Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Deliverance by C.J. Redwine, Waiting on Wednesday #219

By: C.J. Redwine
Published by: Balzer & Bray
To Be Released on: August 26th, 2014
Series: Defiance #3
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In this final installment of C. J. Redwine’s Defiance trilogy, a rich postapocalyptic YA fantasy perfect for fans of Graceling and Tamora Pierce, Rachel Adams has been kidnapped by enemy forces and is being taken to Rowansmark while her love, Logan McEntire, is imprisoned and awaiting trial, unable to leave Lankenshire. As uneasy alliances are tested and their enemies plot against them, will the two manage to find a way to rid their world of the tyrannical Commander and destroy the tech that controls the deadly Cursed One once and for all?

I love this series, and can not wait for this book to be out. Also, check out this cover. The covers for this series are some of my favorites. I'm looking forward to posting my review for it in the coming weeks. If you haven't already, be sure to go pick up Defiance, the first book in the series. 

Run To You (Part 6): Sixth Sense by Clara Kensie, Book Review

By: Clara Kensie
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Released on: July 21st, 2014
Series: Run To You #6
Rating: 4 stars- I Enjoyed It
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Read my reviews for Part 1Part 2, Part 3Part 4 & Part 5

Part Six in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

To save Tessa's brother and sister, she and Tristan must deceive the entire town. But if their plan succeeds, Tessa will have to make an unbearable choice between her siblings and her true love. And when her nightmares become real, she may lose it all—her family, her boyfriend and even her life.

RUN TO YOU is Tessa and Tristan's saga—two books about psychic gifts, secret lives and dangerous loves. Each book is told in three parts: a total of six shattering reads that will stay with you long after the last page. Book One is First Sight, Second Glance, and Third Charm. Book Two is Fourth Shadow, Fifth Touch, and Sixth Sense.

An exciting conclusion to a thrilling series. Kensie pulled out all the stops with this part of the story. Just as I think I have things figured out, Kenise threw me for a loop with her shocking twist, and betrayal. 

Tristan and Tessa have a relationship that has withstood so much during the Run To You saga. I've loved seeing their feelings for each other come full circle. They have both made sacrifices for each other, and made choices that may not always make sense, but to them they are doing what they feel is best for the person they love. I admire that. I liked that their romance wasn't the only element of love in this story. Tristan's family is family who's grown to love Tessa, despite all the horrible things her parents have done (more on that is revealed in this story as well). I love their unwavering love for Tessa.... I won't say any more as to not spoil anything. 

Tristan and Tessa have a lot going against them, as well as a lot going for them. With new dangers and those she loves at risk of being hurt, Tessa, who has recently been reunited with her family, she has to make some tough choices. Follow her heart, or protect those whom are dependant on her. No matter what path she choices, it won't be easy and hearts will be broken. Of course, nothing ever goes as planned. Tessa nightmares turn into a dangerous reality. Cue the plot twist! I should have known that this story wouldn't end so easily, and would include suspense and action. 

Talk about a fabulous twist. What Kensie does with it, was something that I wasn't excepting. I had my guesses on whom I thought may try to do something to Tessa and her family, but the ultimate act of betrayal was one I didn't see coming. It was awesome. If I thought that was good, the double betrayal shocked me even more. One of the things I've enjoyed about the Run To You saga is the surprises Kensie throws into each part of the saga. I liked that things were unpredictable. Kind of like the events that lead up to the ending of this exciting saga. Let's just say this saga ends the same way it started, with plenty of action, danger, and the right amount of romance. 

RUN TO YOU is a sage I've enjoyed reading, and ones I'd recommend to YA readers. My only complaint is that these are e-books (which is great), but since they're not published books I can't add to my bookshelves. If they ever get published into physical book form, I'd totally buy them. 

Whether you're just starting to read this series, or you've been faithfully reading each new released installment, be sure to join the RUN TO YOU read along, which kicked off Monday! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#ReadIsla Week 4- A Look at Lola And The Boy Next Door

Welcome to week #4 in our #ReadIsla campaign! Today we're featuring the second Stephanie Perkins book we totally fell in love with, Lola and the Boy Next Door. This was a book both Sophie & I featured on our 2011 Mundie Moms all time favorite reads (here). 

