ARC Review: Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

ARC Review: Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

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Series: Radleigh University #1
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Drama
Release Date: Decenber 9, 2014
Source:  eARC from author
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Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she’s acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she’ll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn’t exactly Lizzie’s biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you’re ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks… and that she’d like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he’s not the kind of guy who’d ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.

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If you guys know me, then you should know that I rarely read New Adult. Mostly, it’s because I’m not into the “bad boy meets virgin girl and they both undergo an angsty drama” thingy that a lot of them are unfortunately full of. Another reason is that I’m not really into reading sex scenes. I’m not against it particularly, but it’s just something I seek once in a blue moon and when I’m in the right mood for it. What’s interesting is that when I chanced upon this book, I wasn’t feeling like reading one under this genre at all, but after taking a sneak peek at the blurb, I just knew I had to get my hands on it.

An age gap? A taboo teacher and student relationship? An orphan girl suddenly becoming the guardian of two minor kids?

Dude, something like that just screams to be read.

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ARC Review: Compulsion by Martina Boone

ARC Review: Compulsion by Martina Boone

CompulsionSeries: Heirs of Watson Island #1
Genres: Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Publisher Simon Pulse
Source:  eARC from Edelweiss
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Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead–a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

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Compulsion is a hard book to review just because I felt so many different things for it. At times, it was definitely a one star read, but at other times, it blew my mind and was exciting enough to be  5 star read.  Which leaves me confused as to whether I enjoyed the book or not.However, the fact that I want to read the sequel may be an indicator that I did enjoy it enough to want to know what happens to these characters.

The book has its pros and cons, obviously, but they are almost extremes so they kind of cancel each other out. What works in favor of the book is the atmosphere and the setting and just the general set up of things, the characters on the other hand make the book a lot harder to read.
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ARC Review: The Thickety – The Whispering Trees by J.A. White

ARC Review: The Thickety – The Whispering Trees by J.A. White

22583008Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Horror, Adventure, Paranormal
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Other books in series: The Thickety – A Path Begins
Number of pages: 528
Source: eARC from Edelweiss
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The second book in J. A. White’s critically acclaimed middle grade fantasy series continues the fantastical story of Kara and her journey into the Thickety.

After Kara Westfall’s village turns on her for practicing witchcraft, she and her brother, Taff, flee to the one place they know they won’t be followed: the Thickety. Only this time the Forest Demon, Sordyr, is intent on keeping them there. Sordyr is not the Thickety’s only danger: unknown magic lurks behind every twist and shadow of the path. And then Kara and Taff discover Mary Kettle, an infamous witch with an unspeakable past—she is everything their village fears about magic.

When Mary shows them the path leading out of the Thickety guarded by Imogen, a creature more monster than human, Kara is hesitant to trust her. But then she offers to help Kara learn to cast magic without a grimoire…and this could be Kara and Taff’s only chance to escape.

Or the first step down a dark and wicked path.

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Spoiler free!!!

When it comes to dark books, this is dark as dark can be in a supernatural sense, which is quite surprising given how this is a bloody MIDDLE GRADE BOOK. Like seriously, it has a twelve year old and a seven year old, experiencing so many things that would have made me run for the hills already. The blurb calls it a “middle grade fantasy”, but a more accurate description would be, “middle grade that sends you to hell, and takes you back just to send you to hell again”. Yup.

But who’s complaining? I certainly am not. As a lover of dark books, I welcome the second installment of a series whose first book successfully made me want to stay the fuck away from possibly psychopathic children playing with powers of demonic origin. I said it before, and I’ll say it again: do not read this book if you’re looking for something that would make you laugh, cry and be in cloud nine. There is no puking of rainbows and butterflies here. In this installment, we have a living, breathing forest full of creepy wonders; siblings running for their lives; and, oh, a whole bunch of other things like death, betrayal, forest demons, originally-kind-turning-into-scary kids as they keep using their powers…

I present to you ME after reading this book:

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ARC Review: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas

ARC Review: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas

20646933Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: December 9th 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
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Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market

4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi

3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm

2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)

1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees—of stealing upwards of $10,000

Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe’s list of Top Ten Best Moments.

 

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Liz Czukas definitely has the whole light, easy read thing down–I’d go far as to say she’s a pro at it. But of course, despite being a hilarious and cute read, this book wasn’t perfect. Let me list down three reasons why you’ll love it, and two reasons why you might not.

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ARC Review: Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret by D.D. Everest

ARC Review: Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret by D.D. Everest

Archie GreeneGenres: Magic, Urban Fantasy, Middle Grade
Release Date: April 21st, 2015
Publisher HarperCollins
Source:  eARC from Edelweiss
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On his twelfth birthday, Archie Greene receives a mysterious package from a man he has never met, a package containing an ancient book in a language he doesn’t recognize. The gift leads him to a family he didn’t know he had and a world he never knew existed.

Soon Archie becomes a bookbinding apprentice to the Flame Keepers, a secret group devoted to finding and preserving magical books at the Museum of Magical Miscellany. With the help of his cousins, Bramble and Thistle, Archie tries to unravel the mystery behind his book, but he begins to realize that his gift is something more powerful than he could have imagined. And the only thing more perilous than its contents is being its owner.

The book waited 400 years for Archie Greene. Now Archie must discover why.

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Lately, I find myself being more and more drawn to middle grade books and I have this need to unearth all the jewels I can find. This book was one that I thought I would love. I was drawn in by the premise and was let down. What this book lacks is an execution of its premise that would blow the socks off of its readers. The premise is not the least bit lacking but the way things are built around it, those could definitely use a touch up so as to make this book the amazing thing it promises to be.
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Thank You Giveaway

Thank You Giveaway

Faye

I previously said this before, but I’ll say it again: when I started this blog, I did not expect to come this far. I’ve started and abandoned many blogs over the years, but this book blog has been the only one that really stayed close to my heart. This is the only blog that gave me the chance to do something so fulfilling, the only blog that gave me an opportunity to build bridges with other people, and honestly, I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. I’ve learned a lot through reading and reviewing. I learned how to read between the lines; what to look for in a book; how to think critically; and most importantly, how to interact with other people, be they reviewers, bloggers, authors, or simply readers. And it’s all thanks to you, guys!

I would like to thank Rashika and Aimee, too, for being wonderful co-bloggers. You guys are fun to be with, and it’s been awesome sharing this awesome “burden” with you! You definitely make the ride a hundred times more interesting.

I also would like to thank my support group of bloggers who’ve been there for me whenever I needed to rant, gush, or vent. It all started as a random GChat convo that later grew to an incredible support system. Amir, Jeann, Dre, Ella, Jules, Francine, Larissa, Valerie, Shannelle, Sarah, Kelly, and Irish, you guys rock.

And to the incredible people who’ve been regularly commenting on our blog, checking out our reviews and other what-have-you, you guys are also my rock. It feels awesome to know that our thoughts and insights are being read and our efforts appreciated, and this is all because of you guys. Pili, Kimberly, Lily, Jessica, Carmel, Melanie (YA Midnight Reads), Cait, Kindlemom, Stuti, Cristina, Emily, Zoe, Giselle, Nick, Siiri, Mitchii, Jasprit, Tanja, Romi, Melliane, Joy (JoyousReads), Joy (Thoughts by J), Joy (Bookshelf Intruder), Lyn, Celine, Christy, Melanie (The Daily Prophecy), Lola, Alex, Angie, Tricia, Danielle, Paula, and many others… I’ve lost count, but you guys know who you are. I love you all.

Rashika

There are many people I want to thank and I am not even sure I’ll be able to thank all of them but I’d like to start off by thanking 6 ladies who have been wonderful friends to me and I am just glad that they have been there for me.

