Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Release Week Blitz: Soulbound by Kristen Callihan


Author: Kristen Callihan
Publisher: Forever
Series:Darkest London #6
Pages: Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Genre: PNR
Release Date: February 24th 2015


Once two souls are joined...

When Adam's soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled—and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone...

Their hearts will beat together forever...

No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn't stand the thought of relinquishing her freedom forever. So she escaped. But she soon discovers she is being hunted—by someone far more dangerous. The only man who can help is the one man she vowed never to see again. Now Adam's kindness is an unexpected refuge, and Eliza finds that some vows are made to be broken...

About the Author:

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer's Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine's Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher's Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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Tell us 5 random facts few people know about you.

I took flying lessons when I was 16, got accepted into Embry Riddle (a flying college) and planned to become an airline pilot. And then suddenly…I didn’t want to do that any more. I can’t even remember why. lol.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Me brain box. ;-) Heh. Actually, myths, legends, and fairytales are a good source of inspiration for Darkest London because the series includes a lot of beasties. SOULBOUND, for instance, draws heavily on Persephone and Hades, as well as from a few Irish myths/legends.

Which character in the series is your favorite and why?

I don’t do favorites, but I think Jack Talent was the easiest for me to write in that I always knew exactly what he was thinking and why. Perhaps because I got to watch him grow from a smarmy young valet to the man he was meant to be.

Who's your fictional crush?

Hermione Granger. I admire her so much, and she kicks ass. ;-) We need more heroines of this sort.

What can we expect next from you?

Up next is the final book in the series, FOREVERMORE. This is St. John’s story


The other day a Friend of mine pointed at my Darkest London Books and said: "These looks so beautiful, what kind of books are they." This actually stopped me in my tracks. I've got the series on front row display for two reasons, first the eternal coverslut in me adores the way they look. And second I adore the series. But what kind of books are they? I answered: "Really good ones, you should read them!" My friend looked at me:"DUH, I guessed you must like them, you got what FIVE of them.. but what genre are they?" See that's why I paused and gave a . I am not so sure where I would put these.  After thinking about it I said: "Well, they steampunkish, kinda fantasy. PNR?"
Yeah, that's how awesome of a description I gave her. I know, I know- I should get awards for my super book explaining skills. *smirks* But honestly I've been thinking about this and also why I do love the series so much and sadly I think Callihan has reduced me to a fangirling mush. Just warning you....

Goodreads kept recommending me the series, but not many of my friends had read them, so it was on my TBR, but the reason I actually started reading the books? Well, I won Firelight at a GR giveaway. Which I am super happy about - I mean gifted books, yeay! - but I also finally got around to read it.  I got totally hooked, I proceeded to read every single book and novella I could get my hands on.
As I said, I love the series.
Each book is the story of one couple, they all could be read as a stand-alone, though they are in chronological. The characters are all connected one way or another so they do appear in each book.
But wait, why would you only read one of them? Trust me you don't wanna read this as a standalone. It would work- but why miss out on the other books? So if you haven't started the series yet... go read ALL of them!

Soulbound just like the previous books is definitely character driven.   Putting it simplistic I guess: It's essentially a romance about two characters and you know it will have a HEA.  But there is much more to this. Even if the ending is kinda clear, it's the journey that matters. By the way this kinda has an insta-love thingy going, but it's done in a way that is not only acceptable, it's moving and oh well, for a lack of a better word believable.  I don't wanna go too much into the plot, cause I won't be able to keep the spoilers at bay, but there are several twists and turns that surprised me. And while I totally expected a HEA, in the second last chapter of the book, I was seriously wondering how Callihan is going to give me one!
And may I just say, this is one of my favorite Persephone and Hades inspired stories ever!

The world building is... oh well.. for lack of a better word.. great. Each book reveals more about the paranormal side of the Darkest London world. And in each book Callihan managed to be more intricate and surprising.  As Callihan said she draws from legends, myth and fairytales, so yeah some of it is what we would expect, but Callihan adds her own stamp to it. Takes her inspiration and creates something new.  The series is set mostly in Victorian London. Each and every book, I am taken aback by how beautiful and vividly Callihan describes that setting. The fact that she gets the feeling and surroundings of Victorian London so right, makes her added fantasy twists feel more real. Every time I read one of the Darkest London books, I get lost in the world Callihan has constructed. And always, always I am left wanting more.

