SST: Quotes from Timekeeper by Tara Simm + Giveaway!

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Sunday Street Team comes from the fabulous brain of Nori over at ReadWriteLove28. Basically we act as a street team for a particular author (or authors) every month, promoting their book and basically flailing about (we do that right?). To learn more about it you can visit the Sunday Street Team page over on Nori’s site.

I am so excited to be sharing this book with you today for Sunday Street Team. There has been so much excitement surrounding this book with its diversity and unique storytelling, and I can definitely see what all the hype is about. Haven’t heard much about this book? Well…here’s a little bit more about it.


25760792In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors. And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve. But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever. The stunning first novel in a new trilogy by debut author Tara Sim, Timekeeper is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Victoria Schwab.

The time period, the characters, the writing…it all makes this story incredibly unique and definitely something for readers everywhere to be excited for.

As this book is so unique and the writing so incredibly I am going to share 5 of my favorite quotes with you. I hope that through these quotes you can see just how the writing captures the world and that it will make you wanting more. Now if you now me well you know that I am a sucker for first lines, so this first quote is the first line of the book. That will be followed by some other fabulous quotes from this book.

“Two o’clock was missing.”

 

“Time was everywhere and nowhere at once, making the moment last an eternity.”

 

‘‘You’re chaos and order and everything in between. Like sunshine kept back by clouds. Like the entire world’s imploded inside you, but all I see are the stars are sewn into your skin. You’re filled with soft, dark music.” His smile was gentle. “I hear it all the time. Your music.”

 

“Time moved all things. Killed all things”

 

“He was a boy of air and dust and sunlight. Everything that had gone into the making of the world.”

If that isn’t enough to get you wanting to get your hands on this book I don’t know what will. This book came out this past week (November 8th!) so be sure to go out and get your copy today!

About the Author

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Tara Sim can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, clocks, and explosives. TIMEKEEPER is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter at @EachStarAWorld, or check out her website tarasim.com for fun extras

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SST: Interview with Aprilynne Pike + GIVEAWAY

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Sunday Street Team comes from the fabulous brain of Nori over at ReadWriteLove28. Basically we act as a street team for a particular author (or authors) every month, promoting their book and basically flailing about (we do that right?). To learn more about it you can visit the Sunday Street Team page over on Nori’s site.

I am so excited to have Aprilynne Pike on the blog today. Her book, Glitter, is definitely one that I am looking forward to this fall. With a plot that seems so unique I really found myself drawn to this book, and I think you will love getting to know the author behind the book just as much as I did.

And now…to Aprilynne.


  1. How did you know you wanted to write as a career?

It took a while, actually. Like, a few years after I got my degree in Creative Writing, go figure. I toyed with the idea and even started a book, but it really wasn’t until I met my first author that it really entered into my scope of reality that a regular, normal person could be an author. After that, I finished my first attempt at a novel, and it was about three years and two book later that I managed to get a publishing contract.

  1. What was your inspiration for writing Glitter?

I really enjoyed watching the series Breaking Bad, but the first half of season five was a letdown for me. I felt like the characters were acting in ways counter to four seasons of character development, and the plot was a little mushy (it came back in the second half and totally redeemed itself!!) but at the moment, struggling through the season, my writer’s ego kicked in and I turned to my husband and said, “I just think I could do better.” Then I thought, but you know what I’d really like? To write about girls in pretty dresses. And thus, the idea for GLITTER was born.

  1. What is your favorite thing about writing YA fiction?

I love writing about teens and big firsts fun drama, but as an author, my very favorite thing about writing YA is that I can write all sorts of sub genres within that umbrella. I have been able to write paranormal romance, a quirky sort-of ghost story, horror, and now a sci-fi … sort of. If I were an adult author it would be very hard to put out so many sub genres.

  1. Where is your favorite place to write?

I’m so boring–at my desk. At home. I’m such a homebody.

  1. How do you conquer writer’s block?

I get the question all the time and I have the most unhelpful answer ever. I don’t believe in it. The denial is very strong. If I don’t believe in it, it can’t hurt me. That doesn’t work for other people, but it works for me. However, it’s not a *helpful* answer.

Fun Questions:

  1. If you could live in a book, TV show or movie, what would it be?

*koffkoffblushkoff* Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. For, um, reasons. *shifty eyes*

  1. If you could be any animal, real or mythical, what would you be?

Weirdly, a gazelle. I’ve always loved to watch gazelles run and leap, and as I’m a runner myself, that comparison has always resonated with me.

  1. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Flying. I’ve dreamed about it since I was a kid. I know there are cooler powers, but I still love that one.

