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Review: SWEET EVIL by Wendy HIggins

SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins
Paperback, 453 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by HarperTeen
ISBN: 0062085611
Source: Publisher
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Embrace the Forbidden.

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? 

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna. 
Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

My Thoughts:

SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins is the sleeper hit of the year. An amazing read that took me by surprise because of it's exceptional storyline and delivery. I cannot give enough praises for this book and hope that everyone has the chance to read and enjoy this sweet read.

With SWEET EVIL I am instantly intrigued despite my initial perception of it being a typical forbidden teen romance, but that concept is quickly dispelled as the storyline moves from tension filled flirtation to a reality where sin reigns supreme.

This well driven story begins with Anna Whitt being brought into this  world in a most peculiar setting (at this point I am hooked) then flash forward sixteen years and Anna seems to be the most normal of teens, sweet, kind and with the ability to read emotions on others. An unusual ability she can manage until she meets Kaidan Rowe and her world is literally thrown off axis. As much as Anna tries to avoid him, fate ultimately throws them together and they embark on a journey that will forever change her life. Yet, where you think this story would end it is only the beginning as Anna learns of her true nature.

I have to commend Wendy Higgins in creating a world that is so fresh and intoxicating while being equally terrifying,  while hosting great characters that are super entertaining, and a story that unfolds with some surprising twists. The fast pace of this story was complemented by the slow building romance in the first half of this book then by the well visualized society of sin that I found so intriguing. I adore that a book can completely entertain me and I am kicking myself for not having read this book months ago when my dear blogging buddies recommend that I do so. Next time, I will listen sooner.

I highly recommend SWEET EVIL to anyone that wants a bit of adventure mixed in with a dose of forbidden romance and a wicked world of sin.


I am very pleased to be kicking off week one of the SWEET EVIL Read Along hosted by Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads and co-hosted by Jaime of Two Chicks On Books, Tara of Tater’s Tall Tails, Rachel of Fiktshun and me.

Please join me on my SWEET EVIL READ-A-LONG adventure. So, I love to travel, don't you? and road tripping is one of my favorite pastimes, but it requires a lot of prep work. First you gotta pack! Some may argue on what comes first, but I am a clothes horse so my outfits come first. 

Now you must have a kick ass car. My ideal mode of transportation would be the Delorean from Back to the Future. Flux capacitor anyone?

Make sure to bring lots and lots of junk food.

Now you want many awesome tunes to keep you happy and in a good mood so that you may accomplish your mission.

"I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouch, scaramouch will you do the fandango
Thunderbolt and lightning - very very frightening me
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo, Gallileo,
Gallileo Figaro - magnifico"


or "What is love? Baby don't hurt more"

 Yet, despite having the awesome car, loads of yummy treats and rockin' beats what is most important is your driving partner, in this case I have borrowed Kaiden for this road trip. *SIGH* (Must keep lusty thoughts in check)

In order to stay safe you must obey certain rules. Don't pick up hitch hikers even if they are NPH

or scary clowns

Make sure to obey all road rules so you don't get pulled over by the Po-Po

All of these factors are important to follow because you don't want to go all cray-cray on someone for not making your trip the best that it can be. If you keep it simple, have an open mind, a hot guy with lusty (SWEET EVIL) intentions then all will be fine. If not then this may happen. OHH NOES!

Hope you enjoyed my road trip rules. Please don't forget to check out the other road trip stories on the other blogs and join us in the READ-A-LONG for this deliciously hot book.

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I admit to being late to the SWEET EVIL awesomeness party. For months my dear blogging buddies (Tara and Mindy especially) have been on me to read this story. Yet, things kept getting in the way. Then I grabbed my copy and proceeded to get sucked into this story like a vampire at a human buffet free-for-all. I enjoyed this story more than I could possibly believe and I did not want it to end and now am plagued by the legionnaires of impatience.

Sneak A Peek Saturday: JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman

Sneak a Peek Saturday is a feature that I like to indulge in because I cannot wait to read the tasty tid bits that are put out there for us ravenous readers to enjoy.  

This Saturday I am most pleased and excited to present JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Foreman.  I am a long time fan of Gayle and have been eagerly awaiting her newest creation. Now, the cover has been revealed plus a bit of the book on EW's Shelf Life.

Click on the book cover for a sneak peek

“Sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey has always followed the rules. Laid-back 20-year-old Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter has never been given too many rules to follow, so he just makes them up as he goes along. But when the two first meet in England at an underground performance of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, there’s an undeniable spark. As they spend just one day together in Paris, that spark bursts into a flame of love, or so it seems to Allyson, anyhow, until the following morning, when she wakes up to discover that Willem has disappeared without a trace. Over the next year, Allyson is forced to come to terms with the narrow confines of the life that has been built for her, and, haltingly at first, through Shakespeare, through travel, and through looking for Willem, to break free of those confines.”

B.A.B.E. (Bay Area Book Event): YA Author bliss at Bay Books

Come and meet four YA authors!

They will be reading excerpts from their debut novels, signing books and hanging out.
Veronica Rossi- Under the Never Sky
Talia Vance- Silver
Katherine Longshore- Gilt
Corrine Jackson- If I Lie
Saturday, September 29 at 2 pm 
at Bay Books 
2415 San Ramon Valley Blvd
San Ramon, 94583
Phone: 925-855-1524
Fax: 925-855-7341


I'm participating in the Matched and Crossed read-along! The last book in the series, Reached, comes out November 13th, and I want to make sure I'm totally ready for it. Luckily there's a big read-along happening just for that purpose!

This is a great chance to get caught up on the first two books, and win some awesome prizes! You can even enter to win just by signing up! Check out the host blogs (Squeaky Books and The Non Reluctant Reader) to find out more!

Come read with me!

B.A.B.E.(Bay Area Book Event) SARAH J. MAAS at Copperfields

Copperfields Books Petaluma
Street:140 Kentucky St.
Time: 7:00PM
Eat, drink, and be literary with this fabulous YA author! After serving out a year of hard labor in the slat mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

B.A.B.E. (Bay Area Book Event): SARAH J. MAAS for Throne of Glass

Teen Event: Sarah J. Maas
Thursday, September 27, 7:00 p.m.
Throne of Glass  

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Tonight at Keplers SARAH J. MAAS will have a book signing. THRONE of GLASS was one of my favorite reads for this year and I cannot wait to meet her and get all fan girly. If you have read this new book then you should attend and if you have not then come anyway and get to meet one of the new talents this year.

PROMISED Blog Tour and Giveaway

Today I am honored to be part of the PROMISED Blog Tour. Thank you Macmillan Kids and Caragh O’Brien for this opportunity. Please check out the awesome interview that Caragh and I have have had and visit the other blogs below to catch up on all the PROMISED Blog Tour goodness. Then when you are done please enter the giveaway for all three copies of this series; BIRTH MARKED, PRIZED and PROMISED.

Promised Blog Tour Schedule

Monday 9/24                     The Book Muncher
Tuesday 9/25                     Mundie Moms
Wednesday 9/26                 Ravenous Reader
Friday 9/28                      Two Chicks on Books
Saturday 9/29                    The Book Monsters
Monday 10/1                     A Reader’s Adventure
Tuesday 10/2                     Starting the Next Chapter
Wednesday 10/3              Birth of a New Witch
Thursday 10/4                  The Ninja Librarian
Friday 10/5                    IB Book Blogging

Since earning a master’s in writing at Johns Hopkins University, Caragh O’Brien has been a high school teacher, a published author of romance novels, and now a novelist for teens. Her first young adult novel, Birthmarked, was a Junior Library Guild selection and an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, and was nominated for the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list as well as the 2010 Amelia Bloomer list.

1) What motivated you to write stories for young adult readers?
First, Nancy, let me say thanks for inviting me by The Ravenous Reader. It’s nice to be here!
I love writing for young adults, but that isn’t what I started out to do. I was trying to write the best novel I could, and it happened to have a teenage protagonist, so it naturally fell in the YA window. I like writing about teen characters with their guts and humor and integrity.  I like trying to nail the pace of a fast adventure.
2) What can you tell me about your upcoming novel, PROMISED?
Promised is the third novel in the Birthmarked trilogy, which involves a teen midwife in a futuristic, dystopian world.  Gaia Stone has become the leader of an exodus, and when she brings her clans back to the Enclave, needing water and resources, she finds the Enclave has become even more cruel than it was before she left. The Protectorat has begun new experiments with surrogate mothers, and the story works a lot like a train wreck, where you can see a crash coming and can do nothing to avoid it. It was fun to write.
3) Gaia is such a strong, fearless and memorable character. Where did you get inspiration for her personality?
I was definitely inspired by teens I knew when I was teaching, and by my own children. If she captures a fraction of the strength in real teens I know, that would be great. 
4) Who is your favorite character of this series and why?
Gaia’s my favorite character, and she frequently surprised me.  I liked writing her because she was choosing who she could become. She could make courageous choices to save others, but she also had to figure out how to survive and how to stay true to herself.  That’s not always simple, and I liked how she made miserable mistakes along the way.  Leon’s a favorite of mine, too.  He’s very uncooperative and difficult to work with.  Together, their relationship has intrigued me.
5) What books are on your nightstand now?
I have a pile: Children of Men by P.D. James, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, and Don’t Feed the Boy by Irene Latham. I just finished Toni Morrison’s Home and very much liked how it works in layers.
6) How do you feel about your series ending?
I’m pleased about where Promised ends up, so that’s very satisfying, but I’m also a little sorry to see the project end. It has been fascinating to work on Gaia’s story for four years, and I’ve come to care deeply about my characters.  They are still rattling around in my head a bit, wondering why I won’t play, and I don’t have the heart to tell them I’m finding new friends now.
Thanks again for having me by, Nancy, and thanks for the great questions! THANK YOU! for stopping by.


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Waiting on Wednesday: UNDER THE LIGHT by Laura Whitcomb

Jill at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on. I adored A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb and was overjoyed at the idea that she was writing a companion novel to this great novel. I cannot wait to see how this new novel UNDER THE LIGHT will be because I always kept thinking about Jenny and Billy and how they progressed with their unremembered relationship.

Laura Whitcomb 
May 14, 2013

Helen needed a body to be with her beloved and Jenny needed to escape from hers before her spirit was broken. It was wicked, borrowing it, but love drives even the gentlest soul to desperate acts.

When Jenny returns to her body, she finds that someone has been living her life while she was away. She doesn’t remember being Billy’s lover or defying her family. But now she is faced with the consequences. And Helen, who has returned to warn Jenny—to help her—finds herself trapped, haunting the girl she wished to save.

In this captivating companion novel to A Certain Slant of Light, the love story between Jenny and Billy begins out-of-body—where they can fly and move the stars--and continues into the tumultuous realm of the living, where they are torn away from each other even as they slowly remember their spirits falling in love.

Review: ENTICE by Jessica Shirvington

ENTICE by Jessica Shirvington
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published January 1st 2011)
ISBN: 1402268432
Source: Publisher
Rating:  ♥♥♥

Violet Eden is Grigori - part angel, part human. Her destiny is to protect humans from the vengence of exiled angels.
Knowing who to trust is key but, when Grigori reinforcements arrive, it becomes clear everyone is hiding something. Even Lincoln. The only thing Violet does know: Phoenix's hold over her is more dangerous than ever.
The race to find the one thing that could tilt the balance of power brings them all to the sacred mountains of Jordan, where Violet's power will be pushed to the extreme. And the ultimate betrayal exposed. 

My Thoughts:

ENTICE is the second installment in Jessica Shirvington's Angel inpsired series.  Once I finished EMBRACE I was more than eager to continue with this series and was not disappointed. Fast, edgy and mysteries ENTICE is the perfect read if you are seeking something that will keep your interest from beginning to end.

This new novel hit the ground running and I was immediately drawn in as Violet, Lincoln and the gang welcome a group of Grigori brethren from the United States. While everyone gets adjusted to one another,  Violet tries to come to terms with her new status. She finds a friend in one of the newest members whom tends to rush in and think later. He is a welcome change, but her heart is with Lincoln.  Violet and Lincoln talk to another Gregori pair that may have all the answers that they are looking for, too bad a previous entanglement refuses to let her go.

ENTICE is a better read, quicker and grittier than it's predecessor. The world that Jessica has created is better explored and moves at a pace that is easy to follow and worth every moment spent reading it.

Event Recap: RUN (or fly) FOR YOUR LIFE

Last Friday night NYMBC at Books Inc. held a fantastic event filled with great authors, goodies and lovers of YA literature. Gretchen McNeil, Jessica Shirvington and Michelle Gagnon joined us and talked about their novels and answered some questions then signed their books. Did I forget to mention that we had some awesome snacks? Well we did. The pictures provided are from my Instagram account.

 The Stage was set.
 All three authors seated while Jessica Shirvington talked about ENTICE.
Greatchen McNeil talks about TEN
 Jessica Shirvington talks about ENTICE and EMBRACE.
 Michell Gagnon is talking about DON'T TURN AROUND.

Review: EMBRACE by Jessica Shrivington

EMBRACE by Jessica Shrivington
Hardcover, US , 369 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN: 1402268408
Source: Publisher
Rating:  ♥♥♥

On her 17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. She will have to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, EMBRACE is a compelling novel of good and evil, seductive desires and impossible choices. A centuries old war between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity chooses a new fighter. It's a battle Violet doesn't want, but she lives her life by two rules: don't run and don't quit. If angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden.

My thoughts: 

When angel themed novels began to hit the YA genre wave I became obsessed with reading them all, but found that they did not seem to connect with me in some form or another. I could not relate. That is, until I read EMBRACE by Jessica Shirvington.

EMBRACE was an angel inspired read that I enjoyed and could get lost in it's nonstop adventure. The story's main character is Violet Eden, an ordinary teen that discovers that she is destined to enlist in an elite band of brethren that protect humans from fallen angels. Yet, she refutes her proclaimed destiny for it would mean that she could never be with the boy that she loves. Then enters a new boy, someone dark and dangerous that she believes will save her from her future, but she will soon learn that you cannot fight one's destiny.

I enjoyed many aspects of this story. Violet was a character that I could relate to. Honest, headstrong but not impervious to fault. These qualities made her stand out on the page and kept the story going for me. I also found the premise of these type of warriors to be very well executed and wanted to see more of them. The only bit that I could find fault in was a romantic moment that I felt seemed a bit out there, but in the context of the story it fit. 

Jessica Shirvington has penned a series that while dealing with Angles is able to place a spin on her story that makes them unique and lethal. The world that she has created is set at a fast past that keeps the story moving and you will be hard pressed to put it down once you begin reading.



Last Thursday EMBRACE series author, Jessica Shirvington came to Kepler's for an author signing. It was Jessica's first US trip to promote her books and she was very engaging and excited because she just discovered her series was optioned for TV on the CW network. Here is my collection of Instagram pictures and more from that evening.

 The many faces of Jessica
Purple gorgeous bags were available to all of those that purchased EMBRACE or ENTICE
Jessica had a DIVINE reading from ENTICE
 Jessica signs my copy of EMBRACE while attendees pose with their bags

Review: TEN by Gretchen McNeil

TEN by Gretchen McNeil
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: September 18th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 0062118781
Source: Publisher
Rating:  ♥♥♥

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

My Thoughts:

I always enjoy a book that is slightly on edge, dark and mysterious and my wish was granted with TEN by Gretchen McNeil. Once I cracked open the spine I was totally sucked in and would not resurface until I was finished.

TEN is a story that is Reminiscent of Agatha Christie's And Then There Where None.  Showcasing a group of teens that have gone away for a weekend of fun and good times. Everything starts off well enough with everyone getting to know each other and have fun, but once an unmarked video tape is played that heeds an ominous warning. Then everything begins to change and one by one bodies begin to appear, all gruesomely murdered. Yikes!!!

This novel was a quick and fast paced read that despite it's lack of originality created some well placed chills. The cast of characters played out like any teen horror flick with it's myriad of standard characters, none really standing out, but I was still engrossed within it's storyline and eager to witness whom would meet their unfortunate demise next.

TEN by Gretchen McNeil is the perfect read for those seeking a good scare.  A well paced and deftly plotted tale of murder and mayhem that you will want to read with the lights on.

Sneak A Peek Saturday: ETIQUETTE and ESPIONAGE

Sneak a Peek Saturday is a feature that I like to indulge in because I cannot wait to read the tasty tid bits that are put out there for us ravenous readers to enjoy.  

This Saturday I am most excited to have a sneak peek of ETIQUETTE and ESPIONAGE by Gail Carringer. Her current Parasol Protectorate series is very well done and it is going to be amazing to witness this YA creation.

The Finishing School, Book One
by Gail Carriger
ISBN-13: 978-1907411588 
Publisher: Little, Brown BYR
Pages: 320
click on the book cover above for a tasty treat

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and thrown a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls tern to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kind of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.

First in a four book YA series set 25 years before the Parasol Protectorate but in the same universe.


NYMBC (Not Your Mother's Book Club) is hosting a contest of insanely amazing goodness that is just too good to pass up. Do you want to have a tea party with some great authors? Tea? Authors? Hello! sign me up please and you should also. It is like the ultimate WIN-WIN situation. Read the information on the image below and just create your own RATHER BE READING picture and post it on the NYMBC facebook page and you are set. Contest ends October 20, 2012. What are you waiting for?