Blood Crave (Blood on the Moon #2) by Jennifer Knight

Blood Crave (Blood on the Moon, #2)

                     Blood Crave

            (Blood on the Moon #2)

Headstrong heroine Faith Reynolds returns in this thrilling sequel to the paranormal romance Blood on the Moon!

After surviving being kidnapped by a vampire, Faith would just love to focus on some alone time with her hot (though occasionally furry) boyfriend, Lucas. Unfortunately, with a vampire uprising on the horizon and her best friend, Derek, about to wake up and find himself transformed into a half-werewolf, half-vampire being without a beating heart, Faith has a few other things to take care of first.

Faith is not without help, in the form of her newfound powers of sensing people’s emotions and being able to influence werewolves’ actions, not to mention her begrudging but rather helpful boyfriend. Even so, convincing a werewolf packmaster to prepare for an epic battle may be difficult to do without solid evidence.

Lose yourself once more in the deliciously suspenseful world of werewolves versus vampires, otherworldly boys with deadly charm, and addictive, spine-tingling action and romance!
Paperback, 512 pages
Expected publication: August 14th 2012 by Running Press
  Blood Crave is the sequel to Blood on the Moon and this series is freakin’ incredible. My first loves in the Paranormal genre are vampires and werewolves, and Jennifer Knight has written a totally awesome one in the Blood on the Moon series. I feel like I’ve been on an amazing adrenaline rush reading this book. The only regrets I have is that I didn't read the first book, but you better believe I will be getting the first book. I love the characters: Faith, Lucas, and Derek. Faith is the main character who definitely speaks her mind. Lucas is a strong and deadly bad ass werewolf. Derek is a hybrid werewolf/vampire, and I couldn’t help loving his boyish charm. Knight writes with a strength and clarity that had me living and feeling the lives of these characters with each page.

Faith can read emotions, so she can tell when somebody is lying or what emotions they’re hiding. She also has the power to change a werewolf’s emotions. For the uprising vampires, this is a power they would love to get their hands on and the person who wields it. The Vampire monarch also wants Derek, who's a crossbreed after he was bitten by a vampire and a werewolf. Faith is trying to get Lucas to help her protect Derek from the vampires. Lucas is all for keeping Derek out of the vampires’ hands. But when Faith and Derek's relationship starts getting a little too friendly (because of Faith's guilt for Derek), Lucas's angrier is making him a jealous hot-head werewolf. Vampires might be the least of Derek’s problems if he keeps trying to put the moves on Faith after Lucas gets finish with him.

Faith and Lucas's romance is so much fun, and yes it gets sizzling hot! Lucas is swoon-luscious. I always love a bad boy who's strong and protective, and being a werewolf is just a big sexy plus with me. And with Derek rubbing Lucas's fur the wrong way with Faith, Lucas has my heart all the way for him.

The Blood on the Moon series is Team Jacob’s fan girls revenge on Edward hehe . Faith is no Bella, as you will see at the ending of Blood Crave. And Jennifer Knight couldn't have given me a more amazing ending in Blood Crave to take readers into the third novel of this series. This is a fantastic Vampire vs Werewolf novel, but not to be confused with Twilight, because this is totally different kind a storyline with Vampires and werewolves. I highly recommend Blood Crave.
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Swoon Thursday (7) #YA Bound

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My Swoon is from:  Lucid (Brightest Kind of Darkness) by P.T. Michelle

Just as the first tendrils of sunlight reached my room, the bow unraveled. Ethan took his time tracing a finger past the hollow in my throat, then down the center of my chest. When his knuckles brushed the top curve of my cleavage, I sucked in a breath and goose bumps scattered across my skin. Ethan’s eyes snapped to mine, a dark, sexy smile tilting the left corner of his mouth. My heart stuttered as he grasped my waist, then slowly pulled me close. Kissing his jaw, I slid my hands along his shoulders and welcomed his warmth as everything inside me bloomed to life.



