Review: JA Redmerski’s latest book ‘Everything Under the Sun’ challenges the idea of what’s more important, duty or love?

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Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: arc
Series: stand-alone
Rating: 16+ for theming, language, graphic scenes
Genre: New Adult
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36058607-everything-under-the-sun?from_search=true

In this new dystopian word Thais is struggling to keep her and her sister alive after a deadly virus killed a majority of the population. And it only gets worse when she gets captured and brought to Lexington City. There she meets Atticus, a soldier, who she knows she should stay away from but struggles between survival and this pull towards him.

Atticus is about rules and doing his job. But once he meets Thais all that he knows goes out the window. He is challenged by duty and his feelings for her.

The story is very much like a cross between Hunger Games, The Darkest Minds, and Red Queen series. This is different kind of book for me to read for Redmerski, but the love part of the story is something that I am used to. We were to feel the stress and the longing that both characters have for one another and of course you nothing good is going to come from the forbidden love.

Since this is a dystopian book, it is super long. Think Mortal Instruments length. And I didn’t realize that when I went into it (b/c kindle doesn’t tell you the length when you start reading it). But there will come a time where you can’t put the book down. Because you want to know how Thais is going to get her and her sister out of the mess she is in and whether or not Atticus will be with her at the end.

Be prepared for the ending because it’s CRAZY! I like to think that I am good at not being super surprised by endings, but this one caught me off guard. It’s so out there that it makes me want to have the next book right now. So while the journey is going to be long, the destination is well worth it.

Rating: A

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Top 5 books coming out in July

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The summer is the best time to grab a book and take it with you as you go on a vacation so both your mind and your body can go somewhere else. The list of books coming out this month is great, but these are the top five books to look for this month.

#5-The Black Wolf by J.A. Redmerski
Out: 7/1

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This is the fifth book of the In Company of Killer series and we get to dive into the history of Izabel. Victor is working on trying to infiltrate the same place that Izabel is from with Nora and it’s going to take a lot of trust if they are going to get out of it alive.

The series is a very gritty story that has so many twists and turns that it’s hard to keep up. This one is certainly not going to be any different as we find out more about Izabel. There are sure to be secrets from her past that she is not going to want Victor to know about and we get to see what those secrets are.

#4- Pale Kings and Princes by Cassandra Clare
Out: 7/21

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This is the 6th installment in the Shadowhunter Academy series and the stakes keep rising and rising for Simon and his friends.

Simon is quickly beginning to see that there is more to just being a Shadowhunter then the fame and glory tht Jace seems to make it seem as. The twists and turns in this series continue on as we await for what will surely be an epic conclusion.

#3- Fighting to Breathe by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Out: 7/1

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In the start of a new series by Reynolds, we meet Austin and Lea who were destined to be together until tragedy strikes. Can Austin prove that they are meant to be despite her fears?

This is the first book that Reynolds has written outside of the Until characters it will be intersting to see what she comes with it. The fact that the book takes place in Alasaka certainly adds another element to the book and it is one of the top books to look out for this month.

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#2- Chasing River by KA Tucker
Out: 7/7

In the next book of the series, we follow Jesse’s sister Amber as she goes on a trip to Ireland and meets an Irish rogue in River, but she quickly sees that trouble can be anywhere in the world as she learns that falling in love is a leap of faith.

Tucker once again creates another addicting series where we get to fall in love with different characters in each book. River and Amber are literally from two different worlds and it’s going to be ineresting to see if Amber can adapt to the changes that she sees in both hers and his life.

#1- Inspiring You by Jessica Sorensen
Out: 7/15

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In the next book of this series, Ayden and Lryic continue to try and find his brother but the closer that they get, the more that they see that there is more to the story. Sorensen has once again captivated us with Ayden and Lyric’s story and is certainly going to give the parents’ books a run for their money for which is the better series.

What book are you most excited to read this month?

 

New excerpt from “The Black Wolf” by JA Redmerski released

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Yesterday, a new excerpt from The Black Wolf was released on author JA Redmerski’s series’s website.

You can read it below.

Excerpt ‐ THE BLACK WOLF | J.A. Redmerski

The text in this document is copyright Jessica Redmerski 2015

And for the next thirty minutes I listen to her tell me

everything.

“So what do you think I should do?” she asks, and I

realize she really does want my advice.

What the fuck do I look like, a shrink?

