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Review: Indelible (Twixt #1) by Dawn Metcalf

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 384
Publisher: July 30th 2013 by Harlequin Teen (first published July 1st 2013)           
ISBN: 9780373210732
Genre: fantasy
Source: eARC from publisher via Netgalley


Some things are permanent.

Indelible.

And they cannot be changed back.

Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.

Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.

Som…

Review: Awaken (Abandon Trilogy #3) by Meg Cabot

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 343
Publisher: July 2nd 2013 by Point
ISBN: 9780545284127
Genre: mythology
Source: eARC from Netgalley


Death has her in his clutches. She doesn’t want him to let go.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she’d be forced to live forever in the one place she’s always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves.

But now her happiness — and safety — are threatened, all because the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: He revived a human soul.

If the balance between life and death isn’t fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce’s home back on earth will be wiped away. But there’s only one way to restore order. Someone has to die.



Hmm... well. I wasn't really feeling Awaken. I made the mistake of reading Underworld and Awaken within a few days of one another. (I read Abandon and Underworld a few mont…

Cover Reveal for INDULGENCE Books

Indulgence books have a whole new look!

Indulgence brings together classic romance, new and fresh voices, those alpha heroes we all love, and are simply great category romance reads. Indulgence books are short contemporary romances.  They are new, fresh, edgy, light, and whimsical and always have a happily ever after.


Sure, Brazen may be the naughty little sister of Indulgence, but where do you think Brazen learned everything?

A chef and a rock star. They couldn’t be from more different worlds…

Rock star royalty’s favorite son, Jake Olsen, couldn’t help but interfere after listening to his future brother-in-law talk non-stop about his ex-wife, Beth Carlisle. Jake decides that the only way to get the groom’s mind off his ex-wife is to give her a fake fiancĂ©.

Before Jake can convince Beth of his plan, he's forced to move in with her to avoid the paparazzi. Their instant attraction makes for a sizzling "first date", but soon Jake’s fame gets in the way and Beth wants out. T…

Review: The Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 424
Publisher: September 27th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780316134026
Genre: fantasy
Source: My own copy


Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled…

Mintue Review: Underworld (Abandon Trilogy #2) by Meg Cabot

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 336
Publisher: May 8th 2012 by Point
ISBN: 9780545415071
Genre: mythology
Source: my own copy



Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead.

Not this time.

But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.

Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance…on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.

But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there…and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies.

And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape.



This version of Persephone a…

Daughter of Smoke and Bone read-along: finale

The end is a bitter sweet moment. Can you believe how quickly we have moved through book?

This week we are finishing the Daughter of Smoke and Bone.



I've got a confession to make this week. I've been struggling to put into words my thoughts for this book. There is this thing nagging at the back of my brain that I just can't put into words. So this week, you get to help me articulate my inner thoughts. (That's trecherous work, be warned.)


I've been playing around with this theme that kept popping up all over the book: hope. You know it's important when it's in every chapter, right? I think it's no surprise that Karou's name would end up meaning hope. But the real question is why? Why is it important? Why Karou and not Akiva or Brimstone? Why is hope so necessary in this book?

So there is your challenge! Find the 'why'.




Happy reading!

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