Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Review of 13th Cycle

The 13th Cycle
By Sabrina Ricci


Amara Randall is a college student with a passion for exposing the truth. When she sees the havoc the Maya calendar predictions wreak, she decides to debunk the myths and try to restore the peace.

Mahaway is a charismatic young scribe in ancient Maya. But her world is torn apart when a greedy new king declares war on her city.

Now at the end of 2012, Amara’s obsession leads her to uncovering a deadly conspiracy, one with roots dating back more than a thousand years. Using clues Mahaway has left behind as a guide, Amara must stop the conspirators’ terrifying plan before December 21. If she doesn’t, the world really will end.

Source: Goodreads

My rating: 4/5

My thoughts

Ever since the hype around the world ending on December 21st I have been curious about the Mayans. I knew there had to be some background story behind the predictions but I never found the time to research into it. One day I won an ebook copy of The 13th Cycle by Sabrina Ricci and I was most pleased to find that this featured exactly what I had been lookign for and this weekend I have finally read it

A short, yet most interesting read. I enjoy reading short stories because there tends to be a lot going on throughout the book, so I am less likely to become bored/distracted and abandon the book. However, short stories often run the risk of overwhelming the reader with too much information and a confusing plot to follow.

The 13th Cycle fell in the former category and had a fast paced, yet easy to follow story. I found out much about mayan myths than I thought there was to know. I liked the switch between the original mayans' story and the present day journalists' adventure every other chapter. An engaging book, and one I am glad to have read!

Zed (:

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Tasting Never

Tasting Never
by C.M. Stunich
Source: Goodreads
Tasting Never, a New Adult Novel Recommended for Ages 18 and Up

"Never Ross wants to be loved.
It's that simple, but it's not that easy."

Never is a girl with a broken soul who doesn't date nice guys and can't seem to go to bed at night without crying herself to sleep. She doesn't need any complications in her life, especially not when they're attached to a man that could be her emotional twin.

Ty McCabe can't stand Never the first time he meets her. He's aware that the feeling's mutual and the two don't think they'll ever see each other again, but when fate takes a hand and puts them both in the wrong place at the wrong time, Ty and Never form a tentative friendship that opens the door on their dark sides and shows them what it's like to live in the light.

"Sometimes, the only way to go forward, is to take a few, careful steps back."


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Saturday, 19 January 2013

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Friday, 18 January 2013

Liebster award?

2013 Liebster Award!! 

Bless Shelves of Books Blog for nominating me for an award, that's really sweet of them considering I have only started blogging for about 2 months :S

As you have probably guessed I love to read and particularly like to promote new authors with their releases. 
The Rules of the Liebster Award are as follows:
1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you;
2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees;
3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen. (No tag backs)
4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.

Questions From Shelves of Books Blog:

1). What was your favourite book of 2012?

Angelfall by Susan Ee

2). What book(s) are you most looking forward to in 2013?

Although the paperback version of Splintered has technically been released, I am really looking forward to the release of the Kindle version. I loved Alice in Wonderland and I have heard so much about this book I really cannot wait to read it.

Aside from that, I am awaiting the sequel to Angelfall and the next release for Patrick Rothfuss' Kingfisher Chronicles, although I don't know if that will be released this year :S
3). Who would be your ultimate book boyfriend?

Damon Salvatore from Vampire Diaries!

4). What made you want to start a blog?

I realised that writing reviews of books I had read really helped an author and it just escalated from there! I also joined an amazing group on facebook that promotes indie authors, and since then the blogs posts have continued.

5). What types of books do you love to read?

Paranormal fiction, a leeetle bit of paranormal romance, YA fiction and fantasy.

6). Cats or dogs?


7). What is your favourite TV series?


8). If you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you have
and why?

My kindle as it has all my books on it. Although eventually I guess I would need some form of electricity to charge it up. When are they inventing solar charging kindles?!!
Chocolate because I need some sort of sustenance right?
A blanket because I get cold too quickly.

9). If you could meet any author who would it be and why?

Ideally it would have been Roald Dahl because he is such a different character, and sounds so interesting. Plus, he has written some of the most awesome books ever.
Unfortunately, that is not an option until there hereafter perhaps, so I would like to meet JK Rowling. I would like to persuade her to write a spin off on the HP series :P

10). What book do you think has the best book cover ever?

Ooh...I don't know, sorry I'll have to pass on that one :S
11). where is your favourite place to read?