Innocent Darkness (The Aether Chronicles #1) by Suzanne Lazear

Innocent Darkness (The Aether Chronicles, #1)

                Innocent Darkness  

         (The Aether Chronicles #1)

Wish. Love. Desire. Live.

Sixteen-year-old Noli Braddock's hoyden ways land her in an abusive reform school far from home. On mid-summer's eve she wishes to be anyplace but that dreadful school. A mysterious man from the Realm of Faerie rescues her and brings her to the Otherworld, only to reveal that she must be sacrificed, otherwise, the entire Otherworld civilization will perish.

Paperback, 408 pages
Expected publication: August 8th 2012 by Flux

Innocent Darkness is a fantastic novel. This is the way I like my Steampunk: with just enough steam machines and gadgets that I know I'm reading one without it taking over the storyline. I also love fearies, so this was a wonderful addition. Lazear's writing is impressive. I was so intrigued that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Glued to the pages, I couldn’t get enough of these great characters. Noli is the kind of girl main character I really do enjoy. She’s strong-willed, confident and with this storyline taking place in 1901 when women aren't allowed much choice in life, she’s determined to have independence in a man's world. Lazear has also given me a beautiful romance between Noli and V (Steven) that had my temperature rising.

Noli is very much her own person, but this is not considered a good thing in 1901 when a young ladies’ only goal in life is to marry well. Noli wants to work on engines. She wants to go to university and become a botanist, but girls aren't allowed to do this in 1901. Because of her strong-will to have the life she wants, she eventually gets herself into trouble with the police when she's caught test driving her father's flying automobile. Women aren't allowed to drive, so Noli is sent to Findlay reform school for girls to become a proper young lady. She’s determine that this place will not break her spirit, but after she is horribly abused and loses the only friend she had there, she feels as if she’s loosing this battle of the wills.

Kevighn Silver, who’s also known as Silver Tongue (or Women- Maker), is a faerie huntsman who is from the Otherworld. Kevighn’s job is to go and search for special girls like Noli who have what the faerie's call the spark to take them back to the Otherworld. Kevighn hears Noli one night, wishing to get away from Findlay, so he takes her to the Otherworld. Noli soon finds out why the faerie's need girls like her, and she realizes that Findlay wasn't the worst thing that could happen to her.

V (Steven) is Noli's best friend, but he's not who he pretends to be. When Kevighn takes Noli to the Otherworld, V is the only one who can help her. V and Noli will finally admit their true feelings for each other. And after hiding their feelings from each other all this time, they definitely make up for lost time. Noli and V's romance is beautiful, steamy and hot! Women-Maker Kevighn has fallen for Noli, too. It's clear who Noli loves, but I do like Kevighn. Yeah, he's the bad boy faerie, but he had me swooning for him. I mean with a name like silver-tongue and women-maker he is a bad, bad boy and he definitely lives up to his name.

Innocent Darkness is a wickedly dark faerie novel with a great steampunk theme and romance that is dangerously hot! I recommend Innocent Darkness as a fantastic read.

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Waiting on Defiance & Love Defiance Book Trailer!!!

Okay,  Had to change my post for a book review this morning  :(  So going to do a post on a book I'm waiting on to read :)  I hope you are waiting on this book too!!!

Defiance (Defiance, #1)

             Defiance (Defiance #1)

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: August 28th 2012 by Balzer + Bray

                                 I love Defiance book trailer!!!!


Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

                   Throne of Glass 

               (Throne of Glass #1)

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children's

 She brought her mouth close to his ear. "My name is Celaena Sardothien," she whispered. "But it makes no difference if my name's Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I'd still beat you, no matter what you call me.”

