Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book Blast: SCARLET TIDES by David Hair

It's not often that we talk about books classified as adult reads here on Fictitious Delicious, unless they're of the romantic variety, but I couldn't resist sharing with you a fantasy book that sounds SO GOOD.  I know many of you of lovers of high fantasy like me (fantasy has been MY THING this year!), so take a look at this epic story from David Hair and consider putting it on your TBR pile today.



SCARLET TIDES (Moontide Quartet #2)
by David Hair

Release date: October 7, 2014
Genre: Adult Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Pages: 688

With the Leviathan Bridge now uncovered from the sea, it re-opens the East to the Rondian legions and the Third Crusade ensues in the name of Emperor Constant.

The Rondians are determined to succeed in their latest Crusade and have recruited the strongest and most lethal magi of the Church’s Inquisition to lead the way— and to leave nothing but blood and ruins in their wake.

While most of the Rondians have their sights set on gold, one fraction of the Inquisition is set on finding a more important treasure – the Scytale of Corneus. As the source of all magical power, the Scytale is a sure game-changer, and it is imperative that the power-hungry and ruthless Rondians to keep it out of the hands of their enemies if they wish to maintain their growing empire.

Yet, as the Inquisition marches forward, conspiracy to overthrow the new emperor lurks in the shadows in both the East and West.

With the unlikely heroes of Alaron, a failed mage; Ramita, a lowly market maid; and Cymbellea, the daughter of a gypsy set on ending a world of war, SCARLET TIDES is an impressive world-building feat that proves that sometimes even weapons and magic cannot overcome the power of love and loyalty.


“Scarlet Tides represents modern epic fantasy at its best” –Fantasy Book Critic

Hair’s first foray into adult fantasy is similar in scope to George R.R. Martin’s ‘Ice and Fire’ and Robert Jordan’s ‘Wheel of Time’ novels and is sure to please those authors’ many fans.” –Library Journal Starred Review on Mage’s Blood

A taut network of intrigue and mystery… Hair portrays a stark and beautiful world breaking apart, with both good and evil characters desperate to reshape it through magic, war, and treachery. This strong debut should draw in fantasy readers of all stripes.” Publishers Weekly Starred Review on Mage’s Blood


“[Hair] pulls off a complex plot, and paces it differently… An outstanding start to a series which promises to recall epic fantasy’s finest.” –Tor.com on Mage’s Blood





THE EXCERPT

One year until Moontide. It seemed like no time at all.

Gurvon Gyle studied the faces about him anew as they settled back into their seats. Over the last hour, the atmosphere of the room had changed. His plan for the conquest of Javon had been agreed, but that was the first step. The rest of this meeting would be more contentious, and test the ability of this group of people to work together. He smoothed the sleeve of his rough dun-coloured shirt, wondering if his plans for Javon would go as intended.

When does anything ever go as planned?

To his left, fellow Noroman Belonius Vult, Governor of Norostein, was riffling through his notes as he prepared to speak again. He was clad in the finest cloth, of silver and blue. His noble visage spoke of wisdom and secret knowledge, like some legendary guide to the future; appropriate, Gyle thought, as their plans were set to shape the world for years to come. Five others shared the meeting chamber deep within the Imperial Court in Pallas: the four men and one woman were all Rondian, and amongst the most powerful people in the known world. 



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THE AUTHOR

David Hair is the New Zealand-based author of three fantasy series.

The Aotearoa Series is a YA series published by HarperCollins in New Zealand. The first novel, The Bone Tiki, won Best First Book at the 2010 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards. The series is built around the concept of two parallel New Zealands — the modern world, and another magical world peopled by legends, historical personages, and the ghosts of ordinary New Zealanders. There are six books in the series, which concluded in 2014 with Magic and Makutu.

Hair has also written a four book YA series, The Return of Ravana, set in India and published by Penguin India. The series tells the story of a group of people whose lives are linked by one tragic past life, the consequences of which resonate in every subsequent life, with horrific results. Book One, Pyre of Queens, won the LIANZA award for Best YA Novel in 2012. The series is set to be re-released in the UK in 2015 through Jo Fletcher Books.

