Release Day Party Compulsive Desires

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We’re happy to celebrate the release of Compulsive Desires, an adult contemporary romance novel by author Ava Catori!

Compulsive Desires

Young male model with amaying bodyCompulsive Desires: Is it Infatuation or Love?  — by Ava Catori
Sophie Samuels was in love. Well, okay, maybe it was lust, but who wouldn’t be? Bear Trevor, the Bear Trevor, famous adventurer and male model had just fallen in her lap.
It started with a conversation, and then a wicked one night stand, but now Bear was asking for more. The only problem was that Sophie was confused by what she was feeling.
Were her growing feelings real, or was she simply infatuated with the handsome star? Sifting through the details of their fling, Sophie is forced to admit her new obsession may be just that – an obsession. Can Bear convince Sophie that they could be much more together, or will Sophie realize it’s not love after all?

Author Bio

nov2012-240x300Ava Catori spends her days tied to her keyboard, being happiest there. With a passion for storytelling, she gets lost in the details of building characters and analyzing their thoughts. With a conversational tone, she entertains with fast, fun reads. There’s nothing she likes more than putting a couple together, only to tear them apart so they can find their way back to one another.
Ava resides in New Jersey, but sneaks away to Florida as often as she’s able. She’s happily married to a patient man, who has the ability to sustain long hours of rambling thoughts spilling from her non-stop. With the company of three dogs and a cat, she sets her writing schedule around their inability to coordinate their potty breaks.
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Read an excerpt!

“It’s all work when it comes down to it,” he said. His phone buzzed again. “Oh, one sec,” and then he proceeded to have a texting conversation with Bijou right through dinner. When the photographer showed up, I leaned out of the way for the pictures.
What started off as cool and interesting was slowly becoming annoying. He was here to have dinner with me, but his focus was on his phone and the actress from Port Richmond. I said something before thinking, “Hey, I get that you’re excited about this, but you’re out to dinner with me. Do you think I could get a minute of your time?”
“I’m sorry,” he said his phone buzzing again. “One more minute,” he said glancing down.
I wasn’t sure what to do, but I was certain he’d gone past the acceptable time limit of me being patient. I felt alone eating dinner, even though he was right there beside me. I finally spit out the words I was thinking. “It’s just kind of rude.” Crap, did I just say that out loud! My eyes went wide, realizing the words actually came out.

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Starter Day Party More Than I Wanted Tour

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I’m happy to host the starter day party for the More Than I Wanted tour today. More Than I Wanted is a contemporary romance novel by author Ava Catori.

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About More Than I Wanted

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Author: Ava Catori
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Kate Tanner sees everything she wants in Austin. After falling for a charming and handsome military man, Kate realizes he may not return her feelings.

Will Austin fall in love with Kate, or has he hardened from past hurts? Just as he starts to warm up, things are turned upside down. Kate and Austin have to decide if their feelings are worth fighting for, or if walking away will be beneficial to them both.

With the threat of being separated, can Kate and Austin find a way to make things work? Having Austin in her life is more than Kate ever wanted, but she’s learning he’s all that she needs.

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Author Bio

nov2012-240x300Ava Catori spends her days tied to her keyboard, being happiest there. With a passion for storytelling, she gets lost in the details of building characters and analyzing their thoughts. With a conversational tone, she entertains with fast, fun reads. There’s nothing she likes more than putting a couple together, only to tear them apart so they can find their way back to one another.

Ava resides in New Jersey, but sneaks away to Florida as often as she’s able. She’s happily married to a patient man, who has the ability to sustain long hours of rambling thoughts spilling from her non-stop. With the company of three dogs and a cat, she sets her writing schedule around their inability to coordinate their potty breaks.

To see what’s next, be sure to visit AvaCatori.com.

Release Day Party Oceanheart by Pen Clements

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We’re celebrating the release of Oceanheart, the first novel in a new and exciting YA fantasy series called The Enchanted Pages today. Purchase Oceanheart from Amazon!

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Soran was already waist deep, waiting for me. The shark’s tooth shone white against his brown chest and he sparkled from the dusting of salt on his face. He was an ocean boy who belonged in the water. Unlike me.

‘Wynn.’ He held his hand out and I took it. His grip was strong and I was surprised by the rush of energy that went through me. I felt like I could do anything.

‘Take these and put them over your eyes.’

He held out a pair of goggles with fish skin straps attached to them. I examined the lenses.

‘They are made from shells that we polish until they are clear. Take them, I can see without them.’

I put the goggles on and took a deep breath before submerging myself in the water, never letting go of Soran’s hand. We pushed out into the lagoon and I shut my eyes. It only made things worse so I opened them and looked at the bottom. It was amazing. There was so much life, so many creatures moving about in a kaleidoscope of rainbow colours. It was too beautiful to be afraid. We drifted like stars in a liquid sky with a whole world lying beneath our suspended bodies. Soran held me as we floated and his strength flowed through me. I felt as if no harm would ever come.

We found a shallow patch of sand in a gap between the coral and stood to take a breath. My heart was a balloon floating in a summer sky. I laughed and splashed water in the air. I watched the falling droplets reflect sunlight like a spray of diamonds before the water fell and ran off our skins in molten silver. Soran’s withdrawn look was gone and his tawny eyes flashed in delight.

‘You’re shining!’ he said.

I looked at my arms. Glittery bits from the sand were stuck on my skin and making it shimmer. They were on him too and the vision made us both laugh. I realised it was the first time I had seen his smile, a real one, one that transformed his face. Like this, Soran was a different person.

Soran flipped down and under the surface. I watched his body moving beneath the clear water, impossibly fast, as swift and sure as a fish himself. He stayed under far longer than any normal human being should and when he broke the surface the water seemed to part to let him through. He wasn’t the slightest bit out of breath and I almost wondered if he could breathe underwater. Then he held my hand again and we drifted off further down the lagoon, lost in wonders. The coral throbbed with colour, fluoresced and glowed. I found myself following schools of patterned fish, being drawn to the next clump of sea-fans, the next crevice filled with delicate shells.

I went further and further, more confident in the water than I’d ever been. But as we floated down the bay, things began to change. The coral wasn’t so bright and then the colours grew dull and sludgy. Patches of murky looking seaweed appeared and the branching corals no longer formed an underwater forest. They lay in shattered pieces on the black sand, white and bleached as the bones that lay around the village. Soon there was nothing but rubble with lurid green algae all over it. I looked sideways. I had been so focussed on the changing landscape that I hadn’t noticed myself drift close to the drop off, out where the deep water shaded into darkness. A trench lay ahead and it led to a pass in the reef. There was nothing between me and the open ocean.

About Oceanheart

OH-smallTitle: Oceanheart (Book One of The Enchanted Pages)
Author: Pen Clements
Genre: YA Fantasy

An oceanic world where the stars are going out. Saltwater people and a shark that stalks in dreams. A girl with a nightmare, a mischievous guardian and a boy with a secret.
Meet Wynn. She thinks she’s a misfit and hates showing weakness. Only one person really touches her heart and that’s her little sister, Stella. But Stella is in a coma and it’s all Wynn’s fault.

As Wynn creates a journal of might-have-been memories for her sister, she finds herself pulled into a magical island world and sent on a journey through danger and despair. She’s never been in a jungle and she’s terrified of water. Then she meets Soran. He reads nature like a book and can survive anything on land and in the sea. What Wynn doesn’t know is that Soran’s secret could destroy her.

The island could destroy her too. It’s no paradise. Paradise doesn’t have poison masters called the Teeth. It doesn’t have Sorrowmaker patrolling the reefs. And in paradise, you don’t have to face your greatest fear to fix your biggest mistake.

Winner of an Australian Society of Authors Mentorship Award 2011 and an Olvar Wood Fellowship Award

Author Bio

Pen Clements would like to be a botanist, a Shaolin monk or an anthropologist in a galaxy far, far away. She’d also like to have wings, breathe underwater and meet an angel. Unfortunately she hasn’t managed all of that yet, but being a writer lets her pretend.

Pen lives in tropical north Queensland with her husband, two sons and a traditional wooden sailing boat. She loves exploring the islands of the Great Barrier Reef and is inspired by the natural world.

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Book Review: Reconstructing Jackson by Holly Bush

16067757Title: Reconstructing Jackson
Author: Holly Bush
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication Date: September 25th 2012
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Review copy provided by the author in exchange for honest review.

