Katherine Eccleston

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  • Emerging Fates (a Maggie Henning & The Realm novella) on Jan. 09, 2013

    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 on Jan. 31, 2013

    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!
  • Coexist: Keegan's Chronicles on Feb. 01, 2013

    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 on Feb. 09, 2013

    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.
  • Destine; The Watcher's Trilogy Book 1 on Feb. 19, 2013

    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)
  • Face-Off (Book One) on March 07, 2013

    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 on April 19, 2013

    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 werewolves. 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 on June 26, 2013

    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.
  • Malevolent Gateway on July 22, 2013

    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
  • By My Side on Jan. 09, 2014

    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.
  • The Mystery Tomb: An Archaeologist's Nightmare on Feb. 27, 2014

    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.
  • Devoted on May 19, 2014

    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 on Aug. 05, 2014

    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.