REVIEW by Jena: Hate Notes by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

From New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes an unexpected love story of secondhand hearts and second chances… It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress. Something blue. I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s …

REVIEW by Jena: Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot

From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kendra Elliot comes the first novella in the thrilling Widow’s Island series. FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde is back home on a remote Pacific Northwest island when she gets the call: a teenager’s skeletal remains have been found on a nearby island. Together with Tessa Black, a childhood friend turned local …

REVIEW by Jena: Hotline to Hell by Emily Cyr – Includes an Excerpt!

THERE’S NO HANGING UP NOW. Kayel Cleary is a phone sex operator. All she wants to do is get through law school, and if that means late-night phone calls with men who think she’s something she’s not, then so be it. That is, until one of her long-time clients is murdered – and she hears …

RELEASE DAY REVIEW by Jena: Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (@Thomas_Novelist)

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters your homes at will. She stands next to your bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never …

REVIEW by Jena: Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8) by Ilona Andrews (@ilona_andrews)

In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake… After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. …

REVIEW by Jena: Entwined With You (Crossfire #3) by Sylvia Day (@SylDay)

The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts, and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires… From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I …

REVIEW by Jena: Reflected In You (Crossfire #2) by Sylvia Day (@SylDay)

Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction… my every desire… mine. My past was as violent as his, …

REVIEW by Jena: Bared to You (Crossfire #1) by Sylvia Day (@SylDay)

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness…  He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he …

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW by Jena: Yes, Please! by Amy Poehler (@smrtgrls)

In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, …

REVIEW by Jena: Still Foolin’ ‘Em by Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal)

Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America’s favorite comedians as he turns 65, and a look back at a remarkable career. Billy Crystal is turning 65, and he’s not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to …

REVIEW by Jena: You’re Making Me Hate You by Corey Taylor (@CoreyTaylorRock)

In the tradition of the late great George Carlin, New York Times bestselling author and lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour Corey Taylor sounds off in hilarious fashion about the many vagaries of modern life that piss him off. Whether it’s people’s rude behavior in restaurants and malls, the many indignities of air travel, …

REVIEW by Jena: Firstborn (Legacy #1) by Ryan Attard (@Enkousama)

There’s a war raging between the forces of Heaven and Hell; and, as if he didn’t have enough to deal with from his own issues, his sister has chosen the wrong side. “I was in control of this Armageddon-level spell. I willed it to life and I gave it purpose. The sky swirled and grey …

RELEASE DAY REVIEW: Concealed (Caged #6.5) by Amber Lynn Natusch (@AmberLNatusch)

Our perceptions create our reality, even when they’re wrong. Nobody understands this better than Gavin. Nobody. To most, he is a shadowy agent of chaos. His motives are questionable, his methods bizarre. But his journey is one of both protection and redemption, and his story is yet untold. Until now. The past and present you …

NEW RELEASE REVIEW: Dead Spots by Rhiannon Frater (@rhiannonfrater , @torbooks)

New horror from Rhiannon Frater: in the dead spots, dreams become reality, terror knows your name, and nightmares can kill. The stillbirth of Mackenzie’s son destroyed her marriage. Grieving, Mac reluctantly heads for her childhood home to seek refuge with her mother, who constantly reminds her of life’s dangers. Driving across Texas, Mac swerves to …

REVIEW by Jena: Unborn (Unborn #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch (@AmberLNatusch)

Born into mystery. Shackled to darkness… Khara has spent centuries discovering everything about the Underworld―except her place in it. But when she’s ripped from her home, solving the riddle of her origins becomes more important than ever. With evil stalking her through the dark alleys of Detroit, she finds salvation from an unlikely source: a …

NEW RELEASE REVIEW by Jena: Strayed (Caged #6) by Amber Lynn Natusch (@AmberLNatusch)

Reunited at last, Ruby and Scarlet have tried to mend their fractured relationship. But Scarlet’s unwillingness to share what she did during her three week expedition has Ruby frustrated and Sean seething. When Ruby starts to remember events she never witnessed, it becomes clear that Scarlet’s days of secrecy were far more nefarious than she …

