Monday’s Review ~ Family Magic by Author Patti Larsen

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Blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Sydlynn Hayle is the daughter of a powerful witch and a demon lord of the seventh plane. The trouble is, she just wants to be ordinary. Syd struggles to survive the minefield of her new high school while being torn between her attraction to football hero Brad Peters and the darkly mysterious Quaid Moromond. When her coven comes under attack, Syd is forced to face the fact only her power can save her family’s magic.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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I write a lot of middle grade and YA paranormal books for someone who is afraid of the dark. And I wonder why I have to sleep with the lights on. Sometimes life is a teenaged B horror movie and I’m the one who investigates when the scary music is playing. But the voices are calling and resistance is… Yes. I am a Star Trek geek, too. And a fan of RPG’s. With a slight coolness factor since I’ve been told I’m allowed to join the pops. 

Naw. I like being a nerdy girl 🙂

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Review of Family Magic

Rating: 4 stars

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The story is told through the eyes of Syd, at first I found her to be really, really annoying and wanted to smack her across the head but as I turned each page I could see why she would be so upset and crying all the time. Her mother being the head of a very powerful coven wasn’t enough she also had a father as a demon. All Syd seemed to want was to be normal. I felt sorry for her in school always being bullied by Alison and her clan. But Syd found peace playing football that her mother managed to destroy too without knowing, so I could see where all Syd’s frustration came from and to top that off she had her sisters meen’s to think of and a crazy grandmother.

 

When Quaid and his parents arrive in town to join the coven things start to get very interesting and very complicated and the only one that Syd has to talk to is her Cat Sassy who was a know it all, but I enjoyed their banter.

 

Syd is kind, brave but also a bit spoilt here and there, and her choice in boys is awful. I HATED brad what an idiot. I couldn’t stand him at all he was so dull it was painful like watching paint dry. Quaid would so be my choice even if he was a jerk at times but I think in book two she will give into him and stay away from brad.

 

The mixture of paranormal creatures was cool and I loved Uncle Frank and Sunny the vampires they added a nice amount of fun to the story.

The Plot was strong but I knew very quickly who was behind the attacks, the only one I couldn’t figure out was the dog, I had someone pinned but got it wrong so it was a good surprise.

 

Overall an interesting read minus BRAD. I would recommend this book to all fantasy paranormal readers.

 

 

 

Featured Author E.M Reders Author of Fangless

 

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Blurb:

The vampire world is a dangerous place at the best of times, but especially so during a war. Though there is one safe place left. 

‘Dead Fang Hotel’ 

But it’s not a sanctuary for all its residents. 

For Bree it is nothing but a prison. A prison in which to hide from her enemies and the horrors of her dark past. She hates the place and after being carted back there after yet another attempt at escape decides that she has had enough of her constant captivity. Things have to change. The biggest change comes in the form of a tall, dark, sexy as hell vampire assassin. 

Gabriel

But as the two grow ever closer she begins to worry that her past may cost her even more pain than it already has. 

I mean who could love a Fangless vampire.

*This book is Intended for Mature YA/Adult audiences due to sexual content*

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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At the age of 16 E.M. Reders watched a certain boy wizard movie and instantly wanted to read the books. Since that day she has been an addictive reader of fantasy both YA and Adult and now 10 years later is bringing her own fantasy series to life. When she isn’t nose deep in her Kindle or typing away she is chasing round 2 (soon to be 3, or 4 if you include the husband) children and a crazy dog.

 

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Review of Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle

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Blurb:

Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore.

After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate.

Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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P.T. Michelle is the young adult and new adult pseudonym of Patrice Michelle, author of fifteen romance novels and novellas. When P.T. isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.

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Review of Brightest Kind of Darkness

Rating: 5 stars

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The story is told through the eyes of Nara and she has such a cool gift. Every night she dreams the events of the following day, knowing exactly what will happen this helps her in school and her social life, when to avoid sticky situations and what answers she needs for exams but she gets sick of predicting everything. 

 

Her dream shows her a bombing that will happen at her school so when she wakes up she reports it and in the process stops it from happening, she normally doesn’t interfere but this time she does and in doing so starts a chain reaction of accidents happening in her local school.

 

After the bombing situation Nara meets Ethan a loner who she falls very quickly for, but once she starts hanging out with him her dreams seem to stop. At first she’s okay with that but then her world starts falling apart around her as she feels blind. (Welcome to our world).

 

As the story picks up we learn about whom Ethan really is and what happened to Nara’s gifts, and soon she finds herself at war with fate itself. The story leaves you not sure who to trust and Ethan was on the top of my list of – bad guy acting good. But I was wrong and the love story between Ethan and Nara is so beautiful. The darkness in the book gets stronger as the story progress and I felt like I was looking over my shoulder when weird stuff started to happen to Nara. Invisible hands pushing her, fog on a mirror, a coldness growing around her, or words being whispered in her ear. The end was a very satisfying conclusion to the story.

 

I would highly recommend this book to fantasy and paranormal readers.

 

 

 

 

Featured Author Jamie Eubanks ~ Hidden Doors, Secret Rooms

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Blurb:

“Superbly crafted and flawlessly executed, Eubanks doles out both plot and back-story in small doses, expertly keeping readers turning page after page.” –Kirkus Reviews
Jillian Braedon possesses a secret so explosive that she must be silenced. On the run with her five-year-old daughter, stranded in the middle of a blizzard and critically injured, Jill sends little Valerie off into the raging storm alone. The child stumbles onto the property of retired musician-turned-recluse, John Mills, begging for help. John soon finds himself caught up in their torment, and face-to-face with the pursuing covert agents, who will do anything to destroy the secret, and silence everyone involved.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Jamie Eubanks was born in Blythe, California and has traveled the country extensively, living in various places in the USA, including Vermont, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Louisiana & California. She has enjoyed a wide array of professions, including entertainer (bass player & singer in various night clubs), acquisitions at “The Jewish Community News” (San Gabriel & Pomona Valley issues), and presently runs a small private investigations firm in Southern California. She is also a regular at the Red Dragon Karate studio in Azusa, CA.

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Review of the Scourge by Author A.G. Henley

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Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She’s never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings’ tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be. 

And she’s always known this day would come—the day she faces the Scourge alone. 

The Sightless, like Fenn, are mysteriously protected from the Scourge, the gruesome creatures roaming the forests, reeking of festering flesh and consuming anything—and anyone—living. A Sightless Groundling must brave the Scourge and bring fresh water to the people of the forest. Today, that task becomes Fenn’s. 

Fenn will have a Lofty Keeper, Peree, as her companion. Everyone knows the Lofties wouldn’t hesitate to shoot an arrow through the back of an unsuspecting Groundling like Fenn, but Peree seems different. A boy with warm, rough hands who smells like summer, he is surprisingly kind and thoughtful. Although Fenn knows his people are treacherous, she finds herself wanting to trust him. 

As their forest community teeters on the brink of war, Fenn and Peree must learn to work together to survive the Scourge and ensure their people’s survival. But when Fenn uncovers a secret that shatters her truths, she’s forced to decide who and what to protect—her people, her growing love for Peree, or the elusive dream of lasting peace in the forest.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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A.G. Henley is the author of the BRILLIANT DARKNESS series. The first novel in the series, THE SCOURGE, was a finalist for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award.

A.G. is also a clinical psychologist, which means people either tell her their life stories on airplanes, or avoid her at parties when they’ve had too much to drink. Neither of which she minds. When she’s not writing fiction or shrinking heads, she can be found herding her children and their scruffy dog, Guapo, to various activities while trying to remember whatever she’s inevitably forgotten to tell her husband. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

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Review of the Scourge

 

Rating: 5 Stars

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This story blew me away and not just the amazing plot, No. It was the main character that kept me turning pages and feeling amazed at every brave action she conquers.

 

Fennel is born blind so the majority of the story is told through touch and smell and what others describe around her. In her world her blindness is a blessing for the people who fear the scourge. The scourge are zombie like, and would tear any person apart turning them into one of their own. Only one type of person is exempt – the blind. The scourge can’t touch the blind so they become a person highly dependent on in the village when the scourge arrives.

 

Fennel is the water bearer at times when the village is in hiding. As a groundling Fennel needs someone to watch over from above, people who live in the trees are known as Lofties and Fennel’s loftie is Peree. J loved him.

 

The world building was well done and the inventive way of separating the clans due to colour gave a more daunting tone to this fantasy tale.

 

Fennel was one of the most kind and bravest people to read. Peree who watches her from the trees was interesting and an unexpected friendship blossoms between these two. The relationship is patient, kind and gentle. Bear is another love interest for Fennel but I much preferred Peree.

 

The basis of the Scourge and what Fennel and Peree thought about their world comes crashing down when they go in search of secret waters within the caves. Some revelations had me gasping but one about Fennel filled me with rage and I must admit I shed some tears.

 

 This is the first book I have read where the heroine is blind and what a story it is. This was a well-crafted , imaginative and gripping tale of bravery love and  a lesson lay within the story that us as humans give such power to lies that soon they becomes very real. 

Review of Seven Sons by Author Lili St. Germain

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Blurb:

My father was most certainly NOT an innocent man. As the leader of the Gypsy Brothers MC, he was guilty of many things. But he died for a crime that he didn’t commit, framed by an enemy within who then stole his club and everything he had ever worked to protect.

Including my innocence.

When Dornan Ross framed my father, he set into motion a series of events that could never be undone. My father was murdered by Dornan Ross and his sons when I was fifteen years old.

Before my father died, Dornan Ross and his seven sons stole my innocence, branded my skin and in doing so, ensured that their lives would be prematurely cut short. That they would suffer.

I’ve just turned twenty-one, and I’m out for blood. I’m out for revenge.

But I didn’t expect to fall for Jase, the youngest brother in the club.

I didn’t expect that he would turn my world upside down, yank my heart out of my chest and ride away into the sunset with it.

Now, I’m faced with an impossible choice – Jase, or avenging my fathers death?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Lili writes dark romance and contemporary NA. Her debut serial novel, Seven Sons, is due to be released in early 2014, with the following books in the series to be released in quick succession. Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life include her gorgeous husband, good coffee, hanging at the beach and running. She loves to read almost as much as she loves to write.

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Review of Seven Sons

 

Rating: 2 stars

 

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I got this as a free download from amazon. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I started this book, so I was shocked with how descriptive this book was.

 

The main character Juliette had a tough life and now she’s out for revenge. At first I took Juliette for a kickass heroine who would serve justice on a plate but that’s not what I got. Instead I watched a broken and damaged women walk on a tight rope while the child inside her roared.

 

The scenes of rape I found so disturbing and the men no better than animals, every single one of them – no exceptions.

When Juliette comes face to face with the man that had killed her father, raped her and told his sons to the same, my stomach turned at Juliette actions. To get close to him in order to have her revenge she sleeps with him in the most crudest way. I didn’t get it, as if she wasn’t damaged enough.

 

I myself found this book to be disturbing. I often feel when I read from the perspective of a damaged individual and they exact their revenge on the person who inflicted the heartache on them, I get a sense of relief and it adds a happy ending. But Seven Sons has no happy ending in my opinion. It just allows us to watch a damaged soul be tormented.

 

This is the first book in this series. It wasn’t for me but others may enjoy it.

 

Featured Author Shannon Pemrick ~ Experimental Heart: Pieces

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Blurb:

“…Do you know what it’s like to kill without regret?” 

Eira only knew one thing in life. To kill. Designed to be an emotionless killing machine of war she had no desire to be a puppet of another’s master plan. Escape was the only option. A normal, free life was the only goal. Labeled as a failure, she took the opportunity to run and was hunted. 

“…Do you know what it’s like to kill without being able to feel?” 

Now given a second chance at life thanks to a mysterious dragon, Eira is forced to make a crucial decision. Accept his help to gain her desired freedom or keep running with an eye over her shoulder. 

“…Do you know what it’s like to live in hell?” 

But, can she really trust him? 

“…Didn’t think so…”

Contains strong language, suggestive themes, violence, and minor use of alcohol. Not recommend for ages under 18.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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Shannon Pemrick was born in 1991 in a small city in the Southwestern corner of New Hampshire where she was raised with her younger sister. Thanks to her limitless imagination, she spent most of her days daydreaming about the impossible in hopes it could one day be possible. This imagination sparked a love of the arts that eventually lead her down the road to writing where she discovered her first book idea.

Shannon currently lives in her home town with her Fiancée, three cats, and species confused dog. Experimental Heart: Pieces is her first published book and the first in the Experimental Heart series.

Further information about her and her book can be found on her website as well as her Facebook page where she loves to hear from her readers.

 

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