Novellas Weekend Part One: Through Glass Episodes Four & Five

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It’s been several months since I read Through Glass for the first time, back before it was a serial novella, when it was just one brilliant book. Through Glass was my first Rebecca Ethington book and since then I’ve been hooked. If you’re looking for my review on Episodes 1-3 they’re compacted in this single review because I did not read them as novellas –> Through Glass

If you haven’t read episodes 1-3, this does contain some SPOILERS.

4 STARS

Plot: 

Lex and Travis have just escaped Abran and the compound that houses Azul and what may well be monsters that haunt the dark world they are now thrust into. They must get to Blood Rose before Abran does something that will change the world forever. If only nothing stood in their way. 

-via Goodreads

PROS:

  • When I finished reading this, I thought that not much happened. At first, because these are so short it’s easy to plow right through and be itching for more and think that so little happened but when you really sit down and think about it, it’s remarkable how much has happened in so little time.
  • Some really significant things happen in episode four but the most compelling in not only the discovery of a change in the Ulama but Travis and Lex finally have it out, they express their emotions, their hurt, and a real reunion and remembrance takes place. Lex and Travis’ relationship is slowly but surely rebuilt from the ashes and their interactions become easy and teasing. It’s uplifting and real.
  • The bleak descriptions, Lex’s internal dialogue, her insecurities and her yearning for Cohen and her horror at what he might have become are a heartbreaking glimpse into her character. Lex is coming to terms with what may be happening to her body as a result of the Ulama and it is traumatic but she’s so brave.
  • Travis. You finally get a good look at the feels behind Travis’ tough visage. Inside, Travis was forced to grow up fast and is filled with so much love, despite his stubbornness.

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4 STARS

Plot: 

Lex and Travis have walked into a house, a house that became a maze, a maze that has now become a prison. They stand in the dark behind the door that is now their only security from the Tar outside. The Tar that are keeping them from their destination, from reaching Cohen and from stopping Abran from the dark deeds he has planned.

-via Goodreads

PROS:

  • The ending. You will never see it coming and it changes EVERYTHING. Just when you thought this story couldn’t get darker, you’ll be swept away into a world of sinister and deadly possibilities.
  • Intensity. Heart-stopping, chilling, seat gripping insanity. The sheer amount of danger, the panicked rush of fear for their lives it’s all so incredibly well done. You know that moment, in a horror film when you’re consumed by a weird combination of dread and hope, as the killer stalks towards the place when the main character is hiding, shaking in terror. THAT. Exactly that and it’s fantastic. If you’re looking for something thrilling and quick, this is it.
  • The children in the house. The sense of apprehension and distrust, the suspicion, and shock at seeing survivors is written so well. The whole situation is so sad.
  • The descriptions are creepy, fueled by death and darkness. There are several profound statements about this new reality that pose questions about the nature of humanity, about how we see people, and how easy it is to dismiss people after we’ve labeled them.
  • Lex is a fighter, she refuses to give up and struggles to maintain her sense of morals and humanity in such a mess up, death-filled world.

CONS:

  • I never know how to rate novellas, they’re just so short and these seem shorter than usual. Other than the length, these are wonderful installments in the Through Glass series.

If you like the following, you’ll enjoy this:

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Pleasant reading,

-BB

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Kiss of Fire Book Trailer Reveal


Kiss of Fire
by Rebecca Ethington

Joclyn Despain has been marred by a brand on her skin. She doesn’t know why the mark appeared on her neck, but she doesn’t want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won’t let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to.
The scar is the reason she is being hunted.

If only she knew that she was.

If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her. Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air.

Joclyn attempts to find some answers and the courage to follow her heart. When Ryland finds her scar; only he knows what it means, and who will kill her because of it.

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Author Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Rebecca_Ethington
Amazon author: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009ZNTLPS
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/rebecca-ethington
Website: http://www.rebeccaethington.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebeccaethington.author
Twitter: @RebEthington

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Kiss of Fire FB: https://www.facebook.com/KissofFireMovie
Kiss of Fire Twitter: https://twitter.com/KissofFireMovie

About the Author:

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Rebecca Ethington is a story teller and author from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then in stage with years of theatrical performances. Rebecca’s first stint into the world of literary writing, The Imdalind Series, was released in October 2012 and since its release each book has been found in several top 100 lists on Amazon. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her crazy family.

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Kiss of Fire Blurb:

Joclyn Despain has a scar. In fact, it is almost like a brand on her skin. She doesn’t know why it appeared on her neck, but she doesn’t want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won’t let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to.
The scar is the reason she is being hunted.
If only she knew that she was.
If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her. Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air.
Joclyn attempts to find some answers and the courage to follow her heart. When Ryland finds her scar; but he knows what it means, and who will kill her because of it.

Buy links, Kiss of Fire:
Amazon Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Kiss-Fire-Imdalind-Series-ebook/dp/B009ZF5SLM/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kiss-of-fire-rebecca-ethington/1113727795
Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Kiss-of-Fire/book-oySrjbyN7kqTqUmgiKoNiw/page1.html
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17280547-kiss-of-fire

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Eyes of Ember Blurb:

Joclyn is in hiding, hunted by the man she still desperately loves. Ryland is gone, his mind erased; no memory of Joclyn remains, but Joclyn’s heart desperately begs her to hold out hope. Meanwhile the black-eyed monster that possesses him attempts to kill her over and over again.

If it wasn’t for Ilyan, Joclyn would be dead by now.

Ilyan, the man who once stalked her, is now Joclyn’s protector, the only person she has left. He protects Joclyn from the men who seek to end her life, and all the while, she is haunted by dreams where Ryland begs her to break the bond between them.

Ilyan is there. Always there.

Ilyan trains and prepares her, teaching her everything she needs to know in the hope that one day she can avenge Ryland, if not protect herself from him.

And then, there is her father.

The man who has never been there is suddenly responsible for everything. And who he is has made Joclyn into something she never wanted to be:

The Silnỳ.

Check out my Eyes of Ember Review!

Buy Links, Eyes of Ember:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Eyes-Ember-Imdalind-Series-ebook/dp/B00C7RR28M/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1365433960&sr=1-2
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eyes-of-ember-rebecca-eithington/1115026792?ean=2940016776385
Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Eyes-of-Ember/book-HRGBgGh5P0-DTJJiByUPNQ/page1.html?s=FJ2GQHb3L0acaFe-OdpKPQ&r=1
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17304097-eyes-of-ember

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Scorched Treachery Blurb:
While Joclyn is trapped in the tormenting hell of Cail’s mind, the battle around her only continues to grow and spread.
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Edmund has infiltrated the underground hallways of Prague, guiding the massacre that would end the lives of the last of the great magical race. In her attempts to stop him, Wynifred has been captured and her magic restrained. Chained up in the ancient dungeons of Prague, her fate is left in the hands of her father, who has tried to kill her before.
With Ryland’s screams and Sain’s fragmented sights as her only company, Wyn must rely on something that has been hidden deep inside of her for centuries to help them break free.
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Ilyan’s whole life has been building up to one purpose. Protect the Silnỳ. He knows what he must do, and he has no doubt in his ability to do so.
But when his father’s magic removes Joclyn’s mind from her body, he is left protecting the shell of the one person he loves. Desperate to find a way to break her free of her prison, he makes a choice. And that one choice changes everything.
Now, Ilyan finds himself bound to Joclyn in a way that he never knew to be possible. They say that blood is thicker than water, but Black Water burns, and Ilyan’s heart may not be strong enough to keep the water pumping through his veins and give the girl he loves back into his brother’s care.
Even if he can, it may not be safe to do so.

Buy Links, Scorched Treachery:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/15o4cKI
Barnes and Noble : http://bit.ly/1586q10
Kobo: http://bit.ly/158zC89
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17874494-scorched-treachery

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Soul of Flame Blurb:
The Time for the final battle has come.
Edmund’s armies have surrounded the Rioseco Abbey, trapping the few survivors inside. The sight that Ilyan was given a thousand years ago is about to come to pass.
If only Joclyn was able to fight.
Joclyn is tormented by the hallucinations that Cail’s mind has left her with, her magic an uncontrollable torrent that even Ilyan cannot control. Her moments of lucidity are broken by fears of dripping pipes and bleeding walls, and a desire to kill Ryland that she is having trouble trying to ignore.
The sight has shown her power, shown her success, but it has also shown her death – The end of her life something she is not quite willing to give up on yet.
Even past her death, the sight has shown her love, and that love may be the only key to her sanity, to her strength, and to Edmund’s death.
That love may stand in her way, and a single choice may tip the scales and secure their future, or destroy their fate.

Please check back for my Soul of Flame review on MARCH 4th!

Buy Links Soul of Flame:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IHHLDIQ
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00IHHLDIQ
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/soul-of-flame/id795258318?mt=11
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/soul-of-flame-rebecca-ethington/1118140766?ean=2940045561600
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/soul-of-flame

Reading order: Kiss of Fire (1), Eyes of Ember (2), Scorched Treachery (3), Soul of Flame (4)

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Through Glass Blurb:

Everyone remembered the day the sky went black. The day the sun was wiped from the sky. They remember the wind as it brought in the darkness; the way the earth shook and everything changed.

Everyone remembered the screams as the darkness ate those who were out in the open, those who had surrounded themselves by light, and those who made noise.

Everyone remembered the voice from the sky and the way food disappeared.

At least, that’s what I hoped. I hoped that there was an ‘everyone’ that would remember because I am not sure how many are left, how many survived. Or if anyone did.
I hoped that I wasn’t alone.
I remembered that day.
I remembered because it was the day I became alone.
It was the day that everything was perfect until the monsters took it away. Then the house went silent and the birds stopped singing. It was the day when everyone disappeared, everyone except the boy, the only person I have seen in two years.

The boy I talk to through the glass.

Check out my Through Glass review!

Buy Links, Through Glass:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1dyvNhb
Barnes and Noble : http://bit.ly/15mG68g
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/through-glass
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17985164-through-glass

Happy reading guys,

I already read everything and each and every book is fantastic!  I hope you enjoyed the trailer!

-BB

Midweek Update and News

Alright guys, it’s been a while but some exciting things are starting! TODAY yes, dear readers, writers, fellow bloggers, today is the start of the fall YA Scavenger Hunt!!!!!!!!! For those of you who are on Eastern time like me, it starts at 3! For those of you who haven’t participated before here’s what’s up:

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The YA Scavenger Hunt is exactly what it sounds like and so much more. Firstly, the hunt is split in 3 teams, the Red, Blue, or Gold teams. Each team consists of several YA authors and links to their posts. At each stop (think epic blog tour) there are snippets, chapters, interviews, and GIVEAWAYS GALORE! It’s fun, it’s book nerdy, and only lasts for a few days so you’ve got to be quick. Each post contains the favorite number of the author hidden in the post (usually it’s color coordinated) and after you get all the numbers for their respective team you add them up and submit your entry form. You can only submit once for EACH team so make sure your math is right, double check! If you’re as bad as me, you might want to check 3 or 4 times. Oh but wait, in addition to giveaways and awesome extras on each post, the grand prize for each color is 60, yes, SIXTY signed YA books. If you want a chance at adding a couple bookshelves to your bookcase, get on this!

Here is the link –>YA Scavenger Hunt

There are also instructions and hints if you are stuck in the hunt.

On October 24, I will be participating in my first ever blog tour!

I’m sorry that I’ve been slacking but I truly endeavour to improve immensely this weekend. Grad school sucks guys, it’s really time-consuming and just massive amounts of reading, not the fun kind either!

Alright, on to more pleasant news!

TONIGHT The Vampire Diaries is BACK and The Originals premieres!!!!!

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For those of you who like my weekly bookish article finds, I have several this week:

Happy reading everyone, I promise to be better!!!

P.S. Who is loving Peter Pan and the Lost Boys on Once Upon a Time?

-BB

ARC Review: Through Glass-Rebecca Ethington + Release Day Blitz Post

4/5 Stars

Through Glass (The Glass, #1)-Rebecca Ethington

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I had chosen to cover my walls with memories. Cohen had chosen to cover his walls with his future. The future he had hoped for. In every single one of his dreams, he and I were center stage.

Paintings, sketches, crudely drawn finger paintings; one after another covered his walls. They bled into each other as they faded and swirled; one wish, one future, one into another. I looked at each one as my vision threatened to cloud over and the emotion touched my eyes, tears threatening to break free.

I saw the two of us holding hands on a pier, a broken down carnival surrounding us. The two of us lying together in a bed as we laughed. His lips against mine as we sat beneath a blackened sky with a dozen twinkling lights above our heads. My body, on the wall where he had pushed his bed up against, my eyes looking into the air in front of him, staring into the exact spot where he had lain.

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I didn’t feel anything. I didn’t care.

Except I did.

I cared about her. She was all I could think about. So much had been taken away from me, however as the light burned into me, the brightness scarring my brain, she was still there.

Her smile, the fiery red color of her hair, the way she tasted when I kissed her. The way my fingers moved when I painted her. 

Alexis.

Plot: Alexis thought all of her dreams were finally coming true, at 17 she received her acceptance to her first choice university, had a wonderful home life, good friends, and would have the next four years to try to kindle romance with her childhood best friend and crush Cohen. On the day everything changed, Alexis finally mustered the courage to cross the friend zone, taking a risk, and kissing Cohen. When he kissed her back it felt like everything was perfect and was suddenly coming together just the way she wanted it. Exhilarated, breathless, and dizzy with the aftereffects of that life-changing kiss, Alexis hurries up to her room to get changed for their first date, looking across the way through her window into Cohen’s bedroom. He’s there, longingly smiling at her through the glass when his lazy, happy grin turned into outright horror. Alexis tried to see what terrified Cohen but it was out of her line of sight. One by one the lights were cut, leaving the world in complete darkness, the sun dimmed, seeming to disappear behind a black cloud of ash. Swirling bits of darkness fell from the sky like black rain, a rain that fascinated and seemed to call her neighbors from their homes out into the street, eager to touch the magical black specks. Alexis was just about to open her window and give into the temptation when Cohen’s grandfather touched the black mass and a creature formed out of the droplets. A horrifying black beast with razor-sharp golden talons, jagged feathers, a hulking, muscular body that leaked and seeped darkness simultaneously creating it and one with it. The creature lifted its talons and slashed, cutting grandpa Cohen until all that was left after the attack was a white pile of ash. Confused and scared out of her mind, Alexis doesn’t know where to turn and her hopes sink when she realizes that the window between her and Cohen was the closest they’d be able to get. Alexis fears for her family, cries for the loss of life as she knows it, and is quickly struck my an acute pain in her head that shoots white light behind her eyes. It’s a broadcast from the creatures. They call themselves the Ulama and they have a set of rules that must be followed should the humans want to survive. They must stay in the house, be absolutely silent, and eat the food given to them. The Ulama arrive in packs after the message, destroying each house so that all food, all sources of light, of memory are destroyed, ripped to shreds. Alexis and Cohen learn to live this way, hunkering to be together yet forced apart by the space between their two windows and the strange, deadly creatures. Through Glass is about survival against all odds, about terrible choices, hopes, dreams, and becoming more that you thought was possible in the face of oppression.

PROS:

  • Watching an artist work has never been so sexy. Cohen is gorgeous, sensual, charming, funny, and so deliciously tempting. The scenes between him and Alexis are rife with steamy sexual chemistry that ignites right off the page. The build up of their relationship though short is unbelievably powerful and perfectly paced. These two are meant for each other, like two pieces of a beautifully puzzle they fit so well that you will be overwhelmed with feels. Embrace it, love it, it’s fantastic.
  • The suspense is brilliantly written, every single moment is fueled by mounting tension that will wind you up and have you bracing yourself for impact. The clicks on the stairs, the slow, sinister approach of the Ulama is so terrifying and full of anticipation that will have you flipping like mad through the pages just to see what happens.
  • Alexis is a bold, strong, determined, heroine. She takes charge and though she is afraid, she is willing to fight to the death for survival. She’s crafty, savvy, and able to survive the ruthless hunting of the Ulama, braving the darkness, fighting against their mental manipulation to save herself and the man she loves. Plus, her fashion sense is ridiculously awesome. I had the strongest urge to draw her. Camo, leather, a superhero shirt, and steel-toed boots, she’s a complete bad ass.
  • The utter loneliness, and yearning for human touch, how Cohen and Alexis stare at each other through the window, communicating through silence with sign language, unable to touch, to kiss, to hold one another is heartbreaking. The emotion is poignant, and creates a genuinely heart-felt connection with the characters.
  • Action-packed, filled with just enough mystery to keep you on your toes, and guessing throughout the story.
  • The Ulama are complex, gruesomely described, dangerous creatures straight out of your worst nightmares.

CONS:

  • Some of the descriptions and word choices are a little repetitive.  There was an overuse of the word “the” as a sentence starter. Stylistically there should have been more variety in sentence structure.
  • The explaination for the creation of the Ulama, their release, and the subsequent events that led to the black out was too short and should have been expanded on in-depth. A couple of sentenes wasn’t enough and was more confusing than anything.

If you liked any of the following you’d probably enjoy this:

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Here is some more information:

Title: Through Glass
Author: Rebecca Ethington
Release Date: September 20, 2013
Genre: NA Dystopian with Sci-Fi and Romance
Everyone remembered the day the sky went black. The day the sun was wiped from the sky. They remember the wind as it brought in the darkness; the way the earth shook and everything changed.Everyone remembered the screams as the darkness ate those who were out in the open, those who had surrounded themselves by light, and those who made noise.Everyone remembered the voice from the sky and the way food disappeared.At least, that’s what I hoped. I hoped that there was an ‘everyone’ that would remember because I am not sure how many are left, how many survived. Or if anyone did.I hoped that I wasn’t alone.

I remembered that day.

I remembered because it was the day I became alone.

It was the day that everything was perfect until the monsters took it away. Then the house went silent and the birds stopped singing. It was the day when everyone disappeared, everyone except the boy, the only person I have seen in two years.
The boy I talk to through the glass.

About Rebecca Ethington
Rebecca Ethington has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then in stage with years of theatrical performances. The Imdalind Series is her first stint into the world of literary writing. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. She was born and raised in the mountains of Salt Lake City, and hasn’t found the desire to leave yet. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her amazing family.

Pleasant reading,

-BB

Mid-Week Update and News

So guys it’s been a week and trust me it’s been a busy one. It’s unfortunate that my weekly school reading is so time-consuming but learning about Balkan politics and totalitarian regimes is sort of useful, right? I know I’m a day late on the mid-week update but I have some news and exciting things to share with you. As you know I’m very behind on reviews, I promise I will catch up on some this weekend. So, if you were looking for the reviews on Insignia or Kiss of Fire don’t worry they’re coming!

As I’m sure you have noticed I’ve been on an ARC trend lately and I love, love, love it. I hope you can tell that I really enjoy reviewing books and sharing my thoughts with you. I know that sometimes I can be tough but I really feel like honesty and integrity are the best policies.

Tomorrow Rebecca Ethington’s new book Through Glass will be available for purchase and I am participating in the release day blitz. I’m currently working on the review and it will definitely be posted tomorrow. I am so grateful when I receive ARC’s and to explore and experience these new books before they’re released. It’s really cool and a great way to promote something you enjoyed.

About Through Glass:

If you like dystopian and creepy science fictiony creatures this is definitely for you. It’s a love story, an exploration of dealing with loss, finding strength to carry on, and to muster the courage within yourself to fight oppression and be your own savior. It’s wonderful. For the review check back tomorrow!!!

Upcoming reviews:

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Great book related news stories this week:

If you have any suggestions or review requests don’t hesitate to email me!

Happy reading,

-BB