THANK YOU JASPRIT (from The Reader’s Den), NICK (from Nick’s Book Blog) and SIIRI (from Little Pieces of Imagination). Also THANK YOU TO MY BOSNIAN BEAUTIES, Glass and Tanja (from Ja Citam A Ti?). ANDD my wonderful Kelly Armstrong loving buddy Jessica (from Rabid Reads).

I also want to thank Danielle (from What Danielle did Next). We both started blogging around the same time and I cannot believe how far we’ve both come! Ahhhhhhhh *tackle hugs*

Next I obviously want to thank my beautiful co-bloggers, you know who you are my little potatoes.

I also want to thank the wonderful Filipinas I have met over the past couple months. You guys have been amazing and you make me feel like I am one of you <333333 You’re all wonderful and kind and are like a second family. AND YOU NEED TO GIVE ME THE SECRET TO YOUR YOUTH. Ahem.

Then there are also some of the wonderful Aussie bloggers I have had the pleasure of knowing and I am so happy to call you guys my friends. You are a wonderful group of people and I LOVE how you guys always have each other’s back. It’s amazing how you guys are always so kind to everyone else too and no one ever feels left out when talking to you guys (except when we don’t get to read all the awesome books you get to).

Last but not least, I also want to thank every single one of our followers and anyone who has ever taken the time out of their day to comment on our blog. I love reading all of your comments and even though I haven’t had time lately to give back the share the love, I promise I am working on it! It’s because of you all that I continue to blog. That sounds cheesy, yes but I completely mean it. There will be days when blogging will bring you down but your continues support makes me realize why I am doing this. SO THANK YOU ALL.

Also if I am sure I am forgetting MANY names (since my brain has been clogged up for so long) but if I didn’t mention you it’s not because I don’t love you, it’s because my brain has been overworked for too long!

 

 

Aimee

First off, I really, really want to thank Faye for taking me in. I used to be one of her stalkers, see. I was a huge fan of Faye and this blog, and now here we are, almost like sisters! <3 Of course, I also want to thank Rashika for being supportive, and for her exquisite sense of humor–really, that lady can make me giggle after an entire day of crap. We haven’t really talked a lot lately, but I know these two girls have my back and will be there when I need them.

Next up, I want to thank the amazing PH bloggers who’ve been awesome friends to the three of us (who Faye already mentioned earlier): Dre, Amir, Ella, Jules, Francine, Shannelle, Nix and Irish. *hugs everyone* I’m glad I already met you guys in real life and that you weren’t all that bothered by my awkwardness. Well, except for ate Amir. We’ll meet in the future, okay? :) And Abby as well, even if we didn’t get the chance to meet yet. :( Soon, woman!

Oh! And thanks to the lovely authors and publishers who have given us the opportunities to read and review their fabulous books. The bookish community wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you guys!

Thank you also to our frequent commenters and friends, mentioned already by Faye and Rashika. We love you guys, and we wouldn’t be where we are if it weren’t for all of you! Heck, we wouldn’t have the energy to blog if we knew you guys wouldn’t appreciate our posts, but we know you guys do, and it’s really heartwarming every time you leave comments and talk to us!

Lots of hugs and thank yous as well to our readers–even the ones who don’t comment. Thank you for reading our content and making us feel loved! You guys are fabulous, and if I knew who you were I’d give you all some cookies. (If, you know, I could reach my hand into my computer screen and hand them over to you guys…) Anyway, HUUUUUUUUGS. Stay cool, guys!


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Author Interview with Anthony Ryan + Giveaway

Author Interview with Anthony Ryan + Giveaway

Our fourth and final author who graced us with his presence and time today is none other than Anthony Ryan, a bestselling Fantasy author known for Blood Song, which is pretty much one of my favorite Fantasy books ever, and THE book that really got me into Epic Fantasy! I really wish this guy a lot of success, because I simply love his books (and no doubt his future books) so much. I wouldn’t be into the genre if it weren’t for him!

