Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Summer Giveaway Hop August 1st - 7th

Welcome to Summer giveaway Hop! this hop is organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and by Mary from Bookhounds. This event runs from August 1st until August 7th and there are more than 170 blogs participating!

What can you win this time?

There will be one winner who can choose a good book from The Book Depository.

Giveaway details:
Open internationally.
Runs from 1-7 of August.
To enter you must fill in the Rafflecopter form below.

Happy reading!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Cover Reveal - Power by Kristie Cook!

Happy Monday!

I am very excited today to be part of Cover Reveal of Power by Kristie Cook! I have read all her books so far and each and every one of them is getting better and better. The fourth installment in Soul Savers series will be out soon and today I am glad to reveal the cover of Power.

Ladies and gentlemen, here it is!

I love the cover, it is as intense as the series!
To give you a little sneak peak, here is a short excerpt:

Excerpt from Power by Kristie Cook:
(Part of Chapter 1 from POWER)

I never heard the rest of Tristan's sentence—what he didn’t want me to think. The handsome guy thought I’d nodded to him and had me by the hand, stumbling over his own feet as he dragged me to the dance area. As soon as we stepped onto the sunken floor, his hands were on my hips, pulling me close to him. For a brief moment, I forgot about all the mind signatures, the twirling lights and pounding music and could only think about how strange it was to be that close to a man other than Tristan.

But only for a brief moment. Before I could even do anything, a growl ripped through the music—or maybe just through my head—and Tristan was suddenly between the guy and me, his back to me and his arms out protectively. The drunk guy swung without even looking, and Tristan caught his wrist in mid-air. With the pain of the grip, the guy finally looked up intoTristan’s face. His eyes grew wide and his Adam’s apple bobbed as he gulped. He gave me an apologetic frown as he carefully stepped away from the dance floor.

Tristan turned back to me and wrapped his hands around my waist, pulling me to him as he swayed to the music. I looked up at him with a raised eyebrow.

“You can talk to girls all night but I can’t dance once?”

His nostrils flared. “There’s a difference. His hands were all over you.”

“I had things under control.”

He leaned closer to me and growled in my ear. “I didn’t like it!”
Besides that, Kristie has a birthday today. Happy Birthday, Kristie! Lots of love and happiness!
Can't wait for the release of Power!
Happy reading!

Now trending: YA mythology - Guest Post by Leigh Michael. Free download!

Happy Monday!

I am glad to share a guest post by the author of Sprite, Leigh Michael. Leigh is writing about YA mythology. Leigh Michael's book Sprite is available at amazon fro free download. You will find the link below!

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to author Leigh Michael!

Now trending: YA mythology

(Guest post by Leigh Michael)

The love of dystopia, steampunk, vampires, and things that go bump in the night are trends that are still going strong (as they should). Thanks to authors like Rick Riordan, P.C. Cast, and Josephine Angelini, mythology is a YA trend that has also made a name for itself.

Here's 3 reasons why I believe mythology is worth the hype.

1. Writing mythology is two-fold: an impressive imagination and extensive amounts of research. I personally love this combination that's seen in various genres.

2. As we all know... Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades are the three main Greek Gods. Which means, there's potential for story lines in the sea, the underworld, and all of earth's land and sky. Really makes ya question the saying, "the sky's the limit."

3. Sure, there's Greek Mythology (as I just mentioned), but that's just scratching the surface. In fact, mythology is defined as "A collection of myths belonging to a people and addressing their origin, history, deities, ancestors, and heroes." In other words, lots of fun variations, prophecies, and adventures to behold.

So are you ready to dive into mythology? Below are a few books that aspire to be hot buttons in the YA mythology trend. Pick 'em up and become a part of this growing genre. In anticipation of the release of Kin (Annabelle's Story Part Two), Sprite (Annabelle's Story Part One) will be available for free on Amazon.com July 30th and 31st. You can also enter to win 5 of the YA mythology books seen below.

Sprite by Leigh MichaelSonora by Travis Hall

The Chosen by Sheenah FreitasBonded by Mande Matthews

Unchanged by Heather CrewsBetrayal by Mayandree Michel

Become by Ali CrossEternal Vows by Chrissy Peebles

Promises by Amber GarrEternal Youth by Julia Crane and Nolia McCarty

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Thanks goes for Leigh for the guest post!

