Ghost Crown (The Tracks #2) by J. Gabriel Gates and Charlene Keel


Ghost Crown (The Tracks, #2)

       Ghost Crown (The Tracks #2)

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After their harrowing adventures, Middleburg's teens are hoping life will return to normal. Despite a tentative alliance between the goth Flatliners and the rich, preppie Toppers, any hope of peace is dashed when Topper girl Aimee arrives at the homecoming dance with Raphael, a Flatliner. A fight erupts between the two gangs and, in the midst of the rumble, a bizarre catastrophe occurs when Middleburg's homecoming queen discovers she has supernatural powers.
 

To make matters worse, Middleburg real-estate moguls who have bought up most of the land in the Flats have started evicting their tenants. They are searching for a priceless treasure prophesied in ancient Chinese writings and will stop at nothing to find it. But Raphael and his impoverished Flatliners vow to get it first and use it buy back their homes. Meanwhile, a handsome, charismatic half-angel, half-human comes to Middleburg with plans to steal Aimee from Raphael. As Raphael and his Flatliners and Zhai and his Toppers work to perfect their supernatural abilities and find the treasure, Aimee begins kung fu training, intent on becoming strong enough to locate and rescue her missing mother. When she discovers that the mysterious treasure may be the key to finding her mom, the race to find it intensifies.
 

But there are others who seek the treasure, too, forces powerful enough to reduce all of Middleburg, and perhaps the world, to ashes…

Paperback, 480 pages
Expected publication: June 5th 2012 by HCI Teens 




(MY THOUGHTS)    
   Ghost Crown is a paranormal, action packed adventure with mystery, revenge, and a ton of romance. J. Gabriel Gates and Charlene Keel has an amazingly creative minds, and has create an incredible storyline that has absolutely everything you could ask for in a novel. Ghost Crown left me in awe. I kept saying, Wow, wow, WOW! Just when you think Gates and Keel has peaked and the climax of the story reached, they show you that you still have a long way to go before reaching the top of their mountain as you with see with the cliffhanger ending that had me begging, Please, NO! Don't stop the novel here…

Raphael is feeling pretty good after he won the battle against Oberon in Dark Territory, and all is back to normal in Middleburg. His only worry now is how to get the girl he loves, Aimee, to go to the homecoming dance when her brother Rick is the leader of the Toppers. They are the rival gang in the middle of a gang war between Raphael's gang the Flatliners. Raphael will find out the dance is the least of his problems when Oberon's son, Orias, shows up in Middleburg. And if he thought Oberon was an evil, supernatural force to reckon with, Orias—who's also after revenge and after his girl—is going to give him a battle from hell. Not to mention the The Order of the Black Snake and his gang war with the Toppers…And they’re all after the treasure of the Dark Territory.

Romances, romance, and more romance. Gates and Keel has every kind of romance you can think of going on between this group of teenagers. The heart breaking kind, the hilarious kind, the ones who are trying to steal the others boyfriend or girlfriend, the jerk, and the one who’s just trying to have a romance. I definitely got my romance fix.

Ghost Crown will give you every kind of read you’re looking for in a YA novel—action, adventure, mystery, drama, paranormal, and romance. J. Gabriel Gates and Charlene Keel has left no stone unturned in The Tracks series. I recommend Ghost Crown as an all in one fantastic read!


          
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Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1) by Michelle Rowen


Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers, #1)

       Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1)

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I don't do dangerous.  Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha-that's me. But I just couldn't pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me...something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It's like part of me is missing-and I don't know if I can get it back. Then there's Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he's keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he's what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me.... NIGHTWATCHERS When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising...

Paperback, 348 pages
Expected publication: May 22nd 2012 by Harlequin Teen 



(MY THOUGHTS)      
 The title Dark Kiss screams awesome. So does the cover, and when I started reading I knew I was right about the title implying this was going to be a deliciously wicked novel. Awesome storyline, awesome characters. Michelle Rowen is an awesome author, and she has written one awesome novel. Okay, with all that awesomeness out of my system, I can now tell you just how much I love Dark Kiss. Let me start with the characters. Samantha (Sam), Bishop, Kraven, Roth, Zach, Connor, and Carly and so many more, but these are the ones I fell in love with the most. Sam is the kinda shy, loner girl who really is tough. Bishop is the head angel who's in charge of this heavenly mission with two more angels: Zach, who a healer and Connor, the smart ass. Then there're the demons, Kraven, who is the good/bad boy and Roth, who is just a mean jerk, and they all are working together. Carly is Sam's cool best friend. Thank you Michelle Rowen for this incredible novel.

