Review - Shadow and Bone

Thursday, January 31, 2013

TITLE: Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1)
AUTHOR: Leigh Bardugo
RELEASE DATE: June 5th 2012
PUBLISHER: Henry Holt and Co.
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“Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.”

Review - Throne of Glass

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

TITLE: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
RELEASE DATE: August 7th 2012
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury USA Children's
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“After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.”

Sunday Short - January 27th, 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Paper Bindings - Weekly Recap


Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini ( 3 hearts )
The Arena Wars by Samantha Hoffman ( 2 hearts )
The Awakening by Samantha Hoffman ( 2 hearts )
The Sojourner by ( 2 hearts )
Unenchanted by Chanda Hahn ( 3 hearts )
Hidden Gem by India Lee ( 3 hearts )
Splintered by AG Howard ( 4 hearts )

Review - Crux

Saturday, January 26, 2013

TITLE: Crux (Southern Arcana #1)
AUTHOR: Moira Rogers
RELEASE DATE: March 3rd 2009
PUBLISHER: Samhain Publishing
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“To find her destiny, she must trust him with her life...and her heart.

Jackson Holt makes a decent living as a private investigator in New Orleans, home of one of the largest underground supernatural populations in the United States. He and his partners have never met a case they couldn't crack...until a local bar owner asks him to do a little digging on her newest hire.

New Orleans is the fourth destination in as many months for Mackenzie Brooks, a woman on the run from a deranged stalker. After all, any man who shows up on her doorstep claiming to be her destined lover has more than a few screws loose. But crazy doesn't explain why he always finds her no matter how far she runs.

When her well-meaning boss puts a PI on her case, Mackenzie comes face to face with the incredible truth: magic is real, and whatever spell has kept her hidden and separate from the paranormal world is rapidly deteriorating.

With time running out, she has no choice but to trust Jackson as he struggles to uncover the truth of her past-and her destiny.”

Review - Deadly Little Secret

Friday, January 25, 2013

TITLE: Deadly Little Secret (Touch #1)
AUTHOR: Laurie Faria Stolarz
RELEASE DATE: December 23rd 2008
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“Some secrets shouldn't be kept...

Up until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe the rumors, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. She's inexplicably drawn to Ben and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help-but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret. From the best-selling author of Blue is for Nightmares comes a story of paranormal romance that's sure to be a thrilling and chilling teen favorite.”

Review - Alice in Zombieland

Thursday, January 24, 2013

TITLE: Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1)
AUTHOR: Gena Showalter
RELEASE DATE: September 25th 201
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen
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“If anyone had told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that's all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn't careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.”

Review- Biting Cold

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

TITLE: Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires #6)
AUTHOR: Chloe Neill
RELEASE DATE: August 7th 2012
PUBLISHER: New American Library
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“Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.

Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.”

Review - Shadows of the Hidden

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

TITLE: Shadows of the Hidden
AUTHOR: Anne Riley
RELEASE DATE: December 1st 2012
PUBLISHER: Compass Press
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“Natalie Watson doesn't believe her parents are dead, even though they disappeared five years ago. Discovering the truth about their fate is one of the only things that gets her out of bed in the morning. But after moving from her home in Georgia to her aunt's boarding school in Maine, solving the mystery of her parents' whereabouts is just one of several challenges she must face. When she's not fending off attacks from the popular kids, she puzzles over the rumors about a strange boy in her math class--one with fiery red hair who rarely speaks.

Despite suspicions that he murdered his sister a year earlier, Natalie finds it impossible to stay away from Liam Abernathy--especially when he confesses to knowing something about her parents. Soon she's following him into the forest, where things happen she doesn't understand...things that shouldn't be possible.

Natalie soon realizes her connection to Liam is deeper than she ever imagined, and not everyone she counts as a friend can be trusted. When she finds herself at the center of a centuries-old quest for immortality, she must work with Liam to stay alive--even if it means facing a truth about herself and her family that will not only shake her perception of herself, but of the entire world around her.”

Review - All American Girl

Monday, January 21, 2013

TITLE: All-American Girl (All-American Girl #1)
AUTHOR: Meg Cabot
RELEASE DATE: July 22nd 2003
PUBLISHER: Harper Teen
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“Samantha Madison is an average, cool Washington, D.C., teen: She loves Gwen Stefani (who doesn't?), can draw like nobody's business, and enjoys being opposite to her sister's annoying ultra-social personality. But when she ditches art class one day, she doesn't expect to be jumping on the back of a wannabe presidential assassin.

Soon the young hero is receiving worldwide acclaim for her bravery, having dinner with her family at the White House, and is even being named teen ambassador to the UN. As if this weren't enough, she and David, the president's son, strike up a friendship that everyone wants the dirt on, which starts to give her romantic "frisson" feelings.

Unfortunately, Sam thinks her sister's boyfriend, Jack, is the true love of her life, and she makes a few wrong turns that could screw up what she's developing with David. Will she ever stop following what she knows and start following what she sees?”

Sunday Short - January 20th, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Paper Bindings - Weekly Recap


Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter ( 4 hearts )
Gifts of the Peramangk by Dean Mayes ( see my review - 4 hearts )
Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz ( 3 hearts )
Crux (Southern Arcania #1) by Moira Rogers ( 3 hearts )
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas ( 4 hearts )
 Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo ( 3 hearts )
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi ( 3 hearts )
Time's Daughter by Anya Breton ( 3  hearts )

Review - Before I Wake

Saturday, January 19, 2013

TITLE: Before I Wake (Soul Screamers #6)
AUTHOR: Rachel Vincent
RELEASE DATE: June 26th 2012
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen
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“Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she's back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend.

But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won't keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn't just gambling with her own life….”

Reveiw - Heroes 'Til Curfew

Friday, January 18, 2013

TITLE: Heroes 'Til Curfew (Talent Chronicles #2)
AUTHOR: Susan Bischoff
RELEASE DATE: September 16th 2011
PUBLISHER: Self Published
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“In the world of the Talent Chronicles, kids with supernatural abilities, Talents, are taken away to government-run research facilities from which they do not return. In this sequel to HUSH MONEY, all Joss wants is to be left alone with Dylan. But as more Talents are imprisoned by the government, everyone's looking for a leader. Some look to Joss, some to her worst enemy, Marco, whose new criminal plan threatens Joss's family and friends. Joss wants to stand up to Marco, but Dylan's protective instincts are putting him in harm's way. As the stakes get higher, can Joss find a way to embrace both the boy and her hero within?”

Review - Prototype 2

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Prototype 2
Radical Entertainment and Activision

and 1/2
My Initial Thoughts: I liked the first game.
ESRB rating: M

Waiting on...Dualed

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Weekly book Meme hosted Breaking the Spine.

Dualed by Elsie Chapman
"You or your Alt? Only one will survive.

The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

Elsie Chapman's suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better."


Review - Gifts of the Peramangk

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

TITLE: Gifts of the Peramangk
AUTHOR: Dean Mayes
RELEASE DATE: October 26th 2012
PUBLISHER: Central Avenue Publishing
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“In 1950s Australia, during the height of the divisive White Australia Policy, Virginia, a young Aboriginal girl is taken from her home and put to work on an isolated and harsh outback station. Her only solace: the violin, taught to her secretly by the kind-hearted wife of the abusive station owner. However, Virginia's prodigious musical gift cannot save her from years of hardship and racism.

Decades later, her eight year old granddaughter Ruby plays the violin with the passion Virginia once possessed. Amidst poverty, domestic violence and social dysfunction, Ruby escapes her circumstance through her practice with her grandmother's frail, guiding hand. Ruby’s zeal attracts the attention of an enigmatic music professor and with his help, she embarks on an incredible journey of musical discovery that will culminate in a rare opportunity. But with two cultural worlds colliding, her gift and her ambition will be threatened by deeply ingrained distrust, family jealousies and tragic secrets that will define her very identity.”

Top Ten 2013 Debut Books

Paper Bindings | Top Ten 2013 Debut Books
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten Debut Books of 2013 That I Want To Read.

Sunday Short - January 12, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Paper Bindings - Weekly Recap


Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent ( 4 hearts )
Clockwork Angel Manga by Cassandra Clare ( 4 hearts )
All-American Girl by Meg Cabot ( 3 hearts )
Fire #1 by Heather James  ( see my review - 4 hearts )
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ( 3 hearts )
Shadows of the Hidden by Anne Riley ( 4 hearts )
Biting Cold #6 by Chloe Neill ( 4 hearts )

Review - Reached

Saturday, January 12, 2013

TITLE: Reached (Matched #3)
AUTHOR: Ally Condie
RELEASE DATE: November 13th 2012
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“After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again.”

Review - Falling Kingdoms

Friday, January 11, 2013

TITLE: Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1)
AUTHOR: Morghan Rhodes
RELEASE DATE: December 11th 2012
PUBLISHER: Razorbill
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“In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed... and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It's the eve of war.... Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword....”

Fire | Review

Thursday, January 10, 2013

TITLE: Fire (Elements of Power #1)
AUTHOR: Heather James
RELEASE DATE: January 5th 2013
PUBLISHER: Self Published
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“Is control over the elements a gift, or a curse?

Roxy thinks that she is in control of everything: with flames flaring at her fingertips and an equally fiery attitude, what more could she need? But then she meets Brae, a prince from a rival Realm, who turns her assumptions of superiority upside down.

Jasmine has none of Roxy’s confidence or intensity. But she does have a secret - and Brae - and she’s not going to give either up willingly.”

Waiting on...some Chicagoland Vamps

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Weekly book Meme hosted Breaking the Spine.

House Rules (Chicagoland Vamps #7) by Chloe Neill

"In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.

At the tender age of 27, Merit became a sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House, watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise. Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal —tested like never before.

It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago’s vampires, and anyone could be next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries old Ethan Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar, and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined."


Review - The Scent of Magic

Monday, January 7, 2013

TITLE: Scent of Magic (Healer #2)
AUTHOR: Maria V. Snyder
RELEASE DATE: December 18th 2012
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“As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon’s opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon’s most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead—human and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible ... again.”

Sunday Short - January 6th, 2013

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Paper Bindings - Weekly Recap


A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forest ( 3.5 hearts )
Whispers At Moonrise by C.C. Hunter ( see my review -  3 hearts )
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes ( 4.5 hearts )
Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks ( see my review -  hearts )
Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick ( see my review - 4.5 hearts )
The Forbidden Lady by Kerrelyn Sparks ( see my review - 4 hearts )
Reached by ( 3 hearts )
Heroes 'Til Curfew by Susan Bischoff ( 3.5 hearts )

Wild About You | Review

Saturday, January 5, 2013

TITLE: Wild About You (Love at Stake #13)
AUTHOR: Kerrelyn Sparks
RELEASE DATE: November 27th 2012
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“Handsome Howard...
Hunky Howard...
Hot Howard...

It's not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels delicate, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she were a pot of honey he'd like to lick...

Howard is not like most men. For one thing, he's a shapeshifter. And he always thought his celebrity crush would never amount to anything more than drooling at Elsa on TV. When his meddling vampire employer gets involved, the star is suddenly within his grasp—and within a hair of her life. For an ancient curse forbids their newfound love, and Howard is suddenly torn between his desire for her and his desire to keep her alive.”

The Forbidden Lady | Review

Friday, January 4, 2013

TITLE: The Forbidden Lady (Historical #1)
AUTHOR: Kerrelyn Sparks
RELEASE DATE: September 25th 2012
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“Virginia Munro could not believe her ears. This bewigged, bejeweled, and bedeviling man was trying to buy her? As if she were some trollop on the Boston docks?

Before she's fully able to give in to her outrage, the fop moves on—and Virginia refuses to spare him another thought.

But Quincy Stanton is not what he seems. By day, he poses as a carefree Loyalist with an army of wigs and a wardrobe that favors lavender. By night, he wages a secret war against the British with an impressive collection of eighteenth-century spy gadgets. If anyone were to discover the truth, Quincy would hang, yet he can't seem to stay away from the lovely and saucy Virginia. Will their attraction lead to love . . . or danger?”

Review - Finale

Thursday, January 3, 2013

TITLE: Finale (Hush, Hush #4)
AUTHOR: Becca Fitzpatrick
RELEASE DATE: October 23rd 2012
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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“Will love conquer all?

Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank's absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels - destroying Patch.

Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.

But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.

As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.”

Waiting on....Altered

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Weekly book Meme hosted Breaking the Spine.

Altered #1 by Jennifer Rush

"When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away."

Top Ten Tuesday - I Resolve To Read These....

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Paper Bindings \ Top Ten Tuesday - I Resolve To Read These...
A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten Books I Resolve To Read In 2013 .

There are many ways to go about this week's theme.  I am using it to decide what is on my to read list that is already out that I want to read for various reasons next year.

Review - Whispers at Moonrise

TITLE: Whispers at Moonrise (Shadow Falls #4)
AUTHOR: C.C. Hunter
RELEASE DATE: October 2nd 2012
PUBLISHER: St. Martin's Griffin
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“Even at a camp for supernatural teens, Kylie Galen has never been normal. Not only can she see ghosts, but she doesn't seem to belong to any one species—she exhibits traits from them all. As Kylie struggles to unlock the secrets of her identity, she begins to worry that Lucas will never be able to accept her for what she is, and what she isn't…a werewolf. With his pack standing in their way, Kylie finds herself turning more and more to Derek, the only person in her life who's willing to accept the impossible.

As if life isn't hard enough, she starts getting visits from the ghost of Holiday, her closest confidante. Trouble is, Holiday isn't dead…not yet anyway. Now Kylie must race to save one of her own from an unseen danger before it's too late—all while trying to stop her relationship with Lucas from slipping away forever. In a world of constant confusion, there's only one thing Kylie knows for sure. Change is inevitable and all things must come to an end…maybe even her time at Shadow Falls.”