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  1. REVIEW: Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    MORTAL DANGER (IMMORTAL GAME #1)
    By: Ann Aguirre
    Publication Date:  August 5, 2014
    Mortal Danger (Immortal Game, #1)
    Summary
    Revenge is a dish best served cold.

    Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn't imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She's not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he's impossible to forget.

    In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly... bad things are happening. It's a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil's bargains, she isn't sure who—or what--she can trust. Not even her own mind...

    About Ann
    Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes all kinds of books, emo music, action movies and Doctor Who. She writes all kind of fiction in multiple genres, both YA and for adults.


    Erin's Thoughts

    My rating: 2.5-3 of 5 stars

    Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre is the first book in the Immortal Game series and as soon as I read the summary of this one I knew I wanted to read it. Also, this cover is just perfect. Aguirre pulled me into this story about an outcast girl who reaches her breaking point and is ultimately pulled back from the edge by a mysterious boy and a bit of magic.

    Edie has always been the nerdy, outcast girl in school and because of that, she has always been teased and tormented by the “cool” kids. In her junior year, something happens that makes her decide she would rather die than continue to put up with the torture and just as she is about to jump off a bridge, Kian stops her and makes her an offer.

    Kian works for Wedderburn, Mawer & Graf and knows exactly what Edie is going through. Not only because he has been through the same thing but also because he has been watching her for a while. See, his employer, Wedderburn, has had his eye on Edie for a while because she is what he calls a catalyst. If he can somehow get her indebted to him he pretty much owns her and her future. What Kian ends up offering her is three favors and once she uses them, she owes the firm and they really want her to owe them. This is where Edie decides she doesn’t really have a choice and she takes the deal.

    Edie was a solid character but I found her personality a bit at odds. As someone who was picked on constantly I found it interesting that she would immediately, upon her change, be as confident as she was. I really liked that she was smart and not ashamed of it either. Don’t get me wrong, she didn’t always do smart things but intellectually she was a bright girl and it helped her as she figured out what she was going to do about her situation.

    Another thing that didn’t add up for me was when she got back to school, she found herself spending time with the same people who tormented her. Even though she says she will never forgive them for what they did to her but she also starts to see them as more than just the people who made her life hell. Even if that is true, I find it hard to believe that after what they did to her and how she ultimately ended up on that bridge, she was able to spend time with that group.

    Kian was interesting. I liked him but I thought he should have known more or been able to provide more information to Edie. At times he was able to provide her with guidance but I thought that there was so much he didn’t know and ultimately it felt like the story stalled at times because we weren’t able to get answers. In Kian’s defense, he was a bit disconnected from everything until he met Edie and I appreciated the fact that he told her he thought more of her before she changed. Also, eventually he was willing to sacrifice everything for her which of course puts him into the swoony category. I thought Kian’s story was interesting and added a layer to the story that helped move it forward. While Kian doesn’t necessarily control his own destiny any longer, he is willing to do whatever he can to help Edie and maybe even get her out of the deal.

    While Edie tries to figure out just what is going on, she learns that she is essentially a pawn in a battle for power between Wedderburn, Mawer & Graf and Dwyer & Fell. Both are players in this game and right now, she and Kian are aligned with Wedderburn. As she digs into what that means, she faces a number of threats and along the way; the people who she cares about are in danger. Through the entire story we are introduced to others who are either participating in this game or just enjoying watching what happens.

    I have to admit, there were times where I wasn’t really sure why some of the characters were introduced. I didn’t understand Mr. Love’s role in the story and Allison…I didn’t understand that arc. I also wish we would have learned more about these “companies” and who they really were and what they were really after. There were hints to Edie’s potential but things were a bit vague for me.

    Overall this was an ok introduction to this new series. Aguirre has developed some solid characters and I look forward to learning more about what is really going on…the end of the book alludes to the fact that whatever it is, Edie is definitely facing something that will be dangerous. There is a definite darkness to this story and that is one of the things I love about Aguirre’s books. While I admit I struggled a bit with the pacing of the book, I found myself pulled into the story wanting to know more.

    Thank you to the publisher for the review copy.



