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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

GORGEOUS cover reveal for the Grimoire Saga by S. M. Boyce

Fantasy & paranormal novelist S. M. Boyce is releasing brand new covers for her YA Fantasy series, the Grimoire Saga. And man, are they visually stunning. Take a look!

 

Lichgates (Grimoire Saga #1) Treason (Grimoire Saga #2) Heritage (Grimoire Saga #3) Illusion (Grimoire Saga #4)
 

Lichgates (Grimoire Saga #1)

Lichgates (Grimoire Saga #1)
Fans of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and Eragon will enjoy this contemporary remix of the classic epic fantasy genre

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Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things—Ourea.

Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother’s recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With no way out, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book’s untamed power. Discovered by Ourea's royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict—a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn’t trust anyone… but she’s being hunted and can’t survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.

For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.

Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.

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Treason (Grimoire Saga #2)

Treason (Grimoire Saga #2)

Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that goes against everything she believes in. But things don’t go as planned.

Braeden Drakonin can no longer run from who—and what—he is. He has to face the facts. He’s a prince. He’s a murderer. He’s a wanted man. And after a betrayal that leaves him heartbroken, he’s out for blood.

To survive, both Kara and Braeden must become the evil each has grown to hate.

 

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Heritage (Grimoire Saga #3)

Heritage (Grimoire Saga #3)

Available Fall 2013

In 2013, the saga continues with Heritage. Kara is forced to face a past she never knew existed, and Braeden must prove his loyalty to the brother who still wants him dead. (Set to release in Fall 2013.)

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Illusion (Grimoire Saga #4)

Illusion (Grimoire Saga #4)

Available Fall 2014

In 2014, the Grimoire Saga ends with Illusion. Blood is spilled. Love is tested. Loyalty fades. Peace will come at a hefty cost. And in the final moments of the war, both Braeden and Kara must make a heartbreaking sacrifice to win. (Set to release in Fall 2014.)

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Review: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris


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Publication Date: 11th September 2012
Published by: Entangled Teen
Pages: 260 pages in paperback.
Source: My own paperback copy.

Synopsis


On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.


Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore. Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever? (source: goodreads)



My Thoughts

Amazing debut work that completely sucked my me in with amazing and relatable characters, well thought story and the way it was written.

STORY: Told from main character's- Cat Crawford- point of view, which begins with Cat's plans of skipping her own Sweet Sixteenth bash. She is visiting 
Florence with her dad and soon to-be stepmom Jenna who is planning her huge birthday bash here. On her first day in Florence she goes to explore the city on her self and little did she knew that her simple exploring and her curiosity to enter a gypsy tent will lead her to the early sixteenth century florence- Renaissance Firenze. 
Here in Renaissance she has a new name-Patience- and her 16th century family where she finds a big brother in Cip and a sister cum best friend in bubbly Less. And with entry of the flirtatious Lorenzo, shrewd Niccolo and mean Antonia combined with the big unwanted ball and forced marriage proposal Cat experiences her very own sixteenth century adventure. 
As the story proceeds it takes us on a rollercoaster ride of first kiss, highs and lows and Cat's funny and filled with mistakes struggle of adjusting to the mannerism of sixteenth century.


CHARACTERS: Rachel created amazing and loveable characters. The main character Cat being a daughter of a famous Hollywood director is expected to be like every star child but she is not. She yearns for normalcy and loved to stay out of spotlight, doesn't like big parties and has never fall in love UNTIL she meets Lorenzo. And as the story unfolds we are introduced to freaky and secretive gypsy Reyna; Cat's sixteenth century family comprised of her uncle, full of exuberance love care and lots of smile her Aunt, shy bubbly Cat's confidant sister cum best friend 'Less' and the man of few words protective brother 'Cip'. Further we are introduced swoon worthy, my latest hot book guy crush and famous flirt of his century Lorenzo, you can't try not to fall for him.
And with the adequate blend of few sly and mean characters we get a perfect dose of drama. 


MY VIEWS: I loved Cat's journey very much. It was not at first sight or at first chapter, it was slow and gradual such that by mid of the book when I had to keep it down to get some sleep I couldn't keep it down and then I realised I was completely sucked in and can't wait to know what happened further. It was my first time travelling novel and it was perfect Rachel created the historical era mixed with Cat's contemporary mannerism. It felt amazing to learn lessons which Cat learned during her journey, they are important and a must for many. Rachel told the story in such a way that I felt I was there with Cat during her high and lows, I was cursing the cunning characters, at times I wanted to give a tight hug to Lorenzo and Less and wanted a big brother like Cip for myself.
The ending was ah!!! I don't what to say but I am happy that I already have Book 2 with me otherwise I would have gone mad waiting to read what happened next.
In all it a light funny read filled with flirty romance and some drama.

Thank you Rachel for my first and favourite time travelling book and for the amazing description of the Florence, now I have one more place on my list which I wish to visit. 

I give this book 5 out of 5.



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