Wednesday, August 27

Waiting on Wednesday

Stray (Untitled #1)
Elissa Sussman

Publisher: Greenwillow
To Be Released: October 7, 2014
Genre: YA - Fairytale Retelling
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From Goodreads:
Princess Aislynn knows all about the curse. Its magic is a part of her, like her awkward nose and thin fingers. It’s also something she can’t control. And girls who can’t control their abilities have a tendency to disappear. So for her own protection, Aislynn is sworn into the Order of Fairy Godmothers where she must spend the rest of her life chaste and devoted to serving another royal family.

Tasked with tending to the sweet, but sheltered Princess Linnea, Aislynn also finds a reluctant friend in the palace gardener, Thackery, who makes no secret of his disdain for her former life. The more time they spend together, though, the more she begins to doubt the rules she has observed so obediently. As Aislynn’s feelings threaten to undo the sacred vows she has taken, she risks not only her own life but Linnea’s as well. With the princess engaged to a devoted follower of The Path, there are some who would do anything to keep Aislynn from straying.

I am an enormous fan of fairytale retellings and adaptations and so when I stumbled across this one when looking for inspiration for these posts I just had to choose it. It sounds incredible and amazing. I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

Monday, August 25

Wednesday, August 20

Waiting on Wednesday

Rites of Passage
Joy N. Hensley

Publisher: Harper Teen
To Be Released: September 9, 2014
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
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From Goodreads:
"I fell hard for this book. Rites of Passage is a powerful YA debut!" ~ Katie McGarry, Pushing the Limits

"Hensley navigates the bonds of family, patriarchal military traditions, and the meaning of courage in a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Throw in just the right amount of swoon and RITES OF PASSAGE is impossible to put down." ~Trish Doller, author of Something Like Normal and Where the Stars Still Shine

Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so matter how much she wants him.
As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

Having seen the comment from Katie McGarry I knew that I just HAD to add this one to my TBR. I am a huge fan of Contemporary Romance books right now and this one sounds incredible. This will be an automatic buy for me when it is released.

Tuesday, August 19

Blog Tour: Breathe For Me

Title: Breathe For Me
Author: Rhonda Helms
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Isabel’s been cursed since the Middle Ages.

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, she made a hasty bargain with a demon, asking for liberation from an oppressive husband-to-be and the excitement of travel. But the demon’s “gift” came at a steep cost. Each time he moves her to a new city, her memory’s wiped. No one can touch her bare skin without injury or even death. And she sees the lifespan of every living being (and is, in fact, immortal herself).

All a constant reminder that she’s different than other teen girls.

But New Orleans seems to accept her as she is. She has friends and a real life in this quirky, hot city. Then Isabel meets Dominic, whose deep soul and strong character draw her to him. Her growing love gives her the courage to confront the demon, insisting the curse be broken. But the demon’s price for freedom is much, much higher than she could possibly give.

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Interview with the Author:

1. Describe your book, using no more than three adjectives. Go!
a. Intense, swoony, N’awlins (yeah, I know that isn’t a “real” word, but it’s how you pronounce New Orleans, lol)

2. Where did you get the idea for Breathe for Me?
a. This actually started in its original form as a Persephones/Hades modernization. Then a bunch of those sold all at once…and I had to rework it to something else or else risk getting rejections because of the similarity. Lol. That said, I love the way it evolved and am so glad I took the leap to change it.

3. Breathe for Me deals with demons and curses. What other supernatural creatures do you like and which ones do you think you’d like to write about in future books?
a. I love the paranormal stuff. Always wanted to write a gargoyle story, actually…I should try my hand at one someday. Something about those creatures in particular always stick with me.

4. Why New Orleans? In what ways does the location aid the story?
a. I visited New Orleans back in 2007. If you haven’t been there…it’s unlike any other place in the U.S. Like you’ve stepped into another world. The pace is slow, the environment almost a character in its own right. The walls themselves seep history and mystery. I loved it—and I knew immediately that I wanted to set a book there. My heroine is different, but in a place like that, difference is celebrated and accepted. The perfect place for her story to unfold.

5. What scene do you most regret having to cut?
a. I don’t remember cutting any scenes, actually. My problem is I tend to write short, lol. So in revisions, I always go back and enrich my scenes, add more elements to flesh out the story, etc.

