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Dear readers,

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Did you drop by to request a review or tour stop? I am currently CLOSED for review requests for ALL review requests due to time contraints. I have promotional openings for February through July open though so please reach out. Just please drop me an email with a polite request and if I'm interested I will reply.

♥ -- Rhi


8.31.2010

Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer


Nightshade (Nightshade #1) by Andrea Cremer (Release Date: October 19, 2010)
Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Hardcover (PHILOMEL, 528 pages, $17.99)
ISBN# 039925482X
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything--including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?
Author Site: andreacremer.com


www.nightshadebook.com


Phenomenal YA Urban Fantasy; Passionate, Thought-provoking, Impossible to Put Down (5 stars)

Amidst the steady flux of young adult fiction centered around werewolf and vampire mythologies it can be difficult to seperate the wheat from the chaff, as the expression goes. This is in no way aided by the very talented art departments who serve up beautiful cover art months in advance to titillate would-be readers into purchasing a book they only know has a pretty wrapper and falls in a genre they like. But sometimes you get lucky and even though your gut reminds you not to judge a book by its cover you break down and buy it anyway only to find it really is a gem worth raving about. For me, Nightshade is exactly that kind of book.

Calla has known since she was a child that she is promised to Renier. At Samhain, when the two celebrate their coming of age they will be mated as the alpha male and female of a new wolf pack. As Guardians in service of the Keepers their pack will protect a sacred site from the Searchers. She knows exactly who she is and what her life will be. There is no reason to question the master of her fate.

But when Calla rescues Shay Doran, a human boy she is intrinsicly drawn to from the start, the course of her destiny takes a sharp turn. The world she has never questioned, the destiny she has never wavered from fulfilling becomes less and less clear. Soon she will be forced to choose between living in the comfort of an intricately crafted deception and a very uncertain truth.

I don't wish to give anything away in my review if I can help it so please bear with me when I say that I feel the book's blurb doesn't really do the story justice. There is certainly a love triangle element here but I found it to be important without being the core of the story. Calla can't help but be torn between Ren and Shay, they represent very different needs she has. There is intense lust and passion throughout the unraveling of Calla's (for lack of a better term) "love life" that kept me biting my lip in anticipation. If you love a good like triangle you will love this book. Yet, even as she spends much of her time fretting over her impending nuptials and her attraction to Shay at its heart I think this is a story about a young woman choosing between what is expected of her and what she wants. As Nightshade unfolds there are many layers to the story. On the surface this is very enjoyable and entertaining romantic urban fantasy. Looking at it on a deeper level I, as an adult reader, found the morality issues very compelling. Calla is expected to blindly follow and obey. While Ren is by no means a bad match she doesn't have a choice in whom she mates with. Carefully sprinkled throughout the book you will find other small details that, if you're anything like me, will make you root for her rebellion.

While the plot and characters are really great they wouldn't stand up well if Cremer wasn't a talented writer. I found her ability to convey a tone and set a mood with how she described a character's body language to be especially note worthy. Because this is a story about wolf shapeshifters I found this in particular connected me to the characters and brought me into their world more than endless detailed diatribes focused on fashion and appearance could. Instead of telling us how a character sounded she showed us! I loved that. Another gift I think she has is her ability to give you one seemingly purposeless detail on the fly that will come back and be very important later. By the time the story reached it's cliff-hangery ending I was so emotionally invested in the outcome I practically stamped my feet in indignation that I now have to wait until next year for more!

Months ago when I first laid eyes on the cover for Nightshade I knew as long as the premise interested me even a little I would pick it up. To my delight it was filled with shapeshifters, magic and romance and to my surprise it now holds the place of second favorite book I have read all year. This is a masterfully crafted book that I feel compelled to beg readers not to pass up. If you enjoy romance, shapeshifters, urban fantasy or paranormal romance, a dash of teen angst and rebellion, or any of the above please dear reader do not miss this one! I'm sighing in frustration knowing that, Wolfsbane, the second Nightshade book, will not be out until Summer 2011.

Other Reviews:

Windowpane Memoirs
Jami of YA Addict
Killin' Time Reading
Elle of Ellz Reads



Notes: I received this ARC via Amazon's Vine Program.

