Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday [44]: ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES BY JENNIFER NIVEN


So lets start with my Waiting on Wednesday. I love doing this meme every Wednesday. "Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're anticipating.

THIS WEEKS BOOK I'M EAGERLY WAITING FOR IS...


Title: All the Bright Places
Authors: Jennifer Niven
Published Date: January 6th, 2015
Publisher: Knopf
Pages: 384
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The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this compelling, exhilarating, and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

WHY I'M WAITING...

I saw this on Netgalley but kinda just skipped it, not because the cover was unappealing but because I didn't think it was young adult. Normally I don't pick sad books (oh the FEELLSSS). I was checking my email yesterday and saw that Bec from Readers in Wonderland had reviewed it(you should really go read it and no I was not payed in any way to sponsor this advertisement XP I just love there site). So I checked it out and after reading and seeing the gifs, I needed to get my hands on this! ;_; it comes out in January but I don't know if i can hold it!!

WHAT DO YOU THINK? HAVE YOU HEARD OF SOME BOYS? LIKE THE COVER? WAITING FOR IT TO COME OUT?
LEAVE ME YOUR WOW'S IN THE COMMENT'S! AS ALWAYS <3 YOU ALL - LISSETH ^3^
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday chat: What happened?

AHHHHHH!!!! Where have I gone? Where has my passion for books gone? I seriously wished I had the energy and the time to blog again. I really don't want to quit but it seems that way as time passes. Sometimes I just wonder: Why do people follow me when I have nothing to post? Why am I reviewing? Why own and run a blog? UGH SO MUCH WORK! I'm tired.

I know a lot of people must feel like this. I know I should post, but if I'm not feeling it then I won't. Working on a computer all day doesn't work either because it makes me less enthusiastic to blog at all. I really have good ideas and memes to make but they just end up staying in my head. It's already November and the end of 2014 is near. I haven't even FINISHED a YA book in a LONG time. I really wished I could but they just all sound the same or have a very similar plot to the ones before it.

Maybe I'm just moody but I think it had to do more with the introduction of E-books. I remember once upon a time I had to actually walk to get to the library and then i would spend hours on the YA section, which back in 2009 was just one composed of like 10 bookshelves. I remember the wonder of reading a summary to a book that was new, different,feeling the crisp pages, smelling that new/old book smell. It was just a magical time back then.

I remember my first YA book, it wasn't actually UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld, since to me it placed in the "kid" section. It was actually City of Bones by Cassandra Claire. I honestly picked it up on an impulse, it was just SO SHINNY! I literally grabbed it took it home and then realized there was a half naked guy on the cover X_x I had to actually hide it because if my dad saw it I WAS DEAD. That book really sucked me in, I hadn't read any angel books and this one introduced me to the nephilim. It was such an intriguing world that the characters just seemed to jump out of the page.

That kind of wonder is what I'm missing today. Maybe I just grew up, maybe the world changed, maybe blogging changed. All I know is that blogging and reading have changed for me. I still read but nowadays its more adult romance than YA. Even NA didn't get me interested too long. Everything has been done by now in YA, there's just no new things and if there were please let me know in the comments. I really want to blog again but it's just so hard. I might pick up YA again, since that was the genre that started my bookish love but until then I don't know where the blog will go. I don't want to shut down but it's such a lonely, friendless road right now...I just want to be like these new bloggers, who have amazing reviews.

Also I really dislike the 5 star review system, I'm going to go back to the way i wrote reviews from the start. No flowery words, no filler sentences, just pure honest feelings, no hiding behind a bush complaints. It's going to be new again and I'll work, if you'll help me. I really can't be here without all of you. Also less giveaways, there awesome but I don't want to be a blog that has followers just for the giveaways.

Sorry if I vent a bit but I had to get it out so I can continue with this blog. I'm starting a new one, not focused on YA, and I want it to work out. I'll post about it when I have it done. Until then LOVE YOU ALL. Really I don't want to quit! If you've felt like me or just want to give me a word of encouragement, PLEASE leave me a comment. Thank you all for waiting for me and not leaving. I'll start again, you'll see. I just needed time and now it's back to the game of blogging :) Until next time, I'll be off reading somewhere! BYE ^3^

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Monday, November 3, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Creed by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie [REVIEW + GIVEAWAY]

HEY EVERYONE!! Hope you're all doing okay, it's getting pretty cold out there >.< but no better way than to get warm with a nice book, right? So I know I've been neglecting the blog but I'll come back just have some faith in me :) Today I'm taking part in the blog tour for CREED, keep reading for my review and a giveaway. Click the banner above to follow the tour and as always comment!! <3

ABOUT THE BOOK:


Title: Creed
Authors: Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie
Published Date: November 11th, 2014
Publisher: Flux
Format: ebook
Genre: YA / Thriller / Horror
Source: review via Netgalley
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Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.

When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.

But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town's inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife.

Elijah's son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear.

Normally I don't read horror but when I read the summary for Creed, I don't know it just intrigued me so much. I HAD to read it and after reading it, it was so worth the read. As I said I'm not much of a fan of the genre but I did end up enjoying the thrill. I was glad that they all made it out alive (I mean in movies only one comes out) but as it said in the summary, there was a price.

Now, I really liked that the story took me through a lot of mental benders, normally i would stop because I couldn't take the suspense but in this book i really just wanted to plow through and know what was going to hit me next. I liked the characters but overall i didn't connect with them much. I understood there situation and felt bad for them but not much I can relate to. One thing I LOVED was that at the beginning we can get a picture that Dee came from a hard childhood and man, i wish Dee's story of overcoming that and finding love would be it's own novel because it so deserves one.

As I was saying this book was a thrill and the ending was a bit open but that just means we can make our own conclusions, which let me think and I love it when a book makes my head work ;) This was also my first book with crazy clan-like leaders and even though he was made whacked out, i think I like these kinda books now :) Overall I ended up enjoying this book. I would definitely recommend this if you like thrillers, mind twisters, and horror. This is a great ook to read on a cold, wintry night with a nice cup coffee. So 3 gorgeous roses from me!

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:



Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather excitable black lab. (He is actually half dalmatian so that could explain a bit of the excitability.) She's spent most of her childhood living inside her own mind, creating characters and stories that only a child's imagination could dream up. Trisha now spends her days breathing life into those characters, writing realistic fiction for young adults.

FIND MORE ON HER: WEBSITE | TWITTER | GOODREADS | FACEBOOK | BLOG



Lindsay Currie lives in Chicago, Illinois with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids, and one adorable, but irreverent Bullmastiff named Sam. She graduated from Knox College in the heart of the Midwest and has been writing for as long as she can remember. Today, Lindsay is an author of young adult and middle grade fiction. She is a proud member of SCBWI, The Horror Writers Association, The YA Scream Queens and OneFourKidLit, a community of authors with debuts upcoming in 2014. Her debut novel, CREED (co-authored with Trisha Leaver), releases from Flux on November 8, 2014. Her second co-authored novel, HARDWIRED, releases from Flux in Fall of 2015. She is represented by Kathleen Rushall, of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Any inquiries regarding her work should be sent to her attention.

FIND MORE ON HER: WEBSITE | TWITTER | GOODREADS | FACEBOOK | BLOG



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Sunday, September 28, 2014

MV REVIEW: "Don't Touch Me" by Ailee [에일리 손대지마]

So this is something new to the blog and i'll be doing a music review with my sister at least once a week. Up first this week is Ailee's music video for "Don't Touch Me". Check out the video below. Then keep reading to see my verdict and plenty of gifs :D


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Rebellion by J.A. Souders [Plus INT Giveaway]

Oh yeah, this cover is KILLER! Today J.A. Souders and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for REBELLION, book 3 in the Elysium Chronicles releasing on June 5, 2015! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win the books!

NOW ONTO THE REVEAL...

Title: Rebellion
Author: J.A. Souders
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication date: June 9th, 2015
Series: The Elysium Chronicles #3
ADD ON GOODREADS & Check out Books 1 & 2 below [Linked to goodreads description]

So no official summary for the book yet so the cover is all for now. I read, reviewed, and LOVED Renegade. If you want to read it, click here. I haven't read book 2 yet but i have a copy. I just love the covers for all of the books in this series, they go well together, and go with the story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



J.A. Souders is the author of the Elysium Chronicles and lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and two children where she spends her time writing about the monsters under the bed, day dreaming about living in an underwater colony, and failing miserably at playing video games.

FIND MORE ON HER: WEBSITE | TWITTER | GOODREADS | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST | BLOG

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

1 winner will receive physical copies of RENEGADE AND REVELATIONS plus the eNovellas. And ASK AGAIN LATER by Liz Czukas. If you have J.A.s books already, she will do an amazon or book depository gift card of the same value. International.

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A few changes on the blog...and an update > >

Do you hear that...silence. It's been quiet around here, I've really been busy. I actually work now, go to school, AND go to church. It's pretty crazy being me right now. I LOVE being busy and just living, believe me I haven't been this happy with life since High School. Even though I never spoke about this I was REALLY depressed and it affected my life and this blog. Reading and blogging became a chore, I admit it, but that time in my life is over.

I'm ready to start over. I started reading again, not as many YA books anymore but more NA and adult books. So changes, I'll be adding adult reviews to the blog, I'll keep it clean :) I'll also be expanding the blog, since it's my little home on the net, I'll be posting reviews, discussions, spotlights on a whole slew of things; like fashion, beauty, music, I can't really just post books anymore because it does get boring to me, sorry *don't throw tomatoes at me* but I always wanted to expand and have tried but never could commit to it.

I'm actually surprised that I've been blogging so long because most of the things I do I can't stick with but blogging did. I've also been meaning to open a youtube channel and now I am with my sister, so if you want to check that out, click here, it's called M&N and it's also going to be an eclectic channel like this blog :) So it'll have books, music, fashion, and other interesting things.

Yeah so that's where I am and what I'm doing, I've thought about changing the name too but decided not to because Read-A-holicZ is my baby and it's close to my heart. So even though it won't be 100% books, i'll still keep the name. Hopefully you don't all leave me T_T Because to me everyone of you are special and when you comment it makes my heart happy. So I hope to hear from all of you all soon and know that I LOVE YOU!

That's it! Do you like the changes to the blog? Excited for them? Like the new design?
Let me know in the comments below, as always, much love - lisseth
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

RELEASE DAY LAUNCH: Iron Pendulum by Megan Curd [+ A GIVEAWAY]

So happy to share about a series I LOVE, i reviewed the FIRST BOOK here and now I get to spotlight book #2! Check it out and don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY at the end. Also leave me some comment love ^3^.

NOW ONTO THE POST...


Title: Iron Pendulum
Author: Megan Curd
Publisher: Self-pub
Publication date: August 28th, 2014
Series: Periodic #2
Pages: 285
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Six months ago, Avery thought the world ended outside Dome Four. Thought she was one of the few of her kind. Thought the war that brought the human race to the brink of extinction was over.

But six months can change everything.

After fighting to escape a tyranny she didn't even know existed, Avery has had to come to grips with all the secrets she's uncovered. But more secrets continue to come to light, revealing how little of her world she truly knew. When evidence starts to show that Dome Four might be under siege, Avery knows what she must do.

Returning to the dome she longed to escape is a challenge for Avery, but now she knows there’s corruption lurking in the shadows. A massive steam shortage leaves half the dome without power, and people are falling ill. Dying.

And they’re blaming Avery.

Six months can change everything. One more month could kill everyone. The clock is ticking.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Megan Curd is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While having always enjoyed reading any books she could get her hands on, Megan didn’t begin writing until a friend encouraged her to do so while in college.

When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Photography, traveling and snowboarding are hobbies she loves, and she doesn’t turn down the opportunity to play xBox with her brother and friends when it presents itself.

Megan currently resides in Ohio with her husband and son, where she is trying to convert them into Buckeye fans.

FIND MORE ON HER: WEBSITE | TWITTER | GOODREADS | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST

EEEKKKK!!! ITS FINALLY HERE, MY FEELS EXPLAINED BY BTS's JIMIN. SO HAPPY XD

NOW FOR THE *drum roll* GIVEAWAY!

**ENDS AUGUST 30th!**

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BOOK BLITZ: Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver [PICTURE EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!]

Hey everyone sorry for the silence but pretty busy here, but just wait,i'll be back, with tons of awesome. For now, check out the EXCERPT below and don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY at the end. Also leave me some comment love ^3^ and click the banner above to see the entire blog tour schedule.

NOW ONTO THE POST...


Title: Dead Girl Walking
Author: Ruth Silver
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Publication date: April 25th, 2014
Series: Royal Reaper #1
Pages: 416
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Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret.

A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered.

Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper.

She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers.

Her greatest adventure begins with death.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of Aberrant. The Young Adult/New Adult Romantic Dystopian Adventure, Aberrant is the first in a trilogy, released April 17th, 2013. Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication.

While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.

Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA/NA novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She also enjoys photography, traveling and of most of all writing.

FIND MORE ON HER: WEBSITE | TWITTER | GOODREADS | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM

PICTURE EXCERPT:

Just putting text on here all the time is pretty dull, so i decided to make an image teaser, enjoy!

NOW FOR THE *drum roll* GIVEAWAY!

**ENDS SEPTEMBER 1st!**

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BLOG TOUR: Maid of Deception by Jennifer McGowan [EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY]

Hey everyone sorry for the silence but pretty busy here, but was asked to take part in this great tour. So check the EXCERPT below and don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY at the end. Also leave me some comment love ^^

NOW ONTO THE POST...


Title: Maid of Deception
Author: Jennifer McGowan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication date: August 26th, 2014
Series: Maids of Honor #2
Pages: 416
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Love may be the most dangerous weapon of all.

Beatrice Knowles is a Maid of Honor, one of Queen Elizabeth I’s secret protectors. Known for her uncanny ability to manipulate men’s hearts, Beatrice has proven herself to be a valuable asset in the Queen’s court—or so she thinks. It has been three weeks since the Maids thwarted a plot to overthrow the Queen, and Beatrice is preparing to wed her betrothed, Lord Cavanaugh. However, her plans come to a crashing halt as rumors of a brewing Scottish rebellion spread among the court.

Beatrice’s new assignment is to infiltrate the visiting Scottish delegation using her subtle arts in persuasion. The mission seems simple enough, until the Queen pairs Beatrice with the worst of the lot—Alasdair MacLeod. Beatrice cannot help but think that the Queen is purposefully setting her up for failure. But Alasdair could be the key to unlocking the truth about the rebellion...and her heart. Caught in a web of ever ­more­ twisting lies, Beatrice must rise up among the Maids of Honor and prove what she’s known all along: in a court filled with deception and danger, love may be the deadliest weapon of all.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer McGowan was born in Ohio, grew up in Montana, and studied in Paris. She fell in love with the Elizabethan era as a college student and is now an unrepentant scholar of that period, happily splitting her time between the past and present.

An RWA Golden Heart Award winner and multiple finalist, Jenn is the author of the Maids of Honor series, which currently includes Maid of Secrets (2013), the novella A Thief Before Christmas, and the forthcoming novel Maid of Deception (2014).

She lives and writes in Ohio, and you can connect with her online at JenniferMcGowan.com, find her on twitter via @Jenn_McGowan, or visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferMcGowan.

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EXCERPT: NOT AT MY WEDDING!

I stepped into the long aisle and held my head high. It was total perfection, and all according to a plan I’d labored to bring to light for the past ten years. Finally I would be married. Finally I would be respected. Finally I would be …

Safe.

We moved forward with the elegance due our rank and station in the Queen’s court, and I craned my neck this way and that, taking in the congregation that had filled Saint George’s to bursting. My gaze moved along one thick knot of admirers and over to another—many of them relatives of mine or my lord’s, but some who were nobles, even courtiers from other lands. There were Cecil and Walsingham, stiff in their proper garments. There was Rafe de Martine and the grinning band of Spaniards. There was even Lord Brighton, Sophia’s intended, who stood a bit nervously next to a serenely lovely woman I did not recognize.

And all of them were looking at me.

I nodded graciously in the midst of their open stares and bright eyes. I felt beautiful, suddenly, with my pink-gold dress, my blond hair piled up in an impossibly ornate coiffure pinned with pink roses and bits of white lace, my eyes and mouth touched delicately with careful paints. Within my chest my heart swelled until it seemed almost twice its proper size, the smile on my face now completely unabashed. I was getting married!

The whole of the court seemed to beam back at me, sharing my joy. I glanced past a particularly gorgeous nobleman I didn’t recognize, in a blue silk doublet and a short cape. Despite myself I hesitated, favoring him with a nod even as my heart fluttered a bit in my breast at the roguish glint in his eye.

That glint seemed vaguely familiar, but surely I would have remembered this young man. He was tall and fierce, with the kind of arrogance that would make him a liability in any court, particularly ours. Had the Queen invited him? Elizabeth was always looking for ways to surround herself with new men. I shook myself, realizing I was staring, but I couldn’t quite tear my eyes away. Nerves, I decided.

Then the young man grinned back at me, his gaze dropping quite obviously to fix on the moderately deep V of my wedding gown as it plunged between my breasts. I knew that look. I knew that leer. And I almost stumbled in my stride.

I wrenched my gaze away, grateful now for the near murderous grip my father had on my arm as I strode ahead, poleaxed.

This was what Meg and Jane had been grinning about, and why they’d been so eager to escort my mother into the chapel. This was what Anna and Sophia had known but had dared not tell me. This! Alasdair MacLeod was at my wedding!

NOW FOR THE *drum roll* GIVEAWAY!

**$25 Gift Card Amazon or B&N (winner’s choice) and a Grand Prize “Queen for a Day” Spa Kit!**
**ENDS SEPTEMBER 16!**

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Friday, August 1, 2014

BOOK BLITZ: Branded (Sinners #1) by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki [EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY]

I'M BACK!!! Hey everyone I'll "officially" be back starting next week but wanted to post before then. I'll also come with many goodies to give away so don't forget to stop by this week and comment ;) Check the EXCERPT here below and don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY at the end. Also leave me some comment love ^^

NOW ONTO THE BLITZ...


Title: Branded
Author: Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication date: June 25th, 2014
Series: Sinners #1
Pages: 324
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Fifty years ago The Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society.

To punish the guilty, he created the Hole, a place where sinners are branded according to their sins. Sinners are forced to live a less than human existence in deplorable conditions, under the watchful eye of guards who are ready to kill anyone who steps out of line.

Now, LUST wraps around my neck like thick, blue fingers, threatening to choke the life out of me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit, and the Hole is my new home.

Constant darkness. Brutal and savage violence. Excruciating pain. Every day is a fight for survival.

But I won’t let them win. I will not die in the Hole. I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter. My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.

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EXCERPT: CHAPTER 1

I’m buried six feet under, and no one hears my screams.

The rope chafes as I loop it around my neck. I pull down, making sure the knot is secure. It seems sturdy enough. My legs shake. My heart beats heavy in my throat. Sweat pours down my back.

Death and I glare at each other through my tears.

I take one last look at the crystal chandelier, the foyer outlined with mirrors, and the flawless decorations. No photographs adorn the walls. No happy memories here.

I’m ready to go. On the count of three.

I inhale, preparing myself for the finality of it all. Dropping my hands, a glimmer catches my eye. It’s my ring, the last precious gift my father gave me. I twist it around to read the inscription. Picturing his face forces me to reconsider my choice. He’d be heartbroken if he could see me now.

A door slams in the hallway, almost causing me to lose my balance. My thoughts already muddled, I stand waiting with the rope hanging around my neck. Voices I don’t recognize creep through the walls.

Curiosity overshadows my current thoughts. It’s late at night, and this is a secure building in High Society. No one disturbs the peace here—ever. I tug on the noose and pull it back over my head.

Peering through the eyehole in our doorway, I see a large group of armed guards banging on my neighbors’ door. A heated conversation ensues, and my neighbors point toward my family’s home.

It hits me. I’ve been accused and they’re here to arrest me.

My father would want me to run, and in that split second, I decide to listen to his voice within me. Flinging myself forward in fear, I scramble up the marble staircase and into my brother’s old bedroom. The door is partially covered, but it exists. Pushing his dresser aside, my fingers claw at the opening. Breathing hard, I lodge myself against it. Nothing. I step back and kick it with all my strength. The wood splinters open, and my foot gets caught. I wrench it backward, scraping my calf, but adrenaline pushes me forward. The voices at the front door shout my name.

On hands and knees, I squeeze through the jagged opening. My brother left through this passage, and now it’s my escape too. Cobwebs entangle my face, hands, and hair. At the end, I feel for the knob, twisting it clockwise. It swings open, creaking from disuse. I sprint into the hallway and smash through the large fire escape doors at the end. A burst of cool air strikes me in the face as I jump down the ladder.

Reaching the fifth floor, I knock on a friend’s window. The lights flicker on, and I see the curtains move, but no one answers. I bang on the window harder.

“Let me in! Please!” I say, but the lights darken. They know I’ve been accused and refuse to help me. Fear and adrenaline rush through my veins as I keep running, knocking on more windows along the way. No one has mercy. They all know what happens to sinners.

NOW FOR THE *drum roll* GIVEAWAY!

**One (1) winner will receive a digital copy of BRANDED by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki (INT)**
**One (1) winner will receive a physical copy of BRANDED by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki (US/Canada)**
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