A Thousand Pieces Of You Book Review

Author: Claudia Graythousandpieces

Publisher: Harper Teen

Genre: YA Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Pages: 357
“Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.”

My Thoughts:

Ugh! I have so much to say about this book but, I’m struggling with how to get it out. According to WordPress I’ve revised this post 25 times. That’s just so far! It feels like it’s been way too long since I’ve read a really good book. I’m so very glad that I picked this up. Typically I don’t read Sci-Fi. I’m more of a Fantasy/Contemporary kind of girl. This is the first book by Claudia Gray that I have read. I was not at all disappointed and I have a a distinct feeling I won’t soon forget her name.

From the very beginning we are thrown right into the plot. Which sounds a little intimidating but is actually quite the opposite. It’s very engaging. In fact the whole book is. Meg and her family have just suffered a terrible loss. Her dad. A wonderful Physicist whom with the help of Meg’s mom created the Firebird. Which as we know from the blurb is the one device that allows multi-dimensional travel.
There is a bit of science mumbo jumbo here but don’t let that intimidate you. 
You won’t find any overloads of information dumping here. You don’t even need to have a keen grasp on Physics to understand what’s going on. Heck even the main character isn’t a Science nerd. Half the time she seems more confused than the reader.

From there we do a lot of jumping around, which makes the book pretty fast paced. Gray did one hell of a job making sure it all went smoothly though. She also did a hell of a job making you think. Parallel universes have always peaked the interests of people around the world. The idea is that there are worlds running in tandem with our own, almost exactly like our own. The difference between all of them is that one choice we didn’t make. Ex; Wearing that red jacket instead of that grey sweater. Eating a bowl of oatmeal instead of cereal. There are also the big choices, like majoring in Political Science instead of History.


In this book it’s much more than that. A parallel world could not only have another you and another of every one you’ve ever known, it could also be 20 times more advanced or 20 times more behind your actual time. Meg jumps into a futuristic London where gadgets are so advanced that they are using holograms and rings as phones. There’s also a 17th/18th century look a like Russian mash up where the phone has barely been invented and they still travel by horse carriage. Oh oh, and I cant forget the world with Oceanic ships that most of the population is living on due to rising Ocean levels. 

This book was amazing. I loved all of the characters. Were there times where I cringed at their behavior? Yes. Plenty, especially Megs. Specifically (without spoilers) one decision she made that I honestly did not like her for. It was completely rash and she had not a care in the world for any consequences that may have happened afterward. Know why? Because she could just up and leave so the heck with it! At least that’s it made me feel. Which was great! The frustration, the disgust, the tears and the laughter are all part of what makes a book, right?

“I love it!”

Recommend?

YES. Absolutely! This book has everything. Adventure, action, mystery, romance, family. Oh and multi dimensional traveling. 
I personally can not wait to get my hands on the next two books. 

Rating:

Four and a half stars for me 🙂 This book wasn’t without flaw. But despite the obvious love triangle here and the moment of predictability this book was still a huge hit for me. The creativity in the writing was astounding. The beautiful detail that puts you in each dimension, the desperation to save ones family that you feel from Meg. LOVE!

If you haven’t picked up this book yet I very much suggest that you do. You won’t be disappointed.

 

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The Girl Who Could See Cover Reaveal



Today Kara Swanson and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for THE GIRL WHO COULD SEE, which releases June 1, 2017! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card and a copy of the eBook!
On to the reveal!
 
(OHMYGOD I’m in love with this. It’s beauuuutiful! ❤ )
 
Title: THE GIRL WHO COULD SEE
Author: Kara Swanson
Pub. Date: June 1, 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 200
Find it: Amazon | Goodreads
All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but what if she is the only one who can truly see?
Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles.Desperate to appear “normal,” she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.
Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man isn’t a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.
Exclusive Excerpt!
CHAPTER ONE
Present Time
On television, they never tell you how cold it is.
 
They might show you the dimly lit room or the hard, uninviting chairs—stark reminders that you have no power here. They may depict the lonesome table separating you from the elderly agent with the stone-grey eyes. But those cop shows never depict what a chilly affair an FBI interrogation truly is. If their aim is to make this process as intimidating as possible—it’s working.
 
I wrap my hands around bare shoulders, fingertips far colder than the skin exposed by my red tank top. Brilliant move, Fern. Wear a scarf, but forget your jacket. Stifling a shudder, I try to meet the sharp gaze of Agent Barstow standing rigidly across from me.
 
“I don’t know where you’re from, miss Johnson—but in LA, state-of-the-art buildings don’t just crumble.” His voice is gravelly, matching the jagged lines of his dark skin and weathered face.  “Federal buildings, no less. There one minute and the next…destroyed.”
 
His tone chills me even more, and I tug nervously on my scarf. His arms slowly unwind from his chest as he takes a deliberate two steps toward me. “We’ve had everyone on the disaster—CIA, local police, firemen…heck, we even called NASA. No one can find a plausible reason why a skyscraper, in excellent repair, would collapse like that. No one, that is, except you.”
 
I fight the urge to bolt for the door as he leans down, palms flat on the table, so close I can make out the creases on his dark suit. “You warned us of an attack in that area two weeks ago. How did you know?”
 
I suck in a deep breath as his voice lowers, dark fists tightening on the edge of the table. “Are you involved with a terrorist organization?”
 
I almost laugh at his words, at how they couldn’t be farther from the truth. I’m here to save LA, not destroy it. To save everyone. And I don’t have much time—none of us do. If I can’t gain this man’s trust, a shattered building is nothing compared to what will come next.
 
“No, sir.” I shove my shaking hands beneath my legs as I glimpse a pair of lucid blue eyes over the agent’s shoulder. They shouldn’t be there—and I know not to stare. But those eyes that only I can see are the reason I warned the FBI in the first place. Their owner the reason I’m even sitting in this room.
 
Licking my lips, I keep my attention on Barstow. I’ve wanted this for years. Someone to listen. Really listen. And it’s the FBI, no less. Be careful here.
 
When I open my mouth, the words are calm and steady. I hope they’re convincing—they have to be convincing. “I knew about the incident, Agent Barstow, because my friend warned me.” Throat suddenly dry, I look away. “My imaginary friend.
 
About Kara: 

 

As the daughter of missionaries, KARA
SWANSON spent sixteen years of her young life in the jungles of Papua New Guinea.
Able to relate with characters dropped suddenly into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the speculative genre and was soon penning stories
herself.
At seventeen, she independently published a fantasy novel, Pearl of Merlydia. She has since published many articles, including one in the Encounter magazine. Kara received the Mount Hermon Most Promising Teen Writer
Award
in 2015. You can find her on Facebook as Kara Swanson, Author, or
attempting to be artistic over on Instagram (@karaswanson_author). When she’s
not creating new stories and placing characters in peril, she’s probably
binge-watching Marvel movies, playing with her huskies, reading till two in the
morning or experimenting with a dairy-free mocha Frappuccino (skills, I’m
telling you).
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What Are You Reading Wednesday

Hey book nerds ❤
My house has ants! 😦 last year we had a pretty bad infestation of them and this year it seems as though they want to come back. I woke up this morning to a huge and gross trail of them coming from the closet. Nope! Ran downstairs just as fast as my its bitsy legs could carry me, grabbed the pest control spray like pro and wham! Got those suckers out of there. Had to clean it up of course but now I’m ant free 🙂 set up an appointment with Clark already and everything.
I don’t know about any of you but next to Spiders I am just as deathly afraid of ants. It all goes back to a very traumatic experience I had when I was just a girl.

Moving on, here’s what I have going on this week……

What I’m Reading:

Last week I was having trouble making up my mind on what book to read. Well I made a decision. It was this….

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So far I’m only on chapter 13. Still waiting before I form an opinion. It’s not quite living up to my expectations. Now I’m telling myself that I need to throw those out the window! If you’ve already read this or are currently reading it, what are your thoughts?

What I’m Watching:

Collateral Beauty

I started watching this about 2 nights ago. I had to stop because my boyfriend kept coming in and would start a conversation so I had to pause it. He didn’t want to watch it with me which I was completely fine with. But the distractions! Eventually I just gave up and decided to watch it while he was at work. After re-watching that trailer I’m eager as a beaver right now and will probably go downstairs to finish it right after this post!

