Conviction by Robbin J. Peterson
Paperback, 280 pages | ISBN13 9781524403287
Published June 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications 2018
After a rocky start as a missionary in Ukraine, Elder Neal Christensen is struggling to learn the Russian language and embrace an unfamiliar life away from his small Northern California town. And in an instant, a peculiar encounter with the wrong people changes everything. Dragged from his apartment in the dead of night, Neal is taken to prison and charged with the theft of a priceless museum piece. As days turn into weeks, he is thrown into a world of uncertainty where he must rely on the only person he can trust—the Savior. And as his Russian slowly improves within the prison walls, he begins preaching the gospel in the last place he imagined proselytizing. But when civil unrest erupts in Ukraine, the now-familiar routine of imprisonment is over. Neal is trapped in the chaos, and with his life on the line, his only hope of survival is escape. Yet he learns too late that there is as much danger awaiting him outside the prison walls as within. Someone has gone to great lengths to incriminate the young missionary, and they will stop at nothing to silence him forever.
Conviction is a story about a Mormon Missionary, unsure of his readiness to serve and who is consumed with guilt over a deed he never confessed or repented of. As he arrives at the Mission Home in Ukraine, he unburdens his misdeeds to his companion and to the President.
He is assigned to a companion he thinks is great until he broke a major rule. As the young Elder Christensen, struggles with his feelings about his companion, that became the least of his worries when their apartment was raided at Four A.M. From then on he experienced a nightmare!
This is a story about judgement, misjudgment, rite of passage, repentance, restitution, endurance, faith, testimony, and survival.
The characters were created in a very believable manner and became "real". The scenes were vividly portrayed and the writing was superb! The reader's interest was not allowed to wander in the least.
Although this was directed at an L.D.S. audience, it is a novel anyone would enjoy.
The Book Title and over image were done very creatively and clever. The cover is eye-catching, yet, simple. It relates to the content very well.
I offer an energetic Five Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
I graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor degree in English Lit. My first written work of art was in sixth grade: a play called "Cinderella." I wrote it then directed it with friends in the church gym. Writing was always a creative escape for me. And now that I'm a mother with several children, that has become especially true. When I'm not writing I enjoy playing my viola in our local symphony, as well as teaching the young and old to develop their own talents, whether that be with a stringed instrument or through writing workshops.
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Identity Break by Stephen H. Provost
Publication date: February 12th 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
How far would you go to find yourself?
Imagine everything you thought you knew about yourself turned out to be a lie, and you didn’t know who was telling the truth. Imagine you possessed a secret so dangerous that, if it were exposed, it would reshape the entire world.
What would you do if that secret were your very identity?
In almost every way, Palo Vista seems like a typical California city, with office buildings, schools, and homes sprawled out across suburbia, filled with families making a life for themselves at the dawn of the new millennium.
But two seniors at Mt. MacMurray High are about to find out that nothing is as it seems…
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Identity Break - Steven H. Provost
I must say this story has a different lookout on the future. The changes throughout the book caught me off guard. The story line so completely went in a different direction than I would have thought it would. It was awesome to not be guess what was coming next. Well done, Steven.
The characters are well-developed and I was able to feel their emotions very well. The setting is easily visualized. The story flows well from chapter to chapter and is easy to follow along.
I recommend this book to other readers.
I give the book a literary rating of 5/5
written by vickie
Stephen H. Provost is a veteran editor, reporter and columnists with more than 30 years of experience at daily newspapers in California. He’s currently the managing editor of The Cambrian on the Central Coast, as well as a columnist and assistant city editor for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo.
As an author, he has written historical nonfiction (“Fresno Growing Up” and “Highway 99: The History of California’s Main Street”), novels (“Memortality” and “Identity Break”), while also exploring the realms of mythology, fable and ancient history.
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Sword and Verse (Sword and Verse #1)by Kathy MacMillan
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 19th 2016 by HarperTeen
Sword and Verse
0062324616 (ISBN13: 9780062324610)
Raisa was only a child when she was kidnapped and enslaved in Qilara. Forced to serve in the palace of the King, she’s endured hunger, abuse, and the harrowing fear of discovery. Everyone knows that Raisa is Arnath, but not that she is a Learned One, a part of an Arnath group educated in higher order symbols. In Qilara, this language is so fiercely protected that only the King, the Prince, and Tutors are allowed to know it. So when the current Tutor-in-training is executed for sharing the guarded language with slaves and Raisa is chosen to replace her, Raisa knows that, although she may have a privileged position among slaves, any slipup could mean death.
That would be challenging enough, but training alongside Prince Mati could be her real undoing. And when a romance blossoms between them, she’s suddenly filled with a dangerous hope for something she never before thought possible: more. Then she’s approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slaves—to help liberate the Arnath people. Joining the Resistance could mean freeing her people…but she’d also be aiding in the war against her beloved, an honorable man she knows wants to help the slaves.
Working against the one she loves—and a palace full of deadly political renegades—has some heady consequences. As Raisa struggles with what’s right, she unwittingly uncovers a secret that the Qilarites have long since buried…one that, unlocked, could bring the current world order to its knees.
And Raisa is the one holding the key.
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The Arnathian Island was raided, the learned ones destroyed and the rest taken into slavery. However, the learned mother of six year old, Raisa, had her flee to a friends house so her life was spared. Because of her early training, she was tested for a tutor position and prevailed. As a tutor-in-training, she met daily with the Prince Matti...Only a few years her senior. They developed a secret , close friendship as they grew older. Would this be their undoing?
This is a tale of cruelty, betrayal, trust, change, rebellion, and Rites of Passage.
The characters were very well developed and felt real. The scenes were detailed in a way, easily visualized. The Title and the Cover image were both eye-catching and well chosen.
The Narrator of the CD's, Emily Rankin, was very talented and did an impressive job in creating the voices for the various characters. Her voice was very pleasant to listen to.
The action was non-stop and the story foundation began building steadily until ist ended in a astounding manner.
The only negative was the verse of the God's which preceded each chapter. That was slightly vague for the most part and wasn't clearly introduced before the story began. It took the reader awhile and great thought to connect and decipher it.
I really did enjoy listening to the CDs and the ending left the reader anxious to discover more!
I offer a strong Four Stars rating.
This was gifted me with no suggestion, whatsoever, for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Kathy MacMillan is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, signing storyteller, and avowed Hufflepuff. Kathy is the founder of The Sweet Sixteens (www.thesweet16s.com) debut group of 2016 middle grade and young adult authors, and serves as co-Regional Advisor for the Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia Region of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is a volunteer director for Deaf Camps, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides camps for deaf children. She lives near Baltimore, MD.
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Splash (Mermaid Royalty #3) by M.E. Rhines
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing }| ublication date: June 12th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Fawna is happy with the new life she has made for herself on land. She has her child and her youngest sister Pauline by her side—plus an amazing new human boyfriend named Randy. So when an old friend from Atargatis shows up, she immediately feels the weight of everything she stands to lose. But the news can’t be ignored – there’s been an attack on their kingdom; her aunt Myrtle is dead and her mother is missing. Angelique, their middle sister, is now ruling a kingdom to the north, leaving Fawna as the only royal left to help save Atargatis. Torn between responsibilities in two different worlds, the decision is made for her when the powerful sea witch who attacked the kingdom also takes Fawna’s son. Now she has no choice—to save her life on dry land, she’ll have to dive back into the ocean…
The final installment in the beloved Mermaid Royalty series, Splash is a heart-pounding fantasy romance that will have you feeling like you need to come up for air!
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ME Rhines a southwest Florida native currently living in North Port with her two beautiful children and a third, much larger child whom she affectionately calls husband.
She writes young adult paranormal romance to feed her belief that fairy tales are real and
nonsense is necessary.
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Legacy in Legend (Legacy in Legend #0.5, 1, 2)
by Barbara Pietron
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
New from award-winning YA author Barbara Pietron, an ebook bundle of the prequel and first two books in the Legacy in Legend series.
About the series: In Thunderstone, Jeni and her family gather at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to spread her grandfather’s ashes in the Mississippi Headwaters. While they are there, they agree to meet again at various locations along the Mississippi River to remember him as they trace his journey to the Gulf of Mexico. These gatherings set the foundation for the Legacy in Legend series. Every time the family assembles, Jeni comes in contact with a malicious otherworldly element. These frightening and perilous encounters are no help in Jeni’s search for her spiritual heritage, as the supernatural entities come from a variety of mythologies and lore. Yet each vengeful confrontation makes it more important that she discover and harness whatever power she possesses so she can protect herself and her loved ones and, ultimately, end the deadly attacks.
The Legacy in Legend Series brings together mythology and suspense along with a little bit of romance when Jeni meets Shattered Ice, an apprentice medicine man. The prequel, Heart of Ice, is about Ice before he meets Jeni. Thunderstone and Veiled Existence are told from both Jeni’s and Ice’s point of view.
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Heart of Ice, Thunderstone and Veiled Existence
This is such a great series of books. Barbara did a wonderful job of putting so much detail into the story, making it a lot easier to visualize. All that is happening with the magical powers makes it very captivating.
The characters are well-developed and it's easy to get to know each of their personalities and to feel their emotions well.
The setting is also easy to visualize. The stories flow well from chapter to chapter which makes it hard to find a place to put the book down.
I highly recommend this series of books to other readers who like fantasy, witchcraft and other fun things including a good romance.
I give this series of books a literary rating of 5/5
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Having a love for witches and vampires before they were trendy, Barbara gravitates toward stories with supernatural elements both when she reads and when she writes. Although classified as young adult, her books are enjoyed by a wide audience—pre-teen through adult.
Barbara’s novel Thunderstone was awarded 2013 Book of the Year Finalist status by Forward Reviews and before it was published, Thunderstone was a quarter-finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakout Novel Award contest, winning a review by Publisher’s Weekly.
When she’s not writing, Barbara works in a library where she’s tortured by all the books she has yet to read. She’s a cult fan of the movies Labyrinth and Nightmare Before Christmas and a fan of all things Tim Burton. Barbara lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with her husband, daughter and a cat that often acts like a dog.
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Looking for Dei by David A. Willson
Publication date: March 23rd 2018 | Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Fifteen-year-old Nara Dall has never liked secrets. Yet it seems that her life has been filled with them, from the ugly scar on her back to the strange powers she possesses. Her mysterious father refuses to say anything about her origins, and soon, she and her best friend must attend the announcement ceremony, in which youths are tested for a magical gift.A gifted youth has not been announced in the poor village of Dimmitt for decades. When Nara uncovers the reason, she uses her own powers to make things right. The decision sets her on a path of danger, discovery, and a search for the divine. In the process, she learns the truth about herself and uncovers the biggest secret of all: the power of broken people.
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Looking For Dei - David A. Willson
Excellent work, David Willson.
The story is filled with adventure. It takes a great imagination to put together all the magical fun that is this story.
The characters are all well-developed and it is easy to feel their emotions.
The story flows well from chapter to chapter.
The cover of the book is a great eye-catcher and the title fits the story very well.
I highly recommend this book to other readers.
I give this book a literary rating of 5/5.
written by vickie
David A. Willson has worked as a restauranteur, peace officer, and now, author. Taught by his mother to read at a young age, he spent his childhood exploring magic, spaceships, and other dimensions. In his writing, he strives to bring those worlds to his readers.Much of his material is inspired by the “Great Land” of Alaska, which he has called home for over 30 years. He lives there with his wife, five children, and 2 dogs. He is passionate about technology, faith, and fiction—not necessarily in that order.
Looking for Dei is Willson’s debut novel, set in a land where many more adventures will take place. Stay up to date with his ongoing efforts through the Looking for Dei Facebook page or visiting the Website . Other Author medias: Goodreads |Facebook |
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Wings of Flesh and Bones by Cathrina Constantine
Publication date: April 13th 2018 | Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
An Angel. A Witch. A Demon. And A Choice.
Creatures from outer realms suck, as any gatekeeper worth their salt will tell you. Welcome to Rogan’s life, an orphaned seventeen-year-old who lives and trains with other misfits under her uncle’s roof, keeping Earth safe from non-human realm jumpers. Rogan’s biggest issue concerns her uncle’s short leash with her freedom—that is of course, until she’s taken by a notorious witch, and her life begins to unravel. Soon, the supernatural beauty discovers there’s a reason her uncle kept such a tight lock on her whereabouts, and that she has more than angel blood running through her veins.
Eighteen-year-old Max is an angel, and Rogan’s mentor and guardian. He’s well aware of her tenacious inability to obey orders, though he also knows she’s a fierce fighter. When he’s involved in a scheme that ultimately gets Rogan kidnapped, he must battle his way back to her in an attempt to save her from the darkness threatening to possess her.
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Wings of Flesh and Bones by Cathrina Constantine is a fun and exciting fantasy that is full of surprises. There is danger and romance and keeps you on the edge of your seat especially towards the end!
This book is a story about a girl named Rogan who is an orphan and lives with her uncle who is very protective of her and keeps her on a tight leash. She is mentored by an angel named Max who takes her on secret missions but ultimately helped unintentionally gets her taken from home.
