Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #155, April 23rd

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!

The One by Kiera Cass
Expected Publication: May 6th, 2014
From Goodreads:
The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown--or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose--and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

After the End by Amy Plum
Expected Publication: May 6th, 2014
From Goodreads:
She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

The Warrior by Victoria Scott
Expected Publication: May 6th, 2014
From Goodreads:
War between heaven and hell is coming, but Dante Walker makes it look damn good.

Dante’s girlfriend, Charlie, is fated to save the world. And Aspen, the girl who feels like a sister, is an ordained soldier. In order to help both fulfill their destiny and win the war, Dante must complete liberator training at the Hive, rescue Aspen from hell, and uncover a message hidden on an ancient scroll.

Dante is built for battle, but even he can’t handle the nightmares where spiders crawl from Aspen’s eyes, or the look on Charlie’s face that foretells of devastation. To make matters worse, the enemy seizes every opportunity to break inside the Hive and cripple the liberators. But the day of reckoning is fast approaching, and to stand victorious, Dante will have to embrace something inside himself he never has before—faith.  

Chantress Alchemy by Amy Butler Greenfield
Expected Publication:
From Goodreads:
Since defeating Lord Scargrave with her music, Lucy, the last Chantress, has lived by the sea, mastering the intricacies of Wild Magic. But now her quiet life is about to end: the wheat crop has failed, the people are rebelling, and Lucy is called urgently back to King Henry IX’s court. There she finds the Inner Council planning to save England by making gold through alchemy. But the golden crucible — the critical element in the alchemical process — has been stolen, its guards murdered. Lucy is charged with finding the traitor behind the attack. 

Meanwhile, enemies old and new are gathering. Scargrave's brutal Chantress-hunter has become King Henry's closest advisor. Lucy’s beloved Nat has fallen out of favor and is shunned by his colleagues; their romance means trouble for both of them. Worst of all, something goes wrong with Lucy’s magic. The palace is a labyrinth, and there’s a monster at its heart — a monster who may have the power to defeat Lucy once and for all. 
Killer Instinct by S.E. Green
Expected Publication: May 6th, 2014
From Goodreads: 
She’s not evil, but she has certain... urges.

Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. Afterschool job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick.


Because she might be one herself.

Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals—delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs.
And then a young preschool teacher goes missing. Only to return... in parts.

When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer’s identity before she—or someone she loves—becomes the next victim...
Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne
Expected Publication: May 6th, 2014
From Goodreads:
The stunningly fierce conclusion to Emmy Laybourne's Monument 14 trilogy.

The survivors of the Monument 14 have finally made it to the safety of a Canadian refugee camp. Dean and Alex are cautiously starting to hope that a happy ending might be possible.

But for Josie, separated from the group and trapped in a brutal prison camp for exposed Type Os, things have gone from bad to worse. Traumatized by her experiences, she has given up all hope of rescue or safety.

Meanwhile, scared by the government's unusual interest in her pregnancy, Astrid (with her two protectors, Dean and Jake in tow) joins Niko on his desperate quest to be reunited with his lost love Josie.

Oh, another 6 great books! And all of them, well, yeah, I'm waiting on them, pretty impatiently, but there is always another book to read in the meantime! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #158, April 23rd

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Thanks to MizB of Should Be Writing for starting and hosting this meme!

I'm currently rereading Beauty Awakened by Gena Showalter, and yeah, it's just fantastic!!!
 I finished reading Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout, it was such an excellent book, just loved it!!
I'm going to read Undying Destiny by Jessica Lee next, even though I've already read the 3rd book, going back for this one!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #158, April 22nd

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today's teaser comes from nothing, since I'm technically not reading this book anymore. Oh, well. What about you guys? Happy reading!

