Fool For Books Giveaway Hop!!!

Thursday, March 31, 2011




Welcome to the Reading, Writing and Waiting stop #160 on the hop. I'll be brief and cut to the chase. The giveaway here is for the US only (sorry international peeps.) because I am giving away The Beatiful Dead series. There are two ARCs in this collection that I recieved from Sourcebooks Fire who rereleased this series and book one I bought and added so you'd get the all the books that are currently out. Here they are if you haven't seen them before:

Beautiful Dead (v. 1)
Arizona (Beautiful Dead)
Summer (Beautiful Dead)











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Secrets (Ivy 2) by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur

Title: Secrets (Ivy 2)
Authors: Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur
Hardcover, 336 pages

Expected publication: June 1st 2011 by Greenwillow Books
Series: Ivy
Source: ARC




Plot:
Gregory or Clint? Clint or Gregory? Matt, anyone? And what is Lexi up to . . .exactly? When we last saw Callie Andrews, she was caught on the horns of a dilemma. Lexi was threatening to expose all of her safely guarded, deeply buried secrets from high school, and Callie had just hooked up with bad-boy Gregory--despite the fact that she had a perfect (sort of) boyfriend and her BFF Vanessa had claimed (sort of) Gregory as her own. Yow. Entertaining, hilarious, addictive, scandalous, sexy, and smart, The Ivy series is an insider's look at freshman life at Harvard University. This isn't high school anymore!

My Thoughts:

This book reminded me of Gossip Girl. I'm a huge fan of the show and the books because there's just something about scandalous people that hook me every time. The drama kept me turning the pages. I just had to know what was going on, plus book one left off with a huge cliff hanger, so I was immediately hooked into book two. I think if you liked book one, you'll love the second one in this series. I think I liked it even better than the first one. I'm seriously chomping at the bit for book three, because yes this one left me wanting to know what happens next!

Read this series if you like Gossip Girl, Clique and those types of books. This one will hook you!

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Title: Haunting Violet
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Hardcover, 352 pages

Expected publication: June 21st 2011 by Walker Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC


Plot:

Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother's elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose.


Afraid of ruining her chance to escape her mother's scheming through an advantageous marriage, Violet must keep her ability secret. The only person who can help her is Colin, a friend she's known since childhood, and whom she has grown to love. He understands the true Violet, but helping her on this path means they might never be together. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?

My Thoughts:

In the last year or so I've read a few books set in the late 1800s. That was a huge time period for people doing seances and talking to the dead. Haunting Violet takes place during this time and our main character, Violet, is wrapped into that world. Violet's mother leads fake seances in order to make a living and at the beginning of the novel we find Violet taking on a role in the family business.

Things go as planned until Violet actually starts seeing ghosts and discovers there is a murder that needs to be solved.

Historical paranormal novels aren't my favorite, but this one keep me interested. The pacing was good and the writing was fresh. I also enjoyed the romance that developes between Violet and her mother's assistant, Colin. Colin has been around Violet forever, so this isn't one of those novels where they lock eyes and things happen. Their romance is sweet and seems genuine.

Read this if you like ghosts, historical novels and paranormal in general.

Vicious Little Darlings by Katherine Easer - ARC Review

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Title: Vicious Little Darlings
Author: Katherine Easer

Hardcover, 320 pages

Expected publication: June 21st 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Source: ARC



Plot:
Sarah Weaver wasn't looking forward to starting at an all-girls school. But that was before she met Maddy. Maddy and her best friend, Agnes, are fun and rich and interesting—and for some reason, they seem to really like Sarah. Before long, Maddy and Agnes have moved Sarah into a big house off campus, where they cook together, buy each other presents, and share each other's secrets. So why does Sarah feel like something's bizarrely wrong? As more and more cracks start to show in Maddy's and Agnes's perfect veneers, Sarah notices some strange and disturbing things: Maddy's compulsive lying, Agnes's obsession with Maddy, and the deterioration of their friendship. And just when Sarah begins to question her own sanity, things turns deadly. Fans of Pretty Little Liars will devour this juicy debut novel.

My Thoughts:

A good young adult contemporary novel, to me, is gritty and real, with a plot that is reasonable, yet has a great twist. A twist I can't guess by the second chapter of the novel. Well, my friends, I am so happy to tell you I found that in Vicious Little Darlings.

I really didn't know what to expect when I started this ARC, but when I got into chapter one, I fell in love with the main character, Sarah. She was different, with tons of flaws, which makes a great character. I love how she had this internal struggle about her promiscuity. It made her seem real. She battled with making everyone else, but herself, happy. This of course only adds to her misery.

Sarah's two friends really stumped me. Maddie was sweet at times, but seemed crazy a majority of the time. Easer did a great job making Maddie come across as someone to watch closely. Agnes on the other hand, just seemed to be a raging bitch and a closet lesbian. She keeps a gun in her purse and isn't afraid to threaten random people with. Seriously, these two kept me on the edge of my seat. They kept me guessing until the end. :)

I love, love, loved this novel. It was so gritty. Easer let loose in this debut. She didn't hold back on the cursing, sexual description, or the sear violence in the novel. For that she is now on my favorite YA authors list and I will be anxious to read anything else she puts out.

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton - ARC Review

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Title: Blood Magic
Author: Tessa Gratton
Hardcover, 416 pages

Expected publication: May 24th 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Series:The Blood Journals #1
Characters: Nick Pardee, Silla Kennicot



Plot:

This page-turning debut novel will entice fans who like their paranormal romances dark and disturbing. It's a natural next-read for fans of Stephanie Meyer, Carrie Jones, and Becca Fitzpatrick. But instead of mythical creatures, blood magic has everything to do with primal human desires like power, wealth, and immortality. Everywhere Silla Kennicott turns she sees blood. She can't stop thinking about her parents alleged murder-suicide. She is consumed by a book filled with spells that arrives mysteriously in the mail. The spells share one common ingredient: blood, and Silla is more than willing to cast a few. What's a little spilled blood if she can uncover the truth? And then there's Nick—the new guy at school who makes her pulse race. He has a few secrets of his own and is all too familiar with the lure of blood magic. Drawn together by a combination of fate and chemistry, Silla and Nick must find out who else in their small Missouri town knows their secret and will do anything to take the book and magic from Silla.



My Thoughts:

I'm a sucker for a dark, gothic romance and I totally got that in this novel. I loved Silla and Nick. Blood Magic has alternating chapters from both character's point's of view, so you totally get inside their head and get to see how they tick. My favorite part of alternating chapters is having first person prospective from a different point of view. We get to dive into the internal thought that goes behind the dialog.

The plot twist was great!! There was a nice spin that kept me hooked. I will say things happened a little quick, so I had to re-read a couple scenes to make things click, but the description and emotion was enough to get me through those tiny little parts.

This one is a must read for paranormal romance junkies!

Double Take Covers: Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Can't wait for this sequel!! I love how this cover sticks to the same beautiful pattern as Paranormalcy (Book One). This one hits shelves August 30, 2011!


Plot:
A lot has changed in the six months since Evie escaped from the International Paranormal Containment Agency with her shape-shifter boyfriend, Lend. She finally has the blissfully normal life she’s always dreamed of, including:


1) A real live high school

2) A perfectly ordinary after-school job

3) Her very own locker (and by the way, rusted metal is every bit as awesome as she imagined)



But Evie’s not-so-normal past keeps creeping up on her...and things get pretty complicated when you factor in:

1) A centuries-old, seriously decaying vampire stalker

2) A crazy faerie ex-boyfriend who is the perpetual bearer of really bad news

3) A major battle brewing between the faerie courts where the prize in question happens to be...Evie herself.



So much for normal

Fresh Face Contest!!

My sister blog, Fiction Flurry, is giving away two books!! Be sure to check it out and enter!! They have some great writing tips and contests over there so be sure to follow them and become part of the storm!


