Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I'd Recommend To Someone Who Doesn't Read Paranormal YA

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

As cliche as it may look I recommend this book to everyone who doesn't read Paranormal Romance. Need I to say more?! This has got to be one of the most talked about, love-hate book there is out there... that is in my opinion. I think this book started it all, the hype on the movie and the books paved the way. If  you haven't read it, it's not too late!

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
This book is actually Urban Fantasy... but I think it's safe to say that it has Paranormal and Romance in it so I think it's very much in the category. But then I recommend you to read this book since this book started it all for me. I know I said Twilight did start it all but I think this book definitely did it for me! If you haven't read it, all I can say is WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? END OF THE WORLD?! lol

Die for Me by Amy Plum

Die for Me is a must read and I recommend it! It has a the right mix of Paranormal Romance that I think everyone will love. If you are looking for something to start reading I think this book will suit your taste, well it did for me! See my review

Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber
This book has been a great surprise for me, I recently finished this book and man this is an awesome book! haven't got a chance to review it but I recommend this book if you don't usually read Paranormal Romance. If you watched Dorian Gray you will find the similarities though the twist is just amazing! Read it!

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Whats your Top 10 Books you recommend?
Happy Tuesday and Happy Reading! :)

Monday, January 16, 2012

[Author Interview] J.J. Bonds author of Crossroads

Crossroads – J.J. Bonds’ Interview – We Fancy Books

Thanks so much for allowing me stop by We Fancy Books as part of the Crossroads blog tour! I’m thrilled to be here and to share a little about Crossroads and my writing with the blogger community!

1. Who inspired you to write Crossroads?

Lol.The long answer or the short answer? The truth is that I’ve always loved writing and have dreamed of being a published author since I began tearing through the works of Christopher Pike in middle school. It’s a dream that’s always stayed with me although it sometimes felt unattainable due to the competitive nature of the industry. When my father was diagnosed with cancer last winter, it really put things in perspective. I decided it was time to take a chance and finish a manuscript that I’d been working on for some time. I didn’t want to look back and have any regrets or doubts and I figured that if my father could attack his prognosis with complete gusto, that I could do the same with my writing. He’s been one of my biggest supporters throughout the process and it’s his encouragement that has given me the confidence to chase my dream.

2. What was the book that most influenced your life — and why?

If I have to choose a single book, I’m going to have to say Twilight. I’ve read a lot of wonderful books – books that are more intellectually stimulating and even those that have better writing – but it was finding Twilight on my little sisters’ bookshelf that brought me back to the YA genre (which I’d so happily left behind when I got to college, instead electing to read what I thought were more age appropriate books) and reignited my love for all things paranormal. Twilight reminded me how much I loved YA literature and how heavily it influenced me growing up. It was also a welcome reminder that YA books weren’t just for teens!

3. Is there a particular character that you see yourself into?

This is a tough one for me. I can’t say that Katia is modeled after me, but it’s fair to say that I strive to be as strong and independent as I’ve written her. I have always favored strong heroines personally and if any character I create might be a role model for an adolescent, I’d certainly want the character to be worthy, although admittedly flawed. After all, we all have flaws don’t we? Its part of what makes us human and ultimately the characters we love so endearing.

4. Would you like to be a Vampire if given a chance?

I don’t think so. Sure it would be great to have the longevity, strength and speed of a vampire, but I’m a pretty picky eater so I’m not sure I could stomach the liquid diet. It’s entirely possible I’d starve which doesn’t exactly sound like an awesome way to go.

5. How do you handle criticism?

I wear my heart (and my emotions) on my sleeve, but criticism is part of the learning process and I like to think I can handle feedback even when it’s less than glowing. It probably sounds a little trite, but I have to look at it as an opportunity. I have a couple of great critics who are close to me, but nothing beats the feedback of an unbiased reader who’s not worried about hurting my feelings and who’s opinion will ultimately make me a stronger writer.

