Mondays Review of Hidden By Author M.Lathan

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Blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Leah Grant has given up on being normal. She’d settle for stopping the voices in her head, intrusive visions of the future, and better odds of making it to her seventeenth birthday.

That’s the thing about pretending to be human in a world where magic used to exist – at any moment, her cover could be blown and she’ll be burned to death like the rest of the witches.

Everything changes when she loses control of her powers and flees the orphanage she grew up in. She desperately wants to be invisible but finds her face plastered on every news channel as humans panic over the possible resurgence of her kind. And now the hunters won’t give up until they find her.

Making friends for the first time in her life and falling in love with one of them drives her to discover why she is unlike any being she’s ever met – human or otherwise. The dangerous powers inside of her that would repel Nathan, her new, handsome reason for living, are priceless to some. The locked up forever kind of priceless. And to others, they are too dangerous to allow her to live.

Let’s hope she can stay hidden.

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About the Author:

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M. Lathan is a young adult fiction author. She lives in San Antonio with her husband and mini-schnauzer. She enjoys writing and has a B.S. in Psych and a Masters in Counseling. Her passion is a blend of her two interests – creating new worlds and stocking them with crazy people. She enjoys reading anything with interesting characters and writing in front of a window while asking rhetorical questions … like her idol Carrie Bradshaw.

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Review of Hidden

 

Rating 3 stars

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Leah is a loner, her mind is brainwashed into believing that witches are evil and anyone with supernatural abilities should die. She avoids people in order to keep her magic hidden. Being bullied in the orphanage for humans, she tries to keep her awful thoughts of killing her bullies from becoming a reality. But when she nearly flips Sophia who’s a witch takes her away and brings her to a house full of supernatural. Her social skills are zero, so she struggles to trust and befriend the other youth in the house. The house she finds out is actually hers. Sophia had more than one reasons to take her from the orphanage.

 

As Leah comes out of herself she soon falls for Nathan and he teaches her all about their kind, and that they aren’t evil and neither is she. He educates her all about hunters, who they must avoid at all costs. But with Leah’s picture on the news channel hiding soon becomes a problem  and with her old world being replaced with a new one, she becomes guarded in other ways, now she’s not hiding her abilities from the humans, she hides them from her friends questioning if she is really a witch after all.

 

Watching Leah become a stronger and fun person was brilliant, she was definitely depressed in the orphanage and watching her overcome all she believed to be true was great. The love story between her and Nathan was gentle and Kind and I loved reading about the two of them. But when Leah reveals something about herself and Nathan turns his back on her, for me I didn’t care if he gave her the stars, moon and sun, I just couldn’t like him for the remainder of the story. I cringed every time he was near and wanted so badly for Leah to kill him, because that’s what he deserved not forgiveness. For me when Nathan walks away from Leah my heart wasn’t in the story I was too angry, even though so much more about her parents, and what she really is, is revealed, I just couldn’t stomach Nathan for one more moment.

 

But that is my opinion maybe others will feel differently about this book.

 

 

 

Monday’s Review of Beasthood By Author A.Z.Green

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Blurb:

The bloody, raw meat was tantalizing her; calling to her. She hated it and yearned for it all at once.
Stop, she ordered. What are you doing?!
So hungryyyyy, snarled a primal voice deep within her.
Don’t you dare! she screamed back.
But the primal hunger ignored her pleas and took over her body, forcing her rational voice deep within the crevices of her mind.

What would you do if you discovered you weren’t human? That you turned into a bloodthirsty monster against your will?
What if your instincts, emotions and desires were torn between your own and the dark, dangerous animal lurking inside of you?
If it could make you yearn for someone you shouldn’t, make you say and act in ways you wouldn’t and overwhelm your whole existence?
If everything you’d ever known about your life was a lie?

In a world where a deeply hidden community is swathed in mystery, deadly secrets, betrayal and murder, Jaz Barker struggles to fight against the dangerous Beast within her and the emotions and desires it thrusts her way.

When tensions ride high and people she cares about are put in danger, she will have to decide how much of her newly awakened animal-side she’s willing to let in.

And if it is worth the risk…

 

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About the Author:

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A.Z.Green was born in 1989 and raised in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. She met the love of her life aged 16 and moved to London, finally settling down near Brighton.

She has written various novels and short stories in her lifetime but has only recently decided to publish. She writes a wide range of genres such as dark fantasy, romance, thriller, historical fiction, dystopian, horror and paranormal. Her books tend to fit better into the New Adult genre as they usually have a more mature theme. Beasthood is her first published novel.

Besides writing she also loves designing blogs, websites, covers for others’ books as well as her own and various graphics. She has four blogs/websites and counting. Pinterest and Tumblr keep her busy, as does reading, drawing, painting and watching films. That’s if she gets time to do any of these things with a three-year-old jumping around.

When asked in an interview, ‘What books have inspired you to write?’ she replied, ‘I write books I wish existed, not because I’m inspired by a book that already exists.’

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Review of Beasthood

 

Rating: 3 stars

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Jaz is the main character in the story, and she seems like a normal girl who suffers from an iron deficiency. But when she suffers a terrible dream that feels real to her she gets therapy. An aunt she didn’t know she had comes to take her off on a holiday to a spa and she goes feeling excited until she steps outside and a limo is waiting for her with its own driver.

 

When Jaz’s eyes lock with the driver who calls himself Driver she feels a sudden pull.

From that moment the story takes off, as it’s told through everyone’s perspective and we get to know what everyone is thinking and feeling.  I much prefer a story to be told in first person, that’s me I always enjoy them better, gauging people’s reactions from facial expression and not knowing what they are thinking, so straight away it kind of pulled me out of the story. As I know what everyone’s agenda was as such was.

 

Once Jaz reaches the “SPA” I got confused when she was chased, she was going there willingly yet she got out of the car to get sick and then all of a sudden she’s racing down a dirt road, with men on her heals, Driver being one of them. She’s taken and placed in a sealed room where she spends a few days’ terrified and confused. I was as confused as she was, but even as I read the story I still can’t for the life of me understand why she was chased. I re-read it three times thinking I missed something but I am still as confused. She believed it was a spa, why not let her walk to the room and shut the door behind her if they wanted to keep her locked up, why all the drama. Just didn’t get it.

 

Anyway she soon learns what she is but it’s all in small doses and her acceptance is pretty realistic, she has zero trust in everyone including her aunt, I don’t blame her. But she accepts her new life and starts to fall for Driver who was mated to her Sister, who died. It wasn’t weird as she wasn’t his true mate, but Jaz is.

 

For me it didn’t do it, but others may feel differently and should give it a read.

 

 

Monday’s Review of The Breeders by Author Katie French

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Blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Riley Meemick is one of the world’s last free girls. When Riley was born, her mother escaped the Breeders, the group of doctors using cruel experiments to bolster the dwindling human race. Her parents do everything possible to keep her from their clutches– moving from one desolate farm after another to escape the Breeders’ long reach. The Breeders control everything- the local war lords, the remaining factories, the fuel. They have unchecked power in this lawless society. And they’re hunting Riley.

When the local Sheriff abducts the adult members of her family and hands her mother over to the Breeders, Riley and her eight-year-old brother, Ethan, hiding in a shelter, are left to starve. Then Clay arrives, the handsome gunslinger who seems determined to help to make up for past sins. The problem is Clay thinks Riley is a bender– a genderless mutation, neither male nor female. As Riley’s affection for Clay grows she wonders can she trust Clay with her secret and risk her freedom?

The three embark on a journey across the scarred remains of New Mexico– escaping the Riders who use human sacrifice to appease their Good Mother, various men scrambling for luck, and a deranged lone survivor of a plague. When Riley is shot and forced into the Breeder’s hospital, she learns the horrible fate of her mother—a fate she’ll share unless she can find a way out

 



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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Katie French imagined herself an author when her poem caught the eye of her second grade teacher. In middle school she spent her free time locked in her room, writing her first young adult novel. Though her social life suffered, her love for literature thrived. She studied English at Eastern Michigan University, where she veered from writing and earned an education degree. She spent nine years teaching high school English. Currently she is a school counselor, doing a job that is both one of the hardest things she’s ever done and the most rewarding. In her free time she writes, reads great books and takes care of her two beautiful and crazy children. She is a contributor and co-creator of Underground Book Reviews, a website dedicated to erasing the boundaries between traditional and non-traditional publishing. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two children. You can find her at www.katiefrenchbooks.com, at www.undergroundbookreviews.com or on Facebook.

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Review of the Breeders

 

Star Rating: 3 stars

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The opening starts in a barren landscape. Dust, poverty and hunger where the three things I felt, yet the house was filled with love.

In a world where girls are taken to be used as breeders no-one is safe so Riley pretends to be a boy, as she is the last free girl hidden in plain sight, under the sheriff’s nose who is evil. Clay the sheriff’s son helps riley out and goes with her after her mother and auntie are taken, but riley and Ethan survive and go in search of her family.

 

I didn’t care much for clay I found him shallow and childish, he couldn’t seem to make up his mind about Riley or his dad for that matter, I found he managed to get under my skin.

 

Riley is headstrong and her devotion to her family is unshakable through her journey of trying to save her mum from the breeders she gets into tons of trouble and to make things worse she has her eight year old brother to take care of and Ethan loves to moan.

 

Overall it was an intriguing read something different.