Frostbitten Review

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Frostbitten
by Heather Beck
Enchanted Publishing (June 23, 2014)
Rating: 3/5

Book Summary:

Great beauty hides dark secrets…

Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.

Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?

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Anastasia is sent to live with her grandparents to live in Cedar Falls by her mom in the hopes that a new place and new environment will be a good influence on her. The first day Anastasia arrives she meets a boy with mesmerizing eyes named Frost. It’s practically love at first sight as these two are undeniably drawn to each other. There’s trouble though in Cedar Falls as people are being attacked by some sort of animal. As Anastasia uncovers the mysterious events taking place in Cedar Falls she soon learns that Frost harbors his own secrets.

Frostbitten is an adorable, mysterious read. Frost is dazzling and perfect, hard to resist, and one that you definitely can’t help but fall in love with. Anastasia is kind and determined even though there are several odds piled against her. People in Cedar Falls aren’t very kind to her and there’s many instances that occur that place Anastasia in a situation that is unjust. Still, against it all she keeps her head high and her relationship with Frost unfolds into something purely sweet and beautiful.

One of my favorite side characters is Chloe. She’s Anastasia’s childhood friend and she’s just sweet through and through.

Overall I think Frostbitten has a lot to offer and I look forward to reading future books in the series. If you like stories with love at first sight, mystery, and werewolves than be sure to check this book out! Frost and Anastasia’s love is super cute!!!

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Heather Beck is a Canadian Author and Screenwriter who began writing professionally at the age of sixteen. Since then she has written eleven well-reviewed books, including the best-selling series, The Horror Diaries, which has sold in six continents.

Heather received an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from university where she specialized in English and studied an array of disciplines. Currently, she is working on the Frostbitten series and has a middle grade anthology slated for publication. As a screenwriter, Heather has multiple television shows and movies in development. Her short films include:Young Eyes, The Rarity, Too Sensible For Love, Circular, and the forthcoming Witch’s Brew.

Besides writing, Heather’s greatest passion is the outdoors. She is an award-winning fisherwoman and a regular hiker. Her hobbies include swimming, playing badminton and volunteering with non-profit organizations

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Soul Finder Review and Giveaway

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Soul Finder (The Immortal Gene #2)
by Jacinta Maree
Genre: NA Supernatural/Dystopian
Release Date: September 16th 2016
4/5 Rating

Summary from Goodreads:

Since being discovered as Soulless, Nadia has become a target for both terrorist groups and government corporations. Now, her only hope for survival rests in the hands of the man sent out to kill her: Diesel, the Mad Dog terrorist.

Diesel is determined to free himself of the never ending curse of reincarnation and the haunting memories that plague his mind. But when his search leads him to Nadia, a greater desire stills him from taking her life.

Unable to see into Diesel’s cracking mind, Nadia instead puts her faith into his strength, fueled by eleven generations of unmatched rage and insanity. Their tight-rope relationship balances the two between life and death, love and rage, trust and betrayal.
Tension pulls at the hems of their dangerous companionship, and as time runs out all madmen must eventually make their choice.

Book two of the thrilling Immortal Gene series dives deeper into the danger of trusting your heart over your head.

Readers discretion: Adult language, violence and some adult scenes. For mature audiences only. 

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Soul Finder starts right where Soulless left off. Nadia has jumped off the cliff and is rescued by a person that has an alternate motive than just saving her life. Now a captive, Nadia is dragged far from the last place she had seen Diesel. Before she knows it, she’s running for her life and captured again by people that want to sell her. Hidden in a dark cell, the last thing she expected to find there was Diesel. One of Diesel’s personalities comes out to try and do what he can to save Nadia. He goes by the name of Kane. Nadia and Diesel’s relationship is intoxicating and consuming, becoming something more and more at every turn. But can Nadia and Diesel learn to trust each other? Or will they ultimately betray each other?