First Stephanie Perkins gave us St. Clair and Anna to fall in love with, and next she gave us Lola & Cricket. Like St. Clair and Anna, Cricket & Lola's love story is an epic, modern day love story that made us laugh, cry, sigh, and feel every emotion the characters did. Stephanie Perkins's writing is just as flawless as ever in in this book, and she made it easy to love her newest characters. 

Lola and Cricket have so much realism to them, as do the other characters whom are a big part of their story. Who doesn't love Lola's dads!?! Character wise, Stephanie Perkins makes it so easy to understand them, and to become emotionally invested into their story. Stephanie has a way of creating characters whom you wish were real so you could hang out with them, outside of the pages of a book.  This is another fabulous Stephanie Perkins book I couldn't get enough of. Check out my original review for it here.

Let's talk about the two covers for Lola. Like with Anna & the French Kiss, I was a huge fan of the original cover. Normally I'm not one who loves it when publishers decide to re-design a book's cover, especially when it's one I love, but Penguin has done a fabulous job with the cover redesigns for Stephanie's books. I feel the newly designed cover is just as fitting as the original one. 

About the Book

In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think.

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn't believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit—more sparkly, more fun, more wild—the better. But even though Lola's style is outrageous, she's a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.
When Cricket—a gifted inventor—steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. -quoted from Stephanie's site

Back in 2011, I had the chance to briefly talk to Stephanie about Lola and Crickett. Here's part of my interview with her, which was taken from here.

Lola is such a fun character to get to know. What's one thing you admire the most about her?
Thank you very, very much. I admire Lola’s sense of self, even if it is temporarily shaken. It took me a lot longer than high school to be comfortable in my own skin.

We love Lola's fashion sense. What is one of your favorite vintage pieces that Lola owns?

A vulture hat.

NO WAIT. That was in that other book I wrote.
A vulture hat.NO WAIT. That was in that other book I wrote.

Lola's fathers are fabulous!! We absolutely loved them. Were they inspired by someone you know, or a combination of people?
They’re inspired by my own straight parents more than anyone. I didn’t want them to be a THING, you know? I just wanted them to be good fathers, and my parents are great role models.

Cricket...*sigh* He totally won our hearts. What inspired you to write Cricket and Lola's story?
Thank you. I’m quite fond of him myself! I bought the idea for their story on the black market. I think it came from Russia, but its serial number had been scratched off.

We LOVED your setting for Lola. What's one of your favorite places to visit in SF?
I loathe the tourist trappings of Fisherman’s Wharf, but the grumbly sea lions that hang out there are magnificent.


Need a quick refresher for Lola? You're in luck! You can read the Lola & The Boy Next Door digital chapter sampler

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Run To You (part 5): Fifth Touch by Clara Kensie, Book Review

By: Clara Kensie
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Released on: July 14th, 2014
Series: Run To You #5
Rating: 4 stars- I Enjoyed It
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Read my reviews for Part 1Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4

Part Five in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Tessa’s nightmares feel all too real, and the hope of getting her family back together has never seemed so slim. Although a psychic warns her that leaving town may mean her death, Tessa cannot stay when she uncovers a new lead to her brother and sister. Not even if she must go alone and risk losing Tristan forever.

RUN TO YOU is Tessa and Tristan's saga—two books about psychic gifts, secret lives and dangerous loves. Each book is told in three parts: a total of six shattering reads that will stay with you long after the last page. Book One is First Sight, Second Glance, and Third Charm. Book Two is Fourth Shadow, Fifth Touch, and Sixth Sense.

A thrilling storyline, part 5 of Clara Kenise's 6 part Run To You Series, is full of lies, love, danger and the fear of the unknown. The closer Tessa gets to finding her siblings, the quicker they seem to disappear. With danger at every turn, and love on the line, Tessa needs to find her siblings before something disastrous happens to her and those she loves. Fifth Touch is Kensie's most emotionally charged part of the series yet. 

Just when I think Tessa can't take much more, she shows me just how incredibly strong, and resilient she is. She will stop at nothing to protest and save her brother and sister and those she loves. I admire her for that, and completely understand her urge to protect them and find them. I like the fact that she doesn't just run out into harms way, but instead she weighs her options. She has a lot to think about, and it's not just her siblings she needs to protect, but Tristan, his family and herself. Tristan and his family will go after Tessa to keep her safe, if (when) she leaves to find and protect her siblings. With the danger being high, Tessa's forced to stay behind, because of Tristan's mom's dream of what's to come to Tessa if she leaves and goes in search of her siblings. 

Like Tessa and her wanting to go find her siblings, Tristan and his family want to do everything they can to keep Tessa safe. There are some things they can't control, but even within their grabs, Tessa gets hurt, and has terrifying nightmares she can't control. Not to mention that someone or something is messing with her as well as Tristan's ability to protect her. Tristan for his part wants to protect his girlfriend, which I totally get. When you love someone you'll do whatever it takes to protect them, which is one of the over all themes I love about this series. Tristan kinda of irritated me in this installment. I wanted him to try and understand Tessa's point of view and why she risks everything for her siblings. I know, I get that he'll risk everything for her for the same reasons why she'll risk everything for her siblings. I just wanted him to stop being so worried about the fact that he had to be the one to find her siblings, and be her savior, vs helping her find them, and have faith in her ability to them.

Speaking of Tess and Tristan, in the fourth part of this story we see Tessa start to look at her relationship with Tristan from an outside of point of view, and I totally got why she did not (no spoilers). In this fifth installment, I'm now worried about how much strain their relationship can take. With more danger, surprising twists, and an element of the unknown, there's a lot of things Tristan and Tessa's relationship has handled. With that wicked cliff hanger, I'm not sure where they stand, or what will happen next. *bites nails*

This was another exciting part of an action packed, emotionally charged, addicting series that always leaves me wanting more. 

Whether you're just starting to read this series, or you've been faithfully reading each new released installment, be sure to join the RUN TO YOU read along, which kicked off yesterday! Trust me, you don't want to miss this! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Run To You Part 4: Fourth Shadow by Clara Kensie, Book Review

By: Clara Kensie
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Released on: July 7th, 2014
Series: Run To You #4
Rating: 4 stars- I Enjoyed It
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Read my reviews for Part 1Part 2 & Part 3

Part Four in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

With no more secrets keeping them apart, Tessa and Tristan explore Tessa's developing psychic powers and embark upon a desperate search to find her missing brother and sister. But not even Tristan can keep Tessa safe from the hostile classmates at her new school, or from the nightmare that haunts her even while she's awake.

RUN TO YOU is Tessa and Tristan's saga—two books about psychic gifts, secret lives and dangerous loves. Each book is told in three parts: a total of six shattering reads that will stay with you long after the last page. Book One is First Sight, Second Glance, and Third Charm. Book Two is Fourth Shadow, Fifth Touch, and Sixth Sense.

Love Tessa and Tristan? Want to know what happens next? Order part 5, FIFTH TOUCH now!

The suspense continues with the 4th installment of Clara Kenise's riveting action packed, romance laced Run To You series. 

Picking up where the third installment left off, Fourth Shadow has more complications for Tessa. She's more determined than ever to find her brother and sister who are still on the run. In the midst of trying to find them, Tessa is also trying to find balance with her new home life with Tristan's loving family. It's hard for her to grasp being taken in by a loving family, who will do what they can to protect & support her, when for most of her life Tessa has been raised and fed lies to fear Tristan's father. 

To make matters worse, fitting into a school with Tristan & his sister Ember's friends is harder than it sounds. Especially when some of their friends view Tessa as the enemy. Tessa struggles with trying to find normalcy, her siblings, and how to settle into a routine that is anything but normal for her. Luckily she has Tristan. Tristan is the strength, support, comfort and love that she needs. Even though he is Tessa's immovable rock, he's plagued with his own guilt. Tessa is constantly plagued with nightmares. Though Tristan couldn't be there to stop the actual cause of them, he's there to wake her up and comfort her through them. 

Kenise does a great job at creating realistic, emotional stumbling blocks for Tessa. She's got a lot to deal with in this installment, as does Tristan. I completely understood the things that Tessa over analyzes in theist part of the story. From relationships to the family dynamics, the differences between how she was raised, and what she's got to deal with now. It's a lot to emotionally take in, and Tessa does the best of her ability to adjust. Instead of finding Tessa wining as she does over think all that happens during this part of the story, I found her strong. I understood her thought process and why she felt the way she did, and what she was struggling with. 

There are a lot of revelations in this fourth installment that continues to add to the excitement of this series. Along side the danger that's escalated  so has romance between Tristan and Tessa, and the love Tristan's family has shown Tessa. I liked getting to know more about Tristan and his family. Like Tessa, when the series first started I didn't even like his family, because of the things Tessa's parents told her about them, which we know now were totally fabricated. I loved how Kenise has taking the time to introduce Tessa and her readers to Tristan's family. 

There are a lot of surprises that are revealed in this part of the story, and some secrets that are still not uncovered. Like Tessa, I feel like I should be able to figure out what they are. I love that Kenise has still kept me in the dark on a few elements with this series. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment.  If you've read the first three parts of this series, I highly recommend reading this one as well! 

Whether you're just starting to read this series, or you've been faithfully reading each new released installment, be sure to join the RUN TO YOU read along, which kicked off today! Get all the info here! Trust me, you don't want to miss this!

Mundane Monday #218 - Tessa & Jem

Happy Mundane Monday!
Hopefully today's quote will get your morning's off to a great start. This is for all the Jem and Tessa fans...... I know Sophie will enjoy it. *coughs* 

“I can offer you my life, but it is a short life; I can offer you my heart, though I have no idea how many more beats it shall sustain” 
- Clockwork Prince, Jem & Tessa

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Run To You Read Along Kicks off TOMORROW!! Join Us & Enter To WIN!

Who loves Read Alongs?! I do! I'm so thrilled to be apart of one that kicks off TOMORROW, Monday 7/21!

RUN TO YOU by Clara Kensie is a series of 6 books (all of which I've enjoyed reading & all of which are one story broken up into 6 installments), fans will have the chance to read the first 3 parts over the next couple of weeks by joining the RUN TO YOU read-along. You can read my reviews for Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3. My reviews for books 4-6 will be coming soon. 

Trust me, this is not going to be your normal read along. This one is going to be loaded with a lot of fun, giveaways and more. I first posted about the read along here, but you can also get all the info for it below (via Clara's site).

That’s right! Starting TOMORROW, July 21 2014, join Harlequin Teen, a whole bunch of fantabulous readers, fans, bloggers, and Author Clara Kensie on her Facebook page for a RUN TO YOU read-along!

The Schedule

As you read the corresponding installment each week, be sure to stop by Clara's Facebook page to discuss it with other readers. Margie, Patricia, and Hannah will ask some fun questions for you to answer, and you can ask questions of your own.You can't have a book party without some awesome giveaways.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Cassandra Clare Talks Parabatai & The Dark Artifices

Shadowhunter fans, have you seen the latest TDA (The Dark Artifices) illustrations that Cassandra Jean has done? Cassie shared them here, which feature the parabatai ceremony between Julian Blackthorn & Emma Carstairs in TDA.

Check out these illustrations and read what Cassie said about it below:

Cassie had this to say about the pictures: 

People often ask what the parabatai ceremony looks like, so I asked Cassandra Jean to render Emma and Julian’s, complete with the oath and the the three rings of fire — you step from your individual ring into the shared ring, and you draw the rune on each other. Don’t try the fire part at home.

She also posted a response to a fan question about Parabatai, here:

Hi, I know you probably get just short of a million of these a day, and you’re a busy person writing lovely books just for readers, like me to devour in long one night “can’t-put-the-book-down” sessions, but I would be honored if you could take a moment to answer a very simple little question. Can siblings become parabatai? It would be an interesting dynamic, don’t you think? Like, the twins Ty and Livvy, could they be parabatai? I know Jace and Alec are brothers, but not by blood, so the situation is a little different. If this IS possible…there might be a little ceremony occurring soon between my little sister and moi…just saying! :) Thanks for the lovely sleepless nights you’ve given me with your talented amazing writing!! — mnm-forever
Thanks! Absolutely siblings can be parabatai. You don’t see it enormously often, it requires a really really close relationship, but it does happen. Livvy and Ty becoming parabatai or not is one of the issues of TDA. (The twins almost never argue about anything, but one of them wants to, and one of them doesn’t.)

If you haven't already, be sure to check out Cassie's Tumblr page to keep up with all her latest news & more. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

TMI Flower Cards - The Last Set

Hey Shadowhunters! Just in case you missed it earlier today, Cassandra Clare posted the last of the TMI flower cards by Cassandra Jean. 

Here's what Cassie said about today's post:

Last of the TMI flower cards by Cassandra Jean — Maia (who’s been posted before) and Bat. Moving on to TID!

Check out the entire set of TMI Flower Cards here. I'm looking forward to seeing TID cards next. 

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman, Book Review

By: Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by: Skottie Young
Published by: Harper
Released on: 9/17/13
Ages: 8 & up
Source: book from publisher to review
5 stars- I Loved It!
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"I bought the milk," said my father. "I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: T h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road."
"Hullo," I said to myself. "That's not something you see every day. And then something odd happened."
Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.
Another fabulous Neil Gaiman story! We're huge fans of Gaiman's, and this one book I'm thrilled to have one my shelves. Normally I post all of my children & middle grade reviews on my Mundie Kids book review site, but sometimes I read a book that I have to share on both sites. This is one of those books. 

An outrageously hilarious epic adventure from master story teller Neil Gaiman. Fortunately, The Milk is an action packed, humor filled story that readers of all ages will enjoy. It's the kind of story I can see Dr. Who telling his children.....

The tables have turned! Normally as parents we enjoy the outrageous stories are children creatively craft, or maybe we still remember the stories we told our parents. This time, Gaiman has crafted a laugh out loud, imaginative story a father tells his children about his epic adventure he went on to get his children milk for their morning cereal. From space ships, to aliens, pirates, intergalactic dinosaurs, a volcano and more, this is one story I'd recommend adding to your book collections.

This is a story that readers have all ages will love. This is an easy to read, laugh out book that even the most reluctant reader will find themselves enjoying. This is a story that's great for reading out loud, and one even young children can enjoy. Skottie Young's illustrations are the perfect addition to this fantastic read. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead, Waiting on Wednesday #218

By: Richelle Mead
Published by: Razorbill
To Be Released on: July 29th, 2014
Series: Bloodlines #5
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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

There's only two more weeks until this book is out, and I am both anxious to have this book in my hands as well as dreading what's to come. I have a feeling this read isn't going to go as smoothly as I want it to. Someone please lie to me and tell him everything will work out for Sydney & Adrian. lol

What book are you waiting on? 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout; Blog Tour: Excerpt

Hello & welcome to the first stop in the Lux: Opposition Blog Tour, hosted by Entangled Teen! Today's stop kicks off a week long tour that will feature excerpts from Opposition. Trust me, you'll want to read each of the excerpts..... I've not read them yet, but being a huge Jennifer L. Armentrout fangirl, and being a fan of this series, I know these excerpts will either make us laugh, swoon or make us more impatient for August to hurry up and get here. It's highly probably that we'll most likely feel all three of those things at the same time while reading this week's excerpts.


The much-anticipated conclusion to the national, bestselling Lux series, OPPOSITION by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Entangled; 8/5/14), will hit bookstores this summer and readers will finally learn the fate of Katy, Daemon and the world  as we know it in this Dawson’s Creek-meets-Roswell-romantic-thrill ride.

For anyone who has yet to embark on the out-of-this-world series, it’s about an alien colony (all of whom are spectacularly hot) finding refuge on Earth only to find out that their rival planet's residents are as well—and the existence of both is being kept under wraps by the US government. What follows is a battle between good and evil for galaxy domination with a few humans getting folded into the mix, one of whom just may be taking on some out-of-this world powers after helping rescue her alien friends from their foes. And yes, there's an alien-human sexy love dynamic as well.

With more than 1 million copies in print and the movie rights to Obsidian (book 1) sold to a major studio, aliens are certainly looking to become the new vampires, and Daemon, the new black.

The print edition of Opposition includes a bonus novella, Shadows, a series prequel.


OPPOSITION Comes out August 5th! Pre-Order It Now

Pre-order it from: Amazon | Barnes and Noble  
Add the LUX Series on Goodreads: LUX: Beginnings  | LUX: Consequences Opposition

SUMMARYKaty knows the world changed the night the Luxen came. She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal. They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.


{ Katy }
I still stared at Daemon, completely aware that everyone else except him was watching me. Closely. But why wouldn’t he look at me? A razor-sharp panic clawed at my insides. No. This couldn’t be happening. No way.
My body was moving before I even knew what I was doing.
From the corner of my eye, I saw Dee shake her head and one of the Luxen males step forward, but I was propelled by an inherent need to prove that my worst fears were not coming true.
After all, he’d healed me, but then I thought of what Dee had said, of how Dee had behaved with me. What if Daemon was like her? Turned into something so foreign and cold? He would’ve healed me just to make sure he was okay.
I still didn’t stop.
 Please, I thought over and over again. Please. Please. Please. On shaky legs, I crossed the long room, and even though Daemon hadn’t seemed to even acknowledge my existence, I walked right up to him, my hands trembling as I placed them on his chest.
 “Daemon?” I whispered, voice thick.

His head whipped around, and he was suddenly staring down at me. Our gazes collided once more, and for a second I saw something so raw, so painful in those beautiful eyes. And then his large hands wrapped around my upper arms. The contact seared through the shirt I wore, branding my skin, and I thought—I expected—that he would pull me against him, that he would embrace me, and even though nothing would be all right, it would be better.
Daemon’s hands spasmed around my arms, and I sucked in an unsteady breath.
His eyes flashed an intense green as he physically lifted me away from him, setting me back down a good foot back.
I stared at him, something deep in my chest cracking. “Daemon?”
He said nothing as he let go, one finger at a time, it seemed, and his hands slid off my arms. He stepped back, returning his attention to the man behind the desk.
“So . . . awkward,” murmured the redhead, smirking.
I was rooted to the spot in which I stood, the sting of rejection burning through my skin, shredding my insides like I was nothing more than papier-mâché.
“I think someone was expecting more of a reunion,” the Luxen male behind the desk said, his voice ringing with amusement. “What do you think, Daemon?”
One shoulder rose in a negligent shrug. “I don’t think anything.”
My mouth opened, but there were no words. His voice, his tone, wasn’t like his sister’s, but like it had been when we first met. He used to speak to me with barely leashed annoyance, where a thin veil of tolerance dripped from every word.
The rift in my chest deepened.
For the hundredth time since the Luxen arrived, Sergeant Dasher’s warning came back to me. What side would Daemon and his family stand on? A shudder worked its way down my spine. I wrapped my arms around myself, unable to truly pro- cess what had just happened.
“And you?” the man asked. When no one answered, he tried again. “Katy?”
I was forced to look at him, and I wanted to shrink back from his stare. “What?” I was beyond caring that my voice broke on that one word.
The man smiled as he walked around the desk. My gaze flickered over to Daemon as he shifted, drawing the attention of the beautiful redhead. “Were you expecting a more personal greeting?” he asked. “Perhaps something more intimate?”
I had no idea how to answer. I felt like I’d fallen into the rabbit hole, and warnings were firing off left and right. Something primal inside me recognized that I was surrounded by predators.
NOOOOOO!!!! That excerpt can not end there. lol What is Jennifer trying to do us? Slay our Daemon hearts? You can now find me in the fetal position under my desk. Now I am more than impatient to get this book in my hands.
About The Series

Lux Beginnings: Obsidian & Onyx (books 1 & 2)
ISBN: 9781622664801 (hc)
ISBN: 9781622664481 (pb)
Released on: 6/3/14

Lux: Consequences: Opal & Origin (books 3 & 4(
ISBN: 9781622664481 (hc)
ISBN: 9781622664498 (pb)
Released on: 6/3/14

By Jennifer L. Armentrout
ISBN: 9781622662647
To be released on: 8/5/14

About Jennifer L. Armentrout


Jennifer ArmentroutThe #1 NY Times and USA Today bestselling author, lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia with her husband and Jack Russell Terrier Loki. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and dog.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories, which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. Obsidian, book one in the Lux series, has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press) has been optioned for TV.

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#ReadIsla Week 3- A Look Back At Anna & the French Kiss

Welcome to week #3 in our #ReadIsla campaign.
Today we're featuring the first Stephanie Perkins book we ever read and totally fell in love with, Anna and the French Kiss. This book also happens to be one of our all time favorite Mundie Mom reads.

*sigh* Etienne..... 
 It feels like just yesterday I sat down to read this book. In looking through my Stephanie Perkins feed on the blog I realized it was back in 2010 when I first read it. I can't believe it's been that long ago. It's amazing that even though it was a few years ago, this is a book that still stands out to me when countless other books that I read between then and now have long been forgotten about. This was a book I couldn't wait to read. Not only was I getting to read a debut author's books, but the book itself was one of the first contemporary books that I was excited about. Stephanie is one of the first authors that made me realize I really do love a well written contemporary. How could I not love it? With a setting like Paris, some great charters and an epic love story, this was a book made of win! Check out my original review for it here.

Anna's covers.... let's talk about these to just a moment. I loved the original Anna and the French Kiss cover. Normally I'm not a fan of cover changes, but I've come to love the new covers for Stephanie's books. I think the new covers are just as fitting as the original covers.

About the Book:

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Étienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?

In December of 2010, I had the chance to interview Stephanie about her book. I loved it so much, I had to know more about it, and Stephanie graciously said yes. Here are some of my favorite Q&A's from that interview, which you can read in full here

MMs: I absolutely love Anna and the French Kiss, the characters are real and the setting made me feel like I'd just had a private tour of Paris. What inspired you to choose Paris as your setting and have you ever been before?

SP: Thank you! The inspiration arrived in a dream — a beautiful boy with a French name and an English accent sitting on the steps of the Panthéon — and it was impossible to resist. Or, more accurately, THE BOY was impossible to resist.

I’d only visited Paris when I was very young, so my memories weren’t exactly reliable. And when I got this idea, my husband and I didn’t have the money to travel. This meant years of research — books, film, music, food, language classes, etc. Anything and everything French that I could get my hands on! Last January, I was fortunate enough to have spent an entire (glorious, glorious) month in the center of Paris, but by that point, Anna’s story was already said and done.

In other words, it was all research. Never underestimate the power of good research!

MMs: I'm having a hard time picking a favorite character from Anna and the French Kiss, as not only are Anna and St. Clair fabulous, relatable characters, but so are the secondary characters. Which character surprised you the most in terms of how much they grew from the beginning of the story to the end?

SP: Oh my word, definitely Anna. Story-wise AND process-wise. In my first draft, she was an empty character. I knew who St. Clair was, but I had no idea what type of person his ideal match would be. I rounded her out by giving her several of my own obsessions — both positive and negative. In fact, I gave her TOO MANY of my negative habits! My editor and I worked hard to scale things back again, to make her both likeable and worthy of such an interesting boy.

MMs: I think St Clair is a modern day Mr. Darcy, as he's the good looking, real, down to earth guy who has some quirkiness to him. Who inspired his character?


Ah hem.

Well, of course, the boy in my dream was the biggest influence. I was lucky in that Étienne St. Clair arrived nearly fully formed! But I fleshed him out with romantic influences, that’s for sure. To be honest, there’s definitely some Darcy in him. A dash of Meg Cabot’s Michael Moscovitz. And a heaping tablespoon of one particular actor who shall remain nameless!


Need a quick refresher for Anna? You're in luck! You can read the ANNA & the French Kiss digital chapter sampler. When you're done reading it, be sure to read this ANNA & the French Kiss deleted scene.

  • Purchase your copy of ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER from one of the 55 independent bookstores and you could get a signed first edition + swag and tell everyone you know to do the same!
  • While you're waiting for the book's release to get here (August 14), 2014 release, read the ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER sampler.
Stay tuned for more exciting news next week here on Mundie Moms about #ReadIsla!