Today, ladies and gentlemen and dragons queens plus handsome men in top hats, I am finally going to review this masterpiece of a book! I'm excited to share with you my thoughts on it + which bits put a smile on my face (hint hint: all of them involve a HOT HOT HOT reasonably good-looking male by the name of Dev).
Book cover: As Ms Mellow divulged in my interview with her, a lot of thought went into the cover of this book.
The cover, according to Ms Mellow, reflects the idea of the unconscious mind and what that could be if represented visually. The rest of the elements, like the stars and colours, link to certain parts of the book and are very symbolic. The main bulk of the art is the work of the photographer Elena Kalis whose underwater photography is breathtaking.
Not only is the cover gorgeous, but when it's next to the other stunning covers in the series, the complete set produces a wow-factor that should be on every bookshelf!
A female figure in slumber fits the book and its title perfectly. Although I must say she looks way prettier than most people when they sleep (her makeup and nails are flawless!). I'm a sucker for glitter and sparkles and these are just so ethereal! Love the space vibes I'm getting.
Thoughts: Some people are just gifted when it comes to word selection and application. Their writing never feels forced, or lacks flow - the words seem to belong on the page.
E. J. Mellow has this gift in abundance.
The only way I can explain it is that her writing makes me happy as a bookworm. The unique phrasing, the natural feel of the sentences and the dialogue, the way the character's personality shines through the descriptions...it all comes together to make a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Basically E. J. Mellow's writing is what dreams are made of (all puns intended!).
The plot is lovingly pieced together using unique and intriguing concepts that capture and challenge the imagination. The combination of a dream world, plus the ability to conjure things into existence, provides readers with a layered journey full of twists and turns as you fight to discover what is real and what only exists behind your eyelids.
Warning: the kiss scenes will turn you into a pile of fangirling goo so beware of hot dudes will brilliant blue eyes because they will melt your brain! This book is not for the faint of fangirl heart! ...more
Poison is a novel you are not going to want to put down...at all...ever.
The feel of the novel is a cross between Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games andPoison is a novel you are not going to want to put down...at all...ever.
The feel of the novel is a cross between Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games and Sharon Gosling's The Diamond Thief, plus a whole lot of unique and awe-inspiring elements that Lan Chan weaves together using her storytelling magic.
Gritty dystopia and rebellion meets the highs and lows of circus performance in a novel that will honestly hold on to both your attention and your heart. I could go on singing this book's praises for days!
Book cover: I love book covers that pay attention to detail and try to tie in with the story, giving readers a peek into the book's world. Poison hit the mark with its incorporation of elements that hold such symbolism once you've started reading the book.
The cover model's bodice is the same silvery grey as the Wind Dancer costume Rory wears at one point during Poison, and the detailing on it is exquisite. Who wouldn't love to wear a costume as beautiful as that one?!
Another fun element is the contrast between the buildings in the background and the trees in the foreground. It really sets the stage for the entire novel - nature versus mankind, Wanderers versus Seeders, and the wants of the heart versus duty.
The lacing at the back of the outfit and the lace-like details are just beautiful.
Plot: There aren't words to describe just how addictive Poison is. The only way I can describe my reading experience is this: it was like taking a jump from a great height...and landing safely at the bottom.
There is uncertainty at first, which is what always happens when I read dystopian or post-apocalyptic novels. I'm always afraid that there will be too many cliches, or that I will be forced to endure a revamped version of The Hunger Games for the hundredth time.
But then, as you begin to read, your courage builds. You decide that these characters and this story - its unique elements and tantalising plot - deserve your trust. And you jump...straight into the story, and into Lan Chan's brilliant world.
The fall is exhilarating. So many twists and turns, so many images flashing before your eyes. You practically fly through the plot, emotions rolling through you at a breakneck pace.
And when you land safely there's a strong feeling of satisfaction mixed with a little bit of regret...regret that it's over! You immediately want to experience that rush again. Which is why the wait for the next book in this series will be extremely painful!
I loved how Lan Chan set the book in my homeland, good old Australia. It was nice to see dystopia being played out somewhere I know well and am emotionally invested in - it reminded me a lot of the Rosie Black Chronicles by Lara Morgan. Reading this book, I could see the realism. I could see the path that could very possibly lead to the kind of future Poison laid out. The lore behind the Seeders and Wanderers was offered to readers piece by piece, flowing with the plot in a way that never overwhelmed or bored. The world building was done with the kind of finesse seen in Suzanne Collins' set up of the Districts in The Hunger Games series.
But above all I want to praise Lan Chan for her handling of the romantic elements of Poison. I fully expected a love triangle and was delighted to be proved wrong. Instead, romantic relationships were tangled, messy, real and hard to pin down or assign to particular characters. Instead we as readers were encouraged to question characters' motivations and to draw our own conclusions. There are no romantic 'teams' or bias.
Buuuuuuuut I will say that I dearly love Aiden (who I imagine to look something like a long-lost Hemsworth sibling) and that if Rory doesn't want him please - please - sign me up!
An incredible ride from start to finish, Poison has become a fast favourite and I look forward to reading more of Lan Chan's writing in the future.
Let me introduce you to a book you'll be dying to read...
As many of you may be aware, I simply adore all things mythology - especially ancient Egyptian mythology.
So when I was given the opportunity to read & review Jane Unwrapped by Leah and Kate Rooper I just knew that it was the kind of book that I would fall instantly in love with. And I was right! Two pages in and I was already tuning out the outside world, perfectly content to sit down all day with a book that had gripped me with its brilliant characters and unique plot.
It's female protagonist, Jane, was witty, conflicted, and the kind of girl I instantly knew I'd be friends with in real life. Her love of science and quirky facts brought life to the story, making her more than just your average heroine. Her character development shocked me with its rapid but well-thought-out pace - she faced many challenges but emerged triumphant, wearing her emotional and physical scars proudly.
And the book's male protagonist was just as amazing...deadly amazing! Yes, yes, I was very tempted to include a whole array of death puns when discussing the hottie that is Anubis, but I will restrain myself ;)
The Rooper sisters' Anubis is by far one of the best adaptions of a mythological persona I have come across. Anubis was just the right blend of clueless, stoic, and self-righteous ancient god mixed with the adorableness, good looks and sly humour of a YA bad boy. The chemistry between him and Jane was off the charts! They helped each other grow and become better versions of themselves, challenged one another, and made great friends long before romance blossomed.
If you love comedy, romance, time-travelling, and mythology...Jane Unwrapped is definitely for you!...more
'Something remains in the silence after a performance. It echoes between the seats, winding through aisles and rows, whispering as it returns to the f
'Something remains in the silence after a performance. It echoes between the seats, winding through aisles and rows, whispering as it returns to the front of the hall. The stage remembers. Its polished floor pulses with the heartbeat of every musician who has crossed it and holds within its infinite memory that which murmurs endlessly in silence. Power. The same power pulsating in the thick blood now flowing across the pale wood and pooling around the podium. This sacred ground siphons away an artist's life, ingesting ambition and arrogance, and devouring countless dreams of immortality so that it can satiate a voracious audience. The stage demands to be fed. When you step on it, you become the willing sacrifice.'
Poignant and edgy, Breaking Measures takes contemporary fiction to the next level.
Emma Raveling's writing has always been a stunning example of how an author can reel in their readers from the very first word. And Breaking Measures is no exception. In fact, it builds on Raveling's ability to entertain readers by adding a bundle of mystery and suspense that will keep readers on the edge of their seat...and looking over their shoulders to check that a mass murderer hasn't snuck into their houses!
Sprinkled with delicious descriptions of the main protagonist Leila Cates' music career and her love for her art, this novel is utterly captivating from start to finish. Examples of these beautifully crafted descriptions include:
'Leila retreated to the piano, hands trembling at the life spinning out of their control. She pushed the metronome, the precise tick reminding her of measures and boundaries. Now that Orion was gone, the frantic presto pulse no longer seemed right. She adjusted the speed, reducing it to an ominous adagio that boomed like thunder in her chest.'
And another one of my faves:
'People wanted to see her triumph over grief and become the bloodied gladiator standing alone in the arena. The stage demanded a moving display of grit and tenacity, a story about an inspiring comeback despite tragic suffering. Leila was now the headliner in a performance selling the American Dream. The only way to extinguish the sordidness of murder was with a spectacular performance that would be remembered for the ages, a concert that would become an immortal part of her legacy.'
This book is highly recommended for readers who love to read well-written books.
Love books where it feels like every word, every sentence, has been chosen and put together with the utmost care and attention? Do you love books that make you feel invested in their mysterious events, and that urge you to join in on the journey to discover the truth?
Then Breaking Measures is most definitely for you! ...more
I couldn't stop laughing the whole time I read this. Every single moment is so beautifully created. You're constantly wondering: (A)So...so...good!
I couldn't stop laughing the whole time I read this. Every single moment is so beautifully created. You're constantly wondering: (A) Whether the book is a perfect balance between comedy and romance (B) Are-they-or-aren't-they all slightly unhinged in this book (C) Why don't they let Rachel Van Dyken film and/or run The Bachelor
Because if that lady ran the show I'd watch it every year, without fail, with a bag of popcorn sitting on the seat beside me! ...more
I mean, why can't I have a guy who pretends to slay dragons for me?!
Why can't I also have a ridiculously good-looking best friend who compares me to doughnuts & has been to one-too-many theater camps? Or even the chocolate-covered almonds Milo got...I'd settle for a plain old cookie right about now!!
*sighs* But...as we all know...there is no way (yet) of summoning adorable men and/or amazing food from between the pages of a book.
Note to readers: this book is not just about smexy men.
I'm telling the truth! True...the romance elements are h-h-hot, but the main attraction this books has is its humour. I almost died laughing - every page is a masterpiece! If this book could be made into a romantic comedy I would watch it every day <3
At the center of this comedic whirlwind is Max.
Max is a force of nature. A hot, weird, slightly-unhinged force of nature who has an adorable habit of interrupting/butting in/opening his mouth at the most inappropriate times!
So what are you waiting for...go read it! Trust me - when the whole cast of characters gets together and things start to go crazy, it's so entertaining to read :) ...more
Filled with tantalizing story snippets, Buzz Books 2015: Young Adult Spring predicts a year filled with amazing reading experiences for all lovers ofFilled with tantalizing story snippets, Buzz Books 2015: Young Adult Spring predicts a year filled with amazing reading experiences for all lovers of YA!
I'll be posting up a full, in-depth review (made up of mini-reviews, one for each book excerpt included) soon :)...more
I cannot put into words how much I adore this book.
Start, middle, end...every single step of the magical journey, I was enthralled. Colleen Houck provI cannot put into words how much I adore this book.
Start, middle, end...every single step of the magical journey, I was enthralled. Colleen Houck proves herself to once again be a writing goddess as she pieces together a book filled to the brim with myth, wit, magic, and a romance that hooked me in from the start.
Reawakened woke up something in me that had been sleeping since the original Percy Jackson series concluded. True, genuine interest in a book's plot, characters and backstory.
Those who know me will know that Egyptian mythology is one of my favourite things ever. In fact, it's what I'm majoring in! Colleen Houck's use of mythology is innovative and respectful, blurring lines between fiction and reality seemingly with ease.
And that ending...that ending. I don't think I will ever be able to stop crying - nor are there enough emojis on earth to express the level of emotion I experienced. It was like Colleen Houck had reached through the pages of the book and brought me into her world. It felt real. It felt magical. It was the kind of book you savour every page of and you wish would never end.
