Book Blitz: Collide by Christine Fonseca

Collide
Release Date: 07/07/14



What if psychic warfare is real???



Christine Fonseca’s latest action-packed, heart-pounding
thriller COLLIDE, explores the world of psychic warfare with a new twist!
Summary from Goodreads:
The most dangerous
secrets are the ones that kill.
When a surprising mental breakdown draws too much attention from a secret
government group call the Order, 17-year-old Dakota discovers that her
so-called boring life isn’t so boring after all. Between the lies, secrets and
assassins out to kill her family, Dakota discovers there’s more to paranormal
activity than ghosts and cheap mind tricks. Now she must uncover the truth
before a new breed of terrorism takes everything away – including her life.

 

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“Collide
is a fast moving, suspenseful thriller full of twists and turns around every
bend. An action packed read that will have your heart slamming in your chest
and your mind racing until the end.”
– Brooke DelVecchio, the
Cover Contessa
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About the Author
Critically acclaimed nonfiction and YA author Christine Fonseca is
dedicated to helping children of all ages find their voice in the world. In
fiction, she explores the darker aspects of humanity and delivers gothic
thrillers that take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
In addition to writing, Ms. Fonseca is a frequent presenter and trainer
on subjects ranging from writing to behavior and understanding the unique needs
of gifted children. She blogs regularly on many sites and participates in
events throughout the country. See the News/Events page for upcoming events.



When Christine isn’t crafting her next book and working with kids,
she can be found sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee
house or exploring the world with her family.

 
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Release Day Blitz: A Beauty So Beastly by RaShelle Workman

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Displaying ABsB AmazonGRSW.jpg“For your vanity, your cruelty, and your cold unfeeling heart, a curse I leave upon you . . .” What happens if the beauty is also the beast? The stunning Beatrice Cavanaugh is considered American royalty. She has everything except the ability to love. Cursed on her eighteenth birthday, she becomes more beastly than ever, having a newfound craving for raw meat, and an undeniable yearning for the night. Bitterness is her only companion. After accusing a maid of stealing, a disgustingly kind and exquisitely handsome guy named Adam shows up asking Beatrice to drop the charges against his mother. Infuriated by his goodness, Beatrice vows to break him. Destroy him. Make him hurt the way she hurts. So she agrees. On one condition: Adam must take his mother’s place as a servant in the mansion. Because Beatrice won’t stop until he’s more beastly than she is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)Title: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Format: Ebook (HarperCollins| Owned)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Blurb (Goodreads):

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time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

 

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick up this book?

I read the first book, Shatter Me earlier in April this year and it was the Book of The Month for one of the Goodreads groups which I was in. And I really enjoyed it. Check out my review of Shatter Me here. Since Unravel Me is on my iPhone, i decided to read it and Tahereh Mafi did not disappoint me.

The Plot:

Shatter Me left us with Adam and Juliette in Omega Point where we learn that the people there are like Juliette with powers. So, Juliette is trying to adjust in the new environment but she’s not doing as well as Adam. Juliette took Kenji’s jokes pretty seriously and I kind of felt Juliette was kind of short-tempered back then. So when Juliette was out on her mission to steal supplies, she had an short encounter with Warner and she just stunned there not knowing that she is exposed. And then Kenji realized what was going on and brought Juliette into hiding. I’m not going to spoil you guys so that’s what happen in the first part of the book. The second part gets even better with plot twists and I just cant seem to put the book down then. Its like every minute is crucial and I have this urging need to know what will happen next and after reading this installment, I’m officially Team Warner.

The Characters:

I love how well the characters played their roles in this book. I really feel connected to everyone of them and it was as if I was looking from their POV. I really like how Kenji woke Juliette from her delusions and I felt what he did was really brave of him. And Juliette did not deny what Kenji said cause deep inside she knows that Kenji was spot on. Juliette and Adam’s relationship was really under pressure and I suddenly they don’t seem as compatible with each other as in the first book. Now it seems that Warner is really the one meant for Juliette.

The writing:

Tahereh Mafi’s writing is just beautiful. I love the words used in Juliette’s diary. Its just too beautiful and soo relateable. How I wish I have one book just containing what Juliette wrote in her diary. Its like the writing is flawless and it did not seem too abrupt and it fir perfectly well with the plot.

