Thursday, January 31, 2013

Best of the Bunch ~ January 2013

Best of the Bunch is a monthly meme hosted by Always Lost in Stories on the last day of every month. The aim of this meme is to share the best book that we have read in that month and give it our Best of the Bunch award.

~My January Reads:
Free Four by Veronica Roth ~ 5/5 Stars ~ My Review
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo ~ 5/5 Stars ~ My Review
Unknowing by Diantha Jones ~ 4/5 Stars ~ My Review
Love, Tink by Elle Strauss ~ 5/5 Stars ~ My Review
Gothic Warrior by Billy Wong ~ 1/5 Star ~ My Review
The Host: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion ~ 4/5 Stars ~ My Review
Whispers in the Dark by Claire Gamblin ~ 2/5 Stars ~ My Review
Snow White vs. Rose Red by Karly Kirkpatrick ~ 4/5 Stars ~ My Review
Frostbite: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead ~ 4/5 Stars ~ My Review
Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout ~ 5/5 Stars ~ My Review
Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout ~ 3/5 Stars ~ My Review
Unburden by Diantha Jones ~ 3/5 Stars ~ My Review
Drawn by Marian Tee ~ 4/5 Stars ~ My Review
Cinder by Marissa Meyer ~ 5/5 Stars ~ My Review
Origins: The Fire by Debra Driza ~ 3/5 Stars ~ My Review
Glitches by Marissa Meyer ~ 5/5 Stars ~ My Review
The Queen's Army by Marissa Meyer ~ 4/5 Stars ~ My Review
Christabel by Samuel Taylor Coleridge ~ 3/5 Stars ~ My Review

And the Best of the Bunch winner of January 2013 is...

~Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Paperback, 387 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Puffin
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl...

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

I've read a lot of fabulous books this month but Cinder was the most amazing of them all. I can't express enough how much I've enjoyed this book. Everyone should read it! 

What's Next?: Kissing Shakespeare ~ Enshadowed ~ Insurgent

What's Next? is a bookish meme hosted every thursday by IceyBooks, where our readers (you guys!) can help decide what to read next.

So this week these are all books I once started but never finished. Somehow other books came in the way and I would like to start finishing the books that I've put on hold.

So vote!

~Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
A romantic time travel story that's ideal for fans of novels by Meg Cabot and Donna Jo Napoli--and, of course, Shakespeare.

Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school's staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the opening-night party. All she wants to do is hide.

Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and asks if she'd like to meet Shakespeare, Miranda thinks he's a total nutcase. But before she can object, Stephen whisks her back to 16th century England—the world Stephen's really from. He wants Miranda to use her acting talents and modern-day charms on the young Will Shakespeare. Without her help, Stephen claims, the world will lost its greatest playwright.

Miranda isn't convinced she's the girl for the job. Why would Shakespeare care about her? And just who is this infuriating time traveler, Stephen Langford? Reluctantly, she agrees to help, knowing that it's her only chance of getting back to the present and her "real" life. What Miranda doesn't bargain for is finding true love . . . with no acting required.

~Enshadowed (Nevermore #2) by Kelly Creagh
Hardcover, 429 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Atheneum Books
True love takes a twisted turn in the second book of this modern Gothic romance trilogy channeling the dark brilliance of Edgar Allan Poe.While Varen remains a prisoner in a perilous dream world where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life, Isobel travels to Baltimore to confront the dark figure known throughout the world as the Poe Toaster. This man, the same man who once appeared to Isobel in her dreams and abandoned her in Varen’s nightmare world, holds the key to saving Varen.

But when Isobel discovers a way to return to this dream world, she finds herself swept up in a realm that not only holds remnants of Edgar Allan Poe’s presence, but has also now taken on the characteristics of Varen’s innermost self. It is a dark world of fear, terror, and anger.

When Isobel once more encounters Varen, she finds him changed. And now Isobel must face a new adversary—one who also happens to be her greatest love.

~Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
Hardcover, 525 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by HarperTeen
One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

"New York Times" bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian "Divergent" series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

Comment with on what book you vote and if you also participate in this meme please leave me links to your What's Next? post so I can stop by. ^^

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

~Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 12th 2013 by Random House Children's Books
In the thrilling conclusion of the Drake Chronicles, love and loyalties will be tested... and proven once and for all.

The Bluebeard fairy tale retold...

When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram’s beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected letter. An invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving her humble childhood home for the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey, in the heart of Mississippi.

Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, it’s as if, thread by thread, a silken net is tightening around her. And as she gathers stories and catches whispers of his former wives—all with hair as red as her own—in the forgotten corners of the abbey, Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.

