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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Xpresso Book Tours Presents: Fighting To Survive Blitz + Giveaway

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Fighting To Survive (As the World Dies #2) by Rhiannon Frater has just re-released on paperback! So as celebration, Frater along with Xpresso Book Tours has put together this wonderful release blitz, Frater has a guest post and giveaway for you guys. So let's get the ball rolling.

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Women, Society and the Zombocalypse
By
Rhiannon Frater


I honestly didn’t set out to write a feminist take on the zombocalypse when I started writing AS THE WORLD DIES as an online serial. I just wrote about the sort of people I that exist in my everyday life.  The characters all evolved naturally as I wrote, as did their complicated relationships and sometimes disastrous choices.  It was only later that I fully began to understand how ground-breaking having two female leads in the genre actually was.


Admittedly, Jenni and Katie were born out of my desire to read a zombie story that was from a woman’s perspective. AS THE WORLD DIES was born as online serial in 2005. At that time zombie fiction was inundated with the lone gunman wandering across the zombie-infested lands. Women, children, and men who weren’t Rambo in disguise were merely zombie fodder.  The women played the roles of the love interest (who often died), the victims, and the zombies.  It became demoralizing to read over and over again stereotypes that bore no real resemblance to any of the women in my life.  So when the characters of Jenni and Katie invaded my mind one day at work, I wanted to write their story and share it with others. 


When I started the serial, I wanted to write about real men and women with flaws and strengths struggling to rebuild society in the zombie wastelands.  If history has shown us one thing, it’s that humans survive in communities. I didn’t want to create a world of alpha males and subservient women, or vice versa.  I wanted to write about real people dealing with real life issues while facing the undead hordes. I didn’t want to shy away from the difficulties of creating a new community. Differences of opinion, religion, culture, etc. were definitely going to cause problems at some point. Little did I realize that the issues my characters tackled in the online serial (which ran from 2005-2007) would become hotbed issues in 2012.  Religion, gay rights, and gender equality are all topics the people in the fort are forced to deal with while still dealing with bandits and zombies.

STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS
Oddly enough, I never thought about any of the females in my story as being “strong” or unusual. The positive feedback to the characters was definitely a reaction to all the stereotypical women in these kinds of books. People were genuinely surprised to read such positive portrayals. The readers weren’t surprised that the women were strong and competent; they were surprised to see an accurate portrayal of themselves, their wives, their girlfriends, mothers, and sisters. Quite a few male friends have told me that they loved how certain female characters reminded them strongly of the women they love.  Female fans have also shared how refreshing it was to see women doing the types of things they would do in the zombocalypse—like killing zombies. 


Jenni and Katie aren’t wonder women or superhuman like Alice in the Resident Evil films. They aren’t perfect either. Each has to deal with the aftermath of the destruction of their lives and they don’t always make the right choices.  But they aren’t afraid to fight for their own lives and those they love. They step up and take part in the planning of the new community and fight for the survival of everyone.

THE REGULAR GUYS
Though I get a lot of kudos for my female characters, I don’t feel that any of my male characters suffer from standing alongside competent women.  I didn’t want to resort to the alpha male stereotype with my male characters, but I also didn’t want to weaken them. Travis and Juan play vital roles in the story and are just regular men facing horrible circumstances.  They understand that to survive everyone has to work together and have their own strengths and weaknesses.  One of my greatest compliments was when someone told me that he could totally see himself hanging out with my male characters because they were just “dudes.”

THE BIGOTS
There are, of course, men that don’t like the women playing such a strong role. One of them, Shane, becomes a dangerous foe to Katie when she has to kill his brother after he becomes infected.  It’s in Shane and his cohort that we see a more dismissive attitude toward women and other people in general.  Shane and Phillip are great at entering the zombie-infested towns and salvaging for supplies and serve the community well, but their attitudes toward women, especially bisexual Katie, creates serious problems for the burgeoning society in FIGHTING TO SURVIVE.  Shane and Phillip challenge the rules of the new society with their behavior. One particularly upsetting scene between Shane and Katie immediately causes a rift among the people in the fort as people take sides in a “he said, she said” battle.

FRIENDSHIPS
One of the things that’s often missing in fiction, especially post-apocalyptic fiction, is the strong friendship bonds that exist among people.  Often the survivors are not really friends, but people thrown together that just barely get along.  In AS THE WORLD DIES, I enjoyed portraying various types of friendship bonds. There are best buddies, Juan and Travis, BFFs Ken and Lenore, and Jenni and Katie’s strong, sisterly friendship.  


