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Thursday, November 29, 2012

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Blog Tour: Awaken by Kristen Day - Teaser & Giveaway

Author Kristen Day has stopped by today with a a teaser from the second book in the Daughters of the Sea Series, Awaken!

     While Finn hastened down to the control room to right our course, I strolled back out onto the deck.  From this viewpoint I could see only water, but as the yacht made a wide left turn, a thin strip of land appeared.  A towering lighthouse rose majestically from the sand, silently watching over the Cape and surrounding ocean.  The black and white diamond design told me that this was in fact the Cape Lookout Lighthouse.  Past the regal lighthouse, long expansive beaches were backed by massive rolling sand dunes and a forest of trees that resembled the live oaks on Bald Head.  The lighthouse was the only sign of civilization I had seen thus far.  There were no vacation homes, shops, or sunbathing tourists dotting the beaches.  I leaned over the rail trying to pinpoint our exact destination, only to find more vacant beach and cresting waves.
     With a thrilling rush of excitement, I dashed downstairs to join everyone else.  I found them on the bow of the boat admiring the untouched landscape.
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Booking Through Thursday: Being a Reader

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Booking Through Thursday.

This Week's Question:
I was talking to a co-worker the other day about a book I’d read recently, and realized how very, very few people I can do that with. In my daily life, it seems like almost no-one reads anything more than a newspaper or a fashion magazine. I only have one person I can truly chat about books with … and yet, being a Capital-R-Reader, I simply can’t imagine going through life without a book constantly at hand, or shelves of them proudly displayed downstairs. I’m proud of being a person who not only reads, but who reads a lot–not just in volume but in variety. I like having an inquiring mind. I like exploring new ideas. I love following an intricately plotted story (the more layers the better). I love BEING a reader and simply can’t imagine what it’s like to go through life without being one.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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Waiting on Wednesday: Cross My Heart, Hope To Die

     Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming book releases that we're eagerly waiting for. :)

This Week's Selection: Cross My Heart, Hope To Die by Sara Shepard
Expected Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen

From Goodreads:

When I died two months ago, my killer told my twin sister to become me—or else. Now Emma has it down to a T. She tosses her hair with the signature Sutton Mercer flip and can lead a Lying Game prank with the best of them. She’s even repairing my relationship with my adoptive family. The only thing she hasn’t done is solve my murder.

Then our birth mother, the woman who abandoned us, showed up in Tucson. Emma hasn’t seen Becky in twelve years, but Becky recognizes Emma immediately—as Emma. Is it a mother’s intuition . . . or does Becky know I’m already gone?

What's your pick for this week?

~Happy Wednesday!
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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Teaser Tuesday: Oath of Servitude

     Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!
  • Share the Author & Title too, so that other TT participants can add the book to the TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My Teaser:
(27% on Kindle)


"Excuse me?" Teague asked, surprised at the sound of this woman's voice. He couldn't quite place it, but there was something about it that didn't sound natural to him.






What's Your Tease?

~Happy Tuesday!
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

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The Sunday Post ~ 2

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer - It's a chance to share news - A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 
So, everyone, how was your Thanksgiving??? I hope it was great! And if you're not celebrating it like me, enjoy your break, because for me, there's heaps and bundles of nightmares (okay, not a lot. But you might get what I mean when I mention every High School/College Person's Worst Nightmare: umph, umph, umph. Meaning: won't say it. I'm pretty sure it's obvious so... yea... no tomatoes thrown), hot cocoa, snowflakes (assuming we get snow. Please, Mother Nature? You took our snow away last year. Dx), and of course, holiday cheer. That's only a handful of what's happening. And some of those will be interrupting daily memes. I think there's only 1 though. That's a good thing, lol. But only time will fully tell when it'll be interrupting memes. I'll keep you guys posted on Sundays. (None this week though. Yay.)
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

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2013 TBR Pile Challenge!

     There are so many books that I want to read that are on my semi-big list of to-be-read pile and seeing this challenge, I kinda wanted to attempt to do so (and probably fail. Never hurts to try :D). The 2013 TBR Pile challenge is hosted by Adam at Roof Beam Reader. To learn more about it and sign up, click HERE.

