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    Quickie Giveaway: Illusions ARC

    I mentioned ages ago that I had traded for two ARCs of Illusions by Aprilynne Pike. The first one I gave away after I read and reviewed it. This second copy I just received and so I’m giving it away here on the blog to anyone who might want it, as I don’t keep ARCs.

    As this is a book that has already been published, there is no requirement to write a review, as I typically have with my ARC giveaways.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. You must be 13 or older.

    3. Giveaway is International

    4. Contest ends at midnight. Winner will be chosen by and announced on Monday.

    There is no requirement to like or follow, but following the blog is always appreciated.

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    Thank you everyone for stopping by and entering the giveaway for the ARC of Illusions. I will be running the names through Random in the morning and will contact the winner by email and announcing it on this post.

    I will be doing another ARC giveaway later this week for a copy of Sirensong, the third book in the Faeriewalker series, so stay tuned.

    Random has spoken and the winner is…

    Congratulations Katelyn! I have contacted you via the email address you entered on the form. You will have 48 hours in which to send me your details or I will be forced to choose another winner.

    Thanks again everyone for entering the giveaway. Check back later this week if you’d like to win Sirensong.


    The Crush List #1

    There are books that you fall in love with, that leave you breathless and sobbing your eyes out. Books that take your heart and stomp on it, leaving you completely destroyed.

    Then there are books that steal your heart. These bookish thieves take but do not destroy, leaving you forever captivated by their charms and always begging for more.

    These are the books that are the source of our undying crushes. The ones that leave us sighing, with a small smile that is just for them. We give our hearts to these books and would follow them to the very ends of the earth. Some of them make us do just that, and we follow, oh so willingly.

    A crush may be a fragile thing, but we certainly have room for many. I know I’ve crushed on hundreds of books in my lifetime and I’ll crush on many, many more. They say crushes are harmless, after all, so what’s wrong with having just a few…or a few more?

    Here are a few books that I’m crushing on big time

    Die for Me by Amy Plum is a new crush. I’ve just met this book and already I’m infatuated. Sure, I was little bit infatuated before I actually read it, but now “I Heart Revenants” too!

    Why I’m crushing: Paris, love before all, mad swordfighting skills, and one hot revenant…maybe two.

    Wildefire by Karsten Knight is a fairly long-standing crush for me. I crushed on it when I saw the cover and I became slightly obsessed after it arrived in my mailbox. I devoured this book and went back for seconds.

    Why I’m crushing: Kick a** heroine, to-die-for writing, wicked cool gods and goddesses, one killer ending, and just a dash mountain of sarcasm thrown in to keep things interesting.

    Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton became a crush the second I saw the cover. It became a mad crush the moment I started reading. Just so freaking awesome. Definitely appeals to my darker nature.

    Why I’m crushing: Dark and disturbing, mesmerizing, macabre, poetic, do I really need to say more? Okay, how about dark magic performed in a cemetery.

    Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a new crush, but it really is just an extension of my existing crush. You see, I have been crushing on Half-Blood since I read its description ages ago, but once I got my hot little hands on this bad boy, I was all over it… And it was all over for me.

    Why I’m crushing: Action, action, action. A chase, daimons, demi-gods, oh yeah, and did I say action? And one heroine with some pretty bad taste in music. What’s not to love?

    Red Glove by Holly Black is an ongoing crush. It came into being when I read White Cat a few months ago. It continued right on through this second book in the series. And I am so hoping for a gloveless society. Curse Workers rule!

    Why I’m crushing: Con artists, curse workers, mystery, and the only gloved hero I will ever love – Cassel Sharpe.

    Illusions by Aprilynne Pike is an old crush that started with Wings. A three book crush is a pretty fierce thing and is now walking that fine line between crush and stalking. If this series lasts too much longer I’ll have to find some new crazed fan-dom category for this.

    Why I’m crushing: Super sweet, one swoonworthy faery, one insanely cruel love triangle, and a slew of evil trolls. All ingredients that make up the perfect fairytale.

    Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready is a year-long crush that started with Shade. I still consider this crushworthy although it borders on those “tear your heart out” books I mentioned earlier. We’ll see where things go with Shine to see if this falls off the Crush List and onto Heartbreak Row.

    Why I’m crushing: Undying love, a naughty heroine, a mystery, the river scene, and a love triangle verging on a square. And who could forget those Keeley’s – no wonder Aura is having such a tough time.

    Sirensong by Jenna Black is another three book crush. This series just gave me the warm and fuzzies right from the start. I couldn’t help but fall in love. And my cover love is almost as intense as my book crush.

    Why I’m crushing: Danger, thrills, an adventure through Faerie, and more than one hottie to choose from. And, oooh, the return of the Erlking makes my heart go pitter-patter.


    So, these are just a few books from my slightly eclectic crush list. Who says I have to only be obsessed with just one type of book? This is only the tip of a very large iceberg and by next month I’m sure I’ll have quite a few more to add.

    Do you crush on books?

    What makes a book crushworthy for you?

    I would love to know!


    The Extras: June


    Back with another “Extras” post. As some of you may already know…

    Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).

    But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. You may have previously seen some of these in my sidebar and one or two may still be lingering, well here they are once more in case you missed them. (My sidebar tends to have a LOT of info.)

    We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed.

    And yes, I know it’s not June yet, but it’s a monthly post that I do around this time each month in anticipation.

    Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma will be released on June 14, 2011.

    I love this cover and think it is beautiful and so captivating. The colors are just amazing. But apparently the story is dark and haunting, in stark contract to this bright and vivid cover.

    I haven’t yet read the sample chapters, as I don’t want to have to stop reading this book once I start, but I can’t wait until it’s released in June.

    Scribd is giving readers a peek at the first four chapters, HERE.

    The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by Kady Cross was released on May 1, 2011. It is a prequel novella to The Girl in the Steel Corset which will be released on May 24th in hardcover format and as an eBook on June 1st.

    It is being offered as a free eBook download from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Of course I downloaded both versions for my eReaders. I’m excited to get a peek at the story prior to the full-length novel’s release.

    I will be reading this eBook just prior to reading The Girl in the Steel Corset and can’t wait to find out more about the world the author creates in this steampunk novel.

    I think the cover for The Girl in the Steel Corset is absolutely stunning and is what drew me to the book in the first place.

    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini will be released on May 31, 2011.

    I am really excited to read this book and have refrained from checking out the excerpt as I also want to read this in full.

    This is another book with an absolutely gorgeous cover. And it seems like a lifetime since I’ve read a book about Greek mythology, so I’m really looking forward to start reading this one.

    Yet again, the awesome HarperTeen is giving readers a long look inside at the first 99 pages HERE.

    Graveminder by Melissa Marr will be released on May 17, 2011.

    Author Melissa Marr has written a creepy and disturbing-sounding novel in Graveminder and I cannot wait to read it. Graveminder is not a young adult title, but I’m not a young adult so it’s perfect.

    Even this cover is super creepy. And I did check out the excerpt and now really can’t wait until this comes out next week.

    The publisher, William Morrow, is giving readers a look inside, HERE.

    Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout was released on April 19, 2011. It is a prequel novella to the author’s upcoming book Half-Blood which will be releasing on September 15, 2011.

    This is an amazing book and leads right into the full-length novel. Daimon is not one of those short eBooks that just tease you with a few pages. This has a real storyline that gives you a great sense of the characters and even gives you a peek at the beginning of full-length book.

    As of May 10th, the folks at Spencer Hill Press have made this available for free download in multiple formats. CLICK HERE to download.


    And for one more chance to take a peek, here are a few books that are available now.

    Illusions by Aprilynne Pike was released on May 3, 2011. It is the third book in the Wings series.

    I adore this series. It’s sweet and fun and has a love triangle that will drive you mad.

    I don’t recommend reading this excerpt if you haven’t read the first two books in the series. But if you have, it gives you a nice peek.

    The folks at HarperTeen are giving readers a chance to look inside, HERE.

    Divergent by Veronica Roth was released on May 3, 2011 and is the debut novel for the author.

    I can’t wait to start reading this book as it’s had such high praise. I have not checked out the excerpt as I do own the book, which I will be reading soon.

    As always, HarperTeen is offering a peek inside, HERE.

    The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson was released on April 26, 2011.

    This book is a great follow-up to 13 Little Blue Envelopes and continues the story a few months after the first book ends.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a sneak peek HERE.

    (I just love HarperTeen’s Browse Inside section on their site and stalk it regularly.)

    Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell was released on April 26, 2011.

    I have not checked out this young adult series by the author, but I know it’s quite popular and I think this cover is adorable. What girl doesn’t want a quilted, pink clutch purse?

    Once again, HarperTeen is offering a look inside at the first 99 pages HERE.

    The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong was released on April 12, 2011.

    This is a new series by the author in the same world as her Darkest Powers series which will, at some point, cross over with that one. I can’t wait. I loved that series and am really enjoying this new one.

    An excerpt is available on the author’s website, HERE.

    The publisher is offering a longer excerpt on their website. CLICK HERE to read.

    Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter was released on March 29, 2011. It is the first book in her new Shadow Falls series.

    I think this is a great new series by this author. I can’t wait until the second book, Awake at Dawn, comes out this fall – in October.

    For those who have read it and want to check out some deleted scenes, CLICK HERE.

    I don’t recommend reading it if you haven’t yet read the book.

    Turned at Dark by C.C. Hunter was released on March 15, 2011. It is a bonus story in the Shadow Falls series.

    What I like about this prequel novella is that it gives you a peek at a secondary character from the series, Della, and the events leading up to her arriving in Shadow Falls.

    It’s a nice, quick read and you don’t have to have read Born at Midnight to enjoy it.

    It is currently available as a free eBook download from Amazon. To download, CLICK HERE.

    Fallen From Grace by M.J. Putney was released on March 15, 2011 and is a bonus Dark Mirror short story.

    I haven’t yet read Dark Mirror so I’m not certain whether this can be read without having read the full-length book. I own both books, but to be on the safe side, I’ll be reading the full-length novel first.

    It is currently being offered as a free eBook download from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    It’s a freebie, so of course I had to download and can’t wait to check it out.


    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #18

    Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of May 3rd-May 9th that I have pre-ordered.

    Bite Club by Rachel Caine is the 10th book in The Morganville Vampires series. It will be released in the U.S. on May 3, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats.

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

    Published by NAL, the print edition is 352 pages.

    I fell in love with this series when I first started reading young adult books about vampires. Although I haven’t yet read one for review purposes, I enthusiastically five-starred them all on Goodreads because I just adored the story and the characters.

    I love this purple cover for Bite Club and I can’t wait for it to download this week. I’m ashamed that I haven’t yet read Ghost Town but I will be doing so really soon as I miss this world and these characters.

    I didn’t read too many descriptions in case they gave away spoilers but this installment in the series seems to be about some kind of fight club with vampires, which sounds like a really dangerous endeavor. Ah, I get it now, “fight club” and “Bite Club.”

    To read an excerpt of the first two chapters from Scribd, CLICK HERE.

    I did end up pre-ordering a signed copy of Bite Club for giveaway on the blog. Once I get it, I’ll be sure to post all details.

    Illusions is the third book in the Wings (also called Laurel) series by author Aprilynne Pike. It will be releasing in the U.S. on May 3, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats.

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

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.

    I was really fortunate to receive a copy of Illusions through a book trade. I have another copy coming to me, too, as I apparently traded for this one twice, but I have the eBook pre-ordered for download this week even though I’ve already reviewed it here back in March.

    This is another one of my guilty pleasures series. It’s sweet and fun and the love triangle makes me crazy. I’m a Tamani fan all the way. I have the first two books on my Kindle and can’t wait for Illusions to download so that my collection will be complete.

    Book trailer for Illusions:

    Hounded is the first book in The Iron Druid Chronicles by author Kevin Hearne. It will be released in the U.S. on May 3, 2011 in paperback, eBook and audio formats.

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

    Published by Del Rey, the print edition is 320 pages.

    I had been following the author for awhile on Twitter and decided to check out his books on Goodreads. They sounded really cool so I pre-ordered the three books available in the series. The main character is a young tattooed Irish guy who can shapeshift and is actually centuries old even though he looks like he’s in his twenties.

    This book is definitely urban fantasy, filled with shifters, vampires, werewolves and witches. And I can’t wait to see what this series has to offer.

    To read a 62-page excerpt from Scribd, CLICK HERE.

    Shift is the second book in the Shade series by author Jeri Smith-Ready. It will be released in the U.S. on May 3, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats.

    It is currently available online for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats. And if you check out the author’s website, she has a link to the Indie Bookstore where you can order signed copies of Shift.

    Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 384 pages.

    I’ve already spotlighted this book for my Book Watch post, which has a few other links, the Shade book trailer and a few more of my ramblings, so I won’t continue to gush here, even though I am on the Shade street team to support this author and her amazing books.

    I have an electronic ARC of this book from Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program, so I will be reviewing this book on Monday or release date. But I also have a pre-order of the eBook which will download and have also pre-ordered a personalized signed book from the Indie Bookstore to complete my collection as I got Shade signed by the author at RT.

    I also have ordered a signed copy for giveaway on the blog in support of the author and to do my part for the street team. I was given a number of signed and unsigned bookmarks from the author, but what good is a signed bookmark without a nice signed book to tuck it into? So, I couldn’t not buy a copy to give away on the blog.

    To read an excerpt of the first chapter on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    To read the first 99 pages of Shade, check out the sidebar for a link to the publisher’s website.

    Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe will also be released on May 3, 2011 in the U.S. It is currently available for pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, a division of Harper Collins, the print edition is 304 pages.

    (Although the title uses the number one for the letter “I,” I have chosen to spell the book the traditional way so that it can be searchable.)

    This story grabbed my attention with its cover. I knew right away it was a book about OCD and I thought that the topic would be very interesting to read about. I have not read anything else by the author, but was immediately drawn in by just the brief description provided.

    This subject is very personal to me and I’m looking forward to reading this story which I heard got some terrific reviews.

    Moonglass is the debut novel for author Jessi Kirby. It will be released in the U.S. on May 3, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats.

    It is currently available online for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats, although Amazon is listing the print edition as currently available.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, the print edition is 240 pages.

    Moonglass is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at

    I just finished reading and reviewing an ARC of this book a few days ago and posted my review here on the blog so I won’t go into too much detail again. But I loved this heartbreaking story and the author’s writing so I immediately added the eBook to my pre-orders as I had to pass along the ARC to another reviewer that I promised it to.

    I had no idea when I started reading the book that the location was real, and once I finished I looked up the website for Crystal Cove and saw just how well the author captured the feel of this small beach community in her story.

    The main character’s story is a sad one, but the author treats it with a delicacy and optimism that keep this from being heavy. There is a touch of romance, but it is not the main focus. And there is a sweet, somewhat clueless and funny friend who will make you smile. Although this takes place on a beach, it’s not a light and flirty beach story, but it won’t leave you completely gutted.

    If you haven’t heard of the book, you can check out the description on Goodreads, here.

    Divergent by Veronica Roth is another debut book releasing on May 3, 2011 in the U.S. It is currently available online for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books the print edition is 496 pages.

    Divergent is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at

    I am really looking forward to this book. I heard so many great things about it and was told I had to read it. I managed to do a trade for an ARC, but haven’t yet received it, so I’ll be either reading that copy or the final eBook that I have on pre-order for my review this week.

    As I’ve mentioned in My Reading Pile post, I have not looked at any book descriptions, read any reviews or know really anything about this. I am buying this solely based on the hype. I am known to do that now and again.

    The cover is amazing and as I think this is a debut novel that I will really enjoy.

    The author talks a little bit about the book in this video, which I haven’t watched, but will once I’ve read Divergent.

    The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries #3: The Craving will be released in the U.S. on May 3, 2011 in paperback, eBook, library binding and audio formats.

    It is currently available for pre-order in all formats at Amazon and in paperback, library binding and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 256 pages.

    The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries series is inspired by the books by L.J. Smith and the television show by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec. I have purchased the first two books in the series but still haven’t gotten around to reading them. I am very behind on my The Vampire Diaries books right now and so I have a lot of catching up to do.

    Even though I haven’t read either of the first two of these books in the series, I had to buy this one to keep the complete collection intact. I love almost all things The Vampire Diaries and I’m sure when the television show goes on hiatus I will definitely be looking to read more about Damon, Stefan, Elena and Katherine.

    A sneak peek is available from HarperTeen, HERE.

    If you haven’t yet read the series, CLICK HERE to look inside the first book, Origins, courtesy of HarperTeen.

    To peek inside of the second book, Bloodlust, CLICK HERE.

    Dead Reckoning is the 11th book in the Southern Vampires series by author Charlaine Harris. It will be released in the U.S. on May 3, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats.

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

    Published by Ace, the print edition is 336 pages.

    I have been waiting a long time for this installment in the series. I really wish I had the patience to wait two years between books so that I could read two at a time rather than being strung along year after year. I was lucky not to discover this series until after the ninth book’s release, but sadly I’ve had to wait just like everyone else for these last two books.

    I have not looked at any of the excerpts as I refused to put myself through the torment this time, like I did last year. But I’m really excited that this is finally coming out so that can I find out what’s in store for Sookie and Eric. And I am hoping that the author doesn’t leave this book with a cliffhanger ending like she did book nine.

    The author is offering a peek at Chapter One on her website, HERE.

    There is also an excerpt from Chapter Three being offered by Penguin, HERE, for those who just can’t wait.


    This week has a ginormous amount of new releases. Ugh, my poor wallet. So not good for reducing book buys. But these are all books I want to have in my collection so I will bite the bullet.

    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And please let me know if I missed purchasing something that is a “must read” – though I’m a little afraid to have ten books download in one week…or one day as the case may be!


    The Trailers: May

    They’re back! For those times when you just need a short break from reading. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the upcoming books releasing this May.

    As so many of the May release trailers have not yet come out, I’ve included a few videos of the authors talking about their upcoming books.

    If the May trailers ever decide to make themselves known I’ll be sure to post another “The Trailers: May” with those MIA, like Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready, Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott, Hourglass by Myra McEntire and oh so many more.


    But I Love Him by Amanda Grace (a.k.a. Mandy Hubbard)

    Release date: May 1, 2011 (eBook)/May 8, 2011 (paperback)

    (Mandy Hubbard Author)


    Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

    Release date: May 3, 2011



    Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe

    Release date: May 3, 2011

    (HarperTeen) – Not a trailer. The author reads from and discusses her upcoming book


    Divergent by Veronica Roth

    Release date: May 3, 2011

    (HarperTeen) – Not a trailer. The author discusses her upcoming book


    Graveminder by Melissa Marr

    Release date: May 17, 2011

    (William Morrow) – Not a trailer. Author discusses her upcoming book


    Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

    Release date: May 24, 2011

    (Candlewick Press)



    Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

    Release date: May 24, 2011

    (Tessa Gratton) – Not trailers. The author enacts two scenes from chapters one and five as her character Josephine Darly.



    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

    Release date: May 31 2011

    (HarperTeen) – Not a trailer. The author discusses her upcoming book


    We hope you enjoyed the lovely distractions. Stay tuned…we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming later today.


    The Extras: Teasers #3

    There are so many amazing books out there – released or soon-to-be-released – that have certain passages that just captivate.

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention in the past month.


    Sadly I had to skip a few books with amazing passages as the passages or quotes I’d want to use would give away too much. The teasers below are just meant to tease. Never to spoil.

    It feels like I read this book a lifetime ago rather than just three weeks ago. This is one of my favorite passages. As always non-spoilery. I had included a part of this passage in my review, but the full passage is just so much more beautiful.

    Rhine’s thoughts:

    He weaves his fingers through mine, and I allow it, feel the clammy warmth of his palm against mine. Flush. Alive. Eventually I realize that I am holding on to him just as tightly as he holds on to me. And here we are: two small dying things, as the world ends around us like falling autumn leaves.

    There were just so many really amazing passages to choose from, but I’ve tried to choose one that stuck out that doesn’t give anything away.

    Cassel’s thoughts:

    At the window to my room, I catch my reflection in the glass. Shaggy black hair. Sneer. I look like a hungry ghost, glowering in at a world I am no longer fit to be part of.

    I could only choose one and I wanted it different from the one I put in my review. But really, I could have practically reprinted the entire book as almost every single passage was amazing. So, I opted to choose one that just resonated with me for a long while after reading this book. It still does.

    Mia’s thoughts:

    I don’t know exactly what’s happened to me, and for the first time today, I don’t really care. I shouldn’t have to care. I shouldn’t have to work this hard. I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.

    I’ve used this quote in my review, but I still say it’s my favorite one from the book. And I’ve since purchased the finished copy so I can confirm that this quote did make it in. Yay!

    Mark to Krista:

    “I want you to listen to me. You seem to be under the misconception that there is something wrong with you, that there is nothing special about you. There is nobody else in the whole world that I would rather be with. I could look at you for hours and never get sick of it. I could spend every second of everyday in your presence and I would die a happy man. You belong with me.”

    Yes, this one is in my review, and it’s short and to the point, but could you imagine Tamani saying anything better than this to Laurel?

    Tamani to Laurel:

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

    I couldn’t choose between the two. One creepy and one a line any girl would love to hear from a boy she likes.

    Alexis’s thoughts:

    Could evil seep through the walls of the house, plant a seed of obsession in someone’s heart?

    Carter to Alexis:

    “I can’t help it, Alexis,” he said. “I want to make you think too much . . . and then I want to hear the things you’ve been thinking . . . too much.”

    How can you not want to read this book with passages like this one?

    Sophie’s thoughts:

    I stood there absorbing his words like blows, my heart aching. But it wasn’t what he said that made me feel like I’d been punched in the chest. It’s that I knew he was lying.


    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.


    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.


    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.”


    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: