Monday, February 29, 2016

Review: Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong

Empire of Night (Age of Legends #2) by Kelley Armstrong 
Publisher: HarperCollins
Goodreads Summary: SISTERS MORIA AND ASHYN ARE THE KEEPER AND SEEKER OF EDGEWOOD.


OR AT LEAST, THEY WERE.

Their village is gone. Their friends have betrayed them. And now, they are all but prisoners in court, forced to watch and wait while the Emperor decides whether to help the children of Edgewood, who remain hostages of the treacherous Alvar Kitsune.

But when the emperor finally sends the girls on a mission to rescue the children - accompanied by Prince Tyrus and a small band of men - the journey proves more perilous than any of them could have imagined. With lies and unrest mounting in the empire, Moria and Ashyn will have to draw on every bit of influence and power they possess to unite their people and avert an all-out war.

In this second book in her epic and captivating Age of Legends trilogy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong blends romance, danger, and magic to send readers on a heart-racing journey through an unforgettable world.
Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: 
Wow. Empire of Night was even better than Sea of Shadows; somehow, even more addictive and intoxicating.

Kelley Armstrong really is one of the best authors ever. I adore her writing, and I absolutely can't wait to read more from her as always. I have yet to read her Otherworld series, but I'm sure it'll be good.

I'm a mix of Ashyn and Moria, though definitely more Moria than Ashyn, although I share some of Ashyn's cautious traits. It seems that Kelley Armstrong has decided to start a love triangle on the Moria side of things, but at this point there is only one for Ashyn. I love how in the Age of Legends series, there hasn't really been any certain romance in it, but there's enough to keep me interested. I can't wait to see what happens in Forest of Ruin and how Kelley Armstrong plays everything out.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
Paperback
Buy the book:
Amazon|Barnes & Noble
Recommended for: Fans of Fantasy, Adventure and Betrayal.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Review: Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1) by Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: HaperCollins
Goodreads Summary: 
In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court—one that will alter the balance of their world forever.
Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: 
Sea of Shadows: yet another great read from Kelley Armstrong. I found it at the library one day in the YA section, just browsing.

Ashyn really speaks to me. She is almost me, except that I don't have her counterpart Moria. They are two fantastic heroines. Considering that Ronan was the main part of the Prologue, I was drawn to him instantly. However, I also understand their attraction to Gavril. Hurt follows Ashyn and Moria around however, as they discover the truth about their companions and the world they live in.

Sea of Shadows is another new take on YA Fantasy, and I really love how Kelley Armstrong can turn what would usually be a MG adventure book into an epic YA Fantasy with a Romance. If you haven't read Kelley Armstrong yet, now's the time to start. She's one of the best authors out there, and I can't stop myself from picking up her every book I see.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
Paperback
Buy the book:
Amazon|Barnes & Noble
Recommended for: Fans of Fantasy with Mythology.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Stacking The Shelves (5)

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Books:

Luckiest Girl Alive- Jessica Knoll
ARC- Chasing Azrael- Hazel Butler

Currently Reading: Made For You- Melissa Marr

TV/Movies:

School takes up all this time, sadly :( Managed to do a little watching on Friday only because I was sick and didn't have Volleyball.
Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Episodes 6-8

Friday, February 26, 2016

Movie Review: The 5th Wave

Title: The 5th Wave (based on the novel by Rick Yancey)
IMDB Summary: Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope - if she can only trust him.
Review: This was the first movie I officially saw in the cinemas for 2016!!

One of my favourite parts of the entire movie were the waves. They were both unrealistic (in a good way) and entertaining, I especially loved the voiceovers, to me they were really effective. The flashback scenes were a good addition and they would've really helped non-readers understand the backstory.
IMDB Page
Favourite Acts: Maika Monroe as Ringer
Alex Roe as Evan Walker
Chloe Grace Moretz as Cassie Sullivan

Favourite quotes: Cassie Sullivan: "I thought we were safe here."
Oliver Sullivan: "There's nothing safe anymore."

Cassie: "Did you shoot me?"
*flashback in Evan's mind*
Evan: "No. I saved you."

Cassie: "It's our hope that makes us human."

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Cover Reveal: Sinners in the Dark by Inger Iversen


Sinners in the Dark
Inger Iversen
(Running in the Dark #2)
Publication date: March 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
War is coming between vampires and humans, and the Vampire Nation will stop at nothing to eliminate their enemies. Former assassin, Echo sees the Nation for what it is – a corrupt organization with its sights set on destroying the Sect, a group formed to eradicate all things vampire. Now Echo is a Ghost, a traitor of the Vampire Nation, determined to build a new life with the Sect. But choices he’s made in the past might cost him the one person who could truly redeem his soul.
Sinners in the Dark
Sequel to:

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Author Bio:
Inger Iversen was born in 1982 to Anne and Kaii Iversen. She lives in Virginia Beach with her overweight lap cat, Max and her tree hugging boyfriend Joshua. She spends 90 percent of her time in Barnes and Noble and the other ten pretending not to want to be in Barnes and Noble.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (11)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking The Spine.

16131489This week's WoW: The Last Star (The Fifth Wave #3) by Rick Yancey

I went and saw The Fifth Wave movie awhile ago, and I thought it was awesome! (Review will be posted exclusively here on 26/2/16 at 12:00AM EST). Can't wait for The Last Star!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday (10)

Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish

My 10th TTT post!!