GIVEAWAY & REVIEW by Jena: Spark (Hailey Holloway #1) by K.C. Stewart

Copywriter by day, nerd by night, Hailey Holloway is living the post college dream. Her life may not be flashy and exciting but it’s enough for her. After a late night at work, Hailey stumbles upon two dragons brawling in the middle of Philadelphia. In an act of kindness and lapse of sanity, she comforts …

REVIEW by Jena: Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives. In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists. Now …

REVIEW by Jena: Unstoppable (Fighter #2) by S.D. Hildreth (@ScottDHildreth)

Mike “Ripp” Ripton is a boxer and bare knuckles fighter who is witty, muscular, tattooed, and has 4 piercings ‘down stairs’. He is a man of principal, great moral value, and has family ties. He has never, however, been in love; nor been in an actual relationship. He does relationships, ‘just not for that long’. …

REVIEW by Jena: Undefeated (Fighter #1) by S.D. Hildreth (@ScottDHildreth)

Shane Dekkar is an alpha male and a boxer. He is as ruthless on the streets as he is in the ring. Several things set Shane apart from the typical alpha; he’s romantic, kind, considerate, and poetic – as long as you’re on his good side. Preparing for a potential shot at the Heavyweight Championship …

AUDIO BOOK TOUR REVIEW: Caged (Caged #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch (@AmberLNatusch)

After the death of her parents, Ruby awakens from a lifetime of shadows and finds herself alone, thrust into a world of lies, deceit, betrayal and the supernatural. As her quest for truth continues to come up short, she realizes that maybe some questions really are best left unanswered. When her true identity is finally …

REVIEW by Jena: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (@Joe_Hill)

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country. Charles Talent Manx …

REVIEW by Jena: Doctor Sleep (Sequel to The Shining) by Stephen King (@StephenKing)

Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True …

REVIEW by Jena: Turn to Darkness by Jaime Rush

THE AVON AFFAIR IS A 14-DAY AVON BOOKS REVIEW EVENT ORGANIZED AND HOSTED BY CURRENT AND ALUMNI MEMBERS OF THE AVON ADDICTS. The next installment in the Offspring series. Shea is used to taking care of herself. She has special powers, and she knows how to use them. She’s pushed away the ugliness of her …

REVIEW by Jena: Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany – RELEASED TODAY! (@AmyHatvany)

Thirty-six-year-old Grace McAllister never longed for children. But when she meets Victor Hansen, a handsome, charismatic divorced restaurateur who is father to Max and Ava, Grace decides that, for the right man, she could learn to be an excellent part-time stepmom. After all, the kids live with their mother, Kelli. How hard could it be? …

REVIEW by Jena: Eyes To See (Jeremiah Hunt #1) by Joseph Nassise (@jnassise)

Jeremiah Hunt’s life has fallen apart in the months since his daughter’s disappearance. Once a happily married and respected Harvard classics professor, Hunt’s obsessive search for his daughter Elizabeth has cost him his job, wife and reputation. In a last desperate attempt to discover Elizabeth’s fate, Hunt performs an arcane ritual that robs him of …

REVIEW by Jena: The Blood of Cowards by Matt Cole

The vampire, Lazarus Kalon, is on his way back to Atlanta to liberate his treasure before the city falls to Sherman’s army.  Sick from a prolonged thirst, Lazarus, encounters three rebel deserters in the Appalachians.  The vampire anti-hero closes in on the deserters, intending only to feed his thirst. Yet, Lazarus is soon overcome by a supernatural awareness …

REVIEW by Jena: First Grave On The Right by Darynda Jones (@Darynda)

Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (like murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters …

REVIEW by Jena: Bossypants by Tina Fey (@tinafey)

Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen …

RANDOMS: My Chat With Kerrelyn Sparks (@avonbooks, @kerrelynsparks)

As I’ve mentioned before, I was lucky enough to get picked for this term of Avon Addicts with Avon Books.  Tonight, we had an Shindig video chat with Kerrelyn herself.  We talked about everything from publishing to her Love At Stake series and her newest release The Forbidden Lady.

