24 December 2012

Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

Anna Latham didn’t know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son — and enforcer — of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn’t know how dangerous it could be either...

Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran’s controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan — and it seems like someone else might be too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all — or risk losing everything...

21 December 2012

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The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

EVERY GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN THE TEST HAS DIED.

NOW IT'S KATE'S TURN.

It's always been just Kate and her mom--and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won't live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld--and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he's crazy--until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she suceeds, she'll become Henry's future bride and a goddess.

IF SHE FAILS...

20 December 2012

Skinny by Donna Cooner

Find your voice.

Hopeless. Freak. Elephant. Pitiful. These are the words of Skinny, the vicious voice that lives inside fifteen-year-old Ever Davies’s head. Skinny tells Ever all the dark thoughts her classmates have about her. Ever knows she weighs over three hundred pounds, knows she’ll probably never be loved, and Skinny makes sure she never forgets it.

But there is another voice: Ever’s singing voice, which is beautiful but has been silenced by Skinny. Partly in the hopes of trying out for the school musical—and partly to try and save her own life—Ever decides to undergo a risky surgery that may help her lose weight and start over.

With the support of her best friend, Ever begins the uphill battle toward change. But demons, she finds, are not so easy to shake, not even as she sheds pounds. Because Skinny is still around. And Ever will have to confront that voice before she can truly find her own.

19 December 2012

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

Gwen's life has been a roller coaster ride since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve.  When not searching through history for the other time travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she's been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.

It's not easy when a secret society, a dangerous Count, and her own time-traveling partner, Gideon, are determined to keep her from the truth.  Especially since Gwen can't decide whether Gideon really believes she's a traitor to the Circle or might actually be on her side -- and creeping into her heart.

18 December 2012

Midnight City by J. Barton Mitchell

Earth has been conquered by an alien race known as the Assembly. The human adult population is gone, having succumbed to the Tone---a powerful, telepathic super-signal broadcast across the planet that reduces them to a state of complete subservience. But the Tone has one critical flaw. It only affects the population once they reach their early twenties, which means that there is one group left to resist: Children.

Holt Hawkins is a bounty hunter, and his current target is Mira Toombs, an infamous treasure seeker with a price on her head. It’s not long before Holt bags his prey, but their instant connection isn’t something he bargained for. Neither is the Assembly ship that crash-lands near them shortly after. Venturing inside, Holt finds a young girl who remembers nothing except her name: Zoey.

As the three make their way to the cavernous metropolis of Midnight City, they encounter young freedom fighters, mutants, otherworldly artifacts, pirates, feuding alien armies, and the amazing powers that Zoey is beginning to exhibit. Powers that suggest she, as impossible as it seems, may just be the key to stopping the Assembly once and for all.

17 December 2012

Silver by Talia Vance

As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away.

Brianna has always felt invisible. People stare right past her, including the one boy she can't resist, Blake Williams. But everything changes at a house party where Brianna's charm bracelet slips off and time stands still. In that one frozen, silver moment, Blake not only sees her, he recognizes something deep inside her she's been hiding even from herself.

Discovering she is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth, Brianna finds herself questioning the truth of who she is. And when she accidentally binds her soul to Blake, their mutual attraction becomes undeniable.

But Blake has his own secret, one that could prove deadly for them both.

Bound together by forbidden magic, Brianna and Blake find themselves at the heart of an ancient feud that threatens to destroy their lives and their love.

12 December 2012

Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Teagan Wylltson’s best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures—goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty—are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn’t worried. Her life isn’t in danger. In fact, it’s perfect. She’s on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She’s focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.

Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn’s a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he’s crazy or he’s been haunting Abby’s dreams, because he’s talking about goblins, too... and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby’s right. The goblins are coming.

11 December 2012

Cover Contest: Circle of Witches by Margaret Frazer

Hello everyone!  Today launches my part one of my participation in Margaret Frazer's blog tour for her new YA novel, Circle Of Witches.  You can see the rest of the tour here.

