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Book Review & Giveaway: The Girl Without Magic by Megan O’Russell

19 Jan



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The Girl Without Magic
Megan O’Russell
(The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, #1)
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: January 9th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult, Fantasy

Death would have been easier, but the Siren wasn’t through with her.

Seventeen-year-old Maggie Trent fell out of a battle and into the Siren’s Realm, a land where secrets hide in the shadows and pleasure comes at a price Maggie is unwilling to pay.

The time for the Siren’s reckoning has come, sweeping away all she deems unworthy to live in her realm. Those without magic are hunted by the Siren. Those with magic are hunted by the Stricken. Fighting or hiding seem necessary to survive. But there is a different way.

Bertrand Wayland, unaging and unrelenting in his determination for Maggie to accept her fate, slips in and out through the stitches that bind the Siren’s Realm to other worlds, gaining magic and having glorious adventures. When Maggie follows Bertrand out of the Siren’s Realm, seeking an adventure of her own, she finds instead a world of magic on the eve of war. To save innocent lives Maggie risks her heart, her life, and her only chance of returning to the Siren’s Realm.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Girl Without Magic is Maggie Trent, although the title is misleading. She is actually a witch but when she finds herself in the Siren’s Realm, she lies and tells people that she doesn’t have magic. Everything is bought and paid for with magic in this world and she’s afraid someone will try to steal her precious magic. She just wants to survive in this new world and makes a life for herself that is boring but safe.

One of the first people Maggie meets in the Siren’s Realm is Bertrand Wayland. He is also from Earth. For some reason he scares her and she tries to stay away from him when at all possible. She is able to avoid him for months but he ends up saving her during a terrible storm.

Bertrand is an adventurer and when she discovers that he is able to go to other lands, she follows him. As soon as she finds her way into this other world, she finds out that Bertrand set her up and wanted her to follow him. Even though Bertrand can be full of himself, I couldn’t help but like him. After travelling to other places for a couple centuries, he probably has the right to be a little proud.

Maggie is feisty and has a remark for every occasion. I enjoyed her sense of humor. I also liked the sense of responsibility she and Bertrand had when it came to helping strangers in another world.

Megan O’Russell does a good job at creating new worlds with just enough description that my imagination could fill in the rest. And how were they able to understand everyone? Simple. They’re magical people so they can adapt. Makes sense!

The Girl Without Magic is a quick read and written for young adults but adults will enjoy it as well. I’m looking forward to reading about Maggie Trent’s next adventure.

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About the Author

Megan is a native of Upstate New York who spends her time traveling the country as a professional actor. Megan’s current published works include YA series The Tethering and Girl of Glass, as well as the Christmas romance Nuttycracker Sweet. 2017 projects include The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, and The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl Without Magic.
For more information on Megan’s books visit MeganORussell.com.

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Book Reviews: The Color of Evil Series by Connie Corcoran Wilson

28 Nov

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Publisher:  Quad Cities’ Press (Aug 2017)
Category: YA, Psychological Paranormal Thriller
Tour Dates: Oct/Nov 2017
Available in: E-book, 725 Pages

THE COLOR OF EVIL series presents you with characters who live, breathe and die in small town Cedar Falls, Iowa. Tad McGreevy, the focus of the series, has a paranormal power, Tetrachromatic Super Vision, that allows him to see auras that tell him whether a person is good or evil. At night, in horrifying nightmares, Tad relives the crimes of the evil-doers. Eventually, he becomes the target of a particularly lethal antagonist, Michael Clay (aka Pogo the Clown) who wants to eliminate the teen-aged boy. In three books, we witness the power of evil faced off against a good-hearted young boy who just wants to protect those he loves.

Beginning with the first manifestations of this supernatural power at the age of 8, the book quickly takes us forward to the high school years of Tad and the band of friends we come to know well. We follow their progress from their junior year of high school through graduation with danger always lurking in the background. As others have said, it’s quite a ride.

 

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I chose to read this series after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Color of Evil is the first book in the Color of Evil series. When he’s 8 years old, Tad finds out that he has some kind of power. He’s always seen auras around people and the color of the aura tells him whether someone is good or bad. But when he meets Michael Clay, he starts having nightmares about him torturing and murdering young men. When Michael Clay is arrested, it’s figured out by Tad, his doctor, and his family that he was having visions rather than nightmares. Now that the cause is in jail, Tad is able to return to a normal life…for 8 years.

When Tad is 16 years old, things go crazy quickly. There’s so much going on in the small town of Cedar Falls, Iowa, it’s difficult to keep up. There are spouses cheating on each other and neglecting each other, sexual predators, Tad’s best friend goes missing, and Michael Clay escapes from prison which means the visions are back. There’s something new around every corner and some of it is not for the faint of heart.

The Color of Evil is a psychological thriller that could be a great book with some serious editing. There are the usual grammar and punctuation errors that need attention but more than that, there’s a lot of repetition and a couple times names are confused by the author. I had to go back and read the passages because I thought I’d read them wrong. 

Despite the problems listed above, I enjoyed The Color of Evil and look forward to reading Red is for Rage.

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Red is for Rage is the second book in the Color of Evil series. It picks up at the beginning of Tad’s senior year in high school. The wimpy 8-year-old has become a football player, mainly because his best friend Stevie is still missing and his wannabe girlfriend was gone until the beginning of school.

Everything has changed for Tad but nothing has changed in his town. He’s trying to harness his powers while many of the people around him are crazy. 

Again, there is a lot going on in the second book. Charlie Chandler, a retired policeman, has teamed up with Tad and they are searching for Stevie. Michael Clay has escaped from prison yet again and now he is after Tad. These are just the tip of the iceberg.

I liked getting to know some of the characters better. Not just Tad and Jenny but Stevie, Janice, and Charlie. 

Again, Red is for Rage was a good read that could have been great with some serious editing. I was hoping this one would be edited but there were still grammar and punctuation problems as well as repetition and mixed up names.

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I read Khaki=Killer in July 2014. I had always hoped to read the first two books in the series when I had a chance. It’s one of those books that I didn’t have to re-read because it has always stuck with me. My review from 2014):

This is the third book in the Color of Evil series but it is the first one I read. I was hoping to read the first two before I read this one, but I ran out of time. Khaki=Killer stands alone but I can tell that it would be even better if I’d read the other two books first.

This book is like two books in one, both based in the same town. One story is about Sean who is dealing with the possible loss of his wife, Melody, and his unborn baby. The second story is about the disappearance of Kelly and Heather and the search for them.

Khaki-Killer has a lot of drama, loving relationships, and suspense. It addresses several moral issues and is a good book to get young adults thinking about these issues.

I like Connie Corcoran Wilson’s writing style. I did have trouble once in a while keeping track of the timeline if I forgot to read the chapter title.

The thoughts and feelings of the main characters are well described. These teens are more mature than many teens in the “real world” although everyone in their town has been through so much that I can see how they could be mature beyond their years.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Rimrider by L.A. Kelley

6 Nov

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Author: L.A. Kelley

Narrator: Cassandra Richardson

Length: 9 hours and 57 minutes

Series: Rimrider Adventures, Book 1

Publisher: L. A. Kelley

Released: Aug. 22, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction

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Orphan, pirate, spy.

Awakened by her father, teenager Jane Benedict is ordered to memorize a mysterious code. Hours later, Mathias Benedict is dead and Jane and her brother, Will, are wards of United Earth Corporation. To evade the company’s murderous clutches and uncover the meaning of her father’s last message, Jane leads Will on a desperate escape across the galaxy aboard the Freetrader smuggler ship, Solar Vortex. Tangled in the crew’s fight for freedom, Jane saves the life of young smuggler, Mac Sawyer, and learns her father’s code identifies a secret cargo shipment. The trail leads to the planet Rimrock and the massive prison complex of Golgotha. Undercover as a spy, Jane stumbles into a conspiracy that can spell doom for the entire Freetrader cause and the extinction of an alien race. Can she escape the prison confines and deliver a warning before it’s too late?

Piracy, intrigue, romance, space battles, and a daring rebellion from Earth wait on the galactic rim. Will Jane answer the call to adventure and find new purpose, or is death for high treason her fate?

What will you hear in this audiobook? No whiny, crybaby characters, only action, adventure, sweet romance, and a bit of sassy humor. It is suitable for kids through adult.

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L.A. Kelley is from Florida and has been writing fantasy and science fiction adventure stories for all ages since she was old enough to chew on a number two pencil. All her books have adventure, humor, and a little romance because life is dull without them. She doesn’t write graphic sex or gore so your mama would approve, but does add a touch of cheeky sass so maybe she wouldn’t. In her spare time she calls in Bigfoot sightings to the Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife. They are heartily sick of hearing from her.

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Cassandra Richardson is a multi-discipline artist specializing in Audiobooks, Musical Theatre, and Film. Her eclectic background has resulted in a varied and exciting career. You can see her on the stages of Southern California and in three indie features coming out in 2018. Her audiobooks are primarily Young Adult Fantasy / SciFi and The Rimrider Series is among her favorites! Who doesn’t love the idea of being a space pirate? Giving voice to Jane and her band of fellow pirates has been a wonderfully creative experience.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by L.A. Kelley. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Rimrider grabbed my attention from the beginning and never let go. Jane and Will have already lost their mother in an accident and within the first few minutes of the book, they find out that their father has also died in an accident. Or was it? Before he died, he booked passage for Jane and Will on the Solar Vortex to go to another planet and out of the clutches of the evil United Earth Corporation.

Jane turns 16 years old while she’s on the Solar Vortex. Even though her world has been turned upside down, she does what needs to be done. She’s a strong and brave young lady and is mature for her age in many ways. When it comes to romance, however, she’s innocent. I like her character and look forward to reading more about her adventures.

I like L.A. Kelley’s writing style. It’s easy to follow and has just the right amount of description. Cassandra Richardson does a very good job of narrating the story. I liked how she sounded excited as the action increased. It made the story even more exciting. 

I have to mention the character Gem. She is intelligent and funny and a joy to read about. L.A. Kelley did a great job of creating her and her people.

I definitely recommend Rimrider and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

 

 

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Book Review: Scavenger Girl: Season of Atchem by Jennifer Arnston

21 Oct

 

Stripped of their birthright and shunned by the people of Ashlund, Una and her family are forced to live on the fringe of society as Scavengers. There is no question that her family’s bond is strong, but the law of the Authority is stronger…and soon it will come to collect her. After all, the family is on borrowed time already.

When a night of torment and truth reveals well-kept secrets, Una takes new freedoms – free from the Authority, her family, and possibly her fate. Pulled between the life she’s always known and a world where status and rituals are everything, Una struggles to understand a culture that has rejected all she holds dear. As Atchem comes to an end and she learns who she really is, will Una find the courage to do what it takes to ensure her family’s survival, or will she find the faith to follow her heart?

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My Review

I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Scavenger Girl grabbed my interest from the beginning and it never slowed down. The world that Jennifer Arnston has built is cruel and violent. Those who have a birthright are naive in many ways but accepting of so many vicious traditions, it’s heartbreaking to read at times.

Una is the main character. She lives with her parents and two brothers and she dreads the day that she has to leave. Since she doesn’t have a birthright, she’ll most likely be sold if she’s not taken from her family by the Authority before then for…who knows what. The apprehension she feels is constant and is portrayed well. I was right there with her feeling her pain. And then there’s the guilt she feels!

Scavenger Girl is full of loyalty, betrayal, lies, true love and more. I usually finish one book and move on to the next but this was one of those rare books that I had to take a short break because Una’s world is still on my mind. The story ends at a good point but I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

 

About the Author

Author, dreamer, and sworn enemy of Caillou

Jennifer Arntson has a long history of crafting tales that people find unbelievable, but often true. As an observer of human and social development through the ages, a curiosity of faith, and dedication to the underprivileged of the developing world, Jennifer finds her creative outlet in stories and fables. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children, and a mini-farm of otherwise useless animals where the family eagerly caters to their every need.

 

Website: www.ScavengerGirl.com

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Scavenger Girl Season of Atchem ISBN 978-0-9994-133-0-2

Book Review & Giveaway: Tribal Affairs by Matt Dallmann

18 Oct
 

Book Title: Tribal Affairs by Matt Dallmann
Category: YA Fiction, 277 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Matt Dallmann
Release date: July 2017
Tour dates: Oct 9 to 27, 2017
Content Rating: G (No bad language or sex)

 

Book Description:

Dahlia, a centuries-old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son.

