Friday, August 26, 2011

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (Fire and Thorns book one)

Once every century, God chooses one person who is destined for greatness. They are marked with the Godstone in their navel. Lucero-Elisa de Riqueza, Princess of Orovalle, is now the chosen one.

Elisa, the younger daughter of King Hitzedar, is not destined to become queen. That role will fall to her older sister Juana-Alodia. Instead on her naming day, Elisa was chosen by God to bear the Godstone. So on her sixteenth birthday, Elisa finds herself becoming an unwitting bride to King Alejandro de Vega of neighboring Joya d’Arena. As Lady Aneaxi and Nurse Ximena help her into her too tight wedding gown, Elisa hopes that her new husband will be old and fat, as she is overweight. When Alejandro lifts her veil for a kiss, she realizes that he “is the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen.”

Elisa and Alejandro spent a chaste wedding night and he tells he that he could use a friend back at court. The next morning, they begin their journey to Joya. Elisa travels with Aneaxi and Ximena. Along the way, their caravan is attacked in the jungle. Elisa and Ximena pull Aneaxi to safety after she breaks her leg. Elisa then grabs a knife and kills one of the three men attacking Alejandro. He lets her know that he is grateful and that she can decide the fate of the one prisoner. When Elisa questions him, he realizes she is the bearer of the Godstone. Before he can say anything, Ximena stabs him through the neck with her hairpin. Elisa realizes that she knows very little about her lifelong companions. Just before they reach Alejandro’s castle in the city, Elisa realizes that Aneaxi is mortally injured and is with her when she dies.

When the group arrives at Alejandro’s castle, it is late at night and no one is there to greet them. Alejandro asks Elisa to keep their marriage a secret for the time being and she is greatly disappointed. The next morning, a young maid named Cosme knocks at her door to help her get ready for breakfast. Elisa soon meets the people at the court and she feels out of place. When Alejandro comes to her room late one night, he informs her that he will be gone for a month to Puerto Verde to visit his mother and retrieve his son. Elisa is crestfallen but he reminds her of their wedding night chat about him needing a friend. He tells Elisa that he needs her to be his eyes and ears around the palace while he is away. She reluctantly agrees.

Upon meeting Father Nicandro, Elisa finds a friend and possibly someone who will tell her about her destiny with the Godstone. Elisa soon learns by what her family meant by when they said she would be safer in Joya because she was too well known as the bearer in Orovalle. She sneaks out late one night to meet with Father Nicardro to learn more about her destiny and decides to confront Ximena with what she has learned. But before that can happen, she is drugged and kidnapped one night from her bed. Soon she is being dragged through the desert and learns that Cosme is behind her predicament. Surprisingly her brother Humberto turns out to be her protector.

What exactly will Elisa’s destiny be as the bearer of the Godstone? Why has her father made a political marriage for her with Alejandro? What secret is being kept from Elisa? Will Elisa and Alejandro have a real marriage? Why has Cosme kidnapped Elisa? And will sparks fly between Elisa and Humberto? Join Elisa on her journey as she discovers not only her future, but her past as well.

The trilogy continues with The Crown of Embers in the fall of 2012 and The Bitter Kingdom in the fall of 2013.

Needless to say, this series is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Elisa reminds me of Raisa from Cinda Williams Chima’s Seven Realms series. Definitely looking forwarded to where Elisa’s adventures take her.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wither by Lauren DeStefano (Chemical Garden Trilogy book one)

"What if you knew exactly when you would die?"

Science perfected the human body seventy years ago. All illnesses such as cancer and even allergies were eradicated. Soon natural selection was pushed aside for the new technology of healthy children. This first generation is approaching old age gracefully and is practically immortal. Their own children are an entirely different matter. Something has gone terribly wrong. The life span for males stops at age twenty-five and at twenty for females. For the past fifty years, the first generation has watched its children die and the wealthy households will not concede defeat. Young girls are collected/kidnapped by the Gatherers for a profit to breed new children for the wealthy. People are frantically searching for a cure for the virus.

Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery has been chosen by the Gatherers. Distinctive with her two different colored eyes, she and a van load of other girls are transported to Florida where three are chosen. The rest are killed. When Rhine awakes, she finds out that she is to become one of the new wives to twenty-one year old Linden Ashby, the house governor. Rhine and her fellow sister wives, Jenna and Cecily, reside on a floor to themselves along with Linden’s first wife, Rose. Rose has just turned twenty and is sick with the virus and dying. Rhine soon strikes up a friendship with Rose. Rose fills her in about their husband and makes Rose promise to look after Linden after her death. It’s a promise Rhine doesn’t intend to keep.