1867 . . . Southern lawyer and Civil War veteran, Reed Jackson, returns to his family’s plantation in a wheelchair. His father deems him unfit, and deeds the Jackson holdings, including his intended bride, to a younger brother. Angry and bitter, Reed moves west to Fenton, Missouri, home to a cousin with a successful business, intending to start over.
Belle Richards, a dirt poor farm girl aching to learn how to read, cleans, cooks and holds together her family’s meager property. A violent brother and a drunken father plot to marry her off, and gain a new horse in the bargain. But Belle’s got other plans, and risks her life to reach them.
Reed is captivated by Belle from their first meeting, but wheelchair bound, is unable to protect her from violence. Bleak times will challenge Reed and Belle’s courage and dreams as they forge a new beginning from the ashes of war and ignorance.

I didn’t get to read a lot of historical fiction novels this year, unfortunately. I’m a big fan of the genre, but it takes a certain mindset to be willing to travel back in time and experience life from several centuries ago, and not every book manages this time-transport equally well. Reconstructing Jackson does though. Even after a few pages, I felt like I was back in the 1860s, breathing the ancient air and wrapping myself in old, traditional customs. Reed Jackson is an intriguing, well-constructed, complex character I liked almost right away. He’s been dealt some bad cards in life, but nevertheless he tries to make something from it. He sees challenges and tries to conquer them, but even though so, being refined to a wheelchair and being kicked out of his family home may be two challenges he has trouble overcoming.

He intends to start over with a fresh slate. Unfortunately, demons of the past keep haunting him and his new life doesn’t go as well as he’d hoped. He meets a yougn damsel in distress by the name of Belle Richards. He falls head over heels from her, but then again can’t find true happiness because of his inability to protect the woman he loves. I liked Belle, even if I thought Reed wore intriguing than she was. She’s from humble descent, but has a courageous heart, and even if she grew up with a drunk father and violent, aggressive brother, she tries to make the best of it. What I admired most about her, was how she never gave up, and by doing that, she managed to give Reed confidence and courage as well.

There are no major battles being fought, no evil schemes that threaten entire countries, but what Reconstructing Jackson offers instead is a heart-warming, at times devastating, tale of a man and a woman who have to struggle in order to be together, and who faces challenges at every corner. It’s an inspiring story, and well told. The language is descriptive and fitting for the era, but never rattles off into too much detail. I very much enjoyed reading this novel, and will definitely read more books by author Holly Bush in the future.

Release Day Party Exhale by Jennifer Snyder

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We’re celebrating the release day of Exhale, a YA contemporary romance novel by author Jennifer Snyder. Today only, Exhale is available at the discount price of $0.99 for the eBook, to celebrate its release!

You can purchase Exhale from Amazon, B&N or Smashwords!

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I leaned against the row of green carts and stood on my tippy-toes to get a better look into the store where the cash registers were, searching to see if Derek was there bagging groceries. He wasn’t. Someone cleared their throat behind me and I jumped, startled out of my skin.

“Excuse me.” Some grouchy looking old man said as though my presence annoyed him.

I took a step back to let him pass and then began pulling out the first cart in the row I’d been leaning against without any luck. “Great,” I muttered under my breath.

A familiar low chuckle filled my ears, sending sparks of warmth throughout me. “Need some help?”

I turned and found myself at eye level with Derek’s chin. My eyes slid to his lips. The same lips I had fantasized about kissing numerous times. Swallowing hard, I smacked my palm against the handlebar of the cart I’d been attempting to tug free and smiled. “Hey. Yeah, I could definitely use some help. I can’t get this cart out.”

Derek slid between the cart and me. One of his hands gripped the handlebar tightly, as the other braced firmly against the cart it was jammed into. My entire body heated from the nearness of his presence. His guy scent, I had never been able to distinguish entirely, but had at one point figured out that it must be some type of soap or shampoo, surrounded me and I breathed it in deeply. I loved the way he smelled.

“Sometimes these things just stick and others,” he released his death grip on the handlebar and started tugging and pulling on one of those little baby seat belts until it pushed up through a hole and released the cart I had been trying to get free. “Sometimes, they get stuck on those clasps. Here you go.”

“Ah, I’ll have to remember that for next time.” I said, his scent still lingering in my nose and making the butterflies in my stomach flutter around like crazy.

About Exhale

16154284Title: Exhale
Author: Jennifer Snyder
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Inhaling in life is easy. It’s the exhaling—the letting go— that’s the hard part.

Katie Elliot has always known the Conner twins. For years she secretly pined after one, while playfully averting the advances of the other. Once upon a time, she was fine with that. Then came the moment when her twin of preference kissed her and changed everything.

As if realizing love can be complex—even when it’s reciprocated— isn’t hard enough, tragedy strikes, tearing Katie and the boy she’s always desired apart. Finding herself torn between love and guilt, Katie must learn when it’s acceptable to let go—when it’s finally okay to exhale.

Author Bio

Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing young adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is an instant coffee lover with an obsession for spiral bound notebooks and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

Find out more about Jennifer Snyder’s next book on her blog. Visit her Twitter or Goodreads.

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Release Day Party Rise of the Retics (Rosehaven The Hidden City #1)

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We’re celebrating the release day of Rise of the Retics, a YA fantasy novel by author T.J. Lantz today. You can read an excerpt from this exciting novel below.

On top of that, there’s also a giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card and 5 print or eBooks (if the winner is from the US) or 5 eBooks (for an international winner). You can participate by entering your information in the Rafflecopter form below!

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“Hey, Wayde, do you see what I see?”
“I believe I do, Bull,” answered the second boy. “I thought those things weren’t allowed at the market unleashed?”
“As did I,” Bull responded. “What is this city coming to when half-bloods can just walk around unchained and free? It’s like a zoo out here.”
Jaxon Miniheart clenched his fists. If it was just Bull, he might have been able to take him with Rigby’s help, but the large minotaur had two friends with him today.
“Tough words, Bull. Especially with Wayde and Fhart standing behind you.” Jaxon glared at the three of them. Fhart, a small green-skinned goblin placed his right hand inside his vest, revealing a small, black knife handle.
Seeing the weapon, Rigby bared her teeth, lowered her front paws and let out a low growl. She was ready to attack if her master might be harmed.
“You think I need these two, Mongrel?” Bull snapped in response. “I should rip that tail of yours off and choke you with it just to show you how to treat a pureblood retic.”
“Go ahead and try it, Bull.” Jaxon responded with a smile. “She’ll tear your oysters off before you can even touch me.” He pointed to the dog, her hair raised along her back, as he stared up at the minotaur. Bull was at least a foot taller than he was and probably outweighed him by a hundred pounds. While Jaxon tried to act calm and collected, his heart was pounding with nervousness.
“What’s going on here, boys?” The deep voice of Deputy Copperbuckle snapped them all to attention as each boy tried his hardest to look innocent. The large centaur limped gingerly down the road towards the boys, careful not to put much pressure on his front right leg.
“Oh nothing, Deputy,” replied Bull. “We’re just giving Jaxon directions on how to go back where he came from. Apparently he didn’t realize he didn’t belong here.”
Bull’s two companions tried unsuccessfully to stifle their laughter.
“That’s enough. All of you get out of here. We don’t need any of ya’ hanging around causing trouble. Especially you Miniheart. I’m not in the mood for your antics today.”
Bull, followed by his two cronies, nodded an agreement and slowly walked past Jaxon as he left, making sure to roughly nudge his shoulder as he passed him.
As he went by, he leaned in and whispered into Jaxon’s ear. “You’re lucky Deputy Lame-leg was here to save you. Next time, you might not be so fortunate.”
Jaxon took a deep breath as he continued his walk into the market, trying hard to maintain his composure. There was no one in town he hated running into more than Bull and his friends, and it had put a large damper on his mood. As he walked, his thoughts of revenge and vengeance were interrupted by a loud gurgle from his stomach.
He had skipped breakfast this morning, and was starting to greatly regret that decision. It wasn’t that there hadn’t been food in the house, quite to the contrary actually. His foster mother, Saan, always made sure the pantry was well stocked with his favorite items and she had a standing order for one of the town bakers each week for a plethora of fresh baked delights. No, food options were definitely not the issue.
The real problem was that he couldn’t stand to be around his house for any longer than he absolutely had to. Everything about the place irritated him. First, there was the horrible odor of the building, like what it would smell like if a barnyard and an outhouse got together and had a disgusting little baby. He had tried constantly holding his breath for the first few weeks he was living there, but he got sick of losing consciousness every few minutes.
The smell wasn’t everything though. He might have been able to figure out a way to make do with the place if that was the only problem. No, he also had to deal with the sounds. Mostly it was the unnecessarily happy voices of his foster parents as they aggressively tried to talk to him about his day. His step mother, especially, was always asking him such stupid questions like “How are you?”, and “Would you like a snack?” Jaxon breathed in deeply, getting annoyed just thinking about their incessant interrogation.
But even that part wasn’t the biggest annoyance about living there, not by a longshot. No, the absolute worst had to be the flowers. They were everywhere! Saan had them outside in the garden, inside in ceramic pots; she even tried to put a few in his bedroom. He hated them more than anything else. They were always so perky and colorful, constantly taunting him with their patronizing blooming. Jaxon wished he could just go around and slowly pick the flower petals off each one, chew them up really well, and spit them right back out. They all deserved it. Actually, they probably deserved much, much more, but Jaxon didn’t want to take things too far.
Needless to say, pretty much everything about living with the Hoofstomps made him sick to his stomach. He’d been with them for three years now, about two years and 364 days or so longer than any of the other fourteen foster families he had lived with over the years. For all the bad things people say about satyrs, and there certainly was a lot of it, Jaxon had to give them some credit. They were, without a doubt, a magnificently stubborn people.

