I really enjoyed The Brown House by Christy Sloat. The atmosphere Ms. Sloat developed and the suspense she built in the book were wonderful. And there were definitely parts in the story that gave me chills.
The main character, Brylee, was well developed and easy to relate to. Brylee's reaction to the move cross country from California to New Jersey and the feelings she experienced being the "new kid" in school were very realistic. And I loved seeing her friendships develop with Ephraim, Lyn, and Kayla.
I didn't love the ending - maybe because I didn't want it to end...lol. But I am anxiously waiting for the next book in the series to be released so that I can continue on this journey with the characters.
First, let me say that I am a huge fan of the Maggie Henning & the Realm books and I absolutely loved Book 1 - Phoenix Rising, and Book 2 - Phoenix Burning. If you haven't read them, then I highly recommend that you check them out. Emerging Fates is a novella that is a companion to Phoenix Rising and Phoenix Burning and it reveals what Maggie's best friend Stephanie is doing while Maggie is dealing with the Realm in books 1 & 2. I read this novella after reading books 1 and 2 but I think that a new reader would enjoy this novella as a stand-alone...and would definitely want to read Book 1 and 2 after reading this novella.
The main characters in the novella are Stephanie (Maggie's best friend) and Hayden (a mysterious stranger who befriends Stephanie). Everyone is convinced that Maggie is dead and Stephanie refuses to believe it. Stephanie starts searching for answers and discovers alot about her best friend, herself, and her family. She also develops a relationship with Hayden.
Lisa Morgan's characters are always great and very relatable and I loved the characters of Stephanie and Hayden. I sincerely hope that Stephanie and Hayden are in the next books in the series.
Enchanted Hearts was absolutely enchanting! This is a wonderful read for all Fae and romance fans. The story focuses on the decision that Aithne must make between Hadrian, the Fae Prince, and William, her childhood friend who has grown to be something more. I absolutely loved the descriptive writing in this book and the character development. Aithne was such a sweet girl and my heart broke with hers as she tried to decide between her childhood fantasies of the fae and her future. And the two heroes were both swoon-worthy in their own special way. I highly recommend this book!
I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review...and I honestly thought it was amazing! I started reading Coexist around 2pm and I finished it around 6pm. I couldn't put it down. I became totally immersed in this book and I am going to be buying the next book as soon as I finish typing this review...lol.
I loved the characters. Keegan is great - she's a typical teenager who just happens to be an elf. Rourke is the perfect hero - his love for Keegan is unfailing even from afar and he is always there to protect her.
I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.
Teen Fury: Unleashed by Amanda Torrey is a YA paranormal story that focuses on a young girl who was adopted at birth and knows nothing about her birth parents. Suddenly, at the age of 15, she discovers that her birth mother is a Fury and her birth father is a God of Mercy. This discovery is earth-shattering to young Felicia and causes a lot of complications in her life. It also brings her into contact with two mysterious guys, Zane and Ryder, who are pulling her in two very different directions.
This book was a refreshing break from vampires and werewolves and Ms. Torrey managed to put a unique spin on her YA paranormal novel. The whole idea of this teenager discovering that she is the real daughter of two mythological creatures was interesting. I loved the character of Felicia. She was a perfect teenage heroine. She was caring & genuine and she had goals - like getting a grant to help the troubled teens that she mentors...but she also dealt with real teen emotions - like her anger at being laughed at and her confusion over what boy to like. The love triangle between Felicia, Zane, and Ryder provided a lot of tension and also helped Felicia (and the reader) to understand the dichotomy that she was struggling with because of the fury side and the mercy side of her genetic make-up. But I have to admit that I was on team Ryder from the moment he came into the story!
This story had a great mix of mythology, powers, adventure, and romance. I really enjoyed it and I will be reading book 2 of the series when it is released *Note - I'm assuming there will be a book 2 because there were a few things that were left unanswered for me at the end and I'd love to see how Felicia continues to handles her powers and the choices that she made while also handling high school.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review and I absolutely, positively loved it!! The story follows Michelle Cross during her senior year of high school...and not only does she have to contend with all the normal high school issues but she has a mother who is crazy, the four horsemen of the apocalypse show up, she falls in love with the fallen angel who is guarding her, and she finds herself battling the evils of Hell.
This book had it all - action, love, friendship, good vs evil - and I could not put it down. It had some real LOL moments and also some heartbreaking moments when I cried along with Michelle. The entire story captivated me and I cannot wait for the next book in the trilogy to be released.
Although the book has a religious premise it did not come across as preachy or attempting to convert anyone into believing in any specific religion. Katherine Polillo managed to weave religion with all the other components of the story and create a masterpiece. Her characters were realistic and I definitely felt a connection to them. The plot had enough twists and turns to make you feel like you were riding a roller coaster (and you definitely don't want to get off the ride)
Dark Before Dawn focuses on Dawn, a 16 year old girl who is forced to move from Boston to Maine because of her mother's marriage. Not only does Dawn have to deal with a new family, a new house, and a new school but she also has psychic abilities that scare her and have isolated her. She tries to keep her psychic abilities a secret but when she has a vision of a classmate's death, she feels that she must warn him. Soon she is being teased and tormented by the cool kids. And when her vision comes true, his friends spread a rumor around school is that she is a witch and she caused his death. She is befriended by another girl at school who also has psychic abilities and is introduced to her mentor. But Dawn soon starts to question the mentor's teachings and finds herself wondering if her initial bad feeling about evil was right all along.
I absolutely loved this book and read it in one sitting. The story was well-written and fast paced. I was interested from the first page to the very last. I liked that even though this was a paranormal book, it was very realistic. The interactions between Dawn and her mother were something that any teen girl can relate to and understand. The high school relationships and cliques were pretty much how I remember high school being. And in some ways, Dawn and her friends reminded me of myself and my little group of high school friends (except for the psychic abilities).
This book is very appropriate for teens and young adults, especially those interested in the supernatural. It is also an enjoyable read for adults of all ages. I highly recommend that you put this on your TBR and that you check out Stacy Juba's other books.
Face Off is the story of twin brothers who are dealing with high school, hockey, family, and growing up. It is a hockey story, but it is so much more than just a sports book.
Brad and his twin brother T.J. were attending separate schools until financial difficulties forced TJ to attend public school with his brother. The two boys are very competitive with each other and the sibiling rivalry is intense. Throughout the book, the boys learn how to be teammates and brothers.
I am a huge hockey fan, so the cover and synopsis of this book caught my attention right
away. The hockey scenes in the book were important but the book focused on the twins
learning more about each other and themselves. In the beginning of the book, Brad and TJ could barely stand each other but by the end of the book they were working together and respecting each other both on and off the ice. I loved how the twins matured throughout the book and became confident young men.
I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it. It's refreshing to find a YA book
that focuses on a male audience. I can definitely see why The Hockey Hall of Fame's Junior Education Program included Face-Off on its recommended reading list for the junior and intermediate levels.
Willow by Amy Ritchie is the story of a 17 year old girl, Willow, who is struggling with trying to be a normal teen when she is anything but. Willow is a werewolf and as if that isn't difficult enough, she is given leadership of a pack of high school age male
I really enjoyed this story and thought it was a fun read. I loved the different spin on the werewolf pack dynamics - one female leader with a pack of males devoted to her...what girl wouldn't like that. I also really liked the characters in the story. All of the characters were well developed and had their own unique personality. I enjoyed getting to know the boys of the pack and I liked seeing how their personalities blended together and made the pack stronger. I really liked Willow and I thought that she was a great heroine. It was interesting seeing her grow from a teen who didn't want to be a pack leader to a strong leader who's pack stood behind her against enemies. I also enjoyed the interactions between Willow and Gage and her pack.
The story was a little predictable at times (for example, I guessed Gage's secret very quickly) but there were also some surprises (like the friendship that develops between Willow and Carlie).
If you enjoy YA paranormal stories and werewolf stories, then you should definitely check out Willow.
Paranormal Days Gone Awry was a fun collection of short stories. Each story had a paranormal theme and had some interesting things go wrong. The anthology was interesting and had some amazing authors that I love and it also introduced me to some new authors. I like that the anthology gave the reader a lot of different paranormal creatures and some really crazy things happening. I didn’t love all of the stories in the anthology but I did enjoy reading it.
Bark: Origins of a Superhero by Daniel Peyton is a fun, romantic, action-packed adventure....and it's a free read!! The story follows Joshua Henderson, a security guard and volunteer firefighter who is mutated into a half-dog/half-man by an evil scientist. After the mutation, Joshua cannot talk and has no memories of his past. He is found in a cave by Frost, a superhero. Frost befriends him, helps him to join a team of superheroes, and gives him the name Bark.
This story was a quick, fun read. It was an interesting concept and had a lot of action. The characters were great - I loved the friendship between Frost and Bark. I also liked the fact that the author included drawings of the characters throughout the book.
Malevolent Gateway by Dawn Gray was an intriguing ghost story. It takes place in a small town where evil is causing people to be mysteriously dragged into the swamp and never seen again. The S.P.I.R.I.T. team is called in to investigate and they meet Blake and Anna, locals who have ties to the spirit world and have knowledge about the town and the evil in it.
The story is interesting and has several scary parts. There's also a romance or two developing throughout the story. The characters were well developed and each character had a lot of personality.
I know that this is part of a series but I liked that it could be read as a stand alone novel. This story was a complete story, but it made me interested in the rest of the series and what other adventures the S.P.I.R.I.T team is involved in.
Note - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Snow Bound (The More Than Magic Series #2) is the sequel to More Than Magic Semester Abroad and it takes place when Jen meets up with all her magic friends, that she met on the cruise in book 1, for a ski vacation.
The story is interesting and has a quite a few surprises. The plot line flows so smoothly and makes it hard to put this book down for anything.
I absolutely love the way that Ms. Kirke writes so descriptively - it makes it so easy to envision everything happening. I also love the way that she develops her characters and gives them each such a personality. After reading both books, I feel like her characters are friends of mine and I want to keep in touch and keep knowing whats going on in their lives. The interactions between the characters is so realistic. The banter and joking around had me laughing out loud as I was reading.
If you're looking for a great YA series, then you need to read this series by Elizabeth Kirke!
The Unraveling of Avery Snow by Christy Sloat is the second book in the past lives series. It continues right after book 1 ends, so you should definitely read book 1 - The Many Lives of Avery Snow - first. Avery and her friends have defeated the demon guides and Landon has had his memory "shaved" so he doesn't remember his past lives with Avery. Avery & Dallas are together and happy. But then things start to go wrong. A female demon guide enters the picture, Avery is torn between her love for Dallas and he love for Landon, and Dallas is busy a starting his own restaurant. Will Avery find true
happiness in this life? And will she discover who she's meant to be with?
I'm a big fan of this series by Christy Sloat - which surprised me because I don't believe in past lives and reincarnation. But I liked how the author blended religion and past lives and angels together into a unique and understandable concept. The story flows smoothly and has an interesting plot line. There's a lot of excitement and drama and romance. And the characters are amazing. Every character is well-developed and realistic. As I read these books, I became invested in the character's lives and I wanted to know what was going to happen.
I highly recommend this book and this series to fans of YA paranormal romances.
By My Side by Stephanie Witter is a YA contemporary romance that focuses on a teen girl who is going through a lot in her life. Lily's father has left her and her mother, her mother is drinking nonstop, and Lily has the weight of the world on her. She thought that she could count on her best friend, Andy, to help her deal with everything but instead it's Andy's brother Gabe who Lily comes to rely on.
The story has a lot of tough concepts in it, including drug and alcohol use, overdose, and divorce. It also has a teen romance that is very realistic in its ups and downs. I think that this book would be very relatable to teenagers.
Overall, I liked the story and I would recommend it to fans of YA contemporary romance.
