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YA Crush Tourney: Vote Maxon!

June 12th, 2013 Kayla Posted in Discussion Comments Off

YA Crush Tourney

First we would like to introduce ourselves. We (Bridget, Emmy, Kayla and Michelle) are so excited to be advocates for the wonderful Prince Maxon from The Selection Series by Kiera Cass. We are all reviewers of YA Fiction for the awesome blog Dark Faerie Tales. This blog is dedicated to reviewing YA/NA fiction books (primarily paranormal) and spreading the news of upcoming books coming out or making it in the movie world.

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It is custom that whenever the heir to the throne in Illea is a boy, a Selection is held. In this Bachelor-esque competition, 35 girls are chosen to fight for the prince’s heart – and the crown.  Prince of Illea, Maxon Schreave, must look for a wife out of the 35 advisor-chosen girls from all kinds of backgrounds. Despite his reluctance and doubt that he would actually find “true love” in this political game, Prince Maxon is pleasantly surprised when an unusual girl steals his heart. Trust us when we say he is definitely a bachelor worth winning.

Personality:

Let’s start off with the easy stuff: Prince Maxon is smart, kind, funny and all the “golden guy” characteristics that every girl swoons for. Now, as cliche as all of that sounds, this is the foundation of Maxon’s personality. But what makes him stand out from every other good guy out there is his deep loyalty, affable/witty banter and compassion. We can always depend on Maxon to lighten the mood with light hearted jokes or sarcastic comment, but the most memorable conversation was Maxon’s bet with America Singer (the reluctant true love). *TINY SPOILER AHEAD* During breakfast with all of the Selected, Maxon bets that the food is so delicious at the castle that America’s sister would shed tears of joy if she tasted it; if he wins then America would have to go on a walk with Maxon, but if he lost, America can wear jeans on the weekends. Even with his funny personality, Maxon is also the most compassionate person in the entire series – and possibly in anything we’ve ever read. He cares when nobody else does and forgives when the king refuses to. Still not convinced to vote for him? Keep on reading.

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“Forgive what? Our stupid fight? It’s already forgotten.  Your feelings being a little slower than mine? I’m prepared to wait,” he said with a shrug.  “I don’t think there’s anything you could do that I couldn’t forgive.  Need I remind you of the knee to my groin?”  The Selection pg 321

“It wasn’t like I made his world better.  It was like I was his world. It wasn’t some explosion; it wasn’t fireworks. It was a fire, burning slowly from the inside out.”  The Elite pg 298

Looks:

He’s swoony. ‘Nuff said. Well since there’s no exact picture of him, you’ll just have to be satisfied with Michael Malarkey. (This picture
is the closest we can get since he’s playing Maxon in the CW’s version of The Selection currently in the middle of filming.)

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“His hair was honey colored, and his eyes were brown.  He kind of looked like summertime, which I guess was attractive to some people.  His hair was cropped short and neatly done, and his grey suit was perfectly fitted to him.”  The Selection pg 40

“I had been raised a musician, but I was surrounded by artists.  I’d once seen a sculpture that was hundreds of years old of an athlete throwing a disk.  I’d thought to myself at the time that only an artist could do that, make someone’s body look so beautiful.  Maxon’s chest was as sculpted as any piece of art I’d ever seen.”  The Elite pg 284

Talents:

As a prince, one must be a competent diplomat. Maxon has that down pact. He displays wonderful skills in negotiating and leading. Also, if listening could be called a talent, Maxon has it down to a T. There isn’t a single thing America can’t talk to Maxon about (besides their relationship) and even if he doesn’t have any advice, he’s always willing to lend an ear.

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“Maxon’s face was a shallow echo of my own pain. He looked absolutely brokenhearted for me.  More than that he looked angry. ‘I’m sorry America. I don’t…’ His face shifted a little ‘Is this a good time to pat your shoulder?’” The Selection pg 196

Attributes:

If you’re still not confident you should vote for Prince Maxon, let’s summarize his best characteristics: compassionate, funny, loyal, smart, diplomatic, handsome… But for one second, let’s drop all pretenses and forget that this is a competition and we’re only supposed to point out all of our boy’s good qualities. But it’s really Maxon’s flaws and negative characteristics that make him stand out above any other.

He can be selfish.

“Honestly? I was trying to give the other girls a sporting chance.  From the beginning, I’ve really only looked at you, wanted you.” I blushed.  “When you told me how you felt, I was so relieved that a part of me didn’t believe it.  I still have a hard time accepting that it was real.  You’d be surprised how infrequently I get something I truly want.” The Elite pg 79

He can be naive.