REVIEW by Jena: Seven Crows (Buffy/Angel Crossover Novel) by John Vornholt

One crow sorrow, Two crows mirth, Three crows a wedding, Four crows a birth, Five crows silver, Six crows gold, Seven crows a secret, Which must never be told…. In a sleepy little town on the border between Arizona and Mexico, Agent Riley Finn and his operative wife, Sam, have tracked down an international smuggling …

REVIEW by Jena: Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr (@Melissa_Marr)

In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the …

REVIEW by Jena: Turn to Darkness by Jaime Rush

The next installment in the Offspring series. Shea is used to taking care of herself. She has special powers, and she knows how to use them. She’s pushed away the ugliness of her past, just like she pushed away Greer, the only man who had ever reached beyond her defenses. All Greer wants is to …

REVIEW by Jena: Outlaw Among Us by Nathan Dodge – Released Today!

Martin Tucker is a working-class average Joe from New Jersey who lives a simple life: husband to his high school sweetheart, father to two young sons, and retainer of a ton of bills, even though most months the mortgage gets paid on time. It may not be the ultimate realization of the American Dream, but …

REVIEW by Jena: Dead(ish) by Naomi Kramer (@nomesquefiction)

Linda’s had a bad day. First, her boyfriend killed her. Then she woke up, still on this boring plane of existence, and with an odd obsession about her missing body. Mike won’t tell her what he did with her body, and she can’t find the stupid thing herself. There’s only one thing she can do …

GUEST REVIEW by Katrina Lumsden: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

This review is by a photographer named Katrina Lumsden.  Ginny found her review on Goodreads and it was so hilarious that I just had to e-mail the person that wrote it and beg permission to post it here on Pure Textuality.  Lucky for us and all of our readers, she said yes.  So here it …

REVIEW by Jena: Of Thieves and Elves by A.P. Stephens (@apstephens)

A monumental tragedy has befallen the Clan of Ionor, an ancient brotherhood of elven warriors. Concerned when their Master does not reach his secretive business in a distant kingdom, the Elders learn that Tryn, their beloved leader, has been captured by a cutthroat gang of bandits known as the Steel Claw. Yet this is not …

INTERVIEW by Jena: Dannika Dark author of the Mageri Series

Stopping by for her blog tour in celebration of her second release in the Mageri series, please join me in welcoming Dannika Dark to Pure Textuality for an interview! Also, be sure to see the bottom of the interview for your chance to win a Kindle copy of Twist!!!    

REVIEW by Jena: Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires #1) by Rachel Caine (@rachelcaine)

Welcome to Morganville, Texas. Just don’t stay out after dark. College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school’s social scene: somewhere less than zero. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a …

RANDOMSby Jena: Jena’s Adventure in Writing a Novel: Part III

I am happy to report that I am in the full swing of rewriting my novel.  All the ideas that have been bubbling up here and there since my musically induced breakthrough I had during my last check-in finally started to drop together in a coherent story line.   

REVIEW by Jena: Once Burned (Night Prince #1) by Jeaniene Frost (@Jeaniene_Frost)

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude…until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to …

REVIEW by Jena: The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead (@RichelleMead)

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students–children of the wealthy and powerful–carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to …

REVIEW by Jena: Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3) by Patricia Briggs (@mercys_garage)

They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind. Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, …

REVIEW by Jena: Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega #2) by Patricia Briggs (@mercys_garage)

  Mated to werewolf Charles Cornick, the son—and enforcer—of the leader of the North American werewolves, Anna Latham now knows how dangerous being a werewolf is, especially when a werewolf who opposes Charles and his father is struck down. Charles’s reputation makes him the prime suspect and the penalty for the crime is execution. Now …

REVIEW by Jena: Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1) by Patricia Briggs (@mercys_garage)

Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves …