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I'm Melanie and I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. I will read contemporary romance on occasion, but not often. I will occasionally throw in a biography, usually autobiographies of people that I find interesting. Listening to autobiographies that are narrated by the author have been great in my experience.

Blog Barrage Sign-Up – Dark and Damaged

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I’m organizing a blog barrage for DARK AND DAMAGED: EIGHT BAD BOYS OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE from June 15th to 28th. This boxed set features eight hot paranormal romances by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors including Jennifer Ashley, Caris Roane, Erin Kellison, Felicity Heaton, Erin Quinn, Laurie London, Bonnie Vanak and Colleen Gleason.

Each stop will include an intro piece, blurb and cover, excerpt from one of the books in the boxed set, author bios and links. Giveaways of select eBooks (not from boxed set) will also be available for bloggers interested in hosting.

All tour hosts will be automatically entered to win one of two prizes: $100 & $50 Amazon or Coach gift certificates (valid internationally).

Titles featured in boxed set:

LION EYES by Jennifer Ashley
BLOOD FLAME by Caris Roane
TEMPTED BY FIRE by Erin Kellison
HER SINFUL ANGEL by Felicity Heaton
THE RESURRECTION OF SAM SLOAN by Erin Quinn
REBEL’S DESIRE by Laurie London
REDEMPTION by Bonnie Vanak
RAGING DAWN by Colleen Gleason


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Dark and Dangerous

 

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Eight all-new, never-before-published hot paranormal romances by eight New York Times bestselling authors. Tortured alpha-male bad boys will ignite your darkest, most secret desires in these stories about vampires, shifters, dragons, fallen angels, werewolves, demons, psychic warriors and ghosts.

 
Jennifer Ashley

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley has lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest. She writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; mysteries as Ashley Gardner; and paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James.

Jennifer’s/Allyson’s/Ashley’s more than fifty novels have won RWA’s RITA award, the Golden Quill, RT Reviewer’s Choice awards, and the Prism award, among others. Jennifer’s novels have been also been translated into French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Hungarian, Italian, Thai, and other languages.

Jennifer enjoys writing and reading above all else, but her hobbies include cooking, hiking, playing flute and guitar, painting, and building miniature rooms and dollhouses.

JennifersRomances.com | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
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Caris Roane

I confess I’ve had a love affaire with vampires for several years now, especially warrior vampires, the kind found in the books of Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lara Adrian and JR Ward. Though I’ve been published in Regency Romance under the pseudonym Valerie King–and yes one of my Regency Novellas features a vampire–one day I woke up knowing I had to create my own contemporary world of the warrior vampire.

For some mystical, magical reason, early in the process, my vampires appeared with enormous beautiful wings and it has been the most amazing experience to include flight in my novels, in both battle scenes and scenes involving spectacle. My special vampire world, published by St. Martin’s Press, is introduced in the first book called, ASCENSION (12-28-2010). The second book, BURNING SKIES (May of 2011), opens up the world a little bit more. And even as I write this, I’m on the final draft of my third novel, WINGS OF FIRE (September of 2011). What a thrill it has been to live with my ascended vampires through the creation of this extraordinary, multi-dimensional world!

CarisRoane.com | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Amazon


 
Erin Kellison

Erin Kellison is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Reveler serial, where dreaming turns dangerous. She also writes the dark fantasy romance Shadow series and Shadow Kissed series. RT calls Soul Kissed, “a dark fairy tale with a twist, perfect for readers who love passion with their fantasy.” And this year she expands her science fiction romance Sol series.

ErinKellison.com | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Amazon


 
Felicity Heaton

Felicity Heaton is a NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and International Best-Selling Author.

Felicity writes passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

FelicityHeaton.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
GoodReads | Amazon


 
Erin Quinn

New York Times bestselling author Erin Quinn writes dark paranormal romance for the thinking reader. Her books have been called “riveting,” “brilliantly plotted” and “beautifully written” and have won, placed or showed in the Booksellers Best, WILLA Award for Historical fiction, the Orange Rose, Readers Crown, Golden Quill, Best Books, and Award of Excellence.

