Requested Review: Relatively Honest by Molly Ringle

Synopsis: Eighteen year-old womanizer Daniel Revelstoke leaves his native London to study at the University of Oregon, dreaming of seducing one American girl after another. But he soon meets a new kind of woman in classmate Julie French. Her cleverness and resistance land Daniel in love for the first time in his life, to his deep confusion.
However, Julie's long-distance boyfriend and a bizarre family secret stand in Daniel's way to winning her. Since he can't quit obsessing over her, he decides to hide a few truths in order to draw closer to her, hoping that maybe she'll return his love and, when she finds out his devious path, forgive him. It's a gamble, but all's fair in love and college.
 
Review
Plot: I was instantly intrigued by this book because it's rare to read a good male POV that a girl could get into and the plot is about him actually being a womanizer. It was hard not to resist Daniel's charm though even just reading his perspective, and you know everything he's done. Just like every other womanizer, he has been with countless women and had not cared an ounce whether or not he worked out with them. But, once he meets Julie, that's all over. He stops at nothing to try and get her to leave Patrick, her boyfriend, and be with him instead. At first, it starts out with him just wanting her in bed, but he slowly starts wanting more than just a physical thing. Once he starts realizing his feelings for Julie, it's too late to go back after he learns of a deep family secret. He has no idea how to take it and how to tell Julie, but until then, it's his own little dark secret.
 
Characters: Daniel - Daniel is very charming and smooth. He knows how to use his features (ex. his accent) and when to use them. He is overconfident with himself and will calculate how good of a chance he has with the ladies. After finding out this family secret, he isn't sure what to do with himself and this sends him on an insane spiral.
Julie - Julie is a nice girl that shows signs of longing for Daniel, but doesn't voice them. Daniel is constantly trying to figure her out and never knows exactly how she'll react. She is different from every other girl because she doesn't fall for his tricks.
 
Cover: The cover doesn't give the book justice. It doesn't truly describe what the book is about other than that it deals with romance. I wish there was more to the cover.
 
Overall Rating: I give this book a three out four. It has a very complex and dynamic plot that is different from anything I've read. It does test you in what you want and don't want to happen. There are some scenes that were too convenient for the characters but there are other scenes where one character gets screwed over. The last thing I will say about this book is that there is a very controversial topic in this book. It does take some openmindedness to read this book, but I do urge to give it a chance, whether or not you completely agree with it.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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ARC Review: Jessica Rules the Dark Side (Jessica #2) by Beth Fantaskey

Synopsis: It’s one thing to find out you’re a vampire princess. It’s a whole other thing to actually rule. Newly married Jessica Packwood is having a hard enough time feeling regal with her husband, Lucius, at her side. But when evidence in the murder of a powerful elder points to Lucius, sending him into solitary confinement, Jessica is suddenly on her own. Determined to clear her husband’s name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius’s time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is—and whom she can trust—before it’s too late?

Review
Plot: I'm glad I had the pleasure of getting the chance to read this before it comes out. I fell in love with the previous installment and couldn't wait to read this one. The second installment follows Jessica after she has just married Lucius and getting into the swing of becoming a ruler. Jessica is still not used to being a ruler and relies on Lucius to make commands since he's used to it. But, after an elder is murdered and Lucius is blamed, it is left to Jessica to uncover the real murderer and why they would frame Lucius. Along with Jessica's troubles, we get to follow her best friend, Mindy, and her love affair with Raniero and her suspicions of Jessica's cousin. The different POVs did worry me but after reading them, I love each one. There was never one that I got bored with, plus the male POVs (Lucius and Raniero) were very funny to read.

Characters: Jessica - Jessica is one of my favorite characters. She's very strong and brave, but she isn't used to being in the position she's in now. She wants to be the wife Lucius deserves and slowly molds herself into that role, not only because she needs to but because that's what she's destined to.
Mindy - Mindy is a breath of fresh air since her biggest troubles are trying to win back the vampire she lost. She goes to see Jessica in her time of need and tries to support her while Lucius is in confinement. Mindy is a very strong character in herself and I feel like there is more to her story.

Cover: I love how the covers of the series are cohesive to one another. One depicting Jessica's innocence and the other showing Jessica fall into her position as a royal. The cover is very beautiful and sums up a few key points in the story.

Overall Rating: I have to give this book a three out of four. I thought the book was a great conclusion on Jessica's story and maybe a spin-off for Mindy. The book gave a nice journey for Jessica to see that she does deserve to be a royal and she can be one. I loved the POVs between the four characters and the surprise twist of who the actual murderer was. I would recommend any vampire or romance fans to read this series; it has a great balance of romance and action/drama.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Requested Review: The Apocalypse Gene by Suki Michelle and Carlyle Clark

Synopsis: Global pandemic is raging.
Olivya Wright-Ono's once loving home has been converted to a hospice for the dying. Her ability to see auras forces her to witness, with agonizing detail, the vibrant colors of life consumed by malignancy.
The beautiful and troubled, Mikah, is an elite Empath in the ancient Kindred clan, led by the brooding, ever-morphing, monster named Prime. Mikah has learned a terrible truth . . . the plague is linked to Kindred origins. When Olivya sees evidence of disease creeping into her mother's aura, she has no one to turn to but Mikah. Can he unearth the Kindred secrets and find a cure?
Can she trust this boy whose power allows him to manipulate her very emotions? With her mother's life, and that of the world, in the balance, Olivya and Mikah embark on a quest to stop the Pandemic, only to discover it is far, far more than a mere disease . . .
 
