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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Blog Tour Interview + Giveaway: The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

The S Word by Chelsea Pitcher
Publication Date: May 7, 2013

irst it was SLUT scribbled all over Lizzie Hart’s locker.

But one week after Lizzie kills herself, SUICIDE SLUT replaces it—in Lizzie's looping scrawl.

Lizzie’s reputation is destroyed when she's caught in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend on prom night. With the whole school turned against her, and Angie not speaking to her, Lizzie takes her own life. But someone isn’t letting her go quietly. As graffiti and photocopies of Lizzie’s diary plaster the school, Angie begins a relentless investigation into who, exactly, made Lizzie feel she didn’t deserve to keep living. And while she claims she simply wants to punish Lizzie’s tormentors, Angie's own anguish over abandoning her best friend will drive her deep into the dark, twisted side of Verity High—and she might not be able to pull herself back out.

Debut author Chelsea Pitcher daringly depicts the harsh reality of modern high schools, where one bad decision can ruin a reputation, and one cruel word can ruin a life. Angie’s quest for the truth behind Lizzie’s suicide is addictive and thrilling, and her razor-sharp wit and fierce sleuthing skills makes her impossible not to root for—even when it becomes clear that both avenging Lizzie and avoiding self-destruction might not be possible.

"First of all, congratulations on your debut novel, a very amazing feat! So, the first question that comes to mind, how does it feel to have your novel hitting shelves soon?"

CP: Nervous! Ha. I mean, I am very excited and thrilled to have come this far, and to have such an awesome agent and editing team who believed in this project from the start. But when I think about the book coming out, I definitely get butterflies in my stomach. A lot.

"What brought about the idea for The S-Word?"

CP: I started writing The S-Word as a way of processing all the bullying that was happening in middle and high schools. It seemed like there was a surge in viciousness amongst adolescents and teens (or maybe people were just being more open about it) and I wanted to understand why so much bullying was happening, and hopefully come up with some ways to stop it.

"Are there any characters that you felt that you'd pulled pieces of your personality or even descriptions of yourself into?"

CP: I think there are definitely aspects of me in a lot of my characters, though none of them is based on me. I think I equally share Angie’s desire for justice in the world, Lizzie’s romanticism, and Jesse’s optimism.

"What was the most difficult pitfall in writing you struggled in avoiding or had to really had to go back and revise?"

CP: Balancing Angie’s determination with her likeability was a difficult task. I wanted people to be able to connect with and relate to her, but at the same time, if I made her too light, or warm and fuzzy, it wouldn't have been true to the darkness brewing inside her.

"In what ways did you find yourself getting inspired to write?"

CP: Honestly, inspiration can be found in so many places. Other books, TV, movies, real world occurrences… More often than not, I feel myself being moved (or disturbed) by something happening in the world, and it builds and builds in my head until I have to let it out. I have to write about it.

"Any words of wisdom you have for aspiring writers?"

CP: Write what you love. There will always be a new trend to follow or, contrarily, people telling you there are too many of “this or that” kind of book. But if you truly love what you’re doing (and you read a lot!) your original idea will come to you. It will be original because you’ve honed your craft, and found what is awesome about your talent, and no one else in the world can write it quite like you.

"What is one of your favorite things to do in Spring?"

CP: I love to go camping, when the weather’s nice enough. Or, when it isn’t (since spring in Oregon means lots of rain) I take those rare moments of sunshine and go sit outside, or head to the park. I’ll take whatever sunshine I can get!

"Any upcoming projects that you're working on? Would love to know :)"

CP: I’ve been working on a story where a faerie falls in love with a god. There are lots of complications, but not necessarily between the two of them. More so because humans get involved and try to keep them apart.

CP: Thanks so much for having me!!

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That's the end of the interview portion of this post. Thank you, Chelsea, for such amazing and well thought out answers and thank you again for stopping by! 