With a richly exotic cover, multi-layered plot, and a awe-inspiring cast of characters, Reawakened is a book every lover of YA needs on their bookshelf pronto!...more
To anyone who hasn't read Marie Lu's The Young Elites...
Ah, firstly, you've either been living under a somewhat-com*searches frantically for Book #2*
To anyone who hasn't read Marie Lu's The Young Elites...
Ah, firstly, you've either been living under a somewhat-comfortable rock, or on a desert island with only rocks for friends.
Secondly, if you're going to read this book, a word of warning: the following items will be required in order to survive the experience: - (x10 or more) boxes of tissues - (x2 or more) tubs of your favourite ice-cream (to be eaten straight from the tub) - (x1) stress ball/punching bag - many sessions of therapy afterwards
To anyone who has read Marie Lu's The Young Elites...
Don't we all wish we hadn't read that chapter, guys?!
Personally, I am totally wowed by Marie Lu. Taking on an antihero as a main character, and making her both loveable and hateable at the same time, takes high amounts of skill to pull off.
And Marie Lu does this flawlessly. I was hooked from the book's start to its horrendously heartbreaking finish, and am so, so excited to see what is going to occur in the following books.
I mean, don't get me wrong, I didn't read the book just for him - honestly! *coughs loudly & glances away*
This book was justNikolas...oh Nikolas!
I mean, don't get me wrong, I didn't read the book just for him - honestly! *coughs loudly & glances away*
This book was just as amazing, if not better than, the previous book and I am super-duper excited to see what is to come in this series :)
NB: Three cheers for Desmund! By far one of my fave new characters, he reminded me a lot of Myrnin from The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine - a little crazy, but a good guy at heart <3 ...more
A diverse range of mythical/magical creatures? Check. A kickass heroine (Sara) who's not afraid to face danThis has to be one of my fave reads of 2014.
A diverse range of mythical/magical creatures? Check. A kickass heroine (Sara) who's not afraid to face danger head-on? Check. A hot vampire hunter (Nikolas) with a Russian accent? Check, check, CHECK.
I'm off to buy the next book now - I'm looking forward to reading more about Sara, her adventures and (of course) Nikolas ;)...more
'It wasn't the odd sketches of people with their eyes and faces and mouths scratched out, it wasn't the odd and dark poems, it was one phrase.
Put me out of my misery.
Scrawled over and over, filling up two complete pages. I've watched him like a hawk ever since. He smiles now, encouraging me to forget it, like it's just his outlet. He's fine now.
If I had a journal, I'd scrawl that on the pages, over and over, to make it true.'
Sometimes two halves don't make a whole.
Eighteen year-old Calla Price is one half of the Price twins. Her other half, Finn, is crazy.
In so many ways they're connected, practically the same person. But the worse Finn gets, the more their connection starts to become more like a noose for Calla. Calla's deep, abiding love for him is the only thing stopping her from telling their parents the whole truth.
From showing them Finn's private journal and the terrible things scrawled between its pages.
She's his protector, his friend, his conscience. But can she save him from himself? Or will he drag her down with him?
Dare me. Love me. Break me.
Dare DuBray is Calla's lifeline. With him, she feels safer - like she's truly living, truly free for the first time in a long time. Being with him is easy. He as the ability to heal Calla, one day at a time.
But he also has the ability to destroy her.
You can only run from your past for so long. And as Dare's past starts to catch up with him, Calla will be forced to decide between loving Dare, or saving Finn.
Secrets...everyone's got 'em.
Laced with bitter truths and terrible secrets, Nocte is an addictive NA blend of thriller and mystery elements. Be prepared for a book that will lure you in, make you question everything, and then turn everything you think you know inside-out!
My thoughts on the book:
First off, I just want to say this was definitely one of the stand-out reads of 2014.
I finished it in one sitting and could not put it down! It had me hooked from the first page. And that is the mark of a truly well-written book.
And that twist...oh that twist!
For those of you who want to know what that twist was, I will offer a small hint. It was a darker version of the twist from Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park. And, funnily enough, just like Flat-Out Love I did not see it coming! I was in a state of total shock!!
As for the dark and handsome Dare DuBray...let's just say that all fangirls should be prepared to add Monsieur DuBray to their fictional crush list!
Not only is he totally smexy (and he knows it!) but Dare is also a massive sweetheart. Aaaaaand he's got a British accent *cue the squeals of a thousand fangirls*.
My fave part, however, was not Mr. British Accent. It was Finn's story that he read in a book called Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul. It's a tale about the afterlife, and it was just so beautiful that I thought I'd share it with all of you:
'Once upon a time, there was a colony of water bugs. They were a close colony, a family. Where one went, the others went.
But every so often, one would straggle away on their own, crawl onto a lily pad, and never return. This was a great mystery to the family of water bugs. They couldn't figure out what was happening to their family members, of why they disappeared. They talked about it often, and worried about it, but they could never figure it out.
Well, one day, another water bug climbed onto the lily pad, drawn there by invisible forces from within itself, forces it didn't understand and couldn't control. As it sat there in the sun, it transformed into a beautiful dragonfly. It shed its water bug skin, and sprouted iridescent wings that gleamed in the sunlight. Wings so large and strong, it was able to fly into the air, doing loops in the sky.
The new dragonfly was ecstatic with it's new body and thought to itself, 'I need to go back and tell the other. They need to know that this is what happens so they won't be scared.' So he dipped and dove through the air, directly at the water.
But unfortunately, he couldn't dive below the surface to where the water-bugs were swimming. In his new form, the dragonfly was no longer able to communicate with his family. He felt at peace, though, because he knew that someday, his family would all transform too, and they'd all be together again.'
This book was an amazing read. I'm so, so happy I made the decision to pick it up and give it a read. And I hope you all get the chance to read Nocte sometime soon and experience its magic for yourselves :) ...more
'My physical scars aren't the reason I'm here. He can't fix those. But he can help me by letting me out.
(...) He will let me out today. He must. If I can get home in time, I can fix...everything.'
What if you gazed into the mirror...and someone else was staring back at you.
When seventeen-year-old Ashley Watson looks in the mirror, she sees her twenty-three-year-old self.
Older Ashley lives on the other side of the mirror. She's Ashley's lone confidant...the only person who knows the truth behind the lies that make up Ashley's life.
Always enduring. Always alone.
With bullies for classmates and a callous mother, Ashley escapes through her art. Pictures come to life on the page - haunting images that speak volumes about the ugliness Ashley endures day to day.
However, her art doesn't only reflect the bad. It reflects the longing, too. In particular, her longing for her best friend Matt to finally fall in love with her. To see her, as she truly is.
But as the bullying reaches new levels, will Matt stand by Ashley's side? Will she find the courage to confide in him - not only about the bullies her hurt her, but about her biggest secret...Older Ashley?
'She knew. She knew this was coming and she didn't tell me.'
Older Ashley has been through it all already—she endured the bullying, too, and survived the heartbreak. Yet, little by little, Ashley begins to question Older Ashley's advice and her true motives.
What isn't Older Ashley telling her?
As events tumble out of control, Ashley may be forced to confront her biggest fear: that neither Ashley has the answers. And that she's going to have to face whatever is coming alone.
You can't go back. You can't wish it away.
A rollercoaster filled with unforeseeable twists and turns, Every Ugly Word is a raw, emotional tale that will have you hanging on to every perfectly written word.
Exploring what it means to be broken, and what it means to be truly brave, Aimee L. Salter provides readers with a story and characters that will live in your heart long after the final page.