Anywhere warm and cozy with a mug of hot chocolate will do! 

11 Random Facts About Me:

1) I used to play the violin when I was younger;

2) My favouritest person in the world and my bestest friend is my elder brother;

3) I love sheesha;

4) For breakfast I like to mix my cereals and am very particular about the spoon I use;

5) I have strange dreams;

6) Love love love chocolate;

7) For my 18th birthday my lovely brother took me to Disneyland Paris because I am a child at heart;

8) When I was younger I wanted to be an astronaught;

9) I used to be scared of watching scooby doo but I've watched the Exorcist;

10) My starsign is Cancerian; and

11) My birthday falls on 4th July;

11 Blogs that I wish to nominate:

1. A Bookish Way of Life
2. Arianne Cruz
3. The Writing World
4. Lost In Books
5. Gemini Rising
6. Henry Circle: Writer's Loop
7. T.R.Graves, author
8. Bookshelf
9. Talullah Rose
10. Ravenz Reviews
11. Beckstar Reviews

My 11 Questions to my Nominated Bloggers:

1. Are you a writer or a reader, or both?

2. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

3. Favourite colour?

4. Something you have always wanted to do but haven't had a chance yet?

5. Sweet or savoury?

6. What is your favourite book?

7. If you could have any superpower what would it be?

8. Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter?

9. Do you believe in the supernatural?

10. Favourite cartoon character?

11. State the first quote that comes to your mind?

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Review of Just Evil

Just Evil
by Vickie McKeehan

Title: Just Evil (Book #1 of the Evil Trilogy)
Published: 3 December 2011
No. of pages: 357


The Evil Trilogy
Despite growing up together in their trendy Beverly Hills neighborhood, three best friends hide dark childhoods. The lives of Kit, Baylee and Quinn have been anything but perfect. Little do they know a stranger is about to unravel long, buried secrets, bringing the past back to life with a vengeance.

Just Evil
Kit Griffin has finally overcome a painful childhood at the hands of her mother, former actress Alana Stevens. No longer living in the grasp of the cold, tyrannical woman, Kit's life is finally on track. That is, until Alana is found brutally murdered on Mother's Day, pulling Kit back to the dark horrors of her past. To make matters worse, the police consider Kit the prime suspect.

Jake Boston is an old family friend and the man Kit has loved since she was a teen. He's fighting his own demons as a suspect in his wife's murder two years earlier. Despite his past, he's determined to win Kit over once and for all. But before that can happen they need to convince the police there's a killer working his way down a list with cold-hearted vengeance in mind.

Forced to delve into Alana's dark past, Jake and Kit uncover a forty-year-old double murder leading them straight to the door of a legal dynasty. Soon they find out just how far the heirs will go to keep the past buried.
Source Amazon

My Rating: 4.75/5 stars!

My Thoughts:

*I was given an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Wow. I'm not much of a mystery/thriller reader but this was one exception I am glad I stumbled across. There was so much going on in this story, taking me from surprise again and again and again. I can't reveal too much except that I am so glad this is a series because I cannot wait to read the next story.

Each time I heard what Alana did to her daughter Kit, I felt a pang of sadness, anger and fear because Vickie got this right, Alana was pure evil. It was heart-wrenching how it was possible for someone to be that cruel to their child. It scares me to think that there might actually be parents out there like that. I can understand the concept of abusive parents to some extent but some of the things Alana did were really, I don't know of a better word, spiteful. It's like she was taking her anger out on the child and I still cannot understand her motive or reasoning.

Kit's and Jake's friends were brilliant. I liked each one of them and found all of their loyalties, and sudden defensiveness on behalf of their friends entertaining. Especially how everytime someone upset Kit, Baylee and Quinn would immediately attack!

Although I have read some great reads in the past few months, Just Evil will be one of my favourites from 2013.

Zed (:

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Excerpt from Broken Past

Broken Pasts
By C.M. Stunich

Hello dears,

As you may know I am part of the amazing author C.M. Stunich's Empyreal Street Team and I have some awesome news and an excerpt for you!

