Blog Tour, Giveaway and Review: Girl on the Brink



Girl on the Brink by Christina Hoag
Genre: YA Romance/Thriller
Release date: August 30th, 2016
Fire and Ice YA/Melange Books


Sometimes the one you love isn’t the one you’re meant to be with.The summer before senior year, Chloe starts an internship as a reporter at a local newspaper. While on assignment, she meets Kieran, a quirky aspiring actor. Chloe becomes smitten with Kieran’s charisma and his ability to soothe her soul, torn over her parents’ impending divorce. But as their bond deepens, Kieran becomes smothering and flies into terrifying rages. He confides in Chloe that he suffered a traumatic childhood, and Chloe is moved to help him. If only he could be healed, she thinks, their relationship would be perfect. But her efforts backfire, and Kieran turns violent. Chloe breaks up with him, but Kieran pursues her relentlessly to make up. Chloe must make the heartrending choice between saving herself or saving Kieran, until Kieran’s mission of remorse turns into a quest for revenge.

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Advance Praise:

“An engrossing tale of a dangerous teen romance.”–Kirkus Reviews

“Girl on the Brinkis a must have for every high school and public library.”–Isabelle Kane, Wisconsin high school librarian


Abusive relationships are widespread, cutting across socioeconomic, racial and ethnic, religious and gender preference lines. One in three high school girls experience dating violence, while more than half of college-aged women reported experiencing controlling behavior in a relationship. Eighty-nine percent of female college students said they were unable to recognize the signs of an abusive relationship, and a third of teens involved in intimate partner violence ever told anyone about it. For more information, see http://www.breakthecycle.org/dating-violence-research.

christinahoagauthorheadshotAbout the Author:

Christina Hoag is the author of Girl on the Brink, a romantic thriller for young adults (Fire and Ice YA/Melange Books, August 2016) and Skin of Tattoos, a literary thriller set in L.A.’s gang underworld (Martin Brown Publishing, September 2016). She is a former reporter for the Associated Press and Miami Herald and worked as a correspondent in Latin America writing for major media outlets including Time, Business Week, Financial Times, the Houston Chronicle and The New York Times. She is the co-author of Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence, a groundbreaking book on gang intervention (Turner Publishing, 2014). She resides in Los Angeles. For more information, see http://www.christinahoag.com.

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Quick Reasons: trigger warning–physical abuse, emotional abuse, violence; this was hard to read, but so cathartic at the same time; my life in book form!; emotional, harrowing, heart-wrenching read; poignant and powerful; all girls/women need to read this book

Huge thanks to Christina Hoag, Fire & Ice Young Adult Books, and YA Bound Book Tours for sending me a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.


Okay, penguins–it’s time for a tiny confession. Heading into this read, I was very worried. You see… I am a domestic abuse survivor. He never got the chance to take it farther than emotional and psychological abuse, but the scars–invisible as they may be–are very, very much real. I knew, when I read the synopsis for this book, that that was EXACTLY what was waiting for me with this read. But something about this book called to me, regardless. I decided to take a chance, triggering content be derned. (And yes, I meant to say derned!)

Christina Hoag took a very important, very challenging subject…and made it relatable. Personable. REAL. I know the statistics, penguins–so, so many women have faced, are facing, or will in the future face this exact situation. The problem is, hardly none of us actively talk about our experiences–it’s been drilled into us to keep silent, to keep secret, to keep hidden. Christina Hoag knew that, I believe–and used that to weave an emotionally harrowing, daunting story of first love…and the many ways it can go wrong or destroy the soul.

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What I’m trying to say is, this book is super important, and I feel every girl/woman needs to read it. There is emotional turmoil. There are some very difficult scenes to read and digest. But there’s also a raw, unbridled honesty laced into every word–and, at the end, something I feel we ALL need to hear more of: the reminder that we can get through it, that we can stand tall, that we deserve better. That we are loved. The characters are complex and well-written; the prose is subtly poetic and altogether beautiful. The journey is heart-wrenching, and terrifying, and hits home so hard–but it’s so important, all the same.

I have so much admiration and respect for Christina Hoag, and this book. She achieved something that many struggle with: a fine mixture of blunt honesty and raw sensitivity, a way to reach out of the pages and into readers’ very souls. I recommend this to lovers of contemporary fiction, poetic and poignant prose, and heart-wrenching journeys…but please, if you’re easily triggered by abuse, be careful going into this read. I will be keeping an eye out for future Christina Hoag novels with bated breath (I know, this is perhaps a weird choice of words following such a heavy read, but I’m going with it); I cannot wait to see what she tackles next.


