Saturday, April 30, 2011

Surviving the zombie apocalypse #2

I was in the mood for a 'month in review', so I decided to do a second monthly zombie apocalypse post. My first was back in January and since the zombies have not yet attacked and we are all still very much alive, I figure it's time to refresh my plan. And since I have my own personal zombie-like creature with a particular taste for my flesh *cough* Honey @ Sniff Books, Not Drugs *cough* I really feel the need to better equip myself. 

Surviving the zombie apocalypse #2

Using only the books I've read in the last month, I will answer these critical questions should the Zombie Apocalypse call on us early.

I have read 7 books this month, not including my current read since there is no way I'm going to finish that just now. I've been super slow reading lately. I haven't used all the books I've read, but here goes

Zombie's are invading in mass numbers. Which 3 characters do I take on the run with me?
Luca (Cascade) - He's a 14th century knight; badass with a sword and he'll give me a laugh in these dark times. Plus he's so charming. Seriously,  he'll be fighting off a zombie gnawing on his ribcage and still manage to flirt with the pretty young damsel he's protecting (that's me). How can I resist that?

Fade (Enclave) - the guy is already adept at battling zombie-like creatures! With his fighting skills, I have more hope than I ever imagined of surviving. True, I could have went with Deuce, who is just as capable, but Fade has a Y chromosome and clearly I'm thinking with my X chromosome tonight.

Jacinda (Firelight) - She's a fire breathing draki! Can fire kill zombies? Surely it must? She can huff and puff and blow their stinking flesh across the city. Although I bet the zombie-virus festers with heat and then all the zombitis germs will be clogging up the air from the mass of flesh-eaters she incinerated and she''ll breathe it in and morph into this hybrid human-draki-zombie. Hudrambie. A flying, fire-breathing human with a taste for flesh? Why does it seem like I'm making the world die even faster in my plans?

Where would we hide out?
The Underworld (Abandon)! Only temporarily, mind you, don't go getting any ideas John Hayden. I'd rather hang out with mournful souls lining up for judgement rather than rotting corpses hell bent on eating my delectable brains.

What object or weapon would I take with me?  
It's a tie between taking Jake Tolan's (Saving June) van named Joplin, because it has a cool name and stocked with a crap ton of music (his taste is are widely varied, so there'd be at least one song fitting for the car chase through zombieville) OR doing a trade with the hunters and acquiring some draki skin/blood since it has healing properties.. super helpful in times like these. What? WHAT?! Okay, Jacinda. Get that "I'm going to tear your throat out, you heartless animal" look off your face. I don't like the idea either, but this is the end of the world and if I'm taking two hot men with me, I'll be damned if I'm going to die and leave them to your womanly prowess!

Who would I sacrifice to the zombies as a peace offering or attempt at distracting them while I run the hell out of dodge?
Lord Paratore from Cascade. Why? He's a jerk! It's a fitting fate.

Which one book from the past month would I save?
I hate these questions, they suck. WHY ONLY ONE?! Agh. Cascade!

Which author from the past month's books would I save? 
Oh man... oh man.... um. Amy Plum! Her books are set in PARIS, people. I will force her to sit in a corner and write new stories set in the beautiful city of romance with yours truly as the protagonist with hot French guys fighting over me. If I'm saving her from being eaten, it's the least she can do! Oh and I suppose the fact that she's a sweetheart also influences my decision.

Do I think we'll survive?
Not counting the hudrambie, Jacinda, possibly roasting us all with her in-built oven and then devouring us - I'd say yeah, we have a pretty good chance. We have skilled fighters, a getaway vehicle with music to set the soundtrack to our zombie war, entertainment in the form of Lord Paratore being eaten and Amy having hot men whisper sweet nothings in my ear. Of course, we're all going to starve to death since our hideout is the home of the dead and food may be scarce, but eh, that's so not a priority right now.

What about you? Using characters, objects or settings from books you've read in the past month - do you think you'd survive the zombie apocalypse?

So if I'm bored again this time next month and want to write stupid posts, any ideas for future questions? Maybe I'll do an alien invasion, rather than zombies, since aliens are probably smarter and pose more of a threat. Having brains is dangerous - whether used for knowledge or food.  
Nom nom.

Divergent Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to all the Aussies who entered to win a copy of the hottest new dystopian in town, DIVERGENT! Go check to see if you were one of Braiden's lucky winners. If not, don't despair! I also have three winners who'll be jumping trains with the Dauntless soon enough. And they are.....

Night Owl
Nic @ Irresistible Reads
Nicki J Markus

Congratulations!! You are going to LOVE Divergent! I'm sending you an email now, so please respond with your mailing details asap so the book can be sent out to you.

Thanks again to everyone for reading our Divergent posts and entering. Be sure to grab yourself a copy of Divergent - IT'S AMAZING!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Deathly Hallows Part 2: TRAILER!!

So I was bad and watched the leaked French version of the trailer earlier, but... but... IT'S SO FREAKING AMAZING! Anyway, the English version has now been officially released!

*jaw is on the floor*
OMG! OMG! HOLY FREAKING HIPPOGRIFFS! Part two is going to be mind blowing. I want July to hurry up and come SO BADLY, but I don't want it all to end!

What did you think of the trailer?  Speechless? You're not alone!

Review: Abandon

Author: Meg Cabot
Release Date: May 1st 2011 (for Australia)
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.
Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.
But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

This is my first time reading a Meg Cabot book. Gaspshock, only my first? I know, terrible! I actually have the first couple of books in the Mediator series which I'm really excited about starting because I've read such good things about them. While I did have a few issues with Abandon, overall I found myself sucked into this story.

We learn straight up that Pierce had an NDE - near death experience. She died, she had a Underworld encounter and then she came back to life again. After her NDE, she apparently changed a lot. We're given hints to something that happened at her previous school, something bad she did, bad enough to get her kicked out. So now, two years after her NDE, Pierce and her mother return to Isla Heusos, where her mother grew up. But before she's barely even settled down in her new home, Pierce is reunited with the very person she's been trying to forget: John Hayden. Ruler of the Underworld.

I loved the story and atmosphere Meg created. The actual plot was really intriguing. I mean, you have a general idea that this will have some similarities to the Hades/Persephone myth, but while Meg does draw on them for inspiration, she manages to add her own original spin  to the story which I really enjoyed. I loved learning about what happened between Pierce and John, particularly discovering more about John and his past. Pierce thinks about him a lot, so he is mentioned throughout the entire book, but I wish we had actually seen him more often! There are multiple encounters - both in past and present - but you're left wanting more, because he's such an intriguing character. His role in the Underworld, his backstory that lead to the position he's in today and the underlying emotions that you glimpse bubbling away behind the stony facade he sometimes wears. I'm hoping for a lot more John in the sequel!

The main problem I had with this was the way it was told. There are so many flashbacks to the past throughout the book and they just spring on you at random times - one minute she's in the middle of a scene in the present and suddenly we have two chapters worth of what happened in the past - then cut straight back to the present scene. Or else we're not given the full story of what happened on say, a drive home until ten pages later when Pierce reflects back on a conversation from that drive home. I just wasn't really a fan of the constant back-and-forth and the eluding to events that happened in the past and having to wait to find out what really happened. But while it frustrated me, I was still wanted to find out what happened.  So I'm definitely not saying to avoid this book - as I said above, I really enjoyed the plot and characters, but it's execution frustrated me a times.

I think the ending managed to pull in me much more because by then we're mostly shot of the flashbacks and can focus on what is happening NOW. There are revelations and twists, one which actually surprised me! Maybe I'm totally blind, but I didn't see it coming until the last minute. Looking back, I can see there were clues sprinkled throughout the novel, had I paid more attention to the smaller things. Overall, it was an enjoyable novel with a great plot, the only drawback being choppy past/present storytelling at times. I'll definitely be continuing on in the trilogy, I need to see what's going to happen next and there also a few things regarding her cousin that weren't revealed by the end of the book.

Abandon is an enticing first book in a trilogy that will no doubt appeal to past Cabot fans and all lovers of greek mythology or paranormal romance. Some great characters, intriguing plotline and darkly satisfying atmosphere.

Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday #14

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight a book you're giddy with excitement to read so other people can be giddy with excitement too :)

Author: Lia Habel
Release Date: December 6th 2011
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Add it: Goodreads

Love can never die.

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune, and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.

In Dearly, Departed, steampunk meets romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.

Author: Lisa Goldstein
Release Date: June 15th 2011
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Add it: Goodreads

An ages-old family secret breaches the boundaries between reality and magic in this fresh retelling of a classic fairy tale. When Berkeley student Will Taylor is introduced to the mysterious Feierabend sisters, he quickly falls for enigmatic Livvy, a chemistry major and accomplished chef. But Livvy’s family—vivacious actress Maddie, family historian Rose, and their mother, absent-minded Sylvia—are behaving strangely. The Feierabend women seem to believe that luck is their handmaiden, even though happiness does not necessarily follow. It is soon discovered that generations previous, the Feierabends made a contract with a powerful, otherworldly force, and it is up to Will and his best friend to unravel the riddle of this supernatural bargain in order to save Livvy from her predestined fate.

Dearly, Departed: I have been lusting for this book for months. I first discovered it after Lia spoke about the sweet zombie boy, Bram over at Badass Bookie's Debutante Event and it's safe to say it became a hot favourite on my wishlist. The plot sounds brilliant! And the cover? Absolutely gorgeous. I NEED THIS BOOK!

The Uncertain Places: Again, another eye-catching cover! Plus awesome plot. Fate, supernatural bargains, otherworldy force... that's really all I need to know. I'm definitely checking this out upon release! I don't actually know if it's YA or not, but regardless, I'm intrigued!

What are you waiting on?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Giveaway Winner: ARC of Forgotten

Thanks so much to everyone who entered my giveaway for an ARC of Forgotten by Cat Patrick. To all those unlucky entrants who didn't win, I highly urge you to grab yourself a copy of this stunning book in June!

But one lucky person will be reading this a month prior to release and that person is....


Congratulations! I've sent you an email, so respond with your mailing details and I'll have that shipped out to you :)  I hope you enjoy it!

Everyone else - make sure you add it to Goodreads! And if you haven't already, go LIKE the Forgotten Facebook page.

Aussie readers: Don't forget Braiden and I are giving away 6 copies of Divergent by Veronica Roth! That book is kinda amazing... (understatement of the year). Go here to enter!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Review: Enclave

Author: Ann Aguirre
Release Date: April 12th 2011
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
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New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20's. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight, in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs. As the two are guided by Fade’s long-ago memories, they face dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.

Ann Aguirre creates a dark, enthralling apocalyptic world within what's left of New York City. It's the atmosphere and characters that make this novel a standout. No longer a brat known as Gir15,  Deuce now has a real name and the scars that finally mark her as Huntress, the title she has been training to earn her whole life. She lives underground, within an enclave where people are split into three groups - Hunters, Breeders and Builders. Not hard to figure out what each job entails. While many people think she ought to be a Breeder, given her heritage, Deuce has clearly proven her worth. She's an incredibly skilled fighter and so is paired with the mysterious outcast Fade.

Initially she's reluctant. They both are suspicious of each other, but they're stuck as partners and begin to try working as a team. And with his presence now in her life, Deuce is forced to question her own beliefs. Everything she has grown up living, all the rules and information the elders have fed her and the others. After Deuce and Fade return from a visit to a neighbouring enclave with concerning findings, the elders refuse to listen and it doesn't take long before they're both exiled. To the scary world above them.

I loved the apocalyptic world Ann created because it was so believable [well, in as believable a way as a dying world and zombie-like creatures known as Freaks can get]. Topside was a barren, bleak mess of a world wrought with vicious, untamed gangs (of all whom were young kids/teens, because as with the enclave, none of them lived long enough to grow old). And just as they were underground, Deuce finds that the Freaks roam above ground too. But there is hope. Fade brings with him stories of the past, stories his father told to him of a much better place where it's green and safer and plenty of food to eat. So they set off across what is left of New York, encountering dangers and meeting new people along the way. Some good, some very bad. 

There is a lot of character development, particularly in regards to Deuce. She's grown up with a firm set of beliefs and ideals about the world and then suddenly she's faced with the knowledge that so much of what she's been taught is a lie. Or else misinformation from people who refuse to change or acknowledge what's really out there. But being partnered with Fade was the key to unlocking the rest of the world to her - she may not have asked or wanted that key, but she needed it. She had a purpose in the enclave, but above the surface, she feels a sense of loss. Who is she? She's not a Huntress up there. This is a huge world compared to her living quarters underground - the sky is limitless, the sun is a burning mass of fire on her skin, having never felt it before. She feels weak, but as they explore and uncover the dangers of Topside and meet new people, Deuce begins to adapt. She has an incredible strength within her that really enabled her to carry out this journey. She still has a way to come, but she's growing, she's learning and she's finding herself.

I read a review before going into this that there would be a very light love triangle and all the way through I was wondering 'who's the other guy?'. Trust me when I say, upon first meeting the other guy, you will NOT consider him a contender. Just.. NO. WAY. But then we grew to know him more and surprisingly, VERY surprisingly, you kind of grow to like him a little. His particular turn around kind of threw me for a loop,  I was not expecting it! But through and through, I think Fade and Deuce are suited for one another. The romance isn't the key element in this story and that is not a complaint - the main storyline is fantastic and the way the growing bond was portrayed was done really well, especially considering the history and circumstances of the characters

Enclave is fantastic dystopian with well-written action and danger to keep you on your toes and a growing bond between two brave teenagers as they struggle to survive and understand the world around them. A wonderfully despairing novel with just  the right amount of hope, Enclave will appeal to all lovers of dystopian!

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, April 23, 2011

In My Mailbox #1

In My Mailbox is a weekly feature hosted by The Story Siren

My first IMM! I love fawning over everyone elses mail for the week and since I got some awesome books this week, I thought there was no better place to express my excitement than with people who understand my obsession :)


Thanks so much to Harlequin Teen for sending me the above awesomeness!


Contest Win:

One of my local (and favourite) book stores had an Easter sale on today, $2.99 for brand new YA books! Luckily (for my bank account, sad for me) there wasn't anything in particular I wanted, so I came home empty handed. Although they had the first three Vampire Academy books there and you won't believe how tempted I was to buy them. Despite the fact that I own them already. Some in multiple copies. But they were so cheap! And I love that series! *has issues*

Anyway,  I'm excited to dive into all of these! I actually prefer the above cover art of Inside Out and Outside In compared to the US ones. They're just more visually appealing. I'm reading Firelight at the moment and loving it! I'm sensing a very positive review in the making. Speaking of, I'll be posting up my Enclave review tomorrow!

What awesome books did you get in your mailbox? 
Feel free to leave instructions on the best way to sneak into your house undetected so I may steal them for my own.

Divergent: One choice can transform you

 One choice can transform you. At 16 years of age, every teenager must make the decision that will forever affect the rest of their lives. Which faction do they choose to devote their life to? Do they stay in the faction they've grown up in with the rest of their family? Or are they meant for something else? Too selfish for Abnegation? Not daring enough for Dauntless?

Braiden and I asked fellow bloggers and authors who've read Divergent to answer: Which faction would you choose? Check out what some of your favourite bloggin' celebs would choose below, but first you must suffer through my answer!

What faction would I choose?

On the official faction quiz, my result was actually Dauntless, but it's not the faction I'd choose!

I'm not nearly brave enough for the crazy things those Dauntless get up to, I'm an excellent liar so Candor would probably spit on in me in disgust, I'm not selfless enough for Abnegation (that last cookie is MINE and I will gnaw off your arm if you take it). So that leaves Erudite and Amity. While I do love learning and the thought of all those books and information just waiting for me to access makes me all kinds of giddy, I'm also lazy. I don't want to learn all the time. It's healthy for the ego to be clueless in some areas. And smart people with evil motives are dangerous, so I wouldn't feel safe at night. So that leaves me with Amity. The peace-loving faction! Considering my twitter username is "peacelovevegan" I'm pretty sure I made up my mind ages ago. The idea of living in a community where people hug and keep the peace and sit around camp fires sprinkling fairy-dust in each others hair (complete guesswork there on my behalf), I'm all for that. But I have a feeling Veronica is going to add some sinister edge to the Amity folk in book two. Don't you ruin my fairytale, Roth!

What other readers chose...

If I had to make a decision on what faction to live in in a Divergent world I think I would pick Amity (the peaceful).  I'm not sure if it's the book itself that's made me come to this conclusion because of the events that happened, but I think being peaceful would be the easiest and the lifestyle I would most prefer.  The thing is, if I were living through some events like they are in Divergent I'm not sure if I could be peaceful.  If I could sit back and do nothing.  Assuming they do nothing, I guess we don't know. 

Ideally there wouldn't be factions because no one can be just one thing.  You can't say that your Abnegation (selfless) but you can't be Erudite (intelligent).  Why can't you be both?!  So I guess making a decision is near impossible.
- Candace from Candace's Book Blog

 While the five fractions seem appealing - because each and every human possesses these different qualities - but I would have to choose the Dauntless. To be brave it requires the most heart; you can be brave to be wrong, brave when you're scared, brave when you're trying, and you can even be brave when you're simply being honest. It takes a lot of self-sacrifice and knowledge altogether, and while the Dauntless fraction can be pretty extreme in their tactics . . . but what's wrong in facing your fears? Eventually, you'll have to face everything that brings you down in order to become a stronger and a more independent person.

 I think if I had to choose a faction to belong to, it would be Erudite. I've always been curious, even as a kid, and I've never settled for just accepting the answer someone else has told me. I'm always asking questions, always searching for more answers, and if I don't know something, I get on my laptop and research it (I'd be lost without Google). I don't think you necessarily have to be some genius in order to be in Erudite, you just have to want to know things. And I think that describes me best. Plus, there's no way I could ever be in Candor or Dauntless or Abnegation. Telling the truth all the time would be torture, I can't even watch horror movies they scare me so much, so bravery is out, and selflessness? That'd mean much less reading time! There's always Amity, but it sounds boring, if I'm honest. So Erudite is is!

- Liz from Planet Print

I'd love to say I'd be the building-jumping, face-punching, tattoo-getting Dauntless, but if I'd had to choose as a teen, I would have been Erudite.  That's right--you'd better be careful how much you believe of what I write...

- Kiesten White, author of Paranormalcy

 First off, Divergent is my new favorite book. I love it more and more the more that I think about it. I have been shamelessly promoting it and get all fan-girly whenever I read a review for this book. I think that everyone should read it and love it like I do.

If I had to choose a faction, I think I'd have to go with Amity. It sounds super corny, but I'm a bit of a peace-loving liberal who would love nothing more than to live a Peace Corps type of life. I know that these Amity folks come off as a little crazy in the book, but I still found that I identified with their urge to help others more than any of the other factions. 

- Mrs. DeRaps from DeRaps Reads

So I've come to the conclusion that I would be Divergent - and not because it's cool or the right thing to say, but because I have bits of all factions in me, but I don't belong to just one.

- Lynsey from Narratively Speaking

Visit Braiden's blog to see which faction Beth Revis and other people in the blogging world chose!

Which faction would YOU choose?
Let me know in the comments!
Or take the faction quiz and see where you're most suited for!
Abnegation - selfless
Dauntless - brave
Erudite - intelligent
Amity - peaceful
Candor - honest

Don't forget to order your copy of Divergent!
Read it and see for yourself why this is going to be THE NEXT BIG THING!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Divergent: Face Your Fears

One of the coolest things I found was last year Veronica herself began facing her own fears in the months leading up to Divergent's release. She conquered her fear of heights by sliding down an 18-foot vert ramp, dived into a public fountain and the legendary one that many have heard about - she jumped into a bathtub filled with mini mashmallows in celebration of getting a book deal. If there's one thing that can be said about this author - she definitely is not afraid of being adventurous. I think it's so cool she's taken on such a practical approach to her writing!

Throughout Divergent,  Tris and the other initiates are continually pushed, forced to face things that would have my heart running a marathon directly into the Cowardly Lion's shaky paws. In the Dauntless faction, there is a simulation where where one must attempt to overcome a series of their own personal fears. So I want to find out what YOUR simulation would hold. Do you think you would be able to overcome them?

My fear landscape:

I can't swim. Heck, I can barely even doggy paddle! I had countless swimming lessons at school when I was younger. All the other students advanced to the next skill group, but me? I didn't need an iceberg to sink, I accomplished that feat all on my own. I am deathly afraid of deep water. I'm fine if you put me in the shallow end, but if I my feet can't touch the bottom of the surface - I will sink and I will die and you will cry.

Corny picture, I know. But I had to squint my eyes while searching and typed 'cartoon spiders' -  I couldn't post a real one! I freak out whenever I even see one on tv. I can deal with small spiders - baby ones I'm happy to let roaming free. Medium sized ones, well they're still okay even if I do think they're growing up a little too fast. But it's the big, hairy, long legged ones that send me squealing for someone to get rid of it. I can't look at them otherwise they'll be stuck in my head all day long - furry images flashing through my mind of them crawling over pillow or the back of the chair or in my ear... agh!

This one sort of ties in with my fear of drowning. I'm afraid of any situation that will prevent me from breathing (well duh, I think we all are!). I don't really like wearing scarves or anything wrapped too tightly around my neck or head. Say if someone tickles me and I start struggling for breath, I go into major paranoia. Maybe I suffered death by suffocation in a previous life?

Losing Control
Not a huge one, maybe I'm just a control freak sometimes. I hate not having some amount of control over a situation I'm in - being forced into something where I'm unaware of what's going to happen next, where I can't control what will happen to me. I don't like it at all!

Public Humiliation
This is one of the fears someone else suffers in Divergent and I have to agree, I'm right there with them. I think we all may have this to some degree, unless you totally lack all inhibitions. Being completely degraded and shamed in front of a crowd of people? Or say, finding yourself stark naked in public? Well... if you have a flawless body, I'm sure you wouldn't mind so much. Neither would the crowd ;) But that would be terrifying for me and makes me think that public humiliation would be huge on my list. Part of the reason I could not be Candor is the fact that I'd be deathly afraid of revealing every single thing that goes through my head and utterly humiliating myself.

Those are all I can really think of, but I've no doubt there would be others in my fear landscape - I think we all have a multitude of fears, big and small, deep and shallow, but I can't say I'm overly comfortable with sharing some of those deeper ones with the whole wide Internet! Which automatically rules out two factions for me. Candor, because I can't be honest and tell all. And Dauntless, because I'm not brave enough to admit to my fears.

What would your fear landscape hold?

Now head on over to Braiden's blog where he's talking about "choices" in Divergent!

Tomorrow: One choice can transform you. Find out which faction other bloggers and authors would choose!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Divergent: Behind the Scenes with Molly O'Neill

Continuing on in our DIVERGENT lovefest, today we have a very sexy guest in our midst. A wonderful woman who helps bring amazing books to our needy hands as part of her job. I'd like to present to you: Molly O'Neill! She's Veronica Roth's editor and has been so kind to share some behind the scenes info about Divergent. Read on, it's fascinating!

What was yours/Harper Collins first reaction when you read the manuscript? Did you sense something 'big'?

Veronica’s literary agent knew I was hungry for a great teen/YA project that asked interesting “what if?” questions, so when she told me about DIVERGENT, it sounded really like it could be exactly the sort of story I’d been waiting for. She sent the manuscript to me just before the end of work on a Thursday, and I started reading it on the subway ride home that night. I was hooked by Tris’s voice in just the first few pages—the tone of her voice is as clipped and careful and controlled as the Abnegation world around her, but underneath, there’s this quiet undertone of her yearning for something more, and I found that split of her persona so tremendously compelling and well-crafted.

By the time I was getting off the subway forty minutes later, I had cancelled my dinner plans because I knew I had to keep reading—I could tell that the manuscript was something special. I finished DIVERGENT at about 3:30 a.m. and stumbled into work the next morning and started babbling in a slightly incoherent and sleep-deprived way to my boss about a girl called Tris, and factions and choices and Chicago, and a mysterious boy called Four. Luckily, my boss, Katherine Tegen, recognized that an editor doesn’t have that kind of impassioned reaction to a book very often, but when she does, it means something. (And publishing may be the only job in the world where “I was up too late reading” is sometimes considered a valid excuse for coming into work late!) And once Katherine read the manuscript, she wholeheartedly agreed that Veronica was an incredible writer and that we had to publish her books!

What was the publication process like? Did you have to fight hard alongside other publishers to secure rights?

The agent told us that there were many other editors and publishing houses who also wanted to publish DIVERGENT, but everyone at HarperCollins really rallied around this book. Veronica’s agent sent me the manuscript on a Thursday night, and we closed the deal the following Monday. It was tremendously exciting for everyone involved (well, except for the other editors/publishing houses, I suppose), and a little over a year later, we’re incredibly honored to be introducing DIVERGENT, and Veronica Roth, to the world. As an editor, I feel really lucky to be working with an author like Veronica—someone who is so talented and so dedicated to the craft of writing, and also just a pretty amazing human being overall—and I hope we get to work together on many more books to come!

The cover art is incredibly well fitting for the novel, can you give us a little insight how the design process went?

Thanks! All credit for that stellar cover goes to our fantastic team of Designers—Barb Fitzsimmons, Amy Ryan, and Joel Tippie. The cover-making process is very collaborative between editors and designers and many of other people on the HarperCollins staff, too. Our Sales team, our Subrights team, and our Marketing/Publicity team all weigh in along the way, because covers are one of the most important selling tools a book has. Sometimes it’s a tricky decision because everyone wants something different, but in this case, it was entirely (and happily!) unanimous. Our designers mocked up a number of different approaches to what the cover could look like, and all of them were fantastic, but as soon as we saw this possibility we knew that this was “the one.” We love that it’s a cover that will appeal to and intrigue an incredibly wide range of readers—boys, girls, adults, and teens alike. My very favorite part of the cover is probably the most subtle detail of all, because it makes you “look again”—the fact that Lake Michigan isn’t a lake at all, as it appears at first glance, but a marsh, just as it is in Tris’s world.

If you had to choose a faction, which would would it be?

I’ve had this conversation with pretty much every person I know who’s read the book thus far, and I never get tired of it! I’d say that I was probably born Abnegation, but I’d have chosen Candor.

Thank you SO much for your time, Molly! We really appreciate you sharing these insights.

Tomorrow on my blog: Divergent forces us to face our fears!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Divergent: Win 1 of 6 copies!

With release date nearly upon us, Braiden (That Boy Needs Therapy) and I thought we'd do a few posts to get you all even more excited for this incredible novel. If you've read my review and Braiden's,  you'll see how much we LOVED this book. I do not make such statements lightly. DIVERGENT IS FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC! If you like your dystopians, you're going to be drooling over this baby.

We'll be having a couple of Divergent-related posts over the next few days on both our blogs, so make sure you check them out!

Tomorrow: Veronica's editor, Molly O'Neill gives us a peek behind the scenes of Divergent!

And thanks to the absolutely gorgeous Eliza of Harper Collins Australia, between us we have SIX copies of Divergent to giveaway!! 3 on my blog, 3 on Braiden's. Unfortunately though, these copies are limited to Australia only. Sorry! If you have an Aussie address we can send it to, please do enter!

To win 1 of 3 brand new copies of Divergent:
Australia only.
Automatic entry for entering, extra entries for following our blogs and advertising.
Ends April 30th 2011

Enter mine then head over to Braiden's blog for another chance to win 1 of 3 copies!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Fictional Couples

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish who are this week asking: 'Top Ten Tuesday Rewind -- Pick a past Top Ten Tuesday that we've done that you didn't get a chance to participate in.'

Seeing as this is my first time participating, I get free reign of them all! I KNOW I wrote a ton, but I couldn't help myself!

Favourite Fictional Couples in Books

Ron and Hermione -  Harry Potter series
They will always be one of my all-time favourites. We watched them grow up together, fight and make up more times than I can count, their bantering, their jealousy (like Ron's irrational jealousy in Half Blood Prince over a kiss between Hermione and Krum that happened TWO YEARS ago, so he gets all pissed and then starts getting it on with Lavender Brown... gosh I love Ron). They're just such polar opposites but they WORK. I absolutely love their friendship/relationship. When it all finally came to a head in the Room of Requriement in Deathly Hallows - WHO DIDN'T CHEER?!

 "Hermione, you are honestly the most wonderful person I've ever met," said Ron weakly, "and if I'm ever rude to you again --"
"--I'll know you're back to normal," said Hermione.

Katniss and Peeta - The Hunger Games trilogy
The girl who was on fire and the boy with the bread. Katniss and Peeta have an incredible bond and a history that began the first time he ever heard her sing. They've been through a shocking ordeal together and the devastation of what they've witnessed and endured is one of the things that help bring them together, but it's their own individual characters that draw the other in. There was something so real and precious about Katniss and Peeta's relationship throughout the series. In the end, he's the one who gives her hope, something to hold onto, some glimmer of life for the future.

"You love me, real or not real?"
I tell him, "Real."

Tris and Four - Divergent
It wasn't an instantaneous connection between these two and that was fantastic because as the story moved on, as we were caught up in the action and intrigue and astonishment of this incredible novel, we saw the connection slowly begin to form. The respect, the attraction, the strength. One particular moment that I loved was Four letting down his guard in front of Tris - allowing her to see his weaknesses and vulnerabilities. He's a strong character both physically and emotionally, but that involves a different kind of strength, to let someone in. They were incredible and I loved every bit of seeing their relationship grow and I'm so excited to see it deepen more in the sequel!

My stomach writhes, partly because I know he makes a good point but I don't want to admit it, and partly because I want something I don't know how to express; I want to press against the space between us until it disappears.

London and Luke - Forgotten
This is such a beautiful relationship. I don't know if it's the fact that Luke is the sweetest thing to ever walk, talk and breathe simultaneously, the uniquely stunning plot that draws them together or just simply because of the beautiful writing of Cat Patrick. But they work so well, they have such a truly sweet and genuine connection. I love them together!

 And then, before I can worry about what he's doing, Like leans over and kisses me.  Barely there at first,  then more purposeful, the kiss is soft and electric at the same time. It's so perfect that, before it's over, I'm heartbroken that I won't remember it.

Rose and Dimitri - Vampire Academy series
I LOVE Adrian, don't get me wrong. But it was always meant to be Rose and Dimitri. Their relationship is so strong and equal and let's face it, they're pretty badass on their own. But together? Badassness to the EXTREME. I love the scene where they have to physically fight each other in the field experience tests. They have been through so many trials, so many complications and so much heartache. We cheered on their forbidden relationship, hoping someday it could develop into something more and then just when we're given the kind of hope we craved - it was snatched away from us. RICHELLE MEAD IS AN EVIL GENIUS.

"What?" I asked uneasily. "Why are you looking at me like that?"
He shook his head, the smile rueful now. "Because sometimes, a person can get so caught up in the details that they miss the whole. It's not just the dress of the hair. It's YOU. You're so beautiful. So beautiful, it hurts me."

Anna and Etienne - Anna and the French Kiss
The sexual tension between these two is currently generating my household electricity. I no longer have to pay the bills, just by having Anna and the French Kiss sitting in my bookshelf, I'm powering my whole house... heck, maybe even my neighbours are leeching off it! I loved the push and pull of their relationship. There's a solid friendship right at the foundation. Throughout the year they grew closer and you're just waiting, waiting, WAITING for that kiss to happen, that moment where it all comes together but oh does Stephanie Perkins make you work for it. And you eat up every minute of it. 

"Closed. Plenty of time to see it later, remember?" He leads me into the courtyard, and I take the opportunity to admire his backside. Callipygian. There is something better than Notre-Dame."

Marcello and Gabi - River of Time series
They have such a deep, respectful bond. On their own, they're two capable, headstrong characters and together they manage to compliment each other perfectly. He's a 14th century Italian knight, she's a 21st century girl used to women rights. I loved to watch their relationship grow, Gabi was this fascinating new oddity in his era and what I liked so much was that he respected her 'girl power'. Yes, he wanted to keep her safe and protected and certainly didn't want a girl, particularly one he had feelings for, wielding a sword in the middle of battle, but the She-Wolf of Siena does what she wants :)

We froze. Neither of us moving, simply staring at each other, wondering if the other was going to move first.
"You are," he whispered, "uncommonly stirring."

Violet and Jay - The Body Finder
How can I not have these two? They've been childhood friends and then suddenly Violet began seeing her best friend in a whole new light. HE GOT HOT. And so we watched as their relationship began to grow into something more, more than just friends, they took those tentative steps into this whole new arena and it was so sweet and romantic. Not sure what they're like in Desires of the Dead, but I'm getting a copy soon!

And then he kissed her. Gently. Softly. Not on the lips, as she'd imagined so many times before, but on her forehead.
The gesture was sweet and a little possessive.
Violet hoped, maybe, it was a start.

Snape/Lily/James - Harry Potter series
Sure, we never got to see as much of the Marauders era as we did the trio's (although J.K  Rowling seriously needs to write another set of books from the Marauders POV!), but I love what this relationship brought to the series. I loved the way Lily and James came together - she hated him in the beginning and he, ever that cocky Quidditch player was always trying to gain her favour. They grew up and eventually love happened. Yet Snape's lifelong love for Lily is so tragic and heartbreaking, despite the fact that the guy has a terrible attitude, it really touches your heart. He loved her so much that still, 17 years after her death, regardless of how much he hated James, he's secretly fighting to keep her son alive. He's sacrificed a lot, all in the name of love. Take that Voldy!  And his patronus is still.... *oh sniff*.

"After all this time?" 

Who are your favourite fictional couples?

Review: Cryer's Cross

Author: Lisa McMann
Release Date: Already lining shelves
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia / Simon & Schuster US
Add it: Goodreads

The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on... until Kendall's boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it's crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear...and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating...and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico's mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.

The first girl went missing a few months ago. The whole town went out on search parties trying to find the missing teen who disappeared without warning. But they found nothing. No body, no trace of Tiffany Quinn. Now Kendall Fletcher's best friend/boyfriend has suddenly started acting weird. completely withdrawn into his own world, hardly talking to her anymore. And then, just like Tiffany, he's gone too.

Kendall suffers from OCD and when Nico disappears it goes into overdrive. They've been childhood friends since they were in the womb and have always been apart of one another's life every single day in Cryer's Cross. But now he's gone and she's left trying to deal with the grief and her overactive brain. The search  to find him proves fruitless and the media goes crazy with connecting his disappearance to Tiffany's - did Nico have something to do with Tiffany going missing? There are also two new students in town who arrived just after Tiffany disappeared - Jacian and Marlena Oregon . As quick as Jacian had arrived to town, the police were on his doorstep questioning him about Tiffany.  He doesn't exactly come off as the friendliest person, so could he have played a part in Nico's disappearance?

The bond that formed between Kendall and Jacian was slow and lingering, growing into something deeper before they even realised it.  Jacian is portrayed as this sullen, hostile, bad boy in the beginning, but the more Kendall begins to hang out with him the more layers are peeled back from his outer shell and we glimpse what a genuinely nice, thoughtful, funny guy he is. Sure, he's a little rough around the edges but that's what makes him feel so real.

Throughout the novel we're given these creepy little inserts from "WE" - the disturbing something that keeps you on constant alert, trying to figure out what they are. They're hungry. Crying out. Pleading to be saved. To be touched. And Kendall begins to see new graffiti etched onto Nico's old desk that looks years old, but wasn't there the previous day. We're given these haunting little teasers and while I figured out some of the mystery, when all was finally revealed - talk about creepy! Disturbing and a heartbreaking. I don't think I will ever look at one of those old school desks the same way again.

I really enjoyed reading from Kendall's perspective as she battles daily with her OCD. I could relate to the patterns she displayed - what she was dealing with and how she handled it. While I didn't realise it at the time, only now looking back, I did some weird, crazy things when I was younger that just screamed "OCD!" and like Kendall I kept that hidden from the people around me (although her family and a few others knew about her situation). It's an incredibly difficult thing to deal with because you don't want people to think you're crazy and some of the things that you feel compelled to do are just... weird. Odd. Irrational. Lisa portrayed the issue well and I liked that it actually became quite a gift to Kendall.

Lisa's has a unique writing style, fast paced and to-the-point, she instantly draws the reader in and you're swept up in the mystery. Cryer's Cross is a creepy, haunting novel that will keep you on your toes trying to figure out what the "WE" are and how they're connected to the disappearances. The romance was light, but pitch perfect as a secondary plotline for the book. Cryer's Cross will suck you in and have you heeding to the voices of the WE, but try your best to resist, lest they take you as their own.

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, April 17, 2011

BEA attendees - snag me an ARC, I'll buy you a book!

So since I live in Australia, I don't get the opportunity to attend these awesome events. Instead I shall sit glued to the computer and drool over all the tweets and posts from every lucky enough to be going. I have a request for those bloggers attending - would any kind, caring, sexy reader be willing to snag me an ARC?  In exchange I will buy you a book from your wishlist from the Book Depository to cover the cost of shipping from US to Australia.

The one that I want, need, CRAVE is Bloodlines by Richelle Mead and I know they'll disappear quickly because it's such a popular series, but I am a HUGE VA fan.  I WILL SELL YOU MY SOUL FOR A COPY. And I watch Supernatural. I know the ramifications of selling one's soul.

But the others I really want, second to Bloodlines are:
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Crossed by Ally Condie
Legend by Marie Lu
The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen
Eve by Anna Carey

I can only afford to do an exchange with one person, so if you're willing and think you might be able to get a Bloodlines ARC (or if not, one of the others) please email me! Or comment here. Or shout from the rooftops. Trust me, I'll hear. I'm listening.

Thank you! And to everyone attending next month, hope you have a blast!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

8 chances to win FORGOTTEN!

As you might know, I currently have a contest running for the chance to win an ARC of the debut novel, Forgotten by Cat Patrick. If you read my review, you'll know I absolutely LOVED this book. You will read it in one sitting. Stunning, original plot. Beautiful writing. Amazing characters. It's perfect.

If you've already entered mine (and if you haven't, what are you waiting for?!), then I've compiled a list of the other 7 bloggers who are giving away an ARC of this stunning novel. I urge you to go follow these awesome bloggers and enter for your chance to read an early copy before it's release in June!

If you're giving away an ARC of Forgotten and I missed you, post you link in the comments and I'll add it to the list!

And don't forget to LIKE the new Australian Facebook page for FORGOTTEN!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Review: Cascade

Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Release Date: June 1st 2011
Publisher: David C. Cook
Add it: Goodreads
Mom touched my underdress—a gown made six hundred years before—and her eyes widened as she rubbed the raw silk between thumb and forefinger. She turned and touched Lia’s gown. “Where did you get these clothes?”              

Gabi knows she’s left her heart in the fourteenth century and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, weeks have passed and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence—while the Florentines will go to great lengths to see them dead. But Marcello patiently awaits, and Gabi must decide if she’s willing to leave her family behind for good in order to give her heart to him forever. 
Note: Because this won't be out until June and also since it's the sequel, I tried not to give away any major plot points or spoilers!

Wow. What can I say? The River of Time series has become a favourite of mine. I absolutely loved Waterfall and I can say that the sequel does NOT disappoint. In fact, I may even be willing to say it's.... even better than the first book! Which, if you've read the glowing reviews for Waterfall thus far, you know that's saying a lot.

The She-Wolves of Siena have returned. Gabriella and Lia Beterrani make the journey back to the 14th century with another Beterrani in tow this time - their mother. They've only been back in the present time for about half an hour, but due to some weirdness in the space-time continum, to Marcello and everyone else back in the past, it's been almost three months since Gabi and Lia last left. Despite what they achieved at the end of Waterfall, things are more dangerous than ever. They are on the brink of a war and while the Beterrani sisters are revered as heroines amongst the Sienese, their enemies want them with just as much passion.

The stakes are raised even higher in Cascade and Lisa Bergren does not step down from the challange. Not only is there a rising threat of a direct attack from the Florentines, but a new danger is beginning to rear it's head among them all, one that can't be thwarted by swords and arrows - the Black Plague. Throughout the whole novel I was on the edge of my seat! The danger increases - the girls get themselves stuck in such sticky situations and you honestly have no idea what's going to happen next. Whether they'll be captured, tortured or even make it out alive and while I know deep down the girls can't die (it's their saga, afterall!), that doesn't stop my heart from racing with apprehension. Lisa knows how to build the suspense and uncertainty!

And that's not all she excels at. Yeah, I'm talking romance now, folks. Oh my... Marcello and Luca - I ADORE!!! I loved them both in Waterfall, but they somehow managed to burrow their way even deeper into my heart this time. I don't know who I love more.... can I just have both gift-wrapped for Christmas, please? Marcello and Gabi's relationship is further intensified throughout Cascade and due to the fact that near-death battles seem like an almost daily experience in his era, they recognise how easy they could lose one another. And how strong their love is. They have such a great relationship, it's genuine attraction and a deep, respectful bond.

I just have to throw a little quote out there that is SO true: "Marcello. Luca. They're men, Lia. Not boys. It takes guys at home another ten years to have the maturity that these guys have." 

There's always a growing attraction between Luca and Lia. Well, Luca has plainly declared his swooning for Lia, but she's a little more stubborn to give into the way we're all sure she's feeling! Because how could a girl NOT fall for Luca? This guy still manages to lay on the charm with a grin on his face even while he's incapacitated or in the middle of deadly battle. Lia is the most reluctant to give up life in her own time. Gabi wants to stay - she's found love, true love in this era with Marcello and she doesn't want to leave. But she won't sacrifice losing her family to stay. She's so torn between the people she loves - can she convince her mother and sister that staying in an era where she's both worshipped as a hero and hated with cold fury, is a good thing for them all?

Cascade has everything a great book should have. Romance, intrigue, danger, treachery and action. Action the way it SHOULD be written, full of peril and suspense and uncertainty. This series will take your breath away, with characters who'll fast become your friends and an adventure through time that will have your heart pounding alongside our heroines. I cannot recommend these books enough, if you haven't already read Waterfall - what are you waiting for!? Go, go, go!

Rating: 5/5

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spread The Awesome #2

A weekly feature in which I spread the awesome about something I'm in love with at the moment. Whether it's a book, piece of news, person in the blogging/writting/publishing community - anything that is awesome and remotely related to reading. There can never be too much 'lovefesting' in the world :)

This week is more of a personal awesome I want to spread. If you read my review for Bryony Pearce's debut novel, Angel's Fury, you know that I loved the book. Anyway, the other night I received an email from Bryony asking if her editor could add some of my comments to the cover of Angel's Fury alongside other reviewers when it goes to print. How flipping cool is that?! My actual name won't be printed, but I don't care. I know the comments are mine! Does blogging get much better than that? I started blogging because, for over a year, I'd been following these fantastic bloggers and became immersed in the most amazing community of readers and wanted to share my thoughts on books too. Never did I think I would get such cool perks to this hobby.

So that's my AWESOME of the week! Totally made my day. And that just gives you one more reason to buy yourself a copy of Angel's Fury when it's released in July! If you want something new and original that will haunt you for weeks after reading, I can't recommend this enough!

Add it: Goodreads

What's your awesome of the week?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Giveaway Winners!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered my Falling Under and Burn Bright giveaways! We finally have our two winners, but to everyone else,  I highly urge you to grab yourself a copy of these amazing books. I absolutely loved both of them.

Anyway, the lucky winners are....

Falling Under:

Burn Bright:
Isabela Nagy Iorio

WOOHOO!! Congratulations girls! I've sent you both an email, so please respond with your mailing address so these books can be shipped off to you asap. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Waiting On Wednesday #13

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight a book you're giddy with excitement to read so other people can be giddy with excitement too :)

Author: Kristina Caden
Release Date: July 2011
Publisher: Entwined Publishing
Add it: Goodreads

Have you ever had the feeling like something's missing? No. Scratch that. Like a piece of your heart is gone? Vacant. That's how Cadence Macoby has felt ever since she can remember. Never laughing, never crying, Cadence lives an existence that barely feels alive. She isn't the only one, her parents feel it too. When she meets handsome, mysterious Cole, he helps Cadence unlock the secrets that hide in her past, and the magic within her soul, allowing her to experience feelings of her own for the very first time. Bound to a destiny she didn't ask for, Cadence must face an evil she never dreamed possible, if she wants to find the missing piece of her broken heart.

Author: Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
Release Date: December 13th 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Add it: Goodreads

Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie, the New York Times bestselling authors of the Wicked series, have created an entirely new trilogy with the passion of Twilight and the grandeur of Fallen. The Wolf Springs Chronicles introduces readers to a town of secrets and the new girl who's about to start believing in werewolves. 

My Sister's Destiny: Not only is the cover really pretty, but the plot sounds very intriguing! Why is Cadence so 'empty'? Who is Cole? What is this evil she must face? Is it something supernatural? What is the destiny she is bound to? I want to know more!

Unleashed: I haven't read any of Nancy and Debbie's books before, although I do have a copy of Possessions somewhere in my bookshelf. But what can I say, I'm a sucker for a good paranormal read! I like my wolfies, so I'm hoping this one will be another furry good read.

What are you waiting on?
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