“What have I done to offend you? Did I not just give you the very thing you asked for?” He was genuinely confused by my response.  I suppose he expected us to adore him and thank our lucky stars for his existence.  The Selection pg 113

He can be utterly frustrating.

He shook his head, irritated, and stood. “Fine.” He walked across the room in quick, angry strides. “I’ll just go see what Kriss is doing.”  The Elite pg 244

But it’s how he reacts and pushes on when something bad happens or when he’s wrong that makes this boy the best YA crush we know.

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And if you won’t take our word for how amazing Prince Maxon is, here’s America’s view:

“And I couldn’t poke fun at him, not when I had a chance to say what I’d really started to think now that he was my friend. I couldn’t joke about the person who’d saved me from facing absolute heartbreak at home, who fed my family boxes of sweets, who ran to me worried that I was hurt if I asked for him… Maxon Schreave is the epitome of all things good.  He is going to be a phenomenal king.  He lets girls who are supposed to be wearing dresses wear jeans and doesn’t get mad when someone who doesn’t know him clearly mislabels him. Whoever he marries will be a lucky girl.  And whatever happens to me, I will be honored to be his subject.”

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Crossfire Series Discussion: Holding the Fort for Sylvia Day

June 7th, 2013 Shirene Posted in Discussion 4 Comments »

Holding the Fort for Ms. Sylvia Day

I want to ensure that everyone knows I have never been part of Sylvia Day’s personal staff or even met her.  I look forward to meeting her on June 28th in Kissimmee, FL.  I am also not part of Berkley Publishing or any of its subsidiaries.

There have been many posts on Amazon and Goodreads about the third book in the Crossfire Series, Entwined with You, that were negative and plain nasty and I couldn’t let Ms. Day continue feeling like she is holding the fort on her own.  I had to weigh in and give her my heartfelt support.

Much has been said and posted that readers have felt that Entwined with You was a “money grab” by Ms. Day and that the book is “more filler” than Gideon and Eva’s story.  I would like the opportunity to disagree with both statements.

Many of you may not know this, but when Ms. Day originally started writing this series, it was intended as a quintet or in other words a 5 book series.  However, the book publisher decided they only wanted to sign up for a 3 book deal.  I understand the logistics of not wanting to tie down an author or publisher for an undetermined length of time, but unfortunately as this series has shown there was a definite need for 5 books.  I would have been sorry to say goodbye to Eva and Gideon after Entwined with You, but thankfully that is not the case.  Not to mention I still have questions about many of the threads that are continuing to ravel and unravel if this had been their final chapter.

In regards to the story being “filler”, I disagree with this vehemently.  The story continues to unfold and the people that are in Eva’s life are being highlighted.  Some of my favorite laugh-out-loud moments were between Eva, Mark and Steven.  In other words, if Eva cares for them, we are learning to love and support them as well.  This is a great way to not only tell a story but to draw in readers like me into the world wholeheartedly. 

Part of the problem that we are seeing played out here, I believe, is the transition period between people that only get their news via traditional means: e.g. newspapers, TV, and magazines and people who get 99% of their news via social media: e.g. Twitter, Facebook, video chats, etc.

I am quite happy to be in the camp that relies on social media in part because of its immediacy.  For example, when I saw Ms. Day post she was going to be interviewed via Google Hangouts one evening, my immediate response was — I will check that out.  So I was aware prior to the release of Entwined with You that this was not the final chapter.  Some of this could have been better managed I believe by the publishing side, but as always — hindsight is 20/20.

But what happens if tomorrow or the day after, a lost book from Jane Austen, J. R. R. Tolkien, William Shakespeare, or Charlotte Bronte was found and it was another book in one of their previous stories?  Would you decide that just because you read the original you would refuse to read another part of the story?  I, however, would be thrilled and delighted to read more about Emma’s life, another story in the Lord of the Rings series, an additional sonnet or two from William or a side story for Jane Eyre.  You would see me heading to my local bookstore or downloading it as quickly as I could to read the new story.  I believe that we should give the same respect and appreciation to authors today.

If you are in the camp that didn’t like or enjoy Entwined with You, that is fine and you are entitled to say that in whatever format you want.  But please don’t proceed to smear the author’s name and reputation with nastiness.  The old adage is true, if you can’t say something good don’t say it at all.

This has been written in part because of the gracious way that Ms. Day has handled herself throughout this entire process, as a great example of class and womanhood.  There have been times in my life were I have been faced with struggle and counted on my family as my only lifeline and support through the struggle, but longed for some from the outside forces to say “That is enough!”  I want to be that voice here. 

Ms. Day, please know that there are many of your loyal readers out here looking with great anticipation for the next book to be released and I am quite happy to be in their number.  We have your back!

Just in case you are wondering what I would give Entwined with You if I reviewed this book, it would be a 6 out of 5, which is our way of saying this book is MADE OF AWESOME!

One last thing regarding the series being 5 books instead of 3 books.  Ms. Day is a woman and it is her God given right to change her mind.  I will defend that to my dying breath.

You can reach me through this blog or via Twitter at @Shirene_DFT.

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Cheers: Arrow ~ Destiny Leaves Its Mark

March 26th, 2013 Angela Posted in Discussion, Television 1 Comment »

In keeping with our new feature that we ran for the holidays (Cheers and Jeers) comes the first installment of resounding cheers for the new breakout hit TV series – Arrow, which currently runs every Wednesday at 8:00 on The CW Network.  The emerald archer reigns supreme with a respectable 4 million + viewers for its debut.  If you guys aren’t watching this show, then you should.  What are you waiting for?  You should immediately give it a go and just trust that you won’t be disappointed.  Before word about a re-imagined (revisited, revamped, reworked, or re-whatever) Arrow got out, plenty of comic book and superhero fans were restless and still processing the ending of the epic 10 year run of another beloved series – Smallville.  What next?  Smallville hit so many milestones (both in the mythos and high production values) so just the thought of anything else coming after that or trying to fill its shoes was laughable.  These things almost always get bungled in Hollywood or for the dreaded TV treatment.

Heated debates ensued online about the next viable franchise option for DC Comics/Warner Bros. and The CW to team up on.  What property/character would DC Comics allow The CW to cultivate for TV?  Everyone knew Bats was off the table, for many reasons.  Aguaman – well need I say more? Been there, done that – epic fail!.  Some were hoping for Bane, looking for something darker.  Getting the perspective from the iconic supervillain would make for interesting writing and storytelling.  But any realist knew it was a pipe dream.  Hawkman – a potentially viable option.  Green Lantern – could be brilliant, but would require a huge budget to do it right.  Plus, there’s a potential conflict with the rumored new reboot of the movie franchise after Ryan Reynolds’ showing didn’t deliver as expected.  The Flash – many speculated that The CW could do justice to a series built around the speedster.  Personally, I was hoping for Wonder Woman.  Since The Powers That Be can’t seem to get or allow Joss Whedon or Christopher Nolan to pen a silver screen version for the masses, then I would completely settle for a long running revamped TV series.  I’m thankful that David E. Kelley’s dreadful version was DOA and never released to the public.  Just the stills and dailies that were released were enough to convince me that NBC made the right decision to not move forward with the show.  Now that Whedon has a very lucrative deal with Marvel to pen the another Avenger movie (the first movie was beyond amazing) and a few other things, DC is totally screwed. Ultimately, my Wonder Woman wish just might come true.  In recent months there’s been a lot of talk that CW has a Wonder Woman project in the works (casting underway and shooting pilot so not super secret) with a working title: Amazon.  Apparently, it’s supposed to be an origins story a la Smallville – featuring a young Diana and in the end it’s likely not to feature the hard hitting, crown and bracelets and lasso wearing Amazon Princess that we all know and love.  Critics complain about passing the laugh test and all with featuring the costume in a “tights and flights” sort of way or in this case a skimpy top and bottom set, which I just don’t get because it’s 2013 and a sexy and classically updated costume can be done.  Wonder Woman has several different variations of the costume already.  The patriotic costume is iconic, just like Wonder Woman.  I just don’t think you can do away with it.  Anyway, back to Arrow.

I love to talk to any and everyone about this show. After the first 9 episodes I was officially hooked. When the show came back from winter hiatus, it continued to deliver depth and characterization that is rarely seen in a freshman show. Here’s my quick and dirty on the show:

