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    Review: Dirty Blood

    Dirty Blood by Heather Hildenbrand was released in the U.S. in April 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Createspace, the print edition is 288 pages.

    Dirty Blood is the first book in the series of the same name by author Heather Hildenbrand. Cold Blood, the second book in the series, was released in November.

    Goodreads description:

    I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and an old piece of pipe I found lying next to the dumpster. But that’s not the part that got me. The part that scared me, the part I can’t seem to wrap my head around and still has me reeling, was that when she charged me, her body shifted – and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. But by the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was a girl again. That’s about the time I went into shock… And that was the moment he showed up.

    Now, all I can do is accept the truths that are staring me in the face. One, Werewolves do exist. And Two, I was born to kill them.

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    Learning that you are a werewolf hunter is bad enough. Finding out only when you’re attacked by one is so much worse.

    Tara Godfrey had no idea she was born to hunt werewolves. She had no idea that werewolves even existed until the day one revealed itself to her, attacked her and forced her to defend herself.

    One minute she was safe. One minute she was normal. And the very next she wasn’t.

    From the moment she stepped foot into that alley, her life was forever changed. She discovered enemies she never knew she had. Threats from beings she didn’t even think were real. And an immediate connection to someone she didn’t even know.

    With the danger to her and those she cares about growing nearer, she must quickly find answers about who and what she is, choose which side she’s on, and learn how to protect herself from her enemies.

    And for Tara Godfrey, being in this world of werewolves and hunters means kill or be killed.

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    Dirty Blood is an exciting and action-packed story of werewolves and those who hunt them. It’s a story about those who wish to make peace between the two and those who will fight it every step of the way.

    Tara Godfrey never knew she was different. And she didn’t know there were such things as werewolves. Not until the night she was attacked in the alley outside the pool hall where she’d just ended things with her boyfriend George.

    But when a girl transforms into a wolf before her very eyes and she somehow manages to defeat her, everything she knew about herself and her life is destroyed in an instant. And the more she uncovers about who she really is and what she’s capable of, she discovers that her entire life was built on secrets and lies.

    As Tara fights to understand everything that has happened, find a place for herself in this world and keep her new existence a secret from her friends and family, she must also learn to protect herself from a dangerous enemy that is hell-bent on her elimination.

    Dirty Blood is an enthralling story that is filled with enough action and suspense to keep those pages turning. From the very first, both the reader and Tara are catapulted into a world of werewolves and hunters and are not allowed a reprieve from the surprises and dangers that the story continues to deliver until the very end.

    Tara is an incredibly brave, impetuous and strong-willed heroine who not only accepts this new world she is thrust into, but who readily embraces it. Even though it is a world that is filled with danger and unknown enemies and one in which she has an uncontrollable pull toward a boy she barely knows.

    Author Heather Hildenbrand has written a fast-paced and gripping story that stands out in a genre that is bursting at seams with stories of werewolves and shapeshifters. Her story, Dirty Blood, the first book in the series, is engaging and will leave readers wanting to know more about Tara, Wes, what it means to be a Dirty Blood and what destiny has in store for them both.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    On a personal note:

    I loved this story. It was the perfect escape. I was hooked in by the description and I couldn’t wait to find out more about the world that the author created in Dirty Blood.

    I knew right away that I would love this story and the characters. Not only from that introductory scene hinted at in the description, but from all the detail the author included that really kept me absorbed in her story. She managed to hit the right balance between being too detailed and not detailed enough, a balance that is not always found in self-published stories.

    I wanted to know more immediately, and I almost skipped ahead so I could find out more without having to wait. It was just that good.

    I love Tara. She is reckless and brave and determined. As drawn to Wes as she is, she doesn’t just listen and obey. She has her own mind and makes her own decisions, even if they are often the wrong ones.

    And I absolutely love Wes. Even though he is overprotective and keeps Tara in the dark too often, he is mysterious and sexy, and with everything that happened to him and how he’d been treated, he still manages to be more of a good boy than a bad boy. And while his being fiercely protective of Tara is sometimes a negative, it is way more often a really good thing and one of the reasons I adore him.

    A lot is revealed in this first book in the series but there are still a ton more questions left up in the air and a destiny that has yet to be met. And I can’t wait to read the next book, Cold Blood, to see how many answers the author will reveal or if I’ll be left with even more questions at the end.

    My favorite passage is one that made me laugh out loud. Once you read it I think you’ll know exactly why.

    “How old are you?” I asked, my head cocked to one side.

    “Nineteen.”

    “And how long have you been nineteen?”

    He looked at me like I had a screw loose. “Since I haven’t been eighteen?”

    ***

    To take a peek at Chapter One on the author’s blog, CLICK HERE.

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    Book Watch: Born at Midnight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Goodreads description:

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

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

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

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    Review: Hex Hall

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

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

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

    Goodreads description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ***

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

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

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

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

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

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

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

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

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

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

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

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    How I “discovered” this book:

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

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

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

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

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    Review: Born at Midnight

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

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

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

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

    Goodreads description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    This new series is not one to be missed.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Book Watch: Secrets and Shadows

    Secrets and Shadows is the second book in the 13 to Life series written by author Shannon Delany. It will be released in the U.S. on February 15, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats.

    It is currently available for pre-order in both formats from Amazon and as a paperback only from Barnes & Noble.

    The paperback is 320 pages and is published by St. Martin’s Griffin (a division of Macmillan).

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    This is another February release I have on my watch list. I can’t wait until it’s released and hope to start reading it on release day.

    I only recently read the first book in the series, 13 to Life, and I absolutely loved it. I’m almost glad I waited because now there’s no super long wait between book one and book two.

    There were so many questions left after book one, and there are so many different directions the author can take in this book. And judging by the description, things will be heating up in this sequel. Russians and werewolves, a fiery combination, what’s not to love?

    Beasts and Bffs, the prequel short novella is still available for free at Amazon for eBook download. It is quick and cute and gives you a look at the dynamic between a few of the characters, but don’t expect any revelations or spoilers.

    Another plus is that Secrets and Shadows is a paperback release. Paperbacks are more competitively priced to match eBooks, so those folks that normally wait to get the less expensive paperback won’t have to wait for this book.

    Goodreads description:

    Nothing’s simple when you run with werewolves. Jess Gillmansen thinks she’s seen it all but her eyes are about to be opened to even more danger and a reality far more paranormal than she’s suspected.

    With Jess’ realization that the Rusakovas’ mother is still alive and imprisoned, the group’s choices become harder and trust more important. Lines are drawn and relationships change as the broken Rusakova family struggles to reunite to free their mother – and those who Jess thought to be normal people show themselves to be much, much more..

    I know there’s a trailer out for Secrets and Shadows but it only really gives the release date and a book cover, more of an advert than a trailer. The trailer for the first book is much cooler (and for some reason I didn’t have it with my review of 13 to Life) so it’s here if you want to watch.

    Book trailer for 13 to Life, the first book in the series:

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    Review: Hexbound

    Hexbound is the second book in the Dark Elite series by Chloe Neill. It was released on January 4, 2011 in the U.S. in paperback and eBook formats. Published by Signet, the paperback edition is 256 pages.

    Hexbound is available to purchase in both formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble and is available from other booksellers online or in stores.

    Goodreads description:

    They say absolute power corrupts absolutely. Turns out, even a little magic can turn you to the dark side. That’s why Lily has to learn how to control her newly discovered paranormal abilities, on top of avoiding the snobs who think they run her school, nursing a crush on a cute sophomore with a big, werewolf-y secret, and fighting the good fight with her best friend Scout as they take on Chicago’s nastiest nightlife—including the tainted magic users known as Reapers.

    Then Lily’s invited to a private meeting with Sebastian. He’s hot, powerful, and offering to help her harness the magic flowing in her veins in a way no one else can. He’s also a Reaper. Lily can’t hide her suspicions. But she’ll soon find out that the line between good and evil isn’t always clear…

    There’s never a dull moment at St. Sophia’s. Ever since Lily Parker arrived at the Chicago boarding school she has been going nonstop.

    From discovering her suite-mate Scout’s secret about being an Adept, one who fights against the Dark Elite to keep the people of Chicago safe, to finding out that she is also an Adept with the power to wield firespell, her arrival in Chicago has been anything but boring.

    Only weeks since rescuing Scout from the Reapers, a new threat has arisen. This one comes in the form of hideous creatures with fangs and claws that have been leaving slime trails in the tunnels leading to St. Sophia’s.

    Still no closer to discovering the truth about Lily’s parents and what they’re really working on, she, Scout and the other Adepts in Enclave Three manage to get caught in the middle of vampire territorial wars as they try to uncover the source of these slimy new beings.

    To top it all off, Sebastian Born, the Reaper who activated Lily’s firespell, is following her.

    And let’s not forget Veronica and her brat pack who just can’t seem to mind their own business.

    With Scout still recovering from her abduction by the Reapers and Lily still not in control of her firespell power, will they be able to figure out and defeat whoever is behind this?

    With the help of some new friends from Enclave Two and a few surprising allies, it may just be possible.

    ***

    Hexbound is the second book in the Dark Elite series and picks up the story just weeks after the events that occurred in Firespell. Lily Parker is still working with the other Adepts to ensure that the Reapers do not harm the innocent by taking their life force to sustain themselves, when she, Scout, Jason and Michael encounter some never-before-seen creatures in the tunnels connecting to St. Sophia’s.

    In their attempt to get more information about what these disgusting and slimy beings are, who created them and why they are trying to get into the school, they will have to turn enemies into allies and put their trust in someone who should not be trusted.

    Hexbound, like Firespell, is another delightful and quick read. The banter between Lily and Scout makes this story. If anything, Lily is even more sarcastic and clever in this book than in the first and her humorous interactions with Scout continue to entertain throughout the story.

    Author Chloe Neill has introduced a few new characters with some different powers, of which Detroit, the petite, blond, punk, techie machinist from Enclave Two, is the most interesting. The author has also made the vampires of Chicago a major player in this story, adding in yet another element to this world.

    In Hexbound, we do see less of the Reapers, however, aside from Sebastian Born. And, although Veronica and her snooty friends make an appearance, there is less of a focus on them, too.

    This second book in the series moves the plot forward and the ending wraps up nicely, although there are plenty of questions that still remain open from the first book and a few new questions that have been introduced in Hexbound.

    Another book in the series is planned which will hopefully explore these answers further.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=4]

    On a personal note:

    I absolutely loved Firespell and I love this one, but just a little bit less when compared to the first book in the series. In book one we got to meet the characters, learn about all their powers and explore the world of the Adepts and Dark Elite. The different powers that each of the characters had, and especially Lily’s firespell were so interesting to learn about, and although used in this book, they didn’t seem to take center stage.

    There were also a number of questions that I was dying for answers on (ones I won’t share as they are completely spoiler-y), but only a few were touched upon in this installment. And of course I would have liked to find out more about Lily’s parents and why everything is so hush-hush.

    I’m sure as the series progresses all will be answered, but I had hoped certain portions of the plot would have moved forward a bit more to begin to address these questions.

    I would have also loved to see more of Sebastian Born, John Creed and the Reapers in general. Not that I didn’t like the vamps, but I kind of missed those evil Reapers!

    I remain a huge fan of this series and am looking forward to book three.

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    Click here to read an excerpt of chapter one from the author’s website.

    If you haven’t yet read Firespell, the first book in the series, and would like to check out my review, click here.

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    Review: The Lost Saint

    The Lost Saint by Bree Despain is the second book in the Dark Divine series. It was released in the U.S. in hardcover, audio and eBook formats on December 28, 2010. The print edition is 416 pages.

    Synopsis from the author’s website. Don’t read if you haven’t read the first book in the series CONTAINS SPOILERS:

    Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi. She was infected with the werewolf curse while trying to save him, and lost her beloved brother in the process. When Grace receives a haunting phone call from Jude, she knows what she must do. She must become a Hound of Heaven.

    Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot—a newcomer to town who promises her that he can help her be a hero. But as the two grow closer, the wolf grows in Grace, and her relationship with Daniel is put in danger—in more ways than one.

    Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace begins to give into the wolf inside of her—not realizing that an enemy has returned and a deadly trap is about to be sprung.

    It’s ten months later and Grace’s life still hasn’t returned to normal – or at least as close to normal as she’s going to get given the events that went down with Daniel and her brother Jude.

    Jude is still missing and her Mom alternates between being in overprotective mode and acting like the living dead. Her Dad is gone all the time, supposedly looking for Jude, and neglecting his fatherly duties and responsibilities as Pastor, leaving her, her sister Charity and her baby brother James to fend for themselves.

    When Grace gets a call from Jude and discovers cryptic messages telling her not to trust someone, she is determined to find him, uncover the meaning behind his warnings and save him as she promised she would. But when she turns to Daniel looking for help, he pulls away, pleading with her not to go looking on her own.

    As he becomes more and more secretive, she wonders if Daniel was the one her brother warned her about. And when she meets someone who is willing to help her harness her abilities and try to track down Jude, she is more than ready to accept his assistance.

    Sneaking around and not confiding in Daniel are things Grace never thought she would do, but with Daniel’s lack of trust in her, why should she listen to him? As she grows closer to her mentor and friend Nathan Talbot, will she be willing to walk away from her relationship with Daniel, the one she was willing to sacrifice everything for in the first place?

    ***

    The Lost Saint is the second novel in the Dark Divine series by author Bree Despain. It continues the story of Grace Divine as she attempts to get control over her newly acquired abilities and find her brother so that her family can be made whole once again. In her quest to do so, her relationship with Daniel suffers and the control she so desperately wants begins to slip further and further away.

    This is yet another brilliantly written story by Ms. Despain. The book starts right off with a riveting prologue that will immediately have you questioning everything.

    What at first seems like a typical plot with an elusive boyfriend, a lack of communication, a girl turning to someone else for affection and a pretty straightforward mystery, The Lost Saint is instead quite a surprise. Each character raises suspicions and at every turn someone new rises to the top of the list. When you think you’ve got everything figured out, think again.

    The story is climactic and builds to an explosive and heartbreaking conclusion that will leave you hanging as Grace once again proves to be a worthy and lovable heroine.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    I absolutely loved the first book in the series. It was actually the rather subtle but pretty cover that made me buy it in the first place. I had no idea what it was about or where it was leading. I remember being at the edge of my seat for the second half of the book and completely blow-away by its ending. Needless to say, I’ve had this book on my pre-order list for ages.

    When I first started to read this I wasn’t sure if I completely remembered everything from the first book, but it all came back within pages. A lengthy retelling was not necessary to bring back all the events from book one. The first story was so different and the storyline stood out making this series very memorable.

    I spent the first half of the book so frustrated with Grace and Daniel and the second half completely on-edge, wondering what might happen. I was completely shocked by the ending which is a really good thing. Who wants predictable? And a few definite tearful moments thrown in – yes I did sob just a little bit – made this such a perfect story to read in one sitting. Grace may in fact truly be “the Divine One.”

    (And I love the fact that the author includes that Grace’s dad believes that: anything important could be found in a book. So totally true!)

    This series is definitely a re-read and I’d like to read both books back-to-back just to have the experience of discovering this as one complete story.

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    At the time of this review I don’t have any information on the next book in the series, but with the cliffhanger ending, hopefully one is forthcoming next December (or sooner)!

    Click here to read the gripping prologue of The Lost Saint from the author’s website.

    Book trailer for The Lost Saint:

    Some extras:

    If you haven’t read the first book in the series, The Dark Divine, here is a peek at Chapter 1 from the author’s website.

    Book trailer from The Dark Divine:

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