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  1. DARK DEBT (Chicagoland Vampires #11)
    By Chloe Neill
    Publication Date: March 3, 2015
    A vampire never gets old. But neither do his enemies. When a figure from Ethan's dark past makes a splashy debut in Chicago, Merit and her Master don't know whether he's friend or foe. But they'll have to figure out soon, because trouble is brewing in the Windy City.

    At an exclusive society soiree attended by the upper echelons of the human and supernatural worlds, Merit and Ethan barely stop the assassination of a guest. When the target turns out to be a shady businessman with a criminal edge, Merit suspects a human vendetta. But the assassins have fangs....

    The connections to Chicago's Houses go deeper than Merit knows, and even one wrong move could be her last....
     

    ABOUT CHLOE
    Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, the Devil's Isle Novels, and a YA series, the Dark Elite. Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When she's not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys--her husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.
    Jaime's Thoughts
    Dark Debt by Chloe Neill
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    I love the Chicagoland Vampires. I love Ethan (duh), I especially love Merit, and I love this amazing world that Neill has created over the years. And even 11 books into the series I’m still always looking forward excitedly for the next one coming!

    It’s hard after 11 books not to find yourself repeating yourself… The first things I find myself talking about is the chemistry between the characters, the amazing friendships within the pages, the mystery and suspense in every installment, but I think I especially love the fact that the Chicago that Neill includes here is a character in its own right.

    In Dark Debt, Ethan’s past once again comes back to haunt his present. As the summary says “A vampire never gets old. But neither do his enemies.” And that couldn’t be more true. When this figure from his past starts threatening the house, and the Chicago vampires, and more specifically Merit, Ethan’s is determined to do what he must to keep her safe.

    Chicago has long been known for its organized crime, and this time Neill weaves it into the story in a way that has me excited to see where she takes it.

    So let’s talk Ethan, because I have a serious crush on this vampire you guys. He and Merit have one of my favorite paranormal relationships around. Their banter is some of the best written…

    "I like to think I'm more than the sum of my training."

    "You are," Luc said. "There's at least some hot beef or deep dish in there."
    "I am also more than Chicago foodstuffs."

    Ethan grinned at Luc. "Pumas? Diet Coke? Smart-assery?"

    Luc snapped his fingers, pointed at Ethan. "Yes. And, like, three percent medieval literature."

    "You're both hilarious. Really and truly. Comedy geniuses."


    Ethan totally knows how to bring the swoons…

    I looked up at him. "Are you wooing me?"

    "I've been wooing you since the moment our eyes locked on the first floor of this house."


    He’s so protective of her…

    There was nothing equivocal in his gaze, in the steadiness of his green eyes. "He was my nightmare, Merit. You are my miracle. He will not touch you again. Yes?"

    And yet he completely trusts her to take care of him and the other vampires as the house Sentinel.

    Now, while this is paranormal romance, don’t get all excited, Neill keeps the naughty stuff on the tame side, but I have to say that I love the evolution of Merit & Ethan’s relationship… it’s never smooth sailing for them, which is so true to real life, but no matter what lands in their way, they always know where they stand with each other and they aren’t prepared to ever give up on each other and I think that might be what I love most.

    I know this series is coming to an end… this makes me horribly sad, but I am still very much excited to see what the next in the series brings. If you haven’t started this series and you’re looking for something in the paranormal genre to sink your teeth into (hahah I couldn’t resist) then The Chicagoland Vampires are a must read- they’re at the top of my paranormal list and they should be on yours too!

    Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.


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  2. What is Flashback Friday you ask?  

    I know... I know... As if you don't have a million and one memes to follow! BUT we're hoping that you might want to participate in just one more!  

    If you're like us, you read a lot... you add a ton to your 'to be read' lists and you sometimes forget about some amazing things because they get pushed down either your favorites list or that pile of books you need to read.  That doesn't mean those books are no less amazing!

    This is a way for us to highlight books that are older that maybe don't get as much recognition now because they have been out for a while.  Books that we read and loved or books that have been on our To Be Read lists for ages, but we just haven't gotten around to them yet.  

    On to the details - Pick a book... any book that meets the following criteria:  

    1.  Must have been published at least 2 years ago or 
    2.  Preferably is still in print or available to read

    Grab our button or make your own then simply feature it on your blog... See the example below, and then come back here and link us up!! AND Spread the word!!
    THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO
    By: Patrick Ness
    Publication Date:  May 5, 2008

    I have had this series on my to read list forever and when we met Patrick Ness last year I swore I would start this series as soon as I could.  I haven't yet gotten to them but they are near the top of the "when I have time" pile...no question.

    The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
    Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.


    But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought? 

    ABOUT PATRICK
    Patrick NessPatrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls.


    He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.
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  3. Have you seen it?
    Have you added it to you TBR pile?

    MAKE SURE YOU DO BOTH!!
    LEGACY OF KINGS releases this September! 

    Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

    Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

    Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.
     

    ABOUT ELEANOR
    Eleanor Herman is the New York Times bestselling author of several highly-acclaimed works of nonfiction, including Sex with Kings—a history of royal mistresses. Her historical nonfiction has received worldwide critical praise and was described by The Washington Post as “a lot more fun than Danielle Steel or Dan Brown.” A frequent commentator in the media about royal scandals, Eleanor has hosted Lost Worlds on The History Channel Born and worked for NATO’s Nations & Partners for Peace magazine.
    Fascinated since childhood by the ancient world, she has visited most of the well-known sacred sites and palaces still in existence, including Troy and the temples of the oracles. She lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and four very dignified cats. Legacy of Kings is her first novel, and marks the beginning of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.
    Epic Reads revealed the cover today and we couldn't be more excited we just wanted to share it with you! 
    Let us know what you think in the comments!
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  4. Every once in a while I get to do super fun and amazing things... okay so a lot of the time I get to, but this is definitely one of those times!!

    If you're in the Milwaukee area and are interested in going to see Insurgent early on Monday, March 16th at Mayfair Mall - click the below link and enter the code to claim two tickets!

    Please keep in mind that these screenings are notoriously very crowded, so just because you download a pair of tickets doesn't mean you're guaranteed a seat - you'll want to arrive early and plan to wait in line for a bit... which - totally worth it because Theo James!!

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    But for those of you not in the Milwaukee area, I have something fun for you too!  We have an amazing Divergent Prize Pack that one lucky follower will get!

    A few things -

    1. You must be a blog follower - either by email, Bloglovin or GFC - I don't care which, just make sure I can find you as a follower - I will be verifying!

    2.  You must live in the US - Sorry but shipping is expensive... and unfortunately, I'm not made of money!

    Prize Pack includes:
     - Divergent Blu-Ray +DVD
     - Divergent Series T-shirt (#defyreality) 
     - An Exclusive Film Poster



    Theo Approves!
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    Special thanks to LionsGate for providing the prize pack and offering up the early screening tickets!
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  5. WHERE THE ROAD TAKES ME
    By: Jay McLean
    Publication Date: February 10th, 2015

    Chloe has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She’s made a promise to herself: don’t let anyone in, and don’t let anyone love her. She’s learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she’s focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road—her dream of freedom, at least for a little while.

    Blake Hunter is a basketball star who has it all—everything about him looks perfect to those on the other side of his protective walls. He can’t let anyone see the shattered pieces behind the flawless facade or else all his hopes and dreams will disappear.

    One dark night throws Chloe and Blake together, changing everything for Blake. For Chloe, nothing changes: she has the road, and she’s focused on it. But when the so-called perfect boy starts to notice the invisible girl, they discover that sometimes with love, no one knows where the road may lead.


    ABOUT JAY
    Jay McLean is the author of the More Series, including More Than This, More Than Her, More Than Him and More Than Forever. She also has two standalones coming soon titled Where The Road Takes Me, and Combative.

    Jay is an avid reader, writer, and most of all, procrastinator. When she's not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, or devouring some tacky reality TV show. 


    She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel.


    Jaime's Thoughts
    Where the Road Takes Me by Jay McLean
    My rating: 2 of 5 stars

    I grabbed this book on a whim, mostly because of the cover, but also because some of Jay McLean’s books have been on my TBR list for a while so I figured why not!

    Chloe has spent her years in foster care never connecting to anyone, never tying herself down, and never letting anyone in. It’s easier that way when they move her to a new house or family or school. She has one plan after graduation, and that’s “the road”. Nothing is going to side-track that.

