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Author Interviews
July 10, 2014 posted by Nichole

Surrender the Sky Blog Tour: Interview with Meradeth Houston

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Publication date: May 2nd 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Gabby lives by two unbreakable rules: don’t expose her kind, the Sary, and don’t fall in love—too bad some rules are made to be broken.

When Gabby’s most difficult charge accidentally shoots her in front of a class full of students, the event exposes her carefully hidden identity. She shifts from looking like a normal teen to her secret Sary form, revealing her wings and the existence of her kind—immortals who try to keep people from committing suicide. Her incident attracts the attention of the next leader of the Sary, Jassen, who offers her an impossible bargain: she can keep her wings if she makes amends with those who know the truth. Things get more complicated when a rebel Sary, intent on exposing them to the world, starts interfering with Gabby’s work. And there’s no denying her attraction to Jassen, who is torn between his duties and his heart. With threats at every turn and her immortality on the line, Gabby has to find a way to save the Sary or surrender the sky forever.

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Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:

>She’s a Northern California girl. This generally means she talks too fast and use “like” a lot.
>When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!
>She’s been writing since she was 11 years old. It’s her hobby, her passion, and she’s so happy to get to share her work!
>If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.

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Chocolate or Vanilla?

~Chocolate

Favorite TV Show?

~X-Files. Though I have recently become addicted to Once Upon a Time.

Best Movie You’ve Watched Recently?

~I know this is technically not a movie, but they’re movie length, so I’m going with the 3rd season of the BBC’s Sherlock. Loved it! (But waiting for the next season may kill me!)

 Celebrity Crush?

~Do book characters count at celebrities? Because I don’t really crush on real-life celebrities (though Ian Somerhalter is nice to look at!). But in reality, Jem from the Infernal Devices is much more swoon-worthy to me!

 Cats or Dogs?

~Either. I love animals. But I’d love a dog right now!

 Thai or Chinese?

~Thai. Bring on the peanut sauce!

Can you tell us about your book Surrender the Sky in 15 words or less? 

~Gabby lives by two unbreakable rules: don’t expose her kind, the Sary, and don’t fall in love. (17 words…close enough? J).

 What was your favorite scene to write?

~I can’t say much without some serious spoilers, but it involves some kissing. And mistaken identities. And some really pissed off twins.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

~When Gabby tells Nathan (her former roommate and kind-of-enemy) that her best friend knows he’s a Sary. It was pretty funny, and well, I was bummed when a shift in the storyline made it impossible to keep.

Is this a standalone or will there be a sequel?

~There are three stand-alone titles in this “series” (Colors Like Memories, The Chemistry of Fate, and Surrender the Sky). They all loosely tie together, with a fourth book that will bring all the different books together. They don’t have to be read in any particular order.

Do you have a favorite quote from the book?

~I don’t have a favorite exactly, but this one makes me smile: “He smiled, just a little, but it unwound some part of me deep inside. He should have died uglier—lots uglier. It would have made resisting his question easier.”

Did any music inspire you while writing Surrender the Sky? 

~I am constantly listening to music while writing. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri definitely made me think of this book, Jassen in particular, while writing.

Are there any hunky new book boyfriends that readers can look forward to in Surrender the Sky? 

~I hate to say this, but Jassen is mine. LOL! Okay, really, I kind of like him—he’s on the quiet side, but definitely has book boyfriend material, imho.

 Are you currently working on anything else?

~The fourth book in the Sary Society series, which ties together all of the storylines from the other books. (This may kill me!) Along with an alien adventure story, and a time-travel book that I’m revising. I always have few books I’m in the middle of!

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

~Just one? I don’t know if I can pick! Hmm, I really rather enjoyed Fire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa Petreshock though—lots of fun to read!

What is currently in your TBR pile? 

~Far more books than I’ll ever manage to get to! But, right now, Anna and the French Kiss will probably be the next thing I pick up. How have I not read it yet?!?

 

Giveaway:
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Blog Tour
July 5, 2014 posted by Nichole

Giveaway + Excerpt from Summer at Paradise Ranch by R Barri Flowers

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Summer at Paradise RanchBook Synopsis:

From R. Barri Flowers, author of the bestselling teen novels, COUNT DRACULA’S TEENAGE DAUGHTER, TEEN GHOST AT DEAD LAKE, and OUT FOR BLOOD, come the start of an exciting new young adult adventure series, SUMMER AT PARADISE RANCH.