Themes/Casting: When word got out that Arrow was given the green light, I was thrilled.  About ten months ago, the first footage and teasers were starting to roll out and hit the web.  I was immediately captured by the dark and provocative interpretation the network was taking.  Arrow was getting a Batman Begins reboot, moving into Dark Knight territory.  Serious in tone, some light elements (who isn’t slightly amused by the antics of billionaire playboys, even reformed ones), harsh realities abound, strife and searching for humanity in a conflicted character.  Overall, the story would be dark, violent and EPIC.  I was glad that the network decided to recast Oliver Queen, which was previously played by Justin Hartley on Smallville.  Justin delivered a fine performance on Smallville, but I don’t think he has the gravitas or look (he’s just too damn pretty) to deliver a much darker Oliver Queen that is being portrayed by Stephen Amell.  I also think it’s important for Arrow to set itself apart from Smallville, and it’s clear that the show creators have been successful in delivering a much different Green Arrow.  Now that Stephen Amell is in the role, I can’t imagine anyone else as the emerald archer.  I wasn’t familiar with Amell’s previous work, but I definitely like what I see on Arrow.  Amell successfully presents a sort of broken and damaged Oliver Queen. I’m amazed that Amell can convey so much with his body language and movements, the tone of his voice and his facial expressions.  It’s not an easy role to play because after all he has no super powers.  So there is a fair amount of brilliant acting on Amell’s part because he really has to sell that he’s a threat and an imposing vigilante.  The premise and setup of the show is brilliant in many respects.  I love the fact that this version of Oliver does have to grapple with his humanity.  He delivers his brand of justice and kills when necessary, not just for the sake of killing.  Yes, he’s a vigilante and you could question his morality.  But somehow you find yourself cheering him on during his dangerous missions to get the bad guys — even when he’s doing bad things himself.

Writing:  With 17 episodes out of the gate, I remain blown away by what the writing team has been able to accomplish.  Viewers are given multi-layered characters, a solid plot has already been established, and the overall story arc has enough legs to last at least 5 seasons.

Universe: Green Arrow will be challenged by some stellar foes with the ever expanding Rouges Gallery.  These villains bring excitement and their brand of mayhem to a whole new level.  It’s already so easy to get pulled into the world of Starling City.  Arrow is a fun show to watch and even when you are visiting the grim parts of the city like The Glades, you can’t help but love it.  The tone and structure of Starling City is very similar to Gotham and Metropolis.

Cast:

Initially, I had a concern that the cast of characters was going to be too large.  I didn’t want it to detract from the way from the story was being told.  Luckily, the writing staff has been able to balance the role that each character must play to move the plot forward.  Moira Queen really gets under your skin as the shady and powerful mom/business tycoon with what appears to be some sort of New World Order agenda.  It’s all so cloak and dagger.  Ollie’s step-father is Walter Steele and he brings just the right amount of affable nature to the family dynamics.  He certainly manages the right amount of “a day late-and a dollar short”.  Naturally, things don’t work out so well for him – or at least that remains to be seen.  Thea is the bratty and annoying little sister that loses herself in partying, sex, drugs and booze.  You know, the standard trope for spoiled kids from a wealthy family.  She really does deliver this sort of general malaise about life in general.  Seriously, this chick has some issues.  John Diggle, Oliver’s former bodyguard turned sidekick, brings some reason to the table when Oliver can’t see past his drive to exact justice.  It’s also nice that Diggle isn’t a physical liability.  He can definitely get scrappy in a street fight.  Tommy Merlyn is Ollie’s bestfriend and he plays the just this side of pathetic, loves to party, has parental issues, and needs to grow up kind of guy.  I can easily see Tommy as a throw away character.  Any other route that the writer’s might take would be highly predictable, but to leave him on his current path would be a shame.  I really do hope that they have something unique in store for him.  And last but certainly not least is Oliver’s love interest: Laurel Lance, which is played by Katie Cassidy.  After the epic story/chemistry failure between the leads in (click the link to read my post) Beauty and the Beast, among other things, I had a real concern about the chemisty between the leads in Arrow.  I’m pleased to say that Amell and Cassidy definitely deliver in the chemistry department.  The viewer is thrown into their now awkward and cantankerous relationship in medias res.  Oliver and Laurel have a tumultuous history, yet despite all of the drama that is implied and some revealed, you really do get the sense that these two are intense together.  The viewer doesn’t get to witness their initial courtship, first kiss, first love scene, first anything because it’s all already happenend.  Oliver and Laurel were already a couple when Oliver cheated on Laurel with her sister, and then he goes missing (presumed dead) for five years.  They really do have a lot of unfinished business to deal with, and now that Oliver is a completely different person, the road back to each others arms won’t be all rainbows and sunshine.  It’s fun to watch them dance around their issues and attraction for one another.  After sharing one mind altering kiss, they headed for the hills (and other people), but I have a feeling that they will only be able to run for so long.