Monday, April 21, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #150, April 21st

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #149
Teaser Tuesday #157
WWW Wednesday #157
WOW #154
Will the Time Come #150
Third Sentence Thursday #140
Random Reads #125
First Lines Friday #145
The Reward Challenge Round
Follow Friday #128
Last Letter First Letter Reading Challenge Update

Week 16 Reviews:
Cast in Peril
Cast in Sorrow
The Calling
School Spirits
Phoenix Overture
No Rest For the Wicked
Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night 
The Offering 

Tease: Excerpt
We Have the Title of The Hollows #13!!!!
Simon and Schuster Canada's Spring Romance
We Have the Title of Night Prince #3!!!!
We Have the Title of GhostWalkers #11!!!!

OK, so I got 22 posts in 7 days, and again, a slow week when I wanted a bit more, but yeah, a good week. What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read The Rising, The Dead Girls Detective Agency, Ashes of Twilight, Don't Look Back, Undying DesireLife Before LegendLegendBeauty Awakened, The Kill Switch, Rebel Spring,
Falling to AshThe TestingAngel FeverThe Dream ThievesBreaking PointHunting Lila, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Winner's CurseWhispered LiesStreet GameFar From You, WarriorThe Immortal RulesIn SecondsV is for VillainThe Uninvited, Gabriel's Redemption, The Marked Son, The Fallen Prince, and Sweet Evil.

 Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?
Guerino Lombardi's world just went to shit. Vampire and second in command of the Warriors of the Enclave, he's put everything on the line to save his best friend from what has to be the worst blow a man can take. Kenric, his friend and master of the Enclave, has a daughter, something believed impossible in the vampire world, and word has it she wants her father and his Enclave dead. Guerin is determined to protect Kenric, keeping the secret from him until he knows for sure if this daughter really exists and if she wants revenge.

Eve Devonshire is a woman hiding in plain sight. Not completely human, but not quite a vampire, she's accepted by neither race but is more powerful than either one. Her life has consisted of half-truths and disguises, never belonging or living in one place for any length of time. But now some have heard rumors of her existence and want nothing more than to trap her and dissect her like a lab rat.

To stay alive, Eve can't trust anyone, including the alpha vampire with midnight eyes and a thirst for pain and submission. With her enemies nipping at her heels, Eve has Guerin cornered, and both are determined to get the answers they're looking for or die trying...if they can fight their desires long enough.

Contains hot alpha male vampires, including one with a taste for sexual submission that will lead to some highly charged erotic scenes involving anal, BDSM, various restraints, floggers, and whips.
Who does the U.S. government call upon when a mission requires perfect stealth, execution, and discretion?

From the two bestselling masters of action and political intrigue, James Rollins and Grant Blackwood, comes the first in a groundbreaking new series, featuring Captain Tucker Wayne and his stalwart military dog, Kane, both ripped from the pages of Sigma Force for their first solo adventure. It will take this uniquely talented pairing of man and beast to discover the earth-shattering truth behind . . .

The Kill Switch

The mission seems simple enough: extract a pharmaceutical magnate from Russian soil, a volatile man who holds the secret to a deadly bioweapon. But nothing is as it appears to be. A desperate call from Painter Crowe, director of Sigma Force, thrusts Tucker and Kane into a frantic race to rescue the brilliant-but-deluded Abram Bukolov from a cadre of skilled assassins, a deadly team backed by a shadowy Russian general, a figure bent on revenge and power.

Hunted and betrayed at every turn, Tucker and Kane must discover the truth behind a biological threat, a horror out of the ancient past that can be weaponized to terrorize the modern world. The journey of discovery will take the pair across the frozen steppes of Russia to the sun-blasted savannahs of South Africa, from the war-torn mountains of Namibia to the snowy Great Lakes of the United States.

As time rapidly runs out, the deep and intimate bond between dog and soldier will be tested to the extreme. It will take all of their skill, talent, and, most of all, trust in each other to piece together a mystery going back to the origins of life on Earth, to discover the key to an ancient peril that can destroy the heartland of America, and, with it, the world.
Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.

The first time, she's fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars, a bum leg, and an addiction to Oxy that'll take years to kick.

The second time, she's seventeen, and it's no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina's murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.