Four months shy of turning sixteen, Lexi Montoya was still trying to come to terms with her parents’ divorce and her mom’s remarriage to a man she met online, relocating to Maui, Hawaii.

Choosing to remain with her dad in Seattle, Lexi had planned to spend her first summer since the divorce hanging out with her boyfriend, Matt, and best friend, Robin. But her dad had other plans, insisting she spend the summer visiting her mom and stepdad at his ranch called Paradise Ranch in Wailuku, in west Maui.

Lexi went there with an attitude. Then she meets a cute Hawaiian guy named Mitsuo, is thrown into a love triangle, become friends with a teen girl living on a ranch next door, April; rides her first horse– an Arabian mare named Poppy– learns to hula dance and surf, and finds herself embroiled in a dangerous rescue mission when Poppy and another horse named Casper go missing from her stepfather’s ranch.

By the time her tropical summer adventure comes to an end, Lexi hates to leave Maui and say goodbye to Mitsuo. But can she stay when Matt is waiting for her back at home to pick up where they left off? Or will he lose her to a summer romance?

SUMMER AT PARADISE RANCH is a great coming of age adventure with young romance and mystery in paradise. Now in eBook, print, and audio.

Purchase Links:

Amazon USA:

http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Paradise-Ranch-ebook/dp/B00JTH03CK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1398096891&sr=1-1&keywords=summer+at+paradise+ranch

Amazon UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Paradise-Ranch-Series-ebook/dp/B00JTH03CK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1398179208&sr=1-1&keywords=SUMMER+at+paradise+ranch

Amazon Canada:

http://www.amazon.ca/Summer-Paradise-Ranch-ebook/dp/B00JTH03CK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1398179251&sr=1-1&keywords=summer+at+pARADISE+RANCH

Amazon Australia:

http://www.amazon.com.au/Summer-Paradise-Ranch-Series-ebook/dp/B00JTH03CK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1398179323&sr=1-1&keywords=summer+at+pARADISE+RANCH

Smashwords:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/430812

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summer-at-paradise-ranch-rbarri-flowers/1119304779?ean=2940149201709

Google Books:

http://books.google.com/books?id=0vFjAwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=SUMMER+AT+paradise+ranch&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WnFhU_yaMs6zyATO-4CQBg&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=SUMMER%20AT%20paradise%20ranch&f=false

iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/summer-at-paradise-ranch/id874595106?mt=11

Book Trailer:

http://youtu.be/ovKiOuEIANY

About the Author:

R Barri Flowers

R. Barri Flowers is the bestselling author of young adult novels, including OUT FOR BLOOD, COUNT DRACULA’S TEENAGE DAUGHTER, TEEN GHOST AT DEAD LAKE, GHOST GIRL IN SHADOW BAY, DANGER IN TIME, andCHRISTMAS WISHES: Laura’s Story. His novels can be found in print, eBook, and audio. In addition to bookstores, many of the titles can be found at public libraries across the country.

The author has also written a number of bestselling teen and young adult related nonfiction books as well, including RUNAWAY KIDS AND TEENAGE PROSTITUTION, KIDS WHO COMMIT ADULT CRIMES, and CHILDREN AND CRIMINALITY.

Follow R. Barri Flowers on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest Goodreads, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, LibraryThing,Flickr,and www.rbarriflowers.net. And learn more about the author in Wikipedia.

Website: http://www.rbarriflowers.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rbarri.flowers

Myspace: https://myspace.com/crimewriter_rbarriflowers

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RBarriFlowers

Excerpt:

CHAPTER ONE

It was the last day of school before summer break and Lexi Montoya was leaning against her locker facing her boyfriend, Matt Holloway. Next to Lexi was her best friend, Robin Forrester, who was facing her boyfriend, Dirk Watson. Just four months shy of her sixteenth birthday, Lexi hated the thought that instead of spending summer vacation in Seattle, where she lived and had her friends to hang out with, she was being forced by her dad to go visit her mother in Hawaii.

The same mother who had abandoned her nearly a year ago, divorced her dad, and married a man she’d met on the Internet. In Lexi’s way of thinking, she was in no hurry to see her mother again—certainly not anytime soon. But her father had other ideas, believing it would be good for her to try to repair the relationship with her mother. Lexi suspected that he had an ulterior motive for sending her packing to Maui. Her dad had a new girlfriend, whom she believed he wanted to spend more time with—minus the presence of a teenage daughter to mess things up.

