Review: Everneath

Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton
Release Date ~ January 24, 2012
Balzer + Bray ~ HarperCollins
ISBN13: 9780062071132
ARC received from HarperCollins Canada

Goodreads Synopsis:
Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.
She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.
Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.
As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's...

I was expecting yet another retelling of a familiar Greek story when I began reading Everneath; but instead, I was left breathless, stunned by this creative and daring spin on a story making it something entirely new, fresh, and exciting.

Woven together with grief, hope, and love is one inspring tale that will grow on you more and more over the course of reading it.

  1. A retelling & a story of its own:
    I was expecting a typical Hades & Persephone myth (which are dime a dozen in YA these days) but I really loved how Brodi Ashton took some familiar elements and themes from the myth and integrated them into her own story; it never really feels like an exact retelling, and creativity abounds. I loved the mythology of the Everneath and Everlivings, and thought it was a fascinating concept to use.
  2. Grief & broken hearts:
    I was also surprised by how much Everneath dealt with Nikki's (and other's, but particularly Nikki) grief and coming to terms with moving on and letting people go; it's a much heavier aspect of the novel, but one I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated. But I have to admit... that ending kind of broke my heart a little bit. Okay- more than a little bit. It's a bit of a tearjerker. Be prepared with kleenex.
  3. Heartbreaking romance:
    Oh boy, is this ever a story of lost love! But there's something really beautiful about it, and the way that Nikki and Jack's relationship comes about just flows so naturally and develops really well (as the story progresses through the flashbacks to explain it). Their relationships just felt so alive to me, and their chemistry was apparent.
Cole, on the other hand, was a character I really did not connect with and I would have liked to have felt some sort of sympathy or connection to him, but I didn't. But overall, that ended up being my sole, miniscule complaint about the book. It's told with a mixture of present day and flashbacks, and I found it easy enough to read and understand.

This was such a fantastic and emotional story that it's quickly moved up to be one of my new favourites! Another strong debut for 2012, and I'm going to be counting down to the sequel starting now!

Make sure you check out the book trailer for Everneath too!

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Incarnate Treasure Hunt Stop

Hey guys! Welcome to another stop on the INCARNATE Theater Treasure Hunt!

This week, 45 bloggers are celebrating the release of INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows by participating in a treasure hunt with clues, activities, and lots of prizes including signed books and handknit fingerless mitts. I'm one of the blogs with a CLUE, which means somewhere on this page is a clue to finding the hidden page and grand prize entry form on Jodi's website. Follow 26 clues to get there!

For more information on the INCARNATE Theater Treasure Hunt, check out Jodi's post which you can find here!

Jodi also made some really adorable knitted characters and took pictures to share them with you!

And as part of my post for this treasure hunt, I had the great opportunity to interview Megan Segrue (@megrue), a Marketing Coordinator at HarperCollins Children's Books! This was really cool for me, because Megan was able to give me (and you guys!) and inside look at some of the "behind the scenes" marketing and a little taste of what we can expect from Incarnate!

What involvement do you have specifically with the promotion and release of Incarnate?

I’m on the marketing team for Incarnate. About a year out from the book’s publication, we brainstorm the marketing plan for a title, which includes plans for galley distribution, advertising, online outreach, and more. We then continue to adapt and revise the marketing plan as time passes, and as more opportunities and new technology become available. My job is to make sure the great plans—a book trailer, consumer advertising, social media engagement and so on—are executed. I feel really lucky to be able to work on the gorgeous Incarnate! The projects I specifically worked on for Incarnate were writing copy and providing creative direction for the online advertising, developing a creative direction for and working with the producers of the book trailer, creating Incarnate-specific content for the Dark Days online promotion (check out Pitch Dark on Facebook to take the “Who were you in a past life?” quiz! Marketing plug!), and continuing to develop a strategy for Incarnate to be connected to real book clubs—stay tuned for more exciting stuff on that soon!

Since you're involved with promoting Incarnate, could you tell us what some of your favourite things are about this new book? Anything that makes it stand out from other YA books, for example?

I think what sets Incarnate apart from other YA books out right now is the totally unique premise and internal conflict that Ana experiences. The book’s unique approach to reincarnation allows Incarnate to ask big questions about life and death and love that still deeply resonate on an individual level with teens—and twenty- and thirty-somethings for that matter! And that jacket! Tell me the gorgeous colors of the jacket don’t make you want to pick up the book and ogle it. Go on, I dare you.

Thanks for taking the time to join us, Megan!

AND now for my clue! Third word: F.

And remember that there are NO spaces in this password! I have a link below to help you guys out with finding the rest :)

Now, make sure to stop at the rest of the blog posts so you can collect all the clues and find out what sorts of activities are going on for this treasure hunt! I'm including the links to three other clue blogs to help you along the way :)

Good luck!

365 Days of Reading


Review: Embrace

Embrace by Cherie Colyer
Release Date ~ December 20, 2011
Omnific Publishing
e-ARC received from: Omnific Publishing for blog tour

Goodreads Synopsis:
Sometimes you end up hurting the ones you love.
You find you can't save them or yourself.
Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.
Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.
Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.
Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.
Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.

The book description had me really excited for a dark and twisted psychological thriller, that would have me guessing at every page turn.

That description left me with a drastically different impression of what would happen in the book, but if I look past that impression then Embrace ended up being a very interesting book.

  1. Mystery aspect:
    I LOVED trying to figure out who was behind the mysterious and creepy events, and my guesses were entirely off until it was all fully revealed; although I found the clues to be very subtle and well done so it wasn't obvious who the culprit was!
  2. Secondary characters:
    I liked Madison well enough, but I thought some of the secondary characters really ended up stealing the show. Josh, Kaylee, and Isaac (if he can be considered a secondary character) were all some of my favourites, along with Kevin. There were just enough character to keep things interesting without becoming confusing, and each had an important role to play but were well thought out and presented. They were so well-rounded, and played integral parts to the story which really pushed it along so that it was well-paced and fully fleshed out. Isaac actually ended up being one of my favourite characters, because he was continually surprising me and didn't turn out the way I expected him to be...
My only disappointment is that I really expected it to be darker than it was, but at the same time I'm kind of happy that I ended up being wrong because I did enjoy the way that thing sturned out. Some of the big secrets and psychological aspects of it ended up being more typical and predictable than I thought they were, and it really was more paranormal than I believed it would be. I liked the romance plot, and while happy with how it turned out in the end, there was a brief love triangle than came across as somewhat forced. But besides that, I loved the love story that was naturally weaved into the overall plot.

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Teen Review: The Earth Painter

The Earth Painter (The Painter Series #1) by Melissa Turner Lee
Release Date ~ August 28, 2011
E-copy received from author for review

Goodreads Synopsis:
 When a self-conscious young woman discovers the boy in drama class is actually the immortal who painted the world into being, she becomes the target of another painter who hates humanity. The Earth Painter is a Young Adult Supernatural Romance set in the small mill town of Chesnee, SC. It revolves around Holly Scruggs, who's family has just moved back to Chesnee after her dad lost his job along with pretty much everything they owned. Her image conscious parents correct her to the point of brokenness until she meets Theo. He is the artist responsible for all the beauty of the land and he thinks Holly is beautiful too. Together they will fight against Fritz, the water painter who hates humans and is hiding a secret under the high school.

  1. Theo-
    Theo is by far my favourite character in this book.  He's a bit strange, but he is really sweet, especially to Holly.  He starts to mend what Holly's parents(well, her mother) have broken.  She learns to love herself again.  She doesn't in a really need way, though.  She doesn't depend on Theo to shower her with compliments.  He brought out the best in her.  I thought it was really cool the way he explained to her about his world.  He's a bit socially awkward, but he doesn't even notice.  He is adorable.
  2. Fascinating Concept- I thought the idea that there were these beings called "Earth Painters" painted the world was really a fascinating concept.  It was so cool that all the different sciences were personified.  Geology, Biology, and all the others are mentioned here.  The painters created the world and everything in it, except for humans.  This was a really unique idea that I thoroughly enjoyed.
 I devoured this book in the span of two days.  I read around 30% of it one day, and then I devoured the rest the next night.  This book was a truly captivating experience and I am anxiously waiting for the next book to come out.


Waiting on Wednesday {24}

Jill @ Breaking the Spine hosts this weekly meme where we can share a book that we are so excited for and are anxiously awaiting their upcoming release!

This week my WoW pick is...

The Hunt (Untitled #1) by Andrew Fukuda
To be released ~ May 8, 2012

Goodreads Synopsis:
In a world where humans have been eaten to near extinction, seventeen-year-old Gene has only managed to survive by painstakingly concealing his true species. If the bloodthirsty creatures surrounding him knew what he really was—a human—he would be devoured swiftly and terribly. When Gene is chosen to participate in the government-sponsored hunt for the last remaining humans, it thrusts him into the fight of his life—and into the path of a human girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible. Now, he must learn the art of the hunt and elude his fellow hunters whose suspicions about his true human nature are growing. But most importantly, Gene and the girl he loves must find a way to forge a life together in a brutal world that’s bent on their destruction.

With his propulsive plot and highly developed characters, readers will find it impossible to resist the vivid world Andrew Fukuda has created in this stunning standout debut. Readers craving a book that grips and mesmerizes them like The Hunger Games will love The Hunt.

Okay, okay... I know we're all a little sick of Hunger Games comparisons BUT doesn't this one sound terribly exciting?! My heart is racing just reading that description because I ADORE the sounds of this one. It sounds like it's going to be an absolutely thrilling book and I simply cannot wait for this one! I'm kind of getting an Immortal Rules (which I'm also dying to read!) vibe from it, but we'll see!

Thoughts? Are you familiar with this one? What upcoming release are you excited for this week?

Review: Shade

Shade (Shade #1) by Jeri Smith-Ready
Release Date ~ May 4, 2010
Simon Pulse ~ Simon & Schuster
ISBN13: 9781416994060
Personally purchased

Goodreads Synopsis:

Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart.
Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.
Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.
Well, sort of.
Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan's violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.
It doesn't help that Aura's new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.
As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart...and clues to the secret of the Shift.

Shade is one of two YA series that really stands out in my  head after seeing all the enthusiasm from its large and loud fan base (the other being the Soul Screamer's series).

After seeing all the comments and input of people who LOVE the books, and reading nothing but raving reviews for it I decided that this was one book I had to give a shot even if it hadn't initially caught my interest.

  1. Death and grief:
    It isn't very many books that kill off one of the main characters in the first few chapters (and no, this isn't a spoiler. It's right in the description). But I, for one, think it's really cool that Logan ends up as a ghost. It definitely makes for a new type of story as Aura tries to deal with her grief, which leads me to my next reason...
  2. The Shift & other mythology:
    Maybe I'm just clueless when it comes to ghost mythology, but I simply ADORED the idea of The Shift and how it wasn't just Aura who could see ghosts- but everyone under a certain age.And all of the creativity put into Shades and the ghost world utterly blew me away. It was completely unexpected and so unlike anything else I have EVER read. Standing ovation for Jeri in this category!
  3. A love triangle that doesn't overwhelm the story:
    I can't vouch for the other books, although I remain hopeful after all the good reviews. But while there is a teeny bit of a development towards a love triangle, I appreciated the fact that it didn't take over the rest of the story and run the entire book. It also doesn't develop particulary fast, and something that instead takes time and effort making for an excellent YA romance.
I tend to be wary of books in danger of becoming overhyped, but I was happy to see that this one easily lived up to my hopes for it! I can definitely see now why it's so popular, and why there are so many readers out there singing its praises.

My only small complaint was how confusing the world was at the beginning of the story; things really weren't fully explained until later on and it took me a little while to pick up on what The Shift exactly meant and what had occurred. But by the end of the book that had been remedied, and I'm curious to see where it all goes in the next two books.

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Review: The Predicteds

The Predicteds by Christine Seifert
Release Date ~ September 1, 2011
Sourcebooks Fire ~ Sourcebooks
ISBN13: 9781402260490
Review copy received from Raincoast Books

Goodreads Synopsis:

Your future is not your own...
"We wanted to know what makes a good kid good and a bad kid bad. Can you blame us for that? We found an astoundingly, marvelously simple answer: The brain isn't so much a complicated machine as it is a crystal ball. If you look into it, you will see everything you want to know."
-Dr. Mark Miliken, senior researcher at Utopia Laboratories

Who will it be?
Will the head cheerleader get pregnant?
Is the student council president a secret drug addict?

The whole school is freaking out about PROFILE, an experimental program that can predict students' future behavior.
The only question Daphne wants answered is whether Jesse will ask her out...but he's a Predicted, and there's something about his future he's not telling her.

How far would you go to prevent a crime? What if you could keep someone from getting hurt?

If we had the ability to literally predict if someone would act out in violence in the future, what would we do about it?

The Predicteds isn't your typical YA book; in fact, I'm fairly convinced it's a cleverly disguised philosophical and political discussion dressed up as a YA book. But the idea behind it is positively BRILLIANT.

  1. Some truly brilliant & thoughtful questions:
    The entire theme of The Predicteds deals with the above questions. And it isn't as easy of an answer as most of us would like to think. And Christine does such a great job raising these questions, in the form of a book that really makes the reader step back and think about their preconceived notions.
  2. Unpredictability:
    I was able to figure out one of the bigger twists (one that really isn't all that surprising) but the book was just filled with a number of unexpected plot turns that I didn't see coming - sometimes I wonder if I'm just losing my touch. But I really think the ending was unpredictable in a way that made me rethink the entire story and its characters.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed by the overall execution of the book and didn't find myself easily enamoured with the story or its characters. I didn't feel much of a strong connection to any of them, and was disappointed by how slowly most of the story progressed for such an exciting concept. I really don't think I would have enjoyed the book had it not been for the themes in it, and how it appealed to the legal side of me (interest-wise). BUT I loved the concept so much, and the brilliant thinking on Christine's part swayed me enough to decide that this one's worth reading for the ability to raise new questions alone.

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Review: This Dark Endeavour

This Dark Endeavour: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein (The Dark Endeavour Chronicles #1) by Kenneth Oppel
Release Date ~ August 30, 2011
Harper Trophy Canada ~ HarperCollins Canada
ISBN13: 9781554683390
Signed copy won in giveaway from HarperCollins Canada
*Note: The above information is for the edition published in Canada, which is the edition I own and read. The title, release date, publisher, etc. seem to vary depending on the country you live in.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures...until the day their adventures turn all too real.
They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor's curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not be satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life. Elizabeth, Henry, and Victor immediately set out to find assistance in a man who was once known for his alchemical works to help create the formula.
Determination and the unthinkable outcome of losing his brother spur Victor on in the quest for the three ingredients that will save Konrads life. After scaling the highest trees in the Strumwald, diving into the deepest lake caves, and sacrificing one’s own body part, the three fearless friends risk their lives to save another.

I've been hearing for months from everyone who's read this book that it's phenomenal- something unique nad refreshing in the world of YA, for a multitide of different reasons.

But for some reason, this seems to be a book that's often overlook and doesn't seem to be talked about much. And that is a travesty, because all the hype was right!

  1. Historical YA with a paranormal twist:
    There really isn't that much historical YA out there, but more of them seem to be incorporating a paranormal twist which can definitely add something to a book, and I think it works really well in this one. And by using the term "historical" I'm referring to the time period it's set in, rather than the characters (who have always been a work of fiction). But it's also interesting because it works as a sort of prequel to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and tells of the early life of Victor Frankenstein. In that respect, it makes a really great back story to a classic tale. But it isn't as heavily influenced by the paranormal aspect as most other new books are, which is a tad refreshing.
  2. A story without a guaranteed happy ending:
    Things aren't wrapped up with a pretty little bow; and people aren't always as nice or kind-hearted as one might hope. It's a dark world, with some unhappy twists and discoveries but they really help paint the picture of the circumstances Victor went through before he became the infamous Dr. Frankenstein with his own creation and monster.
  3. Fabulous writing:
    Kenneth Oppel has been writing books for a while, and this book is no exception to his talent. I found myself truly engrossed and attached to the story and characters, and much of this was thanks to the exceptional writing. Kenneth has a way with words that does more than paint a picture, but brings the pages to life. And THAT is something rather uncommon.
  4. Widespread appeal:
    This really is a book that just about any reader of fiction will enjoy; it isn't limited to just fans of YA, or a specific gender, or even to fans of a certain genre. It can easily crossover to a wide span of ages and interests, with something for every reader to appreciate whether it's romance, action, mystery, dark mysteries, and realistic consequences.
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Review: Tempest

Tempest (Tempest #1) by Julie Cross
Release Date ~ January 17, 2012
St. Martin's Griffin ~ MacMillan
ISBN13: 9780312568894
ARC received from Raincoast Books for review

Goodreads Synopsis:

The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.
That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.
Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.
But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.
Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

Tempest is one book which has had an inordinate amount of hype surrounding it; and after already being optioned for film, I went into this expecting something amazing.

And Tempest is good, don't get me wrong; but it wasn't AMAZING and it didn't blow me away even though it had plenty of positive attributes and I'm looking forward to the sequel.

  1. Character development:
    We really get to see Jackson develop a lot throughout the course of the book, and I expect to see even more in subsequent books. He's a far cry from perfect when the book starts out, and he's the first to (later on) admit that he can be quite the jerk at times. But the fact that he admits that? Definitely shows some character development on his part. Jackson's the kind of guy that takes some time to grow on you, but he's worth it in the end. But let me finish this with a disclaimer: this doesn't mean that I think he always makes the best decisions, but he's the same as any other flawed character. Mistakes happen- it's the development that counts in the end.
  2. Exciting action sequences:
    I can definitely see why this book was picked up and optioned for film so early on; it's just filled with action, mystery, excitement and just enough romance to really appeal to people as a great storyline. And somehow Jackson just always finds trouble. ALWAYS. Oh you little troublemaker, you! (But I love it.) Anything that has me flipping the pages faster than I can read (and I'm a fast reader) is a good thing.
  3. Time travel:
    I haven't read very many time travel books yet, so that might  be one reason I was really excited about this one and thoroughly enjoyed it. Time travel is a GREAT idea, and I love seeing more books that are using it because I think we're going to see some really great YA coming from this idea, Tempest included. Plus, I appreciated how much explanation was provided regarding the rules and methods of time travel in the Tempest world.
Now as much as I enjoyed this one, I have to admit that some of it was rather cheesy, (Enemies of Time? Really?) and it is fairly predictable. But I still found myself heavily invested in the story and anticipating what would happen next, and I'm excited for the next one to be released!

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Cover Reveal: Angel Eyes

A while ago I stumbled across an upcoming release called Angel Eyes (the first in the Angel Eyes Trilogy) by Shannon Dittemore.

Shannon just announced yesterday that they have a final cover for Angel Eyes (set to be released on May 29, 2012 from Thomas Nelson)!

I am SO incredibly excited for this book, and I have to say that I love the cover too! There's a star contrast between the girl on the cover and the creepy forest as a backdrop. REALLY cool!

I know that we've had a lot of angel books recently, but I think Shannon's really going to give us a different take on the whole angel mythology bit for a book that can stand out among the rest. *fingers crossed* And as a sidenote, I love, love, LOVE the name Brielle- ever since I heard that Sky Sailing song named "Brielle". SO pretty!

Goodreads Synopsis:
Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . . .


Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.

Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.

Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.

A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.

Thoughts on the cover and the book?

Waiting on Wednesday {23}

Jill @ Breaking the Spine hosts this weekly meme where we can share a book that we are so excited for and are anxiously awaiting their upcoming release!

This week my WoW pick is...

Gilt by Katherine Longshore
To be released ~ May 15, 2012 from Viking Juvenile (Penguin Group)

Goodreads Synopsis:
In the Tudor age, ambition, power and charismatic allure are essential and Catherine Howard has plenty of all three. Not to mention her loyal best friend, Kitty Tylney, to help cover her tracks. Kitty, the abandoned youngest daughter of minor aristocracy, owes everything to Cat – where she is, what she is, even who she is. Friend, flirt, and self-proclaimed Queen of Misrule, Cat reigns supreme in a loyal court of girls under the none-too-watchful eye of the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk.

When Cat worms her way into the heart of Henry VIII and becomes Queen of England, Kitty is thrown into the intoxicating Tudor Court. It’s a world of glittering jewels and elegant costumes, of gossip and deception. As the Queen’s right-hand-woman, Kitty goes from the girl nobody noticed to being caught between two men – the object of her affection and the object of her desire.

But the atmosphere of the court turns from dazzling to deadly, and Kitty is forced to learn the difference between trust and loyalty, love and lust, secrets and treason. And to accept the consequences when some lessons are learned too late.

I used to read a lot of historical fiction when I was younger, and I'm so excited to see a new one coming out as a YA book! And this one sounds deliciously scandalous and intriguing, doesn't it? And the cover is so gorgeous! This is probably one of the books I'm most excited for in May, and even for the year!

Will you be picking up Gilt when it comes out? Are you a fan of historical fiction? And what are you waiting on today?
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