Book Feels: Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

Book Feels: Bad Romance by Heather DemetriosBad Romance by Heather Demetrios
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on June 13th 2017
Genres: Coming of Age, Dating & Sex, Family, Friendship, Physical & Emotional Abuse, Young Adult
Pages: 368
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Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

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BAD ROMANCE is the kind of book that stays with you long after you’ve finished. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book from a friend and having finished it last week, I can honestly say, I’ve thought about it every day since then. What Heather Demetrios has done with this novel, is shed a light on a very real and a very dangerous experience for so many people, including teens. Abuse, whether it be physical, sexual, mental or verbal, has touched so many lives and this is the kind of book that so many readers need in their life. Continue reading “Book Feels: Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios”

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Book Feels: Freedom’s Slave by Heather Demetrios

Book Feels: Freedom’s Slave by Heather DemetriosFreedom's Slave (Dark Caravan Cycle, #3) by Heather Demetrios
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 28th 2017
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 608
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An Empress Fighting for Her CrownAfter three long years in exile, Nalia is ready to return to her homeland and sit on the throne that is rightfully hers. But the gods might have other plans. Forced to endure untold horrors on the journey to Arjinna, Nalia learns that it will take more than cutting down the tyrant Calar to get her crown.

An Army Fighting to SurviveRaif’s return to Arjinna as the commander of the revolution against Calar and her army isn’t as smooth as he’d hoped. Though he has more soldiers than ever before, his love for Nalia is losing him the trust of his comrades...and the war. But little does the resistance know that insurrection is brewing among Calar’s own ranks—and from the one person she trusts the most.

A Land Worth Fighting forArjinna is dying—Calar’s evil experiments with dark magic and the strength of her own psychic powers threaten to destroy the land of the jinn. Is Nalia and Raif’s enduring love enough to transform and rescue their homeland? Will they be willing to save the realm, no matter the cost?

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By now, you may know that I am a big fan of the Dark Caravan Cycle by Heater Demetrios. Exquisite Captive is “a story of passion, of pain and ultimately of the power that can be found in freedom.” and Blood Passage is filled with “precise detailing, inspiring character growth and absolutely gorgeous writing”, making it an equally fabulous sequel. It’s no wonder that I went into the final book in the trilogy with exceedingly high expectations. All I wanted was for Nalia and Raif to finally find happiness after sacrificing so much for their home and for their people. Over the first two books in this series, I’d become invested in the stories of these characters, their lives and their fight for survival.

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High Five with Heather Demetrios

by Heather Demetrios
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Getting inside the minds of my favorite authors!

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High Five is my small way of not only bringing authors closer to you, dear readers, but also my way of giving my very favorite authors a virtual high five!

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Each installment will feature a short interview of five questions with a favorite author of mine! That way we can learn even more about them and fangirl just a little bit more!

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Sarah

Blog Tour: Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios {GIVEAWAY}

by Heather Demetrios

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Welcome to the latest stop in the Blood Passage blog tour, hosted by Me, My Shelf and I. It’s such an honor to be a part of the excitement leading up to the release of the latest book from one of my very favorite authors, Heather Demetrios, and the second installment of The Dark Caravan cycle. If you haven’t read Exquisite Captive, the first book in this series, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. You can check out my review from last year, but it’s safe to say I loved it! Here’s a quick little snippet of my review…

Exquisite Captive is a story that grabbed me from the very first page and pulled me along on a wild and transformative journey. There were times where my heart broke for Nalia, times when I wanted to scream at her for decisions she was making, times when I truly understood the price she was paying, and times when I passionately rooted for her as she fought to reclaim her life.  This is a story of passion, of pain and ultimately of the power that can be found in freedom.”

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Spreading the Bookish Love: Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios {GIVEAWAY}

by Heather Demetrios

Did you guys know that the second installment in the Dark Caravan series, Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios, releases on March 1st? I was a huge fan of the first book in the series, Exquisite Captive, it was difficult, challenging, complex, magical, swoony and intense! I’m so excited to dive into book two to see where Nalia’s story goes next! BUT…before we get to that…the paperback of Exquisite Captive releases on February 2nd. As in, NEXT WEEK! You can check out my full review here, but here’s a quick snippet to give you an idea of what I thought.

What a complex and intriguing story Heather Demetrios has given us in Exquisite Captive! At times the subject matter was difficult and I found myself wondering why the main character was making some of the choices she made, but in the end I was left with a better understanding of each characters unique, and sometimes dark, complexities. The beauty of this book was that Demetrios was able to weave an imaginative and magical story while shining a light on a very real issue in society today.

Demetrios challenges us through her writing to look beyond the surface and try to understand the motives behind Nalia, the main character’s, actions. So often in real life, we are quick to judge and condemn people (women specifically) for “allowing” bad things to happen to them. Far too often we don’t take the time to look beyond the initial judgement to try to understand what’s going on and what we can do to help.

You totally want to read more, don’t you? Well you’re in luck! I’m sharing the first few chapters on the blog today, and if that isn’t enough, there’s also a fabulous giveaway hosted by Heather! Enter to win one of ten signed paperbacks of Exquisite Captive so you can get all caught up before Blood Passage releases on March 1.

Happy reading, friends!

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Home for the Holidays: Your Favorite Author’s Holiday Wishes

by Heather Demetrios

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Happy Monday friends! Have a got a BIG treat for you! When I first started thinking about what I wanted this ‘Home for the Holidays’ feature to look like, I thought it would be so wonderful if I could somehow include some of my favorite authors. Inspiration struck when I was look back at last year’s feature and found the wrap-up post where all of the bloggers who took part shared their holiday wishes. It was a really special post, and I thought it would be so wonderful to recreate it this year, but with authors.

So, take a few moments, and read up on what your favorite authors are wishing for this season. Some of them are silly and some of them are sweet, but they all give us a special glimpse into the personalities of the authors, and makes me so thankful that we have their voices are part of our amazing community.
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COVER REVEALS: Exquisite Captive and Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios {GIVEAWAY}

by Heather Demetrios

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming today (by the way…have you been following along with my ‘Home for the Holidays’ feature?) to bring you some epic breaking news in the book world! If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know how much I adore Heather Demetrios. Not only is she is one of my very favorite authors, but in the few times I’ve met her, she’s been one of the most genuinely kind and authentic people I’ve met.

Needless to say, I’m so thrilled to be one of the bloggers Heather invited to be part of her exclusive cover reveal for the first two books in her Dark Caravan series. I was a huge fan of the first book in the series, Exquisite Captive, it was difficult, challenging, complex, magical, swoony and intense! I’m so excited to dive into book two, Blood Passage, to see where Nalia’s story goes next!

But first, let’s check out the super quick, top three burning questions I had for Heather and her super intriguing responses. Continue reading “COVER REVEALS: Exquisite Captive and Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios {GIVEAWAY}”

Sarah

Announcing: The Lexie Project by Heather Demetrios {GIVEAWAY}

Announcing: The Lexie Project by Heather Demetrios {GIVEAWAY}The Lexie Project by Heather Demetrios
on June 8th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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Lexie Baker is ready for her close up and nobody’s gonna get in her freaking way.

Nearly a year after graduating high school and taking a hiatus from her family’s reality TV show, "Baker's Dozen: Fresh Batch," Lexie is in Los Angeles, on a mission to take Hollywood by storm. From red carpet premiers to helping her YouTube star roommate film weird videos, Lex fits right in with the droves of girls just as hungry as she is for some screen time. When Jax Wilson, a young, hot producer, offers to launch The Lexie Project, a reality show that will chronicle Lex’s adventures trying to make it as an actress in LA, she jumps at the chance. It isn’t an Oscar-winning role, but it’s a start.

Then she meets Liam, a film student who brings books to parties and is one of her twin brother’s closest friends. When it becomes clear that her brother, Benny, has a serious drinking problem—one that lands him on the front page of tabloids and threatens to get him kicked out of his university—Lexie relies on Liam to help her protect her brother. But spending time with Liam throws Lex into a spiral of self doubt: is this the life she really wants? And how far will she go for the stardom she’s always longed for?

The City of Angels soon becomes Hell on Earth and Lexie realizes that everyone—even Liam—has something they’re hiding. Fed up with Hollywood, Lexie decides she needs to find a new role to play–not the one she was cast in at birth.

The Lexie Project is a spin-off of the critically acclaimed novelized memoir, Something Real, by Heather Demetrios and features several of the major characters from the novel, including Chloe and Patrick.

THIS IS NOT A DRILL…you’re not dreaming, and yes, you read that right! One of my favorite authors, Heather Demetrios, is writing a sequel to one of my favorite books, SOMETHING REAL. This time we’re getting Lexie Baker’s memoirs told in real-time through weekly installments on Wattpad, and we’ll even get updates on our beloved Chloe and Patrick (swoon). I’m really excited for this project, as Heather has come up with a refreshing and unique way to share Lexie’s story! I can’t wait to read all about her adventures in L.A. as she tries to make it as an actress. Continue reading “Announcing: The Lexie Project by Heather Demetrios {GIVEAWAY}”

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Waiting on Wednesday: Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios

Waiting on Wednesday: Blood Passage by Heather DemetriosBlood Passage by Heather Demetrios
Published by HarperCollins on October 6th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 496
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A jinni who's lost everything. A master with nothing to lose. A revolutionary with everything to gain.

When Nalia arrives in Morocco to fulfil Malek's third and final wish she's not expecting it to be easy. Though Nalia is free from the shackles that once bound her to Malek as his slave, she's in more danger than ever before.

Meanwhile, Malek's past returns with a vengeance as he confronts the darkness within himself, and Raif must decide what's more important: his love for Nalia, or his devotion to the cause of Arjinnan freedom.

Set upon by powerful forces that threaten to break her, Nalia encounters unexpected allies and discovers that her survival depends on the very things she thought made her weak. From the souks of Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara, The Arabian Nights come to life in this dazzling second instalment of the Dark Passage Cycle.

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Whenever I think about this book or look at the cover, I get all giddy and excited. I absolutely LOVED Exquisite Captive and cannot wait to see what the second installment in the Blood Passage series has in store for me. If you haven’t read the first book, then you really need to get on that. It was such thought-provoking and intense read that was filled with magic, mystery and swoon. I won’t give anything away, but the fact that the story is moved from Los Angeles to Morocco in book two has me totally intrigued and I cannot wait to see how Demetrios introduces us to such a lush and romantic setting. In the meantime, I’ll be sitting over here vibrating with excitement and counting down the days until its October release! Continue reading “Waiting on Wednesday: Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios”

Sarah

Blog Tour: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

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I’m so thrilled and honored to be sharing this post with you today, and I don’t think I could adequately explain how excited I am to be a part of the blog tour for “I’ll Meet You There” by Heather Demetrios. This book….ohhhh this book! It made me laugh, it definitely made me cry and there were so many times it made me swoon soooo hard! I’ve read this book twice now since September and I could honestly go and read it again for a third time right now! It’s one of those books that just sticks with you and takes up a little space in your heart.

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I’ve been a huge fan of Heather Demetrios’ since I read her debut novel Something Real last Spring and then her debut fantasy novel, Exquisite Captive, this past fall. Being the superfan that I am, I was pretty excited for the opportunity to ask Heather some questions regarding her inspiration for I’ll Meet You There.

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Sarah