What I’m Listening To:

Body Like A Back Road by Sam Hunt

Catchy. It’s sexy, has a really nice beat. Perfect for driving with the windows down on some back roads just enjoying the way the sun hits that country scenery ❤ Sam Hunt’s voice is like velvet. I love it!

That’s what I’m up to this week guys! Let me know what you’re currently reading and how much your loving or hating it 🙂

The Great Pursuit Blitz & GIVEAWAY!

I am so excited that THE GREAT PURSUIT by Wendy Higgins is available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Wendy Higgins, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for some amazing prizes! So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

*Thank you Rock Star Book Tours for the opportunity to be a part of this Book Blitz.*

 
Title: THE GREAT PURSUIT (Eurona Duology #2)
Author: Wendy Higgins
Pub. Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 512
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Amazon, B&NiBooksAudible,
Goodreads
In The Great Pursuit, the
dramatic sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Great Hunt, Wendy Higgins delivers another thrilling fantasy
filled with dangerous enemies, political intrigue, searing romance, and a princess who is willing to do everything to protect her kingdom. 
“One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continues.
 
The kingdom of Lochlanach has traded the great beast that once terrorized
the realm of Eurona for something far more dangerous: the ire of powerful
Lashed woman Rosaria Rocato. Rosaria demands that Eurona overturn the laws
prohibiting magic, or an innocent will be killed each day.
 
Despite the king’s resistance, Princess Aerity believes they must make
peace with the Lashed, and though she’s accepted a betrothal to the man who
took down the beast, she cannot help thinking about Paxton, the Lashed man who
stole her heart and disappeared.
 
Aerity soon discovers that Paxton has joined Rosaria’s army in the war
against her family. Though her feelings for him are still strong, her duty to
her kingdom and her family is stronger—especially when her parents are
kidnapped and she has to step up to the throne and once again put aside what’s
best for her in order to do what’s best for her people. Paxton and Princess
Aerity must fight to see what is more powerful: their love or the impending war
between the magical Lashed and the non-magic humans.”
 
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Excerpt

CHAPTER ONEA new beast roamed the kingdom of Lochlanach, killing at will. A second unnatural monster created by the hands of Rozaria Rocato, granddaughter of the most infamous and hated Lashed One of all time. Princess Aerity Lochson’s mind was a blur of piled-up worries as she rushed from High Hall of the castle, away from the frightened commoners and guests who’d come for her betrothal ceremony, and toward the office of her father, King Charles. She turned at the sound of heavy footsteps behind her and found both her childhood friend Lieutenant Harrison Gillfin and her betrothed, Lord Lief Alvi, following. Lord Alvi looked every bit the hero—his broad stature striking, with elk furs about his shoulders and a black kilt to his knees above leather boots. His blue eyes were filled with bright passion and hunger, but those emotions were not for her. They were for the beast. The new hunt.

He had killed the first creature, thereby earning her hand in marriage. The thought twisted Aerity’s stomach with discomfort and turned her mind to the man who’d disappeared weeks before when the beast was killed—the Lashed man who’d taken her heart with him and would likely never return. She clenched her jaw. This was no time to think of Paxton Seabolt or her drowned desires. The kingdom was suffering again—rendering everything she’d sacrificed to have been in vain.

Her eyes shifted from Lord Alvi’s to Harrison’s and found a fierce, protective comfort there. Harrison stood tall, lean, and capable. Never faltering. The thought of her noble friend fighting yet another beast filled her with sharp fear. So many lives had already been lost, including Harrison’s cousin Breckon, who’d been the true love of Aerity’s cousin Wyneth. Half a year was all it had taken to trample the dreams and futures of so many.

Aerity gave the men a nod to follow her. She lifted her long white skirts and moved quickly down the tapestry-lined hallway to her father’s office. Guards and soldiers ran past, shouting orders, fully armed with bows, swords, and lines of throwing daggers strapped across their uniformed tunics.

She opened the door without knocking. No fewer than twenty faces shot toward her. She recognized the burgundy red hair of her mother, along with her aunts and uncles, military elite, and royal advisers. Her father invited them in with a quick flick of his fingers.

When the door closed he asked her, “What is the state of things in High Hall?”