“You want my honest opinion?” I ask, at least warning

her beforehand because I never sugarcoat anything.

“Yeah,” she says. “I want honesty.”

I shrug and then bring my arms up, locking my hands

behind my head.

“She may be your sister,” I say, “but that doesn’t make

her off‐limits. You do what you gotta do; beat the shit out of her

if that’s what’ll make you feel better”—my eyes meet hers with

warning and purpose—“but that shit you were saying about

calling Child Protective Services just to get back at her, that’s

fucked up. Do what you gotta do, but only bitches betray their

families like that.”

Jackie nods several times, in deep contemplation of my

‘advice’, and then she smiles, letting out a breath, her petite

shoulders rising and falling underneath her disheveled blonde

hair.

“You should take out an advice column in the

newspaper,” she says with a grin.

I laugh.

“Yeah, I can see it now”—I swipe a hand in front of me

in demonstration—“I’ll call it: Dear Niklas, Should I Kill

Myself? Sure, If You Feel Like You Should.”

Jackie chuckles, shaking her head and gently rolling her

brown eyes. Then she crawls over my body and takes her place

next to me on the other side of the bed again. She lays against

the pillow on her side, facing me. The tip of her index finger, her

fingernail painted with some weird glittery shit, begins to trace

the outline of my chest muscles.

“What about this stuff with avoiding your brother?” she

asks. “Wanna talk about it?”

 

Excerpt ‐ THE BLACK WOLF | J.A. Redmerski

The text in this document is copyright Jessica Redmerski 2015

Absently, and with bitterness, I chew on the inside of my

cheek.

“No,” I answer after a moment, staring at the lime green

door out ahead. “I’d rather not.”

“Oh come on,” Jackie says in jest, patting my chest with

the palm of her hand, “it can’t be that bad—mine was pretty

messed up; can’t be much worse than mine. What did he do?”

After a pause, I say without looking at her, “My brother

murdered the only woman I ever loved,” and in half a second

Jackie’s almost‐fully‐naked body becomes a rock next to mine.

“Oh…”

“Why don’t you take those panties back off?” I suggest

casually.

It takes her moment to hear my question, and then, still

with quite a shock on her face, her eyebrows drawn inward, she

slips her panties off and tosses them on the floor.

Tearing open a condom wrapper, I put the condom on

and then gesture with one hand toward my lap.

“Get on,” I say, and she does.

And in under thirty seconds, neither one of us are

thinking anymore about our fucked up families.

It looks like this is told from Niklas’s point of view and it still looks like he is still upset about the fact that his brother killed the love of his life. But who could blame him? Question is, who is this Jackie character and will she be able to get to him?

Catch up on the series by buying the books at one of the links below.

Killing Sarai

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Reviving Izabel

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

The Swan & the Jackal

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Seeds of Iniquity

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

The Black Wolf is set to come out in 2015.

What did you think of the excerpt?

Book review – “Seeds of Iniquity” by JA Redmerski – psychological thriller that shocks you until the end

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Format: ebook, paperback

Series: book 4 of In the Company of Killers series

Rating: 18+ for language, sexual content, dark themes, sensual scenes

Genre: Romance/Thriller

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23292460-seeds-of-iniquity?from_search=true

In the fourth book of the series, we meet up with Victor and the rest of his order as they try and figure out a woman named Nora who comes with them with a game that they have no choice to play. The fact that the game involves the members giving up their darkest secrets, only bad things can come of this as each one of the members are challenged in ways they haven’t been before.

The story is a little bit different than the others as instead of being on the offense, the order is on the defense. A woman named Nora kidnaps people that they love (or their weaknesses) and forces their hand. She is manipulating and controlling and her lack of care about her life is a little unnerving. Many times she is considered the female Victor and it’s easy to see that. She will stop at nothing to finish the mission even if it means her life.

The premise is very interesting because we get to see the dark secrets that all the characters have been holding. With each person that comes up, the secrets get better and better and it makes you see the characters in a whole new light. It was very interesting how each secret pretty much set up the next person and how some of the secrets were intertwined with the rest of the story and the next story. It’s going to be interesting to see where it goes from here.

Izabel was one of my favorite characters up until this book. She seems very whiny and needy as many times she shows that she is not fit to be on her own like she desperately wants. I had been rooting for her to make a name for herself amongst the group, but in this one I sided with Victor about her not being ready to be by herself. She lets her emotions get the better of her and it’s not good for this kind of profession.