The notion of being an ocean way from Matt for an entire summer annoyed Lexi. But she had no choice in the matter.

It didn’t set well with Matt either. “That sucks!” he complained as she broke the news to him, gazing down at her with deep blue eyes.

“I know, right,” Lexi told him, flipping her long brown hair over her shoulder.

“What am I going to do without my best friend?” Robin complained, her forehead creasing above thin brows.

Dirk rolled his eyes. “Are you kidding me? Who wouldn’t want to go to Hawaii for an all-expense paid trip to paradise?”

“Uh me,” Lexi said. “Especially when my life is right here.”

“And it’ll be here when you get back,” he said. “But going to Maui…wow. Maybe my mom should try to hook up with someone there. My dad probably wouldn’t care too much, since she’s always complaining that he never pays attention to her anyway.”

Robin frowned. “That’s not very nice.”

Dirk shrugged. “Hey, I’m just saying.”

“Maybe I should give you the ticket then,” Lexi suggested. “You can go in my place and I’ll stay at your house, with my dad totally clueless.”

Dirk laughed. “I think Matt would probably have a problem with that.”

Matt ran a hand through his thick brown hair. “I’d have more of a problem if she met some surfer dude in Hawaii and decided to kick me to the curb and never come back.”

Lexi met his eyes in earnest. “That’s not going to happen,” she promised. “No surfer dude could ever take your place with me.”

“You sure about that?”

“Positive. I’ll just be going through the motions and putting up with my mom until the summer ends and then I’m back here where I belong.”

That seemed to pacify him. “Cool,” he said, grinning, before giving her a kiss.

Lexi was only too happy to kiss him back, loving the feel of his lips on hers. Besides, she wanted the kiss to be enough for both of them to last through the entire summer.

“Get a room,” Robin joked.

Blushing, Lexi broke the lip lock. “We’ll pick it up later,” she promised Matt.

“Sounds good to me,” he said.

“I just hope that in between all that fun in the sun you find the time to text your best friend and boyfriend—like every day!” Robin said.

“Definitely,” Lexi promised, even though the last thing she expected was much fun while on the island, where she was headed against her wishes.

* * *

That evening, Lexi was packing and wishing she didn’t have to, when her father came into her room.

“Can I help with anything?” he asked.

She faced him and frowned. “Yes, you can tell me I can stay home for the summer.”

“We’ve already been through this, Lexi,” he said. “You need to spend some time with your mother.”

“Why should I?” she challenged him. “She walked out on us.”

“I know and I’m not excusing that. But she’s still your mother.”

“I wish she wasn’t!”

Lowell Montoya stepped closer to his daughter, his brow furrowed. “You don’t mean that.”

“Yes, I do,” Lexi insisted, or at least she did on some level. “How can you just pretend what she did to you when she ran off to be with another man is okay?”

“It’s not okay,” he said. “What she did was unforgivable. Except, at some point, you have to forgive, if not forget, and move on.”

“You mean move on to Rebecca?” Lexi shot him a cold stare. “Isn’t that really what this is about—shoving me aside so you can pretend I don’t exist, just like mom did?”

“No, honey, that’s not what this is about. I would never shove you aside for anyone, and I don’t think that’s what your mother was doing—not intentionally anyway.” He paused. “This will always be your home. My relationship with Rebecca has nothing to do with how I feel about you as my only child and someone I love dearly. You’ve always told me I need to get a life. So now I’m trying to take you up on that and see where it goes.”

“Yeah, well I’d like to do the same thing with my relationship with Matt,” she said.

“And you will have plenty of time for that,” he assured her. “Your mother’s not perfect and neither am I. She’s reached out to you. Just give her a chance.”

Lexi fixed him with teary eyes. “And what if I hate it there?”

“Then you can come home. But I’m pretty sure that, in spite of your beef with your mother and desire to stay in Seattle, there will be plenty of things in Maui to keep you occupied.”

“I hope so,” Lexi muttered, though all she could really think about at the moment was being forced to face the mother who had turned her back on her.

He wrapped his arms around her and Lexi rested her head against his chest. I know I have to do this, she told herself reluctantly. Otherwise, she might never find out why her parents’ marriage failed when she hadn’t seen it coming. Or would her mother not even bother to tell her side of the story?

