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    Cover Reveal: LION’S SHARE by Rachel Vincent + Giveaway

    cover-revealPINK_darkenessI am so unbelievably thrilled to be able to participate in the cover reveal for Rachel Vincent’s LION’S SHARE, the first novel in her spinoff series Wildcats. I absolutely love, love, LOVED her Shifters series and am so excited about this new series with one of my favorite characters from that series.

    Jace Hammond… *SIGH*… *SIGH*… *SIGH*…

    And I adore Abby Wade, too. And I just know this series is going to be every bit as amazing as all of Rachel Vincent’s other series.

    But enough about what I think about this book. Today it’s all about the cover. And it’s a cover I think is gorgeous, and sexy, and captures these characters and fits this story perfectly.

    What do you think?


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    Title & Series: LION’S SHARE (Wildcats #1)
    Author: Rachel Vincent
    Release date: February 23, 2015
    Pages: 256
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    Abby Wade has a dangerous secret.

    Two months ago, she disobeyed an order, but instead of kicking her out of the Pride, Jace offered her a job. Since then, she’s been battling a completely inappropriate crush on the young, hot Alpha. But when accepting his job offer seems like the only way to keep her skeletons safely in their closet, Abby doesn’t hesitate.

    Jace Hammond has a big problem.

    A rogue is slaughtering humans in his territory, and he must eliminate the threat before the entire shifter species is exposed. There could not be a worse time for Abby to accept a job he only offered as a boost to her confidence. Abby is smart, beautiful, and resilient—more than enough to distract any man from the mission. Unfortunately, she may just be the worst enforcer ever to hold the title.

    As they hunt the killer, Abby’s secret becomes a threat to Jace’s authority and to her own life. But the real danger is the grip she has on his twice-shy heart.

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    About Rachel Vincent

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    Rachel Vincent is the author of the Shifters series and the Unbound series for adults, as well as the Soul Screamers series for teens.

    Rachel’s next young adult book is THE STARS NEVER RISE, coming from Delacorte in June of 2015, and her new series for adults will debut with MENAGERIE, coming from Mira books in the fall of 2015.

    Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy–but social media is a close second.

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    A Shifters Short About Abby

    Hunt CoverTitle & Series: HUNT (Shifters #6.5)
    Author: Rachel Vincent
    Release date: October 23, 2014
    Pages: 49
    Formats: eBook (anthology available in paperback, audio, eBook)

    ***Includes the first Chapter of LION’S SHARE***

    Description…

    This short story was previously in the anthology Chicks Kick Butt.

    It’s been more than four years since Abby Wade survived capture and torture by a quartet of rogue shifters. Back then she was a scared kid, just trying to survive.

    Now Abby is all grown up, and if she’s learned anything from training with Faythe Sanders, the world’s first female Alpha, it’s that she can take care of herself—and anyone else who comes along. So when her college roommate is abducted from a campsite deep in the Appalachian woods, Abby knows exactly how to get her back…

    The rules of the hunt are simple. Kill or be killed.

    Abby Wade is not ready to die.

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    RYAR Review: CHASING POWER by Sarah Beth Durst

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    ABOUT THE BOOK


    CHASING POWER by Sarah Beth Durst
    Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on October 14, 2014
    Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
    Provided by: Author, NetGalley
    Rating: 4 stars

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    This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

    DESCRIPTION

    Sixteen-year-old Kayla was born with the ability to move things with her mind—things like credit cards and buttons on cash registers—and she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again . . . which would mean grave danger for them both.

    When she’s caught stealing by a boy named Daniel—a boy with the ability to teleport—he needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. Together, they embark on a quest to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel’s kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family-and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive . . . or survive.


    REVIEW


    Sarah Beth Durst’s CHASING POWER is a fun, exciting and fast-paced read. It takes readers and its characters on a wonderful adventure across the country and the globe in pursuit of hidden artifacts. It delivers danger, thrills, magic and a bit of romance in its action-packed pages. It has characters who are likable, interesting and quirky, others who are untrustworthy and mysterious, and still others who are detestable and deadly. It’s a story that will keep readers entertained from start to finish.

    Kayla and her mom have been on the run since she was a young child, living in fear, ready to leave at a moment’s notice, hiding from a father she hardly remembers, but whose very existence is a threat to her own. In order to remain undetected she must stay under the radar, avoid attention, and keep her ability a secret.