After a forced stint in rehab, Sophie returns home to a chilly new reality. Mina's brother won't speak to her, her parents fear she'll relapse, old friends have become enemies, and Sophie has to learn how to live without her other half. To make matters worse, no one is looking in the right places and Sophie must search for Mina's murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about Mina and about the secret they shared.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Week 16 Review: The Offering

From Goodreads:
True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.

Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania's broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.

When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom.

But things aren't always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost.

My Review:
I enjoyed this book. I'm pretty sure that The Pledge was the best book for me in this series, but this, and The Essence were really great books on their own. Just that they were in a series, with The Pledge, they didn't quite make it back up to what The Pledge started with.

I felt bad for him, getting his hand cut off by someone he thought had been his ally, and yeah, just getting betrayed like that, wasn't too fun to be read. Well, we only got the tail end, the hand cutting, in the prologue. But that was quite enough!

We learn a bit more about Eden, about her brother, and some about some states of Ludania, the camps that the unwanted or orphaned children were sent to. And while there was some sadness to that, there was a bit of hope, because Charlie is Queen, and that she was changing things.

One reason why The Pledge was good, was that it had Max, and Charlie together, and most of The Essence and The Offering, they were apart. So there is that. I guess I have a romantic's heart, in wanting them to be together, but yeah.

While the ending, with Elena having Eden killed because Charlie wouldn't let Sabara/Layla out of her to wreak chaos and strife. But that she would for Brook, and the fight that came out of that. One thing I'm wondering about, then is if Niko was actually dead. I'd think that someone would've fatally shot him in his long life, and yet he was still alive. So there's that. I liked Sage, she was quite a kick ass character, I think the girl that was there in The Essence when Charlie and Brook were separated.

Yeah, this was a great book, it pretty neatly wrapped up the series, and I really enjoyed it!

Author: Kimberly Derting
Series: The Pledge #3
Read: April 18th, 2014
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Love this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book, End of Series 2014 Book, WoW Book, and 2013 Dystopia Book!
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: December 31st 2013
5/5 Hearts
4.5/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Week 16 Reviews: No Rest For the Wicked, Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night

From Goodreads:
In this next installment in the Immortals After Dark Series, USA Today Bestselling author Kresley Cole delivers a scorching tale about a forbidding vampire who lives in the shadows and the beautiful assassin who hunts him there. 

A vampire soldier weary of life...

Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire—a nightmare in his mind—against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live. Until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead.

A valkyrie assassin dispatched to destroy him...

When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow—accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings—particularly lust—emerge multiplied. For the first time, she's unable to complete a kill.

Competitors in a legendary hunt...

The prize of the month-long contest is powerful enough to change history, and Kaderin will do anything to win it for her sisters. Wanting only to win her, forever, Sebastian competes as well, taking every opportunity—as they travel to ancient tombs and through catacombs, seeking relics around the world—to use her new feelings to seduce her. But when forced to choose between the vampire she's falling for and reuniting her family, how can Kaderin live without either?

From Goodreads: 
This seductive paranormal series continues with a brutal Highland werewolf and an exquisite young witch, adversaries with a blood vendetta between them.

Her breathless kiss haunts him...

Bowen MacRieve of the Lykae clan was nearly destroyed when he lost the one woman meant for him. The ruthless warrior grew even colder, never taking another to his bed—until a smoldering encounter with his enemy, Mariketa the Awaited, reawakens his darkest desires. When sinister forces unite against her, the Highlander finds himself using all his strength and skill to keep her alive.

His slow, hot touch is irresistible...

Temporarily stripped of her powers, Mari is forced to take refuge with her sworn adversary. It's rumored that no one can tempt Bowen's hardened heart, but soon passion burns between them. Though a future together is impossible, she fears he has no intention of letting her go.

No deed is too wicked for her seduction...

If they defeat the evil that surrounds them, can Mari deny Bowen when he demands her body and soul—or will she risk everything for her fierce protector?

My Review:
I loved these books! They were freaking great, and we got to see more and more of the world, just a brief dip in Rest, with Sebastian being able to trace to Kaderian, and not just a place, to a major one in Deeds, because we have a witch FMC, and some more in-depth interaction with some characters of other Lore-species, like 2 types of demons, storm and rage. Which was pretty cool!

These were 2 great couples, they were interesting, fun, and they worked well together, working through their issues, first that Sebastian was trying to impress Kaderian by winning the Hie, while Kaderian wanted to win it to get the prize, so she could save her 2 sisters-sisters with whom she was a triplet. So yeah, they had that. Bowen and Mari have to deal with that he trapped her in a prison for weeks, she cursed him to not heal, and that he thought she cursed him again with making her his mate. And she had some trust issues, of being second best, never chosen first. Yep.

I really found Riora, and then Kaderian's sisters, pretty interesting, first a goddess of Impossibility, then 2 Valkyries from 1000 years ago, talking like Shakespeare would have trouble understanding them, I think, and yeah, they were fun to watch for a bit, as they were slowly introduced to the present world. And yeah, it was just really nice. There wasn't a specific bad guy in this one, it was more focused on the romance, which really worked in this book!

Deeds, with him dealing with the guilt over the mate that he killed, and then being attracted, and his Instinct telling him that Mari was his mate...yeah. And yeah, I was thinking that she was a reincarnation of his previous mate, until the "previous mate" walked in the front door. But that dealt with the bad guy of the book, the goddess that the witches would've worshipped if she hadn't been stripped of her goddess-hood. And yeah, with Mari's parents, and all that.

Yeah, these were just 2 great, wonderful books, can't wait to read more of this series!

Author: Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #3, 4
Read: April 17th, 18th, 2014
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Loved the first 2 books, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Books!
Publisher: Pocket Star
Published: October 31st 2006, October 30th 2007

Wicked Deed on a Winter's Night:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 16 Reviews: Asunder, Phoenix Overture, Infinite

From Goodreads:
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

From Goodreads:
This breathtaking and lyrical novella captures a thrilling and momentous decision for a young man and the people he loves. Told from the perspective of Sam, the sensitive musician from Jodi Meadows’s Incarnate series, lifetimes before he meets Ana, Phoenix Overture is a story of love and loss, strength and courage, and facing the consequences of the hardest of decisions.

Phoenix Overture offers existing fans a deeper insight into a favorite character and the intriguing history of Heart, while new readers will find a stunning introduction to this rich world and the romantic, captivating fantasy of the Incarnate series.

In the wilds around the Community where Sam and his family have taken shelter, life is dangerous. Dragons, trolls, centaurs, and other monsters fill the world. The word comes from the council that everyone must leave and journey to rescue their leader, Janan, who has been abducted by a mysterious new enemy in the north. Faced with overwhelming threats that bring death and destruction, Sam and the others reach the northern Range and, reunited with Janan, are given an unimaginable opportunity. Although it would give them the privilege to live and learn and love without fear, the choice is not without its own dire consequences. And lives—though not theirs—are sure to be lost. Just how much are they willing to give up to save themselves?

From Goodreads:
The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.

Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.

The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.

With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions.

My first review of Asunder
My Review:
Oh, I loved these books! They were a great middle, and end, to a great trilogy, things wrapped up nicely, like we found out why Sam was killed by dragons 30 times. Which when you think of it, is kinda funny, if sad that he died, and that we know the cost, but since it's a story and not actually real, it's just a bit hilarious.

We learned the cost of their reincarnation, that the newsouls were being eaten, and that the one million oldsouls had known that, and had still gone through with the deal with Janan, and Ana didn't tell them that, so just Stef know, because she was there (she as the gender the body the soul occupied for most of this series was in) and yeah, that not telling anyone else about the willingness of the deal, it carries some consequences later on.

We learn about Sam, and all the other's first lives that they didn't know about, that Sam was always a very musical person, that Stef, a boy, was his best friend, that slowly, from his mom, dad, then brother, Sam's family died, and that what's-his-name, M-something, was always Janan's stooge, and that this world, was most likely ours before something bad happened about 100 years before Phoenix Overture.

So yeah, we found out a bit more on the phoenix's, that they were the ones who build the towers and the walls to trap Janan and his best warriors-warriors that gave up the "immortality" of being trapped in the towers, to wait for Ana, as Slyph, and that's why Cris became one.

One thing I want to know, is, where did Sam learn the "phoenix overture" the reason why the dragons targeted him, most specifically, his first body, the skeleton in the chains. It might have been mentioned and I missed it, but I really want to know it!!

All in all, this was an amazing trilogy, and yeah, I just loved it, and I can't wait to see what Jodi Meadows writes next!

Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: Newsoul #2, 2.5, 3
First Read: March 17th, 2013
Read: April 16th, 16th, 16th, 2014
Source: Own, Tuebl
Reason Why: Rereading, and they're a 2014 Dystopia books, and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Books! And Infinite is a End of Series 2014 Book!
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published: January 29th 2013, September 3rd 2013, January 28th 2014

5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Phoenix Overture:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 16 Review: School Spirits

From Goodreads:
Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break.

Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who's always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.

Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt? 

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book! It was funny, and it had so many snarky comments, pop culture references, and it was just overall hilarious! Like the scene in the gym, where they're playing dodgeball, and when her new friend got hit pretty badly, Izzy threw a ball at the guy, and it dislocated his shoulder. He so deserved it! And that's how she meet Dex, because she was sent to run laps after that incident.

I loved Dex. He was funny, and a bit of a crazy person, and a unique fashion style, of purple clothing, and yeah, he was nice to Izzy, and they had a fun "date" of food, after salting a grave. And yeah, they would be so cute together, and the got, like, one kiss in this book! I want them to have a HEA!!!

The ending was a bit sad, what with what Dex's grandmother did, but that the Brannick's, the mirror guy, and Dex are going to be a group, and fight bad Prodigums, and yeah, that was pretty exciting!

This had got to be a series. One, because her and Dex ending as friends in this book, when I know they can be so much more! Two, that they have to find Finn, her sister, because that's a pretty big hole in her and her mom's life, and yeah, it's something that has to have some time to work on!!! Three, because the mirror guy said that Izzy was going to release him, and I want to know whether or not that's going to happen!

This was such an amazing book, I really loved it, and yeah, I want a sequel!!

Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: *It's a spin off novel of Hex Hall Series* School Spirits #1
Read: April 16th, 2014
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Loved the Hex Hall series! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!!
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Published: May 14th 2013
5/5 Hearts
4.5/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Week 16 Review: The Calling

From Goodreads:
Maya Delaney's paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is -a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly everyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it's only a matter of time before she's able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.

Now Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they're kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.

My first review of The Calling
My Review:
What a great book! Starting straight off of where The Gathering ended, this book goes straight into action, and it really doesn't stop. From the pilot being on the side of the fake rescue workers, Rafe going out the side of the helicopter, and a crash landing, yeah, this book had action!!!

It's confirmed that the man with similar features to Maya's own was/is her bio dad, that he wanted her and her brother, but her mom didn't want them to be raised as experiments, so took them, and that her dad searched for them, found her, but the St. Cloud's just let the Delaney's raise her, her dad switched to another Cabal to try and get her. Not back, since he never had her in the first place, but yeah.

We learn that Sam is like Daniel, and that all of them have super powers, but not the names of what they are for Serena, Haley, and Nicole. Or for Casey. They have an idea about the powers, but not the actual names.

Oh, and Maya transforms for the first time, while she's sleeping, and yeah, that was really cool, and interesting, and fun to read!!! Especially since it took a bit for her to tell Daniel about what she was, since his werewolf comment and turning into a cougar.

And we find out that Nicole killed Serena, and that Daniel was going to break up with Serena before she was killed. And that Rafe was safe, but then was coerced into helping the St. Clouds, and yeah, just lots of things happen in this book!

