The Ash-Born Boy

It's May 15th!

Not only does THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab come out in paperback TODAY, but, to celebrate its release, "The Ash-Born Boy" is finally up over at Disney*Hyperion's website!

So, what IS "The Ash-Born Boy"?

It's a free story Victoria wrote as a thank-you to her fans, and she wrote it to answer ONE question: "Who was Cole before he came to Near?"

Now, if you've already read THE NEAR WITCH, "The Ash-Born Boy" is guaranteed to change the way you see Cole.

And if you haven't read THE NEAR WITCH yet, don't worry, "The Ash-Born Boy" won't spoil anything!

So basically, either way, you should go read Cole's story ;)

And if you want to wait and read THE NEAR WITCH first, don't worry! Cole's story will stay up on Disney*Hyperion's website, and if it ever comes down, Victoria will carve out a space for it on her own site. It will always be available somewhere, and it will always be free.

And!

Cole's story isn't the only goodie to go along with the paperback release. In the back of the paperback itself, you'll find the first chapter of Victoria's new book, THE ARCHIVED, which doesn't come out until January!

So what are you waiting for?

Help Victoria celebrate today by taking a look at "The Ash-Born Boy," and don't forget to buy/order/pick up your own paperback copy of THE NEAR WITCH!

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The Near Witch is one of my absolute favorite books. If you haven't read it yet you seriously need to, it's amazing!! You can check out my review here.












Book Haul (49)


Here are the  books I bought and received this week!


Review:
-Fated (Soul Seekers 1) by Alyson Noel
-Tempest Unleashed (Tempest 2) by Tracy Deebs

Bought:
-Croak (Croak 1) by Gina Damico

Won:
-Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
   Thank you Kate at Ex Libris!
-Insurgent (Divergent 2) by Veronica Roth
   Thank you Kathy at I'm A Reader, Not A Writer






Happy Mother's Day!









Review: Last Rite (Personal Demons 3) by Lisa Desrochers

ARC received from author.
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published: May 8, 2012
Amazon - Goodreads



In this final installment of the thrilling, edgy Personal Demons series, the battle between Heaven and Hell has become critical, and Frannie Cavanaugh is right at the center of it.

With the help of the powerful angel Gabe and demon-turned-mortal Luc, Frannie has been able to stay one step ahead of the forces of Hell. But when the demons killed Frannie's best friend and destroyed her brother, they raised the stakes. If Frannie wants to keep her family and friends safe, she knows she has no choice but to go on the run.
Their best defense is the power Frannie has been struggling to master, but her attempts to hone her skill go horribly awry. If Frannie doesn't learn fast, the consequences could be devastating--even apocalyptic.
What happens when you can't outrun Hell...or trust the ones you love?


As soon as I finished book two, Original Sin, I knew the wait for Last Rite, was going to be complete torture! I was fortunate enough to receive an advance reader's copy from the author which I immediately dug into almost the day it got here. I'm totally bummed that this awesome trilogy is over, but I honestly wouldn't have wanted it to end any other way.

I absolutely love the main characters in this book and how Lisa Desrochers flawlessly wrote in three different point of views. Just like in the prior books, I never was confused with there being more than one point of view, each character had an incredibly distinct voice that made me fall in love with them.

One amazingly awesome new edition to Last Rite was Gabe's point of view! When Lisa put up a picture on her blog of the drafts for this book and I saw 'Gabe' as a heading for a chapter I freaked out! I know I'm all 'Team Luc' but Gabe is really perfect and easy to love too! I really enjoyed getting in his head and understanding just how much he loves Frannie and the lengths he'll go to to keep her safe. Like all the other characters in the book, he has an amazing sense of humor which I really enjoyed!

The battle between Heaven and Hell reaches in peak in this book and it is crazy intense! I was literally on the edge of my seat reading waiting to see what crazy thing was going to happen next! We also get to see Frannie learn more about her special gifts and get some sweet scenes with her adorable Grandfather. There was one scene towards the end of the book, I don't want to give anything away, but it really made me look at my thoughts on God in a different, better way, than I have been. It was a really refreshing and spiritual take, and just the thing I needed.

