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LoonyAlana

Crazy Bibliophile and Book Pimp (Not So Anonymous)

I am a mother of two boys and avid reader; I practically live and breathe books. If I could sustain my life on just reading, I would live forever. I'm weird, and proud of it. I have traveled to many places: Mexico, St. Marteen, Prague, England, Cozumel, and Canada to name a few. Many moons ago I co-hosted "Welcome to Insanity" radio show on a micro radio station in TX- but our show was played via streaming internet in coffee houses in Amsterdam. I have a BA in theater. I used to be "the finder of lost things" but I think my last child robbed me of my gift. Now I just have a large collection of useless information... it goes with my growing mountain of "to be read" books

Currently reading

The Hooker and the Hermit
Penny Reid, Luci Cosway
The Suicide Princess
Anthony Bryan
Rise of the Magi (Lila Gray, #3)
Jocelyn Adams
Caged (Holloway Pack, #3)
J.A. Belfield
Beg for Mercy (Cambion, #1) - Shannon Dermott Overview

Mercy is your average teenager, that is, if you are a succubus. She cannot even kiss a boy without possibly killing him. Finding herself at a party with the "elite" crowd from school with her best friend she is suddenly thrust into a game of spin the bottle... and just guess where the bottle lands. This one juvenile, innocuous game played by teenagers is the domino that seems to really stir up the fates, and Mercy's usual MO. No boys, no kissing, and predilection for using the SAT word-of-the-day app... all this is suddenly turned on its head. Mercy finds herself not just in a love triangle....

What I Thought

You can't tell but I am fist-pumping the air over this book! This displays EVERYTHING I love about YA books. I love the angst... and how much more angst can you get than a budding teenage girl filled with hormones, and a succubus that wants to suck the life out of every boy she finds herself attracted to. And there is not just a love triangle, but a "love hexagon" as I've seen Shannon put it. It was such an interesting take on a commonly used literary device. And there was plenty of "boy eye candy" to go around. I even loved the pattern of SAT words preceding the chapters and looking for the use of that word in the chapter. You get a boost to your vocabulary just by reading this book!

I personally found all the characters to seem natural to themselves, and loved the variety between each of the "guys". There were some plot twists that I saw a mile away, with a big neon sign- but I still loved the way it was told. And there were other plot twists I was expecting, but either I was wrong, or maybe, just maybe those possibilities will be explored in the future installments. And quite honestly, I was NOT expecting the ending, so that was a pleasant surprise. The book was well pace and very engaging. Normally, it would have been the book that I would have stayed up way too late reading, but current circumstances forced me to draw it out. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone that enjoys YA. And while there are (obvious) sexual overtones (hello, succubus?) this is still a "clean" enough story to give to any teenager.

I'm left wanting the next book NOW! But, as I hear it should be just a few months away at the most, I will attempt to subdue my inner demon from begging for mercy....