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Review: Lailah by Nikki Kelly

October 25th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: Lailah, Nikki Kelly, Paranormal, Review, The Styclar Saga, Young Adult

LailahTitle: Lailah

Author: Nikki Kelly

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: The Styclar Saga (Book #1)

Publication Date: October 7, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 416 Pages

ISBN-10: 1250051517 (MacTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-1250051516 (MacTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

Quick & Dirty:  Interesting YA paranormal featuring vampires. While I didn’t love everything about it, I still ended up really enjoying this unique story!

Opening Sentence: Lightening streaked and forked into three, the thunder pounded in wave of two, and the silence fell at once.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Francesca or better known as Cessie knows two things — that for some reason she can’t die and she is not human.  For over two hundred years she has traveled the earth trying to figure out who and what she is. She has no family and doesn’t usually have the luxury of making many friends. She has died too many times to count and while she can remember small glimpses of her past, most of it is just a blur. The only thing that is a constant memory is the name and face of, Gabriel, a man that fills her dreams.

Then one night on the way home from work she runs into a stranger that is in dire need of help. She is the type of person that just can’t walk away from someone in need, even if that person is a vampire. Jonah has gotten himself into a bind and with the help of Cessie, he is able to escape and in return he promises to protect her. Jonah is unlike most vampires and he belongs to a group that is lead by a strange rogue Angel named, Gabriel.

Soon Cessie is emerged into a war she didn’t know existed between good and evil. She learns that her true name is Lailah and she will have to make some difficult choices in the future.  Not only does her life depend on it, but so does all of mankind!

For the most part, I really liked Lailah. She is a strong and caring person that has been through a lot in her life. Never knowing who you are or what you are would be really difficult, but she hasn’t let her hardships destroy her good heart. I loved that she is always trying to do the right thing, even if it isn’t easy. You can see her beautiful soul shine throughout the pages in her actions and that made it really easy to like her. But she isn’t a pushover and I loved that she would stand up for herself. The only thing that irritated me was how indecisive she was, especially when it came to the boys. One minute she would be all about one boy and literally the next page she would be all about the other boy. I can understand being confused about your feelings, but I felt that she was really immature at times, but only when it came to her love life. But I loved everything else about her.

At first I liked Gabriel. He was mysterious and crazy hot, but as time went on my feelings for him slowly turned negative. Basically, the more I got to know him the less I liked him. I get that in his own mind he was trying to protect Lailah, but I feel like he is trying to mold her into someone that she’s not. It felt like he was always telling Lailah what to do which made him come across as kind of a overbearing jerk at times. The one thing he does have going for him is that he and Lailah do have great chemistry. I do think that he has some redeeming qualities and I have hope that my feeling for him will improve in the next book.

I freaking loved everything about Jonah! He is a crazy hot vampire with a tainted soul but a good heart. He is all bad boy which I am a total sucker for. But the best thing about him was that he loved Lailah for who she was. He didn’t want her to change and he never made her feel like she was anything less than beautiful. The only thing not in Jonah’s favor was that I felt he brought out the darker side of Lailah. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I don’t know if in the long run they could really work. Also, he doesn’t have the same type of connection with Lailah as Gabriel does. Yes, there is steamy chemistry, but not a whole lot else between them.

Lailah was an intense story brimming with romance and magic! I will admit that it had some serious flaws that I will mention in a minute, but it was still a great read. So let’s start with the things I liked. First off, I loved the background story she created, it was fascinating and very different from other vampire books I have read. Another thing I loved about it was that it was a memorable story even though it was a vampire/angel story, which has been told many times in the YA world, this one still stood out to me. The pacing was spot on and I never felt that there was any moment that dragged or felt rushed. Also, there were some great plot twists that took me completely by surprise but in a good way. Ok, now let’s talk about the things I wasn’t a huge fan of. First off, there is a love triangle and it is a huge part of the story, so if you don’t like triangles I would recommend you steer clear of this one. I actually generally like love triangles, but this one just didn’t quite do it for me. I think the reason why was because I wasn’t really sold on either guy, I kind of don’t want her to end up with either of them. The other thing that I had a hard time with was that at times I felt a disconnect with the story. I can’t really pinpoint why, but there were just times where I didn’t feel like reading it. These moments were short and there were only a few but it did happen a couple times. With that all being said, I ended up really enjoying this book and I am really looking forward to the next book, especially after the ending! I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a fresh and different young adult paranormal read.

