The Scarring (Spirit Warriors #2) by D.E.L. Connor Release Day BLITZ!

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The Scarring (Spirit Warriors #2)
by D.E.L. Connor
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Booktrope
Published: July 21, 2014
Length: 244 pages

Spirit Warriors The Scarring Blurb:
“One of us would finally end what had been started by the machayiwiw so many years ago. I would have to kill him. It was just that simple. I never thought I would want to kill anybody or anything, but maybe I never had anything worth killing for before.”
-Emmeline Rima Belrose, The Scarring (Spirit Warriors, Book 2)
In the majestic beauty of a Montana summer, Emme and her friends celebrate her near-drowning survival and their defeat of the powerful evil spirit, the machayiwiw. But even as they rejoice, things are amiss. Emme watches helplessly as her family divides, and her friends struggle to hold their relationship together. Worse yet, the love-of-her life, Charlie, announces that he will move back to the reservation, without Emme. Different nightmares take over and Emme realizes she must fight and kill—or watch those she loves be killed. Friends from the reservation reach out to Emme and show her what evil can steal from her. Emme believes that evil can never break her bond with the Spirit Warriors or the love she shares with Charlie. Or can it?
Although this is the second book in the Spirit Warriors series, it can be read as a stand alone novel.
Excerpt
Ron looked over at me. I stared back at him. "Do you understand what I have told you, child?" Ron asked me. I nodded. "Charlie is a spirit mover." Ron nodded. "Among other things." Ron went on, “Charlie is having more and more speaking times with the warriors. There is a sense of urgency now that Charlie learns how to shift spirit warriors into human bodies. He has been practicing with Ryan and Hawke. He is making some progress, but it is taking a long time. Charlie is weakening with the increasing talking times. He does not know when they will come and he has been injured many times. Our people now make sure he is never alone. We cannot risk his injuring himself, or the machayiwiw finding him undefended. He has much to learn. You have much to learn. You must learn hand-to-hand combat. Hawke is our best warrior, both with a knife and a spear. He can cut the wings off a fly in flight with his knife. He will be training you.” Ron looked at me. “NO, I don’t think so.” I told Ron. “First, Hawke doesn’t like me and I can’t see him training me. Second, I’m not sure I could kill someone, even if it was the machayiwiw. In anger, I think I can, but I’m not sure.” Ron looked at me. “What if that person was trying to kill Charlie, or your friends, or Eros your bird?” I shook my head. “I just don’t think I can do this.” Ron lowered his gaze. “If you don’t, you will die, along with Charlie, your friends, your animals, and your family. I will die, as will our people. He will finally destroy the one person who stands against him. The one person who has the power to destroy him. There will never be another you. Our people have waited many, many years for you. Golden Flower has waited many years for you.” “I don’t want the responsibility!” I yelled at Ron as I stood up. “I might fail!” I jumped up and ran down the side of the creek. I ran as fast as I could and the sharp prairie grass cut my legs. I didn’t feel it. I felt angry and sad at the same time. “Why me? Why not someone else?” I thought to myself. I rounded a bend of the river and I ran right into Hawke. The force of our collision knocked us both to the ground. I lay on the ground with the wind knocked out of me. Hawke stood up and looked down at me. I stood up and brushed off my shirt. Hawke stared at me. I looked at him and asked, “Why do you hate me?” Hawke glared at me. “Charlie is my cousin and my best friend. You have brought him nothing but heartache and loss. I suspect you will do something stupid and Charlie will be killed because of you. I really don’t care anything about you and I’m sure as hell not sold on your ‘savior’ complex. I think you are full of shit and if something happens to Charlie, I will hunt you down and kill you myself.” I was horrified. “I didn’t want this! I just want to be with Charlie. No matter what you think, I love him. I have always loved him and I will never stop loving him.” Hawke stands with his arms crossed. “We’ll see about that.” Hawke brushed past me and walked back up the creek towards Ron and Charlie. I walked back to the jeep. I climbed in the back with Charlie and it was quiet as Ron drove us back to the cluster of buildings. When we pulled up, Irene came running up to the jeep. “Come on, Emme, we are getting ready to eat.” Irene grabbed my hand and pulled me in the building. Ollie and Jack were with Ryan. Jack motioned us over. Charlie brought me a plate of food. Irene squeezed her small body between Charlie and me. Charlie looked down at her. “Hey, Squirt, why don’t you sit on the other side of Emme?” Irene looked at me. “Are you in love with Charlie?” I glanced at her small face as she slid her arm through my arm. “Yes,” I whispered to her. Irene wrinkled up her face. “YUCK! Boys are messy and yucky and stinky! Even Charlie.” We all laughed as Charlie grabbed her and rolled her on the ground and tickled her until Irene begged for mercy. After lunch, Charlie and I walked hand in hand down to the creek. We sat on the bank and stared at the water. I leaned over and put my head on Charlie’s shoulder. Charlie wrapped his arm around me and pulled me close to him. We sat there quietly. I looked across the creek and saw Hawke staring at us. He had his arms folded across his chest. I looked at Charlie. “Can’t we even be alone? Does he have to watch us?” Charlie nodded. “He is just protecting me.” “From me?” I say sarcastically. Charlie shook his head. “No, not from you.” Hawke stared at me. I stood up and stared back at him. He reached in his waistband and pulled out his knife. I stared him down as he prepared to throw his knife in my direction. I was not scared of him. Something deep inside of me assured me that he would not kill me with his knife. I stood perfectly still as he pulled back his arm. In slow motion I saw the knife hurling through the air, handle over blade as Charlie screamed my name. I felt the knife come right by my head and I felt a sharp pain by my ear and the drip of blood on my neck. My face never changed as I stared back at Hawke. My friend, that red hot feeling that meant I could be something stronger than I was, overcame me and I felt myself soaring above the creek. I heard Charlie calling my name. I looked around as I called out, determining where every living thing was around me. I felt the rattlesnake’s presence before I saw them. I singled them out and waved my hands. Within minutes they were hissing in a circle around Hawke. Hawke was trying to back away, but he was backing into another snake. Charlie was screaming at Hawke to stand still. Charlie was yelling at me. “Emme, NO, stop it! Hurting him would only hurt me. Do you really want to hurt me?” My attention wavered from the snakes and I focused on Charlie. Instantly I was back in my body and looking at Charlie. Charlie had me by the arm. “Stay here, Em, I’ll be right back.” Charlie waded into the water and ran to Hawke. The snakes were gone. Hawke was sitting in the dirt by the bank with his head in his hands. Hawke was visibly shaking as Charlie helped him up. I stood up and glared at Hawke. They waded back across the bank. Charlie walked up to me. “Hawke is here to protect me and by protecting me, he is protecting you. Hawke has the skills to help you, to teach you what you need.” Charlie looked over at Hawke. “Emme is not the enemy. Do you finally see what she is? Do you see the gifts she has? She is our people’s last hope. She belongs with us.” Hawke nodded and walked over to me. He reached in his pocket and pulled out a piece of cloth. He reached up and wiped the blood off of my neck. “I’m sorry,” he told me. I grabbed his hands and held them between mine. “Me too.” Hawke turned on his heel and walked back the path to the main building. Charlie looked at me. “What the hell did you just do?” I looked back at him. “I finally figured out that Golden Flower gifted me with the ability to talk to and control animals.” I smiled questioningly at Charlie. Charlie didn’t smile back. “What else have you done?” I told Charlie about Ollie and the church and the birds. Charlie paced around me. “This is not good. The machayiwiw will notice a display like the one you did in town. You must not ever do it again in a public place where others can see you. Do you understand me?” I nodded with my head down. Charlie leaned forward and grabbed my face between his warm hands. “I have to admit that it was an awesome thing to do for Ollie, but we have to be more careful.” I laid my hands over his by my face. I leaned into this chest as he slowly lowered us to the ground. We laid on the ground facing each other. I stared into his eyes lost in his world. Charlie stared back at me and as the beautiful empty world and the warm wind eavesdropped on us, we talked. I told him about Bets, and Mom and Ben, and how hurt Ollie was at the church. I told him about Jack and the preserve and Rose and the baby. We talked laying down and facing each other with our fingers intertwined until the sun started its slow climb to the edge of darkness. The sky was an incredible shade of deep purple with shades of violet blue. Even in the beauty of the sunset, I felt the desperation creep over me. I started to shake. I didn’t want to leave Charlie. I never wanted to leave Charlie. Charlie leaned closer. I could feel his breath on my cheek. He laid his gentle brown hands on my cheeks. I closed my eyes. “Let me take the pain away,” he whispered. We stood up. Charlie closed his eyes and he chanted in a low voice. I listened to his voice. I closed my eyes and leaned into Charlie. I laid my head on his chest and listened to his heartbeat. I felt the desperation leave me and I was filled with a sense of peace and serenity. My breathing slowed, and my mind was filled with the beautiful times that Charlie and I had shared. We were like one in my mind, our thoughts joined and our spirits connected. It was the most incredible intense feeling. It was what I imagined making love would be like. I felt dizzy and my body felt it was on fire from the inside out. My legs gave way and I dropped to my knees. Charlie grabbed me and slowly lowered me down to the ground. “What did you do?” I asked Charlie. He stared back at me. “I showed you our love. I showed you what is worth fighting and dying for.” As Charlie stood up, he staggered. I reached out and held his arm. “Are you okay?” Charlie put his hand over mine that rested on his arm. “Just tired. You wear me out.” He grinned broadly as I swatted his arm. “Poor me,” I told him. We held hands as we headed back to the main buildings. Ollie and Jack were standing outside of the meeting room talking to Ryan and Hawke. Ryan looked up as we approached. “Hey, Em, can you come back next week? I want to run in the hills with you, and Hawke needs to start working with you on knife and lance throwing.” “Sure thing,” I told him. Hawke looked at Charlie and then at me. Charlie was leaning on the car while he talked to Jack. Charlie’s face was pale. Hawke walked the short distance to me and whispered in my ear. “Every time Charlie carries your pain, he gets weaker. Every time you feel better in Charlie’s presence, he pays the price for it. Is that what you want for him?” I shook my head “No.” I looked at my feet as Hawke said, “Don’t come back here. Walk away. His burden is too big to carry.” I shook my head. “I’m sorry I can’t do that. I just can’t. I love him too much.” Hawke shook his head and walked away. We all walked to the car. I held Charlie’s hand as long as I could. I climbed in the back seat and Jack and Ollie sat down in the Mustang. As we drove off, I turned around and stared back at Charlie. He stood there watching us drive off.
An Interview with Author D.E.L. Connor
What was your favorite book growing up?
When I was old enough to read it was the Little House on the Prairie series. I must have read and reread each of them a hundred times. I honestly thought I was Laura Ingalls Wilder. Most girls my age were into dolls and while I liked dolls and playing house, my version of playing house always had a log house and a covered wagon. They are still my favorite books to read to children. Can't you just picture yourself on a hot summer day bouncing along in the back of the covered wagon?
Who is your favorite author (living or dead)?
I have more than one. Obviously I love Laura Ingalls Wilder, but I am also a huge fan of Larry McMurray. I grew up admiring strong women writers like Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee and more recently J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyers.
What inspired you to write the Spirit Warriors series?
Actually is has been a long time coming. I wrote the short story that the Spirt Warriors evolved from in college may years ago. The professor asked me to stay after class and he told me how good it was, but unfortunately, it was too dark to be a children's story. I put it away and went on with my career as a nurse. Finally J.K Rowling and Stephenie Meyers came out with new dark tales and the young adult market was born. The time was finally right! I finished Book 1 in two weeks. The struggle to get it published took more time, but here I am with two books in the story completed.
What character do you most identify with in Spirit Warriors: The Scarring?
Probably Lilly, I tend to be kind to a fault, and love my friends and family unconditionally. I think as a child I wished I could have been more like Bets and Emme. They are headstrong, brave and willing to fight for anything or anyone they cared about. I was shy when I was young, although no one believes that today! LOL
Can you tell us about your next project?
Why of course. I am about half way through book 3 in the series The Burning. There will be 6 books total in the series. Book 4 will be The Lamenting, Book 5 The Ensouling and then a Prequel to be named later. In between those books or after them I'm not sure which, I plan to write a new adult romance novel about loss and finding the chance to love again.

The Concealing (Spirit Warriors #1)
by D.E.L. Connor
Release Date: November 24, 2013
Length: 191 pages
Publisher: Booktrope
 
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Blurb: Sixteen-year-old Emme Belrose has it all: four best friends, a horse of her own, a hidden tepee hangout, and a blossoming romance with tall and handsome Charlie. These friends also have a secret. They can move their spirits into animal bodies: an osprey, a mustang, a grizzly, a mountain lion and a coyote.   But when Charlie, who has a gift for seeing the future, has a vision of Emme drowning in the icy Yellowstone River, the Spirit Warriors must train their animal bodies to kill an enemy they know is coming… but know nothing about. Suspenseful, romantic, and awash in Native American magic, Spirit Warriors captures the tragic enchantment of the American West—and confirms the power of friendship.
DEL ConnorAbout the Author
Della was born in South Dakota and raised in the vastness and beauty of Montana on a farm. When she longed for the big city life, she moved to Texas where she attended college and received a PhD in nursing. When not nursing people back to health you can find Della huddled over her Mac writing the stories that have occupied her mind for so many years, or traveling with her best friends, the NOLA’s, riding bikes across the Golden Gate bridge or exploring botanical gardens. She is the proud mother of a champion triathlete, two aging dogs and 1 grand-cat. Della has admittedly confessed to her coffee addiction and swears that her two hour coffee crawl while on vacation in Seattle –was the best two hours of her life!
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This is Sarah by Ally Malinenko | Character - Sarah

Sunday, July 6, 2014


"When Colin Leventhal leaned out his bedroom window on the night of May 12th and said goodbye to his girlfriend, he never expected it would be forever. But when Sarah Evans goes missing that night, Colin's world unravels as he transforms from the boyfriend next door to the main police suspect. Then one year later, at her memorial service, Colin makes a phone call that could change everything. Is it possible that Sarah is still alive? And if so, how far will he go to bring her back? 


As Colin struggles with this possibility, across the street, Sarah’s little sister, Claire learns how to navigate the strange new landscape of life without her sister. While her parents fall apart, Claire remains determined to keep going, even if it kills her. 

THIS IS SARAH serves as a meditation on loss, love, and what it means to say goodbye." -Back Cover




This character post is an excerpt from Sarah's journal talking about Colin, the main character of the book, her best friend from next door who just told her how much likes her.

From the Journal of Sarah Evans

April 9

Today was a weird day. Good weird, great weird, actually but still…WEIRD. I was supposed to go to the movies with Colin and Michael and Jenna – there’s that new stupid comedy with the guy whose name I never remember but everyone thinks is so funny – so we were going to see that. Anyway, I was home and Colin came over and we were waiting for Michael and Jenna and I couldn’t figure out what shoes to wear and he’s teasing me cause he’s all like, Sarah, who cares – it’s a dark theater no one’s going to see your feet - so we’re just joking around and all of a sudden he gets all, I don’t know, not mad but sort of sad and he puts his hands over his face and says that he can’t do this.

So I was like, do what? Cause I’m thinking he doesn’t want to go to the movie and even though I didn’t really want to go either there is literally nothing else to do in this town. NOTHING. Plus we were going to go to the diner afterwards so…But anyway that’s not what he meant. And then he just starts blathering, and I mean, blathering about how he likes me.
Really likes me.
Me. Colin Leventhal – my next door neighbor LIKES ME! What? Whatwhatwhat? I think I had a small brain aneurysm.

Then he tells me that he likes me so much that he doesn’t know if we can be friends and how my perfume drives him crazy (what??) and being around me drives him crazy (whatwhat??) and I was completely floored. I was not expecting this. I mean, he’s Colin. From next door! I’ve
known him since I was in middle school. Plus there was that whole thing with Lisa last year so I was just totally floored.
I didn’t know what to say when he finished rambling all this stuff out so I just kissed him. I did it. I can’t even believe it right now but I did. I kissed Colin Leventhal.
And it was amazing. I mean, better than Nick and I never thought that would happen.
And we had the best night. Seriously. THE BEST NIGHT.
And everything feels sort of, like…magical. Crazy!
I haven’t told Jenna yet. She’s going to kill me for not telling her. But for some reason I sort of just want to keep it for now. Like a secret. Like a secret thing between Colin and I. I know it won’t stay that way but I sort of feel like once everyone knows it becomes less special…less mine somehow. Like other people in school will weigh in and approve or not. Not that I care what they think cause I don’t. I just like it the way it is right now.
Secret.
(Also, I just looked out the window and because we’re neighbors, I can see right into his bedroom. He’s on his computer. It’s like I never noticed how cute he was until just now. He’s cute. I mean really cute.)

I really hope this doesn’t screw things up. It won’t right? I mean, how could it?
I feel like such a stupid girl right now, like all giddy and laughing. Sarah and Colin. WEIRD! but good but still…WEIRD.






Ally Malinenko is the author of the poetry collection The Wanting Bone (Six Gallery Press) and the children's fantasy Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb (Antenna Books). She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.




Cover Reveal! Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Title: Cursed by Fire
Series: Blood and Magic #1
Author: Danielle Annett
Designer: Mae I Design
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: January 201

Book Description:
It has been six years since the Awakening and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems.

Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined.

When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life.




Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series.
Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention.

You can learn more about Danielle on her website at http://www.danielleannett.blogspot.com or follow on on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDanielleAnnett and on twitter @Danielle_Annett



 
“Mike you and I both know that that isn’t going to happen so why don’t you just tell me what fur ball they’re going to saddle me with.” I said as I collected my stack of papers and organized them into a semi-neat pile.

Mike noisily cleared his voice, “Uh hey Ari…”

“God I hope that whoever it is that he isn’t a complete moron. If I’m going to be stuck with a pack partner, the least they can do is send me someone competent.” Mike noisily cleared his throat again.

“What?” I asked, looking up from my desk.


I was greeted by a tall man standing just inside the office, casually leaning against the doorframe. He had tousled brown hair and steely grey colored eyes. High cheekbones and a strong jaw formed his masculine face and a hint of stubble dusted his jaw line, not enough to appear unkempt but just enough to give a roguish impression. Dressed in black jeans, a black T, and a black leather jacket, he oozed tall, dark and handsome with deadly intent.

“That would be this fur ball right here.” He said, an arrogant grin lifting the corner of his mouth. I let my head fall to the surface of my desk, then for good measure I gently knocked my forehead on its smooth surface, one, two, three times. Dammit I couldn’t believe I had just called him a freaking fur ball! I could feel my cheeks warm in embarrassment and did my best to hide it.

“You all done with the show?” He asked as I lifted my head from the desk. I glared at him for good measure and then allowed my head to connect with the desk’s surface once more before sitting up. rubbing the slight sting away “Yea, I’m done.” I told him. Well, at least this wouldn’t be as bad as I had thought. James was the only shifter that I actually personally knew and was one of the few individuals I considered a friend. I met James about six months ago at a shifter bar downtown, though at the time I didn’t actually know that it was a shifter bar.

A group of coyotes had decided I was easy prey and were giving me a pretty hard time. James had intervened before things got out of hand which basically meant that he stopped me from wiping the floor with their coyote asses and burning the entire building to ash.  It was probably a good thing that he had stepped in but I remember being furious with him at the time, I had really wanted to give those bastards a piece of my mind and show them that I wasn’t just some naive little girl. That was back when I was still cocky over my abilities. Things had changed since then and the thought was sobering. Now being a pyrokinetic was something I had to hide and honestly, that just plain sucked.

“So, you’re my partner?”

James nodded, his face going serious, “Yea I’m you’re partner, ready to do something reckless?”

I smiled at that, James knew me all to well.


“Absolutely.”

Grabbing my messenger bag I followed James out of the office, aware of Mike’s unapproving gaze on my every step.






The Falconer (The Falconer #1) by Elizabeth May

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Falconer (The Falconer #1)
by Elizabeth May
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Format: ARC, paperback 378 pgs.
Published: May 6th 2014 by Chronicle Books
Genre: YA, Fantasy/ Historical/ Steampunk

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"Heiress. Debutant. Murderer. A new generation of heroines has arrived.

Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.

Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?" -Goodreads

Review


“It tells the tale of a girl who who had just lost her other and nearly died when she went out into the world armed with iron. The girl who was later remade into a killer.” (pg. 45)

This action-packed steampunk Scottish fantasy is thrilling from beginning to end! Witnessing the tragic death of her mother has flipped Aileana’s world upside down as something is awoken in her, and she begins the life of hunting down the Fae. Stuck between the conformities of the period society, and living the life of being able to see, and kill faeries, Aileana finds out she is more than a girl out for simple revenge; she’s a Falconer.

“I feel sorry for him, for all of them. They think I’m the only monster in their midst, but the real danger is the one they can’t even see. Faeries can select their victims and compel them with a small push of mental influence, then feed from them and kill them.” (pg. 12)

Aileana does, however, keep a couple of the Fae close in favors. Derrick, a pixie, lives in Aileana’s dressing room and mends her clothes for honey, but he definitely becomes more prominent throughout the book. Kierran MacCay instructs Aileana in combat and teaches her about the fae along the way. He becomes even more prominent as the book progresses and emotions run high. I absolutely love them both, even if they can be a bit difficult at times. As she closes in on the baobhan síth, the faery who killed her mother, a more urgent matter arises as it’s discovered the Fae from the underground jail is escaping to kill and takeover everything because of a weakening seal. Only a Falconer can re-implement the seal, and Aileana is the only Falconer left.

“Sensitive humans and seers have more energy to take than a normal human.” (pg. 41)

I absolutely love the writing! It’s such a page turner, and you can tell that Elizabeth May truly researched and cared for her craft. I love how well thought out the characterization of Aileana and how the world around her shapes her mind to become more independent and less oppressed than the other ladies of her time. I really got a feel for the environment and the strict society standards.

“I make my choice. The same one I’ll always make. I choose survival. I choose the hunt. Because Father would tell me, Duty first, and this is my duty.” (pg. 170)

Through all the excitement of the battles, alas we a left with a major cliffhanger! I feel like it stopped mid-denouement and it actually makes it even more thrilling, even if I have to wait another year for the next book. I’ll be marking my calendar and eagerly waiting with open arms for the next book in this mystical series!
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First Line: "I've memorized their every accusation: Murderess. She did it. She was crouched over her mother's body, covered in blood." (pg. 1)

Last Line: "'You'll wish you had killed Kadamach when you had the chance.'" (pg. 378)

Galley provided by LibraryThing via Chronicle Books

*Quotes are from uncorrected advanced galleys and may change before going to press. Please refer to the final printed book for official quotes.

Renegade (Mila 2.0 #2) by Debra Driza

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Renegade (Mila 2.0 #2) 
by Debra Driza
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Format: Hardback, 438 pgs.
Published: May 13th 2014 by Katherine Tegen / Harper Collins
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi


"There is no one left for Mila to trust. Except for a boy she barely knows.

But Hunter has no idea who—and what—Mila really is. She can’t bear to reveal her secret, even though he’s unwittingly joined her search for Richard Grady, a man who may know more details of Mila’s complicated past.

Yet the road to the truth is more dangerous than ever. With General Holland and the Vita Obscura scouring the earth for her whereabouts, Mila must rely on her newfound android abilities to protect herself and Hunter from imminent harm. Still, embracing her identity as a machine leads her to question the state of her humanity—as well as Hunter’s real motives.

Perfect for fans of I Am Number Four and Divergent, this action-packed and heart-wrenching second installment of MILA 2.0 will leave readers breathlessly awaiting the series conclusion." -goodreads

Review


“In order to have the good, you had to also take the bad, because without the lows, the highs wouldn’t, couldn’t, exist. All emotions were crucial to living. All of them.” (pg. 425)

In this latest installment of the Mila 2.0 series, we find Mila trying to hunt down a link to her past, but as she runs away from Holland is she running towards more trouble? Renegade will bring a thrill as you travel with Mila and Hunter to find the truth of her origins, Vita Obscura, and what may be Mila’s future.

“I couldn’t live in the past, but I also couldn’t have a future until I learned everything I needed to know about my past.” (pg. 10-11)

Although Renegade began a bit slow for me (I’m not a mushy gushy romantic genre type,) I was excited when the pace was picked up around the fifth chapter, and suspense stepped in. I love how I kept wanting to read more and more as Mila traveled to find and retrieve files to her past. With a nation suspecting her of murdering her mother, Mila must keep on her toes and her tactics and skills as an android become quite handy. The only problem she has is getting control of her emotions, and with her constant paranoia, and trust issues, her problems bleed onto those who she wants to trust the most. Hunter plays an interesting role in this book, and I’m very pleased that he isn’t just a romantic interest, but has an actual purpose in the plot. 

“This could be a brand new start, and I’d be stupid not to grab it with both hands.” (pg. 377)

So many emotions are played throughout Renegade, and it had me guessing and suspecting until the end! Is Mila’s paranoia justified? Is Holland really the enemy!? I was just feeling all kinds of way for Mila, and I truly just wanted people to treat her like a normal person with normal feelings! I hated seeing Mila’s feeling get hurt over and over and I felt horrible to see that she hated her feelings as well. Maybe Holland was right all along to want to remove her emotions? You better read and find out!


“Ready for the new, improved Mila. Ready to stop hurting, once and for all.” (pg. 394)

In all, I found that this book answered a lot of unanswered questions from the first book, yet presented quite a bit more. I love how the action played out and how upbeat it was! Was it worth her time looking for her past? With her mix of android parts and human cells, is she becoming more human... or the opposite? What’s in Mila’s future? There’s so much to devour in Renegade, and you better hand on because Hoooooly Cliiiiiifhanger!! I need the next book pronto!!

“Life could go from beautiful to ugly in a fraction of a second.” (pg. 63)

“There was something strange happening inside me that I didn’t understand and couldn’t control.” (pg. 80)

First Line: “If I could record real-life moments in my head like a DVR, this afternoon would top the list as one of the most replayed.” (pg.1)

Last Line: “I didn’t want to die.” (pg. 438)

June BPC Day 8: Handwriting

Sunday, June 8, 2014



Day 8: Handwriting
I have a couple styles :) I had to relearn my handwriting in college for my major (interior design) so, on the left is my sloppy fast note-taking of The Great Gatsby, and on the right is my Architectural Lettering notes I took for a book idea. 

The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The One (The Selection #3)
by Kiera Cass
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Format: Hardcover, 323 pgs.
Published: May 6th 2014 by Harper Teen
Genre: YA, romance/dystopian

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"The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!" -goodreads

Review


“The only way to set things right was to end the Selection.” (pg. 6)

Thank goodness for this final installment saving the series for me! Although I was not all that enthused with The Elite (The Selection #2) I felt like the series did a 180 and got back on track with The One as it got more serious, less gushy, and America was more bold.

America! I’m so proud that she finally realized that being in the middle of a poorly fulfilled love triangle isn’t the most important thing to fret over! In The One, she takes charge, and although she doesn’t have the best laid out plans, her natural ability to do the right, and just, thing under pressure is golden. I feel like something happened in between The Elite and The One, because in this book she’s really quite definite about her own selection decision, and every now and again she has to remind herself to let the other guy down. I feel like she could have easily nipped that in the bud early on, but understood that it was necessary to keep a different type of suspense going throughout the book.

“I wasn’t afraid of the king. Or the rebels. I knew how much Maxon meant to me, and I was sure that it was all going to work, somehow.” (pg. 86)

I loved the suspense of the rebels, and how the changes in Illéa were progressing. Adding elements of grief, action and anxiety greatly contributed towards my satisfaction with The One. You could feel the tension between King Clarkson and America! He continues to put America in compromising situations and just sits back and smiles at his plans. Even though times seemed unbearable, embarrassing and down-right humiliating, America stood her ground and I’m pleased she never gave up, or in. The whole thing seemed a little fast paced, though, and that was probably an effort to redeem what was lost in the previous book. I also felt that, although I was all smiles with outcome of the novel, it was very predictable and for these reasons alone, is why I gave it four stars.

“Maybe Maxon did love me, but if he wasn't man enough to say it out loud, then how could he ever protect me from the most frightening thing in my life: his father.” (pg. 212)

The Selection series started off with a bang, fizzled a little in the middle, but then blazed  up in the end. If you were frustrated with The Elite, I plead that you go ahead and finish off the series with The One! You won’t be disappointed!

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First Line: “This time we were in the Great Room enduring another etiquette lesson when bricks came flying through the window.” (pg.1)

Last Line: “It’s so much more than that.” (pg. 323) 

 
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