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The Falconer by Elizabeth May
So here is what happened. I saw the book around and dismissed it – no idea why, but somehow I didn’t care enough to read it. Then, Jenny (Supernatural Snark and my never-wrong-when-it-comes-to-books-we-both-love friend) told me to pick up The Falconer as soon as I can , because it totally reminded her of The Fafever series from Karen Marie Moning.. Uhm… OK! Get me the book now
I love it when authors effortlessly mix up genres and here, we find a fantasy like story based in the Victorian aged Scotland filed with elements of Steampunk. It’s a wonderful mix, that one I can tell right away. The setting lures the reader in right away, with a heroine who comes from old money and who used to spend her time with beautiful gowns on balls to dance with young gentlemen before she became an assassin of the fey! After Aileana saw her mother being killed by fey she made it her mission to kill all the fey and avenge her mothers death. This turned her from being a girly to a fierce heroine, who doesn’t care about anything else apart from killing the next fey…
This dedication made her both fierce, strong and fearless – it left her also pretty much alone and also a little sad. She cannot tell anyone about what she sees and why she turned so drastically after her moms death. Even more, her father is utterly cold and not much help either.
Kierran is of course what draws us girls in the most. He’s the mysterious Fae who seems to hate the fey just like Aileana does – but his reasons escape us for most of the book. He teaches Aileana to slay and kill and he does it with no excuses. He’s cold , deadly and we have no idea what he’s up to! Also, we wonder constantly if there is more to him, that he has maybe feelings for Aileana – but we are just as clueless about him and his motifs as Aileana.
But he’s what gives the story an edge, a dark secret that turns the story from nice to awesome, the secret that raises the stakes for not just Aileana but everyone else!
Oh and .. I should say that I just love this cold mysterious bastard? Yes, I’m like that:) But in literature these are the men/boys that draw me in!
The story filled with these amazing character was awesome! In the beginning it was a little slow and it took me a little while to get into it, but then… oh then it picked up paces incredibly and soon the slow beginning was forgotten. I should mention a few of the side characters who were no less awesome, I loved Alieana’s best friend who was wonderfully loyal, and then there is Derek – Oh Gosh he was so cute! A tiny little pixie who got drunk on honey, he was the cutest!
And. I shouldn’t leave this review without mentioning the romance. The romance was there, but I expect it to be even stronger in the next book. It took a while for the romance to hit off and then it was not as sizzling as I was hoping it to be… Still!! The story left me amazed, dazed and happy that Jenny told me to read it:)
The Falconer by Elizabeth May was an dark, edgy blend of genres filled with all the good things we know from Steampunk, historical settings and the blend of fantasy. While Alieana is a fierce, strong heroine the mysterious Kierran drives the story to a new high and his secrets and enigmatic persona draws us in and holds us captive!
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The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa - Blog Tour and Review
Oh I’ve been a fan of Julie Kagawa since I read her first book The Iron King – and ever since I feel deeply in love with her stories. The Blood of Eden Series combines her incredible world building with my (still) favorite paranormal creature: Vampires!
But.. all good things must come to an end so welcome to the Blog Tour for:
The Spectacular Conclusion to the Epic Dystopian Trilogy
Final book #3 in the Blood of Eden series
Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?
With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.
Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the path is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal.
The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost— the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.
Allie has been through a lot. From becoming a Vampire in The Immortal Rules to slowly accepting being a creature she always despised. We left Allie in a state of pure horror and devastation at the end of The Eternity Cure.
Hell, we’ve all been shocked! But, Julie Kagawa knows exactly what to do a Reader to make us both love and hate her:) The ending of The Eternity Cure was shocking and Readers have been desperately dreading and wishing for The Forever Song!
The Forever Song is dark and it brings Allie to her knees in what she can endure and who she wants to be. Allie struggles a lot with the loss of Zeke and struggles to keep her humanity, something she always valued so much. This struggle drives the story, together with the run to rescue not only humanity but also also all vampires. The whole world and both humans and Vampires are in danger and Allie, Kanin and Jackal are the only ones that might come to their rescue.
In this final conclusion we find ourself in a heart pounding and thrilling race, that takes nearly everything. I said it before, and will say it over and over again – Julie Kagawa is a master storyteller who never holds back, who never spares us and her characters anything. And this is what you should also expect from The Forever Song. It’s shocking and sometimes even dreadful, but it’s such an absorbing story that never had dull or boring moments.
The Forever Song also comes with stunning twits, that will make us laugh and cry. Sure enough, there are lots of emotions in this final conclusion and eyes won’t stay dry for very long!
The ending was perfect! Even though I am sure many people ar dreading the end, and will hate the way the story ended. I personally think it was the best and perfect way to end this story. I’m excited that I can leave this story and world behind me with satisfaction and not with anger or confusion, like so often with series endings.
Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish and the odd eel.
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all-time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian shepherd who is too smart for his own good and the latest addition, a hyperactive Papillon puppy.
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Wednesday, April 9th – The Page Turners
Thursday, April 10st – Books and Things
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So, are you a fan of Julie’s tales just like me? Are you afraid of the ending of The Forever Song? Let me know!
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Stolen Songbird - Interview with Danielle J. Jensen (Blog Tour)
I’m so happy and thrilled to host Danielle J. Jensen today during her Blog Tour for her debut Stolen Songbird. I absolutely adored and loved Stolen Songbird, so I when I got the chance to chat a little with Danielle, I was super excited!
So please welcome Danielle !
Hi Danielle! Thank you so much for stopping at the Bewitched Bookworms today and for chatting with me about your awesometastic debut “Stolen Songbird”.
Thank you for having me and for thinking my book is awesometastic
From all the paranormal creatures you could have written about, why did you choose trolls?
The idea for the story started with the setting. The trolls came into being as I thought about what sort of creatures would live in an underground city. They pretty much created themselves!
If you could be one paranormal creature, what would you like to be? For me it changes, there was a time I wanted to be a sparkling Vampire (yes there I admit my Twilight obsession) and there are other times I would like to be a Fey…, so what about you Danielle?
I’m pretty sure every paranormal fan imagines herself as a vampire at some point!! What I want to be usually depends on what I’m reading. I’ve wanted to be a fairy, an elf, a dragon, a shadow hunter, a unicorn, and the list goes on. But my enduring favourite is a shape shifter who takes on the form of a tiger or a leopard. Which is highly ironic given that I am allergic to cats.
Let’s take a second to talk about Cécile – I absolutely admired her as a heroine. Could you describe her in 3 words for us?
Optimistic, kind, and feisty.
And … which 3 words would Tristan choose to describe her?
Infuriating, inconvenient, and human. Brave, tenacious, and beautiful.
If you would be in Cécile’s situation, kidnapped, about to get married, how do you think you would handle this situation?
I wouldn’t handle it as well. Unlike Cécile, I’m quite shy with new people, so I’d probably spend the entire time hiding in the library plotting my escape. Good thing this book isn’t about me, or it would be very boring.
For me, every story needs romance, love and a swoon worthy boy. Does romance play a big role in your reading and writing experience?
It’s extremely important to me – I adore love stories. Relationships between characters are something that fascinates me, and I try to explore as many as possible in my books. I find that I’m always left feeling disappointed if a romance doesn’t develop within a novel, except in a case where there is a strong friendship to take its place, i.e. Code Name Verity. That said, I can’t imagine writing a novel that didn’t have a strong romantic element – it’s in my blood.
Tristan is definitely one of the most interesting, mysterious and intriguing characters I’ve met in a long time. He was so difficult to figure out, which only added to his allure. As a writer, was it hard to develop him as a character and what do you admire most about him?
I actually find writing Tristan much easier than Cécile, and I think that is because he generally reacts on the basis of logic and she generally reacts based on how she feels. For me, it is easier to write a logical reaction than to insert myself into Cécile’s shoes and puzzle out what she will do. Which makes it interesting when Tristan throws caution and planning to the wind and acts on his feelings.
What I admire most about Tristan is his dedication to the revolution he leads, because it requires him to be “on” every waking second. By necessity, he is pretending to be someone different than he really is, and I can’t even imagine how exhausting it would be to constantly be careful about everything you say or do. I also admire his intelligence, but given that I am his creator, that’s sort of like saying I admire my own intelligence. Which is weird.
If you would compare Tristan to other fictional boys, which ones would you choose and why?
A tall handsome boy with layers of depth and secrets… He’s like every guy in YA!
I jest. Except not really
Tristan can be snarky, and I modeled that a bit after Will in Clockwork Angel, because I love that guy.
Now, let’s have a minute to talk about Marc. You wrote this beautiful and heartbreaking Love Letter from Marc to his wife, which seriously brought me to tears. Did you expect Marc to have such an impact as a character to your readers?
I’m pretty proud of that letter – not bad for a first effort! But the answer to your question is no, I didn’t expect for Marc to be the character so many readers latched on to. Although, I do remember my agent saying that she loved him when she called to offer me representation, so maybe that should have been my first clue! Marc’s story is tragic, and I think that appeals to people’s hearts.
I’ve had several readers ask why I didn’t make Marc the love interest, and there are several reasons for that.
1. Marc already had his love story, and shoving him into a love triangle would really steal from the poignancy of that loss.
2. Tristan’s role as the leader of the revolution (which the plot pretty much hangs on) requires him to be ambitious, cunning, and a little bit ruthless, and Marc is none of these things. Marc is a better person than his cousin, but he isn’t a better leader.
3. Other than his friendships, Marc has nothing to lose, whereas Tristan begins the story with everything. Which means I can take, and take, and take… *cue evil laughter*
Last but not least, the ending! Oh Danielle, it’s as cruel as it’s amazing, but can you tease us a tiny little bit about what is to come next?
Book 2 reveals quite a bit more about the friendship between Tristan and Marc. You don’t see much conflict between the two of them in Stolen Songbird, but as I alluded to in Marc’s love letter to Pénélope, that hasn’t always been the case. And won’t always be the case. Tristan made a big mistake in the past, and both of them are going to pay for it.