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Betrayal by Lee Nichols - ARC Review (Haunting Emma Book #2)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Title: Betrayal (Haunting Emma Book #2)
Author: Lee Nichols
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2011 (first published February 21st 2011)
Source: ARC


**WARNING IF YOU HAVEN'T READ BOOK #1, STOP HERE**

Plot:

Emma Vaile is the most powerful ghostkeeper in centuries. Which is great when she's battling the wraith-master Neos, but terrible when she's flirting with fellow ghostkeeper (and soul mate) Bennett. When ghostkeepers fall in love, the weaker one loses all power, and that's not something Bennett can handle. Heartbroken and alone, Emma tries to lose herself in school with fellow ghostkeeper, Natalie. When a new team of ghostkeepers arrive—one a snarky teen


boy, the other a British scholar—Emma finds solace in training for the battle against Neos. But as the team grows stronger, they are threatened by an unknown force. One they thought was good.

As chilling and page-turning as Deception, this sequel will grab readers and hold them to the last page. No one is safe from suspicion as Emma closes in on the traitor.
My Thoughts:
 
I love the introduction of new characters into the story line. Emma's new friendships enrich what we started with in Deception and pushes her character to different levels. As in Deception, the characters are my favorite part of Betrayal as well.
 
Poor Cody. His story just makes me so sad. Even though he doesn't seem to be too pissed at Emma for his death and all, because he sticks around and helps her out a little in this one. I', really glad he was in the second book, because I just fell in love with his All-American boyness. He was one of my favorites in the last book.
 
Bennett is still around in book two, but it's almost like he pulls an Edward Cullin in New Moon for a bit. The longing Emma still has for him pushes the story along in this book. 
 
Read this one if you liked Deception! 
 
 


Deception by Lee Nichols - Review

Title: Deception
Author: Lee Nichols
Hardcover, 310 pages

Published June 8th 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (first published June 1st 2010)




Plot:
When Emma Vaile's parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian—her college-age "knight in J.Crew armor," Bennett Stern—and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England.


After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can't shake the strange visions that are haunting her. She has memories of Thatcher she can't explain, as if she's returning home to a place she's never been. Emma doesn't trust anyone anymore—except maybe Bennett. But he's about to reveal a ghostly secret to Emma. One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life.

My Thoughts:

This one has a really good love story. It really hooked me into the book. I like how the love interest is an older guy, aged 20, and the girl is 17. I for one, don't think that's too big of a gap. Matter of fact, I think it adds to the realism that a girl would like an older guy.

The plot was pretty good, and the mystery of her missing parents was suspenseful, but Emma's internal thought process was the best part. She made me laugh a few times. That counts for a lot because that's pretty hard to do in YA paranormal and still make it work.

Read this one of you are looking for a creeptastic love-story with a great romance plot.

Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau - Review

Title: Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings
Author: Helene Boudreau
Paperback, 224 pages

Published December 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (first published November 9th 2010)

Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings

Plot:

Freak of nature takes on a whole new meaning...


If she hadn't been so clueless, she might have seen it coming. But really, who expects to get into a relaxing bathtub after a stressful day of shopping for tankinis and come out with scales and a tail?

Most. Embarrassing. Moment. Ever.

Jade soon discovers she inherited her mermaid tendencies from her mom. But if Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown?

Jade is determined to find out. So how does a plus-size, aqua-phobic mer-girl go about doing that exactly? And how will Jade ever be able to explain her secret to her best friend, Cori, and to her crush, Luke?

This summer is about to get a lot more interesting...

"Absolutely fresh and sweet, a quirky coming of age story."-The YA-5


My Thoughts:

Really cute book for tweens! This novel has just the right amount of sass to keep those tweens reading on. The voice is really fresh and the story is really cute, but is a little lower aged than what I perfer to read.


