If you love books like Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s American Gods or Good Omens, Joe Hill’s Nos4A2, or Stephen King’s (Richard Bachman) Blaze, then you’ll love Awakening!
Awakening: Rise as the Fall Unfolds
by Carissa Andrews
Publication date: November 12th 2019
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Urban Fantasy
Synopsis: The final five angels have been located and averting the apocalypse means somehow recreating the birth of Christ.
Morgan never expected total annihilation would come down to the actions of five misfit angels. But as each one’s hidden angelic power unfolds, so does the sinister truth… the entire Jesus storyline has been wiped from the collective consciousness, leaving a tear in the fabric of reality.
The final five need to figure out how their gifts are meant to fit together in order to set things right. However, coming to terms with the responsibility resting on their shoulders doesn’t come easy. To make matters worse, the demons have found them and unless they get on the same page quickly, the darkness will consume them all. But how can they make things right when the thing that’s missing happened more than 2000 years ago?
One thing’s for sure. If they fail, existence ceases.
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Carissa’s Top Ten Favorite Supernatural Reads
Being a reader, as well as writer, it's SUPER hard to pick some favorite books. I had to brainstorm like a crazy person and get as many of them down as possible. Once that was done, I was able to see a common theme about them: supernatural reads! As it turns out, I love to both read and write books with a genre bending quality that pulls in elements of the supernatural through them. Let’s see if we share some of the same awesome love for supernatural reads!
1. Nate Temple Chronicles, by Shayne Silvers – So good and so, so funny! If you are trying to decide between this or his Feathers and Fire series, I can honestly say – Nate Temple is where it’s at. Start here!
2. Rise of the Seer, by Brandon Barr – I bought this book when Brandon was still alive and trying to raise money for his family before his passing. It was a good read and one that I still recommend in honor of his legacy.
3. Blood, Flesh, Bone Trilogy, by Juliet Vane – Juliet is a friend of mine and I adored this series! I love anything with ghosts and hauntings and supernatural occurrences. Bonus: if you like music, too, you’ll love this series!
4. The Lux Series, by Jennifer Armentrout – Oh, what to say about this series… It reminds me of Roswell (old TV show) in a way. My BFF turned me on to this series and I have to admit, I really enjoyed the twists and turns! About mid-series it wandered a bit, but it came back around. If you love supernatural beings (or aliens), you’ll enjoy this read.
5. Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – It’s been a while since I read this series, but I loved it! Obviously, it went on to become a movie as well, so I must not have been the only one! HA!
6. House of Night Series, by PC and Kristin Cast – I read this series as it came out years ago and to this day, it still lingers with me. It was post Twilight and probably one of the first true “academy” books outside of Hogwarts.
7. The Witch, by Christopher Pike – This one is a super throw-back to my childhood. I read this book when I was a kid and fell in love with all things witchy because of it. It doesn’t look like they have it in digital format, but the paperback is still out there!
8. The Relic, by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child – Oh to read the supernatural twisty turny books by Preston and Child. I love this duo and if you only watched the really craptastic movie of this book, you are sorely missing out. It was SO well written and intriguing. If you haven’t yet read the Pendercast books, get started with this one. Super good!
9. The Sookie Stackhouse Series, by Charlaine Harris – I read the Sookie Stackhouse books well before TrueBlood was a thing. I loved Sookie and her quirky town and all the crazy things that went on there. I haven’t yet had the chance to read her Midnight Texas books, but I can tell you, the show had me until mid-season and I binned it after the vampires got insanely action porny. (I am a plot driven girl and if you throw in weird action sequences for the sake of it, I bounce.) LOL!
10. Twilight Saga, by Stephenie Meyer – When I was pregnant with my daughter, and just before I started writing Pendomus, I watched an episode of Ellen where Stephenie Meyer was talking about New Moon coming out and the impending movies. I hadn’t yet heard of the books and instantly thought I needed to read them. (I was, after all, about to be housebound by a new baby.) Once I started reading them, they took off with my imagination and it was a wild ride until the end. Looking back, every author has to start somewhere, and while many critics give Stephenie a lot of slack over this series, I think for a first-time author, she did incredibly well. No, she nailed it, in fact. Her job as an author is to spellbind her readers – and she did that with flying colors.
There you have it, my friends! My absolute supernatural favs.
Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, award-winning graphic designer, indie author coach, and internationally bestselling author from Crosslake Minnesota. She is the President of the Lakes Area Writers Alliance, a 501c3 nonprofit for writers in central Minnesota, as well as the owner of Author Revolution, LLC – an organization geared toward helping new authors navigate the waters of indie publishing. For 2020, Carissa has her sights set on becoming a NYT or USA Today Bestselling Author with her upcoming series, The Windhaven Witches. You can learn more about Carissa, her services, and her upcoming novels by visiting her websites: Website 1, Website 2, or Website 3
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Resurrection Girls Ava Morgyn
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by AW Teen
ISBN: 0807569429 (ISBN13: 9780807569429)
Olivia Foster hasn’t felt alive since her little brother drowned in the backyard pool three years ago. Then Kara Hallas moves in across the street with her mother and grandmother, and Olivia is immediately drawn to these three generations of women. Kara is particularly intoxicating, so much so that Olivia not only comes to accept Kara's morbid habit of writing to men on death row, she helps her do it. They sign their letters as the Resurrection Girls.
But as Kara’s friendship pulls Olivia out of the dark fog she’s been living in, Olivia realizes that a different kind of darkness taints the otherwise lively Hallas women—an impulse that is strange, magical, and possibly deadly.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Olivia and her parents have simply been going through the motions of being alive since the death of the young brother, three years ago. The association they had with friends are, now, non-existent.
The house across the street has been abandoned for years, since the man living there hung himself in the bedroom. Currently, someone is moving into it. Olivia discovers the occupants are three generations of women. The youngest girl, Kara, soon becomes a "force to be reckoned with".
Due to Karen's persistence, Olivia cannot remain a recluse in seclusion. She, also, becomes reunited with her former best friend, who is persuaded to become a part of a dark secret Kara has.
Olivia is shortly confronted with a choice to become a part of the dark secret.
Will she allow herself to be pulled into the darkness, or will she immerse into reality before it is too late?
The characters in this story are intriguing and the morbidity of being stuck in such grief is strongly felt by the reader. This message depicts the severity one might face if he/she doesn't take necessary steps to get through the grieving process in a healthy way.
This tale will certainly keep the reader "on the edge of his/her seat" !
I love the uniqueness and message of the story, but it did slightly get repetitious in a few places. I would not want my Young Adult reading this, even though this type of language and topics are prevalent in society.
