Even angels make mistakes in this page-turning epic romance…
When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world’s past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.
Michelle Zink masterfully weaves historical fantasy with paranormal romance to create a gripping tale of love and betrayal.
I admit, I never read a book from Michelle Zink before but I heard good things about her Prophecy of Sisters series. Being a sucker for Angel stories I knew I had to read this one! Add in the beautiful mysterious cover and I was sold!
There is no mistaken here that this book focuses on the world building and setting the odds for what is to come in the next books. We discover together with Helen that Angels indeed exists and at the same time of course also their evil counterpart (demons). Moreover, Helen is no ordinary Angel, she’s one of very few Keeper of the World who are bound to protect the world and something very important… (Nope, not going to spill anything!)
I was fascinated with the lore Michelle Zink used and created here. We have a beautiful and wonderful mix of historian (story is set in London in the early 1900s), angelic lore, a little steampunk (very little but I found it cute) and I was very fast drawn into this world and desperately wanted to know more about the basics, rules and secrets!
Helen really had no easy time before she meets the Brothers (we talk about those hotties later) yet she stays incredible strong and never was on the edge to break. I found her a wonderful person yet I know giving the circumstances I wouldn’t have been so strong! It was admirable! At the same time she’s determined and focused to avenge what she has lost and does not let The Brothers tell her what to do! I believe she’s not the typical woman living in this time - but I liked her even more because of this! sometimes however, she overestimated herself a little and did some stupid things that she could have definitely avoided!
What is a good story without some hot boys? Well, nothing which is why we gat not one but two brothers here which are so different from each other, yet I fell in love with both of them! Darius is the older brother and bound to protect his little brother and standing rightful against everything evil - he’s also not very nice to Helen at some points, but what can I say I often have a soft spot for the bad boys! He’s a very closed character and no one apart from his brother can get near to him, which made him even more fascinating!
The other boy is the boy Helen falls for: Griffin - younger brother, strong, loyal and sweet! Yet, of course deadly when he has to fight some evil demons! He’s exactly what Helen needs in her situation right now, a broad should to lean one, someone who would protect her against everything and who simply loves her!
Yes there is one, but… I didn’t see this Triangle coming until the very end and it might be slightly spoilerish but this was one of the reasons why it was only a 4 star instead of a 5 for me. It was unnecessary and it felt forced for me. Also the BOI (Boy of Interest) didn’t do anything for me and I still have no clue why Helen has feelings for him!!!
Fantastic introduction into a new world of Angels secrets, love and friendship. Wonderful heroine, smart and hot boys and so much more!!I’m eager to get back into this wold!
I’m very excited to be part of the Perception Blog Tour!
Perception is the sequel to Clarity - which I absolutely loved!
Even more excited am I because I had the pleasure to interview Kim Harrington, so without further ado:
First thing that caught my eye when I read Clarity was the beautiful name you choose for your heroine: Clarity. I’m still debating to name my child (if I ever have one) either Clarity of Karou… . Anyway, how did you come up with the name and does it mean something special to you?
Clarity âClareâ Fern was originally Andromeda âAndieâ Fern. But the book needed a different title. The publisher wanted one word, something evocative of the main characterâs gift. So my friend and I were looking through a thesaurus at vision related words. âClarityâ jumped out at me. I thoughtâ¦I could change her name. She could be Clarity âClareâ Fern and the title can be Clarityâalluding both to her name and her gift. And Clarity was born!
Why did you decide to introduce a Love Triangle for Clarity? Do you also enjoy reading Triangles or was the something important for the development of Clarity herself or the story?
I know some people despise them, but Iâm a sucker for a good love triangle. I love them. It also made sense for Clareâs character. Sheâs not a romantic by nature and has serious trust issues, so there will be no instalove for her. The guyâs got to chip down that wall sheâs built and earn her affections over time. Also, I loved the idea of including a past love interest and a new interest. The idea of weighing history against possibilities. And I wanted the love interests to be seriously flawed. Guys arenât perfect. (Except my husband, in case youâre reading this. Love YOU!)
Oh and I was always dying to tell you how much I loved Perry - Clarity’s older brother. Will be see more from him in Perception and … are there any tiny maybe plans that he might get his own story?
Yes, Perry has a big part in Perception. Secret: my favorite scenes to write are Clare and Perry scenes. I adore them together. As far as Perryâs own story, I would love that.
I love hearing from readers. That is truly the best part. I got a letter in the mail the other day from a thirteen-year-old girl who said reading was never fun for her. She hated it. But she found my book in the library and loved it so much. And now sheâs reading more and more. I actually cried when I read that.
I read that “Clarity” might become a TV series!!! I cross my fingers that this would really work out. But, between you and me (and all our readers…) what would have been your first choice: TV series or Movie?
I would say TV. I think movies are great if youâre going to be very loyal to the book. Television is the best medium for taking a book and expanding on it. Television writers can do so much more with the characters and their development over the length of a series than they can in a two-hour movie. And, being a mystery series, I think Clarity is much better suited for television. Clare could solve a different mystery each week! I would love for that to happen.
Thanks for having me!
When you can see things others can’t, what do you do when someone’s watching you?
Everybody knows about Clarity “Clare” Fern. She’s the psychic girl in school, the one who can place her hands on something and see hidden visions from the past.
Only Clare would rather not be a celebrity. She prefers hanging back, observing. Her gift is not a game to her.
But then someone starts playing with her head … and heart. Messages and gifts from a secret admirer crop up everywhere Clare turns. Could they be from Gabriel, the gorgeous boy who gets Clare’s pulse racing? Or from Justin, Clare’s hopeful ex-boyfriend who’d do anything to win her back?
One thing is certain. Clare needs to solve this mystery, and soon. Because the messages are becoming sinister, and a girl in town has suddenly disappeared.
During the Tour 3 Copies will be given away - one of which is SIGNED! All you have to is leave a comment here and for further entries follow the Blog Tour and leave more comments=more entries! Good Luck!
Much love and thanks for stopping by!
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Today I’m super excited to welcome Shannon Delany at the Bewitched Bookworms. She’s the incredible author of the highly successful 13 to Life series. The 4th book in the series “Destiny and Deception” came out on Tuesday! (Happy Release Day) 13 to Life is a series that grabbed me from the beginning and it’s one of those series that grew stronger over time!
Since we are getting closer to the end of the series, I’m more than excited to got the chance to ask Shannon Delany some questions, and… she answered them so thoroughly I was amazed”
Thank you so much for stopping by at the Bewitched Bookworms today to answer some of my burning questions! I truly love your series, which means something since I’m usually not a werewolf fan. But, who can resist Pietr?
Would you mind telling us a little about the very unusual way you got the 13 to Life series published?
Shannon Delany: Gladly! My path to publication truly proves what my brother has said many times, “If you have a great story it will get published.” I’d been hearing from aspiring authors everywhere that it was impossible to get published or to find an agent. The economy wasn’t great, the market was flooded—all the worst things to listen to. And then, as I was working as a freelancer, the notice of this online writing competition popped up.
It was a contest for writing a cell phone novel. I investigated (cell phone novels were wildly popular in Asia) but I didn’t like the contract the winner would be pushed to sign. So, instead of just blowing the whole thing off, I hopped over to my blog and spouted off about why I wouldn’t be entering this particular contest.
I was in the process of moving and didn’t check my blog until a bit later and saw that the contest’s owner had come on and asked for my input regarding how to make the contract fairer to the winning author. I helped rewrite the contract so the author retained more rights and then decided I could enter after all.
I was warned then. My husband said, “Don’t enter anything that you’ve really invested your time in,” and my critique partner at the time said, “Don’t do it—this will ruin you!” Being stubborn, I did it. But I built the story online and very much by the seat of my pants. I integrated polls so readers following along could give input and I wrote certain bits to reflect their desires.
I wrote a new serial segment every morning and afternoon. And the story grew from November 24 when i finally got around to entering to the contest’s deadline of December 31.
I won. It surprised the heck out of me—I thought I had just been playing! A press release went out about the win and before I knew it my original agent (part of my winnings) had been contacted by one of the Big 6 and I was talking to a movie producer. Another publisher (also Big 6) showed interest and I went with St. Martin’s Press. They’ve been wonderful to me.
Are werewolves something that always fascinated you? Or why did you choose to write a story (mostly) about werewolves?
Shannon Delany: I’ve always loved wolves and the idea of the inevitability of change, transformation and evolution. It’s said that if you don’t change, you die. It’s also considered to be true that humans are the most able of all species to change and adapt (and yet, frequently, the least willing). Since I’ve always related well to teens (having taught middle school) my mind combined my love of wolves, my fascination with personal transformation and the teen years (when lots of transformation and discovery happens) and—BOOM—werewolves! I never expected my debut series would be about werewolves.
You write your stories always from different points of view, is it hard to switch between the characters? And, do you write one storyline from one POV first or do you switch back and forth?
Shannon Delany: 13 to Life was easiest to write because it was only Jessie’s POV—only one head to get into. But I loved discovering Alexi when I began writing from his POV—he’s very cynical (and has every reason to be) and he has a much different outlook on the world, although both he and Jessie are totally willing to make dramatic sacrifices for the good of others. They’re both walking the line between hero and martyr.
I roughly timeline or plot out the story and then I think about through whose eyes which parts are most powerfully viewed. That’s how I decide whose voice to use when. Looking back, I might change a couple things now (but all authors seem to go through that).
Which book of the series was the hardest to write? Why?
Shannon Delany: The last two books were the hardest to write. It was like seeing the light at the end of the series’ tunnel and then realizing I’d gotten to know the tunnel really well. It had become comfortable, you know? I realized I was putting my werewolves and related characters to bed (at least for a while) and mentally I put the brakes on. I fought my way through D&D and R&R because of that.
In August the last and final book of the 13 to Life series comes out. How do you feel about finishing the story? Ready to move on, or sad that it’s over?
Shannon Delany: I feel good about the impending release of Rivals and Retributions in August now. I think my characters are in a decent spot (those that survived…) and I am definitely ready to move on to something completely different. Something revolutionary.
And finally… are there any plans to write another awesome series after you finished 13 to Life?
Shannon Delany: I can’t give details, but I can say YES. Most definitely, YES. And my fans won’t have to wait much longer than the publishing schedule St. Martin’s Press set up for the 13 to Life series. If your readers find me on Facebook they’ll start seeing hints about the something I’m not quite allowed to talk about. Yet.
Thank you so much, Danny!
Thank you so much for chatting with me today. It was my pleasure to get the chance to interview you!
Shannon Delany has written stories since she was a child. She began writing in earnest when her grandmother fell unexpectedly ill during a family vacation. In 2008 her greatly abbreviated version of 13 to Life (written in just five weeks) won the grand prize in the first-ever cell phone novel contest in the western world throughTextnovel.com .
Shannon was thrilled when St. Martin’s Press offered her a contract for a series about her 13 to Life characters. She expanded on the cell phone novel version, adding the subplots and characters she didn’t have time to during the contest. As paranormal as werewolves seem, the grief Shannon used to build Jess’s character is something she personally experienced with the loss of her own mother. Focusing on Jess and Pietr’s story of loss, love and dramatic and dangerous changes, Shannon came to better grips with her own struggle. The resulting novel has earned her blurbs from authors she respects most.
Previously a teacher and now a farmer raising heritage livestock, Shannon lives and writes in Upstate New York and enjoys traveling to talk to people about most anything
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13 to Life synopsis to get started!
Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction…
When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort.
The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide—secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early.
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Since two books I both loved came out today I decided to post both reviews today. Normally, they would each deserve an extra post, but… since we are giving away both books today, I simply had to share the love! Also, I read both books while I was in Thailand and, I read them both right after each other. So yeah, you’re getting two reviews today!
They call me ‘New Girl’…
Ever since I arrived at exclusive, prestigious Manderly Academy, thatâs who I am. New girl. Unknown. But not unnoticedâbecause of her.
Becca Normandyâthatâs the name on everyoneâs lips. The girl whose picture I see everywhere. The girl I canât compare to. I mean, her going missing is the only reason a spot opened up for me at the academy. And everyone stares at me like itâs my fault.
Except for Max Hollowayâthe boy whose name shouldnât be spoken. At least, not by me. Everyone thinks of him as Beccaâs boyfriend but sheâs gone, and here I am, replacing her. I wish it were that easy. Sometimes, when I think of Max, I can imagine how Beccaâs life was so much better than mine could ever be.
And maybe sheâs still out there, waiting to take it back.
I was first and foremost intrigued by the cover, I love the color and the water theme - it was mysterious yet inviting! This was my first book by Paige Harbison and now, I want to read more of her!
This is the story of New Girl, who always dreamed of attending a boarding school ever since she read Harry Potter. I found this reference adorable by the way. However, she never expected it to be … that hard! She got the place at Manderly Academy simply because the New Girl from last year, BeccaÂ disappearedÂ by the end of the year. But… no ones knows where she is and what happened. We follow both girls during one school year in alternating POV’s, but of course, Becca’s POV tells the story a year before. Do I make sense? I loved getting to know both girls and I love the building suspense the closer we got to the point where Becca dissapered.
Becca was nothing what you’d expect from the outside. When we first hear about Becca we have a picture of her, but the more the story envolves the deeper we get into her head. New Girl on the other side has it really hard being forced by the other kids to fill the loss of Becca, which makes her kind of invisible. No one really cares about her, which is really sad and cruel. But, kids can be cruel!
It was most definitely an emotional ride for both Becca and New Girl. Both had to find their place among the kids, maybe even finding a place in the world. While Becca was always in the middle of everything, New Girl was mostly forced in a place where she didn’t really wanted to be and I felt so sad for her the whole time… The mystery behind Becca’sÂ disappearanceÂ kept me on edge the whole time and we were slowly approaching the climax. When talking about emotions, I should mention the romance part, which was nice and sometimes there was a lot of sexual tension. However, Max the love interest was not always such a nice boy and often I simply didn’t like him.
This was a phenomenal book about growing up, finding your place in the world and about figuring out who you want to be. The storytelling where we could follow both girls during one school year just one year apart was compelling and added to great level of suspense. Seriously, the book wasÂ fantastic! I truly didn’t do itÂ justiceÂ with my review, so please head over to Heather from Burried in Books who wrote an incredible review!
by Jodi Meadows
Book I in the New Soul series
Genre: YA paranormal (?)
publication: January 31st 2012 by Katherine Tegen
copy received from publisher
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synopsis from goodreads
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
Even Anaâs own mother thinks sheâs a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether sheâll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
Sam believes Anaâs new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Anaâs enemiesâhuman and creature alikeâlet them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone elseâs life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.
Isn’t the synopsis perfectly catching and wonderful?
The most awesome thing for me about Incarnate is the world Jodi Meadows created. Absolutely new, unique and different from anything else I read before. There are a million souls in this world and always the same souls are reborn with all their memories. Meaning all those million souls went through everything humankind just knows from textbooks. Learning how to develop language? Learn how to craft things? Learn about society? Lean about technology? This idea is so incrediblyÂ fascinating! Imagine how it would be if you would have memories from all your life ever since the beginning of time? How does this change you, shape you?
And… then imagine how it would be born into this world full of souls that know themselves and everything since the beginning of time, yet you are brand new? You have to learn everything from scratch, you don’t know anybody? You are the freak and the baby among those old souls. This is how Ana feels…
Ana was a wonderful strong but also so vulnerable character. Hated by her “mother” yet determined to find her place in the world where it seems like no one really wants her. But. Ana doesn’t give up and fights for it! Admirable!
Sam was a beautiful character. So deep, vulnerable yet strong at the same time. He’s an old soul without anyÂ pre justicesÂ against Ana. He’s not like the others - he’s the artist who sees the beauty in something new like Ana. As much as I loved Sam I felt he was lacking a little and I can’t even put a finger on the exact reason why I felt that way. He was too nice, to sensible and too less edgy.
Incarnate is aÂ beautifulÂ story about a girl that has to find a place in a world where it seems like she doesn’t belong and it seems like she’s unwanted. It is also a story about love , Â that love can be found everywhere and that age doesn’t matter… The most incredible aspect about this story however is the unique and phenomenal and so unique world. I, never read a story like this before.
by Cynthia Hand
Book II in Unearthly series
Genre: YA paranormal (angels)
publication: January 17th 2012 by HarperCollins
copy received from publisher
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synopsis from goodreads
For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.
Described by Richelle Mead as “utterly captivating,” Unearthly received outstanding reviews, garnered accolades from New York Times bestselling authors, and was named an Indie Next Pick. In this heart-wrenching sequel, Cynthia Hand expertly captures the all-consuming joy of first love—and the agony of loss. This beautifully woven tale will appeal to fans of Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick, and Aprilynne Pike
Oh my… Oh My!!! I read Unearthly early last year and… I loved it. I do love angel stories so this was a must read for me. Then, when it was time to read the sequel Unearthly I was a little scared since often sequels do not live up to it’s previous hype! But, I was wrong! So wrong….
Although it is often hard to get back into a story specially after nearly a year in between. But, Cynthia Hand made it so easy to reconnect with the cast. I instantly felt for Cara including everything she has to face. And who couldn’t love Tucker, Cara’s oh so sweet boyfriend and then there is Christian. Christian was rather dull for me in Unearthly, but in Hallowed he definitely gets more “screen time” including a much better developed character. Indeed, all characters developed matured and new levels of their characters was introduced to us in Hallowed.
What I found most exiting about Hallowed was the storyline and the direction the plot moved. There are new characters introduced which were incredible and added perfectly to the already wonderful cast. There is so much happening in Hallowed that you barely have time to catch a breath. Also there are so many surprises coming up that I didn’t foresee and I was happily stunned with these new turns. All in all the plot was a true page turner, once I started reading there was no way for me to put it down, I needed to know more!
Those who know me also know that I’m a sucker for strong emotions in a story. I love to cry, yes I guess I’m masochistic that way - but when an author manages to make you cry she definitely did something right. In Hallowed were tons of emotions, good ones and bad ones. Heartbreak and Joy - although more heartbreak I admit. Cara has to face a lot in Hallowed and it’s admirable that she doesn’t break, she really developed in Hallowed and showed a lot of strength. Then there is the Love Triangle between Angel Christian and Farmerboy Tucker and Cara who has to choose and decided between fate, hope and true love. I admit, I love both boys a lot. While Tucker was the boy I gave my heart to in Unearthly, Christian now easily caught up. Christian is the most surprising character in Hallowed and I loved him so much! (I even tempt to switch teams my friends…)
A phenomenal and emotional sequel to Unearthly that not wonderful catches up where it left us in Unearthly but also delivers a plot with lot’s of twist, turns and new directions. Cara is a wonderful strong heroine who at the same time is so
vulnerable it breaks your heart. Hallowed will make you cry, but it will be worth it…
Random Notes and Addition Info: There is a giveaway running right now where you can win a copy of Hallowed! Please follow the link to enter! And if you are new to this series, then you should consider picking up the first book Unearthly which is right now available for $0.99 at amazon!!! This is a deal you shouldn’t pass on, click on the image on the right to get to amazon. And, Hallowed is on Blog Tour right now and just yesterday I found a guest post from Cynthia Hand where she talks about her dream cast at Daisy Chain Book Reviews.
Oh and Happy Book birthday to Hallowed because it just comes out Today!!! Woot!