Friday, August 30, 2013

Review on City of Bones

You all know this movie just came out. And being me, I knew I had to read the book before I watched the movie. As a big-time fantasy/paranormal lover, I have definitely wanted to read this book for a while now. When I heard the movie was coming out soon, I got the book! And now, finally, I’ve read it.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
Series: The Mortal Instruments, #1
Age: Young Adult; 14 years and up
Review: 4 butterflies
Clary Fray is one of my favorite characters in this book. Yes, she’s a little helpless (she’s human compared to all of these paranormal beings—of course she’s going to be a little helpless). Yes, she doubts the existence of Shadowhunters and demons and all that jazz (I probably would too if I was raised like a normal human being, a.k.a. a mundie). But she doesn’t over-react. All of her reactions were realistic, and that’s a big thing for me.

Jace, on the other hand, is pretty much the opposite of Clary. He’s experienced, he was raised to fight demons, and he is not helpless. I actually liked Jace (what can I say? I have a thing for fictional playboys) and he made me laugh several times while reading this book. But he and the rest of the Shadowhunters need Clary. For Clary is a little bit more special than she thinks she is.

And don’t forget about the other characters. Izzy, Alec, Luke, and the rest of them help Clary along the way and also provide vital clues for the mystery of the cup to be solved. The person I felt really bad about though is Simon. Poor Simon is being pretty much used and then forgotten. It’s kind of sad.

The plotline is pretty darn original, as is the world Cassandra created. The cup, Clary’s mother, and a few other mysteries keep you turning the pages. Be warned though, they aren’t all resolved in this book (it is a series, after all) and there are some twists (one thing in particular, thanks Cassandra) that you won’t see coming.

I recommend this book for people who like all things paranormal, a teeny bit of romance, and lots and lots of action.
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N * iTunes * Sony * Simon & Schuster * Audible
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Also, go support the author and watch the movie! Very few movies out there feature a female main character and the movie looks kick-ass!

Yours,

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Book Blitz: Life, Love, & Lemons (Giveaway)

Welcome to the Life, Love, & Lemons book blitz!! This book is a YA Contemporary that was published August 20, 2013!

Life, Love, & Lemons by Magan Vernon
When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to say screw the lemons and bail.

Seventeen-year-old Bentley Evans had it all. Then her Dad got laid off.

Now she has to move across town to a small apartment and leave her life of luxury for public school and a job at the local burger place. Just when her world seems like it's crumbling she finds solace in the unlikely punk boy next door, Kai Stone. But as their relationship blossoms, a jealous ex-girlfriend and a secret to tell that threatens to bring disaster back into Bentley’s life. 
Age: Young Adult
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon

Excerpt

“Are you okay?”

I sat on the cold tile floor of the break room with my head between my grease stained knees. The last person I expected to come back and check on me was Kai. In my frenzied cry I somehow managed to blurt out that I female problems and that got Jason to find someone else to do the sweeping. No guy ever wants to fight that one and Jason’s face turned red when I mentioned it.

“I’m fine.” I sniffled, hoping that Kai would just go away. I wanted to be alone. How could my friends have done this to me? It was bad enough that I already lost my house, my school, and now some of my best friends since grade school. To top it all off I had some kid with hot pink shoes acting like I was the one with issues.

“Well obviously you’re not.” He reached his hand out toward me.

I crossed my arms firmly over my chest. “I don’t need your help.” It came out whinier than I intended.

Instead of walking away, he just plopped down beside me and spread his long legs out next to mine.

“You can only try and make lemons into lemonade for so long before you just have to say, screw the lemons, and bail.” He stretched his arms out over his head.

I couldn’t help but smile. “I didn’t think anyone but me actually used that expression.”

“Well looks like you were wrong.” He slowly stood up and turned to face me. “Now c’mon and let me show you what else you’re wrong about.”

As I looked at him, I didn’t know what came over me. Maybe it was just my girl emotions working overtime or maybe it was his pleading puppy dog eyes, but for some reason I took his hand and followed him out the back door.

“So where are we going?” I questioned, letting go of his hand as soon as we got outside. I was really glad we exited out the back so no one saw us. I really didn’t want people getting the wrong idea. Kai was a nice guy and everything, but I knew the other co-workers would have a field day if they saw us together. Luckily it was just my little red mini and a giant orange car in the parking lot.

“Just get in and you’ll find out,” He said conspiratorially and opened the passenger door of the giant orange thing.

“What is that?” I pointed at the car, tilting my head.

“This would be my car, a Ford Falcon.” He motioned again for me to get into the car.

Slowly I approached the car and got in as he slid over the hood of the car to the driver’s side.

“Isn’t that like something out of Star Wars?” I asked as he got in and started the car.

“No, that would be the Millennium Falcon, and that would be Star Trek.” He smiled and pulled out of the parking lot.

“Sorry, I’m not up on my geekery.” I laughed and I held out my palms toward him.

“It’s okay I didn’t really expect you to be.” He slid his long fingers over toward me. I thought he was going to reach for my hand but instead he turned on the stereo, letting a loud screaming guy’s voice blast over the speakers.

“Ugh!” I put my hands over my ears and screeched, “What is that?”

Kai sighed and turned down the music. “It’s the Circle Jerks, you know Punk Rock.”

I shook my head. “Never heard of them, maybe you have something else that I might like.” I reached up into the CD visor and browsed through his CD’s. Bad Religion, The Misfits, Dead Kennedys —All these bands I had never heard of and sounded really depressing.

“How about we just turn on the radio?”

“You’re kind of demanding you know that?” Kai looked at me out of the corner of his eye and leaned back in his seat.

“Gee, you’re such a charmer,” I mocked. “But seriously, where are we going anyway?”

“It’s a surprise,” he said mischievously, smiling as he turned down State Street.

“Okay,” I said and pulled my uniform top over my head.

“JESUS, what are you doing?” Kai swerved the car and almost hit the curb in the process, causing me to almost bounce my head off the dashboard.

“Ugh!” I folded the shirt in my lap and then ran my fingers across the straps of my white tank top that I had on underneath. “I just didn’t want to show up to wherever we were going in my uniform; what did you think I was doing? Trying to strip down in the Star Trek car?”

“I don’t know.” He shrugged. “I thought the Falcon had some magical powers or something.”
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About the Author

Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.


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Monday, August 26, 2013

Labor Day Kindle/Nook Giveaway!

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Labor Day is fast approaching; a day that we take the time to recognize the economic and social contributions of hard working Americans! Many of us take the long weekend to barbeque, rest and relax and maybe even catch up on our sleep. But if you’re a true bibliophile, you are probably bypassing all of that in hopes of getting in some valuable reading time! This week, discovering new authors and taking advantage of their marked down titles can earn you entries toward a Kindle Fire or Nook HD, winner’s choice! With a diverse selection of books including Young Adult, New Adult, Romance, and Erotic Romance, you’re sure to find some awesome reads for the upcoming holiday weekend!

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Cover Reveal: Tease

WARNING: This post and the links from it contain adult content. If you are under 18 years of age or if such content offends you, please EXIT now.
Welcome to the cover reveal of Tease, a New Adult Contemporary and the sequel to Torch! This book is set to be published September 16, 2013. The cover was designed by Mae I Design.
Tease by Cambria Hebert
Blurb:
You can look but you can’t touch…

Harlow McAlister is a broke college student. When her tuition assistance is taken away she is faced with a choice: admit to her mother she couldn’t hack it on her own or make a lot of money fast.

So she gets a good paying job.

As a stripper.

She thought it would be easy but it turns out being sexy is a lot harder than she thought. When a few mishaps work in her favor she manages to hang on to her job and catch the eye of the Mad Hatter’s best looking bartender, Cam.

She’s also caught the eye of someone who wants to do more than look, someone who’s decided that she’s nothing but a tease.

As the clothes come off, Harlow finds herself caught between lust and murder. The only thing she knows for sure is that her new risqué job is a lot more than she bargained for.
Series: Take It Off, #2; A sexy series of stand alone novels all in the new adult contemporary genre.
Age: New Adult; contains sexual content and graphic language. It is not intended for young adult readers.
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About the Author

Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult Take it Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting http://www.cambriahebert.com


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Friday, August 23, 2013

Cover Reveal: Immagica (Giveaway)

Welcome to the cover reveal for Immagica, a Young Adult Fantasy/Adventure expected to be published November 2013! The cover was illustrated by Lawrence Mann and designed by KILA Designs.
Immagica by K. A. Last
Blurb:
Immagica…
Where anything is possible, but not always controllable.
Enter at your own risk.

The night before her fifteenth birthday, Rosaline Clayton receives an amulet from her deranged father. He tells her she must find the book, and begs her to save him. Rosaline is used to her father not making any sense, and she dismisses their conversation as another of his crazy rants.

Rosaline and her younger brother, Elliot, find the old, leather-bound book tucked away in their Nana’s attic, and it sucks them into its pages. They land in a magical world where anything is possible, but when Rosaline and Elliot are separated, the only thing Rosaline wants is to find her brother and go home.

The creatures of Immagica have other ideas. Rosaline befriends a black unicorn, two fairies, and a girl named Brynn, who are under threat from a menacing dragon. Rosaline discovers she is bound to Immagica in ways she doesn’t understand, and the fate of this magical world rests entirely on her shoulders.
Age: Young Adult
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Excerpt

The book flew open and a gust of wind whipped my curls around my face. The pages riffled back and forth before coming to a halt, open at the first page. This was getting a little weird. I was about to slam the book shut when words began to appear of their own volition, right before our eyes.

“Um, Elliot. Can you see that? Or am I as crazy as Dad?”

“I can see it,” he whispered.

Immagica, the place where anything is possible, but not always controllable.
Enter at your own risk.

“What a load of crap,” I said, picking the book up. The new line of text flickered gold and pulsed, on then off, then on again, like a flashing, neon sign. I gingerly picked up the corner of the page and peeked under it to the next, but it was blank.

“How do we enter?” Elliot asked, leaning into me and staring at the book.

“Why do you keep asking me all these questions? You’re here, you know as much as I do.”

“You’re older, and always acting so much smarter than me,” Elliot said. I poked my tongue out. “That’s real mature.” He rolled his eyes.

“Oh, so you’re Mr Maturity now you’re a teenager.”

“Sometimes I’m more mature than you!”

While we argued, we were oblivious to what was happening. The book riffled its pages again, and another gust of wind hit our faces. Before we knew what was happening, the golden glow exploded from the book and sucked us in. That’s the best way I can describe it. One minute we were in my room, surrounded by my grandmother’s elegant interior decorating, and the next we were enveloped with gold light.

At first I felt Elliot beside me, but then he was gone. The light was warm, like a soft, fuzzy blanket. Then the ground hit me in the face. It was hard and rough. The force of my landing knocked the wind out of me, and I tumbled over myself before coming to a halt on my back. Above me was an azure sky dotted with fluffy, marshmallow clouds. I turned my head and spotted the book lying closed on the ground a few metres away. I tried to move to retrieve it, but it took a few moments before I could roll onto my side and get to my knees.

When I finally managed to stand, I took in my surroundings with wide eyes. The sky may have been blue, but the ground was dirty charcoal. Lumps of gravel mixed with sand and dead grass. It stretched on, and on, nothing but barren wasteland no matter which way I turned. The only break in the landscape was where the horizon met the sky.

A lump of fear rose in my throat. Where was Elliot?

I didn’t know where I was, and I was completely alone.
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About the Author

K. A. Last was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and moved to Sydney with her parents and older brother when she was eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in love with it. She now resides in a peaceful, leafy suburb north of Sydney with her husband, their two children, and a rabbit named Twitch.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Review on Scorched Treachery

So as you can see from the back-to-back reviews of this series, it is a series I’ve enjoyed very much. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series (comes out this December!) and I hope you all give this series a chance!
Scorched Treachery by Rebecca Ethington
While Joclyn is trapped in the tormenting hell of Cail’s mind, the battle around her only continues to grow and spread.
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Edmund has infiltrated the underground hallways of Prague, guiding the massacre that would end the lives of the last of the great magical race. In her attempts to stop him, Wynifred has been captured and her magic restrained. Chained up in the ancient dungeons of Prague, her fate is left in the hands of her father, who has tried to kill her before.
With Ryland’s screams and Sain’s fragmented sights as her only company, Wyn must rely on something that has been hidden deep inside of her for centuries to help them break free.
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Ilyan’s whole life has been building up to one purpose. Protect the Silnỳ. He knows what he must do, and he has no doubt in his ability to do so.
But when his father’s magic removes Joclyn’s mind from her body, he is left protecting the shell of the one person he loves. Desperate to find a way to break her free of her prison, he makes a choice. And that one choice changes everything.
Now, Ilyan finds himself bound to Joclyn in a way that he never knew to be possible.
They say that blood is thicker than water, but Black Water burns, and Ilyan’s heart may not be strong enough to keep it pumping through his veins and give the girl he loves back into his brother’s care.
Even if he can, it may not be safe to do so.
Series: Imdalind, #3
Age: 16 years and up
Review: 4.5 stars
While this review does not contain any spoilers for Scorched Treachery, it does contain a few spoilers for Kiss of Fire and Eyes of Ember, the previous books in the series.

When I found out that this book was going to be in Wyn and Ilyan’s perspective, and we wouldn’t be advancing into what would happen after book 2, Eyes of Ember, I was a bit hesitant. I wanted more info! I wanted to know what was going to happen!

I needn’t have worried. Since Joclyn isn’t with Wyn, a LOT of happens that we, as readers, didn’t know about. So much information was revealed to us that I honestly was a bit flabbergasted!

Let’s start with Wyn. It’s absolutely and positively horrible to hear about what Edmund and her own father did to her. I felt for her deeply.

What I really liked about this book is that since we already know all of the secrets Ilyan had kept from Joclyn, there are no secrets being kept from the main characters in this book. Okay, wait, that’s a lie. But it didn’t seem like it was “OMG KEEPING ALL OF THESE SECRETS FROM YOU AND YOU CAN’T HAVE THEM,” like it was with the other books.

The one secret, however, that was about Wyn and being kept from Wyn definitely shocked me. A lot. Poor Wyn, she’s been through so much (just like the rest of Edmund’s children) that I don’t know how they’re (somewhat) sane.

And it was really good to see things from Ilyan’s perspective as well. Again, since Joclyn was inside Cail’s mind during this period in time, there wasn’t much repetitiveness in that aspect. Only a few things overlapped towards the end, but that was to be expected.

Wyn’s point of view was definitely my favorite of the two. I loved seeing things through her eyes and from someone who’s lived with magic all of their life. There was also a lot of action and information coming from her side of the story that I loved every second of it!

Let’s talk about the rest of the characters, since they’re very important in this book.

Sain: We get so much more about him in this book. Previously it was all about Joclyn’s hatred towards her father and how she didn’t want to see him, that we didn’t really get to know him very well. As I read about him, I quickly became to admire him and his strength.

Talon: He had been a two-dimensional character up until this point, and still somewhat continued to be. We don’t really get to know much about this good man in this book, just that Wyn really loves him and he loves her.

Thom: Once again, he had been more of a two-dimensional character. We do, however, know more about him in this book. So many things happened that made me interested in him and I look forward to more interactions between him and Wyn.

Cail: Um, so not expecting this one. Many things revealed his actions and I can’t say anything more otherwise I spoil the plot. You guys don’t know how hard it is to keep this spoiler-free!

Ovailia: What a bitch. I didn’t expect anything different from her but seriously, she’s such a jerk from beginning to end. Gah.

And finally…Ryland: Oh, Ryland, you poor, poor man. Tortured, beaten, and exhausted, it’s no wonder the bad guys have been able to twist his sense of right and wrong. I really hope he redeems himself.

There’s a lot of action, love, magic, and heartbreak in this book—and it’s most definitely worth it. This book definitely exceeded my expectations. Like every other book in this series, there are plot twists that you won’t see coming. Some are pleasant surprises and some are unpleasant surprises, but I absolutely love the way the author writes these books—they suck me in and keep me entertained!

I will impatiently be waiting the next book!

I recommend this book especially because of the bucket-load of information we get from it, but also because it’s got great writing, an awesome plot, and fantastic characters.
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N * Kobo

I also found a blog post from the author explaining about the POV shift and found it immensly helpful in understanding why she did it!

Yours,

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review on Eyes of Ember

Did you read my review of the first book? Because if you haven’t — or even worse, haven’t read the first book, don’t go any further. This book has spoilers for the first book, so go buy it!
Eyes of Ember by Rebecca Ethington
Joclyn is in hiding, hunted by the man she still desperately loves. Ryland is gone, his mind erased, no memory of Joclyn remains. But, Joclyn’s heart desperately begs her to hold out hope. While, in reality the black eyed monster that possesses him, attempts to kill her over and over.

If it wasn’t for Ilyan, Joclyn would be dead by now.

Ilyan. The man who once stalked her, is now Joclyn’s protector, the only thing she has left. He protects Joclyn from the men who seek to end her life, and while she is haunted by dreams where Ryland begs her to break the bond between them.

Ilyan is there. Always there.

Ilyan trains and prepares her, teaching her everything she needs to know in the hope that one day she can avenge Ryland, if not protect herself from him.

And then there is her father.

The man who has never been there, is suddenly responsible for everything. And who he is has made Joclyn into something she never wanted to be.

The Silnỳ. 
Series: Imdalind, #2
Age: 15 years and up
Review: 5 butterflies
While this review does not contain any spoilers for Eyes of Ember, it does contain a few spoilers for Kiss of Fire, the first book in the series.

Remember pretty much everything I said about Ryland in my review of the first book? Yeah, scratch that. All of it. Okay, not all of it, but the part about being Joclyn’s true love. Yeah, that part.

That’s the only teaser you’re gonna get about this book, the rest will be my reactions. (Note: It is so freaking hard to write this review without spoilers, but I did it! However, if you’ve read this book and want to read my spoilers, go to my review on Goodreads.)

Okay. This book pretty much flipped around all of my pre-conceived notions of what was going to happen. No, not “flipped,” more like completely trashed them and then sent them hurtling at a wall and watched them crash into a million pieces. Seriously. I could not have expected what happened. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, the book threw me a curveball. It was like, “Surprise! Thought you knew what was gonna happen, now, didn’t you? WELL BOLLOCKS ON THAT.”

Like the previous book, the first part of this book was filled to the brim of brims with secrets. Secrets here, secrets there, oh look there’s another secret. Of course, they couldn’t be revealed until it “was time,” and Joclyn was “ready.” In other words, to make us be on the edge of our seats chewing our nails off with complete and total stress about what the heck they were keeping from Joclyn.

But, unlike the previous book, the action/suspense/frantic flipping of the pages didn’t start when the secrets were revealed. Noooo, it started way before that. Though there were secrets, there were also sweet moments, scary moments, terrifying moments, happy moments, Joclyn-kicks-ass moments, and Joclyn-is-being-stubborn moments. Joclyn did annoy me very few times, mostly when I felt she was just wallowing too much in her pool of pity and not focusing on what was truly important (like the SECRETS). But after said secrets were revealed, she gained focus somewhat. And then she was trapped. I won’t elaborate, but I did not see that coming. No way, no how. I’m awed at the author for having that happen and I cannot wait to see how Joclyn will get over what happened.

Ilyan. Oh, Ilyan. This sweet, handsome, amazing man is so patient and kind with Joclyn, and when SECRETS are revealed, it only makes me admire him more. (And also hurt for him. A lot.) Most times I felt like he doesn’t act like the king he is, more like just a man striving to protect a person he cares about. But I fell in love with him. He is kind, powerful, caring, sweet, patient, and so, so selfless. So selfless.

And then there’s Ryland. The Ryland we saw in the first book? Gone. Ryland made me hurt for other reasons. He tried so hard to fight it but life sucks and the author wants to torture us so that didn’t happen.

I really liked Dramin, by the way. I felt a sort-of grandfather vibe from him, though that’s not what he was. He was a great mentor and very wise—and I really enjoyed reading the scenes with him and Joclyn.

And then there’s Ovailia. I had the feeling she would be important from the first book, but I never imagined it would be in the way that it did. Once again, the author surprises me with her freaking fantastic (and frustrating) plot twists.

Oh, and the parallel between the first sentence and the last sentence in the book? BRILLIANT.

The plot, the magic, the bad-assery, the sweetness, EVERYTHING. I am quickly buying the next book in this series because I need to know what happens. I cannot wait for the plot twists that there are sure to be, though hopefully Joclyn will get to show more of her bad-assery. And then they all live happily ever after? (I doubt it, there’s another book after that!)

I recommend this book for everything I mentioned above, but mostly love. Though there’s heartbreak, there’s also love, and that’s the purest thing there is, isn’t it? (And action. There’s a lot of action.)
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N * Kobo

Stay tuned — tomorrow I will post my review on the next book, Scorched Treachery.

Yours,

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review on Kiss of Fire

Oh wow. This book takes you on a wild ride. Wild, I say! I’m left with my heart in my throat, tears in my eyes, and a burning desire to get the next book. Now.
Kiss of Fire by Rebecca Ethington
Joclyn Despain has been marred by a brand on her skin. She doesn’t know why the mark appeared on her neck, but she doesn’t want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won’t let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to.

The scar is the reason she is being hunted.

If only she knew that she was.

If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her. Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air.

Joclyn attempts to find some answers and the courage to follow her heart. When Ryland finds her scar; only he knows what it means, and who will kill her because of it.
Series: Imdalind, #1
Age: 14 years and up
Review: 4.5 butterflies
I probably shouldn’t be writing this so soon after finishing the book, because my emotions are highest, but I don’t care. I need to get all of these thoughts out before I forget them.

Joclyn doesn’t know much about a mark she has right below her ear, just that it changed everything. It changed her dad—causing him to leave them—and it changed herself, making her become a girl who hides and tries not to be noticed.

And Joclyn has a friend. Her very best friend, Ryland. Ryland has secrets—very, very dark ones. Secrets that are intertwined with Joclyn.

Ryland has been through a lot, some might even say too much. But I admired him (and quite honestly I was in awe of how he kept it together after finding out what he’d been through) and I steadily grew to really like him. He was one of my favorite characters.

Joclyn is stubborn. All throughout this book, she’s stubborn. But I liked that when the secrets were revealed, she accepted them and didn’t make too big of a deal at saying stuff like “No, this can’t be possible,” because it is and she knows it. I grew to really like her too, and found myself truly understanding what she was going through. Her reactions were believable, which is always something I love reading in paranormal books.

The plot. Oh, the plot. It was brilliant. The secrets, the hints, the language! I absolutely loved it all. The world and the language seemed really well thought out, which is always a fantastic plus. I also loved how each piece of information was realistically given to us, there was no “let me bombard you with all of this information.”

And the secondary characters were fantastic as well! Ilyan and Wyn especially (although I feel as if Ovailia has reasons for her actions). I really enjoyed reading about them, though Ilyan intrigues me as well.

But this book had something that I completely love—if it’s done right: true love. Soul mates. A pure bond between two people. Or, as this book puts it, a Zêlství (though technically that means something slightly different, but I just wanted to use the beautiful words that the author created). And this was definitely done right.

The beginning of the book, though I know was necessary, was a bit frustrating. All of the secrets surrounding Jos, and though I knew something was happening I didn’t know what. I just wanted everyone to come out with it, but nooooo, let’s just not say anything, shall we?

Finally when things are revealed is when things start to get good. Or rather, should I say great? At that point you couldn’t pull me away from the book, I was glued. I also might have snapped a little at my family members for interrupting me. Whoops. But the book got so addicting, I kept just reading and flipping pages to see what was going to happen next; how they were going to succeed; how things would get better.

But, this is a series. And as we all know, not everything gets resolved in the first book of the series. The book ended up with a cliffhanger, yes, but it also gave us a little bit of hope. (Though the last sentence killed me. Gah!)

I most definitely recommend this book for people who want angst, action, true love, magic, and series, for I most definitely will not stop at this book. (Read: I am quickly going to get the next book because I HAVE TO.)
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N * Kobo
This book is free on all sites for a limited time.

Stay tuned — tomorrow I will post my review on the next book, Eyes of Ember.

Yours,

Monday, August 19, 2013

Blog Tour: Wings of Nestor (2 Giveaways)

Welcome to the Wings of Nestor blog tour!! This book is Paranormal Fantasy that was published June 24th, 2013!

Wings of Nestor by Devri Walls
Kiora needs answers. Who is the Shadow? Who is Jasmine? Are they connected? And even more pressing: how can she stop Shadow from using Kiora’s dreams as a map to find them? They have escaped three times, but are living on borrowed time—and everybody knows it.

Her search for help will push her closer to Alcander, send her to the dragon mountain of Toopai, and straight back to Meros—where magic will finally return to the land of no magic. Answers will be uncovered and plans unearthed that have been waiting for thousands of years.

But with the Shadow’s forces gathering, it looks like the land’s path is hurtling towards one outcome: war with the Shadow and death to all rebels. Armed with knowledge and hope, Kiora is determined to change that path. But will fate allow it? Or will it deal her a hard lesson about following ones own destiny? 
Series: Solus, #3
Age: Young Adult
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N

Excerpt

KIORA HAD BEEN MENTALLY calling for Arturo for so long that the sun was nearing the horizon, shooting flames of pink and orange into the few clouds that dusted the sky.

“Still not answering?” Drustan asked.

“No.” She groaned, rubbing her temples. “I don’t understand—Eleana said he would always be nearby.”

“To be fair,” Drustan said, “Eleana did not understand what we were walking into. She probably assumed he would track your thread.”

Alcander warmed his hands by the fire while Emane paced back and forth. Kiora wasn’t sure if he was pacing because she was flying into a dragon colony or because he was trapped in a small space with them.

“Or maybe something is keeping Arturo from hearing you,” Alcander said.

“Like what?” Kiora sighed, still rubbing her temples. Her head was pounding.

“There is a reason why Taveans generally can’t use the calling spell,” he began, rising fluidly to his feet. “And a reason Eleana wanted me to join minds with you. Our minds are closed to all others. Using my mind to block yours may be limiting your ability.” Kiora felt panic rise in her chest. “Try calling Emane,” he suggested.

Taking a deep breath, Kiora sent out a thought, Emane? Opening her eyes, she looked at him expectantly. He shook his head. Tears began pouring down her cheeks. Calling had been the only thing she had left with Emane.

“Kiora, stop,” Alcander nearly commanded.

“Don’t yell at her!” Emane snapped.

Drustan rolled his eyes. “I hope the end comes soon because if I have to deal with the three of you much longer, I am going to end it myself.”

Alcander swiveled to glare at Emane. “Can I fix this? Or would you like to baby her to death?”

Emane’s jaw clenched, his nostrils flaring. But instead of a snappy retort, he dropped next to Drustan without a word.

Alcander knelt in front of her. “I need you to look at me and calm down.” His voice was strong and firm. Kiora wiped her tears away, realizing how foolish she must look to him—bursting into tears at the slightest provocation. “A few Taveans have managed calling, but only with extensive mental practice. It is a skill most of us would not want—opening our minds is more of a violation than a gift. But for you, having already done it, you may be able to peel away the influence of my mind.”

“How?” she asked.

He looked uncomfortable and swallowed hard. “First you will have to find me.” Kiora frowned. “I was worried my mind would be an invasion on yours,” he explained. “I have tried to keep it to myself. But if you want to learn how to move it, you will have to feel it.”

“Do I have to be here for this?” Emane groaned.

Alcander turned again to look at him with undisguised distaste. “No, actually. It would be easier if you weren’t. There is another shelter just up there.” He pointed to the large, flat rock. “Drustan, take Emane.”

Drustan raised his eyebrow, but did not move.

“Come on, Drustan,” Emane said. “He’s not going to say please and if I am locked in this tiny space with him any longer, I might try to kill him.”

Try would be accurate,” Alcander said.

Emane’s eyes narrowed. He walked straight at Alcander, who turned to face him. Kiora hurried to her feet, looking anxiously over Alcander’s shoulder, shaking her head vehemently.

Emane stopped, looking back and forth between them. “Come on, Drustan. Please,” he added. Drustan finally pushed himself to his feet and bubbled the two of them.

