*Blog Tour Review* The Sowing (The Seeds #1) – K. Makansi

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The Sowing by K. Makansi
Publication date: August 19th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

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Synopsis:

Remy Alexander was born into the elite meritocracy of the Okarian Sector. From an early age, she and her friends were programmed for intellectual and physical superiority through specialized dietary regimes administered by the Okarian Agricultural Consortium. But when her older sister Tai was murdered in a brutal classroom massacre, her parents began to suspect foul play. They fled the Sector, taking their surviving daughter underground to join the nascent Resistance movement. But now, three years later, Remy’s former schoolgirl crush, Valerian Orleán, is put in charge of hunting and destroying the Resistance. As Remy and her friends race to unravel the mystery behind her sister’s murder, Vale is haunted by the memory of his friendship with Remy and is determined to find out why she disappeared. As the Resistance begins to fight back against the Sector, and Vale and Remy search for the answers to their own questions, the two are set on a collision course that could bring everyone together—or tear everything apart.

My Review: 3.5 Stars out of 5 ***

First off I have to say the idea for this story is excellent. It’s a different take on a post apocalyptic world that I think actually has you thinking. DNA, in particular seed DNA.

It starts off really strong, Tai, a young student in class, bored off her brain, waiting for it to end so she can go to dinner with her love Eli (the class technician) is brutally murdered, along with everyone else in her class as well as the professor.

So I smiled to myself and settled in for what I hoped was a story that would grip me as much as Hunger Games did, well it was promised. The story then jumps a few years on and centers around Remy, Tai’s younger sister and Vale, the son of the ruler of Okaria. The book is split into chapters between Vale and Remy and gives their point of view.

Remy and her parents have fled the city, knowing there was a cover up in the investigation of Tai’s death. They are now with the Resistance, along with Elis, Soren and a whole bunch of others who have fled the city. Vale has graduated and has now become a leader in a unit that is to bring in and question Eli and his bunch of Resistance renegades. He also is in love with Remy as is Remy with him.

The story flowed well enough, what I struggled with a little was how Remy and Vale could have such a deep connection when they’d little short had shared one kiss previously. I also struggled with the depth of character, it just didn’t seem to go deep enough. However that said the story was very good. Eli had kept a strange set of DNA that the now murdered Professor Hawthorne had been working on. It seemed to be one thing but no matter how hard they tried to solve its riddle they just couldn’t.

It was to be the key to not only the murder, but also life itself.

Out on a mission, the Resistance gets caught and instead of Vale capturing Eli he gets Remy and Soren instead. This is where the story starts to heat up (and as I’ve told you plenty) I will back off on story details.

What worked well for me was the nail biting journey Remy and Soren went on after they were captured. It was brutal, heart wrenching and very good. I loved the buddy romance between them, especially as they seemed to have a little hate and indifference going on in the beginning.

I liked Vale and his will to not just accept things at face value. What I had some problems with was, again the depth. I felt it lacked just a little further exploration of some of the scenes. Sometimes we were onto a winner, sometimes it felt it fell short. Then I found out it was written by a mother/daughter team and wondered if that was the reason.

No matter, overall it was good. I’d recommend it to all Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic lovers out there. Do I want to read the next one, The Reaping? You betcha.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18344121-the-sowing?ac=1

Purchase:

–Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Sowing-ebook/dp/B00DYIUX9I/
–B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-sowing-k-makansi/1116524405?ean=9780989867115

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AUTHOR BIO:

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K. Makansi is the pen name for the writing triumvirate consisting of Amira, Elena, and Kristina Makansi. Two sisters and their mother, the three women developed a passionate interest in science fiction as a way to write about issues of food sovereignty and food justice. Elena is pursuing a degree in environmental studies at Oberlin College in Ohio, and will graduate in May of 2014. Amira was a history student at the University of Chicago whose day job working in the cellar of a winery (and constantly being splattered with wine) keeps her busy when she’s not writing. And Kristy owns and operates Blank Slate Press, an independent publishing company based out of St. Louis, and is a partner at Treehouse Publishing Group, a company providing editorial and design services to aspiring authors. When not writing or reading, the three can be found having animated discussions around the dinner table, sharing a good bottle of wine, or taking long walks in the park eagerly plotting out their next book.

Author Links:

http://theseedstrilogy.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7173640.K_Makansi
https://www.facebook.com/TheSeedsTrilogy
https://twitter.com/akmakansi

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*Review* Ignite Me (Shatter Me) – Tahereh Mafi

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Synopsis:

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.

My Review: 6 Stars out of 5!! ******

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I can’t deal….

I can’t have the end, the last we will read of Juliette and Warner’s story…

I am pouting, stamping my feet and in denial this is truly the end.

I had put Ignite Me to the back burner while I caught up on other books I had bought and shoved aside. I now am certain I made a good decision to wait, why? Was it that bad, was it an ugly conclusion to a wonderful story?

NO…..it was so bloody brilliant, I was taken on the ride of my life. I was like ‘woah’, then ‘eeeek’ then holding my breath, then on the edge of my seat…..then at the end I was face planted. The residual effect of reading the best damn book this year so far, and it’s story coming to an end. I need to find me the nearest SMA group so I can meet with like minded addicts (Shatter Me Anonymous)

I need to find me a Warner, a Kenji and yes even a Juliette (I developed such a girl crush on her but shoosh, don’t say anything)

The ride Ms Mafi takes us on in this book is truly amazing (I will try to keep the review as spoiler free as I can). The growth of Juliette is a delight to read, no more ‘cry baby cry, please someone protect me’ No, she grows some balls, she gets to grip with her ‘affliction’

She becomes badass bitch on the hunt for Anderson.

Adam, oh Adam! His ride was a little more of a spiral off the ledge. That journey when your world falls apart and the bitter monster inside you takes over your blood and reeks havoc.

Kenji….come to Momma Kenji. He is, and will always remain the best book friend I dream of having in real life.

Then there is Warner, I left him until last because seriously, can I have you please. Just for the day, an hour. Okay, I’ll take a minute if it’s going spare. He is an ocean of contradictions, a sea of hidden depths and secrets. I was rooting for him all along, well maybe since book two.

There is a scene, its his mother’s birthday and, well lets just say I had to put down my kindle and go to the bathroom to sob my eyes out. Then there his love for Juliette…..such devotion, such heart break and so endless. I wanting to drown in it, it was so palpable.

Then there was the ending, I have to say I hated it!! Not in a bad way, Ms Mafi has her reasons for having the story end where it did, but no matter how many times I read it, it felt like it wasn’t the end rather than a beginning of more….

A girl can dream. This was utterly fantastic, I’m a void of nothingness now. But I’m happy. Thank you Ms Mafi for a wonderful ride…..Now can we make the movie please?

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Blog Tour Review* Shattered Veil (Diatous Wars # 1) – Tracy E. Banghart

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Synopsis:

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When everything that defines you is stripped away, who do you become?

Selection

War has come to Atalanta, infecting its quiet villages and lush woodlands, igniting whispered worries in its glittering capitol.
All across the dominion, young men are being Selected for Military and sent to the front lines…and eighteen-year-old Aris Haan’s childhood sweetheart is one of them.

Secrets

Pyralis Nekkos, Atalanta’s leader, has kept the truth from his people, that their dominion will fall…and much sooner than anyone could guess.
Galena Vadim, his reluctant ally, wishes she could forget their shared past…until her future seems to depend on it.

Sacrifice

And for the boy she loves, Aris, a talented wingjet pilot, will give up everything – her home, her name, even her face…
…only to become the key to her dominion’s survival.

My Review: 5 out of 5 Stars*****

I seriously don’t know where to start with this review. I’ve so many feelings and emotions going through my head. Suffice to say, this book is brilliant. It has a wonderful underlying back story about what our military and their families endure through the separation of war.

The story starts off a little slow, Aris is eighteen and about to go through the selection process of where she will be for the rest of her life. She will then be promised to Calix and life will be wonderful. Only that is thrown on its head, a strange encounter with a flyer from the military has her world spun on its head.

I said the story was slow, however it gives the author the chance to do a lot of world building and character development. I had mixed feelings about Aris at first, she seemed a little petulant. I was wrong about her, she is one of the strongest heroines I’ve read in a long time. I grew to realize that not ever kick ass female has to be like that from the get go, maybe, through the strange turn of circumstances in our lives bring out strengths we didn’t even know we had.

So Aris follows Calix into the military, no mean feat since females were not allowed. She is hidden behind a veil that gives the illusion she is in fact Aristos, a man. I loved her growth as a person and a flyer. I loved the friendships she made, especially with Dysis another female.

Of course there was a bigger story here, the war between Atalanta and Safara. The side stories of Ward Nekkos and Ward Vadim of Ruslana were great. There was twists and turns, sub plots to scupper plots. It was all very well thought out and just bloody magic.

