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Friday, May 17, 2013
So, today let's talk a little but about hate, shall we?

I don't like this topic, but everything always seems to lead back to this topic. And again I feel myself needing to discuss it.

This post is kind of a rant, so if you don't want to read it, I totally understand.

I know it was a few days ago now, but I can't let it go.

It's not emails I'm discussing this time. No, I want to talk about a certain comment (two, actually) that appeared on one of my negative reviews. It was rude, patronizing, and way out of line. I'm not going to point this person out, but they know who they are. Some of you may, too, if you saw me on twitter earlier this week ranting.

I am okay with people not liking my reviews. I am okay with people telling me that they disagree with me and why. What I am not freaking okay with is when someone tells me that my review is "hateful," "cruel," and "a lot like bullying." This in addition with "asking" me to take it down.

(I normally try not to swear on my blog, but I'm going to here, so I apologize.)

If you don't like my reviews, then get the fuck off my blog. I don't need you, I don't need your hate, and I don't want to deal with it or you. If you're going to react that way to my negative reviews, then why are you even reading them?

I work hard on my reviews, and I never attack the author personally. But if I don't like a book, then I am going to tear it apart. That's how it is. I always promise complete honesty in my reviews. If you don't like it, leave. Negative reviews aren't everyone's thing. I like reading them for books I loved, personally. It helps me see things I might not have noticed before. But some people don't like seeing things they love insulted. Which is understandable.

I have written many a glowing review in my book blogging career, and I will write many more. In fact, I rarely write negative reviews because I prefer recommending books to saying why a certain book shouldn't be read. But if a book deserves a negative review, then that is exactly what it is going to get.

And honestly? Who likes every book? No one. In fact, I tend to doubt the credibility of bloggers who give out nothing but positive reviews, and I'm not the only one. Oh, sure, there probably are perfectly legitimate bloggers that only write positive reviews. But there are exceptions to every rule.

This person did make a second comment after some people (bless you, I love you all) who spoke up on my behalf, but it honestly wasn't much better than the first. It just came across the wrong way and perhaps some of that was residue from the first comment.

Because yes, I'm angry about it now. But my first reaction? Well, that was hurt. Hate hurts, people. So why do it?

The thing is, I feel like this commenter is a perfectly nice person too. I think sometimes we say things online that we maybe cannot take back. It doesn't excuse what they did, but if they're reading this, I just want them to know.

So please, next time you think about criticizing someone or their work, just take a few seconds to think. It is perfectly okay to criticize, but delivery is vital. Think of your words, because you can't take them back. This is the internet, people. Even if you delete a comment once it has been posted, it is already in their email. I don't want to sound like an annoying, walking cliché, but just think before you say anything. Please.

I wish hate didn't exist, but it does. Still, let's all try to be more aware.

Lovelovelove,

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wicked Kiss (Nightwatchers, #2)
Michelle Rowen
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: February 26, 2013
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My kiss can kill.
I used to be ordinary Samantha Day, but that's changed. Now, after one dark kiss from a dangerous boy, I can steal someone's soul…or their life. If I give in to the constant hunger inside me, I hurt anyone I kiss. If I don't…I hurt myself.
Bishop is the one whose kiss I crave most, but if I kiss him, I'll kill him. Then there's another boy, one I can't hurt. One whose kiss seems to miraculously quell my hunger. They're both part of a team of angels and demons that's joined forces in my city to fight a mysterious rising darkness, an evil that threatens everyone I know and love. I just wonder if I'll be able to help Bishop—or if I'm just another part of the darkness he's sworn to destroy….
NIGHTWATCHERS: When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising…



CATCHALL
Dark Kiss was an intriguing and fun read, so I knew I had to get my hands on Wicked Kiss as soon as I could. I was not disappointed at all! It was a lovely and dark read that kept me turning pages all through the night. It was about as good as the first book, maybe a little better, but overall a satisfying sequel that lived up to my expectations.

THE HEROINE
SAMANTHA
Sam is such a kickass heroine that it's impossible not to love her even if she occasionally veers towards the annoying side. She isn't perfect, and she has her flaws, but hello, that is what makes her more relatable. I like that she's really determined, and she'll do anything to protect her friends. She's also prideful, but she doesn't let it get in the way of what she needs to do. Plus, Sam is compassionate. He major downside is that she can be way too stubborn.

THE LOVE INTEREST
BISHOP
Bishop is steady and sweet, but he's also very internally strong. He tends to make his decisions and stick by them without compromising his principles, and he believes in doing the right thing at nearly any cost. Bishop has a hard time saying how he really feels, though. He's loyal almost in spite of himself, and he's not as mysterious as I think he likes to believe. He's definitely bold, definitely hot, but I think his eloquence could use some work.

THE DEMON
KRAVEN
You know you're in love with a character when they're horrible and dark and cruel and you completely and totally love them anyway. It's not fair, but that's how it is. I adore Kraven. I love Kraven. I shouldn't, I totally shouldn't, but I do. I mean, for starters, he really is damn sexy. And it doesn't hurt that he's teasing and mischievous. Plus, he's just so darn lovable despite his darkness. Or maybe because of it. Either way, we see more of him in this book, and it actually makes him hotter. It shouldn't. But it does.

Plus, I kind of want to do him in the backseat of an expensive car. Don't ask me why that's so specific. I don't know.

THE PLOT
I thought that the plot of Wicked Kiss was just as well done as that of the first book. It's through, and has enough smaller details to be really realistic. There are twists that deepen everything, and I like that it's not the same storyline as the first one. It's a continuation of the story in its own right, but it was something different.

The plot moved pretty quickly, too, although overall the pacing was erratic. Sometimes minutes would drag on for pages and days went by in a paragraph. That's probably exaggerating a little, but you get what I'm saying. It was weird, and just generally off.

Angels and demons are a tricky subject to handle, particularly without getting preachy, but Michelle really handles it in a wonderful way so I have no complaints. She takes into account historical angel lore while also adding in her own twists and idiosyncrasies. It's classic balanced with the right amount of hot and modern. It doesn't focus on one aspect, it encompasses all of them.

I appreciated the novelty of this plot after being stuck in a reading rut, too. It kept me entertained and wasn't overly dramatic, although it had its moments, certainly. It has its own unique sort of feel and although it could have been just another paranormal romance it somehow rises about that for me.

My main problem is that some information seems thrown randomly in to either confuse us or annoy us, I'm not sure which, but either way it is awfully frustrating. I couldn't quite wrap my head around some of the things that were made to look like random reveals and not everything fit together for me and often felt too convenient.

However, though this book certainly has its faults, it also has its strengths. It was easily a worthwhile read, and one of the better sequels I've had the pleasure of reading recently.

THE ROMANCE
Sam and Kraven sort of have a fling in this book, but it's clear from the beginning that it's not really that serious as is more about controlling Sam's cravings than any sort of romance. Still it's actually pretty thrilling to read about, because the chemistry between the, is so hot and unique. The real romance, though, comes in between Sam and Bishop. They care so deeply for each other, but they cannot kiss. It puts both of them in so much pain, but each of them tries their best to resist. Yet they can't quite seem to manage it.

THE WRITING
Michelle is an enormously talented writer, so much so that anything she writes is automatically better simply because of the quality of her writing. It's luscious, gorgeous, and unique. Sam has a distinct and almost innocent voice that is reliable and tells things as they are, yet allows the reader to occasionally see things that she cannot. The banter between the characters is also awesome and provides some fun and humor to the story.

THE ENDING
Actually, the way Wicked Kiss ended was really unexpected. I don't know why, exactly, but it was. There was a twist I did not expect but that really worked. I loved the gutsiness of the ending and the fact that everything wasn't completely perfect. There was definitely a happy ending in some ways for some characters, but for others less so. There was also the sense that although part of this story has ended it is far from over.

WRAPUP
I will definitely be looking forward to more from this series, because there's definitely room for more! I have yet to read any other Michelle Rowen books (well, Falling Kingdoms, but besides that) but after reading this I'm sold and definitely will. I would recommend this series to paranormal romance fans mostly, although I think other people would enjoy it too. If you loved the first book, I don't think you'll be let down by the sequel.


****FINAL RATING: 4.40 RED ROSES****

Lovelovelove,

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Happy Wednesday you fabulous, fabulous folks! Today it is time for Waiting on Wednesdays hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, my favorite bookish meme. In fact, the only one I participate in. I have an awesome book this week too.

Sentinel (Covenant, #5)
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: November 2, 2013

It's a beautiful day for a war. Alex must face a terrible choice between destruction of everything she loves and her own destruction. The final book in the COVENANT series.


So, my thoughts? It's way less flashy than the other covers of the series. I mean, that much is obvious. I like it, though. It's really fitting somehow. Very dark and simple. I also like how the smoke is shaped like a rose. I love roses, which should be obvious to you.

I'll be sad to see this series go, but at the same time I will be happy to finally see everything wrapped up. I still want my happily-ever-after, and I want more Aiden. This book just has to be amazing, or else.

Lovelovelove,








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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hello darlings! Today is my stop on the Chantress blog tour. I've got a lovely guest post and giveaway for y'all, done sure to read the whole post! 


Creating a Character: Nat Walbrook in Chantress

 

Some characters are easy to write. Right from the start, I somehow know what makes them tick.  Others present more of a challenge. With Chantress, it took me a while to understand the person at the heart of the story: Lucy, who works magic through song. But the very biggest mystery of all was the spy who turns Lucy’s heart upside down: Nat Walbrook.

Thinking about it, that makes sense – spies, after all, are used to holding their secrets close.  But a writer can’t stay at arm’s length from her characters.  She has to find some way of breaking the ice.

 

So how did I get to know Nat?

Some writers might have filled out character sheets, detailing his appearance and mannerisms and what he carries in his pockets.  I’ve seen writers do great things with this method.  Unfortunately, it never quite works for me.  I end up with an assemblage of quirky traits, not a believable human being.

I asked different questions instead, the same questions I end up asking of all my characters, even the ones I think I know:

·         What do you want?

·         What do you need?

·         What do you think stands in your way?

·         What do you care about most?

·         What do you fear?

Tough questions, all of them, especially the last ones.  Questions that Nat most certainly wanted to evade.  But the answers always help me figure out who a character is—and they’re crucial to  plotting, too.  The best kinds of stories often require people to sacrifice what they want most, and force them to face what they fear.   

In Nat’s case, I had a terrible time getting real answers to these questions. I knew only that he loved science and hated magic—and that he would do anything to protect Penebrygg, the master clockmaker who had been like a father to him.  I also gathered that he feared Lucy’s magic, but I wasn’t quite sure why.

When characters are being elusive, I find it helps to start the story rolling.  Let them breathe and move around on the page, and sometimes you can work out what they’re like from what they say and do. 

That’s what happened with Nat.  As I let the story unfold, he challenged Lucy, comforted her, was confounded by her.  He took risks, and even blurted out a few things in unguarded moments. I started to understand how resolute he was, and how desperate. 

 

Eventually, I had answers to my key questions—not just glib ones, but the true answers, the deep answers, the answers that Nat didn’t want to share with anyone.  With each draft I asked more of him, and with each draft he grew more real. 

 

By now, Nat feels like someone I’ve known a long time—a dear friend, almost a part of myself.  If he only existed in this one book, I’d be terribly sad, but luckily Chantress is a trilogy, and he and Lucy have more adventures to come.

 

I wonder what secrets they will share with me next?


~Amy



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Lovelovelove,
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Morning, darlings! Spring is winding down, finally, with only about a month left. Though I'll be sad in some ways to see it go, I'm also welcoming summer. I do hate the heat, but spring weather is way more bipolar than summer weather and that's super annoying.

So, today I wanted to give you all a little bit of a spring gift. I mean, I can't actually give something to every single one of you, although I wish I could. However, there will be some lucky winners, which is better than none, correct?

For this giveaway, I shall have three very lucky winners. One grand prize winner can choose any book released in spring 2013. So, any book released from March 21, 2013 to June 21, 2013. There's no price limit per usual, but don't abuse that. Two runner-ups will then receive some assorted swag. It may or may not be signed, but I'll try to make sure that at least one piece of swag is.

This giveaway will run until June 21, because, you know, reasons.

All you have to do to enter is read my giveaways page and then fill out as many entries in the rafflecopter as you would like.


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Good luck, roses! Happy, happy spring!

Lovelovelove,

Monday, May 13, 2013

(Eek sorry this post is late! I can't figure out why it didn't post at its scheduled time…man, I hate blogger right now.)

So, today it is Magic Monday again. The school year is winding down and so Mondays aren't quite so painful as they used to be although they still suck an awful lot. Anyway, I have a giveaway for you all here today. It's for a sequel that I expected to love but actually really didn't like at all. However, it still has a gorgeous cover and I know there are tons of people out there who would appreciate it.

Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #2)
Bethany Griffin
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: June 11, 2013
I don't know how it happened, but I'm holding Elliott's hand. Not clinging to it or allowing him to pull me along–my hand just somehow found its way into his.

So, there you are. That is one of the better quotes from this book because overall there weren't a ton of great ones. This one was all right, though. So, just read my giveaway guidelines and use the rafflecopter below to enter. Simple and easy.

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Good luck!

Lovelovelove,

Sunday, May 12, 2013


Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)
Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Release Date: August 27, 2013
An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.
Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.
Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?


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Shadowlark (Skylark, #2)
Meagan Spooner
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Ever since she escaped the city within the Wall, Lark Ainsley's wanted one thing: to find her brother Basil. She's always believed he would be the one to put an end to the constant fear and flight. And now, hidden underground in the chaotically magical city of Lethe, Lark feels closer to him than ever.
But Lethe is a city cowering in fear of its founder, the mysterious Prometheus, and of his private police force. To get the truth about what happened to Basil, Lark has no choice but to face Prometheus.
Facing her fears has become second nature to Lark. Facing the truth is another matter.
Lark never asked to be anyone's savior. She certainly never wanted to be anyone's weapon. She might not have a choice.


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Copperhead (Ironskin, #2)
Tina Connolly
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: October 15, 2013
The sequel to Tina Connolly's stunning historical fantasy debut.
Helen Huntingdon is beautiful—so beautiful she has to wear an iron mask. Six months ago her sister Jane uncovered a fey plot to take over the city. Too late for Helen, who opted for fey beauty in her face—and now has to cover her face with iron so she won’t be taken over, her personality erased by the bodiless fey.
Not that Helen would mind that some days. Stuck in a marriage with the wealthy and controlling Alistair, she lives at the edges of her life, secretly helping Jane remove the dangerous fey beauty from the wealthy society women who paid for it. But when the chancy procedure turns deadly, Jane goes missing—and is implicated in the murder.
Meanwhile, Alistair’s influential clique Copperhead—whose emblem is the poisonous copperhead hydra—is out to restore humans to their “rightful” place, even to the point of destroying the dwarvven who have always been allies.
Helen is determined to find her missing sister, as well as continue the good fight against the fey. But when that pits her against her own husband—and when she meets an enigmatic young revolutionary—she’s pushed to discover how far she’ll bend society’s rules to do what’s right. It may be more than her beauty at stake. It may be her honor...and her heart.

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Lovelovelove,

Saturday, May 11, 2013
If I Should Die (Revenants, #3)
Amy Plum
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Source: Publisher
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I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.
Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.
It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.
After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?




CATCHALL
Yeah, honestly, I don't even know what I wanted to read this book so badly. The first book was okay, the second book was bad, and this book just blew me away…with how absolutely awful it was. I hated it so much I didn't even know what to do with myself. I wanted to love this book, and I really wanted this series to redeem itself because I honestly believed that it could. But it just didn't even live up to the lowest of my expectations.

THE HEROINE
KATE
I have never like Kate and I make no secret about it. She's annoying and makes stupid decisions and she frustrates the living hell out of me. She is literally the most TSTL heroine I have ever read about and I really have nothing good to say about her, which is sad but true. She's stubborn to the point of being irritating and she makes the most ridiculous and stupid choices ever and she just makes me ache for humanity.

THE LOVE INTEREST
VINCENT
Vincent is okay, I guess. I can't really hate him but that's because there's nothing to hate. We only ever see him through Kate's eyes and she really paints him as this cardboard character with no personality whatsoever. I mean, what kind of person is as perfect as she seems to think he is? I mean, he's sweet. He's a gentleman, yet he can be brave. Other than that, yeah. Nothing.

THE OTHER REVENANTS
Or at least two of them
JULES
I love Jules. He's an artist, and he's funny, and he's an amazing friend. Unfortunately, he is also madly in love with Kate, which really doesn't account much for taste. He totally makes an awesome choice in this book as far as I'm concerned though which earned him major points from me.
ARTHUR
Arthur is probably my favorite character. I actually like him. Love him, maybe. He's a total gentleman, and he's definitely kind of old-fashioned, but strangely that makes him kind of sexy. He also does not choose Kate but her better sister Georgia so he obviously has better taste than Jules.

THE PLOT
Honestly, this book had the type of plot that made me want to slam my head into the wall. Repeatedly.

First of all, there were so many "random coincidences" I seriously thought I was ready to tear out the pages individually and burn them. Furthermore, the dumbest things were done. There was one thing in particular treated as a big reveal that was pretty much obvious from the very first book and yet still managed to feel random and stupid.

I can't even describe how mad this book made me. You cannot just randomly make up facts and suddenly throw out new information and then fall back on crutches when you mess up. Making things too perfect is absolutely not okay on any level ever. It's just freaking annoying. It makes things not fit together properly and basically just ends up screwing everything over.

Hello, plot holes, I am falling into you.

I know this section is really short, but honestly if I go on any more than this it will go into a full-on rant in which case I cannot guarantee that I will ever actually shut up. So, I think I've said enough to get my point across.

THE ROMANCE
I am not a huge fan of instalove in the first place, and I honestly don't even get what Kate and Vincent like about each other. Like, the physical stuff, okay, whatever. But that's not love, so I'm still kind of confused here. Their romance is so plain, and ordinary if it exists at all, that I feel like their story isn't an important one to tell. But that's just me.

THE WRITING
I am not a huge fan of the writing. One thing I will say for this book is that the description is really, really nice. Everything is described so vividly and purely that the overall sensation was just really lovely. I love the backdrop of this book, I really do. However, it is runnier by pretty much everything else, including Kate's irritating inner monologue. No one talks to themselves in that kind of language or like that at all.

THE ENDING
The ending was too sweet. While I would say that that's a good thing with a book with an actual plot, in this case it just didn't work. Everything worked out perfectly because the author manipulated everything to be way too perfect and the overall effect just didn't work for me. I just didn't like it and I couldn't buy it and the ending was wrong on so many levels.

WRAPUP
I really regret reading this book and frankly would rather make out with a tiger shark than ever torture myself with this series again. After giving the entire trilogy a go it is unlikely that I will give this author another chance, which is unfortunate, but it is what it is. And I guess you never know. Anyway, if you liked the first two books of the series, you might like this one but honestly I don't know because it was pretty terrible. And obviously I would not recommend this series to anyone. Ever.





*FINAL RATING: 1.15 RED ROSES*

Lovelovelove,

Saturday, May 4, 2013
Hello everyone!

As you know, I love you all. I mean, I think that's kind of obvious, right? I go on and on about how much I love you guys all the time.

So, anyway. This post is to announce my week-long hiatus.

I know, I know. I don't really want to go on hiatus, but I need the break. This coming week I literally have seven IB/AP test sittings...that is more than one on some days. I have test sittings in the following weeks as well but nothing so demanding.

Basically, I just need some time off. I'm already stressed about studying and I really don't need more stress, you know? I thought about scheduling posts ahead of time since I normally do that anyway but not this week. I just need a break.

There won't be a new Magic Monday, so I'll be extending the current one for another week. I may or may not do a Waiting on Wednesday post this week because those are easy to put together. I plan to resume blogging regularly on ether Saturday or Sunday.

Thank you all for understanding.

Lovelovelove,
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Friday, May 3, 2013
Imaginable (Intangible, #2)
J. Meyers
Publisher: J. Meyers
Release Date: April 16, 2013
Source: Author
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Twins Sera and Luke Raine’s unusual abilities are growing. Sera is healing vampires now, making them human again. And, at times, Luke can actually change the future he Sees.
But Sera’s healing has dangerous consequences, and though Luke is altering the outcome of more visions, he can’t control them yet.
Now Sera is in danger as the dark creatures of the Realm seek to use her. As Luke struggles to master his gift in order to save his sister, he discovers even more about his powers.
And what he learns just may put him in greater danger than Sera has ever been.



CATCHALL
I absolutely loved Intangible, so I was thrilled when I realized I would have the chance to read Imaginable. It was absolutely as lovely as its predecessor, perhaps even more gorgeous in some ways. Everything about it was just gorgeous and there was more romance, which I loved. The plot also moved forward in ways I didn't expect and there was so very, very little I didn't love about this book.

THE HERO
LUKE
I really like Luke because he's not perfect. He cares very, very deeply for Sera, to the point where sometimes he gets impulsive and makes mistakes. It's really sweet to see how much he cares for his sister but it never gets creepy and in this book he's much less overbearing. He wants to protect her, but he also allows her to make her own decisions. Meanwhile, he's struggling internally with some feelings as well. He exudes confidence on the outside, but he's more sensitive than he lets on.

THE HEROINE
SERA
Sera is an artist, which has always been one of my favorite things about her. She's also a healer and she hates to see anyone in pain, to the point where she will do things she doesn't want to to protect them. While that is dangerous, it is also admirable. I also really feel like Sera finds an inner strength that she didn't have in the first book. She's growing into her powers even more than Luke is, and she doesn't know what the right thing to do with them is all the time.

THE LIGHT ELF PROTECTOR
FEY
Fey might be my favorite simply because she's so strong but also not. She's been alive for literally hundreds of years, but she's more human than she first appears. Fey has one of the deepest senses of compassion I've ever seen, and she has a hard time reconciling her head and her heart. She knows what she should do but that often conflicts with what she wants to do. Her loyalties are really tested in this book and she has some very difficult choices to make, which I think she really handles well.

THE HEAD VAMPIRE
JONAS
Jonas is so, so, so wonderful. I love him probably beyond logical reason, but whatever. He isn't afraid to do what he thinks he should be doing and he's protective of both twins, but particularly of Sera. He'll do anything to keep her safe and he's willing to take major risks to ensure that she is. Also, like a lot of the characters, he has some pretty deep-seated insecurities. He doesn't really let them physically show, but they're definitely hiding in his heart. He's brave, and he's loyal.

There are loads of other characters I'd love to mention, but if I mention one I would have to mention them all, and then this review would be longer than the book practically, and you'd get bored. So, go read about them. ;)

THE PLOT
In Imaginable, the plot thickens. That sounds lame and cliché, but it's true, so forgive me. Not everyone is yet completely recovered from the betrayal they faced, especially Sera, and the threat of Lilith still looms in the background ominously. Yet the twins and their friends are facing bigger problems now.

Without veering into spoiler territory, Sera's ability to heal is causing problems for them all. She had only good intentions at first, but other people used her to warp and change her gift into an action that is something awful. There's a sort of bloody rebellion beginning to build, and if they don't manage to stop it everything will change for them, and not in the gumdrops and roses way.

I also like the treatment of magic, although that is also my main problem with this book. I like that the magic isn't perfect or flawless. There are definitely crutches and things it cannot do, and it is not perfect. However, sometimes the magic can do things that I find frankly ridiculous and at times it was too much for me to believe. So essentially, I do like the way magic is used, but it is also the main fault in my opinion.

It is a very fast-paced novel, and I definitely got caught up in the action. I really couldn't put it down either because something was always happening. The chapters ended in ginormous, intense cliffhangers and kept me reading on and on.

I also love that there is so much originality in the plot. I really feel like it is so unique from other books I've read. There are vampires and elves, yes, but there are also other types of creatures, including the particular introduction in this novel of a unique and monstrous one. It really belongs on its own level as far as urban fantasy goes.

THE ROMANCE
I was so, so happy with the development of romance in this book as opposed to the last. Fey and Luke silently struggle with their feelings for each other, and waiting to see where they would go was immensely interesting. There are definitely some misunderstandings between them, and I kept hoping they would work them out. Jonas obviously cares deeply about Sera, but she's still not necessarily ready to open herself up to love again after what happened with a certain someone in the last book. Even so, she cannot deny her connection to him. It's all explosions and kissing and kind of fabulous.

THE WRITING
I recognized J.'s talent from the very first paragraph of hers that I read, and I can honestly, legitimately say that it has only improved. It is absolutely gorgeous, peerless. The way she describes things is beyond beautiful, and she makes everything feel so unbelievably real. The dialogue and banter between the characters is also fun, and J. has an absolutely incredible sense of humor. I actually had to stop reading this book during class because I could not stop laughing. It never feels tacky, just genuine.

THE ENDING
The ending was perfect. It doesn't resort to using a killer cliffhanger because it doesn't need to. The overall conflict definitely isn't resolved, but the immediate one is more or less. And yet, despite that, I still found myself on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was next. This book was wonderful but it wasn't enough. The ending was awesome, but in some ways it was almost doubly cruel.

WRAPUP
Do I recommend this series? Abso-freaking-lutely. Go buy the first book if you haven't, and if you have then you need to read this book now. This is actually one of my favorite series, and I know I say that a lot, but this series is really something special. I will, of course, definitely be keeping up with the series. In fact, getting book three yesterday isn't soon enough for me.



*****FINAL RATING: 4.80 RED ROSES*****

Lovelovelove,

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Hello, darlings! Today I have the most gorgeous cover reveal! Technically speaking it was supposed to go up yesterday, but double posting bothers me sometimes, and right now it is so I decided to post this a day late instead. I mean, you still get to see it!

Endure (Protector, #4)
M. R. Merrick
Release Date: June 5, 2013
Cover by Parajunkee Design

Wrapped in darkness and woven with defeat, every action Chase has taken since being exiled from the Circle has been met with a devastating response. Now he’s been burdened with a quest that seems impossible, and he needs to evolve into something more—something greater than he ever thought he could be.

Armed with magic, friendship, and an unbreakable will, Chase must build an army and find a weapon capable of defeating the ultimate evil. But he knows that nothing great comes without sacrifice. Blessed by the very gods who have abandoned him and carrying the fate of all the worlds on his shoulders, Chase Williams is about find out just how much one man can endure.


Exiled (Protector, #1) is FREE! 



M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer, and author of Exiled, the first installment in The Protector Series. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he's usually found at the computer, between a pair of headphones and in front of a large bowl of cereal.
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So, lovemuffins of mine, there you go. This is today's fabulous and gorgeous post. This cover is easily my favorite of the series, you know.

Lovelovelove,

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