Follow:
Browsing Tag:

Weaving Destiny

    The Extras: Teasers #8

    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.

    ***

    There were quite a few passages to choose from, all of which tease, so it made things very difficult. I tend to love all things sarcastic, but decided to go for something a bit more on the steamy side without being too revealing.

    Because, I figure, if you want to know more, you’ll just have to read it yourself. This is a teaser after all.

    Alex and Aiden:

    Breathing became difficult as we continued to stare at one another. His dark waves had fallen forward into his eyes. He wasn’t moving, and I couldn’t even if I’d wanted to. I didn’t. Oh, gods, I didn’t want to move ever. I saw the moment he recognized the change in me. Something shifted in those eyes of his and his lips parted.

    This is one book that’s not all about the love story. It’s eerie so I knew I had to choose a passage that fit. And while I would have loved to tease something about the closet it would have been just too revealing.

    And so here’s just a little something to lure you into Frost House.

    Leena:

    Over the summer I kept thinking what good luck it was I’d stumbled upon Frost House that day. If I’d believed in anything more mystical than textbook facts back then, I might have wondered if it had been fate. I have no idea, now, if fate exists. But I do know one thing about the day I found Frost House:

    Good luck had nothing to do with it.

    When I think of the word “teaser” when it comes to this book, the first – and only – thing that comes to mind is Mirko. He is such an unbelievable tease.

    While there are many, many scenes which showcase just what a tease he is, I thought this one about a completely innocent training session was totally tease-worthy.

    Brooke and Mirko:

    We intertwined and melded our bodies together in intimate ways. I tried not to think about that, but there were moments when his warm breath blew across my neck, or his leg stroked the inside of my thigh, which kept the thought fresh in my mind.

    In this epic book there were a lot of wonderful scenes to choose from. From heartbreak to longing to despair, the entire story feels like one long tease. So I tried to find a passage that has just a little bit of everything in it.

    And because it’s a teaser, I won’t say who the boy is.

    Elisa and…

    Even more than the cold, I’m frozen by the sadness in his beautiful eyes, deep and true. He squeezes them closed a moment and breathes deeply through his nose. Then, with one swift movement, he cups the back of my neck with a strong hand, pulls my head forward, and presses his lips to mine….

    This book is romantic and charming and sweet with so many lovely moments that will just draw you into the story.

    But the biggest tease, and my favorite, has to be in the preface, which I’ve only included just a tiny glimpse at.

    Liz and…

    “Your boyfriend won’t mind if you dance with someone else?” a familiar voice whispered in my ear, barely audible over the loud, trancelike music….

    He pulled me closer before I could respond to the question. His arms wrapped around my waist, and I rested my head on his shoulder, closing my eyes and inhaling the sweet scent of pine coming off his skin.

    I included my favorite line in my review, which came from a much longer scene that I loved.

    Well, just to tease a little more, here is a peek at the paragraph right before that one line.

    Elise and…

    And I liked the feeling of being almost crushed, of being so much smaller than him, of his body enveloping mine, and of his mouth hot against my lips.

    It was tricky to find a short enough passage to tease without giving anything away about where this story is headed or just how this story ends.

    So, here is just a small one that gives a little insight into how Anya thinks.

    Anya and Win:

    I knew I wasn’t supposed to care what Win thought of me anymore, but I did. Had I known he was coming, I might have had time to steel myself against him. I might have refused him altogether. But my feet kept walking me ineluctably toward the table where he sat…

    As with the first book in this series there are so many beautiful passages. But since I had to choose something that teases, I thought I’d choose one that pulls you into this story right from the start.

    It certainly left me dying to read more. And yes, I am not revealing who the characters are on purpose.

    He’d moved in closer. While her eyes were closed, he’d stepped forward until the back of his hand brushed the bare skin above her elbow. The contact made her ache to close what little space was left between them. It stirred something deep within her. Every inch of her became super sensitive, her flesh reaching out for him, knowing he was the source of some unknown thrill.

    The only way to tease this book is with just how frightful and disturbing Furnace Penitentiary is. And since most of the book is set in Furnace, it’s all pretty much the stuff of nightmares.

    So, here is just a little something that hints at what Furnace has to offer its residents. And it isn’t even one of the more gruesome ones or ones that top my list of favorites. But it’s still seriously awesome.

    Alex:

    The wail of the siren cut out, and at the same time a thousand red lights embedded in the prison walls burst into life. I was plunged into a thick, choking silence, like someone had thrown me into a pool of blood. I saw the world in shades of red and black, and quickly found myself praying for night again. At least you can hide in the dark.

