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    Review: Exiled

    Exiled by M.R. Merrick was released in the U.S. on June 28, 2011 in eBook format and on August 27, 2011 in paperback format.

    It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (The nookbook can be found here.)

    Self-published, the print edition is 286 pages.

    Exiled is the first book in The Protector series. The second book, Shift, releases on February 1, 2012.

    Goodreads description:

    Chase Williams is a demon hunter in the Circle, or at least he was supposed to be. On his fifteenth birthday, Chase stepped up to the altar to claim his elemental power, but it never came. Elemental magic is passed down to a hunter through the bloodline, but on Chase’s birthday, the bloodline stopped.

    Exiled without the Circle’s protection, Chase has spent two years trying to survive a world riddled with half-demons and magic. When he has a run in with a frightened and seemingly innocent demon, he learns the Circle’s agenda has changed: the Circle plans to unlock a portal and unleash pure-blood demons into the world. Vowing to stop them, and knowing he can’t do it alone, Chase forms a reluctant alliance with Rayna — a sexy witch with an attitude and a secret.

    In their attempt to stop them, Chase and Rayna find themselves in the middle of the Circle’s plan, leaving one of them to decide what their friendship is worth, and the other’s life depending on it.

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    Chase Williams was exiled.

    Unable to tap into his elemental power, the Circle deemed him unworthy and sent him away.

    He is a demon hunter.

    Even without the protection of the Circle, Chase knows who he is. It’s in his blood. It’s what he was born to be.

    He is a fighter.

    He fights for what he believes to be right. He fights for the safety of those who can’t fight for themselves. He fights because it’s all he knows.

    And now he’s ready to fight back.

    Alongside those he once thought were his enemies. Against those he used to call friends. In order to keep a dangerous adversary from unleashing an unimaginable evil on the world.

    But he may be too late.

    To stop his enemy. To protect his friends. And to save those he loves most.

    ***

    Exiled is an intense, thrilling and action-packed urban fantasy meets epic adventure story with an electrifying pace that will keep readers racing through the pages. With a unique and incredibly imaginative set of characters, from witches to warlocks, from vampires to werecats and from gremlins to giants, this story has them all, and more, and integrates them into the world the author created seamlessly.

    Chase Williams is a demon hunter born and raised. But when his elemental powers aren’t revealed to him on his birthday in front of the Circle, not only is he disgraced but so is his father, who immediately chooses sides against him and his mother.

    After years in exile things are only getting worse. Not only are the half-demon attacks escalating, but now it seems that someone is kidnapping them, putting them more on edge than ever and making Chase’s life even more dangerous.

    When Chase learns that not all Underworlders are the evil monsters he always thought them to be and that the Circle isn’t as righteous, he is forced to question everything he’s learned and everything he knows. And he will have to rely on a mysterious half-demon named Rayna to help him find answers.

    Author M.R. Merrick has written an exciting and highly addictive story with Exiled. Told in the first person, his story takes readers to Stonewall where half-demons lurk in the shadows, where exiled hunters fight against the most dangerous of their kind and where a renegade member of the Circle seeks to release an unspeakable evil in their quest for power.

    Exiled is a quick read, with captivating characters and an intriguing plot, that grabs hold from the opening sentence and won’t shake readers loose until they’ve experienced the action, discovered the mystery and gone on the adventure with Chase through the dark and dangerous streets of Stonewall to the fantastical fairytale world beyond.

    An enthralling one-sit-read filled with action, betrayal, excitement, magic, prophecies, mystery and surprises, Exiled will keep readers submersed in the story and will leave them eager to continue the adventure in the next installment in the series.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    Amazing!

    On a personal note:

    Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Ad infinitum.

    Wait? Do I have to say something else? Well, I suppose I can find a few more things to say about this book.

    Yes. I loved Exiled. I have been wanting to read it for a couple months now. Ever since I first heard about it. I was drawn in by the title. There’s nothing quite like the idea of a character being exiled that will spark my curiosity.

    Then there was that cover. What a gorgeous and absolutely perfect match that cover is for the title. The colors, the forlorn image of that tree and the ravaged looking font completely lured me in. And once I read that description… well, I just had to have this book.

    I mean, it has demons. And demon hunters. Two of my very favorite types of characters to read about. Still, I didn’t immediately fall in love…. Until I read the first line.

    Oh yeah, the claws came out. And I mean literally. Right there in that first sentence.

    There was no slow introduction to Chase or to his world. You are right in it from the very beginning. There is no question about how the story will progress from that point. There is no confusion about who Chase is or how he exists.

    His world is filled with danger. It’s exciting. It’s action-packed. It’s electrifying. And Chase? He’s fearless. He’s impulsive. He’s a definite risk-taker. And he’s one pretty kick-a** demon hunter.

    Yep. Chase is so totally awesome. But what I love most about him is the fact that he isn’t perfect. Which of course makes me love him all the more. He is frustrating. He doesn’t listen. He can be rude at times. He is unbelievably stubborn. But he is also very brave. And he isn’t so stubborn that he isn’t willing to keep an open mind.

    The world in Exiled is definitely dark, dangerous and gritty as seen through Chase’s eyes, which is just the kind of world I want to read about. I loved being able to follow Chase as he tried to uncover just what the Circle was up to in his world and in that other one.

    I also love Rayna. She’s a total curiosity. I’m still dying to find out exactly… no… no I can’t say what I’m dying to find out about her. But a huge part of the mystery in this story and the next surrounds Rayna.

    And I loved reading about all the different types of characters that existed in this book. Some of them good, many of them bad, but all of them interesting and a few rather unique.

    How amazingly creative this author is and what a dynamic story he wrote. I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to see what’s coming up next in Shift. And from what I hear, once I start reading that first chapter I won’t be able to put it down.

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    About the Author:

    M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer, and author of Exiled, the first installment in The Protector Series.

    Having never travelled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he’s usually found at the computer, between a pair of headphones and in front of a large bowl of cereal.

    Places to stalk: TWITTER, FACEBOOK, BLOG

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    Review: Dark Days

    Dark Days by C.A. Kunz was released in the U.S. on January 15, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon.

    Self-published, the print edition is 482 pages.

    Dark Days is the sequel to The Childe by the authors.

    Goodreads description:

    Surviving tenth grade is the least of Cat Colvin’s worries.

    Cat Colvin wants more than anything to just be an “average” teenager and blend in, but having found out the secret of her adoption has Cat questioning her entire life. Unfortunately, there are much deeper and darker secrets being withheld from her that may prove to threaten her very existence. Cat will be forced to make a choice: stay in Astoria and possibly endanger all that she loves, or flee and hide amongst her kind.