“The people seemed to have calmed for the moment, Father,” Aerity said. “And supper is being served.”

“Your daughter gave a rousing speech,” Lord Alvi pro- claimed in his rumbling voice. “She is to thank for the calm.” Aerity’s face flushed with heat at the unexpected compliment. Then he put a heavy hand on her shoulder and pulled her close. Aerity fought the urge to shrug away. For the sake of the kingdom, she had made a commitment to become his bride, and she would follow through regardless of what her heart wanted, and regardless of the fact that she was certain feelings had grown between Lief and Wyneth.
“Did she?” The king’s eyes softened with pride, and her mother, Queen Leighlane, smiled at Aerity and Lief, no doubt thinking what a lovely couple they were. If she only knew.

Behind them Harrison cleared his throat. “Are we to begin hunting the creature, Your Majesty?”

King Charles nodded, his face lined with anxiety. “Aye. But most of the hunters have dispersed.” Or been killed, Aerity thought with sorrow, remembering the men who’d come from all over Eurona and even a huntress who’d lost her life.

“I can have a message sent to Tiern Seabolt,” Harrison said. “I’m certain he would return with haste.”

Aerity’s abdomen tightened. Tiern was Paxton’s younger brother. He’d nearly been killed by the first beast and had been saved by Paxton’s Lashed magic. It was the very reason Pax had fled the kingdom—using magic was illegal, even to heal. Aerity didn’t want Tiern to hunt again. She didn’t want Paxton’s sacrifice to have been a waste.

“And his older brother?” the king asked.

“Nay.” Harrison paused. “He disappeared after the hunt. We don’t know his whereabouts.”

“Must you call Tiern back?” Aerity asked. When her father’s eyebrows drew together she emended, “He’s . . . so young.”

“He’s the same age as you, Daughter,” the king reminded her. “Seventeen. A man who’s already proven himself in the hunt.” Aerity pressed her lips together and nodded. She could not keep Tiern safe any more than she could force Harrison to stay out of harm’s reach. Their heroic hearts would urge them forward.

“Can we send word to the Zandalee?” Aerity’s uncle Lord Wavecrest asked.

The king shook his head. “I’m afraid not this time. The letter from the Rocato woman stated that her creatures have now been released in all the lands of Eurona. The Zandalee will be needed to fight in their own drylands of Zorfina.”

A fearful silence fell over the room. Each kingdom was on its own with its own beasts to battle now. Lochlanach was a quaint kingdom of fishermen and crop villagers, farmers, that had enjoyed many years of peace. The people had risen together to fight the first beast, but how much more could the king expect from them? It was too much. To imagine this kind of horror inflicted on innocent people all over Eurona sickened Aerity.

“Perhaps another proclamation?” Lord Wavecrest suggested carefully. At this proposal from Aerity’s uncle, the men in the room glanced around at one another, and the hairs rose on the princess’s arms. The queen caught her daughter’s eyes, and they both went still.

The last proclamation had offered Aerity’s hand in marriage to whoever killed the beast. The only thing left to give was the second princess, Aerity’s fifteen-year-old sister, Vixie. Her father stared down at his desk.

“No.” Aerity stepped forward, out of Lord Alvi’s embrace, her body trembling. “You cannot offer Vixie’s hand.”

The king’s hazel eyes, filled with regret, rose to hers. “I have nothing left to give.” With Vixie’s hand would come her dowry of lands. Using Vixie as a prize would surely smother her soul. Aerity wouldn’t stand for it.

“And why should you oppose it?” her uncle Preston asked haughtily. “The first proclamation provided you with a fine match. It can do the same for Vixie.”

Aerity stilled, forcing back the torrent of words that flooded her mind: unfair, poor match, confinement, no joy, no love. She was to endure those things for her kingdom, but the thought of Vixie losing her freedom to choose her future . . . it gutted Aerity. She knew how it appeared to the world—that she’d landed a handsome, noble, brave lord—but the heart didn’t care about appearances. It wanted who it wanted.

“And then what?” Aerity asked. “Who shall we offer for the next beast, and the one after that? Your own Wyneth? Or perhaps six-year-old Merity?”

Lord Wavecrest scowled.