I had to start off my review of Throne of Glass with this awesome teaser! While I read this, I was screaming, "Hell yeah, you go, girl". Kick that sonofabitch's butt! Well that's not actually the words I used. (toned them down a little for review) Sarah J. Maas took me into the most awesome world with assassins, dark magic, and a heart-touching romance. I love this girl assassin. Celaena loves being a lady with her pretty dresses while she’s thinking about taking you out of this world. Maas gave me a beautiful, kick-ass heroine in Celaena's character.. But for the romance, I'm still wondering where Maas is going to go with it. Either way is fine with me, because I love all these swoon-worthy guys! The world-building and storyline is fantastic, too. The only problem I have is: I want the sequel now!

Celaena is eighteen, and she is Adarlan's most feared notorious assassin. But after she is betrayed, the King of Adarlan has her enslaved to work in the salt mines of Endoveier…which will usually kill you in two months. Celaena has been in the salt mines for one year when the prince of Adarlan, Dorian, offers her a chance to have her freedom back. All she has to do is duel twenty-three competitors and win, and if she wins she will become the king's personal champion, and after four years of service, she will have her freedom. Celaena jumps at the prince's offer—twenty-three guys to fight, this is nothing for her as she is the most deadliest assassin, but she never thought she would meet her destiny at the glass palace of Adarlan—a destiny where she will have to fight demonic dark magic that is enslaving and killing the people of this land.

The romance with Celaena is still one I haven't figure out yet. There is Prince Dorian, Chaol, who's the captain of the guard, and I even thought there could be something with one of the competitors, but I think it’s safe to rule him out, I think. I’m going to leave the romance alone for now, just going to have to wait for the sequel. Plus, I don't want to spoil this for you. I will tell you that I love what’s going on with Celaena and these beautiful guys. I also love when the romance has a lot of fun along with the serious stuff.

Throne of Glass is an awesome high fantasy, and with Sarah J. Maas showing me all that’s going on in this fantastic, dark world, and the background of all the characters in this first novel, I’m ready to dive into the sequel. There’s also four e-novellas. I can’t wait to read these too while I'm waiting on the second novel in the Throne of Glass series. I highly recommend Throne of Glass as a kick-ass read.

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Cover Reveal: Shift (Firstborn #2) by Raine Thomas

               Shift (Firstborn #2)

Having the ability to shapeshift, Sophia is familiar with change. But even she feels the rising tension in her homeland.

A shadowy male and deadly beast reside in their midst. The births of the newest Kynzesti loom. Hostile Mercesti continue to hunt for the Elder Scroll, and a traumatized female is too afraid to use her abilities to stop them.

Topping off Sophia’s stress is Quincy, the male she’s convinced can’t stand her. She rues the loss of their friendship, but can’t figure out how to move past it. She’ll soon learn, however, that mending that rift bears more significance than she ever imagined.

The search for the Elder Scroll takes on unexpected urgency, and Sophia finds herself in a race across the mainland. To stop the Mercesti led by Eirik, she and her companions must get past their differences and unite against them. If they don’t, Eirik will acquire the immense power he seeks, and two of the beings Sophia loves most will die.
Expected publication: August 24th 2012 by Iambe Books
                                          Raine Thomas
                                              About Raine Thomas
Raine Thomas is the author of the exciting and original series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane. Her passion for writing prompted her to earn her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus in Creative Writing from Georgia State University, then her master’s degree in Humanities from Central Michigan University. She is also a proud member of Romance Writers of America.

Residing in Orlando, Florida, Raine is a hopeless romantic with a background in the fields of mental health and wedding planning…two areas that intersect far more than one would think. Her years working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges inspired her to create young protagonists who overcome their own conflicts. When she isn’t writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.
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Swoon Thursday (6) #YABound

It's that time again! We created a HOT meme, and if you're new to the game, here's how to join in the fun:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

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My Swoon is from:  Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

 Why was she kissing the Crown Prince of Adarlan? Her fingers loosened and her arm dropped to her side. He removed his mouth from hers and smiled. It was infections. Dorian leaned forward again, but she smoothly put two fingers against his lips "I should go to bed," she said He raised his eyebrows. "Alone," she added.

