No-Kiss Blogfest:

I know I'm late but I forgot to write something. I know, I know shame on me hehe. Hopefully people will still read this and sorry if it's rough. I literally just wrote this. I needed this blogfest because I've been struggling with this wip. I don't know how to start it off, and I couldn't seem to pin down Leila's voice, so this helped a lot. If you're curious as to what I'm talking about, this scene uses characters from my current wip, Dominion. You can learn more about it, if you want, by following the link, checking out my Next Big Thing post or the visuals on Dominion's Pinterest board. Please let me know what you guys think. I hope it's not too too bad.

“I have so much anger inside of me,” Theo says, rolling onto his back. The movement sends his arm into mine, and I freeze, not wanting to make the contact more obvious than it already is. He doesn’t seem to care that we’re touching though; that my skin and his skin are slowly melding together. An electric current passes through my body, seeping out of me and into him. If he feels it, it doesn’t show. The expression on his face remains emotionless as he stares up at the stars, eyes glowing in the darkness of the night. “But I don’t know why.”
“You’ve been wronged by the gods,” I tell him. “We all have.”
He shakes his head, and a few curls kiss the side of my face. “No, there’s something else.” I look away from him. Part of me wants to tell him that he had a life before this mission, before me. I want to tell him that his life is a lie. Everything from his name to his body is a lie. He might not remember who he is, but the power buried in his bones won’t let him forget. Not completely. He could kill me with one touch, only that doesn’t stop me from wanting him to touch me.
“Leila,” he breathes. “Do you ever feel like you were destined for something more?”
“My father used to tell me…” I stop talking.
He looks at me. “You don’t talk about him much.”
I return his gaze. “It’s because I have so much anger inside of me too.”
"Uriah told me what happened to him, and so I get why you're angry. I get why you're in this fight but...what is my purpose? Other than being angry, I don't have a reason to be here." You do have a reason for being here, I want to tell him, but I focus on his eyes instead. How they change color, going from blue to green to gold in a matter of seconds. I hate that I'll never know what color they are or what he truly looks like. I want to be close to him, not the shell he’s encased in.
“What are you thinking about?”
“You,” I say.
It’s the only truth I can afford to give him.
His eyebrows draw closer together, and I get scared of what that word could mean to him. If he even knows what it means at all. There are a lot of concepts that were left out when he was reprogrammed. Theo doesn’t even understand jokes so I doubt he’ll be able to comprehend how I…
“I think about you, too.” Our foreheads brush, as turns on his side. “Leila I can’t get you out of my head. I used to have these terrible dreams but now…things are different. I don’t understand why they are, but I don’t mind being visited by you in my dreams, either.” The silence that befalls us seems to stretch on for eternity. I don’t know how I feel about him dreaming about me, or the fact that he dreams at all. I’m so lost in my thoughts that I don’t notice how close he is to me.
“Can I tell you something else?” he whispers.
“This war,” he cuts in, licking his lips. I focus on the movement of his tongue, getting lost in the idea of what it would be like to kiss him. He probably doesn’t even remember what a kiss is. Nor is he supposed to. I could ruin everything if I jog his memory. I could destroy the one weapon we have in our arsenal. “It’s not the only one I’m fighting in.”
Somehow my head has inclined towards his. Somehow our lips are millimeters apart. I don’t want to wait for him to make his move, but I can't seem to act on any of my own impulses. I miss the chance to when a bright lights surrounds us, shrouding us in gold.
“Leila.” Warner’s voice is loud in my ears. I look up to find him in the control room, watching us from behind the glass wall. Even though we’re far away, I can feel the disappointment in his gaze. The sky roof darkens, shielding the stars from my view. “Meet me in my quarters in five minutes. I need to speak with you.”
Thanks for reading!

Road Trip Wednesday: Best Book of December

It's been a while since I participated in this but to those who don't know Road Trip Wednesday is a blog carnival hosted by the lovely bloggers over at YA Highway. Every Wednesday a question is asked and bloggers are invited to answer the question on their own respective blogs.

This week's topic:

What was the best book you read in December?

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grow dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

(Taken from Goodreads)

I didn't do a lot of non-school related reading in December. When Finals week came there wasn't room for me to do anything but study, study, and do more studying. I was, however, able to finish two really good books last month. Though I loved Easy by Tammara Webber, I have to say that the Best Book of December Award goes to Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

I started reading it a few months ago, and once I started school...reading really wasn't an option. I wanted to be able to fully enjoy Laini Taylor's beautiful writing, so I put off reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone until I was done with the first semester completely and could focus solely on reading this book.

Having never read anything written by Laini Taylor, I was taken away by her style of writing. The imagery jumped off the page, and the world she created was unlike anything I have ever experienced before. The setting, the characters, the mythology - all of it was intricately woven together to create a story love and loss. There is more to the story than that, but I don't want to give too much away. Just know that the main characters, Karou (who has crazy-awesome blue-hair btw) and Akiva are characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading the book.

This book is a new take on forbidden love and I loved every moment of it. If you have this on your TBR list or bought it a long time ago and haven't gotten around to reading it...READ IT. I wrote on Goodreads that "reading this book was like opening your eyes and seeing the sky for the first time" and it's so true.

So, what books did you read last month? Any of them take your breath away?

Thanks for reading!

*If you're looking for a book to read and like giveaways then head on over to Jaime Morrow's blog and enter to win a copy of THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray.