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Let the Storm Break – Shannon Messenger

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Let the Storm Break
By Shannon Messenger
Let the Sky Fall – Book 2
Available March 2014

Description:
Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.

But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.

With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?

This Blonde’s Review:
I really enjoyed getting to know Vane and Audra in the first book in this series. Vane isn’t smooth, he stumbles but does his best. Audra is still a the girl who fights to be as strong as she wants to be.

Admittedly I was disappointed when Audra ran and hoped she’d find her way back to Vane quickly. I hated to see him struggling to do it alone and I hated to see the way she isolated herself. They’re both great characters but better together. But we an often learn important things about ourselves when we have to go without the things or people who really matter to us and that was certainly the case in this book. The things they’ve learned could be enough to defeat Raiden and the weapons he has created.

At first it seemed a lot of this book was waiting. Waiting for Audra to go back to Vane, waiting for Vane to make a choice, waiting for Raiden to attack. But even when you’re waiting life goes on and you’re learning what you want. You can also learn what you don’t want and what you’re willing to stand for. And the ending? That’s the kind of cliffhanger that makes me incredibly impatient for the next book. I have so many questions that can only be answered by the appearance of book 3. I like Vane would probably say I like him best, but Audra is the one I can identify with so I love her too. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

If you liked the first book in this series this one isn’t to be missed.

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Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Around The World Tours, Book Review

 

Sleep No More – Aprilynn Pike

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Sleep No More
By Aprilynn Pike
Available April 2014

Description:
Oracles see the future but are never supposed to interfere. Charlotte learned that the hard way. If she hadn’t tried to change one of her childhood visions, her father would still be alive. Since the accident, Charlotte has suppressed her visions to avoid making the same mistake. But when she receives a premonition of a classmate’s murder, she can no longer ignore her powerful gift.

Then Charlotte meets someone who not only knows her secret but who also has a way for her to stop the killer. He offers to teach her how to manipulate her visions to change the future. But doing so will put Charlotte in the path of the murderer.…

This Blonde’s Review:
Charlotte lives her life isolated, she’s seen as a strange girl who suffers from migraines and doesn’t have many friends because of it. In reality she is an Oracle. She has visions of the future. She learned the hard way that changing the future can have consequences so does everything she can not to see them. The ones she sees she ignores. Until a classmate is murdered and someone starts asking why she let it happen.

This was interesting. I enjoyed Charlotte, she’s struggling to know what is right and who to listen to. She can listen to her aunt, who is also an oracle but tells her to ignore the visions, or she can listen to the person who knows about her gift and seems to want to stop it. Who can she trust? The one who has hid everything she should know about herself, or the stranger who knows more than he should.

Charlotte has choices to make. I loved seeing her struggle to know what was right to do. I also loved seeing her learn more about her abilities and what she’s capable of. I loved the way the author wove everything together, to be suspicious of everyone.  Is there anyone she can trust? Watching her try to figure it out was interesting.

If you enjoy watching the main character try to find herself while trying to save the people around her then you’ll enjoy Charlotte’s story.

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Around The World Tours, Book Review

 

Ask Again Later

Ask Again Later coverAsk Again Later
By Liz Czukas
Available March 2014

Description:
Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there’s only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother’s best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek…with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart’s interests–even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart’s simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all.

This Blonde’s Review:
What if flipping a coin led to being able to experience both outcomes? That is exactly what happens to Heart. In the classic style of alternating chapters we get to see both outcomes. We can see what happens when she agrees to go with her jock brother’s best friend who was recently dumped. Option two is going with a theater geek she’s friends with, someone with a secret that makes her want to help.

I loved Heart. She’s cynical about relationships and wants to avoid them. At the same time she has a big heart and is willing to forgive her brother acting like a jerk. To me the mix of cynicism and love makes her the kind of character I wanted to know and see happy.

And of course this book is going to have some romance. You’ll see her best option a mile away and I have to say that I loved him. I really wished we could get to know him better. Watching the way he and Heart interact had me smiling any time he showed up.

This was adorable read. I enjoyed seeing the different way her night plays out and the different perspectives. I really liked the way certain events happened the same way regardless of who she was with, the difference was where she was and who she was with during each event. I

If you enjoy seeing what can happen if you could pick both doors then I know you’re already interested in this book. Once you start to get to know Heart, with her aversion to her own name, her refusal to get involved with anyone, and her love for her family, then you’ll want to keep reading and hope for the best outcome for her.

I really liked this book and look forward to reading more by this author.