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  • Five on Dec. 13, 2012

    Five Stars for FIVE! Five started out with young Rayla just feeling she has taken hold of her life and has found a direction for her future. She starts to 'see' things, including incredibly handsome men who all seem to have eyes only for her! Nope, not a teen love triangle with a couple of mysterious and drop dead gorgeous guys, but FIVE drop dead gorgeous Fae Princes who all want her, but she's clueless as to why. As the story unfolds, Rayla is caught up in the world of the Fae, as she discovers she is a rare and coveted Elemental. There is a good pace to the story once it gets going, good 'tension' between characters, and quite a few twists heading to a finish that made me want the next book NOW! I actually double-checked that I hadn't missed something! A thoroughly entertaining read! Great start to the series! 4.5 stars! This copy of Five was given to me by Christie Rich and Making Connection YA @ Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
  • Kindred (Book 1 The Kindred Series) on Dec. 14, 2012

    WAY Better Than Buffy! Cassie finds herself caught in a world where she is one of the last vampire slayers and finds herself falling for her enemy. This is a great YA read, reminds me of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, although I prefer Cassie. The writing flowed and the characters came alive. Cassie and Devon, a great team!
  • The Soul's Mark: FOUND (The Soul's Mark, #1) on Dec. 14, 2012

    I LOVED this!!!!!!! Imagine finding that a birthmark you have is the mark of your soulmate, a vampire. This held my interest from the start, with a strong, independent heroine and a not-so-perfect, but basically good, hero. The tension between each of them is out there.
  • Golden Blood on Dec. 14, 2012

    Great Idea! Gemma Hart is a little awkward, like many teens, but one big difference is that her father can take her through time! She meets Harrison, a boy from a different time and they are definitely connecting. Add to this, the fact that there is a purpose and mystery to her family's time travel and you have a great, well-written YA read that should appeal to all looking to be totally entertained!
  • The Gatekeeper's Challenge (Gatekeeper's Saga #2) on Feb. 19, 2013
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    Picking up ten months after the events in The Gatekeeper's Sons, there is a good background set up for this book with references to the past blending in well! Eva Pohler has picked up the pace in book 2, thrown in a few more curves, expanded the depth of many characters and created scenes that have you dreading what will happen next! When you stop thinking of a character as fictional, the author has done their job well! Therese has been a normal teen, she loves Thanatos, she hates his lack of communication, she misses him, she wonders why he hasn't contacted her, after all, he IS a god, then, she hates him, then she loves him, and on and on her very real teen anguish goes! Therese also has a 'more than just a friend, not quite a boyfriend' relationship with her best friend's brother (who was hit with one of Cupid's arrows of love and is in love with her)- so she feels guilty about that, too. Again, she is a human teen, so she is flawed. She also seems more whiny and does a pretty dangerously stupid thing that costs the life of one of her friends, for which Therese feels extremely guilty, (and she should). Her actions have not only ended a life, but caused a lifetime of suffering for others. Meanwhile, Than is desperately seeking advice on how to be together with Therese for eternity and her 'prayers' to him have not gone unheard, just painfully unanswered. The rest of the gods have vowed NOT to interfere, not to help. Finally, Hades gives Therese several more challenges for her to complete and if she finishes all of these challenges, she can be made a god. He made the challenges extremely difficult, especially for a human girl, after all, how many people are given another chance? But Therese can be very strong-willed and is able to think well on her feet. Is she strong enough to complete each task on her own? Does she deserve this second chance? Will love conquer all? Will Therese and Thanatos be together for all eternity? Sometimes love is just not meant to be, one small mistake made by Therese may have doomed everything. Can Thanatos fix things? The ending will have you 'burning' for the answer!
  • The Gatekeeper's Challenge (Gatekeeper's Saga #2) on Feb. 19, 2013