Thank you so so much for chatting with me!
It was my pleasure!
For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy…
For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.
Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.
But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.
As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever
Danielle was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of the left side of her brain, she graduated in 2003 from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance. But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous; and in 2010, it sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal University and to pursue publication. Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination.
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen is an outstanding fantastical debut with a marvellous heroine and the most beautiful swoon worthy romance. The setting is wonderfully unique, filled with intriguing magical creatures and woven into a story that left nothing to desire.
Don’t miss the Love Letter Danielle wrote for the Love Letter event from last month. She wrote a beautiful heartbreaking love letter from Marc to Penelope!
Are you excited about Stolen Songbird? Do you love a good YA Fantasy with wonderful romance just like I do? If you could ask Danielle a question, what would you like to ask her?
And here you can enjoy the first 3 Chapters for free!!!! Don’t miss it
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The Taking by Kimberly Derting
Oh how much I Love The Body finder Series from Kimberly Derting. It has one of the sweetest romances and I loved the mystery part. The Taking sounds equally amazing and I couldn’t be any more excited for this new series.
Kyra just lost 4 years! she comes back, has no idea where she was, she didn’t even realized she was gone, and now everything has changed! A new family where her mom just remarried, got a new kid and her father who never got over the fact that she simply disappeared a few years ago.
All her friends are away in College now and even worse, her boyfriend is also comes with a new girlfriend.
Heavily confused Kyra needs to find her place in this new/old life and tries to understand what happened to her. And those secrets are much more dangerous than she could ever image!
In the beginning Kyra is just so lost and confused. Everything has changed, everyone wants her to explain what happened, but she has no idea! She felt disconnected from her family and cannot fit anywhere anymore. The first part of the story deals with Kyra adjusting to this new life. Then, the story shift when someone just like Kyra contacts her and suddenly she#s on the run and discovers secrets she would have been better of without.
The book really has two part, in mood and in pacing and I actually liked this shift and think it was very well done and easily kept me hooked! The story turns into a more paranormal/SciFi direction which was both thrilling, frightening and exciting.
*swoon* I just knew Kimverly Derting would give us a boy to swoon over! And Tyler was just The PERFECT boy. Interestingly, he’s the kid brother of Kyra’s Ex-Boyfriend – talk about an awkward situation here.. But even they were 4 years apart when Kyra left, they are now the same age and he’s the only one who is truly there for her. She easily connects with Tyler, more than with everyone else and this friendship is what keeps her grounded.
Seriously, I love their easy friendship and wonderful romance so much!! It was sweet, but also hot, sexy and so so soo romantic! Tyler is wonderful, he’s supportive and he’s so very much in love with Kyra!
“Take your time Kyra. I’m not going anywhere” he told me as he came around (…) “I’ll wait till your figure things out.” -ARC, The Taking
“Love required sacrifice and making hard choices and doing things that were bigger than just you. It wasn’t something you asked for, or could control or change. It was something you accepted.
Love was a force of nature. ” -ARC, The Taking
The Taking by Kimberly Derting was such an amazing, thrilling Contemporary – Scfi that was so wonderfully romantic.
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Waiting on Wednesday - Lailah by Nikki Kelly
“Waiting on” Wednesday is hosted weekly by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
Series: The Styclar Saga #1
Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Feiwel and Friends
The Cover looks creepy and mysterious!
The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.
On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.
In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?
Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.
Nikki Kelly first published LAILAH on Watpatt and super fast gained more than 2 million excited readers. I love these kind of success stories and I’m so happy to Nikki Kelly that she got such an amazing deal with Feiwel and Friends.
Just head over there and look at some of the comments, it makes me even more excited than I already am. This story sounds so so fantastic. A little creepy, but unique and amazing.
And.. there are Vampires and Angels and Mysterious Boys! YEAH, all the good things I just love to read about!!
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House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple comes with such a beautiful and catching cover and promised to be a entertaining and very magical Young Adult story.
Ok I admit, that I totally borrowed from Once Upon A Time here, but Magic in House of Ivy & Sorrow truly always comes with a prize, as in some hairs, a fingernail or other weird things, some more horrific than others, and of course highly depends on the magic the witch wants to cast.
The witch and magic lore in House of Ivy & Sorrow is truly unique and wasn’t cute, or sweet or swirly. Magic is a little darker here and magical spells all need some weird (super weird) ingredients. But, these highly unique and more old school witchcraft added this contemporary young adult story a little extra.
Jopsephine grew up being a witch and always knew that she’s the last of a very powerful bloodline, where female witches often got cursed like her mothers (which also ultimately results in death…) So she was heavily guarded by her Grandma (which I adore!!) and knew she needed to be careful not to end up death. So when a mysterious stranger comes into town, suddenly she’s in between the desperate wish to be normal, have normal friendships and even date a boy and being the sole survivor of a powerful witchline.
Jo actually managed to handle both worlds quite fantastically and we find in Jo a girl, who is both normal, cute and girlish and on the other hand a soon-to-be powerful witch. Clearly, she doesn’t have it easy struggling both lives, but Joe managed this quite wonderfully.
