June 30, 2012

Gush and Gripe #6


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It was an amazing month with our first Blogoversary! June was such a success not only because of the epic giveaways thrown but we've made a lot of viable connection with a lot of people which makes the next couple of months even more exciting for us and for YOU, our followers, as well. We are very happy that all of you responded well to our giveaway and really participated in the blog party we threw for a month.

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June 29, 2012

Review: Phantom of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon w/ Dianna Love

Series: B.A.D. 2
Format: Paperback (borrowed from the Library)
Excerpt here
Release Date: June 10, 2008
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After losing her mother to a vigilante killer, Terri Mitchell has dedicated her life to justice. Working covertly as a new agent for the Bureau of American Defense agency, she's consulting with the New Orleans Police Department to bust an organized crime ring suspected of funding terrorism. But when rumors surface of a phantom ghost terrorizing and killing the very people she's investigating, she's suspicious.

Nathan Drake has spent his life protecting his family, the only thing that matters to him...until the most feared drug lord in the southeast takes everything Nathan holds dear. Now he's a man on a mission with nothing to lose. He figures he only needs to stay alive long enough to protect the innocent lives the killers are out to destroy.

As the two of them seek a similar goal by different means, Terri and Nathan are drawn deep into an evil underbelly that cuts through all levels of society. Now two people who have no reason to trust must trust in each other or die. And if they die, a deadly attack will be unleashed on thousands of innocent people.
PHANTOM OF THE NIGHT is about familial love and sacrifice, cover ups, fraud and revenge. Here Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love weaves a tale about a man who will stop at nothing to uncover who betrayed his brother that cost the latter's life and his freedom.

I miss reading Sherrilyn Kenyon as IMHO, she is one of the best writers of male POV stories. I am a big Dark-Hunter fan and if you haven't had the pleasure of reading any of her books let me tell you that SKenyon has a Bachelor's Degree in Sexy and Engaging Characters and a Master's Degree on Tortured Souls. This girl is relentless when it comes to writing up tragedies and triumph, his men are marshmallows on the inside and hard candy on the outside.
I've been up for close to twenty hours and have a hard time believing those deodorant commercials are true. -Terri 
No, you smell natural and real. You smell the way a woman should. - Nathan
And Nathan Drake is no different, he is all male and brawny, a soldier who is loyal to a fault with incomparable skills both in the field and in the bedroom. But his family's loss made him blind to his anger and his only mission is to live long enough to solve the mystery surrounding his twin brother's death. Terri Mitchell is a wonderful accessory to Nathan Drake, though injured she didn't seem to hamper the viglante's personal investigation. She's smart and a competent consort to Nathan albeit working for the opposite sides of the law but a common goal and fierce attraction brought them together.
And maybe fat fairies ate the rest of your blouse, which explains why so much of it's missing.
But in spite of all these elements that I usually look for in a book, I didn't enjoy PHANTOM OF THE NIGHT as much as SKenyon's other books. I love a good conspiracy story and Nathan Drake's story is oozing with it as PHANTOM OF THE NIGHT is a mystery within a mystery, there is a puzzle uncovered every chapter but I didn't feel the connection between Nathan and Terri. I found the intermediate investigation lengthy, I could certainly do away with some parts, and the secondary characters were a little flat for my taste. Nathan and Terri didn't excite me as a couple and on the first part of the book, Nathan felt stalkerish to me, stealing into Terri's bedroom and house in the middle of the night while the latter entertains/questions him which is contradictory to Terri's character as a law enforcement agent.

So inasmuch as I love SKenyon and her writing, I won't be in a hurry to read the next book in the series.

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June 27, 2012

Angels vs Demons Giveaway (US)

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Angels vs Demons blog hop is hosted by

Some of the most interesting stories are about Angels or Demons and lately Fallen Angels seem to be the hot topic in current UF/PNR books. The tragedy surrounding an Angel's fall puts the hero/heroine in a very vulnerable and defensive position which makes following their stories spellbinding. Plus the FORBIDDEN stamp on these creatures doesn't make them off-limits, if anything it makes possessing them challenging and seductive. 

So to honor this heavenly creatures,
we are giving away a book of your choice from J.R. Ward's Fallen Angels Series 
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Early Review: Goddess in the Middle by Stephanie Julian

Series: Forgotten Goddesses 3
Format: ARC (NetGalley)
Excerpt here
Release Date: July 1, 2012
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Amity, the Goddess of Health, works as a medical aesthetist, using her remaing goddess powers to help people heal their spirits. Her profession soon brings two masculine Etruscan werewolves, Remy and Rom, into her life. The two werewolves have been searching for a woman powerful enough to handle both of them, but they've never met a woman strong enough...until they meet Amity. Toegether they must use the power generated by their love to kill a vicious demon and keep him locked away forever, or risk losing everything.

Due to the strong sexual content of the story, cover art and book synopsis, these books and the corresponding reviews are recommended for readers 18 and up.

Early Review: God Save the Queen by Kate Locke

Series: The Immortal Empire 1
Format: ARC (NetGalley)
Excerpt here
Release Date: July 3, 2012
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The undead matriarch of a Britain where the Aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. A world where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy. And a world where technology lives side by side with magic. The year is 2012 and Pax Britannia still reigns.

Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But when her sister goes missing, Xandra will set out on a path that undermines everything she believed in and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire. And she is the key-the prize in a very dangerous struggle
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN is an arresting first book to Kate Locke's incredible and unconventional new Steampunk series. From the world building to the Gothic-chic fashion down to the mysteries unlocked, KLocke is relentless and aims to keep you in your seat until you're done with the story. Here she's created a world where vampires and werewolves are the heads of state, Queen Victoria herself is on the 175th year of her reign, but far from sterile these immortal aristocrats have taken procreation down to a science. Goblins too join in the mix, living side by side their plagued relatives, they are the abominable result of mutation carrying both vampire and werewolf genes. These Goblins are predators, feral and terrifying to behold and feared by everyone. They are society's outcasts but though outranked and outclassed, they have a Royal Prince to rule over them and keep them in check. The humans are both prey and protected but powerless over their supernatural counterparts.
Goblins looked a lot like werewolves, only shorter and smaller - wiry. Their faces were a disconcerting mix of canine and humanoid - exactly what you might expect from a walking nightmare [digested].
Alexandra "Xandra" Vardan is a very engrossing heroine, she's loyal to her family, has excellent fashion sense, competent in handling munition and possess keen senses that not even wearing pointy-toed, hourglass-heeled boots can hamper her arse kicking fighting skills. She reveres her father to a fault, seeking his empathy and approval and though she is a middle child, her stubbornness and determination eclipse that of her older brother, Val, earning her the respect of her siblings, Dede and Avery. She IS the mystery of the story, I won't divulge more to avoid spoilers but GOD SAVE THE QUEEN is a pivoting moment for Xandra; betrayed by a man she trusts, beliefs capsized and basically going through major purging. The coming books hold a promise of many more obstacles to come, passionate lovemaking and tearful heartbreaks. 
I'd always been a sucker for a boy with fur. And the MacLaughlin, as he was known, was no boy. 
Vex MacLaughlin, the Scottish Alpha who exudes male and sex and everything you imagine a Scottish werewolf to be, is Xandra's boyfriend. I feel KLocke too was at a lost for words in describing how impressive this man is because she sure did disappointingly skimped on some important details that would've fired up my imagination! In any case, KLocke made it very hard not to love this guy, he's protective of Xandra but he lets her be herself, it's hard NOT to want to be around this guy. Just imagining him talking with an accent, with those crispy consonants and his hard male body is enough to make me swoon! I can almost smell him and in my head he smells like  the forest, musky with a hint of sandalwood and pine. But aside from the ample background given, there's a lot to be discovered about Vex, he is a quiet force that's waiting to be unleashed and my gut is telling me that he will be doing his own brand of mayhem further on in the story.
Can I take you home? Vex to Xandra
Only if you come inside,
Make no mistake, I plan to come inside.
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN by Kate Locke (aka Kathryn Smith, Kady Cross, Kate Cross) hit the spot in the right places as far as I'm concerned. The conspiracies KLocke wove into the story were gripping and the way it unfolded left my mouth hanging open in some parts. Xandra's modern family, with siblings shooting from different branches, is interesting and a little challenging to keep up with, The Duke of Vardan and the rest of the ton sure took procreation to heart. However due to the shocking turn of events I feel Xandra's hero worship over her father is coming to a close and her close relationship with her siblings will be put to the test which I'm sure will be dealt with in book two, The Queen is Dead.

As for the conflict-resolution, GOD SAVE THE (Ice)QUEEN's was just but cold. It was a little expected but what I didn't predict was HOW justice will be doled out to the villain. Still, it was a fitting end to a treacherous villain but the events that led to it were heartbreaking and will make even a strong girl like Xandra unravel a little bit.

So if you're into Steampunk, better add this to your library, you won't be disappointed.

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June 26, 2012

Review: City of Ghosts by Stacia Kane

Series: Downside Ghosts 3
Format: Digital (purchased)
Excerpt here
Release Date: July 27, 2012
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Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess’s bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.

Chess is under a binding spell that threatens death if she talks about the investigation, but the city’s most notorious crime boss—and Chess’s drug dealer—gets wind of her new assignment and insists on being kept informed. If that isn’t bad enough, a sinister street vendor appears to have information Chess needs. Only he’s not telling what he knows, or what it all has to do with the vast underground City of Eternity.

Now Chess will have to navigate killer wraiths, First Elders, and a lot of seriously nasty magic—all while coping with some not-so-small issues of her own. And the only man Chess can trust to help her through it all has every reason to want her dead.

After reading, Finding Magic, Unholy Ghosts and Unholy Magic, I still wasn't crazy in love with the series like some of you. Don't get me wrong, the alternate world Stacia Kane created is both wonderful and foreboding; ghost haunting left and right, witches running around under the edict of The Church, it's Salem's nightmare come to life. Downside Ghosts is a modern ghost story with very addicting characters with layers of drama and the supernatural so interspersed one can't help but get invested in it. But it wasn't until CITY OF GHOSTS that I finally understood the WHY's (it's so addicting) and WHAT's (the worship about) of the series. The words were leaping off the pages for me and the visuals that SKane kept on throwing are so vivid, I was having a kick ass Halloween party in my head the entire time!

After reading CITY OF GHOSTS I decided that being a Debunker isn't as exciting as I made it up to be, these creatures that Chess and The Church deals with are like famished Dementors, these ghosts are too adamant for a proton pack to expel not to mention necromancers and black magic joining the mix, no wonder Chess is a junkie. If I were in her shoes, I don't think Bump or The Asians can medicate me enough to function let alone be a mediocre Debunker in the face of adversity. And it's not just enemy that creeps me out, even The First Elders of The Church are scary in their own right, they're like Nazguls with their imposing powers and appearances.
Ain't talking this shit with you, dig? Why the fuck you keep askin?
Because I want to help you. If ---
Don't need your fucking help.
Chess and Terrible: These two are angsty and passionate for each other in equal parts whether it's in a fight, in lust or in love. The love-hate, push-pull that I've witnessed the past two books is starting to make me antsy because it reached a pinnacle and it either goes down or explode like fireworks. CITY OF GHOSTS is where this aspect of the story finally had its crescendo, a bump in the tunnels and sealed in a dirty bar bathroom. Not exactly romantic but the emotions and events leading to that made it so in my book. Although I feel afraid for Chess, Terrible really said a lot of nasty things to her not only meant to hurt her feelings but burn a hole in her heart. I have a feeling Chess' heartached of Terrible and his mutton chops is far from over. His name isn't Terrible for nothing right? But in any case, I'll take it where I can so like Chess, I'm basking in Terrible's love for Chess right now.
Talk? Why? Got more lies to give me?... making me sick bein in the same room as you. Dig?
Cesaria Putnam: I really don't know how you stay lucid when you pop those pills like Tic-Tacs. The Binding Ceremony was both beautiful and painful and I don't know how Chess survived the whole thing much less stay coherent. But CITY OF GHOSTS story is my favorite amongst Chess' adventures so far, she was such a badass in this one especially the magic she pulled in the end! It was so breathtaking and I felt the rush of emotions SKane was projecting: fear, relief, courage, worry and power. For that much magic coming out of Chess' skinny frame was EPIC to witness! 

So CITY OF GHOST was/is legendary! I still have a novella and two more books to go but reading the reviews it looks like SKane won't be giving me a break, I believe she plans to take me to further heights with Sacrificial Magic and Chasing Magic, the latter being released today. 

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June 25, 2012

Review: My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody

Format: Hardback
Excerpt here
Release Date: June 7, 2011
My Copy: Won from Diana
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Okay, maybe that was a bit melodramatic, but I’m sorry, I’m feeling a bit melodramatic at the moment.

Here’s the deal. My name is Brooklyn Pierce, I’m fifteen years old, and I am decisionally challenged. Seriously, I can’t remember the last good decision I made. I can remember plenty of crappy ones though. Including that party I threw when my parents were out of town that accidentally burned down a model home. Yeah, not my finest moment, for sure.

But see, that’s why I started a blog. To enlist readers to make my decisions for me. That’s right. I gave up. Threw in the towel. I let someone else be the one to decide which book I read for English. Or whether or not I accepted an invitation to join the debate team from that cute-in-a-dorky-sort-of-way guy who gave me the Heimlich Maneuver in the cafeteria. (Note to self: Chew the melon before swallowing it.) I even let them decide who I dated!

Well, it turns out there are some things in life you simply can’t choose or have chosen for you—like who you fall in love with. And now everything’s more screwed up than ever.

But don’t take my word for it, read the book and decide for yourself. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream in frustration. Or maybe that’s just me. After all, it’s my life.
I've had this book for over a year now and it's just recently that I finally dusted it off and cracked the book open. I should have read this a long time ago! The blurb sounds too juvenile for a 30-something reader like me but I swear JBrody kept me laughing throughout the book. I even think she officially made me like YA again after my self imposed ban. 

Brooklyn's life was ordinary, she doesn't have super powers, she's struggling cliques and the High School status quo; she has a near-perfect sister and parents who belong in the opposite spectrum. She's like a walking Murphy's Law with her string of misbehavior due to being decisionally challenged. I mean how can you not slow down or look away from a 50 car pile up? But what made her extraordinary was how she dealt with it and her fortitude on making things right. Brooklyn is very beguiling and her dry sense of humor got me hook line and sinker. 
Excuse me for not fainting from the surprise. I was, however, surprised to see that a whole seventeen people thought it was a bad idea. Maybe my readership is finally branching out.
Brooklyn is a marvelous heroine and I truly fell in love with this girl! It didn't matter that she's in high school, her voice was compelling and I really felt the myriad of emotions she was having ranging from fear, desperation, confusion, happiness to pure selfishness. Her Oh, Shit! moments are an even mix idiocy and daring which adds to her appeal. The part that really got me glued was her blog, I mean at one point I even developed blogger envy for Life Undecided. People got so invested in her life that she had hundreds of thousands of hits in mere seconds, her polls escalated to serious voting so much so that even Harvard students were making bets as to who or what she'll pick in the end. 
I never liked you very much when you were perfect. You're much cooler now that you're human.
The secondary characters were enjoyable too, they were stereotypes but they were well-written with tons of humor. Obviously there is a love triangle but it wasn't sappy nor was it annoying, was normal and she doesn't sound like a femme fatale like most YA heroines. Brooklyn is simply a flirt, caught between someone who is safe versus someone popular.

I can't rave enough about this, if you love YA then this is a MUST read. If you're still undecided, watch the trailer.

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Girl Crush Mondays: Cobie Smulders

Cobie Smulders
Jacoba Francisca Maria Smulders
born in Vancouver, British Columbia
30 yo

How can you not fall in love with
Robin Scherbatsky or her alter ego Robin Sparkles?

This tongue-in-cheek character has made some of us laugh on more than one occasion
and I'm sure some of you have sang along with
Let's Go To The Mall or the Beaver Song!

But whatever role Cobie plays whether it's a lesbian artist, a mall rat pop star, a news anchor or even Agent Maria Hill in the recent Summer hit, The Avengers,
we're pretty sure that she'll light up the screen with her pretty face and charisma.

June 24, 2012

Bought, Borrowed and Bagged #8

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and any news we want to share with our followers.

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June 23, 2012

Review: Bound Temptations by Shiloh Walker

Format: ARC (NetGalley)
Excerpt here
Release Date: May 1, 2012
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Print edition of two previously released ebooks, TEMPT ME and BEG ME 

These two stories basically tells a tale about two widows who survived abuse and their road to healing and love.

Warning: This book involves light bondage play, rape fantasy & role-playing. The acts between the hero & heroine are consensual, but they may not be ideal for all readers

June 21, 2012

Early Review: Tarnished by Karina Cooper

Series: St. Croix Chronicles 1
Format: ARC (Edelweiss)
Excerpt here
Release Date: June 26, 2012
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My name is Cherry St. Croix. Society would claim that I am a well-heeled miss with an unfortunate familial reputation. They've no idea of the truth of it. In my secret world, I hunt down vagrants, thieves... and now, a murderer. For a monster stalks London's streets, leaving a trail of mystery and murder below the fog.

Eager for coin to fuel my infatuations, I must decide where my attentions will turn: to my daylight world, where my scientific mind sets me apart from respectable Society, or to the compelling domain of London below. Each has a man who has claimed my time as his--for good or for ill. Though as the corpses pile, and the treacherous waters of Society gossip churn, I am learning that each also has its dangers. One choice will see me cast from polite company... the other might just see me dead.
TARNISHED is the first book of Karina Cooper's new series and it's far from a slow start. Unlike first books in new series that gets caught up in character introductions and world building, TARNISHED was succinct and KCooper will keep you in excited anticipation for the next one.
One of the unfortunate circumstances of my existence is that although I am considred a wealthy heiress, I am wholly dependent upon a stipend allotted by my guardian every month. Unfortunately, I am a creature of expensive habits and necessity.
If you are into flawed heroines then I guarantee you'll fall in love with Cherry St. Croix, she's a thief, dependent on opium to keep nightmares at bay and though she's an heiress this doesn't immune her from being shunned by her peers due to her parentage. At night she plays Collector or a Bounty Hunter for the Karakash Veil, a Chinese crime syndicate who is the most powerful group in the London underbelly. This is to supplement her expensive taste in gadgets in between her monthly stipend. Personally I think Cherry does it for the fun of it!

There isn't much of a romance development on this but KCooper is hinting of future complications in the succeeding books. There's Teddy, her bestfriend and a viscount's son; Earl Cornelius Kerrigan Compton, a handsome bloke who is the son of Cherry's greatest tormentor; and my favorite Micajah "Cage" Hawke, tall, dark, handsome and dangerous who is the ringmaster of Midnight Menagerie Circus and also one of the Veil's trusted servant. Cage is your raw, brute but very handsome bad boy and I'm sure he'll charm his way to your heart by story's end. That part with Cherry in his quarters... let's just say he'll keep you both sated and craving for more.

The murder mystery will keep you guessing and the big reveal will blow you away, if your heart doesn't go out to Cherry then you, my friend, are made of stone. The world building is amazing as well, London is a dump ridden with thieves and criminals with people wearing goggles similar to gas masks to protect them from the noxious fumes. I personally would like to visit Midnight Menagerie not only to see their exotic program but to catch a glimpse of their other services. Also a quick glance at Cage wouldn't hurt either.

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REVIEW: Undead and Unstable by MaryJanice Davidson

Series: Undead 11
Format: Hardback
Release Date: June 5, 2012
My Copy: Borrowed from the Library
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Betsy Taylor is determined to change the future for herself and her loved ones, but her actions could have life-shattering repercussions. That’s to be expected when a friend returns from the dead, when your dear sister just happens to be the Antichrist, and when your mother is the devil.

June 20, 2012

REVIEW: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Series: Mortal Instruments #5
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: May 28, 2012
My Copy: Borrowed from Library
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The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.
No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?
Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.
And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?
Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

I won't delve too much on the story's summary because the synopsis pretty much says it all. So I'll talk about Clary a little bit *puts Kevlar vest on*.

I'm not a big fan of Clary from the start for several reasons and I will no longer enumerate why. In CITY OF LOST SOULS she truly annoyed me with her reckless and blind love for Jace without any regard for her friends and family. Of course her "self sacrifice" did everyone good in the end but I still am not a fan of her selfish acts. In her mind she's doing something noble to save the man she loves but looking at the big picture she added her name to the list of people the rest of the group is worrying about not to mention coming up with a plan to rescue Jace and putting an end to Sebastian/Jonathan's evil plots.
Jace is in love with the idea of dying.
As for Jace, he took the backseat but we still got a glimpse of his acerbic sense of humor and heard pronouncement of his undying love for Clary. I'm just glad that the events and the secondary characters provided enough juice and distraction that I simply ended  up tolerating the emo fest.

Now what truly delighted me was Simon, Magnus and Isabelle. I find Isabelle's infatuation with Simon really cute, it's like watching an episode of Beauty and the Geek! I wish that Simon won't be as dense in the next book and Isabelle even more daring to draw Simon out, these two need to BE in a relationship ASAP. I'm eager to find how Simon's story is going to be moving forward, he's been one of my fave characters in the series since day 1.
Your Jonathan was dead, and perhaps death longs for him still, and he for it.
Now for darling Magnus, I love his character and I'm happy that though he's running with teenagers he manages to stay above the drama and remains the voice of reason. I don't know what'll happen between him and Alec in the future but I like how he didn't let his love for the boy muddle his decision.

The ending blew me away and I am loving how the story is moving forward. I was apprehensive about CClare continuing the series after CITY OF GLASS because in my mind, how can you top that epic arc of the story?! I guess and I'm also glad that the fount isn't dry yet and it looks like the third book can be topped after all.

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Hot Summer Nights Erotica Bloghop (INT)

Welcome to the Hot Summer Nights Bloghop!
Hosted by Skye Warren

Summer is here! That means lots of time spending it outside, sunbathing, swimming, and playing on the beach. But the sizzling activities doesn't have to stop once the sun goes down. There are lots of romance reads out there to warm up your summer nights. 

One author we love and know will help keep the sizzle going at night is Callie Croix. Croix has a talent of writing dominant Alpha-male leads who take control in the boudoir but shows companion and tenderness towards their lovers. And while the sex scenes in her books are scorching hot she also has a brilliant way of keeping the story emotional and lets her readers connect with the characters. If you're into men with a  military background then you're in luck because Croix has some hot military guys that will keep you warm at night. 

For our giveaway ONE lucky winner will receive the following Callie Croix erotic novellas (digital format)
(Click on titles for more info)

Giveaway is Open Internationally!
Must be 18 to enter!
There are over 100 erotica authors and kinky bloggers in this bloghop, chatting about sexy summer nights and giving away hundreds of dollars of prizes. This hop is specifically for naughty books, so if you like a little steam in your fiction, this is the place for you! Click READ MORE to view the list of all the authors/blogs participating in this event.