Rating: 5/5 stars

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Review of previous book(s):

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

 

 

Release Day Blitz: Perfected by Kate Jarvick

Perfected
Release Date: 07/01/14
Entangled TeenSummary from Goodreads:

Perfection comes at a price.
As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.
Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows…and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.
But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving…and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.
For fans of Keira Cass’s Selection series and Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series, Perfected is a chilling look at what it means to be human, and a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.

Praise for Perfected:
“Compelling, imaginative, and unique. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!”

— Mary Lindsey, author of Shattered Souls

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Excerpt: Chapter 1

“Remember… You’ll never be one of them,” Miss Gellner said, repositioning each of us on our divans in the sitting room so our gowns draped elegantly around our crossed ankles.

She stepped back and gazed at the group of us, her face pinched and stern like always, but I spotted a tiny glimmer of pride behind her rheumy eyes. Twenty girls: lovely, demure, quiet. She was pleased with us, even if she wouldn’t say it out loud.

Miss Gellner blinked, as if bringing herself back to the moment. “Things won’t change once you leave here,” she went on. “Simply because you’ll be pampered and spoiled, your life’s mission won’t suddenly be any different. Remember that. Your sole purpose is to enrich the lives of your new owners.”

As she said this, she lightly tapped her bamboo training stick against my back, not a hard whack the way she had done relentlessly when we first transferred from the Greenwich Kennel to the training center, where she and her staff could cultivate us into the sort of girls we were bred to be. This was just a warning tap, reminding me to sit so that my spine was a stem, and I was the flower resting atop it.

It was a pose we’d practiced daily for the past four years; during music and etiquette and dining, even during our nightly baths. But the fluttering in my stomach distracted me, drawing me down into myself. My whole body felt fluttery: my hands, my feet, even my eyes. I worried that the moment the two grand doors leading to the reception room swung open, I might flap away; a feather caught on the wind.

Next to me, Seven bit nervously at her bottom lip. It was weird to think that by tonight she’d have a new name, a real one. The breeders at Greenwich assigned us numbers as names at conception: One through Twenty, since twenty was the maximum number of girls they were allowed to have each year. I was Eight, but not for much longer. By tonight, I could be anything.

Across the room, Miss Gellner took a few steps towards the grand wooden doors, resting her hand lightly on the knob before she turned to face us one last time.

“I want you to keep your composure when they come in. I’ve spent four years preparing you for this moment.” She thumped her training stick on the ground for emphasis. “Four years. Don’t waste them. Each move that you make, every turn of your head and pout of your lip speaks to my effectiveness as a trainer and I won’t have that work tarnished. When I open these doors, I expect you to remember all the things I’ve taught you.”

The stiff lining of my dress rubbed against my rib cage and I ached to shift to a more comfortable position, but I held still, staring straight ahead at Miss Gellner with a soft smile placed carefully on my lips.

“Be sure to hold your tongues,” she went on. “You are not doing the selecting. Do not ask questions. Speak if spoken to, but keep your answers brief. We don’t want to scare away a potential buyer with a girl who has too forward a notion of who’s in charge.”

Beside me, the other girls were sitting silently. We were perfectly trained, all of us. And lovely, too. In our new dresses, we looked like royalty. Miss Gellner had picked out a different shade of gown for each of us, our first piece of clothing that was distinctly ours. She’d deliberated long and hard on the color choices. She wanted us each to look different. It wouldn’t do for the customers to think they were getting cloned girls even though there were plenty of differences between us to set us apart. Yes, we all had large eyes, spaced perfectly on our heart shaped faces. We all had small noses, long, thin necks, and rose petal lips. But we each had distinct coloring. Seven’s hair was nearly black. Sixteen’s eyes were green, the color of fresh summer grass, and Twenty’s skin was the same warm brown of the toasted bread that we were rewarded with on Sunday mornings. We were unique. One of a kind.

I was happy with the dress Miss Gellner had chosen for me. It was the palest shade of blue, hardly a color at all. These dresses would be the only item that would accompany us to our new homes. Our new owners would provide everything else.

“We’re lucky to have a number of congressmen and senators here today,” Miss Gellner went on. “Power, prestige, wealth, you’ll be surrounded by the best, which is why it is important that you be the best.” Miss Gellner sighed, nodding her head once. “All right girls. It’s time.”

She turned and threw open the doors. “Ladies… Gentlemen…” her voice boomed as she glided into the next room. “If you’ll kindly follow me, I’ll show you to the sitting room. You’ll have a chance to look over each of the girls before you make your decision. As I told each of you over the phone, the number on your tag will determine the order of selection.”

A moment later a stream of bodies and voices flowed into the room. I drew a breath and held it, trying to compose myself, but the fluttering inside me only grew worse. My vision blurred as the men and women pressed closer, talking loudly to one another.

“Oh my! They’re so little,” a woman cooed “They look like twelve-year-olds.”

“I can assure you, they’re sixteen,” Miss Gellner said. “They’re fully grown; all measuring in at exactly five feet.”

An older man grabbed a lock of my hair and rubbed it between his fingers. “Like corn silk,” he said to the woman next to him. “Did you say you were hoping for a blond or a red head? This one almost seems like a mix of the two.”

“And it does have beautiful eyes. Look, they’re practically turquoise,” she crooned. “But, I was hoping for a real red head. There’s an auburn one over there we should look at.”

I didn’t dare turn my head to watch them walk across the room to look at Ten.

A middle-aged couple finished looking at Seven and circled around me. I blinked a few times, finally bringing my eyes back into focus as the man’s dark eyes skated over me. He was obviously quite a bit older than me, but his jaw was much stronger than the other men I’d seen so far and his eyes were bright. A sprinkling of gray hairs dusted the dark hair at his temples. The woman beside him had probably been a beauty when she was younger, but now she was a different sort of beautiful: regal and refined. She was tall, even taller than Miss Gellner, with high cheekbones, a strong jaw, and long arched brows perched overtop piercing blue eyes. Even though she had lines around her eyes and mouth, her hair was almost as dark as Seven’s, without a hint of gray. Everything about her intimidated me.

“Now this has some promise,” the man said, looking into my eyes. “Do you like this one?”

“Oh, John, do we really need to do this?” The woman sighed, her eyes drifting around the room.

“Do what, Darling?”

“You can cut it with the ‘Darling’, too. It’s not like anyone’s listening. They’re busy choosing their own pets,” she said, gesturing towards the rest of the people in the room with an elegant sweep of her arm. “And you can stop pretending I have any say in your precious little project. You know I couldn’t care less about getting her.”

Her husband stepped forward, so close their bodies almost touched. “You know how it looks for us not to have one, don’t you? After all the time I spent getting this bill to pass. People are saying things. You don’t want them to think—”

She took a step away from him, eyeing an old man who had turned his attention to their conversation. “Whatever you say, Dear,” she interrupted. “I’m merely along for the ride.”

“You can’t argue that Ruby needs this,” the man said. “We agreed.”

Her face softened. “I know.”

He took a deep breath, and when he turned back to me, it was as if he’d flipped a switch, changing his face back to the same well-groomed look of prominence and stature I’d seen on it to begin with.

“Stand up and give us a little whirl, Love,” he said to me.

I hadn’t anticipated the weakness in my legs, but I stood and turned slowly, the way I learned in my Poise lessons. I kept my chin up, neck elongated, my arms held out ever so slightly from my sides as if my hands were brushing the skirt of a tutu.

The man smiled once I faced him again. “And what are your talents? The Kennel Trainer said that you each specialized in two.”

“My talents are piano, dance, and singing. Although my vocal range is not as diverse as some.”

His forehead creased, his eyes narrowing, and my stomach flipped. If Miss Gellner had been standing next to me, she would have lashed me with her stick. We’d practiced our lines over and over and still I said it wrong. There hadn’t been any need for me to point out my faults so blatantly. I should have only mentioned the piano and dance and not said anything about the singing. I was trying too hard to impress.

“Three talents?” he asked. “Marvelous. I suppose We’d be getting a little bit more bang for the buck if we go with you then, isn’t that right?”

The man’s phrasing confused me and I lowered my eyes to the ground and smiled softly the way we’d been taught to do if we ever didn’t know how to answer a question.

“So which is your favorite?”

“Favorite?” I asked.

“Which one do you like the most?”

“I’m quite good at all three as long as the song I’m singing is written for a mezzo soprano.”

“But certainly you have a favorite?”

My mind raced, trying to think over all the scenarios we’d spoken about like this one in our Conversation class, but I drew a blank. Those classes were meant to help us understand our new owner better, not to help them understand us. I couldn’t come right out and tell him that I had a favorite. Miss Gellner would be outraged. Maybe I could try to change the subject? But then he might realize I was doing it to avoid his question, and he would know that I really did have a favorite.