Sam is seventeen, and she never thought a kiss from the guy she’s been crushing would change her life forever. And she sure didn't think that kiss would become the reason why she’d be the only one that could save Bishop and his heavenly mission. This kiss is Sam's own something wicked, and it came straight for her. Sam and Bishop have a connection to each other, and it's not just for the mission, it's also one with their hearts. For Sam, this romance might be more dangerous than the dark kiss. Bishop has secrets about his past, the angel she’s falling in love with—the angel that is more dangerous than a demon.

Kraven is one of the demons sent on this mission to help Bishop. Kraven and Bishop have a secret, too. Rowen gives just enough about the secrets these two share to make me beg for the next book. Kraven—I couldn't get enough of this cocky bad boy. He is just slick, and when he says "sweetness", his nick name for Sam, it sends chills up my spine. Oh yes, I love Kraven and Bishop, is also a hottie. Both these bad boys make my heart race a little faster.

Dark Kiss is Heaven and Hell coming together to create the nightwatchers, who protect and whose mission is to save Trinity, New York from the evil in the darkness. And it all starts with a dangerous, delicious dark kiss. I highly recommend Dark Kiss as a must read and can't wait for the next book Wicked Kiss…and I thought Dark Kiss was an awesome title.



                                                             
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The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles #2 by Kady Cross


The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles, #2)

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles #2)



In New York City, 1897, life has never been more thrilling - or dangerous.

Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her "straynge band of mysfits" have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper, hauled off by bounty hunters. But Jasper is in the clutches of a devious former friend demanding a trade-the dangerous device Jasper stole from him...for the life of the girl Jasper loves.

One false move from Jasper and the strange clockwork collar around Mei's neck tightens. And tightens.
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: May 22nd 2012 by Harlequin 



(MY THOUGHTS)       
 When I read Kady Cross’s first novel in her Steampunk Chronicles The Girl in the Steel Corset I wasn’t impressed, simply because I felt the Steampunk elements far outweighed the romance. And I wanted more romance to balance out the heavy plot. But I did love the six characters in the Steampunk Chronicles. Now with that said, I really enjoyed Kady Cross' sequel The Girl in the Clockwork Collar . So I would like to give Kady Cross praise on this second novel. I love the Steampunk storyline, her talent as a writing, and some much loved, swoon-worthy moments.

Finley is off to America with Griffin and the rest of Griffin's crew to rescue Jasper from the bounty hunters that came to England to arrest him for a murder that they claim he did back in America. When Finley and Griffin arrive in New York, they find out what Jasper was hiding from them in England, and murder is the least of Jasper's problems.

Jasper, who I loved so much in the first book, with his fun attitude, his hilarious sense of humor was the comic relief. But this time, he brought me tears instead of laughs. Mei is the girl Jasper left behind in America when he went to hide out in England. He thought this would protect Mei from his criminal past that he was running away from. Jasper is going to find out love is blind and even when you see the truth you can't tell your heart to stop loving.

Jack Dandy was the only character not in this sequel novel. I really missed Jack. He's the cool bad/good guy. I hope he will be in the next novel. The rest are all here: Finley, Griffin, Sam, Emily and Jasper. Even though this was Jasper’s story, Finley and Griffin finally did acknowledge their feelings for each other and I would love to see their romance go deeper in the next novel.

If you enjoy Steampunk, you will not want to miss out on The Girl in the Clockwork Collar. I recommend as fantastic Steampunk read.


                                                          
                   

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Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Of Poseidon

                      Of Poseidon

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Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . .

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

Hardcover, 324 pages
Expected publication: May 22nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends 



(MY THOUGHTS)     
If you think the cover of Of Poseidon is beautiful, just wait till you start reading this amazingly beautiful novel. Anna Banks has written a captivating story. The romance between Galen and Emma will capture your heart. I could not put this novel down. Anna Banks’ writing is beautiful. This is the best word to describe this novel perfectly…"Beautiful". Of Poseidon is told from Emma’s and Galen's point of view, and this made the story so much deeper for me. I love to see both characters’ thoughts in a novel. And to see what Galen was going through with his feeling for Emma, and the same for Emma, to see her feelings for Galen, just made my heart break for these two. I wasn't ready for this book to end, and with the cliffhanger ripping my heart out for Galen, I will be waiting for the next book to mend it. *Sigh*

Emma’s summer vacation to Florida with her best friend Chloe turns into the nightmare she never wanted to live, especially after her father’s death two years before. When she meets Galen, the most gorgeous guy she’s ever seen, on this vacation, then he shows up at her school, she soon realizes the nightmare is only just beginning. Galen has to find out if Emma is the gift of Poseidon that will reunite the house of Poseidon and the house of Triton. But Prince Galen isn't ready for this twenty first century thinking girl, and Emma’s not about to take orders from this prince of the sea.

