenty-ninth book in the series. I don’t find myself burning out on this series very often like I would with others which is probably why I’m constantly marathoning it or re-reading random books from it.

Leigh continues her standard hard-assed men and super tough female characters in this book. Rule Breaker is one of the more intriguing characters in the series in my mind simply because he’s so against finding his mate which is so different from the rest of the characters in the series. That said, the way his relationship with Gypsy unfolds is interesting enough – Leigh definitely threw a couple curveballs into that one. Gypsy herself is intriguing because of the part she plays in this shadowy underground world Leigh has created in the last couple of books. As a character she is really good at making herself appear a certain way while really being something else entirely.

All that being said, Leigh has very obviously created a formula for these books. You don’t get to number 29 without that. Certain things are going to be expected to happen in a Breed novel. There’s going to be romance, there’s lots of sex, hell is going to break loose and I know that going in. Yet, Leigh is still throwing around little plot twists like nobody’s business and that combined with my being invested in these characters keeps me reading them.

There is just something about this series, and I am not sure that I know what it is, but I am so emotionally involved with the characters – the breeds in particular – that I cannot not read these books. I have put a lot of time into reading this series and I want to know where it’s going to end up. I CAN’T be the only one waiting for Cassie’s book… AMIRITE?

 

On a side note, if you haven’t read any of the series and want to try a book out, I wouldn’t start here. So much happens throughout this series, because while each book is its own set of characters, there is a huge overall arc as well as smaller story arcs that it is frustrating to not know what has happened previously. It’s definitely a read in order kind of series. 4/5 Stars.

 

In the Library of Hannah: June 25th

Hi all! I’m back with another edition of In the Library of Hannah, a weekly event that I’m doing to talk about one of the many random books that I own that might not see a ton of love. It’s as simple as that, so lets get to it!

This weeks random book is: The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta

theabteacherSynopsis: Stonewood Heights is the perfect place to raise children: it’s got good schools, solid values and a healthy real estate market.  Parents in the town are involved in their children’s lives, and often in other children’s lives, too—coaching sports, driving carpool, focusing on enriching experiences.  Ruth Ramsey is the high school human sexuality teacher whose openness is not appreciated by all her students—or their parents.  Her daughter’s soccer coach is Tim Mason, a former stoner and rocker whose response to hitting rock bottom was to reach out and be saved.  Tim’s introduction of Christianity on the playing field horrifies Ruth, while his evangelical church sees a useful target in the loose-lipped sex ed teacher.  But when these two adversaries in a small-town culture war actually talk to each other, a surprising friendship begins to develop.

Where I got it: I’m pretty sure I got it from Barnes & Noble. If not I picked it up on vacation at Village Book Store in Littleton, NH.

Why got it: I think the cover originally caught my eye, but once I read the title I knew I had to get it. So I did.

What I thought of it: I absolutely adored this book. I read it over a day or two while I was on vacation and it instantly went on my favorites list. The story, the characters, Tom Perrotta’s writing… all of it was just fan-fricking-tastic!

That’s my spotlighted book of the week! Tell me, have you read this one? Did you love it? Any books you want to share? Feel free to share and until next time Happy Reading!

 

In the Library of Hannah: June 18th

Hi all! I’m back with another edition of In the Library of Hannah, a weekly event that I’m doing to talk about one of the many random books that I own that might not see a ton of love. It’s as simple as that, so lets get to it!

This weeks random book is: The Watchers (The Angelus Trilogy #1) by Jon Steele

thewatchersSynopsis: Meet Marc Rochat, a man-child who has devoted his life to being the bell ringer at the Gothic Lausanne Cathedral, one of the greatest architectural structures in the world. Eerie things have been going on in and around his church, including tremblings in the underground crypt and a variety of gruesomely murdered bodies showing up in nearby streets. Across the square from the cathedral lives Katherine Taylor, a beautiful young American woman who is making phenomenal money as one of the highest-priced call girls in Switzerland; she’s a bit too introspective for her own good and, unfortunately, much too observant of her clients’ peccadilloes. Rochat’s and Taylor’s lives collide with Jay Harper, a British private eye who has been sent to investigate the killings and other strange doings; alas, he has no memory of who hired him or precisely why he was chosen for the job. And now all the clues are pointing skyward, where fallen angels are said to haunt Lausanne.

Where I got it: This is another book that I picked up at my favorite used bookstore The Book Barn.

Why I got it: It was a combination of the cover being pretty and the synopsis sounding intriguing. I’m a sucker for those two things!

What I thought of it: This is another of the books that I haven’t read yet, lol. So at this point all I can say is I think it sounds intriguing, but I haven’t read it yet.

Have you heard of this book? Do you have any random books that you want to share? If so, please feel free do so in the comments! Until next time, Happy Reading!