For Victor, if you didn’t like him before, that may still continue. But you will understand him a whole lot more in this story. You see just how deep his love for Izabel goes and the lengths he will go to protect her and Niklas. Even though time and time again he is forced to choose between them.

While I may not have liked Izabel in this story, the ending certainly made it so that I would be coming back. You know that something big is going to go down in the next book and Izabel is going to have a chance to prove that she should be with them or prove that she shouldn’t be. Question will be, if she doesn’t prove herself, will Victor be able to take her out?

Rating: B-

To keep up to date on news from J.A. Redmerski, you can go to her website, ‘Like’ her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, or follow her on Pinterest.

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Killing Sarai

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Reviving Izabel

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

The Swan & the Jackal

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Seeds of Iniquity

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

The Black Wolf (out 2015)

“Seeds of Iniquity” by J.A. Redmerski is now available

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It is finally here, the release of the 4th book, Seeds of Iniquity, in The Company of Killers series.

Seeds of Iniquity was supposed to be a prequel from Fredrik’s point of view, but Redmerski decided to change it and have it as a present day novel that will be told mostly from Izabel’s point of view. Below is the synopsis of the novel.

Victor Faust’s new Order is growing. Business is good as there is no rest for the wicked in an underground world of hardcore criminals and contract killing. Relationships among the operatives have changed little over the past year—but things are about to change now, and all six high-ranking members of the new Order will be blindsided by an unlikely enemy.

Loved ones whose only ties to Victor’s organization are their relationships with its members, are abducted. The price to get them back safely—the six must confess their deepest, darkest secret to this mysterious young woman named Nora, who is as deadly as she is beautiful, and who seems to know more about each of them than they know about each other. And although no one has any clue about who Nora really is, it becomes clear that she also isn’t who she appears to be.

So much more is at stake than secrets and the lives of innocent loved ones; with each member that Nora forces to confess, the truth about their dark pasts and their present objectives will cast suspicion, pit some against each other, and may tear others apart.

Before the game is over everyone will know who this woman is and why she is here, but the damage she will leave in her wake could be the beginning of the new Order’s destruction.

Whose dark secret will be the darkest of all? And can Victor’s Order survive any of them?

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If you weren’t intrigued enough as it is to read this book, maybe this intense and thriller excerpt from the story will get you in the mood to go out and buy the book.

Something inside of me snaps, and my eyes spring open wildly in my face. I scream out something I can’t even decipher and finally get my fingers between the chain and my throat. I pull it away with everything in me, spurred on by rage and vengeance and the will to live, until I overpower her and set my neck free, slamming her legs down against the floor.

She starts to crawl away on her hands and knees in the direction of my overturned chair. I leap to my feet, pulling Pearl from my boot before I’m fully upright, and I’m standing over her with the blade against her throat and the back of her hair in my fist, pulling her neck back as far as it’ll go without snapping.

“I’ll cut off more than your finger, bitch!”

She freezes; her hips and pelvis and legs pressed against the floor; the whites of her eyes visible to me as I stand over her from behind.

“Where is Dina?!” I yank on her scalp, pulling her neck back even farther; if she even flinches the wrong way the blade will break the skin and she knows it. “Fuck these games of yours! Tell me where you took her!”

“Come closer and I’ll tell you,” she says with difficulty, her voice strained.

Without even thinking about it I do, but I keep the blade against her throat as I sit down on her back.

“Try anything and I’ll kill you,” I growl, my lips next to her ear.

She doesn’t try to fight back, but I’m not feeling defeat from her. It’s something else. That confidence about her that I’ve grown to despise. Even though I’m the one sitting on top of her, the one with the knife pressed to her throat, I can’t help feel like she’s still the one in control.

“Where is she?” I whisper harshly against the side of her face.

“If you want Dina Gregory to live,” she says, still in a whisper too low for the audio to pick up, “then you and I need to have a talk about the specifics of the relationship you had with Javier Ruiz.”

It feels like an eternity that I sit on top of her, straddling her back, lost in some kind of stunned submission. I can’t find words. Or my heartbeat. And my mind is running away from me.

Then my knife hand begins to tremble and my breathing becomes unsteady.