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

 Tribal Affairs has two stories. One is about Liana who is 16 and lives with her father, a magician who is closing in on the end of an amazing career. The other is about Dahlia, a genie who lives in a locket that Liana has on a chain around her ankle.

Dahlia’s story is told mostly through Liana’s dreams. As the dreams progress, at some point Liana realizes that they’re not dreams but something more. Visions? Memories? Each story is told from Liana or Dahlia’s point of view and it works well until the very end. It got a bit confusing at the end.

This story contains some vivid descriptions and I like the author’s writing style. I did have a little trouble, however, toward the end. There was a lot of action and I couldn’t tell what was real and what wasn’t or who was doing what. It all came out okay in the end though, I’m just not positive on how we got there. 

I recommend Tribal Affairs to anyone who likes fantasy and I look forward to reading more by this author.

 

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Matt Dallmann has a background in acting and holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. His films and screenplays have been featured at film festivals across the United States including Cinequest, Big Apple Film Festival, Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival, DragonCon and Zero Independent Film Festival. His piano compositions have been published for commercial use and he is a member of ASCAP. Matt is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the boutique medical billing firm VGA Billing Services, Inc. in New York City. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

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Book Review: Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney

13 Oct

The end of an Empire, The rise of a Queen

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival, she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne. 

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Black Dawn is a good debut novel and the first in a series. I plan on reading the next book in the series because there were a few things left unresolved and I’m interested in how they turn out.

The characters are different and interesting, each having their own powers. Their relationships are strained and for good reason. Memphis, the Commander of these rebels has lied to everyone except his friend Brokk. They took Emory to another time and place and erased her memories so that they could save her and come back and get her when “the time was right.” Memphis also lied to his girlfriend Nyx, whom he has ignored since bringing Emory back. I don’t care for Memphis and I don’t understand why everyone continues to trust him no matter what he does.

There was a lot going on in the last quarter of the novel, surprises and revelations. My head is still spinning.

Unfortunately, I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters. So much happened in this book that it should have made me cry but not a tear was shed.

 

About the Author

Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Awoke by K.T. Conte

5 Oct

Book Title: Awoke (The Want Series) by K.T. Conte
Category: YA Fiction; 324 pages
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Publisher: SugarCane Publishing
Release date: October 2017
Format available for review: print & ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Will ship print books to: Internationally
Tour dates: Sept 25 to Oct 27, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (mainly bad language)

 

Book Description

Katya leads a normal life any teenager would be envious of – popular, pretty and dating the high school elite. Not she enjoys the spotlight, mind you. She wants everyone to believe she is normal.

But when Katya sees the real reason behind the earthquakes plaguing everyone in Boston, the truth rattles and shatters the perfect normal illusion Katya created for herself. An ability to see unearthly creatures and manipulate waves of life energy labels her as anything but normal. And it’s an ability that attracts unwanted and dangerous attention.

She reluctantly finds herself in the company of Gregor, a handsome member of an international spirit military team called the Kyrios. Her simple decision to help thrusts Katya in a world of the undead spirits, betrayal and a perpetual battle between undead monsters and the wardens that keep them in their place.

Katya must decide whether she values the simple and easy life she created for herself over the complex and difficult world now asking her to stand and fight.

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. 

Awoke starts out as a good young adult fantasy. Katya is 18 years old and a senior in high school. She’s never really been “normal” but that is what she craves. She had a difficult childhood because she saw things that no one else saw so everyone thought she was crazy. She stopped “seeing things” after her dad died. Now that she’s in high school,  she’s popular but she’d rather not be in the limelight.

 On her 18th birthday, Katya started having visions and now she’s seeing things again and they’re coming after her. And she finds that she has powers when she is threatened. She ends up being guarded by Gregor, a gorgeous grim reaper, and they start falling in love. When things get too dangerous for her, Gregor takes her to the world of the Kyrios to keep her safe and for her to train to learn to keep her powers under control.

Then BAM! The typical, fairly predictable but good young adult story becomes great. I couldn’t put the book down during the last 100 pages. Actually, I read the book in one afternoon/evening because it got so good. It has romance and action as well as betrayal and a surprise here and there. It also has a good ending and I’m looking forward to the next book. In fact, I can’t wait to read the next book!

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K.T. Conte is a lover of books, people and all things wild and crazy. She received her B.A. in English from Boston College and her law degree from Suffolk University Law School. While she has and continues to be a licensed attorney, her first love has always been books from the tender age of 2. Originally from Massachusetts, K.T. currently lives in New York City with the monsters in the closet, her husband Everett, a couple of building fairies and her dog, Champ.

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Storyteller’s Book by Kevin Fleming

15 Sep
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The Storyteller’s Book
The Chronicles of Midway Book 1
by Kevin Fleming
Genre: SciFi Fantasy
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“ … you must realise and accept, neither me, your mum, nor either of you are
human.”
Nick and Mel are 14 year old twins living normal lives with their parents.
When they discover an ancient book in their attic and read from it,
strange events begin to happen around them. Something has been
awakened which prompts their parents to take them away to a town
called Midway where they reveal to the twins that they are not human.
They had been hidden on Earth, brought up as though they were human,
awaiting the right moment for the truth to be told.
 
When their parents mysteriously disappear on their first night away, they
are forced to discover for themselves what their roles are in the new
lives they’ve been thrown into. They struggle alone as they try to
understand and balance their past human lives with their alien
destiny. When the book they discovered at their home is stolen, it
falls on the twins to recover it. The book has a lot more power than
they realised, and if they fail, it will not be they who suffer, but
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Along the way, they meet an array of characters, some will become friends,
some will become enemies, who can they trust? For now, they can trust
only each other.
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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Storyteller’s Book is about Mel and Nick who are twins. They’ve led a normal life until one day when they’re 15 years old, they are taken out of school and their parents rush them out of the house and take them to Midway. They soon find out that they’re not human and that they have a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell them what that destiny is. Of course, that’s frustrating for them and it was frustrating for me as well.

There are quite a few characters in this story and they are either good or bad, bright or dark. The twins aren’t typical 15-year-olds as they take everything in stride. They get a little overwhelmed at times but they never seem to be too upset about not being human. Since they’re not humans, though, I guess they wouldn’t act as typical 15-year-olds.

The Storyteller’s Book starts a little slow but it has more suspense and action as the story develops. I think it’s a story that young adults would enjoy as well as some adults.

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Watcher by AJ Eversley

11 Sep

Book Title: Watcher – Book One in the Watcher Series by AJ Eversley
Category: YA Fiction, 300 pages
Genre: Scifi Dystopian
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: March, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 4 to 29, 2017
Content Rating: PG (No swearing or explicit sex scenes…there are kissing or romantic scenes that are considered PG. The word Hell or Damn is used only a few times.)

 

Book Description:

“I knew I was not alone. They would never leave until every last one of us was gone.” Sawyer Russo has sworn to protect humanity, and as a Watcher, she’s done just that. But the Bots and Carbons that took her city are evolving, and they start picking the Watchers off one by one. One last rescue mission will change everything. When someone betrays them, the line between friend and foe is no longer easily drawn. Sawyer made a vow, and she will fulfill it, even if it means ending the person who deceived them, no matter who it might be. It all comes down to one choice… Who can she save? And who does she have to let go?

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

It’s after World War III and Sawyer is a Watcher, one of a team that watches for and kills Bots and Carbons in the devastated city of Cytos. Bots used to serve people but suddenly turned on them. Carbons are more like humans than robots and are more difficult to kill than Bots. The Watchers also try to rescue people who are stranded in other parts of the city.

The Watchers live in a self-sufficient bunker with hundreds of other people. Sawyer has lost her parents and learned that it’s best to not get too close to others so that she won’t be hurt. That’s easier said than done. When they found her, Kyle took her under his wing and trained her to be a Watcher so he’s like a big brother to her. Then they rescue some people and one of them, Kenzie, takes her breath away. She tries to deny the attraction between them but will she be able to hold out?

