The One Year Bible

This book breaks down the Bible into 365 daily readings, including a selection from Psalms, Proverbs, the Old Testament, and the New Testament. Each reading takes about 15 minutes, and the book also offers several other reading plans. I have two versions of this book, the ESV and the NIV. I prefer the NIV translation to this one, but the ESV translation is easy to read. If you are looking for a way to read the entire bible in an easily digestible way, this is a good place to start. 


Baby, It's Cold Outside by Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Grace Douglas, Melody Anne, and Kate Meader

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling indie authors Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Kristen Proby, Melody Anne, and debut author Kate Meader come together to write a sizzling romance anthology.

Outside it may be frosty, so turn the heat way up with these stories of desire!

Can a determined woman executive and a playboy billionaire survive being stranded together in a snowstorm? Jennifer Probst depicts an encounter almost too hot to handle...

Drew and Kate play an encore to Tangled in this sexy take on a "Christmas Carol" by Emma Chase. When a Christmas Eve argument condemns Drew to a troubled night, three dream women teach him that no gift could be more tantalizing than Kate...

With Kristen Proby, ski slopes are quite delightful. Grace Douglas is sure she'll never learn to ski, but instructor Jacob Baxter could teach her lessons of a different kind...

Can a southern California transplant survive Montana's deep snows? Melody Anne, author of the bestselling Andersons series, melts the icy drifts completely away with the heat between sexy Hawk Winchester and brand-new teacher Natalie Duncan...

What could be hotter than a firefighter? Kate Meader shows how, as Beck Rivera and heiress-turned-tattoo-artist Lucy Cochrane discover, nothing ignites holiday flames like rekindling a lost love...


This is a fun little collection of sexy holiday tales. Although these stories are connected to varies book series, this book can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. I enjoyed all the stories and will definitely be checking out some of the authors I haven't read before. My favorite story came from Emma Chase, and involved one of my favorite book boyfriends, Drew Evans, in a fun twist on A Christmas Carol. If you're looking for a fun holiday distraction, this book fits the bill.

Kiro's Emily (Rosemary Beach #10) by Abbi Glines

The year is 1992, and no one on the rock music scene is hotter than Kiro Manning, the lead singer of Slacker Demon. With a multi-platinum record, total ownership of the Billboard charts, sold-out concerts, and sinful amounts of money, Kiro can have anything—and anyone—he wants.

So when a dark-haired, conservative beauty rebuffs him at a concert after-party, his first thought is, “Who the hell does she think she is?” His second thought: “How do I make her mine?” Kiro has always loved a good challenge, but not every girl wants to get involved with a rock god. Especially this girl.

He let her go that night, but he never forgot her. And when they met again, he vowed not to give up again so easily.

As the world worshipped Kiro, he came to worship the girl, who became everything he never knew he needed. The only girl he would ever love. His Emily.


What a wonderful little gem Abbi decided to give her readers with this one! Reading the Rosemary Beach series would not lead anyone to believe that Kiro Manning is capable of real love, but when Kiro's secret was exposed, I can't deny that I wasn't dying to know more. And boy, does Abbi deliver! This story was sweet and beautifully heartbreaking. It's proof that love can save, but that sometimes there is no coming back from its loss. Absolutely fantastic. 

Ripped (Real #5) by Katy Evans

Every woman wants me--except the one I sing for.

Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about Crack Bikini being in town.

But when you love a girl, you don't leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise. Any man with half a brain should know.

So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?

Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.

When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like I'm a god--but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl's not happy to see me.

Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that's her -- Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she's out for my blood.

That's alright.

Let her come at me. Because I'm out for her heart and, this time, there's no way she can stop me.


Katy delivers another good one with Ripped. Pandora is a fantastic character and the tension between her and Kenna makes for a passionate and hot ride. Even though Pandora is, for all intents and purposes, an unlikable character, I always liked her jaded, tough as nails persona, because I always had a feeling that it was a front. This one got off to a bit of a slow start, but once it got going...holy hell! It was almost like the fall after the long climb up on a roller coaster. Pandora and Kenna prove that there is a thin line between hate and love, and their battle of wills made for a page-turning good time.

I recommend that you read the other books in this series first, because of the character crossovers. While this book doesn't hold up to the freight train that is Remington Tate, I would definitely say that it is worth the read. 

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons. Told in Dinah's voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood--the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of her mothers--Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah--the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that sustain her through a hard-working youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah's story reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate connection with the past. Deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable achievement in modern fiction: a new view of biblical women's society.


If you pick up this book expecting to read the story from the Bible, then you will be disappointed. Diamant definitely takes some liberties with the story. I found the relationships in this book to be rather interesting. I can't imagine having to share my husband with another woman, let alone several others, but it certainly provided for an intriguing story. The female characters in this novel are much better developed than the male characters, and it was refreshing to read a book were the men were the secondary to strong female characters. I can't say that I loved this book. I just didn't have any real emotional connection to the characters. However, I did enjoy the story and think it's worth a read.

You Were Mine (Rosemary Beach #9) by Abbi Glines

In the eyes of the wealthy playboys who frequent Kerrington Country Club in Rosemary Beach, Tripp Newark is a hero. Under pressure from his parents to become a lawyer and lead a conservative, upper-class life, Tripp disappeared from town five years ago to travel the world, forfeiting the opportunity to inherit millions. Yet few know what he was really running from...