  1. If you could time travel, where would you choose to go?

I would go back to the early 1700s France. To the Palace of Versailles. With the option of coming back at any time.:D

  1. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Crazy? Well, I don’t know that I’ve ever really done something crazy. I do bold things. I’ve had all four of my children out of the hospital, I’ve completed two Tough Mudders and loved every second of them, I got a tattoo that says faerie in Japanese calligraphy after Wings was published, and I walked up to Jim Gaffigan in a restaurant, talked too fast, and asked for a picture.


 

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike came out on October 25th! Be sure to get your copy!

24033058From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.
Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.

Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

About the Author

author20photoCritically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author Aprilynne Pike has been spinning tales since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found out running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and four kids; she is enjoying the sunshine.

 

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SST: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess + Giveaway!

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Sunday Street Team comes from the fabulous brain of Nori over at ReadWriteLove28. Basically we act as a street team for a particular author (or authors) every month, promoting their book and basically flailing about (we do that right?). To learn more about it you can visit the Sunday Street Team page over on Nori’s site.

I am SO excited to be a part of this particular month because this is a book that I was HIGHLY anticipating. I read the synopsis and instantly added it to my ever growing TBR because it should so cool and so unique.

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I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she’s brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

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This book is released on September 20, 2016 and I am HIGHLY recommending you get your hands on it. This book was an adventure, filled with twists and turns and a unique look at a pretty typical troupe in fantasy books. I found myself diving right into this book and just being completely and totally lost to the real world (because I was in this world, and this world…oh it was good). Some specifics that I really loved about it…

  • A unique take on someone being The Chosen One. Because how many times have we read that? Don’t get me wrong…I love this kind of thing. I have been hooked on books about The Chosen One since Harry Potter and have never looked back. This book…well it has someone who is considered to be the person to fulfill their prophesy, but in all honesty…things don’t look so good for her. It started off with so much promise for her, and so much excitement…but then she had to work a lot harder than most prophesied ones and dealt with a lot of heartache and frustration along the way. That is kind of all I can say about it without giving away some plot details, but I promise you…it’s really unique. I haven’t read too many books that tackle this particular plot point in this way.
  • Henrietta was relate-able to me. She is thrown into this new world, this world she didn’t necessarily know if she wanted to be a part of. And once she is there she has to choose. She has to make a lot of choices for herself, and for the people that she holds most dear. She finds herself not really knowing where she stands and where to turn, which is a situation I tend to find myself in from time to time (and I know I am not alone). I just hope that I can tackle my real world problems with the strength and fierceness that Henrietta did.
  • There were amazing friendships and some female empowerment. Henrietta enters a world that is dominated by men. There are very few female sorcerers, and these guys sure let her know it. They test her, challenge her, and make her grow even more as a person. I think that without them she would have been lost. The group really formed a bond towards the end, and found themselves needing to work together more than anything. And while doing all of that Henrietta is working to prove that she, a woman, can do this just as well as any guy can…and she does this in the least obnoxious way possible. I won’t get into my views on feminism because that could take awhile, but I do believe there is a right and wrong way to do it…and this book did it right. Because, lets face it, this world is filled with men AND women. What are the chances you are going to have to work together? Pretty darn high. This book shows the teamwork between sexes, and it shows that it’s possible to do so with class but it is also possible to maintain some snark and attitude if you really need it.

Bonuses: Victorian era, monsters that were quite honestly terrifying, a romance that really grew on me, an amazing ending that was NOT a cliffhanger, a world I felt I could easily wander and get lost in.

So…this book…ORDER IT! BUY IT! READ IT! PASS IT ON TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

But seriously…it’s worth your time and money.

Anyone planning on getting their hands on this one? Or if you have gotten the opportunity to read it, what did you think?

About the Author:

JESSICA CLUESS is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories.

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SST: Signs of You by Emily France + Giveaway

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Sunday Street Team comes from the fabulous brain of Nori over at ReadWriteLove28. Basically we act as a street team for a particular author (or authors) every month, promoting their book and basically flailing about (we do that right?). To learn more about it you can visit the Sunday Street Team page over on Nori’s site.

Today I will be talking to you about Signs of You by Emily France. This is one of the first contemporary books I have review for Sunday Street Team, and I am so excited to share with you!

27272341Since sixteen-year-old Riley Strout lost her mother two years ago, her saving grace has been her quirky little family in the grief support group she joined as a freshman. Jay, Kate, and Noah understand her pain; each lost a loved one, and they’ve stuck together in spite of their differences, united by tragedies only they understand.

When Riley thinks she spots her mother shopping in a grocery store, she fears she is suffering some sort of post-traumatic stress. Then Jay and Kate report similar experiences. Only Noah hasn’t had some kind of vision, which is perhaps why he’s become so skeptical and distant.

When Noah disappears, Riley fears she’s lost another loved one. As they frantically search for him, she, Kate, and Jay are drawn into the mystery surrounding a relic that belonged to Jay’s dead father and contains clues about the afterlife. Riley finds herself wrestling with her feelings for both Noah and Jay—which have become clear only in Noah’s absence. If Riley is to help those she loves, and herself, she must set things right with the one she’s lost.

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This book took me completely by surprise. I don’t know if I just didn’t fully take in the synopsis or what, but I was not expecting the book that I got. This may sound like I see this in a bad way, but I don’t. What did I expect? I expected a book about the loss of a family member. I expected to see someone struggling to get by because they just could not handle it. I expected to see people leaving the main character and her just kind of trying to overcome things. This book is none of those things, and I honestly can’t believe I even thought that. It makes me wonder what made me decide to read this book if that was my initial impression. Here’s a few things that I did get from this book…

  • A fresh take on grief. If you don’t know it by now…I am drawn to books about grief. At 13 I lost my father to a battle with cancer, and grief is something I have dealt with ever since. You might wonder why that makes me drawn to books about grief, but I think it’s because it helps me see that I’m not alone, that there are many ways to handle it, and that it can be tolerable. I felt that this unique telling of grief didn’t bog the reader down with feelings of sadness and sympathy towards the main character, but I think it helped the reader relate. I think that it almost gave the book a hopeful tone instead of the tone of helplessness and sadness. Obviously there were some intense moments, but it didn’t weigh the book down by any means. I think that if you have not experience this kind of grief you should definitely look for Riley’s take on it. Because it was unique, and it came with an adventure and a mystery.
  • A tight-knit group of friends. I thought it was so amazing that Riley had a group of friends that were also fighting their own battles with grief. Though all battles came from different situations, a lot of the feelings can relate. I think that THIS is what helps Riley through. This is something that would have helped me through the worst of my grief. To have friends who understood would be so incredibly huge. I think that I would have been more open to talk about my feelings, which I think was huge for the characters that we see in this book. Without this close group of friends…well some of the mystery wouldn’t exist but I also think that the book would have been along the lines of my initial impression and not what actually happened.
  • Adventure and mystery. It seems odd for me to say that a conteporary book that dealt with grief had mystery and adventure right? Well, this one does. It was a mystery that I honestly couldn’t figure out for the longest time and it kept me going through the book. I think this part of the plot was why I was able to finish the book within 24 hours (a pretty rare accomplishment for me). I can’t really dive into this further without giving things away, but know that this is a thing in the book and it changes EVERYTHING as far as a book about grief.

Bonus: I learned something new about the Jesuits and things that they believe, MY SHIP FRICKING SAILED GUYS!

All in all, this was a really well done book. A book that gave me a taste of something I already felt I knew well in my own life…but with a twist.

About the Author:

Emily France graduated from Brown University before going on to law school, where she was the editor-in-chief of the law review. She finds creative inspiration in all things spiritual, from sitting with Benedictine monks for 4 a.m. vigils in a Rocky Mountain monastery to trekking to Buddhist and Hindu temples in India. Now she writes full-time and lives with her husband and their fearless Tibetan Spaniel in sunny Colorado—the closest place to Nirvana she’s found. Signs of You is her debut novel. Visit Emily online at http://www.emilyfrancebooks.com and follow her on Twitter @EmilyFranceBook.

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SST: The Island by S. Usher Evans + Giveaway!

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Sunday Street Team comes from the fabulous brain of Nori over at ReadWriteLove28. Basically we act as a street team for a particular author (or authors) every month, promoting their book and basically flailing about (we do that right?). To learn more about it you can visit the Sunday Street Team page over on Nori’s site.

I am so excited to talk to you all about The Island (Madion War Trilogy #1) by S. Usher Evans!

27236789Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.
Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country’s independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.
When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian’s medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo’s survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.
Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?
The Island is the first in a new romance trilogy by S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series and Empath.

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After finishing this book I definitely let out an audible “wow,” which was only slightly awkward because I was at work…but oh well. This book flew by in the best possible way. I felt like I was immediately lost in this world and on this island with Theo and Galian, trying to survive the best way I can (by reading and then putting the book down occasionally for a drink of water…because reading this made me thirsty). This book was filled with adventure, action, ROMANCE, and survival. It has been so long that I have read a book where they are just trying to survive, so this was timely in that respect. Some of my favorite things about this book…

  • Setting: This may sound crazy, the fact that I loved that it took place mostly on an island. You would probably think that I would tire of just one setting, but I didn’t. There was so much tension between the two characters and there was so much of the island to discover that I felt it never truly got old. I think it added more to what they need to do to survive. I mean they had to think of how to get the basic necessities that we can just walk to our kitchen for. We don’t have to scrounge for our food (unless it’s at the back of the cupboard) and water is pretty easy to come by. We have a bed and we have shelter. They had nothing. Nothing at all. And the climate would change and there medical issues to deal with. Honestly, the island made the book much more interesting than anything. It gave them a common struggle and was the biggest challenge that they had. I honestly loved it. Then I didn’t have to like rework the map and try to think of how they got from point A to point B. I loved that they were stuck on an island.
  • Theo and Galian: I think the best way to describe these two is perfectly imperfect. They came from different sides of a war. They were both stubborn, so stinking stubborn (some a little more than others…seriously Theo..). Even with that stubbornness they both tried for the other person. Galian tried to help Theo with injuries and in return she helped Galian with survival. They did their best to overcome those differences between them for survival, which helped them to grow. Obviously there were fights. Sometimes they got really bad and I thought all things would end, but that was not the case. You could see the characters growing and changing. You see them become a better person and look to see just what they can do to right the wrongs of their worlds.
  • Relationships: I am not just talking about the swoony bits of the book (you have to know there were swoony bits…the romance was heated and intense guys. seriously) I am talking about the relationship of Theo and Galian. As I said at first, they started as sworn enemies just because of birth, but they became such great friends. Once they got over their stubbornness and the “need to be the superior person” they really relied on each other for survival. I love how they had to learn to trust each other, even if it only started as trust because their survival depended on it.

I don’t know what I had expected when I dove into this book, but I was blown away. And that ending…I need the next book soon please because I just HAVE to know what happens next. That ending hurt (in the best way possible right…).

This is a book that should definitely be added to your TBR!

About the Author:

View More: http://ashleyvictoriaphotography.pass.us/whitneyevansS. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.

Evans is the author of the Razia series and Empath, both published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.

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Sunday Street Team: Beyond the Red by Ava Jae

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Sunday Street Team comes from the fabulous brain of Nori over at ReadWriteLove28. Basically we act as a street team for a particular author (or authors) every month, promoting their book and basically flailing about (we do that right?). To learn more about it you can visit the Sunday Street Team page over on Nori’s site.

This is my FIRST Sunday Street Team post and I am so excited that the book I get to tell you all about is Beyond the Red by Ava Jae!

25898435Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.

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Oh my gosh, I do not even know where to start with this book. This is one of those books that once I finished I let out a little sigh, possibly a huff due to wanting more, and then I proceeded to hug the book. It’s the type of adventure story that I just never tire of reading; a Queen struggling to rule mostly because of her gender, watching her make decisions that no one thinks should be made. These stories can go wrong very easily. A lot of them can come off as man hating (which bothers me because I don’t hate men) and sometimes there is so much whining by the heroine that I am just done with her. Lucky for me, this one worked. There is action, adventure, romance (ohhhh be still my heart), and it was all just fabulous. Here are a few of my favorite things about this book:

  • The romance made sense! Ok, how many books have you read where it just doesn’t seem to make sense to you. For example, there is instalove, or they maybe have no reasons at all to start falling for each other or the attraction just…blech. THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN IN THIS BOOK! There is an order for things, there is a physical attraction and it builds. A friendship is built FIRST AND FOREMOST, and things just happen from there. I absolutely adored this romance. It made my smile, and it also broke my heart as all good romances do (because love is hard guys. Love is hard). I really can’t say TOO much more because you just have to trust me on this and read it yourself.
  • Kora! Holy moly badass girl. I think the exact words I wrote down immediately after reading was “Kora= relatable badass.” I find that in a lot of books I read the main character is so fierce and strong but I have very little that I can relate to. I felt that with Kora I could see a little bit of myself, or some of the things I do every day. She was flawed, beautifully flawed just as we all are. She struggled to do what was best FOR HER and saw her own needs get lost in the shuffle from time to time. She was able to summon strength when she felt that she had absolutely nothing left in her, which is something I look at and think of how I need to do that. I think she is the PERFECT main character for anyone to read about.
  • Eros! This guy….there was so much more to him than what you would think. I feel like right at the beginning I had one single impression of him. When he was introduced I was so sure he would be a specific type of character, but I was so wrong. His story line had me feeling all kinds of emotions (and even a few tears) within the first couple pages. He was put through so much throughout just ONE book and came out as strong as he could be. I admired him (and maybe felt some swooning going on too…shhhhhh).

This book just FLEW by! I was shocked at how quickly I read it, but I just could not put it down (unless I was forced to. Work really gets in the way of reading doesn’t it?). It was a whirlwind adventure with a romance that is just a bit of a slow burn. I could not get enough…cannot get enough. I REALLY NEED MORE!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE TELL ME THAT THERE WILL BE MORE!!!

Has anyone else read this one yet? I would love to hear your thoughts!!! And be sure to check out other posts from those of us on the Sunday Street Team.