Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Calling – Kelley Armstrong

The Calling coverThe Calling
By Kelley Armstrong
Darkness Rising – Book Two
Available Now

This description does contain spoilers.

Maya and her friends–all of whom have supernatural powers–have been kidnapped after fleeing from a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set, and after a terrifying helicopter crash they find themselves pursued by evildoers in the Vancouver Island wilderness.

This Blonde’s Review:
In the first book we’re introduced to Maya, Daniel, Rafe, and the other teens. In book two we are dropped into the middle of the action from the first book. This is a book you will be too lost to read if you haven’t read the first book. If you have you’ll want a refresher or a good memory.

After the forest fire forces the group of teens to flee they find their helicopter crash landing miles from civilization. Maya leads her friends through the forest in search of safety. It can’t be too easy for them, since they’re also trying to avoid the strange men who are after them.

Maya knows about her abilities, even if she hasn’t fully accepted them. She’s still miles ahead of her friends, including Daniel, who don’t know about the powers they have. As they travel through the wilderness together they will learn to rely on the powers they didn’t know they had. They have to trust each other to survive.

Maya was a character I enjoyed getting to know in the first book and I enjoyed getting back into her story. In book one we were able to see her close friendship to Daniel and wonder if their relationship was one that could move to the next level. In this book we get a stronger image of the type of friendship they have. He’s been portrayed as the strong, moral, supportive friend and he doesn’t disappoint in this book either. He’s one we can love and want great things for.

The Calling felt like a middle book in the series. It gave us more information about our characters and gave us many more questions we’d want the answers to. We’ve been set up to want the third book right away so we can get those answers and get to the real action Right Now.

If reading a book set in the modern day world filled with teens who aren’t as average as they believe sounds interesting you’ll like the characters you find in The Calling. If watching what they’ll do to survive and make their way home despite the odds against them sounds like your idea of a good book then you should pick this one up today.


Destined – Aprilynne

Destined Cover

By Aprilynne Pike
Wings – Book 4
Available May 2012

The description contains spoilers! Don’t read if you haven’t read the first three books in the Wings series.

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and she is working with Klea to conquer and destroy Avalon. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares for a fight she never thought she would have to face.

Filled with heart-pounding action, sweeping romance, and higher stakes at every turn, Destined is the series conclusion that readers have been clamoring for—with a twist that will leave them breathless.

This Blonde’s Review:
Laurel has come a long way from the confused girl who had a flower sprout from her back unexpectedly. She learned to recognize her strengths as a fall faerie. She learned to trust her best friends were true and wouldn’t turn their backs on her for being different.

The friends will prepare to fight for Avalon and risk everything to do it. They could lose their lives or their freedom to protect Amazon and all that matters. Laurel, David, and Tamani will learn that they were destined to meet and be part of each other’s lives.

As they fight for Avalon and for their lives, they will all discover truths about themselves. They’ll learn how far they’ll go to save what matters to them. Some will sacrifice everything to save what matters.

A series based on a world of faeries is one that can never really end. Rather than giving this one a set ending that leaves us without questions Aprilynne Pike keeps that in mind. The letter at the end is what I Most want to write about, but that would give more away than would be fair. Let’s just say that you won’t expect it.

If you enjoyed the first books in this series you’ll need to know what happens to Laurel, the boys, and Avalon. If you haven’t read this series you better get started. If you like to read about worlds the exist within our own with dangers we don’t know exist, then you’ll want to dive into the world of Wings.


Keep Holding On – Susane Colasanti

Keep Holding On
By Susane Colasanti
Available 31 May 2012


Noelle’s life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn’t know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle’s kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she’s terrified. Surely it’s safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the antagonism of her classmates takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it’s time to stand up for herself–and for the love that keeps her holding on

This Blonde’s Review:
In a typical book about bullying we’re about to see immediately why others bully them. Even though we often disagree and want life to turn around, we know why it’s happening. With Noelle that isn’t the case.

Noelle is a nice girl who is supportive of the things her best friend had gone through. She’s a pretty girl and thinks she has a boyfriend with a bad boy. She seems like she’s a typical teenage girl. What makes her the target of so much bullying?

We slowly learn what started it all as we watch get life play out. When a great guy starts to seem interested in her, Noelle doesn’t know what to think. It’s not possible. He’s too good for her.

When Noelle makes an honest mistake and life starts to get worse for her she has a choice to make. When tragedy strikes close enough for Noelle to feel it, it’s enough to wake her up to make some changes. Will it be enough to change the way others treat her?

I enjoyed reading Noelle’s story and seeing how simple mistakes and misunderstandings can shape your life. We see how it can happen to anyone, and that not everyone has the kind of life you think.

Reading Noelle’s memories of life at home and the way her mother neglected her was heartbreaking. The way the author wrote it was great, I love that she wasn’t looking for the big bang. They are little things that make you think about what it should be like. They make you consider what someone else’s life might be like.

Susane Colasanti did a great job on this one. It’s realistic and honest with characters we can care about.

If you enjoy looking into the life of a teenage girl who could be anyone you know you’ll enjoy this one. It’ll leave you thinking.


A Want So Wicked – Suzanne Young

A Want So Wicked
By Suzanne Young
A Need So Beautiful – Book 2
Available 26 June 2012

Elise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is.

After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose affect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates.

Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?

This Blonde’s Review:
Elise doesn’t know what her life is becoming. She has insight she doesn’t understand into the lives of strangers. She is given warnings about unknown Shadows. She finds herself torn between her attraction for two guys who couldn’t be more different. Plus her sister is changing and pulling away.

Abe is charming and a ladies man. With all of the girls who work for his attention she can’t believe he’d work so hard to get her attention. The more he works for it, the stranger it feels to her. Harlin is quiet, intriguing, and makes her want to know him.

There is a battle going on that Elise has no knowledge of, and she’s right in the middle. Elise doesn’t know what she’s capable of, but luckily for her no one realizes that she’s more than they believe. Lucky for Elise, she’s a fighter and not in a hurry to give up.

I love that the author didn’t spell everything out for us. Elise didn’t have all the answers and we only found them by paying attention to the clues. There were several things that were obvious from early in the story and others that were only clear in hindsight. I enjoy having a mixture of both in the story, then nothing feels too out of left field but the story isn’t boring either.

If you enjoyed the first book I know you’ll want to read Elise’s story and see how Harlin fits in. If you haven’t read A Need So Beautiful then you’ll want to pick that one up to get caught up on Charlotte’s story. Plus, seeing him in the first book will make you adore him in book two.

If a paranormal story about a girl who can decide a battle between light and dark seems like something you’ll enjoy then get your hands on this series as soon as you can. That’s Today for A Need So Beautiful and in June for A Want So Wicked.
Get your copies:
A Need So Beautiful
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

A Want So Wicked
Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Fear Winner!

We have a Winner!

With comment 2 on the giveaway post our winner is Sheer!

Looks like Sheer‘s tweet comment was the winning one, so that extra entry paid off this time. 🙂

Even though there were few entries this time I still look forward to my next giveaway. I already have one in mind.

If you didn’t win or missed your chance to enter good luck winning another copy out on the internet or pick up your copy on release day.


Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Giveaways