Shooting Stars Reviews

180 Seconds by Jessica Park

180 Seconds - Jessica Park

Allison has been pushing most people away for most of her life. Growing up in foster care taught her a few things, and one of those things was that everyone leaves and nobody wants her. But when she gets adopted at sixteen and goes off to college things start to change for her. 

 

Her best friend and her adopted father want her to open herself up to people, but she's having a hard time doing that. That is until she meets Esben. He's an internet sensation and she doesn't know a thing about it. But someone how in a twist of fate, she ends up being included in an experiment for him. Now, she's trying to run from what fate seems to have in store for her and Esben. 

 

This book took my breath away! It was utterly brilliant, filled with so much emotion and I adored it!  180 Seconds was beautiful, sad, and a whole lot more. I loved this book! It is the best I've read all year, and I can't wait to read it again! 

Fallen Crest Forever by Tijan

Fallen Crest Forever (Fallen Crest Series) - Tijan

Fallen Crest Forever begins where the last book left off. Sam and Mason are taking a huge step in their relationship, and Sam is having some strange things going on. She not only has to find herself, and what she wants to do with her life, but she also needs to deal with a rival she has among other things. 

 

 

This book was really good until it close to the end. Then it felt like it was rushed and things were just sort of thrown in for drama, and not really explained. Other than that it was a really good book. 

 

I loved the fact that Sam really had to find herself in this one, and figure out what she wanted to do. And I also loved how she and Mason were with each other, although at one point I was mad at both of them and thought they were being dumb. But other than that the plot line was good, and I loved all of the characters! 

Precursor (The Suoja Guild #1) by A.J. Anders

Precursor (Suoja Guild) (Volume 1) - AJ Anders

Evie lives in a compound with several other people and her father. She has to endure monthly beatings that her father ordered because she doesn't agree with the training methods being used, all the while hiding it from her best friend, Max, who also has his share of secrets she must hide.

As Evie tries to manage her life things get more complicated as she meets Max's friends, and as her father plots behind her back. With some new threats coming out of hiding things get out of hand for Evie, and something awful happens.

This book ends on a major cliffhanger in my opinion! It was beyond frustrating because I didn't have the next book.

But, besides that, I thought the book was actually very good, if a little too short. I enjoyed Evie, and how she handled everything. And I liked the side characters as well. Even though I wish things had been elaborated a bit more between even and her friends, and I was a little bit annoyed with the whole "human forbidden" thing that doesn't make much sense to me.

However, I really thought the book was enjoyable, and I liked! Now, I can't wait to read the next book!

Burned by Magic by Jasmine Walt

Burned by Magic: a New Adult Fantasy Novel (The Baine Chronicles Book 1) - Jasmine Walt, Mary Burnett

Sunaya is a dangerous person who has magic, and the Chief Mage now wants her in his clutches for things she's very unsure of. But there is a shifter killer out there and she's going to do everything she can in order to take them down, even if it means having to deal with the Chief Mage. 

 

This book was okay, but not great. I liked how the story line and I enjoyed the characters for the most part, but there was one that got on my nerves. It was one of Sunaya's friends and I believe that she will cause problems in the future books. I do look forward to more, but I was hoping for something more in this one that I didn't find. But I do hope it comes in time in the future books.

The Failing Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #2) by Sara Ney

How to Date a Douchebag: The Failing Hours - Sara Hassinger Ney, C. Marie Mosley

Zeke is a major douchebag, he's rude, mean, and just doesn't give a crap about anything really other than his sport. And when the couch threatens him he has to get a tutor, and he has to be a "big" to a little kid in a program that will make his couch happy. 

 

The problem is the tutor Violet also happens to be baby sitting a kid, and these two can't seem to stay away from each other. But, Violet knows how he has, and how he acts, and he keeps hurting her, but for some reason she sees something in him that no one else does, and keeps continuing to be his friend. 

 

However, this quickly turns into more, and neither one of them are sure what's going to happen next. 

 

This book was a lot better than the first one. I thought this one was really good! I enjoyed the whole plot line, and I loved how Zeke was nice to Violet, but he also kept turning back into his jerk self. And Violet, may have had issues, but she wasn't afraid to take a chance on Zeke, and she also wasn't afraid to let him have it when he deserved it. 

 

Overall this book was good. It had a great story line, good characters, and some very funny, and romantic times in it. 

Valiant by Bella Jewel

Valiant: Joker's Wrath MC - Bella Jewel

This story begins when Baylee goes out for a night of fun an meets Jack. She's the first woman to ever turn him down, and now he's hooked. But, Jack is different than she thought he was. He's always ready with a joke or a smile, and while his family may be part of the MC world, he is not. 

 

But, Baylee has secrets, and she knows that she's not good for Jack, so she does her best to keep away, but that doesn't work. And now she's falling hard and fast for him no matter what her head is telling her. 



“One day that smile is going to touch your eyes, and fuck, it's going to be the most beautiful thing the world has ever seen.”- Jack

This book was really good! I enjoyed Baylee and Jack together, and I enjoyed the plot line a lot as well. I really admired Baylee for how she protected Rae, an all the things they went through together. 

 

The only thing about this book was I felt like we didn't get enough of Jack and Baylee together, and it felt like the ending was rather abrupt, but it did have a nice HEA to it.  

Saved Elemental by Tamara White

Saved Elemental (Evelyn Storm Series Book 2) - Tamara White, Tamara White, Michelle L. Hoffman

In the second book in the series, Evie is kidnapped, and her boys are doing everything they can to find her. But, as secrets come to light, an Evie learns some things she can do it gets a lot more complicated. 

 

I don't want to say much more because it will give things away, so I ended up liking this book, but not loving it. I felt like it was very short, which that isn't really a problem, but to me it gave little information and had the reading asking a lot of questions that are going unanswered for now. And to top it all off it almost ends exactly like the first one, which was a little bit annoying. 

 

Other than that though I'm looking forward to more, and finding out more about Evie's power, and how she's going to handle everything. 

Rock Chick Reawakening by Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick Reawakening - Kristen Ashley

This is a story I've really been wanting to read for a long time now. I really liked Daisy in all of the other Rock Chick books. She's hilarious, sweet, and always there for you if you need her. And this book truly brings out how strong Daisy is, and what she had to endure to get her hea in life. 

 

It also shows us how Marcus and Daisy got together, and let me say while I adored this, I was also expecting a little more from them. But, that could also be because this was a novella and not a full blown novel. Either way it was still very good, and I enjoyed it a whole heck of a lot. 

 

The best part of the whole book was basically the ending! I cried and felt so bad for Daisy, and I loved that we got to read it through Marcus' point of view as well. That just added more emotion to it! 

 

I'm sad to see this series completely over with. But, I'm hoping there could be the children's story, or maybe just a spin-off story! 

A Step into the Dark by Donna Augustine

A Step into the Dark: Ollie Wit Series - Donna Augustine

Ollie Wit just lost her family a month ago, and she knows it is due to the monsters she sees, but no one else sees them. Her shrink thinks she's nuts, and just wants her to be better, so she tries to make them all think she's fine, and normal. But, when someone instructs her to come work for him, and that he knows what she is, things get even more crazy for her. 

 

Now, as she starts to learn this new world, secrets come out, but some are also trying to keep Ollie in the dark. 

 

This book was a great start to this series. I thoroughly enjoyed Ollie, and her brand of humor, and how strong she was. I loved the relationship between Ollie and Kane as well. It was great reading about them, and how I can totally see them ending up together. 

 

I will say towards the end it seemed to end rather abruptly without much details into the plot other than a few major things. 

 

Other than that, I thought this book was really good. I enjoyed this world that the author created, and I look forward to more! 

A Day In The Life Of.. An Author: Tijan Style!

 

Check out this interview and teaser with TIjan! 

 

Link: http://shootingstarsreviews.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-day-in-life-of-author-tijan-version.html

Keep You from Harm by Debra Doxer

Keep You from Harm - Debra Doxer

Keep You From Harm begins when the heroine's mother dies, and she must go live with a brother she never knew existed. She's been good at being on her own mostly and taking care of herself, but stepping into this new life she doesn't know what to do or how to act other than try to keep herself closed off from others. 

 

But, then Lucas shows up in the picture and things get complicated and confusing for her. 

These two have an instant attraction, and more things connecting them together than she thought. And as she learns the secrets of her past, things get even more complicated for them. 

 

This book was a huge surprise in a really good way. I didn't really know what I was getting into when I started reading it, but once I started I couldn't stop till the book was over. 

 

I really enjoyed the whole plot line of this story, it kept you guessing and interested during the whole story. And the characters were unique, and very interesting as well. 

 

I really thought this book was good overall, and the only downside was the ending. 

But, I'm excited to read more now! 

Unseen by Amber Lynn Natusch

Unseen (Unborn Series) - Amber Lynn Natusch

Unseen begins not long after the first book ends. Khara is going back to the underworld to figure out what's going on. But, while doing this unleashes a chain of events that could leave to the world as she knew in total danger of a lot of things. Now, not only are people she thought as allies aren't some of her enemies seem to be closer to her now than ever before.

This one sadly wasn't as good as the first book, but it was still very interesting. I liked how Khara changed a lot in this one, and I really enjoyed the brothers as well.

There were a few things that bugged me this one, like how Khara seemed fooled by so many, yet at the same time she isn't. It's very strange, but that's the way it kind of was. I do look forward to reading more because this one left things way up in the air as to which direction the book is going to go next.

Unborn by Amber Lynn Natusch

Unborn - Amber Lynn Natusch

Khara has lived in the underworld all of her life, she understands it, and it's the only thing she's ever known. But, when she's taken from there and placed on Earth things change for her drastically!  She's now living with a group of men that are her brothers that she never knew about, and as she continues to get to know them she starts to learn a lot of things about herself, and what her future will hold. 

 

This book was very good! It has an awesome story line that keeps you hooked from beginning till the end. It also has a wonderful heroine, and a lot of heroes as well. Her brothers were awesome, and it was great getting to learn so much about them. 

 

I look forward to reading more in this series! 

Caged (Caged #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch

Caged - Amber Lynn Natusch

Caged begins when Ruby, whose been alone most of her life, ends up having a guy keep popping up in strange places. She doesn't really know him, and she ignores all the warning signs of what it means for him to be there, that is until another man comes along who informs her of what's really going on. Now, she must choose who to believe, and why. But, she may not make the correct choice.

This book was interesting, and it started off really well. I just didn't like the way it ended, that bugged me a lot. And I was really annoyed with how Ruby started treating Sean after she thought they were getting close. It was beyond frustrating, then with Sean and that other woman drove me nuts too. I hated that part of it, and it made me question what was going on and what would happen in the next book.

I'm not sure if I will read more in this series, but I did like this one and I thought it was interesting.

 

Live Wire (Blue-Eyed Bomb #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch

Live Wire (Blue-Eyed Bomb Book 1) - Amber Lynn Natusch

Sapphira did something by accident two years ago, and now she's changed her whole self in order to protect herself, and fight off what happened and how she's afraid it will happen again. The problem with that is she's not being treated by one of the family as her brothers are, and she has a lot more issues with her father now.

But, when the plan she's on with her family crashes, it opens up a new world for her, and now she must figure out what's going on and how she can fix it.

This book was pretty interesting. I liked the overall plot line, and I enjoyed most of the parts with the heroine and the human man. I didn't like Sapphira in the beginning though. I thought she was kind of a horrible person, even if she had her reasons. And I really wanted to know more about her brothers.

I don't think I will read more in this series, but this was a nice read to pass the time with and introduce the characters.

Whiskey, Vamps, and Thieves (Southern Vampire Detective Book 1) by Selene Charles

Whiskey, Vamps, and Thieves (Southern Vampire Detective Book 1) - Selene Charles

Scarlett is a vampire detective living with a pack of werewolves. She's always secretly been in love with her "brother" who doesn't seem to notice her in that way, and she's always been grudgingly accepted among the pack. But, when things start to get crazy in the human world and people start dying she's going to help out and see what's going on. However, her old flame has come back, and her brother is acting strange and out of sorts. Then you add in the crazy alpha, and you have a world of problems. She must find the killer before it all falls apart.

This book started off really interesting, and good. But, then I felt like it shifted some and I didn't like the direction in it went in. I liked the main character, but I hated her back and forth on her feelings, and I hated how a lot of stuff wasn't explained, and the end just frustrated me. But, I know this is a series and more answers will come, I just don't think I want to read more.

It was a nice story to pass the time with, but I don't see myself getting more into the series than that.