Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Starting the week write(right) #24

Starting the week write is a weekly post started here on living through pages by me where I post some quotes images and a cool fact every Monday in a matter to start the week off right and fight off the Monday blues. Feel free to join in on this weekly post just mention where the idea comes from in your post and please leave the link to your starting the week right post in the comments (though the link is not mandatory just appreciated).   


I'm a godmother, that's a great thing to be, a godmother. She calls me god for short, that's cute, I taught her that.” 
- Ellen DeGeneres 

 Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!”
- Audrey Hepburn

The real trouble with reality is that there's no background music
- Unknown.


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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Die for me by Amy Plum

Title: Die for me
Author: Amy Plum
Pages: 341
Publisher: Harper Teen
In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again

Description taken from Goodreads.com
Die for me by Amy Plum where to start I've been wanting to read this book for a while. I was postponing it because from the description it seemed like it was about two sisters and I assumed it would be one of those books where the big sister did everything to protect her younger sister (which isn't bad just not my favorite kind of book).
But I was wrong it is not one of those books in fact the main character is the younger sister.The second misconception I had and I'm not sure where it came from was that this book was about how the guy was destined to die for those he loved or the girl was something like that.And again that's completely not what it is. So I finally decided to start it and then I read the prologue and for some reason that just turned me off completely from this book the prologue made me not want to read the book so I once again put it aside. A week later I picked it up again determined to forget about the prologue and give it a try .And for me that was exactly the right thing to do. Personally I suggest you just skip the prologue because you aren't missing anything the same passage is repeated in the story at the appropriate time.

So after all this I have to say I really enjoyed this book it was great.It was not what I was expecting at all in a good way.It is a new kind of paranormal being that I have not seen before in YA books. And there really awesome.

The first thing I want to mention is the one thing I didn't particularly like. The world of the Revenants is very well built and the description of Paris is also very well done the only thing that is not well done in my opinion is the use of the french language.
I am completely bilingual and have gone to a french school for all my education,I don't live in France but Canada. So the the french is slightly different here In Canada than in France. But not much A bit like U.S English and Australia English. Some slight word differences and an accent that is all. So I can confidently say that the use of french is flawed on more than one place the biggest oops the author did on my opinion was the word, (which basically is what the story is centered around) Revenants.
The Main character Kate is supposedly completely fluent in french but when she hears the word Revenant she automatically says. " I know the word it means Ghost in french" Um no it doesn't. It really doesn't. Ghost in french is Fantôme definitely not revenants.
The character number two in the room with her who is supposed to be from France says "If you actually go back to the root of the word, it actually means 'one who returns' or 'one who comes back'"  Uh no not the root of the word that's just what it means.
That really frustrated me because it is completely false. I told my friend the other day at school. And we both laughed well at it.
Here is me using what Amy Plum thought meant Ghost in phrases with direct translations.(I'm not doing this to mock the author only to show my point)
 Oh mon Dieu tu est aussi pâle que un revenants (OH my god you are as pale as coming back). Crois tu au revenants.(Do you believe in coming back) Jais vue un revenants!( I saw a coming back!). Here are phrases me and my aforementioned friend who doesn't even speak English just french might actually use it on. Ok, alors en revenant du supermarcher. ( Ok, so coming back from from the super market.) Revient ici s'il vous plait (Come back here please (use of the present tense of the verb revenir )). So ghost do "come back" but here in Canada at least it certainly doesn't mean ghost. That was only example one there was more. Because this book is in first person and that the main character supposedly has perfect french than why those she get those things wrong?

Ok apart from that though the book was really good. The characters where all endearing the plot was interesting and well placed and the romance was soooo sweet. Also the paranormal aspect was also really cool and I want to know more about them in the sequel!
Kate the main character was good she had a good head on her shoulders even though two decisions she made in the book got on my nerves (which I won't tell you as not to spoil it). That's only 2 decisions for the rest of the book she is smart and likable.

Rating:  4.5 stars


“Stop flaunting your impeccable language skills, Vincent, help the girl to her feet and let her take her leave”
Die for me - Amy Plum

“So is this a habit of yours, leaving your bag behind in order te strike up a conversation?" He grinned and nodded at the bench where I had been sitting. Lying beneath it was my book bag. "Wouldn't it be easier to just walk up to a guy and say hello?”  
Die for me - Amy Plum

 “I had feared that love would make me vulnerable. Instead I felt empowered.”  
Die for me - Amy Plum

“You've heard of vampires?"
I nodded.
"You've heard of werewolves?"
"Of course."
"Had you ever heard of us?"
I shook my head.
"That's called 'staying under the radar,' dear Kate. It's what we're good at.”  

Die for me - Amy Plum 

Thanks for reading

Aurelia <3

Monday, 22 September 2014

Starting the week write #23

Starting the week write is a weekly post started here on living through pages by me where I post some quotes images and a cool fact every Monday in a matter to start the week off right and fight off the Monday blues. Feel free to join in on this weekly post just mention where the idea comes from in your post and please leave the link to your starting the week right post in the comments (though the link is not mandatory just appreciated).   

  “Well, don't expect us to be too impressed. We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear.”
 Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

“Yes. Reyn is our resident horse master. He has an excellent seat."
I grinned. "I've noticed."
Reyn's face tightened and Nell flushed, looking embarrassed. "It's an equestrian term."
"Really? I thought you were talking about his ass.”
Immortal Beloved - Cate Tiernan

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
- Marilyn Monroe


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Saturday, 20 September 2014

University life

So this year is my first year of university and I'm shocked by how much this changes my reading,blogging and vlogging habits. I'm so used to having a decent amount of time on my hands and now it seems like that time has flown away. I'm trying my best to read, write my book, do homework,stay in shape, work to pay off student fees and not be anti social but it's taking me an honest to goodness schedule to be able to do all these things.

             So why am I telling you this? Well it's because I'm planning on trying to post more often on the blog. I'm working out a schedule and hopefully I will post twice a week. One for the starting the week write post that will be coming back and two a review of a book and or something about writing. So now you know and if you have been reading my blog or asking yourself why has she not been posting? The answer is I wasn't managing my time well and now hopefully I will.


The second part of this post is about books for people aged18 and up. I find there so hard to find. Yes there is YA and adult books but how often do you find a book with a protagonist of 18 or mid twentys. The answer rarely. Ya seems to be centered around younger teens and adult books seem to be centered around older people like mid thirthies. So where's the middle? That's my question. I want to make it clear that I think anyone can read any types of books if you read YA and your 50 good for you I have no problem with that. But the 18 to 20's years are years that have a lot of change, it's the transition into adult hood and I would like to have some books that touch that subject. That follow someone going through similar things to me right now.

 I've been not too satisfied with some of the YA books I've read lately. Don't get me wrong I still love them and I'm still a YA reader all the way but I felt like I needed to try something different just for a little while. So I went in search of the mystical hard to find books that I've been talking about and what do I find... not much. There's some out there not much but some maybe one of two that are not contemporary (so not much variety). Then there's many articles like this one from other bloggers looking for the same thing. There's also a decent amount of self published books with the criteria of older protagonist in between 18 and mid 20's. The last option there is if your not into self published books(which are hard to get and usually only on amazon and usually only for e-readers which I personally can't stand) is NA books New adult but the problem with these books is that they seem to be mostly centered around sex. They seem to be centered around physical attraction and less on storys. Now I've never read any NA books but I've read some synopsis's and that's what they seem like. Romance is good I love a good romance but I want a book that more than that and touches on more subjects and maybe different genres than contemporary.

So basically all this to say it would be nice to have more largely available books with protagonist's over the age of 17 but not as old as 35 something in the middle. Like Goldilocks not too hot and not too cold.

Do you reading this right now know of some books with the criteria I've been blabbing about? If s please do comment because I would love to know.

I'm currently reading the Morganville vampire series. The main charterer is 16 but she is also in college. I read it a while back loved it and so I'm reading it again. Up to know it's really good and most characters are 18 and up.Which is a nice change.

So to sum all this up. I still love YA but want to know where are these mystical books. Why are they not a thing? And if anyone is felling the way I'm felling. 

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Review: Fateful by Claudia Gray

Title: Fateful
Author: Claudia Gray
Pages: 328

Publisher: HarperCollins

A tragic tale about falling in love on the world’s most infamous ill-fated sea voyage as heroine, Tess, discovers darker secrets that lie beneath the doomed crossing… and a hidden brotherhood that threaten to tear her lover from her forever.

The RMS Titanic is the most luxurious ship ever built, but for eighteen-year-old Tess Davies it’s a prison. Travelling as a maid for the family she has served for years, Tess is trapped in their employ amid painful memories and family secrets.

When she meets Alec, a handsome upper class passenger, Tess falls helplessly in love. But Alec has secrets of his own… and soon Tess is entangled in a dangerous game. A sinister brotherhood that will do anything to induct Alec into their mystical order has followed him onboard. And Tess is now their most powerful pawn.

Tess and Alec fight the dark forces threatening to tear them apart, never realising that they will have to face an even greater peril before the journey is over…

New York Times best-selling author Claudia Gray delivers adventure, dark paranormal suspense, alluring romance, and a truly surprise ending, set against the opulent backdrop of the Titanic's first — and last — voyage

Description from Goodreads.com
*Note this review is based off the advanced readers copy of the book

A long time ago someone was getting rid of one of there ARC's (advanced reading copy) Naturally I jumped at the chance to get another book not only a book but an ARC which to me is just that extra special even if it's someones left overs. After my initial excitement I put it on my shelf and forgot about it for the longest time and this week I finally picked it up.

Claudia Gray's other series named Evernight. That I have read an enjoyed so I was excited to see how this one would be. I mean werewolves on the Titanic come on that screams awesome to me. I was so excited to see how she would make it work. And she nailed it! It totally worked werewolves now seem to belong on the Titanic not some two obscure subjects combined.

The setting is the Titanic and is wonderfully described a rich setting. The werewolves in the book are also well thought out and the author also adds the element of a brotherhood as a threat which I found really cool. I'll say no more on it as to not spoil anything.

The characters where also very well built and had a lot of depth to them.  I got attached to them but not as much as I could have. The main character started off as someone I wasn't sure I liked she was quiet followed the rules and got stepped on. But as the story moved on she grew on me and she grew some balls which was hugely satisfying when some certain people got what they deserved.

 When the story reaches its eventual conclusion and we all know what that is or at least a part of it. It is heartbreaking and yet all okay in then end. I say this yes just to make more suspense and encourage you to read the book. It was really a great book and with a great setting,characters and story.

Rating: 3 1/2 - 4 stars


“Nobody else will ever be able to save me if I’m not fighting as hard as I can to save myself.”
Fateful- Claudia Gray

“You’re strong enough to stand up to anyone. Smart enough to do anything you want. Don’t sell yourself
short; don’t be afraid of what your new life is going to offer. Because I know—if there’s any justice in this
world, good things are going to come to you. Better things than you ever dreamed.”

Fateful- Claudia Gray

“I wonder how much of the rest of his clothes I could convince him to take off, then wonder where that thought came from.
Well I guess I know.”  

Fateful- Claudia Gray

“Beauty is no guarantee of goodness.” 
Fateful- Claudia Gray

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Title: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Pages: 377
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

 Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

 Description from Goodreads.com
People have people have been telling me to read this book for a long while. I'm glad I finally did it lived up to its hype and my expectations of it.

When I first picked up this books I wasn't sure if I would like I knew everyone was raving about it  saying to just give it a try. But I held off from reading it for the longest of times because I wasn't sure I would like a book with a main character being a 12 year old boy. I can tell you after reading this books that it is not an issue. The book is fun and engaging and a overall quick read.

I love Greek mythology and that is a very present theme in this book. Rick Riordan puts more shape and story to the Greek myths. And I could see for one who does not like Greek myths that this could be a great way to get to like them or to learn about them.

One thing that I think really makes this books is Percy Jackson the main character. He is surprisingly mature for someone his age and he has the best sarcasm and wit in what he does and says. He is a strong character but also gives some comic relief in the more stressing times of the books.

One thing that I wasn't too sure about in the book was the relationship between Annabeth, Grover and Percy I found it was lacking a bit of depth there supposed to be best friends but sometimes I just didn't see it. They where more like 3 strangers that got along well. Which I guess is kind of the case at the beginning. That's just one thing that I thought. It did improve by the end of the book and I'm hoping the next books will make them closer as friends.

The adventure of the book and its characters kept me thoroughly entertained and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a light yet action packed read with lots of depth to it yet still some comedy.

Rating: 3 and 1/2 or 4 stars.

“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

“How did you die?"
"We er....drowned in a bathtub."
"All three of you?"
"It was a big bathtub.”

The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
“Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.”
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

I gave her my deluxe I'll-Kill-You-Later stare.” 
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
“I said hello to the poodle.”
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

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Friday, 27 June 2014


Hello lovely readers,
I mentioned previously that I would be going to a writers camp for 2 weeks with no internet. Well that time has arrived I leave tomorrow early and won't be posting for a bit over 2 weeks. Good news I will have time to read and there should be a fair amount of reviews to write and post when I get back. This is just to let people know. I haven't given up on my blog I am forced to 2 weeks or more of no internet. I will be back!

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Thoughts on : Book people

So yesterday my mom surprised me by saying she was going to a book signing, Naturally I asked OMG who!? And she responded Diana Gabaldon . Which to my response was who???? She then told me she wrote the Outlander series with the time travel and Scottish dude. And even being the mostly only Ya lover and reader that I am I still knew about the series. I haven't read it but I've heard of it.
So books plus author no matter who it is I Obviously decided to tag along. I wanted to buy some books anyways.
So off we went to Chapters ( Canadian bookstore) I picked up 3 books and was feeling good. After checking out the Chapters we went to eat. (this is going somewhere I promise) And when we came back 45 minutes later. The chapters was packed!! the lineup Huge! and that struck me for some reason and that is why I am posting this.
It struck me how many people are devoted to reading. Here I am participating in the online book lover community when to my surprise there's a whole bunch of book lovers hidden within my own city.
People of all ages where there. Mostly older women but some younger people too. I would bet I was the youngest there though.
My point is even if they where all older it filled me with joy to see that outside the book section of the internet some hidden people enjoy the company of books as much as we do. It made me happy. While my mom took a front seat to see the author I went into the long long long long long line. From where I was I could see pretty much everyone and what made me even happier was seeing how every single person had a smile on there face including my mum. Books bring joy no matter the age and I think that's beautiful. Not having read the book and knowing nothing more than it's about time travel and a hot Scottish dude. I can't help but like it for that simple matter of bringing a smile to so many people.
And that is what my thoughts are on today.

Oh and By the way got this awesome book mark! Yay!

Just so you know the light is just a very good coincidence with the flash. Not on the book mark

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Thursday, 19 June 2014

Review: Alanna the first adventure. The song of the lioness

 Title: Alanna: Song of the lioness: First adventure
Author: Tamora Pierce
Pages: 249
Publisher: Simon and Schuster teen

"From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight."
And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.
But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.
Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna's first adventure begins -- one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land. 

 Description from Goodreads.com


I remember as a child adoring this book. So I decided to read it again.And even now that I am older I still really enjoyed it.

I found the book weirdly written at some points and it took me a little while to get into it. But when I did I throughoutly enjoyed it.

The main characther of this book is very yound 10 years old at the start of the book and maybe 13 or 14 by th end of the book. The progress of age was well executed and the main charcather was suprisingly mature for her age. I would call this book a middle grade novel even if it is published by the teen division of simon and shuster.

it seems to me that the next books in the series will be more teen(ish) and they also seem longer. In the third book I found out she is 18 so the age factor and the middle grade novel feel will probably change in the next books in this series.

