Monday, December 26, 2016

'Trapped In Silver' (Eldryn Chronicles #1) by Emily Sowden

Hidden worlds, magical creatures, and one thoroughly capable young lady narrating the adventures. This is a fast-paced YA fantasy/paranormal novel with detailed, well-thought-out settings and a full cast of intriguing characters.  #teamdemon

I've voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. 

'Trapped in Silver' releases on February 7, 2017 from OfTomes Publishing.  Catch a Sneak Peak here!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

‘Slumber’ (Beauty Never Dies Chronicles #1) by J.L. Weil

3.5 stars

After sleeping for a hundred years, Charlotte Winston is awoken by a Prince. 

Well, not an actual prince, but a very handsome Dash Darhk.  An unknown biologically-altering mist struck the Earth over a hundred years ago, and all humans fell into a deep sleep.  Some have been awake for a year, some for longer. 

Dash leads Charlotte towards other settlers and survivors, explaining various changes to the environment and ecosystems.  A witty and resourceful hunter, Dash agrees to help Charlotte find her parents and sister, as he is searching for his family as well. 

‘Slumber’ is post-apocalyptic YA fun.  The book is narrated entirely by Charlotte, with dialog ranging between exploration of an altered Earth, attempts at understanding the magic-like abilities she now possesses, and fighting the attraction she and Dash so clearly feel towards each other.

‘Slumber’ will be available on January 10, 2017.

I’ve voluntarily reviewed this book.  

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

‘The Curse Catcher’ by Laura Thalassa

5 stars

Well-written novella-sized supernatural delight. As usual author Laura Thalassa has skillfully combined Greek mythology with a magic of sorts, with spectacular results.

This is part of the new series of short stories all taking place in the same Complex.  As with other The Complex books, ‘The Curse Catcher’ is available as part of the Kindle Unlimited program.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

'Heartless' by Marissa Meyer

5 wonderful stars!

As usual, Meyer delivers a carefully thought out, well-written spin on a fairy-tale. 'Heartless' is the origin story for Wonderland's Queen of Hearts.  All the sweetness and sacrifice tugged at my heartstrings, and Raven's rhymes were a delight.  This is magical YA young-romance at its finest.

Available wherever books are sold, and likely at your local library too!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

‘Vampire Eternal’ (Heartblaze #3) by Shay Roberts

5 stars!

(Read my reviews of ‘Heartblaze 1 and 2’ here and here!)

‘Vampire Eternal’ is the gripping conclusion to Shay Roberts’ magical and compelling historical fiction ‘Heartblaze’ series.  As usual, Roberts’ writing seamlessly integrates narration from several points of view, as the story covers multiple time periods and supernatural beings.

The ‘Heartblaze’ world is a historical fantasy with many supernatural aspects; vampires, were wolves, were bears, witches, faeries, ghosts, and more.  Soul mates share a special and powerful connection that can span centuries and reincarnation.  While the plot has a large and developed focus, one of the main points is the connection between soul mates Emma Rue/Cassandra and Julian.  This series pulled my heartstrings a bit.

An excellent choice for fans of fantasy, paranormal romance, supernatural beings, or historical fiction.

Thanks to author Shay Roberts for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Snag the first entry in the 'Heartblaze' series for free!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

‘Rhapsodic’ (The Bargainer, #1) by Laura Thalassa

5 stars!

With her series of 5 books, ‘The Unearthly,’ Laura Thalassa has managed to combine many different types of supernatural beings into one coherent YA love story between supernatural soulmates and the devil that seeks to tear them apart.  (‘The Unearthly’ reviews here.)

‘Rhapsodic’ is an equally well-written NA fantasy book set in the world of Thalassa's ‘The Unearthly’ series, though there are no cross-over characters.  For this adventure, we follow Callypso through time spent at Peel Academy, the elite supernatural boarding school on the British Isles, and onward to adulthood.  As a young woman, she made several (hundred) deals with The Bargainer, a gorgeous, infamous, and seemingly all-powerful otherworldly being.  ‘Rhapsodic’ takes readers back and forth, between 16-year-old Callie and 24-year-old Callie, and her dynamic relationship with The Bargainer.

Sirens and fairies and magic and snark!  If you enjoyed the YA supernatural ‘The Unearthly’ series, you’ll love this!  

All books mentioned in this post are currently available as part of the Kindle Unlimited program.

Friday, November 11, 2016

‘Griffen: Shadows of the Mirror Realm’ by A.J. Blakemont

3.5 stars

This paranormal fantasy novel jumps right in with an action scene, and follows up shortly after with details of how our narrator, Griffen, came to be who and how she is.  In author A.J. Blakemont’s world, Simulacra exist – “doppelgangers, ghostly twins, the harbingers of death” – complete with immortality and various skills and abilities.  They are trained, organized, and deadly.  Fantasy readers, hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

I voluntarily reviewed this book provided by NetGalley.

'Griffen' will be available on February 4, 2017.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

‘The Princess Companion: A Retelling of The Princess and the Pea’ (The Four Kingdoms #1) by Melanie Cellier

4 stars for this lovely retelling of The Princess and the Pea.  Born and bred to a family of woodcutters in the forest, Alyssa never imagined she would become a Companion to twin 11 year old princesses.  She finds their older brother, Prince Maximilian, mysterious, intriguing, and handsome.  Even the lady Queen Eleanor has a history.  Come spend an afternoon in Cellier's charming fairy tale.

Currently available on Kindle Unlimited.

Friday, October 21, 2016

‘Ever the Hunted’ (Clash of Kingdoms #1) by Erin Summerill

4.5 stars

‘Ever the Hunted’ is the story of a witty and resourceful teenage girl as she discovers more about her childhood best friend (Cohen), herself and her parents. 

Author Erin Summerill has skillfully outlined cultural details and histories of two neighboring kingdoms.  Narrated by our main character, Britta Flannery, readers are kept unaware of several big reveals until Britta learns them herself.  Though the first portion of the story involves Britta hunting down her handsome childhood friend, who has been accused of her father’s murder, the duo quickly team up and pursue the real killer.  On the way, they learn more about the opposing kingdoms and endeavor to prevent war.

‘Ever the Hunted’ is blissfully devoid of insta-love, love triangles, and whinny gals who need saving.  I highly recommend this book to YA and fantasy readers.

I’ve voluntarily reviewed this book.

'Ever the Hunted' will be available on December 27, 2016.

Monday, October 17, 2016

‘How I Found You’ by Gabriella Lepore

3.5 stars

‘How I Found You’ is a tale of soulmates who have found each other in this lifetime due to a prophecy involving Rose.  As a witch, Oscar has the ability to find people and things that he holds dear in his heart, and he is the only witch who was able to find Rose, because of their connection.

Rose plans to have a quiet summer vacationing with her Aunt, Uncle, and their new baby.  Little did she expect two witches to move in and to find her soulmate.  Though this does explain the nightmare that repeats itself each night.

While ‘How I Found You’ was not the best YA novel I’ve read this year, it was indeed a good read.  Recommended for YA paranormal romance readers.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of ‘How I Found You.’

Monday, September 19, 2016

'Defining Justice' (Threats of Sky and Sea #0.6) by Jennifer Ellision

This ‘Threats of Sky and Sea’ novella takes place before the start of book 1, however, I recommend reading book 1 first, for greater understanding and appreciation.

This novella reveals Prince Caden's break from his father's ideology of ruling and the start of his movement to protect citizens of Egria.  A must-read for ‘Threats of Sky and Sea’ readers.

Thanks to author Jennifer Ellision for providing an electronic copy in exchange for an honest review.

‘Fall of Thrones and Thorns’ (Threats of Sky and Sea #3) by Jennifer Ellision

5 magical stars!

A gripping conclusion to the trilogy, ‘Fall of Thrones and Thorns’ picks up where 'Riot of Storm and Smoke' left off, immediately after the exciting cliffhanger-reveal.  Young barmaid Breena Perdit has come a long way from the cozy Bridge and Duchess Inn hidden away in small town Abeline.  She has learned much about her ancestry and her ability to Wield/Throw her Element of water.

‘Fall’ begins on the shore of Nereidium as Bree, Prince Caden, and their companions escape the clutches of evil King Langdon of Egria.  Whatever peace the group finds, it cannot last long as Shaker-created earthquakes pose a serious threat to the peaceful island.  After time spent learning Nereidium history and customs, and learning more about themselves individually, Bree, Caden, and Aleta lead the group back to Egria, to secure the safety and future of both Egria and Nereidium.

This action-adventure tale is told from multiple perspectives, including Bree, Caden, and Aleta.  The story remains clear to follow thanks to author Jennifer Ellision’s skilled writing.  Feelings and relationships between characters are believable and feel real as they develop.  As characters discover truths about themselves and grow internally, the progressions make sense and feel natural.

I highly recommend the ‘Threats of Sky and Sea’ series to any reader who enjoys magic, court intrigue, YA and fantasy.  These page-turners are captivating and thoroughly enjoyable!

‘Fall of Thrones and Thorns’ will be available on September 27, 2016.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

‘Breathe In’ (Threats of Sky and Sea, #0.7) by Jennifer Ellision

5 stars!

This ‘Threats of Sky and Sea’ novella takes place before the start of book 1, however, I recommend reading book 1 first, for greater understanding and appreciation.

This is the tale of Lady Corrine, Duke Ardin’s wife, how she met Ardin, how he stole her breath away, in the romantic sense, and what happened such that Corrine and Bree never met.  A must-read for ‘Threats of Sky and Sea’ readers.

Currently available for free as part of the Kindle Unlimited program.

‘Sisters of Wind and Flame’ (Threats of Sky and Sea 0.5) by Jennifer Ellision

5 stars!

This ‘Threats of Sky and Sea’ novella takes place before the start of book 1, however, I recommend reading book 1 first, for greater understanding and appreciation.

‘Sisters of Wind and Flame’ is the tale of Lady Katerine and her twin sister, Elena, and how they came to be in the King of Egria’s service.  We follow the events that led up to Ekaterina changing her name to Katerine, and get to see more of Bree’s Da.  A must-read for ‘Threats of Sky and Sea’ readers.

Currently available for free as part of the Kindle Unlimited program.

‘Riot of Storm and Smoke’ (Threats of Sky and Sea #2) by Jennifer Ellision

5 stars!

'Riot of Storm and Smoke' picks up immediately where ‘Threats of Sky and Sea’ left off, in the middle of the action and is just as captivating and easy to get into as ‘Threats.’  Told from the dual perspectives of Bree and Caden, we follow each of their paths as the King reacts to his missing prisoners.

Strap in tight, ‘Riot’ is every bit the action-adventure that ‘Threats’ is.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

'Threats of Sky and Sea' (Threats of Sky and Sea #1) by Jennifer Ellision

5 stars!

Elemental magic wielders, political intrigue, a power-hungry King and a Prince who values the rights of his people over the expansion of their lands.

Though barmaid Breena Perdit lives a simple and happy life for 16 years, there is much her father has kept hidden from her. This well-written tale was a joy to read, to root for Bree as she learns the ins and outs of life at Court and discovers the truth about her past.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

‘The Alchemists of Loom’ (Loom Saga, #1) by Elise Kova

5 stars!

Elise Kova, talented author of the elemental magic series ‘Air Awakens’ introduces us to a new world full of magic, dragons, and political intrigue.  Part steampunk, part action-adventure, ‘The Loom Saga’ takes place in an extremely developed alternate world of Loom and its land-above-the-clouds, Nova.  Kova has seamlessly integrated steampunk inventions with dragons, chimera, and a third new species, called Fenthri, into a clear to follow and fast-paced plot.

‘The Alchemists of Loom’ is narrated, primarily, by three main characters; Arianna (Chimera), Cvareh Xin (dragon), and Florence (Fenthri).  Each is fully developed; their thoughts and motivations easy to understand and agree with, despite some hidden agendas thrown in for good measure.  The different narrations blend together perfectly to provide readers with a more complete picture of the story than each character possesses on their own. 

I recommend this magical adventure to any reader who enjoys dragons, steampunk, and fantasy.  ‘The Alchemists of Loom’ will be available from your favorite bookseller on January 10, 2017.

Thanks to Elise Kova and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

'Echo in Time' (Echo Trilogy, #1) by Lindsey Fairleigh

5 time bending stars!!

Excellent blend of supernatural beings, Egyptian legends, and feisty archaeologist book-worm, with a time-travel element and a slight romance twist.  This series is quickly becoming a favorite!

'Echo in Time' is available on the Kindle Unlimited program.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

‘Prodigal’ and ‘Riven’ (The Lost Imperials #2 and 3) by Sherry D. Ficklin and Tyler Jolley

5 time-bending stars!

'Prodigal' and ‘Riven’ are the second and third entries in a series of 4 steampunk time-travel novels.  Please read ‘Extracted’ (and my review) before continuing this review.

As with ‘Extracted,’ authors Ficklin and Jolley seamlessly integrate steampunk inventions, clothing, and accessories into a clear to follow and fast-paced plot.  The main characters and their significant others are developed and complex.  Whereas ‘Extracted’ is told through the duel points of view of Lex and Ember, ‘Prodigal’ and ‘Riven’ are told from the points of view of their significant others.

Each book picks up exactly where the plot left off in ‘Extracted.’  ‘Prodigal’ follows the events that occur next from Stein’s point of view.  ‘Riven’ follows the events that occur next from Ethan’s point of view.  For us Romanov sibling fans, not to worry – each book heavily involves Lex and Ember.

When we last saw her, Stein was reading an old Tesla journal.  She learns
interesting information regarding her biological family members, and gets the idea to run a blood test; a paternity test.  With Nobel’s help, she confirms the identity of her biological father, but also learns that her body is breaking down and dying quite rapidly.  She and Ember travel through time to learn more about her ailments and the tests run on her as a baby, before ultimately deciding that Tesla himself is the only one who might be able to save her.

Stein’s discoveries also motivate her to move out from The Hallows headquarters.  Lex, Ember, Ethan, Nobel, and Sisson join her in discovering a new hideout and gathering enough loot to make it a home.  It is during one of these trips that Lex and Ethan run into some trouble, and Ethan remembers rather emotional moments from his past.  The strong emotions cause him to ‘fracture’ through time, to literally bounce around from one moment to the next, into different places and times.  Only the knowledgeable Stewart Stills understands what is happening to Ethan, and is able to train him to control the fracturing.

‘Riven’ also gives us a glimpse of an anomaly in the timeline; an alternative and dystopian future that was never supposed to happen.  We also learn more about Sisson, and why she alone has been tasked with procuring a special chemical from the future for Claymore’s helmet.

Though ‘Extracted’ did not end on a cliffhanger, both ‘Prodigal’ and ‘Riven’ do.  The books end on the same cliffhanger, however, each present different tidbits of information, as told from Stein and Ethan’s perspectives, and readers are privy to the secrets kept by each.  Looking forward to the future release ‘Absolution’ (The Lost Imperials #4).

I highly recommend these page-turners to any reader who enjoys time travel, steampunk, YA and fantasy.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

‘Extracted’ (The Lost Imperials #1) by Sherry D. Ficklin and Tyler Jolley

5 time-bending stars!

Extracted’ is the first in a series of steampunk time-travel novels; the best I’ve ever read!

Authors Ficklin and Jolley seamlessly integrate steampunk inventions, clothing, and accessories into a clear to follow and fast-paced plot.  The main characters and their significant others are developed and complex.  It was a joy to read such fleshed out characters, to understand their motivations and to agree with their thoughts completely.

‘Extracted’ is told through the duel points of view of Lex and Ember, which blend together to provide readers with a more complete picture of the story than either character has on their own.  When the story begins, Lex is a member of the Hallows, and Ember is a student of the Tesla Institute.  They are time travelers, but on opposite sides of the war between the Hallows and the Institute; each group asserting that they protect changes in the time stream from the other. 

Each group has their own method by which they travel through time, clearly explained and easy to understand.  However, both methods lead to each traveler losing their memory on their first trip into the time stream.  When Lex and Ember run into each other, their memories come flooding back and create even more questions than they answer for the reader.

Though there are two additional published books (Prodigal and Riven), and one future release (Absolution) in The Lost Imperials series, ‘Extracted’ does not end on a cliffhanger.  It is clear that the story can now go in any direction, and to any time period, but there is no annoying feeling of absence so often present in cliffhangers.  Excited to spend more time in this universe and with these characters.  Onward to read ‘Prodigal!’

I recommend this page-turner to any reader who enjoys time travel, steampunk, YA and fantasy.

Currently available for only $0.99 on Amazon!

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, August 15, 2016

'Magical Ties' by J.M. Levinton

4 stars

When Christa's sister Emily is feeling blue from being dumped, Christa decides they should try to summon a demon; as both a distraction for Emily and to test some of her dissertation research.  Unexpectedly, the summoning works and their lives change drastically as they take responsibility for their actions.  Emily goes to work for Thomas Ramikin, head of the magical community’s police, and learns more about the supernatural community as they attempt to solve a string of murders.  Christa's supernatural dissertation research gets a real boost, but it comes with a price.

All in all, a fun supernatural read!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

‘Inception’ (The Marked #1) by Bianca Scardoni

5 supernatural stars!

After her father is killed by a vampire, right in front of her, Jemma Blackburn’s life gets a little chaotic.  She’s placed in a psychiatric facility and then relocated to live with her mysterious uncle and attend a posh prep school in Hollow Hills.  Slowly, she discovers that she’s not crazy, vampires *are* real, and that there are more supernatural beings in Hollow Hills than she could have ever imagined.

Jemma learns that there are a few different hierarchies of angels, demons, vampires, witches, and shifters.  She also learns her family’s role in this hidden, supernatural world.  These explanations are easy to follow, and the characters are quite likable, even with their healthy amount of high school drama.

Author Bianca Scardoni is an incredibly skilled wordsmith.  Both ‘Inception’ and its sequel, ‘Invidious’ are narrated by high school student Jemma Blackburn, but her thoughts never border on immature or whiny.  Scardoni has a wonderful ability to transform words into vivid images, allowing readers to visualize the strange and beautiful new settings Jemma finds herself in.

‘Inception’ is an addictive must-read for all vampire, shifter, angel/demon, witch, and supernatural romance lovers, as well as ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ fans.

Inception’ and ‘Invidious’ are currently available as part of the Kindle Unlimited program.

Monday, July 18, 2016

‘The Tower Must Fall’ by S.E. Bennett

5 magical stars!

With ‘The Tower Must Fall,’ author S.E. Bennett has brilliantly blended re-tellings of several fairy tales with a semi-coming of age story centered around main character, Marek.  The tale is told from alternating points of view of both Marek and leading lady Enyo, and follows their journey through several of the former-fairy-tale kingdoms, as they run from king’s guards, join other Cryptids - magic wielding non-mortals - such as themselves, and join bloody battles.

Though the plot and history is heavily influenced and interwoven with fairy tales, this tale contains heavy violence at times.  This is not a simple retelling of charming princes against wicked witches.

This is a very well-written spin on traditional fairy tales and magic, incorporating adult themes of prejudice, and diversity.  There is an entire race of people, Cryptids, who want a safe place to raise children, where magic use is acceptable instead of a crime punishable by death.

‘The Tower Must Fall’ is an enchanting must-read for all mature YA readers and sci-fi and fairy tale fans.

Currently available as part of the Kindle Unlimited program.

'Time Trial #1' (The CHRONOS Files) by Rysa Walker

5 stars!

An excellent start to a visually stimulating tale of time travel, set within Rysa Walker's 'Timebound' universe.  Clio Dunne tries her hand at being an illustrator, when a figure from her parents' past shows up and forces her to travel in time.  Tune in to discover more!

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

'Time Trial #1' will be available on July 20th!

Monday, July 11, 2016

‘Crystal Crowned’ (Air Awakens #5) by Elise Kova

5 magical stars!

‘Crystal Crowned’ is the gripping conclusion to talented author Elise Kova’s elemental magic series, ‘Air Awakens.’  Readers have watched Vhalla Yarl develop magic abilities, form a bond with secretive Prince Aldrik, become a symbol for soldiers to believe in and fight for, and then face the biggest betrayal of her life.

‘Crystal Crowned’ begins just after the action ends in ‘Water’s Wrath.’  We follow Aldrik, Vhalla, Jax, Elecia, and Fritz (two firebarers, one groundbreaker, one waterrunner, and a windwalker) on their journey through Solaris to rescue their kingdom from a malicious, power hungry tyrant.

