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book news

Last week J.M. Darhower contacted me about some big Extinguish news and asked if I’d like to help share so of course I said yes! As a huge fan of the author as well as anything angels and demons, I loved Extinguish. It was seductive and brilliant and though it had a wonderful and fitting ending, I couldn’t help desiring more Luce! And that is exactly what we are getting!

So without further ado, here is the cover and blurb for the sequel, Reignite!


Reignite (Extinguish #2)
J.M. Darhower
Release Date: October 13th 2014


The moment the short-lived apocalypse came to an end, life returned to normal. Mortals continued on with their oblivious existences while the earth healed and flowers again bloomed, the devastation instantly wiped away. It was as if it had never happened.

But it did.

Luce knows. He’s cursed to remember every moment, forced to live with everything he has done. Suddenly finding himself out of confinement, he’s faced with a decision: where to call “home”. Free will turns out not to be the freedom he expects when the only thing he wants doesn’t know he exists.

Serah woke up with no memory of where she came from or who she was before that moment. Struggling to adapt to the world as a mortal, she’s haunted by a set of bright blue eyes that always seem to be watching her. She can’t shake the feeling that he could be her salvation… if only she can remember him before it’s too late.

Lucifer didn’t fall from Grace alone. He’s not the only angel with a grudge, nor is he the only one fascinated by his beautiful mortal.

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AHHHHH! I’m so very excited for this! And that release date is so soon! But wait, this cover brings along a redo for Extinguish as well. Check it out!

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Luce! I loved the original cover but I think this redo is perfect! They fit together beautifully! Let’s see them side by side, shall we?

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Yep, loveloveloveloveloveLOVE!


To celebrate the Extinguish news, how about I offer up a kindle copy of the first book? INTERNATIONAL

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Seriously, if you are looking for something hot and sexy with beautiful writing and a clever take on angels and demons, I cannot recommend Extinguish enough! Go read it and prepare yourself for the sequel.

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October 13th 2014!

**This book is intended for a mature audience only, due to some dark and erotic content.**

About J.M. Darhower

JM Darhower is the author of the New Adult Sempre series (Sempre & Sempre: Redemption), and the paranormal romance novella, Extinguish. She lives in a tiny town in the Carolinas with her family, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and human rights, and when she isn’t writing she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can find her there.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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Review: The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) by Richelle Mead http://forever17books.com/2014/09/review-the-indigo-spell-bloodlines-3-by-richelle-mead.html http://forever17books.com/2014/09/review-the-indigo-spell-bloodlines-3-by-richelle-mead.html#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:25:57 +0000 http://forever17books.com/?p=1981 Read more »]]> The Indigo SpellThe Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #3
Published by Razorbill on February 12th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets--and human lives."
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.

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Up next was the third installment of the Bloodlines series, The Indigo Spell!

This time around we delve further into the world of magic as Sydney embraces her natural talent. Sydney is on the hunt for Marcus Finch, someone who may hold the answers she is so desperate for regarding the secrets of the Alchemists and their magical tattoos. Not only that, but she suddenly finds herself the target of a witch after her power and must hunt her down before she is the one being hunted.

Okay, this book definitely picked things up. There was a lot of excitement and intrigue regarding the secrets Sydney is desperate to uncover about the Alchemists. I must admit I was almost surprised how far Sydney was willing to go to get these answers. It really showed how much she had grown and changed since we first met her in Vampire Academy and in Bloodlines. She’s become bolder and daring. And more likable. I also loved the direction Sydney is taking involving magic. Her Alchemist skills blend right into her ability to cast magic and I find these two components of the plot starting to blend together the further we get into the series. Excited to see where this will take us!

Probably what was the best about this book was FINALLY getting some UST (unresolved sexual tension) between Sydney and Adrian! She has moments of weakness and cannot help but succumb to her attraction to Adrian (who could blame her?) but she is also still fighting it because even though she is growing and changing, becoming more accepting of the vampire world, it’s hard to go against everything she has been taught. And gah! Adrian is super swoony. And adorable. And I love him.

“I wasn’t that crazy on spirit when I said you’re my flame in the dark. We chase away the shadows around each other. Our backgrounds don’t matter. What we have is bigger than that. I love you, and beneath all that logic, calculation, and superstition, I know you love me too.”