What are your thoughts about YA mythology? Have you read any of the books mentioned in the guest post?

Happy reading!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Hi all!

Here is a review of an awesome book and an awesome start to a great YA series.

Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
Release date: 27th of September 2011
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: YA, Romance, Supernatural, Fantasy
Pages: 417 in Hardback
Source: Bought from The Book Depository


Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?


The plot of Daughter of Smoke and Bone rushed forward at full speed like the fastest, grandest, most exciting ride towards a mysterious, gorgeous, it-will-leave-you-breathless-from-fascination destination. Unfortunately, it hit the breaks and lost a lot of its steam half way. Despite that, this book is still incredibly imaginative, different, attention grabbing and you can’t put it down, definitely a start of an awesome series.
Everything left me breathless the whole first half of the book. The whole mythology was intriguing, original – just plain awesome. Along with Karou I was trying to figure out the mystery behind her family of colorful, scary but warm “monsters” who seemed a loving and caring contrast to the tasks Karou was supposed to complete for them. The setting in Prague (I love Prague, so it was an added bonus to imagine the places in the book I have also been to), the secrets (what are the teeth for?), the excitement for what is actually going on or what will happen next (who or what is Karou?), the interesting characters (take your pick) – a great set up for a mesmerizing read.
However, as mentioned some of the “magic” was lost the instant Akiva became a prominent person in the story. My issue wasn’t really with Akiva as a character, but when he took over, other priorities came to the foreground and a lot of the action, nail-biting-excitement and mystery was left in the background of the relationship of Karou and Akiva. The connection between them gained the spotlight. I’m the first to claim that I adore a great romance, but I have to admit, to my own surprise, that I loved the action and previous storyline focus a lot more.
Karou was an incredibly likable heroine. She was tough but vulnerable, unique but relatable, mischievous but serious, a big puzzle but real, basically, a heroine I almost have no complaints for, but since we live in reality, I still found two. I couldn’t connect with her “past side” which at least to me was too cliché and sugary perfect. I also must scold her on her relationship with Kaz, he was just a narcissistic douchebag I so badly wanted to punch, luckily, Karou took care of him quite classily at one point and quite brutally at another. Hope to never see you again Kaz, tata! Otherwise, Karou rocked, a great heroine for a great book.
Akiva as a character remained somewhat distant to me as a reader. Yes, he was hot, cool and tough but I feel as compared with Karou we only managed to scratch the surface of his potential. We were provided with a lot of information regarding his past, but I feel it still remained on the surface and there should be a lot more hidden behind his stoic hard face. I honestly hope the author allows him to develop and my hunch that “still waters run deep” in his case will be applicable when the story continues. I did, however, love his fearlessness to go for something he desired risking everything and anything. That was very un-angel like but thoroughly appreciated.
Angels: now these are some badass, frightening, cool angels. Wings full of fire, one more gorgeous that the other, serious and strong fighting machines. Nevertheless, I’m hoping the author introduces us to more “human” or not so perfectly cold angels. I’d love to meet a truly classical “angel-like” angel, I’m curious as to how the author would depict him/her. Despite this, I really like how they are not too soft or pure, it gives them more depth and authority.
Monsters: While angels completely filled in their position as powerful otherworldly but not so holy beings and as expected, monsters I felt had some itsy bitsy room for development. The concept is impressive and original, it’s just that I didn’t feel as intimidated by them as I did with the angels. I also felt that they represented the “good guy” role instead of the “bad guy” role in the clash with the angels a little bit better once you got to know about the conflict. Nevertheless, I expect the author will have me changing my mind and wondering who is right and who is wrong through the series. And I have to say that I can’t wait! What I also found extremely sweet was Karou’s family, especially Brimstone, he was such a loving father figure to her, he was so caring but not overbearing and he gave her independence and let her make her own choices. There were a couple of scenes with Karou’s family that made my eyes a little wet and I never cry while reading a book, so that to me proves how good the story really is.
This book is must read! It’s pure young adult awesomeness at its best that everyone can enjoy. While it did slow down during the second half and I lost some of my enthusiasm, it’s still a compulsory book. I, myself, just can’t wait to read the second book to come out if not for any other reason, which there is a billion, but to see what happens after the cruel cliff-hanger in the end.

4 stars!


Friday, July 27, 2012

The Reluctant Marquess by Maggi Andersen - Free Kindle Weekend

Happy Friday!

