☄ Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Audiobook Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (The Indifferent Reading Process)

The Raven Boys cover

The Raven Cycle #1
Maggie Stiefvater
Narrator: Will Patton
Length: 11 Hours, 8 Minutes
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Audio
Reviewer: Sophia

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

I don't really like The Raven Boys. I don't really see the "why" in the hype, and I feel completely indifferent towards everything Maggie Stiefvater offered in this first book of the series.

Or maybe, just maybe, like some books, Stiefvater just had the unfortunate timing to be listened to when I'm not exactly in the mood to read.

It's also when I pull off a really cheap Sophia move. Behold – the list of whatnots about The Raven Boys, or just a summary of my thoughts in the process of listening to Will Patton reading this.
  1. Blue has always been warned that if she kiss her true love, she'll cause her true love to die. Sadistic as it is, I like that concept. I really like that concept.
  2. It's official: I like it when audiobooks have music.
  3. What kind of name is Blue? I'm a little perplexed, but since it's unique, I'll let it go.
  4. Gansey seemed far too absorbed in the ley line for a good part of the book – he's as bad as David, I'll tell you that right now (just without the whole metaphors thing).
  5. In sync with number four, I don't get the entire point of why they're looking for this watchamawho of a Welsh King. I mean, I probably do, but...
  6. Cringe-worthy as it sounded, I secretly liked that whole, "I... I'm... I'm very young." part.
  7. Why are The Raven Boys called "The Raven Boys?" I'm not sure I caught that. Do they have an obsession with ravens? Is it really because of that pet raven Ronan has (I assume)? Who's willing to tell me this?
  8. I don't really understand that cliffhanger. I know who Stiefvater is talking about, but I don't understand.
Fun fact: Will Patton reads the audiobooks for the entire series (from what I've seen). YAY! That doesn't mean I like him, but it's consistency. I applaud consistency.

And the final question: Should I continue reading the series? (Lupe: NO. READ SILVER SHADOWS FIRST. >_<)

3 Owls

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☄ Sunday, October 4, 2015

How to Write a Fabulous Love Interest (But We're Not Professionals. Really.)

A few months ago in the middle of summer when there was enough reading time to be ahead of the game, Lupe and I had a very random conversation via text. Through that fabulous random conversation (aside from the fact more shelved ideas bloomed, one of which recently got started and will go into full swing by October), we started complaining sympathizing to each other about love interests. What we like, what we didn’t like, what we wanted to see more of and less of.
Of course, at that time, a domain didn’t exist, and neither did group email or other means of group communication. I don’t give out personal emails without asking the person’s permission first. (But now we have Twitter, so if we ever take on a fourth member...)
Anyhow, Lupe and I perked up with this idea and decided, “Why not do a group post?!” Then Ella got pulled into the conversation as well, though it was more of, “Hiya Ella! Want to do a group post? Pitch some ideas and we’ll work some magic!”
In reality, it was Lupe letting Sophia do the magic and add in the much needed snark. Ella and Lupe were also unwilling to step forward to do the introduction, which left Sophia to do it.

She’s not forgiving them for this (and totally considering the force hammer on one of them in a future group post).

What You Should Consider Doing

It's Not All About that Look – Make Mr. Swoony come alive with his imperfections. Is he secretly a closet geek? Let us and the character know your love interest on a personal level. Any favorite books? A secret hobby? Maybe something is brewing underneath all that star quarterback material.

Nobody's Perfect – We're not getting started on Miley Cyrus and her Hannah Montana business (though if you mention it, Sophia will happily butcher the song on purpose). The less perfections and more flaws there are, the more realistic it is. You don't have to attribute a fetish for smelly feet – that might be too gross. Lupe, however, probably wouldn't mind. If they can get through the ups and downs and still love each other, she's happy. Smelly feet aside, most of us will be happy if there's less Botox going around.
Slow and Semi-Steady Wins the Race – What happened to taking the time to love someone? All of a sudden we pull off a Stranger Undanger and everyone lives happily ever after. That's Disney's job to pull off – we just want to see the characters grow.

Of course, we’re not making fun of Disney. Not exactly....

Rainbow of Colors – See "All About that Look."

Chibi, Chibi – You know those really cute and adorable people from Japanese anime? They don't need to be short or have big heads, but the love interests that'll make everyone squeal in delight, go "awww!" and ultimately make their hearts are the ones that are adorable. Think cute, geeky, and awkward, because let's face it: that's what real teenage boys are normally like in real life.
Lupe’s matchmaking side (okay, it’s more than Lupe) apparently ships Sophia with some cute nerd (that nerd tried to give Sophia his pencil on her birthday in an attempt at a present). Sophia bats Lupe away like an annoying bug. “I INTEND TO STAY SINGLE AND HEARTBREAK-FREE.” (I’m still keeping my dance-free streak.)

What You Shouldn't Do... or Should Avoid Doing

Damsels in Distress – Typically applies to females who need good old Prince Charming to come to the rescue. Sidekicks are fine, but do you really have to be needy and whine about needing your companion to do everything or rescue you from a tight snitch? Do it WITHOUT your trusty sidekick and tell them to eat dust or something. You'll have a crowd of cheerleaders then.
Fun Fact: Sophia does a killer Pikachu impression
Okay, it applies to the ones who don’t whine as well (but sometimes, the whiny actually do kick butt work as well. That gives minor bonus points). You know, the ones who just get into a tight snitch, do virtually nothing, and then Charming swoops up their feet and carry them away to happily ever after.

All About that Look – Those blue eyes paired up with black hair? Too much. It's appearing everywhere, even if it's a nice ensemble. Whatever happened to green or hazel? Does green make them too jealous and hazel makes them too nutty? Does red hair really set everything on fire? Is there a love interest code of conduct somewhere that we sign, or do we really ask the guys we know to take off their shirts before bestowing them our friendship? That would be pretty awkward.

Have we mentioned six packs are yesterday?

Everybody's Kung Fu Fighting – Sounds like no one's getting along with each other these days. Of course there's going to be a scuffle or two in a relationship – that's normal. Even Sophia and Lupe have their occasional scuffle over which fictional boy is more awesome and which fictional boy is really dumb, among other things ranging from serious to trivial. Unless it goes well with the story and makes sense, DON'T DO IT. No one cares about reading a book with a couple constantly trying to pull each other's hair out (or about two guys using the lame excuse along the lines of, “We’re trying to win the girl over!”). If your book is about fights, we better be on different meanings.
If you have a contradiction, Sophia will love to direct you to Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs when it comes to love triangles.

(She would name the two from Snow Like Ashes, but she has to wait until Sara Raasch actually publishes book three to determine the right stamp.)

Stranger, Undanger – Remember the whole "Stranger Danger" spiel back in elementary school? Yeah... we seem to be breaking that rule these days... as long as Mr. Swoony has a six pack, dark hair and blue eyes, and a dangerous/mysterious/ominous aura about him, he'll be Mr. Tall, Sexy, and Dangerous. No wonder the best friend never wins when an "I Love Geometry" is pulled off.
I Love Geometry – Love triangles are the fashions of yesterday and it's fraying the edges of most people's nerves. Having more than one might "spice it up" a little, but IT WILL NOT WORK – you'll just create drama. Occasionally it'll work, but that's extremely (as in, once in a blue moon) rare – Snow Like Ashes, The Iron Fey (first three), and The Infernal Devices are just some of the few. Love triangles tend to antagonize each other and then we're back to kung fu fighting. Take that time to let everyone know about your awesome single love interest your main character is really pining for!

Big Brother's Watching You – How creepy would it be if your husband, boyfriend, or fiancĂ© started stalking you everywhere you go (now Sophia’s getting a little too personal)? That feeling you get when someone’s watching has just amped up to a whole new level. It's as bad as being possessive or overly protective – females are not fragile pieces of china. We can totally survive a few hours without a male hovering over us constantly.
Make your love interest an Edward Cullen, Christian Grey, Daemon Black and the like and Ella will probably stuff your book in a wood chipper. Sophia will willingly give Ella your book to stuff in a wood chipper and she'll probably play "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" by Fall Out Boy while Ella does it (even though fire isn’t even involved). Maybe they'll throw on their secret devil horns in the process.

Meanwhile, Lupe will probably look at them weirdly and wonder WHY she puts up with those two. Because it’s what she “signed up” for as a coblogger here on Bookwyrming Thoughts.

*whispers* What's the answer to the meaning of life? – Please don't make your love interest a cheating scumbag that thinks cheating is OKAY. IT'S NOT. If cheating isn't acceptable in real life, then it's probably not acceptable in a book.

Okay, Sophia really had no clue what to call that particular trope.

I Present to You... THE QUEEN BEE (Or King Bee)Contemporary doesn't have to be about high school, and not every high school has the most popular guy or girl in the school who gives everyone below them the bird. Switch up the enemies and the scenarios. That crazy cat lady? Maybe she's not a crazy cat lady. What about that really heartwarming dad? Maybe he's secretly an alien who replaced the real dad. Maybe the best friend is part of something big, dangerous, and scandalous!
You can certainly make the enemy the most popular peep in school. In fact, anything we say you can't do, you can certainly do. But make it entertaining. Make it realistic and unforgettable and (completely) cheat-free. Or really, just make it entertaining enough so the nonobservant ones won’t actually notice because they’re too busy enjoying themselves.

You shouldn’t actually assume book reviewers are nonobservant. We probably are.

So... Let’s have a talk about the characters playing a major role other than the main character in books. What do you like or don’t like, and what do you want to see more or less of? Do you have names for those “tropes” that you see often in books? Oh, and how do you feel about that smell Sophia inquired about back in August (because really, it IS something that Sophia is completely perplexed about and no one actually answered without taking this to a scientific level)?

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☄ Friday, October 2, 2015

Blog Tour: Ascenders - Excerpt

Title: Ascenders (Ascenders #1)
Author: C.L. Gaber
Links: Amazon | iTunes | Goodreads
Publication Date: April 20, 2015
Publisher: Big Picture Media

Walker Callaghan doesn't know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago...and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences. Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead. She doesn't go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young.

These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. "There are even cheerleaders in death," Walker observes. It's not a coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who "used to have this band." The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie.

Principal King explains the rules -- there are none. Why? You can't die twice.

There is no homework. No tests. No SATS. You're just there to learn because the human brain isn't fully formed until you're 24.

By the way, you can't get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do ...because no one knows how long you'll stay in this realm or what's next.

"Losing someone you love would be like dying twice," Walker says.
* * * * * *
   Walker Callaghan has just arrived at the Academy after a tragic car accident. “Is this heaven or is this high school?” she asks.
She finds out her new life is a bit of both as she falls in love with tat-covered, bad boy Daniel Reid who is about to break the only sacred rule of this place. He's looking for a portal to return back to the living realm.

He needs just one hour to retrieve his younger brother who strangely never arrived at The Academy. Bobby is an Earth Bound Spirit, stuck at a plane crash site that took both of their lives as their rich father piloted his private jet nose-first into a cornfield on Christmas Eve.

Walker loves Daniel and risks it all to go with him.

Have they learned enough to outsmart dangerous forces while transporting a young child with them? Can their love survive the fragmented evil parts of themselves that are now hunting them down as they try to find a way back to the middle?

At the Academy, you learn the lessons of an after-lifetime.

     Back home in suburban Chicago, Principal Amanda Stevens was toying with the loudspeaker at Kennedy High School. It was time to make an announcement that drifted across her desk once or twice a year (every year)—and it always pulled her heart right out of her chest. She couldn’t dwell on herself, but had to think of her students. Many of them knew this girl from her work on the school newspaper. What would she say about her? Principal Stevens went through the usual lines in her head: It was a terrible shame. A waste. A tragedy. It was all those sentiments that meant nothing really because they were just words.
     This was a heart ripper—dead at seventeen. Good night, Irene.
     Ms. S knew that she better just do it. So she clicked the on button on the PA system, took a deep breath, and said what needed to be said. Nothing more. Nothing less.
     “I regret to tell the student body that we lost one of our own last night. Walker Callaghan, a well-respected senior and news editor of the Charger, has died.”
     She released the on button and grabbed for a bottle of extra- strength aspirin, wishing there was something stronger. Then she clicked the PA back on again. “Of course, counselors are available,” she added. 

Author Bio

CL GABER is the author of ASCENDERS, the first book in the ASCENDERS saga. She's also the co-author of the YA book JEX MALONE and the sequel due in 2016. Muggletnet.com, the world's largest Harry Potter site, did a rare review of a non-Potter book and called Ascenders, "a book we wish we could read over and over again." Book 2 in the Ascenders Saga will be published in spring, 2015. A trailer for the book series contains original music by Roger O'Donnell of the iconic rock band The Cure and was produced by Orian Williams ("Control," "Shadow of a Vampire.").

As Cindy Pearlman (her maiden name), Cindy is a well known senior entertainment journalist for the New York Times Syndicate, with stories appearing worldwide, and the Chicago Sun Times. A pop culture expert, her work has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, People, TV Guide, Elle and National Geographic, and many other publications. Cindy has co-written over 40 books for actors, musicians, athletes and wellness experts including several New York Times best sellers. She is the author of her own film anthology book "You Gotta See This." A native of Chicago, Cindy lives outside of Las Vegas.

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☄ Thursday, October 1, 2015

Blog Tour: The Queen B* Strikes Back by Crista McHugh - Review + Giveaway

The Queen B* Strikes Back (The Queen B* #2)
Crista McHugh
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Publication Date: September 29th 2015
Publisher:Self Published
Reviewer: Ella

Alexis Wyndham isn’t quite sure what to think about her “friendship” with star quarterback, Brett Pederson. Sure, he has more intelligence than the entire football team combined. Not to mention that fact he’s a great kisser. When he asks her to help him with his college admission essays, she isn’t sure if he’s doing it to spend more time with her or if he’s just using her for her brains. But after her nemesis, Summer Hoyt, makes it clear she’s not finished chasing after Brett, Alexis begins realize how hard she’s fallen for Brett. Now the war is on, and the head cheerleader will find out why she should never take on a Queen B*
Review copy provided by the author for the blog tour

My love of the first book in this series, Confessions of a Queen B* knows no bounds! It was such a refreshing book that stood out so much in it YA contemporary genre that can be extremely bland at times and even though it's been a few months, I can still remember my favourite parts clearly! So I had high hopes for The Queen B* Strikes Back and when I finally managed to get my hands on a copy I was expecting a lot from this book, which was probably my downfall.

All the characters feel like they've gone through a personality change. A MAJOR personality change. Alexis has lost the edge of her kickass take-no-crap-from-anyone attitude and is jealous over Brett for about 98.8% of the book. Brett, who was super adorable in the first book...isn't so adorable in this one. What makes it really frustrating, is that what with Alexis and Brett's personality switches the chemistry they have together feels off and is more then slightly awkward at times. Not saying that there weren't still cute moments between them though! ;)

I have to confess: there was a LOT of angst in here. Alexis and Brett's relationship was just one massive ball of angst from beginning to almost the end and it got SO tiring after a while. Thankfully, they (mostly) sorted themselves out in the end but it was frustrating having to put up with so much angst to get to that point. 

 I thought it lacked the freshness and the zing slightly that was so abundant in book #1 and that was sad. It was still funny, but lacked the hilarious note, but Alexis' voice was still sharp and snarky a thing I adored about both books so that was excellent!

All in all, my favourite book so far in the trilogy is definitely the first book still. I still really enjoyed this one though and I had a massive smile on face the whole time while reading this! The ending was satisfying, if a little rushed and I'm excited to see what direction the third book goes in!


 Author Bio

Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista relied on story-telling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained.

She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she's had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.

And she's also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)

For the latest updates, deleted scenes, and answers to any burning questions you have, please check out her webpage, www.cristamchugh.com

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☄ Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Blog Tour: Cage of Deceit - Guest Post + Giveaway

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Title: Cage of Deceit (Reign of Secrets #1)
Author: Jennifer Anne Davis
Links: Sophia's "Review" | Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Jennifer Anne Davis’ best-selling True Reign series captivated readers from the very first page. Now, get ready to become entangled in the follow-up series, Reign of Secrets. In this new series, follow Allyssa, the daughter of the beloved Emperor Darmik and Empress Rema— and find out what happens after happily ever after.

Seventeen-year-old Allyssa appears to be the ideal princess of Emperion—she’s beautiful, elegant, and refined. She spends her days locked in a suffocating cage, otherwise known as royal court. But at night, Allyssa uses her secret persona—that of a vigilante—to hunt down criminals and help her people firsthand. Unfortunately, her nightly escapades will have to wait because the citizens of Emperion may need saving from something much bigger than common criminals. War is encroaching on their country and in order to protect her people, Allyssa may have to sacrifice her heart. Forced to entertain an alliance through marriage with a handsome prince from a neighboring kingdom, she finds herself feeling even more stifled than before. To make matters worse, the prince has stuck his nosy squire, Jarvik, to watch her every move.

