Wilde's Fire (Darkness Falls # 1) by Krystal Wade


Wilde's Fire

        Wilde's Fire (Darkness Falls #1)

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“There is no pain in this death, only peace, knowing I am going to die with the one I love the most.”—Katriona Wilde.

Katriona Wilde has never wondered what it would feel like to have everything she’s ever known and loved ripped away, but she is about to find out. When she inadvertently leads her sister and best friend through a portal into a world she’s dreamed of for six years, she finds herself faced with more than just the frightening creatures in front of her. Kate’s forced to accept a new truth: her entire life has been a lie, and those closest to her have betrayed her. What’s worse, she has no control over her new future, and it’s full of magic and horrors from which nightmares are made. Will Kate discover and learn to control who she really is in time to save the ones she loves, or will all be lost?

Paperback, 299 pages
Published May 13th 2012 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published March 12th 2012) 



 (MY THOUGHTS)
 Wilde's Fire is just one of those books I couldn't connected with. I can't say I loved, liked, or even hated it. And I'm really trying to figure out why. I asked myself if it was the storyline? Nope. Was it the characters? Nope. Was it the romance? a little, but it still was a good romance. I did have a problem when the MC would ask a question and was told, “ I can't tell you now, but I will tell you later” by whoever she was talking to…Hmmm. This I do not like when I read a book. Nope, sure don't. And after this happens about six or so times, I started getting a little frustrated and answering Kate myself, saying, "Nope, can't tell you now, Kate". When this happens in a book, it makes me think either the author hasn't figured out their own story yet, or they’re trying to give the book a bigger word count. The other thing I had a problem with was Kate's best friend Brad, whose character starts out good, then turns bad, then good again. Why? All because Kate is supposed to be in love with Arland? But Brad has loved her since grade school, but has kept his feelings hidden from Kate. So yep, can't have her guy friend confused about their relationship. Wade did explain how Kate felt about her and Brad's relationship, but I wondered, Why have Brad in this situation and why have him good, bad, then good again? Why have me like him, hate him, then like him again? I mean, did I have to hate him because Kate's in love with Arland, then why have me like him again? Just leave Brad as a good friend to Kate, who wants to stand by her side and help fight the darkness? Because this love/hate thing is not winning me over, and I’m just as confused as Brad.

Kate's parents left Encardia when she was a baby so they could protect her and keep her hidden from the Darkness. A seer from their world prophesied that Kate is the Light who will save Encardia from the Darkness that's at war with them. Kate has lived in our world and has no ideal about who she really is, but she’s had dreams her whole life about a guy she loves in some different place. So when Kate, her sister Brit, and Brad go on a camping trip, they find a cave under the water where they’re swimming. When they go through the entrance of the cave, it transports them to another world. Kate realizes this is the place of her dreams, and the guy of her dreams is real and his name is Arland.

Kate discovers who she really is, and Arland, who she’s loved all her life, is her protector in this world. She’s destined to save this world from the Darkness, who's is Dughdal of the underworld. Kate soon learns her magic--which makes her the Light--comes from the essence of her and Arland’s love. Kate and Arland's love is the magic of Light that will save their world and conquer the evil Darkness.

Wilde's Fire is a novel that I feel fourteen to sixteen-year-old girls who love fluffy romance will enjoy. Or, even anyone one who loves fluffy romance would enjoy. I'm certainly not saying that it's anything against this novel, because I did enjoy parts of Wilde's Fire, but I also was left with parts that confused me. For anyone who loves fluffy romance, I think you will really enjoy Wild's Fire . I recommend Wilde's Fire as a okay to good read.


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Perdition (A Goddess of Night Novella: Book Two) by Ley Mesina


                       
Perdition (A Goddess of Night Novella: Book Two)
                                          
                           Perdition (A Goddess of Night Novella: Book Two) 

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In the second installment of the Goddess of Night series, Lily ventures out into the Underworld determined to find Nyx and finally get the answers she’s been looking for.

Xander, Drew, and Roxy head out on a mission to rescue Roxy’s parents from the secret facility hidden below Devlond University.