    Friendships will be tested, family bonds will be tried, and even Cat herself will be pushed to her limits both emotionally and physically; all while trying to maintain a somewhat normal relationship with her boyfriend Ryan. What is actually going on in the quaint port town of Astoria, and are Cat and her loved ones prepared for the dark days that loom ahead? Find out in this continuation to the “*…thrilling, unputdownable story,” The Childe.

    ***

    Cat Colvin is ready to start her sophomore year with a clean slate. Slowly recovering from the shocking news her parents revealed to her, Cat is more than ready for things to just be normal.

    This year she has the perfect boyfriend, Ryan. She’s strong enough to stand up to her bully, Isaac. She’s not willing to put up with any attitude from her swimming competitor, Kristen. And her headaches and fainting spells are a distant memory.

    She just wants to go to school. Hang out with her friends. Spend time with her boyfriend. And maybe read the next Robert Craven novel.

    But when two strangers show up in town claiming to know who she is, Cat learns that not all secrets are out in the open, that Astoria may not be the safest place for her to be and that she has enemies that will stop at nothing to find her.

    When danger can come from anywhere and anyone, and can strike at any time, Cat will need to accept who she is and learn to protect herself and those she loves if she wants to make it through the dark days ahead.

    So much for normal.

    ***

    Once again readers will be drawn into this richly imaginative world that the authors created in Dark Days, the sequel to The Childe, where not everyone is as they seem, there are more secrets than revelations and danger abounds.

    In Dark Days, the drama is intensified, the pace is accelerated and the mystery deepens for Cat Colvin as she discovers that while she got answers to questions she didn’t even know she had, she’s still being kept in the dark. And that her quiet hometown of Astoria isn’t the place she thought it was.

    The story continues shortly after the events in The Childe which left Cat reeling from the shocking news her family revealed to her. And before she can even fully recover and start her sophomore year with some semblance of normalcy, she discovers that what she learned was only the tip of the iceberg and that there are more surprises in store for her and things are even more dangerous than she could have imagined.

    As Cat tries to find answers while at the same time keeping her own secrets hidden, her enemies manage to get closer. But with each question that gets answered, a new one arises and if Cat can’t figure out what their intentions are and who’s pulling the strings, she just might fall into their trap.

    Dark Days has even more twists and turns than the first book in the series, new and intriguing characters to be wary of, returning characters who are every bit as lovable or detestable as they were, and a mystery that continues to grow even more mysterious.

    With many questions still to be answered, secrets to be revealed, characters’ motives to be understood and enemies to be identified, Dark Days is every bit as enchanting as The Childe. Even more so.

    And with an even bigger cliff to be left hanging from, that will leave readers begging for the next installment, this sequel is not to be missed.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    Loved it!

    On a personal note:

    I couldn’t wait to pick up this next book in the series and get back into this incredibly mysterious world that Cat Colvin lives in. I loved meeting Cat in the first book in the series and I was thrilled that I didn’t have to wait too long before I got to continue her story.

    I was dying to find out if any of my suspicions were true – a few definitely were and a few are still to be determined – and just how much would be revealed in this book about Cat, about the residents of Astoria and especially about her enemies.

    And while a lot was revealed in Dark Days, not everything was. Actually, with the introduction of new characters and the return of a few characters whose stories I thought were done, I think the mystery is even bigger now. Especially with the way things ended. Talk about a cliffhanger.

    Once again I found myself not trusting anyone aside from Cat. Though she was totally unpredictable, I knew exactly who she was and that she wasn’t an enemy. But everyone else was fair game. Everyone’s behavior was suspicious. Even the seemingly unimportant characters.

    I don’t typically suspect everyone in the books I read, but in this series I do. For some reason with these books I feel that no one is above suspicion. And while I might not get an immediate answer about whether a particular character is who they claim to be, I’m confident that all will be revealed at some point in the series.

    I totally love that all of the mysteries in this book are not so easy to solve. Some are fairly complex, leaving me with not the first clue as to what the right answer is. The authors must have planned exactly how every little aspect was going to play out before they started this series, because otherwise there is just no way they could keep all the characters, their motives and their actions straight from one book to the next. And yet so far they have managed to do it perfectly.

    The pace was definitely faster in this book. Even though it was over four hundred and fifty pages, Dark Days was a super quick read. And there was a lot more action. Action that I’d love to talk about if it weren’t so spoiler-y. But I will say that this story definitely takes a darker, more violent, turn. Which makes it the ideal title. Because these were definitely some dark days for Cat, for her friends, for her family and for the entire town of Astoria.

    The story was once again told from multiple points of view, but the transitions between each were much smoother and much easier to identify and didn’t pull me away from the story. And the illustrations that introduced each chapter were just as amazing as they were in The Childe.

    I loved some of the new characters, and I totally loved the direction the story took at the end. Though I did miss a few of Cat’s friends that weren’t as present in this book as they were in book one. And I even missed Isaac and his bad boy behavior. I hope to see more of all of them in the next book.

    The cliff the authors left me on is a pretty major one. I can’t even guess as to what is going to happen next. I still have no clue as to the motives of many of the characters and I’m still waiting to see just what other secrets are being kept from Cat.

    I have a feeling the wait for book three is going to seem very, very long.

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    If you’d like to check out my review of the first book in the series, The Childe, click here.

    If you’d like to know Cat Colvin a little better, be sure to check out my interview with her, here.

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    About the Authors

    Carol Kunz was born in New Ferry, England. Her interest in the supernatural was first sparked upon meeting a ghost at the age of eight. As a teenager, she was always fascinated by the mythology behind vampires, werewolves and witches. Being an avid reader, Carol finds it easy to spend several hours wrapped up in a great fantasy novel.

    Adam Kunz was born in Newport News, Virginia. Growing up, he was a huge fan of creature features and books about things that go bump in the night. When he is not busy writing, Adam enjoys his job at a certain theme park in Orlando, Florida as a décor consultant. This job brings him face to face with all sorts of nightmarish creatures, especially when he decorates the haunted houses for the park’s annual Halloween event.

    Carol and Adam currently reside forty-five minutes away from each other in the sunny state of Florida. The Childe is their debut novel.

    You can find the authors on Twitter, Facebook and on their Blog. And be sure to check out the series fanpage on Facebook.

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    This review is based on a printed ARC provided by the authors in exchange for my honest review.

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    Review: Initiation

    Initiation by Imogen Rose was released in the U.S. on November 25, 2011 in eBook format and on December 25, 2011 in paperback format.

    It is currently available to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (The nook book is HERE.)