Arrow is one of my top 5 shows right now.  I like all of the important stuff that the network delivers for my viewing pleasure, like the writing, acting, plot, violence, production values, etc., but I’m not ashamed to mention the beyond swoonworthy factor of Stephen Amell (move over Tom Welling — sorry love).  **START RANT TO OBJECTIFY HERE** Amell is ridiculously hot, just so easy on the eyes and his body is…well let’s just go with sinful.  It’s like being a kid in a candy store as I watch Amell episode after episode shirtless or working out.  I can hardly contain my excitement.  Am I too pathetic? Have you seen his million pack abs?  Have you seen Amell on the dreaded salmon ladder? I mean it really is a crime that this show isn’t on a cable network.  Then we could have a rating of TV-MADLSV.  **END RANT HERE** So ladies get with it or you’ll miss out!.  Seriously, peeps — just having a bit of fun.

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Most Anticipated Releases of 2013: Bridget

January 14th, 2013 Bridget Posted in Discussion Comments Off

#10

Title: Requiem

Author: Lauren Oliver

GenreYA Dystopian

SeriesDelirium (Book 3)

Publication Date:  March 5, 2013

Synopsis

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

WHY I CANNOT WAIT:  This book will finish out the Delirium trilogy and I can’t wait.  I enjoyed Delirium, and I loved Pandemonium.  I love Lena and I am so excited to see more of Hannah, she wasn’t in the second book and she was one of my favorite characters in the first book.  It’s always sad to see the end of a series but I am excited to see which boy Lena picks and where her story goes.   Also the second book had a horrible cliffhanger at the end so I really need to know what happens next.

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#9

Title: Untitled Gallagher Girls #6

Author: Ally Carter

Genre: YA Mystery

Series: Gallagher Girls (Book 6)

Publication: Expected to be in 2013

Synopsis: N/A

WHY I CANNOT WAIT: I love the Gallagher Girl series.  The books are so cute and fun.  Also they are totally clean, so pretty much anyone at any age can enjoy them.  I secretly wish I could be a Gallagher girl J!!!  This is supposed to be the last book in the series which makes me sad because I love Cammie and her spy friends.  In the books you get to see Cammie grow into a beautiful young women and a totally kick-butt spy.  I just can’t wait to engross myself again in the world that Carter created and the awesome characters she has written about.

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#8

Title: Apollyon

Author: Jennifer Armentrout

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Covenant (Book 4)

Publication DateApril 9, 2013

Synopsis:

Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

WHY I CANNOT WAIT: Jennifer Armentrout is just a genius.  I have loved everything she has written so far.  The Convent series totally captured my heart in the first book and I can’t wait to see what happens next.  I love Alex and Aiden they are totally adorable together!!!  I also have a soft spot for Seth even though he has a crazy side to him.  The story has gotten pretty intense and I can’t wait to see where it goes.  Also Jennifer likes to have cliffhangers at the end of her books so it leaves you dying to know what happens next.

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#7

Title: The Elite

Author: Kiera Cass

Genre: YA Dystopian

Series: The Selection (Book 2)

Publication Date:  April 23, 2013

Synopsis:

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

WHY I CANNOT WAIT: Honestly the Selection had some of my favorite things in it.  I love YA Dystopian novels and one of my guilty pleasures is watching the Bachelor.  If you combine those two things you basically have The Selection.  I feel in love with the characters and I can’t wait to see where the story goes and see who wins the selection.

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#6

Title: Sweet Peril

Author: Wendy Higgins

GenreYA Paranormal

Series: Sweet Evil (Book 2)

Publication Date: April 30, 2013

Synopsis:

Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

WHY I CANNOT WAIT: Kai that is why I want this book J!!!  For anyone that has not read Sweet Evil yet you need to.  Wendy put together this incredible story with so many unique ideas in it.  I also really connected with Anna.  She was so totally innocent at the beginning and you get to see her struggle with who she is and what she must become.  Also I think that Kaiden is just totally dreamy and I can’t wait to read more about him!!!

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#5

Title: Boundless

Author: Cynthia Hand

GenreYA Paranormal

Series: Unearthly (Book 3)

Publication DateJanuary 22, 2013

Synopsis:

The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California – and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfil her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

WHY I CANNOT WAIT: This is the final book in the Unearthly series.  Cynthia Hand has written a wonderful story full of love, loss, and adventure.  I have really enjoyed the series and I am sad to see it coming to an end.  Honestly my main reason for wanting to read this book is Tucker Avery.  He is my favorite book boy ever.  I think that is he is perfect and just totally dreamy so I can’t wait to read more about him.  Also I really like Clara and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for her in the final book.