Soon Rhine and her sister wives each find their separate niches in the household. Young Cecily is enjoying her new role and aims to please their new husband. Jenna keeps to herself and observes all that is going on. Rhine continues to dream and look for a way to escape back to Manhattan and her brother Rowan. She begins to confide in her attendant Gabriel and soon sparks begin to fly. But life in the mansion isn’t free. Linden’s father, housemaster Vaughn, keeps the girls on tight leashes, especially Rhine. As time goes on, Rhine begins to learn all of the intricacies and intimacies of her new family, the good and the bad.

Will Rhine accept her new role as one of Linden’s wives or does she find a way to escape from underneath Housemaster Vaughn’s control? What secrets does she uncover along the way? Who among the wives has the first baby? Is Linden really as clueless about his father as he seems? Join Rhine’s journey as she struggles to make the most of the hand she has been dealt?

Book two in the trilogy, Fever is due out February 2011.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Fury by Elizabeth Miles

"It's winter break in Ascension, Maine. the snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems ..."

Emily Winters is looking forward to her holiday break from school. Her secret crush, Zach McCord, is showing signs that her feelings may be reciprocated. Unfortunately Zach’s girlfriend, Gabby Dove, is Emily’s best friend. When Gabby goes to Spain for the break, Zach’s allure is even more tempting with her friend out of the way. But once she starts something with Zach, there is no going back.

Chase Singer’s life is a careful illusion. He is the star quarterback and preppiest guy on campus but lives in a trailer park on the wrong side of town. When fellow classmate and former friend Sasha Bowlder jumps off of a bridge and ends up in a coma, guilt begins to creep in and Chase’s life begins to spiral out of control. Three beautiful and mysterious girls arrive in Ascension and one sets her sights on Chase, he falls hard and fast for Ty.

But Ty and her “cousins” Ali and Meg are actually the Furies from Greek mythology and are in Ascension to extract revenge on the wrongs Chase and Emily commit. Will Emily continue her relationship with Zach at the expense of her friendship with Gabby? What cruelties did Chase inflict on Sasha to cause her to attempt to end her own life? How far will the Furies go to teach both Chase and Emily their lessons for their choices?

The first book in a trilogy, the story continues with Eternity on 2012 followed by Envy in 2013. This book took awhile to interest me but in the end I am glad I stuck with it and cannot wait to see what else the Furies have in mind for the citizens of Ascension.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Vanish by Sophie Jordan

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't read the first book in the series "Firelight, Stop! I don't want to ruin the series for you.

Jacinda has committed the ultimate betrayal to her drake pride, she revealed their secret to drake hunters in order to save Will’s life. When Cassian is driving her family back to their pride, they are stopped by Will’s family. In trying to figure out how to escape without further endangering their lies, Jacinda’s twin sister, Tamra, does the unthinkable, she finally manifests. Once back home with the pride, Tamra is now the darling since her newfound abilities will ensure the pride’s survival. Jacinda is the outcast, especially when everyone finds out that she is in love with a drake hunter.

Soon Jacinda is torn between her feelings not only for Cassian and Will, but her family as well. Is Cassian in love with Jacinda for who she is or only what she can do? Can Jacinda put aside everything she has ever known to be with Will? And what happens when unintended consequences make Jacinda rethink some of the decisions she has made?

Sophie Jordan leaves readers with an awesome cliffhanger to set up the third book in the series.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

The Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan

Book One - Forest of Hands and Teeth

“In Mary’s world, there are simple truths.
The Sisterhood always knows best.
The Guardians will protect and serve.
The Unconsecrated will never relent
And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village. The fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.”

In the future, all that is left of the world is a village surrounded by a fence. And beyond the fence is the Forest of Hands and teeth. The fence protects the village from the Unconsecrated or zombies who roam there. Mary has grown up hearing stories from her mother that have been passed down through the generations. Stories of a salt water ocean as far as one could see. Eventually Mary stops believing in her mother’s stories when drought strikes the village and “how could God allow so much water to become useless?’

Mary’s father is missing and her mother is the only one in the village who believes he has not become one of the Unconsecrated. Her brother Jed, a Guardian and married to Beth, takes on extra border patrols in hopes of finding their father and killing him before their mother can see what has become of him. People in the village have gone mad at seeing their loved ones among the Unconsecrated.

One day while doing the laundry in the stream, Mary is joined by one of Jed’s brother-in-laws, Harry. Harry is Mary’s age and has come to ask her to join him at the Harvest Celebration. “The Harvest Celebration is the time in the fall when those of marrying age declare themselves to one another” and is the beginning of courtship before marriage in the spring. In the village, marriage is about commitment, not love. Mary is disappointed when Harry informs her that his younger brother Travis has asked Cassandra, her best friend. Mary is a little disappointed but relieved that someone has asked for her rather than a life with the Sisterhood. But before Mary can dread her first kiss with Harry, the warning siren blares. Mary’s thoughts immediately go to her mother and she runs off leaving Harry by the stream.

Mary’s worse suspicions are confirmed when she reaches the village. Her mother was bitten by one of the Unconsecrated and has chosen to go into the Forest and join her husband rather than death. Jed is furious when he learns of his mother’s intentions and sends Mary to live with the Sisters at the Cathedral rather than his house. While living with the Sisters, one of Mary’s duties involves taking care of the injured. One of her patients turns out to be Travis who has broken his leg. Over the course of his stay, the two grow close and admit their feelings for one another. They realize they cannot act upon their feelings as long as Harry has chosen Mary. They are both heartbroken.

The longer Mary lives at the Cathedral, the more she questions her existence and believes there is something beyond the Forest. The Sisters are keeping the village in the dark and Sister Tabitha warns her that her inquisitive nature will be her undoing. When a strange girl, Gabrielle, arrives at the Cathedral, Mary knows she is from the outside and proof that there is something beyond the Forest. She soon disappears and Mary discovers she is now one of the Unconsecrated but still different. Harry comes to Sister Tabitha and claims Mary as his own. She knows she doesn’t belong with the Sisters but cannot imagine life with Harry. She keeps her dream of a life with Travis alive.

Sister Tabitha begins Mary and Harry’s binding ceremony and her hopes are dashed when Travis doesn’t come for her. Harry will do anything to Mary happy. The two are rudely awakened the next morning by the siren and soon learn the village is under attack by the Unconsecrated. Left to fend for themselves, they rescue a young boy and head for the only safe place, a fenced in path between the village and the Forest. Soon they are joined by Cass and Travis and are forced to spend the night before returning to see what is left of their village.

Will they return to their village or will they continue down the path? Who do they encounter from the village? Can Mary put aside her feelings for Travis to be with Harry? Who will join the ranks of the Unconsecrated? Can Mary set aside her dreams of the ocean for love/

Join Mary on her heart-rending journey through this dytopian, post-apoplectic, zombie-infested world of love and loss.

Book Two - The Dead-Tossed Waves

"Gabry knows only one thing: if she is to have any hope of a future, she must face the forest of her mother's past."

Gabry resides in the Oceanside town of Vista. She and her mother live in the lighthouse overlooking the town. Life is simple. With every high tide, Gabry’s mother goes to the beach to decapitate the Unconsecrated or Mudo as the townspeople call them when they wash ashore. When Gabry’s friends decide to sneak into the abandoned amusement park one night, she is reluctant to break the rules. With a little coaxing from her best friend’s brother, Catcher, Gabry climbs over the wall. While the others decide to climb the old roller coaster or dance, Gabry and Catcher go to the carousel. She is thrilled when Catcher admits his feelings and she receives her first kiss. The moment is broken when a lone Mudo or Breaker awakes and attacks the group. Several are bitten and one of the newly turned sets her sights on Gabry. She freezes and Catcher comes to her rescue. Unfortunately Catcher is bitten before dispatching the Mudo. Gabry is horror-stricken and flees from the scene before the Militia arrives at Catcher’s urging.

The next morning, all hell has broken loose in the town. The Council decides to kill those infected and ship off the others to the Recruiters, the military service for the Protectorate, without the benefits. Guilt strikes Gabry since she is the only remaining member of her generation left in town. When she sees that Catcher is missing, she promises Cira, Catcher’s sister that she will find him. Gabry finds the courage to return to the ruins the following night. When she runs into some Mudo, she soon finds a mysterious young man coming to her rescue. Intrigued by him, Elias takes her to where Catcher is hiding. He warns her that Catcher was bitten and will become one of the Mudo soon. He helps her get back to the lighthouse safely and makes her promise not to seek out Catcher again, a promise she doesn’t intend to keep.