    But resisting the urge to use her powers to take what she and her mom need in order to stay safe is not something Kayla is capable of. Which is why, no matter how careful she thinks she’s been, she is caught using her telekinetic abilities to steal by a boy who threatens to expose her unless she helps him.

    Kayla and Daniel’s journey is exhilarating and danger-filled. From cave-ins to poisonous snakes to voodoo queens to power hungry pursuers, CHASING POWER doesn’t let up. With a clever best friend who assists from afar, a panicked mother whose spells not only protect but prevent, an unusually helpful voodoo queen whose motives are unknown, and a boy desperate to find his mother no matter how great a risk, there is no shortage of fascinating characters to keep Kayla on her toes.

    Add in a mystery, a number of twists and turns, and an ending that delivers a couple of surprises, CHASING POWER is a captivating and delightful story with a female protagonist who is spunky and clever and caring and adventurous that will appeal to readers of any age.

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    RYAR Review: LAILAH by Nikki Kelly

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    ABOUT THE BOOK


    LAILAH by Nikki Kelly
    Series: The Styclar Saga #1
    Published by Feiwel & Friends on October 7, 2014
    Genres: Paranormal
    Provided by: Publisher
    Rating: 4 stars

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    This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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    The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

    On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

    In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

    Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.


    REVIEW


    I was instantly intrigued by the prologue to LAILAH which reveals this to be a story of Angels and Vampires and the mixing of darkness and light. And it develops into an exciting tale of one girl’s search for answers about who and what she is, why she’s immortal, why she’s being hunted, who her mysterious protector is, and who is the boy in her dreams.

    With only brief flashes of her previous lives, a ring she wears around her neck that she’s had for many lifetimes, and the memory of a boy, Gabriel, who she’s desperate to find, Francesca is forced to live a solitary life, never getting too close to anyone, never staying anywhere for too long. Until the night she meets Jonah, a wounded Vampire whose life she saves, a night that changes everything.

    Because now the Pureblood’s are after her and she’s on the run. Now Gabriel is more than just a distant memory, he’s an Angel with answers about who she was, an Angel who is keeping secrets about who she is. Now she has to put her trust in Vampires to keep her safe, when she has every reason to want to keep her distance. And now she’ll have to rely on Gabriel, even though he may have done something far worse to her in her past than any Vampire ever did.

    Author Nikki Kelly delivers an interesting twist on the Angel vs. Demon mythology in LAILAH, with the Vampire as Demon. The world she created around them and the history she imagined for them is also quite unique. And the story’s backdrop, set in both England and France, with characters who are mostly not American, gives it a different feel.

    After the initial battle and chase, in the first third of the story, the pace slows a bit as the characters and story are developed and the world is built. Much detail is given about clothing and fashion that might have been pared down to keep the suspense and tension up. But things pick back up again and don’t let up until the story’s end as the threat to Cessie grows, as her past life as Lailah is revealed, and as she learns who she is and what it means for her present and her future.

    There is a swoon-worthy love triangle, with a “good” boy – Gabriel – and a “bad” boy – Jonah, though both boys can’t claim to be entirely good or entirely bad. It adds tension and angst, but more than that it is relevant to the story, and the reason for Lailah’s attraction to both becomes clear as the story progresses.

    LAILAH is a captivating and incredibly entertaining read. There are characters to love and characters to hate, a mythology that is intriguing, secrets to uncover and a mystery to solve, a choice to be made between good and evil, and an ending that will leave you wishing for the next book in the series.

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    Review: The Eternity Cure

    The Eternity Cure

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    THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa will be released in the U.S. on April 30, 2013 in hardcover 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 448 pages.

    THE ETERNITY CURE is the second book in author Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series. No information is yet available about the third book in the series.

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    Goodreads description…

    Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

    Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

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    THE ETERNITY CURE is the electrifying and wildly entertaining second book in author Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series. Darker, grittier and even more suspenseful than the first, this sequel amps up the action, danger and tension levels, making this an intense, edge-of-your-seat read.

    When Allison Sekemoto set off in search of Kanin, his rescue was her only goal. Still struggling with her humanity in this violent and ruthless world where lawlessness abounds, Allie fights to hang on to who she was before she became a predator. But when survival is dependent upon the need to feed, killing is sometimes her only option.