The time has come. Secrets will finally be revealed and the world they once knew will change…

Forever.


 ebook, First
Published March 8th 2012


(MY THOUGHTS)
Perdition is the sequel to Reborn, and Ley Mesina answered all my questions about Lily: how she became the Goddess of Night, and showing the history of her family. Mesina has written a powerful story in this novella. The author also gave me the romance I’d been waiting for with Lily and Xander, and with Drew and Roxy. Yes, two beautiful romances going on in this novella. I love this. Mesina is definitely an awesome writer, because even though these are novellas, I feel like I’ve read a full book. This story gets right to the action, drama, and romance without all the filler stuff, but it doesn't lose any of the strength of its awesome storyline.

It's been six months since Lily discovered that she’s the Goddess of Night, and found out her parents were still alive. Roxy's parents are being held prisoner by Samuel, the Leader of the High Council of Witches. Vampires Xander and Drew are trying to find Drew's father. They’re going to help Roxy rescue her parents while Lily goes to Hades to seek out training from Nyx, the first Goddess of Night. Lilly will have to face Hades, who has no love for the Goddess of Night, and who has put Nyx in Perdition. Lilly learns from Nyx how her vampire and witch heritage made her A Goddess of Night and what the Greek gods have to do with it.

Lily is half witch/half vampire, and Xander is all vampire. Roxy is a witch and Drew is a vampire. I love when there're two romances going on. Xander has figured out why he wants to protect Lily. He has fallen in love with her. Now he just has to figure out if Lily feels the same way. Roxy has no fear of showing Drew how she feels about him, but Drew is all fear when it comes to showing his feelings for Roxy. I love these two couples, and Mesina definitely gave me my romance fix.

Perdition is an amazing novella about witches, vampires while meshing Greek gods and mythology. I recommend Perdition, but I also recommend you read Reborn, the first novella in the A Goddess of Night series.

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Insurgent (Divergent Trilogy #2) by Veronica Roth


Insurgent (Divergent, #2)

      

      Insurgent (Divergent Trilogy #2)

  
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One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

 Hardcover, 525 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by HarperTeen 



(MY THOUGHTS)
 
 I'm going to start my review of Insurgent with a snippet from the book:

“Insurgent,” he says. “Noun. A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent.”

Yeah, that absolutely describes who Tris is perfectly, along with having a mouth that doesn’t hold back. She's a tiny, petite girl who's not afraid take on any six-foot, muscled guy. Tris is a kick-ass heroine. She’s an awesome character and I loved her in Divergent, and Veronica Roth did not fail me with Tris' character in Insurgent. Roth just let the head-strong and tough girl that Tris is loose in Insurgent and I love it. I also love Four (Tobias) and I’m so glad I got to see more of who Four is in Insurgent. The only thing that could have made it better for me would be to hear from Four's POV in this novel. I would’ve loved to have seen what was going on in Four's head with his thoughts and feelings for Tris, especially at the end of Insurgent. I know Four had to be going insane with Tris. Tris and Four are absolutely fantastic together. They are two sticks of dynamite, put them together and you get one heck of an explosion, and their love for each other is just as hot…and boy, did Four show his love for Tris.

Here's a teaser to show why I love these two:

I am his, and he is mine, and it has been that way all along. He stares at me. I wait with my hands clutching his arms for stability as he considers his response. He frowns at me. “Say it again.” “Tobias,” I say. “I love you.” His skin is slippery with water and he smells like sweat and my shirt sticks to his arms when he slides them around me. He presses his face to my neck and kisses me right above the collarbone, kisses my cheek, kisses my lips. “I love you, too,” he says.

I couldn't show all what took place between them in this teaser above, but believe me, there’s plenty more where that came from.

Tris is dealing with grief over the death of her mom and dad. And the guilt for killing Will, along with trying to find out the truth behind the war with the Dauntless and the Erudite factions. To discover that truth, Tris will have to trust the one person she hates, and trusting that person is going to mean she’ll have to betray the one she loves and his trust in her.