Dragon Wars by Emily Fogle is a fantasy story that is appropriate for middle schoolers and fantasy lovers of all ages. The story follows Danny, a middle school student who is being bullied and is unhappy at his new school and in his new house. His life starts to change when he discovers an unusual wooden box and a book in the window seat. The box and the book are magic and transport him to Dorcian, a land of magic and dragons. But Dorcian is not a happy place due to the influence of an evil sorceress.
Danny becomes a friend of the dragons and s hero in the war to free Dorcian from evil. And he learns a lot about himself and his inner strength.
I really enjoyed this story. It is a great fantasy adventure. The characters were interesting and the story line flowed smoothly. The plot had lots of ups and downs and held my interest. It was so interesting that I read this book in one sitting.
Fern by Amy Richie is the sequel to Willow and I definitely recommend that you read Willow before reading Fern. This is an amazing series about werewolves.
In the story, Willow and her pack have moved on from their previous town and have found a peaceful existence on a remote farm. But things change when two strangers show up and ask Willow and her pack to come to the Ancient City and help rescue Gage. Things in the Ancient City are in turmoil and there are a lot of surprises that Willow and the boys must deal with.
In book 1, Willow transformed from a scared high school girl to a pack leader. In this book, Willow becomes an even stronger leader and she must make hard decision. She fights to protect her pack and she discovers her inner strength.
This book had a lot of action and twists. It definitely kept my interest and the ending left me begging for book 3.
I definitely recommend this book to fans of YA werewolf stories.
The Mystery Tomb by Eva Pohler is hard to define in a specific category. It has suspense and mystery, it is a contemporary story with glimpses back to the past, it has romance and conflict, and it is absolutely intriguing.
The story follows Samantha Beck, a young archeologist who is searching for a lost tribe of Indian ancestors. She finds evidence of a lost tribe of Leni-Lenape in Pennsylvania. The story has many twists and turns as Samantha tries convince Tukihela, the local descendant of the tribe, to reveal the tribe's secrets to the world. There are some surprising discoveries made about the customs of the tribe and also about Tukihela's immediate family.
I really enjoyed this story and I was captivated by it. The story was well-researched and well-written. I live in Pennsylvania and many of the areas in PA and NJ that were mentioned in the book were familiar to me and they were all described accurately. As a history buff, and a history major in college, I really enjoyed the historical aspects of the story.
I definitely would recommend this book to other.
Chasing Invisible by Karen Pokras Toz is a well written contemporary romance. It begins with Julia in college and focused on school. She isn't looking for a boyfriend, but Chase pursues her and they all in love. Chase is offered a record contract and his sudden fame is a little hard on Julia since she is a very private person. But she loves Chase and they marry. The story
gets interesting as they progress through married life and kids and have to deal with the issues of being public figures.
The story really captures the conflict between wanting to be successful and famous but also wanting your private life to be private. It also shows how stress can affect a married couple.
The story was well written and kept my interest. The characters were realistic and well developed.
I didn't understand some of the decisions that Julia made, especially when it came to her children...and that made it hard to relate to her sometimes. I also really didn't like the ending and the decision she made. I can't go into details about the decisions that I
had trouble relating to without writing spoilers.
Overall, this is a good story and it provides an interesting take on the lifestyle of the rich & famous.
Devoted by Katherine Polillo is the 2nd book in The Watcher's Trilogy. Since it continues right after book 1, Destine, ended, I definitely recommend that you read
Destine before Devoted.
The book is well-written and edited. The plot flows smoothly and has lots of exciting twists and turns. Some of the twists totally blew me away - especially the ending....but
I feel like I can't give any details in this review because it would give too many spoilers.
I loved this book and I can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy.
If I didn't have you by Kimberly Lawson is a contemporary romance that deals with love & loss, life & friendship, and moving on & second chances.
The story was sweet and the characters were realistic. The emotions of the characters really come through to the reader and this makes you emotionally invested in the story. In fact, I will admit that several scenes in the book brought tears to my eyes.
I would definitely recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.