I was saddened by the sad reality war changes us, it sometimes makes us into people our loved ones don’t recognize. But it did open it up to a bigger story, loving Major Vidar. I truly didn’t see any of that coming, like wowzer. It was all there in plain sight too. Brilliant writing from Ms Banghart.

The ending, lets just say I was crippled, I actually shed tears. I wanted something to happen so badly I could feel it. It didn’t…..but there is always book 2 right? Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18621479-shattered-veil?ac=1

Purchase:

–Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Shattered-Veil-Tracy-E-Banghart/dp/0989037347/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393258363&sr=8-1&keywords=shattered+veil+tracy
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AUTHOR BIO

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Tracy E. Banghart is a cheesy movie–loving, fantasy football–playing (go Ravens!), globe-trotting Army wife who began “practicing” her craft at the age of five, when she wrote her first story. She loves visiting the international friends she met while pursuing her MA in Publishing and spends a portion of every summer at her family’s cabin in Canada, where she finds inspiration and lots of time to relax on the dock. She lives with her husband, son, two lazy dogs and one ornery cat. When not writing or spending time with her family, she is on a mission to bake the perfect cupcake.

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*Review* Into The Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) – Veronica Rossi

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Synopsis:

The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi’s “masterpiece” Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Times bestselling Through the Ever Night (Examiner.com).

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

My Review: 5 out of 5 Stars*****

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Ahhhhhhh, *SIGH* They are back….

And boy are they back. Aria is injured, Perry is brooding and Roar, well Roar is hurting more than anyone can ever know.

The Tides are in a cave, the dwellers they saved are scared and hiding away and Cinder has been kidnapped. Ro say all is not good would be a vast understatement!! To top that the Aether sky has now got red flowing through it, a sure sign that the end is near.

Perry knows he has to rescue Cinder, he is the key to getting them through the Aether to the Still Blue, he is also their friend. They also need hovers. Hess and Sable have them all. So hatching a plan Perry, Aria, Roar, Jupitar, Soren and Brooke set out to rescue Cinder and steal a few hovers.

Should be easy, right? WRONG, Soren can’t keep to the plan, Roar can’t overcome his grief and need to avenge Liv and nobody is doing what they are supposed to be doing. What happens when they all fail miserably is a rip roaring, action packed sequence of events that will have you glued to your seats.

There is madness, murder, mayhem and double crossings to end all double crossings. There is resentment, guilt and soul searching and then there is Aria and Perry. I love, love, love this love story. It’s easy and deep, sweet and enduring. Non of the angst seen in other love stories. Non of the heart tearing strife between them because they are at the end of the world and the tension gets them. They work together, with each other and one cannot exist without the other.

I loved the bringing together of Roar and Perry, I hated (yet loved all at the same time) Perry’s devotion to Cinder. I loved the development of Soren and I loved this story. It was smooth and easy to read. It had everything an ending should have. There were times I held my breath, I was banking on Veronica not doing anything too dirty. But I was happy about Hess and Sable and Kirra.

I’m sad that it’s the end but warmed by how it finished. Now can we have a novella about Roar? One that sees him become whole again PLEASE?!

*Review* The Woodlands – Lauren Nicolle Taylor

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Synopsis:

Rosa never thought she’d make it to sixteen…

When being unique puts you in danger and speaking your mind can be punishable by death, you might find yourself fighting to survive. Sixteen-year-old Rosa lives in one of the eight enclosed cities of The Woodlands. Where the lone survivors of a devastating race war have settled in the Russian wilderness because it’s the only scrap of land left habitable on the planet. In these circular cities, everyone must abide by the law or face harsh punishment. Rosa’s inability to conform and obey the rules brands her a leper and no one wants to be within two feet of her, until she meets Joseph. He’s blonde, fair-skinned, green-eyed, and the laid-back complete opposite of Rosa. She’s never met anyone quite like him, and she knows that spells danger.

But differences weren’t always a bad thing. People used to think being unique was one of the most treasured of traits to have. Now, the Superiors, who ruthlessly control the concrete cities with an iron fist, are obsessed with creating a ‘raceless’ race. They are convinced this is the only way to avoid another war. Any anomalies must be destroyed.

The Superiors are unstoppable and can do anything they want. After all, they are considered superheroes by the general public. But not everyone sees them this way. When they continue to abuse their power by collecting young girls for use in their secret, high-tech breeding program, they have no idea that one of those girls has somehow managed to make friends even she didn’t know she had. And one man will stop at nothing to save her.

My Review: 2 out of 5 Stars Read: 1/4/2014

I picked up this book when it was offered free on Amazon. (As of today it still is) The premise sounded so good and I was so excited. It was related to a book that if you liked Hunger Games this would be a alternate to that. It wasn’t the story for me, I struggled with most of it yet determinedly I managed to get to the end hoping it would grip me. It didn’t.

Having said that it has many great reviews, it appeals to many people. It just wasn’t ‘talking’ to me. What I struggled with was Rosa, she was an extremely angry young woman who liked to break all the rules. That in itself should’ve endeared me (I like feisty heroines in post apocalyptic worlds) I just felt she brought most of her misery on herself.

She meets Joseph, a boy at 18 was on the brink of being sent to The Classes, this would be where he would find out what he would be training for in his adult life. I liked Joseph, I just didn’t buy his relationship with the surly, young Rosa.

Rosa, whose mother was now pregnant had to make a choice to leave immediately to go to The Classes or to stay with her weak mother and harsh step father until the baby was born. Getting rejected by Joseph she abruptly makes the decision to leave when he does.

Just when I felt the story was settling down into a good rhythm it takes a rather shocking, and surprising turn. Another thing I didn’t connect with. Rosa, now settled into her construction class and doing well has an alarming turn of events (Joseph is nowhere in the picture). She shouts out against an action (something you must not do to the Superiors) and is terrifyingly dealt with.

She wakes with a whole host of shocking problems.

Don’t get me wrong. I like my Dystopian to show the real violence a post apocalyptic world has, I know its no picnic. However, I felt the story didn’t flow as it could’ve. I wanted to know more about her real father, Joseph had news of him. I wanted answers to how and why she managed in the whole system to be pregnant with Joseph’s baby, how he could’ve been looking for her all that time when he’s rejected her.

There was a lot of unfinished story to it. I couldn’t connect to their love story. Rosa was so angry all the time, and most of all I couldn’t quite buy her bonding with Clara’s baby Hessa yet called her own baby “The Leech” it was a little disjointed for me and not in any realm similar to Hunger Games.

I will say though, it may not be the story for me but again it has a lot of positive reviews. You may love it. I just couldn’t gel with it.

*Blog Tour Review* Destiny Gift & Soul Oath (Everlast #1&2) – Juliana Haygert

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WOW, today I am doing 2 reviews for this wonderful blog tour hosted by the awesome Xpresso Book Tours. The first review is for Destiny Gift (Everlast #1) & the second if for Soul Oath (Everlast #2) by Juliana Haygert.

Destiny Gift

Synopsis:

Thirty years in the future, a sinister New York City exists in permanent darkness.

A student at the secured NYU, nineteen-year-old Nadine has visions of Victor Gianni, an imaginary guy she has real feelings for. Afraid of being truly insane, she explains the visions away as simple daydreams, but she can no longer deny them when she bumps into Victor in real life. But this Victor doesn’t know her, and turns her away. After the encounter, Nadine’s visions change to those of eerie fates, gods she’s never heard of, demons with sharp claws they are not too timid to use … and instructions.

To discover if she’s losing her mind, Nadine follows the vague directions—with the real, rude and reluctant Victor—leading to a man who knows it all: Nadine can restore an ancient creed by unveiling the clues on her visions, and bring sunlight and peace to the world again. But that’s only if the demons and the other evil forces behind the darkness don’t stop her first.

My Review 4 out of 5 Stars****

The book starts off with Nadine, living in a dark world 30 years in the future. The world is a very dangerous place to live which we discover early on. Nadine is having visions, they are of Victor and she is in love with Victor almost to the detriment of a real life with a real man.

I found the first half of the book to be slow and at times I was a little confused on some of the continuity. There were terrible bats waiting in the wings to attack but Nadine lived in a secure building and her school was also secured by a high wall. Why didn’t they just fly over if they wanted her that much?

Despite it’s slow beginning I did like Nadine, and her friends Raisa and Olivia.On the one night she agrees to go to a party with them she is attacked by the mutinous bats only to be saved by a handsome stranger who can seemingly frighten them away. This is where the story turned for me and I became engrossed.

Nadine doesn’t share her visions with anyone, not even her other best friend Cheryl for fear of being committed for insanity. This I believe worked well for the story as a whole. So, the impossibly good looking Micah saves her, and when he touches her they are both jolted by a surge of coldness.

Victor disappears from her visions and they are now replaced with visions of Gods and Goddesses. On the urging of Cheryl, Nadine applies to be a medical intern and a trip to drop off her resume results in her bumping into real, live Victor. Only it isn’t him, or is it? This Victor is cold and distant and when she touches him she gets the same jolt she gets with Micah, only this time it’s warmth she feels.

The story unfolds, the gods have killed other gods, towns are being destroyed and Cheryl is MIA. Micah has to leave and Nadine, despite her better judgement is getting a little closer to the thorny Victor. One night changes everything and Victor, Micah and Nadine have to flee for their lives.

This is where is gets super good. The story unfolding has action, horror, demons, bats and double crossing to end all double crossing. I didn’t know which way was up and it was a thrill ride. What I loved about this book was it’s dystopian feel of a post apocalyptic world with a non too shameful love triangle. The action is fast and furious once the story gets in full swing and while I guessed some of the story, there were somethings that shocked me.

If you are a lover of New Adult, Dystopian love stories this is a must. What confused me in the beginning was explained by the end. I liked liked it very much. I also had a smile on my face that it didn’t end in one of those ‘I can’t wait a year to find out’ endings, rather it left you satisfied but with questions that you know will be (hopefully) answered in the next story. I couldn’t wait to read Soul Oath….

Soul Oath

Synopsis:

Sequel of Destiny Gift (Everlast #1) – contains spoilers:

It’s been three months since Nadine last heard from Victor, Micah or Ceris, allowing her to concentrate on her own life. But until Victor and Micah find the scepters that will restore them as true gods, their human bodies will require her healing touch and it’s only a matter of time until they wreak havoc on her life again.

As if to prove that, Victor shows up at the hospital dragging along with him a swarm of demons. Nadine is forced to flee to safety. Despite her attempts to keep her loved ones protected, the demons find her, and they bring her to Imha, the goddess of Chaos.

Now, confronted by her greatest fear, Nadine finds a new motivation. Vengeance. And when seeking revenge, no risk is too great, including her own life.

My Review: 5 out of 5 Stars *****

Thankfully I got this only a few days after reading Destiny Gift & I started it straight away. Earlier I said that Destiny Gift had started a little slow, I also said I felt there were some slightly confusing parts to the story line. DON’T fear in this one.

The story picks up 3 months after Nadine last saw Micah, Ceris and Victor. She is back in New York, back to her job and school yet the action picks up right from the get go. Holy demonic bats, they were raining from the sky. The school is attacked, Nadine & Raisa find themselves on the run to try and get out of the city.

They are coupled with a cop and Keisha, a girl who looks after an ancient weapons exhibit. The fight to get out of the city is intense and fraught with danger, yet somehow Keisha turns into a ninja badass, kung fu kicking chick.

Micah appears and does all he can to get them out of there. Omni is on their trail.

Once free of the city Raisa, Keisha and Nadine go their separate ways and Nadine goes home to her family. Hurt and confused by the actions of Ceris, Victor and Micah she knows she is on borrowed time. One small contact from Victor and all hell breaks loose (literally) and Holy Moly gods of hell she is chased, hunted and all alone.

The next few chapters were hard to read (no spoilers!) suffice to say what happens to Nadine is beyond what any human should have to tolerate. What I loved about this book, and I do believe Juliana wrote with much deeper emotion was what Nadine endured brought out the roller coaster range of feelings you would have if you witnessed the horror Nadine had.

Her pain and suffering was palpable and so believable and when she finally got Micah to agree to the Soul Oath you just knew Nadine was on a one way path to hell.

On a lighter note, though I thoroughly enjoyed to shameless love triangle in the first book, I’m glad it didn’t go on through the 2nd. Micah, is delicious, divine, sexy and oh so confusing and his interaction and flirtatious manner with Nadine was like slowly devouring chocolate, sinfully sweet.

As with the first there were demons and bats and gods, Oh my! Double crossings, evil plots twists and Death Lords. I couldn’t count the number of times I felt I was on the top of a large roller coaster anticipating the drop, but when I did the whole wonderful story took my breath away.

Again, as with the first there was no cliff hanger ending. I’m fan girling Juliana for that BUT you know there is more to come. I hope Micah and Nadine can work out their ‘differences’ and get it on, but there is a small matter of a soul oath to get past. (What he did for her birthday at the Lake of life had me swooning, and had him added to my book boyfriend list) I’M LOVING THIS SERIES.

Can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment Cup of Life (0.5) which is a novella told from Micah’s POV…..it’s out in January and it will keep me going until Everlast #3 comes out 🙂