8.27.2010

Review: Freya's Gift by Corrina Lawson


Freya's Gift by Corrina Lawson
Alternate History, Historical Romance, Erotica
e-book (SAMHAIN PUBLISHING, Novella Length, $3.50)
ISBN# 9781605049519
Saving her people could mean losing her man.
In the months since an unexplained sickness wiped out most of their women, Sif and Ragnor have managed to hold their people together. Yet nothing can overcome the tribe’s overwhelming grief, and their future as leaders—and as a couple—is at a dangerous crossroads.
A series of sensual omens convinces Sif that a fertility ritual to honor the goddess, Freya, is the only path to healing, but it requires a sacrifice. One Sif is more than willing to make—but puts Ragnor’s heart in the middle of an emotional tug of war. He would give his life for his people, but share Sif’s body with his greatest rival? The goddess asks too much.
Refuse, and Ragnor will fail his duty and doom the tribe to violent destruction from within. Accept, and their trust could be rewarded with renewal for their people and themselves. Or shatter a love already stretched to the breaking point.

Author Site: corrinalawson.wordpress.com

Vikings, Pagan Rituals & Lots of Sex (4 stars)

Usually I like to write my own summary of a story but this is a novella length ebook and heavy on the erotic content so there isn't much more to say than what the blurb has to share. So let me just dive right into it...

I heard about Corrina Lawson's book Dinah of Seneca through one of the writers at Deadline Dames, unfortunately I can't remember which one. But when I read that Lawson had created a sort of alternate history where the Vikings and Native Americans were blending cultures and that the Romans had driven the Vikings out of their homeland I was very intrigued. Since Freya's Gift is intended to be a prequel (or so I was told) I figured it was the best place to start.

I must say that I loved the world Lawson has built. I like erotica as much as the next romance reader but I almost wished there was less of that and more information about how the Vikings came to be where they were. That said this book was a tantalizing read for those who love threesomes and brawny alpha males. Now that I have this read I can't wait to pick up Dinah of Seneca! Enjoy!



Notes: I purchased this ebook as a [Kindle Edition] and read it using Kindle for PC.

RhiReading Feature: Weekend Reading [08/27-08/29]


The weekend is here again my friends! Yay!

I almost didn't get this post up today. But I am really trying to be more consistent. I was reading something yesterday that made me think about blogging as a book reviewer and how consistently sharing content makes you look more professional. Since that's what I have always tried to do I hope at the very least I come across as reputable. lol

How about some reading talk eh? So this week I received my ARC of Nightshade. I think I've mentioned how much I wanted this book enough times to annoy you. I can't lie and say that desire wasn't 80% fueled by a really gorgeous cover. I mean seriously! Have you really looked at it? It's definitely going to be one of my favorites of all time. It's so boldly colored and mesmerizing. Fortunately I can say that I've managed to read 1/4 of the book in a day and hated putting it down to be domestic (dinner, baby to bed, etc.) because it is THAT damned good. I'm hoping I can get it finished by the end of the month and maybe the author would be cool enough to grant me a little interview. Anything you readers interested in this one might like me to ask about?

I have a frustratingly errand packed weekend planned and darnit all but I have got to catch up on True Blood this Sunday. Anyone see Alcide on the cover of this week's entertainment weekly? Meow. Funny story... I was commenting to my husband something along the lines of "That is a whole lotta man-titty..." and the baby (who's only words so far are dada and yeah) loudly goes "YEEEEAH!". Geeeez. Even my 10-month-old can appreciate a hunky werewolf. Gotta love it. Have a fantastic weekend and let me know what you're reading! -- Rhi

8.26.2010

Thinking about kisses... and what to read in the coming months.


Is there anything more divine than a kiss?

There are so many kinds of kisses.

First kisses. Good-bye kisses. Passionate kisses. Chaste kisses. Doggie kisses. Betrayal kisses.

I love that kisses come in so many varieties and forms. That they can be both a greeting and an expression of deepest desire. The warm peck I put my baby to bed at night with and the soft brush of my husband's lips on my neck on a still-in-bed-at-noon Saturday. Yep, kisses are quite possibly my favorite form of expression.

They're also something I crave in my fiction. A great kiss gets me far more into a scene than any description of actual sex can ever do. Why? I think it is because there's an intimacy to a kiss that no mere joining of naughty bits can quite reach. There's a power in a kiss I think one of my favorite movie lines really shows: "She almost yanks my head clean off, shoving my mouth into hers so hard it hurts. An explosion that blasts away the dull, gray years between the now and that one fiery night when she was mine." Pain. Pleasure. And the power to make time melt away. Now that, my friends, is a K-I-S-S.

A kiss also has the power to destroy. Who doesn't remember the Judas Kiss?

Recently a friend of mine confided in me that she kissed a man. A man who is not her husband. She trusts me and I don't feel it's my place to blow the lid off her secret but I am bothered. This secret kiss has been entrusted to me to hide and I don't like it. My friend has to figure her own issues out and I hope she will do so soon, but until then I am troubled by my feelings of betrayal on behalf of her spouse. Surely if she found out my husband had kissed another woman she would be angry on mine? I would hope so.

At the moment I really do wish that life could take a cue from romance novels and I would know a "happily-ever-after" was in the cards. But truthfully I'd like to kick my friend in the head right now!

But enough about kisses and their good and evil ways...

With September right around the corner I am going to grab this stack of anthologies that has been eyeballing me for months. Most of them are romantic in nature so I look forward to lots and lots of kisses! Most people hate them and I don't love them yet I manage to usually get enough of a taste of an author to decide if I want to read their other work. Drop me a comment and tell me if you love or hate them. I am most curious to know. :)

Then I am hoping to begin a new theme project for RhiReading's third year. I have so many authors that I have not read yet that I have decided it might be nice to pick one each month and devote that month primarily to working on their books. What this will mean I can't say for sure.

For October I've chosen Meljean Brook. Her Iron Seas series starts that month with The Iron Duke. I've got the first few of her Guardians series sitting here already and I'm hoping to get my hands on The Iron Duke as an ARC (but doubting that muchly!).

I have a few other authors in mind for later months but was hoping to plan months around them having new books out so that maybe I can help promote whatever their newest release is. We shall see. In the meantime I am off to do some reading. ;) Toodles! - Rhi

8.20.2010

RhiReading Feature: Weekend Reading [08/20-08/22]


Ahhhhh, the weekend is here! Don't know about you dear readers but I am pleasantly surprised to see sun and high temps for this weekend. Time for my last pedicure of the flipflop season. School 'round these parts starts up next week and I am both bummed and excited. Bummed because the days of juggling homework, early mornings of searching for socks, keys, backpacks and the like, and PTA functions are back. Excited because my first born is going to be a little less in my hair again, which could mean more reading time. ;)

Lately I've been thinking a lot about the relationships between siblings. Maybe part of that has to do with finally getting through Lover Avenged. I loved both Bella and Rehv from the start. Like Rehv I was always the protective older sibling even when I was doing dumb stuff I wouldn't want my brother (that's us in the photo above) to do. When my parents tossed my little bro out when he was barely 17 I took him in until our real dad could arrange for him to come live with him. I beat up bullies in elementary school. And woe be to his fiance if she ever treats him wrong. Yep, I definitely can relate to a lot of my favorite heros and heroines who play older sibling roles.

Sibs like wise, protective Niko from Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros series or Eugenie trying to sort things out with Jasmine in the Dark Swan series. While I enjoy non-sibling stuff too I find these ones tend to resonate with me a lot more, finding their way to my keeper shelf. What about you guys? Any favorite sibling duos or families on your keeper shelves?

This weekend I'm working on Elphame's Choice by P.C. Cast—which continues that sibling thing quite nicely—and Touch of Seduction by Rhyannon Byrd. Both Amazon Vine books I've wanted to get finished for a while but find myself not getting very into. :( But that's okay, it happens sometimes. I don't think either isn't a good read, I'm just not all that into them right now. I did, however, score a copy of Nightshade by Andrea Cremer in this month's newsletter (along with Julie Kagawa's The Iron Daughter *squee*) so I am super-stoked to get that read.

Anywho... may you all have a fantabulous weekend filled with juicy good books and other destressing activities!
-- Rhi

8.15.2010

Review: Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Raised by Wolves (Series #) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
Hardcover (EGMONTUSA, 432 pages, $17.99)
ISBN# 1606840592
Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it. That doesn't mean that she's averse to breaking a rule or two.
But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian's basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents' murders return. Bryn becomes obsessed with getting her questions answered, and Chase is the only one who can provide the information she needs.
But in her drive to find the truth, will Bryn push too far beyond the constraints of the pack, forcing her to leave behind her friends, her family, and the identity that she's shaped?

Author Site: jenniferlynnbarnes.com

Fresh YA Werewolf Fiction Minus the Romantic Wangst (4 stars)

Being raised as a human among werewolves hasn't been easy for Bryn. It's hard work keeping up with your peers when you're too fragile in comparison. Having the pack Alpha as your father figure doesn't make it any easier. But Callum saved her all those years ago, making the "big bad wolf" go away even if he was too late to save her parents. Bryn tries very hard to follow the rules of the pack even though there's no wolf crawling under her skin but it's hard to submit when there's obviously a big, fat secret being kept from her.

Breaking the rules proves to be both her damnation and her salvation when she discovers Chase, a newly turned werewolf she's intensely drawn to. Chase survived an attack just as she did and if she can just talk to him again she might find the answers to her own past. Any loyalties she had to her pack protectors mean nothing now that she has Chase. As secrets are unraveled and past meets present Bryn will find herself tested and challenged in a world where being human is her greatest weakness.

I could almost say I loved Raised by Wolves. Almost. Being the token human is nothing new in this kind of young adult fiction so any new twist on the concept can be really refreshing. I don't want to spoil anything but I feel safe in saying that by the end of the book I was really pleased with Bryn's story arc as a whole. As a character she grated my nerves more than I usually can tolerate but she is supported by an enjoyable cast of companions that help break up the bratty factor. And that is what bugged me most about Bryn. I found her a little bit bratty and being an adult reader I tend to like teen characters that don't make me start thinking of how I would punish them if I was their parent (hehe!). That said I do think younger readers may find that side of her to be relatable which is a good thing.

What I think makes this book stand out among a lot of other urban fantasy for teens right now is the minimal wangsting. Okay, maybe that's not a real word but I think most readers can get what I'm trying to say... there's more of a suck-it-up-and-deal attitude to these teen characters and I LOVED that. There's not really much of a romantic element to this either. I expected there to be a big thing between Chase and Bryn but their connection is a lot more complex and made a weird sense to me by the end. I actually liked it a lot more than I would have if they spent the entire book longing for one another and having love conflicts. So if you're one who is looking for a romance factor there really isn't one to be had.

I'm not quite certain who to suggest this book to. Definitely for werewolf fiction fans looking for something a little fresh. If you like a strong heroine who is human in a world of non-humans you'll probably like this too. Sick of whining Romeo and Juliet reincarnations? Check out Raised by Wolves if you dig urban fantasy.

Other Reviews:

Katie of Sophistikatied Reviews
Adele @ Persnickety Snark
Brooke Reviews



Notes: I received this ARC via Amazon's Vine Program.

8.10.2010

RhiReading Feature: Shopping w/RhiReading

I'm always on the look out for nifty stuff with vampires, zombies, werewolves, and such. I love finding something really great that makes an entertaining conversation peice. Last year I was strolling through the Spencer Gifts store in my local mall and found a Vampire Slayers Kit for sale. I think I paid about $25 for it. Cool eh? I'm not the kind of gal to save it for Halloween so I fully intended to put it out in my home but still haven't unpacked it since we moved into our house. Eventually I will find the perfect place (most likely once the baby is out of toddler mode) and get that out where visitors can question my sanity. ;)

This past weekend as we were trolling the aisles at Barnes & Noble in search of a birthday gift for my father-in-law I happened upon something that made me *squee* and rather loudly whisper "honey look!". It and a few other recent findings that I did not buy have prompted me to share links to where you too can find awesome urban fantasy friendly things to decorate your home and annoy your housemates/friends/parents with. Enjoy!

This is what started it all. As you followers of mine know... I love crafts related to books and urban fantasy. So when I saw this zombie cross-stitching kit I had to have it! In fact, I immediately (after my husband said "that's cool buy it") thought of author Stacey Jay... maybe because I was working on her 2nd Megan Berry book... but mostly because she likes cool zombie loot as much as my hubby and I do. :D I haven't opened it yet to get started because I'm in the middle of embroidering a baby bib but I might have to do this next. I shall share the results when the time comes.

Lately I have been obsessing over decorating my kids' rooms. They neeeeed furniture and I have a very limited budget but don't want to buy crappy stuff they will destroy before they move out. So instead of actually looking for that I find myself getting more interested in things like lamps and wall decor. As I was snooping through the pages over at Pottery Barn's PBTeen site I happened to find the cutest werewolf costume bits! And you can't find a better werewolf costume for only $39. Any girl or guy who loves werewolf fic (and all you Twilight 'sessed peeps could pair this with your Team Jacob shirts) could easily pull this one off. I wasn't gonna dress up this year but I admit this one seriously tempted me!

I recently discovered the awesomeness that is fredflare. Seriously people, if you visit ONE of the sites I share in this blogness you can't go wrong with this one. I'm always seeing it listed under cute and cool things in magazines. Finally I went and checked it out. I will be doing a lot of Christmas shopping there. The clothes aren't really my thing but they have a great section of home stuff from retro headphones and bacon flavored dental floss to russian doll measuring cups and wasabi lipbalm. There's a bit of a retro and kitschy eccentricity to the offerings and the prices aren't too bad. One item I really loved is their cold blooded ice cube tray. I've already got ice cube trays that do hearts, stars, skulls and aliens. Now I could have vampire fangs in my cranberry juice? I am sooo there. A terrific stocking stuffer for a True Blood fan. Or melt some old red and white crayons and make some fangtastic crayons for your kids' halloween bash at school. Ahhh, I forsee myself having to have three of these molds.

I'm a bit of a mail junkie. I hate getting bills and true junk as much as anyone but I enjoy catalogs and magazines. I happened to get a copy of one of Victorian Trading Co.'s catalogs filled with splediferous new stuff for autumn. I'm not as much of a Victoriana fan as my mother but I've always enjoyed certain aspects of it. Needless to say the era has some very worthy items for reproduction which I think contributes to my growing taste for Steampunky elements. What I fell in love with (aside from a gorgeous and pricey gothic bedframe) was this charming Ravishing Raven Witch Hat. Ravens and crows have always held a very special place in my heart and while I wouldn't wear this even for a costume party I think it'd be really pretty on a hat stand atop my vintage vanity table.

And the last item I shall share is something a little less out-there, less... dramatic. You don't see weathervanes much around these parts because the wind mostly blows down on us from the north. Even still, there is something classic and iconic about them. If I had to get one I think I've become very partial to the Cresent Moon Vampire Bats one you can get from Design Toscano. You can even buy it as a yard stake... imagine how wicked that'd be in your garden along with a scarecrow and ghoulish gourds at Halloween? Oooh now I want October to get here. Must be patient and resist these delightful products lest my budget for books be blown!

Well, that about does it for this edition of Shopping w/RhiReading. I hope you'll enjoy and feel free to pop by and comment with links to cool stuff you've found that urban fantasy fans might love!
-- Rhi

8.06.2010

RhiReading Feature: Weekend Reading [08/06-08/08]


Ahhh... the lazy days of summer. When I was a kid I didn't like August. There aren't any special holidays in August. It threw my whole orderly nature for a loop. Who me? Orderly? Yes, actually. I am the queen of organized chaos. ;) As an adult I find August to be a little awesome and a little bit freaking dreadful. Our weather usually hits that really nasty hot streak before the nights drop back into the forties. Stores are filled with new notebooks and I salivate for the reappearance of cardigans, dark rinse jeans and Chuck Taylors in a rainbow of colors.

Maybe that is some of the appeal I find for Young Adult fiction. I prefer not to get too personal with my life here on the blog—'cause you're here to talk about books anyway right?—but school was a bit of a refuge for me as a kid. My study hall periods were spent writing really awful stories that reflected whatever my interests were at the time. Freshman year it was a Civil War romantic adventure and I am certain the heroine was highly inaccurate for the times. Sophomore year it was a never ending pretty plotless story about an art school student working as a barista in Seattle. I'm sure I wrote other things too but those are the two that stick out in my head the most. I ceremoniously threw them out the summer before I turned eighteen. I remember staring down into my grandmother's green trashcan and being torn as to whether I was going to regret it later. While I am glad those are long gone and I find that the girl who threw those away is still inside me. When I read a great story with teen characters such as Almost to Die For or My Soul to Take that part of myself misses the days when life was as simple as wishing your crush would notice you and that you'd be in more than one yearbook photo.

But enough silly ramblings about YA fic. This weekend I must devote my time to grocery shopping! It is scary how many different types of condiments I have in my refridgerator with nothing to go with them. But should I find some time for reading between baby chasing, puppy wrangling (oh yes, we got a puppy!) and coupon clipping I want to get Undead Much? finished. Why? Because Stacey Jay is quite possibly one of the coolest authors I've had the delight of commenting to on her blog. I find her life very relatable and her writing is very entertaining. I feel uber badly I haven't finished this damned book yet. :(

I'll also be chomping the bit for the movie I just saw a trailer for earlier this week: Sucker Punch. I feel like sharing so go and watch it already!
-- Rhi

8.03.2010

Review: Almost to Die For by Tate Hallaway


Almost to Die For: A Vampire Princess Novel (Vampire Princess of St. Paul #1) by Tate Hallaway
Young Adult, Vampires, Witches
Trade (NAL TRADE, 241 pages, $9.99)
ISBN# 0451230574
On her sixteenth birthday, Anastasija Parker learns that her so-called deadbeat dad is actually a vampire king. And he wants Ana to assume her rightful position at his side, in spite of the fact that she has witch's blood running through her veins-from her mother's side.
Too bad witches and vampires are mortal enemies. And now Ana's parents are at each other's throats over her future. It's up to Ana to make a choice, but deciding your eternal destiny is a pretty big deal for a girl who just wants to get through high school.

Author Site: www.tatehallaway.com

Everything I love in YA fiction! (5 stars)

Anastasija Parker wants what any normal teenaged witch does. To celebrate 'sweet sixteen' by passing her Initiation. Which might not be such a problem but for the fact she has no magic. Then there's the little matter of her father, a man she's never met. A man who happens to be vampire royalty, who wants Ana to join her vampire kin as their princess.

While her mom and dad fight for her love and loyalty, two very attractive options pop up on her romantic radar. Nikolai is a lead-singer and witch, while Elias is her sultry vampire guardian and neither will back down from protecting Ana.

As she learns more about the other side of her heritage and some dark secrets about the one she was raised with Ana will have to decide where her loyalties lie. It's a clashing of blood and magic in St. Paul and only Ana can appease the masses so she can get back to drama class.

I loved this book. Loved, loved, loved it! It isn't every day that I pick up a bit of young adult urban fantasy and just fall in love with it. Maybe not every reader out there will feel the same but let me tell you what made it work so well for me.

Ana is the first character I've read that made me go "OMG it's a 16-year-old me!" minus the paranormal elements. She's less than cool but not completely friendless. She doesn't make up for it like other heroines in this genre by being all aloof and not caring. Ana wants to be liked without being needy and whiny but she also doesn't bend over and let everyone treat her badly. When she's being harrassed by a classmate she doesn't drop witty one liners but she still comments back. While she obviously isn't completely comfortable with the changes going on in her life she wants to give her vampire dad a chance to explain things. Wanting to know more about who she is and not just taking her mother's word for it. There's a rebeliousness in that I really found relatable.

I also loved that instead of being set in one of the many popular locales popping up in urban fantasy these days this book is set in Minnesota. I enjoy a fresh and less glamorous (or cliched) setting once in a while and Hallaway clearly knows it well enough to make it interesting.

More than all of that though the actual magic in this series starter is excellent. I kept thinking how I wished I had thought of the concept. The originality and the symbiosis (if you want to call it that) between the witches and vampires is well thought and leaves lots of room for meatier plots in sequels. If you love witch fiction I highly recommend you pick this one up.

Overall I think this is a terrific start to a new series I will definitely be continuing to follow. Young adult readers who enjoy love triangles, vampires, witches and quirky characters will probably find this a very satisfying read.

Other Reviews:

Katie's Book Blog
Roundtable Reviews For Kids



Notes: As per my request I received an ARC from the author.

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