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28 09, 2010

Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

By | September 28th, 2010|Categories: Children's Books, For Teens, Gift Ideas, Paranormal, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |9 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

The Sword and Cross boarding school in Savanna, Georgia feels like a prison to Luce. Security cameras monitor the students’ every move, cell phones are forbidden, and all of the students seem like nothing but trouble making misfits. Luce wants to make the best of her situation and forget the incident which landed her at Sword and Cross in the first place. As Luce tries to fit in with the other students and make friends, she is shown nothing but hostility and disdain from handsome, aloof Daniel Gregori. When Luce starts to become romantically entangled with Daniel’s rival Cam, the secrets of Daniel’s past start to reveal themselves. Luce will learn that her past and future are tied to Daniel in more ways than she ever could have imagined.

Fallen, the first in a new young adult

9 09, 2010

Blog Tour: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

By | September 9th, 2010|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |14 Comments

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Please join Karen Marie Moning, author of the MacKayla Lane novels, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

To learn more about Karen Marie Moning and her books, please visit her website!

Review of Darkfever – Book One – by Jennifer J.

If only MacKayla Lane had not dropped her cell phone into her swimming pool, she might have some clues as to who murdered her beloved older sister, Alina. Left to ponder Alina’s very last words to her left in a voicemail, 22-year-old Mac travels across the ocean to Dublin to solve a murder the Dublin police consider hopeless. As she connects with Alina’s friends and college professors, she learns that the life she thought her sister was leading was nothing but a lie. If Mac can find Alina’s hidden diary, she may learn the

24 08, 2010

Review: Siren by Tricia Rayburn

By | August 24th, 2010|Categories: Paranormal, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , |8 Comments

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Reviewed by Cal C.

Siren, Tricia Rayburn’s first novel aimed at Young Adults, falls pretty squarely into a familiar genre for its audience: supernatural romance. Vanessa Sands has always played second fiddle to her gorgeous, fearless, outgoing older sister, Justine, but they were still remarkably close. One night, however, after a fight at home that reveals Justine’s relationship with Caleb Carmichael to her whole family, Justine runs away… and washes up on the beach the next morning, dead, leaving Vanessa and the rest of her family bereft and confused. While Vanessa’s family returns home, she opts instead to return to Winter Harbor for the remainder of the holiday season to try and piece together any explanation she can for why her sister might have killed herself.

The romantic aspect is pleasantly underplayed for the first two-thirds of the

16 08, 2010

Review: Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong

By | August 16th, 2010|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , , , |13 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer J.

In bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series, half witch/sorcerer Savannah Levine finally gets center stage in the 11th book, entitled Waking the Witch. Savannah was first introduced in Stolen, the second book in the series. She has long been a fan favorite, and one of my own favorites in the series because of her sharp tongue, unpredictable actions, and straddling the line between white and black magic. I was absolutely thrilled to see that Ms. Armstrong was finally writing a book entirely from Savannah’s point of view.

With Paige and Lucas away on vacation, the Cortez-Winterbourne Investigations is left entirely in Savannah’s eager hands. Desiring to make her own mark as an investigator, Savannah travels to Columbus (a small rural town in Washington) to solve the murder of young mother Claire Kennedy,

3 08, 2010

Giveaway: Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong

By | August 3rd, 2010|Categories: Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series|Tags: , , , , , , , , |191 Comments

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Win a copy of the brand new Waking the Witch by Kelly Armstrong!

Kelley Armstrong is the author of the New York Times bestselling Otherworld series, the young adult trilogy Darkest Powers, and many other titles. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband and three children.

With her first book, Bitten, Kelley introduced readers to her singular brand of sophisticated, fast-paced storytelling. The Otherworld, a place populated by a wide array of supernaturals with an even wider array of powers, continues to engage and enthrall readers all over the globe after more than a dozen books. Visit Kelly at www.kelleyarmstrong.com!

About Waking the Witch:

Golden girl of the supernatural world, orphaned daughter of a dark witch and a conniving sorcerer, Savannah Levine has nothing to lose and everything to prove on her first

5 07, 2010

“The Fire Lord’s Lover” by Kathryne Kennedy

By | July 5th, 2010|Categories: Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , , , |4 Comments

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Reviewed by Erin N.

During the reign of King George I, seven elves from the world of Elfhame captured and ruled England through the use of peculiar magic and sacred scepters. They carved up the island between them, each dominating a region to use as his or her own domain.

Years of dominance caused the country to be filled with half breed children of various magical abilities and a populous who feared and resented the Elven lords. Out of the ashes of the old regime, a secret rebellion formed; a rebellion that pinned their hope upon a young woman to be sold in marriage to the Elven Fire Lord’s bastard son, Dominic.

Lady Cassandra, of half Elven stock herself, attended the best private boarding schools the region had to offer and was taught the Elven art of death dancing for the

30 06, 2010

Interview (& Giveaway) with Ashlyn Chase

By | June 30th, 2010|Categories: Giveaways, Interviews, Paranormal, Romance|Tags: , , , , , , , , |186 Comments

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Please welcome Ashlyn Chase, author of Strange Neighbors!

A multi-published, award-winning author, Ashlyn Chase specializes in characters who reinvent themselves, having reinvented herself numerous times. Among her many day jobs, she has worked as a psychiatric nurse, run blood drives for the Red Cross, and now uses her degree in behavioral sciences to avoid writing exhaustive character sketches. She lives with her true-life hero husband in beautiful New Hampshire. For more information, please visit http://ashlynchase.com.

Check out our review of Strange Neighbors!

Interview

I noticed you have a degree in behavioral science and worked in the medical field as a psychiatric RN as well as for the American Red Cross. Where did you find the time to write and what inspired you to even try your hand at being an author?
Ashlyn: A true writer

22 06, 2010

“Insatiable” by Meg Cabot

By | June 22nd, 2010|Categories: Paranormal, Romance, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |6 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer J.

Meena Harper is a dialogue writer for the popular daytime soap Insatiable, whose biggest rival soap is Lust. Now that Lust features a dangerously sexy vampire played by Gregory Bane, the producers of Insatiable feel the need to raise their own ratings by also including a vampire in their cast ensemble. Meena is sick of the popularity of vampires in the media, and starts brainstorming ways to write the newest cast member out of the show and earn actress Cheryl Trent the Daytime Emmy she deserves. Mysterious and handsome Lucien Atonescu is just the inspiration she needs for the Romanian vampire slayer she hopes to write into the show. Little does Meena know that Lucien, a modern day prince, is more accurately the Prince of Darkness.

Vampires are running rampant in New York, victimizing attractive women and leaving

17 06, 2010

“Shiver” by Maggie Stiefvater

By | June 17th, 2010|Categories: For Teens, Gift Ideas, Paranormal, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , , , |8 Comments

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Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

Attacked by wolves and dragged from her swing into the woods, young Grace is rescued by a mysterious wolf with penetrating yellow eyes. Years later, Grace remains devoted to this wolf who watches her from the edge of the woods that lines her parents’ property. While her parents are absorbed in their own lives and largely absent from hers, the wolf is a strange source of comfort that Grace relies on. She dreads his disappearance during the warm months, and knows that he’ll always be there at Christmas time.

When Grace’s classmate Jack is attacked by the local wolves, the community fears for their safety and forms a hunting party to drive the animals out. Arriving home after an aborted attempt at saving the wolves, Grace is shocked to find a boy on her deck – naked

31 05, 2010

“Strange Neighbors” by Ashlyn Chase

By | May 31st, 2010|Categories: Fantasy, Ghosts, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , , , , |6 Comments

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Reviewed by Jessa L.

Merry MacKenzie is a 25-year-old nurse who has just moved out of her family home in Rhode Island to live the single life in the big city of Boston. She finds what seems to be the picture perfect apartment and things only appear sweeter when she meets the hunky landlord, Jason Falco. The scene immediately gets more complicated when she trades in her carefree single lifestyle to start dating said gorgeous landlord who also happens to be a star baseball player.

Merry’s new life gets even more interesting when she runs into the rest of the tenants. There’s Jason’s nosy aunt, his laidback uncle who does maintenance, the broody mortician, a mysterious Nordic looking man, two sexy ladies who seem to have a very enthusiastic relationship with each other, and the strange man who doesn’t seem to live