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July 31, 2011

Illicit Magic by Camilla Chafer Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway

Hey!

I guess you already know by now that witches my favorite supernatural creatures. I love reading about them, young adult and adult novels as well! So you can't even imagine how happy I was when author Camilla Chafer decided to come by my blog to talk about researching witches! Here's her guest post on it, enjoy!

The whole basis for Illicit Magic started off as a “what if...”. Most of us have heard about the horrific Salem witch trials in 1692 where a large group of people were arrested, and many sentenced, for witchcraft on the flimsiest of grounds. I can’t imagine how terrifying it must be waiting to see if you would be accused, nor how frightening it must be to think your townsfolk are practising witchcraft, perhaps to your detriment. So the idea for Illicit Magic started as: what would a witch hunt be like if it was happening today? Who would be the hunters and why? And what if the witches really were magical?

When it came to researching the Salem events, Wikipedia was – unsurprisingly – a great tool. I explored the events, even down to the names of the accused so I could understand what their accusers thought they were doing, why they were afraid of these so-called witches and the crazy evidence that was put up to support what were often ludicrous accusations - by today’s standards.

I also looked at what defined witchcraft and how I could redefine it for my purposes. A lot of ancient witchcraft seemed to be based on folklore and herbalism – remedies to aid, potions that were supposed to have certain effects (I’d argue many early witches were really herbalists or early medical practitioners who understood the properties of flora and fauna) and so on. Throw in superstition, feelings of ill treatment, a dash of jealousy, and ignorance too, and you’ve got a riot on your hands.

So how does that translate to a modern day witch hunt? For Illicit Magic, I decided to make the witches in my book actually magic, whether that was because they possessed an innate ability to do magical things such as teleportation, telekinesis, control the weather or psychic abilities. But I also took some inspiration from common mythology about witches, so my version of witches also features a type that works with spell craft, a method by which power is channelled through spells.

The witch hunters of my book are very shady characters. Responsible for a series of murders (there’s no sham trial for the witches in my book) they’re terrifying, and while the heroine, Stella, describes them in base terms such as “snatch and grab and burn”, it’s suggested that they’re not averse to using magic to track and trap witches. They’re quite mysterious and who they are and why they are hunting witches is something that will develop in the series. 

Cool, huh?:D 
Thank you so much Camilla for your insightful post!

About the author

www.camillachafer.com  

Hi, I'm Camilla and I'm the author of Illicit Magic and Unruly Magic, the first two books in the Stella Mayweather Paranormal Series. The series starts with a lonely young woman, Stella, who has been caught up in a terrifying witch hunt and is whisked thousands of miles away to what she thinks is safety to learn her craft. The series is a blend of magic, mystery and romance with a splash of humour - and while the girls really do go all out to save themselves, there's always a hunky guy or two on hand to help them out.

I live in London, UK but I try to travel as often as I can - lately I've been to Paris, all over Denmark, Luxembourg, and several US states. In my day job I'm a journalist and editor so I write for magazines, newspapers and websites throughout the world (my favourite assignment was spending a week riding rollercoasters - if you listen carefuly you can probably still hear me screaming).

About the book

Illicit Magic
May 1st 2011 by Audacious 

Goodreads blurb:

More than three hundred years after the most terrifying witch hunts the world has ever known, it's happening again.

Young witch, Stella, has to put her faith in strangers just to stay alive but she might not be any safer in their midst than from the danger she is running from.

There is more than one dark secret in her new family: Étoile’s sister is spoken of in fear and sadness; Marc is supposed to be a powerful witch but is missing his magic; where does the owner of their safe house vanish to every day and why does Evan have the eyes of someone not quite human? There is only one secret that someone will do anything to keep quiet, but whose secret is it and will Stella have to pay the price for silence?

Buy the book at:


Giveaway
Complete the form below to enter the giveaway for an e-copy of Illicit Magic by Camilla Chafer




Visit the next tour stop on Aug 1 at Readergirls  


xoxo
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Illicit Magic by Camilla Chafer Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway

Hey!

