Monday, September 15, 2014

September Mini Reviews (Take Me On, Mortal Danger, Trial by Fire, Adrenaline Crush) + Giveaway

Hello, everyone! I did promise a lot of reviews in my last bookish rounds. Today I have for you Take Me On by Katie McGarry, Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre, Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini, and Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton, and a giveaway of the latter three titles.

Take Me On - Katie McGarry | Goodreads
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Published by: Harlequin Teen

Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

I'm so far behind o.o -- I should have had this up months ago, but never fear: it's not too late to dive into the Pushing the Limits series, especially with Echo and Noah's novella coming soon. The things I love about Katie McGarry's novels:

  • You can't really accuse her books of being about privileged white teenagers who fall in love. It's true that teenagers will fall in love, but inevitably at least one of them is struggling with a lack of privilege; one is poor or struggling with the shitty system of foster care or has a tragic back story with a mentally ill relative, etc. etc. Always her books feel immediate and real in a way that few others which deal with similar problems do. I appreciate her attempt to bring to light issues that often go unnoticed while telling an entertaining story.
  • Besides filling her romances with real life issues, McGarry also always seems to tackle something new. Dare You To showed me a new side to baseball and athletic scholarships, and a similar thing happened with Take Me On but in the world of boxing and gyms and the streets. Giving her characters such defining back stories makes me feel like she's researched these topics well and writes of them with convincing detail.
  • There are always a few side characters whose stories you want to read. Like Abby. If there was another Pushing the Limits book on her, I would definitely read it. McGarry spends her time crafting her other characters who push her main characters along their trajectories but clearly have their own stories as well.
On Take Me On specifically: I was glad that there weren't many terms of endearment, which I don't generally like in my romances but frequented the other Pushing the Limits books. However, I also had a harder time connecting with West simply because of his actions in Crash into You. It's true that West spends a good deal of time beating himself up for them, but alas. If you want to read a YA contemporary romance with plenty of steamy scenes and lots of angst to match character development, Katie McGarry's series is a good place to turn.

Mortal Danger - Ann Aguirre | Goodreads
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Published by: Feiwel and Friends

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn't imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She's not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he's impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly... bad things are happening. It's a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil's bargains, she isn't sure who—or what--she can trust. Not even her own mind...

I feel like this one was not getting a lot of blogger love, at least that I saw, but I actually quite liked it. Some things that seemed overlooked:

  • Mortal Danger is creepy. I have a confession. The first time my mom left me home alone as a kid, I couldn't stand it. At all. I was used to a house full of noise from my three older brothers. Not the creak of floorboards and the wind outside and the feeling of something right over my shoulder. This book brought back the memory of the things that go bump in the night; that make you feel like you have check around corners before tip-toeing onward. Maybe I'm easily scared, but picturing all the monstrous terrors from this book sure made me glad that I have roommates.
  • Innovative world-building. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from a book about a revenge story, but I'm sure that whatever expectations I would've had, if I were better informed, would have been broken about the world that Ann Aguirre has built into this novel. I mentioned that the book is creepy, and it's creepy for good reason. There are a lot of new creatures and rules to the game that Edie now has to play. That means navigating a minefield of questions: How did these games get established? Who runs them? What's the purpose? Who are the other players? What *exactly* are all the rules? What are the limits and consequences of the wishes in her Faustian compact? What is Kian allowed to tell Edie and what is he simply withholding from her? How much is she responsible for? etc. etc.
  • The plot. It's true that the book does take a while to get started -- Edie has to be set up in the game, the borders and emotional impact of her first request have to be established before all that gets screwed. Once the plot gets going, though, it quickly picks up steam and I didn't want to stop reading. I appreciated that Ann Aguirre didn't try to explain everything to you at once; you had to keep up with the story and how the rules of the game were changing. There is nothing more frustrating than an urban fantasy novel which explains everything to you. Thankfully Mortal Danger was not one of them.
  • Mortal Danger is empowering. The book starts off with Edie on the brink of despair - what the book describes as extremis, yet by the end she has figured out, to some extent, how to run things, how to make friends despite the terrible embarrassment and bullying she endured, how to endure rather than to give in to the "beautiful people." It's not that the bullies get what's coming to them so much as that Edie is forced to undergo extreme change and realize her own potential and strengths. Though her near-suicide is what drives her to agree to the Faustian compact, she is not defined by that moment. She's the most capable character in this book and an admirable heroine to boot.