Jarvik is infuriating, bossy and unfortunately, the only person she can turn to when she unveils a heinous plot. Together, the unlikely pair will have to work together to stop an enemy that everyone thought was long gone, one with the power to destroy her family and the people of Emperion. Now the cage Allyssa so longed to break free from might just be the one thing she has to fight to keep intact. In order to save her kingdom, she will have to sacrifice her freedom, her heart, and maybe even her life.

Ten Things You Should Know About Cage of Deceit
  1. The world is realistic even though it’s fantasy. You won’t find any magic or crazy creatures. It’s simply a made up kingdom.
  2. It takes place in a medieval time period.
  3. I love fight scenes so I’ve got a few in there.
  4. It ends on a cliffhanger.
  5. I love political intrigue! I try to have a lot going on under the surface but I don’t want the action to be bogged down by it.
  6. Allyssa is everything I wish I could be.
  7. I don’t like weak characters. They drive me nuts.
  8. I love action.
  9. While there is romance, it’s not the driving force of the book.
  10. Did I mention there’s a cliffhanger? Be prepared!

Author Bio

Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she married her best friend and high school sweetheart. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three young children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.

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☄ Sunday, September 27, 2015

ARC Review: Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Francis Brambles (A Kill-Happy Book)

Becoming Darkness

Becoming Darkness
Lindsay Francis Brambles
Publication Date: October 1, 2015
Publisher: Switch Press
Reviewer: Sophia

Like everyone else living in Haven, seventeen-year-old Sophie Harkness is an Immune--a carrier of the genetic mutation that protects her from the virus Hitler unleashed upon the world more than half a century ago. A virus that wiped out most of humanity and turned two-hundred million people into vamps. But after her best friend is brutally murdered and several attempts are made on her own life, Sophie becomes determined to find answers to what seems to be a conspiracy running generations deep. And when she questions the peace treaty that keeps her small community protected, Sophie begins to discover terrible truths about herself and what it means to be human in a world ruled by darkness.

Lindsay Brambles' debut young adult novel is a story of an alternate universe: Hitler won the war, our modern technologies never evolved, and the Nazis' terrifying reign still continues. This fast-paced novel will appeal to readers who guzzle up genre mashups and are looking for a fresh hybrid to sweep them away.
Advanced copy provided by Switch Press via Netgalley for review – thanks!

Never have I ever read a book in which Hitler won World War II and succeeded in taking over the world.

Until now. I admit I'm a little fond of this one because of the whole alternative history thing going on right there, but I'm a little disturbed here, Lindsay Francis Brambles. You're as bad as Agatha Christie and came very close to killing everyone. Although technically, you did kill most of the characters that I grew fond of. Not cool. I don't think I can ever forgive you for this transgression of Trigger Happy Book. (More like Explosion Happy Book.)

But in the very long run, I only liked Becoming Darkness for a few things.

Sadistic as it may be, I did like how Brambles made Hitler won the second world war and unleashed a virus that made a lot of people turn into vampires – all of that is told within the first few pages. Although the origins of Gemorrah (le virus) is revealed throughout the story and integrated in the plot, I still don't understand how the creators came up with that name in the first place. Does it mean something in German, or is it something they thought sounded sinister and cool and decided to go with it? In my humble opinion, it does not sound cool or sinister. It sounds like a Mary Poppins word.

I also really liked how Brambles didn't go completely off course from history – there are some references to the war, there might be another significant historical figure who makes a cameo appearance (under a different name, but don't quote me), etc. Basically, there's not much that's thrown in completely off kilter aside from maybe the virus – I still feel fishy about that.

Sophie Harkness does not take BS when there are boys hitting on her in the stupidest, cheesiest ways. Namely: "We're meant for one another because you're a girl, I'm a guy, and we have the parts to create phenomenal offspring." Sorry for the disturbing image, but that was very much implied by the character. Unfortunately for her, she sort of believes in love at first sight when she first met Val back when she was fourteen.

Sophie is also not a judgmental character – she's very open-minded and believes vampires aren't exactly sinister blood sucking creatures. Every other Immune, those who can't get Gemorrah, are so judgmental and narrow-minded, it just peeves me greatly. It IS understandable, though, considering the year Brambles sets the book in.

