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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
VBT:Giveaway & Review ~ Wanted by Annika James
Attacked as a young witch and left for dead, Ashlinn is deathly afraid of being bitten again. Having survived until she’s almost eighteen without donating blood to any of her vamp friends, Ashlinn figures she’ll continue to live bite-free.
After her crush reveals how powerful she is, however, the Vampire Council declares she be claimed as a familiar, which requires biting. Ashlinn doesn’t want to be owned, even by hot vamp, Conor.
Luckily, her best friend, Matt, volunteers for the job. She is given one week to choose her protector, and the list of willing biters keeps growing. Will she go with best friend Matt, hot vamp Conor, or someone else to protect her? Will she be able to get her power under control by then? Will she overcome her phobia of being bitten? And who says she needs to be protected, anyhow?
Wanted by Annika James
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Number of pages: 212
Word Count: 55,614
Cover Artist: Marion Sipe
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Here's an excerpt for you:
He leaned toward me, holding my gaze with his. I forgot how to breathe, how to think. Then his lips touched mine, electricity exploding up and down my body.
Soft and gentle, they probed, tasting, testing. I didn’t move to touch him, just remained frozen. There was only the kiss. His mouth moved to my jaw, kissing his way down to my neck. His teeth grazed my skin.
I unfroze and found my voice. “No!” I felt a surge of power push through me.
Conor flew backward across the room. He crashed into a bookcase, sending an avalanche of books over him as he fell to the floor. He slumped there, holding his head, dazed.
He looked up in confusion, mouth opened ready to speak. At that moment, my muscles remembered how to move and I ran for the door. It opened in front of me, not of my power, and Matt appeared. He’d probably felt my surge of power. I hadn’t meant to throw Conor. Panic had overtaken me and I had lost control for an instant.
I flew into Matt’s arms and he embraced me. Matt was my rock. His presence calmed me, it always did. He was like a protective big brother. I knew he understood the whole scene in the seconds before I’d found his arms. I buried my face in the T-shirt pulled tight across his strong chest, and breathed in his scent, a mix of fabric softener and cologne. It was familiarity, it was home, and it helped to center me. I peeked out at Conor. He stepped out of the pile of books and straightened his clothing.
“Is she yours, Matthew? I thought she was unclaimed.” Conor was now being formal. Vamps often addressed each other formally, even the teenage ones. He thought I was Matt’s, and to bite me would have been a serious offense to Matt’s family. I was not claimed, nor would I ever be. Matt’s arms tightened around me.
“No. I told you she’s not claimed. Did you try to bite her?” Each word seethed with anger. I had never heard so much menace in Matt’s voice. He trembled ever so slightly. Wasn’t Conor his friend? I felt like there was something else going on here I didn’t quite get.
“I just assumed she’d agree.” Conor’s voice came from right behind me. “I’ve never been turned down before.” His voice wasn’t cocky, not even confident. He stated it like he’d simply said his eyes were green.
“Did you ask her?”
Conor said nothing. Matt must have seen something in Conor’s face, though, because his grip on me tightened, voice outraged. “You didn’t even ask her?” He was furious. I raised my head. There was fire in his eyes, and if looks could kill,
Conor would have been so much more than dead.
I turned in Matt’s arms, forcing him to loosen his hold, although he didn’t let go completely. Conor’s brow furrowed, mouth drawn into a tight frown.
“I thought it was what she wanted.” His voice was soft and unsure.
Matt let go to put me behind him, further protecting me. “Ashlinn’s been bitten before. Without permission. Without the aid of making it feel good. Drained. Almost to the point of death.”
I shivered, remembering the night I met Matt. I would never forget the feeling of having life literally sucked out of me, of hovering so close to death. I was so young, at the time I hadn’t really known what was going on. Almost dying, however, would remain embedded in my memory forever. Matt had found me and knew what to do to nurse me back to health. He’d been my protector ever since.
I looked around Matt’s broad back. Conor’s wide-eyed gaze found mine. “I am so sorry, Ashlinn. I offended you. I meant you no harm. I was unaware of your past and thought you were giving me the okay.”
He spread his hands in a helpless gesture. I stepped out from behind Matt, to his side. Matt put an arm around my shoulders, still holding me close. I watched
Conor’s gaze slide over the embrace to Matt’s face, before coming back to mine.
He had apologized, now he waited for me to say it was okay.
“I suppose I probably was.” My voice was soft, though not wobbly. “Though I didn’t mean to.” I was pretty calm now, thanks to Matt. And I was almost sure Conor wasn’t going to attack me. I had unknowingly given him the green light, forgetting he wasn’t just a normal boy, and this wasn’t just a normal party. I liked him so much, I had sent him signals that probably seemed the same as “Bite me!”
“Sorry I threw you across the room.” I did feel bad. I hadn’t meant to hurt him.
Matt looked at me as Conor smiled slightly. “I deserved it.” Some of the confidence returned to his voice.
“It was quite impressive.”
“You did that?” Matt sounded surprised and a little proud. “Your power?”
I nodded. “I guess the panic took over. I reacted without thinking. And there he was, flying, crashing.” I gestured from where I’d read the poem to the pile of books on the floor.
Matt’s smile was big and genuine. “That is awesome, Ash.” He gave my shoulder a small squeeze.
Conor took a step toward us. I didn’t flinch. I knew he meant me no harm. If he had bitten me, my mind knew it would have felt amazing, completely opposite of how it had felt the last time I was bitten. Although, it would still have been against my will, without permission, and that was rape. No one was going to bite me again, ever. Even Conor. I didn’t want to be under anyone’s control but my own.
“You’re very powerful,” Conor observed.
I shrugged. “I guess.”
About the Author:
Annika James lives in small-town Wisconsin with her husband and two beautiful kiddos. She spends her days working to pay the bills and her nights dreaming of more fun ways to do so. Her passions include writing, reading, music and traveling with her family. She dreams of a world where vampires and powerful witches really exist, because life would be so much more interesting.
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Another debut author to watch. I really got caught up in this story and I hope that she plans to continue it. Don't get me wrong it doesn't have a cliff hanger. I just want more!
In this book, Ashlinn is a witch who hangs out with vampires. She has an aversion to being bitten. When she was very young a vampire almost drained her dry. Her best friend is the one who saved her. Matt is always there when she needs him except lately he seems to be distancing himself from her. As if that isn't enough, she has the hots for a vampire friend of his but he won't introduce her to him. One day Conor invites her to come along to a party that he is having. She agrees to go. She finds herself alone with Conor and the unthinkable happens. You guessed it he tries to bite her!
Her world starts to get really complicated as her powers start to get stronger. The next thing she knows, half of the guy vampires are talking to her with interest. They want to hang out and talk to her and before then, they had never given her a second glance. The vampire council decides that she needs to become someone's familiar in order to keep vampires from fighting over her.
She spends a lot of the book deciding who she should let bite her. That is the only way to be safe.
There are some twists and turns. We find out who hurt her when she was younger. She finally chooses between Matt and Conor (sort of). I was really engaged in this story. I could not put it down.
The plot had a witch who is very powerful but has an aversion to being bitten, vampires who want to suck her blood, a ruling from the council that she must become someone's familiar (she must let someone bite her), doubts and choices, agendas, twists and turns.
I was left with a few questions though and I really hope that Anikka James plans to continue the story. I need to know what Conor's mom was really up to. There was no mention of it but if Ashlinn becomes a familiar, could the other person marry a different person? I know they share a bond, but there was no mention of marriage or anything other than being together for a long time. I was just curious! Also the counsel was discussing them at the end of the book. This is the main reason I must insist on a sequel or more!
I recommend this book to all of you who love YA paranormal books. This was a terrific story.
I received a copy of this book from Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for my honest opinion. I really liked it. I liked the cover, the plot, the writing, the angst and other emotions I went through as I wondered what would happen to her. I thought it was an awesome story and I really hope that we get more! :-)
If you discovered that your Best friend had romantic feelings for you that you didn't reciprocate, what would you do?
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Posted by Brenda Demko at 12:30 AM
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Oh yes i can understand what you mean^^ does familiar equal marriage or the vamp can have another mate in teh same time.... thinking like that i think he could but that doesn't mean you can't marry your familiar if you choose to do so.... Conor seems so cocky...i prefer Matt from what i've readReplyDelete
if my bestfriend had romantic feeling for me what i would do....good question... i wouldn't want to hurt him that's for sure but i wouldn't want to lie to him either ( because hat's hurt too).. perjhaps i would try to put some distance or perhaps if i wasn't interested in anyone and didn't feel like i would perhaps i would try to see if my feeling could evolve.... because tenderness is also a stable socle for relationship
It really doesn't say and I don't want to assume. I tend to over think things that may not matter to other people. In the book they are happy and there is no mention of either of them wanting someone else, but I am curious none the less.Delete
I love Matt. He is a sweety. Conor has some reasons for acting the way he does, so he isn't really as bad as the excerpt makes him seem either!
I feel bad for Matt. He loves her so much and she just can't seem to see him as anything but a brother for most of the book. He is very understanding too!
I think that those who have read a lot of PNR automatically equate "familiar" with "mate." It seems a bit wrong for one's husband or wife to be so bonded to someone else--especially when drinking is such an intimate act! But the tide may be turning!
This is actually the third series I've encountered which is set up so that one's mate is not necessarily also one's "familiar." The second was the Penton Legacy series that you blogged about recently, Brenda. The first, believe it or not, is J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series! No more details, for fear of spoilers--but if you'd like a specific tip, it's in the second novel.
Now, I confess that I'm not too crazy about a split arrangement. Part of it comes down to what we were discussing in an earlier combox: you may have feelings for two people, but you should choose one. So if your spouse needs a familiar and you choose to be someone else's familiar, that is pushing the boundaries, I think! On the other hand, if a mate is not capable of being a familiar, I see why this role would have to be filled by someone else.
To answer your question . . . If a very good male friend had feelings for me, I think I'd be open to reciprocating them. =) There's a guy I knew in uni who would laugh sarcastically if he read that line! We were good friends and I didn't give him a chance. =( It's because of that relationship, however, that I've learned to be more open to love, wherever it may come from. Having said that, though, there are still no guarantees. We may date and become even closer, only to have it not work out, when a friendship might have lasted forever. =(
It is a very tricky situation to be in and I don't envy those of you who have been in it.Delete
I would be honest with him.ReplyDelete
Honesty is always best!Delete
Oh I can answer this question for sure~ First off be honest from the start because vague leads to mixed signals! Secondly, no matter how much you try there will be an awkwardness between the two of you that you can not get over. Lastly, remember that he has always been there and deserves more patience and understanding than you have ever shown anyone!ReplyDelete
Oh and Brenda, I forgot to add that your question about marriage versus the familiar is very intriguing. If the familiar and the vamp have that strong of a lifetime bond than I think it would be weird if the vamp found a love interest and was married...But since I haven't read this book yet it leaves me completely intrigued!Delete
I use to think I needed two jobs to buy all the books I want but now I am thinking I need to quit working so that I can read all the books out there...NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN THE DAY!
I need more hours too!Delete
There is no implication that Conor won't want to stay with her, I just like all of my t's crossed and i's dotted. :-)
Id just have to be honest with them. Their still your best friend so they have to know how you feel. This sounds like a great read! I will definitely check it out! Thanks!ReplyDelete
It was a great read. I hope you get a chance to read it! :-)Delete
That is a tough question. I would have to let my friend know and hope they can accept it.ReplyDelete
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I think the best you can do is be honest and patient.Delete
Well, I haven't been in this situation that I know of ;) However, my daughter tends to have the issue where a guy friend will want to date and she likes him as a "brother". I keep explaining to her that a relationship needs to be built on shared likes, trust, and ultimately friendship. If all you have for your boyfriend is "lust" that's not a good relationship. Of course, she's still young and looking for the thrills LOLReplyDelete
I'm interested in the premise of the story and I think I might check it out. I used to read a lot more YA when I was trying to get books for my daughter and I both to read, but I tastes are so different now, that I only buy those YA that really catch my eye.
you are so right about what a relationship should be built on ... but i'm seeing and hearing more and more the opposite and i don't like that ( kind of you have to sample the goods before thinking about starting a relationship or not... THAT'S STUPID!..... like a relastionship was only sex not tenderness, understanding etc)Delete
Though with a mother as sensitive and intelligent as you i don't worry for your girl^^
Ditto what Miki said. :-)Delete
It is very sad to see so much emphasis on sex and living in the moment and doing what feels good. There are always consequences! Not to mention, what about self respect?
Maybe I am just old fashioned but that is my outlook. Sex without a relationship? Why bother? For me, it is the relationship, the communication, being there for each other, etc.. that matters. If I don't have that, I could never, would never sleep with that person!
This story was good. I hope you check it out!:D
Thanks for the compliment Miki! I certainly hope that she has learned some good habits and beliefs. She's 15 and has ADHD, so she flirts a lot right now. She looks at boys more as friends. It's slowly changing, but I can wait for her to mature. She has so many other things to do with her life before a relationship becomes important ;)Delete
My husband and I are pretty old fashioned as well Brenda. We believe int he commitment we made to each other and it doesn't always feel good, but we always love each other and are willing to work for the deeper meaning that is found in a deep relationship.
Good for you Josette! I'm glad you have a wonderful marriage too! :-)Delete
I'd want to say we'd talk it out, but I know I would probably avoid them for a few days lol out of awkwardnessReplyDelete
It could be awkward so I understand why you'd practice avoidance.Delete
What great answers! I am currently working on the sequel, so we'll see what happens between Ash and her boys. :)ReplyDelete
I thought I had replied earlier in the week, but I was on my phone and sometimes technology just doesn't work the way you want it to. :)
Thanks, Brenda for having me and for the great review! I hope everyone enjoys the book as much as I did writing it!
Good luck in the giveaway!
Thank you a lot for coming here to chat with us^^ and giving us the good news of the work in progress^^Delete
Yes, Thank you for letting us know. I am very excited to hear that a sequel is in the works! :-)Delete
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