Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Gold (Bandia #2) by Talia Vance + Featured Freebie

Gold (Bandia, #2)

Descended from an Irish demigod, Brianna has fled to Ireland to escape destruction at the hands of her sworn enemies, the Sons of Killian. Taking refuge at the estate of her former nemesis, Austin Montgomery, Brianna discovers a rift in time that opens to an era before the feud began.

Wrestling with her newfound feelings for the more innocent Austin, Brianna begins to wonder if she can alter the past. But when Brianna and Austin learn that the Sons are raising an army of mythical beasts, the pair will need to use their magical strength in the present to avoid a tragic end.

My Rating: 5 Roses
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Did you hear that? That was the sound of my mind being blown. This book was so amazing, just as good as the first! So unexpected and unpredictable. Loved it!

Whatever I expected from this book, it was torn apart within the first chapter. This book takes us in a new direction. At the end of Silver, a tenuous peace existed between Brianna and the Sons. But, it was obvious that it wasn't going to last long. In Gold, Brianna has to run from the Sons' wrath after being blamed for something she didn't do. And, when she does, new revelation change the game and the stakes are upped. Everything that was great in book one was even better in book 2. 

Brianna proved herself strong in Silver. In this book, she reaffirms that multiple times over. She faces terrifying odds, the threat of death from several fronts, and still manages to handle them all. I appreciated that, despite being in a sucky situation, she didn't mope about or bemoan her fate. She accepted her lot and dealt with it. She was utterly awesome. I loved her character in this book.

When I read the summary and saw that Austin was being brought back as a love interest, I was not surprised but I was wary. After how he acted in the first book, it was clear that he had feelings for Brianna, however twisted they might be. But, I was worried that a love triangle would turn out to be an annoyance. It turns out, I didn't need to worry.

Austin was charming in book one. Let's be honest, even if he was the antagonist, he was still able to win our hearts, at least a little. In this book, we see him without the taint of him being the antagonist. *Swoon* He was utterly amazing. He was so sweet and, though he had unconventional ways of showing it, he would do anything to protect the girl he loved. Does he get the girl? I won't tell. You'll have to read and find out for yourself :) But, I will say that after that ending that totally shattered my heart and I'm dying to read book 3 so that I can find out what happens with Austin. 

What were you thinking?!?! 
I liked Blake in book 1, but I had reservations about him, considering how he was so harsh with Brianna for most of the book just because of her species. I don't want to say anything that will ruin the story, so I can't say very much. All I will say is that Blake, you need to get your shit together. I am very disappointed in you, mister :(

The plot was fast paced and totally unpredictable. I didn't see any of the events coming, which is quite a feat. I was riveted and completely unable to put this book down. And the ending was such a cliffhanger! I'm dying to find out what happens next! 

Gold was perfect, amazing, magnificent! Any romance lover should read this book. Loved it!

*Thanks to Netgalley and Flux Books for a copy!
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An ex is an ex for a reason

To Rebecca Winters, it's not just a saying or the title to a catchy tune, it's a rule she staunchly lives by. Especially since the break up with her ex. What's the point in trying to fix the "unfixable"? Besides, only a girl hell-bent on more heartbreak would go back to the guy who bailed on her when she needed him most. But saying no to Scott is becoming more difficult than surviving the breakup itself. And unfortunately for her, the kind of pressure he's exerting is making her rule all too easy to break.

Scott Carver has given up trying to get over his ex. He's still in love with her and their year apart has done nothing to change that. Yeah, he knows he screwed up. Just how royally, he wasn't aware of until now. So when Becca agrees to give him a second chance, he grabs on to it with both hands. But it's clear the only way things will ever truly be right between them is if he comes clean...about everything. He can only pray the truth doesn't send her running--for good this time.

Alyssa begins her senior year living the life that most teenage girls dream of. She's surrounded by friends, she's captain of the cheer squad, and her crush has just asked her out. Things at home are a little wonky, but isn't that true for everyone?

Alyssa's illusions of happiness are very quickly busted when the people she thought were her friends turn on her. She's unsure of how she's going to manage to survive the rest of her senior year, until she finds two unlikely allies. A long forgotten best friend from middle school and the quarterback from the rival school's football team, but Alyssa's problems are a long way from being solved.

She still has to keep her grades up, put her with overbearing step-father, and deal with being branded a traitor for dating a guy from another school.

Jake's father is a jaded man and he has constantly warned his son not to date until after high school. More than a warning, he's made it a rule that he forces his son to live by.

“Son, if you want to make it to college, you'll listen to me,” his father has said again and again.

Jake manages to follow his fathers rules until he meets a pretty cheerleader from the rival school crying in the parking lot after a football game. After that all bets are off. Alyssa instantly steals his heart, but will his high school football career survive their relationship? If he doesn't stay focused he'll lose out on the only chance he has of going to college: obtaining a football scholarship.
Will their young love be able to survive the storm of teen drama and school spirit called senior year?

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