Category Archives: Young Adult Fantasy

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Conjure by Lea Nolan

Thanks to Entangled Publishing I am able to share a pretty sweet cover with you today. The book is Conjure by Lea Nolan! Check it out:

So what do you think of the cover? I personally think it looks amazing! I love the eerie feeling that the trees send out and the sparks that float across the give it a magical feel. I also have the summary of the book to share with you.

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry–hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.

When a strange girl appears, bent on revenge; demon dogs become a threat; and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends–are lost forever.

Summary provided by publisher

So what do you think? I am pretty excited about it! The book releases September 24th, 2012 and you can find out more about the book and the author at the links below.

CONJURE on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13425130-conjure

Lea’s website: http://www.leanolan.com/

Lea on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lea_Nolan

Lea also has a giveaway going on in conjunction with the cover reveal. You can find out more about that by following the link below. Good luck!

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Book Review of Destined by Aprilynne Pike

Title: Destined

Author: Aprilynne Pike

Release Date: May 1st, 2012

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and she is working with Klea to conquer and destroy Avalon. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares for a fight she never thought she would have to face.

Filled with heart-pounding action, sweeping romance, and higher stakes at every turn, Destined is the series conclusion that readers have been clamoring for—with a twist that will leave them breathless.

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: If you have not read Wings (review here), Spells (review here) or Illusions (review here) this may contain spoilers.

Wow, we have been on quite a journey with Laurel and starting the last book was a bittersweet experience for me. I have to admit that I was not blown away with the last book, Illusions. I enjoyed it, but it did not love it. In the dedication of Destined Aprilynne talks about wanting to finish strong and thankfully that is exactly what she did. This final installment is by far my favorite in the series and I was so happy Aprilynne was able to finish out on a high note.

The ending of Illusions left us with quite a cliffhanger. We pick up with Laruel, Tamani, Chelsea and David right where we left them, guarding Yuki. We discovered that Yuki is a winter faerie working with Klea. Their end goal is the destruction of Avalon. Since the pair is looking to take over Avalon a battle that lasts for almost the entirety of the book ensues, making it nearly impossible to walk away from this story. So many lives are lost, many of them being characters we have come to love. It was tough to watch Laruel lose people she cares about, but unfortunately when there is a war lives are lost. Aprilynne does do a nice job of setting the scene for the battles and they were exciting to read. They take place all over Avalon and I was thrilled to see more of this mystical world, even if it was under such tragic circumstances. Avalon fascinates me and I always enjoy the story taking us there to explore it.

The love triangle is still going strong in Destined, but it becomes very clear as the book progresses that Laurel has made her decision. I cannot say whether I was happy or not about it, because I have been very vocal about being team Tamani, so any opinion I give on that will be a giveaway. I can tell you that while Laruel is struggling with her decision, it does take more of a back seat in this book due to the constant battle. I thought it was going to bother me, but I enjoyed all the action and events that were constantly moving the plot forward. It also made the private moments that Laruel got with the guys more precious.

In Illusions, Aprilynne gave us the opportunity to see inside Tamani’s head and was happy to see that occur again in Destined. He tries very hard to keep his emotions in check and because of this we do not always know what he is thinking. Thankfully, he gets quite a few chapters all to himself in this book and I relished being in his head again. Especially since there are quite a few events in Destined that rocked him to his core. He has quite a bit to deal with and if we did not get his point of view it would take away some of the substance of the story. His actions and thoughts add so much to the plot, keeping it intriguing and connecting us to him emotionally.

Chelsea and David also play vital roles in this book, David’s was especially interesting. I cannot say what it is, but wow, did not see that coming at all. Aprilynne ties in some familiar mythology that fits well into the world of Avalon. I was intrigued to see how it played out and how David would handle the repercussions of his decisions. It was an interesting twist that was incorporated into this world seamlessly and had me looking at David a little differently as well. It made me think “Maybe he can be good for Laruel and fit in her world.”

Overall, I think this series hit a bump in the middle with Spells, but Illiusions brought it back a little and Destined finished it out with a bang. I am so happy I stuck with this series to the end and reached the conclusion of Laurel’s story. I will forewarn you though, the book ends and then Aprilynne has an extra chapter. It was a very bittersweet read, but one that brought us into the future giving us an update on certain character’s lives. She does warn you that you might not be happy with it, but I had to know. I am not sure what Aprilynne has in store for us in the future, but I will be sure to keep an eye out for her books. If you have started this series at all, then you need to read Destined, it brings everything together and is a fantastic finale to this magical tale.

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris Cover Reveal

I am very excited to be a part of the cover reveal for My Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris today. It is her debut young adult novel that mixes magic with historical fiction. Here is a summary to give you a little more information.

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

Summary from Goodreads.com

Sounds pretty good right? Well here is the sweet cover to go with that summary:

So what do you think? The publisher has given me an excerpt from the book as well to tease you a little.

I hear their muffled whispers and understand every Italian word. Every witty comment made at my expense.

It’s like my brain is automatically translating.

I bunch the soft fabric of the dress in my hand and then reach up to feel the ribbon in my hair. I lightly skim my fingers over my chin and feel my lack of zit. I take in the costumes of the crowd, the stench of the animals, and the Italian I can now speak and understand. And suddenly it hits me.

Reyna must have pulled some kind of gypsy mojo.

Maybe this is one of those nifty “change your life” magic scenarios like in the movies. I mean, mostly I’m still expecting to blink and be right back in the midst of overpriced, gaudy tourism, but for now, the gypsy-time-warp explanation is infinitely better than thinking I’ve lost my mind. As I decide to go with that option, I feel my frantic tension melt away.

The growing crowd seems to notice my change in demeanor and begins shooting one another amused looks, but I don’t care anymore. A smile stretches across my face. Evidently, I was wrong earlier; Reyna is a psychic mind reader, because if this is her special brand of bibbity-bobbity-boo, then she made my exact daydream from earlier in the courtyard come to life.

The long red gown, the braided hair, the Italian merchant’s daughter, the time period. I am in Renaissance Florence.

I stare dumbly at the ground, the words and reality sinking in.

I’m in Renaissance Florence!

So what do you think? Are you interested in reading this book? Well, it releases September 11th of this year so be sure to check out the links below to see where you can pre-order it. Make sure you also check out where you can find out more about Rachel and her upcoming release!

My Super Sweet 16th Century, by Rachel Harris is available for pre-order on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads!

Be sure to connect with Rachel at:
www.RachelHarrisWrites.com
www.twitter.com/@RachelHarrisYA
www.facebook.com/RachelHarrisYA
www.goodreads.com/RachelHarris