It was too complicated an interaction.

The woman smiled slyly. “Maybe she doesn’t understand your question John. Sure, she’s pretty, but they weren’t bred for brains.”

“I thought you said you wanted to stay out of this.”

She raised her hands and took a step back without saying another word.

The man tried again. “What I mean to say is: which one of your talents do you prefer? Is there one that makes you particularly happy?”

I swallowed, hoping to push down the rock that had lodged itself in my throat. “Well sir, if there’s one that you prefer, I’m sure I’d be delighted to perform for you.”

The man sighed and shook his head. “Never mind. Why don’t you sit back down?”

I smiled once more and sank back onto the divan, trying to hold my head high even though my eyes burned.

For the next hour, the groups of men and women circled around the room. They were all so much bigger than I’d imagined they’d be, not only in their physical stature, but their presence, as if the room couldn’t contain them. They gobbled up the air.

Finally Miss Gellner moved us into the concert room. We’d each been assigned one talent to demonstrate to give the clients a better taste of what they’d be buying. Four and Five would each be performing an adagio en pointe, a few girls were playing the flute and the cello, but the majority of us would be playing the piano or singing.

Maybe it should have bothered me that I wouldn’t stand out, but all I could think about as we sat down in the velvet seats arranged along the edges of the room was Debussy’s First Arabesque in E major, the song Miss Gellner had chosen for me to play. It wasn’t an elaborate song. I could play solos that were so much more difficult like the piece by Prokofiev that I learned last year, but I was glad she hadn’t chosen that one. Sure, I wouldn’t be able to show off my finger work playing the First Arabesque, but that didn’t matter. I could already feel the notes of the song moving up through my fingers and arms, a soft vibration that settled somewhere at the base of my neck like the warm hand of a friend.

We moved in order: One, Two, Three, Four, on and on until finally it was my turn. As I climbed the stairs to the small stage at the front of the room and sat on the tufted cushion of the piano bench, it was as if a white curtain had been drawn down between the crowd and me. I took a deep breath, savoring the moment before I placed my hands on the keys and started to play.

My fingers floated over the ivories for only a short four minutes, but my heart and mind quieted. I didn’t know if the other girls felt this way when they were playing, as if they were all alone and the rest of the world melted away leaving the air awash in soft color. I’d always been too embarrassed to ask. What if it meant that I had something wrong with me?

Those four minutes didn’t last long enough and before I knew it my fingers had stopped, hovering over the keys as the last notes died away. A polite spattering of applause brought me back to the room full of strangers. As I stood, I glanced out into the audience, allowing myself to imagine which of these people might be my future owner. Toward the back of the room I spotted the man with the salt and pepper hair and his wife. Neither of them was clapping, but for just a second he held my gaze and nodded ever so slightly.

That small gesture made my face burn with shame. He knew that I lied to him before when he’d asked me which one of my talents was my favorite. Of course it was piano, but I could never say it out loud. I was supposed to bring pleasure to my new masters, not to find pleasure for myself.

A cold sweat broke out across my back and I shivered, sitting back down on my chair to watch the remainder of the performances. If he could read me so easily, maybe everyone else could, too.

About the Author:

Kate Jarvik Birch is a visual artist, author, playwright, daydreamer, and professional procrastinator. As a child, she wanted to grow up to be either a unicorn or mermaid. Luckily, being a writer turned out to be just as magical. Her essays and short stories have been published in literary journals including Indiana Review and Saint Ann’s Review. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and three kids. To learn more visit www.katejarvikbirch.com
 
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Cover Reveal: Descend by Skye Malone

Title: Descend
Series: Awakened
Fate (Book Two)
Author: SkyeMalone
Genre: Young
Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher:
Wildflower Isle
Publication Date:
August 4, 2014
Cover Designer:
Karri Klawiter (www.artbykarri.com)

 

Chloe always dreamed of visiting the ocean, and now the
ocean is the only place she has left to go. Trapped in the form of a mermaid
and on the run from the Sylphaen, her best chance for safety lies in traveling
with Zeke to his underwater home and staying under his protection there.

Leaving isn’t easy, however. Her best friend doesn’t know where she’s gone, and her family doesn’t either. She’s been forced to abandon
Noah, the boy she’s liked for years and who she’s just discovered likes her too.
She only hopes Zeke’s people will help her so she can return soon.