Chelsea Pitcher is a native of Portland, OR where she received her BA in English Literature. Fascinated by all things literary, she began gobbling up stories as soon as she could read, and especially enjoys delving into the darker places to see if she can draw out some light. 
Official links: | @Chelsea_Pitcher

And now onto the giveaway portion!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Blood of Eden #2
Young Adult
Pages: 446
Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

     Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.
*Digital galley provided by Harlequin Teen for an honest review*
*If you have not read THE IMMORTAL RULES, please do not read ahead. This review contains minor spoilers*

I have yet to find myself disappointed with Julie Kagawa's work. I loved The Immortal Rules, but The Eternity Cure really does pack one heck of a punch. I found it to be even better than the last. How many sequels can you say that about? No matter where Kagawa goes with her novels I'm just helplessly entranced not only by her writing, but the connection that her characters have on me. The Eternity Cure, I have fallen head over heels for you.

One thing that you can count on with The Eternity Cure is the recap of the last novel. Even though I read the novel back in the summer, Kagawa just launches into the story but also provides details about the people Allison traveled with to Eden, the struggle she had been going through, the fight with the Hunger. It's short. It's sweet. And it does justice to spark the memory all the way back from the summer. I had absolutely no problem starting this sequel like I usually do with many. It was a gentle ease of the past colliding straight into the present where Allison is running around looking for Kanin in order to save him. At the snap of Kagawa's fingers, I was hooked.

So we are left off with Allison leaving the remainder of Zeke's group in Eden after the tragic deaths of many good friends. Having taken off after not being allowed to stay in the human sanctuary, Allison isn't all too discouraged since she is still on the search for her sire, Kanin. Only after gaining in on a signal, Alison comes into contact with an old, and unwanted character and gains a "weary ally" in the confrontation. But it's a race against the clock, because The Red Lung virus is on an outbreak and now Allie is struggling with finding her sire, having to stop a disastrous virus from running rampant, and find a crazy vampire that wants her and her sire dead.  

The character development of Allison was a crucial part of The Eternity Cure. In the first novel, Allison goes through the struggles of the vampiric change and the fight to hold onto the human inside of her. In the second novel, Alison has begun to work on balancing out the monster and the human within her, having recognized the creature that she chose to become rather than rejecting it. Even though she doesn't fully agree with completely becoming a monster, Allison proves that there is more to being a vampire, that you do have a choice to make and the past or other's choices don't necessarily mean that she has to become a creature that she hates. I never doubted my liking for Allison for a second. She's adventurous, courageous and intuitive. She can let her emotions get the better of her sometime, but that proves overall that the human she was never did die during the change.

Character bonding between Allie and the Raider King really does bring out a new found respect for him. Even the moment when is real name had been revealed, I knew that there was so much more about this character that I wanted to know about immediately. I wanted the satisfaction of understanding more about why he had done the things he did beyond what what provided as an answer within the text. I wanted Julie Kagawa to make a POV novella about how his conflicts as a vampire. I craved more.

Having the group travel back to New Covington and the Fringe made the corners of my lips rise. A blast from the past always makes for an exciting tale, especially when you're going back to where it all began. It also happens to make for a great spot to be reminded of all that happened in the first book, for those emotions and memories to really trigger. New Covington was where it all started, but is definitely not where it is all going to end. Or is it? Maybe Ms. Kagawa will prove me false in the final installment.

Speaking of surprises: the ending? I had an inkling, but I couldn't not say that I wasn't shocked by it anyway. Context clues my dear readers. I hope that doesn't give too much away. I'm always a stickler for reading too much into the text and making ambiguous assumptions, but I guess it payed off in the end for The Eternity Cure. I'm excited to see how the final installment of the Blood of Eden trilogy is going to end and what is in store for Allison when everything she's fighting for all comes crumbling down to the very last seconds. It's a race against the clock, can she stop Sarren before it's too late? It's questions like these that haunt me.