The cover:

The prize:
  • First Prize: a copy of The Novice's Tale, A Play of Isaac,  and Circle of Witches
  • Four Runner Ups get: an e-copy of Circle of Witches (or another Margaret Frazer ebook of your choice if you already own Circle of Witches)
Rules:
  • Your cover must be between 324x500 and 389x600 in size.
  • Your cover must have the title and author name on it.
  • Taglines relative to the book are fine.
  • US Only
  • Ends January 1, 2013
To enter:
  • Upload your cover to an image hosting site (like Photobucket or Tinypic)
  • Copy the DIRECT LINK (it should be a link that, if you put into your browser, will show JUST your image)
  • Put your information into the Rafflecopter form below.
Winners will be chosen by the author, Margaret Frazer.

Good luck!


A GOTHIC ROMANCE. MISTY MOORS. ANCIENT SECRETS. FORBIDDEN PASSIONS.

Her mother had always been afraid. That's what Damaris remembered. From the time she was a little girl until the day her mother died, she had seen the fear in her eyes.

But now she understood. Now she was afraid, too.

Young Damaris wanted more than anything to be happy at Thornoak, the ancient manor owned by her aunt and uncle. Adventuring through the wide, open beauty of the Dale in the company of her rambunctious cousins she rediscovered a joy she had thought lost with the death of her parents. And in the deep, storm-tossed eyes of Lauran Ashbrigg she was surprised to find an entirely new emotion.

But even under the warm and inviting sun, Damaris is chilled by the undeniable fact that the family which claims to welcome and love her is hiding truths from her: The truth of the Lady Stone. The truth of the Old Ways. The truth of moon and star and witchcraft.

The truth of her mother's death.

Praise for Margaret Frazer
"Exquisitely written, the novel offers a brilliantly realized vision... Suspenseful from start to surprising conclusion, this is another gem from an author who's twice been nominated for an Edgar."
Publisher's Weekly
"Love the passionate attention to detail in character, custom, and setting, and the sympathetic creation of believable people and events. Essential."
Library Journal of New York
"A lovingly told story, rich with fascinating description. Ms. Frazer provides a real treat for lovers of all things."
Toby Bromberg, Romantic Times
"The writing is seamless... Rich period detail, canny characterization, and a lively plot should endear her tales to anyone..."
Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Mystery… Suspense… Frazer executes with audacity and ingenuity."
Kirkus Reviews
"Weaves a budding romance and a grand, unrequited passion with a bold and dangerous plot... Great fun for all!"
Alfred Hitchcock Magazine
"Frazer's books will be among those I read as soon as I see them."
Houston Facts
About the Author

Margaret Frazer is the award-winning author of more than twenty historical murder mysteries and novels, including the Edgar-nominated Sister Frevisse and Player Joliffe series. She makes her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, surrounded by her books, but she lives her life in the 1400s.

"Over the years I’ve had a rag-tag of various jobs, including librarian, secretary, reseacher for a television station, gift shop manager, and assistant matron at an English girls’ school. Married once upon a time but not anymore, I have two well-grown sons who become uneasy if I read books about poisons at the supper table and refuse to turn their backs on me when I say I want to try something I might use in a story. When I write, I want to delve as far inside the perceptions of my characters as possible, to look at their world more from their point of view than from ours, because the pleasure of going thoroughly into otherwhen as well as otherwhere — the chance to move right away from the familiar into a whole other way of seeing and behaving — has always been one of my own great pleasures in reading. As a writer I deeply want to give that same pleasure to others."

10 December 2012

Miss Fortune Cookie by Lauren Bjorkman

Meet Erin. Smart student, great daughter, better friend. Secretly the mastermind behind the popular advice blog Miss Fortune Cookie. Totally unaware that her carefully constructed life is about to get crazy.

It all begins when her ex-best friend sends a letter to her blog—and then acts on her advice. Erin’s efforts to undo the mess will plunge her into adventure, minor felonies, and possibly her very first romance.

What’s a likely fortune for someone no longer completely in control of her fate? Hopefully nothing like: You will become a crispy noodle in the salad of life.

08 December 2012

Saturday Spotlight: Ivy Book Bindings


Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

It's a small college town filled with quirky characters.  But when the sun goes down, the bad comes out.  Because in Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows -- one that will spill out into the bright light of day.

Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation.  The popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks on the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero.  And Claire really doesn't have the right connections -- to the undead who run the town.

When Claire heads off campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better.  Her new roommates don't show many signs of life.  But they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood...

06 December 2012

Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.

This is not her story.

Unless you count the part where I killed her.

Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison’s condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can’t explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori—the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that’s impossible. Right?