 

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June 29, 2014 posted by Nichole

Book Blitz: The Camelot Code by Mari Mancusi

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The Camelot CodeABOUT THE CAMELOT CODE

The Camelot Code by Mari Mancusi

Published April 16th, 2014

Published by NLA Digital LLC

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Retelling

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21937258-the-camelot-code

PURCHASE LINKS

Paperback: http://amzn.to/UbJ0Zp

Kindle: http://amzn.to/1ta8qU5

Nook:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-camelot-code-mari-mancusi/1119235929?ean=2940149257799

Kobo:http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-camelot-code-1

iBooks:https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-camelot-code/id860981820?mt=11

All fourteen-year-old gamer girl Sophie Sawyer wants to do is defeat Morgan Le Fay in her favorite Arthurian videogame. She has no idea the secret code sent via text message is actually a magical spell that will send her back in time to meet up with a real life King Arthur instead. 

Of course Arthur’s not king yet–he hasn’t pulled the sword from the stone–and he has no idea of his illustrious destiny. And when a twist of fate sends him forward in time–to modern day high school–history is suddenly in jeopardy. Even more so when Arthur Googles himself and realizes what lies in store for him if he returns to his own time–and decides he’d rather try out for the football team instead. 

Now Sophie and her best friend Stuart find themselves in a race against time–forced to use their 21st century wits to keep history on track, battle a real-life version of their favorite videogame villain, and get the once and future king back where he belongs. Or the world, as they know it, may no longer exist.

About the Author:

Mari Mancusi

Mari Mancusi always wanted a dragon as a pet. Unfortunately the fire insurance premiums proved a bit too large and her house a bit too small–so she chose to write about them instead. Today she works as an award-winning young adult author and freelance television producer, for which she has won two Emmys.

When not writing about fanciful creatures of myth and legend, Mari enjoys goth clubbing, cosplay, snowboarding, watching cheesy (and scary) horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure—playing videogames. A graduate of Boston University, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon, and their dog Mesquite.

Website: http://www.marimancusi.com/

Tumblr: http://www.feedyourdragons.tumblr.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/marimancusi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bloodcovenvampires

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21701.Mari_Mancusi

Blog: http://www.marimancusi.blogspot.com/

The Giveaway:

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Book of the Month
June 23, 2014 posted by Nichole

Book of the Month Giveaway: Wicked Games by Sean Olin

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Hey everyone! Welcome back! Thanks to Harper Teen, we are offering 2 copies of Wicked Games by Sean Olin to US residents only! The rafflecopter is below and will run for one week. Please note that I do check the entries and that all contest or spam only pages will not be eligible for the giveaway. Good luck!

 

Wicked Games

 

Wicked Games is the first book in a sexy thriller series where passion, lies, and revenge collide-perfect for fans of Simone Elkeles and Sara Shepard.

To all the locals in the small beach town of Dream Point, Carter and Lilah seem like the perfect It Couple-but their relationship is about to brutally unravel before everyone’s eyes.

Carter has always been a good guy, and while Lilah has a troubled past, she’s been a loyal girlfriend for the last four years. When smart, sexy Jules enters the picture at a senior-year bash, Carter succumbs to temptation. And when Lilah catches wind of his betrayal, she decides that Jules needs to pay.

By the end of the summer, the line between right and wrong will be blurred beyond recognition. Blood will be shed. Nothing in Dream Point will ever be the same.

This juicy summer read will keep readers turning pages until the shocking, nail-biting finale.

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May 29, 2014 posted by Nichole

Book Blitz: First Impression by Pauline Creeden

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First ImpressionFirst Impression: A Shadow Maven Paranormal by Pauline Creeden

Genre: YA Paranormal

Published: March 31st, 2014

Published by: AltWit Press

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20618864-first-impression

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/First-Impression-Shadow-Paranormal-Volume/dp/1495303942

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/first-impression-pauline-creeden/1119068029?ean=9781495303944

Chira Kelly thought she didn’t need anyone…until she met Ben.

Because of one ugly rumor, Chira lives as an outcast at her school. Which is fine with her, because she works better alone. Always has, always will. And at least she has her one and only true friend, Tasha. When Tasha insists that they join a group to visit a possibly haunted abandoned old schoolhouse, she’s wary, but joins her friend. Because of that decision, their lives are in jeopardy as a malevolent spirit targets the group. Tragedies and accidents pick them off one by one, and Chira finds herself drawn to the one person who can see the truth. But can he protect her?

