The Devil’s Playground by Alice J. Black Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): As Jake prepares for his wedding to the woman she f his dreams, he never suspects his last night as a single man would lead to being locked up in Hell… On his way home from his stag night, Jake is involved in a hit and run that leaves him not only fighting for his life, but for his sanity. As his fiancée stands vigil by his hospital bed, Jake slips deeper into his unconsciousness. While stuck in the coma, Jake is more aware of the unreality he has faced since being a child. He is stuck in a nightmare. One that has plagued him his whole life… Welcome to The Devil’s Playground.

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July Wrap Up

Half of 2018 has crept by so quickly, how? I’m not so sure!! This month has definitely been a better reading month for me than June. Overall, I read six books in the month of July!

Which were:

  • Between the Shade and the Shadow by Coleman Alexander, I gave this book five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Diana Christmas by F.R. Jameson, I gave this book four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Viable Body: Pilgrimage by Yuan Nomos, I gave this book five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • AndroDigm Park 2067 by J.M.J. Williamson, I gave this book five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • The Freedom Club by Cindy Vine, I gave this book four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Chateau of Desire by Monica Bentley, I gave this book two out of five stars ⭐️⭐️
  • I had quite a good reading month and am happy that I managed to read a lot more than I had done in the previous month of June. I read a few books which I thoroughly enjoyed (as you can see by my star ratings).
  • I have just finished a book that I started in July but will feature in my August Wrap Up post and I will be posting the book review later on today for it. The book is called The Devil’s Playground by Alice J. Black.
  • How many books did you read in the month of July? Which one did you enjoy the best? Let me know in the comments below.
  • Happy reading,
  • Claire 📚
  • Chateau of Desire by Monica Bentley Book Review

    Book Description (via Goodreads): France, 1355 The Count of Brionde continues his endless game of cat and mouse with the French king, Jean le Bon. In the forests surrounding the chateau, however, lurks the armed band of legendary condotierre learner Bertrand du Guesclin. Inside the chateau, the Guard practice daily, preparing for the inevitable attack. The youngest member, Louis – ward to the master of the Guard – dreams of becoming a true warrior. He also dreams of the kitchen scamp Phoebe, who grows more beautiful with each passing day. Young love’s first blush finds these two resourceful orphans relying on each other when no one else trusts their lowly position. When the fateful battle finally arrives, choosing whom to trust means life or death.

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    The Freedom Club by Cindy Vine Book Review

    Book Description (via Goodreads): “We could be anybody and everybody. A group of high school stereotypes with one thing in common. Every one of us has a story.” Every high school has the bullies, the freaks, the weird kids that make you feel uneasy. Rourke High has more than their fair share. A few months before the end of their senior year, a group of seemingly mismatched kids get together to form The Freedom Club, hoping that they can support the victims of bullying, before they graduate. As they uncover secrets and lies they plot revenge – and discover love, friendship and truths about themselves, building up to a shocking climax that will leave you reeling. Do you ever really know the person next to you?

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    AndroDigm Park 2067 by J.M.J. Williamson Book Review

    Book Description (via Goodreads): AndroDigmPark – where fantasy becomes reality. A sci-fi thriller set in the near future – a dark hedonistic world controlled by giant cyber and media corporations. When the CEO of the world’s largest android manufacturer is brutally murdered, Marshal Shelby is tasked with hunting down her assassins and those behind them. His investigation leads him to AndroDigm Park – a fantasy park for the super rich, where quests can literally live out their fantasies in a world populated with android creatures and human replicants. They can travel back in time to the days of Camelot, ride dragons, slay demons, and engage in any kind of debauchery they desire. If you’re rich enough, anything is possible at AndroDigm Park. But is it all about fun and games or is there something more sinister about the park and the people behind it?

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    A Date for Hannah by Callie Henry (Katy Regenry) Cover Reveal Giveaway

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    A Date for Hannah

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    Release Date: August 6th 2018
    Series: Love is for Everyone
    Genre: YA Romance
    “I loved your YA story!  Your fairy tale style is perfect for this age group, with refreshing characters.” —former Mills & Boon editor, Tessa Shapcott
    Fans of Hallmark movies and sweet stories of first love will adore Callie Henry’s new series!
    High-schooler, Hannah, has always been self-conscious about her weight, so when hottie swimmer, Liam, pays her extra attention at her sister’s wedding, she has a hard time trusting his interest. Throughout the evening, Liam’s charm wins her over, until they’re falling hard for each other. But the next day, Hannah learns something that may ruin it all.
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    All stories in the LIFE (Love is for Everyone) series portray true-to-life, teen-aged characters, with real personalities and common issues, who experience the lightning bolt of first love in their own, individual ways!