Though people comment on all three friendships as being refreshing and similar to ones they share in their real lives, the one that stands out the most is the friendship between Jenni and Katie. Women are not often portrayed as being friends in fiction. In fact, a lot of heroines are often the only women in the book.  Jenni and Katie’s friendship was one of the things my editor at Tor really enjoyed. It’s so rare to see female best friends who love and support each other. Usually women are portrayed as rivals. Since I have close female friends in my life it felt only natural to have Jenni and Katie be close.

In closing…I am very happy that readers embrace the characters and feel they are an honest, realistic version of people they have in their own lives.  I am also pleased that readers have enjoyed the dynamics of the new and growing society in the middle of the zombocalypse. 


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Goodreads


Author: Rhiannon Frater
Series: As the World Dies
Number in Series: 2
Format: Paperback
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Pages: 448
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Horror/Urban Fantasy/Post-apocalyptic/Romance 

 

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Synopsis from Rhiannon Frater

It’s time to clear the hotel.

The fort has grown crowded as survivors of the zombie apocalypse have found safety between its walls.  Winter is coming; soon it will be too cold to live in tents and other makeshift shelters.  The leaders of the survivors—Katie, Jenni, Juan, Travis, and Nerit—decide it’s time for an assault on the zombie-occupied hotel that looms over the town square.

A pitched battle in the banquet room is the start of a harrowing, room-by-room struggle from Reception to roof.  As the sun sets, the people of Ashley Oaks gather in the hotel’s rooftop ballroom and gazebo to celebrate their survival.  Gazing out over the beauty of the surrounding Texas countryside, it’s hard to believe that death and danger lurk around every corner.

The fort’s search and rescue teams have attracted unwanted attention from bandits who see the fort as competition for food . . . and as a ready source of women.  The first attacks are minor, but everyone knows there is worse to come.

And beyond the fort’s walls, the zombies shamble, moaning, eyes fastened hungrily upon the living.

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About Rhiannon Frater:



Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency. You may contact her by sending an email to rhiannonfrater@gmail.com.


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Indie Book Review: Eden (#1) by David Holley

Author: David Holley
Series: (unknown)
Number in Series: 1
Format: ePub
Release Date: October 22, 2012
Pages: 235
Publisher: Misery Love Company
Genre: Adventure/Horror/Mystery/Post-apocalypse/Dystopian/Science Fiction/Paranormal/Thriller











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After enduring a horrific plane crash, a small group of survivors must work together in order to withstand the harshest conditions imaginable in the remote wilderness of New Zealand’s South Island.

The year is 2022, and their epic journey, fraught with danger and mystery, will alter the course of human history forever.

Led by charismatic Special Forces captain Noah Lockheart and his wife Evelyn, an accomplished scientist, the band of weary travelers must battle the elements along with their fears, as they race toward civilization, and their hope for rescue.

Among the survivors is Mia Sinclair, an extraordinary girl who can glimpse the future. Through their trials, the Lockhearts begin to uncover the girl’s ability in spite of her best efforts to keep it hidden. But even as Mia proves to be an invaluable ally, her gift comes at an unbearable cost.

Each step brings them closer to salvation– and to unraveling the mystery of their abandonment. But just when they think they are saved, they realize that they have never been farther from home.

Eden is a bold, heart-pounding page-turner, told through the seamlessly shifting perspectives of the eccentric band of survivors. As the thriller unfolds, so do the survivors’ inextricable links to one another in a plot rife with twists and turns, till the very end.

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       Eden takes place in the year 2022. The United States is no more. It has been wiped off the face of the Earth and due to that there has been a war. After the war, a man named Noah and his wife Evelyn want to go on a trip to New Zealand to visit their family. But their plans are instantly changed when the plane goes down, but it wasn’t an accident. Someone has tampered with the plane causing many to lose their lives. The remaining survivors end up on an island in New Zealand where they must work together until rescue finds them. They must do whatever it takes to survive. But life again may have other plans in store.


      There aren’t enough words in the world to describe just how incredible this read was. It is such a perfect blend of genres and I mean perfect. It is a Dystopian, Post-apocalypse, Horror, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Thriller, and Mystery all rolled into one. It doesn’t feel cluttered or weighted down from too many ideas. It flows beautifully. This is not only one of the best books I have read already this year, but one of the best books I have ever read. I had no idea where this book would take me, but I was in awe every time I got there.



     The characters in this book were amazing. Each one is unique and plays a crucial role in things to come in the book. There are quite a few, but I will focus on the main four. Our main character Noah is a former Captain for the British military. He is also a survivalist. He is definitely the glue that held the group together. If not for him, many more would have died even after they survived the crash. He is the one that discovered something was wrong on the plane to begin with and he believes that it was a terrorist attack. We also have his wife Evelyn. She is a doctor and was also a huge help to the group. They were amazing companions in this book. You can tell how much they loved each other and were willing to do anything to save the other and those around them. 

     Then we have the twins Max and Mia. Max is the flirty, outgoing one and Mia is the reserved, shy one. But she has to be. Mia has a special gift. Her gift is a paramount in this book. I love how much she got along with Noah and Evelyn when she couldn’t get along with anyone but her brother and even that was feat. Max and Noah were fun together. They were a lot o a like. Both are very adventurous, but Max was definitely the more cocky one given he is the self-proclaimed stud. I also enjoyed the characters we met like Atua and his group of fisherman. They definitely added another layer of mystery to the book. Some I found creepy specifically Maaka. I love Mia's part in it. It is peculiar, but still very good.


     The story is just beyond epic. It is hard to just stick to one main one because each one adds a layer. Once you get the complete picture, you will be screaming. I actually did and even then we are not done. The journey these characters go on is a rollercoaster. They are traveling and trying to figure where to go to get rescued. But on their travels they see that may not be possible and want to know why. The story goes far beyond someone tampering with the plane. They deal with many tribulations while trying to stay alive and just when you think they are safe, they are hit with an even bigger shock than the plane crash. There are no words for what is about to come.



     I have absolutely no problems with this book. Wait, no. There is one problem; the fact that I have to wait for the next book. I want it yesterday. This book is simply a masterpiece. It has all the elements and more. It is clever, fast paced, funny, full of action and mystery and just so much more. I can’t even tell you what genre this falls under. It does such a good job blending them all into one. Don’t even bother putting this on your wishlist, just buy it. Buy it and start it the moment you get it. I swear you won’t put it down until you reach the end. If you aren’t breathless by the time you reach the end, you’ll need to get your head checked. This is one incredible debut. Highly recommended!
  

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*This book belongs to the following challenge*
BCC's 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2013!
BCC's Zombie Challenge 2013! 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Indie Book Review: 13 (Tallent & Lowery Book #1) by Amy Lignor

Author: Amy Lignor
Series: Tallent & Lowery
Number in Series: 1
Format: ePub
Release Date: November 30, 2012
Pages: 237
Publisher: Suspense Publishing
Genre: Adventure/Fantasy/Mystery/Romance/Suspense/Thriller








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In 1902, in a dark room on the fifth floor of Carnegie Hall, thirteen people came together to continue a tradition that had been set in stone thousands of years before.

In 2012, Leah Tallent is Head of Research at the New York Public Library. Stoic and stable, brilliant and cynical, she has forever enjoyed her existence among the book stacks. But even with her unparalleled intellect, there was no way to know that on the historic steps between America's famous lions, she would become involved with a crazy man on a fanatical quest.

Gareth Lowery has spent his life searching for the ultimate artifact that he is certain exists. His life's pursuit has been to retrieve twelve keys hidden by men whose job it was to protect the single biggest secret ever kept. To find the keys he must enlist the help of an unwilling guide who, unfortunately, knows much more than he bargained for.

From the first page to the last word, this fantastic duo become immersed in a whirlwind treasure hunt with historical and passionate repercussions. From the strange and eerie Winchester House to the blustery darkness of Loch Ness, Gareth and Leah will quickly learn that the theory of duality is correct: For every bad there is a good and, for Heaven, there most assuredly exists...Hell.

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      13 follows a young woman named Leah who works at a library. She loves her books and everything they represent. She is a smart woman who invests her life in research and facts. But one day at a special event at the library she works at, she meets a man that is obviously off his rocker. Or is he? Gareth is on a mission like no other. He is searching for an artifact that could change the world completely. Problem is the only way to find the artifact is with Leah's help. She is not the most adventurous or a believer in his crazy stories. But out of curiosity, she helps. But the deeper into the mystery they go, the more dangerous things become. But they aren't aware just how much danger they are really in.

     I had a blast with this 13, I couldn't put it down. Someone said this was Indiana Jones meets The DaVinci Code. That is quite the perfect description of this read. It was so much fun uncovering these mysteries with the characters. I love the history that plays a part in the story as well. Lignor definitely put a lot of work into this and it shows. I specifically loved the usage of the Winchester House. I heard about that story years ago and to this day it keeps me out. I saw a tour of the house on tv once and I know I will never step foot into it. The whole scene Lignor had in the house is one of my favorite scenes in this book though. Brilliant.

     I loved the characters. Leah and Gareth are ying and yang. Leah is very uptight and a loner. Gareth is charming and laid back. But together, they worked very well. I love the tension between them. Their scenes together are very memorable for me, They are so funny together and I found myself smiling every time they had a conversation. They were so compatible, it felt real and natural when they were together. Even when they are bickering back and forth, you just love them all the more for it. Definitely a team I could get behind. Then we have Gareth's friend Donovan. Leah instantly feels uneasy around him and I can't blame her. He has a vibe that gives you a very creepy feeling. I also loved Kathryn and Emanuel, Gareth's sister and her co-worker/lover. Her and Leah are a lot alike and I loved how easily they got along.

      The plot was a lot fun. I love how with each place we visit that moves the story along we are put into that history through Leah. They are looking for keys that will help them unlock the greatest artifact of all. Leah gets these flashes every time she visits a location that hides a key to help them find the artifact. It was so vivid and well put together. I love the use of Heaven and Hell in this book. The idea to unlocking doors to them is amazing. Lignor also uses the stories of The Last Supper and The Temptation as part of the plot. I don't want to give out exactly how, but it is so good. Scratch that, it is brilliant, plain and simple. The DaVinci Code wishes it could be this entertaining.

      Now I did have a couple of problems with this book. For instance, I know Leah is a self-proclaimed atheist. But come on. When she experiences these flashbacks to the areas they visit, she treats it like nothing after. How can you still have so little faith after what you have seen? She sort of writes it off as nothing. I also would have liked a bit more conflict in the areas they visited, whether it be from the area or whoever was after them. But they are still thrilling though. So I guess not much of a complaint, but still. If you read it, you will see what I mean. Also I would have liked if this was a little more of an adult read. Gareth is too hot for us not to get a nude scene out of him. Such a tease. There are also little bits of information we get that is not entirely explained. But this could easily be just making room for book 2 which I have every intention of reading.

      I loved this book. Lignor is super talented and that fact shines like a beacon in this book. Despite a hiccups, it doesn't take away from the magnitude of the story and the incredible adventure it took me on. It is a well told story and it is well written, The characters are lovable and even though this is fiction, I love the sense of realism this story gives you. Another sequel I can't wait to sink my teeth into. Highly recommended. Add this to your cart now.


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*This book belongs to the following challenge*
BCC's 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2013!  

Monday, January 28, 2013

Book Chick City's Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Reading Challenge 2013


Details and sign up here: BCC's Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Challenge 2013


I am so signing up for this. I did pretty well with this last year, obviously. So I am going to aim for better this year. Let's aim for fifty.


My List:
1. Desires Unleashed (Knights of the Darkness Chronicles #1) by D. N. Simmons
2. Dark Waltz (A Praestani Novel #1) by A. M. Hargrove
3. Alex and Katija: High and Mighty (#1) by Gordon Hooper
4. Dark Hunter's Touch by Jessa Slade
5. Catalyst: Guardian Rising (The Guardian Series #1) by Nancy S. Reece
6. Piper LeVine and a Gypsy's Truth (Piper LeVine #1) by Eris Kelli
7. Hereafter (Afterlife #1) by Terri Bruce
8. Red Hot by Ann B. Harrison 
9. The Magic Wakes by Charity Bradford 
10. Highland Heart by Heather McCollum  
11. The Last Keeper's Daughter by Rebecca Trogner
12. Purgatory Reign by L. M. Preston
13. Wicked Kiss (Nightwatchers #2) by Michelle Rowen
14. Luminaire (Florence Waverly #2) by Ciye Cho
15. Rae of Hope (The Chronicles of Kerrigan #1) by W.J. May
16. Paramount (Thirty Minutes to Heartbreak #1) by Nadia Scrieva
17. The Bane (The Eden Trilogy #1) by Keary Taylor   
18. Strength (Mark of Nexus #1) by Carrie Butler 
19. Blood Prophecy: The Fated Three by T.L. Spencer   
20. Ascent of Blood (The Red Veil Series #1) by Elizabeth Marx 
21. Valkyrie Slumbering (#1) by L. Vanhorn
22. The Guilty Innocent (Knights of the Darkness Chronicles #2) by D.N. Simmons 
23. Death Comes Home (In Darkness We Must Abide #1) by Rhiannon Frater 
24. Breaking the Nexus (Mythrian Realm #1) by Lindsay Avalon
25. The Mark of Abel (The Mark of Abel #1) by Viola Ryan
26. Seduced by Innocence (Seduced #1) by Kimberly Kinrade 
27. Violet Midnight (Violet Night Trilogy #1) by Lynn Rush 
28. Release by Nicole Hadaway
29. Oracle in Philadelphia (Earthbound Angels #1) by Elizabeth Corrigan 
30. Death in the Shadows (In Darkness We Must Abide #2) by Rhiannon Frater 
31. Temptation Unleashed by Kari Thomas
32. By the Light of the Moon (Lakeside #1) by Laila Blake
33. The Harvesting (The Harvesting #1) by Melanie Karsak
34. Perverse by Larry Rodness
35. A Glimpse of Her Soul by Stuart Jaffe
36. Wolf's Haven (Caedmon Wolves #1) by Ambrielle Kirk
37. Night Hawk (Night Hawk #1) by J. E. Taylor
38. The Arrival of Armando DeLeon (In Darkness We Must Abide #3) by Rhiannon Frater
39. The Iron Locket (The Risen King #1) by Samantha Warren    
40. Blood Echo by Melissa Simonson
41. Blood Flows Deep In The Empire (The Szolites #1) by N. Isabelle Blanco
42. Escape (The Vampire King Series #1) by Kenya Wright
43. 24 Bones by Michael F. Stewart 
44. The Gift (In Darkness We Must Abide #4) by Rhiannon Frater
45. The Royal Flush (Knights of the Darkness Chronicles #3) by D.N. Simmons  
46. Gargoyle (The Gathering #1) by Lorraine Beaumont 
47. Infinity (Valkyries: Soaring Ravens #1) by Sedona Venez
48. ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot #1) by Christine Amsden 
49. Araya's Addiction by Jocelyn Dex 
50. Hidden Gates (The P. J. Stone Gates Trilogy #1) by D. T. Dyllin 
51. Feeling Death (The Death Trilogy #1) by D. T. Dyllin 
52. The Spellcaster's Grimoire by Mark All  
 
 
 
 

53. Affairs of the Dead by A. J. Locke
54. Finding Esta (The Supes Series #1) by Shah Wharton 
55. Keeper of the Dragon Sword by Linze Brandon
56. Blind Sight Through The Eyes of Aniela Dawson (Blind Sight #1) by Eliabeth Hawthrone 
57. Demon Possession (Shadow Quest #1) by Kiersten Fay
58. A Vampire's Saving Embrace (Supernatural Desire #1) by Darlene Kuncytes
59. Gargoyle Addiction (Otherworlds Summons #1) by Livia Olteano
60. The Necromancer's Seduction (The Necromancer #1) by Mimi Sebastian 
61. The Lion's Den (Knights of the Darkness Chronicles #5) by D. N. Simmons 
62. Lizzy Speare and The Cursed Tomb (Lizzy Speare #1) by Ally Malinenko
63. Dead Sexy Dragon (Dragon Heat #1) by Lolita Lopez    
64. The Demon's Forbidden Passion by Zoey Williams 
65. The Fallen King (In Darkness We Must Abide #8) by Rhiannon Frater 
66. Silver Moon (Silver Moon #1) by Rebecca A. Rogers 
67. Good Intentions (The Dead War series #1) by D. N. Simmons
68. Empath (The Flawed Series #1) by Becca J. Campbell
69. Someone Else's Skye (Men of Brahm Hill #1) by Christine Wenrick
70. Courage (Mark of Nexus #2) by Carrie Butler  
71. Earth's Requiem (Earth Reclaimed #1) by Ann Gimpel
72. Realm Walker (Realm Walker #1) by Kathleen Collins
73. Out for Blood by Mike Walker
74. Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2) by Christine Amsden
75. Keep You From Harm (Remedy #1) by Debra Doxer
76. Buried Threads (Threads #2) by Kaylin McFarren
77. From Hel, With Love (XIII Hour #1) by Blue Remy    
 
 

Indie Book Review: Piper LeVine and a Gypsy's Truth (Piper LeVine #1) by Eris Kelli

Author: Eris Kelli
Series: Piper LeVine
Number in Series: 1
Format: ePub
Release Date: January 25, 2013
Pages: 303
Publisher: Libertine Press
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy














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Piper LeVine is the daughter of wealthy Senator, Harold and Katrine, or so she thought. When a stranger arrives in the night and throws her identity into question, Piper must uncover the secrets of her true origin.

Treacherous demons from a past she never knew she had are coming for her and only the Gypsies know how to deal with the monsters of myth.


Nicholas proves less than truthful from the get-go, but who can she hold onto amongst a sea of mystic if not hostile strangers? He is dangerous, captivating, and the only one who she knows that will stand against the creatures of the dark that seek her.


In search for the truth Piper will find more than her identity. She will discover her destiny, what she is made of, and the family that determines her fate.


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      Piper LeVine and a Gypsy’s Truth is about a young girl named Piper. One night after being grounded, so makes a discovery that she clearly wasn't suppose to make. She finds out that her mom is not her real mom. That her real mom sold her to her senator of a father since he was the father. Dad already thinks low of Piper, so Piper Is more than happy to move in with her wonderful grandmother to work on her ranch. While there, Piper notices strange figures hanging outside her window. A new person arrives named Nicholas in quite the disguise and he knows Piper is distraught over what she has learned about her birth mother. He wants her to open her eyes and find out all she can about her mother. But through digging, Piper finds out her mother is a gypsy. The gypsies are more connected to Piper and her life than she thinks. She doesn't want to trust him, but she has to because they are the only ones that can get rid of the mysterious figures following her.

      This was an interesting take on gypsies. I have never read a story about them, but I have heard plenty. This was very interesting because of the paranormal connection they possess and I liked that. Kelli has given us something quite fresh. I had no idea where the connection would meet, but I liked it when we found out. Kelli has created quite an interesting world and I want more.

      I really liked Piper. She is just a regular teenage girl just trying to live her life. But given her father and his rules, she can't do anything without the paparazzi following and making a spectacle out of her. Her father was just pure scum. Even if she is not your daughter, you don't treat a kid like that. I couldn't believe it especially after we meet Trina. I was asking the same questions like Piper. Why does she get followed around and not Trina? Why is Trina getting the free pass when she is having her own phase? Her adopted mother just took it for what it is worth, The price to pay for the high life. I liked Nicholas, but I wanted to punch him quite a bit in this book. He doesn't really outright lie, but he leaves a lot of things out. If only he opened his mouth a lot of craziness could be avoided. Only a man. I do like how Nicholas and Piper officially met, it was pretty funny. The spark they had was just amazing. I didn't get any sparks between Rick and Piper. Rick is her former boyfriend who says he loves her, but made a mistake I know I would have kneed him in the groin for. But I did feel bad for him. I also love the characters we meet later on. I really liked Isabeau and the relationship that grew between her and Piper. They were quite the match. Although it did get a little sad considering what happened.

      I love how the book builds up to the gypsies. They don't show up until about halfway and once we meet them, things for Piper go downhill. She thought she had it bad with her dad. I take that back, he is awful. Still the things she learns about her past and her family is a lot to take in. I can't say I blame her for her reactions sometime, but goodness. I do like her spunk though. I love the idea of the gypsies and the Sith. The Sith are after Piper given her past and her birth mother. But there are a lot more twists and turns in this book so I won't say too much. I loved them all though.

      This book does have a bit of a YA love triangle, but I liked this one. It is a bit sad though when we get the whole story. I just loved this book. It was well written and kept my attention. The characters are so lovable. I love all the men Kelli has included in this book especially Nicholas. He had me smiling like a schoolgirl. I especially love the end with Grandma Sidney. How can you hate him? You have to check this out. The mystery and the pacing is just great. I was hanging on to every word in this book. Definitely check this book out if you are looking for something unique, fun, and thrilling.


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