Trial by Fire - Josephine Angelini | Goodreads
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Published by: Feiwel and Friends

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.

I wasn't a huge fan of Starcrossed; we had a strange relationship, where I liked to look back at certain passages but didn't like the book...? Yeah, I don't know either. The point is, Josephine Angelini has some addictive, memorable writing. One day I thought, oh, I don't know what to read. Let's start with Trial by Fire since its release date is soon. The next thing I knew, I had read forty pages and was desperate to continue. That's one thing I remember from reading Starcrossed and something that has definitely continued with Trial by Fire.

  • Besides the addictive writing, fans of Starcrossed will probably like Trial by Fire. You know those moments when you read a book and think that the author has a very clear distinctive voice? You start to notice a pattern, but that's not to say that the pattern means the book is unoriginal; no, just that the author's brand has been established. You can say that this is a Josephine Angelini book. Not every author gets to that stage, but I sure felt her distinct blend of romance, action, world-building, and adventure in Trial by Fire.
  • The world-building in this book is not to be messed with. I was initially a little hesitant when I read the author's letter at the front of the ARC about the world being something like "fanti-sci" (because it meshed the science fiction idea of alternate universes with the fantastical element of witches)... but my hesitation was erased the further I got into the book. Not only does this book solidly reject the anti-science message that other books with similar blends sometimes include, but it also expands on its world potential with great detail. The magic system of crucibles is well-established. Josephine Angelini did her research to set the parameters accurately yet with enough lee-way that it's easy enough to picture yourself in that world. It's an imaginative blend that makes for exciting reading in the action-adventure-romance dynamic that Angelini has written. 
  • Though this book is much more plot-oriented than The Raven Boys, I imagine that those who like the character core in that series will like what Trial by Fire does with its characters. Each character's relationship with Lily is unique. You learn some of their perspective to understand their wants and needs, and they've got a characteristic dynamic and humor with each other. It's always a lot of fun when you've got an established character group for the adventure.
  • The promise of this series is huge. It already has a lot of adventure and at its core is a very integral, empowering message: what makes you weak in one world makes you strong in another. You need to embrace that part of yourself rather than shy away because you've learned to think of it as your weakness. Lily has started to embrace her power in this book, and I imagine in future books, her perspective will continue to change and her power will only increase.

Adrenaline Crush - Laurie Boyle Crompton | Goodreads
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Published by: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

When a daredevil teen pushes herself too far, she must choose between two boys: the one who wants to keep her safe, and the one who dares her to return to her old self.

Seventeen-year-old Dyna comes from a family of risk takers and is an avid thrill-seeker herself, until the day she splinters her ankle in a terrible fall. Her whole life goes from mountain biking and rock climbing to sitting at home and attending group sessions at the bizarre alternative healing center that her hippie mother found. The boy who witnessed Dyna’s accident believes her injury is a wakeup call and he encourages her mild new lifestyle, but a young Afghanistan War veteran she meets at the healing center pushes her to start taking chances again. Forced to face the consequences of her daredevil impulses, Dyna finds herself in danger of risking the one thing she’s always treated with caution—her heart.

This book feels much like one you can tell whether you'll like by what you think of the synopsis. Are you hesitant about the love triangle and the potential for cheating/waffling between love interests? Will you judge Dyna for being a daredevil? I don't mind love triangles if they're resolved well and I've had my reckless moments, know well the thrill of adrenaline, so neither bothered me. What I liked about this book:

  • It's rather empowering. The love triangle is easy to understand within the parameters that Laurie Boyle Crompton has established. Naturally after her fall, Dyna is cautious. Things that used to sound exciting now fill her with fear; her adrenaline rush seems less important than staying safe. When Jay acts like a good boyfriend by checking in with Dyna, driving her to places, supporting her through the pitfalls and benefits of physical therapy and introducing her to his family, he seems like a good guy; but even as he acts like a good boyfriend, it's easy to see that Jay is crushing her spirit. Dyna is known as someone who takes risks, not someone who reads books about people who have hurt themselves while taking risks. Dyna is better fit to Pierce, who she matches in physical therapy sessions because his pace is what she would've adopted if she was no longer so scared. Pierce is still trying to come to terms with his tour in Afghanistan; he's like the Peeta of the love triangle, someone who's been through a tough experience like Dyna but someone who encourages her with all of Gale's passion. At the end of the book, it's also easy to see that Dyna doesn't really need either guy. They've both pushed her toward testing out her ankle again, whether through pushing her to act on a crush or through stifling her with reminders of her fall, but they don't define her daredevil spirit.
  • It's also a quick read on an important subject. The character dynamic of the physical therapy center was entertaining read alongside the character growth that Dyna goes through. The quirky free spirit characters provide great humor and diversity that makes the already short, fast-paced book fly by in a flurry of pages. That Dyna's family is also present during her recovery period makes for a nice backbone to her growth as well.
  • Dyna is a great heroine. There aren't many daredevil heroines in YA. I'd love to read about more characters like her, with free spirits and willing to take risks because of how great the pay-off can be. I love how active and strong and self-reliant she is. I love that she's adventurous and very much a teenager, making reckless decisions that others might judge and that might frighten her but feel very real to life. And I love that her family has a motto on adventure, that she has a rather good relationship with her family. All in all this book tackles an important subject with a fast-paced, empowering flair aided by its romance and colorful cast of characters.

Since I have very limited shelf space, I'm giving away my ARCs of Mortal Danger, Trial by Fire, and Adrenaline Crush to one lucky winner. Enter below :). Good luck!


  1. I haven't read any of these! I lobe Katie McGarry's writing and can't wait to read this one. Trial by fire is a book I've heard amazing things about so it's the first one on my wishlist. Thanks for the chance to win these :)

  2. These books excites me because I have been anticipating them for quite a while! The books that most excited for is MORTAL DANGERS and TRIAL BY FIRE! I've heard so many people raving about the book so I really want to read and see what it's all about! Thank you for this amazing giveaway! :)

  3. these all sound awesome!!! But I think the one that I would want the most would be Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre mainly b/c I really liked her adults series :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. I'm one of those that didn't really like Mortal Danger, which made me sad because I loved Ann Aguirre's Razorland series. But I really liked Trial by Fire and like you mentioned, I think the series has so much promise because of the incredible world-building. I could go on and on about how much I loved the world she created in that book! Glad you enjoyed it too. ~Pam

  5. I think out of all of these, I'm most excited to read Trial by Fire! I really like alternate universes! :D

  6. I'm torn between if I'm more excited for Trial of Fire or Mortal Danger. Both premises sound great to me! I've read a couple of Ann Aguirre's books but nothing by Josephine Angelini. Her Starcrossed series didn't really interest me but this seems right up my alley!

  7. Well, I already read Take me On, which was by far the book I was most excited for from this bunch.
    After it, I guess it's Trail by Fair and Mortal Heart. And the only reason I'm that looking forward to Trial by Fire is because you just said it will appeal to fans of The Raven Boys, and that I am lol

  8. I would love to win either Take Me On (cause I absolutely love Katie McGarry's books and her writing) or Mortal Danger (cause of a interesting plot and creepy factor. Also, big fan of everything paranormal).
    Thanks for a giveaway! :)

  9. Trial by Fire and Mortal Danger because I'm intrigued by both premised and I love Ann Aguirre.

  10. I love Katie McGarry, but Take Me On is my least favorite. I had a hard time connecting to West, too, as well as Haley. And I got a little sick of the training for the fight business. I mean I got sick of reading about it. I'm glad she did all that research, but all those details bored me a bit. But I did still like Take Me On, and Katie McGarry is still a favorite author of mine.

  11. Me too (my fave is in order of the publication dates). I think that I'm done with the Pushing the Limits series in general, but should McGarry write other contemp. romances, I would love to continue onward. Sounds like you would as well? :)

  12. Hi, Sandra. I'm not giving Take Me On away. Just the three ARCs I actually have; Take Me On I had received from NetGalley and do not have a copy to offer. Thank you.

  13. It's a really interesting world. It almost reminds me of the Small Science in the Grisha trilogy because it's rooted in material, scientific means while still being fantastical. And I don't blame you on Mortal Danger; sounds like I'm the one in the minority among bloggers ;).

  14. Hahaha, who did you want to read about? The negative reviews are partially why it took me so long to read Mortal Danger, but I think that they also helped curb expectations in a way that maybe hurt other bloggers' experience of it? Maybe you'll end up liking both!

  15. I'm excited to read Trial by Fire. Because of Josephine Angelini. Enough said. LOL! Mortal Danger also sounds cool and interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. I wanted a Logan book. Or Abby's. Hee. Hope I win then. Haha! Thanks for the giveaway! <3

  17. Take Me On - Katie McGarry excites me the most because I read the first 3 books in the series and loved them! I hope this one is gonna be as good as them :)

  18. I'm doing okay. There's a lot of work to be done and I haven't gotten my CDs with my friend's pictures on it just yet, so no time to think on it, you know?

    Perhaps I'm also just particularly sensitive to the baddies who come out from no where and the whole someone-is-watching-you feeling o.o.

    Well, it's a different feeling from the Raven Boys because it's plot oriented and TRB is character oriented. I'm not saying all fans of TRB will like Trial by Fire; just that if you like the whole boys and a girl dynamic, there's a similar one on the adventure for TbF :).

  19. Hey, Karin. As I explained below, I am not giving away a copy of Take Me On. Only the other three books, which I have physical ARCs of.

  20. oh I didn't see it , sorry. if so , Mortal Danger plot is the next on my list, the summary of it is very interesting :)

  21. Adrenaline Crush really. Just that! I really really love the premise of the story and it has been under my radar for quite some time... <3

  22. These all look awesome! I am excited for Mortal Danger and Trial by Fire, personally.

  23. "it's not too late to dive into the Pushing the Limits series" AGREED :) I agree with so much what you said, Christina: Katie's novels stand out since they're not cheesy or fluffy or anything. She makes these characters as raw as they can be in YA and even a little more by, quite often, pushing the limits of YA. Oh yeah! She researched it allright ;) I think she even took a ride on the back seat of a cop car :D ABBBBBY!!!! We're all trying to convnince Katie to write a story for Abby and I think it's working :D She's teasing us with something *cough* check her instagram *cough* (and she sent Nick, Danielle and me a ";-)" SO I AM NOT READING INTO THINGS HAHA). I really disliked West in CIY and I'm excited to see his redemption. OOOH! I'm easily scared too and Mortal Danger sounds creepy O.o (I actually read this scene in Afterworlds about a week ago where I was so creeped out that I didn't know if I wanted to switch the light off or not and those are NOT my kind of reads lol. But I'm enjoying this novel quite a bit more than I expected.) Yay for different world-building! And yay for no info-dump! "There is nothing more frustrating than an urban fantasy novel which explains everything to you." (all at once) so yeah, I definitely feel you there! Oh yay! I'm glad you enjoyed Edie as the MC :) She sounds wonderful! I already feel for her. I actually think I overrated Starcrossed with my 4 stars, but oh well. It's more like 2.5 or something =/ And it's only Josie's second series which shows her talent that she has been able to create that trademark. Well done! *applauds* I'm not a very visual reader so if you say that this world is easy to imagine, I'm all for it! OH MY GOD YOU DID NOT SAY THE MAGIC WORDS BY WRITING THE RAVEN BOYS, CHRISTINA. I AM IN INSTA-LOVE WITH TRIAL BY FIRE AND WE HAVEN'T EVEN MET YET SO YEAH. THANK YOU, MY FRIEND. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I can't wait to see what you think of the following books in this series ;) I don't mind love triangles THAT much if my ship wins. Or if one love interest isn't killed off to find an easy solution to everything. Plus this sounds interesting, so I could easily try it still. Oh, good references regarding THG! I can already guess who the winner is in this situation and I reallllllly want Dyna and Pierce together. I SHIP IT, CHRISTINA! Whoop! I'm happy you enjoyed characters and felt that the book went by fast. And you're right! Very few daredevil heroines, but they're fun to read about and Dyna sounds like someone I'd like to meet myself :) Good family relationships are always a plus in my book, so yeah! I definitely want to try this novel :)

