Sunday, September 30, 2012

Pledged (Soul Wars Saga, #1) by Gwynneth White

Reviewed by Tempest.

Blurb:

Everyone has a soul mate. But what do you do when your soul mate would rather give his soul to the demons than be with you?

Seventeen-year-old Erin has a problem. Seth has been hers forever, but now an ancient curse is tearing him away. And the demons who invoked it will stop at nothing – even murder – to claim him as their own.

How can she win against a curse so binding that it has damned countless others to this same fate – an eternity alone?

The answer lies in the past. To find it, Erin and Seth must risk all, travelling back in time to a dangerous world where love is forbidden, and life – and death – hang on a pledge.

Follow Erin and Seth as they travel to ancient Shenaya and confront the curse that has plagued their families for millennia. Caught in a war between the Angelic Guardians and the Gefallen, the disembodied dead, they must fight to keep their souls in tact and their love untainted.

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I received this book from a RI&R on goodreads.com. (I love those things!!!). The thing that initially caught my attention about this book was the unique story line. It was an interesting concept, the idea of soul mates having to choose whether or not they wanted to be with each other or give themselves away to demons. While this idea was expressed within the book, it wasn't really as fleshed out as I expected. For one, the characters didn't have much depth. One moment Erin doesn't believe in anything and the next she's completely convinced that she lived a past life. Yes, the evidence was pretty extensive, but a skeptic would still hesitate a little. She didn't. Seth wasn't very well rounded either. He seemed flat, and often times a little ridiculous. I kept wanting to see something from him, I'm not sure what, but nothing ever happened. He's loyal to his brother and that's it, and while I get that because of what happened in his life, it would seem less far fetched if that was emphasized. I wanted more of why Seth is willing to disbelieve despite the fact he's in the past, and why he's still willing to hand it over to his brother. All of the scenes kind of just jumped around, and all of the information was thrust upon us at once. Another thing was the flash back to the past. It didn't really seem necessary for us to follow around those other characters. It felt almost like a waste of my time, like it deviated from the story. And the pov jumps were frustrating themselves, because it didn't just happen in Erin and Seth's head but other characters like Sophia. She's another character I didn't fully buy in to. That whole scene all I kept thinking was they don't need to repeat each others names ever single time they open their mouths. It's just not necessary. Or believable. It was also strange having them follow her into this house and then have this conversation with her. It didn't really seem relevant, and afterwards they walked out like everything was normal. Some scenes, like the one with the hyena, were really good. I got to see more personality behind both Seth and Erin. I wish there were more scenes that focused on just the two of them, why they're here and how they feel about it. The author tries to give us information on Erin through the character's dialogue, but that just seems awkward and forced. Erin comes off slightly full of herself because of it. She's constantly dropping information about her life at random times, where it doesn't really fit. Instead, I'd like to know more about her by maybe having Seth ask questions. I want to know more about how she is in her head. I feel like certain things needed to be given more attention, while other scenes needed to be cut down. I still love the idea behind this story, but as far as the execution I didn't feel like I got what the blurb promised.  I didn't hate it, and I do really think that there's a great story here. It just needs to be fleshed out more and told in a less disjointed way.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Spellbound (book #6) by Cate Tiernan

Reviewed by Tempest.

Blurb:

Morgan knows that a great battle is to come. More immediately, she senses that someone is out to harm Hunter. Is it a human or a witch?
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I don't know what it is about this series that I'm addicted to. As far as the writing goes, it's not very complex. The voice of the author is easy to read, and the story itself is simple and somewhat predictable. Yet, at the same time, I can't stop reading them. It might have something to do with the main character, Morgan, who over the course of the last six books has become well developed. Like the story, she isn't overly complicated: typical teenager who doesn't know who she is and desperately wants a sense of belonging. Unlike typical teenagers however, she's a witch. I love how she's forced to balance her witch life with her family life, and how the author doesn't turn the dial too high up on the whole, Christians hate witches, bit. Sure, her parents don't approve of her new religion, however they do accept that that's who she is. At least by this book they basically have anyway. Also, Cal isn't such a big player in this book. He returns, sure, but he's not the central focus any longer, which in my opinion is a great thing. Personality aside, Cal wasn't a very well rounded character. He was very two dimensional, and in the first couple books I found myself constantly asking what it was Morgan saw in him. Cal was probably one of the major problems I had with the books in the beginning as well. Because there wasn't much depth to him, it was hard for me to get engaged in what happened to him, despite the fact that the protagonist cared for him so much. Now Hunter on the other hand, him I like. For one there's a lot more to Hunter and his character. From the very start we were given a true sense of him, unlike we were with Cal. Even when Morgan hated his guts I found myself secretly rooting for Hunter because I could actually picture him in my mind. All in all, I think I loved this book because by now, the main characters have all been fleshed out and given actual personalities, ones which I actually care about. That, and the basic story is still there of Morgan having to fight off this big bad evil power. That's always an interesting plus. :)


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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Our First Giveaway!!!

Hey everyone! We wanted to start doing giveaways on our blog and decided it would be easier to just begin by offering up some of Tempest's teen fantasy novels! Enter and you could win THREE ebooks! Where Thy Dark Eye Glances, All That We See or Seem, and Wanderers of the Night are the first two books, as well as a bonus beginning novella, to the Dreamer trilogy, also known as the Three Realm series. We've added in a blurb about the books so you can get a basic idea of them, but for more information click on the icon at the left to go and check out Tempest's private blog. :) This is our first giveaway, more of a test really, so fingers crossed everything runs smoothly. If it turns out to work well, we're going to start planning more giveaways with different authors. Here's the blurb, and don't forget to enter!

Where Thy Dark Eye Glances and All That We See or Seem:


Lily Bryg is a seventeen year old witch. She doesn't always know what that means, or how to control it, but she does know that to most, it paints a pretty little target over her forehead. If that's not bad enough, Ronan an evil king who believes she's his soul mate has been stalking her in her dreams. And what about Larkin, the attractive shape shifter who sparks a strong sense of deja vu within her? He claims they knew each other in her past life, but how could she trust something she can't remember? Dodging witches, demons, faeries, dragons, and much, much more, the Four are just beginning to realize that having power comes with a lot of responsibility. And sacrifice. But one question stands out among the rest, haunting Lily through out the nights and days. Should she fight Ronan and risk everything, or should she give up her freedom to the gorgeous, yet wicked, king in order to possibly save her friends?

Wanderers of the Night:

Seventeen year old witch, Lily Bryg, is about to realize there's more to the three realms then she thought. In the past month she's fallen for a werewolf, met a dragon, and found out her life was depicted in an age old prophecy. Now, she needs to figure out how to get into Sidhe, the realm of the fey, in order to rescue a kidnapped friend, all while trying to win a bet she made with an evil king hell bent on making her his queen. Lily doesn't know if she believes in soul mates, but she's torn between hoping he isn't hers and being eerily drawn to him. With the help of her three best friends, a raven, and a white wolf she needs to put her heart aside and focus on fulfilling the prophecy. Everything she knows about faeries tells her they can't be trusted, but when her own coven starts to break apart she's forced to rely on anyone she can get.

If Lily can't save her kidnapped friends and convince them not to fall under the sway of dark magic, she'll have to willingly go to the evil king Ronan. He's been trying to convince her they belong together for years, and she's starting to fear he might be right. Add in the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Lily's task isn't looking any easier. If that weren't bad enough, it turns out she's just got a penchant for werewolves.

Can Lily over come the three realms, or will she succumb to the wanderers of the night before she ever gets the chance?











Shades of Spring 1964: Letters to my Daughter By M.O Kenyan


Reviewed by Jacey.

Blurb:

Shades of Spring 1964: Letters to my daughterMaxine tries to deal with her mother’s death in her own way. But when she finds old letters revealing her family’s past she finds herself creating a bond with someone else, not knowing how far their history goes.
Taylor is amused and infuriated with Marine, and no matter how hard he tries he can’t stay away from her. Now he finds himself being her main supporter, the only one she can lean on as she travels back to the past. And when the past is resolved they now have to think of their futures, while they concentrate on their present





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When picking this up, I was excited to be possibly delving into some historical fiction. It's something I hadn't done in a while, and I feel like many people need to look to our past in order to preserve the present and future. Even if it's not based on specific events, the feelings, opinions, and morals  within them and around them that help to construct a historical fiction are important reminders of our past. I also think the concept of merging the past and present (in this case, letters from one's grandmother to one's current interracial relationship) can be fascinating and has the potential to strum some heartstrings. 
This piece definitely had that potential, but it falls just short of connecting the past and present in a meaningful way. Maxine and Taylor are 20 year olds who go from hating each other to  having sex, who happen to be black and white. Maxine's grandmother on the other hand has a meaningful, full-fledged affair with Robert, and they are without a doubt in love. These two relationships do not seem to connect the past and present and emotionally have very little in common, except for the fact that both couples are interracial. They do both somewhat succeed at portraying the blurry line between what is lust and love, which I thought was fascinating. However I struggled to be on Maxine side sometimes when she would lash out at Taylor, accusing him of being a "womanizer" for trying to get her to write their report on African American Lit, even though she had suggested the same thing to begin with, and she had been the one to practically break into his apartment and stumble upon him naked (though admittedly, that scene where she kicks in the door accidentally was pretty funny). Really then, there was no wonder things were getting confusing. I thought this book could have been longer, so the author could flesh out the relationship between Maxine and Taylor and the characters themselves. Moments where Maxine could have come out more about her feelings surrounding her mom's death were opted out for sex scene. Though the sex were pretty well done in this, I empathized more with the scenes where Maxine witnessed her mother's departure from this world. Overall, I think the relationship between Maxine and Taylor was rushed and built upon assumptions; even more noticeably, I felt that the flashbacks to the past needed a lot more research. In the first few sentences where it mentions Kristen seeing steam boats in 1964, the only way she's be able to really catch a glimpse of a steam boat at the time would be if she was near a tourist site, as most steam boats stopped being used commonly by the end of the 20th century. Furthermore, I felt that the author had merged the 19th and 20th century together. Some settings appeared to be from the 1800's while others seemed to be from the 20th century. In general, I don't think the letters accurately depicted 1964. Ultimately, I think if this story was lengthened and more research was carried out, I would read it again.        

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Weaver of Darkness by Melissa L. Webb

Reviewed by Tempest.

Blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Liss Taylor wants nothing more than to be normal. All she wants is to graduate high school, go to college, and marry her childhood sweetheart. But she knows normal is something she can never be. The constant nightmares of desolate wastelands and the tattoo she was born with is proof enough; normal is not in her future.

A Darkness is now creeping into her town. A Darkness which is weaving its way into the fears of those around it, causing terror to come alive and death to stalk the night.

Who is the new guy in school? What part does he play in all of this, and why does he seem to awaken a piece of her she never even knew existed?

Now Liss is in a race against time, joined by friends, old and new. It will take her places unknown and show her things she never dreamed possible. Will she be able to rise above the darkness and save those she loves, or will she lose everything, and succumb to the evil known as the Weaver of Darkness?
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Let me start off by saying what I liked about the book. The concept behind it was very interesting, that's why I was interested in reading it to begin with. I was curious to find out about the strange tattoo on her wrist, as well as why Andy died in the prologue. I liked how Webb connected his death, made it important and meaningful, by having Andy visit Liss. However, there were a lot of things I regretfully did not like about this book. For one, the point of view jumped around. One minute we would be in Liss's head and the next we've taken residence in Jeremy's. This would have been fine if we stayed there for a while, but it was only just for a couple sentences or so before we back with Liss. Another thing was the very beginning of the first chapter. Having that many characters introduced at once was confusing and off putting. I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep reading because of how confused I already was. Aside from Rob, Jeremy, and Liss, those other characters don't even seem to need to be there. They could have been introduced later on in the story, which would have made them stick better. When Sarah shows up at Liss's house later on, for instance, I no longer even recalled which one she was because they'd all been thrown at me. Another thing is the way Jeremy and Rob treat her. I get that because he's her boyfriend he's worried about her, but there are times when that over protective streak turns into something a little more intense. I was reminded of that cell phone commercial where the boy is dressed in a cell phone costume and he's constantly calling his girlfriend every four seconds. Liss is at a funeral for a boy who was like a brother to her, and Jeremy actually asks her if she's alright. Really? I understand he's just trying to look out for her, but there is such a thing as being over bearing, and not letting her properly grieve (or feel that she has the right to at least) at a funeral for one of her closest friends is kind of wrong. I want to like Jeremy, and I feel that that's also the authors goal, but it was hard when every four seconds he was practically jumping down Liss's throat with, "are you ok?". Sometimes people aren't going to be ok, and that's fine. It's healthy. I personally had a friend who died a few years ago and no one asked me if I was ok during, because no one was ok. I'm assuming that Jeremy and Rob also knew Andy, so the two of them shouldn't even be ok. I wanted Liss to be a strong character, having to deal with the burden of her nightmares and neglectful parents, but it was hard for her to seem that way because she just kept taking crap from everyone. The scene where she yells at her mom in her room, for instance. I know I'm back tracking here but I just realized I have to say something about that. Her mom literally came home to tell her Andy died, and instead she yells at her and waits to the very end of their conversation. Then, instead of feeling bad about Andy (who supposedly is like a brother) Liss feels guilty for yelling at the mom she keeps saying is a crappy parent. Huh? There's not being surprised (a thought Liss has after finding out about his death) and then there's just being callous. I'll give it to Webb though, her parent's do seem like totally nut jobs. But I would have liked to see more of that. Proof that they were really neglecting her. They seem like smart enough people, for instance, to come up with a better solution then a wrist brace to cover the tattoo. And if Liss hates it so much, she can just take it off. Sounds like her parents are never around anyway, so it's not like they'd notice her without it. We also don't know enough about her dreams from the start. Why does she think they're real? Does she believe they're connected with her tattoo? It just seemed strange that one minute she's crying over how she's a freak because of some birthmark, and the next she's dropping that her nightmares are real. But we don't see that she's ever gotten any proof of that before she sees Andy so...? I did love that bathroom scene though. The details were great and for the first real time in the story I was sitting on the edge of my seat. But, another major thing is when Liss wakes up in the hospital for about a minute just to find every one thinks she's tried to kill herself. The nurse would want to talk to her alone, without her parents there. There would also be others there who needed to talk with her about it, not just a "social worker". Suicide attempts are taken incredibly serious. It doesn't matter that her father is a doctor. People would be there who needed to hear her side of the story. It would have been simple for her to say she tripped and banged into the mirror, after all she'd been given a sedative the night before and was no doubt disoriented. She literally is just put back to sleep before she can explain herself at all and wakes up at home. A week has gone by. A week? What. She mentions that she believes her father has been keeping her asleep to make it easier on himself, but let me just say doctor or no, there is no legal way he would be able to remove his still unconscious daughter from the hospital. They would have needed to wake her up. Not to mention keeping her asleep that long counts as being in a coma. As far as we know she's literally been asleep the entire week. There's no way her dad could have done that to her. Especially not after a suicide attempt. No one would have let her leave that hospital before speaking to her extensively about that, in part for the possibility it was actually abuse by her parents or brought on by them. He would have had to the very least woken her up before moving her from the hospital. This made me so upset. It was like the author was just jumping from point A to point G because it was easier. A lot of the book happens to be that way. I want to actually see things happen, not just jump from one event to the next. To be perfectly honest, I only got halfway through the book. Maybe it picks up for the other half, but it just wasn't worth me finding out. It wasn't cohesive enough for me to get into it, or care at all about any of the characters. All of the relationships here need to be fleshed out, given more life and detail. I would recommend this book to someone who can look past all of the changes in pov, jumping about, and non believable occurrences. There are people out there who can read a book just for the overlapping story. The concept for this is great, and if it was polished better I would give it another shot just because the idea still interests me. But this isn't a quick read, so unless you know you're going to be stuck on a long flight I wouldn't read it.

Sunday, September 23, 2012





SONORAN DREAMS: Three Short Stories From Exile By Robb Grindstaff

Reviewed by Jacey.

Blurb:

Sonoran Dreams: Three Short Stories From ExileThe Sonoran Desert in the American Southwest is a place of extremes and contrasts, of beauty and death, of independent spirits and lost souls, of fresh starts and exiles.

Three short stories, three different genres. One setting. One author with a unique perspective and voice.















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Ok, so I'm gonna try keeping the spoilers at a minimum, and I'll leave as many of the twists I found in these stories for readers to find themselves. As a writer who mostly composes short stories and also intrigued that one of these contained some amounts of horror, I was immediately drawn to reviewing this. Overall, I'm happy I did. 
The first tale, entitled "Desert Rain" narrates the life-long pursuit of Cordelia by the seemingly undead entity Raymond, who is determined to take away his "Bride's" virginity. Not only does this creature pursue her across decades, the rancid scent he carries is passed on to her after molesting Cordelia as a child, a stench so disgusting that it keeps anyone that would be intimate with her away. This story can only be horror, and it excels at it. There were several moments where I found myself clutching my stomach as it flip-flopped, and several other times where my nerves rang from the torment of Cordelia. I could not help but think that her plight from Raymond was an illustration for rape, where victims can be scarred or traumatized for life by the events that took place and will always be pursued by them while they simultaneously keep people at a distance. While reading this there were a few instances where I thought there could have been more dialogue from the protagonist towards Raymond. Additionally, there were moments that I wasn't sure if the horror was meant to be campy or comical. Nevertheless, I got a real good kick out of this tale.
The second story "Desert Walk" was an interesting observation on today's financial crisis, painting a picture of families who live beyond their means. One is really taken into the denial of a couple that insists that one needs to take risks in order to gain success and that there is more value in material goods than human substance. The symbolism of Denny talking that long, death-defying walk in the desert is thought-provoking, and though the vagueness may becoming infuriating to some, I thought the story's resolve was splendid.
The final tale "Desert Nights" was an interesting take on tradition, that being the reuniting of graduated or graduating high schoolers, with a focus on ritual (such as giving a toast to a foolish teenager) and roles they take. Grindstaff uses intriguing juxtaposition of two characters who's actions and fates are interlocked in a way that brings the group's "traditions" full circle many years later. I initially found it very hard to empathize with this story, as I was confused as to whether that tradition that came full circle should be glorified, or was it just meant to be. I decided on the latter, and it was satisfying.
This compilation of short stories could have been less vague about some details in them; overall though, I thought that this was mostly an awesome ride. I would definitely recommend it for people who want a good gut-wrenching here and there, for people who are in need of another side of what "success" is, and also for those who are wary of fate and being caught in an unhealthy loop.
  

Friday, September 21, 2012

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Reviewed by Jacey.

Blurb:

Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
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**Spoilers alert**

I picked up Uglies after wondering why it was so popular. My answer mostly lies in the book’s eerie similarities to the Twilight Zone’s infamous episode “Number 12 looks just like you.” It takes place in a dystopian society where at age 16, everyone undergoes a complex cosmetic procedure where you are turned into a “Pretty;” your eyes and lips get bigger, your skin is perfect, and your face is made completely symmetrical. Basically, you become what is genetically desirable, which prevents anyone from feeling less than others, and once again spurring another worldwide conflict that happened centuries before. Until then, you are a designated “Ugly.” The main protagonist Tally Youngblood is an Ugly that is all too anxious to turn into a Pretty, after seeing her best friend Peris turn Pretty and get to move to PrettyTown, A teenage paradise, where one parties to their heart's content until you are placed by the government, without her. Having a few more months on her own as an Ugly, she meets a girl named Shay who also is soon to turn Pretty. Unlike Tally though, She likes her “deformities” and does not want to undergo the surgery. Instead she runs for the hills for the "Smoke" a hideout for people who have fled the government that forces a society to become Evolution’s definition of “beautiful.”  In her absence, Tally is then stopped from being made Pretty on her 16 birthday and is instead sent as an infiltrator to find her friend and the hide out of the “Smokies.”
The concept and ideas behind this novel are spooky and are bound to cause a few hairs to stand on end. There are several scenes in which the reader is taken into the state of mind of an Ugly, where personality has no say in what may be deemed attractive and it is believed that you will always be ugly without the help of the government-mandated procedure. Not only do these examples portray a fear of entire dependence on a tyrannical government, it also shows an innate self loathing that the government itself has produced in its populace by portraying those that refuse to depend them as Ugly, not as individuals. Additionally there’s a heart-warming scene where Tally comes to learn what is beauty really is and discovers natural-born attraction and love. The loss of one of the characters in being forced to be a Pretty is heartbreaking. All of these concepts are very insightful, and have the potential for a good read.
Unfortunately for the readers, Westerfeld seems to deliver these concepts somewhat crudely. I felt that for a lot of the plot development in this book, Westerfeld  waters a ton of action and dialogue.  Characters frequently move from point A to point B with very little detail in how they got there or what was being discussed. Essentially, Westerfeld seems to forget one of first lessons in creative writing: Show don’t tell. Oftentimes Tally would come across a character who seems really intriguing and makes you want to hear more, but before that could happen, she was off again on her hoverboard to another location, or she’s off in the woods learning to hoverboard, or she’s going to work on her hoverboard, or off to see her friends ON A HOVERBOARD. This constant jerking around and repetition became infuriating, and while sitting on the plane reading the last few pages, I literally had to force myself to not throw the book into the toilet and flush it into oblivion. Furthermore, while reading this I could not help but feel very little sympathy for Tally Youngblood as she debated whether she should turn the Smokies, or when as she ponders over her feelings for David who is pretty much Shay’s boyfriend and love of her life. Really, her decisions and thoughts alienated me from her for a good chunk of the novel.  Honestly, I may be interested in picking up the sequel just to see what happens next and because the third novel talks about the “Specials” who have superhuman strength and though are the baddies in this, they pretty much kick ass.  However, I would not recommend buying this book at the original sales price of $8.99, but rather at the price I bought it for at the book barn: $1

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Captured (The Captive #1) by Erica Stevens

Captured (The Captive #1) by Erica Stevens.
Reviewed by Tempest:

Blurb:

Blood Slave.
Captured, taken from her beloved family and woods, Aria’s biggest fear is not the imminent death facing her, but that she will be chosen as a blood slave for a member of the ruling vampire race. No matter what becomes of her though, Aria knows that she must keep her identity hidden from the monsters imprisoning her. She has already been branded a member of the rebellion, but the vampires do not know the true depth of her involvement with it, and they must never know. Though hoping for death, Aria’s world is turned upside down when a vampire named Braith steps forward to claim her. He delays her execution, but Aria knows it’s only a matter of time before he drains her, and destroys her. Especially once she learns his true identity as a prince within the royal family; the same royal family that started the war that ultimately brought down humankind, reducing them to nothing more than servants and slaves. Aria is determined to hate the prince, determined not to give into him in anyway, but his strange kindness, and surprising gentleness astonish her. Torn between her loyalties to the rebellion, and her growing love for her greatest enemy, Aria struggles to decide between everything she has ever known, and a love she never dreamed of finding.                                                                                                                                                               

I'll try to keep as many spoilers out as possible. No major plot twists will be revealed. Wow, I really really loved this book! I didn't expect to like it any where near as much as I did! Vampires enslaving humans isn't exactly a new concept, however Erica Stevens voice has a way of drawing you tightly into the story so that any similarities it might have with other works you read don't seem to matter. Her characters all have very distinct personalities, something that sadly more often then not falls by the way side. I fell in love with Aria's bravery and her internal struggle not to get caught up in the beauty of the palace. Having been living in the woods her entire life, scrounging for food, always dirty, it was an extreme change for her to be then thrust into a life where everything is handed over. She has servants to bath her, dress her, and even bring her more food then she could ever imagine. Yet instead of falling madly in love with her new life she's constantly thinking about her family, her people, and their joint suffering. This is also what tears her in two when she starts developing feelings for her kidnapper, a man who just so happens to be a prince of the vampires. This is one of those rare occasions where the person being seen by other characters is also actually the character we readers are getting. Braith talks about how strong she is, how brave, and how stubborn, and we actually see those traits in her our selves. Even Braith's wolf, Keegan has a personality that is easy to picture and connect to him. The vampire prince is caring, but not too caring. This makes him completely believable. I can buy that there are some vampires out there who aren't obsessed with shedding blood and killing. But at the same time I'm glad that there's also that side of Braith that reminds us that he is, in fact, a vampire. If he wanted to he could kill Aria and anyone else he pleased. And wow, I just have to mention that I totally fell in love with that scene where she's trying to escape both him and Jack. I could picture it perfectly in my mind. I will most definitely be continuing with this series, and I recommend it to anyone who likes a could vampire book that has action, romance, and a beautiful expression of the human spirit.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New Blog :)

Hi everyone! We've decided to start this book blog because we love to read and happen to be very opinionated. The two of us have been best friends for years, and our tastes in genres happens to be very different more often then not. This will allow us to cover more ground with this blog. Just as a note, we're accepting review requests, especailly from indie authors!!! :) Hopefully we'll have some reviews up here soon. This is our first book blog so if there are any suggestions to help us out it would  be appreciated. Thanls!

Tempest and Jacey.