Best Books of 2013 (and then some)

I thought I wouldn't be able to post a year end blog entry because of all the festivities (December in the Philippines is crazy) but luckily I have time to make one now! Hurray! Here are the best books I read this year!

I can't believe I almost gave up on The Sea of Tranquility. The first few chapters were kind of boring but when the story picked up, HELLZ YEAH! Katja Millay - you are amazing. I get goosebumps whenever I think of THAT ENDING. (Like right now)

After Forever Ends is the longest book I read this year. 500 plus pages long! I honestly wasn't expecting it to be that good because the synopsis pretty much said everything but guys, IT'S THAT GOOD. IT'S SUPER GOOD. IT'S I-UGLY-CRIED-TO-THIS-BOOK GOOD. Melodie Ramone is also one of the friendliest authors ever. Check her out!


(ARC) Book Review: Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

by Elizabeth Scott
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
Format Acquired: ARC from publisher via Edelweiss
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Life. Death. And...Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can't tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn't have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?


Suzanne's Six Favourite Things about Writing 'The Other Me' + A Giveaway (INTERNATIONAL!)

The Other Me
by Suzanne van Rooyen
Genre: YA, LGBT, contemporary
Published: 19 Dec, 2013 by Harmony Ink Press
Length: 216 pages
Purchase: Amazon | Dreamspinner
Fifteen-year-old Treasa Prescott thinks she’s an alien. She doesn’t fit in with the preppy South African private school crowd and feels claustrophobic in her own skin. Treasa is worried she might spend life as a social pariah when she meets Gabriel du Preez. Gabriel plays the piano better than Beethoven, has a black belt in karate, and would look good wearing a garbage bag. Treasa thinks he’s perfect. It might even be love, as long as Gabriel doesn’t find out she’s a freak.

As Treasa spends time with Gabriel, she realizes she might not love him as much as she wants to be him, and that the reason she feels uncomfortable in her skin might have less to do with extra-terrestrial origins and more to do with being born in the wrong body.
But Gabriel is not the perfect boy Treasa imagines. He harbors dark secrets and self-destructive tendencies. Still, Treasa might be able to accept Gabriel’s baggage if he can accept who she longs to be.

Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic Book Blast

Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic (The Dowser #2)
by Meghan Ciana Doidge
Published: December 27th 2013 by Old Man in the CrossWalk Productions
Three months ago, I lost my foster sister, Sienna, to the darkness. As in blood magic and chaos and general mayhem. No one saw it until it was too late, but I should have. Now, I have a wounded heart and soul that I can’t even reveal to anyone around me, because I’m supposed to hate Sienna with the fiery passion of the justified. And I do. I just wish I didn’t feel so lost without her, so unsure of the path I thought I had carved for myself, and so outclassed by the powerful Adepts constantly by my side these days. I’m not even sure if they’re with me for my own protection or because my shiny new powers are rare and valuable. Assuming I ever figure out who or what I am, and how my magic actually works.

Even chocolate can’t save the day every time … just most of the time. At least I’ve got that going for me.


Blog Tour (ARC) Review + Giveaway: That One Summer by C.J. Duggan

That One Summer (Summer #3)
by C.J. Duggan
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Format Acquired: eARC for review (thanks C.J. and The Three Bookateers!)
Purchase: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AUS | Amazon CAN | iTunes AUS | iTunes US | iTunes UK | iTunes CAN | Kobo
Loving Chris Henderson would be wrong. Diabolically disastrous. I mean, what is there about him to love? He’s moody, bossy, brooding, a control freak, and that’s on a good day … but there was one achingly obvious fact that haunted my every thought, every minute of every day …

He sure could kiss.

As the countdown to the new millennium begins, there is one thing everyone agrees on: no one wants to be in Onslow for New Year’s Eve.

So that can only mean one thing: road trip!

No longer the mousey, invisible, shy girl from years ago, Tammy Maskala is finally making up for all those lost summers. A new year with new friends, which astoundingly includes the bossy boy behind the bar, Chris Henderson.

She likes her new friends (at least most of them), so why does she secretly feel so out of place?