  24. All these books look so interesting! I feel like I would be most interested in reading Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre because I LOVED her Enclave/Outpost/Horde trilogy!

  25. I've been eying TRIAL BY FIRE for a while. We read THE CRUCIBLE in school and I love retellings or new spins on old stories. Also, the bit about allergies grabs my attention.

    Hope you're doing well, Christina.

  26. I'm most excited by Trial by Fire because I really loved Josephine Angelini's Starcrossed series. Also, it's about angels!

  27. Maybe I need to re-read Mortal Danger. I was just so disappointed with that one. Yes, it's empowering, but I felt that the bullying aspect was all but forgotten in lieu of focusing on how awesome the MC has suddenly become. I haven't read my copy of Trial by Fire yet, but I do like the author's writing style, and your comparison of the core characters to those of The Raven Boys has me excited. I just finished re-reading the first two books in that series and I'm in love all over again. :) I felt the same about Adrenaline Crush, honestly. I don't hate love triangles, as long as they're not over-the-top and just to add tension. It really worked in this story. And I loved that her family was present, that she found her backbone again.

    Great reviews, Christina!

  28. I'm most excited about Mortal Danger because I love creepy books and have heard great things about it.

  29. Haven't read these; Take Me On sounds interesting

  30. I'm really eager to read Trial By Fire - the whole other self/Salem thing sounds like just the perfect mix of everything semi-scary & fun :D Thank you for the chance <3

  31. Hmm, they are a bit cheesy, but the angst makes it feel less so. IMO ;). Lol I hope you three get your Abby story then. How cool you're getting little teasers from Katie. Ooh, you're enjoying Afterworlds? Admittedly I'm rather intimidated by the LENGTH AHHH. But sounds good from what you're saying.

    lol nooooooo don't go into it with expectations of Raven Boys, but it has a character dynamic like that. Trial by Fire is so PLOT oriented in comparison to TRB CHARACTER oriented, that I was very hesitant to even *write* that. Just was referring to the character dynamic!!


    I love that you want to try all these books though :) :) and I hope that they all work out for you. (Lol I don't mind LTs if my ship wins -- ahh but what happens when your ship doesn't win? Hmmm?? ;)).

  32. Ahhhhhh not like the Raven Boys characters. I shouldn't have mentioned that comparison, I think people got the wrong expectations. I just meant a similar character dynamic in that each character has a specific relationship with the other and they all go on adventure together + banter. Probably more like Mortal Instruments character grouping than Raven Boys. :O :O. I hope you do end up liking Trial by Fire though.

    As for Mortal Danger, I'd agree. But also the book was definitely more plot oriented than character oriented, so I sort of expected that to happen. I can see how it might not work as well for other people though. Glad you liked Adrenaline Crush!

  33. I am! I am ridiculous! I can't believe I still haven't replied to your email! Didn't I say I would like two, three weeks ago? Omg. When I get home today. wth

    I hope you're doing well too!

