Tuesday 30 September 2014

Book Review - Love and Other Unknown Variables

Love and Other Unknown Variables
Author: Shannon Lee Alexander
Genres: Contemporary | Young Adult
Release Date: 7th October 2014
Publishers: Entangled Teen
No. Pages: 352
Source: Review Copy - Entangled Teen
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Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck.

The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she’s counting on the present. She’s not impressed by the strange boy at the donut shop - until she learns he’s a student at Brighton where her sister has just taken a job as the English teacher. With her encouragement, Charlie orchestrates the most effective prank campaign in Brighton history. But, in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy.

By the time he learns she's ill - and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte’s illness - Charlotte’s gravitational pull is too great to overcome. Soon he must choose between the familiar formulas he’s always relied on or the girl he’s falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second squared.)

Monday 29 September 2014

Book Review - A Song for Ella Grey

A Song For Ella Grey
Author: David Almond
Genres: Mythology, Contemporary | Young Adult
Release Date: 2nd October 2014
Publishers: Hodder Children's Books
No. Pages: 272
Source: Review Copy - Hodder Children's Books
Buy From: Don't.
"I'm the one who's left behind. I'm the one to tell the tale. I knew them both.. knew how they lived and how they died."

Claire is Ella Grey's best friend. She's there when the whirlwind arrives on the scene: catapulted into a North East landscape of gutted shipyards; of high arched bridges and ancient collapsed mines. She witnesses a love so dramatic it is as if her best friend has been captured and taken from her. But the loss of her friend to the arms of Orpheus is nothing compared to the loss she feels when Ella is taken from the world.

This is her story - as she bears witness to a love so complete; so sure, that not even death can prove final.

Saturday 27 September 2014

Bookish Musings - Searching Out Spoilers

Bookish Musings is a feature here at Beautiful Bookish Butterflies that allows one of us to share our thoughts and opinions, talk and discuss things happening in the book and blogging community or share a personal book related issue we have. Today, Amanda is talking about the dreded bane of readers lives.. spoilers. You may need preparing, you may need to gather yourself, because this post and it's content may shock even the most indelicate of readers.

Thursday 25 September 2014

Who Wore It Better #16 - Linger

Who Wore It Better is a meme created and hosted by Nitzan at The Book Babes Read and co-hosted here on Beautiful Bookish Butterflies by Amanda and Stacie. We don't talk about clothing or fashion and we definitely don't talk frills and spills, we talk books and their covers and who we think has the best. This week, Amanda's talking about the covers for The Titans Curse, book three in Percy Jackson and The Olympians. It's not her favourite installment, but is the one she's most recently read.

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Book Review - Red Rising

Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising Trilogy #1
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia | Young Adult
Release Date: 25th September 2014
Publishers: Hodder & Stoughton
No. Pages: 382
Source: Review Copy - Hodder & Stoughton

The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda.

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Blog Tour Review/Giveaway - Made For You

Huge thank you to Xpresso Reads for allowing me to host this Blog Tour.

Made For You
Author: Melissa Marr
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal | Young Adult
Release Date: 16th September 2014
Publishers: HarperCollins
No. Pages: 368
Source: Review Copy - Xpresso Book Tours
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When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she's confused - who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her.

While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends - and themselves - alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

Monday 22 September 2014

Book Review - The Girl Who Never Was

The Girl Who Never Was Author: Skylar Dorset
Series: Otherworld #1
Genres: Fantasy | Young Adult
Release Date: 1st June 2014
Publishers: Sourcebooks
No. Pages: 304
Source: Review Copy - Sourcebooks
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The Girl Who Never Was is the story of Selkie Stewart, who thinks she's a totally normal teenager growing up in Boston. Sure, her father is in an insane asylum, her mother left her on his doorstep - literally - when she was a baby, and she’s being raised by two ancient aunts who spend their time hunting gnomes in their Beacon Hill townhouse. But other than that her life is totally normal! She's got an adventurous best friend who's always got her back and an unrequited crush on an older boy named Ben. Just like any other teenager..