I thought Soulless had pushed the limits of reality and imagination, but I wasn’t expecting Soul Finder to take it just another step further. The world Jacinta created is dark, demented, and tragic. It’s one of those tales that cuts so deep and is so violent and filled with horror that you just can’t put it down and you want to know more. It was so great to see Nadia grow as a person and to see her feelings deepen for Diesel. I also loved how Nadia and Diesel’s relationship unfolds. They are a toxic pair, but their love is deep and real and all consuming. When I was reading Soul Finder I couldn’t help but think that Diesel is a bit like the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera. Like the Phantom he is a dark, tragic, tormented soul that has this glimmer of redemption that you can see and want him to find. When Diesel isn’t taking the D400 his other personalities from past lives pokes through. When this happens, the dark Kane comes out and does whatever he can to save Nadia. And like the phantom, Diesel kills and is a bit of this tragic, beautiful monster that you can’t help but love.

I think what Jacinta has created here is beautiful and unique. She has explored the boundaries of what makes a dark world and has pushed it and her characters almost to the breaking point. I think the world she has created is one of those places you can’t believe and yet are unable to set the book down because you aren’t sure what to expect next. I think her characters have flaws and are definitely not perfect, but Nadia is this strong character that begins to realize she can do something about saving everyone. And Diesel, even with his multiple personalities, has this side to him that is calm and patient, and underneath that mask is someone who is willing to do whatever it takes to help the person he loves. I think both the main characters are beautiful and unlike any characters I have ever seen before. And I loved the story. There’s something new at every turn and it’s so gripping of a story I almost finished it in one sitting because I had to know what happened next.

I must say I LOVED this book. Soul Finder is action packed right from the start. There is a lot of violence though and the book also deals with human trafficking. It’s definitely a read for mature audiences. But if you’re looking for a dark read that definitely gives you a book hangover, the kind that leaves you thinking about the book and it’s awesome craziness weeks and weeks later, then be sure to check this book out. I think Nadia and Diesel’s love story is probably one of my favorites. It’s tragic, intoxicating, unexpecting, and yet in the midst of all the darkness and violence around them, they are able to find a raw beauty within each other that they are desperate to hold on to.   It’s a read worth obsessing over.

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Born in Melbourne Australia, Jacinta Maree considers herself a chocoholic with an obsession with dragons, video gaming and Japan. She writes a variety of genres including YA paranormal, steampunk, horror, new adult, dystopian and fantasy. Winner of 2014 Horror of the year and bestselling author, Jacinta writes to bring enjoyment to others while fulfilling her own need to explore the weird and the impossible.

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Blood of the Prophet Review and Giveaway

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Blood of the Prophet
by Kat Ross
Publication date: September 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Visionary. Alchemist. Savior. Saint.

The Prophet Zarathustra has been called many things. Now he spends his time drawing pictures of weird-looking goats. That’s what happens when you’ve been stuck in a prison cell for two hundred years. But the man who might be mad, and is definitely supposed to be dead, has suddenly become very valuable again…

It’s only been a few weeks since Nazafareen escaped the King’s dungeons with her daēva, Darius. She hoped never to set foot in the empire again, but the search for the Prophet has led them to the ancient city of Karnopolis. They have to find him before Alexander of Macydon burns Persepolae, and Darius’s mother with it. But they’re not the only ones looking.

The necromancer Balthazar has his own plans for the Prophet, and so does the sinister spymaster of the Numerators. As Nazafareen is drawn in to a dangerous game of cat and mouse, her newfound powers take a decidedly dark turn. Only the Prophet understands the secret of her gift, but the price of that knowledge may turn out to be more than Nazafareen is willing to pay…

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Nazafareen, Darius, and their friends travel to the city of Karnopolis to find the Prophet Zarathustra. There is no time to lose if they want to save the life of Darius’ mother. They must free her from the cuff she wears binding her to the King, before Alexander burns Persepolae. Only the Prophet knows how to break the cuffs that enslave the daevas.  Little do they know that they are not the only ones looking. Queen Neblis has sent one of her necromancers, Balthazar,  and King, Artaxeros the second, sent the spymaster of the Numerators, both on the same quest.  Will they be able to find the Prophet before the others find him?   Will Darius and Nazafareen be able to stay hidden from the evil regime while they search?

If you read the first book in the series, The Midnight Sea, then this book is a must read.  It starts where the last book ended.  I found the first part of the book to be a little slow, but then it picked up the pace and was very intense the rest of the way through.  I love the characters of Darius and Nazafareen.  It was wonderful to be back in their world again.  We get to see their love for each other grow and Nazafareen’s power grow as well.  I also really liked the two friends that accompanied them on their search, Tijah and Myrri.

This book is well written with wonderful world building.  The characters are very well developed.  Not just the main characters, but the side characters as well.  I will be anxiously awaiting the next installment in this series.  Especially with the way the book ended.  Although it didn’t end on a cliff hanger per se, some things are about to happen that will put many of the characters I have come to like in extreme danger.

I really liked this book.  As far as second books in a series go, this book is pretty good.  It avoided the second book syndrome where the first book is really good and the second falls flat.  That being said, I still like the first one a little bit better.  If you haven’t read The Mignight Sea, you definitely should read it first. The Blood of the Prophet is a great sequel, but you will be lost if you haven’t read the first book.  I recommend this book to anyone who loves YA books like I do. Especially if you like dystopian societies with magic thrown in the mix and a little bit of history, then this series is for you.  I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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 Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014), about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.

 

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The Retreat Review

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The Retreat (The After Trilogy, #1)
by Kelly St. Clare
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Rating: 4/5 

Book Summary:

Earth is ruined. Humankind destroyed. And it’s old news.

Romy’s life is simple—for a genetically enhanced space soldier; pick up space junk with her four friends, and stave off the invaders fixated on stealing Planet Earth.

It isn’t much. But it’s temporary—only another 850 years to go, give or take.

When her crew tangles with a gulp-worthy alien mothership, Romy’s return to Earth is brought forwards at hurtling pace.

Strength comes from the unlikeliest of quarters.

As does leadership.

…As does betrayal.

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The Retreat follows Romy and her knot mates. They live on the orbitos, a space station designed for the survival of the human race. The people on board were made in tubes, not coming into existence until they turn twelve and most only live until they are 35, if they are luckily, then longer. They live their lives over and over again as the fight off the Critamal, aliens from another planet. Romy and her knot mates are responsible for cleaning up the debris outside of the orbitos. One day the Critamal attack and everyone from the orbitos are ordered to fight. Romy and her team fight bravely but unfortunate events leaves them crashing falling towards Earth. When they crash land on Earth they soon discover things aren’t as they seem. They were told that the Earth was uninhabitable. They were told there were no survivors on Earth. They were told that the atmosphere and water were Toxic. They were told lies.

The Retreat is filled with action, mystery, friendship, and a blossoming love. There is so much to love about this story, the characters, the plot, the world building…Honestly, every part of this story is incredible. I simply could not put this book down. It a beautiful original tale about a girl that discovers her world isn’t what she thought it was while also discovering who she is and who she wants to be. I was a little nervous when I first started reading this because sometimes NA novels tend to have too much adult content in it. It was so refreshing to read a story of an older audience that didn’t revolve around mainly about physical interactions. The main love interest in The Retreat was one of my favorite characters. He’s kind and patient. He’s understanding and gentle. Romy is dealing with so many different things and Atlas is just remarkable. This story is so well developed… after each chapter it just leaves you wanting more. More of the characters, more of the story, more of the world that Kelly St. Clare created.

One thing that really just tickled me in The Retreat was when Romy and her friends were told that even though they are twenty-four years old they would be going through puberty since they were no longer on the orbitos (on the orbitos they were given medicine that suppressed puberty). I’m not entirely sure this was supposed to be comical or not, but I think this plot point lightened the book and at times definitely made things awkward and brought a smile to my face.

I do want to mention that the book does deal with some sexual abuse. It doesn’t go into too much detail but it could be a trigger for those that have had sexual abuse. I think Kelly St. Clare handled this story component with care and also provided a positive example for how a girl  should be treated (or healthy relationships in general). Atlas is just so kind, it’s hard not to love him. I just loved his interactions with Romy and I think it’s a positive example for how people should be treated, even though he does ignore her sometimes. But what boy at some point in YA and NA novels doesn’t ignore a girl? I just love how concerned he is about her, how he genuinely seems to care about her and want to help her. I especially love it when they spend a night together and nothing sexual happens between them. It adds an element of sweetness that is often lacking in YA and NA novels. It shows that you can have a well written, detailed novel with a love story that knocks you off your feet and captures your heart, and that it doesn’t need the fluff that alot of authors throw into a story.  I think it’s a kind of beauty that is rarely shown in YA and NA literature and it’s something that really stood out to me in The Retreat.

And let me just add that I just can’t wait to see how Atlas and Romy’s relationship unfolds in future novels!

If you like science fiction, adorable love stories, unbreakable friendships, and a book that you simply cannot put down (trust me, you’ll binge read), then this book is definitely for you. Be sure to check it out!

About the Author:

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When Kelly St Clare is not reading or writing, she is lost in her latest reverie. She can, quite literally, drift past a car accident while in the midst of her day dreams, despite the various police sirens and chaos.

Books have always been magical and mysterious to her. One day she decided to start unravelling this mystery and began writing. Her aim: To write stories she would want to read. As it turns out, this failed miserably. Do you know what it is like to read something you’ve written? Impossible, that’s what. Not to mention, the ending is ruined before you’ve begun. Never-the-less, Kelly loves it and wishes she had more time to squeeze it in between her day job as a physiotherapist.

Fantasy of Frost, the first title in The Tainted Accords, is her debut novel. It’s sequel, Fantasy of Flight released May 2015. Fantasy of Fire is now available!

A New Zealander in origin and in heart, Kelly currently resides in Australia with her soon-to-be husband, a great group of friends, and some huntsman spiders who love to come inside when it rains. Their love is not returned.

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The Dream Protocol Review

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The Dream Protocol: Descent 
By Adara Flynn Quick 
Publication date: May 18th 2016 
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Book Summary

dreampWHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T GET OLD. In fiery young Deirdre Callaghan’s home of Skellig City, no one has dreamt their own dream in over a thousand years. Dreams are produced by the Dream Makers and sold by the Ministry, the tyrannical rulers of the city. In Skellig City, years of life are awarded equally and the ruined are cast away beneath the city on their 35th birthday.

Unbeknownst to the Ministry, Deirdre’s handsome friend Flynn Brennan is afflicted with a terrible disease – a disease that accelerates the aging process. Knowing his fate if the Ministry should ever discover his illness, Flynn has lived his whole life hiding from their watchful eyes. When Flynn’s secret is finally discovered, Deirdre is determined to free him from the Ministry’s grasp.

But to save him, she will have to reveal herself to a shadowy enemy…one that none of them even knew existed.

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I was really fascinated by the timing in Quick’s writing. The imagery itself flew off the page from the very start. The way Quick takes you across a room with the two in synch was really impressive. The dream sequences were a mind-sight to behold. I’m fascinated by dreams and their inner meaning. Likely one of the reasons I enjoyed this so much is the overall mystery of the plot as well.

This is a twisting dystopian book with some less-common archetypes that we see today. With people working to buy dreams and then considered ‘ruined’ at 35, it’s definitely bleak. Especially for a boy with a genetic disorder that accelerates aging. I liked the interweaving one had to do in exploring this new world and as Deirde discovers brutal truths, it uncovers more questions. Quick also integrates her own Irish background in the characterizations and I found it pleasantly refreshing.

Quick’s world takes a bit of patience to get used to, with the unanswered questions along the way and the changes in POV. Still by the time I was less than halfway through, I was hooked. Deirde is a very compelling character and her love for her friend Flynn and family motivates her to rebel against the norms. Dreams are a commodity and age is a downfall to them all.

Some tales can be larger than the book, if that makes sense. You’ll read a massive world created and simply know from the writing how much is still beyond the surface and likely to expand. I have to say this is certainly one of those books and should be quite exciting with its sequel.

 

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adaraIrish-American author, Adara Flynn Quick, is the writer of The Dream Protocol series. Early in her career, Adara was fascinated by dreams, the unconscious, and the healing stories of many cultures.  As a contemporary author, she writes young adult literature that brings ancient myths and legends into futuristic worlds.  She is an accomplished visual artist and uses her background as a psychotherapist to inspire the finest and darkest moments of her characters.

Driven to distraction by her computer, Adara writes all of her stories longhand.  Pen and paper are two of her favorite things.  The author tortures her husband with a passion for downtempo electronica and too many pillows.  She is a firm believer that there are never enough pillows.

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Rhodi’s Light Review

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Rhodi’s Light
Megan Linski
(Rhodi Saga #1)
Published by: Gryfyn Publishing
Publication date: September 4th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
Rating: 3/5

Flight. Hyperspeed. Clairvoyance.

These are some of the powers gifted to the Rhodi, an ancient sect of assassins who defend Crescentia, a dystopian world with a dying hope.

Dyliana Fairsson is one of them. After losing her parents to a suspicious accident, she and her twin brother, Devin, join the Rhodi to avoid starvation. Under the direction of her master, Dylan struggles to learn the strength of her magic …as well as hide the growing scars on her wrists. Can Dylan become the warrior, the hero, she’s destined to be? Or is she fated to fall from the light into the darkness?

The first installment in the epic fantasy series by bestselling author Megan Linski, Rhodi’s Light is an action-packed thrill ride that will leave readers begging for more.

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The story follows Dylan and Devin, brother and sister that are on the run with their parents. They don’t know what follows them and neither of their parents will answer their questions. While they flee across the borders, tragedy strikes, leaving Dylan and Devin parentless. They spend several weeks surviving on the street, with hints as to something horrific happening to them. Something had happened to them and neither one of them seem interested in remembering the night their parents died nor their endless days on the street, starving, and stealing what they can in order to survive. One fateful day, they attempt to steal from the master Rhodi whom takes pity on them. With their bellies aching and starving beyond belief they break into the Rhodi’s home where the Rhodi welcome them. Their only condition though is that Dylan and Devin must train the ways of the Rhodi. But a darkness stirs and one of their own is taken. Left alone at home, Dylan and Devin decide to take a stand, joining in on the fight, and doing what they can to save their master.

It was a little slow in the beginning, but the characters are likable so the slow-pace was still enjoyable. Rhodi’s Light does deal with depression and self-harm. Dylan emotionally struggles and has much self doubt that she learns to overcome. And the way Megan handles this plot detail is very sensitive to the concept. I think YA novels should have more books that deal with mental illnesses or disorders and I really enjoyed the fact that Megan shed light on a situation that is not often talked about in YA books but that many teens struggle with. It also shows how Dylan works through her depression and finds something to fight for. It also shows how Dylan accepts help when it is offered to her.

One thing I really enjoyed was the twins Tavana and Talidin. They are the ones that train Dylan and Devin. I think the friendship and trust that develops and grows between the four of them is solid and beautiful. I think as main characters, Dylan and Devin have alot of potential to become truly crafted and amazing characters which I look forward to seeing their development in books 2 and 3.

Overall Rhodi’s Light was a very pleasant read, and though it may not be a read for everyone since it does deal with delicate topics, I think it should still be a highly considered read since it is an interesting story and has so much to offer.

Author Bio:

Megan Linski is the owner of Gryfyn Publishing and has had a passion for writing ever since she completed her first (short) novel at the age of 6. Her specializations are romance, fantasy, and contemporary fiction for people aged 14-24. When not writing she enjoys ice skating, horse riding, theatre, archery, fishing, and being outdoors. She is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, and is an active fighter against common variable immune deficiency disorder. She lives in Michigan.

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Static Review and Giveaway

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Static (The Luminaries #2)
By S.K. Anthony
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy
Release Date: September 20th 2015

 

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Static_coverKevin Pierce is a teleporter, a ladies’ man, and a loyal friend. Or so he thought.

 

As a genetically altered Luminary, he helps the government bring down some of the most dangerous criminals. Not very challenging if you have his special abilities. But when a group of rebel Luminaries attacks his Organization the fight for survival begins.

 

One shattering event after another tests the depth of his relationships, his sanity, and his powers. Emotionally torn, Kevin must choose carefully where his loyalty lies. In the middle of all the unexpected chaos he gets the biggest shock of his life when he’s faced by a betrayal he never saw coming. Angry, injured, and ready to even the score, Kevin goes Static.

 

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Static is the second installment to this series and does not disappoint.  While I do not usually prefer to read first person, S.K. Anthony has a great way of moving her story along quickly and effortlessly. Kinetic is in Annie’s point of view, a well-experienced character in The Org. Kevin, however, despite his confident attitude is still learning about this world and his own past. I would definitely recommend that you read Kinetic before Static as this intriguing world developed has a great mystery and history to unfold.

 

Kevin is reintroduced in this novel and brings a new exciting journey in the Luminaries universe. We see a new side to characters introduced in Kinetic and explore the charismatic and arrogant nature of Kevin. In Kinetic, I really enjoyed reading Kevin and his charming and energetic attitude. While he learns more about the Luminaries and develops his own romantic entanglements, I really came to love his character. Especially his interactions with Ryan and other new ‘super’ people.

 

I do have to say that at times, it was hard to understand and find the characters likable. Their choices and thought processes could be a bit fickle and frustrating. I tend to find that books that have me baffled at character decisions tend to be the ones I read faster and more eager to reach the end. In a good way! What’s a great story without growth after all?

 

I really enjoy the exploration in genetically modified powers as well as the complications that arise. This story arch will constantly be stretching the good vs. evil and the grey in between. Static has an amazing amount of action and drama that shocked me. With questions still to be answered, I look forward to reading Book 3.

 

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Deliverance Review

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Deliverance by Kristy Centeno
Genre: YA/NA Paranormal
Release Date: March 19th 2016
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Deliverance coverHe’s been locked away his entire life.
He dreams of freedom.
The only way he can accomplish his goals is by breaking free of the chains tying him to a dark past and gloomy existence. But there’s one catch. He’s not human.
And he’s never set foot outside his jail.

Devoted to saving his peers as well as his own life, he sets out to find the one person that can help him achieve his objectives. He knows where she will be and what she will look like, but what he doesn’t anticipate is the fact he finds himself caring for the girl whose life he’s put at risk, more and more each day. He has no name. He has only known hatred and violence before her.

However, she will teach him to have faith in humanity, even if she can’t trust him. Together they will embark on a journey to bring down a corrupt system responsible for the loss of many innocent lives. But when he finds his feelings compromised, can he still move on knowing that doing so will put an end to the life she once knew? How far is he willing to go to be free?

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This book has many elements that keep you hooked. Adventure, mystery, plus strong and appealing characters. I was very impressed by not only the pace of this story but by the well-written dialogue. Throughout the story, the chapters bounce from Kristina’s point of view to ‘Tiger’ and I honestly enjoyed both immensely. While I usually come to prefer the POV of one character, I thought the chemistry between them really set this book apart.

The differences in characters and their unique personalities were really well done and it became incredibly easy to become attached to them and become immersed in this modern supernatural thriller. Despite their initial weariness of each other after Kristina saves Tiger, their trust and relationship continues to grow. Kristina is thrown into a new and dangerous world and Tiger is simply thrown into the world (period). I loved Kristina’s no-nonsense personality and logical thinking. While Tiger has incredible abilities and the tutoring of the world from the mysterious Castiel, he retains a unique innocence that becomes clear to Kristina. Together they go on a journey to stop the Institute and their vicious experiments.

I absolutely recommend this book to read next on your list. It is packed with sweet moments that I loved and very intense action that had me sitting up straight. Wonderful writing. Engaging storyline. Lovable Characters. 5 stars.

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About the Author

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Kristy Centeno is the author of the Secrets of the Moon saga and Keeper Witches series.

She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.

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Rising Tides Review and Giveaway

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Title: Rising Tides
Author: Katy Haye
Publisher: Plumshine Books
Release Date: June 24, 2016
Pages: 264
Genre: Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Romance

Synopsis


Rising Tides Cover LARGE EBOOKThe truth won’t stay submerged forever

City is the last civilised place left on a drowned Earth, a floating town built from metal and plastic from the Time Before. It’s the only home doctor’s daughter Libby Marchmont has ever known or wanted – until her father helps the wrong patient and she’s forced to flee.

Cosimo came to City for one reason. Then he should have vanished back to his people on the Wastes. But what about his promise to Libby’s father?

Stranded in the middle of the sea, can the two enemies learn to trust each other? And can they survive long enough to uncover the truth: City isn’t the safe haven Libby always believed it to be …

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My Review

I was really quite interested to read this book since it reminded me of Waterworld by it’s description. Growing up watching it, I was excited to read a scenario of a water-filled world and the struggles it faced. It didn’t disappoint for one minute. I was immediately captured by the Liberty’s narrative as her entire life is turned upside-down. In just a short time, she loses her father, her home, her expectations of her future and must travel with a reamer; someone she despises right away. As a practical girl, the uncertainly of her fate now rests in the Cosimo’s scrawny hands.

I completely blasted through this book. The moment I started reading, I couldn’t stop and it’s likely the fastest I’ve read a book. I look forward to reading it again actually. Haye created an excellent world with intense action, drama, and well-defined characters. Cosimo (which is an awesome name by the way) and Liberty are forced to survive together despite their clashing histories.

Cosimo is a newly created nautilus man from the Wastes, a place where thieves reside and are regularly punished by the Magistrate. Liberty, or Libby, is a slightly spoiled girl with a decent home and daughter of the second (or rather first) most important person in City. What I liked most about Libby is that she knows it. She doesn’t shy from recognizing her own faults or her situation. While life on City seems quite rigid, she feels she is often too awkward to have actual friends but takes comfort in her position as apprentice to her father Dr Miracle.

Both characters learn and slowly adapt to each other. I really enjoyed their interactions from beginning to end and the maturity they both began to have. It was very real and easy to connect to people that both had flaws and had to work through them over time. Rising Tides has so much to offer and if you’d like a dystopian novel that really has a fresh outlook and amazing writing, then this is a perfect choice. I really look forward to a next installment and other works by Katy Haye.

 

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katyKaty Haye spends as much time as possible in either her own or someone else’s imaginary worlds. She has a fearsome green tea habit, a partiality for dark chocolate brazils and a fascination with the science of storytelling.

When not lost in a good book, Katy may be found on her allotment growing veg and keeping hens in order to maximize her chances of survival in the event of a zombie apocalypse or similar catastrophe (admittedly, this would not help if the entire country flooded…).

 

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The Midnight Sea Review and Giveaway

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The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross 
(Fourth Element #1)
Publication date: May 10th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Rating:  4.5/5 Stars

Synopsis:

They are the light against the darkness.

The steel against the necromancy of the Druj.

And they use demons to hunt demons….

Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King’s elite Water Dogs is that they bind wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leaps at the chance to join their ranks. To hunt the monsters that killed her sister.

Scarred by grief, she’s willing to pay any price, even if it requires linking with a daeva named Darius. Human in body, he’s possessed of a terrifying power, one that Nazafareen controls. But the golden cuffs that join them have an unwanted side effect. Each experiences the other’s emotions, and human and daeva start to grow dangerously close.

As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius’s past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire. But with an ancient evil stirring in the north, and a young conqueror sweeping in from the west, the fate of an entire civilization may be at stake…

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Nazafareen is a member of the Four-Legs Clan.  They live a very nomadic life in an isolated mountainous region.  She is content with her life until her little sister is killed by a monster.  They call them Druj and they are demons and the undead.  The Water Dogs hunt and kill the Druj for the king using daevas.  Daevas are demons and considered to be wicked as well, but they can control some of the elements.  The Water Dogs bond with a daeva and then control them and their power.  One day the Water Dogs come to Nazafareen’s village  to recruit for their ranks and Nazafareen jumps at the chance to be tested.  She wants to be able to avenge her sisters death.  She passes the test and leaves her home to start on a whole new journey.  Being a Water Dog is a hard life, but that is nothing new for  Nazafareen.  She eventually makes some friends and gets bonded to her daeva, Darius.  It turns out to be nothing like she thought it would be.  She and Darius each wear a cuff.  The cuffs bind them together and through them they can feel each others emotions.  It was very hard at first, but over time Nazafareen adjusts and becomes close to her daeva.  Maybe even a little too close.  Her unit is sent on a quest to find a very dangerous foe.  Along the way everything that Nazafareen has been taught about daevas and the Water Dogs will come into question.

This book drew me in right from the first chapter.  Some books take me awhile to get into the story, but not this one.  My husband and I were going to town to have breakfast and I was waiting for him to get ready.  I decided to start reading this book.  I read the first chapter and then I had to read the next chapter and then I had to put it down, because my husband was ready to go.  At the first opportunity, I went back to reading and read almost straight to the finish.   The author is a very good story teller and I loved the characters, especially Nazafareen and Darius.  I also liked how she took a character from history and inserted him into her world along with some of the things that happened during that time period.  I was never bored reading this book.  It was like a roller coaster ride going from highs and lows with very little lag time.  I really like the world that the author has created in this book and I can’t wait to return there.

I loved this book and I’m excited for the next one, which comes out this fall.  I will definitely be reading it.  If you like stories about the supernatural and magic with a little bit of romance and history thrown in, then is book is for you.   I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014), about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.

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