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    Review: Half-Blood

    Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout’s official release date in the U.S. is October 18, 2011. However, it is currently available to order online in both paperback and eBook formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Spencer Hill Press, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Half-Blood is the first book in the new Covenant series by author Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Goodreads description:

    The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

    Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.

    Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

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    There are only two possible futures if you are born a half-blood, and both involve service to the pure-bloods.

    Choose to be a protector and become a Guard, a glorified babysitter, or a Sentinel and your life is put at risk defending the pure-bloods from daimons, traveling from place to place with no chance to have your own life.

    Your other option is to be taken into servitude and be relegated to the background, forced to quietly serve the pure-bloods, stripped of your free will, becoming nearly invisible to those around you.

    Neither option is ideal. Neither option allows for happiness. But only the pure-bloods, the descendants of gods and mortals, are favored by the gods with powers over the elements.

    Being a half-blood, the child of a pure-blood and a mortal, gives you strength and speed, but next to no rights compared to those who were born pure-blooded and no elemental powers. You have no freedoms unless the pure-bloods grant them to you. And you get no love story or happily ever after.

    And the most important rule of all, the one that cannot be broken, is that you can never ever mix. Getting involved with a pure-blood would mean a guaranteed life of servitude, or even execution. But Alex Andros was never one to follow orders or play by the rules.

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    Half-Blood is a book that will sink its teeth into you and won’t let go, not that you’d ever want to, even after you’ve read the last word on the last page.

    This action-packed, incredibly intense and utterly riveting first book in the Covenant series takes readers into a world hidden from the mortal one, where demigods, who can wield elemental powers and who continue to abide by their own laws and ancient rules set forth by the gods, still exist.

    The Hematoi, the pure-blooded descendants of gods and mortals, have dominion over those who are half-bloods, the descendants of pure-bloods and mortals. Half-bloods may have no power over the elements, but they are faster and stronger than any mortal, and can do one thing that the pure-bloods cannot – see daimons as they truly are.

    This power gives them a slight advantage, which makes them ideal protectors, and as Sentinels and Guards at least they are offered a slightly better, if likely shorter, future than being a servant.

    So, for Alexandria “Alex” Andros the choice has always been clear – train to become a Sentinel. But when her mother takes her away from the Covenant to hide in the mortal world for reasons her mother refuses to reveal, her future as a Sentinel has all but vanished.

    Not turning in her mother or revealing her location for the three years they’ve been on the run would almost guarantee her servant status if they were found. But while Alex never planned on being found, the daimons had other ideas.

    Taken back to the Covenant without her pure-blood mother to help her, Alex’s fate is left in the hands of her Uncle Marcus and her step-father Lucian, the Council Minister.

    Whatever her fate, it’s already been decided according to the oracle. But for Alex to have any chance, she has to believe that fate can be changed, that her future is not set in stone and that love will find a way.

    Instantly bewitching, author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing will invite you into this world, tangle you up in this plot which is exciting, dangerous and tension-filled, and will leave you begging for the next installment.

    The story moves at such a lightning pace that you will have taken this ride before you even realize it has begun, as Alex fights to get back what she’s lost, ensure her future as a Sentinel, keep the daimons from claiming anyone else she cares about, including herself, fights her feelings for someone that she can never have, and uncovers a terrifying and monumental secret about herself and why she and her mother were on the run.

    There is no doubt that Half-Blood is a must read for readers of any age. The gods demand it. The only question that remains is just how many times.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

    On a personal note:

    I was blown away by this book – clear across Lake Lure and right onto Deity Island. I knew from reading Daimon that I would be. I could just tell that this author knew how to grab readers from just how ensnared I got reading that short story.

    But when it came to Half-Blood I was more than grabbed. I was transfixed. The first time I read it I did not put it down. Not for one single second. I was so totally caught up in that world that I never wanted to leave.

    And when I had to, after that tiny glimpse into Pure, the next book in the series, it was like waking from a dream and all I wanted was to go back to sleep and return to the enchanting world she created.

    I was fortunate to have received and early copy, but that has made the wait that much harder.

    So, when I was able to pick this book back up again and return to the Covenant once more, to see one of my most favorite stubborn, reckless and brave heroines fight against a future that could take away her free will and force her into a life of servitude, I couldn’t wait.

