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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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

Book Feels: Something Real by Heather Demetrios

Book Feels: Something Real by Heather DemetriosSomething Real by Heather Demetrios
Published by Macmillan on February 4th 2014
Genres: Family, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 416
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Seventeen-year-old BonnieTM Baker has grown up on TV--she and her twelve siblings are the stars of one-time hit reality show Baker's Dozen. Since the show's cancellation, BonnieTM has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the spotlight. But it's about to fall apart . . . because Baker's Dozen is going back on the air. BonnieTM's mom and the show's producers won't let her quit and soon the life that she has so carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of being destroyed by the show. BonnieTM needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going to be her own--even if it means being more exposed than ever before.Heather Demetrios' Something Real is the winner of the Susan P. Bloom PEN New England Discovery Award.

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When we first meet Chloe she’s in the midst of her senior year of high school and finally feeling like things are falling into place after the cancellation of the reality show that brought her family fame and notoreity. She’s managed to stay under the radar and made a few close friends who have no idea about her infamous past. For the first time in her life she’s feeling cautiously optimistic but still struggles with trying to keep her famous upbringing  a secret. Unfortunately, all that changes in an instant when her mother announces that the cameras are coming back for a second round.

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Ugh…you guys there were times when I wanted to throw this book across the room. Let’s be real, I absolutely loved this book, it’s AMAZING, but I absolutely hated the main character’s mother. Thankfully, my hatred for her desperate attempt at fame was totally overshadowed by my admiration for Chloe and my love for one Patrick Sheldon.

Throughout this whole novel, I wanted to reach through the pages and shake Chloe’s mom. The woman had literally NO redeeming qualities and what she makes her children endure was beyond redemption. She never once considers the mental health or happiness of her children, and continues to push them further and further in the world of reality television. No privacy, no genuine quality-time together and certainly no lives outside of the confines of their 24/7 broadcast home.

Chloe starts off as a victim of circumstance but as the book goes on she finds strength from the loving and supportive relationship she has with her brother and the people she is closest to at school. It was so heartwarming to see how they rally around her to give her the strength she needs. Chloe has seen some dark days in her past and they help her to stay positive and move forward as she tries to overcome her (pardon my language) shitty surroundings. I absolutely adored the relationship Chloe had with her brother. The love and concern they had for each other made me connect with the characters even more…if I were in the same situation I’d be totally protective of my siblings too!

So we need to just take a moment to discuss Patrick Sheldon, Chloe’s long-time crush who turns out to be so much more than she ever imaged he could be. Throughout everything Patrick remains her constant and faithful friend. Unfazed by the cameras and constant attention, he connects with Chloe in such an honest and open way that allows her to truly explore what she wants out of life for the very first time. Patrick is one of those guys who just knows exactly what to say or do in the most awkward or tense situations. He’s such a perfect balance to the craziness that is Chloe’s life and I want to thank him for being exactly what she needed. You go boy!

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This book was everything I expected it to be and more. I’d heard so much great buzz about it and was completely wrapped up in Chloe’s story after the very first chapter. Even though I never starred on a reality show (thank god!!), her character was so relatable that I couldn’t help but sympathize with her. I mean, could you imagine your ENTIRE life televised? Your most private, intimate and embarrassing moments caught on camera for the whole world to see?

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Run NOW to your local bookstore, library, online retailer…borrow it from a friend. Whatever you do, you must get your hands on this book ASAP! It’s an instant classic and is going to go right on my favorites shelf!

About Heather Demetrios

When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her other novels include Exquisite Captive, the first in the Dark Caravan Cycle fantasy series, and I’ll Meet You There. She is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth. Find out more about Heather and her books at www.heatherdemetrios.com and www.darkcaravancycle.com, or come hang out with her on Twitter (@HDemetrios) and any number of social media sites.

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Sarah