My thoughts on the book:
I cried bucket-loads.
For those who know me well, this will not come as a surprise! I'm the kind of person who only needs to be given the slightest incentive in order to start bawling - whether I'm re-watching Tuck Everlasting, or I'm flicking through family photo albums.
And Every Ugly Word gives you hundreds of reasons to tear up. From the beautifully conveyed emotions, to the heartbreaking character of Ashley. Poor Ashley - I just wanted to hug her so bad! She goes through situations no person should have to go through.
And yet, she shows such strength.
True, it's not your typical 'strength'. But it's a quieter type of bravery. One that is perfectly described in the book itself:
"What makes a decision brave, Doc?"
(...) "I suppose I would define someone - or a decision they made - as brave when they choose a path that could have either serious gains or extreme consequences. When they're choosing that path not out of recklessness, but out of hope. For something better."
The true stand out feature of this book are the concepts.
Everything about this book's concepts intrigued me. Especially the use of 'Older Me' (Older Ashley) and the mirror.
It added an edge to the story - moments where you questioned the main protagonist, where you questioned the reality that was being told to you.
Apart from the 'edge' it added, the mirror and Older Ashley caused me to tear up the most. Because it spoke to me on so many levels to read about this lost, hurting girl who found solace in her reflection. In an older, wiser version of her whom she believes will give her the answers she needs, and the love no one else can give her.
It reminded of the lyrics to Justin Timberlake's Mirror (to listen to Madilyn Bailey's cover version of this song that I listened to whilst typing up this review, see here!)
'Cause I don't wanna lose you now I'm lookin' right at the other half of me The vacancy that sat in my heart Is a space that now you hold Show me how to fight for now And I'll tell you, baby, it was easy Comin' back here to you once I figured it out You were right here all along...'
This book deserves more than five stars.
Words don't really give it justice. I could type and type about its merits but there's no way I could convey to you all how amazing this book is. It's unique - a book that you walk away from changed, with a different perspective on life. A book that touches you.
I highly recommend picking up a copy today. I want to give a big thanks to Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book - and to Aimee L. Salter for writing it! :) ...more
'"Well, if you do winter here...we have a lovely harvest season," Autumn told him, as hope that he would stay leapt in her heart. "And the county fai
'"Well, if you do winter here...we have a lovely harvest season," Autumn told him, as hope that he would stay leapt in her heart. "And the county fair is worth stayin' for all by itself. Autumn is beautiful here, Mr. James."
"I can already see that it is," he said, grinning at her.'
Marcia Lynn McClure knows how to win readers' hearts.
She isn't an author. She's an artist. She wields words with finesse, creating characters that burrow into your heart & stay there, long after you've read the final chapter.
I'll admit, I'm always wary of reading sequels to fantastic books. In the back of my mind, I didn't believe - when starting The Haunting of Autumn lake - that it would be as good as its predecessor.
But I need not have worried. The tale of Autumn & Gentry was just as heartwarming & lovely as Vaden & Ransom's story of true love. Gentry is yet another male of McClure's for females to swoon over, & Autumn is a sweet & kind-hearted heroine.
Q: If you were stranded on a desert island & could only have one book with you, which would it be?
Besides the obvious answer (The Raft-BuildingQ: If you were stranded on a desert island & could only have one book with you, which would it be?
Besides the obvious answer (The Raft-Building Guide For Dummies or How To Survive Life On A Desert Island) my choice would have to be Flat-Out Celeste - a rip-your-heart-out-make-you-laugh-and-cry tale that I could read over and over again without ever getting bored.
What makes this book so addictive is: - The humour (nerd humour - the best kind!) - The intensity of the emotions (I sobbed like a baby & laughed like a crazy woman) - The level of adorable-ness (featuring first dates that are to die for) - Coffee art (three cheers for the Mad Hatter!) - Geek saying t-shirts (three cheers for Matt's wardrobe!)
And of course the a-ma-zing characters that have been brought to life by Jessica Park.
It's one of those books where you just can't pick a favourite character. You love them all equally, from Matt & Julie, to Justin & Celeste. But...if I had to pick one...I'd probably pick Justin. Just because not every guy greets girls with a Victorian-esque bow, accepts that not all people are able to deal with social situations, or takes his girlfriend on a date to a Christmas tree lot. And guys that do totally deserve a medal!
The 'Best Boyfriend Of The Year' Award is probably somewhere in Justin's future :)
Definitely one of my favourite reads of 2014, Flat-Out Celeste should most certainly be on your TBR lists (& your bookshelves!), so you can experience this 'violently perfect' (to quote Celeste) story & its deeper message.
The message being that the acceptance of diversity is so important in today's society. And that what is perceived as normal is just that - something that is 'perceived'. It's just a bunch of standards set by someone else. No one should be made to feel inadequate, or isolated.
There's a little bit of 'crazy' and a little bit of 'weird' in everyone. Embrace it! And let out your inner Celeste <3...more
"You're ready. This is the only way we can unlock your power. Don't break your concentration; you've come so far already."
"All right, but if I die, I
"You're ready. This is the only way we can unlock your power. Don't break your concentration; you've come so far already."
"All right, but if I die, I'm haunting you for eternity."
He chuckled under his breath. "I look forward to that."
Turning sixteen for normal girls means throwing parties & battling boy problems. For Kalin Matthew it means accepting her supernatural birthright.
As far as Kalin's friends know, she's moving to Paris. But the Avalon she's going to definitely isn't the Avalon Hotel. She's going to the Avalon of myths and legends...the home of the four elemental courts: air, woodland, fire, and water.
Kalin's father is the elemental king of the air court. Both he and her mortal mother agreed when Kalin was born that when she turned sixteen she was to move to Avalon to help rule with her father. There, she would learn how to control air element and weather magic.
But an unexpected attack by a fire court assassin - and a surprise rescue - throws all their plans into upheaval.
Kalin's father is missing. And it's Kalin's duty to find him.
Upon discovering that her father is missing, Kalin tries to launch a search party for him - struggling to control the air council and the peoples who are supposedly her loyal subjects, as they argue amongst themselves. Any attempts at establishing order quickly fail, with any suggestion on Kalin's part being politely ignored.
Being half-mortal doesn't help. In order to fulfil her duties as the princess of the air court, Kalin must embrace her elemental side...a side she barely knows anything about.
There to train her is the one who rescued her from the assassin, a striking elemental named Rowan. Warring between feelings of mistrust and attraction, Kalin must decide whether Rowan's motives are as spotless as they appear...and where his loyalties truly lie.
Corrupt councils. Raging elements. Impending war.
Kalin will have to battle with all these trials and more, as she tries to unravel the web of secrets and mysteries surrounding her father's disappearance.
But will she be able to uphold the balance of control in the elemental world? And can she stop the outbreak of a brutal war between the courts?
Immerse yourself in a mythological maze of romance, magic and mayhem, as Stacey O'Neale's Mortal Enchantment takes you on an unforgettable journey.
A raw and beautiful story, Open Road Summer is one of those books that will make you laugh and cry in equal measure.
With a realistic female protagoniA raw and beautiful story, Open Road Summer is one of those books that will make you laugh and cry in equal measure.
With a realistic female protagonist, a look into the life of teenage musicians, & a heartwarming message about falling in, and falling out, of love, Open Road Summer will open your mind, your eyes and your heart...giving readers a fresh perspective on life and relationships.
See life - its good times and its bad times - through the main protagonist's photographic eye. This book provides a truly lovely reading experience, from its loveable characters to its ability to make you cry bucket-loads!
Finally, to anyone who hasn't read this book yet: do! If not for the touching message you gain from it, read it purely so you can swoon over Matt Finch ;)...more