03 December 2012

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

28 November 2012

Dear NaNoWriMo: The End is Nigh

Dearest NaNoWriMo,

Well...it's been a good year.  With still two days left until I conclude my third year, I have never been closer to actually reaching the 50,000 word goal.  Two (or three, depending on how you look at it) days left and I only have roughly another seven and a half thousand words to go.  Despite all of the frustration, the worry, the stress, the craziness of it all, I'm glad to have gone through with this month.

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.

It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed.

But there may be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to act on his vision—no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success—or failure—will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the love between them more impossible to fight.

27 November 2012

Venom by Fiona Paul

Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancĂ©, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin... and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancĂ©, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself. 

26 November 2012

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

21 November 2012

Dear NaNoWriMo: The Comeback

My dearest NaNoWriMo,

I'm not caught up yet.  And yet I've come a million miles since last week.  Today, I'm armed with a new technique that, paired with my willingness and creatively-powered mind, has propelled me to get closer and closer to getting caught up with each passing day.  Each day, I'm close the gap a little more.  I am well on my way to finishing you, NaNo, for the first time ever.  You may laugh and say, "Ah, but just wait until next year!"  But if I don't win next year, I'll be okay with that.  If I win one out of every three years, I'll be okay.

20 November 2012

Tarzan and Under the Never Sky

Made by yours truly

This has been swirling around in my head forever it seems.  At least, since I finished Through the Ever Night, the epic second installment in Veronica Rossi's equally epic debut series.  Books and music leave general impressions in my mind -- to me, they are a certain way -- and sometimes, the impressions of a book and the impressions of a song, match.

This is the case with Veronica Rossi's Under the Never Sky series and the soundtrack to the Disney movie, Tarzan.  They both left a similar impression on my mind, so as I tore through Through the Ever Night, I found myself listening to Tarzan and thinking back on the story itself.  I started crafting scenes in my head around a particular song -- Son of Man, I swear, was made for Perry.

This harmony between song and story proves one thing: Veronica Rossi has done an absolutely amazing job.  Her world is vibrant and her characters realistic.  I love it when I fall in love with a story so much, it stays in my head for days/weeks/months/years after I've finished reading the "official" story.  I found myself constructing imaginary scenes in my head with the characters of Rossi's world and my own characters thrown in the mix.

I also love it when a story I've read finds a song of its own.  To me, the harmony between the Tarzan soundtrack and Rossi's Under the Never sky series makes perfect sense.  Phil Collins uses instruments in his songs that I can reasonably construct within the rules of the Never Sky world.  (It would be hard to figure out a way to have techno music playing at the Tides' compound.)  Also, the lyrics of the songs totally apply to the plot arc of the series!  You'll Be In My Heart?  Strangers Like Me?  (And we'll throw in Trashin' The Camp for kicks.)

If you've read Under the Never Sky, just listen to Son of Man and try and tell me the lyrics don't apply to Perry.
Though there's no one there to guide you
No one to take your hand
But with faith and understanding
You will journey from boy to man

Son of man, look to the sky
Lift your spirits, set it free
Some day you'll walk tall with pride
Son of man, a man in time you'll be
The Tarzan music brings the characters and the world to life in a way that equates to the moments when I'm in the throes of the story itself.  I love that.  Thank you, universe, for this lovely demonstration of synergism and the power of creativity.


Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered.  This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland -- known as The Death Shop -- are slim.  If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will.  She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her.  Then Aria meets an Outside named Perry.  He's wild -- a savage -- and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile -- everything he would expect from a Dweller.  But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption.  Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive.  Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

19 November 2012

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

17 November 2012

Saturday Spotlight: The Book Bender

What is Saturday Spotlight? It's where I drag bloggers onto my blog for an interview. It's not part of a hop or any organized event. It's merely a way to feature bloggers and get inside their heads a bit. Like a psych session, but fun.

15 November 2012

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

14 November 2012

Dear NaNoWriMo: Constant Nagging

Dearest NaNoWriMo,

Why don't you get off my back already?  Yes, I realize that I'm behind.  Should I blame myself?  Ultimately, yes.  I didn't have to choose to go to YALLFest (which literally took up an entire day and left absolutely no room for writing) but it happened and it's over.  From my slump, I have now put myself approximately 4,200 words behind schedule.

Don't.  Go.  There.  I'm behind.  That's how it is.  We're moving on.