“Enough, Aerity,” Queen Leighlane said quietly. Aerity met her mother’s eyes and felt an understanding there. No one knew better than the two of them how this would crush Vixie’s spirit. These men couldn’t possibly understand.

“Vixie’s nearly sixteen,” Lord Wavecrest pressed. Aerity wanted to claw out his eyes and force him to stop speaking.

“A proclamation offering Vixie’s hand will be my very last resort,” King Charles said, standing taller. “It is my hope that the people will rise of their own free will to protect their families and lands as they did in the last hunt. I will not hinder them with further curfews.”

Lord Wavecrest shook his head and crossed his arms. Aerity breathed a temporary sigh of relief.

“Sire, we should address the other part of the Rocato woman’s letter.” This was from the king’s oldest adviser, Duke Gulfton. This duke had been the closest adviser to Aerity’s grandfather King Leon. His views on the Lashed were legendarily conservative and strict, and he was a proponent of keeping the Lashed lists up to date. All persons with Lashed capabilities and their families were notated in the records and checked regularly for markings.
The stooped man wore a sea-green robe around his shoulders and a perpetual serious frown on his face. He leaned on his cane. “We cannot do as the Rocato woman demands. We cannot burn our records of Lashed Ones in these lands, or give them rein to take over our kingdom.”

A few of the other older men murmured their agreement.

Harrison stepped forward. “What if we made a copy of the list? Then it wouldn’t matter if one was destroyed.”

“I’ve got scribes copying pages as we speak,” the king responded. “But the Rocato woman has called for the records to be burned by sundown. The copy won’t be complete. There are thousands of names.”

Thousands of persons with Lashed blood in Lochlanach. Amazing, Aerity thought. Only a small percentage of those on the list actually had magic, though. Paxton’s family was not on the list. Aerity wondered how many others of magical blood had been able to elude the system.

“How will the madwoman know the difference?” Duke Gulfton asked. “Burn papers to appease her, then kill her and her monsters once and for all. End of story.”

“Here, here!” a few men shouted, as if it were that simple. As if they wouldn’t have done it by now if they could.

The king’s jaw was set. “I have a terrible feeling this woman has eyes and ears everywhere.”

The room quieted and a sense of unease spread as heads turned and everyone eyed the others present. Her father’s council was a small group of family and a mere handful of wise advisers, all landowners, who’d been loyal to the kingdom since her grandfather ruled. She couldn’t imagine this group being compromised.

“With all due respect, gentlemen,” Lord Alvi said to the room, “we will find every beast and even Rocato herself, but we cannot guarantee immediate success. The last hunt took two months.”

“Aye,” Harrison added. “And she’s threatening to kill seven men each week.”

“You’ll have to work faster this time,” Duke Gulfton told them.

The room tensed. During the last hunt they’d had a hundred men. They’d sought the monster nearly ten hours a night and spent the days scouting and preparing. The lands of Lochlanach stretched far and wide. Yet people like Duke Gulfton were expecting a miracle of the sea.

Queen Leighlane cleared her throat. “The fact of the matter is that we’re going to have to at least put on a show of honoring her wishes. We need to buy time as we plan.”

Another elder, Duke Streamson, asked, “What are you proposing, Your Highness? Rocato is demanding that all Lashed be allowed to freely work magic.”

Magic that wasn’t all bad, Aerity thought. Magic that had saved Tiern and could save others. If only she could get them to embrace that.

“I have an idea.” Aerity’s brain whirred as all eyes turned to her. “What if we set up a public area just outside the royal lands and invited Lashed from throughout the kingdom to come, and any Unlashed who wishes to seek their healing can receive it?”

Duke Streamson made a choking sound. “Round up the people of Rocato to turn against us in one place? That’s precisely what she wants!”

Aerity rushed on. “I don’t believe all Lashed are ‘her people.’ The entire area would be heavily guarded so that if any Lashed got out of line, they could be dealt with immediately.” The old dukes scoffed at her.

One of the military advisers stepped forward. “Our numbers are not as large as they once were. Our troop sizes have been modest in the past fifty years. I’ve got to keep men patrolling the seas and borders, and we’ve lost many in the past months. I worry that a large-scale showing of the Lashed will bring crowds.”

The room broke out into fervent debate. Those who were against Aerity’s idea were adamant, passionate in their fears. Those in favor seemed on weak, shaky ground.

“Given permission to put their hands on innocent people, it could be a massacre!”

“What if the Lashed overwhelm our guards?”

“They’ll rise up throughout the lands!”

“. . . commoner revolts . . . war . . .”

Aerity felt a hand on her shoulder and turned to see Harrison, his light brown eyes showing the never-faltering respect he seemed to hold for her. She gave his hand a quick squeeze of gratitude before he released her. Aerity caught Lord Alvi watching the exchange with curiosity, so she turned her gaze forward again—she would let him think what he wanted.

“Enough!” King Charles’s voice silenced the room. “I will think on it. I must put safety first. I’m not ready to overturn our laws—” Aerity opened her mouth to argue that she wasn’t suggesting a complete overturn, but a one-time, enclosed, secure circumstance. Her father held up a hand to stop her. “This blasted parchment from Rozaria Rocato is bound to have our people in terror. If I take the stability of our rules away, it will cause chaos. Tonight on the lawn we will burn whatever pages my scribes have managed to copy, to keep Rozaria satisfied, but the original lists remain with us. I pray to the sea this works.”

He looked at the hunters. “Lord Alvi. Lieutenant Gillfin. Gather as many hunters as you can and begin hunting this new beast immediately.” They nodded and took their leave. Aerity watched them go, swallowing a dry lump in her throat. The king looked to his military advisers. “I want every soldier on duty, and round-the-clock patrolling of royal lands. I want Rozaria Rocato, dead or alive.” He turned to his top castle guard. “Send messengers to the other four lands to let them know of our new foe and to find out their circumstances.”

Without another word, the king swept from the room with Queen Leighlane and a line of advisers close behind.

Aerity felt the brush of velvet on her arm and peered

down at the old man beside her. It was Duke Gulfton, his eyes glistening. “I mean no disrespect, Princess, only a piece of advice. In times of fear and upheaval, absolute routine and stability in the law are called for. Any slight change can set the people off.”

“As I recall,” Aerity said steadily, “Mrs. Rathbrook healed your ailing heart last year.” Mrs. Rathbrook was the royal healer—the only Lashed allowed to work magic.

He grasped the top of his cane with both hands. “Aye.”

“Should we not allow the people of this land to benefit from magic as you have?”

He looked down at his hands, nodding solemnly. “Not all Lashed are as trustworthy as Mrs. Rathbrook. You saw the Rocato woman face-to-face. You know the evil of which she is capable.”

“I suppose everyone is capable of evil, Duke Gulfton. None of us is immune, Lashed or not. But I choose to believe the best in people until they show me otherwise.”

Duke Streamson, waiting in the doorway, cleared his throat. Duke Gulfton peered up at Aerity and patted her hand. “Once they show you otherwise, it is often too late. As a rule it is not safe to take such chances. Seas help Lochlanach in our time of need.”

As Duke Gulfton shuffled away, Aerity whispered in return. “Seas help us, indeed.”

About Wendy:

Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology The Great Hunt, and her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. She is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and doggie Rue.  Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University. She is represented by Jill Corcoran of the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency.
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The Last Shadow Gate

Happy Happy Friday! Being off work today was a treat in so many ways. I got to wear my favorite “Happy Friday <3” sweater, which the weather was just perfect for. I also got to spend 80% of my day with my mom! Love that woman with all of my heart. Plus I got Costco pizza which is hands down, the best pizza I have ever tasted. One slice is easily three normal slices and jeez loo weez was I full.
Today I thought I’d share a pretty awesome Promo, courtesy of YA Bound Book Tours. Make sure to spend an extra 8 seconds just staring at all these picture because that cover is AWESOME! Also the author 😉 is it just me or is he super good looking?
Enjoy guys, and don’t forget to enter that giveaway at the bottom. Free signed book and a $20 gift card to Amazon?……..uhm yes!
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Author: 
Michael W. Garza

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: March 3rd 2017

Publisher: NeverHaven Press

Summary:

Summer vacation was never supposed to be like this. 
It was bad enough Naomi had to be shipped off to her dad’s home for the summer and deal with her half-brother Gavin, but when the siblings are forced to spend their break with their great-grandmother in upstate New York, everything changes. An investigation into the strange disappearance of their great-grandfather forces them to retrace his footsteps. They discover a gateway between worlds and encounter extraordinary creatures in a land where the people are desperate to escape the coming of a shade lord. To survive their adventure, Naomi and Gavin must settle their differences and find the elusive shadow gate that will take them home again.

Add this to your Goodreads shelves or get the book here on Amazon.

 
THE SHADOW GATE CHRONICLES:

Book 1: The Last Shadow Gate

Book 2: A Veil of Shadows (Coming 2017)

Book 3: The Shadow of War (Coming 2018)
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Advance Praise for THE LAST SHADOW GATE:
“If this book had been around when I was a kid, Id have held it right up there with The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings.

                                                                            – Sunshine Somerville, Author of THE KOTA SERIES

“You won’t want to miss out on the thrilling yet perilous world beyond the shadow gates!”
                                                                                – J. Cornell Michel, Author of JORDAN’S BRAINS
*If you love fast-paced, YA Fantasy, THE LAST SHADOW GATE is the book for you.*

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About the Author

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Michael W. Garza often finds himself wondering where his inspiration will come from next and in what form his imagination will bring it to life. The out comes regularly surprise him and italways his ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow him and take in those results. He hopes everyone will find something that frightens, surprises, or simply astonishes them.
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What Are You Reading Wednesday

Finally I finished the ONE book I was reading for the month of February. Jeezus was February an extremely busy month for me. Between Birthdays, baby baptisms, engagement parties…….not to mention work and oh ya, life! I found little to no time at all to read. Boy am I glad the month is over. I feel exhausted! I sincerely hope everyone had a great February and got to really enjoy it. Hopefully it didn’t just fly by.

What I’m Reading:

On Monday I managed to finish A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. Without giving too much away for the upcoming review……I LOVED IT!!!! It was so fantastic. I can’t wait to sit down and start the review 🙂
Since I don’t currently have the second book to the Firebird Series 😦 I’m gonna have to pick up something I do have on my shelves. These are the two I’m debating between…….

Both of these have received some pretty good reviews. RoseBlood being the one with the most mixed. Here’s my dilemma, I really really really want to read Caraval but it’s part of a series. This book just came out guys. I’m talking almost newborn status. Which means I’ll have to wait forever for the next book to come out. So many people have compared this work to The Night Circus. A book which you guys know left me with the BIGGEST book hang over I have ever felt in my entire reading career. So, will this book live up to it’s comparison? Will it leave me with another book hangover? Am I ready for that??? I obviously need your help here guys. I trust you. So if you say to give it a shot, then a shot I shall give it!

What I’m Watching:

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For those of you who don’t know what this show is, what are you living under a rock? Ok ok granted this show is kind of old. 
The show is about a Naval Central Investigative Service that (you guessed it!) investigates crimes involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corp. I have loved this show since 2003 when it first aired. This show does everything right. It has crime, murder, love, suspense and even comedy relief. When my boyfriend is being ridiculous beyond belief I actually give hin the the “DiNozzo” hit on the back of the head. That’s how much it has impacted my life. Yet it’s so hard to choose a favorite character. I honestly love each and every one of the main characters. That almost never happens.

What I’m Listening To:

My Pandora account has a plethora of stations. Ranging from Country, to Rock, to Spanish, to Disney and Christmas! Recently I’ve been giving an excessive amount of attention to my Hobbit station. My current favorite song on this station is

I See Fire – Peter Hollens (Ed Sheeran cover)

These books and movies are life. (The Hobbit/LOTR) And if I had a theme song for my life I would have Peter Hollens sing it in a heart beat ❤ Also I’ve been super obsessed with his YouTube channel for years. He does the most brilliant job of singing my favorite songs that I have ever heard. Especially his Disney Medley’s. Did I mention that all of his songs are acapella!!! Oh plus he’s gorgeous

So that’s what I’m up to this week. Let me know what you’re currently reading. What TV shows or movies you’re currently obsessed with or what music you just can’t get out of your head 😉 

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