My favorite part is definitely the character building. I was looking forward to reading Adam's story. I had my ideas about Adam... But Callihan surprised me, with how Adam's story unraveled. Not only the story, but his background. I mean we had hints in the previous books, but I kinda expected him to be more wicked... Instead I found the more I read, the more I cared for Adam, the more I understood hi, connected to him and fell a little bit more for him. Eliza came across as rather spoilt in the beginning, but as the story went on her character evolved and one gets to see deeper into her. At the end, I was not surprised by her actions- well maybe a teeny tiny bit by the last twist- but well, it was just such an Eliza thing to do...

I think it after all that fangirling, it should be clear that I love Callihan's writing style. I am not sure how she works on a novel. (Darn! I should have asked her that!!) But not only does she obviously have a great talent when it comes to using words. She also proves that she is a master of her craft, by the way the novels are constructed. I don't really see a clear MO for the series- They are romances, they are connected, set in same world but each is unique, all wrapped up in gorgeous prose. Callihan excels in conveying emotions- she has just the right balance it's enough to make your heart ache with it, but not too much that it feels fake or over the top. I think this book cemented the fact that I will read anything Callihan writes. She definitely has become one of my favorite authors.

Soulbound is a fabulous addition to a great series. And one of my favorites in it. Adam, is my second favorite character in the series, just like Callihan I adore Jack.
When I finished Soulbound I went to see if the next one will be Sin's story. But I couldn't find anything online that - so I was beyond pleased to hear that Callihan is working on Forevermore. Already dreading that it is the last one in the series though...

It is a must read for lovers of the genre. Well, if you ask me its a must read full stop.


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Eliza sat back on her heels, while Adam merely stared at her as though he had all the time in the world. “Fine,” she said. “Three weeks. I free you and you help me.” She gave him a warning look. “I’ll need your word that you will help me, that this” she waved her hand between them, “isn’t merely a way to trick me into freeing you.”
“This business was your idea, woman,” he said with affront.
“Nevertheless, I’ll need your word.”
The demon’s nostrils flared with a sharp exhalation. “My word then.” Eliza did not look away from him, and he glared back in obvious exasperation. “What now?”
“I’m merely considering if I ought to trust your word,” she said.
A low growl rumbled in his chest as he bared his teeth. “I keep my word, whether I want to or not. My word is my bond. Honor, Miss May. Unlike you, I have it.”
“How dare you—”
“How dare you?” He craned forward, the muscles along his shoulders bunching. “Not so long ago you broke your promise of fealty. To me!”
“Oh, yes, how quick you are to remind me.” Eliza leaned close, grinding her teeth to keep in a shout. “You enjoy being quick, don’t you?”
His thick, dark brows furrowed. “What in the bloody blazes are you talking about?”
“You gave me all of ten seconds to make a choice.” Eliza’s fists ached from clenching them. “And what a choice. I was dead, my body sliced open, my blood on the ground. I would have done anything, anything,” she thumped her fist to her chest, “to get back my life.”
“So that makes it better?” he snapped back in outrage. “Desperation gives you leave to go back on your word?”
“No. That is not what I meant.”
“Then you agree that you bloody well have no honor—”
“You never explained what was involved. You never said I’d be chained to you, like some animal, for the rest of my days,” Eliza shouted. “I was told I would be a GIM. I was ready to serve you in that manner. You knew full well that’s what I believed. If anything, you swindled me!”
All at once, he sagged, though he still eyed her with resentment and distaste. Well, she had a healthy helping of those feelings for him too.
“Tick, tock, Eliza,” she mimicked. “You rushed me because you didn’t want me to think things over.”
When he broke eye contact, his hard jaw twitched.
“I’m correct, aren’t I?” Ire and a red rage surged up within her. “And you have the brass to sit on your high horse and talk of honor. Well let me tell you something, demon. There is little honor in forcing a person’s hand. Or using your power to coerce those weaker than you.”
A black scowl twisted the demon’s face as he glared at some distant point. “Fine. May I continue, or have you more complaints to heap upon my head?”
“Please do continue,” Eliza granted.
His golden gaze flicked back to her. “I want to kiss you.”
“No.” The word burst out of her with force. “Absolutely not.”
Unfazed, Adam shrugged. “Unless you have something to offer in exchange for your freedom, Mellan and Mab will, as you say, merely hunt us down, and you’ll be back to where you started.”
“Then I shall find out what he wants.” Eliza straightened her back. She could do that. She must. Like hell was she going to kiss this demon.
Adam simply gave her a slow, wicked half-smile. “Fortunately for you, lass, I already know what he wants. What they both want. More than controlling you. More than torturing me, even.”
“Then why in blazes haven’t you used it to secure your own freedom?” Eliza blurted out.
“I’m only alive because they cannot break me into revealing where this item might be.” The belligerence burning in his eyes was gone in a blink, replaced by a look of pure cunning. “However, I might be persuaded to help you use the knowledge. All I require is— ”
“Fine,” she snapped, irritation getting the best of her. “I’ll kiss you.”
Silence fell, and Adam stared at her with those eyes of his. Devil’s eyes. Eyes that made a woman forget herself. Heat rose up over her breasts and crawled along the back of her neck. Eliza grasped her skirts, her fingers twitching. She would kiss him. Kiss a man who had brought her nothing but irritation. Maybe she’d bite him to boot.
His chest, gleaming with sweat, rose and fell in a soft pattern. A bead of perspiration broke free from the top of his shoulder and ran down along the firm rise of his pectoral muscles, straight toward the dark nub of his nipple. All this time arguing with him, she’d forgotten his state of undress. Not so now. She’d have to press up against those hard muscles, touch his skin. Eliza wrenched her gaze back to his face, and his sinful lips curled in a knowing smile.
“You know,” he said casually, “I believe I shall pass for the moment. I’d rather it be when you aren’t wearing such a sour face. Kills a bloke’s ardor, you realize.”
Eliza blinked. And then his meaning hit her. “Why you…rutting…cheap, trickster…”
He laughed, a flash of even teeth. “Come now, Eliza, fret not.” He stopped then, that obnoxious smile growing and heating with promise. “I’ll take that kiss soon enough. ”
She rose to her feet in a rustle of skirts. “And I’ll be sure to bite that wicked tongue when you do!”
She marched out of the cell, slamming it behind her, as he began to laugh again. Bastard. She might just leave him here to rot after all. His laughing taunt echoed through the dark. “Now that I know tongues are involved, I’ll be sure to collect.”


Friday, February 20, 2015

Review: Remember by Eileen Cook


Author: Eileen Cook
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: Hardcover, 320 pages
Genre: YA
Release Date: February 24th 2015


A thrilling tale about what a girl will do to get back a memory she lost…or remove what she wants to forget.

Harper is used to her family being hounded by protesters. Her father runs the company that trademarked the "Memtex" procedure to wipe away sad memories, and plenty of people think it shouldn't be legal. Then a new demonstrator crosses her path, Neil, who’s as persistent as he is hot. Not that Harper’s noticing, since she already has a boyfriend.

When Harper suffers a loss, she’s shocked her father won’t allow her to get the treatment, so she finds a way to get it without his approval. Soon afterward, she’s plagued with strange symptoms, including hallucinations of a woman who is somehow both a stranger, yet incredibly familiar. Harper begins to wonder if she is delusional, or if these are somehow memories.

Together with Neil, who insists he has his own reasons for needing answers about the real dangers of Memtex, Harper begins her search for the truth. What she finds could uproot all she’s ever believed about her life…


This is surprisingly deep. In fact I am not sure why, but I was kinda taken aback by the fact that this was so deep.
Don't ask me why. I should have expected it. It's a Cook novel after all. And I think I am slowly getting that that's her MO. Deep cute and fluffy.

Except the only kinda cute and fluffy bits are the romance, everything else. Not much cute and fluffy. Entertaining, thought provoking and endearing are more words I would use to describe this.

The writing style is Cook alla extraordinare. I love her writing style, its straight forward and accurate. I enjoy her brand of humour, witty and at times eyebrow raising with a tad of sarcasm. She does write beautiful scenes, like the one set on the view point, and heart-aching one with the same ease as she does action scenes. But her writing style while beautiful is also deceptively lighthearted. One only realised it's depths when you gotta pause to be able to realise all the different things that are happening.

The story line is interesting to say the least. It's fairly fast paced- except that Harper is actually rather a bit melodramatic and self-involved most of the time, which puts rather many bumpers on the story flow.
This also has a kinda love-triangle. Well, actually let me say it as it is: it has a love triangle. But funny enough I didn't mind it, well mostly I didn't, which in itself is a minor miracle. Since I loath those like little else. But there was absolutely no cheating, and Harper was actually surprisingly considerate about it. It was a bearable love triangle. Can't even believe I am saying that! LOL. But trust me it was.
Besides the main event here is Harper's journey of discovery. Her treatment- the Memtex she had done- and it's consequences. Not the romance.
Again this is not a cute & fluffy, it's light hearted with a big punch of depth.
Since this is all told from Harper's POV, we get to see everything from her perspective. And herein lies an issue I had with this book. I am not a fan of Harper. At first I just thought she was a spoilt rich kid who thought life will always go her way, under the guise of being this nice girl. But frankly I found her too self-involved and melodramatic. Totally spoilt and attention seeking. Her reasons for the Memtex were- ridiculous at best. I mean I get she was upset, but I felt like she really needed some real sorrow in her life, to even come to grips with what pain means. Sorry i know it sounds absolutely jaded and mean, but hey there a kids in this world who live in war zones, kids who don't have a home and kids who are abused in their homes... so many way worse scenarios than hers.
But I think this was a rather clever move of Cook- in fact it make you wonder when is it worth getting rid of your memories? Is life without the pain a better life? How much pain would grant a Memex treatment?

See deep!

I also didn't like how she handled her mother at the end. Nor was I sure how that solution was gonna work- cause let's face it, she is in school, where does she get money from?
I loved Neil,while searching for a cause, seemingly lost, he is probably less so than any other characters. He is interesting, honest (mostly), clever, loyal, adorable and fun. He is a total dream book BF. I adore him, totally fell for him. And couldn't understand what any of Harpers issues were.
I did have some issues with the adults in this book- they kinda cartoony, cliche and totally one sided in my opinion. It was a stark contrast to the teens, who all had many facets to their personality and evolved as the story went on.
My favourite though by far was Win. Awesome, beautiful, fabulous Win. Harper and Win's relations ship was dynamic and felt real. Even their quarrels were warranted- and I loved how they solved them. I am super pleased that Cook written such an awesome and realistic female friendship. Their love and loyalty was wonderful, but what was so moving was the fact that they were supportive and real with each other! I think only a real friend can tell you how it is in a time of crisis, but also only a real friend can call bull. And Win did both! She also showed a depth and maturity beyond her years. Stuff she said, stuck with me, made me ponder...And I love her, she is my new fave book BFF. Well, also my first- but hey I would want her as my friend in RL and we all got book BFs... so time I get a book BFF as well!

As I said, this was way deeper that expected. But also totally down my alley. The whole science side to it- while the treatment is total fiction and sci-fi-y - was interesting. The issues of side-effects, risks and welfare in procedures has always fascinated me and is a matter that has been close to my heart ever since I started studying chemistry. It's the balance of it all isn't? Finding where the good outbalances the bad... and frankly it's a huge grey matter. So it will always be a matter of interest, a matter of discussion as long as humanity does research and tries to improve.
As I said, way deeper than I expected. So I have warned you, while you will get gushy, happy feelings when it comes to Neil, you also get suspense, mystery and a whole lot of questions to ponder over.

I absolutely can only recommend this to lovers of the genre!


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review: My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp

My Best Everything

Author: Sarah Tomp
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: Hardcover, 400 pages
Genre: YA
Release Date: March 3rd 2015


You say it was all meant to be. You and me. The way we met. Our secrets in the woods. Even the way it all exploded. It was simply a matter of fate.

Maybe if you were here to tell me again, to explain it one more time, then maybe I wouldn’t feel so uncertain. But I’m going back to the beginning on my own. To see what happened and why.

Luisa “Lulu” Mendez has just finished her final year of high school in a small Virginia town, determined to move on and leave her job at the local junkyard behind. So when her father loses her college tuition money, Lulu needs a new ticket out.

Desperate for funds, she cooks up the (definitely illegal) plan to make and sell moonshine with her friends, Roni and Bucky. Quickly realizing they’re out of their depth, Lulu turns to Mason: a local boy who’s always seemed like a dead end. As Mason guides Lulu through the secret world of moonshine, it looks like her plan might actually work. But can she leave town before she loses everything – including her heart?

The summer walks the line between toxic and intoxicating. My Best Everything is Lulu’s letter to Mason – though is it an apology, a good-bye, or a love letter?


So this is a bit of a heartsore affaire for me.
I was looking forward to this one. Really hoping it would be the awesome cute & fluffy it promised to be. And theoretically it was.