Notable Scene:

“What are you doing!” I stepped away from him, irritated.

“Let me see it. I’ve been feeling guilty about it since it happened.”

“No.” I turned on my heel and started to make for the door. Gabriel has been quite adamant that I shouldn’t reveal my particular gift to anyone, least of all a Vampire.

I was reaching for the handle when he spun me around, pressing me up against the wall so that I was forced to face him. Jonah was tugging his jacket and the cardigan off from around me, holding me by the waist, restraining me.


The Styclar Saga:

1. Lailah

FTC Advisory: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Lailah.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst

October 24th, 2014 @ 12:02 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: Chasing Power, Review, Sarah Beth Durst, Science Fiction, Young Adult

ChasingPowerCover_HiResTitle: Chasing Power

Author: Sarah Beth Durst

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: N/A

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 376 Pages

ISBN-10: 0802737552 (Bloomsbury)

ISBN-13: 978-0802737557 (Bloomsbury)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Lies, secrets, and magic — three things that define Kayla’s life.

Sixteen-year-old Kayla plans to spend her summer hanging out on the beach in Santa Barbara and stealing whatever she wants, whenever she wants it. Born with the ability to move things with her mind — things like credit cards, diamond rings, and buttons on cash registers — she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up a safety net, enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again. Well, that, and the thrill of using her secret talents.

But her summer plans change when she’s caught stealing by a boy named Daniel — a boy who needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. Daniel has a talent of his own. He can teleport, appearing anywhere in the world in an instant, but he lies as easily as he travels. Together, they embark on a quest to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel’s kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family — and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive… or survive.

Quick & Dirty: Entertaining story that was full of adventure, romance, and suspense. I really enjoyed this and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun YA sci-fi novel.

Opening Sentence: Razor blade.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Kayla is not your average sixteen-year-old girl. Sure, she likes to hang out with her best friend, go to the beach, and check out cute boys like any other girl her age does. But she also likes to steal and she has a special power that makes it really easy for her to never get caught. For her whole life she has had the ability to move things with her mind which makes picking pockets very easy. For the last few years she has perfected the art of stealing and she has never been caught until now.

Daniel is a stranger that suddenly appears in Kayla’s life demanding that she help him find his kidnapped mother. He happens to know her secret and he threatens to expose her if she refuses to help him. Daniel’s mother is an anthropologist and she has spent her life working on a special project that got her kidnapped. To save her Daniel must find some ancient stones that supposedly have magical powers and he needs Kayla’s help. Daniel also happens to have a special talent, which is the ability to teleport anywhere in the world. Together Kayla and Daniel travel the world in hopes of saving Daniel’s mother before it is too late.

Kayla was a spunky girl with lots of attitude which I completely adored. She is funny and always seems to have a comeback for everything, which made her a very entertaining character. But she is also a very compassionate person, and even though she is a thief she still generally tries to be a good person. I think one of my favorite things about Kayla was the unique relationship she had with her mother. In many ways their relationship reminded me of Lorelei and Rory Gilmore’s. Of course there were some major differences but their bond was very similar. They were so close and for the most part they were completely honest with each other. Overall, I thought that Kayla was a really fun character and I was glad I got to read her story.

Daniel was a swoon worthy boy. With his good looks and shy personality he was hard not to like even though he was blackmailing Kayla. The thing I liked most about him was that he surprised me. He didn’t end up being what I originally expected from him and I enjoyed that. He is a good person and he was perfect for Kayla. They evened each other out and while there wasn’t much romance, the little there was were adorable. I loved watching them get to know each other and thought they made a great couple.

