Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Suddenly You A Modern Retelling of Mansfield Park (The Jane Austen Series) by Cecilia Gray

Suddenly You A Modern Retelling of Mansfield Park
(A Jane Austen Academy Novel)
By Celia Gray
Copy of Novel provided by Author for review
 Kindle/ Nook

Fanny doesn't want to be at The Jane Austen Academy. She intends to lay low until graduation when she can try out for the Olympic track team. She doesn't need friends or love. She only needs her running.

But The Academy is in danger. In an effort to save it, Fanny joins forces with the friends she never knew she wanted. Suddenly, Fanny finds herself center stage in the middle of the Academy's biggest love triangle as the lead in the school play...only this track star can't afford to break a leg.

Fall For You (1st Jane Austen Academy Novel)
So Into You (2nd Jane Austen Academy Novel)
When I'm With You (3rd Jane Austen Academy Novel

So I have followed this series from the very beginning and each book gets progressively better. I guess because the story is more complex, more couples, more time has passed and saving the school is coming to the finale.  If you love a great contemporary YA novel that is easy to enjoy with a guaranteed HEA, this is the series for you. Well most people have an HEA. Sometimes, there are people that get left out. But I'm sure their stories are coming. I don't remember Mansfield Park, so the similarities to it, I don't know. But if that's what the author, Celia Gray says, I have no reason not to trust her. She is very gracious and appreciative and she's a great writer. 

The Characters
Fanny- Fanny has been a minor character in past books. But she is the main character in this novel. She is a track star with dreams of being an Olympic Gold Medalist. She's put in the time and has the discipline to do it. She's a scholarship student as her mother had previously worked two jobs to pay for her track meets and equipment and gas to drive her to meets. But once she entered The Jane Austen Academy on scholarship, that was all paid for and her mom could drop a job and go back to school. Fanny, to be able to train for the Olympics when she graduates, has entered every academic competition and won the prize money storing it away for that training. She has also started clubs and is president so she can use the money that is not used for the same purpose. This leads to the Asian American Cultural Club. There are two members. Fanny and Tran.

Tran is at every meeting and when Fanny ask if there is any new business he always answers "mischief and mayhem." He's funny, cute and extremely likable. I love him right away. And he likes Fanny, no one would go to those meetings otherwise. And he does help her break into the head mistresses car so he gets his mischief and mayhem after all!

Josh Wickham, famous movie star, who has not been the nicest guy in past books in the series, has taken a real liking to Fanny. It's not a likely match, one the girls in the group have a hard time believing is sincere, but it is. Fanny, who really gets flustered any time Tran is around, just doesn't feel it with Josh. Josh isn't used to girls telling him no. He's Josh Wickham. He's gorgeous and he's a movie star. And he and Fanny understand each other. He throws a bit of a fit when she says friends only. I thought maybe he was using it as a publicity stunt. But he seems truly hurt. Who knew?

The World- What you have to understand is that this is the first year The Jane Austen Academy has allowed boys in their school. It's a boarding school and the girls were up in arms about it. Anne's family owned it for years, since it opened in the late 1800's but they lost it, bad gambling debts or something.
Lizzie is set to be a reporter later in life and determined to save the school Ellie is her laid back friend but determined to help. Emma is the fashion queen, but no less determined to save the school. This foursome has been in all the other books. But Kat and Fanny join the group in trying to save the school in this book. The motto of the school is "WE WILL BE HEARD" and the girls take that as far as they can.

The Story- A conglomerate has purchased the school and is set to tear the school down and put up a shopping mall at the end of the school year. Lizzie et all are fighting this at all costs. They are set to use Josh Wickham's popularity and celebrity status to get publicity. They need Fanny to use his interest in her to their advantage. The tables are turned on him for once. Fanny is in serious crush mode or more with Tran. But Lucy, the ever present bad penny, takes him away from Fanny so she lets her attention be swayed by Josh. But she's too good to lead Josh along. But they still have to save the school. And Josh wants to save the school as much as the girls do. Besides, having the girls as friends wouldn't be such a bad thing.

My thoughts- I loved the story! Loved all the flirtations going on especially between Tran and Fanny. She is so shy and awkward yet she wants to feel that stud in his tongue in her mouth. Then she tries to shake herself out of the thoughts because he's with Lucy. It is so much like an Austen novel with nobody being honest with how they feel about each other and mixed signals and I loved it. I loved to see Josh on the rejection end for once. But he bounced back. However groveling was involved and I liked that. I loved seeing the character growth of Fanny. Excellent growth even with Kat. And I loved seeing the quirky Henry and Darcy, I mean Dante. I'd have loved to seen the other guys!!! Need another house party!!  Now, Emma needs to find someone, Josh deserves a girl, and Anne. Anne and Rick need to resolve whatever happened to them and they need to get back together. Guess I need to read up on my Austen to see how they do that!!

Austen fans, contemporary YA romance, boarding school, HEA's, you'll all love it! I recommend the entire series!!

Cecilia Gray- Find her here  Website/ Twitter/ Facebook/ Pinterest

Monday, June 17, 2013

Shadow by Amanda Sun

Shadow - A Paper Gods Novella
Prequel to INK by Amanda Sun
Harlequin Teen
Amazon Kindle

From Goodreads-
Katie Greene’s worst nightmare comes true when her mother dies, and she’s devastated to learn that she will have to leave the only home she’s ever known. Desperate to find where she belongs, she must decide if she has what it takes to start a new life across the ocean. 

For Yuu Tomohiro, every day is a nightmare. He struggles to control his strange ability, and keeps everyone at a distance so they won’t get hurt—even his girlfriend, Myu. At night, a shadow haunts his dreams, and a mysterious woman torments him with omens of death and destruction. But these haunting premonitions are only the beginning…

This is just a snippet of the book that is to come and I need the book, INK. I have an e-ARC, but I need the beautiful book. I can already tell the writing is beautiful and not exactly flowery, but descriptive in a painting kind of way. Some books lay the world out like a blank canvas and paint a picture. I feel like this one is painted with emotions and character development. The chapters alternate between Katie at the funeral of her mother who has JUST died  and Tomohiro who is living a life of fear, being chased by nightmares and trying to keep everyone at bay for fear of the monster inside of him.

It's interesting to see how both characters act before they meet, Katie, feeling doomed, like she has no choices in her life. And Tomohiro, who doesn't get along with his father and whose mother seems to be chased by the same demons he is chased by.  I see character growth already in Katie just by her making the decision to live with her aunt in Japan. I can't wait for INK!                                                              

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Reality Ends Here-by Alison Gaylin Review

Reality Ends Here by Alison Gaylin
Publisher: Pocket Star
E-book 250 pages
Received from Publisher for review
Available Now
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Goodreads-With a major crush on an adorable pop star, annoying younger siblings, and a mom and stepdad who are too strict, Estella Blanchard is a typical teenage girl-except that her daily struggles are plotlines on the reality show Seven Is Heaven, which relentlessly documents her life as the older half-sister of sextuplets. Estella's an Oscar-worthy actress at hiding her true feelings from the camera.
However, she can't outrun the spotlight when she receives a Christmas present from her biological father...who died ten years ago under mysterious circumstances. Blamed for this "sick prank," Estella is placed in an unorthodox support group for troubled child stars-including a twenty-three-year-old has-been, a backstabbing drama queen, and a super-cute (but very off-limits) boy bander. And, as weird as the group is, when a creepy paparazzo starts stalking her, claiming that her dad is actually alive, Estella's going to need their help to uncover the truth and stay alive.
I don't remember requesting this one, but somehow I got it. And so, I read it. It was a quick read and very light. Not too deep, but enjoyable.
Characters- Estella is the 16 yr old daughter and sister of sextuplets. She's a sweet sister, caring that one of her sisters, 6 yr old Gracie still wets the bed in the middle of the night. Gracie runs to Estella's room for help and Estella changes her sheets and washes them in the middle of the night all without anyone knowing so that Gracie doesn't get yelled at, on camera, by their mother. Such is the life of a reality star. She knows the personality of each of her brothers and sisters and has a tender heart when it comes to watching them being used and extorted for ratings. She tries to protect them. She knows that secrets are being kept from her and feels like she can't trust anyone. There isn't quite enough depth to her to really make a big impression on us. But you'll like the way she treats and protects her siblings.

Mom- A bit fame hungry, seems zoned out through most of the story. She doesn't believe anything Estella says when things happen and Estella denies she did it. She seems to only be interested in how things look on t.v. Even the children suffer under her detachment. She redeems herself a bit in the end.

Barry (Stepdad)- Producer of numerous reality shows and father of the sextuplets. Seems to be a caring man, but it never quite reaches his eyes if you know what I mean. He seems to have very little to do with the kids.

Steve- Bodyguard, the only one that Estella has ever trusted. He's been with them since the kids were born. They have a rocky relationship.

Jake- a teen boy band member who Estella falls in love with way too quickly

Dylan- 20 something washed up child star who is probably one of the most genuine people in the entire book.

The World- Honestly, reality t.v. is probably the most non real t.v. there is. I don't watch it. Ever. I like my drama in books. Anyway, the world is reality t.v. Almost every moment of their waking day, this family is on film. There are supposed rooms that are off limits, but even those seem to be being filmed when Estella investigates. When not being filmed, Estella has to attend counseling with fellow child actors at TMTS led by a former child actor himself. And then, if she can slip away, Estella is searching for proof that her father is still alive. Paparazzi, teen stars, autographs, screaming fans, disguises, clandestine meetings, all part of the world.

