Friday, February 12, 2016

ARC Review: Wild Hearts (Hamilton Stables #2) by Melissa West @MB_West @lyricalpress

 photo 27866680_zps3c5mh224.jpgIn the lush heart of Kentucky, horse racing is king, and the Hamilton family is royalty, born to produce champions. Maybe that’s because they understand wildness better than most…

Charming, reckless, and restless, youngest brother Alex Hamilton has a reputation for sweet talking his way into any woman’s arms—and failing at anything to do with the family business. So when he commits to managing their new breeding operation, it’s under one condition: he’ll focus on work and nothing else—no distractions, no fun…no women. But just when Alex has promised to keep his hands to himself, sweet, sexy Kate Littleton gallops away with his heart…

Kate knows Alex isn’t the long-term type—he proved that in a lot of delicious ways when they first met more than a year ago. But seeing him blazing with new dedication to Hamilton Stables, she can’t deny that he’s miles ahead of any other man who interests her. The attraction between them is electric right out of the gate, but it will take an unexpected loss to put them back in the race and headed for a passionate future together…

This book is a standalone novel in a series of standalones.

Title: Wild Hearts (Hamilton Stables #2)
Author: Melissa West
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Expected Publication Date: February 16, 2016




Brooke's Review:
I want to thank the author, Melissa West, and Lyrical for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

I really enjoyed Melissa's first book in this series. I am not a Southern girl. On the contrary, I grew up in Brooklyn, NY, so I'm about as city as it gets. But there is something about the South and how things work that are so different it is totally intriguing. That's how I felt when I read this book. Like I just had to know more: more about the South, more about horses, more about everything. And the picture West paints of the stables and the land and the horses did just that for me.

I also love a good book where attraction might start things off, but then things grow into this complicated and amazing relationship. That's what West did here. She took two people who absolutely  had the chemistry to go at it and she made them back up a bit and slowly come together. It was like watching a flower grow, only not quite that slow! LOL!

Kate was one spunky and independent girl. She knows what she wants and isn't afraid to do what she needs to get it. If that means keeping away from things she knows are not good for her she darn well will do it. But there's something about Alex Hamilton that pulls her in. And while she wants to try and stomp out the fire that seems to burn whenever she around him, it's almost impossible for her to do so. But she's not dumb with her heart. She keeps it closed because she doesn't want it hurt. Yet, miraculously, Alex is somehow able to crack it open bit by bit and inch his way in.  And Kate can see a side of him no one else seems to see: a dedicated and hard working man who wants to succeed.

I was so glad to see this book was about Alex. I really enjoyed meeting him in Racing Hearts. There's always something about the youngest brother that gets to me. I want to know their story and how it will end. Especially when they are the reckless type who really want to turn things around. And being that he's had his fair share of mess ups, I loved seeing him come into his own and take charge of his future. Of course, he has some rocky patches and a tragedy that slow him down. But he overcomes and is able to prove he is the right man for the job.

West's descriptions really bring me into the countryside of Kentucky. I may be a city girl, but I spent quite a few years in the country of Ohio, so it was nice to have that picture in my mind once again. And her way of approaching the complications of love in this book are fantastic. There's such a push and pull between the characters who know what they want but are just a tad bit weary about going and getting it.

Overall, this is a quick romantic read that pitches in just a little bit of heartbreak so the characters can see what they truly have in front of them. I love West's writing and will read anything she choose to put on paper. If you're a fan of sassy and fun romance, then you'll love this series.


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Melissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and YA sci-fi romance,all with lots of kissing. Because who doesn't like kissing?. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. 


Connect with Melissa at www.melissawestauthor.com or on Twitter @MB_West.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Blog Tour: Marked by Laura Williams McCaffrey @LauraWMcCaffrey @The_FFBC


Marked
by Laura Williams McCaffrey
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release Date: February 16th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia


Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Lyla lives in a bleak, controlling society where only the brightest and most favored students succeed. When she is caught buying cheats in an underground shadow market, she is tattooed—marked—as a criminal. Then she is offered redemption and she jumps at the chance . . . but it comes at a cost. Doing what is right means betraying the boy she has come to love, and, perhaps, losing even more than she thought possible. Graphic novel–style vignettes revealing the history of this world provide Lyla with guidance and clues to a possible way out of the double bind she finds herself in.


 Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else? 
I aways wrote, but I didn’t always want to be a writer. I didn’t really think of writing as a job people did. Also, when I was a kid, I didn’t meet any writers of books for children and teens. There wasn’t any internet, so all I knew about authors was what I learned from the little bios at the backs of their books. I wanted to be a marine biologist for a long time. Later, I wanted to be a history teacher. 
Do you have a schedule of when you write? 
I do. I get up at 5:30am and I make myself some tea. I procrastinate awhile, and I start working at about 6am. I try to work — write or think about the story — until 10 or 11am. Then I start with email, business stuff, and teaching. 
How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
I treat writing like a job. I show up almost every morning. I try not to schedule anything else during writing time. I don’t use mornings to chat with friends or to attend appointments. That block of time is an unbreakable commitment, a date with someone important. 
How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite? 
I’ve published two books plus Marked, Alia Waking and Water Shaper. I’ve also published four short stories. I have favorite things about each of them, but I don’t have a favorite book. 
Where do you write?  
I now have a little room in my house, my witch’s tower. Before it existed, I used to write in my bedroom or in my closet. 
When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took? 
I learned about the business. Writing is creative work, and you can learn to become better by studying the stories you love as well as by practicing. Selling books, though, is a business, and so you have to learn about how that business works. I learned from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, which provides a lot of helpful information. Harold Underdown’s website, The Purple Crayon, was also helpful.
What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing? 
You need to make the time to write. Maybe you only have time on Sundays. Maybe you have time in the evenings or the mornings. Maybe you have vacation times each year you can use. Whatever your circumstances, create your writing schedule and commit to it. Also read, read, read. When a story really impresses you, sit down and look at it closely. How did the author construct what you love about the story? What might you learn from him or her?
Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such? 
I have a writer friend who reads everything. He and I discuss the characters and story. We talk about story structure, sentences, everything. He usually reads a few drafts before I feel ready to submit the story to my agent and my editor. 
Are you working on anything now? 
Too many things! I have a few novels I want to complete. I’m almost finished a solid draft of one. The other two are a mess. I have a short story I’m finishing, and I have a couple short stories in progress. Like everyone else, I’d love more time to write! 
If you could travel anywhere in the world to visit a place so you could use it as a background for a book, where would it be?
This is a very difficult question. I’d like to take a trip around the US and visit the many places I’ve never seen. Also, Ireland. Orkney. Wales. I’d also love to visit Venice. That isn’t one place, is it?

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I read, I write, I teach. I've published short stories in Cicada, YA Review Network, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Soundings Review. Clarion Books will release Marked, my YA dystopian fantasy, in February 2016. My other fantasy novels are WATER SHAPER and ALIA WAKING (both published by Clarion Books). For more information, it's best to visit my website: http://www.laurawilliamsmccaffrey.com






Blog Tour: Beyond the Stars by Stacy Wise @StacyWiseBooks @GCReading



Beyond the Stars by Stacy Wise
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication: February 8th, 2016


Falling for him wasn't in the plans...

Most girls would kill for the opportunity to work for Jack McAlister, Hollywood's hottest actor, but twenty-one-year-old Jessica Beckett is ready to kick him out of her red Ford Fiesta and never look back. She should be spending her junior year in France, eating pastries and sharpening her foreign language skills. Instead she's reluctantly working as Jack's personal assistant, thanks to her powerhouse talent agent aunt.

Jack is private, prickly, and downright condescending. Jessica pushes his buttons—she's not the type of girl to swoon over celebrity heartthrobs, precisely why her aunt thought she'd be perfect for the job—and Jack pushes right back.

But as she begins to peel away his layers, Jessica is shocked to find she craves her boss's easy smile and sexy blue eyes. The problem is, so does the entire female population. And what started out as the job from hell soon has Jess wondering if a guy like Jack could ever find love with a regular girl like her.

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Excerpt:
Jack grabs two leather jackets off a row of hooks in the garage. “Put this on,” he says, handing me a jacket, “and this.” He passes me a helmet that’s a smaller version of his. “We’re going to blow off some steam.”
Whoa. Blow off some steam on a motorcycle? That doesn’t sound dangerous or anything. The only time I’ve been on a motorcycle is when Colin’s friend took me to the Jamba Juice that was a mile from my house. He drove like a snail, and that was a big deal for me. I hold the helmet in my hand as if it’s a dead rat. My stomach is starting to hurt really bad.
Jack is geared up and ready to go. I tell myself to put on the stupid helmet, but I can only hug it close.
“Hey, what’s taking you so long?”
“I, um... Fear?”
He turns off the bike so he can hear me. “What’d you say?”
“It’s nothing.” I brush back the hair from my face and try to put on the helmet with shaky hands. I focus on the ground, so I don’t have to look at him, and adjust the chinstrap. Before I can get it fastened, he’s in front of me, his hands stopping mine. He slides off my helmet, careful not to hurt my ears.
“What’s going on?” His voice is soft.
“I’ve never ridden on a motorcycle at night in the dark with someone who may be angry or stressed or frazzled.”
“I’m not angry or stressed.”
“Frazzled?”
He smiles. “Maybe, but I won’t take it out on the bike. And I’m sure as hell not going to put either one of us at risk. I figured we could cruise down the hill and hang out in a dive bar I know. It’s just off Sunset. If you don’t feel like going, though, it’s cool.”
“Oh. Okay.” I tuck my hair behind my ears and absently twirl a strand in my fingers. “I thought you meant you wanted to go flying around the Hollywood Hills. I can go down the street. I’m fine with that.”
“I’ll drive carefully. Your job is to hang on tight, got it?”
“Yeah.” I can hang on tight.
He takes my helmet and clicks it on me. “That feel all right?”
“Yep. I may need like ten shots now, but yeah.”
“Good thing I’m the driver,” he says with a grin. He helps me into the jacket and zips it up to my chin. It’s huge, but it’ll keep me warm. I wait for him to climb onto the bike first and hop on behind him. He reaches back for my hand and places it firmly on his stomach. His jacket is zipped, but I can feel the hardness of his abs through it. I try to keep my fingers from exploring, but they have a mind of their own. He pulls the other hand around and says, “Don’t let go, okay? Just keep your hands here, and you’ll be fine.”

About the Author

Stacy Wise is the author of BEYOND THE STARS (Entangled Embrace, 2016). She has a B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA and a Masters in Teaching from Chapman University. She lives in California with her husband, four children, two dogs, and ever-changing number of fish. BEYOND THE STARS is her debut novel.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Review: Redeem (The Caelian Cycle #2.5) by Donnielle Tyner @donnielletyner @isisuni


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Goodreads Teaser:
A boy without a voice.
A teen without a home.
A man without hope.

Kian knows the way his life is headed will be the death of him. It doesn’t matter how many criminals he catches for Gordon's Bounty Detective Agency or how deep he tries to fall into the bottle – those eyes haunt him. All it took was one whisper of bad advice, one wrong choice, one mistake, to wipe out years of confidence he had struggled to build while living on his Grandmother’s farm. Then Kian found the box of files overflowing with unsolved crimes. Those cold cases jolted his soul from its vegetative state and awakened his resolve. Kian knew those cases were meant for him to solve, but the last thing he expected to find within a few wrinkled folders was his ultimate redemption.

Redeem
Donnielle Tyner
YA & Paranormal/Sci-Fi
3 stars
Pub'd 1/18/16

Isis' Review:
I would like to thank Donnielle Tyler for an e-ARC of this book to review. Though I received this e-book for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review. 

Being a novella this is a short story, so it goes by quickly. I got my copy without the benefit of the teaser material, so this review is based upon a cold reading. Even though I've read the first two books in the Caelian Cycle series I had no real frame of reference for this story beyond the main character's name. At least not until a ways into the story. This is Kian's backstory, his background prior to meeting Sadie - that relationship is covered in book two, Bound. While he's also in Lost, this novella brings you right up to his first contact with Sadie. 

While Kian is interesting I felt as if there wasn't enough to anchor me to his character. I didn't really understand why he was all over the map, and it was difficult to find a reason to care, or a reason beyond knowing the role he plays in both books in the Caelian Cycle. In my opinion this novella shouldn't be read immediately after the second book in the Caelian Cycle, as it won't mean as much without that frame of reference to work from. Even then the issue that drives him is left unspoken, and if it's covered in the prior books I can't say I can recall it. Given the fact that it motivates his every move I'd like to know exactly what happened, or at the very least be assured that it would become clear in the next book. It's quite possible it was covered in either Lost or Bound, but given the number of books I read and the amount of time between readings it would be useful to have a reminder if the information was included in one of those books. 

All told I wish that this had been a bit longer, providing a stronger framework for the reader to pull from. I like Kian, but too much of his motivation was left unspoken and unexplained for me to really get him, or get emotionally invested in this story. So while I'd have preferred either a recap of information that came before, or more depth and details to help round out this aside, I am hopeful that this will provide necessary information going forward in the series. Guess I'll just have to wait and see.


 photo 14040245_zps0fchgy9y.jpgHello! Donnielle here, obviously. I really don't like talking about myself, so lets get this party started. I spend most of my free time writing, but when I’m not writing, I spend my time reading, binge watching Netflix, homeschooling my two children, and hanging out with my husband.

A few fun facts about me:

1. I began writing when I was in junior high. A teacher approached me with a poetry book and I fell in love. Writing poetry has helped me express myself through some of the darkest times in my life.

2. I am always reading something and own hundreds of eBooks. I thank the technology gods for the invention of e-readers. Series are my favorite. I love it when I feel like I cannot stop reading a book. My favorite genre is sci-fi and paranormal.

3. I am a HUGE nerd and enjoy every medium of nerdom from comic books to Magic! The Gathering.

4. I am a serious introvert and need plenty of alone time so I don’t go insane. Seriously! I will cut someone if they cut in to my “me” time.

5. I have a passion for holistic medicine and create many of my own household products. My kids and husband will ask for some “oils” when they aren’t feeling well. I love growing herbs to make my own blends of herbal tea.

6. I read YA almost exclusively. There is just something about it that calls to my heart above other genres.

7. When I read paranormal it’s either about shifters or faeries.

8. Writing has always been a passion and a dream. I had many jobs and they never fulfilled me the way writing has.

Waiting on Wednesday #95: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes @pstokesbooks @harperteen

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly awaiting!

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Title: Girl Against the Universe
Author: Paula Stokes
Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected Publication Date: May 17, 2016

Blurb:
Maguire is bad luck.

No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the rollercoaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid meeting new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought.

From author Paula Stokes comes a funny and poignant novel about accepting the past, embracing the future, and learning to make your own luck.
 




 photo 6549373_zpslzghummj.jpgPaula Stokes is half writer, half RN, and totally thrilled to be part of the world of YA literature. She started out writing historical fiction under a pen name and is now branching out into other YA genres.

When she's not working (rare), she's kayaking, hiking, reading, or seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She's petted tigers, snuggled snakes, snorkeled with stingrays, and once enjoyed the suction-cuppy feel of a baby elephant's trunk as it ate peanuts from her palm. Her future goals include diving with Great White sharks, learning Krav Maga, and writing a whole slew of novels, not necessarily in that order.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Release Day Blast: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard @VictoriaAveyard

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 photo GlassSword-HC-C_zpsmpagdrd2.jpgMare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?


GLASS SWORD
Red Queen #2Author: Victoria Aveyard Pages: 448
Release Date: February 9th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen

 photo 7074943_zpscusg0veg.jpgVictoria Aveyard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies. She has sold several television pilots and feature-length screenplays. You can visit her online at www.victoriaaveyard.comor on Twitter at @VictoriaAveyard.

Book Blast: To The Stars by Molly McAdams @MollySMcAdams @InkSlingerPR

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In the second standalone book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Molly McAdams’ Thatch series, Knox Alexander must convince his long-time love Harlow Evans that they’re meant to be together. He promised to wait for her. She told him he was wasting his time. Not waiting for him ended up being the biggest mistake of her life. When they were younger, Knox Alexander swore to Harlow Evans that he would wait for her to turn eighteen so they could be together. But that was two and a half years away, and Harlow couldn’t ask him to give up all the fun and thrills of going away to college for her. As the years passed, Knox remained a constant in her life but when her eighteenth birthday came around, Harlow’s heart belonged to someone else. Every day for the last four years, Harlow has been haunted by that fateful choice. And though he may appear unaffected by what happened in their past, Knox has always tried to fill the void Harlow left. But when he comes stumbling back into her life and refuses to leave, will Harlow finally let him into her heart…? 

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Excerpt:
Setting my cup on the table in front of me, I searched through my purse for my iPad, and smiled to myself when I checked to find there was still a charge on it. I set an alarm on it to know when to leave in case I was able to escape my reality for a little while, grabbed my coffee, and gently sat back in the chair as I tried to get into the book I’d been reading last week on my Kindle app. I had more than enough time to read during the days, that wasn’t the problem. It was whether I could push away my real life enough to let myself enjoy the fairytale that determined if I ever read.
More often than not, I ended up staring blankly at my iPad long after it had shut itself off from lack of use as I thought about whatever was going on with Collin, or my own fairytale I’d given up.
Like now, I realized, when I noticed my screen was black again. I didn’t even know how long I’d been sitting there just staring at it. I took a deep breath in, preparing for a silent sigh out.
My breath caught in my throat when a body next to me blocked the sun, and a deep, fluid voice asked, “Why would anyone waste their time only loving someone to the moon…”
…when they could love them to the stars?
He didn’t finish, and I didn’t say the words out loud. But everything stopped around me for heavy seconds. The rise and fall of my chest halted, I no longer heard the background noise, music, and voices in the coffee shop … all time seemed to stand still as I sat there trying to assess whether I was dreaming or not.
“Harlow Evans,” he said softly, and I let out a shuddering breath as everything came filtering back in. “The last person I thought I’d see when I woke up this morning was the girl I’ve been waiting seven years for.”
My head snapped to the left, and my soul ached when I looked at Knox Alexander for the first time in four and a half years. Time had changed him in amazing ways—and at the same time, nothing about him was different at all. Those dark eyes began to lock on mine, and I quickly looked away from them. I didn’t want to see what they would tell me, I didn’t want to know what they would find.

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Author Photo    About Molly McAdams: Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies and fried pickles, and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm … or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.        

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Monday, February 8, 2016

ARC Review: Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows #1) by Sophie Jordan @SoVerySophie @harperteen



 photo 24657660_zpsb50xxnph.jpgSeventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadowsis Sophie Jordan at her best.

Title: Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows #1)
Author: Sophie Jordan
Publisher: HarperTeen
Expected Publication Date: February 9, 2016


Brooke's Review:
I want to thank Harper Teen for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

I really love Sophie Jordan and her writing. She has yet to write something I don't adore. So of course this is no different! And I love a good fantasy. This one presents a very unique world where people live in darkness and in fear of the monsters that lurk.

I will say this story definitely started off with a Rapunzel feel. You know right away this is what the book is based upon. Luna has been hiding in the tower all her life. Keeping her identity secret after the world has been cloaked in an almost permanent eclipse. I really enjoyed learning about Luna. She was a strong heroine completely capable of handling herself in fighting situations. A bit stubborn in situations and definitely proud of who she is and what she's been forced to endure during her lifetime. Of course being cooped up all her life gets to her. And it's no surprise she wants to venture out. But you can imagine that doesn't turn out well for her and she finds herself on the run after her tower is invaded and those she was raised by are taken from her.

Fowler was an interesting addition to the story. Saved by Luna, along with his friends, he has a bit of debt to her. And despite him putting up as many walls as he can, somehow Luna slowly wiggles herself into his brain. But he's determined to keep her out. I really liked this character. He was strong and stubborn, and quite selfless when it came to push and shove. 

The world is very different in this fantasy. Imagine living at a time when light barely showed itself. And at the same time having to fight off creatures in the darkness who are only interested in one thing: eating whatever comes across their path. I can't imagine trying to avoid these creatures and not being able to see where you are going! I will say I found it odd that there was forestation in this book. I mean, plants need sunlight to live. Or did these plants adapt? We don't really get that background. Same with the humans, how have they adapted to not having sunlight since humans truly need light to live.

Jordan's writing is wonderful. Her descriptions are through for the most part. And the pacing of the book is fast with lots of action. I could have used a bit more world building. Because this was missing it didn't feel as much like a fantasy as I would have liked. More like a mix of dystopia and fantasy for me. And of course she infuses a bit of romance. I liked the romance because there was no insta-love. Instead you get a nice slow build with tension thrown in. My favorite type of romance.

And of course I need to read on because THAT ENDING! Talk about a huge cliffhanger. Jordan is a bit cruel with this at the end! There's no way you will not want to read on once you see what happens.

Overall I think fans of Jordan will enjoy her diving into this type of world and how she constructs it. With action and plot twists throughout, it really keeps you on your toes and makes you want to push on so you can see how it ends. 

 photo 89439_zpsrwuq44cd.jpgSophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years teaching high school students to love Antigone, Sophie resigned with the birth of her first child and decided it was time to pursue the long-held dream of writing.

In less than three years, her first book, Once Upon A Wedding Night, a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Nominee for Best First Historical, hit book shelves. Her second novel, Too Wicked To Tame, released in March 2007 with a bang, landing on the USA Today Bestseller's List.

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