Galen is an awesome guy, even if he is behind the times with Emma and her world above the sea. But one thing stays the same no matter which world or time you live in, and that's love. Galen is going to have to sacrifice what he loves the most to save his people and his brother, but Galen’s sacrifice might be more than he can live with. Galen’s and Emma’s romance took my breath away. Galen is the kind of guy that all us girls wish we could be romanced by. His love for Emma is one of protection: no one will take what is his. I love Galen's old-fashion chivalry and the way he loves Emma. Anna Banks had my heart swooning for Galen, and wishing for my own Prince Galen.

There’s also another romance going on with Rayna, who is Galen's sister, and Toraf. This couple is the hilarious side romance to Galen’s and Emma's heart-melting one. I love Anna Banks for giving me two romances to swoon over: one for tears and one for laughs. Rayna and Toraf will have you laughing, but I did feel so sorry for Toraf at times. Although there's no way you can not help but to fall in love with Toraf, Toraf takes a lickin’ and keeps on going, determined to win Rayna's heart

Of Poseidon is a beautiful romance of Galen’s sacrifice for his love for Emma with a fantastic adventure with merfolk of the sea. I have to give a teaser to show a little of who Galen’s and Emma's characters are:

"He can't even find his class in a school with only three halls. That he found me clear across the country seems more miraculous than a push-up bra."

I highly recommend Of Poseidon as a must read. 



                                                             
                  

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The Hunt (The Hunt #1) by Andrew Fukuda

The Hunt (The Hunt, #1)

            The Hunt (The Hunt #1)

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Don’t Sweat.  Don’t Laugh.  Don’t draw attention to yourself.  And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

Gene is different from everyone else around him.  He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood.  Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.  Keep the truth a secret.  It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him.  He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

Hardcover, 1st USA Edition, 293 pages
Expected publication: May 8th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin 



 (MY THOUGHTS)     
The Hunt isn't your gorgeous, sparkling vampires. Andrew Fukuda has definitely given us a vampire version hunger game with these blood-sucking, flesh-eating vampires. The Hunt is eerie, weird (good weird) and one of the creepiest novels I have ever read. Fukuda has created an unusually weird way of kissing and laughing when it comes to these vampires, it definitely freaks me out. The Hunt is an awesome novel and Fukuda has packed it to the max with action, and I love action. Gene is another reason I love The Hunt. Gene is a beautiful character, I love that The Hunt is told from a guy's POV seeing Gene's feelings really made this story for me. As you can see from all the "loves" in this review, I really enjoyed The Hunt. Andrew Fukuda has written an awesome, creepy story, and these vampires will definitely not have you gushing over them.

Gene is a human pretending to be a vampire in this vampire world, and he's done a good job at keeping himself alive until he's chosen to be one of the few vampires for The Heper Hunt, it becomes almost impossible for him to hide his human identity and not become the main dinner course. This heper hunt has it upside. For the first time since his family died, Gene will meet humans (Hepers) that haven't lived among vampires. Gene will see humans aren't the stupid animals that he been taught his whole life that are just raised to be food for vampires.

Gene will finally get closer to the girl he has been crushing on since middle school, but never would take Ashley June up on any of her advances for fear that she would find out he's human and become her lunch. Fukuda surprised me with Ashley’s character, but I'm still not sure I have figured her out. There are still some things that hasn’t been answered, and I will have wait until the next book to see if I'm right. Ah, love the mystery!

The Hunt is a freakishly awesome, action-packed novel with these fiendish vampires. It definitely rid me of the image of the Twilight vampires. I recommend The Hunt as a must read.


                                                                  
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Oldsoul by Dan Haring

Oldsoul

                                   Oldsoul

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Jason Gouvas doesn’t want to believe he has special abilities or that he's an Oldsoul-- a vessel for the souls of people who have passed away, but the dead girl in his mind can be very persuasive.

