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Monday, September 10, 2012

Review/Giveaway: Integration by Imogen Rose

Title: Integration
Series: Bonfire Academy #2
Author: Imogen Rose
Published: July 2012
Format: Print Copy provided by author & publicist for review, later for tour

Second haiku warning:

A boyfriend missing
A lover must pay in blood
A princess must die

Welcome back to Bonfire Academy.

BONUS!  Check out the TOUR WIDE giveaway at the end of this review for a chance to win a KINDLE FIRE!!!

For this review I wrote down my thoughts before I started.  Having read Initiation, I was very excited to get on with this book.  I was excited to get reacquainted with all of the characters, and I had high hopes for this book.  I was not disappointed! And something special if you manage to snag a print copy of this book, in the back there are character interviews with some of the characters!

Trust No One

Really, that’s it.  That’s the only rule when you attend Bonfire Academy.  Heck, anywhere in life if you are one of these paranormal beings.  Integration brings Cordelia back, and this time she is on the staff at Bonfire Academy, along with Quinn, Jagger, and some other graduates.  Right away, I love Cordelia again.  She is inquisitive enough to get into trouble…lots of trouble.  But she is intelligent and brave, too.  Now, if you read Initiation, you know she and Jagger are synched.  Jagger is a faery, and now they are together.  The belong together, and will forever.  It doesn’t matter that she is a pus dripping demon and he is a faery, their hearts recognize each other and stake claim.  But by this time, Cordelia still hasn’t told Quinn, her demon boyfriend. This was so frustrating for me!!  I found myself chanting in my head “Drop Quinn Drop Quinn Drop Quinn”.  Really, I have a thing for Jagger, he is my flavor of the week.  I do have to note here the only disappointment I had in this entire story was that Jagger did not get as much face time as I would like to see.

Faustine is back in school, and she seems like she has matured a bit.  She doesn’t know all of the truths about her own life yet, and that’s a bit frustrating. I want someone to tell her about Ryker, for Pete’s sake!  I swear, these paranormals take the whole confidentiality thing so far, I just want to scream!

And Mason is back, and it seems that money bought his way in.  Now, if you are new to this series and don’t know who Mason is, you are out of luck because I am not telling you. J  But he is a jerk, and I want him gone.  Someone needs to tar and de-feather that bird.

This time around there are death threats left in the form of haiku poems on some of the doors of our favorite characters.  Yes, there is a little cheese factor in that.  But when you take in the picture as a whole, all of these characters are quite dramatic, so threats in this form only follow the traditions that have already been set.  Nothing is normal at Bonfire Academy.

There were a few new characters introduced during Integration, and I am very excited to see more of them in the future, along with the old characters.  I can’t tell you the end without spoiling the whole story, but suffice it to say the secrets at Bonfire Academy run deep, and really there is just one thing to remember.

Trust No One

I loved this story, and I am super glad that I got to participate in its tour, since I first participated in Initiation’s tour also.  As with the first book, these are characters that you can easily identify with and care for.  There was plenty of action, and some of it was really gross lol.  But everything altogether makes a fantastic story.  Imogen Rose’s writing is fabulous and she really has a knack at grabbing your attention and keeping it.  The storyline runs smoothly and I couldn’t put the book down.  I still just have one request for Ms. Rose – More Jagger!  Oh, and I’d love so much to see some artist renderings of Faustine and Cordelia in their demon forms.  They are some nasty disgusting demons, and I love them!

Meet Imogen Rose
Imogen Rose is the author of the bestselling YA series, the Portal Chronicles. She was born in a small town in Sweden and moved to London in her twenties. After obtaining a PhD in immunology from Imperial College, she moved with her family to New Jersey, where she’s been based for the past ten years.

For as long as she can remember, Imogen has dreamt stories. Stories that continued from night to night, from dream to dream. So, even as a child, going to bed was never an issue, just an anticipation of the story to come.

PORTAL, Imogen’s first novel, would have remained in her imagination, to be shared only with her daughter, Lauren, had her eight-year-old not insisted that she write it down. In the course of a month, Imogen typed while Lauren waited eagerly by the printer for the pages to appear, and a novel took shape.

The warm reception PORTAL received encouraged her to continue with the story and the Portal Chronicles. The Bonfire Chronicles is Imogen’s new YA paranormal series.

Imogen is a self-confessed Herm├Ęs addict who enjoys shopping, traveling, watching movies and playing with her dog, Tallulah.

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