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Monday, September 30, 2013

UNBREATHABLE Trailer Reveal

I am so excited about today's book trailer reveal. Not only is UNBREATHABLE a 2013 debut, but the author, Hafsah Laziaf is a friend of mine, and an amazing and talented blogger from Dallas. I'm so thrilled to help her reveal her book trailer, which you can also see here on her blog. 

CHECK IT OUT!!



I can't wait to get my hands on this debut! Continue reading to find out more about the book. Don't forget to enter to win a copy!

About The Book

One hundred and fifty years ago, Earth was destroyed, and the remaining humans fled to the dusty red planet of Jutaire, where the only oxygen is manufactured, food is scarce, and death strikes often. 

When Lissa's father discovers Earth still exists, she accidentally inhales the toxic air of Jutaire, and in one breath, discovers she isn't quite human.

Her father hangs for his discovery, and Lissa knows the Chancellors will come for her, for she saw the Earth that night too. With nothing to lose, she sets out to expose the truth. It isn't long before she meets Julian, a beautiful boy who can breathe the toxic air like she can - and shows her that the Jute, the original inhabitants of the planet, are more tangled in their lives than she knows.

But the Chancellors are only pawns in a greater game - one where the Jute control everything. Worse, the Jute plan to leave Jutaire for Earth, but to get there, they need her. And they'll stop at nothing until Lissa is in their clutches, even if they kill every human in the process. 

The race for Earth has begun

About the Author
Hafsah Laziaf was born on the east coast on a hot summer day in 1993, raised on the west coast and is now stuck in the middle – in Texas – with more books than she can read. She’s the designer behind IceyDesigns and the blogger behind IceyBooks.
UNBREATHABLE is her debut novel.



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The Giveaway:
One US winner will win a signed paperback copy of UNBREATHABLE and one international fan will win an ebook of UNBREATHABLE. To enter, please fill out the form below. Don't forgot to sign up HERE http://eepurl.com/D5FHX  to be notified when Hafsah's book becomes available. 

Happy Reading!



Sunday, September 29, 2013

Carstadale Heronstairs


Clearly it's not just me who's been missing Will and Jem. Cassie's been reposting some fabulous fan made artwork of Will & Jem, and also posted THIS scene between the two:

"I love you," Will said. "I love you desperately. I have never felt for another the way I feel for you. My love for you is as eternal as the sea, and like the rocks against which the waves are dashed, again and again, it shall remain unyielding. In you I have found my own heart’s heart, which I had thought previously only to find in dreams. Never could I have encompassed a better partner, a finer friend, a more beauteous companion. Allow me just once to kiss your sweet lips."
Jem looked up from the fire, where he was petting Church. Church had fallen asleep and all his fur was sticking up. “I do wish you would cease reading to me from Gothic novels,” he said. “They give me the pip.”
"Love is a noble emotion!" Will cried, waving his arms about with such energy that the book he was reading slid from his lap. His hair was sticking up like Church’s fur, or a bit as if he had been electrocuted.
"Quite," said Jem, and rolled over onto his back, smiling up at Will from his place by the fire. Church twitched and snuffled, curling up against his shoulder. "Now read me something with a fight scene in it, won’t you?"

Aww...... Will & Jem. It's a gloomy morning here, which is just right for curling up with a good book. I'm thinking Clockwork Princess needs to be re-read again. ;)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Cinder Author Marissa Meyer Announces New Book Deal

download (1) She started writing for Nanowrimo - and the Cinder Series came out of it. But Marissa Meyer hasn't stopped, and she has a new book deal. She announced on her website - her new deal for HEARTLESS.
Title: HEARTLESS Teaser summary: A prequel to “Alice in Wonderland,” HEARTLESS will tell the tale of how a marquis’s teenage daughter became the infamous Queen of Hearts. It will be a story of whimsy and madness, passion and tragedy, ravens and writing desks.
And guess what guys - it was her super secret Nanowrimo project of 2012. Anyone up for Nanowrimo this year?

The Legion Series: Unbreakable Blog Tour & Giveaway


Welcome to today's UNBREAKABLE blog tour. I'm thrilled to be hosting Kami's music stop today. Sophie and I are huge music fans, and we always love finding out what authors listen to when they write or what music inspires their story. Today I'm excited to share with you Kami's Unbreakable playlist. Check it out below:

 

Through out the tour, Kami has been taking fans inside the world of Unbreakable. Check out the video below to find out about the music in Unbreakable.

 


About UNBREAKABLE

When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, she doesn’t realize paranormal forces are responsible—not until mysterious identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into her room and destroy a deadly spirit sent to kill her. 

Kennedy learns that her mother’s death was no accident, and now Kennedy has to take her place in the Legion of the Black Dove—a secret society of ghost hunters formed to protect the world from a vengeful demon. A society whose five members were all murdered on the same night, leaving the Legion in the hands of the next generation: a misfit group with unique skills. 

As the new members race to find the only weapon capable of destroying the demon, each uses their individual skills to battle paranormal entities and earn their rightful place in the Legion—except for Kennedy. If she is truly the missing piece of the puzzle, can she stay alive long enough to find out—without losing her heart in the process?

The Legion Series



About the Author:

Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times & international bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures Series and the author of UNBREAKABLE, the first book in the Legion Series, releasing on October 1, 2013. Kami is fascinated by the paranormal, and she’s very superstitious. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found watching disaster movies, listening to Soundgarden, or drinking Diet Coke. She lives in Maryland with her family, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer).


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The Giveaway:

Check out this awesome prize pack one lucky winner will be getting! To enter, fill out the forum below. Don't forget to read the terms and conditions in the form below, before entering. Good luck!


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Kami's hitting the road for UNBREAKABLE! Check out what cities she's coming to:


Thursday, September 26, 2013

City of Heavenly Fire: Cover Holder

Check it out! Cassie just posted the cover holder for City of Heavenly Fire!



Here's what she had to say:


Today seems a good day to reveal the placeholder cover for City of Heavenly Fire! This is not the final cover, but since you’ll be seeing it all over, on amazon etc. until they reveal the final, might as well see it here first. I did not come up with the tagline, but I like it. 
The final cover will of course not have words on it, but people. I cannot tell you which people. You will have to wait for the reveal. There is also an extra surprise printed on the inside cover! *dances*
Also I have discovered the tumblr of the most patient people ever.

I can't wait for May 2014!

WILD CARDS by Simone Elkeles, Book Review


By: Simone Elkeles
Published by: Bloomsbury Teen
To Be Released on: 10.1.213
Source: arc from publisher to review
4 Stars: I Enjoyed It
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Add it to Goodreads

After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?


A sexy, competitive YA romance that fans of Simone Elkeles will love. No one can blends the realism and grittiness of teenage life, love, angst and drama like Simone does. I loved that Wild Cards had football, snark and that fiery character chemistry Simone's characters are known for. 

 Similar to Simone's Perfect Chemistry series, Wild Cards felt more like I was reading about real people and watching their story unfold in front of me vs reading a book about two fictional characters. I think part of that has to do with the fact that Simone doesn't sugar coat anything in her books. She gives you characters with real emotions, and real problems, and I immediately want to know more about them. Not only that, Simone makes me root on her characters. She does a fabulous job with making me love her underdog.

Ashtyn Parker is a girl I would have loved hanging out with high school. She's tough of nails, and proves to every girl who's ever wanted to play sports with the guys, that you can do it. Being the only girl on the guys high school football team, let alone the captain her senior isn't easy. Luckily she's a dedicated girl, a tough player and does all she can to prove herself. Ashtyn's a girl who proves she belongs there, despite the hurdles that are always in her way. Her biggest hurdle named Landon, aka also known as "the boyfriend" just walked away with her heart, and the dreams of her team. 

Enter the love interest Derek Fitzpatrick, also known as Cowboy as Ashtyn likes to call him. I seriously love how these two ruffle each other's feathers. This southern hot football star is running from his past, and ends up living in Chicago, because Ashtyn's sister is the Derek's stepmother. Oh yeah, be prepared from some fabulously written banter, tense moments, and plenty of sizzling character chemistry between both Derek and Ashtyn. Derek has snark, an attitude, and plenty of rebellion. But his rebellion isn't that real bad boy kind of way. Once you learn more about his past you understand why he is, the way he is. 

In true Simone fashion, the relationship between Derek and Ashtyn is complicated at times, swoon worthy other times, vulnerable and sometimes it's heartbreaking. Not only do these two have broken families, but they both carry around hurt that they try so hard to keep locked up. My heart broke for both Derek and Ashtyn, but I loved how Simone created this relationship between the two of them. Sure it's hot, but I loved how real she made it between the two of them. They've both scared to admit how they each feel about one another. On top of that, both Ashtyn and Derek feel they have a lot of prove, not just to each other, but to themselves, and those around them.

Overall this is one fabulous Simone Elkeles read. I LOVED the football plot line, the romance, and the closeness Ashtyn and her team have. They'd do anything to protect her, and she'd do anything for them. I loved that. If you're looking for read that is real, gritty, hot, and combines sports with a sizzling chemistry, pick up WILD CARDS. I was surprised with how into the book I got. I literally devoured this book right after I received at BEA. I will say, this book does have some language, sexual content, and a well written sex scene, making this a read I'd recommend to those who have read Simone Elkeles book before and mature readers. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Veronica Roth Addresses the Allegiant Leak


Divergent fans, I know how crazy we've all been in waiting (not so patiently) for Allegiant to release. Well, a few fans in Canada already received their copies to do an error. I know, it is surprising, and I'm sure upsetting to some. Believe me, I understand the "If some spoils it for me I won't be happy!" comments, because someone got a copy of Clockwork Princess EARLY as well, and totally RUINED the entire ending of the book for me, before I even had it in my hands. TRUST ME, I am really worried about someone spoiling the ending as well. HOPEFULLY that won't happen though.

Veronica took a moment to address is personally on her blog today here. This is what she said,
Hey guys. 
I found out earlier today that a very small number of readers received finished copies of Allegiant already, instead of on October 22nd, due to a Canadian shipping error that has since been fixed. I'm disappointed, and I'm sure you are too. I personally have been waiting, pretty much since the trilogy began, for the day when the last book would come out and we would all experience it together--you for the first time and me, with the giddy anticipation of an author who finally gets to watch everyone finish the story that has been so dear to me. That's why I've been so secretive for so long! But accidents and errors just happen sometimes.
If you are one of the people who received Allegiant early: I would love it if you wanted to wait to read it until October 22nd alongside your fellow Initiates. However, I can't blame you if that's just not going to work for you. I do ask, no matter what you decide, that out of kindness and respect for your fellow Divergent readers and their reading experiences, you do not post spoilers or quotes anywhere. I know I can count on you to preserve the mystery with me-- I may be biased, but I think I have the best readers ever. 
Everyone else: I think we're still going to have a great October 22nd (and weeks immediately following). Be very wary of what you read online, and we'll come out of this just fine. 
Author out.
If you have a copy of Allegiant, I'm so excited for you, but please don't spoil the ending for the rest of us. :) 

The Men of the Shadowhunter World Calendar by Cassandra Jean

Cassie posted the last of the guys from the Men of the Shadowhunter world. Check out the first 9 guys here.



The last of the boy Shadowhunter calendar pinups — Simon being September back-to-school and Raphael being appropriately vampy for October and Halloween. The girl calendar comes next, and I’m about to pop in on Cassandra Jean’s drawing livestream and see what she comes up with next … http://www.livestream.com/cassandrajean



The Blackthorn boys. More calendar pretties by Cassandra Jean. Jules being July and Mark being August. 

Which month is your favorite?

Cassandra Jean's Newest Artwork: Raphael Santiago


We're huge fans of Cassandra Jean's Shadowhunter artwork. Recently she posted her newest artwork featuring Raphael Santiago via her Tumblr. Per her post:

Raphael Santiago! (From The Bane Chronicles written by cassandraclare and sarahreesbrennan andmaureenjohnsonbooks ) Thanks to those of you who joined me for the livestream! (and sorry for the pandora commercials that kept playing lol.) If you missed it, you can watch the recording here.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Cassandra Clare's Unidentified Snippet


Cassie's at it again. She's torturing fans with her Unidentified Snippets.
"Well, it’s a bit ironic, isn’t it?"
"What do you mean?"
"All that effort to convince you I wasn’t in love with you, and here I am, dying in your arms."

Who do you think this snippet is about? I think it's Alec and Magnus.

How To Love by Katie Cotugno, Blog Tour: Guest Post


Welcome to the How to Love blog tour hosted by Mundie Moms blog tours / Mundie Girls Tours. How to Love is author Katie Cotugno debut book. I'm thrilled to have Katie on Mundie Moms today.


5 Books I'd Want to Have On a Deserted Island 
I actually sort of feel like it might not be the worst thing in the world to be stranded on a deserted island, provided I had plenty of sunscreen and also maybe Sawyer from LOST was there. Here are the five books I wouldn't be able to live without:

Richard Russo's Empire Falls: I love basically everything Richard Russo has ever written, but Empire Falls is my all-time favorite. The word that comes to mind when I think about this novel is rich--the setting, the characters and their complicated histories are all developed with such care and skill. It's impossible not to get lost in that world.

Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay--It took me three tries to get past the 150 page mark of this book, but when I finally did I blew through the rest of it, then sobbed hysterically for like an hour once it was done. This book is about everything in creation: Nazis, comic books,  myth, bromance, writing and creating, shame, family, love--I could keep going. Just put in your eyeballs, basically.

Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer--Prodigal Summer is the sexiest novel you will ever read about bugs in Appalachia, full stop. 

Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon--I read The Mists of Avalon for the first time when I was thirteen or fourteen, and it stuck with me the way only books you read at that age can. It's enormous, it's like a million pages pages long, and it's still a book I go back to whenever I'm feeling distracted or un-centered or lonely or afraid.

Alice Hoffman's Practical Magic: Practical Magic combines so many of my favorite storytelling elements that sometimes I feel like it was written just for me: it's got sisters, a New England setting, magical realism, a beautiful old house, and a love story to knock you a hundred yards backwards. Throw Alice Hoffman's breathtakingly beautiful writing into the mix, and I'm done for. 

ABOUT THE BOOK


Published by: Harper Teen
To Be Released on: 10.1.13
Purchase from: Amazon  Barnes & Noble 
Add it to Goodreads

Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.

About The AUTHOR


Katie Cotugno went to Catholic school for thirteen years which makes her, as an adult, both extremely superstitious and prone to crushes on boys wearing blazers. She routinely finds herself talking about the romantic endeavors of characters on TV shows as if they actually exist in the world.

Katie is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in The Broadkill Review, The Apalachee Review, and Argestes, as well as on Nerve.com. Her first novel, HOW TO LOVE, is due out from Balzer + Bray on October 1st, 2013.

The great loves of Katie's life include child's pose, her little sister, and mozzarella and honey sandwiches. She lives in Boston (and in sin) with her boyfriend, Tom.


You can follow Katie via her: Website | on Twitter | Goodreads

Monday, September 23, 2013

Huntley Fitzpatrick Reveals Cover for What I Thought Was True


You guys know how much we loved Huntley's My Life Next Door -- yup, surprise, there's a Jase in there and he's just, well, Jase (if you haven't read it yet, run out and get a copy now!). So imagine how excited we are to see the cover of What I Thought Was True? And then to add to our excitement was Huntley's comment on her fb page:
So...I have this incredibly beautiful new cover for my next book. Guys, I really love it. Exactly how I pictured my hero. Hurrah."