ErinQuinn.info | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Amazon


 
Laurie London

Laurie London is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweetblood and Iron Portal series—dark, sexy paranormal romance, set primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Publisher’s Weekly calls the Sweetblood series “sexy” and “sizzling.” Her latest release, ENTICED BY BLOOD, is a short story set in the Sweetblood world. WARRIOR’S HEART, book 3 in the Iron Portal series will be out soon.

She lives on a small farm outside of Seattle with her husband, two children and a variety of animals. After graduating from college, she worked for a Fortune 500 company as a programmer/tester and an underwriter. Her other jobs included cocktail waitress, hotel maid, candy store manager and bridal gown sales.

When not writing, she can be found running, reading, sewing, making jewelry, mucking stalls, volunteering or riding her horse. Someday she hopes to qualify for the Quarter Horse World Show – that is, if her horse doesn’t get hurt again.

LaurieLondonBooks.com | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
GoodReads | Amazon


 
Bonnie Vanak

After graduating from the University of Florida with a journalism degree, I worked as a newspaper reporter. After, tired of simply reporting the news, I became a writer for a large international charity. My work took me to countries like Haiti and Honduras to write about famine, disease and other issues. Humanitarian jobs are fulfilling, but emotionally draining. The work is for a good cause, but the pressure can be enormous.

So to counter the suffering I encountered in my travels, I began writing romance novels. My first romance novel, The Falcon & the Dove, was about a handsome Egyptian sheikh protecting a treasure hidden in the sands for centuries. He meets his match in the lovely American who comes to Egypt to unearth the treasure. The Falcon & the Dove won the historical category of the 2001 RWA Melody of Love contest. A year later, it was published by Dorchester Publishing.

BonnieVanak.com | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Amazon


 
Colleen Gleason

Colleen Gleason is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author who can’t seem to decide what type of book to write…so she writes a lot of different genres!

So far, Colleen has written everything from vampire hunters to dystopian romance, to steampunk, historical romance, and mysteries with a supernatural flair. One element, however, that appears in all of her stories, is that of partnership…whether it be professional, romantic, or both.

All of Colleen’s books feature strong heroines experiencing fast-paced adventures, danger, mystery, and of course, romance. But at the core of each story is the belief that every woman deserves a partner who accepts her for her strengths as well as her weaknesses—and vice versa.

Colleen lives in the midwest United States with her family and two dogs, and is always working on her next book.

ColleenGleason.com | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Amazon

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#FitReaders May 2015

 

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5/8 - I've been really bad so far this month. I've been so busy trying to get everything ready to leave for RT. I'm hoping to get better once again very soon.

 

 

  1. 4,729 steps
  2. 2,783 steps + Strength and Cardio 26 minutes, 452 calories
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Reading progress update: I've listened 55 out of 445 minutes.

The Dragon Conspiracy - Lisa Shearin, Johanna Parker

"Drat sushi. Back home in the North Carolina mountains, raw fish was called bait. I tried to learn to like sushi, but I always came away with the feeling that it would taste a lot better breaded and deep fried. Sushi sure was pretty though."

 

I feel ya, Mak.

Reading progress update: I've read 320 out of 320 pages.

Revolution (Replica) - Jenna Black

Great ending to this series. I was totally engrossed throughout the whole story. Full review to come.

Loving the Beast: A Beauty Epilogue by Skye Warren

Loving the Beast: A Beauty Epilogue - Skye Warren

Loving the Beast was a great epilogue to the Beauty series. This series is about Erin and Blake. Erin has been cleaning Blake's house to help pay for her college education. Blake is former military and quite the recluse. He is estranged with his family.

 

In this book, they have already decided to get married, but they have yet to meet each other's family. Two people from two completely different backgrounds having to meet each other's family is bound to have some challenges. This one more than most. Blake was not aware of the history that his parents have with Erin's mother.


This book is sexy and well written. I love the different aspects of how the couple meets and has to deal with the families. The sex scenes are hot, passionate and darker than in previous books in the series. We get to see Blake and Erin get their happy ending.

 

The Beauty Series

Free at time of posting

$0.99 at time of posting

Books 1-4 in set for $4.99

 

**Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.

Reading progress update: I've listened 1328 out of 1328 minutes.

The Shadows: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood - J.R. Ward

I was very disappointed, not for the same reason as many people. I just didn't find this book that interesting. I'll have more to come later.

Audiobook Review: The Martian by Andy Weir, narrated by R.C. Bray

The Martian - Andy Weir

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.

 

The Martian is not a book or audiobook that I would’ve picked up on my own. I would like to thank Marcela (@BookaholicCat), Carmel (@RabidReads) and Hot Listens’s very own Loupe for hounding me until I listened to this book. I’m so glad that I did and I will highly recommend that you listen before it comes out in the theaters in November. It is starring Matt Damon as Mark Watney.

 

The Martian is basically about a NASA mission to Mars. There is a storm that comes through and the mission is aborted. Mark Watney, the mission’s engineer and botanist, was left behind when everyone left Mars. Everyone was convinced that he was dead after he was knocked out during the storm. When Watney wakes up and learns what happens, he has to figure out how to survive.

 

Watney is a very interesting character. He is like MacGyver (once again, thanks to Marcela for that reference, but once I heard it, I couldn’t get it out of my head). The way he is able to make something out of nothing, is pretty remarkable. When he makes a mistake, he has a pretty funny panic attack, but then he recovers pretty quickly and gets back to how to solve the problem.

 

Once NASA figures out that they’ve left a living person on Mars, things really start to pick up. It is great to see how NASA really comes together to save this one person. Red tape that disappears to help bring Watney home. Plus the really tough decisions that had to be made. They had to think about the crew on the way home, Mark Watney left alone on Mars and the public here on Earth.

 

I loved the science. I don’t know how much of it was truly real and would work if put to the test, but the author and narrator made me believe that everything that happened was entirely possible. There was also some math involved, and while it was pretty intense, don’t let that scare you off. I just took that he knew more than he did about it and took what he said as fact and didn’t let it bog me down.

 

Mark Watney was a great character. Throughout a completely impossible situation, he kept a level head the majority of the time and tried to figure out what he needed to do to survive. One of my favorite scenes is when he first gets communication (done through written cards and photos, no voice) with NASA and NASA asked him for a photo op without much more information. Watney decides to go out in his spacesuit, the camera in question was outside, he writes “Heyyy!” and does a thumbs up. The PR person at NASA was unamused. That was pretty much Watney’s sense of humor, in a nutshell.

 

Once again, I can’t recommend this story enough. It is not something I ever would’ve picked up if it weren’t for the ladies who highly recommended it. Now, I’m going around and recommending it everyone I see. I don’t know how it would be to read, because the narration is done so well and I really think it helped bring the story to life. Please don’t let the sci-fi genre scare you off. It is so much more than that. While this is a science fiction story, the sci-fi is mostly a mission to Mars. Outside of that, it is a story of survival.

 

Narration

What to say about R.C. Bray’s narration of The Martian. This story was narrated so well that I forgot that I was listening to a book. It was more like listening to several people tell me this story about a guy left behind on Mars.

 

He really brought out the humor in Watney. When Watney was panicking, I could really feel it. I started to feel for the guy so much and really felt he was going to die. When the other characters from NASA come into the story, he delivers them seamlessly. Whether he voicing men or women, he is just as passionate.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/the-martian-audiobook-by-endy-weir-review

Review: A Demon and His Psycho (Welcome to Hell, #2) by Eve Langlais

A Demon and His Psycho - Eve Langlais

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Snarky ebook paranormal

 

 

I read the first book in this series last summer. I picked it up as a freebie. At the time that I read A Demon and His Witch, I didn’t realize it was a spinoff Eve Langlais’ Princess of Hell series (which I loved and first introduced me to Eve). Lucifer is the same character in both series and we do see characters from the first series in this one.

