Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #13: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon & Mosquitoland by David Arnold

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EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING


Genre/s: Young Adult - Contemporary, Romance
Expected Release Date: September 1st 2015 
(Delacorte Press)
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world. I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

 
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black--black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. 


Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Add EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING to your TBR shelf on Goodreads!

 WHY?

*drools while staring at the pretty cover* I'm a sucker for gorgeous covers. Really. I saw this book via Twitter last week because of the cover reveal post from YA Highway. I did NOT regret checking out the post because I found this pretty book. I immediately added it to my TBR shelf after seeing the cover and reading the promising synopsis. This is another reason to be more excited for 2015! 



 


 
MOSQUITOLAND  
by
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Expected Release Date: March 3rd 2015 
(Viking Juvenile)
:
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
"I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange."

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the "wastelands" of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.

So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, "Mosquitoland" is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.


The moment I read the word "oddities" I know that I have to read this!!! I think Mosquitoland is definitely gonna hit home and life is never the same! I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS!!! I hope I win advance copies! Speaking of advance copies, there's an ongoing Goodreads giveaway!
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Review: The Geek's Guide to Dating by Eric Smith

THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO DATING

Non-fiction - Humor
Published December 3rd 2013 by Quirk Books
Source: Hardcover; sent by publisher
Goodreads | Amazon
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
You keep your action figures in their original packaging. Your bedsheets are officially licensed Star Wars merchandise. You’re hooked on Elder Scrolls and Metal Gear but now you’ve discovered an even bigger obsession: the new girl who just moved in down the hall. What’s a geek to do? Take some tips from Eric Smith in The Geek’s Guide to Dating. This hilarious primer leads geeks of all ages through the perils and pitfalls of meeting women, going on dates, getting serious, breaking up, and establishing a successful lifelong relationship (hint: it’s time to invest in new bedsheets). Full of whimsical 8-bit illustrations, The Geek’s Guide to Dating will teach fanboys everywhere to love long and prosper.
*Copy provided by publisher in exchange of my honest review. This does not affect the rating or contents of my review.*
MY THOUGHTS:
I don't usually take time in reading non-fiction books but this is going to be an exception. Why? Simply because this book is amazing. This is the first non-fiction novel I've ever read and I can say that this is a great one. I'm very much looking forward to read other non-fiction titles.

“So, we both know why you’re here. You’re tired of living life in single player mode; you’re on a quest for a Player Two to call your own.”

This book is almost entirely aimed at guy 'geeks' who are trying to score a date/find their special someone. Hence, the title.  However, I am a girl but I still found this book helpful when it comes to dating/to score a date. If you're going to ask me if I'm a geek -- I can't give you a straight answer because I'm not quite sure if I am a geek and I don't know what it takes to be a geek. The tips are understandable. I can relate to some certain situations in this book.

The (physical) book is really cute. See the photo below:


Eric Smith did a great job in creating this book.
I giggled all the way until I finished reading the book. I did not finish this book as fast as I normally would (with fiction novels) but it's still worth reading. Overall, this book was really entertaining and cute. Highly recommended for geeks who are tired of living in single player mode.

"If you're lucky enough to have find that special someone, I hope she becomes the Hermione to your Ron, the Rogue to your Gambit, the Pepper Potts to your Tony Stark. I hope she takes you by the hand and leads you through a door, the Ramona Flowers to your Scott Pilgrim."

RATING:
5 HEARTS!

Troglodyte forever,

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Review: Lailah by Nikki Kelly


LAILAH
by
Release Date: October 7th
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Recommended for: everyone who wants a fresh take on vampires and angels.


GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
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.



#TEAMGABRIEL
100 % Team Gabriel because he is such a gentleman. He treats Lailah with respect
and he is very protective of his team. I go for the good guys! (Jonah is so rude and controlling!)



A lot of people I know have been raving about Lailah and truth be told, I was hesitant that I may get disappointed. But, WOW! IT. DIDN'T. DISAPPOINT. I am glad F&F pitched this trilogy. Nikki has very well mixed angels and vampires. She can definitely write and words just flowed effortlessly. I love the writing style and vividness of  the imagery. The book is set in Europe! (Anything set in Europe is amazing!)

I admit that in the first few chapters, I kind of hated Lailah for her indecisiveness. For starters, she is  torn between Gabriel and Jonah. There is an explanation why she is drawn to both and she even makes you root for both Gabriel and Jonah. Nikki weaved the romance aspect well to the story. Yes, Lailah gets annoying at times but you will know more; just read on! (Do NOT give up. I do not want to spoil anything for you.)

(When Lailah sees Gabriel with another girl.
Yaaay, #TeamGabriel!)

The ending was heart-stopping! I could not concentrate because there's  already a movie version playing on my head. Somebody adapt this to small screen (or better yet, the big screen!) I DEMAND FOR THE SECOND BOOK now especially after reading the bonus content. I was hooked and those last few chapters kept on the edge of my seat.

The romance and the action blended well. I am not a fan of paranormal YA, but this was fast-paced, action-packed, and full of twists and turns. EXCELLENT START OF A TRILOGY! 


 





#TEAMGABRIEL
Gabriel is the babe! 'Nuff said!


Before I had the chance to read this book, I saw some one-star reviews. After reading reading those reviews, I started having second thoughts on reading Lailah because I'm afraid I'm going to be one of those people who got disappointed in the end. Luckily, I wasn't disappointed!

As for the main character, Lailah, I kind of don't like her. Her actions annoy me but at some point, I want to be her for a day. She has a hot and gorgeous rogue Angel (Gabriel) protecting her. Seriously, who wouldn't want that? I'm not a big fan of vampires but there's also a hot Vampire (Jonah) in this book. Come on, what's not to like?!

Nikki Kelly's writing style is on point. It's clear and very easy to understand. I. LOVE. IT. I seriously wasn't expecting the twists, I was mind-blown. I'm a fan of paranormal romance and I can say that this is a good one.

The ending was indeed heart-stopping. I couldn't concentrate because a lot is happening. Someone is fighting here and there. Definitely awesome.

MY REACTION WHILE READING THE LAST FEW CHAPTERS:


Lailah is a fast-paced and action-packed paranormal romance filled with twists. Recommended for paranormal romance lovers. I'm definitely looking forward to read book two -- I want more Gabriel hotness. Need I say more?


Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

THE LAST POLICEMAN  

Fiction - Mystery, Crime, Science Fiction
Published July 10th 2012 by Quirk Books
Source: PB, Won from The Book Smugglers
GOODREADS || AMAZON
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway?

Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact.
 
The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job—but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging in a city that sees a dozen suicides every week—except this one feels suspicious, and Palace is the only cop who cares.
 
The first in a trilogy, The Last Policeman offers a mystery set on the brink of an apocalypse. As Palace’s investigation plays out under the shadow of 2011GV1, we’re confronted by hard questions way beyond “whodunit.” What basis does civilization rest upon? What is life worth? What would any of us do, what would we really do, if our days were numbered?

MY THOUGHTS:

Overall, the book was well-crafted mystery, it was wrote by a brilliant writer. I was not expecting to get the chance to read this book but I glad I did give it a try. It was surprisingly good even though the pacing was a bit slow. Some chapters are way too long and nothing's happening. I almost gave up but then as I reached a certain point in this book, where everything about the murder case makes sense already, I decided NOT to stop. I was curious enough to know what happens next, that I couldn't stop reading the book even though it's already 2 AM (and my Mom is scolding me).

"What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway?"

The question above is what everyone asks when somebody is trying to solve a murder case even though we're all going to die soon. What's the point? I obviously don't know what's the point but try asking that to Detective Hank Palace -- the main character in this book, the man who's still trying to solve cases even though in just six months, the Earth will be struck by a huge asteroid. And it will practically kill every living thing that gets on its way. Everyone has heard about the asteroid already and they know when it's going to hit our dear planet, Earth -- because of the asteroid, a lot of people think that there's no point in living anymore.

At first I was like,"This Palace guy is weird," since he's a man of few words and as a character, he's dull. But as the story progresses, I get to know him more and there I realized what he's been through. He lost both of his parents in a such a young age and he was left with his little sister, Nico, with his disinterested and stern grandfather. At that point, I felt sorry for him and for everything he's been through. I adore his determination in solving cases even though humanity will end in six precious months.

I was blown away with how Winters wrote this book. Definitely brilliant. The world building was amazing, it literally felt like ghost town. Only few people around and buildings are being burned down, killings here and there. It's like Zombieland except there's no zombies. At all.

I'm definitely looking forward to read the other books in this promising post-apocalyptic trilogy. I am actually done with Countdown City, the second book in the trilogy, just recently. I'm devouring the third book now! I've read Adult novels about science fiction, time traveling and romance before but this was different, in an amazing way. Recommended for people who loves mystery in a post-apocalyptic setting.

RATING:
My issue is that the pacing was slow but it got better though. I'd still recommend it to mystery aficionados.

3.5 HEARTS!
A well-crafted mystery set in a post-apocalyptic situation. Definitely recommended for those people who enjoys reading mystery novels with the hint of science-fiction.


Troglodyte forever,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #12: Damage Done by Amanda Panitch

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Kyla's WoW Pick:

DAMAGE DONE

Genre/s: Young Adult-Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: July 21st 2015
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after.

Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.

After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and a memory of those twenty-two minutes that refuses to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police.

Now that she’s Lucy Black, her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school. And someone much more dangerous. She thought her brother’s crimes were behind her. But now she’s being forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind. How far will Julia go to keep her slate clean?

One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. . . .


Why?

When I was searching for 2015 book releases to add to my TBR on Goodreads, this book caught my attention. I was very curious with the cover, my first thought is that it looks weird-ish. When I opened the Goodreads page of this book, I was even more curious with the synopsis. The synopsis sounds really intriguing (and yes, I am aware that I say that line all time)! This is the kind of book I'd like to read and devour. This book makes me very ready for 2015!

Troglodyte forever,

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

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cover Reveal: Volition by Lily Paradis

I'm happy to present to you the official cover of Volition!

VOLITION
by
Genre: New Adult
Expected Release Date: February 9, 2015
Cover by Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations
 

You know that feeling in the pit of your stomach that stays with you, then tears you apart slowly at first, and all at once shreds every fiber of your being?

It’s because you’re contradicting the universe.

Everything lines up so perfectly that you couldn’t have imagined it to work out better, but then you have to go and do everything humanly possible to ruin it because you can’t stand to have it go right?

That’s what I did.

I did it because there’s a darkness that surrounds me, and I think I want it there.

My name is Tate McKenna, and my soul is blacker than my heart.



Have you read that blurb? I always love a twisted tale! Lily knows how excited I am for Volition. This going to be different from Ignite. A much darker story, which I will definitely like!!! I HOPE YOU DO LIKE IT AS WELL!

Read what other bloggers are saying about Volition below:
"A read that will keep you on your toes until the very end. Genius!" - Makayla (The Book Life)

"This is a twisted tale... that you can relate to." - Bryce (Novels to Song)

“Beautifully twisted...A novel that shocks and surprises, and is not your typical
love story. A gripping read filled with complex characters, dark humor and lyrical
writing that leaves you wanting more! Paradis produced a story that carried a lot
of emotion that dealt with love, relationships, and the darkness that surrounds
death and the mark it leaves on those who have escaped it.” 
- Ashley F. (Falling Down the Book Hole)

"The story was lined with black and drowned in glitter... Volition is one of those
books that makes you reflect on life's past, present, and future." 
- Abbey (Books ala Mode)

"I could not put this beautiful and dark tale of Tate McKenna down! Be with her as she
discovers the impact that free will, fate and the act of letting go can have on a person!” 
-Jaclyn (Living in a World of Book Quotes)




Add Volition to your Goodreads list!
Preorder: Amazon || SIGNED copy


About Lily Paradis:

 

Lily is 22 and recently graduated from the University of Colorado where she earned a degree in English Literature. She lives with her family and loves reading, running, and hiking. Although she's a Colorado native, New York City is her favorite place in the world and fosters her borderline unhealthy obsession with the Empire State Building and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Ignite is her debut novel.

She loves hearing from her readers and can be reached at paradis.lily@gmail.com.

Find more information about Volition, Ignite, and Lily’s other upcoming releases
at www.lilyparadis.com.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Review: Trust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summers

TRUST ME, I'M LYING (Trust Me #1)

YA - Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller, Romance
Published October 14th 2014 by Delacorte Press
Source: HB, Borrowed from Carmel (Thanks!)
GOODREADS || AMAZON
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
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.

MY THOUGHTS:

I wasn't expecting that this book turn me into an emotional wreck. It broke my heart into a million pieces. I just couldn't stop myself from getting affected with all the obstacles Julep is going through.
My only issue is that there are things left untold. I didn't get to know her real name and her Dad is still keeping secrets from her but it's okay since there will be book two! And I really hope that my question(s) will be answered in book two.

"(Julep's not my real name, either, but we'll get to that later.)"

Julep Dupree (I still don't know if that's her real name) is a determined and smart girl. On the outside she's a brave girl but inside she's a fragile girl who is afraid to lose someone she really loves, I guess we all are fragile when it comes to losing someone we love. I'm amazed by how she is determined to pull through the obstacles that is pushing her down. Honestly, I could not imagine myself surviving all those obstacles. It's so hard for me but I'm glad she survived.

'Coincidences are like unicorns -- you can believe in them all you want, but that doesn't make them real.' -- Julep

I'm glad that Julep has friends whom she could rely on, in the times of need. Sam Seward, Julep's BFF, is one of those fictional characters who you'd want to be your best friend, too. He's smart, a dependable sidekick, and a very amazing friend. He's there when Julep needs him and vice versa, until... Tyler Richland. Tyler is St. Agatha's resident Prince Charming and when he found out about the rat incident that happened to Julep, he instantly becomes Julep's knight in shining armor.

Of course, they fell in love with each other. And yes, there's romance in this book but behold because it did not overpower the mysterious and thrill-ish theme of the book, which I loved! The moments between Tyler and Julep definitely made me swoon. 

"I don't have any place. I don't have anyone." -- Julep
"You have me." -- Tyler

"Even if that's true, it doesn't explain why you're still here, given everything. Why you still care." -- Julep
"That same day, when you asked me what I want, I told you that I want to know what I want. Remember? [...] When I'm with you, I know what I want." -- Tyler

I'm #TeamTyler all the way despite what happened between them. I couldn't blame Julep for falling for Tyler. Tyler is a sweet guy and he's always there for Julep, like Sam, but the feeling is just different. I could not think more of Sam other than Julep's best friend. Nothing more, nothing less.

"Why are you even here? You could have just left it alone! I know I mean nothing to you, but you could have kept out of my way." -- Julep
"You mean everything to me. And that means I do whatever it takes to save you. Even if saving you means losing you." -- Tyler

From the first time I saw this book, I thought the plot was interesting and it really was when I got the chance to read the book.
This story taught me more about con artists and grifters. They make people believe in something that doesn't even exist. I was so curious about what's really happening that I couldn't stop reading even though it's already 1 AM. I love the thrills, suspense, and the plot twists! The unexpected twists kept me guessing and it made me love the book more. Summers did a great job writing this book. She crafted it well and she made crave for more.

I'm a big fan of mysteries and thrillers. From TV shows, movies, to books. If you're a fan of mysteries and thrillers, too, then pick this book up. Definitely worth reading! I'm looking forward for the other books in this series.

RATING:
4 HEARTS!


Troglodyte forever,

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #11: Joyride by Anna Banks

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


Carmel's WoW Pick:
JOYRIDE
by
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Expected Release Date: June 2nd 2015 
(Feiwel & Friends)
:
Summary:
A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber's mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.



This article got me excited for Joyride. TOO excited even! Anna talks about a little field trip that ended up in jail. You have to read the whole interview. Anna shared bits about her "mundane" childhood.

Mind you, if either of my parents were still alive, I would not be uttering a word about it. It's been an unspoken if-you-talk-about-this-death-may-befall-you subject in my family for years.

 
Anna, your secret is safe with the internet. I wish I could have a great adventure like that!



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About Anna Banks:

NYT Bestselling YA author of The Syrena Legacy series: OF POSEIDON (2012) OF TRITON (2013) OF NEPTUNE (2014). Repped by rockstar Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency. I live with my husband and daughter in the Florida Panhandle. I have a southern accent compared to New Yorkers, and I enjoy food cooked with real fat. I can't walk in high heels, but I'm very good at holding still in them. If you put chocolate in front of me, you must not have wanted it in the first place.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The Girl + The Boy by Madhuri Blaylock Mini Tour




The Girl (The Sanctum Trilogy #1) 
by
ISBN: 9780991203406
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Pages: 408
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: November 2013

BLURB:


The Sanctum, an all-powerful governing body founded by ten families, entrusted to maintain the peace amongst Magicals and ensure the ignorance of humans, has been corrupted by greed and savagery for generations, but is all Wyatt Clayworth has ever known.

A descendant of one of the Founding Families and Class A Warrior, Wyatt has always believed in the ways of The Sanctum, having grown up in the system and thrived under their leadership. A golden boy, renowned for his prowess and skill in battle, Wyatt has never questioned a mission or kill order until the night he crosses paths with a brutally injured and mysterious girl.

Scouring Central Park with his best friend and fellow Class A Warrior, Ryker Morrison, for the hybrid demon prophesied to bring an end to The Sanctum and destroy the world for Magicals and humans alike, Wyatt instead finds Dev and his whole life turns upside down. Told he was hunting a killing machine, hellbent on wreaking havoc and destruction upon all it encounters, Wyatt instead sees nothing more than a broken girl with haunted eyes and a bit of a death wish.

All Dev wants is for Wyatt to either kill her or leave her alone. When he refuses to do either, she finds herself being pulled into his life while being hunted by warriors everywhere she turns. Drawn to one another for reasons they cannot begin to explain to themselves, much less anyone else, Wyatt is determined to protect Dev and help her realize her mission to avenge the deaths of her family at the hands of The Sanctum. His abdication of his duties and his outright rejection of his responsibilities to The Sanctum create a maelstrom of events beyond anyone’s imagination.




CHAPTER ONE
Summer finally arrived with all her fanfare and gusto, from people
sunbathing on rooftops to the smell of barbecue wafting from those homes lucky
enough to own a small patch of urban greenery. The city was alive; winter’s hibernation
was quickly forgotten and everyone wanted to be outdoors. Thrown into the mix of
throbbing humanity were, for all practical purposes, two boys, scouring Central Park, not
for lost treasure or a missing pet as most would expect, but a demon.
A particularly deadly demon to be precise.
“I think you’re jealous of how I handled those girls last night,” Ryker’s
laugh rang through the woods, “you probably keep asking yourself, how the hell does he
do that?”
Wyatt grinned as he searched the perimeter of the ninth quadrant of the
park.
“Your ability to read me like a book is uncanny.”
He retraced his steps to where he parted ways with Ryker and waited,
watching his friend run through his inspection with a complete lack of care or concern.
Ryker turned and smirked.
“Stop watching me like that, man. You see me every day. You should be
used to all of this by now,” he laughed.
Ryker Morrison was blindingly perfect, all six foot five inches of him. The
saying “tall, dark and handsome” was probably coined with Ryker in mind. His coppery
skin appeared perpetually sun-kissed, his hair was always perfectly cropped and lined
up, despite Wyatt having never seen him enter a barber shop and Ryker’s body was a
work of wonder, something akin to Michelangelo’s David. Which was such a cliché when
describing the perfect male specimen, but in Ryker’s case it was fitting. It could be quite
jarring standing next to the guy, and a lesser man would probably cringe at the task, but
Wyatt wasn’t daunted.
“Shut up and let’s at least pretend to care about this inspection.” Wyatt
moved onto the next quadrant and continued his work.
“You know why I don’t care.”
“Don’t start, Ryker,” Wyatt cut him off before Ryker could get going, “I’ve
heard it a million times, and it makes no difference. We have to do this. At least until
they catch this hybrid.”
“Newsflash Clayworth: there are no deadly, hybrid demons relaxing in the
park in the middle of the day,” Ryker growled to himself, knowing full well Wyatt would
ignore him and continue his sweep of the quadrant.
That was Wyatt Clayworth though, always doing what was expected of
him, following the rules set forth by The Sanctum to a tee. If they said jump, Wyatt
would jump. And then he would roll over just for good measure.
“Stop staring at my ass, Ryker, and finish the sweep,” Wyatt commanded
with a laugh.
Wyatt knew Ryker was studying him right now. Despite being the closest
of friends, practically brothers, the boys could not be more different when it came to
handling authority, especially that of The Sanctum. For every rule and order Wyatt
obeyed, Ryker either worked around it or just flat out broke it. Ryker could not accept
that The Sanctum ruled their lives. Wyatt only knew The Sanctum.
“You are aware that you’re a Clayworth, right? A member of one of the
founding families of The Sanctum, the bloodline that has consistently produced the most
fearsome Class A Sanctum warriors and ablest leaders,” Ryker imitated the voice of the
most powerful member of The Sanctum, Carter Breslin. “Did you forget your parents run
our Academy? Which means we really don’t have to do this. Everyone knows this is a
garbage assignment.”
Ryker finished walking the perimeter of his last quadrant, not paying
attention to a thing, just walking it to appease Wyatt.
“Despite what you think, not every Sanctum decision revolves around
driving Ryker Morrison to the brink of madness,” Wyatt finished his sweep and started
throwing his equipment into his backpack, “and for the record, it wouldn’t make a
difference who runs the Academy, I would still handle my assignments with the level of
seriousness they deserve.”
Ryker rolled his eyes as he strapped his long-blades to his back then
cleaned his knives on the leg of his jeans. “I know, man. Trust me, I know.”
Ryker and Wyatt had known each other since they were ten years old. It
was around that time The Sanctum passed a new edict requiring every boy and girl of at
least ten years of age to begin their training within the confines of their local Academy.
That meant Ryker began training in the New York Academy, run by the Clayworth family
since the creation of The Sanctum, currently led by Wyatt’s parents, Sam and Josiah
Clayworth. Ryker’s parents pulled him out of his Brooklyn public school and shipped him
off to Manhattan to fulfill his duty. He came from a long line of Sanctum warriors, the
best in fact, Class A, and his parents were going to make sure Ryker continued the
tradition, no matter how much he rebelled against it.
The boys were paired together from day one at The Academy and
immediately fell into step with one another. Ryker was all bluster and brag while Wyatt
quietly listened and observed. Both boys impressed their teachers and quickly rose
through the ranks of the training Academy, becoming so close they could finish one
another’s thoughts and more importantly, have each other’s backs in the thick of battle.
When they fought, it was a thing of beauty. One boy could sense the other’s movements
and counterattack without even a look, making it nearly impossible to defend their
onslaught.
Their value to The Sanctum as warriors, coupled with their impeccable
lineage, allowed many to overlook some of the duo’s less-appealing attributes: the girls,
the fights, the drinking, the disobedience, the inability to stay away from the random,
gorgeous Magical. All Ryker’s vices but Wyatt would never let him take the blame alone,
he would never let Sanctum authority punish his friend. Wyatt always made certain the
boys fulfilled their duties with a capability and professionalism any fellow warrior would
kill to claim, everything else was just white noise.
That said, even great warriors must answer to their leaders. And right now
those leaders felt the boys needed to be reined in and made to understand that for all their prowess and killer instinct, they still served at the pleasure of The Sanctum. They
fought for The Sanctum. Their mission was that of The Sanctum’s. And right now, The
Sanctum wanted them sweeping Central Park for a hybrid demon.





The Boy (The Sanctum Trilogy #2)
by Madhuri Blaylock
ISBN: 9780991203413
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Pages: 432
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: May 2014

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In THE GIRL, Madhuri Blaylock introduced readers to the world of The Sanctum, one corrupted by greed and savagery and hellbent on achieving a single goal: destroying the prophesied hybrid. When one of its most celebrated warriors questioned his allegiances, age-old secrets were unveiled and violence erupted. The journey becomes more perilous and intense as the trilogy surges forward with THE BOY.

Can you cross the plains of death, collect every piece of your soul and make it back to the land of the living?

And if you complete the journey, will your loved ones welcome your return?

The Ramyan have been answering such questions since the creation of The Sanctum. A mysterious sect of Magicals, haunting the blank spaces of time and memory, they serve no one but themselves and their higher purpose. They exist on a plane removed from earthly matters, shifting easily between the living and the dead, moving in time to the beat of their own drummer.

At least they did.

Dev and Wyatt change all of that when the prophesied hybrid lands on the steps of Rinshun Palace, seeking help for the wounded Class A Warrior. That decision alters lives and sets old agendas back on course. But at what cost to Dev and Wyatt? And does that really even matter?



CHAPTER ONE
Jasmine.
The first sense awakened was smell; the first familiar scent was jasmine. It was not overpowering, as it tended to be at times, but rather just a hint in the air, enough to arouse a memory.
Shopping in the market and the vendor giving her a string of flowers for her hair. She wanted to weave them into her braid but there was no time. They were simply wrapped around her neck, a sweet-smelling chain, but not half as pretty as they would have looked in her hair.
The green grass.
Her sight returned next and she thrilled at the vision before her, the tall grass of her home, so lush and brilliant. So soft to her
touch
which followed and soon she could feel her body returning to itself, feel the ground below her and hear the life around her.
Sound.
The water of the channels, lazily rolling along, the birds calling to one another in an endless conversation of nonsense and the branches of trees, swaying in the wind, scratching against each other.
And finally taste.
Metallic.
Iron.
She wiped her mouth and the back of her hand came away red.
Blood.
She sat up and spit. Bright red against the brown of the dirt. She didn’t care. The blood was insignificant; the boy was of much more importance.
The fact that Dev could sit up at all was amazing, a testament to her minute learning curve. Only her second time toying with portal travel and she had no broken bones, not even a scratch she realized as she studied her arms and legs. She stood up slowly, her legs feeling a bit shaky, and wobbled around like a newly-birthed colt. She stretched her arms above her head and shook them out, needing to get the blood flowing through her limbs properly. All the while, she scanned the area for his dark hair, his fair skin.
Wyatt.
He suffered a mortal wound at the hands of Max Breslin during their battle in the park but with the help of that bizarre vampire, Darvin, she had been able to temporarily close his chest and make it to the portal. Dev walked back through her steps, certain she had strapped Wyatt tightly to her before allowing the portal to suck them into the ether. She was positive he was somewhere close by, she just needed to calm herself before setting out in search of him.
Breathing deeply, Dev slowed her pulse and began methodically taking in her surroundings, from the blades of grass to the animal life. She stretched out her mind and became one with her environment, feeling every living organism in her vicinity, searching for a blank.
Wyatt was the blank. She had never been able to read him, so knew any black space would be him.
Unless he died. Then he would be missing altogether.
Dev shook her head as if to rid herself of the negative thought.
He was here. Somewhere. She knew it.
He had to be.
He promised.
He swore.
Walking the field in wide circles, an aspect of Dev’s psyche noted the fact that her family home, which once stood on the very spot where she exited the portal, was completely destroyed, obliterated, nothing left behind but ash. Max Breslin had evidently taken fireflame to the entire compound and the bodies of his victims, her mother, father, and brother, prior to his departure, ensuring should she come back to the location, Dev would find only wide, open space.
But that was a concern from a different lifetime, for a different girl; Dev really just wanted to find Wyatt.
As she walked, the panic started to rise again in her chest, threatening to overtake her senses and render her useless. Dev stopped where she was, stood stock still and inhaled deeply, calming herself.
She closed her eyes and waited.
Several minutes later she could be seen slowly walking southeast of where she exited the portal, near the water’s edge, bent low and then altogether disappearing. Seconds later the still of the afternoon was pierced by her animal-like howl and her soul-crushing cries for help..



About Madhuri Blaylock:


Madhuri is a Jersey City Heights girl via Snellville, Georgia, who writes paranormal fiction and is slightly infatuated with tattoos, four-inch heels, ice cream, Matt Damon, scotch, Doc Martens, Laini Taylor, photo booths and dancing like a fool.
 She's currently working on The Sanctum trilogy and hopes one day soon, everyone is walking around with a copy of The Girl in their pocket or on their Kindle.
She wants to get a goat and a burro, but since she lives in the city, will settle for some chickens.

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