As with the other entries in the ‘Air Awakens’ series, there are battle scenes, there are moving scenes of caring and friendship, and even love.  We get to see more of Jax and Elecia’s backstories, and watch all our favorite characters further develop and mature. 

The epilogue beautifully wraps up Vhalla and Aldrik’s story.

Thanks to author Elise Kova for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Grab 'Crystal Crowned' here!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

‘Savage Steel’ (Heartblaze #2) by Shay Roberts

5 stars!

(Read my review of ‘Heartblaze’ and snag it for free here!)

Excellent second entry in Shay Roberts’ historical fiction ‘Heartblaze’ series.  New characters are introduced, minor characters from 'Secret Society' are given elaboration and development, and we experience another one of Emma Rue's exciting past lives.

Author Shay Roberts’ style of narrating from several different points of view works exceedingly well to provide the reader with clarity through the many characters and time periods.  ‘Savage Steel’ presents a bigger picture than the first book, and more fully develops the villain’s motivation and methods.

Once again, the ‘Heartblaze’ world is a historical fantasy with many supernatural beings; vampires, were wolves, were bears, witches, faeries, ghosts, and more.  Soul mates share a special and powerful connection that can span centuries.  While the plot has a large and developed focus, one of the main points is the connection between soul mates Emma Rue/Cassandra and Julian.  This book pulled my heartstrings a bit.

An excellent choice for fans of fantasy, supernatural, or historical fiction.

Thanks to author Shay Roberts for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Currently available from your favorite booksellers!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

‘Keeper’ (The Morphid Chronicles #1) by Ingrid Seymour

4 supernatural stars!

Ingrid Seymour’s ‘The Morphid Chronicles’ falls somewhere between ‘The Mortal Instruments’ and ‘Harry Potter.’  She has skillfully created a whole new species that co-exist with humans.  Morphids are supernatural beings hidden amongst humans on Earth.  Their population has always been small, and for generations, a Regent has overseen Morphids, in order to protect their secrets and ensure their existence. 

All Morphids were predetermined, by Fate, into their caste.  Some are Companions, who have a soul-mate, an Integral, with whom they bond, marry, and have children.  Other Morphids are born into being Sorcerers, Seekers, Warriors, Caretakers, etc.  Fate is the guiding force that determines a Morphid’s role in life, and once they ‘morph’ into that role around 16 years of age, their mind and body is never the same.

With ‘Keeper,’ Seymour gives us something to think about; free will vs predetermination.  Morphids rely heavily on their inner instinct; a caste-determined instinct.  At times it seems there is a secondary voice in their minds, insisting that something is right or wrong.  As a Keeper, Greg feels a connection to his charge, Samantha, but he is not her Integral.  Instead, another young man by the name of Ashby, is Sam’s Integral.  Despite his Keeper status, Greg retains more of his own mind than most Morphids, and retains his own feelings towards her.

‘Keeper’ is also a nice coming-of-age story revolving around the three teenagers.  We see Greg, Samantha (Sam), and Ashby with their parents, in three very different home situations.  We see the teens interact with their friends, and go through a tiny bit of normal high school drama.

‘Keeper’ is a clever and well-written YA fantasy.  Highly recommended for fans of YA, coming of age, and fantasy books.

Thanks to author Ingrid Seymour for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

'Keeper' (and its sequel) are currently available as part of the Kindle Unlimited program!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

‘Forever Layla: A Time Travel Romance’ by Melissa Turner Lee

5 time bending stars!

Breathtakingly brilliant!  This clever, all-encompassing YA time travel romance is an exciting page turner. Author Melissa Turner Lee has perfected the art of making each and every detail count, with a time travel mechanism simple enough for readers to follow.

What begins as a fun and light week of spring break for a high school senior and his friends, complete with witty banter and PG-rated jokes involving teenage hormones, turns into an epic love story spanning across decades. 

E-book available on Amazon for only 99 cents!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

'The Alchemists of Loom' by Elise Kova - Cover and Synopsis Reveal

Elise Kova, author of the amazing 'Air Awakens' series has released the cover and synopsis of her new high fantasy series, 'The Alchemists of Loom' - releasing on January 10, 2017!


Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

Preorder 'The Alchemists of Loom'

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

‘Daemoneum’ (The Primordial Principles #2) by Laney McMann

4 stars

‘Daemoneum,’ sequel to author McMann’s ‘Crystallum,’ is another exciting adventure.  Set just days after the first book leaves off, Kade, Cole, and their friends are searching for answers while trying not to tip off the entire Primordial race that the danger has escalated.

This book, the second entry in ‘The Primordial Principles,’ adds several point-of-view narrating characters, through which readers get to see a bigger picture of everything that happens, rather than just from Kade or Cole’s point-of-view.  McMann continues to build on the intricate world of angels and demons that she has created.

I recommend this page-turner to any reader who enjoys YA, supernatural, and fantasy.  Look for it in stores in July 2016!

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

‘Vernal’ (The Royal Protector Academy #1) by Randi Cooley Wilson

4.5 supernatural stars!

Gargoyle Princess Serena St. Michael is the last of her regal bloodline and destined to live within the confines of royalty.  Though she has her father wrapped around her finger and wants for nothing, her future is not her own.  Duty requires that she study and train with the other gargoyle protectors, and that she must eventually marry to create a new alliance to maintain peace between various supernatural races.  This plan does not sit well with the rebellious and free spirited 20-year-old princess.

In the third and final year of her training at the Royal Protector Academy, her family has secretly assigned her a new and additional personal protector/bodyguard, in anticipation of an assassination attempt from a source of evil long-ago wronged by the St. Michael’s.  However, the family never expected that Serena and her new guard would fall for each other.  Tristan Gallagher has a shady past and secrets of his own.  He’s also gorgeous and off-limits.  How could Serena possibly not be attracted? 

Tristan has various connections in the supernatural world, and responsibilities of his own to uphold, but he cannot deny the strong pull he feels towards Serena.  As much as he tries to convince himself that ensuring her safety is simply his current assignment, he can’t help but feel deeply for her.  Tristan knows, better than anyone, that he is bad news for Serena and would only end up hurting her, that he cannot claim her, mate with her, or keep her once the assignment ends.  But heck if he doesn’t want to, with every fiber of his being.

The Royal Protector Academy feels like a college atmosphere, with the gargoyle students adding witty banter to the already sarcasm-laced dialog.  Despite the seriousness of their purpose, and the impending threat of attack, the tone among classmates is light and fun.

Author Randi Cooley Wilson has successfully managed to combine many different types of supernatural beings into one coherent NA love story.  Perfect for fans of Laura Thalassa’s ‘The Unearthly’ series and anyone who enjoys a good NA paranormal romance.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Vernal will be available on June 24th!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

‘The Watchmaker's Daughter’ (Glass and Steele #1) by C.J. Archer

5 stars!  Amazing story!

Set in 1890 London, ‘The Watchmaker's Daughter’ is the first entry of a new series by the skillful wordsmith C.J. Archer. 

Handsome American Matthew Glass is visiting London, desperately seeking the watchmaker who created a timepiece that is near and dear to him.  The watch is breaking, and if he is unable to find its maker in time, it could be big trouble for Mr. Glass.

‘The Watchmaker’s Daughter’ begins with one of Matthew’s numerous visits to watchmaker shops in London, however, ownership of this specific shop has just changed hands.  Eddie Hardacre had convinced Miss India Steele into accepting his marriage proposal, and successfully tricked Mr. Steele into bequeathing the shop to Eddie.  Two weeks prior to the opening scene, Mr. Steele had finally succumbed to his illness and passed away, unintentionally leaving India to be dumped by Eddie, broke, and also homeless.  India arrived at her family’s former shop to let Eddie have a piece of her mind, only to run into Mr. Glass as he makes inquiries about his own watch.

Inspired by India’s feistiness and knowledge of London watchmakers, Glass convinces Steele to work with him in his search for his watch’s maker, and to move into his London house for the duration of their collaboration.  India has her reservations against strange men, after her former fiance Eddie, however, her current situation put her in a desperate situation of needing both a place to live and an income.  Her mind is put somewhat at ease when she meets Matt’s female cousin, also residing in the home, and eventually, his Aunt as well.

With ‘The Watchmaker’s Daughter,’ author C.J. Archer has cleverly crafted a steady plot and several complex characters.  Matthew Glass keeps both India and readers in suspense over his secrets throughout most of the book.  His friends help to keep the tone light, and if you’re familiar with Archer’s ‘Ministries of Curiosities’ series, you’ll understand; none of Archer’s background characters are dull, and her main characters are full of mystery and surprises.  As a leading lady, India Steele is independent and has a mind of her own, not to be controlled by the many men in her life foolish enough to attempt it.

Though Glass and Steele do occasionally flirt, this is not purely a romance novel.  It is part romance, part mystery, part magic; all of which a joy to read.

Thanks to talented author, C.J. Archer, for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

‘The Watchmaker’s Daughter’ will be available on June 28th!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

‘Dust in the Desert’ (Flipped Fairy Tales) by Starla Huchton

5 stars!

Starla Huchton has done it again!  'Dust in the Desert' is a beautiful re-imagining of 'Aladdin,' complete with Huchton's trademark swapped genders.  This time, a female street-rat must face a brainwashed sultana and evil sorceress buzzing in her ear, all while the sultana's son, the prince, gets caught up in the cross fire.  Huchton changes more than just genders, and the tale is truly heartwarming.

Strongly recommended for fans of fairy-tale retellings.

'Dust in the Desert' is currently available on Kindle Unlimited!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

‘The Facefaker's Game’ by Chandler Birch

4 stars!

Debut author Chandler Birch has created a rich and imaginative alternative world with various types of magic.  Well thought out and easily understood, ‘The Facefaker’s Game’ is a delightful new world in which to slip away from reality for a while.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

‘The Facefaker's Game’ will be available on Amazon November 1, 2016.

Monday, June 6, 2016

‘Amber Frost’ by Suzi Davis

3.5 stars

‘Amber Frost’ begins with the perfect and beautiful 18-year-old Grace Lynn Stevenson.  Readers learn about her high profile and high society family, and the demands upon her to keep up appearances and manage a perfect image at all times.  The book’s opening is a wonderfully descriptive narrative of Grace’s private moment in Art class at a prestigious and private high school in Canada.  And then fellow student, Sebastian, draws Grace out of her private thoughts and her life begins to change forever.

Sebastian has lost his memory, but begins to remember bits and pieces as he gets closer to Grace.  All he knows, at the start of their friendship, is that he has a magic-like ability to get what he wants if he only wishes for it.  He can remain young and healthy if he continues to wish it.  As memories unfold, he remembers just how many hundreds of years he has been wishing to be young and healthy, and the two re-discover a shared ancient past.

While ‘Amber Frost’ was not the most well-written YA novel I’ve read this year, it was indeed a good read.  

Saturday, May 28, 2016

‘Withering Rose’ (Once Upon a Curse #2) by Kaitlyn Davis

3.5 stars

Aptly named, ‘Withering Rose,’ is a tale about a girl named Omorose whose magic sometimes forces its way out of her, costing her a bit of time off her life expectancy with each outburst.  Set in the same universe as Kaitlyn Davis’ ‘Gathering Frost’ retelling of Sleeping Beauty, ‘Withering Rose’ tells the re-imagined tale of Beauty and the Beast. 

Omorose and her father are left stranded in the ‘real world’ as a result of the same earthquake that affected members of the Fairytale kingdom in ‘Gathering Frost.’  For ten years, she has carefully hidden her magic from those who would cause her harm if they knew, but when we meet Omorose, she has had enough.  She leaves the relative safety of a military base and flees to the Beast’s kingdom, seeking other magic wielders and freedom from hiding.

Beauty and her Beast, here named Cole, enjoy a slow building friendship which turns to romance.  Characters from ‘Gathering Frost’ appear in ‘Withering Rose’ and set us up for the third entry in this series, expected in 2017.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

‘Eerie’ by C.M. McCoy

4 stars!

Angels, Envoys, Demons, and magic…

‘Eerie’ begins as a charming tale of sisters Holly and Hailey, working in their Uncle’s Irish Pub and making plans to attend college together once Hailey graduates high school in a few months.  They work through everything together (missing their parents and Hailey’s awkward high school experiences) in a loving, sisterly way.

When their lives are turned completely upside-down, Hailey learns that the college in Alaska she planned to attend with Holly is for studying the paranormal.  The university has some Hogwarts-like aspects, but is a darker and more mature place.  Along with cute bookworms that swell up from drinking too much tea and professional-grade hairstyling ghosts in the mirror, Hailey also meets Asher, a 3,000-year-old Envoy who has fallen in love with her from time spent together in her dreams.  She discovers that Asher is not only real, but he and his fellow Envoys have been stuck on earth for centuries and her death might be the key to allow them to return home.

On the other side of the love triangle is a young man with all the answers, all the jokes, all the friends, and potentially all the girls.  Though the rational part of Hailey understands the difficulty in trusting either of these suitors, who sometimes treat her badly, her emotions usually override logic and she falls for them both.

‘Eerie’ is an interesting collection of angels, demons, soul-less, and other supernatural beings.  Some students have abilities, some characters seem to possess magic, though it is never labeled as such.  For a 400-page book with a dark setting and serious story, there sure are a lot of laughs to be had in this paranormal romance.

Thanks to author C.M. McCoy for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

'The Glittering Court' by Richelle Mead

5 glittering stars!

With 'The Glittering Court', author Richelle Mead skillfully transitions between several vastly different locations throughout her fictional world of Adoria, allowing readers to enjoy the main characters' thoughts and behaviors in varying settings.  Though the tale clearly begins with fancy dresses, finishing school, and competitive attempts to land a successful husband overseas, there is more to this gem than meets the eye.  Our main character travels from upper class mobility in long-established Elizabethan London-type Osfrid to its colonies overseas, reminiscent of the American frontier.  Plot twists abound!

We begin in the aristocratic Osfrid, at the home of Elizabeth Whitmore, Duchess of Rothford, whose family estate has lost money in recent years.  Desperate for a way out of a severely boring arranged marriage to a cousin, Elizabeth jumps at the chance to impersonate her maid, Adelaide Bailey, as a member of The Glittering Court's finishing school.  She has high hopes of landing a more successful and interesting husband across the sea, in the new colonies of Adoria.

Along the way, Adelaide makes friends with her roommates Mira and Tasmin.  Each girl is resourceful, independent, and interesting in their own way, just like Adelaide.  I look forward to reading their stories as Richelle continues the series.

Throughout most of this book, only the recruiter Cedric Thorn knows of her true identity and her motives.  They grow as close as their status and the situation allows, as Elizabeth-as-Adelaide secures the top position as the Diamond at the head of the Glittering Court, and attends the parties and social events that come with being courted.  Over time, they fight their passion for each other a little less.  Their slow-building romance proceeds at just the right pace and is quite enjoyable.

Would recommend ‘The Glittering Court' to any YA reader.

Snag your copy on Amazon, or check out your local library!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

'The Neverland Wars' by Audrey Greathouse

2.5 stars, B+ for effort

Author Audrey Greathouse hits upon all the classic 'Peter Pan' points; fairies, flying children, shadows, pirates, Indians, mermaids, and a secret hideout involving a tree stump. Though the addition of real-world magic and an interesting back-story for the teenage main character, Gwen, brings a uniqueness to this retelling; its effect wares off after the first few chapters. The majority of this tale doesn't flow as well as the beginning, and it seems the author checked off a box concerning pirates and moved onto the crocodile. Once the crocodile portion was complete, it was checked off, and the story moved onto Indians. All in all, not a bad retelling, but I was hopeful for a better story, considering the additional plot points.

Be warned: 'Neverland Wars' ends on a cliffhanger and absolutely nothing is wrapped up.

Thanks to NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

'The Last Necromancer' (The Ministry of Curiosities, #1) by C.J. Archer

5 stars!

Captivating and full of surprises, 'The Last Necromancer' is a wonderful spin on Frankenstein set in Victorian London, containing conspiracy, romance, and supernatural ability.

Monday, April 18, 2016

‘Princess of Tyrone’ (The Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #1) by Katie Hamstead

5 magical stars!

This is a clever and futuristic re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, with minor Cinderella and Snow White aspects.  More Cinderella and Snow White plot lines coming later in The Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles series!

In order to preserve peace and connect the two royal lines; a prince and princess were betrothed as babies, much to the dismay of the evil faerie, Bryanna.

Apolline, our Sleeping Beauty, grew up in secret in the enchanted woods of a planet on the outer boarder of the joint ruling kingdoms in the galaxy.  She was raised by three fairies, affected by magic and has excelled in the unladylike skill of hunting magical creatures.  She is a spirited heroine and can handle herself in a tough crowd.

Prince Allard, on the other hand, was raised in the palace by his father and groomed to become King himself one day.  In an effort to keep the betrothal secure and intact, no images of either the prince or princess have been allowed to reach the public’s eye.  As Apolline and Allard have no idea what each other look like, their interactions are feisty and a joy to read.

Perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer’s ‘The Lunar Chronicles’!

Thanks to Curiosity Quills Press for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Currently available as part of the Kindle Unlimited program!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

‘Water’s Wrath’ by Elise Kova

(Spoilers for the first three books in the ‘Air Awakens’ series.  See previous reviews.)

Air Awakens            Fire Falling             Earth's End

Water’s Wrath Synopsis:

Librarian turned sorcerer. Sorcerer turned hero. Hero turned puppet.
The Solaris Empire found victory in the North and, at the cost of her heart and her innocence, Vhalla Yarl has earned her freedom. But the true fight is only beginning as the secret forces that have been lurking in the shadows, tugging at the strings of Vhalla’s fate, finally come to light. Nowhere is safe, and Vhalla must tread carefully or else she’ll fall into the waiting arms of her greatest foe. Or former lover.

Water’s Wrath Review:

5 flowing stars!

Brilliant addition to the 'Air Awakens' series! ‘Water’s Wrath’ picks up where ‘Earth’s End’ left off; Vhalla has gone into hiding.  She has settled into a new routine of learning from books and recording her dreams of Prince Aldrik’s memories, created by the Bond they share.  However, she does not remain hidden for long as troops return to The Crossroads and the South, now that the war has ended.  Lady Vhalla Yarl’s entry into Court is spectacular, and it seems more than just her friends have missed her.

This fourth entry to author Elise Kova’s elemental magic series focuses more on crystal magic and Crown Prince Aldrik and his family’s past.  All our favorite characters have returned to play a role, Aldrik, Baldair, Jax, Elicia, Frtiz, and Grahm.  Due to the amount of personal history uncovered, this might be the most emotionally wrenching in the series.

The last 25% of this book is full of nail-biting page-turning action and the surprise ending may just knock your socks off.  Looking forward to ‘Crystal Crowned’ later this year!

‘Water’s Wrath’ will be available on April 26, 2016.  #AirAwakensApril

A big thanks to author Elise Kova for providing an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review!

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

‘Air Awakens’ Series by Elise Kova

5 earth shattering stars!

Magic, castles, and feisty interactions with moody princes.  All my absolute favorites.

Vhalla Yarl’s story is compelling; a servant-level palace Library Apprentice with a strong mind and a passion for learning.  Her loyalty to her friends is unquestionable and moving.  The fierce friendships and bonds that form throughout the series is realistic and thoroughly enjoyable, and Vhalla’s interactions with the supporting characters and both the Crown Prince and the Golden Prince is what keeps the story moving at an amazing pace.

The ‘Air Awakens’ series is a joy to read, beautifully written with well-developed characters and vivid descriptions of elemental magic and the various rooms within the castle and of the scenery and temporary camps along Vhalla’s journey.

Author Elise Kova made the excellent choice to have Vhalla narrate in the first-person, as readers are privy to her private thoughts, memories, and reactions.  As the story is centered around Vhalla, these are important insights.

I devoured ‘Air Awakens,’ ‘Fire Falling,’ ‘Tales from the Front’ (novella) and ‘Earth’s End’ within one week, begrudgingly taking breaks only when ‘real life’ insisted.  Cannot wait to find out what happens next in ‘Water’s Wrath,’ releasing on April 26, 2016.

This YA fantasy series is perfect for fans of Rachel E. Carter’s ‘The Black Mageseries.