    Alex is seriously one of the fiercest heroines I’ve met. She can take a kick, punch or total beat-down and barely flinch. But she’s not so super tough that you can’t feel her pain and despair as she fights to escape the terrible situations she’s put in.

    And then there’s Aiden St. Delphi. Oh, how I do love him. Aiden really couldn’t get much more perfect and still be an ideal hero. But he’s just the right amount of perfect and he is absolutely a hero. He’s brave and smart and sees Alex as an equal. He’s closed-off after everything he’s been through, but he is not so shut down that he isn’t there for Alex or for his brother Deacon.

    And of course the fact that he’s totally hot, with those gunmetal grey eyes and ripped abs, doesn’t hurt. Yeah…so totally hot.

    I have to mention Seth. Oh, Seth. I’m not sure I’m completely ready to trust him yet. There is just something that makes him incredibly likable, but he hasn’t proved himself to be selfless and I’m not completely sure that he won’t hurt Alex, even if it’s not his intention. I will wait and see. There’s bound to be more of this super powerful and definitely yummy Apollyon.

    But it wasn’t just the characters that propelled this story into greatness, it was the plot. I was completely captivated by this story as the events played out. Both times I read it.

    I may not have been shocked about one reveal because the author practically begged me to figure it out, but when it came to be, and just how it unfolded, still has me imagining what will happen next and exactly what it means for Alex, Aiden, Seth and all the rest of the pure-bloods and half-bloods. The possibilities of what might happen are epic, life-changing and existence-changing for all of them. And I can’t wait to see it when it does, even if it’s a few books down the road.

    I just have to mention one last thing in this long gush-fest. I died just a little bit when certain doors were closed. I am hoping they aren’t forever locked and that they will be thrown wide open in a future book, but for now I suffer not so silently and I wait along with everyone else until next spring and Pure’s release.

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    If you’d like to check out my review for Daimon, the prequel novella, click here.

    If you’d like to read an exclusive excerpt of Half-Blood from the blog Books Complete Me, CLICK HERE.

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    This review is based on both an ARC I received from the publisher for review and an ARC I received through a charitable auction.

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    Review: Soul Thief

    Soul Thief, the second book in the Demon Trappers series by Jana Oliver, will be released in the U.S. on August 30, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    In the U.K. the book is titled Forbidden and releases on 5 August 2011. It is currently available to pre-order at Amazon UK in paperback and eBook formats.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 320 pages.

    *Goodreads description is seriously spoilery for the first book*

    Goodreads description:

    Riley Blackthorne is beginning to learn that there are worse things than death by demon. And love is just one of them…

    Seventeen-year-old Riley has about had it up to here. After the devastating battle at the Tabernacle, trappers are dead and injured, her boyfriend Simon is gravely injured, and now her beloved late father’s been illegally poached from his grave by a very powerful necromancer. As if that’s not enough, there’s Ori, one sizzling hot freelance demon hunter who’s made himself Riley’s unofficial body guard, and Beck, a super over-protective “friend” who acts more like a grouchy granddad.  With all the hassles, Riley’s almost ready to leave Atlanta altogether.

    But as Atlanta’s demon count increases, the Vatican finally sends its own Demon Hunters to take care of the city’s “little” problem, and pandemonium breaks loose. Only Riley knows that she might be the center of Hell’s attention: an extremely powerful Grade 5 demon is stalking her, and her luck can’t last forever…

    ***

    Things in Atlanta are a mess. The Guild can’t get a handle on their local demon population and it looks like the Hunters from Rome will have to step in and help. But their kind of help always comes at a price.

    No one is sure what happened at the Guild meeting that landed several trappers in the morgue and others severely injured. But whatever it was, someone is to blame and it looks like everyone wants to point the finger at Riley and Paul Blackthorne.

    On top of all of this, Riley is still trying to figure out why she’s being specifically targeted by a Grade Five Geo-Fiend and who could have wanted her father so badly yet hasn’t come forward to brag about their success. Plus, her love life has taken a serious turn for the worse. And she was so sure she’d found the perfect boyfriend.

    With Denver Beck practically ignoring her except when he’s telling her what to do and Simon still trying to come to terms with what happened to him, Riley only has one shoulder to lean on and that’s Ori’s – a freelance Hunter who has assigned himself as her personal bodyguard.

    Having someone who is tall, dark and dangerous looking out for her can’t be all bad. And no matter what Beck says, she’s not about to stay away from Ori. Besides, if Beck can play with danger, in the form of a red-headed reporter, why can’t she?

    ***

    Soul Thief is yet another fast-paced, exciting and gripping young adult novel from author Jana Oliver. The action picks up right where it left off at the end of the first book, The Demon Trapper’s Daughter. Atlanta is in chaos. The trappers are shell-shocked and still trying to regroup after the attack at the Tabernacle.

    Riley is desperately trying to get answers about who’s behind what happened to her father, Beck is enlisted as one of the spokespersons for the Guild now that they’ve caught the attention of the Vatican, and the demon who has been after her is still out there somewhere, biding his time.

    Jana Oliver has written a sequel that not only continues the events from the first book, but builds on them. She expands her world and gives her characters even more dimension.

    Her main character, Riley Blackthorne, is still tough, reckless, brave and stubborn, but the author also shows a side of her that is sympathetic, fragile and incredibly lovable. And she gives readers greater insight into Denver Beck’s thoughts and emotions. She shows a softer side of Beck, while not taking away from any of his strength. He is still fiercely protective of Riley, loyal to Paul, and a trapper through and through.

    While the trapping of demons has been moved to the background in this book, there are several new threats to Riley and the Atlanta Trappers. The Demon Hunters of Rome, the Priest that oversees them, and the powerful force behind what happened to Paul Blackthorne are the new and dangerous, perhaps even deadly, ingredients added to the mix.

    Many questions are answered, but even more are raised, and a surprise twist takes this in a new direction and leaves events at a cliffhanger at the story’s end.

    Soul Thief is undoubtedly a must read, not only for fans of the first book, but for readers who love their main characters with a bit of an edge, demons who are not smokin’ hot, just smoking, and a plot that will keep them glued to the pages right from the start. It is action-packed, tension-filled and one heck of a great read.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=6]. Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

    On a personal note:

    This book so blew The Demon Trapper’s Daughter out of the water. And I freaking loved that book. But this book…I can’t even begin to tell you just how much this one slaughtered me.

    I became obsessed with this series when I received an early copy of The Demon Trapper’s Daughter last year from a Goodreads win. It had a completely different feel to any other story about demons that I had read up to that point. There were no hot demon boys – those demons were really disgusting, some of whom were seriously vicious. But there were definitely a few hotties – hello, Den Beck. And in Soul Thief Ori is definitely some major competition.

    I read this book in one fairly long sitting. I did take my time with it as I saw absolutely no reason to rush and possibly miss something key. And besides, the longer I took to read it, the more time I could spend with Den, Ori and Riley.

    Riley and Den absolutely tortured me in good and bad ways. They are just so perfect for each other – they are both trappers and both are incredibly stubborn and fiercely protective.

    I practically can’t talk about anything because there are just so many ways to unintentionally reveal spoilers, especially about Ori and Simon, who play major parts in the book. But I will say that there was a lot more of a mystery in Soul Thief as the characters tried to figure out what was behind what happened at the Guild meeting at the end of the last book.

    I love the way Jana Oliver makes her readers think they know everything when the characters don’t, but in actuality she’s only giving us a peek at what’s going on. Misleading us into believing one thing, when whammo it is something so totally else.

    There were a few definite foreshadow moments that got me to thinking, which I might have missed if I had read it any quicker. So the ending didn’t completely come out of left field. But I did not expect everything that happened. Oh Riley, what did you do?

    I loved Den Beck way more in Soul Thief. I really didn’t think that was possible, but so much more was revealed about him that made him that even more swoon-worthy – he allowed some of his feelings and his vulnerability to show.

    The U.S. title is absolutely perfect for the book as, just like the first book, it means something to the story and is not just some arbitrary title.

    I am dying to read the next book and I will be cruelly suffering until it’s released, because that ending leaves so much up in the air. So many ways for things to get even worse. So many possibilities for a really, really bad outcome.

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    I had so many favorite passages and quotes, but here are just a few of the non-sexy and non-spoiler-y ones:

    A laugh cut through the air, cold and cruel, but the demon did not materialize. “The war comes, Divine,” it said. “On whose side will you be?”

    And

    Denver Beck was a hard guy to like and even harder to understand. One thing was clear: His word was golden.

    And

    Out of the corner of her eye she saw her vamp stalker trip over a headstone and do a total face-plant in the dirt, fake teeth and all.

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    If you haven’t read The Demon Trapper’s Daughter and would like to check out my review and the Goodreads description, click here.

    This review is based on an ARC I received as part of a tour from the author.

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    Book Watch: Possess

    Possess by Gretchen McNeil will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, a division of Harper Collins, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Possess is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    I’ve skipped ahead a little bit because the end of August has quite a few books and I want to be able to spotlight them all. So I thought I’d jump to the week of August 23rd and talk about a much anticipated debut book.

    Possess was a book I discovered right when I first started blogging. Although the name had just changed, it was still listed everywhere under it’s original title, Banish. I saw it on the list of 2011 Debut books and while it wasn’t one of my original twelve books, I knew I wanted to read it. So much so that I bid for a copy in a charity auction and won.

    As release date is rapidly approaching, I plan on reading it in the next couple of weeks. Possess is one of my must reads and a book I definitely don’t plan on keeping on the TBR pile.

    I’ve chosen to spotlight Possess not only because the author does great vlogs, or because I seem to be stalking YA Rebels authors, or even because the cover is flipping amazing, but because the story sounds so awesome.

    I am secretly, or not so secretly, in love with books involving demons, demonic possession and kick-a** heroines. This one has it all.

    Being fifteen, discovering that you not only have the power to hear demons, but have the ability to banish them does not sound like something any girl would want. But it seems as if Bridget chooses to embrace her powers and take on this pretty terrifying responsibility.

    As I have not found an excerpt that shows how easily you can get sucked right into this book, I thought I’d tease a random passage instead.

    Bridget slumped back in her chair. That was the problem. She did enjoy the banishment. Too much. The sensations, the power–what did that make her? Some kind of weirdo that got off on talking to demons? There were cults for that kind of crazy.

    And as many of you know, I am totally freaked out by dolls. Well, there is apparently a room full of possessed dolls in this book. Hundreds of them. I will not be reading this book at night.

    Regardless, I can’t wait to finally get to read this book cover to cover, instead of  just continuing to take random peeks inside as I have been doing  for the past month or so that I’ve had the ARC. And from what I’ve read already, it looks to be a super quick read that will pull you in right from the start.

    Goodreads description:

    Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.

    Terrified to tell people about her new power, Bridget confides in a local priest who enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession. But just as she is starting to come to terms with her new power, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the demons’ plan before someone close to her winds up dead – or worse, the human vessel of a demon king.

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    Review: Original Sin

    Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers is the second book in the Personal Demons series. It was released in the U.S. on July 5, 2011 in paperback, eBook and audio formats.

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

    Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 400 pages.

    Goodreads description:

    Luc Cain was born and raised in Hell, but he isn’t feeling as demonic as usual lately—thanks to Frannie Cavanaugh and the unique power she never realized she had. But you can’t desert Hell without consequences, and suddenly Frannie and Luc find themselves targeted by the same demons who used to be Luc’s allies.

    Left with few options, Frannie and Luc accept the protection of Heaven and one of its most powerful angels, Gabe. Unfortunately, Luc isn’t the only one affected by Frannie, and it isn’t long before Gabe realizes that being around her is too…tempting. Rather than risk losing his wings, he leaves Frannie and Luc under the protection of her recently-acquired guardian angel.

    Which would be fine, but Gabe is barely out the door before an assortment of demons appears—and they’re not leaving without dragging Luc back to Hell with them. Hell won’t give up and Heaven won’t give in. Frannie’s guardian exercises all the power he has to keep them away, but the demons are willing to hurt anyone close to Frannie in order to get what they want. It will take everything she has and then some to stay out of Hell’s grasp.

    And not everyone will get out of it alive.

    ***

    Just because Luc got away once doesn’t mean that King Lucifer is ready to give up. Hell wants Luc back and they’re prepared to do whatever they can to bring him back and make an example of him.

    But with Heaven standing in their way, they will have to pull out all the stops to tag his soul once again. And that means going after the only person that Luc cares about. Frannie Cavanaugh.

    And if Frannie is too strong and too protected then they’ll just have find someone close to her who isn’t – one of her friends or maybe her new Guardian. Whatever it takes. Because not everyone can resist a demon’s lure, not even an angel.

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    Original Sin is the absolutely riveting, seductive and irresistible sequel to Personal Demons. In this second book in the series the story is even more gripping, with a new character that will keep readers on edge, the intensity is elevated to a whole new level, and the ending is an exquisite torture.

    Even though Frannie loves Luc, enough to have saved him from Hell to keep him with her, she is still torn. She still loves Gabe. She still needs the peace he offers, his comfort and his protection.

    But even Gabe knows that she should be with Luc. As much as that thought tears him up inside, he knows that as a Dominion he and Frannie can never be. And so he chooses someone to be her Guardian. Someone he knows cares about Frannie and will make sure to protect her just as he would.

    Just because her Guardian is new doesn’t mean he can’t protect Frannie, even with Hell’s demons coming after her to get to Luc. But Gabe never expected King Lucifer to send the most prized weapon in his arsenal.

    And he never knew just how wrong things would go or he would have stayed, no matter the risk to himself. Because being claimed by Hell would have been far less great a price to pay than the one that was exacted.

    Lisa Desrochers has absolutely done it again. Original Sin is even more intense, more provocative and more electrifying than Personal Demons. The story is a nail-biter and will keep readers tied in knots, long after they’ve reached the final page.

    The story switches between each of the main character’s perspectives, giving readers the greatest insight about what’s going on. The author drops enough hints to make readers aware of all that is happening while the characters remain in the dark, building tension and making this an even more torturous and anxiety-filled read.

    The story ends in a major cliffhanger that will keep fans of this series in torment until the final book in the series is released.

    Original Sin is an absolute must read for fans of stories about dreamy angels, delicious demons, steamy love triangles, and ones that will keep them on edge from beginning to end.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    “Oh, for the Sin of Satan.” Lisa Desrochers is trying to kill me. Absolutely kill me. I would have thought that reading this book twice would take away some of the tension and make me just a little less tortured at the end. Yeah, that didn’t happen.

    This book was fan-freaking-tastic. The first time I read it I devoured the book in one night. It was so worth the sleep sacrifice. And with this second read, which I savored over the course of a couple days, I loved it even more.

    I don’t know how I’m supposed to wait another year for the next book in the series. Talk about leaving me hanging. That ending is so totally demonic.

    Through both reads I was in complete agony. Because the story is told from the different character’s viewpoints, it made it even more torturous. I had all this information and there was nothing I could do about it. I don’t know how many times I screamed for certain characters to just reveal what they knew so that they could figure out what I already had.

    It was easy to put the puzzle pieces together to figure out something it took the characters a while to do, but the author dropped a major hint fairly early on, which I caught both times I read it.

    I cannot believe how cruel the author was with that ending. If it was just the one part that was left hanging that would be bad enough, but in the last chapter she added in a completely new surprise element.

    I could go on and on and on about the ending, but I’ll stop now. And I don’t want to talk about the story itself as anything I mention will be spoiler-y, but I have to talk about a few of my favorite characters. But before I go into a full on ramble, I have to warn you that I am a Luc Cain fan all the way.

    I was really nervous before I started this story that Luc would be missing some of the charisma he had in the first book. Even lacking some of his demonic powers, he was just as delectable as ever. And every single moment reading from his viewpoint was a total thrill. He may have been a tormented soul, but he was sexy, brave and still so totally hot.

    Frannie was still frustrating, but I love her. But by the end of the book I really felt like I understood her a lot better. What I love about her is that she really tries to do the right thing, usually fails along the way, but comes out on top in the end. She’s not perfect, but she is both strong and fragile and she loves her family and friends.

    She got herself into some pretty “interesting” – and by interesting I mean eyebrow raising – situations in this book. And I’m dying to find out about this one thing the author hinted about her, which is yet another total teaser for the next book in the series.

    Though Luc is my first love, I do also love Gabe in all his angelic glory. He is not immune to Frannie and is always at risk of a big fall, which makes him much more swoon-worthy. Who wants total perfection? Not me. But as much as I like Gabe, I still really want her to ditch the angel and pick Luc. Sorry Gabe.

    Then there was the new Guardian. Can’t say too much about him without being revealing, but I am not a fan. He’s supposed to be a protector. Well, hello epic fail.

    I will definitely have to re-read this as I don’t think I can wait a whole year before diving back into Luc, Frannie and Gabe’s world. But I think I’ll start from the first book so I can experience it from the very beginning.

    This story is definitely not all full of sweetness and innocence. But, as long as you are prepared to fall in love with a demon and don’t mind a little heat and a little violence in your stories, then this is an amazing book and a definite must read.

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    To read an excerpt courtesy of the publisher, Tor Teen, CLICK HERE. (You must be registered.)

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    This review is based on an ARC I received through a contest on the author’s website.

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    Review: The Demon’s Surrender

    The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan is the third and final book in the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy. It was released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats.

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

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 400 pages.

    Goodreads description:

    (This is from the UK edition as the US description says very little.)

    The Goblin Market has always been the centre of Sin’s world. She’s a dancer and a performer, secure in her place. But now the Market is at war with the magicians, and Sin’s place is in danger.

    Keeping secrets from the market she loves, struggling with a friend who has become a rival, Sin is thrown together with the Ryves brothers, Nick and Alan – whom she’s always despised.

    But Alan has been marked by a magician, to be tortured as the magician pleases, and as Sin watches Alan struggle to protect the demon brother he loves, she begins to see both brothers in a new light. But how far will brother go to save brother – and what will it cost them all?

    ***

    With the head of the Goblin Market rapidly losing the ability to lead, they are more at risk than ever from the magicians. The Market has always been home to Sin Davies. As their best and most alluring dancer, she couldn’t imagine walking away.

    But when the magicians attack, nearly burning her home to the ground, she is asked to make a choice. Give up someone she loves and stay, or walk away from her home, her life, her future.

    Now, with only one chance left to go back home and to become the new leader of the Market, Sin is willing to risk her life and fight anyone who is standing in her way to get what she wants most. But when her heart pulls her in a new direction, Sin has to decide whether taking up the reins as leader is worth giving up everything.

    ***

    The Demon’s Surrender is the electrifying conclusion to the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy. Everything that was left up in the air in the last book will be answered as the story rushes to its exhilarating finish.

    In this installment, the story is told from the perspective of Cynthia “Sin” Davies, a dancer for the Goblin Market and one of their best lures and featured attractions. She is beguiling and conniving and knows exactly how to entice.

    But Sin’s first priority is to her family and when she is asked to choose between her family and her home the decision is easy.

    Even though she had to walk away from the Market she is determined to find her way back, but to do that she must take possession of something that the magicians have. Something that is nearly impossible to get and could cost her not only control of the market, but her life.

    The Demon’s Surrender is gripping, fast-paced and tension-filled. The action starts off almost immediately and continues to build, leading up to the explosive showdown at the end. Alliances will be questioned, friendships will be put on the line, and someone very close to Sin may not come out of the battle unscathed.

    Sarah Rees Brennan has written a dramatic conclusion to the series. With a number of ways the events could have played out, she did an incredible job of wrapping things up at the end in a way that will satisfy many fans of this series.

    Readers will get more insight info a few of the characters they had only met briefly in the earlier books and get pulled into this story filled with secrets, plotting and scheming, and even a love story.

    This book and series is a must read for fans who enjoy stories of deadly demons, dark magic, twisty-turny action-packed plots and some seriously kick-a** characters.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    I died a little inside when I found out that this was going to be the last book in the series. I was completely heartbroken. I don’t think I could ever get enough of Nick’s story, or for that matter, Nick himself.

    I loved getting a chance to finish the series from Sin’s perspective. She was one of the more exciting characters and I was happy that the author chose her for this final book. Seeing the story through her eyes gives her a lot more dimension than she had in the other books.

    I was really surprised to find that Sin was such a likable character, too. I did not expect to like her as much as I did, after having met her in the earlier books. She went from being just the cold-hearted bad girl to a real person who loved her family and who had very real feelings.

    And seeing things from Sin’s perspective made me realize just how much I do like her and just how much I really dislike Mae. Mae annoyed me a bit all through the series with how pushy she was, but I did grow to like her because of Nick. But I’m back to disliking her again. She is selfish and doesn’t consider anyone else when she does what she does, although that is what probably makes her perfect for Nick.

    My favorite part of this book was how the love story developed – I’m always a sucker for a love story. I was really hoping for something like this to happen, and I’m so glad it did. Especially because Sin had to work to gain someone’s attention, which was probably a first for her, but it made her realize just how in love she really was.

    Once again those magicians kept things exciting. After what they did in the last story I couldn’t stand them, and after what they did in this story I would not have been as forgiving of them – any of them – as the characters were. They are just bad news and boy do I wish that the author unleashed the demon’s wrath on them all.

    I was absolutely heartbroken when they did that really bad thing and I ended up speed reading the rest of the story just to see how things would turn out. It was one of those times where I couldn’t help but scream, “Nooooo!!” And I was on the edge of my seat for the rest of the book, completely worried about the repercussions. There was just no easy way out of that situation.

    This is one of those books that I will have to re-read so that I can absorb some of the finer points, because once that devastating thing happened I couldn’t focus on anything else. And, yes, I’m being cryptic so as not to spoil it, but it was a terrible thing they did and it nearly broke my heart.

    I love the way the story ended and there were definitely some tears of happiness and sadness when I turned the last page. But I still think the characters have a lot more story to tell and as a huge fan I am not ready to leave them behind.

    I want to talk about the ending, I really, really, really, do, but there’s no way I can without giving it away and that just wouldn’t be fair. But the author wasn’t evil and so I didn’t cry my eyes out when I was done, though I think “glum” and maybe a little “despondent” adequately describe how I feel knowing there won’t be another book.

    I really would have loved there to be a fourth book in this series. There are still just so many questions I have about Nick and Alan’s future. And, I think an entire book from Alan’s perspective would have been so awesome. I really want to know how his mind works. Sin may be a liar, but she doesn’t hold a candle to Alan. He’s the master.

    Oh, and I really want to know more about Anzu. I don’t want to spoil the book, but there were some definitely interesting developments to his character that make me want to find out more.

    Plus, I just missed Nick when I was reading this book. Actually, I missed Nick since the first book in the series. Reading another book from his perspective would have been amazing, especially after what he learned about himself in the first book. I don’t think any fan of this series wouldn’t want more Nick. Okay, so yes, instead of a four book series I’d much rather have this one go for five books. I’m greedy, what can I say.

    This is definitely a thrilling, riveting and at times shocking series and one that I plan on keeping on my favorites list. And I will definitely miss Nick, Alan, Mae, Jamie and Sin – and even Anzu.

    Favorite passage – it just tells so much about Nick and Alan:

    “Can I go to the nurse’s office too?”

    Ms. Popplewell looked at him. It obviously took her only one look to decide. “no.”

    “I’m traumatized too,” Nick claimed, his voice completely flat.

    “He’s a delicate flower,” Alan said under his breath.

    ***

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One from the author’s blog, CLICK HERE.

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    The Trailers: Invincible

    The trailer for Invincible, the second book in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Chronicles of Nick series was just released today.

    As mentioned in my “Book Watch” post for Invincible, this second installment in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s young adult series in the Dark-Hunter world will be releasing on March 22, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats.

    It is available for pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    This is a book I’ve been waiting on forever and it’s finally going to be releasing in just a few days. I cannot wait to see what’s going to happen to young Nick in this book and I hope that he is truly invincible as it seems things aren’t going so well for him. (Just check out the description, below.)

    Description from the author’s website:

    Just when he thought things couldn’t get any worse…

    Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul.

    His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.

    But more than that, he’s being groomed by the darkest of powers and if he doesn’t learn how to raise the dead by the end of the week, he will become one of them…

    An excerpt is now available for Invincible on the author’s website.

    To read the excerpt, or to learn more about Nick Gautier and the other characters in the series, click here.

    There is a third book planned for the series entitled Infamous.

    And for those who haven’t read the first book in this series, Infinity, the author offers an excerpt and all the info you can ask for on her site. Click here for the deets.

    And now for the AWESOME new trailer for Invincible!

    And for those who asked: Who is Sherrilyn Kenyon?

    The #1 New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, who is proud of her Cherokee mixed heritage, lives a life of extraordinary danger… as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she’s found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than twenty-three million copies of her books in print, in over thirty countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with too.

    In the past two years, her books have claimed the coveted #1 bestselling spot twelve times. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes. Her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, Lords of Avalon, BAD Agency and the Chronicles of Nick. Since 2004, she has placed over fifty novels on the New York Times.

    Her Lords of Avalon novels have been adapted by Marvel and her Dark-Hunter novels are now a New York Times bestselling manga published by St. Martins.

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    Review: Demonglass

    Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins is the second book in the Hex Hall series. It was released on March 1, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Hyperion Books (a division of Disney), the print edition is 368 pages.

    GOODREADS DESCRIPTION IS SPOILER-Y FOR HEX HALL

    SO IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES, PLEASE SKIP!

    Goodreads description:

    Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

    That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

    Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

    But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

    ***

    After an eventful year at Hecate Hall, Sophie Mercer is sent to spend a relaxing summer in the English countryside with her father at Thorne Abbey. But she does not plan to head off to England all by herself with a man she doesn’t even know.

    There is no way she’d be able to survive the summer without her best friend and roommate Jenna. Especially with the rumors that Archer Cross, the boy who betrayed and tried to kill her, is in London.

    While her father hopes to teach her more about her powers, all she wants to do is ask the Prodigium to help her get rid of them. There is no way she is willing to risk the damage that will inevitably result when her powers get out of control.

    Even though the Removal is a risk to her life, she just wouldn’t be able to live with herself if using her powers ended up resulting in someone’s death. And ever since the situation with Alice and Elodie her magic hasn’t been quite the same, with some seriously disastrous results. So there is no way she wants to take any chances.

    But all her plans have to take a back seat when she has a disturbing premonition. And when she learns that the Eye is specifically out to get her and when someone who is supposed to be an ally may in fact have their very own agenda, Sophie is once again in the middle of a mystery she she’ll need to solve. And quickly.

    So much for a relaxing summer.

    ***

    Demonglass is the exciting, fast-paced, action-packed, tension-filled sequel to Hex Hall. It picks up at the end of the school year, which Sophie has managed to make it through even with all the shocking events from the previous fall.

    She heads to England with the hope of convincing the Prodigium to remove her powers, and perhaps run into Archer Cross…or not. In addition to allowing her friend Jenna to come along to keep her company, the school has also insisted that Alexander Callahan (who we all know as Cal), groundskeeper and healer extraordinaire, go too.

    As usual, things do not go smoothly for Sophie and she receives quite a few surprises when she finally gets to meet the Prodigium.

    As a sequel, this book transcends the first book in the series by leaps and bounds. There is a lot more action, a darker edge and a tremendous amount of tension and build-up leading to the electrifying cliffhanger ending.

    Author Rachel Hawkins has exceeded every single expectation for this second book. From page one the story is riveting and it becomes even more so as it develops. There is not one extraneous moment in the storyline and every word will keep you absorbed.

    This installment moves the story forward with a few new mysteries to solve, a whole new group of people to mistrust and a potential new love interest. There are a number of surprises and even more heartbreak than in Hex Hall. But Sophie is just as sarcastic, if not more so, and the humor that was one of the key elements in the first book continues in Demonglass tenfold.

    This book is a must read. Period.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=6]. Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating. (My very first for a sequel.)

    On a personal note:

    AHHHH! Yes, I screamed when I finished this book. There was no guardrail when I hit that cliff at the end and tumbled head-over-heels right off the edge.

    From about two-third of the way in until the end, this book was four thousand tortures rolled into one.

    If you’ve read my reviews before you know I try not to give anything away, but I have say one thing: If Archer Cross was in a celebrity death-match with Romeo (of R&J) and Tony (of WSS) every single day of the week he will beat those guys hands down. Every. Single. Time.

    If you loved Hex Hall you will love, love, love, love this book. If you only liked it, it is so worth giving this one a read.

    Oh, Rachel Hawkins how you’ve tortured us at the end though. 2012 is too far away. I knew I should have waited six months so the agony would be far shorter.

    ***

    Click here to read the excerpt.

    If you’d like to read my review of Hex Hall click here.

     

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