The Story- Estella is being led to believe that her father is still alive by a truly despicable man, the lowest of the paparazzi. Yet, rather than take pictures of her crying about the news he's giving her, he puts his camera away and gives her clues. She uses some of her therapy group to help her with her investigation. She's arrested, a friend is shot. They find out what her dad was involved in. She goes viral on You-Tube. All sorts of things go on, but they follow a logical sequence.

My thoughts- There is really no depth to this story and the lack of that leaves me feeling a bit so so about the whole thing. My characters need depth and layers and to show growth. I really like the way Estella treated her siblings and that was about all I could say about her. There wasn't a lot of development after that. She was in love with Jake after one group counseling session that lasted less than one hour and he had a girlfriend! Too Fast! And he was on board with it by the third day, I think.
After he broke up with the girlfriend. (I know the magic of Hollywood). There is the suspension of belief and then there is I'm just not buying this. Most of it leaned toward the I'm just not buying this.
But, if you can suspend belief easier than me in your contemporaries, you'll enjoy this fast paced novel.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher for review. Regardless, my opinions and thoughts about the novel were not influenced by this.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

WOW and I am Guest Posting about Boys Next Door On Candace's Book Blog

It's that time again! Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine in which we bloggers get to share those books we are anxiously awaiting the release of. Thanks to BEA and my friend Steph at The Fake Steph Dot Com, I happen to have a couple that I am dying to get my hands on!  Oh, and also I am Guest Posting and having a giveaway on Candace's blog at Candace's Book Blog. The post is about my favorite Guys Next Door in books and I'm giving away one book to a winner. The giveaway is international and commenters over there count for the weekly giveaway for commenters in my book giveaway. I've got a lot of giveaways running right now, so if I'm slow in announcing winners, please forgive me. I guarantee you I will contact you if you won. Most prizes will go out on Saturdays. If you happen to be an international commenter, I'll have to buy you a book, I'm not paying international shipping rates.

So my WOW choices- First

Find Me by Romily BernardPublisher: Harper TeenSeptember 24thThe blurb:"Find Me." These are the words written on Tessa Waye's diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa's just been found...dead.
Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target. Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick.
Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick's deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?
Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.
But she's going to find this killer no matter what.
Because it just got personal.

This is W.A.R. by Lisa Roecker and Laura RoeckerPublisher: Soho TeenJuly 2nd 2013The Blurb-This is W.A.R. begins with a victim who can no longer speak for herself, and whose murder blossoms into a call-to-arms. Enter four very different girls, four very different motives to avenge Willa Ames-Rowan, and only one rule to start: Destroy James Gregory and his family at any cost. Willa's initials spell the secret rallying cry that spurs the foursome to pool their considerable resources and deliver their particular brand of vigilante justice. Innocence is lost, battles are won—and the pursuit of the truth ultimately threatens to destroy them all.  

Please share your WOW's with me and don't forget my guest post and giveaway at Candace's Book Blog . Thanks so much! Umm, I'm also giving away a 16 yr old if anyone want him. I'll pay you.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Over You by Amy Reed- Review

Over You by Amy Reed
Available Now
Received from Publisher for review
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Hardcover 299 pages
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Indiebound/ Kobo

From Goodreads-
Max would follow Sadie anywhere, so when Sadie decides to ditch her problems and escape to Nebraska for the summer, it’s only natural for Max to go along. She is Sadie’s confidante, her protector, and her best friend. This summer will be all about them. This summer will be perfect.

But that’s before they meet Dylan.

Dylan is dangerous and intoxicating, and he awakens something in Max that she never knew existed. No matter how much she wants to, she can’t back away.

But Sadie has her own intensity, and has never allowed Max to become close with anyone else. And Max doesn’t know who she is without Sadie.

There are some problems you just can’t escape.

Huh. I'm not sure how to review this one. Oh, I have plenty of opinions. But I'm not sure I can put them into the right words. I guess I'll just start with Max.  She's the adult at home despite having two parents. That's only been the case for a year or so since her mother had an accident that put her in a wheelchair. She is depressed and her father looks to Max to hold the family together. But Max has been holding Sadie together for years. All because Sadie's mother left her with her father instead of taking her with her when she left. (I'll get to Sadie) I think in many ways, Max has enabled Sadie and used Sadie's and to a lesser extent her parent's reliance on her to rescue in Sadie's case and hold things together in her parents case, in other words to be the strong one, the reliable one, the parent, as an excuse to keep from living her own life. She describes herself as a shadow of Sadie, the one behind her, but tells frightening stories of how she has had to rescue and worry over Sadie. Still, Max lets Sadie walk all over her feelings, talk for her, have everything first, even if Max wants it. 

Lark- Sadie's mom. Sadie is a chip off the old block only Lark has learned to be a bit more bearable. She isn't controlling and doesn't have a Max following her around but she isn't faithful to Doff a bit self centered if you ask me.

Doff- Very kind, introduced as Lark's mate and sometimes he is. He tends the animals on the farm so he never gets a day off, even if the others do. A quiet man. He enjoys his work.

Dylan-He is not the love interest you're led to believe in the synopsis so just don't get your hopes up for a romance. First impressions are the best. I'll leave it at that.

Then there's Sadie. Can you say spoiled, narcissistic, drama queen? That's Sadie. She drinks too much. She has sex with just about anyone when she's in that state. She embarrasses Max talking about her sexuality. She says other things that are entirely inappropriate and Max spends all her time, apologizing, cleaning up, holding her hair while she vomits, or looking for her. I'm not sure Max has enjoyed a party ever because she is always designated to watch Sadie. Sadie also does drugs. She has a stepmother and stepbrother along with her father and lives in what they call a "McMansion" a term I'm seeing a lot in YA these days. Sadie is so big, as in personality and so demanding, there really isn't any room for Max to be anything in her presence.

The World- So drama queen gets sent to spend the summer with her mother, Lark, on a farm in Nebraska and Max gets to tag along. The bus drops them off in the middle of corn fields and leaves them. Someone was supposed to meet them, but no one comes. The finally hitch a ride with a farmer and find out Lark's husband/boyfriend? was supposed to get them, but they don't have a clock so he forgot. Culture shock is too small to say when the girls get their tour of the farm and find out there are no real toilets, they share showers and they will be living in a trailer. Max learns early to love the work on the farm, but Sadie is full of complaints. She is controlling and unfortunately finds a girl who worships the ground she walks on and hates Max.
The people on the farm are very friendly and welcoming. Max thinks she is finding something she has been missing.

The Story- Max tells it in the first part with excerpts from Greek mythology and then like she's writing a journal entry or telling Sadie all these things about herself because Max knows her better than Sadie knows herself. But it's more personal, because Max shares things about herself, how she was scared, how she was in love and didn't want to share it with Sadie, how she is hurt by some of the things Sadie does. The second part is told present tense. Something happens that allows Max to live Sadie free for awhile. She doesn't have to watch out for Sadie. No taking care of her at all. And Max experiences freedom. Part III is also told in present tense and Sadie is back but Max is resentful of her being back. Max has changed. But Sadie is the same. This part of the story is the most climactic of the novel and the most telling as it shows Sadie for who she truly is and Max finally reaches clarity.

What I thought- The narration is sort of odd. I liked the narration in the first part and kind of thought it would have been good to carry it through the whole story. Maybe had a different ending. The kind a train wreck like Sadie would eventually end up in without a friend like Max to watch out for her.  I think there is an awful lot of blame put on the fact that Sadie didn't have her mother. Really? Maybe she was just spoiled little rich girl who got away with murder. Maybe  Sadie needed a stint in rehab and a NEW therapist as the one she was seeing obviously hadn't cleared any issues up. Maybe some parental control needed to be enforced. Or maybe Sadie is just a narcissist for which there is no cure and you have to decide if you're going to tolerate that person or not. But Max, she was definitely an enabler. Why? Was she insecure? She wasn't unattractive. I don't know when they first started being friends what the dynamic was so I can't say. I felt like Dylan was an unnecessary evil in the story. Could have totally done without that part of the story. But, I'm happy with the ending, however, just because I really didn't like Sadie, I'd love an epilogue to hear how she takes the news her mother delivers to her. She's just precious, like a piranha in pink pigtails. I do love that Amy Reed tackles tough issues in her books. If you haven't read any of her books, I suggest you try some. I especially enjoyed Crazy.

You can  reach Amy Reed here


Thank you to the publisher for an e-arc through Edleweiss. My review is a reflection of my own opinions and thoughts and was not influenced by this.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

Spirit (Elemental 3) by Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Received from Publisher for review
Available: NOW
Paperback 301 pages
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From Goodreads-With power comes enemies. Lots of them. Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies. He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait. Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too. With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust… 

I don't know how she did it. I have hated, strongly, passionately, with fervor, hated Hunter since this series began. I knew there would be no way I would like him or ever feel the slightest bit of empathy for him. I could not have been more wrong. While he isn't my favorite in the Elemental series, I like him. I understand him. I damn near cried for him. I felt really bad for him. And I am hoping that Gabriel Merrick finally stops hitting him because I might just have to stand in his way and tell him to grow up.

If you haven't heard of Brigid Kemmerer or her Elemental Series then I'm pretty sure you've been living under a rock or in a convent. These novels are oozing with steamy scenes between the Merrick brothers and their love interests be it a girl or another guy. And then there is Hunter, the outsider. He isn't exactly an elemental, he is all the elements. And he's becoming  someone I like. I really never thought I'd write that. I think I might owe Brigid some money or something. We might have made a bet.

So let's break it down like I usually do-
Hunter Garrity-. Well, I've never trusted him. Even in this novel, he shows that even he doesn't know how much he can be trusted, but I finally understand why that is and how he learned those lessons. I get his powers more now as well. I understand his living situation. I get what happened with his dad and uncle. I just get Hunter. The whole book is in his head and a running diatribe of how he thinks and he is terribly flawed in his thinking. But what boy in this series hasn't been? Hunter though, he has been screwed up from his father, his uncle, his mom, grandfather, girls, the Merricks, everyone he knows, he thinks. Hunter walks a shaky line not knowing who to trust, what's right, what's wrong. His head tells him the Merrick brothers are an abomination and should be killed, that's what his dad and uncle would do, that's what he was raised to believe. But yet, time and again, he can't kill them. Not only them, but people that really deserve it. Hunter feels abandoned, confused, lonely, devastated, conflicted, torn and betrayed. He's a wreck.  He's got this big wall he puts up between himself and others and it is hard to break. It's still there, but it's ready to come down. It was down for a bit. I'm wondering if he'll get his own book again???

Michael Merrick-This is big brother. He has a much bigger part in this novel and I am so happy to see it. I LOVE this guy. He took over raising his brothers right after his parents died at 18, gave up his dreams and has been dealing with their crap (can you imagine trying to raise Gabriel?) for a long time. He wasn't prepared to do it, but he's learned a lot about how to talk to his brothers and he's good with Hunter who needs someone to listen to him. He's not condescending. He's not fatherly. He's just quiet. Then says something totally out of the blue that Hunter needs to hear and it helps so much. Just when Hunter thinks "I'll crack if you're nice to me" Michael just sits there and doesn't say a word. Just sits there quietly.  Michael is outstanding when it comes to reading Hunter. I just want to hug him and tell him what a great job he's done. He's come a long way from the first novel when he was always verbally sparring with Gabriel. He seems wiser, more at peace.

Kate- Wow, she was like a hurricane coming into Hunter's life. Full of energy and life and ideas and feelings. She really changed things for him. And I think he changed things for her. I didn't like her at first because she was faking things with him and Hunter was already so beaten down. I mean, I was already feeling so sorry for him, I didn't want him to get hurt any more than he already was. But when the true Kate came out, when she admitted to how she saw things, how she viewed the Merricks, I really liked her. I wasn't sure how she'd fit in with everyone, but that didn't matter.

The world- Well no need to explain that, same town, same school. Two new guides have been sent to kill the elementals who have been causing the fires.

The Story- Well, there's a lot going on in this one. Since this is all told from Hunter's point of view (for the most part) we don't know what the Merricks are up to so we don't know what they are thinking or their plans. Two new Guides have been sent to town to find the elementals and eliminate them. Kate is one, who's job it is to infiltrate the school and find the Merricks as everyone as usual is blaming them for the fires. Hunter was in the library during that fire in the last book and knows it was Calla that started the fire and she confessed to causing the rock slide that killed his father and uncle. He had a gun, but couldn't pull the trigger.
Now Calla is pretending that he assaulted her so he has to stay away from her and she's made it clear she can make his life hell. She wants him to call more Guides to town so they can fight them and she's not afraid to kill more people and start more fires to do it.

Here's what I thought- I was stunned, I still am, that Hunter seemed so vulnerable when I got inside his head. No wonder I didn't like him, he doesn't even like himself when it came down to it. He doesn't even know who he is. But he's got a constant battle going on inside of himself fighting what he knows is right against what he was taught to believe. He deeply wants to belong, but he's afraid of putting himself out there based on past experiences. Brigid Kemmerer addressed feelings and emotions that teenage boys experience, but rarely talk about for fear of being laughed at. You see that when Hunter tries not to talk to Michael. He keeps this thing inside, this horrific thing that happened to him to himself because he's afraid he'll look weak for needing to talk about it, or worse that he'll cry. But sometimes things just have to be said. And in some instances, tears have to be shed. With Hunter, tears needed to be shed. He'd held too much in for too long.
Though the ending brings easier times for Hunter, it's bittersweet. Get ready, it's an emotional story. And yeah, you're probably gonna like Hunter at the end. I would never have thought it could happen, but yeah, I do.