Watcher is a book that I couldn’t put down. It’s full of action, heartbreak, loss, twists, and betrayal. It could be as good as The Hunger Games or The Divergent series with a good editing. 

 

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AJ Eversley is the author of the WATCHER series. A true north Canadian girl, AJ currently lives in Central Alberta with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found binge watching Harry Potter, quoting various movies in every day conversation, and eating copious amounts of candy.

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Book Review: Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson

6 Aug

 

Young Adult/Paranormal Romance/Mystery

Date Published: Feb 18, 2014

Publisher: Ingramspark

2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for YA Mystery

 

2015 RONE Award Finalist for YA Paranormal

2015 New Apple Top Medalist for Young Adult Ebook

Chosen as one of 400 for the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for 2014!!!

 

Rising Tide will sink its fangs into you, keeping you awake into the wee hours of the night

Could Maura’s life get any worse? …turns out it most certainly can.

Isolated and sheltered by her lonely mother, Maura’s never been able to make friends. She seems to drive her classmates away—except for the odd times they pay enough attention to torture her—but she doesn’t understand why. Maura considers herself to be a freak of nature, with her unusually pale skin and an aversion to the sun that renders her violently nauseous. Her belief is only worsened by the fact that almost everyone around her keeps their distance.

Even her own father deserted her before she was born, leaving Maura alone with her emotionally distant mother, Caelyn. Even though Maura is desperate for answers about her unknown parent, Caelyn remains heartbroken and her daughter can’t bring herself to reopen her mother’s wounds. Or is there a more sinister reason Caelyn refuses to utter a word about her long-lost love?

When a cruel prank nearly claims Maura’s life, one of her classmates, Ron, rushes to her rescue. Darkly handsome & mysteriously accepting, Ron doesn’t seem to want to stay away, but Maura is reluctant to get too close, since her mother has announced she’s moving the two of them to Vancouver…nearly 3,000 miles away from their hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania.

If life wasn’t already challenging enough, Maura begins to experience bizarre, physical changes her mother seems hell bent on ignoring, compelling Maura to fear for her own life. Vicious nightmares, blood cravings, failing health and the heart-shattering loss of Ron—as well as the discovery of a tangled web of her own mother’s lies—become obstacles in Maura’s desperate quest for the unfathomable truth she was never prepared to uncover.

 

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Maura has always been different and has kept to herself. It’s not that she doesn’t want friends, she’s just never had any friends. When she’s a junior in high school and her cheerleader neighbor suddenly wants to befriend her, Maura is suspicious but grateful to finally have a  circle of friends. When it turns out to be a terrible prank, she should be devastated, but she’s rescued by Ron, a senior she recently met and is getting to know.

Maura is moving to Canada soon so she doesn’t want to get close to Ron, but she can’t help herself. He’s supportive no matter what happens, even when he sees her scarfing down raw meat and drinking blood from a wound. And her overprotective mom actually lets him into their lives.

 I like Claudette Melanson’s writing style. You can feel Maura’s concern about her health. I was surprised, though, that the thought of vampire didn’t even cross her mind, especially with the blood craving.

As in many young adult novels, the relationship between Ron and Maura is sweet but unrealistic. Ron is a perfect book boyfriend, one that we all wish existed.

The end of the book turned out as I expected. It wasn’t a disappointment but I want to find out what happens next.

 

About the Author

Claudette Melanson writes dark fantasy in Kitchener, Ontario with four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English, BS in English Education and an MA in Literature. Harboring a deep admiration of vampires since the age of five left her with the desire to eventually become one, and now fuels the creation of her favorite paranormal characters. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since there are many, many stories playing out inside her head.
In her very scant spare time, she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and reading vampire stories…along with other genres of great fiction, as well as riding every roller coaster she encounters in both her hometown and away at signings. An advocate for good health and ketogenic eating, her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee, cashew-flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond, coconut or cashew flours.
Future dreams include a cabin boasting a roaring fire, isolated inside a snow-filled wood in the Yukon—the perfect writing spot—and the completion of dozens of future novels and stories. A Rabbit Rescue fanatic and loving bunmom, she also hopes to help rescues all over the world save many innocent lives.

 

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