About the Author

Pauline

In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. Her books have hit #1 on the Amazon Bestseller List and Armored Hearts won the 2013 Book Junkie’s Choice Award in Historical Fiction. First Impression: A Shadow MavenParanormal is her first mystery. It’s a dark urban fantasy and will be released March 24, 2014.

Website: http://PaulineCreeden.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/PaulineCreeden

Twitter: http://twitter.com/P_Creeden

Teaser Trailer:

http://vimeo.com/86024284

The Giveaway:

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May 22, 2014 posted by Nichole

The Beast of Callaire Blog Tour: Saruuh Kelsey’s Top Ten Paranormal Reads

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The Beast of Callaire by Saruuh Kelsey

Published May 20th, 2014

Genre: YA Fantasy/Mythology

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20590654-the-beast-of-callaire

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Beast-Callaire-Legend-Mirror/dp/1291790608

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-beast-of-callaire-saruuh-kelsey/1119059310?ean=9781291790603

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Beast-Callaire-Legend-Mirror/dp/1291790608

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/424300

Yasmin is a descendant of the Manticore. A creature of Persian mythology. A Legendary.

But she doesn’t want to be. Unlike the Legendaries in The Red, Yasmin wants nothing more than an ordinary life. She tries to fool herself into believing that she doesn’t change into a beast every full moon and savagely kill innocent people.

But when Yasmin starts hearing a voice in her head and is drawn into dreams that aren’t her own, she is led to Fray—a girl who once saved Yasmin from hunters, who has shadowy memories that hint at her having Legendary magic—and Yasmin is catapulted into a life of Majick and malevolence.

Despite the danger around her and Fray, Yasmin might finally have a chance at being a normal girl with a normal girlfriend. But with Legendaries being killed, a war between the Gods brewing, and the beast inside Yasmin becoming stronger each moon, her mundane life is little more than a dream.

About the Author:

saruuh kelsey

Saruuh Kelsey is the author of the Lux Guardians series. Her debut and the first in series, THE FORGOTTEN, a YA science fiction set in Victorian London and London 25 years in the future, is out now for free. Book two, THE REVELATION, releases October 7th. THE BEAST OF CALLAIRE, the first novel of a new YA fantasy series, with a same sex paranormal romance, is out May 20th.

Website: http://saruuhkelsey.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/luxguardians

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Blog: http://syntaxreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Top ten paranormal reads

  1.       The Lynburn Legacy trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan (a fabulous gothic setting, diverse characters, and sorcerers!)

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

2.      The Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor (a heart-rending love story I will never recover from, a war that haunts, and prose that beguiles)

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

3.      Angelfall by Susan Ee (an apocalypse caused by angels? Awesome! An apocalypse caused by HOT angels? Even better!)

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

4.      The Beautiful & The Cursed by Page Morgan (a wonderful historical Parisian backdrop, romance, and gargoyles to die for)

The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed, #1)

5.      The Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr (political faery conflict, every kind of love interest imaginable – sweet, dark, sexy – and a story that’s as thrilling as it is eerie)

Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)

6.      Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (A stunning retelling of Beauty and The Beast with mythology and unforgettable romance. It stole my heart and has yet to let go.)

Cruel Beauty

7.    The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (who hasn’t wanted to read about a house full of psychics, a search for a long forgotten mythological figure, and a slow burning true love?)

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

8.      The Demon’s Lexicon series by Sarah Rees Brennan (another dark and magically lush trilogy from Sarah Rees Brennan. My favourite series ever – magicians, demons, heartache, and self discovery!)

The Demon's Lexicon (The Demon's Lexicon, #1)

9.    The Weight of souls by Bryony Pearce (a modern day ghost story with mythology,  a protagonist of colour, and a dangerous quest for justice)

The Weight of Souls

10.  The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare (timeless historical fantasy with a cast of characters as varied and colourful as they are unique, and a superbly original paranormal threat)

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

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2 Beast of Callaire paperbacks and one swag pack consisting of a paperback, postcards, stickers, and a tote bag open Internationally.

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May 20, 2014 posted by Nichole

The Lovely and the Lost (The Dispossessed #2) by Page Morgan

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About the Book

Title: THE LOVELY AND THE LOST

Author: Page Morgan

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Pub. Date: May 13, 2014

Pages: 368

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For readers of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series comes the sequel to The Beautiful and the Cursed, The Lovely and the Lost finds the Waverly sisters in mortal danger and able to trust no one.

Ingrid and Gabby Waverly moved to France expecting a quiet reprieve from London gossip, but the truth they face in their new home has a sharper—and deadlier—sting.

