Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey


Once (Eve, #2)

                   Once (Eve #2)

                                                 by
 
When you're being hunted, who can you trust?

For the first time since she escaped from her school many months ago, Eve can sleep soundly. She's living in Califia, a haven for women, protected from the terrifying fate that awaits orphaned girls in The New America.

But her safety came at a price: She was forced to abandon Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. When Eve gets word that Caleb is in trouble, she sets out into the wild again to rescue him, only to be captured and brought to the City of Sand, the capital of The New America.

Trapped inside the City walls, Eve uncovers a shocking secret about her past--and is forced to confront the harsh reality of her future. When she discovers Caleb is alive, Eve attempts to flee her prison so they can be together--but the consequences could be deadly. She must make a desperate choice to save the ones she loves . . . or risk losing Caleb forever.

In this breathless sequel to "Eve," Anna Carey returns to her tale of romance, adventure, and sacrifice in a world that is both wonderfully strange and chillingly familiar.


Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: July 3rd 2012 by Harper Collins 
 
 
 
(MY THOUGHTS)
  I love, love, love Once. And for all of you who have read Eve, you know what the three “loves” mean. Anna Carey is an awesome, awesome, AWESOME! writer and she has written an irresistible series with Eve. I couldn't believe Carey could leave me on a more heart-breaking, torturous cliffhanger than she did in Eve, but yes she did it again arrrrrr! Eve and Caleb are my kind of YA couple. Eve is a strong, take-charge heroine, and Caleb is my strong, fun loving hero. Eve and Caleb are steamy hot this time around with their romance and I do feel like Eve is going to kick some royal King's butt along with a few New America guards in the third book Rise. I think the title says it all. Can I just please have the third book now?!!!

Eve has been living in Califia at the women’s settlement that Caleb helped her reach, to escape the King and his guards. But Eve keeps having nightmares that Caleb is dying. When one of the girl's from the settlement tells her a rumor about a guy that has a bad infection from a leg wound and that's he’s across the bridge in an abandoned warehouse, Eve is sure it's Caleb. And there's no way Eve’s not going back across the bridge into the wild to save Caleb. What's waiting for Eve at the warehouse isn't Caleb, but the last person she thought she would ever see again. Eve is now a prisoner, and on her way back to the City of Sand to be the King's wife…or that's what she thought until she arrives at the King's palace and finds out marrying her was not his intentions. But when the King tells her who he is and who she will become, let's just say Eve never saw this one coming, and neither did I.

When Eve arrives at the palace she's still trying to find Caleb, but what she finds is Charles and the king's plans for Eve which doesn't include Caleb. I was very glad that Eve and Caleb were able to share their feelings for each other before all hell breaks out. Eve and Caleb are beautiful together. Eve dreams of being with Caleb, but the King and Charles are definitely not going to let that happen. Eve fears her nightmares for Caleb are going to come true, along with her fears of what she will have to do to save him.

Anna Carey did not disappoint me with this awesome sequel to Eve, I love it, and Eve and Caleb romance is getting more amazing with each novel. I only hate having to wait another year for Rise, but I will because it's well worth the wait! I highly recommend Once as a must read!
 

 
 
 
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Swoon YA Bound




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My Swoon is from: Once (Eva #2) by Anna Carey

Wrapping my arms around his neck, our tangled bodies hidden beneath the bridge. His head fell back as I kissed him, the warmth of his tongue spurring me on. I nodded yes, guiding his fingers to my waist as he untucked my shirt. His cold hands pressed against my stomach, the touch stealing the breath from my body.



             Yes guys, Eve and Caleb get the steamy going in the sequel ! ;)




Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway Retro Geeks by Karen Mueller Bryson

Retro Geeks

                     Retro Geeks

                                           by
 
Retro Geeks is a Short on Time Books for Teens, fast-paced and fun novels for readers on the go. Remember when it wasn't cool to be a geek? That's so yesterday! Retro Geeks, chronicles the (mis)adventures of two self-proclaimed geek girls, Molly and Ally, as they attempt to land super-hot dates for their senior prom. The 80s obsessed BFFs attempt a variety of date-finding schemes, including spying on the popular girls for the 411 on fitting in, in their quest for top-tier prom dates.
 
