Saturday, October 25, 2014

ARC Review: Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little

FORBIDDEN
Young Adult - Historical Fiction, Romance, Fantasy
Publication: November 4th 2014 by HarperCollins
Recommended for: People who loves to historical fiction filled romance. 
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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:                                                         
In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.

Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.

With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.

Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together
*eARC was provided by the author in exchange of my honest review.*

MY THOUGHTS:

I find this review very hard to write because I had a lot of expectations from this book and I'm kind of disappointed. It was an okay read for me, nothing too spectacular. I think this book deserves all the five star reviews on Goodreads, but I'm really sad that it didn't meet my expectations. There were times that I wanted to DNF this book because I was getting bored of the camel and desert fuss but I decided to continue since there some parts that made me curious about what will happen in the end. The storyline was a bit slow but I'd still consider it okay. The romance between Jayden and Kadesh is a genuine kind of insta-love. It wasn't annoying. It was actually cute, sweet, and of course, forbidden. Their love story is forbidden because Jayden has been promised to marry their tribe leader's son, Horeb, since they were children. Jayden really despises Horeb because he is definitely an asshole. I hate him SO much!

The characters are great but some were very frustrating. I like Jayden because she's a really sweet and strong person. She's been through  a lot of hard times in this book but she remained very strong, I admire her for that. Jayden is very devoted to her family. She's an amazing protagonist and she is one of my favorite book heroines now! !I like Kadesh too. He's a very dreamy, gorgeous, and mysterious guy. The way Jayden describes Kadesh is very heavenly and hot, so I'm not blaming Jayden for falling in love with him! (Who wouldn't fall for a dreamy, gorgeous, and mysterious guy?!) I'm considering him as one of book boyfriends now. As for Horeb, I consider him as the villain in this book, I hate him so much! He's very arrogant and he only thinks about himself. UGH, MAJOR TURN OFF. Then there is Jayden's relative, Dinah, I'm super annoyed with her actions. I don't like her. Period.
 
The plot was very unique, I love it so much. I knew what a Mesopotamian desert because of this book and I'm glad I knew what it is all about. I've never read any desert-setting novels before until this one. There were unexpected twists which I really loved! It added lots of excitement to the book which made me want to read more. Forbidden is very different from any other book I've read, I consider this book special. I love the author's writing style, it was eloquent. Everything was easy to understand.

The ending almost made me cry. It ended badly for Jayden and of course, for me. I'm not okay with the ending but I am HOPING that something better will happen in the next two books since this will be a trilogy! YEP, A TRILOGY! I'm so happy and excited for the next two books!

My reaction when I found out it will be a trilogy:
I'm not a big fan of historical fiction but this was a good one. There were inconsistencies but I still enjoyed and loved this book. I'd still recommend it if you love reading historical fiction romance. I'm actually still looking forward to read the second book since I still want to know more about what will happen between Jayden and Kadesh. They're my OTP. If you want to read something different, try reading Forbidden.

RATING:

 ACTUAL RATING: 3.5 HEARTS!

Troglodyte forever,

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #8: The Pretty App by Katie Sise

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!
Kyla's Wow Pick:

THE PRETTY APP (App, #2) by

Genre/s: Young Adult-Contemporary
Publication: April 14th 2015 by Balzer + Bray

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
Poor Blake Dawkins! She's rich, she's gorgeous, and she's the queen bee of Harrison High. The girls want to be her; the boys want to—okay, enough said. But it turns out Blake’s life is not so perfect—just talk to her dad, who constantly reminds her that she's not up to par, or to her ex-bff, Audrey, who doesn't even look her in the eye.

Then Harrison—and every other high school in America—becomes obsessed with posting selfies on the ubiquitous Pretty App. Next: Leo, an adorable transfer student, arrives at Harrison and begins to show Blake that maybe being a queen bee doesn't mean being a queen bitch. And though Audrey suspects somebody’s playing foul, Blake finds herself catapulted to internet fame after being voted one of the prettiest girls in the country. She's whisked away to star in a reality show—in Hollywood, on live TV. But she doesn’t know who to trust. Because everybody on the show wants to win.

And nobody is there to make friends.

The Boyfriend App author Katie Sise spins another irresistible tale of technology, secrets, and big-time romance in this story of what it takes to be #trulybeautiful.


Why?