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  2. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome and wonderful people over at The Broke and The Bookish

    This week we're stranded on a desert island and we can bring 10 characters with us.  My first reaction was "how the hell am I going to narrow my favorite boys down to just ten!!"  But then I realized that I probably would like to have some female companionship at some point.  

    So no... this list isn't just a bunch of boys I want to have all to myself... even though it totally could have been.


    T.J. Has done this already  - he'd be an amazing asset to have on the island simply because he'll know what works and what doesn't work!  


    Cassidy is a strong swimmer and I bet he can fish too - growing up on the coast has lots of benefits! 


    Okay, so I was never ever ever Team Jacob, but I imagine that there are times on this island that it's going to be damn cold... and what better way to warm up than with a guy who runs hot all the time - Please note that this is Jacob post mullet and definitely after his 'change'.  


    The boy can build just about anything so I'm positive that I'll be needing him on my island for that... plus the swoons you know.  Definitely the swoons. 


    Matt Finch has to bring his guitar and voila - Entertainment.  Plus... more swoons and adorableness. 


    She was the first girl I thought of... know why?  She's a book blogger - and I'm going to want to have someone there who I can chat with about things I love and miss.  I think Katy and I would get along wonderfully! 


     This girl can climb like nobody's business - I have a feeling this could be a benefit on the island... plus another girl to chat and hang out with when I'm sick of the boys... bonus! 


     Gale is an excellent hunter and for that reason alone I would want him on my island. 


    D'arcy has medical experience - definitely something I think we're going to need on the island... plus swoons! 


    Daniel is an inventor and his creativity might be an added bonus on the island!! 

    So who would you want stranded on your island with you? Let us know in the comments - we'd love to hear from you! 



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  3. ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED ON PURPOSE
    By: Rachel Harris
    Publication Date: July 14, 2014

    One ring plus one wild night equals one crazy love

    Sherry Robicheaux loves men. She loves love. And she loves an adventure. So when she meets a mysterious man while working backstage at a country music concert in Vegas, she’s all about what’s happened in Vegas staying there.

    Country music superstar Tyler Blue just wants a weekend of anonymity…though there’s something about the spunky waitress with the streaks of purple hair that tempts him like no other. Until the next morning, when they both wake up with fuzzy memories…and rings on their fingers.

    Convincing Sherry to maintain the ruse for his public image isn’t the hardest part—it’s reminding himself that their time spent playing husband and wife in her small town of Magnolia Springs can’t last. Tyler’s first love will always be music—and the road is no place for a sweet downhome girl.

    ABOUT RACHEL
    Award-winning and Bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls next door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books...and kissing. Lots of kissing. 

    An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romance, and LOVES talking with readers. 



    What was your favorite scene to write and why?

    My favorite scene, hands down, is where they dance in the rain. I’ve kind of had this vision in my head for a while now and have tried to fit it into different books, and it just never worked with the characters or the plot. Strangely enough, I’d forgotten all about it when it came time for this book—it just came out very organically, and it fits both of them perfectly. It makes me grin like a loon every time I read it.

    Did any of your characters surprise you by doing something you didn’t expect?

    Sherry kept me giggling constantly, but I pretty much expected it all. The one thing that did come as a bit of a surprise is the scene between her and Tyler when Angelle spent the night. I don’t want to give any spoilers or anything, but that night went in a direction I hadn’t anticipated. I knew the conversation they would have, and I had a good idea of the outcome, but the result was much more sweet and tender than I’d expected—in the best way possible. It was definitely a case of the characters deciding the mood of the scene and I’m so glad I let them take over!

    Were there any scenes that had to be cut that you wish would have stayed in?

    No, I’m a huge plotter so I can tell in a glance how many scenes are needed to tell the story the way it needs to be told. However, while drafting, I did notice that I was going to go over the maximum word count for the genre, so I quickly combined scenes, taking the parts I loved from the scene I had planned and putting them in other places. The result ended up being so much better than the original, so that was serendipitous J 

    Love & Games series is done, but will we see more from you in this genre?

    Oh, definitely! Contemporary adult romance, in particular small town romantic comedies, are my favorite to read and (shh, don’t tell anyone) my favorite to write, too. I have lots of plans for future series, one of which is a spin-off from this one. Perhaps involving a certain country band…

    What are you currently reading? What book boys make you swoon?

