Friday, March 30, 2012

The Invitation - A Darkness Rising Short story

'The Invitation' is a scene in 'The Gathering' from Rafe's point of view.
The Invitation
“Are you coming to the party tomorrow?”
Rafe had replayed Maya’s words a dozen times since she’d said them, assessing and reassessing her tone. Did she really want him at her sixteenth birthday party? Was she just being nice? Or worse, was she being nice because she’d met Annie and felt sorry for him?
It shouldn’t matter. The party was his opportunity to finally be accepted by the other kids in Salmon Creek, which would make it much easier to find the girl with the paw-print birthmark.
But it did matter because it was Maya.
Maya Delaney.
When he’d met her in the principal’s office, his first day at school, he’d thought, She’s the one. He was looking for a skin-walker. That meant a girl with Navajo or Hopi blood, and Maya was obviously Native, the only person he’d seen in this tiny town who was.
His second thought had been, Damn, this is going to be easy. Not that Maya herself looked easy to charm. The proud tilt to her chin and the challenging glint in her eyes said that she wasn’t going to fall for him quickly, but he didn’t care. Trying to convince her to go out with him wouldn’t be a chore at all. He’d have wanted to try even if she wasn’t the one.
Once she’d left—after totally blowing him off—he’d realized she probably wasn’t the one. Yes, the dormant skin-walker genes ran in Hopi and Navajo families, but everything his mother had said about “the girl” suggested she wouldn’t look Native.
One way their families had hid to avoid extinction was intermarriage. Rafe’s father—whom he’d never met—was mostly Hispanic. Before his mom died, she’d told him about “the girl,” and said her mother didn’t look as if she had a drop of Native blood—light-haired, fair-skinned, and blue-eyed. She also seemed to recall that her father had looked Caucasian as well. Maya considered herself full-blood Native, and she looked it.
Still, he’d taken a couple of runs at her, only to be completely stonewalled. His ego had tried to insist she was just playing hard to get. He knew how to get a girl’s attention. Knew just the right grin to give her, just the right look to make her think he was interested. When he gave Maya that look and grin, she stared at him like he’d just crawled out of a swamp. Eventually he couldn’t deny that her blaring “not interested” signal was genuine. So, with regret, he focused his attention elsewhere.
Until now. Because in the last couple of days, he’d had reason to think Maya might still be “the girl.” A month ago, he’d have been thrilled. Now?
He shook his head and checked the cheap alarm clock resting on a stack of crates—makeshift storage for the cabin. If he was going, he’d better get ready. The party had already started.
Was he going? Yes. There’d never been any question, really. He just wished he felt more confident that the invitation had been genuine.
He looked over his meager wardrobe. What would Maya like? Dumb question. If he knew that, he’d be wearing it every day.
He glanced at Annie. She was sitting cross-legged on her bed, watching him. When he looked over, her face lit up with a smile, basking in the attention like a puppy. He growled under his breath and looked away.
Stop thinking about her like that. She’s not an animal. She’s your sister.
“What’s wrong, Rafael?” she asked, dragging his name out in an affectionate singsong.
“Nothing.” I want to ask you what I should wear to impress Maya. I want my big sister back, the one I could talk to about this, the one who could help me. “Nothing’s wrong.”
“Are you going to Maya’s party?”
He nodded.
“Good.” She uncrossed her legs and crossed them the other way. “She’s pretty, and she’s nice. I hope she’s the one.”
I’m not sure I do.
Annie giggled. “I think you like her.”
“Maybe.” He glanced over. “What should I wear?”
She looked up and he held his breath, waiting. But her brow furrowed and she looked confused for a moment, before laughing.
“Clothing,” she said. “I think you should wear clothing.”
“Yeah, probably a good call.” He walked over and gave her a quick hug, hoping she couldn’t see his expression, and if she could, that she didn’t understand it.

