Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.

This week, I'm featuring:
Of Darkness and Crowns

The moon goddess has taken up residency within Prince Caben, darkening his mind and soul. Now he hunts the very women he sacrificed his life to save, his conflicting desires for love and power raging a battle within him. Kaliope possesses the key to setting Bale free, and Caben will stop at nothing to see his goddess restored. Even if that means destroying the kingdom he’s sworn to protect, and the infuriating woman who torments his thoughts.

Kaliope, now the leader to the newly formed Nactue Guard, has vowed to save Caben. But with a traitor lurking among her people, and powers she’s unable to fully control, Kaliope’s mission becomes shrouded with doubt. Her new role as watcher over Caben’s kingdom brings a burden she’s unable to bear alone, and appointing the right person in charge of the prince’s affairs has turned a kingdom against the Nactue leader. Saving her stubborn, willful prince from the darkness overtaking him will be the battle of her life, and she needs people she can trust by her side. But bad blood between members of the Nactue obscure Kaliope’s journey, while her feelings for Caben cloud her judgment.

When the time comes to do what she must to destroy the goddess of chaos, will she be able to if it means losing Caben forever?

Book two of the Goddess Wars is told in dual point of view from Kaliope and Caben. New Adult Dark Fantasy, intended for readers 17 years of age and older.

Releases: September 1st 2013 by Trisha Wolfe

What are you waiting on?

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review: Twinmaker by Sean Williams

Twinmaker (Twinmaker, #1)
Twinmaker (Twinmaker #1) by Sean Williams
High-stakes action combines with issues of friendship and body image in this timely and thought-provoking exploration of the intersection of technology and identity.
You can be Improved....
In a near-future world in which technology can transport you anywhere instantly, can a coded note enable you to change your body—to become taller, stronger, more beautiful? Clair is pretty sure the offer is too good to be true. But her best friend, Libby, is determined to give it a try, longing for a new, improved version of herself.
What starts as Libby’s dream turns into Clair’s nightmare when Libby falls foul of a deadly trap. With the help of Jesse, the school freak, and a mysterious—but powerful—stranger called Q, Clair’s attempt to protect Libby leads her to an unimagined world of conspiracies and cover-ups. Soon her own life is at risk, and Clair is chased across the world in a desperate race against time.
Action and danger fuel Sean Williams’ tale of technology, identity, and the lengths to which one girl will go to save her best friend.
Publishes in US: November 5th 2013 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: Scifi
Source: HarperTeen for review
Series? Yes.  No info on book 2 though

Buy it: Amazon Barnes & Noble IndieBound Book Depository

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   Twinmaker is a high action science fiction that kept me guessing. 
    I was pretty confused at the beginning, but the mystery sucked me in despite not really understanding the technology and terminology. I figured it out pretty much as I went along, I just didn't get what exactly led society to these measures, and while there seemed to be science behind most of it, I didn't really get the hows and whys. Never the less, I still enjoyed and I liked the characters, and wanted to know what would happen to them. 
    Clair was easy to like, she was concerned about others, and really wanted things to change in a positive way. She of course, got herself into a lot of situations, but I appreciated how she responded with courage, but also with humanity. She kept others, feelings, and morals in her head, but still did what she had to do to help her friend. 
    The twists in this one were good, and a few of the things even with the build up took me completely by surprise. The secondary characters also made this one stand out for me. I really liked Jesse, the "freak" mentioned in the synopsis, and Q was absolutely amazing. She was a source of strength and friendship that I never saw coming. 
    One aspect that I didn't like was the cheating and betrayal. But then again, it was handled in a way that I could respect. Things happened in the heat of the moment, and it wasn't kept hidden. I just didn't really understand where the feelings where coming from, and why they had to be there. Couldn't it have still been the same story without the mentioned love interest belonging to another person at the beginning? I dunno. But I guess that it was a source of character development and she really showed remorse with it, and it never sat right with her, the feelings in the first place, so that makes a difference too. 
    I was surprised at some of the philosophical questions that were raised from some of the things going on in society and the reasons behind some of the resistance to using it. Most had powerful reasons not to and had been hurt or lost people that led them in their distrust and breaking away from the new norm of society. It was neat though how it took different forms, and how some of the groups banned together for the good cause. 
    The ending wrapped some things up and then with the others it just left me hanging. It was long and I can understand why that was the stopping point, but still. 

Bottom Line: Fast paced, and action filled.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you think that making improvements on yourself would be okay in a scifi society?
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Review: The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski

The Edge of Always (The Edge of Never, #2)
The Edge of Always (The Edge of Never #2) by J.A. Redmerski
He was taking the long road. She was taking the road to nowhere. It just so happened that they led to the same place…
When everything falls apart, love remains . . .
Camryn Bennett has never been happier. Five months after meeting on a Greyhound bus, she and her soul mate Andrew Parrish are engaged—and a wedding isn’t the only special event in their future. Nervous but excited, Camryn can’t wait to begin the rest of her life with Andrew – a man she knows in her heart will love her always. They have so much to look forward to—until tragedy blindsides them.
Andrew doesn’t understand how this could happen to them. He’s trying to move on, and thought Camryn was doing the same. But when Andrew discovers Camryn is secretly harboring a mountain of pain and attempting to numb it in damaging ways, there is nothing he won’t do to bring her back to life. Determined to prove that their love can survive anything, Andrew decides to take Camryn on a new journey filled with hope and passion. If only he can convince her to come along for the ride…


Publishes in US: November 5th 2013 by Forever Romance
Genre: NA Contemp
Source: Netgalley
Series? Yes.  2nd in the Edge of Never series

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        Oh wow, was this an emotional read. I couldn't wait to get back into Camryn and Andrew's heads, but I should have known that things wouldn't be easy for them, otherwise, why have a book right? Then they could have just sailed happily in the sunset, and even though of course, I want that for them, that has to be at the end of the book or series. 
        I really related with Camryn in this one though. The depression and not feeling thing, how she felt like someone was following her around turning a light switch on and off, and putting on the happy and then being drug down. Wow, I mean I feel like that is my life. And I haven't even faced what she did, but it just felt so real and desperate and hopeless at times, which is hard core realistic. 
        Andrew is so caring and amazing in this one again. And the chemistry and sexual tension between them is amazing to read. 
        The only complaint I really have is the flow. A lot of time is skipped, and it is kind of abrupt, but I understand the reasoning, and with the time frame covered in this one, it is really the only way it could be done. Well, that and maybe she could have written in just a *few* more hot and steamy scenes ;)
        Both of the characters came so far in their personal growth as well as figuring things out for themselves as a couple and family. 
        The ending was amazingly perfect, and I can still keep playing with the characters in my head, but they got the ending that I so wanted and hoped for them even though I knew that they had to fight and go through so much hardship to get there. 

    Bottom Line: Emotional ending for characters I love.

    My question to you, my lovely readers:
    Have you ever hidden pain from others?
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    Sunday, October 27, 2013

    Giveaway and Guest Post: Vampire's Fury by Rachel Carrington

    Vampire's Fury
    Vampire's Fury by Rachel Carrington

    Dear Sixteen-Year-Old Self,
    You’re only sixteen now, and it seems like time is going by so slowly. You wish it would hurry up so you can be out on your own, living life the way you want. I remember the feeling all too well, and as I look back now on the you I used to be, I want to share a few things with you. You’ll learn them eventually, but maybe knowing them in advance will prepare you for what lies ahead.
    1.       You’re nursing a heartache now, and as difficult as it is to say, you will get your heart broken again. And again. But it’s an amazing organ. It’s resilient, and so are you.
    2.       Don’t waste time on people who clearly don’t want you in their lives. Before you know it, you’ll have spent twenty years trying to convince them they love you when, in the end, there’s no evidence of it.
    3.       Don’t wait until your late twenties to get serious about writing. You already love it so start focusing now.
    4.       Don’t get engaged at twenty-one to the first guy who tells you you’re beautiful. He’s not your knight in shining armor. No man is. Learn to love yourself so you don’t have to rely on others to convince you that you’re worthy of love.
    5.       Forgive those people who have harmed you and don’t spend the next twenty-five years trying to change them. It won’t work, and you can use the effort on something much more productive…like your next book.
    6.       Sometimes you need help in life. Don’t be so independent that you refuse to ask for it.
    7.       You’ll make some pretty big mistakes over the next fifteen years or so. Be ready to forgive yourself. Those mistakes will make you a stronger person.
    8.       Know that whatever lies ahead, you are strong enough to handle it.
    Life isn’t easy, but it’s worth living every day. So reach for those dreams. Plan for the day when you will wrap your hand around the brass ring.
    And one thing to remember, bitterness hurts more the vessel in which it’s stored than where it’s poured. If you can learn that now, your twenties will be a lot easier. Trust me on this one. I’ve been there.
    Love, Me

    About Rachel

    I started writing years ago, and my first attempt was a contemporary romance that will never see the light of day. I think I may even have thrown it away by now. It was absolutely horrific as I knew nothing about well…anything to do with writing.
    After that, I started writing fantasy romances about wizards and wizards, and once those took off, I segued to paranormal romances (hello, vampires and ghosts) and romantic suspense. I also write articles for various magazines, including The Writer’s Journal, Writer’s Magazine, Writer’s Weekly, Writing for Dollars, Absolute Write, and Funds for Writers.
    I’m fortunate to make my home in historical Charleston, South Carolina. Beautiful city. Beautiful people. When I’m not writing, I love to read, create videos, keep Target in business, play visitor in my city, and drink lots of coffee.
    If you want to learn more about my books, you can find them all here at my website
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    Friday, October 25, 2013

    Review: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

    The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #2)
    The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
    In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice.
    After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again.
    But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all


    Publishes in US: October 29th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
    Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
    Source: Harlequin
    Series? Yes.
    The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)
    my review HERE
    Untitled (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #3)
    Expected publication: 2014 by Harlequin Teen

    Buy it: Book Depository AMAZON US | AMAZON CA Barnes & Noble.

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        Hallelujah. How about a trifecta? 1. An Amazing sequel 2. She actually reminded me the highlight from the first book so I am not stumbling around lost for 1/3 of the book until I remember 3. Holy wow. Characters, romance and action. So a triple trifecta? Anyways, I just wanted to use that word because its awesome just like this book. 
        I loved being in Ethan's head, and he was the same awesome hero that I remembered from the first book, except he is breaking down some of his walls and letting in Kenzie. Who, by the way, is still fiesty and a girl that I love to read about. 
         Julie Kagawa has this way with words, she is a remarkable storyteller, and she makes me delve into her world, her characters until I am flipping pages way past my bedtime and can't keep my eyes open, but I still want to read just a little more, than even more. 
        And of course, I just love being reminded of Ash, so I mean, if he is in it, or even mentioned, then that is something else big going in its favor for me. Because I love me some Ethan, but yum... Ash.  Yeah... Um. Moving on. 
        But really, speaking of old characters, we get a peek at quite a few of them, and it is always fun when they pop in. You know you are in trouble, and need help, and so it comes. But I love the interconnectedness of it all. 
        Kierran reminds me so much of Ash, but he has his own personality quirks and Kagawa crafts him to mirror the best and strongest traits of both of his parents without it feeling like a book series on repeat. We get Ethan's unique perspective and their blossoming friendship, trust and family bonds. 
        The politics and actions both in this book and other books are really coming to a head, and the suspense and tension in the air is palpable in dealing with the courts. There is the delicious rivalry, but also driving need for the Fae to continue to exist, which I sense will require even more inter-court cooperation. 
        The ending really picks up on the action and I couldn't look away from the dangerous situations they got themselves into for the people they love. We also see a lot of emotional struggling, figuring how far is too far to go to save the person you love, or to help your friends and family. We see a lot of darkness, but it is hard because it is all from a really good place in their hearts with their motives. 
        And holy cliffhanger. Yeah. Be prepared. It sucks, and will  continue to do so until book 3 is in our hands. 
    Bottom Line: Romance, action, suspense and sacrifice!

    My question to you, my lovely readers:
    Would you chose to see a hidden world full of danger but also of power and love?
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    Waterfell Blog Tour

    Waterfell (The Aquarathi, #1)
    Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright—the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon—until her father's betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa's upcoming birthday—the day she comes of age.
    Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa's mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?
    interview with Blkosiner's Book Blog
    --The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.

    An alien ocean princess must decide whether to fight for her undersea throne or abandon her people and hide in the human world forever.

--How did you get the idea for the story?

    I was at a writing retreat with my critique partners, and one of the opening scenes between Nerissa and Lo just popped into my head. I remember writing the dialogue and grinning to myself—I love when that happens, when an idea becomes kinetic and takes on a life of its own. I loved the dynamic between the two characters and even though I’d been playing around with an ocean-themed novel for a while, I wanted it to be something different and not what you’d expect. That led to the birth of the Aquarathi, which I hope will take people by surprise. Most of my novels are character-driven so it’s no surprise that this one was, too.

    --Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?

    I’d love to have dinner with Ehmora. Even though she’s the big bad, I think there’s a piece of her that just wants to protect her people from humans, no matter the cost. She’s powerful and she’s very intelligent. I’d like to get inside of her mind for ten minutes (and come out alive).

    --Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?

    I do!I have two novels coming out in the next few months. THE ALMOST GIRL will be out from Strange Chemistry on January 7th 2014. It’s about a girl from a parallel dimension. ALPHA GODDESS will be out from Sky Pony Press on March 4th 2014.That one is based on East Indian mythology and is about a reincarnated Indian goddess. Lastly, the sequel for WATERFELL will be out next August, which I’m very excited about!

    --What book(s) is your book’s “cousin”? (Similar kind of read, set-up or style)

    For WATERFELL, I would probably have to say The Iron Queen style-wise. Julie Kagawa is an author whose novels are so compelling because of her detailed world-building and multi-layered characters. I’d like to think that my books are like that – leaning toward being more complex and less formulaic, with relationships that make you think or don’t fit the norm.

    --If a fairy godmother told you could be put into the world of your favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?

    I would pick Harry Potter, hands down. Rowling’s world is so richly imagined that just being in it for twenty-four hours would be an experience to savor. And of course, there’s all the butterbeer, and who could say no to that?

    --Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?

    Yes, I create a playlist for every book that I write. I usually pick out the songs beforehand when I have a budding idea for a story, but it’s a work in progress as the story progresses. The theme song that I had on repeat for WATERFELL was Lights by Ellie Goulding.

    --Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?

    Free time? What’s that and where can I get some? With three very active children nine and under, any free time at my disposal tends to get swallowed up by various sport and extra-curricular activities. That said, if I manage to find a sliver time to myself, I enjoy reading, watching movies and spending time (unrelated to chauffeuring) with my family.

    --What is one thing you would tell your 15 year old self?

    Don’t listen to the bullies, both the outside ones and the inside ones. Stop feeling like no one will ever look at you, past your braces and big nose. You’ll get rid of the braces and your nose will fit your face. In the future, smart is the new beautiful, and trust me, you have a brilliant future waiting for you.

    --Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?

    Honestly, just a heartfelt thank-you for buying not just my books, but books in general, and for spreading the word and all the book love. Thanks for being such amazing fans and supporters! I wouldn’t be here without you.


    Biography of Amalie Howard

    A rising star among young adult writers, Amalie Howard developed a loyal following after releasing her debut book, “Bloodspell,” in 2011. Now, she is returning with five new books that are sure to excite her devoted fans and catch the attention of new readers.

    A bookworm from the beginning, Howard grew up on a small island in the Caribbean with her nose buried in books. When she was just 13 years old, her poem “The Candle” was published in a University of Warwick journal, marking a sign of great things to come. Howard immersed herself into other cultures, globetrotting through 22 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. After moving to the United States, she earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and French from Colby College in Maine. She also holds a certificate in French literature from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France. Traveling around the world, Howard has lent talents as a research assistant, marketing representative, freelance writer, teen speaker, blogger and global sales executive.

    Howard is a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society award, an international youth writing competition. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

    Howard’s first book, “Bloodspell” (June 2011, Langdon Street Press) earned rave reviews and was named a Seventeen Magazine Summer Beach Read. Readers will hear more from Howard as she releases a pair of two-book series, “Waterfell” (November 2013, Harlequin TEEN) and “The Almost Girl” (January 2014, Strange Chemistry), as well as “Alpha Goddess” (March 2014, Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press) over the next two years.

    Howard lives in New York with her husband, three children and one willful feline that she is convinced may have been a witch’s cat in a past life.
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    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    Review: Treecat Wars by Weber

    Treecat Wars (Honorverse: Stephanie Harrington, #3)
     Treecat Wars (Honorverse: Stephanie Harrington #3)
    New York Times and Publishers Weekly Best Selling Young Adult Series. Book Three by international writing phenomenon David Weber. Two young settlers on a pioneer planet seeks to stop a war and to save the intelligent alien treecats from exploitation by unscrupulous humans.
    The fires are out, but the trouble’s just beginning for the treecats
    On pioneer planet Sphinx, ruined lands and the approach of winter force the now Landless Clan to seek new territory. They have one big problem—there’s nowhere to go. Worse, their efforts to find a new home awaken the enmity of the closest treecat clan—a stronger group who’s not giving up a single branch without a fight
    Stephanie Harrington, the treecats’ greatest advocate, is off to Manticore for extensive training—and up to her ears in challenges there. That leaves only Stephanie’s best friends, Jessica and Anders, to save the treecats from themselves. And now a group of xenoanthropologists is once again after the great secret of the treecats—that they are intelligent, empathic telepaths—and their agenda will lead to nothing less that treecat exploitation.
    Finally, Jessica and Anders face problems of their own, including their growing attraction to one another. It is an attraction that seems a betrayal of Stephanie Harrington, the best friend either of them have ever had.

    Publishes in US: Published October 1st 2013 by Baen
    Genre: Adult scifi
    Source: netgalley
    Series? Yes. 3rd

    Treecat Wars is the third book following the exploits of Stephanie Harrington, her treecat Lionheart, and a crew consisting of her family, friends, and other treecats. Throughout all of the various series that I’ve read by David Weber, two things always stand out: characters, and world development.
    Weber’s main characters are always highly interesting, and highly likeable.  Their personalities are very clearly developed, and show through regardless of whether the characters are in the midst of something good, or struggling for their very lives. Stephanie Harrington is no exception to this trend. Stephanie is smart, focused, funny, and a great deal of fun to follow along. Her direct, no-nonsense approach to dealing with problems and people makes for a lot of entertaining moments.
    Weber’s other triumph of character development is the treecat. Whether they’re interacting with humans, or among their clans, the treecats are highly developed characters.  In the treecats, Weber manages to combine a stunning level of intelligence, with the playful spirit of a small kitten, and the curiosity of a toddler. I always find myself laughing along with the treecats as they create their typical brand of lighthearted mischief, and holding my breath when the treecat clans are in trouble from people, or from their environment.
    Weber’s other defining characteristic is his world development. He creates very deep, very rich worlds for his characters to live in and interact with. It’s easy to visualize the planet Sphinx, with its vast forests, towering mountains, and deadly predators. He also provides explanations for all of the technology in his futuristic societies, and even though that technology is vastly more advanced than we have in the real world, none of it feels random or tacked on.
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    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    Waiting On Wednesday

    Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.

    This week, I'm featuring:
    Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)
    Releases: February 4th 2014 by HarperCollins

    The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, called "a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love"

    Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she'll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.

    In Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi created a captivating and original story that combined the best of dystopian and paranormal and was praised by Publishers Weekly as "a gripping read from an author who's not afraid to take risks." The sequel, Unravel Me, blew readers away with heart-racing twists and turns, and New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia said it was "dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense." Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and climactic end.

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    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    Review: A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies

    A Fractured Light (A Beautiful Dark, #2)
    A Fractured Light (A Beautiful Dark #2) by Jocelyn Davies
    When she wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, Skye knows something terrible has happened to her. It's not until she hears Asher, the dark, rebellious angel she fell in love with, that the memories come flooding back. She tries to put the past behind her, but she knows she'll be forever haunted by the ruthless betrayal that almost took her life.
    Skye returns home, but with the knowledge of who she really is, nothing can ever be the same. As she tests the limits of her newfound powers, Skye discovers that she's capable of far more than anyone could have imagined. Both the Order and the Rebellion want her for their side as war between the factions looms. She can't forget the terrifying truth she now knows about the Order, but something holds her back from embracing the Rebellion.
    Publishes in US: September 25th 2012 by HarperTeen
    Genre: YA Paranormal
    Source: Library
    Series? Yes.
    A Radiant Sky (A Beautiful Dark, #3)
    Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by HarperTeen
    Buy it:
    Barnes and Noble
    Indie Bound

    Facebook: Jocelyn Davies
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    Twitter: @jocelyndavies

        This picks up right after the other ended, and while it has only been a short time, I had already forgotten some details, but it gets you right back to speed. 
        There is a lot of tension in this one as Skye comes back home, with her aunt because she suddenly disappeared, at Devin because he tried to kill her, with herself at all of the guardians around and the fact that she is still out of control more than she wants to be. 
        But Skye is getting more control, becoming more confident even through the confusion and tension with others. I admired her for that. 
        Her relationship with Asher is still fun to read about. We get to see a slightly darker and deeper side of him in this one that I totally appreciated. And then his lighter, joking side also came back out and that kept things from getting too bogged down and completely serious. 
        For the most part this one it is mostly character development and build up of the tension. 
        Luckily I got the next one from Harper to review so keep your eyes peel over next few days for it. 

    Bottom Line: Good second book.

    My question to you, my lovely readers:
    Could you forgive someone who tried to kill you?
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