I slide the knife away from her throat, push her head down forcibly against the tile with the other hand, shoving myself angrily to my feet and off of her. I don’t look at

her when she gets up, struggling into a stand with her ankles bound. And I look only at the floor when she shuffles right past me, picking up her black heels along the way, and goes back over to her seat on the other side of the table.

I keep my back to her, unable to move; my eyes beginning to burn from the angry tears pushing their way to the surface. My knife is gripped within my hand firmly, resting down at my side. I feel like using it on myself.

“Shall we begin?” Nora says as calmly as ever, waiting for me at the table.

But that’s not all, Redmerski is giving away three signed sets of the four books in the series. You can enter for you chance to win by going here or going to a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Bio for J.A. Redmerski
J.A. Redmerski, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children, two cats and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries and is a huge fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Five fun facts about J.A. Redmerski
1. I have such a strong sense of smell that I can smell the toxins and sickness coming off a person’s body who is running a fever. Honestly, I’m surprised I’ve not been whisked away to a lab somewhere to be studied.

2. My family has always called me ‘Jessie’.

3. I’m a sucker for an emotional love story, but you would never guess it by the books I typically read and the movies and television shows I watch. Dexter, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones—and my all-time favorite movie is Fight Club!

4. I have a mild case of OCD and hypochondria.

5. Years ago, I used to have dreams about fires and if I ever had them three nights in a row, something close to me would catch fire on the fourth day!

Five fun facts about In Company of Killer characters
1. Victor Faust speaks seven languages fluently: German, French, Spanish, Swedish, Hungarian, Arabic and English.

2. I molded Victor Faust’s character almost entirely from actor Michael Fassbender!

3. Izabel, when she was Sarai in Mexico, pulled one of her own wisdom teeth out with a pair of pliers because she had no way of getting dental care.

4. One of my favorite characters in the entire series is Javier Ruiz.

5. Niklas was supposed to die in book 1, but I liked him too much.

To keep up to date on news from J.A. Redmerski, you can go to her website, ‘Like’ her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, or follow her on Pinterest.

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Killing Sarai (on sale now for $1.99 for a limited time)

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Reviving Izabel

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review
The Swan & the Jackal

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Seeds of Iniquity

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo

Are you going to buy this book?

Book review: “The Swan and the Jackal” by J.A. Redmerski – a painful story that shows how dangerous love can be

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Format: ebook, paperback
Series: book 3 of In the Company of Killers series
Rating: 18+ for language, sexual content, dark themes, sensual scenes
Genre: Romance/Thriller
Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19500066-the-swan-the-jackal

In this third book in the series, we follow Fredrik (who we met earlier in the series) and his search to try and find his wife Seraphina. This proves harder then he imagined as she’s been gone for six years, but as the search goes under, he falls himself falling in love with the one person that can lead him to her, Cassia, and Fredrik now struggles with his love for Cassia and his desire to find Seraphina and kill her.

It is a nice change of pace as we get to see the background of the dark character Fredrik. Victor has described him as a ‘specialist’ and after seeing him at work, we see why he says that. We get to see Fredrik at work and see what made him the way that he is.

The development for Fredrik throughout the story was painful but so worth the ride. Fredrik believes himself to be a cold, dead person but we get to see light in him and that he’s not as bad as he thinks that he is. He comes to care for Cassia and his relationship with Izabel grows stronger in this story as she makes him see that he’s not alone in this world.

The story is a little slow in the middle as Redmerski tries and develops the story and Fredrik’s character. At the time there are scenes when you wonder what they have to do with the story, but as the story comes to an end, you understand completely.

The flashbacks are an interesting read as they give us a look at Fredrik and Seraphina’s past. The flashbacks helps explain some of the decisions that they made as an adult and why they are so drawn to one another.

The twist in the story is a great one and one that will have you wondering how come you didn’t see it from the beginning. It explains a whole lot about the characters in the story and leads to a devastatingly, great climax between the characters in the story.

This is a great addition to the series and helps develop another character in it. As we progress in the series, we will be able to understand decisions made by the characters even if they aren’t the central focus of the story. We see that everyone has a past and sometimes it’s not something that we can ever get over.

Rating: B

To keep up to date on news from J.A. Redmerski, you can go to her website, ‘Like’ her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, or follow her on Pinterest.

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Killing Sarai

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

Reviving Izabel

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK | Review

The Swan & the Jackal

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Amazon UK

What do you think of the book?