Reviews


REVIEW BY Celeste Hawkins   

The Handler

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"A clash of two worlds."

The Handler is a novel founded on the idea of a man looking for vengeance against the man who killed his parents and a young, famous girl seeking adventure.

The reader is immediately drawn in from the first page into a plot where a man who speaks his mind, Cain, is drawn towards a slightly bratty woman, Lincoln, and they begin their adventures together. We begin to find out that she appears rude and demanding when she's really lonely and just needed a friend and someone she could depend on.

Cain was a fascinating character from beginning to end. He had a complexity to him that is hard to find in many modern novels. However, the downfall of his character begun when he met the famous Lincoln Todd. From then on, everything started to sound unrealistic. With so much potential in this plot, it was a shame to see it go from exciting, down to a very stereotypical story line. This happened in several areas of the novel where everything was be interesting, then it would suddenly drop. It makes you think things like: would Lincoln have opened up to a strange man she'd just met? However, it still raised interesting scenarios, such as Cain needing money for rent so he took the job of being her "handler".

The language of the novel was easy to read and had a nice flow and tone to it. You get sucked into Cain's mind in a matter of pages, which is a really successful thing for an author to create.

Although the novel bordered on becoming cliche, the author brings it back around to the interesting side of things again and again, and it's definitely a novel I'd pick up and read again.

REVIEW BY Bookaholic Banter   

Boneseeker

by Brynn Chapman
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"A Mystery With an Intriguing Premise!"

When I first heard of this book I was very excited to read it! Who doesn't love a good mystery story? It had an intriguing premise involving the daughter of Sherlock Holmes and the son of Watson! Even more interesting was that this story takes place at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. Nothing like reading a story that takes place near where you are from and with familiar places. I thought this book was going to be very captivating and I was in mood for an interesting mystery story. Unfortunately I didn't get exactly what I had hoped for.

The whole idea for the story and the mystery building up in the book was very interesting. The things found in the Mutter Museum are very unique and interesting indeed. It was a fun read. I did get a bit of a dark and dreary feel from the book which set the mood and background for the story. The characters were easy to differentiate from each other but I just couldn't feel a connection with them.

Maybe I just expected too much from this story, I don't know. It just wasn't all that I had hoped it would be. The whole thing just fell pretty flat for me. It couldn't keep my interest and I felt my mind wandering during parts of the story. I wanted there to be an element of mystery for me but it wound up being easily predictable. You learn right away in the story who the villain is. I hoped for a bit more chemistry between Arabella and Henry. I had really hoped for so much more with this book. I just didn't get any of what I expected so I was left feeling disappointed and wanting more. Sherlock's shoes are big shoes to fill and I just don't feel that Arabella did that.

This was just an alright read for me. It was good enough that I didn't put it down and mark it DNF (did not finish) but it wasn't good enough for me to want to keep reading without putting it down. If the adventures of Arabella and Henry were to continue, I would give it another try in hopes that the next adventure would be a little more mysterious, the romance between Arabella and Henry would bloom, and maybe have the chance to connect with the characters more. This was a fantastic idea for a book and a clever premise. I hope that the author will keep it going and maybe give it a little more mystery.

REVIEW BY Ashia   

The Natural History of Us

by Rachel Harris
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"Good with flaws"

After enjoying the first book, The Fine Art of Pretending, so much, I look forward eagerly to the next book, THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US, which features Justin Carter, the friend of the hero in the first book. While the story was well written with a heroine you want to root for, the book didn't meet up to my expectations.

Peyton and Justin had a past, but that was three years ago. Peyton just wanted graduation day to get here so she could put the past behind her and start her new life, but before she could do that, she had to get through one last class project together with Justin...

First, I love Peyton. She's a lovely heroine, so brave that she didn't let her disability stop her from anything she wanted to do. The first chapter was done real well, where we see Peyton getting some news that caused her to be afraid. I was immediately captivated and wondered what the news meant to her. That she and Justin, with whom she has a past, were paired together to work on the project was a great source of potential conflict and angst. I rubbed my hands in glee and sat back to enjoy the story.

However, I didn't like Justin. I thought he was arrogant and too sure of himself in winning over Peyton. While confidence is sexy in a guy (and girl, too!), I'd have loved to see more scenes where Justin was vulnerable and where he isn't at all sure that he'd win Peyton, that he could lose her. Such a scenario would certainly give his arrogance the much needed shake up. And I hate that he smirks so often, even back in the past.

Also, while we see alternative chapters in Justin's and Peyton's first person point of view, we have these not only in the present, but also in their past. I thought it disturbs the momentum. While I was getting ready to care about Peyton, for example, and get invested in what's happening to her in the present, I'm ripped back to the past, and whatever investment I made in her was wiped out and became zero again. Rinse and repeat. Thus, while the story elements are all here, I find that I can't really get into the story.

My overall rating is 3.5 stars. Just because this book didn't resonate with me doesn't mean it won't with you. If you like the first book, you might want to pick this up, especially if you're the type who likes to revisit previous characters, as both Brandon and Ally do have cameo roles here.

REVIEW BY Celeste Hawkins   

Angelfire (Dark Angel #1)

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"Fantastic display of imagination"

Angelfire is a desirable mix of sexual tension and youth innocence that keeps the reader hooked. At every turn, something new and unexpected happens.

Hanna Peach's novel tells a story as old as time - well, as old as the Bible. Taking names from the Bible and creating characters from them can be a difficult thing to do, but Peach does it fantastically. We have a suspicious Michael, an enraged Uriel and a trusting Gabriel. Raphael, alas, is already deceased when this story begins. Our protagonist, Alyxandria, finds herself with powers that most Seraphim warriors could only dream of - however, they're going to get her in a lot of trouble. See, she's a guardian to a human boy, Israel, and she needs to keep him alive so he can fulfill the prophecy that neither knows about yet.

This book had surprising twists and turns around every corner, and has the effect of making the reader want to read more. Every character is interesting and has unique traits that set them apart. I feel like this novel could have amped up the sexual atmosphere a lot more. It could have given readers more clues in the beginning as well as allowing the relationship between Alyx and Israel to appear more natural and human.

This book is worth the read. It's light and well thought out, which means it can fit into anyone's busy schedule!

REVIEW BY Terrill Rosado   

Letting Go

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"4 STARS!"

This was a wonderful debut novel by Jessica Ruddick. I'm very impressed with the flow and caliber of writing. To me, it is a standard NA novel with few surprises, but I was still invested in Cori and Luke's story.

Five months prior to what is now current day, Cori's boyfriend died in a car crash. She finds out that it wasn't an accident and is wracked with guilt of a fight between them shortly before he committed suicide. She meets Luke at a frat party and what begins as a compulsive kiss turns into a new romance. Cori chooses to keep her past to herself until it threatens her new relationship.

This was a wonderful debut novel by Jessica Ruddick. I'm very impressed with the flow and caliber of writing. To me, it is a standard NA novel with few surprises, but I was still invested in Cori and Luke's story. I especially enjoyed their natural and witty banter. Maybe I am becomes a bit jaded, but I didn't like the story conflict. Cori's choice to hide the facts about her previous relationship seemed like an easy fix - communicate. After seeing a counselor, it would seem she would or should have felt a bit more comfortable sharing. Other than that, I enjoyed the progression of the story and I was pleased with the HEA. I would definitely recommend this book to NA fans and will, most likely, read the next book in this new series.

PG-13 rating - No sex (or behind closed doors); mild/rare profanity.

REVIEW BY Terrill Rosado   

Life in the No-Dating Zone

by Patricia B Tighe
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"3.5-4 STARS!"

This was an often funny young adult romance. Although a bit typical YA romance, it had a number of LOL moments. I really enjoyed the MC's and rooted for their HEA. Claire was a strong and assertive heroine for the most part. I admired her strength and determination. Gray was at times clueless, but ultimately a wonderful hero. I tire of the non-communicated misunderstandings, but can forgive them in a YA romance. Unfortunately, that is what is often typical with real teens. I know that there needs to be conflict in a novel, but I didn't fully grasp Claire's reason for not dating in high school.

All in all, this was a fun romance with some sweet swoony moments. It's a well written and developed story, just maybe not the most memorable. I would definitely recommend it for a quick fun read.

REVIEW BY Bookaholic Banter   

There Once Were Stars

by Melanie McFarlane
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"Will keep you on the edge of your seat!"

There Once Were Stars was a breath of fresh air from all the other Dystopian/Sci-Fi stories I have read lately. It had all the elements: adventure, mystery, and romance. It was a compelling read that hooked me from the first page and reeled me in! It was mysterious in a way that it never gave answers away immediately and always kept me wondering and guessing if a character was good or bad, why certain things were happening, and what the outcome would be. The world building was phenomenal, the characters were drawn so vividly, and the descriptive writing was done so well that a movie played in my head. I didn't want to put this book down for one second. I felt like if I did, I was going to miss something important.

Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of her dome. Now Nat wants answers. What else might her government be hiding from the good and loyal people of Dome 1618?

I loved Natalia! She was a strong female heroine. She didn't give up easily. She knew how to get a job done. She didn't let anyone sway her from her own decisions. Her Grandfather was a sweet, caring man whose love for Natalia showed immensely. Her Grandmother on the other had, was a little harsh. She seemed to only be worried about herself. She wasn't always the sweetest to Natalia but I think it was because she was weak and afraid. Natalia's long-time friend Jak was a little pushy at times, and a little infatuated but he would do absolutely anything for Natalia. I loved Evan! He was a guy I would definitely be interested in. He was strong and commanded attention!

The romance in this book developed very well. It wasn't overdone and there is so much room for more! I am in high hopes for a second novel. I feel like this story was only the beginning and that there is so much more that can happen. This is definitely a book I would love to have a physical copy of for my shelves so I can read it all over again. I didn't want this story to end. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Divergent, The Walking Dead, or any apocalyptic types of books.

I read late into the night with this one - grabbed a cup of coffee and cuddled up in bed. Make sure you are in a comfy spot with a drink and snacks when you read this one because once you open to that first page you are going to be in it for the long haul and I can guarantee you aren't going to want to get up for anything.

REVIEW BY Sharon Stogner   

Into The Dark

by Caroline Patti
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"Fast paced and unique story"

A teenager gets accosted at her own birthday party and wakes up in the hospital confused about what happened and how she got there. Imagine her confusion when she looks in the mirror and discovers she is inhabiting the body of her best friend! Now she, as a "breacher", has to find a way to get back to her normal self, if that is even a possibility!

Introduced to a power she was unaware of possessing, Mercy finds herself immersed in a world where she is hunted by one group ordered to kill her and desired by another group that wants to harness her talent. Not knowing who to trust or believe she finds herself discovering more talents she will need to survive this disaster and save others she has come to care about.

I liked the idea of the book but felt a little confused for the first third of the story. As with most young adult stories I read, I feel them to be a little unbelievable and either the characters are naive or seemingly too accepting of their bizarre situations (as are their friends and family!).

I enjoyed the fast pace but felt some choppiness in the delivery and the frequent changes in character roles a little disarming. Perhaps a little more background in the beginning may have prevented my distraction. The ending was abrupt although left the feeling that there will be more episodes to come.

A unique story that I feel would be well received by young adults whose minds probably think quicker than mine and adjust to conflicting situations without question more than this old (wait!, I mean mature!) brain.

REVIEW BY Bookaholic Banter   

Nameless

by Jennifer Jenkins
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"Kept me intrigued from beginning to end! Absolutely LOVED it!"

As I was just about to start reading this story, I heard someone compare it to the movie 300. I am NOT a fan of those types of books or movies.Warriors fighting with swords and shields and nothing but fighting and killing with almost no interesting story plot just does not interest me. I wondered what I was getting myself, into deciding to read and review this book. I thought for sure that I was going to be in for a dull and boring ride. It was completely the opposite! The story was intriguing from the very first page. I even found myself enjoying the battles.

There were no holes in this story. Everything was plotted out and executed excellently! While reading I was never confused or wondering what was going on. It was never overdone and had just the right amount of descriptive writing. It wasn't too much and it was never not enough. The world building was excellent. The descriptive writing really gave me a sense of what this place looked like. I loved that the story alternated narrators each chapter between Zo and Gryphon. It kept the story very interesting and held me captive. I would find myself excited for the next chapter so I could get one or the other's point of view. The story was done in a way that was kept nice and simple. Sometimes when you get into fantasy worlds full of warriors and captives, things get overdone and the story is lost in all the world building. That wasn't the case for this story at all.

The characters were well fleshed out and each one had their own charm. I am not one to remember all the names of characters and I usually quickly forget them after I'm finished reading a book. These characters were made so memorable that I couldn't forget them if I tried. You couldn't help but fall in love with each one in some way. They each had their own unique strengths and flaws and you couldn't help but love them for it. I felt connected to Zo and Gryphon the most. Zo was a strong female who never gave up. She was smart and fierce. Gryphon was noble, strong, and could also have a gentle side. I am so excited to read more about the two of them.

This story and the characters kept me captivated. The romance was not forced or rushed. I like that this book kept to plotting out the story and let us get to know the characters and the world without rushing into the romance between some of the characters. It had just the right amount that was needed. When I got to the end of this story, I wanted more. In my opinion the story ended perfectly. It ended in a way that leaves you wanting to read more and you can't wait to pick up the next book and see what happens next. There was a slight cliffhanger but not one so intense that you can't take it and are driven crazy and in agony until the next book is in your hands.

The only thing I would have liked to see in this story was the world outside the Gates of the Rams. I have a feeling though that I will get to experience that in the next story. We got to know the Wolves, the Rams, and the Nameless well but not much about the Kodiaks or the Ravens. I am hoping for some of that in the next one.

Fans of the Throne of Glass series will really enjoy this book. If you are looking for an interesting read with an interesting plot you should pick this one up. It will keep your interest from beginning to end!

REVIEW BY Cathleen Grey   

Everlasting

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"Everlasting Love"

Everlasting love or is it?

Everlasting is the story about Sophia Bandell, who receives an invitation to spend the summer with her long lost best friend. Sophia is so happy to reconnect with Mandy as they haven’t spoken in months and she misses her. Though a little scared and nervous about flying off to join her friend and being away from home on her own, Sophia is excited.

It seems that there is something just a bit off about Mandy and her boyfriend Matt. Why are Mandy and her boyfriend living alone in a run-down house on the beach? A house she claims her parents purchased and then left her there? Sophia has so many unanswered questions and whenever she tries to get answers, Mandy gives such casual and open ended responses.

Then Sophia meets Tate Forrester at the beach and falls madly in love. After a few bumps along the way they end up together and inseparable. Though Sophia seems to sense there is something just a little bit off about Tate. She wonders what is going on, but she is so in love she pushes those little thoughts aside.

The characters were all likeable and interesting to read about. It wasn’t until I was almost at the very end of the book that I understood what seemed so odd about Mandy, Matt and Tate. The only character I was never sure why he showed up in the story is Brian Tarris. Perhaps he will make an appearance again in a future book.

The blooming romance between Sophia and Tate is cute but a little odd. I didn’t really understand why it was “odd” until I understood where the story was going. Once I understood, then all the “oddness” was answered. The ending left with a good cliffhanger that peaked my interest in wanting to read Book 2 when it releases. I need to know what happens next.

The story is fairly well paced and quirky enough it kept me interested. I just had to keep reading so I could understand all the weird and strange behaviors as well as some of the comments made by Mandy, Matt and Tate.

I enjoyed reading Everlasting and I give it 3.5 stars. I recommend Everlasting to YA and adult readers who enjoy a decent romance with a little paranormal activity.

REVIEW BY Cathleen Grey   

Eye of the Ninja

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"On the run!"

Eye of the Ninja is the story about Mei Barrett who just wants to have a normal teenage life. Instead she has been running for her entire life. After the death of her father by an invisible evil, Mei is on her own and not only running, but in hiding.

Mei who is tired from the constant running and hiding from the creatures and the evil that is continually hunting for her, joins a group that trains in “Parkour”. She keeps her distance though she yearns to become a real member of the group. That is, until the day the new guy Ken shows up. He seems to always be on the fringe of the group and Mei catches him watching her. Mei finds herself drawn to him though she continues to keep her distance. Ken seems to know who she is and Mei finds herself trusting enough to follow him to his home. Ken claims this is also Mei’s home and everyone there has been looking for her for a long time. Mei who is starved for family and friends is untrusting but willing to go to Ryu to see if this is true. Along their travels they meet up with Reik who joins them on the trip to Ryu.

Eye of the Ninja is a story based on Japanese legend and folklore. After Japan is destroyed along with the West Coast of the US a dystopian futuristic world is created as JanFran. JanFran is slightly magical and with a tone of mysticism creates an imaginative tale.

The story is fast-paced, interesting to read and has many adventures throughout and there are plenty of new creatures the trio deals with along the way. These Creatures all seem to want the same thing--to capture Mei. The start of a romantic interest between Ken and Mei, which Reik seems to want to break up before it happens provides for a nice romantic twist.

I really enjoyed reading Eye of the Ninja. The characters were well developed and interesting to get to know. The author has done a remarkable job with providing enough detail in describing JanFran, the Japanese legends and the magical qualities that it is easy to visualize.