Rise of the Retics (Rosehaven The Hidden City #1)

ebook-coverTitle: Rise of the Retics (Rosehaven The Hidden City #1)
Author: T.J. Lantz
Genre: YA Fantasy

For almost a millennia humanity has been making a concerted effort to eradicate the worlds retics, an eclectic collection of non-human, intelligent species. Recently, those efforts have been strengthened and far more successful than ever, though the Council of Rosehaven, the retic’s hidden sanctuary city, cannot figure out why.

No one realizes the danger of this this more than eleven-year-old Tyranna Wolfskin, who is ripped from her boring, everyday life in the middle of the night by a vicious group of retic hunters. Thrust into a struggle for her own survival, Tyranna must find a way to accept what she is and learn to acclimate herself to a world she never knew existed.

Author Bio

Though new to the world of professional writing, T.J. Lantz has been a world class storyteller (a.k.a. liar) for many years. Originally forging his craft by creating backstories for each of the lawn gnomes he managed to liberate from the prisons his neighbors called the “front yard”, he now uses that ability to entertain his wife and six four-legged furry children. Prior to writing the Gnit-Wit Gnipper series and Rosehaven: The Hidden City, T.J. worked as an elementary school teacher in York, Pa., where he happily resides.

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One lucky winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card. If the winner is from the US, he/she will also get 5 print or eBooks (winner’s choice) and if the winner is from outside the US, he/she will receive 5 eBooks. The giveaway runs till December 31st.

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Starter Day Party Medusa’s Desire

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We’re hosting the starter day party for fantasy romance Medusa’s Desire today.

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About Medusa’s Desire

medusadesireTitle: Medusa’s Desire
Author: E.B. Black
Genre: Fantasy Romance

It all started the day her god raped her.

She transformed into an abomination through his touch. Her skin grew scales. Her eyes turned red. She screamed for help, but all who saw her became stone.

Medusa thought she would be alone forever, until the day a man came to kill her and fell in love instead. Now Perseus is running from those who hired him as he continues to love a girl who could kill him with a glance.

Author Bio

ebblackE.B. Black lives in southern California with her family and two rottweilers. She daydreams about dressing up like a necromancer for Halloween and about new fantasy worlds she can throw her characters into.

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Starter Day Party Reconstructing Jackson

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Today we’re celebrating the starter day party for historical romance novel Reconstructing Jackson.

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About Reconstructing Jackson

16067757Title: Reconstructing Jackson
Author: Holly Bush
Genre: Historical Romance

1867 . . . Southern lawyer and Civil War veteran, Reed Jackson, returns to his family’s plantation in a wheelchair. His father deems him unfit, and deeds the Jackson holdings, including his intended bride, to a younger brother. Angry and bitter, Reed moves west to Fenton, Missouri, home to a cousin with a successful business, intending to start over.

Belle Richards, a dirt poor farm girl aching to learn how to read, cleans, cooks and holds together her family’s meager property. A violent brother and a drunken father plot to marry her off, and gain a new horse in the bargain. But Belle’s got other plans, and risks her life to reach them.