Paris is plagued by an underworld of demons and gargoyles who all seem to want something from the Waverly girls. Saving Ingrid’s twin, Grayson, from the fallen angel Axia nearly killed them. And they’re still being hunted—only this time, demons aren’t their only predators.

Ingrid’s blood is special: it bestows the power to command gargoyles. It’s an ability no other human has, and in the wrong hands, it could be used to send her cursed guardian, Luc, and his fellow Dispossessed to extinction. There are those who will do anything to get Ingrid’s blood—and they see no value in human life.

The Alliance has vowed to protect the Waverlys, and a new gargoyle has been assigned to guard their abbey home alongside Luc. But no one can watch over Ingrid, Gabby, and Grayson all the time—which means the three must learn to fight for themselves.

Because darkness follows the Waverlys. And sometimes darkness comes in the form you trust the most.

 

My Review:

My heart…I just…I don’t….I can’t….How do I explain this book in words? And that ending? THAT ENDING?! Oh my goodness.

The Lovely and the Lost is the sequel to The Beautiful and the Cursed. It occurs fairly soon after the ending of the first book, with Ingrid and Gabby both training for the Alliance and honing powers. There are also some new characters and relationships introduced, such as Gabby and Ingrid’s father.

Page Morgan’s writing is so exceptionally well done. I honestly think that’s what makes this series so amazing. I say that because I’m really not the biggest fan of historical fiction. I often find it stuffy and obviously outdated, but Page Morgan brings life to every aspect of these books. More specifically, Morgan creates characters with such life and such passion that it’s almost impossible to not fall in love with them. Honestly, her characters are some of my all time favorite characters.

Of course I have to give a major shout out to my favorite couple of all time, Gabby and Nolan. Oh how they stole my heart all over again in this book! However, I do wish that they had just a few more scenes to themselves in this book. I felt a little robbed ]= HOPEFULLY they have more face time in the third book. AND THAT ENDING? YOU BETTER FIX THAT, PAGE!

And then there was Ingrid and Luc and Grayson and Chelle. Seriously, I could just talk about these relationships for hours. I’m so invested in all of these characters. It honestly just feels like my heart is breaking over and over and over again because I want everything to be perfect for them. All of the characters were pure perfection.

The reason that I docked The Lovely and the Lost a star was because there were some moments that were teetering on the edge of boring. Now, I’m not saying that this book was boring, because it wasn’t. However, there were some moments that I wished things would speed up a bit. I also can see why some people might have trouble getting into it. Personally, I’m not one of those people. I love this series.

What I loved about this book was that there were so many things that happened that I didn’t expect to happen. This book is definitely not predictable or cliché. There were several times that my mouth just dropped open and I stared wide eyed at the page in front of me. For example, there’s this one scene toward the end that I was like HOLY SHIT. ARE YOU SERIOUS. I didn’t see it coming AT ALL. There were also a couple things that happened in this book where I was like NOOOOOOO. Sad moments ]=

The ending of The Lovely and the Lost was absolutely heart breaking for more than one reason. I’m going to be strong and not give away anything but be prepared for your heart to break into several hundred itty bitty pieces. And then be prepared to mourn for days. And THEN be prepared to be absolutely devastated when you realize that you probably have to wait about another year for the third book. That’s about the sequence that it will happen.

If you haven’t read the Dispossessed series by Page Morgan, then you’re seriously missing out. DO SO. READ THIS SERIES. You won’t be disappointed!

 

Pages: 368

Publication Date: May 13th, 2014

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Rating: : ★★★★☆

 

About Page:

Page Morgan

I’m the author of The Beautiful & The Cursed, a young adult novel about two sisters who, on their mission to find their missing brother, discover a veiled world of gargoyles and demons in the city of Paris. I’m currently writing the second and third novels in this series, which saps most of my brainpower. I live in New England with my husband and our three children, along with our ancient dog and arrogant cat, quickly sap the rest of it. I accept virtual gifts of coffee, chocolate, and cupcakes.
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Week One

5/12/2014Dark Faerie TalesGuest Post

5/13/2014Alice Marvels - Guest Post

5/14/2014Lili’s ReflectionsReview

5/15/2014Book SwoonReview

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5/19/2014Bookhounds YAReview

5/20/2014YaReadsReview

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5/22/2014Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post-Nolan

5/23/2014Refracted Light ReviewsInterview