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    Title & Series: THE DARK CALLING (The Arcana Chronicles #6)
    Author: Kresley Cole
    Release date: February 13, 2018
    Publisher: Valkyrie Press
    Pages: 350
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

    The Description…

    New intrigues, adventures, and stunning revelations fill the penultimate installment of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s electrifying Arcana Chronicles.

    In a world teetering on the edge . . .

    When Evie receives life-changing—and possibly game-changing—news, she has trouble believing it. Why doesn’t she feel any different? Is it possible someone she trusts might be lying?

    With enemies at every turn . . .

    Tensions seethe inside the castle of lost time as Evie starts to doubt her own sanity. Answers can be found outside their stronghold, but will Death help her find them—or prevent her from learning the truth about her future and Jack’s possible survival?

    Darkness beckons. 

    A mysterious, sinister power begins to affect the Arcana in its path. Forced out into the wasteland alone, Evie must depend on unexpected allies. But as a battle with Richter looms, can her new alliance defeat the Dark Calling before hell reigns on earth?

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    Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the author’s publicist in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    Unexpected. Heartbreaking. Shocking. Surprising. Intense. Amazing. Game-changer. THE DARK CALLING will make jaws drop – many, many times. It promises twists that are astonishing, unforeseen, exciting, fascinating, epic. A new player is revealed. A few players make their exit. Others make their power plays. And several players struggle just to survive.

    With the game nearing its end, the post-Flash world is falling even further into ruin, causing some cards to weaken – from hunger, from loss of power, from madness. The Fool continues to make moves, pushing players toward an outcome he has not yet revealed. The final card makes itself known with devastating consequences. Plans and alliances have to be reassessed. And the Empress will have far more to deal with then she could ever have imagined.

    With food supplies running low, and desperation growing among those that remain in the Ash, the safest place for Evie is with Death. But when his home turns from haven to danger zone, she’ll have to take her chances with the slavers, baggers, and others not in her alliance. Players like Richter and Zara.

    Unable to tap into the strongest of her powers, in mourning and stunned by the turns of events that made her go on the run, out of contact with Matthew, and unsure about what comes next, she’ll have to trust in the tenuous alliance she has with a card she defeated in the past, find a way to reach an ally she does trust with her life, keep ahead of those in pursuit, find food that doesn’t involve cannibalism, and learn how to defeat her newest nemesis.

    Kresley Cole is a master at keeping the thrill, the heat, the heartache alive well into a series – and she brought that mastery to this installment in spades. It is nail-bitingly suspenseful. There are a multitude of surprises. There are tragic, heart-rending losses. There is enough romance in a single kiss to more than satisfy.

    The game continues on toward its seemingly inevitable, cataclysmic conclusion. But how it will end remains a mystery. Who the victor will be has yet to be divulged. Whose alliances will hold is undetermined. Who will even be capable of fighting in the final installment is unknown. And whether Evie will give herself over to the Red Witch is still uncertain. All of which guarantee a gripping and wildly entertaining read with the promise of an even more extraordinary, astounding, breathtaking series conclusion.

    THE DARK CALLING is exceptional, riveting, unpredictable, unforgettable, must-devour, and well worth the wait. Those who have been looking for answers will finally have them. Those who can’t get enough of the Empress’s complicated love life will be satiated. Those looking for an edge-of-your-seat page-turner will be perched precariously on the very edge of their seats, flying through every single page. And those not looking to be left on the edge of a cliff at the story’s end will be over-the-moon happy, but just as eagerly awaiting the next installment as if they were.

    The Rating

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


    About the Author

    Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances.

    A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.

    Her IAD books have been translated into 23 foreign languages, garnered 3 RITA awards, a Hall of Fame induction, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

    Cole lives in Florida with her family.

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    Review: DAY ZERO by Kresley Cole

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    Title & Series: DAY ZERO (The Arcana Chronicles #3.5)
    Author: Kresley Cole
    Release date: August 1, 2016
    Publisher: Valkyrie Press
    Pages: 180
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    Arcana means secrets, and these Arcana Chronicles short stories from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole are filled with them. Experience firsthand the beginning of the end and behold the apocalypse through the eyes of characters you only thought you knew.