SCARLET TIDES, to be published in October by Jo Fletcher Books (an imprint of Quercus), will be the second book in his fantasy series The Moontide Quartet. Four books are planned for the series, and a four book sequel series, The Lodestar Quartet, will follow.

David Hair currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife Kerry.


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Book Review: A DARKER PAST by Jus Accardo



A DARKER PAST (The Darker Agency #2)
by Jus Accardo

Release date: November 11, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 247
Source: ARC



The past is Darker than they thought...

Between helping her mother with the Darker Agency and laying the smack down on monster baddies, Jessie Darker puts the “normal” in paranormal. But lately, things have gotten a little crazy...even for a smart-assed half-demon teenage girl.

For starters, Jessie’s been contracted into fifty-five years of annoying servitude. To a demon. Then there’s Lukas Scott, her sexy new boyfriend. Once the former incarnation of Wrath, he’s been going through some...uh, changes. Like residual anger. And trading chaste hangouts for lusty make-out sessions.

But it’s when Lukas and Jessie accidentally release a Very Nasty Demon that things get really bad, setting into motion a chain of death and mayhem that threatens both Earth and the Shadow Realm. Jessie has exactly four days to fix it...before all of Hell breaks loose.






Fictitious Delicious Rating: 3.5



Oh, man. I can't go that long between reading books by Jus Accardo again.  The wit this woman writes with makes me look like a fool when I'm reading because I've got a perma-grin plastered on my face. Her heroines have the exact same sense of humor I do and that makes me feel more than a little bit awesome.

There are two things that kept me from enjoying this story as much as I could have. Number one, the relationship between Jessie and Lukas comes across so much like a sibling relationship that the kissy parts made me feel a little uncomfortable. That dynamic changes during the second half of the book, but the first half felt a little awkward.  Along that same line, Jess and Lukas feel an awful lot like Dez and Kale in Accardo's Denazen series.  Now, I LOVE those two, especially Dez, so it's not that the similarities in these characters is necessarily a bad thing.  But, the character comparisons I did in my head during some of the key scenes in this story was distracting.

Secondly, that part about the demons not being able to help Jess do that one thing just didn't make sense to me.  It felt like a plot point thrown in for mere convenience.  I didn't buy it and often times I can overlook that kind of thing, but, again, it stuck in my head and distracted me. I'm really my own worst enemy sometimes, lol.

Once again, Accardo dons the crown as Queen of the Action Scenes. That sequence in the cave was so great that I read through it TWICE.  If kickass action scenes with badass heroines is something you like (and you should), you've got to pick up this series.  That, combined with the crazy lovable friendship between Jessie and Kendra, makes this second book in The Darker Agency series work for me in the end.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Blast: THE WEIGHT OF DESTINY by Nyrae Dawn

Today is the release day for THE WEIGHT OF DESTINY, the first book in a new YA series by Nyrae Dawn.  I finished this one last night and have to say that this is my new favorite book by Dawn. I'm madly in love with it!  So much, in fact, that I couldn't properly put my level of love into words.  I'll be posting a full review in a few days, but this one is in contention for my favorite book of the year.



THE WEIGHT OF DESTINY
by Nyrae Dawn

Release date: November 18, 2014
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 276
Source: ARC


When “crazy” runs in your family and your namesake is known for walking into a river with a pocket full of rocks, a girl kind of wants to avoid tempting fate at all costs. For Virginia Nichols, the only way to dodge that bullet is to be perfect at everything: school, student council, life. Too bad it’s all a lie, and underneath the perfection...Virginia is lost.

Ryder Blackstock knows a thing or two about being born into fate. The talents passed down from his father aren't exactly normal; instead of learning how to throw a fastball, he was taught to hot-wire a car like a pro and pick any pocket in sight. He’s got criminal blood, just like his old man. And as soon as he turns eighteen, he’ll be living life on the run with his dad.