    Self-published, the print edition is 412 pages.

    Initiation is the first book in the Bonfire Academy series, a prequel series to The Bonfire Chronicles.

    Goodreads description:

    Welcome to Bonfire Academy. Set in the foothills of the alpine mountains in St.Moritz, this exclusive private school caters to a special kind of student. Enter at your own risk… but if you are human, you may not want to enter at all.

    This is part one of the prequel series (Bonfire Academy) in the Bonfire Chronicles. Book two, INTEGRATION, will be released summer 2012.

    ***

    Cordelia Hammer thought she was returning to Bonfire Academy for a year of improving her tennis game and spending time with her boyfriend Quinn. She chose to go back because she thought it would be easy, fun and relaxing.

    She already learned everything the school had to teach her. She had the three rules of Bonfire Academy down cold. She knew how to control her abilities. And she knew just who to avoid.

    But when she was ordered into Frau Schmelder’s office on her very first day and was told she was to be a mentor to the young daughter of one of the bigwig donors to the school, she knew any chance at having a relaxing year was over.

    Because her new charge, Faustine, was not only one of the youngest students to attend Bonfire Academy, but she was human. Or at least partly human.

    And being human was not exactly welcome at Bonfire Academy. It was not practical. And it was definitely not safe.

    Making it through a week would be surprising. Making it through Initiation would be a miracle. But with her luck, Cordelia was just hoping they’d manage to survive even one day.

    ***

    Initiation is the irresistibly addictive, action-packed first book in the new prequel series to The Bonfire Chronicles. With a plot that is filled with twists and turns, mystery and suspense, and danger lurking around every corner, this story will be unputdownable.

    And with a wide variety of characters with some rather unique abilities and unpredictable natures, the tension at Bonfire Academy is palpable. An environment that can quickly turn chaotic in an instant keeps both the characters and readers on edge.

    Cordelia Hammer has returned to Bonfire Academy for her third year, a voluntary year, to be close to her boyfriend Quinn and to improve her game of tennis. But that all changes when she meets the new student council president, Jagger.

    Jagger is a mystery. Cordelia’s not exactly sure just what he is, not completely anyway. But because of Bonfire Academy’s three Golden Rules, she can’t ask. And when they form an instant bond she’s not sure whether to be upset or happy about it.

    While she probably should be enraged, Jagger is gorgeous and she has bigger problems. She’s been asked to mentor a new student, Faustine, whose very nature – her human nature – is a risk to her and to Cordelia.

    And when a seemingly unplanned attack turns out to be much more than that, Cordelia has even more to be worried about. Especially since Faustine seems to possess a skill that she doesn’t even know she has.

    Author Imogen Rose has created an incredibly inventive story with Initiation, that combines all the tension and suspense of a mystery novel with the action and danger that have come to be expected in every book with a paranormal element. And the interesting characters, the labyrinthine plot, the quick pace and easy flow of the writing, will keep readers hooked.

    Taking this series back to Bonfire Academy was a brilliant decision by the author. It gives readers a peek at just what life was like at Bonfire Academy prior to the events in The Bonfire Chronicles. It introduces them to Faustine at a younger age, gives them insight into some of the other characters’ abilities, and sets up the mystery and intrigue that surround Faustine long after she leaves the Academy.

    Initiation can be read without having read Faustine. And in fact, the mystery will be even greater for those who opt to start the series with this prequel novel.

    This book is perfect for readers who enjoy paranormal stories with a twisty-turny plot, a mystery or two that need to be solved, characters that aren’t always to be trusted, enemies with hidden agendas and action that’s quick to devolve into chaos.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    On a personal note:

    I loved this first book in the prequel series to The Bonfire Chronicles. What an amazing start to this series. It was so easy to get caught up in the story and everything that was happening with, and to, the characters. The writing flowed beautifully and kept me engaged with all that was going on from beginning to end.

    I also loved that the author decided to create a prequel series to tell the story of what happened at Bonfire Academy. I happen to be a huge fan of books set in boarding schools so when I heard that the author was doing a series set at Bonfire Academy I was ecstatic.

    Especially since Bonfire Academy isn’t exactly a normal boarding school. Not even close. While it’s a school for the privileged, it’s not one you’d want to attend if you were human. Even those that aren’t don’t always have it easy.

    And while I want to reveal just what types of students attend Bonfire Academy and just what chaos and mayhem goes on at that boarding school in the foothills of St. Moritz, I will keep my lips sealed. It is one of the Golden Rules after all. And I am not going to be the one to break that rule, or any of the other rules for that matter.

    In fact, the school has three rules, the most important being to trust no one. And the author definitely created a story where nearly everyone was suspect. No one seemed particularly trustworthy, except maybe the main character, Cordelia. And even those you wanted to trust you couldn’t because of the school’s rules and the fact that the author made sure there was an air of secrecy behind each of her characters.

    Cordelia was awesome. I loved being able to see the story through her eyes. She was definitely strong, confident but not overly arrogant, had a temper but didn’t go ballistic too often – unless provoked, of course – and was incredibly protective of Faustine even though she didn’t have to be.

    And I loved, loved, loved Jagger. His immediate connection to Cordelia surprised me at the beginning and it took me a few pages to figure out just why, and how, they were connected, but I loved that the two characters had this connection. And I can’t wait to see what happens with that in the next installment. Especially since….

    Nope, I’m not going to say. I’ve been purposely cryptic about just what Bonfire Academy is and what the characters are, so I’m not about to reveal anything more about the Cordelia, Jagger and Quinn situation. Anyway….

    Where Jagger would definitely be the bad boy in this series, which is probably why I love him so much, Quinn would be the good boy. As Cordelia’s boyfriend, he’s pretty perfect, but of course because he is so perfect I can’t but help loving Jagger more.

    And what surprised me most was that I even loved the young Faustine. She was just as entitled as I remember her, but as a twelve-year-old, and seeing her through Cordelia’s eyes, she showed a softer, more vulnerable side that I would never have imagined. She was even sweet at times.

    There were two pretty big mysteries that were set into motion at the outset of this book. And there were a number of other smaller mysteries that were left up in the air at the story’s end to hopefully be revealed at some point later in the series. I was able to guess at one, but the motives for the other were completely hidden from me until they were revealed at the very end.

    It’s not absolutely necessary to have read Faustine in order to fall in love with this book. I actually think that in some ways reading this book first would be even better because one of the two big mysteries would be a total mystery to those who hadn’t read that other book.

    While this story doesn’t completely leave you hanging from a cliff, there are a number of things left up in the air that make you desperately want to get your hands on the next book immediately. Besides, after surviving a year at Bonfire Academy and making it through the Initiation who wouldn’t want to come back to start a second year and see if they make it through Integration?

    I know I can’t wait to see what’s coming in Integration. And I hope  it’s told from Cordelia’s point of view again. Though I wouldn’t mind seeing things from Jagger’s point of view.

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    There was one particular passage that absolutely leapt off the page and grabbed me, and it was right at the beginning:

    A meeting with the president was so rare that most new students thought he was a myth made up by the school to keep us in line-an imaginary creature painted in colors of fear.

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    This review is based on a finished eBook I received from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

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    Review: The Childe

    The Childe by C.A. Kunz was released in the U.S. on February 18, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and in paperback format at Barnes & Noble.

    Self-published, the print edition is 410 pages.

    The Childe is the first book in a series of the same name by the authors. The sequel, Dark Days will be available soon.

    Goodreads description:

    Cat Colvin
    Average Teenager?
    Or Something Else Entirely?

    Cat Colvin is pretty much your typical run-of-the-mill teenager. Sure, she’s taller than most girls, has a mane of fiery red hair that’s impossible to tame, is left-handed, and her eyes are two different colors, but that’s where the differences end . . . unless you include the minor detail of her slow transformation into a Childe.

    High school can definitely be challenging, and for Cat it’s no different. This is especially true when she’s faced with the daunting task of trying to hide her budding Childe traits as they begin to reveal themselves at the most inopportune times. To make matters worse, her family is oddly dead set against Ryan, the boy she grows to like. But everyone has their secrets: is Ryan really what he seems to be, and what is Cat’s family not telling her?

    The Childe is the first book in this coming-of-age fantasy series which follows Cat’s life through the twists and turns toward finding out whom and what she really is. Come and take the plunge with Cat into a world filled with mystery, biting humor, and the paranormal.

    ***

    Cat Colvin started off her freshman year at Astoria High filled with excitement to finally be attending school with her lifelong friends and to no longer be forced into going to private school. But the thrill of starting over quickly fades.

    Right from the start things go wrong.

    Cat makes an enemy of the dangerous and hot-tempered Isaac, gets the attention of Kirsten, a girl looking only to befriend her to get closer to her brother, draws the animosity of Mr. Crawley, a math teacher with a chip on his shoulder, and ends up needing to be tutored by a boy who makes her pulse race.

    All in all a less than stellar first year. And if that weren’t bad enough, she’s pretty sure she’ll have to add “going crazy” to the list, because seeing things and hearing voices can’t mean anything but that.

    ***

    The Childe is the incredibly bewitching, exciting and original story of a girl with a dark past and uncertain future. A girl with unknown allies and enemies. A girl who knows nothing about who she is, where she comes from or what dangers await.

    This twisty-turny, tension-filled story is a mystery that will keep readers guessing as to just what a Childe is and what it all means for the main character, Cat Colvin. While many questions are answered by the story’s end, not all mysteries are solved, leaving the door open for even more shocks and surprises in books to come.

    Cat Colvin never thought of herself as different. Not too different, anyway. Aside from being taller than most girls her age, and paler, with a wild mane of red hair which earned her the nickname “Red Freak” by her brother Taylor and with eyes which once were the same color but now were mismatched. Aside from all that, she felt fairly normal.

    Until she started having some pretty wild and unbelievably realistic dreams. Until she started seeing things. And reading minds. And fainting. Until then she had felt normal, at least, even if her outward appearance screamed otherwise.

    But even if she didn’t feel normal, she didn’t need to let people in on her little secret. If she were going crazy, she’d much rather go crazy quietly.

    Authors Carol and Adam Kunz have created a refreshingly different paranormal mystery with their debut novel, The Childe. Not your typical whodunit, the story these authors have written asks instead – who and what is a Childe? – and then proceeds to tease readers throughout with pieces to this puzzle that will be partially solved at the story’s end.

    And The Childe is not your typical paranormal story either. The authors take a different approach by only giving short glimpses into the paranormal world they created throughout the book rather than having it be the focus of the story, making this as much a mystery as it is Cat’s story.

    The authors have created a wonderfully diverse group of characters who each contribute something to the story and add yet another layer to the mystery.

    The main character, Cat Colvin, is a fierce, brave and independent heroine. She is friendly and loyal and helpful, but is not so trusting as to be foolish. She is quick to stand up to a bully, but is not quite strong enough to reveal just what’s happening to her.

    Her family is incredibly protective, including her brother Taylor. Her friends are clever and funny and supportive and understanding and even a little bit odd. And her enemies are wicked and cruel and pushy and obnoxious. And then there’s Ryan, who’s mysterious and handsome and just as fiercely independent as Cat.

    The Childe is an enchanting first book in this series, told from multiple point’s of view – mainly Cat Colvin’s – that combines a mystery with the paranormal into story that will leave readers anxiously anticipating the sequel.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    Loved it!

    On a personal note:

    I didn’t know what to expect when I started to read The Childe. I didn’t know what it meant to be a Childe. All I knew was that the description piqued my curiosity and Cat Colvin was someone I wanted to meet.

    A tall girl, with fiery red hair and mismatched eyes who was transforming into some kind of being called a Childe definitely made me want to know more. About her. About the mystery behind being a Childe. And just what the paranormal element in this story was. It sounded pretty awesome.

    What I discovered was a wonderful and engaging story with hints – teases really – at the paranormal and quite the mystery that only begins to come to light at the story’s end. An ending that made me want to pick up the next book in the series immediately so that I could find out just what was going to happen next.

    I spent much of the book trying to figure out what was happening with Cat, who she really was and just what secrets were being kept from her. Everyone seemed to be hiding something.

    Everyone seemed to be a mystery. Cat’s parents, Cat’s brother, her friend Julie, her super cute tutor Ryan, her enemy Isaac and even the obnoxious and full of herself Kirsten are all keeping secrets.

    While I was able to guess at a few of these secrets before they were revealed, I am still completely in the dark on so many others. Especially the ones that remain unanswered at the end of this book.

    The authors did a great job of teasing the mystery in their story. And I found myself captivated by the glimpses into the past that they revealed in bits and pieces throughout. I would have loved to find out more in this installment in the series, and I’m hoping to learn more in book two.

    But while I loved the mystery and the paranormal, what I loved most about this book were the characters. And not just the good ones. The not so nice characters were just as interesting and the authors made me want to know more about them too.

    I loved Cat Colvin and her friends. They were an eclectic group, but seemed to complement each other well. And it was nice reading a story where the main character didn’t have just one or two friends who got shoved to the sidelines when the cute boy entered the picture. Cat stuck with her friends from beginning to end.

    I also loved that the story was told from multiple perspectives. I liked being able to see not just what Cat was seeing, thinking and feeling, but what a number of different characters were doing when Cat wasn’t in the picture. It helped to fill in some of the missing pieces to the puzzle. Though at times it was used to create even more of a mystery.

    While many of the changes in point’s of view were easily identifiable, or separated by the three cat illustration equivalent of asterisks used in this book, there were a few where it wasn’t immediately recognizable, where the perspective switched to another character and back fairly abruptly. And so at times I was pulled out of the story in order to re-read those passages. And there were also a few grammatical mistakes that yanked me out. But they were fairly infrequent.

    What I did enjoy getting pulled out of the story for were the illustrations. I absolutely loved all the amazing illustrations at the beginning of the chapters. Where I typically don’t even notice chapter titles or changes, I did find myself captivated by many of these drawings, especially those of the house. They did pull me out of the story because I found myself studying them instead of reading on. But I was happy to be pulled out to look at them.

    The pace had its ups and downs. There were parts to the story where the pace was lightning fast and others where it slowed down a bit. But once the disappearances start happening the pace picked up until the end, which I can definitely say feels very much like a cliffhanger.

    I loved this story and these characters and am super thrilled that I have the next book to read. I want to know more about Cat, who she is, just what she’s capable of and just how dangerous things really are for her. I also really want to find out more about the history and how that factors in.

    Oh, and of course I want to know just what happens with Cat and Ryan, if Kirsten gets her way, if Isaac becomes even more of a jerk, what exactly is going on with one of Cat’s friends and just what is a Childe. Fortunately I don’t have long to wait, since I have the next book in the series, Dark Days, sitting on my shelf.

    ***

    About the Authors

    Carol Kunz was born in New Ferry, England. Her interest in the supernatural was first sparked upon meeting a ghost at the age of eight. As a teenager, she was always fascinated by the mythology behind vampires, werewolves and witches. Being an avid reader, Carol finds it easy to spend several hours wrapped up in a great fantasy novel.

    Adam Kunz was born in Newport News, Virginia. Growing up, he was a huge fan of creature features and books about things that go bump in the night. When he is not busy writing, Adam enjoys his job at a certain theme park in Orlando, Florida as a décor consultant. This job brings him face to face with all sorts of nightmarish creatures, especially when he decorates the haunted houses for the park’s annual Halloween event.

    Carol and Adam currently reside forty-five minutes away from each other in the sunny state of Florida. The Childe is their debut novel.

    You can find the authors on Twitter, Facebook and on their Blog. And be sure to check out the series fanpage on Facebook.

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    This review is based on a finished copy of the book (2nd printing) provided by the authors in exchange for my honest review.

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    Review: Dirty Blood

    Dirty Blood by Heather Hildenbrand was released in the U.S. in April 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Createspace, the print edition is 288 pages.

    Dirty Blood is the first book in the series of the same name by author Heather Hildenbrand. Cold Blood, the second book in the series, was released in November.

    Goodreads description:

    I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and an old piece of pipe I found lying next to the dumpster. But that’s not the part that got me. The part that scared me, the part I can’t seem to wrap my head around and still has me reeling, was that when she charged me, her body shifted – and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. But by the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was a girl again. That’s about the time I went into shock… And that was the moment he showed up.

    Now, all I can do is accept the truths that are staring me in the face. One, Werewolves do exist. And Two, I was born to kill them.

    ***

    Learning that you are a werewolf hunter is bad enough. Finding out only when you’re attacked by one is so much worse.

    Tara Godfrey had no idea she was born to hunt werewolves. She had no idea that werewolves even existed until the day one revealed itself to her, attacked her and forced her to defend herself.

    One minute she was safe. One minute she was normal. And the very next she wasn’t.

    From the moment she stepped foot into that alley, her life was forever changed. She discovered enemies she never knew she had. Threats from beings she didn’t even think were real. And an immediate connection to someone she didn’t even know.

    With the danger to her and those she cares about growing nearer, she must quickly find answers about who and what she is, choose which side she’s on, and learn how to protect herself from her enemies.

    And for Tara Godfrey, being in this world of werewolves and hunters means kill or be killed.

    ***

    Dirty Blood is an exciting and action-packed story of werewolves and those who hunt them. It’s a story about those who wish to make peace between the two and those who will fight it every step of the way.

    Tara Godfrey never knew she was different. And she didn’t know there were such things as werewolves. Not until the night she was attacked in the alley outside the pool hall where she’d just ended things with her boyfriend George.

    But when a girl transforms into a wolf before her very eyes and she somehow manages to defeat her, everything she knew about herself and her life is destroyed in an instant. And the more she uncovers about who she really is and what she’s capable of, she discovers that her entire life was built on secrets and lies.

    As Tara fights to understand everything that has happened, find a place for herself in this world and keep her new existence a secret from her friends and family, she must also learn to protect herself from a dangerous enemy that is hell-bent on her elimination.

    Dirty Blood is an enthralling story that is filled with enough action and suspense to keep those pages turning. From the very first, both the reader and Tara are catapulted into a world of werewolves and hunters and are not allowed a reprieve from the surprises and dangers that the story continues to deliver until the very end.

    Tara is an incredibly brave, impetuous and strong-willed heroine who not only accepts this new world she is thrust into, but who readily embraces it. Even though it is a world that is filled with danger and unknown enemies and one in which she has an uncontrollable pull toward a boy she barely knows.

    Author Heather Hildenbrand has written a fast-paced and gripping story that stands out in a genre that is bursting at seams with stories of werewolves and shapeshifters. Her story, Dirty Blood, the first book in the series, is engaging and will leave readers wanting to know more about Tara, Wes, what it means to be a Dirty Blood and what destiny has in store for them both.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    On a personal note:

    I loved this story. It was the perfect escape. I was hooked in by the description and I couldn’t wait to find out more about the world that the author created in Dirty Blood.

    I knew right away that I would love this story and the characters. Not only from that introductory scene hinted at in the description, but from all the detail the author included that really kept me absorbed in her story. She managed to hit the right balance between being too detailed and not detailed enough, a balance that is not always found in self-published stories.

    I wanted to know more immediately, and I almost skipped ahead so I could find out more without having to wait. It was just that good.

    I love Tara. She is reckless and brave and determined. As drawn to Wes as she is, she doesn’t just listen and obey. She has her own mind and makes her own decisions, even if they are often the wrong ones.

    And I absolutely love Wes. Even though he is overprotective and keeps Tara in the dark too often, he is mysterious and sexy, and with everything that happened to him and how he’d been treated, he still manages to be more of a good boy than a bad boy. And while his being fiercely protective of Tara is sometimes a negative, it is way more often a really good thing and one of the reasons I adore him.

    A lot is revealed in this first book in the series but there are still a ton more questions left up in the air and a destiny that has yet to be met. And I can’t wait to read the next book, Cold Blood, to see how many answers the author will reveal or if I’ll be left with even more questions at the end.

    My favorite passage is one that made me laugh out loud. Once you read it I think you’ll know exactly why.

    “How old are you?” I asked, my head cocked to one side.

    “Nineteen.”

    “And how long have you been nineteen?”

    He looked at me like I had a screw loose. “Since I haven’t been eighteen?”

    ***

    To take a peek at Chapter One on the author’s blog, CLICK HERE.

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    Pretty in Black Tour: Character and Author Interview

    Today is my stop for author Rae Hachton’s Pretty in Black tour and I’m excited to be able to interview not only the author but the very interesting and mysterious Marcus Marble.

    If you haven’t yet read Pretty in Black, which released last month, or you’d like to know a little bit more about the author, the book or the world, be sure to visit the site, HERE.

    The Pretty in Black site will tell you much of what you need to know about the Evermores and has a bunch of really cool stuff to read/download including a Guide to Nevermore and an peek at the first seven chapters of Pretty in Black.

    Pretty in Black is the first book in the series of the same name. Book two, Black Satin, is due out in May 2012 and books three and four, Raven in the Grave and Evermore are slated for release in 2013 and 2014.

    Pretty in Black is available in paperback and eBook format at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Be sure to head on over to the site during the tour, by clicking the tour banner above, because the author is having some awesome giveaways including a special edition copy of the book.

    Goodreads description:

    A troubled, suicidal teen meets a mysterious guy in a cemetery and later discovers he has an unquenchable desire for her love…and her life

    Ellie Piper’s life is turned upside down after her sister’s unexpected murder and her parents divorce. After her mom succumbs to moving in to a trailer park and marrying a man half her age, Ellie begins cutting herself, quits cheerleading and begins hanging out in cemeteries, dreaming of her perfect death. But when Marcus Marble shows up and sets her heart afire, she discovers a whole new world full of love and mystery. And in this world, Marcus has returned from the dead, just for Ellie, and has a desire to take her with him, into eternity. Now that he’s found her, there’s no way he’s letting her go. Dead or Alive. They’re fated.

    ***

    And now for the interviews…

    First up is Marcus Marble who has agreed to play Twenty Questions.

    Q1. You have a rather interesting name, Marcus Anthony Marble. Can you tell us where it originated and a little about your background before you became an Evermore?

    A. The last name “Marble” originates from Cheshire and during the Great Migration, the Marble family crest began to settle in the United States during the seventeenth century and throughout the nineteenth century.

    And “Marcus Anthony” is just the name my parents gave me. But…In Latin, the name “Marcus” means warlike *Grins* and since Roman mythology “Marcus” was the god of war. I was born in 1892, grew up, and never followed any rules that were set forth for me. I was always getting into trouble, which displeased my parents. Speaking of which…

    Q2. Marcus, you were very young when you died. Not yet 19. Do you remember how you died?

    A. I do remember this. I was fatally wounded by an enemy in a fight one night. He and I had some confrontation earlier that day, but I couldn’t let it rest at that. I challenged him to a duel, for the courtship of a certain girl, and it went too far, and I lost.

    Q3. Are you the same person now as you were before you died? How has death and immortality changed you?

    A. I still feel very much the same. But now, every choice I make, will be weighed more carefully, because its consequences, good or bad, will have an everlasting effect, and will follow me, forever.

    Q4. What has it been like being an Evermore?

    A. The experience of Resurrection was awful, to say the least. I had no idea what was happening. And being brought to Nevermore and meeting the Corvidae Dynasty and given all these new rules, that took several years to adjust to. I have faced many challenges along the way, many of which have taught me how strong I really am.

    Q5. Many of the Corvidae are Crows, but you are a Raven. A White Raven. Do you know how it came to be that you’re special? And for those of us who don’t know much about the Corvidae, what does being a White Raven mean?

    A. This is a concept that I myself did not fully grasp in the beginning when I was brought to Nevermore. Everyone in the room the night I resurrected, during my inspection, believed I was a black crow. When it was revealed I was a White Raven, this infuriated everyone. I finally know what it means.

    There is a ranking system in Nevermore. Ravens are at the top, as leaders, and Crows are below, as followers. Any other Corvidae group falls below that system. For example, Jays are the servants.

    When Nevermore was first structured, White Ravens ruled as leaders, but over time, they lost their power and became extinct. The White Ravens have the most abilities and powers as leaders. White Ravens are the only ones meant to be leaders and can be nothing else but a leader or ruler.

    Michael was supposed to take the throne after Zarfe’s retirement, but upon finding out I was a White Raven, it was made evident that it would be a mistake not to crown me leader.

    Everyone was against this judgement, so Zarfe decided to put Michael and me through a test to see who was better suited as leader. The throne is supposed to be mine, according to ancient rule.

    Q6. When was the very first time you saw Ellie? How long were you watching her before you first introduced yourself to her in the cemetery?

    A. I don’t want to sound like a creep here, but I had studied her for a while and I found her intriguing. She kept frequenting that same cemetery and I stood at a vantage point and watched. She had this aura around her and I knew she was unlike other people.

    Q7. After all the years you’d spent as an Evermore, what was it about Ellie that drew you to her when no one else captured your heart? Why Ellie? Out of everyone you’ve met or could meet, why choose Ellie, a mortal and a hunter?

    A. Being dead and all, my heart was not operational. When I was brought to Nevermore, my focus was not on finding love. I was still in the process of figuring everything out and finding myself. But something happened when I saw Ellie. My heart chose her for me. My heart thumped inside my chest, although I was dead. This is how I knew something was there, when I felt alive again. Her mortality and the fact she was a hunter, did not stand in my way. These were minuscule matters.

    Q8. What is your very favorite quality of Ellie’s?

    A. The fact that she is so very real. This world turns and turns, it does not stop spinning for anyone. Ellie isn’t afraid to feel. By not feeling, everyone is dead. She is alive.

    Q9. What would you have done if Ellie turned you down and actually meant it?

    A. I would have had to pursue her again.

    Q10. The very first time you and Ellie met, you asked her to dance. And throughout your courtship it seems that dancing played an important part. How come dancing with Ellie is so important to you?

    A. No one really does this anymore. Ask someone to dance, and they might look at you in an odd manner. A person who can stop long enough to take 5 minutes of their time to dance with you, especially where there is no music, is a person who isn’t afraid to stop and listen, to stop and feel. This person is a person one should never let go.

    Q11. The Evermore, and especially the Corvidae, have rules. You seem to like to break them. Were you always this way or has Ellie turned you into a rulebreaker?

    A. I’ve always been this way, but it’s just a lot more interesting to break all the rules with Ellie, who also breaks all the rules. This is one of the many reasons I love her so much.

    Q12. From the moment you met Jillian – another Corvidae – you and she had a rocky relationship. And it seemed like she might have wanted more. Over the century that you and she spent together did anything ever happen between the two of you?

    A. No way. I do not like her personality or her demands. She is one Corvidae I am going to be thrilled to see pass through at the Risorgimento. Emilie warned me of her devious ways when I first arrived at Nevermore. And I am very thankful of this knowledge.

    Q13. What is your favorite music to listen to? To dance to?

    A. 50s/80s.

    Q14. What was your favorite time period to exist in and why?

    A. I have unlimited access to any Era of time. I will always prefer those time periods with more culture and structure. Especially in Europe. My favorite Era is the Victorian age. I love the style, the dress, and the social behaviors of society, during that time.

    Q15. Knowing what Ellie is, why do you think she hasn’t tried to kill you?

    A. Ellie is not capable of harming anyone without having a true reason. And because she loves me. And because she is a rule breaker. And because there is a secret concerning this, that has not yet been revealed.

    Q16. What would you say is your best feature? Ellie seemed to notice your eyes and lips more than any other feature. Are they your best features?

    A. If Ellie believes so, then I would say yes. These are my best features.

    Q17. Your situation with Ellie is complicated and dangerous to you both. If you had the choice, would you have never wanted to meet her in the first place?

    A. I could not even imagine not meeting Ellie as a possibility. And while this may be dangerous and complicated, I am ready to fight for this. Without her, I am just dead, without a purpose.

    Q18. What is it that you like most about hanging out in the cemetery with Ellie?

    A. The serenity. And the scenery.

    Q19. What is your favorite place to hang out?

    A. Anywhere quiet and dark.

    Q20. How often did you/do you spy on Ellie?

    A. Occasionally.

    ***

    Well, Marcus, thank you so much for stopping by and answering ALL of my questions. I’m so glad to know that no matter what you’d have still wanted Ellie in your life. And I’m also glad that Jillian has never been.

    You have an absolutely fascinating history, and it figures that your death was the result of a “certain girl.” And I’m glad that you would have continued to pursue Ellie – in a non-creeper way – if she had said no.

    Thank you so much for explaining why dancing is so important to you. You really make it sound absolutely romantic and I totally agree that a person who takes the time to agree to a dance, music or no, can be someone worth holding on to.

    I know I put you on the hot seat for quite some time, so thank you again for being so patient. I’ll let you get back to your responsibilities and to figuring a way out of your current predicament…. Okay, that’s an understatement, but for the sake of those who haven’t read your story, I can’t say more.

    If you don’t mind sending in your author and creator, Rae Hachton, I have just a few questions for her.

    While Marcus definitely stole the show, I couldn’t help but ask the author, Rae Hachton a few questions about her new series….


    Q. If you had to describe Pretty in Black in three words, what would they be?

    A. This may be biased but: Mesmerizing Gothic Romance

    Q. How did you come up with the idea of the Evermore and the Corvidae?

    A. I have always been mesmerized by Ravens and Crows. This served as my inspiration. Everything else just fell into place.

    Q. What was your inspiration for creating a character like Marcus Marble? Is his personality based on anyone you know?

    A. He is the guy I would’ve liked to have met. He is not based on anyone I know in real life. He is from my imagination only.

    Q. You and Marcus share a birthday. Is there any significance to that date for the story?

    A. The Character Marcus Marble began forming in my head on my birthday, thus becoming his birthday as well. Also, the Risorgimento takes place on this date in Nevermore.

    Q. You told the story first from Ellie’s point of view and then later, briefly, from Marcus’s point of view. Who was your favorite character to write for? And why?

    A. I enjoy writing for both Characters equally, but I believe writing for Marcus proposes more of a challenge, but this is something I believe I am going to continue throughout the series because I like seeing events unfold through his eyes.

    Q. When we first meet Ellie she is in a cemetery, ready to end it all because of the dark turn her life took after the death of her sister. In fact, she and Marcus spend quite a bit of time in the cemetery over the course of the story. How well do you feel this setting captured the mood for the story?

    A. I believe that because both characters each have a tie to this location, that this setting was organic and important for the story. This story would not exist without the cemetery setting, so I believe it captures the mood well and the way I intended it to.

    Q. How would you describe Ellie and Marcus’s relationship? She seems reluctant to give her heart to him at first, but yet there seems to be an almost irresistible pull.

    A. It is meant to be. That might sound cliche, but I do believe in things like this still.

    Q. Ellie liked to quote Poe, are you a fan of the author/poet? How influential was he/his writing on you?

    A. I am a major fan of Poe. He has always been a favorite. He is the reason I began writing poetry, which eventually led me to writing stories, and now I am writing novels. He has been a major inspiration to my work.

    Q. When writing Pretty in Black, did you have a soundtrack/playlist in mind for the story or did you create one after you’d written it?

    A. The soundtrack was developed before I had written one word on the story. For a while, the soundtrack was the story. I listened to it while I wrote, and it helped set the mood and develop the story into what it is now. The soundtrack can be found on the Evermore website and the tracks are listed in the Pretty in Black Reference Guide.

    Q. If there was only one song that you would call Ellie and Marcus’s song, what would it be? And why?

    A. “My Time’s Up” by the Raveonettes. This song is what inspired the entire novel, and is also the song that Ellie and Marcus dance to at the Halloween dance when she decides to be with him forever. This song is extremely important in the series, and will reoccur once more, in a major and climatic scene later on in the series.

    Think of this song being sort of like how the “Flightless Bird, American Mouth,” by Iron and Wine was for Edward and Bella in Twilight. It plays once at their High School Prom scene, then again at their wedding scene.

    Q. There are a number of things left up in the air at the end of Pretty in Black. Will they all be addressed in the sequel? Is there a third book planned?

    A. Black Satin, which is the title of the second book in this series, will answer a few of the really important cliffhangers that have been left at the end of Pretty in Black, while at the same time, raising more questions, which will be answered in the third and forth books.

    Anything that left you pondering, will be addressed in Pretty in Black.

    ***

    Thank you so much for answering all of my questions, too. Both you and Marcus were so amazing to answer them all. And thank you for asking me to be a stop on your tour. I can’t wait to visit all the stops and see what else is revealed about you, Marcus and Ellie.

    ***

    And so that you don’t have to scroll all the way back up to visit the Pretty in Black website to find out more, click the button, which will take you there!

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    Review: Where You Are

    Where You Are by Tammara Webber was released in the U.S. on October 23, 2011 in eBook format only.

    It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Where You Are is the second book in the Between the Lines series by the author. The third book in the series, Good for You, is due out in December.

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    Goodreads description:

    Graham Douglas doesn’t do romantic relationships, but he was knocked for a loop when he met Emma Pierce on the set of his last film. As they grew closer, he did everything in his power to keep from falling for a girl being pursued by superstar Reid Alexander. Now home in New York, his life is once again under control, until Emma appears and shows him hownot over her he is.

    Emma Pierce is forsaking an up-and-coming Hollywood career to embark on a life she’s only dreamed of—the life of a regular girl. After spending months burying her feelings for the two night-and-day guys who vied for her heart while filming her last movie, a twist of fate puts her in a coffee shop in the middle of Manhattan with the one she still misses.

    Brooke Cameron was a fresh-faced Texas girl when she arrived in LA. Now she’s a beach sitcom star turned conceited heiress on the big screen. Having just survived three months on location with her ex—Hollywood’s reigning golden boy—she’s older and wiser and has set her sights on her close friend Graham. The only thing standing in her way is the girl he can’t forget.

    Reid Alexander can sum up his life in one word: boring. Between film projects, there’s little going on outside of interviews, photo shoots, and the premiere of the film he finished last fall. The next-to-last thing he expects is to get a second chance with Emma, the girl who rejected him. The last thing he expects is for his still-bitter-ex to be the one to offer it to him on a platter.

    Author Recommendation: Mature Young Adults (language, drinking, sexual situations)

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    Brooke Cameron will stop at nothing to get who, or what, she wants. And right now that someone is Graham Douglas, the only real friend she has. Even if it means she has to team up with her ex, Reid Alexander, to get her way and to get Emma Pierce out of it.

    When snagging Graham isn’t as easy as she hoped it would be, she’s forced to take drastic measures in order to show him just how right they are together and to put her trust in Reid to play his part in her plan. A plan that if it were to fail could cost her everything, including her only friend.

    But once things are set in motion there is no going back, because the price for failure is too high for her to turn back, no matter whose heart might get broken. Even if it’s Graham’s heart. Even if it’s her own.

    ***

    Where You Are is the fast-paced, riveting and drama-packed sequel to Between the Lines. Just because filming has wrapped, doesn’t mean the excitement has ended for the characters. And this nail-biting follow-up, filled with devious schemes and heartbreaking moments, will keep those pages turning.

    In this second book in the series, author Tammara Webber gives readers a peek inside the minds of four characters – Graham, Reid, Brooke and Emma.

    Adding two additional characters’ points of view to the mix reveals new motivations and parts of the characters’ past heretofore unknown. And it gives readers insight into just how far certain characters are willing to go to get what they want, no matter who they may hurt in the process, including themselves.

    The story, which continues shortly after the first one ends, focuses on Brooke and Reid’s attempts to get Graham and Emma for themselves, even if it means having to work together to do so. And even if it means resorting to lies and deception and taking huge risks for their plan to succeed.

    Although the story is told from four points of view, it’s less focused on Emma and Reid, who readers got to know quite well in the first book. In Where You Are, the attention is on Graham and Brooke, answering many questions about Graham and his feelings and thoughts about Emma and showing just how calculating Brooke really is and how low she will go to win.

    Once again, Ms. Webber has written a bittersweet story that invites readers to take a look below the surface drama to the emotions and motivations of her characters who are very real, if not always very likable. She reveals their strengths and weaknesses, their vulnerabilities and their cruelty, and their pasts which may or may not have been a part of shaping who they are.

    Where You Are is a deliciously torturous sequel that takes a fresh approach with a new and different plot and more characters to get to know, but which keeps the story moving forward and keeps the characters true to who they had been in the first book. This story is even more nerve-wracking than its predecessor, with underhanded plotting and scheming and a girl who will stop at nothing to achieve her goal, with four characters to alternately love and hate as the story progresses and one who may just be a surprise.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    On a personal note:

    I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this sequel. When I finished reading the first book I had no idea another book was planned. And when I found out that not only would there be another book but that it would be told from the perspectives of not only Reid and Emma, but Graham and Brooke as well, I was ecstatic.

    After reading Between the Lines it just felt as if there was so much more to Graham and Emma’s story and I was totally dying to know what Graham was thinking. But I also wanted to know more about Reid, who I thought was much more than just the arrogant and shallow celebrity he pretended to be.

    And like with the first book, it was just so easy to get caught up in this story, to fall in love with Graham and Emma, to feel sorry for Reid and to despise Brooke.

    Seeing things through Graham’s eyes made every moment of pain and sadness Emma went through that much more heartbreaking and made it so easy to hate Brooke for making her feel that way.

    While Brooke’s past made her behavior somewhat understandable, it didn’t make it excusable. But she made a terrific villain in this story and kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire book as she hatched plan after plan to make Graham hers.

    I am totally in love with Graham. He is smart and nice and gorgeous and nearly perfect. If it weren’t for a few flaws – like his cluelessness about Brooke and his over-analyzing things with Emma at times – he would be too perfect, too unbelievable. But author Tammara Webber made him the just the right amounts of awesome.

    I will not go into detail about what he did or thought that made him so amazing, because it would completely spoil this story, but he is a totally crush-worthy boy.

    And I’m still in love with Reid. I didn’t think I would be after everything that happened, but I am. And having read that sneak peek into the third book, I’m still holding out hope for him to be the amazing boy he has the potential to be. I love his charm and humor and the way he makes Emma smile, even if his motives aren’t always pure. So, I’m keeping all my fingers crossed for him.

    Where You Are is different enough from the first book to feel like a completely new story, but with characters I already know and love. Having four POVs instead of two made the pace quicker and made it so much more tormenting, in all the best ways, as Brooke and Reid tried to drive a wedge between Emma and Graham.

    I am now dying to read the next book in the series, and I can’t wait until it’s released in December.

    ***

    To stalk the author on her blog, CLICK HERE. You can also find her on Twitter @TammaraWebber.

    If you’d like to check out my review of Between the Lines, the first book in the series, CLICK HERE.

    HD book trailer for Between the Lines, the first book in this amazing series:

    This review is based on an eBook I received from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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