Review
Plot: I haven't read a lot of dystopia/post-apocalyptic, but this book has changed my sights on the genre. The book follows Olivya and Mikah who both have special abilities during a time of a great pandemic. As they try and find a cure after Olivya sees her mother is sick, they have to fight new creatures and handle their abilities to find the cure they've been looking for. There is action around every corner and is descriptive enough to let the reader imagine what the fight would look like. The imagery in the book is so vivid I could see when Olivya was walking through the streets or when she first sees Mikah. It is a story that consists of a lot of technology and characters that are different creatures. There are very unique names and descriptions for each one that you will get confused. However, as the story progresses, you will be able to know whose who and what's what. The plot is very complex and suspenseful that I couldn't stop reading once I started. Olivya and Mikah bring a certain zest to the book that adds to the unfolding of the plot.
 
Characters: Olivya - Olivya is a African-American and Japanese girl, which I was glad to see. It is rare to find minority main characters and Michelle and Clark did such a good job on it. They gave her enough dignity to make her embrace her uniqueness but also not let it rule the plot line. I loved her courageousness and bravery that she had from the beginning. She doesn't let anyone tell her what to do and she protects those she cares for.
Mikah - Mikah is different from many other love interests I've read. He's coped up and barely has many people to talk to and even then they're not the best people to confide in. He knows only the life he was born into and even though he's different from the rest, he still doesn't know if he is good or bad. This comes as a constant reminder of him whenever he sees Olivya. He's choosing between what life he wants to live and what's best for them.
 
Cover: The cover does not do the book the justice it deserves. I love the integration of the lightning and DNA strand to serve the purpose of what the pandemic is.
 
Overall Rating: I'm giving this book a three out of four. It is a fantastic dystopia book and gives a look at what a pandemic can create and what the healthy would have to do for the sick. It also does a nice job of creating a new world for us and new creatures to think about. There are many characters in the book, but it is only a small flaw in a wonderful plot.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1) by Josephine Angelini

Synopsis: How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

Review
Plot: I'm a huge mythology buff, so once I saw this book...I had to get it! The plot consists of a girl named Helen who lives on an island, Nantucket, and hears the gossip of a new family that moved there. She isn't interested in seeing them and even has anger towards her best friend when she talks about them. It isn't until she sees Lucas that she knows her life won't be normal again. Her feelings for him are manipulated by the three weeping women and there's only one way to get rid of those feelings. As the two see more of each other, they just want to part because of their feelings and their ancestors' history. With Helen learning more about herself and her powers, she grows closer to Lucas. It seems everyone and everything is tearing them apart, and the gods are not the only ones trying to break them apart. This romance is definitely a rollercoaster for the readers and will cause you to be torn yourself.

Characters: Helen - Helen doesn't want to be seen and will do anything to make sure she's just another shadow. Once she meets Lucas, this all goes down the hole and sees in everyone's sights. She is a character that develops throughout the book and decides what's best for others rather than just herself.
Lucas - Lucas is a character I could swoon over for days. He doesn't hide his feelings for Helen and has a strong protection over her. He cannot see her hurt nor does he want to be the one to hurt her. Since he has been exposed to his family's past, he tries to help Helen along the way and show her how demigods behave. He has his own secrets and slowly opens himself up to Helen.

Cover: I love the cover to this book. To me, it fits the mythology theme and shows some of the powers of the demigods: water and wind.
Overall Rating: I'm giving this book a three out of four because it was an amazing book and held it's own version of Greek mythology. It leaves you wanting more and definitely asking questions about the characters. There are surprises and twists around every corner, so the book never dies down. My only thing to say about this book is that it does have a slow start, but it does give a nice backdrop about the characters and the life they live before everythign changes.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis: Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
 
Review
Plot: After much research, I was finally to obtain this book at the library. I was excited to finally another series with Shadowhunters. Clockwork Angel is the first installment in the Infernal Devices series and it follows Tessa who just arrived to England. Right when she gets there, she's kidnapped by the Dark Sisters and told that she has the power to shift into other people. She only complies because she hears that they have her brother and they'll let her see him if she goes along with their plan. Before long, she is rescued by Shadowhunters and taken to the Institute where she meets Will and Jem. They have a bond between one another, Jem tries to keep Will out of trouble and Will tries to care for Jem when he's sick. The book follows their search for Tessa's brother, a plan that one Downworlder is developing, and a budding romance. This gives a whole knew take on Shadowhunters and how they lived in a different location and time period, but still let's the characters have the same snark and spunkiness we expect from Clare's books.
 
Characters: Tessa - Tessa is a character I easily related to. She was used to her life before that the discoveries she makes about herself and her family are hard for her to accept. She isn't used to how the Shadowhunters live and the attitudes of some of them...*cough* Will. I definitely started to love reading about her and her emotions throughout each experience.
Will and Jem - Will is definitely irritating but lovable. I did get tired of him pushing away Tessa and his actions towards her, however, there was his sense of charm that seemed to keep me hooked. Jem is too cute and compassionate in this book. I loved when he would stick up for himself as well as stick up for Will and Tessa. Even though he is not fully healthy, he still can stand on his own and help those he cares for.
 
Cover: I always love Cassandra's covers for her books. This one reminds me somewhat of Clockwork Orange with London in the background and the boy wearing a top hat. To me, I see that the boy is Will and his tipping of the top hat shows his charm even though he is a Shadowhunter.
 