When Ryder and Virginia meet on the beach, it seems they couldn't be more different. Soon they discover they’re both trapped in their lives—Virginia denying her fate, Ryder embracing his. Like the rocks in Virginia Woolf’s pockets, the weight of their destinies will pull them under. But being together brings out pieces of themselves they didn't know existed—pieces that make them want to take fate into their own hands and rewrite their destinies...if it’s not too late.


"Whenever I read Nyrae Dawn, I am reminded that words are her art, and she wields her paintbrush with all the skill of Rembrandt. The tender romance of Ryder and Virginia is palpable on the page, and the story sings with all the complexities of the interwoven plot. I read late into the night to finish this one, and once again, Nyrae has managed a masterpiece. LOVED." ~ USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author Courtney Cole

"The Weight of Destiny unfolds like a storm. It is dark and electric and incredibly romantic. I lost and found myself. The characters are so vivid, so alive, you'll forget anything but them exists." ~ David James author of Between the Stars and Sky

"The Weight of Destiny is YA at its absolute finest. Nyrae Dawn flawlessly brought two seemingly broken characters to life and showed everyone deserves a second chance at love and life. This breathtaking storytelling will blow you away." ~ USA Today Bestselling Author Tiffany King

"The Weight of Destiny is art at its best, Ryder and Virginia canvasses on which the good and bad of life and love unfold in brilliant, true color." ~ Author Jamie Manning






THE EXCERPT

“You’re strong and beautiful.”
She chuckles softly and shakes her head.
“It’s just a different kind of strength. You are who you are, and you don’t care what people think. You don’t care that you’re sober at a party where everyone is drinking. You don’t give a shit if you’re the girl who leaves to do her homework, because it’s important to you.”
“Is it still strength if the reason behind it is fear?” She sounds like she’s drifting away, her voice getting softer and softer. I need to reel her back in, keep her close, so I roll to my side, lean my head into my hand and let my elbow prop me up. With my other hand, I brush her cheek with my thumb.
“I don’t know. You’re the smart one. Regardless, I know you’re strong.” Because I know she’s dealing with more than I’ve seen; I just don’t have a clear picture of what it is.
“We’re still different, though, so why me?”
Words get trapped in my throat. I can tell her it’s because of what I said—she’s beautiful and strong. I can tell her it’s because sometimes the loneliness in her eyes mirrors mine, only I didn’t know it was there before her. Maybe it’s to prove I won’t screw up with a girl like her the way Luke thinks I will. There are a million possibilities, not all of them good. The only thing that manages to come out is, “Because the weight isn’t as heavy when I’m with you.”
Her breath hitches. I let my fingers gently glide against her neck, her throat. When she speaks, I feel the words vibrate through my fingertips. It’s a crazy-wild feeling, and I want it to keep going, want to touch all her words.
 “The weight of what?” she asks.
I don’t know… I shrug. “Of everything.”
But it’s not my words that settle into my chest. It’s hers. Virginia shakes her head and answers her own question. “Of destiny.”






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THE AUTHOR

Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn’s passion. Even when she was too busy chasing kids or

She feels a special pull to characters in their teens. There’s something so fresh and fun about the age that she adores exploring. Her husband says it’s because she doesn’t want to grow up. She doesn’t think that’s such a bad thing. Luckily for her, he doesn’t either.

Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. Whether reading or writing, she loves emotional journeys. It’s icing on the cake when she really feels something, but is able to laugh, too. She’s also a proud romantic at heart who has a soft spot for flawed characters. She loves people who aren’t perfect, who make mistakes but also have a big heart.

Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.

When she’s not with her family, you can be pretty sure you’ll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her.


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Cover Reveal: BECOMING RAIN by K.A. Tucker

We've got the cover reveal for K.A. Tucker's BECOMING RAIN, the second book in the Burying Water series.  Every single one of Tucker's covers is gorgeous and this is no exception.  Can't wait to get my hands on the one this spring!


