Thursday, August 30, 2012

Spotlight on and Review of Integration by Imogen Rose

Bonfire Book 2
By Imogen Rose

Second Haiku warning:

A boyfriend missing

A lover must pay in blood

A princess must die

Welcome back to Bonfire Academy.

A Teaser Excerpt

Broken. I couldn’t think of a better word to describe it. I felt as if I’d been torn to bits, maybe even shredded. I was suffocating, surrounded by a wet tightness of skin and flesh all crusted together. My body was home to excruciating stabs of pain searing about randomly before a final thrust of sheer agony. I couldn’t tell if the source of the pain was within me or if I was being repeatedly sliced open with a knife. Did it matter? I felt as though it was only a matter of seconds before my thoughts would end.


My name. I flinched as the same voice repeated my name again and again. Why? Who was it? It—he—sounded familiar. I heaved as the voice triggered the memory of his face. Then, not being able to stop the bile from traveling up my throat, I gagged and purged, emptying my stomach completely. The next time he muttered my name, his voice was laced with disgust. But his revulsion couldn’t compete with my utter repugnance and disbelief at what he’d done. Him. Someone I had trusted with my life, even though the rule was clear:

Trust No One.

About the Author:

Imogen Rose is the author of the bestselling series, Portal Chronicles, which has attained cult status within indie literature and become a favorite among teens and adults alike. An immunologist by profession, Dr. Rose published her first work of fiction in 2010. She now writes full time and is currently working on her second teen series, Bonfire Chronicles. Imogen was born in Sweden and has lived in several places, counting London among her favorites. She moved to New Jersey in 2001. A self-confessed Herm├Ęs addict, Imogen freely admits to being obsessed with Kurt Cobain. She enjoys shopping, traveling, watching movies, and hanging out with her family, friends, and Chihuahua.

Book Review for Integration by Imogen Rose

When I first started reading Integration, I was worried that the academy setting would become too familiar and I’d quickly lose interest.  But that wasn’t the case. I wound up pleasantly surprised by the storyline that followed.  This is the first of Imogen Rose’s novels that I’ve read. After reading and experiencing the world of the Bonfire Academy and the unique storyline and well drawn characters, I’ll definitely be coming back for more. 

Things that I enjoyed:

1)  Reading about a posse of demon kids for a change.
2)  Reading about characters that genuinely sounded like teens.
3)  Jagger and Cordelia’s relationship and the way the author created pulse-pounding moments between the     couple. I’m always a sucker for good love scenes.
4)  Secondary characters that made me laugh, cry, and spit fire all at the same time: Colton comes to mind here.
5)  The knock your socks and pants off ending. I love it when I can’t figure out where a storyline is going. And this one got me. I love that. Complexity is like a drug for me.

Things that threw me off a bit:

1)  There were a few spots where I didn’t know who was speaking. But it wasn’t enough to keep me from enjoying the book.

2)  I wish I had read book 1 first so I could fully understand the world Ms. Rose created. As it stands you can start this book without having read the first one and still make it through. But I’ll definitely be going back to read the first book in the series.

I’d recommend Integration to lovers of mystery, paranormal romance, and light urban fantasy. 

My rating: a solid 3.5 wings. 

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