Other stories in the series-
ElementalStorm/ Fearless/ Spark/ Breathless

Find Brigid Kemmerer Here!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Giveaways and Review of The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow 2) by Rachel Morgan

The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow 2)
by Rachel Morgan
Available Now
Received from author for review
To Buy Links-
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Other Books in the Series-
The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow 1)
An A to Z of Creepy Hollow Fae

From Goodreads-Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale is just weeks away from one of the most important occasions of her life: graduation. After messing up big time by bringing a human into the fae realm, Vi needs to step up her game and forget about Nate if she hopes to graduate as the top guardian of her year. Everything would be fine if she wasn’t forced to partner with Ryn, her ex-friend, ex-enemy, current ‘sort of friend’. They might be trying to patch up their relationship, but does she really want to spend a week undercover with him for their final assignment? On top of that, the possibly insane Unseelie Prince is still on the loose, free to ‘collect’ as many specially talented faeries as he can find—and Vi is still at the top of his list. Add in faerie queens, enchanted storms, complicated not-just-friends feelings, and a murder within the Guild itself, and graduation is about to become the least of Vi’s problems.

So you've read my rave reviews of Rachel Morgan's short serials that were coming out monthly- I loved them! She combined them into one novel, The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow 1). The Faerie Prince is the second book, book I said, not serial. It's a full length novel. If I had to guess I'd say 350 pages at least. And there is nothing wasted on those pages.

Of course, we'll start with the characters. Violet or Vy or V. is a bad ass guardian in training. Her parents are both dead and she lives alone with her pet that shape shifts into anything from a bear to a pig to a cat. She can probably count the number of her friends on one hand and one of them is her mentor who she lived with after her father was killed when she was fourteen. But when she came of age, she moved into her own tree to live by herself. Yep, tree. We'll get to that in the world part. V. has made a few mistakes in the past (Faerie Guardian) and she's trying to make up for them now. She accidentally led a human back into the Faerie Paths and dated him. Doesn't look good for a girl who is trying to be valedictorian (or number one ass kicker) in Guardian School. V. pretends that she's not lonely, or that being alone is okay, but the truth is, she was betrayed by the human and she's lonely, hurt and has no one to go to.

Then there's Oryn or Ryn. Ryn, his brother Reed and V. all used to be best friends. Then Reed died and Ryn and V. have been enemies since then. Until they go on a rescue mission. And they decide to try to put the past behind them. Ryn is known for hanging out with Undergrounders, people that hang out in the Labyrinth and do not like faeries and he doesn't spend much time with his fellow guardians either. He can probably count even less friends than V. He's rude to the girls and makes fun of the guys in a condescending way. He clearly wants to be left alone.

Tora is V.'s mentor and part of the Guild political workings. She's like V.'s mother and sister. Tora scolds her and reassures her in the same breath. She tries to crack V.'s hard exterior, but it's next to impossible. I'd want Tora in my corner.

Zell- Ultimate bad guy. He's the Unseelie Prince and he's after V. She has an unusual gift and he's collecting faeries with unusual gifts. He also has a special metal that makes a faerie's magic useless. V. has experienced it on more than one occasion.

Nate- The human boy V. brought into the Faerie Paths. He turned out to be a Halfling, his mother is a faerie. But he does something unforgivable and breaks V.'s heart and trust.

The World- This is my favorite part! We get to visit the regular world and see fantastic houses and how faeries see into our world without us knowing. But Creepy Hollow, the "city" where Ryn and V. are from is fascinating. V. lives in a tree but you couldn't tell it from the outside. You must be invited in to enter her house. She has a waterfall in her bathing pond, no bathtub for her. And a grassy bank to sit on with flowers.
And magic is so useful- they all have a stylus that they can just draw a door even in midair and disappear through. I'd love to do that. No more running late for me! The Guild has a really high ceiling when you enter with a glass dome and you can tell by the color if the protective charms are working. There are magic mirrors   that run around on their tiny legs and call your name if someone is trying to get in touch with you until you answer and instead of iPhones, you have an Amber. OH, and this is the best part. You can stuff your bags as full as you want because you can shrink them down to so tiny they fit in the compartment in V.'s boot! No luggage fees nasty airlines!!  Oh, and there's this special tree...well you should probably just read about it.

The story- Wow, I was not expecting this at all. The first book was kind of setting things up. Showing the animosity between Ryn and Vi and their competitiveness. Showing discovering Nate and who he was. But let me tell you, this book is a game changer right from the start. I knew Ryn and V. would have to do their assignment together, it was a given as much as they can't stand each other. But I didn't expect what happened on their assignment or anything else that happened, right until the very last sentence. I was "Holy Cow" this and "No Way" that all through the book. This book has a huge impact on the story and I wasn't prepared.

So now I'm begging Rachel, P-L-E-A-S-E- give me a copy of the next novel as soon as you write it because that ending was killing me! There were so many unbelievable things that happened, Good and Bad, but the end, well, heartbreaking in the most complete way. Rachel won't tell me if I'm right or wrong about my guesses about what happened or will  happen so I need someone to talk about this with, NOW! But you have to read Faerie Guardian first. It's only 99 cents right now. Go ahead, you know you want to and what's 99 cents when I promise you it's a great story! Then you can get this one and we can discuss it! Okay??
Somebody email me. I need to talk about the ending!!

I highly recommend this series to lovers of YA fantasy, faeries, and romance. Oh, and did I say that V. kicks butt on monsters that try to hurt humans? That's how she met Nate. There are a lot of action scenes. Oh and this romantic scene, oh... it's so sweet. It will melt the coldest of hearts. Read it!!!

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Blog Tour- Character Interview with Daphne from Goddess by Josephine Angelini and Huge Giveaway!!!

Today, I am pleased to bring you my part of the GODDESS Tour, an interview with Daphne Atreus. The first big tour I ever did was STARCROSSED by Josephine Angelini with Kismet Book Tours. Josie was and has always been so accessible and her books have left me reeling at the end of each of them. They are epic in scope and complex in characters and storyline. I expect GODDESS, the finale to be no less awesome. So below, read the interview with Daphne, Helen's enigmatic mother, and then follow the tour for great extra content and enter to win copies of one of the books and a signed copy of a Kindle Paper White.
OH, and don't for get to order your copy of GODDESS!

Goddess by Josephine Angelini
Publisher: Harper Teen
Available: Now
Hardcover 421 pages
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From Goodreads- After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.
Interview with Daphne

Buried in Books: Daphne we got to learn a little more about you in Starcrossed City-how you grew up in NYC, how you tried to avoid people, your first glance of Ajax. Was life ever normal for you? 

Daphne:  My life has never been normal--not unless you consider learning how to strangle a fully-grown man when you’re six “normal”.  I think some of my earliest memories were my mother telling me that I wasn’t like other people, so I’d better get used to it.  Most people talk about how lonely it is to be different, and they’re right, but mostly what I felt growing up was anxiety.  I never knew if I was saying the wrong thing or acting strangely.  The last thing I wanted was for anyone to figure out exactly how weird I really was, and that was exhausting.    

Buried in Books:  How much time did you and Ajax get to spend together before he and Tantalus fought?

Daphne:  We were together for years before we had to run.  I’ve always been able to alter the way I look because I wear the Cestus of Aphrodite.  Ajax and I actually broke the curse of the Furies much sooner than I ever let on to the rest of the Delos family or even to my own daughter, Helen.  Ajax and I dated when we were in high school.  I was dozens of different girls as far as Castor and Pallas knew.  It was actually kind of funny because Ajax’s family thought Ajax went through a new mortal girlfriend ever other week, but the were all me.  None of the Delos have any idea just how well I knew them all.  I was truly sad when Pandora was murdered.

Buried in Books:  You had your chance at happiness with Ajax. Why would you destroy your daughter's chance at happiness by lying to her about who her father is?

Daphne:  There are a lot of stories about everlasting love.  Coming from the lineage that I came from, you hear about legendary love affairs in the cradle.  We’re all familiar with the notion of two lovers who would do anything for each other—even start a war where thousands die.  I’m not trying to justify what I did, but have you ever asked yourself what it might cost everyone else in your life if you genuinely loved someone more than anything?

Buried in Books:  Since Helen isn't a Rogue baby, what's your real interest in helping Rogues/Kin Killers/Outcasts? After all, Tantalus is an Outcast.

Daphne:  Tantalus is my enemy—Outcast or not.  And I think you’ve misunderstood my motives.  While I empathize with anyone who has been cast out of his or her family, I’m not really doing any of this to help anyone else.  My love waits for me in the Elysian Fields.  I must die in battle to join him there, and where there is a Rogue or an Outcast there is always a battle to be fought.  Unfortunately, I’ve never met anyone who can kill me, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped trying.  

Buried in Books:  According to Orion, you've been helping Rogues and Outcasts for 20 years, but Ajax has only been gone for 19, so that means you were working together to help them?  

Daphne:  While Ajax and I were on the run we considered ourselves Outcasts, and when I told Orion bits and pieces of my history, I always counted that year.  But there’s something everyone should keep in mind when they are trying to make a reckoning of my life story: I lied.  I cheated, stretched the truth, embellished, and swindled, everyone in my life.  Even myself. 

Buried in Books:  During your failed attempt to kill Tantalus, he mentions making you as his "Queen of Atlantis". Is he just a crazy Outcast or do you think his theory about Atlantis might hold some merit?

Daphne:  Tantalus is a true believer, and maybe he’s right.  Maybe immortality awaits the Scions when the gods are freed and we face them.  But why would I want to live forever without Ajax?  Honestly, I don’t give a whistle about Atlantis.  All I want is to get Ajax back into the land of the living, and if I can’t do that, join him in the Elysian Fields. 

Buried in Books:  If Helen hadn't been in danger, would you have ever come back to see her?

Daphne:  I actually saw her all the time.  Look, I know this isn’t easy to understand, especially in light of what I did to her, but I do love my daughter.  Hardly a month went by when I didn’t use the Cestus to alter my face and body so I could go to Nantucket and check on her.  Once, I even pretended to be an exchange student, and I went to school with her for a while just to make sure she was getting along okay.  Not that I ever really worried too much about her.  She had Jerry and Claire.  My daughter was loved and accepted in a way that I never was.  Except with Ajax.  

Buried in Books:  Is there one piece of Motherly advice you would tell Helen? Something that isn't based on a lie?

Daphne:  Ha!  Yes.  Don’t fall in love.

Buried in Books:  You aren't the most beloved character in the Starcrossed saga, but you aren't the most hated. Is there anything you'd like to tell the readers that might make us understand you more, like you more?

Daphne:  The only thing I can say is that I did it all for love.

Buried in Books:  If you were to able to write part of your story in the remaining book, Goddess, what would you most want to happen?

Daphne:  Apart from the obvious?  Nothing.  I made my choices long ago, and to change only one small bit of it wouldn’t help.  I’d have to change the whole thing, start to finish, or it wouldn’t make any difference.

Buried in Books:  Do you regret anything you've done up to this point (Starcrossed and Dreamless)?

Daphne:  I regret what I’ve had to do.  And I regret that I didn’t understand what the prophecy meant.  

Buried in Books:  The basics- How do you support yourself when you're on the run? Where do you get money? Do you have a home/homes? Do you have a place or places you stash Rogues/Outcasts? How do you pay for them? 

Daphne:  I steal what I need when I need it, but I also have a dozen aliases and bank accounts in every country.  I also own several safe houses scattered around the world, but if I didn’t it wouldn’t be a problem.  I could change my appearance to look like you, walk right into your house, say goodnight to your husband and kids and sleep in your bed if I needed a place to stay badly enough.  Usually, I just stay in hotels and never pay my bill.  If I go back to that hotel again I wear a different face.  I don’t stash Outcasts and Rogues anywhere, although I do give money to those who need it and try to protect the kids that have it rough.  Kids like Orion.  Hey, I’m not a total dick.  I do care about some people apart from myself, but I keep it in perspective.  I know what my ultimate goal is.   

Buried in Books:  The cestus- What happens if Daphne is in another part of the world and dies with her part of the cestus. Does it magically transfer to Helen? What if Helen has a child or children- how is it divided up?

Daphne:  No, there is no magical transference, and like any other precious heirloom it has been closely guarded and fiercely protected.  

If a daughter is born while a grandmother is still alive, the grandmother gives her half of the Cestus to the new baby, but this happens rarely.  The Heirs to the House of Atreus all owe the goddess Aphrodite a daughter, and luckily for humanity they’ve managed to keep the line unbroken, but few of us live to old age.  We usually have short, violent, and sad lives.

Buried in Books:  Is there anything else you'd like to say to the readers that I haven't asked you?

Daphne:  I think I’d just like to say to Helen that I honestly hoped she would fall for Orion, and I believed he was worthy of her love.  I may have tried to separate her from Lucas, but I always felt that Orion was better for her, anyway.  Love me or hate me, I never wanted for her to be alone.

Thank you Daphne for answering my questions.

To follow the rest of the tour:
Tour Schedule

Monday, May 20th - Starryeyed Reviews
Tuesday, May 21st – fiktshun
Wednesday, May 22nd – The Irish Banana
Thursday, May 23rd – YA Bibliophile
Friday, May 24th – Supernatural Snark

Monday, May 27th - Birth of a new Witch
Tuesday, May 28th – Refracted Light Reviews
Wednesday, May 29th – Tales of a Ravenous Reader
Thursday, May 30th – Hobbitsies
Friday, May 31st – Reading Teen

Monday, June 3rd - Parajunkee
Tuesday, June 4th – Buried in Books
Wednesday, June 5th – Candace Book Blog
Thursday, June 6th – Alison Can Read
Friday, June 7th – Book Twirps

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The Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini
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How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

Can true love be forgotten?
As the only scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.
Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out--a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies' cry for blood is growing louder.
As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen's sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.


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