6. What was your favorite scene that got added during edits?
a. I didn’t have a full scene added in edits with Spencer Hill Press, but I did slow down the pacing of the epic scene at the end of the story. By doing that, I drew out the ending and made it more impactful—or so it feels to me. ;-)

7. Craziest thing you’ve had to Google for a work in progress?
a. “How far out do you have to dump a body in Lake Erie to have it stay there and not float back to the shore?” Yeah, I might be flagged on some FBI lists for that one. haha

8. Which character was your favorite to write?
a. Honestly? Sitri. He was a real challenge for me. Creepy and obsessive, and yet…there’s a vulnerability in him that drew me to him and stuck in my head. He’s messed up. But he’s a product of how he was raised, his lifestyle, his demonic power. He loves my heroine in his own way, but his love is flawed and controlling, not healthy and freeing and supportive. I like how complicated Sitri is.

9. Which character was the hardest (or least favorite) to write?
a. Probably my heroine was the hardest to write. Her voice needed to be compelling enough to support the story, to show her vulnerability, yet also reveal her inner strength. She’s had this hard life, but I didn’t want her to be bitter.

10. Biggest writing quirk?
a. Oh man. Uhhhhhh this is a hard question, lol. I’m quirky in general. I can’t write out of order, and I can’t write without a plot outlined. I freeze up. Other than that, I can’t think of anything weird?

11. What books would you recommend to a reader who loved yours, and wants to read something similar?
a. I’m a huge fan of paranormal/fantasy writers with strong heroines, which is what I was aiming for in this book. These YA authors rock my socks so hard: Rae Carson, Robin LaFevers, Maria V Snyder. Can’t recommend them enough.

12. What are three must-have items when you sit down to write?
a. Some form of caffeine (usually soda, but sometimes tea), my laptop and some kind of sweet treat (chocolate works fabulously).

13. What book are you currently reading?
a. I just bought This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers, and I’m so, sooooo excited to read it. I love everything she writes. :D

Author Bio and social media links:

Author Bio:

Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master's degree in English and a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

When she isn't writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.

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Monday, August 18

I Still Haven't Read...

Jars of Clay Series by Lee Strauss:

#1: Jars of Clay
#2: Broken Vessels (Haven't Got Yet)

Have you read this series?

Friday, August 15

Blog Tour: Better Than Perfect (Wildcards #1) by Simone Elkeles

Better Than Perfect (Wildcards #1)
Simone Elkeles

Published By: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: August 14, 2014
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance

From Goodreads:
Ashtyn's life just got complicated. Her boyfriend is being distant and her sister's back at home after ten years - with a stepson in tow!

Derek has a perfect body, THE sexiest smile and a car - Ashtyn's only way to escape from her crazy life. But Derek likes to play by his own rules and is keen to take Ashtyn on a ride she'll never forget. As they spend more and more time alone together, will Derek's flirty games drive Ashtyn wild?

A sweet and steamy romance from New York Times bestselling author Simone Elkeles.

Derek has got her step brother and her sister worshipping the ground he walks on and now he wants to take her dog too? Ashtyn would love to plot her revenge on this cowboy but her fury is redirected as soon as she spots what the rival football team have done to her drive… See what they have done in the extract.