Chasing Power was a fast paced adventure that had engaging characters, cute romance, and great action. My favorite part of the story was all the different settings that were explored throughout the story. Because Daniel can teleport, he and Kayla travel all over the world and I found that really interesting. Durst did a really great job describing each setting to where I felt like I was there with the characters. The plot also had some great surprises that I wasn’t expecting and that is always a huge plus for me. Durst has such beautiful writing and she really knows how to weave together an entertaining story. While I haven’t read many books by Durst, this was by far my favorite from her. This was a very quick read for me and I really enjoyed it. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a great adventure with cute romance.

Notable Scene:

Before she could react, he clamped a hand on her shoulder, and State Street vanished.

Dark. Light. Blue sky. She felt her knees buckle, and a pair of strong arms hauled her backward. She pitched back and landed hard on her butt. She was on a slope—a slope composed of red tiles. Like a roof.

Exactly like a roof.

She was on a freaking roof.

The boy sat calmly besides her.

She was even with the tops of palm trees. The leaves tickled the lip of the roof. Below was State Street, bustling exactly the way she left it, minus her and Daniel. “What—“

FTC Advisory:  Bloomsbury provided me with a copy of Chasing Power.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

October 24th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Posted by Bridget under Review Tags: Ann Aguirre, Immortal Game Series, Mortal Danger, Paranormal, Review, Young Adult

Mortal DangerTitle: Mortal Danger

Author: Ann Aguirre

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Immortal Game (Book #1)

Publication Date: August 5, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 372 Pages

ISBN-10: 1250024641 (MacTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-1250024640 (MacTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly… bad things are happening. It’s a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what–she can trust. Not even her own mind…

Quick & Dirty: Unique dark story weaved with mystery, romance, and action. To be honest, it took me by surprise on where the story went but I loved every minute of it!

Opening Sentence: I was suppose to die at 5:57 a.m.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Edie Kramer just finished her junior year of high school at the prestigious Blackbriar. She has attended Blackbriar for three miserable years and there is no way she can go through another. She has been bullied to the brink of her sanity, and she decides that the only way to end the torture is to commit suicide. She plans everything out perfectly, but just before she jumps to her death a mysterious boy stops her. His name is Kian and he offers her a deal that she just can’t refuse. Edie will be granted three favors that she has to use within the next five years. These favors can be whatever she wants, but in return she will have to grant three favors to WM&G, the mysterious company that can miraculously change Edie’s life forever.

The first thing Edie asks for is to become one of the beautiful people. She spends her whole summer learning how to become one of them so when school starts she can infiltrate their group and take them down one by one. Revenge never tasted so sweet, but as things start to progress the simple payback Edie was planning turns deadly. There is way more at stake than Edie could have ever imagined and she is just a pawn in a much bigger plan.

Edie was a very unique and interesting character. Given the circumstances it was obviously very easy to sympathize with but surprisingly I actually ended up really loving her as a character. I guess when I originally read the synopsis for the story I was worried that she was going to be a really depressed character and that it would be hard to connect with her. I don’t tend to like characters that are really negative about everything but luckily Edie was nothing like that. She does have many self esteem issues but for the most part she is actually a very positive person. As her confidence grew and she started to strive for what she wanted in life, I found that I could really relate with her on many different levels. No, I have never had to deal with the bullying that she did but I do know what it feels like to be insecure and undesired. I think that most teenagers know how this feels. Edie also has a lot of compassion for others and even though she is out for revenge on her enemies she never truly wanted anything horrible to happen to them. She just wanted them to get a taste of their own medicine. Another great thing about Edie was her intelligence. Yes, she makes some poor decisions throughout the story but she always thinks things through before she acts, and she doesn’t have to rely on others to fill her in, she uses her own brain to figure things out. Pretty much from the very beginning I liked Edie and my fondness for her just continued to grow through the entire story.