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#4

Title: Untitled Throne of Glass #2

AuthorSarah J. Maas

GenreYA Fantsasy

SeriesThrone of Glass (Book 2)

Publication Date: Expected 2013

Synopsis: N/A

WHY I CANNOT WAIT: I was totally captivated by the world and characters that Sarah J Maas created.  Throne of Glass was one of my favorite reads for 2012 and honestly I still think about the book even though I read it months ago.  It was beautifully written and the story was just amazing.  I got really invested in the characters and their stories.  There is a pretty great love triangle and I love both of the boys.  I really can’t wait to read the next book and see where Maas takes everything!

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#3

Title: Siege and Storm

Author: Leigh Bardugo

GenreYA Fantasy

Series: The Grisha (Book 2)

Publication Date:  June 4, 2013

Synopsis:

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

WHY I CANNOT WAIT: Shadow and Bone blew me away.  I couldn’t put the book down once I started it.  I loved Alina and getting to know her and connect with her was so great.  I also have a secret obsession for the Darkling.   This is new for me I don’t usually cheer for the villain, but in this case I just can’t help it.  Honestly June is too far away I need this book now!!!

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#2

Title: Through the Ever Night

Author: Veronica Rossi

Genre: YA Dystopian

Series: Under the Never Sky (Book 2)

Publication Date: January 8, 2013

Synopsis:

It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

WHY I CANNOT WAIT: Under the Never Sky was my all time favorite read of 2012.  I loved the characters, the world, the romance, and the plot.  This is Veronica Rossi’s debut book and it was amazing.  We get to see more of the secondary characters in this book and learn more about them which has me really excited, I totally loved Roar.  Also getting to see how Aria and Perry make their relationship work now that he is the new Blood Lord of his tribe is going to be interesting.  Through the Ever Night is going to be amazing if it is anything like the first book.

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#1

Title: Clockwork Princess

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: YA Paranormal

SeriesInfernal Devices (Book 3)

Publication Date: March 19, 2013

Synopsis:  

Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.

Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.

WHY I CANNOT WAIT: I am a big fan of Cassandra Clare.  If you haven’t read any of her books yet you really should start like yesterday J!  The wait for this book has been agonizing.  It is the final book in the Infernal Device Series.  I know that it is going to be amazing and heartbreaking at the same time.  The first 2 books in the series were brilliantly written and I loved them both.  I am going to be honest I both look forward and dread the end because there will be no more Tessa, Will, and Jem and that makes me sad.  But good things always have to come to an end and that’s how I feel about this series.  I honestly can’t wait to see what happens.

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2013 is going to be a great year for books.  These are just a few of the books I want to read this year and I know that I am going to discover so many more in the year to come.  I hope that everyone has a wonderful new year and that they plan to read lots of books!!!

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On the twelfth day after Christmas my true love gave to me…

January 6th, 2013 Kayla Posted in Discussion 1 Comment »

…twleve gods a brawling.

All those Greek gods you hear about? They’re real. They are the original 12 gods and goddesses, only in human form. Their personalities haven’t changed over the centuries. They still argue with each other and often throw fits and fight (acutal fist-throwing action). But one of them has been on the verge of giving up. Henry (Hades) has lost his wife Persephone and has been looking for a new one. So the gods created a test: each god was in charge of testing the prospective wife for their specific origin. Athena would test wisdom. Hera would test marriage. And so on. If the girl passed, she would become a god and rule at Henry’s side. That is, if the girl lived long enough.

Every girl before Kate has been murdered while in the middle of her trial. No one knows who it is or why they are trying to make Henry give up hope. In fact if Kate doesn’t pass, then Henry is ready to give up. He’s tired of innocent girls dying. He’s tired of trying to fall in love with one of them, when all he wants is Persephone to love him. Now he only has to suffer through one last shred of hope. One last girl.

Want to know what happens to Kate? Read the entire story in…

Title: Goddess Interrupted

Author: Aimée Carter

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Series: The Goddess Test (Book 2)

Publication Date: March 27, 2012

Format: Paperback, 296 Pages

ISBN-10: 0373210450 (Harlequin Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0373210459 (Harlequin Teen)

Synopsis:

KATE WINTERS HAS WON IMMORTALITY.

BUT IF SHE WANTS A LIFE WITH HENRY IN THE UNDERWORLD, SHE’LL HAVE TO FIGHT FOR IT.

Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry’s first wife, Persephone.

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