    Picking up ten months after the events in The Gatekeeper's Sons, there is a good background set up for this book with references to the past blending in well! Eva Pohler has picked up the pace in book 2, thrown in a few more curves, expanded the depth of many characters and created scenes that have you dreading what will happen next! When you stop thinking of a character as fictional, the author has done their job well! Therese has been a normal teen, she loves Thanatos, she hates his lack of communication, she misses him, she wonders why he hasn't contacted her, after all, he IS a god, then, she hates him, then she loves him, and on and on her very real teen anguish goes! Therese also has a 'more than just a friend, not quite a boyfriend' relationship with her best friend's brother (who was hit with one of Cupid's arrows of love and is in love with her)- so she feels guilty about that, too. Again, she is a human teen, so she is flawed. She also seems more whiny and does a pretty dangerously stupid thing that costs the life of one of her friends, for which Therese feels extremely guilty, (and she should). Her actions have not only ended a life, but caused a lifetime of suffering for others. Meanwhile, Than is desperately seeking advice on how to be together with Therese for eternity and her 'prayers' to him have not gone unheard, just painfully unanswered. The rest of the gods have vowed NOT to interfere, not to help. Finally, Hades gives Therese several more challenges for her to complete and if she finishes all of these challenges, she can be made a god. He made the challenges extremely difficult, especially for a human girl, after all, how many people are given another chance? But Therese can be very strong-willed and is able to think well on her feet. Is she strong enough to complete each task on her own? Does she deserve this second chance? Will love conquer all? Will Therese and Thanatos be together for all eternity? Sometimes love is just not meant to be, one small mistake made by Therese may have doomed everything. Can Thanatos fix things? The ending will have you 'burning' for the answer!
  • The Gatekeeper's Sons on Feb. 19, 2013

    Take one immortal Greek god of Death, add a fifteen-year-old girl who barely survived the murder of her parents and blend well and we have a nice take on a YA paranormal romance by Eva Pohler! Thanatos, the god of death, who looks around eighteen, but is, in fact, an ancient immortal son of Hades, twin brother of Hypnos, the god of dreams falls instantly in love with Therese, a mortal girl who gave him his first kiss. Actually, she gave him his first taste of being around humans, because, really, who WANTS to be visited by death, you know? Therese and Than have a few weeks together in the Earth Realm, they are in love. Than must find a way to make Therese his immortal wife, a goddess, but it usually doesn't work out too well for humans, but Hades has made an offer Therese cannot refuse. If she is able to kill the man who arranged for her parents' murder, she will have earned the right to become immortal. Being a truly 'nice' kid, Therese has won the hearts and support of many of the gods. But, is she capable of committing murder, even if it means losing Thanatos forever? At first, I was sucked right in, then, the story got a little too detailed for me, with too many 'mini' details tucked in the story. Instead of blaming the story, I tried to read it from the eyes of a young teen, and, tada! Suddenly, what the characters said and did made complete sense! I already loved the plot idea, not too many books out there that toss in tons of gods, not only their names, but who they are! A real mini mythology lesson! Therese's day to day life was real! Her friends and family felt real! Her emotional reaction to different situations was real! I completely enjoyed this escape from reality and have recommended this book to a couple of teacher friends of mine, for their students.
  • Avra's God on March 03, 2013

    Avra's God was my first read by author Ann Lee Miller! Her ability to bring the characters to life, with all of their strengths, flaws and insecurities exposed while keeping the story going shows her true gift as an author! Four college age students face life head on, but only Avra's faith in God kept her on HER correct path, no matter how hard it was. She is smitten over Cisco, the proverbial bad boy who is lost in his own personal torments. Meanwhile their friends, Jesse and Kallie dance around their feelings, hiding behind the barriers they have built. Can they all find happiness while living as they feel God wants them to? Avra's feelings for Cisco almost made her fall away from her beliefs because Cisco doesn't believe in God. Her strength and convictions for one so young under the pressures of today proved how strong she was and makes her an ideal role model for girls, in particular. Cisco is bitter with the life his family has led since his father left them. He longs for the structure and support of a family like Avra's. To him, she is a lifeline to grab onto, but, he struggles to follow the path she has, after all, its easier to just give in to temptation and live in the moment. On his path to self-destruction, he tends to give in too easily. Jessie is a disillusioned son of a strict minister and is rebelling against the roll he is expected to play in life. He cares for Kallie, even looks for ways to be near her, but knows he isn't ready to commit to an exclusive relationship with her when he can't even find himself. Kallie, thanks to her father's rejection, is insecure and although she wants Jesse with all of her heart, what she wants is total control, that way, she can't be 'left behind' again. She has hardened her heart against his attempts to tell her how he feels through his songs. All four of these characters are facing real life challenges, some know where God fits in and use that strength in their day to day lives, even when they might falter. This is a beautifully colored story, well-written and a wonderful read! Ann Miller has blended faith and contemporary issues well!
  • Kicking Eternity on March 03, 2013

    Ann Miller has written another great book that demonstrates that even with a strong faith, life can still be confusing, particularly when dealing with matters of the heart! Raine has her future planned out. She feels God is calling her to go to serve as a missionary in Africa. To earn money for her trip, she spends her summer working at a Christian Camp where she finds she is attracted to two totally different young men who return her feelings. Meanwhile, she has gotten off to a bad start with her room mate, and only needs to get to know her to find how well they can relate. Each of the four main characters, Raine, Cal, Drew and Aly are flawed. They are human, they are young, their emotions are real. Some of them rely on their faith to help give them strength, but each one of them still have personal struggles. For Raine, it was confusion in love. She feels something for both Cal and Drew, she does things out of love for her brother. I think Ann has done a wonderful job of showing her characters as young people with growing pains, all striving to do the best they can, and NOT using God as a shield or crutch, but as a guide. They make mistakes, they learn from them. That is real life. What I really like best about Ann's books? They are well-written and take 'the fear of reading Christian books' away! What Ann writes is current to today's teens/new adults and is easily related to in a smooth flowing way that puts the reader in the story completely! I highly recommend her books for anyone who is or have ever been caught in the throes of young adulthood!
  • Strong Blood (Last Moon Rising #2) on March 09, 2013

    "Strong Blood," book two in the Last Moon Rising Series, is as action-packed and intense as book one, "Fire in the Blood." Haley is still learning her way around in her new world, Eyidora. The veil of mystery that shrouds so many characters makes it hard for her to know who she can trust, she hears things, watches people, but its as clear as mud to her if there is anyone she can truly trust. The dreamstates she is experiencing are frightening, and she can't get enough control to stop them, the gods of nature seem to be free to come and go inside her head, draining her energy in the process. Ian wants her help, but for his own selfish and twisted reasons, and Tuggin, hired to protect her, well, is he really trustworthy? What's up with him? One minute he seems to care about Haley, the next, he is cold as ice, and it doesn't help that Haley is attracted to him! He DOES keep saving her life, although it seems to pain him to do so. It's no wonder Haley feels so inadequate, Tuggin has taught her that her emotions are a weakness. Everyone has a hidden agenda, it seems, no one can be trusted. If not for the mysterious Soon, would Haley truly have anyone in her corner? Can she succeed in her quest to save her worlds? I love Haley's, um, charm??? Seriously, Haley has personality, she's a character, she gets a little snippy, she's scared, she's still out of her element, she still makes some bad choices in trusting people, she's still headstrong...she's still Haley! For a girl thrown headfirst into another world, with the fates of several worlds on her young shoulders, her feeling of insecurity is totally understandable and, feeling like I was there with her, not only was it painful to watch, but I wanted to send some characters into a time out! Dale Ibitz has created a wonderfully flawed and realistic character in a world that feels alive. I'm looking forward to watching Haley grow!
  • Strong Blood (Last Moon Rising #2) on March 09, 2013

    "Strong Blood," book two in the Last Moon Rising Series, is as action-packed and intense as book one, "Fire in the Blood." Haley is still learning her way around in her new world, Eyidora. The veil of mystery that shrouds so many characters makes it hard for her to know who she can trust, she hears things, watches people, but its as clear as mud to her if there is anyone she can truly trust. The dreamstates she is experiencing are frightening, and she can't get enough control to stop them, the gods of nature seem to be free to come and go inside her head, draining her energy in the process. Ian wants her help, but for his own selfish and twisted reasons, and Tuggin, hired to protect her, well, is he really trustworthy? What's up with him? One minute he seems to care about Haley, the next, he is cold as ice, and it doesn't help that Haley is attracted to him! He DOES keep saving her life, although it seems to pain him to do so. It's no wonder Haley feels so inadequate, Tuggin has taught her that her emotions are a weakness. Everyone has a hidden agenda, it seems, no one can be trusted. If not for the mysterious Soon, would Haley truly have anyone in her corner? Can she succeed in her quest to save her worlds? I love Haley's, um, charm??? Seriously, Haley has personality, she's a character, she gets a little snippy, she's scared, she's still out of her element, she still makes some bad choices in trusting people, she's still headstrong...she's still Haley! For a girl thrown headfirst into another world, with the fates of several worlds on her young shoulders, her feeling of insecurity is totally understandable and, feeling like I was there with her, not only was it painful to watch, but I wanted to send some characters into a time out! Dale Ibitz has created a wonderfully flawed and realistic character in a world that feels alive. I'm looking forward to watching Haley grow!
  • The Art of My Life on March 13, 2013

    The Art of My Life has become my favorite book yet, from Ann Lee Miller! Cal has had a lifetime to become as damaged and lost as he is. Never measuring up to what his mother wanted, he turned to his grandparents who accepted him as he was. Unfortunately, their lifestyle involved illegal drug use and Cal fell into that abyss. Mistake after mistake found Cal in jail, still lost. He has been in love with Aly forever, but doesn't feel he will ever be good enough for her. Aly also has her demons. After a wild and promiscuous teenage period, she has settled down and gotten her life straightened out. Aly has a career that will hold her over until she is ready to follow her dreams of owning her own business. Aly loves Cal, but he once turned down her advances and she figures he will never be interested in her. Meanwhile, Fish and Missy are playing that same cat & mouse game. Fish has always been attracted to Missy, but she is Cal's much younger sister, who now wants marriage and a family-last thing Fish thinks he wants. Missy has had it bad for Fish since she was about fourteen, he knows it, but seems to avoid her. As each story moves along simultaneously, they tell of the insecurities and issues each person has. No one is perfect, everyone has baggage, some heavier than others, but everyone needs the approval of those closest to them. Cal has the toughest road to travel, he has fallen down so many times, but failed to see that in trying again, he was gaining strength. Aly tries to be there for him, helping him with his business, encouraging his art. They just never seem to get on the same page at the same time. Will either of these couples finally open up and be honest with each other? Do they have what it takes to trust their heart to someone else, no holding back? Ann Miller has done her job creating a world with flawed characters, flawed satellite characters, and worst case scenarios, just like real life. I was so connected to Cal and his issues that I wanted an hour alone with his over-critical, always disapproving mother! I guess that is a sign of a great author who knows how to put everything together!
  • Tattered Innocence on March 19, 2013

    Just when I thought Ann Lee Miller couldn't top The Art of My Life, she turns around and blows me out of the water with Tattered Innocence! I want to add right at the start-DO NOT hesitate to read this book if you have not read other books in this series. It stands alone just fine, as do the others! Rachel is trying to outrun her guilt over an affair with a married man. Bret used her, she let him and thought it was love. By the time she found the strength to call it off, she had already violated her moral compass, destroying her self-respect completely. Because she needs a new start, she takes a position as first mate on board the Smyrna Queen, a sailing vessel doing five day tours. Jake Murray, captain of the Smyrna Queen and its fledgling tour company has just been dumped by his fiance, Gabrielle, the morning after they had sex for the first time. He is filled with remorse and crushed by the break up. The friendship that formed between Rachel and Jake was initially tentative at best, each harboring their own secret shame and the pain of not feeling worthy to achieve their most treasured dreams. For Rachel, even her dyslexia is a reason to feel inadequate and she strives to hide this from Jake. As their relationship grows and they admit inwardly to deeper feelings, both Rachel and Jake fail to trust the other enough to truly open up. Rachel looks to God for strength, Jake isn't ready to believe God will help him. Bret tries to re-enter Rachel's life, and without Jake's help, she may have given in. Still, their hearts and minds are hardened to the fact that they have something special that is quietly growing strong. Rachel's guilt still gets in the way and Jake doesn't believe he can give Rachel what she needs, as much as he would like to. When Gabrielle returns with bombshell news, Jake must really look into his heart for the strength to do whats right. Where can Jake turn for the answers he needs? Ann Lee Miller has once again created two characters who have made HUGE mistakes, but are lost to accepting their own forgiveness and giving up the burdens for the sins they carry. Both characters are stronger than they think, making them real. Their story drew me in and held me until the end and beyond! I actually hurt for them and those impacted by their mistakes. In the end, there was only one character I felt had no redeeming qualities! This is a beautiful story of love, learning, acceptance and redemption through faith!
  • Tattered Innocence on March 19, 2013

    Just when I thought Ann Lee Miller couldn't top The Art of My Life, she turns around and blows me out of the water with Tattered Innocence! I want to add right at the start-DO NOT hesitate to read this book if you have not read other books in this series. It stands alone just fine, as do the others! Rachel is trying to outrun her guilt over an affair with a married man. Bret used her, she let him and thought it was love. By the time she found the strength to call it off, she had already violated her moral compass, destroying her self-respect completely. Because she needs a new start, she takes a position as first mate on board the Smyrna Queen, a sailing vessel doing five day tours. Jake Murray, captain of the Smyrna Queen and its fledgling tour company has just been dumped by his fiance, Gabrielle, the morning after they had sex for the first time. He is filled with remorse and crushed by the break up. The friendship that formed between Rachel and Jake was initially tentative at best, each harboring their own secret shame and the pain of not feeling worthy to achieve their most treasured dreams. For Rachel, even her dyslexia is a reason to feel inadequate and she strives to hide this from Jake. As their relationship grows and they admit inwardly to deeper feelings, both Rachel and Jake fail to trust the other enough to truly open up. Rachel looks to God for strength, Jake isn't ready to believe God will help him. Bret tries to re-enter Rachel's life, and without Jake's help, she may have given in. Still, their hearts and minds are hardened to the fact that they have something special that is quietly growing strong. Rachel's guilt still gets in the way and Jake doesn't believe he can give Rachel what she needs, as much as he would like to. When Gabrielle returns with bombshell news, Jake must really look into his heart for the strength to do whats right. Where can Jake turn for the answers he needs? Ann Lee Miller has once again created two characters who have made HUGE mistakes, but are lost to accepting their own forgiveness and giving up the burdens for the sins they carry. Both characters are stronger than they think, making them real. Their story drew me in and held me until the end and beyond! I actually hurt for them and those impacted by their mistakes. In the end, there was only one character I felt had no redeeming qualities! This is a beautiful story of love, learning, acceptance and redemption through faith!
  • Becoming Human on March 22, 2013

    LOVED IT!! In the future, through overuse, over abuse and over-population, Earth has become toxic to human life. Light years away, exoplanet Exilon 5 is discovered to be a plausible place to relocate humans to. Only problem? It’s already inhabited by another species. Solution? Force the indigenous population to die, or adapt to the changes necessary to support human life. Or, just maybe, they will learn to adapt and hide underground, seeking ways to learn about the invaders. Maybe they have grown smarter, more powerful and superior in many ways to the human race. Bill Taggert, an International Task Force Agent, is charged with investigating this race, called Indigenes, but Bill has his own agenda on Exilon 5. His wife is missing and presumed murdered by the Indigenes and he intends to get definitive answers in the hopes of finding closure. Contact has been made with an Indigene, Stephen, but attempts to capture him failed. Meanwhile, a young woman, Laura, on her first day at a new high security job at the ESC (Earth Security Center), has discovered highly sensitive files that she can’t help but read. When she is secretly given more information on the same subjects, Bill Taggert and the Indigenes, she is drawn into a twisted and terrifying conspiracy that runs all the way to the top of the political chain. What are the dark secrets being withheld from the population? Why is it necessary for every action made by the population to be monitored by the government? Viewed and told through multiple POVs, the plot is intricate, involved and intense. With several necessary subplots racing along concurrently, the answers to what is going on will be HUGE! Remember, two worlds, two races, two histories, but what about the future?? Good intentions vs selfish desires are all part of this story, too. What will the final outcome be? Will the human race destroy another world in its quest for supremacy and survival or are the only the privileged few going to come out on top? Eliza Green had me from page one. Her creative world-building constructed a panoramic view of the consequences of two worlds colliding where both sides want to win, neither trusting the other. Will good conquer evil? I, for one am looking forward to book two, especially after book one’s stellar ending! If you like Sci-fi, futuristic tales, dystopian worlds with underdog ‘good guys’ fighting the good fight, I think you’ll like this! After book one, and meeting Daphne, I’m rooting for the Indigenes!
  • By My Side on March 29, 2013

    Read from March 25 to 26, 2013 — I own a copy Talk about an intense, in-your-face, emotionally charged read! By My Side by Stephanie Witter is that and more! Lily’s world is coming down all around her and her super prickly, sarcastic façade is slipping. Her parents have divorced, her mother is drinking herself do death, her father has completely distanced himself, her best friend has suddenly cut her off, so where can Lily find some comfort and a place to feel safe? Why not with the lifelong pain-in-the-neck, evil brother of her best friend? Makes. Total. Sense. Okay, maybe not, but that’s what happens when Gabe comes home from college for the summer, sadder, quieter, more mature and most definitely attracted to Lily. Lily even trusts the ‘new’ Gabe with her private art, which for Lily is like letting someone read her diary, because this has always been how she pours her feelings out. Still, Lily misses Andy, her best friend. Their relationship has fallen completely to ruins, and jealousy is the reason. Somewhere along the way, Andy’s feeling for Lily have changed and to him, once again, Gabe comes out on top. Can she bring the brothers back together without losing them both? After all, she needs them each in a different way. Then, just when there is some good in her life, once again, she is beaten down when she wakes up to a real life nightmare that she couldn’t prevent. How much more can Lily take? What about when Gabe goes back to college? Will he still want her? Will he even remember her? Lily’s own insecurities could cost her Gabe, but maybe she needs to heal herself before she can be any good for anyone. This is an emotional roller coaster, a real three hankie read for me. Stephanie Witter has colored a world full of the realities of pain, love, loss and gain in a beautiful coming of age young adult romance that I can’t praise enough!
  • By My Side on March 29, 2013

    Talk about an intense, in-your-face, emotionally charged read! By My Side by Stephanie Witter is that and more! Lily’s world is coming down all around her and her super prickly, sarcastic façade is slipping. Her parents have divorced, her mother is drinking herself do death, her father has completely distanced himself, her best friend has suddenly cut her off, so where can Lily find some comfort and a place to feel safe? Why not with the lifelong pain-in-the-neck, evil brother of her best friend? Makes. Total. Sense. Okay, maybe not, but that’s what happens when Gabe comes home from college for the summer, sadder, quieter, more mature and most definitely attracted to Lily. Lily even trusts the ‘new’ Gabe with her private art, which for Lily is like letting someone read her diary, because this has always been how she pours her feelings out. Still, Lily misses Andy, her best friend. Their relationship has fallen completely to ruins, and jealousy is the reason. Somewhere along the way, Andy’s feeling for Lily have changed and to him, once again, Gabe comes out on top. Can she bring the brothers back together without losing them both? After all, she needs them each in a different way. Then, just when there is some good in her life, once again, she is beaten down when she wakes up to a real life nightmare that she couldn’t prevent. How much more can Lily take? What about when Gabe goes back to college? Will he still want her? Will he even remember her? Lily’s own insecurities could cost her Gabe, but maybe she needs to heal herself before she can be any good for anyone. This is an emotional roller coaster, a real three hankie read for me. Stephanie Witter has colored a world full of the realities of pain, love, loss and gain in a beautiful coming of age young adult romance that I can’t praise enough!
  • Dark Genesis on April 02, 2013

    Dark Genesis by Dave Ferraro started out the gate like a day at Disney! You know the roller coaster that loops and twists and spins and only centrifugal force is holding you in at breakneck speeds? When the ride is over, you are all pumped up to go again because it was Just. That. Good.? That pretty much describes how I feel about Dark Genesis and the creative genius of Dave Ferraro. Alyssa wakes up inside a pentagram in a strange world filled with vampires, werewolves, witches, and even a town called Frankenstein, where scientific technology abounds! (Un-apologetically named for the man who created the gray, eight foot tall, heavily scarred “go to” guy in town.) Everyone has magic, except Alyssa, of course, who also happens to have no memory of her past, but she knows this isn’t her world. Short version: Alyssa is put on a quest to regain her memory and it can only happen if she kills those who wear a pentagram like the one she woke up in. Along the way, she gains friends, allies, enemies, and a new piece of her past with each kill. But is it all an evil game that she is merely a convenient pawn in? Could each battle bring both this world and Alyssa’s closer to destruction? As Alyssa and her band of merry men (and women) battle against insurmountable odds, uncovering deceit and evil, slaying monsters and chopping off heads, I had gut-clenching reactions, I swear I wanted to duck with her, I felt her pain when someone was lost, I was totally invested in each moment of the book! For those who like a little romantic tension and conflict, it’s there, as snippets of a man named Cory come back, Alyssa still finds she is drawn to bad boy Parker, a dashing rogue-with-the-ladies kind of guy! Oh! Eric, too…all heroic, Nordic and full of himself in a completely endearing way! In the final battle, the stakes are high, what will Alyssa do? Where does she belong? Can she reconcile her past with her future? I highly recommend this book for its characters, its world-building, and its pace! If you like larger than life fantasy that plucks tidbits from other genre, you’ll want to read this, for sure!
  • Delilah Dusticle on June 14, 2013

    This quick and light read is as cute as its title, Delilah Dusticle!!! Delilah is special, she can eradicate dust with a swipe of one of her magical dusters, all with a cheery smile on her face!! Her talents have made her employers, the Fenchurch-Whittingtons, the envy of their friends. When her happy heart is broken, she loses her magical dust eradication powers, her job and becomes as dusty and gray on the outside as she feels on the inside. When she finds a true friend in a most unlikely place, her world starts to sparkle again! Whimsical, quirky, fun and short, with a lesson or two to learn! A. J. York writes with flare, creating a charming world with charming heroine! A great story for younger kids to read and talk about with their parents, or anyone!
  • Dragon Shaman: Book One, Taming the Blowing Wind on July 07, 2013

    Do you believe that there could be more to our world than meets the eye, in the possibility of spirit realms filled with guides to aide us on life’s journey? Dragon Shaman: Taming the Blowing Wind, the first book in the Dragon Shaman series by Teresa Garcia delves into the legends, spirits and beliefs of multiple cultures, while telling a beautiful story of the pain of young love lost, healing and moving on along the path one is destined for. BlowingWind MountainChild, is the daughter of an Irish mother and an Apache father. She has grown up steeped with the legends of both cultures and is deeply connected to the spirits of the Native American culture and the natural environment around her, following the spirit guides who call to her. Wind has dreams of adventure, love and a future filled with all life has to offer, but when she loses her one true love, her inner spirit fragments, she is devastated and knows she must travel across the globe, in search of answers in her own spiritual quest. In Japan now, earthly wind must contend with the barriers of language and cultural differences, while spiritual Wind finds solace in the spirit world of Japan. Will she ever be whole again? What are the spirits trying to show her? Is she ready for what she discovers? Is she ready for Ryu? Dragon Shaman: Taming the Blowing Wind is complex, well-written and combines multi-cultural beliefs with beautifully descriptive prose. It is a love story, a coming of age story, and a tale that demonstrates the similarities of age-old beliefs between diverse and distinctly different cultures. Teresa Garcia remembers to put some “fun” and light-heartedness into her characters, making them all the more likeable! If you’ve ever felt like there may be ‘several’ enitities within you (you know, the angel on one shoulder, the devil on the other) or felt “shattered” by some life altering event in your life, you may find a commonality with young Wind! If destiny, cultural legends, tales of environmental spirits poke at your interest, you’ll find much to enjoy here in this beautifully written novel!
  • The Language of Souls on July 16, 2013

    When a soul finds its mate, the barriers of language and culture fall away, and love can be found in the most unlikely places, even in the heart of an enemy. But for Solena, this wasn’t the only love she found as she comes into her own and no longer doubts her abilities and calling as a gifted healer in her land. Undertaking a dangerous journey to find a powerful healing plant, Solena is captured by a young soldier with issues of his to contend with. Rundan is the son of a ruthless warrior and struggles to please a man who cannot be pleased. Does he follow orders and take Solena to her certain death, or follow his heart and conscience and do the “right” thing for this brave and caring stranger, a member of a people long feared and distrusted by his own? The Language of Souls by Lena Goldinch is a beautiful novella filled with all of the heart of a much longer book, perfect for any audience, yet geared for Young Adults who enjoy losing themselves in a fantasy world. Ms. Goldfinch has given us beautiful, yet sometimes treacherous scenery, two very strong and honorable characters and wonderful tale to escape into, even if only for a short time!
  • Memoirs of a Gigolo Volume One on Sep. 04, 2013

    When you are the Lord of the Manor, people expect you to have money, but Oliver Adair is broke, living off the largess of what few friends he has. When he decides he needs to make his own way in the world, he finds he isn’t exactly qualified for much, but, he does enjoy sex, needs large sums of cash quickly and approaches a very high end, very discreet escort service, passed his face to face interview, his physical, and the most important test of all, can he perform under pressure, with an audience, with a professional escort as his partner? How does he “measure up” to other men? What will his new life be like as a paid escort? Memoirs of a Gigolo by Livia Ellis is fresh, spoken from the main character’s POV, sounding like a man, totally! There’s some attitude and sexy fun in future installments, if this is any indication of what to expect!
  • Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past on Sep. 18, 2013

    Unique! Fun! Humorous! A little quirky with a side of dark and dangerous! Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past by Paul Cude puts a whole new slant on those dragons that are living among us! (Because, they do, right?) I admit it, I have never read about dragons in this light, and I was completely enthralled with how “normal” they are as they move among humans while in human form and yet, have their own world where, they can look like dragons! There is also something sinister afoot and Bentwhistle, an unlikely hero is up to his scales in the thick of it! Ancient magic, best friends, ominous enemies and more add to the fantasy and intrigue that is suitable for ALL ages, kids on up! Rich with fine detail and characters that are as real as you or I are, the sense of friendship and loyalty shared between Bentwhistle and his best friends is a joy to follow! Their dialogue sounds like true conversations between friends and Peter Bentwhistle is so “average” that he makes the perfect unlikely hero as he follows a dark and twisted mystery that reeks of evil. Paul Cude has given us all a realistic and relatable contemporary hero in Peter, while creating a fantasy that is family-friendly, light enough for younger readers, yet with enough mystery that older readers will enjoy the escape from reality, too! Have you ever discussed a book with a young person? I have, and their take on a story is fascinating! Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past is the perfect book to start a new tradition with!
  • Deadly Crush (Deadly Trilogy, Book 1) on Oct. 21, 2013

    Is there room for another YA paranormal romance? If it has the unique spin only Ashley Stoyanoff can twist, then the answer is yes! Deadly Crush, the first in a new trilogy, Deadly puts the small town of Dog Mountain (yep, seriously) on the maps as a haven for werewolves as they co-habitate with humans out in the open. Too bad this doesn’t sit well with Jade, who has lost a lot to the bite of a werewolf and cannot forgive and forget. When a hot new guy hits town, Jade has taken it on herself to keep him safe from the pack. Too bad Jade is wasting her time, Aidan is the new pack alpha, but cannot seem to let her in on the news. Tough, outspoken and completely human, Jade is a force to be reckoned with when angered. When she learns that things are not as they seem and those closest to her have been less than honest, Jade’s already turmoil-filled life is in for a massive upheaval and her biggest nightmare could become reality, starring Aidan, the pack and someone Jade could never believe would betray her. Ashley Stoyanoff has given voice to multiple viewpoints, each clear, well-timed and genuinely realistic! Talk about 3-d story-telling! Her sense of good dialogue and great world-building almost make me wonder if she knows something the rest of us don’t! From the sights to the sounds and smells, Dog Mountain comes alive, its inhabitants ranging from the typical high school Hierarchy to the laws of the pack. So many secrets, so many webs have been woven, only the strong will survive. Will it include Jade and Aidan, or will forces beyond her control cause Jade to turn her back on happiness and weave her own web of lies? Only Ashley Stoyanoff knows!