Cathrina Constantine does a fantastic job creating characters that come to life. This is a great read for young adults and teens who enjoy Fantasy and thrillers with a little romance.Irate it with Five Stars.
I’m breaking Castle’s rules. Do I care? Not really—not yet.
Rogan’s skin prickled as she snuck through the portal leading to the city, exhilarated to be patrolling on her own for once. She walked along the sidewalk on her way to Pink, a dance club for teenagers. Although, her choice in destination would not involve dancing or enjoying the hyperactive ambiance. No, she was primed and ready to release bottled-up steam threatening her peace of mind. Deviants would be mingling with humans, and she’d be there to put a stop to it.
Crisp autumn air stirred. Inhaling its musky scent, she noticed the lengthening shadows, and prayed to be home before she was missed. I’m seventeen, she thought with pride, a gatekeeper. At least, that was what she’d been training for.
Keeping her eyes peeled for anything out of the ordinary, she tossed her braided hair over her shoulder, catching a few heads turning to look at her. You’d think they’d never seen a girl wearing leather and boots before.
A pungent odor pressed in on her, which stopped her in her tracks. Up ahead, blocking the sidewalk, was a giant of a man. The fortuitous encounter took her by surprise, sending her creepster vibes off the charts. With her legs rooted in a rigid stance, she flexed her fingers. As if the giant had been awaiting her arrival, he approached in a blur of motion, whipping his knuckled fist and clipping her on the chin.
Grimacing, her eyes watered as blood pooled over her tongue. She spat a mouthful onto the sidewalk and moved her throbbing jaw from side to side.
She recognized the Vorg towering over her, jutting his demon chin at a superior angle. To humans, he looked like an unnatural hulk of a man, but Rogan saw past his artificial veneer.
“Had enough, sweetmeat?” His sandpapery voice rubbed her the wrong way.
“Screw you.” Fast as a snap, she jerked her elbow, smashing him in the jaw.
Cathrina Constantine is the Best Selling author of Don't Forget To Breathe. Her book won Readers' Favorite International Book Award for 2015. New Apple Medalist for 2016. Literary Classics Gold Award. Literary Classics Seal of Approval. Her Paranormal Fantasy, Wickedly They Come has been awarded the 5 Star Seal from Reader's Favorite. Tallas from her dystopian series received Literary Classics Silver Award and Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
Cathrina resides in Western New York. I am blessed with a loving family and forever friends. My world revolves around them.
I grew up in the small village of Lancaster, NY, where I married my sweetheart. I'm devoted to raising 5 cherished children, and now my grandchildren.
I love to immerse myself in great books of every kind of genre, which helps me to write purely for entertainment, and hopefully to inspire readers. When not stationed at my computer you can find me in the woods taking long walks with my dog.
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Spectacle by S.J. Pierce
Publication date: June 4th 2018 | Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
People fear what's different...
Mira (Mirabella) Foster and her parents are citizens of New America, one of three remaining landmasses after the great floods, and with the threat of starvation and disease looming on the horizon, a discovery threatens to push everyone to the brink of chaos - blue markings develop on people's skin. Markings that allow them to camouflage, but also make them feared, and eventually, targets of violence.
Mira's dad is one of them.
Secrets of who they are and why they're here are quickly unveiled, and though her father and his kind work to make peace, something goes wrong and a war erupts between the races. Something her father is blamed for and ultimately leads to their banishment on a deserted island.
Freedom comes at a hefty price...
Terrified and broken, Mira is ripped from her human mother and is sent with her father's kind to live among the treacherous wildlife where rattlers, boars, and mountain lions run rampant. But just as they manage to find their new normal, a set of unearthed secrets threaten to turn everything she knows upside down. Nothing is as it seems, and their banishment may have been for darker reasons than she ever could have fathomed. And strangely enough, everyone looks to Mira, the daughter of their shamed ruler, and her friends to be the ones to help make it right...
If she can only find the courage. Because after everything they've already survived, this may just be what costs her and her friends their lives.
Spectacle, Part One is the beginning of a three-part series. Suitable for ages fourteen and up.
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Spectacle has made it to my TOP TEN LIST OF DYSTOPIAN BOOKS to read. ★★★★★
This book is totally ADDICTIVE, FAST-PACED and SUSPENSEFUL, with great lead characters and complex world building. ★★★★★
HUNGER GAMES meets AVATAR in this spellbinding Young Adult, Science-Fiction series by bestselling author S.J. Pierce.