This weekend, Knox Robinson Publishing is offering another free Kindle download. Maggi Andersen's 'The Reluctant Marquess' will be available from Friday morning until Sunday evening.

Charity Barlow wished to marry for love. The rakish Lord Robert wishes only to tuck her away in the country once an heir is produced.

A country-bred girl, Charity Barlow suddenly finds herself married to a marquess, an aloof stranger determined to keep his thoughts and feelings to himself. She and Lord Robert have been forced by circumstances to marry, and she feels sure she is not the woman he would have selected given a choice.

The Marquess of St. Malin makes it plain to her that their marriage is merely for the procreation of an heir, and once that is achieved, he intends to continue living the life he enjoyed before he met her.

While he takes up his life in London once more, Charity is left to wander the echoing corridors of St. Malin House, when she isn’t thrown into the midst of the mocking Haute Ton.

Charity is not at all sure she likes her new social equals, as they live by their own rules, which seem rather shocking. She’s not at all sure she likes her new husband either, except for his striking appearance and the dark desire in his eyes when he looks at her, which sends her pulses racing.

Lord Robert is a rake and does not deserve her love, but neither does she wish to live alone.

Might he be suffering from a sad past? Seeking to uncover it, Charity attempts to heal the wound to his heart, only to make things worse between them.

Will he ever love her?
And here are the links:

Amazon USA
Amazon UK


Happy reading!

Art with Books - Guest Post by Monta Fleming

Happy Friday!

I have a guest blogger today. Monta Fleming is writing about book art. Enjoy!

Art with Books

by Monta Fleming

I love reading and I especially love holding a real, solid book when I read. However, printed books are on their way out. They are being replaced by the cheaper and more convenient media of electronic books. So, what will happen to those millions and millions of printed books currently in circulation? Well, I hope something like this:

Isn’t that book art really cool? I know, it is destroying the book (ug) but I think it is much preferable to create something out of the old books instead of throwing them away. But, if you think this book art is cool, take a look at these next ones. Some of these artistic book creations will blow your mind. I have no idea what kind of skill it takes to create something as beautiful as these, but wow!

1. I love the fact that they kept the cover on to frame their ‘art work’. All they really did was carve out the images from the rest of the book, but it looks awesome!
2. The twisted pages give this book art a very unique look. I love the addition of color and the jagged edges that annunciate the twisting of the individual pages.

3. This one is really cool because it is so obviously a book. It is like you are getting a glimpse into the book’s content. I really like that the artist left the decorative paper on the front, it adds to the visual appeal.

4. Whoa. Just whoa. I can’t even imagine how many books this took, nor how long it took to carve away the excess. This is really sculpture. I love the curves and the water-worn style to the edges. Even the ladder effect of the center books adds to the appeal.

5. This one is really ornate. I love the three sided view and the intense attention to detail. Even the holes in the back add to the design and let light through, giving it depth.

6. These two are similar in their spiral pattern, which gives them a definite visual balance and appeal. I love the color contrasts. In the first design, color is interspersed in the images. In the second, everything is black and white but it has an awesome orange-red center. I also love the softened edges of the latter one.

7. Another picture frame type. I love how the carvings come together to form a face in the center. There is something slightly disturbing and yet still attractive about this one.

8. I love love love Freud’s face in this one! Just the connections between the text left showing and the famous psychiatrist make this a real work of art. I also love the cubic cut out along the edges of the book.

9. This is a beautiful and delicate example. So simple and clean looking.

10. I love the mental image created by this book carving. The cave into and through the book symbolizes the journey that books can take you on. I love how natural and organic it looks. The thick cover of the book and the natural brown color of the aged pages make it the perfect choice for this artistic rendition.

All images from: http://www.andysowards.com/blog/2012/50-examples-of-epic-book-art/

Author Byline:

Monta the mother of three children serves as an Expert Advisor on multiple household help issues to many Organizations and groups, and is a mentor for other “Mom-preneurs” seeking guidance. She is a regular contributor of “nanny jobs”. You can get in touch with her at montafleming6@gmail.com.


Thanks Monta for the guest post!
Happy reading!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Last Victim - New paranormal romantic thriller series by Karen Robards. Free Excerpt!

Happy Thursday!

Loveswept from Random House is offering a free excerpt from The Last Victim by Karen Robards. Check it out!


Electrifying suspense, cutting-edge psychological insight, and an unforgettably sensuous love story—these are the trademarks of Karen Robards’s sizzling novels. Now the New York Times bestselling author launches a red-hot new paranormal romantic thriller series featuring the fascinating Dr. Charlotte Stone, a serial killer expert whose extraordinary powers lead her from ecstasy to terror.

The Last Victim – on sale 8/7 – Karen Robards is a seasoned romantic suspense author who knows what her readers like.

You can find the free excerpt here:
--On Sale 8/7/2012!
Happy reading!

Behind the Screen (22)

Happy Thursday!

It has been two weeks again. I don't understand where the time is going, it just flies by quicker than needed. Anyway, let's see what is going on behind the screen. I would like to start with some numbers this time!

Facts and numbers:

The most popular post this week has been Vacation Reads Giveaway Hop with 480 page views, the second popular post is No Strings Attached Giveaway with 215 views. The third popular post is Clarissa Yip blog tour post from last year with 67 page views. On the fourth place you will find The False Prince review with 60 page hits.

GFC followers is at the moment 2643 and it has increased with +42 since the last post two weeks ago, Linky links follower number is 454 with +3 followers, Networked Blogs has 259 followers with increase of +3, Twitter has 2628 followers and has increased with +26. Me and Reading FB page has 2321 likes and this number has increased +18. I will add the increased numbers again next week.

The biggest number of visitors this week are from US - 1097 hits, the second place goes to Russia with 211 hits and third place to Estonia with 64 hits and the fourth to Brazil with 55 hits.

Last week there were visitors from 27 countries.

Page views all time history shows 144.302 which means that there is daily average of last week of 413 visits per day.

Reading and reviewing:

I have been picking up reading again. Reviewing seems to be the weak part. I am so tuned to reading and summer, so reviewing has been on the background. Luckily Liis has been doing lots of reviews, I am actually comforting myself with that thought. Anyway, I have backlog of 25 reviews and I want to start posting the reviews too.  Most of these books have been very good reads, so I can't wait to share the reviews with you!


There has been lots of correspondence with authors about guest posts during the last week. I have posted some of them already and few are coming during the coming days.

Happy reading!

Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop July 27th until August 1st

Welcome to Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop! This event is organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and by Laura from Colorimetry. Lazy Days of Summer event is running from July 27th to August 1st and there are around 200 blogs participating! Enjoy and good luck!

What can you win this time?

There will be 1 winner who will receive 15$ Gift Certificate from amazon.com.

Giveaway details:
Giveaway is open internationally.
It runs from 27th of July until 1st of August.
Winner will be anounced on the blog latest 5th of August. Winner will receive an email from me and has to reply to my email within 48 hours to claim the prize.

To enter the giveaway, fill the Rafflecopter form below.

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Good luck and happy reading!

Cover Reveal - Beyond by Mary Ting, Book 3 in Crossroads Saga

Happy Thursday!

It's here!!!! The cover of Beyond by Mary Ting! Beyond is the third book in the Crossroads Saga and I can't wait until the day I can read it! I really loved the first two books in the series and I think that it's one of the best paranormal romance series I have read. You can find the review of Crossroads here and Between here.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the cover of the Beyond, the 3rd book in the Crossroads Saga!

I love it! The colors are so bright, almost like a rainbow and I like Claudia with her back and the wings ahead of her. I am really looking forward to Beyond!

Summary of Beyond:

Torn between the past she can't remember and a future she isn’t ready for, Claudia feels at a loss. With unanswered questions, she is certain there is more to her past than just being a venator. Finding the missing pieces in her life won’t be easy because duty calls. When mysterious dark shadows get released, an apocalypse sets in motion. The venators and the alkins must work together once again. Knowing Claudia would be the key to destroying the demons that were released, a familiar stranger appears to protect her. Drawn to the beautiful angel, Claudia finds she must unravel the mysteries of her past in order to help save the world. Who is the angel assisting her and why does she feel a strong connection to him? Time is running out. Will she discover all the secrets before it’s too late?