But when conspiracies follow her and people start to die,
safety becomes harder to find than ever. The Sylphaen are coming. They’re more
powerful than she could have imagined.

And they’re not through with Chloe yet.

Awaken by Skye Malone
Book #1 in The Awakened Fate Series
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About Skye Malone

 

 

Skye Malone is a fantasy and paranormal romance author,
which means she spends most of her time not-quite-convinced that the things she
imagines couldn’t actually exist.
Born and raised in central Illinois, she hopes someday to
travel the world – though in the meantime she’ll take any story that whisks her
off to a place where the fantastic lives inside the everyday. She loves strong
and passionate characters, complex villains, and satisfying endings that stay
with you long after the book is done. An inveterate writer, she can’t go a day
without getting her hands on a keyboard, and can usually be found typing away
while she listens to all the adventures unfolding in her head.

 

Skye also writes YA urban fantasy as Megan Joel Peterson and
is the author of The Children and the Blood trilogy.

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Blog Tour: Awaken by Skye Malone

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Title: Awaken

Series: Awakened Fate (Book One)

Author: Skye Malone

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Wildflower Isle

Publication Date: June 3, 2014

Find it On: Goodreads

Blurb:

Running away from home was never Chloe Kowalski’s plan. Neither was ending up the target of killers, or having her body change in unusual ways. She only wanted a vacation, someplace far from her crazy parents and their irrational fear of water. She only wanted to do something normal for once, and maybe get to know her best friend’s hot stepbrother a bit better at the same time.

But the first day she goes out on the ocean, strange things start to happen. Dangerous things that should be impossible. Things to which ‘normal’ doesn’t even begin to apply.

Now madmen are hunting her. A mysterious guy with glowing blue eyes is following her. And her best friend’s stepbrother seems to be hiding secrets all his own.

It was supposed to be a vacation. It’s turning out to be a whole lot more.

 

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 My Review:

Why did I pick up this book?

Well, as the title suggests, I signed up for this book tour and since I’m going to write a review for this book, I received an E-ARC of the book and read it on my iPhone.

The Plot:

Since I have not read any books about sirens/mermaids, I can’t really say much about the plot. But overall I felt that the flow and pacing was good and I was glad that the book kept up the suspense in me or I would have put it away. In terms of the plot’s originality, I can’t comment much. However, the author did create new names for the different species of sirens/mermaids and I felt that on that part it was worth pointing out. And i daresay, the names are rather original and fresh.

The Characters:

Since this the first book in a series, I would say that I was not really connected to them as we are still getting to know them and events are happening so I guess that by the second book I would feel some sort of connection and have deeper feelings for them. Overall I felt that the characters were great. We have the bad side, the neutral and the good. So we have a good blend of them.

Rating: 4/5 stars

4 stars

About Skye

Author Biography: Skye Malone is a fantasy and paranormal romance author, which means she spends most of her time not-quite-convinced that the things she imagines couldn’t actually exist.

Born and raised in central Illinois, she hopes someday to travel the world – though in the meantime she’ll take any story that whisks her off to a place where the fantastic lives inside the everyday. She loves strong and passionate characters, complex villains, and satisfying endings that stay with you long after the book is done. An inveterate writer, she can’t go a day without getting her hands on a keyboard, and can usually be found typing away while she listens to all the adventures unfolding in her head.

Skye also writes YA urban fantasy as Megan Joel Peterson and is the author of The Children and the Blood trilogy.

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Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

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Rebel BelleTitle: Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1)

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Format: Ebook (Putnam Juvenile | Owned)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Blurb (Goodreads):

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him–and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.

 

 

 

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick up this book?

I bought this book as there was a read-a-long for this book then. Another reason was that I heard amazing things about Rachel Hawkin’s Hex Hall series and I have yet to read them. I decided to join the bandwagon, read it and here’s my review!

The Plot:

Its been a while I read such books and it took me a while to adapt to the situation in this book. And its pretty cool with paranormal elements inside. So Harper is the school’s Homecoming queen and she has top positions in the school’s various clubs. When she was crowned Homecoming Queen, despite receiving her crown she was trapped in the washroom with the school’s janitor was being chased and attacked by her history teacher. Harper was a kick-ass though she was the school’s stellar student. She killed her history teacher with her heels. I liked the fact that we jump straight into action and I felt that it was a great start. However, I felt that it started off too quickly cause I felt that it kind of got boring at the later part. However, I kind of like the paranormal factor in this book. With the Oracle, the Paladin  and the Mage. I also liked the plot twists in the story and my predictions were mostly proved wrong. That shows that how unpredictable this book was written.