Loved rereading this book, it was so great, and I can't wait to reread The Rising!

Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Darkness Rising #2
First Read: September 26th, 2012
Read: April 15th, 2014
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Harper
Published: April 10th 2012
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 16 Reviews: Cast in Peril, Cast in Sorrow

From Goodreads:
It has been a busy few weeks for Private Kaylin Neya. In between angling for a promotion, sharing her room with the last living female Dragon and dealing with more refugees than anyone knew what to do with, the unusual egg she'd been given began to hatch. Actually, that turned out to be lucky, because it absorbed the energy from the bomb that went off in her quarters.…So now might be the perfect time to leave Elantra and journey to the West March with the Barrani. If not for the disappearances of citizens in the fief of Tiamaris—disappearances traced to the very Barrani Kaylin is about to be traveling with...

From Goodreads:

The Barrani would be happy to see her die. So Kaylin Neya is a bit surprised by her safe arrival in the West March. Especially when enemies new and old surround her and those she would call friends are equally dangerous... 

And then the real trouble starts. Kaylin's assignment is to be a "harmoniste"-one who helps tell the truth behind a Barrani Recitation. But in a land where words are more effective than weapons, Kaylin's duties are deadly. With the wrong phrase she could tear a people further asunder. And with the right ones...well, then she might be able to heal a blight on a race. 

If only she understood the story....

My first reviews of Cast in Peril, Cast in SorrowMy Review:
Oh, such great books! Loved rereading them! They were apparently going to be 1 book, but then since they travel in Peril, to get to where they needed to be in Sorrow, that the outside world that Kaylin was travelling was apparently like another view point, so yeah, they used to be 1 big book, but I prefer the 2 books, because then, well, more time in Kaylin's world!!!

Of the regular gang, Kaylin, Severn, Teela, and Nightshade are the only ones that we got to be with, and then some characters from previous books, that aren't part of the gang (for me) like the Consort, and the Arcanist cousin of Teela's. And while I was a bit sad that we didn't get more time with the rest of the gang (Marcus, Caitlin, ect.) it was interesting to have a more intimate group for these books. But that just means that I want Cast in Flame even more!!!

First we learned more of Teela's past, of why it's a crime that the Barrani take seriously in not letting children listen to the regalia, that Teela was a child to the Barrani, when she first listened to it, and how they are pretty sure why Teela didn't change like the other 11 children-though the Barrani talk about the 12 lost children, Teela wasn't lost, and that made Kaylin understandably upset. Because Teela was her friend, and she was there, not lost. Yep.

I wonder about the brothers, they seemed to have disappeared, I loved how Kaylin named one, and then in Sorrow, for a different Hall-something, I think Alonais, she was thinking of naming that Hall's brother something, too, which was funny!

Almost half of Sorrow, was rescuing the Consort. First from the 3 nightmares that she absorbed, and the choosing of the words (she picked 2) the city, the statues, using her forehead on the ward, and the door going up in flames, and yeah, freeing the Consort. To the second time, where the dreams kidnapped her, and Kaylin and Teela end up in the Hall-, but then Teela absorbed a unknown amount of nightmares, and leaving Teela with the water, and then taking the Consort back...yeah.

Loved what we learned about her small dragon/familiar, and how she named him by telling him a story about what he meant to her, and yeah, I hope we get to see more interaction beyond ear biting in Flame! Because he is just so cute!!!

Just 2 wonderful, great, amazing books! I really can't wait for Cast in Flame, I hope it goes up on NetGalley soon!!!

Author: Michelle Sagara
Series: Chronicles of Elantra #8, 9
First Read: August 31st, 31st, 2013
Read: April 13th, 14th, 2014
Source: Own, Tuebl
Reason Why: Rereading! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Books!
Publisher: Luna
Published: September 25th 2012, August 27th 2013

Cast in Peril:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Cast in Sorrow:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars