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Goji by Sara-Beth Cole Book Highlight + Giveaway!

Title: Goji

Author: Sara-Beth Cole

Series: Reality Series #1

Genre: YA, paranormal

Published: May 9, 2014

After spending six years in hiding, Calista Barron is discovered, but not by her brutal adoptive parents who had caused her to flee.

Callie learns that her birth mother was a Moira, one of the three sisters who rule a hidden world of supernatural creatures. Callie discovers her new Reality with the help of a young clairvoyant named Shyla and her protector, a secretive Goji named Bale who has become Callie’s own personal gargoyle.

Now, it’s up to Callie to destroy her aunts and free the Hands of Fate from an eternity of slavery.

 

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“Close the door, Calista, and lock it until I tell you that you’re safe,” Bale ordered in a tone that terrified her.
Callie automatically obeyed. The horrific sounds from the fight on the other side of the door grew louder before stopping altogether.
“Calista, stay in your room,” Bale repeated. His voice darkened with anger.
Indignation mixed with curiosity. Callie unlocked her bedroom door and cried out at the wreckage. Three men lay dead on her living room floor. Bale stood above one of them, holding a large purple vial. The sound of her yell did not distract him from pouring a single drop of the liquid onto the first body before doing the same to the other two. Within seconds, the men were engulfed in a thick, acrid mist. The mist dissipated leaving nothing behind.
“I told you to stay in your room.” Bale capped the vial. He held it by the chain attached to the cap and placed it over his head, letting it dangle from his neck.
“Who-who were they? Why did you kill them?” Callie’s voice trembled as much as her body.
“Bloodhounds. If I didn’t kill them, they would have killed you.”

Sara-Beth Cole lives in Michigan with her husband, two children, dog, and cat. She loves reading and learning about biology. She is an expert coffee-drinker and collects local art.

 

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ARC Review: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

White Hot Kiss

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: The Dark Elements #1

Source: Won an ARC from Two Chicks on Books. Thank you!

Book Summary:

One kiss could be the last 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever. 

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul. 

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

book thoughts

So yes, the cover and title are pretty bad. I actually had zero interest in this one when I first heard about it, because from the title and cover I assumed it was New Adult Contemporary Romance, which is definitely not my thing. But then I won an ARC from the awesome and generous Two Chicks on Books. It was in a mystery box, so I picked it up and read the description. With that cover, I was still worried it might be mostly sleaze romance, and not so much paranormal, but since it was written by the highly regarded Jennifer L. Armentrout, I tried the first page.

And was of course hooked. The main character’s voice reminded me a bit of Rose from Vampire Academy (another series whose covers and titles don’t remotely live up to the story). Now don’t get me wrong, I love romance. I find it much easier to become invested in a story that has it. I can’t get invested in is a story that is basically all sexual tension and zero emotion. Likewise I’ve never been very interested in Contemporary Romance, because the emotional stakes always seem so much higher when I get to watch the two lovers overcome the supernatural crazy. And this book definitely had supernatural crazy to overcome. Because of her half-demon blood, Layla can’t kiss anyone with a soul, for fear that she would suck it right out. She grapples constantly with a gnawing hunger she can only keep at bay with heavy sugar intake. She’s been taught to hate her demon blood, and to know that because of it she can never be more than half-warden (gargoyle) Most painfully, she can’t marry and give birth to more wardens, because of her tainted blood.

When she meets Roth, a “soulless” demon who she can (and wants to) kiss, she’s tempted. But she’s grown up believing all demons are evil, even the demon part of herself. But what she thinks is just a physical attraction to the kind of relationship she never thought she could have, eventually grows deeper and more complex as the two are forced to work together and trust each other. There was a bit of a love triangle, involving Layla’s best friend/adoptive warden brother Zayne, but it was a sensible one, and I can guess where it’s going (or at least where it better be going).

I worried that the Christian mythology would be too black and white, but the issues of good and evil, innocence and darkness, family and belonging were quite complex and well-explored. Having a soul, even a “pure” one, did not necessarily make you better than a “soulless” demon, much to Layla’s surprise.

There was just enough high school interaction to ground the story, but thankfully it was free of the typical silly drama that sometimes serves as filler. Layla’s two human friends were entertaining and it actually felt like they added to the story, and even progressed the plot at times. And the plot certainly kept me guessing, just the way I like. Some mysteries were left unresolved, but since this is the first in a series (yay!), I’m not worried. 🙂

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Grabby Paws: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Grabby Paws

“Grabby Paws” is my version of the Waiting on Wednesday meme hosted by Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming releases that I can’t wait to get my paws on. 🙂

This week I have grabby paws for…

One kiss could be the last. 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever. 

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul. 

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Why I have grabby paws…

Well, okay this one is a bit of a cheat, since I already have an ARC of the book. I won it from the awesome Jamie at Two Chicks on Books. I have grabby paws for the release date though, so I can review it! 🙂 When I first heard about the book I wasn’t interested. The name and cover make it seem like New Adult Contemporary, which isn’t my thing, but when it arrived I was intrigued by the blurb, so I read the first page, and the voice kind of reminded me of Vampire Academy, another book that suffers from an unfortunate name and cover. So I’m reading it now and will review it around the release date.

Releases on February 25th