Final Summation: An engrossing read from beginning to end and everywhere inbetween. Fans of Julie Kagawa know that disappointment is not an option. Informative recapping of the previous book to help readers remember what was forgotten, character-wise as well as story-wise. You'll be rooting for Allison even harder than you had in the first book only because the clock is really winding down on her this time around. Suspense driven, The Eternity Cure makes you wish that the final book was right beside you rather than months away from being published. This is a trilogy that you do not want to stop reading.

First Line: I smelled blood as soon as I walked into the room.
Story: S
Cover: S

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Friday Hops (4/26/13)

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Q: Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or vice versa? What is the song & the book?

I get into the habit of reading books and listening to music so there are tons and tons of songs that I would listen to on repeat while reading all different kinds of books. While I was reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel. The entire Clique series I listened to one song from DDR (the song title escapes me right this minute) so just hearing it reminds me of every single Clique book.

Monday, April 22, 2013

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Blog Tour (Interview + Giveaway): The Shadow Girl by Jennifer Archer

The Shadow Girl by Jennifer Archer
Publication Date: April 9, 2013

Sometimes I forget for an hour or two that she's with me. Sometimes I convince myself that she was only a dream. Or that I'm crazy.

     For as long as Lily Winston can remember, she has never been alone. Iris, a shadowy figure who mimics Lily's movements and whispers in her ear, is with her always—but invisible to the rest of the world. Iris is Lily's secret.
     But when Lily's father is killed in a tragic accident, his cryptic final words suggest that he and Lily's mother have been keeping secrets of their own. Suddenly, Iris begins pushing Lily more than ever, possessing her thoughts and urging her to put together the pieces of a strange puzzle her father left behind. As she searches for answers, Lily finds herself drawn to Ty Collier, a mysterious new boy in town. Together, Lily and Ty must untangle a web of deception to discover the truth about her family, Iris . . . and Lily's own identity.

At the age of ten, Jennifer Archer made up her mind to become a writer. Then she grew up, became “sensible,” and earned a business degree with a minor in accounting instead. After years of trying to find her way through a confusing maze of debits and credits she realized that, for her, accounting was no more sensible than becoming a World Federation wrestler. So in 1993, she enrolled in a creative writing class, and five years later, sold her first novel. Since then, Jennifer has published several novels for adults, as well as numerous non-fiction works. 

"Let's get to the root of all questions: What sparked the premise for The Shadow Girl?"

JA: Actually, the spark ignited with a memory of something that took place way back when I was in 5th or 6th grade. I was alone in the restroom at school one day, washing my hands at the sink. I looked up and glimpsed my reflection in the mirror and thought: Who are you? Even though it only lasted a second, I never forgot that weird sense of disconnection from my own image. That memory also tied in with my lifelong love of ghost stories. Even though Iris is something more than a ghost, her story has that same eerie tone that, as a reader, I love.

"While writing The Shadow Girl, which character was your favorite to develop and which character caused you the most difficulty to bring to life?"

JA: Oddly enough, the answer to both questions is Iris. She is the character I had the best time developing, and she also caused me the most difficulty! She was a challenge, and challenges are fun. Iris isn’t a flesh-and-blood girl, she’s an essence. And she’s a mystery. So I had to find a way to give readers a sense of her without giving away too much too soon. And because she “speaks” to Lily in a way that only Lily can hear, I spent quite a bit of time trying to pinpoint Iris’s method of communicating.  Would Lily hear Iris speaking as she does everyone else – with a voice and actual words? Or would Lily receive more of an intuitive sense of what Iris is saying? Would she communicate in full sentences, or in a more disjointed way? And how would she sound to Lily? If she has a voice, would it be strong or faint? The way in which Iris presents herself to Lily went through several transformations before I hit on the way that felt right.  

"What happened to be your biggest struggle in writing The Shadow Girl?"

JA: Pacing! As my editor pointed out to me after she read an early draft of the book, there isn’t just one mystery to solve in The Shadow Girl, there are three. Of course, all three mysteries are connected and affect one another, so I had to make sure each one unfolded at the right pace – that the answer to the first one is revealed at the right time, and that it leads, eventually, to the answer to the second mystery without giving it away too soon. The same is true of the reveal of the second mystery and how it leads to the third.  

"Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers?"

JA: Write and read as much and as often as you can. Make writing a routine part of your life. That said, understand that there is no right or wrong way to write a book. Read books on writing, take classes, talk to other writers about their process. Follow the advice you get, try it on for size, and then do what works best for you. For example, I’ve read and heard many times that a writer “should” write the first draft of a book through to the end without backing up to revise, saving that process for later drafts. I’ve tried that, but it doesn’t work for me. I call myself a “two steps forward, one step back writer.” I work my way through the writing of a book by writing new material one day, then backing up the next day to do a quick edit of yesterday’s work before adding more new material. Then the next day, I revise the prior day’s new material before creating more. And so on, until I reach the end. I have a more polished first draft than I would if I wrote straight through without editing. But, of course, I still do several more revision drafts.

"What was your favorite scene to write in The Shadow Girl? Did any bring you difficulty?"

JA: Honestly, I can’t choose one favorite scene. However, one that stands out in my mind is the scene in which Lily finds an old VCR video tape and watches it. I don’t want to say too much and ruin it for anyone who hasn’t yet read the book, but I will say that what Lily sees on that video is shocking to her and has a major impact on her life. That scene is a major turning point in the story. What happens affects Lily emotionally, and I felt the emotion right along with her as I wrote!  

Do you have any motivational tactics that you use to write (i.e., websites, music, pictures, food, certain place to write)?

JA: I enjoy making music soundtracks that fit the tone I’m trying to capture in the book. When I sit down to write, I put in the soundtrack and the music helps me to immediately slip back into the world of the story. 

"Do you have any other YA projects currently in progress or in mind to write?"

JA: I’m currently writing a story with the working title, Before I Wake. As is the case with The Shadow Girl and my earlier YA novel, Through Her Eyes, this story contains elements of psychological suspense and involves two girls whose lives are connected. I’m not sure why I’m drawn to that particular theme, but my muse seems to guide me there often!   

"Is there a certain song (or songs) that you feel really describe the emotions or the characters in The Shadow Girl?"

JA: Music plays a huge role in The Shadow Girl. Lily finds a violin and a musical jewelry box hidden in her father’s workshop. The jewelry box plays a song that she recognizes as having the same melody that Iris has often hummed since Lily’s childhood. That beautiful, haunting song is called “River Flows In You,” and for me it perfectly captures the emotional, mysterious connection between Lily and Iris. You can listen to it here: 

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That's the end of the interview portion of this post. Thank you, Jennifer, for such amazing and well thought out answers and thank you again for stopping by! 
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Friday, April 19, 2013

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Friday Hops (4/18/13)

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Q: If you could hang out with any author (living) who would it be and what would you want to do?

I would love to spend some time with Scott Westerfeld, get some Panera Bread, and just talk about writing and everything Uglies and Leviathan :)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (35): Not a Drop to Drink

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Publication Date: September 24, 2013

Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.
Just got accepted for this galley on edelweiss so I'm am absolutely overjoyed to read this in the coming months. Though I might just get really tempted to read it early. If that synopsis doesn't scream out at you to read this novel then just do it for that glorious cover.
And for all those DBA participants, this one is something you do not want to miss for the month of September ;)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review: The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Publication Date: March 1, 2013
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 304
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance

A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil.
     The lush city of Palmares Três shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of this vibrant metropolis, June Costa creates art that’s sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June’s best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than amber eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist.
     Together, June and Enki will stage explosive, dramatic projects that Palmares Três will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government’s strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.
   Pulsing with the beat of futuristic Brazil, burning with the passions of its characters, and overflowing with ideas, this fiery novel will leave you eager for more from Alaya Dawn Johnson.

*Digital galley provided by publisher for an honest review*

I'm so upset with the fact that I just couldn't enjoy the story behind this novel.

Gorgeous cover. Smooth and poetic writing. The world-building of this futuristic technological pyramid city set in Brazil enamored with art. I wanted it to work. I really, really wanted to enjoy this. I love art. I love Sci-Fi. I love that this was set in such an exotic area. But I just found that The Summer Prince had no driving force and no explanations behind the culture of the novel. Things

Why do they choose a Summer King just to kill him? Why would anyone want to be a Summer King, knowing full well that they were going to die? Is the fame worth the death?

I will never know. I had gotten so far without any explanation to the culture of Palmares Três that I knew I would never know. And I don't like that.

Confusion plagued me. Between the Portuguese words popping up everywhere without ever explaining what what meant definitely put me through a loop when "waka" kept repeating itself in dialogue and narration. You don't want to just sit there staring at the word and thinking to yourself "What in the hell do you even mean?" I didn't know if Johnson was making up her own words for her novel or there was actual meaning. And, in the end, whenever I read I just found myself getting lost or wandered down the road to where sex was casually thrown around.

Now I don't have a problem with sex in novels. I enjoy when the scenes are subtle and have meaning. The Summer Prince was very keen on bringing up sex whenever it felt necessary or even out of the blue. Some scenes in the book with June and exposing herself for a crowd of people just felt very off-putting and turned me away from wanting to know more.

I really can't tell you anything special about the characters. They all fell extremely flat for me when the story just didn't work. They were all just names. If I had to pick a character that I liked Gil would be the only one that really came to mind. Enki and June just didn't make the cut nor really stood out to me as important as they were supposed to seem, being main characters and all.

Final Summation: Very disappointed with this novel. That's what I get for going in with high expectations and being deceived by that gorgeous cover. If things had been explained more about the reasoning for the killing of the Summer King, June's reasons for accusing her mother for her papai's suicide, and what some of the words really mean, I'm sure I could have gotten into the fluidly written novel. The lines just didn't match up with all these missing pieces.

First Line: The lights are out in Palmares Três.
Story: DNF
Cover: XS

Monday, April 15, 2013

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: Astarte's Wrath by Trisha Wolfe (And a Sneak Peek!)

Publication Date: March 2, 2013
Series: Kythan Gardians
New Adult
Pages: 215
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Romance

A tragic love story.
Two thousand years before Dez Harkly developed her secret powers, Guardian Astarte was vowed to protect by the binds enslaving her to the Egyptian pharaohs. Discover the prophecy that originated from a very different time, and spans generations to link two very different girls.
This is the beginning. 
Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarion her duty, he’s the son of Cleopatra, and he’s human. All of which makes their love forbidden. 
But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar creeps into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythan free themselves of their servitude, and protecting her charge—the last pharaoh—while Egypt burns around her.
New Adult/Mature YA: sexual content, drinking, drugs, violence, language, death, and other mature content intended for readers 17 and older. Astarte's Wrath is a companion novel to Destiny's Fire, but can be read as a standalone novel.
*Digital copy provided by Trisha Wolfe for partaking in the blog tour and for an honest review*

Gorgeous cover, is it not? Just something that always happens to draw me into reading a novel is the cover. Yes, I am a judge-of-cover kind of girl. Yes, if I don't like the cover most likely I will not read the book. Horrible? Yes. Am I the only one? No. But what I happen to really like about Astarte's Wrath is the model: the way her hair fans out, how her eyes are closed and you can see the kohl eyeliner (though I feel like there could have been a thicker line to accent the Egyptian thematic that the cover holds), and the flawless lighting on the model. Pure beauty of a cover right there, folks. And it just looks so neat, photoshop did not come to mind when I first caught wind of this novel.

Now, I've read Trisha's previous novel, Destiny's Fire, and I can say that I absolutely love the way she builds her worlds. Egypt mythology and history just blows me away, so you must know that I am a fan of Rick Riordan's The Kane Chronicles as well as anything else Rick Riordan. I am also a fan of Trisha and her exquisite knack for building up tension within a gorgeously grounded and modeled novel universe. 

Utterly astounding, knocked me off my feet a second time with this partaking novel to Destiny's Fire. And I just happened to adore that the two novels completely stand alone from one another but you still understand the links between the two, picking out the pieces that could fit together. Just made everything a little more interesting than it already was.

Star completely stood out for me while reading. I was so happy that she wasn't a two-dimensional character that would have blended in with the surrounding world built up. Trisha Wolfe had done a fantastic job showing the passion that Star was reaching outwards for (double entendre *winkwink*) as well as the internal struggle she had to work through. Star happened to be a character that you wanted to follow behind, to see what would happen next with her, what she would be thinking, how she would react, what she would end up saying. You just needed to know, there was no way you couldn't feed that need. 

I just get so enveloped with my reading that when things take a spin, God, do I end up spinning along with it. All I can say is that the ending really caught be off guard. I was so happy when I was caught off guard, you know? Who likes to spoil themselves with what's going to happen. I guess I'd rather have the rug pulled out from under me rather than watching you pull it out from under me: the element of SURPRISE!

Final Summation: A fantastic apprenticeship to DESTINY'S FIRE, one that really amps the stakes and makes you want for the next book to be in the palm of your hands immediately. A read that really sucks you in. The world building has to be my favorite part of this whole book, my favorite factor in Wolfe's writing. Definitely a book worth picking up when you have the chance :)

First Line: Whenever the sky bleeds, covering the once-blue pallet with crimson, I know the Narcolym Guardians are waging a battle.
Story: S
Cover: S

Tuff Girl Legion Presents Astarte’s Wrath

Sneak Peek: Bath Scene from Xarion’s POV

Star narrows her eyes at me, her full, bottom lip puckering out the way it does when she’s in serious thought—and though I’m listening to her words, all I want to do is trap that bottom lip between my teeth. Nip it and caress it with my tongue.
            “I knew you’d say that,” she says. “And that is precisely why I didn’t want you to know.” She raises her hand from my chest and swipes the wet hair from my forehead. Her body subtly moves against me with this action, and it drives me wild. “A possible retaliation by the guardians is just one more weighted burden on top of the many you already carry. You don’t need the added strain. Let me deal with Candra and the Kythan. They’re my kindred. As long as I’m their equal—in both power and status—I can protect you.”
            This woman—the woman I’ve loved my entire life—is my protector. She not only guards against physical threats, but watches over my mental wellbeing. But I cannot allow her to carry all my problems alone anymore. I want to be her guardian, to be the one to comfort her when she’s fearful, and protect her against this world.
            I tilt my head and suck in a deep breath. “This is why you won’t be with me.” I want her to admit it. If she finally confesses that our titles and her battle with the right course of action have been the only reasons for her kept affections, then by Gods…help me from laying her out on this tile and taking her—making her mine. I won’t stop.
            She nods.
“This is the only reason.” She nods again, and that is all the conformation I need. “Then I refuse to let them keep us apart for one more moment.” I grasp her face between my hands and claim her lips with mine.
            Her lips are soft and warm as I achingly coax them into a fevered kiss, unable to hold back my desire for her. I had planned for our first kiss many times, imagined it over and over. The way I would caress her lips slowly and lovingly, conveying my affections. But every emotion I have ever felt for Star rushes to the surface all at once, and I can’t slow. I won’t. I won’t allow her a moment to question our actions, to reconsider us. I’m going to kiss her senseless—kiss the reason right out of her infuriatingly rational head.

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Trisha Wolfe is the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), the NA Historical/Supernatural ASTARTE'S WRATH, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. Her NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.

She’s the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies. Check out for more on her books and bonus material. Follow Trisha on Twitter @TrishWolfe and like her Facebook page for updates.