    As I mentioned just days ago, this entire book is filled with gorgeous, amazing and enticing passages. I listed one of my favorites in my review, but here’s another peek at just one more.

    Amazing, right? Do I even have to ask?

    Juliette and…

    Everything is on fire. My cheeks my hands the pit of my stomach and I’m drowning in waves of emotion and a storm of fresh rain and all I feel is the strength of his silhouette against mine and I never ever ever ever want to forget this moment. I want to stamp him into my skin and save him forever.

    Share

    The Crush List #4

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

    Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent is a brand new crush and my very first one on an adult read since I started blogging last year. It’s a pretty fierce one as I’m still crushing and It’s been over a month since I read it.

    This is the first adult paranormal/urban fantasy series I’ve actually gotten excited about since I discovered Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles. And I have a feeling this has now blown the door wide open to a whole new world of books I’ll be stalking.

    Why I’m crushing: A dark and dangerous world. Seriously wicked powers. A totally kick-a** heroine. A love that won’t die. A sexy and powerful hero. A murder. A mystery. Secrets. Lies. Betrayal. Heart-pounding action. Hot, hot, hot. And a cliff that will leave you hanging.

    Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a crush with a few miles on it, but is not one that’s ready to quit any time soon. The crush sparked to life before I even got a glimpse at the first page. I crushed on the idea of it before I even knew what to expect. The spark turned to flame when I read the novella and that flame turned into an inferno when I first read the ARC.

    Before the second read, the crush was still burning bright, and it continued right on through that last page turn and beyond. It’s gotten so bad that I just want to pick it back up and start all over again.

    Why I’m crushing: Forbidden love. Deadly enemies. A feisty and reckless heroine. The perfect smokin’ hot hero. All roads lead to heartbreak. Inescapable fate. Trouble on the horizon. A prophecy. I’m seeing broken triangles in the future. Secrets. Lots and lots of secrets.

    Between the Lines by Tammara Webber is a crush newbie and one I did not anticipate having. Aside from contemporary young adult books that would make my heartbreak row, I didn’t think I’d actually love one enough to be crushed. But I did. And I am.

    It hits that perfect balance between being light and fun and bittersweet and tension-filled. Just the right mix to give me an itty bitty crush and then some.

    Why I’m crushing: It’s flirty. It’s fun. It’s all sorts of yummy. Hot, but not too hot. Sad, but not the soul-sucking despair kind. A love story. Heartache but not heartbreak. Two very smexy boys. Not just surface fluff, this one digs way deeper.

    Weaving Destiny by G.P. Ching is a new crush piled on top of an existing crush. I have been crushing on The Soulkeepers since I read it last spring. But that crush was nothing compared to just how I’m crushing now that there are two books in this series.

    I honestly didn’t believe my crush would change all that much from book one to book two. I’m not usually one who loves a character switch-up, so there was some fear my crush might fade during the read, but it actually grew and I found a whole new set of things to crush on.

    Why I’m crushing: Bendy and twisty. Snarks and LOL’s. Girl power. A dance with Death. Calling all corpses. A quest times two. A secret world. An undecided future. A title that says it all.

    City of Bones is a seriously ancient crush, bordering on obsession. This series might have ended up on heartbreak row, if things had gone the way I thought they were going. I know I felt totally heartbroken at various points during my read of City of Glass, but fortunately City of Bones was all about the crush.

    And crush, I did. This one slammed me to the ground, knocked my breath from my body and left me reeling for weeks. I crushed so hard that I had to re-read it (and the other two books in the series written at the time) over and over and over again before the spell was broken and I could move on to another book.

    Why I’m crushing: The world – what a wonderful world. The writing – unbelievably stunning, vivid, bewitching writing. The characters – Clary=adorable, Jace=*sigh* *drool* *swoon* *faint* *sigh*. Original. Shadowhunters. Magical. Jace. Amazing. Jace. Heart-pouding action. Jace. Demons.

    ***

    No, I did not choose these books because purple- and green-toned covers look pretty on the same page. It was just happenstance.

    Of course there is another book with a green cover, releasing today, that I’m having a serious crush-attack on right now. (Hint, if you must have one: It’s by the author of the book on top of this crush list. Need I say more?) But as I already listed it amongst my past crushes, I can’t very well put it on the crush list again. At least this soon, anyway.

    No vampire books this time around, sadly. Although there may just be a vampire or two in one of them, they aren’t the focus so it just doesn’t count. But there are plenty of paranormals with super amazing abilities to keep me crushing for at least another month.

    Do you crush on books?

    What makes a book crushworthy for you?

    Share

    Author Interview + Giveaway: G.P. Ching

    I consider myself extremely lucky that author G.P. Ching stopped by to answer a few questions during the Weaving Destiny blog tour. The tour stopped here earlier in the week when I posted my review, but I’m so glad that the author agreed to stop by this weekend for an interview and a giveaway.

    As always, I may have asked a few too many questions, but she was kind enough to answer most of them. I love it when I can learn more about the author behind the book and get answers to as many bookish questions as I possibly can. And I’m happy to share those answers here with you today.

    About the Author

    Author of The Soulkeepers (DarkSide Publishing, 2011) and rebel suburbanite who makes wicked cookies, kicks patootie at Guitar Hero, and thinks guinea pigs are the perfect pet. Visit her at www.gpching.com.

    About the Author Q’s

    Q. I can see from your bio that you took an interest in writing at a very early age. But your educational and career paths seem to have gone in a very different direction. What made you choose to obtain degrees in both accounting and nursing? And how did you manage to bring everything back to writing?

    My mother was a florist and my father was a sheet metal worker. I’m the youngest of five children and my parents sent every one of us to an expensive private school because they valued education. As you might expect with this scenario, there wasn’t a lot of disposable income, so I grew up with a healthy appreciation for money.

    When I went to college, I tested out of the writing requirement. I’d always excelled in the verbal subjects in school. But when I sat down with my counselor freshman year, the conversation went something like this: “What can I major in that only requires four years of school and will guarantee me a job making enough money to support myself?”  The answer that year was accounting.

    I always wrote stories. Writing is my first and deepest love. But because publishing can be fickle and income unsteady, most writers need something to fall back on.

    I finished The Soulkeepers while earning my second degree in nursing. I’m a registered nurse now but for various reasons, including my family and the books, I’ve never worked as a nurse.

    Q. The numerous jobs you held must provide a great set of experiences and stories to draw from for your writing. Have any of them made their way into your short stories or full-length novels? Anything that might make it into a future story or book?

    During high school and college I worked in a flower shop owned by a man. Laudners’ Flowers and Gifts is based on my experience there. I’ve always thought a flower shop was a perfect setting for human drama. People buy flowers for the extremes of life: births, deaths, weddings, etc. And I find it interesting that the floral industry survived the depression and is resilient during recession. People value the meaning behind flowers.

    Certainly nursing played a part in the hospital scenes incorporated into Weaving Destiny. And, believe it or not, my experience working for an insurance company inspired Malini’s background and character.

    Q. When is your favorite time of day to write? Do you have the luxury of having a set time each day to focus on your writing or is it more of a “whenever you can” situation?

    My favorite times to write are first thing in the morning when I wake up or just before I go to sleep. Unfortunately, those times are usually busy for my family. So, most of the time, I just write when I can, usually when the kids are in school and my husband is at work.

    Q. Your writing is absolutely beautiful and the first book in The Soulkeepers series feels very polished. I can easily see this series being a great fit for the traditional publishing route. What made you choose to go with an Indie publisher versus one of the Big Six?

    Thank you! I did query around twenty agents on an early version of The Soulkeepers and got several requests for fulls and partials but didn’t find a match. I decided to publish with DarkSide – an independent author cooperative – because the family history in The Soulkeepers was time sensitive and I thought if I waited too much longer that portion of the manuscript would become dated.

    About the Book Q’s

    Q. There are many books written for the YA market about fallen angels. But your The Soulkeepers series really stands out – the world you’ve created is very unique and doesn’t read like any of the stories that I’ve come across. What made you choose to write about these specific supernatural beings? And how did you manage to create characters that were different from those typically written about?

    The world of The Soulkeepers is based on actual Judeo-Christian mythos. I’ve had a few reviewers comment that the plot reminded them of The DaVinci Code for that reason. I think what makes the book unique is that the thread of realism allows people to connect with the book on a different level than if it was strictly fiction. I’ve had readers mention to me that after they read the book, they really thought for a second about whether it could be true. That’s a huge compliment.

    Q. Many readers find it difficult once they become attached to a character to see the series continue from another character’s point of view. What made you decide to write Weaving Destiny from Malini’s point of view? Did you find that switching perspectives helped keep the story fresh and exciting for you as the author? Do you think readers will feel the same way?

