Review: Nemesis (#1, Project Nemesis) by Brendan Reichs

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As first seen on USA Today

A girl is killed every two years, only to wake up alive and unscathed in Brendan Reich’s new thriller, Nemesis. This tautly written YA suspense is unstoppable, luring you in with its every turn down a dark path you don’t foresee.

With such a gripping and mysterious premise, Reichs unwinds a narrative thrumming with tension, as we learn about this isolated Idaho town and its inhabitants.

“The sun rises. But not for me. I know what day it is. Will he come sooner or later? I don’t know, but it doesn’t matter. He’ll come. And when he does, I’ll die.”

We meet Min, who is murdered for the fifth time on her sixteenth birthday. Killed by a mysterious man in a suit, she’s been dying every other year only to wake in a clearing as if the whole thing never happened.

To make matters worse, the fate of humanity hangs in the balance as a big asteroid threatens the Earth.

As the world crumbles around her, she discovers her schoolmate Noah has also been experiencing things which cannot be explained. Haunted by nightmares, Noah has been sort of vacant and passive for years, but when Min uncovers a dark secret which involves them both, he’s forced by circumstance to act, to take a stand.

The town and a select few have been hiding something for years, a deep conspiracy which shatters everything Min thought she knew of herself and those around her. Before too long, Min, Noah and students of their sophomore class are pit against a reality far crueler than expected, one where only the strongest and most cunning will survive.

I loved that this book had a little bit of everything… hints of romance, emotion, suspense, fantasy and even horror. Yet it all comes together seamlessly, creating a story that’s impossible to put down.

Nemesis is definitely the first in a series, but I promise you’ll race through the pages to get to the shocking end, before clamoring for more more more.

About Nemesis

Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

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Review: Every Little Thing (#2, Hart’s Boardwalk) by Samantha Young

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Two rivals surrender to desire and fall in love in this wonderfully addictive enemies-to-lovers romance. With Every Little Thing, Samantha Young delivers yet another amazing chapter in the Hart’s Boardwalk series. Every page draws you deeper into Bailey and Vaughn’s story, deeper into the lives of those who inhabit this cozy Delaware town.

In The One Real Thing, as Cooper and Jessica’s story twined together, we met Bailey Hartwell and Vaughn Tremaine, felt the sparks even as non-stop derision shaped their relationship.

Bailey is Hartwell’s princess—a small-town girl content to run the boardwalk’s inn. Vaughn is the impeccably dressed businessman from New York, who also runs a 5-star hotel in Hartwell. Seemingly hard-hearted as compared to Bailey’s spirit and warmth, Vaughn knows a thing or two about relationships gone wrong and he’s vowed to avoid them at all costs… forever. Even though there’s no denying no one gets under his skin quite like fiery redhead Bailey.

But when her life falls apart, Vaughn comes to her rescue. Suddenly, Bailey sees past Vaughn’s icy exterior and defenses shatter, giving way to a night that was a long time coming.

Bliss quickly morphs into heartbreak, however, and Bailey’s contempt for this fine-looking New Yorker turns hotter, sharper than ever.

Both Vaughn and Bailey must let go of the pasts which have haunted them, if they’re to find real happiness with each other.

I assure you—you’ll devour every page. Relish every moment. You won’t stop reading until you reach the very end, when you’ll close the book with a huge smile on your face.

Full of tenderness, fire, sexiness and intrigue, Every Little Thing is everything I hope to find in a romance. I loved this book, love this series and am desperately hoping for more installments sooner than later!

About Every Little Thing

Bailey Hartwell has many reasons to feel content—her successful business, a close circle of friends, and her steady boyfriend…even if their romance feels staid after ten years without a serious commitment. The only challenge in her life comes in the form of sexy businessman Vaughn Tremaine. She thinks the ex-New Yorker acts superior and that he considers her a small-town nobody. But when Bailey’s blindsided by a betrayal, she’s shocked to discover Vaughn is actually a decent guy.

Vaughn admires Bailey’s free spirit, independence, and loyalty. As his passion for her has grown, his antagonism toward her has only worsened. Every little thing Bailey does seduces him. But when Vaughn’s painful emotional past makes him walk away in fear he will hurt her, it opens an old wound in Bailey, and she uncharacteristically retreats.

Once Vaughn begins to realize he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he has no choice but to fight like he’s never fought before to convince Bailey that the love they’ve found together only comes around once in a lifetime….

Series reading order

Each book can be read as a standalone, but recommend reading in order

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Review: Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

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Absorbing and chilling, Chevy Stevens’ Never Let You Go is sure to keep thriller junkies turning the pages.

Stevens deftly explores the frightening, paralyzing nature of domestic abuse, and even the unease that lingers long past escape. Despite the familiar trope, the narrative keeps an absorbing pace and delivers a surprise twist that sent me reeling.

We meet Lindsey, who after falling in love quickly finds herself in an abusive marriage. Her husband Andrew is quick to anger, manipulative and terrorizing. After their daughter Sophie was born, the abuse escalated to physical. Before he goes too far, however, Lindsey devises an escape, but the designated night morphs into a nightmare she can never forget, despite sending Andrew to jail.

Eleven years later, Lindsey and her daughter Sophie are happily settled in a small Canadian town, but shortly after his release, she suspects Andrew is back, intent on enacting his revenge. Events begin to escalate and Lindsey fears for her life. He says he’s changed, but she’s sure he’s on the warpath.

Lindsey and Sophie’s lives spin wildly out of control, especially as Sophie begins a tumultuous and scarily familiar relationship with a boy.

The non-linear narrative shifts between past and present, and moves quickly with a sinister, unnerving feel. With rich character development and an engrossing plot, this heart-pounding thriller will keep you reading late into the night.

About Never Let You Go

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life.

Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But has he really changed? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?

With Never Let You Go, Chevy Stevens delivers a chilling, twisting thriller that crackles with suspense as it explores the darkest heart of love and obsession.

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Review: Traitor to the Throne (#2, Rebel of the Sands) by Alwyn Hamilton

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Alwyn Hamilton’s Traitor to the Throne dazzles, ratcheting up tension and intrigue.

It’s been months since gunslinger Amani al’Hiza, otherwise known as the Blue-eyed Bandit, joined the now-faltering rebellion. Jin, the boy she’s fallen for, disappears when she needs him the most, and to make matters worse, she’s deceived and sold to Sultan of Miraji, the very enemy they seek to dethrone.

Deception deepens within the walls of the palace, with a harem who hates her and a Sultan who exploits her Demdji powers. The only silver lining is that she can now spy on the manipulative Sultan in efforts to help the rebellion capture the throne.

The more she learns, however, the more doubts about the rebellion’s true strength and likely success addle her thoughts. New characters bring more complication and more scheming to an already tangled political landscape.

Before the novel’s shocking, tear-jerking climax, more blood will be shed, more hearts will be broken and more treachery will come to light, even as final surprises flip the story on its back. Love and loyalty is shaken; loss is felt deeply—all leaving readers desperate for more of this Wild West meets Arabian Nights adventure.

About Traitor to the Throne

Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

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