With all of that being said, I must admit I still haven’t found that spark like I found with Vampire Academy. I keep waiting for something to surprise me and knock me off my feet. Being halfway through the series and missing that is a little bothersome purely because I know what Richelle Mead is capable of with her writing. I am absolutely enjoying the series but desperately hope to be blown away at some point. Expectations too high? Possibly. We’ll see!


Bloodlines Review
The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) Review

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She’s a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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Cover Reveal: Torture to Her Soul (Monster in His Eyes #2) by J.M. Darhower http://forever17books.com/2014/09/cover-reveal-torture-to-her-soul-monster-in-his-eyes-2-by-j-m-darhower.html http://forever17books.com/2014/09/cover-reveal-torture-to-her-soul-monster-in-his-eyes-2-by-j-m-darhower.html#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:15:30 +0000 http://forever17books.com/?p=1969 Read more »]]> J.M. Darhower

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Earlier this year I read Monster in His Eyes by J.M. Darhower and LOVED it! It was sexy. It was dangerous. And it left me craving more! I am so excited to help share the cover for the follow-up releasing September 29th! So without further ado…


Torture to Her Soul (Monster in His Eyes #2)
J.M. Darhower
Release Date: September 29th 2014
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Don’t say it unless you mean it…

It’s a simple concept, one I’ve said time and again, but something people don’t seem to comprehend. You should choose every syllable carefully, because you never know when somebody will hold you to your word.

Somebody like me.

I’m not a good man. I’m not. I know. I have enough darkness inside of me to rid the world of every stitch of light. But there’s one I could never harm, one light I couldn’t bring myself to snuff out.


She thinks I’m a monster, and maybe I am. I taunt her with my touch, get a thrill out of torturing her soul. But I’m not the only one. The world is full of monsters, and I’m not the most dangerous one out there.

Not even close…

God help me, I love her.

I do.

And God help anyone who tries to take her from me.

Oh my god I need this!!! And now take a look at the wraparound cover!



“Guess it’s true what they say.”

The sound of Karissa’s voice draws my attention. Turning around, I see her standing at the bottom of the steps, eyes trained past me at the front door. Early morning sunshine bathes the area around it in a soft orange glow, making the brand new locks lining the door shine brightly. I spent all night fortifying the house, doing everything in my power to make the place secure.

“And what, exactly, do they say?”

Karissa’s eyes shift from the door to meet mine. Her hair is a mess, her pajamas disheveled. She clearly just woke up from sleeping hard, lost in tranquility, while I spent the past few hours drowning in paranoia. Every time the house creaked, I damn near clawed my way out of my own skin.

“History repeats itself,” she says, “first as a tragedy, second as a farce.”

Karl Marx. I recognize the quote.

Daniel Santino must’ve taught it to her.


I wave toward the front door. “Something about this is funny to you?”

“Not really funny,” she says, slowly stepping closer. “It’s sort of curious, though, that I spent my entire life trapped behind locked doors and here it is, happening to me again. I always knew something was going on when my mother started buying extra locks and nailing down windows. It’s just a bit of déjà vu seeing you doing the same thing.”

Hesitating, I reach into my pocket and fish out a set of keys. I toss them to her without warning, and they hit the wooden floor by her feet with a clang. Bending down, she picks them up, eyeing me curiously.

“You’re not trapped here, Karissa.”

Her fist closes around the keys, her gaze burning through me as she arches an eyebrow, silent for a moment before asking, “Aren’t I?”

“No, you’re not,” I say. “You can leave the house whenever you want.”

“Can I?”

“Of course,” I say. “Doesn’t mean I won’t follow you, though.”

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**This book is intended for a mature audience only, due to some dark and erotic content.**

About J.M. Darhower

JM Darhower is the author of the New Adult Sempre series (Sempre & Sempre: Redemption), and the paranormal romance novella, Extinguish. She lives in a tiny town in the Carolinas with her family, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and human rights, and when she isn’t writing she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can find her there.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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Review: The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead http://forever17books.com/2014/09/review-the-golden-lily-bloodlines-2-by-richelle-mead.html http://forever17books.com/2014/09/review-the-golden-lily-bloodlines-2-by-richelle-mead.html#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 04:29:51 +0000 http://forever17books.com/?p=1960 Read more »]]> The Golden LilyThe Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #2
Published by Razorbill on June 12th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?

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Continuing on with my binge read of the Bloodlines series, the first words that come to mind with The Golden Lily are that it was a solid sequel. That probably comes off sounding negative but really it isn’t, I swear. I honestly enjoyed the book and found myself a little more engrossed with the characters and plot than its predecessor. BUT, it just didn’t captivate me as much as I hoped it would as a sequel and as much as Vampire Academy did at this point in that series.

I hate to constantly compare the Bloodlines series with Vampire Academy but it is extremely hard to separate the two in my mind. Perhaps it is how highly I have placed Vampire Academy on a pedestal or maybe I am still missing the spark I expected at this point in a series. A big positive – Sydney is growing on me. She remains quite prudish and proper in many ways but the shell surrounding her begins to crack and we see her start to lighten up more and more. A large reason for this is how Sydney starts to connect with her ‘fake family’. They are starting to be more than just vampires or a job to her but actual friends she cares about. And that is definitely scary to a girl who wants to be the job. And oh how crazy amazing she is at putting others ahead of everything else. She drops everything to be there for them. She’s not afraid to face her fears if it means helping someone. And despite her reservations, she works hard and tries to be the best.  We get to see a different side of her this time as she tries her hand at dating someone who is probably a little too much like her. Their bond over academics but lack of chemistry was actually quite comical. Though obviously I was hoping and praying she would see the light and what was right in front of her, Adrian! Watching him start to develop feelings for Sydney and all the little ways he’d make instances to spend time with her… adorable! NEED more of that!

The plot introduces us to group called the Warriors of the Light, or human vampire hunters. I really like this concept being thrown in purely because I feel like it fits in this world and this series. Sydney also starts to come around to the world of magic and her own natural ability within. Looking forward to seeing how that plays out throughout the books as well.

I’m sucked in and anxious to move forward with this series. Still waiting for that BAM! moment, a spark, the unpredictable nature of Richelle Mead’s writing to hit me. Hope to find that with The Indigo Spell.



Bloodlines Review

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She’s a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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Series: Bloodlines #1
Published by Razorbill on August 23rd 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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Blood doesn't lie...

Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty - a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning...

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Earlier this year I binge-read the entire Vampire Academy series, finally! As I mentioned back then, it was never my intentions to ever read these books. GASP! I know, I know. Nothing personal against Ms. Mead, I just wasn’t interested in vampires much. But the fanfare for both that series and the spin-off series, Bloodlines, had me extremely curious. I mean, so many bloggers I love and look to for recs read and enjoyed the books, even flailing hard over them, so why not give it a whirl, right? Needless to say, I took the chance and ended up finding a series which will forever be a favorite!

Binge-reading them was an amazing experience I don’t get to do often enough. Being able to jump from one book to another right away, without the year gap in between releases, was an absolute joy, and one I absolutely recommend others to do. Since two books were still to come I decided to hold off on starting on Bloodlines right away after finishing Vampire Academy but the time has come and here I am!

Bloodlines builds off of where Vampire Academy ends with a few characters we met already combined with some new ones. Sydney, the Alchemist, is our new protagonist. As an Alchemist, Sydney’s job is to help keep vampires a secret from humanity. Feeling a little shunned with her people for her part in helping Rose, Sydney is out to prove her dedication to the cause. She is assigned to help hide Jill Dragomir, the Queen’s sister, in the last place those who are after her would look – a human boarding school in Palm Springs.

Sydney is the huge difference between these two series. Vampire Academy had Rose. Rose was a strong woman who kicked some serious ass. She was sassy and sarcastic, intriguing, a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type gal, and all around a delight to read. Sydney is very different, meticulous with facts and logic. And where I appreciate the different feel from a character who is so unlike what we are used to hearing from in this world, Sydney can often come across rather… boring in comparison. Not to say I didn’t like her because I did still find her compelling. I mean there are times her naivety on the social front can be quite hilarious, but I was lacking that spark from the main character like I am used to with these books. It’s hard to fill Rose’s shoes.

Which leads me to what is probably most important about this series… ADRIAN! *dreamy sigh* Poor Adrian got the shaft in the last series and admittedly he is a huge selling point in Bloodlines.  From the moment he entered the book I was squee-ing with joy! And his entry had me laughing with his usual antics.

“They’re waiting for you. Go on in.” Adrian leaned close to Keith’s ear and spoke in an ominous voice. “If. You. Dare.” He poked Keith’s shoulder and gave a “Muhahaha” kind of monster laugh.

I cannot even tell you how long I laughed at that quote. Adrian trolling those who fear vampires is so Adrian. This book NEEDED him. Whenever he was missing, I felt it.

As for the plot, I really enjoyed the setup this book provided for the rest of the series because that is really what this book read like for me, a setup. I remember feeling that with Vampire Academy as the first book in that series as well. There were times that were a little slow going for me but I really enjoyed it on a whole. We were introduced to some really cool ideas regarding the Alchemist tattoos and also the after effects of Strigoi that turn back that I look forward to exploring further. And of course I am desperate for more Adrian and seeing other favorite characters pop up! Very excited to see where this series will take us!


About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She’s a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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Review: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson http://forever17books.com/2014/08/review-ill-give-you-the-sun-by-jandy-nelson.html http://forever17books.com/2014/08/review-ill-give-you-the-sun-by-jandy-nelson.html#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 19:18:49 +0000 http://forever17books.com/?p=1900 Read more »]]>

I received this book for free from ARC Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I'll Give You the SunI'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Published by Dial on September 16th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: ARC Tour
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A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell

Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant, fully alive, sometimes very funny novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

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Guys, I don’t even know if there are words to describe my love for this book! Like seriously. WHOA.

Years ago I read a book called The Sky is Everywhere by this author. It was beautiful and touching and I couldn’t wait to check out more of her work. The time had finally come for a new book and I was stoked! Admittedly, I was a little nervous when I first read the synopsis because I wasn’t sure how the writing style would play out. Parts are told from a 13 year old boy’s point of view and the rest told from his twin sister’s point of view, three years later at the age of sixteen. But I was floored at how it all connected and came together to tell a tale of family, love, and forgiveness.

Noah’s POV: We start the novel with Noah. He is a 13 year old boy who thinks in art and color, painting the world in his mind. He is a little on the quiet and loner side. He is also hiding a secret, that he likes boys. I feel like Nelson nailed this point of view. Noah’s emotions were a little scattered and he absolutely had a hard time controlling certain… er, hormonal instincts. It felt so very true and real for what a 13 year old boy might be going through. And I must admit this point of view was what I was most worried about, if I would feel a connection, and it ended up being my very favorite. Noah’s nervousness and curiosity was adorable and I felt for him when he was feeling unsure and afraid to be himself. He meets this boy who seems a little odd too and Noah is smitten, but unsure if the feelings can be reciprocated.

Noah and Jude are like night and day. Where Noah is more reserved, Jude is all about being social. They are both artistic is different ways and their mom receives ‘a sign’ that they should enroll in a local art high school. This is Noah’s dream! Jude is a little ‘meh’ on the whole thing. They fight over who owns parts of the world and beyond, but they have such love for each other and a strong twin connection. This summer of being 13 puts up a little divide between the two that only grows bigger with unfortunate circumstances, a lack of communication and tragedy.

Jude’s POV: Here we have a time jump to 3 years later. This Jude is not like the Jude we met at age 13. There is a complete role reversal between Jude and Noah. She is on a boy boycott and now obsessed with her dead grandmother’s ‘bible’ of strange beliefs and superstitions. She spends lots of time alone, talking to ghosts, and feels she is being punished for things that happened years ago. Noah is now turned into a semi-jock who is always out and about with his friends. Their relationship is a complete wreck. Suddenly Jude finds herself inspired to build art from stone, like it is needed to resolve her problems. This leads her to meet a beautiful, sarcastic older boy who rides a motorcycle and is excellent at leaning, James Dean-style. He claims they are destined to be and boy was he broken, amazing, beautiful, and a fascinating character to read. These two together were like magic! Jude also finds a mentor who is grieving over a past love lost and they instantly click. He opens her mind and soul and shows her how to free her spirit.

Both points of view flow together as we get pieces of the puzzle from one and connect them to the other, seamlessly. I found myself so in love with Noah and his journey just to get absorbed with Jude and what was going on with her in the future. Knowing certain things that were to come and waiting to get to that point in the past was such an engaging experience. And the writing was spectacular! Especially for Noah and all of his thoughts in paints and colors and stories. I hung on to every word and thought he had in awe. Both characters handled grief and loss in profoundly different ways yet in the same as well, hiding who they are. I adored these characters tremendously and was so sad to close the book to their lives. I can honestly say this book is a new all-time favorite that I absolutely need to re-read in the future. I laughed, I cried, I swooned! I can’t wait for everyone to meet and fall in love with these characters as much as I did. I cannot recommend this book enough and implore everyone to order a copy for next month! It’s a must read!


About Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson received a BA from Cornell, an MFA from Brown in poetry, and another MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. A literary agent for many years, she is also a published poet. The Sky Is Everywhere is her first novel. Jandy lives in San Francisco. www.jandynelson.com, www.theskyiseverywhere.com

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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Update, Update! And a Giveaway! http://forever17books.com/2014/07/update-update-and-a-giveaway.html http://forever17books.com/2014/07/update-update-and-a-giveaway.html#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:47:07 +0000 http://forever17books.com/?p=1885 Read more »]]> Sara, where have you been?!?!

I feel like a failure at blogging lately. I want to be here, I really do, but I’ve been so busy these past couple months with… life. Baby girl is taking up A LOT of my spare time. And I am enjoying it immensely! I mean, look at this face!

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Please play with me, Mommy!

I have also been enjoying the summertime with my boys too!

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Where’s Waldo hunt at my local indie bookstore!

And of course I still watch kids in my home as well. At the end of the day, I am fried. I don’t feel like thinking, I just want to unwind or sleep. I am absolutely still reading, just super slow. Seriously like 1 book a week right now. If I’m lucky. And with such a lack of free time, I tend to choose to read when I can (which is why I am here in the first place) over sitting down and spending the two hours it takes me to write a review. I just haven’t felt like doing that. *sigh* BUT, I have started to feel the itch to get back into it this past week and I have a backlog of books needing reviews so hopefully I can get those written up soon. I promise I have no intentions of moving on. I even just renewed my domain for the year! I truly miss everyone. I feel so out-of-the-loop with what has been going on in the blogosphere, which new books I should be adding to my TBR. So that’s where the giveaway comes in…


I didn’t get a chance to write a wrap-up post about the Rochester Teen Book Festival I went to in May but I met some AH-MAZING authors and got a shit ton of books signed! So how about I give you guys a chance to win a signed ARC of These Broken Stars! (Note: the ARC is signed by only Meagan Spooner)

Giveaway Rules:

1. Giveaway is US only.
2. Must be at least 13 years old to enter.
3. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.
4. I am not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items.
5. Please follow the entry directions in the rafflecopter. (I do check and will delete entries that do not follow the directions. If you have any questions on how to enter, please ask!)

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Can’t wait to check out some upcoming releases I may have missed from your recs!

Bye, from my lovies!

erin 5kids


Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin http://forever17books.com/2014/07/review-the-walled-city-by-ryan-graudin.html http://forever17books.com/2014/07/review-the-walled-city-by-ryan-graudin.html#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:09:12 +0000 http://forever17books.com/?p=1876 Read more »]]>

I received this book for free from ARC Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Walled CityThe Walled City by Ryan Graudin
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on November 4th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: ARC Tour
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There are three rules in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife. Right now, my life depends completely on the first. Run, run, run.

Jin, Mei Yee, and Dai all live in the Walled City, a lawless labyrinth run by crime lords and overrun by street gangs. Teens there run drugs or work in brothels—or, like Jin, hide under the radar. But when Dai offers Jin a chance to find her lost sister, Mei Yee, she begins a breathtaking race against the clock to escape the Walled City itself.

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Since I was unable to attend BEA (Book Expo America) like I hoped and dreamed to this year (*cries*), after its completion I sent out a tweet, asking those who did go what were some upcoming books I should put on my radar. What book came up? The Walled City by Ryan Graudin. Instant add! (Thank you Kelly!)

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The synopsis given is short and intriguing but this book is so much more than what I expected from a dystopian-typed fantasy novel. And when I label the book under those genres it is because it pulls threads from both but in fact, it read very much like something I could see as plausible and happening in the world today and is even based off of real history with the Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong. Crazy right? The Walled City is a place forgotten. An old fort not belonging to any government, where rule breakers go unpunished making crime and vagrant life plentiful. But that is all about to chance with the New Year.

The story is told from three POVs within the Walled City. First we have Jin Ling, a girl living on the streets in filth and despair, disguised as a boy to help avoid capture into the world of human trafficking, much like her sister, who she is desperately trying to find. Jin Ling is a fighter, fast on her feet and keen on survival. She has barely anything to her name but stolen boots and another homeless creature, a cat named Chma. It is that speed and instinct to run that attracts the attention of another main character, Dai. Much of Dai’s story is vague in the beginning, unraveling piece by piece as we move through the story and find out who he is and his purpose. Dai recruits Jin’s help running drugs so he can get into the Brotherhood – a powerful crime lord family that runs the Walled City. There is something there he wants… and it turns out there is also something there Jin wants as well, since it is home to the brothel her sister, Mei Yee, is imprisoned at. Mei Yee was sold as a sex slave by her abusive father. And she wishes to break free, see the ocean. All three characters find themselves tied together, fighting to be free.

I think what is probably the most amazing about this story is how the world building and character development are both so strong and well done for a one-novel dystopian fantasy read. In fact, I read through the novel a lot easier than I expected with 400+ pages. But it didn’t feel that length. The setting was so engaging, exciting, and unique. Gritty. It takes quite a bit of the novel to get the full details on what exactly the Walled City was but that didn’t bother me and I had that ‘ohhh’ moment when we were finally given answers. I had honestly never heard of the Kowloon Walled City before reading this novel and found myself very intrigued and wanting to know more when I finished reading the Author’s Note about the real life inspirations for the plot.

All three characters brought so much to the table but I feel like it was Jin Ling that was truly the shining star! Her courage and resolve were inspiring. A true fighter. Her cat was pretty awesome too and added a nice sweet touch. Romance is on the light side with only a few touches and glimpses of what may come in the future and it fit the storyline beautifully. It was also surprising and unexpected in direction which was refreshing.

Overall, The Walled City has so much appeal and was everything I hoped it would be!  I definitely recommend adding this one to your TBR for this fall!

There are three rules of survival in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife.


About Ryan Graudin

I write books. Some are about rowdy-partying princes and their faery guardians (ALL THAT GLOWS, HarperTeen, 2/11/14). Others are about teenagers fighting for their lives in the slums of the Hak Nam Walled City (THE WALLED CITY, Little, Brown, Fall 2014). I love writing, traveling to new lands, drinking chai lattes and hanging christmas lights. I also love Jesus. I’m repped by Adams Literary. My official website is at www.ryangraudin.com

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: Boomerang by Noelle August http://forever17books.com/2014/07/blog-tour-review-giveaway-boomerang-by-noelle-august.html http://forever17books.com/2014/07/blog-tour-review-giveaway-boomerang-by-noelle-august.html#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 04:30:48 +0000 http://forever17books.com/?p=1851 Read more »]]> Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: Boomerang by Noelle August

I received this book for free from Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
BoomerangBoomerang by Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #1
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on July 8th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Blog Tour
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The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August

Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?

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The first words that came to mind when I finished reading Boomerang was ‘what a breath of fresh air’! In a sea of New Adult novels that blend together with similar premises of angst and sex, Boomerang stood on its own and delivered with a fun and exciting storyline that captured my attention and heart!

The novel starts right off with the aftermath of a drunken hookup between strangers Mia and Ethan, that neither seem to remember. It was quite the awkward morning but also very playful as they even search for missing undergarments throughout the apartment. I may have giggled out loud during this. lol The connection these two had was obvious right away but of course it couldn’t be that easy from the get-go, right? Both soon find out their new internship is at the same company, not only pitting them against each other for a future within the company, but also making the chance at a relationship not possible. Uh oh! A recipe for disaster, in the best ways!

Ethan was not your typical New Adult bad boy with a mysterious past, but a real great guy with the biggest heart. Guys, he even coached soccer for kids in his spare time. *melts* He was so forgiving and gentle and patient. Like really, really patient. He was great at listening and reading people and I fell in love with him. His adoration for Mia from the beginning… uhh! He most definitely knew how to bring the swoons! Mia was also an amazing girl. Very determined and creative, confident for sure, but another character who had a big heart, especially for her grandmother (awesome family dynamic FOR THE WIN). These two were made for each other! And trust, the UST was coming out their ears!

When I first read the premise I immediately thought it was going to be all ‘sabotage, sabotage, hot hate (but I secretly love you) sex, sabotage!’ But these two had a mature playfulness with the cards they were dealt, even finding ways to work together to showcase each others talents and strengths. They genuinely wanted good things for each other. It was a pleasant surprise. Don’t get me wrong, they also knew how to make some underhanded moves, but it wasn’t all about that or over the top. MUCH appreciated. And it was fun! This forbidden love type of romance was made even better by the fact the company they were working for was an internet dating service. Both Mia and Ethan took part in the dating service, for work research of course, with often hilarious results and also some added drama.

There was a perfect blend of sexy and sweet, drama and light-heartedness. I adored the characters, even the secondary ones, and loved the journey they took during the plot. They really showed that even through a competition, you can work together to make things great. I am beyond excited that this is a trilogy and that we will be exploring some of those secondary characters that interest me a little more (Adam!). It’s great to see something different come from the New Adult genre.

*p.s. Did I mention Veronica Rossi, author of the Under the Never Sky series, is half of the Noelle August writing team?! LOVE!


THREE lucky winners will win a copy of BOOMERANG! US ONLY.
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About Noelle August

NOELLE AUGUST is an anagram for Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger. Just kidding, it’s a pen name!

VERONICA ROSSI is the author of the New York Times Best-selling UNDER THE NEVER SKY trilogy for young adults. The books are available in more than thirty countries and the film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros. Veronica completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. She is fond of dresses with pockets, fluffy dogs, and cheese and chocolate — but not together.

LORIN OBERWEGER began her storytelling career by captivating her first-grade class with tales of her summers on a kibbutz in Israel. Lorin had never been to Israel. While teacher/parent night put an end to her first experiments in fiction, she’d already caught the bug and eventually made a career of all things story. As a long-time independent editor and story development guru, Lorin’s client successes range from small press publications to major bestselling novels. She’s an award-winning author and has also worked behind the scenes as a ghostwriter on a variety of projects. Her work has received starred Kirkus reviews and glowing mentions in The New York Times. Oh, she did get to see a kibbutz, eventually, and found out she had it pretty much right all along.

Veronica and Lorin met at a writing workshop and just knew they were destined to create awesome things together.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: LIARS, INC. by Paula Stokes http://forever17books.com/2014/06/cover-reveal-giveaway-liars-inc-by-paula-stokes.html http://forever17books.com/2014/06/cover-reveal-giveaway-liars-inc-by-paula-stokes.html#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:00:49 +0000 http://forever17books.com/?p=1822 Read more »]]> Paula Stokes

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Paula Stokes is by far one of my favorite authors. I fell in love with her beautiful writing in the Secrets of the Eternal Rose series, written under the penname Fiona Paul, and now I am adoring her contemporary fiction work (The Art of Lainey). So I am beyond excited for her next book LIARS, INC.!

And now the moment you’ve been waiting for—THE COVER!

LIARS, INC. by Paula Stokes
February 2015

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It all starts with one little lie…

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell lies to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts a business providing forged permission slips and cover stories for the students of Vista Palisades High. Liars, Inc. they call it. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.


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Here’s a little more info from Paula:

“ OMG, I’ve been flailing about the awesomeness of this cover since April. I saw it and was basically like HOLY COVER LOTTERY!! :D

I’ve talked about how LIARS, INC. is very different from THE ART OF LAINEY, and this cover really highlights that. LIARS has first-person narration, a bit of romance, and similar fast-paced dialogue to LAINEY, but that’s where the major similarities end. This book is a dark mystery for fans of I HUNT KILLERS, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (the TV show, because I’ve never read the books), or old-school Christopher Pike novels. I hope you love it, because if it does well I might get to write a companion novel, and I’m seriously not ready to let go of these characters. Max is a little aloof and slackerish so it might take you time to warm up to him, but his girlfriend Parvati is totally badass and fun, and both of them really grow and change over the course of the novel. (You know how I love me some character development!) And no worries, this is a total standalone book, plotted and written as a solo novel. “


So what do you think? I think the cover is visually interesting and amazing. Plus it will appeal to both boys and girls! As for the synopsis, I LOVE a good mystery and did I see Paula mention an appeal to fans of old-school Christopher Pike novels?! DUUUUUDE, I was such a fan as a teen! EEP!



To top it all off, Paula Stokes is offering up a signed/personalized ARC to one lucky winner!!! Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL!

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About Paula Stokes

Paula Stokes is half writer, half RN, and totally thrilled to be part of the world of YA literature. She started out writing historical fiction under a pen name and is now branching out into other YA genres.

When she’s not working (rare), she’s kayaking, hiking, reading, or seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She’s petted tigers, snuggled snakes, snorkeled with stingrays, and once enjoyed the suction-cuppy feel of a baby elephant’s trunk as it ate peanuts from her palm. Her future goals include diving with great white sharks, learning Krav Maga, and writing a whole slew of novels, not necessarily in that order. Paula loves interacting with readers. Find her online at www.authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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