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PAYBACK by Eve Rabi

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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author, Eve Rabi, for an honest review.

Genre: Adult/Fiction/Suspense/Drama

Plot: Arena, who has been abused by her husband Tom since she was eight months pregnant with their first child, has decided to flee with her two small children in the hopes of being “free”. Arena’s husband Tom is wealthy and arrogant, but also has a temper and hits Arena when she does something that Tom does not approve of. Unhappy and drained, Arena decides to leave Tom and start a new life with her kids.

But everything does not go as Arena had planned. She meets and falls in love with a man named Bear who might not be who he says he is, and deals with the repercussions of leaving Tom. Soon Arena is faced with custody battles, lies, sorrow, death, and murder. Now she must fight to be truly free of Tom and to ensure the safety of her family.

Opinion: WARNING: There is adult and sexual themes in this story. I personally am not a reader of the “erotic” genre and do not normally accept books from authors that are of that nature. However, this book only has about two overly sexual moments in it and the rest is an attention grabbing read. Think of it like this, it’s a Hollywood suspense film about abuse and murder with some sexy scenes in it. See, now it’s normal because sex sells. MOVING ON!

When Arena is just eight months pregnant with her first child, Warren, her husband Tom starts hitting her and shoving her into things. Tom is extremely wealthy, overly arrogant, and has this need to put on a show around other people that he is the most amazing and wonderful husband. When people are around, Tom makes a big production out of presenting Arena with lavish gifts and doing sweet things for her. Unfortunately, he isn’t actually like that. After Arena later becomes pregnant and has her second child, Sasha, she decides that she is going to leave Tom and take their kids with her. Arena opens a secret storage unit and starts filling it with expensive items that she purchased with Toms credit cards, so that she can later sell them for money. Eventually, Arena gets her kids away from Tom and moves into an apartment where she soon meets a man named Bear. From here the story takes off and gets very exciting. Arena is deciding if she can trust Bear, and Tom starts causing SERIOUS issues.

I read this book in half a day (don’t tell my boss 😉 ), and I don’t think I could have put it down if I tried. I have only read one other story that had domestic abuse going on in it, and it has never really been a story that I go to for a read. I mean really…it’s DEPRESSING. So when I started reading this I thought to myself: Self, just f*****g read it. So I read it, and I was actually very surprised with the direction the story went. Arena ACTUALLY removed herself and her kids from the abusive relationship, but then so many different strange and chaotic things start happening. I cannot tell you how many times I said WTF to myself as I read this book, which I think is always good if you are a reader. Whether you are saying it for good or bad reasons, the fact that the author has actually stirred some emotions in you is a PLUS. The story went from one crazy event to another, keeping me on edge and needing to know how Arena was going to fix things. I do wish the use of “baby” between Bear and Arena wasn’t repeated so much because it loses its sweetness when they say it in every sentence. The character of Arena was a bit bland for me at the beginning of the story, and I didn’t start to actually feel a personality with her towards the end when she was framing Tom. She started out being so simple and reserved, and then she turned into a sarcastic twisted character. I like to be connected with the main characters, whether I love them or I loathe them, being emotionally invested in who the story centers around is one of the most important things to me. Therefore I would have liked to see a little bit more character development with her. A GREAT thing about Eve Rabis’ writing in this book is that everything flows and keeps moving. I didn’t get bored or skip through lines once while reading, it had a nice continuous grab on me the entire time.

So if you are like me and don’t normally read this kind of story, I think you should give it a try! There is WAY more going on than some guy hitting his wife and scaring his kids because he’s a lunatic. The author keeps you both ENTHRALLED and ENTERTAINED until you finish the story and realize you must have more. But don’t you worry, there is a second book! – One Way or Another: You Will Pay.

4 Stars612B40E9C1CD2F68AD9B9A8097CED4FF

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THE LOST by Evan Ronan

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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author, Evan Ronan, for an honest review.

Genre: Paranormal/Mystery/Horror/Adult

Plot: This is the second book in the series The Unearthed by Evan Ronan, and is set five years after the paranormal investigation of the Rosselli family and the murder of Eddie McCloskey’s brother, Tim.

Fourteen years ago, an eighteen year-old girl named Tessa drowned in a lake after playing a deadly game of chicken with her friends. Now a man named Marty Kindler, who was one of the people who witnessed Tessa’s death, is convinced that Tessa is haunting the town. Shortly after showing up in town, Eddie is enlisted by Marty Kindler to investigate and find proof that it is Tessa. Though Eddie has given up the life as a paranormal investigator, he decides to help and realizes that this could be the most dangerous and in depth case ever.

Opinion: Whether you are the reader or the author, the second book in a series is usually a hard book to get through. There is pressure to stay with the same storyline (if that is the route the author wants to take) and to make it as addicting as the first. When I first started reading The Lost I didn’t bother reading the book description, I just dove right in because the first book had me HOOKED. I assumed the book would basically take off where it stopped and pick back up with Eddie McCloskey going back to the Rosseli house to get rid of the spirit that returned. I didn’t actually go and read the book description until I was a few chapters into The Lost, and then I realized that it was an entirely new storyline but with some of the old characters. At first I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t the same story, but as I read on it proved to be another ADDICTING read from author Evan Ronan.

The story starts off with Eddie residing in a town in northeast Pennsylvania, it has been five years since Eamon Moriarty went on a killing spree and murdered Eddie’s brother Tim and Steven McKenna. He has sworn off paranormal investigating, but of course gets dragged into another investigation when local Marty Kindler claims that the town is haunted. Eddie gets in touch with Anna, the sister of the girl who drowned fourteen years prior, and together they start to discover what is happening. The police report stated that on the night of the drowning, Tessa was at the lake with some of her friends who were playing a game of chicken where they each pressured each other to walk out onto the frozen ice. Everyone was making fun of Tessa’s boyfriend Michael Hollis, including Tessa, and pressuring him to go onto the ice. He went onto the ice with Tessa in tow and worried that it would crack under both of their weight, so he went back. The ice finally broke and Tessa,who had stayed, fell through and drowned. The other witnesses were Matry kindler, Bernard Hathaway, and Colin Winspear. As Eddie and Anna go to each of the witnesses houses to investigate the paranormal activity that they claimed was occurring in their homes, they realize that someone or something is trying to murder the men that were there the night of the drowning.

Though this book didn’t take off where The Unearthed ended, I have to say I loved it just as much. I was constantly trying to figure it out as I was reading, which is EXACTLY what you want to be doing when your reading a mystery type of thriller. I am so glad the author went into so much depth on Eddie and made sure the reader was involved in his thinking process of what was going on. Eddie was constantly thinking about what his brother Tim would have done if he was there, which really shows how regretful he feels about what happened to him and how much he looked up to his brother. The characters Moira and Stan play a very small part in this story, but it was nice to see the story reference back to his past and the people that were once close to him. Oh and then there is that small little detail of Sean McKenna popping into the story and describing how much he wants to kill Eddie for what happened to his son. Well there’s a nice TWIST for you huh? Not only does Eddie have to worry about another investigation going wrong, but he has to worry about being murdered by a vengeful psycho. Talk about EXCITINGGGGG! I won’t give any spoilers because this series is way too awesome to ruin for other readers, but you just HAVE to read it. There were a few grammatical errors and repeated words, but nothing too noticeable that will make you want to put the book down…because you simply CAN’T until it ends.

4 Stars

With love and other words,

Jenaca ♥

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UNHINGED by A.G. Howard

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Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Fiction/Romance/Adventure

Similar Writings: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol, Alice in Zombieland – The White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter

Plot: This is the second book in the Splintered Series called Unhinged, by A. G. Howard. A year after Alyssa’s journey in Wonderland, she is back in the human realm with her boyfriend Jeb and trying to handle living with her mother, who is newly released from the insane asylum. Not only is Jeb working hard on starting his career as an artist, which is putting friction on his and Alyssa’s relationship, but Alyssa cannot find the right time or courage to remind him of what happened a year prior when they went to Wonderland.

To make matters worse, Morpheus shows up to school one day masked as another human to get Alyssa to come back to Wonderland with him and defeat Red. Alyssa is once again forced to choose between her human side by protecting the ones she loves, or her netherling side and protecting a world she feels is her home.

Opinion: I don’t want to give anything away that could ruin the story, so I am going to be as descriptively cryptic as possible. This book was a little less exciting compared to the first story, Splintered, but it was still packed with new turmoil and headaches. I feel like it might just be a stepping stone for the reader to prepare themselves for the third book (remember how they split the last Harry Potter book into two movies? This book is like the part 1, you need it to get to part 2). Don’t get me wrong, there is A LOT going on in this story. Alyssa almost drowns while on a date with Jeb, Morpheus starts showing up to school tempting Alyssa as usual, and she starts making mosaics with her blood. Her mother Allison is completely overbearing and overprotective, but considering she has been away for years in an insane asylum, you can’t really blame her.

The main issue I had with this book is that my mind kept wandering, never a good sign. I just wasn’t as wrapped up in this book as I was with Splintered. This book was centered in the human realm and not in Wonderland, so it felt more like a teenage drama story than the awesome take on Alice in Wonderland that it was in the previous book. There are so many more important things that Alyssa COULD have been focused on, like the fact that Red is destroying Wonderland. Jeb’s character is played up so much by the author that Alyssa seems to always be looking like she’s less than him, which is probably why I am not the only reader who prefers Morpheus. The reader gets a bit more insight on the other sides of the characters in this story, but I could still care less about Jeb. Morpheus starts to show his sincere side to Alyssa to prove that not everything he does is selfish (apart from the vow he made Alyssa make 😮 ) , and Jeb is shown as having more faults and makes mistakes which is always refreshing for a character who seems so perfect. But in the end, it seems like the author really wants the reader to know that Morpheus is the darkness and Jeb is the light.

I think the story finally started coming together and grabbing my interest again towards the end. Jeb finally has his memories back and remembers everything, and the craziness of Wonderland is brought to the human realm for an awesome battle. So in less words than more, you really need to read this book just so you can read Ensnared and know what is going on. I just started Ensnared today, but so far it is proving to be the epic wrap up to the series that I was hoping for.

3 Stars

With love and other words,

Jenaca ♥

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Hey there blog world!

My name is Jenaca and I am brand new to blogging and to reviewing books. I wanted to start a blog to help people find books they are either thinking about buying, or haven’t even discovered yet. I am ALWAYS looking for a new and exciting read, a story that will completely grab me by my frizzy head and scream “READ ME, I AM SO ADDICTING!” There is nothing better than wasting your day stuffing your face into a story and forgetting all about reality. So here I am, helping the world become book worms and spreading the word of authors I don’t even know…because I care. 😉

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