6. Do you have a specific writing style?

Truth be told, I suspect my writing style could probably use a bit more discipline. Today, it goes something like this: Daydream, fantasize, let my imagination run rampant. Outline, outline, outline. Create character profiles. Make notes (any place is good – a napkin, my phone, the back of a receipt, whatever is handy). Research.Outline some more. Make more notes. Write, revise, edit, Write, revise, edit. Edit. Edit. Edit.

In case you can’t tell, I put a great deal of emphasis on editing and revisions. In addition to partnering with a professional editor, I have three amazing critics who were happy to comb through each draft of the manuscript and provide feedback on the characters, the plot, and well, pretty much anything they loved, hated or couldn’t wait to read more about!

7. How did you come up with the title?

The title Crossroads actually came quite easily as it’s the name of Katia’s school and the geographic area where it’s located. The story is set at CrossroadsAcademy in the Green Mountains, which is actually known as the Crossroads of Vermont to locals. It was a natural fit given the location and the deeper symbolism within the story line. Recently another book was released with the same title and I actually flirted briefly with the idea of changing it, but in the end I was too attached and decided to stand firm with my original choice.

8. Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I am actually working on the second book of the CrossroadsAcademyseries and while I think fans of Crossroads will be pleased with the latest installation in the trilogy, I’m not ready to give any spoilers yet! I hope to have the book published summer 2012 though so the good news is that you won’t have to wait long to get your hands on a copy!

9. When and why did you begin writing?

Believe it or not, I actually wrote my first book in 7th grade. It was a children’s book inspired by Earth Day and a very ambitious teacher who wanted each of her students to craft an environmentally driven tale. Mine was about sea turtles, which I’ve always loved, and while my teacher raved about it and researched publication, the book is safely tucked away in storage now. It was her encouragement that actually got me thinking about writing as a career. I was already an avid reader (some might say bookworm), but I hadn’t considered yet that I might actually someday write my own young adult novels. So, although the sea turtles didn’t catch the eye of the publishing world, they definitely sparked my love of writing. As I got older the stories I wrote fell more in line with the works of R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike and L.J. Smith as they were my authors of choice throughout high school.

10. Is there a special research you did to write the novel? Mind telling us about it?

Although I’ve always been a fan of horror movies and paranormal literature, I still felt it was important to do my homework before writing Crossroads. I researched vampire lore extensively, which quite frankly is overwhelming, but I also had to do considerable research on the setting since I’ve never actually been to Vermont. I knew the school had to be hidden away somewhere rural and while Vermont seemed ideal, I really didn’t know much about the geography or anything else aside from the fact that it boasts excellent skiing. So I started with maps in order to identify the right location and moved onto researching individual towns like Rutland to get a better understanding of local culture. As it turns out, Rutland has quite a bit to offer, which I hope I’ve captured in the story. Every place and event in Crossroads was actually inspired by the town itself which has quite a rich history.
by J.J. Bonds
When Katia enrolled at Crossroads Academy she knew things weren’t exactly going to be easy. The sole heir to the worlds’ most powerful vampire, her presence was bound to cause a stir. But nothing could have prepared her for this. Whispers follow everywhere she goes. So does trouble.

But Katia will do her time at Crossroads. After all, she’s only enrolled at the prestigious school for pure blood vampires to fulfill a promise to her Great Uncle Aldo. Tucked away in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Katia hopes to shed the demons of her past and focus on her education. Raised blissfully unaware of the entire vamp world, she’s got a lot of catching up to do.

As Katia learns more about this dark society and her own legacy, protecting her past becomes increasingly difficult. Bodies start turning up in nearby Rutland and Katia is sucked into a twisted web of danger and deceit. Haunted by nightmares she can’t explain and a thirst for blood that is never sated, Katia will do whatever it takes to keep her past buried. What choice does she have? Exposure will shake the Elder’s Council to its core and likely result in a death sentence at the hands of the Linkuri.

Nothing at Crossroads is what it seems and Katia’s secrets may be the darkest of them all.

J.J. Bonds is an independent author who writes young adult and speculative fiction. Her debut novel, Crossroads, was released in fall of 2011. It is the first in the Crossroads Academy series. J.J. lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where her love of all things paranormal keeps life interesting. She lives with her husband and two rambunctious dogs and is expecting a new addition to the family in March.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

[Review] Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: December 6th 2011
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Source: Net Galley

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.
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I read Obsidian because my really good friend and co-blogger said it sounds really good. And I really trust her tastes so I did. I was glad that it was about aliens honestly. I mean for it not to be another vampire-wizards-werewolves-fairfolks and all those paranormal stuffs is already enough actually. Not that I have anything against those things but I mean I just had enough of it. Not that I’m never going to read anything like it again, but I need a break. Although I might actually consider reading something like it right now if the plot is amusing, but I doubt I’d have it anytime soon.

Sci-fi is still a great deal to me. It never fails to amaze me actually. And even it may sound crazy but I’m still really up to it. So Obsidian made me really excited.

What’s really nice about it is that I can so relate with Katy. She and I have this thing of loving books. She is a book blogger as well. Not that it’s really a big deal. Because the big deal is actually her twin neighbours who are gorgeous in every meaning of the word. The girl twin, Dee, loves Katy while the boy twin, Daemon, feels exactly the opposite. Really I love how Daemon is being such a jerk to Katy. Because he seemed really good at it. Not the usual guy-pretending-to-be-pissed-at-the-girl-but-loves-her-dearly-deep-inside-him kind of thing that usually gets me annoyed or something. Daemon Black has his own thing going and I think he’s really awesome. And then there’s also this guy called Andrew Thompson who is one of the Thompson triplets that is a family friend of the Blacks. He also is an ass but really the way he is with Katy is pretty awesome. I love how he is being so straightforward and says whatever it is he thinks without caring in the world of the outcome. And may I just say that with the way Katy and Andrew bicker on each other, I think they might really become the best of friends. I think it would even be more awesome if Andrew and Katy hook up to you know make our sexy Daemon jealous. He seemed like a really cute hot stuff when he’s jealous.

I pretty much like the plot and the whole alien thing. Really I think all the light stuff they have going on is really cool. And all the aliens being all beautiful is only obviously icing on the cake. They kind of have a whole village of them on which when I think of it, is pretty amazing how they are on Earth thriving.

The thing is it wasn’t exactly a page turner. Yes I like the book but I think it could do better. Honestly, I was reading it for the sake of finishing it. It wasn’t boring exactly, I didn’t think of not finishing it. But I did not have this feeling when you know you really wanted to finish it at the instant. Like it’s okay and it could wait. But I have really high hopes of the next book, Onyx. I think it would really be awesome. The ending of Obsidian gave me that kind of feeling. The challenge between Daemon and Katy made me look forward to Onyx. And aside from that fact, I can’t wait to read Andrew again. 


Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

Half-Blood, book 1 in The Covenant Series, is due September 2011.

I received this book free of charge from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

[Review] Destiny's Fire by Trisha Wolfe

Destiny's Fire
by Trisha Wolfe
Publication Date: January 10th 2012
Published by: Omnific Publishing
Source: From Publisher

It’s the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.

As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, but she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez’s newfound power rockets out of control, it’s a Narcolym who could change her fate… if she can trust him.

Dez’s guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she's forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she's feared her whole life.

“Destiny's Fire is addictive! Trisha Wolfe knows how to create a compelling cast of fearless young characters who breathe life into a fresh and imaginative fantasy world. Trisha is a new star on the horizon of Young Adult fiction!” ~Jordan Dane, Critically Acclaimed Author of On A Dark Wing, Harlequin Teen.
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Destiny’s Fire is just a perfect read for 2012! This book has a futuristic feel that has its kick ass character and story.

Long before the release of this book I have been hearing good things about this and all I can say that it deserves its buzz for this book is just awesome! Destiny’s Fire has a story that will grow on you chapter by chapter. The pacing of the book is a big plus that I thoroughly enjoy reading this book. It has a futuristic sense that will captivate its readers. The writing is also a big plus for I find it really enjoyable, the lines and characters go well with the story that it will make you read and read until the end.

In a world of Shythe and Narcolym things has been peaceful with the agreement between the two paranormal creatures. But the Shythe knows better that this peace agreement is just a cover for a scheme brought by the Narcolym. Love is at stake, Lies will play as a wild card and Secrets will determine their future.

If find Dez as a protagonist that doesn’t have her own mind. Not that I find her character really weak but it feels that her character needs more solid features. I find her decisions very immature specially decisions pertaining to the heart. I was kind of disappointed with her because she easily gets distracted with her heart problems rather than thinking about her safety. The constant change of partner did it for me, not that I detest love triangles is just that the whole book she can’t decide whether she’ll be with Reese but then he makes a mistake he comes back to Jace and it goes on throughout the end. That is one aspect of this book that I really don’t like. I know that it’s part of the story but it didn’t work for me. Though I concluded that this story won’t be complete without it it just didn’t do it for me. Jace is a Shythe that hates the Narcolym, it’s already given but I think it was overly done throughout the book. His constant hate for the Narcolym was oozing that I don’t feel like ever liking this character. I know he has the reason but it was a big giveaway on the ending. Reese is a hybrid like Dez who helped her with her training since they are both hybrids. I really like Reese; he is very subtle and is in control of his emotion unlike Jace who is what can I say argumentative with the thoughts of Narcolym entering their world. Through and through the characters did well weaving this entire story of Shythe and Narcolym.

Cover wise I definitely love it! I really like the purple hue and the cogs at the back and Dez having these goggles. I just want to be honest, if you haven’t seen the previous cover of this book it’s a big FAIL! I don’t like to be mean but it’s not cover material for me.

Overall the characters and the story went well together that it gives you lots of awe moments. The opening chapter didn’t do much for me though it’s forgiven for having a kick-ass story. I recommend this book for steampunk lovers out there, especially scifi junkies that are looking for a good read. I definitely suggest this book to you to read. You are definitely left out if you miss a chance on reading this book!



Trisha Wolfe is the Young Adult author of the Steampunk/Paranormal Romance novel DESTINY'S FIRE. Her short stories have appeared in literary journals, Fantasy magazines, and anthologies. Her first novelette UNVEILED can be found anywhere ebooks are sold. She's represented by Lauren Hammond of ADA Management.
 I received this book free of charge from Omnific Publishing in exchange for an honest review for the Blog Promotional Blog Tour. 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

[Blog Tour] Heart of Flame by Janine Ashbless

Negative Reviews
Guest Post by Janine Ashbless

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
- Christopher Hampton

Gah ... I don't want to write a post about negative reviews! I don't want to think about negative reviews. And I certainly don't want to recall the ones I've received.

Did you notice that? “... the ones I've received.” Yes, it feels that personal, especially if you're a new author. There you are, having spent a year or so writing your first book.You've struggled for more months or years to gain acceptance from a publisher. You've made countless changes and improvements, and you finally think it's as perfect as it can be. Proud and completely terrified, you take it out into the big wide world, like a mother taking a new baby out in its pram to the park. And you innocently, fervently hope that everyone will adore it.

That's when someone does the equivalent of pointing a finger and shouting “Bwa-hah! Take a look at that ugly little bastard!” - and everyone stands round and laughs.

Yes, it hurts. It might even hurt because it's true – maybe the reviewer puts a finger on weaknesses in plotting or pace or writing style, and that makes you angry that you didn't do a better job. Or it hurts because it's true but it's not your fault – maybe the publisher did a godawful job of typesetting. Or it hurts because it's completely and demonstrably unfair – maybe you wrote a book of short stories and they trash it because they were expecting a novel. I’ve seen that happen.

Fact: reviewers get out of bed the wrong side some days. Fact: some reviewers have personal emotional triggers, regarding sexual mores in particular, that seem to send them into an apoplectic rage. Fact: it is far easier to be entertaining and look witty and perceptive when you're being nasty, and many reviewers love to grandstand to their audience. The smarter the reviewer, the more prone they are to this. Fact: the internet gives anyone the right to be a jerk, especially on Amazon.

And you have no right of reply. No chance to defend your creation. No power to even wipe off the shit that gets flung.

Tough luck.

You hurt. You get depressed. You feel like never writing again (I know talented authors who've stopped writing for years after one vicious review). You lie awake at 3am entertaining increasingly violent revenge fantasies (You’ll never admit to this, of course). You mentally compose countless snarky ripostes that will never be posted. (“Dear Reviewer. Given that you saw fit to rubbish my EROTIC NOVEL on your EROTICA SITE because it “starts with a totally gratuitous sex scene” and, I quote, “the theology is hardly original,” does it ever occur to you that you are in the WRONG BLOODY JOB? Perhaps you would feel more at home reviewing for Methodist Weekly?”)

Then, one day, you get up and go back to the laptop and you get on writing the next book. A lot less innocent, a lot less hopeful. And probably a little bit better at your craft.

So they stay, the bad reviews, wedged under your skin like embedded grit from a traffic accident. Permanent. Even when they don't hurt anymore they're still there. Scar tissue. You'll never be as pretty again.

But they serve this purpose, those scars. When you write your second book, and your third, and you keep on writing – and keep on gaining more scars - they are proof. That you're not doing this because writing is easy. You're not doing this to be admired. You're not doing this to stroke your ego.

You're doing this because you have stories to tell. And there's no choice, really. You have to tell them; it's what makes you you. Battle-scars and all. You're a writer. You have to write. And so you do.

Just remember – there’s no law that says you have to read your own reviews.

Janine Ashbless

And on the One-Thousand-and-Second night, Scheherazade told this story…

By day, Taqla uses her forbidden sorcery to move freely about the city of Damascus in the guise of an old sage. Her true identity known only by her faithful servant woman, Taqla is content with the comfortable, if restrictive, life that keeps her safe from the control of any man. Until she lays eyes on a handsome merchant-traveler. Suddenly her magical disguise doesn’t rest so easily on her shoulders.

When long-time widower, Rafiq, hears that the Amir’s beautiful daughter has been kidnapped by a scheming djinni—and that she will be given in marriage to her rescuer—he seeks the help of “Umar the Wise” to ensure he will be that man. Yet as he and the disguised Taqla set off, he senses that his prickly male companion is hiding something.

In a moment of dire peril, all of Taqla’s secrets are stripped bare—her fears, her sorcery and, worst of all, her love for Rafiq. Yet the princess’s life hangs in the balance, and there is no running away or turning back. Even though passion may yet betray them all...

Warning: Scary monsters and creepy ruins in the desert—check. Pagan gods that demand blood-sacrifices—double check. A handsome hero who looks good in a robe and even better out of it—oh yeah. Check, check and check. That’s worth a heroine dropping a veil or two.
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“What manner of painting?” the Amir asked.
“Ah,” said the artist. “The boast of this scroll is that upon it are depicted all the most beautiful things that exist in the world, without exception.”
“Then it must include the Great Mosque here in Dimashq,” said Jamil with a little smile, “and my own daughter.”
“So it must.” The artist lifted the scroll over his head and let it unfurl all the way to his feet.
“Vizier?” The Amir was too dignified a person to get up and squint at a picture himself, so his highest official did the honors for him. He bent and peered at the middle ground, his brows furrowed.
“Where do you start? There is so much detail—cities, bridges, people. Oh—there! Yes, there it is!” He pointed at the scroll. “It’s the Great Mosque of Al-Walid! I see the minarets and the shrine of the head of John the Baptist! Such detail! You can even see the mosaics on the inner walls!” His expression of pleasure warped. “That isn’t possible. You could not paint such fine detail. And the trees there, the water—they’re moving!”
“The picture is magical,” said the artist, as if the vizier were a simpleton.
“Is it safe?” Jamil asked, frowning.
“It is only a picture, oh father of wisdom. Do you not wish to see if your daughter is depicted among the most beautiful things in the world?”
Jamil’s frown deepened.
“I will,” Ahleme said quickly. She itched to see the marvelous painting, and that it might include her made it irresistible.  She sprang to her feet.
Janine Ashbless is a multi-published author of erotic romance and erotica. Her first book was published in 2000 by Black Lace and she currently writes for Samhain and Ellora's Cave among others. She’s always used elements of fantasy, mythology and folklore in her writing, with occasional forays into horror.

Janine loves goatee beards, ancient ruins, minotaurs, trees, mummies, having her cake and eating it, holidaying in countries with really bad public sewerage, and any movie or TV series featuring men in very few clothes beating hell out of each other. She’s a roleplaying geek and can still sometimes be found running round in the woods hitting other geeks with a rubber sword. It is unlikely she will grow up anytime soon.

Janine lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two rescued greyhounds, and is trying hard to overcome her addiction to semicolons.


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Thursday, January 5, 2012

[Review] Die For Me by Amy Plum

Die for Me
by Amy Plum
Publication Date: May 10th 2011
Published by: HarperTeen
Source: Gift

My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.
Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent.
Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.
Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.
While I'm fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family's—in jeopardy for a chance at love?
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First of all I want to say that I looooove love love love Vincent Pierre Henri Delacroix! Ok now enough with that and let me try to make a review for this beautifully written book

My thoughts:

This book is amazingggg!

This is just one book that I totally love and will forever love! It will remain in my heart forever. This book introduced me into a whole new world of paranormal creature, one creature that I didn’t expect to love and to care about. The story of Die For Me is unique, a fresh take about zombies but no technically they're not zombies they are called Revenants, creatures that I described as super heroes.

When I started reading this book it was really slow, there’s nothing really happening much and it was kind of repetitive. But I never judge a book just like that. I ended up loving the next few chapters and thus ending up obsessed with it the moment it ended and wanting more. The introduction of Revenants was really amazing and well plotted. I was at awe with the details on how Revenants are made and it was well explained that it worked so well with the story.

I personally like Kate as the protagonist. I think her personality is just like mine. A girl that is grieving about her parents’ death, a teenager who’s full of angst about how life is very much unfair for her. An amazing character that I sure everyone can relate to. Vincent on the other hand is one character that I sweaaaar to love forever! I mean he’s very much dreamy that’s all I can say before this becomes very much about I love Vincent lol. Her relationship with Kate is for all I can say is real. Their love blossomed throughout the story that I think is really sweet.

I basically love all the characters; they contributed so much in creating this beautiful story. Each of the characters added life to the story, one thing that I really love about this book. Every character is engaging and the fact that they like Kate for Vincent is a big factor lol I just have to add that one.

Cover wise. I totally love it! I say that some people may look at the cover first before buying a book but this is one book that has a beautiful cover and an amazing story inside it! It very much lived up to my expectation.

All in all I love this book no matter what, I love the story. It may have started a little bit slow for me but it was a great read all in all. It has affected me all throughout reading it and I swear to have obsessed with it after finishing it. I recommend it to everyone who likes contemporary, if you don’t fall for Vincent I don’t know what else to say.

Now I can’t wait for the second book which is Until I Die that is expected to be published May of 2012. An unbearable wait but I’m waiting!





Amy Plum is the author of the International Bestseller DIE FOR ME, which is an Indie Next List pick, Romance Times top pick, and recipient of a starred review from School Library Journal. DIE FOR ME is the first novel in a YA trilogy set in Paris.

Amy grew up in Birmingham, Alabama before venturing further afield to Chicago, Paris, London and New York. An art historian by training, she finally traded a tiny apartment in Brooklyn for a rambling farmhouse in a village of 1300 people in the French countryside. She lives there with her French husband, two young children and big red dog Ella, and spends her time writing in a tiny ancient stone house in her garden.

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