If Blood Song were to be made into a movie, which actors would you cast for Vaelin, Nortah, Frentis, Sella, Dentos, and Barkus?

I wouldn’t. I’d rather leave it up to the reader to conjure their own images of how the characters look. I tend to sketch in visuals rather than going into great detail, you have to allow room for the reader’s imagination. Besides which, there’s a reason why Hollywood casting directors get paid so much. Also, I haven’t seen any actors who come anywhere close to my own image of how most of the main characters look, especially Vaelin. I will say that James Purefoy (from Rome and The Following) would make a great Master Sollis.

If Vaelin were a modern man, what kind of job do you envision him to have?

Given his personality type, he would almost certainly be in the military, most probably in Special Forces. Although, he’d end up being court-martialled for disobeying orders and have to go on the run, now there’s an original plot line.

What part of the book did you like writing the best? The least?

Vaelin’s meetings with King Janus and Princess Lyrna were fun to write, partly because the dialogues seem to flow very easily and Janus and Lyrna have a lot of different aspects to their characters. Lyrna’s flashbacks to her memories of Janus in Tower Lord are partly the result of the fact that I just liked writing him so much. As for the least favourite, killing characters is never easy, even though I do it a lot. Must confess to moist eyes when a few bit the dust.

What do you plan to write after you finish The Raven’s Shadow series? Will you stick to Fantasy?

I’m currently writing the first book in a new fantasy series set in a completely different world; I won’t say much about it at this stage but it does feature dragons in a big way. I also hope to finish my Slab City Blues sci-fi series next year with a full length novel.

Best thing that happened to you after you finally published your book.

It’s fairly mundane, but being able to make a living doing what I love is the best thing that’s happened since Blood Song came out… besides reading your reviews, of course.

There are so many books that inspire me, though, and many that make me want to be a better writer. So that’s a long list that I won’t get into here!

Anthony Ryan

Hi, I’m Anthony Ryan, writer of fantasy, science fiction and non-fiction.

After a long career in the British Civil Service I took up writing full time after the success of my first novel Blood Song, Book One of the Raven’s Shadow trilogy which has been purchased by Penguin US to be published in July 2013. I also continue to self-publish the Slab City Blues series of science fiction novellas.

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Sarah has also very graciously offered a copy of ONE (1) UK Edition of Blood Song and ONE (1) ARC of Tower Lord to our lovely readers! Yaaay!

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Author Interview with Sarah Fine + Giveaway

Author Interview with Sarah Fine + Giveaway

Our third author for the week will be…. *drum roll* SARAH FINE. I’ve almost read everything she has put out and I have never regretted the decision. I will continue to push her books at everyone I know and really I don’t know what to tell you if you haven’t taken the time to pick up one of her books. She is not just talented though, she is also very amusing…. sometimes… when she isn’t busy trying to stomp on my feels. Thank you so much for joining us today, Sarah!

What’s your favorite thing about being an author?

Hands down, interacting with people who have read and enjoyed my books. I’m always irrationally joyful when I get to talk with someone who’s actually read something I wrote. So apart from the actual crafting of a story, and the privilege of having that as my occupation, meeting readers is the best.

If you had to choose, what do you think your favorite genre would be?

I like fantasy! I deal in hard realities at my day job, so losing myself in a different world is fabulous.

I know you have a new Adult Urban Fantasy coming out in Jan next year (!!!!!!). Could you tell us more about it? :D

YES! MARKED is about Cacy Ferry, a paramedic in post-eco-disaster Boston who moonlights in the family business of transporting souls to the afterlife. She has to solve her CEO father’s murder and prevent the business from falling into the hands of the mischievous, evil Kere before her handsome new partner, Eli, becomes one of the casualties.

This book was so much fun to write. It’s a modern twist on Greek mythology set in this chaotic, futuristic canal city of Boston. It’s violent and sexy (if I do say so myself). And the sequel—CLAIMED–comes out March 24th, 2015!

