Thursday, December 26, 2013

Early Review: King Cave (Forever Evermore #2) by Scarlett Dawn

Release Date: January 1, 2014
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling, award-winning King Hall:the revolution is here, but the most dangerous attack may come from within...
The safe, comfortable world of Lily Ruckler and her fellow Mystical Kings and Queens is rocked to the core by the attacks at King Hall. Not only does Lily have to kill the Commoners attacking her people, she also has to assume the mantle of leadership, and bring the surviving Mysticals to King Cave.
It should have been too much, but she is not alone. Ezra becomes her rock, her best friend, the one person who understands. As Pearl and Jack struggle with inconsolable loss, Ezra and Lily work to keep the Mys community safe in their new home, and plan a deadly retaliation.
Their friendship saves them both...but it also draws attention. Whispers. Judgment. It's not normal for Shifters and Vampires to be friends, and when a horrifying truth is revealed, their relationship morphs from unusual to unspeakable. Lily is good at keeping secrets that could get her killed. Is she willing to risk Ezra's life as well?

Reading King Cave has made me a better parent. You heard me, reading this has done more for my maternal skills than all of those Parenting books written by so-called 'experts'.
Mainly because I've never read any of them. I meant to, I swear! But they just looked so boring...
So how did a book about magical creatures make me a better mom?
Well, I am now far more tolerant of my girls screeching, squealing, and crying every time one of those poofy-headed boy bands comes out with a new video. *shudder*
I used to point out that the one in the middle is quite obviously gay and could care less about the panties being thrown at him. The one on the far right is going to blow all of his money and end up living in a trailer park. But that's still better than the one on the end, who's probably going to end up face-down in a pool of his own vomit in five years.
That was the old me.
Now? I just smile, pat my sweet babies on the head, and tell them that one of those guys might end up being a Justin.
Why the change of heart?
Because I had a similarly goofy reaction to getting King Cave.
I did this embarrassing tappy dance, I grinned till my cheeks hurt, and I made giggly sounds.  
There were also rumors of a weird humming noise coming from my general vicinity while I was reading...but I think my kids were just trying to mess with my head.
I'm not kidding. They do shit like that to me all of the time.
Anyway, I was beyond excited to get my grubby little paws on this, because I absolutely loved King Hall. If you haven't read it yet, you honestly don't know what you're missing. Read it!
But then I got nervous. What if my expectations were too high? What if the first book was a fluke? I mean, I've got too much stuff to read as it is, so it's not very often that I actively stalk a book's release date.
And I stalked this one.
Oh God! The creeper hanging out in the bushes at Barnes & Noble?! It was me! Noooo! I thought it was all just a bad dream!
But that does explain the sudden appearance of all of those kitschy new bookmarks...
So. Now that we've established that I ramble, let's get on with this review.

King Cave picks up at the exact moment the last book left off. King Hall is under attack, Pearl and Jack are unconscious, and everything is going up in flames. 
Let me tell you something, this book takes off right out of the gate and never stops. It's packed full of twists, turns, and shocking revelations. Packed! It's also got something that was notably absent in the first book. 
Oh Ezra... 
Sweet lord, he is the smexiest thing ever! I'm totally calling dibs on him as my book-boyfriend, so the rest of you bitches can just back it up!
See, I was wondering if maybe Ms. Dawn didn't write it into the last book because it wasn't her forte. Apparently that was not the reason. And in fact, it might actually be the cause of the mysterious humming noises. Just a theory...
Alright, back to the twisty-turny stuff. Every time something BIG would happen I'd be like, Aha! So that's the THING! The BIG THING that happens in this story to change everything! 
Bzzzt! Wrong!
Because then the next huge shocker would come outta nowhere and knock me on my ass. It never stopped! By the time I got to the end, I was shaking like a freaking leaf!
Although, I've never actually seen a leaf shake. Quiver? Yes. But not really shake. However, it wouldn't really be PC of me to say I was shaking like a fat kid in a candy store, so we'll just go with the leaf analogy.
Anyhoo, I don't like to give spoilers, but I've just got to give you guys a hint.
Ezra and Lilly.
And you know what, that's not even the tip of the iceberg! That's right, ladies and gentlemen!That is a teeny-tiny piece of crap spoiler that doesn't even begin to touch the scope of this amazing plot.
Oh shit. The kids were right! I'm making this obnoxious humming noise. What the hell?!

So what have we learned here today?
1. These books are so awesome that they are going to be part of my exclusive Hardback collection.
2. I would leave my husband for Ezra.
3. I may need to see someone about the fact that I unconsciously make annoying noises. 
4. If you haven't picked up on this series yet, you need to remedy that situation immediately!
5. Um. There's not really a 5, but the list just kinda looked like it needed an extra number.

But seriously, go get this book. 


Michelle@Book Briefs said...

OOh this looks good. I am a fan of smexy haha This is a new series to me, so I am adding King Hall to my TBR pile right now.

Great review!

Michelle @ Book Briefs


Yes! Go get it quickly!

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