We sleep, we eat, we work. That is mankind, like ants in a hive. There is nothing else.

If you do not work, you do not eat.

If you do not eat, you stay asleep.

Sometimes I wonder what would be so bad about never waking up again, lost to the ephemeral dreams that would give way to manic despair.

The Tower in the center of our metropolis shines like a beacon in the smog. The highways weave around it, suspended in the air, hovercars rushing past with places to go, money to earn. Everyone must be moving, because to stop would contemplate death.

My family celebrates my ascent by painting our walls red, by hanging colored strips of paper in our windows. Our neighbors flood the house, offering quaint dishes they could spare. We celebrate around the fire underneath our awning, lights hung to remember the stars.

I begin my career in the Tower tomorrow. Assistant Specialist to Data Modifications. It is a great honor, and I will be able to aid my family by sending them money.

“Ky, I am so proud of you,” my grandfather says, patting me on the back. He turned down a position at the tower when he was my age, to become a mechanic instead.

I smile. He has never said many words to me – those are good words to keep.



ARC Review: A Stolen Kiss – Kelsey Keating

A Stolen Kiss
Author: SKelsey Keating
Genre: Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Teens and YA, Romance, MG
Release Date: Mar 1, 2016
Publisher: Swanfide Publishing
Rating: ♦♦♦♦

Summary:  A stolen kiss. An unstable curse. One big mess in the making.

Derric Harver never expected to amount to anything more than the palace stableboy, but when Princess Maria’s curse keeps her from accepting a prince’s proposal, she turns to him for help, and he doesn’t dare refuse.

With the help of a lady’s maid and a prince, Derric and Maria embark on a dangerous adventure to find the sorceress who cast the curse. Along the way they battle deadly creatures and make new friends–all the while struggling with the undeniable chemistry between them. Reaching their destination won’t be easy, but the true peril lies in the truths they’ve fought for years to keep hidden.

A Stolen Kiss is the first in the Stolen Royals Series–an adventure with magical creatures, dangerous secrets, and being true to the power within.

Here’s the thing. I need to learn to differentiate between MG and YA when I receive arcs. 😀 This book is so MG. And I’m not a fan of MG.

However. This book was adorable.

In spite of the ‘on the nose-ness’ dialogue that comes with MG, and the over explaining, and the ‘problems are super easy to solve’ trope that comes with the MG territory, I enjoyed the story.

Just like this story. Delicious, cheesy, and it doesn’t lie. Seriously. Adorable.

A Stolen Kiss takes place in a world where fairy tales are history and main characters are much more fair-minded and progressive than usual. There’s magic and sorcery and royals and balls and all the things we expect. However, the story keeps you guessing.

A Stolen Kiss is a light read with funny and cute moments. It’s a story about friendship and what you’re capable of when you’ve been trapped in an oppressive mindset for so long. Told in the dual perspective of the main characters, A Stolen Kiss doesn’t shy away from having other fun and interesting characters as well. Everybody’s got their own story – and I think that’s where A Stolen Kiss really shines.

The ending was my favorite. Overall four stars. Cute, sweet, and full of surprising twists!

Side Note: That cover is totally adorable.