Bethy Lowry was unraveling long before her boyfriend drowned in a riptide trying to save her after she'd had one too many drinks--again. A trailer park kid working as a cart girl among the wealthy patrons of Kerrington Country Club, Bethy has always been impressionable. But five years ago, before she earned her reputation as a hard-drinking, easy girl, she had spent a single summer with Tripp Newark that changed her life forever...


There isn't much to say about this book, other than it's amazing, just like every other book in the series. I have come to expect perfection from Abbi, especially when it comes to books in this series, and somehow she continues to meet and surpass my high expectations. Tripp and Bethy's story is about regrets and second chances, and makes for an emotional read that will have you hooked from page one. Abbi delivers another great installment in this series complete with everything I have come to expect - heartbreak, drama, sexy times, redemption, and a happy ending. You definitely need to have read the other books in the series before picking this one up. I would not call it a stand alone due to the intertwining of story lines and characters, but this whole series is worth the read anyway, and so is this book. Loved it!

Unraveling You (Unraveling You #1) by Jessica Sorensen

Lyric Scott has always had a good life. Outgoing, spunky, and musically talented, she’s constantly surrounded by family and friends, yet she still feels there’s something missing.

Then she meets her new next-door neighbor Ayden Gregory. Mysterious, sweet, and sad, Ayden is the exact opposite of Lyric and exactly what she needs to fill the void in her life.

Ayden has been through more than most people and believes his life is always going to be rocky, so when he’s suddenly adopted by the Gregorys, he’s thrown for a turn. But even with a new, loving family, he still finds himself haunted by the memories of his old life. The only true breath of fresh air is when he’s with his best friend, Lyric Scott.

As Lyric and Ayden grow closer, the lines of their friendship start to blur. But when Ayden's past unexpectedly pushes its way into his new life, their friendship and newfound attraction will be tested.


Holy crap was this book good! I couldn't put it down and found myself flying through the pages. There were so many good things about this book that I find it hard to describe just how good it is. You should definitely read The Secrets series before picking this one up. I loved seeing the characters from that series all grown up and being introduced to the next generation. Lyric is a fun character, and the perfect balance to Ayden's character. The only thing I didn't like about this book is that it ended just as things were getting REALLY good. I can't wait for it's sequel, which is expected to be released early this year.

Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food by Lysa Terkeurst

Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. The reality is we were made to crave. Craving isn t a bad thing. But we must realize God created us to crave more of him. Many of us have misplaced that craving by overindulging in physical pleasures instead of lasting spiritual satisfaction. If you are struggling with unhealthy eating habits, you can break the "I'll start again Monday" cycle, and start feeling good about yourself today.

Learn to stop beating yourself up over the numbers on the scale. Discover that your weight loss struggle isn t a curse but rather a blessing in the making, and replace justifications that lead to diet failure with empowering go-to scripts that lead to victory. You can reach your healthy weight goal and grow closer to God in the process. This is not a how-to book. This is not the latest and greatest dieting plan. This book is the necessary companion for you to use alongside whatever healthy lifestyle plan you choose. This is a book and Bible study to help you find the "want to" in making healthy lifestyle choices."


This is a personal review for me. I have struggled with my weight since I was a teenager. I've tried every fad diet, some with great success, but something always tripped me up. The reviews of this book are quite mixed, so I was hesitant to pick it up. I've never been one for the "self-help" variety, but after seeing Lysa speak, I decided to take the chance on this one. I was raised a Christian, but it wasn't until about a year ago that I truly gave my life over to Christ and began to take my faith seriously. I have since worked to bring every aspect of my life under God's guidance, but never before have I considered turning my weight loss struggle over to Him.

This book does not have a miracle diet plan. In fact, Lysa doesn't real offer any health tips that aren't already common knowledge, and she doesn't pretend to be a health expert. What she does offer is a different perspective through which to view your struggles with food and a how it pertains to your relationship with God. I found this book to be rather profound, and I related to Lysa's story in a big way. Several reviewers criticized the book, saying that it focused on only one cause of weight struggles - emotional eating. While is this true, I don't think that Lysa intentionally ignored other reasons. She wrote about her experience, which included a struggle with weight because she was an emotional eater and turned to food in times of stress and despair. The point of the book was to share what she learned through her journey. I could have easily flown through this book. It's not a long book, but I found myself taking my time and really stopping to think about what Lysa was saying and how it applied to my own experience.

Lysa's style won't be for everyone, and this book is definitely centered around Biblical principles. I have by no means been "cured" of my food cravings, and there are days when it's difficult to walk away from temptations, but what I do have now is a changed perspective on food and tools that I can use to bring me closer to the life that God wants for me. The "struggle" isn't so much of a struggle now, as I have come to know there is someone in my corner that I never realized was there before - God.   


Maybe Not (Maybe #1.5) by Colleen Hoover

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?


Maybe not.


Maybe Someday is one of my favorite Colleen Hoover novels, and I loved Warren's character in it. His character provided  much needed comic relief, and I found his character very endearing, like the big brother that I always wished I had. Of course when I heard that she was going to release this novella about Warren and Bridgette's relationship, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Colleen doesn't disappoint, either. The story was exactly what you would expect with Warren involved - heartwarming, with plenty of humor. Don't read this one until you have read Maybe Someday, but it is definitely worth the read.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge has never met a shilling he doesn’t like...and hardly a man he does. And he hates Christmas most of all. When Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns eternal lessons of charity, kindness, and goodwill. Experience a true Victorian Christmas!


I know this story by heart. I've seen a dozen different movie versions. I love Dickens, but for some reason I have never gotten around to reading this book. It was shorter than I excepted, but I enjoyed reading the story that has been a part of my Christmases since childhood. It could just be nostalgia, but it's easy to see why this story has become a classic. Christmas is a magical time and a season that brings with it new hopes. Dickens captures this so beautifully, which makes for a heartwarming holiday read.


The Prelude of Ella and Micha (The Secret #0.5) by Jessica Sorensen

**This novella takes place a little less than a year before The Secret of Ella and Micha. It contains glimpses of when Ella and Micha were younger, including a scene of when Micha first fell love with Ella.** 

When Ella Daniels and Micha Scott are fourteen, they make a pact to leave the small town of Star Grove and create better lives for themselves. The pact was made as best friends, but over the next six years, their friendship begins to intensify. Feelings change. Grow. Veer towards love. But one tragic night changes everything. Hearts get broken. And the future they had planned changes forever.


Fans of Ella and Micha's story will want to get their hands on this little novella. What I loved the most about this novella was the chance to see inside of Micha's head as his feelings for Ella changed from friendship to something more. I thoroughly enjoyed this novella, and was left with the desire to re-read the rest of Ella and Micha's books. Another great read from Jessica!

Ella and Micha: Infinitely and Always (The Secret #4.6) by Jessica Sorensen

After five years of marriage, Ella couldn’t be happier. Her job is great. Her marriage is amazing. But when she receives some surprising news, her world is turned upside down.

Micha loves being a musician, but being on the road, and away from Ella, is difficult. When the industry begins to put pressure on him to change his image, he makes a choice; one he fears is going to drastically change Ella’s and his future forever. That is until he learns Ella has a secret, one that makes his career choice seem hugely insignificant.


This is a fun little peak into the lives of Ella and Micha, five years after we left them. This novella is not full of the angst and drama that has been a hallmark of Ella and Micha's love story, but rather a sweet culmination of their previous books. You definitely need to read the other books in this series before you pick this one up, but if you are a fan of Ella and Micha's, then you will not be disappointed. 

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.


After reading this book, I happened to take a glance at some of the other reviews, and for some reason, there seems to be a lot of hate surrounding this book. I always loved Magnus Bane as a character. I appreciated his sense of humor, style, and willingness to be himself. I was excited when I heard that Cassandra would be releasing a series of shorts about his back story, which was largely a mystery. I found the shorts to be everything that Magnus's character is - funny, daring, and full of heart. I would recommend reading Cassandra's other published works before picking this one up, as there is crossover with story lines and characters.

I don't think these stories really reveal anything new about Magnus's character, but if you are a fan Cassandra's other series and of Magnus as a character, then these shorts are a fun little diversion into the warlock's world. I liked the artwork included with the shorts, and I thought that Cassandra's writing was as good as ever. I'm not sure where all the hate is coming from, but like I said, if you are a fan of Magnus's then I think that you will enjoy this collection. 


All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmack

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and infuriating, she can't help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about: his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.


All Broke Down is the second installment of Cora's Rusk University series, and again, she delivers another great read. In fact, I think this one is better than the first. Silas's story was far more dramatic than Carson's, and I was caught up in his story from the very beginning. Silas's character turned out to be far more complex than would have been expected from the previous novel. At first glance, he is the handsome troublemaker, who loves nothing more than a great party. In truth, he is a man who's past has him teetering on the edge, poised to lose everything that he holds dear. Dylan, despite the fact that she appears to be his opposite in every way, is his perfect counterpoint. What I loved about this couple, is that they truly were equals. It wasn't one saving the other; they both saved each other. They made each other better. While I love a good "rescue" story, I also love when a couple turns out to be a perfect match.

Even if you are not a football fan, this series is still worth your time. The characters are well developed and the story lines are engaging. These books can be read as stand-alones, but there is some overlap with characters and story lines. Book three, All Played Out, is expected to be released in May, 2015.


Cover Reveal ~ Asa (Marked Men #6) by Jay Crownover

We are so excited about the cover reveal for Jay Crownover's ASA! ASA is the sixth and final book in Jay's Marked Men Series, published by HarperCollins. Check out the hot cover and don't forget to pre- order your copy today!

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About ASA: Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one stunning arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best.

 Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.

A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.


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 About Jay Crownover: Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point that started with BETTER WHEN HE's BAD and is currently working on her newest series The Saint of Denver. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Pieces of My Heart (Pieces #2) by Jamie Canosa

Kiernan Parks settled all the scores. He finished what he set out to do and then . . . he left. 

He left Jade. Heartbroken and weary. Existing one day to the next. One breath after another. The only way she knew how to move forward, forever missing a piece of her heart. Until an unexpected surprise throws her volatile life into upheaval once more.

He left Caulder. Guilt-ridden and grieving. Fighting to hold it all together. Not just for himself, but for the people he cares about. Staggering under the weight of his obligations.

He left them alone.

He left them together.

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This series has been one of the most emotional series that I have ever read. It has made me ugly cry more than once, but I can't get enough of it. I love nothing more than to be emotionally destroyed by a good book, but Jamie takes it to a whole new level with this one. I love Cal and Jade as characters, and I loved watching them help each other heal and move forward into the future. I have been emotionally invested in these characters from the beginning, so I had high expectations going into this one, and Jamie didn't disappoint. It has everything you need in a good story - engaging characters, drama, angst, romance, a little laughter, and plenty of heart. There isn't anything that I would have changed. I would have liked to maybe see a little further into the Cal and Jade's future at the end, but overall I'm very satisfied with this final installment.

You definitely need to read the first novel, and I would also recommend reading Cal's novella, before picking this one up (click the links to see my reviews). I also recommend that you don't read it in public (unless you are cool with public displays of emotion) and that you keep tissues handy, because there is no way you are making it through this one without tears. This is a beautifully written series.

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Jamie Canosa is a full time author of YA/NA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Upstate NY with her husband, and their three crazy kids . . . plus the cats, the bird, and the rabbit.

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Wreck Me (Nova #4) by Jessica Sorensen

When Avery Hensley met Conner Wellings, she thought she’d found the guy she was going to spend the rest of her life with. She got married young and had the most beautiful son in the world.

Life seemed perfect.

But not everything is what it seems.

Turned out Conner had another side to him, a darker side that Avery didn’t see coming. He wrecked and broke her into a thousand pieces, leaving Avery to put herself back together. From then on, Avery vows never to let a man into her life again.

But then she meets Tristan Morganson. He’s sweet and sexy and wrecks Avery in a different way than Conner did, the kind of way that makes her feel alive again, the kind of way that makes her think maybe not all guys are bad. But can Avery trust him enough to let her walls come crumbling down?


I love Jessica's Nova series, and Tristan was one of my favorite characters in the series. I was so happy when she announced that he was going to get his own book, and she did not disappoint. Jessica has the unique talent for creating these beautifully broken characters, and the journeys that she takes us on with their stories are amazing. You can't help but to fall for characters like Tristan and Avery. They have so much pain, that it becomes so rewarding to watch them find their way out the darkness and to each other. This is a beautiful story and I found myself tearing up more than once. Even though it's over 400 pages, I couldn't put it down and finished it in a day. Simply amazing. There isn't a single thing that I would change.

Rowdy (Marked Men #5) by Jay Crownover

After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.

Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.

Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.


Jay Crownover delivers another stellar installment in her Marked Men series. Just like the others, Rowdy is full of heart, with just the right amount of steam, to get you hooked and keep you flying through the pages. Just when I think Jay can't deliver a better book than her last, she surpasses my expectations yet again. There is definitely a level of expectation with NA novels, but what sets Jay's books apart is her ability to create such dynamic characters, and then use them to tell stories that have rather profound perspectives on matters of the heart. Yes, Rowdy has all the things you would expect of a NA novel, but it also eloquently addresses the ideas of destiny, and the idea that when it comes to the heart, sometimes the "lasts" are more important than the "firsts." Not all NA authors are able to do this, to create stories that are so much more than gratuitous "love" stories. This novel, in a word. is perfection.

There is one more book in this series, and I have a feeling that Asa's story is going to be her best one yet. Jay also has a spin-off series in the works. I, for one, will be pre-ordering all of them :) 

The Wright Brother by Marie Hall

From the moment I opened my eyes I could only see the world in shades of gray. There was no noise, no sound, nothing. Deaf and colorblind, I was a loner. My world was bleak, silent and empty, until her. Until I met my neighbor, Elisa Jane Adrian. I want her. I need her. The fractured part of me feels whole when she's around. Like the world isn't so dark, isn't so bleak, and so still. I know it's impossible, but when I look at Elisa I swear I can see color, can hear the gentle inhalations of her breath. I know she feels it too, this magic, this desperate desire... 

I first saw him when I was three. Julian Wright was different than any other guy I'd ever known. He sees the world in a way I know I never will. But he intrigues me. The way he looks at me with his sea green eyes, how he hypnotizes me with his smile.

It's dangerous these feelings I have for him. Reckless and stupid. I'm so much older than him, I know better. And I'll fight these desires, no one will ever know how I feel. I'll even pretend to myself that I'm not as hooked on him as he is on me.

I'll move away to Ireland, I'll forget him, but that's the thing about the Wrights, they have a way of getting under your skin, into your soul, and no matter the time or distance, once a Wright sets their eyes on you, there's no going back...ever.


I'm torn on this one. There were things that I absolutely loved about this story, and then other things that drove me absolutely nuts. What I loved about this story was Julian. He was such a fascinating and enigmatic character. I could feel a pull, a desire to know more about him, just like Elise. I wanted to see the world through his eyes, to jump inside his creative mind. Unfortunately, Marie didn't give us this opportunity. The story is told from the perspective of Elisa, who I have to say got on my nerves on more than one occasion. She seemed to be the cause of many of her own problems, and I had a hard time sympathizing with her. In fact, on more than one occasion, I found myself frustrated with her inability to get out of her own way. The story follows both Elisa and Julian from childhood to adulthood, so I think a lot of the angst was supposed to steam from "growing pains," but it just felt dragged out at times, and I wanted to shake Elisa. In the end, I was happy with the story's resolution. Overall, this was not one of my favorites, but it is a quick and decent read. It's also a standalone, so no worries about getting tied down to a series.

Smolder (Crush #4) by Lacey Weatherford

Russ knew true love existed—he’d seen it first hand—he simply didn’t believe it existed for him. And then she walked into his life. Russ didn’t know what had hit him . . . all he knew was that she made him burn.


This is the final installment in the Crush series by Lacey Weatherford. I was so excited to hear that Russ was getting his own book. He is such a great character - brave, loyal, selfless, ruggedly handsome - that you can't help but root for him and wish him a happy ending. Poor guy is the epitome of "nice guys finish last," which is crazy, because if he was real, I would be all over him in a heartbeat!

Just like the other books in the series, which center around Russ's friends Dylan and Cami, this book is full of drama, mixed in with some danger, suspense, and a whole lot of sexy. There were points in the story that I got a little frustrated with Russ's main squeeze, Evie, and the solution to the inevitable obstacle that drives them apart was a little dragged out, but in the end, I was happy.

You definitely shouldn't read this book until you have read the other books in the series due to spoilers, but it's worth the read.


Tied (Tangled #4) by Emma Chase

In the fourth sexy romance by the New York Times bestselling author of Tangled and Twisted, Drew and Kate can't wait to tie the knot, if they can survive the pre-wedding festivities.

For most of my life, I never imagined I'd get married. But Kate did the impossible: she changed me. I think we can all agree I was pretty frigging awesome before, but now I'm even better.

The road to this day wasn't all rainbows and boners. There were mistakes and misunderstandings worthy of a Greek tragedy. But Kate and I made it through with our inexhaustible lust, boundless admiration, and everlasting love for one another intact.

That being said, there were some unexpected incidents in Vegas last weekend that could have been a problem. It was kind of my final test.

I know what you're thinking, what the hell did you do this time? Relax. Let's not judge, or call for my castration, until you've heard the whole story.

And hold on tight, because you're in for a wild ride. Did you expect anything less?


Drew Evans is one of my favorite book boyfriends. I love his confidence (or arrogance), his charm, and his sex appeal. I have loved watching him and Kate fall in love and grow as a couple. It was nice to be back inside Drew's head for this final installment, and I can't help but be proud of the man that he has become. What a long way he has come from when we first met him! While I enjoyed that version, I have to say that his final version is so much better. This was the perfect conclusion and happy ending for this couple, and Emma delivers everything you would expect - wit, humor, and plenty of sexy. I once again found myself laughing out loud at some parts, while tearing up at some of the sweeter moments. Fans of the series will not be disappointed.

Unravel by Calia Read

Six months ago, I was happy. I was simply Naomi Carradine.

One month ago, I was admitted into a psych ward.

Yesterday, Lachlan visited me. Kissed me. And told me that I’m starting to lose my mind.

Hours later, Max haunted my thoughts, reminding me I’m not crazy and that he needs my help.

A few minutes ago, I drifted further from reality, trying to unravel the past.

And now...everyone thinks I’m insane. But, I know he's real, and I know he needs me.

Do you believe me?


This book was amazing! I was hooked from the very first page, and the story had me guessing the entire time. I lost myself so completely in this story, and it kept me flying through the pages. I didn't even start to figure the mystery out until almost the very end. When it was finally revealed, I couldn't help but replaying the entire story in my head, seeing all the clues I missed. It is fantastic! This story is so well written, I am in awe of Calia's talent. Definite book hangover.

The Resolution of Callie & Kayden (The Coincidence #6) by Jessica Sorensen

Things are going well for Callie and Kayden. They’re still dealing with their past and the pain connected to it, but for the most part they’ve moved on. The biggest decision they have at the moment is what they want to do with their lives in the future.

Eventually, though, the past catches up with them and they’re left facing tough choices. But Callie and Kayden learn that as long as they have each other, they can make it through just about anything. And in the end, they discover what they really want out of life.


This is one of my favorite couples from Jessica Sorensen. Their story has been an emotional roller, full of angst and drama from the beginning, and this was the perfect ending. These characters are amazing. They have overcome so many obstacles, and I loved watching them grow stronger together, and finally find their happy ending free of their pasts. I have zero complaints about this final book. In fact, this book earned a big book hug when I finished it.

The Certainty of Violet & Luke (The Coincidence #5) by Jessica Sorensen

Violet Hayes’s life is a mess. Between her stalker, Preston, refusing to leave her alone, her parents’ case still being unsolved, and falling behind in school, she always feels on the verge of losing it. When some unexpected news comes her way, it’s the final straw and she ends up doing something that almost costs her life. Thankfully, she survives and makes a promise to herself to put her life back together and to try and figure out exactly how she feels about Luke Price, the one person that’s always there for her.

But as a recovering alcoholic and gambler, Luke has his own struggles to overcome. He’s also fallen in love with Violet, but fears telling her the truth, that it will scare her away or worse, she won’t reciprocate the feeling. Plus, there never seems to be a right time to say it, either the case, Preston, or life getting in the way.

Can the two of them ever get enough peace in their lives to conquer their fears and finally tell each other the truth about how they feel?


I have slightly mixed feelings on this one. On one hand, I loved it. I have been rooting for Violet and Luke as a couple since their first book, The Destiny of Violet & Luke. I enjoyed watching them get over the last of their personal and relationship hurtles, and finally find the happy ending that they so deserve. However, I was also slightly disappointed. After The Probability of Violet & Luke and all of the secrets that were revealed in that part of the story, I was expecting a more drama filled conclusion than what I got. I was dying to know what would happen with Luke's mother and Preston, and the way that Jessica left the story left me anticipating lots of angst and drama. While there was some, I was left wanting more, hence the four star rating. Everything just seemed to tie up neatly too quickly. Nevertheless, I still love these characters and their story, and if you are a fan of the series, this one is worth your time.

Captain Tomahawk and the Sky-Lion by Marty S. Dalton

Shot down and stranded with no way home, contagiously exuberant and self-proclaimed “greatest pilot there ever was,” Captain Anna Tomahawk, must fight through a retro-futuristic landscape to save a rebellion, rescue her friends, and—one way or another—finally lead the way out of the desert.

In a wildly fun, steampunk spirit reminiscent of "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "Watership Down," "Captain Tomahawk and the Sky-Lion" is an adventure filled with talking animals, mechanical wizardry, and barely-believable action, where one eccentric girl is all it takes to prove that anything good is possible and that even a little hope can overcome the longest odds.


This is a debut novel from Marty S. Dalton, one of my favorite poets. It is a fun little novel, with engaging characters and plenty of action. I have been reading it aloud to my 7th grade students, and they are enjoying the story immensely. They have even gone so far as to suggest that it be made into a movie. While the book lacks a bit of sophistication and polish (that is really only developed over time), Marty's wildly imaginative storytelling makes up for any of its faults. The story has a great moral (and vague Christian undertones, although that maybe my interpretation), and makes for a wonderful addition to any YA library. I hope to read more about Captain Anna and her adventures in the future.

Happenstance Series by Jamie McGuire

Erin Easter, one of three Erins in the small senior class of rural Blackwell High School who not only share a first name, but also their birthday. Erin Easter, raised by a neglectful single mom, keeps to herself and admires Weston Gates from afar. The other Erins, Erin A. and Erin M. are the darlings of the community: daughters of the two wealthiest families in town, best friends, cheerleaders, and everything Erin Easter isn't--and they never let her forget it. Erin A. has even claimed Weston since the 8th grade.

Weston is a well-liked star athlete, and the son of two prominent attorneys. He struggles daily with the pressures of living up to his family name and secretly empathizes with Erin Easter's feeling that she belongs somewhere else; in a different life. Not until he begins sneaking nights out with Erin does he gain the courage to buck expectations and acknowledge his feelings ... both for his future, and for her.

But when a shocking tragedy rocks the tiny town, Erin's life is turned upside down in the best way possible. But when the truth is revealed and everything Erin thinks she wanted falls into her lap, life only becomes more complicated.


Erin Easter was now Erin Alderman, because Erin Alderman was dead.

In the second installment of this USA Today bestselling series, follow protagonist Erin, a high school senior in tiny Blackwell, Oklahoma. After a terrible accident leaves two classmates dead, Erin learns that she was switched at birth. Shortly after, she moves into the home of her true parents, Sam and Julianne Alderman, transforming Erin over night from pariah of Blackwell High School, to the only child of one of the most affluent couples in town.

Also being pursued by her childhood crush, Weston Gates, the dream she once had is now reality. But when Erin stumbles upon secrets that gives her the answers she’s been searching for, she also finds a truth she never wanted to know.


This novella series by Jamie McGuire is a fun little read that has lots of plot twists. Erin is a sweet girl, and you really can't help but sympathize with her and the raw deal she has been dealt. The story has some interesting twists as we watch Erin's whole life change overnight. At times the story felt a bit rushed to me, but I suspect that is because it is not meant to be a full novel. I found myself wishing for more at times, but overall, I am enjoying this series. I'm eagerly awaiting installment number three.

Rusty Nailed (Cocktails #2) by Alice Clayton

Playing house was never so much fun—or so confusing. With her boss on her honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy long hours to keep the interior design company running—especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel on Sausalito. So with her hotshot photographer boyfriend gallivanting all over the world for his job, she and Simon are heavy-duty into “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mode. Neither has any complaints about the great reunion sex, though! 

Then Simon decides he’s tired of so much travelling, and he’s suddenly home more. A lot more. And wanting Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort their relationship out. Neither wants “out of sight, out of mind,” but can they create their own happy mid-ground cliché?


This was a great next installment in Caroline and Simon's love story. We get to see them evolve as a couple and navigate the transition from the "honeymoon phase" to the "serious relationship phase." It has all the humor and spice that made the first book so enjoyable, with a lot more heart. Caroline becomes a much more dynamic character as she faces some serious decisions with career, while Simon grows as he faces his past. I think the characters and story line were much more mature than the first one, but Alice balances it well, keeping all the good stuff from the first book, while moving the story on to its natural progression. Because let's face it, the honeymoon phase doesn't last forever, and sooner or later, all relationships are tested. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.


Angel (Pieces #1.5) by Jamie Canosa

We all hide from the people around us. Strangers, acquaintances, friends, even family only see the parts of ourselves we want them to see. We conceal the cracks and flaws beneath the polished surface we put on display. Because we think we need to. Because we think people won't like us if they see who we really are. Because our egos demand it.

We hide because we're proud. We hide because we're insecure.

But mostly . . . I hid because I was afraid.


**Note: Angel is the retelling of Falling to Pieces from Caulder's perspective. You should only read this book after you have read Falling to Pieces.

Falling to Pieces was one of the purest love stories that I have ever read. It left me emotionally devastated and in tears, but I don't regret a second I spent with Jade and Kiernan. Jade and Kiernan's story was breathtakingly beautiful and equally as tragic, and Caulder, Kiernan's brother, was there to witness it all. Now we get to see the story from his perspective, and I have to say that I was even more emotionally destroyed seeing the events unfold from Cal's perspective than I was the first time. This is saying something, especially since I already knew what was coming.

 I liked Cal in the previous book, but he became real to me in this book. Cal became a truly dynamic character as his strength, his vulnerability, and his struggles were exposed. He is a character who is trying so desperately to keep it together, that it is only a matter of time before he shatters. I can't wait to see what is in store for him in the next installment in this series. It promises to be epic, and I am impatiently awaiting its release.

One More Chance (Chance #2; Rosmary Beach #8) by Abbi Glines

The unforgettable story of Grant and Harlow from Take a Chance continues in this brand-new novel in the Rosemary Beach series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines.

She was it. His one. His only. Then he made the mistake of letting her go.

After fighting his way into Harlow Manning's heart, and revealing a side of himself no one had ever seen before, Grant Carter destroyed his own heart by giving in to his greatest fears and doubts. Months later, he's stuck in a miserable routine. Work relentlessly. Beg his best friend Rush for news about Harlow. Avoid all other friends. Leave nightly voicemails for Harlow, pleading with her to come back to Rosemary Beach. Fall asleep alone. Repeat.

Miles away, on her brother's Texas ranch, Harlow can't bring herself to listen to Grant's voicemails. Though she wants to be with him, and knows he regrets letting her go, she doesn't know if she can trust him. When he discovered the truth behind her sheltered upbringing, it shattered their relationship, but the secret she carries now has far greater consequences. Can she risk giving Grant one more chance, or will the gamble ultimately destroy her?


Grant has been one of my favorite characters in the Rosemary Beach series since Blaire pulled her gun on him in Fallen Too Far. I was so excited when Abbi announced that he was going to get his own book, and thrilled to watch his world get rocked by Harlow. Of course, just like all the other guys in this series, he had to go and screw it up, leaving me with a not so happy ending. Thank Heavens, I knew that Abbi was giving him another book, and another chance to fix things.

I have to admit, I totally checked out the teasers for this book, so I already had an idea of where the story was going before I opened it, or at least I thought I did. However, most of the surprises came not from Grant and Harlow, but other characters. I can't believe I'm going to admit this, but after reading this book, I find myself hating Nan less. Never thought that would be possible! We also get to know some previously introduced characters better - Harlow's half brother, Mase - and get introduced to some new characters - Mase's cousin, Major. I'm super exited for Mase's book, and hope that Major gets a book as well, but I digress...

This story is rather emotional, and I found myself choking up, and out right crying throughout the book. Grant and Harlow's second chance is sweet and heart wrenching, and the perfect conclusion for this couple. There are certainly plenty of harrowing moments, but I couldn't imagine a different ending. Once again, Abbi delivers another fantastic novel that kept me flying through its pages (and neglecting some household chores...oh well!).

I can't wait for what's up next in this series. Trip and Bethy's book promises to be an emotional roller coaster, and I can already tell that I am going to be an emotional wreck while reading it. You slay me, Abbi Glines! But I love you for it! 

Rogue (Real #4) by Katy Evans

The fourth story in the new adult series that began with the New York Times bestseller Real, featuring Brooke's best friend, Melanie, and the ROGUE she can't resist.

Greyson King...

My boyfriend. My friend. My protector. He's the reason I wake up every morning with a smile on my face, and the reason I fall asleep limp, worn out, and aching for his warm arms around me. When we make love, he says my name like it means something. Like I mean something.

He Lied.

His name is Greyson King, but his alias is Zero.

There's zero trace of him, he has zero past, and now I know that with him, I will have zero future.
He may leave no trace of him anywhere, but his imprint is in me, in my very soul--and I hate that a mere look at him commands the beat of my heart. The temperature of my body.

I've looked for love my entire life. I've waited for the butterflies, the rainbows...
Instead I'm in a free fall of emotions and there's no one to catch me but the one man I should be running away from. The one man I thought was my prince charming.

Except this prince charming went rogue.

Greyson will stop at nothing to make me be with him. He'll let no one stand in our way, will allow no one to threaten me, and maybe this is what scares me most of all...


Holy $#*! Balls, Batman! I thought Remy's books were intense, but Katy ups the intensity, the passion, and the sexy in this new installment in the Real series. I found myself blushing profusely, as I sat reading this on the train. However, that didn't stop me from flying through its pages. Greyson is just as intense as Remy, so if you were a fan of his books, then you will love this one too. 

I loved how Melanie's love story turned out not to be conventional. Like so many girls, she dreamed of the prince charming who would come and sweep her off her feet, but Greyson was the exact opposite of what she thought she wanted. Greyson makes for the perfect leading man - tall, dark, damaged, with just the right amount of danger. He is a dark knight, rather than a white knight, and all the more perfect because of it. Their love story is perfectly imperfect.

This book is so full of passion that I'm surprised that it didn't burst into flames in some parts. From the very first page, I was lost to this story. I couldn't put it down, and when I finished it, I had the urge to go back to the beginning and start again. It is the perfect mix of passion, danger, angst, drama, and fairy tale. Another stellar novel from Katy.

Note: You should read the previous books in the series first to avoid spoilers!  


Up next in the Real series...

Book #5: Ripped
Expected release date: December, 2014

Every woman wants me--except the one I sing for.

Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about my band being in town.

But when you love a girl, you don't leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise. Any man with half a brain should know.

So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?

Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.

When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like I'm a god--but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl's not happy to see me.

Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that's her -- Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she's out for my blood.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.


Miles. Miles. Miles. Miles. That's all I have to say after reading this book. Colleen delivers another fantastic read that left me emotionally slain and a sobbing puddle. Colleen has the amazing ability to create characters that you instantly connect with, and they take you on emotional journeys full of highs and lows. Every time I pick up one of her books I think, "It can't get better than this," but she continues to put these stories out into the world that just keep getting better.

What I loved about this book was its honesty. Love is UGLY sometimes, and this book portrays that raw brokenness so beautifully. Love is a powerful thing - it can tear you down just as quickly as it can build you up. When love gets ugly, it leaves room for fear and doubt, and can leave you closed off and dead inside, which is exactly where Miles was. Miles' story is truly heartbreaking, and left me feeling shattered. I loved how his story was revealed slowly throughout the book, instead of all at once. Every time I thought I had it figured out, another piece would be revealed, and I would find myself surprised and my heart breaking just a little bit more. The devastation that I felt over Miles' story, only made me root for his and Tate's relationship even more (because I'm a sucker for a happy ending, just as much as the next girl!)

I couldn't put this book down. I was so emotionally invested in it, that I became all but obvious to my surroundings while reading it. Have some tissues handy while reading this book, as it will not just pull on your heartstrings, but damn near rip them out of your chest. I cannot say enough good things about this book. It definitely earned a book hug, and left me with a book hangover. I found myself thinking about it, and going back and rereading passages days after I had finished it. It's amazing. Read it. 

The Boys South of the Mason Dixon Line Series (Episodes #1-2) by Effy Vaughn (a.k.a. Abbi Glines)

The Sutton Boys - those three words bring a smile to the faces of females of all ages in the small town of Malroy, Alabama. Five brothers who help their momma run their farm during the work week, while seeing how many women they can sweet talk out of their panties on the weekends.

Each brother has a story and just like with all families and small towns, their stories twist together into a tangled mess that changes each of their lives forever. Because for each brother there will come a moment when he has to make a decision to keep playing or finally become a man.

One will be given a gift that every man longs for.

One will be broken.

One will be lost.

One will find out what it means to be owned.

One will make the ultimate sacrifice.

South of The Mason Dixon, the boys get naughtier, the nights get hotter and the southern charm is down right addictive.


So, our dear Ms. Glines revealed a secret...that she wrote a series under the pen name Effy Vaughn, as a way to express herself artistically without the pressure of worrying about whether her readership would like the story. The problem is, she is a literary genius, so naturally people have fallen head over heals for this series. So she came clean and has been posting these novellas on her website for free. And holy $#*! are these novellas amazing! If you haven't checked them out, then get yourself over to Abbi's website stat and get on that. 

There are currently two installments of The Boys South of the Mason Dixon series posted: Asher and Bray (click their names for the link to their novella). These Sutton brothers are panty-dropping fun and this series is so full of drama and angst that it makes for a truly compelling read. Every novella leaves you wanting more, and Abbi leaves us with some serious cliffhangers that had me on the verge of shouting "No" and/or a string of curse words out loud (I seriously had to fight that impulse, as I was sitting on a public metro while reading them). Why she ever doubted that we wouldn't love this story I don't know. It is just as fantastic as all her other books. All I can say is that if she wrote a phone book, I would gladly pre-order it, wait for it (im)patiently, and devour it, just like I do with anything she chooses to publish. This is definitely a must read series for fans of Abbi and the New Adult genre. It will leave you hot and bothered, tied up in knots, and begging for more.


Tamed (Tangled #3) by Emma Chase

Tamed is the third installment in the Tangled series, and this time we get to see the world through the eyes of Matthew Fisher, Drew's best friend. Matthew is every bit the playboy that Drew is, but maybe not as cynical. Matthew is fine with playing the field, especially after getting his heart ripped out in college. Sure he plans on settling down and getting married someday, but for now he is content to have fun with all the Ms. Wrongs he meets along the way.

When Matthew meets Dee Dee, Kate's best friend, he knows right away that there is something special about her. But Dee Dee has been burned too many times, and despite the connection she has with Matthew, she is hesitant to jump into a full on relationship with him. The more time Matthew spends with Dee Dee, the more he wants to convince her to trust him and let him in. The question is: can she do it?


Emma Chase delivers another great installment in this series with Tamed. I can see why Matthew and Drew are best friends, and by the end of this book, I loved Matthew just as much as Drew. One of my favorite things about this series is the humor. This book is just as laugh out loud funny as Drew's book. I love Emma's leading men - they are sexy, smart, witty, arrogant, and dripping with confidence. I love watching them get knocked on their asses by love. Dee Dee is also a great character. She is vivacious and strong, with just the right amount of vulnerability to make her believable and easy to relate to. 

The humor in this book is probably not for everyone, but I think it is sarcasm at its finest. I'm always impressed when I remember that this book is written by a female, because she so perfectly nails the male POV. I've even read passages to my guy friends to make sure, and they pretty much say she nails the nail on the head when it comes to the male perspective. Tamed is well worth the read, especially if you are looking for a good laugh mixed in with your romance.

The fourth installment in this series, Tied, is due out in October, and I for one can't wait to see what's in store for this group of characters.

Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent #0.1 - 0.4) by Veronica Roth

This book is a collection of short stories told from the perspective of Tobias Eaton, a.k.a. Four, from the Divergent series. In "The Transfer," we learn about the driving forces that lead him to leave Abnegation and join Dauntless. "The Initiate" tells the story of Tobias's initiation into Dauntless, and his transformation from Tobias to Four. "The Son" sets the stage for the rest of the Divergent series, as Four discovers some of the first clues about corruption in the faction leadership. The final story, "The Traitor," runs parallel to the events of Divergent, and we get to see the affects Tris Prior has on Four's decisions concerning loyalty and love. The collection also contains other exclusive scenes from Divergent retold from Four's POV. It should definitely not be read until after you read Divergent to prevent spoilers.

Four is one of my favorite characters from the Divergent series, and I loved being able to jump inside his head and learn more about his background. I think fans of the Divergent series will love this short story collection because it further illuminates Four's character. The stories are written in the same style as Divergent and are more substantial in length than other shorts in other series I have read, which I liked. These stories are more than just teasers, they are meant to allow the reader into the head (and heart) of Four. This book will make a great addition to your Divergent collection, and is worth the read.