Her name is Erin, and through her Jason is able to access the knowledge and skills of the souls within him. And with a group of power-hungry immortals bent on destroying the Oldsouls and overthrowing humanity, he's going to need them all.
Paperback, 323 pages
Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by Pendrell Publishing 




 (MY THOUGHTS)       5  Hearts!!!!!
Oldsoul is a fantastic YA Paranormal. Dan Haring has just introduced me to an awesome main character named Jason Gouvas. Haring has also created amazing world in which the Oldsouls are at war with the Athanatos. Haring is a male YA author. I've been reading a lot of novels from men YA authors lately, and  Haring is an awesome one. I fell in love with his action-packed scenes, intense writing, and to see romance from a man’s POV… oh yeah! Haring had my heart swooning for Jason's romance with Mela. Dan Haring has delivered a remarkable story with Oldsoul, and I can't wait to read more from this new impressive, talented author.

Jason is a normal eighteen year old guy who lives in Philadelphia. Well, he thought he was normal, until the Oldsoul saves his life, and then they kidnap him. Darrius, the leader of the Oldsouls, tells Jason they’ve been waiting for him for a long time. And that he’s The Ancient of Days that will win the war against the Athanatos. Jason thinks they’re crazy, and he also thinks it’s a good possibility that he's crazy, too, until he hears Erin's voice talking to him in his mind and when he develops special abilities, he can’t deny the truth of who he is any longer. But Jason has kept a few of his new abilities hidden from the Oldsouls, and the last person he ever wanted to see in his life again will be the very person he needs.

Jason has another reason to stay with the Oldsoul. And her name is Mela. Jason has it bad for Mela. I loved Jason’s beautiful feelings and thoughts for Mela. Jason is definitely a charmer. He definitely charmed me right to swoon heaven with his romantic feelings for Mela. Erin is hilarious when it comes to Jason's relationship with Mela. It’s pretty rough having another girl in your head knowing all your romantic thoughts and feelings about the girl you love.

Oldsoul is action-packed, with fantastic humor and swooning romance. Jason will do whatever it takes to save the girl he loves. I'm so looking forward to the second book in the Oldsoul series. I highly recommend Oldsoul as a must read.
                   

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Struck (Struck #1) by Jennifer Bosworth

Struck

                Struck (Struck #1)

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Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.


Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.


Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.

Hardcover, 373 pages
Expected publication: May 8th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR 



 (MY THOUGHTS)         5 Hearts!!!!!
Struck is a very intriguing read. I have to give Jennifer Bosworth high praise for creating this fantastic storyline with radical religious cults, and for making Mia an amazingly strong character. Mia knows who she is and stands strong in her beliefs that everyone should have free will and freedom of choice. Bosworth is an excellent writer and did a fantastic job of blending fiction and non-fiction for an awesome storyline.

Mia Price is a human lighting rod. She’s addicted to lighting after she’s been struck by it and lived. Mia's body holds the lighting inside her. This makes her a unique person to two a cult leaders. The leader of the Seeker cult wants Mia to save the world, and the leader of the Followers, the false prophet Rance Ridley, wants Mia to destroy the world. Mia just wants to be free from both these lunatic cult leaders. Mia doesn’t care what these two sick madman want, it’s her body and she chooses free will, but Mia will have to fight for her freedom, her family and the boy she loves.

Jeremy is Mia's superman who tries to protect her from the Seekers, the false prophet, and from Mai’s own power. Mia begins to fall for her Clark Kent, but when she discovers Jeremy’s secret, she realizes it’s not their love that will give her freedom, but her power.

Struck is a beautiful story about a heroine standing firm in her right to make her own choices, and having the power to take down the people who would steal freedom of choice away from others. I recommend Stuck as a fantastic read for the heroine in every girl.




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Blog Tour: Giveaway & Review Embrace by Cherie Colyer

Embrace

                                  Embrace

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How far would you go to save the people you love?

Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.

Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.

Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.

Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.
Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.
Published December 20th 2011 by Omnific Publishing (first published December 18th 2011) 


 (MY THOUGHTS)       5  HEARTS!!!!!
Embrace definitely embraced me with the most captivating, magical storyline, terrific characters, and a dreamy romance. Cherie Colyer has her own gift of magic when it comes to writing a fantastic novel. Colyer pulled me right into this world of magic and bewitching romance, and I could not put this book down.

Madison's life is about to change, and there's nothing she can do about it. The last time Madison's life changed was six months ago, when her boyfriend of two years broke up with her. So when her girlfriend, Kaylee, tells her she has a surprise that's going to change her life again, Madison wants nothing to do with it. But when she meets the hot new guy, Madison starts to feel like maybe this change is going to be good one. There's mystery around Isaac, and the magic, magnetic pull Madison feels with Isaac, is tugging her into a spellbinding world where she’s not so sure she can trust her heart.