Clearly, this story lives from a colourful cast of amazing characters. I picture Nana like one of these old witches. She was so easy to love with her fierce protectiveness of Jo and her powerful witchcraft. Jo and Nana were such a great team, even when they not agreed!
Then, there are Jo’s best friends and how much I loved these girls together. They loyal and loving friendship was wonderful. I always love when protagonists finally share their secrets with their best friends as it only feels natural for them to do so.
Last but not least we have two boys who couldn’t be more different from each other but are equally flashy. Winn is the cute Farmboy-Next-Door, who loves his family and falls head over heels for Jo. Their romance was cute and light and could have been a little more intense. Often I felt like Jo and Winn were even younger than 16 which often turns me off a romance very fast.
Of course we are now missing the Bad-Boy which comes in the form of Levi. He’s such a mysterious and great character, who made it very hard to put him into one of our cute little boxes of good and evil. I love that about characters and Levi is definitely mysterious and added some thrill and maturity into the story.
House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple was an intriguing tale filed with old school witchcraft set into a very contemporary setting. The cast of characters is outstanding with a spunky heroine and terrific supporting friends and family members. Sometimes Jo felt a little too young for me, which easily turned into childish behavior.
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Dark and Surreal - Great by Sara Benincasa
A Retelling of The Great Gatsby, with a contemporary setting among the rich and famous during a summer in The Hamptons? Yeah – let it come!!
Noami usually lives with her dead having anormal life. The summers however she spends with her mom, who is a super rich TV cook. I imeadiately loved Naomi as she was not impressed by her moms money, nor did the rich and famous impress her. Naomi was just a normal girl, who wanted friends and a true loving mom, not the fake loving one her mother usually played. I loved Naomi’s character, as she felt incredibly strong and real for me.
What I didn’t expect was the tone and turn of the story into a comic like surreal satire. The surreal feeling when we meet Jacinda was truly unexpected, but once I got used to it, it was easy to go with the flow and just let it work its charms on me. Jacinda is major part in the story and was both surreal, comical but also very tragic. Jacinda was bubbly, extravagant and totally out of context. It felt like she could do anything, has no limits.
But there was something very tragic around her and we only realized this slowly during the progress of the story.
How much can money buy? Can it by love and friendship? Major aspects dealt with these kind of questions.
There was some romance, yet it didn’t go in the direction I was hoping for. I was happy seeing Naomi falling in love besides all her judgment of rich-people and that she found a boy she liked easily. What I didn’t like was the direction his character was going towards the end of the book. In this story it felt like all rich and wealthy people come with a bad character and cannot help themselves but judge poorer people. I would have loved to see that there are also wonderful and nice people among the rich and famous, but the overall story made us believe they are all corrupted. Which I cannot belive. Money per se doesn’t make you a bad person. I would have loved to see this romance develop more and make Noami open her eyes and see that each person has their own flaws, not matter how much money!
Then the end… I think my biggest problem was the end. As I said just above about the romance, the ending was not how I would have liked to see it end. I was hoping for just a little more for Naomi, which sadly didn’t came.
Great by Sara Benincasa was a dark and very surreal satire that comes with a truly wonderful, strong main character. Corruption, poor judgmental characters and our down-to-earth heroine among them, trying to find a place.
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My Friday Love - Cover Reveal’s Run To You and Mime Order
My Friday Love is a weekly where we want to share what we loved during this past week.
Cover Reveal of Part 5, 6 and 7!
Ahh, aren’t they beautiful??
Love the colouring, makes them stand out and it looks especially awesome if they are right next to each other!
Coming June 2014! Add the Run To You serials on goodreads
Read my Review of the first 3 books
And then they announced the next Cover of The Bone Season
I haven’t reviewed the first book, but I absolutely loved it! Add it on goodreads
and with that I wish you a Happy Friday!
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The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen - Blog Tour with Love Letter from M.G. to Alex!
Strange Chemistry is one of these publishers that always comes up with the most unique book. The debut from MG Buehrlen The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare is no exception and combines Time Travel with a historical setting featuring the super cute and nerdy heroine Alex Wayfare. In celebration of its launch I have Author MG Buehrlen here today and she shares a Love Letter to Alex! Ever since we started with these Love Letters they become more and more popular among readers and also Authors. I especially love it when an author writes a love letter to one of their character and shows us such a deep insight in their “relationship”.
So please welcome M.G. Buehrlen with her letter to Alex!
Hey girl. I know you’re not the easiest person to be around. You’re sassy, snarky, and you always say what’s on your mind, no matter if it offends others. I know you’ve had it rough, so you put on a rough exterior to keep out the hurt. But I wanted to let you know you are so deeply loved, and I wanted to tell you all the things I admire about you.
You’re so incredibly strong. You know what needs to be done and you do it. Even after you screw things up, you stick around to fix it and clean things up. That’s damn awesome of you, woman. So few people have that kind of strength.
You’re loyal to the core. Once you decide to let someone inside those walls you’ve built, you hang on to them forever, and you’d do anything for them, no matter the cost.
You’re the bravest chick I know. Maybe you jump head first into things that normal people would mull over for awhile, but you can’t help yourself. That’s the superhero in you.
You’ve got some growing up to do, sure, but that’s just another reason why I love you. You’re flawed, but those flaws are natural growing pains and a byproduct of the world you live in. You’ll figure it all out soon enough. You’ll learn to put the shoe on the other foot. You’re not impervious to changing for the better, which makes you an unfinished work of art. I can’t wait to see the final product.
So onwards and upwards, Alex, my love. Keep trusting your gut and becoming the amazing woman you were meant to be. I’m so thankful I get a front row seat.
For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.
But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.
It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.
Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.
And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.
When she’s not writing, M.G. moonlights as a web designer and social media/creative director. She’s the current web ninja lurking behind the hugely popular website YABooksCentral.com, a social network for YA (and kids!) book lovers. The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare is her debut novel. M.G. lives nestled away in Michigan pines, surrounded by good coffee and good books, with her husband and son and three furbabies. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.
You know sometimes you go into stories and you simply expect to like it. The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare was exactly like this. I love Time travel stories, even though they sometimes make it hard to grasp the specific and rules. Netherless they are always exciting and come with many twist and turns.
I loved that in the beginning of The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare we don’t actually get that we are talking about time travel, until slowly Alex learns the truth. I don’t want to spoil anything, but let me tell you that I loved the concept of Souls, Reincarnation and Travel throughout time. The whole concept left room to explore and develop the basics and dynamics behind these “rules” and I loved discovering them together with Alex.
Even more, there were lots of twists and turns that made the story exiting and thrilling, Many of them I didn’t even see coming!
I love love LOVED Alex as a heroine! She’s very withdrawn and especially hides her true self among her peers at school. I felt for her, and it make me sad seeing this sweet girl so alone. But her “ability” made it hard for her to get into physical contact with someone, so she completely secluded herself. She tries to hide this by focusing on things she can do alone. Fix things and especially all things with a electronics or a computer. Yep, Alex is nerdy and a little geek but I LOVED that about her. I also liked that she actually wished to have friends and be normal, it made her more genuine.
Or course there is romance – travel among the times – romance. And… there is a little tiny romance in her “real life” too. I didn’t completely figure out the connection to both boys yet and it’s one of these mysteries I’m so excited to uncover.
The ending is horrible. Sorry, but I have to say this. Not horrible = bad, but horrible= cliffhanger bad. M.G. leaves the story at a point where I was simply dying to read on! I couldn’t believe that she actually, really stopped at this particular point and leaves us hanging, desperately waiting for the next book! I personally cannot wait for the next book – I need to read it right now!!!
Bottom Line is that The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare is a fantastic debut that comes with a complex and exciting storyline about rime travel, souls and reincarnation. Alex, the heroine is one of the cutest heroines ever and enchants with her nerdy and geeky attitude!
How about you. Do you love stories that surprise you and come with so many twist and turns? Do you love time travel and nerdy heroines? And what do you say about M.G’s Love Letter to Alex – isn’t is adorable?
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Half Bad by Sally Green
When I heard about this story I thought about a great paranormal story with Witches and a Boy’s POV, which is always something that draws me in as it is so rare in Young Adult. I realized however soon that this story has much to offer than a simple book you read simply for pleasure.
We find ourselves in a more or less Contemporary setting, yet with a world of witches living hidden among us. Sounds like many other setting too, which is why I didn’t complain too much about the lack of world building, it was also not really needed to tell Nathan’s story!
Nathan is a half blood, part white (good) part black (bad) witch and everyone hates, fears and oppresses these halfblooded witches. The story starts with Nathan being a little child and we follow him while he grows up among people whoeither hate or fear him. He’s an outcast, even within his family and siblings. There is only his Grandma and older brother who treat him as a real boy and do not only see where he comes from.
Nathans story will bring you to tears. It will leave you gasping and it will make you eyes widen with horror. What this boy has to endure is truly terrible and horrific. He’s not only ignored by his peers, but often also tortured to a point where the cruelty reminds of horror stories. It gets even worse when he’s send to a special witch who is supposed to supervise and train him.
There Nathan is completely alone and cut off from his family, but also trained with a brutality that made my heart ache.
What makes this story so unique, is the way it’s written and the way Nathan tells us his story. Most of the times, the story is told in first person narrative which captures beautifully Nathans personality. However, I must also admit that I sometimes felt a little detached from the story. But Nathan is a very complex boy, being constantly tortured and left with so little love, he simply developed differently and I feel like he himself was often emotionally detached. So in this sense the writing was simply brilliant!
A few times the narrative even switches to Second Person, especially when Nathan had to endure terrible moments in his life. I actually thought a lot about the purpose of this switch in narration and believe there are many reasons why the author chose this. I personally felt more involved, completely drawn into this situations and it left me shivering in horror.
The pacing is a little off sometimes. The beginning is a little slow and it took me some time to get used of the narrative and the pacing. It takes up towards the middle and then rashes towards the end.