Rafe tramped through the forest. Maya had written Daniel’s address down for him, but he really didn’t need it. Salmon Creek was what his mother would have called a flyspeck town. Fewer than two hundred people. He knew where Daniel lived, even though he’d never been there.
He shouldn’t have told Annie that Maya might be the one. It only got her hopes up. Not that she really understood why they were looking for “the girl.” He’d told her why. Because he hoped this girl could lead them to the scientists who’d reactivated their dormant skin-walker genes. Because those scientists might be able to fix Annie. She’d gone along with that, but he knew she didn’t understand. Didn’t know why she needed to be fixed. That was, he supposed, the one blessing to having Annie deteriorate intellectually instead of physically—as long as her basic needs were met, she was happy. If Rafe wanted to find this girl and that would make him happy, then she was quite content to go along with it.
He left the woods once he reached town. He’d have been more comfortable staying in them and circling around to Daniel’s house. Living in the woods for the last few months had jump-started his own latent skin-walker instincts. But he should go through town whenever possible, let the locals see him, get accustomed to having him there. He’d lived in small towns before, but never one as tiny and tight-knit as Salmon Creek.
When he arrived at Daniel’s house, he rang the bell. No one answered. He rang again and double-checked the address. Had Maya sent him to the wrong place? No, that wasn’t her style. Besides, he could smell Daniel here.
He went around to the back porch. It was definitely Daniel’s place—there was a boxing ring set up in the yard.
Rafe peered through the patio doors. There were gifts on the table and what looked like . . . a papaya? The door was cracked open, so he slid through, calling “Anyone here?” Last thing he needed was to have Daniel thinking he’d broken into his place.
He walked around the gift pile. Shit, he should have brought a gift. What the hell had he been thinking? It was a birthday party. Maybe he should leave now, before—
No, Maya wouldn’t expect a gift. Again, she wasn’t the type.
When he got to the other side of the pile, he saw an arrow carved in the fruit. Okay . . . strange local customs. He followed the arrow to the patio doors. When he stepped out again, he saw another one, pointing into the forest.
Papayas. Why . . . ?
Because it rhymed with Maya. Maya Papaya. Probably a nickname from when they were little.
As Rafe walked to the next fruit, he felt a pang of envy. He wondered what it was like to have old in-jokes like that with your friends, ones that went back to childhood, ones that everyone knew. They probably rolled their eyes. Not that old joke again. But for a kid who’d never stayed long enough in one place to earn a nickname, much less to have in-jokes, it didn’t seem like such a bad thing. Comfortable. Secure. Two feelings Rafe hadn’t experienced since his mother died.
As soon as Rafe stepped into the forest, he heard voices. Being a skin-walker meant he had first-rate hearing. Not that you needed it to hear Corey, whose voice boomed through the late-evening forest. Loud, boisterous, in-your-face, Corey always made his presence known.
Rafe had figured Corey would be there. He’d also expected to hear the next voice that cut through the still night, but it still made him cringe. Hayley had asked the other day if Rafe was going to the party. He’d said he wasn’t, so he’d hoped she wouldn’t bother coming.
He shouldn’t think that way. Hayley seemed nice enough. Just not his type. And she tried too hard—too quick to laugh at his lame jokes, too quick to get all fluttery when he turned on the charm. She didn’t deserve the way he was leading her on, blowing hot and cold. But he knew that was the way to make her fall for him; and with her at his feet, every girl in Salmon Creek was making his job here much easier by following her lead. Every girl except Maya.
He followed the voices until he could see Corey and some of the others standing at the foot of a cliff. Being part cat meant Rafe had amazing night vision, too, so he stayed there, getting a feel for the situation. And looking for Maya.
He didn’t see her there. She must be. It was her—
A laugh. Daniel’s laugh. He recognized that, too, and when he heard it, he knew where he’d find Maya. Just find Daniel. He followed the laugh—up—and saw them clutching the side of the cliff.
Maya leaned over to say something to Daniel. She was grinning, her eyes glittering, all her attention focused on Daniel, and Rafe felt . . .
Oh, hell. There was no question what he felt. Jealous. Daniel was her best friend. Which was . . . unusual. But things were different in Salmon Creek. When you didn’t have a lot of classmates to choose from, if you found someone you really clicked with, gender didn’t matter.
As for Daniel, though . . . Rafe had a feeling it wasn’t just friendship for him. Maybe Rafe was just jealous, imagining more between them, but one thing was clear—Daniel was not going to be happy that Rafe was here.
Whatever Maya had said made Daniel laugh and give her a shove. She swung on the belay and shoved him back, then zipped down before he could strike again. As they laughed and joked, Rafe knew that’s what he was really jealous about. When Maya was around Daniel, he saw the girl he really wanted to get to know better. He could hardly even coax a smile from her.
He stayed in the woods and watched as Maya climbed up the cliff again, against Samantha this time. Racing, he realized as he overheard them discussing the bet. Maya won. She also beat the next couple of guys.
After the last race, as Maya undid her harness, Rafe walked from the forest. “Is the game over? Or is there room for one more?”
He continued toward Maya, studying her face, trying to read her expression.
“You’re late,” she said. Her voice was light. Teasing? No, she probably just had a lot of adrenaline from the rush of the climb.
“Yeah, had some trouble getting away. Then I figured I was in the wrong place until I saw the gifts and followed the papayas.”
Rafe stopped in front of her and smiled. He didn’t think about what kind of smile he was giving, whether it was the right one for the situation. He just smiled. And she smiled back.
“So did I hear right?” he said. “Race to the top? Winner gets a kiss?”
“Maya’s done seven climbs in a row,” Daniel said. “You can race me.”
“But I don’t want to kiss you.”
Everyone laughed. Everyone except Daniel.
“If she says no, she forfeits the new grips,” Corey said. “She had to defeat all comers. That was the deal.”
Daniel shook his head. “I’m the one who offered. So it stands as is. He’s late.”
“I am,” Rafe said. “So it’s up to Maya. She’s already won. I’m just the bonus round.”
He grinned. Maya laughed, then said, “You’re on.”
As Rafe took off his jacket, he snuck a look at Maya. Was she the one? He’d thought she couldn’t be, then he’d heard about the mountain lions coming around lately, and how often she saw the reclusive big cats. He wanted to say that it meant nothing, but when you added it all up—the cats, the Native blood, Maya’s love for nature—it seemed like it had to mean something.
Which should make him happy. More than happy. He’d finally found the girl who could help him fix his sister. So why did he keep hoping he was wrong? Because he wanted Maya for himself. He didn’t want to be chasing her because she could be the key to this whole mess with Annie and the experiments. He wanted to be just a regular sixteen-year-old guy, chasing Maya because he liked her.
But he wasn’t a regular guy. Couldn’t be, for Annie’s sake. If he did manage to get Maya to go out with him, he had to check for the birthmark. If he found it, he had to tell her everything. Tell her it was all a lie. He was a lie.
She’d never forgive him for that.
He told himself that what he felt was nothing. He didn’t know Maya well enough for it to be something. She was just a girl. There’d been others before and there would be others again. But when he looked over at her and caught her looking at him, his heart did an extra thump and he really did hope it wasn’t her.
And if it was? Then he was screwed and all he could tell himself was that he’d done it for Annie. That’s what mattered. All that mattered. Someday maybe he would go back to being a regular guy. Or maybe he wouldn’t. But for now, what he wanted wasn’t important.
One last look at Maya, then Rafe turned away and let one of the guys help him into the harness.