Paperback, First Edition, 132 pages
Published March 29th 2012 by CreateSpace
 
 
 
(MY THOUGHTS)
  Retro Geeks is a hilariously funny short read that will also touch your heart. Karen Mueller Bryson has penned a beautiful story about two best friends who are finding their own identity apart from each other and learning to love who they are and growing in self-confidence to be proud of it.

Molly and Ally have been best friends forever. They also have a love for the 80s. They live for the 80s in their music, dress, and hairstyle—they are retro 80s’ geeks. This is their senior year and for once Molly and Ally would like to be in with the popular teens, and they want to go to their prom with the popular hot guys, which of course are the jocks, Tank and Hank.

Elisa is the Queen of Mean along with her want-to-be side-kick, Megan. Elisa loves to hurt others and to finish out her high school years of being queen of mean, her last mean deed to absolutely crush Molly and Ally and their hopes to go to the prom with hot guys. Elisa decides to give Molly and Ally what they want and lets them be a part of her popular group and have Tank and Hank ask them to the prom, but miss queen of mean is going to get some of her own mean back when Molly and Ally gives Elisa and Megan some long overdue karma.

Tucker and Dylan are the two guys that have been crushing on Molly and Ally. These two guys want so badly to ask the two girls to the prom. But Molly has her mind set on her and Ally being a part of the popular kids and going to the prom with two hot jocks. I love Tucker and Dylan. These guys are great as they never let their egos get bruised and they never lose hope to take Molly and Ally to the prom.

Retro Geeks is a wonderfully cute, fun story of two beautiful retro geek girls discovering who they are, and how to be proud of it. And also seeing that the real hot guys are just as geeky as them. I enjoyed that Bryson gives us some of the greatest hit songs of the 80s with the background story of the song artists. I recommend Retro Geeks as an awesome coming of age story and a hilarious “get even” with all the mean girls we all new in high school theme.
 
 
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Painted Blind by Michelle A. Hansen

Painted Blind

                     Painted Blind

                                                by
 
Seventeen years old and agoraphobic, Psyche Middleton vows her dad will never see the risqué photos she took during a summer modeling stint abroad, but one of them ends up on a billboard in her Montana hometown. Now everyone—especially her dad—can see it. And yet, somehow, those are the mundane things in her life because she is about to fall unexpectedly, head-over-heels in love with Erik, a mysterious young man who rescues her from a crowd of admirers, and who she’s never actually seen because…he can make himself invisible.

As strange as this may seem, it’s about to get even stranger. Erik takes her to his palace in an idyllic kingdom, and she is swept into the beauty and culture of his world, but his affection has one condition: she may not see him. Overtaken, intrigued, and still not wholeheartedly believing he’s real, Psyche is going to have to decide if she can love him blindly; because if she can’t, she may lose him forever.
 
Paperback, 331 pages
Published May 3rd 2012 by Createspace
 
 
 
(MY THOUGHTS)
  Painted Blind is a wild ride. I went into this novel thinking it was going to be a nice romance story, but boy, Michelle A. Hansen grabbed me by the heartstrings and she took me on the most fantastic romance adventure. Hansen delivers a lot of fun humor along with an action-filled romance about what a girl in love will go through and do to win back the love of her guy and his trust. Hansen gave me thrill after thrill with Psyche and Erik’s love, but she also put some very serious scenes in this story that had me in tears, along with me cringing for Psyche. Hansen totally surprised me with this beautifully dark romance novel, always love it when an author gives me way more than I was expecting. Hansen is a wonderful, intriguing writer and she wrote an awesome novel.