Certainly, such a dark story needs some hope and thankfully we are offered this in form of some wonderful people Nathan meets. One outstandingly special person is his half-brother who is such a soft and wonderful boy who loves Nathan for who he really is. I think it was because of him that Nathan went not completely mad already as a young kid. And then there is a girl Nathan falls for when he’s super young, but this love stays in his heart and makes him endure even in moments when I though he would break now.
But the character that made the biggest impression was Gabriel who he meets on his quest to find his father and the three gifts that will make him a full witch. Gabriel is wonderful with his sometimes cherrie attitude. He shows Nathan that there is more in the world than darkness, than black and white and that there are people who will judge you for who you are.
Half Bad by Sally Green is a brilliant debut with an incredible deep story about acceptance and racism, wrapped in a delightful magical setting. Nathans story left a deep impact on me and won’t leave readers easily after reaching the last page. Due to its often gruesome scenes I wouldn’t recommend this book for younger readers and I rather think that this is a book for all ages.
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Spunky Heroine in a Unique Setting - Death Sworn by Leah Cypess
I always wanted to read something from Leah Cypess and her series Mistwood is still high on my TBR pile. So when Death Sworn was announced, I knew I needed to read it
The premise of Death Sworn is simply compelling. There is magic, the promise of a romance (forbidden) and a girl who seems to be full of courage. Ileni once was one of the most talented sorceresses, so it hits her incredibly hard when she slowly loses her magical abilities. Having no real purpose anymore, she volunteers to train a bunch of assassins in a hidden cave. Just imagine yourself being surrounded by male killers with you being the only girl and on top of this, you are deep underground in a cave.
The story is filled with magic, mysteries and the setting is uniquely enchanting, mysterious and quite frankly, a little frightening too…
Ileni is kick ass for sure. Even if she’s loosing her magic and even if she trained all her life to rely on spells, she’s not being helpless. I loved this about her above all else. Someone else would break down, be sad and heartbroken, yet Ileni does not give up so easily. She was so brave going into this dangerous place surrounded by these deadly boys and for this I admire this girl so much!
Even though her life seems to be in danger, she does everything – no matter how (stupidly) dangerous – to solve the murder of the two teachers before her.
The mystery surrounding the sudden death of her processors takes on centre stage of the story. It’s on Ileni to discover the truth. Again, I have to mention her courage, since the situations she finds herself in are getting more dangerous by the minute.
Thankfully our heroine is not alone and she finds some unexpected love in this strange place. Assassin Sorin is tasked with protecting her and during this time they slowly get closer to each other. He had all the best potential to be an awesome, mysterious kick ass bad boy that we love so much, yet somehow he lacked a little depth for me and I failed to connect with him. I also found the chemistry between then a little lacking and had wished for more passion, considering the dire circumstances. The first part of the story was a little slow and I was happy to find the story take up pace towards the middle. The ending was amazing, shocking and definitely was one of my high points.
Death Sworn by Leah Cypess is a compelling story with a spunky heroine that you will easily cheer for! Ileni rocks this story with her courage and determination to uncover century old mysteries! Death Sworn will appeal to fans of Young Adult Fantasy who appreciate the unique setting, love to uncover secrets and wish for some romance!
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Waiting on Wednesday - Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
“Waiting on” Wednesday is hosted weekly by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Sometimes danger is hard to see… until it’s too late.
Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.
In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there… and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.
But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?
BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…
It’s Becca Fitzpatrick!!! Uhm … what shall I say more.. It’s BECCA FITZPATRICK! I love her so much ever since she gave me Patch – OoOoO Patch.
So even though this one sounds completely different, I don’t care because I am soo going to read it:) I actually like it when authors branch out and try something new instead of sticking to the old!
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Unforgotten by Jessica Brody - Love Letter, Blog Tour with Giveaway!
We all love Blog Tours , and especially we love them when they are for books we insanely love. So when I got the chance to be on the Blog Tour for Unforgotten, the sequel to Unremembered by Jessica Brody I was excited! Not only do I love this series, but I also love Jessica Brody so so much!
I remember being on the Tour last year for Unremembered and Jessica wrote one of the best and most creative Blog Posts for her Tour Stop here at the Bookworms. So, yes I knew Jessica would write something equally exciting this time too.
So in the light of the Love Month February and the Love Letter event that’s been going on here for the last weeks, I asked if she might also write a Love Letter. And Guys! A Love Letter she wrote!
And… it’s so damn perfect and I promise it will make you want to read these books right now!
So, take your time and read this wonderful, beautiful perfect letter Jesscia Brody wrote to Zen
Is it weird for me to call you Lyzender? I think it’d be weirder for me to call you Zen. If I were to use it, I feel like I’d be encroaching on Sera’s sacred space. Plus, you don’t know me. I certainly know you. God, how I know you. But you know nothing about me. It’d be like a stranger walking up to me on the street and calling me JB (that’s what my dad calls me.) Too intimate, right?
Right. I’ll stick with Lyzender. That’s what your mother calls you. Not that you’d appreciate a reminder of her.
But at least, now you know one thing about me: that my dad calls me by my initials. It’s a start.
This is supposed to be a love letter, but that also feels strange. Love letters are Seraphina’s domain. Not mine. At least those directed to you. Not to mention what my husband might think if he were to read this. (Make that two things you now know about me.)
I do, though. Love you, that is. Maybe not in the way that Seraphina does. But I’ll get to that. First, I think I owe you an apology. Not the traditional way to start off a love letter, I realize, but I feel it’s due. No…overdue.
I’m sorry for everything I put you through in these three books. I’m sorry for bringing Sera to you and then taking her away so many times. No one should have to go through that. I’m sorry for creating an evil scientific corporation that has nothing better to do than erase her memories and then watch her fall in love with you over and over again, while taking diligent notes. Although it makes for interesting reading—or so I’m told—it makes for a pretty crappy existence on your part.
I don’t blame you for hating Diotech as much as you do. But I think we should set a few things straight. It’s not Diotech you should hate. It’s me. As much as it kills me to think that you might. In the end, though, I’m the one who created them. I’m the one who controls them and decides what they do and which memories they take and how many times they attempt to erase you from her mind. I do it for the sake of storytelling. Feel free to punch me right about now. As you probably feel like a gladiator in the Roman Colosseum: set up for the people’s amusement, pushed to your limits to keep a crowd entertained. And hence, my need to apologize. I really, truly am sorry.
But enough of that. Enough apologizing. Now I have something else to convey to you.
I want to thank you. Because although I could always predict what Diotech would do to you and to Sera, I could never predict how you would react. (And even if I tried, I was usually wrong.) That’s where you surprised me. Your undying devotion to her—despite what they were doing to her, despite how many times she forgot you—was inspiring. It’s what filled so many pages of this book. It’s what made the book come alive to me and hopefully to others reading it. It’s what made you real in my mind. As opposed to the imaginary two-dimensional character that sparked into my head so many years ago.
You have such patience. Such courage. Such empathy. How do you do that? Time and time again. How do you keep convincing yourself you can beat them? How are you so confident you can win? When Diotech does nothing but prove their strength to you over and over again. I don’t think I could do what you do. I don’t think I could hold on as tightly as you have. No matter what I threw at you—no matter which obstacles I devised to stand in your way—you never wavered.
You certainly didn’t get that admirable quality from me. That’s for sure.
My love for you is not romantic. It’s not jealous. It’s not inappropriate (I mean, c’mon. You’re seventeen and I’m…well…not.) My love for you is founded in respect. And appreciation. I pray I’ll never have to go through what you’ve gone through—what I’ve put you through for the sake a compelling read. But if I ever did, I am wise enough to hope to have someone like you by my side.
Respectfully and with love,
Thanks so much for hosting me again, Danny! As always, it’s a pleasure to be on your blog!
*Oh and please check out the UNFORGETTABLE FAN challenge that’s currently running on my website! Every fan who completes the challenge gets a prize pack which includes an Unremembered Eternal Knot necklace!
Check the other Tour Stops for more exciting posts from Jessica and also for more chances to win! Woot!
Some memories are better left forgotten…
After a daring escape from the scientists at Diotech who created her, Seraphina believes she is finally safe from the horrors of her past. But new threats await Sera and her boyfriend, Zen, at every turn as Zen falls prey to a mysterious illness and Sera’s extraordinary abilities make it more and more difficult to stay hidden. Meanwhile, Diotech has developed a dangerous new weapon designed to apprehend her. A weapon that even Sera will be powerless to stop. Her only hope of saving Zen’s life and defeating the company that made her is a secret buried deep within her mind. A secret that Diotech will kill to protect. And it won’t stay forgotten for long.
Packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, this riveting second installment of Jessica Brody’s Unremembered trilogy delivers more heart-pounding action as loyalties are tested, love becomes a weapon, and no one’s memories are safe.
Quote from my Review
Unremembered by Jessica Brody has so much heart and is at the same time exciting, mysterious and thrilling. It’s the perfect combination that will appeal to many different readers all at once! Love a touching story with twists and turns? Then, you must read Unremembered!
At each Tour Stop you will find a little Unforgotten Secret along with the Blog Post. They give you some small hints about the plot in Unforgotten and … yes they are just the perfect Teasers!!
Thanks to Macmillan I have for one lucky winner a paperback of Unremembered and a Hardcover of Unforgotten. US/CAN only – Entries via the Rafflecopter below.
So now tell me, don’t you love Jessica’s Letter? So so much? If I wouldn’t have met Zen before, I sure as hell would love this wonderful boy now!
Thank you so much Jessica for being on the blog today and for sharing this wonderful letter with us!
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Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott - Author Interview and Giveaway (Blog Tour)
Two days I shared with you my excitement for Victoria Scott’s Fire & Flood. And today, I’m super super happy and excited to host the Blog Tour for Fire and Flood! And. I got the wonderful chance to chat a little bit with Victoria about her exciting new story! And, later there is a Giveaway for you to enter where you can win 10 copies! Woot!
And, thanks so much for Jamie and Rachel from Rockstar Book Tours for organizing this wonderful Tour and of course for inviting me!
Hey Victoria, thank you so much for stopping by today and talk to me about your newest Release “Fire & Flood”.
So happy to be here! Thanks for hosting me.
The Brimstone Bleed is a race across the 4 big ecosystems our world : Jungle, Desert, Ocean and Mountain. During the race, the contestants have 2 weeks to find a certain spot within a defined area. Which ecosystem frightens you most and in which one do you think you would be more comfortable (If we can speak about comfortable at all).
I think the jungle would frighten me the most. Too many ways to die. I think I might have the best shot in the mountains. Maybe. But probably not.
Tella has the absolute cutest Pandora from all of them! Of course, we do not want to spoil anything about Tella’s Pandora, so I wanted to ask you Victoria, if you could create your own Pandora how would it look and what might it be able to do?
My Pandora would resemble a cat, and it would be able to turn back time by sixty seconds every time it meowed. Yeah, that.
When we first meet Tella she does not appear as the kick ass fighter that could win such a race. However, Tella will surprise us all. If you’d let Guy describe Tella for us, how would he describe her, how does he sees her?
In the beginning he’d describe her as spunky, attractive…and a lost cause.
Speaking of Guy, you definitely managed to create the super mysterious boy here! Holy Wow! Thank you so much. How important is and maybe also will be Guy for Tella’s survival in the story? Will their connection/romance make them stronger or will it be a hindrance?
In the first book, Guy’s presence definitely helps Tella. In the second, we might find that Tella has to rely on herself and her Pandora more so. Hint, hint.
Fire & Flood would be amazing as a movie, so if you’d create your dream cast for Tella and Guy, who would play them?
And last but not least, can you give us a small teaser about what Tella will expect in the next installment of the Brimstone Race?
I’ll give you a few teasers: Three new characters, several deaths, higher stakes, and a stronger, more independent Tella Holloway.
by Victoria Scott (Website, Facebook,Twitter)
Series: Fire and Flood #1
Published by Scholastic on February 25th 2014
Genres: Action and Suspense, Mystery and Suspense, Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Amazon • Goodreads
A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother’s life—and her own.
Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.
Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.
The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?
Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe of the Harvey-Klinger Literary Agency. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Israel, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.
Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce.
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Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott was just full of awesomeness and wonderment! It was full of action with elements of horror but also filled with love, friendship and hope. Tella is a kick ass heroine who we love to see growing during her trials and who needs to believe in her own strength. Fire & Flood is definitely and adventure you don’t wanna miss!
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So now let me know what you would like to know from Victoria if you could ask her something about Fire & Flood.
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An adventurous & thrilling Ride! Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
Well, sometimes you just know that you are going to love a book. And… with Fire & Flood it was exactly like that. First of all I love Victoria Scott – her Dante Walker series is awesometastic and Fire & Flood just sounds so unique that I knew I will love it!
Jumping right into the story with a lot of weirdness going on in Tella’s Life. A deadly sick brother and no one knows why he is so sick. A move into nowhere and no one tells her why the are cut out from everything and everyone. And then, finally the maya weirdness telling Tella that there is a cure for her brother but for this she must compete in the Brimstone Breed Race.
Yes, the beginning is filled with secrets and mysteries – but this makes the first pages so intriguing and spell binding. Just like Tella, we’ve got no clue what’s going on – but boy, we so desperately want to know!
Also, when the race finally begins – the questions are not getting less – no! We are constantly on edge, trying to figure out what the deal is about this race!
Tella is a wonderful heroine. When we meet her, she’s more of a barbie girl and doesn’t even know about her own strength and I love that about her. I think if she would have know what the this race would ask of her, she would have told us and herself that she couldn’t do it. But then… you are always growing with your challenges and that is what Tella is doing. She’s a fighter and a kick ass girl that is just at the beginning of her amazingness. In the end, Tella knows what she’s fighting for and that’s her brothers life!
Besides Tella, the whole story is filled with such incredibly characters that everyone will find someone to love and cheer for. And I will add the Pandora’s to this wonderment. The Pandoras are the companions each of the contestants will get for their race and .. I can#t tell you much more about them – other than this Pandaoras are just amazing and so unique! Victoria Scott created something amazing here and I love her idea so so much! You’ve got to meet these creatures yourself and thank me for not spoiling it for you!
This story has it all – and all kind of readers will find something to love. There is lots of kick ass action , there are some truly gruesome and mind blowing scenes that actually made me gasp! It was eerie, chilling and sometimes also had some truly horrific moments. But admits all the horror of survival, there is also love and friendship and this makes the book even more perfect for me!
There is Guy who is just the perfect bad boy full of mysteries that we desperately fall for and we want so badly to know all his secrets. The chemistry between Guy and Tella was sizzling and I loved them together so so much!
Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott was just full of awesomeness and wonderment! It was full of action with elements of horror but also filled with love, friendship and hope. Tella is a kick ass heroine who we love to see growing during her trials and who needs to believe in her own strength. Fire & Flood is definitely and adventure you don’t wanna miss!