Review: Entice (Need #3) by Carrie Jones

Title: Entice
Author: Carrie Jones
Series: Need
            1. Need
            2. Captivate
            3. Entice Brooke's Review
            4. Endure
Format: Paperback (288 pages)
Release Date: December 6, 2011
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Action/Adventure, YA, Fantasy
Rating:



Summary

Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that's not exactly how things have worked out. Nick is dead-supposedly taken to some mythic place for warriors called Valhalla, where Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. Bedford needs its warriors more than ever, since a group of evil pixies is devastating the place. But even if Zara and her friends can reach Valhalla, there's that other small problem: Zara's been pixie kissed. Will Nick even want to return with her? Especially since she's not just any pixie . . . She's Astley's queen. Source



Review

Plot: It has been awhile since I have read this book, but I still remember it clearly. Entice follows immediately after Captivate and Zara's quest to get Nick back. I have to say that this went to the very...stereotypical paranormal romance route somewhat. Once Astley stepped in, I knew what would happen and I hated it even more when I found out how good of a guy he was. He needs Zara's help with his followers and it seemed the only reason she hesitated was because of what other people would think. Yes, it is a lot to take on. But it was always "Nick hates faes" and "Betty will kick me out." It was rarely ever about whether or not she wanted to do it or if she felt like this was her destiny. The quest to find Nick is a long and tiring one, but it does raise more questions about certain characters and new creatures like the ones related to Valhalla. I hope they'll come back more, but seeing as how it was only because *spoiler* Nick died *spoiler* I don't know whether or not they'll show up. But it is interesting to see Zara take on the role as queen and see that she might actually like or feel normal in that position.

Character(s): Zara - I feel more disconnected to Zara by now. I just feel like I'm reading what she's doing and not truly being as invested as I was in Need. in the first installment, we were meeting Zara and what was happening in her life, but now it seems like none of that mattered. Her beliefs, her stepfather's death, what happened with her real father, etc. It seems like all of that has to stop because Nick died. I can see why it would affect her, but I hate how now the series has turned into them versus the faes to saving Nick and everything else is on hold.
Astley - If I have to pick a team, I'm standing next to this guy. I felt like he was incredibly sweet and patient with Zara. He knew what she was doing to him and even if he was heartbroken about it, he still helped her. There is now a love triangle but I hope for once the second love interest gets a shot at the girl. If he doesn't, I will be incredibly disappointed because he seems to great and natural when he's around Zara.

Cover: I rarely ever say a cover is bad nowadays. This one is no exception. I adore the black, pale and gold. They are so striking with one another and gives an amazing feel of the setting in the book. I'm glad this is a consistent theme that runs through the whole series.

Closing Thoughts: I am giving this book a three out of four because I do love this series. Like I've seen and heard with many other people, I don't know why but I'm so addicted and invested in this series. I can't get enough of it and love the darkness but "realness" to it. I hope the love triangle doesn't become stereotypical, but I'll just have to see!


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Alisha
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Review: Wintergirls by Laurie H. Anderson and Willow by Julia Hoban

Hey guys! Sorry I've been so busy lately. So I have been getting into a whole new genre of books lately and it realistic fiction. But on more of a... sad level. It deals with mental illnesses and eating disorders. These books are amazing, but if you don't like it or are worried about reading books like this than be warned. But I love them!

Wintergirls
Title: Wintergirls
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Series: N/A
Format: Paperback
Release Date: March 19, 2009
Genre(s): YA, Realistic Fiction
Rating:


Summary

“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.


Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia's mother is busy saving other people's lives. Her father is away on business. Her step-mother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia's head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way—thin, thinner, thinnest—maybe she'll disappear altogether.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the National Book Award finalist Speak, best-selling author Laurie Halse Anderson explores one girl's chilling descent into the all-consuming vortex of anorexia.