Psyche has just returned from Italy where she had a summer modeling job. Now that she’s home to enjoy her senior year, her life is back to normal until the day she walks out of her hometown ice cream shop and looks up at a billboard ad to see her half-naked body beneath a waist-length wig looking back at her. Psyche knows the poo is fixing to hit the fan with her father, and how she’s going to explain this picture to him she has no idea. For a girl that has never even dated or had a boyfriend, this picture is getting Psyche all the wrong attention. But when the prefect guy rescues her and sweeps Psyche away to his most incredible world. She knows Erik is her meant to be forever love, but then Psyche listens to her best friend and betrays Erik's trust. Psyche will have to go to the only person that she believes can help her to get Erik back. But this person she’s looking to for help, is the person that wants her dead.

Erik is not your normal human guy. He has waited a long, long time to find a girl that just loves him for whom he is and not for what he looks like. Psyche was that girl, but when she does the one thing he asks her not to do all trust is gone…and trust is everything to Erik. And believe me, when Erik tells her it’s over and to get out, he definitely means it. He's a guy that takes action. I couldn't believe he did what he did Psyche, but I have to say I loved it. Even if Erik is a hard guy, he is my kind of guy, it’s always the deep, quiet bad-boys who loves their girl with all their heart and soul.

Painted Blind is about a girl who starts out to prove her love but will become strong and true to her own self when she’s faced with her own inner fears, and who will go to hell and back for the guy she loves. I recommend Painted Blind as an enthralling dark fantasy love adventure.
 
 
 
 
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The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test #2.5) by Aimee Carter


The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test, #2.5)

               The Goddess Legacy

               (Goddess Test #2.5)

                                               by
 
For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aime e Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.

Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness....

Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal....

Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another....

James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before....

Henry/Hades's solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope....

Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.
 
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen 
 
 
 
(MY THOUGHTS)
 The Goddess Legacy is absolutely amazing. I'm so glad Aimee Carter wrote this book to show the whole backstory for the Goddess Test characters. It gives me the totally twisted insight to the characters that I've come to love so much in Carter's awesome Goddess Test series. With the intriguing backstory of their life as the original six sibling’s council, plus their children, I kept thinking back to Goddess Test and Goddess Interrupted and saying, Okay, now I understand so much more and why this character did this or that. My favorites, of course, were Henry (Hades), Persephone, and James (Hermes). I love getting to see the full story of what happened between these three, and the depth of Henry's pain that James caused. I couldn't believe James was trying to do the same with Kate that he did with Persephone and laughing to myself, saying, Dang! James, boy. Don't you ever learn from your mistakes? I'm just surprised that Henry didn't rip James a new one when he tried this again with Kate, but James does have a soft heart for the ladies in distresses, especially when it's Henry's ladies.

I also loved seeing this from Henry's point of view and knowing what all happened to him and the reason why he thinks the way he does…and why he treated Kate like he did in the first two books. My feelings were proved right about Walter(Zeus). I always thought he was a real jerk, but now seeing what he actually did to Hera (Calliope) and the rest, I realized what a bigger, greedier jerk he truly is. And Ava (Aphrodite) and Persephone, their cat fight over Adonis and over James (Hermes) I know more of why these two girls hate the sight of each other. I love this part with these two.

I could go on with the awesome, fascinating insight with all the lives of these characters, but Carter has done such a super amazing job with giving the history of these characters. And if you love Goddess Test series as much as I do, you will want all the deliciously twisted details of back-stabbing, power-play, and forbidden lust with the Gods and Goddesses for yourself. I am so looking forward to The Goddess Inheritance so much more now that I got all the dirty little deeds of the gods and goddess lives. I highly recommend The Goddess Legacy as a must read, and Thank you Aimee Carter for another awesome novel.
 
 

 
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Blog Tour: Giveaway & Review Caterpillar (The Metamorphosis Trilogy #1) by Kate Oliver

Caterpillar (The Metamorphosis Trilogy, #1)


                       Caterpillar

     (The Metamorphosis Trilogy #1)

                                                 by
 
In a small college town in northern California, a lonely young man is working himself to the bone to solve a sixty-year-old problem ... a stranger with a will of iron and eyes the color of ice is searching for someone he can't identify ... and a girl who loves plants is about to grow roots of her own.

When Cara Gallagher's parents are transferred overseas again, she's off to spend her senior year of high school living with her sister, a graduate student at the famed McNair University. Cara, a girl with a passion for science and an indifference to people, hopes this move will be her first step in claiming the independence she craves. Cara has her future planned down to the letter: her college, her major, her career.

Then she saves Will Mallory's life, and both of their futures are completely rewritten.

The last years of Will's life have been spent shifting from one identity to the next, dodging the FBI, and trying desperately to find a way home. But Will's home is forty-four light years away, and to reach it he'll have to outwit the man who's hunting him--and leave behind the only love he's ever known.

Paperback, 338 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by MAB Books 



 (MY THOUGHTS)
Caterpillar is a beautiful Sci-fi fantasy love story. Kate Oliver has a wonderful, creative mind when it comes to writing a unique storyline and heart-felt romance. Oliver also gives us an encouraging story with Cara messed up life. Caterpillar is the kind of forever love that I love to read, when two people who are hurting, lost and empty are meant to find each other to heal and complete one another…soulmates.

In two months Cara will be eighteen. Cara's dad who works for Foreign Service and has to move again overseas. Cara is allowed to live with her twenty-two year old sister Liv, who lives and goes to college in California. This is Cara’s senior year of high school, and she can't wait for it to be over. High school has not been kind to Cara, but it's just one more horrible thing on Cara's list for her dysfunctional life. The first is her parents’ bad marriage, and the second is her mother's anger and bitterness. The third was the jerk who took her fairy tale dreams life away. Cara used to believe in fairy tales, she used to believe in hers. When Cara saves Will and finds out his secret, Will becomes her knight in shining armor. She starts to believe in her happily ever after, but all fairy tales have an evil villain, and Cara and Will's is the FBI.

Cara and Will's romance is one that goes deeper than just the physical. Theirs is a forever love. Cara and Will are truly soulmates. I love the humor with Cara and Will’s romance, but it also leaves me heart-broken for these two. I’m glad that there’s going to be another book, because I don't think my heart can take it if Will can't find a way to fix his "poof problem''.

Caterpillar is romantic…beautiful romance, drama, suspense, and humor all wrapped up into a Sci-Fi storyline. Cara and Will have a very special relationship that I have to have more of. I recommend Caterpillar for all who love romance as much as I do.




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Deadly Intentions (True Intentions #2) by Lisa Kuehne

Deadly Intentions (True Intentions #2)

                 Deadly Intentions 

               (True Intentions #2)

                                                   by
 
Sixteen-year-old, Ava O'Brian's may have survived her ordeal with Satan, but her troubles are far from over. They're just beginning. Her premonition nightmares only create questions about her special ability; is she really capable of influencing good or is she truly creating something else—evil. Uncovering the truth behind her miraculous survival, and choosing between the two immortals fighting for her affection will reveal far more than she is expecting and expose her to Deadly Intentions.
 
ebook, 225 pages
Published 2012 by Noble Young Adult
 
 
 
 
(MY THOUGHTS)
  Deadly Intentions is the wonderful, intriguing sequel to Lisa Kuehne’s True Intentions. Kuehne threw me a dark and twisted storyline in this second novel. I thought Kuehne left me on an agonizing cliffhanger in True Intentions, but she definitely tortured me with the cliffhanger in Deadly Intentions and waiting for Kuehne’s third installment to the this series so I can find out more on Drake's character is not going to be easy. Kuehne has added a dark new character with Drake in this amazing storyline, and she’s only let me have a delicious taste of him, just to have me wanting more of this bad boy. I also would like to give praise to Kuehne on the scene with Sam and Ava, when Ava had a choice to make. I praise Kuehue for how she had Sam handle this situation with Ava. I love that Sam didn't play any games with Ava and that he stood up for himself to let Ava know where he stood and how he felt. This is why I love Sam, he's strong and he doesn't play games, and even though I understood what Ava was going through, I was really hurt that she did this to Sam. But like I said, Sam’s character is gorgeous, and I love that he's has this hardness about him.

Ava is starting to question herself—if she really does have the power to influence others to do good instead of evil. Her dreams of destruction to hurt and kill mankind are really happening in the real world. Will, who is an angel, has been sent to earth to protect her, but he’s falling in love with her. When Ava asks Will to help her figure out why her evil dreams are coming true, this doesn't go well with Sam, or for Ava and Sam's relationship. Also, Ava finds out that her twin brother Aiden, who died a year ago, has sacrificed his eternity in heaven for her to Satan, so Ava wouldn't die. Even if Satan has Ava's twin brother, he still has his fallen angel trying to find Ava to stop her from saving mankind. But Ava is determined to rescue her brother from Lucifer. Plus there’s also Jack, who has just became her new step brother. Ava is finding out she has her hands full with all this and with her fight with Lucifer.

Lisa Kuehne turned up the heat for Ava in Deadly Intentions with her hot fallen angel romance and the battle against Lucifer, and there's also Drake, which I’m waiting to find out the rest of his dark, demented secrets in the next book. I recommend Deadly Intentions as a dark, surprising, forbidden love twist. I also recommend True Intentions the first book in this fantastic series.
 
 
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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan

Crazy Dangerous

                  Crazy Dangerous

                                                   by
 
"You probably want to hear about Jennifer and the demons and how I played chicken with a freight train and—oh yeah—the weird murder and how I found out about it—you're definitely going to want to hear about that. But first, I have to tell you about the stupidest thing I ever did . . ."

Sam Hopkins is bored with his status as a preacher's kid. So when a group of guys notorious for being in trouble offers him friendship, he accepts. Before long, he has several new skills—including hot-wiring cars.

At school, there's an eccentric loner named Jennifer. When Sam defends her from being bullied, she begins to seek him out as her only friend. Her ramblings often seem illogical . . . but then start to contain grains of truth. One leads Sam to discover that one of his new friends has been killed. And then she tells him, "I'm looking for the devil." Sam doesn't know what that means, but he knows it's a matter of life and death that he figure it out.

Everyone else thinks Jennifer is suffering from schizophrenia. But Sam is starting to wonder if there could be something prophetic in her words. Discovering the truth is going to be both crazy and dangerous.

Hardcover, 330 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Thomas Nelson



(MY THOUGHTS)
  Crazy Dangerous is an action-packed Suspense. Andrew Klavan had me hanging on the edge with this enthralling storyline. Klavan takes readers into an extremely high degree of exciting action. I had to keep reminding myself to breathe because of the intense scenes with Sam.
 
Sam is sixteen, and if that’s not hard enough, he’s also a PK (preacher’s kid) and he’s pretty tired of the other kids at Sawnee High School treating him like a goodie-two-shoes. But all that's going to change for Sam when he finds himself in a situation with Jeff Winger, the school thug. And Sam’s okay with hanging out with the thugs, especially since the kids at school are finally seeing him as at least normal. Sam knows he can't keep this thug act going, and he needs to get out Jeff’s gang. And when Jeff starts to beat on Jennifer, who’s known as the “crazy girl”, Sam figures now is the time to get his self out of this mess with Jeff, because there's no way he’s going to let Jennifer get hurt.
 
Jennifer is sixteen and has schizophrenia. When Sam saved her from Jeff, he become her magic friend, and she starts telling Sam about the demons—that she hears them talking and that there are going to hurt a lot of people. After one of Jennifer’s predictions comes true, Sam thinks he might be going crazy, because he starts to believe Jennifer. Sam is now on a dangerous mission that a crazy girl told him is going to happen.
 
Crazy Dangerous is a hundred percent pure adrenaline rush and action with nail-baiting suspense. Sam and Jennifer make a fantastic team. Sam’s dangerous and Jennifer’s crazy, but to do right and fear nothing it's going to take two teenagers being dangerous crazy. I recommend Crazy Dangerous as a action-packed read.



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The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe


The Sweetest Dark

                The Sweetest Dark

                                                   by

“With every fiber of my being, I yearned to be normal. To glide through my days at Iverson without incident. But I’d have to face the fact that my life was about to unfold in a very, very different way than I’d ever envisioned. Normal would become forever out of reach.”

Lora Jones has always known that she’s different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.

England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.

Jesse is the school’s groundskeeper—a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.

Filled with lush atmosphere, thrilling romance, and ancient magic, The Sweetest Dark brilliantly captures a rich historical era while unfolding an enchanting love story that defies time.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: August 21st 2012 by Random House Publishing Group 


MY THOUGHTS
 The Sweetest Dark is true to its title. From the moment I began reading this novel, it became one of my sweetest, dark reads, and I could not put it down. Shana Abe stole my heart with this storyline and the dark characters, and I hope there's going to be a second book as there was an opening left for a sequel, though The Sweetest Dark could be a stand alone as well. This is my first time reading one of Shana Abe's novel, but it's definitely not my last. Abe is an awesome writer and her characters have a beautiful, strong personality. Lora (Eleanor) Jones is a fantastic heroine. She’s strong-willed, kick-ass, tough, and her way of thinking is a little on the sadistic side. I love Lora's attitude, she not a whiner and she can take care of her own problems. You don't want to mess with girls like her and by that I mean that she’s been raised in a pretty bad orphanage and spent time in an asylum. Yep, I love Eleanore Jones. She’s my kind of girl! Then there's the two gorgeous guys, Jesse and Armand. Jesse is the golden boy/sweetheart, and Armand is the aristocrat, deep dark alpha. Shana Abe has done what I love to see in novels (Lora gets both guys) I'll just give you that hint and leave the rest for you to read and see what I mean (no spoilers).

Lora is sixteen in the year 1915, and she has just spent the last six years in the Blisshaven Foundling Home for orphans, but now Lora's luck is about to change. Because of the Germans’ air raids on London, the government is evacuating all the children out of London, so Lora is given charity endowment from the Duke of Idylling to attend the privileged boarding school of The Iverson School for Girls. It doesn't take Lora long to realize there's not any difference between a poor orphanage and a rich boarding school. When it comes to bad girl bitches, they’re all the same, but these spoiled little rich girls will learn that Lora is the queen of bad, and she has spent the last six years in hell—she has no intentions of going back there again.

Jesse is eighteen and the groundskeeper at the Iverson's girl school. But that’s only what you see from the outside. Jesse is going to become the shiny, gold star in Lora's life, and Lora will be the beloved of Jesse's. A Love like Jesse and Lora's will have sacrifices, and the nights they shared in the sweetest dark is the gift of love in their dreams. Jesse made my heart swoon and then it broke for him. But where there's a fallen star, there’s also a dark, arrogant jerk to put it back together. Armand is the seventeen year old duke of Idylling. He has a dark side, but he too has a secret, and it's one only he can share with Lora. Jesse will have to sacrifice everything for Lora and Armand's secret so that Lora—his beloved—will be who she’s meant to be…even if it's means she will be loved by another. .

The Sweetest Dark is an awesome, dark Paranormal Historical Fantasy with heart-breaking romance. I highly recommend The Sweetest Dark as a sweet, deliciously dark read, and I'm begging for a sequel.


                    

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Spirit Fighter by Jerel Law


Spirit Fighter
 

                     Spirit Fighter

                                                       by
 
Seventh-grader Jonah Stone discovers that he is one-quarter angel--his mother is the daughter of a human and a fallen angel--and after she is kidnapped, Jonah and his sister, Eliza, must try to rescue her, with the help of prayers and a guardian angel.
 
Paperback, 243 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Thomas Nelson Publishers 
 
 
MY THOUGHTS
  Spirit Fighter is a fantastic, action-packed adventure of good versus evil—angel and demon. I'm not one who reads too many Middle Grade novels, but Jerel Law has created an excellent story. Jonah, who's thirteen and his eleven year old sister, Eliza, are to be a part of God's plan in the battle against the fallen angel who kidnapped Jonah's mother. She’s a Nephilim, and an evil twist to this is the kidnapper is Jonah's fallen angel grandfather.

Jonah wants one thing in his life, and that’s to make the basketball try outs. But when the coach tells him it’s a no go—that he just doesn't have what it takes to be a basketball player—Jonah asks God why and what's His plan for him. Well, Jonah doesn't have to wait long to get God's answer, and he definitely receive more than he ask for. Jonah finds out God has a huge plan for his life, and with the help of his guardian angel, Henry, who looks like he's a teenager but is older than the plant earth, and his sister Eliza, they’re going to fight the bad guys. And these are the real bad guys…the fallen angels. Jonah also discovers he's one quarter angel and has special angel powers to fight evil. Now it’s up to Jonah, his sister and a teenage guardian angel to be God's plan to go to New York to rescue his mom.

Jerel Law is an inspiring Christian author who puts rip-roaring fun and mind-blowing action into a Christian book for an awesome, thrill ride of an adventure with God's word. I recommend Spirit Fighter as a super, action-packed read.
 

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: To Ride A Puca by Heather McCorkle


To Ride A Puca

                    To Ride A Puca

                                                 by
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?

Hardcover, First Edition
Published May 2012 by Compass Press 



(MY THOUGHTS)
  I have really enjoyed and loved reading Heather McCorkle’s The Secret of Spruce Knoll series. So I was excited to hear McCorkle had written another novel in this series. To Ride A Puca is an amazing Historical/Fantasy adventure about the Druids of Ireland, and the war they’re waging against the barbaric people known as the Dane, who are trying to take their land and kill all Druids. I loved McCorkle’s first two novels in this series, but To Ride A Puca was special. Being able to go back in history and get to know and have more of an understanding of the first Druids of Ireland gave me better insight into the first two novels that are written for today's time.

Neala is sixteen, and her parents have sheltered her and lied to her about their Druid heritage and her warrior power. When she meets Bren (Brendan), who is also a Druid warrior, he begins to teach Neala how to use her warrior power even if it goes against her parents’ wishes for her. The only thing Neala has thought about since her brother Lorcan died fighting in the war is to learn to fight and to defend herself against the barbaric Danes, so she can also keep her home land. The only two things they brought back to Neala of her brother's when the Dane kill him, was his sword and a black horse. But this horse is a very special horse. This horse, who's name is Dubh, has waited three years to share his secret with Neala…and hopefully his heart.

Being sheltered as she was, Neala has never known boys or had a boy like her, but all that's going to change now that she’s met Bren. Not only Bren, but also Tyr, who is a Dane warrior and Donal who fought by her brother’s side in the war. Now Neala has no problem with guys liking her, she just has a problem with the one she’s in love with and who will be her Druid bond. This was hard for me, because I fell in love with Tyr, and even thou I know why Neala went the way she did and I also like who Neala's true love is, but I still love Tyr. I always have had a soft heart for the guy who losses.

To Ride A Puca is an awesome, mature YA Historical Fantasy adventure. McCorkle writes such fantastic characters in this story that I love them all, especially the horse, Dubh. I recommend To Ride A Puca as a must read. 



   
                                           
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Dead of Night (The Youngbloods #2) by Lynn Viehl


Dead of Night

  Dead of Night (The Youngbloods #2)

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True love . . . and an undying obsession

Catlyn Youngblood has a secret life. Despite being a natural-born vampire hunter like her two older brothers, Cat has fallen for Jesse--an ageless boy from a centuries-old vampire clan.

Cat's job cataloguing rare, mystical texts at a bookstore allows her to meet with Jesse alone every evening. But when girls who look disturbingly similar to Cat start disappearing from town, Cat and Jesse discover frightening clues to their whereabouts within the book collection. Together, they must stop a crazed man from realizing his dark scheme-- one that would claim Cat's life.
 
Paperback, 312 pages
Expected publication: July 8th 2012 by Flux Books 
 
 
 
 
(MY THOUGHTS)
 
  Dead of Night is a cute paranormal novel. I kinda think of it as Nancy Drew meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Even though the storyline was on the younger side of YA than I usually read, I still really enjoyed the paranormal elements being pulled into this mystery of finding out “who did it” and why. I also enjoyed Cat (Catlyn) becoming her own independent person away from her two, overprotected brothers. I was so glad that Lynn Viehl had Cat’s character in this sequel to The Youngbloods series, to finally stands up for herself against her brothers, especially Trick (Patrick).

Cat is part vampire and also a descendent from the Val Halsing’s, a family of vampire hunters. And Cat being a vampire hunter makes her relationship with her vampire boyfriend a rough one, especially with her brothers. So the mind erasing that her brother Trick did to make her forget Jesse and what happened on Halloween, didn't work on Cat, but she’s not going to tell Trick that it didn't work. Jesse, Cat's vampire boyfriend, or as Cat calls him, her “dark boy”, is secretly seeing Cat. But when girls start being kidnapped, and she realizes that the kidnapper is after her, Cat sets out to save the missing girls before it’s too late. And that means she has to tell Trick that his mind trick didn't work and she’s still seeing Jesse. Needless to say when Cat's brothers hears this bit of news it doesn't go well for Cat and Jesse.

Dead of Night is an intriguing, paranormal mystery where Cat is trying to figure out the clues in time to save the three missing girls. But what I also loved just as much as the mystery was Cat growing into her own person. She wants her brothers to respected her as person, and have the right to choose who she loves. I recommend Dead of Night as a great, younger YA read.
 

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Blog Tour Giveaway & Review: Angel Eyes ( Angel Eyes Trilogy #1) by Shannon Dittemore

Angel Eyes (Angel Eyes Trilogy, #1)


  Angel Eyes (Angel Eyes Trilogy #1)

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Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . . .

ANGEL EYES

Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.

Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.

Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.

A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.
320 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Thomas Nelson Fiction 



(MY THOUGHTS)
  Angel Eyes is a beautiful novel. Shannon Dittemore is truly a gifted writer. She’s reminded me that God is exciting. With so many Christian books being boring, Dittemore’s Angel Eyes was like a refreshing, cool drink of water. Dittemore also gave me a beautiful romance with Brielle and Jake. I love the way Jake cherishes Brielle. His love for her came from the heart with caring and tenderness, and Jake always treats Brielle with respected and praised her for being her own individual and independent self in making her choices. But with the cliffhanger ending that Dittemore left me hanging with Jake and Brielle's relationship, I have a feeling Jake's faith and love for Brielle is going to be put to the test in the sequel Broken Wings. I also really enjoyed Angel Eyes being told from Brielle, Jake's guardian angel Canaan, and the demon Damien's point of view, and the last chapter starts the sequel off in Jack's point of view. I have always loved when an author does this, it makes the story a more intriguing read for me. And I love Jake's character, especially when Brielle says, he’s HOT! (literally) I'm really going to enjoy Jake's perspective: seeing his feelings and how he thinks in Broken Wings.

Brielle's seventeen and a ballerina. She’s been away from home for the last two years at an art school in the city. After the murder of Ali, her best friend at the art school, Brielle comes back home to a small town life and her father. But now she lives in coldness, the coldness of guilt and unable to forgive herself for not protecting her friend. She saw the bruises on Ali and she didn't tell anyone. And when Ali's boyfriend escapes from jail, she fears for her own life now, too. Brielle knows what she saw and she’s ready to tell the truth even if it’s too late to save her best friend's life, because it’s not too late for justice. But does Brielle really know the truth? And when she does see the truth, will she have enough love to believe, or will she choose her hate?

Jake is the new guy who's moved next door to Brielle. He is definitely hot in more ways than one, and how many strong, gorgeous guys are willing to wear a tutu just to spend more time with a girl? I love the way Brielle and Jake meet. There's nothing like a girl beating her chest like a gorilla and howling to impress the new hot guy in town. Works every time. Except Brielle didn't know the new guy was watching her, and when Jake gets caught laughing at her, Brielle gives him a lot of altitude. But Jake is willing to take Brielle's altitude and much more…including her heart.

Angel Eyes is about evil, hate, forgiveness, but it’s also about the gift of love and the truth of that love setting you free. I recommend Angel Eyes as a beautiful, heart-moving read.


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