Source: Kelley Armstrong

Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3) by Maggie Stiefvater [Re-Read]

In Stiefvater's "Shiver," Grace and Sam found each other. In "Linger," they fought to be together. Now, in "Forever," the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

Publish Date: July 12, 2011

The general idea: Grace is a wolf, Sam is a human, Cole is experimenting on himself, and Isabel struggles with her parents

Thoughts upon seeing the cover art: Sam!


It made me feel: You can do anything.

Highlight: Cole's toy car

Read it if you like: Toy cars, mental wolves, foster fathers



Barnes&Noble  |  Amazon  |  Goodreads  |  Maggie Stiefvater

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

 The astonishing #1 New York Times bestseller.In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

Publish Date: July 13, 2010

The general idea: Grace's health is declining, Sam is dealing with losing Beck, Cole wants to stay a wolf but can't seem to, and Isabel is still dealing with the death of her brother.

Thoughts upon seeing the cover art: Simplicity at its finest


It made me feel: Fight for what you love

Highlight: Cole and Isabel are so messed up but I love them anyways

Read it if you like: Forests, poetry, bands

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pure by Jennifer L Armentrout Giveaway

There is need. And then there is Fate...

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her.

When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

Pure Giveaway on Stuck in Books; ends April 13


Darkness Rising short story

'The New Guy' is a short story in the Darkness Rising trilogy by Kelley Armstrong.
The New Guy
The first day of school will always remind me of Serena. She died a year ago, just before school started. It doesn’t remind me of her death, though. What I remember is how disgustingly perky she always was on that first day.
Oh, I’m sure there are other kids who get excited about the start of the school year. Lots of them, even. Summer’s great, but eventually you run out of things to do and want to go back and see your friends. Or you do if you aren’t living in a town of two hundred people, where you’ve been with the same kids since kindergarten, and you’ve hung out with them all summer. And if you aren’t me, a girl who looks at the school year and sees nine months of jail time, trapped indoors.
Serena loved the first day of school. It was the only morning out of the year she’d actually be on time. Early, even. Dad would drop me off and she’d be at the curb, blond hair brushed to a blinding shine, her shoes so new they’d squeak as she bounced, impatiently waiting for Daniel and me to arrive.
Now it was Daniel driving me to school. And Serena wasn’t there waiting for us. But as he pulled his old pickup into the lot, I swore I could see her there, just as she’d been two years ago.
“First day!” she’d chirped as I’d crawled out of Dad’s Jeep. “Isn’t it exciting?”
“Do you really want me to answer that?”
She hooked her arm through mine. “Oh, come on, Maya. It is exciting. This is the real New Year, you know. A fresh start. New adventures. New people.”
“New people? Are you high? We live in Salmon Creek. The last ‘new’ kid we had was Sam, and you know how that turned out.”
“I like Sam.”
“Well, she doesn’t like us.”
“Her loss. Okay, so no new people. But I like the old ones. The guys are getting hotter. Have you noticed that?”
“It was a very warm summer.”
She rolled her eyes and started to say something, then stopped. She was staring at something behind me, and I didn’t need to turn to know what it was. Or who, I should say. Her expression gave it away.
“Maya! Serena! Hold up!”
I turned as Daniel rounded the corner.
“Speaking of hot,” Serena whispered. “Oh. My. God. I swear he gets cuter every time I see him.”
“You saw him two days ago.”
“He’s cuter now.”
I sighed and shifted my backpack to my other shoulder, lowering my voice more as Daniel jogged toward us.
“It’s Daniel, Seri,” I said. “If you like him, why don’t you ask him out?”
Because it’s Daniel. We’ve been friends with him forever. If I ask him out, he might say no and that would just be”—she shivered—“awkward.”
“Do you want me to ask him for you?”
Genuine terror filled her blue eyes. “Don’t you—”
“Relax,” I murmured. “I wouldn’t. I like seeing you suffer the torment of unrequited first love. It looks good on you.”
It was not, as it turned out, unrequited. A few months later, Serena asked Daniel to a school dance. He accepted and they started going out. They stayed together right up to her death. Last summer. Drowned. In the lake. Because I couldn’t save her.
“You want to skip?” Daniel asked. It took a second for the memories to fade. I blinked and snapped back to the present. Two years later. Sitting in Daniel’s pickup.
“Did you hear me?” he asked.
“Um, I don’t know, because it sounded like you suggested cutting school. And if so, then that wasn’t a comet we saw from the ridge last night. It was an alien spaceship. Clearly, you have been replaced.”
“Ha-ha.” He leaned over, his face going serious. “I mean it. It’s the first day of school, which is going to remind you of Serena. Last year, you got to stay home, so this is the first time she’s—”
“Not here with me,” I murmured. “On her favorite day.”
“So, if you want to skip, we skip. Rules be damned.”
Coming from most sixteen-year-old guys, that would be sarcasm. Not Daniel. Rules matter to him, and he knew we’d get caught—another problem with living in such a tiny place. But he was suggesting it anyway. For me. And it meant a lot.
I squared my shoulders and threw open the truck door. “Today or tomorrow, it’ll still be my first day back. I should face it and get it over with. Who knows? Something new and exciting might happen.”
“You do realize we’re still in Salmon Creek, right?”
“I’m being optimistic.”
“Well, don’t. You’re scaring me.”
I laughed and climbed out.

Having apparently decided I was on the verge of a Serena-memory-induced meltdown, Daniel wanted to hover. I’m not good with hovering. I’m a personal-space kind of girl. Which he knows, but when that protective instinct kicks in, all bets are off. So I told him to get lost. Not in so many words, but I led him to Corey and the guys, and he got the hint, saying he’d catch up with me later.
I found Nicole at my locker. When Serena was alive, Nicole hung out with us a lot. After Serena’s death, we both seemed to realize Serena had been the glue holding us together. But I liked Nicole, so we still hung out, warily circling a real friendship.
“There’s a new guy,” she whispered as I approached.
“Huh?”
“There’s a new guy. Our age. Or a year older, I think. But he’s in our class.”
“Huh.”
She waited as I opened my locker.
“Is that all you’re going to say?” she said.
I shoved my lunch bag onto the top shelf. “A new kid is good. I just hope he’s easier to get along with than Sam.”
“Um, did you miss the guy part of that equation? It’s a new guy. Fresh, um”—she lowered her voice—“meat.”
I bit my tongue to keep from laughing. Plenty of girls could say “fresh meat” with a wink and a wicked grin. Nicole was not one of them. Even whispering it made her flush bright scarlet, her gaze dropping. I think that’s why she’d liked Serena so much. Because Serena could have said something like that with a wink and a grin. Hell, Serena wouldn’t have said anything. She’d have grabbed my arm and dragged me off to check out the new guy before I knew what was going on.
“Maya?” Nicole squeezed my arm. “Are you okay? I mean, I know you’re not. It’s going to be rough today. I understand that.”
Damn it. I don’t know what was worse—getting lost in my memories or having everyone know I was lost in them.
“Yes,” I said, changing the subject. “New guy equals new dating possibilities, which this town seriously needs. And, if I didn’t have a policy against dating town boys, I’d be all over this news. Or all over him, if he was worth it.”
She tried to giggle at that, but flushed again, then cleared her throat and said, “I, uh, think he is. Worth it, I mean. You know. . . .”
“Hot?”
She nodded, then pointed. I followed her finger to Hayley Morris and her entourage, who were whispering and giggling as they peered around the corner toward Principal Barnes’s office.
“I heard Brooke saw him,” Nicole said. “Now they all want to, so the report must have been good.”
I looked at her. “There are seven guys in our grade, Nic. The new kid could have a third eye and they’d be saying, ‘Yes, but it’s a nice third eye.’”
She sputtered a laugh.
“All right,” I said. “If you want to go check him out, we can.”
“W-what? Me? No. I—I didn’t mean—”
“Daniel’s down that way, too.”
That got her blushing so hard I started to worry she’d pass out from all the blood rushing to her face.
“Okay,” I said. “I’d like to check out the new guy. Fair enough?”
She nodded.

