The Bridge by Jill Cox

the-bridgeOh my goodness. Ya’ll.  To come back from such a long hiatus and and start back with this book…floored.  I adored these characters, the writing was completely captivating and the scenery is enrapturing.  PLEASE buy this amazing book from a self publishing author HERE!

Title: The Bridge

Author: Jill Cox

Summary (by Goodreads):

Meredith Sullivan has three goals:

Win the Beckett Scholarship to study abroad.
Move to Paris for a year.
Leave boy-next-door Drew Sutton (and her ridiculous heart) behind.

There’s only one problem: Pete Russell. Yes, he speaks French like a native, but he’s boorish and snarky with a penchant for unflattering nicknames. So when Pete shows up on her flight to Paris, Meredith starts to wonder if that scholarship covers a year in Antarctica instead.

But as the autumn leaves begin to fall in the City of Light, Meredith learns a thousand things about Pete she never knew. And to her surprise, she’s suddenly torn between the future she’d always imagined with Drew and a new path with the kindred spirit she never saw coming. Because sometimes, what you don’t know about a person has already changed your life.

First Sentences:

Pythagoras believed that three is the perfect number.  Maybe he was right, or maybe he was the original Jedi master.  Whatever the reason, the number three is everywhere.

Three blind mice. Three wishes. Three’s a crowd.

Third time’s the charm.  The third degree. The third wheel.

You can’t blame a girl named Mer-e-dith Fi-o-na Sul-li-van for noticing this phenomenon.  We moved to Oregon from Ireland nearly three months after my 3rd birthday, on March 3rd.  I graduated third in my high school class – all of the hard work, non of the glory.

My Take:

Oh sweet motherly goodness of all that there is, for a beautiful sweet YA fiction with a strong and smart female lead who isn’t bogged down with every teenage angst known to man.  This book was beautiful and funny, witty and romantic, real and raw all at the same time.  I found myself in complete understanding of our girl and yet rooting for seemingly the “wrong guy”.  I never do that!  Jill is an author ninja. 

We all have that one relationship. The one where that other person sees right past you.  The person that you’ve always been friends with but can never seem to get them to “see you” – to actually look at you as anything more than just that side kick or pal.  But what happens when you actually gain their attention?  And then what happens when the relationship you thought you were supposed to have with that person, doesn’t quite add up to what you thought it was going to be?

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What if a dance changes it all?  What if a dance with someone you never figured you’d even want to talk to…changes your life?  Although, can we all just say if it’s Ryan Gosling – we’d all say “yes”?  If any of you (male or female) passes up the opportunity to dance with that beautiful man I will be so upset at you.  Extremely disappointed.

Meredith is our smart, head down in the books, good girl who has earned the opportunity to go on an amazing journey to learn and study in France.  One out of three students picked to gain this scholarship of a lifetime to go and study abroad belongs to our girl.  But when things change and a fourth person is added to the scholarship list, Pete Russell, all she can see is this frat guy who is friends with her “I wish you could see me as something more than a friend” Drew.  Pete Russell is nothing more than God’s way to torment her, in Paris, for a year.

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Drew is Meredith’s best friend, always have been, always will be friend. But when Drew finally does notice her and asks her to be his girl…she finds that she is wondering why it doesn’t quite feel like how she thought it would.  When the long distance glitter of a new relationship fades to the sharp jealousies and misunderstandings, Meredith starts wondering what is going on and why her heart doesn’t seem to flutter for him like it used to.

Set amidst the beautiful scenery in France, we travel with Meredith and her friends all around the museums and beautiful picturesque parks and bridges along the way.  Her life living in Paris, the seasons that change, and train rides that take us to some amazing places is another reason why I fell in love with this book!

As time progresses, Meredith realizes that maybe she’s been someone else’s “see me” person.  Maybe she had been so focused on Drew that there had been a person there, all along, waiting for her to see him.  What if the persona of who this guy is to everyone is just a shallow mask compared to what he’s prepared to show her?  And this is where you’re like “Dang it Meredith, open your eyes and dump your jerk of a boyfriend because this guy WANTS you woman!!”