Kian was a very mysterious boy that I had mixed feelings for. At first, I really didn’t know what to think of him because you really don’t know anything about him besides the fact that he is drop dead gorgeous and that he offered Edie a chance at a second life. So at first I wasn’t really sold on him, but the more I got to know him the better I liked him. His story is a sad one and in many ways it was very similar to Edie’s. He isn’t a bad guy but he is stuck in a bad situation that really has no good ending. I slowly fell for his quiet charm and good heart. His relationship with Edie was adorable and I loved how good he treated her even before her makeover. They also had really great chemistry which is always a big plus. So, while I didn’t love Kian right off the bat, I eventually fell head over heels for him.

Mortal Danger was very unique and completely different from what I was expecting, but in a good way. There was mystery, suspense, drama, romance, and action all weaved into a very entertaining story. From the first page, I was hooked and I found that I couldn’t put the book down until I was finished. The pacing was done perfectly and the plot was very intriguing. All of the characters were very engaging and easy to connect with. I will say that there were some pretty gruesome moments in the story that freaked me out a little bit, so just a fair warning if you don’t like that kind of thing. I feel like this covered a wide variety of genres and because of that it will be a big hit with a lot of different people. This is actually the very first book I have read by Aguirre, but rest assured it won’t be the last. Her writing is very addictive and she really knows how to create a very intriguing premises. While the ending was very satisfying, I can’t wait to see what happens in the next installment. I would highly recommend this to YA fans across the board, like I mentioned earlier it covers so many different genres I think that most YA fans will love it.

Notable Scene:

Davina was making a joke when Brittany wheezed and then there was a wet sound, a splatter, and I leapt to my feet. No time to think about whether she’s want me to—I yanked open the curtain and even in the gloom, I saw so much blood, blood everywhere, staining her gown, her sheets, pouring from her mouth in a river of red. Jen came to my shoulder and screamed while Davina fumbled for the call button.

Immortal Game Series:

0.5 The Girl in the Gray Sweatshirt

1. Mortal Danger

2. Public Enemies (August 4, 2015)

3. Infinite Risk (September 2016)

FTC Advisory:  Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Mortal Danger.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Giveaway: The Sorcerer Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

October 23rd, 2014 @ 12:05 am
Posted by Kristie under Giveaway Tags: Cinda Williams Chima, Fantasy, The Heir Chronicles, The Sorcerer Heir, Young Adult

Cinda Williams ChimaThe final installment of the The Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima hits the stores this week! The Sorcerer Heir is the fifth book in this exciting young adult fantasy series and was officially released on October 21, 2014. Dark Faerie Tales is celebrating the series conclusion with an exciting giveaway! We are hosting a giveaway of the entire Heir Chronicles series! The Heir Chronicles series will keep readers glued to their seats through riveting fight scenes, deadly political machinations, burgeoning romance, and the unfolding intrigues of a contemporary magical world. This giveaway is provided by Disney-Hyperion and open to US addresses only.

About Cinda:

Cinda Williams Chima is the New York Times bestselling author of The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir, The Enchanter Heir, and the four books of the Seven Realms series: The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, and The Crimson Crown. Cinda is a graduate of The University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University. She lives in Ohio with her family.

You can visit Cinda around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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This giveaway is provided by Disney-Hyperion!

One lucky reader will win the entire Heir Chronicle Series which includes The Warrior HeirThe Wizard HeirThe Dragon HeirThe Enchanter HeirThe Sorcerer Heir!
(US only)




Available October 21, 2014 from Disney-Hyperion

About this Book:

The can’t-miss finale to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely. Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

The Sorcerer Heir is a self-contained story, accessible to readers just discovering the Heir series, but loyal fans will be rewarded by visits from characters they love (and love to hate) from the earlier installments.

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Contest Winner: Don’t Touch

October 22nd, 2014 @ 11:07 pm
Posted by Kristie under Contest Winner Tags: Don't Touch, Rachel Wilson

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