Here's the synopsis:

From the author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions.

Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

A magnetic, push-me-pull-me romance with depth, this is for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Deb Caletti.
Don't forge to add it to your goodreads TBR, and let me just say that Tax Day has never been more exciting (yes, the release date is April 15, 2014). Here's to the best kind of romance plot that push me-pull me, swooning in summertime kind. Darn it, we have to wade through Fall and Winter first.

Banned Books Week: Jay Asher Chat on 9/24/13


In honor of Banned Books Week, Google+ and BookTrib.com (powered by Meryl Moss Media Relations) are proud to announce that Jay Asher, the international bestselling author of the frequently challenged novel THIRTEEN REASONS WHYwill be joining them for a Literary Google+ Hangouts On Air on September 24 at 3 p.m. ET!

During the Hangout you can:
·        Ask Jay questions directly
·        WIN a free copies of THIRTEEN REASONS WHY and THE FUTURE OF US
  
They would love for you to join them HERE


Yallfest Interview: Rainbow Rowell

There are a lot of great writers in the world - and one of the most extraordinary is Rainbow Rowell. She will be attending YALLFest this fall. For more on the event - yallfest.org.
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
Lip balm. 
Describe your book in 5 words.
FANGIRL - Earnest, snowy, swoony, minty, bookish. 
What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?
THE FIRST! The whole first page is a nightmare. I want people to just skip it. And I always end u rewriting it. 
Best writing tip you ever received?
“Just finish your book.” 
What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt. I think it would have made me feel less alone. 
Where's your favorite place to write?
At coffeeshops. In giant overstuffed chairs. 
What are you working on now?
I’m revising my adult novel, Landline, which comes out in spring 2014, and playing with a romantic/political/tragicomic fantasy.
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
I write mostly contemporary. I read mostly fantasy.
At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?
All of my ideas are full-length novels. I have a hard time narrowing my scope.

A Radiant Sky by Jocelyn Davies, Blog Tour: Book Review


Welcome to the A Radiant Sky blog tour hosted by Mundie Moms Blog Tours / Mundie Girls Tours. A Radiant Sky is the third book in the A Beautiful Dark series by Jocelyn Davies. If you've not yet pick up the series, I highly recommend that you do.

 
Published by: HarperTeen 
To Be Released on: 9/24/13
Series: A Beautiful Dark #3
4 stars: I Enjoyed It
Source: arc from publisher to review
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Add it to Goodreads

Since the night of her seventeenth birthday, Skye has been torn between two opposites: Light and Dark, the Order and the Rebellion, Devin and Asher.
But her decision shocked both sides—because she chose neither.
With the help of her friends, Skye forges her own path, setting out to gather an uprising of Rogues. The treacherous and elusive half-angels may be the key to maintaining the balance of fate and free will. But completing the mission her parents left unfinished is more difficult—and dangerous—than she could have imagined. And doing so comes at a cost: Her greatest love may now be a lethal enemy. Because it’s not just the Order that sees her as a threat who must be eliminated. The Rebellion does, too.
And both sides will do whatever it takes to win.
Dark days lie ahead, and if Skye is to survive, she’ll need to rely on her extraordinary powers and the strength of her will. Because she has a future—and a love—that’s worth fighting for.
The sweeping, darkly romantic story that began with A Beautiful Dark and gathered intensity in A Fractured Light comes to a thrilling conclusion in A Radiant Sky.

Say it isn't so! Another series I've really enjoyed reading is coming to an end (sobs). I know,  I know. All good things come to an end, and it seems as though 2013 is the year that many of my favorite series are ending. This is a series I've been a fan from the very beginning. I got wrapped up with the characters, the dangers of their world, and desperately wanted things to work out with Skye and Asher. A Beautiful Dark hooked me, A Fractured Light left me hanging and fearing for what was about to go down, and A Radiant Sky wrapped up everything perfectly. 

A Fractured Light left readers hanging with that huge decision Skye made, and A Radiant Sky opened up with that scene. I'm really impressed with Skye. She became this heroine who no matter what it cost her, broken heart, losing friends, going to war, she stuck with what she felt was right. Jocelyn did a great job at letting the emotions flow with this book. I felt Skye's heartache with her decision making pertaining to her and Asher, her worry and fears over what the future held, her shock with some of the surprising revelations a couple characters make, and her yearning to fulfill the destiny her parents weren't able to do. She's got a lot on her shoulders, and an awesome support group around her. 

Aw, Asher and Skye. I love the way their relationship started off and the way it continues to grow. Plus I'm a sucker for their chemistry. Their romance is fabulous, and is something that left me wanting more, and at the same time a little fearful over what would happen to the two of them, given they both stand on opposite sides of the war. Skye has to make a choice. She has to choose the side she's on, and in picking, that means either siding with Asher, or walking away from him forever. If you're a fan of the series, you know Skye sticks to her guns. Her choice costs her and leaves her wondering what side she and Asher are really on, and where that puts them. Skye's main focus is preparing for the looming war ahead.

Though Asher isn't present for some of the story, he's there through Skye's thinking about him, and her memories of their first meeting and such. I know, I wanted more Asher in this book, but trust me, he's there and when he's fully back in the story it's so worth the wait!! I seriously adore Asher. Asher and Skye have something that at times I did wish Devin and Skye could have, but that was before all the stuff he does in the previous book. What Devin does in this book is surprise me. He is another character I came to love. He plays a bigger role in this book than I excepted him too. It's so hard not to love him for all he does for Skye. I never thought Devin would be the kind of character who could redeem himself the way he does in this book, but he does he totally broke my heart. 

I love it when family and friends play a huge role in a character's life. Skye has an amazing support system around her. Throughout much of this book she's busy preparing for the big battle, and trying to get loose ends fixed. Though it's hard and she wonders if she's doing the right thing, her family and friends are always there to support her and stand behind her no matter what. I love the role Skye's family and friends have played through out the entire series, but especially in this book. I loved the introduction to a few new characters to the storyline, and seeing how other characters have changed since we first met them. Aunt Jo is still a character I love, and I'm glad she got her happy ending. With that also came the introduction of Earth. I adored this little girl!! She brought a new dynamic to the storyline. 

As much as I enjoyed this story I will say I had hoped to have more of a fight scene than the one that took place. Don't get me wrong, things happen, but I wanted a little more action. It was a little bit of a let down for me to build up the war that was going to happen so much, and then when it does happen there isn't much more than a couple casualties, and some confusion. Even then, I predicated at least one of those casualties. Despite that, over all this was a read I totally enjoyed. It's a great series, and I loved how Jocelyn wrapped up Skye's story. It's fitting for her, and those who are in her life. She tied up all the loose ends, and leaves me happy knowing that Skye is in good hands and that's she's going to be just fine. I think if the ending had been any different, it wouldn't have rang true to who Skye is. If you're a fan of this series, I highly recommend picking this book up when it's out tomorrow!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jocelyn Davies edits young adult fiction at a publishing house in New York, a job that has allowed her to cultivate a keen interest in all things angsty, hilarious, and/or unrequited. She is a graduate of Bates College, and lives in an apartment overflowing with books. A Beautiful Dark is her first novel.
Visit her via: her WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Guys of TMI/TID/TDA/TLH Calendar by Cassandra Jean


Shadowhunter fans, check out the latest collaboration between Cassie and artist Cassandra Jean for a TMI/ID/TDA/TLH boys calendar. Here's what Cassie said about each month:


January Jem! So the beautiful Cassandra (NOT me, Cassandra Jean) and I have been collaborating to create a calendar of the TMI/TID/TDA/TLH boys — Men of the Shadowhunter Universe, I guess — and while I don’t know what we’re going to do with it yet, here’s Jem as January 2014, celebrating the lunar New Year. More soon




More calendar art! So the beautiful Cassandra (NOT me, Cassandra Jean) and I have been collaborating to create a calendar of the TMI/TID/TDA/TLH boys — Men of the Shadowhunter Universe, I guess — and while I don’t know what we’re going to do with it yet, here’s Magnus/Alec as February 2014, celebrating Valentine’s Day*. More soon!
*But not, like, the way Valentine celebrates it.



More calendar boys! Will, being hot in a cold way in March. By Cassandra Jean.



More from Cassandra Jean’s Shadowhunter calendar! Matthew Fairchild and James Herondale. I put them together because they’re parabatai and because we don’t know them that well yet. :) Matthew is April, and James is November and Guy Fawkes Day. Cassandra has captured their differing personalities exceedingly well!




Boys of summer. Jace Herondale (June),  Julian Blackthorn (July), and Jaime Rosales (May) from Cassandra Jean’s Shadowhunter pinups boys calendar…don’t worry there’ll be one for the girls too!

Shadowhunters, who's going to be the first in line to buy this calendar? 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder, Book Review


Published by: Mira / Harlequin
Released on: 12/18/2012
Series: Healer #2
Source: purchased book
4.5 Stars: I Really Enjoyed It
Purchase it from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Add it to Goodreads

Hunted, Killed—Survived?
As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible ... again



I LOVED Touch of Magic. I'm a huge fan of Maria's writing, her characters, and her world building. She's one of my favorite fantasy writers, and I love her knack for story telling. After the end of book one I couldn't wait to dive into this book.  I love it when a sequel picks up right where the first book ends. 

It was nice being back in Avry's world. She's such a fabulous character to read about. I am so glad Avry continued to be that brave, confident, selfless character she was in Touch of Magic. I admired her then for her courage, and her not backing down when things get tough, and I did even more so in this book. She deals with some not so fun situations, but she endures the pain, and the hopelessness like a solider. She's a fighter, and she's does what she can to help others even if that can also be a down fall for her, and leads to trouble. She continues to be just as strong as ever, which surprised me.

Kerrick and Avry both have a lot they've got to do in this book to prepare for the looming war, making their part of much of the book. I missed Kerrick and Avry's bantering and the chemistry they had, had in Touch of Magic. For much of this book they aren't together for various reasons, but they both tell this story from their own points of views. While I liked that at first, as the story went on I felt like Kerrick's points of view took away from the flow of the story. I know, gasp. I hated feeling that way, because I adore Kerrick. When they are back together again the romance factor heated up quite a bit. I love how Maria writes their
romance scenes. 

Much of what I loved about the first book in this series was some what present in Scent of Magic. Meaning, the fantasy and magic elements where very much present, the story telling was good, and the danger factor was always high. King Tohon is definitely one evil guy, and he amped things up a bit between him and Avry. I will say he knows how to use his powers to turn the "heat" up between the two of them, even if it is extremely short lived. Much of character chemistry I loved in book one wasn't there as much this time around, because not all the characters I loved where together as much. Don't get wrong, there's no shortage of character interaction, I just wanted the characters from Kerrick's group all together again. I love that Maria's secondary characters play such big roles in her books! I loved it when they were all able to regroup. 

I love this series. Sure there are a few things I missed from book one, but despite that, this is a book I read in one sitting. It's still a great read. With that killer of an ending I'm anxious to get my hands on the next book. I'm a little worried about what's to happen. There's some shocking betrayals and exciting plot twists that happen in this book, and a few big ones happen towards the end of the book. If you loved Touch of Magic, I would recommend reading this one, as there are things that happen in this series the tie up lose ends from the first book, and things that will leaving you wishing the next book was already in your hands. 

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