    Ashes to ashes . . .
    Evie Greene’s story of the Flash is just one of many. All over the world, those connected in some way to the lethal Arcana game–like Death, Jack, and Fortune–must first survive a horrifying night of blood and screams.

    We all fall down.
    Some will have to grapple with new powers; all will be damned to a hellish new existence of plague, brutality, desolation, and cannibalism. Find out who they lost, why they endure, and what they sacrificed in order to live past Day Zero. . . .

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    Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the author in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    If the wait for the next installment in Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles has been killing you, DAY ZERO is guaranteed to help ease the pain. With Arcana Rising’s release still two weeks away, this companion novel will bring you back into the world, give you heretofore unseen peeks at the characters you adore, detest, or are intrigued by, introduce you to characters you haven’t yet gotten the chance to know, and tease of things still to come in this deadly game they’re playing.

    DAY ZERO is not a “take it or leave it” tease of a story. It offers real insight into the game and its players. It expands the world. It’s substantive enough to make you feel invested in the characters’ outcomes. It is every bit as riveting as the full-length novels. And it leaves you just as eager for more.

    If you have not yet read the other novels in this series it is not recommended that you read this book, as it does contain major spoilers that are better discovered in context.

    If you’re not typically a fan of companion novels, set any hesitation you may have aside. You should definitely read this book. It’s awesome and amazing. It’s not some random plot outside of the main storyline with characters you may or may not be interested in. It involves the main characters, at a pivotal point in the story. It introduces other key characters who either have or will play a major role. And it teases the start to the next book in the series.

    Plus, as is always to be expected from Kresley Cole, there is fantastic writing that will make you want to immediately restart the series from the beginning with the information you now know. It will also make you wish you could read even more from the points of view of the characters whose Day Zero experiences she shared.

    Whether you’re hoping the game will end without a victor, or you have chosen who you think you want to win, reading DAY ZERO might just change your mind. So, if you are invested in the outcome of the series and its characters, discovering what this novel reveals is an absolute must.

    The Rating

    06

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


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    Title & Series: ARCANA RISING (The Arcana Chronicles #4)
    Author: Kresley Cole
    Release date: August 15, 2016
    Publisher: Valkyrie Press
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    Losses mount and deadly new threats converge in this next action-packed tale of the Arcana Chronicles by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole.

    When the battle is done . . .
    The Emperor unleashes hell and annihilates an army, jeopardizing the future of mankind–but Circe strikes back. The epic clash between them devastates the Arcana world and nearly kills Evie, separating her from her allies.

    And all hope is lost . . .
    With Aric missing and no sign that Jack and Selena escaped Richter’s reach, Evie turns more and more to the darkness lurking inside her. Two Arcana emerge as game changers: one who could be her salvation, the other her worst nightmare.

    Vengeance becomes everything.
    To take on Richter, Evie must reunite with Death and mend their broken bond. But as she learns more about her role in the future–and her chilling past–will she become a monster like the Emperor? Or can Evie and her allies rise up from Richter’s ashes, stronger than ever before?

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    Review: DEAD OF WINTER

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    Title & Series: DEAD OF WINTER (The Arcana Chronicles #3)
    Author: Kresley Cole
    Release date: January 6, 2015
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Can Evie convince her rival loves to work together? Their survival depends on it in this third book of #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles, a nonstop action tale of rescue, redemption, and a revenge most wicked.

    Heartbreaking decisions
    Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her—until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, The Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death’s uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts…and stolen glances from a former love.

    Uncertain victory
    Despite leaving a part of her heart behind with Death, Evie sets out into a frozen and perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland to meet up with her allies and launch an attack on The Lovers and the vast army they command. Such formidable enemies require a battle plan, and the only way to kill them once and for all may mean Evie, Jack, and Death allying. Evie doesn’t know what will prove more impossible: surviving slavers, plague, Bagmen and other Arcana—or convincing Jack and Death to work together.

    Two heroes returned
    There’s a thin line between love and hate, and Evie just doesn’t know where she stands with either Jack or Death. Will this unlikely trio be able to defeat The Lovers without killing one another first?

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    Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the author in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    Kresley Cole takes readers on a twisted and crazy ride in DEAD OF WINTER, a ride that is non-stop until the moment it goes skyrocketing over the edge of a cliff and head-first into the ground far below. This third installment in the series is the most shocking, the most heartbreaking, with the most jaw-dropping ending yet. It is explosive. It is all-consuming. The tension is combustible. The enemies are disturbing and sinister. The ending is of the shriek out loud variety.

    In order to save Jack from The Lovers, the most macabre of the Arcana yet, Evie must escape Death and leave behind the comfort, safety and protection she had with him. But if she thought Death was going to let her go so easily, she was mistaken.

    With an enemy that is more cunning and vicious than any she has encountered hell-bent on her capture, former allies unwilling or unable to come to her aid, The Fool more cryptic than ever, she’ll need all the help she can get. Even if it means convincing Jack and Death to work together to take them out. And even if it means if they do succeed she’ll have a choice to make and a heart to break when it’s all over.

    DEAD OF WINTER continues only moments after the events in ENDLESS KNIGHT. It drops readers right back into the heart of the action as Evie races to save the boy she can’t stop loving, even if she can no longer trust him. It builds in intensity as time runs out before his captors’ threats to do unspeakable things to him become reality. And it continues to build as the truth about The Lovers comes to light, her history with them is revealed, and her plan to take them out goes into action.

    Author Kresley Cole took a huge risk and pulled out all the stops with this novel. She teases and torments, she shocks and horrifies, she delights and infuriates, she saves and she destroys. Between the bagmen, slavers, the plague, the world without sun, and the twisted machinations of The Lovers, the author paints a darker, more grim and even gorier picture than she has before in this series. But with two very different but incredibly sexy boys – mortal and immortal – vying for Evie’s heart, she manages to make room for some heat.

    Alliances will end. Lives will end. Cards will fall. New Arcana will be named. New paths will be taken. The game will go on.

    DEAD OF WINTER promises devastation, heartache and loss. It drops bombshell after bombshell. It will stun. It will surprise. It will amaze. It will electrify. It will leave every reader begging for the next book. It is truly Kresley Cole at her best.

    The Rating

    06

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

    On a personal note…

    What… what… what?!? OMG what? I thought that one thing would destroy me. But then that other thing happened. OMG. OMG. OMG. What… just… happened?!?

    Okay, I can’t say anything more than that or else I will spoil this entire book.

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    Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014

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    Today is the final day of Top 10 of 2013.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    And I am thrilled to be able to co-host this event for the third year in a row with Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and for a second year with Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

    If you haven’t yet heard of this week-long event, it’s where we’ve been sharing our favorite bookish lists and inviting you to share yours each day for the past five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    This year’s event giveaway is shared via a common Rafflecopter on all three of our blogs. Leaving a comment each day on each host’s blog will give you extra entries, so be sure to check out each of our Top 10 lists for more chances to win.

    It’s not too late to sign up for this event – though today is the last day. Just check out the Sign-up Post for all the details – HERE.

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    Today’s topic is…

    Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014

    Last year, it seems, I cheated a little and I changed the post to top ten books in a series I’m dying to continue reading. This year I’m going to do the same.

    Because there are already at least 80 books I’m pining for that will be releasing next year and there’s no way I can narrow that list down to ten. So this tens list is in NO way complete. Not by far.

    Of course I just had to do an “honorable mentions” section listing a few other books I’m dying to read. And I will be posting a list of Top 10 Debut Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014 on The Annex to fill some of those gaps I’m leaving.

    But, to make things easier on myself, I decided to leave off the books in 2014 that I am looking forward to but have already read or am reading. Books such as UNHINGED by A.G. Howard, INDEPENDENT STUDY by Joelle Charbonneau, EVERTRUE by Brodi Ashton, PANIC by Lauren Oliver, and A LITTLE TOO HOT by Lisa Desrochers.

    While this is the hardest list I’ve had to create yet, I think I’m happy with my choices. I just wish some of those “must read” 2014 books had covers… or titles.

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    Top Ten Books in a Series I’m Dying to Continue Reading in 2014

    1.

    UNTITLED (The Arcana Chronicles #3) by Kresley Cole

    Why Top Ten?

    Death. Jack. A deadly game. Sexy times. A killer cliffhanger ending. Even sexier times. A wicked scary and totally fierce heroine. A world in chaos, born of destruction. Edge-of-your-seat suspense. Danger. Bad boys. Mean girls. Creepy villains. Battles of the epic variety. Amazing writing. Fascinating lore. And an insanely creative series that just keeps getting better and better.

    2.

    THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS (White Rabbit Chronicles #3) by Gena Showalter

    Why Top Ten?

    Action-packed. Zombies a-plenty. A seriously kick-a** heroine. A super sexy and maddeningly frustrating bad boy. An awesome nod to a beloved classic. Fierce, gory and epic zombie slaying battles. A mystery. Tension, tension, tension. Grin-worthy sexy times. Sizzling chemistry. Suspense, suspense, suspense. An awesome and addictive adventure in Zombieland.

    3.

    Ignite MeIGNITE ME (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

    Why Top Ten?

    Gorgeous, breathtaking, amazingly beautiful writing. A chilling and super scary futuristic world. Deadly powers. Evil rulers. A super sexy but totally redeemable bad boy. A super cute and totally honorable good boy. A cast of characters that is completely and totally adorable… well, except for the evil dudes. A totally addictive and unputdownable, action-filled story. A finish that I just know will be epic, epic, epic.

    4.

    City of Heavenly FireCITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

    Why Top Ten?

    The second ever YA series I discovered and fell in love with. Clary and Jace. A series ending that has been long awaited and greatly feared. Captivating. Amazing. My obsession. A creative and original and unique and brilliant series. An elaborate and intriguing world. Tension-filled. Nerve-wracking. A seriously awesome supporting cast. A forever favorite.

    5.

    The OneTHE ONE (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

    Why Top Ten?

    A total guilty pleasure read. Warning: highly addictive. An almost-Cinderella love story. A super nice, super sexy and totally awesome Prince. A fun and vicious competition. Action. Deception. Scheming. Deadly threats. A society in turmoil. An uprising. A love triangle. Another love triangle. A decision I’m just dying to find out. Who is “the one”?

    6.

    THE FOREVER SONG (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa

    Why Top Ten?

    An epic adventure. An even more epic setting. Vampires + dystopia = instalove. Kanin *sigh*. Zeke *sigh*. Jackal *sigh*. Each boy of the three boys is of the swoon-worthy variety. A daring and kick-a** heroine. Nail-biting suspense. Deadly threats. An insanely torturous killer cliffhanger ending that was scream-inducing. Riveting. Imaginative. Wildly entertaining. Totally brill.

    7.

    BurnedBURNED (Dani O’Malley #2) by Karen Marie Moning

    Why Top Ten?

    Mega. Ryo. Christian. A decimated world. Killer fae. Amazing, amazing, amazing writing… and world… and characters. Addictive. Consuming. Epic. Spellbinding. Seductive. Sexy. Electrifying. Action-packed. Unforgettable. Abso-freaking-lutely awesome. One of the best. Series. Ever.

    8.

    Sisters FateSISTERS’ FATE (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood

    Why Top Ten?

    Bewitching. Nerve-wracking. Insanely appealing. Heartrending. Utterly enchanting. Gripping. Suspenseful. Secrets. Heartbreak. Jealousy. Hidden powers. Deadly consequences. Gorgeous writing. Lovable, detestable, maddening, swoon-worthy characters. A “no freaking way” gut-wrenching ending. A must, must, must read series.

    9.

    TAKE ME ON (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry

    Why Top Ten?

    Romantic. Sexy. Heartbreaking. Heartwarming. Deliciously torturous. Yummy. Addictive. Beautiful characters. Beautiful writing. Beautiful stories. A guilt-free guilty pleasure read. Every. Single. Time. Complicated pairings. Challenging relationships. Love stories to root for. Intense. Angst-filled. Ahhh-mazing. And now it’s West’s turn.

    10.

    Up From the GraveUP FROM THE GRAVE (Night Huntress #7) by Jeaniene Frost

    Why Top Ten?

    Cat. Bones. Amazing chemistry. H.O.T. times infinity. Fiery. Electric. Steamy. Sizzling. Wicked battles. Edge-of-your-seat excitement. Seriously fierce heroine. Kicks some major a**. Action. More action. Even more a**-kicking action. All-consuming. Epic. Riv-et-ing. Completely and totally satisfying. Totally re-read worthy. A long, long, long, long, LONG-awaited, highly anticipated, ab-so-lutely must read – dying to read – final installment.

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    A Few Other Books I’m Pining For

    Continuing Series

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME FOUR by Rachel Vincent

    THE LOVELY AND THE LOST (The Dispossessed #2) by Page Morgan

    SPLIT SECOND (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West

    SWEET RECKONING (The Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins

    CRESS (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

    STEADFAST (Spellcaster #2) by Claudia Gray

    UNTITLED (The Elemental Trilogy #2) by Sherry Thomas

    THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART (Steampunk Chronicles #4) by Kady Cross

    GRADUATION DAY (The Testing #3) by Joelle Charbonneau

    EARTHQUAKE (Earthbound #2) by Aprilynne Pike

    TEASE (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan

    FRAGILE SPIRITS (Souls #2) by Mary Lindsey

    DARKBOUND (Moonset #2) by Scott Tracey

    UNTITLED (All Our Yesterdays #2) by Cristin Terrill

    WILD THINGS (Chicagoland Vampires #9) by Chloe Neill

    UNTITLED (Starling #3) by Lesley Livingston

    DELIVERANCE (Defiance #3) by C.J. Redwine

    OBLIVION (Nevermore #3) by Kelly Creagh

    MORTAL HEART (His Fair Assassin #3) by R. L. LaFevers

    New Releases

    THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES (Broken Destiny #1) by Jeaniene Frost

    UNINVITED (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan

    AFTER THE END (After the End #1) by Amy Plum

    THE SHADOW PRINCE (Into the Dark #1) by Bree Despain

    ON THE FENCE by Kasie West

    THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski

    AFTERPARTY by Ann Redisch Stampler

    HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott

    AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard

    REBEL BELLE by Rachel Hawkins

    THE IRON TRIAL (Magisterium #1) by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

    MORTAL (A Court of Rose and Thorns #1) by Sarah J. Maas

    DEATH SWORN (Death Sworn #1) by Leah Cypess

    ELUSION by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

    FORGET ME by K.A. Harrington

    WICKED GAMES by Sean Olin

    ONLY EVERYTHING (True Love #1) by Kieran Scott

    SLEEP NO MORE by Aprilynne Pike

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    Review: Endless Knight

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    ENDLESS KNIGHT by Kresley Cole released in the U.S. today, October 1, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.

    ENDLESS KNIGHT is the second book in Author Kresley Cole’s The Arcana Chronicles.

    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the author in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

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    Description…

    In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed.

    Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history – one that Evie can’t remember, but Death can’t forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she’s been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.

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    ENDLESS KNIGHT is dark and seductive. It’s intense. It’s riveting. It is action-packed from the very first sentence to the very last word on the very last page. It is beautiful and it’s gruesome. It’s tantalizing, it’s thrilling, it’s mind-blowing. It takes readers on an exhilarating, nerve-wracking, suspense-filled and positively electrifying ride. A ride that will leave them dangling precariously off the edge of a very steep cliff.

    One player down. Twenty-one remain. The game has now officially begun. The Empress has made the first move and Death is now ready to make his.

    With his sights set on Evie, it’s only a matter of time before he finds her, before he acts upon the threats of violence he’s been taunting her with, before they must face one another in a battle, a fight that Evie has never before won. Not as the May Queen. Not as the Red Witch, Phyta. Never.

    But as the Poison Princess she must find a way to defeat him. Because in this game, where the prize is immortality and there can be only one winner, the stakes are higher than ever before. With the world on the verge of collapse this might be the final game that gets played. With no one else in their alliance strong enough defeat Death, Evie is their only hope for survival. And with only one lifetime to spend with Jack, losing now would mean losing him forever.

    So she must do whatever it takes to win, to defeat Death, an immortal foe. Even if that means giving him her heart.

    Author Kresley Cole expanded the world of the Arcana in this sequel – new characters were introduced, new alliances were made, new battles were fought, and one character’s past was revealed. She turned up the heat. She increased the suspense, the tension, the drama. She delivered shocking surprises. She uncovered secrets, lies, betrayals. She created a story that sizzles, is wicked and sexy and utterly enthralling.

    ENDLESS KNIGHT picks up where POISON PRINCESS left off and immediately answers the question of what happens next, a question fans of this series have been anxiously awaiting. It continues the characters’ journey across its danger-filled landscape and presents them with new complications, new allies and enemies and even deadlier hurdles to overcome.

    The story is filled with unexpected twists and turns that will keep the pages turning. It adds a new bad boy to the mix to make things even more interesting. It keeps things exciting with a new setting and new characters with intriguing abilities. And it all comes together through the author’s gorgeous, grisly, sarcastic, intoxicating and absolutely phenomenal writing.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    6

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

    On a personal note…

    Every time I try to write down my personal thoughts about this book I realize that there’s just no way I can do it justice. My words are inadequate to describe just how I felt – how I feel – about this book.

    I want to shout, “Oh my gosh you have to buy this book, you have to devour this book and you have to talk to me all about it once you have!”

    Because I’m dying to talk to anyone and everyone about it. I’m dying to see what readers thought about what happened with Evie and Jack, what happened with Death and most of all what happened at the end. That ending… that ending is killing me.

    I want to talk about how amazing it was to be back in this world, to see what happened after that ending in the first book that absolutely destroyed me, that broke my heart and made me so nervous about what would happen in this book. But words fail.

    I want to talk about how reading this book felt like coming home – albeit to a dark and twisted world where human beings are more than a little bit savage, where a deadly game is playing out and where two of those players are favorite characters of mine. But I am unable to express just how happy it made me, how easy it was to love this story.

    I want to share just what I thought about how things changed between Evie and Jack, how wary I now am about certain characters I used to trust, how thrilled I am that Death is everything I hoped he’d be and so much more. But every word that comes to mind is insufficient.

    I want to talk to about how much I loved every single word of this story, every single direction it went in, every single interaction between the characters, every new character I met – yes, even Ogen – every single tension-filled, nail-biting, steamy hot, heartbreaking, chilling moment. But there are no words.

    My words to describe the awesomeness that is this book pale in comparison to just how phenomenal it really is. They’re fumbling, nonsensical, pathetic little things. But they’re all I have. And not saying anything about this book seems somehow worse. So…

    ENDLESS KNIGHT is a fan-freaking-tastic sequel. It blew my mind, patched it up and blew it to pieces all over again. It checked all the boxes. Dark – yes and I would have had it no other way. Sexy – yes, yes, yes and I’m talking the hot, steamy, “fan yourself” kind of sexy. Nerve-wracking – oh yes my nerves were frayed, shot, wrecked by the time I reached the end. Suspenseful – yes and of the “hold your breath” as if that would somehow help variety of suspense. Wicked – deliciously, delectably so. Action-packed – oh there was action, all kinds of action. It was intense, edge-of-your-seat exciting, and abso-freaking-lutely amazing.