Michael took her to the one of the places he knew might give her comfort and to a place they once shared. Afraid of what she would do or say and too hurt from seeing Claudia in Austin’s arms, he left her standing on a boulder as he stood nearby the waterfall.  -----

Surprised where she was and alone, Claudia turned to the sound of the water. Up ahead toward the right, she saw a figure. It was difficult to see him as she tried to block the sunlight that shone brightly in her eyes. She squinted and moved to a different angle in hopes of getting a clearer vision. When it was, she saw wings so grand that they casted a shadow in the shape of a heart. She gasped sharply, knowing the angel standing afar was Michael and just like in her dreams, he was dreamy.

Beyond will be released 9/12.
Happy reading!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Review: The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

Hi all!

Here's a review of a contemporary YA book with supernatural elements. Enjoy!

Series: Eternal Ones #1
Release date: 5th of July 2011
Published by: Penguin Group Inc
Imprint: Razorbill
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: YA, Romance, Contemporary, Supernatural
Pages: 432 in Paperback
Source: Bought from The Book Depository


Haven Moore can't control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan, and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy. In our present, she designs beautiful dresses for her classmates with her best friend Beau. Dressmaking keeps her sane, since she lives with her widowed and heartbroken mother in her tyrannical grandmother's house in Snope City, a tiny town in Tennessee. Then, an impossible group of coincidences conspire to force her to flee to New York, to discover who she is and who she was.

In New York, Haven meets Iain Morrow and is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Iain is suspected of murdering a rock star and Haven wonders, could he have murdered her in a past life? She visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves¸ before all is lost and the cycle begins again.


The Eternal Ones wasn’t very original, didn’t have amazing or memorable characters and, overall, it just wasn’t anything extraordinary. Nevertheless, I truly madly deeply enjoyed this book! I’m not able to completely explain my fondness for it but I finished it in about 6 hours, it just flowed so smoothly and it was over before I even noticed.

I usually don’t really fancy books where it takes a big portion till the story actually takes off or the hero/heroine is introduced in case of a romance. It is essential that it has to be written awesomely for it to appeal to me that way, otherwise, it may come across as an extremely long prologue. The plot of The Eternal Ones took considerable time till it got to that point but I think it really worked in its favor. I enjoyed the lengthy build up, back-story, the circumstances and I was emotionally prepared for the second part of the book.

The mystery, the uncertainty, the constant doubt on what is going on and different motives was something that really appealed to me in this book. I liked that I couldn’t be certain of anything, the atmosphere had a quite dark and somewhat threatening undertone and found it refreshing and intriguing.


Haven the heroine was hasty, self-centered and, extremely distrusting and indecisive. At one point I found it ridiculous how many times she could change from believing in Iain and then back to doubting him again. She was suspicious and tended to think the worst of her supposed soul mate. What’s more all the mistrust was mostly brought forward by everyone except Iain himself. He did tell a few fibs but Haven basing her understanding on those and throwing them at Iain’s face was very childish. They spend time together, live together, kiss, etc, and all the time Haven is contemplating against him. Please, Haven, if you have doubts, please TALK and be straight forward with Iain about your issues. Of course, Iain too should have been more open with her. Other than that I admired Haven’s willingness to take risks and, overall, her strength through all that happened to her, especially in her hometown. The behavior of almost all people there was immensely disgusting and it reminded me of ignorant and immature brats. I really felt for Haven, Beau and others who suffered.

I’m certain that most would write Iain off as being bland or too underdeveloped. I, even though I find such heroes extremely lackluster, found him to be very compelling and adored the mysteriousness of his character. Of course, I would have eagerly accepted any more detailed info regarding him, but I think the lack of knowledge worked in his favor in the sense that you couldn’t be 100% positive on his motives, thoughts or even if what he said was true or not. I would have, however, appreciated some insight into his affairs from his point of view, because he came across too distant and out of place in the storyline at times.

I would have appreciated more build up and a stronger basis for the relationship between Haven and Iain. I guess from Iain’s side it wasn’t necessary but Haven obviously needed more to understand and trust in her bond with Iain. He expected to carry on from where they left off but the situation wasn’t as clear for Haven and this also brought forth all the mistrust and uncertainty. Nevertheless, I found them good together but they would have gained a lot more credibility from more scenes between the two.

The secondary characters, next to the mystery, were definitely my second best part of this book. Leah was quirky, confident and helpful. Beau was like a role model to how best friends could be. He was always there for Haven, stood by her through her whining and never-ending issues, and just generally was a friend with a capital F. In addition, I found the revelation regarding him in the end to be so adorable. The villain of the story was to some degree a surprise. But, oh, what a great adversary he turned out to be. He was just so creepy, cold and despicable that I loved him, regardless if his motives weren’t entirely convincingly explained. Also, the question of what and who exactly he is wasn’t answered, even though, an intriguing possibility was thrown out there to mull over.


I can understand the various drawbacks of this book and I can even detect and acknowledge them. Still, I really enjoyed it and somehow all the shortcomings came together and combined an engaging story for my tastes. I like!

4 stars!


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Review: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen - 5 Stars!

Hi all!

Here is a review of an adventure YA book that has to be one of the best overall I have read this year!

Series: The Ascendance Trilogy  #1
Release date: 1st of April 2012
Published by: Scholastic, Inc 
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: YA, Historical, Adventure
Pages: 342 in Hardcover
Source: Bought from The Book Depositry


THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.


Wow, just wow! I haven’t enjoyed an adventure book to this degree for a long time. Most of it all due to the hero Sage, but the plot, other characters and situations were all very gripping to begin with as well. I also don’t remember when last reading a book in one go, but I guess all this just helps to prove that The False Prince is an engaging, fun and entertaining read, a book I can confidently recommend.

In the book four boys are set up against each other to compete for being the central player in the ultimate deception with the losers facing grave consequences. Our hero is Sage who is the perfect dark horse of the competition. From the moment in the first chapter where Sage runs into the hands of his new owner the story is full of intrigue, excitement and you have no idea what’s going to happen next even though the plot itself is not overly complicated or strikingly original. But everything works together beautifully to form one of the best YA books I have read this year.

My only itsy-bitsy complaint is that the plot twist was kind of predictable even tough it was craftily “hidden” with diverse unreliable narrator and other literary and non literary devices. Still, everything else like the journey to the climax and especially Sage and his antics were anything but foreseeable.


Sage – such an amazing hero! He isn’t the most, well not in a million years, suitable candidate for prince but he sure makes for a wonderful hero and somebody to root for 100%. He’s a troublemaker with honest intentions but who seems and acts anything but honest. You can’t trust anything he says because he will prove you otherwise and still you’ll end up surprised at how things manages to turn as they did. A master at lying, a great actor who could fool anyone, a skillful survivor, a sneaky smart alec, noble but often misunderstood, a rouge who makes his own rules and very very intelligent. I can go on and on why he’s so great. Sage is also immensely stubborn, rash and so set on his own ideas and beliefs that his determination often leads him into quite self-destructive and harmful situations. To prove a point or to achieve that the course of action will eventually be in his favor he is willing sacrifice his wellbeing. At one point I wanted to just have him stop bringing himself into dangerous situations and take more concern for himself. But I have to admit that I wouldn’t have Sage any other way. Everything he is makes him a character I just can’t help but to love.

Conner, the villain of the story, I felt was a little misunderstood. His goals and dedication to his country were admirable and patriotic but the means to achieve his purpose didn’t pay any regards to causalities and huge damage they might cause. I didn’t view him as an ambitious power-hungry tyrant, he at least to me seemed too ambiguous for that, placing the wellbeing of his country before his own needs with the gain he would attain as being something like an added bonus. So I didn’t find him a villain too detestable, he wasn’t black or white but seated solidly in the gray.

The other prince candidates while not even close to the awesomeness of Sage were all distinguishable and individual. What kept me on edge about the boys was the fact that you could never be clear who was on whose side or if anyone even had a preference for any side apart their own.

Other main characters were all mostly staff at Conner’s manor. Mott, Conner’s aid and the servant Imogen are noteworthy. The relationship that developed between Mott and Sage was interesting and I adored the sprout of possible romance between our hero and Imogen. Everyone had a role to play and apart from some the people in the book were very likable for various reasons or depending on their purposes.


Why was this book so short? Or maybe it felt that way since I was so engaged that I didn’t even notice when the end had come and, honestly, didn’t ever want it to finish.
I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel and what’s more I have no idea what turn the story will take. The plot definitely leads up to a second book but it’s a huge guess how the author plans to exactly continue, the options are endless but as with Sage you could never know what he’d do next or how the story would develops and I wouldn’t accept any less of this series. All I can say is that I’m on the edge of my seat waiting impatiently for the second book of the trilogy!

5 stars!