As soon as they were alone, Alcander asked, “Are you ready?”

“Is it going to hurt?”

“Everything hurts, doesn’t it?”

“Not everything.”

“You may want to get comfortable,” Alcander said gruffly, his eyes sliding off hers.

Stretched out on the ground, she closed her eyes. “All right, I’m ready. Now what?”

“Take a deep breath.”

She breathed in deeply and was slammed with a presence that was not her own. She gasped, her fingernails scraping against the rock.

“I’m sorry,” was all he said before the presence came again. It doubled and then tripled in strength. Kiora felt like she was being shoved to the back, drowned in her own head. Alcander’s mind was like a lumbering giant marching through her brain. There was immense strength there, and cold, hard logic. His mind contained layers upon layers—it was almost unfathomable to her.

“Alcander, you are drowning me.” Kiora could barely form the words; her back arched in pain.

“It’s not comfortable for me either.” As he said it, his mind made it clear to hers what he meant. There was nothing more personal and vulnerable than what he was allowing.

“What am I supposed to do?” Kiora grunted, flipping her head violently from side to side, trying to clear the heaviness

“Push through it. You have to find your way out.”

She pushed her mind forward, trying to do as he asked. It was like swimming through memories made of molasses. She shoved through his memories, watching as she passed through them. Training with Lomay, Alcander’s childhood home, and then there was a room—a library. Lomay was there with Alcander. They were arguing about something.

“No!” Alcander yelled, mentally shoving her backwards. “Not that!”

She took a deep breath and pushed with all her might, hurtling through memories so fast, she couldn’t recognize them. Alcander groaned in pain as she did. A moment later, she slammed to a stop at a virtual wall in her mind.

“There it is.” His breath came raggedly. “The edge of my mind. You have to get through it.”

Kiora slammed into it again and again.

“Please!” he finally exclaimed. “Gently.”

“I can’t get through.”

“I know. I’m trying to let you through, but I feel like I’m being attacked. I can’t let it drop.”

Being at the edge of his mind was less oppressive, like she had managed to swim to the surface and was now bobbing on the top. Taking a breath, Kiora gently probed at the borders.

After an exhausting amount of time, Alcander said, “I’m sorry, Kiora, I can’t pull it down. I don’t know how to let you through.”

Kiora cracked one eye to look at him. He looked dreadful. He was crouched a little ways from her, his head drooping, his hair wet with sweat. His skin was pale, eyes hollow.

Ever so carefully, she got to her knees, cautious so as not to lose her place within his mind. Crawling across the rock, she made her way to him. He looked up at her. She had seen so many layers stripped away from Alcander over the past few days—each time, she thought she was seeing him, seeing behind the walls. But the truth was, there had always been another wall, another wall of protection and pain. Now his blue eyes were young and open and so very vulnerable. Her heart swelled, wanting to protect him.

Leaning her head in, she gently pressed her lips against his. She had intended a gentle kiss, but the feel of his lips took her breath away and she deepened the kiss as the magic flowed between them in blissful waves. As Alcander slid his fingers through her hair, Kiora felt the wall in her mind become pliant and loose. With one final effort, she peeled the wall back and then she was through. She gasped, falling against him in relief.

His chest was rising and falling heavily as if he had just run for miles. Gripping her arms, he gently pushed her up, his cheeks flushed. “Call Arturo. Ask him if he remembers where Lomay used to live. That is where we are going.”
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About the Author

Devri Walls lives in Kuna Idaho with her husband and two kids. She has worked as a music teacher and currently, a preschool teacher. She majored in theater and her love of a story still drives her today. Thankfully, she has finally found an outlet for all the voices in her head. Her first novel, Wings of Arian, is available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Apple. The second book in the Solus trilogy, Wings of Tavea is scheduled for release Nov 2012.


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(1) ebook copy of one book in this series - winner can decide.
Tour Wide Giveaway Prizes:
A 25.00 Visa gift card,
A signed paperback - their choice of volume
A signed poster of Wings of Nestor,
Signed bookmarks
Open to US/Can
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Yours,




This blog tour was organized by Xpresso Book Tours. Both giveaways are sponsored and administered by the author.