Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and Bookish.

Hey guys!! It’s Halloween Month!! 😀 It was a bank holiday yesterday, so now I have that feeling that it’s monday… when it is actually Tuesday and I feel all out of sync… You know? Anyway, this week is all about Villains! Don’t we just love villains – the story would be lost without them!! So, here are my favourite villains from any platform! In no particular order:

10. Voldemort, Harry Potter. I will be surprised if I see a list that doesn’t feature good old Voldy…

9. Rumpelstiltskin, Once Upon a Time. I love this character! He is always so redeemable and then as soon as you think that he has redeemed himself, BAM! Back to being a villain and I love it!

8. Keris Veturia, An Ember in the Ashes. I had my issues with this book, BUT, Keris is scary… She is a villain through and through and a villain I would not want to cross any time soon!

7. Anna, Dangerous Girls. She is one of those slippery villains in a contemporary book and I loved her! I don’t want to give too much away… but for those who have read it, I’m sure you understand!

6. Ryann, Pretty Wicked. She’s cold, calculating and lack empathy. I loved reading this book from her perspective!

5. Hungries, The Girl with all the Gifts. Because who doesn’t love zombies????

4. A, Pretty Little Liars. I’ve been hooked to this program for ages now and I am currently catching up  with season 6. I have loved each A so far, and I love how far A will go!

3. Loki, Thor/The Avengers. I think he’s the cutest, least villainy villain ever – and I love him!

2. Society, Only Ever Yours. I love the way that the author turned society and its views into a villain in this book. And it is so easy to agree with the fact that society is a villain and then you look at real life…

1. Amy, Gone Girl. Psycho much?

That’s it! These are some of my Favourite villains! 🙂

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Winning by Lara Deloza

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Winning by Lara Deloza

Published June 28th 2016 by Harper Teen

Whoever said being nice would get you to the top?

Certainly not Alexandra Miles. She isn’t nice, but she’s more than skilled at playing the part. She floats through the halls of Spencer High, effortlessly orchestrating the actions of everyone around her, making people bend to her whim without even noticing they’re doing it. She is the queen of Spencer High—and it’s time to make it official.

Alexandra has a goal, you see—Homecoming Queen. Her ambitions are far grander than her small town will allow, but homecoming is just the first step to achieving total domination. So when peppy, popular Erin Hewett moves to town and seems to have a real shot at the crown, Alexandra has to take action.

With the help of her trusted friend Sam, she devises her most devious plot yet. She’ll introduce an unexpected third competitor in the mix, one whose meteoric rise—and devastating fall—will destroy Erin’s chances once and for all. Alexandra can run a scheme like this in her sleep. What could possibly go wrong?

I’m not actually sure I know where to start with this book. It was good in a I’m – scared – of – overachieving – girls kinda way. I felt like I was reading Mean Girls, but about Homecoming…. Anyone who lives in America, can you please enlighten me as to whether your schools are really like they are portrayed? If they are, I’m so glad I grew up in England!!

Alexandra Miles is our Grade A Psycho Girl who uses and abuses people to stay at the top. She tries to hide her horrible ways behind a sickly sweet demeanour of being nice to people … but obviously no one buys it! Everyone knows exactly who and what she is! Girls like this actually genuinely scare me! AS a reader, I was hoping that she would see the error of her ways and actually change by the end of the book… however, it was not meant to be!

I felt really sorry for her best friend Sam! I mean, she is her own worst enemy because she was best friends with such a psycho, but the way she was treated was horrible!! I was happy that, by the end of the book, she really does change and we see someone who is liable in general rather than the best friend of the schools queen bee! I really liked her as a character and I felt sorry for her throughout most of the book! I’m glad she found her ending the way that she did!!

I think the character that went through the most change was Ivy! Sure, Alexandra helped to make her the person that she was, but she still remained true to herself! she didn’t turn into queen wannabe and she became a stronger person because of that! She got a push in the right direction from Alexandra and then she stood on her own two feet and defended herself when she needed to! Which is something she would never have done at the beginning of the book! Way to go Ivy! I felt like a proud mother with her!

The ending of the book definitely left it open for a sequel – however, whether one has been planned or not, I don’t know. We could easily revisit this high school where it left off and watch the girls go for another round. I think it would be interesting to see where the author takes these characters if she does decide to do a sequel!

There were times when I had to push myself through this book a little bit because I thought the pacing was a little iffy. For me, the high school drama – whilst fun to read ever now and then – it can get a little same old same old, especially because every one of us lives through some sort of school drama at some point in our lives!! I did enjoy this book, but sometimes it felt like a little too much and I just kinda wanted to roll my eyes and put the book back down again!

All in all, I mostly enjoyed this book and the characters within it! I would definitely read a sequel to this book because I would be interested to know where the author takes these characters and just how far some of them are willing to go to remain on top! I gave this book 3/5 stars!

Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? Would you read this book, if you haven’t already? 

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Hey guys! It is time for another TTT. This weeks prompt is top ten books on my fall (Autumn) TBR list. I literally have so many books lying around that I have bought, but have never actually gotten around to reading, it’s crazy! All you need is my kindle! Anyway, without further ado, and in no particular order:

10. clockwork-angel Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – I actually have all three books in this series, but I still need to read them! I have never read a Clare book – can you believe it!!

9. shadow and bone Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Again, I own all three books in this series, and I have heard amazing things!

8. ice like fire Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch  – I read and loved the fist book within this series and bought the second straight afterward…I still haven’t read it yet!! I want to read it soon, especially with the release of the final instalment!

7. rebel of the sands Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – I have had this book on my kindle since forever!! I have heard some amazing things, so I am definitely looking forward to it!

6. court of fives Court of Fives by Kate Elliott – Seriously, yet another series I really need to catch up on!

5. the girl with all the gifts The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey – I ordered this from amazon a while back in paperback format and it has been sat on my shelf ever since! I’ve seen some great reviews and it is also a film!! Clearly I need to read this book!

4. Empire of Storms Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – I have had a really hard time getting my hands on this book!! I pre ordered, got screwed over by amazon – who told me they couldn’t ship it until november december time…. so I cancelled, couldn’t find it in ANY bookstore ANYWHERE – checked back onto amazon to see if they changed their shipping times – apparently it is going to be here tomorrow! I hope they don’t mess me around again! Anyway, clearly this book is on my fall TBR because, hello? Maas!

3. the lie tree The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – This book has been sat on my shelf for MONTHS now! Seriously need to knock this one off of my TBR!

2. Waters wrath Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova – I have read and loved the first three books in the Air Awakens series! I have the last two waiting for me on my kindle, but book three broke me so bad, that I needed time to repair myself before throwing myself back into this world!! I think I’m ready now!

1. three dark crowns Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – My copy of this book is planned to be here on Thursday! I have been waiting what feels like forever for this book! Literally so excited to read this one!!

Thats it for me! These are the books I am hoping to knock off of my TBR this fall!! Have you read any of them yet?

What books are you guys hoping to read this Autumn? Feel free to leave links and comments and I will check them all out!

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Pretty Wicked by Kelly Charron

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Pretty Wicked by Kelly Charron

Expected Publication: September 30th 2016 by Dark Arts Publishing

The daughter of a local police detective, fifteen-year-old Ryann has spent most of her life studying how to pull off the most gruesome murders her small Colorado town has ever seen.

But killing is only part of it. Ryann enjoys being the reason the cops are frenzied. The one who makes the neighbors lock their doors and windows on a hot summer’s day. The one everyone fears but no one suspects. 

Carving out her own murderous legacy proves harder than she predicted. Mistakes start adding up. And with the police getting closer, and her own father becoming suspicious, Ryann has to prove once and for all that she’s smarter than anyone else—or she’ll pay the ultimate price. 

Written in a mature YA voice. Some graphic content.

