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Release Day Blast: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry + Excerpt & Giveaway

May 25th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Katie McGarry’s NOWHERE BUT HERE! NOWHERE BUT HERE is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance and is a part of Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road Series, published by Harlequin Teen. Grab your copy today!!

 Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

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About NOWHERE BUT HERE:

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

 

NOWHERE BUT HERE Excerpt

From Oz’s Point of View. Set up: Emily has been separated from her parents and after a long night of worrying, her emotions and exhaustion catch up to her and it causes Oz to have his first fluttering of emotion for Emily. 

WIND BLOWS IN FROM THE NORTH AND A FEW pieces of Emily’s dark hair sweep across her face. One min­ute Emily’s a bright flame, then a gust snuffs out her light. Her body sways like a top at the tail end of a spin and I lunge forward.

Emily’s knees give out and her eyes roll back into her head. I catch her inches before she crashes onto the porch. She’s light as I swing her into my arms and her head circles onto my shoulder, reminding me of one of those rag dolls Violet used to play with when we were kids.

“Emily!” Eli’s on top of me, attempting to yank her out of my arms. “Open your eyes.”

Her eyelids flutter, but remain closed as her hand limply clutches my shirt. Eli rams his arms underneath mine and he makes Emily a rope in a tug-of-war. I should let her go. I should want to let her go, but then Emily goes and screws it up for me. “Oz.” 

It was a damn whisper, but I heard my name on her lips and so did Eli. His eyes flash to mine and Cyrus’s words repeat in my mind. That girl trusts you. And screw us both for that.

“She’s exhausted,” I say. “Hasn’t slept at all tonight.”

Eli’s expression hardens as he glares at me. I’ve seen Eli throw a coma-inducing punch for less defiance and I readjust the sleeping girl in my arms. A reminder if he decks me now, he’ll be putting his daughter at risk.

Temporarily surrendering, Eli cups Emily’s face in his hands and angles her toward him. “Emily, please open your eyes.”

She does. It’s barely a crack and they’re completely glazed.

“Everything’s going to be okay,” Eli affirms.

“I want my mom and dad,” she mumbles.

“You’ll see them tomorrow.” Eli pushes a strand of hair from her cheek. “You’re safe here. I promise.”

She rejects Eli by curling into me. Her head fits perfectly in the crook of my neck and I loathe the wave of protective­ness that rumbles through my body. Emily’s fingers tighten their grip near my shoulders and the impulse is to shield her from the guys gawking at this intimate scene. Yeah, this is club business, but Emily never asked for any of this.

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Katie McGarry Author PhotoAbout Katie McGarry:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

 

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Review: Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry

May 23rd, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: September 11, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book:

Reeling from the tragic events of Dust & Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot & Ruin. Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists then humanity itself must have survived…somewhere. Finding it is their best hope for having a future and a life worth living.

But the Ruin is far more dangerous than any of them can imagine. They are hunted by fierce animals escaped from zoos and circuses. They must raid zombie-infested towns for food and medical supplies. They discover the very real truth in the old saying: In the Rot & Ruin…everything wants to kill you.

And what is happening to the zombies? Swarms of them are coming from the east, devouring everything in their paths. These zoms are different. Faster, smarter, infinitely more dangerous. Has the zombie plague mutated, or is there something far more sinister behind this new invasion of the living dead?

In Flesh & Bone, Benny Imura, Nix Riley, Lou Chong and Lilah the Lost Girl are pitted against dangers greater than anything they’ve ever faced. To survive, each of them must rise to become the warriors Tom trained them to be.

My Review:

I loved the first two books in this series but after what happened with Tom I took a break from it.  I recently read Bits & Pieces which contained short stories of what happened in between the books and I loved it.  So it got me back into reading the series and I picked up Flesh & Bone.  While I enjoyed it I found it hard to like it as much as the first couple books.

One of the major reasons was I forgot how much Benny irritated me.  I’m glad he’s no longer the little butt he was towards Tom but now his need to behave like he’s supposed to be the new Tom was grating.  Nix and Lilah are obviously the better fighters so when he feels he’s supposed to be the protector and is upset when they save his life I wanted to strangle him.  That in itself wasn’t a deal breaker since he was irritating in the earlier books as well but to add to that was Nix was a real witch as well.  I get that after everything she went through in the last book she’s entitled to be messed up but man, I couldn’t stand her.  She’s lucky Benny is so clueless and just accepts her verbal abuse for the most part because I would have slapped her silly as well.