When Selkie goes in search of the mother she’s never known, she gets more than she bargained for. It turns out that her mother is faerie royalty, which would make Selkie a faerie princess - except for the part where her father is an ogre, which makes her only half of anything. Even more confusing, there’s a prophecy that Selkie is going to destroy the tyrannical Seelie Court, which is why her mother actually wants to kill her. Selkie has been kept hidden all her life by her adoring aunts, with the help of a Salem wizard named Will. And Ben. Because the boy she thinks she’s in love with turns out to be a faerie whose enchantment has kept her alive, but also kept her in the dark about her own life.

Now, with enchantments dissolved and prophecies swinging into action, Selkie finds herself on a series of mad quests to save the people she’s always loved and a life she’s learning to love. But in a supernatural world of increasingly complex alliances and distressingly complicated deceptions, it’s so hard to know who to trust. Does her mother really wish to kill her? Would Will sacrifice her for the sake of the prophecy? And does Ben really love her or is it all an elaborate ruse? In order to survive, Selkie realizes that the key is learning - and accepting - who she really is.

Saturday 20 September 2014

Book Review - Uninvited

Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Uninvited #1
Genres: Dystopian, Thriller | Young Adult
Release Date: January 28th 2014
Publishers: Harper Teen
No. Pages: 384
Source: Review Copy - Harper Teen

The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan's chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she's destined to become a murderer.

When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Book Review - Battle of the Labyrinth

Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4
Genres: Mythology, Urban Fantasy | Childrens, Young Adult
Release Date: 1st August 2010
Publishers: Puffin
No. Pages: 342
Source: Borrowed
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Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to diabolical.

In this latest installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos‘s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop them, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn. Full of humour and heart-pounding action, this fourth book promises to be their most thrilling adventure yet.

Book Review - Silver Shadows

Silver Shadows
Author: Richelle Mead 
Series: Bloodlines #5
Genres: Magic, Vampires | Young Adult
Release Date: July 29th 2014
Publishers: Razorbill
No. Pages: 380
Source: Purchased 
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.
Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .
Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Book Reviews - Mind Games/Annie and Fia

Mind Games
Author: Kiersten White
Series: Mind Games #1
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy | Young Adult
Release Date: 3rd December 2013
Publishers: Harper Teen
No. Pages: 327
Source: Won
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Fia was born with flawless instincts.
Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right.
Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her -
except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable way.. or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

Monday 15 September 2014

Book Review - Billy and Me

Billy and Me
Author: Giovanna Fletcher
Genres: Contemporary | Adult
Release Date: 23rd May 2013
Publishers: Penguin
No. Pages: 402
Source: Gifted
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Sophie May has a secret. One that she’s successfully kept for years.

It's meant that she’s had to give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local tea-shop. But then she meets the gorgeous Billy – an actor with ambitions to make it to the top. And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy’s glamorous, but ruthless, world.

Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of shying away from attention. Can she handle the constant scrutiny that comes with being with Billy? And most of all, is she ready for her secret heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation?

Bookish Musings - Charity shops

Bookish Musings is a feature here at Beautiful Bookish Butterflies that allows one of us to share our thoughts and opinions, talk and discuss things happening in the book and blogging community or share a personal book related issue we have. Today, Stacie is talking about charity shops and why she buys her books so cheaply..

Sunday 14 September 2014

Book Review - Unmarked

Author: Kami Garcia
Series: The Legion #2
Genres: Paranormal, Horror, Fantasy | Young Adult
Release Date: 30th September 2014
Publishers: Little Brown
No. Pages: 384
Source: Review Copy - Little Brown
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He is here.. and he could be anyone.

Kennedy Waters lives in a world where vengeance spirits kill, ghosts keep secrets, and a demon walks among us – a demon she accidentally set free.

Now Kennedy and the other Legion members - Alara, Priest, Lukas, and Jared - have to hunt him down. As they learn more about the history of the Legion and the Illuminati, Kennedy realizes that the greatest mystery of all does not belong to any secret order, but to her own family. With the clock ticking and the life of someone she loves hanging in the balance, Kennedy has to ask the question she fears most: what is it about her past that has left her Unmarked?

Saturday 13 September 2014

Saying Goodbye To A Series

A few weeks ago I said goodbye to a series and really, it was the first goodbye that has hit my in a way I never really expected it too. Granted, I've finished other series before this one, I'd finished Trilogies and Duologies and yes, it was a little sad to see that chapter close and to think that there would never be another book with those characters, but the most recent series really created so many more emotions than those others could have ever have imagined and it's got me thinking about how hard it is to say goodbye - especially to long series when you've been with those characters through everything, when you've been in their mind and through their pain and when you've become attached to them that they almost feel like real friends. How do you learn to let go of these of these series and what exactly are the steps to go from mourning to remembering?

Wednesday 10 September 2014

Who Wore It Better #15 - Magic Study

Who Wore It Better is a meme created and hosted by Nitzan at The Book Babes Read and co-hosted here on Beautiful Bookish Butterflies by Amanda and Stacie. We don't talk about clothing or fashion and we definitely don't talk frills and spills, we talk books and their covers and who we think has the best. This week, Amanda's talking about the covers for Magic Study, book #2 in the Poison Study series. Amanda's been meaning to read this series for as long as she can remember yet stull hasn't started it. What is she waiting for? It's probably time she considered it, right? Convince her.

Book Review - The Witch of Salt and Storm

The Witch of Salt and Storm
Author: Kendall Kulper
Genres: WitchesParanormal | Young Adult
Release Date: September 4th 2014
Publishers: Orchard Books
No. Pages: 384
Source: Review Copy - Orchard Books
Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the sea witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island's whalers safe and prosperous at sea. But before she could learn how to control her power, her mother - the first Roe woman in centuries to turn her back on magic - steals Avery away from her grandmother. Avery must escape before her grandmother dies, taking with her the secrets of the Roe's power.

The one magical remnant left to Avery is the ability to read dreams, and one night she foresees her own murder. Time is running short, both for her and for the people of her island who need the witches' help to thrive.

Avery has never read a dream that hasn't come true, but a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane tells her he can help her change her fate. Becoming a witch may prevent her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers it will also require a sacrifice she never expected. And as she falls in love with Tane, she learns it is his life and hers that hang in the balance.

Tuesday 9 September 2014

Book Review - Vampire Acadmey

Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #1
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy | Young Adult
Release Date: 26 May 2009
Publishers: Razorbill
No. Pages: 322
Source: Borrowed
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn't just any boarding school - it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s, the very place where they’re most in danger..

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi - the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires - make Lissa one of them forever.

I borrowed Vampire Academy from the library three times before I actually got around to reading it and I confess to be absolutely ashamed of such a thing. Why did I not read it on the first outing, god only knows? But why did I take out a second time when I hadn't read it before? Maybe it was hope, a sign of encouragement.. But why on earth did I take it out a third time if the last two attempts had failed? Truthfully, because of Stacie. If it wasn't for her insisting I try this series and see whether my rough relationship with vampires was just that they're not for me or whether I'd just read the wrong kind of book in the past, I would never have considered Vampire Academy, no matter how many people recommended it to me, however, I'm more than pleased to say that Vampire Academy and I got along like a house on fire and I, without a doubt, plan on reading, enjoying and devouring the rest of this series. Why you ask? Let me tell you..

Monday 8 September 2014

Book Review - Adaptation

Author: Malinda Lo
Series: Adaptation #1
Genres: Science FictionAliens | Young Adult
Release Date: September 18th 2012
Publishers:  Little Brown
No. Pages: 386
Source: Review Copy - Little Brown
Reese can’t remember anything from the time between the accident and the day she woke up almost a month later. She only knows one thing: She’s different now.

Across North America, flocks of birds hurl themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. Thousands of people die. Fearing terrorism, the United States government grounds all flights, and millions of travelers are stranded.

Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David are in Arizona when it happens. Everyone knows the world will never be the same. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway at night in the middle of Nevada, a bird flies into their headlights. The car flips over. When they wake up in a military hospital, the doctor won’t tell them what happened, where they are—or how they’ve been miraculously healed.

Things become even stranger when Reese returns home. San Francisco feels like a different place with police enforcing curfew, hazmat teams collecting dead birds, and a strange presence that seems to be following her. When Reese unexpectedly collides with the beautiful Amber Gray, her search for the truth is forced in an entirely new direction—and threatens to expose a vast global conspiracy that the government has worked for decades to keep secret. 

Book Review - My Life Next Door

My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Series: My Life Next Door #1
Genres: Contemporary | Young Adult
Release Date: 14th June 2012
Publishers: Speak
No. Pages: 394
Source: Gifted
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"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them.. until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

Saturday 6 September 2014

Bookish Musings - Amanda's Bookish Wishlist

Bookish Musings is a feature here at Beautiful Bookish Butterflies that allows one of us to share our thoughts and opinions, talk and discuss things happening in the book and blogging community or share a personal book related issue we have. Today, Amanda is talking about the books that have made it onto her Bookish Wishlist. She tends to fall in love with books instantly, and then never get around to acquiring them, but this time, she's going to. This time, she's making a record. She will get to these books.. one day.

Thursday 4 September 2014

Book Review - Day 21

Day 21
Author: Kass Morgan
Series: The Hundred #2
Genres: Dystopian, Space | Young Adult
Release Date: September 16th 2014
Publishers: Little Brown
No. Pages: 320
Source: Review Copy - Little Brown
No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now. It's been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They're the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries...or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan's The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can -- together.

Book Review - Dying of the Light

Dying of the Light
Author: Derek Landy
Series: Skulduggery Pleasant #9
Genres: Fantasy | Childrens, Young Adult
Release Date: 28th August 2014
Publishers: Harper Collins
No. Pages: 604
Source: Purchased
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The War of the Sanctuaries has been won, but it was not without its casualties..

Following the loss of Valkyrie Cain, Skulduggery Pleasant must use any and all means to track down and stop Darquesse before she turns the world into a charred, lifeless cinder. And so he draws together a team of soldiers, monster hunters, killers, criminals.. and Valkyrie’s own murderous reflection.

The war may be over, but the final battle is about to begin. And not everyone gets out of here alive..

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Book Review - Conquest

Author: John Connolly  Jennifer Ridyard
Series: The Chronicles of the Invaders #1
Genres: Dystopian, Aliens | Young Adult
Release Date: August 28th 2014
Publishers: Headline
No. Pages: 448
Source: Won
The Earth has been invaded by the Illyri, a beautiful, civilized, yet ruthless alien race. Humanity has been conquered, but still it fights the invaders. The Resistance grows stronger, for it is the young people of Earth who are best equipped to battle the Illyri.

Syl Hellais, conceived among the stars, is the oldest alien child on Earth, the first to reach sixteen years of age. Her father rules the planet. Her future is assured. And Syl has hidden gifts, powers that even she does yet fully understand.

But all is not as it seems. The Illyri are at war among themselves, and the sinister Nairene Sisterhood has arrived on Earth, hungry for new blood. When Syl helps a pair of young Resistance fighters to escape execution, she finds herself sentenced to death, pursued by her own kind, and risks breaking the greatest taboo of her race by falling in love with a human.

Now the hunter has become the hunted, the predator become prey.

And as Syl is about to learn, the real invasion has not yet even begun

Book Review - Still Point

Still Point
Author: Katie Kacvinsky
Series: Awaken #3
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian | Young Adult
Release Date: 2nd September 2014
Publishers: HMH Books
No. Pages: 345
Source: Review Copy - HMH Books
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In the final installment to the trilogy begun with 'Awaken', Maddie returns home to make her final stand against Digital School, but uncovers deeply guarded secrets about her family and new truths about herself that will push herself, her friendships and her love with Justin to the brink. Can she really have her middle ground?

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Book Review - The Titans Curse

Percy Jackson and The Titans Curse
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3
Genres: Mythology, Urban Fantasy | Childrens
Release Date: 1st of July 2008
Publishers: Disney-Hyperion
No. Pages: 294
Source: Borrowed
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It's not everyday you find yourself in combat with a half-lion, half human. But when you're the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive..

Monday 1 September 2014

Book Review - Trial By Fire

Trial By Fire
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: Worldwalker Trilogy #1
Genres: Fantasy | Young Adult
Release Date: 28th August 2014
Publishers: MacMillan
No. Pages: 384
Source: Review Copy - MacMillan
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This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted.. which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily's life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear..

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem - one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian.. Lily's identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn't understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected. But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?