Glowing strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking debut—a thrilling retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale.

This is one of the upcoming 2013 books that I expect a lot from. The cover is gorgeous, the synopsis sounds amazing and I love retellings! This just has to be good! :D

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays: Blood Prophecy by Alyxandra Harvey

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading.

Today I have a teaser from a book that I received in the mail yesterday and started right away. It's from the very last Drake Chronicles book by Alyxandra Harvey. I'm kind of scared of all the things that could happen in this last book but I hope it'll end in a good way. 

My teaser:
A shaft of sunlight fell on me, making my dress look like fire and my skin glow like pearls. The shadows around me darkened, as if my glowing skin were leeching the light from everything around me. I was a lantern on the longest, darkest moonless night.

-page 16, paperback.

 ~Blood Prophecy (Drake Chronicles #6) by Alyxandra Harvey
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Walker Childrens
In the thrilling conclusion of the Drake Chronicles, love and loyalties will be tested... and proven once and for all.

Solange Drake has been officially crowned Queen of the Vampires, fulfilling the centuries old prophecy that foretold the rise to power of a daughter born to an ancient vampire line. Except Solange's thoughts and actions are no longer her own—she's been slowly being possessed by the spirit of Viola, the first daughter born into the Drake line, since her bloodchange. And instead of uniting the vampire tribes under the rule of an ancient daughter as the prophecy predicted, Viola would rather destroy them all and enslave humans in a personal vendetta for the devastation both wrought to her life centuries ago. Can Solange break her hold in time to save everyone she loves from a vampire civil war, hunter attack, and each other? Not everyone will survive the prophecy . . . perhaps not even her.

Anyone can participate in Teaser Tuesdays. Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Showcase Sunday #15

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted every sunday by Vicky @ Books Biscuits and Tea, where we can highlight our newest books or bookish swag we bought, borrowed, downloaded or received.

The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer (Thanks to Holly @ Full Moon Bites)

Unburden by Diantha Jones (My Review)

Daynight by Megan Thomason (Amazon)
Origins: The Fire by Debra Driza (Amazon) (My Review)
Sweet Blood of Mine by John Corwin (Amazon)

So... I received the final book of the amazing 50$ giveaway from The Book Depository at Full Moon Bites. The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer. *squeeee* So glad it finally arrived. Eoin Colfer is one of my all-time favorite authors and I'm currently reading the book. Really like it so far! :D
I also bought Unburden by Diantha Jones. Another favorite author of mine. If you haven't read any books by her yet, do it ASAP!
And then I grabbed some freebies too. Don't you just love the cover of Sweet Blood of Mine? It's very eye-catching and gorgeous!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Know Me Better #1

Know Me Better is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy @ I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. Each week she will pick 5 questions off of her author interview lists to answer. She invites us to share our answers to these questions as well.

~This week's questions:
Top 5 songs on your playlist?
How much time do you spend reading each week?
What is the last thing you Googled?
Favorite places to travel?
What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?

~Top 5 songs on your playlist? 
It changes from week to week depending on my mood, so I really couldn't say except that my new number 1 song lately is Bring Him Home (from the musical Les Misérables) preformed by Ramin Karimloo.
It's such a beautiful song that brings tears to my eyes every single time. I especially like Ramin's version of it.

~How much time do you spend reading each week?
Again, it changes from week to week depending on the books I am reading but  I'm roughly guessing 10-12 hours a week if it's a really good book.

~What is the last thing you Googled?
A website for my little brother Noah from a channel of my country that sends shows for kids. 

~Favorite places to travel?
Every summer ever since I was a baby we go on vacation to the Belgian coast, so it's no wonder that I love going there even now. And other than that I love going to Centerparcs, which is a sort of holiday park where you can go swimming, sport, relax, hike and eat lots of yummy food!

~What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Reading! (duh) and watching movies or tv shows. 

Now it's your turn! Share an answer to one or more of these questions as a comment or post your answers on your blog and link up here or at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer!  

Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Title: Half-Blood
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant #1
Publication: 18th 2011 by Spencer Hill Press
Genre: Young Adult ~ Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback, 281 pages
Cover Rating: 3/5
Overal Rating: 4/5
The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

~My thoughts:

I'm a huge fan of JLA's Lux series so I knew I had to read this book also. I had heard a lot of great things about it so when I was finally able to get it, I read it right away, finished in 3 days because I just couldn't stop reading and was not disappointed at all!