Reed is captivated by Belle from their first meeting, but wheelchair bound, is unable to protect her from violence. Bleak times will challenge Reed and Belle’s courage and dreams as they forge a new beginning from the ashes of war and ignorance.

Author Bio

066Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry and is credited with building traffic to capacity for a local farm tour, bringing guests from twenty-two states, booked two years out. Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject.

Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800’s. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group.

Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, has been an active member of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.

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Book Review: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by R.L. LaFevers

9565548Title: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)
Author: R.L. LaFevers
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, YA
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: April 3rd 2012
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Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart.

Ismae works for the Saint of Death, St. Mortain. After being rescued by a priest from an abusive man, she’s send to a monestary to train as an assassin. Ismae is marked by Death itself, a sign she’ll be a powerful assassin. She trains with the other nuns at the convent, and slowly gains their trust. Eventually she’s send on a mission. After she fulfills some missions successfully, the abess sends her to court, where she poses as the mistress of Duval. But the more time she spends with Duval, the more she falls for him. I won’t give out any more plot points, because I don’t want to spoil them for you, but let me just sum up the rest of the book by saying ‘wow’.

Seriously. By now I thought I’d seen it all. I’d seen assassin, paranormal creatures, every possible thing YA literature could bring, and then came along Grave Mercy. I saw the cover, read the blurb, and knew I had to read this one. I started it one night and finished it the same night – at four thirty in the morning. I couldn’t stop myself from reading this book, that’s how kickass awesome it was. The writing was amazing, the characters superb, the setting atmospheric and fitting. Some people mentioned in this book were famous historical figures, and I liked the author’s personal spin on their life stories.

Ismae is an intriguing character to read about. Because of her early life, she’s distant and wary when it comes to men. I liked how Duval, with his witty sarcasm and intelligent responses and insight could break through her defensive walls, and how all of that happened slowly, over the course of time. It was much more believable than if it would’ve happened in say, the first hundred pages. Ismae’s background story, and the plot of Grave Mercy were both original and touching, the events unfolding at a rapid pace. Great care and attention for detail went into creating this work, and it’s obvious.

The author’s writing style is perhaps the most amazing quality of this book. It sucks you right in, and leaves you breathless. It’s without a doubt the most breathtaking writing style I’ve come across all year, and that’s saying something. I’m officially jealous.

Grave Mercy needs a spot in your personal library. Else it simply won’t be complete.

Book Review: Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2) by Kiersten White

8581936Title: Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2)
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: Ya Paranormal Romance
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: July 26th 2011
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Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be…kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.
But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.
So much for normal.

Supernaturally is the sequel to Paranormalcy, one of my all-time favorite YA Paranormal Romance books. In this sequel, Evie finally has everything she ever pined for. She gets to go to high school, she has a boyfriend who loves her, a job and yet, she’s not as happy as she always thought she’d be. With Lend only home on the weekends, her roommate more interested in computer games than her and her job taking out the trash, her dream life is nothing like she imagined. Then Raquelle comes back into her life with one question: will Evie accept a position at the International Paranormal Containment Agency? Evie doesn’t know how she can tell Lend about this, so she decides to keep it from him. One desastrous mission with the agency leads to another, and after a while, Evie wonders if she made the right decision, and if she did the right thing by keeping it from her friends. Of course Reth takes that as his clue to re-appear and drop some life-altering bombs on her. A war is brewing in the world of all things paranormal, and Evie is smack in the middle of it.

I wasn’t as fond of Evie in this installment as I was in the first one. It’s clear that she’s out of her element in the normal world, although she tries desperately to blend in. She also makes some stupid, face-palming choices that do more wrong than good, and ends up in the middle of the greatest war the paranormal world has seen since forever. I could forgive some of Evie’s mistakes, since everyone makes mistakes and this is new to her, but she keeps making them and making everything worse. After a while, I felt like pulling out my hair. As usually, I liked Lend, although some of his less redeeming qualities came forward in this novel as well. I’m a huge fan of Reth, and remain a fan. He was awesome.

Sequels are hard to write. They act like ‘in between’ novels, leading up to the big finale. As far as sequels go, Supernaturally was definitely one of the better ones. I simply love Kiersten White’s fantasy world, the characters, the agencies, how everything operates, the written and unwritten rules, and the creativity behind it. I can’t wait to read the next installment.