I was super shocked and excited when I saw this on Goodreads (thanks to Carmel!) because I really loved and enjoyed reading Katie Sise's first novel, The Boyfriend App. I think this book is a companion novel to The Boyfriend App since the main character in the first book which is Audrey McCarthy (AKA Blake's ex-BFF) is mentioned in the synopsis. The synopsis and the cover is great! I love it! This is another contemporary novel to look forward this 2015! #omg

Troglodyte forever,

What book(s) are you eagerly anticipating? Let me know in the comment section below!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: The Merciless by Danielle Vega

THE MERCILESS
Young Adult - Contemporary, Horror
Source: (eBook) Gift from Carmel!
Published June 12th 2014 by Razorbill
Recommended for: People who loves to read creepy stuffs.
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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:                                                         
Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.
 
Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.
 
Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .
 
In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?

MY THOUGHTS:

GENERAL -
I LOVE THIS BOOK.The thrills are on the spot! Every scene is horrifyingly breathtaking. This book is messed up in a way I like. It gave me shivers and to be honest, I was swearing every time. I can't stop myself from saying "WTF." It was really horrifying, weird, and insane. This book drove me crazy.

CHARACTER(S) -
I don't have much to say about the characters except for; the characters in this book are all demented. Period. Everyone keeps a very dark and ugly secret which reminds me of Pretty Little Liars. This book is like Pretty Little Liars but in a more demented way. What I did NOT like in this book is the insta-love. The romance was meh

PLOT AND WRITING STYLE -
Even though some scenes are predictable, the plot was still very much amazing! The gruesome scenes really did gave me goosebumps, specially because I read this book in the middle of night just because I have nothing else to read but I'm still glad I got the chance to read it, it didn't disappoint me. It met my expectations. Danielle Vega's writing style was amazing! She wrote the scenes well. I can't wait to read more books from her!

FINAL VERDICT -
I would not recommend this to people who get scared easily. This book made me want to faint but it's really good so I continued. This book is one of my favorite reads this year! The ending got me like "WHAT THE FLYING F." Okay, bye.*hides in my closet*

RATING:
Highly recommended for those people who loves to read horrifying, thrilling, and weird novels.
 
ACTUAL RATING: 4.5 hearts!

Troglodyte forever,

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review: Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye

FRAGILE LINE

Young Adult- Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
Source: Won (Kindle Copy)
Published April 21st 2014 by Entangled Teen
Recommended for: People who loves to read mysterious contemporary thrillers that deals with mental issues.
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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:                                                          It can happen in a flash. One minute she’s kissing her boyfriend, the next she’s lost in the woods. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Cox is losing time. It started out small…forgetting a drive home or a conversation with a friend. But her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult to disguise as forgetfulness. When Ellie goes missing for three days, waking up in the apartment of a mysterious guy—a guy who is definitely not her boyfriend, her life starts to spiral out of control.

Perched on the edge of insanity, with horrific memories of her childhood leaking in, Ellie struggles to put together the pieces of what she’s lost—starting with the name haunting her, Gwen. Heartbreakingly beautiful, this poignant story follows one girl’s harrowing journey to finding out who she really is.

MY THOUGHTS:

GENERAL -
Who wouldn't want to read this after that synopsis? I won a copy of this book in a giveaway and I didn't know anything about this book until I started reading it. This isn't the kind of book for everyone. Since it's a dark Young Adult contemporary. It deals with horrible issues (drugs, alcohol, and abusive parents). This story is about Ellie Cox, a teenage girl who is experiencing something she cannot explain. One moment she's with her boyfriend, Shane and then next she's somewhere. She keeps on forgetting things (a conversation with a friend, etc.) but as the blackouts got more frequent, it got worse. She went missing for three days and then she woke up at an apartment of some mysterious guy, who is not her boyfriend. One thing that bothers her the most is that the guy doesn't call her Ellie. He calls her Gwen. Now tell me, isn't that intriguing?!
 
CHARACTER(S) -
Ellie made me feel all the emotions inside her. I felt her sadness, her pain, and how scared she was with what's happening to her. The characters are great. All of the characters are interesting and genuine. What amazed me the most is that all of these characters are very strong and independent.  Every character is dealing with some problems. The other characters are Shane, Lexi, and Griffin. Out of all the characters, I must say my favorite character would be Shane. He's a great boyfriend and you can really feel that she truly loves Ellie.

PLOT AND WRITING STYLE -
Even though I already knew what was really happening to Ellie, the plot was still amazing. They're were some parts you wouldn't expect to happen. To be honest, I am running out of words to describe this book. I love Brooklyn Skye's writing style. It's very poignant and eloquent. I can understand her words easily. Brooklyn Skye delivered this story perfectly.

FINAL VERDICT -
There's a lot of good things about this book and there were also some inconsistencies but it's still amazing! All of the things (the issues, the characters, EVERYTHING) in this book could happen in real life and that's why I loved it. Not that I'd like it to happen but that was what made the book very real. I wasn't expecting that I'd like this book. I mean, I love mystery/thriller novels but I think I have never read anything like this before. Is it mysterious? Yes. Is it thrilling? Yes. Did it make me go crazy? Yes. Fragile Line is an original story and totally a must-read by everyone who loves psychological thrillers.

THE ENDING GOT ME LIKE... 

 
RATING:
4 stars!
Another amazing read for 2014! <3

Troglodyte forever,

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #7: For Real by Alison Cherry

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 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spinewhich spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

Kyla's Wow Pick:

FOR REAL
Written by: Alison Cherry 
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: December 9th 2014
Genre/s: Young Adult-Contemporary
Pages: 304 pages (Hardcover)

Goodreads Synopsis:
From Alison Cherry, author of Red, a novel PW declares “sparkles with wit,” comes a terrific new book about two sisters and one big question: how do you know who’s for real?
No parents. No limits. No clue what they're in for.

Shy, cautious Claire has always been in her confident older sister's shadow. While Miranda's life is jam-packed with exciting people and whirlwind adventures, Claire gets her thrills vicariously by watching people live large on reality TV.


When Miranda discovers her boyfriend, Samir, cheating on her just before her college graduation, it's Claire who comes up with the perfect plan. They'll outshine Miranda's fame-obsessed ex while having an amazing summer by competing on Around the World, a race around the globe for a million bucks. Revenge + sisterly bonding = awesome.

But the show has a twist, and Claire is stunned to find herself in the middle of a reality-show romance that may or may not be just for the cameras. This summer could end up being the highlight of her life... or an epic fail forever captured on film. In a world where drama is currency and manipulation is standard, how can you tell what's for real?

Why?

When I saw this on Goodreads for the upcoming 2014 releases, I immediately added it on my to-read pile because the synopsis really intrigued me and it's a contemporary novel! If you didn't know, I absolutely love contemporary novels! I hope I'll get to read this book soon. I totally can't wait for this book to be release!


Troglodyte forever,

What book(s) are you eagerly anticipating? Let me know in the comment section below!

Friday, October 03, 2014

Lailah Book Blitz + Excerpt





Lailah
Series: The Styclar Saga #1
Author: Nikki Kelly
Release Date: October 7th
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
 

Summary from Goodreads:

The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.


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“An extraordinarily imaginative look into the realms of good, evil, and all that comes in between. Lailah will have you gripped until the very end." -Brittany, Please Feed the Bookworm


“Lailah: Original. Swoonworthy. Captivating. Lailah will make you have all the FEELS, and you’ll find yourself flailing for Book #2, Gabriel!” -Andrew, Endlessly Reading



“Lailah is a fast-paced read that will keep you hooked from cover to cover." -Jess, The Book Bratz


“Lailah is paranormal romance like you have never read before. With its hauntingly beautiful writing it will have you craving for more!” -Dana, Dana Square


“AHHHHHHHH! (in a good way)” - Ri, Hiver & CafĂ©



“Dark. Sexy. Intriguing. Filled with twists and turns and set on a beautiful backdrop, Lailah is sure to enchant and haunt you from the start.” -Rachel, A Perfection Called Books



Styclar Street Team!

The Styclar Street Team is essentially bloggers and readers who are fans of the story, and wish to declare and spread their love for Styclar!

MEMBERS

Want to become a member of the Styclar Street Team? We'd love to have you!

If you've read Lailah, enjoyed the story, and want to get involved, simply take a selfie with your copy of the book, and tweet it with the following hashtag: #StyclarStreetTeam

Be sure to also email the photo direct to Nikki — nikki@thestyclarsaga.com and your awesome selfie will be uploaded to the Street Team page of The Styclar Saga website! (www.thestyclarsaga.com)

Check out the page to grab buttons for your site, find out about how you can participate in the latest spreading the Styclar word activities' and enter special giveaways!

Nikki's going on the Fierce Reads Tour in October! Want to meet her? Check out the stops here: http://fiercereads.com/


About Nikki Kelly:
 

NIKKI KELLY was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. Lailah was first launched to wattpad, an online readers and writers community. Within six months, the novel had over one million reads. Lailah is Nikki’s debut novel, and the first book in The Styclar Saga. She lives in London with her husband and their dogs, Alfie (a pug) and Goose (a Chihuahua).


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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Hello October!

October is an exciting month! There are events that I have been looking forward and of course, BOOKS that I have been fangirling about! There are more than 5 books that I cannot wait to read actually, but I will just share my top 5. You're going to love this. LOVE THIS!

Before you scroll down, I am extending my giveaway so don't forget to join. You can find it here.

Now, you can scroll down.


OCTOBER 2:
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The hunt will start: October 2, 2014!!!

YASH is annual event I have known since 2012 and each year I have been participating! I WOULD NOT MISS THIS FOR THE WORLD!!! This year YASH has 120 authors participating. That's a lot! The past years there are only 2-3 teams, but now, there are 5 teams (red team, blue team, gold team, green team, orange team, indie team) You can view the participating authors here.

See you on the hunt, troglodytes!!!




OCTOBER 7:
 



by

Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Feiwel and Friends

The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

CONNECT WITH NIKKI:
GO BUY THIS! SERIOUSLY. DO IT. NOW. 
TRUST ME, YOU NEED AN ACTUAL BOOK TO HUG!




OCTOBER 7:
 


by

Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Blink 

After receiving a full-ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls, it appears Sarah's future is all laid out before her that is until she walks into a poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University of Washington. Suddenly, life on the UW campus seems very appealing, and Sarah finds herself using her poetry journal to subtly declare her feelings for Haddings. Convinced Mr. Haddings is flirting back, she sets off for school in the rain with a poem in her back pocket one that will declare her feelings once and for all.

Mr. Haddings has noticed Sarah's attention; the fallout from any perceived relationship with a student is too great a risk, and he has decided to end all speculation that morning.

But everything changes when Mr. Haddings feels a thud on his front bumper when he glances away from the road, and finds Sarah in the street with blood pooling beneath her.


CONNECT WITH LORIE ANN:
I ALWAYS HAD A THING FOR STUDENT-TEACHER RELATIONSHIPS.
THIS REMINDS ME OF PLL!  MR. FITZ!
 








OCTOBER 8:
 



by

Expected publication: October 8th 2014 by Flux

Lucy Aimes has always been practical. But try as she might, she can’t come up with a logical explanation for the recurring dreams that have always haunted her. Dark dreams. Dreams of a long-ago place filled with people she shouldn’t know…but does.

When her family moves to a New Orleans plantation, Lucy’s dreams become more intense, and her search for answers draws her reluctantly into the old city’s world of Voodoo and mysticism. There, Lucy finds Alex, a mysterious boy who behaves as if they’ve known each other forever. Lucy knows Alex is hiding something, and her rational side doesn’t want to be drawn to him. But she is.

As she tries to uncover Alex’s secrets, a killer strikes close to home, and Lucy finds herself ensnared in a century-old vendetta. With the lives of everyone she loves in danger, Lucy will have to unravel the mystery of her dreams before it all comes to a deadly finish.

CONNECT WITH LISA:
SWEET UNREST HAD ME AT VOODOO!!! 



OCTOBER 14:
 



by

Expected publication: October 14th 2014 by Delacorte Press

Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

CONNECT WITH MARY ELIZABETH:
THE TITLE GOT ME! CON ARTIST + HACKER -- THIS IS JUST PERFECT!  



OCTOBER 28:
 



by


Expected publication: October 28th 2014 by Simon Pulse

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

CONNECT WITH MARTINA:
THIS ONE IS INTRIGUING! I ALWAYS LOVE A GOOD MYSTERY. WHAT COULD BARRIE DISCOVER? 
I HAVE TO FIND OUT!



Last but not the least, I will be going to Disneyland on the 15th!!! (YAY! I am a Disney baby. This is going to be a dream come true for me.) I can finally hug my favorite Disney characters. Hopefully, I get to see the parade and fireworks. Have you been to Disneyland, troglodytes?

What are you looking forward this October? Are there books that you are ecstatic about?



Blog Tour: Love Is The Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Excerpt)




LOVE IS THE DRUG
by

Published September 30th 2014 by Arthur A. Levine Books

Goodreads Synopsis:
From the author of THE SUMMER PRINCE, a novel that's John Grisham's THE PELICAN BRIEF meets Michael Crichton's THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN set at an elite Washington D.C. prep school.

Emily Bird was raised not to ask questions. She has perfect hair, the perfect boyfriend, and a perfect Ivy-League future. But a chance meeting with Roosevelt David, a homeland security agent, at a party for Washington DC's elite leads to Bird waking up in a hospital, days later, with no memory of the end of the night.

Meanwhile, the world has fallen apart: A deadly flu virus is sweeping the nation, forcing quarantines, curfews, even martial law. And Roosevelt is certain that Bird knows something. Something about the virus--something about her parents' top secret scientific work--something she shouldn't know.

The only one Bird can trust is Coffee, a quiet, outsider genius who deals drugs to their classmates and is a firm believer in conspiracy theories. And he believes in Bird. But as Bird and Coffee dig deeper into what really happened that night, Bird finds that she might know more than she remembers. And what she knows could unleash the biggest government scandal in US history.

EXCERPT:

[androstadienone]
C19H26O

Bird wakes up.
     The walls aren’t white, but close, the color of a cracked egg. She turns her head on the pillow and looks through a window to the street below. Deserted, not a single car parked on the side, and she stares at that until a solitary tank grumbles down the road, guns steady.
     Her head aches. She raises her arm to feel it, and sees a needle taped down to the vein in her elbow. She tries to count the stitches on her forehead and concludes ten or eleven. A hospital. But the silence of the room, the hush in the hall, the jarring rattle of a tank outside —.
     “What happened?” she says, and finds her voice rusty but func-tional. It has never been particularly melodic. She tries to remember. It’s like trying to follow a conversation in a language you barely speak — whatever meaning lies buried there, she can’t reach it.
     Outside, the sun turns orange and limp violet, silhouetting the bare branches of the trees lining the street. Something about those branches makes Bird sit up and push her hair away from her forehead.
I need a relaxer , she thinks, feeling the dense, wiry curl at her roots. How long has she been here? There are flowers on the side table — white and pink lilies wilted around the edges and swimming in cloudy water. A note hangs from the vase but she doesn’t read it. She wants to believe they’re from her parents, but she knows they aren’t. Her head aches with the effort of not thinking about him.
     She looks back out the window. The trees still had their leaves at the Robinsons’ party. Yellow and red and brittle brown. 
     And so Bird remembers the last thing she can.

It goes like this —
     Coffee was in the basement doing lines. Paul was upstairs with the Robinsons and their guests, capital-N networking. He wanted a national security internship this summer, and there were at least two senators and one highly placed government contractor drinking martinis who could help him. Bird had known the second she saw Coffee smoking by the mailbox outside that she would make her excuses, but for now she filled the slot that Paul expected: supportive girlfriend, enjoying the party. 
     “I think that guy over there is with the Washington Post ,” Paul said, and nudged Felice. “Weren’t you saying the other day you were thinking about journalism?”
     Felice looked up from her phone and glanced over. “Isn’t he the film critic or something? Honestly, you’d think Pam Robinson could get some better guests. I mean, Bob Woodward is a family friend. I haven’t decided what direction I want for this summer, but if it’s journalism, I’m sure my dad can just call Bob.”
     “Bob Woodward, like from AP US History? Deep Throat?” Paul said.
     Felice smiled gently and combed her fingers through aggressively blunt-cut bangs. “My dad is very well connected.”
     “My dad knows Adrian Fenty,” Charlotte said. She glanced at Bird as she said this, her look a soap bubble of pride that popped under Felice’s dismissive shrug. 
     “What’s he, the old mayor of DC? I mean, great for your dad, but the local political scene is low rent.”
     Paul jumped to Charlotte’s rescue. “You really think that, after 8/16? That terrorist flu is practically a pandemic. Venezuela has oil money, a rogue government, and biological WMDs — they’re a world threat. And the most important people in the world live here. Local politics are national politics.” Bird stepped closer to Paul and squeezed his hand, though she felt a jolt of some repelling force she didn’t want to name when he continued, “And that makes it a very good time for me to get in the game."

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 Author of Love Is The Drug:
Alaya Johnson graduated from Columbia University in 2004 with a BA in East Asian Languages and Cultures. She lives in New York City. 

Author Links:
Website || Twitter || Facebook || Goodreads
  

Tour Schedule:

September 30
Maricar of blackplume - Review

October 1
Kyla of Carmel and Kyla - Excerpt

October 2
Nicole of The Twins Read - Review

October 3
Biena of Library Mistress - Excerpt

October 4
Dianne of Oops! I Read A Book Again - Excerpt

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