BOLD is FREE on Amazon!

Hi guys!  Remember that interview I did not too long ago with authors Julia Swift and Andrew Landis?  They told us all about their book, Bold.  Well, I have exciting news (if you haven’t already guessed).

BOLD is FREE on Amazon from today, September 4th, through Sunday, September 8th.  Yes.  Right through this little link.

So if you would really like to check out this book (or even if you’re just vaguely interested), you should totally grab it while it’s hot.  Below is the cover and description of the book, in case you forgot.

Sasha, a shy, 15-year-old girl who hides from the world, almost dies in a car crash and vows that if she survives, she will be bold and live life to the fullest. Her newfound courage is tested when she meets Will, who just moved to her Air Force desert town after his journalist father’s disappearance. Will is fascinated by Sasha’s brush with and secret knowledge of death.
Sasha and Will push each other to take chances and break out of their sheltered suburban world. But will they discover there is a difference between being bold and being stupid before they put themselves, or someone else, in danger?

Angelstone (Dark Angel, #2)

First Lines: Alyx had evaded him.  For now.  She struggled to contain her breath, jagged from all the running, as she crouched behind a crumbling stone pillar.

I received a copy of this from the author at the same time I received the first book in the series, Angelfire.  I almost forgot I had it this summer as I read books from the library, but I’ve started trying to get through my requests/indies now and this was the first one I saw.

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

After barely escaping with her life, Alyx is on the run again.  Luckily, she still has Jordan and Israel by her side.  Jordan leads them to a secret rogue hideout called Aradale, where they seem safe.  Now is the time for questions.  Who is “Mini”, the little girl they took from Michael’s cages?  Why was he keeping her?  The wedge between Alyx and Israel grows as they keep secrets from each other.  Outside Aradale, seemingly random pieces of art and architecture are being stole.  It’s not random.  These pieces are made of Black Stone, the only thing that can kill angels.  And these pieces are now in the Darkened’s control.  There are only a few places left that the Darkened haven’t gotten to.  Can Alyx and the others protect the Stone and themselves before it’s too late?

I started reading this book just as school started, so I was incredibly busy when I read it and my reading of it was highly disjointed.  That kind of colored my opinion of the book.

I’ll also start by saying that I enjoyed the first book, but I didn’t think it was all that amazing.  It has problems, as many books do.

It didn’t feel like this book had that much action in it.  It certainly had less than the first book, where it always felt like Alyx was flirting with danger.  This was more tame than that one, definitely.  Most of the “action” in this one came from inner turmoil.  Which is fine, but when you’re only reading it in short spurts, it’s kind of boring.

I also didn’t feel like Alyx has grown at all as a character over the course of this book.  I really enjoy character development, and she just didn’t have it.  She’s still making the same mistakes and decisions she did in the beginning, basically.  Israel, on the other hand, seemed to have the most character development.  Which I liked.  The only problem was that most of the story is told from Alyx’s POV and Israel is keeping his new side hidden from her.  So I didn’t get to see much of what I wanted to.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed with it.  It’s almost a completely different book from the first book.  What I mean is that the “villain” of the first book makes no appearance here, the places you’re familiar with don’t come back (mostly), and the characters you know are also mostly absent.  It was hard to find a way into the book again when all this was different.