June 2016 Book Haul

Hello everybody!

So, this month the following books I got I did not buy. I was over my best friend’s house for her graduation and her mother had laid out a bunch of books and said to pick the ones I want. I read over the synopses of every book and picked out the ones I liked. Out of the 20-25 books she laid out, I picked 12 of them and the rest she took to a consignment shop.

I’m going give the synopsis of each book and you guys can choose whether or not you would be interested in them or not! ๐Ÿ™‚

I BROKE MY RECORD FOR AMOUNT OF BOOKS IN A GIVEN MONTH!

“Crave: The Seduction of Snow White” by Cathy Yardley: Beth Cordova’s life is no fairy tale. Having barely escaped the evil grasp of her wicked stepmother, this “missing princess” seeks refuge in a strict commune where carnal pleasures are forbidden. Her world is lonely and void of intimacy, until the charming Stephen Trent arrives at the commune. Suddenly Beth yearns for a man’s touch, the feel of his lips on hers…and Stephen is eager to show this pure-as-snow princess that she can still be the sensual woman she was once upon a time. But all is not what it seems, and the stunning beauty finds herself again in danger, her stepmother hot on her trail. The commune’s founders will not tolerate the pair,yet fleeing its walls could prove fatal. Trapped in a world where passion is outlawed, can Beth live happily ever after?

“An Imperfect Spy” by Amanda Cross: While guest-teaching a semester at Schuyler Law School, Kate Fansler gets to know an extraordinary secretary named Harriet, who patterns her life after John le Carrรฉ’s character George Smiley. Harriet reveals that Schuyler has some serious skeletons swinging in its perfectly appointed closets, including the fate of Schuyler’s only tenured female professor and a faculty wife who has killed her husband. As if Kate doesn’t have enough to tackle, she is also up against the men who comprise the faculty of Schuyler itself – a thoroughly unapologetic bastion of white male power, mediocrity, and misogyny. Although she has only a few months on campus, Kate refuses to let Schuyler’s rigid ideals and insistence on secrecy suppress her indefatigable curiosity – or her obsession with the truth…

“Schooled in Revenge” by Jesse Lasky: Ava Winters is young, beautiful, and the heiress to Napa’s prized Starling Vineyards. She is also in love with the perfect guy…at least what’s what she things until he helps take everything that was once hers. With no place left to turn, Ava finds herself on Rebun Island, Japan, the site of Takeda’s revenge school, where she trains to be mentally and physically strong enough to take revenge. On the island, Ava meets Emily Thorne, who has recently returned to training with Takeda. Emily shares her wisdom with Ava about revenge and the importance of looking for justice in a world where enemies thrive. Four others are on the island preparing for their own personal vengeance – a handsome but guarded man, and feisty young woman and the guy who will do anything to protect her, and a girl who has no memory or idea of who she is and why she’s on Rebun. Conflicts arise, bonds are formed, and romance even blooms. The trainees learn that their missions are intertwined. All roads lead back to Ava’s home in Napa and Starling Vineyards’ annual gala, and if the group attends, each with gain the chance to exact revenge. But to get there on time, they must leave Japan and Takeda before their training is complete. Are they ready? Will they succeed? Will they even survive?

“The Best American Crime Writing 2006” edited by Mark Bowen – stories included by: Mary Battiata, Howard Blum/John Connolly, Jimmy Breslin, Devin Friedman, Denise Grollmus, S.C. Gwynne, John Heilemann, Skip Hollandsworth, Chuck Hustmyre, Mark Jacobson, Robert Nelson, Richard Rubin, Deanne Stillman, Jeffrey Toobin, and Paige Williams: A sterling collection of the year’s most shocking, compelling, and gripping sprig about real-life crime, the 2006 edition of The Best American Crime Writingย offers fascinating vicarious journeys into a world of felons and their felonious acts.

“Unexpected Interruptions” by Trice Hickman: Smart, sexy Victoria Small has come to the end of her year off – from men, that is. She’s enjoyed her hiatus, the peace, quiet – and no unexpected interruptions. But now she’s ready to have someone to come home to. And her timing is perfect, as not one, but two, handsome possibilities enter her life…Ted, a powerful, blue-eyes CEO sends a thrill of excitement through her that shocks Victoria out of her comfort zone. Meanwhile, Parker, a talented surgeon, melts her defenses with his warmth and ebony good looks. The men are as different as can be – inside and out – but they have one thing in common: they both want Victoria. And as she struggles to decide what – and who – she really wants, Victoria will have to face her deepest fears, secrets, and desires – and decide if she’s brave enough for true love, no matter what color it comes in. Her answer just may surprise everyone, including herself…