"Broken Pasts will be released on Amazon this Wednesday, the 16th of January! For the first twenty-four hours of its release, C.M. Stunich will be donating all royalty proceedings from this book and all others (including Tasting Never) to a wonderful cause. Please read about Jemma and her struggles here. You can even make a donation yourself and be entered to win some FANTABULOUS prizes! ("


“It's a pleasure to meet you,” he said and I wasn't sure if I were hallucinating or not, but I'm almost certain he emphasized the word. Pleasure. “My name is Nathaniel Sutherland and I'm from Personal Private Security Detail.” Here he paused and removed his glasses. He didn't tear them off his face and shake his head of deliciously soft, dark hair like they do in the movies. He just removed them gently, folded the arms up and stuck them in the front pocket of his suit. His eyes made my breath catch in my throat and sent my body temperature skyrocketing. They were dark green, smooth and polished like emeralds, deep, thoughtful. Sexy. “Is that Emily on the phone?”
“Uh.” I was at a loss for words. Without another word, he reached out, plucked the phone from my fingers and put it to his ear.
“Everything is fine here, Emily,” he said with the most wicked smile I had ever seen on a man. “I'll call you later and update you with Ms. McMaster's new phone number.” He ended the call and passed the phone back to me. “May I come in?” I stepped aside without a word and he came inside, eyes scanning the room like a predator searching for prey. His muscles were tensed and even with the clean, sharp lines of his suit covering him, I could see that he was ready for action. I closed the door behind him and locked it. He glanced over one of his broad shoulders and flashed me an admirable smile. “Good,” he said as he turned his attention back to my house. “We don't have to start at ground zero with you. That's excellent.”
“Huh?” That's all I could think to say. Jamie had said the men she'd hired were tight. But … wow. Nathaniel wasn't just tight; he was deadly. He was clean shaven with pale, not pasty, just pale, skin and full lips. His dark hair was just this side of brown, toeing that line between black and chocolate. Nothing about his appearance was out of the ordinary per se, but all together, the perfection that was Nathaniel Sutherland was hard to ignore. It was the little details that made this man: the well pressed suit, perfectly tailored to his body, the crispness of the shirt beneath, the way his hair fell just slightly onto his brow, like it had been sculpted there. He was so well put together that had he had the face of a Neanderthal, he would've looked good. And that's not to say he did. Nathaniel Sutherland had a strong face, but it was in no way reminiscent of a caveman. He straddled that metrosexual line, but in a good way. He was clean, he smelt good, and he was probably gay. Had to be. Had had had to. Or else he was married. Or both.

I hope you enjoyed that and look forward to reading all your reviews after you've purchased Broken Pasts ;)

Available now!
Broken Pasts on Amazon


Saturday, 12 January 2013

Vampire Diaries season 4....recap...

Snippet from previous Vampire Diaries episode...

I love this scene from the vampire diaries season 4. Quick update before the scene so it will help you remember what is happening at this point:

  • Elena has been turned into a vampire;
  • Stefan is looking for the cure to make Elena human again
  • Elena's emotions are heightened and she cannot drink blood from animals or from blood bags, only from the vein;
  • It is the day of April's father's funeral and everyone is grieving over their losses;
  • Stefan holds a group gathering for everyone to light a lantern in remembrance of the people they have lost, Damon declines;
  • Whilst everyone lights lanterns, Damon drunkenly goes to Alaric's (best friend's) grave to talk to him....

Damon: 'They're floating lanterns in the sky, can you believe that? Japanese lanterns is a symbol of letting go of the past. Well, here's a newsflash; we're not Japanese!’ Damon takes a gulp of his alcohol.

‘I know what they are, children. Like lighting a candle will make everything ok, or even saying a prayer, or pretending Elena is not going to end up just like the rest of us murderous vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating, little children.

I know what you're going to say, 'it makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make, because in the end when you lose somebody every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing that you have... left... is a whole in your life where that somebody used to be.

And a rock, with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong'

Friday, 11 January 2013

Review of Entangled

Entangled (Spellbound #1)
By Nicki Jefford

Ecopy obtained from: NetGalley
Number of pages: 303

About the book:

Two months after dying, seventeen-year-old witch Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body.

Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every twenty-hour hours. Her sister has left precise instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a prep isn’t half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend.

The “normals” of McKinley High might be quick to write her behavior off as post-traumatic stress, but warlock Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead.

Now Gray has to solve the mystery of her death and resurrection and disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good.

***Entangled is a young adult paranormal fantasy romance suitable for ages 15 and up.***

Source: Goodreads

My rating: 4/5

My thoughts:

* I received a free ecopy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review *

I fell foul of the golden rule all readers are expected to obey, 'never judge a book by it's cover' with Entangled. Come on, have a look at it, do you really blame me?

I liked how the book didn't automatically drop into the death scene, it allowed the reader to get to learn a little about the twin sisters, their personalities, their friends, school and so on. I remember reading the summary a while back but by the time I started the book I had completely forgotten. So when Gray wakes up in her twin sister's body I was taken aback.

Although they are identical twin sister, they couldn't be more different. My favourite characters would have to be their mother, and the mysterious Raj. I felt their mother's pain when she stopped using magic after her daughter's almost-death. And, Raj was just Raj.

How Charlene could be so evil and heartless was beyond me, the more I learnt about her the more I realised she truly was the ultimate villain.

Loved the ending! Surprising, but enjoyable. Thanks Nikki!

Zed (:

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Audible review- The Alchemyst

The Alchemyst
By Michael Scott

Title: The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1)

Read by: Dennis O'Hare

Published: 22 May 2007

No. of pages: 375

Listening length: 10 hours and 5 mins

He holds the secret that can end the world.

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life.

The records show that he died in 1418.

But his tomb is empty.

The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.

Sometimes legends are true.

And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

Goodreads and Amazon

My rating: 4.25/5

My Thoughts

It took numerous journeys to and from work before I had finished listening to the Alchemyst, however I found it riveting to listen to. Although there were many myths and legends involved, and much description, it helped me to imagine the story out more. One thing I noticed when listening to this was that Michael Scott used all senses to describe things, not just sight, which is what most people rely on. I liked the idea that everyone is associated with different smells, Josh-oranges, Sophie-vanilla icecream and Dr. Dee-rotten eggs!

I have no idea how Denis O'Hare could alter his voice to suit so many different characters but it was very impressive. I honestly thought there was more than one narrator.

I listened to the audio version through my online library but for some ridiculous reason they do not have book 2 in the series? Where is the logic in that, I ask?

Fear not because once I have caught up with my reading reviews, I will purchase book 2 to find out what happens next in the story. I really want to know if Josh turns out to be the destructive twin or not, since the ending did imply that he was beginning to sway towards Dr. Dee. I really hope he doesn't because it's very sweet how protective he is of his twin sister, I would hate to see that relationship ruined because of jealousy.

Meanwhile, I will re-listen to the Harry Potter series :P

Zed (:

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Waiting on weds #2

Waiting on Wednesday #2 
Hello everyone! Today I will be posting my second waiting on wednesday, although technically this should have been the first on. I believe that 'waiting on weds' is intended for books that are going to be released in the near future, however I am cheating just a leeeetle bit.
The book I have selected has been released this January yet I still have not purchased it *bows head in shame*. I am trying to catch up with all of the reviews I have promised that I have not allowed myself to purchase it yet, until I am on track.

I have heard oh so much about this book, read amazing reviews, and am following the lovely author on twitter too!
So, this week's Spotlight is on...
Title: Splintered
Author: A.G. Howard
Publication date: 1 Jan 2013
Publisher: Amulet Books
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. 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.

Praise for Splintered:
"Attention to costume and setting render this a visually rich read..."
Kirkus Reviews

"It’s a deft, complex metamorphosis of this children’s fantasy made more enticing by competing romantic interests, a psychedelic setting, and more mad violence than its original."

Source: Goodreads

After, reading the above how can I not want to read this. I love Alice in Wonderland the book and movies (especially Johny Depp in the Tim Burton movie) and so when I heard about this book in 2012 I was very excited.

Let us hope I can quickly get on track with my current reviews so I can begin Splintered ASAP!

Happy Wednesday!
Zed (:

You can purchase Splintered from Amazon via these links:
Amazon - Hardcover

Amazon - audible edition
Follow A.G. Howard on twitter: @aghowardwrites

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Review of the Awakening

The Awakening
By Angella Graff

Title: The Awakening (Book #1 Judas Curse)

Author: Angella Graff

Publication Date: 12 December 2012


The Awakening is a tale of immortals, ancient gods, and a Detective who doesn’t believe in any of it. Detective Ben Stanford is forced to come face to face with theology, mythos and everything he refused to believe in as his world is turned upside down by Mark, the immortal Gospel writer, who requests the detective’s help in finding his missing companion, Judas Iscariot.

As Ben dives deeper into the world of broken Theology, ancient religions and terrifying Greek gods, he’s forced to come to terms with the world where vast forces struggle in their endless game of power. He must make his way, with the help of companions he doesn’t believe in or trust, to try and stop a potential global disaster.

Source: Goodreads

My rating: 4-4.5/5

My thoughts:
*I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Slightly longer than the books I have been reading over the last few months, however not so long that I got bored. The further I got into the story, the more complex and interesting it got.

A light read is good when you are in the mood but the best books are the challenging ones, the ones that make your brain tick. The Awakening definitely falls into the latter. The book incorporates a mix of Christianity, Greek Gods, the idea of hosts and vessels and much ,much more.

I don’t want to say too much about the book but I enjoyed the mystery that surrounded it. There were a lot of characters to learn about and at times it could become confusing but each character’s personality was described in detail, so I felt I could differentiate their individual traits more easily.

My favourite characters were Ben and Mark. Ben was a sceptic and I liked that about him. Even when the proof was infront of him confirming that he had been healed of his brain tumour by Judas’ touch, he sought a rational scientific explanation. The Greek side of Greg made me laugh, he was so carefree and unlike the human doctor!

Mark on the other hand was a surprise, especially the whole blind act. I felt incredibly sad for him because his mysterious curse was always holding him back and because of his immortality he was all alone, aside from his missing companion.

There was a cliffhanger ending and it was beautifully written! Such an unexpected twist that I never could have imagined.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone in need of a different type of paranormal type mystery.
Thank you Angella, and I look forward to the next read!

Zed (:

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Review of Open House

Open House by Krystal Shannan

Title: Open House: Pool of Souls Book 1 (Paranormal Romance)

Author: Krystal Shannan

Publication date: October 5 2012

Number of pages: 60 (novella)


Intrinsically woven into the fabric of human existence, Aphrodite, Titan Goddess of Love and Passion, dedicates herself to matching soul mates.

Rebecca Carol and Robert Corvin missed their original chance to bond when Ares, God of War, took control of Robert's career ten years ago. Their souls have naturally pulled them back together for a second chance at love, but...How far will the gods go to get their own way?

Will divine influence create another perfect match or will it tear them apart forever?

Source: Amazon

My Thoughts

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

At only 60 pages, Open House was a very quick read. In fact, I managed to read 25% whilst having my breakfast and because I arrived to work 45 minutes early (why is there always congestion on my way home but not on my way to work?!) I completed the remaining three quarters.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the beginning; how Rebecca and Robert knew each other beforehand at school because so many books I read are about love at first sight, which quite frankly is beyond my comprehension.

However, their ‘love’ moved a little too quickly for my liking. I understand the whole first romance thing, and how Rebecca would like to please Rob, but having a guy that controlling, who even orders your dinner for you is not what I find attractive. I found him a leeetle bit arrogant.

I could not relate to the characters particularly or the storyline because a billionaire arriving unexpectedly, buying a mansion to move in with a girl he once tutored but was not romantically involved with is something I could not get my head around. Then just over a week later the guy proposes to her, seriously? In an ideal world it would be incredibly sweet but unfortunately it was beyond the realms of my reality but perhaps I am just too cynical.

I guess in a short story there can’t be much time spent over the wooing and whatnot but I would have liked to see a bit more of that, or maybe just an argument between the two would have been refreshing. Although to be fair, the stalker concept was a good addition, and it added a tense moment in there. 

On the other hand, I loved the inclusion of Greek Mythology in Open House. I have always wanted to learn more about the Greek Gods and Goddesses and was happily surprised to see them in this read. I especially found the banter between Ares and Aphrodite amusing, and how they were constantly trying to interfere with the outcome of RR’s relationship.

Ironically, the fact that Greek Mythology was involved in this, especially the Goddess of Love herself, helped me to believe the story and their love. This also pushed my rating of Open House from a 3.5 to a 4!
Thanks Krystal
Zed (:

Note: this book is not suitable for children as it contains explicit scenes and some strong language.


Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Waiting on Weds...

Waiting on Wednesday

Happy New Year everyone!
I thought that as it is a new year I should spice up my newly started blog with memes.

I have had a look at other blogs and rather than bombard you with posts I will take this 'meme' thing one at a time. So this week I have decided to have a Waiting on Wednesday post, which will highlight an upcoming release that I am looking forward to.
The Spotlight is on...
Title: The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publication date: 12 Feb 2013 (UK)
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.
(Source: Goodreads)
I devoured The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) and I cannot wait to get more of Adrian and Sydney's tale, as well as learning more about the alchemists and whether Sydney's beliefs will be shaken further!
What are you looking forward to?
Zed (: