You, Me, & Letting Go by Katie Kaleski
Published by: Swoon Romance | Publication date: May 14th 2019
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
A love so epic, no label is needed.
Van Sato’s got labels. Tourettes, ADHD, SPD – words that have defined his existence since the time he was old enough to know what they meant. Now, Van wants to prove he’s more than an acronym, a syndrome, a problem kid. He takes a summer job as a day camp counselor to prove he’s capable of independence and moving on to the next phase in his life. Maybe, he might even make a friend while there. Someone who’s got just as many or even more labels than him. Someone who understands what it’s like.
Tabby Dubanowksi wants to forget about everything, the hospitalization, the judgment, the whispers behind her back. As a camp counselor, she will be admired, looked up to, and able to help people who don’t know anything about her old life. Tabby wants a fresh start and a chance to re-ignite her passion for film-making, if only for one summer.
After running away from their pasts, Van and Tabby collide in a storm cloud of attraction laced with self-doubt, insecurity, shame, and blame. Now, with Van feeling like he might have to quit his job, and Tabby struggling to quell the urge to cut, they will struggle to find themselves in a world designed to keep them apart.
You, Me & Letting Go - Katie Kaleski
This is a well-written story about people who deal with mental health issues and bullying in their lives.
The characters are well-developed and I love the way both Van and Tabitha are working together to help each other with their difficulties. I also like that they each have a close friend who sticks by them through it all. Their emotions are easy to feel.
This is a good book for teens to adults. We all need to understand how harmful bullying is and know that it is not acceptable behavior.
The title and cover of the book fit the story perfectly.
I give this book a literary rating of 5/5
Written by vickie
Beyond the Wild Wood (Of the Trees 3) by E.M. Fitch
Publication Date: April 15, 2019 | Publisher: Month9Books
The faery queen has forbidden Aidan from stalking his prey, but Cassie should have known that nothing would keep him from what he wants: to steal her away forever into the realm of the Fae.
Cassie struggles to pick up what’s left of her life, keeping true to her promise to watch over her best friend’s son. But despite the faery queen’s promise of safety, the shadow of Aidan is ever present in her mind, haunting her dreams and
turning forest shadows into nightmares. The rest of her friends are getting ready for college, but not her. The Fae haven’t left yet. Cassie knows because Laney lingers still, drawn to the son she gave up, the foliage at his window sill bright green and flourishing at her touch.
Laney’s son is safe in the arms of his adoptive parents, and the babe has Cassie to watch over him from afar. That should have been enough for the new faery, but it wasn’t. She couldn’t let her son go. Laney watches him from afar, motionless, ageless, addicted to his tiny movements and contented sighs. The thought of leaving him is unbearable, even if she knows leaving is the only way to keep her best friend safe from Aidan’s grasp.
When the faery queen’s threat of departure becomes all too real, Aidan takes matters into his own hands, throwing the Fae into a battle that risks their very existence. His action impels Laney to choose which side she really belongs on—human or faery—and forces Cassie to decide just who she can trust, at last, with the truth.
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Beyond The Wild Wood - E. M. Fitch
A great follow up to Cassie and Laney's story. It is filled with excitement, action, adventure and drama. I like reading about faery folk and all the other creatures.
The friendship between Cassie and Laney is forever and is inspiring. I really like the way this series ended even though it was kind of sad.
The characters are fabulous and all well-developed. It is easy to feel all the emotions they feel.
The story flows well from chapter to chapter and is easy to follow along.
The cover is awesome and the title fits the story perfectly.
Great read, I highly recommend it!
I give this book a literary rating of 5/5
written by Vickie
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
E. M. Fitch is an author who loves scary stories, chocolate, and tall trees. Her latest novel, OF THE TREES, is a Young Adult horror/fantasy inspired by haunted cemeteries and the darker musings of W.B. Yeats. Its sequel, AT WOODS EDGE, will be released in the coming year from Month9Books. Beyond The Wild Wood - E. M. Fitch 4/16/2017
She is the author of the Young Adult zombie trilogy: THE BREAK FREE SERIES. Her story, BETWEEN SHADOWS, was recently featured in the Fragments of Darkness anthology; and hernew collection of short stories entitled THE VEIL: GHOSTS, GOBLINS, GHOULS is coming soon! She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, Under the Bed Magazine, and her short stories RELEASE and THE CREEP were featured respectively in CHBB’s Lurking in the Shadows and Lurking in the Mind anthologies. When not dreaming up new ways to torture characters, she is usually corralling her four children, or thinking of ways to tire them out so she can get an hour of peace at night.
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Book Title: The High Court by Chris Ledbetter
Category: YA Fiction, 290 pages | Publisher: Month 9 Books
Genre: Fantasy | Release date: October 16, 2018
Tour dates: April 1 to 30, 2019
Content Rating: PG (some profanity (damn, ass), no f-bombs, some kissing, no sex scenes, some violence, nothing gory or graphic)
High atop Mount Olympus, dawn breaks on a new academic term. Normalcy has returned to campus following a harrowing expedition into The Underworld to rescue kidnapped students by Zeus and his fellow Olympians. Now, as they prepare to testify in The High Court, Hyperion will be tried for the attack on Crete and death of Anytos. Kronos will stand trial for the murder of Mount Olympus Prep’s Headmaster Ouranos.
As the trials draw near, Mount Olympus Prep students and faculty are besieged repeatedly by a race of gargantuan stone and earth giants. Under heavy assault, the Olympians are forced to flee to the volcanic island of Limnos to regroup. Meanwhile, a toxic poison Zeus has carried with him since a prior fight with a dragoness, creeps toward his brain.
In a race against time and beasts, Zeus and his friends must find a way to survive not only the toxin ravaging Zeus’ body, but also the giants who grow stronger after every attack, and somehow make it to the The High Court alive.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
The education of the mythical Gods from 'The Shay Throne' are back!
The students and faculty of Mount Olympus Prepare anxiously awaiting the trial of Kronos to fulfil justice from his past evils.
Zeus and Metis has become "an item" since her aid in the previous book.
Now, the students are preparing "War Games" with competing schools, when the students encountered gargantuan Stone Giants while on a training trip. Zeus was poisoned priorly, by a dragoness. While shapeshifting and trying to avoid the Giant until help came, the poison now is passing through him, causing him to act in bizarre ways.
What will become of him?
Is there any hope for a continued relationship with Metis?
Will they all be able to be sure a trial is held and justice done?
The mythical characters are interesting.
The author has been very creative in his restituion of many forgotten ones.
This is a, somewhat, unique series, full of action,to delight youth needing a change of genre.
The one priblem I had with the books is a slightly weak beginning. In both books, the action and clarity increases as te story builds.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no requirement of a positive review. This is my honest review.
'The High Court' is the second book in the Sky Throne series. It is not a stand alone novel. If you have not read the first book 'The Sky Throne', you may want to read it too.
Book Title: The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter
Category: YA Fiction, 300 pages | Publisher: Month 9 Books
Genre: Fantasy | Release date: April 18, 2017
Content Rating: PG + M (No f-words but there may be some mild profanity, and mild religious expletives such as "damn", "hell" and "Oh God!", some depictions of violence. No drug use or underage drinking. Some semi-mature themes - suggestion of sexual misconduct by certain characters, but not the actual performing of it.)
Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.
When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.
Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.
Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus's quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.
On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.
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Chris Ledbetter is an award-winning author of short fiction and novels for young adults. “Jason’s Quest,” a short story retelling of the Jason and Medea Greek myth was published in the anthology, Greek Myths Revisited. His first full-length novel, Drawn earned him two awards, Library of Clean Reads Best YA 2015 and Evernight Publishing Readers’ Choice Award Best YA 2015, as well as a USA TODAY “Must Read” recommendation. His second novel, Inked, concludes that duology. The Sky Throne is his newest young adult series. It includes, thus far, The Sky Throne and The High Court.
He's a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. He now writes and lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.
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Rune’s Folly by Garen Glazier
Publication date: February 5th 2019 | Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis: By day, Tansy McCoy is a florist making charmed bouquets for the citizens of Junonia, capital of the Kingdom of Terranmar. By night, she’s an assassin and the keeper of the Dangerous Garden where deadly blooms grow. Together with the town tailor, butcher, baker, and metalsmith (just don’t call her a candlestick maker), she is part of the Guild, a secret group of spell-wielding thieves and mercenaries. Their task: consolidate all that remains of the realm’s fading magic under the ruthless King Zeno’s control.
Impetuous loner Tansy chafes under her Guild demands. She longs to quit her town and trade and head for the hills. Unfortunately, King Zeno has other plans. He wants to marry off his daughter to Terranmar’s famously reclusive wizard, Rune Hallows, and he’s willing to have the Guild kidnap him to make it happen. Fail to deliver the wizard and the consequences will be swift and deadly.
Reluctant but determined, Tansy sets out on the long journey to faraway Wentletrap and Rune’s desolate tower by the sea. To get there she must cross a swamp full of sinister surprises, battle a werewolf, and outrace a bloodthirsty band of revenants, while she wrestles with her own magical powers that seem to be expanding in unpredictable ways.
But reaching Rune’s tower is only the beginning. When Tansy learns the real reason behind the king’s contest, she’ll need to decide whether to give in to the growing forces of magic ready to reclaim Terranmar or embrace her newfound powers to save the kingdom.
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Q: What books from your childhood reading would you like to bring back? Why?
( or if you wouldn't, Explain)
A: The Phantom Tollbooth.
It's really the book that started it all: my love of fantastical places, my obsession with words, my passion for reading. The sight of it stirs something deep in my memory, and I can recall for just a moment that particular wonder exclusive to children. It's bittersweet, just an echo of a world that I can now only observe through my own daughters, but a beautiful one nonetheless.
I still have my battered childhood copy. I hadn't read it in years, but recently I took it off the shelf. I felt like I needed to revisit its familiar pages, run my eyes and my mind over the words that had made such an impression on me growing up. I wondered if the story would still resonate with me, or if like many things that hold you rapt as a child, it wouldn't stand the test of time.
I cannot remember exactly what drew me to it all those years ago. I suspect it was the way I related to the main character Milo's all-encompassing boredom, a facet of childhood that I recall quite clearly, especially on endless summer days when time seemed interminable. I also have a hunch it was the wondrous adventure he undertakes and the cast of intriguing characters he meets along the way.
And then there's the word play. Norton Juster, the book's author, is a master of it, and I loved the way he made those funny expressions adults used literal and comical. There is a watchdog that actually has a watch for a body, and an island called Conclusions that one must jump to in order to visit.
But what I think I understood only superficially when I was younger is that the book is really a meditation on the value of learning.
For those of you unfamiliar with The Phantom Tollbooth you would do your grown-up self a favor by reading it and the kids in your life an even greater service by sharing it with them. In a nutshell, Milo is a boy troubled by a deep-seated ennui. He sees nothing interesting about his world. He is surrounded by toys and games but none of them engage him. He sees nothing valuable about school.
Then one day a mysterious gift arrives, a cardboard tollbooth that takes
him to a remarkable land dominated by the city of Dictionopolis in the south and the city of Digitopolis in the north. In between are places like the Doldrums, the Forest of Sight and the Valley of Sound. As he sets out to explore this new world he becomes involved in a quest to rescue the lost princesses, Rhyme and Reason, who have been locked away in the Castle in the Air. Since their incarceration the land has suffered, for while the people all know many things their knowledge means nothing without the guiding influence of Rhyme and Reason.
In the end, Milo returns to this world after (spoiler alert) having helped save the princesses and his eyes are opened to the many possibilities it holds.
"Outside the window, there was so much to see, and hear, and touch - walks to take, hills to climb, caterpillars to watch as they strolled through the garden. There were voices to hear and conversations to listen to in wonder, and the special smell of each day. And, in the very room in which he sat, there were books that could take you anywhere, and things to invent, and make, and build, and break, and all the puzzle and excitement of everything he didn't know - music to play, songs to sing, and worlds to imagine and then someday make real."
I have always called Seattle home and find the perpetual gloom to be a wonderful writing ally. I like coffee shops, bookstores, dancing in my living room and singing in my car. The opening scene of Up makes me cry. Three Amigos makes me laugh. Fashion magazines, croissants, and long, long baths are my guilty pleasures. They might occur separately or together. I prefer boxing classes to yoga, and I get some of my best ideas when I'm running. I loved school and spent more time than one really should getting a business degree in marketing and a master's in art history. In an ideal world I'd go to bed at 2am and wake up at 10am. I've never been an early bird, and I feel strongly that alarm clocks kill dreams.
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Spin by K.J. Farnham
Publication date: April 11th 2019 | Genres: Suspense, Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Jenna Kemp is a typical high school girl, complete with a loyal group of friends and a seemingly understanding boyfriend. But when the demons from Jenna’s childhood resurface, she’s suddenly spinning out of control–drinking, partying–anything to numb the pain of the past. After distancing herself from her friends and befriending an outcast, her friends and family start questioning and judging her choices.
But when Jenna doesn’t come home one night, her friends and family realize it’s more than just adolescent rebellion. Jenna’s mysterious disappearance proves that there’s more on the line than they realized. As they sift through a series of her personal diaries, the truth becomes terrifying. Will Jenna’s final diary entry reveal the greatest mystery of all–her whereabouts?
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A must read!
This story is so realistic. The characters are each developed very well. The friendships, family dynamics and romance are so well portrayed in the story. The deception and different perceptions are played out perfectly throughout it all. My emotions were all over the place. I don't think I have ever felt so many emotions and ranges of emotions in a single book before. Everything with Jenna was so heart wrenching. The writing by K.J. Farnham is so well done.
It is so easy in this busy world to get so wrapped up in our own lives that we sometimes fail to see what is happening with the ones around us This story was a great reminder to pay better attention and not let things go by that need attention and need to be talked about.
The book cover and title are perfect for the story.
I appreciate this book so much and highly recommend others read it.
I give it a literary rating of 5+/5
written by vickie
K. J. Farnham writes contemporary fiction for women and young adults. A former educator who grew up in the Milwaukee area, she now resides in western Wisconsin with her husband and three children. To learn more, visit her website at www.kjfarnham.com.
Tudor Rose by W.H. Doyle
Published by: Month9Books | Publication date: April 9th 2019
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
In 16th-century England, two teenage best friends find themselves on an exciting journey from the country to the Queen’s court in the hope of being named ladies-in-waiting. But Sybille and Rose soon discover they aren’t the only girls who have their sights set on attending Her Majesty. The girls must compete against worldly and cunning opponents, among them mean-girl Avis and her entourage of back-stabbing co-horts, tipping the balance in their already-tenuous friendship.
Soon, the grand hall is more like the hallway of a prestigious finishing school, with girls fighting for the attention of a dashing, young earl, amid parties fueled by drinking and indiscriminate relations. As the tension between Sybille and Avis heats up, the focus on Rose wanes, allowing her to turn her attention to more important matters – like getting close enough to the Queen to learn her secrets.
But being close to the Queen is not without its challenges. And when rumors of Rose’s influence make their way around the castle, no one, not even the Queen, will be safe.
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By early evening, the palace breathed that delicious sigh it always did when the monarch had vacated the household. An air of relief swept through the grounds and the apartments, blowing the young people out of the shadows. They emerged and descended upon the abandoned masque, which had been set up in the palace’s largest courtyard, like ravenous locusts on a vulnerable and abundant crop.
Author Bill Doyle was born in Michigan, and wrote his first mystery at the age of eight. He has gone on to write critically acclaimed and bestselling children's books, including stories of real-life war heroes in "Behind Enemy Lines: True Stories of Amazing Courage"; the pick-your-own-adventure "Worst Case Scenario Ultimate Adventure: Everest"; the historical fiction mystery series Crime Through Time; the Henry & Keats series including "Attack of the Shark-Headed Zombie"; the Scream Team series about Bad News Bears-type monsters playing sports; and soon-to-be released series "The Prizewinners of Piedmont Place."
Additionally, Bill has served as editor at Sesame Workshop, TIME for Kids and SI Kids. He's written for LeapFrog, Weekly Reader, Rolling Stone, Comedy Central, National Geographic Kids, and the American Museum of Natural History. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the film school at New York University where he was taught by the likes of Arthur Miller and David Mamet.
Bill lives with two dachshund-headed canines in New York City, and you can visit him online at www.BillDoyleBooks.com.
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The Fire Priest (Pawns of the Gods Book 1) by
331 pages | Published November 21st 2018
Seventeen-year-old Jack Kulinski is the best mixed martial arts fighter of his generation. So why does fighting scare him so much? In the ring, the sound of swarming bees mysteriously fills his head, and it takes all of his effort to not flee in panic. But when his best friend disappears, and Jack, alone, discovers that he’s been magicked to a terrible land ruled by a murderous god and his violent people, he needs to learn how to face his fears and to fight better than he ever has before
Q: Are Fantasy Genre Books really that Removed from Reality?
A: You might think that it would be hard for a 51-year-old author to relate to characters in a young adult fantasy novel, especially since my main characters are strikingly different from me. Jack and Denny are two working class boys from my hometown of Santa Barbara. Jack is a mixed martial arts fighter who is abnormally physically gifted. He’s one in a million, or even rarer, in his athletic abilities. And Denny is exceptionally handsome (and knows it). I wish I could say that I fit into either of these categories when I was younger, but that would be a lie rather than fiction!
Good fantasy fiction allows us to escape our own lives but, almost oddly, at the same time to relate to characters in situations that are literally out of this world. As readers we often experience this without thinking about it. I used to read Piers Anthony when I was young, in the 1980s. He was good at depicting fumbling young characters trying to relate to their romantic objects of affection, despite the world or the species. Certainly J.K. Rowling depicted school in an outlandish but relatable way: the fear of big exams, with Hermione as the anxious over-preparer and her friends as anxious avoiders. The OWL exams certainly would have freaked me out.
The Fire Priest is not my first book, but it is my first novel. It was a funny process to experience what fantasy writing is like on the creation side, rather than as a consumer. (The word “funny” probably doesn’t suffice: perhaps daunting and overwhelming are more apt.) Oddly, when I was drafting The Fire Priest I found that current-day cultural issues kept popping up, often ones I didn’t have much to say about, and even ones I wanted to avoid (but to some degree they stubbornly remained). The story quickly moves from California, a multicultural place for sure and I like to think mainly tolerant, to the world of Tal’alli, in which the inhabitants are decidedly vicious and intolerant. Jack is of Eastern European descent while Denny’s father is white and his mother Vietnamese. Ethnicity is just one way in which they don’t fit in. Tal’alli is also a violently religious place, while neither Jack nor Denny, at least at this stage, has thought much, if at all, about religion. The last things I wanted to raise in what I hoped was a fun, escapist book were religion and identity politics, and yet there are nods to them in the book’s basic premise. We are inescapably the product of our times, even when trying not to be.
At heart, The Fire Priest is about two teenage boys who are magicked to a foreign land and face their worst fears. For Jack, he has to become the best fighter he could possibly be, and at the beginning of the story he’s terribly fearful of this, for reasons that are hinted at well into the book. And for Denny, there’s a real possibility that he loses what he cares about most in himself, and in others: physical beauty. The process of maturation for all of us is in large part the understanding of how to face fear, gain confidence, and accept loss; and for this it does not matter where the story is set, how fanciful it is, or what characters are involved.
Young people who read The Fire Priest will face their own metaphorical journeys to Tal’alli by entering adulthood, although hopefully it won’t be as violent, extreme, or involve consuming magic items concocted by an evil priest. There will be a decided and confusing transition, though. When I was young and at school in California there was an over emphasis on looks and sports: mine was your classic big public high school experience. As disconcerting as this culture can be for thoughtful young people, adulthood is harder and more intimidating. At your first job, nobody cares how fast you run the “hundred yard dash” or if you were homecoming king or queen. The rules change and there are no teachers to explain them. Even worse, when you begin to understand how life outside school works, the grown-ups often don’t seem very grown up. The Fire Priest is about two young people on the verge of adulthood trying to survive in a world that is more violent, divided, and unkind than it needs to be. It’s not so different from our own, is it?
Stephen Murdoch is a writer and investor who lives in England with his wife and three daughters. The Fire Priest is his first novel. Previously, he wrote the non-fiction IQ: A Smart History of a Failed Idea (Wiley, 2007). He has written for various publications, including Newsweek, The Washington Post, and PRI’s Marketplace. Murdoch is the chairman of two UK companies that provide cutting edge digital and bricks-and-mortar solutions to the mental health sector.
Don’t miss Syl and Roue’s adventures in REKINDLED, the new prequel novella to NEMESIS, Book 4 of the Circuit Fae
Perfect for readers of romance, urban fantasy, fairy stories and LGBT.
Rekindled (A Circuit Fae NEMESIS Prequel Novella, #3.5) by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
Published by: Firefly Hill Press | Publication date: March 26th 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
It’s good to be queen. Except when it’s a total disaster.
Syl Skye, newly crowned Queen of Fair Faerie, would be psyched to be the ruler of her Summer realm, except for two things.
First, her girlfriend Rouen Rivoche became Queen of Dark Faerie, the Winter realm. That would be great except the Winter realm’s always been at war with Summer. By tradition, that makes Rouen Syl’s mortal enemy. That said, love can break past old hatred, right? Especially with a new foe about to attack them both.
Which brings us to Syl’s second problem. Rouen’s under a dark spell and doesn’t remember Syl, their lives, their love. Worse, if Syl doesn’t break the spell by the next new moon, Rouen will forget her forever.
To defeat their foe, it’ll take two soul-bound queens whose hearts and minds act as one. Trouble is, no one has ever broken the dark spell Rouen suffers from.
Good thing Syl isn’t the type of queen who gives up easily.
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Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, GIE writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance–where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds.
She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she’s clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power.
She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now.
GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.
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Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris
Publication Date: March 26, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Look up the word “nerd” and you’ll find Lily Cooper’s picture. She’s got one goal: first stop valedictorian, next stop Harvard. Until a stint in the hospital from too much stress lands her in the last place a klutz like her ever expected to be: salsa dance lessons.
Look up the word “popular” and you’ll find Stone Torres’s picture. His life seems perfect—star of the football team, straight-A student, lots of friends. But his family is struggling to make ends meet, so if pitching in at the Torres dance studio helps, he’ll do it.
When Lily’s dad offers Stone extra cash to volunteer as Lily’s permanent dance partner, he can’t refuse. But with each dip and turn, each moment her hand is in his, his side job starts to feel all too real. But in dance, as in life, one wrong move and someone could get hurt.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing. An admitted bookaholic and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!
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A Tale of Two Houses (Defy the Stars, #1)
by Susan Harris
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: March 25th 2019
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis: Centuries ago, the royal house of witches in Vernanthia split into two factions: House Cambridge and House Montgomery. These two houses warred with each other for an age, causing widespread bloodshed and death. Those without magic—the Nulls—suffered the most. One day, a favored daughter of the Nulls was slain. With her dying breath, she cursed the covens to know no peace until love was possible between the houses.
That curse had long since been forgotten—until now.
Julian Montgomery is the reluctant Prince of House Montgomery and Rowan Cambridge is in no rush to become the Queen of House Cambridge. Both heirs long for freedom from their birthright obligations. When fate throws these two star-crossed lovers together, it sends them on a collision course with destiny that neither could have predicted.
Shakespeare’s classic Romeo & Juliet is reimagined in this compelling drama about two young people drawn by fate into an unwinnable situation. If you think you know how this story ends—think again!
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Susan Harris is a writer from Cork in Ireland.
An avid reader, she quickly grew to love books in the supernatural/fantasy and Dystopian genre. She writes books for young adults and adults alike.
When she is not writing or reading, she loves music, oriental cultures, tattoos, creepy snow globes, DC shoes, stationary, anything Disney, Marvel movies, psychology and far too many TV shows. If she wasn't a writer, she would love to be a FBI profiler or a PA for Dave Grohl or Jared Leto.
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My Name Is Rose by Alexa Kingaard
Published by: Acorn Publishing | Publication date: March 15th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Rose is unsettled, curious, and bored. Life in a hippie commune is her parent’s dream come true, not hers. She doesn’t share their passion for living off the land, nor does she enjoy the isolation that is thrust upon her. When she convinces them to send her to public school in the nearby town, a new world opens up to her.
As she pursues her education, Rose chooses a different path, leaving her parents heartbroken at her insistence they are hiding something from her. She’s convinced her father isn’t the man her mother married.
Although she finds love far away from her roots and upbringing, her wounds only deepen as she keeps her family at arm’s length. What she loses during those years can only be retrieved with her understanding that “a Rose by any other name is still a Rose.
My Name is Rose - Alexa Kingaard
I enjoyed reading this heartfelt story. It is a good reminder that secrets we keep can be a burden to us as much as those we love. Also that sometimes it takes most of our lifetime to completely realize what is really important. It is always best to stay close to family. There is nothing in this life that is as important.
The book cover and title of the book are a perfect match for the story.
The characters are well-developed and it is easy to feel their emotions.
I highly recommend this story to others. It has a lot to offer.
I give this book a literary rating of 5/5
written by Vickie
Alexa Kingaard was born in San Diego, CA and has lived most of her life in the area. She currently resides in Carlsbad and is the mother of an adult son and daughter who continue to be her biggest fans and cheerleaders. A realtor for fifteen years, she remains involved with her profession and praises her brokers and clients for giving her the nod to be creative.
She gives all the credit for completing her debut novel, KEEP FOREVER, to her inspiration and late ex-husband, Jeff, who battled the residual effects of the Vietnam War for decades after his return.
Her second novel, MY NAME IS ROSE, will be released through Acorn Publishing March 15, 2019.
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The Last of the Firedrakes (Avalonia Chronicles #1) by
Hardcover, 488 pages | ISBN: 1940014700 (ISBN13: 9781940014708)
Published August 15th 2015 by Wise Ink Creative Publishing
16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.
Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way.
Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.
With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.
Review by LAWonder10:
Aurora thought her life was difficult as a twice orphan and as a teenager.. That is until she went o a sudden vacation with her guardians to a beautiful manor and was dragged through a portal by a very scary stranger!
Aurora arrived in a fantastical land where it seems nothing is impossible. Why are so many trying to kill her? Will her new friends be able to save her? Is she capable of becoming great?
This book has constant action! It varies between monsters, fantasy creatures and a sense of "Robin Hood".
The characters become so real, it is hard to maintain it is a fantasy novel. They are very diversified and creative. You will truly love some and really despise others.
The settings are descriptive and easily visualized. The Cover and Title are very well-chosen and eye-catching
There is a bonding of friendships, deceit, betrayals, suspense, intrigue, romance and a tough of humor.
There is some graphic violence but not to the extreme.. The ending is complete yet leaves the reader yearning for the next book of the series.
I highly recommend this to Young Adults and Adults, alike. This will surely become a movie series. I offer a Five Stars rating
USA Best Book Award, Readers' Favorite Book Award for Young Adult - Coming of Age (Silver) (2016), Kindle Book Award, IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards
The Rise of the Dawnstar (Avalonia Chronicles #2) by Farah Oomerbhoy
Hardcover, 420 pages | ISBN: 1634899342 (ISBN13: 9781634899345)
Published April 2017 by Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.
The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world.
With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.
Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
The second book of The Avalonia Chronicles is every bit as exciting as the first, yet, in a different way. It is a cross genre and the characters are gallant, deceitful, creepy, humorous, irritating and endearing.
Orphaed and "outsider" Aurora's safety can no longer be assured, due to her own stubbornness and arrogance. When will she ever learn to listen!
She still is unsure of who she can trust.. she even has some doubts about Rafe. However, there is one she knows is trustworthy, but is stuck in a dungeon and may not survive.
She escapes to Elphi only to find it was not as she expected. She is determined to train hard, and come to know who she really is. She will push herself t the limit. She must discover the ancient secret of the Dawnstar so she can somehow fix some of the havoc she has created.
This is a more emotional tale than the first was, yet still maintains the action and suspense created in the first book.
The characters are equally diversified and so real, the reader can feel he/she really knows them. The Book Cover and Title is very "fitting".
The ending is rather shocking.
The reader will be more than anxious to read the nest book of the series. It will be a shame if a producer does not recognize the outstanding movie series this would be.
I offer a Five Stars rating.
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ABOUT the AUTHOR
Farah Oomerbhoy is the international bestselling author of The Avalonia Chronicles. Her first book, The Last of the Firedrakes, was originally published on Wattpad where it gained over two million reads and a Watty Award. Since publication, her debut has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, along with winning a finalist placement in the USA Best Book Awards. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. With a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai, Farah spends her creative time crafting magical worlds for young adults. She lives with her family in Mumbai, India.
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Mimic (The Prodigy Chronicles #2) by C.L. Denault
Publication date: March 22nd 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction,Young Adult
In 2012, one cycle of an ancient calendar system came to a close. Humanity predicted its downfall, but it wasn’t the end of their evolutionary climb. It was the beginning.
Willow Kent is discovering that life as a second-phase prodigy comes at a price. Trapped in the London Core, her choices are limited, made difficult by her forbidden romance with Reece and the presence of a new commanding officer who establishes harsh rules. With unpredictable skills and a growing distrust in her birth parents, she is struggling to play the Core’s game. But when opportunity arises in the form of a mysterious shapeshifter, Willow realizes there’s more to her own evolution than meets the eye. She soon learns that keeping secrets is a key move, and the more dangerous they are, the greater her need to evolve into the powerful prodigy nature intended her to become.
But those closest to her have their own secrets, and her status has made her an easy target for betrayal. Who will she turn to, when nothing is as it seems?
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C.L. Denault is a speculative fiction writer who loves dreaming up tales of adventure and intrigue. A former systems analyst, she gave up her nerdy code-writing skills to care for her family (including a son with special needs), and currently lives among the vast stretches of cornfields in Illinois.
Writing and working out are her biggest passions, along with drinking coffee and watching sci-fi. When she’s not hanging out with her husband and kids, she can usually be found at a library or tucked away in the shadowy corner of a hip coffeehouse. She’s also been glimpsed sneaking into her garage, late at night, to work on her time machine.
She enjoys connecting with people—especially those from other planets, nearby dimensions, and the future. To find her, just visit her website or social media pages. Or use a Stargate. Whichever is easiest.
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Iron Circle (Yellow Locust #2) by Justin Joschko
Publication Date: March 26, 2019
The path west is long, but despite Selena’s progress, New Canaan is never far enough behind her. It was there that her
parents were killed, forcing her and her little brother Simon to flee the tyrannical state. Now, New Canaan wants control
over every last inch of America-That-Was. Only the Republic of California can stand against it—but not without the data
stick in Selena’s pocket, rumored to contain vital information about New Canaan’s deadly new weapon.
As winter closes in, Selena races south in search of an open passage to the coast. She must pass through Nuevo Juarez,
where a ruthless leader named Thorin has seized power. Selena runs afoul of Thorin’s men and is separated from her
brother, captured, and auctioned off at the city’s thriving slave market.
Her only way out is through the Iron Circle, a fighting ring where the city’s most fearsome warriors pit their skills against
one another. As the populace and Thorin watch Selena rise through the ranks, Selena earns a reputation she doesn’t
want and the attention of man with the power to destroy her and what’s left of America-That-Was.
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Justin Joschko is an author from Niagara Falls, Ontario. His writing has appeared in newspapers and literary
journals across Canada. Yellow Locust is his first novel. He currently lives in Ottawa with his wife and two
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Right Girl Wrong Timing by Natalie Decker
Publication Date: March 12, 2019 | Publisher: Swoon Romance
Adaline Frost’s life officially sucks. Now that her BFF has found her true love, Addy is constantly stuck being the third wheel. On top of that, she hasn’t started her junior project yet, so her advisor pairs her up with what could only be described as the “Reject Breakfast Club.” Instead of the weirdo and the troublemaker, Addy is forced to work with two stoners, a popular girl, and her crush, Austin Reed, the jock who broke her heart.
Austin Reed is sick of being labeled “dumb jock.” If he doesn’t get an A on this project, he can kiss his future goodbye. Austin thought he’d gotten lucky being partners with the very nerdy Adaline Frost, but boy was he wrong. Addy jumps down his throat about his being late and calls him names like “manwhore” on the daily. She has no idea Austin works before and after school in order to help his mom with the bills. Yeah, he’s made mistakes and has had lots of girlfriends, but he doesn’t need Adaline Frost to remind him of it every time he sees her.
Can Austin and Addy ever be a thing?
Right Girl Wrong Timing is book 3 in the Offsides series by Natalie Decker.
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REVIEW by VICKIE:
Right Girl Wrong Timing - Natalie Decker
I love this story and how the timing is just always seems to be off by a little bit. I like the friendships in the story and romance with Austin and Adaline. I just wanted to help their relationship get on track.
The characters are well-developed and fun to get to know. It is easy to feel their emotions.
The title of the book and cover are a perfect match for the story.
I highly recommend this book. It is a great story for YA!
I give this story a literary rating of 5/5
written by Vickie
ABOUT the AUTHOR
Natalie Decker is the Author of Rival Love. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!
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