I'm sure everyone has seen the similarity between Half-Blood and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Not everyone thinks it's so great that it's almost exact the same, only different names and a slightly different story. Like how Alex is Rose and Aiden is Dimitri. At first I found it weird. It was like re-reading Vampire Academy all over again. As lots of people know and I'm a huge Vampire Academy (and Bloodlines) addict. But I got over it pretty fast as I started getting into Half-Blood more and more. Even with the similarities Half-Blood is definitely different and has its own voice.

We meet our heroine Alexandra 'Alex' Andros who is a half-blood, when she's running for Daimons. Trying her best to fight them off, she gets rescued by the swoon-worthy pure-blood Aiden St. Delphi (who she used to have a crush on) and other Sentinels. Eventually she's brought back to the academy (sound familiar? Sorry, couldn't resist myself to say this!), where her uncle is now the dean. 
Of course Aiden suggests to train Alex, to help her get caught up for the begin of the new school year after the summer. Slowly Alex begins to have more and more feeling for Aiden until it's definitely more than a crush. One problem only though... Relationships between halfs and pures are forbidden! You would think that's Alex's only problem. It sure isn't. If she can't get caught up by the end of the summer she'll get sent to her awful stepfather and be turned into a mindless slave. On top of that she learns that her mother has changed into a daimon and that she's coming for Alex.

I can't remember the exact moment when I started really enjoying Half-Blood. I guess it caught me by surprise and sucked me into this awesome world. I'm sure lots of people know the awesome Daemon Black and have read the Lux series but this series is nothing like it. It's also really good but this one is more greek myth based which I adore! Anything mythical is right up in my alley. Love reading stuff like that. I especially like Armentrout's take on it. 

I love Alex! She's a kickass, punch first ask questions later, awesome character. She went through SO much and yet she stayed really strong. I admire that about her. I would've lost it a long time ago if I were her. Something else I also like about her is, she doesn't go all love sick puppy on Aiden and she is aware that is forbidden. Yeah, eventually she goes to 'hell with that!' but she sure handles it okay.

Aiden St. Delphi is hot! Now way around that. It's a fact. He's a Sentinel, so he knows how to fight and boy, is he good! Unlike other pure-bloods he doesn't look down on halfs. He treats them like equals. I love that about him.  Also he raised his brother when his parents got killed which was really amazing of him. Just all *swoon* But I gotta say he is not my all-time favorite guy from this book. Shock, right? More about that later!

Another character I loved was Caleb, Alex's best friend. He is awesome. I want him as a friend. There's no romance whatsoever in their relationship. Gotta love that for a change! The only thing I am worried is about is that prophecy from the oracle. Never good. I definitely have my theories about it.

And then there's Seth, who is the Apollyon. It's a big deal in this world apparently. And let me just say... *swoon, fangirl, drool and all of that* He's dangerous, mysterious and totally sexy. Now we've got that out of the way... I so love Seth! I love the way he annoys Alex and how Alex isn't impressed by him like the others are. And then big twist! Which I kinda had actually seen coming but it was nontheless fantastic. 
My favorite scene with him was at the end when he was in Alex's bedroom. I won't say anymore so I'll not spoil too much about this book but it made me laugh a lot and also 'awww' a lot. (and he totally reminded me about Adrian Ivashkov at that certain scene =$). I can't wait to read more about him and what all of this Appolyon stuff is going to turn into. All very exciting and kind of disturbing (not in a totally bad way) how it might turn out. 
I know most people prefer Aiden. I love him too but I can't help but be team Seth! ;)

Another character I should probably mention is Deacon, Aiden's little brother who is acting out with drinking and flirting. A lot of people compare him to Adrian Ivashkov (yes him again!) which I agree with to a certain point although I think the Adrian of this book could also be Seth. Sorry for all the VA references, but I can't help myself. I liked Deacon alright, I hope to see more of him in the next book(s).

The conclusion of Half-Blood wasn't at all like Vampire Academy (not the first book anyway) and had lots of fighting and asskicking. I loved it immensely and I found myself not giving a rats ass that it looks like VA because in the end it's just about what THIS story is about, these characters, the awesome writing of JLA and just the joy of a new journey in a new book. 

Was Half-Blood better than Obsidian? No. It takes a lot to top Daemon Black but it was good in its own mythical way. 
Overall I just love this world that Jennifer L. Armentrout has created and I can't wait to read more about it. I bet a lot of exciting things are yet to come!

I really liked it!