^^ READER BEWARE: Although this is written as a Young Adult book, there is a lot of profanity, plus, a couple of sexual situations, although not explicit.
For this unique and well-written novel, I offer a Four Stars rating.
This was gifted me with no suggestion of a positive review. This is my honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ava Morgyn is a long-time avid reader and writer of young adult fiction. She studied English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, and now lives in Houston—city with the most rain, best food, and worst traffic—with her family. When she isn’t at her laptop spinning darkly hypnotic tales, she can be found making fairy houses, talking to her crystals and plants, hunting for delicious new vegan recipes, or bothering her dog. She also blogs regularly about the devastating journey of child loss at ForLoveofEvelyn.com.
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Pax Novis by Erica Cameron
Publication Date: November 4, 2019 | Publisher: Entangled Teen
Cira Antares is deeply loyal to two things: Pax Novis—the cargo ship captained by her mother that transports supplies
across war-torn star systems—and her personal mission to save war orphans. But hiding them as stowaways on the ship
is illegal, and if any of them were found, not even her mother could protect Cira from the consequences.
She has successfully kept her secret…until supplies start to go missing. Food. Clothing. Tools. All signs point to her
stowaways, but they wouldn’t do anything to risk exposing themselves—or her. Especially not Riston, the oldest of the
group and someone Cira has grown close to. Someone she might even be falling in love with...
And petty thefts are only the beginning—whole ships are disappearing now.
Not caught in a firefight. Not destroyed by another planet. Vanishing. Without a trace.
And Pax Novis is next.
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Pax Novis Excerpt #4
“Aye, aye, Captain.” Relieved, Cira left before Erryla thought of some other assignment to give her and headed straight for the medical bay.
It was a short walk; the team that designed the PCCSs must have thought the bridge crews would sustain an inordinate number of life-threatening injuries, because the med bay was only a corridor away. As much as Cira appreciated not having to go far to reach Adrienn’s office, it didn’t make sense to have medical a whole deck away from engineering, the second-most accident-prone area on the ship. The arrangement did, however, make Cira’s stowaway conspiracy a whole lot easier to manage.
The on-duty nurse looked up as Cira walked into the over-bright, too-white room, but only said, “Ze’s in zir office,” before immediately returning her attention to her patient.
Nodding thanks the nurse couldn’t see, Cira strode toward the first door on the far wall and waved the ID chip in her flesh-and-blood wrist in front of the door’s sensor. A second later, the door split and slid open with a familiar shhhush.
“Have you seen your mother since breakfast?” Adrienn asked before she could speak.
“Only one of them. Which one are you looking for?”
“Meida, not the captain.”
“Then I can’t help you. Cap’s the only one I’ve seen.” Cira sat in the worn chair in front of Adrienn’s desk. “Something wrong?”
“No, just a small glitch in the power running to a modpod of med supplies I’ve been tasked to keep an eye on.” Adrienn shrugged and ran zir hand through zir brown hair. Ze’d recently started cutting it almost to the skin on either side of zir head, letting the middle section grow a few inches. It had taken Cira weeks to get used to the switch from zir shoulder-length locks, the last in a series of physical changes as Adrienn had slowly transitioned, but now it was hard to imagine zem with any other style. “Just wanted her to look at it before we left port in case we needed to grab a part before we cleared Mitu.”
“Speaking of clearing Mitu…” Cira cocked her head and waited.
Ze shook zir head, no words needed. There weren’t any new passengers for Cira and Adrienn to worry about. But Adrienn was still tapping at the arm of zir chair and avoiding her eyes. It was another few seconds before ze asked, “Do you ever wonder if it’s worth it?”
“No. It’s worth it.” They’d given five orphans her age or younger a place to call home. Twelve others had been given a ride, a new name, and a chance at a real life. Maybe it wasn’t much on a galactic scale, but it was something good for Cira to hold on to. There were days she desperately needed to feel like she was doing something to help others survive that chaos, when it got too hard to handle her guilt over having something as rare as safety and her anger at how little the quadrant was doing to help the children who hadn’t asked to be born into this mess.
In some moments, she felt simultaneously crushed by privilege and strangled by the restrictions of her position. She’d been born into safety while the rest of the quadrant was consumed by chaos. It wasn’t fair, and yet she could do so little about it. One day she wanted to go further, to push for institutional changes that would allow everyone in the PSSC the freedom
to help when aid, succor, or even just a free ride could be offered. She knew, though, that she couldn’t do any of this alone.
“You don’t think so?” she asked, a little hesitant to hear the answer.
“It’s—” Ze exhaled sharply, biting at the ring pierced through zir lip. “I’m a doctor. I love being able to help people, and I swore an oath that I would always do what I could, but the longer this goes on, the greater the probability becomes that someone will catch on or something will go wrong. The two of us are risking everyone on this ship—almost two hundred people. At what point does it stop being worth so many lives to help one more?”
Cira looked down at her hands, watching her mechanical fingers intertwining with her flesh ones. Jaelena had started this whole enterprise. Four cycles ago, Cira was a brand-new ensign and Adrienn a restless junior doctor. They’d intervened when a drunkard had been abusing a little girl, saving seven-year-old Jaelena. Adrienn and Cira had tried to get station security involved at first, but it had quickly become clear that leaving Jaelena there would mean more of the same for the underfed, badly bruised child, and that had been more than Cira could take. She had watched so many refugees—many of them children—disappear from stations where they had previously been fixtures, and she knew few of them had “moved on to a different home” like her mothers had tried to insist. Cira didn’t know all the atrocities of the war, but she wasn’t naive enough to believe that. Although she accepted that there were certain realities she couldn’t change, Cira hadn’t been able to look into Jaelena’s gray eyes and refuse to help. Neither had Adrienn.
With a lot of subterfuge and more credits than Cira wanted to think about, they’d come up with a plan. It almost hadn’t worked. Only Adrienn’s quick thinking had kept the dockmaster from checking their last-minute addition to the cargo manifest. Ze’d been committed to this endeavor from the beginning and in it to the end.
“What happened?” Cira met and held zir hazel eyes. “Something must have happened. You wouldn’t just change your mind and start questioning everything. Not after all this time.”
“Jaelena died.” Ze swiped up on zir screen and the text flashed to the wall display.
“No, she— What?” Cira stared, trying to make sense of it. Adrienn had highlighted Jaelena’s name in bright yellow, but ze hadn’t needed to. Her name was one of the first. Jaelena Aarin. Heart stuttering, Cira started reading the report, quickly skimming it for details.
Investigations are ongoing, but leaked video feeds from security stations and planetary defense networks have confirmed the truth. In apparent violation of the terms of warfare established in the peace summit of 3785, Pavonis S-class warships have destroyed most of the capital city on Oweba, the fourth planet in the Arae System. Hundreds died in the initial attack, and thousands have died since as medical personnel are limited and most of their supplies have been destroyed. From the timing of this attack, it can be hypothesized that the Pavonis Coalition ordered this as retaliation for the destruction of their research facility on Surka, a moon on the outer edges of their home system.
Names of those confirmed deceased have been listed below.
It sounds like Ladadhi. She shouldn’t have looked up those vids after meeting Riston three cycles ago, but curiosity had eaten at her. There had only been around six weeks between learning about Riston’s home city and Cira looking it up. Once she started digging for details, she hadn’t stopped. She hated to think of herself as an expert on the incident, but she practically was. So much about the description of what happened on Oweba sounded like the reports immediately following the attack on Ladadhi, the attack that had left Riston an orphan. Now, another attack, too much the same, had killed Jaelena
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Erica Cameron is the author of books for young adults including the Ryogan Chronicles, the Assassins duology, and The Dream War Saga. She also co-authored the Laguna Tides novels with Lani Woodland. An advocate for asexuality and emotional abuse awareness, Erica has also worked with teens at a residential rehabilitation facility in her hometown of Fort Lauderdale.
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In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety (The Cecily Taylor Series, #2) by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Publication date: September 3rd 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Cecily feels like she has it all: great best friends, the beginnings of a career as a model/actress, and she’s dating her favorite singer, Andrew Holiday. Then Cecily’s best friend Lila begins to ditch her every time Lila’s boyfriend calls. Cecily feels lost, but she and Andrew begin connecting more and she’s never been in a relationship where she felt so understood. Andrew even begins to confide in her about his anxiety. Soon Cecily experiences her own anxiety on a magazine photo shoot, but she manages to impress the magazine staff. Just when it seems like all her dreams are coming true, everything comes crashing down when a photo of Andrew with another girl appears online. He swears nothing happened, but Cecily is crushed. She feels like she’s lost two of the people closest to her. Was her perfect relationship real or was she in over her head?Goodreads | ~ Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | IndieBound |
Who knew all those embarrassing, cringe-y moments in middle school and high school could turn into a career? And who would have thought that daydreaming in math class would pay off down the road?
Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values.
She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, Competing with the Star, Dating the It Guy, and Can Dreams Come True. True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for children/teens. Competing with the Star is a Readers' Favorite Book Award Finalist. Landry in Like is a Literary Classics Gold Medal recipient. Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on Living Dayton.
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Find Me Their Bones (Bring Me Their Hearts 2) by Sara Wolf
Publication Date: November 4, 2019 | Publisher: Entangled Teen
No one can save her.
In order to protect Prince Lucien d’Malvane’s heart, Zera had to betray him. Now, he hates the sight of her. Trapped in
Cavanos as a prisoner of the king, she awaits the inevitable moment her witch severs their magical connection and
finally ends her life.
But fate isn't ready to give her up just yet.
With freedom coming from the most unlikely of sources, Zera is given a second chance at life as a Heartless. But it comes
with a terrible price. As the king mobilizes his army to march against the witches, Zera must tame an elusive and deadly
valkerax trapped in the tunnels underneath the city if she wants to regain her humanity.
Winning over a bloodthirsty valkerax? Hard. Winning back her friends before war breaks out? A little harder.
But a Heartless winning back Prince Lucien’s heart?
The hardest thing she’s ever done.
The Bring Me Their Hearts series is best enjoyed in order.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sara Wolf lives in Portland, Oregon, where the sun can’t get her anymore. When she isn’t pouring her allotted
life force into writing, she’s reading, accidentally burning houses down whilst baking, or making faces at her
highly appreciative cat. She is also the author of the NYT bestselling Lovely Vicious series.
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Winner of the 2019 Independent Press Award!
#1 Bestseller in "Coming-Of-Age" Fiction
#1 Bestseller in "Asian-American" Literature
The Heart of Aleppo: A Story of the Syrian Civil War by Ammar Habib
Published July 26th 2018 | 252 pages
From the ashes of the Syrian Civil War comes this story of hope, love, and courage...
After standing for over 7,000 years, Aleppo's ruin came overnight. Separated from his family during the night the rebels attacked the city, thirteen-year-old Zaid Kadir is lost in the middle of a war zone. Alongside his friends, he is forced to survive the dangers of a civil war he does not even fully understand. Zaid witnesses the destruction of the brutal Syrian Civil War as it grows more deadly by the day and rips his city apart. However, as he braves this destruction, as he desperately tries to survive this catastrophe, he discovers something. Zaid realizes that it is in the darkest hours when humanity's spirit of hope burns brightest.
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
This "stand alone" novel is a bittersweet tale of family, friendship, war, and sacrifices. It is a highly recommended reading material for Young Adults and Adults alike. It raises several good discussion points. It is ideal reading for Book Clubs.
Zaid's life wasn't ideal, but he did enjoy a close relationship with his family and had some very close friends. He was teased a lot, and was always the last chosen on a team, but he had great family support. Zaid's closest friends were Fatima and her slightly older bother Salman. They had grown up together.
While Zaid's dreams were "shot down" by his teacher and others, he was encouraged all would work out until that dreadful day when suddenly he began living a nightmare! Would any of their dreams still happen?
Author Ammar Habib has effectively aided the reader to experience, in a small degree, the horrors of war many have to frequently experience in their own country, in their own neighborhoods. War caused by greed and inhumanity of some.
The author has created very real characters and very realistic scenes, easily visualized.
The Book Cover and Title depict the story contents well.
This is very touching and action -packed.
It has a strong message of valiance, integrity, and ethics. These are values greatly lacking in today's world.
Although the message was powerful, there was too much consistent, repetitious detail which cause me to lose interest in the last parts of the story, wanting to just get to the end. The ending was very powerful!
For the above reason, I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS: ~ "Spoiler"~
It is inspiring that there are people in the world who write of and value integrity, humility, concern for others, honor, spirituality, and commitment. It is sad there are others who view humility, integrity and honor as weaknesses and of little importance. Who are also, greedy for power and wealth, regardless how they have to obtain it. It is so sad, so many individuals see violence as appealing and as strength when it is just the opposite.