Not much to else ton say on this book but if your looking for an easy and quick read with magic and nice historical aspects than definitely pick this up.

Rating: no rating.
I just can't rate a book I loved so much as a child. It wouldn't be a fair rating.


“I truly love our Code of Chivalry. We are taught that noblemen must take everything and say nothing. Noblemen must stand alone. Well, we're men, and men aren't born to stand alone.
-Myles of Olau”

Tamora Pierce - Alanna: The First Adventure  

“Alan, you seem to think we won't like you unless you do things just like everyone else. Have you ever thought we might like you because you're different?”
Tamora Pierce - Alanna: The First Adventure

“I wish you would thrash him. He deserves it."
She looked back at him. "I will one day, sir. I'm getting tired of falling down.”
Tamora Pierce - Alanna: The First Adventure

“If I say you're a goatherd's son, you say, 'Yes, Lord Ralon.'"
Alanna gasped with fury. "I'd as soon kiss a pig! Is that what you've been doing-kissing pigs? Or being kissed?” 

 Tamora Pierce - Alanna: The First Adventure

“Why does this mean so much to you, Jon?"
The Prince turned. "Because he's my friend. Because I always know where he stands, and where I stand with him. Because I think he'd die for me and--and I think I'd die for him. Is that enough?”
Tamora Pierce - Alanna: The First Adventure

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Summer TBR

Hello lovely readers.
Today I though I would share with you what I'm planning on reading this summer. The Top Ten Tuesday post this week had the same topic so Like I missed I thought I might as well do a quick post.

One thing I am not very good at is keeping with a strict plan of what I'm going to read and when. I usually go through more of a process of what kind of book I'm in the mood for. So these book to quote Pirates of the Caribbean. "Thirdly the code is more of a guideline than actual rules. Welcome to the black pearl..." Ok well skip that last part but you get what I mean. These are a guideline of sorts of what I'm planning on reading at the moment.

Book Number 1: Slayers: Friends and Traitors by C.J Hill

 The Slayers – teens who have powers to fight dragons—are back by popular demand in this high-octane sequel, now with a new cover package!

Tori is at a White House dinner party when she hears a horrifying sound: dragon eggs hatching. It means in less than a year, the dragons will be mature and dangerous. The Slayers are well-trained, but their group is not yet complete, and Tori is determined to track down Ryker Davis, the mysterious Slayer who has yet to surface.

What Tori doesn’t bargain for, however, is the surprising truth about her powers: she isn’t a Slayer after all, but a Dragon Lord, with a built-in predisposition to protect dragons, not kill them.
How will she overcome this to save the lives of her friends?

I just got this book from BookOutlet and I am so excited to read it! I absolutely loved the first book and it haunted my thoughts for a long time. I'm excited to see what happens next!!!

Book 2:  Alana the first adventure: The Song of the Lioness #1 by Tamora Pierce

 From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight."
And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.
But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.
Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna's first adventure begins -- one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.

I remember being very fond of this book when was a child. So I thought I would pick it up again. See what I thought about it now. I also got this book from BookOutlet I had picked up books number 3 and 4 at a thrift shop and I really wanted to have the first book.

Book # 3: Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

I know, I know don't yell at me I haven't read Percy Jackson yet. But I plan on doing so this summer!

Book # 4: 13 Little Blue envelopes

Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.

In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.

The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.

Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke–about–town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous–though utterly romantic–results. But will she ever see him again?

Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it's all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.

I'm picking this one up because I follow Maureen Johnson on twitter and she is hilarious so when I saw this for a dollar at the thrift shop I knew I needed to read it. It's not my kind of book. Not the kind I usually read anyway. But it's summer so I'm going to try this contemporary read.

Book #5:  Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

The first cover is the one I have, The second one is the much more awesome cover that came out after.

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.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

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.

 Everyone is telling me how amazing this book is and how I HAVE TO READ IT. So I finally gave in an am now reading it.

That's about it for this post. I might be reading more but I'm very busy this summer so we will have to see.

Thanks for reading


Waiting on Wenesday #4

Disclaimer: I did not create this image all credit of it's creation an design go to it's designer.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme started and hosted over at Breaking the Spine.

  Title: Afterworlds
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Pages: 608 
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she's made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the 'Afterworld' to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

 Description from Goodreads.com

Why I'm waiting for this book:  It just sounds so interesting. As an aspiring writer the plot of a young writer trying to publish her novel sounds really cool. Not only that but there also a second part of the story about an afterworld. And some kind of magic. Being the big fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal lover that I am that just adds to the awesomeness of this book description.

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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Starting the Week right #22

Starting the week write is a weekly post started here on living through pages by me where I post some quotes images and a cool fact every Monday in a matter to start the week off right and fight off the Monday blues. Feel free to join in on this weekly post just mention where the idea comes from in your post and please leave the link to your starting the week right post in the comments (though the link is not mandatory just appreciated).   


"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
- Dr Seuss

Dear Math, please grow up and solve your own problems, I'm tired of solving them for you. 
- Anonymous

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
- Oscar Wilde


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Review: Betrayals by Lili St. Crow

Title: Betrayals
Author: Lili St- Crow
Pages: 304

Publisher: Razorbill

She’s no angel...

Poor Dru Anderson. Her parents are long gone, her best friend is a werewolf, and she’s just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn’t entirely human. (So what else is new?)

Now Dru is stuck at a secret New England Schola for other teens like her, and there’s a big problem—she’s the only girl in the place. A school full of cute boys wouldn’t be so bad, but Dru’s killer instinct says that one of them wants her dead. And with all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide...

Can Dru survive long enough to find out who has betrayed her trust—and maybe even her heart?

Description form Goodreads.com

Ok read My Review of Strange Angel the first book in the series. Betrayal is pretty much exactly the same.
I enjoyed this one however a bit more than the first one.
This book is starting to remind me of Allison Noël's The Immortal series. And that's not a good thing the first book in the series it was a long time ago but I remember really liking it more so than Strange Angels. But then the next book and the book after that just where so frustrating nothing really happened it was the same problem with nothing happening. It just went on and on and at the end I was like for gods sake just answer the frigging question you didn't answer in the first book already the series could have easily been 2 books or 3 not so interminably long that I didn't finish the series. A bit of a rant but this is exactly what betrayals made me feel though less intensely. Not many things are cleared up and it's very repetitive Dru is thinking the same things over and over in different phrasing.Should I trust Christophe? I wasn't sure I should trust Christophe? I wasn't sure I could trust Christophe?  Is Christophe using me as bait? But he had seemed so nice.Should I trust him? Those eyes hot and cold should I trust him if his eyes are cold? ect....... you get my point on and on and on. And not just Christophe but everything about blooming about Svetocha about her dad being dead and missing him about Graves about being trapped on and on and on the same things or so it seemed to me. The author at some point litteraly copy pasted passages from the first book into the second book!

Next Graves is still not cool hes even more frustrating. He's suddenly Mr. macho. No longer the crying kid who hid while Dru kicked butt. Now hes all Mr. though dude. And I still find him king of a jerk at the start at least he is getting better... kind of.
Example of graves being a jerk:
 “Now," Graves finally said, "anyone else want to piss me off? Anyone else think this is a goddamn democracy?”
Betrayals - Lili St. Crow

Christophe isn't the nicest guy either.Honestly both Graves and Christophe is ehh. And Christophe is obviously hiding some big secrets.
So before I wanted Christophe and Dru together now I'm thinking maybe Graves is better but both are not the best. Bring in a guy named Steve Id probably like him best over both.

Next point the story did not reveal any really questions I had been asking myself yet it was still good.
It didn't answer any questions but it did ask many new ones usually in the forms of cryptic lines or someone talking and getting cut off. Like Dibs saying "three that's good right that means something something blood spoiler something something other cryptic." But no answers to any of that either!!! It is kind of frustrating.

Another things to mention is that Dru becomes so much less kickass in this book crying all the time. At one point she even says I'm officially not tough anymore or something along those lines. I understand this is all a lot to handle. But that doesn't mean she can't be strong too.

 There where parts that where so repetitive that I skimmed over many of them. Especially the ones that where copy pasted from the first book.

The thing with this series is there so many things that are irritating and some parts are so repetitive and boring but it's also a really intriguing world and I want it to read to get some answers. I started reading Jeaoulousy the next book in the series and it's pretty much the same thing. It's interesting  and seems better written a bit. But the repetitiveness is still there and so I got so frustrated I kind of cheated like I mentioned in the Strange Angel review. I borrowed the whole series from the library and was intending to marathon it. So the cheating part is that I skimmed the Description on the back of the next books and the backs are all the same thing the same plot and that just enforced my "Allison Noël" feeling. So I'm not sure if I will read the rest of the series. I might but I'm debating it a "Allison Noël" series is more frustrating than anything and there's a lot of books in this series.So We'll see what I decide.

Rating   2 stars.


You've got a better chance with me, Dru. Don't do something stupid again. If something happens, it's you and me against the world. Got it?”
Betrayals - Lili St. Crow

“Oh, the testosterone. You could have cut it with a cafeteria spoon.”
Betrayals - Lili St. Crow

“I crossed my arms over my chest. Jeez, it was cold in here all of a sudden. And had he always smelled this good? Was it a cologne? Eau de Christmas Pie?”
Betrayals - Lili St. Crow

“Yeah, well things change. Now I want to be here." Another long, seconds-ticking pause. Dust danced in one fading gleam of gold coming through a low window, following long lazy swirls down to the ground. "With you.” 
Betrayals - Lili St. Crow

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Aurelia <3

Review: Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Title: Strange Angels
Author: Lili St. Crow
Pages: 239
Publisher: Razorbill

In Strange Angels, Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.) Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

 Description from Goodreads.com


First Cover is Gorgeous!!! The book was pretty good too.
Next point I want to bring up is that I found Dru's internal monologue kind or annoying. No actually less annoying more repetitive. It was very very repetitive. Which made it really boring at some points.

Another thing I really don't like Graves hes just so annoying to me and hes whinny and a wimp and his comments aren't funny and hes rude and just no. Don't like him. Kind of Spoiler when Drew walks into his room and she sees the boob poster and the other such stereotypical guy room stuff her reaction is finding it cute. What? End of kind of Spoiler  And the fact he smokes and is like "first ones free" all the time which is probably supposed to be endearing but just kind of rubbed me the wrong way and I found it really annoying. Also really annoying, how Grave says all these sexual things like. "ouhhh kinky" or "lets makes out blah blah" it's something that led me to hate Graves. It's a sign of a jerk/ass when he always says comments like that. One moment hes all shy and cute and the next his all sex,sex,sex and the next ones free crap. No just no. Some guys in books can get away with it. But only because you know it's a joke you know there a good person behind the facade and there actually really sweet but Grave nuh hun he just sounds like a creep to me.
At the moment I'm shipping (hopping two characters will become a couple) Christophe and Dru. I say at the moment because I find Christophe much better than Grave but he still seems to be hiding some stuff. So we will see. This is irrelevant if you haven't read the book but I felt the need to add this.

 Another thing that bothered me was the writing style. There was a lot of describing things that was a bit weirdly describes or described in too much details or very well described for no reason it being a piece of pretty useless information that had no real importance in the story.

Despite all those flaws the story and premises was really interesting. The main character is really strong and kickass instead of the usual boy dragging a girl who doesn't know anything about a new world. It's inverted and this time it's Dru a girl who is dragging along Graves a boy who knows nothing of this world. It's cool since Dru needs to be strong as she leads Grave threw the hidden world of monsters and she shows how strong she is. Grave is such a wimp though and like I said I didn't like him much.

There was some fantastic lines and quotes in the books. So there where many flaws but there was also many good things and hence I can't say this is a bad book it leaves me wanting to know what happens next. In fact I read this book before years back and while wondering what to read the story crept back and I was like Hmmmm I wonder how the story went. So that is why I'm now going to marathon the whole series.That is if the story keeps being like this first book. And I don't get sick of it.

Rating:  2 and a half - 3 stars


“Better to be strong than pretty and useless.”
Strange Angel - Lilith St. Crow

“You're not dead. You're too goddamn annoying to be dead.”
Strange Angel - Lilith St. Crow 

“I guess since the groin is the center of a guy's world, he rarely guesses it isn't the center of yours.”
Strange Angel - Lilith St. Crow 

“When you're wrecked, that's the only thing you can do, right? Hold on to whatever you can. Hold on hard.”
Strange Angel - Lilith St. Crow 

“I searched for something witty to say, settled for bare honesty. "I want to pee.”
Strange Angel - Lilith St. Crow 

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Thursday, 12 June 2014

Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby

Title:Fairy Bad Day
Author: Amanda Ashby
Pages: 336
publisher: Speak

While most students at Burtonwood Academy get to kill demons and goblins, fifteen-year-old Emma gets to rid the world of little annoying fairies with glittery wings and a hipster fashion sense. She was destined to be a dragon slayer, but cute and charming Curtis stole her spot. Then she sees a giant killer fairyÑand it's invisible to everyone but her! If Emma has any chance of stopping this evil fairy, she's going to need help. Unfortunately, the only person who can help is Curtis. And now, not only has he stolen her dragon-slayer spot, but maybe her heart as well! Why does she think it's going to be a fairy bad day?

Description from Goodreads.com

First thing first dear readers do not me deceived by the cover this is not a girly girly book about gumdrops and rainbows no it`s about a girl who kills fairies. Yes you heard right. Some of you may be like me and like faerie books where the fairies are as tall as humans with wings on their back and mostly causing mischief.( Like the Iron fey series by Julie Kagawa. Such a good series!) but these fairies are not like those there small like a pixie size.... that is most of them are. So like I said the cover might be childish to some like my supply teacher at school so kindly put it (heavy sarcasm) "Oh that's right you read girl books, kid books." (Which I holly disagree on. Ya is not kids books and books aren't gender specific they can be enjoyed by all) this book is actually mostly about action about slayers of supernatural beings who are in this case all completely evil. And this girl who gets the wrong end of the deal or so she thinks...

I really enjoyed this book I admit I myself was fooled by the cover which is why I am pointing it out so you will know the hidden truth  behind it. I picked up this book for a light and funny read to balance out the emotionally heavy book I was also reading at that time and this book surprised me because while it was light and funny it was also action packed full of mystery and 1 unseen plot twist.

I really enjoyed the main charterer. Though sometimes her bitterness though understandable and realistic was annoying. Bitterness is just not a fun emotion to read about even if it was accurate. It was so accurate that within the first pages I shared a bit of her bitterness and completely related with the unfairness of her situation. So much so that I stopped reading and tried to figure out why I connected with said situation so much. I did not come to any conclusions though. And by the end of the book I started not feeling so close with the main characters so I guess it could of been a moment thing.

As I mentioned more than once already. There is a lot of action. The main character Emma basically goes to a school where they are taught how to kill monsters. Throw in some romance mysteries and humor and it really is a good and light read with a great amount of action. The characters are diverse and enjoyable.

Rating: 3 stars


“‘I see, so you’re telling me that if I asked you to do anything, you would say yes?’ he asked with interest, and Emma felt a reluctant smile sneak up to her mouth. ‘Don’t push your luck.’”
 Fairy Bad Day- Amanda Ashby

‘Demon, definitely,’ Emma Jones whispered as another sophomore made his way from Principal Kessler’s office to where everyone was waiting on the grassy quad.”
 Fairy Bad Day- Amanda Ashby

My designation is Dragons. She repeated in a firm voice.
 Fairy Bad Day- Amanda Ashby

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Monday, 9 June 2014

Starting the Week Write(right) # 21

Starting the week write is a weekly post started here on living through pages by me where I post some quotes images and a cool fact every Monday in a matter to start the week off right and fight off the Monday blues. Feel free to join in on this weekly post just mention where the idea comes from in your post and please leave the link to your starting the week right post in the comments (though the link is not mandatory just appreciated).  

What's going this week for me: Last week of school for me!!! Which means more blogging and writing for my story. I was thinking of maybe posting some writing related posts on the blog while I'm finishing my second draft. For example a picture of my printed manuscript and other fun stuff. Let me know in the comments if it's something that you would like to read about. Now let's start the week write!


A pause followed my greeting. Then “We’re watching you ” whispered the voice on the other end.
“Yeah? Did you see what I did with my keys? ”
Silence. Then dial tone.
These younger demons. So easily discouraged.”
Josh Lanyon - The Hell You Say

"Life is short, Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret ANYTHING
That makes you smile."
- Mark Twain

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
- John Lennon
“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
- L.M Montgomery


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Friday, 6 June 2014

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Author: Julie Kagawa
Title: The Immortal Rules
Pages: 485
Publisher: Harlequin teen

 To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for… again.

Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

Description from Goodreads.com


Julie Kagawa you amazing writer you. You did it again, holy guacamole.

I read the Iron Fey series a while back and I absolutely adored it. So much so that I had 2 copies one which I just passed to my friends who all proceeded to fall in love with the series too.
When I heard she had published another series I was super happy. Then I heard it was on vampires which for me is an awesome thing because I'm a sucker for most werewolves and vampire books no matter how overdone they both are.
I proceed to read the description and I wasn't so sure anymore if I wanted to start it.
I then did the error of going on Goodreads and reading some reviews all saying how it's so dark but so good. Which for some reason made me not want to read it so much anymore. For me it seems almost every single time I go on Goodreads and read review it makes me not want to read the book I was researching. I know this yet I still do it. Why myself why?
And so because of the Goodreads reviews I refrained from reading it for the longest time thinking it would be a thriller, a scary dark novel. Every time I saw it  thinking I should pick it up and never doing it.
But it so happened the other day I was at the library and they had it. I decided you know what I might as well start and see how it is if its too gruesome of dark or whatever no need to finish it.
And I am so glad I did! This book yes is dark and sometimes slightly scary and gruesome. But it is also really good bringing a new twist on vampires. You where right Goodreads. But what they failed to mention is that these aspects make the book wonderful and aren't so creepy. That a person who dislike scary movies like me can't read it and really enjoy it.

The world is creative and well built and this story really is about a girl coming to terms with who she is. Like most YA novels but in this case it is exceptionally well done.
This is one of those stories that make you not sure what your supposed to be feeling. For example I know drinking blood from humans is well gross and definitely not nice. And the vampires in this story are total monsters and most only see humans as food. Yet the way Julie Kagawa wrote this book makes me kind of see past that in the case of certain vampires and I see myself voting for the vampire to survive. But at the same time I still want the humans to survive. So basically I'm voting for the Killers and enemy of the humans while still voting for the humans. Those that make any sens? No? Well then pick up the book and see what I mean. Because even if in this book I do not agree with what some people are doing I'm still rooting for them and that's kinda weird but in a good way... I think.

About the gruesome thing it is true and in the book so you are warned. I admit a couple of times I skimmed a paragraph describing some of the more violent parts.

My next point and Maybe it's because I had been reading the last maybe 200 pages of the book in one sitting. But for me there was too much description there at the end during the action scenes. Descriptions that at that moment in the story I couldn't care less about. Like the texture of the woods grain that erupted in flames. Tell me the buildings wooden structure caught on fire and move on. I would rather know how the fight is going between certain characters  than know the wood has walnut color and looked like Burch. It's the previously soft brown wood not blackened by soot and ashes the wood slowly curling and peeling as the flames lick at them. There is the faint sound  as everyone behind was screaming and the blah blah blah very red curtains blah blah blah also went up in flames. So maybe it was imagination and it just felt like a lot of description because I wanted to know what was coming next but that was how I felt there towards the end in certain action scenes.

The main character Allison is seriously kick ass. If kickass had a definition it would be Allison Sekemoto. This girl had been through so much and though she is sometimes bitter and I don't always agree with her actions she has a strong sense of justice and man can she wield a katana.
I was struck by this particularly in one scene very minor spoiler where instead of the girl gripping the guys back and putting her chin on his shoulder while he drives his motorcycle. It's the girl driving the motorcycle and loving it driving recklessly. While the guy holds on to her in fear. In this book it's not boy saves girl. It's girl saves boy. Many times. Again and again. Even when the boy is being a jerk.
The other day on twitter someone wrote something about Allison Sekemoto. I don't remember the exact words but it was something along the lines she is awesomesauce omg. This was before I read this book and now that I read I understand completely  how she could get that reaction out of someone. She might get bashed down but she gets back up and has her priority's straight. She isn't invincible, she feels, she has weakness but she overcomes them and moves forwards when faced with obstacles. And that to me is basically the definition of a good hero one who has weakness but overcomes them or those who do not let them bring her or him down and keep fighting.

Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler Big Humongous Major Spoiler do no read unless done the book. I'm serious don't. Skip to the next paragraph now if you haven't read it. Seriously.
Omg. Damn. So many people died in this book. It's crazy. Literally at least 10 people you get to know die. I didn't really get attached to any of them that much. Except for one or two who thankfully survived. But at one point I thought if she kills over 10 people in her first book what in the world is gonna happen in the second book.
Another thing I thought about, You know how Ruth dies. Do you think it was because Julie Kagawa was like hmm Allison has enough shit to deal with let's eliminate the competition for Zee's heart. Or was it a Ruth is annoying me know so let's kills her off thing. Or was it an everyone else died now it's her turn thing.
I have one theory that might be totally far fetched. But what if she's not really dead? What if she comes back somehow? She is the only female competition for Zee at this point even though hes totally clueless and doesn't even react when shes dying in his laps and she says I love you. Which is kind of jerk thing to do. But the reason why I think it could be possible is because Caleb goes and ask Allsion if she will come back. If she will come out of the ground like her. Is that foreshadowing a set up for the next book? Or just there to make people cry?

I hope you people who haven't read the book skiped that. *serious face*
Next matter love interest. Zee I'm not sure about this dude. He's nice and he's a good person and all that jazz. But I didn't feel a connection to him and honestly if a new guy came up in the next book I wouldn't really be dissapointed to see him out of the picture. In the Iron Fey series the romance is awesome and the dialogue is light and witty. This book not so much, its a much more depressing atmosphere but the wit is still there. All that to say, not really a fan of Zee he's a boy that Allison likes. But for me he doesn't even come close to a William Herondale like character that makes you fall in love with them and wish they where real.

Overall good book it makes you think. It has good characters a good setting and plot and is wonderfully written. Though different from her other series. And I suggest you pick it up.

Rating: 3 and a half / four stars


“You are a monster.” Kanin’s deep voice droned in my head again, as I forced myself to move, to walk away. “You will always be a monster, there is no turning back from it. But what type of monster you become is entirely up to you.”
Julie Kagawa - The Immortal Rules

“Oh, come on. I want to see the big-spiky-ball thing."
"You do not need a flail." Kanin scowled, as though imagining what I could do with it.”
Julie Kagawa - The Immortal Rules

“Reaching back, I drew my blade, feeling it rasp free, gleaming
as it came into the light. Looking up at the approaching rabids, I

 Julie Kagawa - The Immortal Rules

“Dumping the tent onto the ground, I studied it fiercely.
All right, I can do this. How hard can it be, really?
Kneeling, I picked up a long metal spike, frowning.
What in the world? Are you supposed to stab someone with these? Do tents come with vampire-slaying kits?”
Julie Kagawa - The Immortal Rules

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Aurelia <3

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Review: SoulBound by Heather Brewer

Title: Soulbound

Author: Heather Brewer

Pages: 394

Publisher: DIAL

Tril is a world where Barrons and Healers are Bound to each other: Barrons fight and Healers cure their Barrons' wounds in the ongoing war with the evil Graplar King. Seventeen-year-old Kaya was born a Healer, but she wants to fight. In Tril, and at Shadow Academy, where she is sent to learn to heal, it is against Protocol for Healers to fight. So Kaya must learn in secret. Enter two young men: One charming, rule-following Barron who becomes Bound to Kaya and whose life she must protect at all costs. And one with a mysterious past who seems bent on making Kaya's life as difficult as possible. Kaya asks both to train her, but only one will, and the consequences will change their lives forever


I have seen this book around and thought it looked really cool. So I picked it up and oh my goodness it was sooooo good. Absolutely fantastic. So good that I bought myself a copy after returning the one I had borrowed from the library and that is not something I do often. 

The concept is so interesting and the whole soul bound healer and Barron things is very well executed.And very clever and cool. The story had me entranced and I wanted to know what happened next. It was hard to put down. Honestly writing this review a little while after I finished the book. I`m brought back to the happy feeling I had while reading this book since I loved the characters and the world they lived in so much.

Something I do thing you should know is this book us upper YA there is some pretty gruesome scenes. So for example 13 year old`s should wait before reading it. 

I don`t what else to say about this book but read it! I don`t want to give away anything since part of the fun is discovering it for yourself. If you`ve been hedging on whether to read this book or not. Hedge no more pick it up. If you like action,fantasy,romance,mystery that you`ll love this book and thank me later.

I want to mention the ending of the book, I totally called it. From the first quarter of the book I knew well at least strongly suspected that that cliffhanger ending thing was going to happen.

Now to finish this off I do have to tell you something. That I learned after I had finished the book and had immediately hoped on Google to see when or if the sequel came out yet. And was crushed to see that the sequel was not coming. So I continued to search hoping I would find something and I did. The sequel to this book is coming out but only on ebook format. So there is a sequel coming out! And even if there wasn't a sequel I think it's still worth it to read the first book. For that 20 minutes where I thought there wasn't a sequel. I was disappointed but I never regretted reading the book. The sequel come out next year in 2015. If you have read this book and want to know about the sequel here's the link to the Goodreads page.

Rating: 4 stars

Quotes: ( this is currently all the quotes I can find online.)

“Great. So now I was expected to be a damsel in distress? I didn’t think so.”
Heather Brewer - Soulbound 

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Aurelia <3