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Book Trailer Reveal: The Elf


the-elf The Elf

by Max Dune
Genre: YA Fantasy/Action & Adventure (Christmas themed)
Release Date:
October 20th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Elves are dying in the North
Pole, and none of their scientists can find a cure. They believe it’s a virus, unleashed by a powerful
enemy. All signs point to Jack Frost, who’s been biding his time from afar. Watching. Waiting. Plotting.
One brave elf, to save his kind, will venture out to meet evil in the eye. But he uncovers a mystery more
dangerous than he could have ever imagined. Now Lucian must join a group of warriors and fight.
Fuego; a flame-wielding pyro.Tiktok; a brilliant bomb expert, Yuriko; a deadly ninja assassin. And Bullets;
a hot-headed gun aficionado. These unlikely heroes must learn to work together and defeat the rising
evil. Or Christmas will soon be lost…forever.


About the Author
Max Dune is a Southern writer who spent most his childhood watching
TV, devouring comic books and weaving magical worlds in his head. In his mid-twenties, he decided to
follow his true passion. He has since created a number of short stories, novels, screenplays and TV
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Blog Tour, Teasers, Giveaway and Review: Amber Sky


AMBER SKY is the first prequel novella preceding the adventurous steampunk horror tale CRIMSON SKY, and tells the story of Nash before he joined the Dauntless Wanderer when his only means of survival was to fight to the death, and how he was forced to make a choice that would change his life forever…

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Press-ganged into servitude by a ruthless band of marauders who survived the devastating Storm, Nash has grown tired of his career– the young, undefeated champion of the Stray Dog fighting pits. All he longs for is a place to live where his family is not his enemy.

When his captain gives him an assignment to embed him deeper into the crew, Nash attempts to refuse, until the life of his friend is threatened. Determined to save her, Nash embarks on the mission to subjugate and control a supplier. But the supplier has other clients, one of which could be the son of the most feared pirate captain in all of Westraven.

And if Nash plays his cards right, the key to his deeply desired freedom, if he can live with the consequences of his choice…

Set two years before the events of CRIMSON SKY, this prequel novella tells the story of how Nash and Sawyer crossed paths– and fists. While best enjoyed before reading CRIMSON SKY, this bonus story can be read at any time or enjoyed as a standalone.

About the Author:

Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action. She is the recipient of April Moon Books Editor Award for “author voice, world-building and general bad-assery,” and the One Book Two Standout Award in 2015 for her Cursed trilogy. She has been featured on various author blogs and publishing websites, and is an active member of the Writing GIAM and Weekend Writing Warrior communities. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, and struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction.

Her short stories published by independent houses like Mocha Memoirs Press and April Moon Books, and she has independently published a collection of standalone and series novels including Storm Born, Path of the Horseman, and the Cursed and Dark Sky series. Many of her short stories have been featured in anthologies such as Amok!, Avast, Ye Airships!, and That Hoodoo, Voodoo, That You Do, and Stomping Grounds.

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Quick Reasons: I agree, this should be read BEFORE Crimson Sky; love the glimpse into Nash’s past, and how his relationship with Sawyer was forged; the characters felt a bit stiff at times; this wasn’t quite as engaging a read as the full-length novels have been; a good dose of sass, a good amount of action

HUGE thanks to Amy Braun for sending me a copy of this novella free in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.


I feel…a bit let down by this novella, unfortunately. I’ve had the opportunity to read both full-length novels in this series so far, and LOVED them to pieces–but this one fell a bit flat, in my opinion. I feel like a big part of this falls on the storytelling and characterization–there is SO MUCH focus on getting this story told within such a short amount of time, I’m not sure the characters were allowed to show their true colors completely. Having read the rest of this series, I’ve grown to know and adore these characters as older versions…and I didn’t see much of those men in this novella. They aren’t as well-rounded.

I did, however, appreciate the backstory that this novella provides. We were given a glimpse at these characters from BEFORE–and that’s not often something readers get the chance to see. I especially enjoy that we see more of Nash–while he’s just as integral a part of the later series as the rest of the crew, I feel he sometimes slips off to the sidelines to observe. We were put right into his head for this read, and I loved that shift in perspective–the chance to see Nash in his element, instead of through someone else’s eyes.

The action is decently written, though not as high-stakes or fast-paced as the books later down the line. While there are several battle scenes, I didn’t feel as emotionally connected during them as I thought I would I missed the nail-biting anticipation of the other books in the series. I feel like something important was missing in this read, overall–I have a feeling it might be the rest of the crew, all the characters I’ve so grown attached to in the future journey.