I don't suppose you could cut me some slack?  Oh, of course not!  It's all about you!  Fine.  Keep on resetting the target count to 1,667 every single day.  I'm going to come out of this slump so fast and furiously, I'll leave 1,667 words in the dust.  You just watch me.

Most Affectionately and Determinately,

Your Biggest Fan

For the uninformed, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to get to 50,000 words in thirty consecutive days -- the "thirty consecutive days" being the month of November. For more info (and to join in the fun!) check out the NaNoWriMo site. You can add me as a friend here.

12 November 2012

Gilt by Katherine Longshore


Kitty Tylney has always lived in the shadow of her best friend, Cat.  Then Cat worms her way into the court of King Henry VIII -- and into the king's heart.  When Cat makes her best friend part of her inner circle at court, Kitty is thrust into a glittering new life of fabulous gowns, opulent parties, and dashing men vying for her attention.  But Kitty soon discovers that beneath the golden veneer lurks a world of secrets and lies, trysts and back-door deals, where the price of gossip could literally be her head.  Once you've clawed your way to the top, there's nowhere to go but down...and it's a long fall from the Queen of England's throne.

09 November 2012

There's Gonna Be An Authoress at YallFest

That's right.  This here girl is gonna be living it up tomorrow in Charleston, SC for YallFest.  I've already got my schedule planned out, but I'm not going to bore you with those nitty-gritty details.  I'm sure y'all have got so many other interesting things to do.

But since you're badgering me!

10 AM
Keynote: Literary Friendships
Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

12 PM
Stephanie Perkins signing

1 PM
Panel:  No Rest for the Wicked
Melissa de la Cruz, Cinda Chima, Caitlin Kittredge, Kimberly Derting, Siobhan Vivian, and Jenny Han
Moderator: Beth Revis

2 PM
Panel:  Dark Hearts
Sarah Rees Brennan, Kami Garcia, Michelle Hodkin, Holly Black, Caitlin Kittredge
Moderator: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Possible signings: Simone Elkeles, Kimberly Derting, Beth Revis

3 PM
Panel:  The Future of Sci Fi/Fantasy
Beth Revis, Kathy Reichs, Dave Macinnis, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Kimberly Derting, Diana Peterfreund
Moderator: Rose Brock

Possible signings: Kami Garcia, Jess Rothenburg, Margaret Stohl

4 PM
Panel: In Production 2013
Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia, and Cassandra Clare

Possible signings: Caitlin Kittredge

6 PM
YA SMACKDOWN

If you're headed off to YallFest tomorrow (or tonight) (or maybe you're already there?) then send me a shout out either through Twitter or Goodreads or by commenting and maybe we can chill there!  :D

Don't be afraid to recognize me if you happen to see me! :D I'll either be wearing a cream colored peasant-looking shirt or a blue shirt with wolves on it.  Haven't decided yet.  Either way, my hair is gonna be up (an important thing to remember -- I almost never wear my hair down) and I'll most likely be standing with my dad (aka: my driver).

Hope to see some of you there!  If not, check back Monday or Tuesday for a YallFest recap!

Recap: Libba Bray Event

Now before y'all bust out all Buffy on me, I just want to say that I realize this event is nearly two months old.  In my defense, there were some video mixups concerning my iPad (which is what I filmed this with) and only after I'd successfully made the Cinda Williams Chima video did I realize I could do something with the Libba Bray one.


Libba Bray is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gemma Doyle trilogy (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, The Sweet Far Thing); the Michael L. Printz Award-winning Going Bovine; Beauty Queens, an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist; and The Diviners series. She is originally from Texas but makes her home in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, son, and two sociopathic cats.


Here's Libba Bray:

Part I



Part II

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08 November 2012

Roar and Liv by Veronica Rossi


Before Perry and Aria, there was Roar and Liv.

After a childhood spent wandering the borderlands, Roar finally feels like he has a home with the Tides. His best friend Perry is like a brother to him, and Perry's sister, Liv, is the love of his life. But Perry and Liv's unpredictable older brother, Vale, is the Blood Lord of the Tides, and he has never looked kindly on Roar and Liv's union. Normally, Roar couldn't care less about Vale's opinion. But with food running low and conditions worsening every day, Vale's leadership is more vital—and more brutal—than ever. Desperate to protect his tribe, Vale makes a decision that will shatter the life Roar knew and change the fate of the Tides forever.