Daring You to Read… Splintered by A.G. Howard

This week I am daring you to read Splintered by A.G. Howard. Because it’s freaking amazing. It has continued to hold its own very close to the top of my all-time favorite books. Splintered can be considered a hybrid sequel/re-working of Alice in Wonderland. The Wonderland that A.G. Howard creates in Splintered is dark, twisted, and skeletal.

The main character, Alyssa was completely kick-ass, and her journey to understand what has happened to her family all these years is absolutely addicting. All the women in Alyssa’s family seem to fall into the same mental illness – they all begin having delusions about Wonderland. Her own mother mumbles under her breath about rabbit holes and refuses to eat anything if it is not served in a tea cup.

When her mothers doctors recommend a drastic new treatment, Alyssa takes it upon herself to find out what her mother has been hiding all these years. And what truly caused the curse on the women in her family. From here, she must travel down the rabbit hole herself, and find out more about herself than she ever imagined was possible.

I was so excited to hear that there will be a sequel for this book – so now is the perfect time for you to get up and read this one if you haven’t already! I promise, you won’t regret it!

 

Splintered (Splintered, #1)Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

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Daring You to Read… Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

This week I am daring you to read an amazing fantasy novel, Falling kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (a.k.a Michelle Rowen). As you might know, I’m a huge fan of High Fantasy, especially young adult ones, and I was extremely pleased with this novel. I’m dare compare it to the likes of Kristen Cashore and Maria V Snyder, so if you are fan of these two, you’ll definitely want to get your hands on a copy!

Why I loved it so much? First, the lore was extremely original and fascinating. Morgan did an amazing job of creating a believable and rich backstory. Further more, the world-building was simply effortless and the descriptions were rich and fluid, never slowing down the story arc. And finally, the fantastic characters. Morgan chose a wide range of teenagers from different social classes and territories and the alternative point of view allowed us to really live the experience from each of their perspective.

The plotline isn’t exactly action packed, but the tension, treasons and promises of revenge will keep you on the edge of your seat. At times my heart was pounding, at other moments I was shedding tears, really miss Rhodes kept me emotionally involved the entire novel and it’s something I really appreciate.

The conclusion was simply a killer and I am extremely glad I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of Rebel Spring, which I plan to read very soon. It’s a December release, so you still have plenty of time to get your hands on Falling Kingdoms before then.

If you love high fantasy, I urge you to pick up this amazing novel!

 

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…
The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

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Daring You To Read…A Soldier’s Duty by Jean Johnson

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I had a really hard time coming up with my dare for this month. I hemmed and hawed and then I had an epiphany: we haven’t dared you to read any sci fi lately and I read the most wonderful sci if novel recently. Science fiction is a genre I’m enjoying more and more, with or without a romantic element. The book I’m daring you to read this week is pretty much straight-up sci fi awesomeness: A SOLDIER’S DUTY by Jean Johnson. Johnson also writes paranormal romance but A SOLDIER’S DUTY is my first book by her so I went in with no preconceived ideas of what the story would be like. And I was completely sucked in and blown away!

A SOLDIER’S DUTY is the beginning of Ia’s journey. Simply put, Ia is a precog who learns at a young age that billions will die if she doesn’t navigate the perfect course through her future. It’s a heavy burden for someone little more than a child but Ia takes it on and away the story goes. My description, however, is a poor summary because Johnson has crafted a marvelous and gripping tale of bravery, battles, and loneliness with A SOLDIER’S DUTY. Plus, this book is a lot more accessible than some of the other science fiction I’ve tried do I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking to experiment with the genre or if you’re just looking for a great read.

Want more? I bet you do! Here’s the cover copy for A SOLDIER’S DUTY:

A SOLDIER'S Duty by Jean Johnson (Theirs Not To Reason Why #1)Ia is a precog, tormented by visions of the future where her home galaxy has been devastated. To prevent this vision from coming true, Ia enlists in the Terran United Planets military with a plan to become a soldier who will inspire generations for the next three hundred years-a soldier history will call Bloody Mary.

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Daring You To Read is a weekly feature here on Tynga’s Reviews where we dare you to read some of our favorite older releases (at least 6 months old). All the books/series we choose to feature are titles we adored and think you should give them a shot! We think it’s a super awesome way to discover that special book who might have slipped off your radar!

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Daring You To Read…Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

 

When I realized that nobody has done SHATTER ME as a DYTR post yet, I immediately jumped at the chance because that is simply a sin! This book is all kinds of amazing that I could not put down and Mafi is currently a favorite author of mine because of it.

I’ll admit that this would not be a book that I would have picked up if I was not a blogger. I saw many early reviews go up raving about it, so when I was in my local book store I decided to pick up a copy despite the cover. Yes, that’s right, I’m one of those people. I’m thankful I picked up the novel because the story inside is hard to explain in coherent sentences, but the cover did not do this novel justice. So I have to admit that I like the recent cover changes in this series, but I love my hardcover so much I refuse to part with it. Moral of this paragraph? Don’t judge a book by its cover because you never know what’s awaiting you inside.

I was hesitant to delve into this one because of the synopses that explains that Juliette has not touched anyone for 264 days–hinting that she has unique abilities through touch. The concept of touching people and something happening is often used in young adult literature. Off the top of my head, aside from this book, I can think of TOUCH by Jus Accardo, TOUCHED by Corrine Jackson, CURSED by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and TOUCH OF DEATH by Kelly Hashway.  But those titles are there to emphasize how many novels there are that deal with touch and, I have to say, that this one deals with it the best. This novel is indescribable and amazing–beautifully written and deliciously complex. There’s no other way to say it. Mafi took a common theme and made it all her own. She mastered a plot line that other writers have been working to master for a while.

And if that simple fact alongside the admission that this book literally left me speechless is not enough to get you to read this book than I’ll tell you what is: Adam and Warner. I know, I know, your love triangle flashers are going up and your mind is screaming, "Back up! Back up! Do not cross this line! Abort mission!" Well, I’m normally that way too, but this is a love triangle done right. While it exists the boys are two separate entities who paths do not cross in the way that make them throw insults at each other over Juliette. They throw insults at each other because they’re on two opposite sides of the war and somehow Juliette is stuck in-between them. Mafi also mastered the love triangle because she found a respectful way to go about it. While one love interests is the overall focus of book one, the novella, DESTROY ME, and book two, UNRAVEL ME, tend to focus on the other love interest that we thought was easily the wrong decision. And Mafi made us realize, wow, he’s deliciously complex and even more amazing than we ever would have imagined! To put it simply, she convinced me to switch teams which is not an easy thing to do because I’m rather stubborn. To who? Well, you have to read to find out! But truly, I would read these novels just for Warner and Adam because they’re  both beyond different yet somehow equal parts perfection. It helps that Mafi is really amazing with steamy writing too.

This romance takes place in a unique dystopian world. In the beginning of the novel, Juliette is almost insane and Mafi took advantage of this by developing a unique writing style via Juliette’s private thoughts and journals that sucked me in from page one. Her creativity and imagination as well as her amazing literary skills are present in all aspects of this novel and I couldn’t even begin to stress how much I think everyone should give this book a chance. It is so, so worth it.

If this post interested you at all in SHATTER ME you should run and go pick up a hardcover today! It is selling on Amazon (the link is below) for $7.20, meaning that a hardcover is currently cheaper than the paperback edition and the Kindle edition. Though the hardcover does not match the rest of the series cover-wise.

 
More information on SHATTER ME…
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

 
 
 
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And here is the rest of the series thus far. The covers changed right after I reviewed book one. Bummer, right?
 
 
 
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Daring You To Read… The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

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This week, I’m daring you to read a book I’ve recently discovered myself. THE GIRL IN THE STEEL CORSET by Kady Cross is without a doubt an interesting book that can’t be overlooked. As the first book of the Steampunk Chronicles, it starts off with quite a bang. Even thought this is the first full book of the series, a prequel called THE STRANGE CASE OF FINLEY JANE is also available and should probably be read first.

I’m not sure what I liked the most about the series but one thing’s for sure, both the characters and the steampunk setting are impressive. Finley Jane is such a great protagonist. Despite her mysterious abilities, she’s not overly confident. On the contrary, she’s simply trying to fit into a society that expects young women to be pretty, dull and submissive. However, when she gets the strange urges to use her abilities (superstrength and speed among them), she does the complete opposite of what society might expect—like punch a sleazy lord in the face. Since puberty, she’s been dealing with her ever increasing abilities and until the beginning of THE GIRL IN THE STEEL CORSET, she thought she was the only one with strange abilities. So when she meets a gang a misfits that have their own special talents, the real adventures begins.

London 1897 is the setting of the book but it’s unlike the London we know today or back then. Automatons are everywhere, clockwork gadgets are being created daily and most importantly, the steampunk fashion is not to be missed.

If you’re a fan of the genre, this book will surely please. The only thing is, I feel guilty for recommending this series even if I haven’t read past book 1. However, since I enjoyed both the prequel and the first book so much, I’m sure the rest of the series is as entertaining as these two.

Here’s a bit more about THE GIRL IN THE STEEL CORSET:

kady cross 1In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the "thing" inside her.When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no "normal" Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special, says she’s one of "them." The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin’s investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help–and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff’s little company of strays apart, and it isn’t long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she’s on—even if it seems no one believes her.

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The series in order, so far:

kady cross 0,5 kady cross 1 The Girl in the Clockwork Collar kady cross 2.5 kady cross 3

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Daring You to Read… Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 
For my first DYTR post, I’m daring you to read Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
If you haven’t gotten your hands on this one yet, then you’re way behind.
Just kidding!
Mostly.
But, really. You need to read it.
 
Obsidian is the first book in the Lux series – a dramatic and somehow addicting series about a race of aliens called the Luxen and their interactions with the humans around them. As well as the troubles they face with the human government.
 
I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy Obsidian as much as I did – it was one of those books that I’ve seen floating around, but never really grabbed my attention very much. But after reading so many glowing reviews, I had to give it a shot.

Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Don’t let the synopsis fool you – though it may not sound like a heart-pounding ride of twists and turns, the characters in this one will definitely enchant you. The interactions between Daemon and Katy are addictive. The way they fight and bicker with each other is not only hilarious, but totally authentic too. By the end, you’ll have a total mental picture of these two – and I guarantee, you’ll be rooting for them.

Here’s a great quote that more or less sums up the first 50% of Daemon and Katy’s relationship:

“My palms itched to have a close encounter of the bitch-slap kind with his face.” – Katy

Obsidian is a fantastic opening book to what has become one of my favorite series! With plenty of humor and a cast of characters that will come to feel like family, I dare you to give Obsidian a try!
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Daring You To Read…Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

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It’s been too long since I caught up with Jane Yellowrock, the protagonist of this fantastic urban fantasy series by Faith Hunter. I’m a few books behind on this series but that’s going to change by the end of the summer!

I first discovered Hunter’s writing through her Rogue Mage series (a dare for another day) but I was recently overcome by the urge to get reacquainted with Jane, one of the most interesting and unique heroines out there. Why do I find her so fascinating? If you are familiar with the series, I’m sure you can guess but here’s the lowdown for folks who might not be in the know. =)

Jane Yellowrock is a skinwalker and freelance vampire hunter. The world knows about the latter since she has a website and everything, vampires having been outed in 1962 (it involves Marilyn Monroe!). The skinwalker part? That’s a secret. As a skinwalker, Jane has the ability to shift into different animals but she usually turns into Beast, the big cat that lives inside Jane. Skinwalkers are rare — so rare Jane might be the only one alive — and if you want to find out how Beast and Jane ended up together, you’ll get the answer in SKINWALKER. Jane’s looking for answers too, since she can’t remember her life before she was found wandering the woods at age 12. Despite this, Jane has a strong personality: she’s smart, tough, and independent, she rides a motorcycle she calls Bitsa because it’s made of bits of this and bits of that, she’s got slick martial skills and smooth dance moves, and she’s found a family in her best friend, Molly, who just happens to be a witch. How can you not root for a chick like this?

If Jane alone isn’t enough incentive to get you to try SKINWALKER, you should know that there are vampires galore. Vampires have a strong presence in New Orleans, where SKINWALKER is set, and they’ve actually hired Jane to come in and find a rogue vampire. She learns a lot about the social structure of vampires over the course of the investigation, which means we do, too. There are clans, there are blood-servants, there are blood-junkies, and more, all led by Leo Pellister, the vampire in charge of the city. Every vampire Jane meets is intrigued by her because they can tell she’s different but no one knows quite what she is, making her a mystery and a prize all at once.

Another great element in SKINWALKER is the prominence of Jane’s Cherokee heritage. Hunter embraces Cherokee language and culture and it’s cool to see Jane explore this side of herself. And cooler still to see Jane portrayed as a strong Native American woman on the cover!

If you’re looking for a book with great writing, strong characters, and smart plots, get your hands on SKINWALKER!

Want more? I bet you do! Here’s the scoop on SKINWALKER from Faith Walker’s website:

Skinwalker by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #1)A year ago Jane nearly lost her life taking down an entire blood family of deadly rogue vampires that preyed on the helpless local populace of an Appalachian town. Now, after months of recuperation, she’s back and ready to fight again. Except this time, she’s hired by those she’s trained to kill—vampires…

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind—a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. Back from hiatus, she’s hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katies’s Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who’s killing other vamps.

Amidst a bordello full of real “ladies of the night,” and a hot Cajun biker with a panther tattoo who stirs her carnal desire, Jane must stay focused and complete her mission—or else the next skin she’ll need to save just may be her own…

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Audio book excerpt

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And here’s the rest of the series:

Blood Cross by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #2) Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #3) Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #4) Death's Rival by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #5) Blood Trade by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #6)

And here are some short stories and e-releases, including EASY PICKINGS, a crossover with C. E. Murphy’s Joanne Walker:

Cat Tales by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock short stories) Have Stakes Will Travel by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock short stories) Easy Pickings by C. E. Murphy and Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock and Joanne Walker crossover) Signatures of the Dead by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock short story in STRANGE BREW)

Daring You To Read is a weekly feature here on Tynga’s Reviews where we dare you to read some of our favorite older releases (at least 6 months old). All the books/series we choose to feature are titles we adored and think you should give them a shot! We think it’s a super awesome way to discover that special book who might have slipped off your radar!

What do you think? Have you read this series? Are you willing to accept my dare?

Jenn

Daring You to Read… Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson

This week I am daring you to read a great Urban Fantasy, Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson. Actually, I should dare you to read Blooded, a short story that introduce us to Jessica’s world, because I think you should read it before you take on the first book. It allows you to understand a lot about Jessica, and where she’s coming from.

Now back to Full Blooded, the basic concept isn’t all the original, with Jessica being the first and only female werewolf. The whole ‘being the only X’ concept has been explored more than once, but what it implies for Jessica is really interesting. It was foretold that a female werewolf would bring about the end of the race, and surprisingly, Carlson’s werewolves are a superstitious bunch and from her birth, Jessica was feared and hated.

She doesn’t let any prophecies stop her though and decide to build her life away from the pack. She’s never been able to shift and so blending with humans was fairly easy,… until she finally shifted that is. I loved that we were privy to her first shift and her crazy emotions. I also truly loved her as a character. She’s witty, entertaining and strong.

Amanda Carlson also blessed us with an awesome brochette of male secondary characters. I loved Tyler, her big brother and his best friend Danny. Nick, her best friend, also rocked my world. My crush goes for James though, smolderingly hot second in command, and Rourke, secretive cat extraordinaire.

The pace is fast and furious and this action packed story is bound to please shifters fans. If you’re like me, a bit of humour is also always welcome, and you won’t be disappointed. Here’s a funny quote:

Rourke, what kind of werecat are you?" He seemed genuinely surprised by the question. Then he narrowed his eyes, flashing me a toothy grin. "I never kiss and tell on the first date.

Full Blooded was an amazing read, and with Hot Blooded freshly released, it’s a great moment to pick up this title!

Amanda Carlson Full BloodedAfter living in hiding for the last twenty-six years, Jessica wakes up to find she’s become a full-blooded werewolf — claws, fangs, fur, everything. It was never supposed to happen: female werewolves don’t exist.

When a mercenary killer comes looking for her, her Pack finds themselves caught in the middle of a war. They must rise up to protect her, but no one knows if she’s means the end of their race-or just a new beginning.

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Jenn’s Review

More in the series:

Blooded (Jessica McClain, #...Hot Blooded (Jessica McClai...Cold Blooded (Jessica McCla...

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Daring You To Read…Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

 

This week, I’m daring everyone to read VESSEL by Sarah Beth Durst. After reading this novel, I became an immediate Durst fan and have been anxiously awaiting the day that my name finally comes up on my library’s waiting list for some of her other novels.

This book is centered around Liyana, a girl who prepares her entire life to become the vessel of a goddess. Her body will eventually become the body of her goddess and Liyana will cease to exist to allow her goddess to use her magic to bring rain to the desert. However, Liyana’s goddess never came and her tribe is abandoned, thus she is left behind from their shame. Eventually she meets the trickster god, Korbyn, who is inside his tribes vessel and they learn that five other gods are missing. They set off across the desert on an amazingly detailed journey to find the other vessels and find out what happened to the missing gods before it’s too late. Unfortunately, the more time she spends with Korbyn the less she wants to save her clan and allow her goddess to take her as her vessel.

I think that the most interesting aspect of this novel was the location. The entire novel took place among different tribes that resided in different areas of a desert littered with magic and unknown creatures. I adored every second of it. Because of the unique location, Durst had to focus a lot of attention on detail and description because, frankly, a desert is most often thought of as an infinite expanse of sand with very little water. While this is true, her additions to this magical land and usage of roaming clans was immensely satisfying and interesting. I loved every second of it. It was almost as if the complex world-building was absolutely effortless.

I also loved the fact that this book was incredibly rich with mythology. However, it shows how much thought Durst put into this book because these are not gods we’ve ever come across before. Most mythological books that I’ve come across center off of known Greek and Roman myths. I have not encountered the ones in this novel before, so I’m operating on the suspicion that Durst created the entire backdrop of mythology, which, I repeat, I really adored.

With a very compelling cast of characters that are easy to feel for, this book can be enjoyed by many. It frustrates me that the novel is not more well known! The moment you know that you have an amazing novel in your hands is when you realize you never want it to end and, in my opinion, this is one of those books.

Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. She will dance and summon her tribe’s deity, who will inhabit Liyana’s body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But when the dance ends, Liyana is still there. Her tribe is furious–and sure that it is Liyana’s fault. Abandoned by her tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert. Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her.

Korbyn is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that. He tells Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off across the desert in search of the other vessels. The desert tribes cannot survive without the magic of their gods. But the journey is dangerous, even with a god’s help. And not everyone is willing to believe the trickster god’s tale.

The closer she grows to Korbyn, the less Liyana wants to disappear to make way for her goddess. But she has no choice–she must die for her tribe to live. Unless a trickster god can help her to trick fate–or a human girl can muster some magic of her own.

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Daring You to Read … In A Fix by Linda Grimes

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I’ve been awaiting weeks for the 6 months rule so I can finally dare you to read In A Fix by Linda Grimes. It was one of my favourite reads in 2012, quite a feat for a debut author, and I must urge you to pick up this title as the second book, Quick Fix, releases this summer! I was lucky enough to be sent an ARC by the author and I can’t wait to dive into it! Now… back on topic… You have to read In A Fix because it’s an highly original urban fantasy with captivating characters. The humour and the action will keep you riveted to the pages late into the night, beware!

Miss Grimes blessed us with a very unique lore. Her main characters are called adaptors. Their particular talent lays in an ability to touch one’s aura and mimic it to perfection. They become an exact copy of their target, right down to their voice and physical abilities. How does it differ from a “simple” shape shifter you ask? First of all, it’s instantaneous, as opposed to a long and strenuous process and the adaptor need to have a direct or indirect contact with the desired aura to be able to change into it. Quite fascinating!

The highlight of this novel for me was the characters. Right from the start I felt a connection with Ciel and the two men of her life, Billy and Mark. The three of them are unbeatable and their affectionate banter provides a light spirit in life or death situations. This action-packed story features Vikings, no less, and around the world travelling.

I truly enjoyed every moment of this exciting and engrossing instalment so I am daring you to read it to!

In a Fix (In a Fix, #1)

The start of an original new urban fantasy series starring human chameleon Ciel Halligan

Snagging a marriage proposal for her client while on an all-expenses-paid vacation should be a simple job for Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire. A kind of human chameleon, she’s able to take on her clients’ appearances and slip seamlessly into their lives, solving any sticky problems they don’t want to deal with themselves. No fuss, no muss. Big paycheck.

This particular assignment is pretty enjoyable… that is, until Ciel’s island resort bungalow is blown to smithereens and her client’s about-to-be-fiancé is snatched by modern-day Vikings. For some reason, Ciel begins to suspect that getting the ring is going to be a tad more difficult than originally anticipated.

Going from romance to rescue requires some serious gear-shifting, as well as a little backup. Her best friend, Billy, and Mark, the CIA agent she’s been crushing on for years—both skilled adaptors—step in to help, but their priority is, annoyingly, keeping her safe. Before long, Ciel is dedicating more energy to escaping their watchful eyes than she is to saving her client’s intended.
Suddenly, facing down a horde of Vikings feels like the least of her problems.

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

Sequel:

Quick Fix (Paperback)

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