    And as her journey leads her farther and farther away from the one thing that keeps her human, the price for Kanin’s safety may be steeper than she ever imagined.

    Julie Kagawa has delivered yet another gripping and highly addictive installment in this series. She puts her heroine, Allie, in even greater danger as she attempts to save Kanin from his vicious and bloodthirsty captor, Sarren. She adds a new threat to this already perilous world that is struggling to survive. And she sets it all against a ticking clock, making this read a nail-biter.

    The author does a brilliant job of mixing the elements of an epic saga, gritty dystopian and dark paranormal/urban fantasy with a touch of horror in THE ETERNITY CURE. Her characters are interesting and engaging, whether likable or unlikable, and her story captivating from beginning to end.

    This second book in the series doesn’t suffer from sophomore slump – it is even more thrilling and action-packed than the first. It doesn’t serve as a bridge – the story could stand on its own. The author didn’t let the world-building suffer – if anything, she expanded upon it.

    And while the young adult genre may be flooded with stories of vampires and zombie-like creatures set in a post-plague world, Julie Kagawa’s story and series sets itself apart with its diverse and appealing characters, its exhilarating adventure and the imaginative spin this author brings to each of her stories.

    With surprising twists and an even more surprising ally, dangerous new enemies and even deadlier threats, and a betrayal that could cost her everything, Allie’s quest to save her creator in THE ETERNITY CURE is an incredibly exciting adventure with a shocking cliffhanger ending that will keep readers riveted.

    Reviewer gives this book…

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

    On a personal note…

    Oh my gosh this book was so wicked awesome. I LOVED every second of it. It was that good. Scratch that. Great. Scratch that. Amazing.

    I did not think Julie Kagawa could top what she wrote in THE IMMORTAL RULES. I loved that book and I was so sure that the follow-up couldn’t get any better. But oh my gosh it did. By a lot.

    THE ETERNITY CURE was so off-the-charts good that there are no words to adequately describe just how exciting it was to read. How riveted I was to the page as Allison set off on a quest to find Kanin. How unputdownable it was as the story unfolded. And how absolutely torturous that killer cliffhanger ending was.

    Nope. No words…. Exciting. Riveting. Unputdownable. Torturous. I’m not counting those as words. Because they don’t even begin to paint a picture of just how awesome this sequel was. Or how desperate I am to get my hands on the next book in this series.

    The description is pretty vague about Allison’s journey to find Kanin. It doesn’t reveal whether or not she makes the journey alone or whether she has a traveling companion or two. So I’m going to try to be just as vague when talking about this book so as not to reveal spoilers.

    But what I can talk about – one of the elements in this story that I love, love, loved – is that this already dark world got even darker. A world of humans and vampires that was barely hanging on is now potentially on the verge of extinction due to a new outbreak and contagion.

    I’d called the world in THE IMMORTAL RULES grisly, but the grisly in that book doesn’t hold a candle to just how grisly things got in this one. Dark. Grisly. Chilling. Violent. Heartbreaking.

    Yes, somewhere amidst the chaos, between the action-packed battles and chases, the race against the clock to find Kanin, the encounters with the Bleeders and Molemen, there were moments that were so unbelievably heartbreaking.

    Of course I won’t reveal whether it was just my heart that was broken or whether it was one or more of the author’s characters who suffered a broken heart, too. That little tidbit of information shall be my secret for now.

    But there’s so much more to this novel than just darkness and bloodshed. There is plenty of that, but that’s not all that THE ETERNITY CURE delivers. There’s suspense. Tension of the nail-biting variety. A journey that is once again epic. Characters that are interesting and challenging and likable and detestable.

    And if I’ve somehow given you the impression that this book is all doom and gloom, let me just add that there are also moments that are incredibly sweet and tender. Moments that will make your heart skip a beat or two.

    So, yeah, this book has a little bit of everything and a whole lot of the stuff of awesome. Though that ending did kill me. Not only because of what happened but because it made me so desperate to find out just what comes next and gave me no way to do so.

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    Favorite passage…

    There are three amazing passages I want to include here. And much to my surprise, they’re all Allie and Zeke passages. Given just how much I adore both Kanin and Jackal, it was a complete and total surprise when I narrowed down my very most favorite passages to those three.