Four has trust issues going on. With a mother who walked out on him and left him behind and an abusive father, and the last thing he needs is doubt with the one person he thought he could trust. Tris, who he loves with all his heart and who he would die for. But when Tris sides with the person Four has been against his whole life, the person she knew he hated, Four will finally have to deal with his own trust problems. Four's trust of Tris will be put to the test, will he believe in the girl who would have died instead of killing him, or will Tris' betrayal make him question whether he ever truly knew her.

Insurgent has an incredible storyline filled with action, drama, beautiful romance, and awesome characters. Veronica Roth is an amazingly talent writer, and I have fallen in love this amazing story with Tris, Four, and this dystopian world of the five factions. I highly recommend Insurgent as a must read.


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Blog Tour: Giveaway & Spotlight on Tallis by M.C. Rae


Tallis (Books of Andresium, #1)

       Tallis (Books of Andresium, #1)

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The Empire of Andresium is threatened by the corruption of the immortals, ancient beings given the gift of eternal life after the death of the last reigning empress. A prophecy speaks of their eventual downfall at the hands of one of their own, however. Tallis is known by most simply as "The Loren," and seeks to avoid her destiny while trying herself to remain untainted by the decaying morals and indifference to the fates of men that plague her kind. As the events of the prophecy begin to unfold, Tallis finds herself conflicted between upholding her dedication to justice, and falling victim to the ramifications of following the desires of her own heart.

Paperback, 58 pages
Published April 2012 by Tulipe Noire Press


 

About the author
History is Killian's primary love in life, outside her family and, yes, sadly her dog. Therefore, her works of fiction often are packaged inside historical wrappers, as she tugs and twists on the edges of reality to ask the ever-present "What if?"

Born and raised in rural Michigan, Killian used the local library- a single room in her village's firehouse- as an escape, before actually escaping to the relative jungle of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. There, after several minor attempts to establish a major, she finally completed a BA in Turkic History and nearly attempted a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. ("Theys call it the opry 'round these parts," she says in her heavy, Michiganian accent.)

Though she had written three novels before graduating high school, she never thought of trying to publish until well into her 30's. 12.21.12 was her first published work, released in late 2010. "A Love by Any Measure," a historical romance set in 1860's Ireland, was released in November 2011.

Killian is a member of Stanford University's Writer's Certificate program and a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America. Her other interests include musicology and did we mention history? She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area, though she is quite often unhappy about this fact.

Killian also publishes YA works under the pen name M.C. Rae.

                                           
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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

 

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
by Rachel Harris 

Blurb: On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic
amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?





 
Never-Before-Seen Excerpt from MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY:

“I thought I’d teach you a dance from where I come from,” I tell him. “One that’s much easier than that multi-step mess inside.”
            I place my left hand on Lorenzo’s shoulder and slip my right one into his. I pause to listen to the music floating over the tinkling voices and bubbling fountain, and begin counting the three-beat tempo. “One, two, three. One, two, three.”
            I stand still, only my head moving, slowly nodding with my words so he can hear the rhythm.
            When his head begins subtly bobbing with mine, I show him how to add his feet. He takes a tentative step forward with his left while I step back with my right, then we side step, close, and repeat the steps with our other feet, all while I lightly whisper the beat count.
            The breeze picks up, blowing my skirt and skimming my veil across the back of my neck. Chills run down my spine, but the warmth coursing through my veins from being in his arms provides a delicious contradiction.
            Lorenzo continues nervously darting his eyes to our feet, but he is dancing. As he relaxes into the movement, his shoulders rising and falling with the steps, the confidence he always seems to exude creeps back on his face, and he tightens the hold around me. Our faces are kissably close, our lips a hairs breadth away from touching. I stare into the chocolate depths of his eyes and the rest of the ball fades away. The only music guiding our steps is my light whisper and the erratic rhythm of our breathing. Time slows. Lorenzo grins.
            “I think you got it,” I say breathlessly, running my hand along the soft fabric of his shoulder, feeling the rock-hard muscles underneath.
            My body curls inward, pressing against his. The proper form for the waltz is a straight spine and shoulders back, but if there was ever a time to break the rules, this is it.
As a teen, I threw raging parties that shook my parents’ walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels.

As an adult, I read and write obsessively, rehash said embarrassing fodder, and dream up characters who become my imaginary friends.

When I'm not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find me homeschooling my two beautiful princesses, hanging out with my amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath…next to a pile of chocolate.


MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY is my first novel. I did have my own fantabulous Sweet Sixteen in high school. Sadly, it wasn’t televised.




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The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman


The Little Woods

                 The Little Woods

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Are the woods behind St. Bede's Academy really haunted, or does bad stuff just happen there? When Calista Wood, a new student, arrives midway through her junior year, St. Bede's feels like a normal school . . . until she discovers that a girl had disappeared a couple of months earlier. Some kids think she ran away, others think she was murdered, but it's only when Cally starts digging around that she finds the startling truth.

Watch as Cally enters a world of privilege, weekend-long parties, high school romances, and . . . well-kept secrets. This page-turner will appeal to teens looking for a fast-paced thriller. Written in a voice at once gripping and crystal clear, debut novelist, McCormick Templeman, will take readers on a twisting and turning journey as only a "new girl" can experience.  

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: July 10th 2012 by Random House Children's Books 



(MY THOUGHTS)
  The Little Woods is a thriller mystery with twisted suspense. McCormick Templeman totally had me fooled with who did it at the end. The only thing little about Templeman's novel is the "Little" in the title. This story is packed with nail-baiting suspense, eerie thrills, and a mystery that keeps you guessing till the end. Templeman has definitely created a different type of heroine with Cally’s character. Cally is somewhat clueless when it comes to name brand clothes and today's teen speak, but I can understand why Cally is kind of disconnected with the world around her. Her older sister and father died when she was six, and her mother became an alcoholic, which left Cally on her own. I thought Cally became a very responsible person due to her situation. Templeman has written a thrilling mystery with a “who did it” theme, along with so many nerve-racking, intriguing twists and turns that I didn't see this ending coming.

Cally is seventeen, and she’s had enough of her mother running out on her for months at a time on a drinking binge. So Cally decides she wants to go to the boarding school, St. Bede Academy. The only weird thing about this is, this is where her older sister Clare died ten years before while visiting a friend. But the reason why Cally wants to go to St. Bede is because it’s the last place her sister was alive, and she needs to get away from her mother. But what Cally doesn’t realize is that she'll end up in the middle of the mystery surrounding her sister’s death.

When Cally starts school at St. Bede she knows she’s different from these rich teens, and she also knows after the death of her sister and father and her mom's drinking she feels disconnected from people and the world around her. This doesn't stop Cally from trying to reach out and start a new life, and soon she’s in with mean, rich girls and a gorgeous guy that all the girls want.

Cally's romance had me going crazy…but a good crazy. She starts going with Alex, who's gorgeous and rich. Even though she really likes Alex, she also has a strange attraction to Jack. Now I'm going to stop here with these two guys because I don't want give any spoilers. But I will say that I understand why Templeman ended things the way she did for Cally. It was the right thing for her, but I have to tell you that I love Jack. For me, he was just a great guy, and when he realizes he’s in a messed up situation, I thought it was great how he felt for Cally, and I wish it could have went the way I wanted it to go.

The Little Woods is a chilling, eerie, thriller mystery with very dysfunctional family's that leads to dysfunctional teens. But it's also Cally’s time to heal. I recommend The Little Woods as a unnerving creepy read.


                       

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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway Swipe by Evan Angler


Swipe

                 Swipe (Swipe #1)

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Everyone gets the Mark. It gives all the benefits of citizenship. Yet if getting the Mark is such a good thing, then why does it feel so wrong?

Set in a future North America that is struggling to recover after famine and global war, Swipe follows the lives of three kids caught in the middle of a conflict they didn’t even know existed. United under a charismatic leader, every citizen of the American Union is required to get the Mark on their 13th birthday in order to gain the benefits of citizenship.

The Mark is a tattoo that must be swiped by special scanners for everything from employment to transportation to shopping. It’s almost Logan Langly’s 13th birthday and he knows he should be excited about getting the Mark, but he hasn’t been able to shake the feeling he’s being watched. Not since his sister went to get her Mark five years ago . . . and never came back.

When Logan and his friends discover the truth behind the Mark, will they ever be able to go back to being normal teenagers? Find out in the first book of this exciting series that is Left Behind meets Matched for middle-grade readers.