The cliff-hanger at the end is well done and provided me with enough curiosity to want to read Book 2 to see what happens next.

I highly recommend Eye of the Ninja as a very good read and give it 4.5 stars. Though this title is classified in the YA genre, any adult who likes to read a new and interesting story would thoroughly enjoy reading this as well.


REVIEW BY Sara Ella   

Emerge

by Tobie Easton
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"This is not The Little Mermaid that you grew up with! Emerge turns the Disney mermaid story on it's tail-fin."

Aurelia "Lia" Nautilus, a high school age mermaid, finds herself with several moral dilemas. Lia is navigating the rules of mer life among humans, keeping her mer heritage a secret in the human high school where she is a student. She is fighting her crush with the handsome, friendly and very human classmate Carl. As she tries to do the right thing, she cannot seem to help falling in love. She is also fighting her jealous tendencies toward a rival mermaid and Carl's girlfriend, whose objectives seem questionable. With the help of her childhood friend Caspian, a very smart and trusting mer, and high school human girlfriend, Kelsey, Lia struggles to find the clues that will save Carl from this rival. How far will Lia go to save Carl? Will she be able to keep her heart safe or lose her heart and the only life she knows with the mer? The secrets she hides could shatter her family within the mer community, that same community which her parents have taken great effort to create and maintain in secret amongst the humans.

This is an epic story. Every detail is beautifully described. Tobie Easton creates a magical mer world within the unbelieving human one. I really enjoyed her playful mer-isms and her refreshing, water-based views! She is very inventive in creating the mer home and culture. It was easy to immerse myself; her mer world is so different from reality and unique to the sea--very fun and fascinating. Like all Disney stories with a happy ending, Lia succeeds in providing a blooming romance and all the angst that comes with it. And there is an equal amount of adventure too with layers of mer politics and intrigue as the land-based mer community struggles to survive within the human world in peace. The only regret I had with this story is that I wish there was more!

I highly recommend Emerge by Tobie Easton for all lovers of the sea!

REVIEW BY Michelle Pennington   

Beyond the Ever Reach

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"Must read for anyone who loves action, intrigue, romance, and twisted societies"

The premise of this story intrigued me and the cover was beautiful, so I was thrilled to read Fear My Mortality. It lived up to every hope I had for it. There are so many twists and nuances to this story, that I spent most of it on the edge of my proverbial seat, but despite that, there was still time for a the romance to develop at a believable pace, for the characters to change and grow, and for the beautiful message of this story to radiate from the dangers and trials and triumphs. I love how we see what would happen to the human race if we didn't have to worry about death. I wish I could go on and on about the subject, but I don't want to ruin it for anyone.

This is a beautiful world inhabited by strong, determined characters on both sides of the morality line. I LOVE Ava and Michael, and I can't wait to someday read more of their story. I loved that they were both at times indestructible and incredibly vulnerable at others, but how they were always focused on keeping each other safe. Together they discovered what no one else had never known. You absolutely need to read this now!

REVIEW BY Bookaholic Banter   

The Artisans

by Julie Reece
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"A Creepy Good Read!"

Sweat drips from my temple as I push a needle through my friend's torn flesh....

Seventeen year old Raven Weathersby dreams of becoming a fashion designer. After the death of her mother, she gives up that dream to take care of her stepfather Ben (who is an alcoholic with a drinking problem) and works as a seamstress after school to help make ends meet.

Ben's problems lead to a run-in with the heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon. However, when the time came, Raven takes his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she's ever known out of jail, or worse. Gideon Maddox agrees, under one condition: Raven must live in his home for a year while giving up her designs and designing for Maddox Industries' clothing line, signing over her creative rights. Raven can't imagine working for him, let alone living with him for a whole year. But nothing in the Maddox home is as it seems. Things are going on that Raven has no explanation for. All she wants is to put in her time and go back to her life. If she makes it out....

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This story flowed along so well I was never confused about was going on and it kept me reading and trying to solve the creepy puzzle that was going on in the Maddox home. The ending solved everything and left me with no questions.

I loved the characters in this story. They were all unique in their own way and very memorable. They were fleshed out very well. The element of creepiness in this book was done so well that at points in the story I could feel myself getting creeped out. The romance in the story was done in a way that made it real and believable. It wasn't overdone. It was just the right amount that this story needed. It wasn't rushed at all. The language in this book was tastefully written, which I loved! There wasn't a bunch of unneeded profanity. This would be a suitable read for anyone.

I didn't want this story to end. I was enjoying living in this world so much! I am so happy that there is going to be another story to follow this one and I am SO EXCITED to read it! I want more of Raven and Gideon and I can't wait to see what mysterious things will happen next in the Maddox estate. I have a feeling that the mysteriousness is far from over and that there is a lot more to come. I enjoyed every moment of reading this gothic, steampunk, creepy, and haunting mysterious romance. Bring on the next one!

REVIEW BY JJ Smit   

Fire in the Woods

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"Fast paced, light read"

I have to admit that I don’t usually pick up a paranormal novels that revolves around aliens. Vampires, yes. Werewolves, yes. Angels and Demons, yes. Aliens? Not so much. But FIRE IN THE WOODS might just have changed my mind, and maybe next time I won’t be so hesitant when I see a paranormal novel that features some sexy, swoon-worthy aliens.

I immediately liked Jess’ character. She’s not your average teen whose main concern is lipstick and miniskirts. She’s witty and adventurous, which is a slight problem since her dad is a Major and very protective. The only problem I did have with her is the whole ‘meet a stranger in the woods while a fugitive is on the run and take him to my home’ thing. I couldn’t help but think, ‘Um, that’s dumb.’ But other than that, I liked her.

David was a good character. I had a little trouble connecting with him since he seemed a little… well… boring. But his character did fit well into the plot, and it made sense for him to be the way he is. Yet, I still would have preferred him to have a little more spunk and confidence… just a little.

