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19 05, 2015

Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartmann

By | May 19th, 2015|Categories: Adventures & Thrillers, Children's Books, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

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seraphina book coverReviewed by Rachel Mann

As soon as I saw that Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman, was YA fiction about dragons, I thought I’d enjoy it, but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. Seraphina is awesome—it’s engaging, well plotted, and a delightful read.

The book’s heroine Seraphina, a musician, lives in Goredd, a country inhabited by both people and dragons. The dragons, which hang out in human form and are known as saarantrai, or saars, have their own country and government, and they coexist with humans thanks to a treaty. (Goredd is also home to other non-humans, quigutls, which have some dragon-like characteristics.) Each saar always has his or her real dragon form lurking beneath the surface; changing back and forth is limited by bureaucracy but is always a possibility.

While the saars look human, they are identifiable as

8 04, 2015

Review: Save Me by Jenny Elliott

By | April 8th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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save me book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

Save Me by Jenny Elliott had a promising premise–it’s set in a small coastal town in Oregon, it has whales, witchcraft, demonic possession, angels, and romance. What could go wrong you ask? Well, everything is a little cliché, the romance is too insta-love for my taste and the story is way too neatly wrapped up in the end.

Save Me is a story about Cara, an eighteen year old senior in high school who meets David, an older guy, over summer break. They hit it off but once school starts they are unable to continue their relationship due to him being a student teacher. She feels she is old enough to make adult choices although her mother disagrees. The story focuses a lot on the couple’s instant love connection. They went out on one date…that’s a pretty fast love connection!

The story

10 03, 2015

Review: When by Victoria Laurie

By | March 10th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Mysteries, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

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when book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Maddie, at first glance, is your typical high school student, albeit a little bit shy. She’s been shunned by everyone else in school for having the ability to see a series of digits on the foreheads of her peers and neighbors. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t see these numbers, but until the unfortunate death of her father, she couldn’t decipher exactly what these numbers meant.

When Maddie loses her father, she and her mother realize that these numbers mark an individual’s death date and, just like birthdays, everyone has one and nobody can do anything to change it. Following this discovery, Maddie’s mother had her set up shop and charge people to have their death date revealed. Unfortunately for some clients, she can’t see the circumstances, only the cold hard truth of numbers.

When Maddie’s latest customer

29 01, 2015

Review: The After House by Michael Phillip Cash

By | January 29th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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the after house book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

The After House by Michael Phillip Cash was a great read for me. It wasn’t too scary and it had a great haunted feel to it. The After House divides its time between the present and the past for a certain spirit named Captain Eli Gaspar. The captain finds himself stuck in this world and he doesn’t know why, so he does what he does best–he runs his ship a.k.a. house (or tries to) and doesn’t interact much with the house tenants unless he has too. Captain Eli finds himself with new tenants, Remy and her daughter, Livie. He is not amused with them and doesn’t like how they have added throw pillows and such to his house. He does what spirits do and haunts them, to no avail; he isn’t what frightens them.

Remy is

19 02, 2013

Review: Entangled by Nikki Jefford

By | February 19th, 2013|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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imagesReviewed by Drennan Spitzer

In Entangled, the first in her Spellbound trilogy, author Nikki Jefford tells the story of teen witch Graylee Perez who, through a resurrection spell gone wrong, is forced to live inside her twin sister’s body. Graylee must manage the normal pressures of high school while attempting to solve the mysteries of her death and her presence in her sister’s, Charlene’s, body. Graylee must also negotiate her feelings for Raj, the teen warlock who loves her and who realizes that she’s inside of Charlene. This paranormal romance is written for older teens and while not terribly well written should appeal to a particular audience.

Often, the paranormal genre becomes a simple vehicle for a love story. And this is the case in Entangled. While certainly a paranormal novel of type that is so currently popular, Entangled is really

16 05, 2012

Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

By | May 16th, 2012|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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Reviewed by Grace Soledad

Anna has been seeing them all her life: colorful outlines reflecting a person’s emotions surrounding their bodies. Nobody knows about her special gift and she doesn’t plan to relinquish that secret anytime soon. Everything changes when she meets Kaidan Rowe.

Kaidan Rowe is the complete opposite of anybody that Anna ever thought that she would be attracted to, but Anna can’t help herself. His alluring nature and dark personality draw her in, but when she turns sixteen, she finds out the real reason behind her attraction, as well as the reasons behind her father’s absence and her special gift.

Demons and angels control the balance of the world. Anna is the daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, splitting her nature and forcing her to choose which side to embrace at any given time. Turning sixteen

8 05, 2012

Review: Until I Die by Amy Plum

By | May 8th, 2012|Categories: Children's Books, Horror, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Die for Me by Amy Plum was easily one of my favorite YA paranormal reads in 2011. It featured a heroine that I related to, a love interest to die for, a foreign setting, and absolutely no vampires or werewolves. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Until I Die, the second book in Plum’s trilogy.

Kate lives in Paris, and she’s in love. But Vincent is not like other males her age. Vincent is immortal, a revenant. He has the ability to age, but only if he can resist the urge to sacrifice his life for that of a human. Because he loves Kate, Vincent has agreed to let his kindred give up their lives instead. By doing so, he will be able to age with Kate, and once her life is over,

22 03, 2012

Review: Slide by Jill Hathaway

By | March 22nd, 2012|Categories: Children's Books, Mysteries, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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Reviewed by Megan Saldecki

Sylvia – Vee – Bell can do something extraordinary, yet she sees it as a curse. She can fall asleep, “slide” into other people and see things through their eyes. This is how she knows that a teacher sneaks drinks, that her sister cheated on a math test, and that Sophie didn’t commit suicide. Sophie was murdered.

Faced with this truth, Vee has to learn how to use her curse and turn it into a gift. She has no one to confide in – she cannot bear to see the same reaction she saw in her father’s eyes when she told him and he didn’t believe her.

Vee has to find a way to make the truth come out and also keep her secret hidden.

Slide sucked me in from the synopsis and kept me interested until the

9 02, 2012

Review: Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer

By | February 9th, 2012|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Translated from its original German, Arcadia Awakens is a modern day Romeo and Juliet tale mixed with Mafia intrigue and just a splash of the paranormal. Rosa Alcantara is the Juliet character in the novel, an American who relocates to the island of Sicily after experiencing heartbreaking personal trauma. She meets Alessandro Carnevare on the plane, son of the head of a rival Mafia family. Though they don’t get along at first, Alessandro and Rose end up falling in love.

As Rosa settles into her new life, she discovers a secret about her family that will greatly affect her own future as well as her budding relationship with Alessandro. While both of their respective families attempt to control them, they must decide whether their love is worth risking their lives–and the future of their families.

There is more to

19 01, 2012

Review: Everneath by Brodi Ashton

By | January 19th, 2012|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , , |5 Comments

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Reviewed by Megan Saldecki

Nikki Beckett mysteriously vanished last spring, leaving her family, her friend Jules, and her boyfriend Jack devastated. She was taken to the Everneath, a place where immortals feed on humans’ emotions to sustain their immortality.

So when Nikki suddenly comes back to her old town, everyone is surprised. She tries to slowly get back into the flow of things, but she harbours a secret that’ll devastate her loved ones even more: she has to go back to the Everneath in six months. And this time forever.

Nikki must find a way to stay above the ground, or lose everyone and everything again…

I found the premise of Everneath by Brodi Ashton extremely interesting, but because of a few problems, I just couldn’t like this book as much as I wanted to.

Nikki was all over the place for me. One minute