The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your "To Be Read" pile (within 12 months)

~ My 2013 TBR Pile Challenge List ~
1. The Second Siege by Henry H. Neff *Currently Reading*
2. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore *Completed February 12, 2013*
3. City of Secrets by Mary Hoffman
4. Twelfth Grade Kills by Heather Brewer *Completed January 24, 2013*
5. Crossed by Allie Condie
6. A Job from Hell by Jayde Scott
7. Seizure  by Kathy Reichs *Completed March 10, 2013*
8. Fateful by Claudia Gray *Currently Reading*
9. Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon *Completed April 11, 2013* -Review to Come-
10. Graceling by Kristin Cashore *Completed March 23, 2013*
11. Flyte by Angie Sage
12. Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis

~ Alternates ~
1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
2. Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

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Friday, November 23, 2012

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Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth


Divergent #1
Author: Veronica Roth
Released Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. 

But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

~Quoted from Goodreads

     Imagine having to choose only 5 factions when you're sixteen with the knowledge that you might even have to leave your family. Then there's initiation which you have to pass or you're practically homeless (in this case, factionless). I know for one thing that I'll be having a LOT of trouble choosing a faction if our world as we know it were divided into factions.
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

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Booking Through Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving 2012!

     Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Booking Through Thursday. First off, Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you guys have a fantabulous one and enjoy your meal! :)

This Week's Question:
It’s Thanksgiving here in the U.S., so … what are you thankful for this year, reading-wise? New, favorite books? New gadget for reading? New comfy chair? Bonus time to read? Just the mere fact of BEING a reader? Having the internet to share ideas/recommendations/conversations about books?

     I generally don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but it never hurts to be a part of the fun. *gobble gobble gobble* I just started blogging earlier this month but I'm thankful that those in the Wizard101/Pirate101 Twitter community are tolerating my constant yapping about books. Because even though I (and I'll admit this; 100% honest) prefer blogging about books over Wizard101, I'm glad to be a part of an amazing community. Not that I talk about books 24/7 but still... when I do, at least no tomatoes are thrown at me and I really appreciate that. :) I'm definitely thankful Wizard101 actually exists, because without that and their bobbleheads, I don't know how boring my blog title will be. (and I'm honest about this too: my blog name was inspired by a gaming bobblehead. But that's another entire story to tell.)
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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Blog Tour: Embrace by Stacey Rourke - Teaser

Author Stacey Rourke has stopped by today with a teaser of the second book in The Gryphon Series, Embrace!

     My head snapped up and my cheeks burned. “Wha…?!” Picture of eloquence, that’s me.
     “Saturday. A date. You, me, dinner? Yah’ve heard of this concept, yeah?”
     “Yes, the concept is somewhat foreign to me, but I’ve heard of it,” I answered. Still fearing this was some kind of joke, I couldn’t help but ask, “Why? Why are you asking me out?”
     His expression was equal parts amusement and confusion. “Because if I don’t ask ya the chance of ya actually showin’ up on the date is highly unlikely, isn’t it?”
     An abrupt—and incredibly loud—laugh erupted out of me. “True. But why? Why would you ask out the freaky purring girl?”
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Waiting on Wednesday: Blood-Kissed Sky

     Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming book releases that we're eagerly waiting for. :)



This Week's Selection: Blood-Kissed Sky by J.A. London
Expected Release Date: December 26, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen

From Goodreads:

There's nowhere left to hide. 

I thought vampires were our enemies - they controlled our lives, isolated our cities, and demanded our blood - until I met Victor. With Victor taking over as the new Lord Valentine, things were supposed to get better. Instead, they're worse than ever. 

Day Walkers, a new breed of vampires who can walk in the sun, are terrorizing the city. Blood supplies are low, and if Victor's vampires don't get enough, they will become infected with the Thirst - a disease that will turn them into mindless killers. 

To stop it, I must journey across the desolate wasteland to the very place where the sickness began. I can only hope that the answers that await me are enough to save us all . . . before it's too late.

What's your pick for this week?


~Happy Wednesday!
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Teaser Tuesday: Breathing Underwater

     Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!
  • Share the Author & Title too, so that other TT participants can add the book to the TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My Teaser:
(pg. 182 of 263)



"Sometimes, you act like someone else." Caitlin looked away. I stared forward, but my heart was ramming into my ribs.






What's Your Tease?

~Happy Turkey Week!
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

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The Sunday Post ~ 1

     The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer - It's a chance to share news - A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. 
     Whoop! 2 days of school this week due to Thanksgiving. ^_^ A good chance to avoid everyone and travel virtually to another world. (In a way. But books are another world... at least for me) But I do need to catch up on reading. Big time. (Hence... This week was FULL of memes) And I hate going for the fact that the blog has changed a bit, due to a facepalm moment of mine. I'll just call it a "Sophi Moment." The good news, as some may already know from last night (or not. sleep's important ;)), is that I don't need to start all over again and reformat everything (You know how crazy and frustrating it gets. Especially HTML. REAL frustrating).
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Saturday, November 17, 2012

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AHHH!