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Needless to say, I got involved emotionally into this book!  Our amazing author takes us on a journey through France as a tour guide, but also into Meredith Sullivan’s life as she learns about herself and about her heart.  Ms. Cox, please say you are writing more and that you will be publishing more, pronto!

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PS – TODAY is the day this book is released so take a look-see at this book on Amazon and you won’t regret spending the $3.99 for this super amazing book!

Personal Effects by E. M. Kokie

With everything going on in the middle east and the loss of our ambassador and ex-navy seals, I found this book to be fitting.  Please keep your thoughts and prayers on the families who have lost loved ones or are seeing them being deployed to help protect the Americans still living in those countries.  This book totally caught me by surprise.  I knew what it was about and I knew it would probably deal with a few tough situations, but this book had so many moments where you didn’t know how things could ever be set right.

Title: Personal Effects

Author: E.M. Kokie

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Summary (by Goodreads):

Ever since his brother, T.J., was killed in Iraq, Matt feels like he’s been sleepwalking through life — failing classes, getting into fights, and avoiding his dad’s lectures about following in his brother’s footsteps. T.J.’s gone, but Matt can’t shake the feeling that if only he could get his hands on his brother’s stuff from Iraq, he’d be able to make sense of his death. But as Matt searches for answers about T.J.’s death, he faces a shocking revelation about T.J.’s life that suggests he may not have known T.J. as well as he thought. What he learns challenges him to stand up to his father, honor his brother’s memory, and take charge of his own life.

First Sentences:

Of all the lame shit on Pinscher’s backpack, his “War is Not the Answer” sticker pisses me off the most — even more than his “Practice Nonviolence” button, which makes me want to practice some violence on his face.

It’s not enough that I have to listen to him run his mouth all the time.  But to have to see all his slogans and crap on his backpack, watch him strut around and show off, laughing like it’s all a big joke — it’s almost too much to take.  Espectially on Monday mornings.  Especially on a Monday morning after an even more shitastic than usual weekend.

My take:

Disclaimers and such: I received this book from DAC ARC Tours!  Thank you for letting me read and review this ARC and thank you to Candlewick Press as well!  So although, I received this book for free in exchange for a review, all thoughts are my own.  This book was published September 11th!

I want to preface that this book does contain profanity, a fair amount. As you probably saw from the first few sentences.  Our main character is also a boy and is dealing with the rush of hormones, so he does deal with the temptation that all boys deal with at that age.

The other thing our boy, Matt, is dealing with…is a whirlwind of anger.  Anger at his physically abusive father, who swears his punches are to help him “man up”.  Anger at his mother for leaving them when he was only 4 or 5 years old.  Anger at his brother for dying while serving in the Army overseas.  Anger at bullies at school who wear shirts/pins that try to undermine the war and make it seem like Matt’s brother, T.J., died for nothing.  Everything soon comes to a head and Matt finds himself “seeing red” with consequences.

The only saving grace to Matt is his best friend, Shauna, who has the courage to stick with him through everything he deals with and is there to listen, to provide a shoulder, or just a distraction from the life he’s learned to deal with.

Matt feels the only way to deal with the loss of his brother and abusive father is to find the personal effects of T.J. and go through them.  Everything that they got back before the funeral has been hidden by his father and Matt cannot seem to find them, no matter how hard he looks.  He strikes a break one day when 3 lockers of personal effects come in from the Army filled with everything Matt owned and had with him.

After his dad leaves for work one day, Matt goes through each locker looking through each item.  Uniforms, t-shirts, iPods, pictures, and letters.  Lots of letters.  People Matt has never heard of…along with one person in particular who has written Matt over and over.  Who were these people?  Who is this “C”?  Could T.J. have had a relationship and not told Matt?  Why would Matt show up for a week at home, tell him he was deploying to go back to the middle east, but actually spend months with these people before really going back?

I liked this book.  I read through the bulk of it one night and finished it the next morning.  It was such a “real” feeling book.  I could see this unfortunately happening to someone like Matt and it made me want to sit up with him to find out what was really going on and who his brother really was.

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Narc by Crissa-Jean Chappell

Super excited to see this one published in a few days!!  This book is great at showing what teens are like and what a teen feels when thrown in an adult situation.  It’s gritty but great and a good read!  Definitely worth reading.

Title: Narc

Author: Crissa-Jean Chappell

Publisher: Flux

Summary (by Goodreads):

“You’re going to hate me forever when you learn my secret.”

Seventeen-year-old stoner Aaron Foster was offered a choice: go to jail or turn undercover narc to find the dealer who’s funneling drugs into Miami’s Palm Hammock High School. But Aaron has never been good at getting close to people. He’s human wallpaper, a stoner wastecase who’s obsessed with video games and street magic.

With a cop from Narcotics breathing down his neck, Aaron gets himself invited to parties where the deals go down. To get close to the school’s biggest players, Aaron lies to everyone–most of all, the cute but troubled Morgan Baskin. With the Everglades party on Halloween night–and a planned drug bust there–just days away, Aaron realizes that he’s falling hard for Morgan . . . and trying to protect her could cost him everything.

My take:

Disclaimers and such: This was a book from NetGalley.  It was given to me to read and review for free; I am not getting paid for this review.  This is my honest and true opinion.  That being said, thank you to Flux for letting me read and review this book!!  Everyone else, look for it to be released NEXT Wednesday!!!

Aaron gets pulled over one night for running a red light and a cop finds weed in the car…actually on his younger sister.  When forced between seeing his sister go to jail or help the cops find who is supplying his school with drugs, Aaron chooses to become an undercover narc.  Aaron soon has to choose between his newly made friends and the local law and finds that the right thing is hard to do.

Aaron makes friends with some new people; mainly 2 girls, Skully and Morgan.  Skully’s parents are filthy rich but have no time for her or her diabetic brother; so she lives in her own mansion and throws parties all the time.  Morgan’s step-mom has convinced her that she was too fat and needed to be a size zero…ever since then she’s been trying to fix herself with drugs and cutting.

Aaron’s father was killed overseas in Iraq while taking pictures of soldiers.   This leaves his mother, who is barely home to notice anything going on, with him trying to take care of things while looking over his little sister.  Poor guy!  So he truly feels alone in anything he does and feels like there’s no one to talk to.

I loved how conflicted Aaron got over friends and family.  Even though he knows what needs to be done in order to keep his family together, the friends he’s made need help and getting them sent to jail doesn’t sit right with him.  The author does a great job showing how putting kids in an adult situation doesn’t always mean it’s a black and white issue…there are many shades of grey.

I’m normally not big on contemporary books, but I really did enjoy the book, the characters, and the dilemmas.

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

I was so disappointed in this book.  I could not get myself into it.  It was not at all what I was expecting and maybe that’s why I didn’t find myself swooning over it.  I’m so crushed!!

Title: Tiger Lily

Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books

Summary (by Goodreads):

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn’t grow up.

First Sentences:

Let me tell you something straight off.  This is a love story, but not like any you’ve heard.  The boy and the girl are far from innocent.  Dear lives are lost.  And good doesn’t win.  In some places, there is something ultimately good about endings.  In Neverland, that is not the case.

My take:

Disclaimers and such: I received this book from Around The World ARC Tours!  Thank you for letting me read and review this ARC and thank you to Harper Collins Children’s House as well!  So although, I received this book for free in exchange for a review, all thoughts are my own.  This book was released on July 3rd!

I really was crushed.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book and as I sat there reading, I felt like I was forcing myself to read it.  I could not believe it!  I put it down and came back the next day thinking I was in some weird funk, but I just couldn’t get myself to invest in the story!  …and I’m never in a funk…

First of all…I had grand dreams of being swept off to Neverland…

I knew the story centered around Tiger Lily, but after reading the first sentences of the book (see above), I steeled myself for something different.

Ok…maybe not that bad…

The story starts with Tinkerbell explaining who Tiger Lily is and trying to explain the world they’re in.  From the beginning, it feels so…normal, but not.  It’s this original world with seemingly no magic except that everyone lives infinitely but at different ages.  The author tried to explain the age differences, such as having elders in the group versus having teenagers…it came across as a “the body just decides when to quit aging, and that’s that.”

Tiger Lily in the beginning is this moody/broody girl and no one can understand why she does certain things.  She had been found by a man in the village …who by the way, likes to wear women’s clothes… and takes her in as his own.  When she goes and saves the Englishman who got swept on their shores, after the tribal council has decided to let him die on his own, things go from bad to worse for her.

I’ll be completely honest and say that I couldn’t make it to the middle of the book.  Everything just felt off.  The writing seemed dry.  Captain Hook wasn’t a really bad guy.  And he needed to be horrible, to help the story.  The lost boys were great; they seemed to be the only redeeming quality in the book.  But it still wasn’t enough for me to trudge through the rest of the book.

I think I wanted it to be from Tiger Lily’s point of view and since Tinkerbell was the one narrating, I didn’t feel the emotional connection to Tiger Lily.  Tink would talk about how small she is, what bugs she would eat, how she would hang on to Tiger Lily’s dress…*sigh.  If I wanted to know about Tinkberbell, I would have read a book on Tinkerbell.  I wanted the emotional stricken Tiger Lily who was going to get royally pissed off at Wendy for wrecking her happily ever after.  It was a cool concept to make Tink the storyteller, but it didn’t do it for me.

So shame on you Tink for trying to steal the spotlight…

I’m sorry kids!  Hopefully I can get you a good review next time to make up for this one.

If you’ve readTiger Lily and liked it/loved it…let me know.  I would love to see if I just approached it wrong and maybe need to re-visit it in a few months.

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Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

I don’t know if I really actually liked this book or not.  The writing in it, for me, didn’t seem as “up to par” as some of the other books I’ve been reading lately.  I really liked the idea, but I also felt the author maybe backed herself into a corner in trying to get the characters together…I’m confused with my feelings about the book, can you tell?

Title: Temptation (Temptation #1)

Author: Karen Ann Hopkins

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Summary (by Goodreads):

Your heart misleads you.  That’s what my friends and family say.  But I love Noah. And he loves me.  We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other’s arms. It should be  ROSE & NOAH forever, easy. But it won’t be. Because he’s Amish. And I’m not.

First Sentences:

Holy crap.  I watched the churning water rush over the driveway and back into the swollen creek bed.  I’d never seen anything like it before, and from the look of incredulity on Dad’s face, neither had he.

Sam and Justin, on the other hand, were enjoying the bizarre scene wading knee-deep into the current with their street clothes on, splashing each other like maniac dolphins.  Actually, now that the storm had passed and the sun was peeking its way out from behind the fluffy clouds, it was beginning to feel like a sauna, and I was seriously thinking about joining my brothers.

My take:

Disclaimers and such: I received this book from DAC ARC Tours!  Thank you for letting me read and review this ARC and thank you to Harlequin as well!  So although, I received this book for free in exchange for a review, all thoughts are my own.  This book will be published/released on June 26th!

First things first…I like the idea for the story.  The idea of an Amish boy and a “regular” girl falling in love is a cool premise.  Making it work is a whole ‘nutha story unfortunately.  The author does SUCH a good job showing how young these teens are that when it comes down to the final decision of Noah leaving his entire family/church/life OR Rose completely converting to being Amish and leaving everyone/everything she knows…it makes it seem completely impossible for the author to have one of the characters actually make a choice without upsetting the reader.  And she couldn’t leave her two characters to end up separated…that would just REALLY make us mad.

Secondly, I actually cared for our characters.  I maybe liked Noah more than Rose in the sense that he had convictions and family and knew his place in life.  Rose, on the other hand, could just use her eyes to get anything she wanted and in getting what she wanted, she became a little selfish.

I’m having a really hard time doing a review for this book because I really am torn.  I want to like the book for the “real” characteristics of it, but at the same time…I was upset with the ending.  I am NOT posting spoilers.  I just…the ending…*throws hands up*

This is the first to the series…I don’t know if I can read the second book.  I think I’m maybe more upset at the parents in the book.  One set seems to be overbearing and the second doesn’t seem to care and therefore the kids have issues that they try to fix with another person in their life…I should have majored in psychology!

Overall, I’d give it 3.5 stars.  I liked the characters and the idea.  I wasn’t crazy with the execution and the way it turned out.

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Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi

After being confused and giving into a few laughs at the beginning of the book, I found myself racing to figure out what happens next.  Note: In lieu of zombies in this book, I felt compelled to use a gif and pic from Zombieland to exaggerate my points!  🙂

Title: Tomorrow Land

Author: Mari Mancusi

Publisher: NLA Digital Liasison

Summary (by Goodreads):

Can true love survive the end of the world?

Imagine finding your first love, only to be ripped apart by the apocalypse. Peyton Anderson will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice–between her family–and Chris Parker, the boy she’d given her heart. Now, four years later, as she steps from the fallout shelter and into a dead and broken world, he’s the only thing on her mind.

All Chris “Chase” Parker wanted was to take Peyton away and keep her safe from harm. But he waited for hours in the rain on judgment day and she never showed–breaking his heart without ever telling him why.

Now the two of them have been thrown together once again, reluctant chaperones to a group of orphan children in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead still walk…and feed. As they begin their pilgramage to the last human outpost on Earth, can they find a way to let go of old hurts and find the love they lost–all while attempting to save what’s left of the human race?

First four sentences:

April 10, 2030

“I wouldn’t go out with Chis Parker if he were the last guy on Earth!”

Fifteen-year-old Peyton Anderson tossed her pink-streaked blond hair over her shoulder, then smoothed the pleats of her navy blue cheer-leading skirt as she watched the gawky sophomore attempt to dribble the basketball down the court.  He turned and caught her looking and threw her a goofy grin.  She rolled her eyes and looked away.

My take:

Disclaimers and such: This was a book from NetGalley.  It was given to me to read and review for free; I am not getting paid for this review.  This is my honest and true opinion.  That being said, thank you to NLA Digital for letting me read and review this book!!  Everyone else, look for it…it’s been released already!

There were a lot of jabs at the beginning of the book towards our generation, example “The Kardashians”, the dvd player, etc. And I’m sure I was supposed to laugh at them, but the sarcasm was a bit too early in the book for me.  I guess they were trying to point out the differences between the past and the present, but it just didn’t go over really well.  Sorry!  That’s the ONLY negative I have…yay!

The year is 2030, super soldiers have squashed rebellions overseas and due to the AIDS epidemic, when the cure became available, everyone in the United States now has to be vaccinated before they engage in any sexual activity.  Of course a number of people became concerned so underage teens need the consent of a parent.

Peyton is our girl in the story.  She’s dating the cool guy in school and when she catches him making out with another girl, she breaks his nose.  Next enter our guy Chris.  Chris is the non-stand out kid (not unpopular, but not popular) that has been crushing hard on Peyton.  Peyton has sworn up and down that even if he was the last guy on earth…she’d never date him.  So when the end of the world happens, who just so happens to be alive?  Peyton and Chris.  Everyone else, what happened to them?  Glad you asked!  They’ve either died from the massive virus outbreak or turned into zombies (except for some little kids)Zombies that you can identify that were people before…case and point: Bill Murray.

Each chapter flip-flopped back and forth between 2030 and 2034.  So when you get to a point in one chapter going, “What?  How did that happen?”  The author takes us back in time to explain so we each get our “lightbulb” moment!  When I saw reviews mentioning the date change chapters…I was skeptical…it surprised me with how seamless it was!

The author did focus on the love story more so than the end of the world and crazy happenings, but I rather enjoyed the grisly romance/adventure.  It was definitely as real as you can get with zombies running around.  I enjoyed the book…after I got through the first chapter…and raced through to find out what would happen next!

Oh, and don’t forget the rules for dealing with zombies…  🙂

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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

I was SO excited to see my request accepted on NetGalley for this ARC/book!!  I downloaded it on my kindle app and as soon as I closed the back cover to Article 5…I started this one and couldn’t put it down!  I LOVE seeing those emails come in saying “Your request has been accepted.”  It’s like getting a free cupcake just for being you!

Title: The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)

Author: Julie Kagawa

Summary (by Goodreads):

In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

First 4 Sentences:

They hung the Unregistereds in the old warehouse district; it was a public execution, so everyone could see.

I stood in the back, a nameless face in the crowd, too close to the gallows for comfort but unable to look away.  There were three of them this time, two boys and a girl.  The oldest was about my age, seventeen and skinny, with huge frightened eyes and greasy dark hair that hung to his shoulders.

My Take:

Disclaimers and such: This was a book from NetGalley.  It was given to me to read and review for free; I am not getting paid for this review.  This is my honest and true opinion.  That being said, thank you to Harlequin Teen for letting me read and review this book!!  Everyone else, look for it to be released in just a few weeks!!

First I just want to say….Poor vampires.  They have been used and abused so badly recently.  First they’re sparkly, then they have powerful rings by witches…these guys have been through the ringer.  If I were one, I would have started off laughing at the feeble attempts, but then would have ended up depressed by how humans have made them all nice and cuddly…”I’ve lost my scary edge.”

Just wait though…we’re really just pissing them off and they’re going to get their revenge at just the right moment…which brings me back to vampires ruling the world, JUST like The Immortal Rules!!

The book starts with Allie, a human, fending for herself and the gang she’s in by trying to find food within the city that’s run by a Master Vampire.  Each sector in the city is fenced off from one another and completely guarded from the outside world by a massive wall erected to keep the “rabids” out.  After being attacked and nearing death, a vampire finds Allie and offers the chance to live by turning her.  When faced with her own death, she chooses life even though it means spending an eternity as a monster.  Allie seemed “human” to me in her thinking, not a frivolous character with no real thought processes..I feel I can connect with her; she’s not airheaded or careless.

After yet another unfortunate turn of events, Allie is forced outside the walls of the city to wander on her own.  Learning to survive in the harsh environments, she soon runs into a straggling band of humans that are headed to a rumored city called “Eden”.  Allie tries to keep her hunger at bay and wants to be human so bad that she keeps her “vampirism” a secret.  The only problem is that Allie finds herself falling for the second in command, Zeke.  And of course, Zeke already has a fan-girl in the group that is NOT a fan of Allie…*cue cat fight.

I loved how the vampires are kept “normal”.  They can’t go out during the day, they all pretty much see humans as food, and they’re cocky.  I felt the story writing was GREAT!  The characters were believable, the adventure was awesome, it was gruesome…but not gory, and there’s a little romance that felt so good.  Makes you want them to beat the odds and figure it out.

I’ve heard great things about the author’s other series “Iron Fey” and after reading this book, it makes me want to read her other novels!  This book started so dark with a helpless feeling; it was like there was no hope for humans at all.  By the end of the book, our heroine is determined to see through the impossibilities thrown her way to help humans and save what little she can.  Of course, what’s a good book without a little cliff hanger?  Not a crazy one though…it’s safe to read!

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