When her mother has trouble decapitating a washed up Mudo because she reminds her of someone she knew, a conversation/debate ensues between the two. Gabry thinks wistfully about Catcher talking about the Mudo and refuses to follow her mother’s desire to let it go. “You forget until everything is okay again.” After a heated argument, Gabry’s mother admits she would never forget about her. She mentions her father and presses the issue. Her mother admits to her past and inadvertently says she found Gabry during one of her trips back to the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Gabry is flabbergasted, shocked and angry at her mother’s deception and begins to question the world in which she lives in.

Does Gabry make her way back to Catcher before he becomes one of the Mudo? Who is the mysterious stranger named Elias and why is he in Vista? What happens when Gabry’s mother returns to the Forest of Hands and Teeth and she is left alone?

Book Three -The Dark and Hollow Places

Annah has lived alone in the Dark City for the past three years, ever since Elias left to join the recruiters. His enrollment was for two years and Annah has given up hope that Elias will come back home. On the day she decides to cross the bridge to the Neverlands, Annah suddenly sees her long lost twin sister entering the Dark City. When her companions identified as being infected with the Mudo virus, all chaos breaks out when he jumps into the river to escape. Annah is helpless as she watches her sister be detained by the Recruiters. Annah plans to make her way back into the city and find her sister.

Once back in the city, Annah finds herself in a perilous situation. When a strange man comes to her aid, she is surprised to find it is the same man who was with her sister on the bridge earlier. The two decide to team up together to rescue Annah’s sister and make their way to her apartment to finalize their plans. Upon their arrival, Annah notices a stranger inside and soon realizes that Elias has come back home. Annah is even more shocked to realize the connection between Elias, her sister and her rescuer, Catcher.

Can Annah, Elias and Catcher make their way to the Recruiters’ headquarters to rescue her sister? Will they be able to survive in the Dark City? And what happens when a horde of Unconsecrated follow catcher and Annah’s sister to the Dark City?

This thrilling conclusion to Carrie Ryan’s dystopian trilogy will leave readers rooting for Annah and her companions to the last page.

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The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima (Seven Realms series book 3)

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t read the first two books of the Seven Realms series, Stop! I don’t want to ruin one of my favorite series for you. A definite read.

Princess Raisa/Rebecca Morley is on her own since being kidnapped by Micah Bayar in Oden’s Ford and escaping during an attack by Gerard Montaigne. Soon things are looking up for her when Edon Byrne, captain of the Queen’s Guard, and his triple come to her rescue and accompany her home to claim her birthright. Unfortunately tragedy strikes as they attempt strikes as they attempt to cross back into the Fells. Mortally wounded, it seems that whoever is out to kill Raisa has succeeded until Han Alister stumbles onto the scene while searching for Rebecca. Realizing he has found Rebecca, Han races to get her help at the Marissa Pines Camp but a high cost to his own health. Upon their arrival at the camp under the effects of the poison, they are both treated.

For Han, finding and saving Rebecca, the one remaining person he truly cares for, is all that matters. His world comes crashing down when he discovers Rebecca’s true identity and that a future with the Queen of the Fells is impossible. Feeling hurt and betrayed, Han realizes he must honor his pledge to the Demonai clan and help Raisa ascend the throne. For Raisa, she realizes that she is in for the fight of her life with no one to trust and everyone wanting something from her. She has become the ultimate political pawn if she can survive to be queen.

Will Raisa survive to ascend the Gray Wolf Throne? Can Han put aside all of his mixed emotions and keep his promise to the Demonai? In this thrilling episode to the Seven Realms series, readers will eagerly devour Chima’s latest installment as she sets up for the thrilling conclusion in a as yet unnamed book four that she is currently working on.

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

“Why do I care so much about him, and why do I wish I didn’t? How can one person make me so confused all of the time?”

Anna Oliphant was looking forward to her senior year of high school in Atlanta, Georgia. Bridgette is her loyal best friend; she has a dream job at the movie theater and a major crush that is beginning to go somewhere. Now all of sudden her best-selling author father has decided to enroll Anna in a French boarding school, the School of America in Paris (SOAP). This isn’t exactly how she wanted to spend her last year of high school, until she meets the beautiful, charming and smart Etienne St. Clair.

Unfortunately Etienne has a serious girlfriend and is the object of most everyone’s crush. Gorgeous with great looking hair, Etienne is on the short side but everyone’s friend. His mother is American, father is French and Etienne was raised in London before attending school at SOAP. Anna and Etienne hit it off right away but Anna tries to distance herself and deny her increasing attraction.

As the school year on, readers will pick up on the undeniable attraction between the two and will be left breathless wondering if and when Anna will receive her French kiss.

A companion novel, Lola and the Boy Next Door is due out September 29, 2011.

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Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer (Nightshade book 2)

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Nightshade, STOP! I don’t want to ruin one of my favorite series for you.

It has been one week since the climatic events at Rowan Estate and Calla is slowly realizing where she is. Calla doesn’t trust the Searchers, a Guardian’s sworn enemy, but is relieved to see that Shay is ok. She soon realizes that everything she has known about her life is a lie to keep her enslaved to the Keepers’ cause. When Calla decides to join the Searchers in their war against the Keepers, their first mission to her relief is to go back to Vial to rescue her pack.

What has happened to Calla’s loved ones since her defection from Vial? Will she be able to rescue her pack or will they want to be rescued? And will Calla be able to choose Shay or does her heart belong to Ren? Once again readers will be left in suspense at the end of the book and eagerly awaiting the next book in the Nightshade series, Bloodrose, due out on February 21, 2012.

Shadow Days, a Nightshade novella (Available as an ebook)

A brief glimpse in the life of Shay Doran from the time his uncle decides to move him from Portland to Vial, Colorado until the beginning scene of Nightshade.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Haunting Emma series by Lee Nicholas

Deception - Book One

“You really don’t know, do you?” There was an incredulous expression on Bennett’s face. “I can’t believe they didn’t tell you. I thought you were playing games, pretending you didn’t know, keeping secrets from me and – “

Seventeen-year-old Emma Vaile is left alone in San Francisco when antique-collecting parents disappear while on a mysterious business trip, she. Her brother Max is unreachable in Asia and her best friend Abby, now at college, is no longer speaking to her. When Abby’s mother and her parents’ sole employee abruptly quits her job, Emma is truly left to her own devices. She soon makes some new friends at her school, but when they decide to throw a party at Emma’s house, against her better judgment. When the police arrive, Emma soon discovers that they are not there to break up the party but to her horror because she was living alone underage. She soon finds herself in the custody of Child Protective Services. The next morning, Emma finds out she has a new guardian, Bennett Stern. Bennett was a friend of Emma’s brother he met in college until an argument between the two caused them to never speak again.

The next day, Emma finds herself on a plane with Bennett to Echo Point, Massachusetts. He enrolls her at Thatcher Academy and moves her into his parents’ mansion/museum. Soon Emma finds herself having vision of a previous life and visited by ghostly apparitions. She believe it is all connected to the Incident that occurred ten years earlier. Her parents had her committed to a mental institution after she wandered off with a dangerous ghost. Even though she has made new friends quickly, Bennett is the only person Emma feels like she can trust her fears to. And Bennett is about to fill her in on her ghostly secret.

Just what is going on with Emma? What do her visions mean? Where are her parents and brother Max? Why did they leave her? How did Bennett Stern know she was in trouble? Why has he brought her to Echo Point? But most importantly, why does Emma Vaile see ghosts?

Betrayal - Book Two

“I’m losing my powers Emma. I can feel it already. I woke up this morning and … it’s already happening. How would I explain to my parents that I can’t find my sister’s killer because I’m in love? I’m sorry, but I can’t do this.”

Emma Vaile has discovered she is the most powerful ghostkeeper in centuries. She even shares the same name and physical likeness of her predecessor. Emma’s powers to summon, compel, communicate and even dispel are great when it comes to the challenge of battling the ever increasing powers of Neos. Unfortunately it puts the brakes on her burgeoning relationship with fellow ghostkeeper and Emma’s soul mate, Bennett Stern. When two ghostkeepers fall in love, the weaker one loses their powers. Until Neos is defeated, Bennett cannot risk being around Emma.

With Bennett out of the picture, things at Thatcher Academy are even worse with the death of Coby. The entire student body blames Emma for Coby’s suicide and she cannot tell them Neos is the real reason for Coby’s death and that she barely escaped with her own life. Help arrives for Emma when the Knell sends two new ghostkeepers to Echo Point to join Emma and Natalie’s tea, teen heartthrob Lukas and Simon, a British ghostkeeping scholar. Simon’s job is to get Emma back into training. As the team gets stronger, so does Neos. What’s worse is that someone will betray them and Emma never sees it coming.

Who betrays Emma? Is she able to defeat Neos? Why are her parents and Max still missing? Can Emma set things right over Coby’s death? And will Emma and Bennett to able to find their way back to one another?

Look for the next book in the Haunting Emma series Surrender in December 2011.

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Plague by Michael Grant (Gone series book 4)

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't read the first three books in the Gone series, Stop! I don't want to ruin the story for you.

“It’s been eight months since all the adults disappeared. Gone. They’ve survived Hunger. They’ve survived Lies.”
Despite everything that everyone trapped in the FAYZ has been through, things are peaceful. Unfortunately the peace is short-lived. Water is becoming scarce in Perdido Beach and Sam Temple is leading an expedition 20 miles to the north to see if Lake Tramonto is a possibility for relocation. Tensions are running high between Sam and Astrid as she struggles with her religious beliefs in the new FAYZ society and caring for her autistic brother, Little Pete. The Darkness has found a way into the mind of the Nemesis and begins controlling it. A highly contagious and often fatal illness soon spreads like wildfire through Perdido Beach and an army of highly intelligent and enormous insects unleash a reign of terror.

Panic ensues in the FAYZ when no one left in Perdido Beach is able to come up with a solution. Can Sam, Astrid, Caine and Diana put aside all of their differences to save not only themselves but those they love? And who are the latest causalities and who will survive to appear in the next Gone installment, Fear in 2012.
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Blessed by Cythnia Leitich Smith

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't read Tantalize, please stop! I don't want to ruin the story for you. It would also be helpful if you have also read Eternal to learn more about Zachary's back story.

Quincie Morris is trying very hard to hold it all together. Bradley, the chef for her family’s vampire-themed restaurant, turned out to be a real vampire. So did her uncle/guardian. Unbeknownst to her, they had already turned Quincie into one of the undead and used the restaurant to create more vampires. With her best friend, the hybrid werewolf Kiernan, off to join a pack Quincie is left alone to deal with being one of the undead and trying to find a cure for all of the Sanguini customers who knowingly consumed Brad’s bad blood.

When Quincie hires Nora as her new chef, things start to look up for both Quincie and her restaurant. It turns out Nora’s previous employer was a vampire and she has brought along reinforcements, namely Zachary, Quincie’s guardian. Can Quincie and Zachary find a way to foil Brad’s plan before Austin is overrun be vampires? Can Quincie’s soul be saved and can Zachary earn back his angel wings? What has happened to Kieran? And what are Brad’s true motives?

Interspersed with Brad Stoker’s Dracula story, Smith wraps up her “trilogy”.

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The graphic novel, Tantalize - Kieren's Story is due out August 23, 2011 and will tell the story through Kieren's werewolf eyes.

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (Wolves of Mercy Falls book 3)

SPOLIER ALERT! If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, STOP! I wouldn’t want to ruin the series for you!

All Sam Roth ever wanted was to be human. He hated shifting every winter into a wolf. Now that his wish has come true and he is with Grace, the girl of his dreams. But Grace is now the one who cannot seem to stay firmly in her own skin and the town of Mercy Falls eyes Sam with suspicion regarding Grace’s disappearance. Cole St. Clair is not only battling the wolf thing but his own demons. Finding a cure for the wolf’s bite is now his number one priority but Isabel Culpepper intrigues Cole even more. With demons of her own, Isabel holds Cole at arms’ length, while supporting Sam and Grace the best she can.

When fellow teenage wolf/”runaway” Olivia is found dead, the people of Mercy Falls are out for blood and Isabel’s father is leading the witch hunt for the wolves. When Tom Culpepper gets the protection lifted against the wolves and an ariel hunt is planned, time is running out for everyone involved. Can Sam not only save Grace but the wolf pack he considers his family before it’s too late? Will Cole be able to find the right trigger for the wolf disease and a cure before the hunt takes place? Will Isabel be able to be there for her friends?

Carefully read the last chapters and all of your questions about your favorite wolves will be answered with some speculation about the future.

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