I’ve been curled up in bed for the past three hours with my eyes
closed tight, wishing my life would stop spinning out of control.
Landon and I didn’t get along last night at all. I don’t even know
where things stand now.
I look at my phone to see if he’s called or texted. He hasn’t,
although it’s Saturday.He’s probably still sleeping.
I slowly head for the bathroom. I’m about to sit on the toilet
when I’m suddenly off balance and feel like I’m going to fall in.
The damn seat is up. I cringe as I set it back down, silently cursing
Derek and fully intending to call him out.
First I need to eat.Then I can confront Derek and head to the
field to practice. Though Dieter doesn’t have official practice on
the weekends, we don’t want to lose our momentum.
Derek walks in the kitchen a few minutes after I do, wearing
shorts and a T-shirt. His long hair is messed up and he looks
sweet and innocent. I know guys like Derek, who look innocent
but are just the opposite. Falkor, who’d disappeared from my
room in the middle of the night, comes prancing in on Derek’s
“Did you lure my dog back in your room last night?” I ask in an
accusatory tone.
“He kept scratching on my door and whining like a baby until
I let him in.”
“You’re stealing him.”
He shrugs. “Maybe he’s sick of you and wants new company.”
“A dog can’t be sick of his owner, Derek, and I’ll have you know
that I’m great company. My dog loves me.”
“If you say so.” He rummages through the fridge, pulls out
some eggs, then grabs a loaf of bread from the pantry. “What happened
at the beach between you and Loverboy? Looked like you
two were havin’ one hell of a night,” he says in a lazy drawl as he
makes himself scrambled eggs and toast.
“What happened to my rule about not leaving the toilet seat
up?” I counter.
The side of his mouth quirks up. “I’ve got this condition, you
see. It prevents me from being ordered around.”
“Uh-huh. A condition, you say?”
“Yeah. It’s real serious.”
“Ooh, I feel so bad for you. You poor baby, being told to do
something by a female. That must’ve threatened your masculinity.”
I pull out a bag of Skittles from the pantry and sort out the
purple ones like I always do, then start munching on the rest.
Derek leans close and whispers in my ear, “Nothing threatens
my masculinity, Sugar Pie.”
 A tingly sensation zings up my spine when his warm breath
touches my skin. I’m momentarily paralyzed.
He opens the fridge again. “Besides eggs and toast, you got
anythin’ in here besides junk and processed food?”
I pretend he has no effect on me. “Nope.”
Derek sits down with his eggs and toast, but stares at my collection
of purple Skittles with those clear blue eyes that belong on
someone who doesn’t leave the toilet seat up on purpose.
“Nutritious,” he says.
“It’s comfort food,” I tell him.
He quirks his eyebrow, clearly amused. “If you say so.”
“Ugh. Don’t tell me you’re a health nut.”
He scoops up a forkful of eggs. “I’m not a health nut.”
“Good.Here,” I say, pushing my collection of purple Skittles
toward him. “You can have the purple ones. I’m allergic to them.”
He raises a brow. “You’re allergic to purple Skittles?” he asks,
skepticism laced in his voice.
“I’m allergic to purple dye.” I grab an orange one and pop it
into my mouth. “But I’m not allergic to the rest of them. I love
“I’m good with my own breakfast, but thanks.”Derek takes bite
after bite of eggs and toast. When Julian walks in, Derek focuses
on my nephew. “Hey, buddy,” he says. “Want some breakfast?”
Julian nods.
“I can help,” I quickly tell Derek. I need to redeem myself so
Julian doesn’t think I’m the worst aunt who ever lived. If I have to
work hard and long for that hug, I’m gonna do it.
I start to get out of my chair, but Derek holds up a hand. “I
got it.”
After my mom left, my dad never made home-cooked meals.
I had to fend for myself and ate what he brought home from the
store: frozen, microwavable food and junk. Obviously Derek’s
mom spent more time with him than my mom did with me.While
it’s not his fault, I’m overwhelmingly jealous.
Julian sits in the chair next to where Derek had been sitting.
Derek’s presence in my house makes me feel insignificant and
unneeded. I might as well be invisible.
“Want some Skittles?” I wave the bag in front of my nephew’s
face in a lame attempt to get him to bond with me. I’ve never
seen a kid who didn’t like candy. “It’s super good breakfast junk
He shakes his head. My nephew wants nothing to do with me.
My nemesis puts a plate of steaming scrambled eggs and toast
in front of Julian.My mouth waters from the smell of freshly
toasted bread. Julian eats, humming enthusiastically with each
bite.The tune reminds me of our school fight song,which is chanted
by the fans during halftime at our games.
Thinking of our fight song reminds me that I didn’t look outside
to make sure my house hasn’t been tp’d by Fairfield. It was all
clear when I went to bed last night,but Falkor slept in the den and
might not have heard anything. I pull back the curtains in the living
room. My hand flies to my mouth as I take in the sight of my
entire front yard.
No! No, no, no, no, no!
It’s worse than being tp’d. Worse than I could have ever imagined,
and completely humiliating.
Toilet paper isn’t hanging down like white flags waving from
branches of every tree. Instead, hundreds of maxi pads are stuck
to the tree trunks, and tampons are tied to the branches like a
bunch of little Christmas ornaments fluttering in the wind.
As if that wasn’t sick enough, all of the pads and tampons have
fake bright red blood marks on them. Even my mailbox has pads
stuck all over it.
I seethe with anger and burn in embarrassment as I rush to
clean up the yard, then suck in a breath when my eyes focus on my
driveway. In big letters are two words written in a multitude of

A Week of Half-Blood: A Mini-Interview with Jennifer L Armentrout

Welcome to the fifth and final installment of A Week of Half-Blood.
Yesterday saw my reviews of the wonderful prequel, Daimon, and first book in the series, Half-Blood.

Today I have an exclusive mini-interview with the woman herself Jennifer L Armentrout talking about her international success.

 Please welcome the absolutely amazing Jennifer L Armentrout.

First of all lets talk about how internationally successful you have been. How does it feel to have books out in multiple countries?  

It’s exciting to know that my books are reaching readers all over the world.  I’m thrilled that my books are available in so many countries.

How do you feel about finally having your books on shelves in the UK?

I am so excited to finally see this. These were actually my first books published, so it's amazing to know they're going to be on UK shelves and will reach the hands of many new readers

My dream come true would be to finally meet you in person. Any plans for an international trip anytime soon?  

I don’t have any international events scheduled yet, but I would love to have the opportunity to travel internationally and meet all of my readers that have been so supportive.  

Thank you to Jen, Hodder, all the bloggers and readers who helped out over this week to make A Week of Half-Blood a success and a massive thanks to Hodder for publishing the books in the UK with such gorgeous covers.
Now to announce the winners of the giveaway and because I loved this so much I have actually included an extra copy of Half-Blood UK Edition so there are 3 winners!

Thursday, August 14

Blog Tour: Flawed (Perfection #2) by JL Spelbring

Hey guys and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the second book in the wonderful Perfection series, Flawed. I am so excited to be on the blog tour for this book as I am such a massive fan of this series.

I am so thrilled to share my review of Flawed with you for this stop but first if you have not read this series check out my spoiler-free review of the first book in the series.

Click HERE for my review of Perfection.

Flawed (Perfection #2)
JL Spelbring

Published By: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: August 12, 2014
Date Read: June 10, 2014
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: ARC from Spencer Hill Press
Format: E-Book

From Goodreads:
In a world where Hitler won the The War, and perfection is constantly sought, Ellyssa has broken free from her austere life and has found another meaning for her existence.

Family, friendship, and love.

But her happiness is short lived. Ellyssa finds herself on the run, again. Her father's work didn't die with him, but lives on in her siblings, Aalexis and Xaver, and they are determined to complete his unfinished dream.

Flawed is one of those books that you have been waiting for for so long that as soon as you get your hands on it you squeal so hard and start jumping up and down you are so excited. As soon as that was over then I jumped in right away. I fell head over heels with this dystopia and scarily true depiction of how the world could have been if the nazi's had won the war. I couldn't wait until I could dive back into this series and Flawed absolutely did not disappoint.

I loved every moment of it and once again I fell in love with Ellyssa and Rein and I couldn't stop reading their story. They are utterly fantastic and I really couldn't read this book quick enough. It's really amazing when you see the difference between Ellyssa at the start of Perfection and what she is like at the end of this book. It's such an amazing growth and it really showed how amazing the storytelling in this book is.
One thing I loved is that we got to see more about what I class as the 'psycho-twins'. We see more of their point of view and see what it was like for them growing up. I still absolutely hate them and would really like to see them suffer more and more but I enjoyed getting into their heads a little bit and it has really set up an amazing storyline for the next book in the Perfection series.

JL Spelbring is fast becoming one of my all time favourite authors. Her storytelling is absolutely amazing I couldn't wait to read more and more. I was hooked right from the start with her vivid world, outstandingly amazing narration and incredible characterisation. I loved every single moment of Perfection when I read it last year and then again now with Flawed.

Flawed was everything that I hoped it would be and more. I loved it more than anything and couldn't stop reading. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment of this series. If you want a dytsopia novel that is realistic and with a dash of magic then this series is for you. It was completely and utterly blow you away and steal your heart. A must-read.


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About JL Spelbring:

J.L. Spelbring lives in Texas, where she wanders out in the middle of the night to look at the big and bright stars. Besides knocking imaginary bad guys in the head with a keyboard, she enjoys being swept away between the pages of a book, running amuck inside in her own head, pretending she is into running, and hanging out with her kids, who are way too cool for her.
Her novel, Perfection, released in July, 2013 and the sequel Flawed releases August, 2014.
To contact J.L, try: 
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A Week of Half-Blood: Release Day and My Review of Half-Blood

Welcome to the fourth day of A Week of Half-Blood
Today is crazy exciting. Why I hear you ask... Well today marks the day that Half-Blood, the first book in the phenomenal Covenant series, is released in the UK.


One awesome thing about the UK edition of this book is that it also includes the wonderful prequel novella, Daimon. So in celebration I am going to share with you my review of them both.

Daimon (Covenant #0.5)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: Hodder
Publication Date: May 9, 2013
Date Read: November 7, 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance / Mythology
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals - pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she'd been trained to fulfil as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she's pretty much accepted that she's a freak by mortal standards... and that she'll never be prepared for that duty.

According to her mother, that's a good thing.

But as every descendent of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return - the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death... because she's being hunted by the very creatures she'd once trained to kill.

The daimons have found her

I really enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. Usually I don't enjoy prequels all that much as I feel like it's just an introduction into the 'real' story beginning. This one is definitely the exception. I really enjoyed Daimon. I thought it was a great start of a amazing story and I found myself getting completely hooked.

Alex is a Half-Blood. She is a descendent of the Gods, but her father was a mortal so that leaves her with two options, become a slave for the superior Pure-Bloods or become a Sentinel, a protector of the Pures, and fiht against the evil Pures-gone-bad Daimons. But that was before her mother pulls her out of training and goes on the run hiding from everyone from her old world, the Gods, the Pures and the Halfs without any explanation why. Alex doesn't feel like she belongs in this mortal world and then the unthinkable happens, the Daimons find her and Alex finds herself alone and fighting to get back to the school and the world in which she belongs.

I think everyone planning to read this series should definitely read this before Half-Blood. I don't think my feelings while reading Half-Blood would have been quite the same if I hadn't read this before hand. It made the storyline that much more touching and at times heart-breaking.

This prequel was incredible as far as prequels go and it's definitely the best prequel for a series I have ever read. It wasn't a boring introduction to the characters and the world as some prequels are. Yes it introduced you to the lead character but it was action-packed and fast-paced and I couldn't put it down. I read it in one sitting and it left me reeling and I had to pick Half-Blood up straight away.
An incredible start to an action-packed emotional series. I can't wait to see how things escalate from here.

Half-Blood (Covenant #1)
Jennifer L Armentrout

Published By: Hodder
Publication Date: August 14, 2014
Date Read: November 7, 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance / Mythology
Source: ARC for review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
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From Goodreads:
First book in the addictive Covenant series from #1 New York Times bestselling Jennifer L. Armentrout.
HALF-BLOOD is the unputdownable first book in the acclaimed Covenant series from #1 New York Times bestselling Jennifer L. Armentrout. This special paperback edition also includes the prequel novella DAIMON.

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi - pure-bloods - have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals - well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:

Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.

Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem - staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

I absolutely 100% adored this book. It was incredible and I could not put it down. If I didn't have to sleep I could have easily read the whole thing in one sitting, as it turns out I do have to sleep so I read it in two.
Half-Blood picks up right where the prequel, Daimon, left off.

Alex is still reeling from the shocking turn her life has taken but she doesn't have time to stay shocked for long as the Daimon's are coming for her. Suddenly Alex is rescued by the handsome Aiden and taken back to the safety of the Covenant. Rather than become a servant for the Pure's Alex must prove she is worth becoming a Sentinal so is trained by Aiden. The problem is Alex has been in love with Aiden since she first saw him, but relationships between Pures and Halfs are forbidden. But overcoming her feelings for Aiden are the least of her worries as a shocking truth comes to light and Alex must face the thing she dreads the most if she hopes to survive through her last year of the Covenant and become a Sentinel. Can she succeed in her mission or is she fated to become a Daimon?

