Friday, June 29, 2012

Review: Spectral by Shannon Duffy

Spectral Title: Spectral 
Author: Shannon Duffy
Publisher:  Tribute Books
Publishing Date: April 10th 2012
Pages: 242
Genre:  YA Paranormal Mystery
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Ebook


Convinced she’s a part of the witness protection program, sixteen-year-old Jewel Rose is shuffled around the globe with her family like a pack of traveling gypsies. After arriving at lucky home twenty-seven, she stumbles upon a mysterious boy with magical powers claiming to be her guardian... and warning of imminent danger. Despite the obvious sparks between them, Jewel discovers a relationship is forbidden, and the more she learns about dark, brooding Roman, she begins to question who she can even believe—the family who raised her, or the supposed sworn protector who claims they’ve been lying to her all along.

As she struggles to uncover who her family has really been running from, she is forced to hide her birthmark that reveals who she is. With new realities surfacing, unexplained powers appearing, and two tempting boys vying for her heart, Jewel battles to learn who she can trust in an ever growing sea of lies, hoping she’ll make it through her seventeenth birthday alive. 

I wanted to read this book from the moment I saw the cover and read the summary. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and the summary is very intriguing. I was not disappointed at all. The story was very exciting and kept me captivated from the beginning. It is filled with mystery, suspense, and romance. This was a definite page turner for me.

The story revolves around Jewel and the her family. Ever since she can remember her family has been on the run without an answer to why. On her latest move she overhears a conversation about herself and meets a mysterious boy who both led to Jewel searching for answers to her past and present. What Jewel discovers is family secrets that will change her life drastically. 

I really liked Jewel. She started off meek and obedient. She never questioned her life. She had a great amount of loyalty to the ones that she loved, especially her little brother. She learned to be brave, strong, and independent. I enjoyed watching her grow through the story. She was easy to relate to and I was very happy to see her kick some butt.

I found the relationship between Jewel and her family refreshing. Jewel was very loyal to her family and attempted to keep that loyalty even after she discovered a deeply hidden family secret. I enjoyed the friendships and the romance of the book too. The romance was a little too quick for me and I would have liked to have seen it built slower and deeper but it was still sweet. 

I also found the story enjoyable as a mystery. I didn't get what was going on throughout the story but never felt lost. When things started to slowly be revealed I felt surprised but also felt that everything fit pretty well together. It made sense to me. 

The writing was easy and smooth, the pacing was good. It was an all around good read.

Review Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Kill Me SoftlyTitle: Kill Me Softly
Author: Sarah Cross
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Publishing Date April 10th 2012
Pages: 336
Genre: YA Fairytale Retelling
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Hardcover

Goodreads Summary:
Mirabelle's past is shrouded in secrecy, from her parents' tragic deaths to her guardians' half-truths about why she can't return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her sixteenth birthday—and discovers a world she never could have imagined.

In Beau Rivage, nothing is what it seems—the strangely pale girl with a morbid interest in apples, the obnoxious playboy who's a beast to everyone he meets, and the chivalrous guy who has a thing for damsels in distress. Here, fairy tales come to life, curses are awakened, and ancient stories are played out again and again.

But fairy tales aren't pretty things, and they don't always end in happily ever after. Mira has a role to play, a fairy tale destiny to embrace or resist. As she struggles to take control of her fate, Mira is drawn into the lives of two brothers with fairy tale curses of their own . . . brothers who share a dark secret. And she'll find that love, just like fairy tales, can have sharp edges and hidden thorns.

This was one of the best retellings that I have read. The world that Sarah Cross created in this book was so beautiful and imaginative. It really took my breath away.

The story is basically a retelling of sleeping beauty, but has many other fairytales thrown into the mix. Some old and loved, and some brand new.

Mira is 15, almost 16, and decides to leave the comforts of her home and head out to find her parents grave. This will lead her back to her birth places. She leaves her two godmothers with the clothes on her back, a little bit of money, and no idea where to start.

When she reaches the town she was born, trouble starts right off and we meet some pretty sketchy characters. Before she knows it, Miri is thrown into a world she never knew existed but is a part of. She doesn’t run, instead she embraces it.

I loved every single character in this book. Everyone had something to bring to the story. We have prince after prince, snow white and her evil stepmother, beauty and the beast, fairies, villains, heroes and more.

Miri is a great heroine, brave, caring, friendly, and most of the time she is pretty smart. She cares for everyone she comes in contact with and befriends the misfits of the town. She was easy for me to call a friend. I love the relationships that she formed with each character. I really loved seeing her transform throughout the book.

The villains and the heroes weren’t always who I thought they would be and there was plenty of surprises throughout the book with some predictability. It was just magical for me and I enjoyed every moment I was a part of this world. If you love retellings and fairytale worlds, this book is for you.


Review: Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)Title: Ruins of Gorlan
Author: John Flanagan
Publisher: Puffin
Publishing Date: June 8th 2006
Pages: 249
Genre: Young Adult High Fantasy
Series: Ranger’s Apprentice #1
Source: Hardcover

Goodreads Summary:

They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied. . . .

I decided to give this book a chance when it was a monthly read for my book club. My son and husband had been talking about it for years so now or never. This was not a normal read for me and I was pleasantly surprised.

The story is based around three teenagers (2 boys and 1 girl) as they picked their profession upon coming of age. The main character is a small boy for his age but excellent at staying hidden and is picked up to be a Ranger’s apprentice. As he lives and learns with his apprentice, they discover treachery. He becomes an important role within the war.

The book was a little slow for me, but I am sure that will change further in the series. This book took a bit time on setting up the story. Like many other fantasy books, Ruins of Gorlan is a very involved world. The story does flip back and forth between the tree teenagers but mainly focuses on Will, the ranger’s apprentice and Boris who is training to be a warrior. I really liked all the characters, even Boris who seems to be a little bit of a bully. I do have high hopes for him though. I enjoyed watching the relationships between masters and apprentices grow and the trust that begins to form between them.

I will continue the story and see where it goes.


Review: Frogs & French Kisses by Sarah Mylnowski

Frogs & French Kisses (Magic in Manhattan, #2)Title: Frogs & French Kisses 
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Publishing Date: June 13th 2006
Pages: 288
Genre: Young Adult Supernatural
Series: Magic in Manhattan #2
Source: Hardcover

Goodreads Summary:

Rachel has finally come to terms with the outrageously unfair fact that her younger sister, Miri, has inherited magical powers from their mom. But now the whole witchcraft thing is spiraling out of control. Mom is a magicaholic, Miri’s on a Save the World kick, and the one teeny tiny love spell that Rachel begged for has gone embarrassingly, horribly wrong.

Suddenly, the fate of everything is in Rachel’s hands.

Her family.

The world.

Senior prom.


I didn’t think the series could get better but it does. This book held more laughs for me.

Now that their mother has found out the truth about the magic Miri has been dealing, with the help from Rachel of course) she decides to allow magic in the household and even allows herself to start to use some magic. Miri is trying to save the world, Rachel is trying to save her reputation, and their mother is trying to save her dating life. Sound like a mess? Well it is. It all gets out of hand and Rachel is feeling more alone than ever.

I really like Rachel in this book. After being left to fend for herself and Miri, Rachel is forced to grow up just a little. Rachel’s mom has gone on a magic binge and has a full calendar of dates. She is rarely home leaving Rachel and Miri to figure things out on their own. What they figure out is maybe magic isn’t what it's supposed to be.

Miri also gets out of hand a little in the book with trying to save the world, which leaves Rachel without any help in trying to fix or get past everything that happened last year. Miri has a lot to learn about magic which is causing her spells to have minor and sometimes major glitches.

With her mom and her sister out of control, Rachel is left with saving her everyone and saving the prom (which she and Miri basically ruined before it even started.) Oh yea and let’s not forget her love for Rafe. Rachel and Miri do a little love spell but on the wrong guy. Life can’t get any worse for Rachel.

With all the magic mishaps, family drama, and mixed feelings this book kept me laughing all the way through. This is such a good series for those light and fluffy read moods.


Follow Friday #23 and TGIF #7

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by   Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read! 

Q: Birthday Wishes -- Blow out the candles and imagine what character could pop out of your cake...who is it and what book are they from? 

A: Any of the Faeries from the Wicked Lovely series.... especially Devlin and Niall! yum. I just love all the characters from this series. 

TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger at GReads

Best I've Read So Far: We're half way through the year (crazy how time flies!), which top 3 books are the best you've read so far this year?n 

OK So really not sure I can narrow it down but I will give it a shot. I have so many amazing books this year actually just in the last month they have been amazing. I went with the ones that I remember standing out sticking with me the most. 

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

The Running Dream

Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2)

Sisterhood Everlasting (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #5)


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #22 W.W.W #8

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,

 that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.  

This week I am waiting on....

House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier

July 10th 2012

House of ShadowsOrphaned, two sisters are left to find their own fortunes. 

Sweet and proper, Karah's future seems secure at a glamorous Flower House. She could be pampered for the rest of her life... if she agrees to play their game.

Nemienne, neither sweet nor proper, has fewer choices. Left with no alternative, she accepts a mysterious mage's offer of an apprenticeship. Agreeing means a home and survival, but can Nemienne trust the mage? 

With the arrival of a foreign bard into the quiet city, dangerous secrets are unearthed, and both sisters find themselves at the center of a plot that threatens not only to upset their newly found lives, but also to destroy their kingdom.


Wicked Jealous: A Love Story by Robin Palmer

July 19th 2012

Wicked Jealous: A Love StorySimone never saw herself as the “cute girl”—she was always the chunky, band tee wearing, France-obsessed smart girl. But now that Simone’s a few pounds lighter and sporting a new retro style, things have gotten, well, weird. Her crush Jason seems to actually know she exists. And when Simone’s soon-to-be stepmonster Hillary stops ignoring her, Simone knows something is up. When Simone’s brother offers to let her move in with him and his six roommates on the beach for the summer, Simone jumps at the chance. But living with seven very different college boys isn’t exactly helping her land her very own happily ever after.

W...W...W.. Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by should Be Reading.... 

What are you currently reading?

Kill Me SoftlySpectral Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00

What did you recently finish reading? 

Unbreak My HeartRules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry, #2)Silent Song

What do you think you’ll read next?

Ultraviolet (Ultraviolet, #1)UndeadThe Way We Fall (Fallen World, #1)

Review: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)Title: The Alchemyst  Author: Michael Scott
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Publishing Date: May 22nd 2007
Pages: 375
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Series: The Secrets of Nicholas Flamel #1
Source: Hardcover

Goodreads Summary:

He holds the secret that can end the world.

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life.

The records show that he died in 1418.

But his tomb is empty.

The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.

Sometimes legends are true.

And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

I picked this book up to read because it was a book club read for the library. I wasn’t sure how it would go and couldn’t decide if it would be my kind of book or not. I was actually pleasantly surprised in the end.

The beginning of the book was a little slow for my but once it picked up it was pretty amazing. Once we got to know the characters, it just took off and was full of non stop trouble, thrills, and surprises.

I knew who Nicholas Flamel was and I knew a little about his story, but only a little, so this book was refreshing for me. I loved the idea of the immortals and elders. I enjoyed reading the spin on mythical creatures such as vampires and I really enjoyed reading about the mythology aspects.

This book has an amazing set of characters and there is a bunch. We have of course Nicholas and his wife, John Dee, Josh and Sophie (the twins), and many many more characters to enjoy. It’s really hard for me to say which character stands out because they are awesome at different times. I do love Scatty the vampire though. She is fun, quirky, loyal, and can really kick some butt. I also like the twins. Sophie and Josh are thrown into a world that makes them question everything they were ever told and knew but they handle it quite well. They both act with bravery and a bit of maturity for their age. I appreciated the loyalty they have for each other.

Overall it was a very adventurous read. I can’t wait to see where this story takes me.


Review: Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker

Unbreak My HeartTitle: Unbreak My Heart
Author: Melissa C. Walker
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publishing Date: May 22nd 2012
Pages: 240
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Digital ARC

Goodreads Summary:

Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life.

Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now.

Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart?

Told in alternating chapters that chronicle the year that broke Clem’s heart and the summer that healed it, Unbreak My Heart is a wonderful dual love story that fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti will flock to.

I must say that the cover and the title of this book is what first drew me in. I read the summary and was not sure what I would think about it. I thought I would give it a shot since I challenged myself to more contemporary books this year. I am so glad I read this book.

This book basically has two stories written in a flip flip fashion. The main character, Clem, is on a sailboat for the summer with her parents and is telling the story of her past year as the story of her present unfolds. Both hold a boy, one a broken heart and the other a healing heart.

Clem has done the unthinkable and fell for her best friend’s guy. In the aftermath she loses her best friend, and many of her other friends, along with the boy. She is miserable and spends much of her time crying. Clem’s parents decide to take their sailboat on a family trip for the summer. Clem takes her journal, paper, and of course a pen unto the ship and writes two things. Her story and a letter to her ex best friend.

As she writes about her past mistakes she writes about her summer adventure upon the boat. The beginning of the story, Clem knows that she should’t have indulged in a game of emotions with her best friends boyfriend but doesn’t take full resopnsibily for it and is mad at her best friend for basically dumping her. After a wild summer with new friends, a cute guy, a very caring family, and a few mishaps she realizes what she must do to get over it.

I completely fell in love with Clem and her story. It was a very smooth and enveloping read. I love the writing style and the flip flop of stories. I felt I was in the middle of two love stories. I didn’t want to put the book down. I was living life with Clem feeling for and rooting for her. I really loved all the other characters that surrounded Clem too. Clem has a very loving family and very understanding family, and her little sister had me laughing throughout the book. It was really easy to see why she made the choices she did even though I could see they were the wrong choices.

The story if filled with heartbreak and hope and I would highly recommend it to any YA readers.


Teaser Tuesday #15 and Top Ten #5

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Bloggers choose two sentences 

out our current read to peak others' curiosity. 

Spectral by Shannon Duffy

Spectral "And, True?" Mom turned and flipped a pancake onto Jayden's Plate and then cocked and eyebrow at me. "What's your father's name?"
"The Godfather?" I said, rolling my eyes, and then felt bad when I saw Dad's pained expression.
"Kingsley, Actually that's a god one, Dad. I like it." I Said and meant it.


Top Ten is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish that features 

a great bookish top ten every week.

Today's Top ten is Top Ten Characters Who Remind Me Of Myself Or Someone I Know In Real Life

This one is really hard for me since I read young adult and I am 36 years old. I will see what I can come up with for my children. My daughter who is 19 and my son who is 15

For my son! 

1. Artemis Fowl from the Artemis Fowl series- My son is the one who always outsmarts everyone and it tends to get him in lots of trouble.

2. Keith for Silent Song- only because of his music talent. My son is very musically inclined and always has songs going though his head or on his instruments.

3. Wade from Ready Player One- Another one of my son's obsessions is video games

4. Nick from Infinity- He is always sarcastic and seems to always be killing zombies, ok so it's only in video games but its basically the same thing right?

My daughter!

1. Lucy from Graffiti Moon- My daughter is very artistically talented and chasing a boy all over town that she has never met is something crazy she would do.

2. Carmen Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants-- She is very outspoken and can self absorbed like Carmen

3. Daphne from Sass and Serendipity- She is flirty, has a passion for life, and has no care for tomorrow.

4. Madison from the Karma Club- She is just the person who come up with such and idea and carry it out, not thinking about the consequences.

The last two I will do for my dog. Why not!

1. Marley from Marley an me- Well she is nothing but trouble an so so cute.

2. Wolf from Wolf Brother- I swear she calls me tall tailess!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightTitle: The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: PoppyLittleBrown
Publishing Date: January 2nd 2012
Pages: 236
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Hardcover

Goodreads Summary:

"Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?"

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

I have recently discovered the joy of contemporary romance and this one left me yearning for more. I devoured this book. I laughed and I cried and in the end I was happy and sad it was over. After that last page I closed the book and held it in my hands for a few moments, quietly letting it all sink in.

I don’t believe in love at first sight or even second or third sight. I believe that love and a strong relationship require hard work, understanding, and selfless acts. This book made me really want to believe in love at first sight.

I love the story. It was so unbelievable that it made it believable. Girl meets boy in airport. Girl and boy are both going to a dreaded event. Girl and boy sit next to each other on the plane for many many hours and learn everything they can about each other. Girl and Boy go separate ways at final destination just to search each other out again.

The one thing I can say about this love story is there were selfless acts and there was understanding.

Hadley is dreading going to her father’s wedding she has never been able to forgive him for leaving his family and destroying her and her mother’s life. She goes only on the insistence of her mother. The only thing that makes this trip bearable is Oliver, a British boy she meets at the airport.

After missing her flight, a long night on the plane with little sleep, and dread at the bottom of her stomach she makes it to her father’s wedding where she learns a lot about herself, her father, and Oliver. She starts to make some choices that she never expected and found a reconnection to her father and possibly her first love.

I would recommend this book for anyone who loves a “sweep me off my feet” kind of book with a pinch of teen angst. I think that I will find myself opening up this book when I need to believe in something good.