    Of course choosing one is nearly impossible. Though I suppose I should choose the shortest one as opposed to those longish ones that reveal perhaps a bit too much.

    I felt him shift in my arms, holding me tighter, tucking my head under his chin. “Only death will take me away from you, vampire girl,” he whispered. “And even then, I’ll watch over you from wherever I end up.”

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    This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

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    Review: With All My Soul

    With All My Soul

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    WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent releases in the U.S. today, March 26, 2013, 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 384 pages.

    WITH ALL MY SOUL is the seventh and final full-length book in author Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series.

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    Goodreads description…

    What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It’s time to kick some hellion butt…

    After not really surviving her junior year (does “undead” count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She’s going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

    But then she meets Wrath and understands that she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can’t save everyone she loves without risking everything she has….

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    WITH ALL MY SOUL is the stunning conclusion to the Soul Screamers series by author Rachel Vincent. With an intriguing new character and a new mortal sin, a gripping storyline and a shocking turn of events, this final installment is an exhilarating, heartrending and epic finish to this must-read series.

    No matter how hard she fights and no matter how great the risk to herself, Kaylee Cavanaugh has not been able to defeat the hellion that wants her soul. With each loss hitting closer to home, Kaylee is not sure how many more people she cares about she can bear to lose, especially knowing that she’s the one Avari really wants.

    And when he takes someone she loves, someone whose life she is not willing to risk, she must quickly find a way to stop him once and for all or be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. Because Avari has nothing but time, has nothing to lose and will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

    Action-packed, electrifying and at times heartbreaking, WITH ALL MY SOUL takes readers on one last journey with Kaylee Cavanaugh as she faces off against a seemingly unstoppable enemy that has pursued her through life and the afterlife. With anger as her motivation and an unlikely ally, Kaylee’s greatest challenge yet will keep readers on the edge of their seats and their eyes glued to the page as events unfold and lead up to the book’s dramatic conclusion.

    Author Rachel Vincent has once again put her characters through an incredible ordeal and taken her readers on a roller coaster ride of emotion in WITH ALL MY SOUL. Filled with exciting plot twists and turns, dialogue that is both heartfelt and moving and sarcastic and amusing, and a nail-biting build-up to an outcome that is heart-stopping, this last installment in the series can only be called phenomenal.

    The author does not leave readers hanging at the story’s end. All loose-ends have been tied up and all the larger questions about the remaining characters have been answered. And while the story wraps up in a way that will satisfy those readers who like to say their goodbyes and move on, it does allow for the reader’s imagination to go beyond the story and look into the futures of those characters that do remain, for those readers that aren’t quite ready.

    WITH ALL MY SOUL is the perfect finish to this always entertaining, always surprising and always thrilling series.

    And this story and series is a must for readers who want to discover a world that is unique, writing that is engaging, clever and oftentimes breathtaking, a plot that is suspense-, danger- and tension-filled, a heroine that is incredibly brave, selfless and relatable, and a love story that is eternal.

    Reviewer gives this book…

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

    On a personal note…

    If I had a million words at my disposal instead of the meager few that seem to rattle around my brain when sitting down to compose my thoughts, even then I don’t think I could come up with the appropriate combination to express just what this series has meant to me or just how truly amazing I think it is.

    And this final installment, this final chapter in these characters’ lives, has been no less of a roller coaster than its predecessors, no less heartbreaking, nail-biting, tension-filled, bittersweet, heart-rending. It was a phenomenal ending to an absolutely riveting series that just got better and better as it progressed.

    WITH ALL MY SOUL was everything I’d hoped it would be in a series-ending book. I had incredibly high expectations that I wasn’t entirely sure could be met. And yet they were. Met. And surpassed.

    I did not expect to get so caught up in the story that I’d forget this was a series-ending book. I did not expect to fall for a newly introduced character. I did not expect to be surprised by how things came together at the end. And I did not expect the ending when it arrived, all too quickly.

    I expected tears. And yes there were tears. From the moment I began the last quarter of the book until the story’s end I could not stop tearing up. Every sentence felt like a goodbye. A goodbye I was not ready for. Every heartfelt passage was bittersweet, heartbreaking.

