Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Where the Stars Still Shine


Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Pages: 308
Keywords: family, coming-of-age, secrets
Format Read: ARC via NetGalley


Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.

I had heard excellent things about this over the summer, and saw a lot of hype for it on some blogs I definitely trust to recommend things, so I finally clicked on the title and gave it a go this week. And I'm so glad I did.

The story begins with Callie asleep (or trying to be asleep) on the cheap sofa while her mom brings home a really sketchy dude. Again. So she sneaks out, he comes to find her, her mom gets pissed, and they pack up — again. As they're leaving, a police officer pulls them over and arrests her — FOR KIDNAPPING. This is like the first 20 pages. Holy crap.

So immediately I was like, um WHAT? That's a huge secret that was revealed really quickly, so where is the story going to go next? Her dad has this Airstream camper in the backyard she gets to live in, and she is quickly overwhelmed by a ton of Greek family members ready to throw her back in her old life as quickly as possible. On top of it, she meets this guy that's tan and Greek and gorgeous.

I loved how realistic Callie's personal struggle was — she was constantly torn between her mom and her dad, wanting to have a stable life finally but feeling like she was letting her mom down for settling so quickly. She also battled her own past, hiding some dark secrets from everyone, even her mom, and dealing with those when they are brought to light. Though I was frustrated sometimes (I just wanted to shake her and say, "They love you! Stop being dumb!") I totally understood her confusion and thought that made her much more dynamic of a character.

Another aspect I really admired Doller for tackling was the love-scenario. Most YA kind of accepts that it's going to be a see-them-once-fall-in-love sort of deal. This one was not, but it wasn't like they became best friends first either. It was a very believable, self-driven pursuit, and it was so refreshing to see a female character take charge of what she wanted out of things. So unexpected and delightful.

And on the last note — the cover is so pretty! It fits very well, and I just can't stop looking at it. Though I read this on NetGalley, I really might actually go buy the book because it's so pretty and I want it sitting on my shelf.

Read When: You're looking for a coastal escape but need realistic people and plot lines. Also a good fall book because Christmas happens in there, too. :)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Creepy Book Covers

This is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish!

This week's top ten is scary book covers, but I'm going to just do Halloween-y, creepy, something that looks October-y book covers. And I have not read them all. So I need people to tell me if they're good (that's you guys!)!


1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs — Anything with a creepy child, especially a creepy girl, is going to scare the bejeezus out of me. Which is why I haven't read this yet. I've heard it's really great, so I'll just have to stake out some daytime period I can read this because no way in hell am I reading it at night.

2. Amber House by Kelly Moore — This is one I got in the mail over the summer, and the cover is STUNNING. The title barely appears, and is embossed with some sort of clear gloss, so you can only see it in the right light. It's like it appears and disappears. And there are specks of it, too in the bushes, so everything kind of shimmers.

3. Possess by Gretchen McNeil — I got this book like, a year ago to review, but honestly, the cover terrifies me, so I'm a baby and keep avoiding it. Maybe I'll tackle it soon, though.


4. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff — I've actually reviewed this one. The cover? A baby carriage with scissors and knives and sharp objects hanging over it. And the book is shimmery, which gives this creepy moonlight effect. And the book is just as creepy as the cover.

5. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder — This one isn't overtly creepy, but the story seems to be, and my copy is SIGNED! which is awesome, but she's put this creepy message inside that has to do with the book (can't remember what it is, and I haven't got it with me now), and it sends chills up my spine every time I look at it.

6. Possessions by Nancy Holder — OMG JUST LOOK AT HOW TERRIFYING THIS IS.


7. Firespell by Chloe Neill — This is also one I've had for a while and never picked up, but it looks really good. It's a creepy boarding school tale.

8. The Named by Marianne Curley — I've never read this series, but they look really good, and I think I actually checked them out of the library once, but never got around to them. Dark forest and weird logo mark? I'm there.

9. Swoon by Nina Malkin — Again, had this one for a while. I'm not sure why I've never picked it up, but my best friend borrowed it and loved it, so maybe this will be a thing I give a go soon.

What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Have you read any of these? Let me know and link up to your lists!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pretty Dark Nothing

Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather Reid
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Month9Books
Pages: 321
Keywords: demons, telepathy, high school
Format Read: ARC via NetGalley

It’s been twenty three days since Quinn has slept for more than minutes at a time. Demons have invaded her dreams, stalking her, and whispering of her death. The lack of sleep and crippling fear are ruining her life. Energy drinks and caffeine pills don’t make a dent. When Quinn dozes off in the school hallway, Aaron, an amnesiac with a psychic ability, accidentally enters her nightmare. The demons are determined to keep them apart, and Aaron from discovering the secret locked away in his memory. Together, they could banish the darkness back to the underworld for good. That is, unless the demons kill them first.


I'm going to be honest guys. I did not finish this book. There were many things I had problems with, so I'm going to take this in stages:

The style: The descriptions were overkill. Like, I found myself wondering if they were just there to make the book longer or take up space. Like there was one point when every single detail of her morning makeup routine took about 4 pages on my Kindle. And I have my typeface very small. It was just extremely unnecessary, and I got bored very quickly, making the story harder to get through.
The dialogue was very unbelievable. No one talked like they did ever. Ever ever. I cringed at a lot of it.

The plot: First, there were a lot of inconsistencies. Maybe I was reading it wrong, but there were times the girls would mention Quinn's ex and say it'd been six weeks they dated and he said he'd call during that time, but then later it said something about years? I was just very confused.
Also, the main plot of what I thought it was going to be was actually kind of pushed to the side by a lot of high school drama that seemed to me more like middle school drama. It was ridiculous. The mean girl was way too over the top, the characters were all drooling over one another even though they'd never spoken before. I wanted more of the demon shadow stuff because that was actually cool, but it never seemed to be a main point of the book.

The characters:
Oh. My. God. Aaron, the guy who we're supposed to like. He writes this seriously creepy horrible poems, and I just can't get into him because he's mad at Quinn all the time for not talking to him, but he's never spoken to her so she doesn't know who he is.... see a problem?
Quinn was annoying, too. Really. Way too obsessed with her ex. Move on, dear.

Read When: well, honestly, I wouldn't. I didn't finish, and I'm deleting it from my Kindle immediately.

Friday, October 25, 2013

First Line Friday: Two Lies and a Spy


Welcome to First Line Friday, where I feature the first line of a book and its information to get you interested in reading whatever the book may be!
This week is:

Two Lies and a Spy by Kat Carlton
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 256

First Line:
"Can u pick up milk on ur way home? It's not the kind of text that would make most people climb out of a bathroom window."

When sixteen-year-old Kari's dad sends her an unexpected text, she and her brother immediately go into hiding. Because when your parents are superspies and your dad declares a Code Black, it can only mean something bad. Very bad.
Kari soon discovers that her parents have been disavowed and declared traitors, and she's determined to clear their names. Breaking into the Agency seems like a reasonable plan, especially with the help of a team that includes her longtime crush, Luke, as well as her two best friends — an expert hacker with attitude and a master martial artist — and Luke's popular, vindictive twin sister. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pretty Dark Nothing: Blog Tour

Welcome to today's Blog Tour for Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather Reid. 

Below you will find all kinds of things like the book's info, a summary, an excerpt, and YES, a CONTEST to win a copy for yourself! I have not finished it quite yet, so my review will be up later, so keep checking back for that!

Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather Reid
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Month9Books
Pages: 321
Keywords: demons, telepathy, high school

It’s been twenty three days since Quinn has slept for more than minutes at a time. Demons have invaded her dreams, stalking her, and whispering of her death. The lack of sleep and crippling fear are ruining her life. Energy drinks and caffeine pills don’t make a dent. When Quinn dozes off in the school hallway, Aaron, an amnesiac with a psychic ability, accidentally enters her nightmare. The demons are determined to keep them apart, and Aaron from discovering the secret locked away in his memory. Together, they could banish the darkness back to the underworld for good. That is, unless the demons kill them first.



And, as with most blog tours, there is a CONTEST! Look at the things you can win!


And now for an excerpt from the book (and this is actually the very beginning of the book):

     "Quinn hadn’t slept a full night in twenty-three days. She couldn’t. Not with them waiting on the dream side. Shadows lingered in the corners—unhindered by the burning lights—waiting for her to grow careless. She yawned, eyes welling up in an attempt to wash away the boulders that lived beneath the lids. Pressing the headphones against her ears, she upped the volume as high as it would go and let Metal Mania Six shriek her awake. On the offbeat, she banged her head against the antique headboard, a quick pinch of pain to ensure she hadn’t nodded off.

     She checked the clock on the bedside table for the thousandth time willing it to race through the remaining minutes until morning. Six thirty. Half an hour until sunrise. She wasn’t sure she could last that long. Maybe she should rest her eyes, but not long enough to fall asleep. Metal Mania Six wailed a warning as her eyes flickered and shut. The rocking slowed, and then stopped. Quinn slumped to one side.

     A creeping cold inched its way across her exposed skin, dotting her flesh with goose bumps. Something dark and sinister pushed against the dead weight of her sleeping body from the other side of the headboard. The wood shuddered and groaned as something evil reached out, searching for the portal that would open with a deep sleep. Quinn’s breath quickened with the thought of what was coming, but it was too late. She was helpless, already suspended in a state of torpor between waking and dreaming and no energy left to fight.
It only took a second for the veil between reality and nightmare to rip. Tendrils of fog splintered through the headboard and coiled around her neck. She screamed, the music screamed. The noose pulled tight, digging into her windpipe, cutting her cry short. She clawed at her throat as the tendrils snaked across her neck and mouth. Whips of fog were everywhere at once, twining around her body, binding her inch-by-inch with living rope. She kicked and flailed, but the fog entombed her. Dragging Quinn through the splintered void, the fog suspended her in its web across the black abyss of the tunnel below, until, one by one, the tendrils unravelled and dissipated into the walls, leaving gravity to pull her into a long, terrifying free fall. She twisted and tumbled as she fell, hoping this time would be different, that her fingers would find something to stop the descent. But they grasped only air, and the ground rushed to meet her. Within seconds, she hit the cold, hard earth, knocking the wind out of her. She gasped. The familiar smell of damp and decay warned of where the darkness had taken her.

     She stumbled to her feet. Enormous trees stood sentry around a small clearing, their gnarled and twisted trunks mirroring the feeling inside her stomach. Broken patterns of moonlight illuminated a narrow trail across the clearing. Dry leaves littered the forest floor; their brittle veins crunched under her black leather boots as she inched toward the path.
She tried to stay quiet, but her breath came in sharp spasms. Heart hammering against her chest, she glanced over her shoulder, searching for them. They were always there. Perspiration trickled down the small of her back, and she shivered as heavy fog weaved through the maze of trees, devouring the trunks until it blocked the way out. Panic moved from her stomach to feet as she backed into a sturdy oak, its rough bark catching at a strand of long hair.

     The dark ring of fog surrounded her, moonlight eerily absorbed by its gray green mist. Something cold and damp brushed her leg. It felt like a human hand, a dead human hand, the moistness of its earthen grave still clung to its rotting flesh. Bile rose in her throat, and she swallowed hard to keep from vomiting. She shuddered as the corporal mist found her palm, inched its way between fingers, and seized both of her wrists, binding them together. Jerking away from the smoke’s grasp only succeeded in it tightening the grip of living rope until pain danced across every nerve.

     Before she could blink, two new wraith vines shot from the darkness, grabbing her legs and slamming her to the forest floor. She clawed at the ground as the tendrils dragged her into the fog. Dirt lodged under her fingernails. The earthy decay, disturbed from its winter slumber, filled her nostrils.
     “We’re coming for you, Quinn,” the fog hissed.
     Earth to earth. The image of her parents throwing a handful of dirt over her coffin as it was lowered into the ground came unbidden to her mind. Tears slid from her eyes. She didn’t want to die.
     More tendrils slithered toward her, swirling and changing into dozens of dark shadow masses. They crowded around, their bodies blacker than the surrounding night.
     “You can’t get away. He doesn’t protect you anymore.” The dark shadows reached for her.      “There’s no escape, Quinn. Earth to earth. Everyone dies. Some sooner than others.”"

Have to have more info about the book? Go add it to your Goodreads shelf, head over to the main tour schedule, or check out Heather's own website!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Character Names

This is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish.

This week is all about character names, and those that are unique or that I love. Without further ado, here we go!

1. Barbie — Under the Dome by Stephen King — I feel like this book crops up in a ton of lists, but it's just so great. Also, this name is fantastic. It just suits his (yes, it's a he. He's an ex-military person who has a whole lot of mysteries in his past) character so well, and the way all the junior deputies that eventually get hired can drawl his name out like they do makes it so creepy and wonderful. 

2. Lemon — Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia — I just finished this book recently (and really enjoyed it), and the main character's name is Lemon. She is named after the kind of paint her mom liked to use that month, and that particular month was Lemon, which I just adore.

3. Cinna The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins — Really, I love all the names in this book. They are just strange enough to fit in a dystopian society, but not so strange that I can't pronounce them or figure out who is who. But Cinna is my favorite. It is so perfect for who he is and what he does. (I also really love the names Gale and Prim). 

4. Hadley Life's a Witch by Brittany Geragotelis — I really can't explain this one, just really like this name, and a lot of the people in the book call her "Had" for short.

5. Hermione — Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling — I'll always have a soft spot for Hermione. 

I never really make it to ten, so I'll stop at a nice 5. What are your favorites?

Monday, October 21, 2013

Life's a Witch

Life's a Witch by Brittany Geragotelis
Publication Date: July 9, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 320
Keywords: magic, war, salem witch trials
Previous Books Read by author: What the Spell
Format Read: Hardcover from publisher in exchange for honest review (thank you!)


Hadley Bishop, Astor High clique queen, has recurring nightmares about ancestor Bridget Bishop, hung at Salem 1692, who spoke telepathically to her daughter. The same evil Reverend Samuel Parris who led the betrayal of Bridget kidnaps Hadley's mother. With other teen witches comes a war that will change their magical world forever.



I really enjoyed What the Spell, the first book in the series. If you haven't read that one, read no further, because there will be a few (non-serious, but still there) spoilers.

Hadley's character was difficult to deal with. She was a cheerleader, obsessed with the latest clothes, and pretentiously powerful. She did not like to go to her coven's meetings because she found them non-useful and she was better than the rest of the others anyway. But when the parents disappear and the teens have to bond together, she makes sure she's wearing stilettos and the latest fashion to head out and save everything. Um, okay?

She also didn't have faith in a lot of people in her coven. Which, I mean, at first, she should have. She'd grown up with them, and she made a lot of annoying assumptions about people in the group before she had even spoken to them at all, and she was sure they were evil. Please.

Okay, so let's talk about the GLARING error here. This is the sequel (this is where you folks who haven't read the first one should stop), and in the first one, Brooklyn comes into her powers and has a super great relationship with Asher and his sister. At the end of the book, they are still going strong. SO.... WHAT IS HAPPENING? Asher shows up in this one, no mention of Brooklyn, and is suddenly in love with Hadley? Drama queen, cheerleading Hadley? Brooklyn was so cool, and he liked her before she made herself all pretty, and she was so interesting and had a great relationship with his sister. So this part made me super angry and confused. I just could not endorse this relationship. ERGH.

It was also way too fast. I mean, I get that YA books like to go super quickly with this romance. But it was like, "oooh, I see you staring at me from your porch." Next day, "Yes, come into my abandoned house because my mom's disappeared." Next day, "OMG let's make out I LOVE YOU." .... Very strange and dumb.

I really enjoyed the first one, so this one kind of blew me away at how much I had problems with. It wasn't totally horrible, I was still interested in how it would resolve, and I pretty much guessed what was happening through the whole thing, but I was just really upset that I didn't enjoy this like I thought I would.

Read when: You've read the first one and are dying for some more. If you only thought the first was only okay, you can skip this one. It's not for you.

Friday, October 18, 2013

First Line Friday: Where Things Come Back

Welcome to First Line Friday, where I feature the first line of a book and its information to get you interested in reading whatever the book may be!
This week is:

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Atheneum Books
Pages: 228

First Line:
"I was seventeen years old when I saw my first dead body."

Summary: In the summer before Cullen's senior year, a nominally-depressed birdwatcher named John Barling thinks he spots a species of woodpecker thought to be extinct since the 1940s in Lily, Arkansas. His rediscovery of the so-called Lazarus Woodpecker sparks a flurry of press and woodpecker-mania. Soon all the kids are getting woodpecker haircuts and everyone's eating "Lazarus burgers." But as absurd as the town's carnival atmosphere has become, nothing is more startling than the realization that Cullen's sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother Gabriel has suddenly and inexplicably disappeared.
While Cullen navigates his way through the summer of finding and losing love, holding his fragile family together, and muddling his way into adulthood, a young missionary in Africa, who has lost his faith, is searching for any semblance of meaning wherever he can find it.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I was Forced to Read

This lovely weekly deal is a lovely meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Hello, gang! It's been a while since I've done a Top Ten, but I've missed it, and this is a good one to get started in again — books I was forced to read. But instead of making this sad and about books high school made me hate, I'm going to pick ones I was forced to read and ended up adoring with all my heart!



1. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut — so my sophomore year in high school, I had this really great honors english teacher, and this is how we started the year. We had really old, beat up 70s copies, and the cover was atrocious. I just knew I was going to hate it. So wrong. It's now one of my all-time favorites, and I actually made myself want to re-read it again typing this.

2. Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare — I think this is a high school staple by now, but it's my favorite bard play, and I love how weird and whimsical it is.

3. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer — Holy crap, the Miller's Tale is my favorite. I had to read these in middle english my sophomore year of university, and it was a bitch to get through, but I was definitely caught laughing in public at the crude stories :)

4. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde — so I wasn't totally forced to read this one. My AP Composition class in high school made us write 3 essays a month on a book we chose from a list. This was one of mine. Seriously, the muffin banter and how they like their muffins buttered is the funniest scene in history.

5. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld — my best friend in high school and I used to read (well, we still do) non-stop, and we were always bringing piles of books to school to swap. She brought me this one, and it got me hooked on everything he's ever written. This is still one of the eeriest dystopias in my opinion.

6. Under the Dome by Stephen King — so this one makes the list a lot (I FINISHED THIS BOOK, FINALLY. GUYS, I'M SO ACCOMPLISHED). My brother basically threw this at me until I opened the page, and I'm so glad I did (EVEN THOUGH THE ENDING MADE ME WANT TO PUNCH STEPHEN KING IN THE THROAT). 

7. Maximum Ride by James Patterson — I was in a book club (the first-ever at the school) in 7th grade, and we met during geometry class (I got out of that! How cool?!). The leader made us read this to start, and my brother and I were hooked on the series since.

What about you all? What has someone made you read that you adored? (Or hated?)

Monday, October 14, 2013

HappyBookLovers on Instagram!

That's right! You read correctly! HappyBookLovers is getting with the times, and we're on Instagram now!

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fingerprints of You

Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 272
Keywords: pregnancy, road trip, self discovery
Format Read: Hardcover from publisher in exchange for honest review (thank you!)

Summary: Lemon grew up with Stella, a single mom who wasn't exactly maternal. Stella always had a drink in her hand and a new boyfriend every few months, and when things got out of hand, she would whisk Lemon off to a new town for a fresh beginning. Now, just as they are moving yet again, Lemon discovers that she is pregnant from a reckless encounter — with a guy Stella had been flirting with. 
On the verge of revisiting her mother's mistakes, Lemon struggles to cope with the idea of herself as a young unmarried mother, as well as the fact that she's never met her own father. Determined to have at least one big adventure before she has the baby, Lemon sets off on a cross-country road trip, intending not only to meet her father, but to figure out who she wants to be.

I've had this just sitting on my shelf for about a year, and I picked it up on a whim because of another blogger's choice to put it in their top ten books they read this year. I must say, it's not what I normally would have picked up, but it was a phenomenal book.

Lemon (fantastic name) was such an interesting character. She began by telling the reader when she lost her virginity, and that she wanted to pursue this guy at the tattoo parlor just because her mom had been flirting with him and she wanted to see if she could be with him. It was a great start to who she was. She grew up so much over the course of the novel, and I found myself surprised that I genuinely cared about her.

Emmy was her best friend, and she was equally wonderful — the popular girl in school who got bored with her normal lifestyle and befriended Lemon on a whim. The two took a road trip to California during their winter break to get out and be on their own, meeting a variety of people on the way and learning about why they were truly going.

Madonia's writing style was refreshing — we were inside Lemon's head as she narrated her story, and it was every bit believable as being inside a young pregnant teen's head. I loved the way she viewed others and the way she experienced the world. The book was just so impressively written, and I flew through it much faster than I thought I would. Highly recommended for its level of quality writing and unique story line and characters.

Read When: You need a teen on a journey of self-discovery with a different family lifestyle and some cool friends.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Skulk

Skulk by Rosie Best
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Pages: 387
Format Read: ARC from publisher in exchange for honest review (thank you!)
Keywords: shapeshifting, magic, graffiti

Summary: When Meg witnesses the dying moments of a shapeshifting fox and is given a beautiful and powerful stone, her life changes forever. She is plunged into the dark world of the Skulk, a group of shapeshifting foxes. As she learns about the other groups of shapeshifters that lurk around London — the Rabble, the Horde, the Cluster, and the Conspiracy — she becomes aware of a deadly threat against all the shapeshifters. They must put aside all their enmity and hostility and fight together to defeat it.

Smaller publishing houses make me nervous. Honestly, they do. Quite often, I get books from them that just aren't up to the same level as other things I read.
Strange Chemistry is different. This is the third book I've reviewed from them, and they are consistently putting out high quality books that wow me at every turn. They're the young adult (sci fi and fantasy focusing) imprint of Angry Robot, and I'm just so impressed!

Skulk started off intriguing with the main character (commenting about how her mother thinks she's too heavy at about a size 14, which I thought was GREAT! There aren't too many of these in young adult books recently) sneaking out to tag some stuff around the streets of London. Where she happens upon a dying man who gives her a weird stone, and she gets home and accidentally realizes she can shapeshift into a fox — whoops!

The cast of characters was superb — in addition to Meg we have a young pre-teen girl dealing with homelessness, a jewel thief, and a few other great people that help Meg out in learning about the shift. I also loved all the tiny details that were implanted sporadically throughout the book and would crop up again at a later date. They were wonderful and extremely surprising.

Best amazed me with her attention to detail in general explaining how the shift worked and what the shifters did with that power. Nothing left me questioning how anything worked (like when they shift, they lose their clothes, but instead of them just magically having clothing in some stories and movies, she actually has characters think about that and keep hiding places all over the city where they store extra cover-ups).

It was also full of action and surprising villains showing up all over the place. As soon as I thought they were safe for a few pages, something would turn around and change all that. It was also REALLY dark when it came to offing people. As in, not your normal crazy killing stuff. Super magic weird crazy killing. So be warned. It was awesome.

Read When: You need a high-paced, action-filled story with a little magic, a little rebellion, and a little romance.