The storyline itself was good though after reading Bits & Pieces I wasn’t surprised with some of the turns it took.  I was happy to see Joe Ledger however.  I knew he popped up eventually but wasn’t sure how and when.  I love his adult series so it’s great seeing him in this one as well.

I can’t wait to find out what happens in Fire & Ash!  Hopefully Benny & Nix finally settle down and start behaving like likeable people again.

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Review: The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

May 20th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

Source: Purchased myself

Publication date: 4/28/15

Publisher: Elle Kennedy

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book:

He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game…

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

My review:

I absolutely loved The Deal and was already half in love with Logan by the end of it.  So I was dying to read The Mistake and while I really enjoyed it, it was missing the same zing as The Deal.

I was interested to see how Logan’s character would be handled since I’m not a huge fan of characters who are in love with their best friend’s girlfriend or boyfriend.  However, the explanationfor Logan’s feelings throughout the book made it all work.  I loved Grace’s character and how she didn’t let Logan off easily when he screwed up.  At one point she makes him complete a list of tasks before she will agree to go out with him and it was hilarious.  I loved the little bits of humor sprinkled throughout the book and as usual the relationship between Logan and the rest of the guys in the house was great.

Garrett still holds my heart but Logan is a close second.  I’ll admit I’m not as excited over Dean’s story but I’ll still be picking it up for sure because Elle Kennedy has blown me away with this series so far.

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Release day blitz: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

May 11th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

 

I am so excited that THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renée Ahdieh releases today and that I get to share the news, along with a special introduction from Renée herself!
 
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copies of the book and some beautiful book inspired scarves, courtesy of Renée, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

 

A letter from Renée Ahdieh

 

There are not enough words to express how thrilled I am to share THE WRATH AND THE DAWN with you! From the moment I typed the first word, I felt connected to Shahrzad and her world in a way that carried me through the long process of publication to where we are today. 

 

Everything about this process has been a dream come true, and hope you love my book half as much as I enjoyed writing it. In celebration of release day, I’ll be giving away a signed, first edition hardcover of the book, as well as a gorgeous scarf. . . or two!
Always remember to make it a story worthy of you!
Renée

 

About The Book:
 
Title: THE WRATH & THE DAWN
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Pub. Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

 

Asumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

 

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid.

But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

 

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all. 
 
 
 
About Renée:
 
Renée lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, will be published on May 12th, 2015. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters. She’s also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

 

 

 

 

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New Release: Yours Forever by Joya Ryan

May 6th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

It’s Joya Ryan’s book birthday!! Yours Forever, the third and final book in her Reign trilogy is out now, and she’s sharing an exclusive excerpt with us, as well as a giveaway! Be sure to check out all the festivities!
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Exclusive Excerpt:

 

Now you’re worried about me?” I scoffed.

He hit me with a dark glare and stepped forward. “I’ve always been worried about you.”

I wanted to yell and scream and tell him he was full of it. Because he’d watched me cry, heard me beg—beg—for him to stay, and still turned away. The memory sickened me but it didn’t change the outcome.

I’d begged for him.

Something a weak person would do. I hated being weak. Tried so hard to feel anything but that single emotion. Which was why Jack was the best kind of sinful pleasure. Because in one breath he made me feel strong—and in another he made me beg. Only he could cause a war between two such powerful emotions. But I couldn’t give in now. My father was gone, my world wrecking like a slow moving train collision and I was on the brink of snapping under the pressure.

“I’m done with you,” I whispered.

Wild heat flamed like melting obsidian behind those electrifying eyes. He pushed the chair that separated us out of the way, toppling it over onto the soaked grass and the force made mud splattered on my ankle. Jack stepped into the newly open path and didn’t stop until the tip of my nose brushed against his wet chest.

He pinched my chin and lifted my face to the rain. I stared up at him, eyes fluttering from the drops of water hitting me. His gaze was ensnaring and his expression burned me up as he looked down at me, haloed by the gray sky and thick blanket of rain.

He was an angel. A stark, beautiful angel of darkness.

“Say what you need to say,” he rasped. “Be done with me if that’s what you want.” His hips shifted, pressing into my body and I bit back a moan. “But I’m nowhere near done with you.”

Yours Forever by Joya Ryan

About Yours Forever:

For fans of J Lynn, Jodi Ellen Malpas and Sylvia Day comes the final book in the Reign trilogy. This is an all-consuming, raw and powerful love story that seduces, surprises and stays with you.

Playing at forever is a dangerous game…

Torn between two men and surrounded by secrets, Lana is forced to make an agonising choice. But what – and who – does she really want?

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About Joya Ryan:

brit author 0041  (1)National and international bestselling author Joya Ryan is the author of the Shattered Series (Break Me Slowly, Possess Me Slowly and Capture Me Slowly), the Sweet Torment Series (Breathe You In, Only You), and The Chasing Love Series (Chasing Trouble, Chasing Temptation, Chasing Desire).

 

Passionate about both cooking and dancing (despite not being too skilled at the latter), she loves spending time at home color coding things. She resides in California with her husband and her two sons. Visit Joya Ryan online

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Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

April 27th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Source: Picked up at NCIBA

Publication date: April 28, 2015

Publisher: Razorbill

Rating: ★★★★☆

About the book:

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

My Review:

First off I have to say I am so in love with this cover and it was what first drew my attention so I had to pick it up. The premise also sounded intriguing and so I had to add it to my to read pile. I will admit it wasn’t a book that immediately grabbed me and pulled me in. In fact, after starting it I ended up putting it down and reading maybe 3 or 4 other books because it never held my attention. I can’t recall at what point it really ensnared me but I will say once it did I practically read the rest in one sitting. After the slow start it picks up nicely and while not a ton of action during most of the book I never felt it lagged. There are some pretty brutal parts that made my heart break for Elias and his mother is one heck of a villain that you are going to love to hate. The Augurs were an interesting group. Initially I was just meh about then and then slowly Sabaa Tahir reveals their true abilities and secret plans. Then I was thinking “Woah, they’re really fascinating.”

Other than the beginning the biggest drawback of the story was the love triangle/square going on between Laia, Elias, Helene and Keenan. I really don’t get why Elias was so fascinated by Laia other than it was needed to move the plot along. I wish there was some building up to it where Laia stops being so weak and does things to earn Elias’s interest. Then there’s the whole thing with Keenan. Maybe it’s because he wasn’t around for much of the book but I don’t see that connection at all either. I did feel bad for Helene who was so in love with Elias and it’s obvious from the start but Elias is such a dufus and doesn’t realize it until someone shoves it in his face. Either way, the romance aspects really didn’t work for me.

In the end I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough so definitely push through the slow start and you won’t regret picking this one up.

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Review: Hold Me by Susan Mallory

April 26th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Hold Me by Susan Mallery

Source: NetGalley

Publication date: April 28, 2015

Publisher: HQN

Series: Fool’s Gold #16

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book:

Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that’s calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn’t. Her temporary assignment with the Fool’s Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what’ll happen if she does.

Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker’s cool facade is a woman who needs more than he’s ever given. With her, he’s ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall.

My Review:

Wow, I have to say I am really surprised I didn’t love this one more. Usually Mallery can do no wrong but this one totally missed the mark for me. I never really connected with either Destiny or Kipling. I thought Destiny did make poor choices in regards to being a sister at the beginning. Granted she has her half-sister dumped on her but I would think most people would realize how disconcerting it could be for a 15 yr old to be dumped with basically a total stranger, in a new place and not knowing anyone else. I could have lived with that because she does redeem herself but then she continues to make questionable choices. I found the sex without protection and then trying to convince herself that as a virgin she is allowed a one time gimme of no consequences unbelievable. She’s 28 years old and even with such an odd upbringing it’s such a teenager behavior. Kipling makes similar stupid choices and delusional behaviors surrounding those choices. Instead of being endearing I just found myself irritated that two grown ups were behaving that two teens.

I also found the side story about Kipling’s man cave and feud with Jo silly and kind of pointless. I thought instead of showing solidarity, which I’m sure the purpose was supposed to be, it felt thoughtless of Jo and her friends towards Destiny. Destiny admits there’s something going on with Kipling and then that they’re together but that didn’t stop them from causing Kipling all sorts of trouble. It would have worked better for me if Destiny was included in the “hey Kipling, that was a dumb move maybe you should rethink this” plan but nope, she’s clueless to it all.

I still love Mallery’s writing and I loved seeing some of my past favorite characters so the book was still ok but definitely not one I would read again in the seires.

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Review: The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

April 15th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: January 27, 2015

Publisher: Gallery Books

Rating: ★★★½☆

About the book:

It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years.

They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world.

Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed.

A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time.

Among them is Dr. Cassandra Jane ‘CJ’ Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles.

The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that they are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong.

Of course it can’t…

GET READY FOR ACTION ON A GIGANTIC SCALE.

My Review:

I am such a big Matthew Reilly fan and was surprised when I realized I missed the release of this one. This is the problem with not having a bookstore nearby anymore. My favorite are his Scarecrow books and his Jack West books were a lot of fun but when I read the premise of this one I was a little leery. I did actually end up enjoying this one but I will have to say you really have to suspend any sense of reality when reading Reilly’s books. Yes, things are fantastical and would never work in real life but hey it usually involves stuff blowing up and adds to the action. So keep this in mind. The other thing about this story is basically it’s Jurassic Park but with dragons instead of dinosaurs. The location is different but basic idea is the same, even the opening presentation about the dragons for the main characters is almost the same as Jurassic Park.

Once you get over that this really is a mindless but oh so fun read. It’s like an action movie book. The dragons were really cool and I loved seeing how the dragons planned things out, fought against each other and I adored the dragon, Lucky. CJ was an interesting character and is amazingly good at just about everything and is basically the female version of Scarecrow.

There’s really not much more I can say because it is basically one big action movie. The supporting characters weren’t fantastic yet I couldn’t put it down.

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Book Blitz: Full Contact by Sarah Castille

April 6th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

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I am so excited to be participating in the Full Contact blitz because this series looks amazing and just check out the cover.  What’s not to swoon over? ;-)

Full Contact by Sarah Castille

Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication date: April 7th 2015

About the book:

When you can’t resist the one person who could destroy you…

Sia O’Donnell can’t help but push the limits. She secretly attends every underground MMA fight featuring The Predator, the undisputed champion. When he stalks his prey in the ring, Sia is mesmerized. He is dominant and dangerous and every instinct tells her to run.

Every beautiful thing Ray “The Predator” touches he knows he’ll eventually destroy. Soft, sweet and innocent, Sia is the light to Ray’s darkness-and completely irresistible. From the moment he lays eyes on her, he knows he’s going to have to put his dark past behind him to win her body and soul.

And check out this teaser:

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About Sarah:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Sarah Castille, writes contemporary erotic romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha heroes and the women who tame them. A recovering lawyer and caffeine addict, she worked and traveled abroad before trading her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home near the Canadian Rockies.

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Review: The Duke’s Disaster by Grace Burrowes

April 5th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

The Duke's Disaster by Grace Burrowes

Source: NetGalley

Publication date: April 7, 2015

Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book:

Noah Winters, Earl of Anselm, spent months sorting and courting the year’s crop of debutantes in search of an ideal bride. When the sweet, biddable young thing he selected accepts another’s proposal, Noah decides to court her companion instead.

Thea Collins, though, is anything but biddable. She has learned the hard way that men are not to be trusted, especially the handsome ones. When she reluctantly accepts, Noah rushes Thea to the altar before she can reveal her deepest secret. Can she finally move on from her past, or will it come back to haunt her?

My review:

I just finished this one and honestly I am having a hard time deciding what to say.  I will admit I started and stopped this book about 4 times which may have affected my opinion of the book.  I normally like to read a book through but while there was nothing obviously wrong with the book it just couldn’t hold my attention when I had so many other books I wanted to read.

Noah was a fine hero, he had nothing that made me hate him initially so I wasn’t looking for any grand gesture from him to redeem himself.  While I don’t want to hate a hero or heroine I do like to see more growth in their character than we get from Noah.  Thea also was a likeable character, practical but had nothing that made me fall in love with her.

I did have a few issues with some aspects of the story wrapping up too easily and neatly and other things never being satisfactory in their explanation.  It seems a little random when we find out what spurned Thea’s enemy to cause her “deepest secret”.  I also thought Thea’s reactions to Noah’s secret at the end was no meh that it really shouldn’t have been made an issue in the first place.

In the end I have no real strong feelings about this book one way or another.  I wish there were a little more conflict and something that would have made me love the characters more.

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