    The beauty of writing a book in the third person is that the reader can experience the story from different perspectives. The Soulkeepers was written in close-third in Jacob’s perspective but there were two chapters written in Malini’s perspective. Weaving Destiny is predominantly written from Malini’s perspective but has parts in both Jacob’s perspective and Mara’s perspective. The third book, Return to Eden, is written primarily from Dr. Silva’s perspective but other characters will help tell the story.

    In Return to Eden you will read the completion of several story arcs that began with The Soulkeepers and continued through Weaving Destiny. I don’t think it would be possible to write the type of multi-dimensional plot that I think keeps readers riveted if I could only write from one perspective.

    [Fiktshun – I’m so super excited about this. You just can’t know!]

    Q. How easy was it for you to get out of Jacob’s head into Malini’s once you made that decision? What, if any, were the challenges?

    It wasn’t as difficult as you might think. In order to write book one, I had to get inside the heads of all of my characters to understand how they would react to Jacob and the events of the story. It wasn’t difficult to make the jump to Malini’s perspective because I’d been exploring her character for so long.

    The major challenge with the first book was thinking like a fifteen year old boy. I spent some time doing research, placing myself where I could listen to my relatives or neighbors who were that age. Boys relate to things very differently than girls. They are less outward about feelings and more about actions. Girls are more about relationships and emotions. If you’ve read both books, you’ll see a difference not only in perspective but in the focus of the book moving from male to female perspective.

    Q. Of the three, which book did you enjoy writing more? Which was easier to write? And if you chose Weaving Destiny, was this because it was the second book in the series, because it was written from a female POV, or is there another reason altogether?

    I enjoyed writing Weaving Destiny more because I’d already created a world in The Soulkeepers that I could build upon. With setting and relationships already established, I could dive into the action. Also, I could develop the characters in a way that I couldn’t with The Soulkeepers. WD is the shorter book but more happens because I didn’t have to use as many words to paint the picture for the reader.

    Q. Weaving Destiny was going to be called The Medicine Woman. What made you decide to change this book’s title, as well as the title for book three?

    When I first mentioned the title Medicine Woman, another author suggested to me that it gave too much away. She hadn’t read the book and if she had I don’t think she would have thought so. But the comment made me afraid that readers would assume too much from the title and maybe not give the book a chance. Weaving Destiny captures the essence of the story and also holds a hint of the esoteric quality that makes the series unique.

    [Fiktshun: I absolutely love the new title. It ties in so well to very specific parts of this story. And it evokes a very different feeling than the book’s original title.]

    Q. In Weaving Destiny, you introduced a new character named Henry who gave Malini a gift. While you kept much of the sense of adventure from the first book with both Malini and Jacob’s journeys, this exciting new development took this series in a whole new direction. Is there anything you can say about this without revealing any spoilers?

    I don’t want to give too much away, but Henry was an important character because he was previously human and now is an immortal living in the in-between. In the battle between God and Lucifer, we now have human players like Dane, the Soulkeepers who are genetically gifted humans, and then those beings like Henry, Fate, and Dr. Silva who are more than human but have free will. If you’ve read Weaving Destiny you know that Lucifer doesn’t play by the rules, so having characters with different strengths, weaknesses, and responsibilities will play a role in the next installment.

    [Fiktshun: Return to Eden sounds epic. I can’t wait for it to be released! I have a feeling there is a tough road ahead for all my favorite characters.]

    Q. Mara Kane was another great new character introduced into this series. While she initially came across as rude and selfish, her fierceness, sarcasm and interest in Jacob added an entirely new dynamic to this story, creating quite a bit of tension between the two main characters. What made you decide to add this character in as a possible third point to a love triangle and an obstacle to Malini and Jacob’s destiny?

    I’ll be honest. Mara’s character began a little tongue in cheek. She was my way of poking fun at the classic young adult love triangle. But unlike most books, in Weaving Destiny the triangle never comes to fruition. My true intention for her character was to create space and doubt between Jacob and Malini. Those two things were necessary for them to grow as individuals. Malini needed to come into her power on her own. I didn’t want her to be simply an extension of Jacob. So Mara and Henry served to introduce doubt and change their relationship from one that was taken for granted as unbreakable and fated, to one that is chosen, fostered, and cherished. Malini’s character grows in self-esteem and self-reliance over the course of the story and is able to reconnect to Jacob as his equal because their love has been challenged.

    Q. Destiny played a huge part in this story. It was the idea that carried through the entire book. Do you believe in destiny? Do you believe destiny can be changed or that it’s set in stone?

    I used to love my corporate job. I used to think I would always work for an insurance company and I still think the company is awesome. But then I had my kids and I thought I would never love anything more than staying home with them all day. So, I quit and became a full time mom. And then they grew up and went to school and I had some time during the day and I filled that time with my hobby, writing,

    And now here I am, in love with writing the way I loved it as a child: for the pure fun of it. I don’t think any of us knows what the future will bring. I think we’re like the Redwoods, each of us individuals but somehow tied together by our roots that shoot out just below the surface. We don’t control the opportunities that present themselves to us. That part’s luck. But we do choose our destiny by what we prepare ourselves for and the opportunities we choose to take.

    [Fiktshun: Absolutely beautifully said. Just like everything you’ve written. You have such a way with words and I love what you’ve said about destiny.]

    Quickie Q’s

    Let’s Play Favorites…

    Favorite The Soulkeepers cover?

    Weaving Destiny. It might be the only young adult book with an East Indian girl on the cover.

    Favorite Guitar Hero song to play?

    Walk This Way by Aerosmith.

    Favorite writing distraction?

    Facebook. It’s a love/hate relationship.

    Favorite writing snack?

    Cocoa covered almonds.

    Favorite hero or heroine in a young adult novel (not your own)?

    Katniss Everdeen.

    Now it’s time for This, That or The Other…

    Write in silence or write with music or TV?

    Music.

    Paranormal/urban fantasy.

    Angels, faeries, or creatures of the night?

    You would think I would say angels but I really love to read about vampires. I think I have a vampire book in my future!

    Coffee or tea?

    Coffee and lots of it!

    Who gets more attention – husband, children or guinea pig?

    Depends on the day! I deeply love my family but when everyone is at school and work, Mr. Pig can be my best friend.

    One Last Q

    Is there anything that I haven’t asked that you’d love to share with existing fans or new readers? Something about the book? About you? About the industry? Or even about this blog tour?

    Don’t forget to enter to win an eReader on my blog! Thank you for the interview, Rachel.

    ***

    It was a pleasure having you here on the blog. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and all those lovely insights into your life, your writing and Weaving Destiny. I am really looking forward to seeing how this series will end, though I will be said when it comes to a close.

    If you’d like to learn more about The Soulkeepers, visit the website, HERE.

    If you’d like to read an excerpt from chapter one of Weaving Destiny, CLICK HERE.

    To find out more about past and upcoming tour stops, click the image below and you will be taken to the author’s blog. And while you’re there be sure to enter the giveaway for an eReader.

    And you won’t want to miss Friday’s stop at The Top Shelf where you can read a guest post by Author G.P. Ching about Sex, Drugs, and God: Taboos in YA Literature

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    An eBook copy of The Soulkeepers and Weaving Destiny by author G.P. Ching. If the winner has a U.S. mailing address, they will also receive a couple bookmarks and pens.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. There will be one winner for both eBooks.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is international for the eBooks only. If the winner has a U.S. mailing address they will also receive a couple bookmarks and pens (shown above).

    5. All prizes will be sent directly from the author.

    6. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on September 24th. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on September 25th. Winner will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    *** If you’ve read this far, be sure to check below the form for another chance to win***

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    Thanks everyone for stopping by and entering the giveaway for the Weaving Destiny blog tour. I will be running the names through Random shortly and announcing the winner here. Stay tuned….

    Congratulations Ashley! You’re the winner of the author’s Weaving Destiny eBook and swag pack giveaway. I will be contacting you by email for your details which I will then forward on to the author so she can send your prizes.

    What I’m giving away…

    As I am such a huge fan of the author, I would also like to offer up a paperback set of both books to one winner ordered directly from Amazon. And this will be international to anywhere Amazon delivers.

    You can enter both giveaways, but to enter mine, leave a comment letting me know you want to be entered and a way to get in touch with you.

    As above, you must be 13 or older to enter.

    UPDATE: My giveaway is also closed. Stay tuned and I will announce the winner shortly.

    Congratulations Kaitlyn! You are the winner for my giveaway of the print copies of The Soulkeepers and Weaving Destiny. I will be contacting you shortly for your details and you will have 48 hours in which to respond or I will be forced to choose another winner.

    Thank you so much to everyone who entered both giveaways. Be sure to check out author G.P. Ching’s books on Goodreads, as this is an amazing series.

    Share

    Review: Weaving Destiny

    Weaving Destiny, the second book in The Soulkeepers Series by author G.P. Ching, was released in the U.S. on August 29, 2011 in paperback format and on September 6, 2011 in eBook format.