Hayley and her followers could make fools of themselves huddled on the corner there, giggling like twelve-year-olds. Not my style. The new guy was in the principal’s office. So I was going to the principal’s office.
I saw him as soon as I walked in. He’d been left alone waiting for Principal Barnes, and he was so deep in thought that he didn’t hear the door open.
I saw him and I . . . stopped. I stood there, still halfway through the doorway, Nicole bumping into me.
He was leaning forward, forearms on his knees, face serious, gaze distant. The particulars—what he was wearing, how tall he was, his build—all passed by unnoticed. What caught me was his face. Or not so much his face as his expression. And his eyes. Gorgeous brown eyes with a hint of yellow or orange. Amber. They stared intently at nothing. His face was set just as intently. High cheekbones. Sharp chin. Coppery skin. Hispanic, maybe, or Native. I’m Native myself, so you’d think I’d know, but I didn’t. Didn’t care. Only looked at him and thought—
“No third eye,” Nicole said.
She whispered it, but he must have heard the murmur of her voice. He blinked, getting his bearings. Then he turned and saw us, and he smiled.
I want to say that smile knocked me off my feet. I want to say that it took a somber, cute guy and made him gorgeous. I’m sure it should have. It was a great smile. But something in it. . . . That smile made whatever I’d been feeling evaporate.
He checked us out. He made no attempt to disguise the fact that he was checking us out. His gaze flicking across Nicole, then to me, and stayed on me in a long slow once-over that made his smile widen. Should I have been flattered by that smile? I’m sure Hayley would have been. But I bristled when he dismissed Nicole so quickly. Nicole was sweet and cute, and didn’t deserve that.
When his gaze settled on me—all over me—I didn’t bask in it. I wanted to clutch my books to my chest and get out from under that gaze. It wasn’t that I was embarrassed—it just pissed me off. He was looking at me like I was a T-bone steak and he was starving, and he wasn’t making any effort to hide it. That was not flattering.
“Hey,” he said, fixing me with that smile. A lazy, sexy smile. Calculatedly sexy, which made it as unsexy as I could imagine. “You girls in Ms. Morris’s class?”
“Uh-huh.” That was Nicole. I glanced at her. Now she was the one staring at him, and when he turned that smile on her, only for a split-second, I thought she was going to swoon. I wanted to elbow her and say, “If you’re falling for this bullshit, I need to get you into the city more often. Hone your player-radar.”
“I’m Rafe Martinez.” It didn’t seem possible to amp up the ooze in his smile, but he managed it. “Rafael, but everyone calls me Rafe.”
“I’m Nicole.”
She shook his hand, then he extended it to me. I stood there, just holding my books, and met his gaze, stone-faced. I thought he flinched, but I’m probably giving my stone-face too much credit.
“Maya,” I said finally, grudgingly.
“Maya. Pretty name. It suits you.”
“Right.” I glanced at the secretary’s desk. “Well, since it seems no one’s in here to help us, we should go, Nic.”
“We could—” she began
“Go,” I said. “The guys will be waiting.”
I gave Rafe a nod—my parents raised me too well to let me walk out without that.
“So, I’ll see you in class?” he said as I pulled open the door. “French, first period, right?”
“That’s right,” I said and ushered Nicole out.
“He likes you,” she whispered as we walked down the hall.
“Uh-huh.”
“No, I’m serious. He likes you.”
“And I’d be a lot more flattered by that if I didn’t get the sense that Rafael Martinez’s criteria for a hot chick is limited to a double X chromosome and the lack of a third eye.”
She looked confused. “But he’s cute, right?”
“Yes, he’s cute.”
Clearly, my response was less enthusiastic than she’d have liked. She kept watching me, as if ready to stick a thermometer in my mouth to make sure I was okay.
“You don’t know him yet,” she said. “Maybe he’ll grow on you.”
I looked back through the office window. Rafe was still standing there, as if he’d forgotten what he’d been doing. Lost in his thoughts again.
As I watched him, I felt a glimmer of what I’d felt earlier. And I wasn’t sure exactly what that was, but it felt . . . like something. Then he seemed to sense I was watching. He turned and when he did, that look vanished, that guy vanished, the player sliding into his place, flashing me a cocky “caught you looking” grin.
I turned back to Nicole and murmured, “No, I don’t think he will,” and hoped I didn’t sound too disappointed.
Source: Darkest Powers Blog

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater [Re-Read]

Grace and Sam share a kinship so close they could be lovers or siblings. But they also share a problem. When the temperature slips towards freezing, Sam reverts to his wolf identity and must retreat into the woods to protect his pack. He worries that eventually his human side will fade away and he will be left howling alone at the lonely moon. A stirring supernatural teen romance.

Publish Date: August 1, 2009

The general idea: The wolves have killed someone and now everybody is trying to kill the wolves

Thoughts upon seeing the cover art:  I love the simplicity of Stiefvater's covers


It made me feel: Love is the simple things

Highlight: I love Grace's practicality and Sam's creativity

Read it if you like: werewolves, winter, tire swings

Monday, March 26, 2012

Read the First two chapters on Insurgent

Chapters 1 & 2 from Insurgent

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead [Re-Read]

Rose Hathaway knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa—the last Dragomir princess—must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken...

But since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn’t been feeling right. Something dark has begun to grow in her mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. And now that Lissa and Rose’s sworn enemy, Victor Dashkov, is on trial for his freedom, tensions in the Moroi world are higher than ever.

Lying to Lissa about Dimitri is one thing but suddenly there’s way more than friendship at stake. The immortal undead are on the prowl, and they want vengeance for the lives that Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmare, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most... but will her choice mean that only one can survive?

Publish Date: November 13, 2008

The general idea: I'm seeing ghosts. Well, one in particular. Mason. My friend who died a few weeks ago. Am I going crazy?

Thoughts upon seeing the cover art: She's looks delusional


It made me feel: You have to learn to trust people.

Highlight: Adrian is annoying, but in an entertaining way

Read it if you like: Large attacks on schools, forbidden love, Emotionally unstable teens

Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead [Re-Read]

Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose...

It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks... This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price...

Publish Date: April 10, 2008

The general idea: Bad news: I have a huge test coming up. Good news: Said test is 5 hours away. That's right. 5 hours. In a car. With Dimitri. Hey, it could be worse

Thoughts upon seeing the cover art: I resent that it looks like Rose has short hair.

It made me feel: Don't overestimate yourself.

Highlight: Mason is hilarious

Read it if you like: vampires, skiing, stakes

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead [Re-read]

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger...

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

Publish Date: August 16, 2007

The general idea: Lissa and I have been dragged back to St. Vladmir's against our will after we ran away (but that was because I had to protect Lissa).

Thoughts upon seeing the cover art: She looks like she's scheming something (and knowing Rose, she probably is)

It made me feel: Even those you're close to can betray you.

Highlight: Dimitri is definitely awesome

Read it if you like: Vampires, magic, guardians

Leopard Moon (Moon #1) by Jeanette Battista

How do you disappear when you come from a family of predators?

A wereleopard, Kess is forced to flee her home and family in Miami once her brother's obsession with her turns violent. She runs from city to city, trying to stay one step ahead of the investigators her family has dispatched to bring her home. Kess ends up in the mountains of North Carolina and attracts the attention of Cormac, a young man with a secret of his own. As she attempts to live as normal a life as her were-nature allows, her brother Sek continues to hunt for her. He believes she is the key to revitalizing their weakened clan and is driven to extreme measures to ensure their continued existence. As Kess' relationship with Cormac deepens, Sek closes in, threatening Cormac's life and Kess' freedom.

Whenthe moon rises, the hunt is on….

Publish Date: March 4, 2012

The general idea: I'm running from my family because my brother is crazy.

Thoughts upon seeing the cover art: I love the outfit

It made me feel: Being a were-creature might be fun. If only they were real...

Highlight: I enjoyed Kess's transformation from a scared young woman to a strong one that was willing to protect those she loved no matter the cost. I also liked that she didn't just hate her brother, that she missed how he used to be when they were younger.

Read it if you like: Werewolves, delusional brothers, leopards, mountains

Existence (Existence #1) by Abbi Glines

 What happens when you're stalked by Death? You fall in love with him, of course.

Pagan Moore doesn't cheat Death, but instead, falls in love with him.

Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn't let them know she could see them, then they left her alone. Until she stepped out of her car the first day of school and saw an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he's dead.

Not only does he not go away when she ignores him, but he does something none of the others have ever done. He speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What she doesn't realize is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with is not a soul at all.

He is Death and he's about to break all the rules.
My thoughts on Existence
Publish Date: December 13, 2011

The general idea: Pagan sees ghosts, so that guy that nobody else sees isn't a problem. If she ignores him, he'll go away and it's not like he can talk to her. I mean none of the ever have. But then he does talk to her and everything changes.

Thoughts upon seeing the cover art: His eyes are kinda creepy


It made me feel: Don't date death

Highlight: Miranda, she's hilarious!

Read it if you like: Ghosts, Death (as a character), car accidents

The Vincent Boys (Vincent Boys #1) by Abbi Glines

Being the good girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Ashton Gray has grown weary of playing the part to please her parents, and to be worthy of the town’s prince charming, Sawyer Vincent. Maybe That’s why she’s found herself spending time with Sawyer’s cousin, Beau, while he’s away for the summer camping with his family. Beau is nothing like her perfect boyfriend. He’s the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, dangerous in ways she’s only day dreamed about, and the one guy she should stay away from.
Beau never envied Sawyer his loving parents, his big nice home, or his position as quarterback. He loves him like a brother. Which is why he's tried everything in his power to keep his distance from Sawyer’s girlfriend. Even if he has loved her since the age of five, Ashton is Sawyer’s girl, so therefore she’s off limits. But when Sawyer leaves for the summer, Ashton, the one girl Beau would move Heaven and Earth for, decides she wants to get into trouble. Stabbing the one person who’s always accepted him and stood by him in the back, is the cost of finally holding Ashton Gray in his arms. Is she worth losing his cousin over?.... Hell Yeah.

Publish Date: October 12, 2011

The general idea: Ashton dates the perfect guy but she's really in love with the town's bad boy, who is also her boyfriend's cousin.

Thoughts upon seeing the cover art: The sucker is cute


It made me feel: Don't change for your boyfriend.

Highlight: Ashton was sweet and sassy. She was awesome!

Read it if you like: Southern accents, pick-up trucks, field parties

Barely Breathing Teasers

"Hold on to this life, Emma," he whispered. "You're so much stronger than you think you are."



"All I have to say is that he's the most amazing person I've ever met, and I'd give anything for someone to love me like that, so you'd better deserve him..."

"You asked why I stayed when I had every reason to leave ~ I stayed for you. I was drawn to you almost instantly without really understanding what was happening. I will always be here for you..."
“Holy hotness. He is beautiful. I mean truly beu-ti-ful. Like the kind of beautiful they build statues to worship.”
"What is it that keeps you up at night? What is the source of all of your nightmares? What are you afraid of?"

"People change. I mean you barely know who you are when you enter, and you spend that time figuring out what you want from life, and who you want in it. The next thing you know, the people you always thought would be there, aren't. And the person you thought you could trust with everything, isn't the person you ever knew at all."

Sunday, March 25, 2012

New Realeases: March 27 and 30

March 27
Goddess Interupted (Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter
Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she'll have to fight for it.Becoming immortal wasn't supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she's as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he's becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate's coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.Henry's first wife, Persephone.

Slide (Slide #1) by Jill Hathaway
Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth—her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting off lately, more distant, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.

March 30
The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass #0.2) by Sarah J Maas
The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she’ll be lucky to leave the desert alive

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Predestined Excerpt

Dank opened my door and I stepped out finally tearing my eyes off him to meet  my friend's gaze.
"Well good morning to you too," Miranda teased slipping her arm in mine. "I wondered how long it was going to take for you to shift that worshipful puppy dog expression off your rocker boyfriend to notice little ol' me."
I elbowed her. "Shut up."
She giggled. "Girl, please tell me you aren't trying to be subtle with your lustful looks because you have failed. That boys knows you want his body."
"Stop it," I hissed.
Dank came up behind me causing my insides to go all warm and tingly. "She can't possibly want my body more than I want hers."
Miranda began fanning herself with he hand. "Dear Lord have mercy, I think I may swoon."

Insurgent (by Veronica Roth) Teaser

And sometimes, if you want the truth, you have to demand it.

I am tired of being Tris. I have done bad things. I can't take them back, and they are a part of who I am. Most of the time they seem like the only thing I am.

No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens.

Consume Teasers

I felt wretched as I walked away from Tate's house...

A face suddenly nuzzling my neck from behind me and arms around me made me smile. I turned in his arms to see the purple eyes that looked at me with love that we never spoke out loud.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Third Novel by Cat Patrick

Elizabeth Bewley at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has bought North American rights toThe Originals by Cat Patrick, author of Forgotten and the forthcoming Revived. In the story, three teenage clones secretly live out each in day in public as one girl as they struggle for independence within a family that only science could have created. Publication is set for spring 2013; Daniel Lazar at Writers House was the agent.


Source: Cat Patrick

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Vincent Brothers Sneak Peek


Sitting my cup down on the tailgate, I took a step toward Beau. This was a fight I needed. Holding my aggression in was so damn hard at times. Ashton, however, wasn’t going to standby and watch. She grabbed Beau’s shoulders and jumped up wrapping her legs firmly around his waist. If seeing her wrapped around him didn’t piss me off so bad I’d laugh at her determination to keep us from fighting. She’d been dealing with us since we were kids and she knew exactly how to keep us from coming to blows. Throwing herself in the line of fire was the only way.
Amusement lit Beau’s eyes as his angry snarl turned into an amused grin and his eyes shifted from me to Ashton.
“What ya doin’ baby?” He asked in that slow drawl I hated. He’d been using it on girls since we hit puberty.
“That’s the way to distract him Ash,” Kayla Jenkins hooted from Toby’s lap.
More catcalls and whistles started. Beau was smiling at Ashton like she was the most fascinating person in the world. That was it for me. I had to get out of here.
Source: Vincent Boys Facebook

New Releases: March 20, 21, and 24

March 20
A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink




Even angels make mistakes in this page-turning epic romance...

When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world's past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.

Michelle Zink masterfully weaves historical fantasy with paranormal romance to create a gripping tale of love and betrayal.

March 21
Lacrimosa (Requiem #1) by Christine Fonesca
  “LACRIMOSA reaches out, grabs readers by the heart, and takes them on an emotional journey from the first page to the last. The last novel you’ll need to read to understand true sacrifice.” ~Elana Johnson, Author of POSSESSION

It’s been three thousand years since the fall of Azzaziel and the rebirth of evil; three thousand years since the Sentinal Order, an elite group of warrior angels, returned to Celestium. Their job—rid Earth of the dark creatures, the UnHoly. And with luck, end Azza’s rule.

As if casting out demons isn’t hard enough, five-hundred-year-old Nesy has to masquerade as a teenage girl to do it. Nesy is the best of the Sentinals. She never makes mistakes, never hesitates, never gets emotionally involved. Until she meets Aydan.

He is evil incarnate; a fallen angel that feeds off the souls of others. Everything Nesy is supposed to hate. But she can’t, because he’s also the love of her former life as a human girl—a life that ended too soon, tying her to emotions she was never supposed to feel.

Now Nesy must choose between doing her duty—damning Aydan to the fiery depths of hell—or saving him, and condemning herself. And her choice may cost her, and Celestium, far more than anyone realizes.

How much will she sacrifice for love?
March 24
The Promise (Fallen Star #4) by Jessica Sorensen
 
My name is Gemma Lucas and my life’s a mess. Alex is gone, my dad’s trapped in his own mind, and my mom’s working for the dark side. Not to mention Nicholas refuses to quit haunting me.

The world has also entered apocalyptic mode. Everyday more vampires, witches, and fey run the streets. Innocent people are dying. The Mark of Malefiscus is showing up everywhere. And I’m the only one who can stop it.

The only problem is I have to die in order to do so. And I have to let Alex die. Something I’m not sure I can do.
 

While It Lasts by Abbi Glines

Maybe driving home after a few (or more) shots of tequila had been a bad idea, but hell, he did it all the time. The cops had to have been freaking bored to have pulled him over. He wasn’t even swerving! That’s Cage York’s story and he’s sticking to it.
Unfortunately, his baseball coach isn’t buying it. Cage has a free ride to the local junior college for baseball -- or he did, until he’d gotten a DUI. Now, Cage has to decide: does he drop out and give up his dream of getting noticed by a college in the SEC, and possibly making it into the Major Leagues -- or does he give in to his coach’s demands and spend his summer bailing hay?
Eva Brooks planned out her life step by step when she was eight years old. Not once over the years had she lost sight of her goals. Josh Beasley, her next door neighbor, had been the center of those goals. He’d been her first boyfriend at seven, her first kiss at ten, her first date at fifteen, and her first tragedy at eighteen. The moment she’d received the phone call from Josh’s mother saying he’d been killed along with four other soldiers just north of Baghdad, Eva’s carefully planned life imploded in the worst way possible.
Cage isn’t real happy with his closet-sized bedroom in the back of a foul smelling barn, or his daily interactions with cows, but he knows that if he doesn’t make his coach happy then he can kiss his scholarship goodbye. Only a sick and twisted man would decide his punishment was to be working on a farm all summer. No hot babes in bikinis waiting to meet a Southern boy to make her vacation complete. Just him and the damned cows.
Oh -- and an uptight, snarky brunette with the biggest blue eyes he’s every seen. But she doesn’t count, because as hard as he’s tried to charm her out of her panties - he’s pretty sure she’d rather see him hung from the rafters than let him get a taste of her pretty little lips.
While it Lasts is to be released July 31, 2012 and is the third book in the Sea Breeze series

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Under the Never Sky Book Trailer

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

 Rogerson Biscoe, with his green eyes and dark curly hair, is absolutely seductive. Before long, sixteen-year-old Caitlin finds herself under his spell. And when he starts to abuse her, she finds she's in too deep to get herself out...
My thoughts on Dreamland
Publish Date: May 11, 2004

The general idea: My sister ran away and my boyfriend beats me.