  34. That's true! The angst balances it out + there are just so many cheesy and fluffy YA novels out there that books with angst really make you feel things other than just giggly and warm inside. You don't have to comment, I don't expect you to, but you can read my review on my blog. It went up yesterday morning :) (It's almost midnight here and I'm getting ready for bed (well, actually already in bed, was about to shut down my laptop when I saw your reply messages in my inbox) so too tired to type it all out. Sorry! But I enjoyed it as a whole, just wished for more and less in some aspects. Plus it mildly features Indian culture and the tiniest bit mythology + it has a strong LGBT romance going on in one of the POVs and I really appreciated those aspects.) I probs ain't posting anything until the week after the next one anyway. School is taking up all my time.

    Ooh! I'm still excited though! I know that it has mixed thoughts and some (Lauren) loved it while other's really didn't get the book. I'm willing to give it a try though :)

    Haaa! I WANT my ship to win ofc, but I don't mind if it doesn't when it makes sense, my fav isn't killed off (still having sad and angry feels about one particular book), the characters aren't changed into something else in the series' final book or if the epilogue makes sense and doesn't ruin characters and I don't cry 30 min over something so stupid as my ship being ended even though they love each other so very much and no other love interests on the sight and it was all a misunderstanding basically (my latest read that hasn't been marked anywhere since I was too busy to do that and then I went and complained [about an author ruining a book for me with the epilogue and destroying the majority of the fandom's ship] on twitter and don't want to spoil people about which book this is so not going to ever mark it as read I think). So yeah. I may be upset, but mostly.. If it's done ok or I know that my ship actually didn't stand a chance then I usually don't cry myself a river lol. Have you been upset about your ship not winning? I definitely have, but it's not the end of the world unless I ship them realllllllllllly hard like the ship (who made it by the end of the book) in To All the Boys I've Loved Before. That's one ship that better not be messed with too much in #2 or else.

    Alsoooo, C! I hope you're doing well. I miss and love you. *hugs*

  35. I cannot wait for Mortal Danger because Faustian stories are so intriguing.

  36. I'm really crossing my fingers for this! I really just want to read ADRENALINE CRUSH! Thanks for the giveaway, Christina!

  37. All of these books look great but the one I'm most exticed for is Mortal Danger. It jut sounds so fascinating and like nothing I've ever read before. I'm always looking for new things to try when reading and this seems like some totally out there that I'd just love. I'm also exticed simply because books!!! How can you not freak out at the prospect of free books?

  38. Trial by Fire since I heard so much from Fierce Reads and told by other blog that it's like City by Bones which is my favorite book ever. Thanks for giveaway!

  39. My feelings about TAKE ME ON are a bit polarizing. On one hand, I was really excited because New! Katie! McGarry! Book! But then, West isn't exactly the one I wanted to read about so my eARC is still waiting for me. *hides* I agree, Mortal Danger has been getting meh reviews from bloggers. I almost picked it up at the bookstore yesterday but I got afraid of all the negative reviews. Honestly, I've been pining for Adrenaline Crush ever since it was announced because I highly enjoyed Laurie's first two books and I love her voice. I'd love to win that! *fingers crossed*

  40. I wan to read MORTAL DANGER or TRIAL BY FIRE! I get a lot of mixed reviews re these books and want to read it so I can judge it myself. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  41. Trial by Fire has the mystery while Mortal Danger has the faustian element! Thank you for the giveaway!

  42. Love the mini reviews! Trial by Fire sounds intriguing... not one I've heard anything about!

  43. Hey, how are you feeling? :)

    Mortal danger: it's that creepy huh? I'm a scary pants and I can't stand scary movies, but there is something about creepy books I really like. I have heard mixed things about this book, but I always trust your opinion and I have a feeling I need to check this one out.
    Trial by fire: another book with mixed reviews. I haven't read any of her books, but was curious about this one until I read some negative reviews. Now I'm confused again, because when you mentioned The Raven Boys I definitely feel interested again.


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