Review: ‘Split’ by JB Salsbury – will have you guessing until the end

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Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book arc from Netgalley
Series: stand-alone
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language, dark themes
Genre: Dark Romance
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29336456-split?from_search=true

Ok, this review is going to start off with a spoiler alert. I hate putting spoilers in a review because I want everyone to enjoy the story and figure things out on their own, but to do this book a justice I must say a small spoiler. You will probably figure it out based on the title of the book and the blurb. If you didn’t, then you may want to skip this review.

Ok here we go.

The story surrounds a down on her luck woman named Shyann who moves back to Payson Arizona, a small town outside of Phoenix. She thinks it’s a temporary solution to the problem of being jobless but things get interesting when she meets Lucas and can’t stop the pull that she has towards him. Only problem is it’s not just Lucas she has to watch out for. It’s his split personality, Gage.

As someone who has studied psychology, I have always found split personality as a fascinating subject. Some people think that it’s a made-up disorder. Something that people like to use to excuse the bad things that they do. Perhaps that’s true for some people, but it is a real thing. Especially for someone like Lucas who literally lived in Hell growing up. You get snippets of what happened to him but what you imagine is nothing to horrid things that happened.

This is the first book that JB Salsbury has done outside of her USA Today’s best-selling series and she did not disappoint. The book is addicting, dark, and beautiful all at the time same time. Gage and Lucas are two halves of the perfect man. He can be nice and sweet but he can be nasty if you want him to (wink wink). Shyann accepts both Gage and Lucas for who they are and doesn’t go running for the hills when things get scary. It doesn’t help that there is a serial killer lurking in the area.

As the book comes to an end, Shyann has to make a decision on if she is strong enough to handle both of them because she knows the only way that he can finally face his past and what happened when he was a kid. It is disappointing that this is a stand-alone only because I love these characters and I would love to see more of them. Can’t wait to see what JB Salsbury has in store for us in the future.

Rating: A

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Ua1piR
iTunes: http://apple.co/25cMGJ9
B&N: http://bit.ly/1NI2RtQ

JB Salsbury

JB Salsbury

JB Salsbury, New York Times Bestselling author of the Fighting Series, lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.

Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing.

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Cover and excerpt release for ‘Walk the Edge’ by Katie McGarry

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Yesterday, author Katie McGarry announced that the cover for the second book of the Thunder Road series, Walk the Edge, was going to be released today. And she didn’t waste time releasing it.

Early this morning, USA Today released and article that not only released the official cover but also the first excerpt from the book. In the excerpt, we get to a first look inside of Razor’s mind as he starts his first day of his last year in high school. We are reminded of the stigma he has for his real name, so it’s highly likely we will find out the truth behind it. You can read the excerpt below.

There are certain common-sense rules all girls in town comprehend. It’s not knowledge that has to be taught. In fact, sitting here on the top step to the entrance of my high school and watching this potential disaster unfold, I search my memory for the first person who mentioned I should stay clear of the Reign of Terror Motorcycle Club.

Because when it pertains to the threat that is the Reign of Terror MC, it’s not learned, it’s known. Like how an infant understands how to suck in a breath at the moment of birth or how a newborn foal wobbles to his legs. It’s instinctual. It’s ingrained. It’s fact.

“Do you think his motorcycle will work this time?” Addison asks.

“Hope so,” I breathe out, too terrified to speak at a normal level out of fear that we’ll draw the scrutiny of the men wearing black leather vests circling the broken-down bike. Reign of Terror arches over the top of the black vest; in the middle is a half skull with far too much fire in and around it. It’s ominous and I shiver.

It’s edging toward nine in the evening, but the August sun hasn’t completely set. Darkness, though, has claimed most of the sky. Temperatures during the afternoon hit over a hundred and I swear the concrete stairs and pillar absorbed every ounce of today’s sunshine and are now transferring the heat onto my body.

Sweat rolls down my back and I shift to peel my thighs off the step. Why I thought it was a fantastic idea to wear a jean skirt, I have no idea.

I take that back. I do have an idea. Tonight is the first time my entire grade has been together in one room since the end of last year. My goal for the year may seem simple to some, but to me, it sometimes feels impossible. I’d like to be seen, to be known as something more than “freakishly smart Breanna Miller” at least once before I leave this town. I’d like to somehow find the courage to be on the outside who I am on the inside.

An annoying sixth sense informs me that I’m about to make a huge impression—on the evening news. Two friends on the verge of starting their senior year vanish without a trace. Because that’s how motorcycle clubs would handle this—they’ll kidnap us and then hide our bodies after they’re finished with whatever ritual act they’ll use us to perform.

One of the gang members stands from his crouched position at the motorcycle and the guy we attend school with inserts a key and holds on to the handlebar of the bike. As he twists it, I pray the motor will purr to life.

My heart leaps, then plummets past my toes and into the ground when the motorcycle cuts off with a sound similar to a gunshot. Addison’s head falls forward, and I bite my lip to prevent the internal screaming from becoming external chaos.

Addison pulls her phone out of her purse and taps the screen. “I’m texting Reagan. If we go missing, I’m telling her to point the finger at Thomas Turner and his band of Merry Men.”

Thomas Turner. He’s the guy that swore loudly the moment his motorcycle’s engine died again. Thomas is the name called on the first day of school by our teachers, but it’s not the name he responds to. He goes by his “road name,” Razor.

He glances over his shoulder straight at me and my mouth dries out. Holy hell, it’s like he’s aware I’m thinking of him.

“Oh my God,” Addison reprimands. “Don’t make eye contact. Do you want them to come over?”

I immediately focus on my sandals. As much as every girl knows to keep a safe distance from Thomas and his crew, we’ve all snuck a glimpse. Thomas makes it easy to cave to temptation with his golden blond hair and muscles from head to toe, and he owns this sexy brooding expression a few girls have written about in poems.

My cheeks burn and there’s this heaviness as if Thomas is still looking. Through lowered lashes, I peek at him and my heart trips when our eyes meet. His eyes are blue. An icy blue. His stare causes me to be simultaneously curious and terrified. And I obviously have a death wish because I can’t tear my gaze away…

Walk the Edge is the second book of the series. The first book, Nowhere but Here, was released this past May and left the fans wanting more. We got to fall in love with the two couples in the book while McGarry introduced us to a whole new world of motorcycle gangs that we will get to explore. This is the first series that she has written since the Pushing the Limits series which found it’s way on the NY Times Best-Seller’s list multiple times.

There is still no official synopsis for the book, but we do know that we follow Razor’s journey as he tries to decide what his life is going to be like in the motorcylce gang. Walk the Edge is set to come out March 30th, 2016 and is not yet available for pre-order. You can keep up to date on news from Katie McGarry by going to her website or following her on Goodreads.

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“The Young Elites” by Marie Lu cover released

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Today the cover for Marie Lu’s new book The Young Elites was released today through USA Today.

The Young Elites follows Adelina Amouteru who is a survivor of the blood plague and becomes casted out by her family. She finds a group called the Young Elites, a group of people who are though to be heroes, but things get weary as politics become involved and the way between the Young Elites and the government begin.

When talking with USA Today about the cover, she stated, “[The story] chronicles a good person’s downfall into becoming a villain, and I think that this cover conveys that beautifully. The ominous clouds, the light vs. dark, the dagger, and the bold title all work well together so well. I’m in love with it.

Lu has also given us a small excerpt from the book through her Twitter page.

It’s a very strong quote and certainly gives us an idea of what the tone of the book is going to be like.

The third book in her Legend series, Champion, had just came out this past November and she is wasting no time jumping right into her next series that she described as “Renaissance-like world” crossing with X-men and the Assassin’s Creed video game.

The Young Elites can be added to your Goodreads shelf by going here and is set to come out October 7th.

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