This was, overall, a quick and entertaining read. There are some noteworthy snark moments, particularly from Sawyer (still love Sawyer, guys; I’m obsessed!). The battle scenes were engaging, though not necessarily as emotionally-driven for me as a reader. I appreciated a glimpse at this world from a new set of eyes…but in the end, I’m not sure I really NEEDED this book in my life. Still, it’s a fast-paced, swashbuckling tale of vampires and pirates (er…mostly sans vampires)–and I can’t wait to see where the series goes from here! I definitely recommend to lovers of prequel novellas, backstories, and ruthless daring in the face of life and death. Amy Braun, you know how to keep a reader on her toes–I can’t wait to see what you do next!


Book Blitz and Giveaway: A Harmless Little Game



A Harmless Little Game

(Harmless, #1)
Publication date: October 18th
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Four years ago I lost my virginity on live,
streaming television.

Too bad I wasn’t awake for it.

The video went viral. Of course it would. A Senator’s daughter on camera? Wouldn’t
you click “share”? Besides, that’s what three of the four guys in the video did.


They shared me.

But that fourth guy? The nondescript one in the background in the upper left corner
of the screen, just sitting on the couch? The only one who did nothing?

Not one single thing.

That was my boyfriend, Drew.

And that was the last time I saw him.

Until today, when my father—now on a path to the White House—hired him as head
of security for my new team as I return home after four years of “recovering” in an
undisclosed location that involved white lab coats, needles, pills and damage

You see, the other three guys never went to jail. Never had charges pressed.

Never faced consequences.

Until today.

Game on.

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A Harmless Little Game is the first in this political thriller/romantic suspense trilogy by
USA Today bestselling author Meli Raine.

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meliAuthor Bio:

Meli Raine writes romantic suspense with hot bikers, intense undercover DEA
agents, bad boys turned good, and Special Ops heroes — and the women who love

Meli rode her first motorcycle when she was five years old, but she played in the
ocean long before that. She lives in New England with her family.

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Bookmark Monday (#43)


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My Theme:  Watercolor

This is one of my absolute FAVORITE art forms, penguins–you have no idea.  It’s just so super pretty and soft and gooooooodness, yes please!

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Okay, these are probably the prettiest feather bookmarks EVAR.  The colors are gooooooorgeous and I just… I need them.  I need them NOW!

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First off:  can anyone say inspirational?!  (and funny.  FUNSPIRATION, penguins!  it rules the world!)  I’m not so sure on the colors, but since these are downloadable, I imagine you could switch up the background if you so desired.

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See, these are gorgeous toooooo.  I just cannot even with all these watercolor bookmarks, I want them all.  I want them all in my books, right this second.  I particularly adore the purple one in this trio–SO pretty!

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Anyone else get a sort of Peter Pan feel from this?!  I mean, let’s be honest–the green.  The fairy-esque ears.  THE GREEN.  This is Peter Pan, you cannot tell me otherwise so don’t even try.

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And finally…these beauties!  This shop personalizes bookmarks just like this, and they’re all gorgeous, and they’re all drool-worthy, and… Someone just GIVE ME THESE already, won’t you?!

Which are your favorites from this batch?  Have any bookmarks you’ve discovered recently you’d like to share with me?  Let me know below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Sunday Post (#34)


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It’s only the middle of October and I’ve already read, like…14!?!?! books.  Wait, let me go count them to be sure…

Yes, I was right.  14.  FOURTEEN!  What IS this madness?!  Who slipped the good reading juju into my water?!  I must know my own secret, someone tell me what it is so I can tell myself to keep it up!

Seriously, I’m not complaining, but at the same time, I still intend to read…uhm…10.  I have TEN MORE books I have to read by the end of the month.  Am I crazy?!  I must be crazy…I don’t know how else to even explain myself…Oh my penguins, someone send help.

I am trying to stop picking at my fingers.  I’ve had this obsessive picking disorder since I was three, and I’m SO tired of mutilating myself.  It’s been a struggle, but this is the longest I’ve held on to my determination.  I mean, I’ve slipped up a few times, but I’m hoping I keep fighting.  I SO want to finally overcome this thing.  So if you guys have been through this or something similar, and have advice, PLEASE feel free to leave it for me below!

Annnnnnnnd… I guess that’s it!  How’s your week treating you?  Know what you’re dressing up as for Halloween yet?!  Have anything FAB planned for the coming weeks?!?!?! Let me know!