    Excerpt from A DATE FOR HANNAH (Love Is For Everyone, #1) by Callie Henry. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

    “Hey, you know what? You didn’t let me finish my pitch before, when I asked you to go on a date with me.”
    She sighed, her eyes losing a little brightness and her smile dimming as she turned away to look at the reception guests on the dance floor. He tilted his head to see her better, and though he didn’t know her well enough to read her expression with accuracy, he saw wariness as her eyebrows knitted together. But when she sucked her lower lip into her mouth, he perceived a little bit of longing too, which made him press his advantage.
    “Didn’t you wonder how I knew all that Shakespeare stuff?” he asked.
    “Yes, actually,” she said, looking surprised by his question. “Come to think of it, I did wonder, but then you distracted me.”
    He grinned. “Good distraction, right?”
    She rolled her eyes, but her lips tilted up a little, which made him happy. “You were saying?”
    “The OSF is twenty minutes from my house. I worked there taking tickets over spring break last year. So, if you’d like to go with me sometime—as a date—I might even be able to take you backstage. I’m sure Julia would give us a tour of the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.”
    “Julia?” said Hannah, raising an eyebrow.
    He saw it in her eyes, the way she was mentally backing away from him at the mere mention of another woman. Is that how she saw all men?
    As players? As someone who’d hurt her and cheat on her if she let her guard down? He couldn’t help the way his feelings for her surged as he watched her—how much he wanted to be the person to prove to her that she could give her heart to someone who would keep it safe.
    Julia is my Mom’s friend who works in group sales, is married, and has two kids.” He pulled Hannah’s hand behind his back, holding it hostage and drawing her closer until her chest pressed against his.
    “And to be clear? I wouldn’t ask you out if I was seeing someone else. I don’t do that. I’m not with anyone right now, Hannah … except you.”
    She flinched, and her face went utterly blank, except for her eyes, which looked worried and uncomfortable.
    “You’re not with me,” she said softly, loosening her hand from his grasp and stepping away from him.
    “I didn’t mean—”
    “I have to use the ladies’ room. I’ll find you in a little bit, okay?
    She turned and started walking away, while he babbled incoherently at her back:
    “Wait. Hannah! No. I didn’t…I just—I just meant…Crap!”
    He stopped talking when she was out of sight.
    Dang it, Liam! Why do you have to be so freaking intense?
    Probably because it bothered him that she kept trying to friend-zone him when he didn’t feel friendly toward her and pretty much hadn’t from the moment he’d laid eyes on her.
    There were some girls he met—especially the shallow, self-absorbed ones—who turned him off the moment he met them. Most of the popular girls at his high school thought he was trouble, and even after he’d straightened himself out, they didn’t give him a chance. Not really. They’d fool around with him at a party—there was never a shortage of popular girls who wanted to make out with a bad boy—but on Monday morning, they’d act like they were too drunk to remember kissing him. And it sort of sucked, because Liam Callahan was one of those guys who quietly longed for a girlfriend, even though his reputation had pegged him inaccurately as a player.
    He wanted to date someone. He wanted to leave a party with her on Saturday night, and hold her hand when he walked into school on Monday morning. He wanted to be the first person she texted when she was happy or upset about something. He wanted to invite her over for dinner with his mom. He wanted to introduce her to his friends:
    You guys, this is my girlfriend.
    He’d imagined saying those words about a thousand times, but he’d never had the chance to say them, and it bothered him. A lot.
    But tonight? Meeting Hannah? Somehow it felt like maybe what he wanted was actually, finally, possible.
    When Hannah looked up at him with those huge, vulnerable, dark brown eyes, he felt hopeful.
    “Damn it,” he growled softly, frustrated that he’d pushed her too hard.
    Maybe he was being pushy, but he liked her, and for all he knew, she was driving back up to Brookings in the morning. He wanted her to say yes to a date—his heart needed to know that he’d see her again.

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    About the Author

    Callie Henry is the YA pen name of New York Times bestselling contemporary romance author, Katy Regnery,
    Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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