Review: The Second Summer of the Sisterhood By Ann Brashares

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #2)Title: The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
Author: Ann Brashares
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: April 22nd 2003
Pages: 373
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Chic Lit, Coming of Age
Series: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants #2
Source: Paperback

Goodreads Summary:

With a bit of last summer's sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the Sisterhood that wears them embark on their 16th summer.

Bridget: Impulsively sets off for Alabama, wanting to both confront her demons about her family and avoid them all at once.

Lena: Spends a blissful week with Kostos, making the unexplainable silence that follows his visit even more painful.

Carmen: Is concerned that her mother is making a fool of herself over a man. When she discovers that her mother borrowed the Pants to wear on a date, she's certain of it.

Tibby: Not about to spend another summer working at Wallman's, she takes a film course only to find it's what happens off-camera that teaches her the most.

I loved the first book and I loved the second book. I was not sure what to expect when I picked up the second, if it would seem like a do over of the first or be completely different. The story continued but the issues were different and the emotions ran just as high.

The story continues of the Septembers as they spend their second summer apart. Still holding on the traveling pants, the girls start the ritual once again. This time Carmen and Lena stay home for the summer, Bridget takes a trip with a mission, and Tibby decides to indulge in her filmmaking skills. Of course the summer doesn’t quite go as the girls imagined and events change their lives.

I think that I enjoyed Bridget’s summer the most this time. It was great to see her reunite with family and learn a little about her mom’s side of the family and a lot about herself. She struggles with the deceit from her father and the withdrawing from her brother. I loved the interactions between Bridget and her grandmother.

Tibby spends her summer at a film school to find herself leaving her home life behind and finding new friends. She not only leaves her life behind but she leaves herself behind and starts to become someone different. After hurting quite a few people she finds herself again and discovers which relationships really matter.

Lena stays home and gets a job at a local boutique. She spends the summer struggling with her feelings for Kostos. After sending him letters less frequently she finally ended it with Kostos but is still in love with him. Trying to figure out her feelings she comes home one day to learn he is in town. The relationship starts to spark again until a powerful truth comes out.

Carmen spends the summer upset over her mother’s dating life and has to come to terms with her selfish side. She struggles with sharing her mother.

I think the girls are making headway in their lives but still have lots of growth to experience. My emotions run so high with these books and I always feel so good after reading the last page.


Review: Captivate by Carrie Jones

Captivate (Need, #2)Title: Captivate
Author: Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publishing Date: January 5th 2010
Pages: 273
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Series: Need #2
Source: Hardcover

Goodreads Summary:
Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his.

I was really excited to get started on the next installment of the Need series. This book did not disappoint. Captivate introduces me to new drama, new looming evil, and new characters.

The story continues after Zara and her friends find a way to capture and deal with her evil father. Zara and Nick think that they have time to breathe and time to focus on their relationship and some hunting of rogue pixies in between dates. Enter Astley!

Astley is the new pixie in town and he is obsesses with Zara. Astley wants Zara to be his queen so his people can be stronger. There is a power struggle going on between the kings to take Zara’s dad’s place. Astley claims to be one of the good guys, not an evil pixie king, and he needs Zara’s help.

I really love where the story is going in this series. The first book could have been a stand alone, but it continues and so does the pixie problem. In this book we see so Zara struggling with her human side and her pixie side. She is drawn to Astley but loves Nick and despises pixies. This book focuses mainly on Zara/Nick/Astley’s relationships. Most of the time I struggle with reading the love triangles found in YA books today but this one just seemed to fit so well with the story.

I really wanted to root for Zara and Nick in this book, but I couldn’t help falling for Astley. He seems caring, protective, and very hot. I thought he shined much brighter than Nick. Nick is the all around good guy, but he doesn’t stand out to me anymore. Astley has won my heart will he win Zara’s?

The book ends on a cliffhanger. So be prepared. I would suggest having Entice close by. I really did love this book!


Mailbox Monday #21

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.  

Netgalley and Edelweiss

Confessions of an Angry Girl Pushing the LimitsBlink OnceLeague of Strays
Over You

For Blog Tour:
The Color of SnowSpectral

From Library:

The Enchantress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #6)City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)

Kill Me SoftlyI Hunt Killers


The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys, #1)

The Fairy GodmotherBook of Love (Knight Angels, #1)Sirenz (Sirenz #1)
I Heart You, You Haunt Me
Imagination Designs