Point-Of-Two: Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

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Title: Tiger’s Curse

Author: Colleen Houck

Series: The Tiger Saga #1

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

Format: Published January 11th 2011 by Sterling

Source: Own copy; Bought in Book Sale

“The dangerous one was Ren. Innocent though the white tiger he appeared to be, he was a compelling predator. Utterly irresistible — like a Venus flytrap. So alluring, so tempting, so deadly. Everything he did was seductive and possibly hazardous to my health.”

The Summary:

Passion. Fate. Loyalty.

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.

Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

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Erika’s POV: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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Title: Ruin and Rising

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Series: The Grisha #3

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Format: Published June 17th 2014 by Henry Holt and Co

Source: Own copy; bought in National Bookstore

“He watches her the way Harshaw watches fire. Like he’ll never have enough of her. Like he’s trying to capture what he can before she’s gone.”

The Summary:

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

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Bookish Adventures: Tahereh Mafi, Ransom Riggs and Veronica Rossi’s Book Signing Tour

Throwback to our very first book signing! 04/26/14

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Erika: We’ve been looking forward to this event since we knew about it, so before the day (April 26) arrived we planned what time we would be there so we could be first in line. We were saying that we should arrive at around 7:30am to 8am– for sure we would be in front of the line because the mall doesn’t even open till 10am.

Miedjel: SUPER EXCITED!!!

Erika: We woke up 6am (which kind of sucks because it’s summer for us and I slept at around 3am so I only had 3 hours of sleep but the adrenaline was pretty much pumping which was the reason I was able to look alive the whole day)

Miedjel: Yeah, I slept around the same time and I agree the only reason I was still walking was the adrenaline but the looking alive part I’m not sure… I think I was just a walking zombie. In case you didn’t notice, I’m not a morning person.

Erika: I know, Miedjel. I know… When we arrived, our worst nightmare happened. The line was so freaking long!

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Erika’s POV: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Eleanor & Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Series: Standalone

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Format: Published June 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Source: Own copy; bought in Barnes and Noble

“I just meant that… I want to be the last person who ever kisses you, too… That sounds bad, like a death threat or something. What I’m trying to say is, you’re it. This is it for me.”

The Summary:

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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Point-Of-Two: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: The Assassin’s Blade

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Format: Published March 4th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Source: Own copy; bought in Fully Booked

“This girl wasn’t like wildfire – she was wildfire . Deadly and uncontrollable. And slightly out of her wits.”

The Summary:

Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom’s most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin’s Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.

When Celaena’s scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes—and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn’s orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn’s clutches—and if they fail, they’ll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives…

A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers listeners a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling—and deadly—world.

Included in this volume:

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord
The Assassin and the Healer
The Assassin and the Desert
The Assassin and the Underworld
The Assassin and the Empire

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