Multiple Award Nominated and Bestselling Author Susan James Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare time to writing Paranormal, Sci-fi, and Contemporary Romance novels.
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Burning Bright (Going Down in Flames #5) by Chris Cannon
Publication Date: June 4, 2018 | Publisher: Entangled Teen
Bryn is back for her senior year at the Institute for Excellence, also known as shape-shifting dragon school. She isn’t sure which is scarier, the life-force sucking dragons stalking campus or the fact that she’s officially betrothed to Jaxon, a guy who will never love her. Not that she could ever love him, either… That’s just ridiculous.
Senior year should be fun. Her parents are alive, she’s finally fitting in, and she’s learning how to be a Medic. But what’s with Jaxon giving her strange looks? He runs hot and cold, and he doesn’t even have the excuse of being a hybrid fire-and-ice-breathing dragon like her. One minute they’re having a great time and the next, she wants to blast a fireball at his head. The marriage contract of doom looms over them--unless this match not made in heaven kindles a flame…
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I guess I should say thank you for coming to look for me.”
“You’re welcome, though you seemed to have the situation taken care of by the time we got there.”
“Mostly,” he said. “But it’s nice to know that someone notices when I’m not where I’m supposed to be.”
And now this felt awkward and a little too serious. “I guess it really is our job to look out for each other now, isn’t it?”
He grinned. “I’d like to point out that I’m normally a lot less trouble than you are, so you’re getting the better end of this deal.”
She rolled her eyes. “Yes, I’m one lucky girl.”
He acknowledged her joke with a grin and then pushed to his feet. “Do try to remember that.” He walked to the door and let himself out.
She locked the door behind him. Weird how she felt closer to him now. Shared drama probably had that effect on a relationship. Whatever kind of relationship she had with Jaxon, it seemed to be shifting...which was natural given their strange circumstances. Nothing to worry about. Nothing at all.
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Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find her online at www.chriscannonauthor.com.
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Relegation (The Van Winkle Project #3)
by Karri Thompson
Published by: Entangled: Teen | Publication date: June 4th 2018
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
The end is near—and I’m fated to save humanity.I’m feared, yet revered. The presidents are leery of me, but I’ve read the files. And I know the truth—at least, I think I do. And I’m the one who is going to tell the clones. They deserve to know.
Michael and I have been forced to fight, to kill. We’ll do anything to keep our daughters safe and free. But we can’t do it alone. There’s a rumor about a secret society eager for battle… and we’re going to find them. Help them end the government’s corruption.
It’s my duty, my calling as the first mother of the new world I want to create.
This started with me, and that’s where it’s going to end.
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Playlist for RELEGATION
1. Rockin in the Free World by Neil Young
This is exactly what Cassie wants―to rock in a free world, a world without mandatory Liaisons and obscuras.
2. Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
Of course the theme of this classic song applies. Although Cassie often feels “as if hope itself had turned its back on [her]”, with Michael by her side, she doesn’t stop believing in her duty and role as the mother of the thirty-first century.
3. Run by the Foo Fighters
These lyrics certainly apply: “Run for your life with me. Wake up. Run for your life with me. In another perfect life. In another perfect light. We run.” Cassie has been on the run with Michael since the beginning of her awakening.
4. Go to War by Nothing More
“With every battle we lose a little more. Remember everything that we die for. You are everything that I die for.” These lyrics are particularly significant toward the end of the novel. Michael would die for Cassie, and Cassie needs to remember that.
5. Mr. Roboto by Styx
Okay, so I had to include a song about robots, and this song features synthesized robot voices. Cassie would hate this song, but it is fun and has a catchy tune. Cassie despises all bots, but they play an important part in this series, especially in RELEGATION.
6. There’s Nothing Holding Me Back – Shawn Mendes
I included this song for Michael. This is how he feels about Cassie and his relationship with her: “She pulls me in enough to keep me guessing, and maybe I should stop and start confessing.”
7. Be still by The killers
This is something Cassie would say to Michael: “I won't be afraid if you are here. You silence all my fear. I won't be afraid.” When Cassie starts to doubt her role in the project, Michael brings her back to reality.
8. Freak on a Leash by Korn
When Cassie is in the regions, tethered to Liaisons One, Two, and Three, she feels like a freak on a leash.
9. I will not Bow by Breaking Benjamin
After Cassie is forced to leave Tasma, and run back to the regions, these lyrics are her motto: “All is lost again. But I’m not giving in. I will not bow. I will not break.”
10. Whatever it Takes by Imagine Dragons
Cassie will do whatever it takes to save humanity: “I do whatever it takes
'cause I love how it feels when I break the chains. Whatever it takes.”
RELEGATION by Karri Thompson
“VW2,” I tried to say as I had just enough strength to lift my chin. A woman—blonde hair, thin build, holding something in her arms. It was Dolly. She had VW2.
With one hand cupping my head and the other against my back, Michael held me against him, the pressing of his fingertips painful rather than soothing as my skin continued to throb and sting. I closed my eyes.
“Yes, we can. Now order your men to do it!” Travel shouted, his voice holding an authority I’d never heard before.
“Do what?” I tried to say to Michael, but I couldn’t control my tongue or the tight muscles at my jaw.
A door opened, the hollow clicking sound of its knob burning my ears. Tires screeched. My head lolled upward, and after blinking, a soldier came into focus and stepped toward another figure. It was Travel. “Take her—now,” he said.
Take me where?
Two more men rushed past me, the billow of breeze in their wake piercing my body like a poisonous gas, igniting the tendrils of nerves at the surface of my skin.
Where were they taking me? But it wasn’t me they were referring to. Michael didn’t move as I remained partially paralyzed in his arms.
Inhaling as deeply as I could, I straightened my slumped shoulders and my head rolled to the right. The girl I’d seen on the stairs lay on the marble floor only a few feet away from me.
Why did she seem so familiar? Why did my eyes continue to sting and distort images as I tried to focus on her face? Why did every atom in my body feel like they were innately conscious, stirring with their own impulses and needs?
They were talking about her and not me. The men lifted the girl from the floor and carried her out the door. Exhaust fumes, the rev of an engine, and she was gone. Pressed against Michael, I watched as the army-green truck became a dot on the horizon. Charles closed the door, his body shaking as he stumbled backward to rest against it and catch his breath.
What the hell just happened?
As if a switch had been flipped, the torturous vibration of each molecule of my being settled. Overcome with an insuperable exhaustion, I closed my eyes, Victoria’s sweet face filling my mind.
Growing up in San Diego, California, Karri Thompson spent much of her years at the beach, reading novels, tanning, and listening to music. At SDSU, she earned a BA in English, MA in education, and her teaching credential. As a wife, mother, and high-school English teacher, she began writing novels, giving all of the compelling plots and unique characters in her head a home. Victorian literature rocks her socks, and when she’s not writing, jogging, going to concerts, or watching her son play football, she’s reading Dickens.
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Title: The Staircase of Fire (A Shakertown Adventure, Book 3)
Author: Ben Woodard
Genre: Young Adult Mystery | Number of Pages: 276
Publisher: Miller-Martin Press } Publication Date: May 25, 2018
A quiet town in Kentucky explodes from a racial incident and fourteen-year-old Tom Wallace is in the thick of it. His past haunts him and now he’s witness to a horrific event leaving him devastated and afraid. He must escape his town and its memories. But leaving has consequences, too. He will have to betray his friends and his new love.
Nothing stops his nightmares. Not high risk activities or running away. But when his past returns, Tom is forced to confront his greatest fear and finally realizes he cannot escape himself. Now he has to take a stand that could change his life—or end it.
“…a highly recommended pick for teens looking for something different…”
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A Stairway to Danger (A Shakertown Adventure, Book 1)
An eyeless body. A menacing stranger. And a tangled mystery.
It’s the summer of 1923 and two cousins hunting for hidden gold stumble on an decayed body. Fourteen-year-old Tom Wallace is convinced the death was murder and drags his older cousin into a harrowing struggle against a shadowy group. Not even attempts on their lives can stop the boys from relentlessly pursuing the mystery. But when their curiosity leads them to investigate a derelict barge, what they find is bigger and more dangerous than anything they could have imagined.
A STAIRWAY TO DANGER is a fun-filled thriller with humor and adventure in a Twain-like setting.
Winner! Orangeberry Hall of Fame Best Young Adult novel for 2013
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Steps Into Darkness (A Shakertown Adventure, Book 2)
Explosions, sabotage, deadly warnings, and a dangerous red-haired man. Imagine The Hardy Boys meet Tom Sawyer. Add a layer of teen angst and excitement plus a mysterious group stirring up racial tensions.
That’s STEPS INTO DARKNESS, the second book in the Shakertown Adventure Series by Ben Woodard.
Fourteen-year-old Tom Wallace again makes plans to escape the small town in the 1923 Kentucky countryside—the town that won’t let him forget his past, when a horrific event changes his mind. He teams with his cousin, Will, and young FBI agent Rick Sweeney to solve a perplexing mystery. Attempts on the boys’ lives and a bewildering list of suspects keep them on edge and confused until they discover the real villain—and then wish they hadn’t.
STEPS INTO DARKNESS is a fun, page-turning thriller with a hint of romance that delivers adventure and mystery while exploring the fears of a teen living with a frightful memory.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ben is a (mostly) retired amateur adventurer who has traveled across Tibet, climbed to 18,000 feet on Mt. Everest, and solo backpacked wilderness areas. Now his adventures come in the form of imagining stories, writing and telling them to kids and teens. He works with teachers, schools and literacy organizations spreading the word that books are vital—and fun.
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Hail to the Queen | Author: Shyla Colt
Genre: Romance/Science Fiction/Fantasy
Dates: 21st – 25th of May
With two coronations to attend, you’d think the universe would stop piling catastrophes on top of Louella Eschete, but you’d be dead wrong. As she prepares to ascend two thrones, one as Lady of the Cortez Vampire Court and the other as Matriarch of the Eschete Witches, she must face a new evil.
Just when Lou is ready to stab a seamstress with a hat pin, murder and strange occurrences begin to happen around her city. Stolen corpses in the cemetery, decapitated astronomers, and hearts taken from nursing homes is odd, even for Louisiana. There is no rhyme or reason to the carnage, but the sigil left behind at a scene points to something ancient.
It’s a race against the clock for humanity. There’ll be nothing to rule if everyone’s dead.
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Shyla Colt is the sassy international bestseller of the popular series Kings of Chaos and Dueling Devils M.C. These genre-hopping stories feature three of her favorite things: strong females, pop culture, and alternate routes to happy ever after. Listening to her Romani soul, she pens from the heart, allowing the dynamic characters, eccentric interests, and travels as a former flight attendant to take her down untraveled roads.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, this mid-west girl is proud of her roots. She used her hometown and the surrounding areas as a backdrop for a number of books. So, if you’re a Buckeye, keep an eye out for familiar places.
As a full-time writer, stay at home mother, and wife, there's never a dull moment in her household.
She weaves her tales in spare moments and the evenings with a cup of coffee or tea at her side and the characters in her head for company.
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Reality Gold by Tiffany Brooks
Published by: Dunemere Books | Publication date: May 22nd 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Synopsis:“There are only two ways to survive Internet infamy: drop offline and play dead or give everyone something bigger and better to talk about. I’ve tried the first strategy. Now it’s time to try the second…”
A year and a lifetime ago, Riley Ozaki was just an ordinary high school junior in San Francisco, stressing over boys and grades. But an ill-conceived editorial in her school paper brought her an internet avalanche of public-shaming and ruined her life.
Now Riley’s on a helicopter dropping into a deserted island with nineteen other teens, to star in a reality show that will be her redemption. She has no other choice. National attention was what got her into this mess, and only the same level of exposure can get her out. Besides, Riley has a few tricks up her sleeve.
With a cast of vivid characters who will stop at nothing to win the show, a cursed island setting, and a priceless treasure waiting to be discovered, Reality Gold will drop readers right into a scheming web of lies, love, and betrayal.
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Reality Gold - Tiffany Brooks
A really good story. I loved all the action and suspense. Once I started reading it was hard for me to put it down.
The characters and setting were well-developed. I liked how each of the characters had their own distinct personality. I could easily feel the emotions of the characters and it was easy to visualize it all. I could honestly picture myself there with them.
The title of the book and the book cover were a very good match for the story.
I highly recommend this book to young adult readers. It is very captivating.
I give this book a literary rating of 5/5
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Tiffany Brooks lives in San Francisco with her family and a bunch of pets, who luckily don’t object to being featured on her Instagram. The best thing about living on the west coast is she can find out what happens on Game of Thrones three hours ahead of air time. That, plus not having winter weather, means she’ll never move back east, although that doesn’t stop her New England family from asking when she’ll be moving “back home” to NYC or Connecticut. Reality Gold, her debut novel, kicks off the Shifting Reality Collection, a YA trilogy.
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Paperback, 226 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications, Inc.
Bree Mercer is an ambitious sports reporter who has risen through the ranks to land her dream job. Basking in the sun, sea, and seriously cute guys in her new singles ward, things couldn't be better. That is, until she's assigned to write a feature on the one person she can't stand—professional beach volleyball player Kade Townsend. A typical cocky athlete, Kade's previous attempt to woo her was foiled by Bree's hard-and-fast rule: don't date athletes. Ever.
Kade loathes the media, and for good reason: when his hard-partying ways were exposed by a reporter who claimed to be his friend, the scandal rocked his entire family. Now reformed, Kade has put his life back together, and he has no interest in talking to reporters—least of all Bree Mercer. But when the pair is thrown together despite their best efforts, their chemistry is undeniable. They can't seem to put the brakes on their feelings—until their connection threatens Bree's reputation and Kade's hard-won redemption. Now they must decide if there is a place for love in their plans for the future.
Perfect set is a fun, touching, frustrating, exciting and all around great story, written in the familiar style of talented writer, Melaniew Jacobson! This is an equally enjoyable book for Adults and YA alike.
Bree is career-centered but silently envisions a fairy tale romance. However, years ago, she discovered fairy tales are not reality.
The "dream job" she landed is not turning out as she thought it would. She feels more like a "girl Friday" than the editor she was hired to be. But then her "big Break"came, that is until she found out what was an impossible assignment it would be! She'd just have to do her best to get enough background to post a viable article.
This is directed at an L.D.S. audience but it is very enjoyable for anyone (especially those who enjoy "chick lit"). It is slightly predictable but so intriguing, it is well-worth time spent.
The characters and scenes are so well portrayed, the reader most likely, will feel he/she is a part of it all.
This poignant tale is sure to captivate all who read it. It is a smooth blend of romance, adventure, conflict and drama.
The Cover Image and Title are both a perfect "fit"!
This earns a Five Stars rating.
This was gifted me with no suggestion of a positive review. This is my honest review.
Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a popular speaker who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies for Covenant and maintains her humorous slice-of-life blog. Her first novel was, The List.
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Offsides, #1 & 2 by Natalie Decker
Published by: Swoon Romance | Publication date: July 11th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis book 1 - Right Text Wrong Number:Cheerleader Layla and football player Tyler are complete opposites. She thinks he’s the biggest jerk in school and he thinks she’s too high on her horse to even be worth a second glance. When the two of them are near one another, sparks fly in all the wrong directions. They can hardly endure speaking, let alone dating.
But when Layla unknowingly sends Tyler a smack-down text meant for the girl sending naked photos to her then-boyfriend, Adam, Tyler has no idea it’s Layla and decides to play along. After all, Tyler cannot resist messing with the pissed off girl firing off texts about junk pictures, cheating, and girl code.
As the fallout from Adam’s scandalous texts plays out in front of the entire school, Tyler and Layla secretly continue to text each other using fake names. But as days and weeks pass, things take a turn for the serious between them, and suddenly, their texts mean more. Maybe it’s time to come clean about who they are and risk taking the relationship from texts to dates, then kissing, and maybe more.
They say there’s a thin line between love and hate. Can reality live up to the fantasy, or will Layla and Tyler be forever offsides?
Synopsis book 2 - Right Kiss, Wrong Guy:
You’d think a girl with the most romantic name in the world would have her pick of boyfriends.
But Valentine’s Day sucks when you’re single. Just ask Juliet Valentine, whose last name happens to also be the name of the most dreaded made-up holiday ever.
A romantic at heart, this year is especially hard on Juliet. Her sister, Layla, is in a new relationship, her mom’s match-making business is doing great, and her school’s new fundraiser is “Love-Grams.”
Juliet’s miserable, a little jealous, and lonely.
Quarterback Jared Black is the most popular guy in school. A star athlete, Jared tops the most-eligible bachelor list year after year. But to Juliet Valentine, he’s all but invisible. She isn’t impressed.
Jared’s never had to work hard to get the attention of a girl before. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and he’s determined to ask Juliet out. After all, if Tyler can win over Layla, Jared ought to have a shot with Layla’s sister.
Unlike Tyler and Layla, charm, flattery and good looks won’t work on Juliet. So with the V-Day dance coming up, Jared uses the school’s Love-Grams to let Juliet know how he feels. Should be simple enough, right?
Wrong. Each attempt ends up either in the trash or thrown in someone’s face. Juliet won’t play his game.
Now, without a date to the dance Jared realizes it’s going to take a Hail Mary to win the girl of his dreams.
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Natalie Decker is the author of RIVAL LOVE series and the Scandalous Boys series. 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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