 

The Characters:

The part which I looked most forward to was Harper and David’s conversation. They are like having a constant debate most of the time and its full of wit and humor and this lightens up the mood in the book. I felt that Harper should have broken up with her boyfriend earlier instead of before the cotillion. I felt that it was very impromptu and abrupt. Their relationship was already falling into pieces and although Harper wants to salvage it, I guess she does not 100% wants to save it. If she really wanted to save that relationship, she would have abandoned that whole Paladin duty and work on her relationship. And hence I think she should not have dragged their breakup and instead done a clean one so it would not affect her Paladin duty.

 

The writing:

I really enjoy Rachel Hawkins’ writing style. It has humor and wit in it and reading it was really enjoyable. And this makes me want to quickly dive into the Hex Hall series before the sequel of Rebel Belle comes out.

What do I look for in the sequel?

I would expect more explanations about the whole Oracle stuff and I’m guessing it would be rather information concentrated and hence it might make the story dry and I might get bored. But I’m really looking forward to reading the sequel:)

Rating: 3/5 stars

3 stars

   

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1)

Author: Laini Taylor

Format: Hardback (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | Borrowed)

Blurb (Goodreads):

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hairactually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

 

 

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick up this book?

I have heard mostly good stuff about the series and I just could not take the fact that I have not put in any effort to get the book using whichever means. I saw it available at the library and I told myself Get the book already and stop contemplating.

The Plot:

This book is insane. There’s reincarnation with chimera and angels and the whole teeth thing. I loved it how Laini Taylor gel them all together (though it was confusing at times but I still want to know what will happen) and I would not mind if the book had a few more pages so that all this new info sink in. It is not based on any mythology that existed but a whole new world Laini Taylor created. So I’ll try to summarise this whole concept behind the book without much confusion but warning its gonna spoil you.

So our MC Karou she is an art student in Prague and she carries a sketchbook with her all the time. In her sketchbook, there are drawings of mythical creatures which she claims she has seen before. She has no idea where her origins were and she is raised by four chimera. She runs errands for the Brimstone (the head of the 4) like going to black market auctions and getting teeth from trader. So we have no idea what these teeth are for until the very last 10 -15% of the book. SO what’s in the middle. Basically interaction with our next MC. He’s an angel looking for Karou (his reasons were not explicitly explained). So Akiva once loved a chimera Madirgal and they had an illicit love affair. He felt  remorse because Madirgal died because of him as later explained in the book, he was the one who approached her knowing the dangers of doing so.

And Karou was getting to know him and Akiva’s siblings to get away from Karou or history would repeat itself. And their commotion got the cops involved and the angels didn’t care and took off the glamour on their wings which shocked on lookers. Akiva’s siblings want to hurt Karou but she got away and Akiva managed to catch up with her.

When Akiva saw Karou’s wishbone, it then occurred to him that Karou was not human and he told the story of him and Madrigal.

SO the angels and chimera were always at war and Brimstone, decided to let the warriors who died in the battles to reincarnate and for that period the chimera always won. And he mentioned before, in order for him to use magic he has to pay a price which is pain. And the pain comes from people who have their teeth extracted. And also the teeth are used with other gemstones to complete create a body for the souls to go into and their memories still intact.

In Karou’s case she does not have the Hamas on her hand and she cannot reincarnate. That’s what the other Chimera believed. But Brimstone knows that it has nothing to do with that and its got to do with the will of the souls. During her execution, Brimestone managed to collect her soul and put her in Karou’s body and also erased her memories. And the book end when Karou made that connection.

Overall: The plot is just so crazy that I can’t imagine how deep this book went. The pacing was great and I can’t wait to know what happens next since Karou and Akiva wants to end the war but Brimestone is now dead.

The Characters:

I don’t really know them yet as you can see from my thoughts of the plot, the book has more of plot than characters. But I have a feeling that I will love them and feel attached to them in the sequels. Karou and Akiva’s may become lovers because Karou may recollect back her memories and the relationship may rekindle as Akiva still had feelings for Madrigal/ Karou. There is a lot of mystery revolving around the war between Chimera and Angel. I love Brimstone, he brings Karou up like his daughter and tried to protect her from her past life. But sadly he’s dead no so are the other Chimera. Though Karou is not really their child they still took care of her and even let her live a normal human life which I felt was really nice of them.