Thoughts upon seeing the cover art: It gives the book a eerie look


It made me feel: Don't date a drug dealer

Highlight: The sports imagery

Read it if you like: Dream notebooks, runaway sisters, cheerleaders


Devour (The Devoured #1) by Shelly Crane





Clara has it all. A wrestling star boyfriend, popular friends, all the right school activities...pretty much a perfect life...up until her parents died. Now she lives with the Pastor and his family and though they take good care of her, she feels alone. Then her boyfriend, Tate, starts to show signs of trouble when a new guy, Eli, comes to town. Clara is fascinated with him but hides it until something happens. Eli confesses to her that she gives him something he's never had before...something he needs. Everything is about to change for this normal pretty popular girl in a supernatural way
My thoughts on Devour
Publish Date: October 21, 2011

The general idea: I don't love my boyfriend and there's a new guy in town.

Thoughts upon seeing the cover art: They look dead.


It made me feel: Like I shouldn't ever get involved with a supernatural being.

Highlight: Patrick is cool

Read it if you like: Devourers, wrestlers, tongue piercings, eyebrow piercings



Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi





WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.

DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers

My thoughts on UTNS
Publish Date: January 3, 2012

The general idea: I have to learn to survive in the wild after being kicked out of my city.

Thoughts upon seeing the cover art: It's so pretty!


It made me feel: Like differences can be overcome.

Highlight: Roar

Read it if you like: Virtual realities, hunting, thunderstorms

Article 5 (Article 5 #1) by Kristen Simmons





New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren't always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it's hard for her to forget that people weren't always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It's hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.

My thoughts on Article 5
Publish Date: January 31, 2012

The general idea: My mom and I have been arrested because my parents weren't married.

Thoughts upon seeing the cover art: The offset of gray and red makes it stand out


It made me feel: Trusting someone who betrayed you is hard.

Highlight: Chase. I feel so sorry for him.

Read it if you like: Reform schools, rebels, prisons



Barnes&Noble  |  Amazon  |  Goodreads  |  Kristen Simmons

Sophie and Carter by Chelsea Fine [Re-Read]

 While other high school seniors are dreaming about their futures, Sophie and Carter are just trying to make it through each day. Carter is overwhelmed by issues at home as he struggles to support his mother. Meanwhile, next door neighbour Sophie is left to care for her three younger siblings in place of their absent and troubled mother. All that holds these two best friends together is each other, and knowing that each night they'll sit together on Sophie's front porch swing and escape from reality, if just for awhile. But as their relationship reaches a turning point and high school graduation nears, will their friendship become something more

My thoughts on Sophie & Carter
Publish Date: July 25, 2011

The general idea: Sophie and Carter both have crappy lives and the only happiness they find is with each other (and Sophie's siblings)

Thoughts upon seeing the cover art: It's cute.


It made me feel: It could have been developed into a longer book but I enjoyed at the length it was.

Highlight: Sophie's little sister

Read it if you like: Porch swings, picnics, oak trees

Out of Sight Out of Time (Gallgher Girls #5) by Ally Carter





The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan--an ancient terrorist organization that has been hunting her for over a year. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers months have passed, she must face the fact that her memory is now a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and the dirt under her nails, and all she wants is to go home.

Once she returns to school, however, Cammie realizes that even the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers. Cammie, her friends, and mysterious spy-guy Zach must face their most difficult challenge yet as they travel to the other side of the world, hoping to piece together the clues that Cammie left behind. It’s a race against time. The Circle is hot on their trail and willing stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.

My thoughts on OSOT
Publish Date: March 13, 2011

The general idea: I woke up in a convent and can't remember how I got there.

Thoughts upon seeing the cover art: I love it!!


It made me feel: I absolutely love Ally Carter! This is the her best book yet!

Highlight: Rachel Morgan.

Read it if you like: Spies, amnesia, Italy

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Easy by Tammara Webber Cover and Blurb Reveal

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, stalked by her ex’s frat brother, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Her econ professor gives her an email address for Landon, the class tutor, who shows her that she’s still the same intelligent girl she’s always been. As Jacqueline becomes interested in more from her tutor than a better grade, his teasing responses make the feeling seem mutual. There’s just one problem—their only interactions are through email.

Meanwhile, a guy in her econ class proves his worth the first night she meets him. Nothing like her popular ex or her brainy tutor, Lucas sits on the back row, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. At a downtown club, he disappears after several dances that leave her on fire. When he asks if he can sketch her, alone in her room, she agrees—hoping for more.

Then Jacqueline discovers a withheld connection between her supportive tutor and her seductive classmate, her ex comes back into the picture, and her stalker escalates his attention by spreading rumors that they’ve hooked up. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy
Release date is May 25, 2012