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Shadow of the Mark by Leigh Fallon Cover Reveal & Giveaway!

I am very excited to be a part of the cover reveal for Shadow of the Mark by Leigh Fallon. I really enjoyed Carrier of the Mark (review here) and am excited to read Shadow of the Mark when it releases next summer. For today though, I have the cover, the synopsis, some information about Leigh and a giveaway she is hosting to try and hold us over until then. First up is the synopsis.

While she evoked the air element, and her feelings for Adam intensified, a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal has been spun around her. With the Order tightening its hold, and the reinstatement of the Mark Knights, Megan has more questions than answers as the Marked Ones grow in strength.

New people arouse suspicion, the DeRises start behaving strangely, and Megan begins to unravel a destiny shrouded in mystery. It’s a destiny the Order has struggled to hide, and a destiny someone from the past?far in the past, has already laid claim to.

Alliances will be made, and friends will be lost, as the Order?s dark secrets are revealed by the very thing they sought to destroy.

Synopsis provided by the author

Now for the cover:

So what do you think? I personally think the colors are gorgeous Here are Leigh’s thoughts on the cover.

I know, there’s no mistaking it. This is definitely a Carrier Series cover, but that was the intention. After the amazing reception to the cover of Carrier of the Mark, HarperCollins wanted Shadow’s cover to be instantly recognizable. And it is, but the new darker color palette reflects the darker tone that this installment brings, and the pink and purple really make it pop. I love it and think HarperCollins have done another amazing job. I hope you like it too.

I think it is definitely recognizable as a part of the Carrier of the Mark series and it is a good idea to have the covers related to one another. Here is some information about Leigh and places you can pre-order Shadow of the Mark.

I started out life in South Africa. A year later my parents moved home to Dublin, Ireland. When I was older and realized my parents had moved me from exotic Durban, to sedate Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, I was rightly ticked off.

Giving up lions for sheep, I grew up in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains where I went to a convent school and had to contend with uniforms, gabardines, and nuns. When not dodging the beady glare of the Sisters of Mercy, I was devouring every book I could get my hands on.

I traveled all over Europe while working in banking and treasury, but I gave up my calculator in favor of a keyboard and haven?t stopped writing since. My first book, Carrier of the Mark, was published by HarperTeen in 2011.

Our home is in Cork in the south of Ireland, but we?re currently on loan to Massachusetts in the US where I continue to write books about magic, ghosts,and romance, with a bit of Irish flavor.

Pre-order on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Mark-Leigh-Fallon/dp/0062128000/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350828346&sr=1-1&keywords=shadow+of+the+mark+by+leigh+fallon

Leigh’s Website

http://www.leighfallon.com

And finally a giveaway through Leigh’s website! Click on the link below to be entered. Let me know your thoughts on the cover in the comments and thanks to Leigh for letting me be a part of this!

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Book Review of Endlessly by Kiersten White

Title: Endlessly

Author: Kiersten White

Release Date: July 24th, 2012

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Evie’s paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate.

The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its fate rests solely in Evie’s hands.

So much for normal
Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: Well, here we are at the conclusion of Evie’s story. I almost dreaded reading this book, just because I was going to miss Evie and her world so much when it was over. She is almost the opposite of me, but I loved getting lost in her world and watching her kick some *bleeping* tail! While she may be in danger and her world is starting to become bleaker by the hour, she is still the same old Evie. This conversation between her and Lend is proof of that.

“Anything else?” he asked, playing with my hair.

“Oh, yeah, and there’s a dragon in the alley behind the diner, hanging out with Nona.”

Lend frowned at me, his warm fingers lingering on the back of my neck. “And this gets a mention after the color scheme for a dance and a new episode of a teen soap?”

“Priorities, Lend. Priorities”

She may be fighting to keep her life the way it is, but she still had me cracking up. Even in situations where it looked like there was no way out, she was still cracking some kind of joke and had me laughing out loud. Evie can kick some serious butt, and do it with a smile on her face and that is what I loved about her.

While there was a lot going on in the past two books, Paranormalcy, (review here) and Supernaturally, (review here), it was all clearly building to everything that went down in Endlessly. Evie is taking hits from all sides, the supernaturals want her, the faeries need her and the IPCA is under new management and want Evie under lock and key. It is completely chaotic and it kept the plot moving forward at a breathtaking speed. I think Raquel summed up the overall theme of this book in a conversation she had with Evie.

“Sometimes it takes a little chaos for things to work themselves out. When we make it through the chaos, we can use it to shape the world around us into something better than it was before.”

“I’m good at the chaos part, at least.”

“And you’ll be just as good at makings things better on the other end. Trust me.”

While the action is non-stop, Evie and Lend still get plenty of swoon-worthy moments together. He sure does know how to say and do the right things to win her over and I have adored watching the two of them get to know one another and fall in love through the course of this series.

I cannot say too much else about the book without given plot points away, but it is definitely a fantastic conclusion to this story. I am sure Evie would say it was *bleeping* awesome. Well, maybe not while it was happening, but in retrospect I am sure she thinks something similar to that. If you have read any of these books in this series, you have to read Endlessly and see where Evie’s journey leads her. And if you have not read this series, than I highly recommend checking it out!

FTC: I was sent this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review of Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

Title: Spark

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Release Date: August 28th, 2012

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.

Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.

Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.

More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake — this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

The fuse is lit…

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: I loved the first book in this series, Storm (review here), but I loved Spark even more! In Storm we were introduced to all the element wielding brothers and focused in on Chris. He was learning to control his element and attempting to win the heart of Becca. The two of them were also being chased by someone out to hurt them and while it was exciting, I still enjoyed the storyline in Spark more. In Storm, Brigid needed to take the time to develop all the brothers characters and in Spark we really got to focus in on Gabriel and understand what made him tick. We do get to see all of the brothers again in Spark and learn more about each of them, but since their backstories were already known to us, Brigid did not need to devote that much time to it again.

In Storm we follow Gabriel who is tormented and keeps everyone at arm’s length. He tries to hide his depression with his cruel words and “I don’t care” attitude, but he has a lot of issues that he needs to work through. He is popular at school and at first glance you would think he has lots of friends, but as his brother Michael points out:

“Michael sighed. “I’m just saying. You’re friends with half the school, but you don’t have any real friends. You’re with a different girl every week, but you never have a girlfriend…”

He shuts out everyone he can when they get too close to learning more about him. He has become very good at it, so good in fact he is starting to keep his brothers in the dark as well. He is also struggling with his element, fire, and is looking for an outlet where he can learn to control it better.

Layne likes to fly under the radar and does not like getting noticed. She hides a secret that keeps her that way and does not want people to know much about her. She and Gabriel actually share that in common. She has not had an easy life either and while she is a wallflower, she is not afraid to voice her opinion when she feels strongly about something. I enjoyed watching her stand up to Gabriel and pry his secrets from him, even when he did not want to give them up.

The action and the romance share equal page time in Spark and I loved the balance that Brigid maintained between the two. Fires are being spread all over town and since Gabriel has always been a bit of a rebel, his brothers are assuming it is him causing trouble. Beyond hurt, but wanting to help, Gabriel goes to the fires but tries to stop them and save those who are getting struck inside them. While he is trying to get to the bottom of who is starting the fires, he is also trying to figure out his feelings for Layne. He feels like he can open up to her and is desperate to share everything he is going through with somebody. Gabriel had a difficult road to travel. There were quite a few touching moments that I did not expect and my heart broke for him as he tried to work through them. He and Laney do take things slowly and it was so sweet to watch their relationship bloom. They are both very insecure with the secrets they hide and struggle with how to let someone in, without getting burned.

So far this series is only going to be three books and I was not sure how I felt about not getting a story for Nick or Michael, but luckily Brigid gives us plenty of insight into them as well I Spark. We do not get their point of views, but they are big part of Gabriel’s story and we learned more about both of them through Gabriel’s story. We especially see more of Michael and how hard transitioning from brother to parent has been on him. There are quite a few issues going on behind the scenes with custody issues and the landscaping business and it has not been easy on Michael. I enjoyed getting more insight into what Michael was thinking. It helped me to understand some of the reasoning behind his actions in the previous book. We also get insight into Nick and what he really thinks about Gabriel. The two of them are twins, but they are at the point in their lives where they are going different directions and they are struggling with that. We also get to see Nick dating, which I found very interesting. Maybe he won’t get his own book, but we still a better understanding of him in Spark.

Overall, I am just in love with this series! Spark kept me glued to the pages and I engulfed the entire thing in one afternoon! Brigid has created an exciting world with four incredible brothers that will easily capture your heart and make you wish they actually existed. Brigid has renewed my faith in young adult novels and has proven she is an author worth watching. She has claimed my undying devotion and I am eager to see what she has in store for us when Hunter’s book, Spirit, releases next year!

FTC: Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book for review.