Paperback, 275 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Thomas Nelson (first published May 1st 2012) 


(MY THOUGHTS)
 I have to be honest. The Middle Grade genre is not one I usually read, but I love doing Trisha's blog tours over at YA Bound, so I signed up for this tour. After I started reading Swipe, I fell in love with these pre-teens: Logan, Erin, Dane and the rest of the characters. Also, I love the Sci-Fi/Dystopia world. Evan Angler changed my mind about the Middle Grade genre. Angler even had a cute romance in there for Logan that had me smiling for this soon-to-be thirteen-year-old. It was so sweet to see Logan's feelings for Erin. Angler also created a fantastic dystopian world. A world that's more near the truth than fiction for our future. Evan Angler, thank you for your awesome writing and eerie storyline that made me love this Middle Grade read.

In a few months, Logan will turn thirteen. In his world, thirteen is the age when you become an adult and receive the Mark. The Mark is the only way you can get jobs, food, clothes....the only way you can live after the Total War, disease, and climate change that's destroyed most of the world and its people. Logan was excited about getting the Mark until his older sister went to take the Pledge and received her Mark and she never came back. Logan's family was told she had died. Logan became paranoid that someone was watching him. That something wasn't right with this new government called the Dome, and they were hiding something about the death of his sister.

Erin has just moved to Spokie from Beacon. Her father, who works for the Dome government, has been sent to find out what’s going wrong with the Swipe. Erin's mother didn't move with her, and her father and Erin are not happy that her parents have separated. Erin's unhappy with her father that he didn’t tell the Dome he can't just uproot his family for the Dome government. Erin's father never tells her what work he does for the Dome, and nobody knows about what the government does, and everybody knows you don't ask questions, either. Erin’s going to find out what her father's work is, and the friendship between Erin and Logan—when they both find the answer to this mystery—will make Logan choose a different life. A life that Erin’s not willing to choose for herself.

Swipe pulled me right along with Logan and Erin to find the answers to what the Dome government is hiding about the Mark and Logan’s sister. I recommend Swipe as a fantastic Middle Grade read and I will be reading Sneak, Evan Angler's next awesome book in this series.
                                                                             



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Make Me (Demon Underground #4) by Parker Blue


Make Me (Demon Underground, #4)

   Make Me (Demon Underground #4)

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Shapiro has a secret she’s desperate to keep—she’s lost her slayer powers. As the new guardian of the Encyclopedia Magicka, Val expected the books to give her powers to replace those that disappeared after she lost her “V card” to Shade. But the encyclopedia exacts a price for every spell, making the job of guardian a tricky proposition.

When a rogue demon kidnaps Val’s roommate Gwen and Micah, leader of the San Antonio Demon Underground, Val is plunged into the middle of a Solomon’s Choice. The rogue wants the dangerously potent Encyclopedia Magicka in exchange for her friends’ lives; the succubus leader of the Demon Underground in Austin is demanding the books be destroyed rather than let them fall into the wrong hands and wants Shade for herself, swearing to do everything she can to prevent Val’s turning over the books.

The kidnapping isn’t the only crisis Val faces. She’s been betrayed by Fang. Demons and vampires are disappearing. The vamps of the New Blood Movement are forcing Val to keep the terms of her agreement to work for them to combat this new threat.

The Demon Underground is challenging Micah's leadership, and everyone is depending on a now-powerless Val to set things right. Val needs all the help she can get. Even if it means forgiving Fang and spending time with a dangerously sexy cowboy-vampire.

Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 224 pages
Published April 15th 2012 by Bell Bridge Books 


(MY THOUGHTS)
  I started reading the Demon Underground series two years ago and fell in love Val, a kick-ass vampire slayer. No,Val is not another Buffy. Make Me is the fourth book in this series and I have to say this one broke my heart for Val and Shade's relationship, but I'll get more into that later in my review. For now, I’d like to say Parker Blue is an awesome writer, and her style, which is strong, clear and lots of humor, always pulls me right in. The heroine, Valentine Shapiro (Val), who is one-eighth succubus, has a lust demon counterpart who she calls Lola. Parker Blue has also created an incredibly amazing world with demons, vampires, humans and magic. Val's character is absolutely fantastic. She's a tough girl with a sarcastic attitude who works with the good demons, vampires and humans to take out the rogue demons and vampires.

Val feels like she's in over her head this time, trying to help save the San Antonio demon underground, and the vampire leader Alejendro, from the mege demon named Asmodeus, who's after The Encyclopedia Magicka books of spells. Val thought she had enough on her plate with all this going on, until Dina, the leader of the Austin demon underground (who's also a succubus) who wants more than her fair share of power, sets her lusty eyes on Shade.

Val just has no luck in romance. Dan, who she had feelings for in the first book Bite Me, dumped her. But this was okay with me, because with Dan being human, it was clear he was the wrong guy, but I still thought he was a jerk for the way he did it. When Shade declared his feelings for Val, I was like, Yes, yes! Shade is an awesome guy, and I’ve always been Team Shade all the way through this series. And when Val and Shade finally got together, I was swoon happy for these two. I thought nothing could come between Shade’s love for Val. Parker Blue proved me wrong with my happily ever after for Val and Shade, but I didn't think Blue would rip my heart out and make me want to seriously dislike Shade for the way he treats Val. Yep, Blue turned my gorgeous, sweet guy Shade into a big jerk, because I can't see how all this falls on Val to take the blame.

Make Me is a big turning point with a lot of changes in Val's life, and her responsibly to the underground and her romance with Shade. Parker Blue has won my heart for the Underground series. I can't wait to see if she wins my heart back for Shade. Though there's still Austin, the vampire who I also have a soft spot in my heart for (hint, hint). I recommend Make Me and the Demon Underground series as a fantastic read with a strong heroine that you will love.


Teaser from Bite Me: “What are you?” he demanded. “A slayer?" I rolled my eyes. “The name's Val, not Buffy. Do I look like a blond cheerleader with questionable taste in men?”

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Dark Companion by Marta Acosta


Dark Companion

                  Dark Companion

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When foster teen Jane Williams is invited to attend elite Birch Grove Academy for Girls and escape her violent urban neighborhood, she thinks the offer is too good to be true. She's even offered her own living quarters, the groundskeeper's cottage in the center of the birch grove.

Something's not quite right about the school -- or is it Jane? She thinks she sees things in the birch grove at night. She's also beginning to suspect that the elegant headmistress and her sons are hiding secrets. Lucky is the gorgeous, golden son who is especially attentive to Jane, and Jack is the sardonic puzzling brother.

The school with its talented teachers and bright students is a dream for a science and math geek like Jane. She also loves her new friends, including hilarious poetry-spouting rich girl, Mary Violet. But the longer Jane stays at Birch Grove, the more questions she has about the disappearance of another scholarship girl and a missing faculty member.

Jane discovers one secret about Birch Grove, which only leads to more mysteries. What is she willing to sacrifice in order to stay at this school...and be bound to Birch Grove forever?

Expected publication: July 3rd 2012 by Tor/Macmillan 


(MY THOUGHTS)
  The Dark Companion cover is beautiful. It’s what first grabbed me. But after reading the first charter, I knew Dark Companion was going to be an awesome read. Let me start with the terrific characters—and there're plenty of them. My favorites are: Jane, who’s the main character and is as tough as they come, Jack, he's kind of the bad boy who's hilarious, Lucian (Lucky) who's Jack's jerk of a brother (I wanted to give him a piece of my mind) and then Mary Violet, she’s Jane's loads of fun new best friend. All the characters are wonderful and Marta Acosta amazed me with the way she wrote them and this paranormal storyline. I could completely believe Acosta’s mythology on how these paranormal's came into insistence. It sent eerie chills up my spine. I give high praise to Marta Acosta for being an awesome author who has an amazing talent as a writer to make fiction novel believable.