Review

Plot: Lia is a girl who's been sucked into the terrifying, addictive, fatal world of anorexia. Her old best friend Cassia and her had been competing for a while to see who could be the thinnest. But suddenly, out of nowhere, her best friend and competitor dies. Shocked by this, Lia starts wondering about her own health and how she could ever get out of this tunnel of despair. The book was overall written in a very poetic way and sometimes it was confusing, but overall I actually really liked it. It was a book different than I have ever read before and I loved it. It took me away from vampires and werewolves for a bit and put me in the mind of someone going through something beyond my comprehension.
Character(s): Lia- Lia is really the only big character in this book. She is a very confused girl who I can sometimes relate to. She feels like no matter how skinny she is, it's never enough. The thing she feels proud of is that even though she may not be the prettiest or the smartest, at least she's the thinnest.
Cover: The cover of the book has such an eerie feeling and it gives the book a great twist. It's not some girls sob story, it's almost a true horror story.
Closing Thoughts: I'm giving this book a three out of four nail polishes. I loved everything about how different it was. It was a great read, and it taught me a lot. It is a definite read for someone going through an eating disorder, but also for someone who isn't. It's a nice read. But remember, it's not a romantic book about hunky werewolves or glittering vampires. It's an intense read.

Willow


Title:
Author: Julia Hoban
Series: N/A
Willow
Format: Paperback
Release Date: April 2, 2009
Genre(s): YA, Realistic Fiction
Rating:


Summary

Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year- old Willow's parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy, one sensitive, soulful boy discovers Willow's secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the safe world Willow has created for herself upside down. Told in an extraordinary fresh voice, Willow is an unforgettable novel about one girl's struggle to cope with tragedy, and one boy's refusal to give up on her.


Review

Plot: One night, Willow is driving her parents home when she only has her license. Her parents had too much to drink so they asked her to. It turns out it was the biggest storm of the year and, in the end, she lost control of the car. Ever since then, Willow has been calling herself a murderer and thinking it was her fault her parents didn't survive the crash. After all this time, the only thing that can help her is the relief of cutting into her skin. But then a boy finds out and all that is ruined. What is she to do now that her secrets out? 
Character(s): Willow- She is a girl who's been strong much too long. She seems weak and fragile, and in a way she is. But once she falls victim t other blade, there's nothing she seems she can do anymore. Willow has become fragile and timid, but it takes a boy to make her see how strong she really is.
Cover: I have to say I don't actually like the cover too much. I like how there's.... strips? But I don't like the whole theme. But what I do like is how in each chapter, the lines (symbolizing the cuts) slowly start to go away.
Closing Thoughts: I am seriously in love with this book. It... hit me so hard. She had so go through so much and she has to be strong when she really just wants to give in. I could read this over and over. I love it. Be warned: It does have some content that may disturb others seeing as it is a book about a "cutter." But honestly, it's an amazing book.

So, as you can see, these are some serious books with serious topics, but they are great books. I love Willow especially (I just finished it yesterday) but Wintergirls is equally good. And Wintergirls even has a ghost for those paranormal die-hards out there. So good luck!
Sweet Daydreams,
Brooke
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Review: Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead

Title: Bloodlines
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines
            1. Bloodlines
            2. The Golden Lily
            3. The Indigo Spell (release date: Feb. 12, 2013)
Format: Hardcover (421 pages)
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, YA, Drama

Rating:











Summary


Sydney's blood is special. That's because she's an alchemist - one of a group of himans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worls of humans and vampire. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiances in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside - and within - the school grounds. Now that they're hiding, the drama is only just beginning. Source


Review

Warning: This review may contain spoilers for those who have not yet read the Vampire Academy series.

Plot: In this spin-off series of Bloodlines, we follow Sydney who is an Alchemist and friend of Rose Hathaway's. Bloodlines begins with Sydney being assigned to Jill, Lissa's half-sister, to protect her after many extremists threaten her life. Sydney and Jill are sent to a California prep school to lay low for awhile until much of the chaos has blown over. At first, I was hesitant about a spin-off because many of them never measure up to the original. However, I was ecstatic it was a spin-off to Vampire Academy and that many of my favorite characters (*cough* Adrian *cough) would be in it. I loved how Mead intermingled not only a continuation of VA but also a new plot that seemed logical and exciting. I can't give away much without spoiling both this series and VA, but Mead is making a new series in itself. It is interesting to see how Moroi deal with leaving in a place like California and more of the background of Alchemists. Again, without giving spoilers, it is a great starting plot that does leave more to happen later on and new characters to come into the mix.

Character(s): Sydney - Already knowing a little about Sydney, I would say that I'm glad she got her own series in a way. I love her attitude when it comes to her duties and being rebellious. We saw Rose, who does as she pleases to help the one she loves, but Sydney is a complete 180 from Rose, which is something new to their world. Sydney has a soft spot with her sister and protecting her, but she also has the determination to prove herself as an Alchemist as well as gain her reputation back because even though she mostly follows the rules, at this point, other Alchemists she her as a disturbance.
Jill - Jill seems a lot like the Lissa for me, which shouldn't surprise me because they're sisters. Unlike Lissa, she's more shy and reluctant to speak her opinion but you do see that she an hold her own when she needs to. Mead did an incredible job with making Jill mature for her age, but also make decisions and have opinions that are not so mature. She wants to have a life as a normal teenager but also knows she has more responsibility that keeps her from having that option.

Cover: The classic VA cover still resonates with Bloodlines! I love how she puts models that look like the characters. I wish they would be a little more whimsical but they are iconic for me when I think of her because she has down them with each VA cover so far. But I do like how Bloodlines has more of an edgy but yet elegant feel to the title and colors.

Closing Thoughts: I give this book a four out of four because it is an  incredible start to a spin-off. The characters all have their faults and own personalities, which all contribute to the plot. The plot is something nice and quick to start off the series so the characters have room to grow and also have new plot ties for future books. If you're skeptical about reading it like I was, I would give it a try. It does have secondary characters and is a spin-off but it also seems to be on its way to be a series that can stand on its own as well.

Where to find Richelle:
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Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: The Ghost and the Goth (The Ghost and the Goth #1) by Stacey Kade

Title: The Ghost and the Goth
Author: Stacey Kade
Series: The Ghost and the Goth
            1. The Ghost and the Goth
            2. Queen of the Dead
            3. Body and Soul
Format: Hardcover (281 pages)
Release Date: June 29, 2010
Genre(s): Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Humor

Rating:






 

Summary
Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star… and newly dead.

I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot bod, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect, especially since I died. Run over by a bus of band geeks—is there anything more humiliating? As it turns out, yes—watching your boyfriend and friends move on with life, only days after your funeral. And you wouldn’t believe what they’re saying about me now that they think I can’t hear them. To top it off, I’m starting to disappear, flickering in and out of existence. I don’t know where I go when I’m gone, but it’s not good. Where is that freaking white light already?

Will Killian–Senior in high school, outcast, dubbed “Will Kill” by the popular crowd for the unearthly aura around him, voted most likely to rob a bank…and a ghost-talker.

I can see, hear, and touch the dead. Unfortunately, they can also see, hear and touch me. Yeah, because surviving high school isn’t hard enough already. I’ve done my best to hide my “gift.” After all, my dad, who shared my ability, killed himself because of it when I was fifteen. But lately, pretending to be normal has gotten a lot harder. A new ghost—an anonymous, seething cloud of negative energy with the capacity to throw me around—is pursuing me with a vengeance. My mom, who knows nothing about what I can do, is worrying about the increase in odd incidents, my shrink is tossing around terms like “temporary confinement for psychiatric evaluation,” and my principal, who thinks I’m a disruption and a faker, is searching for every way possible to get rid of me. How many weeks until graduation? Source


Review

Plot: I was excited about finally being able to read this book, but also very skeptical with it as well. It seemed from the plot that this book would be full of stereotypes and labels and it's a fine line to walk when it comes to books. However, I was happy that this book played on them very well and didn't make them stereotypical....stereotypes. Kade gave each character a back story and some substance rather than a character to fill the silence or to liven up a situation. The plot mostly follows Alona, who just passed away from being hit by a bus (Mean Girls popped in my mind at that scene), trying to find her way around her past life and how to get out of it. She goes to Killian, a classmate who is defined as a Goth loner, who she thinks can help her out as well as helps him in some ways. Besides the characters, the plot has a very strong backbone. By that, I mean it sticks with itself and doesn't have any pronounced plot holes. The plot flows through the book and many scenes only compliment what happens at the end of the book. It keeps you on the edge throughout because you want to know what the black cloud is, why Alona is defensive about her life and if anything will become of Alona and Killian.

Character(s): Killian - I put Killian first because he is a new character that I fell in love with. He is hilarious as well as loyal and brave. He has gone through a lot but still makes decisions logically and doesn't let the comments of others effect him. Many ghost whisperers are scared of what they have or talk to the dead in public and are barely noticed once they do. Killian is a realistic interpretation of what could happen to a ghost whisperer if they're continually caught talking to air or knowing private things about others. I like how Killian is used to his abilities but still doesn't know everything about them.
Alona - It seems like a given not to like Alona because she's supposed to be snotty and high maintenance. But even after the first book, I like her. You can already see her facade breaking down and see her finally face her past. Has she completely changed? Definitely not. But when she's with Killian and seeing her when she sees her mother, you see why Alona acts the way she does. I like how Kade gave her some room to develop but also didn't do it in one book since this is a series and it hasn't been too long since her death.

Cover: I loved seeing the cover during the summer because it is very bright and colorful, and looks like a great read for the summer. It draws you in to a story that, on the outside, seems happy and fun, but gives you a deep story that has those elements as well. Plus, the models on the front are dead on to the characters' appearances! That makes me a happy camper.

Closing Thoughts: All I have to say is that this is a great summer read. I'm glad I read it now because the summer sets the tone for it and you get completely immersed in it but it still feels like summer. The plot is fluid and builds to not only a great turning point but also to the rest of the series. The characters develop and grow but not entirely because they still have flaws and it is not the end of the journey. This is a great book to read at any time, but I would definitely recommend this for a summer read that is quick and refreshing!

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Beautifully Broken Blog Tour with Sherry Soule


“Author Sherry Soule’s DREAM CAST”

Okay, today ‘s post is provided by author Sherry Soule, who is celebrating the release of the second novel in the YA Spellbound series, MOONLIGHT MAYHEM—due to be published July 2012.  This would be her dream cast of actors if her books were ever made into a movie or a TV series. (She’d prefer the latter.) So without further ado here are Sherry’s top actor picks...

My kickbutt heroine, Shiloh Ravenwolf is a tough one. For me it is between these lovely and brilliant actresses: Chloe Bridges and Rachel Bilson and Malese Jow. (I couldn’t find many Native American actresses in my Google search that would fit my description of Shiloh, who is half-French and half-Sioux.) 

Quirky, SHILOH(who never leaves the house without her fav hot pink Doc Martens) has a habit of engaging her brain before her mouth. She has seen shadows for as long as she can remember, and they always turn up when something bad is about to happen. Shiloh was born with an unusual mix of Native American Sioux and French Wiccan ancestry. When Shiloh meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, she realizes he might be next on the supernatural hit list. Shiloh decides it’s her duty to find out what is causing the mystical disappearances in Whispering Pines before the evil claims another innocent life. Yet even as a witch-in-training, is Shiloh worthy to combat the forces of darkness? Or is she just another teen destined to befall the town curse?
   

For the part of the arrogant, playboy, Trent Donovan, I think these dynamic actors would be great: Christopher Chace Crawford or Alex Pettyfer:

After seventeen years, TRENT and his father return to Whispering Pines and are instantly under speculation. Especially when construction on their mansion awakens an ancient evil, and the vanishing of a local teen has everyone murmuring about an old witch’s curse. When Trent meets Shiloh—sparks fly. Shiloh and Trent have an almost instant connection. As their friendship changes from mutual lust to real affection, they achieve an emotional closeness rarely found. He finds Shiloh’s willful determination a challenge, but he still has a hard time expressing his feelings.  Will Trent be able to survive the Whispering Pine curse in time to tell Shiloh how he feels?  


For Shiloh’s mother, Jillian Ravenwolf –Broussard, I like this amazing actress: Kelly Lee Carlson (she would be so freakin’ perfect).

Shiloh’s mother, JILLIAN BROUSSARD is an incredibly beautiful yet cryptic woman. She has never really been the “motherly” type. When she starts dabbling in Dark Magicks, she slips further away from her family. Jillian has been embracing darkness, and straying from the path of Wicca. Will the cost of her driving ambition come at a deadly price? 

For Jackson Ravenwolf (Shiloh’s father) this wonderful actor might be great: Oded Fehr.

JACKSON RAVENWOLF is Shiloh’s father, and he only wants peace within his troubled family. He is a kind-hearted man who tends to be swept up in Shiloh’s drama. He does not believe in the supernatural. Not in ghosts or hauntings or mysterious happenings as well as psychic abilities. He thinks the rumors about witches are ridiculous. Still he’s worried that Shiloh will discover his secret. Will he finally find the courage to tell Shiloh the truth about her heritage?


For Shiloh’s sassy best friend, Ariana Parsons, this remarkable actress would be great: Tiffany Thornton.

Smart and feisty, ARIANA PRESTON is Shiloh’s best friend. Her outgoing nature, along with her snarky and blunt personality are Ariana’s most endearing qualities. Upon learning that Shiloh is actually a powerful thirteenth witch, she dedicates herself to aiding her friend in the battle against evil. But after playing around with the occult, Ariana develops a taste for the dark arts. Will her interest in the Craft only cause more havoc and mayhem in a town that is already cursed by dark magick?  

For Anthony Evans, Shiloh’s mentor and friend, I like these gifted actors best: Josh Lucas or Patrick Wilson.

ANTHONY EVANS is a Victorian restoration specialist and part-time paranormal investigator that grew up in Castro Valley, California, and gifted with Sight. After the death of his wife, he moves in with his brother-in-law, Maxwell Donovan and his nephew, Trent to help cleanse their haunted house. After hiring Shiloh as an assistant, he decides that it’s his duty to educate Shiloh in all things supernatural. But will teaching her magick be enough to stop the evil from killing the other teenagers in town? 


For Shiloh’s brave and loving aunt Lauren, I like these outstanding actresses, Gwyneth Paltrow or Charilze Theron:

LAUREN BROUSSARD wants to help Shiloh deal with her newfound powers. Although, continuous, heated disagreements with her sister, Jillian about Shiloh’s upbringing resulted in her being estranged from the family. But what can Lauren say when Shiloh starts asking questions about the Broussard family’s dark past?

Only one actor comes to mind that could portray the dashing and ruthless, Maxwell Donavon – Australian actor and former fashion model, Julian Dana William McMahon:

Millionaire, yuppie, MAXWELL DONOVAN finally appears in MOONLIGHT MAYHEM. He shares his son Trent’s intensity, articulacy, and conviction. Maxwell was married to Claire and stole not only her heart, but her sanity as well. Rumors abound after he is accused of murdering his wife. Is he really a heartless killer or is there more to this enigmatic man? 


For the bratty Trendies, Ashley and Kayla, I like these young, talented actresses: Victoria Justice for Ashley and Amanda Bynes for Kayla:

ASHLEY WITHERIDGE is the mayor’s daughter. She is the Queen Bee at Whispering Pines High. Always calm and poised, and perfectly coiffed. She is Shiloh’s best frenemy. Ashley is very loyal to her friends while still being independent. When an unstoppable beast invades the town, will Ashley put aside her differences to join forces with Shiloh?


KAYLA BISHOP is Ashley’s best friend and captain of the cheerleading squad. At times, she can be spontaneous or cautious—whatever the situation calls for. She’s tougher than she looks, but can a bit of an airhead. Will Kayla surprise herself with her own insightful contributions to the fight against evil?

For the Ramírez family, I like these three talented actors: Michael Trevino as Daniel, Famke Janssen as Regina, and Demián Bichir as Javier.


 Okay, so there you have it, Sherry’s fav actor picks. If you’ve read Beautifully Broken or Moonlight Mayhem, what actors would you pick for the leading roles?

Hope you enjoyed this post. Now go feed your mind and read a book! Preferably mine. J


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July 2012 Book Releases

For this month, we will be posting upcoming books that we are anxiously waiting for and that the book community is dying to read!


Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3) by Kiersten White
Release Date: July 24, 2012

Evie's paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate.

The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its fate rests solely in Evie's hands.

So much for normal.


Where to find more info:Website l Facebook l Twitter l Goodreads





Destiny (Immortal #4) by Gillian Shields
Release Date: July 31, 2012

Everything is connected. We weave in and out of one another's lives, like circles within circles, and everything is for a purpose.

Helen has always been the "crazy" one among the girls of Wyldcliffe, scarred by her bleak past and her troubled relationship with her mother, the former headmistress and leader of the Wyldcliffe coven, Mrs. Hartle.

But Miss Scratton promised Helen that a love "beyond the confines of this world" is waiting for her. Could this be Lynton, the mysterious music student who visits Wyldcliffe for his lessons? And what about the brooch her mother gave her--what can the Seal reveal about Helen's past and future?

Now that Miss Scratton is gone, life at Wyldcliffe takes an even darker turn. An unexpected threat arrives in the form of a new high master, whom Helen remembers from her unhappy childhood. Can Helen, Evie, and Sarah finally overcome Wyldcliffe's darkness? Will Lady Agnes come to their aid? And what sacrifices must they make to fulfill their destiny?

"Destiny" is the stunning conclusion to this gripping series about sisterhood, the circles of time, and love.


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The Thing About The Truth by Lauren Barnholdt
Release Date: July 10, 2012
In this humorous love story from the author of Two-Way Street, an unlikely romance is the best sort of surprise—but the wrong secret can ruin everything. Kelsey’s not going to let one mistake ruin her life. Sure, she got kicked out of prep school and all her old friends are shutting her out. But Kelsey’s focused on her future, and she’s determined to get back on track at Concordia High.

Isaac’s been kicked out of more schools than he can count. Since his father’s a state senator, Isaac’s life is under constant scrutiny—but Concordia High’s his last stop before boarding school, so Isaac’s hoping to fly under the radar and try to stay put for a change.

When Kelsey and Isaac meet, it’s anything but love at first sight. She thinks he’s an entitled brat, and he thinks she’s a stuck-up snob. So it surprises them both when they start to fall for each other. Kelsey’s happy for the first time in months, and Isaac’s never felt this way about anyone before...But nothing’s ever completely perfect. Everyone has secrets, and Isaac and Kelsey are no exceptions. These two may have fallen hard, but there’s one thing that can ruin it all: the truth.


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The Unquiet by Jeanna Garsee
Release Date: July 17, 2012
Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother.

After a suicide attempt, and now her parents' separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home, undaunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn's bedroom. At school, her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless séance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be "touched" by Annaliese...or if Annaliese even exists.

With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about--not to mention her own--she can't help wondering: who should she really be afraid of?

Annaliese? Or herself?


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Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey
Release Date: July 3, 2012
When you're being hunted, who can you trust?

For the first time since she escaped from her school many months ago, Eve can sleep soundly. She's living in Califia, a haven for women, protected from the terrifying fate that awaits orphaned girls in The New America.

But her safety came at a price: She was forced to abandon Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. When Eve gets word that Caleb is in trouble, she sets out into the wild again to rescue him, only to be captured and brought to the City of Sand, the capital of The New America.

Trapped inside the City walls, Eve uncovers a shocking secret about her past--and is forced to confront the harsh reality of her future. When she discovers Caleb is alive, Eve attempts to flee her prison so they can be together--but the consequences could be deadly. She must make a desperate choice to save the ones she loves . . . or risk losing Caleb forever.

In this breathless sequel to "Eve," Anna Carey returns to her tale of romance, adventure, and sacrifice in a world that is both wonderfully strange and chillingly familiar.


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Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Release Date: July 31, 2012

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

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E-book Release of the Month:

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Release Date: July 3, 2012

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.


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Review: The Vampire's Daughter (Of Light and Darkness #1) by Shayne Leighton

Title: The Vampire's Daughter
Author: Shayne Leighton
Series: Of Light and Darkness
      1. The Vampire's Daughter
      2. The Vampire's Reflection
Format: E-book (258 pages)
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Genre(s): YA, Paranormal Romance, Adventure/Action



Rating:

Summary

When one human stands before an army of impossible obstacles, the likelihood of overcoming them in this coming-of-age modern fairytale may result in war between light and darkness.

Abandoned as an infant in Prague, naive and strong-willed Charlotte Ruzikova was raised by one of the last Vampires left alive. As a human, she knows no other home than the one nestled deep in the woods of Eastern Europe, where Witches drew spells of enchantment, Phasers threw tea parties, and Elves are the closest in kin. Charlotte has lived her life in the dark with her Guardian, content to having him to herself and reveling in his attention, until she's realizes she wants more...

Resident medical doctor and Vampire, Valek Ruzik fears the day his ward would come of age and blossom into a fine woman, and he is forced to confront his own motives as time is of the essence once his past catches up to him, and their lives become endangered...

As genocide and war threatens their secret society, the dictator in power is ready to wipe out Valek's race, but Charlotte will not allow that to happen. Fighting for the only one she's ever loved and truly believed in, she will do whatever it takes to save their love...before the sun comes up and light takes over. Source


Review
Plot: The Vampire's Daughter follows the life of a young girl named Charlotte who is raised by a Vampire doctor, Valek. She is almost a woman and is noticing her attraction towards Valek and she is not the only one. As her attraction towards him grows, a new dictator could cut the new bond they are now forming with one another, and could ultimately lose any chance of being with Valek. This was definitely a new take on the human-vampire relationship. I was glad for a change and a little more reality into how a relationship like that would work. Charlotte was raised by Valek but she doesn't see him as a true father figure, more of a guardian. But that does come into controversy with some characters as the story progresses. I was glad the relationship was a large element in the story but loved that there was a reliable plot, which showed the truth in some and growth in others.

Character(s): Charlotte - Charlotte is definitely a new spin on heroines. I loved how strong-willed she was and how loyal she was towards Valek. I did wish she wasn't consumed with thoughts of Valek but then again I could forgive it since it was really just her and Valek. She kind of did play the damsel in distress but I was glad she did. Nowadays we see very independent heroines and I was glad to see someone who did need a little rescuing of her own and wasn't scared to ask for it. One thing I did love about Charlotte was her dominance in some scenes. After she confessed her feelings, she didn't go back on them, but rather stood her ground throughout the time following.
Valek - Valek is a very brooding character. (Thank you, Leighton!) I love the mysterious and brooding type that harbor so many secrets they're endless. At first, I was confused on his and Charlotte's (or Lottie's) relationship. At first, he did seem protective of her and very fatherly but as the story progressed and he saw Lottie's feelings for him, it changed. You could see his love for her turn intimate and it was strange but you got used to it as you could see that at one point he was her guardian but Lottie grew up and Valek's perspective of her changed.
Cover: I'm glad the eyes were the focal point. Every time Charlotte mentioned Valek's eyes, I always reverted back to the cover. I wished Valek looked a little younger on the cover since he looks about 24 in the book, but other than that, it's great! I love the darkness contrasting with the red and Valek's eyes...just beautiful!

Closing Thoughts: Overall, I give this book a big four nail polishes! It had a great plot turn that I was not expecting as well as the drama between Charlotte and Valek that arise. I'm glad this romance had more substance than just falling in love. They see the good and bad in one another and are willing to work through on top of the new dictator. I did talk mostly about the romance but the plot is a great one and starts this series off to a great start.

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Interview with Suzanne Young


Today, on BNR, we have the author of A Need So Beautiful series and the upcoming 2013, The Project, Suzanne Young. We got a chance to catch up with her on the latest installment of the ANSB series, A Want So Wicked, and what new projects are in store for her readers!

Here is a quick bio about Suzanne:






Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she drafts novels on restaurant napkins while eating chimichangas. When not writing, Suzanne is a high school English teacher obsessed with books. It works.



BNR: How did you find your love for writing and books?

SY: I’ve been writing since I was in middleschool. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I ever considered publishing.Writing has always been my escape, only now I occasionally get paid for it.

BNR: Why did you decide to write books for the Young Adult genre?

SY: At first I didn’t even realize therewas a YA market. I was just writing a book about an 18-year-old girl (my first,unsold novel). As I learned about the business, I found where my voice andcharacters fit in.

BNR: Do you ever take personal experiences or your environment into your writing?

SY: Sure. But it’s never as it happened,it’s more of an inspiration from an experience. Or a random line I heard somewhere.

BNR: For those of those who have yet to read A Need So Beautiful, what is a quick synopsis of the series?

SY: It’s a story about the Forgotten, who are here to help people—usually strangers—at a time when they need it most. But the Forgotten are blessed/cursed. Over time the pain of helping starts to wear them away, wear away even their existence to a point where no one will remember they ever existed. A walking déjà vu. Charlotte doesn’t want that ending, not when she loves her family, her friends, and her boyfriend Harlin. But the cost of staying could be so much worse.

BNR: Who is Elise and how is she the same/different from Charlotte from ANSB?

SY: Elise is sweet, and very innocent—but she’s also funny and brave. Charlotte had many of those same qualities, but she was a bit more street smart.

BNR: How did you come up with writing about angels?

SY: My original title was Beautiful, and I wanted to write about a girl who thought she was slowly turning into something awful, something ugly. But instead she was becoming beautiful—even if it wasn’t in an earthly sense.

As the story evolved, I thought about a moment in my life when someone helped me—a stranger. And that turned into the mythology of the Forgotten.

BNR: You also have a new book set to release in 2013, The Program, how is this story different from what you normally write?

THE PROGRAM is set in an alternate reality where suicide is an epidemic. The style is a bit more stark and creepy than A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL, but the romance is still a heavy element. As it will be with all of my books.

BNR: Is there any genre out there that you have not written that you would like to try some day?

SY: I’ve recently written an adult horror, so I’d love to publish that.

Bonus: What are three books you would recommend for summer reads?

SY: SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL by Trish Doller, THE GREAT GATSBY byF. Scott Fitzgerald, and NEVERMORE by Kelly Creagh

Check Out A Want So Wicked:

Elise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is.

After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose effect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates.

Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?


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Review: Silence (Hush, Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Silence
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: Hush, Hush
       1. Hush, Hush
       2. Crescendo 
       3. Silence Brooke's Review
       4. Finale (Release Date: Oct. 23, 2012)
Format: Hardcover - 438 pages
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, YA, Fantasy, Mystery
Rating:








Summary

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. Source


Review

Plot: Silence is the third installment in the Hush, Hush series and I am so thankful this was not the last book. I think me, among thousdands of other fans, thought this would be the end but once I started reading the book, I was glad to see that this might not be the end. Silence starts out with Nora waking up, not knowing about anything that has happened in past years and finally being found after several months. She goes back to her life trying to go back into routine of summer school, family and friends...totally forgetting Patch. Basically, the book surrounds Nora trying to regain her memory and figuring out why all of these supernatural happenings are going on around her. I was disappointed when it came to some of the way people acted around her, either they acted like she should already know everything she forgot or hid things from her. But then again it was kind of interesting to see her memory work when it came to Patch. It was very gradual and faint, which was good because I would have been so angry  if she remembered Patch and not her mom.

Character(s): Nora - Sad to say, I'm glad Nora lost her memory. She was easier to read and I could empathize what she was going through. I would say that I did still feel a little off with her because she still is herself and she does do a few things that I think are unnecessary. She does eventually move past it but that is one problem I always have with her is that she does some things where the characters' ask her why she would do it and I am doing the same as well.

Cover: Becca never disappoints me with her covers. This one is probably my favorite of the four. It looks very dramatic but also simple, telling the story of the two in one pose. Definitely love the models, and love the theme Fitzpatrick always keeps with this series.

Closing Thoughts: This was a nice progression in the series but it wasn't my favorite book. Was it a great book? Absolutely. Did I completely enjoy it? Not as much as I did with Hush, Hush and Crescendo. I feel like this is the "sequel-isque" book, where it just progresses the story but doesn't truly stand out for me. I hope Finale will be the conclusion we're looking for. My opinion for this book is that I'm just glad it is not the ending to Nora's story.

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