I loved everything about this book. It did remind me a little of Vampire Academy but it did not bother me at all. I loved VA and I love this. I can see why people compare the two books a lot but after finishing the book I do not believe they are all that similar. Yes, they are both set in a school, the main character is a kick-ass and they both end up training with someone they love but aren't supposed to. So What? I don't see why it matter so much because this book is phenomenal. It is an original story and I loved that it was mythological. I am such a mythology geek. I love everything mythological and Jennifer L Armentrout writes about mythology perfectly. I loved the concept of the Hematoi's and the Daimon's and the Half-Bloods and I think the character (species) building was incredible. I loved all of the characters and I loved the world in which Half-Blood is set it incredible.

Alex is one of my favourite characters ever. I love her. I love her tough-as-nails attitude and her sense of humour so much. Multiple times throughout the book I was laughing at the funny things and snide remarks she would come out with. She is just one of those characters everyone will love. I also loved Aiden, he is the sweetest character and the more I read about him the more I loved him. I feel sad that he is a Pure because all I want is for him and Alex to be able to be together. I still have hope that it could happen.
Another character I started to like more towards the end was Seth. I am curious to see how things will escalate with them in the next book and to see what happens. I am definitely an Aiden girl and don't want Alex and Seth together but at the same time I am curious to see where they will go from here and what will happen with them.

There are so many twists and turns in this book and so many times I was shocked at what had happened and I found myself thinking really? I never saw that coming. The second half of the book was definitely better than the first and this is where it started to come into it's originality and I loved it. It shocked me and it pulled at the heartstrings a lot.

This was such an incredible start to the series and I cannot wait to read the rest in the series. I am in love with Jennifer's writing style and I can't help but love every book she writes. Her worlds are incredible and you automatically just fall in love with her incredible characters. I am very excited to see what she comes up with next and I definitely have a new favourite author.

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Wednesday, August 13

A Week of Half-Blood: Spotlight On... Aiden St Delphi

Hey guys and welcome to the third day of A Week of Half-Blood.
The past two days saw us talk about the creatures of The Covenant Series and our wonderful heroine Alexandria Andros.
If you missed them please check it out here...

Now today is possibly my most favourite day of this week. It's time for me to tell you all about my boy. Aiden St Delphi.

Spotlight on... Aiden St Delphi

Let me tell you all about my favourite boy of all time. The most amazing, perfect guy ever. Aiden St Delphi.

- Aiden is fiercely protective and always out to protect the ones that he loves.
"I have to. I told you I'd never let anything happen to you. I meant it."
- Pure, Book 2 in The Covenant Series

- Aiden will always do what is right even if it means sacrificing himself.

"I kissed her like I was never going to see her again, because in a way I wasn't. Not this way, and as much as it killed me, I knew the difference between what felt right. And what was actually right."
- Half-Blood, Book 1 in The Covenant Series, Aiden POV

- He always sees the best in everyone.

"She was so incredibly strong and I couldn't fathom how she didn't know that."
- Half-Blood, Book 1 in The Covenant Series, Aiden POV

- He always fights for what he believes in. No matter how dangerous it must be.

"The gods wanted a war? They were about to get one."
- Elixir, Novella 3.5 of The Covenant Series

- Aiden is super romantic and incredibly swoon-worthy.

"Ever since I met you, I've wanted to break every rule. You'll become the center of someone's world one day. And he'll be the luckiest son of a bitch on this earth."
- Pure, Book 2 in The Covenant Series

Aiden Quotes...

Fans Opinions...

Kayleigh @ K-Books... hey that's me.

Aiden... oh Aiden. Aiden is without a doubt pure perfection. I fell head over heels in love with him in Half-Blood and as the series progressed the more he stole my heart. He is everything you could possibly want in a hero. He is worth reading this series for!

Valarie @ Stuck In Books

And then there was Aiden.  I was so #TeamAiden and I never looked back.  Clearly seeing him protecting her by keeping his distance but struggling to stay away from her was the biggest turn-on ever.  Besides being a sexy pure blood with silver eyes and fire element power, Aiden is the book boyfriend every other is measured against.

Maliha Kahn

Aiden is the guy your parents want you to marry. He is smart, calm, collected, brave, loyal, reliable and responsible. With Alex, and his brother Deacon, h's protective and real and sweet. He'll do anything for his loved ones and like Alex, he has found happiness despite facing great loss. His burden is heavier in a way because he has to take care of his younger brother but he still managed to do what's best for Alex and Deacon.

There you have it our hero Aiden St Delphi

Come by tomorrow for a special release day post and my spoiler-free review of Half-Blood.

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Waiting on Wednesday

Captive (Blackcoat Rebellion #2)
Aimee Carter

Publisher: Harlequin Teen / MiraINK
To Be Released: November 25, 2014
Genre: YA - Dystopia
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From Goodreads:
For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

I am so excited to get my hands on this book. I absolutely adored the first book Pawn. It's one of my favourite dystopia novels of all time and so I cannot wait to read more of Kitty's story. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of the first book so fingers crossed I may be granted with the same luck for book 2 of this fantastic series.

Tuesday, August 12

A Week of Half-Blood: Spotlight On... Alexandria Andros

Hey guys and welcome to Day 2 of A Week of Half-Blood.

Yesterday saw us talking about the wonderful creatures of The Covenant Series. If you missed the post CLICK HERE to see it.

Today we will be talking about the very kick-ass, very awesome heroine of The Covenant Series, Alex.

Spotlight on Alexandria Andros...

Here's some information on our favourite heroine, Alexandria Andros.

- She is beautiful
Long, thick chestnut colored hair fell past a chest that had grown in the last three years. Her face was oval shape; lips full like a pure-blood’s. Cheekbones high and eyebrows delicately arched over two wide, brown eyes. Even with the faint purplish bruises marring an otherwise flawless complexion, she was… unbelievable. Beautiful"
- Half-Blood, Book 1 in The Covenant Series. Exclusive Aiden POV

- She is willing to risk her own life for others.

"Sickened, I pushed down my own pain and fear. ‘Mom… please let Caleb go. Please. I’ll do anything.’ And I meant it. There was no way I was going to let Caleb die in this godforsaken place."
- Half-Blood, Book 1 in The Covenant Series

- Alex is hilarious.

"Did you think he was just some lazy pure-blood who needed protection?” His voice dripped sarcasm. “Well he looks like it! How was I supposed to know he was secretly Rambo in Dockers?"
- Half-Blood, Book 1 in The Covenant Series.

- Alex speaks her mind no matter what.

"There was a very good chance I might hit him, but with my fist instead of an apple. I jerked my arm free. ‘Yeah, I’m that damn special."
- Pure, Book 2 in The Covenant Series

- She is totally kick-ass!

"Aiden glanced over his shoulder at me. ‘How many daimons have you killed?’ ‘Just two.’ I picked up my pace so I could keep up with his long legged ones. ‘Just two?’ Awe filled his voice. ‘Do you realize how amazing it is for a half-blood not fully trained to kill one daimon, let alone two?'"
- Half-Blood, Book 1 in The Covenant Series

Favourite Alex Quotes...

Fan's Opinions...

Kayleigh @ K-Books... Hey, that's me!

One thing that completely drew me to the Covenant series. This wonderful, snarky, kick-ass heroine who wasnt afraid to stand up for what she believed. Who would do anything to protect those that she loved. She is pure awesomeness and still remains to be my favourite heroine in YA fiction to date.

Valarie @ Stuck In Books

Half-Blood was the first book I read by Jennifer L Armentrout.  I loved it immediately and her characters were the reason why.  Alex is totally bada$$ and incredibly funny.  It was such a relief to have a female lead that could hold her own and be snarky at the same time.

Maliha Kahn

Alex is a strong heroine with a keen sense of loyalty and confidence. She's brave in fights and unafraid of going after what she wants. Despite facing loss at a young age, she doesn't waver when it comes to moving on and happiness. Over and over, she's forced to handle pain and she copes well, with the help of her trainer Aiden and slew of quirky friends. She gets into trouble a lot but takes the consequences in stride.

So that's our heroine Alex.

Join us tomorrow to learn all about the dreamy Pure-Blood Aiden St Delphi

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