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syringesAnna is content with her life helping her dad with the four boys being tested in her house’s basement. In Altered by Jennifer Rush all that changes the day that the group known as the Branch arrive to take the four boys away, when things go awry and the boys start to escape then Anna’s dad tells her to go with them. It was then that Anna starts to realize that what she thought she knew about herself was a lie and now her and the boys must figure out who they are all are and why someone is searching so desperately for them.

With only a few clues to go on, the five of them must stay off the radar of anyone trying to find them while they search out where they came from and why the boys were being tested in the first place. Anna feels drawn to Sam but the more they find out the more complicated everything becomes.

I flew through Altered.  The plot was intriguing, fast-paced and kept me glued to the novel. The characters of all four boys were well-done and there was a twist at the end that I totally didn’t see coming. I read a lot of novels so it isn’t very often that I don’t see a twist coming and Rush was able to surprise with Altered. I don’t usually read books in this type of genre but Altered intrigued me and didn’t disappoint. The romance angle was secondary to the main plot but was a nice accent to the adventure and mystery. Rush left the ending open a bit and I really hope that she continues with the series so we can find out more about the boys and Anna.

You can read an excerpt here.

alteredRating: Star 4copy

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Title: Altered

Author: Jennifer Rush

Format:  Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 336

ISBN: 978-0316197083

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Release Date: January 2013

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

garter gunThe Ladies of Lantern Street return in the newest installment The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick. Beatrice Lockwood is a woman used to using her wits and her paranormal powers to support herself. As a killer tracks Beatrice down, it is going to take all her skills to keep herself alive and as she gets to know the mysterious Joshua Gage it will take all her willpower not to fall in love with the man.

Joshua Gage has spent his adult life living in the shadows, protecting crown and country but after a disastrous mission cost the lives of his partner and his partner’s fiancee, Joshua has retired from the game. But when someone comes blackmailing his sister Joshua is forced out of retirement into doing the one thing he is best at, finding people.

It is no secret that I am a big Jayne Ann Krentz (aka Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle) fan, while the last few series have become a bit formulaic, that doesn’t mean I love them any less. But The Mystery Woman departs from that formula, to begin with Joshua doesn’t believe in the paranormal. He believes in cold hard logic. In Amanda Quick’s previous Arcane novels she talks about individuals who have some paranormal talent but don’t know it, it was fabulous to have one of the main characters be one of those individuals. Joshua’s disbelief added a great layer to an already interesting story. While The Mystery Woman is the second book in The Ladies of Lantern Street you don’t need to read the first one to know what is going on.  Amanda Quick always has the right mix of mystery, danger, paranormal and romance which is why I gave The Mystery Woman five stars and recommend reading soon!

You can read an excerpt here.

A Ladies of Lantern Street Series Order:

Crystal Garden (read my review here)

The Mystery Woman

Sara’s story TBA

the mystery womanRating: Star 5copy

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Title: The Mystery Woman

Author: Amanda Quick

Format: Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-0399159091

Publisher: Putnam

Release Date: April 2013

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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Now for the giveaway! I am very excited to be able to give one lucky reader an Advance Reader Copy of both The Mystery Woman and Crystal Gardens, the first two books in The Ladies of Latern Street. To be entered to win simply fill out the form below. Contest ends May 2, 2013 at 11:59 pm. Sorry, only US addresses only.

 

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The Bridgertons took the London Ton by storm, eight brothers and sisters named alphabetically, each with their own love story by Julia Quinn. Set between 1813 and 1825, the Bridgerton Series is a collection of eight novels, each featuring one of the eight children of the late Viscount Bridgerton: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth. The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After  is a collection of short stories starring all our favorite couples after they get their happily ever after.

Be aware that if you have previously purchased Julia Quinn’s epilogues individually then three of those short stories are included in this collection. If you have purchased them and don’t want to repurchase them then go to Julia Quinn’s website to purchase the new stories.

I loved this collection! One of my favorite is The Viscount Who Loved Me Epilogue, we get a return of Pall Mall with the death mallet. I giggled through it almost as much as I did the original Pall Mall death match, with the Bridgerton siblings competing so fiercely in the game to be the winner and to see who gets the Mallet of Death.

The story that touched me the most is Violet in Bloom. We finally get to read Violet Bridgerton’s love story! Although I have to admit that I bawled through it, granted part of that is because I am currently pregnant and my tear ducts are a little more free flowing than normal, but part of that was because reading through the series I came to love Violet and to know she is going to become a widow at such a young age and to read through her reactions really touched me.

This is one of the few novels where I recommend you read the entire series before reading this collection of stories. While each of the short stories are entertaining in their own right you just miss out on so much if you haven’t read the original stories.

You can read an synopsis of each individual story here.

The Bridgertons Reading Order

The Duke and I

The Viscount Who Loved Me

An Offer From a Gentleman

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton

To Sir Phillip, With Love

When He Was Wicked

It’s In His Kiss

On the Way to the Wedding

the bridgertonsRating: Star 5copy

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Title: The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After

Author: Julia Quinn

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-0061233005

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: April 2, 2013

Available for purchase: Amazon 

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

regency quizzing glassLady Fern Reynolds has decided to run away from the marriage that has been arranged for her. In The Quizzing-Glass Bride by Hayley Ann Solomon, Fern finds an unexpectedly sympathetic houseguest in Viscount Sandford, who agrees to help her escape the clutches of her fiance.

Originally published in My Dashing Groom in the Zebra Regency Romance line (originally in 2002), The Quizzing-Glass Bride by Hayley Ann Solomon was originally titled Steal My Heart. I loved the Zebra Regency Romance line and read hundreds of them (my mother used to receive four new books in the mail every month and I would eagerly devour them).  The Quizzing-Glass Bride was a cute return to that publishing line. The story is sweet if a little bit slow to begin. The meeting scene between Fern and Viscount Sandford is very entertaining and it was nice to read a novel that rates as a one flaming heart as far as sex content. Be aware that it is a short story but a cute read nonetheless.

quizzing glass brideRating: Star 3copy

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Title: The Quizzing-Glass Bride

Author: Hayley Ann Solomon

Format:  eBook

Page Nos.: 60

AISN:  B00AKI4INW

Publisher: eKensington

Release Date: April 2013

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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