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    Review: Destined

    Destined by Aprilynne Pike will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Destined is the fourth and final book in the Wings series by author Aprilynne Pike.

    *** Goodreads description is spoiler-y for earlier books in the series***

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    Goodreads description:

    Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and she is working with Klea to conquer and destroy Avalon. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares for a fight she never thought she would have to face.

    Filled with heart-pounding action, sweeping romance, and higher stakes at every turn, Destined is the series conclusion that readers have been clamoring for—with a twist that will leave them breathless.

    Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to touch her hair behind her ear. He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn’t kiss her, just held her face to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching. 

    She hated how much it felt like good-bye.

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    It has all come down to one final battle. A battle that will test everyone’s ability to remain strong against an enemy who is seemingly unstoppable.

    One last chance to stand together to protect all of Avalon from the wrath of an enemy who knows no mercy. An enemy who will stop at nothing to win. And who will destroy everything and everyone who gets in their way.

    As Laurel, Tamani, David and Chelsea prepare for the fight of their lives, they will discover an unlikely hero in their midst. Someone brave enough to take up arms and lead the charge. Someone who is willing to pay whatever price is required in order to defend Avalon against the onslaught of enemy forces. Someone who may not come through the battle unscathed.

    Ill-prepared, up against the greatest threat Avalon ever faced and with the odds stacked against them, everyone will have to fight. Everyone will be in danger. And not everyone will survive.

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    Destined is the thrilling, action-packed, nail-biting and bittersweet conclusion to Aprilynne Pike’s Wings series. This gripping and tension-filled story will keep readers on edge as they follow Laurel on one final adventure through Avalon that will put her and her friends in more danger than they’ve ever been in before.

    With a whirlwind pace, deadly threats at every turn, an intense battle whose outcome will determine Avalon’s fate and a choice that will break someone’s heart, this story will captivate, tease, torment, surprise and delight. And with each twist, the suspense will continue to build, all leading up to the stunning and dramatic series conclusion.

    Not missing a beat, Destined picks up where Illusions left off and drops readers right into the heart of the action. As the enemy draws near, amassing forces that are hellbent on destroying Avalon, time is winding down for Laurel and Tamani to find a way to protect their home.

    And when David and Chelsea insist on following their friends into Avalon and into battle, it is even more important than ever for Tamani and Laurel to keep the enemy at bay as it won’t just be Avalon and their own lives that hang in the balance, but their friends’ lives that will be at stake.

    Aprilynne Pike has wrapped up this series in a way that is as exciting as it is heart-rending. Questions will be answered. Sides will be chosen. Lives will be lost. Hearts will be broken. And no one will walk away untouched.

    The tension is palpable. The dangers are electrifying. And the quick pace and enchanting storyline are absolutely riveting. Making Destined an absolute must for readers who love stories of faeries, magical worlds, dangerous foes and deadly battles.

    And for fans of the series, Destined will make them fall in love with the characters all over again and give them one last chance to say goodbye.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    On a personal note:

    My heart was in the pit of my stomach for this entire read. This was a series that I absolutely fell in love with as a reader. It was fun, it was charming, it was delightful. I never wanted it to end. And when I found out that this was to be the series ending book, I was heartbroken.

    I loved the magic of Avalon. I loved Laurel and Tamani. I even loved the love triangle. Though it killed me. I wanted their story to keep going. I wanted to continue on the adventure. And now that it’s over, I just miss all of them.

    Destined was a book I wasn’t expecting to have to read quite so soon. And while I thought there was plenty more story left for the characters, I think the author did a beautiful job of wrapping it up.

    This series finale was gripping, nail-biting and totally tension-filled. And to say it was action-packed would almost be an understatement. The action started at the first page and it continued for the entire read. There wasn’t a dull moment. The author made every one of those moments exciting.

    Which I was so unbelievably happy about. Because a lull would have given me the time to remember that this book was the final one and it would have made it that much harder to finish.

    Not one single page was wasted. This is not one of those series books that goes along as if it’s not the finale and then wraps things up in the last twenty or so pages. The story builds to its conclusion, resolving things along the way, so everything didn’t feel crammed in at the end.

    While I would have loved to see more of certain characters who either weren’t in this book or had only a small part to play, the characters I most wanted to see were there. And while there was something left up in the air about one minor character, it was not key to the story.

    Do I wish there were more slow and intense moments between Laurel and Tamani? Sure. Of course I do. Loved those moments. Do I wish there was another book to say goodbye to them all? Absolutely. It’s always so tough to say goodbye to characters I love.

    But would I change a thing about this book? No way. I think it was wonderful and sweet and heartbreakingly sad, and I loved it all. Including the moments that tore at my heart. Including the moments where tears blurred my vision so much so that I couldn’t read. And including that surprise extra bit at the end.

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    I had quite a few favorite passages. One of them is in the Goodreads description and the rest of them are totally spoiler-y. So, I thought instead I’d share one that is a bit of a teaser yet doesn’t reveal too much… and no, I won’t reveal who it is.

    Blackness descended around him. He had to get to her—he couldn’t live without her, didn’t know how. Didn’t know how to breathe in and out in a world she wasn’t a part of.

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    I know this is the trailer for Spells but it’s one of my favorite book trailers and it totally applies to Destined:

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    This review is based on an ARC I received through a trade.

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    Book Watch: The Iron Knight

    The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa will be released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats.

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

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 400 pages.

    The Iron Knight is the fourth and final full-length book in The Iron Fey series by author Julie Kagawa. A spin-off of this series is planned.

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    Just as was the case in September, each week in October has seriously amazing books releasing. And the week of October 25th is no exception. If it weren’t for The Iron Knight, it would have been tough to choose, but The Iron Knight is my most anticipated read for the week and the book that I want to spotlight.

    First of all, Ash is my favorite character in the series – yes, Grimalkin comes in at a close second but Grim is still no Ash – so an entire book from his perspective is like a dream come true for me.

    When I thought the series would be ending after the last book, The Iron Queen, I was devastated. This was a series I looked forward to with each and every new release. Every story was magical. And with each new book I felt like I’d been taken on an adventure to a world that was fun to journey through with Meghan, Ash, Puck and Grim.

    Each book in the series just got better and better. There were new characters and new obstacles in their way with every installment and I couldn’t wait to meet them.

    I am happy to have this one last book, but at the same time I’m already sad that Ash’s journey will end. I’m just hoping that it will end at Meghan’s side. But both descriptions from Goodreads (which I’ve included below) make me really, really, really, really nervous.

    I have been very careful to avoid any early reviews with spoilers about this book and any time I’ve seen the tweets fly by, I’ve run quickly from the timeline. But I have read the description so that I’d have something to say in this post other than that I’m dying to read this book.

    In The Iron Knight we’re taking the journey with Ash, Puck and Grim as Ash tries to make good on his promise to Meghan to join her in the Iron realm. But as iron is deadly to the Fae, he must find a way to overcome that huge obstacle.

    And according to the description, he’ll have to succeed on tests where all others have failed, which really does not bode well. But what makes me the most nervous is talk about an “ultimate sacrifice.” As the author has been known to not conclude her stories with the happiest of endings, I’m filled with trepidation as to how this series will conclude.

    The Iron Knight sounds like it could be the most exciting story yet and for this reason, and just because this series is wildly entertaining and seriously awesome, it deserves the spotlight this week.

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    Other books releasing the week of October 25th that deserve a shout out are You Are My Only by Beth Kephart, Amplified by Tara Kelly, Crave by Melissa Darnell and Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore.

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    To get a nice peek inside, be sure to check out The Iron Knight excerpt on Facebook or on Amazon.

    To take a look at The Iron Knight‘s book trailer exclusively on Harlequin TEEN’s Facebook page, click here.

    Goodreads description:

    My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn’darkmyr Tallyn.

    I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her.

    My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…

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    Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

    Unless he can earn a soul.

    To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

    Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

    With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

    To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

    And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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    Review: Sirensong

    Sirensong by Jenna Black is the third book in the Faeriewalker series. It will be released in the U.S. on July 5, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats. (At B&N, the eBook is separately available here.)

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

    ***Goodreads description is spoiler-y***

    Goodreads description:

    When Dana is invited to Faerie to be officially presented at the Seelie Court, it’s no easy decision. After all, everyone knows Titania, the Seelie Queen, wants her dead. But Titania claims not to be the one behind the death threats; and her son, Prince Henry, makes the decision a whole lot easier when he suggests Dana might be arrested for (supposedly) conspiring with her aunt Grace to usurp the Seelie throne. So she and her father better do as they’re told…

    The journey through Faerie is long – and treacherous. Dana thought it would be a good idea to have friends along, but her sort-of-boyfriend Ethan and her bodyguard’s son, Keane, just can’t seem to get along, and Kimber’s crush on Keane isn’t making things any easier. When a violent attack separates Dana from their caravan, the sexy Erlking saves her just in the nick of time… and makes it clear that he hasn’t given up on making her his own.

    Arriving at Titania’s beautiful palace should be a relief. But Dana is soon implicated in an assassination attempt against Titania’s niece, and is suddenly a fugitive, forced to leave her father behind as she and her friends flee for her lives. Will she be able to prove her innocence before the forces of the Seelie Court catch up with her? Or, worse, the Erlking? And will she save her father before he pays the ultimate price in her stead?

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    The last place Dana Hathaway ever imagined she’d have to go was Faerie. With both Queens of Faerie trying to kill her, she never thought her father would accept an invitation to visit Queen Titania of the Seelie Court.

    Being presented at Court is supposed to be an honor, but when you are a Faeriewalker, like she is, the reason for the invitation is definitely suspect. And although they were promised safe passage and an escort, including Prince Henry himself and his Knights, traveling through Faerie is not likely to be as easy as everyone seems to believe.

    As much as Dana would prefer to leave her friends behind, to keep them safe from harm, knowing that they’d be coming with her makes this perilous journey somewhat less frightening. And even though she and Ethan are even more at risk due to the Erlking’s influence in Faerie, just having him there with her makes her feel more secure.

    But when a surprise attack nearly costs Dana her life and the life of her friends, the feeling of foreboding she has gets stronger. If the Queen’s promise of safety can’t even protect her son and his entourage, how can she possibly think she’ll make it to the Seelie Court, let alone make it back to Avalon, with her life, and her secrets, intact.

    If Dana can’t figure out how to protect herself from the politics of Faerie and keep her friends out of harm’s way, none of them may ever see Avalon again. And if she can’t keep her distance from the Erlking, she may become the Wild Hunt’s next rider.

    And she thought things in Avalon were complicated.

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    Sirensong, the third book in the Faeriewalker series, takes readers on another exciting adventure with Dana Hathaway – this time leaving the relative safety of Avalon for the significantly more dangerous world of Faerie.

    The story picks up just shortly after everything that transpired with the Erlking and the Wild Hunt in Shadowspell. Dana is still living in her safe house, continuing to train with Keane and trying to figure out a way out of the bargain she made with the Erlking.

    As she heads off to Faerie with her father and her friends, Dana is still keeping secrets about just what happened with the Erlking, secrets that may put more than just her friendships on the line. And leaving behind her alcoholic mother, who refuses to even admit she has a problem, makes Dana even more worried about what she’ll be returning home to, if she is even allowed to return.

    Sirensong is a bewitching story of Faerie magic, heroism, bravery, love and friendship. As Dana tries to navigate the complex landscape of Faerie, she learns more about the power of honesty, about who she is, what she is capable of, and the importance of friendship.

    Jenna Black has written yet another charming and completely captivating story in the series. There are a few surprises, someone new to keep an eye on, and a slightly darker turn for one of the character. And although this installment may not have quite as steamy a scene as there was in Shadowspell, there is just as much tension and a few heart-racing moments that will entice.

    This book is a must read for fans of the series and for readers who enjoy an enchanting adventure through the magical world of Faerie, with a bit of a mystery to piece together, a few ulterior motives to uncover, and a heroine who is brave, incredibly determined, and who has some pretty cool powers.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    This series is such a yummy distraction from reality. I absolutely love the author’s writing style. It’s so easy to caught up in the adventure. And this one is definitely an adventure.

    Finally Dana gets to go into Faerie. I couldn’t wait to see how the author treated this magical place. And although I didn’t get to see a lot of Faerie I loved her take and was completely sucked into the journey – Green Ladies, Brownies, Bogles and all.

    The author does a great job at the beginning of filling in all the pieces, so that you technically don’t have to read the first couple of books in order to read this one, but I still wouldn’t recommend skipping them. As much as you can get caught up with the story, you won’t have developed your connection with the characters. And you won’t really know Ethan, Keane or Kimber enough understand why they react as they do.

    If you’re reading all three books in one sitting, the rehash may slow the pace, which doesn’t really pick up steam until they leave for Faerie, but if it’s been awhile between books it is super helpful.

    Once Dana arrived in Faerie I was not able to put the book down. And between her practice fights with Keane and how Ethan dealt with his jealousy, there were some seriously entertaining and laugh out loud moments.

    After Shadowspell, the Erlking, also known as Arawn, was my second favorite character, but now I think he’s my favorite. I still love Dana, but the flawed half-mortal that she is, is really no competition for the age-old leader of the Wild Hunt. He’s conniving, he’s gorgeous, he’s wicked cool and he seems absolutely intrigued by Dana. Maybe even a little frightened of her, though he’d never admit it.

    Dana is still lovable, with her sarcasm, lack of interest in all things girlie, and her tough and determined streak. And I like that she seems to be getting more of a dark side – maybe it’s her faerie half shining through. I’m interested to see where that might lead, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a fourth book.

    But as this story wraps up without a cliffhanger, I’m now terrified to think that there might not be a book four. I still think there are more adventures to be had with more story left to tell, I just hope the author does too.

    So, in order to keep my hope alive, I’ll just say I can’t wait to read the next book in the Faeriewalker series.

    And yes, I realize that Dana and the Erlking would probably not be the best couple – she’s young and he’s ancient – but still, their personalities make them a great match.

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    To read an excerpt for Chapter One on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    If you’d like to check out my review for Glimmerglass, click here, Remedial Magic, click here, or Shadowspell, click here. (Yeah, I love this series!)

    This review is based on an ARC received by the publisher.

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    Review: Illusions

    Illusions is the third book in the Wings series by Aprilynne Pike. It will be released in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats on May 3, 2011. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen the print edition is 384 pages.

    Interesting note – On Barnes & Noble I just discovered that they call this the Laurel series. Pretty cool!

    Goodreads description:

    Laurel hasn’t seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.

    But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.

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    Laurel was worried she had sent him away forever, her protector and “impish guardian.” She thought she might never again see the love that burned for her in his emerald green eyes.

    But never in a million years did she imagine she’d see him standing in the hallway at her school, dressed like every other student in a T-shirt and jeans…and wearing shoes.

    With Tamani’s reappearance things are definitely bound to get more complicated. Just because she chose David does not mean that Tamani is willing to give up the fight. He’s got nothing to lose when it comes to Laurel and all the time in the world to win her back.

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    Illusions, the third book in the Wings series by Aprilynne Pike is even more enchanting and filled with magic than the first two books. All of our favorite characters have returned, including Tamani who is now attending school as a human with Laurel, David, Chelsea and Ryan.

    Laurel is still facing dangers from the trolls and her every move is watched by her protectors. But now the suspicious arrival of a new girl in town has left everyone to question what her purpose for being there is and what exactly does she know about the faeries and Avalon.

    Aprilynne Pike has written a bewitching story in this series that will completely captivate readers, if not from the first page, then definitely from the third. Her writing is effortless and reading her story is an utterly delectable treat and the perfect escape into a world of faeries, trolls, romance and magic.

    Illusions continues the love triangle between Laurel, David and Tamani, it continues the adventure and mystery and leaves readers hanging ten on the edge of a cliff.

    This book and series will be enjoyable for readers of just about any age who like a story that is sweet but not simple, one that has just a touch of unrequited love but nothing too dire, and one that takes you into the magical and mystical world of the faeries.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    I love this series and Illusions is no exception. I was so completely excited to get a copy of this book in advance that I think I traded with two different people for it. I breezed through the one copy I do already have in one sitting, even though I had to read it from a printed book. (I read much faster on my eReaders.)

    I will not give away any spoilers if I can help it, but Tamani’s back! My favorite character in the series is in this book in a major way and oh do I love that. We even get a few chapters from his perspective. He is everything a male lead should be. He’s got the looks. He’s got the loyalty and devotion. He’s got the confidence – without too much arrogance. He’s got the moves. And yes, he can even make Laurel tremble whenever he gets close. How perfect is that?

    So, there is a love triangle again. Some readers hate the triangle – I am not a hater. Although I did scream at Laurel a couple times in this story because of said triangle and cheered her mom on – her mom is so awesome!

    Some seriously bad stuff is brewing and we aren’t given too many answers in this book, which does end in a cliffhanger. That’s okay. It’s not one that will leave you completely screaming in agony, but it is one that will leave you begging for answers and pleading for more.

    If you haven’t read the first two books what are you waiting for? You can cruise through them in one day – it’s just so easy to fall in love with them – and you’ll be ready in time for the release of this book. (And hopefully you’ll love Tamani as much as I do!)

    Favorite line from the ARC – which I am hoping and praying they don’t change in the finished copy:

    “I just don’t want to cozy up to the guy whose girl I have every intention of stealing.”

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    To read a short excerpt on the author’s blog click here and scroll down to read.

    To read chapter one from Illusions on the author’s blog, CLICK HERE.

    I haven’t yet found the official trailer for Illusions at the time of this post, but I just discovered this really cool one for Spells. (At least I think it’s pretty awesome.) So, if you haven’t seen it, check it out, below.

    Book trailer for Spells, the 2nd book in the Wings series:

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    Book Watch: Born at Midnight

    Born at Midnight is author C.C. Hunter’s debut Young Adult novel. It will be released in the U.S. on March 29, 2011 and is available online for pre-order at Amazon in paperback and eBook formats and as a paperback at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Born at Midnight 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 know I’ve already read and reviewed this book, but this is definitely a book to look for on March 29th and so I’ve chosen it for this week’s “Book Watch” post. Although I had a review copy of this book, I have this on pre-order so I can have the final version for my eBook collection.

    This is the first book in a new series, so there will be a lot of adventures to come and mysteries to solve. Each chapter ends with a mini cliffhanger so you have to keep flipping those pages or you will be left hanging.

    As this takes place, for the most part, at a paranormal camp, there are a wide variety of paranormal characters with differing abilities. And as there are two love interests, you will have to choose which boy is right for Kylie. I’m definitely thinking Lucas, but who knows what will happen in book two.

    I love the cover for this book. It’s dark, mysterious, beautiful and purple.

    The second book in the series, Awake at Dawn, will be out in October, so the wait won’t be too long. And a prequel novella, Turned at Dark, will be released before Born at Midnight, on March 15th. (This may be a new release date for the novella.)

    I am definitely looking forward to reading the final version when it comes out at the end of the month.

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    Check out the author’s website for news and extras – HERE.

    If you’d like to read my review, click here.

    Goodreads description:

    One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever.  Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.”  Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

    Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either.  Or does she?  They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason.  As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas.  Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past.  Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

    Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

    Book trailer for Born at Midnight:

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    Review: Hex Hall

    Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is the first book of this series with the same name. It is currently available in the U.S. in hardcover, eBook and paperback formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published on March 2, 2010 by Hyperion books, the hardcover is 336 pages. The paperback edition was

    published last week on February 1, 2011 and is 352 pages.

    Goodreads description:

    Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

    By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

    As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

    Getting sent to Hecate Hall was punishment enough for Sophie Mercer. She already knew in her heart of hearts that she was the worst witch ever, being sent away was just adding insult to injury.

    Having a love spell blow up in such epic proportions as it did was a disaster that couldn’t escape the Council’s notice and so she was sent to a school for rejects until she was eighteen and could better handle her magical abilities.

    She had hoped that finally being with others of her kind would make her fit in, but after just a few days she knew that it was hopeless. To start, being made to room with the school’s only vampire student was sure to make her even more of an outcast. And the fact that her roommate may have killed someone last year was not helping matters. The last thing Sophie wanted was to be someone’s midnight snack.

    Raised by a human mother in the human world put her at a huge disadvantage – her skills as a witch were laughable, her knowledge of the Prodigium was non-existent – and the secrets she discovers about her family not only make her even more unpopular, but also potentially very dangerous.

    Even worse, one by one the witches at Hex Hall are being attacked. Will they be able to find out who is doing this before Sophie becomes the next victim? And if it’s not her vampire roommate Jenna that is to blame, then who is responsible? One thing is certain, her first semester at Hex Hall is anything but boring.

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    Hex Hall is a hugely entertaining story in the paranormal genre. Filled with bitchy witches, snooty fairies, drooling, hair sniffing werewolves and an arrogant vampire poet-turned-teacher, this story has a cast of characters that alone make this book worth a read.

    Add to this a very sexy warlock, mysterious attacks and the secrets in Sophie’s family history and this is one hell of a story.

    Author Rachel Hawkins has such an easygoing writing style, with enough humor and mystery added to keep those pages turning. The story is immediately engaging and Sophie is an absolutely adorable heroine – just the right mix of wickedly sarcastic and vulnerable.

    This book is a must read for fans of paranormal series with a lighter feel, a likable and humorous main character and a puzzle that needs solving.

    The next book in the series, Demonglass, is due out on March 1, 2011 and a third, as yet untitled book is due out in 2012.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    First – I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! Okay, if you read this book you’ll know what I mean.

    Second – I loved this story. It was such a delightful, fun and seriously enjoyable book. Sophie Mercer is one of my new favorite heroines. My only wish is that it was longer. Yes, it’s a series, but now I have to wait a few weeks for book two. I cannot wait to find out what happens next.

    Third – I just wish I didn’t read the description for Demonglass before I finished this, as it did slightly give away some of the ending.

    Fourth – I love when I’m right about a mystery. Okay, so maybe this wasn’t the world’s most challenging puzzle, but I still like being able to guess what’s going to happen and then be right.

    Fifth – This is one author that I will read every single book she writes (unless of course it’s non-fiction as I’ve been there done that with the non-fiction for a long while).

    ***

    How I “discovered” this book:

    Hex Hall is a “Just Discovered” just got a chance to read book.

    This is yet another book I bought awhile ago. Probably very soon after release and it’s been in my Kindle ever since, getting shuffled further and further back. I’m not exactly sure why I didn’t start reading this right away. I have no excuse!

    I actually discovered this again about a month ago and read only a few pages before I was rudely dragged away. Again, shame on me. But with the looming date for book two  and my Twitter timeline heating up with talk about Demonglass, I just knew I had to read this one as there was just so much that appealed to me from the synopsis and I knew I didn’t want to have to wait to read the next book.

    And of course, once I started reading, I could not put this down!

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    Review: Born at Midnight

    Born at Midnight is author C.C. Hunter’s debut Young Adult novel and is the first book in the Shadow Falls series.

    It will be released on March 29, 2011 and is currently available online for pre-order at Amazon in paperback and eBook formats and as a paperback at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 416 pages.

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

    Goodreads description:

    Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams,  Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…

    One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever.  Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.”  Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

    Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either.  Or does she?  They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason.  As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas.  Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past.  Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

    Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

    Being born at midnight usually means only one thing – that you’re not entirely human. Kylie Galen always thought she was. Human that is.

    But when she’s sent to spend her summer at Shadow Falls Camp, a camp supposedly for juvenile delinquents, she realizes that these aren’t just your run-of-the-mill freaks, but supernaturals – vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, fairies and witches.

    And the most shocking thing to Kylie is that she’s the biggest freak of them all. Who knew that the ability to see ghosts was freakier even than drinking blood, changing shape or casting spells?

    As Kylie tries to unravel the mystery of who she is, she is drawn to Lucas, a dark haired, blue eyed boy from her past who reappears and challenges everything she once thought of him and Derek, the half-fae who reminds her of the boyfriend who broke her heart.

    ***

    Born at Midnight is a thrilling new young adult paranormal story with a wide array of paranormals to choose from, a love triangle that will make your heart beat a little faster and a mystery that will keep you guessing.

    Kylie Galen had no idea that her night terrors were actually visits from ghosts. She had no idea that around one percent of the population was not human. She had no idea that she wasn’t completely human. Not until she showed up at Shadow Falls Camp.

    It is here she learns that what she is seeing isn’t a figment of her imagination, but ghosts, and that she is the only one of her campmates with her specific supernatural “gift.”

    In Born at Midnight we follow Kylie as she tries to figure out if she really is more than human or if there is a more logical explanation for what she’s seeing and as she tries to sort out her feelings for her ex-boyfriend Trey and her growing feelings for both Lucas and Derek.

    Crafted like any good mystery novel, the story has questions throughout and will leave readers with even more questions at the end, which are to be continued into the next book in the series, Awake at Dawn.

    While a story about a camp full of paranormals could come across as over the top, this storyline and setting were very believable.

    Kylie is a stubborn but ultimately likable heroine who only begrudgingly begins to accept everything that is happening to her – her grandmother’s death, her parents’ divorce, her new friends’ abilities and that she may not be one of the Normals. And the two boys who captivate Kylie’s attention are swoon-worthy.

    Each chapter was its own little cliffhanger and will leave readers wanting to turn the page to find out what happens next. And the story is infused with humor which will keep readers smiling. There are plenty of unanswered questions but readers won’t be left hanging.

    This new series is not one to be missed.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    I thought this story was such fun. Hilarious at times and suspenseful throughout. And the “love scenes” were the perfect mix of chaste and steamy, with a constant tension between the characters.

    I could not put this book down. Literally. At the end of almost every chapter it left you hanging having to read on to find out the answer. There was no good stopping point. So I didn’t stop. I just kept reading and finished this book in one sitting.

    I was often frustrated with Kylie for being in denial and refusing to seek answers, but these traits made her very realistic and sympathetic. And there were just the right amounts of romance and humor throughout that kept this from being just another mystery.

    I had this one on my “to read” list for awhile now for two reasons: The cover completely had me hooked from the get-go – it was haunting and dark and beautiful and purple – and then when I read the synopsis it seemed to have everything going for it.

    I am so glad I had a chance to read this early copy, but I have this book already set for pre-order for my Kindle and will read this one again before the second book releases in October.

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    A prequel novella, Turned at Dark, is set to be released on March 14, 2011 and the second book in the series, Awake at Dawn, is scheduled for release in October of 2011.

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    I would like to thank St. Martin’s Griffin for the Advance Reader Copy.

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