Overall Rating: I'm giving this book a four out of four. I absolutely loved the book and couldn't think of a better plot line to start off a new series. It does have Clare's signatures like a possible love triangle and elaborate characters we will fall in love with. If you're thinking of reading this series and have read MI, I would happily say to hurry and get this series. If you haven't read MI, this series isn't twisted into the plot line of MI, you can read either one first and not be lost in the other.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Synopsis: BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.
PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light, artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love. Revolution spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.
 
Review
Plot: Revolution looks at the life of Andi Alpers who is still grieving over the death of her brother, taking care of her distant mother, and trying to figure out where she belongs. When her father finds out she is about to be expelled, he tells her that she will come with him to Paris. It was hard for me to get through this book in the first section. Not because it was bad, it was just too hard to hear her story and thoughts. Andi's gone through a lot and we're reading the point in her life where she is at the end of her rope. She's depressed and suicidal. I've never read a book that had aspects of suicidal tendencies unless it was the focus of the book. It was definitely an interesting aspect to see how Andi's life consists of so much pain and heartbreak, but yet that isn't the theme of the book. It was hard for me to focus on the historical aspect of it because I wanted to know more about Andi's life and, especially, her budding romance. But, I did love when we got to see the French Revolution era, and how vividly Donnelly made these characters and how much depth she put to them.

Characters: Andi - She was definitely a whirlwind. I felt that she had such conflicting personality traits because of the experiences she went through. She didn't want to get over her brother's death because she felt it was her own fault, however, she started seeing herself come into her own and couldn't help but smile at that. I felt for her because she felt she was cheating her brother and mother for being happy without them.

Cover: I love the cover of this book; it was one of the main reasons I first picked it up. I was a little studious with the cover. After awhile, I could see the similarities of the Andi and Alexandrine, but also there lives shaped into it. They both have brown eyes, brown hair, milky skin, but you can see Andi's despair and Alexandrine's slight happiness.

Overall Rating: I'm giving this book a three out of four nail polishes. I loved the depth to the book and how Donnelly made the book more than historical fiction. She had many other themes in here that readers could relate with like family, love, heartbreak, loss, grief, bravery, and so on. I would recommend this to anyone who is a history buff or loves a refreshing read. This book has given me a new outlook on historical fiction.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Silver and Stone (Bloodlines #1) by J.D. Thompson *Requested*

Synopsis: Welcome to high school high society hell, where last season’s slingbacks can warrant a lunch table demotion, the wrong date will knock you off the it-list and behind every pair of oversized Chanel sunglasses lies a secret people are dying to keep.
As if senior year at Weatherford Preparatory School wasn’t hard enough, sixteen year old Alexis Bardolph had to add school outcast to the curriculum.

A new found notoriety following a family scandal, her lacrosse star boy-friend dumping her for a former BFF and a string of perpetually bad hair days were among the many things going wrong in her already turbulent teenage life.
But when the haunting nightmares that have plagued her since childhood begin to take an eerily tangible form and several Holler Creek residents are reported missing, Alexis can’t help but wonder if there isn’t more to her hellish dreams than meets the eye.
The unexpected arrival of a mysterious and dangerously handsome new student ultimately leads Alexis to troubling truths that not even her wildest imagination could have conjured.
 
Review
Plot: This book definitely sucked me in. I was very skeptical of the book because popular girl gone outcast seemed sort of cliche to me. But, Thompson did not take it in the direction I expected, which was awesome! I can't say much without giving away too much, but Alexis definitely has some baggage on her shoulders. She has no friends, no boyfriend, and basically no family. She walks through the hallways of her high school misunderstood and haunted with her past. I couldn't possibly fathom what that past was, but once it came up...I could not believe it. I connected with Alexis immediately and didn't want to really think that what some of the other characters were saying was true. But, her past does come to light over the course of dreams she has and we find out the real truth to what happened. Alexis' past is not the only thing she has to deal with though. A new guy she meets is anything but ordinary, and brings out something Alexis never thought she'd have again: happiness. I love the integration of the paranormal and mundane aspects of life into one story. It definitely worked for this book because you were not just wondering what happened with Alexis but what is up with the mysterious guy, Lucas.
 
Characters: Alexis - She's definitely a different heroine I usually run into. Alexis is at her wit's end and just wants peace, but can not find it with all the weight she carries. After some time, it was hard to get through how depressed she was. I felt bad for her and wanted to know what it was that made her this way, so I could understand. But, it did take time to come out. Once she meets Lucas, I was finally able to see her real personality and who she really was. During her depression, I did not get to see any of that, but after the first time they meet, it slowly starts to seep through.
Lucas - I love him! I love when guys in books are the Knight and Shining Armor and are okay with everything. But, it was hard to see someone be as accepting as he was. We do get to slowly see his secrets unravel though and what he's hiding from Alexis. He doesn't get by without hurting Alexis at least once though, which was definitely a heartbreaking scene.
 
Cover: The cover does not do it justice. I like that the girl reflects Alexis, but it doesn't describe the book or it's plot. This is an amazing book and I wish that could resonate to the cover.
 
Overall Rating: I'm giving this book a three out of four. This book blew my expectations and engrossed me so much, I'm anxious to know when Thompson will be releasing the second installment. If you like realistic fiction, romance, or paranormal...pick up this book. I love it and can't explain how excited I was when I saw it was part of a series. There are so many secrets revealed and stones left unturned that I need more. This was definitely a great read and I'm glad that Thompson requested this to BNR!
 
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Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Synopsis: 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 and even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadnt been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something.

Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperately searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.
 
Review
Plot: I'm glad to finally get around to this review because I have been dying to talk to you all about it. Since the first installment, Nora and Patch have become comfortable in their relationship and can finally be in harmony...for the most part. Their relationship is not keen with everyone and with Patch's secrecy and behavior, it drives a wedge between them. Of course, there is always a reason to the madness and Crescendo does not disappoint with revealing the reasons why and new surprises for the readers. I was slightly confused with a few scenes in the book because the characters would act on decisions they made and you wouldn't know the reason why until afterwards. However, it didn't mask what the rest of the book had to offer. This book focused more on Nora's Dad and why Scott is acting so different. All the while, Nora needs to know why Patch is being so different and why the heck he was hanging out with Marcie. I was dying to know as well, and Fitzpatrick keeps us hanging on a thread until the final chapters.
 
Characters: Nora - Nora was very empowered this book. But, this works for and against her. She's more confident and courageous, however, she gives Patch an ultimatum that essentially harms their relationship. There were some points I wanted to shake her and tell her to just cough up her pride and tell Patch how she feels about him. Like always though, I can see the reasons why she acts the way she does because of one person: Patch.
Patch - In this book, I could not even describe how much my jaw dropped at some of the things he said. He does have his reasons, but it was hard to think someone could say those things to someone they love. In each book in this series, it just seems required that I want to slap Patch most of the book. Then, he does something so sweet, I tear up. He doesn't just send Nora on a roller coaster of emotions.
Scott - I have to talk about Scott because even though he's not always in the book, he's a great character. Not in personality, just a very...different character to look at. I'm not sure exactly why Fitzpatrick put him into this but it has to be for good reason. He did develop a sort of relationship with Nora, but I'm not sure on what that exactly is either. They definitely get into it with one another, but they do have a friendly affection towards one another. He's kind of a loose cannon and someone Nora doesn't typically hangout with but I do hope he is in the next installment.
 
Cover: Again, I love these covers. I looked up the word crescendo and found that it means increasing in loudness. The lightning on the cover symbolizes that and, to me, Nora is in the rain because this book is a very depressing story for her. Her rocky relationship and the mystery of her dad's death are two things that are slowly breaking her apart.
 
Overall Rating: I have not given this to a book in some time, but I have to give this book a four out of four. I absolutely love this series and recommend anyone who loves romance and/or paranormal fiction to read this series. The characters take you on a whirl wind and each time, I'm left wanting more. For those who've only read Hush, Hush, read this book. It carries the series so well and develops not only the characters but the plotline as well.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis: The Mortal War is over, and Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most important of all—Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her. His mother just found out he’s a vampire and now he’s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.
 
Review
Plot: I was very hesitant going into this book because I heard that Simon would be a major part of the story. I loved Simon, but I was so used to Clary being in the spotlight that it would be weird to read about someone else. However, Clare did an amazing job with Simon's story. It seemed sensible with sharing his story since he was a vampire with a Shadowhunter best friend and two girls vying for his attention, who have no idea about each other. The plot continues with the other characters' stories as well as new secrets revealed, which is a nice breather rather than reading one person's story. But, Simon was interesting to read about because usually with vampire stories, they leave their families behind or their families were never really around. With Simon's family, he tries to think of a way to tell them, but is too afraid of what they'll think of him. Also, with Simon's abilities, more evil tries to capture Simon's power, which is great for a wedding!
 
Characters: Simon - His storyline was great! I felt like it went in the right direction, however, I felt like it was sort of predictable. I loved that he wasn't afraid to say how he felt and show his love for Clary. When it came to his love triangle, I was very confused. I won't give away spoilers, but it was very obvious which girl he truly liked and the other one he just dated because he still cared for her. Even if he did end up with the same girl, I wish the road there would be a little less predictable.
Clary - Overall, Clary still has a very important storyline in here with dealing with her new Shadowhunter status and Jace's weird behavior. I felt like I was Clary when dealing with Jace because even though you knew things she didn't know, you were still trying to figure out his motives and thoughts in certain scenes.
 
Cover: Clare never disappoints us with brilliant covers. I love Simon and Clary on here and the colors. my only problem is with the dress Clary is wearing. It doesn't necessarily change my mind on the cover; it just doesn't seem as beautiful as described in the book.
 
Overall Rating: I'm giving this book a three out of four. This book was not the best out of the series, but it was nice to get a different perspective and character to look at. Clare appeased my reluctance to read this book. Even though this book didn't fully hit my expectations, I'm so excited for the last two installments. If you haven't read the MI series yet, I would advise you to. It is the kind of series that hits every different type of audience and has something everyone can relate to.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Twilight Saga ~ Breaking Dawn, Part 1

Synopsis: The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven.


Plot: OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. YES PEOPLE, BOYS AND GIRLS, MOTHERS AND FATHERS! HERE IS BREAKING DAWN PART UNO!! Seriously folks. This movie does, in fact, follow the novel quite well. Beautiful directed and created, acting superb, just... Ah. Seriously, but I'll put my latest opinion in the Overview. Now, basically if you've read the book, you know what happens. I won't shoot out any spoilers on how it ends or where it ends exactly in the book. For those who have not read Breaking Dawn then you will find yourself where Eclipse had let you drift off. Bella and Edward's wedding ensues, which is quite obvious to those who like to click the repeat button on Youtube when you watch the trailer or just happen to see it every time you change the channel on your TV. Bella and Edward go on their FREAKING AWESOME honeymoon that leads to... Well.. She is PREGGO. Yes. Bella, you're freaking 18. What the hecks!? Well, basically, Breaking Dawn shows the birthing process of the young child as well as the hardships about Jacob and his posse and Edward and the Cullens.