I really do love the way Cherie Colyer created Isaac with overflowing charisma. Isaac is just classy and swoon-worthy, and he made the magic for me in this romance. Madison is one tough girl who is willing to kick anybody's butt who messes with the people she loves, especially when it’s the people she loves.

Embrace is an enthralling story of good witch, bad witch, with a magical romance. I recommend Embrace as an enchanting read.
                                

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Kill Me Softly by Sarch Cross

Kill Me Softly

                              Kill Me Softly

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"Clever fun."—Kirkus Reviews
"Incorporating suspense and romance, this contemporary, edgy, Grimm-based novel is an entertaining and well-written entry in the crowded but popular genre."—Booklist

Mirabelle's past is shrouded in secrecy, from her parents' tragic deaths to her guardians' half-truths about why she can't return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her sixteenth birthday—and discovers a world she never could have imagined.

In Beau Rivage, nothing is what it seems—the strangely pale girl with a morbid interest in apples, the obnoxious playboy who's a beast to everyone he meets, and the chivalrous guy who has a thing for damsels in distress. Here, fairy tales come to life, curses are awakened, and ancient stories are played out again and again.

But fairy tales aren't pretty things, and they don't always end in happily ever after. Mira has a role to play, a fairy tale destiny to embrace or resist. As she struggles to take control of her fate, Mira is drawn into the lives of two brothers with fairy tale curses of their own . . . brothers who share a dark secret. And she'll find that love, just like fairy tales, can have sharp edges and hidden thorns.
 
Hardcover, 314 pages
Expected publication: April 10th 2012 by EgmontUSA 
 
 
 
 (MY THOUGHTS)      5 Hearts!!!!!
This has been an incredible week for me reading wicked dark novels, and Kill Me Softly is another fantastic one. Sarah Cross has taken several of the loved Grimm Brother's fairytales and wove them together to create her own twisted, modern day dark tale. Cross has also written the most chilling happily-ever-death love triangle with the Valentine brothers and Mira. These two gorgeous, romantic guys are to die for…literally. I loved Sarah Cross’ writing and her creativity of this dark romantic fairy tale. I also loved the sarcastic humor between Blue and Mira in this story.


Mira is turning sweet sixteen in a week, and she’s never been allowed by her godmothers Elsa and Bliss to return to Beau Rivage to visit her parents burial site after they die when Mira was a baby. Mira's godmothers has forbidden Mira from doing a lot of things, like shaving her legs, using scissors, and the do not list goes on and on. Mira decides she wants to share this special birthday with her parents, as she just has to have this closeness in her life with her parents. So she runs away. When she gets to Beau Rivage, she realizes that finding where her parents is buried is going to be harder than she thought, and when Blue Valentine tells her she’s in danger of his brother, Felix, Mira feels like she just walked into a Looney Tune’s cartoon.

Blue is going to do whatever it takes to protect Mira from Felix, but how can Blue protect Mira when she doesn't want his protection. Felix and Mira are falling for each other, too. Mira is on an insane roller coaster ride with Felix and Blue and Blue's friends. Mira knows their all hiding a dark secret from her and this dark secret will become Mira's destiny and the answers she has been searching for.

Kill Me Softly is dark and dramatic, with humor that had me laughing out loud, and a wicked romance. Cross also leaves an opening for a second book, but Kill Me Softly can stand alone. I recommend Kill Me Softly as one dark read you will definitely want to have on your To-Be-Read list.
 
 
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The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)

       The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)

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In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.
 
Hardcover, 485 pages
Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by Harlequin Teen 
 
 
 
 (MY THOUGHTS)           5 Hearts!!!!!
The Immortal Rules is wickedly awesome. Julie Kagawa has definitely written another fantastic series. Kagawa has created a massive dark dystopian vampire world with so many amazing characters. But I do have my favorites. Kagawa gave the vampires what they’ve wanted for a long time: the power to rule the world. No more sneaking around in the shadows for these vampires. Its the humans turn to be last on the food chain in the sadistic world ruled by vampires . Kagawa also shows us her dark side—a very wicked, dark side, and one of those dark characters I really enjoyed was Jackal. Jackal is beautifully cruel. Yes, he's a sick, sadistic psychopath vampire, but I can't wait to see more of him. Julie Kagawa won my heart with Meghan and Ash's passionate romance in Iron King, but Kagawa has stolen it with the dark, seductive romance between Allie and Zeke in The Immortal Rules. Kagawa also left me hanging on one heck of cliffhanger with Allie and Zeke's romance. I'll definitely be waiting on the next book in the Blood of Eden series.