    It is currently available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in eBook format. The paperback edition is also available to purchase online at Amazon, HERE.

    Published by DarkSide Publishing and CreateSpace, the print edition is 220 pages.

    Goodreads description:

    Malini Gupta thought Jacob Lau was her destiny. But after months of failing to decipher how she fits into the Soulkeepers, frustration threatens to tear their relationship apart. And it doesn’t help that a new Soulkeeper named Mara is ready to stop time itself to earn Jacob’s love.

    When Malini faces her worst fears, and even death, she learns a funny thing about destiny. Fate is a tapestry of choices, and she has the power to weave hers.

    ***

    The Watchers are now more determined than ever to succeed in their fight for dominance. And as more and more people go missing or turn up dead, the Soulkeepers appear to be losing the fight.

    With Malini still unsure about what she really is and just what she can do to help, Dr. Silva manages to track down another Soulkeeper willing to join them. But Mara Kane isn’t just any Soulkeeper. She’s gorgeous. And she seems to have set her sights on Jacob.

    With the growing tension between Malini and Jacob due to Mara’s presence, and the fact that Malini is still powerless to defend herself or anyone else, she’s no longer sure whether she and Jacob are destined for one another. And if they’re not meant to be, then who or what is her true destiny?

    ***

    It’s rare that a sequel outshines a book that is as well-written, enchanting and unique as The Soulkeepers, but Weaving Destiny has managed to do just that. This second book in the series is a riveting, fast-paced and action-packed adventure filled with twists and turns as the characters continue their epic battle against evil.

    The addition of a new Soulkeeper, who is both fierce and beautiful with a very desirable ability, adds an exciting new dynamic to this story. And with a whole host of new paranormal beings, a love story that is put to the test, and an even deadlier enemy, this installment is nothing short of electrifying.

    Several months have passed since the events that took place at the end of the first book in the series, and Malini is no closer to figuring out just what she is. But as the danger from the Watchers grows closer and closer to Paris, Illinois, her friends and family, Malini is becoming more desperate, frustrated and frightened. If she can’t help protect those she loves, what good is she?

    But when she learns just what it is that she could be and the powers that she might someday possess, the cost may be too high. The last two people who attempted the journey that she would have to embark upon failed – one ended up in an insane asylum, the other ended up dead.

    She could just simply walk away. But walking away from this quest would mean never being an equal to Jacob and would forever leave her wondering “what if.”

    Once again, Author G.P. Ching has written an incredibly exciting story that will immediately grab readers with an introductory chapter that adds mystery and tension. And with writing that paints such a vivid picture, the story will continue to keep them engrossed until the very end.

    Everything flows just as beautifully as it did in the first book in this series. But several new additions to this sequel, including the Soulkeeper, Mara Kane, a handsome new character named Henry, and several new deadly enemies, give this story a very different feel.

    Weaving Destiny is absolutely a must-read for those who enjoy beautifully-written, captivating paranormal stories with unique characters and abilities, action, adventure, danger, heartbreak and an ending that will leave you wanting more, but not hanging off a cliff.

    It is not absolutely necessary to read the first book in the series in order to read this one, but it is highly recommended to get a better understanding of the characters and their situation.

    Reviewer gives this book…

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

    On a personal note:

    I was surprised by The Soulkeepers, but I was blown away by Weaving Destiny. Completely and totally blown away. At one point toward the end I even got chills and that doesn’t happen to me very often.

    I tried to set my expectations low for this book so that I wouldn’t be terribly disappointed if it didn’t live up to its predecessor. Believe it or not, but just because one book by an author is off-the-menu doesn’t mean they all will be.

    But I wasn’t really successful. I expected a lot from this sequel. I knew the author was a brilliant writer, so I did expect her to deliver that level of writing in this second book. I just hoped that the story would be just as engaging as the first.

    And with the book switching focus to a different character, I was worried. I am one of those readers that grow attached to one character and generally prefer them to remain the focal point throughout the entire series.

    Well, I had no reason to be worried. As this was told in third person, I wasn’t limited to only seeing the story from Malini’s perspective. And it’s not as if Jacob was left out. Not one bit. He did not get relegated to the background.

    While it was ultimately Malini’s story, Jacob was such a huge part of this book. And it wasn’t just about Malini’s quest. Jacob had his own journey.

    Well, none of my fears were realized. This book was fan-freaking-tastic. It had all that good stuff from book one – the great intro, an exciting adventure, some pretty cool abilities and a love story – but it had way, way, way more.

    I mentioned the first book had moments of humor. Well there were a lot more moments in this book. Along with a nice heap of sarcasm thrown in thanks to Mara Kane. There was also more action, more adventure, more bad guys, more “ick” moments, more twists, and some pretty interesting new characters. And while I can’t say too much, I will say there is definitely something that happens that is totally creeptacular.

    I did not expect Malini’s journey to take her where it did. I did not expect Henry. And I didn’t expect a certain ability that one of the characters had in the story.

    How this author managed to pack all that she did into this book, which is significantly shorter than the first according to Amazon’s page count, and not make it feel overcrowded or confusing, I’ll never know.

    What I do know is this – I absolutely loved this book. I plan on reading it again. Soon. I love the new direction this story took, while still managing to retain its original focus. I love the new characters. And I love the added “ick” factor that had me skeeved out on more than one occasion during the read.

    This was such an unbelievably entertaining one-sit-read. I highly recommend this series and cannot wait for the third book to be released this winter.

     ***

    It was so difficult to choose a favorite passage. I had several, but my most favorite one, which was a conversation between Malini and her father about destiny, should be read within the framework of the story, so I won’t reveal it here.

    The one I chose, which made me grin, is a conversation between Mara and Jacob:

    Mara sighed. “Adam and Eve don’t look anything like I pictured. They’re short. And Adam is…lacking.”

    “Lacking?”

    “That’s an awfully small fig leaf, don’t you think?”

    The third book in the series, Return to Eden, will be released this winter.

    If you’d like to check out my six star review of the first book in the series, The Soulkeepers, click here.

    Book trailer for Weaving Destiny:

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

    Share

    My Reading Pile #25

    It was a sadly interesting week for mail delivery. I only got mail delivered on two days this week, and I don’t mean books…just mail. Clearly my mailman took his holiday super early.

    The signed copies of Shade and Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready from Constellation Books for giveaway are still MIA. We’re on day eleven now since they were mailed and my books from June still haven’t showed up, though they were also resent eleven days ago.

    I did get the remaining copies of Witch Eyes early in the week and forgot to take a picture of them before I sent them on to the giveaway winners, so my mail pile photo consists once more of one lonely item. Thank goodness I got this lovely graphic created which showcases an actual pile of books. While it resembles my ever growing reading pile, it does not match what I received this week.

    I received an audiobook from Macmillan Audio of Gabrielle Zevin’s All These Things I’ve Done for review. As I just received it, and it’s releasing on Tuesday, I’m hoping to get a chance to listen to it this weekend in order to have my review up on Tuesday. It will be my very first audiobook reviewed on the blog and I am super nervous.

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    (September 4-September 10, 2011)

    ***

    First up is All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin. I just received the audiobook for review from Macmillan Audio and I’m super excited to give it a listen. The audiobook is an unabridged edition read by Ilyana Kadushin, the narrator for the Twilight saga.

    I have an ARC of this book that I won during Armchair BEA and I hope to read that – or the eBook I have on pre-order – a little later in the year so I can compare it to my experience with the audio edition.

    I absolutely love the cover for this book and I am excited – and nervous as an audiobook newbie – to be taken to New York City in 2083 where coffee and chocolate are illegal. The idea of a world where coffee, one of my most favorite things, is illegal is what first drew me to this book.

    And the chance to go to a future “rife with crime” and to meet a main character, the daughter of a crime boss, who is accused of poisoning her ex-boyfriend, sounds like a deliciously dark and dangerous story.

    I had no idea that this was the first book in a planned trilogy until I saw the insert from the publisher, but now that I know, I’m more curious than ever to meet Anya Balanchine.

    Book trailer for All These Things I’ve Done:

    Later this week I’ll be reading Weaving Destiny by G.P. Ching. I received and eARC for review from the author. And in anticipation of my stop on the tour, on September 12, I will be reading this second book in The Soulkeepers Series.

    I absolutely loved the first book, which was told from Jacob Lau’s point of view and I can’t wait to read this sequel from his girlfriend Malini Gupta’s perspective. According to the description, in this installment their relationship will be tested when a new Soulkeeper enters the picture and wants Jacob for herself.

    And with such captivating and beautifully written sentences like this one from the description, I have no doubt I will love this one just as much as the first book in the series.

    Fate is a tapestry of choices, and she has the power to weave hers.

    I am hopeful that things work out for Jacob and Malini when this second book in the series ends. But I am anticipating a wait until the final book in the trilogy, Return to Eden, is released later this year.

    If you’d like to check out my review of the first book in the series, The Soulkeepers, click here.

    Book trailer for Weaving Destiny:

    ***

    I was planning on adding a third book to the pile this week, but once I discovered that the audiobook was releasing on Tuesday, I thought I should see how challenging it is for me to review before opting for a three book week.

    And as I’m super busy with work this week, trying to squeeze in any time for a third book doesn’t seem likely.

    I am still seriously behind on my July and August reads, so I may choose to add items back to the pile next week instead of opting for new reads. But as I haven’t been requesting any new books for review and my mailman refuses to deliver any of the books I’ve been expecting, my pile is shrinking. For now.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I would really love to read Deadly Cool if I wasn’t so behind on my reading. I love the cover, the title, and the description has the perfect level of sarcasm that just appeals to me.

    I am making it my mission to read this book before it releases as it’s been taunting me on my shelf for ages, but I’m doubtful it will move from “wishful” to “read” this week.

    Those left behind:

    By choosing only two books for the reading pile each week, I’m only behind on one from last week. Fifty percent is still a fail, though. And I hope to get a chance to read Lie in the next couple of weeks as I still think it will be a book I’ll love.

    ***

    Although it’s a holiday weekend, I am working. So I don’t expect to get ahead on my reading this week. But I at least hope to finish the books I’m currently halfway through and get my reviews up on the blog this week.

    I find that, more than anything, I’m having a tough time getting my scheduled features and reviews up with only seven days to work with. I will have my “The Extras” and “The Trailers” posts up soon. But as there were so few July and August trailers available when I was ready to create my monthly posts, I had to keep them in drafts and now just have no free days to post them. But they will be back very soon.

    I am still hiding from NetGalley and Galley Grab, but I hope to get back to both of them later this month or early next month. I hate being behind on books I’ve requested for review, but I am starting to realize that I do need sleep every once in awhile in order to write a review that makes sense.

    And someday I hope to read the books from series I’ve loved forever, but just haven’t had a chance to catch up on since they aren’t required reads. Yes, I still haven’t read Darkest Mercy, Afterlife, City of Fallen Angels, Passion, Grace of Day, and two books from the Strange Angels series. Ugh. One of these days…

    ***

    Do you create a reading pile?

    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

    Share

    Cover Reveal: Weaving Destiny

    Weaving Destiny by G.P. Ching

    The second book in The Soulkeepers series

    Coming Fall 2011

    My Thoughts

    I absolutely love the cover for Weaving Destiny, the second book in The Soulkeepers series by author G.P. Ching, which will be released this fall. I think it’s the perfect companion to the newly designed cover for The Soulkeepers. The redesign of the first book just had to be done in order for them to work in harmony. And they look stunning together – a peek at them side-by-side is located at the bottom of this post.

    The different greens the artist used are so eye-catching and work well with Malini’s skin tone and hair color. She looks totally gorgeous, and even more sophisticated than I imagined her to be from book one. And I absolutely love the patterns and designs woven into the background.

    Fall is right around the corner, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy, which will join book one on my shelf.

    The third book in the series will be titled Return to Eden and I am dying to find out what colors will be used for the next cover.

    About the Book

    Malini Gupta thought Jacob Lau was her destiny, that they were meant to be together. But after months of failing to decipher how she fits into the Soulkeepers, frustration threatens to tear their relationship apart. As does a new Soulkeeper named Mara who is ready to stop time itself to earn Jacob’s love.

    When Malini faces her worst fears and even death, she learns a funny thing about destiny; nobody said hers couldn’t change. The future is a tapestry of choices, and she’s about to weave hers.

    About the Author

    G.P. Ching is an award-winning short fiction writer turned novelist and co-founder of DarkSide Publishing. She lives in Illinois with her husband, two daughters, and a very demanding guinea pig. Her first novel, The Soulkeepers, is currently the #1 top rated book in its category on Amazon.

    Learn more about G.P. at www.gpching.com

    Learn more about The Soulkeepers at www.TheSoulkeepersSeries.com

    Learn more about DarkSide Publishing at www.DarkSidePublishing.com

    About the Artist

    Adam Bedore of Anjin Design creates all of the covers for The Soulkeepers series. Adam uses a special technique to build depth, emotion, and a little mystery into the art. It is truly multi-dimensional. This cover features Malini wearing the same red stone from book one. You will also notice a tapestry design shadowed in the background that plays an important role in the story.

    Learn more about the artist at www.anjindesign.com.

    The Soulkeepers and Weaving Destiny

    work perfectly side-by-side

    Share