    In every way ENDLESS KNIGHT is, was and forever will be the perfect book for me. I loved the first book in the series – it was a top five favorite last year – but this book, this shocking and gorgeous and gruesome and jaw-dropping sequel moves this series into my top five favorite YA series of all time.

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    Favorite passage…

    Can I reprint the entire book here? Probably not….

    And as most of this book is super spoiler-y choosing just one passage that isn’t too revealing has been an enormous challenge. Because I want to include the one where Jack said… or the one where Jack did… or the one where Death chose…. Yeah, not at all easy.

    But I had to choose a Jack passage. Because any passage about Death would reveal things better left discovered in the book. And it’s only a teeny bit spoiler-y.

    “We’re out here with no protection from Baggers, no lookout, and I’m still a heartbeat from taking you! You mesmerizing me too? That’s the only goddamned reason I’d still be thinking about you after all this shit. All my life, I never went looking for trouble, but it always found me! You’re just the latest helping of grief.”

    My eyes pricked with tears. “I didn’t want it to be like this.”

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    This review is based on an eARC received from the author in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

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    Giveaway: Endless Knight

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    As promised, I am giving away a few copies of ENDLESS KNIGHT by Kresley Cole, a book that totally blew me away when I read it a couple of weeks ago. While I don’t want to go into all of those reasons as I plan on posting my review and because I spotlighted it for my Book Watch post, I can’t just say nothing about this absolutely amazing book in this post.

    Because it’s dark and it’s sexy and it’s all sorts of deliciously torturous. Because it left me torn about who I love more. Because the ending destroyed me. Because I can’t get the story, the world, the characters out of my head. Because it has everything I want in a book and so much more.

    And because it couldn’t be any more of a “me” book if it tried. It’s abso-freaking-lutely perfect. In every single way.

    While I did get to read it early and the finished copy showed up in my mailbox this weekend, I still cannot wait for its release on October 1st so the final version will download to my Kindle and be a part of my permanent collection.

    I just knew I was going to love this series when I first read the excerpt of POISON PRINCESS last year. After I read that book I knew the series would be a forever favorite. But after reading ENDLESS KNIGHT it’s officially now an all-time top ten. Yeah, it’s that ridiculously amazing.

    In case you haven’t yet seen the excerpt on the series website, I’ll link it again HERE. It is not a scene you will want to miss. Though if you want to be a little more tortured about what happens with Jack after the way things ended in POISON PRINCESS you might want to skip it and discover this particular scene during the course of the read.

    Anyway… I’ve gone on long enough. You’re not here to find out what I thought about this amazing book. You’re here to try and win a copy. So I’ll just say – Good luck! And if you’d like to know a little bit more about the two books in this series or its brilliant author, keep reading, below.

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    About Endless Knight

    Description…

    In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed.

    Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history – one that Evie can’t remember, but Death can’t forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she’s been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.

    Release date: October 1, 2013
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS | THE ARCANA CHRONICLES WEBSITE

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    About Kresley Cole

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    Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals After Dark paranormal series and the young adult Arcana Chronicles. Her books have been translated into many foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists in the U.S. and abroad.

    Before becoming a writer, Cole was a world-ranked athlete, coach, and graduate student. She has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Two of her favorite places to visit include the rain forests of Central America and the Far North Queensland area of Australia (where, by the way, she would not recommend swimming outside of the stinger nets–at night).

    Cole lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals.” She spends any free time traveling and enjoys all things related to boats and water.

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    About Poison Princess

    Poison PrincessTitle: Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1)
    Author: Kresley Cole
    Release date: October 2, 2012
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Audio, eBook

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Description…

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance.

    She could save the world—or destroy it.

    Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life—until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, killing everyone she loves, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

    But she can’t do either alone.

    With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally trust Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

    Who can Evie trust?

    As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…

    In Poison PrincessNew York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces a dark and intriguing world, full of unspeakable danger and irresistible romance.

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    The Giveaway

    What’s Up for Grabs

    A hardcover copy of ENDLESS KNIGHT to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository to THREE (3) Winners

    The Deets

    • There will be THREE winners
    • You must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is International to anywhere The Book Depository ships
    • Giveaway ends on Friday, September 27th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Book will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
    • Winners will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
    • Winners will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond

    There are no requirements to like or follow. Just leave a comment with an answer to the question in the Rafflecopter.

    And there are a few extra entry opportunities to follow the author on Twitter, like the author’s Facebook page and to add ENDLESS KNIGHT on Goodreads.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Book Watch: Endless Knight

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    ENDLESS KNIGHT by Kresley Cole will be released in the U.S. on October 1, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.

    ENDLESS KNIGHT is the second book in Author Kresley Cole’s The Arcana Chronicles.

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    The week of October 1st has an insane amount of books releasing that I’m dying to have in my hands right about now. There were so many, in fact, that I opted just to list five of those “other” books releasing at the bottom of this post.

    But the book I’m obsessing over the most, the book I am most excited for, and the book that has left its mark on me in a very permanent way is Kresley Cole’s ENDLESS KNIGHT. It’s a book that I was lucky enough to read early. It’s a book that I can’t stop thinking about. It’s a book that I want to experience again as if it were the first time. And it’s a book I plan on re-reading this weekend, along with the first book in the series.

    So, yeah, there was absolutely no doubt in my mind that it would be the book to watch this week.

    I do plan on writing a review and posting it next week. I can’t get this book out of my mind so I just have to share my non-spoiler-y thoughts about it here on the blog… well… once I’m able to speak about this book without revealing spoilers. Because I feel like this entire book is one ginormous spoiler.

    And as I will be writing up a review, I don’t want to go into too many details about what I loved about this book – everything – and what its drawbacks were – there were none – and why I’m so obsessed – Death (the character not the state of being) – and why the ending killed me – as if I’d reveal that!

    So I will try to stick within the confines of ENDLESS KNIGHT‘s description when talking about this amazing book and why it’s a book that must, must, must be in the spotlight. Though the description doesn’t even begin to do it justice.

    I love Evie’s powers, though she is totally scary when she goes all Empress – vines, thorns, poison. Yeah she’s totally fierce, often wicked and maybe just a little bit bloodthirsty. I would love to talk about Jack, but I can’t say much because any mention of him would be all sorts of spoiler-y. I will say that I do still love him, but…

    Death. I am obsessed with Death, the Endless Knight. He intrigued me in Poison Princess and his role in this sequel reveals a lot more about him… and of him. Though as the description doesn’t talk about the latter half of my previous sentence I’ll just stop right now.

    But even if I hadn’t read this book and become as obsessed with this story – which blew me out of the water, sky high and into outer space (I’m still in orbit) – I would still would have chosen ENDLESS KNIGHT as the book to watch. Because I think this author is simply amazing and her series couldn’t be more of a “me” series if it tried. It’s dark, it’s sexy, it’s a little bit gruesome, it has intriguing lore, a fierce heroine, wickedly yummy bad boys and brilliant writing. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

    Well, actually, that’s not true. I could use the next book in the series right about now. Because that ending? Oh my gosh. How the heck am I supposed to wait for an entire year and then some for the next installment in this fan-freaking-tastic series?

    So, without any hesitation, as much as I love so many of the books releasing the week of October 1st, there was no other book than ENDLESS KNIGHT that I wanted to put in the spotlight this week. It’s a book I’m going to have to keep re-reading until I get it out of my system. Yes, it’s one of those books.

    And if you want to get a longer look than just the description provides, head over to the series website and check out this EXCERPT.

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The Arcana Chronicles WEBSITE

    The author on TUMBLR

    The author on GOODREADS

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed.

    Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history – one that Evie can’t remember, but Death can’t forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she’s been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are just five of the many, many awesome books releasing the week of October 1st:

    WILD CARDS (Wild Cards #1) by Simone Elkeles

    BLACKOUT (Blackout #1) by Robison Wells

    HOW TO LOVE by Katie Cotugno

    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DAMNED by Jessica Verday

    UNBREAKABLE (Legion #1) by Kami Garcia

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