The character building is well done. I like the group of people Tomp created. Their relationship interesting, intricate and complicated- they felt real. I could relate to Lu. She has much in common with not 17year old me....
Mason.. well, he is the hottie bad boy turned fabulous of any girls dreams. He is great. Really. In a flawed and imperfect sorta way.
In fact they all are that. All characters have their flaws and issues- which made them so human and made them real- Tomp seriously got it right. She written believable, realistic characters, that are likeable- flaws and faults and all. She managed to perfectly find that line for them to be imperfect so that they felt real, with enough dramas and issues to make you feel compassionate but not so much that it was melodramatic. She wrote these things just right.
The romance was right up my alley. Enough yearning, doubts and heat- but not too much drama that it would tire me. I love the connection between Lu and Mason. But I also adored Roni and Buck's journey. It was amazing to see where the characters went, to feel the joys of summers spent with friends, but mostly to see their changes, their coming of age, their

The plot was in some ways predictable, but also kinda different and fun. I loved the entire moonshine operation. It was awesome for the scientist in me to read about it. Detailed and scientific enough to feel glee but not too much of it to get bored.
This is first and foremost a romance. First real love, I guess. But it is also a coming of age story, finding ones way, friendship and defining ones future despite your past.

Now saying all this- one would think I love this book. And this is where my heartache comes in. I know I should love it, but I actually didn't.
The reason for this is the writing style. Not the actually prose. Cause in my opinion Tomp writes beautifully, I think she is a great writer, really. It's the way this story was told.
The way Tomp chose to write this. This is written from Lu's POV, in past tense. But not just like a retelling of the story, but as if she would be telling the story directly to Mason. I guess it is an interesting choice and all, but Lu keeps alluding to the future, cause you know Mason was there and knew all that happened... suddenly Lu addresses Mason directly:
(An example to illustrate my point)

But you had your first drink when yo were eleven, and by twelve you were getting drunk a couple of times a month. At age thirteen you were drinking every day. Right? Isn't that what you said? You must not have the same memories as me. What can you remember at all?

This happens all the time randomly throughout the book and that's what grated on me. There is no other way to describe this. In fact at about 35% I considered to DNF, that's how much I was annoyed by it. I probably would have, were this not an ARC- and then I also wanted to know how things between Mason and Lu unfolded, how the entire moonshine op went... well I got invested in the characters. So I finished it, hoping I would mind less- but truthfully it grated more and more.

And that's why my rating is rather low. It felt like a chore to finish, rather than joy. And frankly I read for the pleasure of it.
So I have to stress that the rating is simply based on the fact that I didn't like the way the story was told. But I also gotta say, that I can only encourage everyone to give this a try: you might not mind and then this is wonderful book to read.

So a case of it wasn't you it was me. An interesting debut by a skilled writer, which leaves me excited to see what she will be writing next!


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Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Bound by Fire by Jeaniene Frost

Bound by Fire

Author: Jeaniene Frost
Publisher: Avon
Series: Night Prince #3
Pages: Mass Market Paperback, 342 pages
Genre: PNR
Release Date: January 27th 2015


Play with fire, pay the price.

Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…

Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…


Well that was....


It was simply disappointing. EXTREMELY so.

Around halfway through I was actually going to DNF. But I didn't. Only because I do love Frost. She is a great author. Her writing style is awesome, she writes great action scenes, enticing smut and makes my jaded heart sore- and always gets me at least smirking.
And she did do all those things in Bound by Flames.
Buuuut the plot?! It's the variation of the same story over and over and over. I felt seriously annoyed by it- even cheated.
So I went and read two other books- and came back to BbF and struggled-STRUGGLED- through it.
And I was glad for it. While at 70% I was going to give this 1.5 Stars and rounded it down... The last 10% made this well worth it.
The bromance was just simply and utterly worth it. Really. Trust me, it's what saved the series for me. Oh and the one little twist in the super boring plot I didn't anticipate...

Well, let's list the good, the bad and the ugly shall we?

Great writing- Really! Frost does know her craft. She is still one of my fave PNR authors, probably will have to do way way worse than this for it to ever change.

Smut - Let's face it: We all still reeling from the Cat and Bone ones- but Laila and Vlad's have nothing short on those. Frost does write incredibly good smexy times - and this is coming from someone who does not care much for smut usually.

Laila and Vlad chemistry - It's what got to me in the first two books of the series- and it's still there. Still amazing, still not only believable, but desirable. They strengthen it and build on it even more, and most importantly that is written in the most believable way.

The world building - in some ways not much new,but a slowly ever growing world, that is still freakn awesome.

The humour - Frost gets to me with her dry witty humour. Every. Freakn. Time.

“Want it in English? Fine. You’re the bastard daughter of a diseased whore.”
I snorted. “Have to give it to you older vamps. Your insults are much more colorful than my generation’s variations on ‘fuck you, you fucking fuck.’
“Nice try,” I said evenly, “but fuck you, you fucking fuck.”"

Character building - some of this is awesome. Other bits not so much. So this is the good and the bad. Some of it, was totally been there done that, other bits were soo soo good. I am not sure I fancy the villains in this. And by fancy I mean, they are kinda unbelievable.

Motives - Sooo they are what? 500years old?! And some of their motives are.. DADDY issues?! for real?? or petty jealousy?? FECKN HELL! sorry. Excuse my french, but I am in my thirties. AND I am freakn over shit like that. 500 years... and you still groveling over THAT crap? Childish much? I really find it beyond UNBELIEVABLE.

Plot - it's the same every book. Fight, make up, getting captured, getting tortured, fighting free, making more enemies and allies, big show down, death, throw in some magic and new abilities..... oh and getting hitched.
The end.

WHY???This made me wonder WHY this has FOUR books. I don't see the merit of this one. AT ALL. Why not write 3, cut out some of the repeating bits, or most of them anyway. I could have just loved the series felt all gushy and happy. And Frost could have used the time to write a new series.. Or an Ian book? You know use our time for something better, it would have been beneficial to both of us. I am thinking of the greater good here.. just saying.

The rating- it pains me, honestly it does. I wish I could give it 3Stars.. but really until the last 10% I would have given this ONE miserly star. So 2 it is.
But I will be reading the next one... :)

Oh I nearly forgot my absolute FAVORITE :

The barest smile twitched Vlad's lips."Rather ruins the moment doesn't it?"Maximus's mouth curled faintly as well. "Good thing neither of us is sentimental."


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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Excerpt & Giveaway: Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott

ONLY TWO MORE WEEKS for the release of Salt & Stone! 

We can't wait to get our hands on it... and we got a little treat to make the wait go by faster; An excerpt and an international giveaway of a signed copy from Victoria Scott. Awesome right?!
Well enjoy and good luck!

Salt & Stone

Author: Victoria Scott
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Series: Fire & Flood #2
Pages: Hardcover, 320 pages
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: February 24th 2015


How far would you go to survive?

In FIRE & FLOOD, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and a terrifying march across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can’t stop – and in SALT & STONE, Tella will have to face the unseen dangers of the ocean, the breathless cold of a mountain, and twisted new rules in the race.

But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone’s keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you’d relied on most suddenly isn’t there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?

The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the beginning of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the fourth and final part of the race, just forty-one are left . . . and only one can win.

- See more at: http://www.victoriascottya.com/work/brimstone/#sthash.qEMOEMih.dpuf


I swallow and stare at him in the dark, my entire body itching to feel his touch. When I see the anticipation in his stance, the way he looks at me as if I’m both infuriating and appealing — it makes me feel powerful. But when he takes a step in my direction, that power plummets to some place untouchable. Now I’m a seventeen-year-old girl again, standing in the shadows with someone who feels like he’s lived three lives to my one.
“Come with me,” he orders.
There’s no room for refusal, and I don’t want there to be. He takes my hand to help me step over sleeping bodies, both human and Pandora. When I stumble, he leans over and sweeps beneath my knees. I’m brought into his arms with the same ease I may use to curl a rabbit to my chest. But I’m not such an innocent, silent creature.
I’ve got spirit and fire in spades. Though, right now, as he carries me to the single back bedroom, I have neither. I’m somebody else now. I’m Tella Holloway, Boston girl turned Montana transplant, sitting on the edge of her bed, awaiting her very first date with the boy who makes her parents uneasy. A boy who doesn’t speak nearly enough, but when he does, this girl stops and listens. In my mind’s eye, I’m wearing the silver-sequined dress that’s hibernated in my closet far too long. I feel beautiful and confident, and who cares if he said we’re going to the lake at night? I want to glimpse the look on his face when he sees me. I envision how his entire face will light up as if it’s lit from within. How his full lips will part slightly and his cold blue eyes will soften.
Guy sets me on my feet, and I gaze up at him.

Oh yes. Right there.

That’s the look I imagined.


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