The Revenant by Sonia Gensler - ARC Review

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Title: The Revenant
Author: Sonia Gensler
Hardcover, 336 pages

Expected publication: June 14th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC


Plot:

When Willie arrives in Indian Territory, she knows only one thing: no one can find out who she really is. To escape a home she doesn't belong in anymore, she assumes the name of a former classmate and accepts a teaching job at the Cherokee Female Seminary.

Nothing prepares her for what she finds there. Her pupils are the daughters of the Cherokee elite—educated and more wealthy than she, and the school is cloaked in mystery. A student drowned in the river last year, and the girls whisper that she was killed by a jealous lover. Willie's room is the very room the dead girl slept in. The students say her spirit haunts it.

Willie doesn't believe in ghosts, but when strange things start happening at the school, she isn't sure anymore. She's also not sure what to make of a boy from the nearby boys' school who has taken an interest in her—his past is cloaked in secrets. Soon, even she has to admit that the revenant may be trying to tell her something. . . (from goodreads)
My Thoughts:

This was a breath of fresh air as far as settings go. A lot of this novel is based on factual events (not the ghost story part, although there are still rummors about it to this day at the school) which makes the setting very real for me. Ms. Gensler has done a wonderful job using slang and terminology used back in the late 1800's which also stays true to the story.

Read this one if you like historical romances and YA fiction!


The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald - ARC Review

Title: The Anti-Prom
Author: Abby McDonald
Hardcover, 288 pages

Expected publication: April 12th 2011 by Candlewick Press
Source: ARC


Plot:
They’ve spent years at the same high school without speaking a word to one another, but that’s all about to change. Popular Bliss was having the perfect prom until she found her BFF and boyfriend making out in the back of a limo. Bad girl Jolene wouldn’t be caught dead at the prom, yet here she is, trussed up in pink ruffles, risking her reputation for some guy - some guy who is forty minutes late. And shy, studious, ├╝ber-planner Meg never counted on her date’s standing her up and leaving her idling in the parking lot outside the prom. Get ready for The Anti-Prom, Abby McDonald’s hilarious, heart-tugging tale about three girls and one unforgettable prom night.


Three unlikely allies team up for a night of rebellion, romance, and revenge in a high-stakes dramedy from acclaimed young author Abby McDonald. ---Candlewick
My Thoughts:

I loved the triple first person points of view in this story. It's really difficult to do more than one first person narrators, but Ms. McDonald has nailed it. She gave each one a very distinct voice and personality, which made me close to each girl in this story.

The beginning just broke my heart. Let me just say Bliss's boyfriend is a total jerk and I was rooting for the girls to serve up revenge on his ass.

Loved this one!

Read it if you are into contemporary pay-back stories.

iDrakula by Bekka Black - Review

Title: iDrakula
Author: Bekka Black
Paperback, 150 pages

Published October 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Fire



Plot:

18-year-old Jonathan Harker is diagnosed with a rare blood disorder after visiting a Romanian Count. His girlfriend Mina and a pre-med student named Van Helsing team up to investigate the source of the disease. The teenagers discover a horrifying truth: the Count is a vampire. The harrowing events unfold through emails, text messages, web pages, Twitter feeds, and instant messaging-the natural modernization of Bram Stoker's original Dracula, which was written in letters, diary entries, and news clippings.

My Thoughts:

This book wasn't like a regular book. It was more like snooping through someones emails and texts like a detective to solve a mystery. A+ for effort to be different, but the plot didn't pull me in as much as I would like. However, I did kind of like it because it was different and it only took me a couple of hours to read the entire book because of the way it was set up.

Read this one if you like vamp books! :)

Bad Boys Make Me Melt: 10 of the Hottest of the Bad!

Monday, March 14, 2011

There's just something about a bad boy isn't there? I mean, come on, tell me you didn't have a little soft spot for that rebel guy in your high school. The one who wasn't afraid to flip off a teacher, pull a prank or ride a motorcycle. Is it because they are rebels living without a cause. Out to raise hell and say a big F.U. to all authority?

Who knows really why we love them. I just know when a book throws in the residential bad boy, who is well written, that book quickly jumps to my OMGILOVETHISBOOKSOMUCHYOUSHOULDALLREADITRIGHTNOW stack. *sigh* I love them. Let's face it, sex sells, and these boys are the epitome of hotness. Here's my list in no particular order of hotness and a few videos to go with it. ENJOY, and feel free to shout out who is your favorite literary/televison/movie/rocker bad boy.


 1.) Damon Salvatore from Vampire Diaries
(TV) Damon Quotes:
Stefan: Are you actually gonna be careful for once?


Damon: Yes, I've become you. How tragic for both of us. Gotta run. Have a murder to plan. Busy day.



2.) Eric Northman from the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood Series
"I don't like having feelings," _Eric Northman"

3.) Patch from Hush, Hush Series

"Do you want to possess my body?"

"I want to do a lot of things to you body, but that's not one of them."

- Patch And Nora (Hush Hush)



 4.) Luc from Personal Demons
"Gabriel.

This has to be his fault, somehow. I'm going to track him down, pluck out his angel feathers, and stuff a pillow with them." --Luc, Personal Demons

5.) Ren from Nightshade
"What are you doing?” I tried to pull away, but his hand slipped from my hair to cup the nape of my neck.

When he whispered, his warm breath brushed over my lips. “Just let me kiss you, Calla. You don’t know how long I’ve wanted to. No one has to know.”

My lips parted as I drew a sudden, startled breath and in that instant his mouth was on mine, soft as velvet. I closed my eyes against the rush of a hundred wings that suddenly beat in my chest and soared through my body.

His scent was all around me. Leather, sandalwood, bonfires in autumn. He pulled back, but only for the sake of moving his lips to trail over my neck.

My blood was on fire and I was shaking. Is this really happening?

I couldn’t stop thinking about Shay in the clearing. About asking him to kiss me. The electric touch of his lips on mine.

But this is where I belong. I tried to push the memories back.

Ren stroked my knee, his fingers wandering up my thigh, sliding beneath the hem of my dress.

I grabbed his wrist. “Wait.”

He didn’t free his arm from my grasp but continued kissing my collar bone.

“Let’s skip the waiting part,” he murmured into my skin." --Ren and Calla




6.) Adrian from Vampire Diaries




"You've asked me out tons of times."

"Not really. I've made inappropriate suggestions and frequently pushed for nudity. But I've never asked you out on a real date." --Adrian and Rose

7.) Seth from the Wicked Lovely Series




"She stood in his kitchen, watching him toy with the ring in his lip. It wasn't quite that he was biting it, but sucking it into his mouth. He did that when he was concentrating. It isn't sexy. He's not sexy. But he was, and she was staring at him like a fool. "wow" she whispered (.....)"Wow, huh?" His voice was low, husky. His chair creaked as he stood. His footsteps seemed strangely loud as he closed the couple yards between them. Then he was beside her. "I can work with wow" --Seth and Aislinn

 8.) Dean Winchester from TV's Supernatural

Sam Winchester: Hey Dean... what I said earlier, about mom and dad, I'm sorry...

Dean Winchester: [raises hand to stop Sam] No chick flick moments.

Sam Winchester: Alright... jerk.

Dean Winchester: Bitch.














9.) Lucas Ross from The Evernight Series




"You're impossible," he murmured. "But you're worth it."--Lucus tp Biannica 




10.) Dante from The Hourglass Door Series

"I'm not who you think I am, Abby," he said in English.

I almost smiled. It was the kind of melodramatic line people said in bad made-for-TV movies, but then I saw his eyes, bleak and distant, and I knew he was telling the truth.

"I thought you were Dante Alexander, foreign-exchange student visiting from Italy."

He shook his head slowly, sadly. "Not exactly." --Dante and Addby




  




Double Take Covers: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Sunday, March 13, 2011

This one looks AWESOME!! I'm really, really digging Dystopian right now, just because it's a nice change of pace from urban fantasy and paranormal (Yes, I still love those novels too!) THE BODY FINDER by Ms. Derting was one of the best books I read in 2010, so I can't wait to get my hands on this one. THE PLEDGE hits shelves November 15th 2011 (published by Margaret K. McElderry (Simon & Schuster)) so be sure to look out for it this fall! 




Plot:

Words are the most dangerous weapon of all.


In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs - ARC Review

Title: Tempest Rising
Author: Tracy Deebs
Hardcover, 352 pages

Expected publication: May 10th 2011 by Walker Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC





Plot:

Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water's temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her—and that the entire ocean's future hangs in the balance.


Song on constant repeat in my head while I read this novel: Love Song by 311


My Thoughts:

The first thing that pulls me into a novel is voice, and let me tell you, this one has plenty of it! I could hear the characters in my head. Each one had their own quirks, actions and/or sayings. That really takes a story to the next level for me.

I loved the plot of this novel and how Tempest knew about her mermaid status instead of just discovering it, like we typically get in YA paranormal/fantasy novels. Making her a kick-ass surfer, who is a natural in the water, drives home that she destine for the water. Tempest's loathing for her mermaid mother who abondoned her family is apparent and I love how she never wavers from that anger. It makes it very real, like in real life, it takes more than a soft smile and all is forgiven.

I loved Tempest's long-time boyfriend, Mark. He really cares for Tempest and you can see it in all of his actions, which it made it hard for me to accept Kai as the new love interest. (Which is the only reason I gave this one a 4/5) I know there is this unbelivable pull between Kai and Tempest, but I felt bad for Mark the whole time. I kept thinking, you're going to break Mark's heart! LOL Lame, I know, but also a sign of great writing. It's hard to make people care about ALL of your characters.

So As you can tell, I loved this one!! Add it to your to-be-read lists if you like saucy love triangles, great YA voice, mermaid stories and other world fantasies!

Looking forward to book two!!

After Midnight (The Youngbloods #1) by Lynn Viehl - ARC Review

Title: After Midinght (TheYoungbloods #1)
Author: Lynn Viehl
Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: May 8th 2011 by Flux
Source: ARC




Plot:

Sophomore Catlyn Youngblood is used to the nomadic existence she and her two older brothers have shared since the death of their parents. When they settle down for good in the sleepy backwoods town of Lost Lake, Florida, Cat thinks they might finally fit in. Instead, they're shunned by the locals.


While riding her horse late one night, Cat meets an enigmatic and handsome boy named Jesse Raven. Even more strange than her overpowering attraction to him is Jesse's apparent aversion to the sun. As their attraction intensifies, long-kept secrets come to light. Cat learns that the Ravens are a centuries-old vampire clan . . . and worse still, that she and her brothers are descendents of Abraham Van Helsing, the world-famous vampire hunter. Mortal enemies by blood, the two families do all they can to keep them apart. But Cat and Jesse will risk everything to be together—including death.


My Thoughts:

If you've read my past reviews, you know I am a serious sucker for paranormal romance. This book is full of it. Yes, I will tell you parts of the this relationship feels rushed. They become too gah-gah for each other a little soon. However, I still love it when two characters are willing to do anything for each other. Abandon their families, chance dying or whatever it takes to be together. It totally adds to the romance.

There really isn't any elements that make it stand out among other YA paranormal romances I've read, but that didn't keep me from enjoying this one. The element that makes Cat and Jesse mortal enemies was a nice touch though. I love the VanHelsing story as well as the movie with Kate Beckinsale and Hugh Jackman.

Read this one if you like paranormal romance.

Series Spotlight! The Hourglass Door Series

I read The Hourglass Door a while back and adored it. I haven't gotten a chance to read the second book in this series, The Golden Spiral, but is looks awesome! Looks like book three, The Forgotten Locket, hits selves May 30, 2011. Guess I better get on book two quick!

The Hourglass DoorThe Golden Spiral (Book 2 in the Hourglass Door Trilogy)The Forgotten Locket (Hourglass Door Trilogy)


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