This week's topic: Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren't My Typical Genre/Type of Book

This is a really good topic! I had to hunt through my recently reads to find 10, but here they are:

1. I'll Give You The Sun- Jandy Nelson
2. Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley
3. Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson
4. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
5. Sinners by J. Richards
6. Boost by D.A. Paul
7. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
8. Follow by J.A. Huss
9. Infinity by Sarah Dessen
10. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

This list went all the way back to the start of July 2015!!

What's your TTT? How far back did your list go? Comment below!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Movie Review: White Chicks

Title: White Chicks
IMDB Summary: After an unsuccessful mission, FBI agents Kevin Copeland and Marcus Copeland fall in disgrace in the agency. They decide to swap their bad position with his superior Section Chief Elliott Gordon working undercover in an abduction case, disguised in the two spoiled white daughters of a tycoon, Brittany and Tiffany Wilson, getting in hilarious situations.
Review: So, my first movie review in ages! But here it is! White Chicks!

I was at my friend's house, and the TV was on Frozen, which we evidently didn't want to watch. We then flicked through Netflix, and watched a few trailers on YouTube before finally watching White Chicks.

White Chicks is definitely a comedy, and you might know how much I hate comedies. However, I really enjoyed White Chicks.

White Chicks is the tale of two men who have to transform into 'White Chicks' to try and save their job.
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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Review: Wandering Star by Romina Russell

Wandering Star (Zodiac #2) by Romina Russell
Publisher: Razorbill
Goodreads Summary: 
Orphaned, disgraced, and stripped of her title, Rho is ready to live life quietly, as an aid worker in the Cancrian refugee camp on House Capricorn.

But news has spread that the Marad--an unbalanced terrorist group determined to overturn harmony in the Galaxy--could strike any House at any moment.

Then, unwelcome nightmare that he is, Ochus appears to Rho, bearing a cryptic message that leaves her with no choice but to fight.

Now Rho must embark on a high-stakes journey through an all-new set of Houses, where she discovers that there's much more to her Galaxy--and to herself--than she could have ever imagined.
Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: 
Just like Zodiac, Wandering Star has the most amazing cover! But anyway, time for the review part of this.

It took me a few chapters to remember the characters again, but it was mainly the minor ones that I'd forgotten. Surprisingly for me, it didn't take too long before I remembered Zodiac again.

Rho's journey continues, her quest becoming desperate, but she won't give up. On the way she finds new friends, and some are not as they seem. She also discovers her true self with the help of her new friends.

I really enjoyed Wandering Star, all of it. Romina Russell might be a new author, but she definitely has the skills to make it in the writing world. Her characters are realistically flawed, which makes them more alive and imaginable.

Book three here I come! I absolutely can't wait, and I need to see where Romina Russell is heading with that shocking ending! I definitely recommend Zodiac and Wandering Star to any fan of astrology, YA sci-fi/fantasy.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
 Hardcover
Buy the book:
Amazon|Barnes & Noble
Recommended for: Anyone who knows something about Zodiac and astrology.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Book Blitz: Revolution by Jessica Frances (Giveaway)


Revolution
Jessica Frances
Publication date: January 26th 2016
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult
I was raised in a world where humans no longer rule.

In the past, we made a terrible mistake by creating a new species we thought would serve us as our army, which led to our downfall.

There was a war, we lost, and many lives were massacred. It was the end of life as we knew it and the beginning of a hell we were now trapped in. We became enslaved to what we now called Superiors, becoming pets to them, simply there to entertain.

In a world so miserable, I managed to do the unthinkable: I fell in love. But even that was doomed, because to love a Superior was forbidden.

What the rest of the Superiors didn’t know was how deeply a human could love or how resilient we became when we were hurt.

The Superiors never could have imagined an uprising, which was why they never saw it coming.

Humans deserved to be free, and I would stop at nothing to deliver that promise.

My name is Tilly, and I am still alive with one sole purpose: to begin a revolution.
~
I had been raised to believe humans were worthless. We owned them and controlled them, and when we were done with them, we threw them away. Therefore, I never thought I would ever feel more for Tilly than disinterest. I never expected to want to save her.

It was forbidden for a Superior to love a human. No one had ever crossed that line, but I did. I fell madly in love with her, so it was no surprise how we ended up.

I was raised to be a soldier, and that was what I was always going to be. However, I was not a soldier for the Superiors, not anymore.

I became a soldier for humans, and I would stop at nothing to help them. They deserved to be free, and I would die protecting them.

My name is Johnny, and I am here with one sole purpose: to finish a revolution.
EXCERPT:
“How can you do that to these humans? This is beyond cruel!” I demand of her, not as afraid of her as I am of Jax.
She saunters over to me, her expression one of someone feeling carefree. “Many reasons, one being I make a lot of money doing this. Another is it is great entertainment.” She shrugs. “You humans are beneath us. I think it is disgusting that you are allowed into Superiors’ homes. You deserve to be in cages and in gutters. You are genetic mistakes that I would love to completely wipe out.”
“You wouldn’t even exist without us!” I yell, angry at her words.
“You humans stupidly created a species superior to you in every way, and then you tried to exterminate us when you realized you were no longer at the top of the food chain. You failed, and now you are forever destined be our slaves, our pets, our playthings. You are weak, disgusting, disease-ridden beings who deserve every ounce of pain I give you.”
Without warning, she shoves one of the sticks at me, zapping me with an electric shock powerful enough to send pain coursing through my entire body, forcing me against the back of the cage.
I scream, shocked and scared at how painful the experience is.
She doesn’t stop, and I swear my heart gives out. But then she pulls back, her laughter slowly filtering through my ears as I begin to calm down.

“Pathetic,” she mutters to me, turning around and moving past the cages, randomly choosing humans to zap.


Author Bio:
Jessica lives in Adelaide, South Australia. When she is not writing, you can find her reading, napping or watching excessive amounts of TV. Connect with her on Facebook and Goodreads.




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Friday, February 19, 2016

Cover Reveal: Saven Disclosure by Siobhan Davis (Excerpt + Giveaway)

Today is the cover reveal for Saven: Disclosure by Siobhan Davis. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.
Saven Disclosure
Saven: Disclosure (Saven #2) by Siobhan Davis
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: April 21, 2016
Blurb: THE TRUTH WON'T STAY HIDDEN FOREVER
To protect Logan, I've no choice but to betray his trust.

The stakes are high, and there are no guarantees.

But I'm not the only one hiding the truth.

Will our love survive all the secrets and lies?
 
Enemy alien ships crowd the skies over Earth while the world waits with bated breath. The Saven have been exposed, and where once they were abhorred, they are now championed as our greatest ally and our only possible savior.

Logan and Sadie have been separated, and the longer he is gone, the more their love is tested by duty, doubts, and deception. 
Sadie and Jarod have infiltrated the highest levels of government, but they are playing a dangerous game. Surrounded by people with conflicting agendas--hell-bent on using her for their own aim--Sadie is confused when the lines between good and evil are blurred. It's impossible to tell friend from foe, and no one can be trusted. 
When the full extent of the experiments taking place in Sector Twenty is disclosed, Sadie can no longer sit back and watch as the lower classes face a horrific fate. Racing to save her loved ones and mankind, she risks her own safety and the love she's waited a lifetime for to do the right thing.

But no one thought to save her from herself.
You can find Saven Disclosure on Goodreads

You can pre-order Saven Disclosure here:

- Amazon USA

- Amazon UK

- Amazon Canada

- Amazon Australia

Excerpt:

I pad into the kitchen and hoist myself up onto a stool at the counter. Haydn slides two muffins and a home-made smoothie across to me. “You trying to fatten me up?” I inquire.

“You need to eat more when you’re training.”

“I’m sure I read somewhere that you should eat more protein when in training. I doubt you’re supposed to be indulging in calorie-laden treats.”

“Watch your mouth!” Haydn swats me with a dish towel. “Those muffins are made with bran, yoghurt, honey, and fruit. All natural. And totally healthy. Now shut up and eat.”

“Ooh, get you! All right!” I hold my hands up in defeat. “But I doubt I’ll manage two.”

“You can give one to Jarod in work,” he suggests.

I snort. “As if he’d eat anything you prepared! I’d have to lie and tell him I baked it myself.”

Jarod isn’t over his aversion to aliens. And that’s putting it mildly. He absolutely refuses to go anywhere with me outside of work if any of my Saven friends is involved, and he hasn’t ever stepped foot in this apartment. It’s a constant source of tension between us; the cause of more than a few arguments. I understand he’s pissed over the whole memory-erase situation, and the fact that enemy alien ships still hover in our skies doesn’t do much to ease any human’s apprehension, but I’ve tried explaining, time and time again, that we have nothing to fear from Logan and Co., but he won’t hear a word of it.

While I’m grateful that Jarod managed to make it out of Thalassic City safely, and I’m thrilled to be working in the same building as him, sometimes I could happily bash his head against the wall.

Note from the author: This is from the unedited draft and the final version is subject to change.

Praise for Saven Deception (Saven #1):

"The heir to the Lux series." Natasha Anne. Dreamland Teenage Fantasy.

"The worldbuilding and characters leap off the page and come alive with flawless writing and a plot that had me engrossed and on the edge of my seat." Dali. TJ Loves to Read.

"Gripping Read. From the start I was drawn into the world and felt like I was experiencing everything right next to Sadie." Patricia Hamill. Author-Blogger Pure Textuality.

"This book had me hooked from the first chapter. An exhilarating ride with many twists and turns. Awesome." Karla. Goodreads Reviewer.

"Siobhan Davis has created yet another world of characters I became very invested in. The premise is an intriguing one ... and it's different enough to stand out from other YA books." Deirdre. Goodreads Reviewer.

"I am beyond excited for this series. Saven Deception was AMAZING and I couldn't put it down. Ms. Davis created an incredible world and I cannot wait to read the next installment." Michelle. Adventure in Bookland.

"Saven Deception was a freaking awesome read! The worldbuilding was fantastic and the romance between Logan and Sadie felt amazingly perfect to me." Poulami, Daydreaming Books.

"Another hidden gem from the treasure trove in Siobhan Davis' mind." Dianne. Tome Tender.

"If you like Jennifer L. Armentrout's books then you'll love Saven Deception." Amazon UK Reviewer.


SiobhanAbout the Author: Siobhan Davis writes young adult science fiction fantasy romance books, and she is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling series. The first book in her new Saven series was released in December 2015.

A self-professed teenager forever--at least when it comes to books, music, and films, Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. She loves baking, shoes, bags, makeup, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).

Before pursuing a full-time writing career, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in Human Resources over the last twenty years. She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

You can find and contact Siobhan here:

- Website

- Blog

- Facebook

- Twitter

- Google +

- Goodreads

- Amazon

- Newsletter

Sample chapters, quotes, reviews and book excerpts are all available to download from the authors website

There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of Saven: Disclosure. These are the prizes you can win:

- a 5$ amazon gift card

- an e-copy of Saven: Deception by Siobhan Davis and an ARC of Saven Disclosure by Siobhan Davis

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Release Day Blitz: Everlasting by L.K. Kuhl (Giveaway)


Everlasting
L.K. Kuhl
(Everlasting Trilogy #1)
Published by: Clean Reads Publishing
Publication date: February 18th 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old Sophia Bandell is scared of boys, and her biggest fear is dying. Boys make her uncomfortable and itchy and dying is …well …dying. She is ecstatic when her long lost friend calls her, inviting her to spend the summer with her on the beach at Charleston, South Carolina.
When a plastic saucer hits her in the head as she’s sunbathing, Sophia has no idea it will forever change the course of her life. It is there she comes face to face with the impressive Tate Forester.
She is scared and …itchy, but he’s gorgeous and she can’t shake him from her mind. They begin dating and Sophia soon knows he’s the one.

But things turn dark when she learns Tate isn’t the person she thinks he is, and the real reason her friend has brought her to the beach will teach her about life after death.
This everlasting summer on the beach gives Sophia a sweet taste of first love—the happiness as well as the heartbreak.
EXCERPT:
We stood there and looked around, an awkward silence playing between us. Then he stepped closer and took my hand in his, sending a bolt of staggering electricity zipping through my chest. “Her hand fits perfectly in mine.” He whispered this, as if confirming it with someone. His gaze locked on it, analyzing, then with a shake of his head, he spoke louder. “Sophia, I’m sorry. I …I lied to you.”
I looked at him—bewilderment crinkling my face—and tried to understand. “Lied?” My voice broke. “I don’t get it.”
“I wasn’t sick that day. Well, in a way I was, I guess. The truth is, I was gut-sick. That guy …he was sitting by you the whole day …and …and he never left your side. I’d check throughout the day, but he was still there. I couldn’t help it. I was insanely jealous.” He looked down, his tone deepening as he flexed his fingers that were still laced through mine.
“What?” His words astounded me. I swiped my brow with my free hand. “You were jealous …of me?”
He released my hand and paced back and forth, the nervousness seeping through as he wrung his hands. “I know it’s stupid, but I couldn’t help myself. I love the way you laugh and …I like you, Sophia …a lot, and it hurt me to see you with someone else.”
He lifted his hair off his forehead, pushing it up. His eyes locked on mine again, captivating me. I couldn’t look away. My self-consciousness took over—heckling me. The way I looked right now—with my hair a matted mess from the mist, and no makeup on—must look ridiculous. I drew away, making myself smaller.
I laughed my nervous laugh and kicked the sand with my shoe. “Who, him? You mean …Brian?” My words wobbled, but I giggled, unable to believe that Brian talking to me could make anyone jealous.


Author Bio:
L.K. Kuhl lives in Nebraska with her husband Gene of twenty-nine years, young son, Nathan, and Greg, their Black Lab dog. She has two older daughters, Morgan and Brittani and son-in-law, Trevor. L.K. has been writing for over twenty years. She first began writing children’s books and poetry, moved on to writing music, and is now writing Young Adult and Adult novels. She loves spending time with her family, vacationing, writing, reading, and taking long walks. It’s the characters who write their own stories in her novels, and she is just their messenger, sharing it with the world.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (10)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking The Spine.

This is my 10th Wow!!!

United as One (Lorien Legacies, #7)This week's WoW: United as One (Lorien Legacies #7) by Pittacus Lore

Can't wait for this! I originally thought the Fate of Ten was the final book, so I definitely need to see if this is as addicting as the rest of the series.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Cover Reveal: Quanta Reset by Lola Dodge (Giveaway)


Quanta Reset
Lola Dodge
(The Shadow Ravens #3)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: October 4th 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Quanta has escaped her laboratory prison, but that’s where the good news ends.
Life at the Shadow Ravens’ compound is a disaster. She’s drowning in visions of the dark pasts and darker futures of her fellow Ravens and is plagued by her own panic-inducing memories, but Lady Eva still expects her to “train” and “participate in missions.” Plus, the food tastes like burnt plastic.
The only bright spot is her genetic pairing to the brilliant Altair Orpheus. As their relationship grows, she’s positive that chemicals aren’t the only things drawing them together—although chemistry is definitely involved.
While they test the limits of her game-changing new ability to reset time, word arrives from Eva’s agents: Doctor Nagi is still experimenting with her DNA. If he succeeds in duplicating her power…
Forget the Shadow Ravens. The whole world is toast.
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Author Bio:
Lola Dodge is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University--and hasn't stopped moving since. When she's not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can't melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

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Top Ten Tuesday (9)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish

This week's topic: Top Ten Songs from the soundtracks of movies based on a book

This week is all about music and books! It took me a few minutes just to word my chosen topic right! Well, here goes:

1. Young And Beautiful- Lana Del Rey (from The Great Gatsby Soundtrack)
2. Love Me Like You Do- Ellie Goulding (from Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack)
3. Alive- Sia (from The Fifth Wave Soundtrack)
4. I Dreamed A Dream (from Les Miserables Soundtrack)
5. Boom Clap- Charli XCX (from The Fault In Our Stars Soundtrack)
6. I See Fire- Ed Sheeran (from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Soundtrack)
7. Safe and Sound- Taylor Swift (from The Hunger Games Soundtrack)
8. Elastic Heart- Sia (from Catching Fire Soundtrack)
9. Everybody Wants To Rule The World- Lorde (from Catching Fire Soundtrack)
10. Yellow Flicker Beat (from Mockingjay Part I Soundtrack)

Did you enjoy my list? What's yours? Comment below!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Review: Waterfall by Lauren Kate


Waterfall (Teardrop #2) by Lauren Kate  
Publisher: Random House
Goodreads Summary: Heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets and dark magic, from bestselling author Lauren Kate. The stunning sequel to
Teardrop.

Eureka's tears have flooded the earth and now Atlantis is rising, along with its evil king, Atlas. Eureka is the only one who can stop him – but first she must learn how to fight.

She travels across the ocean with Ander to try and make sense of the dark world her sorrow has created. But dark secrets are hidden in the depths – will she be strong enough to defeat Atlas, or is her broken heart just what he needs to power his rising kingdom?

Eureka has the chance to save the world. But she'll have to give up on everything – even love . . .
Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: 
Waterfall was just as good as Teardrop, but also much better.

Eureka and Ander's story continues, and family and close friends get a lot more involved.

I read Waterfall in a day, and I enjoyed every moment of it.

I thought the plot was a lot better than Teardrop's one, and I was hooked the whole time. However, I read the ending in a haze, not quite comprehending what happened. (view spoiler)

Overall, I really enjoyed Waterfall, and I can't wait for book 3! This is my third Lauren Kate book, and I've enjoyed all three. I can't wait to read the Fallen series as well.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
Paperback
Buy the book:
Amazon|Barnes & Noble
Recommended for: Fans of mythology.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Review: Teardrop by Lauren Kate

Teardrop (Teardrop #1) by Lauren Kate
Publisher: Delacorte BFYR
Goodreads Summary: 
Never, ever cry...

Seventeen-year-old Eureka won't let anyone close enough to feel her pain. After her mother was killed in a freak accident, the things she used to love hold no meaning. She wants to escape, but one thing holds her back: Ander, the boy who is everywhere she goes, whose turquoise eyes are like the ocean. And then Eureka uncovers an ancient tale of romance and heartbreak, about a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea. Suddenly her mother's death and Ander's appearance seem connected, and her life takes on dark undercurrents that don't make sense. Can everything you love be washed away?
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: 
Before reading Teardrop, the only other book by Lauren Kate I'd read was The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove, which was awesome.

Teardrop is set in a fairly standard world, underneath which lies another, much more sinister one. It is also unique, unlike any other Atlantis type book I've ever read, which really makes it stand out from the bunch.

Eureka is one great heroine. We are very similar, and have a lot of the same views, disagreements, and issues with others. Ander is the mysterious guy that I love in a book.

Lauren Kate's Atlantis really is set apart from all others: it's so much better.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
Paperback
Buy the book:
Amazon|Barnes & Noble
Recommended for: Fans of any Atlantis theories, myths, out of this world stuff.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Stacking The Shelves (4)

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Books:

I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
The Siren by Kiera Cass

Currently Reading:

Luckiest Girl Alive-Jessica Knoll
ARC: Chasing Azrael- Hazel Butler

TV/Movies:

Been so busy with high school starting, haven't had much time!!

Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Episodes 3 and 4

Friday, February 12, 2016

Review: Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley

Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley
Publisher: Bantam Press
Goodreads Summary: 
There’s more than one path to immortality…

Once there was a queen of Egypt…a queen who became through magic something else…

The year is 30 BC. Octavian Caesar and his massed legions are poised to enter Alexandria. A messenger informs Egypt’s queen, Cleopatra, that her beloved Mark Antony has died by his own hand. Desperate to save her kingdom, resurrect her husband and protect all she holds dear, Cleopatra turns to the gods for help. Ignoring the warnings of those around her, she summons Sekhmet, goddess of death and destruction, and strikes a mortal bargain. And not even the wisest of Egypt’s scholar could have predicted what would follow…

For, in return for Antony’s soul, Sekhmet demands something in return: Cleopatra herself. And so Egypt’s queen is possessed. She becomes an immortal, shape-shifting, not-quite-human manifestation of a deity who seeks to destroy the world. Fighting to preserve something of her humanity, Cleopatra pursues Octavian back to Rome: she desires revenge, she yearns for her children…and she craves human blood.

It is a journey that will take her from the tombs of the Pharaohs to the great amphitheatres of imperial Rome and on, to Hell itself where, it seems, the fate of the world will finally be decided.

Blending authentic historical fiction and the darkest of fantasy, Queen of Kings is a spectacular and spellbinding feat of the imagination that fans of Neil Gaiman, Diana Gabaldon, George R.R. Martin, Patricia Briggs, Philippa Gregory, and Ridley Scott's Gladiator won’t want to miss.
Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: 
I haven't read Historical Fiction since 2013, and it used to be my favourite genre.

I saw Queen of Kings sitting there for $8, and I just HAD to buy it after reading the synopsis. There was this nagging thought at the back of my head that I'd heard of Maria Dahvana Headley, and I later realised it was because I'd seen copies of Magonia everywhere.

That day, I read the prologue. The next day, I continued and read chapter 1, 2, 3 and ta-da, I was hooked. I had to read it in parts, but it was a brilliant read that I really enjoyed.

I've also read My Story: Cleopatra, which was Cleopatra's fictional diary, and I thought Queen of Kings would be similar. But guess what? I. THOUGHT. WRONG.

The My Story books were my all time favourite in 2013, but I gave them up in 2014 and moved on to YA. In 2014 and 2015 I never, ever thought I'd pick up a historical fiction again. But, I did.

Queen of Kings was so much better than the My Story's! It wasn't boring at all, and I found that it was more like a novel as well as a history lesson in one, while with the My Story's it felt like I was reading a droning fictional history diary because I needed a history lesson.

I really recommend Queen of Kings to anyone who's read YA or enjoys Historical Fiction. I hadn't read Historical Fiction in so long, and Queen of Kings really brought me back into the genre. I can't wait to read Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley as well!
Purchase Location: Bought from The Warehouse Queenstown
Edition:
Paperback
Buy the book:
Amazon|Barnes & Noble
Recommended for: Fans of historical fiction.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (9)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking The Spine.

This week's WoW: Betrayals (Cainsville #4) by Kelley Armstrong

When I thought that Perceptions was the final book of the Cainsville series, I was SO disappointed. I hated the ending! Then I realised- there was more!!! I absolutely can't wait for Betrayals! I hope it's better than the Cainsville books so far.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday (8)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish

This week's topic: Top 10 fictional crushes
This week is a valentine themed freebie, and when I saw this as one of the suggestions, I knew I just

1. Legolas Greenleaf from LOTR/The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Legolas is my all-time favourite. In my mind he is the comforting voice of reason.
2. Tsubasa Otori from Beyblade Metal Fight/Zero-G TV Series
Tsubasa is so sharp-minded, just like me. He's also so cunning.
3. Tobias "Four" Eaton from Divergent by Veronica Roth
Do I even have to say why? He is just amazing.
4. Ronan Lynch from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Ronan, is also unique; he has an ability that no one else has. I'm often the top of my class, and I find many things easier than others, which is how I relate to Ronan. I also love his temper.
5. Shinobu Hiryuin from Beyblade Zero-G TV Series
Yeah, I know, this is kind of a cheat, me using two characters who are practically from the same show. But Shinobu is really calm at times, and I admire his quiet determination and loyalty.
6. Ash from The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
Haven't really read much with him in it for a long time, but he's still one of my favourites, when I was reading The Iron Prince. I need to re-read them soon!!
7. Dimitri Belikov from VA/Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Very wise for his age. Also, he's so romantic.
8. James "Jem" Carstairs from TID by Cassandra Clare
He's like the most perfect boyfriend ever..
9. Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
He loves Karou, and would do anything for her. Undying love, right?
10. Patch from Hush, Hush
Mysterious, hot, biker boy? What's not to love?

Here's my extremely long (an short) list of fictional crushes!! If I sat here thinking the list would go on and on, so I'll stop.

What's your TTT? Comment below!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Review: Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

12751687Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster BFYR
Goodreads Summary: 
Will love conquer all?

Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank's absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels - destroying Patch.

Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.

But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.

As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.
Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: 
Stunning. I've come to see the Hush, Hush sequence differently now; as Part I, and Part II; Part I Hush, Hush and Crescendo, Part II Silence and Finale. Part I was great and very addictive, but Part II was brilliant and astonishing.

Allegiances shift once again, and Nora still doesn't know who to trust. Trust can be dangerous, as she discovers, and she is backed into a corner, surrounded by enemies and no friends.

Finale really is the end of the Hush, Hush saga. Becca Fitzpatrick puts an end to all the drama, tying up loose ends in the plot. I'll miss Nora, Patch, and all the other characters, but Becca Fitzpatrick secured their future with her outstanding epilogue. Every book in the Hush, Hush saga is filled with passion, which sets it above a lot of other books. I haven't read YA Paranormal Romance for a while, yet I call it my favourite genre. I really enjoyed Finale, and I'm looking out for more Becca Fitzpatrick in the future.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
Paperback
Buy the book:
Amazon|Barnes & Noble
Recommended for: Fans of Paranormal Romance or Angels.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Review: Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Silence (Hush, Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster BFYR
Goodreads Summary: WHEN SILENCE IS ALL THAT'S LEFT, CAN THE TRUTH FINALLY BE HEARD?


Nora Grey can't remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks - with no one knowing where she was or who she was with - she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom's creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers...and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.
Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: 
Becca Fitzpatrick is an expert with words. Silence is by far my favourite of the series (so far). Every book has just got better and better.

Nora wakes up in a graveyard, completely unable to remember the last five months of her life. Still, she is still the same, cautious, stubborn her, and trusting her suspicions, she puts herself in danger yet again to dig up information. Slowly, she finds the truth, and her love life returns subtly.

I really enjoyed Silence. It was entirely told from Nora's POV, but Becca Fitzpatrick still managed to convey what was hidden under Nora's memory loss. Hush, Hush is a series I highly recommend. It's my perfect YA Paranormal Romance.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
Paperback
Buy the book:
Amazon|Barnes & Noble
Recommended for: Any fan of YAPnR.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Review: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

7791997Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster BFYR
Goodreads Summary: 
Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it. A mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever (if that's possible) and what's worse, he seems to be spending time with Nora's archenemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn't been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feelings that he is hiding something.

If that weren't enough, Nora is haunted by images of her murdered father, and comes to question whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate to figure out what happened, she puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations to get the answer. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: 
Wow. Crescendo was a direct continuation of Hush, Hush, and like the title, things really start to escalate and get interesting.

Nora's like spirals downward when Patch is spending more time with her sworn enemy, Marcie Millar. She starts to receive scary threats, and puts her like on the line to find the truth.

Becca Fitzpatrick expertly conceals various facts in her writing, challenging readers to find them, then revealing them later.

Patch hasn't changed much, but Nora feels betrayed when he hides so much about her. A few new characters bring a real twist to the plotline, and Nora is betrayed by her closest friends, instead finding allies in unlikely places. Becca Fitzpatrick is amazing, and her writing is so, so addictive.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
Paperback
Buy the book:
Amazon|Barnes & Noble
Recommended for: Any fan of Romance.

Stacking The Shelves (3)

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Books:
Empire of Night (Age of Legends #2) by Kelley Armstrong
Gabriel's Gargoyles by Kelley Armstrong
Rakshasi (From Led Astray) by Kelley Armstrong

Currently Reading: I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

TV/Movies:
Pretty Little Liars: Season 2 Episode 25, Season 3 Episode 1-2
Finally got to the A #1 reveal in Season 2!!! Although I did already know who A was. :)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster BFYR
Goodreads Summary: A SACRED OATH

A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE

Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.
Rating: 5 Stars
Review: 
Three words to describe Hush, Hush: Mysterious, suspenseful, and stunning. I am so addicted.

I've borrowed the entire quartet twice in the past, but never picked them up, instead returning them when they were due back to the library. But this time, I promised I would actually read Hush, Hush. And it was definitely so, so worth it.

Like I said, I've had Hush, Hush twice before, so I knew about Nora and Patch. However, their romance was so much better than described. I absolutely ship them and Patch is perfect for Nora.

I've never really paid much attention to book titles, but Hush, Hush is a rather unusual title, and I wondered what the title meant. I didn't get it until the very end.

Becca Fitzpatrick is increasingly talented, and I can't wait to read Crescendo (pretty much right now). I also have Black Ice, which I'll definitely read one I finish Crescendo.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
Paperback
Buy the book:
Amazon|Barnes & Noble
Recommended for: Fans of YA Romance.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday (8)

28260587Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking The Spine.

This week's WoW: Untitled (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas

Picking this book before it's even got a title? Yeah, I know. Crazy. But I really just can't wait for book 5! I absolutely love the series, so I really hope ToG #5 meets my expectations.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday (7)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish

This week's topic: Top Futuristic Books You Love

This is a great topic! Here's my list:

1. Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
2. The Juliette Chronicles by Tahereh Mafi
3. The Young Elites Series by Marie Lu
4. The Giver Series by Lois Lowry
5. Legend Series by Marie Lu
6. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
7. The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner
8. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
9. The Fifth Wave Series by Rick Yancey
10. Matched Series by Ally Condie

Hope you enjoyed my list! What's yours? Comment below!



Release Day Blitz: Banished by Kimberley Griffiths Little


Banished
Kimberley Griffiths Little
(Forbidden #2)
Published by: HarperCollins
Publication date: February 2nd 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult
She thought she’d lost everything . . .
After spending months traveling the harsh, unforgiving Mesopotamian desert, Jayden reunites with a broken, injured Kadesh. Although everyone was convinced the violent and unpredictable Horeb, Jayden’s betrothed, killed the handsome prince, Jayden knew in her heart that her love was alive and safe. But their reunion is short-lived, as they learn Horeb is on their trail and determined to take back the girl he has claimed. Soon, the two star-crossed lovers are on the run toward Sariba, Kadesh’s homeland, where, as heir to the Kingdom, he plans to make Jayden his princess.
But the trek to Sariba is fraught with heartache and danger. After narrowly escaping being stoned to death for a crime she didn’t commit, and learning that her sister has disappeared, Jayden’s only solace is her love for Kadesh. But even he is keeping secrets from her . . . secrets that will change everything.
This gorgeous and enchanting sequel to Forbidden, is full of love, danger, and heated passion that will leave readers breathless.
Sequel to:

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Booklist Review:

“This sequel to Forbidden (2014) picks up with desert girl Jayden, distraught that the young man she loves, Kadesh, might have died. But, of course, he hasn’t. Scarred and missing an eye, yes, but he’s escaped the clutches of Horeb, Jayden’s malicious betrothed. Traveling bravely through the desert, Jayden finds him. But that perilous trip is only the first of the dangers to come. Gathering an army, Kadesh is determined to return to his faraway home, where the valuable frankincense grows, and introduce Jayden as his future bride. First, however, they must face betrayal, danger, and a waiting evil. Jayden achieves almost superhero status here, moving from adventure to adventure—not even a near-death stoning can stop her. Little’s descriptions of the landscape are evocative in both desolation and in beauty. Just as good is her pacing, which gets the blood pumping for both characters and readers. Far more than a bridge book, this will heighten anticipation for a no-doubt exciting conclusion.
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EXCERPT:
A dirty, callused hand slapped down over my mouth and the stale breath of a man hissed in my ear. “Don’t move or I’ll slit your pretty, little neck.”
I clawed at the stranger’s cloak, trying to push him off, but he was too heavy. A moment later, I realized my ankles were tied together. I couldn’t run, couldn’t even move. Shrieks gurgled in my throat as if I was drowning, his hand cutting off my air.
Only one day into my journey to find Kadesh and I was already dead.
The sharp tip of a blade pressed against my neck, and I whimpered.
“Give me the frankincense of the stranger we killed.” The man’s foul breath dragged across my face. He was referring to Kadesh, the boy I loved, who’d been murdered by Horeb, the prince of my tribe.
With myself as a witness, I’d watched Horeb plunge his sword into Kadesh and then order his soldiers to drag his body off.
Shock flooded me when I realized who my attacker was. I wrenched his fingers away from my mouth and with a raw voice, said, “Gad? What are you doing lurking about the cliffs of Mari?”
This man was a childhood friend of Horeb’s and one of my own tribesmen. His body pressed against mine, and I writhed in disgust.
There was only one reason Gad was in the foothills of Mari, far from the oasis of Tadmur where my tribe camped for the summer. He was a member of Horeb’s army.
Horeb, my betrothed. The man who’d attacked and scarred me. Blackmailed me for the murder of his father to hide the fact that he’d killed his own father so he could steal the tribal crown.
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Author Bio:
When I was a kid I read a book a day, scribbled stories, and dreamed about having my very own book on the library shelf. I grew up in San Francisco, but now live in an adobe house on the banks of the Rio Grande with my husband and sons. I think I've drunk so much Land of Enchantment water that some of that ancient magic got into my blood and now spurts out my pencil--I mean ergonomic keyboard. I adore anything old and musty with a secret story to tell.
I'm the author of 10 award-winning middle-grade and Young Adult novels with Scholastic and Harpercollins and I make way too many cookies when I'm writing - and I've got the best book trailers in the universe - for reals! Check them out here: www.kimberleygriffithslittle.com. Please find me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Youtube.
Awards: Southwest Book Award, Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel, Whitney Award Finalist and Association of Mormon Letters of Art Award, Bank Street College Best Books of 2011, 2013, and 2015, a Crystal Kite Finalist, and New Mexico Book Award Finalist.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Review: The Raven In Spring by Bekah Clark

The Raven in Spring (Rise of the Hawk #2) by Bekah Clark
Goodreads Summary: Set several months after the events of The Hawk In Winter, The Raven In Spring is a wild ride. Coran's life is spiraling out of control. As it does, he sinks further into depression and drinking. Coran isn't safe, however, and as he adjusts to his new life he becomes less able to realize it. He puts himself into further danger and Sol works to try to save the young man from himself.

Meanwhile, Maevan is being stalked by a nameless threat. Without something real to cling to, how is anyone to believe the danger she is in? It is then that Jorgan is called away home to his mother and her iron rule of the Second House. Alone with Raikar, Mae trains her mind to take on this new threat. But, the intimacy of the contact is overwhelming and Maevan could find herself lost in him.

One day Maevan's destiny will reveal itself, but only if she can survive that long.
Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: 
The Raven in Spring was so intense, I couldn't sleep after I finished it. And I'm serious. I finished it round about 5,6 pm, and lying on my bed, I couldn't fall asleep, still thinking about Maevan, Jorgan, Raikar and all the other characters.

The Raven in Spring, somehow, was an improvement to the already absolutely astonishing The Hawk in Winter. Tensions increased, and the fine lines between relationships really started to show; this was where I found the devious facts that Bekah Clark hid in The Hawk in Winter.

Bekah Clark has shown that she knows how to resolve a love triangle. I felt that Coran and Meirei's instant love was a bit suspicious, but all the other relationships that formed had hidden clues I hadn't noticed in The Hawk in Winter. Bekah gave every character a happy ending, but obviously, I still want more.

I can't wait for The Peacock in Summer! If you haven't read any Bekah Clark yet I strongly urge you too! Do it NOW!
Purchase Location: ~I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review~
Edition: Paperback
Buy the book:
Amazon
Recommended for: Fans of YA Fantasy/Adventure/Romance