I guess you already know by now that witches my favorite supernatural creatures. I love reading about them, young adult and adult novels as well! So you can't even imagine how happy I was when author Camilla Chafer decided to come by my blog to talk about researching witches! Here's her guest post on it, enjoy!

The whole basis for Illicit Magic started off as a “what if...”. Most of us have heard about the horrific Salem witch trials in 1692 where a large group of people were arrested, and many sentenced, for witchcraft on the flimsiest of grounds. I can’t imagine how terrifying it must be waiting to see if you would be accused, nor how frightening it must be to think your townsfolk are practising witchcraft, perhaps to your detriment. So the idea for Illicit Magic started as: what would a witch hunt be like if it was happening today? Who would be the hunters and why? And what if the witches really were magical?

When it came to researching the Salem events, Wikipedia was – unsurprisingly – a great tool. I explored the events, even down to the names of the accused so I could understand what their accusers thought they were doing, why they were afraid of these so-called witches and the crazy evidence that was put up to support what were often ludicrous accusations - by today’s standards.

I also looked at what defined witchcraft and how I could redefine it for my purposes. A lot of ancient witchcraft seemed to be based on folklore and herbalism – remedies to aid, potions that were supposed to have certain effects (I’d argue many early witches were really herbalists or early medical practitioners who understood the properties of flora and fauna) and so on. Throw in superstition, feelings of ill treatment, a dash of jealousy, and ignorance too, and you’ve got a riot on your hands.

So how does that translate to a modern day witch hunt? For Illicit Magic, I decided to make the witches in my book actually magic, whether that was because they possessed an innate ability to do magical things such as teleportation, telekinesis, control the weather or psychic abilities. But I also took some inspiration from common mythology about witches, so my version of witches also features a type that works with spell craft, a method by which power is channelled through spells.

The witch hunters of my book are very shady characters. Responsible for a series of murders (there’s no sham trial for the witches in my book) they’re terrifying, and while the heroine, Stella, describes them in base terms such as “snatch and grab and burn”, it’s suggested that they’re not averse to using magic to track and trap witches. They’re quite mysterious and who they are and why they are hunting witches is something that will develop in the series. 

Cool, huh?:D 
Thank you so much Camilla for your insightful post!

About the author

www.camillachafer.com  

Hi, I'm Camilla and I'm the author of Illicit Magic and Unruly Magic, the first two books in the Stella Mayweather Paranormal Series. The series starts with a lonely young woman, Stella, who has been caught up in a terrifying witch hunt and is whisked thousands of miles away to what she thinks is safety to learn her craft. The series is a blend of magic, mystery and romance with a splash of humour - and while the girls really do go all out to save themselves, there's always a hunky guy or two on hand to help them out.

I live in London, UK but I try to travel as often as I can - lately I've been to Paris, all over Denmark, Luxembourg, and several US states. In my day job I'm a journalist and editor so I write for magazines, newspapers and websites throughout the world (my favourite assignment was spending a week riding rollercoasters - if you listen carefuly you can probably still hear me screaming).

About the book

Illicit Magic
May 1st 2011 by Audacious 

Goodreads blurb:

More than three hundred years after the most terrifying witch hunts the world has ever known, it's happening again.

Young witch, Stella, has to put her faith in strangers just to stay alive but she might not be any safer in their midst than from the danger she is running from.

There is more than one dark secret in her new family: Étoile’s sister is spoken of in fear and sadness; Marc is supposed to be a powerful witch but is missing his magic; where does the owner of their safe house vanish to every day and why does Evan have the eyes of someone not quite human? There is only one secret that someone will do anything to keep quiet, but whose secret is it and will Stella have to pay the price for silence?

Buy the book at:


Giveaway
Complete the form below to enter the giveaway for an e-copy of Illicit Magic by Camilla Chafer




Visit the next tour stop on Aug 1 at Readergirls  


xoxo
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July 28, 2011

Spotted: One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost Book Trailer

Hey! 


If you are a fan of the Night Huntress series and stalk Jeaniene Frost everywhere - like I do - you've probably seen by now the uber cool new trailer for the latest installment of the series, One Grave at a Time! If not, here it is: *swoon*



What do you guys think? Excited already? Oh, and Jeaniene also posted the first three chapters of the book HERE. Enjoy!