                             Kick-ass assassins aren't swoon so easily lol!


Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)


           (The Lynburn Legacy #1)

Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?
Hardcover, 370 pages
Expected publication: September 11th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers
  Unspoken is a gothic Paranormal with plenty of great magic and mystery with the beginning of a cute romance. Sarah Rees Brennan had me rolling in laugher throughout most of this book, and then she brought me to a heart-shattering, cliffhanger ending. I’m so glad there's going to be a second book with Kami and Jared. Brennan has crafted a fantastic world of sorcery with wonderful fun teenage characters. Unspoken is told from Kami’s point of view, with a few chapters told from Jared’s. Since this storyline is about teens living in a little English town in London, Brennan gives us a little taste of her UK writing style which I really enjoyed. Sarah Rees Brennan is a talented writer, and I’m waiting impatiently for the sequel with these teens that are ready to take on dark sorcery to save their town.

Kami is a head strong, take charge kind of girl who wants to be a Journalist. And when she starts the school newspaper, her first assignment is to find out why the Lynburns return to Sorry-in-the-Vale after being gone for seventeen years. But when no one answers her questions about the Lynburns and insists she stay away from them, Kami—being the head strong journalist that she is—starts her own investigation to discover the mystery about this town, the Lynburns, and what they’re hiding.

Kami has also heard a boy's voice in her head ever since she was born. Jared is her best friend, well how can he not be since they have been living in each other head all their lives? But when they meet each other face-to-face, it gets a little strange. And when Jared turns out to be one of the Lynburns, this mystery gets even more mysterious. Kami and Jared don't know whether to hate each other or love each other. Their relationship is hilarious and heart breaking at the same time. I couldn't help but to fall in love with Jared, and with this cliffhanger ending, Kami's decision about Jared broke my heart, too.

Unspoken is an eerie, hilarious mystery, with a beautiful romance that will both swoon and break your heart. I recommend Unspoken as a fantastic magical read.
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Glitch (Glitch #1) by Heather Anastasiu

Glitch (Glitch, #1)

                 Glitch (Glitch #1)

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.

In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.

Paperback, 371 pages
Expected publication: August 7th 2012 by St. Martin's Press

  I Love Sci-fi Dystopia, and Glitch is going on my list as one of my favorites. Heather Anastasiu’s world-building is awesome. I love the Old World, and the underground city of the Community it's totally fantastic. I also love the characters. Anastasiu did excellent with Zoe’s character. She made me believe that this is how someone would be if they could suddenly feel emotions after never having felt them before, and by the end of this story, Zoe was becoming a strong leader. I think she will be a kick-ass heroine in the sequel Override or as Adrien would say a "cracking kick ass". Yes, I also liked the way the author used new slang words in this future world to replace some of our naughty four letter words. I will definitely be waiting on the sequel.
Zoe is a Glitcher, which means she’s an anomaly, and for Zoe this could be a one way trip to deactivation. Zoe world has always been: Order is everything, the Community Creed is Order first, order always. But now that she’s starting to feel emotions, she doesn’t understand how to explain what she’s feeling. She just knows she doesn't want to go back to being a human drone after she’s able to feel emotions—to finally understand what it feels to be alive. But with these emotions, Zoe is also getting the power to move objects. Zoe is trying to keep her emotions and her power hidden from the Regulators who are watching for glitchers, but there’s someone else who's watching Zoe, it’s the guy with the beautiful blue-green eyes.
Adrien is with the Resistance, who lives above ground in the Old World. He also has the power to see the future and he has seen Zoe’s future, and it includes the Resistance and him. There’s another person that wants to be in Zoe’s future: Max, who's also a glitcher, and he had his eye on Zoe. And the emotions he's feeling for her is one all teenage guys have. Except with Max, his new emotions are consuming him with lust to feed his pleasures.
Glitch is an emotional story about the right to be free and a girl who has the power and the love to fight for the a people who doesn't even know they have lost their freedom. Zoe's fight has just begun in Glitch, her war is coming in Override. I recommend Glitch as a fantastic Sci-fi read!