THE BOOK



BECOMING RAIN (Burying Water #2) by K.A. Tucker
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster




Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.

Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she's one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she's just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast's most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she'll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle's footsteps.

As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she'll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she'll even want to.





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THE AUTHOR


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Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Book Review: GET HAPPY by Mary Amato



GET HAPPY 
by Mary Amato

Release date: October 28, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pages: 256
Source: ARC




In this poignant, realistic, contemporary YA by a state master list star, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Gayle Forman, a young songwriter builds a substitute family with her friends in place of the broken family she grew up with.

A hip high school girl who loves music, writes songs, and is desperate for a ukelele, learns to her shock that her father did not abandon her years ago and has been trying to keep in touch. She begins to investigate him, only to discover that he has a new life with a new family, including the perfect stepdaughter, a girl who Minerva despises.




Fictitious Delicious Rating: 3.5

GET HAPPY did not turn out to be the story I thought it was going to be.  I mean, it *was*, but it feels like a story written for those teens that put the Y in YA.  And this is a GOOD thing.  Don't get me wrong on that point. Just know going into the story that that's the case.  The synopsis lead me to believe it was going to be on par with Gayle Forman level of maturity, and it didn't fit that bill for me.  Again, not a bad thing.  Just unexpected.

The innocence of this book was charming. Minerva (Min) is a girl who has an overbearing mother and a father that, as she understands it, abandoned her many years ago.  She uses songwriting to express her feelings and longs for a ukelele to bring those songs to life.  Being the go-getter that she is, she lands a job dressing up as a mermaid for birthday parties at Get Happy.  This brings a tremendous amount of comic relief to Min's story and I flat out belly laughed at almost everything that her manager, Joy, said.  (Probably because they are the exact kind of things that come out of my trucker mouth when there are children present.)  While the job is less than glamorous for Min, it does expose her to people that she may not have come to known without it.  Namely, Hayden and Cassie. These two characters bring out very different emotions in Min. Emotions that really come to head when she discovers that her father didn't really abandon her after all. 

Que the big climax scene that STILL makes me cringe a bit when I think back on it. Irrational teenage decisions FTW!  Which brings this review full circle.  Min's behavior is definitely immature and the exact kind of thing younger readers will be able to identify with.  Heck, it's reassuring to all of us that life is messy and that it almost never goes as planned, no matter our age.



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Book Review: SIDESWIPED by Lia Riley



SIDESWIPED (Off the Map #2)
by Lia Riley

Release date: October 7, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher: Grand Central/Forever
Pages: 384
Source: ARC




It was only meant to last the summer . . .

Talia Stolfi has seen more than her share of loss in her twenty-one years. But then fate brought her Bran Lockhart, and her dark world was suddenly and spectacularly illuminated. So if being with Bran means leaving her colorless NorCal life for rugged and wild Australia, then that’s what she’ll do. But as much as Talia longs to give herself over completely to a new beginning, the fears of her past are still lurking in the shadows.

Bran Lockhart knows that living without the beautiful girl who stole his heart will be torment, so he’ll take whatever time with her he can. But even though she has packed up her life in California and is back in his arms for the time being, she can’t stay forever. And the remaining time they have together is ticking by way too fast. Though fate seems determined to tear them apart, they won’t give up without a fight—because while time may have limits, their love is infinite . . .





Fictitious Delicious Rating: 4.5

Talia and Bran have been consuming my brain for the last three days.  I've tried to read another story, but there's this lingering ache in my heart. I MISS them. What is THAT about?!?

Maybe it's the way this book ends that has me in hangover mode.  Maybe it's the perfect amount of angst that had me simultaneously shaking my head and clutching my heart. Or maybe it's that experience of reliving the point in your life when you learn that sacrifices need to be made in order to for you to remain true to yourself.  Heck, it's probably all three of these things that make me want to pick up the phone and call Talia to see how she's doing.  Which is impossible.  Because, you know, she can't answer a phone right now. Or ever, I guess since she's a fictional character, lol.  Le sigh.

I never even got around to publishing a review for UPSIDE DOWN, book one in the Off the Map series and there's a reason for that.  I want this series to be mine, you know? I don't want to feel jealous when someone else is falling in love with Bran & Talia and their adventures in Australia. But that's ridiculous, right? Wrong. It's totally legit.  Tell that to my heart.  It belongs to Lia Riley right now.  So here's me putting aside by irrational jealous tendencies and yelling at you in all caps to READ THIS SERIES.  RIGHT NOW.  

There was a bit of second book syndrome going on in this part of Bran & Talia story.  Matter of fact, when SIDESWIPED was wrapping up the thought occurred to me that they were back to the EXACT same spot they were when we left them in book one.  Sure, THINGS happen--people get punched, stuff blows up, the inside of a jail cell is visited--this is a love story after all, but I'm not sure it all warranted it's own book.  With one VERY important exception.

Talia has OCD. A pretty serious case of it, actually. It is in learning to life with her disorder that we DO get to see Talia grow in this installment of the series.  Here's hoping we get to see that same kind of growth in Bran in book number three.  Now let's get this couple a happy ending, hey?


Monday, November 10, 2014

Blog Tour: COURT by Cat Patrick



COURT
by Cat Patrick

Release date: October 23, 2014
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 277
Source: ARC



For more than 400 years, a secret monarchy has survived and thrived within the borders of the US, hiding in plain sight as the state known as Wyoming. But when the king is shot and his seventeen-year-old son, Haakon McHale, is told he will take the throne, becoming the eleventh ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, the community that's survived for centuries is pushed to the limit. Told through four perspectives, Court transplants us to a world that looks like ours, but isn't. Gwendolyn Rose, daughter of the Duke of Coal, is grudgingly betrothed to Haakon -- and just wants a way out. Alexander Oxendine, son of the Duke of Wind and Haakon's lifelong best friend, already grapples with external struggles when he's assigned to guard Haakon after the king dies. And commoner Mary Doyle finds whispers in the woods that may solve -- or destroy -- everything, depending on your bloodline.


Money. Love. Power. Community. What's your motivation?







THE REVIEW



Has anyone verified that this book is, in fact, fiction?  Because I don't consider myself a conspiracy theorist, but this book felt REAL. Totally plausible and had me looking up census information for the State of Wyoming just to see if THINGS are as they're in COURT. They are. *gulp*

I didn't even know Cat Patrick had a new book out and was pleasantly surprised to find out that not only did she have a new book out, it's fantasy! If you've read any of my reviews recently, you'll recall that the fantasy genre has been my favorite this year.  Couple that with the fact that I fell in love with Patrick's writing in FORGOTTEN and I'm a happy camper. The story line had me captured from the get-go.  We're introduced to the Kingdom of Eurus (aka the State of Wyoming to us outsiders) through four different perspectives.  The boy that will be king, the girl that will be his queen, the best friend that will protect him, and the girl that isn't privy to any kind of royal activity.  AND a host of secondary characters that will capture your attention, namely ROARKE! Each of these perspectives offers readers the ability to see how crazy this monarchy is, no matter your ranking in the kingdom.

The pacing felt too fast at the end. So many subplots come to a semi-resolution (there better be a second book to this series!) and I wish that there were another 20 or 30 pages to make the BIG revelations feel less rushed. For example, one of the big reveals is given to the reader in parenthesis in the middle of a sentence. There was so much going on inside and outside of Eurus. I think I would have preferred a slower reveal.  Or maybe a hold back of some of the THINGS for a second installment. As it is, I felt confused for much of the last 10% of the book.  Too much wrapping up too quickly.

That being said, I still really enjoyed COURT. It's a very character centered story and I appreciate that. Watching some of the characters find inner strength they didn't even know they had and watching that one character fall into a dark, dark place was what really made this story work for me. I'm a huge Gwen and Alexander fan and will anxiously be awaiting the continuation of the story.  I mean, there HAS to be a second book.  Right?!?




THE EXCERPT

GWENDOLYN
  It was supposed to be study time. Every Sunday evening between five and eight o’clock, the halls of the boarding school known as Eurus Academy were silent, the common spaces deserted. Students were either in their rooms or at the library—where all that could be heard was the rustling of pages, the clacking of keyboards, and the gurgle of bodily noises that only seemed to present themselves during the quietest of moments.
  It was a time for students to feed their minds.
  Instead, Gwendolyn Rose, first daughter of the Duke of Coal, was preparing to sneak out and feed her soul.
  Right after she addressed the knock on the tower door.
  “Just a second!” Gwen called in a voice some people said sounded like her mother’s, buttoning her generic uniform cardigan. She made sure the backpack on the bed was zipped and the trunk by the footboard was locked. She smoothed her raven hair and opened the door.
  “Margaret’s back,” her longtime friend Hope blurted out, going up on her toes like a child, making her blond waves bounce and her glasses slide down her freckled nose. “We’re meeting at the library and she’s going to tell me all about Boston. I still can’t believe she went to the Democracy. Her parents must have had to pay a fortune!”
  Citizens were allowed out of the Realm, but only after paying the king a leave tax determined by social standing and other unknown factors. It was much harder for a commoner to leave than a courtier—and even courtiers couldn’t cross the borders into one of the Democracy’s states more than a few times per year without very special permission.
  “Would you like to come hear about her trip?” Hope continued. “How was your weekend, by the way?”
  Since kindergarten, Hope had spoken like she thought you’d stop paying attention if she didn’t get it all out quickly enough.
  “My weekend was fine, thank you,” Gwen said calmly, playing a part. “It was nice to see my parents,” she lied. “I read, spent some time with my sister, and helped around the house.”
“It sounds fulfilling,” Hope said.
  If your idea of fun is hanging out with your family.
  “It was.”
  “So, the library?” Hope pushed up her glasses and looked at Gwen expectantly.
  “I’m meeting my cousin in Stuart.” It felt strange to articulate the excuse that Gwen had been rehearsing for an hour in her head. “I did my work earlier.”
  Ever trusting, Hope didn’t waste energy trying to figure out which cousin Gwen was planning to meet—or why. She just told her to have a nice evening and left.
  Backpack slung over her shoulders, Gwen stepped into the corridor and shut the door behind her. As with many things in Eurus, there were silent reminders of hierarchy here.
  The sleeping floors of Eurus Academy had regular dorm rooms lining the hallways, but at the corners, there were four, single-occupancy tower rooms. Larger, with ornate rugs covering the wood flooring and special heating units to warm the stone walls, the tower rooms were for the oldest from the five, non-royal families: Coal, Wind, Tourism, and Oil.
  Since the inception of the Realm, when the Democracy still hadn’t discovered it, Natural Gas had been the king’s resource. Sons and daughters of the king slept in the castle—not on campus—so there was no tower room for the Natural Gas family.
  The oldest girls from the Families slept on the sixth floor; boys on the fifth.
  Gwen tapped down three Italian marble steps to the plush carpeting, the Medieval feel of the secluded corner tower giving way to a modern-baroque hallway with cream-colored walls papered from chair height up with sweeping blooms in varying shades of light blue, metallic on matte.
  She looked right toward the northwest tower, which belonged to the Brevard family. Specifically, it belonged to Josephine Brevard. Haakon had no idea, but Gwen had seen him leaving that room recently. She hadn’t minded: Gwen had no interest in Haakon. The time to worry about that was many years down the road.





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THE AUTHOR




Raised in a house that was struck by lightning–twice–Cat Patrick is the author of young adult books Forgotten, Revived, and The Originals, and the co-author of Just Like Fate.

As a child, Cat could be found making up stories like her first book, Dolly the Purple Spotted Dolphin; growing corn in the backyard; or performing with a traveling sign-language troupe. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree from Boston University, and worked in public relations for fifteen years. She lives outside of Seattle with her husband and twin daughters


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