Note: I received an ARC of this through Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinion.

When I saw this on Netgalley, I just had to request it! We often see books like this, but they are written from the perspectives of people who are being hunted, people who are on the outside etc. But never actually the killers themselves! It was interesting to see what the author did with this and which mentality she took for our favourite serial Killer here!

I think the most enjoyable thing about this book was the fact that it raised the question of Nature vs Nurture. Are we born evil or are we made evil? Our MC had a pretty good upbringing and home life, so our author took away the normal stereotypes we have for people who commit crimes such as these. We, as a society, are always looking to place the blame onto something – video games, violent films, terrible upbringing etc. But what about the people who don’t play video games, who don’t watch films like this… who have had a pretty normal and good upbringing? The author questioned this through the style of the book and the mentality of the MC and it was a great thing to watch!! The question really is, can we be born with the DNA of a killer?

What I also loved about this book was the fact that this wasn’t a mystery!! We knew all along who it was, but the others didn’t! It was like being in on a secret! For me, Ryann began to show the many traits of a serial killer – at least what we know about them!! She started off really well, and then became sloppy. She wanted the kill, and began to leave marks behind! She became jumpy etc – which, if you look at any other serial killer, is exactly what happens! I read once somewhere that serial killers want to be caught because they want the recognition of what they have done…

It was a really weird feeling, as a reader, to be inside the head of a character like this. It feels wrong. Which was another thing I really enjoyed about this book. As someone who doesn’t go around killing, I enjoyed reading and looking inside the psychology behind what it takes to be a serial killer, but at the same time, my mind was telling me to abort because the thought process behind it is abhorrent! I think any book that can create those kinds of feelings is just fantastic!

I think this book is definitely for the higher end of YA, with the kind of content that it has within it. While this kind of thing doesn’t actually disturb me, it may disturb others, especially younger readers – so its a good thing that this book comes with a warning!

I really enjoyed this book and apparently there is going to be a sequel, which should be interesting! I can’t imagine how the author is going to top that, so I guess we shall find out! I am definitely going to be buying a physical copy of this book to put on my shelf because I loved it! I can’t wait to read more from this author 🙂 I gave this book 5/5 stars!

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Goodreads Monday

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Hey guys! Can you believe that it is the last week of September already?!? Where is this year going? Anyway, it is time for another Goodreads Monday.

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The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Published: August 30th 2016 by Harper Collins

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….

I actually have this book sitting on my shelf waiting for me to read! I have heard some amazing things, so I can’t wait to dig into it!

Have you guys read this book yet? Did you enjoy it?

What books do you have on your TBR? Feel free to tell me in the comments!

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The Lost Knight by Candy Atkins

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The Lost Knight by Candy Atkins

Published: May 20th by Monster Publishing

How am I supposed to save the world when I’m not strong, not brave, not smart, and not particularly good at most things? I ran away from home the day after my thirteenth birthday when Auntie and her weird friend attacked me. Now I’m on the run with the Grim Reaper and a scary soldier. And I’m no longer on Earth. They were expecting me to be a Knight. The savior that’s supposed to stop a war and prevent the invasion to Earth. But I’m not. They grabbed the wrong girl. I just don’t know how to tell them.

Note: I received a review copy of this book via Xpresso Book Tours in return for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.

I’ve read some pretty positive reviews about this book – so when I saw that it was up for review on Xpresso, I had to grab a copy and give it a try. This book was definitely used to set up the series in terms of the characters, the settings etc. but I loved it! It was all so real and our MC has already come a long way from who she was at the beginning!

Our MC has always had to deal with a lot of negativity in her life concerning herself and the way she was treated. It was easy to see why she was so disheartened at the beginning of the book and why she always found it difficult throughout the book to believe the new people in her life telling her something different! I actually felt really sorry for her, but at the same time, I’m glad she managed to toughen up a little bit and she began to believe in herself! There was one crucial scene (which I obviously don’t really want to go into for spoiling it!) that I feel was absolutely crucial to her change in heart and change as a character. It was definitely an extra insight into Agatha’s character and I am glad that she managed to resolve some of the feelings that she was having and she got a little stronger from the experience. I definitely think that she is going to change a to more throughout this series and I cannot wait to see what the author does with her!

What I also loved about this book was the parallel worlds. I loved the fact that the creatures in the other world were basically reflections of the creatures that we know and love within story telling in our world – but they were inherently different! The author turned it to make it sound like the human versions of the characters and the stories that got told were twisted over time… therefore the creatures, like elves, faeries etc, are the same, but they’re not the same! I loved learning about them and I really wish they were real because *cough* I currently have a new book boyfriend in the form of Dathid! I wasn’t actually too sure how I felt about Dathid at the beginning of the book and whether or not I liked him because he was a pretty broody prince with some secrets. Broody he still can be and secrets he still has – so I am most definitely looking forward to seeing more of him later on in the series!

The world building was AMAZING! I felt like I could have been there, bouncing on the ocean and what not! I wanted to be there, it all sounds so beautiful! The explanations and the descriptions were rich and I cannot wait to explore more of this world as our characters continue on their journey!

I will admit that, whilst I know that this book was used mostly to set up the series, I felt like it was a little bit too slow. There could have been moments with more action etc. just to give that little bit more of an edge, because most of the book consists of our characters travelling and our MC figuring stuff out! I wanted a little bit more oomph, which I expect I will be getting later on in the series!

All in all, I really enjoyed this book despite its sometimes slow bits. I cannot wait to see where our characters go from here! I gave this book 4/5 stars!

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Waiting on Wednesday

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Hey guys! It is time for another WoW! This weeks pick for me is a relatively new find, with a cover that I absolutely love! I cannot wait for its release date!

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The Continent by Kiera Drake

Expected Publication: January 3rd 2017 by Harlequin Teen

For her sixteenth birthday, Vaela Sun receives the most coveted gift in all the Spire—a trip to the Continent. It seems an unlikely destination for a holiday: a cold, desolate land where two “uncivilized” nations remain perpetually at war. Most citizens tour the Continent to see the spectacle and violence of battle—a thing long vanished in the Spire. For Vaela—a smart and talented apprentice cartographer—it is an opportunity to improve upon the maps she’s drawn of this vast, frozen land.

But an idyllic aerial exploration is not to be had: the realities of war are made clear in a bloody battle seen from the heli-plane during the tour, leaving Vaela forever changed. And when a tragic accident leaves her stranded on the Continent, she has no illusions about the true nature of the danger she faces. Starving, alone, and lost in the middle of a war zone, Vaela must try to find a way home—but first, she must survive.

Look at how beautiful that cover is!! I just want to stroke it! Also, doesn’t this sound so amazing! I’m hooked! I want to know everything!

What books are you guys waiting on? Feel free to drop links and comments and I will check them all out!

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Hey guys! It is time for another TTT. This weeks topic is top ten favourite books in X genre. I’ve decided to go fantasy, because that is what I read the most of! Without further ado and in no particular order:

10. vault of dreams Vault of Dreams by Luke Taylor. This book was lyrical in a way that I don’t think I will ever find again! I absolutely loved it!

9. throne of glass Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Ok, I’m cheating a little bit and I am using the whole series for this! I absolutely adore this series and I cannot wait for tomorrow because my pre ordered copy of EoS is coming… a week late -.-

8. ACOMAF A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. This is turning into a Maas fest… No, whilst I liked the first in this series, I LOVED this one! I need the third book like… now!

7. bonds of venom and magic A Bond of Venom and Magic by Karen Tomlinson. This book releases next month (Oct 14th), but I received an ARC of this and it is my favourite read of this year! Heck, it’s up there with Maas as my favourite Fantasy of all time!! I need the next book… but the author is evil and isn’t releasing it till next year!! Plus, this cover is gorgeous! I want a poster for my wall!

6. emerge- The awakening Emerge: The Awakening by Melissa A. Craven. I definitely think this book is underrated! The next book in this series is releasing at the end of this year and it cannot come soon enough!! Talk about needing a book!

5. air awakens Air Awakens by Elise Kova. I have read the first three in this series and I am hooked! I am hoping to be able to read the fourth soon… the ending of the third book broke me inside, which is probably why I waited so long! I don’t think my heart can take much more!

4. first year The Black Mage: First Year by Rachel E. Carter. ummm… I think anyone who has read this will know it is epic! This is not your normal wishy washy magic – this is serious business!!

3. spelled Spelled by Betsy Schow. This book had me in stitches! I couldn’t breathe I was laughing so hard!! The author is releasing what looks like the second book in this series early next year, so I am preparing my lungs and my diaphragm for this!

2. snow like ashes Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. I loved this book. It has me hooked from the get go! I have the second book in this series, which I am definitely looking forward to picking up! Even if I hate the rest of this series, I will always love this book!

1. defy Defy by Sara B. Larson. Whoever hasn’t read this series clearly lives under a rock! A very large one at that! This is one of my all time faves and I love the colour schemes on the covers!

So this is it!! These are my favourite fantasy reads ever!! Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them?

Which favourite books do you have on your lists? Feel free to leave links and comments and I will check them all out!

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Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted here! To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Link back here and don’t forget to link me up so I can see what you have on your TBR’s!

Hey guys!! *Phew* I am so glad I survived this weekend, but I am dead tired today because of it! I was at a wedding this week, so congrats to the happy couple, but as you can imagine… tired!! Anyway, without further ado, here is a book that is actually sat on my shelf and one that I literally cannot wait to get to!

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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Published: August 31st 2010 by McElderry Books

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Timesbestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

I have never actually read a Clare book (except for the first in the Magisterium series, which she co wrote with Holly Black), so I’m feeling a little left behind!! I have heard so many different versions about which order I should read her books, that I am just going to go with what I got and the way I want to read it!

What do you guys think about Clare’s books? 

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Spotlight: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Hey guys! This is my first ever Spotlight, so please stick with me here! This is a book that I have already read and I did enjoy it! It released September 6th by Sourcebooks Fire.

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Published: September 6th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

There is also a book trailer!! You can find it Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_DBTALS6bI

In case any of you are still unsure about whether or not you want to read this book, here is a sneak peek of whats to come!

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Follow our voices, sister.

Tell us the secret of your death.

—-Resurrection Canto, 
Book of Cantos

The second time I saw my dead aunt Rosaria, she was dancing.

Earlier that day, my mom had warned me, pressing a long, red fingernail on the tip of my nose, “Alejandra, don’t go downstairs when the Circle arrives.”

But I was seven and asked too many questions. Every Sunday, cars piled up in our driveway, down the street, and around the corner of our old, narrow house in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Mom’s Circle usually brought cellophane–wrapped dishes and jars of dirt and tubs of brackish water that made the Hudson River look clean. This time, they carried something more.

When my sisters started snoring, I threw off my covers and crept down the stairs. The floorboards were uneven and creaky, but I was good at not being seen. Fuzzy, yellow streetlight shone through our attic window and followed me down every flight until I reached the basement.

A soft hum made its way through the thin walls. I remember thinking I should listen to my mom’s warning and go back upstairs. But our house had been restless all week, and Lula, Rose, and I were shoved into the attic, out of the way while the grown–ups prepared the funeral. I wanted out. I wanted to see.

The night was moonless and cold one week after the Witch’s New Year, when Aunt Rosaria died of a sickness that made her skin yellow like hundred–year–old paper and her nails turn black as coal. We tried to make her beautiful again. My sisters and I spent all day weaving good luck charms from peonies, corn husks, and string—-one loop over, under, two loops over, under. Not even the morticians, the Magos de Muerte, could fix her once–lovely face.

Aunt Rosaria was dead. I was there when we mourned her. I was there when we buried her. Then, I watched my father and two others shoulder a dirty cloth bundle into the house, and I knew I couldn’t stay in bed, no matter what my mother said.

So I opened the basement door.

Red light bathed the steep stairs. I leaned my head toward the light, toward the beating sound of drums and sharp plucks of fat, nylon guitar strings.

A soft mew followed by whiskers against my arm made my heart jump to the back of my rib cage. I bit my tongue to stop the scream. It was just my cat, Miluna. She stared at me with her white, glowing eyes and hissed a warning, as if telling me to turn back. But Aunt Rosaria was my godmother, my family, my friend. And I wanted to see her again.

“Sh!” I brushed the cat’s head back.

Miluna nudged my leg, then ran away as the singing started.

I took my first step down, into the warm, red light. Raspy voices called out to our gods, the Deos, asking for blessings beyond the veil of our worlds. Their melody pulled me step by step until I was crouched at the bottom of the landing.

They were dancing.

Brujas and brujos were dressed in mourning white, their faces painted in the aspects of the dead, white clay and black coal to trace the bones. They danced in two circles—-the outer ring going clockwise, the inner counterclockwise—hands clasped tight, voices vibrating to the pulsing drums.

And in the middle was Aunt Rosaria.

Her body jerked upward. Her black hair pooled in the air like she was suspended in water. There was still dirt on her skin. The white skirt we buried her in billowed around her slender legs. Black smoke slithered out of her open mouth. It weaved in and out of the circle—-one loop over, under, two loops over, under. It tugged Aunt Rosaria higher and higher, matching the rhythm of the canto.

Then, the black smoke perked up and changed its target. It could smell me. I tried to backpedal, but the tiles were slick, and I slid toward the circle. My head smacked the tiles. Pain splintered my skull, and a broken scream lodged in my throat.

The music stopped. Heavy, tired breaths filled the silence of the pulsing red dark. The enchantment was broken. Aunt Rosaria’s reanimated corpse turned to me. Her body purged black smoke, lowering her back to the ground. Her ankles cracked where the bone was brittle, but still she took a step. Her dead eyes gaped at me. Her wrinkled mouth growled my name: Alejandra.

She took another step. Her ankle turned and broke at the joint, sending her flying forward. She landed on top of me. The rot of her skin filled my nose, and grave dirt fell into my eyes.

Tongues clucked against crooked teeth. The voices of the circle hissed, “What’s the girl doing out of bed?”

There was the scent of extinguished candles and melting wax. Decay and perfume oil smothered me until they pulled the body away.

My mother jerked me up by the ear, pulling me up two flights of stairs until I was back in my bed, the scream stuck in my throat like a stone.

Never,” she said. “You hear me, Alejandra? Never break a Circle.”

I lay still. So still that after a while, she brushed my hair, thinking I had fallen asleep.

I wasn’t. How could I ever sleep again? Blood and rot and smoke and whispers filled my head.

“One day you’ll learn,” she whispered.

Then she went back down the street–lit stairs, down into the warm red light and to Aunt Rosaria’s body. My mother clapped her hands, drums beat, strings plucked, and she said, “Again.”

About the Author:

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Zoraida Córdova was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. She is the author of The Vicious Deep trilogy, the On the Verge series, and Labyrinth Lost. She loves black coffee, snark, and still believes in magic. Send her a tweet @Zlikeinzorro

Links:

Order your copy of the book at Sourcebooks

Author Website: http://www.zoraidacordova.com/

Labyrinth Lost Website: http://books.sourcebooks.com/labyrinth-lost/

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Last, but not least, Sourcebooks Fire are holding a rafflecopter giveaway for 2 Labyrinth Lost books along with signed bookmarks! Now, this giveaway is only for the US and Canada, but here is the link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/54ca7af7402/

It is running from September 6th – September 19th.

That is it!! I really hope you do buy this book and read it because it is definitely worth it! If you do read it or if you have read it, let me know what you thought in the comments below!

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