Both Sanctum and Of Metal and Wishes deal with heavy issues, which one was harder for YOU to write?

Well, Sanctum was the second book I ever wrote, so from the perspective of story structure and such, it was definitely harder. I wrote OMAW much more quickly. In terms of issues, honestly, these things are not usually hard for me to write about, perhaps because I spend most of my time thinking and talking about them in my job as a psychologist. My biggest concern with Sanctum, though, was to respectfully portray people struggling with past trauma and depression while still being badass and resilient when possible, and relatable and understandable when not possible. And when it’s not possible—those are the scenes that make me cry.

This is going to be a tough question, what’s the book that affected/inspired you the most?

Book that affected me the most: Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis. It’s the one book I’ve read where I identified with the main character so closely that I couldn’t get it out of my head.

There are so many books that inspire me, though, and many that make me want to be a better writer. So that’s a long list that I won’t get into here!

 

Time for a round of THIS OR THAT

Vanilla or chocolate?

Vanilla

Netflix or Hulu?

Hulu

Music or no Music?

Music!

Coffee or tea?

COFFEE.

YA or Adult?

Ummmm. These days I read more YA, but I have to say, writing adult is preeeeetty fun ;)

 

Sarah Fine

I’m the author of several books for teens, including Of Metal and Wishes (McElderry/Simon & Schuster) and its sequel, Of Dreams and Rust (coming in August 2015), and the Guards of the Shadowlands YA urban fantasy series (Skyscape/Amazon Children’s Publishing). I’m also the co-author (with Walter Jury) of two YA sci-fi thrillers published by Putnam/Penguin: Scanand its sequel Burn (which will be published in 2015). My first adult urban fantasy romance novel, Marked, will be published in January 2015 by 47North/Amazon Publishing, with the sequel, Claimed, coming in March 2015. When I’m not writing, I’m psychologizing. Sometimes I do both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.

 

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Sarah has also very graciously offered up a copy of Of Metal and Wishes (her latest) to our readers! 

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  • The Social Potato and Sarah Fine will not be responsible for any damaged/lost goods
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Author Interview with Danielle Jensen + Excerpt from Hidden Huntress

Author Interview with Danielle Jensen + Excerpt from Hidden Huntress

As you all know, I’ve (Aimee) been pushing people to read Stolen Songbird ever since I finished the glorious book. It was fantastic in terms of the magical world-building, angst-y but lovable characters and huge bags of feels. (No kidding–that cliffhanger broke my heart! I’m sure you guys are curious about that, so READ THE BOOK. *chucks book at your face*) So please give a warm round of applause for Danielle Jensen, who’s generously giving her time to celebrate our blogoversary with us! *clap clap clap* 

Why trolls? Can you advocate them for us?

I didn’t begin writing Stolen Songbird with the intention of writing about trolls. They sort of created themselves as the story grew in my mind, and the backstory of who they are and where they came from developed as I wrote. I know many readers picked up on the many, many clues I left as to what the trolls really are, but don’t get too comfortable thinking that you have them all figured out J

What’s your favorite thing about being an author?

Probably when fans who have really connected with my novels talk about the characters like they are real people.

If you had to choose, what do you think your favorite genre would be?

Easy choice! Fantasy, especially alternate world epic fantasy.

This is going to be a tough question, what’s the book that affected/inspired you the most?

Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly. The characters in that book are so real… If I can instill half that much life into my books, I will feel as though I’ve done my duty.

Can you tell us what you have planned for Cécile and Tristan in Hidden Huntress? Just a little snippet? PRETTY PLEASE?

Hidden Huntress is still in the final stages of editorial, so this is all subject to little changes, but here is the snippet I provided before on Goodreads PLUS a bit more!

