Waiting on Wednesday #12 – Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

 

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

I cannot WAIT to read Sweet Reckoning! This is the third and final book in the Sweet Series and I’m really excited to see where Higgins takes us.

Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy, #3)

Genre: YA Paranormal

Release Date: April 29th 2014

Blurb:

It’s time. 

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.

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What are you waiting on?

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Valentine’s Day Announcement & Giveaway from Author Danielle Sibarium

Today I have a very special Valentine’s Day announcement from author Danielle Sibarium!

“First, I would like to thank you for allowing me to announce my special message on your blog. I am so honored to be here today. I understand your blog is a reflection of you and so I thank you for giving me this opportunity. Next, I’d like to thank every reader that has ever picked up one of my books and given them a chance. And finally I’d like to thank all of my fans that have felt compelled to reach out to me. I have appreciated all of your letters, messages, and support, whether it came in an email, or just a short and sweet tweet.

When I began this journey, I had no expectations. I had dreams and hopes and wishes, but to say I expected For Always to take on a life of its own would not be true. Since its release in October of 2011, many people have contacted me asking me if I planned to write a sequel. I thought Stephanie and Jordan’s story had been completed, but for many of you, it wasn’t enough. So because you asked, because you told me in no uncertain terms you wanted it, I am working on And Forever, the sequel to For Always. And Forever picks up where For Always ended. While Stephanie and Jordan are finally a couple, they still carry the same baggage they had before. Can their love survive the ghosts of their past and the challenges of the future?

I hope you are excited about this as I am. I expect And Forever to be released in July 2014. Until then, look for teasers on Facebook and Twitter. And before I go, I leave you with this, the having him try to convince me otherwise promised to be amazing. Happy reading!”

Excerpt from And Forever‘s Prologue:

 

The scent of death lingered nearby. Always. Only I didn’t attract it, I repelled it, like a deflector shield. This was my lot in life, to extend the days of those I loved. That theory came from Jordan; the keeper of my heart, and the love of my life!

I sighed. I didn’t realize I did it until Jordan apologized. Again.

“I’m sorry Steph, I don’t want to be distracted.”

“I know. I understand. Promise.”

He misunderstood. It was a contented sigh. One that said I was thrilled my boyfriend was driving me to school. The sigh was a sign of how surreal sitting next to Jordan and knowing that he loved me was. How I couldn’t believe in a matter of hours he’d be leaving me alone on the college campus, and I intended to savor each minute with him. The sigh was the only chance I had of getting any of those sentiments across because he didn’t want me to talk while he was driving. I knew just being in the car together was challenging for him.
Jordan still suffered the after effects of a terrible car accident that left his ex-girlfriend dead. Of course he was breaking up with her at the time because he loved me, and I pushed him into making a choice between us. When he served as my unexpected prom date, I made him admit his feelings. That’s what led to his break-up with Madison, leaving him in a swamp of guilt induced quick sand when she died. But we worked through all that.

I hoped.

I didn’t bother saying anything further to try and reassure him I wasn’t upset. I’d already been warned he couldn’t concentrate on the road and to keep the radio down. The problem was he wanted it down so low I couldn’t hear the music. I glanced at his hands on the steering wheel, his knuckles were white. He held on so tight I expected his fingers to cramp up. I hated that this was so hard for him. I wished I knew how to make it better, but the only thing I could do was stand beside him and hope in time he’d heal.
I turned to my window, watching the never ending expanse of trees zoom by. I wished for a brief moment I’d gone in the other car with my mother and her new, at least new to me, boyfriend Eddie. I’d been clueless about Eddie, but after her health scare last week, she came clean. She wanted to see him and had been ordered to take a few days off of work. Work is where they’d rendezvous during lunch. She’d been frightened when they first told her it looked like a heart attack and realized it was silly to keep him hidden away. No way I wanted to hear what cheesy, weird things they might be talking about. I mean it was my mom, gross. Still, I was happy for her. My father died a decade ago and as far as I knew she’d never dated before.
I chose to ride with Jordan, because even in the deafening silence, and the tension he carried on his shoulders every time we got in a car together, there was nowhere else I’d rather be. From the first moment he spoke to me, he owned my heart. It was branded with his name. I’d tried for four years to move on, to forget him, but that wasn’t an option for me. No one could hold a candle to him.

“Hey,” He pulled my attention back to the here and now. “You know I love you right?”

I smiled. Of course he knew that would make me smile, that’s why he said it. It felt like that’s all I’d done over the last week since he found me crying on the beach. I’ll never forget the wave of relief that washed over me when I found out he’d been spared from a terrible plane crash. He never made it on the plane because I called him at the last minute in an attempt to get him to stay. Thank goodness I did. I didn’t know where he was going or why, but Maria warned me that he was leaving, and it might be forever.

I always believed myself to be the root cause of the bad things that happen to people around me, Jordan thought I was what kept them hanging on. I didn’t believe him, at least not yet. But having him try to convince me otherwise promised to be amazing.

 

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The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead – Review

Release Date: November 19th, 2013
Summary from Goodreads:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives.In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

Review:

After the ending of The Indigo Spell I was crazy with excitement to get my hands on The Fiery Heart. I love Richelle Mead and I love this series. Adrian is my ultimate, all-time favorite book boyfriend. However, I sadly did not love The Fiery Heart. I liked it, don’t get me wrong, but it just lacked something for me. I wasn’t even sure I was going to write this review because it pains me that I didn’t like this book as much as a lot of other people.

The things I did love made up a lot for my biggest issue of all. So let’s get that out of the way. I felt the plot was pretty slow. Generally, the beginning of any Mead book starts off at a nice, slow pace. We get a little recap of books prior to refresh our memories and then things tend to pick up. I honestly didn’t feel like this book ever picked up. There was so much going on that at times I was a little confused as to where the story was going, and not in a good way. There was a really great ending but it didn’t make up for the 80% that had very little action.

As for the parts I loved. Thank the heavens I did not have to wait 6 books for these two to get together like with Rose and Dimitri. I loved the dating aspect of Sydney and Adrian’s relationship. It was fun and cute and I love that the entire series didn’t revolve around them pining after but never giving in to their attraction towards each other. I loved the sweet and tender moments between them and it definitely (as if he wasn’t already) cemented Adrian into my heart forever.

As for Sydney, I really feel like she’s growing into a really strong and formidable character. At the beginning of Bloodlines I was really unsure of her. She honestly seemed a little lackluster and I wasn’t sure she’d ever break out of her prim and proper mold. I’m really glad she did. There’s nothing wrong with having morals and beliefs but when it causes someone to be blinded by reality it’s kind of annoying. Between The Indigo Spell and The Fiery Heart I have decided that Sydney is definitely becoming a character I love.

I was glad that we finally got to see a little more of the characters from Vampire Academy. Even though it was only a few short scenes, it’s nice to know that the old gang is making some appearances. It’s weird to see them through the eyes of another character but it’s interesting, nonetheless.

This is also the first time that Mead has written from the POV of a Moroi. In Vampire Academy we did get to see into Lissa’s head but it was never truly her story. In The Fiery Heart we get to see life from Adrian’s eyes. Adrian is a character that has always fascinated me. He is truly full of both the light and the dark. Although we’ve gotten snippets of the manic side of Adrian, seeing what truly goes on beyond his flippant nature was enlightening. With Rose, we always saw what Spirit Magic did to the mind of the Shadow Kissed but with Adrian we get to see the mind of the Spirit User.

All the drama in The Fiery Heart did add for some serious entertainment value. And all I have to say is if I were Sydney, I would disown my youngest sibling and my father. They are some seriously annoying and patronizing individuals. I know it’s not that easy to cut-off a parent or sibling but for real, Sydney, chop these relationships down!

Overall, I liked The Fiery Heart. It had its moments of greatness, I just wish there was a little more action. This may seem silly since I said a lot is going on but for me there was just a little something missing. However, the introduction of Sydney to Ms. Terwillinger’s Coven, Trey, Marcus, Malachi, and the tattoos, Adrian’s lack of magic use, and Sydney’s efforts of keeping Zoey in the dark about her relationship with Adrian, there’s enough to keep the reader busy. I will always love Mead’s way of story-telling and her ability to multi-task multiple character storylines at once. After the major cliff-hanger at the end of The Fiery Heart, I’m positive the next book will pick up it up a few notches.

Mythology (Mythology #1) by Helen Boswell – Review

Release Date: 7/27/12
Summary from Goodreads:

Hope Gentry doesn’t believe in Fate. Born with an unusual power to see the dark memories of those around her, Hope just wants to be a normal teenager. But on the first day of her senior year of high school, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to a transfer student named Micah Condie. At first glance, Micah seems like a boy that most girls would dream about. But when Hope’s powers allow her to discover Micah’s darkest secret, she quickly becomes entangled in the lives of mythical entities she never dreamed existed. Was this her destiny all along? And will her powers help her survive the evil of the Demon Impiorum?Mythology isn’t just for English class anymore.

Review:
*I received and eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mythology was one of the best YA paranormal books I’ve read in a long time. It truly breaks the mold many YA novels fall neatly into. Hope and Micah are not your normal teens. Hope has the unique gift to see people’s worst memories whether she wants to or not. Micah, kind and gentle, is destined to become everything he is not. As if high school isn’t stressful enough, Hope and Micah are forced to deal with much more than dances, first kisses, and awkward first dates. Instead they must face the overwhelming truth that they are part of a world filled with two ancient races destined to fight one another. But not everything or everyone is what they seem on the surface and with the help of their mentor, Jonathan, Micah and Hope must fight for their survival and their love.
I loved every single character in this book. I even loved the characters I was supposed to hate. Each individual character had their own unique voice and it was refreshing to see such three-dimensional personalities. Hope was a YA heroine I could honestly applaud. She was smart and able and not once did I feel that she was the damsel in distress that always needed to be saved. There were times she did really rash and somewhat stupid things but it was always for the common good (or at least what she believed was the common good). She not only strived to protect Micah but all the people she loved. I am more than excited to see what is in store for Hope in Mythology: The Wicked after the ending of Mythology.

Now, I love me some bad boys. I am not going to lie about that little fact but to be honest; I also loved the sweet and gentle boys as well. Micah is so kind and good-hearted. It was a pleasant surprise to see a YA MC who was generally a nice guy and got the girl. I think it’s great for young adults to see that there are nice guys out there and that these guys are worth the time, as well. Micah isn’t without his flaws but he’s a symbol of our ability to be something more than we believe we are destined to be. He’s a symbol of hope that despite our flaws we can be good.

Two of my favorite minor characters are Davis and Jonathan. Both provide support and love to our MC’s but also at times, comedic relief. It’s nice to see a brother-sister dynamic that is full of love and easy banter rather than rivalry and disdain. I could also relate with Hope’s relationship with her more adult brother since I have a similar dynamic with my own brother. As for Jonathan, he was fantastic. His role was a bit Giles-esque (Buffy reference for those of you who haven’t seen it), fitting into a mentor role with ease and grace. He was also hilarious with his less-than-modern speech patterns and disdain for technology.

The actual plot of Mythology had me glued to the pages from the very beginning. The story initiated and ended with action. However, the action wasn’t overdone and all was necessary to make one cohesive story. I was never bored and I found myself itching to pick it back up again when I was forced to deal with the real world, the horror! Helen Boswell writes a smart story, full of a range of emotion and depth. I cannot wait to start reading the second installment in the Mythology series! I highly recommend this book to YA PNR lovers.

Teaser Tuesday #16 – Mythology (Mythology #1) by Helen Boswell

Release Date: 7/27/12
Summary from Goodreads:

Hope Gentry doesn’t believe in Fate. Born with an unusual power to see the dark memories of those around her, Hope just wants to be a normal teenager. But on the first day of her senior year of high school, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to a transfer student named Micah Condie. At first glance, Micah seems like a boy that most girls would dream about. But when Hope’s powers allow her to discover Micah’s darkest secret, she quickly becomes entangled in the lives of mythical entities she never dreamed existed. Was this her destiny all along? And will her powers help her survive the evil of the Demon Impiorum?Mythology isn’t just for English class anymore.

Teaser Tuesdays 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!

My Teasers:

“‘Seriously?’ I realize that yes, he’s perfectly serious. My smile widens. ‘A demon who doesn’t approve of casual swearing. Well, shit.'”

and

“‘I’ve known Hope since she was running around in stinky diapers. She’s been turning down my offers of marriage for  years.’

‘I’m seventeen, Ken,’ I say with a shake of my head. ‘ And last time I checked, we don’t live in the Bible Belt.'”

Shadow of the Sun (Legend of the Dreamer #2) by David James Cover Reveal and Giveaway

David James is one of my favorite authors. He writes some of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. Today I am excited and honored to help reveal the cover to the second book in his Legend of the Dreamer Series, Shadow of the Sun! I hope you love it as much as I do!

This is the end.
And this time, no heart is safe.
A stunning read for fans of Laini Taylor’s Days of Blood & Starlight and Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys, Shadow of the Sun is the lyrical sequel to Light of the Moon and the epic conclusion to the Legend of the Dreamer series that will enrapture you.
“Destined for love, Calum and Kate will do anything to be together. With Kate trapped by a curse in Ashfall, Calum must find a way to save her before she is lost to dark magic. Before she is lost to him and the truth of their love is gone forever. Even if it means sacrificing himself, Calum will choose to keep Kate safe.
A Warrior for the Order, Zack prides himself on being stoic and strong. As a Warrior, he never cries and never hurts. He does not love. But underneath Zack’s Warrior heart, love beats true. And when he finds someone who will finally catch him, Zack finds himself choosing to fall even if true love kills him.
Though the heart never lies, everyone has a little darkness in them, and soon shadows begin to rise against the light. As deadly magic consumes their world, love may not be enough to save them all. Because even though sometimes being brave just means falling in love, one choice can destroy everything. This time, no heart is safe.”

The end begins on 1.28.14.
 
Add it to your Goodreads shelf now!
Start at the beginning and get Light of the Moon, the first book in this epic series, today!
Check out The Witch’s Curse, the stunning and romantic novella that reveals Kate’s history.
Zack is fearless, but he wasn’t always. Read The Warrior’s Code and learn more about his past.
All two novellas, The Witch’s Curse and The Warrior’s Code, are included in the Shades of the Stars anthology, along with an exclusive short story about the fire enchanter Lily. This enchanting anthology also features essays, playlists, deleted scenes, and an author interview.
David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, Light of the Moon, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer duet, as well as the companion novellas, The Witch’s Curse and The Warrior’s Code. A Legend of the Dreamer anthology, Shades of the Stars, was released July 2013, and includes the exclusive novella, The Enchanter’s Fire. The final book in the duet, Shadow of the Sun, will be released in January of 2014. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. David enjoys bad movies, goofy moments, and shivery nights.
Be brave. 
 
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Mead-Vember: Teaser Tuesday #15 – The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead

Technically I read this earlier in the year, so if you’d like to see my review check it out here. I’m doing a re-read in honor of The Fiery Heart releasing next week!

Cover:

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Blurb:

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.

Teaser Tuesdays 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!

My Teasers:

“You’re not as much of a lost cause as she was. I mean, with her, I had to overcome her deep, epic love with a Russian warlord. You and I just have to overcome hundredsd of years’ worth of deeply ingrained prejudice and taboo between our races. Easy.”

and

“Adrian shook his head, still smiling. ‘I’ve said over and over, I’d do anything for you. I just keep hoping it’ll be something like, ‘Adrian let’s go hot tubbing’ or ‘Adrian, take me out for fondue.'”

Link to Goodreads