    Every action, every page, brought me one step closer to the end. And after having been so distracted by the events taking place in the first three-fourths of the story, the realization that this series was coming to a close made every single thing that happened in that final fourth that much more emotional.

    And it still didn’t prepare me for the end… a part of which continues to haunt me even after a re-read.

    I expected a roller coaster. And there was definitely one of those. I expected sarcasm, dialogue that would make me grin, a brave, stubborn and fiercely protective heroine and a mortal sin that would make this story explosive. And I got all of that and then some.

    I expected to fall in love with this final book in the series. And Rachel Vincent made it just so easy to do so. It was so easy to once again get lost in Kaylee’s world as she prepared to face just one more obstacle to a happily ever afterlife. It was so easy to be captivated by her characters – some charming, some horrifying, some a little bit of both.

    And it was so easy to connect with Kaylee, who was every bit as strong and determined and sarcastic as she’d been throughout the series, but who also displayed a confidence she didn’t previously possess.

    I couldn’t have been more proud of, more fearful for, more heartsick for, more in awe of who Kaylee became by the end of this series. A character who I liked right from the start was one that I absolutely adored by the end.

    While I won’t reveal whether Kaylee gets a happy ending… or even if she makes it to the end of this book… I will just say that I loved every single moment of WITH ALL MY SOUL. Even the moments that broke my heart.

    And no, I would not change a single thing about this book… well… except for the fact that it is a series-ending book. It was just that out-of-this-world amazing. It is just that unforgettable.

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    Favorite passage…

    I had more than a few favorite passages. Some passages were actually paragraphs that spanned pages. So finding a favorite passage that was short enough to include in this post wasn’t easy. So I chose two.

    And while I would have loved to include a certain quote from Avari from page 63 or one from Ira from page 82 – both of which were beautifully written – or one of the many lengthier passages about a certain Reaper (especially pages 299, 312-315, 322, 364), as they would be best discovered within the context of the story I thought I’d share these instead.

    “So you really did grow up on cookies and cake. I knew it.”

    “That’s why I’m so sweet now. I have no idea what went wrong with Nash.”

    And…

    “Take a nice, long look at your future, reaper. You’ll soon be burning as fuel for hundreds of tiny fires.”

    Tod laughed out loud. “If that’s your way of saying I’m hot, rest assured, I already know.”

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    Review: The Immortal Rules

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    THE IMMORTAL RULES by Julie Kagawa was released in the U.S. on April 24, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats and will be releasing in paperback format on March 26, 2013.

    It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published Harlequin TEEN the print edition is 464 pages.

    THE IMMORTAL RULES is the first book in author Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series. The second book in the series, THE ETERNITY CURE, is slated for release on April 30, 2013.

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    Goodreads description…

    To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

    Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred ofthem—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

    Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for…again.

    Enter Julie Kagawa’s dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

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    THE IMMORTAL RULES is an incredibly imaginative, dark and gritty, and immensely entertaining story set in a future that is bleak and in a world that is brimming with violence and on the verge of collapse. A world where vampires control the cities. Where humans either choose to serve them or suffer the consequences of choosing independence. And where survival is not much more than a dream.

    It is an epic adventure that follows Allison Sekemoto as she at first fights to survive as an Unregistered human in a world where only Registereds are given the means to survive and then as she struggles to come to terms with the monster she has chosen to become.

    Forced to leave New Covington, Allie must venture out into the world beyond the Fringe, navigate its unfamiliar, desolate and dangerous landscape, and face challenges far greater than any she could have ever imagined.

    Julie Kagawa has once again taken her readers on a journey in THE IMMORTAL RULES. But this time the setting is more ominous, the world more devastated, the future more hopeless, and its residents more vicious.

    And in this grim and frightening reality, where most of the population, both human and vampire, have been wiped out by the Red Lung disease, the author has introduced threats beyond those of starvation and illness and the violence that accompanies them. She has created monsters more terrifying than vampires. And she has offered up only the remotest glimmer of hope for salvation.

    Her heroine, Allison Sekemoto, is brave, stubborn, compassionate but realistic, and fierce but likable. There are a broad spectrum of characters to connect with, to like, to despise, to root for, to cringe away from, and to both respect and detest all at once. And with enemies that range from the terrible to the grotesque and allies that are both obvious and unlikely, there is no shortage of creativity and imagination when it comes to character development in this story.

    With each turn of the page, the story will draw readers deeper into this dark and disturbing world. A world that is equally as fascinating as it is horrifying. A cruel and cutthroat world that readers might wish they never entered, but one they’ll never want to leave.

    Exciting, chilling and heartbreaking, THE IMMORTAL RULES will hold readers captive from start to finish and leave them anxiously awaiting the sequel.

    Reviewer gives this book…

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    On a personal note…

    THE IMMORTAL RULES was amazing. With a capital A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. That’s it. What else is there? There is really no other word I could utter that would express what I felt about this book any better than that one. Seriously.

    Should everyone read this book? Yes. So there’s no need for me to say anything else about it.

    Of course I have a ton of things I could say about this book, its characters, the world, the adventure. And I suppose I should say a few more things here. These are supposed to be my thoughts after all.

    So….

    Did I love the world? Oh heck yes. While I thought I was over the whole dystopian/post-apocalyptic type of setting, clearly I wasn’t. Or at least not it when it’s Julie Kagawa’s version.

    She painted a very dark and gritty picture. She created a chilling, danger-filled world with innumerable threats. Disease, hunger, violence. She created a broad range of characters to fill her world. Vampires. Rabids. Mole men. Pets. Registereds. Unregistereds. Fanatics. Traitors.

    She took me on a journey.

    One of my favorite aspects of Julie Kagawa’s stories is the journey she creates for both her characters and readers. And the one in THE IMMORTAL RULES is no exception.

    It was an epic adventure. One that took her character, Allison Sekemoto, through different settings. Many of them hostile.

    And on this adventure we were introduced to all sorts of different characters. Some good, many of them evil. Some likable, many of them detestable.

    Going on this journey allowed her character to develop in different ways than she would have with the entire story taking place in New Covington. It definitely allowed Allie to experience different things. Become a different… person.

    And while I missed Kanin, a character I liked from the moment we were introduced, I loved getting to meet Ezekiel Crosse. And while I was sad about what happened to a certain group of Unregistereds, I loved getting to meet the new Allie who I actually liked a lot more than the old one. She was just as stubborn, but way more kick-a** and way less frustrating.

    Had Allison never left the city she’d called home, I would have never had the chance to meet the very maddening and even more intriguing Jackal, the Raider King of Old Chicago.

    I absolutely loved this story. Its darkness. Its grisly reality. Its characters, many of whom showed incredible growth. Characters who are all very memorable. Its ability to transport me to its devastated world in its scary and violent future.

    And contrary to what I said at the outset, about how just one word – amazing – is sufficient to describe THE IMMORTAL RULES, I think awesome, epic, thrilling, exhilarating, gripping and fan-freaking-tastic are also words I’d use.

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    Favorite passage…

    I actually had four favorite passages. One was a quote from Allie when she was talking to the rabids. Two involved Kanin, but one was way too long and the other too short. So I decided to go with this one, which is only slightly spoiler-y if you haven’t read the description.

    He gave my hair a final, gentle tug and turned away. I watched him go, Hunger and longing and that strange, squirmy feeling twisting my insides. Crawling into my tent, I pulled the blanket over my head and tried to sleep, to forget Ezekiel Crosse. His touch. His warmth. And how badly I wanted to sink my fangs into his throat and truly make him mine.

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    Review: Pivot Point

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    PIVOT POINT by Kasie West was released in the U.S. on February 12, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON an BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    PIVOT POINT is the first book in author Kasie West’s new series of the same name. The second book in the series, as yet untitled, is slated for release in February 2014.

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    Goodreads description…

    Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

    Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

    In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

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    PIVOT POINT is an exciting and immensely entertaining first book in author Kasie West’s new series that combines the paranormal with a mystery and offers an exciting twist on a story about difficult choices and the consequences of those decisions.

    Fast-paced, with a captivating mystery that will keep readers guessing, and a heroine whose ability proves that sometimes knowing the outcome doesn’t make the decision any easier, this story will grab readers with its distinctive premise and won’t shake them loose until they solve the puzzle and learn which future will become Addie’s reality.