Jane is sixteen and an orphan. She lost her parents when she was six. After living in a group home, Jane has finally worked her way out of that hellhole. Birch Grove Academy offers Jane a full scholarship. Jane has everything the head master, Mrs. Radcliffe, is looking for: smart, healthy, and no living relatives. Jane has had a hard cruel life, and she can't believe that she finally getting her chance. But she’ll find out nothing is free. Mrs. Radcliffe has alterative motives. Head Master Radcliffe needs a companion for her gorgeous son, Lucian (Lucky). Companion has a whole other meaning at this private school, and when Lucian starts to show Jane some attention, it's not hard for Jane to fall for him. Jane spent the last ten years trying to get out the group home in Hellsdale just to discover she’s traded one hell for another. But is she willing to pay the price of becoming a Companion just for the illusion of a love she’s longed for her whole life?

Jack is Lucian's older, adopted brother. Jack knows his adopted family’s dark secrets. He also annoys Jane to no end. Their relationship is hilarious and intense. Jack, even though he's jokester, is adorable, because behind all that slackerness, there’s a little bit of a bad boy. He’s also in a band instead of college. And it's who he is underneath that had me loving him, but Jack keeps all this pretty well hidden from Jane. Jane’s hungry to feel love and to be loved. But is she so hungry for it that she's blinded, and will accept one gorgeous guy's sadistic love over another who truly loves her with all his heart?

Dark Companion gave me the creeps at how believable the storyline was. But as chillingly creepy as it was, it's also beautiful, and one I will love forever. I highly recommend Dark Companion as a must read.




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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway! The Vicious Deep (The Vicious Deep #1) by Zoraida Cordova


The Vicious Deep
                                 The Vicious Deep (The Vicious Deep #1)
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For Tristan Hart, everything changes with one crashing wave.

He was gone for three days. Sucked out to sea in a tidal wave and spit back ashore at Coney Island with no memory of what happened. Now his dreams are haunted by a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp teeth.

His best friend Layla is convinced something is wrong. But how can he explain he can sense emotion like never before? How can he explain he’s heir to a kingdom he never knew existed? That he’s suddenly a pawn in a battle as ancient as the gods.

Something happened to him in those three days. He was claimed by the sea…and now it wants him back.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire 



(MY THOUGHTS)
  The Vicious Deep is Absolutely Fan-friggin-tastic. Thank you, Zoraida Cordova, for Tristan Hart. I love this guy. Yeah, Tristan’s a little bit of a jerk when it comes to the girls. He's six-foot two of gorgeousness with a smart-ass sense of humor, but he’s learning the error of his ways. Tristan made me want to jump into this novel. I know I'm gushing, but that's how deliciously awesome Tristan Hart is. Cordova created an excellent character with the way a teen guy would talk, think, and act. I also loved Layla. She’s a sort of a tom-boy, being a part of the swim team, and she and Tristan have been best friends since grade school. Zoraida Cordova is an awesome writer, and I was so glad she had Tristan ask that question I’ve always wanted to ask, "Where does his man hood go when he turns into a merman:" Cordova had me laughing my a** off with Tristan, Layla and with the whole merfolk storyline in The Vicious Deep, but Cordova also can bring the tears too, and she did with one of the characters (no spoilers). Cordova has written an awesome novel and she is one awesome author. I will be waiting desperately for Tristan in the sequel, The Savage Blue.

Tristan is eighteen and a lifeguard at Coney Island along with Layla, his best friend, and the rest of his school swim team. Tristan is on lifeguard duties when he spots someone drowning. He tries to rescue this person, but he gets taken out to sea for three days, and when he washes up on shore, he can’t remember what happened. Then Tristan starts having a strange dream, and his body is feeling just as strange. He discovers his mom has hidden a secret from him of who she is and what he is. Tristan never worries about tomorrow, he has lived his life in the now, which means swimming competitions and girls, but he's going to be faced with his destiny. The destiny that's going to take away the life he has known and the girl he has always loved.

Layla is one tough, take-no-bull-crap kind of girl, and that includes taking any bull from her best friend Tristan. Tristan is ready to admit his feelings for Layla, but Layla can't see Tristan as anything more than the two-timing jerk he’s always been, but she can't leave him, either. Tristan is trying to get a handle on his reputation with the girls as the love'em and leave'em jerk, but his lower half just won't listen to his brain. I love Tristan. He is a true eighteen year old guy, and I love his heart. He's your good/bad boy who's trying, but just not winning the war over his hormones. I have to give a teaser to show you how great Tristan’s character is, and his love for Layla:


Layla she's my best friend. She's my Layla. She's my girl.
 
When Tristan said this, it sent me in romance swoon heaven for him. As I said, I love Tristan Hart!

The Vicious Deep is hilariously funny, with heart-felt drama, and romance that had me falling in love with Tristan. But it’s also about an eighteen year old guy’s time to grow up and take responsibility for himself and the people who depend on him. I highly recommend The Vicious Deep as an awesome must read.


                                                              
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Romeo Redeemed (Juliet Immortal #2) by Stacey Jay


Romeo Redeemed (Juliet Immortal #2)

  Romeo Redeemed (Juliet Immortal #2)

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All will be revealed for fans who have breathlessly awaited the sizzling sequel to Juliet Immortal. This time Romeo takes center stage and gets one chance, and one chance only, to redeem himself.

Cursed to live out eternity in his rotted corpse, Romeo, known for his ruthless, cutthroat ways, is given the chance to redeem himself by traveling back in time to save the life of Ariel Dragland. Unbeknownst to her, Ariel is important to both the evil Mercenaries and the love-promoting Ambassadors and holds the fate of the world in her hands. Romeo must win her heart and make her believe in love, turning her away from her darker potential before his work is discovered by the Mercenaries. While his seduction begins as yet another lie, it soon becomes his only truth. Romeo vows to protect Ariel from harm, and do whatever it takes to win her heart and soul. But when Ariel is led to believe his love is a deception, she becomes vulnerable to Mercenary manipulation, and her own inner darkness may ultimately rip them apart.

Hardcover
Expected publication: October 9th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Reader 




(MY THOUGHTS)
 Romeo Redeemed is absolutely awesome. Stacey Jay took me on the most amazing and twisted rollercoaster ride in this conclusion to the Juliet Immortal series. All I could do was hold my breath and hang on. Jay has taken Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and turned it into a masterpiece for today’s readers. She’s also given Romeo a personality that I always imagined he'd have, and that I finally got to see in Jay's version of Romeo. I love that Jay wrote a novel that answered the questions I've always had: was it lust or love that Romeo had for Juliet? And did they both harbor a little bit of revenge? I also love Stacey Jay’s style of writing, too. She’s an awesome writer. I found myself gliding through the beautifully written pages of this novel. Thank you, Stacey Jay, for an incredible love story, and a Romeo I will always love.

Romeo was a Mercenary, which means he fought dirty, killed for what he wanted, but is now cursed to be a rotting corpse. Romeo is given one last chance to redeem himself and become an Ambassador. But this redemption doesn't make him any better of a person than when he was a Mercenary. Romeo’s time is running out, and he has to seduce the girl whose very life he took ,so she will fall in love with him. Romeo the seducer will become the betrayed, and he will know how it feels to look into the eyes of the one you love right before they betray you. For Romeo, redemption is not going to be an easy path to take, and death just might have its upside for this twisted tale of time and space love.

Romeo Redeemed is a dark, twisted, sadistic love and selfish love of oneself that spans time and space, but it's also about discovering that it’s never too late for a person to find redemption through true love and forgiveness. That's the true power of redeeming oneself. I highly recommend Romeo Redeemed as a must read, the wickedly dark love story behind Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet love.


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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: AWRY (The Archers of Avalon #2 by Chelsea Fine


Awry (The Archers of Avalon, #2)

    Awry (The Archers of Avalon #2)

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Three curses. Two brothers. One love triangle.
Sometimes love is meant to be. But sometimes love...is the death of you.

Seventeen-year-old Scarlet has just died. Only, dying isn't unusual for a girl under a centuries old curse that left her semi-immortal.

This time, though, she comes back to her current life instead of awaking in a new one, and she realizes the curse is changing. Together with the immortal Archer brothers, Scarlet must piece together her life and try to break the curse before her impending death comes again.

Chelsea Fine's much anticipated second book of her paranormal trilogy, The Archers of Avalon, is the story of one girl's trials with heartbreak, romance, and destiny.

Expected publication: June 2012
                                                                         


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