    On the outside, Blake has everything … popularity, the cheerleader girlfriend, all the money he needs and a home to go to each and every night. But it’s a façade and he can’t show anyone what his real life is actually like.

    When Chloe stumbles out of the bushes and he literally runs into her, he stops to help, but what seems like just a good deed turns into a night where he finds himself finally connecting to someone and despite all her efforts to push him away he isn’t ready to give her up! But Chloe isn’t changing her plans for anyone… not even the one guy she’s let herself form a connection with.

    What I liked…

    I really truly enjoyed the slow relationship build here. Chloe and Blake form this bond of friendship before it moves to anything romantic and it was nice to see that. Sure you can see it coming from a mile away, but they didn’t rush into anything.

    I also really liked seeing the relationship between Josh and Blake – I love that he was a support to Josh and his situation.

    What I didn’t like…

    I struggled so hard to connect with Chloe as a character. I get why she pushed people away, and why she felt she had to stick to her plans, but it was hard to be sympathetic to her when the family she did have was begging her not to go and to she refused to see how much they cared about her.

    I felt like a lot of was just too convenient and just formulated and ultimately that’s what dropped this book down for me. Plus, the ending did not work for me at all. And Blake, while I found myself really liking him, there were things about him that I realized really drove me nuts. I hate to say that he was ‘too perfect’ because honestly, the whole first half of the book he has a girlfriend… and well he’s trying to hook up with Chloe the entire time, but he always says just the right thing, his mom comes through at just the right time… I don’t know, after a bit it was a little irritating.

    Anyway, this was an okay read for me. It didn’t blow me away, but I think I blame that more on the fact that I didn’t connect with our main character Chloe at all.

    The writing was well done, and the story, while having quite a few too many coincidences and clichés, was still enjoyable.

    I’ll definitely check out McLean’s other books and give them a try, but this one was just not a hit for me.

    Thank you to Netgalley for the advanced copy in exchange for my thoughts.

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  6. The Hierarchy of Needs
    Series: The Portland Rebels, Book 2By: Rebecca Grace Allen

    Publication Date: July 7, 2015
    Jamie Matthews is stuck in a rut. After hitting a wall with her dream career, she’s back in her hometown, living a life as monotonous as swimming laps in the neighborhood pool.

    Being surrounded by her perfect brothers is a painful reminder of her failure to launch. The last bonfire of the summer is an ideal way to let off steam, especially when she runs into Dean Trescott, the playboy friend she had one hot-as-hell night with back in high school.

    Since the day Dean met Jamie, he’s loved her beauty, talent, and smile that lit up the whole damn block. But dating isn’t an option. She has a bright future ahead of her, and he refuses to chain her to his—helping run the family business that’s barely staying afloat.

    A “what-happens-in-Vegas” weekend was supposed to get their craving for each other out of their systems. But neither counted on the past repeating itself, drawing them together in even hotter and dirtier ways and dangling the possibility they might both be able to get exactly what they need…

    Warning: A friends-to-lovers twice over story that contains some hot ’n’ heavy kissing in the waves, hair pulling, and a man who knows how to use his hands. It may also feature a few practical jokes—only the fun kind, of course.

    ABOUT REBECCA

    Rebecca Grace holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison, as well as a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education, both of which seemed like good ideas at the time. After stumbling through careers in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, she’s returned to her first love: writing. A self-admitted caffeine addict and gym rat, she currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish.



    Make sure you check out book one in this series too! 
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  7. LIARS, INC.
    By: Paula Stokes
    Publication Date: March 24, 2015

    I have to tell you guys... I've read this, and I loved it and it was so so so good - you have to put it on your TBR list if it's not already there, and grab it as soon as it comes out! 

    Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

    When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

    Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.


    So...What are you waiting for this week?

    Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine - make sure you head over and see what other people are waiting for!
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  8. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome and wonderful people over at The Broke and The Bookish


    This was a tough one only because we have so many favorite books for many different reasons.  We really forced ourselves to narrow the list down and pick out the ones that top our lists!








    So there you have it... we probably recommend these titles more than any others - what are your faves from the last 3 years? Let us know in the comments!! 

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