    Right now, I’m reading the upcoming releases for AJ Pine, Megan Erickson, Cindi Madsen, and Heidi McLaughlin…I know; I’m a lucky chica. I also have the latest from Susan Mallery on my nightstand. As for book boys that make me swoon, I honestly love them all. I love the everyday heroes, the misunderstood celebrities, the biker boys, and the fighters. It’s his heart, the moments he chooses to be vulnerable and let the heroine (read: us) into his inner world and thoughts, that kills me every stinking time.

    You can only read one book for the rest of your life.  What is it?

    This is an impossible question!!! Oh, my heart hurts at the thought. *sighs* *ponders* Well, there is one book that I do reread almost every year and it never gets old. In fact, I watch the movie versions just as frequently. It’s going to seem like a cop-out answer but it is the complete truth—Pride and Prejudice. Love love love everything about that book

    Any advice for aspiring writers?

    Tip #1: Read often and widely. Read within your favorite genre so you know what is out there, especially if you want to write in it, see what the expectations are, and then expand your world by pulling inspiration from way outside your genre.

    • Write or love YA contemporary? Maybe try also reading adult (such as my sweet small town romances) and/or historicals.
    • Write historical? Give fantasy and suspense a shot.
    • You never know what will inspire you...or even where your voice truly is...until you try.
    Tip #2: But don't stop at reading, either. Pay attention.

    • What made you smile at that passage? What had you skimming those pages? What spoke to you, what did you hate, what had you fuming at your book yet determined to find out what happens?
    • These are all clues to helping you find your unique voice and style. 
    Tip #3: When you do start writing: Use Your Senses. What is your character Smelling, Tasting, Touching, Hearing? Seeing is obvious and normally one no one really misses.

    • In each scene, try to include at least 3 of your senses. It brings the pages and story to life and jumps off the page.
    Tip #4: DON’T GIVE UP. Don’t stop after your first book. You will always get better, there will always be more stories to tell, and there’s always a chance that book can come back out later.

    What’s next for you? Are you working on anything right now that you can tell us about?

    Right now, I’m working on the second book in my new YA series that begins with The Fine Art of Pretending, which releases this September. After that is my New Adult debut and I’m so excited to jump in to this story!! Then it’s back to another adult contemporary romance.

    5 Favorites
    Favorite Song (right now) My theme song for Accidentally Married on Purpose was Hunter Hayes’ I Want Crazy so it has a special spot in my heart right now 

    Favorite Book (right now) This is so hard!!! I recently read Susan Mallery’s Only His and loved it. Oh, and Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros, amazing! I could sit here and keep listing!

    Favorite TV Show/Movie (right now) I’m watching Heartland on Netflix a ton right now for research/inspiration purposes for my current work in progress. I’m also loving Next Food Network Star lol

    Favorite Word - Serendipity

    Favorite Snack Chocolate chip cookies ;)

    Jaime's Thoughts
    Accidentally Married on Purpose
    by Rachel Harris

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I adore Rachel Harris and this past week I went on a binge of all her upcoming titles. The Love and Games series is one of my favorites so there was no question I was reading it as soon as I could get my hands on it. This was exactly the kind of book I needed this week!

    Accidentally Married On Purpose highlights Sherry, who we’ve all gotten to know in the previous two titles in this series, and while I can honestly say that the men in this series are what I usually love most, I was really looking forward to this title because Sherry is the girl most of us can relate to. She’s been burned in her past relationships, but she loves the idea of love and she isn’t giving up on it! She’s spunky and sassy and she gives with her whole heart and I adore her.

    In Accidentally Married On Purpose Sherry is off to Las Vegas to oversee a job catering for the super popular country band Blue. She plans on it being her last irresponsible weekend and she’s determined to have a fling before she is back in Louisiana to get serious about her future… and possibly that Mr. Boring Accountant who she is prepared to settle for.

    A chance encounter with Tyler, who she thinks is a roadie for the band, leads to a whirlwind weekend where she’s swept off her feet and eventually a night of drinking… and an accidental marriage.

    Only there’s more to Tyler than she initially knows.

    You know what happens when you’re in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas… unfortunately that isn’t exactly the case here.

    Tyler reveled in the idea that Sherry didn’t know who he was. The anonymity was amazing and his omission in telling her the truth bites him in the ass when their accidental marriage is found out by the press. So what better way to save both their images than to pretend it’s actually real? Nothing could go wrong with that right?
    I think what I loved most about this book in the series was seeing Sherry navigate her relationship with Tyler.

    Now don’t get me wrong – Tyler absolutely gets a spot on the swoony guy list … I mean a guy with a guitar *flail* but that’s not the only thing he has going for him… he’s so lovely to Sherry and after seeing the assfaces she’s put up with, it’s so nice to see her with someone amazing and who treats her the way she should be treated. Plus, you guys – I swooned at the sweetest post-it notes in the world that he leaves her.

    Let me warn you all now, this is a book from the Entangled Bliss series, which means it’s a clean romance – no dirty parts. Yes I miss those parts, but Harris makes up for it with some of the sexiest and romantic moments I’ve read in a while. I loved the chemistry between Ty and Sherry and the build of the relationship. When making the deal with each other they made some ground rules and one of those was that despite their steamy night in Vegas, there would be no sex now… hopefully to avoid heartbreak when their time together would be up. When no sex is on the table, the focus falls on getting to know each other and their families and that is exactly what happens.

    If you’re looking for a light, romantic read I can’t recommend this series enough and once this title is released the series will be done. This both makes me incredibly happy and sad at the same time. Happy because I know that means Ms. Harris will be working on more new things and sad because that means we’ve met all the Robicheaux family members … but hopefully that just means we’ll get to meet more of those amazing women and swoony men that are trapped inside her head. (I think I'd love to hear more about Charlie!) I am really looking forward to more in this genre from Rachel Harris. Go grab these books now!




    Giveaway Info: signed set of paperbacks of the entire Love and Games series (US only) or $25 gift card int'l 

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  4. THE GOOD GIRL
    By: Mary Kubica
    Publication Date: July 29, 2014
    The Good Girl

    "I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don't know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she's scared. But I will." 

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life. 

    Colin's job was to abduct Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. Mia's mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family's world to shatter. 

    An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a compulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems….

    About Mary
    Mary KubicaMary Kubica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter. THE GOOD GIRL is her first novel.



    Erin's Thoughts

    The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    The Good Girl is Mary Kubica’s debut novel and one of the books I had to leave BEA with this year. Thankfully I did and it went straight to the top of my to read pile. Kubica has created a story that pulled me in from page one and forced me to continue reading until I got to the very end. And even then I wanted more. As the summary alludes, there is an underlying story to what is really going on outside of the kidnapping and although you might think you know what happens, you may just end up surprised.

    Mia is the daughter of a prominent Chicago judge and to say they don’t really see eye to eye on most things would probably be an understatement. This really comes out as the story continues but as we jump into the story we find out Mia hasn’t shown up for work as an art teacher and this is the beginning of the rest of the story.

    The story alternates points of view between Mia’s mother (Eve), the detective attempting to find Mia (Gabe), and her kidnapper (Colin). I found this interesting because as a reader, we were only seeing things through the other character’s eyes and I thought this added to the whole mystery of what really happened. Kubica also alternates the story between before and after…you will find out very early on that Mia does in fact end up back. The mystery is what really happened.

    I thought Kubica did a wonderful job of developing these characters. We learn a lot about who Mia is and how she grew to the woman she is today via the snippets revealed while Eve is remembering everything about Mia. We also find out how she ended up abducted and eventually in a remote cabin in the woods with no escape from a stranger. I also loved that this was set in the Midwest – starting in Chicago, traveling through Wisconsin, and eventually ending up in Minnesota. Being from Wisconsin myself, it made the story a bit more real for me and I was able to place them when locations were mentioned….I always love it when that happens.

    Colin’s story is an interesting one. He clearly went into this abduction with a plan and even though it isn’t something he has done before he knows what he needs to do. Eventually he does question the plan to hand Mia over to the guy responsible for the overall plan and in an attack of conscience, he decides instead to take her somewhere they will both be safe and come up with a plan. Through Gabe’s detective work, we find out more about who Colin really is and how he ended up where he is. Colin is in no way the good guy here but he also isn’t as bad as you would originally think.

    I found Mia’s parents interesting. At first it was clear their relationship with Mia was strained…or pretty non-existent. Her mother (Eve) had no clue what was normal or not normal and had to rely on a co-worker/friend of Mia’s to contact her to let her know Mia was missing. From there we do get a better picture as to why their relationship was so strained and it mostly revolved around Mia’s relationship with her father. Eve tended to side with Mia’s father in things and this absolutely took a toll on Mia’s feelings for her mother. With that said, as the story progresses, we get to see just how much Eve regrets some of those choices she made and the changes she is making to change her relationship with Mia.

    The story covers the time from when Mia was taken through several months after her return. So much happens during that timeframe that I can’t even talk about it all….mostly because I don’t want to give a single thing away. Just know that you find out why Mia is with Colin, what happened to her while she was with him, all of the things Eve and Gabe were doing to find Eve, how they finally found her, and the aftermath once she was back.

    Kubica has created these layered and complex characters and I truly enjoyed this story. Yes, there were some things that I think as a reader you might see coming but there are also some things that may surprise you. This story was well done, the pacing is just right, and the set up for the finish was something that had me sitting on the last page muttering to myself and wondering what just happened. If you like a good mystery, definitely check this book out when you can.

    Thank you to Harlequin for the review copy!



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  5. By now you guys know my love for the Beyond Series by Kit Rocha, and if you follow me on twitter you also know that all the love in my heart for this series is basically for Bren. I mean, I like the other guys for sure, but I don't know... Bren is IT for me.

    Who is Bren?

    A man without a past…

    Bren is a killer, trained in Eden and thrown to the sectors. His one outlet is pain, in the cage and in the bedroom, and emotion is a luxury he can’t afford–until he meets Six. Protecting her soothes him, but it isn’t enough. Her hunger for touch sparks a journey of erotic discovery where anything goes–voyeurism, flogging, rough sex. He has only one rule: he won’t share her.

    But I had to go back to our review for this book because I wanted to share what the girls and I said about Bren when we first read this!



    Cosmo - Bren was amazing.  You know, I loved Dallas.  Like, I loved him.  However, there was something about Bren that pulled me in even more.  Maybe it was because he was so layered.  He was damaged, but in truth, all of the heroes in this series are damaged in some way.  It was just the way he handled the pain in his past, channeled it, and used it because he realized he needed it.  Not because he was broken and felt the need to be punished, but because he wanted it.  It was sexual, of course.  We’d all read about the fucking in the cage after fights, but you find out it’s so much more. 

    There has always been this steely quiet about him – this silence that seemed lethal.  But the amazing thing was that with Six – even from the beginning – it felt like more.  He was protective of her, aware of her, attuned to her in a way that transcended the obvious sexual attraction they both felt.  And my favorite thing about him was that he was so fucking patient.  Like, even though he didn’t think he deserved it, he knew waiting for her was the best thing.  Not just for her, but for both of them.  Gah!  I get all flaily just thinking about it.

    ObsmamHis cock is pierced. TWICE. I mean come on lol. No seriously I loved him for even more then is magic cross dick.  He's possessive and strong, would do anything for Six and his O'Kane family. But there is such a need beneath all his strength that just made him so appealing and endearing to me.


    Jaime - I have to agree with you both. I mean, I didn't really connect as well with Jasper and Dallas... Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed both of them, but I didn't at any time think...HOMG I need that man in my life. Not like I was thinking when I was reading about Bren.  Let's not even take into consideration the piercing, but his whole demeanor. He's the strong, silent type and though he may be the most dangerous of the O'Kane's he had this tenderness with Six that just had me swooning. 
    There you have it... straight from our mouths as to why you should be voting for Bren - he's amazing and if you haven't read this book OR this series - you should get on that ASAP

    Now go tell all your friends to vote Bren too!! 
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  6. SISTERS' FATE (THE CAHILL WITCH CHRONICLES #3)
    By: Jessica Spotswood
    Publication Date:  August 14, 2014
    Sisters' Fate (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #3)
    Summary
    A fever ravages New London, but with the Brotherhood sending suspected witches straight to the gallows, the Sisters are powerless against the disease. They can’t help without revealing their powers—as Cate learns when a potent display of magic turns her into the most wanted witch in all of New England.

    To make matters worse, Cate has been erased from the memory of her beloved Finn. While she’s torn between protecting him from further attacks and encouraging him to fall for her all over again, she’s certain she can never forgive Maura’s betrayal. And now that Tess’s visions have taken a deadly turn, the prophecy that one Cahill sister will murder another looms ever closer to its fulfillment.

    About Jessica
    Jesica SpottswoodI heart books, yoga, tea, cardamom cookies, the color pink, board games, theatre, twirly dresses, and bells chiming the hour. I’m frighteningly enthusiastic.

    I grew up in a tiny one-stoplight town in Pennsylvania, where I could be found swimming, playing clarinet, memorizing lines for the school play, or—most often—with my nose in a book. I've been writing since I was little but studied theatre in college and grad school. Now I live in Washington, DC with my brilliant playwright husband and a cuddly cat named Monkey.





    Read An Excerpt

    This excerpt is from Chapter 4, as Cate begins to infiltrate the Resistance movement led by handsome, arrogant, maddening newspaperman Alistair Merriweather, who's my favorite new character in SISTERS' FATE. Stay tuned for another excerpt involving Merriweather, Cate, Finn, and Rilla in two weeks at Jean Book Nerd!

    Warning: this scene contains spoilers for BORN WICKED & STAR CURSED!
    (don't read further if you don't want to be spoiled!! Skip to the giveaway! )
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    O’Neill hides a grin behind one wrinkled, liver-spotted hand. “Sister Elena, Cate, this is Alistair Merriweather, publisher and editor in chief of the Gazette.”

    This is Alistair Merriweather? I gape at him. From Gretchen’s description, I was expecting some old curmudgeon, but he can’t be more than twenty-five himself, and he looks more poet than revolutionary. He’s tall and angular, with a square jaw and black hair that flops over his pale forehead. He may be in hiding like Brennan, but he’s dressed like a dandy, with a purple silk cravat wrapped around his throat and a brocade vest and black jacket over a snowy white shirt.

    “Hugh, this is mad. Surely you see that!” Merriweather throws up his hands. His fingers are streaked with black newsprint and blue ink, which reminds me of Finn. “It was one thing to allow Cora access to our meetings. She brought us valuable intelligence. We may have disagreed at times”—here, O’Neill snorts—“but she was clever enough—for a woman. What can this child offer us?”

    Clever enough—for a woman? And he calls himself a progressive? I grit my teeth. “I can hear, you know. As for what I’ve got to offer”—I touch the key around my neck, transforming it back into a ruby. “Magic.”

    “More witches from within the Sisterhood? How . . . interesting.” Merriweather glances at me and then, obviously finding me wanting in some way, he turns to Elena. “Where’s Gretchen? I thought she’d be the replacement.”

    “Sister Gretchen is ill.” Elena doesn’t wait to be invited to sit at the table. She crosses the room, slim hips swaying, black skirts rustling, and takes an empty chair. “She’s been keeping vigil for Cora all week.”

    “I was sorry to hear of Cora’s passing.” Merriweather bows his head, and the five men around the table follow suit. “But I’ve got to confess, I don’t see the need to have any of you here.”

    “Any of us?” I ask, voice tart. “Witches, or women?”

    “Either. Both.” He’s got delicate winged brows over those penetrating gray eyes. “I’m not a proponent of giving women the vote. We already face an uphill battle in giving men from every race, every class, and every religion a voice in the new government. Insisting on giving women the vote—or on permitting the practice of magic—will make our battle well near impossible.”

    “Well, that’s a rather defeatist view to take.” I prop one hand on my hip. “I thought you were a progressive, sir. Don’t you believe in equal rights for everyone?”

    “For all men.” Merriweather paces, his footsteps muffled against the dirt floor. “The common men are the best thinkers of our age. The philosophers and writers, those standing up to fight against—”

    “Because you’re seldom arrested for it!” I interrupt, temper boiling over. “Women step one toe out of line and we’re accused of being witches and thrown into Harwood. More often than not, the women there can’t do a lick of magic. It’s punishment for wanting more than the cages of wife and mother and daughter that the Brothers would put us in.”


    Now that we've teased you a bit, Erin's got her review for you to check out!  

    Erin's Thoughts

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Sisters’ Fate is the final book of The Cahill Witch Chronicles trilogy and Jessica Spotswood brings this series to a wonderful close. This review is based on the ARC that the lovely Stacee (@book_junkee) loaned to me so please note that some things may (or may not) change from the published version.

    Please also note, I will do my best to not include any spoilers here but I can’t guarantee it.

    First, if you recall how book two ended, you will know that the second I was able to get my hands on this book and dig into it I did so. You will also recall that I despised Maura at the end of that book. Rest assured nothing she does in this book really redeems herself in my eyes. She completely betrayed Cate (and eventually Tess) because she was jealous and wanted to feel important. Yes, she justified by saying she did all of the things she did because she was protecting the sisterhood but I never believed her.

    I couldn't pick just one image to reflect my feelings so apologies for using so many...I did narrow it down a bit.







    Ok…moving on. Cate is obviously struggling with a number of things. Not only does she have to come to terms with the fact that Finn no longer remembers anything about her and their relationship, but she has to figure out what to do about her sisters, the sisterhood, and the prophecy that one of the Cahill sisters is destined to kill another. She knows that Tess is the oracle and is doing what she can to protect her but unfortunately; Maura now knows this too and shares that information with Inez (another betrayal) who uses the information against them.

    As Inez takes over leading the sisterhood, she starts to take them on a path that Cate and a number of the others don’t agree with. Now that the Brotherhood was attacked, they are now just sending any accused of being witches or recaptured, straight to the gallows and the combination of that danger with the decisions that Inez is making only puts the witches in more danger.

    Along with that problem, the fact that the fever is attacking everyone in New London, the witches are in danger. As a healer, Cate can’t really help anyone without giving herself away. She does what she can but it doesn't make enough of a difference…until she finds out that the Brotherhood is hoarding a cure that they are only giving to those of the upper classes.

    There are a number of things going on throughout this story but it is the characters that continue to make me love this story. Cate is still a strong and independent woman. She is loyal and wants to protect her sisters but Maura has made things extremely difficult. I have to admit, I was happy when she finally stood up to Maura and didn't let her get away with everything. It probably isn't right for me to be happy when she injures her but it finally helped me see her as more than just someone who would allow her sister to walk all over her. With all of that, Cate stands up for what she believes in and does whatever she can to help those around her and I truly love that about her.

    Tess is coming to terms with her role as the oracle and she is struggling with it. To her credit, others are manipulating things and impacting her abilities. Had that not happened things would have gone much more smoothly for her but I was saddened a bit when she started to pull away from Cate. As a young girl I understood that she wanted to show everyone that she was strong enough to handle the responsibility but by distancing herself from Cate, she pulls herself away from someone who would have been able to help her through some of the things that were happening.

    Finn is still my favorite. Yes, he is missing a whole bunch of information but he still senses that something is off and is still drawn right back to Cate. As he and Cate begin to build their relationship back to something more than the acquaintances he believes them to be, he begins to see just how much Cate is struggling. When she finally tells him everything, he doesn't bat an eyelash. He only asks her for time to get back to where they used to be….no questions that it will happen, just that he needs some time to get back there. He is also still swoony so at least Maura didn't erase that part of him.

    I liked the secondary characters in this book as well. Rory, Rilla, Mei, and Elena are back. All add something to the story and definitely have a role to play. In addition to these returning characters, we are introduced to some new ones Prue and her brother Alistair Merriweather. I loved the banter between Rilla and Alistair and the addition of Alistair gave the group an opportunity to spread the news of what was really happening.

    I did like seeing the change in the relationship that Cate had with Elena. Based on how the story ends, I know she is going to need her going forward and Elena is also going to need Cate.

    Spotswood does a wonderful job of creating the world these characters live in as well as developing some wonderful (and not so wonderful) characters throughout the entire series. It has some swoony parts, some action, and will keep you engaged right up to the very end so if you like how that sounds definitely check this series out if you haven’t had a chance to yet.

    Dear Jessica Spotswood -


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