     Now I'm totally regretting on forgetting to back-up my blog. To the head-desk center I go. Or face-palm Please throw a tomato at me. (not recommended unless you want me to rattle off the fact no one's perfect...) Dx
     But now I have to hunt all over Google to try and find the right sites that I got some help on HTML on. Hence, centering my header and reducing spacing between my sidebar widgets. I guess that's pretty much it on my trouble line of panic. On the good side of now: I don't need to start over. At least for now. I hope. Dx

     *goes back to drawing board*

~Happy Saturday
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

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Booking Through Thursday: Reading Places

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Booking Through Thursday.

This Week's Question:
What’s your favorite place to read? Do you have more than one? Can you read anywhere, or do you need things to be “just right?”
Bonus points for sharing a photo of your favorite spot. 

Hmm... Good Question. Never thought of it, LOL. Until now, at least. I can pretty much read anywhere. I guess it kinda got into the habit of that when my father watches TV 24/7 and I was stuck doing comprehension in the living room (yea, that was a pain... especially how loud the TV was). But, as long as there's little or no distraction, such as loud noises, I'm perfectly comfortable. Plus... no one bothering me for at least 15 - 30 minutes. It annoys me (even if I don't show it) if I get bothered every 5 minutes (unless it's an emergency). I like to get some reading done... if at all possible. ;)

~And as Always... Happy Reading!
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Book Trailer: Everbound

Check out this awesome book trailer of Everbound by Brodi Ashton, which is the sequel to Everneath and is expected to be published on January 22, 2013 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray:




From Goodreads:

Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.

~Happy Reading!
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Waiting on Wenesday: Lullaby

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming book releases that we're eagerly waiting for. :)

This Week's Selection: Lullaby by Amanda Hocking
Expected Release Date: November 27, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

From Goodreads:

Harper only wanted a safe, normal life. But when her younger sister Gemma runs off with a dangerous clique of beautiful girls, Penn, Thea, and Lexi, everything changes. Vowing to get her sister back no matter what the cost, Harper must face dangers unlike any she's ever experienced. Fortunately, she has Daniel by her side, a gorgeous guy who's devoted to helping her find her sister—and who's immune to the girls' dark powers. 

While Harper searches for her sister, Gemma struggles to adjust to her new life. Gemma's powers are growing by the day, and the longer she lives with her new "sisters," the harder it is to resist entering their magical world. It's a realm both dark and beautiful, and where she's plagued by strange hungers and unspeakable needs. Just as she's drifting far away from her old life, Harper and Daniel find her...but no one can deny how much she's changed. All she wants is to return to her family and the mortal world, but how can she do that when she's become something else entirely—and will they still love her once they learn the truth?

Prepare to fall under the spell of Lullaby, the second book in the Watersong series from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking

What's your pick for this week?

~Happy Reading!
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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Teaser Tuesday: Divergent

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!
  • Share the Author & Title too, so that other TT participants can add the book to the TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My Teaser:
(pg. 344 of 487)


I knew they would come back for me; I knew they would try. The first time was not enough. I scream again - not for help, because no one will help me, but because that's what you do when you're about to die and you can't stop it.

➜ Speaking of Divergent, which of the 5 factions (Amity, Abnegation, Candor, Erudite and Dauntless) would you be in?


What's Your Tease?

~Happy Reading!
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

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Review: Forgotten Lyrics by Amanda Hocking


A Watersong Shortstory
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Don’t miss this imaginative new short story set in the magical world of Watersong—a realm of enchanting beauty…and terrifying secrets.

Aggie is a mythological creature on a secret mission.  Lydia is a young woman from a magical family with no real powers of her own. And Daniel is a high school boy who’s made it his duty to protect his deeply troubled older brother.  Then one fateful night, their lives collide in a terrifying accident that changes them all forever. And beneath the surface, the ripple effects of the accident will have more impact than anyone could ever guess...changing not only their future, but the fate of an entire town.
~Quoted from Goodreads

     While it probably should have taken me to read a 60 page story in about 2-3 hours or less, I kinda extended it a bit (well, in this case, a few days). Just trying to balance my scales in a way. :) But I'll admit, a shortstory is always a nice break from a chapter book every once in awhile.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

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Review: Turned at Dark by C.C. Hunter


Turned at Dark
Author: C.C. Hunter
Released Date: March 15, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Independent and strong-willed Della Tsang did not believe in ghosts, until she sees her dead cousin in a dark alley. She did not believe in vampires, until she turns into one. Should she follow her vampire cousin’s lead and walk away from everything she knows, or join Shadow Falls, a camp for special teens.

Don’t miss the first book in the Shadow Falls series, Born at Midnight, on sale March 2011.  

~Quoted from Goodreads

As you may know from reading Born at Midnight, the first book of the Shadow Falls series, Della Tsang is Kylie Galen's Vampire friend. Here, we learn how Della was turned into a vampire and how she came about Shadow Falls. We also go into a bit more depth of Della's life before Shadow Falls and a brief history about Supernaturals. Warning though: like Forgotten Lyrics by Amanda Hocking (which I'm currently reading), it's a quick read. Actually, even more quick since it's only 32 pages long.


My Reaction to
Vampirism as Virus
To be frank, I don't think I was expecting Vampirism to be a virus. I was expecting Della to get bitten by an actual vampire when I first met her in Born at Midnight. And was I so very very wrong at that assumption. The fact that Della had a Vampire virus in her blood was an unexpected twist in the series.

If I were Della's shoes, I probably would've reacted the same way as she did if I found out that *insert spoiler* wasn't actually dead and I was carrying a virus that could turn me into a vampire (It might even be cool). And that the fact blood will taste yummy. o_o

As for Della's issues in real life, I can totally compare my own life to her life. High expectations? yep. Sometimes too high? yep! Super harsh? Harsh, yes, but not like Della's parents in a way. Therefore, Della is now one of my favorite characters from Shadow Falls. Don't worry, there's plenty of room for the rest of them as well. Della just has that "twin-like" quality. :)

Overall, I love the humor that Hunter has woven into this story and find that Turned at Dark is a great prequel to Born at Midnight. It's not necessary to read Born at Midnight first, but if you want to, feel free to do so. I actually enjoyed the series and the shortstory. :)


Rating: 5 out of 5 Owls





~Happy Reading!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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Cover Reveal: Mystic by Alyson Noel

     The cover reveal for Mystic by Alyson Noel is here! Mystic is the third book in Alyson Noel's Soul Seekers Series. I just recently saw it and thought I should share the amazing cover with you guys.


The Soul Seekers #3
Author: Alyson Noel

Since arriving in Enchantment, New Mexico, everything in Daire Santos life has changed. And not all for the better. While she’s come to accept and embrace her new powers as a Soul Seeker, Daire struggles with the responsibility she holds navigating between the worlds of the living and the dead. And with the fate of her boyfriend Dace in the balance, Daire must put aside her personal feelings and focus on defeating Cade, whose evil plans threaten everyone she loves and the world as she knows it.

     It's expected to be released on May 7, 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin. Looks like I have another book on my to-read list now :) What do you think of the amazingly mystical cover?

~Happy Wednesday!
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Monday, November 5, 2012

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Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa



The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

"Don't at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them."

That is Ethan Chase's unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs - including his reputation - begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he's dare to fall for.


Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister's world - the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

~Quoted from Goodreads

     For those who haven't read the first few books of The Iron Fey Series, I recommend you do it before reading The Lost Prince. If you need the order of the series, here's a list, including the 3 e-books, which can also be found in paperback (maybe hardback?):
   ~The Iron King
   ~Winter's Passage*
   ~The Iron Daughter
   ~The Iron Queen
   ~Summer's Crossing*
   ~The Iron Prophecy*
*Also in The Iron Legends

For those who have followed Meghan's journey from the beginning, remember that cute little boy who was kidnapped and replaced by a changeling? He was later rescued by Meghan. That little boy was Ethan Chase, and 12 years later, after trying to avoid the fey at all costs, the fey comes for him again. All he wants is a normal life learning Kali and be an ordinary guy, even if he can see the Fey.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

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Review: Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


Caster Chronicles #3
Author(s): Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Released Date: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Little Brown and Company

This summer had everything, in both the Caster and Mortal worlds, even if the folks in Gatlin didn't know it.

Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What — or who — will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself — forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask.

Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.

~Quoted from Cover Flap

     Like most books I read, Beautiful Creatures was just randomly picked up and looked interesting, so I read it. Plus, I needed some books to occupy me and it was somehow on my to-read list already. I just didn't get the chance to read it over the summer. Call that lucky to be in the library at the time.
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