This book was full of surprises and so much suspense! I really couldn't put it down once I started it, which was bittersweet for me because I really didn't want it to end! All of the lose ends from the previous books were tied up very neatly and I really enjoyed where all of the characters' stories ended up.

Don't get me wrong, I'm really going to miss the oh so swoon worthy Luc and Gabe, but I think I'll miss Frannie the most (which says a lot because those guys are total babes!) Frannie and I were the same age while I was reading the books so it really felt like I was growing up with her and that she was a dear friend to me. Other than going to college, I've never had a friend move away, but I think the end of this trilogy will be like that. I can always go back on the memories we had by rereading the books and I know that Frannie is happy, which makes me smile.

Awesome Quote:
"Sometimes you need to follow your own path."


Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5


I was beyond disappointed that this series was coming to an end, but after I read the final page I was really at peace with where the characters were headed. I loved how Lisa gave us a glimpse into their future so we know what it holds for all of the surviving characters. The final installment in the Personal Demons trilogy was intense, heartwarming and everything I could have possibly asked for. I'm really grateful that I was able to go on this adventure with Frannie and can't wait to reread these books in the future.














Spring Blog Carnival: Face Painting Booth




Step right up to the Face Painting Booth
*cue carnival themed music*
Two creative contestants will win one of the books with striking faces below!




-Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
-Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
-Or any other book on The Book Depository that's under 20 dollars and has a striking face on the cover!


Challenge:
If you were to get a tattoo (whether it'd be permanent or only last for one day) what would it be of and what significance does it have to you? 


Rules:
-Leave your answer to the Challenge Question and your Email in the comments. 
-International (as long as The Book Depository ships to your country).



Be sure to check out all of the other awesome blogs (listed below) that are participating in the Spring Blog Carnival, it runs from May 7th- 13th so there's plenty of time to enter!



Thank you so much to Pure Imagination, Reading Angel and Candace's Book Blog for hosting this fun event!





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I'm Featured on Actin' Up With Books Today


Joli (Actin' Up with Books) was nice enough to ask me if I'd like to be apart of her awesome feature that lets readers, bloggers and authors gush about their favorite Indie Bookstores! Since I'm always on my blog talking about my love for my local Indie I just had to jump at this opportunity!

I would really love it if you stopped by and checked out my post!
Here's the link. 


Thanks!











The F Word

No, not that "F" word I'm talking about something much worse: FINALS


This is pretty much just a quick post explaining my absence during the last two weeks. I'm finishing up my freshman year in college and am having to deal with dun dun dunnnnn finals! I've been studying my butt off so I can get a passing score on my math exam because I'm seriously not taking this dang class a third time!! *takes deep breath* Okay moving on from my complete loathing of math and how I have absolutely no chance at ever understanding it...


I've been spending most of my time with my nose in a stupid math book instead of a book I actually want to be reading. (Seriously I can't remember the last time I read, I've been reading Fever for over a month all because of these stinking finals and I had to stop at a really good part!) So not time for reading means no reviews and since I don't have time for reading I don't have time for posting and so on. 

My English portfolio is due Friday (which I actually what I should be doing now, but I wouldn't be an awesome procrastinating teen if I was actually doing what I was suppose to be doing) so anyways since my English class will be done Friday I'll have a little more time to get posts up. 


There's some really awesome stuff coming to CMC in May which I'm super excited for! I'll be hosting the Face Painting Booth in the Spring Blog Carnival (hosted by Lori at Pure Imagination) where I will be holding a contest to win two awesome books, this Friday I'm doing a guest post at part of Actin' Up With Book's "Love My Indie" and am participating in quite a few awesome blog tours this month (which some include giveaways, author giveaways and so much more!) 

I just really wanted to let you guys know I'm not blowing you off and you're all in my thoughts! I feel so horrible about not posting, but unfortunately I really do need to prepare for these finals. I can't wait until they're over and everything will go back to blog-normal! 


(You can tell I've been writing a lot for my English class this past week. This is oh so rambley and just kind of crazy! Did it even make sense? Probably not... in short, I'll be back soon.)