• Devil's Playground

    The author immersed me alongside Elizabeth and so I found myself to be an integral part of this well written paranormal story. Full of action, magic and dangers that pull you in and keep you enthralled until the end. Everyone should read this historical fantasy and be prepared for the journey!!
  • The Secret of a Heart Note

    I'm falling in love with Stacy Lee's writing! How come I never heard of this author before? Her writing is lyrical and expressive, describing things in a different, refreshing manner. I like the way her descriptions set off vivid images in my head. Sadly, I can only give a few examples or this review would go on too long:

    "Twilight is my favorite time of day. All shimmery in the ceiling, violet on the carpet. The night bloomers are rolling up their sleeves to do their magic."

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    "I cry out as another wave yanks the board from my one-armed grip. Then the water swells over my head, cutting off sound and holding me in place. I kick my body upward, but the sea squats on me like a twenty-ton giant."

    Ever think of drowning as having the sea squatting on you? Yet, it seems to fit.

    Another thing I love about this book is how scent is like another character here. Mim is an aromateur, and scent permeates almost every thought she has, which is truly great for setting the atmosphere. And very realistic. It really brought her character to life. Since this is all new to me, I had great fun reading about all the different scents and how each emotion smells like to Mim. I don't know if the author invented this or not, but if not, I have to say the book is well researched.

    I also love Mim, who has a strong sense of self and doesn't let the students' reactions to her affect her desire to go to school and experience life as a normal teenager. Without my knowing, she burrowed her way into my heart and I wanted to cry and panic with her when she realized she was losing her nose. (Aromateurs lost their sense of smell when they fall in love.) I thought her ambivalence over her joy at being in love with Court and at losing her nose were very realistic. Though she was barely fifteen, she's very mature for her age, and her thoughts and dialogue reflect that.

    I only have one complaint. Toward the end when Court went to Mim's place with bricks, their interaction left me dissatisfied. I mean, sure, I knew they would end up together, but how the situation went left me hanging. I'm not looking for declarations of love but a confirmation that she felt something for him said to him would've been nice.

    Overall, this is a must read. Immerse yourself in this magical tale. You won't regret it.
  • Magnetic Shift

    This story is about a girl who has a hard life. She has this ability that she has to keep a secret. Because of this, she has a hard time getting close to anyone.

    Lexi Adams is a seventeen year old that has the ability to manipulate metal with her mind. Her powers seem to come from emotions. Lexi has a hard time with her new found powers and believe they are a curse that she inherited from her father. Lexi never knew her real father, and when her mom dies, her stepfather sends her off to work for a NASCAR team. Her stepfather did this because he wanted free advertising for his business on the car that was being driven in the race.

    The driver of the car that Lexi is working on is Colton Tayler, a nineteen year old rookie. Lexi runs into the issue that she is extremely attracted to Colton, so she ends up having a hard time trying to control her powers around him. Then the unthinkable happens, a rival team owner, Carl Stacy, sees Lexi use her ability and he threatens to turn her in.

    I really liked Lexi as the main character. She is brave and she is strong. She fights for her life. She doesn’t give up easily. I really like that. I think it is great to have such a strong female character.

    I feel like Colton and Lexi has a bit of an insta-love. They were extracted to each other like a magnetic pull right away, which made it not feel as real as it could have been. Lexi has the issue of not giving in to her feelings because of her abilities or powers. Colton works hard to try to turn Lexi’s opinion around, convincing her that they can be close.

    Magnetic Shift is a very easy read. I think it is also pretty quick. I didn’t find it slow at all. I just was annoyed by the insta-love. I really liked how Lexi grows as a character. I think that shows a lot about Ms. Briand that she is able to make her character grow with the story. I was extremely impressed with Ms. Briand’s research. She did a great job with researching out the book and the different aspects of NASCAR racing. I just wish the book had more mechanics and NASCAR information and storyline in it. I think this book is a great summer read for anyone that is interested.

REVIEW BY Ashia   

Starry Eyes

by Jenn Bennett
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"Totally in love with this story!"

Starry Eyes is my kind of YA contemporary romance! It's full of romantic and spine-tingling moments, the kind I look for in my romances. Sure, Zorie has to deal with the truth about the past and learn to navigate her relationship with her friends and family, but I love that the author wasn't stingy on giving us romantic scenes that further Zorie and Lennon's relationship. Why do I say this? Of all YA genres, I tend to read contemporary romance more, and I find that authors tend to understate the romance (I don't mean the sex), as though teens couldn't be romantic in their courtship, there weren't many scenes between the main characters or they give more importance to other non-romantic issues such that the book felt a bit unbalanced to me.

But not here! Starry Eyes is all about relationships--Zorie's with her parents, Zorie's with Lennon, and Zorie's with her friends. And a big plus is that there are lots of scenes of Zorie and Lennon, even way before they went on their camping trip.

I also have to commend the author on creating such unforgettable and distinguishable characters. Zorie and Lennon are fully-formed individuals with their own interests, habits and idiosyncrasies. You can believe that they are truly best friends in that they know each other so well--and their transition from best friends to lovers is done well and believably. Lennon really tugs at the heartstrings; he is such a perfect gentleman, and the scene when he revealed the news about his dad was heartbreaking.

Starry Eyes is told from the first person point of view--Zorie's--and the author's voice is interesting and engaging. Maybe it's a plus that I've never been camping (not really an outdoorsy type of person) and I read every word with fascinated interest.

Another plus of this story is the portrayal of the modern family--Lennon has two moms and Zorie's stepmom is Asian, and how despite these differences, it's love that makes people a family, not blood or race or sexual orientation. I love that Zorie has such a great relationship with her stepmom, who's supportive and thinks of Zorie as her own; you don't see that often in books.

Overall, I'm totally in love with this story! Read it, read it, read it! Due to the slight sexual content (not graphic though), maybe this is more suitable for mature teens and beyond.


REVIEW BY Ashia   

A Kiss in the Dark

by Gina Ciocca
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"Enjoyable, feel-good read"

I was fascinated and intrigued by the blurb of the story. Our heroine gets a kiss in the dark--and it was sweet and tender and urgent and desperate--but who is it from? Therein lies the mystery. Is it from Noah Granger, attractive football player, or Joel Hargrove, former crush and all the past history she had with him. Or Ben Collins, former friend on whom her former best friend Meredith Kopola had a thing for?

We spent the entire book untangling the mystery of the past as we vacillate between what's happened in Junior Year (past) and what's happening in Senior Year (present). I really can't say much as I don't want to spoil the story for you, but I have to say that our heroine is so clueless. Well, you tend to be that way when you're hung up on something, and while she may have made some wrong decisions in Junior Year, they were logical and totally in line with her emotional state then.

I have to say I knew who she'd end up with by 40% of the book, but I couldn't have guessed at rest of the mystery. I wish there were more scenes of her and this guy during Senior Year to give credence to their feelings--Hey, a year had passed since then. So many things could've happened. In fact, I wouldn't have objected to more scenes, but at the same time, I thought their last scene together was romantic, especially when you considered all the things he did for her and what he wrote on the back of the picture.

Another thing: I find it a bit weird that other people would know the truth, while Macy, who's at the center of things, would be left in the dark. Perhaps that's the theme of the story, in which case, the title is especially apt, because it's not only the kiss that she received in the dark, but she's in the dark the entire time.

Some issues were also raised and I thought the author handled them well, especially with regard to the different ways people--even those closest to us--would react when faced with such news.

A KISS IN THE DARK is an enjoyable, feel-good read fans of YA contemporary romance would enjoy.


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REVIEW BY Ashia   

More Than We Can Tell

by Brigid Kemmerer
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"Compelling and heartbreaking"

MORE THAN WE CAN TELL is a bit different from its companion book, Letters to the Lost, but the themes the author explores here are every bit as heavy and serious. This is not a light read, and it's every bit as compelling and heartbreaking as the previous book.

Rev Fletcher has a tragic past, and I read about the things done to him in horror. I don't doubt that such things do happen, and it's heartbreaking, especially when it happens to kids who are vulnerable and innocent. You can understand his scars and the fears that still haunt him, how they drive his actions. But I'm glad he has such supportive and understanding adoptive parents, and they're the reasons he turned out to be a decent young man.

Emma Blue is one of the reasons I was attracted to his story. She's a gamer and developer of this RPG game. I love geeks and gaming and I couldn't resist. The author also took this opportunity to highlight the challenges facing women in this male-dominated industry (computers and tech and gaming). While I appreciate Emma's independence, I grew frustrated with her when she wouldn't even accept Rev's help and I don't know what her problem was when it's obvious the situation is beyond her control. Her reactions whenever Nightmare sent her a message is a bit over the top (slamming laptops shut, etc) though understandable, and I would've thought she'd appreciate and want Rev's help. She seems adamant about not accepting help though, either from her parents or Rev or any authority figure with the mess she'd found herself in, and I'm baffled as to why. So I find her character a bit contradictory.

Readers who've loved Letters to the Lost will be happy to know Declan had a bit of a cameo here and we're also given insights into what happened after the end of the previous book. Of course, he and Juliet got together, but there's something else about his personal life, some closure to his situation.

Though the story is told from the first person POV, the points of view alternates between Emma and Rev, for which I'm grateful because I feel this gives a story depth than if the story were just seen from one person's POV.

I can't end this review without mentioning Matthew and the friendship between the boys. I think it was heartwarming, the way it went down between them, especially with Rev.

Also, this book drives home the point that things aren't what they seem, especially over the Internet and the dangers inherent in using this medium to unsuspecting people--both adults and kids--without giving a lecture about it. Highly recommended.


REVIEW BY Ashia   

The Heartbreak Cure

by Amanda Ashby
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"Worth a read!"

The Heartbreak Cure is sweet young adult contemporary romance of friends becoming lovers. I love Cat's faith in Alex; she never wavered even when he doubted himself. He had a tough life and he'd been doing all he can to turn his life around. I love that he had a great support system in his grandmother and Cat and Joe (his boss and landlord). He was also flexible enough to change his concepts when he needed to. Sometimes, all someone needs is a break, and I wish the world were open-minded and generous enough to give these breaks to people who need them. Sometimes, life isn't fair, and when that happens, how does one go forward? Fortunately, that didn't happen to Alex.

Cat is a great friend. She's also quite perceptive in the way she sees through Alex's façade to the person beneath. But perhaps that's because she knew Alex from when they were both younger. I love that she's loyal even in the face of adversity, and that she's willing to stand by her friend. I absolutely love the angst in this story, because Cat needed a fake boyfriend and she latched onto Alex to help her, but what she didn't know is that Alex has had a crush on her for a long time! And because he didn't feel himself worthy of her, so he kept his feelings to himself and swore not to get involved with her for real.

There's also a wonderful message here about believing in yourself, but it also helps of course for someone to believe in you. Also, opportunities abound; it may not be what you want, but it's best to open your eyes to see what you can actually attain. And sometimes, a stepping stone may be what you need for the meantime to get to where you envision yourself ultimately to be.

The Heartbreak Cure is a very enjoyable read; well worth the time spent reading it!


REVIEW BY Ashia   

An Enchantment of Ravens

by Margaret Rogerson
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"Absolute page turner!"

Wow! An Enchantment of Ravens is an amazing book with a most fascinating story to tell. Young readers and adults alike will be enchanted as the author sweeps them along into her world of the fair ones. She builds upon the original material available about the fairy, added a twist here and there and made the new resulting mythology her own. Take note though that her fairies are not those cute, cuddly, little winged creatures. I'll leave you to discover what they're like. I was both fascinated and repulsed by the description of the fae (though truly, I should've known, because why else would they use glamor? But I hadn't really thought about it) and I couldn't help but think that it doesn't bode well for our intrepid heroine.

Yet, at the same time, I was rooting for her and Rook, the autumn prince. He was different from the others (or, the heroine seems to think so) and I couldn't help but wish they'd get their HEA. However, the obstacles they're facing appears insurmountable, not least of which was the difference in their races--he a fae and she a mortal. Is an HEA in the offing or not? You'll have to read to find out.

The worldbuilding was incredible. Get this--our heroine lives in Whimsy, a place of eternal summer, a place where the fae can go to indulge their desire and craving for Craft. What is Craft? Craft is anything humans can do and the fair ones can't, like cooking, writing or painting. Isabel, the heroine, is a portrait painter, and her services are much sought after, being a master of her Craft at such a young age. Then there's the fae world and--well, I'll leave you to discover the rest.

One thing though that I can't understand (maybe I missed it or it wasn't explained properly) was how and why the Alder King became such.

That said, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Definitely a pageturner! Get this or you'll regret it. The story is complete in itself (I'm glad there's no cliffhanger!) and I'd love to hear more of their adventures in a sequel, if there is one.


REVIEW BY Shakera Blakney   

Four Times Broken

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"Four Times Broken"

When I requested this book, I had high hopes. The synopsis completely grabbed me. However, the execution was lacking, which is disappointing because this is one of my favorite genres. I found myself taking breaks from this story, wondering if I would add this to my DNF list (which is a pretty small list). I couldn't bring myself to care what happened to the characters, whether good or bad. I could not make myself become invested in the characters or the plot. The dialogue was a bit stilted so it didn't quite flow. "Four Times Broken" has potential to be better, but for me it fell flat.


REVIEW BY Ashia   

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back

by Sariah Wilson
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"Absolute page turner!"

This book is amazing! I love The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back because it's funny and it has so much heart! I love the way Sariah Wilson turns the fairy tale on its head and made this story her own. We gain so much insight into Ella (why she loves to clean) and we even see her playing Fairy Godmother. Instead of the evil stepmother, we have an evil mother and a loving stepfather. But most of all, this is the story of the ugly stepsister, who's not really ugly (inside and out) and is maybe ugly only because she thought herself so.

I love Mattie's voice as the narrator; her personality really shines through. She's snarky but not too much, just enough to be witty and to win this reader's heart. I love how strong she is, how she held on to her integrity when asked to do something she knew to be wrong or against her principles. She had her moments of doubts, true, but in the end, she couldn't not be true to herself. Her insecurities stem from her mother's abandonment, and I love her growth throughout the story (Ella helped, of course), the realization that she shouldn't look at herself from other people's eyes, but through her own. There's romance, sure. After all, Jake Kingston was also the catalyst for Mattie running for senior class president and other changes, but in the end, this story is about Mattie's growth and her changing relationships with her mother, stepsister and Jake.

I absolutely love the bonus content, too, where we see several events from Jake's point of view! I love how this gave the story even more depth, but we don't need to read a scene-by-scene from Jake's POV, only the important parts, which is the best. And the first two lines? Huge squee!

This is by far the best fairy tale retelling I've ever read of Cinderella's story, and it's not even about Cinderella. And there's a sequel. I Can. Not. Wait. Bring it on!


REVIEW BY Shakera Blakney   

"Great start to a series!"

This was an interesting story of a young girl, who is an angel that has berm separated from her light. The current users intend to use her for nefarious purposes and Roxie has to get her light back! It's essential that she gets it back and she has friends who are going to help her do just that! I enjoyed this story so much!I have to know what happens next! I can't believe I didn't know about this series sooner!


REVIEW BY Ashia   

Love, Life and the List

by Kasie West
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"Very enjoyable!"

Kasie West is on my auto-read list, although after her last two releases, I'd almost given up on reading a book from her that I truly loved (The one I love best was P.S. I Like You). However, I'm happy that I gave this book a chance! I really enjoyed reading Love, Life and the List. It's more than a young adult romance; it's about Abby's growth as she navigates through life, things she realizes about herself, her relationships with the people around her and the pain of growing up.

When Abby was rejected to display her art at the museum and was told she needed heart and depth, she decided to have more life experiences, believing this would help her growth. For this, she started a list of traits she wished to acquire, traits espoused by the people around her. I was inspired! I thought it's an amazing idea, and I wanted to have my own Heart List. As for Abby, I really do think she grew as she went through her list; it forces her to become more aware of other people, like the Tree Guy, and to go out of her comfort zone to experience life.

I love Abby's relationship with her Dad, who's the best email writer in the world. I thought it's great she has a supportive dad, that even though he's always so far away, he makes time for her whenever he could. Her Grandpa is just wonderful too; he's basically the stable male influence in her life, and it's funny how they're so alike in their love for sarcasm. Abby's relationship with her Mom is a bit trickier, but then, I think our relationships with our moms are all like that. Added to which, Abby's mom suffered from some mental illness, and I like how the author treated it with respect, like the way Abby and her family didn't discount it (as so many do) but did their best to help. My psychology professor used to say there's no such thing as normal, only degrees of abnormality. So…

Another thing I like is Abby's friendship with Lacey. Part of growing up, as I mentioned earlier, is to experience new things, and this includes making new friends. You can't have too many friends! Though of course, it's always best to choose friends with care. Good for Abby that her friendship with Lacey gave her the emotional support just when she needed it most. This brought me back to my own high school days…which is a trip best made alone. :)

Lastly, I love Abby's friendship with Cooper. From their every scene, you can see that they're truly best friends, the kind that knew each other soul-deep. However, Abby is also in love with Cooper and had even told him about this last summer, only to have her brush it off to save face when she realized Cooper didn't return her feelings. So this summer is all about Abby trying to get over Cooper, while said boy is chasing another girl and even matchmaking Abby with another boy called Elliot. I have to admit that by 50% of the book, I was so frustrated with Cooper that I want Abby to end up with Elliot. (He's a nice guy. Mom and Grandpa approved.) I thought this part of the plot (Will she or won't she? With Cooper, I mean) just dragged on and on and on… If some scenes were cut, I think this book would've been a lot better.

Abby's voice as a narrator is engaging and makes for easy reading, and it was really interesting to learn about painting and her struggles as an artist.

Overall, Love, Life, and the List is a very enjoyable read, and I'm sure lots of young adults would find themselves relating with Abby. As for the adults, it's a great catalyst for a trip down memory lane.


REVIEW BY Shakera Blakney   

Allusive Aftershock

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"Slightly Intriguing"

I was intrigued by the synopsis, however the story wasn't as appealing as the synopsis. Court was absolutely adorable and you root for him to get the girl in the end, but Adela will drive you crazy in the beginning. Adela has her head on straight, except when it comes to Max who is really all about himself. Max has the capability to irritate you to no end. The romance between Court and Adela was very sweet, but the ending seemed a bit rushed. Overall, not a bad book, but not the best book you've ever read either.


REVIEW BY Ashia   

Lucky in Love

by Kasie West
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"Well-written prose, adorable characters, and believable conflict"

Any Kasie West story is a good story, with well-written prose, adorable characters, and believable conflict. Topics of racism and prejudice were raised as a side note (the hero Seth is Vietnamese), but nothing really happened in that context.

While the story deals with Maddie's winning the lottery and the resulting consequences of her actions realistically, this just isn't my cup of tea. That said, LUCKY IN LOVE is still a great read.


REVIEW BY Ashia   

Just One of the Boys

by Leah and Kate Rooper
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"Surpassed expectations and more!"

It's no secret (in my family, anyway) that I love the movie, She's the Man, which is sort of based on Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare's Plays. When I read the blurb for JUST ONE OF THE BOYS, which is kinda like the plot of She's the Man, naturally I just have to read it, and I'm happy to inform that it surpassed my expectations and more.

I love retellings, but there's nothing I hate more than retellings that faithfully follow the original such that I can predict/know exactly what's going to happen next. I mean, flesh it out, deviate a little, stamp your own mark!

With JUST ONE OF THE BOYS, when I first started reading, especially when Alice masquerades as her brother, I have to admit I was imagining Viola (Amanda Bynes) saying those lines, doing those actions, etc especially that first scene in the locker room. But soon after, miracle of miracles, Viola "turned" into Al/Alice, the story was taking me places I'd never gone before, and making me excited to know what's going to happen to Al/Alice and Hayden. I love how the authors made this story their own; their characters were fleshed-out, three-dimensional individuals with their own goals and motivations. I love how Al and Hayden became very good friends, and the time apart as Hayden dealt with the fact that Al is really Alice was believable. I couldn't stop reading, couldn't stop until I reached the last page with a satisfied sigh.

If you love hockey and romantic comedies and best friends becoming more, you definitely shouldn't miss this!


REVIEW BY Silver   

The Impossible Vastness of Us

by Samantha Young
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"Hooked me in from the first page!"

The Impossible Vastness of Us is a beautiful, heartfelt and deeply emotional book. The author hooked me in from the first page and didn't let go until the last. (And maybe not even then.) I almost didn't pick up this book; so glad that I did! I can't put this book down!

Characters:

The characters here complex, with layers upon layers to them. Sooo many secrets! I absolutely adored India. She's strong, so humanly flawed and relatable. I know how it feels to be uprooted and dumped smack dab in a new school where you don't know anybody. Add in a stepsister who doesn't really like her, and let's not forget Finn (swoon), and India has her work cut out for her. I was rooting for her all the way.

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Another thing I like about this book (and really, most YA books) is that aside from romantic love, there are usually themes of family and friendship.

Overall:

Definitely, read it!


REVIEW BY Ashia   

Coming Up for Air

by Miranda Kenneally
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"Worth a read!"

Reading COMING UP FOR AIR gives me mixed feelings, which I'll detail for you later. Overall, it's a breath of fresh air (hah!) that discusses a subject most books shy away from or skirts around the edges: sex. We adults, especially the parents, might not agree at the existence of such a book, but I think teens need to read something like this. Sure, it discusses hookups and its prevalence in society (especially colleges and maybe the older teens in high school, especially athletes) and how it impacts the teens and young adults, but at the same time, through the characters' realizations, they realize that hookups are meaningless, and at the end of it, sex is meaningful because it's with someone you care about. (Okay, that's my take away from the book, don't beat me if you don't agree).

That said, I think this book is suited only for older teens and beyond.

Maggie, the heroine, is feeling left out, because she hasn't had a relationship and hasn't made out with a guy because all her time is packed with swimming and eating and homework (okay, I added the last one), while all her three friends have had hookups or relationships (or trying to have one). So, she wants to have some experience before college. She wants to make out with a guy! And she targeted best friend Levi for that. In time, she realizes that everyone develops at his/her own pace, and that life experiences come when you're ready for it. I think that's a great message for teens today, who feel the pressure from their friends, etc.

Okay, the mixed feelings. While I think this book is good for older teens to read, I am not so comfortable with reading about heavy teenage make out sessions. There's nothing crass here; the action is not detailed nor are explicit words used, but they still make me uneasy. So, maybe adults shouldn't read this?

Also, there's not much conflict/tension here. Or maybe I just can't relate to teenage situations anymore.

Overall, I think it's worth a read by older teens.


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Holding Up the Universe

by Jennifer Niven
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"Very enjoyable read with a sweet love story!"

I have to admit, I was a bit irritated by the slow unfolding of the events. It's taking too long a time for Libby and Jack to meet. At least for me. And all the backstory interspersed between the present scenes...I felt that it slows down the story.

However, I admire Libby. She's plus-size, and while the media and her classmates ridicule her for her weight, I thought she's accepting of her body and she didn't let it stop her from doing anything or going after what she wanted. Sure, she also has fears about her weight and how her classmates would see her, and in that, she's very relatable. But at the end of it, I thought Libby has a great sense of self-worth. While Libby's weight and body size is a common problem girls faced in this thin-obsessed society, Jack's situation is more rare. It's the first I'd heard of someone not being able to recognize faces that excessively. I really feel for him and for all the misunderstandings that arise because of his problem.

Yet, these two people's paths intertwined and they became unlikely friends and more. I love their interactions, and I thought both these characters grew over the course of the book.

Definitely a very enjoyable read with a sweet love story!


Aisuru
“You told me before that you’d never regret meeting me. Do you still feel that way now?”

Party? Cake? Friends? No, for Sakura Takeshi, her eighteenth birthday was spent meticulously preparing for her coming death. But all of her planning didn’t include meeting the star of her late guardian’s fairy tales in her garden one night.

Now she has a handsome yokai now sharing her house and her bed, a jealous young tengu living in her cherry tree, a cheerful classmate determined to push past her walls to be her first friend, and a heart in danger of being stolen.

Sakura’s stoic acceptance of her fate is slipping, but with the end of her life rapidly approaching, is there any point in learning to live again?

Aisuru is a young adult love story with a charming prince of hero, a sweetly conflicted heroine, a sprinkling of fantasy, and a little spice to warm the heart.

Bittersweet
To save the Faery world and her mother’s life, seventeen year old Lorelei sacrificed everything, and the dangerous bargains she made in Nevermore had lasting repercussions.

Now safely back in her own world, Lorelei seems the same to her high school friends and her supernatural boyfriend in spite of the dark magic growing within her. Yet love across dimensions is complicated, especially when an invisible veil between the two worlds is sealing, threatening to separate Lorelei and Adrius forever.

Nightmares from the Nevermore tighten their icy hold, when someone arrives determined to destroy Lorelei’s world, starting with those closest to her.

Once again she’s forced to choose between her family....her friends… and a love that was ill-fated from the start.

A Mortal Song
Sora's life was full of magic—until she discovered it was all a lie.

Heir to Mt. Fuji's spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother's last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents' true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world's natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess.

As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits, she may have to give up the only home she's ever known.

With its breathtaking action, heart-wrenching conflict, and unexpected romance, this vivid standalone YA fantasy will delight fans of Julie Kagawa and Laini Taylor.

Rise
The people of Nelebek live in fear of persecution from the evil Morlet, who reigns with a dark and destructive magic. The kingdom’s only hope lies with the Order of the Krigers—twelve warriors with mysterious powers linked to magical weapons.

For over a century, Morlet has been annihilating the Order, picking them off one by one. Eleven Krigers have been hunted down, tortured, and imprisoned in his dungeon. Now, only one remains.

Sixteen-year-old Kaia survives by keeping her head down and minding her own business. But when she finds herself in the middle of a public execution where the mysterious Morlet is in attendance, an odd compulsion she can’t resist comes over her.

Kaia looks into Morlet’s eyes.

Soon, an ancient power awakens and Kaia can no more blend into the scenery. Will she heed the call of the Krigers or will Morlet’s dark magic destroy the last of the Order?

Fans of GRACELING and THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS will enjoy RISE, book one in the RISE OF THE KRIGERS series from international bestselling author Jennifer Anne Davis.

Norma Jean's School of Witchery, Book One: Jewel
A presidential election. A witch with a target on her back and a magical arrow. A shadowy government agency made up of witches with unusual abilities. A game called Witch Pong. The Mighty Thor?

See how it all comes together in a school you will never forget.

Water Weaver
The young maiden, Marella, was born to the island of Wraidd Elfennol, a place balanced by the four elements of nature – Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The essence of each element contained in sacred artefacts ensuring the balance of life.

Every year, the community from across the island gather for the Summer Solstice. It is at this celebration the Lords and Ladies of Wraidd Elfennol make an astounding announcement. The sacred artefacts are missing. They then proclaim that four individuals, along with their animal Life Partners, will be selected to restore the balance.

Marella and her otter, Nixie, are chosen because of their link to the element of Water and along with her, three others – each in-tune with a different element.

Together they embark on a quest to either find the missing artefacts or somehow create new ones. As the world around them changes, danger lurks with every challenge the group face. They must hurry as the elements need to be restored before a year and a day have passed.

Failure is not an option or the world as they know it will cease to exist.

Devil's Playground
Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Winters may be a witch, but she doesn’t know the first thing about magic—unless you count accidental bouts of spontaneous combustion. Elizabeth’s father, a wizard himself, has forbidden the use of her powers for her own protection, but when accusations of witchcraft start flying through Salem Village, she wishes she was more prepared.
Despite her lack of magical knowledge, Elizabeth appoints herself to save innocent women from the demise the village has in store for them. Elizabeth finds, however, that she is not the hero Salem needs her to be.
She meant to save them. She cursed them instead.

Shortcomings
High School is hard enough without the cold stares from classmates that remind you every day how different you are.

Our shortcomings don't define who we are, unless we let them. Cindy Johnson needs to learn that. Born with one leg shorter than the other, she has no self-esteem because of the cruel comments and cold stares she receives from her classmates. When Cory Neil, the football quarterback asks her to Homecoming, she's quite sure he's asked her on a dare and refuses. It takes more than just her mother's assurances that Cindy's beautiful before she realizes she may have made a mistake in turning him down

Earth's End
A woman awoken in air, a soldier forged by fire, a weapon risen from blood.
Vhalla Yarl has made it to the warfront in the North. Forged by blood and fire, she has steeled her heart for the final battle of the Solaris Empire's conquest. The choices before Vhalla are no longer servitude or freedom, they are servitude or death. The stakes have never been higher as the Emperor maintains his iron grip on her fate, holding everything Vhalla still has left to lose in the balance.

Allusive Aftershock
What happens when a major earthquake changes life as you know it and the boy you thought you hated ends up saving you? Three times!

Courtland Reese is the guy everyone hates and makes fun of because … well, he is weird. He communicates with animals. Strange or interesting, seventeen-year-old Adela Castielle can’t quite figure out, but when he saves her from being trampled by her own horse, she begins to understand him a little better and wants to learn more about him.

But, Max—her best friend/dream guy/someday-to-be-her-husband-only-he-doesn’t-know-it-yet—hates Courtland with a passion. Adela wants to know why, except neither boy is talking.

When Max leaves her stranded in his parents' wine cave with his worst enemy, Courtland, after what the experts are calling a “megathrust” earthquake, Adela starts to question her loyalty to Max as steamy kisses in a dark damp cellar only fuel her emotions with more conflict.

But does she really have time to worry about that when fire, destruction and mayhem surround her?

Queen of Always
If her time at court has taught Catherine anything, it's that there is no room for weakness in Imperial Russia. With the Empress' health failing and rumors of a change in the line of succession, her place in the royal line is once more in jeopardy. Tormented by her sadistic husband and his venomous mistress, Catherine must once more walk the fine line between pleasure and politics―between scandal and survival.

When her young son becomes the target of those rebelling against Peter's reign, Catherine will have to rise up to protect herself, her child, and her nation from his unstable and potentially catastrophic rule. This means putting herself at odds with the most dangerous man she's ever known, trusting those who once proved to be her enemies, and turning a nation against its sovereign. In the ultimate battle for the crown, new alliances will be forged, loyalties will be tested, and blood will be shed.

Josie's Coat
A woman with shoulder bones as sharp as an eagle’s talons—bones almost protruding from her skin—opens her mouth as wide as it’ll go, impossibly wide, consuming the pill that takes both of her arms to cradle. The nourishment makes her thin stomach pop out like she’s pregnant with a child so large it’ll burst through her stomach. She swallows slowly and licks her lips. Her eyes search around hungrily for more.

That dream again.

Josie is skilled at her job as an “unfortunate” who inhabits the bodies of her clients to perform their work while they sleep, but her coworkers’ cruel jealousy over her success leads to her enslavement and the loss of her dream-worker status. A YA sci-fi reimagining of the tale of Jacob’s favorite son Joseph, his dreams, and his famous coat.

A novelette by the author of The Never Veil Series and Fall Far from the Tree.

Displaced
Chevelle Donahue thought going into work would be just like any other boring day at the mall. Sure, there was her annoying co-worker Wicken Sanders, and a promotional visit from teen heartthrob Timber Hudson, to watch and keep her entertained. But who was she kidding? Working retail was lame no matter what happened.

A terrorist attack changes everything - an attack from aliens of all things. The patrons are given two options: comply or else. Complying means giving in to a new set of rules and changing her entire life. "Or else" means she has no chance of going home again.

She must figure out the truth behind why the aliens are holding everyone hostage. In doing so, she risks her chance at freedom - but by the time she learns what's really happening, she might not want it.

A School For Unusual Girls
"...kept me reading until late into the night...completely original - and totally engrossing - world, full of smart girls, handsome boys, and sinister mysteries."
- Meg Cabot, #1 NYT Bestselling Author

"...enticing from the first sentence...gender stereotypes are turned upside down..."
- New York Times Book Review

"Spellbinding! ...a beautifully written tale of adventure, intrigue, and romance...a true page-turner!"
- Rachel Hawthorne, NYT Bestselling Author

A School for Unusual Girls is the first captivating installment in the Stranje House series for young adults by award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin.

It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts…

Fragile Hearts
Fragile Hearts is the story of twenty-one year old Morgan Weston, who is confined to a wheelchair. A car accident at the age of fourteen left her not only physically challenged, but emotionally fragile. There are mysteries to be unraveled regarding the car accident that killed her only sister and her sister's boyfriend. Because Morgan's parents love her, they are forcing her to enroll in college and live on her own for the first time.

Enter now, Tyce Brandon. Tyce has his own secrets.

Over several months, Morgan and Tyce become friends. Tyce is drawn to Morgan, but is he confusing love for pity, or even worse, guilt?

Fragile Hearts is not only a love story between a most unlikely couple, but also a coming of age story for a sheltered young woman. Will the mysteries revealed drive these young lovers apart, or is forgiveness the key to sealing a love begun in the depths of despair?

Some profanity
Sweet love scenes
1st Edition 2/3/14; 2nd Edition 4/21/16

The Possibility of Somewhere
Together is somewhere they long to be.

Ash Gupta has a life full of possibility. His senior year is going exactly as he’s always wanted-- he's admired by his peers, enjoying his classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. There's only one obstacle in Ash's path: Eden Moore―the senior most likely to become class valedictorian. How could this unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the wrong side of the tracks stand in his way?

All Eden's ever wanted was a way out. Her perfect GPA should be enough to guarantee her a free ride to college -- and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is a bitter rivalry with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks. . .When Eden ends up working with Ash on a class project, she discovers that the two have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream -- one that feels within reach thanks to their new connection. But what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?

Sunset Rising
Born a slave inside a secret government biodome, Sunny O’Donnell becomes the victim in a political plot that sparks a rebellion. Accused of treason and facing execution, she escapes with Jack Kenner, a man she considers an enemy, and discovers she not only has to work with him to survive, but also lead the revolution.

Readers Favorite 2015 Gold Book Award Winner

“…a heart stopping ride until the very end. Romance, intrigue, and action all come together beautifully here to create an experience that will leave anyone asking for more.” – Readers Favorite

“The ease and imagery of S.M. McEachern's writing style is so captivating you are truly sucked into the story. This book has it all....love story, good vs evil, drama, suspense......definitely a book you can't put down!” – Midwest Book Review

Starry Eyes
In this romantic dramedy from the author of Alex, Approximately, a teen girl’s way-too-ordinary life is driven off the beaten path when she’s abandoned in the wilderness with her worst adversary—the boy who broke her heart.

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

The Heartbreak Cure
How to get over a heartbreak: Step one: Eat your body weight in brownies.

Step two: Throw yourself into your dreams of becoming a famous writer.

Step three: Beg your (hottie) ex-neighbor to act as your fake boyfriend.

Step four: Skip step three unless you’re ready for some serious fallout.

After being dumped and humiliated over the summer, Cat Turner does what any sane girl would do. She asks bad boy Alex Locke to be her fake boyfriend and show the world (and her editor at the school newspaper) that she's fine. Problem is, the more time she spends with Alex, the more she risks getting her heart broken. For real this time.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a swoony bad boy who will melt your heart, brownies, and witty banter. One, two, or all three might prove addictive…

More Than We Can Tell
Rev works hard to keep the demons of the time before his adoption at bay ... until a letter from his father after his 18th birthday brings the trauma of his childhood hurtling back.

Emma escapes real life by perfecting the online game she built from scratch. Coding is way easier than facing her parents' nasty relationship or the growing distance with her best friend ... But when an online troll's harassment starts to escalate, she fears for her safety.

When Rev and Emma meet, they're buckling under the weight of their secrets. Though both of them find it hard to put their problems into words, they connect instantly and deeply. Rev and Emma's problems might be worlds apart, but they promise to help each other no matter what.

But promises are made to be tested and some things hurt more than we can tell.

Wintersong
Dark, romantic and unforgettable, this riveting debut for fans of Labyrinth and Naomi Novik tells the fantastical story of a young woman's journey towards love and acceptance

Deep in his terrifying realm underground, the cold and forbidding Goblin King casts a dark shadow over nineteen-year-old Liesl. Her grandmother had always warned her to follow the old laws, for every year on the longest night of winter the Goblin King will emerge into the waking world in search of his eternal bride. Sensible and plain, Liesl knows it's her duty to keep her beautiful sister safe from harm, but she wishes only to indulge in her wild, captivating music, composed and played in secret in the Goblin King's honor.

When her beautiful sister Käthe is stolen by the Goblin King, Liesl knows she must set aside her childish fantasies to journey to the Underground and save her. Drawn despite herself to the strange, beautiful world she finds--and the mysterious man who rules it--she finds herself facing an impossible choice. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

Set at the turn of the 19th century, when young upstart composers like Beethoven were forever altering the sound of music, S. Jae-Jones' richly imagined debut spins a spellbinding tale of music, love, sisterhood, and a young woman's search for self-actualization.

Triumph of Chaos
After the disaster in Europe, Darlena’s starting to get desperate. She knows the only way to
defeat Hecate and the other crazy Red Gods is by banding together with other Witches, but is it any wonder she has a hard time trusting them?

With Izzy’s support, Darlena begins making fragile strides toward repairing the mess she made,
but she just can’t catch a break. As chaos runs rampant around her, Darlena begins to think that things would be better if she’d never become a Red Witch in the first place. But there’s no way to change the past…is there?

The final book in the Red Magic series brings Darlena face to face with impossible odds, and a
terrifying choice.

The Revenge Artist
Evelyn Hernandez is a high school junior who reads Shakespeare for fun, sews her own dresses, and keeps a sketch journal of her daily life. When Varsity quarterback Garvey Valenzuela breaks her heart, she sends him to the emergency room with a busted hand.

Add black magic to her resume...

Evelyn embarks on a dark journey of revenge when she discovers she has the power to make bad things happen by drawing them. Her emotional pain, isolation, and self-hatred lead her down a self-destructive path with dire consequences.

Tell Me Three Things
What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?

Funny and romantic, this tug-at-your-heartstrings contemporary YA debut is perfect for readers of Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer Niven, and E. Lockhart.

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week as a junior at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

Letters to the Lost
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

Kisses On A Paper Airplane
Drama student Hannah Evans isn't kissing any frogs on her path to find Prince Charming. She's determined to share the perfect first kiss -- with the perfect boy -- in the perfect place -- or she's not kissing at all.

When Hannah meets a cute ginger-haired boy in first class lounge in the London airport, she knows he's 'The One.'

Pop star Theo Callahan is on the road to get as far away as possible from his back-stabbing best friend, and his supermodel girlfriend who broke his heart. Until one shy smile from Hannah has him rethinking all of his travel plans.

Theo is smitten, but he's worried she's just a groupie in search of the ultimate selfie. Can Theo learn to trust Hannah in time to share one perfect first kiss, or will Hannah be forced to kiss a frog?

Full Fusion (Book 1 of The Fusion Series)
Eighteen-year-old Roxie Sebastian lives a charmed life, and she knows it. Too bad she can’t feel it. All her life, she’s felt disconnected from the world around her. Everything changes just before graduation, when she’s drawn to an eerie, brilliant light—which narrowly misses her as it blows up her friend Lincoln’s car. Clearly someone’s after Roxie, and finally Lincoln tells her the truth: He and Roxie are angels, beings from another dimension, and that light is her soul, separated from her human body in a traumatic birth.

Once a skeptical Roxie rules out the other possibilities—like Lincoln created this delusion to escape his abusive father—she accepts her gut-deep knowledge of the truth. But someone has been screwing with her light, using it to commit crimes, and their actions are about to cause irreparable damage to two worlds: the one she lives in, and the one she can’t remember.

Aided by her best friend Jordan, her boyfriend Tucker, and Lincoln, Roxie tracks down the criminal and uncovers many more secrets not only of her past, but of the history of their race on Earth. And then Roxie faces a horrible dilemma—the only way she can stop them from ripping apart both worlds is to fuse with her light…which could be tainted by the evil with which it was used.

Starr Gone
A Starr gone. A team betrayed.

You never know who your true friends are until a gun’s pointed at you. One will take a bullet, and the other will pull the trigger. Starr learned that lesson the hard way.

The perfect smile. A killer attitude. General Treadwell wanted nothing more than to turn Starr Bishop into the ideal assassin, but she’s far more valuable as Jessica Chamberlain, granddaughter and heir to Chamberlain Chocolates. Luckily, he’s found two enthusiastic replacements. They lack Starr’s intelligence, but no matter, they possess their own weapons of persuasion along with a flair for the dramatic, and that’s never a bad thing.

Di, along with Christian, Frank, Ben and Coda, are determined to keep Starr safe, but the depths of betrayal crack the very foundation of the team. When Starr becomes a pawn in a game of power, money, and manipulation, Di channels her WWSD (What Would Starr Do) to rally the team. She owes her best friend that much. No... More.

Supermassive
Eighteen-year-old Ing is torn apart by two conflicting emotions: his numbing grief for his dead mother and his enduring love for a boy named Ellis. Four years ago, while visiting his grandmother in a remote part of Norway, his mother died the same day he kissed Ellis, his summer friend. Convinced that moving to Norway will solve his issues, Ing faces his first setback when he can’t bear to talk about his mother or go anywhere near the river where she drowned. The second blow comes when he meets Ellis at school and Ellis acts like nothing happened between them.

Ing resolves to rekindle their friendship, but his infatuation only grows as he gets to know the stunning and matured Ellis. When heart-shattering secrets surface, Ing’s resolve to bare his soul to Ellis starts to unravel. Forced to face his mother's death, he second-guesses his decision to move. His growing closeness with Ellis also frightens him, because if Ellis rejects him, he'll have no one left to love. Ing must decide what losses he is willing to endure and what chances to take in order to gain resolution.

Holding Up the Universe
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.

Someone Like Him
City girl, country guy. Will opposites attract--or clash?

When New-York-City girl Emily visits her cousin Janelle in Oregon, Emily wonders how she'll survive the wilderness. Janelle wonders if the wilderness will survive Emily's visit--and if she can convince her cousin to help save part of an old-growth forest.

Meanwhile, Emily also wonders if a big-city girl can get along with a county guy--named Bret. Under forest canopies and by crystal-clear waters she struggles with her growing attraction to him. But they're so different. Whoever thought she'd fall for someone like him?

An Enchantment of Ravens
A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

THE GHOST CHRONICLES - Book One
***Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards for Young Adult Fiction***
Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go?
Michael Andrews had everything – a loving family, a great girlfriend and a promising basketball career. That was before the accident that took his life. Now he’s a marked soul pursued by demons, struggling to understand why he’s stuck, and led by a mentor who’s keeping secrets.
To make matters worse, he’s falling in love in the afterlife, where binding oneself to another soul is strictly forbidden, for it may keep one or both of the souls bound to earth for longer than they should be.
As if that’s not enough, there’s also a danger in going too far with Sarah, because the “joining” of two souls in the afterlife is also forbidden and they don’t know what will happen if they do go that far.
Each time they touch they can feel the boundaries of their energies slipping perilously into one another.
So maybe falling in love in the afterlife isn’t such a good idea?
Inspired by the legend of a haunting at the Angel of the Sea in Cape May, NJ, THE GHOST CHRONICLES is a YA paranormal with adult crossover appeal, perfect for fans of The Twilight saga and the movie Ghost.

The Dark Hour
Becca Simpson is a not so average teenager, and she knows it. In fact, she embraces it. She was chosen to be a Keeper, one who keeps the gates sealed between the magic world and the "normal" world. The only time she isn't safe from the dark creatures of the Other Side is the Dark Hour. Every night, at the same time, the gates between the two worlds open and Becca is left vulnerable until the gate closes and the minions disappear. But that's why she has Erik Manchester. As her Guardian, Erik is in charge of making sure no one, or no thing, comes after her to take her away. Because waiting for her on the Other Side is a tyrannical emperor, looking to use her status to meld the two worlds into one.

With Erik, Becca feels safe, but suffocated. There are rules she has to follow in order to keep out of the hands of the emperor. Then Kyne walks into her life and challenges everything she knows. Not only does he know things about the Other Side, but he's from there. And found a way to stay in the normal world without frying.

Just One of the Boys
Alice Bell has one goal: to play for the elite junior hockey team the Chicago Falcons.But when she’s passed over at tryouts for being a girl, she’ll do anything to make her dream a reality...even disguising herself as her twin brother. With her amazing skills on the ice, Alice is sure she’ll fit in easily. That is, until she starts falling for one of her teammates...

Hayden Tremblay, star of the Falcons, can’t keep himself out of the penalty box. Constantly living in the shadow of his older brother, Hayden’s losing his passion for hockey. But when he gets shown up on the ice by the Falcons’ new rookie, Hayden’s determined to teach the kid a thing or two. Little does he guess that “Al’s” surprises on the ice are just the beginning...

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush title proves that wonderful things can happen when you’re brave enough to go after your dream. Dream hockey player, that is! Warning--a few locker room scenes are included...