Wednesday, December 28, 2016

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY (December 28): Characters to Invite to My NYE's Party!!


Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top characters I'd invite for my super-awkward New Year's Eve party.


5. Fred and George Weasley: 'Harry Potter'

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They'd cause so much mischief and chaos, they'd know how to make a boring party hella fun!

4. Magnus Bane: 'Shadowhunters'

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Another glittery, sparkly wizard who would cause so much mischief. Also, we'd throw so much shade towards everyone else. It'd be hilarious; he and Effie would also get along really well and throw shade together lol.

3. Rose Hathaway: 'Vampire Academy'

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Rose would tear up that party no matter what, literally and/or figuratively! Especially if she found anyone making fun of anyone she cared about. She'd get along with Fred and George Weasley, as a matter of fact.

2. Isabelle Lightwood: 'Shadowhunters'

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Isabelle would show all the girls and boys who's boss!! Plus, she knows Magnus, so they'd be fabulous together. 

1. Alice Cullen: 'Twilight'

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Alice and Magnus would fight and curse each other out about decorations, food, lighting, and anything to do with the party itself. It'd be amazing!! 

So those are my choices to invite to my NYE party. I'd love to know yours in the comments below!

Also, my family is coming over for the holidays, so if I don't post as often, that's why. I hope you all have a lovely and safe holiday! ♥


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Thursday, December 22, 2016

PROMO POST: 'THE SILVER KEY' by Elena Schauwecker @thesilverkey1



The Silver Key
by Elena Schauwecker
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: December 6th 2016
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Summary from Goodreads:

“If those bad guys—Meladyne—if they have this Key, they will . . .?”
“Unlock the greatest power in all the universe and enslave every man, woman, and child on this planet, destroying the earth and all life as you know it; there will be nowhere to go but Meladyne. Then they’ll leave the Sunolians, the spirits, and all the magical creatures here to die.”
Alyssa pulled the Key out of her pocket and held it up. “Unless I protect this little thing?”
“Yes.”
Alyssa McCaw is a normal fourteen-year-old girl, perfectly happy with her life. But when one little key falls into her hands, her whole world is turned upside down. She suddenly finds herself whisked into a world full of the one thing she never would’ve thought possible: magic. At first, it appears to be a beautiful thing. But as Alyssa and her sister soon discover, magic, like all things, has a dark side. When her best friend Hazel is taken captive by a land of dark magic, it is up to Alyssa and her friends to rescue both Hazel and the world.
A classic tale of light versus dark, this book will pull you into a universe of love, betrayal, and, most of all, magic.

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Alyssa: Willow Shields (Prim from The Hunger Games)

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Bella: Cailey Fleming (Young Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

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Ricky: Ryan Potter (Voice of Hero Hamada from Big Hero 6)

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Hazel: Katherine McNamara (Clary Fray from Shadowhunters)

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Marvalonna: Sofia Vergara (Gloria from Modern Family)

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY #30: Santa Baby, Slip These Books Under the Tree for Me


Hosted by Jamie, Jana and Lauren of BrokeandBookish.com, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that presents top ten lists on Tuesdays that promotes favorite bookish themes.

This week's theme:

December 20: Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree (or non-book bookworm items)
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10. Fangirl
by Rainbow Rowell

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

"Touching and utterly real." —  Publisher's Weekly


9. To All the Boys I've Loved Before
by Jenny Han

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

8. A Pound of Flesh
by Sophie Jackson

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Orange Is the New Black meets Jennifer Probst's New York Times bestselling Marriage to a Billionaire trilogy, featuring a strong-minded prison tutor who discovers that her sexy bad-boy student is far more than he appears to be.

Haunted by nightmares of her father’s street murder fifteen years ago, Kat Lane decides to face her fears and uphold his legacy of helping others by teaching inmates at a New York prison. There she meets arrogant Wesley Carter, who’s as handsome as he is dangerous, as mysterious as he is quick-witted, and with a reputation that ensures people will keep their distance.

As teacher and student, Kat and Carter are forced to leave their animosities at the door and learn that one should never judge a book by its cover. As Carter’s barriers begin to crumble, Kat realizes there’s much more to her angry student than she thought, leaving them to face a new, perilous obstacle: their undeniable attraction to one another. 


7. Wendy Darling: Seas
by Colleen Oakes

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Wendy Darling: Seas finds Wendy and Michael aboard the dreaded Sudden Night, a dangerous behemoth sailed by the infamous Captain Hook and his bloodthirsty crew. In this exotic world of mermaids, spies, and pirate feuds, Wendy finds herself struggling to keep her family above the waves. Hunted by the twisted boy who once stole her heart and struggling to survive in the whimsical Neverland sea, returning home to London now seems like a distant dream—and the betrayals have just begun. 

Will Wendy find shelter with Peter’s greatest enemy, or is she a pawn in a much darker game—one that could forever alter not only her family’s future but also the soul of Neverland itself?


6. I'm Judging You
by Luvvie Ajayi

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Comedian, activist, and hugely popular culture blogger at AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi, serves up necessary advice for the common senseless in this hilarious book of essays

With over 500,000 readers a month at her enormously popular blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi has become a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture. I'm Judging You is her debut book of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives—from the cultural importance of the newest Shonda Rhimes television drama to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma's wake on Facebook. With a lighthearted, rapier wit and a unique perspective, I'm Judging You is the handbook the world needs, doling out the hard truths and a road map for bringing some "act right" into our lives, social media, and popular culture.


5. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
by Sarah Ockler

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SOMETIMES, THERE ARE NO WORDS...

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d'Abreau was destined for stardom - until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can't sing. She can't even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend's invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse's home in the Caribbean isn't: an ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry - except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy - insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He's also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn't treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother, Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove's high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn't the only thing making waves, though - swept up in Christian's seductive tide and entranced by the Cove's charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn't what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who's best known for breaking them... 
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Sorry this list is so short, again. My family is coming by for the holidays, so I'm a little short on time. But I'd love to know some books you hope for Santa to leave on your Christmas tree in the comments below. 

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY (December 14): Series That Got Worse with Each Book/Season


Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes Series That Got Worse with Each Book/Season:

December 14th - Series That Got Worse with Each Book/Season 
I opened this topic up to TV as well (which T5W is always open to by the way if you can't think of book answers), but I think this topic is especially good for books and TV. What series started out strong but got increasingly worse with each book? 


5. Empire

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I may or may not get in trouble for this one because I cover the show for TV After Dark, another blog I write and livetweet for. But even I admit that the show hasn't been that great anymore since season 2. When I first watched the show back in 2013, I was so excited to see my queen Taraji P. Henson get her big break as Cookie! And Terrence Howard playing the powerful bastard Lucious fit in so well with the story. The three sons, Andre, Jamal and Hakeem, all had their own personal issues but when they came together, they made some badass music! The music kept me watching the show for this long, because it just kept getting better. But now that we're in season three, this season has been very slow and they leave the most exciting parts at the last five minutes of the episode. Hopefully, if Empire gets picked up for season four, the producers and writers will rely less on shock and awe and give Rhonda (Andre's dead wife) a freaking funeral already!

4. Once Upon a Time

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When this show first aired, I was so excited to see all of my favorite Disney characters from my childhood come on screen. Plus, they had a built-in family story, which I had found very interesting. The first two seasons of OUAT were really good, but then around season five, where Emma went dark, was when the show started to become boring and ridiculous. I haven't watched it at all recently, but my mom sometimes watches it lol. I don't think she pays much attention to the details, though. 

3. Divergent

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Ok so I know a lot of people say that Divergent was the worst series that got increasingly worse with each book, but I think only the second and third books were bad. The first book was great; I loved how Veronica took this ordinary girl from a normal faction and turned her into a warrior when she crossed over to Dauntless. But then after Tris' parents died, it's like she turned into this revengeful, hateful, selfish person who was only out to kill Jeanine. And she didn't even kill Jeanine; Four's mom did!! So she died for nothing!! Stupid!! And don't even get me started on Allegiant. Anyway.......I could go on and on about books 2 and 3, but if they were executed the way book 1 was, I would have liked it more. 

2. Vampire Diaries

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Another show that started out in a spectacular way, but then got continuously worse when they killed off Katherine, abandoned Klaus (but now he has his own spin-off show, The Originals, which I've heard is very good), and kept screwing poor Bonnie over. Bonnie is one of the fiercest witches in Mystic Falls, and she kept having to save people who didn't deserve it, especially Elena. I watched the last season right before actress Nina Dobrev left the show, and haven't looked back since. 

1. Mockingjay

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While I didn't hate this book as much as a lot of people did, it just made me super sad in the end. With all of the deaths, war, diabolical politicians, Presidents Snow and Coin, the insufferable Katniss-Gale-Peeta love triangle (even though she was always going to be with Peeta in the end), Mockingjay just made me lose the taste for dystopian societies in YA. 

So those are my books and TV shows that went downhill with each book/season. I'd love to know your choices in the comments below!


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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY #29: Most Anticipated 2017 Reads (First Half)


Hosted by Jamie, Jana and Lauren of BrokeandBookish.com, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that presents top ten lists on Tuesdays that promotes favorite bookish themes.

This week's theme:

December 13:  Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017

It's pretty self-explanatory, so let's go on ahead to what books I'm looking forward to from January-June 2017:

10. How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life
by Lilly Singh (IISuperwomanII)
Release date: March 28, 2017

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I just recently got into watching Lilly's videos on Youtube, and I think she's hilarious! She has so many relatable videos about herself as a woman of color in comedy, plus it's inspiring to see how she went from suffering from depression to one of the most successful Youtubers of the next generation. I can't wait to see what stories and advice she has in her debut guide book. 

9. The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

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I haven't heard of Angie Thomas but I do know how crucial the Black Lives Matter movement has been in the black community. So I'm intrigued to see how Angie uses fiction to illustrate a real moment in time. Also, it counts as an #OwnVoices book because both the author and main characters are from the same cultural background; they understand each other and what they need to do to live freely. 

8. Our Own Private Universe
by Robin Talley
Release date: January 31, 2017

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I don't know much about this book, but I find the synopsis to be really cute. And bisexual representation isn't a topic I haven't read yet. I've read LGBT books before, but this would be my first bi book. 

Sorry that this list is so short. I really didn't anticipate many books in those six months, besides all the good books I'm looking forward to are in the later months of 2017. Also, a lot of books I haven't read yet have come out already. 

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Friday, December 9, 2016

BLITZ TOUR: 'UNFORGIVING' by Alisic Adnan | Xpresso Book Tours


Unforgiving
Alisic Adnan
Publication date: January 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
12 years after surviving horrific massacre, 15-year- old Meho commits ruthless murders and sets in motion the event which could change the world order.
The murders are followed by the trial of the century, where media vilifies Meho as a psychopath, mass murderer, and a monster — all under the influence of FBI, who are trying to conceal the identity of the victims and protect the National Security.
The only person who believes that Meho is innocent is his 10-year-old brother Bucky, who will turn heavens and earth to free Meho. After learning the truth, Bucky is devastated, but not all things are as they seem, and the truth will be revealed at the very end.


Author Bio:
After witnessing terrible war atrocities, Adnan Alisić escaped from Bosnia and came to Phoenix, Arizona where he became a successful businessman. Entangled in a gambling addiction, he was forced to execute this sensational casino heist. He can be reached at Alisic.adnan6@gmail.com or www.AlisicAdnan.

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I  tower  above  the  Monster,  Glock  in  my  hand.  In  his  evil  eyes  I  see defeat.  A moment ago, he accepted his destiny and stopped talking.  Now  he remembers who I am.

Suddenly,  the  door  bursts  open  and  a  swarm  of  armed  shadows  storms inside.

“Drop your gun!” several of them scream simultaneously. 

“Please help me,” Monster pleads weakly. “Please save me.”

Armed shadows advance toward me, their guns ready to shoot.  There  are screams,  blood,  and  chaos  all  around  me,  but  I  feel  so  peaceful.  Finally,  I will  fulfill  the  promise.  My  heart  beats  steadily  as  I  glance  around  and absorb  my  surroundings.  I  count  six  guns  pointed  at  me,  and  I  know  very well  what’s going  to happen after  I  pull  the  trigger. Staring  into  Monster’s eyes,  I  silently  say  la  ilaha  illa  Allah,  squeeze  the  trigger,  and  for  a  brief moment,  I  watch  his  head  explode  into  tiny  particles  of  blood  and  brain, before darkness swallows me whole.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY (December 7): Books I Finally Want to Read in 2017




Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes Books I Want to Finally Read in 2017. 

These are those books you meant to read in 2016 or 2015 or 2014 and never got around to. Those books that have been sitting on your TBR for a while, and you really want to get to. These aren't upcoming 2017 releases; these are older books that need your love too!

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5. The Sun is Also a Star
by Nicola Yoon

I've been wanting to read this book for awhile, since everybody is reading it, I want to too!! 

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? 

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4. Shadow and Bone
by Leigh Bardugo

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy.

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3. An Ember in the Ashes
by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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2. Eclipse the Flame
by Ingrid Seymour

I still can't believe I haven't read the sequel to Ignite the Shadows yet!! Although I liked the first book, I didn't love it, but I was still interested in the story and what happens next. So I hope to get to this in 2017 soon.

In the new world of The Takeover nothing and no one will be safe. Marci must choose: love or vengeance.

One night she secretly follows her lover to a club. To her horror she discovers those closest to her, mingling freely with parasitic creatures which have secretly possessed human minds. A bloody ambush follows, leaving Marci a shadow of her former self.

Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious attacks. Ignite, the only resistance group, is disintegrating. As the world catches fire, Marci struggles to control the buzzing spectres in her own head.

Her hardest battle is between the forces of good and evil within herself. For Marci must fight. She was meant to burn.

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1. Duplicity
by Kristina M. Sanchez

I've been wanting to read this for awhile. I've been friends with and following Kris' fanfiction works for years. I even have all of her originals, but I've never had the chance to read them. Now I feel like Duplicity has been calling my name for awhile now, so I hope to get to it within the next year. 

In Lilith Callicotte’s profession, being able to indulge in a little fantasy was a plus. Not much that came out of her pretty little mouth was real, but then again, what did her rich, playboy clientele care about truth? Lilith made lying more than an art – it was her life. But as lies often go, it only took one client asking too many questions for everything to unravel.

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So those are my top 5 books I'd love to read in 2017. I'd love to know your choices in the comments below!

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Monday, December 5, 2016

COVER REVEAL: 'SERAPHINA'S INITIATION' by Sheena Hutchinson



As I was really excited to share Sheena Hutchinson's first cover for Seraphina's Awakening, I'm even more excited to share the cover for the sequel, Seraphina's Initiation!! It's so beautiful and blue and deep. It has a haunting feeling to it, as well, which fits the mood of the series. 

See the official cover below:

Seraphina’s Initiation
Sheena Hutchinson
(Seraphina, #2)
Publication date: February 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Seraphina Cross is unexpectedly thrown into this crazy, spiritual world of Angels versus Demons.
Never did she expect to meet Nate who was just a figment of her imagination. Now she finds herself moving in with him because of her innate responsibility to protect her loved ones from harm.
Finally beginning to feel at home in her new house and with her new relationship. Nate begins training Sera in all that she can do, surprising even himself at times.Just when she is starting to feel safe and powerful, Lucifer finds a new way to attack her at her most vulnerable.
When her dreams are no longer a gift, can Sera control the powers needed to defeat what’s coming before Lucifer fulfills his promise to her?
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Author Bio:
Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, even her writing can't seem to hide her hard sarcasm. She claims destiny has lead her back to her true passion for writing.
She constantly strives to be a positive role model and writes stories that empower and inspire. Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after.
While God is currently still writing her love story, she continues to put all her effort into her writing as she is constantly getting new inspiration.
For more info, updates, and fun facts visit her website at www.SheenaHutchinson.com

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