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Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway: Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Spencer Hill Press, 360 pages 
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Series: Covenant #3
Source: Spencer Hill Press

"History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time. "

Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden.
If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.
But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...

There's something about the Covenant series that makes it so addicting. I finished Deity in one sitting and just couldn't get enough of it. Deity picks up shortly after the madness of Pure and works into the progress of Alex preparing for her Awakening. As her birthday nears, Alex starts to learn that Awakening isn't all that simple.

I'm just going to take a moment here and just soak in the awesomeness that are the characters of Deity. There's Alex who continues to grow into a fierce heroine, Seth who is, well, Seth, and Aiden who's still the loyal gentleman. I know that I went from Team Aiden to Team Seth, but Deity really messed with me. I'm not sure who I ship anymore! (But incase you were wondering, yes, I still ship Seth and Alex) There's also more Deacon, Luke, and Leon who I just adore! Deacon was always one of my favorite supporting characters and was glad when he made more appearances in Deity.

There were some up and down moments for Deity, but it was just as entertaining as the others. Now I'm counting the days until the release of Apollyon!

Overall: 4 out of 5

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Two weeks ago, I had the chance to attend this year's Wordstock in Portland!
I only had the chance to stay for 2 hours on Sunday, but I still had a fantastic time. I know I missed a lot of people who were there, but fear not, I will be going next year too.

Here are some of the pictures I Instagram-ed:
[More pictures (in better quality) of the event I took can be found here!]



Cover Reveal: Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

HarperTeen, 464 pages
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #2
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository 

Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a claim. She’d been naive about a lot of things. Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

My reaction: LOVE. I was super excited to have the chance to be part of this cover reveal.
I'm really glad that Sweet Peril got picked up by HarperTeen. 
Sweet Evil was one of my favorite reads and now I'm counting the days until the release of Sweet Peril. 

Wendy Higgins

Wendy Higgins was born in Alaska, grew up an Army brat, and lived all over the United States before settling in the Washington, DC area. She attended George Mason University for her undergrad degree in creative writing, and Radford University for her masters in curriculum and instruction. Wendy taught 9th and 12th grade English in a rural school before becoming a mother and author. She now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Sweet Peril is her second novel.

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Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Saturday, October 20, 2012
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
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Simon & Schuster, 544 pages
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Series: Mara Dyer #2
Source: Author Giveaway
Purchase: Powell's

Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She can’t.
She used to think her problems were all in her head.
They aren’t.
She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
She’s wrong.
In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

I wasn't sure how it could be possible, but The Evolution of Mara Dyer was even more intese and twisted than The Unbecoming.

Before reading: Huh, my book is signed with, "Who will you believe?" Interesting. Well I guess I'll go with Michelle Hodkin. 


The Evolution goes into Mara's family history as well as Noah's. I would think that I would be able to make some theories from that, but nope. Fret not people, even though new information was tossed in, there were a lot of questions answered from The Unbecoming. I never looked at anything the same through out this book. One moment I would feel like I was finally putting the story together, but then I would turn the page and all of my theories would get burned.

There were so many when I was wondering what just happened. At first I would try to make some sense out of it, but after a while I just rolled with it. Kind of. I started categorizing my reactions to those moments into the "my life after finishing" list.

My Life After Finishing The Evolution of Mara Dyer:
Day 1: Maybe I'll just leave my lamp on tonight.
Day 2: I'll just turn ALL the lights on in my house.
Day 3: Maybe I should just not clear the fog from my mirror after taking a shower.
Day 5: Has brother stand next to me while I brush my teeth.

One of the many things I loved about this book was Mara Dyer and Noah Shaw. They just work. It is how it is. They will forever be one of my favorite couples.

I loved every moment of The Evolution of Mara Dyer. Even though Mara Dyer is the reason I can't look into the mirror after I take a shower, I will read anything by Michelle Hodkin.
Overall: 5 out of 5

Review: The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Saturday, October 13, 2012
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
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Strange Chemistry, 320 pages
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Powell's

Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiance. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her.
And when the assassin, Naji, finally catches up with her, things get even worse. Ananna inadvertently triggers a nasty curse — with a life-altering result. Now Ananna and Naji are forced to become uneasy allies as they work together to break the curse and return their lives back to normal. Or at least as normal as the lives of a pirate and an assassin can be.

The story of The Assassin’s Curse begins when Ananna runs away from her arranged marriage. It took me a while to warm up to Ananna. She came off a bit arrogant, but as the story continued, I began to see her grow into her responsibilities. What I loved most about her was her ability to respond to anything and everything. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind.

Before her encounter with the assassin, a strange women gave her potions that was said to help her. Not knowing the full extent of the magic, things went wary and resulted with Ananna becoming attached to her assassin due to his curse. Naji, the assassin, and Ananna were constantly butting heads while on their search to break the curse. It was interesting to see the change in their attitudes about each other as they continued their journey.

There were many parts in the story in which I wanted more detail. I enjoy fast-paced stories, but the days moved so fast that I lost track of how many days have passed.

The Assassin’s curse told a great story with many adventures and strange character encounters. I will definitely be waiting on the next novel.
3.5 out of 5
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