Amour Amour: Review

22888864Release Date: December 12th 2014
Genres: NA, Romance
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Series: Standalone
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Summary:  Love is a circus
“Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.”
The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.” When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future–acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world. Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.

There are books that stay with you and there are characters that become a part of you. I didn’t go into Amour Amour expecting to be as affected by it emotionally as I did. No, wait. Scratch that. I did go into Amour Amour expecting to connect with it emotionally (HELLO– THE TWINS WROTE IT. OF COURSE IT’S GOING TO GIVE ME ALL THE FEELS) but I hadn’t anticipated it giving me that big emotional push I needed. That big emotional push to be brave.

Amour Amour wasn’t you typical NA book. I know I always say  that about Krista and Becca’s books (because they aren’t) but Amour Amour is so different to any other NA book I’ve read. It  inspired me so much, It truly belongs in a league of it’s own.

Thora James dreams of performing in the circus and when she gets a chance to audition in Las Vegas for a new circus  show, Amour, she drops everything to go and achieve her dreams. Amour wasn’t an easy book to read. This wasn’t your average girl-goes-after-what-she-wants-and-makes-it-right-away book. No, Amour Amour was brutally honest. Thora begins the book with so much passion and bravery when she jets off to Vegas to audition for Amour but she actually has to work for her dream come true. Thora pushes herself, both emotionally and physically. The amount of set backs she faced was heartbreaking. There wasn’t ever a moment in this book that felt “easy”. Thora loved performing and she wanted to be in the circus, so she did everything to get there. She always believed she could so she did.

While there is a romance in Amour Amour (let’s be honest, the name sort of gave it away) it never took over the story. It never felt like a secondary thing either, though. What I loved about Amour Amour was how the romance was mixed into the actual story. The circus, the dream, the passion and romance were all one entity.

Nikolai Kotova was a brilliant character as well. I fell in love with him from the start. He believes in Thora and pushes her to her limits so she can become better. He’s also brutally honest, which was strangely, one of his most endearing qualities. There were so many scenes I wish we could have gotten from his POV though. I just  need to hear his side of THINGS. The whole Kotova family was also one of my favourite aspects of the book. The “family” theme was strong in Amour Amour  and I loved how important the circus was to every member of the family.

This being a Krista and Becca Ritchie book I laughed– a lot. The dialogue was perfect and witty and charming and just so perfect. When I wasn’t reading this book I was thinking about it and when the next perfect time would arise for me to go read it again.

Amour Amour is Krista and Becca’s first standalone and easily one of their strongest books to date. One of the  biggest aspects of Amour Amour that I loved was how I felt like I got to know Krista and Becca more through it. I could feel their passion for writing in Thora’s passion for the circus. I could feel how important it was so take that giant leap for them and become full fledged authors. I think Krista and Becca put a lot of themselves and their fears, passion, confusion and wins in Amour Amour and that’s just what made this book truly truly special.

 

Even in Paradise: Review

20601687Release Date: October 14th 2014
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Standalone
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Summary: When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do… or think they do. Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian.But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden… until now.

Back in October I had the lovely Chelsey Philpot over on the blog for a mini interview before Even in Paradise came out. I had been so excited for this one before it’s release but it was only after reading Chelsey’s answers to some of my questions and hearing about her love for The Great Gatsby that I really knew this book was a right fit for me.

Even in Paradise definitely has that “Gatsby” feel to it. The Protagonist Charlie Ryder has a scholarship at a prestigious girls school. One night, she helps a drunken Julia Buchanan find her way to a bed safely and not too long after that they become best friends. Being friends with Julia leads to Charlie becoming friends with the whole Buchannan family and she dives head first into their world of summer houses, parties and secrets.

What makes this story pretty special is the fact that it’s told in past tense. I love when stories can effectively be told in past tense and Even in Paradise was one of them. Charlie lets us know from the beginning that her time with the Buchanan family eventually comes to an end. The mystery of the story is finding out what prompts this.

Character wise, Even in Paradise was quite unique. While Charlie is a flawed character (and she even knows it) I could understand her fascination with the Buchanan family and why she felt both part of it and responsible for Julia. Julia  on the other hand was a character I had a hard time getting a read on for most of the book. There is a mystery to her that plagues the book and while I could understand why she acted the way she did I kept hoping she would change. There was so much heartbreak inside of her I just wanted to reach out and give her a hug.