Characters: Okay, I'm not gonna list all the incredible actors and actresses within this film, but I will shine one star that seems to have had a hard time pleasing the fans. Can you guess?
KRISTEN STEWART! Oh god. She was.... FABULOUS! I can't even describe it. If you have been seriously annoyed with this chick for the last three movies, like moi, then you will DEFINITELY not be disappointed with her work in this film. Even though she has those stupid and annoying breathing parts and like awkward looks, she really has improved over the last three films. Although I am sad to say it took THREE FREAKING FILMS for her to improve, I think, as a young actress, she is doing much better with her acting. I would also like to point out Taylor Lautner. I have always liked Taylor in the Twilight Saga but sometimes, he just seemed stiff, like he wasn't comfortable. In Abduction, he actually wasn't that bad, but I'd have to say: Good job, Lautner! His emotions and his facial expressions were improved immensely from the other films, where he doesn't seem like a robot who seems to only be ANGRY and ANGSTY for more than half the movie. I'd have to say, a lot of the actors and actresses improved and seemed to have adjusted to this film. Kudos to you Mr. Director!


Poster: Like the other posters, I like it. Shows the three main characters, aka Bella, Edward, and Jacob, as well as the problematic bunch within this Part One, which is the wolf pack.


Overview: I'm just gonna gush right now.... OMGOMGOMGOMGOGMIWAHYJUGINE5THAENHJKJA I FREAKING LOVE THIS MOVIE! THIS IS THE BEST OUT OF THEM ALL SO FAR AND I AM FREAKING FREAKING FREAKING FREAKINGGGGG EXCITED FOR THE SECOND PART! *breathes*... Okay. Back to reality, the movie was incredibly well done with each scene seeming to be weaved well together. The emotions and actions of each individual beautifully creates a masterpiece. I sincerely believe this was the best so far. Even though there aren't a lot of action scenes like Eclipse, Breaking Dawn creates a wonderfully enriched world of fantasy, capturing the audience with a beautiful story and a cliffhanger that will make you desire more. I congratulate you, Twilight Saga; I give you a 4/4 polishes.
P.S. AT THE END OF THE MOVIE, DO NOT LEAVE YET!!!! THERE IS A SPECIAL SCENE THAT WILL LEAD YOU TO THE NEXT MOVIE AND SEE THOSE YOU HAVEN'T SEEN FOR A WHILE NOW. ;)
Inked with Brilliance, Love, and Apologies for being so un-punctual with my reviews,
Sara
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Review: Betrayed (House of Night #2) by P.C. and Kristin Cast

Synopsis: Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night. She's come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs--like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend…or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey's old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world.

Review
Plot: I was happy to finally continue this series and see if the series would go on a good path that the first book left us off with. I was, however, very disappointed with the second installment. I was hoping that we got to see Zoey grow up to be the Dark Daughers' leader and grow into her own. It was hard to see if any of that was happening with the many immature situations going on. I wanted to like this book as much as I liked the first installment, but I couldn't get over the teen angst that was evident in all of the characters. The plot line was intriguing and is very well-developed. I could definitely see issues that will pop up in the third installment and new tensions forming.

Characters: Zoey - There are so many characters, I'll stick with Zoey for now. I loved Zoey in the first book. She was very feisty and passionate about the ones she loved and helping others. It was nice to see a strong character and comfortable with herself. In this installment, I saw that Zoey start to diminish. She seemed to start lacking maturity or just thinking through her decisions. I'm hoping it will get better as the series goes on, but this book did not do her justice.

Cover: I love the series' covers. The intricate designs and dark hues truly make the reader grab the atmosphere of what House of Night is like. Plus, they do an amazing job with getting the models to look like the actual characters.

Overall Rating: I'm giving this book a two out of four. I couldn't get into it and was questioning almost every action Zoey or someone else made. I wish I could get into this series, but after this book, I don't think I can continue. The Casts do an amazing job with their descriptions and writing, but it wasn't enough to keep me drawn in.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: The Forbidden Game (The Forbidden Game #1-3) by L.J. Smith

"This spectacular repackaged bind-up of a beloved trilogy begins with a board game. What was supposed to be an evening of celebration with friends, fun, and games becomes a night of danger, drama, and obsessive love. Because when Jenny, her boyfriend, Tom, and their friends begin to play the Game, it comes to life. Suddenly they are in a dark world where Julian, the gorgeous guy who sold Jenny the Game, rules as Prince of the Shadows. Julian makes their darkest nightmares realities—and he will do anything to claim the beautiful Jenny as his prize. The Game is real, and the only way to win is to face your most secret fears. You cannot quit—to lose the Game is to lose your life. And that is just the beginning…."Plot: This is technically three books into one and the description above really only describes the first book. This book was definitely a page turner, though! It is about all the kids going through their biggest fears, which makes you feel right there with them as they battle aliens, the Lurker, and the Shadow King.

Characters: This definitely had a great "cast." Together, Jenny, Tom, Audrey, Michael, Dee, Summer, and Zach all go through each others fears and by the end there is nothing they don't know about each other. They were all strong from the shy, secretive Zach to overly dramatic Audrey.

Cover: I have to say I didn't actually like the cover because that is not how I imagine Jenny (guessing that's who it's supposed to be). So even though that's probably what she looks like, I like having covers that leave us to imagine.

Overall Rating: This book is definitely worth four bottles. READ THIS BOOK! I also really enjoy L.J.Smith's other books. I can honestly say I have never read the popular series she has, but my favorites are the ones not getting the same credit. This is an amazing read that will keep you on edge every step of the way.

Sweet Daydream,
Brooke
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Review: Beneath the Skin (The Maker's Song #3) by Adrian Phoenix

Synopsis: THE FATE OF THREE WORLDS...

The dark pieces of vampire rock star Dante Baptiste's past are violently emerging, and it is only a matter of time before the Fallen discover he is the creawdwr they have sought for thousands of years. The destruction he left behind in Oregon threatens to reveal his identity as Fallen Maker and True Blood, exposing the young nightkind to shadowy predators -- mortal and supernatural -- who will do whatever it takes to win his favor...or destroy him.

RESTS IN DANTE'S HANDS.

When beautiful FBI special agent Heather Wallace went AWOL on assignment, she chose irresistible Dante over the shady government forces that now stalk them both. Heather has her own secrets of the past to uncover, but she is also the only one who can hold her nightkind lover together when his dangerous quest for the truth threatens to send him over the edge. And as she and Dante fight for their survival, she realizes they must work together to protect their future -- before his mysterious destiny tears them apart....

Review
Plot: I was so excited when I was able to finally get my hands on this book and get closer to being up-to-date with the series. The book quickly goes into where we left off in In Cold Blood, Heather and the gang continue to try to get back to New Orleans and figuring out how to control Dante's power. It was definitely filled with twist and turns that I was hoping for. We find out more about what Dante is and how his mind works along with his developing powers. I loved the parts where Dante flashed between reality and dreams because we got to see how bad Dante is becoming. I could feel myself getting tense and anxious from Dante's mind and could understand why he has constant seizures and migraines. But, Heather is his light, and when she was around him, it was hard not to see why he loves to be around her and the silence she brings. However, I didn't get as much romance as I wanted. The romantic scenes were nice and delicious, but it wasn't enough compared to the other books. Phoenix is always very elegant with her books with creating a plot along with a few steamy scenes, but I wish there were a few more. But, this book is still enough to keep me craving for the fourth installment.

Characters: Heather - Heather is an amazing character. I do love how she has progressed from being distant and closed off to being more emotional and letting not only Dante but others inside her head. She is very protective of Dante and that seemed more prevalent in this installment. We could see that she did have a jealous side, but it was never spoken too much about to discover her insecurities.
Dante - Of course, we all love Dante! (It's hard not to.) But, I felt a little distant from him. I did love the scenes with seeing into his mind and dreams. However, when it came to his relationship with Heather, it didn't seem like it was his priority. I wouldn't expect it to be though. He's trying to figure out what he is and how to control it along with finding out what happened with Lucien and getting away from almost every creature on earth.

Cover: I love the colors of this color. It is very dark and sinister in the background with Heather on the cover. I don't really like the wig the model is wearing, but I do like how the covers usually translate the characters.

Overall Rating: I will give this book a three out of four. I absolutely love this series and can't wait to see what Phoenix has in store for us fans! This installment was a great bridge to what is to come in the series. I was shocked by some of the turns the book takes, but it's definitely nice turns. The plot is progressing with not only people finding out about Dante being a True Blood and Fallen Maker but also him evolving into his own. This is a must read series and I commend Phoenix for such an amazing series!
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Halo (Halo #1) by Alexandra Adornetto

"Three angles are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human. They work hard to conceal their luminous glow, their superhuman powers, and their wings. Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and they are unable to resist their attractions to each other. But the angles' mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?"
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lot: I liked the whole idea of angels coming to save the human race. There were a lot of comments saying how it was "too religious" but if you're expecting it like I was, it honestly isn't any more religious than any other book about angles and Heaven. They definitely mention it, but it's not an overload.
Characters: I liked all three angles of course, but I really liked Xavier. He seemed to just always be there when she needed him. He was so loyal and their relationship was actually really sweet.
Cover: I have to say, that's what drew me in the first place. I like how it's a silhouette and the sun just makes it seem so pretty.
Overall Rating: I think I'm going to give this a 2/4. It was a good read, but it took me forever to read it. If you can get to the end half of it (around when Jake comes in) then it gets more interesting, but I actually started this a long time ago, then put it down. It was worth it for me, but it's not as though I'm forcing my friends to read it.
Sweet Daydreams,
Brooke
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Review: The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
 
Review
Plot: I've heard so much about this book and with the movie fast approaching, I decided I would give this a try. At first, when I started to read it, I didn't understand hype or anything. I was intrigued by what became of North America and how even though it is in the future, it doesn't seem like it by District Twelve. However, you start to understand why they don't have much cable or even water sometimes. The government controls everything and that is where the Games come into play, to make sure everyone stays in line. Once Katniss came forward in place of her sister, the ball started to roll...including with Peeta. It wasn't until we met Cinna where I started to get emotionally involved with the book. He observes Katniss and expresses her personality through her wardrobe and the outfits she describes sound so extravagant and glamorous that I can not wait to see what they look like in the film. As the Games start, I was clenching my teeth and hoping for the best for Katniss. While reading it, you are completely engrossed in the Games and start choosing the characters you like and which ones you could do without. And, Collins, is not shy not tell the details of someones death or the wounds on opponents. I could see myself cheering when Katniss avoided death or finally found water! The plot is centered around the Games, but you can see that there is more to come after the Games, including Katniss' rebellious moments.
 
Characters: Katniss - I was very wary of her when I started to read the book. She was a very closed off character and didn't acknowledge her emotions, which I had seen before. But, it was so hard for me not to love her. She had a hard life and was the bread winner of the family. Plus, she went in the place of her sister, so that gave a million check marks by her name for me.
Peeta - Peeta is very funny and a relief compared to the constant high stakes emotions Katniss has. However, I can not see him as a good fit for Katniss. He says the cutest things sometimes, but when it came to the action and helping Katniss, he fell flat. It was hard to see him just stand by while Katniss kicked butt and helped them survive. I'm all for girl power, but Peeta seemed to just keep getting hurt.
 
Cover: I love the Mockingjay pin. The description of them seemed to fit Katniss and her journey. But, I liked it mostly because it signified her district and that she was representing a group of people who are looked upon as weak.
 
Overall Rating: I am giving this book a three out of four. The plot is definitely enticing and I am even more excited for this series, but it had a slow start. It seemed to take forever for just Katniss to get to the Capitol. The book, however, is an amazing read and this is a great book to read if you're into dystopia and action. Plus, it has the romance that us love addicts want.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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October 2011 Book Releases


Angels of Darkness (Guild Hunter #4.5)
by Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, Sharon Shinn

They soar through the night, unearthly creatures of legends and lore. Four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance explore the rapture of the heavens above, and the darkness below in four all-new stories of angels and guardians, and good and evil.


Date Released: Oct. 4, 2011
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Eve (The Eve Trilogy #1)
by Anna Carey

The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust...and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

Date Released: Oct. 4, 2011
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Silence (Hush, Hush #3)
by Becca Fitzpatrick

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.

Date Released: Oct. 4, 2011
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Serpent's Kiss (Elder Races #3)
by Thea Harrison

Recently, Vampire Queen Carling's power has become erratic, forcing her followers to flee. Wyr sentinel Rune is drawn to the ailing Queen and decides to help find a cure for the serpent's kiss-the vampyric disease that's killing her. With their desire for each other escalating they will have to rely on each other if they have any hope of surviving the serpent's kiss...

Date Released: Oct. 4, 2011
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Devoted (Elixir #2)
by Hilary Duff, Elise Allen

Since Sage was kidnapped, Clea has no way of knowing if he is alive or dead. And even though she has only just discovered they were soulmates, she feels like a part of her is lost forever. What’s worse, she can’t even turn to her best friend Ben—because every time she looks at him, all she sees is his betrayal.
But waiting for something to happen is not an option, so Clea is ready for action. Suffering through dreams of seeing Sage with another woman, she makes an uneasy alliance with Sage’s enemies and sets out to be reunited with Sage...in this life or the next.

Date Released: Oct. 11, 2011
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The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater
 
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
 
Date Released: Oct. 18, 2011
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Beautiful Chaos (Beautiful Creatures #3)
by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
 
Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What - or who - will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself - forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask.
Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.

Date Released: Oct. 18, 2011
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Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane #3)
by Elizabeth Hoyt

“Charming” Mickey O’Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he clawed his way up through London’s criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotions like compassion and love, and he sees people as pawns to be manipulated. Yet he’s never been able to forget the naive captain’s wife who came to him a year ago for help—and spent one memorable night in his bed...talking.

Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind--and a year ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back...and he’s asking for her help.
 
Date Released: Oct. 24, 2011
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The Iron Knight (Iron Fey #4)
by Julie Kagawa
My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn'darkmyr Tallyn.

I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her.

My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…

Date Released: Oct. 25, 2011
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Never Love a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy #3)
by Maya Banks

Caelen McCabe’s young, reckless heart nearly destroyed his clan. Now, putting family loyalty above all else, he steps up to marry his older brother’s jilted bride and salvage the uneasy alliance between two clans. While beautiful Rionna McDonald is a fit wife for any man, Caelen trusts no woman, especially not this sweet temptress who torments him with white-hot longing.

As the sacrificial lamb in her father’s power game, Rionna will do her duty but vows to protect her heart and her pride from humiliation. Despite everything, though, the heat in Caelen’s touch melts her defenses, and she craves the sensual delights of a husband who guards his emotions as fiercely as his clan. But when the ultimate battle for the McCabe legacy is upon them, Rionna’s true warrior spirit emerges. She will risk the wrath of her father, the fury of her enemies, and her life to prove to Caelen that his wife’s love is too precious to lose.

Date Released: Oct. 25, 2011
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Phantom (The Vampire Diairies: The Hunters #1)
by L.J. Smith

The past is never far. . . .

Elena Gilbert and her friends saved Fell’s Church from evil spirits bent on destroying it, but the town’s freedom came at a price: Damon Salvatore’s life.
Damon’s death changes everything. He and his vampire brother, Stefan, had been locked in a vicious battle for Elena’s heart. Now that he’s gone, Elena and Stefan can finally be together. So why can’t Elena stop dreaming of Damon? As Elena’s feelings for Damon grow, a new darkness is brewing in Fell’s Church. Elena has been to hell and back, but this demon is like nothing she’s ever seen. Its only goal is to kill Elena and everyone she loves.

Date Released: Oct. 25, 2011
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Darkness Unbound (Dark Angels #1)
by Keri Arthur

Risa Jones is as extraordinary as her heritage. Born from a lab-enhanced clone mother and an Aedh father, she can not only talk to the souls of the dying and the dead, but she can see the reapers and walk the gray fields that divide this world from the next.

They are skill she rarely uses, however, preferring to concentrate on the business she shares with her two best friends. But when her mother asks her to help the parents of a little girl locked in a coma, she reluctantly agrees. What she discovers scares the hell out of her. Because the little girl’s soul no longer resides in her body, and it wasn’t death and the reapers that took her.

Someone had ripped her soul from her flesh.

As it turns out, a creature consuming the souls of the innocent–and not so innocent–is the least of her problems.

Because someone wants to rip open the gates that divided hell from earth, and Risa is a key component in their plans.

And the only person standing between her and disaster is a reaper who isn’t exactly on her side.

Date Released: Oct. 29, 2011
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Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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September's ILYB Award Winner: IB Book Blogging

IB Book Blogging
A few months ago, I came upon a blog with an intriguing name. After knowing about the IB program, I had to see what this blogger was doing. After looking around seeing the beautiful designs and reviews, I contacted Bailey to ask her a few questions about the IB program. In a few conversations, I knew that Bailey deserved some recognition for pulling together an amazing blog while still being a high school student. That's why, I picked Bailey and IB Book Blogging to be this month's ILYB Award winner!

Here is my interview with Bailey:

How did you get started blogging?

Well, in the summer of 2010 I got really into reading book blogs. All of the blogs that I read inspired me to contribute to the community of book lovers but it took me awhile to actually do something. I was pretty self-conscious at first about whether my reviews would suck, or no one would read them. But I met some pretty awesome bloggers who gave me advice and helped me to gain confidence.

How did you come up with the blog design?

Rachel from Parajunkee made my blog design and I love it so much! I love faeries and my favorite colors are pink and purple so I asked her to incorporate that into my design, and she took off with it. I couldn't have asked for a better layout for my blog!

What do you think your blog brings to the blogging community?

I think my blog brings thoughtful reviews to the blogging community.

Have there been any highlight moments since you've started blogging?

Goodness, there have been so many! I guess one of them would be when I celebrated my blogoversary. I cannot believe that it has been that long already!

What do you think is the best and worst part of blogging?

The best part of blogging is the friends that I make in the community and the readers that tell me they love my blog. =) I honestly can't think of anything bad about blogging.

As a teen, what are some advantages and disadvantages with blogging?

The advantage is that I probably have more time to blog than an adult who probably works full time would. The disadvantage is that I feel like sometimes teen bloggers aren't taken as seriously as the adult bloggers.

What reads are you looking forward to reading?

I am really excited to read Incarnate by Jodi Meadows, Everneath by Brodi Ashton, and Article 5 by Kristen Simmons. I have been drooling over them for awhile!!

Is there any genres you could never read?

Probably horror. I do not handle scary stuff very well and easily get nightmares. I know, I am a wimp. ;)

What would you like to do with your blog in the future?

Well, I am almost 18 now so I would like to start posting reviews of the adult books that I read along with YA, kind of to reflect my transition from teen to adult.

Will there be any events in the next few months?

Well, as soon as I reach 1000 followers (So close!) I will have a huge celebration and giveaway. =)

What have you learned from blogging?

I have learned how to become a better writer and how to manage my time better, what with my full IB schedule. It isn't easy managing a blog with IB but I still manage. =)

Do you have any tips or advice for new bloggers?

Don't worry about what others will think of your blog or your reviews! Do what you want to do, read what you want to read, and write what you want to write!

Bonus: With the fall season coming up, what do you do to keep cozy while reading?

I like to curl up with a warm blanket and my doggies while I read. They definitely keep me warm and cozy. =)

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Thank you to Bailey for having an amazing blog and taking some time out to answer our questions.

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Top Ten Tuesdays: Books I Want to Reread

TTT is a weekly feature held by the Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic are books that we would love to reread. Here's my list:

1. The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
Beautifully written and a different take and perspective on a huge event in our history. This was a school read, but everyone in my class was captivated by it.

2. Got Fangs? by Katie Maxwell
It was absolutely hilarious and some of the best kissing scenes I've ever read. I kept up with this series and would love to reread how it all began between Fran and Ben.

3. Beastly by Alex Flinn
This is one of the best YA book I've read so far. It's so simple with being based in Brooklyn, but I love the development of the characters and budding romance.

4. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
I tried to read this at first and could not get through it. I wan to read it in the future since I know how well-written it is and what the heck Mackie is.

5. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
I absolutely love adaptions and this was a perfect one. I can not wait for the sequel to this one, but I will definitely be rereading this before it comes out.

6. Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead
I love the VA series, if you don't already know. But, I really want to read this book in the series again. This is where Rose meets Adrian and I remember my reaction to him, a mixture of confusion and giddiness. But, it will be awesome to reread Rose's thoughts about Adrian.

7. Unleashed by Kristopher Reisz
This is one of my favorite werewolf books. This was actually what started my obsession with paranormal and Urban Fantasy! I haven't read it in years, so I'd love to get my hands on it again.

8. Romiette and Julio by Sharon M. Draper
Again with the adaptions! I loved this take on Romeo and Juliet. It was suspenseful in some parts and very sweet, innocent romance mixed in with it.

9. Younger by Pamela Redmond Satran
This was my first adult book and kicked off my love for them. it was like any other book, but had the drama of adulthood and how your lies will catch up with you.

10. Immortal by Gillian Shields
I love this series and Sebastian makes me jump up and down with glee. I love reading this series and want to continue. However, Immortal is more about the romance while Betrayal just caused me to cry.

What are some books you'd love to reread? Did I put some of your choices?

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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