The romance between them was quite good, although I did feel like it happened a little fast. Jess sees David for a few times, talks to him for a few times and then BAM – there’s this romance thing happening. But then, this a Young Adult novel, and aren’t all teenagers that way? Fall in love really fast? So again, it does fit in to the genre well.
The author’s writing was great in terms of it being extremely easy to read, and I will definitely look out for more of her books.

Overall, FIRE IN THE WOODS, was a good read and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fast paced, light YA read.

REVIEW BY Celeste Hawkins   

Double Negative

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"A perfect example of struggle and aid, loss and love."

This novel focuses on the despair of a teenager running in the same circles his parents did. Although he wants to break free from their failures, he finds himself joining them in a slow descent.

Hutch, the protagonist, has an inability to read or seek help for any of his problems. He prefers being on his own and letting the pieces fall as they may, until he gets into some serious trouble. Now, he has to attend a meeting with other troubled students and a Priest who shared the same path as them at one point. As Hutch learns the true value of friendship and kindness, his other relationships begin to change. His only friend, which he dubbed 'Fat Nyla', is bullied for being smart and overweight. However, when Hutch begins to learn his true worth and reflect it upon the people in his life, she begins to learn hers too, and reach out for what she truly wants.

This book had me gripped from beginning to end. Each character was fascinating, from the Spanish girl who would make oddly sexual comments in class to the boy who had to leave town because his father was getting out of jail. These tiny side characters had so much to offer! The language was spot on, which meant the reader would understand the kind of barriers Hutch had to overcome.

This book is worth the buy! It shows an accurate display of struggling kids in the modern era and sends a message that sometimes all you need to do is listen to the people around you.

REVIEW BY Ashia   

7 Clues to Winning You

by Kristin Walker
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"Fun and enjoyable"

While 7 CLUES TO WINNING YOU is a fun young adult contemporary romance, it is also the story of growing up and finding friends in the unlikeliest of places.

Blythe McKenna had no choice but to transfer to Ash Grove High School because her father is the principal there. She was dreading it because the previous year, her picture was unknowingly taken while she was picking her nose during the traditional Senior Scramble and it was circulated among the Ash Grove student body. The Senior Scramble is a scavenger hunt event hosted by the seniors which the juniors participated in. In a fit of pique on top of a very bad day, she somehow convinced her father that the Senior Scramble is a form of bullying and that it must be cancelled. However, when her father finally did so, that just made things go from bad to worse.

The only thing she could think of to make it all better was to reinstate the Senior Scramble underground. Was it the right thing to do? Or would it only cost her more in the end, including the heart of the boy she was interested in?

I read the reviews on Amazon and I almost didn't read this, but I'm glad I did. This book is fun, zany and just what I need for a light, entertaining read. It has several laugh out loud moments, like the scene with Ebenezer and the buying of the magazine. I was glad I was at home when I read it, or people would surely stare at me. There were some unbelievable moments, but that's why this is fiction, and anyway, it's not that unbelievable.

Like any teenager, Blythe is a tad self-absorbed, but I guess I can't blame her much for her actions and reactions because her life is turning upside down. She goes to a new school in the middle of the schoolyear where she's been put on an embarrassing display. I quite empathize with her, because I know how hard it is to start anew with no friends. However, being an outcast at Ash Grove caused her to come into contact with people whom she normally wouldn't take notice of, and she grew to appreciate them. She also came to know and see the students at Ash Grove, that they weren't so bad as she and her Meriton friends originally thought. And this is part of her growing up, in essence, thus causing a rift between her and her Meriton best friend. I think the author is showing us how new experiences can open our eyes to what we were blind to before, and how these can form part of our growing up. I thought this is wonderfully done.

Of course, there's Luke, Blythe's love interest. He's geeky and smart, and he and Blythe are perfect for each other, since she's also smart and a bit of a geek. I have to give the author two thumbs up for giving us an intelligent heroine. And Shakespeare! How could I fail to swoon?

And I super love the scavenger hunt! That part of the story was fun to read. Blythe also volunteers at a nursing home and the two residents there, Ms. Franny and Ms. Eulalie, were absolute riots!

I feel that the drama with and between her parents are supporting structures that explain her dad's decisions and Blythe's subsequent "rebellion". However, I also feel that some of the scenes were superfluous and didn't add much to the story, unless the intent was to add a realistic feel to the situation. After all, people coming to view your house has to result in offers and negotiations discussions, right? Or to add tension to Blythe's situation.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read.

REVIEW BY Cathleen Grey   

Different

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"Inspirational story!"

“Different” is the story of Jezebel who doesn’t speak and it seems that no one around her loves or understands her.

As the story opens, Jezebel is in her haven. A cave where she spends most of her time, this is her place of comfort and security. That is, until she finds an injured hiker in her sanctuary and becomes scared. She is afraid to seek help worried that once people find out about her cave, she won’t be able to go there anymore.

Jezebel has spent the last 15 years abused and neglected. She has never attended school and can’t speak. She is not allowed to go to town or to church. She is fed only the scraps from the table and lives in a state of fear and confusion, not understanding why she is treated this way. She only becomes more confused when the discovery is made that she is the daughter of a man her mother had an affair with. Jezebel is removed from the only family she has ever known and is placed with her biological father.

This is where the story truly becomes interesting as Jezebel discovers herself through the love and care of an accepting father and her new family. It is where Jezebel understands that she is not the Devil-Child she was accused of being, but something different...

I give “Different” by E.A. West 4 stars and highly recommend this YA read. The author has done an amazing job of telling this story.

REVIEW BY Cathleen Grey   

Somewhere in the Middle

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"Love and the universe"

High School is a place you exist in until College, that is, unless you are a jock or a cheerleader.

Everly Sayers is a typical teenager that fits in there “Somewhere in the Middle” and is just focusing on graduating High School and heading off to College. She has no interest in having a relationship with anyone, not for a long time, until Roone Thorsen shows up. Roone keeps to himself and Everly feels he is like her and stuck in the middle. He interests and intrigues her; she wants to know who he is and where he comes from. Roone seems a little bit different from the average guy as he doesn’t know anything about modern technology, movies and comic book heroes.

Everly and Roone decide to attend the school dance together, just as friends, hoping to discourage others from wanting to hook up. Instead of being friends they find themselves instantly attracted to each other. Everly just can’t understand the secrecy and mystery that surrounds Roone. She just has to know what the bracelet he wears with the words “Somewhere in the Middle” means. As the story builds you discover exactly who Roone, his brother and his father really are and why they are here in Alabama.

I give “Somewhere in the Middle” 3 stars. The story is interesting and well written and makes for a wonderful YA read and I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a decent paranormal romance.

REVIEW BY Celeste Hawkins   

Restless In Peaceville

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"If you loved the hit TV show 'In The Flesh', you'll love this zombie story!"

If you're looking for a zombie story that claws around in your mind and makes you think about the choices you make in your very alive state, look no further than this!

Restless In Peaceville is a novel that revolves around the undead life of Luke Chester. After he took his own life, which is made evident in the first chapter, he is denied into heaven. Instead, he has to choose which door to enter and see what his future holds. He picks the right door and comes back as a zombie. Luke wakes up next to Annabelle Stelly, a murder victim, and together they attempt to redeem themselves in the chance that they might get into heaven.

The depth to these characters were astounding, and I found myself relating to Luke Chester. As a victim of bullying and pain, which is ignored by his parents who have their own 'problems', Chester thinks the only way out is suicide. Pippa Jay writes in such stark realism that made me shudder at times at what was going through this boy's head, and nearly made me shed a tear when he realised all he was missing out on now that he was a zombie. Each character had flaws and traits that were realistic and at times, chilling.

While I enjoyed the Southern United States twang these characters spoke in, I found the sudden French words to be rather jolting and threw me off. These teenagers never came across as people who would be able to throw French phrases around. Sadly, the plot also seemed to be lacking ever so slightly. From the sudden realisation of love that seemed slightly forced, to some of the characters' deaths, the plot started to become slightly cliché. However, what saved it for me was the end, which I won't spoil for anyone here. Let's just say that I love it when the good guys go bad!

Altogether, I highly recommend this story for anyone who is reading a zombie novel for the first time! It's easy to read, and if you enjoy a bit of French here and there, you can have fun translating it to yourself!

A Drop of Night
Modern-day teenagers meet a palace of terrors locked up since the French Revolution in this haunting, genre-bending thriller from Stefan Bachmann, the internationally bestselling author of The Peculiar and The Whatnot. A Drop of Night will thrill fans of Neal Shusterman and Jessica Khoury.

Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she's been looking for―she's been selected out of hundreds of other candidates to fly to France and help with the excavation of a vast, underground palace buried a hundred feet below the suburbs of Paris. Built in the 1780's to hide an aristocratic family and a mad duke during the French Revolution, the palace has lain hidden and forgotten ever since. Anouk, along with several other gifted teenagers, will be the first to set foot in it in over two centuries.

Or so she thought.

But nothing is as it seems, and the teens―bitter, iron-hearted Anouk, gentle Will, bubbly Lilly, and crazy Jules―soon find themselves trapped in a game far more sinister, and dangerous, than they could possibly have imagined.

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?

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.

Stacy's Song
Stacy's talent and love for music forces her to make hard choices. Life is risky, but she must learn to make important decisions on her own. Stacy Nelson, warm-hearted with a sense of humor, is a tall, skinny teenager, sometimes called "giraffe" by other kids. She's an average student with a lot of extracurricular interests. Her good friend Karen wants Stacy to practice with her and try out for cheerleading. Liz Norris asks Stacy to join a band that she and her brother Michael are starting, but Stacy has reservations. Her first meeting with Michael Norris is stormy, yet she is drawn in by his outstanding musical ability and joins the band. Stacy always wants to please everyone, but fails to think about who she is and what she really wants. After making the cheerleading squad, Greg Lawson, captain of the football team, becomes interested in Stacy. He is easy-going and charming, just the opposite of Michael. They start dating, and Stacy is suddenly popular in and out of school. As a cheerleader, she is accepted by the in-crowd. She tries to relax and enjoy this new lifestyle. When Stacy has difficulty meeting all of her commitments and her grades fall, her father is displeased and insists she quit the band. Stacy feels torn-wanting to please her father without letting down the other band members. Ultimately, while dealing with family and peer pressure, she must decide what is best for her.

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.

That Night
It can take a whole day to figure out what happened…that night.

On what was to be just another Monday morning at school, Luke’s girlfriend Jessica is nowhere to be found. Names like ‘psycho lover’ follow Luke to his locker, even from his best friend. Luke soon learns Jessica tried to kill herself at a party from the previous Saturday night, and she’s blaming him. With posts on FaceBook feeding the rumors of what happened that night, the school has to investigate.

Torn between worry, guilt, loyalty, priorities, and an urgency to clear his name and protect hers, he has to find her—he loves her no matter what. The teacher in the middle of the investigation is also the same one to provide academic and character references for Luke’s college applications due by the end of the week. Luke knows he’s not to blame, but with no contact from Jessica and everyone blaming him for what happened, he’s at risk of losing everything—Jessica and his dreams of being a mechanic—all because of what happened that night.

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.

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.

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.

The Romeo Club
What happens when you agree to help your brother “de-nerdify” so he can catch the attention of the popular Chloe Anders, and to everyone's surprise, he actually lands her?

And what if his equally geeky friends come running with girl wish lists of their own, offering money for your services?

Well, if you’re sixteen-year-old, Delyla Denson, then you start The Romeo Club. A secret club where she’ll teach these guys how talk, act, and be cool around girls. It’s a win-win situation.

She’ll get enough money for the awesome prom dress she’s had her eye on, and the guys, well, they’ll get dates and maybe learn how to do something other than beat the next level on their video games.

There are only two problems with this plan. One, her quarterback/track star boyfriend is getting jealous of how much time she’s spending away from him and decides to try and figure out what’s going on. And two, Delyla is kind of falling for her brother’s BFF, Trey who she’s been hanging out with a lot more. And who thanks to her help, has caught the attention of the beautiful, perfect, and popular, Portia Rickard. With Portia and Trey heating up, Delyla realizes that maybe the person she’s meant to be with has been in front of her all this time.

But falling for Trey means she’ll have to take drastic measures including sabotage, with a capital S.

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…

Fire And Ice
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Adventure wasn’t something Lorelei Alundra was interested in. Gifted with two other-worldly talents for singing and healing, she’s always shied away from her gifts and the spotlight, preferring quiet anonymity, over attention and fame. But when she meets the enigmatic Adrius, with his dark and dangerous mystique and eyes that could see into her soul, her uneventful life becomes irrevocably altered.

Adrius turns up in every one of her classes and knows more about her than any newcomer should. Including the condition of her mother who is suffering from a mysterious illness. Accepting his offer to help leads her into a terrifying and thrilling world, where Elves are even hotter than Legolas, and Faeries.... are nothing like Tinkerbell. The two magical beings are fire and ice opposites. One Lorelei can’t help falling for, and the other she's compelled to be with.

Now she’s trapped, expected to prevent a war between witches and faeries, or forfeit her mother’s life. Nothing is what it seems. Not her family. Not the Fey. Not even Adrius, whose feelings for her balance precariously between desire and danger. Despite her better judgment, she can’t say away from him.
As secrets unravel and unsettling truths are revealed, Lorelei must fight to save much more than her mother’s life. One mistake could put the fate of his world, and her soul in jeopardy.

But hey, no pressure… right.

Traitors' Gate
Only time will tell who the traitors really are…

Sixteen-year-old Lucinda is getting the home-coming from hell. England is in the grip of the War of the Roses and her tyrant father has promised her hand to a vile man three times her age. In need of aid, she seeks sanctuary with an old childhood friend only to find him accused of treachery and harboring a supernatural secret. All too soon Lucinda is caught in a fight that’s not her own but, to be with the man she loves, she’ll gladly take up arms.

Rite of Rejection
Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.

A life behind barbed wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she’s almost certain she can learn to love.

But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

Crooked Kingdom
The highly anticipated sequel to the thrilling #1 New York Times-bestselling Six of Crows.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets?a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Coral and Bone
Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.

Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can't help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.

Zombie Girl: Dead Awakened
Imagine waking up to find the world has ended, but unfortunately you're not alone...

For Connor Innis, awakening from a year-long coma with no memories, no ability to move, and unable to speak was bad enough. Then he learns that a bioweapon set off a zombie apocalypse—for real—while he was sleeping, and the world he can't even remember no longer exists.

Rehabilitation might be torture, but far worse awaits him outside. All too soon, the hospital Mentor declares him fit to leave with nothing to go home to except a city full of mindless, flesh-eating monsters. That is, until he forms a strange relationship with the one he nicknames 'Zombie Girl'.

Previously published by Lycaon Press, 22nd April 2015.

WARNING: contains swearing, and some moderate gore and violence.

Starr Lost, Book Two of the Starr Fall Series
A Starr falls, and a family is found.

On the run from the Organization, Starr and Christian find safety on the Qualla Boundary with their friends, Ben and Coda, but Starr needs answers. She owes her dear dead friends, Sami and Jody, that much. She forms a team of her own to fight the general and his recruits.

Di, a mutual friend and anti-everything is a no-brainer, plus her Taser will come in handy. Frank, Starr’s BFF, will put his life on the line for her. Ben and Coda, not to be outdone by Starr’s friends, also swear their allegiance. Christian’s the only hold out. He knows what the Organization is capable of. He has the beaten body to prove it, but when Starr wants something, she gets it.

Now that the team’s together, everything should be perfect. Trouble is Starr loves Christian but so does Di. And Frank, well, he’s never been very good at hiding his love for Starr. Will his four-year long crush on her threaten the safety of the team?

Life becomes tense on the Qualla Boundary, sparks fly, and the Organization is about to smash in their door.

Our Dark Duet
The sequel—and conclusion—to Victoria Schwab’s instant #1 New York Times bestseller, This Savage Song.

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human. No matter how much he once yearned for it. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is a terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

A gorgeously written dark fantasy from New York Times-bestselling author Victoria Schwab, and one to hand to fans of Holly Black, Laini Taylor, and Maggie Stiefvater.

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.

A Distant Voice
In life you don't find your voice. It finds you.

Violet Hayes knows how to survive the year living with her grandmother in the small town of Wandorah, Tennessee.

* Make Rose happy
* Don't sing or play guitar
* Avoid Sally Shaw
* Ignore Carter Jenkins

It seems simple enough, right? Wrong.

* How do you keep a depressed sister happy?
* How do you deny yourself your dream?
* How do you avoid a friendship?
* And how do you ignore a boy when he's everywhere you turn?

Violet's to-do list just became a whole lot harder.

How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You
Sweet sixteen and never been kissed—and that’s the way Aurora Skye wants it to be. She’s too busy finding guys for her two best friends, counseling her sensitive New Age dad (the NAD), and dealing with the unexpected return of her long-absent mom.

But always in the background there’s Hayden Paris, the boy next door, the bane of Aurora’s existence. Smart, funny, and always around to see her at her worst, he ‘gets’ her like no-one else... and that’s what makes him so infuriating.

When Aurora and Hayden are coerced into the lead roles in the school production of Much Ado About Nothing, things can only get worse. How is Aurora going to save her first kiss for the secret admirer who wooed her with poetry and a spectacular bunch of flowers on Valentine’s Day if she doesn’t know who he is and she’s obligated to lock lips with Hayden in the play’s final dramatic clinch?

From talented debut YA author Tara Eglington, How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You is a page-turning, funny and delicious romp of a book.

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

Refuge for Masterminds: A Stranje House Novel
It’s 1814. Napoleon has escaped his imprisonment on Elba. Britain is at war on four fronts. And at Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, five young ladies are secretly being trained for a world of spies, diplomacy, and war….

Napoleon’s invasion of England is underway and someone at Stranje House is sneaking information to his spies. Lady Jane Moore is determined to find out who it is. If anyone can discover the traitor, it is Jane—for, according to headmistress Emma Stranje, Lady Jane is a mastermind.

Jane doesn’t consider herself a mastermind. It’s just that she tends to grasp the facts of a situation quickly, and by so doing, she’s able to devise and implement a sensible course of action. Is Jane enough of a mastermind to save the brash young American inventor Alexander Sinclair, her friends at Stranje House, and possibly England itself?

Fans of genre-blending, romance, and action will love this Regency-era alternate history novel filled with spunky heroines, handsome young lords, and dastardly villains—the third in the Stranje House series. Don’t miss the first two books: A School for Unusual Girls and Exile for Dreamers.

Four Times Broken
Tracey Warren has her last year of high school mapped out--stay focused, graduate in a few months, and get the hell out of Bennington, Virginia. Everything is working out in her favor. Life has finally started to level out, until a car accident sends her plans spiraling out of her control.

Her pedestrian reality crashes around her after an innocuous encounter with a diabolically handsome stranger. Nathan Newcomb has her head and her world altering minute by minute. Soon, she discovers the only cure for the uneasy feelings and abrasive pain is Nathan himself. A man whose very existence balances between violent chaos and rigidly controlled dangers.

Nathan knows the life of a woman mated to a Burdened Sephlem is destined for peril beyond a human’s reckoning, that he’ll be required to literally hand over his heart to her. But Tracey calls to his desire to experience love in spite of the hazards. And Nathan’s impossibly potent magnetism draws Tracey into a bonding that will put her in mortal danger again and again.

Once the pair becomes one, the threat escalates and nowhere is safe. There are enemies that lurk behind every corner. But the greatest danger may be in the bloodlines that course through Nathan’s veins.

Can their love survive or will their burdened souls surrender and fade away?

Caraval
Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . beware of getting swept too far away.

Put It Out There (Britannia Beach 1)
Returning home to Britannia Beach a year after her life was shattered is bittersweet for Derian Lafleur. Although some things settle back into place, others don’t click like they used to…especially her friendship with Trevor Maverty.

Derian suddenly wishes the boy next door would see her as more than just a kid sister type. She tries to be everything she thinks he’s looking for— bolder, more experienced – but is that who she wants to be?

With the fate of her family’s historic inn on the line and Trevor making life more complicated by the day, Derian struggles to manage her unexpected feelings, and deal with a past she’s not quite ready to leave behind.

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.

Starr Fall
On the run from the Organization, Starr never planned on falling in love.

Starr Bishop’s the complete package. A perfect smile, brains to match, and a winning attitude. Boys want to date her and girls want to be her. She’s the type of girl you want to hate, if only she wasn’t so damn likable. But don’t worry, she’s not interested in your boyfriend. Boys are one complication she can live without.

When the Organization decides she’s not only the model student but the ideal assassin, Starr’ll need a lot more than high test scores and extracurricular involvement to get herself out of that commitment.

Dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood is the last person she’d expect—or even want— to come to her rescue. From opposite ends of Webster High’s social hierarchy, their lives collide in one electrifying moment. Christian isn’t the Goth loner he pretends to be, he’s a part Cherokee, All-American boy who wants to be a hero, Starr’s hero. Christian makes Starr forget that the Organization is after her, but nothing will stop the Organization from collecting their top recruit.

By the way, the spot for junior class president just became available.

What People Are Saying About Starr Fall....
"I was swept up in Kim Briggs' whirlwind of secrets, swoon, and adventure from page one. Beautifully writing combined with a smart, driven protagonist made this a book I couldn't put down.” —Isabel Bandeira, Author of Bookishly Ever After (Jan 2016) and Dramatically Ever After (June 2017)

As the opener in what promises to be a thrilling series, Starr Fall hits the ground running and hits the water swimming. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough as Starr went from a super-achieving but otherwise pretty normal high school junior to a girl on the run from a shady, powerful government (maybe) agency and a deep, dark conspiracy we only see in glimpses. And why has the weird kid from school suddenly become her ultra-hot sidekick, with a connection between them that literally gives off sparks? He’s a lot more than he seems. Every answer raises another question as the reader ricochets between the threat level outside the remote cabin and the heat level inside it. Briggs knows how to crank up both kinds of tension, in the best possible way. Book two can’t come soon enough for this reader! -- Liz Coley, author of the award winning, internationally best-selling Pretty Girl-13

The Secret of a Heart Note
From critically acclaimed author Stacey Lee, an evocative novel about a teen aroma-expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to help others fall in love—while protecting her own heart at all costs—perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart.

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

At once hopeful, funny, and romantic, Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note is a richly evocative coming-of-age story that gives a fresh perspective on falling in love and finding one’s place in the world.

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.

Destiny: New Avalon, book 1
Constantly teased and taunted by the popular girls, Elena Baxter desperately wants to fit in. On her sweet sixteenth, she receives two shocking gifts: telekinesis and the surprising truth about her heritage. With high hopes that things will be different now, Elena returns to school to find that nothing has changed. Only this time her hurt feelings and frustration boil into something even she cannot understand.

When her powers explode, chaos ensues and she learns that her new ability is greater than she ever desired. As she learns to control her powers, Elena discovers there’s so much more to her heritage than she ever imagined.

Until Friday Night
To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

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.