~Favorite Quotes:
I was gonna be super pissed in the afterlife if I died a virgin in this crap hole.
"Did you think he was just some lazy pure-blood who needed protection?” His voice dripped sarcasm.
“Well he looks like one! How was I supposed to know he was secretly Rambo in Dockers?"
"Okay. I’m ready to move onto something else, like practicing with knives or defense against the dark arts. Cool things.”
“Did you just quote Harry Potter?"
Seth glanced back over his shoulder at the door. “Alex, you’re starting to worry me. Insult me… or something."

~About the author:
USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.

Visit Jennifer at:

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: Lunar Chronicles #1
Publication: January 5th 2012 by Puffin 
Genre: Young Adult ~ Dystopian ~ Retelling
Format: Paperback, 387 pages
Cover Rating: 5/5
Overal Rating: 5/5
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

~My thoughts: 
So I got to reading this book because I put it on a poll on Goodreads and that's what got the most votes. While the others only got 4, 2 or even 0 votes, Cinder got over 15 so it was obvious what people wanted me to read. What I want to say to those people is: THANK YOU SO MUCH! If you hadn't voted on it it would've probably taken me even LONGER to read this amazing book. 
I've had Cinder on my shelf for almost a year I think. Actually found it at a local bookstore but I guess it slipped my mind that I had it and I never picked it up until recently. I could just smack myself on the head for that!

Our heroine is a 16 year-old cyborg (Gotta love that!) who is a mechanic in New Beijing (Love that too!), who's parents died in a car crash years ago (That's the accident where Cinder got turned into a cyborg also). Even since she's lived with her stepmother who hates her and stepsisters, not remembering a thing about her life before the crash. One day prince Kai shows up at Cinder's stall where she works, to get his android fixed. From there on out everything get so much harder and crazier! Somehow Cinder is immune to the plague that has been causing deads for over a dozen years. Why is she immune, while she is so different already? And can she resist the prince's charms when he asks her to go to the ball with him?

I was hooked from the moment things started speeding up and Cinder got send to get tested for possible plague antidotes. From that moment I could hardly put this book down.
Cinder is just an amazing heroine. One of my favorites so far. She's courageous, funny, strong and she cares so much about her family (well, maybe not her stepmother Adri and stepsister Pearl but who can blame her?) She does love her little stepsister Peony a lot and their android Iko. How can she not? Peony and Iko are adorable! Especially Iko is really cute. I want an android like her!

This book had so many awesome elements. Like cyborgs, androids, New Beijing, Lunars (people who actually live on the moon!) and so on and on. It was all really cool. Almost makes me wish I could live in this book. 
I loved prince Kai! He is freaking swoon-worthy! But not only that he also cares a lot about his people and wants to do what's right for them to avoid a war with the Lunars who's queen is just the epitome of pure, pure evil! 
I was really heart broken because of the scene at the ball where everything about Cinder comes out. This one sentence just breaks my heart. "You’re even more painful to look at than she is." I really want these two characters to be together and live happily ever after. I hope it'll still happen!

Really, the only negative things I can say about Cinder is that in the beginning I didn't love it immediately, I took me at least 50 pages to get really into it. I was rather confused because I didn't get what exactly was going on but once I got past that I was swept away in this story like I haven't been for a long time.
Also the "twist" in this story was really obvious but I didn't really mind it (even when I kind of jumped up and went, "YES!"). I guessed it from the beginning and at the end it came out. Never mind that because it was a fantastic book nontheless.

There was a little bit of romance in. No kisses or anything yet but there definitely was the promise of more romance in the future. I loved Kai's little flirting with Cinder and how he kept asking her to the ball. I had many *facepalm* moments everytime she kept saying no (even though I totally understand why but it's Kai! Oh so cute. Oh so sweet!).

Overall Cinder is a beautiful, exceptional fairytale retelling that keeps you hooked and sucks you into the world of technology, cyborgs, evil moon queens but also of fairytale love, frienship and courage.
Now I am just waiting to get my hands on Scarlet very soon!

It was amazing!

~Favorite Quotes;
Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.
Cinder twisted up her lips. "Do you think it could have a virus?"

"Maybe her programming was overwhelmed by Prince Kai's uncanny hotness."

~About the author;
Marissa MeyerMarissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf . . .), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was given a small book of them when she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder is her first novel.

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Feature & Follow #19

Feature & Follow is a weekly meme hosted on friday by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read to gain new followers and make new friends!

Q: What is the last book that kept you up late into the night just to finish it?

~A: Easy! Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I recently finished it and I was amazed by how good this book was. Can't wait for the next book but luckily it comes out soon. ^_^

~Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Paperback, 387 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Puffin
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.