After chickening out on the trip, a last-minute change of heart sees Tammy racing to the Onslow Hotel, fearing she’s missed her chance for a ride. The last thing she expected to meet was a less-than-happy Onslow Boy leaning against his black panel van.

Now the countdown begins to reach the others at Point Shank before the party is over and the new year has begun. Alone in a car with only the infuriating Chris Henderson, Tammy can’t help but feel this is a disastrous start to what could have been a great adventure. But when the awkward road trip takes an unexpected turn, Tammy soon discovers that the way her traitorous heart feels about Chris is the biggest disaster of all.

Fogged up windows, moonlight swimming, bad karaoke and unearthed secrets; after this one summer nothing will ever be the same again.


Insanity by Cameron Jace Book Blitz + Giveaway

by Cameron Jace
Publication date: December 20th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal
Published: December 20th 2013 by Jawigi Publishing
Purchase: Amazon
After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.


Twelve Days of Falling: The Art of Falling by Jenny Kaczorowski

The Art of Falling
by Jenny Kaczorowski
Genre: Young Adult Conteporary
Published: December 19th 2013 by Bloomsbury Spark
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
For seventeen-year-old Bria Hale, image is everything. She’s a militant vegan with purple hair, Doc Martens and a permanent scowl. Kissing captain of the football team Ben Harris? Definitely not part of that image.

Now with each secret kiss, she’s falling deeper for the boy every girl at Oceanside High is crushing on. Throw in a few forbidden bacon cheeseburgers and she’s facing one major identity crisis.

Ignoring Ben should be easy, but when a flashy display of artistic spirit lands her in close quarters after hours with the boy she’s too cool to like, she can’t keep pretending those kisses meant nothing. With her reputation and her heart on a collision course, Bria must either be true to herself or to the persona she’s spent all of high school creating.

Ondine by Emma Raveling Book Blitz + Giveaway (International!)

Ondine (Ondine Quartet 0.5)
by Emma Raveling
Publication date: December 19, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Purchase: Amazon
“I shouldn’t get involved.”

Rebellious and headstrong, sixteen-year-old Kendra Irisavie doesn’t have much respect for authority. An ondine with the powerful gift of Virtue, she uses her tough attitude and Empath magic to navigate through high school and keep others away.

Because being an ondine also means keeping secrets.

Kendra and her mother are Rogue water elementals in the middle of an ancient war. They hide among humans, their survival constantly threatened by monstrous Aquidae demons.

Along with a rigorous training regimen to mold Kendra into a lethal fighter, her mother has instituted four rules to keep her safe.

Trust no one. Relationships are weaknesses. Emotional attachments are dangerous. Be responsible only for yourself.

But when Kendra witnesses a classmate in trouble, she intervenes and her decision to break the rules comes at a price.

Sometimes, humans could be more dangerous than demons.

Ondine is a short prequel novella for the young adult urban / paranormal fantasy series, the Ondine Quartet.


Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott Promo Blitz Tour + Giveaway

by Elizabeth Scott
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
About Heartbeat: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound
Life. Death. And...Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma—the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia—New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge. Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death—and maybe, for love?

The Real Score by Kesh Tanglao Blog Tour Review + Giveaway

The Real Score (Gezellig)
by Kesh Tanglao
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick-lit
Published: August 28th 2013
Format Acquired: ebook for blog tour (thanks Dia of Book Junkie Blog Tours and Kesh!)
Purchase: Amazon | Kobo | Paperback order (Philippines only)
Caitlin's friendship with Marcus, the de facto frontman of the world's biggest boy band Gezellig, has long been an object of scrutiny by almost everyone--their friends and families, the media, and his fans--ever since they "went public" a couple of years back. Who wouldn't be interested? She was a nobody, catapulted into the limelight of his fame when he struck an unusual friendship with her.

To both Caitlin and Marcus, what they have is a "perfect little thing." But then something comes along and threatens it.

In a no-holds-barred interview, will they finally be forced to settle the score?


Cover Reveal: Dovetailed by RaShelle Workman

Dovetailed (Immortal Essence #3) 
by RaShelle Workman 
Publication date: This winter
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
World’s divided them. Chance brought them together. Only love will save them.

In the final installment of the Immortal Essence series questions are answered, alliances are ripped apart, and the war on Kelari rages between more than just the factions. There are those who want to take over planet Earth as well. Venus must find a way to bring peace to both worlds and do so without destroying the one person she’s ever truly loved.

Other books in the Immortal Essence world:

Purchase Exiled
Purchase Beguiled

About the author
RaShelle Workman

RaShelle Workman is the international bestselling author of the Dead Roses series ("Sleeping Roses," book 1 in the series, has been translated into Turkish and is NOW available wherever Turkish books are sold), the Immortal Essence series, the Blood and Snow series, the Cindy Chronicles, and Touching Melody (A Forever First Novel). She's sold over five hundred thousand copies of her novels worldwide. You can find RaShelle all over the web, but the best place to start is on her blog: rashelleworkman.com.



Backward Compatible by Sarah Daltry and Pete Clark Book Blast + Giveaway

Backward Compatible: A Geek Love Story
by Sarah Daltry, Pete Clark
Published: December 8th 2013 (first published December 1st 2013)
Purchase: Amazon | Amazon UK | Smashwords | Kobo | Barnes and Noble | All Romance
Not too long ago,
in a town that,
depending on your current location,
is either not super far
or actually quite close…

It is a time of chaotic hormones.
Two nerdy gents
home for winter break
have discovered a female gamer
at a midnight release.

During the break,
the gamer trio manages
to reveal the game’s secret boss,
a hidden enemy
with enough power to destroy
anything in its path.

Pursued by other gamers
who want to be the first
to beat this boss,
George and Katie race to level up,
and, in so doing, restore decency
and sexual activity to their personal galaxy…

Savor by Kate Evangelista Holiday Blitz

Savor (Vicious Feast #1)
by Kate Evangelista
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Crescent Moon Press
Mature and explicit content. Not recommended for readers below 18-years-old. Yup, you’ve got to be that old to read my story. Consider yourself warned.

I’m Dakota Collins, a tough talking, eye patch wearing, workaholic photography student. Why am I important? Well, maybe because I get to spend an entire month with Vicious, only the sickest indie rock band out there.

You see, I needed a subject for my Spring Showcase introspective in order to graduate. During a chance encounter at a club I’d been sent to cover for the Daily Gossip, our ironically named college paper, the features writer I usually teamed up with introduced me to the band—by accident, I might add. It involved a run in with a scary, bald bodyguard. Anyway, long story short, I signed a contract to take pictures of Vicious.

I should have known their handsome yet way too serious for his own good bassist, Luka Visraya, wouldn’t be able to keep his hands to himself. He’s gorgeous and all, but the way he smiles spelled trouble with a capital L. I’m in for a long month with him around.

Crazy shit happens and then some. So, if you want the skinny on Vicious and the events revolving around my stay at Lunar Manor, read my story.

Again, refer to the warning above.


Siren's Curse by Sara Jiang is NOW AVAILABLE!

Siren's Curse
Siren's Curse
by Sara Jiang
Date of Publication: December 5, 2013
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Circe only has seven days to live… and time is ticking.

Long ago, Sirens were cursed to stay on the rocks. If they ever stopped eating human flesh, their horns would pierce their bodies and they would die.

Circe had a choice: stay on the Perch with her sisters, feeding off of sailors for all time, or to dive into the deep, face the unknown, and take her chance at freedom.

On her journey into the ocean Circe meets a precocious little sea dragon, a heart-throb shark, and an eel with a vengeance. She comes face to face with witches, madmen, monsters, and a mysterious, loud rumbling that seems to only be getting louder.

Can she break the curse?

About the author
Sara Jiang

Sara Jiang was born in 1991 and lived on a sailboat in the Caribbean for 3 years when she was younger. This exposure to the ocean influences much of her art and writing. She is currently studying for her Bachelor's in Vocal Music Education at Abilene Christian University.

Sara Jiang does commission artwork and recently won Abilene Christian University's Summit Art Contest with one of her pen and ink drawings.



Letters to Nowhere by Julie Cross Book Blitz + Giveaway

Letters To Nowhere Series 
by Julie Cross 
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Book 1: Letters to Nowhere
Published: August 1st 2013 by Long Walk Press
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
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From the International Bestselling Author of the Tempest Series...
Set in the tough world of Elite Gymnastics...

I've gotten used to the dead parents face. I've gotten used to living with my gymnastics coach. I've even adjusted to sharing a bathroom with his way-too-hot son. Dealing with boys is not something that's made it onto my list of experiences as of yet. But here I am, doing it. And something about Jordan--being around him, talking to him, thinking about him--makes me feel like I can finally breathe again. That's something I haven't been able to do lately. He knows what it feels like to be me right now. He knows what it's like to wonder--what now? I think about it constantly. I need answers. I need to know how to get through this. In the gym, if you're struggling, you train harder, you do drills and conditioning. How do I work hard at moving on? At being on my own? And what happens if I might be...maybe...probably falling for Jordan? I mean we live together now. That can't happen, can it? But kissing him...well, let's just say it's not an easy activity to forget.
 5 Facts About Letters to Nowhere

1) Since I started writing the book, I've envisioned my main character, Karen, as a red-headed McKayla Maroney even though I tried my best not to picture her as anyone specific.

2) I've been around the world of competitive gymnastics for at least 15 years and therefore have depicted elite level gymnastics as true-to-life as possible in this book. 

3) The romance in LtN is not your typical "insta-love" or "fall in love then break up" format. This will please some and disappoint others.

(ARC) Book Review: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

The Promise of Amazing
by Robin Constantine
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Expected publication: December 31st 2013 by Balzer + Bray
Format Acquired: ARC from publisher via Edelweiss (thank you!)
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who's always done what she's supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.


I Have A Confession: I Like Sad Endings Too

This sort of like a topic post except it sounds more like me thinking out loud. Which isn't always pretty. Or organized. This is me blabbing. That's why I'm calling this The Confessional.
So you read this book where you fall madly in love with a couple who are trying very hard to stay together despite the crazy odds. Everything's going a-okay for you, there are only a few chapters till the end but then..... WHAT? They don't end up together? No epilogue with a wedding and then some years into their marriage they have children? None? FOR REAL?

Me. LOL, no. I love my books too much. I'd never chuck them out.
I'm kidding. To be honest, I don't really get too worked up over a sad ending. I actually like sad endings... if they make sense.

Book Blitz Giveaway: At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey

At Any Price (Gaming the System #1)
by Brenna Aubrey
Publication date: December 9th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Achievement Unlocked: Geek Virgin

When Mia Strong, proud geek-girl and popular gaming blogger, auctions off her virginity online, she knows she’ll make waves. But what she will not be making is a love connection. Her rules are set in stone: One night. No further contact.

It’s a desperate step, but it’s the only way she can go to medical school and pay her mother’s mounting hospital bills.

Difficulty Level: Millionaire CEO

Adam Drake, the enigmatic auction winner, is a software prodigy who made his first million at seventeen. Now, in his mid-twenties, he’s sexy, driven and–as CEO of his own gaming company–he’s used to making the rules. Before Mia knows what’s happening, he’s found the loophole in the rules of her auction. Every stipulation she’s made to protect her heart gets tossed by the wayside.

She can’t tell if he’s playing her…or if he’s playing for keeps.

This New Adult book is intended for audiences over the age of 18 due to adult language, sexual content and adult situations.


The Nerd Book #3: Melo Reacts to Non-YA Book Covers

Welcome to The Nerd Book where my good friend and now co-blogger Melo joins me on the blog to talk about all the nerdy cool things he likes (and dislikes). It's another round of cover bashing but this time, I picked 10 non-YA book covers. Originally I thought I'd name this the New Adult (NA) edition but I'm not sure some of the titles fit under that age bracket. So... "Non-YA" it is!

Okay so at first glance I thought this was a perfume bottle, never mind the title. I immediately really thought it was a perfume bottle. My mind’s playing tricks on me. Aaaaaaaaanyways, here we go! So the title Shaken Not Stirred is clearly a reference to 007’s preferred Martini prep, and it also says mixology novel on the bottoms. So yay, alcohol and love stories, cause they go hand in hand. I’m more interested to see what kind of cocktails the book will introduce, and how they will be described. “Okay so the bartender pulls out this drink, in a glass, and it’s just, awesome.” Mmm. No. 

Are you high? He’s clearly not making faces! He’s in pain. Never mind that he’s topless, but he’s clearly in pain. I can’t even poke fun at this. Not possible. If I had to guess, I’d say this was about people who “make faces” to hide their real emotions. Pretty tempting story stuff if that were the case. Internal monologue versus actual dialogue will cause the reader to juggle both at the same time. The question then becomes not why the two are inconsistent, but rather, which thought is the truth? 


Blog Tour (ARC) Review + Giveaway: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Crash into You (Pushing the Limits #3)
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: November 2, 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Format Acquired: ARC from publisher via NetGalley (thank you!!! Squeee~)
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane.

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.


Cover Reveal: First Chance Fling by Emma Hart

First Chance Fling (#0.5 Chances)

Genre: New Adult / Romance
Release Date: January 20th, 2014.
Buy Links
Second Chance Summer:

Starting a relationship of any kind three months before she leaves Alabama for New York isn’t in Kia’s game plan for this summer… Even if she does have a crazy ass crush on Reese Pembleton – the guy who isn’t afraid to let her know that starting a relationship with her is in his summer plan.
A lifetime of friendship means they know each other better than anyone. A month or two of flirting means there’s a little more than just friendship there. And a set up means the first kiss that changes everything.

One summer.
Two people.
Three months.
A thousand whirlwind moments.

This is the summer it all began for Kia and Reese.


(ARC) Book Review: No Angel by Helen Keeble

No Angel
by Helen Keeble
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Published: October 8th 2013 by HarperTeen
Format Acquired: ARC from publisher via Edelweiss (thanks!)
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
Rafael Angelos just got handed the greatest gift any teenage boy could ever dream of. Upon arriving at his new boarding school for senior year, he discovered that he is the ONLY male student. But what should have been a godsend isn't exactly heaven on Earth.

Raffi's about to learn that St. Mary's is actually a hub for demons-and that he was summoned to the school by someone expecting him to save the day. Raffi knows he's no angel-but it's pretty hard to deny that there's some higher plan at work when he wakes up one morning to discover a glowing circle around his head.

Helen Keeble's debut novel, Fang Girl, has been praised for its pitch-perfect teen voice, and VOYA called it "refreshing and reminiscent of Louise Rennison's Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series." No Angel brings you angels and demons like you've never seen them-complete with the wry humor of Vladimir Tod, sinfully irreverent romance, and some hilariously demonic teenage dilemmas.

(ARC) Book Review: How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True
by Sarah Strohmeyer
Published: April 23rd 2013 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format Acquired: ARC from publisher via Edelweiss (thanks!)
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
From Sarah Strohmeyer, author of Smart Girls Get What They Want, comes this romantic comedy about one girl's summer job from hell. Think The Devil Wears Prada set in Disney World.

When cousins Zoe and Jess land summer internships at the Fairyland Kingdom theme park, they are sure they've hit the jackpot. With perks like hot Abercrombie-like Prince Charmings and a chance to win the coveted $25,000 Dream & Do grant, what more could a girl want?

Once Zoe arrives, however, she's assigned to serve "The Queen"-Fairyland's boss from hell. From spoon-feeding her evil lapdog caviar, to fetching midnight sleeping tonics, Zoe fears she might not have what it takes to survive the summer, much less win the money.

Soon backstabbing interns, a runaway Cinderella, and cutthroat competition make Zoe's job more like a nightmare than a fairy tale. What will happen when Zoe is forced to choose between serving The Queen and saving the prince of her dreams?


(ARC) Book Review: Waterfell by Amelie Howard

Waterfell (The Aquarathi #1)
by Amalie Howard
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published: October 29th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Format Acquired: ARC from publisher via NetGalley (thanks!)
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository

Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright—the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon—until her father's betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa's upcoming birthday—the day she comes of age.

Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa's mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?