The writing:

So the book is written in third person perspective and alternates between characters and time. It was kind of confusing as the author did not state which character is it written from and it took a while to digest and get used to. There was a portion when Akiva told Karou his past, we sort of time travelled back to then and it was written mostly in the third person perspective of Madrigal. I think that’s very cool instead of Akiva said/told.  That part felt really alive and real it was as if it was happening at the moment an very realistic and more flashback-ish feeling. I really look forward to the sequels to more of such writing. Its intricate and almost flawless at the same time.

What do I look for in the sequel?

I doubt Brimstone and the rest are really dead as they played quite a portion in this book. I’m looking forward to them finding out the cause of the war and the route to finding peace for both sides. I’m looking forward to knowing Karou and Akiva better and Karou getting back her memories and another realisation/ theory strikes her. I really can’t wait to read the sequels. Now the third one is already out, I guess I’m going to marathon through the two.

Rating: 5/5 stars

5 hearts

 

 

Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

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Prodigy (Legend, #2) Title: Prodigy (Legend #2)

Author: Marie Lu

Format: Hardcover ( Putnam Juvenile | Borrowed)

Find it on: Goodreads | Book Depository

Blurb (Goodreads):

 Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the  Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who  thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for  help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they  trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts:

Why did I pick this book:

I read Legend back in 2013 and I really enjoyed it. As I am participating in the 2014 Series Challenge, I want to clear as many unfinished series as possible. I saw it was available in the Library and decided to pick it up.

 

The Plot:

It was much more exciting and thrilling than the first. The first already sort of left me “breathless” the second also did the same to me. In this book, I felt more attached to the characters and my reaction towards their actions and people’s actions towards them was stronger. Like the first, it is written in alternating POVs and im Legend the chapter’s on June’s POV was written in gold and this time, it’s Day’s turn and its in blue. I guess that was what made me want to know what’s going to happen next and increased my reading speed. We learn more about the Patriots and their activities as Day is now working with them. As for June, she learns more about the current Elector who is now Anden (son of deceased Elector). She finds out that Anden was not what she and the people of the Republic imagined him as. It ended with a bittersweet ending and that made me want to read Champion soon.

 

The Characters:

June and Day grew a lot in this installment. Their relationship and trust was also put to the test. When June was working undercover and playing her role in front of Anden, she did not have direct communication with Day at all. As she knows he’s watching her through the cameras, she used signals to hint to Day that Anden is not what they think he is. Also the realization Tess has a crush on Day although in Day’s eyes she’s his sister. That was when I was against how Tess’ actions towards Day and her intentions behind them. Then there’s Anden’s interest in June. This is all going to get pretty tangled I guess in the next book.

 

The Writing:

I really loved Marie Lu’s writing. It was short and sweet. I seldom had to reread lines and that was one of the main reasons I enjoyed reading. I don’t really enjoy books that had me to reread lines as it disrupts the flow of my reading. I’ll be looking forward to Marie Lu’s new series The Young Elites which would be published this year. Can’t wait. I’m fangirling over it now and currently following Marie Lu’s Pinterest board for the book.

 

