“Our fires burn brightly for our readers and as a way to say thanks to our readers we’ve launched our latest division of Entangled Teen and it’s name is Ember. We have two exciting launch titles: Darker Days by Jus Accardo and Chaos by Christine O’Neil. Read away!”
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Chaos by Christine O’Neil
My name is Maggie Raynard. After sixteen years being just plain me, suddenly, when I lose my temper, my fingers become weapons of mass destruction. Turns out I’m a semi-god, descended from Aphrodite. Sounds cool in theory, but when I accidentally put my ex-boyfriend in a coma, things go downhill pretty fast.
Now some new guy named Mac Finnegan has made it his mission in life to continually piss me off. I’m stuck learning how to use my new powers while also dealing with regular high school problems, and with this annoying and super-hot—guy all up in my business, I’m about to flip out.
But it gets worse. I just learned there’s this watchdog council of semis who keep an eye out for any bad apples. They think I’m the baddest one in the bunch and want to take me out before I do any more damage. My nemesis Mac might turn out to be my salvation, only he’s got secrets of his own…and they may just kill us both.
Darker Days by Jus Accardo
A little sin can be deadly…
Jessie Darker goes to high school during the day, but at night she helps with the family investigation business.
Cheating husbands and stolen inheritances? They’re your girls—but their specialty is a bit darker. Zombie in your garage? Pesky Poltergeist living in your pool? They’ll have the problem solved in a magical minute. For a nominal fee, of course…
When gorgeous new client, Lukas Scott, saunters into the office requesting their help to find a stolen box, it sounds like a simple case—until the truth comes out. The box is full of Sin.
Seven deadly ones, in fact.
They’ve got five days to recapture the Sins before they’re recalled by the box, taking seven hijacked human bodies with them. Easy peasy—except for one thing…
There’s a spell that will allow the Sins to remain free, causing chaos forever. When the key ingredient threatens the life of someone she knows, Jessie must make the ultimate choice between love and family—or lose everything.
Of Darker Days by Jus Accardo
“We’d only met days ago, but somehow it felt like I’d known him so much longer than that. He’d seen me at my strongest–and my weakest–and wasn’t bothered by it. He was the first person aside from Mom that it felt okay to be normal Jessie around. Normal Jessie who was one hell of a monster masher–as well as a teenage girl.”
Favorite Character: Jessie and Lukas. I can’t pick!
“It was hard to piss off my mom, but I’d managed to do just that–piss her off.”
My Musings: I haven’t had the time to read any of Accardo’s other works, like Touch yet. I have it, and now i’m pretty excited to get to it! When I was accepted for this tour I was pretty excited. I had been eyeing this novel since it was announced. The synopsis snagged me up, and I suck. hook, line, and sinker.
Darker Days follows Jessie Darker, her mom , her dad, and her new sinful friend Lukas as they try to track down the box that released the seven deadly sins to the world. They only have five days to excorsize the sins that took over human bodies, or the box will pull the sins back in, along with their innocent human hosts. Oh, and of course the sins are trying to find a way to stay in the human world forever. And there’s an evil witch from Lukas’ past trying to hurt Jessie and wreak havoc. In all, you have a heck of a lot going on, which means some great action. Oh, and did I mention that Lukas is one of the sins?
“I bit back a smile. Cute and sarcastic–if I had a type, Lukas would be it. Too bad he was kind of annoying, and more importantly, one of the Seven Deadly Sins…I glanced over at the DVD player. Two a.m. Fantastic. I was going to be one cranky kid come morning.”
Jessie Darker was one of the most entertaining characters that have ever read in the history of ever. She was a spunky and prideful character who wasn’t afraid to say what she felt, even if it was inappropriate at the time. She was reckless and impulsive, but she was also tough and could beat the crap out of everyone who stood in her way. I mean, with a kick-ass mom and a demon dad, who wouldn’t be that amazing? Regardless, she was a fantastic character to read, and I never got bored with her humorous commentary over the novel. She was really a strong heroine…like, Clary Fray level good.
“Dark, shaggy hair that might’ve been in desperate need of a trim–if it didn’t work so damn well for him. Piercing, liquid brown eyes that radiated trouble–and I loved trouble. He wore a leather jacket over a tight black T-shirt and worn jeans that were just a bit too baggy. Oh yeah. Bad-boy-vibe was off the charts.”
“‘Wrath and I inhabit the same space.’ He tapped his chest. ‘We coexist here. I’m vulnerable to its weakness–being tethered to te box and the limits that entails–but when out, unlike the bodies the other Sins infect, I’m not a puppet. I maintain control. Mostly…’ Mostly? That sounded like a warning label in the making. ‘So is that the only thing that makes you different from the others? That you have control? His expression went from annoyed to I’m about to go postal.”
Lukas…sigh. Lukas was sinfully delicious. Poor boy is stuck with the sin of Wrath in him, but he fights it tooth and bone. He really was a genuine and good character, regardless of the thing that was inside of him. he was sweet and adorable, and he would get all mad and such in the cutest way. And of course, after being stuck in a box for years, he was a bit out of the times. Him learning some of the slang that Jessie frequently threw out was so adorable.
“It was Lukas. He was easy to talk to. To just be with. He made my brain itch with his backwards thinking and stone-aged comments sometimes, but underneath it all, he had a sense of humor and a kind heart. Not to mention a pair of arms I could see myself dreaming about.”
Jessie and Lukas made the cutest couple in the whole wide world. They complemented each other perfectly. Jessie was impulsive and intense, and Lukas was more laid back and calm. And the best thing? It didn’t feel like insta-love. Now, the story takes place over five days. That’s it. Five. And of course, there was some romance. But it wasn’t even a love at first sight sort of thing. It actually felt like they had known each other for at least months before anything romantic happened. So when I saw that only a few days had passed, I was like…what? But that’s they beauty of it. Accardo was able to contrive a romance that felt like a life time in what was supposed to be about three days. The fact that she was able to not make it feel like insta-love is truly admirable.
“Cursing, screaming, and the occasional shoving match everywhere you looked. It was insanity squared…then I took a closer look through the broken storefront. people were inside, frantically filling their pockets and arms with as much as they could carry.”
And now a little about the actual story. The plot? Intense. High action. I mean, they’ve only got five days to save the world from havoc.I felt like it was a nice balance of rushing yet not rushing. Sure, the characters were rushing against the clock, but from a readers’ perspective, it didn’t seem rushed at all. It had a wonderful pace–one that was quick enough not to be boring at any time, yet not too fast to where confusion starts to set in because you can’t figure out what’s going on. This book had so much action that I would even recommend it to the guys out there. Now usually the books I read are mainly ones that girls would prefer–but this one is one of the exceptions. It was that fantastic.
Filled with thrillingly intense action and tough decisions, Darker Days was a unique and truly phenomenal spin on Pandora’s Box’s tale that you won’t be able to put down once you pick it up.