The thoughts of a girl...

The thoughts of a girl...


Pledged Excerpt Three: Meet Caleb & Talitha

Posted: 10 Aug 2012 10:00 PM PDT

Over the past week I have been posting excerpts from Pledged by Gwynneth White, which is the first book in The Soul Wars Saga. I will be reviewing it in September, when it becomes available for everyone!

Here is the final excerpt! I hope you've enjoyed the rest!

Meet Caleb and Talitha...

Erin flicked her hair behind her ear and watched Caleb straighten his clothing. He took a deep breath and entered the hut. They followed right after him, drifting through the closed door as if it didn't exist. Seth laughed, holding his hand up to Erin for a high-five – until he noticed that Caleb's Gefallen had also wafted into the cabin with them. Even though he had no idea how to defend Erin from a ghost, he stepped in front of her to protect her. But the wraith ignored them and sailed over to Caleb.

A tall, blonde-haired girl with almond-shaped brown eyes was waiting for Caleb. For Erin, the recognition was instantaneous; it was Talitha. "She's so beautiful!"

"She's okay," Seth replied, looking her over critically. "But I don't think Caleb's here for her looks."

"What's that supposed to mean?"

"You said yourself that Caleb's a good-looking guy. I bet he could have any girl he wants around here."

Erin frowned; then she smiled as understanding dawned. "So, in guy-talk, you're saying he loves her?"

Seth chuckled as he picked up Erin's hand and put it on his heart. "Tell me what you're feeling?"

Erin gasped at a disconcerting pulse thrumming in Seth's chest, over-riding his own heartbeat. "It's . . . no . . . It's not possible."

"I'll bet it is. It's Caleb's heart beating."

"How do you know it's him? It could be Talitha."

"It started the moment I saw him. It's like it's there to stop me denying that he and I were once friends. And I was watching Talitha when he walked in. She smiled, and it felt as if someone had just shot a thousand volts through him."

"It's amazing you're so connected that you can feel him."

Seth wasn't so sure he agreed; it made being here just a little too real.

Erin felt her own heart and could faintly discern Talitha's heartbeat; it was nowhere near as strong as the thump in Seth's chest, but then, she figured, she wasn't in denial the way he was.

They fell into silence as Caleb opened his arms to embrace Talitha. She draped her arms around his neck, twisting the dark curls tumbling onto his shoulders. He kissed the nape of her throat and ran his lips up her neck, over her chin to her mouth.

"This is awkward," Erin murmured, looking away.

"You don't say. All this way just to watch them making out."

I'm so excited to review this book for you guys! 
Look out for my giveaway later on this week! 

My Friday Finds #7

Posted: 10 Aug 2012 08:37 AM PDT

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. It showcases the books you 'found' and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (They aren't necessarily books you purchased).


It's said love can change a person. Medusa wasn't always a monster...
Medusa is ruled by duty, to her Titan father and the Goddess Athena. She's no room for the tenderness her warrior guard, Ariston, stirs. When Olympus frees her from service, her heart leads her into the arms of the guard she loves... and curses her as the creature with serpent locks. Ariston goes to war with a full heart... and dreadful foreboding. He learns too late of the danger Medusa faces, alone, and a Persian blade sends him into the Underworld. But death, curses, nor the wrath of the Gods will keep him from returning to her.
Poseidon will use Greece's war to get what he wants: Medusa. He does not care that she belongs to another. He does not care that she will be damned. He is a God, an Olympian, and she will be his. 

Hannah can't wait to sneak off for a romantic weekend with her boyfriend, Colin. He's leaving for college soon, and Hannah wants their trip to the lake house to be one they'll never forget. But once Hannah and Colin get there, things start to seem a bit...off. They can't find the town on any map. The house they are staying in looks as if someone's been living there, even though it's been deserted for years. And Colin doesn't seem quite himself. As he grows more unstable, Hannah worries about Colin's dark side, and her own safety. Nothing is as perfect as it seems, and what lies beneath may haunt her forever.

Yesterday's Daughter is an emotionally laden vampire romance novel woven with layers of betrayal, love and loss. Grace Stone, who later learns her true identity is Sapphira, is a loner who survives abuse in the foster care system after being abandoned as a child.
A brilliant student, she escapes from her brutal foster parents as a teenager and creates a life for herself. But, her life is little more than existence; plagued with questions about what she really is, a family that she has never known and the never-ending need to keep her differences hidden. She is alone and lonely, believing it will always remain so until Malachi appears in her life. Malachi, a Guardian of the vampire communities, has searched for his life mate, Sapphira, for decades. He refuses to cease searching for Sapphira even though she is believed dead by all. Conflict arises over the decades between Malachi and his family because of his refusals to accept another mate. But his very soul drives him on to continue his search, knowing that he could not exist if Sapphira were not in the world, somewhere. 

Yesterday's Daughter is an emotionally laden vampire romance novel woven with layers of betrayal, love and loss. Grace Stone, who later learns her true identity is Sapphira, is a loner who survives abuse in the foster care system after being abandoned as a child. 
A brilliant student, she escapes from her brutal foster parents as a teenager and creates a life for herself. But, her life is little more than existence; plagued with questions about what she really is, a family that she has never known and the never-ending need to keep her differences hidden. She is alone and lonely, believing it will always remain so until Malachi appears in her life. Malachi, a Guardian of the vampire communities, has searched for his life mate, Sapphira, for decades. He refuses to cease searching for Sapphira even though she is believed dead by all. Conflict arises over the decades between Malachi and his family because of his refusals to accept another mate. But his very soul drives him on to continue his search, knowing that he could not exist if Sapphira were not in the world, somewhere.

Please link your Friday Finds below, I love discovering new books!


Austentatious by Alyssa Goodnight - Review

Posted: 10 Aug 2012 08:39 AM PDT


The Synopsis - In this quirky, sexy novel set against the lively, music-filled backdrop of Austin, Texas, a young woman learns that romance can wreak havoc with even the best laid plans... It started innocently enough. While browsing in one of Austin's funky little shops, Nicola James is intrigued by a blank vintage journal she finds hidden among a set of Jane Austen novels. Even though Nic is a straight-laced engineer, she's still a sucker for anything Austen-esque. But her enthusiasm quickly turns to disbelief once she starts writing in the journal-because somehow, it's writing her back...

Miss Nicola James will be sensible and indulge in a little romance. 

Those twelve tiny words hit Nic like a thunderbolt, as if her diary was channeling Austen herself! Itching for a bit of excitement, Nic decides to follow her "Fairy Jane's" advice. The result: a red-hot romance with a sexy Scottish musician who charms his way into Nic's heart in about five seconds flat. Sean MacInnes is warm, funny, and happens to think Nic is the most desirable woman he's ever met. But a guy like Sean doesn't exactly fit into her Life Plan. With no one but Fairy Jane to guide her, Nic must choose between the life she thought she wanted-and the kind of happy ending she never saw coming...

The Cover - After reading the book, this cover is so different to what it could have been! I suppose it goes back to that whole "magic in the real world" kind of thing though... Maybe a more "magical" cover would have been childish. But I do love the layout, and the choice of colours. It really puts me in mind of the Texas heat! 

The Review - Honestly, I'm not usually a fan of modern day Austen adaptions. Austentatious is one of the very few that have excited me lately, so I decided to read it as part of the Austen in August challenge. This book is also one of the first that I've read that have been set in Texas. I'm a lover of all things Southern, and Texas is sort of Southern, right? So I was actually pretty excited to see this book at my local library. And having finished it, I am definitely happy that I did decide to give it a go!

Austentatious is a contemporary romance with a slightly supernatural twist. I love the whole idea behind this story; after all, who hasn't dreamed of owning a diary that gives you love advice from Jane Austen herself?! Amazing! I love me a some magical realism, and this book had it in spades.

Set in Austin, Texas, the self-proclaimed city of weird, this novel tells the story of Nicola, who has all but given up on the idea of spontaneous, passionate love. Unsurprisingly (to the reader, that is) Nicola's love life unexpectedly heats up when she begins to follow the advice of her magical diary, and meets Sean, a sexy Scot who is every woman's dream! The romance between these two did feel slightly rushed to me, but I loved their funny, interesting interactions, and the way that Sean really lets his emotions show. This definitely made a change for me, as in most of the romances I've read it's the woman baring her heart, and not the other way round.

What I expected to be another predictable, slightly fluffy Austen adaption turned out to be a modern, magical love story that kept me entranced from beginning to end. This was a quick read for me, but one that was so much fun! Light and romantic, this is the perfect chick lit novel to sit back with on a warm summer's day. Austentatious is a sweet story, and one that ending with the perfect opening for a sequel, which I would love to read!

Such a delightful book! 4 Roses!



I really loved this quote from the book, so I thought I'd share it with you all...