    Addison Coleman is given the choice of whether to stay in the Compound where she has lived her entire life with her mother, her friends and all the rest of the residents with paranormal abilities or leave what she’s always known to join her father in the normal world, where her abilities and her past must be kept secret.

    As someone with the ability to Search the future, figuring out the right decision to make should simple. But when both futures have the potential for heartbreak, not just for Addie, choosing which future to let slip away is anything but easy.

    From start to finish, PIVOT POINT will keep readers engaged and anxious to discover just what happens along each of Addie’s potential paths. The story switches between her life in the Compound and the one among the “Norms,” furthering the plot with each peek, revealing just enough to keep readers in suspense and more than enough for readers to become invested in both potential futures and the outcome of Addison’s decision.

    Kasie West does an incredible job of keeping readers connected to the story through each of the transitions between the two parallel storylines. Each chapter ends at a logical point in the story, yet one that is compelling enough to make readers want to return to that version of the main character’s existence. And each chapter begins with a clever definition, one that makes which of Addie’s paths readers are on clearly identifiable.

    While readers will have to suspend disbelief and accept that there is only one possible outcome for each of Addison Coleman’s paths, it isn’t difficult to do so during the read. The characters – Addie, Laila, Duke and Trevor – are interesting and relatable, the writing has an easy flow, the mystery is suspenseful and knowing that only one of the two futures is possible, makes this story bittersweet.

    PIVOT POINT is an absolutely captivating must read first book in this new series that will appeal to fans of paranormal, mystery and contemporary stories alike.

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    On a personal note…

    The second I put PIVOT POINT down after I finished reading it, I wanted to do nothing more than pick it back up and re-read it. It was just that awesome. And it left me desperately wanting to know what was going to happen in the sequel.

    Because even though I wouldn’t call the end a cliffhanger, there were certain possibilities for Addie’s future that I wanted to know more about right away. But of course I’ll have to wait for 2014 like everyone else.

    I knew going in that I would love this book. Just the idea of two possible paths for the main character to take had me intrigued. Addie had her very own “choose your own adventure” with every major life decision. And getting a peek at the two options she had in this particular story was all sorts of awesome.

    I loved that the story went back and forth between the two potential futures – and I love, love, loved the chapter identifiers/definitions. I was worried that the alternating futures might keep me from being able to connect, but it did the opposite. It made me that much more anxious to find out what was happening along the one path when I was reading about the other, and that much more curious to see where the two futures intersected.

    I knew that there would be a bit of a mystery involved from having read the description. And while I was suspicious of a few of the ultimately guilty characters, I didn’t have a clue as to exactly why they were guilty or what their motivations were. So I was definitely surprised when all was revealed.

    And I also knew exactly which path I wanted Addie to take. Though I can’t say which one I wanted or whether she did end up choosing that future, or I would totally spoil the read.

    But I abso-freaking-lutely loved how one decision could have such vastly different outcomes for not only Addie’s future but for so many others. And I especially loved getting to “watch” how both decisions played out.

    PIVOT POINT is a super quick read. One I am so very tempted to read again right now, as I’m certain I missed some small foreshadowing event that I would have picked up on had I not been racing through it. I seriously love the characters’ abilities. Though not delved into fully in this first book, they are absolutely fascinating and potentially very, very dangerous. What I wouldn’t do to have one or two of them myself….

    I love the world the author created – from the Compound to the world outside with the Norms – I love her main character Addie and a certain boy, who I shall not name or it will totally reveal which path I wanted Addie to choose, and I love the way everything came together at the end.

    And I also really love that the decision Addie had to make was not an easy one, that there are so many possibilities for where this story could go in the next book, and most of all that this isn’t a standalone novel. Because I definitely want to read more by this author and I definitely want to revisit this world and these characters… well, the characters I love. Maybe not the evil ones.

    PIVOT POINT is a total must read and one of my favorite reads so far this year.

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    I got so caught up in the story that I barely made any notes, including which were my favorite passages and quotes. But there were a few that I did highlight. One that still makes me smile, but without reading it in context it wouldn’t make any sense. Much like an inside joke.

    And there is another that also makes me grin… would make any book lover grin… but I decided to choose this one instead, because it really is my most favorite.

    “Sometimes perfection reveals the lie, Addie, not the truth,” she says. I nod and wait with the others who have already completed the task.

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