August 30th 2011 by Avon Books


The grave is one wrong step away.

 Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans' voodoo queen just keeps on giving--leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.


 Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity--forever. But how do you kill a killer who's already long dead?


*sending a silent plea to the awesome people at Leda Books to publish this series already, our Romanian peeps are seriously missing out!*

xoxo
 Deea's Signature

Spotted: One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost Book Trailer

Hey! 


If you are a fan of the Night Huntress series and stalk Jeaniene Frost everywhere - like I do - you've probably seen by now the uber cool new trailer for the latest installment of the series, One Grave at a Time! If not, here it is: *swoon*



What do you guys think? Excited already? Oh, and Jeaniene also posted the first three chapters of the book HERE. Enjoy!

August 30th 2011 by Avon Books


The grave is one wrong step away.

 Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans' voodoo queen just keeps on giving--leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.


 Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity--forever. But how do you kill a killer who's already long dead?


*sending a silent plea to the awesome people at Leda Books to publish this series already, our Romanian peeps are seriously missing out!*

xoxo
 Deea's Signature

July 27, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday 7/27

Hey!


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
*Button by Danny @  Bewitched Bookworms

I'm trying to turn my attention to adult novels, because I've been neglecting them, with all these great young adult novels coming out lately. I haven't started a new adult series in a while, so here's one I can't wait to read:

Darkness Unbound (Dark Angels #1)
by Keri Arthur
October 29th 2011 by Piatkus Books

Goodreads Blurb:

Risa Jones is as extraordinary as her heritage. Born from a lab-enhanced clone mother and an Aedh father, she can not only talk to the souls of the dying and the dead, but she can see the reapers and walk the gray fields that divide this world from the next.

They are skill she rarely uses, however, preferring to concentrate on the business she shares with her two best friends. But when her mother asks her to help the parents of a little girl locked in a coma, she reluctantly agrees. What she discovers scares the hell out of her. Because the little girl’s soul no longer resides in her body, and it wasn’t death and the reapers that took her.

Someone had ripped her soul from her flesh.

As it turns out, a creature consuming the souls of the innocent–and not so innocent–is the least of her problems.

Because someone wants to rip open the gates that divided hell from earth, and Risa is a key component in their plans.

And the only person standing between her and disaster is a reaper who isn’t exactly on her side.

It sounds pretty interesting. I haven't read anything by Keri Arthur yet, so I'm very curious about her writing style. I also love the cover! (Yup, I'm a sucker for pretty covers)

What are you waiting on?:)
xoxo
Deea's Signature

Waiting on Wednesday 7/27

Hey!


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
*Button by Danny @  Bewitched Bookworms

I'm trying to turn my attention to adult novels, because I've been neglecting them, with all these great young adult novels coming out lately. I haven't started a new adult series in a while, so here's one I can't wait to read:

Darkness Unbound (Dark Angels #1)
by Keri Arthur
October 29th 2011 by Piatkus Books

Goodreads Blurb:

Risa Jones is as extraordinary as her heritage. Born from a lab-enhanced clone mother and an Aedh father, she can not only talk to the souls of the dying and the dead, but she can see the reapers and walk the gray fields that divide this world from the next.

They are skill she rarely uses, however, preferring to concentrate on the business she shares with her two best friends. But when her mother asks her to help the parents of a little girl locked in a coma, she reluctantly agrees. What she discovers scares the hell out of her. Because the little girl’s soul no longer resides in her body, and it wasn’t death and the reapers that took her.

Someone had ripped her soul from her flesh.

As it turns out, a creature consuming the souls of the innocent–and not so innocent–is the least of her problems.

Because someone wants to rip open the gates that divided hell from earth, and Risa is a key component in their plans.

And the only person standing between her and disaster is a reaper who isn’t exactly on her side.

It sounds pretty interesting. I haven't read anything by Keri Arthur yet, so I'm very curious about her writing style. I also love the cover! (Yup, I'm a sucker for pretty covers)

What are you waiting on?:)
xoxo
Deea's Signature

July 26, 2011

The Paris Secret Blog Tour : winners!

Hey everyone!



I'm taking a short break from all the packing, cleaning etc (I'm moving out this week and it's been crazy around here lately, hence the absence on the blog) to announce the winner of my The Paris Secret Blog Tour stop. Thank you all for visiting and for your comments!:)

So, the winner of an e-copy of The Paris Secret is:
* chosen by random.org 

Julie

Congrats! You should receive your ebook from the author soon!

Visit The Paris Secret' s page at Kismet Book Touring for a list with all the other tour hosts and their winners and Angela's blog for the winner of the grand prize!

And don't forget to pick up The Paris Secret, it's really awesome!

xoxo
Deea's Signature

The Paris Secret Blog Tour : winners!

Hey everyone!



I'm taking a short break from all the packing, cleaning etc (I'm moving out this week and it's been crazy around here lately, hence the absence on the blog) to announce the winner of my The Paris Secret Blog Tour stop. Thank you all for visiting and for your comments!:)

So, the winner of an e-copy of The Paris Secret is:
* chosen by random.org 

Julie

Congrats! You should receive your ebook from the author soon!

Visit The Paris Secret' s page at Kismet Book Touring for a list with all the other tour hosts and their winners and Angela's blog for the winner of the grand prize!

And don't forget to pick up The Paris Secret, it's really awesome!

xoxo
Deea's Signature

July 22, 2011

Review: The Paris Secret by Angela Henry


The Paris Secret
by Angela Henry
Goodreads Blurb:
ebook, 331 pages
 January 17th 2011, Carina Press

Less than twenty-four hours after fleeing to Paris, Maya Sinclair is the prime suspect in a brutal murder—and targeted by the real killer. When she's viciously attacked in the gardens of Versailles, Maya barely escapes with her life thanks to sexy French journalist Simon Girard.

Simon has been investigating the mysterious death of his brother, an art forger with ties to the woman Maya is suspected of killing. Still healing from heartbreak of his own, Simon reluctantly joins forces with Maya, who has awakened feelings within him he thought long dead.

Their search for answers uncovers the existence of a secret society, and puts them on a quest to find a missing crucifix rumored to hold the key to everlasting life. Together, Maya and Simon race through Paris one step ahead of a killer who will do anything to ensure some secrets remain buried forever... 

The Paris Secret was a fantastic book that I devoured in just a few hours. The writing style was very beautiful and compelling, so I was sucked into the story from the very first pages and I loved it more and more with every turn of the page. This is definitely an unputdownable book!

After being dumped by her boyfriend, Maya flies to Paris to get over the painful break up (yes, you read that right: our main character goes in the City of Love all alone, to recover from a broken heart! How’s that for irony?) And she does that all right – but not before getting into a lot of trouble and even facing death a few times. Because as if her situation wasn’t bad enough, in just a few hours after arriving in Paris, she gets involved in a mysterious murder - for which she becomes a suspect - and gets dragged into a story full of conspiracies, history, codes and symbols and secret societies.

Everything happens because of a missing crucifix. Dangerous people are after Maya because apparently that crucifix is very important and they think she has it and the only way to get them out of her back is to actually find it. In searching for it, Maya meets Simon Girard, a hot Frenchman with green eyes and a good heart. He helps her find out more about this Moret Crucifix and the Moret Society, and travel all around Paris looking for clues and people who might know more about it. We get to meet new characters who share their amazing stories related to the mysterious society. This is one of the things I loved most about this book: the Da Vinci Code feeling, the mystery, the history of the crucifix and of all those people… The history lover in me was fascinated by all these elements and always wanted to know more! The Paris setting was wonderful! All the places Maya and Simon visited were so nicely described and vivid, that I felt like I was walking around the museums or streets along with the characters. It’s all so beautiful!

As for the love story, I liked it, but I felt like things happened a bit too quickly, like there was yet more to discover about it. I would have liked to get to know more about Simon and to see more about the development of his relationship with Maya. Then again, with all the things going on in this book, with all the action and the investigations, a very complicated and twisted love story would have been too much. But I really liked Maya as a character; it was easy to relate to her and to care about her. 

While reading this book, I felt like I was walking through a magical maze, and each turn, each new 'wall' was revealing another thrilling story and though I had no idea where was the end of it, I was in no hurry to reach it, because I just wanted to see more, to learn more, to discover a new special place, a new story, a new character... The plot was so well thought out and full of history, mystery, suspense, twists and turns… Simply amazing! I can only imagine the amount of research that went into writing this book! All the details are so well crafted and all the tiny pieces so perfectly put together! It was like all the puzzle parts were revealed bit by bit, at the right time, right place.

All in all, The Paris Secret is an engaging story, beautifully written, that draws the reader in a suspenseful, exciting and very interesting journey through Paris; the romance combined with intrigues, mystery and history elements in a The Da Vinci Code style promises to keep the reader captivated until the very last page. I would love to see this book made into a movie!




4.5 Stars: I loved it! Read it ASAP!

*Review based on the e-copy of the book I received from the author as a Tour Host, in exchange of my honest opinion. 

Sorry for the delay guys! *blush* But don't forget that you still have time to enter the contest for an e-copy of The Paris Secret and for the grand prize pack until tomorrow HERE!

 xoxo
 Deea's Signature

Review: The Paris Secret by Angela Henry


The Paris Secret
by Angela Henry
Goodreads Blurb:
ebook, 331 pages
 January 17th 2011, Carina Press

Less than twenty-four hours after fleeing to Paris, Maya Sinclair is the prime suspect in a brutal murder—and targeted by the real killer. When she's viciously attacked in the gardens of Versailles, Maya barely escapes with her life thanks to sexy French journalist Simon Girard.

Simon has been investigating the mysterious death of his brother, an art forger with ties to the woman Maya is suspected of killing. Still healing from heartbreak of his own, Simon reluctantly joins forces with Maya, who has awakened feelings within him he thought long dead.

Their search for answers uncovers the existence of a secret society, and puts them on a quest to find a missing crucifix rumored to hold the key to everlasting life. Together, Maya and Simon race through Paris one step ahead of a killer who will do anything to ensure some secrets remain buried forever... 

The Paris Secret was a fantastic book that I devoured in just a few hours. The writing style was very beautiful and compelling, so I was sucked into the story from the very first pages and I loved it more and more with every turn of the page. This is definitely an unputdownable book!

After being dumped by her boyfriend, Maya flies to Paris to get over the painful break up (yes, you read that right: our main character goes in the City of Love all alone, to recover from a broken heart! How’s that for irony?) And she does that all right – but not before getting into a lot of trouble and even facing death a few times. Because as if her situation wasn’t bad enough, in just a few hours after arriving in Paris, she gets involved in a mysterious murder - for which she becomes a suspect - and gets dragged into a story full of conspiracies, history, codes and symbols and secret societies.

Everything happens because of a missing crucifix. Dangerous people are after Maya because apparently that crucifix is very important and they think she has it and the only way to get them out of her back is to actually find it. In searching for it, Maya meets Simon Girard, a hot Frenchman with green eyes and a good heart. He helps her find out more about this Moret Crucifix and the Moret Society, and travel all around Paris looking for clues and people who might know more about it. We get to meet new characters who share their amazing stories related to the mysterious society. This is one of the things I loved most about this book: the Da Vinci Code feeling, the mystery, the history of the crucifix and of all those people… The history lover in me was fascinated by all these elements and always wanted to know more! The Paris setting was wonderful! All the places Maya and Simon visited were so nicely described and vivid, that I felt like I was walking around the museums or streets along with the characters. It’s all so beautiful!

As for the love story, I liked it, but I felt like things happened a bit too quickly, like there was yet more to discover about it. I would have liked to get to know more about Simon and to see more about the development of his relationship with Maya. Then again, with all the things going on in this book, with all the action and the investigations, a very complicated and twisted love story would have been too much. But I really liked Maya as a character; it was easy to relate to her and to care about her. 

While reading this book, I felt like I was walking through a magical maze, and each turn, each new 'wall' was revealing another thrilling story and though I had no idea where was the end of it, I was in no hurry to reach it, because I just wanted to see more, to learn more, to discover a new special place, a new story, a new character... The plot was so well thought out and full of history, mystery, suspense, twists and turns… Simply amazing! I can only imagine the amount of research that went into writing this book! All the details are so well crafted and all the tiny pieces so perfectly put together! It was like all the puzzle parts were revealed bit by bit, at the right time, right place.

All in all, The Paris Secret is an engaging story, beautifully written, that draws the reader in a suspenseful, exciting and very interesting journey through Paris; the romance combined with intrigues, mystery and history elements in a The Da Vinci Code style promises to keep the reader captivated until the very last page. I would love to see this book made into a movie!




4.5 Stars: I loved it! Read it ASAP!

*Review based on the e-copy of the book I received from the author as a Tour Host, in exchange of my honest opinion. 

Sorry for the delay guys! *blush* But don't forget that you still have time to enter the contest for an e-copy of The Paris Secret and for the grand prize pack until tomorrow HERE!

 xoxo
 Deea's Signature

July 13, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday 7/13

Hey!


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Button thanks to Danny @ Bewitched Bookworms

Here's my special sequels edition:

Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire #2)
by Courtney Allison Moulton
Goodreads Blurb:
Winter 2012 by HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books

Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined.

Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.

She’s been warned.

Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself.

She’ll be betrayed.

Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay.

I've already talked about this book, I can't wait to read it! Ellie seems pretty fierce on the cover, I have a feeling there's going to be a lot of kickassery (I know that's not a word LOL) in this sequel. AND I am kind of intrigued by this Cadan guy.

Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2)
by Aimee Carter

Goodreads Blurb:
April 2012 by Harlequin Teen

Kate Winters has won immortality.

But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it.

Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry’s first wife, Persephone. 

Whoa! Persephone! I definitely didn't see that one coming when I finished The Goddess Test! So this should be interesting! Is it 2012 already?!
*This is not the final cover, but I guess it's pretty close to it and I love it!

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2)
by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads Blurb:
 December 6th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

Wow! That's a long synopsis! I guess there's a lot going on in this book (hello, we're talking Cassandra Clare here!) and I'm dying to know what happens! And I miss Will!:D

As a side note to my Romanian fellows, the first book in this series, The Clockwork Angel, should be published by Leda Books soon (check out their website, I think it's already available for pre-order) so make sure you pick it up, because it's amazing! You're going to love it, I promise!:D

What are you waiting on?
xoxo
 Deea's Signature

Waiting on Wednesday 7/13

Hey!


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Button thanks to Danny @ Bewitched Bookworms

Here's my special sequels edition:

Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire #2)
by Courtney Allison Moulton
Goodreads Blurb:
Winter 2012 by HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books

Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined.

Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.

She’s been warned.

Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself.

She’ll be betrayed.

Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay.

I've already talked about this book, I can't wait to read it! Ellie seems pretty fierce on the cover, I have a feeling there's going to be a lot of kickassery (I know that's not a word LOL) in this sequel. AND I am kind of intrigued by this Cadan guy.

Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2)
by Aimee Carter

Goodreads Blurb:
April 2012 by Harlequin Teen

Kate Winters has won immortality.

But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it.

Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry’s first wife, Persephone. 

Whoa! Persephone! I definitely didn't see that one coming when I finished The Goddess Test! So this should be interesting! Is it 2012 already?!
*This is not the final cover, but I guess it's pretty close to it and I love it!

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2)
by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads Blurb:
 December 6th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

Wow! That's a long synopsis! I guess there's a lot going on in this book (hello, we're talking Cassandra Clare here!) and I'm dying to know what happens! And I miss Will!:D

As a side note to my Romanian fellows, the first book in this series, The Clockwork Angel, should be published by Leda Books soon (check out their website, I think it's already available for pre-order) so make sure you pick it up, because it's amazing! You're going to love it, I promise!:D

What are you waiting on?
xoxo
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