Unfortunately, I didn't really like the whole flashbacks. For awhile in the beginning, it's a little confusing and I had to backtrack to make sure it was a flashback and not actually set in the present day. There's a "sort-of" warning and then we're in flashback mode that feels like it's set in the present but is really Sophie telling a story. On the bright side, all those flashbacks (and the journal entries written by Sophie's mom) all play a relevant role in the overall plot.

I also didn't really like Valentine. Though I eventually warmed up to him over the course of the book, something about him was really disturbing. He's not an annoying "stalker type" of character, but it IS a little weird he still tried to keep his connections to Sophie's family from grandma to mom to Sophie in the hopes of falling in love again. But considering the fact he's doesn't throw out stupidly cheesy lines at Sophie, I like him a little.

Have I mentioned I'm sick and tired of seeing the name Valentine over and over again in literature? We just can't get any more original than St. Valentine, can we?

I would totally summarize Becoming Darkness in a few words, if only I didn't end up giving major spoilers. But in a nutshell, the book quite literally tells me all of us should be downright grateful the Third Reich didn't succeed. It also told me I'm royally screwed if the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but I think I've established that in sixth grade with the whole Ramen Noodle Stove catastrophe.

3.5 Owls

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☄ Saturday, September 26, 2015

Book Blast + Giveaway: Spark - Seven Fantastic First-In-Series-Novels

Title: Spark - Seven Fantastic First-In-Series Novels
Authors: Ednah Walters, Anthea Sharp, Brenda Hiatt, Eva Pohler, Terah Edun, Allie Burton, Cidney Swanson
Links: Amazon | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

A collection of seven fabulous first-in-series novels from the Seven Sparks author collective. Dive into these adventurous, fantastical, romantic stories with strong heroines and plenty of action. Seven Sparks books are all compelling reads without explicit descriptions or swearing, making these books perfect for YA readers or anyone in the mood for a marvelous adventure! This multi-author bundle contains more than 2,200 pages of great reading. Combined, these books have over 800 *5-star reviews* on Amazon, with an average ranking of 4.4 stars.


RUNES – USA Today Bestselling author Ednah Walters (Norse Mythology/Paranormal Romance/Angels & Demons/Clean Romance)
Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

FEYLAND: THE DARK REALM – USA Today bestselling author Anthea Sharp (Urban Fantasy/Science Fiction/YA Romance/Fae Adventure/Fairytales)
What if a high-tech computer game was actually a gateway to the Realm of Faerie? Jennet Carter soon finds herself battling the Dark Queen, falling for the perfect hero, and trying to save her own world from unspeakable danger!

STARSTRUCK – USA Today bestselling author Brenda Hiatt (Science Fiction/Sweet Romance/Coming of Age)
The middle of nowhere gets a lot more interesting for an orphaned astronomy geek when the hot new quarterback inexplicably befriends her and strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves, and when they touch, sparks fly—literally! The incredible truth will change her mundane life forever—if she survives!

THE GATEKEEPER’S SONS – Bestselling author Eva Pohler (Greek Myths & Legends/Teen Fantasy/Paranormal Romance)
Fifteen-year-old Therese Mills is heading home in the car with her parents when someone begins shooting at them, sending their car into a lake. She finds the strength to escape, and winds up in the coma that introduces her to the twin sons of Hades… and plunges her into the center of a war brewing between the Gods on Mount Olympus.

SWORN TO RAISE – New York Times bestselling author Terah Edun (High Fantasy/Sword & Sorcery/Coming of Age/Action Adventure)
When peasant girl Ciardis is chosen for a position at court, she travels across the empire to begin a new life. To survive, she’ll need to master intrigue, befriend a crown prince, and learn to control magical abilities she never knew existed.

ATLANTIS RIPTIDE – Bestselling author Allie Burton (Mermaids/Clean Romance/Sci-Fi Fantasy/Genetic Engineering)
Pearl ran away from the circus, tired of her adoptive parents’ abuse of her special skills. Unknownst to her, a battle rages under the ocean and each side wants to use her powers for their cause. As Pearl discovers her talents she must choose her destiny – ignore the churning seas or swim into battle.

SAVING MARS – Bestselling author Cidney Swanson (Science Fiction/Teen Romance/Action Adventure)
Jessamyn pilots a ship to Earth to steal food for the Mars Colony at a time when Earth-Mars relations couldn’t be worse. Breaking rules of no contact, Jess falls for Pavel, nephew to Earth’s Chancellor, but when Jess’s brother is captured, she must choose: rescue her brother or her planet?


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