Rating: 5/5 stars

Book Blitz: Wonderfully Wicked by CJ Burright

Wonderfully Wicked
Release Date: 05/13/14
Summary from Goodreads:
A dreamcaster with the ability to channel creatures from her nightmares, headstrong and cynical Kalila Montgomery longs for a peaceful, picket-fence life…until the man literally of her dreams kidnaps her. Survival quickly becomes her number one goal, yet a growing attraction to the man in her nightmares is impossible to ignore. While she fears he will kill her, other, more terrifying enemies surround her, and Kalila succumbs to his scheme to escape. She may be his one hope for freedom…A deadly combination of power, cunning, and cold-hearted charm, Lydon v’al Endrian fears nothing. Feels nothing.
Chained to a brotherhood of men with the supernatural ability to invade dreams, he hunts dreamcasters to be harvested for their dreams and killed. His target: Kalila Montgomery. But Kalila awakens an undeniable dark desire and a longing for a freedom long-lost. To gain everything he craves, Lydon must seduce Kalila before his plot is discovered…a hopeless challenge which, if failed, will earn him a death-sentence. Caught up in a dangerous world of secrets and obsession, doubt and betrayal, Kalila and Lydon face the nightmare of their lives, where love will either deliver them—or destroy them both.
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Excerpt:
“I took great
effort to see you.” His tone hinted the act made him deserving. “You sleep;
I’ll keep watch. And my vow of yesterday stands. I won’t molest you.”
To her
annoyance, her pulse danced a country jig. Whatever efforts he took on her
behalf were of questionable nature, not romantic. She made a rude noise in case
he held any such illusions.
“Keep watch for
what? No one besides you could reach my window and my door’s bolted.”
Lydon laced his
hands behind his head, his lips twitching as though fighting a smile. “Then
I’ll watch you. Like before.”
Horror prickled
over her in a rushing tide. She leapt up. “You watched me sleep? Not skulked
around in my bedroom to attack me?” She groaned, imagining him watching her
drool, snore, or grind her teeth.
He laughed, low
and warm. “You’re so lovely when you dream, Lils. An angel.” He patted the
empty spot beside him.
Her traitorous
body, defenseless against him, obeyed. The red, silken comforter hissed beneath
her knees while she climbed onto the opposite side of the giant bed. The lone
lamp by the bed cast a mystical glow over Lydon, catching golden highlights in
his light hair, the silver shards in his eyes. “Watching people sleep is
creepy.”
He shrugged.
“Not people, just you. Besides, I am
creepy.”
Definitely not creepy. Kalila settled into a
cross-legged position and fixed him with a no-nonsense look. “Since it seems
you have nothing better to do than lie there like a sloth, be useful and fess
up. Why am I being treated as some freaking porcelain doll in a glass case? How
can my nightmares benefit the V’alkara? Can the V’alkara really take my dreams
away? None of you seem sick—and no, mental doesn’t count—so what’s wrong? And
when will you take us home?”
Lydon jiggled
one black boot. What she thought might be disapproval flickered in his eyes. “I
won’t waste our alone time answering inquiries. I have other plans.”
She swallowed
hard. Maybe she’d misjudged him. Maybe he was so confident in his assassin
abilities—and her helplessness—he felt sneakiness was unnecessary.
He sat up in a
blink of an eye, moving with inhuman speed. One large hand was planted next to
her knee. His breath fanned her chin. The scent of the outdoors and a tinge of
smoke drifted from his clothes. His voice whispered spider-soft.
“Do you care to
know what other less attractive names some call me?” The world seemed to shrink
to Lydon and the force of his gaze. “Angel of Ruin. Living Nightmare. Scourge.”
His eyes gleamed, darkened. “As you might guess from such monikers, peace in my
life is rare. I’ll relish any fragments of it I happen to stumble across for as
long as possible.”
His fingers
trailed her cheek to cup her chin. In the span of a heartbeat, his face
changed. From beautiful man to skeletal beast then back to beautiful man. A
chill coiled around her soul, deep and cold as a winter storm. Who—what—was this guy?
“Do you feel it
too?”
Kalila’s
heartbeat rumbled in her ears, kicked at her throat. Her fingers jerked with a
fierce need to touch him. Instead, she fisted the blanket. Admit nothing to the enemy. Yet the urge to nestle her cheek into
his palm and purr grappled with reason. She had to take control before she did
something stupid.
 

 

About the Author
CJ blames her love for reading and all things Medieval on her father, who plied her often with fantasy novels ranging from Sir Lloyd Alexander to Piers Anthony.  Her love for romance, however, lies completely at the feet of her best friend Michelle, who dared to give her a romance novel for her birthday.  She smiled, politely said thank you, and tossed it in the corner, where it gathered dust.  In a moment of desperation, when only the revolting romance remained in her almost-always toppling stack of awaiting books, she sucked it up and read the romance.  Doomed. 
She started writing fantasy and paranormal romance for the cathartic experience, decided she liked it, and after two overlong, horribly written novels joined RWA and the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal special interest chapter.  Best classes and critique groups ever.  Double doomed.  Now, writing is a necessity, not just a hobby.
In her spare time, when she’s not writing or reading or actually working, CJ might be found in the dojang (4th Dan Black Belt, baby), rooting on the Mariners (who will some day win the World Series), working out (P90X, anyone?), gardening (a little dirt never hurt anyone), or playing Music of the Night on the piano (without mask or cape). She lives in Oregon with her fabulous husband and daughter. Not to mention her minions, a herd of cats.
WONDERFULLY WICKED is CJ’s Burright’s first novel.
 
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