Out of the Ashes (book 2)

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Out of the Ashes by Kelly Hashway

5/5 stars

I have to say I love these characters, they stick with me and I finished this book in under 12 hours while I was taking classes and moving around on campus today! It was great, I was wondering about the characters while in class and hoping that they would make it through. I even read a little in class (Sorry professor!) This book gave me everything I want in a fantasy/paranormal book, with just a hint of romance that makes me beg for these characters to have a happy ending. There’s drama, love, and folklore of a mythical bird. I personally really enjoyed it, and I’m telling someone to get me a signed copy for my birthday this year! It sits with you and stands with you until the end!

There were a lot of twists and turns, some I didn’t even expect and I liked that! It was a surprise and it was fun. Sure there was some back and forth on the characters to stay together, but it wasn’t over done, which usually would kill it for me. I got the ending I wanted which makes me happy, and I got a story that made me read all day. Up until today I have never read a book in under 24 hours, and today I shattered that and read in under 12. I started around 7:24 Am and ended at 6:12 Pm. The set up for the next book tells me it’s going to be a crazy ride and I can’t wait for it! I’m hoping for a little more phoenix lore and hunter on hunter action, but we will see. Either way I’m excited and ready to start my next life (though I’m past 18) and start the next book right now… It’s like not getting my Hogwarts letter all over again!

Omen Project (Isolation, #1)

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4/5 stars
No spoilers
*given an ARC for an honest review*
Taylor Brooke provided a wonderful start to a series. Throughout the book the author left a lot of mystery throughout the book and let it take a life of it’s own. The characters were close to each other, and provided relationships through the book to carry on through the rest of the series. We watch them fight, and either survive or die, after being lied to for years. There’s so much going on. It’s beautifully done, and it answered the few questions it could without ruining the rest of the series. I look forward to book 2 when I can finally understand what is going on with the surros! If you read, be sure to remember, no detail is too small for this one.

Basic Travel (for refresher or new flyers)

Hey guys! Let me be the first to congratulate you on your upcoming trip and adventure. No matter where you are going, I’m going to give you a few pointers about air travel, packing, the airport, and the plane ride. This is meant to be more of a refresher course or for new flyers who may be panicking a little bit. So if you’re more experienced then you probably don’t need this, but I’d love comments in case I forgot something.

I recently went to Colorado and Nevada. I hadn’t been on a plane in a few years, I think about 5, and I needed a quick refresh. Thankfully, I wasn’t going alone so my dad helped me a lot. Now I’m here to help you, let’s start with packing. I’m a minimalist when I pack, for a week, I took one pair of jeans and two long sleeve shirts for the cool Colorado, and then three short sleeve shirts and two shorts for the warm Las Vegas weather. I also took my winter coat, thankfully because it snowed in Colorado and my mom brought a light sweater for the cool morning air in Vegas.

As for shoes, I took flip flops (again for Vegas) and sneakers, which I wore everywhere. I wore them to the airport and all through my trip. I mention the airport because you will have to go through security before heading to your gate, and you’ll have to take off your shoes in most cases so make sure they are easy to get off and on. Also, if you can check in before arriving at the airport and you don’t need to check a bag, then do it. You’ll save yourself at least one line for this process. We checked in online and didn’t have checked bag so we went straight to security.

What you need for security: Your boarding pass, and a government issue ID (It can be a passport or your license) – if traveling internationally, leave the license at home and just do the passport. Keep track of these at all times, they are very important.

Most airports are then a straight shot to the gates. Some, like Las Vegas, have trams AKA trains to take you to the gates. Your gate letter and number will be found on your boarding pass. If it’s not, then you can check the board of flights and find yours for the gate number.

It’s suggested to arrive at the airport two hours before your flight for domestic travel, and three hours for international travel. This gives you time to get through the line to check in, the line for airport security which trust me can take a long time, especially if you get stopped by security so they can look in your bag. As well as get to your gate, go to the bathroom before the flight or maybe grab something to eat.Either way, being early is best when it comes to flying.

What you need for a flight: Depending on the length a lot. I had books downloaded and read like the wind through flights. Other things, video games, music, a neck pillow (if you use one), sudafed and nyquil (if you’re my father), Dramamine (if you get motion sick), a laptop, ect.

Flights can be full, cramped, and just uncomfortable. I sat next to my parents so I could move around a lot and lean on one of them. I wouldn’t do that to a stranger.

When you put your carry on in the overhead bin, you want to put it close to you. Though you have to be careful, some people will put their stuff in the overhead bin way before their seat. Look for your section and put it as close to you as you can, don’t be my father and put it behind you. It makes unloading the plane even longer.

If you have a connection, you can ask the attendants at the desk in the main airport where your next gate is if you’re easily turned around, and then wait for your connection. I would suggest about two hours between connections if possible to account for possible delays on either side. Again, being early is best for flights. If you’re late you can miss your flight, if you’re on time then you’re panicking through security or the connection between flights.

If that is your final destination, then enjoy your trip and just follow the signs out to the airport exit.

 

Safe travels! Enjoy your time!

Till Death Do Us Part

 

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*GIVEN ARC FOR HONEST REVIEW*

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4/5 Stars
No spoilers

This book isn’t what I expected it to be, but not in a bad way. There were a few teary eyed moments, and for those who know me know I hate to give spoilers. So let me give you what I can, marine, which always get me because who doesn’t love a man in uniform, a hot cowboy from Texas (I had to ignore that some family lives in Texas) and plot twist gnat had me not only question the lies that could be told to me, hidden from me and just lurkin to come out. I rooted hard for who I believed in for the relationship, but unfortunely wasn’t successful. It had me worried for my significant other who aims to go in the military, and made me see that sometimes life had a plan of its own. Excellent read, debut is just he beginning of something great. Hopefully next time the book won’t have me questioning everyone for their honesty and lives.

I will be honest and say that the book didn’t hold a lot for me near the end. I didn’t struggle as much as some did in other reviews have stated, but the ending was just traumatizing. It’s not a spoiler, but its a sensitive topic that had to be said. I don’t do spoilers my people know this! But it it was sad and I wish I could have closed the book and pretended I got the happy ending I wanted. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good story and for a debut book the writing was immaculate and the book was throughly thought out and clearly given a lot of love and attention, which I appreciate for the sensitive topics in the book. I’m just a happy ending person in romance books, other genres I expect endings that rip my heart out. It was a surprise for the romance genre to me. The book is a good read, remember t’s okay if you are a happy ending person. I cried, mostly out of fear and respect for those I know in the military. I still REALLY hope next time the book won’t have me questioning everyone for their honesty and lives!

Amendment to previous review: I recently learned I got the timeline incorrect. There is no plot hole. I thought months had past, which means she would have realized sooner, but it was in fact only a few weeks and that’s my fault and I take blame for that. Which is why I am amending my review.

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Russian Tattoos (book 1)

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4/5 stars
No spoilers
*given an ARC for an honest review*

Kat Shehata is a new author to me, and while I love mafia stories, I wasn’t sure quiet what I was getting into. It took me a little while to get into it, because it didn’t start how I expected it. So I had to read about Carter and his family troubles, which isn’t how I’m used to mafia books starting out, but once I was a few chapters in the book captivated me. The mafia parts that I love from other books surfaced in this book and kept me hook. I was starting to question everything and everyone in the book, there was a great story about the characters and it added a depth. It’s a very pleasing start to a series, and now I know a few Russian words. Will I ever use them? I have no idea but now I can say I know them. The only down side is that there was a little mystery in the book, but I figured it out a little too fast and I wasn’t supposed to. It happens to me a lot with books after reading too mysteries growing up. Don’t let it take away. It didn’t for me. I can’t wait for the rest of the series. I can’t wait for more.