ARC Review, Books

ARC Review: Angry God by L.J. Shen

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Vaughn Spencer.

They call him an angry god.

To me, he is nothing but a heartless prince.

His parents rule this town, its police, every citizen and boutique on Main Street.

All I own is a nice, juicy grudge against him for that time he almost killed me.

Between hooking up with a different girl every weekend, breaking hearts, noses and rules, Vaughn also finds the time to bully little ole’ me.

I fight back, tooth and nail, never expecting him to chase me across the ocean after we graduate high school.

But here he is, living with me in a dark, looming castle on the outskirts of London.

A fellow intern. A prodigal sculptor. A bloody genius.

They say this place is haunted, and it is.

Carlisle Castle hides two of our most awful secrets.

Vaughn thinks he can kill the ghosts of his past, but what he doesn’t know? It’s my heart he’s slaying.

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Intense. Twisted. Dark. Angry God is certainly blessed with the L.J. Shen imprint. Even more. 

I’ve been dying to read Angry God because how not to be curious about Vicious’ spawn, right? I know we’ve met Vaughn Spencer in the previous books of All Saints High series and we basically know him as this dark and brooding type of guy. Vicious 2.0. But the question which is at the forefront of my mind since knowing about him having his own book is “What could certainly go wrong with Vicious and Emilia’s son?”. This is Vicious’ son, we are talking about and it just felt so impossible to me, then.

It is possible and I weep for him.

The overall mood of Angry God is kind of just how I anticipated for it to be. Reading it 2019_0929_17230900felt like being cloaked with something dark and heavy with all the mystery lying at the far-end of the story. I had a surreal reading experience. Adding intensity to the story are the main characters itself, Vaughn Spencer and Lenora Astalis who both brought their A-game when it comes to butting heads, one-upping the other and being crooked.

Lenora and Vaughn had their fair share of darkness in life and craziness and we all read that here. We are given two characters who are both so flawed in many and different ways and which only makes things so exciting. With readers having to wade through their flaws, witnessing them slowly opening up and learning the skulls hidden deeply inside their closets. I love Angry God for being character-centric. It really focused on their characters and how then it effortlessly pushed the story to its fullness. It’s like, there was no other way that this book could be written.

But what I have learned from reading L.J. Shen books in the past? Is that there will be parts in the book that will make me question myself, my morals and my sanity. Admittedly, until now I’m still sitting on some of my thoughts on certain scenarios and decisions that Lenora and Vaughn did. Did s/he did the right thing? Did s/he took it too far? Did??? Was it really necessary to act/react that way? Was it acceptable? It’s keeping my mind turning even after finishing the book.

With the constant darkness that followed Vaughn and Lenora around, I commend L.J. Shen for bravely tackling such a nitty-gritty issue. Especially for Vaughn’s character. Even though the book was already peppered with hints, I refused to believe it. Not until everything is laid out in the open. It was tough to read through. So if you read parts that doesn’t sit well with you, stop. Consider it as a trigger warning for yourself. But, what Vaughn went through sadly happens in real life.

A hot topic. I cannot count the amount of Lenora x Vaughn or Poppy x Vaughn discussions that I’ve seen ever since Broken Knight (BK) was published. Well, who did you root for?

As for me, I’ve been rooting for Lenora and Vaughn to happen. Come on, the tension between them? I’m getting roasted during their scenes in BK because of the heat. It’s also the perfect build up for a hate-love relationship. But aside from being teased of their chemistry, I truly felt that there’s so much more than the animosity they’ve been throwing at each others face every time they’re in the same room. I’ve been curious. I’ve given so much thought about how Shen will spin the story if ever L & V happens and what could she do to make her readers root for them. Surely, it worked for me and I really think it will on others too. You’ll root for them, I swear. They were IT. How I wish I could tell you more about my feels about them. But I really want for you to experience firsthand.

Despite the darkness that enveloped the story, there were scenes that got real laughs out of me. Mostly from Knight Cole aka the icebreaker, the ever voice of reason and truth. Please allow me to share with you this line (or you may choose to skip this part).

“Don’t what me like I’m interrupting your goddamn schedule of scowling at places, people, and your own reflection.”

I bursted out laughing when I read it because now all I kept thinking about is Vaughn scowling at his own reflection. It felt so authentic which makes it so easy to imagine. Bless, Knight for injecting himself in the story to make things a bit lighter. But can you try to imagine smiling about something that Vaughn said? Ain’t that would be sweeter? Well, hold on tight.

Will I recommend Angry God? Yes. But again, I repeat, if things get too much for you – please stop reading.

Angry God is a dark book, which contain dark themes and is really far from the previous themes that were tackled in the All Saints High Series.  

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Book Reviews, Books

Release Day Blitz + Book Review

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“Everyone needs to read this book. ” – Harloe Rae, USA Today bestselling author.

Broken Knight, an all new standalone about first loves, betrayal and loss from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is available now!

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SYNOPSIS

Not all love stories are written the same way.

Ours had torn chapters, missing paragraphs, and a bittersweet ending.

Luna Rexroth is everyone’s favorite wallflower.

Sweet.

Caring.

Charitable.

Quiet.

Fake.

Underneath the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves (yet pities) is a girl who knows exactly what, and who, she wants—namely, the boy from the treehouse who taught her how to curse in sign language.

Who taught her how to laugh.

To live.

To love.

Knight Cole is everyone’s favorite football hero.

Gorgeous.

Athletic.

Rugged.

Popular.

Liar.

This daredevil hell-raiser could knock you up with his gaze alone, but he only has eyes for the girl across the street: Luna.

But Luna is not who she used to be. She doesn’t need his protection anymore.

When life throws a curveball at All Saints’ golden boy, he’s forced to realize not all knights are heroes.

Sometimes, the greatest love stories flourish in tragedy.

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Books, Mini Book Reviews

06 Mini Book Reviews {Boy Toy, Say Yes and Bad Apple}

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{1} Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby 

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Liam

The moment Sadie Matthews walks through the daycare center door, I feel my world tilt in her direction. Again. I fell for her when I was fourteen, and I’m still not over her. Problem: she still thinks of me as a teen she used to babysit. But I’ve learned a few things about pleasing a woman in the last fifteen years. I can’t wait to show her how good it could be. I need to move quickly before I lose her again. This is more than a game to me, but I still plan to win.

Sadie

I’ve just survived the worst year of my life. As a single mom of twin toddlers, I don’t have time for a man. I barely have time to finish a thought. Who knew that Liam McAllister would grow up to be so devastating? He’s everything my husband was not: tall, built, and willing to have a tea party with my girls.

I can’t possibly get involved with him. He’s too young for me. Too handsome. But he’s so persuasive…

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY 

Gift Guide under 50

As a result of me looking for books with a younger guy-older woman trope, I came across Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby.

Probably my favorite thing about this book is Liam and Sadie’s twin girls, Kate and Amy. I love reading about Liam doing things for them. How comfortable he is. How he easily fits their lives. Every scene with them are so /so/ heartwarming. Though, there are also times wherein they’re such a riot. Quirks and all.

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05 Mini Book Reviews {The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen and All Grown Up by Vi Keeland}

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LRM_EXPORT_414518637632045_20190707_110134042{1} The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.
Two men.
Three lives.
Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY

Gift Guide under 50

To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive when I started reading The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen. I’m not into love triangles and Wolfe Keaton’s character scared me, irritated me. He’s an asshole, yep. But as soon as the story picked up (I don’t back down just because), I noticed how I became so invested with their story.

I was rooting for Francesca. I was rooting for Wolfe. I was rooting for them to make things work between them. He’s an asshole. He’s rough. She pushes his buttons. She’s undecisive. They misunderstand each other. They lack proper communication. They make me crazy.

See, their story and characters are definitely a far cry from being perfect. They were perfect at being flawed.

Especially Senator Wolfe Keaton. Seeing how his character changed was like seeing a platonic relationship bloom into a romantic one. It was such a sight to see that the walls he built around him since he was young…little by little cracked. The ice inside of him started to thaw and with warmth slowly slipping out. It was beautiful. Totally hands down to LJ Shen for writing such a great character development. I love it.

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Books, Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: Broken Knight by L.J. Shen

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“Not all love stories are written in the same way. Ours had torn chapters, missing paragraphs, and a bittersweet ending.”

Broken Knight, the highly anticipated new standalone in the All Saints High series from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen is coming August 25th, and we have the red-hot cover!

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Luna Rexroth is everyone’s favorite wallflower.

Sweet.

Caring.

Charitable.

Quiet.

Fake.

See, under the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves yet pities is a girl who knows exactly what – and who – she wants.

Namely, the boy from the treehouse, who taught her how to curse in sign language.

Who taught her how to laugh.

To live.

To love.

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