 

This book has Lucifer pairing two of his best henchmen together to search for his granddaughter’s pet pink dragon which was stolen. Both our hero, Xaphan, and heroine, Katie, are humans who sold their souls to Lucifer for something while they were still alive. Now they live in Hell and run errands for Lucifer.

 

Katie is Lucifer’s executioner and she loves her job. She is also a Black Widow. She will kill any man that she sleeps with. Katie is a wackadoodle (sorry, I just love that word and it fits Katie so well).

Mismatched eyes rolled and Katie shook her head at him. “It’s a baby. Like duh. Only adult dragons can fly.”

 

“Well how was I supposed to know it wasn’t full grown?”

 

“Because a full grown dragon wouldn’t chew on rocks, silly. Only teething babies do.”

 

“See, she’s proving to be an asset already,” Lucifer exclaimed, rubbing his hands together. “I knew I making the right choice pairing you up”

 

“You’re both insane,” he muttered.

 

“Thank you,” they replied in chorus.

Xaphan sold his soul to Lucifer to protect a woman he loved when he was a living human. He made a vow to her. He was very loyal to her and wouldn’t sleep with anyone but her. He has kept this vow for over 300 years. Then Lucifer forces him to partner with this crazy chick who dresses in a very revealing.

 

They start off looking like they are worse pair ever. Xaphan is a very controlled guy who always works alone. He also usually works on the mortal plane. Katie is a talker and seems to never stop talking. She is crazy. She spends most of her time going after demons in Hell. She knows all the ins and outs. She is much smarter than she seems.

 

Lucifer has become quite the matchmaker. He is a favorite character of mine. I really liked him in the Princess of Hell series and I’m still enjoying him in Welcome to Hell. He has great lines about playing golf against his brother, God. He is also dating Mother Nature.

 

This book is everything you would expect from Eve Langlais if you have ever read her before. I love the characters that she creates. The way that these two characters overcome their differences and pasts to come together. The secondary characters really add to to the story.

 

 


Welcome to Hell Series

 

 

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2015/04/review-a-demon-and-his-psycho-by-eve-langlais.html

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

The Martian - Andy Weir

Highly recommended, especially on audio. The narration is wonderful.

Audiobook Review: Dark Instincts (The Phoenix Pack #4) by Suzanne Wright

Dark Instincts (Phoenix Pack) - Suzanne Wright

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.

 

This is a series that I’ve enjoyed on audio since I listened to book one a few years ago. I love the trash talking humor, the kickass heroines and the heroes who are very alpha. So far, we’ve seen heroes and heroines with damaged pasts. This one is no different.

 

Roni is Nick’s sister and part of the Mercury Pack. As the sister of the alpha, her brother is very protective. Add in her past, and that makes him even more protective of her. Roni’s mother is quite the bitch. She doesn’t like that Roni is an enforcer and a tomboy. Roni also has a very tragic past, that she has hidden from most people, even her closest friends.

 

Marcus is an enforcer for the Phoenix Pack. He is a huge flirt. He has a history of “lovin’ em and leavin’ em”. He has a thing for food. He is always hungry and he doesn’t like to share, even with his mate. It was funny to see him so protective of his food and Roni’s need to eat off his plate.

 

Dark Instincts starts off when Taryn, Shaya, Roni and some others were in a car wreck. The wreck was no accident. Jackals try to steal Taryn and Trey’s son. The Mercury and Phoenix packs join forces to investigate and retaliate against whoever attempted to steal the child of one alpha and put the unborn child of the other alpha at risk. It was some pretty sick things that shifters do to each other in this black market business.

 

One of the best parts of this book. Roni’s relationship with Greta, Trey’s grandmother. She is very protective of all the boys in the pack. She thinks no one is good enough for them. She continues to berate the the girls, even after they are mated. I mean, Taryn gave her a granddaughter and the are still at each other’s throats.

“If I wanted you to know, I’d had said it loudly.”

 

The old woman humphed. “It’s rude to whisper, but I wouldn’t expect anything different from you. No manners”

 

“Are we back to this again? As you can see, you complaints are very important to us at Still Not Giving a Fuck World”

Roni does win over Greta to the amazement of Taryn. Greta is still one of my favorite characters in this series.

 

I do enjoy this series. It is written in third person. One thing that does annoy me a little, is it seems like we jump back and forth between POVs a lot. This is common throughout series, so if you’ve read/listened to the other books, this will be nothing new to you. The story is hot. The world is very well built and the characters are wonderful. Dark Instincts is full of humor, which really lightens the dark investigations that the two packs are doing. I do love the crude humor, which was exactly what I was needing at the time.

 

Narration

I love the narration of this series. Jill Redfield always does a phenomenal job with the sarcasm that is present in the Phoenix Pack series. The passion both in the sex scenes and the non-sex scenes.

 

There are some pretty emotional scenes in this one and Redfield nails them. I’ve read some reviews where people have a hard time keeping track of who POV while reading, I think the narration really helps with this, because I didn’t have this issue.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/dark-instincts-audiobook-by-suzanne-wright-review

Graphic Novel Review: Bounty Hunt by Kelley Armstrong, Xavière Daumarie (Illustrator)

Bounty Hunt - Kelley Armstrong, Xavière Daumarie, Angilram

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Howling Good Creative Feed the Nerd

 

This is a graphic novel set in the Women of the Otherworld world. This story follows Reese, the young Australian werewolf who joined the pack in the book Frostbitten. If you read Chivalrous, then you know Reese’s back story about why he left Australia. The backstory of Chilvalrous is pretty critical to the story in Bounty Hunt.

 

Maddie is the human daughter of a werewolf. She came to live with her father after her mother was murdered. Her mother taught her at a young age to call a certain number if she were ever in trouble. She went to live with her father after her mother’s death. Her father owes a debt to the local Australian werewolves. He is asked to find Reese and bring him back to the pack. Maddie decides that she is better equipped to bring Reese in than her father, so she leaves for America.

 

Maddie thought it would be pretty easy to seduce and bring in a young college boy. However, she was not aware of the past that Reese has had with young college girls. He has no trust in them. It is harder to flirt and seduce him than she expects. The Australians come to America to speed things up. They have to deal with Elena and Clay

 

Bounty Hunt is a nice addition to the Otherworld series. We get to spend more time with Reese. Elena and Clay make an appearance. Plus the new additions of Maddie and her father as characters were done well. There are pages at the end that come from the Legacy. Keep reading all the way to the end, even past the Legacy. The very last page is a nice treat. Showing us what Jeremy and Jamie had to deal with while Clay and Elena are gone.

 

While I think you could read this book without knowing the Otherworld stories, I do think you will miss out on a lot of the backstory. This was a limited edition print. I believe that this is something Kelley Armstrong printed knowing that it would only be picked up for the diehard fans. I don’t read a lot of graphic novels, but I’ve read some. This one is well done with great artistry. I will continue to get my hands on anything that Kelley Armstrong publishes, if I can manage it.


Reese fighting mutt     Elena

 

 

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2015/04/review-bounty-hunt-by-kelley-armstrong.html

Audiobook Review: Total Surrender (Sin Brothers #4) by Rebecca Zanetti

Total Surrender (Sin Brothers) - Rebecca Zanetti

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.

 

The Sin Brothers has been a whirlwind for me. I won an audiobook of book one last year and I’ve flown through the series very quickly. This series is packed full of adrenaline. I fell in love with all three of the Dean brothers in the first book and really enjoyed getting to know each of them. Reading each of their stories was a real treat. I quickly fell in love with each of the brother’s love interest as well. I love the women, even though the brothers are the main focus of the series. In the fourth and final book, we finally get to meet Jory, the youngest brother. It was well worth the weight.

 

For the the first three books, Zanetti has led us to believe that there was a very large possibility that Jory is no longer alive. His brothers saw him get shot, and didn’t hear from him again. We start this book with Jory back in the hands of the Commander. He has recently woken up from a two year coma. He has a chip in his neck, set to severe his spine within a week, just like his brothers. The difference, his is damaged and the computers can’t talk to it to deactivate it.

 

I was very surprised by the heroine, Piper. She is the daughter of the Commander. I can’t believe he has a daughter. She is a genius computer hacker. She was brought in to try to access Jory’s chip. She has a hard time knowing who to trust, her father, who she barely knows, or this prisoner, who she has been told has committed treason.

 

Total Surrender is a very fast paced story. All the books in this series have been quick, but this one is the fastest pace yet. There are tons of twists and turns, so we never know what is going to happen. Also, Zanetti really took this one to the wire. You really feel like you are holding your breath the entire time. The romance is hot. Jory gives new meaning to sexy.

 

I felt that the first three books of the series could be read out of order without missing out too much. This one is different, I would read last. I think you would miss something without knowing the full story going into this one. Total Surrender really wraps up the story of the Dean brothers. I will miss my time with the brothers and their females. This is a series that I will revisit again, that is for sure.

 

Narration
Karen White nails the narration of this series. There are a bunch of characters in this final book of the series. Zanetti gives all the characters we’ve met at least a little page time, so White had to keep all the characters straight and clearly defined with each having their own voices. The emotion that is delivered throughout the series is great, but it is ratcheted up several notches in this final story.

 

I like to thank Hachette Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/total-surrender-audiobook-by-rebecca-zanetti-review

Reading progress update: I've listened 647 out of 1328 minutes.

The Shadows: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood - J.R. Ward

I'm not feeling it right now. With all the drama and spoilers going around right now, I just can't get into this story. I'm going to set it aside for a little bit. I'm more in the mood for humor anyway, which could be part of the problem.

Review: Replica (Replica Trilogy, #1) by Jenna Black

Replica - Jenna Black

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Young Adult Science Fiction Murder Mystery

 
It is a known fact that I don’t read many young adult novels. However, there are some authors that I’ll try. Jenna Black is one of those authors. I’ve read her adult novels and even her other YA trilogy, The Faeriewalker Series. I’ve always enjoyed her books, so I thought I would give this one a try.

 

The world that is built here is very interesting. It takes place in the future and the government as we know has collapsed. This story takes place in what was once New York City. There is technology to not only clone humans, but also replicate their memories into that clone. If you die, they can bring you back. You will remember everything since the last time you were scanned.

 

We have two main characters in this book. Nate (18) and Nadia (16). They are engaged to be married, as arranged by their parents. Nate’s father is the chairman of Paxco, the largest corporation in this city. Nate is his father’s only son and heir. He is also gay, but is friends with Nadia. Nate has fallen in love with another boy from Basement, which is the really bad part of town. Nate is hiding his sexual preferences to prevent being “reprogrammed”. Nadia is the second daughter in her family, so she isn’t really heir to anything.

 

At the very beginning of Replica, Nate is murdered while at a party. The murder is pinned on Kurt Bishop, Nate’s lover and valet. Nadia is the last person who saw him alive. Nate is brought back as a Replica. His last scan was two weeks prior, so he doesn’t remember anything of the past two weeks when he wakes up. Nate and Nadia both agree that Kurt Bishop is not the real killer. They set out together to solve this murder. Can you imagine trying to be a detective in your own murder case??

 

In this world, status is very important and being heir to a great family can determine a lot about your life. There are Executives, Employees and Basement Dwellers. The majority of our characters are Executives or part of the family. We do meet some Basement Dwellers, but very few of the middle of the road Employees.

 

The characters in this story are not perfect. Nate and Nadia are both raised in an elitist society. They have always gotten what they’ve wanted, but have also lived a very sheltered life. While Nate is gay, he isn’t a stereotypical gay man. He is just a guy who likes other guys. He is a bit of a brat in the fact that he has always had everyone bow down to him as he will likely become the next Chairman of Paxco Industries. He doesn’t take things well when things don’t go his way.

 

Nadia is a girl who was raised in a society where she is just meant to be a pretty sidekick to her future husband. She isn’t a Kardashian though. She befriended the only black girl in her school, whose family just barely makes into Executive ranks. She abhors the other more traditional society girls.

 

Replica is very well written with a lot of twists and turns. There isn’t much of a love interest. There is the relationship between the two boys, but that isn’t pretty down played. There is also a potential love interest between Nadia and Dante, an employee that is assigned as a personal assistant, but is really a spy for the Chairman. I liked that this book didn’t have typical YA tropes of love triangles and teenage angst. I’ve very interested to see how book two of the series goes.
 

 


The Replica Trilogy

  

 

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2015/04/review-replica-by-jenna-black.html

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#FitReaders April 2015

 

I track my steps using a FitBit. If you have a FitBit and want to be friends, here is my profile: https://www.fitbit.com/user/28YSVY. I also track calories via MyFitnessPal. If you want to be my friend there, http://www.myfitnesspal.com/profile/mlsimmons1977

 

I'm getting back on this bandwagon. This has not been a great year for me. I was sick for most of January. I had the death of one of my horses (my first horse and a friend of 22 years) in February. I had a project at work that ate up all my time and energy in March. All of that is now behind me and I'm hoping that I can get myself back into gear in April.

 

I've signed up for DailyBurn, so I will be doing that several days a week. I will also be doing some walking, but at the moment, I'm having issues with my FitBit. I might need a new one, but that was an expense I was not expecting. :-( I also hope that by the end of the month, I will be riding my horse, but that is weather dependent. Right now, it is too muddy.

 

4/3 - Well, my Fitbit is dead. Support is wonderful and sending me a new one. I hope it gets here soon.

 

4/30 -  Doing really well with Daily Burn. Still not loosing much weight, maybe a pound and half. I'm noticing a small change in my jeans, but not much. I'm going to keep working. With Daily Burn the exercises do get more difficult and burn more calories as you work through it.  

 

  1. 8,514 steps
  2. 3,940 steps
  3. broken Fitbit no steps tracked.
  4. 30 minutes of Daily Burn Core training (forgot to get the calories)
  5. broken Fitbit no steps tracked, but cleaned a lot of the house.
  6. 26 minutes of Daily Burn Strength and Cardio - 456 calories
  7. 4,987 steps + 18 minute Daily Burn Core Training
  8. 7,831 steps
  9. 4,346 steps
  10. didn't realize Fitbit battery was dead, so no steps counted
  11. 11,898 steps
  12. 6,425 steps + 30 sit-ups
  13. 13,020 steps
  14. 8,142 steps + 30 sit-ups
  15. 5,341 steps
  16. 10,295 steps + Mobility & Stability 26 minutes, 485 calories
  17. 3,709 steps + Core Workout 31 minutes, 401 calories
  18. 12,013 steps + yardwork
  19. 2,840 steps
  20. 5,878 steps + Mobility & Stability 26 minutes, 485 calories 
  21. 5,870 steps + Core Workout 20 minutes, 270 calories
  22. 9,449 steps + Strength & Cardio Workout 26 minutes, 456 calories
  23. 7.326 steps
  24. 5,717 steps + Mobility & Stability 26 minutes, 463 calories 
  25. 4,887 steps
  26. 5,882 steps + Core Workout 31 minutes, 384 calories
  27. 5,767 steps + Mobility & Stability 26 minutes, 490 calories 
  28. 8,531 steps + Cardio Kickboxing 26 minutes, 487 calories
  29. 12,838 steps
  30. 3.987 steps + Core Workout 31 minutes, 384 calories

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