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  • Familiar on May 15, 2011

    Oh, my this was a fantastic read! Brenda and Owen were mesmerizing from the beginning. With Brenda’s witchy background and Owen’s furry second nature, I was a captive audience to Michelle Rowen’s fast, witty, charming, and dangerous plot. While werewolves, magic, and devious brothers lurked in the storyline the budding romance between Brenda and Owen made this a literary treat. Michelle’s short story Familiar is without a doubt one of the best short stories I’ve ever read. The cleanliness of the ‘heat’ between the couple made this intriguing paranormal story a great book to offer to teens. As an added bonus I found it comical to. I would definitely recommend this story to everyone young or old.
  • Drop By Drop on May 31, 2011

    Drop by Drop is truly an amazing thriller that gets you were it counts - your gut. Mine was twisted in knots as I read through the pages with a speed like I’ve never seen before. Keith Raffel, the author, knows how to bait his hook to keep reeling you in until you realize you’re finished with the book. The emotions of the main character, Stanford professor Sam Rockman, was dynamic and well written. For some of the emotions he goes through after the death of his wife may make you cry. I sniffed a few times. However, it wasn’t the chilling emotions that kept me hooked it was the plot itself. It was full of twists and turns. I never could guess what was going to happen next and that’s a good thing. If I figure out who has done what halfway through the book I’m no longer interested in the story. I also like the fact it’s a political thriller. I haven’t read many thrillers that deals with fictional politicians and Keith made them seem so real. He had me thinking about so many things after reading his work. This is a MUST read thriller that will keep you on the edge of suspense.
  • The Book of Lost Souls on May 31, 2011

    Michelle is a genius when it comes to keeping her readers entertained. I started the book late one night thinking I’ll read a tiny chapter then pick it up the next day when I wasn’t so groggy from lack of sleep. Wrong thing to do. I started the first chapter and ended up reading halfway through the book. I truly enjoyed the uniqueness of Ivy’s predicament. Ivy, the main character, had me giggling and hurting right along with her. Ivy’s story - her life that was written by Michelle was enchanting and created a tale that had the best of a normal teen and a ‘kindred’ teen. Kindreds were anything that was supernatural in The Book of Lost Souls. Michelle beautifully created a cast full of troubled, evil and good characters including a poor little lizard known as Spike when in human form. Beware Spike isn’t a shape shifter. He’s the poor thing that started a series of chain of events that changed Ivy’s life forever. Spoiler Alert! Imagine if superanaturals were real but humans didn’t know or pretended they weren’t around. Now picture a room full of kindreds and regulars. How would you feel when you watched a senile werewolf coming through the front door at a party for kids carrying a femur bone that he dug up out of a graveyard? When the above scene happened, I knew I was in for one wild ride throughout the rest of the book.
  • Raven on June 03, 2011

    Raven is a spine tingling teen (YA) paranormal story with several different twists and turns. I was honestly pleased with all the unique elements within the story that was written by Suzy Turner. Her writing style, effort to entertain, and create a mind boggling adventure truly has paid off in this debut story. Many times as I read, I was wowed. A lot of the elements or even simple little pieces Suzy wrote I never read or remember reading anything similar. Raven was a refreshing read. The plot moved quickly and the characters were engaging even diabolical in some cases. I loved that it had good and bad characters. A paranormal story isn’t good unless it has both and I loved the wicked side of the ones who caused the main character, Lilly, pain. Because without them Lilly’s life would not have been as adventurous or intriguing. For those who enjoy YA paranormals with love, mystery and a somewhat dark twisty plot then Raven should be on your to-read list!
  • Anathema (Causal Enchantment, #1) on June 12, 2011

    Anathema has a little bit of everything wrapped up inside a fast-paced paranormal romance. Want an Urban Fantasy or how about a touch of magic? Well in one book you have many fantasy elements to choose from -witches, werebeasts, vampires and etcetera. The characters were well rounded and the plot left me hungry to know more. Thankfully, this book is the beginning of a series! It’s not your typical sweet vampire romance. There are dark and twisty elements that make this feel a lot like the scary stuff we watched on TV when our parents weren’t looking. However, those dark elements added to the story and made it feel unique. There was one line in the beginning that really showed the true nature of the vampires and beasts in the book… He gripped the window frame in anticipation, watching the beasts’ mammoth hooves trotting toward the man’s limp body, seconds away from squashing his head as if it were a ripe melon… Would I recommend this book? YES. Why? Because of everything I wrote above. Would I read it again? YES. Probably several times to make sure I caught everything.