Girl on the Brink: A Novel

Love and Other Unknown Variables


Sunday Post (#33)

Bookmark Monday (#42)

Cover Reveal:  Bellamy and the Brute

Friday Finds (#39)

Stacking the Shelves (#38)


When, by Victoria Laurie

Frost, by M.P. Kozlowsky

The Duchess Inheritance (Jordinia #2), by C.K. Brooke

A Fabrication of the Truth, by Katie Kaleski



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Until next time, happy book-ing!


Stacking the Shelves (#38)


Stacking the Shelves
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So, it was decided this last week (rather spur of the moment–I swear, penguins, I don’t live my life day to day anymore, but minute to minute!  I mean, I’m not complaining about this, but…weird!) that I will be moving in December!  I am suuuuper excited, though also just a smidge bit scared–I’ve never moved so far away before, and while I know I CAN handle it, it’s still nerve-wracking to say the least.  So far, though, everything’s been smooth-sailing.

It got super cold this week in Wyoming–snow, even!–and my poor basement apartment is being overrun by beetles.  Seriously, they must live in the walls–I don’t see where else they’d be coming from except under the front door.  I’m hoping they freeze soon and leave me in peace.

What else, what else… I think that’s about it, actually!  Been kind of quiet around here; I spend most of my free time reading these days, so not much else to report!

How are you all?

Recently Purchased


Fellside by [Carey, M. R.]

How to Repair a Mechanical Heart

And that’s it!  I know, I know–it’s like I went from BUYING ALL THE BOOKS! to…buying almost none of the books!  XD  Character growth, anyone?  I mean, I’m still taking review requests and requesting books on Netgalley and signing up for book tours, so…there’s that at least, right?!

What are some of the books YOU picked up/added to your shelves (either real or virtual?)  Let me know below, or link me to your own Stacking the Shelves!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Blog Tour, Teasers, Giveaway and Review: A Fabrication of the Truth



YA/Contemporary/Romance/Diverse Reads
250 Pages

Publication Date: September 20th, 2016
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The last time Lexie Stein saw Dalton Reyes he lay in a pool of blood, hovering somewhere between life and death. Now, five years later, he’s the new guy in her high school.

What happened between then and now is a mystery Lexie is afraid to explore. Just one lie uncovered from her past can cause the house of cards she’s so carefully constructed to come crashing down around her. And Dalton is the key to that past.

She doesn’t need her grandmother’s warnings to convince her that Dalton means trouble. But the bond they shared as kids seems to have only gotten stronger, transforming into something wonderful and powerful.

When Dalton opens up about the intervening years and what they mean for his future, Lexie is determined not to let him get away a second time.


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katie-kaleskiAbout the Author
Katie Kaleski is a young adult author that hails from the midwest. A Fabrication of the Truth
is her debut novel, but she will have plenty more books coming very soon.
Her favorite food is cereal with milk, she holds cookies in high regard, and she loves all things cute and fuzzy.
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Quick Reasons: cute, fluffy, steamy romance; tons of drama; I didn’t always believe the characters/their reactions; teenage angst, first love, and “rebellious” awesomeness; this is roMESS to the nth degree!; some mature scenes/content; quick, easy, and entertaining

Huge thanks to Katie Kaleski and YA Bound Book Tours for sending me a copy of this title free in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.


This was an entertaining, though not necessarily surprising, read. There were a few twists I wasn’t expecting, especially pertaining to the secrets these characters both hoard like honey at the beginning of the read. Lexie, in particular, was a riddle of a character to figure out–and I’ll admit, for almost half of this book, I didn’t like her. She was flat; she lied a lot; she just wasn’t grabbing me. BUT THEN, enter Dalton…and suddenly the entire world shifted, and Lexie began to change. So I’m going to say this first: if you’re not sure you like the book at the beginning, keep pushing–there’s a ton of character growth that happens near the 50% mark. It gets better! (Warning: there are some mature sexual scenes included in this book. If you’re not comfortable reading that, please keep this in mind)

Some of the characters/reactions came across as a bit unrealistic to me. There were a few moments I caught myself scoffing at the scene– “NO WAY that’s how they’d actually react in this situation!” They were few and far between, but when paired with some characters who felt a bit stiff/1 dimensional, it was worth noting. While I feel Dalton and Lexie go through a ton of growth throughout, I’m not sure the side characters were given as much room to show us who they were–they felt a bit flat overall.


This was, however, an entertaining and quick read. I sat down several hours ago planning on reading only a small percent…and ended up finishing the book! The beginning was a bit confusing–Lexie does, at first, come off as a very unreliable narrator. She would often begin a story promising answers, only to end it vaguely or by changing to an entirely different subject. I sort of ADORED this technique, though–and she becomes very much the opposite by the end of the read. Katie Kaleski put you into Lexie’s head, and let you see the character for who she was–every crevice, every facet. It was intriguing, and so well-done.

I am excited to see what the next book in this series promises readers, as this was fluffy, endearing, and dramatic. While many of the characters felt a bit flat to me personally, I still had a ton of fun navigating the deep recesses of Lexie’s mind–and finding out the truth about what really happened all those years ago! I recommend this read to lovers of contemporary romance, mystery/intrigue, and not-so-reliable narrators. I can’t wait to see what Katie Kaleski does next!

Friday Finds (#39)


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100 Sideways Miles by [Smith, Andrew]

Let the Sky Fall by [Messenger, Shannon]

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files) by [Kaufman, Amie, Kristoff, Jay]

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The Duchess Inheritance: Soap Opera Scallywags!


The Duchess Inheritance (Jordinia #2)

Her inheritance awaits…but is it what she expects? Dainy Ducelle possesses only one clue to her hidden inheritance. Accompanied by her loyal companions – Mac, Jon and Bos – the young woman embarks upon another riveting quest, braving pirates, desert thieves and mountain gales through the exotic nations of the Great Continent to seek her royal fortune. But when her unusual treasure is finally uncovered, the former duchess gains the sudden potential to become a future empress. Thus ensues the battle to reclaim Jordinia in C.K. Brooke’s gripping sequel to The Duchess Quest (Jordinia: Book 1). Wrought with harrowing adventure and deepening romance, war is waged while love is lost and found in this epic conclusion to the tale of Jordinia.

Jordinia #2
482 Pages
48fourteen Publishers
Publication Date: April 11th, 2015
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Quick Reasons: awesome action/adventure; entertaining, hilarious characters; tons of dramatic, soap opera-esque moments; snark, sass, and all things delicious; endearing, steamy romance; pirates, coups, and power struggles; I’m not so sure I liked the epilogue, but that’s personal preference; a heck of a great read!

So many thank yous to C.K. Brooke and 48fourteen Publishers for sending me a copy of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.


Guys, seriously–this series is the absolute BEST. The whole time I was reading, I kept asking myself: am I stuck in the middle of a fantasy, or a soap opera in book form?! And it was awesome! I’m not one for daytime tv, but C.K. Brooke does such a fantastic job crafting her characters and the world surrounding them, I immediately get sucked into her stories–and don’t even mind all the drama! (in fact, the drama in this series only made these books more enjoyable for me!)


The characters are entertaining and endearing. Dainy, especially, called to me, easily keeping me enthralled and wanting to know what happened next. Which is weird, because I don’t usually enjoy characters like her. She has SUCH a huge flair for dramatics and overreacting; I usually find such traits in characters annoying, but C.K. Brooke somehow managed to include them while still rounding Dainy out. She is a truly complex character, and I loved following her on her journey. Of course, the rest of the cast is JUST as well-rounded and entertaining!

There were so many more shifts in perspective–and so many new characters–to keep track of in this book than we were introduced to in the first. This wasn’t confusing, though–each chapter heading told readers which character they were following, and C.K. Brooke wrote the transitions seamlessly. It was a bit daunting at first, though; if I remember correctly, the first book had a few slight perspective shifts, but nothing like this one. Still, the change of pace and scenery from one chapter to the next allowed me to get a broader sense of each player in the story–and helped bring them more fully to life for me.


And the plot! The plot is probably the best thing about this book, because it’s FULL of action, adventure, romance and power struggles. There is a touch of every genre, which is sure to keep even the most easily distracted/bored readers entertained and flipping through the pages at break-neck speed. I, personally, devoured this novel within a few hours, and was left hungering for more.


I’m not so sure I’m keen on the epilogue at the end, but that’s a small matter. I feel like it was written a bit more haphazard than the rest of this duology–more to answer the questions of “what if” than to give closure. But I found I didn’t NEED to know the answers; I almost wish I had left it off at the end of the last chapter, and skipped over the epilogue completely–I’d have still been happy with the ending, and these books, without knowing where the characters ended up. This series, though, is a TON of fun. I recommend this book–nay, this series!–to lovers of fantasy worlds, confident women, and soap opera levels of drama laced into the action. I promise, C.K. Brooke won’t disappoint you–pick her up!