Eleven year old Camm was trick-or-treating with Cal and a younger group of kids when Hugh, Cal’s younger brother, goes missing. In the book “Pitch Green” by the Brothers Washburn, Hugh is one in a long list of kids that disappear from this remote Nevada town. Seven years later, Camm and Cal are still haunted by that disappearance when the FBI officially comes in to investigate. Several of the investigators are convinced that the disappearances are linked to an abandoned mansion in town. Camm helps the FBI with their case by introducing them to others and being their ‘civilian expert’. She is thrilled that she might finally have closure for that fateful Halloween. After a couple of interviews, and performing her own discreet investigations, Camm is convinced it has something to do with Searles Mansion. Cal helps Camm with some of her own sleuthing when they discover a monster living inside of the mansion that only comes out at midnight. They decide that the monster needs to be stopped and will do whatever it takes. After several failed attempts to kill it, they talk to the only remaining survivor that has ever lived in the mansion. She gives them a mysterious box and tells them to kill the monster. Do Cal and Camm have what it takes to make their town safe again? Or will they end up as so many other children and animals have?
I’m not usually one to read YA horror or suspense fiction especially containing science fiction elements, but this book surprised me. It was funny, intense, and left me wanting more. As soon as I finished the book, I jumped online to see if they had a release date for the next one (which they don’t)! This book had the perfect combination of elements for an intriguing read and definitely left the reader in anticipation. The characters were well developed and relatable. I also found them humorous, which is a plus. The characters were easy to believe in and acted realistically for their age group. The plot needed a personal connection for the main characters and the opening filled that perfectly. I loved how it was mostly from the perspective of Camm and Cal, but also had the point of view of the monster. Pitch Green was extremely well written and believable (which is surprising with the science fiction elements). I started it to try and wake up on one of my graveyard shifts and didn’t put it down until I was finished! Each chapter left me wondering what would happen next or trying to figure out what was going on. Overall it was a fabulous read.
Dimensions in Death Reading Order
Mojave Green (release date TBA)
Title: Pitch Green
Author: The Brother’s Washburn
Page Nos.: 277
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Release Date: March 2013
Matt Dean is on the search for the one woman he believes can save him and his brothers. In Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti, Matt and his brothers are super soldiers, raised in a military camp with only themselves to rely on. Now a chip that has been surgically implanted into their spine to keep them in line will kill them all if they don’t find a way to disable it within the next six weeks. Matt has gone undercover in the small town of Charmed to track down the scientist who he believes can save him and his brothers. But for the first time in his life Matt finds himself distracted from his mission by a woman, Laney.
Laney Jacobs runs a bar in Charmed where she helps the locals and feels like she is part of something. When the mysterious Matt stops by looking for a job Laney knows that he has trouble written all over him, but is it just regular trouble or trouble for her heart?
Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti is the second book in the Sin Brothers series. While I enjoyed but didn’t love Forgotten Sins (read my review here), Sweet Revenge is a fabulous read about the super protective Matt. The premise for the Sin Brothers series is an interesting take on the super soldier, basically grown from a test tube, the brothers took care of each other and created their own version of a family growing up in the tough military camp. Having broken away from the Commander who trained them, the brothers spend all their energy trying to save each other from capture by the Commander and tracking down someone who can disable their microchips before the microchips blow up, killing all of them. The relationship between the brothers is fabulous: strong, loving and tempered in fire. Sweet Revenge gives us a glimpse as to how the boys were raised and why they are so close. Zanetti did surprise me with who the scientist ended up being (I won’t share any more than that because I don’t want to spoil it for you). Laney’s character is a strong female who still has a softer side exhibited by her taking care of those who come into her bar. Sweet Revenge’s characters are dynamic, intriguing and riveting. While I think you could read Sweet Revenge without reading Forgotten Sins I do recommend that you read them in order to have a better understanding the world that Zanetti has created.
You can read an excerpt here.
Sin Brothers Reading Order:
Blind Faith (May 6, 2014)
Title: Sweet Revenge
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 384
Release Date: December 2013 ebook, June 2014 print copy
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.
Gwen has spent her entire life in her cousin’s shadow in Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. She is a normal teenager, well except for the fact that she can see and talk to ghosts. Oh, and her family has a certain gene that allows some members of the family to go back in time. Gwen’s cousin, Charlotte, has been training her whole life to go back in time for the secret society. The gene begins to manifest itself as teenagers and Gwen gets the surprise of her life. She gets thrown into a society that she understands nothing about. Her partner to help her adjust to going back in time is a gorgeous Gideon and Gwen immediately begins to crush on him big time. Not only is Gwen dealing with the troubles of being a teenager, but now she has so much more she has to deal with as well as trying to understand the leaders of the secret society she has unexpectedly found herself involved in. Can Gwen work her way through historic London with the help of Gideon? Will she be able to find who, in this strange new world, that she can trust?
I picked this book up on sale and absolutely loved it! Within two days, I had read the first two books in the series and had to figure out with the third book would be released. Gwen is a character that you love and can relate to so easily! She is an average teenager that loves to watch movies with her friends and is trying to survive the troubles of being a teenager. Gwen isn’t considered beautiful, she isn’t a straight A student, she is slightly overweight, and she is sarcastic. All of these qualities combine to make a heroine that anyone can love.
You can read an excerpt here.
The Ruby Red Reading Order:
Title: Ruby Red
Author: Kirsten Gier
Page Nos.: 322
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release Date: 2009
Novel Reaction is excited to take part in the Blog Blitz for Laura Kaye’s Hard as You Can. First let’s learn a little more about Laura,
New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller Laura Kaye is the author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
Laura is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Maryland Romance Writers.
Laura is represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
Laura was kind enough to answer some questions about Hard as You Can and the Hard Ink series:
Readers can look forward to tons of sexy alpha male goodness, awesome bromance between the Hard Ink men, more antics from the Hard Ink puppy, and another great love story between Shane and Crystal. But readers should also be ready for a book that is darker, more intense, and more emotional. This book pushed me to emotional places that were tough as a writer, and might be tough for readers, too. But I think that just makes the payoff at the end so much sweeter!
Describe Shane and Crystal. What are their best traits? What are their weaknesses?
Shane and Crystal are such an amazing couple to me. They’re each exactly what the other needs. Shane’s best traits are his protectiveness, his fundamental kindness, and his soul-deep loyalty (his southern accent and humor are also right up there!). His biggest weakness for sure is a tragedy from the past for which he blames himself—and it’s something that continues to motivate him in Hard As You Can. Crystal’s best traits are her courage, protectiveness, and selflessness—she’s willing to do anything to keep her younger sister safe. Her biggest weakness is also that selflessness, because the sacrifices she’s required to make are getting bigger and bigger and bigger.
If you could describe your book in a 140 character tweet, what would it be?
When a woman in trouble assists an ex-soldier’s covert mission to regain his team’s stolen honor, he finds a new mission to save her, too
What are you most excited about with this second book release?
I’m really excited to take readers deeper into these awesome characters and into the mystery behind the Hard Ink team’s ambush and discharge!
I’m almost done with Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander (yes, I’m very late to the party but OMG JAMIE FRASER!!!). And I’ve recently devoured and loved Juliana Stone’s Offsides and Shelly Thacker’s time-travel historical romance, Forever His.
What can fans of your “Hard Ink” series look forward to next?
There will be two more Hard Ink books in 2014!
Hard to Hold on To – August 2014
Hard to Come By – November 2014
About HARD AS YOU CAN:
Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.
Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he’s shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister’s sake, Crystal can’t get too close. Until her job and Shane’s mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed.
Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation. Nor can he walk away from Crystal. The gorgeous waitress is hiding secrets she doesn’t want him to uncover. Too bad. He’s exactly the man she needs to protect her sister, her life, and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this good, you hold on as hard as you can–and never let go.
Read an Extended Excerpt of Book 1, Hard As It Gets
Thank you Laura, you can read my review of Hard as It Gets here.