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Otherkin (Otherkin #1) by Nina Berry

Otherkin (Otherkin, #1)

             Otherkin (Otherkin #1)

I thought I knew myself. Then I met Caleb.

Dez is a good girl who does as she’s told and tries not to be noticed.
Then she rescues a boy from a cage, and he tells her secrets about herself.
Now inside her burns a darkness that will transform her.

Everything is about to change -- and neither Caleb, nor the Otherkin, nor those who hunt them are prepared for what Dez will unleash.
320 pages
Expected publication: July 31st 2012 by K Teen 
 Otherkin is a thrilling, action adventure. Nina Berry takes fun to a whole new level with this group of terrific shape-shifting teenagers. Berry also gives us a teen heroine to be proud of in Dez, and has written a wonderful story that shows these teens will learn they have to stand together in order to fight against the bad guys.The Otherkin series has incredible Urban Fantasy world coupled with sarcastic teen humor, a dramatic storyline, and a sweet, first love romance.

Dez hasn't been the most outgoing girl since she’s had to wear a back brace 23 hours a day for the last two years of her life. Relationships have definitely been off her to-do-list, but that all changes when she suddenly gains a long furry tail and four paws. As if it's not hard enough for her trying to figure out what's going on, there are guys in white coats shooting tranquilizer darts at her and locking her up in a cage. And this is how she meets Caleb, the gorgeous guy that’s fixing to rock her world. But first she will have to rescue him. Caleb is a caller of shadows of the Othersphere, and he tells Dez she’s an Otherkin, which is a shifter. Caleb takes Dez to a school where Morfael, who's also a caller of shadows, will teach her about her tiger side. Dez meets four more teens that are also Otherkin shifters and she discovers that the five Otherkin tribes doesn't like each other. That the different tribes only protect their own kind. Dez wants to change this. Now that the tiger in her has been let loose, Dez is ready to fight the Tribunal who are trying to kill her and the Otherkin tribes. Dez is also finding out that love hurts when she finds out the guy she's fallen for has been lying to her.

Otherkin is fantastic story about a teenage girl who's discovering her true strength as a person and as a tiger shifter who will bring four teen shifters together to fight for each other and lead them into a battle against the Tribunal. I recommend Otherkin as a fun, action read.
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Swoon Thursday 5 #YA Bound

It's that time again! We created a HOT meme, and if you're new to the game, here's how to join in the fun:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! We want to know :-)

Okay, the book I'm reading now, I haven't reached the swoon part of the book yet. So I'm sharing another swoon from Once.  :)

Here's my swoon from:  Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey

Our mouth pressed together, his lips hard against mine as I clung to him. His hands were over me, his body shifting on top of mine. Then the air went out my lungs, and the world fell away.

Yes, I know that was a short swoon, but if I gave you any more it would spoil the scene for you ;)

Hearts of Fire (Deadglass 0.5) by Kira Brady

Hearts of Fire (Deadglass, #0.5)

        Hearts of Fire (Deadglass 0.5)

In the prequel to a stunning new paranormal series, one woman’s desire for a forbidden man will spark a centuries-long supernatural conflict—and a love nothing can destroy.

She’s the heiress to Seattle’s most powerful shifter clan. Her destiny is as controlled and certain as moonrise. However, from the moment Alice Corbette encounters the man known as Brand, she will defy all constraint and break every rule to make this dragon-shifter hers. Brand is determined to repay the clan leader he owes his life to. But one taste of Alice’s exquisite spirit will make him question his loyalty—and plunge them both into the middle of a ruthless power play. Their only chance at freedom is a gamble that could risk the future of humans and shifters alike…

 Adult Romance
Kindle Edition
Published June 26th 2012 by Zebra

  Hearts of Fire is Kara Brady's beautifully written prequel that introduces readers to Brady's new Deadglass series, a supernatural world of shape-shifter. Hearts of Fire gives the history of how this war of hate all begun between the Kivati and Drekar race in Settle in the year 1889. Also, how the forbidden love of a Kivati woman for a Drekar man fuels the fire of hate even further between the two supernatural races. And this war is still waging between the Kivati and Drekar in present day Settle in Brady's first novel Hearts of Darkness.

Alice is the eighteen year old daughter of the Kivati leader, Halian Corbette. Alice's father has moved the Kivati family to this new frontier of Settle to develop this land while the iron’s hot. But there’s someone else who wants the opportunities that Settle has to offer, Norgard the Drekar Regent. The Drekar's are the Kivati immortal enemy, and when Emory (Alice's brother) discovers that their greatest enemy is in Settle and that Alice has fallen in love with one, he swears he will kill every last one of them.

Alice has met her destiny in the dark, dangerous, and gorgeous Brand, and she’s not shy about making her claims of Brand to her family. But how cruel can destiny be when the man she loves is her immortal enemy? Alice feels like it's time for peace between the Kivati and the Drekar's. She also believes that Brand and her love will be strong enough to bring this peace, but she never realizes how strong her brother's hate is for the Drekar race. Alice will have to choose between the man she loves and the brother she's loved all her life.

Hearts of Fire is an immortal, racial war of hate between the supernatural Kivati and Drekar's with a beautiful, forbidden romance. I recommend Hearts of Fire as a captivating beginning to a steamy new paranormal series.

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Skylark (Skylark #1) by Meagan Spooner

Skylark (The Skylark Trilogy #1)

              Skylark (Skylark #1)

 Sixteen year-old Lark Ainsley has never seen the sky.

Her world ends at the edge of the vast domed barrier of energy enclosing all that’s left of humanity. For two hundred years the city has sustained this barrier by harvesting its children's innate magical energy when they reach adolescence. When it’s Lark’s turn to be harvested, she finds herself trapped in a nightmarish web of experiments and learns she is something out of legend itself: a Renewable, able to regenerate her own power after it’s been stripped.

Forced to flee the only home she knows to avoid life as a human battery, Lark must fight her way through the terrible wilderness beyond the edge of the world. With the city’s clockwork creations close on her heels and a strange wild boy stalking her in the countryside, she must move quickly if she is to have any hope of survival. She’s heard the stories that somewhere to the west are others like her, hidden in secret – but can she stay alive long enough to find them?

Hardcover, 344 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2012 by Carolrhoda Lab

  Skylark is absolutely amazing. Meagan Spooner blew me away with this dystopian world that had just a touch of steampunk. Spooner has written an incredible story with fantastic characters. The first part of this book gave me wonderful, in-depth description and foundation of the world that I didn't come to really a appreciate until the end of this beautiful novel. Then I could look back over the whole of this story, and say that it was totally fantastic. Another great thing Spooner did with this amazing storyline is a sneak attack. I'm reading along and saying to myself, Okay, I see where this is going, and it's like she’s waiting for me as a reader to think I have it figured out, and then her attack comes and she just totally blew me away with the last of the story. And while I’m crying and screaming I'm saying, Thank you, Meagan Spooner, that was absolutely so amazingly beautiful, that I definitely didn't see this coming. So watch out for Spooner’s sneak attack. Needless for me to say, I can't wait for the sequel.

Lark is sixteen, and it's finally her time to be harvested. This is the way the leader of the city brings their children into adulthood—by taking their magical energy/power from them that will power the city, and the protected wall that encircles it. But there’s something special about Lark, and the city leader has bigger plans for her. It's just Lark has no intentions of becoming a human power resource for the rest of her life. Lark hears a rumor that there’s more people like her that has escaped from the city and lives outside the wall in the wild. Lark also has heard all her life of rumors about what lives outside the wall, but she has no other choice. It's the only safe place for her now, to take her chances outside the wall to find the others like her in the wild.

Lark is on her own outside and she knows she’s probably not going to live long enough to find the others in Iron Wood. With no food or water and the rumors being true of what lives outside the wall, Lark is done for, until she meets Oren. Oren hasn't been around any other humans, and being with Lark is all new for him, so he agrees to help Lark find Iron Wood. Oren and Lark has a heart-melting relationship. I fell in love with Oren, he became the love of my heart in this beautiful relationship with Lark.

Skylark is an amazing dystopia full of surprise with a beautiful story about a girl who’s never seen the sky and a beautiful boy who lives in the wild. I highly recommend Skylark as a awesome read.

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Drain You by M.Beth Bloom

Drain You

                       Drain You

Every night I'd lie there in bed and look out at the hills behind our house, listening. I knew there'd be consequences.

Actions meant reactions. Sunrises meant sunsets. My fear was too permanent, lasting longer than eyeliner, something I wore every day and didn't wash off.

Quinlan Lacey's life is a red carpet of weird fashions, hip bands, random parties, and chilling by the pool with her on-and-off BFF Libby. There's also her boring job (minimum wage), a crushed-out coworker (way too interested), her summer plans (nada), and her parents (totally clueless). Then one night she meets gorgeous James, and Quinn's whole world turns crazy, Technicolor, 3-D, fireworks, whatever.

But with good comes bad and unfortunately, Quinn's new romance brings with it some majorly evil baggage. Now, to make things right, she has to do a lot of things wrong (breaking and entering, kidnapping, lying, you name it).

There's normal, and then there's paranormal, and neither are Quinlan's cup of Diet Coke. Staying sane, cool, in love, and alive isn't so easy breezy.

Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: July 24th 2012 by HarperTeen

 Drain You is really a different kind of book than I normally read. But I fell in love it. M. Beth Bloom’s writing style has a deep, dark and eerie feel to it. There's no doubt Drain You is unique and so are its characters. I had the feeling while reading this novel that Bloom wanted me to dislike her main character, Quinn, but at the same time wanted me to fall in love with her. And I did fall in love. Yes, I wanted to slap her for being a selfish, self-centered little brat, but I also understood her. This is definitely a very different kind of paranormal romance. Bloom plays no games with her dark, sadistic storyline, or the dark characters. And I have to say that I love it. I also loved James, who is Quinn’s vampire boyfriend. James pulls no punches in what he is and what he has to do to live. I loved this totally opposite of Edward. The only thing that did disappoint me was the ending. I felt like it was unfinished—too many questions left unanswered. But I can live with this if there's going to be a sequel. That's how much I did love this book.

Quinn is a pretty messed up girl who thinks the universe centers around her. Though she hates herself for being like this, she just can't seem to change. Even when she tries to help her best friend Libby, she’s only thinking about herself— and not how other people are going to get hurt by her actions—even die because of her selfishness.

I love Quinn and James’s intimate dark romance, but I kept thinking even a dark, sadistic vampire like James has his hands full with a girl like Quinn. I also loved James’s human brothers Whit and Morgan. No, there was no love triangle going on with Quinn. Morgan, who is Quinn's co-worker, has feelings for Quinn and was trying to have a relationship with her, but this just left him open for Quinn to easily use him, which Morgan understood this about Quinn. This is why I liked Morgan, he understood this about Quinn and he is a strong, self-assured person and accepted Quinn for who she was. Whit was strong, too, but I felt like he just couldn't handle his feelings for Quinn, and I’m going to have to wait for the second book to really figure his and Quinn’s relationship out.

Drain You is a very dark, eerie, and wicked novel, and I think you have to really open your mind to read this one to see who the characters are. Dig deeper than just the surface. I love this sinister and wicked side of the paranormal. I recommend as a dark, dark read.

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