Allie is nobody’s property. She refused to take the registered mark of protection from the Vampire Prince. The mark that would allow her to have food, but it would also make her the food. And that's one thing Allie will never become a blood slave to the vampires of the New Covington. Allie is unregistered, and that means she has to survive on her own, hiding and stealing food. But Allie's scavenger life is a dangerous way to live, and when she’s faced with the only thing she fears, which is death, Allie will choose to become what she hates the most: a vampire.

Allie soon discovers her new life as a vampire is more dangerous than her life as an unregistered, and she has to leave sector four before the Vampire Prince find her. Allie meets Zeke and eleven more humans that are on their way to find Eden. Allie is still trying to hold on to her human self and not give in to the monster inside her. Zeke is Allie's hope for not giving in to the monster inside, but Zeke hates only one thing. And it’s a vampire.

The Immortal Rules is a dark, blood-chilling world where vampires are the master,and humans are the slave, with a forbidden romance that will capture your heart. I highly recommend The Immortal Rules as a must read. We’re also given an excerpt of The Lost Prince at the end of this novel, and I’m already in love with this bad boy Ethan.
 
 
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Cover Reveal & Excerpt: Astarte's Wrath by Trisha Wolfe


                                            Astarte's Wrath
                                                                       by Trisha Wolfe


Two thousand years before Dez Harkly developed her secret powers, Kythan Astarte vowed to free the Kythans from the binds that enslaved them to the Egyptian pharaohs and sorcerers. Discover the prophecy that originated from a very different time, and spans generations to link two very different girls...This is the beginning.

Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarian her duty, he’s the son of Cleopatra, and he’s…human. All of which makes their love forbidden.

But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar, Caesarian’s own father, creeps its ways into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythans free themselves of their servitude, or protecting her charge—the last pharaoh—while Egypt burns around her.


 
Astarte’s Wrath by Trisha Wolfe
e-book
Expected publication: July 2012
A Kythan Guardians Novella
Prequel to Destiny’s Fire

                                    
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Excerpt:

Whenever the sky bleeds, covering the once-blue pallet with crimson, and the bright ball of fire burns through billowy puffs of white, staining them and the earth in hues of red-orange and amber…and ash floats on a non-existent breeze, I know the Narcolym Guardians are waging a battle.
            Shuttering my window, I unloose the hemp thread, and a sheer curtain veils the sand-covered horizon from my vision. My fingers trail the cream fabric, the tips tracing the darkening clouds against the light material as my other hand curls into a fist by my thigh, dousing the swirling vortex rising up at the charge in the air.
            “Star…?”
            Astarte, I correct inwardly, but pinch my lips closed. “Yes, Habi?”
            Habi’s footsteps echo throughout the mud-brick room as he approaches. “It’s time…”




Cover Reveal: To Ride A Puca (A Channeler Novel) by Heather McCorkle

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To Ride A Puca
 (A Channeler Novel )

by Heather McCorkle

Heather: I'm so excited to share the cover of my young adult historical fantasy novel, To Ride A Puca, with you. I've been waiting for so long to reveal the news and the cover that it's been driving me crazy! This novel is special to me, as many of you know, because it felt like my heart and soul has gone into it. It isn't a part of the channeler series, though it is a tie-in novel as it's about one of Eren's ancestors. This is a stand alone of a very different flavor and I hope you love it as much as I do.

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Here is a bit about it:

Invaders are coming to take what isn't theirs, again.

Neala wants to stand and fight for her homeland, but as one of the last druids, she may be standing alone.

Persecuted, hunted down, forced to live in obscurity, the druids have all but given up. Can the determination of a girl who has barely come into her power bring them together? Or, just when she finally finds her place among her kind, will they end up losing a homeland their very magic is tied to?

This novel is intended for mature teens and adults as it contains some difficult subject matter.

I had to throw that warning in because I had one person who was disturbed by some of the subject matter in The Secret Of Spruce Knoll. To Ride A Púca is a much darker novel than Spruce Knoll and will certainly not be appropriate for some readers. Slavery, oppression, and violent situations are within this novel. It certainly falls under the dark YA catagory. But it is also about hope, love, and belonging. It releases this May! To add this novel to your Goodreads lists click here. To pre-order a signed hardback (to ship at the end of May), click here


                                             Release Date:  May 2012 by Compass Press

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