Chapter 1

My voice faded into silence, though the memory of it seemed to haunt the theatre as I slumped gracefully, trusting that Julian would catch me, however much he might not want to. The stage was smooth and cool against my cheek, a blessed relief against the heat of hundreds of bodies packed into one place. I tried to breathe shallowly, ignoring the stench of too much perfume and far too few baths as I feigned death. Julian’s voice replaced mine, and his lament echoed across my ears and through the theatre, but I only half-listened, my attention drifting away to fix on the all too real sorrow of another. One far out of reach.

The audience erupted into cheers. “Bravo!” someone shouted, and I almost smiled when a falling flower brushed against my cheek. The curtain hit the stage floor, and I reluctantly opened my eyes, the red velvet of the curtains pulling me back into an unwelcome reality.

“You seem distracted tonight,” Julian said, hauling me unceremoniously to my feet. “And about as emotive as my left boot. She won’t be best pleased, you know.”

“I know,” I muttered, smoothing my costume into place. “I had a late night.”

“Shocking.” Julian rolled his eyes. “It’s tiring work ingratiating yourself with every rich man in the city.” He took my hand again, nodded at the crew, and we both plastered smiles on our faces as the curtain rose again. “Cécile! Cécile!” the audience shouted. Waving blindly, I blew a kiss to the sea of uniform faces before dropping into a deep curtsey. We stepped back to let the rest of the cast take their bows before coming forward again. Julian dropped to one knee and kissed my gloved fingers to the roaring approval of the crowd, and then the curtain dropped for the final time.

The moment the fabric hit the stage floor, Julian jerked his hand away from mine and rose to his feet. “Funny how even at your worst, they still scream your name,” he said, his handsome face dark with anger. “They treat me as though I am one of your stage props.”

“You know that isn’t true,” I said. “You’ve legions of admirers. All the men are jealous, and all the women wish it was them in your arms.”

“Spare me your platitudes.”

I shrugged and turned my back on him, walking off stage. It was two months to the day since I had arrived in Trianon and nearly three since my dramatic exit from Trollus, and despite arriving with a plan I had thought was good, I was still no closer to finding Anushka. Julian’s jealous theatrics were the least of my concerns.

Backstage was its usual state of organized chaos – only now that the performance was over, the wine was pouring more liberally. Half-dressed chorus girls preened at Julian, their overlapping words barely intelligible as they rained praise upon his performance. I was glad for it – he didn’t get the credit he deserved.  Me they ignored, which was fine, because all I wanted was to be alone. Eyes on my dressing room, I wove through the performers until the sound of my name stopped me in my tracks.

“Cécile!”

Slowly, I turned on my heel and watched everyone scatter as my mother strode through the room. She kissed me hard on both cheeks and then pulled me into a tight embrace, her strong fingers digging painfully into the long livid scar where Gran had cut me open to set my ribs. “That was positively dreadful,” she hissed into my ear, breath hot. “Be thankful for small mercies that there was no one of taste in the audience tonight.”

“Of course not,” I whispered back. “Because if there had been, you would have been the one on stage.”

“Something you would be grateful for if you weren’t so ignorant.” She pushed away from me. “Wasn’t she brilliant tonight!” she announced to the room. “A natural talent. The world has never known such a voice.”

Everyone murmured in agreement, a few going so far as to clap their hands. My mother beamed at them. She might criticize me until she was blue in the face, but she wouldn’t tolerate anyone else saying a thing against me.

 (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can we have the next book now?)

Time for a round of THIS OR THAT

Vanilla or chocolate?

Vanilla

Netflix or Hulu?

Netflix

Music or no Music?

Music

Coffee or tea?

Impossible choice. Coffee in the morning, tea at night.

YA or Adult?

Ehhhhh, that’s hard. I’m going to have to say adult, but only because most of my favourite epic fantasy series are adult. I feel like such a traitor… Can I take my answer back?

Danielle

Danielle was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of the left side of her brain, she graduated in 2003 from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance. But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous; and in 2010, it sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal University and to pursue publication. Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination.

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