As a society, we are caught up in being judmental and "stomping down" anyone who may seam a threat to what we want. Although the characters in the book appear to me Muslim, they look to their God for all humanity, not just for them. They also see the wrong in the corruption of others who claim to be Muslim, and how they abuse the teachings of the Qu'oran. They also give credance to those not of their faith, who are good people. This is the religious tolerance we need to all feel.
If everyone would "look past" his/her prejudices, each would discover there are more each of us agree on than disagree. WE would better value each other as human beings.
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Ammar is an award winning & bestselling author originally from Lake Jackson, Texas. Writing has always been a passion of Ammar’s since he was in elementary school. Ammar enjoys crafting stories that are not only entertaining, but also have something useful to say to the reader. He is also the founder/editor-in-chief of Thriller Magazine. Ammar presently resides in his hometown. He lives with his family, all of whom are his biggest fans.
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The Brutal Time (Angelbound Origins #6)
by Christina Bauer
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: October 29th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
As the Great Scala, Myla Lewis is the only being who can move Purgatory’s souls to Heaven or Hell. It’s a big job. Too bad Myla goes through assistants faster than a hot knife through brownies. Not that it bothers her much; Myla’s always been a solo fighter.
Then comes the problem of the fading angels. Millions of Heavenly residents are dying. According to a prophecy, the only way Myla can save them is by traveling back in time, meeting King Arthur, and creating her own knights of the round table. The catch? Doing so might end the after-realms in a bloody demonpocalypse…. Yipes.
Myla and her main squeeze, Lincoln, aren’t afraid of taking a few chances (in between kisses). But with so much at risk, the stakes may be too high, even for them. And the biggest challenge of all? Finding those knights.
Because Myla Lewis doesn’t play well with others. At all.
"These books don't just capture your attention, they straight up demand it. Christina Bauer has created a fascinating and unique world that you do not want to miss out on." - Bookhalolic Brittany
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“I love the Angelbound Origins world and just can’t seem to get enough of it!” – The Avid Reader
"These books don't just capture your attention, they straight up demand it. Christina Bauer has created a fascinating and unique world that you do not want to miss out on." - Bookhalolic Brittany
Angelbound THE BRUTAL TIME Book launch - Series Discount
The first five Angelbound Origins books have been boxed up and discounted to celebrate the launch of book six, THE BRUTAL TIME! The collection includes Angelbound, Scala, Acca, Thrax, and The Dark Lands … all at one value price!
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Story Ideas In My Near Future - By Christina Bauer, Author
As part of launching my new book, BRUTAL TIME, the lovely folks at Rockin’ Book Reviews asked me to discuss my latest story ideas. Happy to share!
To begin with, I develop stories using boards on my Pinterest page. These days, I’m up to hundreds of boards and thousands of pins. So there’s that. Now for what’s actively in development:
More Myla-Lincoln Stuff
Angelbound Origins was my first book release and the new instalments are usually my biggest launch of the year. BRUTAL TIME marks my 2019 release in this series, while the 2020 title is called QUASI REDUX. In BRUTAL TIME, I’m exploring hidden parts of my main character, Myla, and her personality. It goes places you may not expect!!! In QUASI REDUX, I’ll ask questions about the core nature of Myla’s relationship with her main squeeze, Lincoln. In REDUX, Myla asks that she no longer have supernatural powers … and she gets her wish. But in the process, time gets rewritten so she and Lincoln never met. It will be It’s a Wonderful Life meets Lord of the Rings. Essentially, it asks what would have happened if Myla and Lincoln had met a different way.
New Pixieland Diaries Series
Outside of Angelbound, I work a bunch of different worlds. Right now that includes Dimension Drift (dystopian) and Fairy Tales of the Magicorum (urban fantasy). In spring 2020, I’m launching a new series that’s more fantasy-heavy called the Pixieland Diaries. The main character is a pixie named Calla who loves to play pranks and has a crush on her best friend, an ice elf named Darius. Why Pixieland? I wanted to do a series that was light-hearted and fun … Calla is just a blast to write in terms of her sassy voice … and there aren’t enough books about pixies and elves, in my humble opinion.
All in all, everything I write is focused on the kind of thing I want to read: kick-ass fantasy chicks doing awesome stuff with hot guys in cool settings. I’ve been fortunate so far that some folks like to read it. Thanks for being one of them!
Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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Panic (Mass Hysteria #1) by Dawn Brazil
Publication date: October 29th 2019
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Mass Hysteria is a trilogy of young adult romantic/science-fiction serial novels that tell a continuous story. The books must be read in order, to fully understand the unfolding story.
High school can be hard, especially when your favorite horror movie becomes your reality…
High-School senior, Elizabeth calculates the likelihood of finding love to the probability of starring in a slasher film with her best friend, until she meets Brian Thompson. Love isn’t the only thing that eludes Elizabeth, however. Several threatening notes that promise her demise make a long life also questionable.
When Elizabeth’s best friend shares an article about the death of a girl in Italy, she dismisses it. As more girls are murdered, and cryptic messages are tucked in her locker, she realizes something sinister might be at play. Why? Each of the slain girls look like her.
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"I’m a fighter. I should be able to master the social landscape of female teenagerdom, but seems I can’t. I flounder, a lot…Today, that changes". #MassHysteria #YoungAdult
"I’m painfully aware something is off with me. On a scale of weirdness, I’m not Pinhead. I’m more Carrie, without the powers". #Mass Hysteria #YoungAdult
"I’ve watched people for years and though I can’t always replicate the emotion, I can tell, most of the time, when people are being fake. I can’t with him." #MassHysteria #YoungAdult
Dawn wants to live in a world fully inhabited by fictional characters. She thinks fictional characters are cooler than real people. Except herself, of course. But since the world is not comprised of dreamy book boyfriends, she creates them for everyone to fawn over. Her debut novel, Finding Me, book 1 in the Finding Me series, released on March 3rd 2016.
When she is not writing, she can be found with her nose in a book - swooning over another book boyfriend, drying up tears from a recent heartbreak, or shouldering a wound she received in battle. She also loves to create magic in the kitchen with an array of inspiring dishes she pulls from Pinterest. Dawn lives in South Texas with her sports obsessed husband, three technology infatuated teenagers, and her great, big, colossal imagination.
She is a master juggler and is working on two other Young Adult standalone novels - a high fantasy tearjerker and a science fiction story with a romance that will make your heart ache.
And she is passionate about superheroes - especially Wonder Woman!
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Dorothy In the Land of Monsters (Oz ReVamped, #1)
by Garten Gevedon
Publication date: October 11th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Shifters, Zombies, and Vampires? Oh my!
My name is Dorothy Gale, and I think I might be dead.
When my dog Toto and I got swept up in a twister, we landed in hell. A very colorful hell. Like a rainbow dripping in blood. Now it looks as though this dreadful underworld plagued with vampires, zombies, and shifters will be the site of my eternal damnation.
They say this terrifying land called Oz isn’t hell or purgatory and escape is possible, but first I must survive the journey down the blood-soaked yellow brick road to the only place in Oz where vampires dare not tread—The City of Emeralds.
With enchanted footwear and the help of my three new friends—a friendly zombie, a massive shifter lion, and a heartless axe murderer of evil night creatures (who also happens to be the hottest guy I’ve ever seen)—Toto and I have a chance to make it to the Vampire Free Zone. When we get there, I must convince the most powerful wizard in this magical land of monsters to send us out of this radiant nightmare and back to the world of the living. They say he’s just as frightening as this monstrous land, that he detests visitors, and even the most horrifying creatures cower in his presence. But I must seek him out. And when I find him, I’ll do whatever it takes to make him send me home.
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The thick wall that surrounds the city looks like a fortress from the outside, but from the inside it is a beautiful creation of intricate design. If what the Guardian said is true, it was magic that carved the homes from the gargantuan stone. Like the rest of Emerald with its grand estates of lush farms and emerald mansions, the homes inside the wall are elegant with a magical touch. Crystal walls with doors that open and close like a camera shutter divide large rooms. Each home has wide open spaces with elegant décor and its own aesthetic unique to its residents and their species.
With my emerald goggles on, I can see the magic that lights the room I pass. Inside, a busy shifter rabbit cooks dinner over an emerald stove run on magic in a kitchen that opens into a very large family room. While her children hop around and play, three of them argue over a toy. The shifter rabbit yells at her fighting kids to quiet and turns away from the pan to resolve their tiff. As she separates her little ones, a magic hand made of green glittering mist emerges from the kitchen wall, lifts her spoon, and stirs the vegetables she is sautéing. My mind is blown. That’s maybe the most convenient appliance ever. Talk about a smart home. I bet Alexa has that ability someday.
The bubbles drift lower, Werelion already about fifty feet below me, and I pass more apartments, most with curtains drawn but some have zombies or shifters puttering about their homes. I float past a balcony where a man stands drinking out of an emerald bottle. Shirtless, only wearing loose pants that hang from his hips, his warm, dark skin sports an elaborate tattoo of a snake that circles around from his low waistband to his torso, covering his chest and back, with its head curling around his neck. He leans on the balustrade looking out at the city. Silky brown hair falls in waves just above the head of the snake at his chiseled jawline. When our eyes meet, he smiles at me and winks, oozing promises of debauchery. Why are all the attractive guys in this realm playboy types with such cheesy game? If that’s what works for the men around here, what is wrong with the women of Oz? Or it could be they hate it as much as we do in the civilized realm. I don’t know of a single woman who wants that kind of approach.
“Human, zombie, or shifter?” he asks as I float by.
“Human,” I say, and he smiles a lazy half-grin, his smoldering eyes roaming over my body. A shudder creeps down my spine.
“Meet me at the Copper Jewel tonight,” he calls as I float away relieved to be leaving his presence.
The bubble picks up speed and whisks us through the bustling streets above the heads of pedestrians. None of them act like it’s strange how close we are, as if flying low in a bubble over the streets of the city is commonplace. Although I suppose it would be in a city like this—a city made of emeralds, run on magic, and grown from the ground by a wizard.
Even Toto’s eyes are wide as we zoom through the spectacular city in a bubble. Restaurants and taverns advertise ‘Fresh Brains!’ and ‘Fresh Kills!’ Shops and markets with cheerful signs and displays advertise products like ‘Zombie Cream — Now with Methanol!’ and ‘Artisanal Brain Bars — Jam-Packed with Happy Thoughts. Now in Munchkin Flavor!’
We weave in and out of buildings, floating around corners, and flying down street after street until we reach the main road that gleams with vivid green magic. On one side of the street, boutiques and cafés bookend zombie spas and shifter groomers.
On the other side stands a large skyscraper with high-ceiling apartments. As our bubbles circle the building, spiraling up toward the top, I see entire floors are rainforest, or desert, ice and snow, beaches—it boggles my mind how even with magic, a beach and ocean could appear on the thirtieth floor. The bubble brings me all the way to the pinnacle of this unique shifter building, the entire top of which is a resplendent aviary brimming with shifter birds. Daedal carvings in the crystal catch the light of the sun and reflect in iridescent clouds that drift off the top of what is the tallest building in the city by far before it disperses over the land. This is the beacon of light that led us here.
As we descend, I realize I’m being given a tour. It brings a smile to my face and gives me hope. If the wizard’s magic is controlling this bubble as the Guardian implied, I’d take it as a good sign we’ve proven ourselves enough to at least get a decent welcome.
From the top of the tallest tower, we glide toward the city’s center, and halfway there I spot it—right in the middle of the bejeweled metropolis stands an emerald palace grander than the grandest palace ever built in the civilized realm. The Palace of Versailles has nothing on this place. The Taj Mahal doesn’t even compare. It’s enormous. If this city is about the size of the island of Manhattan, this palace is all of Central Park.
—“Dorothy in the Land of Monsters” Oz ReVamped #1 | Chapter 15 - The City of Emeralds, pgs. 177-180
Garten Gevedon lives in New York City with her family. She's a sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal author who loves taking fairy tales and turning them inside out. You can visit her online at www.gartengevedon.com.
Not Guilty by C. Lee McKenzie
Publication Date: October 25, 2019 | Genre: Young Adult
A blood-smeared knife. One young man’s word against another. A lifetime dream crushed.
The evidence points to Devon Carlyle. He was there when it happened. Everyone knows he had it in for Renzo Costa. And Costa says Devon was the one. In the judge’s rap of a gavel, Devon’s found guilty of assault. The star of the Oceanside High’s basketball team loses his shot at the one thing he’s worked so hard for—the championship game where college scouts could see how good he is.
Now he makes his great shots in Juvenile Hall with kids far different from those that have always been in his life.
Angry? Hell, yes.
He’s bent on finding who did the crime. He’s bent on making them pay because he’s Not Guilty.
But can he prove it?
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Other young adult books: Sliding on the Edge, Princess of Las Pulgas, Double Negative, Sudden Secrets
….It has been my pleasure, C. Lee!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
C. Lee McKenzie has a background in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication, but these days her greatest passion is writing for young readers. She has published five young adult novels: Sliding on the Edge, The Princess of Las Pulgas, Double Negative, and Sudden Secrets. Not Guilty is her most recent one.
Sometimes she likes to jump into the world of the fantastic and when she does, she writes for the middle-grade reader. Some Very Messy Medieval Magick is the third book in the time-travel adventures of Pete and Weasel, with Alligators Overhead and The Great Time Lock Disaster being the first two. Sign of the Green Dragon, a stand-alone, takes the reader into ancient Chinese dragon myths and a quest for treasure.
When she’s not writing she’s hiking or traveling or practicing yoga or asking a lot of questions about things she still doesn’t understand. You can connect her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at her Website.
Between Wild and Ruin by Jennifer G. Edelson
Publication date: September 28th 2019
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis: Truth, like love, isn’t always obvious.
eventeen-year-old Ruby Brooks has never had a boyfriend. After moving to small-town La Luna, New Mexico following her mother’s untimely death, boys aren’t even on her radar. Ruby just wants to forget the last horrible year and blend in. But when she discovers an ancient pueblo ruin hidden in the forest behind her house, and meets Ezra, a bitter recluse whose once-perfect face was destroyed in an accident he won’t talk about; Angel, the town’s handsome sheriff’s deputy, and Leo, a stranger who only appears in the forest, Ruby finds herself caught between love, mystery, and other worlds. What happened to Ezra’s face? And why is she so attracted to the one boy in town everyone despises? As Ruby unravels her own powerful connections to both Ezra and the pueblo ruin, she’ll learn surfaces are deceiving. Especially in the heart of New Mexico, where ghosts and legends aren’t always just campfire stories.
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My head hums as I stand up, brushing pine needles and dirt from my jeans. Scratching at my ears, I toss my stumpy charcoals into my backpack, wishing Mother Nature had it in her to grant me just one more hour to sketch the ruin. Pre-twilight transforms the plateau into a fairyland. I want to draw the ruin in shadows, but I’m afraid of looking more like mountain lion meat than Ruby Brooks once twilight sets in.
Sunset turns the mountainside golden, igniting the dried flora covering the forest floor. As I lean over to collect an escapee drawing, a patch of crimson pine needles catches my attention. The needles spread out in a piecemeal path that leads me toward a maroon mess near the center of the ruin, to the rock Leo claimed was once an altar. Against the drab ground, the patch looks like dried blood. I pick up a pine needle, scratching at it, watching curiously as a crusty substance flakes off its root, like rust crumbling between my fingers.
A faint metallic scent fills the air, popping my imagination into overdrive. Turning in circles on the empty plateau, I suddenly feel exposed, and maybea littl
Jennifer G. Edelson is a writer, trained artist, former attorney, pizza lover, and hard-core Bollywood fan. She has a BFA in Sculpture and a J.D. in law, and has taught both creative writing and legal research and writing at several fine institutions, including the University of Minnesota. Originally a California native, she currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, kids, and dog, Hubble after surviving twenty-plus years in the Minnesota tundra (but still considers Los Angeles, the Twin Cities, and Santa Fe all home). Other than writing, Jennifer loves hiking, traveling, Albert Camus, Dr. Seuss, dark chocolate, drinking copious amounts of coffee, exploring mysterious places, and meeting new people--if you're human (or otherwise), odds are she'll probably love you.
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Fractured Prophecy: Science Fiction Action Adventure by PJ McDermott
Publisher: Patrick McDermott Publishing (July 21, 2019)
Category: Science Fiction, Space opera, Action Adventure
Tour Dates: October-November, 2019
Available in Print and ebook, 282 pages | ISBN: 9780648092162
An alien messiah is missing, presumed dead. Will one woman’s interplanetary search for answers bring resurrection or betrayal?
Auriga, 2183. Empath Hickory Lace is desolated by the fiery death of the alien she once considered the son of God. But a tiny flicker of hope that he could still be alive brings her back to the Corps for a perilous mission behind Bikashi lines to recover the powerful sword of Connat. And although the Teacher’s self-sacrifice burns in her heart, the truth she uncovers on the enemy’s planet ignites a fierce new purpose.
A desperate sprint across an alien landscape unearths two different species kept in slavery by the Bikashi. Hickory decides she must liberate these suffering people and plans a daring rescue. But her assignment demands that she find the high-tech sword before the Bikashi can harness its power to enslave her home world.
Will Hickory use her abilities to save the innocent and thereby allow an alien warlord to conquer Earth, or will she leave the slaves to their fate?
Fractured Prophecy is the fourth book in the engrossing Prosperine YA science fiction series. If you like tenacious heroines and political intrigue with spiritual undertones, then you’ll love PJ McDermott’s epic story.
Follow Hickory in her quest for galactic truth.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Hickory was grieving her recent loss, plus, new discovery, feeling despondent and was unsure of what to believe. She was being called to a new, urgent mission she was being forced into. Her, Jess and Gareth were the only ones who could do it... At the high risk of losing their lives. There was to be a fourth crew member whom Hickory's team felt was incredulous!
After their last mission, Hickory suffered greatly and felt unsure of her telepathic abilities.
The fourth, team member was to be their, much needed, guide. However, Hickory felt he withheld needed information.
Through their difficult journey, the need arose to add, yet, another team member. They were each having to learn to trust "the enemy".
In their, seemingly, doomed adventures, how many would survive? After returning home, what fate would follow?
The characters in this story were very well developed and easily visualized. The scenes were also portrayed well.
This can easily be read as a "stand alone" but would surely have greater impact if the previous books of the series were read.
The Book Cover was colorful, intriguing and very eye-catching for the "browser". The Cover and Title were both "a good fit".
The action and adventures steadily flowed. The only problems I had with this interesting tale, was There were a couple of times the scenes felt abruptly changed in a way that slightly lost momentum. Personally, aside from my rating, I found the strong questioning of a God slightly disturbing. However, I realize this is prevalent in today's society.
*I offer a Four Stars ratting.
** This book was gifted me with no requirement for a positive review. This is my honest review
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“A Great read. Had me at the first chapter. Did not want to stop. Love the plot, the storyline, the action!!”
“Great characters; storyline with action, drama, and fast-paced intrigue; and unique description of an alien planet, society and it’s population. Highly recommended. I would get other books in the series.”
“McDermott creates a very original and hopeful future world similar to the kind of sci fi I grew up loving. His alien characters are delightful and believable. I could not wait to read the second book, Rise of the Erlachi which is even better!”
“This is a full-blown outer space adventure. Well described characters and a story that has a nice flow to it. I read it straight thru cover to cover.”
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Excerpt from Fractured Prophecy, Chapter 7
“It’s time.” The Bikashi shook Hickory’s shoulder. She rolled away, then sprang to her feet. Sikona pointed to the sea which had receded a quarter mile offshore.
“We must follow the tide out.” Hickory nodded then woke Gareth and Jess. They packed their belongings, turned up the collars of their jackets, and ran to join the alien who was striding off into the distance. An icy wind blew at their backs, and their breath froze to their faces. They trudged across the seabed in single file with Sikona in the lead, followed by Hickory, Gareth and Jess bringing up the rear. They hadn’t gone far before Hickory felt a low-level tug on her empathic sense. Although she’d suppressed her higher empathic powers—those related to shared feelings, mind-to-mind communications, and influencing skills—Hickory could still sense if someone was evading the truth and she was still alert to premonitions of imminent danger. She shaded her eyes and gazed into the distance. There was movement, parallel to them but a long way off.
She pointed. “Sikona, can you make that out?”
Sikona squinted. “Something’s there, but it’s too far away for me to see clearly, a herd of ice-grazers, perhaps? They comb the glaciers extracting food particles trapped by the ice.”
Jess reached into her backpack and extracted her spyglass. “It’s a herd of animals, alright.”
“Let me look,” said Hickory. The distant figures became clearer through the glass. “These are bipeds, but not Bikashi.”
She handed the spyglass to Sikona. “Are they the ones you call Lakedwellers?”
Sikona stared through the telescope for a long time. Eventually, he handed it back to Jess. “No. These are the Scarg—mutant beings who evolved after the war, but mutations of what, I know not. In my village, Bikashi parents would frighten their children with tales of their savagery.”
Hickory sensed dissemblance. Sikona knew more than he was telling her. No time to worry about it now. I’ll have to deal with it later.
“They’ve changed direction. They’re coming this way,” said Jess.
“I suggest we don’t wait for them, eh?” said Gareth.
A grunt that passed for laughter came from their guide. “I’m afraid we don’t have a choice. See, they have split into two packs.”
Half of the Scarg number continued to make a beeline for them, while the other half veered off with the clear intention of blocking any retreat.
“We could still make it back before they cut us off from the mainland,” said Gareth, an edge to his voice.
“To what point?” said Sikona. “In the end, we would be pressed against the cliff face, unable to escape."
Hickory’s pulse raced. The main force was clearly visible in her spyglass. She could now see they looked nothing like Bikashi or Lakedwellers as described by Sikona. The Scarg creatures appeared similar in body shape to the great apes of Earth, although these were taller, stood more upright and were covered in short, thick, white body fur. Their chests were broad and muscular, and they ran across the beach on long legs. They were closer now, and Hickory refocused her spyglass on the creatures’ heads, angled forward on long necks. Their faces were round and full, with deep-blue, almond-shaped eyes under bushy brows. One creature pointed at her and screeched at its companions, its thick lips pared back revealing sharp canines. Intelligence plus savagery, she guessed, a dangerous combination.
“Are they Bikashi mutations?” asked Jess, tugging the clothes out of her backpack until she found her revolver.
“Whatever they are, they’re quick and organized, and I wouldn’t put money on them being vegetarian. We might have to swim for it,” said Hickory.
Sikona’s scowl left no doubt what he thought of her suggestion. “We do not want to swim in these waters, Commander Lace. We would never reach the island.”
He was pushing buttons on his data prism, shaking his head. “I do not have specifics, just notes and sketches from ancient seafarers. If we swim, we face death.”
“Then give me a better option.” Hickory felt the onset of panic. She didn’t like the vague threat implied by Sikona, but she didn’t want the Scarg catching up to them either.
About PJ McDermott
Born in Scotland, PJ McDermott moved to Australia 50 years ago, and now lives in the tropics in the North Queensland town of Trinity Beach.
He started writing after he retired from the corporate treadmill and published his first novel in 2015— Small Fish Big Fish, a coming of age thriller set during the sixties. But he has always read and loved adventure and science fiction books. PJ has fond early memories of hiding under the blankets in his bed, torch in hand, reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Gulliver’s Travels.
In his teenage years, like many other kids, he had lots of unanswered questions about God and the purpose of life (is there one?). Even today, similar questions remain unanswered in his mind, providing him with a springboard for his book series, ‘Prosperine’.Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest |
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The Fractured Empire (World Apart #1) by Robin D. Mahle
Publication date: October 19th 2018 | Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Clark and Adelaide think their lives can’t get any worse. Until they meet each other.
Adelaide — heiress to the wealthiest man in the Ceithren Empire — has felt a void since her sister’s death. Just as she’s resigned herself to the empty life her father chose for her, a relic from a world that shouldn’t exist plunges her into chaos.
Clark — son of the greatest terrorist the empire has ever known — is still reeling from his father’s death. Since then, his life has boiled down to two things: his brothers and his next mission. When his mission to bring back a mystical artifact goes awry, he’s forced to choose between getting the job done and saving the life of a spoiled socialite.
But Clark isn’t the only one after the artifact.
He and Adelaide must work together to survive… if only they can manage to avoid killing each other before their enemies have the chance
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The name Robin D. Mahle represents a dynamic husband and wife storytelling team. They've travelled the world for both love and war, and a tale began to form between the two of them that just had to be told. One's love of anime and comics collided with the other's love of fiction novels to produce a story with action, captivating dialogue, and riveting prose.
The female piece to the puzzle that is Robin spends her days as a captioner for the deaf and hard of hearing. She loves to read, write, and loves all things Doctor Who. A Marine Corps veteran, her husband homeschools their offspring, lovingly nicknamed Thing 1 and Thing 2. He loves to write and spend time in his garden.They also have two fur babies: a standard full-sized poodle and a persian cat. Their family lives in Colorado after a lifetime of being way too hot in Texas.
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Magic Harbor (Keeper of the Watch, #2)
by Kristen L. Jackson
Publication date: October 10th 2019 | Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
When Alyx Eris convinced him to become a keeper of the watch, Chase Walker knew he gained the ability to traverse the twelve dimensions.
He knew there were others—the hunters—who would do anything to put an end to the watches’ existence.
He knew his status as a keeper was completely binding until his nineteenth birthday.
Most importantly, he knew he’d be spending the year by Alyx’s side.
What he didn’t know was that in this dimension resides a ruling mage that poses more of a threat than the hunters ever could.
He didn’t know that magic-born hybrid beasts lurk in every corner of the surrounding forests.
And he didn’t know that nothing—and no one—is what it seems in the mystical world of Dimension 8.
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Magic Harbor - Kristen L. Jackson
A super fun fantasy story. The magic is great with lots of unique and interesting mythical characters. I loved all the magical things they are able to do.
The characters are well-developed and their emotions are strong and easy to feel.
The book cover and title are perfect for the story.
The story flows well from chapter to chapter and is easy to follow along.
I highly recommend this boo to others who love fictional fun and fantasy.
I give this story a literary rating of 5/5
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Kristen L. Jackson been a teacher for over twenty years, and lives in Reading, Pennsylvania with her husband, two grown sons, and three large-breed dogs. Books inspire her. From children’s picture books to adult literature in all genres, she has loved reading all her life. Becoming a published author has been her dream come true, and she loves to share her stories with readers of all ages. Sign up on her website to follow her blog to stay up to date on what she’s working on now! Kristen loves writing, reading, and spending time with her family and dogs at their cabin in the Poconos…her favorite place to escape and write!
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A new series from internationally bestselling author S.T. Bende.
Alfheim Academy (Alfheim Academy, #1) by S.T. Bende
Publication date: October 14th 2019 | Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Aura Nilssen has spent most of her sixteen years in hiding. As crown princess of Alfheim, her life depends on avoiding the assassins who killed her parents and want to destroy her realm. When hunters corner Aura on Midgard (Earth), she’s immediately evacuated and enrolled at Alfheim Academy—a training ground where telepathic teenagers, daily combat lessons, and communication from beyond is the norm. She attends classes that enhance her energetic abilities, labs that fine tune her mental acuity, and workouts with a supernaturally good looking—and suspiciously evasive—training partner. But it’s what she learns outside the classroom that proves most difficult: as Queen of Alfheim, Aura’s grandmother played a heartbreaking role in the death of Aura’s parents . . . and her iron fisted monarchy is pushing the realm to the brink of extinction. If Aura doesn’t take her grandmother’s crown, the home she’s only just begun to love may be lost forever.
When an unprecedented attack threatens the very heart of Alfheim, Aura has to decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to protect her new home. Her choice may mean the difference between survival and annihilation—not only for Aura, but for the world she’s always been destined to rule.
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I leaned forward, trying to see who Viggo was talking to, but my balance shifted unexpectedly. As I sidestepped to avoid a fall, a branch cracked loudly beneath my feet. I quickly scooted behind a tree and held very still as Viggo called out in a threatening voice, “Show yourself.”
I could take him if it came to it. I’d pinned him in five out of nine sparring matches that week. Or was it three? I couldn’t remember.
“I know you’re behind that tree.” Leaves crunched as Viggo stormed closer.
I inched around the trunk as my training partner’s footsteps grew louder.
“Last chance,” Viggo growled. He was unnervingly close. My eyes locked in on the thickest part of the tree line, and I rose onto the balls of my feet, preparing for escape.
Before I could make my move, a thick hand whipped around the tree to clutch my neck. Viggo yanked me from my hiding spot, wrenching my body into view. He held his arm perpendicular to his six-plus-foot frame, so I dangled in his grasp. In his other hand, he gripped a thick dagger. Crêpes. My hands flew to Viggo’s wrist and I dug in my fingernails, intending to break his hold before my air supply ran out. But as I clawed against his grip our eyes locked, and Viggo opened his palm. I fell to the ground in a heap, then leapt to my feet, brushing broken branches off my pants as I stood.
“You.” Viggo’s normally charming tone had an edge. “What did you hear?”
“I heard enough.” I widened my stance in case I needed to deliver a roundhouse. Or worse. “You broke into Alfheim? What are you doing here?”
“You don’t know what you heard.” Viggo took a step to his right. I mirrored him.
“Fine.” We continued our dance, two animals squaring off for a fight. “Then why don’t you tell me. Because it sounded an awful lot like you broke into the realm, and you're planning something dangerous.”
"Is that so?" Amusement danced across Viggo’s eyes as anger percolated beneath my skin. I took deep breaths until the emotion stilled.
“What would you call what you’re doing?” I pressed.
Viggo’s features hardened as he took another step. “How was your meeting with the queen? Lots to catch up on, I’m sure.”
My eyes narrowed. “What do you care?”
“I care when someone strips my realm of its freedoms. Not that you’d understand anything about that.”
The anger bubbled again, fiercer. Hotter. “I’ll ask you one more time. What were you doing just now?”
“If I thought you’d understand, I’d tell you.” Viggo’s hand flexed, and his dagger glinted under the filtered light of the forest. My hands balled into fists and I took a step forward. I didn’t have a weapon, but if that jerk thought he could silence me, he had another thing coming.
Viggo stepped into my space, his chest inches from mine. I ignored the piney scent wafting off his training clothes and focused on perfecting my glare.
“Go home, Glitre,” Viggo spoke softly into my ear. “Keep your perfekt little life in order.”
Laughter tickled my throat. “Perfekt. Right.”
Viggo leaned back just enough to meet my eyes. “Someone looked out for you from the minute you were born. From where I’m standing, that’s a pretty good deal.”
“You don’t know the first thing about me.”
Viggo shifted so our foreheads practically touched. Butterf
flies burst into flight in my stomach and at my shoulder blades. What the hell is wrong with me?
“I know you’re the heir to the throne,” he growled. “I know you met with the queen. And I know you haven’t stepped up to challenge her. I can connect the dots as to which side you’re on.”
A low whistle pierced the forest as I sucked air through my teeth. Viggo Sörensson had no freaking clue. “You know I’m going to tell Signy about this.”
Viggo shrugged. “Go ahead. But for the record, I’m warning you to stay out of it. If anything happens, it’s on you.”
“Noted.” I took another breath as Viggo leaned forward again. His shoulder brushed against mine as he walked by, and the nudging at my back became so adamant, I was positive something was about to crawl right out of my skin. But the jabbing ebbed as Viggo marched forward. He didn’t turn around until he reached the thicker tapestry of trees. Even at this distance, I caught the pop of his dimple. “See you around, Glitre.”
Then he turned and disappeared into the forest, leaving me with a litany of questions.
What was Viggo Sorenssön up to?
Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, S.T. Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (where she became overly fond of Peet's Coffee) and Europe... where she became overly fond of McVitie's cookies. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired her YA Norse fantasy series' (Viking Academy, Elsker Saga, Ære Saga, and Night War Saga). And her love of a galaxy far, far away inspired her to write children's books for Star Wars. She hopes her characters make you smile, and she dreams of skiing on Jotunheim and Hoth.
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