In the story Charlie claims to have fallen in love with the entire Buchanan family and while I feel like I fell in love right along side her (there is one scene where the children do something hilarious that had me grinning like crazy. Charlie names that moment the moment she fell in love with the Buchannan’s and I felt the same) I don’t think I ever fully loved the Buchannan’s as individual’s (and I don’t necessarily think I was ever meant to, either).

Although there were a lot of things I did love about Even in Paradise, I found that it’s strongest aspect was it’s ending.  I won’t reveal anything but there’s a bit of nostalgia and tons of personal growth that just hit me right in the feels. The ending wasn’t perfect but it felt so right for the characters and who they were, as much as it killed me.

“I wish for the same thing I’ve hoped for since the beginning. I wish for a life so brave, so unpredictable, so full of unexpected joys and unforgettable love that no box could possibly contain all my memories. Such a life won’t be perfect. It’ll be something better. It’ll be my own paradise.” ― Chelsey Philpot, Even in Paradise

In short, Even in Paradise is a story about tragedy. It’s a story about friendship, family and first loves. A story about meeting someone who just compliments you. Someone you become one with and inevitably grow apart from. I loved every second of Even in Paradise and all it’s messages.

DNF Mini Review: Winterspell

18475593Release Date: September 30th 2014
Genres: YA,Retelling
Publisher: Simon & Shuester
Series: Standalone
Rating: DNF
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Summary: The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.Her home is destroyed, her father abducted–by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets–and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed–if she leaves at all

It pains me to say this but I had to put Winterspell down around 30%.I had originally fallen in love with this book after seeing the beautiful cover and reading the synopsis. I just wasn’t completely feeling the story and couldn’t get lost in it like I was hoping too. *cries* I had such high hopes for this one. I mean, it’s a retelling of the nutcracker…HOW AWESOME IS THAT? I went into this one thinking it was going to be a super enjoyable read for me but it quickly became apparent it just wasn’t for me *sigh* . I wasn’t in love with the narrative or our main character, Clara got on my nerves early on in the story. She just didn’t sit right with me and her way of thinking irked me. Plus this book is super long, it’s about 500 pages and early on when I could tell this one just wasn’t sitting right with me I knew I was not going to be able to last a full 500 pages. It still pains me to have put this one down.

{Blog Tour} Amour Amour: Teaser Poster

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Hello Loves!

Today is a  good day. A very good day. A pretty fantastic day, actually. Why, you ask? Easy. It’s Friday and although I have to work a seven hour shift today and than another one tomorrow, I’m still pretty ecstatic about today. I know what you’re thinking; Lily, your practically working all weekend and than starting another hectic week right after, why are you so happy, today? Well you see guys, Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie is officially out today!

Amour Amour is the twins new standalone contemporary novel and i’m pretty excited to have the blog tour stop today, on it’s release date. So, what goodies do I have for you today? ABS.

You read that correctly. Krista made this pretty awesome teaser poster for Amour Amour that i’m going to share with you guys today and I promise you, it’s going to get you excited about Friday and Amour Amour as much as me.

Amour Amour Cover FINALLove is a circus
“Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.” The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.” When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future–acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world. Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.

And now that Teaser Post I promised you…..

 

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Author PhotoKrista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins. They write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series. Connect with them on twitter and their website: kbritchie.com

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Harder (Caroline and West#2): Review

18630582Release Date: July 21st 2014
Genres: NA, Contemporary
Publisher: Batnam
Series: Deeper
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Summary: Caroline still dreams about West. His warm skin, his taut muscles, his hand sliding down her stomach. Then she wakes up and she’s back to reality: West is gone. And before he left, he broke her heart.Then, out of the blue, West calls in crisis. A tragedy has hit his family—a family that’s already a fractured mess. Caroline knows what she has to do. Without discussion, without stopping to think, she’s on a plane, flying to his side to support him in any way he needs.They’re together again, but things are totally different. West looks edgy, angry at the world. Caroline doesn’t fit in. She should be back in Iowa, finalizing her civil suit against the ex-boyfriend who posted their explicit pictures on a revenge porn website. But here she is. Deeply into West, wrapped up in him, in love with him. Still.

A few months ago I fell completely in love with Deeper by Robin York. Deeper held such a special place in my heart because of it’s perfectly fleshed out protagonist’s, Caroline and West. Not only that, Deeper managed to tackle some serious issues and gave voice to some beautiful themes such as hope, resilience, strength and love.

Caroline easily stole the show in Deeper. It was her book. She was the one doing most of the growing and going through all the motions. I loved how she very much took control in that book and made herself not be the victim when her lousy ex posted explicit photos of her online. Caroline took action and didn’t wait around for someone to fix the problem. She did everything she could to tackle it herself. While Caroline, in my opinion, was the one to go through most of the character development in Deeper, she starts of Harder at such a strong place after the events of Deeper. She was really the strong one in Harder and the one who was just at a better place, mentally. I loved her and loved that while she continued to grow in Harder, she was already so strong.

If Deeper was Caroline’s time to shine that Harder was West’s. While Caroline began Harder in a better place both mentally and emotionally, it was West who hit rock bottom in this one. It was sad to see how broken West was in Harder. I felt so many different things towards West in this one. I was so upset with him in this one and he even did something that made me totally want to bash his face in at one point but I still couldn’t hate him. I loved how much he grew in this one and figured out all the aspects of his life. Harder was definitely his journey to finding himself and inner peace.

What I love about Caroline and West’s story is that it’s so much more than a simple romance. Sure, I loved these characters and rooted for them from the start but I loved their individual journey’s even more and my favourite aspect of this series was watching them both begin to have faith in themselves.

Our Next Read {10}

“Our Next Read” is a feature here on Lily’s Book Blog that’s been around for a while now that basically highlights one book (every so often) that i’m dying to get my hands on that’s to be released soon that we both need to add to our TBR piles! Either because of all the recent hype surrounding it or because it somehow just landed on my radar and now i’m eagerly anticipating it.

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

17235448Kate Quinn’s mom died last year, leaving Kate parentless and reeling. So when the unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible—or thought of at all. Kate does have a father. He’s a powerful politician. And he’s running for U.S. President. Suddenly, Kate’s moving in with a family she never knew she had, joining a campaign in support of a man she hardly knows, and falling for a rebellious boy who may not have the purest motives. This is Kate’s new life. But who is Kate? When what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, she must decide. Does she turn to the family she barely knows, the boy she knows but doesn’t necessarily trust, or face a third, even scarier option?
Set against a backdrop of politics, family, and first love, this is a story of personal responsibility, complicated romance, and trying to discover who you are even as everyone tells you who you should be.

Why it’s our next read: Reading that synopsis alone just gave me whiplash. There’s just so much going on and I need to know everything. I love how this one has a political backdrop (something you don’t typically have in YA) but also has strong themes of both family and love. This one just seems so different guys and if you’re anything like me and you love contemporary standalones than this one is a must read for 2015!

I can’t imagine what Kate must being going through, discovering she has a father and than joining him and his family while he campaigns for office. Yeah, that’s more than the average teenager has to handle. Plus–The cover is absolutely gorgeous. And that’s always awesome.

Expected Publication: March 17th 2015

The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy#1):Review

20640755Release Date: November 11th 2014
Genres: YA, Dystopia
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Series: Book one
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Summary: After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. This year, it is my turn.
My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power. But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

The Book of Ivy was a pleasant and welcomed surprise. I’ve read far too many dystopian’s that just haven’t impressed me. It’s always the same formula, tons of info dumping and a subpar romance that’s way to insta-lovey for my tastes. While The Book of Ivy didn’t offer anything new to the table I still found it to be a hidden gem amongst fellow dystopian’s for both it’s characters, effective plot and slow burn romance. No, The Book of Ivy didn’t offer up any revolutionary turns in the world building department to earn a five star rating from me but it did offer up a lot of potential for future books.

Amy Engel’s writing is addictive. Putting this book down was a challenge so I only managed to get through this book in two sittings. The idea behind The Book of Ivy is quite simple, every year girl’s on one side of town must marry the boys from the other part of town (the richer part) to maintain a peace treaty between the two sides. The girl’s job is to get pregnant and become a stay at home mother to take care of the children. The founder’s daughter, Ivy Westfall is set to marry the Presidents son, Bishop Lattimer to keep the peace. The twist? The founder, Ivy’s father does not want to “keep the peace”, instead he wants Ivy to kill Bishop to take over control of the government. But Ivy’s not so sure she wants to kill Bishop.

“My mission is not to make him happy and bear his children and be his wife. My mission is to kill him.” ― Amy Engel, The Book of Ivy

Like I said, The Book of Ivy was a pleasant surprise. The characterization for The Book of Ivy was beyond amazing. Ivy proved to be a strong and likeable protagonist. She’s a bit cold in the first few chapters when we don’t know much about her but as she begins to really question other people’s motives and start’s wondering what is  best for other people she proved to have a deeper understanding of humans than most. Bishop was also a completely lovable character. From the beginning I knew he was special and I loved how he looked at the world and unconsciously forced Ivy to really think for herself.

If you’re looking for a book that’s going to make you think than The Book of Ivy is it. I was surprised by just how unsettled I was with everything. I kept asking myself what I’d do if I were in Ivy’s shoes. This book raised so many moral and ethical questions while also not feeling forced, either. From a political standpoint I was also at a loss at coming up with a good plan for the people.

The Book of Ivy was extremely gripping and unputdownable. The plot moved fairly quickly and the ending left so many possibilities for the sequel. There’s about a hundred different ways this story could go and I’m eager to find out which route Amy Engel takes. They’re all sure to be amazing.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3):Review

17378508Release Date: October 21st 2014
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Series: The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Summary: There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up. Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.
Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

I delayed reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue for an entire month. I was a wreck over this book. I’ve come to love Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah so much that the idea of reading this installment and than having to wait another year for the next one broke my heart before I even started reading it. It was just too much to handle. The gang is easily one of my favourite groups in all of YA and Maggie Stiefvater has quite possibly created the best group dynamic in the history of books. While The Dream Thieves seemed to be more of Ronan’s story than the groups as a whole (like in The Raven Boys) Blue Lily, Lily Blue shifted the series focus and was really the entire group’s story once again.

The Raven Cycle is a story about a group of friends at it’s core. It’s one of the many things I love about it. While we’re on this journey with our favourite characters, trying to solve the mystery of Welsh kings and supernatural Ley Lines, The Raven Cycle is at it’s core a story about a group of friends who care deeply about one another. Adam and Gansey’s relationship is in particular explored further in Blue Lily, Lily Blue and one of my favourite scenes in the entire book is a special scene between the two of them. It’s a truly heartbreaking scene where Gansey is giving his unconditional support to Adam while also treating him like an equal. If you know anything about Adam Parrish ladies and gentlemen you know the implications this has and I can promise you it was beautiful and had so much meaning.

We learned so many important things about Ronan in The Dream Thieves that it made it seem like The Dream Thieves was mostly his book (no, I’m not complaining because we all secretly love Ronan and his ways) and while Blue Lily, Lily Blue shifts the focus away from him a bit and more onto the entire group the things we learned in The Dream Thieves about Ronan all play significant roles in Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Gansey and Blue’s relationship is also one of my favourite aspects of this series. There relationship is beautiful and truly heartbreaking and I swear that if we don’t get a kiss between them by the end of this series that doesn’t ultimately kill you-know-who than I will forever be sour about it.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue introduces us to a few new characters who like the story are a bit crazy and completely hilarious. They only proved to move the plot further along and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Maggie Stiefvater’s writing continues to be magical. I swear, it’s magical because not only is it truly beautiful, but she knows how to perfectly illustrate visuals through words. It’s a gift. Her books are a gift. She’s a gift.

{Blog Tour} Transformed by E.V. Fairfall

Hey guys, so a few days ago I was supposed to have this Tour Stop post up but I ran into a few technical issues and could only post it today! *sigh* I swear, sometimes technology hates me. BUT Im happy to FINALLY be sharing this really neat excerpt from Transformed by E.V Fairfall on the blog today!

About the Book

Thea, all-mighty Mother Earth, only had one rule to follow above all else, one promise to keep to her brother: never take a human form. She would’ve kept that promise if it weren’t for Brice. He’s handsome and confident, but above all he’s merciless. He’s also a hunter who has tormented Thea for years. She believes if she could teach Brice compassion, she might finally be able to save her creations and herself from his savage ways. Then she meets Chamber: another hunter. She soon finds herself fascinated by−and torn between−the two boys: Brice and Chamber. Lost within a torrent of human emotions, Thea starts to lose who she is as she falls in love with the one thing that she’s always hated: a hunter… a human.

Publication Date: January 1st 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

 

Excerpt:

A bang broke the forest air, sending a tremble down her backbone. Birds flew from the trees with warning cries under their wings. Once again it grew quiet, only her hoofs thudding over the ground disturbed the stillness. She picked up speed as the trees became scarce at an approaching meadow, a death trap. Fresh blood lined the edge of the grass ahead. An animal had been shot. A hissing sound shot through the emptiness above her shoulders, and then came the echo of another bang. She kept her legs moving, willing them faster. The scarlet color came back into view, lining the grass tops like bloody fingers. She saw it now: an antelope lay a few feet away, blood pumping onto the ground. I can fix this, she told herself. As long as my creature’s light still brings blood through its veins, this can be fixed.

Thea slowed to a stop behind a tree, the antelope motionless on Earth’s floor, its heartbeat waiting to whimper into oblivion. Thea wouldn’t let it happen. Her gaze locked on the open flesh and the shattered bone hidden beneath the torn muscle. She let her light flow through her, collecting only part of it in her chest. She breathed, and the light escaped her lips. She watched as the glowing specks found leaves and filled them with a deep, yellow pulse. She willed the leaves to swirl in and out of one another in perfect harmony before resting on the ripped flesh. The leaves shook as the yellow in their veins flowed into the fur-covered skin crumbling above the healing wound. It wasn’t perfect, but it would have to do. For a second everything went still, motionless except for the wind, the leaves. The antelope kicked a bit on its side before finding its feet again. Thea watched as it ran into the woods without looking back.

A twig broke behind her, taking Thea out of the moment. She could smell the sweet, artificial scent; the hunter had found her. Thea turned, letting herself stare at him; there was a strange beauty in the light that hung on his skin from the trees above. She glanced at the meadow surrounded by tightly woven trees. She had given away too much light to change her form.

Today could have been so wonderful, and yet she couldn’t help but think it was a good day to die. Twisted branches reached toward her with open arms. She glanced around once more, taking in the silver pine needles and green foliage.

She turned to face the gun’s barrel, now level with her eyes and much too close for a rifle; she’d be blown apart. She looked past it at the young man’s face. She felt his chest rise and fall as if she were against him, their heartbeats in sync. His hair gathered the light, shining like amber. Each strand took on a deeper, darker orange and turned it into a rich auburn. His eyes pulled her in, strangely familiar as she looked into the deep sapphire swirled with thin emerald lines. A faint, purple line under his dark lashes made the blue even more powerful. His hands showed light scars healed time and time again. His jaw set his mouth into a thin line, and his strong neck flooded into his broad shoulders.

She watched the barrel of the gun lower, her body still frozen in shock. A cruel trick, she thought, and she lowered her head. She didn’t wish to see the satisfaction in his eyes as he pulled the trigger. She didn’t want to feel the pain or the ringing in her ears. She placed her legs apart to steady herself. The blood from the antelope she’d saved only moments ago drenched the grass beneath her.

The crunching of leaves started again, but she didn’t hear a click. Looking up, she saw that the hunter, the young, beautiful man with amber curls, was backing away.

“Shoo,” he said.

The sound was enough to startle her to her senses. Staring down death when she had no alternative was one thing. Waiting around for it a second time was stupid. She leaped away on weak legs as fast as she could.

About the author

I love to write just as much as I love to read. I try to read a book per week, which doesn’t always work out, but it’s the thought that counts. Aside from all that I am a huge animal person. Transformed is my first novel, but it isn’t my first publication; I’ve had several short stories published over the last two years. My main goal as a writer is to explore humanity and to give people something fun to read.

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Our Next Read {9}

“Our Next Read” is a feature here on Lily’s Book Blog that’s been around for a while now that basically highlights one book (every so often) that i’m dying to get my hands on that’s to be released soon that we both need to add to our TBR piles! Either because of all the recent hype surrounding it or because it somehow just landed on my radar and now i’m eagerly anticipating it.

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff

17838490A teenage boy tries to understand his best friend’s suicide by listening to the playlist of songs he left behind in this smart, voice-driven debut novel.Here’s what Sam knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, his best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs, and a suicide note: For Sam—listen and you’ll understand.As he listens to song after song, Sam tries to face up to what happened the night Hayden killed himself. But it’s only by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he will finally be able to piece together his best friend’s story. And maybe have a chance to change his own.

Part mystery, part love story, and part coming-of-age tale in the vein of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Tim Tharp’s The Spectacular Now, Playlist for the Dead is an honest and gut-wrenching first novel about loss, rage, what it feels like to outgrow a friendship that’s always defined you—and the struggle to redefine yourself. But above all, it’s about finding hope when hope seems like the hardest thing to find.

Why It’s Our Next Read: I stumbled across this one this weekend while I was finding new books to add to my 2015 queue and couldn’t get it out of my head. The line “You Never Really Know Someone Until You Listen” just struck a chord in me. It seemed so sad and haunting and perfect. I know this one’s going to be a really deep read and it’s also going to make me cry like a baby.

I love coming of age novels and one’s that are truly heartbreaking and yet unbelievably realistic are always my favourite. A book about a friendship that goes sour? Two teens outgrowing one another? A book about the struggle to define oneself? YES. YES YES.

Expected Publication: January 27th 2015