“Magic of the Moonlight” by Ellen Schreiber: Celeste has more to worry about than a secret romance with a hot guy from the wrong side of town. That guy, Brandon, is a werewolf. With gossip and hostility swirling at school, it’s time to find a cure for his nocturnal condition, and perhaps the one person who can help is his scientist father. But what if “a cure” makes things worse and Brandon becomes a werewolf full time? To keep Brandon’s secret safe, Celeste must hide her relationship with him from her best friends, but with the Moonlight Ball approaching, she must make a choice. Her dream is to go with her one true love – Brandon. But once the sun goes down, the clouds separate, and the full moon appears, could she really walk into the dance on the arm of a werewolf? In this installment of the sumptuously romantic Full Moon series, Celeste faces her fears and her fitness and finds out whether she’s strong enough to stand up for herself and her one true love.

“Swoon” by Nina Malkin: Torn from her native New York City and dumped in the land of cookie-cutter keeps, Candice is resigned to accept her posh, dull fate. Nothing ever happens in Swoon, Connecticut…until Dice’s perfect, privileged cousin Penelope nearly dies in a fall from an old tree and her spirit intertwined with that of a ghost. His name? Sinclair Youngblood Powers. His mission? Revenge. And while Pen is oblivious to the possession, Dice is all too aware of Sin. She’s intensely drawn to him – but not at all crazy about the havoc he’s wreaking. Determined to exorcise the demon, Dice accidentally sets Sin loose, gives him flesh, makes him formidable. Now she must destroy an even more potent – and irresistible -adversary ย before the whole town succumbs to Sin’s wil. Only trouble is, she’s in love with him. What will you do when they boy of your dreams is too bad to be true?

“Nobody Walks” by Dennis M. Walsh: Imagine discovering someone you love has been savagely murdered and then being forced to stand by as the killer seemingly gets away with it, and all the while, you are confident that you have just the resources to track him down. In 2003, Christopher Walsh was found stuffed in a trash barrel in a storage locker in Van Nuys, California. But after the extensive murder investigation, it took seven months before charges were filed and more then four years to go to trial. Dennis Walsh knew it was up to him to keep his little brother’s murder from becoming a cold case. The only son of a large Irish-American family to stay on the straight and narrow, Dennis found that the connection’s from is family’s dobious background paired with his law degree placed him in the unique position to finish the job the cops might have been unable to do. Fencing with the police and the DA’s office, Dennis spent years slinking between his life as a stand-up lawyer and hitting the streets to try to convince the dopers, thieves, prostitutes, porn stars, and jailbirds who populated Christopher’s world to come forward and cooperate with the police. Yet he walked a fine line with his harsh tactics; Deputy DA Stephanie Sparagna continuously warned him that he was jeopardizing not only the case but possibly his life, while crediting him as one of her greatest assets in solving Christopher’s case. Staying on the right side of the law to bring these murderers to justice put every part of Dennis to the test. But a hundred arrests later, the murderers, Jeffrey Weaver and David Steinberg, are in jail for life. With the gravity of a Scorsese film, this classic yet gritty take transcends the true-crime drama. Nobody Walks is the harrowing story of the brother who went clean having to get his hands dirty in his search for justice.

“Love Unleashed” by J.R. Ward: Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark warrior cloth as her brother. Because she is a fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side…and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either. When she suffers a paralyzingly injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only has can – and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night – like vampires – he finds himself more then willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul. As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide…just as a centuries-old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.

“Star Cursed” by Jessica Spotswood: Cate Cahill sacrificed everything to protect her sisters, Maura and Tess; she gave up her home, her social position, and her beloved fiancรฉe, Finn. Now, with the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her prophesied powers. And after Cate’s friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers – if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves. Cate doesn’t want to be a weapon, and she doesn’t want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood’s schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she’ll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

“Magic Under Glass” by Jacklyn Dolamore: Nimira is a music-hall girl used to singing for pennies. So when wealthy young sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to perform with a piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it will be the start of a better life. But when she arrives at Parry’s estate, it is not the glittering world she expects. Instead, unsettling rumors begin to swirl about a madwoman roaming the halls at night, and Nimira suspects that Parry is keeping secrets, even while he proclaims to be falling in love with her. And then there is the automaton itself, a mechanical man so realistically crafted it hardly seems possible that he isn’t alive…or is he? As Nimira begins to rehearse with him, she senses something stirring beneath his handsome features. Is he haunted, as the servants claim, or is there something more to it? What Nimira finds will put the fate of the entire magical world in danger – and ultimately force her to choose between a man she cannot have and a man she does not love.

“A Need So Beautiful” by Suzanne Young: Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth who feels the Need – a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger. But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boy friend’s arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become – her mark on this earth, her very existence – is in jeopardy of disappearing completely. Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny – no matter how dark the consequences?

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The next few books I actually borrowed from a library.

“The Fifth Season” by N.K. Jemisin: Aย season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal and long-dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

“Ugly Love” by Colleen Hoover: It’s not exactly love at first sight for Tate Collins when she meets the tormented and secretive Miles Archer. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is a mutual physical attraction that can’t be denied. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they might have stumbled on the perfect no-strings arrangement. He isn’t looking for love, and she doesn’t have time for it – so that leaves just the sex. What they’ve got could be surprisingly satisfying, as long as Tate can stick to the two rules Miles has for her: never ask about the past; don’t expect a future. They think they can handle it, but everything is different when real emotions start to change the equation.

“The Girl On The Train” by Paula Hawkins: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She looks forward to it. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

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So………I was at the Dollar Store and a few books caught my eye. I was getting a few things my Mom asked me to get and I brought books home as well……….I’m weak. I have no spine.

“Tarnish” by Katherine Longshore: Anne Boleyn is the odd girl out. Ever since she arrived at the court of King Henry VIII, everything about her seems wrong, from her clothes to her manners to her witty and sharp tongue. So when the dashing poet Thomas Wyatt offers to coach her on how to shine at court – and to convince the whole court they’re lovers – she accepts. Before long, Anne’s popularity has soared, and even the charismatic and irresistible king takes notice. More than popularity, Anne wants a voice – but she also wants love. What began as a game becomes high stakes as Anne finds herself forced to make an impossible choice between her heart’s desire and the chance to make history.

“Sweet Valley Confidential: The Sweet Life: The Serial” by Francine Pascal: Three years after the events of Sweet Valley Confidential, Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield are back in Sweet Valley and inseparable once more. Elizabeth is a star reporter at the L.A. Tribune, and Jessica’s public relations career is on the fast track. But while the professional lives of the Wakefield sisters are secure, their personal lives are hanging by a thread. Jessica, now a mother, finds that managing parenthood, marriage to Todd Williams, and a job is harder than she expected. Elizabeth and Bruce Patman, who have spent three years happily in love, are confronting a scandal that could tear them apart forever. The gang’s all here as life in Seeet Valley rolls on. Gossiping Caroline Pearce has found an adoring audience on the Web; Enid Rollins is a doctor with some dirty secrets; and, oh, Lila Fowler – she’s a stunning trophy wife who can’t resist the call of reality television’s casting couch. Same Sweet Valley, all new drama!

“The International Kissing Club” by Ivy Adams: Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy are the misfits of tiny Paris, Texas. Their whole lives, they’ve dreamed of escaping small-town life and seeing the world. So when Piper is the victim of an embarrassing prank, she decides the girls should escape via the school’s international exchange program, in search of fun, love, and Internet redemption. The girls grab their passports and scatter to the four corners of the globe. To add spice to their semesters apart, the girls start the International Kissing Club, a Facebook fan page where they can anonymously update one another on the amazing guys they’re meeting. Lucky for them, amazing guys abound at every turn! But when things don’t go exactly according to plan will the girls’ romances – and their friendships – survive?

“The Dark Shore” by Kevin Emerson: Owen, Lily, and Leech have escaped Camp Eden, but the next step on their journey to find Atlantis and protect it from Paul and Project Elysuim involves crossing the perilous wastelands of a wrecked planet. And unlike in EdenWest, where bloody truths were kept hidden beneath the surface, out here the horrors live bright beneath the poisonous sun. With treachery at every turn, Owen has no choice but to bring his wounded clan to the dark shores of Desenna, the city built from the ashes of EdenSouth. Desenna’s blood-soaked walls may hold the key to Owen’s journey in the form of the third Atlantean as well as a deeper understanding of the true purpose of the Three, but there are also secrets lurking in the shadows, waiting to be unleashed, and once they arise, there may be no escape.

“The Kingdom of Gods” by N.K. Jemisin: For two thousand years the Arameri family has ruled the world by enslaving the very gods that created mortalkind. Now the gods are free, and the Arameri’s ruthless grip is slipping. But they are all that stands between peace and world-spanning, unending war. Shahar, last scion of the family, must choose her loyalties. She yearns to trust Sieh, the godling she loves. Yet her duty as the Arameri heir is to uphold the family’s interests, even if that means using and destroying everyone she cares for.

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